International Composting Awareness Week

first_imgWith more time at home on many people’s hands these days, lots of yard work is being tackled, making this year’s International Compost Awareness Week, May 3 through 9, a perfect time to create a home composting system.For the new composter, first find an ideal spot on your property to locate your composting pile or receptacle, says composting expert and Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Development Coordinator Amanda Tedrow, who represents University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Northeast District.“If you are just starting out, go for the pile. The ideal minimum size for a compost pile is four by four by four (4 feet wide by 4 feet long by 4 feet deep). That is the right size to reach the temperatures needed for decomposition. A smaller pile will decompose at a slower rate due to lower temperatures,” Tedrow said.Locate the compost pile downhill and away from vegetable gardens to prevent potential runoff from the compost pile, which could transmit plant diseases to the garden.While heat is an important element to composting, the heat is generated within the composting pile, so it is not necessary to locate a composting system in direct sun. A compost pile located in direct sun may need additional supplemental water during the heat of the summer months.Next, it’s important to add the right mix of materials to the pile.“The general recommendation is to do two-thirds to three-quarters browns and one-third to one-quarter greens,” she said. Brown materials — such as dried leaves, sticks and old mulch — are a source of carbon, while green materials — such as grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells — are sources of nitrogen, both important for proper composting to occur.Avoid adding any kitchen waste that contains meat, dairy products or greasy substances, Tedrow warns.“Vegetable peelings, fruit rinds, stalks from broccoli, things like that are all fine. Something like peach pits might take a long time to compost, but they are perfectly fine to put in,” she said.Moisture is essential, but a compost pile should only stay “as wet as a wrung-out sponge,” Tedrow said.“In an ideal world, a compost pile should be turned when the temperature in the center of the pile starts dropping (below the ideal temperature of 130 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Most people don’t have a compost thermometer, so many composters will turn their pile every week to two weeks to keep the process moving,” Tedrow said. Compost thermometers are available in stores or online starting at about $20, she added.If wildlife is a possible concern, an enclosed composting bin may be a better option, she said.If you have a free-form compost pile and you are having a hard time keeping compost materials together, consider using a piece of fencing or other material to make a hoop around the pile to keep it contained, Tedrow added. While creating a compost pile can, in time, produce material usable for gardening, the best thing about a compost pile is keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills, as landscape refuse, such as leaves, grass clippings and trimmings, accounts for up to 20% of the waste being placed in landfills.In honor of International Compost Awareness Week, the UGA Extension office in Athens-Clarke County is offering a number of online and interactive events throughout the week, including a composting lecture on Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. For information, go to or visit more detailed information on composting, visit and search for UGA Extension Circular 816, “Composting and Mulching.” For further assistance or to check for local composting week events, locate your local UGA Extension office at read more

