Union Dicon Salt PLC (UDS.ng) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgUnion Dicon Salt PLC (UDS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Union Dicon Salt PLC (UDS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Union Dicon Salt PLC (UDS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Union Dicon Salt PLC (UDS.ng)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileUnion Dicon Salt Plc processes and markets crude salt in Nigeria for the industrial and agricultural sectors. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Union Dicon Salt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

RSF joins call urging Turkey to seek UN inquiry on Khashoggi

first_img News United StatesSaudi ArabiaTurkeyAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies DisappearancesImpunityUnited Nations United StatesSaudi ArabiaTurkeyAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies DisappearancesImpunityUnited Nations Organisation Türkçe / In TurkishThe investigation should determine the circumstances surrounding Saudi Arabia’s role in the We call on Saudi Arabia to end its violence against journalistsSign the petitionenforced disappearance and possible killing of Khashoggi. It should aim to identify everyone responsible for ordering, planning, and executing any operations connected with the case.”Turkey should enlist the UN to initiate a timely, credible, and transparent investigation” said Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “UN involvement is the best guarantee against a Saudi whitewash or attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative business ties with Riyadh.”Evidence collected by the UN investigation team should be preserved for use in future prosecutions. The investigation team should have complete access to travel where it needs to and to interview potential witnesses or suspects without interference. The team should also recommend avenues for bringing to justice anyone against whom credible and admissible evidence of involvement is found.Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and has not been seen or heard from since. Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, claiming he left the consulate on his own shortly after his arrival, but it has failed to produce any evidence supporting this claim.Saudi authorities have escalated their crackdown on dissenting voices in the country since Mohammad bin Salman became crown prince in June 2017, marked by systematic repression of dissent, including peaceful expression directed to the promotion and protection of human rights. Virtually all human rights defenders and critical voices, including religious clerics, journalists, and academics, have been targeted in the recent arrests. Khashoggi’s disappearance comes after more than a year of arrests targeting journalists who reported on corruption, women’s rights, and other sensitive issues. Several are being held in unknown locations, without charges, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists.Many individuals, including the prominent women human rights defenders Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan, and Aziza al-Yousef, have been arbitrarily detained without charge for months. These women activists and many others may face lengthy prison terms or the death penalty following grossly unfair trials before the counterterrorism court for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, or assembly. The Turkish authorities announced that they had initiated a criminal investigation on the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2. As part of this investigation, they conducted a forensic examination of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 15. Information from the investigation has been shared with the media through a series of leaks, including claims regarding the existence of audio and visual records proving that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate. On October 15, Saudi Arabia’s king ordered the Public Prosecution to open an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. Given the possible involvement of Saudi authorities in Khashoggi’s enforced disappearance and possible murder, and the lack of independence of Saudi Arabia’s criminal justice system, the impartiality of any investigation by the Saudi authorities would be in question. Khashoggi’s fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national, told media outlets that when Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate on October 2 to obtain their marriage documents, he left her his phones and instructions to alert the Turkish authorities if he did not return after two hours. That was the last time Cengiz saw him. Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents inside the consulate.”This demonstrates all the more clearly how imperative an impartial and independent investigation is in order to establish the truth and ensure justice for Jamal Khashoggi,” said Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “If the UN is truly mobilized to fight impunity for crimes against journalists, then at the very least they must be fully engaged in one of the most shocking and extreme cases in recent years by undertaking this investigation.”There is a precedent for such a UN investigation. In 2008, Pakistan asked then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish an investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. That investigation uncovered what investigators said was an attempt by Pakistani authorities to whitewash the events surrounding Bhutto’s murder.An investigation into Khashoggi’s enforced disappearance and possible murder should start promptly and be thorough, impartial, and independent. UN Secretary-General Guterres should appoint a senior criminal investigator with extensive experience in international investigations to head the team. Once the investigation is concluded, the secretary-general should issue a public report on the overall findings along with his recommendations for following up. “Jamal Khashoggi’s family and the rest of the world deserve the full truth about what happened to him,” said Louis Charbonneau, UN director at Human Rights Watch. “Partial explanations and one-sided investigations by Saudi Arabia, which is suspected of involvement, aren’t good enough. Only the UN has the credibility and independence required to expose the masterminds behind Khashoggi’s enforced disappearance and to hold them to account.”Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and all other UN member countries should fully cooperate with the UN investigation to ensure that it has all the access and support necessary to determine what happened to Khashoggi. To facilitate the investigation, Saudi Arabia should immediately waive diplomatic protections such as the inviolability or immunity of all relevant premises and officials bestowed by treaties such as the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has called for waving these diplomatic protections in the case. Turkey should turn over all evidence, including audio and visual records that Turkish officials have repeatedly claimed to the media reveal Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate. A newly formed Turkish-Saudi working group investigating the murder will be unable to make progress in the face of Saudi Arabia’s blanket denials and rejection of any involvement in Khashoggi’s enforced disappearance. “If the government of Saudi Arabia is not involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s fate, it has the most to gain in seeing an impartial UN investigation determine what happened,” said Sherine Tadros, head the New York office of Amnesty International. “Without a credible UN inquiry, there will always be a cloud of suspicion hanging over Saudi Arabia, no matter what its leadership says to explain away how Khashoggi vanished.”Jamal Khashoggi is a prominent Saudi journalist with several Saudi Arabia-based Arabic and English-language newspapers including Okaz and the Saudi Gazette, and he served two stints as the editor-in-chief of the Saudi daily al-Watan. In December 2016, Saudi authorities publicly denounced Khashoggi after he criticized then US President-Elect Donald Trump at an event in Washington, and he fled Saudi Arabia to the United States in June 2017, becoming a regular columnist for the Washington Post.For more information, please contact:In New York, Louis Charbonneau for Human Rights Watch, (English, German, Czech): +1-646-591-5178; or [email protected] Twitter: @loucharbonIn New York, Sherine Tadros for Amnesty International, (English): +1-929-339-9523; or [email protected]; Twitter: @SherineTIn Washington D.C., Margaux Ewen for Reporters Without Borders, (English, French): +1-202-204-5548; or [email protected] Twitter: @margauxewenKerry Paterson, for the Committee to Protect Journalists (English, French): +1-212-300-9031; [email protected] Twitter: @pressfreedom June 3, 2021 Find out more Turkey should urgently ask UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish a United Nations investigation into the possible extrajudicial execution of the prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today. May 13, 2021 Find out more Related documents turkiye-_kasikci_ile_ilgili_bm_sorusturmasi_isteyin.pdfPDF – 90.45 KB Follow the news on Americas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists October 18, 2018 – Updated on October 24, 2018 RSF joins call urging Turkey to seek UN inquiry on Khashoggi Reports ANGELA WEISS / AFP Newslast_img read more

