Benguela Cove / SAOTA

first_imgSave this picture!© Adam Letch+ 22Curated by María Francisca González Share South Africa Houses “COPY” “COPY” Projects Benguela Cove / SAOTA CopySave this picture!© Adam LetchRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceText description provided by the architects. Nature pervades the house –the seamless flow of internal floors and ceilings out into external living spaces is mirrored by the fynbos planting which stalks the edges of the internal envelope, enfolds the terraces and decks and seeps into the garden courtyard. The setting for this house within Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, on the Botrivier Lagoon south-east of Cape Town is spectacular – a slope of indigenous fynbos vegetation runs into the broad waters of a tidal estuary bordered by mountains. The considered architectural design by SAOTA and Interiors by ARRCC of this holiday house in negotiate the inherent paradox of such exposure to nature – how to shackle the extreme elements – sun, salt, rain and, in particular, high winds – whilst allowing the exceptional natural beauty of the site to pervade every space.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Adam LetchSeen from the lagoon the result is a memorable composition – at once a considered response to the contours and microclimate of the site and a poetic narrative of shelter and outlook. Such an unusual form could feel out of place without its references to the distinct local typologies of barns and fruit-packing sheds. Timber sidings appear at the entrance and are repeated on key ceiling planes, the roofs are a celebration of corrugated aluminium, the over-sailing arms of the “C” shaped layout are a reinterpretation of the traditional “alphabetic” planning of the wings or “werfs” of historic local farms.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe owner’s vision for a comfortable retreat for his children coupled with liveable outdoor spaces for entertaining was developed into a “C” shaped plan whose wings serve to maximise outlook, frame views and create a large sheltered courtyard. This distinctive sheltering shape is again expressed in the wrapped floor-wall-roof profile of the three wings which, assembled together one above the other, track the site as it slopes towards the water. The interior design by ARRCC captures the minimalist sensibility of the architecture.Save this picture!© Adam LetchEntrance at the back of the building is deliberately understated; a modest canopy shelters the front door opening onto a landing from which a broad spine gently traces down the natural gradient alongside a generous garden courtyard. The corridor ends at the kitchen, whose island – a solid block of granite – forms a fulcrum with the principle living areas placed at right angles, parallel with the lagoon. The kitchen looks out over open-plan dining and lounge areas towards a fireplace and picture window framed in a massive concrete hearth wall.Save this picture!© Adam LetchOccasional elements contrast raw materials with more refined details – the kitchen island- formed from rough solid blocks of granite – is highly polished on its counter “Through the use of rich materials and an edited colour pallette, the decor is seamlessly intergrated optimising the sense of space” says Mark Rielly, ARRCC Director. The flues are clad in carefully pre-weathered Cor-Ten steel.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThroughout the house loose furnishings selected by ARRCC, generally sourced from local manufacturer OKHA, provide a warm and luxurious counterpoint to the architecture. OKHA’s signature fine wool and bamboo silk Diamond Rug which takes its inspiration from geometry and rock formations complement the granite floors of the living room. Seating is provided by an impromptu collection of OKHA’s luxurious L-shaped Jada sofa, solid oak frame Miles armchair and Nicci armchair in olive-green leather finish. To anchor the collection the Capri Coffee table in Volakas White marble was chosen to resonate with the geological surrounds. Occasional leather poufs add a casual flair to the layout.Save this picture!First floor planThe internal living wing is held between garden courtyard and covered decks leading out to a pool which appears to blend into the lagoon beyond. The slope of the distinctive timber clad soffit was carefully calibrated to provide shelter from the prevailing wind. It extends out from the lounge to create an external living room and outdoor kitchen which are further enclosed by moveable screens.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe dining area boasts OKHA’s Bison dining table which can easily accommodate up to 10 people. The Bison’s solid oak table top forges a hand-in-glove narrative with the ceiling’s beautiful timber sidings. The stair rises alongside a CNC-cut timber screen. The two upper wings house bedrooms with elevated views across the lagoon to the mountains. Overlooking the deck OKHA’s signature swivel STM armchair provides the viewer with a 360-degree view of estuary and interior. The edited approach to the interiors places emphasis on the use of the architectural materials such as concrete and granite.Save this picture!© Adam LetchProject gallerySee allShow lessWall of Knowledge Middle School / Tarik Zoubdi Architect + Mounir Benchekroun ArchitectSelected ProjectsBackyard / CCDISelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/901654/benguela-cove-saota Clipboard Benguela Cove / SAOTASave this projectSaveBenguela Cove / SAOTA ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/901654/benguela-cove-saota Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSAOTAOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsOverberg DCSouth AfricaPublished on September 17, 2018Cite: “Benguela Cove / SAOTA” 17 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Training on-line helps business

