3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for a starter portfolio in 2020

first_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! When I began investing, I was daft enough to buy penny stocks with great ‘stories’ but unproven assets and no cash flows. It was a big mistake. I’d do things very differently if I was starting out today.My first picks would be proven, cash-generating FTSE 100 businesses, with clear drivers for growth in the coming decades. With this in mind, here are three blue-chips I’d be happy to buy as core holdings for a starter portfolio in 2020.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Defence demandThe current conflict between Iran and the US is a reminder that political, cultural or economic tensions around the world can escalate at any time. But even outside of such worrying times, defence spending remains a key part of any government’s annual budget. As such, I believe defence giant BAE Systems (LSE: BA) is a solid core holding for long-term investors.In a trading update in November, the company reiterated its guidance for 2019 of mid-single-digit percentage growth in earnings per share (EPS). City analysts are reckoning on a 6.5% rise to 45.7p, and have pencilled in a dividend of 22.9p.At a share price of 592p, the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is 13 and the dividend yield is 3.9%. I think BAE is well-equipped to maintain both its current EPS growth rate and P/E rating over the long term. If so, and taking into account the starting dividend yield, investors would be looking at a nice total return of around 10% a year.Growth marketsFollowing the demerger of its M&G UK asset management business last year, Prudential (LSE: PRU) is now an Asia-focused provider of insurance and savings products. Also expanding in Africa, the long-term appeal of the stock is its excellent exposure to what are exciting structural growth markets.Due to the M&G demerger, we’ll see a reset of Prudential’s EPS from continuing operations (and dividend) when it announces its results for 2019. Analysts expect EPS of 133.3p and a dividend of 40.1p. At a share price of 1,470p, this gives a P/E of 11 and a yield of 2.7%.EPS annual percentage growth is forecast to run at mid-to-high single digits in the coming years. Again, taking into account the starting yield, there’s an attractive potential annual double-digit total return for investors. However, I think Prudential will also come to rate on a higher P/E than currently, giving an added boost to returns.Captive customersRelx (LSE: REL) will probably be a less familiar name to many readers than BAE or Prudential. However, the case for its inclusion in a starter portfolio is just as strong, in my opinion. Its massive databases and analytical tools in legal, scientific, technical and medical fields (among others) are indispensable for its customers. And with information ever expanding, I believe Relx is well-positioned for long-term growth.City analysts expect the company to report EPS growth of 9.2% to 92.5p for 2019, and to pay a 45.7p dividend. At a share price of 1,930p, the P/E is 20.9 and the yield is 2.4%.Relx’s many unique assets and captive customers justify the P/E, in my opinion. I reckon it can maintain annual EPS growth at a high single-digit percentage. And with a reasonable starting dividend yield, and the payout likely to grow at the same high rate, I see this as another stock offering potential annual double-digit total returns for investors. G A Chester | Thursday, 9th January, 2020 | More on: BA PRU REL G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Prudential and RELX. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for a starter portfolio in 2020 See all posts by G A Chester “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Housing Development Maierhof / feld72

