first_imgA tree’s life is hard. It must stand against wind, hail and ice. A multitude of pests wait to consume it. To live decades, maybe even centuries, the tree must be tough. To protect itself, a tree will wrap itself, inside and out, in protective clothing. It has to. When environmental problems or pests come to damage it, the tree must stay still and take whatever comes. Life conspires to kill trees. They try to survive by using a unique defensive system. Actually, a tree has a double-edged defensive system to deal with the environment – one part passive and the other active. The passive system is composed of wooden walls made from strong, complex materials. These include cellulose fibers, which are made of sugars so tightly welded together that few living organisms on earth have the enzymes to break them apart. Another material in wood is like epoxy glue. Called lignin, it holds the cellulose fibers close together. Lignin is composed of complex chemical building blocks, each connected in a different way to each other. Again, only a few decay organisms can degrade lignin. Very few living things can decay both cellulose and lignin. Cellulose and lignin are the main walls, floors and ceilings of individual cells and groups of cells. These wooden cell barriers prevent or slow pests and decay from rampantly consuming the tree. As cells age and die toward the middle of the tree, chemical reactions biologically strengthen the wooden walls. Old cells generate a number of toxic materials in their dying gasps. These materials slow pest and decay organisms. The active defensive system of a tree includes special biological poisons it makes when injured. It also includes a host of blocking, plugging and sealing compounds. The tree’s active defenses try to slow the spread of pests and decay by producing toxins dangerous to living things. Some of these toxins are dangerous to humans at the correct dose. Of all the materials the tree makes to protect itself, one of the most versatile and effective is suberin. Suberin is a waxy waterproofer and wooden wall primer. Lightweight and low-density, it is made of many similar building blocks the tree piles together. Chemically, suberin is a complex polyester. The tree can make it wherever it needs it to block passages or seal off areas. The tree also uses suberin as a passive defense, like an overcoat. That’s because prevention remains the best way for a tree to defend itself from infection or injury. So the tree surrounds itself with the protective polyester suberin. People may know polyesters as a clothing fiber. But trees produce them to stem the tide of invading pests and decay. Suberin is one of the most effective barrier or wall materials in a tree. You can see it every day as bark. Bark is composed of many things. It includes a large portion of suberin to shield and protect the living portions of the tree. Unfortunately, unthinking or unknowing humans can easily damage these bark overcoats. Don’t be one of those careless humans. Support your local trees and their important, polyester overcoats.last_img read more

first_imgChanges in South Korea undercut rationale for new Australian coal mine FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Newcastle Herald:For nearly a decade a South Korean Government-owned company has bought up land in the beautiful Bylong valley between Denman and Mudgee to establish a coal mine.KEPCO, which is 51 per cent owned by the government, identified Bylong as the place to mine high quality coal to export to South Korea and keep its coal-fired power stations delivering electricity to the domestic market.When it first scoped the project the world’s governments were not responding to increasingly alarming reports about the impacts of climate change, and the Hunter was riding a coal mining boom. A lot has changed since then. The Paris Agreement has committed the Australian Government to keeping global carbon emissions below 2 degrees Celsius. The mining boom has ended. Financial institutions and major corporations are turning their backs on coal for good and the cost of renewable energy is pricing coal out of electricity generation.Of more significance to the Bylong project is the election of a progressive South Korean Government in 2017 which pledged to address the twin issues of serious air pollution and carbon emissions by shifting away from coal-fired power generation and towards renewables. In the past few weeks the government has made the strongest signals yet about ramping up the reforms by adding new taxes on imported thermal coal and releasing a draft energy policy that significantly increases the shift to renewables.While KEPCO has argued the government moves do not impact the Bylong mine, it is hard to be optimistic about any new coal venture with a 25-year time frame.A new Australian Government report has warned of rough times ahead for coal, which rode out 2018 on an unexpected rally as China increased imports. While some analysts, including the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, warned that would be short-lived, coal backers welcomed a new dawn.More: Coal shifts in South Korea and China could mean big changes for the regionlast_img read more

