By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’ve been thinking about planting some pines, don’t wait any longer. Newly planted pine seedlings have the best survival chances they’ve had in years, but the opportunity is fading fast.”In most cases the planting season continues through February,” said David Moorhead, a professor of silviculture with theUniversity of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources.”We like to wrap it up by the first of March,” he said. “This year, for the first time in several years, we’ve got good soil moisture through most of the state.”More often than not, Moorhead said, people wanting to plant pines over the past decade have had little soil-moisture reserves to work with. That’s changed this year.Soil moisture is key”The key is good soil moisture,” he said. Most Georgia soils have plenty of moisture available for pine seedlings to get off to a strong start.For pines to survive and grow well, he said, it’s vital that they get over the shock of being transplanted and develop healthy root systems before their first big stress test. They may look like they’re just sitting there, but their roots are racing against time.”May and June are critical times,” Moorhead said. “If we stop getting rain, pine seedlings are going to be severely stressed through May and into mid-June. The key is getting seedlings established and roots growing well before then.”A tree raceThe race to get the roots firmly established is why Moorhead tells people to begin planting container-grown seedlings in October and November. He recommends planting bare-root seedlings in late December, January and early February.”Planting in January does better than in February, and February is better than March,” he said. “On seedlings planted in January, the root tips are already growing.”Most nurseries still have seedlings available, he said. Check with the Georgia Forestry Commission office in your county.Not too lateIt’s not too late to get pine trees off to a good start. Seedlings ordered now can usually be delivered within a week. For field-size planting, GFC offices may even have mechanical tree planters available.A number of industry nurseries still have seedlings, too. You can find out about them through the GFC office or the UGA Extension Service office in your county.In planting pines, Moorhead said, never strip off roots to make the planting easier. The roots are just too critical to the trees’ survival. When you plant a crop that takes years to mature, if you mess up at planting, you’ll have to live with the mistake a long time.Best roots win”The seedlings with the most lateral roots will get off to the best start,” he said. “You want to select the seedlings with really well-developed root systems.”If you don’t cull out the spindly-rooted seedlings, he said, the first soil-drying stresses of late spring and early summer probably will.After planting seedlings, successful large-scale planters apply herbicide treatments, generally from mid-March to mid-April, Moorhead said. Controlling the competing vegetation will help the seedlings make it through that first stress test.The bottom line, though, is that if you haven’t planted already, plant now.”I’d like to see planting wrapped up in the next couple of weeks,” Moorhead said. “We’ve got the best planting conditions we’ve had in years. In wet years we can plant on into April. But we don’t know when the rains will stop coming. And the later you plant, the greater the risk of failure.”
Grid impactsFor utilities to underwrite charging infrastructure — be it rebates for home chargers or paying for public chargers — regulators need to know whether all ratepayers and the grid benefit beyond the immediate impacts of fewer greenhouse gas emissions.John Farrell, director of the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, says the EV deployment level now does not hurt the grid — since EVs make up about 1 percent of the cars on the road worldwide — but concerns are likely to grow as more drivers charge their vehicles.If companies incentivize or enroll customers in programs for charging during off-peak times of demand, however, “that improves the efficiency of the system and puts downward pressure on our electric rates,” Schefter says. “In an environment where other things cause costs to go up, we see electric vehicles as balancing those costs a bit.”California — home to roughly half of the electric vehicles in the U.S. and where ZEVs’ market share increased from 3.6% to 4.5 % from 2016 to 2017 — is proving to be a test case on infrastructure build-out and charging programs for other states, Farrell says. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently highlighted Southern California Edison’s options for EV drivers that include tiered rate designs — a traditional billing plan based on energy usage — as well as time-of-use rates that are cheaper when grid demand is low. Southern California Edison is also among the few utilities exploring the potential of smart charging, which finds the best time for charging based on electric rates and grid demand. In this case, EV drivers have pricing options based on their flexibility to charge.The availability of charging stations can play a big role in consumers’ willingness to purchase an electric vehicle. (Image courtesy of Statista)Two more California utilities — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric — are also piloting infrastructure programs calling for thousands of public charging stations.Tal says maximizing grid resources also depends on the source of generation. For example, places like California and Minnesota with excess solar power during the day may encourage drivers to charge then, most likely at work.Dan Bowermaster, electric transportation manager with the Electric Power Research Institute, says utilities could take a page from the telecommunications playbook when it comes to pricing incentives.