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/924454/housing-development-maierhof-feld72 Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/924454/housing-development-maierhof-feld72 Clipboard Housing Development Maierhof / feld72 Year:  CopyUrban Planning, Housing•Bludenz, Austria Projects Urban Planning Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 12Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officefeld72OfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsUrbanismUrban PlanningResidential ArchitectureHousingBludenzAustriaPublished on September 09, 2019Cite: “Housing Development Maierhof / feld72” 09 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Maierhof 公寓,散落‘方盒’营造村庄氛围 / feld72是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: feld72 Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Austria 2019 Housing Development Maierhof / feld72Save this projectSaveHousing Development Maierhof / feld72 Photographs:  Hertha HurnausClient:WohnbauselbsthilfeLandscape Architecture:GRUBER + HAUMERCollaborators:Zsuzsanna Balla, Elisabetta Carboni, Marino Fei, Ana Patricia Gomes, Raphael Gregorits, Insa Luise Höhne, Adrian Judt, Hanna Kovar, David Kovařík, Nora Sahr, Alexander Seitlinger, Rebecca Sparr, Arjan van ToorenburgCity:BludenzCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. In the Austrian alpine town of Bludenz in Vorarlberg, feld72 have completed the housing development Maierhof. The estate is situated within a community characterized by agriculture, old stables, single-family homes, and multi-story residential buildings. Dividing the volume into several small units is a concept, which has already proven to be successful in feld72’s South Tyrolean residential projects in Kaltern and Eppan and was repeated in Bludenz. The result is an ensemble of eight three-story buildings, with dimensions based on the original listed building – the “Zürcherhaus”. The houses, simply designed as compact cubes, appear identical at first glance. Nevertheless, no building is like the other. Each of the eight structures is differently aligned and sized to enable versatile visual relationships and to strengthen the village-like character. All houses have green roofs and solar thermal collectors.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Hertha HurnausA series of open spaces with different spatial qualities form a significant part of the estate. Most of the area is car-free, the access to the underground car park runs along the northern part of the plot. The main access for pedestrians happens via the square in the southwest corner of the Maierhof at the interface to the neighborhood. For the design of the square, typical local elements like the fountain or the garden wall were taken up and reinterpreted. The square leads to the central green courtyard, around which six of the eight buildings are grouped. This communal space offers room for play, meetings, access and bicycle parking. The courtyard has been designed as a public space for the whole neighborhood and is managed by the city together with the housing cooperative. All open spaces were designed by the landscape architecture studio GRUBER + HAUMER.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe eight buildings with a total living area of approximately 4,500 m² offer a diverse range of subsidized properties for rent and sale. The 67 apartments range in size from 37 m² for 1-room to 91 m² for 4-room apartments. All units include a private outdoor space (loggia). The variety of homes is to ensure social diversity within the Maierhof. In addition to the generously designed open spaces, a common room is to further promote social cohesion within the ensemble and beyond. Located on the ground floor at the entrance to the estate, it views the square on one side and the courtyard on the other side. The common room is managed by the city.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausSave this picture!AxonometrySave this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe Maierhof is a wood-based hybrid construction with a façade of prefabricated wood elements (box beams). This design not only speeds up the construction process but also increases the quality of execution. Vertical slats of native silver fir – untreated and unpolished – are arranged with different widths, giving the outside a playful character. A circumferential metal band structures the façade upwards and marks the transition between the ground floor and the two upper floors. The freely arranged façade openings, square in shape, as well as the wooden window surrounds,  were designed with the style of the original listed “Zürcherhaus” in mind. Overtime, the wooden façade with its increasing silver-grey patina, will more and more blend in with the surrounding agricultural buildings.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausProject gallerySee allShow lessCould Tall Wood Construction Be the Future of High-Rise Buildings?ArticlesReforma apartamento no Edifício Prudência / messina | rivasSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Bludenz, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily Area:  7420 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

Author Philip Yancey to Launch The Mosaic Course at Lake Avenue Church

first_imgFaith & Religion News Author Philip Yancey to Launch The Mosaic Course at Lake Avenue Church On Friday, February 10 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 13, 2017 | 7:11 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Philip Yancey, multiple Gold Medallion winning author and editor-at-large of Christianity Today, will launch an innovative resource for intercultural outreach titled, “The Mosaic Course,” at Pasadena’s Lake Avenue Church on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm.The Mosaic Course is a free online course on Christian response to world religions, accompanied by two study books, “The Wise Men and a Racist God” (Jesus: According to World Religions) and “Fact or Fiction?” (Jesus: According to Historical Evidence).The course is designed by a team of Christian scholars from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. “Following the method pioneered by Paul at Athens (Acts 17: 22-29), our lessons will explore points of contact between Christianity and world religions and use them to build bridges across which the Gospel can travel,” explains Dr. Mathew P. John, the Executive Director of Focus Infinity Intercultural Outreach Network, a not-for-profit Christian organization behind the project.“The Mosaic Course will empower Christians to effectively and respectfully share the uniqueness of their faith in a multicultural society,” said Joe Gallagher, the Operational Director of Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary.“We think this project comes at a time when the church in the postmodern pluralistic west needs some practical knowledge, encouragement and insight to help understand and engage better with people from other religions,” said Dr. Greg Waybright, lead pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Brehm Center and Lake Avenue Church are partnering with Focus Infinity in hosting the event.There will a question and answer period and book signing at this free event.Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena.last_img read more

