Magazine switches to Web edition

first_imgSaint Mary’s yearly literary magazine, “Chimes,” is getting a new look this year. Seniors Sarah Sheppard and Meghan Price, co-editors of “Chimes,” are now taking submissions and recruiting for the spring edition of the magazine, which will be published online only. Sheppard said will they accept submissions from any Saint Mary’s student no matter her major or area of study. The magazine began in 1892, according to the Cushwa-Leighton Library website. “We accept poetry, short stories, plays excerpts from novels or novellas; really anything fiction. There are art submissions too,” Sheppard said. Not all submissions are guaranteed to run in the magazine, Sheppard said. “Chimes” has an editorial board of 10 to 15 students that read over each submission and then discuss what pieces will go into the final edition. “We’ll have a meeting in November or December then we have two submission dates. One’s in the winter and one’s in the spring,” she said. The first submission date for students is Dec. 1, Sheppard said. In the past, the “Chimes” board has sifted through up to 60 pages of prose and poetry to narrow down and put together an edition. Previously, the publication has had a print version, but in order to accept more submissions, Sheppard said they have moved to creating only an online edition of “Chimes.” “That is the best part about switching over to online, we can print a lot more,” Sheppard said. Price said the final publication is e-mailed to alumnae and professors so the student work is more widely read. Students are not limited as to what they can send in to “Chimes,” but Sheppard said they generally only print two or three pieces from a single author. “We accept as many submissions as someone wants to send,” Sheppard said. Price said “Chimes” is still looking for students interested in editing as well as writing submissions. She added that she enjoyed seeing the creativity of Saint Mary’s students. “I got into ‘Chimes’ because I love editing and publishing,” Price said. “That is what I want to go into. It’s a great group of girls. Girls get into it and it’s really fun to read all the interesting things girls here write.”last_img read more

