Lasting Valentine Roses

first_imgHer face lit up at the sight of the beautiful roses you gave her for Valentine’s Day.But how’s she going to make them last?University of Georgia extension horticulturist Paul Thomas said it’s not hard to keep yourroses looking great.”Clean water and vases are important to prolonging the life of cut flowers,”he said. “Wash vases often, because microorganisms remaining in unclean vasesmultiply quickly.”Thomas said changing cut-flower solutions once a day and cutting one-fourth of an inchoff the stems in a bowl of water prevents molds and fungi from clogging up the stem. “It’s important to use sharp scissors,” he said. “Blunt ones will clogup the stem even more.”Treating the water in the vase can prolong your arrangement’s freshness. “Add fouror five tablespoons of sugar per gallon of water, or add floral preservatives availablefrom your florist,” he said. “Use preservatives according to the instructions.Too high a concentration may be harmful to the flowers.”Preventing the flowers from drying out is important, too.”Flowers retain a fresh appearance much longer when the air humidity is relativelyhigh,” he said. “If they’re kept in a room with dry air, they should be mistedwith water once a day or every other day. Putting the arrangement in the refrigerator atnight will prolong its life, too, if the fridge contains 10 percent to 15 percenthumidity.”Thomas said keeping the flowers out of direct sunlight or drafts of warm or cold airkeeps them from being dried out.UGA extension horticulturist Gary Wade saidsagging roses can be perked up.”When cut roses begin to droop or wilt, submerge the entire flower into a flat panof warm water,” he said. “Gently straighten the heads and cut off the stems,while under water, two inches from the ends. Allow the roses to stay two hours in thewater to revive.”Once a flower dies, however, it’s best to remove it from the bunch.”Dead flowers produce ethylene that kills other flowers rapidly,” Thomassaid. “Also, remove unnecessary foliage below the water level, because it decayseasily.”Wade said some of the quality and freshness of roses may be lost in theirtransportation.”Roses sold in Georgia are imported from South America,” he said. “TheGeorgia climate is too hot, and the heat makes for a high incidence of disease.”last_img read more

General Dynamics to Acquire AxleTech International

first_imgGeneral Dynamics to Acquire AxleTech InternationalGlobal manufacturer of heavy duty vehicle components will expand General Dynamics’ productofferings, customer baseFALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm,have entered into a definitive agreement for General Dynamics to acquire AxleTech International, a globalmanufacturer and supplier of axles, axle components, planetary axles, independent suspensions, brakes andaftermarket parts for military vehicles, commercial specialty trucks, and off-highway machines used in theconstruction, material handling, forestry, mining and agricultural markets.The effects of the acquistion on the Burlington, VT, plant are not yet known.AxleTech International employs approximately 1,000 workers worldwide. It is based in Troy, Michigan,and has manufacturing facilities in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; St. Etienne,France; and Osasco, Brazil.The proposed acquisition, which has been approved by both companies, would be immediately accretive toGeneral Dynamics earnings. The transaction is subject to normal regulatory approvals and is expected toclose by the end of 2008. AxleTech International will become part of Charlotte, North Carolina-basedGeneral Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.In announcing the acquisition, Charles M. Hall, General Dynamics executive vice president for CombatSystems, said, “AxleTech International is a well-run company with a strong management team and a skilledworkforce that offers a high-value line of quality products to a global customer base. We look forward tomaintaining and strengthening the relationships AxleTech International enjoys with its existing customers,expanding and diversifying the technical products General Dynamics provides to customers around theworld, and pursuing new markets together through collaboration among the product experts at eachcompany.”Mary Petrovich, chief executive officer of AxleTech International, said, “We are very pleased to be joiningGeneral Dynamics. The expertise and competencies that each of our companies brings to this relationshipwill create a stronger, more-competitive provider of quality vehicle components and subsystems tocustomers around the world.”Gregory S. Ledford, Carlyle Managing Director, said, “Carlyle is pleased to have supported AxleTechsworld class management team in its strategic objective of expanding product lines and broadening itscustomer base. We are confident AxleTech will continue to prosper as part of General Dynamics.”AxleTech International is a leading supplier of heavy-duty off-road and high-mobility planetary hubreductionaxles, independent suspensions, electric motorized planetary wheel ends, brakes and transfercases to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on every continent. The company provides service andsupport to customers around the world through an extensive network of reliable partners in Europe, Asia,Africa, the Middle East, South America and Australia.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, is a provensystems integrator of defense products for all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and theMinistries of Defense of over 30 allied nations.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Productsdesigns, develops and produces high-performance armament systems, a full range of high-performancecomposite products for the aerospace industry, biological and chemical detection systems, advanced sensorand vision-enhancement systems, and mobile shelter systems.General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide.The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armamentsand munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $91.5 billion of assets under management committedto 66 funds as of September 30, 2008. Carlyle invests in buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveragedfinance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace &defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare,industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, thefirm has invested $52.7 billion of equity in 870 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately$225.8 billion. www.carlyle.com(link is external)Certain statements made in this press release, including any statements as to future results of operationsand financial projections, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the PrivateSecurities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based onmanagement’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. These statements are notguarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict.Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-lookingstatements due to a variety of factors. Additional information regarding these factors is contained in thecompany’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its AnnualReport on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. The company does not undertakeany obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflectevents, circumstances or changes in expectations after the date of this press release.# # #last_img read more

