Leaf eaters

first_imgPests love cole cropsYoung plants, particularly those of crops that will eventually form heads, are very susceptible to damage from flea beetles, cutworms and other pests in the soil, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist Alton Sparks.“Flea beetles are the ones that cause small shot holes in leaves,” Sparks said.Other pests include seed-corn maggots, which attack the germinating seed and very young seedlings, and cutworms, which clip the plant off at the soil line shortly after it emerges. Fall vegetables want water and food, tooThe key to keeping plants healthy is to water and fertilize them properly.“Many home gardeners forget to water their plants in the fall,” Westerfield said. “The cool weather tricks them into thinking their plants don’t need water.”Water thoroughly once a week, he said. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation help prevent creating an environment for diseases. “These methods water from the bottom which keeps the leaves dry,” he said. “Wet leaves can lead to disease problems.” Transplants bestThese seedling pests cause little damage once the plants are well established, or if you use transplants.“Occasionally, small insects can be seen tunneling within the leaves of young plants,” Sparks said. “However, caterpillars that feed on leaves cause the most concern. They eat the harvestable part of the plant and can reduce plant growth if they eat enough foliage.” The best way to fight back is to regularly scout the garden for pests, said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Extension horticulturist. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaWhen insects munch on summer vegetable leaves, gardeners cringe but are happy the tasty fruit is spared. When bugs munch on fall crops like cabbage and turnip greens, well, gardeners must fight back to save the harvest. Cole crops like cabbage, collards, cauliflower and broccoli are typically transplanted in Georgia in the fall. Mustard, kale and turnip greens are often seeded directly into the ground. center_img Use integrated pest managment methods“Consider hand-picking insects off your plants or using an organic alternative control like Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis),” he said. “It’s used to control many caterpillar-type insects.”Healthy plants are the ones best prepared to fight insect and disease damage, he said.“Just like humans are more susceptible to colds and viruses when we are in a weakened state, plants are more susceptible to insects and diseases if they aren’t healthy,” he said. Mulch keeps moisture inAdding two inches to three inches of mulch will retain moisture and help prevent disease and insect problems, Westerfield said.Just like their summer counterparts, fall garden vegetables need to be fertilized. Cabbage and mustard are “heavy feeders” and should be fertilized throughout the season, he said.In cabbage, controlling foliage feeders is less critical in young plants but becomes more critical at the cupping stage, or when the head begins to form, Sparks said. “The bottom line for late-season insect control in most cole crops is to control insects early in the growing cycle,” Sparks said. “This will keep insects from being a problem at harvest time.”last_img read more

PacifiCorp RFP ‘a big deal’ for renewable energy, battery storage developers

first_imgPacifiCorp RFP ‘a big deal’ for renewable energy, battery storage developers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.Last year utility PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision.PacifiCorp’s new all-source request for proposals “is a big deal,” said Spencer Gray, executive director of the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, a trade group with members including EDF Renewable Energy, Invenergy, Constellation Exelon, Shell Energy North America and others. While many details still need to be worked out before the RFP’s anticipated opening in July, “from our perspective, this is a major shift in the region,” Gray said in a Friday interview.For renewables developers, several things stand about PacifiCorp’s upcoming solicitation, said Gray. First and most obviously, “it’s just so large,” he said. PacifiCorp’s IRP preferred portfolio includes 1,823 megawatts of new solar resources co-located with 595 megawatts of new battery energy storage system capacity, and 1,920 megawatts of new wind resources — all by the end of 2023.Another point about the IRP stands out for renewables developers: PacifiCorp itself isn’t proposing to build any projects itself that could undermine independent developers’ projects. That stands in contrast to how some utilities are operating in other regions as they grow more comfortable building and owning solar and wind plants. Instead, PacifiCorp intends to seek out projects that will either build and transfer their assets to PacifiCorp to rate-base them, or provide energy and capacity through power purchase agreements (PPAs), Gray said. “Having a mix is important for retaining the diversity of resources in the region.”PacifiCorp already has a significant amount of wind power on its system, as well as several large-scale solar projects. But this is the first time that it has sought solar power and energy storage as a cost-competitive alternative to natural gas for new resources. The emphasis on storage-backed solar is driven by two key factors, First, as part of its responsibility for providing reliability across the multi-state transmission network it serves, “we did need some incremental flexible capacity across the system,” and “those ended up as battery storage projects.” Second, batteries paired with solar are eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar power, making them more cost-effective than standalone storage projects, he said.[Jeff St. John]More: PacifiCorp readies huge solicitation for renewables, energy storagelast_img read more

