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Corn Crop

first_imgRainy conditions this spring forced some Georgia corn farmers to plant their crop late this year, according to Reagan Noland, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension corn and small grains agronomist. This late planting, combined with a very wet growing season, meant farmers harvested some corn crops a few weeks late.“There was a time frame of good planting conditions during the early spring, and many acres were planted on time. If you didn’t get your crop planted then, you likely got in a little late,” Noland said. “We had a few big rain events in mid-April. I would say if growers didn’t plant by mid-April, they probably didn’t get in (the fields) until the beginning of May.”In late May, Georgia experienced two straight weeks of rainy weather. Limited sunlight slowed the growth of corn at a time when yield components were determined.“Cloudy weather at different points during the life cycle of corn influences different aspects of yield,” Noland said. “During tassel and pollen shed, bad weather can lead to issues with pollination and poor establishment of the kernels.”Symptoms of nitrogen deficiency were also common where the soil was saturated. This year, considerable nitrogen was likely lost due to leaching and runoff in fields that were overrun with moisture.“When the soils are saturated and conditions are cloudy, the plant isn’t transpiring and taking up water as quickly. I visited a field in Laurens County, (Georgia), where a farmer had to terminate his crop because over 80 percent of the field was stunted beyond recovery. It was too wet, and the roots were rotting a couple of inches deep,” Noland said. “It was a good bottomland site that usually yields well because it holds moisture well. This ended up hurting in a year when it was too wet.”Dublin, Georgia, in Laurens County received 7.9 inches of rain in May, surpassing previous years’ totals with 17 rainy days, according to the UGA Weather Network at with Laurens County, reports from Georgia’s Washington, Jefferson, Burke and Bulloch counties also indicated that farmers were adversely affected by too much rain, Noland said. In the southwestern part of the state, conditions were more favorable for growing corn.“I talked with (Extension agent) Seth McAllister over in Terrell County, (Georgia), and he has a good representation of the western part of south Georgia. From what he said, the irrigated farms are looking good. It’s not record-breaking, but they are generally harvesting a good crop this year,” Noland said. “Dryland yields are normal. One bright side to wet weather is that dryland yields will often do better than normal. Some early estimates in Terrell County indicated dryland yields around 90 bushels, which is all right for the area. Another report from Dooly County, (Georgia), indicated a grower harvesting well over 200 bushels dryland, which is outstanding.”Noland’s research on the UGA Tifton campus was also not immune to the rainy summer’s impact.“Current yield projections for (one of our) fields is around 230 or 240 bushels, which is good. Most growers will be happy to see that average across a field, but it’s not as high as we hoped to see in a research plot,” Noland said.Corn is typically harvested throughout August and September. It is a high-value row crop for Georgia growers. Corn generated more than $277.2 million in Georgia, according to the 2016 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, produced by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

