RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgRioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRioZim is an integrated mining and metallurgical company in Zimbabwe with an extensive portfolio of resources in gold, base metals, diamonds, coal and chrome. It mining operations include Renco Gold Mine in Masvingo Province, and Cam & Motor Gold Mine and Empress Nickel Refinery; both in the Mashonaland West Province. RioZim also has interests in Sengwa Colliery (Private) Limited with coal assets in Gokwe North; Murowa Diamonds (Private) Limited with operations in Zvishavane; and Marnatha ferrochrome refinery in Kadoma. RioZim separated from its parent company, Rio Tinto plc, in 2004 to become a wholly-owned Zimbabwean company. Its subsidiaries include RioGold (Private) Limited, RioZim Base Metals (Private) Limited and RioDiamonds (Private) Limited. RioZim Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Sebastien Chabal hit hard & high – red card

first_imgTuesday Sep 18, 2007 Sebastien Chabal hit hard & high – red card Seabass started at lock on sunday night in the mismatched game between hosts France and Namibia, once again showing his versatility and giving more options to French coach Bernard Laporte.Chabal is not someone who goes unnoticed on the rugby field though, as he poses a threat whenever he has ball in hand, purely because of his strength, aggresion and as you’ll see later, speed.So when he got the ball in a little space, Namibian eighth man Jacques Nieuwenhuis wasn’t taking any chances. He swooped on Chabal and hit him hard and high, resulting in the Frenchman being left in a daze on the floor. Referee Alain Roland promptly issued the straight red, and Namibia had to play the rest of the game with 14 men, which probably contributed to them going down 87-10.Nieuwenhuis was warned a couple of times before that, but to give him a straight red clearly meant that Roland viewed his intent as deliberate and a direct attack on Chabal. And he was probably right. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Sebastien Chabal hit hard & high – red card | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Venezuela today: consolidating people power to face U.S. threats