Paradise Lost

first_imgTwo friends contend with spiders, snakes, and male-pattern baldness on a road trip through Pisgah National Forest.I seriously doubt Moses could clear this ditch,” Jeremiah says as he shoulders his mountain bike and steps gingerly across the log bridge that spans a relatively dry seasonal creek bed. “And yes, I’m aware that he parted the Red Sea.”We’ve been discussing the hypothetical mountain biking skills of various biblical figures. It’s just one of those tangents you find yourself on when you’re miles deep into the forest on a bike with one of your best friends.We’re riding Cove Creek Trail in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. For the most part, the trail is mind-blowingly fun, with just enough elevation drop to keep you from having to pedal, but not so much that it sketches you out. The tread is even smooth—practically manicured by Pisgah standards—with low berms at most turns and easy-going rolling dips. The whole ride plays out like a carefree linear pump track in the heart of one of the gnarliest national forests in the country. But every once in a while on Cove Creek, you have to cross a momentum-killing creek bed with a steep drop over jagged ill-kempt stairs leading to a slick as snot log bridge which carries you directly into the other side of the creek, which is near vertical with three-foot-high steps rising to level ground. There are half a dozen of these technical juggernauts, and we can’t imagine anyone clearing every single one of them on a bike. Not even Moses.Jeremiah and I are a couple of hours into a mini mid-life crisis escape. Picture two guys in their mid-30s with varying degrees of baldness who spend their days either trapped inside a cubicle or trying to convince their children to take a nap. Picture them reminiscing about their previous lives (pre-career and pre-kid), where days were spent mountain biking, trail running, and tromping through steep mountain creeks. This trip is our desperate attempt to recapture that youth: A two-day mini-road trip through Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests packed with mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and swimming holes. I suppose we could’ve gone with the traditional hair-plug and convertible douche-mobile route, but two days killing it in the woods seemed to be more our speed.The trip begins with an easy grind up a gravel road leading to Daniel Ridge Loop, a four-mile singletrack horseshoe that climbs and descends the slope hovering above the popular Davidson River. Uber-hip Brevard is just 10 minutes down the road. Our homes in Asheville are only 45 minutes away.We have less than two full days of freedom ahead of us, so we’re keeping the road miles low and focusing on the adventures in our backyard. The plan is to drive a single road (FR 475) that cuts through the middle of Pisgah before running into Nantahala National Forest, bagging as many adventures as we can along the way. We have a checklist to work through, sort of a backlog of adventures that we’ve neglected over the last year. Bike some of Pisgah’s classic singletrack. Climb the boulders at the base of Looking Glass Rock. Camp. Hunt for waterfalls. My tiny 15-year-old Jetta is loaded down with bikes, tents, sleeping bags, a huge crash pad that Jeremiah thinks looks like one of those sex props you see in the back of shady men’s magazines, and more wicking fabric than we could use in a week.Waterfall in Pisgah National ForestDaniel Ridge Loop follows the Upper Davidson for the first half-mile, taking us past primo unused campsites and one very sensitive-looking barefoot guy playing the guitar to himself on the side of the river. As soon as the tread transitions from gravel to singletrack, our pace slows down. We’re hitting the trail after a thunderstorm, so we get sucked into thick patches of black mud and fumble through root gardens still glistening from the rain. Daniel Ridge has a number of steep fall-line climbs littered with fist-sized rocks. Mountain biking is all about rhythm and momentum. We have neither, so we end up walking anything remotely technical. I blame the slick conditions, but in the back of my head, I know it’s because we’ve forgotten the nuances of mountain biking. After years of building up our skills in Pisgah, we’re starting from scratch, veritable babes in the woods.The higher we climb up the ridge, the bigger and slicker the boulders get. After pushing up the trail and praying that no one we know passes by, we top out and begin the bomber descent, which is just as steep, but considerably less rocky. Instead of boulders, we navigate hip-deep ruts in the dirt and the occasional well-worn waterbar drop. I brake too much and have to stop occasionally to shake out my hands and forearms. By the time we hit Cove Creek Trail, muscle memory has kicked in and we fly through the singletrack giggling like schoolgirls…or two overworked dads playing hooky from all sorts of responsibilities. We know the emails are piling up. We know our kids are throwing tantrums and eating junk food. But there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re riding bikes.We’re speckled with dark mud after the ride, so we head straight to Whaleback, an ice-cold swimming hole with a small rock slide and jump that’s popular with the YMCA summer camp crowd. We soak our legs and try to remember the last time we rode bikes together.“One thing’s for sure,” Jeremiah says. “We’re not very good at mountain biking anymore.”After setting up camp between a dusty forest road and a feeder stream to the Davidson, we drop into downtown Brevard for a cheap dinner and a visit to the newly opened Brevard Brewing Company, which specializes in easy-drinking German style lagers.  