Image via the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook.LITTLE VALLEY – This week, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office started a program in the county jail allowing inmates to volunteer to make cloth masks.Image via the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook.The Sheriff’s Office says the inmates volunteering are taking time to learn the skills to make the masks using sewing machines and materials that were donated by the Department of Aging.According to a Facebook post, a probation officer instructed five female inmates, and on the first day, they made 95 masks.Image via the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook.They’re hopeful when fully functioning the jail could produce 150 to 200 masks per day, and donate them to first responders and essential workers. Image via the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook.Image via the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Every summer, blueberry lovers everywhere await the arrival of this sweet Georgia crop.Some of them, willing to pay a little extra, don’t wait that long.”Southern highbush blueberries ripen in April and May,” said Gerard Krewer, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Rabbiteye blueberries, the type grown most in Georgia, mature mostly in June and July.Georgia has around 4,000 acres of blueberries — more than any other Southern state.But only about 5 percent are the highbush type. So the blueberry supply is slim inApril and May. That makes prices high, on both domestic and export markets. It also makesthe lure of growing highbush berries strong.But Southern highbush blueberries don’t grow just anywhere.”They usually grow well only on certain soils that are high in organic matter buthave a well-drained topsoil,” Krewer said. “There’s only a very limited acreageof this type of soil in Georgia.”Growers with the more common soil types have found two options. One is to plant them insoil highly amended with peat moss or milled pine bark and mulched with four inches ofpine bark nuggets.The other method calls for planting directly into beds of four to six inches of milledpine bark. This high-density system is “very promising,” Krewer said.”Both methods work well,” he said, “but the plants have grown best whengrown directly in milled pine bark.”The high-density system calls for beds 30 feet wide with 10-foot aisles between them.The bushes are planted in rows across the beds, like the rungs of a ladder. Growers canspray down the rows of bushes from the aisles.Begun in Florida three years ago, the system requires daily watering. And since pinebark doesn’t hold nutrients well, growers must fertilize the beds every three to fourweeks during the growing season.The plants’ roots stay in the pine bark, Krewer said. But they don’t seem to blow downany worse than plants in soil. That’s apparently because they grow such dense mats ofintermingled roots.Southern highbush blueberry plants won’t do well if they’re too wet or too dry, hesaid. The pine bark system works well because there’s so much pine bark per plant — atnormal spacings, nearly 40 gallons per plant.”You can grow a mighty big plant in a 40-gallon pot,” Krewer said.Because the system is so much like a nursery, growers can plant even rooted cuttings inthe beds. And the plants grow fast.One grower near Valdosta, with just over an acre of high-density beds, grew plants fromrooted cuttings to bushes three to four feet high in about six months.The daily watering and narrow spacing present problems for southern highbush plants,since they’re susceptible to disease. Growers must use a regular program of fungicidesprays to keep the bushes healthy.Krewer said a small number of Georgia growers planted about nine acres of high-densityblueberries this year.It’s a costly system to put in — $10,000 per acre or more. But the returns comequicker than with other blueberry systems. Growers should begin harvesting berries inApril of the second year. They should get full harvests in the third year or fourth year.And they should get premium prices for their early-season harvests. The growing numberof people able to buy those early berries will figure it money well spent.
