Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY — An additional $300 in unemployment benefits from the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program will eventually be rolling out to New Yorkers, but the wait for claimants to receive them continues in the state. The states of Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas have started Lost Wages Assistance Program payments. In total, they have 2.6 million claimants. New York State, which has not started the program payments yet, has had about 2.8 million alone.According to NYS DOL spokesperson Deanna Cohen, New York has paid about “19 years’ worth of benefits in just five months” due to the pandemic. In a statement, she says in part, “… Administering the Lost Wages Assistance program is made even more complex by the federal administration’s inability to work with congress and the President’s attempt to cover for this failure with a haphazard executive order…”New York State did not immediately apply for the LWA program until after states were not required to provide funding for it. There’s still no set date for when the LWA payments will start heading out to unemployed New Yorkers, but the Department of Labor says they will “continue to work as quickly as possible to get New Yorkers their benefits.” Nineteen of the 41 states that have been approved for the program do not have set dates for the program payments to start heading out, either. The payments will be retroactive to August 1 when they are made available.At this time, it’s also still unknown how long the LWA payments will go on.
Proper management of a pine stand requires thinning in order to prevent disease and insect infestation and to maximize profit. Thinning is the process of cutting or removing certain trees from a stand to regulate the number, quality and distribution of the remaining trees.Commercial pine timber is typically grown for pulpwood, chip-n-saw lumber, saw timber and, less commonly, veneer. The growing process takes between 30 and 40 years, depending on the manager’s end goal and the quality of the site where the trees are growing.Harvest time for pulpwood and veneer depends on a rotational age and site index. Stand age for a pulpwood harvest is between eight and 10 years. This is the age at which canopy closure often occurs and young trees compete for light and nutrients, causing stress. Stands at this stage are not often thinned due to the low or lack of market value of pulpwood.Chip-n-saw timber harvest generally occurs when trees are between 15 and 20 years of age. The first thinning that occurs in a stand happens during this harvest age and usually has commercial value. Saw timber is harvested last and it is often the final cutting that occurs in most commercial stands.Thinning, whether it is precommercial or commercial, benefits the timber stand and the owner of the stand. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees.Decreasing competition within the stand also reduces the likelihood that trees will be stressed due to lack of resources. Stressed trees are more susceptible to diseases and insects.The landowner benefits from thinning because growth is concentrated in fewer, faster-growing trees. The time required for trees to reach harvestable size is reduced. Larger trees bring higher stumpage prices and only quality trees are permitted to grow to final harvest. Eliminating the number of low-value trees maximizes profit.Trees that could stagnate or die before final harvest can be profitable, too. Intermediate harvests can provide periodic income, enhance fire protection and benefit wildlife.Beyond thinning, prescribed fire is a wonderful management tool within a timber stand. Prescribed fire controls thick underbrush, reduces fuel loads, recycles nutrients and provides forage for wildlife. After thinning, foresters should apply forestry-grade herbicide and perform a winter burn to free nutrients and reduce fuel loads in the stand. Fuel-load reduction is essential because it reduces the intensity of wildfires that can damage trees.Commercial timber represents 87.4 percent of Georgia’s forestry and forestry products, according to the 2015 farm gate value report from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Forest industry production and processing accounted for an economic contribution of $17.7 billion and over 73,300 jobs in 2015.Proper management practices must take place to protect timber stands from disease and insects and to maximize their value. While precommercial thinning is often not profitable, it should be used to cut stand density to reduce stress. This practice can save money and can increase the value of the timber in the long run. For more advice on managing pine stands, contact a professional forester or your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent.