The beer goes down easy, but we’re too beat from the ride to put a serious dent in the kegs. By 9:30, we’re tucked into our sleeping bags, drifting off to the babble of the creek a few feet from our tents. Check that off the list.We rise at the crack of 8 a.m. the next morning and drive the steep gravel road to the north side of Looking Glass, where a cluster of tall, granite boulders sits at the base of the cliff, known for its stout multi-pitch traditional routes. If we had the time, we would’ve hired a guide to take us up one of the easier routes on Looking Glass, but considering our brief window of opportunity, we’re happy to dink around on the boulders, which stand in the shadow of Looking Glass, both literally and figuratively.On the hike in, Jeremiah complains about his back hurting after sleeping on the camp pad. I tell him my hip is killing me.“I like camping in theory, but I think I might be more of a hotel guy now,” I say, as we approach the boulderfield.Pisgah National Forest Swimming HoleAt first glance, most of the boulders are featureless, and we have to hunt for the vague chalk residue left by previous boulderers. The majority of problems are in the V3-V7 range, well above our pay grade, but we spend some time playing around on a long, squat hunk of rock with a pyramid-shaped shelf rising and falling along its upper lip. There’s nothing in the way of a foothold, so we have to smear, trying to keep our feet pushed flat against the rock as we traverse to the right. We end up doing a mini-circuit of the boulder field, finding a fun, easy crack system that leads to a sketchy top-out, and an overhanging problem that’s way over our heads. The north side boulders don’t get a lot of attention, so the first person to climb each problem gets to contend with spiders and other creepy things stuck deep into the pocketed holds.One problem is so choked with spider webs, it looks like it’s covered with cotton candy, so we decide to skip it altogether.“Spiders didn’t used to bother me,” I tell Jeremiah as we hunt for something “cleaner” to climb.“Okay, grandpa,” Jeremiah says. It sounds mean, but he’s just upset because every picture I take seems to highlight his balding head.Even when we were climbing regularly, we weren’t very good, so our moves up each boulder now, after a year-long hiatus, are janky and comical. We make the easiest problem look impossible. Still, it’s fun to move like a climber again. It’s foreign and vaguely familiar at the same time.We power through peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as we drop back down the gravel road, leaving a gray-white wake of dust behind us on our way toward Nantahala National Forest, where a river full of rock hopping, waterfalls, and swimming holes awaits.The sky is getting increasingly dark as we park on the edge of Wolf Creek Lake, a gorgeous 183-acre body of water cut into the mountains west of Panthertown Valley that’s popular with anglers in trolling boats.  A thunderstorm is imminent, but we’re determined to tick the last item off our checklist, so we drop down the steep user-created trail that tumbles down the side of Wolf Creek Gorge. Say what you will about user-created paths, they get straight to the point. This trail follows the fall line over boulders and tangled roots and through tunnels of rhododendron, dropping several hundred feet in a quarter of a mile. It’s a completely unsustainable trail, but totally memorable.The trail bottoms out at the base of Paradise Falls on Wolf Creek. The falls itself is fairly unimpressive, a skinny shoot of water dropping maybe 15 feet. But the setting is unlike anything else I’ve seen in the South. A broad, deep, green pool leads to a 50-foot high slot canyon. Swim across that pool, and into the mouth of the canyon and you can climb a rope to the second story of the falls, where the gorge opens up and leads to a taller, more dramatic vertical falls. Paradise Falls is the most appropriately named waterfall I’ve ever seen.We throw rocks at some spooky looking fish that have been eyeballing us from the edge of the water and start swimming across the pool to the slot canyon. When I’m about 10 feet away from the entrance, I notice the giant snake, roughly the color of death, hanging out on the side of the canyon. Looking at me. Before I can finish saying, “shit, there’s a snake,” Jeremiah has already turned around and started swimming back to dry land.Sitting on the edge of the river, staring at the python, we try to figure out what a copperhead looks like. I’ve got no reception on my iPhone, so that’s no help, but the name of the falls (Paradise) and the giant snake at the entrance to said falls is all too biblical for me, so we decide to give the snake some space and start rock hopping downstream and look for a swimming hole with less symbolism.We find a few potholes to sink into and a mossy gorge with a slide but eventually decide it’s time to man up and face our fears. Luckily, by the time we swim back to the entrance of Paradise Falls, the snake is gone, so we don’t have to prove our manhood. Still, we feel like we’ve regained something. Yes, we’re scared of snakes and spiders and sleeping in a tent makes our hips hurt, but at our core, we are mountain men. At least, for a couple of days out of the year, when we’re not changing diapers or CC-ing 30 people on an email. •mini epic By the Numbers 4 – Number of adventures (mountain biking, bouldering, hiking, waterfall swimming)26 – Total number of hours on the trip door to door 1 – Number of breweries 26 – Miles driven during the two-day triplast_img read more