Peanut acreage in Georgia this year dropped to the lowest amount in three decades, a sharp decline for the country’s leading peanut-producing state. Farmers planted 480,000 acres of peanuts this spring, according to a recent survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“If the peanut industry wanted to know what the bottom floor was for peanut acreage in Georgia in modern time, we reached it this year,” said Nathan Smith, a farm economist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Georgia’s peanut acreage has only fallen below 500,000 acres twice in the last 30 years with 494,000 acres planted in 2000 and 475,000 acres planted in 1982, Smith said. Previous to 1982, Georgia peanut acreage hadn’t dropped below 500,000 since 1967, when 493,000 acres were planted.Peanut acres are down nationally, too, expected to be 1.152 million acres, 10.5 percent less than last year.Farmers planted fewer peanuts this year because prices for other crops, particularly cotton, “were more attractive to them,” he said. But this may not be the case next year.Higher peanut pricesThe country’s peanut-growing regions are now in the grips of drought, which is hurting the crop. More than 20 percent of the peanuts in Georgia are rated as poor to very poor, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.If farmers can wrestle average yields from the poor conditions, the U.S. will harvest about 1.8 million ton of peanuts this year, and half of that will come from Georgia fields. The country currently has 765,000 tons left in stockpile from last year’s crop, which will mean a 2.6 million ton peanut supply for the country this year. The U.S. is projected to use or export 2.1 million tons, which leaves 500,000 tons for next year’s stockpile. The peanut industry likes to keep at least 500,000 tons in surplus each year to guard against crop failures and to insure a steady peanut supply throughout the year. “The crop this year has far to go, but it is shaping up to be a short year for production, which has gotten many people already thinking about next year,” Smith said.Peanut prices are climbing. Last year’s crop now coming out of storage is selling for $750 per ton. Prices earlier this year were $600 per ton. Prices next year, he said, could reach $800 to $900 per ton or higher, the highest peanut prices in 20 years.Peanut harvest will start in September.
Craft Beer’s the Thing, Local Wine Too!Vines as in acres of gorgeous local grapevines—and the award-winning wine they produceBines as in locally grown hops, the ingredient used to create that distinctive bitterness and a variety of flavors and aromas in delicious local craft beers.DuCard Vineyards and Bald Top Brewing, two outstanding local producers, are collaborating all weekend to offer special tastings, live music, tours, food trucks and more at both their locations. And to celebrate the good luck that it all happens to rhyme. Learn more about the event here.DuCard Vineyards borders Shenandoah National Park out the back patio, and is Virginia’s “Greenest Winery” for its environmental stewardship, solar power and sustainability. You can even recharge your Tesla or other electric cars on site. It’s the #1 top rated winery in Central Virginia on Trip Advisor and features Gold Medal winning wines, both red and white.Bald Top Brewing is Virginia’s first historic ‘farm brewery,’ located (you guessed it) on a hilltop with rows of hops on one side and vistas of farms and fields on the other. Having just completed its first year of operations, it has already developed a reputation for good times, with awards for its creative beers.The two tasting rooms are only 20 minutes apart, with Shenandoah National Park’s beautiful White Oak Canyon Falls trail (two miles to cooling waterfalls) right in the middle—for those who want to walk it off a bit during the day’s tastings. Both locations will offer samples from both producers. And customers who visit both facilities will receive a discounted tasting fee, special discounts on take-home growlers and wine bottles, plus the limited edition and highly collectible Vines & Bines t-shirtHours for the event are Friday 12-9 at DuCard (4-9 at Bald Top), and at both locations Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6. A wide range of great local Bed & Breakfast and country inns is available.
