No More Leaves in Landfill

first_imgThe bags of leaves and grass clippings lining the driveway on trash pickup day willsoon be handled differently.As of Sept. 1, Georgia landfills will no longer accept leaves, grass clippings or treetrimmings, said Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService.Communities are handling the new state ban on landscape waste in landfills in variousways. Yard trimmings will be picked up separately from regular garbage. In some places, itmay cost more to dispose of yard wastes. Check with your trash company or city manager tofind out proper disposal methods.Banning these products should cause a great drop in landfill use. These naturalby-products of lawns and landscapes account for up to 30 percent of the waste dumped inlandfills.”The average Georgia lawn produces 1,500 pounds of grass each year,” McLaurinsaid. “We need to keep all this natural waste out of the landfill. You should handleas much as you can on your own property.”Recycling plant litter should just come naturally. Nature has always compostedmaterials by dropping leaves at the bottom of trees and adding the nutrients back into thesoil.”We get in the way by raking and burning the leaves and pine straw,” McLaurinsaid.”You have many techniques available to recycle or dispose of yard wastes,” hesaid. “Mulching is really composting in place. You’re letting leaves and pine strawdeteriorate right where they lay instead of putting them in a bin. It’s a great way totake care of a lot of the leaves we’ll be getting in the next few months.”If you prefer the look of pine straw around your plants, put down about twoinches of leaves and add pine straw over them,” he said. “Vast amounts of leavesand pine straw can be used around shrubs and pine islands.”Composting is a natural and convenient way to recycle landscape wastes. It’s also alow-cost way to produce rich humus you can add back to your soil, he said.You can use almost any organic materials for composting. That includes grass clippings,leaves, flowers, annual weeds, twigs, chopped brush, old vegetable plants and straw. Don’tcompost diseased plants, weeds with seeds or invasive weeds like morning glory and nutsedge.You can also compost kitchen peelings and coffee grounds. But don’t add table scraps.They may attract animals.A common concern is that compost piles smell bad.”They don’t smell if they have good ventilation,” McLaurin said.”Odor-causing bacteria are killed by heat within the pile. If you add animal manuresto the pile, you can expect some initial odor. But it will dissipate in one to twodays.” A compost bin needs to be at least a cubic yard (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet).”Large piles break down faster than smaller piles,” McLaurin said, “butthey’re also harder to manage.”Visit your county Extension Service agent for free brochures about grasscycling,mulching and composting.last_img read more

Argentina: Security Forces Deal Consecutive Blows to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 29, 2020 In only two weeks, the Argentine Gendarmerie and Naval Prefecture seized more than 1,500 kilograms of drugs and dismantled different narcotrafficking gangs.On July 18, during a patrol on National Route 12, Gendarmerie officers chased a suspicious vehicle and found 698 kg of cannabis. The vehicle’s driver fled the scene.On July 13, Gendarmerie officers disrupted a gang that operated in La Rioja province. They detained eight individuals (including the leader) and seized 23 kg of marijuana, six vehicles, 11 motorbikes, one revolver, scales, and cell phones.In another operation on July 9, the Gendarmerie seized drugs hidden among bushes along National Route 12, in Corrientes province. “Seven hundred and twenty packages of marijuana weighing more than 683 kg were seized,” the Argentine Ministry of Security said in a press release.That same day, the Naval Prefecture seized a shipment of marijuana from Paraguay in the city of Puerto Libertad, Misiones province. A Paraguayan vessel crossed the Paraná River, which marks the border between both countries, stopped 500 meters from the Puerto Carolina area, and returned to its country of origin. “Troops immediately went to that location and found, scattered along the coast, several packages containing 249 bags of marijuana weighing almost 190 kg,” the Prefecture said in a statement.On July 6, Gendarmerie officers dismantled a gang whose two leaders operated from the Melincué prison, in Santa Fe province, where they are being held for narcotrafficking. The group would obtain drugs in the Buenos Aires province and sell them in the town of Venado Tuerdo, Santa Fe, through the leaders’ partners, Argentinian newspaper La Capital reported online.To disrupt the organization, agents carried out 15 raids in Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. “We seized vehicles, cash, cell phones, cocaine, and marijuana,” the Gendarmerie said.last_img read more