Lekoil begins site survey on OPL 310 block offshore Nigeria

first_img Lekoil plans to commence a two-well programme at OPL 310 block offshore Nigeria. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) Nigeria-based oil and gas exploration and production company Lekoil has announcement of the commencement on site survey on OPL 310 offshore block.Located in the Dahomey Basin, to the southeast of the Volta Fan and to the southwest of the Niger Delta, the block lies in water depths ranging from the shoreline on the northside of the block to 1,900m in the south.Lekoil has announced the start of site survey on behalf of Optimum Petroleum Development Company (Optimum), the Operator of the OPL 310 License, and LEKOIL Nigeria.The site survey on OPL 310 has received approval from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). In 2013, the partners made an oil discovery at Ogo-1 and Ogo-1 ST wells within the SynRift and PostRift, following drilling at the OPL 310 offshore block.Lekoil, together with its partner Optimum Petroleum Development, is planning to commence a two-well programme in near future to obtain dynamic flow data from well testing while preserving the drilled wells as producers.Site survey on OPL 310 block to assess top-hole drilling and jack-up rigThe site survey aims to assess top-hole drilling, and jack-up rig as well as potential platform foundation hazards and seabed obstructions.The site survey, which is being carried out by marine vessel, is planned to be completed before the expiration of the DPR approval, scheduled on 24 March 2020.Lekoil CEO Lekan Akinyanmi said: “With the commencement of the site survey, we are delighted to begin in earnest the two well appraisal drilling work programme of activities which is expected to lead to the spudding of the first well in the second half of this year.“We celebrate this milestone with our partner and the Operator of the OPL 310 License, Optimum Petroleum, as together we pursue value for all stakeholders.”The partners are planning to spud the first well in the second half of this year. The block is operated by Optimum Petroleum Development.The firms have recently, secured $184m financing to fund the appraisal drilling and initial development programme activities on the Ogo field.In October 2019, Lekoil and its partner Green Energy International approved the second phase development of the Otakikpo oilfield project in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. The OPL 310 block is located in the Dahomey Basin, to the southeast of the Volta Fan and to the southwest of the Niger Deltalast_img read more

