“It’s important for society to know the impacts (of correct application),” said C. WayneJordan, head of the Agricultural Services Labs with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. The test, Jordan said, helps everyone. It’s inexpensive, user-friendly and readily availablethrough your countyextension office. If you’re a homeowner or farmer, you may be wasting your money. You may be amongthe many Georgians who squander thousands of dollars annually by using fertilizersimproperly. Money isn’t the only issue. Using fertilizers wrong hurts the environment, too. “At the same time,” he said, “many Georgia soils need lime. You need to make sure you’reputting on the right amount of the right material.” “The more you apply, the more potential you have for runoff into streams and lakes,”Jordan said. “Landowners and farmers should determine the soil’s fertility levels anddecide what its needs are in terms of fertilizer or lime. We need to limit the likelihood ofgroundwater and stream contamination.” Private labs are also available in some areas. Certain elements consistently show up in levels that are either too high or too low forcertain crops. Jordan said you should know how much to add for each situation. “The soil is drier and fields are cleaner in fall,” he said. “And because such materials suchas lime take time to react in the soil, it’s best to test early in the fall rather than waitinguntil winter or spring.” Not having a soil test means not knowing what to do for your plants, said Henry Hibbs,Extension Service coordinator in Oconee County. “So many people treat their plants’ poor growth symptoms when all they need is a goodfertilizer program,” Hibbs said. “They miss the core problem — an unbalanced soilnutrition program.” The best time to test is now, Jordan said. “People think only farmers need to know this,” Jordan said. “But people with gardens,lawns and ornamental plants need to know this just as much.” The results are easy to read, understand and apply to your soil. “After the test you can goto your fertilizer or garden supplier and know exactly what to buy and how to apply it,”Jordan said. “Your test is only as good as your sample,” Hibbs said. “The more specific you are withyour sample information, the better the results and recommendations.” “We’re concerned with the amount of phosphorous that goes on the soil over the longterm,” he said. “Many of our soil samples from homeowners and some field crops areshowing high phosphorous levels. “Testing your soil can help you accurately match the requirements of the soil and plantsand limit excess runoff,” he said. “Farmers can also maximize their profits and keep costsdown for themselves and consumers if they know how much (fertilizer or lime) to add tothe soil.” Hibbs said the UGA test is free for farmers and commercial horticulture growers. There isa small charge for others. “It costs $4 per sample,” he said. “But you can save money byconsolidating your samples and not overfertilizing by guessing.” Avoiding costly mistakes is easy with a soil test, Jordan said. “You will receive instructions, the proper paperwork and sample bags,” he said. “Theextension agents will mail the samples, provide the results and answer questions.”
The sovereign fund would also increase its investments in developments related to climate change, including renewable energy. Credit: Patrick FrostEugene O’Callaghan, director, Ireland Strategic Investment FundIn January this year ISIF partnered with German energy firm Capital Stage to invest in Irish wind farms, and last month it committed €50m as a cornerstone investment backing “Ireland’s first dedicated renewable energy development equity fund”.The fund would also look at which sectors of the Irish economy could be adversely affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union. “But as all this is still a bit of a mystery, we’re sort of ready,” said O’Callaghan.The ISIF would continue its programme of strengthening the position of Irish companies through direct investments, O’Callaghan said. This year the fund has invested roughly €257m into Irish businesses either directly or via funds.From his experiences over the past five years, O’Callaghan highlighted the importance of “avoiding crowding out the private sector” in these investments.“There is no point in a public strategic investment fund investing in opportunities in which the private sector is already more than willing to invest,” he said.Another “key feature” of ISIF was its willingness to co-invest, O’Callaghan said, as “smaller domestic investors or overseas investors are very confident when ISIF is the lead investor”. Some of the ISIF’s recent investmentsIrish sovereign fund backs $400m genomics research projectIreland’s sovereign fund partners with World Bank for emerging marketsWhiskey business: Irish SWF backs ‘fastest growing spirits sector’Irish and Chinese sovereign funds partner for €150m tech fundIreland’s SWF backs AI cybersecurity firm with €10m investment The €8.9bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has been given five priority investment themes following a review by the country’s finance ministry.Addressing IPE’s annual conference in Dublin last week, Eugene O’Callaghan, director of the ISIF, said the fund’s remit would change from next year , as Ireland’s economy had recovered from the financial crisis and high unemployment had been addressed.“The fund will now serve more sustainable long-term needs of economy rather than the short-term needs from five years ago,” O’Callaghan said.Among its five priorities, the ISIF has been tasked with promoting regional development to counterbalance the dominant position of Dublin, and investing in housing, as there was still a major shortage of affordable accommodation in the country.