Getting it covered

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are working on natural solutions to weed problems in row crops as government regulations of chemical herbicides grow stricter.Earlier in June, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pulled registrations for the use of all dicamba products for row-crop production. The herbicide, which has been around since the late 1960s, became more widely used with the introduction of chemical-resistant cotton and soybean varieties in 2016 that were cultivated in response to growing weed resistance. The herbicide has been at the center of increased controversy over its utilization in field crops due to inadvertent drift onto sensitive crops.With the increasing loss of effective chemistries, either due to weed resistance or through legislation, growers need more tools to choose from when tackling economically threatening weeds, especially as farmers continue to face increasingly erratic environmental conditions and other challenges.“Anything we can do to help create more consistency should help growers do their job better,” said Nick Basinger, assistant professor of weed science in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Basinger is leading a research group that is examining the potential use of cover crops as part of an integrated weed management program in a number of commercial agricultural systems in Georgia. One of the benefits of cover crops is their ability to suppress weeds, such as Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), during fallow periods between cash crops by preventing weed seeds from germinating.  “The goal of our work is to look at ways to manage crop and non-crop areas and try to take advantage of all the tools in the toolbox. Assessing what tools we have for each system, what tools we can potentially develop, then where the strengths and weaknesses are for those tools and what the ‘breaking points’ are so that we can develop comprehensive management practices,” explained Basinger. “This allows us to develop production systems to optimize weed management and gives growers the most advantage.”Cover crops are widely used throughout the Midwest U.S. in a number of production systems, so much of UGA’s research is being adapted from those systems to fit climate and soil demands in the Southeast. While cover crops have already been successfully used by some growers in parts of Georgia, the implementation is slow among farmers, as the body of research for growing cover crops in this region is still relatively limited. Basinger and his team have eight to 10 projects underway in the Piedmont region of Georgia, with some of the work happening at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville. Multistate projects studying winter cover crops and summer cover crops will help researchers provide better recommendations for growers during those fallow periods between cash crops.Winter cover crops are usually planted in the fall after a cash crop has been harvested and will remain in the ground throughout the winter months. A summer cover crop is a quickly established cover crop that’s seeded between summer and winter cash crops to keep the soil covered and accumulating nitrogen.Summer cover crops can be used successfully in vegetable production because of the quick turnaround time before the next cash crop needs to go in the ground. Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and sunn hemp, a warm-season annual legume, are quick to establish and rapidly put on biomass, making them great candidates for summer cover crops in Georgia.“Once projects are well established in the Piedmont, we will look to partner with growers in south Georgia,” said Basinger.This is the Basinger team’s first year working with cover crops in cotton production in the Piedmont. Because cotton is harvested later in the season, the team is looking at the potential for using cover crops that perform well early in the season within the cotton system.“This research is actually partially funded by Cotton Incorporated. They are interested in looking at integrated weed management, which is very exciting,” said Basinger.Winter cover crops used in the project are crimson clover and Wrens Abruzzi rye. Basinger is also adapting and evaluating a living mulch system in cotton using white clover, a spinoff project from UGA crop and soil sciences Professor Nick Hill’s previous work in corn production.David Weisberger, a doctoral candidate working with Basinger, is focusing on this research at the J. Phil Campbell Research Farm located near Watkinsville, Georgia. Research plots were sown with a known number of Palmer amaranth seeds in the selected cover crop species plots, and treated, bare-ground rows are used as control plots for comparison. Research will evaluate whether cover crops can suppress weeds over time by quantifying weed suppression, emergence counts, growth rates and fecundity.“The control plots are consistently full of weeds, whereas the cover crop plots are performing well because they limit the amount of light that weed seeds receive and reduce soil temperatures that are essential for Palmer amaranth germination,” said Basinger.Thus far, the team has observed the best results from the living mulch and cereal rye, but they are examining other important trade-offs that growers need to be aware of, such as water use requirements, shading issues and the potential for cover crops to compete for resources.“Originally, our research started as a weed focus, but we quickly realized this has more facets that need assessment, so we’ve adapted this research to provide a multidisciplinary approach,” Basinger said.In addition to looking at cover crops’ potential to suppress weeds in cotton, UGA crop and soil sciences researchers Nandita Gaur and Matthew Levi are studying hydrology and infiltration rates and soil health parameters including organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorus and pore space. Weisberger and UGA entomologist Bill Snyder are also looking at this project from an insect pest management approach.“This is just one tool in the toolbox — it’s not a cure-all — but we hope to demonstrate that, over time, cover crops have the potential to increase yields, minimize weed seed banks, improve soil health, reduce erosion and limit the amount of costly chemical inputs farmers need to apply for a successful harvest,” explained Basinger. “The beauty of this research is we assume all the risk and work out the problems first, then we are able to disseminate that information to growers so they can make the best decisions for their specific operations.”To learn more about what’s going on with Basinger’s research and stay up to date on what’s going on in the world of UGA weed science, follow him and his team on Instagram and Twitter (@ugaweeds). For more information on the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, visit cropsoil.uga.edu.last_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Reveals The Secrets Of Repairing Bathroom Ceiling Exhaust Fans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsMost homeowners take their bathroom ceiling fan for granted, rarely looking up until something unsightly catches their eye and suddenly they feel they have to take immediate steps to mitigate the situation. Then the most common reaction might be: “Now what do I do?”Thanks to Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, the solution is at hand.“Nobody can quite understand how to take the covers off because there are no visible screws,” he explains. And there’s a reason for that. The bath fan cover is held in place by two spring clips, lightweight metal contraptions that have a bit stronger resilience than a paper clip, considering they have to fight against gravity to keep the cover on the upside down fan flush with the ceiling.In this recent installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60-Second Fix: How To Remove Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan In 60 Seconds,” Cornwell shows you how simple and easy it is to remove the fan cover and replace it once your task is completed.First, he advises that you slide your fingers under the edges of the cover. The two spring clips are located on opposite sides of the fan cover. Once you find the clips, you’re in business.“Don’t be afraid to pull it,” Cornwell says. “The cover will pop up.”Now you’ll be able to better see the two wire assemblies on either side of the cover—these are the spring clips, which are designed to spring apart in order to function.“Pinch them together,” he says. “They release that side from the slot where the clips were inserted. Then do the same on the other side so this clip pops out.“Now you can hold the cover,” Cornwell explains.Fancy bath fan covers may have a light in the assembly. Perhaps it burned out and that is why you want to go through this process. Or, more commonly, you’ve noticed that the fan cover’s openings are clogged with dust and grime, and you rightly believe it’s time for a good, thorough cleaning. Maybe you will also want to wipe the fan’s blades clean. If so, make sure you’ve taken precaution to turn the fan off first!“Do whatever you need to do with the cover,” Cornwell advises.Once you’re satisfied, you just reverse the process to put the fan cover back on.“Aim one spring clip above the slot and pinch the wires together,” he says. “It’s easier if you do one side first. Once you have the spring clip back in place, then you can insert the other spring clip.“Pinch the spring clip and put it into the slot! Back on it goes!” says Cornwell with a smile.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsOf course, Cornwell makes it look easy—he is an experienced Alure Home Improvements professional, after all—but in this video he has a special advantage. He’s working standing up in the Alure Home Improvements warehouse. Bath fans are normally installed in the ceiling. So in the interest of getting the most out of this instructional video, you might want to stand on your head, or put the monitor upside down so you can prepare yourself for the real experience.But seriously, you don’t need to go that far. And you don’t have to be a magician or a skilled acrobat to undo the bath fan cover. You just need a chair or a stepladder that gets you comfortably within reach of the ceiling fan cover, and a preview of this video so you are familiar with the inner workings of the spring clip. Once you see how simple the spring clip functions—it just takes a pinch for the wires to release from the slot—you could almost do it with your eyes closed. That bath fan never need be dirty or dusty again.Of course, as Cornwell says, everybody appreciates what this modern appliance does.“Bath fans take the humidity out of the air when you’re taking a hot shower,” he says. And if the fans don’t do that, you might be in for “a bad hair day,” he jokes.And, remember, a clean bath fan is a hygienic benefit to everybody who uses that bathroom, including you.last_img read more

