Ponds fulfill a lot of roles in Georgia. They provide water for thirsty crops andlivestock. They offer a cooling dunk for people and animals. And they (sometimesreluctantly) give up their fish for a summer fish fry. It’s nowonder they run short of something. “During the dog days of summer, we see many ponds become oxygen-depleted,”said George Lewis, an aquaculture and fisheries specialist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. “Pond owners may need to aerate (add oxygen to) their ponds toensure the pond stays healthy.”Most bodies of water that cover less than 15 acres are ponds, Lewis said. Anythinglarger is a lake. Both can become oxygen depleted, but smaller ponds are more at risk.”Ponds tend to be warm through their entire depth. Lakes probably have a layer ofcooler water near the bottom that can hold enough oxygen to support the life in it.”Ponds likely to become oxygen-starved include those near areas where a lot of organicmaterial is on or in the ground or where fertilizer is used heavily.This includes not only pastures with livestock and many farm fields, but areas aroundgolf courses or manicured suburbs, too.”Animals that graze around a pond add a huge amount of organic waste to thewater,” he said. That waste can deplete the oxygen faster.Ponds with lots of fish are good candidates for oxygen depletion, too. Fish use asurprisingly large amount of oxygen.Lewis said the oxygen isn’t depleted in just one or two days. Hot, hazy days in lateJuly and August are the most likely time the problem will start. The water is warm, so itholds less oxygen. The sun isn’t shining directly into the pond so phytoplankton aren’t producing as much oxygen.And the bacteria and fish in the water need more oxygen.”Everything is right for less oxygen to be produced,” Lewis said, “whenin fact, the pond needs more oxygen.”Oxygen depletion usually happens slowly over four or five days before obvious symptomsappear. The first symptom is usually the water changing color to a bright green. Anothersign is a fairly sudden increase in fish deaths.Whatever symptoms appear, Lewis said, the visibility in the water shows the oxygenlevel. Put something white or shiny under the water. The oxygen is probably about right ifyou can see the item 12 to 18 inches deep.”Visibility of less than 12 inches points to potential oxygen depletion,” hesaid. “You may need to aerate the water before your fish start dying.”Lewis said night aeration provides the best oxygen source for ponds. During the dayphytoplankton, microscopic plants in the water, produce oxygen through photosynthesis.At night, the sun isn’t providing the light the plants need to make oxygen, so the animals inthe water slowly use it up.”That’swhy you’ll findthe lowest oxygen levels in a pond just before sunrise,” he said. “When theproblem is getting serious, you’ll see fish at the surface literally gulping air.”Pond owners use many methods to aerate their ponds. Lewis follows a rule of thumb foraerators of one horsepower per surface acre. Anyÿsystem that breaks up a water streaminto small droplets falling into the pond should oxygenate well.It’simpossible to aerate a pond too much, he said. The oxygen dissolves in the water. When thewater is holding as much as it can, no more will dissolve into it.”Not all ponds will need aeration during the summer,” Lewis said. “Butif a pond needs oxygen, it needs it quickly.”
Glenn McRae to be New Intervale Center Executive DirectorBurlington, Vermont – The Intervale Center has announced that its Board of Directors had appointed Glenn McRae as the organization’s new Executive Director.Glenn McRae has more than 20 years of experience in managing nonprofit organizations. Since 2003, he has been Director of Public Policy Development at the Snelling Center for Government. Previously he served as Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as well as the Association of Vermont Recyclers. He worked with the Vermont Community Foundation for twelve years to develop nonprofit leadership and management education initiatives. McRae has regularly consulted with nonprofit organizations on capacity building across Vermont and internationally. Holding a Ph.D. in Anthropology, McRae has been a member of the graduate faculty with the University of Vermont’s Master of Public Administration Program.Kalisa Barratt, Chair of the Intervale Center Board of Directors, commented, “Following a year of great challenges and successes, we find ourselves ready for new opportunities. As we move forward, I am extremely pleased that Glenn will be leading the Intervale Center. I think we’re lucky to have him. Glenn has a long history of working in nonprofit organizations and strong management experience. His social and environmental ethics match so well with all that we do. I believe that Glenn will bring fresh ideas and tremendous skills, which, with an exceptional team to support him, will enable the Intervale Center to achieve great things in the months and years ahead.”McRae will begin work as Intervale Center Executive Director on Monday, August 4th.The Intervale Center’s mission is to develop farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Through the Center’s twenty years of operation, almost 350 acres of formerly abandoned, historically significant agricultural land in Burlington’s Intervale have been reclaimed and put to productive agricultural, recreational, and conservation use. The Intervale Center’s programs help support viable farms, increase access to local and organic produce, improve soil fertility, protect water quality through stream bank restoration, and educate young people about agriculture and healthy food.
