Tree-safe Tree Houses

first_imgBuild it for easy, safe access, not to maximize height. Always build in the bottomone-third of the tree. And position it so it rests or is attached to the basal one-third ofeach branch. Carefully consider how children will enter the tree house. Don’t nail ladder rungs intothe trunk. Use a self-supporting ladder tied to the tree or a heavy, unlooped, knottedrope. For many trees with low branches, children don’t need a ladder or rope for entry. There’s an attraction between trees and children. The only major concern is the child’s safety. But there are some minor tree issues tothink about. Don’t install or allow wires, electrical lines, heat sources, fires or metal poles in oraround a tree house. Any tree-selection process for building a tree house should havealready eliminated trees near utility lines, antennas, chimneys and overhanging roofs. Trees bend and twist in the wind. So simply jamming or wedging boards betweenbranches or into crotches will lead to failure. Use rope to make sure a tree house stayssnug against a branch. When you see your 10-year-old headed toward your yard tree with a hammer, nails andscrap lumber, immediate decisions need to be made. Attaching it to branches with rope can keep windstorms from blowing it away. It cankeep ambitious and ingenious children from changing design concepts and injuringthemselves, too. A tree house structure will weaken over time. Check it monthly, remove it in the coldseason, and examine it after every storm. Next, determine how high to build it. For most play, any height represents the thrill ofa tree house. Well-connected, large tree branches should support the weight of a tree house. Userope attachments to keep it in position on branches but not to bear its full weight. Tieup all loose ends of rope, or melt them into knots.center_img A tree’s constant motion, even in still air, and its great size and reach make itfascinating. At some time in your life you’ve imagined, or maybe even built, a treehouse. Remember, tree houses should be temporary, seasonal structures that are removed eachyear. This allows a tree time to adjust and a parent time to check and repair the treehouse. Use new, synthetic, heavy rope to reattach it each year. Leave thin, open gaps along the bottom and top of the tree house to allow for good aircirculation and plenty of light, and to let breezes blow tree litter away. Tree houses are inherently dangerous and require careful maintenance. But they can befun, educational and challenging, too. Slightly tilt the floor to shed water. Allow any water falling on the tree house to run offaway from the tree trunk. Don’t allow water and leaf litter to accumulate. Use wood to build it. Wood is “soft” on the tree and children, is strong for its weightand withstands bending and mechanical shocks well. Attach the main floor pieces orbraces to branches with heavy rope in multiple wraps. They may be for kids, but tree houses require adult construction and supervision forsafe play and for minimizing damage to the tree. Remember to defend the life of a tree that will stand long after any tree house is goneand the children have departed. Piece together your tree house carefully to reducemajor, long-term tree injuries. Tree houses should be designed to rest on major branches and nestle around the treetrunk. Never wound the tree with nails, screws and saw notches.last_img read more

China challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO

first_imgChina challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva.The solar duties are separate from tariff hikes imposed by the Trump administration starting in July on Chinese imports in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. The duties also apply to imports of solar cells and modules from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. That strained relations with U.S. allies.The Trump administration has defended the solar tariffs as necessary to protect American producers, saying import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other improper support.Washington took action under a 1974 U.S. law instead of through the WTO. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body. U.S. officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics.WTO complaints begin with negotiations between parties to the dispute. If those fail, the case moves to a panel of experts who can decide whether the trade controls are improper.More: China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panelslast_img read more

ELN Guerrillas Capture Two Germans in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2013 The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla, the second largest insurgent organization in Colombia, confirmed that they captured two German citizens considered “intelligence agents,” according to a statement published on the insurgency website on February 4. “ELN units have captured alleged German citizens Breur Uwe and Breuer Günther Otto in the region of Catatumbo (near the Venezuelan border), the statement said. Soon after the statement was made public, President Juan Manuel demanded the release of the two Germans. “They must release them, because they alone, the ELN, will be responsible for the lives of these two men before the world,” the president said in a public ceremony held in the city of Ibagué. A spokesman from the German Embassy in Bogotá explained that “for the moment, the embassy will not make comments out of respect for the victims and their families.” The rebel group said in a statement that they considered these people “intelligence agents,” because “they have not been able to explain what they were doing in the area at the time of their capture.” The insurgency did not specify the date in which these men were kidnapped. “So far, no institution or person has publicly reported the disappearance of these people. Spies are not protected under the International Humanitarian Law (IHL),” the report concluded, signed by the ELN’s North Eastern Front leads. “Who would think that two Germans are spying here in Colombia? That’s an excuse that no one in their sound mind could accept or understand; it’s a lie. [They are] not spies,” claimed President Santos. Two weeks ago, the ELN, which is composed of 2,500 guerrillas, claimed responsibility for kidnapping six mining employees, two of which are Peruvian, and one is Canadian. President Santos also offered to call on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to negotiate their release, and he assured that although authorities are aware of their location, he has held back from “organizing a military operation, in order to avoid risking the lives of the victims.” The ELN has been active in Colombia since 1965.last_img read more

