If the dogwood trees in your landscape are shedding their leaves, they may be suffering the side affects of powdery mildew. A common fungal disease, powdery mildew affects numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants. During recent weeks, this disease has been especially severe in Georgia landscapes. Recent weather has created ideal conditions for powdery mildew to develop. Powdery mildew peaks under damp warm day and cool night conditions. It generally does not cause serious damage to its host, but it can interfere with normal growth and reproduction and, if severe, can cause significant plant decline.Because powdery mildew can cause premature defoliation of numerous plants, it alarms gardeners. Often infected plants will produce new growth that may or may not become infected depending upon environmental conditions.Powdery mildew is most common on plants growing in shady areas. Since the disease is favors high humidity, increasing air circulation and light penetration can reduce infection. This can be accomplished in overgrown landscapes by selectively pruning. Increasing ventilation and light intensity can reduce disease.The powdery mildew fungus grows over the surface of tender leaf and stem and gives them a white to gray appearance. Young leaves are typically infected first. The fungus then sends structures into the epidermal cells of the leaf to act as anchors to absorb water and nutrients from the plant. The plant slowly declines as a result of the fungus.Other symptoms of infection may include dwarfing, distortion, chlorosis, premature senescence and browning of leaves, and blemished or aborted fruits and flowers. Throughout the growing season new infections may develop on plants that continue to produce new, succulent shoots. Powdery mildew infect cannot be stopped by severely pruning and cutting back plants. Air currents disperse the spores in greatest number midday.Chemical control is seldom recommended in home landscapes. When control is necessary select a fungicide that’s label specifies effectiveness against powdery mildew. Fungicides protect healthy tissue from infection but they do not cure diseased tissue. The white to gray powdery growth on the leaf will remain after spraying. Repeated applications are necessary to control powdery mildew. Follow label directions carefully before use.For more information on controlling diseases in home landscapes, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.
By Dialogo February 12, 2010 Congratulations to all the staff of the barracks and Navy and Air Force and other military team in the world. Every human being is to serve God so if the world were equal, there wouldnâ€™t be such a tragedy â€“ lack of God. I have a brother who’s there. Sergeant Fonseca de TaubatÃ© sends him and all a hug. God be with you. Twenty more military health personnel from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), including doctors, dentists, pharmacists and technicians, are headed to the city of Port-au-Prince, in Haiti, flying on a C-130 Hercules aircraft. These professionals practice in Air Force units based in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. They will work at the Field Hospital situated next to the Brazilian base in the Haitian capital. During an interview with Air Force FM, Brazilian Air Force Captain Rodolfo Siqueira, a radiologist, said that the entire team is very much looking forward to starting to see patients and to be able to help the devastated population. “There is no doubt that this is a very special mission for all of us. The patients are people who already had difficulties and were hit by this catastrophe.” The Brazilian Air Force Field Hospital has been in Haiti since January 17. Up to now, over four thousand patients have been seen. Among the services most in demand are orthopedic and facial surgeries on victims of the January 12 earthquake.
