By William Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaWhat a great time of the year! Truly a time of transition, October offers something for everyone. There are still warm days, but fall is making inroads, and football is under way. Crops are ready to harvest, and yet it’s also time to plant.In this flurry of change, the orange glint of pumpkins begins to peek out from under the vines. But harvest time is just the beginning for these versatile fruits.Already showing up at grocery stores, nurseries, roadside markets and in lawns across America, the pumpkin is as much a part of autumn as the brightly colored leaves.Pumpkins generally last several weeks after harvest. Of course, once the pumpkin is carved, it shortens the shelf life to a few days.Consider the possibilitiesBut consider the possibilities. These beautiful fruits come in all sizes and colors. From white to deep orange, from baseball size to the size of a compact car, pumpkins fit into your fall decor in endless ways.Miniature pumpkins make great tabletop displays. These small fruits are actually gourds and can last throughout the fall. They may be from dark orange to variegated. Often they’re coated with a polyurethane finish to make them look shiny and preserve them even longer.These tiny pumpkins can be carved. But beware. They’re mighty tough, and it takes a really sharp knife and careful work to carve them and not your fingers. Another option is to hang them onto small trees like Christmas ornaments to make a pumpkin tree.Giant jack-o’-lanternsGiant pumpkins are great for outdoors. They make quite a centerpiece for a lawn display. Add a few smaller pumpkins, a bale of hay and a shock or two of corn stalks, and you’re the envy of the neighborhood.These giants range from 60 pounds on up. They’re best moved by rolling them onto a small tarp with one person picking up each side. Be prepared to pay a premium price for these wonders of the pumpkin world.Then, of course, you have your jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. They may be round to oblong, 10 to 40 pounds, light to burnt orange and smooth to heavily ribbed.If you get them early in the season, you’re more likely to get exactly the shape and size you want. Shopping early gives you the chance, too, to display the pumpkin for quite a while before you carve it for Halloween.Carving kitsSpeaking of carving, many available kits now make carving a true art. The standard triangle eyes and jagged teeth are still fine, but even the novice can produce elaborate designs with the right patterns and tools. Carving kits usually come with both. From witches to ghosts to presidential busts, pumpkin carving can take many forms.Giant pumpkins are great for sculpting large designs, but they, too, are hard to cut. The shape and size of the pumpkin used for carving will depend on your design.Original designs can easily be transferred to the pumpkin by drawing it on paper, taping it to the pumpkin and then taking a toothpick to punch dots along the design to guide your carving instruments.Preserve your creation by placing a damp towel over it when not on display. This may allow it to last a few more days. There’s no end to the decorative possibilities with pumpkins.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce today released their 2009-2010 Vermont Chamber Legislative Report Card. The Report Card assesses legislators’ support of economic development and business issues important to the Vermont economy. ‘This Report Card informs members and the public on legislative support of key business issues’ explained Betsy Bishop, Vermont Chamber President. ‘This year’s Report Card illustrates that business issues faired well in the 2010 Legislature specifically increasing funding for tourism promotion, workforce training and a reduction in the capital gains tax,’ added Bishop. The biennial assessment looks at roll call votes on amendments and bills important to the Vermont Chamber membership. This year’s collection of roll call votes includes the vote to override Governor Douglas’s budget veto in 2009, the capital gains and estate tax votes in both 2009 and 2010 and votes addressing the Unemployment Trust Fund crisis.On question 9 on the Senate report card, the score represents a vote on an amendment to the Vermont Yankee bill that would have sent it to the Economic Development Committee for review. The vote on the final bill was 26-4 against extending Vermont Yankee’s license, with Senators Brock and Mullin, in the end, voting against relicensing.Senators scored slightly better than their Representative counterparts in the House with 26 of 30 Senators achieving a score of 40% to 100% from the Vermont Chamber. On the House side, 127 of 150 Representatives scored better than 40%, up to 100%. ‘Without electronic voting on all bills and amendments, we are forced to look at only bills or amendments with a roll call which means fewer votes to gauge legislators’ support,’ commented Patricia Moulton Powden, VP of Public Affairs for the Vermont Chamber. ‘The 2010 session was more business friendly than the 2009 session resulting in more favorable ratings for all; Legislators of both major parties understood the need to address our problems and stimulate our economy, ‘ Powden added.The Vermont Chamber Report Card is issued after the end of each biennium, the two year term for legislative activity. The Report Card also includes a list of ‘Chamber Champions,’ legislators who worked behind the scenes to support issues important to the Vermont Chamber. The Vermont Chambers Legislative Report Card can be found on the Vermont Chamber website at http://www.vtchamber.com(link is external)Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 9.29.2010The score reflects percent of times voting with the Chamber’s position.