Red, pink or green?

first_imgGardeners often argue about when tomatoes should be picked — when they’re ripe, almost ripe or green as the stalk that supports them.Tomatoes are considered to be vine ripe if they are at the “breaker stage” of maturity when they are picked. The breaker stage is when pink color first becomes noticeable. These tomatoes are physiologically mature and will develop their tomato-red color naturally. These breaker stage tomatoes can be handled and shipped with less damage than those that are more mature when picked.However, most home gardeners don’t plan on transporting their tomatoes any farther than to their own kitchen table or maybe their neighbor’s front porch, so they don’t have to worry about shipping damage. In that case, it doesn’t hurt to wait to pick the tomato past the breaker stage. Waiting a few extra days also ensures that you can eat the tomato right off the vine. You can harvest at the breaker stage if you need to take or ship tomatoes to an out-of-town friend. Just remember to tell your friends to spread the tomatoes apart, so they can continue ripening once they reach their destination.For shipping many tomatoes are picked at the mature green stage. At this stage there is jelly-like material in all the internal cavities of the tomato, and a sharp knife cannot cut the seeds when the fruit is sliced. Growers use ethylene-based gas to finish ripening tomatoes (and other fruits) that are harvested at the mature green stage. This allows the fruit to be picked, packed and shipped with the least amount of damage, and it extends the shelf life at the supermarket. Tomato connoisseurs love to argue over whether a tomato that was picked when it was green and ripened with ethylene gas can ever taste as good as vine-ripened tomato. Some folks believe that the only real tomato is one picked red off the vine. Others think that tomatoes picked green and ripened during shipping taste just as good. This controversy will likely continue as long as there are tomatoes to be picked. Probably the only point of agreement between these debaters is that the green version is quite good when fried.last_img read more

CAP provides inside-the-industry investment option

first_imgBesides being one of the stickiest products for boosting member loyalty, credit cards can be a revenue center for credit unions that manage their portfolios well. Through the Collateralized Asset Program from TMG Financial Services, credit unions can benefit from the returns of a well-run portfolio, whether or not they have one themselves.The way this works is for credit unions to invest—in the form of a collateralized loan to a CUSO—in CAP, which is a portfolio of credit union credit card accounts that have been sold to TMG Financial Services. CAP investors receive competitive yields—often better than CDs—based on soundly underwritten assets, as the average cardholder in the TMGFS card portfolio has a credit score of 740. An ownership stake in the CUSO is not required.Other CAP features include:fixed interest ratea wide variety of terms and ratesinterest payments made semiannually to credit unions that have investedconsistent and frequent reporting that models reporting for publicly traded, asset-backed credit card securities; andcredit and fraud losses assumed by TMG Financial Services, not shared with CU investors.To many credit unions, making investments that support the movement as well as their bottom lines is important. The more than 60 credit unions that take part in CAP—now 10 years old—are ensuring critical credit card assets stay inside the credit union industry. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Restaurant in Binghamton welcomes changes in name of safety

first_imgThe most recent is a regulation from Governor Andrew Cuomo mandating that all bars and restaurants in New York State only serve alcohol to those ordering food. From limiting the number of people in the restaurant, to social distancing efforts and requiring masks to be worn, Kipp voiced frustration. “It was really tough not seeing everybody for a long time, and as they start coming back, it was really great just seeing everybody that we’ve missed,” he said. As for the Old Union, Kipp said the cooks are getting a menu prepared. While a new regulation means more changes, Kipp is all for it if it means customers can keep on coming back. “I feel like a lot of the bars and restaurants are being held to much higher standards than most other industries,” he said. However, safety measures aren’t something Kipp takes lightly. “We’re gonna abide by the rules,” Kipp said. “Our customers’ safety, our community’s safety, and my staff’s safety have always been a top priority here.” “We’re fortunate enough where that most people who come here get something to eat anyway,” he said. “It kind of makes it tough for the places who are more bars than restaurants.” Some restaurants have started selling cheap items as a way to get around the mandate, such as a bar in Saratoga Springs selling “Cuomo Chips.” For the Old Union Hotel in Binghamton, the mandate doesn’t have a big impact, but owner Adam Kipp is worried about his fellow businesses. “We’re gonna be coming up with a small bites menu that we can serve late night. It’be a little bit more than just chips,” he laughed. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Restaurants and bars in the Southern Tier aren’t unfamiliar with changes that have been frequent the last few months.last_img read more

