Hay shortage

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaBecause of Georgia’s extreme summer drought, cattlemen will have a tough time feeding their herds this winter, say University of Georgia livestock specialists.”It’s a very precarious situation right now,” said Curt Lacy, a livestock economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I don’t see how we will not have to liquidate cows due to the lack of hay supplies we have in the state going into this winter.”During the warm summer, cattle typically get enough nourishment when they graze pasture grass. In good, wet summers, the grass grows more than the cattle can eat. That extra grass is cut, baled and stored to feed cattle as hay in the winter, when pastures don’t grow.But this wasn’t a good, wet summer. It was a hot, extremely dry one, Lacy said, that baked pastures and cut hay production across the state.Lacy recently completed an economic analysis and feed outlook for Georgia’s cattle industry that he has presented at meetings across the state. Cattlemen know the situation is tough, he said. The numbers show it.When summer weather is good, cattlemen can collect as much as 2 million tons of hay and have plenty for winter feed. This year, due to the drought, they’ll harvest between 600,000 and 1 million tons, enough to feed Georgia’s estimated 580,000 beef cattle for 60 to 100 days.”It’s going to be tight,” he said.On average, one cow can eat 30 pounds of hay per day in the winter.Hay supplies will be tight across the Southeast, too, Lacy said. The drought hit Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas as hard as Georgia or worse this summer. Hay prices keep climbing, too. A ton costs $82 now, 70 percent more than a decade ago.Cattlemen plant cold-tolerant forages such as oats and rye for cattle to eat along with the hay in winter. But La Niña conditions have developed along the equator in the Pacific Ocean. This event typically brings a warmer, drier fall and winter to Gulf Coast states. This would hurt the growth of these forages.Some regions got more rain than others this summer, said Johnny Rossi, a UGA Cooperative Extension livestock specialist. Cattlemen in wetter areas will have enough hay, but just enough. Others are buying feed additives, such as brewers’ grains, cotton gin trash and crop residue, to try and extend their hay supplies. Some are already selling off cows.If cattlemen must sell cows, Lacy said, it’s a good time to do it. Prices are good right now at 40 cents to 45 cents per pound.Cattlemen could end up selling 5 percent to 10 percent of Georgia’s beef cow herd in the coming months. They typically maintain their cow herds and sell only the calves produced each year.last_img read more

Saint Michael’s College adopts Casella Waste System’s Power of Three Closed-Loop Recycling Program

first_imgThe Power of Three is premised of Picking up a customer’s recycling, Processing that recycling into new products, and then Providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper, and toiletry items.SMC’s recycling is picked up by Casella Waste Systems, brought to the Material Recovery Facility in Williston where it’s all sorted. Once sorted, the baled paper travels just one hundred miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls, New York to be made into 100% recycled paper content products (paper towels and toilet paper) that is then delivered back to Saint Michael’s College by Foley Distributing.On November 15th, Saint Michael’s College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by being the first College to join Casella Waste Systems Power of Threeâ ¢ closed loop recycling initiative.last_img read more

Chip Chase is Outdoor Legend of the Year

first_imgIn the fall of 2017, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite destinations, businesses, and personalities in our fifth annual Best of the Blue Ridge contest. In the category of “Best Outdoor Legend,” you voted for White Grass Touring Center operator Chip Chase. In this month’s episode of BRO-TV, we headed over to Canaan Valley, W.Va., to interview White Grass staff and guests on what makes “Chipper” so legendary.To read more about the other Best of the Blue Ridge winners, check out the article in the January issue of the magazine.Dig the soundtrack? Hear and download these and other great tunes from our monthly (and free!) Trail Mix playlist.last_img

Planning, post-Equifax

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the personal information of up to 143 million consumers stolen, the Equifax data breach is believed to be the worst of all time. The stolen information is personal credit bureau data that lasts a consumers’ entire lifetime. Fraudsters have Social Security numbers, addresses, drivers’ licenses, dates of birth and credit cards, all pieces of information we rely on to confirm identity. Now that information can be bought and sold many times—and used to defraud banks, credit unions and consumers for years.Naturally, if fraudsters have so much identifying information on consumers and members, that means the foundation that banks and credit unions use to control new account fraud or application fraud is badly damaged. Fraud departments will need to change.Impact to Fraud DepartmentsExpect an increase of better and well-disguised fraud attempts. Therefore, fraud prevention and mitigation tools that worked in the past may not work anymore. How should your fraud department plan for the next 12 to 24 months? Following are five practical ways fraud managers can effectively plan for in the aftermath of the breach.last_img read more