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first_img“Getting your folks integrated with each other is a challenge for most leaders. However, it’s a vital skill that you can easily hone to create a more engaged community within your organization,” according to, in “Five Approaches to Connecting Your People.”Employee engagement and successful interactions occur when all teams and workers “create a synergy that perpetuates the organization’s culture and values.”The connected workforce will have ability to build relationships with consumers when this first occurs within the walls of the organization.To what extent does good communication create team-building? How can both managers and employees improve their interactions? continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stamp Duty income drops 61%

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Heitman in €300m JV with First Islamic

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Ronaldo a doubt as Portugal prepares to face Croatia

first_imgIn addition to Sweden, the  four-team group also includes world champion France. While Ronaldo is with the national squad and could play, both Portugal and Croatia will be without other star players.The FPF said that another member of the squad that won Euro 2016, Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, has been released from the squad for unspecified medical reasons.Croatia, meanwhile, has excused Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic from international duties against Portugal and for a World Cup final rematch with France on Tuesday.Modric, who is 34, played a crucial role as Real Madrid rallied when La Liga resumed after the lockdown and was only rested when the title had been secured. Rakitic, 32, was also a regular starter as Barcelona collapsed in the league in June and July, though he had been relegated to the bench for the Champions League quarterfinal and the traumatic 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich. He has since been sold back  to Sevilla for 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million).With La Liga resuming on Sept.13, both wanted to extend its off-season break. Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt as Portugal starts the defense of its Nations League title against Croatia on Saturday in Porto and Sweden on Tuesday in Solna.Ronaldo is with the Portugal squad but has a toe infection and did not train on Wednesday or Thursday. He was instead doing “gym work”, the Portuguese football federation (FPF) said.Ronaldo has 99 goals in 164 international matches but the FPF, which has closed its training camp to the press citing health protocols, gave no indication whether he will be fit for either game.  Ronaldo has not played since early August when Juventus was knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon. At 35, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, a record for a Juve player, and insists he remains ambitious, laying out his season ‘goals’ on Instagram last week. “Victories. Commitment. Dedication. Professionalism. With all my strength and with the precious help from my teammates and all of the Juventus staff, we work once again to conquer Italy, Europe and the World!” he wrote.Portugal is returning to the city where as host it won the inaugural Nations League in June 2019, beating the Netherlands 1-0. Because Euro 2020 has been postponed a year, the country also remains European champion.center_img Topics :last_img read more

​Danish pension funds set greener investment goals

first_imgSeveral Danish pension funds are taking measures to reduce the climate impact of their investments, setting new targets and excluding more companies from their portfolios.The DKK113bn (€15.1bn) pension fund PenSam, which provides pensions for public sector employees, is to invest 10% of its portfolio assets linked to the energy transition by 2025, including such as renewable energy and green listed shares and bonds.The allocation will equate to DKK8bn of assets in 2025, the fund estimated.PenSam said it had already acted on its pledge by investing more than DKK500m via two deals in conjunction with an infrastructure partnership it has entered into with Danish pension provider PKA. Credit: Robson MachadoLaerernes Pension has excluded a number of firms involved in oil drilling in the ArcticPaul Brüniche-Olsen, chief executive of Lærernes Pension, said: “When we decided on the tolerance limits, we agreed that we should revisit them because all thought some of the tolerance limits were quite high. At the board meeting today, we have just done so and decided to lower most of the tolerance limits.”Elsewhere, the Danish Pension Fund for Engineers (DIP) and the Lawyers’ and Economists’ Pension Fund (JØP) have also excluded several large oil firms from their portfolios: ExxonMobil, Glencore, Chevron, NovaTek, Sasol, Tatneft, AGL Energy and PetroChina.The funds, which are on the verge of a possible merger and together manage DKK120bn, said the companies did not satisfactorily handle their negative impact on climate change. The divestment decisions were the result of a major analysis started by the funds last autumn.DIP and JØP said they were both also working in accordance with TCFD recommendations, and began the analysis of their portfolio companies as part of this cooperation.The funds said they were also in the process of assessing just under 70 firms in their portfolios, all of which were among the 100 largest contributors to future carbon emissions.The criteria for these assessments will include factors such as whether companies publish information on CO2 emissions, whether they have targets for reducing these, and information about the any possible lobbying activities, said DIP and JØP. Credit: SchropferovalPenSam bought 23% of PKA’s stake in two Californian solar parksClaus Jørgensen, CIO of PenSam, said: “The two investments are the starting point for more green and sustainable investments in PenSam. At the same time, we have turned down investments in fossil fuels as part of our strategy in recent years.”The provider blacklisted tar sands companies in December 2018 and has excluded a large number of firms engaged in coal energy production since 2016.PenSam said that it was working in accordance with the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).“By signing up to the TCFD’s recommendations, we are putting more focus on integrating climate change and the accompanying risks into the investment decisions and the organisation,” said Jørgensen.Meanwhile, Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, said it had excluded a number of companies engaged in coal production for energy, arctic drilling for oil and extraction of oil from tar sands.The divestments come as the fund has moved to lower its tolerance thresholds on how much climate-harming activity an investment may involve.The pension fund said it would only invest in a company if no more than 5%, rather than 20-25%, of its turnover came from coal production, arctic drilling, tar sands or weapons, among other criteria.center_img Both deals – buying to a wind farm in northern Sweden and investing in two solar parks in California – involved PenSam buying 23% of PKA’s existing stakes in the projects.last_img read more

