Bigger Peaches.

first_imgLeft to its own course, a peach tree will bear many more fruits than it can grow to adequate size if they all make it through the late frosts. But proper hand-thinning or judicious pruning can lead to an optimal backyard peach crop.Generally, we advise homeowners to remove fruits to a spacing of 6 inches along shoots on the outer portion of the canopy and 8 inches along shoots in the shaded portion.That sounds pretty easy. But there’s more to thinning a tree than just dropping some fruits on the ground on a Saturday afternoon.Timing Is Everything”Timing is everything,” they say. And in the case of thinning peaches, that’s absolutely true. As fruits develop, every week after bloom that the tree carries too many fruits can cost 3 percent to 6 percent in fruit size.Earlier thinning also improves the crop yield and fruit size you can expect the following year. This is because the following year’s fruit buds are being produced while fruit is still on the tree.So earlier thinning will allow more water and nutrients to be available not only for this year’s crop, but for next year’s as well.Thin Flowers CarefullyIf you’re thinning blooms, be careful to leave more flowers to hedge bets against a late frost. Thin to two or three flowers every 4 inches along a shoot — two near the end of the shoot and three close to the base.You can follow that practice two to three weeks later by removing small fruits to the 6- to 8-inch spacing. Making two trips to the tree is laborious and time-consuming. But it’s effective.Or you can use yet another method of reducing the fruit load per tree. Pruning during the dormant season (after Valentine’s Day to avoid a tree-damaging freeze) can reduce the amount of hand-thinning by 10 percent. Best of all, if you do it properly, you can increase the tree’s yield by 12 percent or more.Less Is MoreYou may wonder why removing shoot tissue that could bear fruit will improve the yield. There are two reasons. The crop load to which the tree will be distributing water and nutrients will be lowered to a level the tree’s systems can handle.The amount of unnecessary vegetative (shading) growth will be reduced. In other words, this pruning can bring a tree into a balance that favors optimum fruit growth. Properly thinned peaches are better able to reach their optimum size. Photo: CAES File Photo Research has revealed that removing all shoots less than 12 inches long resulted in greater numbers and size of fruits and in many more pounds of fruit per tree.Besides removing these smaller shoots, if you also reduce the length of the remaining shoots by 50 percent, the yield on some varieties increased by 30 percent and the size by up to 16 percent in some years, compared to trees that aren’t pruned.It’s worth the effort. A little extra time this spring will bring fruitful results this summer.last_img read more

Stimulus checks

first_imgYou must have a valid Social Security number to receive a check, he said.People who are not normally required to file a federal tax return will not receive a stimulus payment unless they take the extra step and file, Rupured said. “As long as they have more than $3,000 in income they’ll need to file to make sure they get a payment,” he said.Some people are not eligible, he said. If you have less than $3,000 in income or if you have income above a certain level, you are not eligible. The Internal Revenue Service Web site www.irs.gov has a calculator to determine how much you will receive. You will need your 2007 federal income tax return to use it. The payment schedule is there, too. By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaThe U.S. government is giving money away this summer. But to be eligible for it, people must file a 2007 tax return. As part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, the U.S. government plans to return money to U.S. citizens in an effort to charge the country’s economy, which is tittering on the verge of recession. Eligible people will receive up to $600. Parents will get $300 per child under 17 years old.“The stimulus is targeted to a broad number of consumers, so there are a lot of people who are eligible for at least some portion of the stimulus payment,” said Michael Rupured, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer economics specialist. “For most people, all you need to do is file your 2007 income taxes.” last_img read more

