Finance records contain surprises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In most elections, incumbents nearly always outspend their challengers. But that conventional wisdom isn’t holding true in a number of local school board elections.In some of the contests, challengers such as Edmund Velasco, a candidate for the East Whittier City School District Board of Education race are outspending incumbents by as much as a 5-1 or even 10-1 ratio.Ralph Pacheco, a Whittier Union High School District board member and political consultant, said that some challengers be- lieve they have to spend more.“It all comes down to the challengers having to get their name and message out,” Pacheco said. “They’re relatively unknown while incumbents have a track record.”Velasco has spent $4,828 in his race as of Oct. 22 according to his campaign finance report filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.“Not being an incumbent, it’s harder for people who aren’t known widely throughout the area to get your name out there,” Velasco said. “You can do all the precinct walking you want, but when you’re talking 7,500 homes, I don’t have the time.”Mailing to voters is expensive, he said. The cost of one was $1,800, while another was $1,650.In Velasco’s race, incumbent Paul Gardiner has filed a form stating he will spend less than $1,000. Appointed incumbent Christine Chacon Sullivan had spent no money as of Sept. 24. She hasn’t filed her second report that was due Oct. 24.In the Whittier City School District school board race, incumbents Javier Gonzalez, and Ken Henderson have filed forms stating they would spend less than $1,000. But challenger Efrain Aceves in that race has spent $9,238.Gonzalez said challengers need to spend more money because they lack the name identity that incumbents have.“I don’t think I have to work as hard,” Gonzalez said. “I know the people and I know the streets.”Gonzalez said he has been using free and less expensive ways to campaign.“I got publicity from the newspaper and the (teachers) for free,” he said.He also has been out walking with friends and family.“All of that doesn’t cost me money,” he said. “All I have to do is buy my family a pizza.”Gardiner is also is being outspent, but says he doesn’t care.“I don’t want to fill out the paperwork that goes with spending $1,000 or more,” Gardiner said.Gardiner said he’s getting enough support from the teachers union that he’s not worried about getting outspent.“(Teachers) have put signs supporting the three candidates they’re supporting,” he said. “My name is on their signs and they have put out a post card with our three names and faces on it.”The challengers are relying on friends and sometimes their own bankrolls to raise the money.For example, Aceves, a deputy district attorney, has relied on his friends, mostly attorneys, to finance his campaign.Armando Urteaga, a challenger in the East Whittier City School District race who has spent $9,184, is using $7,000 of his own money.“I see it as an investment in my children’s’ future,” Urteaga said. “I want to make sure I play an important part in making sure that my children, get a quality education.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