Eagles dare to spoil Gerrard’s day

first_imgDeparting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s final appearance at Anfield ended in disappointment as his side could not give him the send-off the occasion demanded. The 34-year-old midfielder bade an emotional goodbye to his spiritual home in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, ahead of his summer move to Los Angeles Galaxy. For the majority of the 44,673 inside the ground the result was not important. But you can guarantee there was one man on the pitch for whom this stung as much as any other defeat. Adam Lallana’s opener was cancelled out by Jason Puncheon’s free-kick before substitute Wilfried Zaha scored 23 seconds after coming on as a substitute. Glenn Murray spoiled the Liverpool celebrations of their long-time servant by firing home the rebound after missing an added-time penalty as Palace deservedly left with three points. Two mosaics – SG8 in the Kop and Captain along the lower tier of the Centenary Stand – and a guard of honour paid tribute to one of the club’s greatest players. However, in the first half there was little evidence of the Gerrard whose name and deeds are writ large in Liverpool’s rich history. It was Jordan Henderson spraying the raking crossfield balls and making driving runs into the area, his midfield colleague restricted to dropping deep and knitting play together with easy lay-offs. The testimonial feel of the pre-match guard of honour, mosaic and back-slapping was extended into the first 20 minutes with hardly a shot or tackle in anger. Liverpool’s breakthrough, in the 26th minute, came via a helping hand from former Reds academy graduate Martin Kelly, whose backpass to Scott Dann sold his central defensive partner short allowing Lallana to steal possession and fire past Wayne Hennessey. After that Palace dominated with Yannick Bolasie, who gave Dejan Lovren all kinds of problems on the left side of a reconstituted three-man defence, Joe Ledley and Puncheon all threatening. It was the preamble to a brilliant equaliser as Puncheon whipped a 43rd-minute free-kick over the wall to leave Simon Mignolet, who had shifted his weight fractionally to his right, motionless. That was not scripted as part of Gerrard’s fond farewell and the question was whether the Liverpool captain, kicking towards an adoring – occasionally imploring – Kop, could do anything about it in the second half. When the ball dropped invitingly on the edge of the area many expected to see Gerrard charging in to smash home, much like his famous strike against Olympiacos. Instead it was Henderson, the man expected to at the very least take over the armband from Gerrard next season, who arrived and bundled a shot into the ground and wide. When the Liverpool captain finally got himself in a position to shoot his effort did not carry the power to beat Hennessey. The fact he was that far forward at all was out of necessity as Eagles substitute Zaha had put the visitors ahead with his first touch after coming on when he converted a deflected cross from Bolasie, who later hit the crossbar, despite there being a suspicion of offside. Palace boss Alan Pardew would argue that was some compensation for not getting a penalty earlier for Martin Skrtel’s challenge on Lee Chung-Yong, whose protests earned a reprimand from referee Jon Moss. Lucas Leiva’s appearance off the bench drew one or two glances from Gerrard, concerned his swansong may be cut short, but Brendan Rodgers’ plan was to move his captain further forward. That allowed him to at least be in the vicinity of the right areas as almost the whole ground was willing the ball to fall to the home captain for one last hurrah. One 30-yard free-kick and a sliced effort well over from ‘Gerrard territory’ were as close as he came. He fought till the end, with one crunching tackle on Pape Soure winning the ball back in a dangerous position, but even his often super-human powers could do little about the penalty award for Lucas’s foul on Zaha or prevent Murray firing in the rebound after Simon Mignolet had initially saved. Press Associationlast_img read more

