January 23, 2021
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first_imgIt has been well over a decade since I have written about the scarlet sage, and yet this year, it seems like I am discovering an old friend. I think you should, too. It is like this plant I grew up loving had disappeared, but in truth, while I have been growing other flowers, the scarlet sage has simply gotten better.There is a good chance that you have forgotten about this plant. If you are under 30, there is a very good chance it is totally unknown to you. To get started, know that scarlet sage is our annual salvia, known botanically as “Salvia splendens.” I say “annual” because that is how most of us treat it. In Florida, you’ll find some people growing it as a perennial.New colors and varieties will ensure a dazzling landscape or a sizzling mixed container for the whole gardening season. One group that you will probably find new to you is the Saucy series. ‘Saucy Wine’ and ‘Saucy Red’ have both found fame in the Southern Living Plant Collection. ‘Saucy Coral’ looks as though it was designed with the artist gardener in mind, with one of the rarest colors in the gardening world.The Saucy series is fairly large, growing 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. You’ll find that all of the Salvia splendens do their part to bring in hummingbirds and butterflies. Because of their height, the Saucy series also makes great cut flowers. Deadheading simply brings more flowers throughout the summer.The Vista series is another group that I have always liked. These are more compact, reaching only 1 foot in height and 8 to 10 inches in width. The Vista series comes in six colors and a mix. My color-designer son seems to always make sure white flowers are part of his mixes, and this year, I have to say that the ‘Vista White’ has been extraordinary. Here we are in September, and his mixed planters featuring ‘Vista White’ are amazing.The Picante, Salsa and Sizzler series are also compact when compared to the Saucy series. They have so many colors, you’ll question why they are called “scarlet sage.” They originated in Brazil, so the marketing or varietal names are certainly appropriate.Color from spring through frost means that this annual form of salvia is an exceptional buy and ranks as a stalwart performer. Its spiky texture is most welcome in a garden world dominated by round flowers.The ideal site would get morning sun and midafternoon shade. The soil should be very well drained. Plant on raised beds, or amend heavy soils with the addition of compost or humus. Plant hardiness zones 8 through 10 may find these to be returning perennials with superior drainage.While preparing the soil, incorporate 2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer or something balanced per 100 square feet of planting area. Space the plants 10 to 12 inches apart, planting at the same depth they are growing in the container.Water deeply, once a week, particularly during long, dry periods. In the Savannah, Georgia, area, we have had the fourth-driest summer in a dozen years. On the other hand, we have had the second-wettest summer in terms of frequency of rain. This has been just about perfect for most of our annuals. Adding a good layer of mulch will reward the gardener with happier plants by keeping the root zone cooler and the moisture from quickly evaporating. Prune spent flowers to encourage branching and blossoms. This will be especially important for your late summer and fall display. Feed a month after planting with a light application of fertilizer.Scarlet sage comes in almost any color, including two-toned varieties, so it helps to know your color combinations. I have loved my son’s mixed container of ‘Saucy Coral’ with ‘Black and Bloom’ salvia and bright ‘Sidekick Lime’ ornamental sweet potatoes. And the others planted with ‘Vista White’ seem to complement all other colors. Don’t be afraid to use white. It is super as the sun sets, and the color even reflects moonlight at night.Hummingbirds, butterflies and dazzling beauty are pretty good attributes for scarlet sage. It will give you a sense of “green-thumb satisfaction.”Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru and learn more about the UGA Coastal Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm at coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Heather Jerome of Jerome Family Chiropractic recently received the 120-hour post-graduate certification in the Principles and Practices of Chiropractic Pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is dedicated to advancing awareness of the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle through education, training and research in the care of children & pregnant women, the I.C.P.A. and its members are fulfilling their vision in the world.Dr. Heather Jerome studied Humanities and pre-medical education at the University of Vermont. She received her doctorate at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York. She has studied the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic with special attention to massage therapies, maternity and pediatric care. She has completed a residency at a hospital for the treatment of neurological diseases. She has experience with co-treating patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, ALS and Post-Stroke patients among others. In January 2004 she opened Jerome Family Chiropractic, located at Sidewalk Village in downtown Barre, Vermont. For more information please visit www.jeromefamilychiropractic.com(link is external).last_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):With a feeble 44 Bcf (billion cubic feet) of natural gas withdrawn from storage in the middle of a warm winter and prices for natural gas futures contracts crumbling below $2.15/MMBtu (million British thermal unit), Appalachia’s shale gas producers braced for another beating in the stock market Jan. 9 as the new year gets off to a rough start.Shares in EQT