4 things that can knock your finances off-track

first_imgIt’s nice when everything is going great. When it comes to your finances, “nice” may not properly describe just how fantastic it is to be in a great place. But even when you’re on the right track, it can be a lot easier to get derailed than you might think. Here are four things that can get your finances off-track…Your shopping list: It’s really the lack thereof that can get you off track. Making a list and sticking to it is an easy way to please your wallet. When you’ve budgeted for the things on your shopping list, you’ll get yourself in trouble if you start putting random items in your shopping cart. It can be bad to do at the grocery store and even worse if you’re somewhere like Target or Best Buy.Your friends: You may see your neighbor with a new car or boat but it usually ends with you just admiring their new stuff from afar. It’s your friends that can really do you in. They’ll not only show you their new gadget but they’ll give you five reasons why you just “have to get one.” Don’t let your friends pressure you into joining the new gadget club.Sales: You’ve always wanted that “thing.” You’ve never wanted to pay retail price for it, but now you see it on sale. It’s so tempting, and yet it’s still overpriced and completely unnecessary. Unless it’s a ridiculous, once-in-a-lifetime deal, don’t even consider it.Social media: Social media is like all three in one. You see pics of your friends’ new toys. You get customized ads that show exactly what you want (even though you don’t really WANT to see these things), and you see posts about things that are constantly on-sale and for sale. Careful when you click that link, it may take you to Amazon.comand then you’re only a click away from making a huge spending mistake. 288SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Singapore’s central bank takes unprecedented easing action over virus threat

first_imgThe MAS, which has scheduled policy decisions twice a year, has never before taken those two steps at the same meeting. The unusually aggressive action follows emergency measures taken by several global central banks from New Zealand to the US to support their economies as the virus threatens to tip the world into recession.Read also: Singapore coronavirus task force chief weeps in parliamentOther details from the statement:* MAS core inflation and CPI-all items inflation are expected to average between −1 and 0 percent in 2020 * GDP expected to contract 1 percent to 4 percent this year, which will result in substantial widening of the negative output gapThe MAS’s move comes days after Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled a second fiscal support package of S$48 billion (US$33.6 billion) for businesses and consumers, bringing the total stimulus delivered this year to about 11 percent of gross domestic product.​Read also: Singapore Airlines slashes 96% of capacity as virus saps demand“Their statement really re-emphasizes that it’s fiscal policy that’s doing the heavy lifting,” said Selena Ling, head of treasury research and strategy at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. The MAS’s action is “going to be complementary, and not the main driver for trying to head off some of the downside risks from Covid-19.”​The MAS guides the local dollar against a basket of currencies and adjusts the pace of appreciation or depreciation by changing the slope, width and center of the currency band. It doesn’t disclose details of the basket, the band or the pace of appreciation or depreciation.The policy decision was brought forward from its typical April timing, and follows an easing in October.Topics : Singapore’s central bank took unprecedented easing steps Monday to support an economy on track for its worst recession in years due to the rapid global spread of the coronavirus.The Monetary Authority of Singapore, which uses the exchange rate as its main policy tool rather than a benchmark interest rate, recentered the currency band downwards and reduced the slope to zero. All 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey projected the MAS would take that dual action.The Singapore dollar rose as much as 0.4 percent to 1.4216 against the US dollar following the MAS announcement.last_img read more

