Ancient satellite

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaWhile global positioning satellite systems are a relatively newtechnology, humans have been using information for years from oneancient satellite: the moon.Farming and gardening by the moon probably goes back to whendinosaur bones were tillage instruments. Some still believe thatit really works. But when are the signs right?The ancient theory divides the lunar month into four phases, orquarters. The first and second quarters the make up the light ofthe moon, the 14-day period when the moon grows from the new moonto the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are the dark ofthe moon, or the 14 days when the moon goes from full to the nextnew moon.SignsThe 12 signs of the moon change about every two and a half daysas it moves through the zodiac signs in the night sky. Examplesare when the signs are in the breast, heart, reins, bowels,knees, thighs and head. Refer to an almanac to see exactlywhen these signs change.Leo is said to be ruled by the heart and is a barren sign. Canceris ruled by the breast, a fruitful sign. Fruitful signs are usedfor such practices as planting. Barren signs are best for thingslike cultivation. Prepare the soil in the light of the moon andcultivate in the dark of the moon.Why prepare soil preparation during the light of the moon in abarren sign? According to the theory, when the moon is growing,it will cause the soil to remain loose and easier to turn. Abarren sign indicates a period when weeds are vulnerable and moreeasily killed.Fertilization depends on whether you use chemical or organicfertilizers, but always apply it during a fruitful sign. Applychemical fertilizers in the light of the moon and organicfertilizers in the dark of the moon.When to waterIrrigation is best during one of the water signs like Scorpio(the secrets) or Pisces (the feet) and in the light of the moon,since watering also makes your fruits and vegetables grow larger.This may hold as long as there isn’t a drought during the othersigns.It’s best to plant crops that produce fruit aboveground in thelight of the moon. Plant crops that produce underground fruit inthe dark of the moon in the third quarter.The first quarter is best for planting crops that produce seedoutside the fruit and the second quarter for crops that produceseed inside the fruit. Avoid planting in the fourth quarter.Always plant during a fruitful sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces,Taurus, Capricorn or Libra.After you’ve tried following Earth’s original satellite, then youcan decide for yourself whether it will help you grow a bettergarden.(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

News 12 Anchor, Judy Martin, Found Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin was found dead Friday night at her home, police said. (Photo credit: WorkLifeNation)News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin was found dead in here Halesite home Friday night, Suffolk County police said.The Emmy-award winning journalist’s death “does not appear to be suspicious,” a police spokeswoman said. Police are waiting on the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.Martin was already dead when police arrived at her residence around 7:30 p.m., the spokeswoman said.Martin, born in 1965, began her career at News 12 in 1988. Martin’s journalism career also included stints at Market Place Report, NPR, CNBC Business Radio, BBC Radio and World Vision Report.She also covered Hurricane Andrew and the crash of Avianca Flight 52, according to her website.“Judy will truly be missed,” News 12 said on its website. “News 12’s thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”Martin, an accredited yoga instructor, founded WorkLifeNation, where she taught business professionals how to reduce stress.“I’ve spent much of my adult life teaching meditation and volunteering in Hospice-related work. Then it happened—9/11,” she wrote on her website. “I reported from ground zero for Marketplace Morning Report on NPR by day, and then volunteered with the children of the victims at night to consume the chaos and personal grief of that time.”last_img read more

Five key findings about non-profit boards

first_img continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU works with Boardsource quite a bit. They are a group dedicated to non-profit boards.They released a 2017 study which you can download. But they did release an overview, which highlights five trends.While boards highlight that diversity is a priority, there hasn’t been much progress made in the past 2 years.Boards are embracing their roles as advocates for the group’s mission – but more is leadership is needed.The more the board understands the organization’s mission and programs, the better they perform.last_img read more

Binghamton’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural begins to take shape