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Puttingpersonnel records on the intranet and giving employees control over theinformation can transform the way a company does business, according to Cisco’sglobal HR communications director. Speakingat the ECA International Conference in London last week, Liz Bak claimed thattraining is transformed when employees can register for on-line coaching at anytime.  She said,“If a manager wants to have a discussion with an employee around performancethey can go on-line, click on the coaching area and have an on-line session onhow to handle performance reviews.” Thecompany has a high-trust approach to expenses, she added, in which people havethe freedom, within certain guidelines, to make their own decision aboutspending and have the money reimbursed within 48 hours. Bak believes it cutsdown on administrative costs and the guidelines prevent any abuse. Training on-line helps businessOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

… in brief

first_img… in briefOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s news in briefTribunalsrethinkTheEmployment Tribunals Regulations 2001 were laid before Parliament last week.They include new powers to strike out ill-founded claims, and an increase tothe costs that can be awarded to an applicant. The regulations are due to comeinto force on 18 April 2001.  www.dti.gov.ukRedtape pledge WilliamHague, leader of the Conservative Party, pledged to only promote those ministerswho managed to reduce regulation if the Tories are elected to power.Hemade his promise at the British Chambers of Commerce National Conference andExhibition last week when he stressed his determination to ease the burden ofred tape on business in the UK.  www.britishchambers.org.ukPMhears concernsPrimeMinister Tony Blair told employers he is listening to their concerns over plansto give women the right to return to work part-time after having a child.Employersat the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London claimed that extrarights for new mothers would increase costs. www.britishchambers.org.ukPosthumousawardAcable TV worker made legal history last week when he won his unfair dismissalcase posthumously – some two years after his death. Simon Haddon was sacked byTelewest Communications because he was taking too much time off for his kidneydialysis treatment. AnimalclimbdownTwoCity firms have severed their links with animal testing company Huntingdon LifeSciences after a campaign of harassment by animal rights extremists.WinterfloodSecurities and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein who financially backed HuntingdonLife Sciences have been the target of protests led by the Stop HuntingdonAnimal Cruelty group. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Will the euro really hurt UK jobs market?

first_imgWhat can people at work expect from Tony Blair’s second government? Muchdepends on the chosen agendas of the restructured Whitehall departments, plusthe implications of extending public-private partnerships. But the single European currency looks set to be a recurrent theme. A euroreferendum by the end of 2003 is a strong bet, despite Gordon Brown’s caution.And once normal politics gives way to alliances of those for and against euromembership, arguments will abound about the consequences for UK jobs. So howshould one decide whether the euro can pass the jobs test? Euro membership will change the institutions that regulate overall demand inthe economy. This will not directly influence the number of jobs consistentwith meeting the Government’s inflation target – which is determined by howwell the labour market works. Ditching the pound could have an indirect impact on this sustainableemployment rate if UK employers were hit by more regulation from Brussels. Butthe UK is subject to Social Europe legislation whatever happens to the pound.And anyway, the common notion that EU directives are inevitably harmful to UKjobs is simplistic. The same goes for the constant refrain that “3 million UK jobs dependon EU trade”. This is true, but it is highly unlikely that saying”no” to the euro would reduce the existing volume of trade withEurope. Moreover, even if jobs were lost by standing aside from the euro,keeping the pound would leave the Bank of England free to cut interest rates inline with slacker conditions in the jobs market, thereby boosting demand forworkers. The real jobs test, therefore, relates to the effect of euro membership onfluctuations in employment around the sustainable rate. Locking the pound tothe euro should mean more job stability since the economy would no longersuffer the harmful consequences of currency gyrations against the eurozonecountries. But this holds only if the “one-size-fits all” interest rate setfor the eurozone by the European Central Bank is right for UK conditions. Ifnot, the onus would fall on changes in taxation, public spending and borrowingto avoid boom or bust whenever the economy is knocked off course. Given thatsuch fiscal fine-tuning is far from easy, the euro could make employment more unstable.Most economists agree that joining the euro at the current exchange ratewould cause major stability problems and place UK exporters at a severecompetitive disadvantage. The eventual fall-out would dwarf the 350,000manufacturing jobs lost in the past three years because of the strength of thepound relative to the euro. So whatever the power of the ideological case for or against membership, theeuro will not pass the jobs test until the practicalities of achieving safeentry at a sensible rate have been properly dealt with. By John Philpott, Chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Will the euro really hurt UK jobs market?On 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ice-shelf densities from a comparison of radio echo and seismic soundings

