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Perfect Pumpkin.

first_img The perfect pumpkin takes time, planning and managing to grow in your garden. UGA CAES File Photo Pumpkins have become the Christmas trees of fall festivals, the Easter bunnies of Halloween. From jack-o’-lanterns to the formal centerpiece, pumpkins are a focal point of autumn.But if you want the perfect pumpkin come October, start planning now. Oh, sure, you could just drive to your local retailer next fall. But that would take the challenge out of it.To grow your own Great Pumpkin, first choose the variety you want, so you can go ahead and order your seed.All Sizes, Three Vine TypesPumpkins come in all sizes, ranging from a few ounces to well over 100 pounds. The world record tops 1,000 pounds.They also come in three basic vine types: bush, semibush (or semivine) and vining. If your space is limited, you may want a bush or semibush type. However, most of these types don’t grow really large pumpkins.If you want the blue ribbon at the county fair or a pumpkin you can carve a small playhouse out of, you’ll probably want to grow a “Prizewinner” or “Dill’s Atlantic Giant.”If you’re looking for a large jack-o’-lantern type, try “Harvest Jack,” “Pro Gold 500,” “Jumpin’ Jack” or “Autumn King.” Good semivine types in this size are “Appalachian,” “Magic Lantern” and “Aspen.”Little Jack-o’-LanternsSome of the smaller jack-o’-lantern types also come on semibush vines. “Wizard” is an excellent choice. Vining types in this size are “Gold Fever,” “Gold Standard” and “Pro Gold 300.”If you want something different, try “Lumina,” a white pumpkin. For the little guys, “Munchkin,” “Jack-be-Little,” “Li’l October” and “Li’l Goblin” fill the bill.Now find a site that’s well-drained and gets plenty of sunlight. The best place is nearby and close to water, with plenty of room. If you want to incorporate soil amendments such as manure or composted leaves, work them into the soil when you till it.Prepare the SoilTurn the soil first, then till it deep. Incorporate about 1 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet during your final tilling and form a well-tilled, smooth seedbed.The soil pH should be between 6.2 and 6.6. Incorporate lime a few weeks before planting to adjust soil pH. If you start with low-pH soil, you’ll be disappointed.The plant spacing will depend on your vine type. As a rule of thumb, plant rows of pumpkins 8 to 12 feet apart. With vining types, plant the hills about 4 feet apart. Space hills at 32 inches for semivine types and 2 feet for bush types.Schedule Your PlantingPlant so your harvest will begin by mid-October. Southern-grown pumpkins don’t store well, so planting them early is no real advantage.Pumpkin varieties will be ready for harvest in 85 to 120 days. The hot Georgia climate makes them mature about 10 days faster than the number on the package. Decide when you want to harvest and count backward to find the planting time. You may want to plant a few days earlier than that, just to be safe.Once they’re in the ground, managing pumpkins is critical. Keep the area well-watered, but not really wet. After about three weeks, apply another pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet by scattering around the plants (not right on them). Apply another pound just before the vines start to run.Watch for Pests, DiseasesWatch for pests and diseases, and apply appropriate insecticides or fungicides if they show up. But don’t hurt the bees. Pumpkins need them for pollination. Keeping the vines dry helps. Water only when the vines have time to dry before dark.Unfortunately, a couple of evils can strike that we can’t do a lot about in the garden. Viruses that affect pumpkins and a condition called silver leaf are hard to control, especially in south Georgia.If one of these hits you, there’s always the local produce stand.last_img read more

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EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation to drop below 25% in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S. Energy Information Administration is expecting domestic coal-fired power generation this year to reach its lowest level in over 70 years.In its Short-Term Energy Outlook released March 12, the federal agency forecasts coal’s share of U.S. generation to fall from 27% in 2018 to an average of 24.6% in 2019 and roughly 23% in 2020 due to markets favoring cheaper natural gas-fired generation. In an accompanying statement, EIA Administrator Linda Capuano said this is the first time since 1949, the earliest year listed in EIA’s “Monthly Energy Review,” that coal-fired generation will fall below 25% of all power generation.The EIA expects the share of utility-scale electricity generation produced by natural gas-fired power plants to continue to rise from 35% in 2018 to 37% in 2019 and 2020. Nuclear generation’s share will stay near its 2018 level of 19% for both 2019 and 2020, while hydropower’s share is forecast to average slightly less than 7% in 2019 and in 2020, as it had been in 2018.Capuano said the EIA continues to expect wind to overtake hydropower as the leading source of renewable electricity in the U.S. with forecast shares of 8% in 2019 and 9% in 2020. In total, wind, solar and other non-hydropower renewables are expected to see their share increase from about 10% in 2018 to 11% in 2019 and 13% in 2020.The EIA’s outlook also expects total U.S. electricity production to fall from an average of 11.45 million MWh/d in 2018 to 11.20 million MWh/d in 2019, before increasing to 11.24 million MWh/d in 2020. Overall, the EIA forecast a total decrease in power production of 1.84%, or 0.21 million MWh/d, from 2018 through 2020. The EIA also anticipates that total retail electricity sales will decline from 10.42 million MWh/d in 2018 to an average 10.25 million MWh/d in 2019 before rising to 10.30 million MWh/d in 2020.More ($): EIA expects coal-fired share of power generation to fall below 25% in 2019 EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation to drop below 25% in 2019last_img read more

