GameStop soars again; Wall Street bends under the pressure

first_imgStocks sank again as a speculative frenzy over GameStop and a handful of other stocks ramps up worries over how much damage an online revolt against Wall Street bigwigs can do to the broader market. The S&P 500 fell 1.9%, giving the index its biggest weekly loss since October. GameStop soared nearly 70% Friday, continuing a saga that’s captivated and confused many on Wall Street and beyond. Calls for regulators to step in, meanwhile, grew louder. GameStop and other downtrodden stocks have become battlegrounds where swarms of smaller investors see themselves making an epic stand against financial elites who bet the stocks would fall.last_img

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Home Fruit Orchards

first_imgHaving a great home fruit orchard is getting easier all the time. University of Georgia scientists say new varieties make even south Georgia home gardeners able to grow peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and even apples.The U.S. Department of Agriculture designates two hardiness zones (8a and 8b) — areas with similar climates — south of a line running through Columbus, Macon and Augusta.Breeders produce varieties that are hardy in specific zones. Many varieties have thrived for years above Zone 8. And experts say the number of fruit trees below that Columbus-to-Augusta line is growing.”Wherever you live, if you can’t provide timely care for your fruit plants, select more forgiving plants that require little care,” said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Choosing the variety to plant requires more than knowing its hardiness. Consider pollination, fruit production and how much care the tree requires, too, Krewer said.Be sure you know if the variety can self-pollinate or needs cross-pollination to produce fruit. This differs for varieties of even the same type of fruit. Most apples and plums require cross-pollination. Pears vary by fruit variety, and peaches are self-pollinating.Once you’ve carefully selected varieties that will produce well where you live, then select a place to plant them.The specific planting site can make the difference between baskets of fruit and just another shade tree. Sunlight, and plenty of it, is the key.Pick a site where the tree will be in the sun at least half the day. Morning sun is best because it dries the dew quickly. The less time the tree is wet, the less likely disease will damage it.Then soil-test that site for the pH.Plow or spade the soil thoroughly to prepare it for planting. Mix in any required lime as you prepare the soil. Dig a hole large enough so the roots won’t be cramped or bent from their natural position.Never fertilize a fruit tree during planting.When you buy your fruit trees, look for undamaged trunks and good root systems. Krewer said a small tree with a good root system is better than a large tree with few roots.”You get what you pay for when you buy fruit trees,” Krewer said. “Bargain plants may not be healthy or well-adapted to your area.”Once you’ve prepared, selected and planted your trees, keep the area around them weed-free. Weeds take water and nutrients away from the young trees, threatening their survival.Don’t use mowers or weed trimmers near the trunks. Open wounds in the bark provide pathways for disease-causing organisms.Pruning and training fruit trees into their typical shapes take time, but the rewards are great. Without proper pruning, the trees can’t support the weight of the fruit they produce.Peach and plum trees respond well when pruned to an “open center” shape that looks like an umbrella blown inside out. Apple trees do best in the “central leader” system, with one strong center trunk and branches that radiate out.Fruit trees are susceptible to many insects and diseases that can decrease fruit production or damage the tree.”You have to plan and carry out a rigid pesticide spray schedule to really control insects and diseases in home apple, peach and plum orchards,” Krewer said.Pears require less attention. Krewer suggests Oriental persimmons and hybrid pears as good choices for low-spray orchards.Your county extension agent can tell you more about growing fruits in a home orchard. The UGA Extension website has links to publications with information on just about any other gardening, farming or home topic.last_img read more