first_imgBy Military Forces of Colombia’s General Command July 06, 2020 During military operations carried out to neutralize logistics and financial activities of criminal groups in Colombia’s Catatumbo region, Norte de Santander department, and under the Freedom Heroes Campaign Plan, troops of the Colombian Army’s Vulcano Task Force located two laboratories for drug processing in the rural area of Convención and Teorama municipalities. According to authorities, the labs belonged to the organized armed group the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish).The first offensive took place in the town of Ventanas, Teorama municipality, on May 19, where personnel assigned to the 8th Land Operations Battalion located a laboratory to process coca base paste that also stored 500 gallons (1,893 liters) of gas, 500 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 100 kg of ammonia sulfate, 30 kg of urea, and 20 plastic cans.In other operations carried out in the town of Macanal–Soledad, in the municipality of Convención, the same unit found another lab to process coca base paste on May 30. Authorities found 400 kg of chopped coca leaves, 200 gallons (757 liters) of gas, and 29 metal cans.So far in 2020, the Vulcano Task Force has found 57 illicit drug labs in the Catatumbo region, in robust, joint military operations carried out in coordination with the Colombian Air Force and the National Police.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the need to train a new employee comes along, there is one thing to remember: An employee who feels that they’ve been properly trained is more likely to stick around. Here are four tips you can use to train the new member of your team…Everyone learns in their own way: Some people enjoy in-person training and others like to read instructions. By combining the two, you’re giving your new employee a chance to learn and ask questions in-person from a trainer, while also providing them with a resource they can look back at if they’re unsure about something.Have patience: People also learn at their own pace. If you immediately throw a ton of information at someone, most of it won’t stick. Take your time when training and only move on when the previous lesson is fully comprehended. If you do a thorough job the first time, you’re reducing the chances that there will have to be a second time.Give assistance: When your employee is first learning a new task, make sure you’re there to help correct their mistakes and keep them on the right path. Help them build confidence by giving them a chance to do things on their own, but correct them when they need it.Practice makes perfect: Completing a task correctly once is great, but make sure you are giving the employee a chance to do things over and over in training so when the time comes, they won’t have any issues with getting it right on their own. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe home at 93 Grahams Road, Strathpine.The market has been hot in Strathpine with a mix of buyers drawn to good-sized homes and large blocks, said LJ Hooker Albany Creek property consultant, Mathew Billing.Mr Billing said the recent sale of 93 Grahams Road for $400,000 on October 6 was a great example of demand outstripping supply in the area.“There’s huge demand for homes in that area and I have several people that missed out on that sale that are still looking,” he said.“There are lots of first homebuyers and investors and lots of people looking to upgrade and gain a bit of yard.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Inside the home at 93 Grahams Road, Strathpine.Mr Billing said a young couple purchased the three-bedroom, one-bathroom, highset home because it would suit their future plans.“They found it to be perfect for a young family scenario,” he said.“It pretty much got everything. It’s got the deck out the back, and the pool and the yard as well.”The buyers were also keen on the location, as nearby retail and schools ticked their boxes.“I think the privacy was just great for that local buyer too,” he said.Mr Billing said the sellers were a family that decided to move closer to their children’s new school.last_img read more

first_img 2 Sepik Place, Runaway Bay neighbours a park with water views from almost every room. 2 Sepik Place, Runaway Bay features spectacular water views. “Have you heard of Constance Esplanade on the Gold Coast,” he said.“The chances are you probably haven’t. “That’s because this is one of the best kept real estate secrets until now.”Sepik Place runs off Constance Esplanade.The five-bedroom house at No. 2 sits on a 1000sq m corner position with waterfront views north, east and south. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12This southeast Queensland property has its own “peninsula, beach, park and marina” and the marketing agent reckons it’s a one-of-a-kind buy.Alex Phillis of his self-titled agency said 2 Sepik Place, Runaway Bay offered a unique buying opportunity. Moore your boat at this Runaway Bay property. MORE NEWS: Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners Gold Coast sporting champ’s waterfront home for sale More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoA neighbouring park means there are no other properties blocking the water views.The residence features entertaining areas alongside a pool and sheltered terrace, an office, media room and triple garage.There is also deep water mooring with bridge-free access to the Broadwater.“The potential is limitless – renovate, rebuild or redevelop,” Mr Phillis said.“This is an opportunity never to be repeated.”CoreLogic records reveal the owner paid $3.6 million for the property in October, 2015.The property is currently listed for sale without a price. The sprawling property at Runaway Bay. 2 Sepik Place, Runaway Bay.last_img read more