Miguel Ángel Treviño, aka “Z-40”, considered the violent leader of the Mexican cartel Los Zetas, was captured early on July 15, during a military operation near the border town of Nuevo Laredo (northeast), a major blow against drug trafficking conducted by Enrique Peña Nieto’s current government. “This morning, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, age 40, was arrested by the Mexican Navy (…) He is accused of organized crime, murder, drug crimes, torture, money laundering,” as well as massacres against immigrants, Eduardo Sánchez, the government’s security cabinet spokesman, told the press. Treviño became the Los Zetas’ top leader, the most violent cartel in the country, to which killings in Central America have been attributed, after former leader Heriberto Lazcano was killed in October, a few weeks before the end of Felipe Calderón’s administration (2006-2012), which was marked by the violence of his straightforward battle against drug trafficking. The Mexican Navy, which was after Treviño for months, deployed an operation with ground personnel and a helicopter in an area located 27 kilometers southeast of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with Laredo, Texas, where the drug trafficker was located, Sánchez explained. Without firing a single shot, Treviño was arrested with two other men while traveling in a truck on a dirt road. They seized “2 million dollars carried in the truck, as well as eight long weapons,” the spokesman added. Authorities believe that one of the two men captured was a financial operator of Los Zetas, while the second one was Treviño’s security guard. Nuevo Laredo is inTamaulipas state, one of Los Zetas feuds, where they were accused of perpetrating one of the worst massacres of Mexican trafficking in August 2010: the killing of 72 immigrants from Central and South America that were found at a ranch in San Fernando municipality. Sánchez confirmed that Treviño is accused of being the Zetas chief who gave the order for the massacre, as well as the killing of 193 other people that were also kidnapped when traveling aboard buses towards the U.S. border, and whose corpses were found buried in clandestine graves in San Fernando in 2011. By Dialogo July 17, 2013
By Maj. Cesar H. Santiago, Special Operations Command South August 15, 2016 Special Operations Command South hosted military personnel from the partner countries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru from July 25th to August 4th during this year’s Panamax in Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal. The exercise was conducted across multiple locations to include HARB, which served as the location for the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command (CFSOCC). The purpose of the exercise is to improve training, readiness, and interoperability through a series of scenarios designed to integrate multiple nations into a cohesive team, demonstrating their ability to train and work with participating multinational staffs from partner nations in the region. “I think the exercise provides us with excellent and on-going opportunities for growth and understanding with respect to differing institutional cultures,” said U.S. Army Maj. Steve McKnight, a civil affairs officer. Participants had to overcome cross-cultural communication challenges with a collaborative effort that rendered joint, combined and interagency support to achieve the mission, he said. CFSOCC personnel began the exercise with an academic overview of the functions and roles of the staff in a joint and combined operational environment. The execution of the scenarios provided an opportunity to the CFSOCC staff personnel to establish and perform command and control processes at the special operations component level in a challenging simulated training that addresses the interoperability and readiness of emerging and enduring partners. Colombian army Lt. Col. Oscar Mauricio Ortiz Guzman, signal officer to the Colombian Joint Special Operations Command expressed his views on the experience gained during the exercise. “Panamax is an exercise that integrates the development of joint and combined operations, which is a great opportunity for the countries participating of the exercise to expand the doctrine based knowledge,” said Lt. Col. Ortiz. The exercise fosters and enhances regional special operation forces partnership, and improves the collaboration force capability to plan and execute command and control processes in complex multinational operations “PANAMAX contributes in a great way to identify the employment of special operation forces during joint and combined operations,” said Lt. Col. Ortiz. “The exercise facilitates the interaction with different components (air, land, sea), and [further develops planning execution] with the higher headquarters and subordinate units to fulfill the required mission at the different levels.” SOCSOUTH regularly works with partner nation special operation forces in joint, combined, and interagency training exercises to continue building force readiness to protect U.S. southern approaches and vital U.S. interests in the region.
The Justice Department has announced an end to the Operation Choke Point initiative, which was launched under President Barack Obama to fight consumer fraud by denying fraudulent businesses access to banking services.NAFCU had raised concerns that the program could deter the development of e-commerce and stifle economic growth. The initiative also held financial institutions and third-party processors accountable if they continued to serve a client operating in a fraudulent manner.Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter earlier this month to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who has repeatedly called for the program’s end, which called the initiative “misguided” and stated that it is “no longer in effect.” continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details The more you can engage your employees, the more straight-forward it is to achieve results. Engaged employees are present emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Their creativity and enthusiasm further your credit union’s mission. They help you attract the new talent you need and are less likely to leave the organization. The leader’s charge is to create the climate and the culture where people feel engaged and where they can blossom and produce. Smart approaches to employee interactions, especially feedback, are a great place to focus to have a positive impact on engagement, retention, and hiring. Engagement is essential, as employees today are on the move. They know they have options. According to Gallup 51% of employees globally said they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings so they can improve career growth opportunities. Almost two-thirds believe they will likely find a job as good as their current one, and 90% of those who move, go to a new company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports voluntary job change in the U.S. is increasing, and last year non-retirement voluntary turnover was at 15.5%. Having managers up their game in interacting with employees will improve turnover rates in your credit union.Numerous factors of the manager-employee interaction affect engagement. For example, a manager must be alert to unconscious biases, which can diminish team effectiveness, reduce engagement and also reduce the size of the potential talent pool. People gravitate to those most like themselves when hiring or choosing a team, even though studies show that diversity of background and experience provide better organizational results. Or, when managers focus on the “A-team” at the expense of others on the team, it reduces engagement and misses the opportunity to expand the credit union’s talent capacity. Additionally, when considering people to step up to a challenge, women and under-represented minorities may not be tapped because they are viewed as “not-ready” since they don’t fit a manager’s given stereotype of a leader.A manager’s success-based feedback engages employees, while deficiency-based feedback has the opposite result. Success focused conversations increase the neurological responses that are associated with learning Managers should coach based on an employee’s strengths to help them learn, grow, and improve. The manager and the employee should work together to discover ways that the employee can excel. If there are areas that need strengthening or a behavior to be changed, the manager and the employee together develop a vision for the future that incorporates the changed behavior and supports the employee’s learning.The manager’s conversations with employees are most effective when they follow a regular rhythm. Gallup found that the most engaged employees have a meaningful interaction with their manager at least once a week. All it usually takes is a simple ten-minute to half-hour talk, which lets the manager acknowledge what’s going well and allows them and the employee to seek additional ways to build upon success. When someone has a success, the manager should acknowledge it on the spot, and not wait for a regular feedback meeting. For example, if your employee ran a very effective meeting, or handled an irate customer’s problem particularly well, that success deserves immediate attention. This type of immediate feedback propels further success and enhances employee engagement. Not only will a mindset of constructive engagement help you and your team up your game, and help produce the results your credit union seeks, better yet, you will enjoy doing so.
Alternative investments – a term which can include asset classes ranging from infrastructure to hedge funds – should be redefined because of their growing importance at the core of many asset owners portfolios, delegates at IPE’s annual conference heard.Speaking on a panel session discussing the future of alternatives at the Prague event, Mats Langensjö, founder and senior adviser at M. Langensjö & Company, said that for many investors such assets were “not an alternative, but [at] the core, the most important part of the portfolio”.Langensjö said that 20 years ago, he had described alternative investments to students at Stockholm University as everything that wasn’t bonds or equities. Since then, the concept had gradually evolved, he said, and everyone now defined alternatives in different ways.“It’s everything from hedge funds to land, and some even involves real estate,” said Langensjö, who has been a key figure behind the shaping of Sweden’s national pension buffer funds over the years. Joseph McDonnell, Morgan Stanley Investment ManagementFellow panellist Joseph McDonnell, EMEA head of portfolio solutions and senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, told the IPE conference that after the long bull market in equities, a lot of investors were now considering more significant allocations to alternatives.“The problem you have is that not all alternative markets are in great shape,” he said. “The liquidity premium you get on private equity was not what it was four or five years ago in terms of future commitments, and we need to think about that.”He added: “If you want to make money in the private equity space, you need to move down to the small-cap space.”Looking at the private equity sector, he said there was also a lot of cash in funds still waiting to be deployed, which was not good for investors. McDonnell said there was also too much capital going into private credit.On hedge funds, he said that the trend for investors to disaggregate how these funds made their money would continue, aided by analysis tools available to pension funds. Partly as a result of this, alternative risk premia strategies “should be a growth area in the next few years, just like smart beta”, McDonnell said.Langensjö said scale was important in alternatives “just to be able to diversify and have different allocations to different things, and to justify having the staff and the resources needed to do those very complicated deals in infrastructure”.However, McDonnell said it was possible for smaller pension funds to get alternatives exposure, as a lot of such funds with well-defined diversified strategies were investing in these assets.“A lot of them are partnering with fiduciary asset managers and consultants. I think you can have a nucleus internal team of, say, two or three people, and build a portfolio that’s quite robust in terms of time and thinking, and include about seven or eight complementary alternative strategies,” McDonnell said. Mats Langensjö