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — ‘Black Lives Matter’ murals have been popping up on city streets across the country, and by the end of the weekend, Binghamton will have one of its own. She told 12 News she was inspired to create the mural by a similar project in Washington D.C. Mann said she hopes this project will help move discussion forward. Artist Kristen Mann is the driving force behind Binghamton’s mural, located on Wall Street near the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. “It moved me,” Mann said. “It was during the time when George Floyd had just passed and I wanted to bring that back to Binghamton.” Mann gave credit to Binghamton City Councilwoman Angela Riley, calling her “instrumental” in pushing that process along. Work on painting the mural began early Saturday morning, and is scheduled to continue until Sunday evening. “The legislature and the mayor, everyone came together to make sure this was going happen,” Riley said. “That shows that we can move Binghamton forward together as one.” “This is amazing to see us all from different backgrounds come together and get something done that really means something,” Mann said. Mann stressed it’s more than just city council approval to get the mural painted. Volunteers braved the sweltering blacktop of Wall Street to start the process of taping out the mural and getting the primer coat down. Among the volunteers was Michelle Nesbit, who is hoping the mural sends a powerful message. Man explained the permit process took close to a month, but the wait was worth it because it was something she believes has never been done in the city before Saturday. The mural will be unveiled to the public after it’s completed Sunday evening. Riley said the mural is an example of what can happen when people work as a team. “This will help people understand that change is here,” she said. “We need to keep going with these conversations, artwork, whatever we can to work together.” “You can’t have one group feel less than, and then say ‘All Lives Matter,'” Nesbit said. “This speaks volumes.” “[Volunteers] came out, they signed up and it’s all community people,” Mann said. “They came here together and they’re taping it out and that’s how we did it.”last_img read more

PGN profits fall 27 percent amid weakening rupiah exchange rate, lower revenue

first_imgPGN’s balance sheet shows that revenue fell a slight 0.3 percent yoy to $873.8 million in the first quarter. Revenue fell even as the gas distribution volume grew a slight 0.2 percent yoy to 882 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud) while the company’s customer base grew 76.6 percent yoy to 405,097 users.“In the first quarter of 2020, the number of customers grew alongside industry, electricity growth and gas pipe network development,” PGN corporate secretary Rachmat Hutama said in a statement.The company also reduced costs 0.8 percent yoy to $586.8 million. The steepest decline in costs was recorded in the company’s upstream businesses.PGN shares, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under PGAS, weakened 4.09 percent in early trading on Monday, deeper than the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), which declined 2.35 percent, Bloomberg data shows. Indonesia’s top gas distributor, PGN, booked a sharp profit slump in this year’s first quarter, largely due to the weakening rupiah exchange rate, despite a modest increase in sales volume.PGN, which operates over 90 percent of the country’s gas pipe network, recorded US$47.8 million in profits between January and March, down 26.7 percent year-on-year (yoy). Foreign exchange losses alone due to the fall in the rupiah exchange rate to the US dollar cost the company $63.2 million, nearly triple that of last year’s figure.The company reported on Sunday that its earnings were “very much affected” by the rupiah’s slump in March, when the Indonesian currency slid to Rp 16,000 against the greenback, a level unseen since the 1998 financial crisis. Topics :last_img read more

‘Positive sign’ as Alex Zanardi remains stable after handbike crash

first_imgZanardi suffered serious head injuries with multiple facial fractures and fears for his sight after losing control of his bike and colliding with a truck during a race in Italy on Friday.The 53-year-old Italian was airlifted to hospital in Siena and underwent three hours of delicate neurosurgery before being placed in an artificial coma and on a ventilator.”We cannot rule out complications,” Scolletta told journalists.”Compared to when Alex Zanardi arrived in the emergency room, conditions have really changed,” the doctor said. Alex Zanardi’s condition remained stable in hospital on Sunday, a “positive” sign for doctors two days after the former Formula One driver turned Paralympic champion suffered serious head injuries in a handbike crash in Italy.”The positive thing is that the more time passes and conditions remain stable, this gives us hope,” Sabino Scolletta, the head of critical care at the Santa Maria delle Scotte hospital in Siena, told journalists.”It means that there has been no step backwards and this gives us great confidence.” “We hope that the clinical condition remains stable, which would give us the opportunity during the week to start assessing the neurological situation.”An investigation has begun into the circumstances surrounding the accident in Tuscany and the truck driver has already been questioned. Investigators have seized the truck and Zanardi’s handbike and mobile telephone.A former Formula 1 driver, Zanardi has become one of the great figures in disabled sports after both his legs were amputated in 2001 following a motor racing accident on the Lausitzring track in Germany.He went on to win four gold medals on his handbike in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and two silver medals, and multiple world titles.”He is a great athlete and we hope that this will also apply in this demanding situation,” added Scolletta.Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in Formula 1 in the early 1990s before switching to the CART championship in the United States where he was series champion in 1997 and 1998.He returned to F1 with Williams in 1999 before heading back to CART.His passion remained motor racing and he had recently announced he would drive a specially-adapted BMW in the final endurance round of this year’s Italian GT Championship at Monza in November.Topics :last_img read more

Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving on May 22

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving on May 22 Press Release,  Public Health The yellow phase orders were amended to include 12 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.The 12 counties are joining 37 counties that previously moved into the yellow phase:Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland.The Governor’s amended order can be found here.The Secretary of Health’s amended order can be found here.Ver esta página en español.center_img May 21, 2020last_img read more

OECD says Denmark must step up effort to increase working lives

first_imgBut now, Denmark needed to strengthen incentives to carry on working, by enhancing work incentives for people coming up to retirement as well as for those beyond it.The country also had to provide information so that people could make well-informed choices between work and retirement, and make sure transitory bridging welfare benefits were not used as alternative pathways to an early exit from the labour market, the report said.On the other side of the coin, it said Denmark needed to address barriers to longer employment from the employers’ side.It said steps to be taken included moving ahead with abolishing mandatory retirement ages, and focusing wage setting procedures more on performance and skills and less on age and tenure, particularly in the public sector.Even though the mandatory retirement age of 70 for civil servants was abolished in 2008, such limits still exist in the private sector, the organisation said.In considering how work could be made rewarding for older workers in Denmark, the OECD noted that income testing in the Danish public pension system is quite complex and that it could be difficult for people to see what the consequences their work, saving and retirement decisions would have on their future entitlements.“Moreover, there can be disincentives to work through high simplicity marginal taxes on work, related to a loss of benefits when incomes are relatively high,” it said.Industry association Forsikring og Pension (F&P) welcomed the report and especially its focus on the interplay between the effective taxation of retirees and their decisions on whether to continue working.“It is the high effective taxation on pension savings, particularly close to retirement age, which makes it less attractive to continue working and saving for retirement,” the association said.Jan Hansen, deputy director at F&P, said the guidelines given by the OECD in the report on how the problem could be solved were in line with proposals the association had already made to politicians.“The OECD shows all too clearly that the interaction problem can and must be resolved,” he said.He said Denmark faced serious problems in maintaining its welfare society in the future.“It should pay to work and save for retirement, also for older people close to retirement age,” he added. Denmark needs to make more effort to lengthen the time its citizens remain in the workforce by giving people better incentives to carry on working beyond retirement age, as well as tackling barriers from the employers’ side, according to the OECD.In a report on ageing and employment policies in Denmark, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) said: “Further efforts are needed to implement a broader strategy to promote longer working lives.”It said incentives and provisions to retire early had previously been too generous in Denmark, and that this was why the country had been so active in reforming the system in recent years.“The 2006 Welfare Agreement and the 2011 Agreement on Later Retirement are important steps taken to reduce the burden of an ageing population,” the OECD said in the report.last_img read more

Growing push for drinking age of 20

first_imgSunday Star Times 22 April 2012Support for returning the drinking age to 20 is gaining momentum as MPs face calls to address binge drinking.But politicians courting the youth vote are cautious, and the Green Party has indicated it is unlikely to back a change to move the age from 18 to 20.MPs are expected to vote on the purchase age provisions of the Alcohol Reform Bill in the next couple of months.The drinking age was lowered to 18 in a 1999 conscience vote. Health leaders want it restored to 20, and say the evidence points to that as the only option.National MP Jackie Blue said straw polls had shown “overwhelming” public support for the age to be set at 20.The Alcohol Reform Bill purchase age provisions would allow 18-year-olds to buy alcohol in licensed premises, but restrict off-licence purchases to those 20 and older.National MP Tim Macindoe, who wants sales in any venue restricted to 20-year-olds, says support for the move has grown over the past three years.“In the previous Parliament I would have been struggling for much more than 20 per cent [support from MPs], but at the moment it would be closer to 30. And there will be an opportunity as the pressure comes on over the next couple of weeks to lift that.“There is support within my own caucus, and there is some support within Labour, as well as [Act’s] John Banks, and potentially New Zealand First.”The Maori Party also supports raising the purchase age to 20 for both licensed premises and liquor stores.National and Labour MPs will be able to cast a conscience vote but the Greens, who have 14 MPs, have yet to decide, although party policy is to oppose raising the age. read more

Abortion – Baby Ava defies all the odds

first_imgNZ Herald 2 June 2013Mum grateful she refused to terminate her pregnancy.Ava Alexander-Thomas is the little girl who almost wasn’t. Scans throughout pregnancy showed no amniotic fluid and a fetus with missing organs, no facial bones and undeveloped lungs. Three medical experts urged her mum, Toni Alexander, to terminate the pregnancy. Instead, the family researched and drew hope from similar cases. At 32 weeks, baby Ava was born with a relatively common horseshoe kidney. Now the family want answers. read more