The most successful Bosnia and Herzegovinian athlete Larisa Ceric won the silver medal at one of the strongest competitions in the world – Grand Slam Baku 2019.Ceric won Nunes Rochel (Portugal), M Bairo Anne (France), Kindzersk Irina (Azerbaijan) and lost from Kalanina Yelisavet from Ukraine.Once again, Ceric confirmed her success.Aleksandra Samardzic performed at the Grand Slam in Baku, in the first round she was more successful than Russia’s Kireeva Taisia, but in the second round, she was eliminated by the former Vice-champion of the World Bernabeu Marie from Spain, News Agency Partia reports.
Jamaica’s female beach volleyballer, Kai Wright, said their fifth place finish at the Norceca Beach Volleyball tour in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on the weekend resulted from their passion and determination and believes she and partner, Danielle Perry, will make it to Rio this summer. Wright noted that Perry lives abroad so regular practice is not possible and tournament like these play an important role in their preparation. However, the main reason they went to the Dominica Republic was to gain experience and practice. “The main purpose was to prepare for the third round of Olympic qualifiers, get selected for the Pan Am Games, get practice, see other teams and get some experience going into the third round. “The tournament was very challenging. Every team played us competitively because we were the underdogs. Nobody expected anything from us, much less to get a big placing, so they came at us really hard. But we played real hard, worked together and achieved fifth place and it shows the passion we have for the sport,” said Wright. “My partner is from Florida so we don’t get to practice together much, but she is very passionate, she is very determined, she goes hard and plays really hard, she is very motivating, so I have a tremendous partner. Over the weekend we learnt a lot about each other playing wise and we are just working as a team,” she told The Gleaner. She thinks they are strong enough to seriously compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics when they travel to the Casova Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic third round qualifiers in El Salvador next week. “The more we go and represent and play the more the results are coming, it means our performance is getting better every time and that is what we aim to achieve,” she surmised. “We are very prepared, we have camp where the overseas players come down and we train every day, two times for the day. Hopefully we’ll go to the third round and be ready mentally and physically and I am very confident we can reach the Olympics,” said Wright. “We have one week before we leave for the third round and we’re looking to qualify and put Jamaica on top. We want to pave the way for the younger volleyball players, so we will work hard, play hard and qualify for the Olympics,” she promised. VOLLEYBALL:
4 April 2008Nissan Diesel South Africa opened its new R10.9-million production and warehouse facilities at Rosslyn outside Pretoria last week, in a ceremony that also marked the completion of the first Quon extra heavy commercial vehicle to be assembled at the plant.Nissan Diesel South Africa vice president Johan Richards said in a statement that the company currently employed a total of more than 330 people, with some 185 of them working on the plant’s assembly line.“These new facilities form part of Nissan Diesel’s ongoing commitment to assemble and deliver trucks of the highest standards and quality to customers,” Richards said.Nissan Diesel South Africa is currently the third biggest seller of trucks in South Africa, and the facility upgrade will enable the company to increase its production of trucks from the current 4 500 units per year to a possible 9 000 units per year.The self-funded investment by Nissan Diesel South Africa was used to expand the physical truck assembly building, as well as to install additional equipment, including a “chassis turn-over machine” to make assembly easier for the operators by having the chassis upside down during the early stages of the build process.On a global front, Nissan Diesel South Africa retained its number one position as Nissan Diesel’s top market and largest export hub outside of Japan in 2007.“With the benefit of increased production capability and the launch of our new flagship model range this week, we are intent on strengthening our position even further,” said Nissan Diesel South Africa CEO Hiroshi Yokofujita.“Nissan Diesel South Africa remains a dedicated truck company that aims to provide profitable transport solutions to its customers by adopting a ‘Nissan Diesel for life’.”According to the company, which started South African operations in 1962, it has produced over 59 000 units since its inception, with some 38 000 of them still on the country’s roads.