Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Infanta Elena Helps Somali Fishermen ESPS Infanta Elena Helps Somali Fishermen View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fishermen On Thursday 29th March Spanish warship ESPS INFANTA ELENA, operating as part of the European counter piracy force (EUNAVFOR), came to the aid of a Somali fishing vessel, adrift off the coast of Mogadishu.INFANTA ELENA was patrolling the waters off the coast of Somalia as part of its mission to deter piracy and protect vulnerable shipping when the crew noticed a Somali whaler adrift. After obtaining permission to send a team aboard the vessel the EU forces ascertained that the fisherman had suffered an engine failure and some of the crew were in need to medical assistance.Engineers from the EUNAVFOR ship were able to quickly fix the mechanical problem with the engine, allowing the ship to sail back to shore. Whilst repairs were underway the ships doctors also provided medical assistance to two injured Somali’s and gave the whaler’s crew food and water.This encounter once again shows the utility and versatility of the EUNAVFOR mission which not only counters piracy but is committed to assisting the Somali people and promoting the growth of law abiding activities in Somali waters.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 02, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: ELENA View post tag: helps April 2, 2012 View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: ESPS View post tag: Navy View post tag: INFANTA View post tag: Somali Share this article
Greggs and Kerry Foods are to oppose plans to give Cornish pasties Protected Geographic Indication (PGI), preventing producers outside Cornwall from using the label.Frank Hayes, head of corporate affairs at Kerry Foods, told British Baker that the move would “limit consumer choice” and said it would be “making our views known to Defra and the European Commission”. The company has been producing Cornish pasties at its business in Poole, Dorset, for many years. Hayes added: “Cornish pasty recipes have been used throughout England for more than 100 years.”Newcastle-based Greggs, which makes 200 million pasties a year, would be making “a formal objection within the timescale and guidelines laid down by Defra”, a spokesman said.Meanwhile, Cornish-based producers were jubilant that the Cornish Pasty Association’s (CPA) long-standing call for PGI status would now go to the European Commission for appro-val, with the support of Defra. If the bid is successful, the Cornish pasty would join other protected foods including Melton Mowbray pies and Cornish clotted cream.Paul Pearce, marketing manager at Falmouth-based Rowes the Bakers, said PGI was important to obtain, as 13,000 people are connected to pasty production in the county. CPA members produce 86.5m pasties a year, worth £60m, which amounts to 6% of the Cornish food economy.Elaine Ead, a founder member of the CPA, who runs the Chough Bakery on the quayside at Padstow, said the campaign was aimed at “trying to stop the mass production of pasties which bear little or no resemblance to pasties made according to a traditional Cornish recipe”.But Wilf Lewis, managing director of Swansea-based Lewis Pies, which produces Cornish pasties, was outraged at the PGI proposal. He said: “It’s an absolute waste of time.” Asked if he was planning to take up the issue with Defra, he replied: “No, I’m too busy making Cornish pasties.”—-=== In Short ===== ABC certificate ==British Baker can now boast a fully-requested circulation of 8,023 readers across a wide spectrum of sectors, including equipment, food manufacture, ingredients supply, plant and craft bakery, coffee shops, convenience and fast food. Our Audit Bureau of Circulation certificate for the 10 July issue is the first to be completed since BB’s incorporation of Bake & Take, with the April relaunch.== Reiser’s Repak deal ==Reiser’s UK business is to become the new sales agent for Repak packaging machines within the UK. Repak manufactures horizontal form/fill/seal packaging machines for the food industries, which complements Reiser’s food processing and packaging machinery portfolio.== Campaign for 7Up ==PepsiCo and Britvic have launched an on-pack prize promotion across the 7Up brand, offering consumers the chance to win holidays at a Welsh countryside retreat. The promotion, which began in early July and is backed by a £2m marketing campaign, is now on 7Up and 7Up Free pack formats.== Rich in CSR move ==Rich Products has helped turn around the fortunes of the Fareham Heathens Youth Squad rugby club, with a donation of over £15,000. Rich, which said support for the club is part of its corporate social responsibility activity, had previously provided muffins and cookies at club tournaments.== Charity café ==Young homeless people are being given the chance to work at a new café project in Edinburgh. The charity Streetworks is planning to offer jobs to 12 rough-sleepers at a time, at venues in South Bridge and New Street.
