first_imgIS IT TRUE when people get desperate they will do desperate things? …desperation can be caused by loss of employment, not able to pay your water bill, gas and electric bills, mobile phone bill, can’t pay your rent or mortgage payments, experiencing a medical issue, going through a divorce, can’t buy food or medicine, or can’t make your car payment?IS IT TRUE we are told by people in the know if some of the self-serving and narcissistic politicians don’t stop making unreasonable political promises that it could lead to civil discourse among the masses?IS IT TRUE it looks like some people living in Michigan and Kentucky are becoming somewhat desperate and are beginning to openly protest against some of the decisions and promises made by their elected officials?  …according to recent news reports, some people are beginning to feel helpless and angry about their current economic station in life?IS IT TRUE we can guarantee the next time a politician calls a news conference to talk about the COVID-19 virus they better also have a workable and well thought out plan to safely put people back to work?IS IT TRUE we are told that most people are getting sick and tired of hearing mindless platitudes making comments about how to eradicate the COVIS-19 virus?  …the comments are coming from unqualified people?…if there has ever been a time for competence (doctors, researchers, and scientists) to step forward and political charismatics to keep their mouths shut, this is the time?IS IT TRUE for over a month we watched Governors Andrew Como (NEW YORK) speak in detail on how to protect people from the Coronavirus? …he is brutally direct, honest, well informed and well-spoken? …he understands how deadly this virus can be and how to take it head-on? …it’s also obvious that he is putting ordinary citizens, first responders and health professionals above profits?IS IT TRUE we give first responders, nurses, doctors, law enforcement, health professionals, delivery persons, hospital administrators, national guard, clergy and grocery store clerks, and owners and trucks drivers five (cheers) for the brave things that they are doing to protect us during this time of crisis?IS IT TRUE that re-opening our society must be a step-by-step and gradual process by utilizing contact tracing that involves mapping whom the patient was involved with before contracting the COVID-19 disease?  …testing is also another important element in preparing to reopen our society to a normal way of life?  …that certain political types better understand that this crisis “Isn’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings”?IS IT TRUE  recently Berry Global announced they will be temporarily laying off approximately 600 employees for one week? …foodservice products for the restaurant industry have seen a decrease in demand was the main reason for the unexpected lay-off?  …we recently predicted that the employees shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the lay-offs may be longer than originally announced?IS IT TRUE that a once gainfully employed divorced waitress with two kids told us that when she gets her $2,200 governmental stimulus check it will last like a snowball in the Sahara Desert?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the government fears the people we have Liberty? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that Linda McMahon is the wife of the multi-millionaire owner and CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment Corp.? …that Linda McMahon was a former Trump cabinet appointee? …last year Linda McMahon left her cabinet position with President position as Chief of the Small Business Administration to form the American First Action Super PAC? …this committee mission is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the “Trump For President” campaign?IS IT TRUE that the Orange County Florida Sheriff went to the World Wrestling Entertainment Performance Center numerous times in March and April to inform the owner that wrestling isn’t an essential business and needed to be shut down?  …that a few days later the Republican Florida Governor declared WWE as an essential business? …we now understand where the saying “it’s not what you know but who you know” started?IS IT TRUE the masses are finally getting fed up with the political patronage and pork-barrel politics of self-serving and narcissistic Federal, State and local politicians? IS IT TRUE as of 12 noon today only 1% of the population of the United States have been tested for the COVID-19 virus?IS IT TRUE the population of the United States is 327 million people?  …as of today, around 2 million-plus people have been tested for the virus? IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is:  Who’s more qualified in determining when people should be allowed to go back to work?