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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWatermelon farmers fear gummy stem blight more than any other disease. To develop better ways to manage it, University of Georgia plant pathologists are leading a regional effort to pinpoint its origins.Once GSB hits a field, it can be hard to contain, especially in hot, wet weather, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga. It attacks leaves and stems, severely reducing yields and sometimes killing plants.Farmers typically spray plants with fungicides eight times during the growing season, or once a week from April through June, to try and stay ahead of the disease. The cost averages $25 per acre per application. Georgia is a top watermelon-producing state. Georgia farmers are expected to grow between 25,000 acres and 30,000 acres this season, the most in recent years.Langston and fellow CAES plant pathologist Kate Stevenson are leading a team of experts from North Carolina State, Clemson University and the University of Florida to figure out how GSB epidemics start each year. A two-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension will pay for the work.“In many ways, and I’ve used this analogy often, we are trying to find the smoking gun, so to speak, for this disease in the Southeast,” Langston said. “If you don’t know where the inoculum is coming from, it is near impossible to control a disease.”There are many fungicidal tools U.S. farmers use to fight GSB, but the disease is very good at becoming resistant to them quickly, Langston said — as fast as in just a few years of the first use. This is a big problem.To grow watermelons, U.S. farmers typically plant transplants, or baby plants, that are grown from seeds in greenhouses during the winter. These seedings are planted in Georgia fields in March and April. The seeds come from plants grown in Asia, South American and Australia. These countries have GSB, too. Farmers in these places use fungicides to control the disease, but which fungicides they use and how often is not known by U.S. watermelon experts or farmers. Langston believes that GSB strains are becoming resistant to certain fungicides in foreign fields. The disease — and the epidemics that hit Georgia and other states -– could be tracked to the seeds used to grow the watermelon transplants. Some of these transplants are resistant to fungicides before ever being sprayed in the U.S. Or, it could be spread each year through a build up of spores flying in the wind. The research will determine if greenhouse plants in the U.S. are being infected by GSB spores either already in the house or flying in from the outside. To help do this, solar-powered machines will collect air samples in and around the houses. If positive GSB spores are collected around the greenhouse before the plants inside show disease symptoms, the evidence would indicate the plants got it from the airborne spores and not from seeds. If GSB is seen on plants before spores arrive in the area, the evidence would show the disease didn’t start from airborne spores; it came from the seeds. The GSB spores collected from infected plants and the air will be tested to see if they are resistant to fungicides.The UGA researchers will do similar comparisons in farmers’ fields using two spore-sampling machines in Florida, two in Georgia, two in South Carolina and one in North Carolina to determine if fungal spores are present at or during GSB epidemics in those fields.If it is determined that the disease is mostly seed-borne, cooperative efforts with seed companies and their foreign growers could reduce or eliminate fungicide resistance problems or the transmitting of the problems to U.S. farmers, Langston said.If air-borne spores are the problem, he said, more aggressive fungicide rotation programs and management practices could be developed for U.S. farmers.last_img read more


first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Higgins Mike Higgins is a partner at Mike Higgins & Associates, Inc. who has authored Filene research papers on measuring and managing credit union performance. His firm consults with credit unions … Web: www.mhaplanningforsuccess.com Details Credit unions have a virtuous desire to create value for their members. So why do their management teams and member elected directors, fixate upon and reward for measures based upon profit extraction from members, instead of value created for members?For the past twenty years, I have worked with credit union executive teams and board members. When asked how they measure and compensate for success, the top three measures mentioned are return on assets, net worth and asset growth. Let’s break down these measures for what they really are.Return on assets is the rate of profit extraction from members in the current year.Net worth is cumulative profit extracted from members since the inception of the credit union.Asset growth carries a hidden member tax. At a target 10% net worth ratio, for every $10 million dollars in asset growth, members pay a $1 million dollar “tax” to maintain net worth at the target ratio.For each of the measures, more is not necessarily better. To be sure, a minimum level of performance in each area is required to keep the “financial house” in order, but