Paralegal study panel discusses regulatory issues

first_imgParalegal study panel discusses regulatory issues October 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News A public hearing on regulating paralegals is slated for Tampa Mark D. Killian Managing Editor If paralegals are to be regulated, the entity to do it should be The Florida Bar under the auspices of the Supreme Court.That was the general consensus of the Bar’s Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation when it met face to face for the first time in Tampa in September to begin its work.But aside from where any regulatory apparatus should be housed, committee members expressed a variety of views on who exactly is a paralegal; the education criteria needed for those who would hold themselves out as paralegals; how an oversight board would be organized; whether any regulations should contain character and fitness review requirements; and who would pay for any such effort. The committee has set a public hearing for the Marriott Tampa Airport on October 28 at 10 a.m. to gather more information to help them answer these and other questions (see notice, page 5).“First and foremost our goal needs to be the quality of service to the public,” said Chair Ross Goodman of Pensacola, who worked as a paralegal in the 1970s before going to law school. “Whatever we do has got to have that as the polestar.”The 22-member committee was created in response to a legislative request. Two bills were filed last session calling for paralegal regulation. While those bills were not heard, the bill’s backers and other lawmakers wrote the Bar and asked it to look into the matter and warned if the Bar doesn’t act the legislature may in the 2006 session. With legislative committee meetings already getting underway and the 2006 session slated to begin in March, that doesn’t leave the panel much time.“I have given this a lot of thought and the more I think about it the more it becomes like an onion — you peel away a layer and another layer is there and you never seem to get to the center,” said Goodman, adding the panel must take into consideration everything from legal technicians to form preparers to independent contract paralegals to paralegals who work for international firms. “With all these disparate groups of paralegals or legal technicians or form preparers — who are not technically paralegals because they are not working under the direction of a lawyer — how do we come up with a one-size-fits-all solution? I think we need to understand the scope of what it is we are being asked to do, because any decision we make over here is going to have an effect over [there]. We have to make sure all the bases are covered.”Goodman also noted Art. V of the Florida Constitution specifically gives the Supreme Court the power to regulate lawyers, but says nothing of regulating paralegals. He said the committee is going to have to be ready to address that jurisdictional question. Any plan also should take into account the economic impact any regulatory scheme would have on lawyers, he said.Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, who introduced the paralegal bill in the House earlier this year at the request of several paralegal organizations and serves on the Bar committee, said he doesn’t see paralegal regulation as “an overly complex issue.”“I think the questions we are to answer would be who is a paralegal and what are the standards for being a paralegal,” Zapata said. “I don’t think it deals so much with what a paralegal can and cannot do. I think that has already been established.. . but who can call themselves a paralegal is the question that is here today.”Zapata also said he thinks the proper place for any regulatory scheme is under the jurisdiction of the court and the Bar.“I think the public needs to know [paralegals] are qualified professionals, there are educational standards and if [paralegals] violate those standards or do something wrong, who they would be accountable to,” Zapata said, noting he also is in favor of paralegals paying for their own regulation.Panel member David Rogero of Coral Gables, however, said setting aside the unlicensed practice law issues and concentrating only on paralegals who work under the supervision of lawyers, he’s not sure what problems the committee is trying to solve, and if regulations are put in place, what they would accomplish.“If you regulate paralegals, and say a paralegal can only be called a paralegal if they meet these qualifications and are regulated by whatever agency, that is not going to affect the workplace at all. Because those same people who do not meet those qualifications will still be serving the same functions within their office they have been doing all long. They simply won’t be called paralegals,” Rogero said. “So what are we really accomplishing?”“The one thing I keep hearing among paralegals is, ‘Wait a minute. I went to XYZ school and got this degree. I took this test. I did this. I’m a paralegal. How come this person who was a receptionist two years ago, and all of a sudden they are a paralegal and they may not have the same skills that I have?’” said Z. Felicia Jordon, a member of the Young Lawyers Division from Ft. Lauderdale who worked as a paralegal for years before going to law school. “As a former paralegal, I would like to see a distinction of what they do.”John Hume of Coral Springs said the key to the solution is to focus on the responsibility of the attorney.Scherry Elson, a paralegal for 20 years who now works with Greenburg Traurig in Tallahassee, has seen the paralegal field grow to the point where “we are not quite sure who and what we are anymore.” Ellison said regulating the field would encourage professionalism and ethics should be the number one priority.Michelle Vasalinda, coordinator of paralegal studies at Tallahassee Community College, said the committee should look at its charge from the point of view of the client, who needs to know the paralegal working on their case has a certain level of competence. She also said it may help to keep in mind that a paralegal is to a lawyer as a nurse is to a doctor, and that there are many levels of paralegals. Vasalinda said any initial regulatory process could provide some clarity to the profession now and perhaps in time distinguish between the levels of paralegals later.Scott Rubin of Miami suggested as a starting point, the panel look at how Supreme Court certified mediators are regulated.Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation sets October 28 public hearing in Tampa On October 28, The Florida Bar Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST, at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. Attendees will need to check at the front desk for the room assignment as it was not made at the time of this notice.The special committee is charged with the study of the status of paralegals in the state of Florida in light of the proposed legislation filed during the 2005 legislative session which sought recognition and/or regulation of the paralegal profession. The charge relates to paralegals working under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar. Current Bar rules define a paralegal as a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who works under the supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible. The charge of the Special Committee does not relate to the unlicensed practice of law and testimony regarding the unlicensed practice of law will not be taken at the hearing.The hearing will focus on the following issues: • Public Policy Issues such as whether it is in the public interest to establish educational and ethical standards for persons using the title paralegal. If so, should the standards be voluntary or mandatory? • Definitional Issues such as what problems will be resolved if there is paralegal regulation, and whether the current Florida Bar definition is sufficient and accurate? • Design Issues such as if standards are established, who should make the determination that the paralegal has met the standards – the supervising attorney or another body such as The Florida Bar? Should a grievance system be established? Should a distinction be made between the terms “paralegal” and “legal assistant?” Should there be multiple status levels for paralegals? • Implementation Issues such as who will bear the cost of a regulatory scheme? What should be the composition of the regulatory body — all paralegals, all lawyers, nonlawyers who are not paralegals, or a combination? • Ancillary Issues such as should there be regulation regarding what paralegal fees may be charged and recovered as part of attorneys’ fees? Should there be more standardization in the educational institutions offering paralegal studies? Should the requirements for paralegals to be an affiliate member in certain Bar sections be standardized?Due to the number of issues to be covered and the anticipated participation, the time for testimony will be limited. While it is not necessary to register for the hearing beforehand, if you are planning to testify please contact Lori S. Holcomb, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or via e-mail at by Monday October 24. If you cannot attend the hearing but wish to submit written comments for the special committee’s consideration, send them to Holcomb at the above address by October 19. You may also bring written comments to the hearing.center_img Paralegal study panel discusses regulatory issueslast_img read more