Ascension Technology teams with CIVCO on new medical procedure

first_imgCIVCO Medical Solutions and Ascension Technology Corporation, based in Burlington, have announced a new biopsy needle localization and guidance system for minimally invasive medical procedures.When integrated with 3D ultrasound visualization tools it enables accurate, percutaneous targeting to lesions without radiation or open surgery.  The companies will show live demonstrations of the system at SIR 2009, San Diego, CA, March 7 – 12, 2009.Ascension developed the world’s smallest six degrees-of-freedom (DOF) sensor, 0.9mm in diameter, for the application.  Key advantages include: inconspicuous guidance of surgical instruments, metallic immunity, and fast, simultaneous tracking of multiple sensors. CIVCO has designed a proprietary tracking needle with a protective reusable housing for the six degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) sensor.  Combined with the Ascension sensor technology, the needle allows simultaneous tracking of the distal tip of the needle and the ultrasound scan planes allowing clinicians to visualize the necessary patient anatomy as well as the position of the needle tip in real-time.Ultrasound imaging alone cannot always guarantee the tip of a needle or the electrodes of an ablation probe will hit the center of a three-dimensional lesion – especially a small one.  The new approach takes the estimation and inconsistencies out of ultrasound-assisted biopsy and RF ablation by instantly tracking both the 3D location of the ultrasound transducer and the tip of the needle.  If pre-operative imaging is indicated for selecting the best interventional path or for comparing the results of different imaging modalities, the sensor aligns the real-time ultrasound image with the pre-operative image in a process called image fusion.Procedurally, the sensor’s real-time spatial data is graphically overlaid on video images of the B-scan plane.  The clinician can then monitor the real-time trajectory of the needle through delicate anatomy of the geometric center of an internal target, such as a tumor, cyst or polyp.  This process clearly visualizes the location of the needle – either “in” or “out” of plane – for either a longitudinal or transverse approach.  Even before the skin is punctured, the system registers the biopsy needle to the center of the target, predicting the path of the needle while avoiding other anatomical structures.  As the needle advances towards the target, the fused images provide real-time feedback as the path to be taken.  Once optimally positioned, the needle can be rotated to a perpendicular plane to provide three-dimensional verification that the tip is on target.  Targets can also be marked and mapped for follow-up. Measurements are unaffected when tracking in close proximity to intravascular ultrasound arrays, composite beds, low frequency noise sources, and common hospital metals, such as 300-series stainless steels, titanium, and aluminum.  When used with Ascension’s flat magnetic field generator, the system can be used on gurneys, hospital beds, and procedural tables without distortion of measurements by the presence of ferromagnetic metals.At SIR, CIVCO will demonstrate the device in Booth #108. Ascension will demonstrate in Booth #1442.  About CIVCOWith over 25 years of experience, CIVCO Medical Solutions is recognized as an industry leader in enabling technology for improved treatment outcomes.  Its products continue to be the benchmarks for quality and design in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, patient positioning and radiation oncology.  CIVCO’s commitment to enhancing patient care is strengthened by the relationships built with clinicians and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.  The company’s ongoing collaborative research and development efforts seek to simplify procedures and improve the quality of care for patients.  Corporate information and product information is available at www.civco.com(link is external)About AscensionAscension Technology Corporation is a world leader in magnetic 3D localization and guidance for medical applications.  Its third generation magnetic sensors represent the key enabling technology for image-guided procedures.  More information about Ascension trackers along with streaming video is available at www.ascension-tech.com(link is external)Biomedical reference and procedures described herein are examples of what can be accomplished with 3D tracking and imaging technology when used in compliance with pertinent FDA/CE/IRB directives.Procedural or Applications Patents Pending.Source: Ascension Technology. March 3, 2009last_img read more

