Kennedy Takes Over for Tornek on Burbank Airport Commission; Henderson Takes Seat on RBOC

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Pecan Yields

first_imgGeorgia’s pecan growers will have a limited supply this year due to weather conditions that affected the quality of the pecans and Hurricane Michael’s impact, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells.A heavy crop load combined with a September drought led some pecan kernels to be poorly filled or rotten in certain areas of the state. Between the late-season drought, the hurricane, and the wet harvest conditions, Wells believes that Georgia pecan growers will produce less than 50 million pounds this year. He estimated last year’s yields to be between 90 million and 100 million pounds.“The poor quality of these pecans was something we were noticing before Hurricane Michael hit. Unfortunately, the weather has been a huge factor in how our pecans turned out this year. There was excessive heat in September at a time when water is needed to fill out the kernels, then you had the hurricane, and now, we’ve had two straight weeks of rainfall,” Wells said. “It’s definitely been a dreary harvest season.”Wells believes that when the weather turned dry in September, pecan tree root systems no longer received the water they had grown accustomed to following a rainy summer. The moisture was essential since many of the trees Wells was monitoring were bearing a heavy crop this year. The impacted trees became stressed and couldn’t finish out the nuts. These conditions also increased disease pressure.“Although we have isolated a fungal pathogen, Phomopsis, from these nuts, the trees were already susceptible to the fungus by the stress generated from the combination of crop load and late season drought and heat,” Wells said.Short of thinning their crop in July and August, there wasn’t anything growers could do about the problem, he said. This disease problem was mainly concentrated in east Georgia and in orchards that have sandier soils. Shucks began turning black, and in some instances, the nuts fell from the trees.Pecan producers in southwest Georgia are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Michael. There’s so much debris in the orchards, Wells believes many growers will file insurance claims and use the normal harvest time to clean up.“Some orchards were hit really hard. There’s so much debris in the way that there’s no way to clean it up without running over and destroying a lot of the nuts. They won’t be able to get harvest equipment through there and pick the nuts up like they should,” Wells said. “The cleanup and maintenance on these orchards will probably last into spring of next year. It’s going to take a while to get all this back to where it needs to be.”UGA Extension estimates Georgia pecans suffered $100 million in direct losses to this year’s crop, $260 million in direct losses to trees and $200 million in direct losses to future income. For more information about emergency resources offered by Extension, see extension.uga.edu/topic-areas/timely-topics/emergencies.html.last_img read more

Raiders’ five keys to victory against Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The traveling circus hits the road for next five games, a stretch that could make or break the Raiders’ season.First up are the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, a team that resembles the Denver team the Raiders beat in Week 1 more than a Chiefs team which prevailed in Oakland.The Vikings (1-1) have a defensive-minded coach in Mike Zimmer with experienced and talented personnel on that side of the ball, and a (so far) run-first offense that will test the Raiders’ …last_img read more

Africa’s education and gender equality goals ‘well achieved’