Crikvenica UHPA’s domestic destination in 2018

first_imgAfter Biograd na Moru, the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica becomes UHPA’s domestic destination in 2017/2018. years.Crikvenica will in the spring of 2018. to be a host “UHPA Day 2018.”, a multi-day annual meeting of travel agencies and other stakeholders in tourism. This largest gathering of travel agencies in Croatia with over 100 representatives of travel agencies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board is certainly an opportunity for additional promotion of the destination, but also strengthening cooperation with Croatian and foreign travel agencies.Namely, the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) has been implementing the domestic destination project of the year for several years in a row and has so far achieved successful cooperation with tourist boards in several counties in Croatia.What does this collaboration specifically mean for the destination?  First of all, as pointed out by UHPA, the joint work of UHPA and the tourist community affects the development of the tourist offer and contributes to better market positioning, recognition and promotion of the destination through strengthening the tourism sector. “During the year, the Crikvenica Tourist Board, and thus, of course, the entire Crikvenica Riviera, receives a number of marketing and consulting activities, such as online destination promotion, promotion in UHPA publications (UHPA Directory and UHPA Professional Review), a separate brochure” magazine Way to Croatia ”dedicated to the destination of the year) and in public appearances (for example, at workshops, assemblies and various events, the annual gathering“ UHPA Days ”, etc.).” point out from UHPA and add that in addition, representatives of the Crikvenica Riviera will have the opportunity to hold special presentations of the destination at various UHPA events.Four educational workshops will be organized for tourist agencies in the Crikvenica Riviera, whose main goals will be to create new package deals and develop selective forms of tourism, which can be applied in practice or in the daily business of agencies.UHPA Days 2019 in SlavoniaA big positive “dust” was raised by the launch initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia, and even beyond the borders of Lijepa naša.Support for the # DHTSlavonija2018 initiative is joined by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) as well as in his personal name Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA, who points out that they support the initiative to hold Croatian Tourism Days in Slavonia in 2018 and announces that UHPA Days will be held will be held in 2019 also in Slavonia. “I personally support the initiative to hold DHT in Slavonia in 2018, but the initiative is also supported by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. UHPA will certainly try to hold UHPA Days in Slavonia in the coming years, but as the location has already been chosen for next year, I can announce that UHPA Days 2019 will certainly be in Slavonia. We must all work together to expand the Croatian tourism product, and continental tourism certainly deserves it”Points out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.Related news: TOMISLAV FAIN, UHPA: WE SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE TO HELD TOURISM DAYS IN SLAVONIA AND I ANNOUNCE UHPA DAY 2019 IN SLAVONIAlast_img read more

Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacy

first_imgIndonesia lost one of its journalism heroes on Wednesday through the passing of Jakob Oetama, cofounder of the country’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia.Kompas Gramedia confirmed his death. He passed away at the age of 88 after suffering from multiple organ failure, one of the doctors who treated Jakob said. He would be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.Throughout his life, Jakob was known by many of his comrades and loved ones as a simple figure who always prioritized honesty, integrity, gratitude and humanism.Jakob, the son of a teacher, was born in Jowahan village in Central Java and graduated from the Seminary High School in Yogyakarta in 1951.Before jumping into journalism, Jakob followed his parents’ footsteps and taught at Mardi Yuana Junior High School in Cipanas, West Java, in 1952 and Van Lith Junior High School in Jakarta in 1953.It was not until 1955 when Jakob became the weekly editor of Penabur magazine that he began to delve into the publishing world. Six years later, he finished studying at Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University, majoring in mass communication.He partnered with Auw Jong Peng Koen, or Petrus Kanisius Ojong — one of Indonesia’s active figures in journalism and politics — to publish Intisari magazine, which paved the way for the establishment of Kompas newspaper in 1965.Now, he should be remembered as the “the nation’s teacher”, said Jusuf Wanandi, the president director of The Jakarta Post’s publishing company, on Wednesday.“He is an educator for the public, especially through his mixed media and his bookstore, which were services that he provided to the nation as its teacher,” Jusuf said.Jusuf, who had known him since the 1960s, saw Jacob as an “empathetic and open-minded” individual that had provided “a great service” to the democratic changes in the past.And he is not alone in holding such views. The Post’s senior editor, Endy Bayuni, acclaimed how Kompas, through the journalism style that Jakob developed, was able to be critical yet survive and thrive under the New Order regime when press freedom was very limited.“He had the wisdom by which he was able to build the trust of both the people and the elite,” Endy said.One of Jakob’s pupils, seasoned Kompas journalist Maria Hartiningsih, described the “Kompas journalism” founded by Jakob as expressing criticism without attacking or cornering the subject and giving a voice to the downtrodden.“I remember he told me to always nurture humanity and compassion, because that’s the most important thing in journalism,” Maria told the Post.“Through his subtle and sophisticated way of criticizing, we’re also reminded that journalism is a matter of putting issues into context, so that people will know what the problems are,” said Maria, adding that Jakob was a “spiritual father” to her and many Kompas employees.During a 2005 interview with the Post, Jakob admitted that Kompas’ style, which was not straightforward, possibly arose from his Javanese background.“From childhood, Javanese people do not ask for money directly but often explain the reasons first,” he said.Meanwhile, Antara president director Meidyatama Suryodiningrat saw him as a national figure who had been “carrying the torch” for good journalism.“In an era where the media has to move quickly and seek profit, he still prioritized journalistic values, and that is where young people like us can learn a lot from him,” he said on Wednesday.Among the young generation, West Java-based Kompas journalist Melati Mewangi said even though she had never talked to Jakob, she had learned a lot about him and his values through his writings as well as his biography.“There’s nothing new under the sun, Jakob would often say, explaining that there’s nothing new in this world, but that we can always renew our perspectives,” she said.“He wanted to encourage young journalists to explore the world outside of our comfort zones, and that really helped me shift my perspective when I was assigned to report from a new region that I had never been to. His wisdom lifted my spirit and curiosity,” she said.Another Kompas journalist based in North Sulawesi, Kristian Oka Prasetyadi, also said he had been holding on to Jakob’s principle of “comforting the poor, reminding the prosperous” in the way he wrote his articles.Media organizations have conveyed their condolences and appreciation for Jacob’s contribution to the country.Press Council head Muhammad Nuh said Jakob had paid close attention to media regeneration, citing as an example the fact that his company had founded Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN).Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) chairman Abdul Manan also recalled how Jakob once congratulated then-AJI chairman Lukas Luwarso for the AJI’s persistence in fighting against the government’s repression of press freedom.“I think that reflects his attitude as a gentleman who respected the younger generation,” Abdul said.Meanwhile, Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) head Atal S. Depari said he was considering creating an award under Jakob’s name to honor his legacy, which would be given to journalists who write about humanities.Topics :last_img read more

European Parliament OKs Brussels plan for benchmark regulation

first_imgThe European Parliament has approved the negotiating mandate for European Commission plans to increase the regulation of benchmarks in the wake of the LIBOR and EURIBOR scandals.The Parliament cleared the way for trialogue negotiations between itself, the Commission and the European Council on the format and implementation of the regulations.In September 2013, after discoveries of manipulation in the LIBOR and EURIBOR benchmark rates by market makers, the Commission consulted on how it should approach regulating the markets before deciding on regulation.Its current proposals aim to address conflicts on interest within rate setters, increased governance, transparency and oversight alongside a code of conduct and additional due diligence. Negotiations between the three pillars of the European Union will start next month, the Commission said.“The proposed EU rules aim to improve the functioning and governance of benchmarks that are produced and used in the EU in financial instruments such as bonds, shares, futures or swaps,” it added.Jonathan Hill, EU commissioner for financial stability, services and capital markets union, said it was the consumers who foot the bill of manipulated and unreliable benchmarks.“Our proposal will put in place rules for safer benchmarks across the EU,” he said. “I am confident we can now move swiftly to find an agreement on a final text.”The Index Industry Association (IIA), the lobby group for index providers, said the vote demonstrated an important milestone for effective regulation for benchmarks.“[The IIA] welcomes the overwhelming vote of support for the regulation,” it said.“In particular, IIA supports the proportionate and pragmatic approach taken by the European Parliament, which will help to restore confidence in the markets where problems have emerged.”The work, conducted by the Parliament’s ECON committee, was criticised over one aspect of the bill gone forward.“[We remain] concerned by the Parliament’s proposal to the introduction of price regulation through legislation,” it said. “[We hope] policymakers will be able to make significant progress towards a final agreement through fruitful trialogue negotiations in the months ahead.”In a survey done last year, academic think-tank EDHEC Risk-Institute showed investors were not satisfied with the increased governance requirements on index and benchmark providers and said transparency was key to manage conflicts of interest.The Commission consultation began in 2012 before its decision to press ahead with regulation a year later.The former commissioner for internal markets, Michel Barnier, said the unacceptable behaviour by banks undermined confidence in markets but that increasing sanctions would not be enough to ensure compliance.In February, the EU Council threw its support behind the proposed new rules, allowing the Commission to see the agenda through parliamentary approval.The Commission said a final draft of regulatory measures would be seen and implemented as soon as possible.last_img read more