Harrisonburg is the perfect base camp to enjoy unparalleled beauty, wide open spaces, cool clear streams, and pristine wilderness. Stay with us and explore the surrounding natural beauty of Virginia’s mountain landscapes. Nearby are the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the mighty Shenandoah River, pristine farmland, and exceptional views which offer plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, rock climb, trail ride, and fly fish with or without a guide. The Friendly Fermenter is Harrisonburg’s first brew on-site homebrew shop and nanobrewery! Come in, taste beer, make beer, or, just dream about making beer – while you drink beer. About a two-hour drive from Richmond and Washington, D.C., Harrisonburg offers over 20 lodging options from brand hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts to Airbnb properties. If you are looking for a secluded vacation rental, comfortable convenient lodging, a location for a special event or exceptional service the area will meet your needs. A place of exquisite local cuisine and hand-crafted beer, perfect for unwinding after a day on the trail, historic downtown Harrisonburg is home to Virginia’s First Culinary District—a 10-block foodie fantasy. A culinary scene founded on farm-to-table fare that isn’t shy about creating tantalizing, international flavors, Harrisonburg’s restaurants reflect the diverse community where over 50 languages are spoken. Interested in preparing your own food, the local farmers market, a producers-only market, started in 1979, offers top-quality, locally grown produce and a warm community vibe every Saturday year-round. Whether you decide to explore our 40-block downtown district on foot, by bike or by car, you won’t want to miss the beautiful architecture or one-of-a-kind museums. Settled in the early 1700’s, the area reflects centuries of change and a maker culture still evident in local art galleries and street murals. Harrisonburg’s charming downtown gives you that sought-after small-town vibe with all the modern amenities, international cuisine, indoor and patio dining options and an array of locally owned shops. But don’t take our word for it. Experience it yourself. Visit Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg and the surrounding Rockingham County boast multi-use paths and trails, popular cycling events, as well as outfitters and guides. Harrisonburg is a recognized Bronze Level IMBA Ride Center™ and League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community. The area offers trails featuring varying difficulties of stacked loop trails for novice and expert cyclists. The nearby Massanutten Mountain offers a dedicated mountain bike terrain area with challenging winding single tracks, high-speed free-ride slopes, grueling climbs and epic descents as well as the lift-served bike park. So much to LOVE in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. If you have been searching for friendly people, a cool small town, local food ethos and one of the best hubs for outdoor recreation, look no further than Harrisonburg, VA for your next vacation. If you’re keen to taste your way through the hops of Harrisonburg, grab a pint or two at one of five local breweries; Brothers Craft Brewing, Friendly Fermenter, Pale Fire Brewing Company, Restless Moons Brewing Company and Three Notch’d Valley Collab House. Our craft brewers put their heart and soul into their blends that rival traditional, mass-marketed beer any day. For the hard cider lovers, Harrisonburg is now home to Sage Bird Ciderworks.
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo October 16, 2017 AMAZONLOG 2017 will be the first inter-agency humanitarian-logistics exercise to be held in South America. Scheduled from November 6th-13th, it will take place in the Amazon town of Tabatinga, state of Amazonas, along the three-country border of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. In addition to the participation of the three countries’ armed forces and logistics support from the United States, the exercise will be conducted by the Brazilian Army’s Logistics Command and will have observers from several partner nations.As the second phase of the planning efforts for the exercise, Brazil hosted a Humanitarian Logistics Symposium (SILOGEM) from September 26th–28th, at the Vasco Vasques Convention Center in Manaus. The first was a tabletop exercise, conducted at the end of August, with the goal of fine-tuning the plans. At SILOGEM Diálogo spoke with Brazilian Army General Guilherme Cals Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira, one of the main organizers of AMAZONLOG 2017. The Brazilian Army’s logistics commander also headed up recent negotiations between Brazil and the United Sates for the Brazilian Army to acquire four C-23 Sherpa aircraft.Diálogo: What’s your assessment on SILOGEM?Brazilian Army General Guilherme Cals Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira: A very positive one, in light of the lectures given and, in particular, the debates. For example, we had a very productive debate on refugees, on logistics control at the border, with ideas, some marvelous suggestions, and a debate in which countries were able to freely express themselves. This was the case of Peru, along with an excellent presentation by the United States. So, I think it was really positive and it exceeded my expectations.Diálogo: During your opening remarks you said that holding AMAZONLOG in Manaus or Rio de Janeiro would be easy. Tabatinga is going to be hard. Why?Gen. Theophilo: Because the supporting infrastructure in those big cities, in the state capitals, is very easy. You have electricity, you have purified water, in other words, all of the infrastructure you need for a major event. I want to see this big event put on in a place where you don’t have electricity or potable water, where there are a series of deficiencies, which is the everyday reality of our Amazon, of the nine countries that make up Pan-Amazonia, as in the case of Tabatinga.Diálogo: What has been the biggest challenge? The Brazilian Army is building a base in