By Directorate of Information and Aerospace Interests, Peruvian Air Force January 23, 2017 On January 18th,The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) received an award for flight safety from the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym). The prize was awarded for having the best air operations safety record and for safety measures taken by FAP personnel that contributed to preventing aviation accidents and encouraging other similar actions. Air General Javier Ramírez Guillén, commander general of FAP, officiated the international awards ceremony in the Plaza de Armas of the 2nd Air Wing (Callao), with assistance from civilian and military personnel who belong to this air unit, members of the High Command, as well as authorities from the Air Wing and Operations Command. SICOFAA awarded the prize for the distinguished record of crews and personnel from the 8th Air Group (GRUP8) for merit in flight safety and for the safety measures that contributed to the prevention of aviation accidents in the institution. The commander of GRUP8, FAP Colonel Roberto Aranda Del Castillo, received the award on behalf of the unit and expressed his satisfaction with the group’s achievement. SICOFAA is a voluntary non-political organization comprised of members from the Air Forces of North and South America. Its objective is to promote bonds of friendship and mutual aid through cooperation during emergency situations, to promote the exchange of experiences so the capacities of the air forces and their equivalents can be strengthened, as well as to provide support for the requirements of their members.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions wrapped up another successful, record-breaking CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Thursday with the last of their visits to Capitol Hill. During the week credit union advocates visited with every Congressional office to tell stories about the credit union difference and support legislation that would allow them to serve members better.And while leagues and credit unions were busy on social media documenting their travels, many elected officials also took the time to tweet thanks to their constituents for stopping by and telling them about the good work done in their communities. continue reading » Illinois credit unions meet with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) Wednesday during Hill visits at CUNA GAC. Davis also participated in on onstage discussion at CUNA GAC.
Poul Kobberup, managing director at PFA Asset Management, said: “PFA’s money is being put to work for Danish export, and, at the same time, it is a good investment.“In the future, we look forward to contributing to other attractive projects that will increase Danish exports for the benefit of Danish growth and employment.”PFA has earmarked a total of DKK10bn for financing Danish export businesses for which EKF provides a guarantee.Both parties expect the initial loans will be for long-term projects such as wind farms, with minimum amounts of DKK250m and long maturities. Danish pension fund PFA has loaned DKK240m (€32.1m) to Bord Gais Eireann, the Irish state-owned energy company, to buy wind turbines for its 24MW Lisheen II wind farm near Moyne in County Tipperary, central Ireland.The project amounts to a considerable extension to the existing wind farm.The money, which will finance the purchase of turbines from Danish manufacturer Vestas, is guaranteed by EKF, the Danish Export Credit Agency.Agent for the loan is the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Boats at the port in Rotterdam in the NetherlandsAegon said it wanted to incorporate Optas into its life insurance business unit, arguing that it was a closed fund and the merger would benefit the dockers as their pensions would become part of a larger and stronger entity.FNV Havens and Aegon have been in dispute over the dock workers’ pension provision ever since Aegon bought Optas in 2007.Meanwhile, Aegon has said it would raise its promised “one-off and non-mandatory” contribution to the port workers’ pension fund from €1.5m to €5m.It said that the decision was the consequence of “discussions with the various stakeholders as well as responses from port people”.FNV Havens said that it had tried several times to find out what DNB’s decision was going to be, but the watchdog had declined to reveal its position, citing confidentiality. According to the union, DNB only wanted to communicate with Optas and Aegon.Majority of scheme members support ESG investingThree quarters of participants of Dutch pension funds support sustainable investing, according to a survey by pensions think-tank Netspar.This percentage was likely to increase when new generations joined, said researchers Lei Delsen and Alex Lehr, who questioned 2,500 participants aged over 40.They found that the large majority didn’t object to slightly higher contributions and lower pension payouts as a consequence.In the opinion of Delsen and Lehr – affiliated with Nijmegen’s Radboud University – pension funds that only took financial considerations into account risked ignoring what their members considered important.However, they also acknowledged that some of the respondents might not have been fully aware of the financial impact of a lower pension, and might have provided socially desirable answers.The survey also revealed that women and higher educated people more often supported ESG investment, and that support tended to increase with age.The researchers said they expected changes as younger workers joining pension funds, as they were likely to be more supportive of sustainable investing.A separate survey by Detailhandel, the €21bn Dutch scheme for the retail sector, found that both lower and higher educated participants embraced their pension fund’s ESG policy. The union’s secretary said that FNV Havens wanted guarantees from Aegon that the policy holders wouldn’t be disadvantaged by the merger, and that the insurer would stick to earlier agreements. The Dutch trade union for port workers is considering suing the financial regulator for allowing the merger of Optas Pensioenen, which provides the dockers’ pensions, and Aegon Life Insurance.FNV Havens said the disappearance of Optas as a separate entity would come at the expense of €600,000 a year of reclaimed dividend tax from the US, Japan and Switzerland.According to Niek Stam, the union’s secretary, regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) had thwarted the opportunity to protest against the merger plan by responding too slowly to the unions’ enquiries about its position.“We wanted to make our objections known to DNB, but the supervisor kept on responding so late that we couldn’t mobilise our members against the merger plan,” Stam said. “If at least one quarter of our members would have protested, DNB could have blocked the merger.”