FinCEN’s stats on elder financial abuse

first_imgLast month, FinCEN released a strategic analysis of BSA filings regarding elder financial exploitation and it revealed some pretty concerning trends.In the six-ish years between October 2013 and August 2019, FinCEN tracked a 20% increase in the number of filings reporting elder abuse and a 30% increase in the amount of money involved in the reported activities. This increase in filings could mean a significant uptick in elder financial exploitation activity, but it could also meant that financial institutions are watching more closely and reporting more often than they used to.SAR narratives of a statistically representative sample indicated that 77% of reported elder financial exploitation scams involved money transfer scams conducted through MSBs. 21% involved theft perpetrated through depository institutions.MSB ScamsThe MSB scams most often involved lottery, person-in-need or romance scams and resulted in the elders sending money to someone they did not know. FinCEN provided brief descriptions of these scams: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Oakdale Mall to open July 20

first_imgThe malls says it will announce an opening date once it “has everything in place.” (WBNG) — On Friday, malls are allowed to open in New York State as long as they are in regions that are part of phase four. The malls says it plans to be compliant with the HVAC filtration mandates by Governor Andrew Cuomo. One of the requirements is that malls must have an advanced HVAC filtration system. In a Facebook post, the Oakdale Mall says it is working to meet the requirements to reopen. 12:33 P.M. UPDATE:center_img Destiny USA in Syracuse, N.Y. and the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, N.Y. are reopening Friday. However, the Oakdale Mall remains closed. —– (WBNG) — The Oakdale Mall says it will reopen on July 20. 12 News is working to get more details from the Oakdale Mall. Stay with 12 News for more information.last_img read more

Arsenal flop Unai Emery refuses to rule out Premier League return

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 10:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link367Shares Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal back in November (Picture: Getty)Arsenal flop Unai Emery insists he has not ruled out the prospect of an imminent return to England and the Premier League.Arsene Wenger’s successor was fired in November following a calamitous run of results which culminated in a shock Europa League defeat against Eintracth Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Emery, who led Arsenal to last season Europa League final where they were crushed 4-1 by Chelsea, was subsequently interviewed for the managerial job at Everton but was overlooked with the Toffees’ board opting for Carlo Ancelotti instead. Following his sudden and acrimonious departure from Arsenal, Emery has publicly criticised his former players and argued he inherited a team in something close to disaray upon his arrival in the summer of 2018.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd despite enduring a difficult relationship with Arsenal fans during his time in north London, the Spaniard insists he is ready to have another crack at management and although Spain remains his likeliest destination, England remains a possibility. Comment Advertisement Arsenal flop Unai Emery refuses to rule out Premier League return Arsenal have shown signs of significant improvement under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Eurosport’s ‘Confinados’ programme about his future, Emery said: ‘I am open to coaching.‘In Spain, in England, in Italy, in France, elsewhere… but if you ask me where I think I will be, I think I will be closer to the Spanish league.‘After four years if I have a good chance to return to Spain and I feel like it, I want to face it.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal“he first objective is to return next season, but if I can’t find anything that fits what I hope for or reaches my heart, I will wait.‘Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview.’MORE: Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano performs transfer U-turnMORE: Lukas Podolski explains his iconic reaction to Arsenal beating Tottenham at White Hart Lanelast_img read more