Further informationThe CE certificate for textured breast implants and tissue expanders manufactured by Allergan expired as of 16 December.Allergan are working with their notified body GMED, based in France, to resolve the issue. In the interim, they have stopped selling textured breast implants and tissue expanders and intend to withdraw any remaining supply in European markets.MHRA is acting as lead co-ordinator to make sure Allergan takes a consistent EU-wide approach.We encourage anyone, patient, carer or healthcare professional, who is aware of a complication or adverse event associated with a medical device, to report to us via the Yellow Card scheme.Allergan have issued a Field Safety Notice.Allergan’s global recall of Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders – 24 July 2019Allergan have initiated a global recall of Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders. A Customer Notice was sent to UK customers to inform them of the global action, which does not impact the EU market (including the UK) as Allergan suspended sales of the Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders, and withdrew remaining supply from the European market in December 2018. This means the affected devices do not hold CE mark and are not available for use in the UK.The FDA (the US regulator) have noted Allergan’s global recall of Biocell implants on their webpage, and in line with the UK advice, have not recommended the removal of devices already implanted from asymptomatic patients.ANSM announcement 4 April 2019We are aware of ANSM’s announcement on specific types of breast implants, including Allergan’s Biocell implants. Our advice has not changed and there is no need for people with these breast implants to have them removed. For more information see our BIA-ALCL guidance. We are aware Allergan have stopped selling textured breast implants and tissue expanders and intend to withdraw remaining supply in European markets. There is currently no evidence of an increased risk to patients and there is no need for people who have Allergan breast implants to get them removed or have any additional clinical follow-up. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. If you have any questions about your implants, please speak to your implanting surgeon or clinic.
Janice Bullen, left, with Chief Operating Officer Barbara Sergio. Bullen just got her first shot, saying she “never felt a thing.”‘We just need the vaccine.’FARMINGTON – In early January, Franklin Memorial Hospital administrators learned that their vaccination program, roughly two-thirds of the way through delivering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to several hundred employees, would also be providing the vaccine to members of the general public.Barbara Sergio, FMH’s chief operating officer, recalled the morning that enrollment opened. In five minutes, there were more than 80 people waiting in the queue on the phone. The hospital’s entire phone system crashed due to the traffic, despite bringing in extra lines. MaineHealth, the hospital’s parent company, opened up its own call center, drawing 82,000 initial calls and letting FMH focus on getting the vaccine into people’s arms. In approximately one week, the hospital expanded its effort into a public vaccination center, utilizing shifts of 18 employees borrowed from other departments, as well as firefighters and other volunteers organized by Franklin County Emergency Management.Now, the hospital is distributing 120 new doses per day to qualifying individuals: health care workers and Maine residents 70 years or older. That’s not counting the additional 120 weekly doses that will be distributed in the near future to people completing the second half of their two-shot regimen. Last week, Sergio estimated that out of the 70-and-older residents that are expected to get a shot at FMH, the hospital had provided more than a third of them their first shot. Meanwhile, the vaccination program is expected to open up to those 65 and older sometime in early March.The bottleneck, as is the case throughout much of the country, is the number of vaccine doses. Sergio said that she was confident that the FMH clinic could administer 1,800-plus shots per week, assuming the vaccine supply was large and stable enough.