“The idea is like free minutes during nighttime and weekends,” he says. “What if utilities came up with free lunch-time charging? The point is, for most people there is a lot of flexibility. At the end of the day, the potential is there for serving a substantial amount of increased load with minimal investment in new assets.”Utilities are also piloting programs that automatically enroll customers in variable-pricing programs whose rates are based on real-time changes in grid load and allow them to opt-out, as opposed to requiring them to opt in.“That’s probably the right way to do it,” Farrell says. “The great thing about it is we’ve been kind of dumb about the way we’ve used the grid so there are a lot of opportunities for savings.” RELATED ARTICLES Andy Balaskovitz is a freelance energy and policy reporter based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the GridCan We Power Our Car With the Sun?How Green Is Your Car? 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Yet experts say this is largely punitive and not a long-term solution. Also, it’s not particularly reflective of road use if an EV driver is charged the same if they drive 1,000 miles a year or 10,000 miles a year.U.S. Rep. Sam Graves from Missouri, advocates a tax based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) as an alternative to increasing the federal gasoline tax. While some states, including Oregon and Colorado, have piloted the idea, the proposal faces obstacles among conservative lawmakers and privacy advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union has fought VMT programs in states that use GPS tracking devices to measure mileage, instead supporting options such as annual odometer readings.Advocates see room for growth with performance-based taxes that not only account for, say, vehicle miles traveled, but also more sophisticated regional-based measures that consider energy consumed, vehicle weight and how many people are in the vehicle, Tal says.JÃ¼rgen Weiss, an economist and principal at The Brattle Group, agrees.“The right way to charge for using roads has to do with how often you use the roads and may have to do with how heavy your vehicle is,” he says. “Over time we’ll definitely have to think about another way of doing it.” Encouraging the transitionMany states and utilities are setting into place incentives to spur adoption of EVs. These include rebate programs to get the sticker price into range of traditional internal combustion, gasoline-powered vehicles; providing recurring incentives to owners, like the right to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes or discounted or free parking; and requiring automakers to sell a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) based on overall sales. A review by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center found 17 states “considered policy changes to encourage electric vehicle market development.”One big one is encouraging the development of infrastructure needed to charge EVs (you’ll find an interactive map showing charging stations here). The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade group representing investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., projects nearly 5 million charging stations will be required to accommodate 7 million electric vehicles on the road.Kellen Schefter, manager of sustainable technology at EEI, says charging infrastructure is “a lever our companies could pull. If they could help get more charging infrastructure out there, that will drive EV adoption.”Yet paying for that infrastructure is an ongoing discussion in states. Often, utilities propose to charge all of their ratepayers for the cost of building stations only EV drivers would use. That EV charging can actually benefit all ratepayers — if done correctly — is becoming clearer and could justify public funding.“There is no business case in public [charging] infrastructure,” says Gil Tal, research director at the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis. “We need communities, the public and utilities to help support it in the early phase.” This post originally appeared at Ensia. At the same time, utilities and clean energy groups have formed a rare alliance around EVs, which can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also provide a revenue lifeline for power companies facing decreasing or stagnant electricity demand.The growing interest in EVs portends big changes in infrastructure, from gas stations to mechanic shops to electric utilities to tax structures and the wiring in our own garages. What can we learn from early-adopter communities about what it will take to gear up for EVs? Two years ago, Michigan’s largest utility, Consumers Energy, sought state approval to build a $15 million electric vehicle charging network paid for by ratepayers. It was the first plan of its kind in Michigan, and sought to position the state as a “leader in renewable transportation.”However, the plan raised a series of policy questions. Should people who don’t drive EVs be required to subsidize EV