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Total, EDF joint venture signs agreements for 716MW of new solar in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Total Eren and EDF Renewables have signed 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs), for four solar power projects totaling 716MW of capacity in northern India.A 50:50 joint venture between the two firms, known as EDEN Renewables India, signed a PPA with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for a 450MW project in the state of Rajasthan at the end of June. It has also last year signed PPAs for two 98MW projects and one 70MW installation with the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) – a distribution company based in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.The projects, with a planned production of nearly 1,200 GWh per year, will be able to supply power to the equivalent of 1.1 million Indian households. Their construction is due to start by the end of this year and commissioning is expected towards the end of 2020.EDEN Renewables India has been developing, building and operating solar projects in India since 2016 and the two parties have four projects totaling 207MW already deployed in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. It has participated in several competitive tenders as part of this.Frédéric Belloy, EVP, International Operations at EDF Renewables, added: “These large-scale projects are a lever for local economic development, they enable us to strengthen our presence in India and consider new projects in this country which represents a strategic market for EDF Renewables. These landmarks projects fit perfectly with the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy of doubling its renewable energy capacity in operation between 2015 and 2030 in France and worldwide.”More: Total Eren and EDF sign PPAs for 700MW of solar in India Total, EDF joint venture signs agreements for 716MW of new solar in Indialast_img read more

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Jet2 cancels all lines to Croatia

first_imgThis week, the company will operate the last flights to and from Croatia and stop operating on as many as 12 scheduled flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula. The British airline, Jet2, is suspending traffic on all routes from Great Britain to Croatia. The last flight from Croatia will be on Sunday, September 06 Jet2 plans to return to Croatia in the spring of 2021, but this will certainly depend on the pandemic and restrictive measures. “Due to the global pandemic and reduced demand, as well as due to the measures introduced for travelers coming to the UK from Croatia, we have decided to cancel all flights and travel arrangements for the rest of this summer season. Our last flight from Croatia this year will be on Sunday, September 06th.”Point out from Jet2. Source: Croatian Aviation This is the result of the introduced restrictive measures for travelers coming to the UK from Croatia, which has resulted in a significant drop in demand. Especially when a new hotbed of covids appeared in Dubrovnik. last_img read more

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US gears for weekend protests amid anger at new police abuses

first_imgThe United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera.With protests over last week’s police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a “great day” for Floyd.Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for November’s election, called Trump’s comments “frankly despicable,” as thousands took to streets across America for a 10th straight day of anti-racism demonstrations. Reporting the suspension on Twitter, Mayor Byron Brown said he and the police commissioner were “deeply disturbed” by the video.An earlier police statement said the man, who appeared unconscious and bleeding heavily from the head, “tripped and fell.”Governor Andrew Cuomo called the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful,” in a tweet.In Indianapolis, police launched an investigation after a video emerged showing at least four officers hitting a woman with batons and firing pepper balls at her on Sunday night.  And in New York City Thursday, officers baton-charged dozens of peaceful protesters defying a curfew in the Bronx after pinning them in, leaving them with nowhere to run, several reports said.New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Friday that two officers had been suspended following “several troubling incidents,” one for pushing a woman to the ground and another for pulling down an man’s face mask and spraying pepper spray at him. Both incidents were caught on video.’Out of control’Under-fire New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who imposed the week-long night-time curfew after widespread looting earlier in the week, has repeatedly said the NYPD is showing “restraint.”In an editorial published Friday, The New York Times called on him to “open your eyes.”The police are out of control,” it said.Floyd, 46, died in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis while handcuffed during a May 25 arrest for a non-violent offense.His death reignited longstanding resentment over police killings of African Americans and unleashed a nationwide wave of protest unlike anything seen in the US since Martin Luther King’s 1968 assassination.Mass protests have also taken place in European capitals and on Friday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined a large demonstration in Ottawa.The action has handed Trump one of the greatest challenges of his tumultuous presidency. While condemning Floyd’s death, he has adopted a tough stance towards the protesters and has been accused of exacerbating tensions.US civil rights groups have filed a case suing Trump after security forces fired pepper balls and smoke bombs to clear peaceful demonstrators in Washington before the president walked to a church for a photo op earlier this week.Mayor Muriel Bowser Friday renamed the area outside the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” — unveiling a giant street mural — after tweeting a letter calling on Trump to “withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from our city.”But Trump was back in buoyant mood following the release of strong job numbers Friday.He told reporters that such violence as Floyd’s death in handcuffs cannot be allowed to happen.Nevertheless, Trump added, “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing for our country.””This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody,” he said. Biden immediately slammed Trump for invoking Floyd’s name.”George Floyd’s last words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ have echoed across our nation and around the world.”For the President to try to put any other words in his mouth is frankly despicable,” he tweeted.Curfews liftedSome of the early protests were marred by rioting and looting but they have been mostly peaceful since then.Curfews have been lifted in Washington, Los Angeles and other cities but New York’s is due to run for the next three nights.Several thousand marched in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon as activists sought to keep up the movement’s momentum into the weekend.Topics : Massive street demonstrations are set for Saturday, including in Washington where tens of thousands of people are expected. The mayor painted “Black Lives Matter” in giant letters on the road leading to the White House ahead of the crowd’s arrival.Also on Saturday a remembrance for Floyd will be held in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where he was born, following an initial ceremony in Minneapolis that was held Thursday.The protests, sparked by a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he pleaded for his life, took place amid a roiling controversy over officers’ use of force against largely peaceful demonstrators.In Buffalo, New York, two policemen were suspended without pay after a video showed them shoving over a 75-year-old protester who fell and suffered a head injury.last_img read more

