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18
Jan
2021

Odds & Ends: Kristin Chenoweth Duets with Miss Piggy & Gets a Canine Gig & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cheno to Voice a Dog & Sing With A PigAfter voicing a gecko and a dart frog, she’s ready to channel her inner canine. Kristin Chenoweth will provide the voice of Fifi, Snoopy’s love interest, in the upcoming The Peanuts Movie. “I’ll always remember my history with the family and Peanuts,” Chenoweth told USA Today, referring to her Tony-winning turn in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “It seemed like the right and most natural thing to do.” But before then, you can see her on the small screen in the November 3 episode of The Muppets, in which she duets on a familiar show tune with Miss Piggy herself. Catch a sneak peek below! Star Files Kristin Chenoweth Clinton the Musical Gets a RecordingClinton’s not going away anytime soon. And yes, we’re obviously talking about Clinton The Musical. The off-Broadway tuner, which concluded its run at New World Stages earlier this summer, will release a cast recording. The Ghostlight Records album, featuring Kerry Butler, Tom Galantich, Duke Lafoon, Judy Gold and more, will be available digitally on October 30 and in stores on November 20. We can’t make any promises, but if you mute the Democratic debates while playing the record, they’ll probably sync up perfectly.Dick Van Dyke Sounds Off on New Mary PoppinsDon’t expect Dick Van Dyke to tap with penguins or (attempt to) speak with a cockney accent again. During his visit on The Talk, the stage and screen icon revealed that he’s “pleased” with the prospect of a new Mary Poppins film with Rob Marshall at the helm, but of course, it won’t be the same. “Walt was the guiding spirit over the whole thing,” he noted of the original, before affirming he’s not expecting to reprise his performance any time soon: “Tell them Bert’s dead!” No word yet on casting for the new movie, which will feature songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. View Commentslast_img read more

17
Jan
2021

Rules not as strict as during drought

first_imgAgricultural operations.Personal food gardens.New or replanted plant, seed or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following installation.Drip irrigation or soaker hoses.Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container (including chemical applications).Horticultural crops held for sale, resale or installation.Athletic fields, golf courses or public recreational areas.Installation, maintenance or calibration of irrigation systems.Hydroseeding. “During the summer months, outdoor municipal water use increases between 30 to 50 percent,” said UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz. “Most of this is from outdoor uses like filling swimming pools, washing cars and watering lawns and landscapes.”To conserve water, Waltz offers homeowners the following tips: New watering rules give Georgians more flexibility in their watering habits. Effective June 1, they can now run automated irrigation systems, lawn sprinklers or water by hand daily as long as they do so from 4 p.m. until 10 a.m.Under the Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB370), the new rules state that outdoor water can be applied daily during the specified hours for the purposes of planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants. What is called gray water or reclaimed waste water can be used any time for irrigation. Water from private wells or surface water used by the owner or operator of such wells or surface water is also allowed any time. For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Select plants that match light conditions and require less water.Match surface and soil drainage conditions to plant moisture requirements. Choose plants that grow well in your area. Preserve established plants. They have an extensive root system and require less water than newly planted ones. Space plants with their mature size in mind to reduce competition. Concentrate seasonal color in small, high-impact areas to reduce overall water requirements. Avoid constructing raised beds under trees due to root competition for water. Develop a landscape plan before designing an irrigation system. Incorporate shade trees in the landscape to reduce evaporative water loss. Select and group plants according to their water needs. Divide the landscape into water-use zones. Avoid small, irregular-shaped island plantings in turfgrass areas. They are difficult to irrigate. Consider irrigation sprinklers when designing turfgrass areas or planting beds. Move or eliminate plants not suited to existing site. The odd-even day schedule remains in effect for nonlandscape outdoor water use like pressure washing by homeowners, car washing at home or for charity, hosing driveways, outdoor cleaning or topping-off pools. Water can also be applied with no time or day limits for the following outdoor uses: Even though Georgia’s drought is in the past and the water restrictions have been loosened, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts encourage homeowners to keep a water-saving mindset. Even addresses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Odd addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.last_img read more

