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Gardener Gifts.

first_imgNow that the initial rush of gift buying is over, hopefullyyou have saved the receipts for the returns you are going to takeback after the holidays. You forgot, didn’t you — gardeners don’twear neckties.When in Doubt, AskAs a general rule, real gardeners prefer plants, tools, topsoilor other items over a necktie or a salad shooter. If you don’tknow what to buy the gardener on your list, use the old time testedmethod. Just ask! Or, if you want to be the recipient of the gift,use the method my daughters use; cut out pictures and tape themon the refrigerator or the bathroom mirror.What do gardeners want for Christmas?The choices are as varied as the gardening public, but watchout for the scrim shaded, pastel gardener’s catalogs; much ofthat merchandise is not meant for “real” gardeners.Gloves or a Hat?Gloves might do if they are the really tough goat skins. They’lllast for years and are extremely comfortable. And real gardenersdon’t wear $80 gardeners pants. Just take those old jeans andput some real neat patches on them. They’re “broken in,”they’re comfortable and they have plenty of wear left.Also, every gardener needs a really big gardening hat the biggerthe better for keeping the sun off. A hat with string ties isbest as it stays on better through all of the bending.Most gardeners have more equipment than they need, but theycan always use the right stuff. How do you get the right stuff?Ask!Tools Top the ListDo they need a new power hedge trimmer or just a new springtoothed yard rake? A really sturdy English turning fork is alwaysa favorite. My wife’s fork is 13 years old and has had one newhandle. Remember, most tools come in ladies’ sizes and are justas sturdy, only smaller.There are a host of other possible choices: A garden cart,a new plastic wheelbarrow, a compost bin or a swing or bench toenjoy the results of their gardening work.There are also many “dirty” gifts for the gardenerssuch as soil mixes, topsoil, compost, mulch, stepping stones,even flagstones for a patio.Don’t shy away from dirty gifts. They are sometimes the mostappreciated.What about a book? Southern garden books are relevant and useful.Southern gardeners have finally started to share their knowledgeand believe me, it’s vast. Or a maybe a coffee table book withexquisite pictures of English roses or panoramas of Italian estateswould suit your gardener.Herb Items are ‘Hot’The hottest gardening items are anything to do with herbs herbpots, also known as strawberry jars, both herb cookbooks and regularbooks, and herb plants.Speaking of plants, they can be the perfect gift. Some of usgarden for the sense of greenery, others for the show of colors,while others are drawn to the garden for that certain fragrance,but all efforts revolve around plants?What better gift? Has any gardener got “enough” plants?And, if plants aren’t ready at Christmas, do the next best thinggive them a picture and a promise. For plants, a real gardenerwill wait. Even better, make it special and put the picture ina card and place it under that first Christmas morning cup ofcoffee.Whatever you decide on, the thought of the gift is the mostimportant thing. Well, they can always use the necktie for thescarecrow.last_img read more

Vermont extends deadlines for FEMA assistance

first_imgGovernior Peter Shumlin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved an extension to the deadline for individuals and municipalities to apply for federal disaster assistance.  The deadline for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is now November 15, 2011. ‘This is great news,’ the governor said. ‘Vermonters now have additional time to apply for critical assistance from FEMA. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to contact their local FEMA office now to submit an application.’ The initial deadline was Oct. 31. With cold weather approaching, it was important for the deadline to be extended to allow more Vermonters ‘ many of whom have been distracted with storm cleanup ‘ to seek federal assistance. Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair their homes or to recover other losses.  Even if damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply as soon as possible, the Governor said. To register for Individual Assistance disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at is external) or through web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones at Communities that suffered damage in the floods should submit their application for Public Assistance to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.  FEMA will provide at least 74 percent reimbursement for storm response and recovery costs for municipalities.  Regional planning commissions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process. Applications for BOTH Individual and Public Assistance MUST be completed by November 15, 2011.  Shumlin’s office. 10.18.2011last_img read more

Long Island Weather: Storm to Taper Off, Sunshine Tomorrow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hold on Long Island—the storm is almost over.The nor’easter that dropped up to 8 inches of snow on the Island Friday is finally nearing its end after a two-day event that included a mix of rain and snow, strong gusty winds and plenty of armchair forecasting.After some residents pooh-poohed the first round of the storm, which sprinkled the area with 1 to 3 inches of snow, the nor’easter’s final act brought heavier snowfall that slushed up roadways and slowed the morning commute.The storm brought 8 inches of snow to Syosset and more than 7 inches to other communities. Orient saw the highest accumulation in Suffolk County, according to the weather service, with 7.1 inches.Forecasters with the Upton-based National Weather Service said a wintry mix of rain and snow will continue to fall over the next several hours, but the worst is behind us. Soon it will taper off and give way to much-needed sunny skies this weekend—and temperatures in the upper 40s.Some of the roads across the Island are still wet but it’s not expected to seriously impact the evening commute, though they could freeze overnight when temperatures drop under 30 degrees.The winter storm, which has lingered over Long Island for more than two days, was more of a headache than anything else. Long Island Power Authority customers didn’t go through prolonged outages, and public transportation, specifically the Long Island Rail Road, wasn’t adversely impacted.The only major disruption came in the air, with travelers facing delays at area airports. Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport cancelled flights late Wednesday but continued normal operations Thursday morning.As for this weekend, forecasters are calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 40s. There’s even better news for Monday, meteorologists said, with temperatures possibly piercing 50 degrees.last_img read more