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus is just days away – hundreds of credit union professionals are set to gather in Washington, D.C., Sunday – and the association continues to add notable lawmakers to the schedule, including House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.NAFCU has shared with Velázquez, who is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee, credit unions’ participation in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs to support local small businesses and entrepreneurs. During the government shutdown earlier this year, Velázquez pushed for the SBA to reopen to ensure the nation’s small businesses could access capital.Through his committee membership – which also includes the Senate Budget Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation – Wyden has experienced NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy efforts to share credit unions’ commitment to providing safe, affordable financial products to their members and communities and the economic benefits of the industry’s tax exemption. continue reading »
The Health Ministry has recently issued a set of new protocols on COVID-19 management and mitigation based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), but experts have questioned whether the government would translate them into better containment policies.The fifth version of COVID-19 health protocols notably scraps the local terms “person under observation” (ODP) and “patient under surveillance” (PDP) in favor of the international designations “suspect” and “probable”. It also expands the definition of COVID-19 deaths to include deaths among probable cases for the purpose of epidemiological surveillance.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto claimed that Indonesia was the “most obedient” country as regards the WHO guidelines, and that it had changed its terminology to fit the agency’s recommendations. A probable case, meanwhile, is defined as a suspect case “for whom testing for the COVID-19 virus”:is inconclusive; orcould not be performed for any reason.Hariadi believes, however, that simply updating the jargon will not automatically lead to an improvement in surveillance.”The principle is to do as many tests as possible, because we don’t want suspect and probable cases swinging between yes and no. We want immediate certainty and that means improving our testing [capacity],” he said.On Thursday, Indonesia recorded 81,668 confirmed cases, of which 41,323 are currently active. The official COVID-19 dashboard now lists 47,859 suspect cases. The country reported 76 deaths, bringing the total to 3,873 fatalities – which still only accounts for deaths among confirmed cases, in accordance with older guidelines.Biostatistician Iwan Ariawan of the University of Indonesia public health school urged the government to revise its previous data for recorded deaths to include the toll among probable cases.Meanwhile, the data compiled by volunteer group KawalCOVID-19 showed that more than 8,000 deaths in the country were attributable to the former government classifications ODP and PDP.Iwan said that comparing the two datasets would help calculate the disparity between current and past data on recorded deaths, as the government’s updated definition was expected to result in a higher figure for COVID-19 deaths.Other areas that have previously revised their death toll include Wuhan in China and New York City in the United States.Iwan also urged the government to be consistent in applying the new guidelines to its COVID-19 management strategy, including the criteria for determining whether a region has brought the local transmission under control.The criteria emphasizes keeping a region’s effective reproduction number (Rt) below 1 for a duration of 14 days. Other supporting criteria in the case of inadequate data to estimate the local Rt includes achieving a minimum 50 percent decline in new cases for three weeks since the last recorded surge. The region must have also maintained a below 5 percent positivity rate (percentage of positive results from all tests) for two weeks, which requires optimal surveillance and a weekly testing capacity of 1 test per 1,000 population.WHO Indonesia’s situation report dated July 15 states that Jakarta is the only province in Java to have achieved this “minimum case detection benchmark” for “comprehensive surveillance and testing of suspected cases”.”This means that the government must be honest [when] telling the public that there are regions where the epidemic hasn’t been brought under control yet, but that we have to [ease restrictions] for economic and other reasons,” Iwan said.