WEEKEND “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWEEKEND “READERS FORUM”TELL US WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is:  Do you believe that City officials intentionally lied to us about not having a $6 million dollar deficit in 2014?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Year In Review: 30+ Musicians Tell Us Their Personal Best Performance Of 2016

first_imgThe year of 2016 was certainly an interesting one in the music world. Though many headlines will focus on those who have passed this year, we wanted to reflect on the joyous occasions that music brought throughout 2016. In doing so, we asked a number of musicians to tell us about some of their favorite experiences throughout the year, and will be running features all week to celebrate all things live music.After asking about their favorite festivals, for the second part of this series, we asked, “If you had to choose your personal best performance this year, what would it be and why?” We loved hearing which of our favorite artists’ shows stood above the rest in their eyes. Several of the artists mentioned a Colorado show as their favorite of the year (shoutout to the Rocky Mountain State), three mentioned late-nights or after-shows as their favorites and, understandably, a few artists just couldn’t pick a favorite.Here’s what your favorite musicians had to say…Jesus Coomes (Lettuce) – Fillmore Denver was the last night of our tour and it sleighed like Santa riding through the sky with his reign, dear.Cory Wong (Vulfpeck collaborator) – Vulfpeck at the Teragram, or night 2 at Brooklyn Bowl. The Teragram shows, because at that point I had not played most of those songs ever with the guys. They had no idea what I was going to play, and I had just been learning their live arrangements from YouTube fan clips. It was fun to not just see, but feel their responses to what I was playing and really bring the show to life and have a unique alertness to our playing. Brooklyn Bowl because…PURDIE.Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) – Having logged about 200 gigs last year, that is a difficult one to answer but personally my favorite performances are generally the gigs where we musically get a bit more adventurous and take more chances. For the past few years we’ve done 2 night at Mishawaka Amphitheater in Colorado and those shows are always nice and weird. The venue is up this gorgeous canyon and the stage is right on the river so it’s always a big party but still intimate and removed so people really cut loose and musically the vibe reflects that.Karl Denson – I would have to say the two nights at the Independent with the Greyboy All-Stars in early Nov. It was so much fun and we made so much music together. Those recordings would be worth searching out.Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) – One of them would be our show at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock. It was a thrill and an honor to play there and we actually recorded the show for our new album, Live At The Barn, coming out in January 2017.Simon Allen (The New Mastersounds) – Maybe Denver, Ogden Theater in October. The room was full, the on-stage sound was great, I felt relaxed and confident and we were just hitting our stride in our collaborations with members of Turkuaz. A close second would be our second late-night Jazzfest Allen Toussaint tribute set at the Joy Theater with Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville and Marc Broussard. We performed loads of tunes for the first time and really nailed it!Dave Watts (The Motet) – Red Rocks. Just being there makes you play at the top of your game!David Shaw (The Revivalists) – I’d have to go with our show at the Orpheum Theater. That was definitely “one of those”. There’s a saying that I heard one time and it goes something like this. Say a band has played a 1,000 shows to date, well 700 of those shows will probably be “pretty good”, 200 of them will be absolutely excellent, 50 of them will change your life forever, 9 of them had you feeling like a golden god upon exiting the stage, and then there’s that one show….that one show that makes you do 1,000 more. That show was our 2016 Orpheum theater show during Jazz Fest.Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) – Tony Hall New Orleans Soul Stars at Nola Jazz Fest, so many people dancing and enjoying the music.Matt Gibbs (Evolfo) – Our best performance this year was at the Brooklyn Bazaar on Halloween. We played a mashup set between the music of the Cramps and our own music. Lux Interior is a massive influence of mine and for years I’d had this Cramps tribute idea stashed away for the right show. We wanted to go hard(er than usual) on outfits and makeup and stuff. Super grateful to TimeOut New York and Brooklyn Bazaar for giving us the perfect space to put on this over the top, macabre show. At first we had misgivings because, at the risk of sound ultra hipster, it turns out less people have heard of/are into The Cramps than I had believed. But it is my sincere opinion that, like them or not, The Cramps are the final word on Halloween music. People really enjoyed the show in the end, and that is all that matters!Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident) – SCI at Cuthbert Amphitheater [OR] – band was really relaxed and patientDominic Peters (Goldfish) – Electric Zoo NYJeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – Late night show at The Stone Pony after Umphrey’s McGee…the energy in that room was INSANE.Eric Bloom (Lettuce) – LOCK’N….audience was so fun and open it allowed me to really stretch in a new direction…Laurie Shook (The Shook Twins) – Northwest String Summit late night set, because of all the love that was thereChuck Jones (Dopapod) – Dopapod in Charleston, SCJP Biondo (Cabinet) – The Fox Theater- Denver, Co. This show came at the tail end of a long tour. As a band, Cabinet was feeling really tight.Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) – Mountain Jam. Just felt dialed in.Neal Evans (Dopapod/RAQ) – RAQ at Wildwoods Music Festival. The band had more fun than weve ever had on stage, and it was clear that the audience was right there with us! And i got to use Rory’s drum kit from lespecial, and that thing has an extra level of swagger built in to really enhance a performance.Alric Carter (TAUK) – Sellout show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. It was the first time we played the venue and the crowd energy was contagiously high. Felt like everyone won all around. Great team effort!Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) – Turkuaz at Catskill Chill! Both sets!Nick Tkachyk (Spafford) – Pizza Jam. Pure, mindful, blissness called Jamming.Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) Any of the Dead & Co shows but only because that’s where I had the most rehearsal time and I had all of my personal gear.William Apostol (Billy Strings) – Grand Rapids post Thanksgiving – I always feel good up there when I look out and see hundreds of my closest friends and family. Michigan knows how to party!Nigel Hall (Lettuce) – The last Lettuce tour because I played keys all night and I have my own rig nowScrambled Greg (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – I’m not one for the word “best,” but I was really happy with the way I/we played at this year’s Domefest. It’s always challenging to throw a music festival while simultaneously playing it. Since Jeremy and I are so busy all day (and year) running the festival, it’s takes a second of mental transitioning to put down our walkee’s and get in the zone for the shows. I felt particularly comfortable on stage this year, probably because our staff was killing it and the crowd was as amazing as ever. I thought all of our new material went smoothly and all the jams were dynamic and fun. I had an absolute blast!Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band) – Soule Monde opening for Bela Fleck. We were firing on all cylinders. Felt like we could play anything that night. The crowd was on our side too.Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) – For me, one of the highlights would be our recent show in Chicago- the crowd is always incredibly attentive and responsive, and the band was just really working together as a unit and listening deeply to one another, and those are my favorite shows!Rob Compa (Dopapod) – Can’t choose just one. Pink Floyd cover set a Resonance was really special. My all time favorite band. I dreamt of playing those songs live as a kid.T Sisters – Opening for Amos Lee at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle was a great performance for us. We had the opportunity to open for Amos as a trio, whereas we typically play with a full band, and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to return to the foundations, harmony and sisterhood, that help to define our musical project.Eli Winderman (Dopapod) – Hard to answer that, I’m kinda hard on myself a lot of the time.Seth Walker – Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Full house and my father joined us with a quartet string section. I felt like music just unfolded that night. Nothing was forced. Love was in the air.Pappy Biondo (Cabinet) – Do I have to?last_img read more