The Gold Coast’s first penthouse is up for grabs.The first penthouse to be built on the Coast, which helped put the Glitter Strip on the map as a holiday destination, has hit the market. Perched at the top of the Gold Coast’s first high-rise development, and one of Queensland’s earliest skyscrapers, the four-bedroom apartment is in the heritage listed Kinkabool building. The dated Surfers Paradise skyhome occupies the whole top floor and is a deceased estate being sold via an auction campaign. The four-bedroom apartment at 9/34 Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise.Surfers Paradise First National agent Bob Rollington, who is marketing the property with Leanne Marr, said the penthouse was a piece of Gold Coast history, as was its lockup garage which was on a separate title. “It was the first high-rise in Surfers, built in 1960 by John Booker,” he said.“The views are spectacular and you are right in the centre of town. “The garage is next door which was the original site of the Flamingo Nightclub, the first nightclub in Surfers.” MORE NEWS: Has this property started a sick trend?MORE NEWS: Million-dollar sale sets street record The skyhome will head under the hammer on June 15.The Queensland Heritage Register lists the building as a place of significance as it was the beginning of residential towers on the Coast. “Built in 1959-1960 at Surfers Paradise, the home-unit building known as Kinkabool was the Gold Coast’s first high-rise and one of Queensland’s earliest, built shortly after Torbreck was completed in Brisbane in 1960,” the description reads. The report said the building was the starting point for developments of its type which kicked off tourism in Queensland and gave the Gold Coast an international reputation. “Kinkabool also illustrates a significant aspect of the evolving character of the quintessential Australian beach holiday,” the site stated. “It reflects a shift in the preferences of many post-World War II Australian tourists away from traditional holiday accommodation options like camping or caravanning, guest or boarding houses toward high-rise, self-contained apartments with a view of the beach and equipped with modern conveniences like timesaving kitchen appliances and on-site pools.”The penthouse at 9/34 Hanlan St is set to head under the hammer on June 15. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 email@example.com Mr Rollington said the apartment is currently rented out for $650 per week and was likely to attract investors and families looking for a holiday home or permanent residence in the heart of town. The owners held the keys for more than 35 years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Kinkabool building has recently had a makeover.Mr Rollington said the Kinkabool building had recently had an expensive makeover to bring it back to life. “It was all done in consultation with the heritage listing people,” he said. “They ended up getting the original designs and co-ordinating the colours and they replaced all the windows to get it back to the original facade.“There was a lot of work involved and at a great cost.”