A 40 km line across George VI Ice Shelf was sounded in January 1981 by both radio echo and seismic reflection methods. Because the velocities of radio and seismic waves vary with ice density in different ways, an accurate comparison of travel times from the two methods allowed the average density of the ice shelf to be calculated. A distinguishable echo from the base of the ice shelf was recorded at 22 out of 23 seismic stations. Continuous radio echo profiling was achieved in ice varying in thickness from about 200 to 350 m. The calculated mean densities fell into two groups, In an area where summer meltwater frequently floods the surface the average densities were around 0.915 Mg m−3, while in the drier areas the average densities were around 0.884 Mg m−3. Apart from this division, there was no apparent systematic variation of average density with position. The sounding was carried out approximately along a flowline on the ice shelf. The variation of ice density with depth and position is difficult to allow for when modelling the deformation of ice shelves. Measured values of surface strain-rate, for example, may in some circumstances need to be corrected for effects due to the compressibility of snow. read more

Project Assistant

first_imgThe Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation. Conditions of EmploymentThis is a professional expert position. The District reserves theright to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based uponavailable funds. The effective dates of employment will be arrangedwith the supervisor.This is a recruitment for an applicant POOL to filltemporary/short-term assignments on an as-needed basis. Departmentsor Divisions will refer to the POOL of applications on file to filltemporary/short-term assignments as the need arises. Applicationswill remain in the pool for one year. You will be contacted by thehiring manager should the department/division be interested inscheduling an interview. Please do not call the Office of HumanResources regarding the status of your application .Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. The hours of work andeffective date of employment will be arranged with thesupervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for thisopportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. Acomplete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank).A Current Resume (as a separate attachment – PDFrecommended).Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:The physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request. Non-academic, non-classified Professional Experts are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees and have no entitlement rights toany position in the District. Professional Expert employment shallnot result in the displacement of Classified personnel.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:Performs a variety of technical, analytical and administrativesupport duties in providing responsible staff support to one ormore departments and is expected to, as directed, assist thedepartment in the completion of a variety of special and/ortechnical projects, reports and other related duties; executessome, but not all, administrative and office support functionsrelated to the project assignment. Exercises good judgment with amid-level expectation of independent judgment while referringpolicy decisions to the Supervisor. OR Responsible forcoordinating, overseeing and participating in various operations,activities and special projects in support of an assigned collegeprogram. Project Assistants will have significant responsibilityfor the scope, complexity, and overall impact of assigned programand related projects and activities.Qualifications and Physical DemandsEducation and Experience:Level I – Work experience and/or training in related jobcategory is required, including valid licenses and/orcertifications, if applicable.Level II – Extensive work experience and/or trainingthat is directly related to job category is required, includingvalid licenses and/or certifications, if applicable.center_img DefinitionUnder general supervision, the Professional Expert providesassistance and support in accordance with assignments anddirections from the supervisor. Professional Experts:Have specialized knowledge or expertise not generally requiredof or found in the classifications established by theDistrict.Must be specially trained, experienced, or competent to performexpert services.Are used on a temporary basis for a specific project orprojects.Terms of employment will be described in the ProfessionalExpert Agreementlast_img read more