Tabatinga, correct?Gen. Theophilo: In terms of the logistics of getting there, we have been moving supplies since July. They started shipping equipment from Rio de Janeiro in July, such as our campaign hospital module. How would this play out in a real situation? It couldn’t get there the way it’s going, by boat. But, we’re trying out every transport option. We tried cabotage, we tried using a waterway, a railway, a highway, and even the airways. There were even supplies transported by one of the Brazilian Air Force’s Boeing 767s. Now, we’re assessing how these logistics have been done for a situation in which we suddenly had to help another country that suffered a major catastrophe or a huge public calamity.Diálogo: Speaking of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym), you stated that this exercise wouldn’t have been possible without them. Could you comment on FAB’s participation in AMAZONLOG as well as that of the Brazilian Navy?Gen. Theophilo: We never imagined this exercise without the Air Force or Navy. We never could have pulled this off on our own. The idea of the Ministry of Defense has always been to conduct a joint exercise with the support of all the agencies to create interoperability. Why? Look, if I were to conduct an exercise like this without FAB support, how am I going to get to certain positions where only it has access? Where there aren’t any roads or where the rivers aren’t navigable? Everything arrives through the runway, the landing field, or by helicopter. At first, the Navy and the Air Force were reticent because this is new to them, and people are a little afraid of new things, of breaking paradigms. So, when we proposed the idea, we had to be certain that it was going to work. In addition to Brazil’s Navy and Air Force, we went abroad to convince the Inter-American Defense Board, the Organization of American States, we went to see the commander of Colombia’s Army, we went to see the commander of Peru’s Army. I visited the U.S. Southern Command; we gave lectures there about AMAZONLOG. Therefore, it has been a major undertaking to make sure this exercise could really be a success.Diálogo: How are you going to deal with each participating country’s differing laws?Gen. Theophilo: We have to discuss the border countries’ laws regarding deforestation, indigenous populations, control and trafficking of weapons, wild animals, drugs. So, if we don’t have special legislation for the border region, we’re not going to be able to disrupt the logistics that support the region’s major criminal organizations. The PCC [First Command of the Capital]; the Red Command; the Family of the North; these criminal organizations only exist because these logistics come from the border; and if their logistics aren’t stopped here at the border, we’re going to continue having major problems in the big cities.Diálogo: But disrupting the modus operandi of these criminal organizations doesn’t depend solely on the Armed Forces…Gen. Theophilo: No, it’s a joint effort. The Federal Police is in charge of border security, and they rely on the Armed Forces’ support. We don’t have the reach to protect the entire border; no one has the means to provide this kind of protection on their own. For example, I visited the Israel’s border surveillance and monitoring system. Israel is a small country with enemies on all sides. So, they have a perfect surveillance system, which they use to keep watch of every meter of the border. We need to develop technologies that enable us to support that kind of surveillance on the border.Diálogo: Could you describe how each country is going to participate?Gen. Theophilo: The idea is for AMAZONLOG to be repeated every year or every other year. For this initial instance, we started with the three countries that share a border with Tabatinga, the site chosen to host AMAZONLOG. And the United States, with its vast experience dealing with major calamities and humanitarian aid, has been overseeing the exercise in terms of experience. The United States even provided a C-130 aircraft, a mobile kitchen, and a water purification station. Peru and Colombia are the countries bordering this area. Therefore, we are seeking to create a little embryo that is able to grow and really become the product of a major brigade of humanitarian operations to respond to public calamities.Diálogo: What will AMAZONLOG’s legacy be for the Tabatinga region?Gen. Theophilo: There are two legacies: the tangible and the intangible. The tangible will be all the resources we are investing in logistics; we already have over $ 15.8 million invested in that area of the Upper Solimões River, improving all the river terminals, which are currently river banks. We are transforming them into terminals with piers, better vessels, a warehouse for suppliers, better logistics for these supplies to get there. We’re testing all sorts of vessels. And the intangible is the doctrine we’re creating, implementing, and enhancing every year, so that society sees the utility of humanitarian logistics, especially during large-scale catastrophes.Diálogo: You were one of the people directly responsible for Brazil’s acquisition of four C-23 Sherpa aircraft from the U.S. Air Force. What is the importance of these aircraft for the Brazilian Army?Gen. Theophilo: The Brazilian Army has needed fixed-wing aircraft for some time now to undertake missions, especially ones for assisting during disasters. So, there was a proposal from the U.S. FMS division to donate these aircraft to us. But, we tried out several aircraft first, like the Polish twin engine M-28, the Canadian twin engine Twin Otter, and the cost-benefit analysis and technical feasibility swung in favor of the C-23 Bravo Sherpa. These are pre-owned aircraft that have been around for more than 15 years, and, with our plan to modernize them, their useful lives will be extended to 25 years. They have room for 30 paratroopers; can transport 40 tons of cargo; and can take off from and land on any type of runway, even really short 400-meter ones. So, it’s the type of aircraft that is really going to support us in the Amazon.