“That [also] means telling the public that the risk [of infection] is still high, that they must be cautious, wear their masks and not step out of their homes unless necessary – and certainly not out of euphoria,” he stressed.PAEI’s Hariadi insisted that a region “must retreat” from a decision to ease restrictions once it notices a negative trend as per the WHO’s recommendations, such as a daily increase in new cases. Regions should reimpose restrictions when this happens, he said.Critics have acknowledged persisting issues with Indonesia’s testing capacity, but have pressed their stance that ensuring adequate testing before relaxing restrictions was nonnegotiable.Iwan said the government should start considering the pool testing method – as West Sumatra had been doing, followed by other regions – to overcome insufficient testing, instead of relying on rapid diagnostic tests for antibodies.The pool testing method tests samples collected from multiple individuals as a single batch. If the batch test returns a positive result, each person in the pool must then be tested individually. If the batch test produces a negative, however, the entire group can be cleared of infection.The changes made to the criteria for discharging patients in accordance with WHO guidelines issued in May are expected to also help narrow the gap between the number of specimens and suspected cases tested.The new rules stipulate that follow-up PCR tests are no longer necessary in asymptomatic patients and in cases with mild to moderate symptoms, although there is a required period of isolation to account for the onset of symptoms. Previously, confirmed cases had to test negative twice before the patient is cleared for discharge.The WHO noted on July 10 that only 58.8 percent of all PCR tests Indonesia conducted had been used on people who had not been tested, based on the previous criteria for discharging patients.Topics : “That way, our data will be acknowledged [as] good data. The trust of the international community [in Indonesia] will also grow,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by Tempo.co.The two terms introduced in the latest revision to Indonesia’s health protocols were in common use internationally, said Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) chairman Hariadi Wibisono.The WHO updated its case definitions for global surveillance purposes in the March 20 situation report , and expanded its definition of “COVID-19 deaths” in the April 11 report to include deaths among probable cases.The current definitions of suspect case are:A patient with acute respiratory illness with no other etiology that fully explains the clinical presentation and a history of travel to or residence in a location reporting community transmission during the 14 days prior to symptom onset; orA patient with any acute respiratory illness who has been in contact with a confirmed or probable case in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset; orA patient with severe acute respiratory illness requiring hospitalization with no alternative diagnosis that fully explains the clinical presentation.
Interested parties have until 13 October to apply, stating gross-of-fees performance to the end of June.Separately, a Swiss pension fund is looking for a manager to oversee an insurance-linked securities (ILS) portfolio.IPE-Quest search QN1456, conducted by an investment consultant on behalf of the fund, would be for a $250m global ILS mandate.The actively managed mandate would be benchmarked against the Swiss Re global catastrophe bond index.The investment consultant did not set a minimum AUM for any existing mandates overseen by asset managers or an AUM threshold for companies as a whole.However, managers should have a track record of at least three years (preferably five).Interested parties have until 6 October to apply, stating gross-of-fees performance to the end of June.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A European pension fund is tendering a $250m (€194m) US corporate bond mandate, using IPE-Quest.The fund behind search QN1455, which seeks managers for an investment-grade corporate bond portfolio investing in AAA-BBB bonds, said the proposed $250m size was a soft limit.The actively managed mandate should be benchmarked against the Barclays US investment-grade corporate bond index, the search added.The fund requested that asset managers have at least $1bn in similar mandates and $7.5bn in assets under management (AUM) across the whole firm – which should have a minimum track record of three years, with five preferred.
It was his former aide and now Sen. Christopher“Bong” Go who posted on social mediaon Sunday evening the Duterte and Trump talk. MANILA – President Rodrigo had atelephone conversation with United States (US) PresidentDonald Trump to tackle bilateral cooperation on coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) response. The Philippines has the highest numberof COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 6,259 cases. Of that number, 409 havedied and 572 have recovered. The US, meanwhile, has the highestnumber of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide, with 735,366 people who havecontracted the viral disease and 39,095 deaths because of it./PN President Rodrigo Duterte’s telephone conversation with United States President Donald Trump on possible bilateral cooperation over the coronavirus disease pandemic was “cordial,” says Malacañang. SEN. CHRISTOPHER GO “They discussed bilateralcooperation on the COVID-19 response,” said Go. According to Go, Trump phoned Duterte ataround 10:10 p.m. on Sunday and it lasted for 18 minutes. “I am not allowed to talk about thedetails but it is about a possible cooperation,” Roque added. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roquemeanwhile said it was the US government who initiated the talk.