I still can’t believe it

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Blink. Blink. Type. Backspace. Blink, blink, blink. Type. Blink. – my cursorI have tried to string together the eloquent words to express the gratitude and honor that I have felt in the previous six weeks since being named the CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive. Without much luck, I will just say the entire experience has been exciting and humbling and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to advocate for support of local non-profit organizations.It still feels a bit “unreal” to have this honor among such a distinguished group of nominees. Emily, Blaine, Clark, and Jodi are equally as deserving; their professionalism, expertise, and diligence cannot go unnoticed. These are the real MVPs and I cannot wait to see where their journeys lead the credit union movement. Be sure to check out their ideas! I was my honor to meet them and be among this group of professionals.last_img read more

Employee universities for credit unions of all sizes

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A great feature about “employee universities” is that credit unions don’t all have to follow the same blueprint, says Holly Baumel, director of staff development at $620 million Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Janesville, Wisconsin.“The … resources dedicated to the development of the staff and support from leadership are bigger factors to its success than the actual size of the credit union,” Baume says. “The program could easily be scaled to fit the size of the institution.”CUES member Erica Kemp, AVP/branch strategy at $1 billion Credit Union 1 in Anchorage, Alaska, suggests that once a credit union acquires a growth mindset and “has the numbers to support it,” it should be looking to expand the skill sets of staff with robust training programs.“Fast-growing organizations cannot always wait to find already skilled talent when they need to expand,” she says. “So, utilizing a training program earlier can help to set up current staff to be prepared.” continue reading »last_img read more

Taylor Garbage to use Broome County Landfill temporarily after fire

first_imgThe announcement follows the massive fire that occurred at the company’s recycling plant in Apalachin in early January. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Wednesday morning, Broome County Executive Jason Garner announced Taylor Garbage will start taking their recycling to the Broome County landfill on Knapp Road. Garner says the move is temporary and intended to give Taylor Garbage time to rebuild the facility. 12 News will have more coverage of this story in its 6 p.m. newscast. Fire officials in Apalachin say they believe lithium ion batteries caused the fire. Once at the Landfill, the items to be recycled will be taken to a material recycling facility, Garners’ office says. The landfill will be taking the recyclables on Feb. 3. Stephen Donnelly and Associates, a firm representing Taylor Garbage, told 12 News that the the company is looking into technology that will detect lithium ion batteries.last_img