first_img5 November 2015Africa is on track with goals such as promoting gender equality and empowering women, according to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report released at the 10th African Economic Conference this week.The conference was held in Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo from 2 to 4 November. Increasing government spending on health care, education and support of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, were key topics discussed by experts at the conference.The annual conference is organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The theme of this year’s event was: “Addressing poverty and inequality in the post-2015 development agenda”. It provided a forum to explore the policy, institutional, and investment frameworks needed to boost Africa’s equitable, inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.Pali Lehohla, the statistician-general at Statistics South Africa, was one of the speakers at the event.Watch Lehohla explain the issues that need to be solved in Africa:Implementing better policiesConference discussion included debate about the call from economists for better policies to promote income distribution in Africa, according to the AfDB.While Africa as a whole had made considerable progress on poverty reduction since the mid-1990s as a result of rapid economic growth, it had yet to have a significant impact on income distribution, said the bank.“Since mid-2000, Africa’s (gross domestic product) growth has been high, averaging 5%, and well above the global average of 3% per year, instilling optimism about the continent’s economic prospects. However, the growth has not been inclusive or equitable, and has made little impact on poverty,” it said on its website.AfDB also said that better social policies could enhance income growth and income distribution, including “improving the complementarity between physical capital and education, especially at the basic educational level”.In addition, there was a need for policymakers in Africa to put greater emphasis on addressing income inequality, empowering women, narrowing the gaps in health, nutrition and education, and challenging prejudices and stereotypes that fed discrimination and marginalisation.Watch Abebe Shimeles, the acting director of development research at AfDB, talk about why poverty will continue in Africa unless policies are tackled per population:Speaking in a session at the conference, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, the acting vice-president and chief economist of AfDB, underscored the need to take into account the political economy to effectively address income inequalities.“Public policy needs to take (into) account the role of local bureaucracy because they are affected by the same policies,” Kayizzi-Mugerwa said, pointing out that economic managers needed to consult local administrative structures in policy formulation to make it effective. He also spoke about agricultural productivity and industrialisation as necessary to feed the continent and for it to achieve sustainable development.“To feed Africa adequately, agricultural productivity must rise as well as farmers’ incomes.” -Kayizzi-Mugwerwa, #AfDB #2015AEC— AfDB_Group (@AfDB_Group) November 2, 2015“Africa’s industrialization is a must if the continent is to achieve sustainable development.” -Kayizzi-Mugerwa, #AfDB #2015AEC— AfDB_Group (@AfDB_Group) November 2, 2015According to experts, a small number of African countries is relying primarily on improving income distribution to reduce poverty. However, worsening income distribution is the major culprit in the majority of countries experiencing poverty exacerbation.Statistics also show that other regions of the world have performed better, showing that the gap between Africa and the developed world is increasing. This suggests that Africa must perform even better and set up measures to address income inequality to catch up with the rest of the world.There was a greater risk of high inequality in resource-dependent countries as 55% of resource-rich countries had experienced an increase in inequality compared to 50% of non-resource-rich countries, Professor Haroon Bhorat, of the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, argued in his presentation, “Resource dependence and inequality in Africa: impact, consequence and solutions”.He pointed out that high resource-dependent economies were associated with lower levels of civil society organisation, less transparent electoral processes and less effective government. Bhorat argued that drivers of inequality in resource- dependent economies included high initial capital cost of entry into natural resources and poor employment generation.“There is need for strong institutions and good governance to manage resources. There is also a need for greater emphasis on social protection,” he said, pointing out that while there were no clear success stories, countries such as Ghana and Botswana could provide some positive lessons to guide institutional arrangements that governed resource wealth.Report on Africa’s goalsThe Millennium Development Goals Report revealed that three of the seven goals for Africa were on track. These are:  Combating HIV/Aids, malaria, and other diseases: a downward trend is observed in the incidence, prevalence and death rates associated with HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, especially since 2000.  Promoting gender equality and empowering women: for example, Africa has made the most progress in increasing the number of seats held by women in national parliaments, with an average increase of 15% between 2000 and 2014.  Achieving universal primary education: the average primary completion rate stands at 67%, and the youth literacy rate reached 69.61% in 2012, in part owing to increased access to universal primary education.  The goals that were not on track in Africa, were:  Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger: poverty is perpetuated by rising inequalities, unemployment, the youth bulge, unplanned urbanisation, lack of diversification, et cetera. Hunger declined by 8% in Africa excluding North Africa between 1990 and 2013.  Reduce child mortality: the under-five mortality rate fell by 55% between 1990 and 2012, while the infant mortality rate fell by 40%. Only Egypt, Liberia, Malawi and Tunisia achieved both targets on reducing child mortality.  Improve maternal health: by 2013, Africa had 289 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, compared to the world average of 210 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births.  Ensure environmental sustainability: declining forest cover in Africa. More than 250 participants from across the continent and outside it, including policymakers, academics, and leaders of civil society and the private sector, attended the 10th African Economic Conference.Source: African Development Bank Grouplast_img read more

Not quitting Grand Alliance: Manjhi

first_imgHindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) national president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that he never said his party would pull out of the five-party Grand Alliance in Bihar. The former Bihar Chief Minister, however, said that a coordination committee should be formed for taking decisions regarding the Grand Alliance and for better coordination among its partners: the RJD, the Congress, the RLSP, the HAM(S) and the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP). Speaking to reporters after the HAM(S) youth wing meeting convened at his residence here, Mr.Manjhi said, “I never said my party will come out of the Grand Alliance… i will remain in it… though, I firmly spoke about the formation of a coordination committee for taking decisions of the alliance.” Mr. Manjhi had on November 7 announced at the national executive meeting of HAM(S) that his party would go it alone in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, where it has not contested any poll so far. He also announced that his party will field candidates in all the 243 Assembly segments of Bihar during Vidhan Sabha elections next year, giving rise to speculations that the Dalit leader may quit the Grand Alliance.‘Panel to take decisions’ “I had joined the Grand Alliance on the condition that there will be a coordination committee and every decision of alliance will be taken through the committee alone,” he told reporters on Sunday. When pointed out that RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had said that Mr. Manjhi had made up his mind to quit the alliance, the HAM(S) supremo refused to comment on it.last_img read more