first_imgThe following excerpted talk was given at a March 21 Workers World Party meeting in New York.The U.S. war machine is always scheming and planning. Every country in the world is in its crosshairs. Every gain in sovereignty is a threat to corporate global domination.Venezuela has accomplished so much to alleviate poverty, advance education and build health care for millions who were ignored by previous U.S.-friendly regimes. These accomplishments make Venezuela a threat and an arch enemy to finance capital.Venezuela is also the country with the largest oil and gold reserves in world, along with natural gas, diamonds and iron ore.It was an incredible honor to participate in the delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council [March 9-18]. I’ve been in other countries in the midst of the terror created by U.S. imperialist bombs and seen the impact of strangulating sanctions, a form of war that creates deadly artificial shortages of the most essential supplies.In Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza, Syria and Yugoslavia — in each place I have seen organized human resistance.Venezuela seems to be finding some of the most radical solutions to the problems that U.S. imperialism piles on when it is determined to bring a country down. Venezuela is studying past U.S. war scripts and learning and applying tactics that helped other countries that were able to resist.I returned from this delegation deeply optimistic about Venezuela’s future. Resistance in Venezuela means continually seeking collective solutions.Mobilized people power is a material forcePeople power, mobilized, has the ability to push back the aggressive hand of U.S. imperialism that is determined to drag the people of the world into another war for oil — a criminal war that will ignite war throughout Latin America.In Venezuela there are huge demonstrations, all the time. This is first and foremost a political struggle, a class struggle. This has been true for years. Now, every Saturday since the coup attempt on Jan. 23 there have been demonstrations. There is an ongoing, friendly peoples’ occupation in front of the Presidential Palace, which shows determined resistance after the coup attempt. Unions take different days, as do collectivos, the community-based organizations. The day we joined, the oil workers union was mobilized. The president of the union said, “We are armed, and we will defend what is ours.”An almost two-hour meeting with [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro was a highlight of the trip. Maduro discussed the attack on the electrical grid, the impact of sanctions and the forms of popular resistance.One especially forceful point Maduro made was that “the struggle in Latin America has always been between [James] Monroe and [Simón] Bolivar. For 200 years, between U.S. domination and national sovereignty. Now, as even [U.S. President Donald] Trump defines it, it is a global struggle between capitalism and socialism.”Even as we were meeting with him, his phone was receiving threatening and insulting tweets form [U.S. Sen. Marco] Rubio and [U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott] Abrams. This crude level of petty schoolyard bullying insults is intended as psychological warfare.Electrical grid attackOur arrival in Venezuela was delayed because of the U.S.-orchestrated destruction of the electrical grid for the whole country. This made landing the plane hazardous, so the crew waited until daylight. On our arrival Caracas was dark, without traffic lights. American Airlines, a major carrier out of Caracas, had shut down its flights, so all of them were packed. Some in the delegation arrived late. Other delegations were canceled and postponed. We returned to the U.S. days late. An attack on the electrical grid means all pumps stop working, so there is no water for drinking, cooking, flushing toilets. It means no elevators, mass transit, gas pumps or credit card transactions. Communications were down in the entire country.Imperialist forces all but took credit for this war crime against the entire population. Former CIA director and now Secretary of State [Michael] Pompeo tweeted, “No Food, No Medicine, Now No Power, Next No Maduro.”But the total darkness of the power grid did NOT lead to mass rebellions or widespread looting or a breakdown in social cohesion, as expected.If the lights are out in the U.S., in New York City or Los Angeles, tens of thousands of youth who understand deeply that their lives and futures are stolen by this system will seize the opportunity to take a fraction of what is taken from them.In Venezuela it was overwhelmingly orderly during the five to seven days, as power winked on and off. There were lines for water and emergency supplies. Schools and workplaces were closed because the metro and buses couldn’t run.It was a total failure of the U.S. effort to galvanize public unrest, just as the phony “humanitarian delivery” of food and supplies on Feb. 23 utterly failed to split the Venezuelan military or break open Venezuelan borders to U.S. intervention.There were huge rallies at every border crossing in the country. The people rallied and mobilized.The Venezuelan military is backed up by a people’s militia of over 2 million organized into 50,000 units. These local defense committees, officially called “Committees for Security and Integral Defense,” are based in the Community Councils. They connect the armed forces to the desires and needs of the most politically active sector of the population.As President Maduro explained, U.S. imperialism is to blame for cyber attacks from Houston against the main center [of the electrical grid], as well as explosions at substations and high-tech attacks using electromagnetic waves. The U.S. is to blame in other ways. For years they have intentionally denied equipment and parts needed to upgrade systems.Even Forbes magazine published a report on March 9 that detailed exactly how the U.S. could carry out such an attack. The author discusses the concept of a “cyber first strike,” in which “governments would increasingly turn to cyberwarfare either on its own or as part of hybrid warfare to weaken an adversary prior to conventional invasion or to forcibly and deniably effect a transition in a foreign government.“In the case of Venezuela,” the article continues, “the idea of a government like the United States remotely interfering with its power grid is actually quite realistic. … It is likely that the U.S. already maintains a deep presence within the country’s national infrastructure grid, making it relatively straightforward to interfere with grid operations. … Widespread power and connectivity outages like the one Venezuela experienced last week are also straight from the modern cyber playbook.”Sanctions, coups and covert actionsThe Bolivarian Revolution is finding creative solutions to how to survive U.S. sanctions that have strangled every part of the economy, led to 3,000 percent hyperinflation, and created financial chaos and shortages of essential goods. It has done so while contending with assassinations, provocations and then an outright coup attempt.The outrageous declaration by an insignificant, low-level, extremely rightwing politician Juan Guaidó that he was president of Venezuela would be laughable, except that the U.S., all of its imperialist allies in NATO and then dependent countries, totaling 53 of the 193 countries in the U.N., immediately recognized this unknown, unelected politician. There was no election, no law! Just U.S. imperial arrogance.The U.S. has handed $11 billion worth of the assets of Venezuela’s national state-owned oil company and the country’s biggest foreign asset, CITGO, directly to Guaidó. CITGO owns 40 petroleum terminals, three oil refineries and 5,000 gas stations in the U.S. U.S. declared sanctions on Venezuela include: All of Venezuela’s oil Blocking of its banking services and all credit cards U.S. edicts that prevent the government from even using its gold reserves Confiscation of billions of dollars Venezuela held abroad Confiscation of CITGO Cutoff of all food supplies, seed, pesticides, fertilizers, spare parts, equipment and essential medicines.All of these criminal acts restrict the ability of the Venezuelan government to satisfy even the most basic needs [of the population]. This is why the opposition and the U.S. media predicted shortages, hunger and riots.The most sinister forms of covert war are in the planning stages, with Secretary of State Pompeo’s announcement of the appointment of Elliott Abrams as Special Envoy for Venezuela.Abrams organized bloody rightwing coups, death squads and mercenaries in Central America in the 1980s for the [Ronald] Reagan administration and was a key architect of the Iraq War.Abrams, Pompeo, Rubio and of course Trump openly threaten mass destruction. Next: Urban agriculture, community councils and housing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dynamite blast targets La República correspondent in Ayacucho

