Less bluster, more action

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter doesn’t beat around the bush: America’s relationship with Pakistan — a vital ally in securing Afghanistan’s fragile stability — has deteriorated. And when it comes to mending those frayed ties, Munter is even less sentimental.“If we’re going to get out of what has been a very tough period, it is going to be because both countries decide they’re going to look at something bigger than themselves,” Munter said at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Monday. Both sides need to ratchet down their emotions, he said.“We call this the Turner doctrine,” Munter added, invoking “the American philosopher” Tina Turner. “What’s love got to do with it?”Munter’s assessment, which he shared with a packed hall of HKS students and Mideast observers, came at the close of what he called “a very tough year” for the United States in Pakistan. In the beginning of 2011, the arrest and negotiated release of Raymond Davis, an American CIA contractor, caused bad blood on both sides. Two months later, an American drone strike killed nearly 50 people in North Waziristan. And not least of all, the killing of Osama bin Laden by American troops in Islamabad last May was taken as an insult to the Pakistani military, Munter said.Munter’s job is “arguably the most challenging diplomatic position in the world,” said R. Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at HKS, who moderated the discussion. “It is a vital relationship for both countries, and from an American perspective, there isn’t a more important country for our vital relationship with Afghanistan.”In part, America’s recent failures in Pakistan stem from overpromising, Munter said. Americans, sensitive to Pakistanis’ lingering feelings of betrayal, developed a set of goals for development in Pakistan in 2008 that encompassed everything from women’s rights to water resources to telecommunications. Those lofty plans too often fell by the wayside as America pursued its military goals in the region.“American policy began to struggle with the distinctions, or even the contradictions, of its long-term goals and its short-term goals,” he said. “We were trying so hard to reach our counterterrorism goals that we in part did damage to our own long-term goals.”The relationship between the two countries’ militaries has suffered, and “our military presence in the country has shrunk dramatically,” Munter said. American diplomats must also account for the rising generation of Pakistani generals, part of the “lost generation” who were cut off from American training, who are “less familiar with American traditions” and perhaps less likely to see eye to eye with their Western counterparts.Still, Pakistan has shown its commitment to fighting terrorism. The country has experienced huge losses fighting insurgents at its own borders — nearly 4,000 troops and between 30,000 and 40,000 civilians, according to Munter.“In any other country this would be called a civil war,” he said. “It causes a fair amount of resentment in Pakistan, and we would be wise to remember what it is that they’ve lost.”Despite the setbacks of the past year, America can save its relationship if it recommits to development efforts in Pakistan, by working not just with the state and the military but with business, universities, and the media.“The only way to get past a relationship that’s fraught with anger and misunderstanding is to create a partnership,” he said. “You have to get as far away as you can from an assistance relationship.”The bad news, Munter said, is that America is unpopular in Pakistan, with a public favorability rating of roughly 6 to 10 percent. The good news, however, is that “Pakistanis care desperately what America thinks. They want desperately for Americans to do good things in Pakistan, [and they] want to see us live up to their image of what they think Americans can do.”“In this relationship, neither side is blameless,” Munter said. But when it comes to economic growth and stability in the Middle East, “there is a fundamental affinity between what Americans want and what Pakistanis want.”Munter’s talk kicked off South Asia Week at HKS, a discussion series on the region’s politics and diplomacy hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Future of Diplomacy Project and Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. The School will also host lectures by Shyam Saran, former Indian foreign secretary (Feb. 15); Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq, and Afghanistan (Feb. 16); and Nirupama Rao, Indian ambassador to the United States (Feb. 17).last_img read more

Feed Fruit Plants Now.