France launches terror probe after two killed in stabbing spree

first_imgDavid Olivier Reverdy, from the National Police Alliance union, said the assailant had called on police to kill him when they came to arrest him.’Jumped over the counter’ The suspect first went into a tobacco shop where he attacked the owner and his wife, Thoraval said. He then went into a butcher’s shop where he seized another knife before heading to the town centre and attacking people in the street outside a bakery.”He took a knife, jumped over the counter, and stabbed a customer, then ran away,” the butcher’s shop owner Ludovic Breyton told AFP.”My wife tried to help the victim but in vain.”Interior Minister Cristophe Castaner, who visited the scene, said two people were killed and five others injured.”This morning, a man embarked on a terrorist journey,” he said.The initial investigation has “brought to light a determined, murderous course likely to seriously disturb public order through intimidation or terror”, according to the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office (PNAT).It said that during a search of the suspect’s home, “handwritten documents with religious connotations were found in which the author complains in particular that he lives in a country of non-believers”.The suspect, who obtained refugee status in 2017, was not known to police or intelligence services in France or Europe, PNAT said.Macron denounced the attack in a statement on Twitter.”All the light will be shed on this odious act which casts a shadow over our country which has already been hit hard in recent weeks,” he said.France is in its third week of a national lockdown over COVID-19, with all but essential businesses ordered to shut and people told to stay at home.The country has been on terror alert since a wave of deadly jihadist bombings and shootings in Paris in 2015.In all, 258 people have been killed in France in what have been deemed terrorist attacks. Topics : A Sudanese refugee went on a knife rampage in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.The attack in broad daylight, which President Emmanuel Macron called “an odious act”, took place with the country on lockdown in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.Counter-terrorism prosecutors have launched an investigation into “murder linked to a terrorist enterprise” after the rampage in a string of shops in Romans-sur-Isere, a riverside town with a population of about 35,000.  The assailant, identified only as Abdallah A.-O., a refugee in his 30s from Sudan who lives in the town, was arrested without a fight by police.”He was found on his knees on the pavement praying in Arabic,” the prosecutor’s office said.According to witnesses cited by local radio station France Bleu Drome Ardeche, he shouted “Allah Akbar!”(God is Greatest) as he stabbed his victims.”Anyone who had the misfortune to find themselves in his way were attacked,” town mayor Marie-Helene Thoraval told AFP.last_img read more

Australian PM draws criticism for ‘no slavery in Australia’ comment

first_imgMorrison rejected growing calls to remove statues of white leaders, including one of the country’s first prime minister, Edmund Barton, which is located near an Aboriginal burial site. Barton played a key role in drafting the national constitution, which negated Aboriginal rights.Morrison said the initial motives of protesters were “fair”, but the push for removal of the statues was being driven by political agendas.Australia on Tuesday recorded its first day without any community transmissions of COVID-19 since the crisis began. It has recorded 7,285 cases, including 102 deaths. Australian officials warned Black Lives Matter supporters they could be arrested if they breach coronavirus restrictions to take part in public protests, as debate erupted over the country’s own indigenous history.Prime Minister Scott Morrison drew strong criticism on Thursday after he said “there was no slavery in Australia” during a discussion of the early days of British settlement, which he acknowledged was “pretty brutal.”Historians, Aboriginal activists and some lawmakers expressed shock and dismay at the comments. “Slavery of indigenous, men, women and children is well documented,” said Sharman Stone, a former federal lawmaker and now politics professor at Monash University. “Slaves worked in pearling, fishing, the pastoral industries and as domestic labor.”The Black Lives Matter movement has refocused attention in Australia on the mistreatment of indigenous Australians, including Aboriginal deaths in custody.Victoria state officials confirmed on Thursday that one of eight new cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday was a man who attended the Melbourne weekend rally. More unauthorized protests are planned for Friday.”We will start writing tickets of A$1,000 ($700) and we can use all of our powers to move people on,” New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told 2GB Radio. “If you don’t move on, well then you’ll be arrested.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