Sometimes you need to slow down to go fast

first_imgRegardless of how fast your company is today, the marketplace expects and rewards being faster and more nimble. Current success proves that correct choices were made yesterday. A competitor’s game-changing innovation or their faster response to a market shift — anticipating a client’s need before the client does, for example — can mean immediate irrelevance to you and your team.The goal is for every single employee at your company to operate with a greater sense of urgency and attention to strategic execution. Being nimble is about focused, intentional action not just running faster.It sounds counter-intuitive, but you and everyone else on the team may need to slow down in order to be faster and more nimble. The companies that achieve this successfully and consistently move purposefully and decisively in three critical areas: purpose and vision; process and structure; people and culture. continue reading » 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Curbside Series Part 1: Delivering curbside member experience

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The coronavirus outbreak continues to reshape how the American retail landscape looks and operates. In our new age of “social distancing,” curbside delivery is now the temporary norm for many businesses including restaurants, pharmacies and even some clothing retailers.The “curbside” phenomenon has even hit our financial services industry as many credit unions and community banks are delivering variations of a curbside member experience. Credit Unions like Coosa Valley Credit Union (Rome, Georgia), Texas Plains Federal Credit Union (Amarillo, Texas) and Cochran County Schools Federal Credit Union (Morton, Texas) are literally serving members from the curb while members stay in their car for optimum social distancing.Check out these photos from Coosa Valley CU:last_img read more

In Kvarner, the trend is in demand for higher category accommodation. The higher the number of stars, the higher the occupancy