Press release: Go on a coastal adventure with The Snail and the Whale

first_img The England Coast Path is playing a valuable role in opening up access to our nation’s remarkable coastline. Whether you are taking a short stroll or embarking on your own long distance adventure, it provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to explore the coast’s beauty and diversity. This summer sees the launch of a unique partnership between the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Natural England and Macmillan Children’s Books, celebrating 15 years of The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic tale of adventure and friendship.First published in 2003, The Snail and the Whale tells the story of a tiny snail who hitches a lift around the world on the tail of “a great big, grey-blue humpback whale”. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins. The little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world but when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it’s the tiny snail’s big plan that saves the day.Macmillan Children’s Books, MMO and Natural England want to encourage families to go on their own big adventures this summer, exploring The England Coast Path. While visitors might not see icebergs, sharks and penguins, with the help of their ‘The Snail and the Whale Coastal Adventure’ booklet they will have all the tools and information they need to explore their coast – from matching animals to their coastal homes and learning fun marine animal facts to advice about keeping our coasts free from marine litter.The booklet is available to download now from the MMO website and also at special events celebrating The Snail and the Whale and this fantastic partnership throughout 2018.Julia Donaldson said: I am delighted that fifteen years after Axel and I created The Snail and the Whale our story continues to encourage young readers to get out and engage with nature and the world around them. I hope that children exploring the England Coast Path can gaze “at the sky, the sea, the land, the waves and the caves and the golden sand” and be just as amazed as the snail. Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, Macmillan Children’s Books Publisher, said: The MMO licenses, regulates and plans marine activities in the seas around England so that they’re carried out in a sustainable way.Gareth Hern, MMO Communications Advisor, said:center_img Natural England is the government’s independent adviser on the natural environment. Their work is focused on enhancing England’s wildlife and landscapes and maximising the benefits they bring to the public.Neil Constable, Natural England Programme Manager for England Coast Path said: We are delighted to be involved with this partnership. The Snail and the Whale is a tale of exploration and we want to encourage people to explore our beautiful and diverse marine areas. In the story, the snail feels small and insignificant but does something amazing in the end. Children and young people will have a huge part to play in protecting our marine areas so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. We are proud to be the publisher of Julia and Axel’s classic story of friendship and teamwork, and thrilled to be partnering with Natural England and MMO, bringing this favourite family story to life for a whole new generation of intrepid young explorers. It is wonderful that fifteen years after this picture book was first published the tiny snail and the grey-blue humpback whale continue to have new and exciting adventures.last_img read more

