Gippsland farmers are struggling through a green drought and say outsiders ‘don’t understand’

Gippsland farmers in their third year of drought are estimated to have lost as much as 70 per cent of their regular income. The situation is now described as a “green drought”, where paddocks look green from a distance, however pasture growth is hamstrung by low rainfall and grass growth is stymied by weeds. “A green drought is a drought through the wintertime where we have a green cover but there’s no actual growth coming from any desirable pasture species,” Ms Willis said. “A lot of what’s being grown in paddocks at the moment is weeds and they have little to no nutritional value for stock. Ms Willis said the region had not had enough rainfall to form any runoff, so dams were dry and farmers were relying on bore water to fill up stock troughs. Affected parts of Gippsland have received good rainfall over the past week, however one event was not considered enough to change fortunes. “Prior to the rain crops were wilting and were frost affected, so the recent rain would have picked up those crops and given them some relief and growth, but we need a lot more rain to say that it’s going to change anything. Flynn farmer and Gipp...

Marlboro maker bets $100m more on alternative cigarettes

Philip Morris International, the company behind Marlboro, is to spend another $100m this year developing its alternative to traditional cigarettes as a global marketing drive intensifies to convert smokers to a new generation of products. Martin King, chief financial officer, said on Thursday that extra funds would be deployed to accelerate innovation of the company’s IQOS product — a cigarette-like device that heats, rather than burns, tobacco. The plans, which come ahead of an imminent launch of IQOS in the US, are the latest sign of big tobacco ramping up investment to safeguard the industry’s future. Rival manufacturers are fighting over a share of the market for alternatives as health-conscious consumers reject traditional cigarettes at an accelerating rate. They include vaping company Juul, in which US tobacco group Altria struck a deal to take a 35 per cent stake last December for $13bn. Quarterly results on Thursday from PMI, which makes Marlboro outside the US, underlined how the company is becoming increasingly reliant on IQOS. Shares were up more than 7 per cent by late morning in New York, giving it a market capitalisation of $135bn, as better than anticipated volum...

2019 WWE Extreme Rules results, recap, grades: Brock Lesnar cashes in, four title changes

WWE more than held its own in a week filled with professional wrestling, putting on the best special-event card of any promotion on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Extreme Rules showcased top-tier action along with plenty of the company’s typical sports entertainment elements, delivering four title changes and a cash in attempt by Money in the Bank holder Brock Lesnar. With two additional matches added hours before the show and the surprise Lesnar cash in, there were 13 formal bouts held during the event — as many as a typical SummerSlam card rather than a B-level pay-per-view like Extreme Rules. Considering that SummerSlam — WWE’s second-biggest PPV of the year — is just four weeks away and new executive directors are taking over the company’s television programs this week, we are very much left up in the air as to what is planned going forward. As far as what happened Sunday night, CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with results, grades and highlights. Be sure to subscribe to the State of Combat with Brian Campbell podcast for a full breakdown of Extreme Rules and a look at WWE’s weekly TV product on WednesdayR...

Patriot launches P200 series SSD – Storage – Press Release

The Patriot P200 2.5” SATA III 6Gbps SSD is 5X faster than traditional HDD, with capacities up to 2TB FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — July 17th, 2019 — PATRIOT®, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, is proud to announce the launch of their P200 series 2.5” internal SATA III 6Gbps solid state drive (SSD) today. The P200 series comes equipped with best-quality NAND and components that have passed a strict quality control process. This process ensures more storage capacities, faster Read and Write speeds, and better reliability. The P200 series is available in capacities ranging up to 2TB meeting current market demands for more storage options. Featuring the latest SMI 2258XT series controller (256-1TB with 2258XT, 2TB with Maxio controller), Patriot’s P200 achieves speedy transfer speeds of up to 530MB/s Read, and 460MB/s Write, improving your system’s performance.   With its low profile and compact design, P200’s 7mm thickness will fit into any system seamlessly while reserving extra space on the motherboard trays for better air circulation and cable management. The P200 series is a win-win solution for system builders planning to bu...

If you are looking for a list of the best food dehydrator then your search ends

If you are looking for a list of the best food dehydrator then your search ends here. We have worked out intensively and made a list of top food dehydrator which you can buy from Amazon. This list is based on various kinds of surveys, research and analyzing 1000s of reviews online. We suggest you check out below the list of food dehydrator before buying anything randomly. We have given a descriptive review of each food dehydrator below. Buying some random & cheap food dehydrator can be harmful. Our favorite choice of your evening is the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, and it’s an perfect choice for making homemade dog treat (badly ) and on-the-go bites for trekking in back packing. For the home, however, it’s still a great option, with an adjustable thermostat to handle an assortment of food types, also 600W of cutting power. Not surprisingly power, it’s also energy efficient.The trays have been expandable to make the most of your dehydration alternatives, perfect for if you’ve got a lot of guests coming around and you also would like to reveal it off, as the Converga-Flow technology implies even drying around no need to rotate. If jerky’s something, it includes free...

Prime Day 2019: Best deals on DIY tools and mattresses Home Home Social/Facebook Social/Twitter

Whether you’re rolling up your sleeves to do a spot of DIY or want to spruce up your garden for the summer months, Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times to pick up some great deals on products that will help spruce up your home. The two-day shopping event starts today and promises to deliver over a million deals to Prime members. As well as a host of exclusive deals, the online retailer is also offering £20 off its annual subscription right now, so with discounts at almost every turn, there really is not better time to join.  Over the course of the sale, we will be rounding up the very best discounts on everything from lawn mowers to hammocks and tools suited to every DIY task, big or small. We will also be scouring Amazon for deals on the retailer’s own devices, tech, and home and kitchen appliances, so be sure to check our other deal pages for more bargains. Our IndyBest team has hand-picked every deal featured here. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent. Bosch 2607019329 Titanium Drill and Screwdriver Set, 70 Pieces – was £31...

Varel Oil and Gas releases new directional PDC drill bits

CARROLLTON — Varel Oil and Gas is staking it’s claim on the curve bit market by utilizing decades of bit design experience with accurate, predictive simulation software to target what directional companies and operators need most: consistent, controllable bits in the curve. Varel focused on designing bits with consistent yield, by managing tool face geometry and optimizing side cutting tendency. In addition, we are collaborating with directional companies to devise unique BHA and operational solutions that benefit the entire team of service companies and operators. Tool face geometry is managed by cutter back rake schemes and the placement of cutting structure elements that create a combination of a passive tool face during kick-off and increased ROP along the curve as the trajectory is set. The correlation of the simulation software results with actual dulls, aids in this arrangement, allowing bit designers to predict blade, cutter, and tungsten carbide shock stud contact with the formation in different inclinations and ROPs. An example of collaborating directly with directional companies provided a solution with low depth of cut and the use of higher RPM motors. Smaller ...

Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid Market Poised To Grow by 2024: Key Vendors, Industry Demand, Drivers and Outlook

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