“There is no such thing as a deer-resistant plant, and when deer populations are high and food becomes scarce, deer may feed on plants that are thought to be deer-tolerant,” Mengak said. Spring is the perfect time to add new flowers and trees to your home landscape. However, deer may love the new addition as much as you do. “Deer like nutrient-rich plants, especially in spring and summer when does are pregnant or nursing, when young deer are growing and when bucks are growing antlers,” said Michael Mengak, wildlife specialist with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “Fertilized plants, such as those in home landscapes, provide protein, energy-rich carbohydrates, minerals and salts.” Asiatic lilies, jessamine, daylily, hibiscus, hollyhock, hosta, Japanese maples, pansies and roses are a few deer favorites. Adding deer-tolerant plants to the landscape will keep deer at bay, says Gary Wade, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “A good way to prevent deer from browsing in landscapes is to plant ornamental plants that deer do not like to eat,” Wade said. “Deer generally do not like plants with pungent aromas. They also shy away from plants with prickly or rough leaves and plants with a bitter taste.” Deer-tolerant plants to try include:Trees: bald cypress, crepe myrtle, Eastern red cedar, ginkgo, pawpaw, pine, spruce and tulip poplar. Shrubs: boxwood, butterfly bush, common witchhazel, gardenia, Japanese rose, junipers, oleander, pomegranate, primrose jasmine and yucca. Ornamental grasses: fountain grass, lemongrass, pampas grass and sedge. Vines and groundcovers: columbine, creeping lantana, junipers and thyme. Herbaceous perennials and bulbs: African lily, amaryllis, bee balm, butterfly weed, Christmas fern, daffodils, elephant ears, foam flower, iris, lantana, marjoram, peony, purple coneflower, tarragon, toad lily and yarrow. Annuals: annual periwinkle, baby’s breath, basil, California poppy, snapdragon and sweet pea.
Italian oil major Eni to restructure, creating ‘energy evolution’ unit to push green transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Italian oil major Eni has announced a major restructuring that its chief executive describes as an “irreversible path” that will make the company a leader in the energy transition.The company will be split into two new business groups: “Energy Evolution” — focusing on power generation and the switch from fossil fuels to “bio, blue and green” — and “Natural Resources”, which will incorporate its oil & gas activities, including carbon capture and storage (CCS).“This new structure reflects Eni’s pivot to the energy transition; an irreversible path that will make us leaders in decarbonised energy products.,” said chief executive Claudio Descalzi.In late February, Descalzi announced plans for Eni to build 55GW of renewable energy projects by 2050 and reduce the emissions of its products by 80% by the same year, which he said would keep it in line with the Paris Agreement. The company already builds its own wind and solar projects.“Energy Evolution will focus on the evolution of the businesses of power generation, transformation and marketing of products from fossil to bio, blue and green,” Eni said in a statement, presumably referring to “blue hydrogen” produced from natural gas with CCS. “In particular, it will focus on growing power generation from renewable energy and biomethane, it will coordinate the bio and circular evolution of the company’s refining system and chemical business, and it will further develop Eni’s retail portfolio, providing increasingly more decarbonised products for mobility, household consumption and small enterprises.”The new company structure is expected to be implemented “over the coming weeks”, with Eni saying chief financial officer Massimo Mondazzi will leave his role on 1 August to head up the Energy Evolution business.[Leigh Collins and Eoin O’Cinneide]More: Oil giant Eni to restructure as it embarks on ‘irreversible path’ to be an energy transition leader
By Dialogo January 27, 2011 Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera launched a call to Colombia’s neighbors on 25 January to implement an “international strategy” against criminal gangs. “What is required is a high-level international border-security strategy, with cooperation agreements with neighboring countries and the support of the international community,” the minister affirmed during a meeting with reporters in Bogotá. “Such a strategy is necessary, since the fight against transnational crime is not the fight of a single country, but that of the entire international community,” he emphasized, calling also for an adequate policy of “hardening the border.” On 20 January, Rivera had announced an offensive against kidnapping and extortion in an area on the border with Venezuela, where local authorities charge that guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are committing crimes from the Venezuelan side. That same day, eight Colombian soldiers were wounded during clashes with alleged FARC guerrillas in a wooded area located between the departments of Nariño and Putumayo, on the southern border with Ecuador. After months of severe disagreements, Venezuela broke off relations with Colombia in July 2010, after Colombia’s president at the time, Álvaro Uribe, charged that Colombian guerrillas were operating in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Quito broke off ties with Uribe’s administration as a result of a Colombian bombardment of a clandestine FARC base on its border territory, on 1 March 2008, which killed the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader, Raúl Reyes, and twenty-four others. Juan Manuel Santos’s inauguration in August marked the resumption of bilateral ties, on 10 August with Venezuela and on 26 November with Ecuador.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was convicted Friday of gunning down his 37-year-old girlfriend following a dispute near their Dix Hills home last year.A Suffolk County jury found Eric Bermudez guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week-long trial.“While nothing can ease the suffering caused by the defendant, we hope this conviction provides some solace to the victim’s family in knowing that their loved one’s murderer will be held accountable for his actions,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said.Authorities said the 37-year-old gunman shot Regina Flecha eight times on Burroughs Avenue after she walked away from their residence on Black Pine Court on April 13. He then pulled her into his car and drove away.Twenty minutes later, Third Precinct detectives stopped his speeding vehicle on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore and found the victim in the front passenger seat, prosecutors said.They also found the murder weapon, two additional guns—one of which was stolen—and a silencer in the trunk, according to investigators. Flecha was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she died shortly later.Bermudez faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced April 19 by Judge John B. Collins.