Corp., the largest U.S. natural gas producer by volume, sank 11% in heavy trading Jan. 8, as it became clearer that commodities traders do not expect winter weather to salvage commodity gas prices, which are at their lowest level since the winter of 2016. The negative news for current and future gas prices, coupled with a broader market retreat from oil and gas as tensions with Iran eased, hurt America’s pure-play gas producers concentrated in Appalachia, analysts said. EQT shares dropped another 1% on heavy volume after Jan. 9’s opening bell.Year-to-date, an equally weighted index of Appalachia’s top 10 publicly traded gas producers was off 7% at Jan. 8’s market close, with EQT shares suffering the worst, off 16% since the new year began. Utica shale driller Gulfport Energy Corp. and Marcellus Shale producers CNX Resources Corp., Antero Resources Corp., Montage Resources Corp. and Southwestern Energy Co. were all down by double-digit percentage points for the new year when the market opened Jan. 9.The 44 Bcf inventory pull for the week ended Jan. 3, and the previous week’s weak withdrawal of 58 Bcf, were well below the five-year averages. S&P Global Platts Analytics, which examines pipeline flow data, said demand has been down 3.1 Bcf/d for the last days of 2019 and the first days of 2020, likely due to warmer weather in high-demand regions like the Midwest and Northeast.The atmosphere has not been helped by news of producers writing down parts of their shale gas investments, as reserves acquired when gas was $4/MMBtu are worth half that today. Appalachian driller Range Resources Corp. said in a Jan. 8 SEC filing that it would take a second write-down of its Terryville, La., investment, originally valued at $4.2 billion, due to low gas prices. Range’s news came on the heels of supermajor Chevron’s Dec. 10 announcement that it was writing off $5 billion to $6 billion of the value of its Appalachian shale holdings and hinted it would be leaving the play.Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. and others are gloomy about the prospects of significant increases in commodity gas prices in 2020. “We continue to expect prices to weaken further in Q1’20 towards $2/Mcf, absent a weather event,” the energy investment bank told its clients Jan. 3. “Investors will be looking for further cuts to capital plans and growth to be announced during upcoming conference calls. Both economics and cash flow do not support drilling at current levels.”[Bill Holland]More ($): Appalachian shale stocks get battered on low gas prices, easing of Iran tension Bad news continues for shale producers in U.S. Appalachian regionlast_img read more

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first_img So far this year, 955 people (24 percent minors) have embraced the National Government’s demobilization program, while that number was 1,140 in 2012, implying that this year’s numbers are projected to surpass those by December 31. In addition, four demobilized guerrillas gave a conference to explain the advantages of accepting the state policy of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. At the same time, they talked about the inhumane treatment received from the guerrillas. The event aims not only at inviting low-level guerrillas, medium-level leadership and militias to surrender their weapons voluntarily, but also to prevent the recruitment of minors and raise awareness among the civilian population of the benefits of this program. Among the actions included at the event was an array of life-size images and information about members of the FARC’s 10th Front – which conducts criminal activities in the Arauca area -, installed in the park’s main square, inviting guerrillas to demobilize and reintegrate into civil society. Representatives of the civil society and renowned figures, such as former goalkeeper Óscar Córdoba and climber Fernando González Rubio – the first Colombian national to reach the summit of the Everest – participated at the event organized by the National Defense Ministry’s Program of Humanitarian Assistance to Demobilized Persons, and told the audience about their experiences and actions to overcome difficulties that led to success. The departments where most people have demobilized are Antioquia (134), Caqueta (122), Cauca (95), Meta (86) and Nariño (63).center_img By Dialogo September 20, 2013 Out of all individuals demobilized this year, 774 were FARC members, and 179 were from the ELN; 713 were male. With the slogan “Arauca is Colombia; Colombia for All,” Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón chaired an event to promote the demobilization of FARC members in Tame, Arauca department, on September 19. Citizens were able to write messages to guerrillas on these life-size figures, to invite them to return home. last_img read more

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first_imgI’ve heard it said before that if you end up with a bad employee, you’ve probably made a bad hiring decision. Now, please understand, I’m not excusing an employee’s poor work ethic or a “less than engaged” employee, but more often than not, there’s a good chance that person wasn’t the right fit in the first place.Bad hiring decisions are costly. Beyond how an under-functioning employee affects team morale, workload, and deliverables productivity, the wrong hire also hits hard from a financial perspective. How costly? Take a look at these turnover costs as percentage of actual salary: continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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first_img This post is currently collecting data… There were several reports last week of data breaches: Fintech company Robinhood announced that almost 2,000 market accounts were compromised, Dickey’s Barbecue had information of more than 3 million cards stolen, and Barnes & Noble suffered a breach that exposed some personal information of customers. As a leader in calling for national data security standards, NAFCU sent a letter to Congress urging action to ensure consumers’ information is properly protected in light of these breaches.The association was the first group after the massive 2013 Target data breach to call for a legislative solution to reform the nation’s data security system, and consistently reiterates is principles for a data security standard – which includes holding negligent companies accountable and ensuring consumers are made aware of breaches in a timely manner – to lawmakers.In the letter sent Friday, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to keep data security a high priority.