The owners got Smith Architects to overhaul the 1980s house.The home at 22 Ellesmere Street, Yeronga, in Brisbane, sits on a 405sq m block and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage. But this is not your average suburban home, with the property having its own in-built adventure.Agent Jane Elvin of LJ Hooker Annerley-Yeronga listed the property as “one of a kind”.Smith Architects designed the extension and renovation of the property four years ago, describing it on their site as “adventurous living”. The climbing wall embraces the owners’ love of mountaineering.“A client with a love of mountain sports and a growing family formed the foundation for this adventurous transformation and extension,” Smith Architects said of the home.“The trust the client had in our design process allowed us to experiment with an internal climbing wall and a complete reorientation of the house which closely reflected their priorities.”“The entry sequence through a series of contrasting enclosed and open space take guests on a unique journey before arriving at the rear private living spaces.”Ms Elvin said “adventurous this home certainly is” with the climbing wall feature in the family zone. Concrete floors keep the home low maintenance.“If a love of climbing is not your style, don’t let that stop you from inspecting as the climbing wall could be removed to create a double height living room that will blend beautifully with the rest of the home.”But she said “the little kids and big kids can enjoy the climbing wall still feeling connected to the home and outdoor activities”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Stunning use of wood and glass to bring the outdoors in.“This wall as mentioned can be removed which will enlarge this room, or you can leave as a feature as it is sure to be a focal point and a larger than life art piece on the wall.”She said the home would suit young couples, established families and downsizers alike.“It is certainly something special with or without the climbing wall. Not only a stunning home, but located in a highly sought after, prestige residential street of Yeronga with a North South aspect.”The price guide for the property is around $1m with the home to be sold by negotiation. Yeronga is just 5km from the Brisbane CBD. MORE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE NEWS MORE NEWS Darius and Kayla Boyd’s amazing new home revealed Room to run and play at the back too. The most viewed homes in Queensland Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenYou’ll be climbing the walls in this home01:06If you think lockdown is tough, this Queensland home will have you climbing the walls – literally – except it’s lots of fun. Bizarre bubble house in Brisbane gaining global attention
BOONE, Iowa – The three honorary starters for last-chance Modified features have varying backgrounds in the military but share a passion for dirt racing in general and IMCA racing in particular.John Wailes of Fort Dodge, Trevor Baker of Omaha, Neb., and Mark Berglund of Clarksville will all wave the green flag on Saturday, Sept. 9 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Wailes, nominated by Curtis Lee of Hope For The Warriors, has served 15 years in the armed forces and currently serves with the Army Reserves. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operaton New Dawn in 2011.Baker, an IMCA Modified driver, has served for 12 years in the Nebraska Army National Guard. Baker and his mother Carrie were deployed together to Afghanistan during the Enduring Freedom campaign. Nominated by his mother, Baker’s father and two brothers have also served or are currently serving our country.Berglund served on five different ships and 20 different countries during his 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. Nominated by IMCA Modified driver Troy Cordes, he began attending Super Nationals in 1999 and hasn’t missed the event since.All three honorary starters will assist with the Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9 check presentation to Hope For the Warriors.Ankeny-based Casey’s General Stores, the presentation sponsor for Super Nationals, donates $10 for each heat race won by a Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod or Sport Compact driver displaying a Casey’s decal between Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.IMCA will match that amount.Depending on the number of heat races held, Casey’s and IMCA officials will present a check to Hope For The Warriors President and CEO Robin Kelleher in front of the flagstand during a break in the Saturday race program.Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2006 that assists post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.The official convenience store of IMCA, Casey’s has supported Hope For The Warriors with previous fundraisers, including donations at Super Nationals every year since 2013.“The honorary starter program is a way to highlight the contributions and sacrifices some of our loyal race fans and drivers have provided our country,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We could not be prouder to partner with Casey’s General Store and Hope For The Warriors to recognize these individuals.”
A tentative trial date is being set in the federal case against convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.Epstein appeared in a Lower Manhattan courtroom Wednesday morning wearing a blue prison jumpsuit and brown undershirt, and sat attentively with his hands folded in front of his face.Despite having been placed on suicide watch less than a week ago after being found with neck injuries inside his cell, there were no apparent signs of injury when he entered court.Both sides will meet for oral arguments in October, and as of now the trial will begin on June 8th, 2020.Epstein faces new charges of sex trafficking involving the alleged abuse of underage girls, some as young as 14.The financier with ties to West Palm Beach is being held without bail after being deemed a flight risk.