Nektan reports “record growth and revenues” in Q3 trading update

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Gaming technology platform and services supplier, Nektan, has reported “record growth and revenues” for its B2B division in its trading update for the third quarter of its financial year ending 30 June 2019 (Q3 FY19).In the trading update, Nektan has reported that its current growth trajectory remains on track to break-even for the financial year, detailing that the Executive Board expects trading to improve in the next financial quarter.Nektan has attributed its Q3 growth to its expansion efforts and content aggregation agreements. Having signed new deals with leading studios Leander and Rock Salt, the group has reported a 5.9 per cent growth in revenues for the financial quarter.Lucy Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said: “Q3 has been another record quarter of growth for our rapidly emerging B2B business. We continue to see strong demand for our award-winning casino technology as evidenced by the signing of 7 significant B2B partners during Q3 FY19. “Having achieved EBITDA break-even in H1 of this financial year, a key achievement for Nektan, we remain on track to be break-even in FY19. As reported in our interim results announcement on 25 March 2019, whilst the headline revenue figures are slightly down on Q2, our growing portfolio of partners means that we do not expect a repeat of what was a quiet period by historical standards.“Developments on the sale of our majority stake in the US division Respin are progressing and we expect to conclude this shortly and before 30 April 2019. This transaction will mean us maintaining a material stake in the emerging US market while removing the cash burn of this business..”Nektan is awaiting the finalisation of the proposed sale of the majority shareholding of Nektan’s US subsidiary, Respin. The group is expected to enter into a binding contract for the sale ahead of 30 April 2019.Its B2C division has struggled in Q3 FY19 after experiencing a decline in KPIs. This occurred as a result of a changing regulatory landscape surrounding player marketing and verifications and a delay in the granting of the Company’s Swedish operator licence. Related Articleslast_img read more

Help is available for those experiencing mental health issues during the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgMASON CITY — Many people during the COVID-19 situation may be experiencing mental health issues, and MercyOne clinical psychologist Brent Seaton says there’s a tendency when in a stressful situation to stop doing many of the things that we know can help us cope, so it’s a time for people to do things that will effectively help them.He says, “We should be eating a balanced diet as much as possible, doing our best to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re somebody who exercises, it’s important to exercise in ways that are consistent with our social distancing, if it’s been recommended or approved by your medical provider. When it’s nice outside and sunny, it’s important to get outside and again continue to follow the rules regarding social distancing.”Seaton says it’s always important to talk with your friends and family about what’s happening. “If you’re normally able to make social contacts in a face-to-face way and that’s no longer possible, it’s important to utilize resources that were lucky to have now. Video chat, calling people on the phone, FaceTime, It’s important to continue to make those social contacts.”Seaton says the COVID-19 crisis is anxiety provoking for a lot of people, and you need to set aside time to get your mind off of what’s happening. “Sometimes when we’re anxious, we really want to have as much information about the situation as possible, and it’s important to keep in mind that that may work against us. There are times where it’s really important to just turn off the television, to maybe check the Cerro Gordo Public Health Website once a day but not to stay kind of constantly involved in screen time that surrounds the COVID-19 situation. It’s important to take some time to listen to your favorite music. You may not feel like watching a happy movie or a funny movie and that might be exactly the reason why it’s a good idea to do that.”Seaton says we need to keep doing things for ourselves for self-care. “Sometimes when we’re in a stressful situation, we will pull away from those activities because it doesn’t feel like it’s the right time to do it, but I believe that those are the times it’s important to be very mindful that we’re doing these things that allow us to feel like we do when we feel best.”Seaton says there are many good providers in north-central Iowa to help address mental health concerns.Seaton made his comments during the weekly Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 press conference, which you can view belowlast_img read more