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board is slated to vote in open session Oct. 15 on its final risk-based capital rule. If approved as proposed, the rule would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.NAFCU has consistently opposed this rulemaking and urged withdrawal. In particular, “NAFCU believes NCUA has failed to consider the true impact this rulemaking will have on the entire credit union industry,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. He reiterated the association’s view that RBC2 is unnecessary and will only impose more regulatory burden and costs on an already extremely well-capitalized industry.NAFCU is working in support of H.R. 2769, a bill which would require NCUA to review RBC2 and report back to Congress on the agency’s authority to issue a two-tier, risk-based-capital rule and the impact it would have on credit unions and their members.The bill was overwhelmingly approved this month by the House Financial Services Committee in a bipartisan vote of 50-9. Its sponsors, Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., Bill Posey, R-Fla., and Denny Heck, D-Wash., urged NCUA earlier this week to voluntarily undertake the study before moving forward on RBC2. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said in a letter Thursday that the agency will submit a report on RBC2 issues “shortly after” the board meeting next week. continue reading »
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In response to the current market environment, oil major Shell has decided to reduce its operating costs by up to $4 billion in 2020 and to cut its capital expenditure from $25 billion to $20 billion.As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the world – seriously impacting people’s health, the way of life and global markets, Shell said on Monday it is taking decisive action to reinforce the financial strength and resilience of its business so that it is well-positioned for the eventual economic recovery.“As well as protecting our staff and customers in this difficult time, we are also taking immediate steps to ensure the financial strength and resilience of our business,” said Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell.“The combination of steeply falling oil demand and rapidly increasing supply may be unique, but Shell has weathered market volatility many times in the past.”“In these very tough conditions, I am very proud of our staff and contractors across the world for maintaining their focus on safe and reliable operations while also ensuring their own health and welfare and that of their families, communities and our customers.”In order to deliver sustainable cash flow generation, Shell is actively managing all its operational and financial levers – from focusing on maintaining safe and reliable operations each day to reducing capital spend and operating expenses.According to the company, it is embarking on a series of operational and financial initiatives that are expected to result in reduction of underlying operating costs by $3-4 billion per annum over the next 12 months compared to 2019 levels; reduction of cash capital expenditure to $20 billion or below for 2020 from a planned level of around $25 billion; and material reductions in working capital.Together, these initiatives are expected to contribute $8 – 9 billion of free cash flow on a pre-tax basis. Shell is still committed to its divestment program of more than $10 billion of assets in 2019-20 but timing depends on market conditions.The board of Royal Dutch Shell has decided not to continue with the next tranche of the share buyback program following the completion of the current share buyback tranche.“We will continue to review the dynamically evolving business environment and are prepared to take further strategic decisions and consider changes to the overall financial framework as necessary,” Shell said.Shell said that its liquidity remains strong, with around $20 billion in cash and cash equivalents, $10 billion of undrawn credit lines under the revolving credit facility and access to extensive commercial paper programs.
Loading… The order was made on Friday, and clubs had until Tuesday (today) to tell the CFA how they would adhere to it. They will also face random inspections to make sure they’re following the instructions. The CFA said the training was designed to help realise Xi’s grand plans, launched in 2016, to make China a major footballing nation. At the same time, players must also do their bit to fight the deadly coronavirus, which emerged in central China in December and has since spread across the world Read Also Milan donate €250,000 to support the Coronavirus emergency “Achieve epidemic prevention and control on one hand, and focus on training and battle preparations on the other,” the CFA said.”Both hands must be strong and both battles must be won. “Men’s and women’s national teams and professional football clubs are requested to strictly follow the notice,” the CFA added. The results of the surprise checks will be made public and clubs will be ranked to shame underachievers into action. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chinese football clubs and national teams must undertake “spring military training” to defeat the coronavirus and help fulfill President Xi Jinping’s dream of making the country a force in the sport, officials said. Matches in China are indefinitely suspended over the outbreak but the football association has issued detailed orders, telling clubs how long players must train each week, what exercises they must do and even how slim they must be. The strict instructions, the latest in a series handed down by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in recent years, are likely to be met with surprise by coaches such as Rafael Benitez and Fabio Cannavaro with a background in European football. But Cannavaro, at Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and Benitez at Dalian Pro are among the coaches who will be held directly responsible for incorporating the training regime into their pre-season programmes. Chinese League defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?
The bioethicslaw, which has cleared its first reading in the parliament, would lift thecurrent restriction limiting in vitro fertilization (IVF) to heterosexualcouples. PARIS – Around42,000 protesters took to the streets in the French capital peacefullydemonstrating against a draft law allowing lesbians and single women toconceive children with medical assistance, according to the police. For some inPresident Emmanuel Macron’s governing party, the bill revived memories of thedisruptive and sometimes violent protests against his predecessor FrancoisHollande’s “Marriage For All” law which legalized gay unions. Protesters march against a reform bill that will widen access to medically-assisted procreation to lesbian couples and single women, in Paris, France on Oct. 6. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN Those protestspeaked in January 2013 with a demonstration attended by thousands of people. Remnants of thesame “Demonstrations for All” movement, founded in opposition to Hollande’slaw, took part in Sunday’s march.(Reuters)