Campus chapels host Stations

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry began the Easter season with a campus-wide Stations of the Cross event Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Chapel of Holy Cross. This event was the first in a series of weekly Stations of the Cross devotions, which will occur in various locations across campus in the weeks leading up to Easter.Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, said these days are the most important in the Liturgical Year.“Stations of the Cross is a centuries old devotion that Christians observe as a way to join their earthly journey of faith to the journey of Christ, particularly the final days of his life on earth,” she said.Kelly Gutrich, ministry assistant for residence life, said Saint Mary’s hosts three celebrations of the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten season. Other Lenten events at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame include Easter Vespers, Paschal Vespers and Notre Dame’s campus-wide Stations of the Cross.“Celebrated every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is an intense service of prayers, themes and readings, in order to reflect before Easter,” Wilson said.Wilson said Stations of the Cross is a way for students to experience prayer. As a faith community, she said it is important to invite students into a way of prayer that helps them deepen their relationship with Christ and share their Lenten journey with one another.Office of Campus Ministry director Judith Fean said Stations of the Cross honors the life of Jesus.“It is a form of night prayer that celebrates the time where, in the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians in Jerusalem walked the path that Jesus walked as a way to show their devotion to Christ and to take up their own crosses of life,” she said.As part of this year’s celebration, Gutrich said a different campus chapel will celebrate Stations of the Cross each week. She said the locations of the events are available on bulletin boards and the Campus Ministry Facebook page.“Lenten events provide us with great community experiences as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus,” she said.Each week, Wilson said Campus Ministry will incorporate a new theme. These themes include “Scriptural Stations,” “Eco Stations: Bearing the Cross of Christ during Climate Change,” “The Traditional Jerusalem Stations,” “No Greater Love” and “Solemn Stations of the Cross: Walking with the Women Followers of Jesus.”In offering different themes, the Office of Campus Ministry hopes to invite participants to participate in different forms of prayer and understand human struggles.In addition to the weekly Stations of the Cross at Saint Mary’s College, Wilson said there are opportunities to pray the “Way of the Cross” in parishes and communities all over the South Bend area.“One important devotion, I believe, for Saint Mary’s community is that the charismatic aspects of the Holy Cross is devotion to the cross,” Wilson said. “And so the ‘Way of the Cross’ becomes another way to remind ourselves of the call to cling to the cross of Christ.“Our only hope as a community of faith, who follow the ideals of Basil Moreau is ‘Ave Crux, Spes Unica [Hail the cross, our only hope],’ the very motto of Saint Mary’s College.”Tags: Stations of the Crosslast_img read more

Telemarketing Fraud.

first_imgSweepstakes, warranty cards and charitable requests all provide ways for fraudulent telemarketers to get your name and phone number. This year’s Georgia Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 4-8, focuses on limiting the damage these scoundrels cause.”Telemarketing fraud tends to target older adults,” said Michael Rupured, co-chair of Georgia’s Consumer Fraud Task Force.Rupured, a consumer economics specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said the frauds who do these things are pros.Telemarketing Frauds Are Pros”They quickly assess your vulnerabilities,” he said. “They’re so good they can persuade people who know better to give out credit card information for bogus products.”Nationally, telemarketing fraud is one of the top consumer fraud complaints. These scams bilk Americans of $40 billion each year. They cost Georgians as much as $500 million.One of the GCPW goals this year is to get more people to join the Georgia No Call List. More than 280,000 Georgians have paid the $5 it takes to be placed on the list. The GNCL notifies telemarketers nationwide ofpeople who don’t want to get calls.Join ‘No Call List'”Joining the ‘No Call List’ helps stop this sort of fraud before it starts,” Rupured said. Charities and businesses with which you already have a relationship are exempt from the list.A number of groups are working with the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs on the issue. UGA Extension Service FACS county agents, agencies on aging and AARP chapters all have videos, brochures and leaders’ guides they can use to teach Georgians about telemarketing fraud and how to prevent it.”Telemarketing fraud is still a major problem in Georgia and across the country,” said GOCA administrator Barry Reid. “Not only do the criminals seek money from their victims under false pretenses, but they also seek personal information so they can take over their victims’ bank accounts, create new bank accounts, make charges on credit cards or open charge accounts, all using the name and good credit of the victim.”How to Recognize FraudThe eight-page brochure tells how to recognize fraud. It shows, too, how to keep legitimate companies from including your name in subscription lists they sell to potential marketers. It also explains how to check references and lists questions to ask telemarketers to find out if they’re legitimate.The brochure details some of the more common types of telemarketing fraud, such as prize offers, lotteries, disaster-related solicitations, investments and travel packages.Senior centers and nursing homes will have programs, and Rupured has a series of one-page fact sheets that will go to Meals on Wheels recipients in some parts of the state.Shut-ins a Key Target”Shut-ins are a key target audience for fraudulent telemarketers,” he said. “We want to give them the information they need to avoid this crime.””As with most crimes, the best cure for the growing disease of consumer fraud is prevention,” said Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox. “That’s why educational campaigns like Georgia Consumer Protection Week are invaluable tools to help Georgians make wise decisions in the marketplace and avoid falling prey to scam artists.”To be placed on the Georgia No Call List, call toll-free 1-877-426-6225. Or visit www.ganocall.com. To get the telemarketing fraud education materials, call GOCA at (404) 656-4482. Or call your UGA Extension county office.last_img read more