Vernon, In. — Deputies from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department made three marijuana-related arrests in Vernon while looking for a wanted suspect Monday.When police arrived at the residence around 8:40 p.m. they observed the suspect exit, then re-enter the residence. Officers reported the strong odor of marijuana as they approached the home.Deputies detained five suspects while a search warrant was obtained. During the search, police recovered marijuana, paraphernalia, marijuana wax, scales, plants and growing equipment.Two juveniles were released to their parents. Noah Patton, 18, of Vernon, has been charged with a Decatur County warrant for dealing in marijuana, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Thomas Wiley, 21, of Westport, has been charged with Possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Weldon Wiley III, 43, of Westport, has been charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
“I will never forget the first time I paid a player.”Not alone · The NCAA hit USC hard with sanctions involving Reggie Bush’s relationship with an agent, but former NFL agent Josh Luchs says in a report that he personally paid dozens of college football athletes. – Daily Trojan file photo These are the words of former NFL agent Josh Luchs printed in a special Sports Illustrated report released on its website Tuesday. Luchs, who was a NFL agent for 20 years, alleges that he knows of 30 collegiate football players who took cash or extra benefits while still in school, most of which were provided by him in the 1990s.Of those 30 people, four were USC players, including receiver R. Jay Soward. You might recognize Soward’s name from various recaps over the weekend as freshman receiver Robert Woods came dangerously close to Soward’s school record of 260 receiving yards in a game. Soward told SI that Luchs’ statements about their interactions is true and he took the money because his scholarship didn’t give him enough money for rent or food. He said he would do it again if he had the chance.Although this report deals with transgressions that happened 10-20 years ago, it still has a major effect on college athletics today. It confirms what many people currently believe: that player-agent monetary relationships have been and still are very prevalent at many institutions around the country, not just at USC.But it also indirectly confirms another truth USC fans have widely believed. The NCAA was trying to make a point with the sanctions handed down to USC over the summer.Before I go on, it must be noted that USC isn’t the first institution to be punished by the NCAA — far from it. Over the years, some schools have received just as harsh — if not harsher — punishments as the Trojans.Southern Methodist University, which was a football powerhouse in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, had its football season cancelled for two years (the NCAA gave it the option to play only road games in 1988 but the school declined) as a result of findings that a booster paid the players via the athletic department.Then there was Miami in the mid-’90s, which was put on a one-year bowl ban and lost dozens of scholarships for manipulating the system in order to get hundreds of thousands of extra dollars in Pell Grant money and financial aid.Alabama received stricter penalties in 2002 when it received a two-year bowl ban and also lost scholarships because boosters gave five-figure payments to a few high school coaches in order to lure recruits.Finally, there was Indiana basketball in 2008, which was put on probation for three years in addition to self-imposed scholarship reductions when it was found to have major recruiting violations.However, although these penalties are arguably harsher, these schools didn’t get punished because an agent paid a player in hopes of landing him after he left school. All payments came via boosters or inside men to entice athletes to stay at that school. There were a lot more cases of NCAA rule-breaking by schools during this time, but they mostly dealt with academic fraud, recruiting violations and the like.USC is the first case of a school receiving major penalties because of illegal activity regarding agent-player relations. But as the SI report shows, this activity has been going on for at least 20 years, most likely longer.Even though it’s been happening for so long, there hasn’t been a notable penalty until the one levied on USC. That’s partly because of inconsistencies in laws throughout the various states, but also because it’s extremely hard to prove. It took the NCAA four years to finally come out with the sanctions against USC.With all this in mind, it’s clear the NCAA is trying to make an example out of USC. Just look at the current college football landscape. Since the sanctions were handed down at USC, North Carolina’s football team has become the subject of a major NCAA probe looking into player-agent relations that has already had a few players dismissed or suspended from the team. Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey is alleged to have taken $100,000 from an agent before last year’s Sugar Bowl. Alabama and South Carolina are also on the NCAA’s radar regarding player-agent misconduct.USC was clearly not the only school where such improprieties were occurring. But the NCAA is hoping to show that the USC sanctions, will hopefully curb the practice. It’s hoping for a response similar to the one given by John Lombardi, the president of the University of Florida when SMU received its penalty in the late ‘80s.“SMU taught the committee that the death penalty is too much like the nuclear bomb. It’s like what happened after we dropped the (atom) bomb in World War II. The results were so catastrophic that now we’ll do anything to avoid dropping another one.”Sadly, this problem might be too widespread — Luchs was just one unknown guy among possibly hundreds doing this — and so deep that the NCAA will have trouble keeping tabs on everyone. All the NCAA can do is hope stiff sanctions are enough to scare schools straight.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.