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KPK ready to take on bribery case implicating prosecutor

first_imgRead also: AGO names prosecutor Pinangki money laundering suspect in connection to Djoko Tjandra caseAGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono previously refuted claims that it would hand Pinangki’s case over to the KPK.Hari said Pinangki had allegedly accepted about US$500,000 in bribes, but he did not reveal whom she is thought to have received the money from.The AGO’s supervisory unit previously said that Pinangki had committed an ethics violation by going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019 without permission, allegedly to meet with Djoko, who was still at large at the time.Deputy Attorney General Setia Untung Arimuladi had removed Pinangki from her post as an official in the planning bureau under the AGO’s junior attorney general for development.The corruption directorate of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department had announced that it was set to question Pinangki on Wednesday.”We’ll investigate whether JST has committed any other violations of the law,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said, referring to Djoko by his initials.The directorate is also currently investigating the removal of the Red Notice status for Djoko from the Interpol system in 2014. (nal)Topics : The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it is ready to take over prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari’s case from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) as long as it met certain requirements stipulated in the KPK Law.The AGO arrested Pinangki in August for allegedly accepting bribes in connection with graft convict Djoko Tjandra, who had been arrested around two weeks prior after being on the run for years.Acting KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said the KPK could take over the case if it met the requirements set out in Article 10A of the KPK Law. “The KPK will take over the case if at least one of the conditions stipulated in Article 10A is met,” Ali said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.Article 10A of the law stipulates that the commission is eligible to take on a corruption case if it does not have any form of resolution or if it is being delayed without justifiable reasons. The KPK may also take on a case if the judicial process is deemed to be protecting perpetrators of a crime.He said the KPK understood the public’s expectations, so it had urged the AGO to carry out a transparent and objective judicial process of the case.”The AGO should develop this case if they find more parties responsible, given that, in the end, the public will evaluate its works,” Ali said.last_img read more

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Waiting for King or Queen:  Bolt intensifies child Care Practice

first_imgEight-time Olympic Gold Medallist Usain Bolt is intensifying baby care practice ahead of expected arrival of his first child with partner Kasi Bennett. The Jamaican had earlier this year informed his over 9.3m followers on Instagram that a baby is on the way describing the expected bundle of joy as “King or Queen”. But the 38 year old who retired from athletics in 2017 did not stop at announcement as he has continued to practice all that a good daddy needs to know and do for a new born baby. An apparently very happy Bolt uploaded a video of himself pulling a baby pram and dancing along. That was also followed by lifting of an adorable doll which he placed carefully in the pram after telling it some sweets words. He caption the post: Practice becomes perfect @kasi.b The die-hard Manchester United fan it will be recalled showed interest in switching over to football after retirement from athletics, and played for about 8 months for Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners before finally quitting the game.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Loading… center_img Read AlsoUsain Bolt shuns bikini-clad models in Melbourne yacht party Bolt is however not the only one in celebration mood as his partner Bennett is equally elated as they await the arrival of the baby, describing the pregnancy as the couple’s “biggest blessing” and “greatest celebration”. It is safe to say that the awaited baby will thus be the opener as Bolt had in 2016 told People Magazine that he would love to have three kids. Expectant couple Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett during one of their outings “I’ve always said I want three kids. The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. “I was like, ‘Hmmmm do I really want 3 kids?’ But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it,” he had said then in the interview. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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River fish kill puzzles Hinoba-an authorities