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico

first_imgRelatives post a photo of Fatima, a 7-year-old girl who was abducted from the entrance of the Enrique C. Rebsamen primary school and later murdered, at her home in Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. AP MEXICO City – The killing of a7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked risinganger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to deathand skinned earlier this month. Her body was found wrapped in a bag andabandoned in a rural area on Saturday and was identified by genetic testing.The cause of death has not been released. Five people have been questioned inthe case, and video footage of her abduction exists. (AP)center_img The city prosecutor’s office said Mondaythat investigators identified a body found over the weekend as that of Fatima,a grade-school student who was taken by a stranger on Feb. 11. By law,prosecutors don’t give the full name of victims.last_img read more

IMCA North Star Touring Series finale is Friday at Fairmont

first_imgFAIRMONT, Minn. – Five champions will be crowned when the IMCA North Star Touring Series visits Fairmont Raceway for its Friday, July 3 finale.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all see tour action for the sixth and final time this season.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for students ages 18 and under. Pit passes are $25.Through the first five North Star events, the Modifieds, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks have yet to see a repeat winner. Luke Sathoff won the last two Stock Car features. Nate Coop­man topped four of the first five Sport Compact main events.More information about the Friday show is available at the website and on Facebook.Top 10 North Star Touring Series Point StandingsModifieds – 1. Mathew Hollerich, Good Thunder, 172; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, 150; 3. Aaron Krohn, Slayton, 95; 4. Dalton Magers, Redwood Falls, 86; 5. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, 77; 6. Jason Fisher        Lakefield, 74; 7. Josh Bonnstetter, Slayton, 72; 8. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, 69; 9. Dan Menk, Franklin, and Randy Klein, Currie, both 67.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, 149; 2. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, 132; 3. Levi Felt­man, Jackson, 124; 4. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, 111; 5. Devin Kuehne, Reading, 83; 6. Jim Larson, Rushmore, 78; 7. Matthew Schauer, Arlington, and Chris Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa, both 75; 9. Andy Altenburg, Truman, 74; 10. Jake Masters, Graettinger, 70.Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 188; 2. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, 153; 3. Jake Simpson, Algona, Iowa, 92; 4. John Gladitsch, Vesta, 83; 5. Jason Andrews, Esther­ville, Iowa, 79; 6. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, 78; 7. Danny Myrvold, Westbrook, 70; 8. Dan Ah­lers, Slayton, and Chet Ragan, Eagle Lake, both 69; 10. Kyle Steuber, Fairmont, 65.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 178; 2. Malik Sampson, Worthington, 171; 3. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 169; 4. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, 133; 5. Trevor Holm, Chan­dler, 109; 6. Cory Probst, Worthington, and Austin Jahnz, St. James, both 92; 8. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, and Matt Hanson, Slayton, both 77; 10. Chad Lonneman, Adrian, and Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, both 74.Sport Compacts – 1. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 163; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, 159; 3. Toriana Groebner, Redwood Falls, 158; 4. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 78; 5. Megan Sandvig, Spencer, Iowa, 76; 6. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 75; 7. Kyle Ewert, Glencoe, 73; 8. Blaney Markman, Jackson, 68; 9. Matt Smith, Tracy, and Robert Pottratz, Lynd, both 66.last_img read more