Field Report: Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack

first_imgWhen I was lucky enough to get a call from Howler Brothers asking if I’d like to test a new pack from their latest collaboration with the Colardo-based Topo Designs, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a big fan of Howler Bros. products for awhile now, and I’d been hearing a lot of good things about Topo Designs. Here are my biggest takeaways from several days in the field and the office with this durable and versatile pack.27559296204_f5bc161d7f_o_2048x2048Durability and SizeThese are usually the first two things I look for when selecting a good pack, and the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack delivers on both counts. Large enough to hold a pair of waders, a fly rod and reel, and a few fly boxes, the pack also features a “water-resistant truck tarp base” which keeps its contents safe and dry no matter where you happen to set it down. It’s just as handy on the fly fishing stream as it is on a lengthy day hike, and they’re hand made in Colorado. #Merica26096600250_03019ce7b7_k_2048x2048AestheticsUnlike some of the major pack companies which tend to sacrifice style in the name of  technical performance, Howler Bros. and Topo Designs sought to implement both form and function into the design of the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack. Topo based the design for the pack on their tried and true Mountain Pack, already a popular item in its own right. Whether you’re pedaling your commuter bike to the office or summiting a southern Appalachian bald, you’ll look sharp while doing it. 26277100352_feb3a386a1_k_2048x2048VersatilityThis could be my favorite aspect of this pack because I don’t like having multiple items that essentially perform the same function. Less stuff equals more freedom right? I’ve already used this pack out on rivers during fly fishing excursions, hauled it around on hikes, and toted my laptop to the office and coffee shops almost daily.26096629820_f261c81b0e_k_2048x2048ComfortIn addition to all its other attributes, the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack is light and sits comfortably on your back. When it comes to work, it blows the satchel I was previously using out of the water, and the sternum and waist straps make long treks make it the perfect companion on long, uphill treks.MSRP: $198.00Learn more here.Related Content:last_img read more

Honduras and U.S. Seize More than One Thousand Kilos of Cocaine on Boat in the Caribbean

first_img On 12 May, Honduran and U.S. authorities seized more than one thousand kilos of cocaine on a speedboat in the Caribbean, on which they detained three Hondurans and one Colombian, a Honduran government source announced. Defense Minister Marlon Pascua indicated at a press conference that the detentions took place off Gracias a Dios Cape, on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, after a pursuit that lasted more than two hours. “The average cargo carried by these speedboats is estimated to be a ton and a half,” the minister said, specifying that the exact amount of drugs confiscated will be determined following an inventory. The highest-ranking Honduran military commander, Gen. René Osorio, explained that the arrest of the four crew members “took place in the framework of Operation Blue Shield,” conducted jointly with the U.S. government. “It’s another blow that we’re striking” at the drug traffickers, he said. The drugs were in thirty-seven bales, equivalent to around 1,000 to 1,500 kilos, and there were also ten empty fuel drums in the vessel, “implying that those people were coming from South America, from Venezuela or Colombia,” he indicated. Osorio said that the confiscated drugs and the arrested crew members will be taken to Caratasca, in the department of Gracias a Dios, around 700 km east of Tegucigalpa, where there is a naval base. “The authorities will possibly arrive there, and counting the drugs and interrogating the detainees, to see what information they give us, will begin tomorrow (Friday) or tonight,” he added. By Dialogo May 16, 2011last_img read more

Gastro Hvar is a new sales center for Mediterranean delicacies

first_imgSource / photo: Dalmatian portal; Facebook: Gastro Hvar The company “Gastro Hvar” specializes in food distribution in the HoReCa market segment, and its basic task is to distribute quality products in an adequate way, thanks to highly educated staff, who honed their knowledge and skills through decades of experience in all segments of food supply . The company’s mission is to enrich the offer of all professional cuisines on the island of Hvar, with high quality food and gastronomic delicacies. In order to show boaters the beauty of Mediterranean food and drinks, the newly opened center will also supply yachts. Brands such as Centaurus doo (Gastro Ribarnice Brač), Škokić doo (Mesnice Škokić), Fistonić doo (Fruits and vegetables), Purex doo (Croatian village products), Acrobat doo (Wine distribution), Nirs doo will be on sale. trade and distribution), Zigante Tartufi doo (Production, trade and distribution) which will enrich the entire offer of premium groceries on the island. The diverse range of products, from a diverse selection of fresh and frozen fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, includes a selection of world-famous cheeses, a rich delicacy program, the most prized alcoholic beverages, champagne, premium water, truffles and catering accessories. As an imperative in business, an individual approach is set for each customer, in order to meet their needs, then timely delivery and fulfillment of the requirements of valued customers, and the most important task is to provide excellent partner service to chefs, F&B managers and restaurant owners. In an effort to offer residents and tourists of the island of Hvar only the best gastronomic products, “Gastro Hvar” was opened, a retail and wholesale center, at the very entrance to the town of Hvar, reports the Dalmatian portal. The new shopping center will certainly improve the gastronomic offer of the island of Hvar, which is one of the most desirable destinations for island and nautical tourism.last_img read more