first_imgDuring 2018, compared to 2017, Kvarner was visited by 4% more guests (3 million arrivals) who achieved 2% more overnight stays (19 million overnight stays). In absolute numbers, the increase in overnight stays compared to 2017 is 400.000, and compared to 2016, as much as 2 million (12% more).5 leading markets together it realizes 13,7 million overnight stays (72% of the total number of overnight stays): Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Italy. Guests from Germany realize 4,8 million overnight stays alone and this year they record 5% more arrivals and 3% more overnight stays. From year to year the number of German guests is increasing: compared to 2016 there are 19% more arrivals and 17% more overnight stays, and in the last 5 years the tourist traffic of German guests has increased by 35% in arrivals and 40% in overnight stays. In second place in terms of the number of overnight stays are domestic guests with 2,8 million overnight stays, Austrians in third place (1,8 million overnight stays), and Italians in fourth (1,3 million overnight stays).The next 5 countries sorted by number of nights are Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Netherlands.Among subregions The island of Krk leads with 6,9 million overnight stays (share of 36% in the total number of overnight stays). During 2018, there were 6% more arrivals and 3% more overnight stays on Krk compared to 2017.In second place is the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera (3,2 million), and in third place is the island of Losinj (2,4 million). The ranking according to the number of overnight stays continues: the island of Rab (2,2 million), the Opatija Riviera (2,2 million), the island of Cres (1,1 million), the Rijeka area (800.000) and Gorski kotar (110.000). Among the destinations, the “best” is Mali Lošinj (2,4 million overnight stays), and Crikvenica follows it with 100.000 fewer overnight stays.As for accommodation in total 40% of overnight stays were realized in family accommodation (7,6 million). Camps are in second place (3,7 million, 20% share) and hotels in third (3,6 million, 19% share). Also, another detail is important to point out, and that is how the largest percentage increase was achieved during the off-season months.Thus, in the first 6 months, 8% more overnight stays were achieved, and in the off-season 4% more overnight stays, while the “main peak” of the season was at the level of last year. “When we analyze the good tourist results that Kvarner can boast of in the last few years, we see that the growth is not accidental and that the direction in which we are going is the right one. Through the joint work of all tourist entities in Kvarner, success did not come by itself, a lot has been done and is being done to promote new content and raise the quality of services.”Concludes Peršić Živadinov.The message for the end is not to raise prices, but to raise quality.More one record season na Kvarner For several years, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County has been subsidizing loans for family accommodation hosts in the Kvarner family program, and the goal of the program is to improve the service and raise the quality of accommodation in facilities that provide catering services in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.Thus, the hosts in family accommodation with an interest rate of 1 to 2% had the opportunity to raise the quality of family accommodation, in which 40% of overnight stays were realized in Kvarner last year, ie 7,6 million overnight stays.That this measure proved to be a complete success is shown by the fact that in 2018 the trend of demand for higher category accommodation will continue in Kvarner.Photo: Kvarner.hrThe increase in family accommodation is 4%, but family accommodation with 5 * achieved as much as 26% more overnight stays. The same goes for campsites: 4% increase in campsites collectively and 28% in campsites of the highest category.Although, when we look at the overall statistics, hotels in 2018 realized slightly fewer overnight stays (-2%), it is important to emphasize that hotel accommodation of the highest category, ie 5 * hotels, recorded an increase in overnight stays of almost 10%.Regardless of the category, 5 * facilities in 2018 in Kvarner achieved an increase in the number of overnight stays of 20%The conclusion is clear. The better the accommodation, the better the occupancy, and thus the earnings from tourism. And that is why the visionary project of investing in raising the quality of family accommodation through subsidized loans proved to be a complete success. The Zadar County is moving in a similar way, and there is an initiative in Istria.”As far as accommodation capacities are concerned, there has been a trend for a long time – the higher the number of stars, the higher the occupancy. Tourist workers have also recognized these new trends in the market, and this is most vividly shown by the data on, for example, investments in family accommodation. In Kvarner, half of the accommodation capacity is in family accommodation, and that is why through the Kvarner Family project which we brand family accommodation and the help of PGC, which subsidized the interest rate to renters who wanted to invest, we helped them achieve that. In a couple of years of implementation, the measure has visibly contributed to the results – in the last 2 years the number of private facilities with 5 * has doubled, and facilities categorized with 5 * have achieved as much as 26% more overnight stays this year, which is a big increase when compared to 4 % of the total in all family accommodation facilities in Kvarner during 2018.”Points out the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Ph.D. Irena Peršić Živadinov adds that thanks to such investments, renters will provide their guests with higher quality in the long run, and they ultimately took the opportunity to increase their own earnings from tourism.last_img read more