Some of the best gifts, money can’t buy

first_imgIt’s hard to believe how fast another year has flown by! Here we are, on the verge of 2020. As Christmas is now over, and New Year’s is just around the corner, we’ve spent the last week or so scurrying to find the last minute “perfect” gift for that special someone, planning what to make for the “perfect” Christmas dinner and what our “perfect” goals should be for our New Year’s Resolutions. Sadly, now is also a time when we get so caught up in the materialistic things and objects.I’ll admit, I myself spent several hours trying to find my family and friends gifts they would like even though we continually say we “really don’t need anything.” This philosophy of finding perfect gifts has caused us to forget, that some of the best gifts can be free or relatively cheap. My parents have always taught me, Christmas shouldn’t be about what’s wrapped under the tree, but what gift we can give, that’s in our hearts. Now more than ever, I’m trying to remember that and follow their guidance. The time for exchanging Christmas gifts may be over, but here are a few ways you can impact others without breaking your savings account in 2020…Time: People always say time is money, but it doesn’t have to be. Time is one of the biggest and inexpensive gifts you can give yourself and others. Giving yourself the gift of free time can truly help your perspective in life. It can help refresh and rejuvenate yourself. Taking a day to go to the spa, read a new book or even work out in your shop on something you love is a great way to use the gift of time. You might feel lazy, but a day of peace and quiet to yourself, is good for the soul.Rather than buying your little cousin that stuffed animal he wants, take the time to buy him a zoo pass and go with him to see real animals, or to a rodeo where he can see cowboys ride horses! Another good idea is to give your coworker a handmade ‘coupon’ offering to babysit her kids so her and her husband can have a date night or give your significant other a coupon saying you’ll do chores for them. Also taking the time to help someone carry their groceries, put together boxes of toys for those kids in foster care, smiling at someone in passing, bake cookies for someone, or even holding the door open are all great “gifts of time.” Whether you’re a mentor to someone else at work, or even just stay late after work to teach someone more about the project you’re working on, that extra time you spent can greatly impact that person for the better. It’s little things like this that is more meaningful then wrapping a gift they don’t need.If you really feel the need to spend some money for your friends, family, coworkers or significant other, you can do so through a vacation or mini trip, where quality time can be spent together. If you’re looking for something different for next year, plan a mini get away to an inspirational speaker, plan to all help volunteer at the homeless shelter or serve meals on wheels, or even plan to all just jump into the car and drive around looking at Christmas lights. Another idea could be to plan one night a month during the whole year and dedicate it to some type of date night. Whether that means to simply sit and enjoy each other’s presence, learn to cook a new recipe, or play cards. Regardless of how you choose to give the gift of time, it should go without saying, in today’s world, time is an invaluable gift to give.Love: The gift of love, shouldn’t really need much explanation. Unfortunately, many will celebrate Christmas and New Year’s without their loved ones this year. While others, might have loved ones in their lives, but the relationship might be strained. Set aside your differences with those family members, or whoever it may be and instead, spread your love to make it a better holiday season for you both. Additionally, if you’re looking for ways to spread love, doing things like visiting your long-time members in the nursing home, taking cookies to the new business in town or even spending time teaching your children to play an old-fashioned game of cards, are all ways to spread a little extra joy- not mention, free! Finally, don’t forget to tell those people you do care about, that you love them, tomorrow is never promised.Creativity: Whether you realize it or not, we all have a creative bone. Using your creative talents to make a gift for someone, could definitely help cheapen holiday costs. It also is twice as meaningful because of the effort that went into it. When my brother and I were kids, our local daycare lady always had us make our Christmas gifts for our parents. From holiday ornaments, to pictures in frames, our daycare lady, always was creative with what we gave our parents.Now that we’re all grown up, fortunately, for my family, we have several creative hobbies which helps when we need gifts on hand for family or friends. The point is, no matter what you’re doing, whether it be making a Christmas present, or challenged with a new project at work, being creative can be challenging, but life changing. Thinking outside the box for your local fundraiser or when trying to get your employees to be motivated about something, is usually what creates the best outcomes.Personal Development: This gift goes along with the gift of time. You’re the only one who was with you all year long through the best and worst moments and who will always truly be with you. Giving yourself a gift to improve yourself, is a great thing. Sit down and decide what you want to become, what your career objectives are, and even what’s holding you back. Through this, you can improve and develop not only your skills out of the office, but inside the office. When you’re a better you, others around you can feel the positive effects of this. Take a yoga class, plan to lose weight, get more sleep, learn to play guitar to relieve stress, declutter your house, clean your email inbox, network outside of the office more or even get certified in a new skill. These are all ways you can help yourself grow, be more productive and give more to others. Setting goals and new year’s resolutions that help better yourself, can in turn be a gift that not only you, but others reap the benefits of.There’s no doubt, Christmas will always be associated with presents; however, it’s important that we remember, there are a lot of gifts we can give by just being ourselves, and using the talents we’re given, both in and outside of work. Never underestimate the importance of spending a little extra time with someone, loving others, being creative in your work and continually bettering yourself. Giving, is better than receiving, as it shows what a generous heart you have. Some of the best gifts we can give, can’t be wrapped as they come from the heart.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: Detailslast_img read more