December 1, 2005 Regular News Court also addresses cameras in the courtroom Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has amended the Rules of Judicial Administration so that legislators will be better informed about the court’s procedural rulemaking process, but declined to adopt rules that would have placed greater restrictions on the use of cameras at the courthouse.The court acted November 3 in In Re: Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration (Two-Year Cycle), case No. SC05-173. The rules in question included Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.050, Trial Court Administration; 2.051, Public Access to Judicial Branch Records; 2.060, Attorneys; 2.085, Time Standards for Trial and Appellate Courts; 2.130, Procedure for Amending Rules; and 2.170, Standards of Conduct and Technology Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography Coverage of Judicial Proceedings. Rulemaking “In order to ensure that the legislature is included in the rulemaking process,” the court said it amended subdivisions (a), (c)(2), (c)(5), (e), and (f) of rule 2.130, Procedure for Amending Rules, to add the speaker of the House, Senate president, and the chairs of the House and Senate committees as designated by the speaker and the president as individuals required to receive notices of hearings, copies of rules changes, committee reports, revised proposed rules changes, and notices of oral argument on proposed rule changes.The court, on its own motion, also added language to subdivisions (a), (c)(5), (e), and (f) recognizing that the clerk of the Supreme Court may provide notice required under those subdivisions electronically. Cameras The court declined to adopt proposed new rule 2.170(b), Photographing Jurors Faces, which media organizations and the First Amendment Foundation maintained was inconsistent with prior court decisions. Rule 2.170(b) would have given trial judges the authority to prohibit the photographing, either by movie, video, or still camera, the faces of the prospective or seated jurors, either individually, jointly, or collectively.The court also declined to adopt proposed new subdivision (a)(iii) of rule 2.170, which would have expressly recognized the presiding judge’s authority to “protect rights of privacy and prevent disclosure of privileged and confidential matters” in connection with electronic media and still photography coverage of judicial proceedings.The court also declined to adopt proposed new rule 2.170(c)(5), which would have provided that the “court’s security cameras shall be used for security purposes only.” Rules cycles The court also amended rule 2.130(c), Schedule for Rule Proposals, because it determined that the current two-year cycle for rules changes, which was adopted in 2000, has “proved impractical” and has “overwhelmed” the volunteer rules committees by “overly compacting” the regular cycle rulemaking process.“The major amendment is to subdivision (c)(1), which changes the regular cycle for proposed rule amendments from a staggered two-year cycle to a staggered three-year cycle,” the court said.The new cycle commences in 2006 with the various rules committees divided into three groups for reporting purposes.The court also: • Amended subdivision (e) of rule 2.050, Local Rules and Administrative Orders, to delete the requirement that circuit court clerks furnish copies of administrative orders to the executive director of The Florida Bar.• Amended rule 2.051, Public Access to Judicial Branch Records, to add a commentary to provide guidance for resolving disputes concerning access to judicial records. As amended, subdivision (d)(1) (Review of Denial of Access Request) and subdivision (e)(2) (Procedure) of the rule require 1) the judge denying access to judicial records to file a sealed copy of the requested records when ordered to do so by the appellate court, and 2) the custodian of the records to state in writing the basis for the denial.“These requirements will provide the reviewing court with express reasons for the denial of a public records request and will allow the court to conduct an in-camera inspection of the documents,” the court said, noting that commentary was added recognizing appellate courts’ inherent authority to appoint a special magistrate to serve as commissioner for the appellate court to make findings of fact and oversee discovery in proceedings under the rule.• Amended rule 2.060(b), retitled Persons Employed by the Court Not to Practice, to clarify that the prohibition against engaging in the practice of law applies to all full-time court employees. The amendment also adds court employees acting in their official capacity as individuals to whom legal representation may be provided. The amendment also clarifies that the prohibition against an attorney formerly employed by a court representing anyone in connection with a matter in which the attorney participated “personally and substantially” while employed by the court may be waived after full disclosure and the consent of all parties.• Adopted new rule 2.085(d), Related Cases, in response to the Family Court Steering Committee’s year 2000 recommendations for implementing unified family courts in Florida. The new rule implements the committee’s recommendation that the court adopt a rule of judicial administration that would “require judges who are assigned to different cases involving the same family to confer, and to coordinate pending litigation to maximize judicial efforts, avoid inconsistent court orders, and avoid multiple court appearances by the parties on the same issues.” The new subdivision also creates a procedure for the filing of notice of related cases by a petitioner in a family case if related cases are known.