first_imgOn a recent visit to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Ga., I was shocked to find many dead bees in the preserve’s observation hive.The fallen insects were piled up at the bottom of the display and at the entrance and exit to the hive. Bill Dunn, who manages the hive for the center, believed the bees collected nectar from flowers that had been sprayed or dusted with an insecticide and had inadvertently contaminated themselves with it. He expected most of the bees in the hive would die as a result.Contaminated pollen?Nectar, the sweet liquid produced by many flowers, is the major food source for bees and the raw material used to make honey. Pollen collected by the bees may also have been contaminated with insecticide. Worker bees returned to the hive carrying loads of nectar and pollen from insecticide-treated flowers and shared it with other workers, larvae and even the queen.Bees are insects and exposure to insecticidal products can kill them. Early spring is a critical time in the life of a beehive. Warm temperatures increase activity within the hive and stimulate workers to begin foraging for food. Usually, there are few flowers to choose from in the first weeks of spring. Flowering trees such as pear, plum, peach, quince and apple do tend to produce the largest sources of nectar in the early spring. Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem. They provide pollination to many fruit and vegetable plants. Without bees, our food choices would become severely restricted. Insecticides applied as sprays or dusts represent the biggest threats to bee populations. Many commonly used insecticides like Sevin, Malathion, Permethrin and Orthene are hazardous to bees and can remain toxic for several days after application. There are relatively non-hazardous insecticides available. They include Pyrethrum, Azadirachtin (Neem oil) and insecticidal soaps that rapidly break down by exposure to sunlight and microbes. Use low toxic chemicals, late in the dayBy following a few simple steps, you reduce the threat to bees when applying pesticides. Apply chemicals late in the day when bees are not foraging. Use chemicals with low toxicity or those that are less persistent. Spray only the target organ and avoid open flowers. Apply insecticides when there is no wind. Spray only when the target insects are active. Beekeepers can reduce the risk of poisoning by locating hives at least 3 miles away from crops that are routinely treated with insecticides. Sometimes, particularly where fruit production is the goal, peach, plum, pear and apple trees are treated with insecticide to protect them.Takes it back to the hiveBees visiting these flowers may be killed instantly if exposed to a dose of insecticide, or as in the case of the display hive at mountain preserve, bees pick up sub-lethal doses of insecticide in nectar and return to the hive. When water is removed from the nectar and then served to the inhabitants of the hive, the doses of insecticide are increased to lethal concentrations. last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Coal Bailout Plant Would Benefit a Select Few: Murray Energy, FirstEnergy, NRG FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Politico: “Customers get less than nothing while a few companies and their investors get a whole lot of something,” Nora Mead Brownell, a Republican former electricity regulator, said of Perry’s plan, noting the high cost estimates. “Money that gets spent there doesn’t get invested in doing what you really need to do, which is upgrading the grid.”Meanwhile, Bob Murray’s company has publicly acknowledged that its future depends on whether Perry’s plan flies.At those meetings in the summer, Murray urged Trump to declare a power grid emergency and force coal-fired power plants owned by one financially troubled company, FirstEnergy Solutions, to stay open even if the company sank into bankruptcy. Those plants bought about two-thirds of their coal from Murray in 2015, according to POLITICO’s analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data.At DOE’s urging, the White House ultimately declined to declare the emergency. But Perry’s new proposed rule would accomplish the same result by requiring the power markets to cover the costs to run the economically ailing plants, enabling them to keep producing power.Ohio-based Murray Energy, the No. 5 U.S. coal producer, is the largest supplier to the dwindling number of coal-fired power plants in one stretch of the Rust Belt and Appalachia, overseen by an electricity market called the PJM Interconnection. The power plants in PJM account for roughly 44 percent of Murray’s sales, according to POLITICO’s analysis.Murray’s nearest competitor, industry leader Peabody Energy Corp., sold about 9 percent of its coal in that market. In total, Murray sold 24 million tons of coal to PJM merchant coal plants in 2015, far more than Peabody’s 15 million tons.