The Croatian Post recognized the need for the development of domestic production, and included a new category of original Croatian products “Click on domestic – products of our villages” in the offer of its new online store Žuti klik.With the latest project of cooperation with family farms, Hrvatska pošta wants to bring small agricultural producers closer to customers throughout the Republic of Croatia, encourage rural development and help family farms sell domestic products.“A large part of family farms sell products only in person, by phone or by e-mail. Few family farms have their own websites, and they are mostly for information only, without the possibility of online purchase. Hrvatska pošta offers all family farms a complete solution for online sales (Yellow Click) and distribution (hpekspres) of products and customer support ” they point out from the Croatian Post and add that small farmers can focus on what they know best – the production of top domestic products.Currently, the Yellow Click offers six categories of domestic products: 1) honey and jams, 2) teas, 3) natural cosmetics, 4) packaged processed products, 5) winter and 6) olive oil, and by expanding cooperation to a larger number of family farms the offer will be continuously enriched.See the current offer of domestic products within the Yellow Click HERE, and the Croatian Post invites all domestic producers interested in cooperation to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNWTO has published a global review of tourism reports, which considered measures of 217 world destinations. The survey shows that 7 destinations have eased travel restrictions for international tourism purposes, while at the same time, several more states are planning to reopen borders with certain measures and caution. Read the full report in the attachment. The report notes that in all destinations in the world it still exists as a kind of travel restriction related to COVID-19. Furthermore, as of May 18, 75% of them are still completely closed due to international tourism. In 37% of all cases, travel restrictions have been in place for 10 weeks, while for 24% of global destinations there has been a limit of 14 weeks or more. Interestingly, UNWTO research shows that the more important tourism is to the economies of individual destinations, the more likely it is to introduce a complete closure of borders. As an example, they point out Malta, where tourism accounts for 85% of GDP, and they still have it completely closed for tourism purposes. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions would boost a number of social and economic benefits, ie boost the economy and thus tourism. “This will contribute to the survival of many millions of people around the world. The tourism sector is a driver of sustainable development and a pillar of the economy. The UNWTO emphasizes the need for caution, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly reopens. ” All regions have more than 65% of their destinations completely closed to tourism: Africa (74%), the Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%). Attachment: RESTRICTIONS ON TOURISM TRAVEL STARTING TO EASE BUT CAUTION REMAINS, UNWTO REPORTS
The case has been filed in the High Court of Justice.Sean Upson, partner at Stewarts Law, who is leading the case, said: “Tesco will need to set out its position in its defence, and we expect it to do so before the end of the year. “At that point, it will become clear how much of the claim is disputed, and what the next steps in the legal process will be.”In the other news, Legal & General (L&G) has sealed a £1.1bn (€1.3bn) buyout deal with the Vickers Group Pension Scheme, the biggest single pension risk transfer completed in 2016.The Vickers pension – part of the Rolls-Royce Group – used a price-lock mechanism to secure a price before completing the transaction, which covers more than 11,000 pensioners.Joel Griffin, head of pensions at Rolls-Royce, said: “This is a great testimony to the work of the trustees, their advisers and the company, which have worked collaboratively over many years to ensure this scheme is well funded with a prudent investment strategy. This has ultimately enabled us to deliver this excellent outcome for former Vickers employees.”Griffin previously helped car manufacturer TRW Automotive complete a multi-faceted de-risking exercise in 2014. The £2.5bn deal covered UK, US, and Canadian pensioners, and was also backed