• Declined to adopt amendments to subdivision (d) of rule 2.071, Use of Communication Equipment. The amendment would have given the courts discretion to use communication equipment to take testimony, over objection by the parties. The amendment was proposed at the suggestion of the Family Law Rules Committee in order to relax the rule to allow for more widespread use of communication equipment for testimony in family law hearings.“Although several committees filed reports supporting the amendment in general or favoring the use of electronic means for receiving testimony under certain limited circumstances, none of the committees offered narrowly drafted proposals that would allow for the use of communication equipment in specific types of cases or under limited circumstances,” the court said.“Although we again decline to adopt the proposed amendment to subdivision (d) of rule 2.071, we adopt the proposed amendment to subdivision (c) of that rule,” the court said. “The amendment to subdivision (c) exempts ‘juvenile’ proceedings rather than ‘delinquency’ proceedings from the requirement that a request to participate in a motion hearing through communication equipment must be granted, absent a showing of good cause to deny the request, where the motion hearing is set for not longer than 15 minutes.”The court said that change conforms subdivision (c) with subdivision (d)(4) of the rule which addresses the waiver of confrontation rights that may be abridged by the use of communication equipment in “juvenile and criminal proceedings.”“In response to concerns raised in the comments, we emphasize that the amendment to subdivision (c), which applies to motion hearings, should not be viewed as inconsistent with the court’s prior rejection of the use of audiovisual equipment in delinquency detention hearings,” the court added.• Delete the references to the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee in subdivisions (b)(3) and (c)(1) of rule 2.130. The repeal of the Rules of Workers’ Compensation Procedure eliminates the need for that committee.The amendment to rule 2.130 is effective immediately. The amendments to the remaining rules are effective January 1. Administration rules amended to keep lawmakers informed Administration rules amended to keep lawmakers informed
For the past two decades, credit unions have indicated that member centricity is the leading feature of their strategic areas of focus. You can find some variation of member emphasis in just about every strategic plan. But, how can a credit union tell that it’s getting this focus right? Technology, data, systems, and sales help; however, resources can determine how much a credit union can and cannot invest in these kinds of capabilities and processes. All credit unions can get underway with a commitment to, and action plan for, a culture dedicated and driven for the member. Products, delivery, and marketing matter; but, culture encourages the necessary outlook and principles in employees. To build a member-centric culture, credit unions should deliberate these five practical ways to add action to their strategic objectives.Think like a member. Simply put, members are consumers. While the product may change from one establishment to another, the expectations of members/consumers do not. Look to current research on customer service and uncover the elements that consumers value most. Then, refine your service and experience standards to reflect features that deliver value to members. It’s all about the member. Listen to members. There are many ways to gain insights from members, from transaction-based member effort scores to good old-fashioned lobby talk. What’s most important is that employees hear feedback from members and how to deliver and increase value. To some extent, every employee is a member service representative. Each day, front line or behind-the-scenes, everyone serves members.Hire with members in mind. If members are the priority, hiring practices should include evaluating a candidate’s inclination toward member service. Marketing and human resources can work together to create questions and consider candidates’ and employees’ views of member-centric thinking. Regardless of role, all employees should understand and connect the actual significance of members. Measure member success. Ultimately, members vote with their wallets. But, a lot leads up to expanding or narrowing relationships. Common measures – net promoter score, average wait time, first call resolution, mobile/website uptime, loan turnaround – trace the association between culture and member. Member-focused measures display how daily activities generate member success. Add member success to employee evaluations. What if evaluations were like mission statements – tied to serving members? Every department affects some measure of success – revenue, profit, service, or experience. When an employee’s success is tied to members’ success, a stake is created. Expectations and results reflect commitment, risk, and reward to serving members at all levels of the credit union. Credit union leaders have an appreciation that culture and strategy go hand in hand – culture propels strategic focus; and, strategic focus reinforces culture. With member focus at the heart of many credit unions’ strategic plans, evaluate how these five real-world methods can place member centricity at the core of every function in the credit union. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Details