“Murray is by far the largest player in the Northern Appalachian basin and de facto one of the biggest gainers if FERC acts on the DOE [proposal],” said Joe Aldina, director of coal research for the analytics and data company S&P Global.The DOE proposal calls for power market operators to guarantee payments to power plants that keep 90 days of fuel on site. That requirement would be virtually impossible for natural gas-fired power plants to meet — they get their fuel via pipelines — and would totally exclude wind or solar plants.By requiring 90 days of on-site fuel, the measure would create incentives for most coal-fired power plants to increase their fuel supplies, providing a quick boost for miners.One recent analysis by consulting firm ICF said the proposal could cost nearly $4 billion a year, while another study by Energy Innovation, a nonprofit firm that analyzes climate and energy policies, said the figure could be as high as $10.6 billion annually. Perry has dismissed concerns over the costs, asking “What’s the cost of freedom?” when pressed by lawmakers.“It’s about the coal producers, frankly,” said Kit Konolige, a senior utilities analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. The rule might affect individual power producers differently, he added, but “you can certainly say it would definitely be a plus for coal miners.”Players in the power business say the rule appears to focus on the PJM market, because it would only apply to electricity generators in certain types of regional power markets. It would exclude those in regions where state regulators oversee the economics of power companies.The rule was “certainly targeted at the PJM region,” said Andy Ott, CEO of PJM, which oversees all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.Among the nation’s roughly 280,000 megawatts of coal-fired power, Perry’s rule is tightly written to affect only about 40,000 megawatts, according to POLITICO’s analysis. Power capacity from plants owned by the companies FirstEnergy and NRG account for nearly 40 percent of that slice, according to EIA data for 2015, the most recent year for which the information is complete. Murray provided two-thirds of the coal FirstEnergy bought for its competitive plants, and only 2 percent of NRG’s.Among those plants that would benefit from the plan are four coal power generating units at FirstEnergy’s Murray-supplied Sammis plant in Ohio that are set to retire within the next three years. FirstEnergy, the parent of the troubled FirstEnergy Solutions subsidiary, could see its plants sell an additional $500 million in electricity a year if Perry’s plan is enacted.DOE’s proposal has attracted vociferous opposition from power producers and trade groups representing wind, solar and natural gas energy, and has been criticized by five former FERC chairs from both parties. Dynegy and NRG Energy, two of the power companies likely to see the biggest benefits from the plan — and which have big investments in PJM competitive coal plants — also oppose the proposal as too expensive and a distortion of the market.DOE’s plan would also provide a lifeline to money-losing nuclear plants owned by Exelon Corp., NextEra Energy and FirstEnergy. But the coal industry says its situation is the more dire.More: Trump coal backer wins big under Perry’s power planlast_img read more

first_img The Police are investigating at least nine cases of settling of scores that have presumably been carried out by hitmen. Santa Cruz, the most highly populated and prosperous city in Bolivia, located 900 km east of La Paz, was affected by a wave of street murders in the last few weeks. By Dialogo April 24, 2013 A total of 12 gunmen were arrested by the Bolivian Police, including Colombian, Argentinean and Brazilian nationals, after several crimes related to drug trafficking took place in the city of Santa Cruz, according to reports from the Ministry of Government on April 21. “With the arrest of the two criminals, a total of 12 hitmen have been captured by the Police, who have been deployed in the city in order to disrupt the wave of settling scores and armed robbery,” the institution added. One of the killings that was perpetrated by the Brazilian national according to the government, was filmed by a security camera in the street and was later broadcast on private television stations and YouTube. center_img Among the captured gunmen are Colombian national Fabián Alberto Arrolave Ladino, Argentinean-born Mario Sergio Mancilla, and Brazilian citizen Adao Nilson Sosa da Silva, accused of killing three people on the street, one of which was a Peruvian citizen that owed about $300,000 to a Colombian man allegedly linked to drug trafficking. In a statement sent to AFP the ministry said that state security institutions arrested two Bolivian hitmen on April 20, in addition to the other ten captured in late March “as a result of the ‘war against assassins’ declared by the government.” On April 18, the government also said that another Colombian hitman had been arrested, although the arrest was related to a drug trafficking issue. last_img read more