The house that Skase built sells for over $10m to Brisbane hotelier

first_imgThe opulent former home of disgraced businessman Christopher Skase has sold. Picture: Claudia Baxter.THE lavish Brisbane mansion built by disgraced Australian businessman Christopher Skase has sold in a secret deal to a local hotelier for $10.138 million.Star Hotel Group boss Steven Shoobridge bagged the luxurious Great Gatsby-style estate for a bargain given Skase built the home in 1988 at a reported cost of $35 million, with a further $5 million spent on extensive renovations in 1997. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The late Christopher Skase and wife Pixie in Spain. Picture: Humphrey Carter. The opulent home on Dickson Terrace in Hamilton. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Its list of features includes bulletproof glass, a circular staircase, an internal bell tower, an eight-person lift and a fence made from one metre thick concrete and reinforced steel.The estate includes a large pool, cabana, floodlit tennis court, ponds, fountains, waterways, terraces and raised gardens. Hotelier Steven Shoobridge sold his penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein. Source: TwitterThe cashed-up hotelier and Harvard Business School graduate sold his Brisbane riverfront penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein in late 2016 for $8 million. But the Hamilton Hill property is far more palatial — boasting nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms and spreading over an impressive nine titles. ● BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES ● GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M DIGS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoVendor Dr Soo Hian Beh bought the property, known as ‘Bromley’, at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton in 2001 for $6.5 million. Soo Hian Beh was the previous owner of the Hamilton home. Photo: Claudia Baxter. The view from the terrace at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton. The late Christopher Skase in 1987. Picture: News Limited. A glimpse inside the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.center_img The entrance to 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.Dr Beh’s estranged husband, the Malaysian Chinese industrialist Sir Yii Ann Hii, is being pursued by the Australian Taxation Office over a $64 million tax bill.The home was sold in an off-market deal which settled in February, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:43Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley13:44 The property had been on the market with multiple agents since late 2016 and most recently advertised for rent on realestate.com.au for $12,800 a week.Listing agents had expected it to fetch as much as $25 million, with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Stephen Weber labelling it “the most elite residence on the market in Queensland”.“It represents an extraordinary era in Australian history; a decadent period in Queensland’s past,” Mr Weber said at the time of listing. The formal dining room in the home at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton. The view from the terrace of the house that Christopher Skase built in Hamilton. Photo: Claudia Baxter. Inside one of the rooms of the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.There is even a self-contained housekeeper’s quarters, children’s wing, glass conservatory with views to Brisbane city, a gymnasium, wine cellar with tasting room, a 15-seat home theatre, private office with a bar and ­garaging for eight cars. This property at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, has sold for more than $10m. Inside the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.last_img read more