Coorparoo house custom-built for family living

first_imgThe kitchen, living and dining is open plan.Mrs Volk said she would miss the area, being just a walk away from restaurants and cafes.“My husband and I take our dog for walks and everyone we see are very friendly,” she said.“You don’t even have to get into your car — you can walk to dinner. I’ll miss that about living there.” The house at 6 Orion St, Coorparoo, is for sale.NEARLY 12 years ago Debbie and Peter Volk bought the property at 6 Orion St, Coorparoo.They knocked down the house soon after — it was the land they wanted.The couple enlisted the help of an architect friend to design their dream family home. Downstairs is a kitchnette, allowing the property to have a dual living aspect.The two-level house has two huge living areas — one on each floor — and two of the bedrooms have an ensuite and walk-in wardrobes.There is a four car garage which has store rooms and a wine cellar.But it is out on the veranda that is Mrs Volk’s favourite area.“I like sitting on my deck having a wine with the breeze blowing, looking out to the city.“It’s nice and peaceful.” Up on the deck is Mrs Volk’s favourite area.Mrs Volk said her children’s now-grown friends had become nostalgic over the sale.“They want us to have a party when we sell it because they have a lot of memories here.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45center_img There are polished timber floorboards and a galley kitchen.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mrs Volk said the location was perfect for her family, with her children going to school at Loreto College and Villanova College, and her husband working in the CBD.“We were living at Eight Mile Plains so we wanted to be closer to the city,” she said. The facade is grand.Their youngest child was in Year 9 at the time and the oldest in Year 11, so they wanted something with separation.“The kids bedrooms are downstairs so they could have their friends over,” Mrs Volk said.“We could be upstairs with our friends and we could mix if we wanted to.”last_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid give away top spot