The deadline for deciding on the amount of the tourist tax for 2020 is coming to an end

first_imgAlso, for overnight stays in the accommodation facility from the group Camps the lowest tourist tax is eight kuna, and the highest 15 kuna, ie five and ten kunas for the period from October 1 to March 31. Because the new decision deadline for next year is dangerously close. Namely, if cities and municipalities want to change the amount of flat tax, they must make a decision by September 15, when they must, at the suggestion of the Tourist Board, determine the amount of tourist tax for 2020, which is then confirmed by the County Assembly. For the overnight stay in the accommodation facility where the catering activity is performed, the minimum amount is determined of 10 kuna and a maximum of 20 kuna for the period from April 1 to September 30, while in the rest of the period the minimum amount of tourist tax is 7 kuna, and the highest 14 kuna. In accordance with the new Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, the amount of tourist tax can be determined for the highest two seasonal periods (instead of the previous three), with one seasonal period lasting from April 1 to September 30 of the current year. Also, the amount of the tourist tax from 1 January 2020 is no longer determined by tourist classes. This is a question that all renters must ask themselves as soon as possible, ie ask it to their tourist board and city / municipal assembly. Attachment: RULEBOOK ON THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TOURIST FEE What will be the tourist tax in 2020 in your city or municipality? HOW MANY RENTERS HAVE USED THE CREDIT LINE TO FINANCE THE WORK OF PRIVATE RENTERS? PS Unfortunately, in the public debate there were only 27 comments on this Ordinance, which clearly shows the fact that most tourism workers support the new Ordinance. Tourist tax through two seasonal periods Last year, it was unacceptable to change the terms of business in the calendar and financial year in which the business takes place (the deadline for making a decision was January 31, 2019). That is why it was good that the cities and municipalities took the status quo and did not change anything.center_img The city of Split also planned to increase the lump sum to 750 kuna and more zones, but in the end it was decided that the lump sum will not change this year, and the discussion on the amount of the lump sum in the future was extended to September this year. CREE LESSORS COMING SOON INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO RAISE THE QUALITY OF ACCOMMODATION If the County Assembly, ie the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb does not make a decision on the amount of tourist tax per person per night and / or on the amount of the annual lump sum tourist tax until September 15. 2019, the lowest amount of tourist tax is applied, ie the lowest lump sum amount of tourist tax determined by the Ordinance. According to the new Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, the decision on the amount of tourist tax for 2020 should be made by September 15, 2019. Last year, in the vast majority of cases, cities and municipalities did not change the current amount of the lump sum per bed, while some rarely made decisions on a slight increase to 345 kuna. The news from this year is that the decision on the amount of the flat tax for renters is no longer made by the Ministry of Tourism, but by the representative body of local self-government units. According to the Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, it is defined that the tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm per bed may not be less than 350 kuna or more than 1.500 kuna. RELATED NEWS: Photo: Pixabay.com Of the major tourist destinations, only the city of Dubrovnik has significantly increased the flat tax, which is distributed in three zones. Thus, in the first zone the flat tax is HRK 750, in the second HRK 525 and HRK 375 in the third zone. However, according to the announcements of the mayor of the city of Dubrovnik, the lump sum for renters in the historic center will certainly increase, to a maximum of 1500 kuna.last_img read more

The importance of heritage interpretation – The story of the cultural route of the Becar and the Ganges