August establishment of perennial forages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our wet weather conditions throughout much of 2017 prevented spring establishment of perennial forages for many producers.  Additionally, the wet weather has caused stand loss in alfalfa fields due to compaction and crown damage from harvest on wet soils, and from root rot in poorly drained field areas.  As a result, replacement of some of those acres is necessary.  August provides growers with another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand. Typically, the main risk with a late summer August planting is having sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant growth but this year that risk may be low.There are some advantages to late summer forage planting as compared to a spring planting. Late summer planting means forage seedlings are not competing with the flush of annual spring and summer weed emergence/growth. The soil borne root rot and damping off disease organisms that thrive in cool, wet soils are not an issue.  However, growers need to be aware of planting dates and the potential for late summer diseases in some situations.According to the newly revised, 15th edition of the Ohio Agronomy guide, planting of alfalfa and other legumes should be completed by mid-August in Northern Ohio and by the end of August in Southern Ohio.  These timelines take into consideration average frost dates and the time needed for forage plants to develop a root system capable of overwintering.  For example, at about 8 to 10 weeks after emergence alfalfa plants pull the growing point below the soil surface, a process termed ‘contractile growth’.  Once contractile growth occurs the alfalfa plant is considered a true perennial.  The alfalfa plant needs to reach this growth stage to overwinter. Clover plants also need to have a crown formed, and grasses should be at least in the tillering stage of development before the onset of winter.If the fall is warm and extended, similar to what we have experienced the past few years, it might be possible for successful establishment with later planting dates.  Some alfalfa growers believe that the late summer planting deadline dates can be moved back by several weeks.  It is a question of risk management.  How lucky do you feel? Late summer and early fall planting dates of forages were tested in Pennsylvania in the mid-1990’s at two locations that historically are a little milder than most of Ohio’s winters. The year after seeding legumes, forage yield declined as planting dates were delayed after early August in the previous year. For each day planting was delayed after August 1, total forage dry matter yields the next year were reduced by an average of 158, 105, and 76 lbs./acre for alfalfa, red clover, and birdsfoot trefoil.  Later planting dates usually affected grasses to a lesser degree.  For example, orchardgrass yields only decreased significantly when planting was delayed past late-August and perennial ryegrass yields were actually greater in late-August than in early August plantings.  However, for each day planting was delayed after August 30, yields declined 100 lb. /acre for orchardgrass and 153 lb. /acre for perennial ryegrass. Reed canarygrass, a slow establisher, was more sensitive to planting dates. Reed canarygrass yields the year after seeding declined 120 lbs. /acre for each day planting was delayed after August 1.   The best policy is usually to plant most perennial forages as soon in August as possible, when soils conditions allow and when soil moisture is present.Sclerotinia crown and stem rot is a concern with no-till seedings of alfalfa in late summer and especially where clover has been present in the past. This pathogen causes white mold on alfalfa seedlings. They become infected during cooler rainy spells in late October and November, the disease develops during the winter, and seedlings literally “melt away” in winter and early spring. It can be devastating where the pathogen is present. No-till is especially risky where clover has been present because the sclerotia germinate from a shallow depth. Early August plantings dramatically improve the alfalfa’s ability to resist the infection. Late August seedings are very susceptible, with mid-August plantings being intermediate.In a no-till situation, minimize competition from existing weeds by applying a burndown application of glyphosate before planting. Using no-till when herbicide-resistant weeds are present creates a very difficult situation with no effective control options, so tillage is probably a better choice in those situations. Post-emergence herbicide options exist for alfalfa. After the alfalfa is up and growing, control late summer and fall emerging winter annual broadleaf weeds. A mid- to late fall application of Butyrac, Buctril Pursuit or Raptor are the primary herbicide options. Fall application is much more effective than a spring application for control of these weeds especially if wild radish/wild turnip are in the weed mix.  Pursuit and Raptor can control winter annual grasses in the fall in pure legume stands but not with a mixed alfalfa/grass planting.  Consult the 2017 Ohio and Indiana Weed Control Guide and always read the specific product label for guidelines on timing and rates before applying any product.For conventional tillage seeding prepare a firm seedbed to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Be aware that too much tillage depletes soil moisture and increases the risk of soil crusting. Follow the “footprint guide” that soil should be firm enough for a footprint to sink no deeper than one-half inch.  Tilled seedbeds do not need a pre-plant herbicide.  Finally, keep in mind the following factors to increase establishment success.Soil fertility and pH: The recommended soil pH for alfalfa is 6.8. Forage grasses and clovers should have a pH of 6.0 or above. The minimum or critical soil phosphorus level for forage legumes is 25 ppm and the critical soil potassium level is somewhere between 100 and 125 ppm for many of our soils.Seed selection: Be sure to use high quality seed of adapted, tested varieties and use fresh inoculum of the proper Rhizobium bacteria. “Common” seed (variety not stated) is usually lower yielding and not as persistent, and from our trials the savings in seed cost is lost within the first year or two by lower forage yields.Planter calibration: If coated seed is used, be aware that coatings can account for up to one-third of the weight of the seed. This affects the number of seeds planted in planters set to plant seed on a weight basis. Seed coatings can also dramatically alter how the seed flows through the drill, so calibrate the drill or planter with the seed going into the field.Seed placement: The recommended seeding depth for forages is one-quarter to one-half inch deep. It is better to err on the side of planting shallow rather than too deep.Do not harvest a new perennial forage stand this fall. The ONLY exception to this rule is perennial and Italian ryegrass plantings.  Mow or harvest these grasses to a two and a half to three-inch stubble in late November to improve winter survival.  Do not cut any other species, especially legumes.last_img read more

One for the Little People — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedMitten im Pott – Geocache of the WeekAugust 22, 2018In “Community””Down the Rabbit Hole” GCXQ5C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 28, 2010December 27, 2010In “Community”Visit Geocaching HQOctober 28, 2019In “Community” Virtual CacheGCA4BCby bazzle Welcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, OregonGeocaches come in all styles, types, shapes, and sizes. But did you ever stop to think about the area around geocaches? They can vary greatly too. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twist. After all, it’s the little things that count. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twistWelcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. The official city park is a small circle 2 feet (0.6 meters) across, with a total area of 450 sq inches (0.3 sq meters). That makes this the smallest park in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.The park is located in the center of a busy parkwayThe park is located in the center of a busy parkway so logging this Virtual Cache doesn’t take much besides answering a couple of easy questions and carefully following crosswalk signs. But once you’re there, you must make sure to stop and smell the… flower?The only leprechaun colony west of IrelandOriginally, the plans were to install a light pole on the spot but it never arrived. In 1948, a local newspaperman planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column “Mill Ends,” a lumber mill reference. It became an official city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976 as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.”Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decorOver the years the park has showcased many types of landscaping including miniature evergreens, shrubbery, perennials, cacti, and tropical flora. The landscaping is enhanced even more when local decorators indulge. Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decor.So geocachers, look right around you. You never know where you may find a clever little geocache.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1 Location:Oregon, United StatesN 45° 31.064 W 122° 40.406last_img read more