“Unfortunately, retailers, and even fintechs such as Robinhood, are not held to the same data security expectations as depository institutions, which have faced rigorous cybersecurity exams for years under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA),” Thaler wrote. “Even more troubling, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an advisory last month which warned against precisely the sort of authentication weaknesses that may have played a role in the reported Robinhood breach. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_img Kick off 4:30pm The north London club underwent significant upheaval on and off the pitch over the summer as 55 staff were made redundant, with the financial impact of the coronavirus cited. On the field, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes were notable additions to Arteta’s playing squad.Despite the gloom with which Arsenal entered the international break, before the loss to Villa there had been a rare win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, with a gritty performance earning a 1-0 victory. – Advertisement – However, an inconsistent start to the new campaign – including a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in the last game before the international break which left Arsenal 11th in the table – has dented some of the optimism surrounding the club.“We’re a long way, I’m afraid,” Arteta told the club’s official website. 2:56 – Advertisement – preview image Mikel Arteta during Arsenal's defeat to Aston VillaImage:Arteta says Arsenal have faced a ‘challenging’ time over recent months “It’s part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.” FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal in the Premier League Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has admitted his side are a “long way” from achieving the level of performance he is targeting.Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates last December and was credited with improving several elements of Arsenal’s play as he guided the club to an FA Cup triumph, as well as an impressive Premier League victory over champions Liverpool.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Sunday 22nd November 4:00pm Arsenal return to Premier League action at newly promoted Leeds on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, and Arteta says he is firmly focused on what he sees as a “really bright” future.“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well,” he said.“It has been difficult, it has been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright. I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don’t go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”last_img read more

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first_imgILIRIJA dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru, conducted an educational project in Marina Kornati called “Biowaste” for students of the Medical School “Ante Kuzmanić” from Zadar, all with the aim of developing knowledge about the types of biowaste and composting. Ilirija dd, as a socially responsible business system is aware that its business activities affect the environment, so preserving the environment, preserving biodiversity, preventing pollution or minimizing it and reducing harmful effects on the environment is our obligation since without a preserved environment, as a fundamental resources of Croatian tourism, there is no survival of Croatian tourism, they point out from Ilirija dd. Nicely defined, but most importantly, in Illyria they stick to it, and it’s not just about PR. Following the above, Ilirija, as the first Croatian company to receive the award for socially responsible business INDEX CSR, with monitoring and implementation of all legal regulations, implements international criteria and environmental standards, which are not a legal obligation, but which contribute to additional conservation and protection of nature and environment. .”Ilirija pays significant attention and activities to environmental education aimed not only at its own employees and guests but also at the community in which we operate and operate, so this project is Illyria’s contribution to the development of wider social awareness of the importance of environmental protection and reducing environmental impact. ” conclude from Illyria.Thus, in Illyria they are especially proud of: Blue flag, whose Marina Kornati has been the holder since 2004, the international ecological program for the protection of the marine and coastal environment, whose primary goal is the sustainable management and administration of the sea and the coastal zone, ISO 14001 as the most widespread international standard for environmental management implemented and certified in Ilirija since 2014, Green key which is assigned to accommodation facilities that reduce the negative effects on the environment. Ilirija’s camp “Park Soline” was awarded this international certificate in 2013, when it was only one of two camps in Croatia, and Ecocamping within which there are camps, among them the camp “Park Soline” which promote ecology, sustainable development and environmental protection.A company friend of healthIlirija dd is recently the second tourist company in the Republic of Croatia to hold the award “Friend of Health”The Ministry of Health and the Croatian Institute of Public Health have developed a module called “Friendly Health Company” within the National Program “Living Healthy”, related to the economy and the preservation and promotion of health in the workplace. In order for a company to be labeled a “Friend of Health Company”, it is necessary to meet certain criteria, such as: availability of meals in accordance with the principles of healthy eating, promotion of fruits and vegetables, availability of drinking water, co-financing physical activity for employees, stimulating walking or bicycle, preventive examinations of employees, etc.…CSR is the responsibility of all companies, especially the largest ones, which must be a positive example.last_img read more