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Unmukt Chand is lucky. The skipper of the India U-19 team has become a national phenomenon overnight after his team’s World Cup win in Townsville. This is in stark contrast to 2008. Despite trouncing South Africa in the World Cup final in Malaysia, the country’s U-19 squad led by an enthusiastic Virat Kohli did not make it to the front pages of national dailies.However, the world’s largest men’s magazine Men’s Health saw the potential in these young boys and picked out Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan for their first-ever fashion shoot.Says Kohli, who has comfortably slipped into the shoes of Team India’s go-to man and become the vice-captain of its ODI squad, “We were starstruck teenagers then(in 2008). Though I was a tad nervous, we thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. In hindsight, that episode with MH eased me into the limelight.”The accompanying story throws up the question: how does a simple boy from West Delhi take to the limelight? The answer: like a fish does to water.Kohli, who features on the cover of Men’s Health’s bi-annual 15-page Guide to Style section in the September 2012 issue, discusses how men can make small tweaks in their dressing to turn heads, without ever crossing the line of masculinity or audacity. “A fit body gives you confidence,” he says.”And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident,” Kohli adds.Jamal Shaikh, the editorial director of Men’s Health, says, “This is Kohli’s third shoot with Men’s Health India in four years, though this is the first time he’s gracing the cover.advertisementWe’re a real man’s magazine, and Virat’s success story and sense of style are very achievable for the common Indian youngster. That’s what makes him an even bigger star in our eyes.”
FIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Equifax Canada said Monday it plans to provide an update this week on the impact of its massive data breach — nearly two months after it was first discovered — but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised.The credit data company told The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada’s privacy watchdog, which announced an investigation into the cyberattack on Friday.“We intend to share an update with Canadians this week that will include how we intend to notify any potentially impacted individuals,” an Equifax Canada spokesperson said in an email. “Our investigation is ongoing and we are committed to sharing an update with Canadian consumers.”Canada’s privacy commissioner said Friday that Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk, in writing, as soon as possible, and to provide them with free credit monitoring, a service that was offered to U.S. residents on Sept. 7, the day it first announced the data breach.The company is now facing investigations in both Canada and the U.S., but lawyers say the punitive threat by regulators is stronger south of the border.Equifax, which collects data about consumers’ credit histories and provides credit checks to a variety of companies, has been tight-lipped about the security issue’s impact in Canada.Equifax Canada did not respond to questions about the number of Canadians who may have had their personal information stolen or whether the potential fallout is limited to Canadians with credit files in the U.S.The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff have told callers that only Canadians that have dealings in the U.S. were likely to be impacted by the data breach. However, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said on Friday that, at this point, it is not clear that the affected data was limited to those Canadians.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it suffered a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents.The credit data company has since said that fewer than 400,000 U.K. individuals may have been affected in the hack that was discovered on July 29.Equifax’s Canadian website says that the personal information that may have been breached includes names, addresses and social insurance numbers.The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. can issue hefty fines if the credit monitoring company is found to have failed to do enough to protect consumers’ data, but Canada’s privacy watchdog does not have the power to hand down fines, said Toronto-based cybersecurity and privacy lawyer Lyndsay Wasser of McMillan LLP.Instead, the privacy commissioner can make non-binding recommendations and sign an agreement urging them to comply, she added.Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa, pointed to the hacking of Canadian affair-seeking website Ashley Madison, which paid $1.6 million US to settle with the FTC but was not fined in Canada.However, Wasser said an application could also be made to a federal court — either by the privacy commissioner or by an individual — for a process in which a judge could award damages to those who have suffered as a result of a data breach.The company could also face punitive measures via class actions. At least two proposed class actions have been filed in Canada against Equifax in connection with the data breach.Under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, personal information should be protected by security safeguards that are appropriate for the sensitivity of the information, Wasser added.However, Canada’s privacy laws do not specify the measures that must be taken and even when a company has been hacked, it may still pass the “reasonableness test,” she said.