Corporation’s secret plans for massive City office zone

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An equitable partnership

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Trio of Catholic nuns singing Idul Fitri song warms hearts, goes viral

first_img“Thank you for your respect, sisters,” Twitter user @uki_ade3 wrote. “How beautiful it is to live side by side and honor each other.”Duh jd pengen beliin susternya opor ayam seember— Levi Ackerman (@assassinoftitan) May 24, 2020“This video makes me want to buy the sisters a bucket of opor ayam,” @assassinoftitan tweeted, referring to a dish of braised chicken in coconut milk that is traditionally served on Idul Fitri.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo also reposted the video to his official Instagram account. “[Your] voices are beautiful,” he wrote in the caption. “Thank you.” Many commenters said that the video was a breath of fresh air after incidents that indicated growing religious intolerance in the country over the past few months. These included several regions halting the construction of churches in response to protests from local residents, as well as the vandalization of a Muslim meeting hall in a predominantly Christian area of North Sulawesi.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for firm action to uphold religious freedoms in Indonesia while adding that this responsibility fell to regional administrations.Topics : “After fasting for one month, giving alms according to religious teachings”, the trio sings. “Now we celebrate Idul Fitri happily, let us celebrate Lebaran joyfully.”Several users shared the video on messaging apps and posted it to their Twitter accounts on Sunday, where it drew praise from netizens.center_img A video showing three Indonesian nuns singing a popular Idul Fitri song went viral on Sunday, with social media users expressing their appreciation for the trio’s demonstration of religious acceptance.Titled “The Beauty of Living With Tolerance”, the video was initially uploaded on Saturday to the YouTube channel of Catholic television station Hidup TV and shows sisters M. Eufrasia, Vincentine and Dorothea of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart singing “Selamat Lebaran”.last_img read more

BI sees rupiah strengthening to pre-pandemic level as it intervenes in market

first_img“We maintain our view that the rupiah remains fundamentally undervalued and will strengthen [to the pre-coronavirus level] to reflect its fundamentals”, Perry told reporters in a streamed news conference.The central bank now expects the currency to further gain against the greenback to levels around Rp 13,600 to Rp 13,800 per US dollar. It decided to hold its benchmark interest rate last week at 4.5 percent to maintain financial market stability.BI recorded a net outflow of $5.7 billion in the first quarter as foreign investors dumped Indonesian assets. From April 1 to May 14, however, the central bank booked $4.1 billion in net inflows, mainly in sovereign debt papers.BI had injected a total of Rp 583.5 trillion since the beginning of the year to conduct monetary operations to stabilize the rupiah, Perry said. “The central bank has loosened liquidity in the financial system in a bid to support the economic recovery, together with the government’s stimulus and credit restructuring by the Financial Services Authority,” he added.BI freed up Rp 117.8 trillion of banks’ liquidity earlier this month by lowering the reserve requirement ratio and revoking banks’ obligation to fulfil the intermediary macroprudential ratio (RIM). It injected an additional Rp 49.9 trillion in liquidity through repurchase agreements (repo) with banks and foreign exchange swaps.The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the stability of Indonesia’s financial system, as it weakens the country’s financial industry and macroeconomic outlook, as well as bring economic activity to a standstill, the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) said earlier this month.Economists have warned that nationwide loan restructuring programs and economic risks caused by the pandemic may tighten liquidity in several small banks and lead to higher non-performing loan ratios in the medium term, leaving banks in need of additional liquidity.Perry said domestic banks owned Rp 886 trillion in government bonds and could transact Rp 563.6 trillion with the central bank should they ever need additional liquidity due to credit restructuring.The central bank has also bought Rp 23.98 trillion worth of government bonds in the primary market, the central bank’s governor said, amid rising bond supply as the government plans to widen the budget deficit to 6.27 percent this year.Indonesia expects to raise Rp 989 trillion from bonds and loans in the remainder of 2020 to fund its swelling budget deficit, said the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general, Luky Alfirman.BI may buy another Rp 350 trillion to 400 trillion worth of government bonds before the end of the year, doubling the central bank’s holdings of such debt, according to an estimate by Goldman Sachs as reported by Bloomberg. Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected an additional Rp 167.6 trillion (US$11.33 billion) this month to stabilize the currency and financial system, projecting the rupiah to strengthen to pre-pandemic levels.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank aimed to provide liquidity in banks and the money market, as well as stabilize the rupiah.The rupiah, which in March weakened to the lowest since 1998 amid massive capital outflows, has been relatively steady this month. The currency traded at 14,690 per US dollar as of 3 p.m., a 6 percent depreciation year-on-year.center_img Topics :last_img read more