first_imgNews Follow the news on Peru Help by sharing this information Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable April 1, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned an attack on Elías Navarro Palomino, editor of the weekly Línea Roja and local correspondent of the national daily La República, in which an explosive charge was set off near his home in the southern city of Ayacucho on 30 September. Already the target of death threats and violence in 2003, Navarro has been the subject of harassment again for the past two months.“The initial investigation leaves little doubt that Navarro is under threat because of his work as a journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “We think this attack could have been avoided if the authorities had paid more attention to the previous attempts to intimidate him, which began some time ago. It is imperative that he should be given protection and that the investigation into the explosion should produce results quickly.”The dynamite charge that went off near Navarro’s home in the early hours of 30 September caused minor damage and no injuries. Navarro said the dynamite was left outside a neighbour’s house by mistake. He told the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (a Peruvian press freedom organisation) that he received death threats by telephone in August and September after his weekly reported alleged management irregularities in a local savings and loans cooperative. A note found near the site of the explosion contained similar threats against Navarro.Members of the staff of the cooperative, the Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa María Magdalena, had tried to force their way into the home of Yquique Arica López, the owner of the company that prints Línea Roja, on 8 June. Threats were made against Navarro at the time.Navarro received death threats on 5 March 2003 from a group of coca growers led by Nelson Palomino, whom he suspected of links with drug trafficking. Six weeks later, on 18 April 2003, Navarro, his deputy editor, Edwin Segovia, and Magno Sosa Rojas, the editor of the weekly Horas de Lucha, were attacked by about 10 people during an agro-industry fair. They suspected the same coca growers were behind this attack, which prompted Navarro to request police protection. RSF_en PeruAmericas center_img December 4, 2019 Find out more PeruAmericas October 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dynamite blast targets La República correspondent in Ayacucho News February 10, 2017 Find out more to go further Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Receive email alerts China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reportinglast_img read more