celebrating and rewarding for higher levels of each violates the credit union ethos of creating value for members. Stated simply, your goal should not be to extract profit from members and hoard it away as capital. Your goal should be to create value for members and be good stewards of the profit you have taken for regulatory compliance.There is a better way, and I am going to share it with you.Instead of focusing upon asset growth, focus on balance sheet mix. As noted earlier, asset growth carries a hidden member tax. The best way to be a good steward of member capital is to deploy it in the most efficient manner possible. Be smart about what you measure. Focus on the following:Loan to asset ratio. This tells us how much of the balance sheet is deployed in higher yielding loans as opposed to lower yielding investments, or worse yet, non-earning assets. Higher is better up to the point of minimum liquidity you want to maintain. Higher ratios also demonstrate institutional capability to extend credit; a strategic characteristic of a successful organization. The better you are at lending, the less reliance upon the “investment yield curve” for your survival.Relationship share to asset ratio. Relationship shares are draft and regular shares. They are the longest lived, lowest cost, least interest rate risk sensitive funding source available to credit unions. Higher is better, period. Money markets, CDs and IRAs are rate sensitive funding sources; consumers will move their money where they can get the best rate, with very little loyalty to the current holder of their funds.Instead of focusing upon net worth in terms of maximization, establish a range – a minimum and maximum net worth the credit union can comfortably operation within. Performance below the minimum is not desirable for obvious reasons. Performance above the maximum means the credit unions is hoarding away capital – profit taken from members.Instead of focusing upon return on assets in terms of maximization, focus on the optimal return on assets and set a minimum and maximum range. This is very simple to do. The minimum optimal return on assets is rate of asset growth multiplied by target net worth. For example, if the credit union is growing assets by 5% per year and has a target net worth of 10% then 0.50% return on assets is the optimal figure to maintain 10% net worth. Add a safety margin, of 0.20%, for example, and the optimal return on assets range is 0.50% to 0.70%.There are a handful of other measures that can be used to quantify, with a high degree of precision, tangible economic value created for members, but that is another article for another day. In the near term, think about establishing target ranges around loan to assets, relationship to assets, net worth and optimal return on assets and you will be focused upon the most efficient use of member capital.last_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate passed the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Friday, following House passage of the bill earlier this week. The bill passed by a 84-13 margin, which is enough to override a threatened veto from President Donald Trump, as the House also passed by more than a two-thirds majority.The bill contains CUNA-supported language to eliminate redundancies, unnecessary burdens and create opportunities for efficiencies within the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering statutory framework. It also includes a study to review the current thresholds for Currency Transaction and Suspicious Activity reporting.The final bill does not contain a provision related to leases on military bases CUNA, Leagues and the Defense Credit Union Council fought to exclude what would have expanded an exemption for certain cost waivers for financial institution branches on military installations. This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSunset BoulevardJoin Foster Hirsch–the “Dean of Film Noir”–for the 65th anniversary of the ultimate Hollywood Noir. Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim. Cinema Arts Cerntre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Feb. 9.Local HAlternative rock duo Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels bring their guitar, drum, and vocalist-driven sound from their hometown in Zion, Illinois to Long Island. Fans will appreciate their always creative, always energetic live show the band keeps packed with audience participatory surprises. Will they rock out on classic crowd-pleaser “Eddie Vedder”? Only one way to find out! With opening acts The Glazzies and Nifty Breed. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $15, $17 DOS. 7 p.m. Feb. 10.Nigel BarkerThis accomplished fashion photographer (who looks like the model he once was) was blasted into pop culture infamy as a longtime panelist on Tyra Banks’ reality-competition show America’s Next Top Model and is now the host of the Oxygen network’s reality show The Face. Barker will be signing his newest book Models of Influence, which features 50 influential models spanning the past 75 years in stunning photography, with discussions on each model’s impact on the presiding culture of their era. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Feb. 11.Filth BombsCalling all punks! Calling all punks! Punk night is here to declare that “Punk is not dead!” Local three-piece punk outfit Filth Bombs headline this badass show that aims to revive what they call on Twitter “Long Island’s dying punk scene.” Will there be an endless barrage of power chords? Yes! Will there be anti-authoritative lyrics, anarchist rants, an endless supply of beer and jaded attendees wearing sleeveless Ramones T-shirts, Converse All Stars and bondage pants? Most likely. Will there be chaos, fury and unity among fellow punk rockers? Most definitely! With Nonsense and Bad Head. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.John PizziHilarity, magic and bizarre, talking wooden puppets combine in the comedic tour de force that is Pizzi, who’s been leaving audience members across the country in stitches with his knee-slapping brand of standup and ventriloquism. Armed with his jokes and a small army of characters, get ready for laughs that’ll continue long after this must-see appearance! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 8 p.m. Feb. 11.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Disruption: Create or AdaptTEDxMelville, an independently organized TEDx event, is a daylong forum that features 10 thought leaders and innovators who plan to speak on the impact of disruption on society from the business owner to the consumer to the individual on areas and industries ranging from wearable technology to art, communications, entrepreneurship and more. RXR Realty Conference Center, 58 South Service Rd., Melville. TEDxMelville.org $99. 9 a.m. Feb. 5.Girls With GuitarsBeauty and virtuosity combine in this universe-shattering melding of sizzlin’ songs and thermonuclear gorgeousness so searingly spectacular it will melt not just attendees’ ears and hearts but their very souls. Seven of the hottest women in country music today—Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Lauren Alaina, Katie Armiger, Kelsea Ballerini and Kristy Lee Cook—will simply set this stage aflame as they perform hit after hit after hit from their respective arsenals. Bring some fire extinguishers. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $20. 7 p.m. Feb. 5.Amy HelmAmy Helm will be dropping her first solo album this spring, but don’t wait until then to hear the soulful sounds that this talented musician can produce. Helm, adept at both gospel and blues, founded the band Ollabelle, and is the daughter of famed musician Levon Helm. But she has walked her own path, one that leads her to Long Island as part of her nationwide tour and eventually to her long-awaited solo album. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Bryan GalloLong Island-native Bryan Gallo is a veteran of the local music scene. The singer/songwriter, who has performed at a number of the top music venues on the Island as well as several notable events, recently released his debut album, The Party Guest. Gallo is as passionate as they come. See for yourself why he has become such a popular figure among LI musicians. Opening the show are Chris Connolly, Quarter Horse and Butchers Blind. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue 89northmusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.Borgo PassThese guys know how to rock—and spread the New York sludge core. Borgo Pass, a metal band from Long Island, has garnered worldwide attention and has quickly amassed a devoted following. Their shows are powerful and relentless, and best of all, unpredictable. Inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s hard rock/metal, Borgo Pass has infused a more modern influence into its unique, one-of-a-kind style. Warming up the crowd are local hellraisers John  Wilkes Booth, .49 Grain, VonHell and The Hard Way. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.Lisa LampanelliThis is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. Lisa Lampanelli, aka “The Queen of Mean,” is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. Seriously, no one is safe. Get ready for some cringe-inducing jokes, spiked with an extra shot of attitude and moxie. Lampanelli has performed at the top comedy clubs in the country and her comedy specials have aired on a number of cable TV networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.75-$63.25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Robin Zander BandThis dedicated band, fronted by Cheap Trick singer and rhythm guitar madman (yes) Robin Zander, lives and breathes rock. This merry band of music maniacs boast decades of individual experience, and have been friends for years, united in their love of delivering show-stopping rock and roll fury at each and every live gig they perform. These guys leave it all out on the stage and take no prisoners. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Scars on 45Scars on 45 is a English indie rock band who got a big break in the States when CSI: New York ran their song “Beauty’s Running Wild” and Grey’s Anatomy featured their tune “Heart on Fire.” But their first real break came years before that, when Danny Bemrose broke his foot playing soccer, ending his professional career prematurely, and compelling him to have a ball making music with his friend Stuart Nichols. Soon they were joined by David “Nova” Nowakowski on piano and keyboards. Then one day Nova was hanging out with his college classmate Aimee Driver, the story goes, when she suddenly chimed in on a Cure song from the kitchen where she was making tea. He convinced her to join the band so she could harmonize with Bemrose. It’s worked out well with their earnest artistry and pop purity reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Coldplay. The band got their name from reading an interview with Emmylou Harris, who said her dad used to scold her for listening to his record collection and “getting scars on his 45s.” These Brits have probably already logged more miles hitting the highways of America than many Americans alive today ever will! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Black ViolinArmed with a viola and a violin, this South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil-B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, take Bach’s “Brandenburg” uptown to meet the backbeat of the South Bronx. They freely blend the highbrow and the hoedown, with jazz, r&b and folk to boot. This dynamic duo has dazzled bigwigs at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, bedazzled audiences on Broadway, where they had 16 sold-out shows last November at the New Victory Theater, and invigorated venues ranging from the Apollo in Harlem to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. As Wil-B explains, “You’ve got the classic music and the hip-hop, the mother and the father, and they kind of run the thing!” Indeed they do. It’s an amazing running music machine that bridges genres and generations. Once they joined Alicia Keyes on the Billboard Awards show in 2005, they never looked back. As Kev explains, “It takes 10 years to become an overnight sensation!” Get strung out on Black Violin! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Hops and PropsMore than 100 craft beers from the ever-growing number of microbreweries on Long Island, plus a selection of suds from around the world—all under the roof of the museum dedicated to the region’s rich history in flight. Come support your local brewers, one pint at a time! VIP hour starts an hour earlier than the event. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. hopsandprops.com $65-$95. 7 p.m. Feb. 7.Edgar WinterEdgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. The Suffolk Theatre, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $50. 8 p.m. Feb. 7.The Yannis Pappas ShowThe hilarious young up-and-coming comic Yannis Pappas grew up in Brooklyn, went to high school in Manhattan and college in Washington, D.C. Perhaps best known for his work on VH1’s Best Week Ever and currently co-anchor of the satirical news show, Fusion Live, he’s also done standup, off-Broadway and Comedy Central. His collaborative videos with his pal Jesse Scaturro on Ditch Films is a YouTube sensation. Yes, he’s got the Greeks in his pocket—one of his best characters is Mr. Panos, a helluva Hellenic booster who owns the fictitious Baby Socrates Diner in Queens—but Pappas is hard to pigeon-hole. Another character he does is Maurica Rodriguez, a pre-op transsexual Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side looking for a husband from Westchester to help “her” complete herself. Race relations, sexual relationships, celebrity couplings, and economic uncouplings, all topics are fair game in the fertile imagination of Yannis Pappas. Genius! Charisma! That’s what we’re talking about! Featuring Mr. Panos and Maurica. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 7.Hannibal BurrisThis cool comedian from Chicago is also an actor, a writer, a musician and a magician, as well as the co-host, if you can call it that, on The Eric Andre Show, which occupies the deep end of Adult Swim. He’s riffed on The Late Show about flicking pickle juice from his fingers to flavor his ham sandwiches and recently he’s been jiving jocosely with the talented pair of funny women on Comedy Central’s Broad City. Burris has been seen on 30 Rock and in Zac Efron’s Neighbors. He’s totally wack. No lamb is not sacrificed, no goat escapes scalping, no ox goes ungored. And when Burris brought up the multiple sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, this no-holds-barred, deceptively laid-back comic in glasses made national news as his routine went viral. What Burris does is always catching somebody off guard—and that’s a good thing. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 6.Monster JamGrave Digger, Carolina Crusher, El Toro Loco, Mohawk Warrio, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Aftershock and Krazy Train are in town to crush as many cars as possible. Who will win the donut contest? Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $15-$59.85. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Feb. 8.Remembering Things PastAn opening reception for an exhibit that features foreign-born artists working in America, those featured in this magical exhibition all came to the States at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories, and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Through March 29. Islip Art Museum, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Hall, East Islip. Free. 1 p.m. Feb. 8.Akiko KobayashiThis New York-born violinist is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, noted by the IBLA Grand Prize Competition for her “remarkably precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects” and The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “excellent…top-notch.” Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hway., Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com $5. 2 p.m. Feb. 8.Harmony for HopeCurrent Affair and Play Back perform at this fundraiser for the AMT Children of Hope Foundation Baby Safe Haven charity, an extraordinary cause. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com $45. 3 p.m. Feb. 8.African Diaspora: Music and Dance in the Old and New WorldsThe audience will experience West African drumming and dancing; South African choral music; concert music by African, Latin American and African-American composers; and Cubop (Cuban bebop) and Calypso dances for Big Band choreographed by Mickey Davidson. Highlights include performances by Hofstra student musicians and dancers; ensembles from Hempstead and Uniondale High Schools; and invited guest artists, including the internationally acclaimed Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet dedicated to bridging European, American, African and Latin American musical traditions. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. hofstra.edu $12. 5 p.m. Feb. 8.The Ken Kresge Jazz TrioMusic from Gershwin and Porter, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, to Broadway and beyond. Beautiful vocals and instrumentation all wrapped into one night of amazing music! Ken Kresge has performed for live audiences around the world and was a past winner of the Michelob Jazz Search. Not to be missed! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. Feb. 8.Black Veil BridesInspired by ’80s glam hair metal bands Motley Crue and Kiss, Black Veil Brides are a makeup and glitter-filled tour de force. With rockin’ guitar licks and an arena-rock vibe, these cats won’t disappoint their huge and staunch fan base looking for retro-rock fun. With Memphis May Fire & Ghost Town. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8.Interplay Jazz OrchestraThis will be one special gig when the Interplay Jazz Orchestra celebrates the 40th birthday of their co-director Gary Henderson! They are the only local big band that plays all original compositions written by its members. A live performance is simply a must as the band weaves it magical chemistry to entertain audiences with swinging interludes. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 8.last_img read more


first_imgThe fund has seen an uneven investment performance so far this year, returning 5.45% in the three months to January, followed by a 0.1% return on investments in the second quarter and a return to stronger growth in the third, led largely by a resurgent equity portfolio.Announcing third-quarter results late last month, Norges Bank Investment Management chief executive Yngve Slyngstad credited the 7.6% return from its equity holdings to increased economic activity in China, but he noted that the remainder of its emerging market stocks continued to see weak growth.The NPFG recently announced a review of its active management approach and also made its first investment into real estate debt, partnering with Axa Real Estate Investment Management. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (NPFG) is on track to increase its assets under management by NOK1trn (€123bn) in one year, according to revised government estimates.Announcing its decision to amend the 2014 Budget introduced by its predecessor, the conservative coalition led by prime minister Erna Solberg said it would slightly increase the amount of money drawn down from the fund to balance the books.However, the Ministry of Finance simultaneously predicted the GPFG would exceed NOK5.3trn by the end of 2014 and estimated that the fund’s assets under management would be above NOK4.8trn by the end of December, a 7% increase over predictions published by the previous Labour Party-led government in May.If the predictions hold true, then the GPFG will have seen assets under management increase by more than one-fifth, or NOK1trn, in a year.last_img read more


first_imgJapan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into an agreement with three companies to participate in the owning and chartering business for a oil and gas floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit off the coast of Ghana.Together with its compatriots, Sumitomo Corporation, JGC Corporation and Development Bank of Japan, the shipping company agreed in principle on the FPSO, named John Agyekum Kufuor, which is run by the Malaysian offshore production services provider Yinson Holdings Berhad and its group of companies.With a crude oil production capacity of 58,000 barrels/day and a gas production capacity of 210 million square feet/day, the FPSO can hold up to 1.4 million barrels of crude.After commencement of the definitive agreement, the four partners will acquire, through a joint venture, 26% of the shares of Yinson Production (West Africa).Yinson Production recently entered into a has concluded a 15-year long-term FPSO chartering agreement with Eni Ghana Exploration & Production, an affiliate of the Italian oil company Eni SPA, and started oil production at Offshore Cape Three Point Block (OCTP) located some 60 kilometers south west of Ghana in May 2017.The partners informed that the domestic supply of natural gas from the FPSO is expected to commence in Ghana by mid-2018. Through the project, the four partners will contribute to stable oil and natural gas supplies in Ghana, thus solving natural gas and electricity shortages in the country.last_img read more