first_img Sidnei gave the Andalusian hosts a first-half lead with a powerful strike, only to see Karim Benzema level for the visitors from the spot right before half-time. In the end though, an error from Benzema led to Tello’s winning goal, thus handing back top spot in the LaLiga table to the Betis forward’s former club.There were several notable inclusions in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI, including both Eder Militao and Marcelo in defence, while Lucas Vazquez came in for Fede Valverde as the Frenchman reverted back to a 4-3-3.Fresh off his impressive display in El Clasico against Barcelona, Vinicius Junior came out looking confident and had Real Madrid’s first look at goal with a near-post effort.Betis were having difficulty getting into the flow of things, but a golden opportunity arose shortly before the half-hour when a free-kick hit the heads of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane before falling right to Betis defender Marc Barta alone in front of goal, but the former Barcelona centre-back somehow headed over the crossbar.Betis were growing into the game and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was called into action to prevent an opening goal from Fekir, who wickedly hit a volley that forced the Belgian shot-stopper into a big save.Yet there was nothing Courtois could do to stop an absolute hammer-blow from Sidnei that broke the deadlock. Real Madrid failed to clear their lines after a corner kick and a loose ball fell to Sidnei, who blazed a right-footer past Courtois for a 1-0 lead.Sidnei would go from hero to villain minutes later though, as his attempt to clear a deep cross saw him clip Marcelo in front of goal, resulting in a penalty. Benzema stepped up and calmly converted the spot-kick to make it a 1-1 affair at half-time.Betis regrouped during interval and came out strong in the second half, and they should have regained the lead through Joaquin Sanchez on a counter-attack. However, the veteran midfielder spoiled the chance and opted to find a teammate, instead passing straight to Luka Modric after rounding Courtois.Zidane was first to go to his bench, taking off Marcelo and bringing on Ferland Mendy and then later introducing Clasico goalscorer Mariano Diaz for Toni Kroos. The changes improved Los Blancos, and after a stinging shot from Modric that required a save from Joel Robles, Mendy hit the crossbar with an effort. A late goal from former Barcelona man Cristian Tello earned Real Betis a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid on Sunday night at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.Advertisement Read Also: Napoli move for Real Madrid striker JovicEach side was keen to find a winner in the final quarter-hour, with Real Madrid owning more of the ball while Betis showed a threat on the counter. Zidane’s last roll of the dice then saw Fede Valverde called on to replace Modric.Real Madrid had been playing with fire all night long with mistakes in their own half, and an ill-advised pass from Benzema was picked off by Andres Guardado, leading to a break that allowed Tello to finish with aplomb past Courtois to earn Betis a late 2-1 lead.Real Madrid came with everything in search of the equaliser, but with the help of the Estadio Bento Villamarin in full voice, Betis held on to secure the three points.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking ReasonsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Mesmerizing Facts About Hypnosis7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… last_img read more

Dele Alli opens up on mistakes and role model status

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made These are strange times when footballers have an important voice, can make a difference and yet they have been left in self isolation like the rest of the nation because of the coronavirus. Tottenham midfielder Dele, who has made a substantial donation himself, said: “What the NHS is doing is amazing and, as the general public, we can’t thank them all enough for what they are doing and it’s amazing to see. “We look at what they are doing and we appreciate the job they are doing and how amazing it is. That’s all we can do. “We need to come together as a country, whatever you do, everyone just has to stay positive and try to spread the right message. “We’re in a position where we can influence a lot of people, the younger kids, and with people looking at what we’re doing we have to spread the right message. Everyone is coming together and we have to keep doing what we are doing.” Dele Alli has discussed his role model status during the coronavirus crisis Dele is one of a few England players who want to use their platform in a positive way just as Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold have done. Theirs is a powerful voice and, with social media, they can help make a difference to a generation who will listen to footballers rather than politicians. “I think it’s a mixture of all things. We grew up in a generation where things like social media is such a big way of life now and it has such an influence on people. “In England, and the way we’ve all been brought up, knowing all the people you mentioned (Sterling, Rashford, Alexander-Arnold), they are great guys who want to be good people as well as good footballers and I think that’s important in the national team as well. “I think the main thing is that we are learning is that footballers are human too, we do make mistakes and everyone is vulnerable to the situation and what’s going on.” Dele, like every other Premier League player, is in self isolation and his days now consist of waking up every morning, doing gym and training sessions while Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff are beamed into all the players’ homes via a video link. He added: “The first few days was a bit of a test, because it was new to everyone, and everyone used to just training, no one was an internet whizz, or knew what they were doing! “I know at Tottenham we have all been staying fit, no one has taken this time as a break as such in terms of eating what we want, doing what we want, everyone’s been training. Alli says it took some time to adjust to the lack of football action Read Also: Premier League season suspended indefinitely after crisis talks “We have all been using the Zoom app in the morning, with each other doing the sessions as a team together. “I think everyone misses football now. Before when the season is coming to an end you are prepared for it, and for the break, and then to get in ready for the next season, so to randomly stop like this when you are focused on the season, you do miss it. “You do just want to be out there every day training and playing, so it is hard but I guess everyone’s adapting to it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dele Alli is used to being the football hero but has been happy to swap places. On Thursday night, Dele was out applauding the NHS heroes and is now doing his bit by supporting a charity, Magic Breakfasts, to provide healthy breakfasts for nearly 50,000 schoolchildren every day.last_img read more