Turkuaz Performs On ‘Jam In The Van’ Series [Watch]

first_imgThe multi-colored power funk machine known as Turkuaz was the latest band to appear on the Jam In The Van performance series. Recorded at the roving recording studio’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Turkuaz delivered a fantastic live renditions of The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” as well as a pair of tunes off of their 2018 Life in the City LP, “If I Ever Fall Asleep” and “The One and Lonely”.Related: Turkuaz Goes Bluegrass On “Life In The City” For First Video In New “Unplugged” Session SeriesOn Wednesday, the new videos were shared by the popular live series, and showcase the nine-piece rock band delivering some captivating music in the smallest of settings. The performance of “The Shape I’m In” sees saxophonist Joshua Schwartz stepping up to the mic to take on lead vocal duties alongside vocalists Shira Elias and Sammi Garett. The performance also featured a fiery sax solo courtesy of the man in red Greg Sanderson.Turkuaz – “The Shape I’m In” – Jam in the Van[Video: Jam in the Van]Next, singer/guitarist Dave Brandwein returned to his usual place at the mic to help lead the band through an uptempo rendition of “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, with the horn section blaring away alongside him. The nearly seven-minute performance also features a pair of ripping solos courtesy of guitarist Craig Brodhead.Turkuaz – “If I Ever Fall Asleep” – Jam in the Van[Video: Jam in the Van]In the third and final video, the band delivers an extra funky performance of “The One and Lonely” with Brandwein once again leading the band through their (relatively) new original. Elias and Garett lock in with one another, as they showcase their impressive synchronized dance moves alongside Brandwein.Turkuaz – “The One and Lonely” – Jam in the Van[Video: Jam in the Van]Turkuaz has kept a busy performance schedule since Life in the City arrived in September 2018. Fans in Denver will get the chance to see Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba lead the March installment of The Funk Sessions at Cervantes’ Other Side on Tuesday, March 26th. Tickets to the event, which will also feature Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corp), Nicholas Gerlach (Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics) and more, are on sale now and can be purchased here.last_img read more