9 months agoCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no fluke

first_imgCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no flukeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Manchester United is no fluke.Former United midfielder Paul Ince has downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that “anyone could have gone in and done what he has done”.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.”I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.”He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – (Romelu) Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.”You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.”So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s (Solskjaer) made a great start to his career.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dorian LPG Hires ABS to Study the Use of LPG as Marine

first_imgzoom US-based ship owner and operator Dorian LPG has engaged the classification society ABS to evaluate the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a marine fuel, among other options.ABS will provide an in-depth engineering and economic analysis to assess the costs and benefits for Dorian LPG’s fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs) of using LPG to meet the new global emissions standards.If the economic viability of LPG as a bunker fuel is established, the company believes that “it could represent a significantly more attractive and cost effective alternative to the current methods available to comply with the coming emissions regime for environmental control areas.”The move was made ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate to reduce sulfur emissions by some 85%.ABS’ work will consider the environmental, operational and financial impact of LPG as a marine fuel and deliver its findings in the coming months.As part of its newbuilding program, Dorian LPG proactively made certain enhancements to its VLGC design to allow it to have the option to use LPG as a marine fuel in the future.“We believe that the relevant technologies are sufficiently advanced to allow a meaningful analysis of this environmentally friendly and cost effective fuel. If the study proves the commercial viability of LPG for marine fuel use, the company will be at the forefront of this innovation,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian LPG, said.last_img read more

As Prime Minister Kellie Leitch would scrap CBC

first_img Facebook Advertisement Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch (above) is proposing to scrap the CBC if she manages to reach the Prime Minister’s Office.Maxime BernierLeitch, whose leadership campaign made headlines when she proposed screening new immigrants for what she described as “anti-Canadian values,” now has the national broadcaster in her sights. Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch speaks during the Conservative leadership debate in Saskatoon, Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Conservative leadership hopeful Leitch is proposing to scrap the CBC if she manages to reach the Prime Minister’s Office. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer rule

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for Wall Street.The Senate narrowly voted late Tuesday night to nullify the rule, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting the final vote to break a 50-50 tie. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.“President Donald J. Trump applauds the Congress for passing,” the resolution, the White House said in a statement shortly after the vote that highlighted its own Treasury Department report criticizing the rule. “The rule would harm our community banks and credit unions by opening the door to frivolous lawsuits by special interest trial lawyers.”The banking industry had been lobbying hard to roll back the regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau had moved to ban most types of mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of agreements consumers often enter into when opening a checking account or getting a credit card.The vote reflects the effort of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to undo regulations that the GOP argues harm the free market.Democratic lawmakers said the CFPB’s rule would have given consumers more leverage to stop companies from financial wrongdoing. They cited the sales practices at Wells Fargo and the security breach at credit company Equifax as examples of misdeeds protected through forced arbitration.“So who does forced arbitration help? Wall Street banks and other huge corporations that never pay the price for cheating working people,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.Richard Cordray, director of the consumer bureau, said: “Tonight’s vote is a giant setback for every consumer in this country. Wall Street won and ordinary people lost. This vote means the courtroom doors will remain closed for groups of people seeking justice and relief when they are wronged by a company.”Republicans said the arbitration system has worked wonderfully for consumers. They said the payouts for the average consumer in arbitration cases are generally much larger and come more quickly than when compared to the relief gained through class-action lawsuits.“The effort to try to characterize this as some devious system that has been created to try to stop consumers from having access to fairness is simply false,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, the Republican chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. “We have a very fair system that has been working for over 100 years in this country.”Crapo said the average pay-out for consumers in class-action lawsuits against financial companies was just $32, but lawyers stood to make millions.Democrats argued that consumers generally don’t have the time and means to pursue claims in arbitration, and since most disputes revolve around small amounts, they typically just give up. They said banks and other financial firms know that in the end they won’t have pay a real price for taking advantage of a consumer.But class-actions would serve as a powerful tool for consumers, they said.“Once again, we’re helping the powerful against the powerless,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as the Senate neared the vote, sensing the Democrats would lose.Two Republicans sided with Democratic lawmakers to keep the rule — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana.The advocacy group Consumers Union and several veterans groups, including the American Legion, lobbied to keep the rule. They said consumers would still have the option to use arbitration to resolve a dispute, if both parties want to go that route.“Without the CFPB rule, consumers can be forced into a rigged system where they have no recourse. It’s a disgrace,” said Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice, an advocacy group that works to improve the legal system.The American Bankers Association cheered the Senate vote. “Today’s vote puts consumers first rather than class-action lawyers,” said Rob Nichols, the group’s president and chief executive officer.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after a series of overdoses

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are issuing a warning following a series of recent overdoses.According to RCMP, the Alberta Health Services EMS responded to approximately 14 overdose calls within the last four days.Police say investigations revealed a common trend of purple and pink coloured pills suspected to be heroin. Grande Prairie RCMP along with AHS, are cautioning individuals who engage in illegal drug use to exercise extreme caution when purchasing, and using illicit drugs.Individuals experiencing an overdose can show the following symptoms;breathing slowly or not breathing at allnails and/or lips are bluechoking or throwing upmaking gurgling soundsskin is cold and clammyNaloxone kits are available at pharmacies, community clinics and emergency departments.If you suspect an individual is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately.For more information on drug overdoses, you can visit drugsafe.ca.last_img read more