“That’s the million dollar question: What is reasonable?… Even if they did comply with industry standards, it could still be found that further precaution should have been taken,” Wasser said.On Friday, Equifax said in a statement that the cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”Meanwhile, changes to PIPEDA that would require companies to notify people in the event of a serious data breach are in the final stages, with the proposed text of the regulations out for public consultation until Oct. 2. But until those come into force, Alberta is the only province in Canada that has mandatory reporting requirements for private-sector companies.Israel said federal breach notification laws are “critical.”“There is going to be a strong internal incentive to make sure you have a very complete PR strategy before you start telling people what’s going on, but people need to know right away.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Lyndsay Wasser.
CALGARY – Analysts say the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher but the trend is unlikely to significantly affect either Canadian consumer bills or producer profits.Cold weather typically increases demand for the home heating fuel, which draws down storage levels and pushes prices higher, but the affect is being blunted this year because North America is awash in gas from U.S. and Canadian shale wells.Gerry Goobie, a principal with Calgary-based consulting company Gas Processing Management Inc., says higher prices are generally passed through to consumers but the distribution companies that buy the gas have long-term contracts to mitigate price spikes and can draw from storage to handle higher demand.GMP FirstEnergy commodity analyst Martin King says U.S. prices have recently rallied to about $3 per million British thermal units, but points out similar cold weather events in previous years would likely have resulted in prices spiking into the US$4 or US$5 per mmBTU range.King says Western Canada gas production fell by as much as two billion cubic feet per day on some days in the last week of December due to supply interruptions caused by extreme cold weather that froze gas well production equipment.
Srinagar: A request would be sent to the US to seek details from a service provider of “virtual SIMs”, which were used by the JeM suicide bomber behind the Pulwama attack and his Pakistan and Kashmir-based handlers, officials said.Piecing together probe from the site of the terror strike, searches carried out by the Jammu and Kashmir police and central security agencies at an encounter site in Tral as well as other locations, it was found that the bomber, Adil Dar, was in constant touch with the JeM across the border, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The main mastermind of the audacious attack, Mudassir Khan, was killed in the encounter in Tral. Forty CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 when Dar rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a paramilitary force bus at Pulwama in South Kashmir. India retaliated after the strike by bombing the Jaish terror group’s hideout in Balakot in Pakistan. It was a fairly new modus operandi where terrorists across the border were using a “virtual SIM”, generated by a service provider in the United States. In this technology, the computer generates a telephone number and the user downloads an application of the service provider on their smartphone. The number is linked to social networking sites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram or Twitter. The verification code generated by these networking sites is received on the smartphone and the user is ready. In case of Pulwama, Dar was in constant touch with the Jaish handler as well as Mudassir Khan using the same technology, the officials said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThey said the numbers used were pre-fixed with “+1”, the Mobile Station International Subscriber Directory Number (MSISDN) number used for the United States. The request to the US will include details of phone numbers that got in touch with the “Virtual SIM” and who had activated it, they said, adding that Internet Protocol addresses would also be sought. While the security agencies would attempt to find who had paid for the virtual SIM, they were also aware that the terror groups used forged identities, as was done during the the Mumbai 26/11 terror strikes. During investigation of the 26/11 attacks it was found that an amount of USD 229 was wired to Callphonex, via Western Union Money Transfer receipt number 8364307716-0, for activating the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) used during the strikes.