17
Jan
2021

Extension services

first_imgIn mid-October, administrators with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension announced a new system for delivering its educational programs. That new system uses set criteria to assign each of Georgia’s 159 counties to one of six service tiers. Each tier represents what kinds and levels of service counties will receive from UGA Extension.Implementation of the system is underway and is expected take 12 to 18 months to complete.“Our aim with this new plan was to do all we can to ensure Georgians have access to the education and information they need from us,” said Beverly Sparks, associate dean for Extension with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It was clear with our new budget reality we had to redesign how that education was delivered.”UGA Extension is the public service and outreach branch of the UGA colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences. For more than 100 years, it has delivered research-based education from the university to agricultural producers, families and, through Georgia 4-H, children. “Cooperative Extension may take on a new look and feel in your county, but we will do our best to continue delivering the reliable service and education across the state that you know and trust,” Sparks said. New look and feelOver the past two years, all Georgia state agencies have suffered budget reductions. UGA Extension’s cut has grown to 23 percent. “When you have eliminated 88 county agent, 19 state specialist and seven administrator positions, you can no longer continue to do more with less,” Sparks said. “The time has come that we have to do what we can with what we have. We have chosen to focus on what we do best.”Under the new system, every county will have access to a 4-H program. Most counties will have a county Extension office where residents can go for help. Support varies by tier.Tier 1 counties include Chattahoochee and Taliaferro. These counties will have no local Extension office but will have a basic 4-H program offered in the school system through an employee supervised by an agent in another county.Tier 2 counties include Brantley, Charlton, Clay, Crawford, Dade, Hancock, Heard, Long, Pickens, Quitman, Talbot, Towns, Twiggs and Wilkinson. These counties will have a core 4-H program and a county Extension office with an office manager to help residents access diagnostic services (soil, water and forage samples) and Extension resources. A county extension coordinator from another county will serve as administrator. Agents will be assigned as resources but will not generally offer programs or make client visits.Tier 3 counties include Atkinson, Clinch, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Glascock, Jones, Lincoln, Pike, Marion, Meriwether, Rabun, Schley, Stewart, Taylor, Webster and White. These counties will have a core 4-H program, a county office staffed with an office manager and a shared agent from a surrounding county who spends time in the office.Tier 4 counties include Baker, Baldwin, Barrow, Ben Hill, Brooks, Bryan, Butts, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cook, Dooly, Echols, Emanuel, Greene, Haralson, Harris, Irwin, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Liberty, McIntosh, Macon, Miller, Montgomery, Murray, Newton, Peach, Polk, Terrell, Treutlen, Troup, Upson, Warren, Wilcox and Worth. These counties will have a 4-H program, a county office with a secretary, one county-based agent who may be agriculture, family and consumer science, 4-H or split between these program areas.Tier 5 counties include Bacon, Banks, Bartow, Berrien, Bleckley, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Columbia, Coweta, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Douglas, Early, Effingham, Evans, Fayette, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Lowndes, Lumpkin, McDuffie, Madison, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Tattnall, Telfair, Thomas, Toombs, Turner, Union, Walker, Walton, Ware, Wayne, Wheeler, Whitfield and Wilkes. These counties will have a 4-H program, a county office staffed with at least one support position and two or more agents – one a county coordinator — to provide educational programs.Tier 6 counties include Appling, Bibb, Bulloch, Burke, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Coffee, Colquitt, DeKalb, Dougherty, Elbert, Forsyth, Fulton, Glynn, Gwinnett, Henry, Houston, Laurens, Muscogee, Richmond, Rockdale, Tift, Sumter and Washington. These counties will have a full-time coordinator with multiple agents.The tier rankings were determined by district Extension leadership teams, Sparks said. Under the new tier system, 126 Georgia counties are classified in Tiers 4-6, which means they will have county offices, agents and 4-H programs. “I think our stakeholders understand the very difficult situation we’re dealing with, with the state budget, and I think they understand that we have very limited resources,” Sparks said. “Now if you’re in one of those Tier 1, 2 or 3 counties you may not be as pleased with us as if you’re in a Tier 4, 5 or 6 county. But, again, I think this plan is flexible and allows us, as resources return, to build back and bring those 1, 2 and 3 tiers up to a higher tier.”last_img read more