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES and “LOCAL SPORTS”.You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily or If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any reader’s comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img North West East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust Royal Blackburn Hospital 6000 Expansion of emergency department. South East East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust William Harvey Hospital 3000 Emergency department expansion and increasing same day emergency care. East of England Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Southend Hospital 9,700 Bring urgent and emergency care specialties together to allow effective flow of patient referrals between teams with increased capacity to avoid overcrowding and ensure patients are treated in the right environment. While emergency admissions are now back to near normal levels and 999 calls are actually above usual, COVID-19 infection control means rethinking how we safely look after people who might previously have been to an emergency department for a more minor condition. Local teams are working hard to expand and adapt services to ensure people can continue to get the care they need safely, whether that’s in hospital or closer to home. This additional investment will help us continue the development of NHS 111 and provide a broader range of services, with direct booking that will ensure all patients can see the right clinicians in the right setting, and address the extra challenges posed by COVID-19 so that emergency departments can safely treat those patients who do require their services. NHS 111 will also book appointments for patients with the appropriate service to cut out unnecessary queueing and ensure they get the right care first time. This will be safer and more convenient for patients as it will reduce the amount of time spent in waiting rooms.Those facing a life-threatening emergency should continue to dial 999 immediately. If someone is unsure how serious a condition is then NHS 111 can offer advice and if necessary, dispatch an ambulance.To support this expansion the NHS is investing £24 million to increase 111 call handling capacity and will have more clinicians on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.Each year there are 14.4 million A&E attendances in England that arrive without referral by 111, a GP or in an ambulance, as well as 2.1 million attendances that don’t result in any admission or treatment. Reducing this unnecessary use of emergency departments will ease the pressure on the NHS this winter and reduce transmission of COVID-19.Dr Cliff Mann, NHS National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care, said: London Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust King George Hospital 3000 Emergency Department improvements to waiting area, streaming, Major trauma and resuscitation area.Provisions of dedicated emergency department X-ray facilities. South West Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Dorset County Hospital 2000 Triage and minor injuries, a Priority Assessment Unit. Midlands University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust University Hospital Coventry 3000 Emergency Department expansion. A&Es in 25 hospitals across England will receive an additional £150 million to expand and upgrade, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.This is in addition to the £300 million announced recently for 117 trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the government has now invested £450 million to upgrade A&Es this winter.The funding will expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles, helping boost A&E capacity by providing additional space and reducing overcrowding. Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.Alongside this, a new offer to patients is being piloted in trusts across England, with NHS 111 being the first point of contact for accessing urgent medical care.To ensure patients get the right care in the right place and avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments, NHS 111 will build on its role during the pandemic to direct patients to the most clinically appropriate service, including emergency departments, an urgent treatment centre, a GP or mental health professional.Based on what works best during the pilots, this approach will be rolled out to all trusts from December this year.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Region Trust Site 2020/21 £’000 Summary of scheme Midlands United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Lincoln County Hospital 7000 Emergency department new build and urgent care enhancements (avoidable admissions). Increase the footprint of the front door. NHS 111 piloted as ‘front door’ for urgent care so patients can access the right service and avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments South West Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Great Western Hospital 5000 New single initial assessment area. Increase waiting capacity, urgent treatment centre and same day emergency care consulting rooms of 50%. New area with elevated infection control measures to act as ‘Blue Zone’ where patients identified as potentially infective will be managed. Increases in same day emergency care. South West Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 6000 Provision of new emergency department majors, including 6 additional major trauma cubicles for infectious patients and reprovision of Minor injuries/Musculoskeletal due to major trauma expansion. South East East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital 4000 Emergency department Expansion and improved Flow.Re-modelling the existing space will provide more clinical treatment space. Extending major trauma cubicles will assist with efficient patient flow. The scheme will provide additional cubicles for adults and children. North West Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Leighton Hospital 9000 Reconfiguration and expansion of Emergency Care services. Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: South East Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Stoke Mandeville 15000 Modular build of integrated children’s emergency department.(currently no children’s emergency department at Stoke Mandeville) and inpatient ward. North West Liverpool University Hospitals Aintree Hospital 7500 Emergency Village & Regional Emergency Hub Expansion and redesign of assessment (Medical, Frailty, Surgical and Specialist Services), same day emergency care and waiting capacity. North East and Yorkshire Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Diana Princess of Wales Hospital 4000 Create an urgent care hub that brings together an expanded emergency department and a priority admission area. Midlands The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Royal Shrewsbury Hospital 6300 Avoidable admissions & emergency department expansion. Removing an existing modular building and replacing to support Same Day Emergency Care. South West University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Bristol Royal Infirmary 7700 A purpose built emergency department and up to three admission wards (medicine and surgery).Refurbishment of current admin space into a surgical same day emergency care unit and medical assessment area.Emergency department and acute medicine front Door Remodelling and point of care testing. North West Countess of Chester NHS Hospital Foundation Trust Countess of Chester Main site 7000 Redevelopment of Urgent and Emergency Care Services. South West Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Torbay Hospital & Newton Abbot Community Hospital 9000 Establishment of a Medical Assessment Unit for Adults and Children, emergency department expansion and enhancedsame day emergency care capacity. North East and Yorkshire York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust York Hospital 2000 Provision of appropriate isolation capacity, Resuscitation Area, children’s waiting area,Clinical Decision Unit. Midlands Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Worcestershire Royal Hospital 2500 Re-locating Medical Assessment Unit, ambulatory emergency care and Stroke ward, releasing capacity for the emergency department expansion and increased same day emergency care. We are investing £450 million to make sure our A&E departments are ready for winter. Hospitals around the country will be able to expand and upgrade to ensure they can continue safely treating patients in the coming months. During the peak of the pandemic we saw millions of people using NHS 111 to get the best possible advice on COVID-19, and other urgent NHS services. These pilots will build on this and test whether we can deliver quicker access to the right care, provide a better service for the public and ensure our dedicated NHS staff aren’t overwhelmed. We all need to play our part by washing our hands regularly, using a face covering and keeping our distance from those not in our household. We are determined to protect the NHS as we did during the peak. London King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Denmark Hill 9603 Emergency Department remodel and major trauma capacity, Same Day Emergency Care and children’s emergency department. South East Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey 6000 Expanded emergency department and urgent treatment centre. The pandemic has shown NHS 111 can play a more prominent role in triaging patients to make sure they get the right care, first time round.As winter approaches and we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, these additional measures will help to reduce overcrowding in A&E, protecting both staff and patients and making the NHS as safe as possible.If a patient without a life-threatening condition in the pilot areas arrives at an A&E department without contacting NHS 111, they will continue to be given the assistance they need, but may end up waiting longer than patients with similar health issues who booked an appointment through NHS 111.A public communications campaign ‘Help Us Help You’ will also launch later this year to direct people to the right NHS service.Alongside this, NHS England has been exploring whether improvements could be made to emergency care performance measures as part of its ongoing clinically-led review, which has also considered how to accurately measure performance while the service meets the continuing challenges of COVID-19.Before December, a consultation will be launched on standards to ensure they reflect modern emergency care and deliver what patients need. The existing standards remain in place and – if any updates are subsequently made – this will only be on the basis of strong evidence and after thorough consultation.Notes to editorsIn July 2020, 1.48 million calls were made to NHS 111 with the vast