Muff Robbers who were ‘high on blues’ sentenced to six months

first_imgNewsx Adverts By News Highland – April 18, 2012 Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter Muff Robbers who were ‘high on blues’ sentenced to six months 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Two Derry men charged with the robbery of a petrol station in Muff this weekend have been sentenced to six months detention.Steve Smith, 22, from 32 Bradley Way, Derry and Mark Villa, 18, from 75 Marianus Park, Hazelbank Derry pleaded guilty to robbery at Carndonagh District Court.The court heard how Smith and Villa threatened two petrol pump attendants at Donaghey’s Garage, Muff with a penknife and a large chain, before making off with £350 and €320 in cash on Saturday evening.Following a chase with Gardai, the defendants crashed at Birdstown, Burnfoot and made off through fields, before being apprehended and subsequently arrested.Both defendants were on bail from Derry Court at the time of the robbery and Smith had been wearing an electronic tag.Dave Donaghey, owner of the Muff fuel station, said the two men went to “extreme lengths” and were very “intimidating” towards his staff members who, he said, “were only trying to do an honest days work”.Mr Donaghey said his employees, who were present with him court and aged 21 and 16 years of age, were traumatised following the robbery.Defence solicitor Ciaran McLochliann said his two clients had been high on diazepam at the time of the incident and while they didn’t have “much recoglition”, they were extremely sorry to the young men for their ordeal.Judge Paul Kelly said, while he accepted their early plea and remorse, this was an “appalling crime” and he had no choice but to exercise the full power of the court.He sentenced Smith to six months imprisonment and Villa, six months detention. Previous articleCounty Manager says Donegal’s future water provision ‘at a crossroads’Next articleDonegal government staff may strike over redeployement News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

CHHS to perform ‘You’re a good man, Charlie Brown’

first_img The CHHS Theater Department will compete on the district level with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Theater Festival in Opelika in November. The winners at the festival will have an opportunity to compete on the state level at the University of North Alabama in Florence.“In addition to ‘Charlie Brown,’ we will have students to compete at the Theater Festival as individuals and in groups and also as playwrights,” Park said. “We have had several winners in the past and some to win first place at state. We are looking forward to presenting ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie, Brown’ at CHHS and at the Theater Festival.” By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder But first, the cast and crew of “Charlie Brown” are excited to take the stage in front home audiences. Everyone is invited to the premier production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” at 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday nights at the CHHS Cafetorium. Admission is free. Santa Fe catches fire Troy firefighters responded to a structure fire at Santa Fe Cattle Co. Thursday after recieving reports of smoke inside the… read more Print Article CHHS to perform ‘You’re a good man, Charlie Brown’ Skip Charlie Brown is a good man. And the Charles Henderson High School theater department will convey to its audiences just how good a man Charlie Brown is in its upcoming production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” at 7 p.m. Monday, October 30 and Thursday November 2 at the CHHS Cafetorium.“‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ is based on the familiar comic characters,” said Judith Park, CHHS theater teacher and play director. “It’s a short musical with six characters. It gives the audience glimpses from the comic strip – Lucy with her 5-cent psychiatric help booth, Snoopy on the roof of his doghouse talking about birds landing on his stomach and the Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown’s affection who is never shown.”And there’s Schroeder who wants to write a new song for Beethoven Day and more snippets from the life of Charlie Brown.center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen You Might Like “Although others keep telling Charlie Brown that he’s a good man, he doesn’t think of himself that way,” Park said. “But during the play, he gains more confidence. That’s the plot line of the play.”Charlie Brown is played by Jacob Brooks, Sally Brown by Nelsey Leverette, Lucy by  Reagan Gross, Linus by Logan Wilson, Schroeder by Seth Manning and Snoopy by Ingrid Lieb.The stage manager for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is Ricardo Valencia. He is assisted by Michael McCord. Cait Ryan and Bricelyn Green will operate the soundboard and Kadaja Hill will operate the lights. Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Friday, October 27, 2017last_img read more

