Twitter Advertisement Print Email WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Marian Ryan Taxback.comBUYING locally has come into focus like never before as a result of Covid-19 with more than two thirds of respondents to a nationwide survey stating that they will ‘absolutely’ or ‘will try to’ buy from Irish producers and retailers during the pandemic.In the latest instalment of their Taxback.com Taxpayer Sentiment Survey Series, the tax specialists asked 2,500 of their customers for their views regarding support for Irish businesses following one of the most challenging years in recent history for certain sectors.The survey also flagged some trepidation amongst the Irish taxpayer over Ireland’s ability to remain competitive with almost two thirds (62%) worried that Ireland might struggle to remain an attractive destination for foreign direct investment.Marian Ryan, Consumer Tax Manager at Taxback.com said that Covid had put Ireland’s economic system under unprecedented strain.“As we approach Christmas, one of the busiest buying seasons of the year, there is a real focus on supporting our local and indigenous businesses where possible, to help the country get back on its feet and to preserve as many jobs as possible in our cities, towns, and villages.“Our survey echoes this sentiment, finding that the vast majority (68%) will ‘absolutely’ support Irish shops, services and products or they ‘will try’ to. However, finances are stretched for many households so, understandably, 20% of people say the price must be “right” or affordable to enable them to shop local.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Taxback.com survey also asked respondents for their views on whether or not they are worried about Ireland’s renowned ability to attract Foreign Direct Investment, which has created so many jobs.Ms Ryan said the survey highlighted a general sense of trepidation in terms of how Ireland will fare in its attractiveness to FDI as a consequence of the COVID pandemic.“The majority (62%) are worried, to varying degrees about Ireland’s ability to attract new investment.“It’s clear from the survey that the overall mood is one of caution and perhaps an understanding that we possibly need to support our own and to work together in order to begin our recovery,” she concluded.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE BusinessNewsLimerick#ShopLimerick: Public sentiment favours local producers and retailersBy Staff Reporter – December 1, 2020 59 Previous article#ShopLimerick: Give shopping local the green lightNext articleLimerick Post Show | New Leaf Urban Farmers Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
14 March 2003A small municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal has solved its office accommodation problems and created a potential tourist attraction by building a new R4.6-million railway station.The station, built in the traditional verandah style in the province’s southern town of Creighton, doubles as the civic offices of the new Ingwe municipality, which has chosen railway tourism as a major avenue for economic development.The Johannesburg-based Bushveld Safari charter train already stops regularly at the town on its way to Kokstad and Matatiele, in East Griqualand, and visits are likely to become more frequent.Ingwe municipality has earmarked another R4-million to buy a three-coach train that is expected to run excursions between Himeville and Underberg in the KwaSani municipality and Creighton.KwaSani already has a strong tourism infrastructure that Ingwe plans to expand on by creating a link with its neighbouring towns. The idea is to create economic opportunities for poor communities in an area largely reliant on a strong commercial farming sector.Part of the initiative will be for minibus taxi operators to offer tourist trips from the station, with stops every 12km to view attractions. These will include a viewing platform at Indodeni Falls to see a colony of bald ibis, a craft centre at the historic Centocow Mission built in 1890, and access to school choirs and cultural experiences in traditional homesteads.The municipality also plans to build a raised boardwalk around the Little Creighton Wetland – which is in walking distance from the station – where rare bird species such as the marsh owl and the African snipe can be seen. The municipality is also the habitat of the rare Cape parrot.Other plans include biannual steam train festivals that will be advertised internationally and will feature restored locomotives.The old Creighton station – a wood and iron colonial building – will be refurbished and converted into a museum. The old post office, also on the station platform, will become a tourist information centre. A shaded boma and braai facilities for tourists are being constructed on the platform, and the whole vicinity will be attractively landscaped with indigenous trees and shrubs.The council chamber at the new civic offices is already being used extensively for other public business such as regional police conferences.“We took a strategic decision”, said Ingwe Mayor Innocent Miya. “We saw an opportunity in railway tourism to create economic benefits for our people. We needed civic offices, so it made sense to construct them right here on the railway platform and create an attraction right away.”Meanwhile, the adjacent Ubuhlebezwe (Ixopo) municipality plans to restore an old steam train to draw the Paton Express, which is currently being drawn by a diesel train. The Paton Express operates in the hill country immortalised by Alan Paton in his novel, Cry the Beloved Country.