Timehri logger to stand trial for 2014 murder of co-worker

first_imgAccused: Rajesh RoopnarineRajesh Roopnarine called “Popo”, a logger of Timehri, East Bank Demerara, on Monday made his appearance at the Demerara High Court facing a murder charge. A 12-member jury was empanelled before Justice Navindra Singh, as Roopnarine’s fate will be determined at the end of the trial.Roopnarine’s trial is set to commence on May 16, 2019, after his attorney requested an extended time to prepare for the trial. However, at Monday’s court session, the accused denied the indictment which detailed that on December 6, 2014, at 14 Miles Mabura, Upper Demerara River, he murdered David Campbell.The accused is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes while the State is being represented by Teriq Mohammed, Abigail Gibbs and Tuanna Hardy.According to reports, at about 17: 30h, Roopnarine set alight a mining camp with four occupants. While three persons managed to escape the blaze, Campbell was trapped in his hammock and sustained third-degree burns.Campbell, who was a chainsaw operator, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital seven days after he was reportedly set alight in the mining camp.last_img read more

Hout Bay’s scrapyard sculptors

first_imgChenjerai Mutasa and Isaac Mukonde are Zimbabwean artists who bring to life the junk we toss out. Using old car parts, wire, driftwood, metal and stone – mostly claimed from the scrapyard – they build beautiful and imaginative sculptures. Chenjerai Mutasa (left) and Isaac Mukonde in front of their workshop next to the harbour in Hout Bay, near Cape Town. (Photo by Masixole Feni) • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours • South African artists draw international interest • 21 monuments for 21 years of freedom • South African cartoonists respond to Charlie Hebdo attack • Watch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in AfricaElias Kuhn von Burgsdorff and Masixole FeniThe two artists knew each other as children at the same primary school in Harare, but their paths separated when they left Zimbabwe in the late 1990s. For 10 years Mutasa lived in New York, while Mukonde moved to South Africa.In 2012 Mutasa and Mukonde were reunited in Cape Town. Together with Mutasa’s elder brother, Mambakwedza, they opened a workshop next to the harbour in Hout Bay, a town south of the city on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape peninsula.“An artist is always on the move,” Mutasa says. His art has taken him to Europe several times, and he now travels regularly between Zimbabwe and South Africa. He says travel both exposes the artist’s work to a wider audience, and helps “expand your mind and perspective, your influences and the materials you work with”.A scrap-metal violinist plays to the backdrop of the Hangberg community in Hout Bay. (Photo by Masixole Feni)Unlike Mutasa, Mukonde was not professionally trained as an artist. “I learned it running,” he says. He came to South Africa in 1998 looking for a better life, arriving in Nelspruit by train from Harare. In 2000 he moved to Johannesburg, where he lived for several years with craftsmen who taught him how to work with wire. He then spent some time in Durban before moving to Cape Town in 2003.“It was all an adventure when I first arrived,” Mukonde says, laughing. But his face becomes more serious as he continues his story. “I’ve been deported from this country three times. Twice I had to jump off a train bringing me back to Zimbabwe.”Mutasa with his sculpture Regiscale, the figure of an angel balancing human theology on her left arm and Jehovah’s fire on her right. (Photo by Masixole Feni)In 2008, when Mukonde was living in Dunoon near Milnerton, xenophobic violence swept South Africa. He fled and says he was lucky to find a room in Rondebosch. Mukonde now lives legally in South Africa. In 2010 he managed to get a business permit, which he has since renewed.“This is now our base, our springboard,” Mukonde says of their Hout Bay workshop. Mutasa nods, agreeing.Metalwork head, part of the sculpture Contorted Person. (Photo by Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff)In South Africa, Mukonde says, “you must live with your hands”. He and Mutasa working together on an order from a restaurant for wine bottle holders. (Photo by Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff)Antelope sculpture made of scrap metal and wire. (Photo by Masixole Feni)This article was first published by community news and journalism training website GroundUp. Read the original here.last_img read more