Ocean City’s 43rd Annual Flower Show Opens Friday

first_imgThe following news release is from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer:  The free Ocean City Flower Show runs Friday through Sunday (May 29 to 31) on the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ.When Ocean City initiates a good event, we stick with it! This is true of the Baby Parade (more than 100 years old), Night In Venice, the Antique Auto Show and Boardwalk Art Show (over 50), Martin Z. Mollusk Day (age 44), the Block Parties (in the mid 30s), the Doo Dah Parade (30) and First Night (in its 20s).We are fortunate to have a corps of volunteers who have worked diligently to make these and other events a success. The Ocean City Flower Show (May 29 to 31) is an example of how a good idea turned into a durable and appreciated festival.Show times at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace) are Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Entry to the public is free. Optional donations are taken to support the show. There is a trade fair with flower show products for sale in the pavilion of the Music Pier during the three-day event.It was suggested by the late James F. Penland, a talented artist and Ocean City businessman, who owned and operated the Connoisseur Shops on the Boardwalk and later in the downtown. Jim and Dr. Marcia Smith had started the Boardwalk Art Show in the mid ’60s with the help of Mayor B. Thomas Waldman.Jim convinced the Ocean City Garden Club to organize and present the Flower Show. He also secured the support of Mayor Waldman, who agreed to provide the Music Pier as the venue and underwrite the show.The rest, as they say, is history. The Flower Show has become a popular event attracting hundreds to Ocean City. Theme for this year’s exhibition is “Chic to Chic, Flowers and Fashion.” Categories in the Artistic Design Division feature such classes as “Bling” and “String of Pearls.” There is a Horticultural Division with exhibits of Roses, African Violets, Orchids, etc. The competition features the work of non-professional garden enthusiasts and is always very impressive. For information, call Kay Reilly (609) 399-1199.last_img read more

Benefit on Monday to Raise Money for Howie Cook Family

first_imgHowie Cook with his wife, Wendi, and two boys, Brett and Brock. Ocean City resident Howie Cook died of a heart attack at the age of 49 on July 14, and he left behind his beloved wife, Wendi, and two young boys, Brett and Brock.Cook was known for his willingness to help anyone. He had “a minute” for everyone. He was known for his culinary expertise and his knowledge of marine mechanics.His two boys, ages 15 and 10, attend Ocean City schools, as does his niece, Ryann Styer (Noel Styer and Lee Styer are OCHS grads).Cook’s friends say he was always there when anybody asked, “Got a minute?”And now they’re asking the community to give the Cook Family “a minute” by supporting “The Cook Family Benefit” on Monday, August 24. Tickets can be purchased at the door.Arlene Stryker, of Arlene’s Restaurant on Asbury, and Mary Beth Salmonsen are organizing the benefit for his family.“He was a heck of a good guy,” Salmonsen said. THE COOK FAMILY BENEFITDate: Monday, August 24, 2015Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Place: Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Rd., Somers PointEvent: Includes appetizers and finger foods, cash bar and a silent auction. All donations welcome.Tickets: $25 for adults and kids. Available at the door and at Arlene’s on Asbury restaurant (624 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City) or by calling/texting Mary Beth Salmonsen at 609-254-4143.last_img read more