majority (91%) of calls answered within 60 seconds.The £450 million forms part of an extra £1.5 billion capital funding announced by the PM this summer.The 111 pilots are currently live in Cornwall, Portsmouth and SE Hampshire and Blackpool, and have just begun in Warrington.The 25 hospitals receiving a share of £150 million for A&E upgrades are below: Consultation to launch on A&E performance measurements to ensure they reflect modern emergency care and deliver what patients need East of England East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust Lister Hospital 6,005 Front Door Triage and Streaming.Increased Capacity within the Emergency Department (specific focus on children).Co-located Assessment and Same Day Emergency Care Services. Dedicated radiology support to Emergency Department and Assessment. East of England Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Luton and Dunstable 5,700 Expansion of department to incorporate current Same Day Emergency Care and children’s assessment unit areas, with temporary relocation of minor injuries. North East and Yorkshire Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Scunthorpe General Hospital 4000 Upgrade the mental health assessment room, ensure sufficient waiting area space, suitable single rooms and social distancing measures, and an appropriate area for assessment and admission in the emergency department. Expansion of NHS 111 will help patients to be seen more quickly by the service most appropriate to their needs. We are pleased to have reached the consultation phase of how A&E performance is measured with a focus on the safe, timely care of the very sickest patients, and look forward to the publication of the proposals. A further boost to capital funding to help redevelop our most challenged emergency departments is very welcome and vital to help ensure social distancing and reduce the spread of infection. Crowding must be eliminated from emergency departments – now more than ever – and this is a helpful step towards tackling that problem.last_img read more

first_img2017 marks the triumphant return of Jamiroquai, a British funk and acid jazz band fronted by mad hatter Jay Kay. As this year marks the band’s 25th anniversary, they released the highly anticipated Automaton. Marking their first release since 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star, the band’s new music is currently backed by a world tour, and various media releases to support the evolution of Jamiroquai.Today, the band releases a new music video for “Superfresh,” the fourth track on Automaton. “Superfresh” pulls a vocoder-page from the Daft Punk playbook, a nu-disco thumper, if a bit gimmicky compared to previous Jay Kay releases. Alas, the new music video is… super fresh.Jamiroquai tour was recently disrupted by health problems with Jay Kay. While last week’s shows were postponed, there’s been no indication about rescheduling issues with upcoming dates. Read the most recent update below:last_img read more

first_imgEvery few years a new-hype technology becomes the shining star.  It sucks all the oxygen out of the room and becomes the headline darling for a while. The list of technologies that move the needle forward on managing the business better or help to grow a business are impressive.  They provide great gains, but sometimes have a shelf life.  This might be due to an eventual lack of impressive results. But more often, they are displaced by a newer, shinier technology that simply does their job better, faster and stronger. Business management software is but one example market that is no stranger to, and beneficiary of, new tech, and the gutter is littered with market losers that failed to adapt.Harvard Business Review recently published an article that points to the peril businesses will face if they don’t adopt AI sooner than later.  This initially sounds like fear-mongering journalistic headlines, but they have a few very fine and accurate points.  They aren’t claiming AI is the end all be all, but are a natural progression.  All the latest shiny tech tools have matured over time to build the AI tools that exist today.  They are natural accretions instead of massive replacements.  On the flipside, these risks could be disruptive, dilutive, or outright company ending.Are you ready to start with AI now? Or are you planning to wait?My recommendation? Start now.Now, let me tell you why.First, AI systems are accretive.  One doesn’t wake up one day with a PhD, completing Ironman Kona, or implementing fully successful AI systems.  These things take time.  There is a life cycle similar to the crawl, walk, and run analogy of how companies can move from introducing AI, implementing successful models, and then building a fully successful scaled AI implementation.  Scaled AI implementations aren’t a few Data Scientists with a handful of GPUs that sporadically create successful models that implement one off results.  There is a holistic environment where Data Scientists and Data Engineers can label and wrangle data, visualize results, create models, and review efficacy of those models at scale.  