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first_imgVon Doorn said Indonesia should reform subsidies, especially abolishing diesel fuel and fertilizer subsidies.Read also: KPK highlights inefficiency, mismanagement in preemployment card programHe went on to say that by abolishing diesel fuel subsidies, the government could channel the spending into helping the lower-income half of the population, as he pointed out that the subsidy was mostly enjoyed by the wealthier sections of the population.He also suggested the government replace the fertilizer subsidies program by providing farmers with new research and technology or new seed types to help them be more productive in the long run.Meanwhile, van Doorn also said that the government should utilize data and technology in other subsidies, such as those for electricity and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), to prevent leaks and improve disbursements.“Reform of subsidies will have many benefits besides fiscal ones, including reducing poverty, improving productivity and reducing the environmental impact of the subsidies,” he said.The country recorded a total of Rp 1.96 quadrillion (US$137.94 billion) of state revenue realization last year, equal to only 90.4 percent of the 2019 state budget as a result of lower tax revenues, and last year’s state budget deficit widened to 2.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), higher than the 1.8 percent target.As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage the economy, von Doorn predicted that Indonesia’s fiscal space would become tighter post-pandemic as state revenues were unlikely to recover for some time, given sluggish commodity prices and reduced corporate income tax returns.“To increase revenue and efficiency, Indonesia now needs to implement tax measures so that post-COVID, it can offset those impacts and restore tax to pre-COVID levels,” he added.The measures should include efforts to widen the country’s tax base, introduce taxes to meet environmental and health objectives, as well as improving tax compliance to help restore tax revenues to pre-COVID-19 levels.Read also: Govt expects unemployment to worsen, continue into next yearNational Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) state finance and monetary analysis director Boediastoeti Ontowirjo said the measures that the World Bank suggested were included in the country’s “core tax administration system” program that would be implemented by 2024.The core tax administration system is one of the key pillars of Indonesia’s ongoing tax reform, kicked off by the Finance Ministry in 2016, aimed at overhauling operations at the tax office and improving services to taxpayers.The reform of the tax administration is expected to increase Indonesia’s tax-to-GDP ratio by 1 to 1.5 percentage points, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) study. In 2017, the ratio stood at 10.7 percent, one of the lowest in the Asia Pacific region.Finance Ministry special staff member Masyita Crystallin said the government was currently working on the World Bank’s suggested subsidy reforms, such as implementing cash-based transfers for several social assistance programs.Despite the moves toward reform, she acknowledged that the government still faced hurdles in disbursing the assistance programs.“We still have challenges in the data set and data connectivity with other ministries that are not yet synchronized with the [Social Affairs Ministry’s integrated data on social welfare] DTKS,” she said.She gave an assurance that the government was working to update the data regularly so that it could move toward targeted subsidies, especially at a time when many vulnerable people were in dire need of assistance to pull through the pandemic.Topics : “We found that Indonesia has a limited space for development spending due to low revenue, as well as systemic constraints across sectors such as coordination challenges and inadequate data and information systems,” said World Bank senior economist Ralph von Doorn.He said that despite Indonesia’s robust economic growth, subsidy reforms and increased spending on infrastructure, health and social assistance, public spending remained inadequate.The report also found that the spending was not always directed at the right interventions, while that which was directed at the right intervention was found to be inefficient and ineffective at achieving the desired pro-equity outcomes, added van Doorn.Given such a situation, the World Bank recommended that the country conduct reforms, especially in tax and subsidies, to increase state revenue. The recommendations were also aimed at ensuring spending would be more efficient and effective. The World Bank has called on Indonesia to carry out reforms, especially on tax and subsidies, to improve the quality of its public spending.In its “Indonesia Public Expenditure Review” report published on Monday, the global financial institution said the country currently faced several constraints that prevented it achieving quality spending to close the gap between human capital and infrastructure.Read also: Indonesia increases COVID-19 budget again amid soaring deficitlast_img read more

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