Vegetable Damage

first_imgWith the state’s late summer and fall vegetable crop close to harvest, Georgia vegetable farmers estimate more than $480 million in losses from Hurricane Michael.For the last few days, the University of Georgia Vegetable Team has been visiting farms to account for losses from Hurricane Michael on the vegetable crops grown during the fall season.Losses varied significantly across southwestern Georgia counties. For some vegetable farmers in the direct path of the storm, losses approached 90 percent, while others on the edges of the storm saw lower losses, estimated around 20 to 30 percent. Even a 20 percent loss is quite significant for an individual farmer, said Greg Fonsah, UGA Cooperative Extension agricultural economist, who was charged with calculating the crop loss and its economic impact.The storm, which made landfall on the panhandle of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 9, is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in agricultural losses as it passed through southwest Georgia late last week, according to an early estimate released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.The state’s vegetable industry, valued at $1.14 billion according to the 2016 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, is centered in southwest Georgia, with significant acreage in some of the counties hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. Farmers and UGA Extension vegetable specialists and county agents have been inspecting fields to develop more precise damage estimates.The severity of the damage varies widely depending on location, said Timothy Coolong, UGA Extension vegetable horticulture specialist, who traveled through the state on Oct. 15. UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Andre da Silva, plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta and Fonsah joined him on farms in Tift, Worth, Turner, Colquitt and Grady counties. Extension agents Scott Carlson of Tift County, Jeremy Kickler of Colquitt County, and Ty Torrance of Grady County met with the UGA Vegetable Team during their visits.Vegetable farms in areas farther east, particularly those east of I-75, may see minimal losses. Farther west, farms are observing losses ranging from 35-100 percent.For instance, the specialists inspected a pepper farm in Lake Park, Georgia, that looked relatively unscathed while the pepper crop at a large farm in Tifton, Georgia, just 60 miles northwest, was completely destroyed.In general, the state is looking at about a 30 to 60 percent loss of the warm-season fall vegetable crop, according to the UGA Vegetable Team. Sweet corn producers, many of which were in the direct path of the storm, were hardest hit, with losses of up to 100 percent of their remaining crop. In Mitchell and Decatur counties, where the bulk of the state’s fall sweet corn is planted, much of their crop was destroyed, Coolong said.As is the case for many of Georgia’s key crops, mid-October is an important harvest time for Georgia-grown vegetables. Because of the long growing season, southwest Georgia farmers are able to produce spring and fall crops, such as tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplants, green beans, peppers, cucumbers and squash. Harvest occurs in June and October for spring and fall crops, respectively.“A lot of farmers were just starting their main harvest for fall crops when the storm hit,” Coolong said.The vast majority of crop damage was caused by the hurricane’s strong winds, more than 60 mph with gusts from 80 to 100 mph. Plants that were fully loaded with produce were pushed down. This phenomenon, known as lodging, not only makes produce hard to harvest, it results in the exposure of fruit to the sun, which causes sunburn.“We’re seeing a lot of sunburn, so even if the peppers survived the immediate storm, they’re not marketable because of sun damage,” Coolong said.Fortunately, many of the state’s cool-season vegetables, which were just transplanted, were spared. Although some damage is expected, most of the plants were small enough that they were somewhat sheltered from the effects of the winds.While many farmers have been able to make initial damage reports, the true toll of the storm on Georgia’s vegetable industry won’t be known for some time, until diseases like soft rot set in, Dutta wrote in a blog post.“Due to the widespread nature of the power outages, growers may not have functioning coolers or irrigation pumps, which means that secondary losses due to the inability to cool and pack harvested product or to irrigate crops in the fields may increase,” Dutta said. “In addition, disease pressure will increase on crops due to the rain and damage that plants may have received from the storm.”For more information about Georgia’s vegetable industry, visit the UGA Extension vegetable blog at site.caes.uga.edu/vegpath.last_img read more