Van Gaal insists the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett are not to blame though. The United manager says his team have conceded so many goals because they have been giving away possession further up the field and he wants to see that eradicated in the near future. “We have conceded too many goals,” Van Gaal said ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton. “Everyone is writing it’s because of the weak defence, but no. “Our problem is that we lose the ball so easily. And I want that to improve. “I want my defensive organisation (to be) better but the defence begins in the striker’s position. “All the teams are mostly scoring goals out of counter-attacks against us and free-kicks and corners but not that they make their goals like we do out of building play up.” Van Gaal has also told his star players they must track back more to protect their back four. Louis van Gaal says he is completely happy with his defence despite the amount of goals conceded by Manchester United so far this season. Press Association Respected pundits, including Gary Neville and Ruud Gullit, have questioned why Van Gaal did not spend more of his budget on his backline this summer – and a quick glance at the goals conceded column shows why. After six matches, Crystal Palace are the only side in the top 11 with a worse record than Van Gaal’s men, who have conceded nine goals in six games. “We have a lot of creative players and they need more discipline,” he said. “So we are looking for a balance in attacking football without thinking too much about only attacking but also guarding your defence.” Paddy McNair put in arguably the best defensive performance of the season on his debut last weekend in the 2-1 win over West Ham. Van Gaal confirmed the 19-year-old will retain his place in the team for Sunday’s game against Roberto Martinez’s side. ‘We still have three central defenders injured so he (McNair) shall play,” Van Gaal said. ”He is the only player who can play in the right-sided defensive position. ”I chose him last week and he played very good. It’s difficult for a player like him to maintain that level – that is his biggest challenge.” Everton defender John Stones is a natural leader and a future captain, according to manager Roberto Martinez, who believes the youngster is learning from some of the best at Goodison Park. The 20-year-old has started five of the last six matches, missing only the Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea in that time, and is developing a maturity beyond his years. He had an excellent game in last weekend’s Merseyside derby and faces as tough a test on Sunday as Everton head to Old Trafford looking to produce a repeat of their landmark win at Manchester United last season. “John Stones has been in terrific form ever since he played his first (pre-season) friendly in the USA,” said Martinez. “Since then he has been growing as a footballer and he is a complete centre-half. “In the modern game you need centre halves who are as good in defensive duties as they are exposing one versus one situations and being good on the ball. “John has gone to the next level this season. He has shown he is ready for any challenge. “Every time he has played for England he has done well and he is growing at club level every game. “John is really well rounded but the focus is on what he can do at Everton – it is not up to me to measure his possibilities with the national team. “He is a leader. He is born with that quality. He has real high standards in everything he does and for a young man he has always got the right approach on a daily basis. “In my eyes he is a potential captain and leader, someone very close to Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry. “He has a good core to learn from – Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz and it has been beneficial having Tim Howard behind him. “Clearly in the last few weeks he has earned his place and performances have shown that.” Everton travel to Old Trafford after a long trip to southern Russia in the Europa League in midweek but they will not use that as an excuse. Last season they recorded their first league win at United since 1992, on the way to doing the double over the Red Devils, but Martinez expects a tougher task this time around. “To be able to win was a real mental barrier which we had to break down and it was a real feeling of satisfaction and dose of confidence,” he said of last year’s performance. “This season it is completely different. We need to go there again and face a completely different side and way of playing and be able to adapt to that. “The challenge is to go there and be ourselves and try to win the game.”
McClaren has been handed the challenge of securing a top-eight finish in the Barclays Premier League and to aim for a first trophy for the club since 1969. Charnley added: “Steve has been tasked to secure a top-eight finish in the Premier League and he is also heavily incentivised to try to win a cup competition. “We recognise supporters’ strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the club now shares, as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the last day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal. “Our immediate focus will be on working with Steve to assess and improve upon our playing squad, as well as appointing individuals to his backroom staff.” Former England boss McClaren was identified as the club’s top target within weeks of Pardew’s departure in January, but opted at that point to remain at Derby and see through the club’s bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Ultimately he was to fall short in that quest for the second successive season, but another more urgent approach proved equally fruitless when Newcastle came calling again in May in desperate need, with just three games of their own unravelling campaign remaining. However, they finally got their man after investigating a series of possibilities – Frenchman Remi Garde was an early candidate and compatriot Patrick Vieira’s representatives also received a call – were considered. McClaren said: “I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United FC. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage. Press Association The Magpies, who parted company with John Carver and Steve Stoneon Tuesday, announced on Wednesday evening that the 54-year-old has been installed as Alan Pardew’s permanent replacement after signing a three-year contract which could eventually be extended to eight. Managing director Lee Charnley said: “From my first meeting with Steve, I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United. I am delighted that we have secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football.” Steve McClaren has finally been announced as Newcastle’s new head coach six months after initially being offered the job. “St. James’ Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city, and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region. “The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything, they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success. “There’s a lot of work to do but the club has made it clear about wanting success, and I would not have come here if I didn’t believe they were serious. This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here. “I’ve already won trophies as a manager and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League. “I’m determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now.” The club now faces the task of rebuilding and re-invigorating a squad which stumbled through last season and very nearly over a precipice as a perfect storm of poor recruitment, indecision, injury and suspension threatened to engulf it. Owner Ashley has already indicated he will invest heavily this summer, and while McClaren will have only a partial role to play in that process, along with Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr, the success or otherwise of that mission could go a long way towards determining his fate on Tyneside. Ashley, whose dysfunctional relationship with the club’s fans has plumbed new depths in recent months, has insisted he is going nowhere until he has won something and ended a wait for silverware which currently extends to 46 years. McClaren has also been appointed to the club’s board of directors along with Charnley, Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur, with Ashley stepping down along with finance director John Irving, who is leaving the club. Charnley said: “It was particularly important for us that the head coach also became a board member in order to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the club and its operations as a whole, not just the football side. In Steve, we have an individual that embraced that responsibility.”