first_imgMost of these dead fish were found inBarangay 1 Poblacion, where the river’s mouth is located. Samples taken from three sites havebeen submitted to the laboratory of BFAR-Western Visayas in Iloilo City. Affected areas covered at least aseven kilometers of the Hinoba-an River, spanning barangays 1 Poblacion, 2Poblacion, San Rafael, and Bacuyangan. BACOLOD City – After the fish kill ina river early this week, the Hinoba-an municipal government submitted fish andwater samples for analysis to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR). Afterward, they coordinated withconcerned offices and agencies, including the local environment and naturalresources office, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and BFAR-NegrosOccidental. “Once the result is out, we candetermine the real cause of the fish kill,” Cambarijan added.center_img Monitoring held by the MunicipalAgriculture Office indicated random traces of dead fish, such as the gusaw (mullet), asu-os (whiting), bugaong(terapon), sigwin (garfish), and evenpasayan (shrimp). Several freshwater fish like the bunog were also found in other portionsof the river. Agriculturist Jimmy Cambarijan, alsothe municipal fishery program coordinator, said the incident was confirmed bythe town’s Bantay Dagat. Cambarijan raised the possibility thatsome farmers used chemicals, such as fertilizers, which probably mixed with thewater or there has been some “unregulated” small-scale mining in the area. (PNA)last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Victorious Against Lady Lions In Tennis

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated Rushville 5-0 in the varsity tennis and 5-1 in junior varsity play.No. 1 singles: Sarah Hoseus def. Allison Wainright 6-1, 6-1 No. 2 singles: Lydia Olsen def. Sarah Harpring 6-0, 6-0 No. 3 singles: Ally Ritter def. Katie Schroeder 6-3, 6-1.No. 1 doubles: Kelli Hartman/Brooke Bradford def. Jill Yager/Casey Yager 6-4, 7-4.No. 2 doubles: Karsen Worthington/Macy Simon def. Nici Martin/Sarah Hershberger 3-6, 7-5 and (10-7) super tie-breaker.Junior varsity singles winners included Julia Hunter, Alana Pinckley, and Anna Kick. Doubles teams winning were Grace Heppner/Gabby Cooper and Jenna Harmeyer/Julia Hunter.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.last_img

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ATP, WTA and ITF extend suspensions due to COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgATP events in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel will not go ahead as scheduledNEW DELHI: The ATP Tour and International Tennis Federation (ITF) have extended their suspensions of professional tennis until July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they said on Friday. The ATP and WTA had announced in April that they were suspending all tournaments until July 13, with the WTA saying on Friday that it will next month provide an update on events scheduled for the latter half of July. ATP events in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel will not go ahead as scheduled while WTA events in Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala scheduled for July will not be held. “Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce our decision to extend the suspension of the Tour,” ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement. “We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season. “As ever, the health and well-being of the tennis community and wider public remains our top priority in every decision we make.” The WTA said in a statement that it would make a decision on events in Karlsruhe and Palermo with announcements to the revised calendar to be made in June. The ITF said all events — including ITF Juniors, Seniors, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, Beach Tennis Tour and the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour — would be suspended. However, the ITF’s suspension will not affect any of the Grand Slams with Wimbledon having already cancelled this year’s championships. The US Open is scheduled to begin on Aug. 24 while the postponed French Open is now due to start on September 20. Agencieslast_img read more

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