first_imgWhile you’re picking this year’s fruits from your backyardorchard, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s harvest.”Next year’s fruit crop depends greatly on the plants’health this year,” said Gerard Krewer, an Extension Servicehorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Making sure your fruit plants are properly fertilized now helpsthe plants in two ways, Krewer said.Making Flowers and Charging BatteriesFirst, flower buds are forming now that will produce next year’scrop.”The number of flowers you have next spring will be determinedthis year,” Krewer said. The more flowers you start with,the better your chances of having a crop after a spring frost.Second, fruit plants are charging up their batteries now. They’llcrank up next spring on the strength of the energy reserves theybuild up between now and their fall shutdown.”For the first 30 days or so next spring, a fruit plantwill depend on its stored reserves,” he said. “Thoseare the reserves it’s producing this fall and storing in its rootsand stems.”Don’t rush out and start pouring on the fertilizer, though.”Too much fertilizer could do more damage than good,”Krewer said. “The plant could wind up making less fruit insteadof more.”Too much fertilizer now, he said, could cause the plant togrow too much in late summer and increase shading in the plant’sinterior, resulting in fewer flower buds. Excessive growth isalso more susceptible to cold injury this fall and winter.Take a Soil Sample to Determine NeedsThe ideal thing to do, Krewer said, is to take a soil sampleto the county extension office. Get an analysis of your plants’precise fertility needs.”Summer is a great time to pull a soil test,” hesaid. “The readings will be closer to the actual soil conditionsthe plants experience during the growth season. The pH goes downthis time of year. So you get a better picture of your limingneeds.”One benefit of soil testing is that you can often save on fertilizercosts. “Often plants require only nitrogen in the summer,”he said.If you really don’t want to run a soil test, the next bestthing is to use a balanced, premium-grade fertilizer.That would supply the main nutrients plants need — nitrogen,phosphorus and potassium — in balanced amounts. It would alsoprovide the micronutrients needed for good growth.What’s Best for Berries, Isn’t for PearsFor many fruit trees, a seat-of-the-pants rule is to apply1 pound of premium-grade 10-10-10 per inch of trunk diameter.But don’t apply more than 3 pounds per tree in late summer.”For pears, apply a little less than that,” Krewersaid. “Pears are prone to put on too much vegetative growthif you fertilize them too much.”For blueberries, he said, apply 1 ounce of the same fertilizerper foot of bush height. But don’t apply more than 6 ounces perbush.In rich soils or where fruit plants often grow too much, hesaid, cut any of these rates by one-half to two-thirds.Be prepared to fertilize again next spring, just before orduring bloom. “Fruit plants usually need fertilizer everyspring and every summer after harvest,” Krewer said.last_img read more

Abundant rain

first_imgA wide array of usesHoogenboom’s original goal was to have one station at each ofUGA’s nine agricultural experiment stations. Thirteen years and60 weather stations later, he now hopes to eventually have astation in every county.”The first weather stations were installed for UGA scientists touse for their research,” Hoogenboom said. “Now, every day, we’rehearing of new, unique ways people are using the real-timeweather data we collect, from helping predict propane demand tohelping farmers know the right time to apply chemical controls.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA series of rain showers put a damper on Memorial Day picnics andkept students from enjoying the first week of their summer break.The rain was a welcomed sight, however, for farmers andgardeners.Data from the University of Georgia Automated EnvironmentalMonitoring Network shows that south Georgia got the most rainfrom May 29 through June 4. 60 stations statewideThe UGA AEMN is a network of 60 weather stations across thestate. The stations monitor daily rainfall, air and soiltemperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, air pressure andwind direction.The information is updated at least hourly and posted to thenetwork’s Web site (www.Georgiaweather.net).The highest total recorded from May 29 through June 4 was inAlma, Ga., where 6.75 inches fell. In other south Georgia areas,the rains brought 5.07 inches to Dearing, 4.98 to Valdosta, 4.78inches to Attapulgus and 4.19 to Statesboro.History-making rainfall”Rainfall recorded by our network in these areas is threetimes the historical average for this time of year,” said JoelPaz, an Extension agrometeorologist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The historical periodfor our system is from 1971 to 2000.”In comparison, central and northeast Georgia cities received lessthan 4 inches of rain. The weather network recorded 3.91 inchesin Athens, 3.28 inches in Eatonton and 3.24 inches in Griffin.North Georgia cities like LaFayette (1.61), Calhoun (1.08) andRome (0.97) had less rain.Paz says the AEMN weather stations use a much more sophisticatedcollecting system than backyard rain gauges.”Each weather site has a rain collecting cup that collectsone-hundredth of an inch of rain and then tips to empty,” hesaid. “The computer system records each tip to determine how muchrain fell on a given day at each site.”The UGA weather network was developed in 1991. It’s thebrainchild of UGA CAES professor Gerrit Hoogenboom.last_img read more

February 2014 Issue of BRO is Live!

first_imgAre you ready to shred, send, and sweat? Our February 2014 issue features our Race Ahead guide, a yearlong calendar of the top outdoor races, competitions, and events in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Whether you’re a paddler, runner, climber, biker, powder shredder, or enthusiastic crowd-goer, we’ve got an event for you!To help us narrow down the list, we’ve asked six of the region’s outdoor experts to give us their votes and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into organizing some of these events.Also in this month’s issue are a number of articles from our in-house writers and contributors. BRO contributor Devan Boyle breaks down the argument for which is better, summer or winter olympics. BRO contributor Graham Averill takes us through the reality of parenthood and the great outdoors while Anne Lundblad talks fastest known times (FKTs) in the Blue Ridge. BRO travel editor Jess Daddio travels to Canaan Valley to hit the trails with White Grass Touring Center owner Chip Chase, and senior editor Jedd Ferris wraps up this issue with the latest news in the music biz.Happy February, y’all. Make it a good one.FeaturesRace AheadTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportsF.K.T.Cross-Country Skiing in the Land of Milk and HoneyDepartmentsDebate: Summer vs. Winter OlympicsTele Skiing in the SouthTrail-Ready GearEssayParenting Secretslast_img read more