highlights Getafe: Real Madrid’s dreary end to the season took another turn for the worse on Thursday as they were left holding on for a goalless draw away to Champions League chasers Getafe. Just 48 hours before Barcelona are set to be celebrating a 26th La Liga title at Camp Nou, Madrid drifted to a stalemate that leaves them 15 points behind the soon-to-be champions and, on this evidence, with significant ground to make up. It says something that Getafe was, in the end, disappointed not to win here, Sevilla’s 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano before kick-off meaning they stay fourth, only by virtue of a superior head-to-head. Real Madrid was mathematically ruled out of the title race after Barcelona beat Alaves on Tuesday while Atletico Madrid looks likely to finish above them too for a second consecutive year. Zinedine Zidane has insisted La Liga will be the club’s “bread and butter” next season, their priority ahead of the Champions League after seven years with only one league title to their name. But they have work to do, with very few of his squad showing many reasons to keep them this summer and several more looking like they could well be replaced. “The shame today is we deserved more,” Zidane said. “We created chances, in the first half especially. I am not happy with the result, but with the way we played, our concentration, I am happy.”RELATED Getafe still has a lot to play for. If they snatch a Champions League spot, it would be one of the greatest shocks La Liga has seen in years, perhaps even trumping Atletico Madrid winning the title in 2014. Their average attendance here is just under 10,000 while the club’s wage bill stands at a little less than 40 million euros. Madrid’s is close to 570 million. Karim Benzema skewed wide of the far post with 62 seconds on the clock and Madrid hardly created a better chance for the rest of the half. Gareth Bale started and was greeted by silence rather than the whistles that have accompanied him at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks. But he looked low on confidence, a shadow of the player he can be. Bale pulled back for Benzema, who could only find the hands of David Soria on the slide while Casemiro had an instinctive effort blocked from six yards. But Getafe was largely untroubled even if they lacked creativity, their best opening coming from a free-kick which Mauro Arambarri caught well but Keylor Navas was equal to. For 10 minutes, Madrid peppered the Getafe goal after the break. Soria came out quickly to deny Bale, pushed a Casemiro shot around the post and then saved from Isco, who should have scored after Dani Carvajal picked him out. Bale and Brahim Diaz departed, replaced by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, but it was Navas that was called upon next, making two quick-fire saves to keep out Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata. Mata wanted a penalty for a Carvajal push as Getafe looked more likely to find a late winner. It was not to be. Getafe’s Champions League dream hangs in the balance. Real Madrid are mathematically ruled out of the La Liga title after Barcelona beat Alaves.Sevilla are currently in fourth in the La Liga.Getafe could still seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
MIAMI, Florida, (CMC) – West Indies flop Xavier Marshall will turn out for United States in the Regional Super50 starting later this month, after being named in the 14-man squad for the one-day tournament.The 31-year-old Jamaican played seven Tests and 24 One-Day Internationals for West Indies but failed to make much of an impression during an underwhelming career.He managed just two Test half-centuries and a single hundred in ODIs – an unbeaten 157 against Canada 10 years ago.Marshall disappeared from international cricket in 2009 following poor form and last appeared in the West Indies domestic competition five years ago, when he represented Jamaica in the one-day tournament.He subsequently migrated to the United States.Marshall follows in the footsteps of fellow Jamaican and Test star, Jermaine Lawson, who also turned out for the United States four years ago at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Lawson played Test 13 Tests.Marshall, a powerful right-hander, joins former India Under-19 players Saurabh Netravalkar and Sunny Sohal, in the US squad.United States will do battle in Group B of the Regional Super50 which runs from January 30 to February 24, alongside Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars and English County Kent.The group will be staged in Antigua while Group A, comprising reigning champions Barbados Pride, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners, Windward Islands Volcanoes and English County Hampshire, will be contested in Barbados.