“It’s the supply [of the vaccine],” Sergio said, seated in an office just off the large, sunlit convention hall that houses FMH’s clinic. “We will find the bodies and the space. We just need the vaccine.”The challenge, of course, is so does everyone else.Sign-upsThe only way to get a vaccine at FMH’s clinic is by calling the MaineHealth vaccination number: 877-780-7545. This will connect the caller to an automated answering service which will record a name, zip code and phone number, placing the individual in a big list of people that want the vaccine. That list is used to schedule appointments; Sergio noted that appointments are only scheduled when the hospital has the vaccine, meaning they’re scheduled roughly a week or so in advance. FMH administrators learn on Thursday how many shots to expect during the next week.One common question, Sergio said, was whether people could assist a neighbor or relative by calling the number on their behalf. They can, but should take care to leave a phone number that will allow MaineHealth personnel at the call center to later contact the individual to confirm an appointment date.There’s no geographical requirements for MaineHealth’s clinics, Sergio said, and a local resident qualifying for the vaccine could get the shot at a location other than FMH. Nor is MaineHealth the only organization taking part in Maine’s distribution effort: a number of health care centers and organizations are running their own clinics and Walmart pharmacies, including the Farmington location, are participating in a federal program that’s also seeking to distribute doses. Large vaccination centers have also opened in Scarborough Downs and the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, but the state is also sending vaccine to smaller clinics and facilities throughout rural Maine. A complete list of vaccination sites is maintained by the Office of the Governor, located here.The list of people interested in receiving a vaccination is used on a first-come, first-serve basis for MaineHealth in scheduling appointments. There is a lag time between MaineHealth receiving the request for a vaccine and calling to schedule an appointment. One common issue has been people putting in a request and then not hearing back promptly enough, so MaineHealth began sending out confirmation emails and calls last week.In any case, Sergio said, the only way to get a shot at FMH is calling the hotline. This has led to some frustrating misunderstandings. For example, people who have seen media reports about expiring or “extra” doses have, in some cases, tried to camp out at the clinic hoping to pick up a dose at the end of the afternoon shift. That won’t work, Sergio said: Moderna vaccine containers hold a fixed number doses and appointments are scheduled accordingly. In some cases, a container may hold an extra dose, but those doses are subject to the same state requirements and would still go to people signed up through the MaineHealth line. Recently, Sergio said, FMH staff realized they were going to finish the day with an additional eight doses. She simply began calling people already booked on the appointment list and moved enough of them up to distribute the shots. Sergio said that so far she’s had to throw zero doses away.Some of the frustration relates to confusion between the federal Center for Disease Control’s tiered system and the state’s own criteria, which remains focused on the 70-plus-and-older cohort. The cutoffs are strict and there is no wiggle room for the clinic staff. An example that Sergio said happened frequently was a 71-year-old resident coming into the clinic and requesting a shot for his or her 69-year-old spouse.Misunderstandings are also caused by a consistent misconception that the restricting element is time, or clinic space, or staff. Members of the public will come in during a lull and look around at a mostly-empty clinic and ask to be squeezed in, Sergio said, but the true limiting factor is the amount of vaccine distributed to FMH each week. Other people have tried to volunteer at the clinic, incorrectly believing it will automatically earn them a shot. In some cases, Sergio said, clinic staff have had to call security.“You try to be sympathetic, empathic,” Sergio said, “but we’re given a set of rules.”The ClinicPeople who do call the hotline and are called back to be assigned an appointment arrive at FMH’s main entrance. Waiting for them are volunteers organized by Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, rotating through in the same four-hour shifts that health care workers are filling in the clinic. The volunteers, a combination of first responders, ham radio operators and other citizens that have worked with EMA in the past, help direct incoming and outgoing vaccine recipients and provide assistance to the wheelchair-bound.Collaboration between the hospital and local first responder agencies started early in the pandemic last year, EMA Director Tim Hardy said, and the local agencies have been participating with the hospital’s incident command staff meeting twice a week.“It’s been very useful, definitely,” Hardy said. “I know it’s provided valuable situational awareness to us and vice-versa. It’s been a good partnership.”Hardy himself checks in with the hospital, usually daily. He said that, for some local residents, signing up for the shot, going to the hospital, the vaccine itself – was part of an uncertain, unfamiliar process. Having the clinic run smoothly, with volunteers ready to push wheelchairs or move cars, could help alleviate some of that stress, Hardy said.