This might be multiple models trained off of large data sets per day for each Data Scientist and constant wrangling by Data Engineers.The latest #RapidsAI announcement from Nvidia found here targeting GPUs for Data Science and Engineering is certain to provide yet another disruption in the changing environment.   It is another game-changing evolution that is modernizing Data Science and Data Engineering tools. The efficiency of accelerating and scaling Data Engineering tasks with GPUs will take time to roll through environments, however.  This is part of the accretive nature of building the large environments.  Like Rapids, there will always be a next new innovation.Second, Governance doesn’t happen overnight.  Do not confuse governance of AI and advanced analytics with regulatory related oversite.  They are complimentary, but not exclusive.  Good governance of advanced analytics includes reviews for bias (or the chance a model has some inherent incorrect assumptions and affiliations), for outdated models (where the demographic or historical data set on which is was built has materially changed), and for alignment (where the model and results are in line with the companies mission and don’t broadcast an incorrect statement about the company).In my work with the automotive industry around ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), most of the major model systems for the OEMs and Tier 1 ADAS manufacturers are built for a daily recalibration.  To be more precise, they have created an SLA and environment where they can re-train the entire simulation of a model in a single day…. This is an example of an industry where regulatory governance (of safety) is currently limited (but coming). By anticipating the need for fast turn-around, to quickly address any sudden safety issues, their AI governance is ready for any future changes any government may mandate. The ability to get products to market sooner is a bonus. This is what a mature AI governance looks like.Third and probably the most under thought of is the investment path into AI.  Regularly I am approached by technology managers struggling to insource their AI endeavor.  All to often these companies rushed onto the AI bandwagon without fully mapping the path. These companies all too often relied on a 3rd party’s fully embedded AI technology to bootstrap their effort.  This accelerated their first steps into the AI environment and bought them speed in the first bullet above.  Unfortunately, this often comes at the lack of any intellectual property (IP).  At the end of the day, all the IP is owned by the 3rd party – leaving  the company’s product differentiation controlled someone else’s technology.  This is often strategically challenging and often leads to issues around cost or around how the company wants to inevitably mature the technology into its own offering.  They cannot as they do not own the IP.  This is the difference between a platform as a service (PAAS) model where you consume the infrastructure and own the technology and a software as a service (SAAS) model where you only own specific models built on someone else’s technology.  It is important to understand the difference and the impact to your business.Are you ready to be enlightened?Dell Technologies can help.  We have experience scaling and we have partners who can help operate these on your behalf in a cost friendly PAAS model.  We can help you own your intellectual property at your desired cost model.last_img read more

first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaPlant breeders have come a long way in developing new plants withseasonal characteristics that give them outstanding appeal in thelandscape. Volume XXXNumber 1Page 17 Two great examples these new shrubs are Rose Creek and CanyonCreek abelias. These exciting new shrubs come from the breedingprogram of Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia.Since their release in 2001 and 2002, respectively, these plantshave earned the admiration of nurserymen, landscapers andgardeners nationwide. They were chosen from a large field ofstrong contenders for a coveted Georgia Gold Medal Award in 2005.Rose Creek and Canyon Creek abelias are seedling selections ofChinese abelia (Abelia chinense). They wereopen-pollinated with other abelia cultivars, so their exactparentage is unknown.Rose CreekRose Creek was selected for its low mounding growth habit,crimson stem color, fragrant white flowers and exceptionally longbloom period (May to frost).The plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. It’s anexcellent choice for foundation plantings, containers orlow-growing hedges.Rose Creek has evergreen leaves that emerge with a pinkish cast,turn a lustrous, dark green in summer and then darken topurple-green in winter, giving the plant an ever-changingseasonal interest.It bears cluster after cluster of white, fragrant, tubularflowers, about a half-inch long, throughout the growing season.Below each flower are small, light pink, modified leaves, calledthe calyx, which remain on the plant after the flowers fade andprovide even more pizzazz to the floral display.Canyon CreekCanyon Creek abelia is larger than Rose Creek, growing 4 to 6feet tall and wide. It’s a great hedging plant and is idealchoice for a mixed perennial border. New leaves emerge with acoppery pink cast that mellows to a soft yellow, then green, thenrosy bronze in winter.Flowers are fragrant, tubular, light pink and are borne inclusters from May until frost. The flowers are surrounded attheir base by a star-shaped, reddish pink calyx that persistslong after the flowers drop, so the plant appears to have twoflower forms present at the same time all season.Both abelias are drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and hardy fromzones 6 to 9. They grow well in full sun to partial shade. Andpests seldom bother them. They’re highly attractive tobutterflies and bees, too.They may require some light pruning from time to time to removelanky shoots. Otherwise, both plants look their best when allowedto develop a natural, informal look.(Gary Wade is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