Spurs sack AVB

first_img The humiliation by Liverpool, which followed a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month, appears to have been the final straw for the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who delivered the coup de grace in person at the club’s training ground in Enfield. Tottenham said in a statement: “The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. “The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.” Villas-Boas, who was able to say farewell to the players before his departure, leaves after 18 months in the post. Bookmakers have installed Capello as the early favourite. Although he is currently Russia’s head coach and due to take them to the World Cup finals, Franco Baldini, his former assistant at England, is Spurs’ technical director, and Capello was at White Hart Lane yesterday commentating for Italian television. Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann, currently coach of the USA, and a possible return for Hoddle. He was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006. However, Gary Lineker was among those backing the former England boss. Lineker said on Twitter: “Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.” The 36-year-old’s spell as Tottenham manager came to an abrupt end after the club announced he had been sacked, a day after Spurs’ 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool. Tim Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is set to be in charge for the Capital One Cup quarter-final at home against West Ham on Wednesday and perhaps for longer in an interim role. There are also whispers that Southampton’s Pochettino, who has been hugely impressive at St Mary’s, has attracted Levy’s admiration though he is known to be fiercely loyal to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese. Guus Hiddink’s agent has ruled the Dutchman out of the running – he is taking over as Holland coach after the World Cup. Cees van Nieuwenhuizen told Press Association Sport: “I would be surprised if (Hiddink) went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening. “He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn’t take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup’s agent has also insisted the Dane is committed to staying at his club until the end of the season. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, two points ahead of Manchester United, and won their Europa League group with a 100 per cent record, scoring 15 goals and conceding just two in six games. Villas-Boas also had a good record overall as Tottenham manager, averaging 1.83 points per league match, and a win ratio of more than 53 per cent, the highest of all Spurs bosses in the Premier League era. Although the Portuguese manager did spend heavily over the summer, to the tune of £108million with seven new players coming in as Tottenham reinvested Gareth Bale’s enormous transfer fee, some of the signings were made over his head and that led to a breakdown in the relationship with the club’s hierarchy. Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele admitted that the defeat by Liverpool had been humiliating. “It was one of the worst games I have been involved in,” the former Fulham midfielder said. “We are very disappointed in ourselves. Liverpool were much stronger than us and showed much more character than us. We are going to speak to each other, it is clear that we need to talk to each other. “Last year, against the top teams, we were stronger. It is difficult to say why it is like this now but we have to look at ourselves.” Earlier, Harry Redknapp – sacked as Tottenham manager in 2012 after failing to qualify for the Champions League – had said Levy should give his successor Villas-Boas more time. Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I think people are over-reacting too quickly. You lose a couple of games now and you’re in trouble, it shouldn’t be like that. “You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job.” Tottenham confirmed their former midfielder Sherwood will lead an interim coaching team. In a short statement, Tottenham said: “The club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the first team whilst the club progresses discussions. Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff. “Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa leave the coaching staff and we wish them well for the future.” Press Association Fabio Capello, Glenn Hoddle and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the Tottenham manager’s position after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas.last_img read more