Credit unions urge caution as CFPB examines small biz lending

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union perspective was highlighted during the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) field hearing Wednesday on small business lending. Sharon Lindeman, vice president of regulatory advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, asked the bureau to proceed with caution when it comes to drafting a definition for small businesses and small business loans, and to limit data collection to the elements specifically required by the Dodd-Frank Act.“Since the great recession, credit unions have actually seen growth in small business lending. Many consumers turned to their credit union for their small business loan needs after they experienced difficulty obtaining loans from larger institutions,” Lindeman said. “Credit unions provide needed capital to existing small business as well as startups.”NCUA excludes member business loans from the statutory cap when the loan balance is equal to or less than $50,000, and Lindeman said the bureau should also exempt those same loans from any small business lending rulemakings.“The leagues urge the bureau to narrowly define a small business loan, and not create a conflicting definition that would result in an administrative nightmare for credit unions,” she said.last_img read more

Breaking Travel News interview: Andreas Scheck, vice president, sales, LATAM | Focus

first_imgAndreas Scheck: This is an award given by passengers, therefore, having been recognised by them gives us great satisfaction and it inspires us to continue looking for innovative ways to fulfil our customers’ needs and improve their travel experience.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards for airlines such as LATAM when it comes to promoting the brand to consumers?AS: We have focused on understanding the new needs of the Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 customer – focusing on how much travellers value safety in their journey, flexibility in the purchase decision process and connectivity across the network. – Advertisement – OlderBTN interview: Alexandra Vila, global senior manager, brand strategy and communications, LATAM BTN: Can you describe the mood in South American aviation in late 2020 – are we looking for a recovery as we head into next year?AS: As IATA announced, we expect the industry to recover pre pandemic demand by 2024, at a much slower pace than what the industry projected. But we are optimistic: LATAM Group is ready to fly when our customers are by implementing the highest safety standards, offering passenger peace of mind when they purchase their tickets through commercial flexibility and servicing, to date, 106 destinations around the world. Our mood is of service: we will be ready when you decide to fly. BTN: How will the new LATAM relationship with Delta Air Lines help both carriers meet the needs of passengers moving forward?AS: Our long-term alliance with Delta is focused to allow our passengers to access more connectivity with our complimentary destination networks. This alliance will offer our clients a better travel experience between Latin America and the USA.More InformationLATAM Airlines Group is the leading airline group in Latin America with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering services to 145 destinations in 26 countries, including six domestic markets in Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – in addition to international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa and Asia.Find out more on the official website. This recognition motivates us to keep improving every day. We have never stopped flying during the pandemic, despite the multiple restrictions imposed by the authorities worldwide. More than 33,000 people returned home within the region thanks to the special flights we carried out, despite the limitations of the pandemic. – Advertisement – Voters at the World Travel Awards have honoured LATAM with a number of top titles – here we find out how it feels to have won from vice president of sales, Andreas ScheckBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – LATAM has been recognised as South America’s Leading Airline by voters at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – NewerBTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism – Advertisement –last_img read more

Eurowings launches lines to Croatia?

first_imgEurowings is the first to announce lines after a long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And how to find out Croatia Aviation (CA), Eurowings has decided to launch certain international routes to destinations in Croatia. Thus, CA states that the Stuttgart – Split line will be introduced from June 06, as well as from Hamburg to Rijeka (June 21) and Split (June 02). They also state the introduction of a line from Düsseldorf to Split, Rijeka and Pula from .June once a week. “Croatia is one of the most important destinations of this low-budget airline and there is no doubt that in the coming months Eurowings will return to Croatian airports on an even larger scale. The company can also cancel flights if the demand for them is not satisfactory, but with the easing of measures, the load factor on the newly introduced flights is expected to be satisfactory for this airline.”Point out experts from Croatia Aviation. center_img Source: Croatia Aviationlast_img read more

