Pecan Field Day.

first_imgWith an average annual harvest worth $65 million, Georgia pecan growers are always looking for ways to improve their tasty crop.They can find them at the annual Georgia Pecan Growers Fall Field Day Sept. 14 in Byron, Ga. Among other useful information, the field day will provide updates on University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture research.The program features a tour of the Southeastern Fruit and Nut Research Lab. Other sessions include demonstrations on pecan diseases, limb pruning, zinc and nitrogen nutrition, canopy management strategies and pecan pests.It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end with a 12:30 p.m. sponsored lunch. For more information, call Tom Crocker at (912) 386-3410. Or e-mail him at [email protected] Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARSlast_img

Japan considering plan to close 100 older, inefficient coal plants by 2030

first_imgJapan considering plan to close 100 older, inefficient coal plants by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan is looking to suspend or close as many as 100 older, inefficient coal-fired power plants by about 2030, the Yomiuri daily newspaper reported on Thursday.Closures on that scale would mark a major shift in the government’s strong support for coal in the world’s third-biggest economy. Japan is the only Group of Seven nation to be rolling out plans for new coal power stations, a major contributor to carbon and other emissions that stoke global warming.Without citing sources, the Yomiuri said industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama is set to announce soon that nearly 90% – about 100 – of 114 power plants built before the mid-1990s and deemed inefficient by the government will be closed or mothballed.Contacted by Reuters, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) confirmed the government views 114 of Japan’s 140 coal-fired plants as inefficient. The official said Japan has set out plans to phase out inefficient coal power plants by 2030. “But we have not made any decisions to retire or suspend 100 plants,” the official said.Coal accounts for 32% of Japan’s energy supply mix and the country needs to take “firm measures” to get that level to a target of 26% by 2030, another METI official said on Wednesday, speaking at a meeting of a panel to discuss resource and energy policy.The world’s third-biggest economy ramped up coal use to record levels after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 led to the shutdown of most atomic reactors, which once supplied about a third of Japan’s electricity.[Chang-Ran Kim, Ritsuko Shimizu, Yuka Obayashi and Aaron Sheldrick]More: Japan to shut or mothball 100 ageing coal-fired power plants -Yomiurilast_img read more

Philippe Senderos urges Mikel Arteta to secure Kalidou Koulibaly transfer

first_imgKoulibaly would demand a massive transfer fee (Picture: Getty)Philippe Senderos insists Arsenal need a great defender and has urged Mikel Arteta to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.Arsenal have tasked Arteta with steering the club back to being title contenders, but the head coach is yet to make any major changes to his squad.In an Instagram live chat with Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Senderos revealed he knew the two defensive targets Arsenal were chasing.He said: ‘Arteta knows the environment well and can bring Arsenal back to the top. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘After (Arsene) Wenger’s farewell it wasn’t easy to start again. With (Unai) Emery things didn’t go well, but Mikel can be the right man. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I want to see the Gunners up high again: you need a great defender.’‘I know they are interested in Koulibaly and [Barcelona star Samuel] Umtiti,’ he added. ‘I would take one of the two to return to the top. The favourite? I say KK.’ Comment Philippe Senderos urges Mikel Arteta to secure Kalidou Koulibaly transfer Advertisement Senderos insists Arsenal need better defenders (Picture: GettyArsenal have long been linked with a move for Umtiti, but have been unable to convince the Frenchman to leave Barcelona.Umtiti is reportedly surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but the defender is keen to stay at the club and prove himself under new manager Quique Setien.Koulibaly has repeatedly been tipped for a big-money switch to the Premier League, but no club has been able to match Napoli’s asking price.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Italians value Koulibaly at over £80million and it is very unlikely Arsenal will have the funds to launch a move for the 28-year-old.Arsenal are facing a difficult transfer window due to the financial difficulties the coronavirus pandemic has caused for football.Club chiefs have already told Arteta there is unlikely to be any big-name signings in the next window and the club will focus on securing free agents and swap deals.MORE: Nabil Fekir wants to stay at Real Betis after Arsenal approachMORE: Omari Forson to snub Arsenal transfer interest and sign pro contract with Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 30 Apr 2020 7:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Mission Beach slowly starts to regain its former touch