Colombian and Ecuadorean Air Forces Train in Aircraft Maintenance

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 10, 2017 The Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN, per its Spanish acronym) of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) exchanged knowledge and experiences with its peers in the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, per its Spanish acronym). The meeting was held from June 27th to August 26th at Madrid Air Base in Cundinamarca, Colombia. The training was part of the “Major Aviation Maintenance Training Course and Specialization” for Ecuador’s A-29 Super Tucano landing gear. It is part of the current cooperation agreements between the FAC and FAE, in order for both nations’ military aviation to be updated with new procedures and doctrinal training. Major maintenance, also known as overhaul, is done to aviation components when they reach the end of the life cycle recommended by the equipment’s manufacturer. In this case, the landing gear should complete 5,000 landings or six years of use. The work consisted of completely disassembling the component and performing nondestructive testing to ensure the operability of the pieces in order to extend their useful life cycle, the FAC reported. Spare parts were brought in from Ecuador as part of the certification training. “The Colombian Air Force has broad experience in this complex overhaul task. Ecuador needs to build this capacity,” First Sergeant Nestor Tinitana of the FAE told Diálogo. “At present, our planes are grounded because we need to overhaul them.” During the training sessions, workshops on different aviation components, such as hydraulics, were involved. The hydraulics workshop was the most important because it involved assembling, inspecting, cleaning, painting, and using electro-chemistry on certain parts, as well as a session on nondestructive testing. “They were taught how to use special tools and were taught about technical orders and test benches,” Chief Master Sergeant Julio César Carillo Tunjano, the chief of inspectors and an advisor to the Hydraulics Workshop for CAMAN’s Air Intelligence Group, told Diálogo. “Now, they can do this servicing at their various air bases.” Upon completing the trainings, the command delivered the landing gear that had undergone maintenance, together with its Colombian certification, which was approved by international institutions. Ready to complete the mission “After attending the various workshops and experimenting, analyzing, and working, the Ecuadorean specialists have the knowledge and experience required to overhaul the landing gear on their A-29 Super Tucano units,” FAC Brigadier General Eduardo Contreras Meléndez, the commander of CAMAN, told Diálogo. The A-29 has very robust landing gear and is able to land on runways as short as 500 meters. This combat aircraft is used mainly by the Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Dominican, Ecuadorean, and U.S. air forces in air interception, attack, and surveillance operations. Colombia has 24 units in this class. In Ecuador’s case, its air force acquired 18 Super Tucano units in 2010 to cover the capacity of conducting operations in border areas and the Amazon region. “We’re ready to overhaul these air units in our country,” 1st Sgt. Tinitana reiterated. Keeping up with technological developments To perform landing gear maintenance on the FAE’s A-29 units in Ecuador, a group of engineers and technicians from the lead logistics unit in Colombian aviation will travel to that country to supervise the implementation of major maintenance procedures on the equipment. The Ecuadorian officers who have been trained will be able to reinforce what they have learned and complement their capabilities. “Ecuadorean service members have shown interest in acquiring other capacities in CAMAN through ongoing courses related to ejection seats, the C-130 brake system, and aircraft painting,” 1st Sgt. Tinitana added. “In the future, we’ll overhaul a CASA 295 that we have in FAE.” Both nations are studying the scope of new trainings for FAE. Some agreements are in a development phase to be completed at CAMAN. The Uruguayan, Chilean, and Peruvian air forces are also interested in establishing ties and alliances with Colombia in order to complement their capacities, in accordance with each nation’s needs.last_img read more

Keeping baby boomers financially secure

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the baby boomer population quickly becomes the largest senior demographic in American history, there is a growing concern about keeping their hard-earned investments safe. According to a recent report, the U.S. senior community loses an astonishing $53 billion annually to both fraudulent and deceptive practices.[1] This type of preying on the elderly is known as “elder financial abuse,” and financial institutions are in the perfect position to help. First, let’s look at the three types of financial elder abuse:Financial ExploitationThis type of exploitation is legal but highly unethical, and consists of deceiving or convincing seniors to make poor financial decisions or give their money away.Criminal FraudThis type of activity is clearly illegal, and includes identity theft and mail fraud.Caregiver AbuseThis refers to financial theft or deception by someone trusted—whether it be a family member, healthcare worker, or even a financial manager. continue reading »last_img read more