first_imgThe burnt wreckage of a vehicle transporting a Mormon family living near the border with the United States is seen, after the family was caught in crossfire between unknown gunmen from rival cartels, in Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico on Nov. 4. MANDATORY CREDIT KENNETH MILLER/LAFE LANGFORD JR/VIA REUTERS MEXICO City –At least five members of a family in northern Mexico, including two infants,were killed on Monday in an attack by unknown gunmen, officials said.  The press officeof the US Embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to request for moreinformation after few hours.(Reuters)center_img Mexican mediareported the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, associated with abreak-away Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago, andthat the dead and the additional missing family members may be United States(US) citizens.last_img read more


first_img“To ensure the awareness, cooperation andsafety of everyone, please be advised that province-wide testing has startedtoday. Do not be alarmed if health care workers donning public attire fortaking swabs are seen in your area,” the PIMT said in a public advisory. BACOLOD City – The provincialgovernment of Negros Occidental has recently deployed health personnel to takeswab samples of identified patients under investigation (PUIs) in variouscities and municipalities across the province. “We will group all recorded PUIs, transferthem to this area, and monitor them. The idea is to control the number of PUIssent to the hospitals,” Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson had earlier said. A total of 70 PUIs have been identified, ofwhich 36 have been scheduled for testing on Thursday, according to theProvincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) Command Center’s data. The provincial government has opened aquarantine center in the northern town of E.B. Magalona to accommodate PUIswith mild symptoms. The identified PUIs are located in San CarlosCity, with 14; Calatrava, eight; Bago City, seven; Hinigaran and Valladolid,four each; Himamaylan City, La Carlota City, Talisay City, and Moises Padilla,three each; Sagay City, Sipalay City, Binalbagan, E.B. Magalona, La Castellana,Manapla, and Pontevedra, two each; Escalante City, Kabankalan City, Murcia,Pulupandan, Isabela, Cauayan, and San Enrique, one each. Capitol consultant Alfredo Benitez, who isalso a member of the PIMT, said that Negros Occidental has an allocation of 300testing kits from the Department of Health. The facility, located in a “Yolanda” housingproject site in Barangay Sto. Niño has 210 beds. As of Wednesday, Negros Occidental hasrecorded only one positive case of Covid-19. The patient is a female residentof E.B. Magalona town. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more


first_imgGREENDALE, Ind. – A fatal fire claimed a husband and wife in Greendale early Wednesday morning.Firefighters discovered the bodies of John Hubbard, 52, and Jeanne Hubbard, 51, inside the mobile home at 464 Craig Avenue after responding around 3:55 a.m.Crews were dispatched after a neighbor saw the home on fire. Upon arrival, the fire had already engulfed the home.Firefighters went into the home searching for victims and battled intense heat and heavy smoke, the Dearborn County Register reports.John Hubbard was found near the backdoor of the home and his wife was found in a bedroom.It was the first fatal fire in Greendale in more than two decades.last_img


first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Arteta said: “I keep being positive, we have some really good talks with him and his agent. I am pretty confident we’re going to find an agreement soon. That’s my feeling again. Auba will usurp Mesut Ozil as the club’s highest-paid player Read Also: Messi excited as he trains under Koeman for first time (photos) “Absolutely. And for him as well, I think. I think he should be very happy if he is able to stay at the club for a long time. “I think people will be delighted with that news.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the brink of signing a new three-year contract with Arsenal which will see him usurp Mesut Ozil as the club’s highest-paid player. The Gunners captain has been in talks with Emirates chiefs for several months over extending his stay in north London. And according to The Athletic, the striker has finally committed his future and an announcement is imminent. It is also claimed that Aubameyang is set for a mammoth pay rise on his current £200,000-a-week deal, which was due to expire next summer, to take him to the top of Arsenal’s wage list. It is understood that Aubameyang’s deal is worth more than Ozil’s £350,000-a-week agreement, with the striker extending his stay with the Premier League giants until 2023. The influence of Gunners manager Mikel Arteta as well as Aubameyang’s father was significant in persuading the striker to commit, it is claimed.Advertisementlast_img read more