Law and disorder on the reservation

first_imgAt Harvard Law School (HLS) Nov. 8 for the first day of a two-day conference titled “Tribal Courts and the Federal System,” Troy Eid, chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC) started his talk with a quiz.The share of all juveniles in federal detention that are Native American, answered by a student from Tufts: two-thirds.True: Most Native American juveniles are transferred to federal custody, even when tribes want to charge them locally, due to the Major Crimes Act of 1885 and the Juvenile Justice Act of 1938.“[This] has been treated as if it cannot change, like the tablets of Moses,” said Eid, whose commission, established by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, has spent the past year interviewing members of more than half of the federally recognized tribes in the country in preparation for a report to be delivered to the president and Congress.How many Native American juveniles are tried and sentenced as adults? Thirty-two percent. Off reservation, the number is 2 percent.“We’re still using a late colonial model,” Eid explained. “In some instances, they are termination models.”Problems, Eid said, include systemic underfunding, jurisdictional complexity, and lack of consistent support, access to federal courts, and reliable data.In trips to four reservations in Alaska, to villages not connected by roads and frozen for much of the year, the commission found scant Internet service, $16 quarts of milk, and gas at $12 a gallon. The official unemployment rate: 80 percent. So the bulk of Native sustenance comes from hunting and fishing — yet tribes are subjected to laws and treaties that restrict their fishing, severely in some cases.“The entire system is designed as if these indigenous people do not exist,” Eid told the conference.“This isn’t about race,” he continued. “This is about basic political integrity and autonomy.”The conference was the first of its kind at Harvard Law School, bringing together tribal judges, scholars, and policymakers. The audience of about 50 included tribal members of the Harvard community, professors, and students from Harvard and neighboring universities. It was streamed to 200 viewers via the Federal Bar.Carole Goldberg — 2006 Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard; vice chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles; and ILOC commissioner — followed Eid.Federal-tribal criminal justice is “a complex maze” of multiple systems, “created piecemeal over time,” “imposed,” and “alien to locals,” she said.Goldberg said that “major restructuring” needs to happen. Justice, she said, should be culturally appropriate and include intergovernmental cooperation, respect, and trust.A talk by Kristen Carpenter, professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, and a 1998 graduate of HLS, covered the importance of decriminalizing Indian religions.Carpenter focused on U.S. v. Winslow Friday, which addressed a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Friday had killed a bald eagle for worship purposes, without obtaining the proper permit. The case, eventually sent to a tribal court, illustrated complexities at the crossroads of Native American religious freedom and the protection of wildlife.The keynote speaker was Kevin Washburn, of the Chickasaw Nation, recently confirmed assistant secretary for Indian affairs and Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard in 2007-08.Washburn stressed that economic development can decrease crime on a reservation, and said that he is confident tribal leaders are better able to make decisions on local allocation of resources than he can in D.C.The ILOC’s report, to include recommendations for improvements to the system, is expected to be presented to the president and Congress in April.last_img read more