SMERU-WFP study urges wider food, social policies to tackle TBM amid coronavirus

first_img #covid19taskforce The government responded swiftly by scaling up its social protection programs, but the challenges that remain in the accuracy and completeness of its social welfare data could prevent the programs from making a maximum impact on improving the wellbeing of the poor.The programs include food assistance for the poor, a direct cash assistance program called the Family Hope Program (PKH) and emergency food assistance for natural and nonnatural disasters. These programs, particularly the food assistance to the poor, were established in 1998-1999 as a response to the Asian Financial Crisis. Both the food assistance program and the PKH have become more nutrition-sensitive in the decades since. The food assistance program, for instance, has developed from distributing subsidized rice to providing electronic cards or vouchers for buying a variety of foods. This allows the beneficiary households to potentially choose those foods that could increase the nutrient content in their dietary composition.In 2017, the program expanded to include eggs in addition to rice among the foods that beneficiary households can purchase by e-cards. Furthermore, the e-cards or vouchers can be used to buy foods at selected kiosks (e-Warong), some of which sell the subsidized foods as a single, prepared package that prevents the beneficiary household from choosing individual food items.WFP Indonesia country director Christa Räder, who appeared at the webinar, said that families’ general lack of knowledge and awareness about nutritious foods could prevent them from improving their food intake and allow malnutrition to affect many aspects of their lives.“I believe that the best way to address stunting is not to feed the children [food] incentives or give [them] take-home rations. The best way is to give knowledge to the mothers and to give sufficient money to the mothers to make their choices. But I believe that money is not as important as knowledge,” said Räder.“That knowledge is not out there yet. It can be given through the social protection system and health system, and that will empower and enable the mothers to feed the children properly,” she added.Meanwhile, Iván Cossio Cortez, the Quality Assurance Group chief at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), reminded all stakeholders of the importance of providing incentives to local farmers to produce healthy and nutritious foods to solve the issues of food security and dietary diversity in Indonesia.“The first important step to have access to diverse and healthy food is by producing diverse and healthy food. Otherwise, the system won’t work,” he said.As regards Indonesia’s food security, the SMERU report found that increased production in most food commodities, especially rice, had not caught up with the increase in consumption demand, and that the country’s dependence on imported rice to meet domestic demand had become a major concern during the COVID-19 crisis.Meanwhile, BPS data showed that food production declined 10 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020.In analyzing these conditions, the institute urged the government to continue in its efforts to ensure that all poor and vulnerable households received social assistance to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on household food and nutrition security.In addition, to prevent the increasing prevalence of wasting and stunting during the multifaceted COVID-19 crisis, the government needed to expand the distribution of complementary foods, such as fortified biscuits, to help children as well as pregnant and nursing women in poor and vulnerable households to meet their nutritional needs.Topics : According to data published in the 2018 Basic Health Research, Indonesia is suffering the effects of the triple burden of malnutrition, with stunting prevalent in 30.8 percent of children under 5 and wasting in 10.2 percent of under-fives. In addition, anemia was prevalent in 48.9 percent of all pregnant women.The COVID-19 epidemic has only worsened the situation, with the Health Ministry announcing on Wednesday that it had recorded 4,127 new cases in Indonesia, bringing the nation’s cumulative total to 344,749 confirmed cases. The ministry also recorded 129 additional COVID-19 deaths, which brought the nationwide toll to 12,156.“COVID-19 is also [projected] to deteriorate the diet quality, especially among the poor and vulnerable. This is to be expected as a result of [the epidemic’s] negative impact on employment and income, since people are struggling to meet their basic needs, in particular food, and this will compromise the quality of their diets,” SMERU researcher Sirojuddin Arif said during the webinar.Statistic Indonesia (BPS) reported that around 1.6 million people had fallen into poverty between September 2019 and March 2020, while the economy contracted 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2020.center_img Long before the COVID-19 outbreak emerged in Indonesia, the nation was facing the “triple burden of malnutrition” (TBM), the concurrent prevalence of undernutrition, overnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. While stunting is a result of undernutrition, the problems of malnutrition in the nation go beyond this.At a webinar on Oct. 14 titled “Beyond Stunting: Challenges to Improve Food Security and Nutrition in Indonesia”, the SMERU Research Institute urged the government to expand the focus of its policies on food security and nutrition to address not just stunting. The independent research and public policy institute particularly called for policy expansion that covered other aspects of malnutrition, specifically wasting, obesity, overweightness and micronutrient deficiencies.The webinar aimed to share the results of a study commissioned by the World Food Programme (WFP) titled “Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition in Indonesia: 2019-2020 Update”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Visits Humane Society of Harrisburg to Discuss New Animal Cruelty Laws Before Effective Date

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Humane Society of Harrisburg to Discuss New Animal Cruelty Laws Before Effective Date August 22, 2017 Animal Welfare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined advocates at the Humane Society of Harrisburg to remind the public that Act 10 of 2017 goes into effect on Monday, August 28, 2017. Act 10, which strengthens Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws, was signed into law in June 2017.“Less than a week from today the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul goes into effect. On Monday, those who would subject animals to this kind of mistreatment will face stiffer penalties for these deplorable actions and they will think twice before committing such terrible acts,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This law has been a long time coming. I am proud that we will now hold our pet and animal owner to a higher standard of humanity in how the treat their animals. I want to thank all our partners for their work in making this law possible.”Governor Wolf signed the package of bills, which includes Libre’s Law, earlier this summer. The five key components of the legislation are improved tethering stipulations and conditions for outside dogs, added protections for horses, increased penalties for animal abuse, ensuring convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelter, and civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians“It is with great pleasure to state that there is no room for animal cruelty in the Commonwealth, as evident by Governor Tom Wolf signing Act 10 of 2017 into law,” said Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director of the Humane Society of the United States. “HB 1238, inspired by our main man Libre, is effective as of August 28. To mark the importance of this day for animals, we celebrate with the many advocates and legislators who persevered for this victory. Each and every one of you inspires our continuous advocacy for animals,”Act 10 was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, who was also on site for today’s event.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The haves vs the have nots: These are the Qld suburbs paying the highest mortgage rates

first_imgMortgage holders are being urged to negotiate a better deal on their home loans.It comes as lenders are falling over themselves to offer home loan deals to owner occupiers amid signs of a slowing property market. Thirty lenders cut their rates for owner occupiers in October, according to financial comparison website Mozo, and 70 lenders are offering a headline rate of less than 4 per cent for owner occupiers paying off principal and interest.The competition comes after bank regulator APRA moved to direct lending away from investors, riskier borrowers and interest-only loans.But a recent Galaxy Research study commissioned by comparison site iSelect revealed more than half of all mortgage holders are still paying an interest rate of 4 per cent or more and 13 per cent were paying over 5 per cent.“Basically, if your interest rate doesn’t start with a three, you are paying too much,” iSelect spokeswoman Laura Crowden said.“Homeowners who are currently paying above four per cent should take advantage of the current low rate environment and move to a better deal before the RBA makes a move against them.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Brisbane’s Marian Moffatt recently took the plunge and changed lenders, saving herself about $40 a month by refinancing her mortgage. The 38-year-old had been with the same lender since buying her home in Zillmere eight years ago and has gone from paying 3.89 per cent interest to 3.78 per cent.Ms Moffatt said she was surprised how easy it was to switch lenders and negotiate a better deal.“It doesn’t pay to be loyal to a bank because they don’t show any loyalty to long-term customers,” she said.“They’re only interested in getting new ones.” SNAPSHOT OF QUEENSLAND MORTGAGE RATES Suburb Average rate Highest rate Lowest rate Average loanNingi/Sandstone Point 5.29% 5.29% 5.29% $291,000Redland Bay/Victoria Point 5.26% 6.74% 3.78% $363,000 Shailer Park 4.19% 4.19% 4.19% $290,000Deception Bay 4.13% 4.53% 3.88% $254,000Helensvale/Hope Island 4.10% 4.20% 3.99% $402,000Amberley/Willowbank 4.06% 4.31% 3.80% $378,000 Eight Mile Plains/Runcorn 4.01% 4.39% 3.78% $264,000 Nerang/Carrara 3.99% 4.19% 3.85% $385,000South Brisbane/Highgate Hill 3.99% 3.99% 3.99% $264,000 Springfield 3.93% 4.03% 3.74% $416,500Tamborine 3.87% 3.99% 3.74% $285,000Burpengary 3.84% 3.93% 3.74% $603,500Coomera 3.79% 3.84% 3.74% $395,000Zillmere/Aspley/Boondall 3.78% 3.78% 3.78% $310,000Anstead 3.74% 3.74% 3.74% $417,000Bribie Island 3.74% 3.74% 3.74% $460,000Caloundra 3.74% 3.74% 3.74% $379,000 Montville/Mapleton 3.69% 3.69% 3.69% $332,389Ipswich 3.69% 3.69% 3.69% $318,800Fig Tree Pocket/Pullenvale 3.69% 3.69% 3.69% $589,600Mount Gravatt 3.68% 3.68% 3.68% $405,000(Source: HashChing, Digital Finance Analytics) Marian Moffatt, outside her Zillmere home, refinanced her mortgage with another lender. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.HOMEOWNERS in some of Queensland’s battler suburbs are forking out up to $115 more a week on their mortgage than those in a number of Brisbane’s blue chip pockets, new research shows.HashChing and Digital Finance Analytics have crunched the numbers using recent home loan settlement data and it reveals a huge discrepancy in mortgage rates across the state’s southeast.According to the research, some borrowers in lower socio-economic and rural/residential suburbs are paying as much as $102,081 more over the life of an average $375,000 loan than homeowners in more affluent areas, in what has been described as a “worrying” trend.Struggling families in the suburbs of Ningi, Shailer Park and Deception Bay are paying interest rates as high as 5.29 per cent, while savvy borrowers in Pullenvale, Brookfield and Fig Tree Pocket are paying as little as 3.69 per cent interest on their mortgage.The research shows households in Redland Bay and Victoria Point are paying the highest rates in the state — up to 6.74 per cent.The research looked at more than 600 new or refinanced loans settled through HashChing brokers between March and October. New research by HashChing and Digital Finance Analytics shows it pays to renegotiate a better mortgage rate.Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said he was surprised to see some of the more affluent households — often with bigger mortgages and therefore riskier to lenders — were the ones paying the lowest rates.“Our modelling shows it’s not necessarily the groups you’d think would be most impacted,” he said.“It’s the more affluent households, particularly young affluent households with a big mortgage, who are highly sensitive to rises in interest rates — many of whom have interest only loans.“The typical borrower on the urban fringe usually has a smaller mortgage.”Mr North said the results highlighted the importance of shopping around and renegotiating a better rate.“There might be some different conditions such as risk profile or loan to value ratio affecting the interest rate, but it looks more to do with the pricing power of individual lenders and the negotiating power of individual borrowers as to what rate they actually get,” he said.“The fact is the neighbour down the road could be on a far better deal than you.”center_img Home loan rates across suburbs differ greatly, according to new research. Image: AAP/Troy Snook.The research looked at more than 600 new or refinanced loans settled through HashChing brokers between March and October and based on an average loan of $375,000.HashChing chief executive Mandeep Sodhi said the differences in repayments across Queensland came down to a number of factors, but those paying the highest rates were typically self-employed, held multiple credit cards and had a deposit of less than 20 per cent. Mr Sodhi said it meant consumers needed to be more proactive when researching home loans. “Interest rates are dependent on a range of things, from an individual’s credit-rating and the type of loan they are after, to whether the borrower is self-employed, the loan to value ratio and who the lender is,” Mr Sodhi said.“What’s worrying is that the data suggests lower socio-economic areas are actually paying higher interest rates. “This indicates that this class of borrower might require more support when comparing rates, negotiating with lenders and navigating around issues like a bad credit history.” SCHOOLIES-PROOF YOUR PROPERTY MILLIONS FOR QLD’S HOLLYWOOD HOME YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A TARDIS LIKE THIS last_img read more

Collective LGPS fund for London begins recruiting as CEO named

first_imgThe collective investment vehicle (CIV) backed by most of London’s £24bn (€32.8bn) local government pension schemes (LGPS) has appointed Hugh Grover as its chief executive and will shortly begin recruiting a senior executive in charge of investments.Grover, who has overseen the development of the CIV on behalf of local authority association London Councils, told IPE a total of five vacancies would need to be filled – three non-executive director positions and the roles of investment oversight director and COO.He said the role of investment oversight director would not be that of a traditional CIO but focus more on “oversight and facilitation”, working with the local authority schemes as they allocate to the CIV.Additionally, the CIV will also be recruiting a COO and three non-executive directors who, in addition to Grover and the investment oversight director, will form the vehicle’s six-strong board. One of the three non-executive directors hired will also be asked to chair the board.Grover declined to disclose what the CIV’s first investment would be but said there were a number of discussions with asset managers underway.He has previously said he hoped the CIV would make its first investment by June of this year, while at least one local authority decided to defer investing in infrastructure until the fund is operational.Discussions began in earnest in 2013 to launch a CIV for London’s 33 local authority schemes, as it was seen as an alternative to the full merger the UK government was weighing up in order to achieve economies of scale and reduce management costs.The government eventually distanced itself from the idea of full mergers after industry resistance and last year launched a consultation on a shift away from active management.It failed to make any progress on the reform ahead of the UK general election, a fact a high-ranking civil servant blamed on “tensions” between several government departments.Jules Piper, chair at London Councils, praised Grover and said the vehicle had already been successful in reducing costs.He said it would lead to “significant” savings while leaving discretion over investment decisions with individual London boroughs.Grover, prior to being named CIV programme director last October, spent nearly six years as policy director at London Councils and a further five as deputy director within the Department for Communities and Local Government.last_img read more

Sumitomo Heavy Industries wins AIP for medium-size LNG dual-fueled tanker

first_imgSumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, was granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for a medium-size tanker equipped with a high-pressure LNG dual-fuel system. “And we will remain focused on supplying our customers with environment-friendly ships with a greatly reduced environmental footprint in all areas, including greenhouse gases.” High-pressure LNG that has been pressurized to approximately 300 bar will be supplied to this main engine through an LNG pump and vaporizer. Image courtesy: Sumitomo Heavy Industries Furthermore, the engine has the capacity to substantially reduce the methane slip, which tends to be emitted into the atmosphere from dual-fuel engines.center_img The tanker will far exceed the level of Phase 3 of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which will be mandatory to ships deployed in the international trade.“We are committed to doing our part in realizing a sustainable shipping industry. Accordingly, we will continue meeting social demands by fully utilizing our technical and developmental capabilities,” Sumitomo said. As such, Sumitomo said that the vessel can substantially reduce the amount of sulfur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) contained in the engine exhaust gas by using LNG as primary fuel. The shipbuilder said that a ME-GI type main engine designed by MAN Energy & Solutions will be installed on the vessel, enabling the vessel to save fuel. last_img read more

Minimum alcohol pricing would save lives (UK study)

first_imgThe Guardian 10 February 2014Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would lead to 860 fewer deaths a year and 29,900 fewer hospital admissions among heavy-drinkers while having only a slight effect on moderate drinkers, according to research into the policy’s impact.The study, from Sheffield University, predicts that making stronger drinks more expensive, through a price of 45p per unit of alcohol, would impact those who drink most heavily and are on low incomes. They would reduce their drinking and reap a health benefit, with fewer alcohol-related deaths and illness.In March 2012, David Cameron announced that the government would bring in minimum unit pricing, saying he thought it was “a big part of the answer” to binge drinking and alcohol harm. But last July, the government performed a U-turn and ditched the plans. Last week, it moved to ban “deep discounting” instead. This will prevent supermarkets slashing the prices of alcohol to below cost price, which has sometimes made alcohol cheaper than bottled water.Campaigners say that attacks on deep discounting will have little effect on the nation’s heavy drinking problems. The Alcohol Health Alliance, an umbrella organisation including charities and doctors’ organisations, said the impact would be negligible, affecting just 1% of sales in shops and supermarkets and doing nothing to reduce the appeal of strong drinks targeted at the young.The new modelling study, published in the Lancet medical journal, shows that heavy drinkers at high risk of accidents and deteriorating health would be most affected by a 45p minimum price. They buy large quantities of low-cost alcohol, while moderate drinkers will buy less of the cheap booze and more with a higher price tag. read more

Gov’t bans POGO operations during ‘enhanced’ community quarantine

first_imgA casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO The labor chief added that work is also suspended in Luzon unless the workers are in charge of health and other essential services. Employees could use their leave credits for their absences. “Hotels will only be allowed to accommodate foreigners with existing booking accommodations as of March 17, guests with existing long-term leases, and employees who are exempted from the quarantine,” Nograles said. Nograles reiterated that POGO firms will be closed during the duration of the Luzon-wide declaration that aimed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, meanwhile, said that employees cannot be forced to report for work during the month-long implementation of the “enhanced” community quarantine in Luzon. “However, hotels will be prohibited from accepting new booking accommodations. Hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic lodging to guests,” he added.center_img MANILA – The Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) will be closed, while hotels, resorts and similar establishments will have “limited” operations during the Luzon-wide “enhanced” community quarantine. “They do not have to report if they don’t want to report. Or since they are under enhanced community quarantine, then they can really not report and they will be excused. There will be no basis for them to be disciplined,” Bello explained. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said hotels will no longer be allowed to operate except for some exceptions. The Philippines is currently under state of calamity with Luzon under enhanced community quarantine, which means that “strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households; transportation shall be suspended; provision for food and essential health services shall be regulated, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.”/PNlast_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (August 27 – September 1)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (August 27 – September 1)Players of the Week.Volleyball: Danyka Groover – Rising SunGirls Cross Country: Megan Cole – South RipleyBoys Cross Country: Damon Hughes – Jac-Cen-Del and Bradley Winston – SouthwesternGirls Golf: Katie Hertz: Shawe MemorialGirls Soccer: Kinsey Price – Rising SunBoys Soccer: Jake Bovard – Rising SunORVC Report(August 27-September 1)2018Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img