first_imgTourist Daisy Hijnen, 23, holidays in Mission Beach Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE forecast is starting to look more promising for a beloved Far North coastal community.Truus Biddlecombe-Sanders has lived through the highs and lows of Mission Beach since she moved to the famous tourism town with her husband Patrick Biddlecombe in 1997.“After arriving in Australia we lived in Melbourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast but decided to retire here,” she said. “We had been all over the world: there were the Caribbean beaches and African outback; but Mission Beach offered us everything.”Every day Mrs Biddlecombe-Sanders walks along the beach with her dog, and on a Friday evening will enjoy a seaside drink with friends.She said Mission Beach had not lost any of its charm over the past two decades.“Of course it has grown but the village atmosphere very much remains,” she said.“I don’t think it will change much; it is too far from the airport to become like Port Douglas.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe Wongaling Beach resident, who sits on the Mission Beach Community Association committee, said she hoped to remain in the town for as long as possible. While a traditional favourite among Far North holiday-makers, Mission Beach recorded a population of 815 in the 2016 Census – a slight increase from 765 in 2011.But like the entire Cassowary Coast, the community’s property market has been languishing for almost a decade.This was compounded by the devastation wreaked by cyclones Larry and Yasi.But while still well below the levels reached in 2007, when Mission Beach median house prices soared above $400,000, the local real estate market is showing signs of improvement.“The Cassowary Coast market has been gradually rebuilding in volume from the 20-year low it experienced in 2011, which coincided with market disruption caused by Cyclone Yasi,” said Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr. “Mission Beach has been through the worst and prices there are starting to slowly rebuild, but market conditions in Innisfail are still flat.“Meanwhile the median house prices in Cardwell and Tully have tended to reduce.”last_img read more

Phil Dawes takes over as head of UK institutional at AllianzGI

first_imgA spokesman for AllianzGI said: “Phil already has significant experience of developing relationships with clients in the institutional space and a deep knowledge of our products and services.”Wiggins joined AllianzGI in October 2012. Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has appointed Phil Dawes as the asset manager’s new head of UK institutional, filling the gap left by Andy Wiggins, who stopped working at the firm in July.It said the appointment would enlarge Dawes’s existing role at the company, as he will carry on in his position as head of consultant relations for the pan-European region.Dawes joined the company in May 2001 and helped oversee the launch of AllianzGI’s UK infrastructure debt fund in July this year.He also served as director of that fund.last_img

Chart of the Week: The UK’s biggest asset managers

first_imgLegal & General Investment Management (LGIM), Insight Investment and BlackRock dominate the UK institutional pensions market – and their market share is increasing, according to IPE’s latest survey of the sector.IPE’s September edition will be published next week, and with it the latest survey of asset managers running UK institutional and pension fund assets.LGIM continues to lead the way with €782.7bn in pension assets, followed by Insight with €609.4bn and BlackRock with €426.5bn.Between them, the three groups account for 72% of the €2.5trn of assets covered by the survey, compared with 68% two years ago and 69% in 2018. The top three dominant asset managers for UK pensions in 2019 (%)Chart MakerWithin asset classes, LGIM leads the way on global government bonds, running €173.9bn. Insight is the second biggest manager in this asset class with €49.8bn.BlackRock runs the most in global equities – €175.3bn – aided by its iShares exchange-traded fund business, while LGIM is a close second with €158.3bn. The two firms also dominate UK investment in corporate bonds, with BlackRock running €345.4bn and LGIM running €136.1bn.Specialist real estate manager CBRE leads the way in this asset class, responsible for €22.1bn, ahead of Aberdeen Standard Investments (€21.3bn).Top 10 managers of UK pension assetsChart MakerIPE’s UK asset managers survey covers 93 companies and will be published in full with the September edition of the magazine, out next week.last_img read more

Report: HMM to Start Ordering ULCVs from Next Month

first_imgSouth Korean shipping major Hyundai Merchant Marine is expected to place orders for up to 20 ultra large container vessels (ULCVs), starting from March, according to local media.The company would commence the ordering spree on the back of South Korea’s plan to support the ordering of up to 50 vessels this year.Namely, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is expected to present its five-year plan for the reconstruction of the shipping industry later this month. The Founding Committee for Korea Maritime Promotion Corporation will then start providing financial support.The corporation can issue bonds up to four times its capital, amounting to KRW 3.1 trillion, and manage up to KRW 12 trillion in funds.Hyundai Merchant Marine has delivered a net loss of KRW 479.5 billion in book value of 10 vessels that were sold to Korea Shipping and Maritime Transportation in March 2017.The company’s total revenue increased by 10 percent year-on-year to KRW 5.028 trillion, while its handling volumes surged by 30 percent to 4.03 million TEU from 3.09 million TEU seen in the previous year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DILG files admin raps vs 10 mayors remiss in road clearing directive