31
Dec
2020

Coal plant closures set to continue in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:“King coal to rule for 20 more years” screamed the front-page lead headline in The Australian, following the release of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 20-year blueprint for the future of energy, known as its Integrated System Plan.Hate to say this guys, but that’s not what the AEMO report says. Here’s the thing: AEMO’s blueprint makes it absolutely clear that even if current climate and emissions and policies are not changed, then the shift in generation is going to happen anyway, and quickly.So, by 2030, out of the system have gone Liddell (2022) and Vales Point, both in NSW, and Gladstone in Queensland. It does not rule out this happening earlier, either due to the inability of the coal generators to make money, or catastrophic failure of their machinery. In the 2030s, Yallourn, Eraring, Bayswater, Tarong and Callide are gone. By 2040, the “rule” of King Coal is but a memory.But there’s more.Like the National Energy Guarantee and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report, the central scenario of AEMO gives no regard to climate change policies, the need to accelerate targets to ensure that Australia does its bit to meet the Paris climate target. Where it does, the outlook is even bleaker for “king coal”. Renewables have a much greater share of generation – going towards 60 percent.So the end result could be even more bleak for the coal-huggers. A fast-change scenario that dials in appropriate climate change policies, co-ordinates distributed energy, promotes demand management could actually see more coal out of the system earlier.More: Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 Coal plant closures set to continue in Australialast_img read more

18
Dec
2020

5 MORE reasons your new hires won’t last

first_imgYesterday, we talked through five reasons your new hires won’t last. Continuing on in that vein today, here are five more reasons (we’ll number them 6 – 10, just to make it easier). Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be another bumpy ride.6. Orientation and onboarding are largely reduced to a review of relevant policies and procedures before moving on to training on operational skills.What’s missing? Culture. In an organization with a clear identity and culture, orientation and onboarding is just the next link in the chain, so to speak; and it’s here that new hires learn even more about this tribe of humans they’ve just joined. They’re given a closer look at “how we do things around here.” They should learn stories, and be introduced to symbols, traditions, and rituals (Pro tip: Omit any references to animal sacrifice at this point in orientation.). They should learn about the core values — what they mean, how they look in action, and what accountability around them looks like. And that’s just the beginning.7. Training stinks for any number of reasons. This one almost deserves its own post, and maybe I’ll do that at some point. As a former HS educator, and as one involved in corporate training & development/organizational development for a good while now, I can tell you that there’s a lot of really great training out there. I can also tell you there’s a lot of pretty terrible training out there. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18
Dec
2020

Out with skimming, in with shimming?

first_img 229SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ashley Town Ashely Town is Director of Fraud Services for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. She can be reached at ashley…. Web: https://www.co-opfs.org Details Skimming horror stories are nothing new. Tales of consumers unwittingly inserting their cards at ATMs with fraudulent technology frequently pervade headlines. Fake card inserts, keypads, and other devices have all been fitted on ATMs, giving them the look of the real deal while quietly collecting consumers’ data. Gradually, skimming devices have become smaller and smaller, making them more challenging to detect. These innovations have proved costly for credit unions and consumers alike. In 2015, ATM compromises increased 546 percent from the previous year.  Now, a new wave of skimmers threatens to cause trouble in the U.S. Called shimmers, these devices capture EMV chip card transaction data. Hidden within ATMs, shimmers are virtually undetectable. According to John Buzzard, CO-OP’s industry fraud specialist, this means shimmers have the potential to be even riskier than previous skimming iterations.“Out of sight, out of mind can also apply to shimmers,” said Buzzard. “Common indicators of skimming devices, such as dangling wires, out-of-place stickers, and unusual scratches, may not be present. This makes it far more difficult to identify shimmers.”Fraudsters place the minuscule shimming devices directly next to ATMs’ chip readers. Powered by a microprocessor and flash memory, each device is well equipped to pick up card data – including account numbers and expiration dates. The attack’s subtlety makes it highly unlikely the chip reader will even pick up a disturbance.While the data collected cannot be used to counterfeit chip cards, it can be used to make fake magnetic-stripe cards. Criminals will likely attempt to take advantage of this vulnerability by using the counterfeit cards for fraudulent purchases. Merchants who have not yet implemented EMV chip technology, in particular, may see these purchases come through.Detecting fake cards created through shimming can be relatively easy for credit unions, however. The card verification values (CVVs) on the fake cards will not match the integrated card verification values (iCVVs) of the actual chip cards. By checking the CVVs on transactions, credit unions can more quickly weed out fraud.With a presence in both Mexico and Canada already, it seems only a matter of time before shimmers start making their way to the U.S. To best prepare for this, credit unions are advised to consider taking the following steps.Conduct physical ATM examinations. Video or PIN-capture devices may be in place to accompany shimming devices. Any foreign objects should be noted and removed immediately.Implement anti-shimming equipment. ATM manufacturers may offer protective plates to help deter criminals from attaching shimmers.Reissue EMV chip cards with new numbers. Issuing chip cards with new card numbers and expiration dates also trigger new CVV and iCVV values. Even if consumers had been victimized by shimming, any captured card information would become void. Utilize fraud prevention resources. Credit unions partnering with CO-OP have access to FICO Card Alert Service (CAS). This resource helps identify skimming points of compromise involving stolen magnetic-stripe cards and PINs.The emergence of shimming technology serves as a stark reminder of how quickly fraudsters can innovate. By being agile in their ability to recognize and adapt to changing fraud trends, credit unions will be better equipped to stay one step ahead. To learn more about how to optimize today’s most advanced security innovations, download CO-OP’s newest eBook here.last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Aid group seeks help fighting plague in Congo