first_imgSo this is an authentic and vivid story which is crucial, not a marketing product that is not alive at the moment in the space. Promotion, communication, brand – are just tools and a medium to tell a story and the most important promise that tourists can really experience. Also, at the end of the film “Cultural route of Bečar and Ganges” about Pleternica and Tomislavgrad with Julian McDonnell won the first prize at last year’s “Zagreb Tourfilm Festival”, one of the most prestigious tourist film festivals in Europe. When asked what the monograph and the cookbook offer to the visitor of future museums, Ratković Aydemir points out that these two books are the crown of a great deal, and that they want to convey people’s emotions towards their heritage, not only at the Croatian language level. Authenticity and storytelling are the two main concepts, trends, directions… that will mark current and future tourist trends like never before. As it is pointed out in the description of the project, although at first it seems that the bećarac and ganga address only the ear and hearing, their influence is much more complete, they subtly occupy the whole being through all six senses (if we include consciousness). The verses stimulate the mind, leading it to a new and fresh understanding of reality, the melody involves emotions, the rhythm invites the body into a traditional spiral, directing it into a dancing touch with the other (the beauty of the other, which is primarily manifested to the eye). The smell and taste are taken care of by the heirs of the autochthonous table, which has been imported from the beginning with bečar and gang into an uninterrupted and special celebration of life and togetherness. Because if the story isn’t alive and if it can’t be experienced at any moment, then we have a big problem. Therefore, one should be very careful when creating tourist facilities, if they are not locally accepted and are not the product of only organized tours on request. One banal plastic example. If we say and promise that a destination is known for excellent brandy, authentic food or wine, and a tourist in that city cannot try and taste brandy unless he announces himself to the tourist board or age, then we have a problem with interpretation and false promise. The story is not alive. Thus, two cities, Pleternica in Croatia and Tomislavgrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina, connected their recognized heritage with the eponymous cultural route. What is crucial in this story, both books were created in live interaction with the inhabitants of the area, in Tomislavgrad and Pleternica. “While the spatial design of museums and squares unites the creativity of architects, museologists, heritage interpreters and tourism workers, the publication of the monograph and cookbook has united all those who have preserved two expressions through history, ethnographic recording and living on numerous levels. In this sense, the monograph and the cookbook are at the same time a modern reading of tradition, but also useful guides and manuals for experiencing the heritage of all the senses: ear, eye, smell, taste and body in motion. To me, although at first it seems that becarac and ganga address only the ear and hearing, their influence is much more complete, they subtly through all six senses (if we include consciousness) occupy the whole being. points out Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir “The monograph is not conceived as a difficult and high-minded and passable reading only for experts, on the contrary. She weaves a diverse tourist-cultural story on the route from Pleternica to Tomislavgrad on more than 230 pages around musical phenomena with text and visually rich use of various stylistic expressions (verse, essay, reporter’s record, historical testimony, but also authentic records from ancient everyday life). It is an invitation to travel, explore, experience and enjoy nature and society. Since they have also been translated into English, they are a kind of heritage embassy because they will convey the joy and vitality of the Becar and the Ganges much farther and wider than the most daring, mostly anonymous folk poets dared to dream. ” pointed out Ratković Aydemir and added that the monograph and the cookbook are at the same time a modern reading of tradition, but also useful guides and manuals for experiencing heritage with all the senses: ear, eye, smell, taste and body in motion. It is a studious, multidisciplinary work that last year, as a kind of prelude and signpost, gave birth to two valuable printed editions, points out the book editor and heritage interpreter, art historian and founder of the Muse, Dragana Lucija Ratkovic Aydemir, as a review of the monograph and cookbook “Cultural Routes of Bečar and Ganges”. It is on this track that two new books arrive from the Muse workshop, our one of the best storytellers and interpreters of heritage, both part of the “Cultural Route of the Bečar and the Ganges” project, which contemplates heritage valuation in a modern and innovative way. The project is largely funded under the INTERREG-IPA CBC program, Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro, in which the two mentioned cities have partnered. Each city received a square dedicated to the Bečar and the Ganges, as well as project documentation for the establishment of a museum of two tunes. It is a story about poetic and musical expressions from the UNESCO list of intangible heritage – bečar and ganga, as our authentic way and culture of living. In addition to bećarac, as a sister not only song-making but also an overall traditional and worldview time capsule, ojkanje, or ganga as its Herzegovinian version, has been included in the world heritage. While the spatial design of museums and squares unites the creativity of architects, museologists, heritage interpreters and tourism workers, the publication of the monograph and cookbook brought together all those who have preserved two expressions throughout history, ethnographic recording and living on numerous levels. last_img read more

From holiday to holiday home

first_imgThe couple flew up from Sydney to the Gold Coast several times to view properties. They said they knew they wanted something brand new and modern with at least three bedrooms in the Broadbeach area and were quickly sold on Elysian. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had a two week holiday in Broadbeach over Christmas and fell in love with the area,” Mrs McLachlan said. “Having Pacific Fair right on our doorstep, as well as cafes, restaurants and of course the gorgeous beach was a real selling point location-wise.” Toni and Lyall McLachlan had not visited the Gold Coast in more than a decade, but they will soon be able to visit whenever they want.Toni and Lyall McLachlan had not visited the Gold Coast in more than a decade, but they will soon be able to visit whenever they want.They recently bought – and amalgamated – two apartments at the $79 million Elysian Broadbeach, giving them a perfect four-bedroom, three-bathroom holiday residence. center_img Mrs McLachlan said the developer – Spyre Group – had welcomed and encouraged their ideas to change and personalise their super-sized apartment.“We were impressed that no contract was prepared and presented for our signature until we were completely satisfied with every aspect of the design and inclusions,” she said. Elysian will have 61 apartments (from $645,000) including two half-floor sub-penthouses starting at $3.4 million and two full-floor penthouses priced at $4.7 million. There is a maximum of four residences per floor, and all apartments will enjoy ocean views and sea breezes.High-quality finishes such as timber flooring, stone benchtops, LED and feature lighting are included in the standard finishes. Elysian will be home to the Gold Coast’s first residential hi-tech automated vehicle storage system which enhances the parking capacity of the building and allows most apartments to have two car spaces. Hutchinson Builders will start work on the tower after demolition work is completed on the 875sq m site, which overlooks Pratten Park.last_img read more