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Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee tackles disclosure issues

first_imgJudicial Ethics Advisory Committee tackles disclosure issues Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee tackles disclosure issues January 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Disclosure is appropriate when a party is represented by a law firm that previously represented the firm of a judge’s spouse in a legal malpractice action, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.But disqualification in such an instance is not ethically required and the disclosure is only required for a “reasonable period of time.” Opinion Number: 2001-17The inquiring judge’s spouse is a shareholder and director of a medium-sized law firm. The law firm currently has two malpractice claims pending against it, neither of which alleges wrongdoing by the judge’s spouse. The judge is currently entering orders of recusal in actions in which a party is represented by an attorney from the law firm representing the spouse’s law firm, and the judge questioned whether disclosure is appropriate after the representation ceases, and if disclosure is made, whether disqualification is ethically required.The panel said the issues involve mixed questions of ethics and law and the issue of disqualification is governed by Canon 3E and Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.160, while the issue of disclosure is governed by the commentary to Canon 3E.Canon 3E of the Code of Judicial Conduct provides: “A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which a judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” The commentary to Canon 3E of the Code of Judicial Conduct sets forth the circumstances under which disclosure is appropriate: “A judge should disclose on the record information that the judge believes the parties or their lawyers might consider relevant to the question of disqualification, even if the judge believes there is no real basis for disqualification. The fact that the judge conveys this information does not automatically require the judge to be disqualified upon a request by either party, but the issue should be resolved on a case-by-case basis.“Therefore, disclosure of the spouse’s former relationship with a law firm which now represents one of the parties is mandatory if the judge believes the information is relevant to the question of disqualification, and disqualification is required if the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” the committee said. “The determination of whether the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned depends upon the nature and extent of the relationship between the spouse and the attorney, whether the attorney was personally involved with the spouse, the monetary or personal significance of the case to the spouse, and the passage of time since the representation.”The committee said the inquiring judge should make a disclosure of the prior relationship for a reasonable period of time following the conclusion of the law firm’s representation, but said the disclosure of information is not an admission of bias but is necessary to enable a party to make an informed decision as to whether or not to seek disqualification.“A reasonable period of time has previously been suggested by this committee to be from several months to one year, depending upon the unique facts and circumstances of the representation,” the panel said.The panel said disclosure does not necessarily require disqualification pursuant to Canon 3E. The Supreme Court has recently held that different standards govern disqualification and disclosure and that the standard for disclosure is lower.In the case of In re: Frank, 753 So. 2d 1228 (Fla. 2000), the Supreme Court embraced the view that disqualification is personal and discretionary with the individual members of the judiciary. In making decisions regarding disqualification, the Supreme Court gave the following guidance to judges: “Judges must do all that is reasonably necessary to minimize the appearance of impropriety. They must remain cognizant of the fact that even in situations where they personally believe that their judgment would not be colored, public perception may differ.”The inquiring judge correctly determined that disqualification is proper in cases in which the law firm, who also currently represents the spouse’s law firm, appears before the court, the committee said.“However, the committee believes that after the representation is completed, there is no ethical duty for the court to disqualify itself pursuant to Canon 3E under the facts and circumstances of this inquiry, unless the judge believes that the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” the panel said. “Although disqualification may not be ethically mandated, disqualification would be appropriate if a party filed a legally sufficient motion for disqualification pursuant to Rule 2.160, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. If the motion is legally sufficient, the court has no discretion and must grant the motion.”The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory, and conduct that is consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the committee’s interpretive opinions.The full text of the committee’s opinions is available on the Supreme Court’s website by clicking here.last_img read more

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Brentwood Woman, 25, Killed in Southern State Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old Brentwood woman was killed in a one-car crash on the Southern State Parkway Friday night, New York State police said.The woman was driving westbound at 11:28 p.m. near the Sagtikos State Parkway when she lost control of the 2000 Acura TL and slammed into a tree on the right shoulder, police said.She was pronounced dead by the medical examiner, police said.There didn’t appear to be anyone else in the car, a police spokesman said, adding that the investigation is ongoing. Police will also check if the car had any mechanical problems, he said.The woman was not identified pending notification of next of kin.last_img read more

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What a Shopify launch means for RewardStream