No surprise annual audits monthly reports says former NHIB Chair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews #tcinhip  #drexwellseymour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 28, 2016 – The National Health Insurance Board’s money woes should not be a surprise because the Health plan is audited annually and the Permanent Secretaries of Health and Finance sit in on meetings and are presented information to help their ministers make high level decisions and to be acquainted with what is or is not happening at NHIP.This information comes from former Chairman and HLB Owner and CPA, Drexwell Seymour who responded to questions from Magnetic Media after the bombshell news that the Health Insurance plan is bleeding funds to the tune of $6.1 million and needs an urgent $2 million bail out to save the plan from crashing.Seymour said PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PWC) conducts those audits and that the Board has managed to drastically reduce what government was spending on medical care from $40 million annually on locals only before the NHIP was established to now, $13 million dollars per year for locals and work permit holders.Seymour said monthly accounts are submitted and that Government should perhaps consider giving the NHIB more money to manage medical care as there is a shortfall or not enough money to take care of the health care demands.  You can read an article on the state of the NHIP from Drexwell Seymour’s perspective at his Facebook page.Magnetic Media’s report on Friday caused outrage among many residents who questioned leadership following news from a post Cabinet statement which called for a review of NHIB and said that Cabinet was surprised at the financial predicament of the social health care plan. Related Items:#drexwellseymour, #magneticmedianews, #tcinhipcenter_img PDM Administration announces budget increase for primary health care, goal to reduce overseas medical bills Recommended for youlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch The Back Track Band Perform A Concert On The Common

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s 2019 Concerts on the Common series continued on Wednesday, July 24 with a performance from The BackTrack Band. BackTrack featured a wide selection of classic songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to record the event. Watch the concert the below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/e4284e46-2b13-475f-a4c3-bab57e34cdcc/video.original.mp400:0000:0001:34:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”VIDEO: Watch ‘Ball In The House’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

EU Commission proposes €7bn loan to Greece for July

first_imgClose The European Commission proposed to give Greece a €7bn (£4.92, $7.7bn) bridge loan to cover the countrys financing needs in July using the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM).The Commission believes the EFSM is the best means to provide short-term financing for Greece, Commission vice president for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters in Brussels.Greece faces urgent financing needs. It has outstanding payments and arrears to the ECB (European Central Bank) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) that need to be paid in the coming days. Euro area leaders therefore invited the Eurogroup to address these issues as a matter of urgency. Member states together with the institutions explored the options available. There are not many, he said.The bridge loan would have a maximum maturity of three months and would be repaid to the EFSM from money that Greece is to get from the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) on the conclusion of negotiations on the next, €86bn three-year bailout.The proposal to use the EFSM for the bridge loan is controversial because Britain and the Czech Republic are strongly opposed to it.We are aware of serious concerns from non-euro area member states. We are therefore working on arrangements to protect the non-euro area member states from any negative financial consequences should the EFSM loans not being repaid, Dombrovskis said.Unlike the ESM, which is a eurozone fund, the EFSM is an EU-wide fund, backed by the EU budget and therefore disbursements from it need the approval of all of the EUs 28 governments, rather than just the 19 of the eurozone.But decisions in the EFSM are taken by qualified majority voting, which means that if 16 countries representing 65 percent of the EUs population support a disbursement, its opponents like Britain or the Czech Republic can be outvoted.last_img read more

President PM mourn death of Ershad

first_imgPresident M Abdul Hamid (L) and prime minister Sheikh Hasina. BSS File PhotoPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of leader of the opposition in parliament and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, reports UNB.In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina recalled Ershad’s constructive role in parliament as the opposition leader.In separate messages, the president and the prime minister prayed for salvation of the departed soul and expressed deep sympathy to Ershad’s bereaved family members.The foreign minister, speaker, deputy speaker and the chief whip also mourned the death of former president of the country.The former president of Bangladesh and Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Mohammad Ershad breathed his last at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka on Sunday morning. He was 89.JP presidium member and Ershad’s relative Khaled Akhter told Prothom Alo that the former president passed away around 7:45am.last_img read more