first_img The Ituri district is the most active site of human plague outbreaks in the world, with about 1,000 cases a year, according to the WHO. The current outbreak began in the Linga health zone district in mid-May, the agency said. “MSF is very concerned about the weak mobilization of other aid actors in the area, particularly when it comes to active case finding and vector control, two imperative measures that need to be implemented when dealing with this type of situation,” the group said. “Pneumonic plague is extremely contagious and is an airborne disease.” Jun 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The medical aid group Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) appealed for help last week in the fight to control the outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). See also: Jun 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_14/en/index.html In a Jun 22 statement, the group said 22 deaths had been attributed to the disease out of 144 cases identified as of Jun 19 in the Rethy and Linga health zones in the northeastern DRC. The outbreak has affected 12 health zones with a total population of almost 100,000, the statement said.center_img MSF said it was concerned that, without more control measures, the outbreak could spread to some areas where access is limited because of security problems. The group has set up two isolation centers for treating plague patients in the Rethy and Linga health zones. The organization runs a hospital in Bunia, capital of Ituri. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Jun 14 that it had received reports of 100 deaths due to suspected pneumonic plague in the DRC. However, the WHO later quietly revised the statement to say that 100 suspected cases had been reported in the Ituri district, with 19 deaths. Jerome Souquet, the MSF’s head of mission in the Ituri district, warned there was an urgent need for help in identifying cases and tracing contacts of suspected cases. “Otherwise, we could soon be confronted with an outbreak spiraling out of control,” he said. “We can already note a spread of the epidemic outbreak to new areas in the last few days.”last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Increased taxes for sailors harm Croatian tourism

first_imgA session of the Executive Board of the Croatian Employers’ Association of the Nautical Sector Association was held at the Croatia Boat Show to discuss the adoption of the Maritime Property and Seaports Act, the increase in sojourn tax for boaters and the results of a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism. and when purchasing a vessel on lease.Roko Vuletić, President of the Executive Board, commented on the round table on the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports organized by the Association of the Nautical Sector, where representatives of the ministry announced some changes that are positive for nautical. For example, the abolition of the variable part of the concession fee, and the compensation of the old concessionaire in a certain percentage of the investment in certain cases. Regarding the issue of the commercial part of sports ports, a modality is required that would minimize the possibilities of manipulation. With regard to the commercial activity of ports open to public traffic, efforts will be made to reduce the percentage of such commercialization. When the working group adopts the draft law, it should go through the consultation procedure when the association has the opportunity to act with its comments, which is provided for in III. quarter of this year, Vuletic pointed out.Igor Mihajlov commented on the adoption of amendments to the Maritime Code, which does not sufficiently deal with nautical. “The amendments will address the issue of legal certainty and standardization of contracts specific to nautical activities. The intention is to apply general, legally established rules and provisions in the event that there are no concluded agreements, and in order to minimize the possibilities of interpretation of the rights and obligations of the opposing parties. ”  Mihajlov pointed out. All present agreed to  organizes a round table on this topic at the next nautical fair, to which all representatives of marinas should be invited, for whom this segment is very important.The Minister of Tourism did not attend the meeting held by the Croatian Employers’ Association with the Ministry of Tourism regarding the enormous increase in the sojourn tax for boaters.The proposal of the Nautical Sector Association is reduction of the lump sum of the sojourn tax for boaters because on the example of only three marinas that have 54 canceled ships in the three months of application of the Regulation, harmful effects on nautical tourism can be seen. Also, it is also considered wrong  imposed obligation for marinas to collect the sojourn tax. Next week, if there are no changes in the desired direction, HUP will launch a stronger campaign to reduce the sojourn tax for sailors, enable the payment of sojourn tax per day for all categories, and equalize sailors with property owners in terms of lump sum sojourn tax.Related news:THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DRASTIC INCREASE IN THE RESIDENCE TAX IN NAUTICS ARE ALREADY FEELED ON THE FIELD, AND WILL ONLY BE FELTRESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA ADOPTED THE DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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19
Oct
2020