Managing manure so everyone wins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Manure is (and always has been) part of livestock production, but in recent years it has been increasingly viewed as an asset instead of a liability. Experts emphasize, however, that to get the full benefits and minimize the drawbacks of manure application for the benefit of all parties involved, planning and preparation are extremely important.“It has to be a sustainable operation for the applicator, the livestock producers and the crop producers,” said Eric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, during a presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring. “Everybody has to win and nobody can win big.”W.D. Farms handles manure management, including agitation and pumping, transportation and application, consulting and brokering, manure crises management, and trucking in a 200-mile radius around the Pickaway County operation. The goal for every job is to make sure everyone wins and Dresbach offered some tips on how to make that happen.“Communication solves problems. If you don’t talk about it we’re not going to fix it. Make sure biosecurity is being addressed. Is agitation needed? All of these things need to be figured out in March not in May when everyone is running 100 miles per hour,” he said. “What do I need as an applicator? How many gallons? What fields? When will manure storage be full? Who is paying? Cropping schedule? I need a current soil sample. That is another challenge. I need to identify roads and driveways that are to be used and talk about any concerns you may have ahead of time. Some places won’t let us work on weekends. Some places only want you to drive 15 miles per hour in the driveway. Are there tile blowouts? What tillage has been done? This is not just satisfying the regulatory people. It is about doing things right.”When W.D. Farms rolls onto a farm, a goal is to be as close to invisible as possible, but that takes extensive preparation ahead of time.“As an applicator you want to be invisible to the farm. Cities like me because I do my job and they hardly ever see me — no odors, no complaints,” Dresbach said. “We do not interfere with day-to-day operations of the farm. The crop farmer needs the applicator to provide even application, do no harm by not causing compaction, don’t make neighbors mad, and be low maintenance. Everyone needs to have realistic expectations and express them. We have a written contract and written responsibilities. Black and white beats ‘I think’ every single day. Don’t assume. The phones work in both directions. With communication and respect we can all be successful.”Once the basic plan is in place, the success of the job then depends on getting an accurate assessment of the situation, said Kevin Elder, chief of the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting with Ohio Department of Agriculture.“Every manure is different. It agitates differently and different additives change the characteristics of the manure. We only require one sample a year per storage structure, but I would recommend a lot more than that to be efficient with the value of that manure. If you don’t have a good test, everything else will be junk. You’ll either underestimate and have yield losses or you could very easily over apply and have application violations,” Elder said. “Make sure you know what the crops and soils need as far as nutrients. That means soil tests and manure tests. If you don’t have a good idea what the soil and plants need and what you are applying, you are behind the 8-ball to start. Assumptions are not good. You should always use the Tri-State Fertility agronomic range for the crop.”The specifics of the application situation then become a priority.“Make sure you know the weather forecast is, what the soil condition is, and the available water holding capacity if it is a liquid manure,” Elder said. “A lot of times your limits may be the water-holding capacityEric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, gave a presentation bout manure management at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring.of the soil at the time of application. A lot of our spills or discharges are because our soil is not able to hold onto what has been applied. There are charts in the NRCS 590 Conservation Practice Standard that tell you how much capacity the soil has to hold onto additional water. It gets down pretty quickly to around 5,000 gallons. You need to understand what those limits are. This is probably one of the most common sources of surface runoff or transmission to the tile.“You also need to know the setbacks and restrictions to apply the manure properly. Knowing setbacks and following them is one of the most important things to do to prevent discharge. Make sure you are aware of cracks in the soil and know if it is tiled and where the outlets are so you can look at those. You don’t want it running through macropores to the tile and you don’t want it running off the surface. It is not going to be using the nutrients the crops need if it is getting away from you. Usually, if you can keep the nutrients in place you’re not going to have problems with violating the law and penalties.”Once the manure application process is underway, the situation needs to be carefully monitored to ensure what is supposed to be happening is actually happening.“One example is double applying with a dragline when going around corners. You need to be aware of that. Maybe you need to change directions so you’re not running close to surface water when you’re making the turns,” Elder said. “We want to get the crop farmer, the livestock producers and the custom applicator to prepare and think through the process of what they need to do and what can go wrong.”Incorporation is a very useful practice for keeping the nutrients in the manure where they are supposed to be, Elder said.“What is incorporation? It means placement and mixing with the soil. If there is no surface movement of residue you can’t call it incorporation,” he said. “Manure is naturally very soluble. If water runs off it will carry that solution. If it is incorporated, it binds with the soil. Make sure it is incorporated.”And, Elder stressed, do not apply manure on frozen, snow covered ground.“Frozen snow covered ground — just don’t do it,” he said. “Application on a surface that cannot absorb those nutrients, which frozen snow covered ground is — that is probably the most likely chance of losing the nutrients and causing water pollution.”While there are plenty of challenges in appropriate, legal and efficient manure application, the benefits are worth the extra effort and there are plenty of positive examples of the right way to manage manure. Elder pointed out that there have been tremendous improvements across the board in Ohio’s manure management in recent years.“We have had a lot fewer problems, a lot fewer discharges, and a lot fewer complaints as we have gone through the years of training and improving manure management. We don’t have the same the situation we had 15 years ago. There is a lot better management,” he said. “But no one is going to be perfect. There will always be accidents. We try to take those things into account. That is part of why we train people to be prepared for those situations — repair any blowholes and use some common sense. Do something to stop it so the problem doesn’t continue. It is a lot easier to fix things first than to capture manure as it floats down the river. It is awful hard to contain that situation once it’s loose.”If anyone has questions concerning how to handle a situation or an emergency, Elder encourages people to contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture or email him [email protected]last_img read more