House urges govt to evaluate travel relaxation as crowds throng airport

first_img“I asked the Transportation Ministry to improve its management and evaluate the relaxation policy so that its implementation is still in line with COVID-19 prevention measures. Intensive monitoring in regions where the policy is implemented is also necessary,” Bambang said.He said the government should ensure public safety during the travel relaxation.”The government should also actively inform the public about the policy so they can understand it properly,” he said.To prevent people from going on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) and to curb COVID-19 transmission, the Transportation Ministry decided to suspend intercity flights for passengers from April 24 to June 1.However, the national COVID-19 task force relaxed the restriction on May 6, allowing state officials, private-sector and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees who provide essential services, repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals who need emergency medical care and bereaved family members to travel between cities.Following the regulations, airlines announced that they would gradually resume domestic flight services with stricter health protocols, such as requiring pre-flight medical checkups and a letter explaining reasons for travel from a relevant institution.Read also: AP II limits flights, sets up new system to avoid congestionAirport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II communications manager Febri Toga Simatupang said document checking and busy morning flights had caused long queues in Soekarno-Hatta on Thursday morning.”The crowding of passengers was caused by an influx of passengers coming for morning flights where 13 departures were scheduled between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Airport officials were overwhelmed by the large number of passengers seeking to get their flight documents checked,” he said.Nurhayati demanded the government hold AP II accountable for Thursday morning’s incident.”Officials could open a lot of gates [to prevent crowds] and manage passengers so they could keep their distance,” he said.Nurhayati said passengers should be able to submit the required documents online prior to their flights to prevent crowding at the airport and long queues. (nal)Topics : Nurhayati said strict health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission should always be implemented during the travel-relaxation policy.”The goal of the policy is to curb the spread of COVID-19 while improving our economy at the same time,” she said.Read also: Businesses worry easing restrictions could prolong recoveryPeople’s Representatives Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo also issued a similar request on Friday. Several members of the House of Representatives have asked the government to reevaluate its travel-relaxation policy after pictures of passengers crowding into Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, went viral on Thursday.Nurhayati Monoarfa, deputy head of House Commission V overseeing transportation, said the Transportation Ministry should develop performance indicators to assess the policy.”I suggest the government evaluate the policy by considering officials’ preparedness in the field. The Transportation Ministry should also draw up policy-performance indicators,” she said in a written statement on Friday as quoted from kompas.com.last_img read more