first_imgLawmakers will push for the House of Representatives to endorse the indigenous peoples bill during the next plenary meeting in order to speed up the bill’s deliberation.House Legislation Body (Baleg) deputy chairman Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party said the bill’s working committee he leads had held meetings to deliberate the bill since April.During the committee’s meeting on Friday, eight of nine fractions had agreed to seek the House’s endorsement on the bill during the next plenary meeting. “This is part of our support on issues pertaining to marginalized communities. We hope that this bill will guarantee protection and recognition for the community,” said Willy.Read also: After 75 years of independence, indigenous peoples in Indonesia still struggling for equalHe conveyed his hope that the House’s plenary meeting would endorse this bill, so it could be passed into a law soon.Civil society organizations and indigenous communities have been urging the House for years to deliberate and pass the indigenous peoples bill, which will provide recognition of the customary laws of indigenous communities in certain matters, such as the management of natural resources and the distribution of inherited land.Indigenous communities, widely deemed as the guardians of forests, have faced oppression on their own land as well as being stigmatized and underrepresented in all aspects of the economy, social affairs, politics and culture.The deliberation, however, had been halted several times, most recently because of the government’s reluctance to submitting its assessment of the bill.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Buyers have snapped up more than 20 per cent of the luxury townhouses at Vida, North Lakes, in less than a month, with a low maintenance lifestyle and location being drawcards to the area.The architect-designed collection offers exclusive living next door to Lake Eden.Vida will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave. A range of two, three and four-bedroom townhomes are available, with prices currently starting at $419,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Stockland turned the first sod on Vida in early October, marking the official start of construction of the 96-townhome project. Stockland regional manager David Laner said: “We are seeing strong interest from a range of buyers with downsizers particularly attracted to Vida’s location, great range of facilities and low-maintenance lifestyle.“As a mature community, North Lakes has everything you need right on the doorstep, including shopping, entertainment, health and public transport services,” he said.“It is also a perfect choice for anyone looking for a private and secure location with easy access to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane airport and beyond.”The Vida townhomes have been designed by award-winning Queensland architects Hollindale Mainwaring to offer contemporary urban living in a subtropical setting.Exteriors are influenced by urban habitat with stylish brickwork contrasted with angular metal cladding. Courtyards and balconies provide a range of private entertaining and alfresco dining options and maximise air flow.Interiors feature open-plan layouts with internal light-wells, high quality fixtures and finishes and clever storage solutions.Mr Laner said the initial strong interest in Vida was testament to the project’s design, pricing and location in northern Brisbane’s lifestyle capital, North Lakes.last_img read more

first_imgThe International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has signalled institutional investors in the UK it is prepared to give a greater role to the notion of stewardship in financial reporting as it revises its conceptual framework.In a series of documents seen by IPE, IASB staff and board members were revealed to have expressed sympathy for the concerns of long-term shareholders over what they say are major shortcomings in financial reporting.The documents show that the IASB’s outreach efforts, part of its conceptual framework project, have involved major investors such as RPMI and NEST Corporation, the entity behind the National Employment Savings Trust.Following one meeting on 15 April between shareholder representatives and Darrel Scott, Barbara Davidson and Stephen Cooper of the IASB, one investor concluded that the momentum towards prudence in IAS 1 was very strong. In another document, IASB member Stephen Cooper was reported to have sought a precise definition of the notion of ‘prudence’. Cooper also complained, the document continued, that the word has many meanings.The documents also revealed that investors expected the IASB to give a more prominent role to the concept of stewardship once the board had signed off on its conceptual framework.The IFRS Conceptual Framework sets out the principles that underlie the preparation and presentation of financial statements. The IASB restarted work on the conceptual framework in 2012 and a new framework is expected to be in place next year.The IASB representatives also indicated their support for the view that prudence was to demonstrate healthy scepticism about, or as a counterbalance to, management’s tendency toward optimism.Less positively for some investors, however, the IASB representatives also warned that the idea of a true and fair view override in international accounting was a non-starter.They also expressed an interest in how financial statements could focus on highlighting distributable profits, and reinforce the argument that accounts had long-term capital providers as a primary audience.The revelations come as investor frustration with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the UK accounting establishment reached a near crisis point.At the end of last year, three major institutional investors demanded that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) bring back an explicit reference to the notion of prudence into its conceptual framework.The demands were set out in a letter addressed to the UK financial watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council.The three signatories to the 25 November letter – the Association of British