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — With major storm systems working their way across the Plains, Midwest and South this week, planting may seem a more distant dream than ever.For some farmers, it may be time to start prioritizing some fieldwork over others, crop experts told DTN.“Of the big three — nitrogen applications, weed control and planting — nitrogen is the lowest priority, because we can apply that later,” said Bob Nielsen, an Extension corn specialist with Purdue University. “Weed control and planting take priority in a delayed spring like this.”Farmers can play catch-up with side-dressed nitrogen applications, but once weeds are four- to six-inches tall, weed control will be a season-long struggle, noted Purdue Extension weed scientist Bill Johnson.And, while early planting is just one of many factors that affect final bushels per acre, it does have a strong and fairly reliable correlation to yield — particularly after May 1. Nielsen and other agronomists have shown that a corn crop will lose 0.3% yield every day that it isn’t planted in early May and up to 1% per day by the end of that month.NITROGEN: SWITCH SOURCES OR DELAYConsider switching up your nitrogen source to help you meet a timely planting goal first, said Peter Scharf, an Extension nutrient management specialist with the University of Missouri. Anhydrous ammonia is a popular option for pre-plant nitrogen applications, but applying it can be a time-consuming operation.“Moving to dry or liquid on most or all acres would save a lot of time,” Scharf noted in an article posted on the university’s Integrated Pest Management website. Otherwise, consider moving all or most of your nitrogen to a side-dressing application later in the season. “For those who normally split N, this might be a good year to apply it in a single shot — whenever works best, but more likely at the time of the second application in your split,” Scharf said.Both Scharf and Nielsen noted that, except in extreme circumstances, corn is unlikely to lose yield to very early-season nitrogen deficiency. The crop can still yield very well even if it receives no nitrogen until a V6 to V8 side-dress application, Scharf said. “I’ve put together data from five states over three decades and it all agrees: on average, you’ll get the same yield applying N as a single shot at waist high as at planting,” he said. “It’s not something I’d recommend. But the point is good timing on weed control and planting are a lot more likely to affect your income than good timing on N.”Other spring nutrient applications can also safely take a back seat in a delayed spring, Scharf added. “If I wanted to apply P & K but hadn’t gotten it done by planting time, I’d plant and come back later with the P & K.”BRACE FOR FAST AND FURIOUS WEEDSMidwest farmers may face a messy blend of weed types in their fields in the weeks to come, Johnson warned. A cool, rainy March delayed the emergence of many winter annuals, such as marestail, some of which are just now emerging. Yet as April warms and advances, early-emerging summer annual weeds are also starting to sprout.“There will be mixture of winter and summer annuals to control, which becomes a concern, especially for no-tillers, as you get rank weed growth creating these mats of vegetation that lay on soil and hold moisture in and keep temperatures cool,” Johnson said.Consider spending your first days in the field controlling these weeds, which will quickly outgrow the size at which most herbicides are effective, roughly 4 to 6 inches.“Most foliar post-emergence herbicides in corn have corn growth stage restrictions — many are around V6, or when corn is 12- to 18-inches tall,” Johnson added. “There are very few herbicides you can use on big corn and then you have a challenge of controlling big weeds in big corn, and that’s something you should never try to do on purpose.”At a minimum, Johnson recommends applying a burndown with at least a half- or two-thirds rate of a residual herbicide included. “That allows them opportunity to put more residual on later and spread out the length of time for residuals to work,” he said. But if you doubt your ability to make a timely second herbicide application, put on a full rate of residuals with your burndown, he added.Finally, brace for fast-growing weeds, which will have plenty of moisture on hand when the ground finally becomes warm and dry. “Make sure you have enough product on hand, if you have to increase rates to take down bigger weeds if weed growth becomes excessive,” Johnson said.For those planning on tillage to prep seedbeds and control weeds, an abbreviated plan might be necessary in a wet spring like this one, Nielsen added. “Farmers will either need to be really patient and not run on wet fields and create compaction, or think seriously about cutting back on one or two tillage operations,” he said.For more details on changing up your nitrogen plans in favor of weed control and planting, see Scharf’s article from the University of Missouri here:https://ipm.missouri.edu/…See more on the relationship between planting date and corn yield from Nielsen here: https://www.agry.purdue.edu/…Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her in Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/CZ/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] to the frequent moves required of service members, many choose rental housing instead of buying a house. Compared to homeownership, renting offers the following advantages: lower costs in many areas, easy to move as job requirements, income, or family needs change, fewer responsibilities for maintenance, and minimal financial commitment (typically just a security deposit). Disadvantages of renting include no tax write-offs, limitations regarding remodeling, potential rent increases, and various restrictions (e.g., pets and subletting). Return to article. Long DescriptionRegardless of the disadvantages of renting, mobility needs often make renting a home, condo, or apartment the preferred living arrangement of service members. Below are seven things that tenants should do:Identify What You Want- Identify essential “must have” features before searching for rental housing. Examples of “deal breakers” include: number of bedrooms, safe area, quiet area, convenient public transportation, utility costs included in rent or low utility costs if not, low security deposit, appliances included in a rental unit, privacy, local schools for children, and parking availability.Calculate What You Can Afford- Determine a price range into which rent and other housing costs (e.g., utilities) can fit. Ideally, monthly housing costs (e.g., rent, utilities, and renter’s insurance) should not exceed 25% to 30% of monthly take-home pay. However, this is difficult in many high-cost areas. The decision of how much to spend on rent will affect how much to spend for food, entertainment, travel, etc.Investigate Rental Resources- Seek resources to help make rent payments. If personal or family income falls within eligibility guidelines, rental assistance payments or subsidized housing units may be available. Another financial resource, for single renters, is to share rental expenses with a roommate.Document Pre-Rental Move-In Conditions– Housing experts recommend examining rental housing thoroughly and carefully with a landlord or rental agent. Take photographs at that time and save them in case you have difficulty getting your security deposit back. Some apartment complexes have checklists to document move-in conditions that both the landlord and tenant sign at the beginning and end of a lease.Know Your Lease– Understand key lease terms including the identity of the tenant and landlord, the amount and due date for rent payments, length of the lease (start and end dates), amount of security deposit required (e.g., 1 or 2 month’s rent), and whether pets or minor children are allowed. Also note the ability to sublet all or part of the lease to another tenant, parking availability, and whether or not utilities are included in monthly rent payments. Before signing a lease, determine if negotiation on certain provisions is possible.Meet Your Lease Obligations– Pay rent in full and on time and keep the premises clean and safe. Insure that your family, friends, and pets do not damage the property or disturb other tenants. Notify the landlord about needed repairs in writing, except in emergency situations, and maintain a business-like relationship. Comply with local building code regulations and housing codes and move out at the end of the lease term.Purchase Renter’s Insurance- Purchase renter’s insurance before moving into rental housing to cover personal property in the event of theft, a fire, water damage, and other named perils. Renter’s insurance also includes liability coverage to provide protection against lawsuits by guests who are injured within the walls of your rental unit and “additional living expenses” costs, like hotel bills and additional food costs, if the rental property is damaged and uninhabitable. The cost of a policy will depend on the location and type of structure of the rental unit, the value of personal property, and the amount of coverage provided.For additional information about renting, review the North Carolina State University Extension publication Choosing to Rent a Home For Your Family. Photo by mastersenaiper via Pixabay.com, CC0. https://pixabay.com/en/key-home-house-estate-business-2323278/
Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has said that he has no regrets about a remark he made on some Pakistani fans three years ago. He had labelled fans he encountered during Centurion Test in 2007 a “bunch of animals”.In his recently published controversial autobiography — To The Point — Gibbs says the entire South African team was irritated by the unruly behaviour of the Pakistani fans. He says the fans made a huge noise and even kicked his son Rashard and wife Liesl out of their seats in the stands.”All of us Proteas were getting pretty irritated and unfortunately the stump microphones picked up our displeasure,” Gibbs says.He however maintains that his remarks were not racist in nature.”You could call me many, many things, but a racist was a bit of a stretch, to say the least, especially concerning Muslims. I’m coloured, for goodness’s sake. I’ve got four Muslim aunts and about 10 Muslim cousins. How could I be racist,” Gibbs asks.Gibbs was initially banned for two Test matches for the offensive language but was later changed to one Test, Twenty-20 and one ODI match each.
