News story: Enhanced package of support for Gurkha veterans

first_img This pension increase for Gurkha veterans, alongside long-term funding for healthcare support in Nepal, will make a difference to the lives of Gurkha veterans and their families. I have huge respect for the Gurkhas, who have been important to the British military for more than 200 years, and I hope will be for many years to come. These are significant sums which reflect the outcome of dialogue with Gurkha veterans and the Government of Nepal. The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15-million (2.2-billion Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016 this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46-million (6.7-billion Nepali Rupees) extra this financial year.Alongside the increased pensions, the MOD is also announcing today a new £25-million (3.6-billion Nepali Rupees) investment, over the next ten years, for medical support for veterans living in Nepal.This new investment will be delivered in partnership with the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which provides a range of support to Gurkha veterans in Nepal, including via a series of regional healthcare facilities.Today’s announcement comes after Mr Lancaster recently visited Nepal, where he met with the President, Rt. Hon. Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, to present the annual report of the Brigade of Gurkhas.The Minister also met with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Hon. Mr K P Sharma Oli, the country’s Foreign and Defence Ministers, and the Chief of the Nepal Army Staff. Both sides emphasised the importance of Gurkhas in the UK-Nepal relationship and discussions covered a range of issues, including the additional support for Gurkha veterans being announced today and UK-Nepal economic and investment collaboration.The Minister also saw work being done to reduce pollution and improve social conditions in brick kiln manufacture being supported by DFID Nepal.Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:last_img read more

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Welcome Jenny Lewis At Terrapin Crossroads [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday, gearing up for their headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance next week, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band offered a hometown warmup gig at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA.Phil Lesh and his band opened up their first set with “Mason’s Children”, which was followed up by a number of Grateful Dead favorites including “China Cat Sunflower”, “Mr. Charlie”, “Jack-A-Roe, and “Brown Eyed Women”. Next, Phil stepped up to take the vocal lead on a cover of Robbie Robertson‘s “Broken Arrow” before moving forward with three American Beauty cuts, “Candyman”, “Till The Morning Comes”, and “Sugar Magnolia”. “Sugar Magnolia” segued into a proper “Sunshine Daydream” to bring the first set to a close.Following a brief setbreak, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band returned to open their second with an exploratory “Scarlet Begonias”, which smoothly flowed into a Ross James led cover of Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone”. The band moved forward with solid takes on “Comes A Time”, “Eyes Of The World”, and “Unbroken Chain” before sandwiching “Throwing Stones” in between a scorching “St. Stephen”. The biggest surprise of the night came next, as singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis emerged and stepped up front and center to an extra microphone. Terrapin Family Band multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby is no stranger to Lewis, as he’s a member of her regular touring band. With the added touch of Lewis’ soulful vocals, the band charged into “Shakedown Street”. Smoothly moving out of “Shakedown”, Lewis led the band through “You Are What You Love”, off of her 2006 Rabbit Fur Coat album featuring The Watson Twins. Phil, Lewis, and The Terrapin Family Band weaved back into “Shakedown Street” to close out their second set. The band offered up a lone encore of “Sugaree” with Lewis on keys.Luckily for fan who were unable to attend Thursday’s show, there’s some great fan-shot footage you can enjoy below:Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set One][Video: Deadheadland]Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set Two][Video: Deadheadland]For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 5/23/2019Set One: Mason’s Children, China Cat Sunflower, Mr. Charlie, Jack-A-Roe, Brown Eyed Women, Broken Arrow, Candyman, Till The Morning Comes, Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine DaydreamSet Two: Scarlet Begonias > Fire And Brimstone, Comes A Time, Eyes Of The World, Unbroken Chain, St. Stephen > Throwing Stones > St. Stephen, Shakedown Street* > You Are What You Love* > Shakedown Street*Encore: Sugaree** featuring Jenny Lewis[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Pasture weeds