Insurers, the Investment Management Association and the National Association of Pension Funds – collectively manage over £7trn (€8trn) of assets.The move followed the publication of a barrister’s opinion earlier in 2013 by the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and other major institutional investors. That document, George Bompas QC argued that there were substantial legal flaws with IFRS.In particular, Bompas argued that statutory accounts prepared under IFRS failed to give a true and fair view of a business’s financial performance. The ABI, IMA and NAPF also pointed to the true and fair view override, as well as the concept of capital maintenance, as further areas of major concern for investors.The IASB removed references to prudence, or caution, from its conceptual framework in 2010. It substituted instead the concept of neutrality.The move was intended to bring the IASB’s conceptual framework closer to the US GAAP framework, which makes no reference to prudence.The IASB has in the past defended the move vigorously. In a speech to the Federation of European Accountants, IASB chairman Hans Hoogervorst argued that IFRSs are inherently prudent.At the heart of the debate over prudence, and the parallel issue of whether accounts prepared under IFRSs show a true and fair view, is the conflict between long-term company owners or shareholders and other investors with a short-term horizon.Company owners argue that financial statements that meet the needs or interests of an investment bank that trades in a stock cannot meet their longer-term need for prudence or caution in accounting.The issue of prudence has also come under the political spotlight in Europe with members of the European Parliament warning the IASB that it must address investor concerns about prudence in accounting and clean up its corporate governance act.Sharon Bowles MEP, the British chairwoman of the European Parliament’s influential Economic Affairs Committee, warned in a statement released on 13 March, after a vote in Parliament on funding for the IASB’s activities, that the London-based standard setter is drinking in the last-chance saloon.In separate correspondence obtained by IPE, the IFRS Foundation director David Loweth told MEPs that the “IASB will reach its own, independent, decision on the role of prudence within the conceptual framework.”last_img read more

first_imgTrading Leather has Classic options open to him after filling the runner-up berth in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Jim Bolger’s colt was always to the fore and stuck to his guns well, playing second fiddle only to surprise 33-1 winner Libertarian. Bolger said: “I couldn’t be more happy with him and we expect him to come on a lot for the run, although he was as fit as I could get him at home. He’d only go to Epsom if something happened to Dawn Approach. This horse and Loch Garman have the options of the Irish Guineas and the French Derby. “Later on there’s the Irish Derby, but that might be open to Dawn Approach as well.” Asked for his view on the fortnight of Derby trials, he said cryptically: “I think the only trials that matter are the ones at Coolcullen (his stable). We’re ecstatic with them.” Aidan O’Brien’s Indian Chief, the 11-4 favourite, was back in third, and Coolmore’s UK representative Kevin Buckley said: “Joseph (O’Brien) was happy enough with him and he’s probably still a bit inexperienced. This was a big step up, but Joseph felt confident he’d get a mile and a half.” Karl Burke, the winning trainer’s husband and assistant, said of Libertarian: “It is a great win for the yard and everyone connected with the horse. He’s a proper horse and having not had many (Derby) horses, or Dante horses even, you are tilting at windmills a bit. We have always thought a lot of him. “If you watch the race at Sandown it was a nonsense of a race for him. Unfortunately Phil (Makin) got stuck on the outside of a horse that was hanging badly and he drifted out. He’s such a green horse which is why we came back today to give him more racecourse experience. “He’s a big backward animal that has taken a lot of time. It was only in March time that he really began to pick up in his work and he’s done nothing but improve since then.” Jockey William Buick said: “It was a true-run race and the best horse won on the day. He’s a fine big horse. Karl said to me beforehand that as long as I didn’t get too far away he’d have a squeak as he stays very well.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on November 2, 2016 at 10:57 pm Contact Byron: Eva Gordon had a golden opportunity. Just two minutes into play against then-No. 16 North Carolina, Stephanie Skilton booted the ball in Gordon’s direction. But Gordon’s shot lazily rolled to UNC’s goalie for an easy save. Gordon threw her hands up in disappointment. A perfect opportunity slipped away. SU outshot UNC, 7-4, at the end of the first half, yet the Orange trailed 2-0. Syracuse went on to lose to the Tar Heels on Oct. 21 and was eliminated from playoff contention.