The European tourism sector is calling for urgent action to help and alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img– Simplification of visa rules for long-term markets- Reduction or waiver of taxes from passengers- Support to destinations, by increasing the budget for the needs of promotion, marketing and product development as soon as they are ready to welcome visitors again. “The Alliance of European Tourism Manifestos welcomes the immediate response presented by the European Commission on 13 March to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. We call for the urgent implementation of these measures, which should be reinforced by additional instruments focused on the tourism sector. Measures are now needed to strengthen the sector’s resilience in the long term and prepare for a speedy recovery from this unprecedented crisis”Emphasize from ETM. European Tourism Manifesto Alliance (ETM), the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, which brings together more than 50 European public and private tourism organizations, issued a statement on the implementation of emergency measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the sector: The European Tourism Manifesto Alliance calls on the European Commission and national governments to swiftly implement the following emergency measures: In order to guarantee a speedy recovery after the crisis, the ETM calls for the implementation of additional measures: – Temporary state support of national governments for the tourism and travel sector- Quick and easy access to short- and medium-term loans to overcome liquidity shortages, including funds made available by the EU through the Corona Virus Response Initiative- Fiscal relief (both in the source market and at the destination level), starting from small and medium enterprises to economic entities of all sizes- Protection of workers from unemployment and loss of income (short-term work programs, improvement and retraining programs) and support for self-employed stakeholders in tourism- Rapid launch of the European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme- Postponement of fiscal and social contributions- Adopt the temporary abolition of airport slots- Support for action for the wider field of culture (art and heritage)- better coordination between national authorities in terms of harmonizing travel advice with the affected regions and requirements for travelers returning from those areas. The effects of the pandemic outbreak are already being felt throughout the world economy. Economic activity has declined, and all evidence points to a significant decline in areas affected by the virus. Tourism and the tourism sector are particularly affected. There are currently millions of jobs at stake, with many SMEs at risk of closure. Support for tourism must be a priority in the crisis response, recovery plans and actions of the affected economies, they point out in their statement from ETM.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgMacquarie Investment Management – Anna Bretschneider has been appointed head of Swiss distribution. Before joining Macquarie, Bretschneider spent 14 years at MFS Investment Management, where she built client relationships in Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. She began her career in 2000 at Generali Group.NN Investment Partners – The company formerly known as ING Investment Management has appointed Jared Lou to the emerging debt team as a portfolio manager. Lou previously worked with the emerging market debt team at GMO based in Boston, where he was a sovereign analyst.HSBC Global Asset Management – Dan Rudd has been appointed head of wholesale UK. Rudd is head of MENA Wholesale at HSBC GAM, and will relocate to the UK in April to take up this new position. The company hired him in 2005 as head of global life. He joined from Deutsche Asset Management.La Française – Shawna Yang has been appointed as investor relations director for Asia at La Française’s new office in Seoul. She joins from Cushman & Wakefield Korea, where she was head of the capital markets division. MN, PMT, PGGM, Société Générale Securities Services, Caceis, Candriam Investors Group, Pictet Asset Management, Macquarie Investment Management, MFS Investment Management, NN Investment Partners, HSBC Global Asset Management, La Française, Cushman & WakefieldMN – Michaël Kortbeek and Johan van der Ende have been appointed as members of the supervisory board (RvC). Kortbeek has been a board member at €60bn metal scheme PMT – MN’s largest client and shareholder – for the past 12 years. Van der Ende has been CIO and a member of the executive committee at the €182bn asset manager and pensions provider PGGM. Before then, he held a number of executive jobs at ING Group. Van der Ende has also been an adviser, supervisor or board member at CBRE Global Investment Partners, Altera Vastgoed, Q-Park and the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. The appointments came as a consequence of Peter Kok’s resignation from the RvC at year-end, as well as the extension of the board.Société Générale Securities Services – Olivier Aprile has been appointed head of institutional sales for asset managers and institutional investors in France. He joins from Caceis, where he was head of sales. Before then, he served as head of institutional clients at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.Candriam Investors Group – Fawzy Salarbux has been appointed head of consultant relations. He joins from Pictet Asset Management in London, where he was head of global consultant relations. Before then, he worked as an investment consultant at Mercer and Aon Hewitt in London.last_img read more

Defensor shuts Iloilo borders anew: ‘TOUGH DECISION’