No more Moore for now

first_imgBy Brett Portnoy and Michael BleachWisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema announced Monday wide receiver Maurice Moore is suspended indefinitely from the team following the UW senior’s arrest on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.According a Madison Police Department report, Moore, 22, was taken to the hospital following a single vehicle car crash to be treated for minor injuries Sunday morning.The Wisconsin senior — a redshirt junior eligibility-wise — was suspended by Bielema for last season’s Champs Sports Bowl.“With Maurice Moore, Mo, I’m sure a lot of you has remembered, was suspended for the last year’s bowl game,” Bielema said Monday at his press conference. “And at different times, he and I have had discussions. I made him very aware that every day was going to be monitored from here on out, and obviously after [this] incident, he’s indefinitely suspended. He won’t be with us. And you know, right now actually, I haven’t had a chance, and Mo is still in the hospital. Everything’s checking out, but they’re keeping him there for some supervision. Should be out of there later today, and then we’ll have an opportunity to sit down and talk. We’ll give him all the support we can academically and in anything else that he needs to make sure he can have success. Right now it looks like he could possibly graduate by the end of this summer, so he might have an option further down the road with one year of eligibility left.”Injury UpdatesThe Badgers sustained two injuries to very significant players Saturday at Indiana. Sophomore running back John Clay and sophomore right tackle Josh Oglesby were forced to leave Saturday’s game with a head injury and a knee injury, respectively.“John Clay should be able to practice tomorrow,” Bielema said. “He basically got a little bit, I don’t know if it was a concussion, but he felt and was a little bit out of it in the first half. … He was sick to his stomach, and then at halftime, everybody said he was good to go, and when we were walking out, he wasn’t in a good situation to go out there. If we had to, he probably could have played the second half. I know he wanted to, but they kept him out. So he should be back full go.”“Josh is getting some further tests done today on the knee that he injured Saturday, so we’ll know a little bit more about him later in the day. But he assured me he’s going to play … unless something pops up on those tests later today.”Saturday’s Notable Performances As happens after every UW win, the Badgers handed out game balls for offense, defense and special teams. Two youngsters picked up the award on offense with sophomore receiver Nick Toon and freshman running back Montee Ball carrying the slack on offense throughout the second half.“Nick Toon probably played his most complete game since becoming a Badger and really did some good things for us, especially, obviously, the big play at the end of the game that solidified that last drive,” Bielema said. “And then Montee Ball for his performance, being able to step in there and do what he did.”On defense, Bielema was particularly impressed with the performance of another true freshman, linebacker Chris Borland, who made nine tackles, including seven solo tackles, and recorded the first interception of his college career.“[Borland] continues to make impressive strides each week as a football player, and then played his most complete game as a linebacker,” Bielema said.Finally, on special teams, sophomore kicker Philip Welch was named MVP for his performance, which included one field goal, four extra points and several impressive kickoffs which prevented returns and put the Hoosiers back on their 20-yard line at the beginning of drives.last_img read more

Engineering unemployment rate drops

first_imgThe unemployment rate for recently graduated undergraduate engineering students dropped from 6.4 percentage points in 2009 to 2 percent in 2011.The gradual rebounding of the economy is influential in the sudden increase of jobs available to engineers, said Carl Martellino, executive director of the USC Career Center.“As the economy begins to improve and companies begin to seek positive outlooks for their goods and services in the future, they’re going to start hiring engineers to build those goods and products,” Martellino said.Engineers not only play an important role in the economic recovery but also help build and maintain the world’s infrastructure and technology, Dean of Viterbi Yannis Yortsos said.“The world cannot work without engineers because engineers are very important for everything that we do,” Yortsos said. “The reason the economy rebounds is because engineering, computer science, information technology, all these things are driving the economy of the world and nowadays we live in an era in which intellectual property is what is the most important thing.”Martellino said the field of engineering is constantly evolving and expanding to fit the needs of the economy.“Engineering is one of those fields where there is constantly new creation and innovation, and when an economy expands you will tend to see both,” Martellino said. “You’re going to see jobs that already existed growing and you’re going to see new areas of innovation taking place too.”Though the demand for engineers has increased, Yortsos said this will not negatively affect the quality of engineers.“What we try to do is create people that are as competitive as possible because, you know, you want to make sure that you ride this wave, but at the same time are able to be ahead of it and create this additional value that is useful for the rest of your life, and be able to always innovate,” Yortsos said.As a member of the executive board of the Dean’s Counsel — a group composed of every engineering dean from across the nation — Yortsos is working with President Barack Obama to have more recently graduated engineers hired to solve grand challenges through engineering. These grand challenges are grouped into four categories:  security, health, vulnerability and the joy of living.“The question is: What are the big challenges of the future and how can engineers help solve these challenges,” Yortsos said. “The school of engineering, here at Viterbi, is supporting these and moving in how to energize the world about solving these grand challenges.”It is a good time for undergraduate engineering students to be entering the job market, Martellino said.“From the job seeker’s stand point, that rate is tremendous. That means you’re going to get signing bonuses and that means salaries will start to heat up,” Martellino said. “From the stand point of the student going out into the work world, it really is difficult for it to get much better, 2 percent and 0 percent are pretty close.”[Correction: A previous version of this article’s headline incorrectly stated the engineering employment rate dropped. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.4 percentage points to 2.4. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more