Modern classic

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Virus lockdowns scale back May Day rallies

first_imgBut with drastic social distancing rules to halt the spread of the disease, labour leaders have opted to postpone the public gatherings or move events online. With France still under lockdown, workers will mark the day on social networks or by calling from their balconies. “This is an opportunity to bear the social demands that we have been defending for a long time and that the crisis has highlighted,” said Philippe Martinez, the general secretary of umbrella trade union CGT. The government of Greece asked unions to delay public rallies by more than a week, but leading union GSEE called for a general strike to coincide with May Day.  Workers were forced to scale back May Day rallies around the world on Friday because of coronavirus lockdowns, although some pushed on with online events and others hit the streets in face masks.The traditional festival of the workers’ movement usually attracts millions of people to loud and boisterous marches through the streets — and occasional violent confrontations with police forces.This year the date carries extra significance after the COVID-19 outbreak sent the global economy into a historic tailspin and put unprecedented numbers of people out of work.  It has also urged demonstrators to “raise their fist and salute” health workers and other professionals helping to keep supplies and telecoms running.Portugal’s main CGTP trade union confederation is planning a gathering of union leaders on the vast esplanade where their traditional May Day parade ends each year. The group said they would stand four metres from each other and waved flags and placards.In Finland, labour rallies are traditionally preceded by huge communal picnics in the largest public gathering of the year.But only a handful of revellers congregated around the Manta statue in the market square, the traditional epicentre of the festival that was this year boarded up and patrolled by police enforcing the ban on groupings of more than ten people.  Authorities have instead encouraged Finns to celebrate online this year, with several restaurants across the capital offering live streams of wine tastings or cocktail lessons, and serving up traditional May Day food for home delivery.”We’ve had to get creative and try and find new ways that we can still interact and create togetherness,” Helsinki restaurateur Filippo Phoumsavanh told AFP.Not all members of the public are heeding restrictions on public gatherings, with riot police in Hong Kong mobilising ahead of a planned rally by pro-democracy protesters.The semi-autonomous financial hub was upended by seven months of violent protests last year, hammering its reputation for stability and leaving the city deeply divided.Small protests have bubbled up against in the past week and activists are hoping to use May Day to muster numbers once more.Topics :last_img read more

Granit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer

first_imgGranit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer Granit Xhaka swore at Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the side’s draw with Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes there’s only one way back for Granit Xhaka – and that’s to issue a hasty apology to Arsenal supporters.Unai Emery decided to replace Xhaka with Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace after Arsenal managed to throw away a two-goal lead.Reacting furiously to boos from fans for a lack of urgency in leaving the field, Xhaka tossed the captain’s armband towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cupped his ear at the crowd and told the Emirates faithful to ‘f*** off’ before storming straight down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementJust nine minutes earlier, Jordan Ayew headed home an equaliser for Palace and it proved decisive as Roy Hodgson’s men held on to share the points with the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fanshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-granit-xhaka-wrong-swear-fans-2036436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Unai Emery hinted that Xhaka could lose the captaincy as a result of his behaviour and the Spaniard has an extremely tough decision to make ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool in midweek.In his column for The Sun, Shearer condemned Xhaka’s actions and urged the Swiss to say sorry before it’s too late.‘I do not know how Granit Xhaka comes back from this,’ the ex-England striker said.‘It will be toxic at Arsenal if Unai Emery picks him again and the player needs to come out and apologise sharpish to the fans.‘No one expects Xhaka to be pleased when your own fans are cheering when you’re being substituted.‘But, as captain, you just cannot react to your fans in the way he did. There is no way back for Xhaka unless he apologises.’ Comment Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead against Palace (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright agreed that Xhaka must apologise to Arsenal fans as he ‘owes them a lot more’ than to react as he did at the Emirates.‘Players getting booed is not the best, but this is the captain,’ the former Arsenal forward said on Match of the Day.‘They are frustrated that he hasn’t run off the pitch. I’ve seen him before bolt off when he’s substituted. He’s walked off and then he goads them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We’re talking about fans who have watched him play a handful of good games in three years. And he’s treating them like that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He should apologise. That’s the guy Arsenal have chosen as captain… that’s not captain behaviour.‘Arsenal fans have been patient with him. He owes them a lot more than that.’MORE: Lucas Torreira pictured in tears as Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 8:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kSharescenter_img The midfielder stormed straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘The longer he leaves it, the bigger a mistake the incident will turn out to be.‘When supporters have a go at you like that, it is because they are not happy — but he is the team’s captain.‘So you cannot react like that, telling the fans what to do in that language.‘Whatever you think of the fans, they are the ones that pay their money.‘They are the ones who buy season tickets and come and support you week in, week out. Like it or not, supporters are entitled to an opinion.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more