first_imgInterior Secretary Eduardo Año said themayors were not able to “satisfactorily” answer the Show Cause Orders issued bythe agency. MANILA – The Department of Interior andLocal Government (DILG) has filed administrative charges against 10 mayors forfailing to comply with the national government’s order to clear roads of anyillegal obstructions. “We will file the succeeding batches as soon as our lawyers have finished reviewing the validation reports and the corresponding answers by the mayors,” says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. PNA “This is just the first batch of casesto be filed and we will file the succeeding batches as soon as our lawyers havefinished reviewing the validation reports and the corresponding answers by themayors,” said Año in a statement.center_img The mayors of Baco, Oriental Mindoro;Pili, Camarines Sur; Ginatilan, Cebu; Pagsanghan, Samar; Aurora and Lapuyan,Zamboanga Del Sur; Sagay and Guinsiliban, Camuigin; Manticao, Misamis Oriental;and Caraga, Davao Oriental were all charged before the Office of the Ombudsmanwith administrative cases for gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct. DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121last year, which is a formal directive to local government units to clear roadsand sidewalks from obstructions within 60 days. The directive came afterPresident Rodrigo Duterte asked local officials to reclaim public spaces duringhis State of the Nation Address last July. (CNNPH/PN)last_img read more

Jogger finds human head near intersection in Florida

first_imgHomicide detectives in St. Petersburg, Florida are investigating the discovery of a human remains after a jogger called the police department and notified them of spotting a human head near the intersection of 38th Ave. S and 31st St. S. in St. Petersburg.St. Petersburg police said they did not have any details about the discovery as of Tuesday afternoon and the investigation was ongoing. They are urging anyone with information to call 727-893-7780.last_img

Pakistan make strong start after Chandimal heroics

first_imgA MARATHON innings from Dinesh Chandimal held up Pakistan, but they were 64-0 in reply to 419 at stumps on day two. Dinesh Chandimal led by example with his first century as Sri Lanka Test captain but Pakistan made a positive start to their reply on day two in Abu Dhabi.The imperturbable Chandimal was unbeaten on 155 – his second-highest Test score – and Niroshan Dickwella made a more entertaining Test-best 83 to get the tourists up to 419 all out.A patient Chandimal, who faced 372 balls in what was his ninth Test hundred, and the aggressive Dickwella put on 134 for the fifth wicket as Sri Lanka set about trying to silence their critics.Mohammad Abbas (3-75) and Yasir Shah (3-120) took three wickets apiece before Shan Masood and Sami Aslam saw Pakistan through to 64-0 at stumps.An unflappable Chandimal was watchful on day one and took the same approach in the morning session after the tourists resumed on 227-4 yesterday, but Dickwella needed only four balls to move from 42 to a sixth Test half-century.The pair continued to frustrate Pakistan as the partnership passed 100, Dickwella comfortably outscoring his captain and overtaking him following a reverse-sweep to the boundary off Yasir.Dickwella missed out on a maiden Test ton when the left-hander played on to a delivery from Hasan Ali, but Chandimal was rewarded for his defiance by bringing up a 273-ball hundred with a glorious cover drive off Mohammad Amir.Dilruwan Perera successfully reviewed after being given out leg-before when he got an inside edge on an arm ball from Yasir and it took Dilruwan 33 deliveries to finally get off the mark after also overturning an lbw decision.After Sri Lanka took lunch on 322-5, Dilruwan got his eye in, using his feet superbly to get to the pitch of the ball and loft Hasan for six over long-on, but a 92-run partnership was ended when debutant Haris Sohail snared him lbw for 33.Chandimal had started to adopt a more attacking approach, hitting Yasir for back-to-back boundaries, and passed 150 before tea, but Abbas cleaned up the tail as the last five wickets fell for only 32 runs.Masood and Aslam saw Pakistan through to the close unscathed, reducing the deficit to 355 runs on what was very much Chandimal’s day. (Sportsmax)last_img read more