Mary in Advent

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Mary in Advent by: – December 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: imageandspirit.blogspot.comThe fourth Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary, and the Gospel reading is the account of the birth of Jesus in either Luke or Matthew. It often strikes people as strange that we should read the account of the birth of Jesus before we actually celebrate Christmas. Why can’t we wait?The question really misunderstands the meaning of the liturgy of major feasts. Liturgy on our major feast days is essentially a matter of memorial, not of re-enactment. We do not re-enact the birth of Jesus at Christmas time, just as we don’t re-enact the Crucifixion, or the Resurrection or the sending of the Spirit, when their turn comes around. Every time we celebrate them, we are engaged in a communal (and personal) act of memorial. We recall them and reflect on how life and history (our lives too, and our personal histories) have been shaped by them. We remember to review; we do not re-enact.So we remember Mary’s role in the birth of Jesus even before we commemorate the latter, for the obvious reason that her story preceded his. Every son implies a mother. Of all the titles we have ascribed to Mary, in fact, none is more significant than ‘Mother of God.’ The title, however, needs to be carefully understood. Mary is not mother of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit; she is mother of God the Son, the God who became flesh. That’s what her title means. Furthermore, “mother of God” does not mean, indeed has never meant, “spouse of the Holy Spirit,” as some people erroneously say these days. The Holy Spirit has no “spouse.” The only divine person with human definition is God the Son, the man who was born of Mary. If we ask why God became flesh (so that a mother was necessary), the only answer is that it was something God chose to do. God became flesh, says St. John, because God so loved the world. The birth of Jesus, in other words, occurred through God’s solidarity with and for us, and with and for the whole of creation. The need for a human mother also means that the Incarnation involved two miracles, one of a far higher order than the other, of course, but two miracles none the less. The first was the choice God made to become flesh; the second was the human cooperation required before that could occur. One of Hilaire Belloc’s poems contains the beautiful verse: “Of Courtesy, it is much less/Than Courage of Heart or Holiness/Yet in my Walks it seems to me/That the Grace of God is in Courtesy.” The Incarnation connotes many deep things, but I have always felt one of the things it shows, as Belloc wrote, is the miracle of divine courtesy. God is courteous before creatures. He never comes unless invited. So he came at Mary’s welcome, and he will keep coming at ours.Another feature of the birth of the Son is its character as a virgin birth. This is one of the foundation doctrines of Christianity, even as it has always seemed to strain credulity. I am not sure where one draws the line in determining what miracles regarding Jesus one finds more feasible to accept and what miracles one doesn’t. Thomas Jefferson, for example, cut out of his bible all of Jesus’ miracles. This makes sense to me. What we should remember perhaps is that the real miracle is not the manner but the fact of Jesus’ birth. One can spend a lot of time in perplexity of the one and in the process quite forget the other.A metaphorical meaning of ‘virgin birth’ is also important in its own right. A ‘virgin birth’ means that that when God is born in the world or in anybody’s heart or life, it is always a birth “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Jn. 1:13).” Only God makes God possible. All that we can do is what John the Baptist did: we prepare the way. God comes when God comes.Mary is finally also there for our imitation in giving birth to Jesus ourselves. We have to consent to the pain of that process in many areas of life and ministry. Nothing of value ever comes easily, and the same is true of the values of Jesus. His values too always involve a process of parturition, the pain of giving them birth. There’s an ‘imitation of Christ,’ as the title of Thomas a Kempis’ classic has it, but there is, one should note, at no great or distant remove, also an imitation of Mary.By: Father Henry Charles PhD. Share 47 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago to adopt CCJ in criminal cases

first_img Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said her government would submit legislation to parliament to abolish appeals to the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for many former and current British territories in the Caribbean. Appeals in criminal cases will now be heard by the Port of Spain-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court of appeal for just three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries – Barbados, Belize and Guyana.The jurisdiction of the Privy Council in criminal appeals is “a matter of grave concern”, Persad-Bissessar told parliament, adding that it “affects the dispensation of criminal justice at a time of high crime in our country”.“The situation has been complicated by the issue of the death penalty on which the Privy Council, reflecting contemporary English mores and jurisprudence, has been rigorous in upholding Caribbean appeals in death sentence cases,” she said.The CCJ has two jurisdictions: an original and an appellate jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction, it interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established CARICOM and is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in interpreting the treaty.In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from those member states — Barbados, Belize, and Guyana — that have ceased to allow appeals to the Privy Council.Trinidad will, however, stop short of abandoning the Privy Council in all matters and will retain it as the final court of appeal in civil and commercial cases.Persad-Bissessar said that Trinidad and Tobago had maintained its policy of the Privy Council being its final appellate court, as it saw no good or plausible reason in 2005 to replace it with the CCJ until that court had established over time, the body and quality of its jurisprudence. “Consistent with our approach of caution and gradualism, this country has not rushed to surrender the jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council but has rather kept the issue under constant review,” she said.She acknowledged that the Privy Council “has an international reputation as being one of the finest commercial and civil law courts in the world.” “It inspires confidence in foreign investors and its retention in this regard is conducive to an investor-friendly climate at a time when the international economic order is changing and Trinidad and Tobago is attempting to woo foreign investment from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries,” she said.The legislation to adopt the CCJ will require a special majority and Persad-Bissessar said the government looked forward to bipartisan support for this “historic withdrawal” from the criminal jurisdiction of the Privy Council. By Caribbean News Now contributor 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago to adopt CCJ in criminal cases by: – April 27, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more