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‘The Premier League in its history has always had the best players in the world,’ said the Spaniard at his pre-match press conference before facing West Ham on Saturday.‘I think Gareth has been one of the most significant names that left the Premier League years ago to go to Spain.‘So I think it’s really positive to bring really important players back to the league and it will be a challenge because we know at his best what he can do.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn whether Bale’s return makes life harder for Arsenal, he added: ‘I think the competition from every club, the way they are recruiting and improving their squad, is making this league harder and harder.’Arteta is not the only Arsenal man who believes Bale will be a big success back at north London rivals Tottenham, with club legend Ian Wright saying the deal is huge for Spurs.‘His ability is undoubted and the Spurs fans should be excited, simply because of the lift it will give them,’ he told Premier League Productions. by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement / Top articles PLAY Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reacts to Gareth Bale returning to Tottenham Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Bale left Spurs for Real Madrid in a world-record deal back in 2013 (Picture: Getty)‘It’s no different to what [Arsenal] have got with our talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was their main man and if he comes back and has any kind of impact like that, it’s not only going to give the fans a lift but the dressing room.‘I think it’s a dressing room that needs a lift as well. For him to come in, it will give the kind of boost that Tottenham really need at this stage of the season.’Asked where Spurs will finish the season, he added: ‘One place below Arsenal! No, with Gareth Bale on form they can easily get in the top four.’MORE: Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Tottenham’s deals for Gareth Bale and Sergio ReguilonMORE: Ian Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chancesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Skip Full Screen Both Bale and Sergio Reguilon touched down in London on Friday (Pictures: Reuters / Getty)Mikel Arteta believes Gareth Bale is still one of the best players in the world and his return to Tottenham makes Arsenal’s Premier League aspirations even harder to achieve.The Wales international touched down at Luton Airport on Friday afternoon along with Real Madrid teammate Sergio Reguilon, with both players ready to put pen to paper on deals with Spurs.Bale returns to the club after seven years and will join on a season-long loan – with Real picking up a significant portion of his wages – while Reguilon is a permanent deal. Read More Skip Ad Read More Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Sep 2020 1:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.7kShares Read More Read More Video Settings About Connatix V67539 SPONSORED Bale and Reguilon arrived in London today and were driven to Spurs’ training ground (Reuters)Although Bale hardly played after the La Liga season restarted following a falling out with Zinedine Zidane, Arsenal boss Arteta is in no doubt about his quality and believes he will enhance the competitiveness of the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Read More 1/1 Advertisement
Separate houses are still the biggest category of homes in Queensland but semi-detached ones have apparently surged according to Census 2016 results.SURPRISING Census results show the biggest growth in Queensland homes in the past decade was not in units or houses, but in semi-detached properties like townhouses. Latest Census 2016 dwelling structure information found that semi-detached homes saw a massive 35 per cent surge in Queensland compared to figures it reached in 2011.It was the bigger leap than the growth achieved by the biggest category of homes in the country – separate houses – which saw a 4.47 per cent rise in Queensland compared to its 2011 figure. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThis block of townhouses at 346 Paradise Point on the Gold Coast was the April RSL Art Union prize, a category that’s increasingly popular amid downsizers, first homebuyers and retirees.But the surprising results might not be all they seem. The Australian Bureau of Statistics warned that a “change in procedures for collecting this information has resulted in differences between 2011 and 2016 data for mail out areas”.“This is particularly noticeable in the separate house, semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc categories, as well as flat or apartment in a one or two storey block,” the ABS said. As well it warned that “minor inconsistencies in dwelling structure counts may also exist between Censuses due to subjective interpretation of structural definitions between individual field officers.”The semi-detached category went from making up 8.4 per cent of all dwelling structures in the state in 2011 to hit double digits (10.6 per cent) in latest results. The category includes row or terrace houses and townhouses of both one and several storeys.By far the most common type of home in Queensland was still separate houses (1,269,653).Separate houses went from 78.5 per cent of all dwellings in Queensland in 2011 to make up 76.6 per cent – apparently brought down by the rise in popularity of semi-detached homes.Flats and apartments – a category that’s seen a major boost in the south east corridor in the past three years – logged a surprising fall overall going from 11.7 per cent of Queensland dwellings in 2011 to 11.3 per cent this time around.The category that saw the biggest fall (-14.1 per cent) was “other dwellings” which covers people who live in caravans, cabins, houseboats, improvised homes, tents, “sleepers out” or houses or flats attached to shops or offices.