“If you’ve been there, people are excited,” Hardy said, referring to FMH’s clinic. “I think it runs very well.”Upon arriving and asked a battery of now-familiar, ‘do-you-have-COVID?’ questions, participants in the vaccine clinic are directed into a room with FMH personnel who ask basic medical history and allergy questions. The screening process doesn’t incorporate more complex medical conditions – questions relating to the vaccine’s potential impact on a specific condition should be directed to the individual’s primary care provider or specialist, as appropriate. The state has also been directing Mainers to the 2-1-1 informational and referral service to get general questions about the vaccination effort answered. At the clinic, staff members review a photo identification as well as insurance information. No one is charged for doses, but insurance companies are billed for the administration of the vaccine. Funds have been set aside for people without insurance.After checking in, people wait for their shot in the Bass Room, a convention hall located inside the hospital. The process is fast and there are few lines. After the vaccine is administered, residents settle into chairs in a waiting area in the same room. On each chair hangs a digital egg timer counting down a 15- to 30-minute waiting period to ensure that if someone has an adverse reaction to the shot, they can be treated immediately at the hospital. As of last week, clinic staff have reported no cases of reactions to the Moderna vaccine severe enough to warrant medical attention.While waiting, people are met by still more clinic staff with clipboards, ready to schedule the second dose. Moderna’s vaccine, like the similar Pfizer product, requires two injections approximately a month apart. A critical part of the state’s rollout is ensuring second doses will be available for people to complete their vaccination processes; so far, so good on that front, according to Sergio. Second doses must be administered at the same location as the first dose: people that get their initial shot at FMH will be scheduled for a second shot at the same clinic.Some of the people working the morning shift at Franklin Memorial Hospital’s vaccination clinic. Left to right is Deputy Chief S. Clyde Ross, who is volunteering through a Franklin County Emergency Management Agency partnership; Brooke Madnick, a registered nurse; Jennifer Stevens, an education program coordinator; Ashley Cochran, a medical assistant with Internal Medicine; and Chief Operating Officer Barbara Sergio. FMH employees that staff the clinic have been borrowed from other departments, staffing shifts of 18, plus three volunteers.The ImpactWhether Maine’s vaccination program is beginning to pay dividends in a seven-day positivity rate that has tumbled from more than 600 new cases statewide in mid-January down to 150 is unclear, according to public health experts. At Thursday’s briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that 265,991 doses had been distributed in the state so far, including roughly 186,000 initial doses and 80,000 second doses. That vaccination rate – roughly 14 percent of the state’s population receiving at least an initial dose – was less than the 30 to 40 percent benchmark at which point Shah said that many epidemiologists suggested that the state’s positivity rate could start seeing an appreciative decline. Herd immunity – meaning enough of Maine’s 1.3 million people have been immunized that disease spread is unlikely – has been generally associated with approximately 80 percent of the population being immunized.However, Shah also noted that there were a number of Mainers beyond the reported 40,000-plus positive cases who had contracted COVID-19 and recovered without ever being tested. A combination of the initially-inoculated, plus Mainers with natural immunity relating to their recovery, could push the resistant population up to a point where it could theoretically result in a reduction in new cases, Shah said Thursday, adding that he had asked analysts to look at that hypothesis.As an aside, the state does recommend that people who have recovered from COVID-19 eventually get the vaccine. This is because it isn’t yet clear how long the natural protection associated with COVID-19 will last.In general, Shah said Thursday, it was likely that a combination of factors beyond vaccines and/or natural immunity, including widespread mask usage, social distancing adherence and a dearth of holiday-related gatherings, were responsible for the improved position.Shah did say that immunization efforts targeting 70-and-older Mainers and health care workers in long-term care facilities could be resulting in fewer outbreaks in those settings.“There’s probably a straighter line in the number of vaccinations and the number of outbreaks,” Shah said, referring to long-term care facilities. “It speaks to the power and promise of the vaccines.”As prioritized by Gov. Janet Mills, the state’s vaccination strategy has been to target populations at the greatest risk of death or severe cases of the disease, Shah said. State officials have been looking at expanding the program to ages 65 and up in early March, although Shah said that vaccine supply would govern those decisions.That supply is increasing; Shah announced Thursday that the state anticipated receiving 27,740 doses this week. That increase, 5,265 doses above last week’s allotment on paper, is due in part to an additional three trays of the Pfizer vaccine, up from the previous nine, as well as a reporting change from the federal government designed to capture the “extra” sixth dose that can be extracted from the Pfizer vials, previously listed as containing five doses. Shah said that 3,510 of the state’s additional doses were due to additional trays, while the other 1,755 doses were due to the reporting change. In total, the state is anticipating receiving more than 13,000 doses of Moderna vaccine and 14,000 doses of Pfizer this week.FMH is currently administering the Moderna vaccine, but Sergio said that there wouldn’t be any issue administering the Pfizer vaccine, if the clinic gained access to a supply.Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said Thursday that federal support for the pharmacy-based vaccination effort was also expected to double.“Hopefully with the expanded supply we can get to the next group,” Lambrew said, noting that the 65-to-69-year-old group numbered approximately 92,000 people statewide.Looking aheadOne of the question marks surrounding what the coming months will look like relates to variants, different versions of COVID-19 that, in some cases, show increased rates of transmission. One of these, B.1.1.7, has been detected in Maine in two instances, including one case involving a Franklin County resident with a history of international travel. Per the Maine CDC, there’s no known link between that case and a second B.1.1.7 case detected in York County. More contagious COVID-19 variants added urgency to the effort, Sergio said, but initial indications are that the vaccines being administered in Maine will still be effective.Another issue is vaccine hesitancy, referring to people who are eligible to get the vaccine but choose not to. That hasn’t been a problem with the 70-plus cohort, Sergio said.“This age group remembers the polio vaccine process,” she said. “It’s the younger group that is more skeptical.”Some of the people that Sergio has spoken with about the vaccine have cited the shortened trial period (Sergio pointed out that while the schedule was compressed, the vaccine still went through the clinical trials and review processes) while others have expressed concerns that the shot causes infertility (no evidence of this) or contains tracking devices (untrue). A lot of the misinformation is being passed around on social media in the form of documents or videos, Sergio said, adding that “we’re trying to mythbust” to combat hesitancy.Zero hesitancy was exhibited by Janice Bullen, wearing a surgical mask and her ‘Got My Vaccine’ sticker, and had her second dose already scheduled before she paused briefly on her way out of the clinic to describe her first shot.“It was beautiful, never felt a thing,” Bullen said. “I thought it was the safest thing to do.”Bullen said that she missed her family “terribly” – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – after an absence related to the public health crisis. “We’ve all been very careful,” she said. “Grocery shopping, that’s pretty much it.”As vaccine supply improves, or additional vaccines become available, Sergio said that the clinic should be able to scale up the number of shots delivered. Not bad for a clinic pulled together in a week, she said.“I do think we’re making a difference, I do,” Sergio said. “And I think six months from now, we’ll be in a different place.”100-year-old Ferna Girardin of Wilton gets her COVID-19 vaccine from her primary care provider Deborah Burchfield, APRN-FNP, back in early February. (Photo courtesy of Franklin Memorial Hospital)
At long last, we now have new music from Gorillaz! This morning, after many months of hinting, the animated hip-hop crew orchestrated by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett officially announced their highly-awaited new album, Humanz. The album announcement came in the form of a series of Instagram posts, with each post spelling out the name “Humanz,” along with photos of the guest collaborators that will be featured on the album.Now, Gorillaz have shared four tracks from the upcoming release by way of YouTube. Three of the new songs (“Ascension,” “Andromeda,” and “We’ve Got The Power”) are presented over digitally animated dynamic visuals, while the fourth, “Saturnz Barz,” was shared in the form of a wild 6+ minute animated short film featuring the familiar Gorillaz characters. You can stream the videos for all four new tracks below:“Ascension”“Andromeda”“We’ve Got The Power”“Saturnz Barz” (animated short film)The confirmed collaborators on Humanz as previously leaked, include Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, De La Soul, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Anthony Hamilton, Vince Staples, Kelela, D.R.A.M., and more. A limited-edition Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set featuring additional alternative versions of all 14 album tracks will also be made available. Gorillaz will play the complete album live for fans for the first time tomorrow, March 24th, at an undisclosed location in London.Humanz Full Track List1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan4. Momentz feat. De La Soul5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela6. Charger feat. Grace Jones7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.8. Busted and Blue9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny BethBonus material on Deluxe:15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
Read Full Story Peter Berman, professor of the practice of global health systems and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has received the 2016 Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health from the American Public Health Association (APHA).Berman is a health economist with more than 40 years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. In his work, he has focused on analyzing health system performance and designing reform strategies, strengthening health care delivery, and improving health care financing mechanisms in countries including Ethiopia, India, Malaysia, Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, and Poland.The award is named for Carl Taylor, M.P.H. ’51, D.P.H. ’53—the founder of the APHA’s International Health Section, who dedicated his life to the well-being of the world’s marginalized people—and honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of the APHA.
By Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaPansies are easy to grow, they come in a myriad of colorcombinations and they can take cool weather when few other plantscan. No wonder they’re one of the Southeast’s premier beddingplants. But even pansies can be troubled by weeds.The weeds in pansy plantings are usually annual plants such ascommon chickweed and annual bluegrass. In small plantings, mostcan easily be controlled with mulches and occasional hand weeding.In larger plantings, though, people often turn to herbicides tocontrol their weed problems. The number of chemicals you can usein pansies is limited.A few pre-emergent products are out there: Dimension (dithiopyr),Pendulum and Corral (pendimethalin), Pennant (metolachlor),Snapshot (isoxaben and trifluralin), Surflan (oryzalin) and XL(benefin and oryzalin).That’s allThe list is short. But these products can provide excellentcontrol of many weeds coming from seed. They’re designed tocontrol germinating seeds. They need a rain or watering of aboutan inch within a week of when you apply them.Some of them come in both granular and sprayable forms. Granularherbicides are more popular with homeowners. They don’t requireany mixing. And they’re more forgiving when you don’t apply themjust right.None of these products, though, control all possible weeds. Thereare no “silver bullets” when it comes to herbicides. Most ofthese products or combinations of them will control 80 percent to95 percent of the weeds from seed.You will likely have some weeds you can’t control withpre-emergent herbicides. But most of those can be easily removedby hand.’Established’All of these products are meant to be used on establishedpansies. The plants have to be in the ground for some time, andthe soil has to be settled around the root ball. You can settlethe soil by firmly pressing it around the root ball as you plantand then watering the plants in.Labels often stress that word “established.” The key is to avoidletting pre-emergent herbicides reach the roots of plants.Once weed grasses have emerged in pansy beds, only one product islabeled to control them: Vantage (sethoxydim).Vantage is mixed with water and sprayed over the top of pansiesto control emerged and actively growing grasses. It won’t keepseeds from germinating.Don’t apply Vantage on hot, sunny days. It can cause minor damageto pansy plants then.But wait…All of these herbicides were labeled for use on pansies when thisarticle was written. But labeling can change. Make sure you readand understand the label before using any pesticide.As herbicides go off patent, many third-party manufacturers maymarket them under different trade names. Glyphosate, the activeingredient in Roundup, for instance, is now available in morethan 50 formulations.Before using any herbicide, always consider the health of theplant. Make sure to consider the plants’ cultural requirements,too. A quick canopy of pansy flowers and foliage will helpoutcompete the weeds.Plant pansies where they’ll get only 4 to 6 hours of directsunlight. Make sure the site drains well and the soil is amendedwith some organic matter. Test the soil. Make sure the pansiesare getting adequate fertilization.Most important, make sure the pansy bed is mulched after youplant. Besides adding organic matter and maintaining soilmoisture and temperature, mulches help keep weeds fromgerminating.A good 2-inch layer of pine bark, pine straw, or shreddedhardwood bark should help make for healthy, happy pansies.(Mark Czarnota is an ornamental weed control specialist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details Welcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with our favorite reads from the week.Mentioned:Small business lending will lead pandemic recoveryby HEATHER BOSENKO, LUCRO COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONSSmall and mid-size business loans have quickly become a core pillar for our current economic recovery, yet over the last decade many institutions have largely ignored the overall lending experience available to these businesses. The speed at which business loans now need to be processed cannot be understated. (read more)5 ways credit unions can help save small businessesby CAMERON MADILL, PIXELSPOKEWe all have a favorite small business we’ve been rooting for this past year. For me, it’s Costello’s Travel Caffe, a unique breakfast and lunch spot founded and run by a family from Idaho. I always enjoyed both the food and the vibe, which included scenes from the father and son’s international travels playing on TVs. But more than anything, Costello’s was about welcoming its neighbors and inviting them to sit and stay awhile. It was about building community. (read more)17 Extra-Fun Ways To Safely Celebrate Halloween 2020 At Homeby ALEXIS MORILLO, DELISHIt’s official: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced safety guidelines for Halloween this year, which include avoiding trick-or-treating and large gatherings. But that doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled! Far from it. (read more)*Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend, and to VOTE by Tuesday!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Concluding 2015’s summer superheroes, Director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four premiered Friday, rehashing a tweaked origin story but overall a “fantastic” bore.Like a rite of passage, superhero reboots are forever trapped reiterating the transformative events that separate their protagonists from mankind. This past decade treated comic book fans to some promising adaptions, but after three (now four) unsuccessful attempts since 1994, the Fantastic Four films have become a little more than a failed experiment. It begs the question: how many times are we going to watch the Fantastic Four’s science project go wrong or Bruce Wayne’s parents die or Peter Parker get bitten by a radioactive spider? What is the necessity of repeating their origins?It’s not a direct adaption, though. Originally set during the Space Race, borrowing the previous installment’s idea of modernizing the new Fantastic Four was a plus. But the film downplays the millennial cast as immature college youths. For supposed geniuses capable of mastering inter-dimensional travel, watching the famed freak accident triggered from a drunken idea, which was shared over a flask of alcohol, was disappointing.The life-altering event, and anything involving the characters as the Fantastic Four, occurred about halfway through the movie. Not before building up an hour of Reed Richard’s (Miles Teller) unnecessary childhood and academic studies, as well as explaining the teleportation device in a setup that stretched longer than Mr. Fantastic. Even when united, Marvel’s First Family shared anything but familial chemistry.That’s right, the main antagonist of this film wasn’t the disfigured and dull Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell), but Marvel’s old arch-nemesis, character development. The plot never allowed the characters time to connect with each other. Any bonding was implied off-screen, as the plot jumped over significant time gaps. Instead, the wasted talent’s personalities come off more transparent than the Invisible Girl (Kate Mara).From there, the plot sprinted to a final battle that no undeveloped superheroes could save, not even the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) or a CGI-aggressive Thing (Jamie Bell). If the characters aren’t clicking, the audience isn’t, either.It’s hard to say if Trank’s Fantastic Four improved from the film’s distant 1994-2007 relatives. With lackluster characters and a ton of setup, the latest installment disappointed with an overused origin story that was uneventful, unremarkable, and most definitely forgettable. You know, until the series is rebooted again.