first_imgFrom observations out in the field this summer, I would say the most persistent weeds farmers face in pastures and hayfields are horsenettle, crabgrass and Johnsongrass. These three plants are persistent by nature and may prove difficult to control.Horsenettle controlHorsenettle is a perennial broadleaf weed in the nightshade family (related to tomato and potato). It reproduces by seed and has an extensive root system. The thorns on this plant make it a problem in pastures and hayfield. The most complete control of horsenettle is to mow at 30-day intervals and treat the final re-growth in fall with a systemic herbicide. The best time for the first mowing is right after horsenettle has come into full bloom, about 30 days after shoot emergence. Root reserves are at their lowest right after flowering, and forcing the plant to produce new top growth will further deplete its energy reserves. Continually cutting off the top growth during regular hay harvest will weaken the root system, making it more vulnerable to herbicides.Systemic herbicides are effective against horsenettle and should be applied to mature plants in late summer or fall. After herbicide treatment, horsenettle should not be mowed for at least two weeks —the time required to translocate the chemicals into the roots. Similarly, fall herbicides should be applied at least two weeks before expected frost. Several herbicides that have been tested as providing excellent control of horsenettle include Surmount, Chaparral, GrazonNext, Grazon P+D and Milestone.Crabgrass reproduces from seedCrabgrass is a summer annual grass that reproduces by seed and quickly forms large mats of grass in fields. Although crabgrass has palatability and production that make it a suitable summer grazing forage, it could shade out preferred forages and prove more difficult to produce bermudagrass hay. The best options for crabgrass control are labeled for permanent bermudagrass fields. Prowl H20, a pre-emergent herbicide, should be applied in the late winter/early spring prior to bermudagrass greenup to control crabgrass and other annual grasses like Johnsongrass (only controls seed that have not germinated, not established plants). For post-emergent control of crabgrass, forage producers should use products such as Impose, Pastora and Poast to provide fair to excellent control of crabgrass. In pasture situations, livestock will often graze crabgrass because of its palatability. The best way to control crabgrass in hayfields is to spray while plants are young or within seven days following a hay cutting. Using any of these post-emergent chemicals can result in yellowing of bermudagrass for a period of time and may reduce yields from the following hay harvest. These products are not labeled for use in fescue fields.Johnsongrass is particularly persistentJohnsongrass is perennial grass that reproduces by seed and also has a vigorous rhizome root system. These plants can be persistent in the field and require attention before they quickly become the predominant plant. Chemical control is similar to that of crabgrass. Using glyphosate (Roundup and other generic brands) as a spot spray or wick application can also be effective, although it may take multiple applications. Apply when plants are actively growing up until seed head appearance. When spot spraying, use at least a 2 percent solution (2.6 ounces per gallon). When using a wick application method, a 2:1 ratio (1 part chemical to 2 parts water) is recommended. In pasture situations, cattle will graze immature Johnsongrass, and continuous grazing will control the plant and ultimately kill it. In hayfields, mowing and follow-up spraying adequately control existing plants, but multiple treatments may be required.The ultimate weed control program is a healthy forage grass. Sufficient soil fertility and proper grazing management help prevent weeds from becoming weed problems. For more information, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Kane says Spurs must be ‘braver’ as he admits there are no positives from Reds loss

first_imgThe Moroccan international, 26, scored the opener in Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Feyenoord.Speaking on that day’s Studio Voetbal show in the Netherlands, TV pundit Van der Vaart said: “I sent a message today to Daniel Levy. I said, ‘Get Ziyech after this season’.“I am convinced he would become a sensation in London.”Pochettino assesses his team’s performance after 2-1 loss to Liverpool HARRY KANE failed to take any positives from Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.The Spurs skipper accused his team-mates of not being brave enough to keep the ball.4 Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been left bitterly disappointed by the defeat against LiverpoolEngland striker Kane headed Mauricio Pochettino’s men into the lead after just 47 seconds on Sunday.And the 26-year-old said: “Whenever you lose, you can never be encouraged.“We battled but you expect that at this level in every game.“It’s disappointing being 1-0 up at half-time, being ahead and not being able to see it through.“When you lose a game, it’s not a step forward — it showed we’ve got to work hard.4 Kane put Spurs into an early lead at Anfield inside the opening minuteCredit: EPA“It’s disappointing, so we’ll assess it and see where we can improve.“Then, hopefully, we can take it into Everton on Sunday.“We could have been a bit braver.“When we went 2-1 down, we started to do it better, create two or three chances towards the end but it was too late.”Meanwhile, ex-Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart has told chairman Daniel Levy to sign Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech. 44LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more