first_imgLast year many lawns across the state didn’t receive enough rainfall for the grass to grow, photosynthesize and make carbohydrate reserves. Turfgrass that experienced this lack of rainfall will likely be slow to green up this spring. If rainfall totals return to normal this spring, lawns will recover, but may do so at a slower rate because the production of reserves was compromised last fall. For example, a lawn that would typically be fully green and growing in mid-May might take until late May or June to green up. A two- to four-week delay in green-up of warm-season grasses may be common this spring.Consider aerification to improve green-up and growth. Core aerification is a cultivation practice that opens the soil, allowing moisture and air into the root zone. When it’s timed and performed correctly, aerification can stimulate rhizomes to initiate growth, causing the grass to grow sooner.  Aerification never hurts, but most warm-season lawns do not need regular or annual aerification. This spring may be an exception. Core aerification stimulates the turfgrass’s growth and helps the turfgrass achieve surface coverage as early as possible. It benefits lawns that suffered through one, or multiple, drought-induced dormancy periods last summer and fall. If there is a year to seriously consider core aerification, this is it.Core aerification also benefits centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass, even though these plants do not have rhizomes. While the practice does not stimulate shoot growth from rhizomes, aerification does relieve compaction, which generally stimulates rooting and promotes deeper roots that pull water and nutrients from a greater soil volume. For turfgrass species that have stolons, aerification typically increases lateral growth and creates a healthier plant.There are two basic types of aerification: hollow- and solid-tine. Hollow-tine aerification removes a soil core, and solid-tine aerification creates a hole without removing a soil core. In both types, a void in the soil is created that allows air and water to more deeply penetrate the root zone.  Hollow-tine aerification’s benefits last longer due to the removal of the core. With either technique, the deeper the aerification holes, the better. Ideally, cores, or plugs, are 3 to 4 inches in depth and a half-inch in diameter.In time, the surrounding soil relaxes back into the void, opening pore space in the surrounding soil, which leads to improved air exchange and better water infiltration within the soil. If there is a choice between hollow-tine and solid-tine aerification, choose hollow-tine.Stimulating turfgrass through aerification can also make the grass more sustainable. Once turfgrass has leaves, it can begin photosynthesizing and producing carbohydrates. The plant will use some of these reserves in the spring and summer, and some will be partitioned to rhizomes and stolons. Restoring carbohydrate reserves that may have decreased as a result of 2016 conditions will help the grass make it through the next stressful condition.Soil wears on metal tines. To optimize the benefits of core aerification, tines should be changed regularly, especially once they cannot effectively pull a 3-inch core. If you choose to rent an aerifier and do the job yourself, inspect the tines and choose the piece of equipment with longest tines or ask the rental agency to replace the tines with a new set.  Core aerification is only part of a sound agronomic program. Other basic turfgrass management practices, like maintaining proper fertility of the turfgrass, are also important. Keep in mind that turfgrass is likely less vigorous this spring as a result of last summer’s weather conditions. Avoid applying nitrogen fertilizer to warm-season grasses until soil temperatures at the 4-inch depth are consistently 65 degrees Fahrenheit and rising. (This will likely coincide with the appropriate timing for core aerification.) To make sure soil pH, phosphorus and potassium levels are within recommended ranges for optimum growth, take a soil sample to your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.Visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com to find lawn care calendars, including fertility recommendations, for different turfgrass species.