first_imgHowever, this entry shall only be allowed upon prior coordination and clearance with the provincial government. “Kinahanglan anay nga i-regulate ang pagsulod sang aton gusto nga magpauli nga kasimanwa in the meantime,” the governor added. Returning residents who would fail to return by July 3 shall be considered LSIs and shall be required the following to return to or enter the province:* Medical Certificate from the originating/sending local government unit* Travel Authority from the Chief of Police in higher command or Travel Authority issued by the governor to their returning constituents, in coordination with the Philippine National Police* Prior coordination and clearance with the provincial and concerned municipal governments. Defensor classified them as “essential entry”. These are the following: “Kon magbukas kita kag indi kita firm sa aton decision ang gwa sini daw Cebu,” he pointed out. So who can enter Iloilo City? In his directive, Defensor gave residents of Iloilo, Iloilo City and Guimaras who are not LSIs – travelling to and staying temporarily in the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City – until July 3 to return to the province. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. wants to safely control movement in and out of Iloilo province. He issued an executive order barring the entry of persons through provincial borders of Capiz, Antique and Negros Occidental. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN  * Government officials, uniformed personnel and personnel travelling in the performance of their functions* Health and emergency frontline personnel and duly authorized Humanitarian Assistance Actors* Persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons* Persons granted passage to the airport for travel abroad, or from the airport to the border, provided that, the travel within the Province shall be non-stop from the border to the airport or vice versa* Overseas Filipino workers  returning to the province in trips organized by and under the auspices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration* Residents of Iloilo City, the province of Guimaras travelling there from and into the province Defensor also issued guidelines for carriers in road, rail, maritime and aviation operating for carriage of passengers (bus operators, shipping lines and inter-island bangka or pump boat operators and airlines). These are the following:  * Advise persons intending to travel to the province of the above restrictions* Refuse issuance of any public transport contract or tickets* Refuse boarding on any public transport in so far as applicable “We have to make tough decisions otherwise wala pulos ang aton nga quarantine,” Defensor stressed, citing orders from the national government to temporarily suspend travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs). ILOILO – Wary of further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. reimposed a border restriction in this province.  His Executive Order No. 128-E, Series of 2020 for this took effect yesterday. It prohibits the entry of persons through provincial borders of Capiz, Antique and Negros Occidental. Defensor tasked the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard to enforce the border restriction./PNlast_img read more

New Barcelona technical chief Planes still believes in Messi

first_imgNew Barcelona technical chief, Ramon Planes, has appealed to Argentina skipper, Lionel Messi to stay with the club, saying that they were planning to build the team around him. Planes has been promoted after the axing of Eric Abidal this week. “Yesterday [Ronald] Koeman himself spoke about [the upcoming meeting with Messi],” said Planes. “It’s normal for them to speak. “He is the captain of the team, the best in the world and in history. “They are private meetings.Advertisement Loading… “We want to build a project with young [players] and Messi. read also:Messi move to Man City is complicated but possible – Toure “We are clear that we want to build a team of youngsters. “Talking about certain names now is not right. “The club must build a winning project and we are working on that” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWondering What And When Will Finally Be The Undoing Of Us?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Cricket News Women’s World T20: Harmanpreet Kaur’s India aim to sustain momentum vs Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian cricket team got their Women’s World T20 2018 campaign off to a great start with a 34-run win over New Zealand in Providence, Guyana. Harmanpreet Kaur, the skipper, led from the front with a historic century and she will be buoyed to sustain the momentum against arch-rivals Pakistan in their next game.Kaur has acquired a reputation for her big knocks on the big stage. Once in the zone, no bowling attack in the world can stop her from clearing the ropes effortlessly. The Indian skipper was given great support by 18-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues and the middle order made up for the poor start given by the top order.Read More |India eye clean sweep in Twenty20s, West Indies aim to end positivelyIf there is one area of concern for the Indian batting, it is the openers with Smriti Mandhana and Taniya Bhatia. Mandhana, in particular, has endured a lean patch in Twenty20 Internationals, managing just three fifties in 15 innings. Kaur’s team will receive a major boost if Mandhana can repeat her heroics during the 2017 World Cup.Read More | We cannot get too carried away: Real Kashmir coachThe bowling is also in good shape, thanks to the exploits of legspinner Poonam Yadav and offspinner Dayalan Hemlatha. The slow and low nature of the Providence wicket was exploited brilliantly by the two bowlers, who ended up with three wickets apiece. These two bowlers will be the key in this campaign if India are to go all the way.Pakistan struggleOn the other hand, Pakistan has not had an ideal build-up to the World T20 competition. Just before this competition, they had a three-match series against Australia and they were blanked 3-0. The scores by Pakistan in the series were 131,101 and 97. Even in the opening game against the same opponents, they could manage just 113 to lose the encounter by 52 runs.Pakistan’s batting as well as their bowling has been a major concern. The bowlers, in fact, have bowled out oppositions only twice in the last 12 games while the batting has not seen too many big scores. However, against India, they will have an extra sense of motivation to turn their poor form around. In five games in the World T20, Pakistan have won twice and lost three games. Their last win came in 2016 when they won a rain-curtailed encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi by two runs.A win for India will put them in a great position to enter the semi-final while Pakistan would be hoping to surprise Kaur’s side and throw the entire group wide open. last_img read more