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr RewardStream has commercially launched our plugin for e-commerce retail platform Shopify, and our team couldn’t be happier about it.It’s no secret that year-over-year sales are booming for e-commerce retailers. Online sales in the U.S are forecasted to reach $523 billion by 2020, up 56% from $335 billion in 2015. As a SaaS provider in this digital click-to-buy age, RewardStream is entirely focused on making it easier for online stores grow their customer base through referrals.  To enable this, we’ve built seamless integrations with some of the most widely adopted e-commerce programs in the world: Magento, WooCommerce and now, Shopify.  These represent three of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms available to online retailers.Online e-commerce platforms Magento, WooCommerce and Shopify – along with PrestaShop – hold the largest market share of the many providers on the market. The numbers above show the kind of growth figures that these platforms achieved in 2016.  Shopify’s growth in 2017 is poised to be explosive.  In May 2017, Shopify reported that they’d hit 400,000 merchants and $20.7 million in monthly recurring revenue.  Now in their 11th year, Shopify powers stores for over a million users and has enabled over $34 billion in online sales. continue reading »last_img read more

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Sunman warehouse to be transformed into ‘barrel house’

first_imgSunman, In. — MGP Ingredients of Indiana has announced plans to use the 415,000-square foot facility formerly used by Deufol* to age spirits. The company, with distilleries in Lawrenceburg and Greendale purchased the building in October of 2018.The Sunman town council approved a tax abatement for the company in December.Some residents have expressed concerns about a fungus that grows as a result of evaporating ethanol. The black fungus will coat surfaces like houses and cars. Some fear property values could take a hit. The fungus, Baudoinia compniacensis, is documented in other distillery locations in Scotland and Ireland.In 2007, a scientific study was done that directly tied growth of the fungus to ethanol.In 2012, a group of property owners in Kentucky filed a class action lawsuit against spirit makers. A federal judge tossed that case out in 2016.*Deufol still leases space and employs full-time and temporary workers in the facility.last_img read more

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New program available to help Hoosier small businesses build online presence

first_imgStatewide– The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) announced today a new partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to support the long-term economic recovery of Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through a new program, eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance to help establish or increase their online presence through website development, e-commerce support, and other digital tools and services.The Indiana SBDC and Kelley launched Project HOPE to support Indiana small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19. Under the program, Kelley students and recent graduates are offered paid internships to assist eligible companies in expanding their online presence, solving technology issues or providing new digital capabilities. The projects, which include creating or modifying websites, building e-commerce platforms, improving cybersecurity frameworks, migrating data, and more, are overseen by faculty members and completed within two weeks.To be eligible, Indiana small businesses must meet the following criteria:• Be an Indiana SBDC client,• Have been in business as of February 15, 2020, and• Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.last_img read more

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Panthers rout GDF 17-0 to win Trophy Stall 7’s Rugby title

first_imgTHE Panthers Rugby Club continued their dominance of local rugby, this time playing superb rugby to claim the Trophy Stall 7’s tournament yesterday, beating the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) 17-0 at the National Park.It was their second title in the space of a week, having won the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) 7’s Championship, and just like Sunday last, the Panthers played undefeated in the one-day tournament.Winger Ryan Dey picked up a Lance Adonis fumble and handed the Panthers a 5-0 advantage after scoring a try. Lloyd Anderson made good the conversion as the Panthers made it 7-0 and kept their paws on the pulse of the game.A nice play between Robert Skeete and Adonis resulted in speedster Osie McKenzie taking the scores to 12-0.Just before the end of the game, Rondell McArthur, the team’s captain, scored the game’s final try and the Panthers closed off the GDF 17-0.According to McArthur, the Panthers’ aim is to participate in the November’s International Club Championship in Barbados, and as such, they’re using the domestic tournaments as much-needed practice.The Panthers captain thanked his teammates for staying committed to the game, as they focus on being Guyana’s most dominant Rugby club.last_img read more

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Keck opens new stem cell research center on HSC

first_imgThe Keck School of Medicine welcomes the new Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research today with the grand opening of a $80-million, five-story building.The dedication ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include a ribbon cutting, speeches and tours following the celebration of the 87,500-square foot building located on the Health Sciences Campus.Keck School Dean Carmen Puliafito, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, State Sen. Gloria Romero, building donors Eli and Edythe Broad, and representatives from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will be present at the ceremony.The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a Los-Angeles based national philanthropy aiming to “advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts” according to its mission statement, donated $30 million toward the development of the building, in addition to CIRM’s $27-million gift. Additional donations for the building were made by private philanthropists.The building received a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation, the first LEED designation on the HSC. The structure earned its designation for its eco-friendly design, which incorporated a unique low-iron glass and an HVAC system that uses water instead of air for cooling.The center, which is the newest addition to the group of biomedical research centers on the HSC, will house three areas of study: stem cell, preclinical and clinical research.“Our goal in investing in this world-class center at USC is to create an integral hub for stem cell research in Southern California,” Eli Broad told Keck news. “This innovative building represents the infinite possibilities for medical discovery by researchers drawn from around the world.”last_img read more

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