‘Apple ID’ email scam reports under investigation

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill is advising Hoosiers to beware of fraudulent emails that appear, at first glance, to come from Apple representatives. Scammers are sending the fake emails in attempts to lure unsuspecting victims into providing personal information, such as credit card numbers. The scammers also may be trying to install malware on victims’ computers or devices.An employee of the Office of the Attorney General received such an email this week. In this latest scam, the sender uses an identity of “Apple ID,” and the email includes the company logo. Upon examining the address from which the email is sent, however, one sees that it is not from Apple.Recipients of any suspicious email should make sure the sender’s address includes the domain name of the company supposedly sending it. Watch for fake emails that include domain names that vary only slightly from those being imitated.The subject line of the fake email reads, “We Have Disabled Your AppleID.” The body of the e-mail contains a photo of a lock with the words “Account Disabled.” The Apple logo is in the top left corner.The text of the email, which lacks correct punctuation in places, reads: “Hi Seems like your account has invalid billing information. To make sure that you can get back into your account quickly, easily and securely in the future, update your account information Follow the link below to update your account. (Then the email contains the suspicious link.) If we do not hear from you within 48 hours, any saved accounts and information will be lost! Thanks Apple team”The link included in the email begins with “http” instead of “https,” which is used for secure websites. Anyone doing business on websites should always make sure a website’s URL begins with “https.”This latest email scam appears to be a classic example of phishing, also known as brand-spoofing, which is a type of deception designed to steal a consumer’s identity. In a phishing scam, a thief tries to get information such as credit card numbers, passwords, account information or other personal information by convincing consumers to provide it under false pretenses.Phishing schemes usually come via spam e-mails or pop-up windows. Scammers pose as legitimate companies with which consumers already may do business.Con artists will continue to develop new and more creative ways to take advantage of consumers online. Attorney General Hill reminds Hoosiers never to respond to requests for personal information via e-mail. If you think an email is legitimate, contact the company by phone or through its website to confirm. Further, never click on links you receive in unsolicited e-mails.Anyone receiving suspicious emails purporting to come from Apple may forward them to the company at you believe you have been the victim of any type of scam or attempted scam, the Office of the Attorney General can help. Go to  or call 1-800-382-5516 to file a complaint.Attached is an image of the phishing email received by the OAG employee, with the employee’s personal information redacted.last_img read more

No Balotelli concerns for Rodgers

first_img “He is just in the middle of recovering and we will see the length of time it takes. “I’m not an expert on genetics or medicine, so I can’t comment. All we know is that he had a calf strain on the back of his last injury, and he is working to recover from that.” Liverpool – who, along with Sturridge, are of course also minus the services of last season’s top-scorer Luis Suarez following his summer sale to Barcelona – have had an inconsistent campaign so far, and Tuesday was the first time they had netted in three games. Rodgers admits the responsibility lies with him to find solutions to the Reds’ problems. And in terms of goals, he remains confident that another England striker on Liverpool’s books, Rickie Lambert, will soon start scoring after Tuesday’s match extended his wait for a first goal for the Merseysiders to 10 appearances. “It is up to myself to find the solution,” Rodgers said. “The players who are available are working very hard, and we are still learning about each other. “I think this is something that sometimes is missed – you get new players in and with not as much preparation time, you are learning about them in the games. “But I can see each day relationships growing between the players and the connection in the team. “Whenever you have players out it makes it a bit more difficult, but you need to find the solutions in different ways and that is what we have been trying to do. “Gradually as each day goes by I sense we are getting better. “With Daniel out, of course it is a miss, but it is also an opportunity, as we saw the other night. “(Forward) Fabio Borini was excellent, a real threat, and put in a wonderful cross for the (Balotelli) goal. “And Rickie Lambert, who hasn’t had many opportunities – his goals will come. “He is working tirelessly every day, he had some nice touches and his goals will come.” Rodgers also confirmed full-back Jose Enrique is sidelined by a knee issue. Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has “no concern” about Mario Balotelli and that the controversial Reds striker does not need any kind of protection from provocation. Then, after his goal, Balotelli was caught up in an off-the-ball confrontation with Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey, and further words were exchanged between the pair after the final whistle as they headed off the pitch. Asked on Thursday for his view of what had happened with Balotelli that evening, Rodgers was in no mood for elaboration. The manager said: “I don’t know, but there is no problem, so we move on.” Then asked about opposition players possibly targeting the 24-year-old, Rodgers added: “I don’t have to protect Mario, he is fine. There is no concern.” Rodgers was speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle, and while Balotelli is set to be available, Liverpool will once again be without fellow frontman Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge was ruled out for two to four weeks earlier this month with a calf problem having only just recovered from a thigh injury sustained on England duty, and Rodgers has admitted the 25-year-old needs to get a consistent run of games if he is to become one of Europe’s top strikers. Meanwhile, Sturridge himself has suggested in an interview with talkSPORT that his injury problems may be hereditary – something Rodgers felt unable to comment on when it was raised on Thursday. “I can only concentrate on his injury now and what my medical team here, who are fantastic, are telling me,” Rodgers said. Rodgers will have been delighted to see Balotelli get on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea, the Italy international making the desired impact as a late substitute by prodding home an 86th-minute equaliser to break his eight-match goal drought. But Balotelli was also involved in two other notable incidents, the first coming pre-match when he was sent away from a warm-up exercise by Liverpool coach Mike Marsh – which assistant boss Colin Pascoe, amid reports it had been due to the player messing around, stressed was only because he had sustained a minor knee problem. last_img read more