Greenwich’s local authority fund has awarded £200m (€230m) worth of mandates, as it completes the implementation of a new asset allocation.The local government pension scheme for the London borough of Greenwich has selected a manager for a £100m multi-asset absolute return mandate, and a second £100m emerging market equity mandate.The 10-year multi-asset mandate has been awarded to Invesco Perpetual, with the manager beating nine other applicants to the award. Greenwich said it was looking for a manager to outperform the three-month sterling LIBOR rate by a significant margin, defined as 3-5%.Fidelity beat a similar number of managers to the 10-year contract for the global emerging market equity mandate. The manager will be expected to outperform the MSCI EM index by 2-4%, placing the funds invested into an existing pooled vehicle. Overseas Equities35% Asset ClassTarget Multi-asset strategy10% Diversified alternatives10% UK equities 5% cap weighted15% The overseas exposure includes the 10% target allocation to emerging market equity but also a 15% passively managed global equity mandate and a 10% exposure to smart beta strategies.The two awards comes after BlackRock was hired for a £400m passive global equity mandate, and Partners Group put in charge of a £100m diversified alternatives mandate – part of £700m worth of new mandates handed out by Greenwich. UK Aggregate Bond Fund10% Emerging markets active10% Previously drawing its equity exposure from a UK equity and a general overseas exposure accounting for 45% of assets, the local government pension fund instead agreed to allocate 15% to UK equities and a further 35% to overseas equities.Greenwich’s revised strategic asset allocation Global equity passive15% Multi-asset credit10% Smart beta10% Greenwich strategic allocation Bonds20% Property10%
Tweet NewsRegional Barbados government hopes to reduce electricity costs by: – May 10, 2012 10 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Barbados. Photo credit: flags.netBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The government of Barbados is hoping to reduce electricity costs in this country by as much as 22 percent over the next 20 years. This was announced by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce, on Monday evening at the Sustainable Energy For All (SEFA) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference.He told delegates, drawn from the 28 countries represented, that the local savings in electricity would amount to US$283.5 million and added that this would also lower fuel costs by an estimated US$670 million; cut CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons; and reduce reliance on fossil fuels to about 71 percent.Boyce said that the Barbados Declaration had mandated government to provide each household with access to modern and affordable renewable energy services to eradicate poverty safeguard the environment and provide new opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth. Concerning SIDS’ importation of fossil fuels, he noted that this dependence represented “one of the greatest threats to our economic viability and survival as sovereign states”. He added: “Planning is already under way by government and the private sector on renewable energy projects that would cut our dependence on fossil fuels for base load electricity generation by about 33 percent, probably within six to eight years. “These projects are in biomass and co-generation, municipal solid waste to energy, industrial organic waste to energy, and landfill gas to energy. Further, we will also encourage pilot projects in ocean thermal energy conversion and sea water air cooling. In addition, work continues to expand our solar thermal generation and our capacity for electricity generation from solar photovoltaics as well as from wind.” Boyce pointed out that, in Barbados, work was currently under way to improve the legislative and regulatory structure for renewable energy, as well as the fiscal, pricing, funding, training and certification, standards and warranties, and physical planning permitting areas. “These all need to be made more adequately supportive of the sustainable energy drive by the economy”, he pointed out.Furthermore, in the area of energy efficiency, the minister said that studies had already been done in various sectors of the Barbados economy, especially in the hotel sector, to estimate the potential savings from more energy efficient plants equipment and operations. “Such work is continuing and is now focused on [realising] the identified potential savings, and how to put appropriate funding in place for the investment required,” he stated. Overall, he noted that it had been estimated that investments of US $20 billion, over two decades, would be required to assist SIDS to increase energy efficiency by 25 percent and to generate a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources. In order to meet these goals, the minister said it was hoped that other development partners would be fully supportive of the initiatives put forward by Small Island Developing States. By Cathy LashleyCaribbean News Now