India were left bruised and battered as they were shot out for a mere 224 in their first innings and then allowed Somerset to score at a rollicking pace before the three-day warm-up game ended in an expected tame draw on the final day at Taunton Sunday.The world number one side, who rested a few top players including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the only tour game, were outplayed by Somerset for most part of the day except for the brief period when Suresh Raina launched a counter-attack to score a dazzling unbeaten 103.India were completely outplayed by the English county side in the first two days also. They go into the first Test of the four-match series starting on July 21 after being at the receiving end of a county side in the tour game.After shooting India out for 224 in the morning session, Somerset scored at an amazing 6.34 runs per over to declare their second innings at 260 for two from just 41 overs at the tea break itself, leaving India an impossible victory target of 462.England captain Andrew Strauss, who was featuring in the practice game as a guest player for Somerset, top-scored with an unbeaten 109 while Peter Trego also remained not out with a 57-ball blitzkrieg of 85 which was studded with seven fours and sixes apiece.In their second innings, India were 69 for no loss before rain brought the proceedings to a close. Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir, who led the visiting side in the absence of Dhoni, were on 33 and 36 respectively when the two sides decided to end the game.advertisementIt was struggle again for the Indian bowlers on the final day with Strauss and Trego sending them for a leatherhunt by raining fours and sixes in Somerset’s second innings.Strauss followed up his 78 of the first innings with an unconquered 109 in the second essay. Somerset compiled 249 runs at the cost of two wickets from 36 overs in the post-lunch session.The sheen off Strauss innings’ was off though since Zaheer Khan did not come out on the field in the second innings of the hosts. But the rest of the Indian bowling was as ineffective as it was in the first innings.Also missing from the field was Sachin Tendulkar who chose to stay indoors during England?s second innings.The word from the dressing room though was that there is nothing wrong with the two cricketers.Somerset, who led India by 201 runs on the first innings, were rapidly into their stride as Strauss and his opening partner Arul Suppiah had their second century stand of the match. The duo stitched 129 runs for the unbroken third wicket.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra then managed two wickets off successive balls when Suppiah (45) and Hildreth (0) fell to catches in the close-in cordon but he was made to pay for irking the hosts.Peter Trego, the new man in, launched into Mishra with such ferocity that the leg-spinner conceded 61 runs from a mere three overs at one stage.Trego, in Mishra’s 12th over, reaped 28 runs, hitting a four and then the next four balls for sixes before playing the last ball with a dead bat.Mishra switched ends, even tried to bowl wides, but Trego was unstoppable.In the morning session, Suresh Raina’s counter-attacking unbeaten 103 single-handedly took India to 224 all out in their first innings.-With PTI inputs
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, raised over $2 million at its annual New York Gala last week at Cipriani Wall Street.The Foundation honored legendary activist and revered entertainer, Harry Belafonte; amfAR supporter and actor, Rosario Dawson; and photographer Patrick Demarchelier for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. Friends and longtime colleagues of each honoree presented the honors with praising words and admiration – Whoopi Goldberg presented to Belafonte; Chris Rock presented to Dawson; and Anna Wintour presented to Demarchelier.Guests in attendance included Jeremy Piven and Coco Rocha, who opened the night together, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Chelsea Clinton, Brooke Shields, Marcia Gay Harden, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Toni Garrn, Zachary Quinto, Kelly Rutherford, Kendall Jenner, Vera Wang, amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, among many others.The New York Gala, now in its 17th year, kicked off Fashion Week with a black-tie dinner, live auction, honoree presentations, and Dame Shirley Bassey’s first ever Fashion Week performance. Dame Shirley had guests on their feet from the moment she took the stage and kept them dancing and singing along as she performed “Goldfinger,” “Lady is a Tramp,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and an encore performance of “I Am What I Am.” Regina Spektor opened the night with a powerful and personal rendition of Harry Belafonte favorite, “Island in the Sun.”A highlight of the night was an appearance by actor and amfAR supporter, Brooke Shields, who announced a $1 million donation from amfAR Trustee Don Capoccia to amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative. Inspired guests took out their cell phones and began texting pledges, generating an additional $120,000 for the Cure Campaign.