“You have far less opportunities in the ACC so the teams that are most effective can capitalize on those chances,” Syracuse coach Phil Wheddon said. “UNC shot 50 percent in the first half. Those higher-echelon teams are simply more efficient and it wins them games.”That game depicts Syracuse’s (8-8-3, 1-7-2) 2016 season. The Orange failed to capitalize on easy scoring opportunities, ranking 13th out of 14 ACC teams in both shots and goals. Several games in ACC play were decided by just one goal (Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College). If SU had finished effectively, the Orange may have earned an ACC tournament berth. “Those nine points would have put us in the ACC tournament,” Wheddon said. “It’s such a fine margin, these one-goal games on the road are such huge differences. But simply put, we have to be more efficient in front of goal. It comes down to that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textExcept Wheddon’s team won’t get another chance until 2017.Syracuse got off to its best start since 2003, with a 3-1-0 record. It outscored its opponents 16-4 until ACC play. When that began, SU tied Notre Dame 1-1, a Top 25 team, and fired 14 shots on net. But SU’s scoring woes were still apparent. As sudden death overtime began against UND, Gordon sped past the defense and got an open chance on net. She missed wide left.After the game, Gordon said, “We have to capitalize on the chances we do get. Because in the ACC, those opportunities are going to get slimmer and slimmer.”The next three games from Sept. 22 to Oct. 2, SU was outscored 10-0 and outshot 69-15.Against Clemson, Syracuse was outshot, 31-7. Those three games halted SU’s momentum. The Orange would gain just one victory after that, on Oct. 16 win against Pittsburgh.Wheddon said his team searched for good scoring opportunities rather than taking any chance on net. He admitted the strategy ultimately backfired.“Some teams outshoot others by 20 shots and that’s just taking any opportunities,” Wheddon said. “But if you don’t shoot, you don’t score. We didn’t. So that has to be part of our philosophy going forward.”Freshman Sydney Brackett led the Orange with 41 shots, yet only scored once. Alex Lamontagne fired 26 shots and scored once. Sheridan Street scored twice on 19 shots. Alana O’Neill, a right back, led SU in goals for most of the season.Skilton led Syracuse with six goals off 22 shots, a 27 percent success rate. It was her fourth straight year leading the team. She blamed the scoring inefficiency on poor offensive connection.“We were just too individual,” Skilton said. “We would go forward but one person would still be isolated. We weren’t linking enough to utilize the players we had.”Wheddon said Syracuse has a Top 25 recruiting class that will help provide depth and a spark on the attack. Although he praised his attacker’s, he deemed the issue a team-wide problem. The Orange returns top scoring threats in Lamontagne, Gordon and Brackett, but when asked about the future of the program’s key offensive players, he didn’t single anyone out.“Every one of our forwards is what you call a scouting-report player,” Wheddon said. “They have intangibles that other coaches are worried about. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got to be way more dangerous as a team in front of net and that’s our focus for next year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgOverwatch fans in London now know for sure that they’ll have a team to cheer for in the forthcoming Overwatch League. It was announced today that the English capital has a slot and it’ll be filled by none other than Cloud9. Jack Etienne, Cloud9It was also revealed that Los Angeles has a second spot in the league which means we now have nine confirmed teams in total. The other six are Boston, Orlando, Shanghai, Seoul, New York and San Francisco.  Jack Etienne, Founder and CEO of Cloud9, commented: “We are thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base throughout Europe and the UK now has a local team to call their own.”The second LA spot has gone to Stan Kroenke and his son Josh Kroenke. Stan is best known in the UK as the owner of Arsenal FC, but the Kroenkes also have investments in the Denver Nuggets, the LA Rams and others. The statement from Blizzard on the Kroenke’s involvement read as follows: “Known as international leaders in the sports industry, Stan and Josh Kroenke own professional teams, stadiums, and media holdings around the world. We’re very happy to be able to rely on their deep expertise in sports as work on the Overwatch League continues at full speed.”Josh Kroenke himself noted: “We’re going to build a great team for Los Angeles that inspires fans near and far.”Both these teams will now be looking to ensure their lineups are as good as can be ahead of the inaugural campaign for what’s planned to be the largest Overwatch competition ever, and one of the grandest in esports history. No financial terms were mentioned in the announcement of the London and second LA slots and we hope to have more on that later. The inclusion of London however does mean that we have at least one of our seven European OWL cities correct, read what we were thinking back in April on this matter here. We’re also currently one for five on our early doors US cities predictions.The transfer window is open now and will close for all Overwatch League teams on October 30th 2017. Esports Insider says: This is huge news for the Overwatch League with one well established and respected esports org coming on board, and a family with a history of sporting club investments in the Kroenkes. We’re delighted that London’s involvement has been confirmed and we’ve reserved a soft spot in our ESI hearts for Cloud9 now they’re representing our home city.last_img read more