infrastructure? Where will the stations be located? And what about the implications for private charging companies?Ten months later, Consumers formally withdrew the plan based on widespread opposition. But it wasn’t a total loss. The proposal sparked a deeply involved stakeholder process by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to address the policy questions around EVs and how Michigan — the automotive capital of the world — can be a leader. The first utility pilot programs for charging stations and rate structures are expected soon. With the right “price signals” and properly locating charging stations, the MPSC says all utility customers could benefit from “increased electrification of the transportation sector.”Michigan isn’t alone in navigating the public policy waters around mainstreaming electric vehicles. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia took more than 200 legislative or policy actions last year related to EVs. And none too soon: 7 million electric vehicles are expected to be on U.S. roads by 2025, up from about 740,000 at the end of 2017, as the price of EVs approaches parity with that of gasoline-powered vehicles and public charging stations become increasingly available. Regulatory changesAcross the U.S., state utility regulators are leading the policy discussion around charging rate structures, utility rebates and deciding who pays for charging infrastructure. States such as Illinois and Michigan have recently assembled stakeholders around these policy unknowns.Michigan Public Service commissioner Norm Saari said the agency’s review focuses on four points ahead of utilities’ formally filing EV programs: customer access to information, the impact on the grid, infrastructure deployment and rate design.“We don’t try to predict what the future will be,” Saari, a former Consumers Energy official, says. “Nevertheless we think there is the potential for concern when tens of thousands of electric vehicles will be plugged into a charger.”Another key component of public EV charging involves the reselling of electricity. In places where that’s prohibited, station owners charge flat hourly rates rather than charging for use by kilowatt-hour.In its 2017 annual review, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) notes that rules for reselling electricity “vary significantly” across the U.S., and in some cases it’s unclear whether it can be resold at stations. The report says regulators in four states — Alabama, Delaware, Indiana and Pennsylvania — considered the issue last year.
MOSCOW (AP) — Spain and Portugal, the last two European champions, were drawn Friday to meet in the first round of the World Cup, one day after Russia opens the tournament in one of the easiest groups of the competition.The Russians will play their first match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14 against Saudi Arabia — the only team ranked lower than the hosts. Egypt and Uruguay are also in Group A.Defending champion Germany will play first against Mexico in Group F and then face Sweden and South Korea. Five-time world champion Brazil is in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.“None of us wanted an easy group,” Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. “If you’re playing the World Cup, you want to face the best. And if you want to reach the final, you have to play great matches.”Spain, which eliminated Portugal in the last 16 on the way to winning its first World Cup in 2010, will open against the European champions on June 15 in Sochi. Group B also includes Morocco and Iran.Brazilian soccer legend Pele, bottom second left, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, bottom right, and Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Local Organising Committee Chairman, bottom second right, watch the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Iceland, the country with the smallest population of the 32 World Cup teams, was drawn with Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. Another newcomer, Panama, will take on England, Tunisia and Belgium in Group G.Peru, the last of the 32 teams to qualify for Russia, is in Group C with 1998 champion France, Australia and Denmark.The only group without a former World Cup champion is Group H, which is made up of Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the draw ceremony at the Kremlin, seven years after landing the hosting rights. Putin urged fans to visit and enjoy his “big and multi-faceted” country, a rallying cry which follows concerns about racism and hooliganism.A view of the match schedule and groups during the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)“We will do everything to make it a major sporting festival,” Putin said, looking forward to a World Cup of “friendship and fair play, values that do not change with time.”The Olympic doping scandal surrounding Russia hung over the final countdown to the draw. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is the head of the World Cup organizing committee, defended himself against accusations that he helped to orchestrate state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.“Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we’re a great sporting power,” Mutko said.The International Olympic Committee executive board will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.___ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterAP Sports Writers Graham Dunbar and James Ellingworth contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal could change Ramsey stance for Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are desperate to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona this month.The Gunners feel the midfielder is the one who will help boss Unai Emery take the team to the next level.And the Daily Mirror reports that he would ideally sign on a loan deal with the possibility of a £15 million transfer in the summer.But the issue is that Barcelona want to sell him permanently this month.It is possible that Arsenal will let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus in January for a sizeable fee, as it would give them enough cash to sign Suarez permanently.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Berbatov wants to see Solskjaer given Man Utd job fulltimeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the job fulltime.Solskjaer, in charge until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, has won his first five games since taking on the role.“If United keep going like this – and there’s no reason why they will stop performing – the job will surely be his,” said Berbatov to the Mirror.“He’s doing a great job. By the end of the season, as long as they keep playing like this, they should give him the job whether or not they finish in the top four.“If they don’t, I’m sure that another Premier League team will give him the job. He’s making his name once again in the top-flight and it’s great for him.“When a club legend becomes your manager, he automatically gets the attention of the players, purely because he had been there and done that.“When you are in the position of Ole, having scored so many goals and won so many trophies, he gets the attention.“He doesn’t need to yell or scream to prove anything, he just gets it.“From that point on, he needs to show them that they need to trust him, that he knows what he’s doing and, judging by the results and the way they play, it’s obviously working.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea U21s fall to Bristol Rovers in Leasing.com Cupby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea Under-21s were unable to overcome Bristol Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy.The development team battled hard throughout the game, but they did not have enough quality in front of goal to get a positive result.The Blues were up in the match at half time, netting through Charlie Brown.But they were pegged back and eventually fell behind in the second period.Victor Adeboyejo and Liam Sercombe got the goals to help Bristol to the top of Group F in the competition.The Blues Under-21s will next face off against Leicester City Under-21s in Premier League 2 at the weekend.
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
Tata Intra, the all new small commercial vehicle from Tata Motors officially was launched in Kolkata on August 25, 2019. The new compact trucks will be available in two variants – V10 & V20. Based on a design philosophy of Premium toughness, Tata Intra comes with a host of first-in-segment features.For its part, the compact truck looks to deliver great performance, increased pay load capacity, high fuel efficiency and durability. Added to it is its walk through spacious cabin (1+2) seating. Both the variants were launched in the presence of Prashant Fadnavis (Regional Manager- East), Arnab Nandan (Regional Sales Manager – SCV and Pick Ups), Anindyadeep Pal (State Product Manager – West Bengal) and Kingshuk Maitra (State Head – West Bengal).
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Organizers of the Crystal Cup and Sid Davis Youth Memorial have provided a weather update for tonight’s opening night, February 22.With the weather predicted to get colder, they are encouraging everyone to bundle up, and bundle up good.Along with the colder temperatures, it has brought an amount of snow that has piled up throughout the day. Organizers say they will be going forward with tonight’s games and are currently clearing the drift off the rinks.They also say that some shovelling may be required right up until 6:00 p.m., adding that all teams will be required to help shovel.“There still may be some snow on the rinks so please prepare to shovel a bit those playing in the first games at 6:00 p.m. It is also in the rules and regulations that all teams grab a shovel and clear the rinks for the next team at the end of their games.”For further updates, be sure to follow the Crystal Cup Facebook page.
Chandigarh: Bhagwant Mann, the Aam Aadmi Party Punjab unit chief, said, here on Saturday, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has put his stamp on the allegations of Sukhbir Badal-Amarinder Singh bonhomie that the AAP has been levelling since the Congress government came to power in the state. Mann, the AAP candidate for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, quoted Sidhu as saying both were in league to protect each other’s personal and political interests. In a statement, Mann said even though the people of Punjab were privy to the ‘friendly’ match between both the families the views expressed by none other than a senior Cabinet Minister in the Amarinder Singh government was significant and endorsed the AAP’s allegations. Had there been no friendly feelings between the two prominent political families, umpteen cases of corruption against the Badals would not have been shelved nor would Amarinder Singh have received a clean chit in the multi-crore scams, the AAP leader said.