A constitutional question

first_imgThe landmark health care bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama just over a year ago, but today it appears the highest court in the land will determine its ultimate fate.Experts agree that a number of federal court challenges questioning its legality mean the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is almost certainly destined for the Supreme Court.Thus far five federal court judges have ruled on the law, which guarantees access to health care to millions of Americans through an individual mandate requiring people to purchase insurance or pay a tax. Three courts have supported it, while two have challenged its constitutionality, including one in Florida that recently declared the entire statute invalid.But before heading to Washington, the debate took a Harvard detour.On Thursday (March 24), a year and a day after President Obama made the law official, three legal scholars took up the question of whether or not the act violates the Constitution.Harvard Law School (HLS) Dean Martha Minow introduced the panel in Austin Hall’s Ames Courtroom. The event was sponsored by the School’s Federalist Society and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.There is no legal precedent for Congress requiring every person to enter into a contractual relationship with a private company, argued Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law, who complained that the law oversteps the Commerce Clause, an enumerated power in the Constitution that gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.“This has never happened before.”While the government can require things like the military draft, taxes, and jury duty, “each of these duties is necessary for the operation of government itself, and each has traditionally been widely recognized as inherent in being a citizen of the United States,” said Barnett.An alumnus of HLS whose work has been used by the courts finding the reform unconstitutional, Barnett also complained that there are no limits placed on this “new claim of federal power.”“Once the power to conscript Americans to enter into contractual relations with private companies is accepted here,” he said, “it will be accepted any time Congress needs economic mandates to be convenient to the regulation of the national economy.”Charles Fried, former solicitor general of the United States and associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, countered that the Supreme Court has ruled that insurance is indeed commerce, and that “health insurance as a species of insurance is surely commerce.”Citing former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Fried added that Congress has the “power to make the rule which regulates the subject of commerce.”Fried, the HLS Beneficial Professor of Law, also noted that the current health care mandate exists because Congress was “skittish” about adopting socialized medicine in the form of a single payer system or the government option.“It is ironic,” he said, “that a device used to keep health care within the private sector, is somehow viewed as an enormous assault on our liberties.”Panelist and Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence Tribe examined whether a mandate to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty tax can be considered an invasion of one’s liberty.“There may be a right in the enumerated penumbras of the Bill of Rights or the Liberty Clause, a right not to be forced to accept medical care you do not want, but there’s no right to force the society to pay for your medical care by taking a free ride on the system.”I. Glenn Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center, moderated the event.last_img read more

Mulch veggie plants

first_imgAdding mulch around vegetable plants like peppers, tomatoes, squash and eggplant can mean extra veggies at harvest time. Mulching prevents the loss of moisture from the soil, suppresses weed growth, cools the soil and keeps vegetables off the ground.Benefits of mulchMulch serves as a barrier between the plant and the soil. This helps prevent fruit rot that sometimes occurs when vegetables touch the ground.Adding mulch also reduces labor, since less cultivation is required. Emerging and small weeds won’t survive under a bark barrier, reducing the need for tillage and the use of weed-control chemicals.Mulch also conserves water by reducing evaporation of soil moisture. This lowers the soil temperature, too. Mulched soil also absorbs more water than unmulched soil. A layer of mulch also prevents the formation of soil crusts. Soil loss from heavy rain and wind is also decreased, making mulches excellent for conservation.Mulch improves root growth by acting as an excellent insulator, which prevents drastic changes in soil temperature. Mulch keeps the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This increases nutrient availability and root growth. Adding mulch also makes the garden neater and reduces the amount of mud-splashed vegetables after heavy rains or watering.At the end of the growing season, organic mulch can be tilled into the soil to further increase the amount of organic matter and the water-holding capacity of the soil.How to applyA practical mulch should be readily available, inexpensive and simple to apply. Availability and cost vary from region to region. Some mulching material (like leaves) may be available in your landscape for free.Leaves work great as mulch. Apply 3 to 4 inches deep, bearing in mind that too little will give limited weed control, and too much will prevent air from reaching the roots. However, leaves can form a soggy impenetrable mat. Mixing leaves with fluffy materials such as hay or straw and/or shredding the leaves can solve this problem.Bark mulches vary, but all are durable and suitable for mulching. Small pieces of bark are preferred over large chunks.Coffee grounds tend to cake badly, but can be applied at a depth of 1 inch, so roots can benefit from the nitrogen content.Compost is especially good as mulch because it has fertilizer value and a soil-like appearance. It’s also a good organic amendment for tilling into the soil after the growing season ends.Newspaper is a readily available and economical mulch, but somewhat difficult to apply. A good use for newspaper is as an undermulch: place two to three sheets under a thin layer of another type of mulch.Peanut shells are NOT RECOMMENDED for use as mulch. They carry white mold (Sclerotium rotfsii) that can cause a major problem in the garden. Peanut hulls may also be infested with nematodes, nutsedge seeds and/or tubers. No matter which mulch you select, adding mulch around your vegetable plants will produce better results, cut down on your workload and help conserve water.last_img read more