by L&G. He joined Rolls-Royce 18 months ago.In a statement announcing the deal, L&G said the transaction had been further helped by the group’s close relationship with Rolls-Royce.L&G Investment Management runs more than £12bn for various Rolls-Royce Group pension schemes.Phill Beach, head of core pension risk transfer at L&G, described the deal as “a significant transaction that demonstrates that, with strong company backing and a trustee that manages risk well, the objective of buyout is fully achievable, even when markets appear volatile.”Lastly, MJ Hudson has acquired Allenbridge, a consultant to several UK corporate and local government pensions.Allenbridge advises 18 LGPS clients with £36bn in assets under management, according to its website.These include Devon, Dorset, Lancashire and Worcestershire pension funds.Odi Lahav, chief executive at Allenbridge, said: “We are delighted to join MJ Hudson, a firm we’ve known for several years.“MJ Hudson shares our core values and our vision for Allenbridge, and we’re confident merging our distinctive and complementary organisations will provide even better service for our clients.”In a separate acquisition, MJ Hudson has also bought Tower Gate Capital, a provider of back-office services for asset managers.MJ Hudson is a “specialist law and asset management services firm”.Its chief executive, Matthew Hudson, said of the acquisitions: “Our goal is to build the pre-eminent advisory and infrastructure business in alternative assets.” A large number of institutional investors are suing Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, for losses of around £150m (€173m) incurred because of accounting irregularities, which resulted in overstated earnings.The overstatements were announced by the company in autumn 2014, prompting a £2bn plunge in its market capitalisation.Alecta, BT Pension Scheme Trustees and Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds are among more than 100 institutional investors suing Tesco, according to newly published court papers.The papers revealed that other claimants include Unipension Invest, the Church Commissioners for England and BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan Trustees, besides a range of North American pension plans such as the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) and investment companies including Allianz Global Investors and Russell Investment Management.
Image source: Jan De NulJan De Nul yesterday kicked off the works for the reinforcement of the Prince Hendrik Sand Dike over a distance of 3 km. After youth director and Texel resident Rodny Stolk, together with ‘Hoogheemraad’ director Kees Stam and Jan De Nul director Francis Verhees, had sketched a picture of the future, the directors of the cooperating partners poured sand into a large hourglass.This was the signal for Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Bartolomeu Dias to start reclaiming the first amounts of sand.Reclaiming new territory covering 400 football pitchesThe project has two main goals: it will create a future-proof water barrier in the form of dunes and it will improve the ecological value of the Wadden Sea, said Jan De Nul.This has been made possible thanks to the unique cooperation between and the financial contribution of the Water Board ‘Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noordkwartier’, the province of North-Holland, the Ministry of infrastructure, Public Works and Water Management, the municipality of Texel and the Wadden Fund.The journey of 5 million m³ of sandThe sand is dredged in the North Sea and transported to the project site by the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Bartolomeu Dias, where she will reclaim it onto the beach through a floating pipeline.Bulldozers will subsequently spread the sand on land. The works are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.The island expansion is created in the Wadden Sea within the Natura 2000 area. Increasing safety and improving the ecological value go hand in hand.The result will be a diverse area with dunes, a beach, a lagoon with tidal flats, mudflats and saltmarshes, a sheltered water area and high water refuges.The new territory will offer a new habitat to a large number of animal species that are typical of the Wadden area: grey and common seals, birds such as eider ducks, avocets, ringed plovers, Kentish plovers, oystercatchers, shelducks and red knots.Image source: Jan De Nul