Indonesia sets price floor for nickel ore to protect small miners

first_img“The APNI’s struggle for the past three years has not gone to waste,” said APNI secretary-general Meidy Katrin on Thursday.All miners have been asked to build smelting facilities before the ban. Small miners that cannot afford their own smelters have to sell their ore to nearby smelters.Meidy previously told the Post that 19 of APNI’s 281 members had suspended smelter development due to the export ban. The 19 members had laid out financing plans assuming the ban begins in 2022. The government then abruptly brought the ban forward to 2020.Meidy had said in January that nickel producers had sold nickel ore domestically at $18 to $20 per ton since 2016. Prices are only slightly higher than their average production cost of $19.62 per ton and lower than the HPM of $30 per ton for that month.Further down the supply chain, AP3I vice chairman Jonathan Handojo told the Post that processing and smelting companies disagreed with the government controlling nickel ore selling prices.“Mineral commodity prices are set by the London LME and those move up and down every day,” he said on Thursday via text message.The regulation’s Article 3 allows smelting companies to buy at prices up to 3 percent below the HPM under certain conditions. The regulation also grants the energy ministry the authority to revise the HPM formula once every six months or “whenever needed.”Commenting on whether or not the government had discussed the price floor with the AP3I prior to issuing the regulation, Jonathan said the government “see themselves as experts, so hearing the APNI was enough.”Indonesia, which was the world’s top nickel ore exporter before 2020, aims to turn its nickel reserves into higher-value products, such as car batteries and steel.Topics : The HPM is calculated based on the government’s mineral benchmark price (HMA), which is, in turn, based on average refined mineral prices from Beijing, Jakarta and the global benchmark London Metal Exchange (LME).The Indonesian Nickel Miners Association (APNI), which had lobbied for such a floor, lauded the regulation, but a representative of the Processing and Smelting Companies Association (AP3I) slammed the regulation, as it would limit members ‘ability to adjust to global market fluctuations.The regulation follows Indonesia’s recent ban on exporting nickel ore to spur domestic smelter development. The ban was strongly protested by the APNI, whose members comprise small miners, amid concern over such miners’ ability to finance smelters.The price floor applies to all metal ore and coal sales, but the APNI has been more vocal than other metal miners, as the nickel ore ban starts this year. The ban on other metal ore exports starts in 2022 and for coal in 2046, under existing regulations. The government has put a floor under the price of nickel ore to protect small miners amid Indonesia’s aggressive efforts to develop downstream mining industries.Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Regulation No. 11/2020 mandates using Indonesia’s monthly mineral ore benchmark price (HPM) – previously used to calculate mining royalties – as a price floor for transactions. The regulation was issued on April 14 and is to take effect on May 13.Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi told The Jakarta Post on Friday (24/4) that the regulation was meant to “ensure nickel sales complied with market prices, so that miners, particularly nickel miners, were guaranteed fair prices.”last_img read more

Trump jeered as he visits Ginsburg’s casket at US Supreme Court

first_imgPresident Donald Trump was greeted with jeers and boos by a nearby crowd on Thursday as he visited the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin outside the US Supreme Court.Trump, wearing a black face mask and accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood near the casket at the marble court building amid chants of “vote him out.” The moment highlighted the public flashpoint that Ginsburg’s death has become ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.The Republican president, who has already installed two top court picks since taking office in 2017, has said he would unveil his latest choice on Saturday, a week after the 87-year-old justice died on Sept. 18. His decision to move quickly on a replacement just six weeks before the election has drawn sharp battle lines between Republicans and Democrats, and reshaped the race for the White House as Trump seeks re-election during a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and devastated the economy.Ginsburg, appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993, was an icon for liberals, especially as the court grew increasingly conservative. Her death has sparked a renewed push by Democrats to get people to the polls in November and an outpouring of campaign donations.Trump dismissed the protests.”I think that was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were,” he told reporters later in the day.White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called the chants “appalling and disrespectful.”Before his election to president in 2016, Ginsburg criticized him publicly, calling him “a faker” in one interview. Trump responded by writing that Ginsburg’s “mind is shot” on Twitter. She later apologized, saying she regretted the “ill-advised” comments.The president has maintained a respectful demeanor in his remarks about Ginsburg since her death, but he has drawn criticism from Democrats for not honoring her wish, reportedly dictated in a statement to her granddaughter, that she be replaced by the next president.Topics :last_img read more

Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 13 Additional Counties Moving on May 15

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Today, the yellow phase orders were amended to include 13 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.The 13 counties join 24 counties that moved into the yellow phase on May 8: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.An announcement on additional counties is anticipated tomorrow, May 15.The Governor’s amended order can be found here.The Secretary of Health’s amended order can be found here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 14, 2020center_img Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 13 Additional Counties Moving on May 15last_img read more

Stop Surrogacy Now: Why We Must Unite

first_imgPublic Discourse 22 May 2015On May 11, 2015, an unprecedented global campaign was launched: Stop Surrogacy Now!What sets this campaign apart is that Stop Surrogacy Now (SSN) unites organizations and individuals with opposing positions on many other issues—including the emotionally explosive issue of abortion. In the United States especially, no other issue ignites such passionate responses and produces such vitriolic debate. It has even led to violence, including eight murders and over forty clinic bombings. As time goes on, the contentiousness of the issue only seems to increase rather than dissipate. It is therefore extraordinary that so many people who stand on opposite sides of this issue have come together to stop the surrogacy juggernaut.This campaign also brings together the fervently religious and the entirely non-religious, those who advocate LGBTQ rights and those who oppose same-sex marriage, feminists and non-feminists, the radical right and the radical left along with those in between, neoliberal capitalists and socialists, death-with-dignity supporters and those who consider it to be a form of euthanasia.I write as someone who is committed to a woman’s right to choose and who supports extending legal marriage to include same-sex couples—but opposes surrogacy. What is it about surrogacy that joins people together who otherwise might be at each other’s throats?An Unlikely AllianceIn spite of their differences, the members of this movement all share certain fundamental areas of agreement. We all oppose:– The commodification of women and their bodies.– The transformation of children into commodities who can be made to order for purchase by the wealthy, whether heterosexual or homosexual.– The violations of women’s and children’s human rights.– The transformation of a normal biological function of a woman’s body into a commercial contract.– The serious, even life-threatening health risks that face surrogates and egg sellers.– The severance of the primordial bond between mother and child.– The eugenic implications of creating “designer” children.– The ever-increasing growth of global reproductive trafficking.– The sheer exploitation that surrogacy embodies.So there’s actually quite a bit that unites us.The genesis of this unlikely alliance began at Harvard Law School in 2011. It was there, at a screening of the documentary Eggsploitation—a film that exposes the exploitation of young women by the fertility industry for their eggs—that I met the filmmaker, Jennifer Lahl. During the post-film discussion sponsored by Harvard Law Women, plants from the fertility industry began to attack Lahl. They accused her work of being driven by a hidden pro-life agenda and called her anti-women and therefore not credible, discounting her expertise in nursing and bioethics. All of this despite the fact that the mission of Lahl’s organization is to bring diverse groups together on matters of bioethics.Rising to her defense, I announced that I was a board member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest grassroots feminist organization in the US, that I am strongly pro-choice, and that I completely agreed with and supported all of the contentions made in the film. A stunned silence enveloped the room, followed by a productive discussion about the real issues of health endangerment, the perils of a profit-driven, unregulated, exploitative business, the lack of informed consent, the emotional manipulation, and the necessity of exposing the fertility industry’s “dirty little secrets.”So how did an “abortion on demand and without apology” feminist leader come to oppose surrogacy and egg trafficking—and join forces with an abortion opponent in the process? This personal herstory reflects the larger context that has produced SSN. read more

New Ebola cases in Sierra Leone prompt curfew restriction

first_imgNew Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone WHO: Ebola Cases Rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has introduced curfew for two northern districts after a spike in new Ebola cases to the highest level in months. Sierra Leone reported seven confirmed cases on June 9, the highest count since March 24 Relatedlast_img

Juventus join chase for Chelsea star

first_imgJuventus are ready to pounce if Willian leaves Chelsea as a free agent this summer, suggest reports in Italy.Advertisement The Brazilian has been at Stamford Bridge since 2013, but his contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he has been unable to agree a new deal.He is after a three-year contract, something that the Bianconeri would be prepared to offer.Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart dateAccording to Sport Mediaset, Juve are eager to take advantage of another free agent situation after already swooping for Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot last year.Willian turns 32 in August, but has already worked with Maurizio Sarri and recently praised his former Chelsea boss.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animecenter_img Loading… last_img read more