Pyongyang ‘looking to blame Seoul’ for virus: Analysts

first_img“It could take issue with South Korea’s poor frontline security,” she told AFP. “It could even claim that South Korea purposefully sent the defector back to North Korea to spread the virus there.”Duyeon Kim, a Korea expert at the International Crisis Group, added that by blaming an imported case from the South, the North “can now legitimately and openly accept” aid from Seoul. The North could “further send a message about defectors painting them as enemies of the state”, she added in a tweet.Pyongyang has repeatedly excoriated leaflet-sending defectors and the Seoul government in recent weeks, worsening already frozen inter-Korean ties and culminating in the North blowing up a liaison office on its side of the border. Return visitor It is extremely rare for North Korean defectors to return to their original country, where rights groups say they face severe punishment for leaving — the South’s Unification Ministry says only 11 are known to have done so in the last five years.It is even rarer for them to travel through the Demilitarized Zone, one of the world’s most secure borders, replete with minefields and guard posts.But the South Korean military said a North Korean defector was believed to have returned to the North from Ganghwa island, on the Han river estuary northwest of Seoul.He was not officially identified but according to multiple media reports and defectors he is a 24-year-old who defected in 2017, also by swimming across a river.He is being investigated on rape allegations in the South, they added.Last month he appeared on a YouTube channel run by another defector, and said it took him more than seven hours to swim across the inter-Korean border when he went south.Afterwards, he “cried for 10 days, as I kept on thinking about my family” back home, he said in the interview.Seoul’s health authorities said his name did not appear in the South’s database of confirmed coronavirus cases, nor its list of their contacts.Two individuals who had contact with the suspected re-defector were tested on Sunday and both tested negative, added Yoon Tae-ho of the Central Disaster Management Headquarters.The North’s medical infrastructure is seen as woefully inadequate to deal with any epidemic and Pyongyang closed its borders in late January — the first country in the world to do so — in an effort to protect itself against the coronavirus.The situation in Kaesong “may lead to a deadly and destructive disaster”, official news agency KCNA reported at the weekend. North Korea is seizing on the return of a defector from the South to point the finger at Seoul for the arrival of coronavirus in the country after months of denying it had any cases, analysts said Monday.Pyongyang imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong, saying it had found a suspected COVID-19 infection in a defector who had returned across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, state media reported at the weekend.For months the North had denied having any cases of the virus that swept the world after first emerging in neighboring China — its main diplomatic backer and trade partner — raising skepticism among observers. And Seoul officials said Monday that the man believed to be the re-defector has never been confirmed as a coronavirus patient in the South, nor a contact of a confirmed case.The South has carried out more than 1.5 million tests as part of an extensive “trace, test and treat” model that has largely brought the outbreak under control.Analysts said the North was likely to have already had virus cases, and Pyongyang was looking to blame Seoul for the outbreak, rather than its own longstanding ally Beijing.”North Korea may try to use the defector’s return to deflect the blame for an outbreak that has already occurred, or for any future quarantine failures,” said former US government North Korea analyst Rachel Lee. Topics :last_img read more

27
Sep
2020

Abortion rate at lowest in 20 years

first_imgStuff.co.nz 5 January 2014The number of women having abortions in New Zealand has dropped to its lowest rate in almost 20 years and significantly fewer teenagers are having the procedure.Wider use of contraception, better school-based education and even reality television are all thought to be behind the drop.In 2012, 14,745 women had abortions in NZ, down from 18,382 five years earlier.The number of abortions is at the lowest level since 1995, according to a report from the Abortion Supervisory Committee, which works to improve the quality of abortion services in New Zealand.Women in their 20s were most likely to have an abortion, followed by 15- to 19-year-olds. Women over 45 were the group with the lowest number of abortions.The number of girls under 14 having abortions more than halved – from 104 in 2007 to 51 in 2012. The number of girls in the 15- to 19-year-old group also dropped substantially – from 4173 to 2489.Most women having abortions identified themselves as European, followed by Maori, Asian and Pacific.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9577045/Abortion-rate-at-lowest-in-20-yearslast_img read more