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by the legendary and debonair Simon de Pury, which raised more than $600,000 on its own. Highlights included:· An exclusive neon work titled “The Time Is Now!” by celebrated British artist Tracey Emin got the auction off to a dramatic start, selling for $140,00 within seconds.· Honoree Patrick Demarchelier generously donated a private portrait sitting, which was presented by Naomi Campbell. After a round of vigorous bidding, Demarchelier announced he would offer two portrait sittings to a pair of competing bidders for $120,000 each.· In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Hennessy, an extremely rare, 250 liter barrel of Collector Blend Hennessy Cognac was auctioned for $150,000. · Heidi Klum modeled a pair of Harry Winston diamond Sunflower Cascading Earrings, which she commented would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for a lucky lady in the audience. After a round of bidding, the 1.94-carat earrings sold for $50,000.· An exclusive photographic print of Andy Warhol by long-time amfAR friend and iconic photographer Christopher Makos rounded out the auction with frenzied bidding.Harry Winston generously served as the event’s presenting sponsor, launching a new and unprecedented multi-event partnership with amfAR. The event’s signature sponsors included Moët Hennessy, M•A•C Viva Glam, and Mandarin Oriental, New York.Chairs of the event included Alessandra Ambrosio, Donald A. Capoccia and Tommie Pegues, Chelsea Clinton, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, John Demsey, Jamie Foxx, Anne Fulenwider, Nina Garcia, Toni Garrn, Milutin Gatsby, Whoopi Goldberg, Nayla Hayek, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Michael Kors, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, John Legend, Cindi Leive, Terry Lundgren, Julianna Margulies, Jeremy Piven, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vincent Roberti, Bill Roedy, and Stefano Tonchi. Vice chairs included Arlen and Michele Andelson, Maria Bogdanova, Ronnie M. E. Budja, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Canno Roberts, Steven Kolb, and Stephanie and John Roberts.The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Redgrave, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Peter Lindberg, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.
Updated: 5:39 PM February 9, 2018 “Promise Zones” aim to get federal funding Posted: February 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Ben Hueso, Erik Caldwell, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsState Senator Ben Hueso (D-CA, 40th District) and Mayor Kevin Faulconer are pushing a bill through the state legislature that would greatly assist California’s most under-served neighborhoods, including San Diego’s, in getting federal funding.Friday’s press conference highlighted State Senator Ben Hueso’s legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal “Promise Zones” in their efforts to receive critical federal revitalization resources, as well as provide priority consideration for eight state tax credits and programs that distribute funding to entities and projects located within both officially-designated Promise Zones and communities that applied to become a Promise Zones.Mayor Faulconer and Erik Caldwell of the City of San Diego discussed the work being done in, and goals for, the San Diego Promise Zone, which was officially designated by the federal government in June 2016 as one of 22 nationwide Promise Zones, and comprises three of the City’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.Supporter’s believe a child’s zip code should never determine that individual’s destiny; however, today, the community that a child grows up in impacts their odds of graduating high school, health outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities. Promise Zones are some of the most high-poverty and economically-disadvantaged communities in our nation. This legislation will help facilitate increased economic activity and job growth, improved educational opportunities, enhanced public health, reductions in violent crime, and leveraging private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the full report on the so called, “Promise Zones.”
Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSwing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party. Step up to the plate to start your Major League celebrations.The San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame.This family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and grub. On J Street between Sixth and Tenth. March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party Posted: March 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter