Landscape Installation: Letting Nature Take Over

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Kevin Germain – CPS

Landscape installation does not need to be difficult, time consuming or expensive. I know that is a shocking statement but there are alternatives to the back breaking hours it takes to create a design in your landscaping. Native landscaping is not a new concept but is catching on as the economy is slowing because people do not have the money to pour into landscape installation and resort to using natural plants and materials.

For years I have spent hundreds of dollars investing in annuals that grace my garden and then occasionally make it through the harsh winter to bloom again. It is more likely however that the next year I will find myself back at the landscaping supply store buying more the next year. I know I am not alone in my quest for a beautiful full lawn but this year I decided that I was going to stick with what nature supplies and forgo the rest. Plants that are beautiful and that truly grow in my back yard will be what grace my landscape design this year and for years to come.

The benefits of this type of landscaping installation are plentiful. First, these gardens don t need any regular maintenance. They are already used to the amount of water and soil type for the area. The plants will evolve along with the changes in our environment if they are truly native plants to the area. I love the fact that I will not have to labor over the maintenance of the new landscape installation.

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Another major benefit people find with natural landscape installation is that the species that are native to your area will find refuge in your gardens. Butterflies, birds and smaller creatures will find a place among your landscape instead of your home. The habitat will be one that is suitable for their needs and they won t have to create an environment amongst plants that are foreign to them, possibly ruining what you have attempted to create. A native scheme lets all creatures within the area to live in harmony.

Obviously if you have a yard that is used for children playing a section will have to be turned into a manicured lawn. We have created a space in the backyard for the kids where they can throw the ball around, swing and play. The area surrounding however is left natural to allow the landscape to form naturally.

My immediate family gets my quest for a more natural landscape environment. They have lived through the expense of maintaining a garden that is just not meant for our space. The native planting has allowed for us to explore the different plants that grow here in Michigan wild. I loves that with the seasons my landscape changes. It is amazing to see what comes up from the seeds left by the birds throughout the untamed yard and beautiful, colorful flowers are what we get mixed in with the native grasses.

People in our neighborhood have taken awhile to grow on the idea. At first they were concerned with an abundance of critters living within the habitat that had been created. Now though they realize that the critters are living safely in our space and leaving their vegetation alone so it is a win for all of us. We did not even find ourselves having to spray for mosquitoes this year. Instead lemongrass, marigolds and catnip are growing throughout the yard. All of these natural growing plants are right there in my backyard naturally repelling mosquitoes. That is landscape installation that I can live with.

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19 May

New ‘clean water’ funding for Djibouti’s drought-stricken rural areas

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

With the announcement Monday of 2 million in new funding from the European Union (EU), the Republic of Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture hopes to provide some relief to an estimated 25,000 rural inhabitants suffering through severe drought conditions. The money, to be channeled through UNICEF for its water and sanitation program, will be used to develop new wells and improve existing ones.

UNICEF is to contribute a further €60,000, as well as technical expertise to the Ministry of Agriculture, who will carry out the bulk of the work.

“The two-year water supply project targeting rural districts is very significant since people living in 45 villages and their 40,000 heads of cattle will have access to clean drinking water,” said Joaquin Gonzalez, EU Representative in Djibouti.

At the same time, the UN aid agency World Food Program (WFP) indicated that it is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to gradually shift Djibouti’s reliance on emergency aid to a Food for Work program, which it hopes will assist nomadic herders in Djibouti with long-term sustainability. “What we are trying to do together with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF is, for example to dig wells so that despite drought, these herders will be able to irrigate their fields,” said Simon Pluess, WFP spokesman. “And, together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, we will try and promote vegetable gardens.”

Djibouti has survived harsh drought conditions for the past 5 years. Groundwater is the primary source of water for drinking and irrigation, but has been difficult to exploit and is often contaminated. Almost 50 percent of people in rural Djibouti do not have ready access to properly developed source of drinking water. And, due to the ongoing drought, water availability for livestock is limited. Livestock have shown signs of distress and, subsequently, milk production is down substantially.

Nearly half of all families in Djibouti’s northwest were forced to migrate to find pasture for their livestock. As the droughts continue, the importance of properly maintained wells has become apparent. “Life is harder and harder for us. Years ago there were more rains and also more pastureland for cattle. Now it is good for us to have functioning wells so that we can keep cattle here,” said Anou Amada, farmer in the village of Andoli.

A 2006 survey indicated that only 15 percent of wells in Djibouti were equipped with a protective concrete wall to prevent contamination. Andoli’s well is one of many undergoing repair through WFP’s Food for Work project.

“WFP couldn’t do this alone, so we work with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to dig wells and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for vegetable gardens,” said Benoit Thiry, Director, WFP in Djibouti.

When the project is completed in 2008, it will have increased Djibouti’s water pump capacity by adding 25 solar-power pumps, which would compliment the current 61 diesel-powered pumps. “The advantage of solar…is that it is much cheaper and requires less maintenance,” said Omar Habib, UNICEF communication specialist. “We want the people to participate and to appropriate these pumping stations. The government’s role in the long term should be as restricted as possible,” he added.

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11 May

Market maker Bernard L. Madoff arrested in $50B ‘giant Ponzi scheme’

 Correction — January 10, 2009 This article incorrectly states that Mr Madoff attended Hofstra University Law School. His education was actually with Hofstra College, which he graduated from in 1960. 

Friday, December 12, 2008

Top broker and Wall Street adviser Bernard L. Madoff, aged 70, was arrested and charged by the FBI on Thursday with a single count of securities fraud, also known as stock fraud and investment fraud. He allegedly told senior employees of his firm on Wednesday that his $50 billion business “is all just one big lie” and that it was “basically, a giant Ponzi scheme (since at least 2005).” Mr. Madoff faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5 million. FBI agent Theodore Cacioppi said Mr. Madoff’s investment advisory business had “deceived investors by operating a securities business in which he traded and lost investor money, and then paid certain investors purported returns on investment with the principal received from other, different investors, which resulted in investors’ losses of approximately $50 billion dollars.”

The former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market is also the founder and primary owner of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, the closely-held market-making firm he launched in 1960. The firm is one of the top market maker firms on Wall Street. He founded his family firm with an initial investment of $5,000, after attending Hofstra University Law School. He saved the money earned from a job lifeguarding at Rockaway Beach in Queens and a part time job installing underground sprinkler systems.

A force in Wall Street trading for nearly 50 years, he has been active in the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), a self-regulatory organization for the U.S. securities industry. His firm was one of the five most active firms in the development of the NASDAQ, having been known for “paying for order flow,” in other word paying a broker to execute a customer’s order through Madoff. He argued that the payment to the broker did not alter the price that the customer received. He ran the investment advisory as a secretive business, however.

Dan Horwitz, counsel of Mr. Madoff, in an interview, said that “he is a longstanding leader in the financial-services industry with an unblemished record; he is a person of integrity; he intends to fight to get through this unfortunate event.” Mr. Madoff was released on his own recognizance on the same day of his arrest, after his 2 sons turned him in, and posting $10 million bail secured by his Manhattan apartment. Without entering any plea, the Court set the preliminary hearing for January 12.

Madoff’s hedge fund scheme may rank among the biggest fraud in history. When former energy trading giant Enron filed for bankruptcy in 2001, one of the largest at the time, it had $63.4 billion in assets. The scheme would dwarf past Ponzis, and it would further be nearly five times the telecommunication company WorldCom fraud and bankruptcy proceedings in 2002.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a separate civil suit on Thursday against Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities and its eponymous founder Mr. Madoff. It was docketed as “U.S. v. Madoff,” 08-MAG-02735, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). SEC, New York associate director of enforcement, Andrew M. Calamari, asked the judge to issue seizure orders on the firm and its assets, and appoint a receiver. The SEC pleads, among others, that “it was an ongoing $50 billion swindle; our complaint alleges a stunning fraud that appears to be of epic proportions.” It further accused the defendant of “paying returns to certain investors out of the principal received from other, different investors” for years. Madoff’s hedge fund business had previously claimed to have served between 11 and 25 clients and had $17.1 billion in assets under management. But virtually all of the assets were missing.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Louis L. Stanton on Thursday appointed Lee Richards, a Manhattan lawyer, as the firm’s receiver. A hearing is set for Friday, for a ruling on the SEC’s petition to grant plenary powers to the receiver over the entire firm, and an absolute asset sequestration.

Doug Kass, president of hedge fund Seabreeze Partners Management said that “this is a major blow to confidence that is already shattered — anyone on the fence will probably try to take their money out.”

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11 May

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11 May

Accident at Russian hydroelectric plant kills ten

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station, located on the Yenisei River in Russia, experienced a problem after a pressure surge caused water pipes to burst, flooding the engine room. The water triggered an explosion in a transformer.

Ten workers were confirmed dead and as many as 68 more injured. Some are still missing.

The power station was shut down, and backup sources were enabled. The dam across the Yenisei was not damaged and there is reportedly no possibility of territory flooding. Two of ten turbines were destroyed, with a third seriously damaged.

The hydroelectric plant is the most powerful in Russia, supplying several major aluminum plants, including Rusal. It was opened in 1978 and generates more than 23.5 terawatt hours annually.

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10 May

Romanian nuclear plant reports record-high production

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Romania‘s only nuclear plant, at Cernavod? announced yesterday that the amount of electrical energy produced at the plant in 2004 was the highest ever, at a record 5,142,300 megawatt-hours (MWh). This exceeded the previous 2002 record by 36,000 MWh.

Cernavod? Unit 1, brought into operation in 1992, supplies around 10-12% of Romania’s energy consumption. According to Nuclearelectrica, the operator of the plant, Cernavod?’s performance has been better than the average of the world’s 417 reactors. Nuclearelectrica considers the security of the plant, as well as of its employees and the environment, to be of utmost importance.

Currently, two more nuclear units are in construction at the Cernavod? plant. Unit 2 is 80% complete and will commence operation in 2006, while Unit 3 is approximately 40% complete. In the future, the nuclear plant is expected to produce a significant amount of the electrical energy of southeastern Europe.

Cernavod? is Europe’s only CANDU reactor. CANDU reactors, which are designed in Canada, are one of the most advantageous forms of nuclear reactors due to their fuel efficiency and low amount of down-time.

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10 May

Time Warner, Sprint close to mobile pact

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

New YorkTime Warner Cable is close to a deal with Sprint Corp. to offer mobile telephone service under the TimeWarner brand to the cabler’s 11 million subscribers, according to a report in Wednesday’s The Wall Street Journal.

If such a deal is struck, Time Warner will be the first cable company to offer the so-called “quadruple threat” in telecommunications, by offering voice, video, internet and mobile services in a single package.

The Journal reported that Time Warner would test market the new mobile service in Kansas City before the end of March.

Any such deal could strengthen Time Warner’s plans to expand its entry into the telephony market. The company said it expects to have 200 thousand voice customers when it closes its 2004 books Friday. As of mid-December, the company said it was adding about 10 thousand new wired voice customers per week.

For voice customers Time Warner is competing with regional telephone monopolies Verizon, SBC and BellSouth, which among them control the two largest mobile networks in the United States: Verizon and Cingular.

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9 May

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Now there is an increasing demand for biodegradable bags especially for consumer packaging due to serious environmental concerns. Lots of customers pay more money if the product is packed in biodegradable bags. The customer now thinks we should give something good to mother earth. So bio bags are getting more and more popular.

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There is a company named sun chips which has introduced their potato chips in biodegradable packaging. They were the first company in the world who has come up with compostable packaging. They also have made television advertisement about their potato chips packaging film used. The response was tremendous from the customers. Their sales grew more than 300% . This is one of the most success stories of biodegradable bags for potato chips packaging. There is one problem in sun chips packaging, the shelf life of the product is reduced and crispness of the product packed is not good compared with traditional plastic bags packaging. Still they have success and this is the happy ending of sun chips biodegradable packaging.

Similarly there are many companies like Kenco coffee trying to sell the products which is environmental friendly plastic bags. Before kenco coffee used to pack their coffee in glass jars. They now pack coffee with resealable plastic bags with zipper bags. These bags are better known as stand up pouches this stand up bags is also resealable Ziploc so the product can be resealed again. They also made advertisement that they have reduced the packaging weight by using flexible packaged plastic bags rather than traditional glass containers or jars. After this advertisement their sales increased around 400%. By using flexible packaging instead of bottles there is saving of 7 times transportation cost. So for example we can fit 100000 glass or plastic jars and the truck if full. But if we fix stand up pouches it will be around 700000 bags. So it saves fuel.

Now biodegradable bags can be made with many different products like corn starch, rice starch, etc. So we have to use natural resources once again to produce biodegradable packaging. So if there is a high demand of biodegradable bags then farmers has to sow rice and corn more and instead of human consumption of this products we have to send them to the plastic factory. So poor countries like Africa, India and china there is a shortage of food and many human beings will be in trouble due to high food price as there will be acute shortage of food grains in the market. This will create big problem of surviving for poor countries where food grains is the main staple diet.

So according to me there are two sides of the product one is good and other side is very bad. For my conclusion we should avoid using biodegradable packaging because it consumes our natural resources and continue using some of the reprocessed plastic which will balance the wheel of the environment.

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8 May

Australian opposition may oppose plain packaging on cigarettes

Friday, April 8, 2011

Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon has announced plans to introduce legislation requiring cigarette packaging to be plain, and unbranded. The opposition coalition may oppose this move, and will examine the detail of the legislation before deciding.

“We do support sensible measures that are proven to lead to reduced levels of smoking but we want to wait and see the full legislation, and what evidence they are relying on that plain packaging does reduce smoking rates,” stated a spokesman for opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Intended to decrease the number of Australians smoking, the new packaging is to be olive in colour with no logos or branding, and larger health warnings similar to those currently embossed on packaging.

“The new packs have been designed to have the lowest appeal to smokers and to make clear the terrible effects that smoking can have on your health,” said Roxon in an official statement.

Cigarette conglomerate British American Tobacco Australia insists the proposed legislation to require plain package cigarettes is an infringement of international trademark and intellectual property laws that could cost Australian taxpayers millions in legal fees alone.

If the legislation passes the new law would begin to be phased in from January next year. With the new measures Australia will lead the world on tobacco control; several other countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada, are reportedly watching the situation in Australia before implementing similar legislation.

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8 May

German Wikipedia DVD on P2P networks

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April 11, 2005 The German Wikipedia DVD is a popular item on European FTP sites.

The DVD project with Directmedia publishing GmbH was built from the March 3, 2005 database archive, and has been packaged as ISO image files to be made available online.

When the news was reported @ heise online, FTP requests to the University of Erlangen quickly overloaded the 622mbit connection server. The average load is still above 482.39 compared to 20 before the announcement.

In the afternoon, the FTP server Belnet joined in also hosting these files which can also be downloaded by using the peer-to-peer file transfer software Bittorrent.

The DVD image is 2.7 Gigabytes in size, and includes browsing software for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The download is large, but is also available from DirectMedia for about 10 on DVD – although their initial printing of 10,000 sold out within 3 days.

Stimulated by the success of this DVD project, several English news services have raised the question of when an English DVD of Wikipedia will be available.

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7 May