Millennials fail to benefit from slower rise in house prices

first_img “We may still be able to come up with the down payment, but I am afraid we might have difficulty paying the mortgage instalments in the long run, because we are exposed to the risk of losing our jobs and income,” Dara told The Jakarta Post via text message on May 18.Millennial homebuyers, who account for two-thirds of the target market population, mostly look for houses with a price tag of around Rp 500 million (US$33,800), according to Real Estate Indonesia (REI). The millennial segment mostly settles for modest houses of 50 square meters (sqm) or 100 sqm with two bedrooms.However, the pandemic, which has impacted consumer purchasing power and forced companies to lay off workers, has seen residential property sales drop by 43.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, according to a quarterly survey by Bank Indonesia.This is despite a slowing increase in house prices, as evident in the Residential Property Price Index (IHPR) that grew 1.68 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the January–March period this year, lower than 1.77 percent in the previous quarter. Millennials still find it difficult to buy houses despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the property industry, as the threat of layoff looms amid a battered economy.Dara Cantika, a 26-year-old private-sector employee in Surabaya, East Java, delayed her plan to buy a house, fearing a pay cut or sudden layoff, given rampant job cuts due to the pandemic. Wendy Haryanto, the executive director of Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a non-profit organization advising developers, said Thursday that the threat of job loss due to the pandemic added to a decline in demand among millennials that had begun last year.“For those wanting to buy a house, this is actually a good chance to get a more affordable house,” Wendy said in a text message on May 21. “But millennial consumers are somewhat vulnerable to layoffs in the job market right now.”Furthermore, she said, millennials could afford no more than Rp 3 million in monthly mortgage payments on average.It is not that millennials lack the desire to own a property. According to online property marketplace rumah123.com, the number of searches on its website by potential homebuyers aged between 25 and 35 years rose by 27 percent in 2019.Demand for houses costing less than Rp 500 million made up around a quarter of the total demand, but supply was behind by around 3 percentage points, according to a survey released in February by rumah123.com.However, in 2019, sales of houses to millennials only reached 20,000 or 10 percent of the total sales, according to REI.REI chairman Totok Lusida said on May 21 that developers remained eager to focus on millennial homebuyers.“Despite the declining purchasing power, the opportunity in the market is still very big,” Totok told the Post in a phone interview. “Millennials are our target because they still have the power to buy a house right now.”Developer Ciputra Group, for example, provides housing aimed at millennial buyers starting from Rp 180 million at its Citra Maja Raya complex in Lebak Regency in Banten.Meanwhile, for the upper-middle class segment, the developer is selling houses starting from Rp 660 million at its 1,000-ha Citra Sentul Raya complex in Bogor, West Java.Read also: Residential property sales, prices rise cool as pandemic hits economyMeanwhile, several national banks offer mortgages tailored to millennials.State-owned lender Bank Mandiri, the country’s largest bank in terms of assets, loans and deposits, offers a conditional zero down payment and around 8 percent five-year fixed interest rate for a minimum tenure of 15 years, and 9.15 percent for 10 years.Despite the current difficulties, such offers have enticed 26-year-old Christoffer Rafael, a copywriter based in Jakarta, to settle a down payment for a house by the end of the year.Christoffer is looking to find a house in the Serpong area of South Tangerang, Banten, and he has been making calls to salespersons.“Apparently, there will be a stimulus from the bank [for mortgages],” Christoffer said via text message on May 18. “Moreover, many developers seem to be getting ready to give discounts.”— Riza Roidila Mufti contributed to this story.Read also: ‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to haltTopics :last_img read more

Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan

first_img Comment Ceballos found it difficult to establish himself in Real Madrid’s starting XI (Picture: Getty)Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan for the duration of the 2018-19 season and although there was not a buyout option in the deal, the Croatian signed for the Blues for £40m earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos had been linked with Spurs and AC Milan after declaring his intention to play more regularly next season but Arsenal have won the race to secure his signature, albeit on a short-term basis.The Spain international moved to the Bernabeu in a €17m move from Real Betis in 2017 but has struggled for game time, making 56 appearances over the past two campaigns.Although Zidane was unable to find a first-team place for him next season, Ceballos is keen to establish himself at the club long-term and is hopeful that regular football with Arsenal will help him do so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about Ceballos’ imminent move, Unai Emery said: ‘Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid.‘He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is one eight and 10 player.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan Dani Ceballos is close to joining Arsenal on a season-long loan deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal and have been given hope of buying him permanently next summer.The 22-year-old is not in Zinedine Zidane’s immediate plans but Real Madrid were reluctant to sell him outright and as such, no purchase agreement has been included in the loan agreement.Despite the lack of a buyout clause, Real Madrid have promised Arsenal that they will re-evaluate their position next summer and potentially discuss a permanent transfer then, according to Sky Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano.Should Ceballos prove to be a success at the Emirates, Arsenal will hope that they will be able to sign him full-time, as London rivals Chelsea managed with Mateo Kovacic.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool

first_imgAlan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool Read More Bukayo Saka starts after being benched on Sunday, while in-form striker Gabriel Martinelli – who scored twice in the previous round – leads the line for Arsenal.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also made 11 changes from the side that beat Tottenham at the weekend.Welsh defender Neco Williams, 18, makes his debut for the Reds while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lines up against his former side.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Reacting to Ozil’s return, Gunners hero Smith told Sky Sports: ‘There will be a lot of eyes on Arsenal, and a lot of eyes on Ozil and how he plays.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘With the captaincy thing, there are five nominated in that dressing room, and he is clearly not within the circle of trust as it were in terms of the squad to attack the Premier League.‘From Ozil’s point of view, he’s got to try to reach the standards that he can, and I’m not a fan of leaving him out of every matchday squad.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve felt like he has always been worth having at least on the bench, even if the manager feels he doesn’t fit into the style of play that he wants.‘He’s such a talented player so it’s good to see him in the squad and it would be good to see him having an influence on this match.’Under-fire Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka did not make the trip to Anfield so defender Hector Bellerin has been given the captain’s armband. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Top articles 1/1 by Metro Full Screen Read More Comment About Connatix V67539 Coming Next ADVERTISEMENT Video Settingscenter_img Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Advertisement Read More Skip 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 6:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link704Shares Read More Skip Ad SPONSORED Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal in their cup clash against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has slammed Unai Emery over his treatment of Mesut Ozil after he finally returned for Arsenal for the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.German World Cup-winner Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and been left out of six successive matchday squads.He has been named in Arsenal’s starting line-up for the fourth-round cup clash at Andield, however, with Emery making 11 changes to the side that drew with Crystal Palace on Sunday. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementlast_img read more

Lothian to increase collaboration with Falkirk following FCA authorisation

first_imgTwo Scottish local government pension schemes (LGPS) are increasing their collaboration efforts to improve investment and efficiency through economies of scale.The £6.6bn (€7.3bn) Lothian Pension Fund said it had agreed a joint investment strategy with the £1.8bn Falkirk Pension Fund as part of a new collaborative model.The announcement – contained in the fund’s annual report for 2016-2017 – followed the UK regulator’s authorisation of LPFI, formed as part of a new corporate structure at Lothian to support the in-house investment team and create efficiencies. LPFI can also facilitate co-operation with other pension fund investors.Another new Lothian company, LPFE, employs staff and facilitates separate governance and controls for the in-house investment team. The Lothian scheme – the second biggest in Scotland – said collaboration allowed other funds to benefit from the commercial advantage of its in-house team to bring benefits through scale investing.It added that sharing costs between co-operating funds would allow reinvestment in systems and the in-house team.Lothian Pension Fund has provided Falkirk Pension Fund with support on investment, including assistance on infrastructure allocations and procurement, for the past five years.The fund said that, with the FCA authorisation, it had agreed a review of the arrangements and a new collaborative model, including a joint investment strategy panel to better align investment governance.Under the new set up, the pensions committee of Falkirk Council would agree an investment strategy and delegate its implementation – including the selection of investment managers. This governance model is similar to that of Lothian.According to Lothian, a joint investment strategy panel would advise the finance directors of each administrating authority (the City of Edinburgh Council and Falkirk Council) on the implementation of the strategy. In a separate statement, Lothian said that the joint investment strategy panel would consist of members of its internal investment team and jointly appointed external advisers.Scott Jamieson and Gordon Bagot – currently advisers to Lothian – will stay on as independent advisers on the joint panel, and the two pension funds are to jointly procure an investment consultant.Despite the increased collaboration between the schemes, Lothian said that the assets of both would remain separate and that investment strategy decisions would be retained by the respective pensions committees.Last year, a spokesman for Falkirk County Council suggested it was considering using the in-house expertise of the Lothian team to look at an equity mandate.He added that the approach was viewed as a “potential model and way forward for better collaborative work” across Scotland’s local authority schemes.During the 12 months to the end of March, Lothian Pension Fund made seven investments alongside Falkirk Pension Fund and another one with the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee, which oversees the country’s £5.8bn LGPS fund.Lothian indicated it expected further co-operation with other Scottish LGPS partners in 2017-18.The announced collaboration is in line with a Scottish government-backed review recommending increased asset pooling and service sharing.last_img read more