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County judge dismissed Monday charges that had been filed against a former lawmaker who was accused of stealing a pocketbook from his ex-girlfriend’s East Garden City home three months ago.David Mejias, a county legislator and one-time congressional candidate, had initially pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.Prosecutors said that the 35-year-old woman did not want to pursue the case, prompting Judge Douglas Lerose to reduce the felony charges to misdemeanors and then dismiss them, according to reports and court documents. The judge also vacated a restraining order for Mejias to stay away from the woman.“I am grateful that these outlandish charges have been dismissed,” Mejias said in a statement. “There was never any truth to the charges and as an attorney I appreciate that the legal system worked and the truth has prevailed.”Police had arrested the 44-year-old Glen Cove-based attorney after he was accused of stealing the woman’s Louis Vuitton pocket book and bracelet from her home before the woman called 911, but hung up before the call was completed.The complainant said that Mejias had a key to her home, was allowed to take the items after the two had a non-violent argument and that police had responded after the uncompleted 911 call, the documents said. After the officers arrived and she told them Mejias was involved, she said they became more aggressive in having her fill out a Domestic Incident Report even though she said she didn’t want Mejias arrested, the documents said. Authorities later tracked Mejias down at his Farmingdale home and arrested him.Mejias, who has served in the county legislature from 2003 to 2009 and unsuccessfully tried to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) in 2006, was previously charged with stalking another ex-girlfriend while running for a state Senate seat in 2010. Those charges were also dropped.last_img read more

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details None of us are perfect and that means from time to time we will make mistakes at work. Sometimes we let our boss down and other times we fail our team, but the key to getting out of the doghouse is strategically repairing the situation. Here are a few tips for getting back in your boss’ (or coworkers’) good graces after an office blunder.Take responsibility (immediately)Don’t wait for someone else to call you on your misstep. Instead of hoping it won’t come to light, own up to your mistakes right away. This will show your boss that in the event that another hiccup happens down the road, you can be trusted to be forthcoming about your involvement. This also shows others a humility that is respected in the workplace. Additionally, by taking responsibility from the start, you have more control in how you remedy the blunder instead of scrambling if you are outed by someone else.Get started on solutionsRight after owning up to it, start getting together a game plan for moving forward. Did you fail to hold up your end of the bargain on a project that affects your colleagues? If so, schedule a meeting with the team to apologize for dropping the ball and ask them what you can do to get things back on track. Show them that you’re ready to go above and beyond what’s necessary to fix things. If your boss has been let down by your actions (or lack thereof), quickly speak directly with them on how you can repair the mistakes. The quicker you propose solutions and show you’re on top of getting things in order, the more likely your boss will forget about the blunder and focus instead on rebounding.Let it be a learning experienceOnce things are back where they need to be, demonstrate to your team you’ve learned from your mistakes by showing them more attention to detail and a strong work ethic. Whether that means getting a second set of eyes to review your work or being more open about any concerns or reservations you may have about what you’re working on, showing that you are striving to improve yourself will go a long way. Everyone knows that mistakes happen, but make sure the same ones don’t occur again, or you could face more serious reprimanding down the road.last_img read more

first_img(WBNG) — One Southern Tier woman has returned home to help in the fight against COVID-19. The transfusions work by matching Guglielmo with someone of the same blood type. The antibodies from her body have already helped fight off the virus, so by donating them to someone else, it can help them build up the same kind of defensive response. Kristina Guglielmo grew up in Greene but moved west to Arizona, where in March she tested positive for the virus. After two weeks of isolating in her room and not being able to sleep, she has since made a full recovery. “They’re taking the antibodies out of your plamsa and giving blood transfusions to people who are sick to help fight the virus off,” Guglielmo told 12 News. “My blood will help three blood transfusions, and sometimes one person will need three blood transfusions.”center_img While visiting her son back home, she heard about a new program, a chance for survivors like her to help others in their fights against the virus. She said she is a home healthcare nurse by trade, so helping people is both her job and her passion, and she’s happy to be helping back home in Upstate New York.last_img read more

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