first_imgHellenic Cables has secured an agreement with Semco Maritime for the supply of inter-array cables for the Mayflower Wind project, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US and EDPR Offshore North America. The offshore wind project was selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supply 804 MW of renewable energy within the state with expected start-up in 2025.Hellenic Cables will be responsible for the design, supply and storage of approximately 300 km of 66 kV, XLPE insulated submarine inter-array cables, aimed at connecting the project’s wind turbines to its offshore substation.The cables will be manufactured in Hellenic Cables’ submarine cable production facility in Corinth, Greece over an extended period. Continuous manufacturing is expected to be completed in the end of 2023, with final installation expected around 2025.last_img read more

first_imgNewsHub 10 May 2020Family First Comment: McCroskie (sic) believes CBD medicine could be an “exciting” alternative. “I think there is promise cannabidiol medicine can be an alternative to opioids that aren’t beneficial. That doesn’t mean you need to legalise it (for recreational use),” he told Newshub.Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell believes the legalisation of recreational cannabis would benefit patients who need cannabis for medical reasons.“Let’s say the medical cannabis scheme is too strict, there are fewer products and the products that are available are very pricey – then the referendum becomes important.”New Zealand’s medical cannabis scheme, which aims to give patients better access to medicines came into effect in April. The scheme allows GPs to prescribe CBD, as well as New Zealand-based growing.However, Bell is still concerned about cost.“A major barrier is still in place, being the cost of medicines, which face major hurdles in obtaining Pharmac or other price subsidies,” he wrote on the Drug Foundation’s website.“We know that when patients are not able to obtain medicines from the formal scheme they will buy from the informal, illicit market, and face the risk of criminalisation.”Although in favour of the referendum, Bell has voiced his concern about the set potency limit of 15 percent. He has suggested the Government lower the limit to 6 or 7 percent.Family First national director Bob McCroskie is strongly against legalising cannabis for recreational use, as he believes it is harmful to the brain.“This is not a ‘war on drugs’ – it is a defence of our brains. It is a fight for health and safety,” he wrote on his organisation’s website.Family First is behind the ‘Say No to Dope‘ campaign, which aims to encourage families to vote ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum.However, McCroskie believes CBD medicine could be an “exciting” alternative.“I think there is promise cannabidiol medicine can be an alternative to opioids that aren’t beneficial. That doesn’t mean you need to legalise it,” he told Newshub.Bell says those critical about legalising cannabis need to understand the current approach is harmful.“People are getting criminal records, a lot of money gets wasted on law enforcement, police should spend their time doing other things,” he says.“We don’t fix these issues by keeping cannabis illegal.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_img Slade Power won for Lynam last summer and although he is now retired, the County Meath handler has three others willing and able to take up his mantle, including multiple Group One winner Sole Power. With Anthem Alexander and the newly-recruited Moviesta also possibles, Lynam could be the man to beat again. Press Association Eddie Lynam is set to launch a stern defence of his Darley July Cup crown with three of the 68-strong entry hailing from his yard.center_img “The Darley July Cup is the jewel in the sprinting crown as far as I am concerned. I think that it’s the most high-profile of all the Group Ones. We had a fabulous day when winning it last year and would be delighted to win it again,” said Lynam. “Anthem Alexander is very well and I am very happy with her. She is definitely a sprinter, it’s just a matter of working out if she is best over five or six furlongs. “Her next aim is the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot and, providing we get some summer weather and summer ground, I hope to get a run into her before then. She won’t be taking up her entry at Nottingham on Saturday but there are other possible races for her at Naas and Haydock Park. “Sole Power was going to come over to Newmarket for the Palace House Stakes but he had a minor hiccup which required antibiotics so, given that he would have had to carry an 8lb penalty, we decided not to come. “We intend to bring him over for the Temple Stakes and the King’s Stand Stakes and, if the Darley July Cup was run on fast ground, I would love him to take his chance. “Moviesta has been here for about four weeks and he arrived (from Bryan Smart’s yard) looking very well. But his muscle enzyme levels were very high and, although after a few weeks of light exercise they are going in the right direction, it will be June before he is ready to run.” No less than 24 of the entries are from overseas, with Wesley Ward giving Royal Ascot winner Hootenanny the option, along with last year’s fourth Undrafted. Australia’s Brazen Beau and Wandjina would be interesting contenders, with French raiders Gammarth, Goken and Rangali also boasting strong form. Tiggy Wiggy, Limato, Gordon Lord Byron, Danzeno and Muthmir are all among the classy entry. last_img read more

first_imgIn 2013, he pitched the idea of honoring Middletown residents killed in action by rededicating streets in the township with their names. Dubbed the Fallen Veteran Commemorative Street Sign Program, Garretson, with help from his committee and the township, have already dedicated 46 streets.On these 46 streets, unique red, white and blue-colored signs reside underneath the traditional green-and-white street signs. Included on each sign is the soldier’s full name, their theater of war, branch of service, an American flag and a gold star.“To tell you the truth, it was probably the best program I’ve ever worked on in my life,” Garretson said. “I’ve been volunteering for so many years, and it’s the one I’ve been waiting for.”The next phase of street sign dedications will begin in April 2017, and will focus on the recognition of World War I soldiers from Middletown. With the Doughboy monu- ment renovation talks underway, this phase of the sign project could not have come at a better time.Garretson believes it is the communication between his committee and the township government that has made the Veterans Affairs Committee such a strong voice in Middletown.“They understand what we’re doing, they respect what we’re doing, and the bottom line is it’s for the families.” “The reason I wound up on the committee was because I started going to meetings about the Doughboy statue, and I was adamant that that statue stays,” he said. “Whatever it takes to repair it, that’s fine, but we got to partner up to get it done.” MIDDLETOWN – The work of a veteran is never really over.After service in the military to protect the Americans throughout many different conflicts, one group of Middletown veterans now works to uphold the legacy of all their fellow servicemen. Maintenance for the memorial has become a labor of love for the Leonardo-based chapter.“Actually, it’s sort of our job, too,” said former post commander Jim Dreher. “It’s part of our program to help the community – and do what we can for our community – even with things that aren’t veteran-related.”Despite the fact that the monument has stood since the 1930s, some suggested the Doughboy be taken down and replaced.Stark, a second-year commander at Post 338, believed this would have been a travesty. He felt so strongly about it that he joined the Middletown Township Veterans Affairs Committee to voice his support and the Doughboy project. Stark was led there by Garretson, an original member to the committee upon its inception five years ago.Chaired by members from Post 338, American Legion Post 515 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, the group meets once a month to tackle veteran-related issues around town.“These guys show up to every (meeting). They always have a full agenda, and they’ve done so many good things for veterans,” said Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger.Although Scharfenberger is the only member on the committee who is not a veteran, his involvement in veteran-related issues as a young man led to his interest in this committee, which he says is the first municipal committee of its kind in New Jersey. “My dad was a World War II veteran so he always instilled in us how big a deal it was to be in the military and make that sacrifice,” he said. Garretson, who serves as vice-chairman of the committee, has been a key figure in one of the committees other important projects: dedicating streets around the township to fallen soldiers. American Legion Post 338, based in the Leonardo section of Middletown, is donating $1,000 to help fund township repairs to the life-size World War I Doughboy monument in the Belford section of town.Built in the 1930s, the Doughboy, along with the park he currently stands in, sits between two residential properties on Church Street. He stands at attention in full uniform with the barrel of a rifle in his right hand and the butt of the rifle on the ground. A bronze plaque mounted on the front of the granite pedestal contains the names of several dozen WWI veterans from Belford, Port Monmouth and New Monmouth.“Doughboy” is an informal term for a member of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, most closely associated with troops in the First World War.“When I looked at the statue, I thought, ‘That could be my Uncle John there’,” post commander Ron Stark said. “Let’s make this thing stay.”About 10 years ago, Post 338 was instrumental in the first phase of renovations to the site, donating nearly $10,000 to provide a much-needed facelift to the lot. Overgrown shrubs and trees were either taken out or trimmed back, a walkway was installed from the street to the concrete soldier and a new flagpole, fully equipped with a new flag, was put into place. Currently, what worries these veterans is the condition of the statue. The trigger guard on the Doughboy’s rifle is missing, and there are holes between the soldier’s hat and head, meaning some level of degradation has begun.“They are the two things that they (Middletown) will be restoring, because everything else on the Doughboy looks good,” said Tom Garretson, who has been with Post 338 for the past 26 years. “It isn’t cracked; it’s not going to fall over. It looks like it could stand another 90 years.”last_img read more