It’s pretty simple and it’s the best way to earn big property profits

first_imgHaesley Cush said the best way to achieve property profits was to play the long term game.Bidding started low at $420,000, but then things really started to pump. Back and forth the bids went: $450,000, $475,000, $500,000, $525,000 all the way to $715,000, when things paused.The bid was then raised to $750,000 and “once, twice, third time and sold!”If this home was worth approximately $150,000 in 1998, then that’s a five times return over the last 20 years and that includes a GFC! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to negotiate a better price00:51 This house at 29 Truscott St, Moorooka sold at auction for $750,000. Picture: realestate.com.auI have always had a clear memory of the day a buyer walked in to Ray White Moorooka wanting to spend $200,000.It was 1998, it was my third year as an agent and I was 20. I was sitting at my desk at the front of our office in the Moorvale Village, on Moorooka’s high street and the sun was beaming in past the window cards in the front window filling the room with light.The man walked up to my desk and said “G’day, I’d like to buy a low-set house. I’d like it on either the high side of Moorooka or in Tarragindi and I have up to $200,000 to spend”.I looked up from my desk in amazement. THIS PROJECT WILL CHANGE BRISBANE’S PROPERTY MARKET Two hundred thousand dollars, who on earth has two hundred thousand dollars to buy a house. To give you some context, the average price property we were selling was $120,000 and the really good homes, on the high side of Moorooka or in Tarragindi, would sell in the high $100,000s.Which brings us to today. On Wednesday night I called an auction at 29 Truscott St, Moorooka for Michael Nolan. The house is a two-storey brick home, on the high side of Moorooka, but it is in need of a face lift.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agocenter_img I’m regularly questioned about the best way to make money in real estate and the answer I give is always the same. Buy what you can afford and plan to hold it forever. If I had of told the buyer in 1998 that his house would be worth $750,000 in 20 years, he would react the same way this buyer will if I tell them it would be worth $3.75 million in 2038. Who knows what will play out, but the mind boggles when you think about it.last_img read more

Rwanda’s MPs consulting people on third term bid

first_imgRelated Rwanda President Free to Run for a Third Term Last week, Rwanda’s parliament passed a petition seeking a consitutional amendment that would effectively scrap existing presidential term limits. And now, members of Parliament have been consulting ordinary people across the country – to get their views. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third term Rwanda’s Supreme Court approves Kagame’s third term bidlast_img

Quick study Slott scores Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie prize

first_imgRyan Slott earned rookie of the year honors in IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region for Modifieds. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)NEW WAVERLY, Texas – Before the start of his first IMCA Modified season, Ryan Slott would have been happy with a single feature win in 2017.When the final checkers flew, he had four wins and Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie of the year honors to show for his efforts.“The class is just taking off around here. It looked like fun and I decided I wanted to do it,” said Slott, from New Waverly, Texas, and now a junior at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville majoring in agricultural engineering. “It was challenging at first. The hardest thing was definitely setup but I slowly got better.”Slott had raced a factory stock class, which he said was comparable to an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, for five years before moving into the Modified.He got his first win in the sanctioned division in just his fourth start, at Gator Motorplex, and ended his night in victory lane three starts later at Cotton Bowl Speedway.“After the early season play dates, I didn’t think I’d win at all this year but I had a lot of help from a lot of people who steered me in the right direction,” he said. “I was surprised to get my first win so soon but the highlight had to be the win at Cotton Bowl. There were some really fast cars there that night.”He also had a couple wins at Bronco Motor Speedway, where Slott ended fifth in points.Starts-28Wins-4Additional Top Fives-3 HIS CREW: Father Ignatius and brother Rob.HIS SPONSORS: Slott’s Machine and B & R Productions, both of New Waverly.last_img read more