Last-minute ways to help your cardholders win with Amazon Prime Day deals

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the outlook for a robust holiday shopping season is looking bleak, especially for in-store purchases, Amazon is doing its best to capitalize on early holiday spending by launching its Prime Day shopping deals on October 13-14. This annual event has traditionally been held in July, so the change to October is certainly a new twist. If your credit union has not prepared for the great discount opportunities that Prime Day offers your cardholders, there is still time.During COVID-19, online shopping has become the norm for everything, from groceries to car tires. In August, Google reported that 25% of shoppers went online to buy something they would normally purchase in a store. Online shopping is no longer just a trend – it has become a necessity. Capturing the elusive Amazon card-on-file position during Prime Day could be as easy as helping your cardholders navigate the fast-and-furious 48-hour online shopping blitz.Credit unions can play a valuable role in Prime Day by arming their cardholders with the knowledge they need to maximize savings and win big during this promotion period. Simply sharing these quick nuggets with your members via your communications channels can provide an added boost for your credit or debit cardholder spending.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

5th Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) announced

first_imgThe largest gathering of family accommodation or the 5th national “Family Accommodation Forum” (FOS) has been announced, which will take place on March 29-30.3.2019, XNUMX. in Split, in the Gripe Sports Center organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.This year’s FOS will present innovations in legislation and organize always up-to-date tax advice. Participants will be introduced to new trends and topics important for business improvement such as interior design, virtual promotion, business etiquette, nutrition, installment management, offer segmentation, adventure activities as additional services for guests.Presentations of work with agencies and online platforms will be presented. They will also discuss the importance of sustainable tourism with examples of good practice and the topic of security.As part of the Forum, an award ceremony will be held for the best micro and small entrepreneurs of family tourism in the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia”.This year, too, a large exhibition space will be organized with the presentation of the offer of manufacturers and service providers relevant to family accommodation.PROGRAMME 5th FAMILY ACCOMMODATION FORUM, March 29-30.3.2019, XNUMX, Gripe Sports Center, Split FRIDAY, 29.3.2019.13:00 – 15:00Grand opening of the 5th Family Accommodation ForumCroatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian National Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism, City of Split, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist BoardAward ceremony “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia 2018.”A reminder of the winners of the EHHA Awards14:30 – 15:00Coffee break15:00 – 18:0015:00 Legislative changes and news for private renters – Ministry of TourismPresentation of the credit line of the Ministry of Tourism for private renters – Ministry of Tourism15:45 Loyalty to the guest as a condition of sustainable security in tourism – Ministry of Interior16:30 Tax position of household accommodation providers – Ljerka Markota, RRiF Plus17:30 Trends in family accommodation – Family tourism communitySATURDAY, 30.3.2019.10:00 – 15:0010:00 Presentation of Booking.com online platform10:30 Ecobnb – a platform for ecological accommodation facilities and sustainable tourism11:00 Doing business with travel agencies11:30 Additional activities for longer stay – Adventure Tourism Community11:30 – 12:15Coffee break12:15 – 15:0012:15 Private accommodation and luxury… why not? – Adriatic Concierge12:45 Little things make a big difference – Why are interior redesign and professional photography a smart investment? – Smart Art by Mia Sinovčić13:30 Serving the best breakfast – Chef Željko Neven Bremec, Association of Chefs of Mediterranean and European Regions14:00 Business communication – Anamarija Cicarelli, Interligo Counseling for small renters14:15 How to be a successful landlord in 2019 – Nino Dubretić, Direkt Booker and award-winning landlord Applications will be open soon. Follow HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