Stumped Landscapes

first_imgTree removal is never fun and neat. The passing of a large tree brings you to thinkfirst about cleaning up the stem and branches. But what about the stump? Stumps can bemassive in a big tree.A large tree will have a stump with many large roots growing out into the soil. You cancut the surface wood away, but the entire woody root system remains.As wood decays in large stumps and roots, the soil may subside, or holes may develop inyour landscape. Sometimes animals use these subterranean homes. Stumps are safety andaesthetic concerns.Traditionally, removing a stump has meant digging and cutting, then repeating, untilyou or the stump gives up. Some have used explosive charges to free the stump from thesoil.Other people try to burn the stump out. Still others use an archeological approach,leaving the stump as an artifact.New equipment and services are available. For a price, someone will come to your houseand grind the stump into wood chips and sawdust.If you want to save money and effort, you can use an accelerated natural method forremoving stumps. This method uses natural decay fungi in the soil, moisture and some addedfertilizer to decay stumps. Over several years, even the biggest stump can be dissolvedaway.First, cut the stump as low to the ground as you can. When you remove a tree, you canpull soil away from the stump base to make a low cut. The lower the stump, the better.Next, scar the top of the stump to make slits, lines, and holes. This increases thesurface area of the stump top. Then water the area around the stump. Water 5-10 feetbeyond the stump as well as the surface of the stump itself.Try to keep the soil and stump moist, but not wet. Water-saturated soils and wet stumpsdon’t support rapid wood decay. The decay of a stump requires both moisture and oxygen, sodon’t limit or block oxygen movement into the soil or stump. In short, don’t overwater.Remember: moist, not wet.Now you can apply a general fertilizer to the stump top and surrounding soil. The idealfertilizer would contain nitrogen and phosphorus.The nitrogen should be in both slow-release and fast-release forms. It’s helpful, too,if it’s in both nitrate and ammonium forms for release into the soil. But you don’t haveto do extensive shopping for the perfect fertilizer. Just use one with nitrogen in it.Adding nitrogen to the soil and stump top will help the fungi grow and speed the decayof the stump. From time to time, add a little more fertilizer to move the decay processalong.Thinly covering the stump top with soil and organic mulch will help keep it moist andshade it from sunlight and drying winds. Don’t use plastic to cover stumps, because itblocks oxygen.In some abused and sterile soils, you may need to add more composted organic matter anda scattering of natural forest soils to infect the site with wood decay organisms. Themore things “eating” the stump, the quicker it will be gone.Don’t overfertilize or allow fertilizer to wash away. One-half to three-fourths poundsof active nitrogen per 100 square feet of soil area, provided in two to threeapplications, will move the decay processes along. A single big pile of fertilizer on thestump top will actually hinder decay.After all that, just be patient. Nature will dissolve the stump away if you provide theright environment.last_img read more

World Bank’s Scaling Solar program helps Zambia bring two PV projects online

first_imgWorld Bank’s Scaling Solar program helps Zambia bring two PV projects online FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, has started operations of the 34MW Ngonye solar PV plant in Zambia.The completion comes days after French developer Neoen and US thin-film specialist First Solar announced the completion of the first of the World Bank-backed Scaling Solar projects, another large project of 54MW in capacity in Zambia.The US$40 million Ngonye project, located in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in the country’s south, is Enel’s first PV project in Zambia and another under the Scaling Solar programme, which is driving large-scale PV adoption in African states such as Senegal and Madagascar, among others. Enel’s project will sell its energy to the country’s state-owned utility ZESCO through a 25-year power purchase agreement.Zambia’s Scaling Solar programme has been carried out by Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which awarded the project to EGP in June 2016. The plant is owned by a special purpose vehicle 80% held by EGP and 20% by IDC.In June 2018, Enel signed a financing agreement with IDC of around US$34 million for the construction of the PV plant, involving senior loans of up to US$10 million from the International Financing Corporation (IFC), up to US$12 million from the IFC-Canada Climate Change Program and up to US$11.75 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB).Zambia is aiming to set up 600MW of solar in the next 2-3 years to diversify its energy mix.More: Zambia driving Scaling Solar forward with second large-scale project completionlast_img read more

Goals for credit union retargeting campaigns

first_img continue reading » These days, most people use the internet to research the things they’re interested in. It happens constantly with consumer goods—people read reviews, blogs, tech specs, and anything they can find about their intended purchase. People educate themselves with online content to ensure they make the best decision they can before they pull the trigger.The same general thing happens with consumers and financial institutions. People rarely just walk into the first branch and open an account before doing a little comparison shopping. Similarly, people look at credit card offerings from different issuers before choosing one. Or they’ll search for who has the best auto loan rates. Or maybe they’re shopping for a home and want to see who can help them out with a mortgage.It’s uncommon for people to engage a salesperson or representative without doing a little research of their own first. With inbound marketing, your credit union can help them.But here’s the rub: only about 2% of site visitors make a buying decision after their research. The other 98% leave. Maybe they want to do more research, or maybe something came up—their child knocked over a glass of milk, they forgot something in the oven—and they forget about it. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more