San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The two were instrumental in the Pirates’ last ditch rally as they cut the 91-82 deficit with 35 seconds remaining to just four, 91-87, with 20.2 left before Bolick and Potts canned the insurance freebies to seal the game shut.The Scores:SAN BEDA 94 – Tankoua 27, Bolick 24, Potts 15, Mocon 11, Soberano 9, Tongco 4, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Abuda 0, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 87 – Perez 25, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ibañez 6, Santos 5, Pretta 3, Serrano 0, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 22-21, 45-50, 64-64, 94-87. “I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just only won one game. It’s not yet over and we still have to win one more game,” he said. “I just give credit to my players. We were down by more than 12 points and they never gave up. People said the heart of LPU is really big, but the heart of my players were really big as well.”Davon Potts added 15 points and four rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and nine boards in the win.San Beda recovered from a 57-45 deficit to start the third quarter as Bolick and Tankoua commandeered a 16-3 blast to take a 61-60 lead late in the third period, setting up the close finish.With the game tied at 80, the Red Lions once again leaned on Bolick, who exuded veteran poise and drained the crucial buckets.Newly minted Most Valuable Player CJ Perez fired 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Mythical Team member Mike Nzeusseu got 14 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Donald Tankoua was the rock once again for San Beda, pouring 27 points, 20 rebounds, and two assists but it was Robert Bolick who came through in clutch for the Red Lions, who finally defeated the Pirates after three tries.Bolick fired nine of the Red Lions’ last 11 points including the  gutsy off-the-glass trey with 1:28 to go. He finished with 24 markers, four boards, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda can finish the job off next Thursday in Game 2, still at the Big Dome.Despite the win, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the Red Lions remain as the underdogs in this series. Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda shrugged off a slow start and dealt Lyceum its first defeat of the season, 94-87, to take Game 1 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Showing their poise in the championship round, the Red Lions corrected their error-prone ways in the first half to inch closer to claiming their 10th title in 12 years with a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more