Telkomsel records surge in data traffic, use over Idul Fitri

first_img“As a connectivity enabler, Telkomsel has tried to ensure that each customer can still [reach out] in silaturahmi (spirit of kinship) and remain connected with loved ones, despite having to do so from home,” Setyanto said in a written statement released on Wednesday.As Telkomsel customers turned to digital means to connect with their loved ones during Idul Fitri, the company recorded a steep hike of 75.4 percent in mobile data use compared to normal days.Messaging service WhatsApp recorded the biggest increase during the holiday compared to other messaging apps, with usage up 49.2 percent.Social media platforms still dominated data use at 30.8 percent, showing an uptick of 3.6 percent from normal use.  Telkomsel also noted unusually high data traffic in Greater Jakarta, which typically emptied during the holiday as people left for their hometowns on mudik. Instead, it recorded a 60.9 percent yoy surge in data traffic in the area.In correlation, annual mudik destinations recorded fewer arrivals among Telkomsel customers.The company’s customer tracking data showed a decline in arrivals of 77 percent in West Java, 83 percent in Central Java and 83 percent in East Java compared to 2019 figures. Setyanto added that Telkomsel would continue to expand its quality, capacity and coverage to provide better data services to customers.The statement said the company had expanded its network to 436 points of interest, focusing on improved coverage in residential areas, hospitals and transportation hubs.Topics : Telkomsel saw its mobile data traffic soar during Idul Fitri on May 24 to 25, as customers nationwide used digital platforms to connect with family and friends over the Muslim holiday while adhering to the stay-at-home policy.The mobile network operator and subsidiary of state-owned telecommunications giant Telkom recorded a peak increase of 22.8 percent to 26.7 petabytes (PB) in mobile data traffic during Idul Fitri, and a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 42.1 percent compared to the same period in 2019.Telkomsel president director Setyanto Hantoro noted that many customers celebrated Idul Fitri differently this year because of the COVID-19 epidemic, which had prompted people to stay at home instead of traveling on the annual mudik (exodus).last_img read more

Verstappen claims 70th Anniversary GP win as ‘sleeping’ Mercedes wilt

first_img‘Something’s wrong’ For Mercedes, it was a longer wait than expected. By lap 25, he led Bottas by 17 seconds and Hamilton by 20 with both battling rapid tyre-wear.Finally, on lap 27, the Dutchman came in for mediums allowing Bottas to pass him before he re-joined and swiftly re-passed the Finn. In third, Hamilton reported blistering.As if in response, Red Bull matched Mercedes’ tactics on lap 33 when both Bottas and the leader pitted for hard compounds and Hamilton, with blisters, took the lead with 19 laps to go.”Something’s wrong with the car to make the left rear do that, said Hamilton, who had an advantage of 11 seconds. After his punctured win last week, Hamilton was worried. “The tires aren’t going to blow, right?” he asked.For Hamilton, a stop was inevitable and it came on lap 42 when he locked up as he entered the pit lane. Back on hards, he reeled off fastest laps in pursuit before regaining third on lap 46 and then second on lap 50. Hamilton said: “That was a massive challenge, but congratulations to Red Bull. It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering [on tires] as hard core as that.”Bottas, who started from pole, said: “Very frustrating for me, to start from pole and finish third.”It’s not ideal and I think that as a team we were sleeping at some points in the race. My strategy was far from ideal.”Hamilton’s podium finish meant he equaled Michael Schumacher’s career record of 155 podium finishes. It was also his record-extending 38th points scoring finish in a row.  Charles Leclerc came home fourth after a sterling drive for Ferrari ahead of Alex Albon in the second Red Bull, Lance Stroll and his Racing Point team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.Esteban Ocon finished eighth for Renault ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri.On a hot day, the track temperature was 43 degrees when the lights went out, Bottas clinging to the lead from his 13th career pole position.Unsurprisingly, Verstappen out-started Hulkenberg to take third, the German making his first start since last year after his call-up to replace Covid-19 victim Sergio Perez.At the front, Hamilton piled pressure on his team-mate while at the back, after an unforced spin, Vettel slipped to 20th and last for Ferrari.He was back up to 14th by lap nine as the pit-stops began and Verstappen, like Vettel on hard tires, began to close in on the two Mercedes.Almost immediately, Hamilton admitted “my rears are finished” shortly before Bottas pitted, leaving Hamilton to fend off Verstappen before he stopped to take a new set of hards.This gave Verstappen the initiative ahead of Hulkenberg and Stroll with Bottas fourth, after re-joining, and Hamilton fifth, adrift by 3.6 seconds. The ‘Hulk’ soon pitted and returned in seventh as the race settled to await Verstappen’s need for new rubber. During the race, Red Bull asked him to ease off, but he replied saying “I don’t want to drive like a grand-ma” before the team relented.Verstappen won by 11.326 seconds ahead of championship leader and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton who passed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages. The Finn finished third.”I didn’t see that coming, but after the first stint it seemed we were really good on tires. I didn’t have any tire issues at all – a great day for us,” said Verstappen. Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012 on Sunday when he made the most of a superior strategy in sizzling conditions to beat both Mercedes and claim victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.It was the Dutchman’s first victory of the season and the ninth of his career and the first time a race had been won by a driver who did not start on pole position in seven races since last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.Verstappen owed his victory to a team decision to start the race on hard compound tires while his main rivals all launched from the grid on mediums, the two Mercedes men struggling to manage tyre-wear throughout the race. Topics :last_img read more