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

The Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid market report provides an unbiased and detailed analysis of the on-going trends, opportunities/ high growth areas, market drivers, which would help stakeholders to device and align market strategies according to the current and future market dynamics. The Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid market report thoroughly covers the market by product device, deployment, verticals and countries. Access Global Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid Market Research Report Details at: at https://www.pioneerreports.com/report/342781    The overviews, SWOT analysis and strategies of each vendor in the Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid market provide understanding about the market forces and how those can be exploited to create future opportunities. Request for Sample Copy of this Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid Market Report at https://www.pioneerreports.com/request-sample/342781  Important application areas of Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid are also assessed on the basis of their performance. Market predictions along with the statistical nuances presented in the report render an insightful view of the Automotive Fluid Control Solenoid market. The market s...

This could probably be any of our grandmothers at work. George Grantham Bain Collection [PD], via

This could probably be any of our grandmothers at work. George Grantham Bain Collection [PD], via Wikimedia Commons.In our hackspace, we’ve opened a textile room in the last month. We have high hopes for it as a focal point for cosplayers and LARPers as well as the makers of wearable electronics and more traditional textile users. Putting it in has involved several months of hard work bringing a semi-derelict and previously flooded room that was once the walk-in safe for our local school authority to a point at which it is a light and welcoming space, but a surprising amount of work has also had to go into winning the hearts and minds of our community for the project. Putting it quite simply, textiles aren’t seen as very cool, in hackspace terms. You know, Women’s stuff. Your mother does it, or even maybe if you are a little younger, your grandmother. It’s just not up there with laser cutting or 3D printing, and as a result those of us for whom it’s a big part of making stuff have had to fight its corner when it comes to resources within the space. Yet not so long ago when I brought a pair of worn-out jeans into the space on a social night and hauled out our Lervia sewing machin...

Hey Nerds, content contributor Holly here, keeping you in the loop of my reading with the

Hey Nerds, content contributor Holly here, keeping you in the loop of my reading with the Mid Year Book Freakout tag! As of the end of June, I have read 67 books out of my 75 goal for the year of 2019, which is a total of 23,981 pages! Here’s what I recommend based on what I have read so far in 2019! Stephen King… yes. I know, I am the last on the very large bandwagon. So much horror, so much weird fiction. Saying hello to a girl crush: Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She is so screwed up in so many ways but powerful, resilient and kickass at the same time. An odd one coming your way…. Annie Wilkes from Misery by Stephen King. Is it any surprise that I’m choosing a villain? Probably not LOL. I mean don’t you sometimes want to kidnap your favourite writer and force them to rewrite a book so they don’t kill your favourite character? Yeah me too… Now, I’m not a crier but I felt all the feels with Michelle Obama’s Becoming. She is a lawyer, mother, political advocate and can now add author to the list. This book was written so beautifully she could be a best seller even without being the famous ‘Michelle Obama’. I would die for another piece of her ...

Severtson Screens Showcases Popular SAT-4K Acoustically-Transparent Projection Screens at CEDIA Expo 2019

Mesa, Ariz., July 9, 2019 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater, commercial, pro AV, and cinema markets is pleased to announce it will showcase its popular next generation SAT-4K Acoustically-Transparent projection screen line during CEDIA Expo 2019, held in Denver from Sept. 12-14 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth # 1826. The enhanced SAT-4K is now available. “Our SAT-4K has received tremendous accolades since its launch, and we are proud to build upon its success with the next generation which features an even finer weave and whiter material that makes the viewing image even better than before,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Made in the USA, the SAT-4K replicates the cinema experience in the home and commercial settings like no other projection screen on the market today.” Aaron White, Home Theater & Pro AV sales lead at Severtson Corp., added that the SAT-4K’s acoustic abilities are not hampered by the finer weave. “In fact, besides providing the same great acoustic performance as the original SAT-4K, the next generation SAT-4K remains at th...

Gainsborough Greens was opened in 1990 and nestles among 230 hectares of unspoiled natural beauty. The

Gainsborough Greens was opened in 1990 and nestles among 230 hectares of unspoiled natural beauty. The 18-hole par 72 course was designed and constructed by Fred Bolton, and measures 6,069 meters. There are 54 bunkers, 7 lakes, 22 water hazards and 10,000 native trees on the course. Gainsborough Greens has hosted two Queensland PGA tournaments and one Queensland Open. We have a fleet of 70 new Electric Golf Carts all fitted with eskies and GPS that will not only tell you exactly how far from the green you are but also lets you score your round. However if you like the exercise, walking is more than welcome. Moving into a brand new clubhouse in February 2018, it boasts a number of big screen TV’s located out on the deck so you can watch your favourite sport whilst having a drink after your game, or just admire the 200 degree view of the golf course. With a comprehensively stocked Golf Shop, we have an extensive range of clothing, logo souvenirs, as well as leading brand name golf clubs, grips and accessories. Both Men’s and Ladies Rental Club’s are available with graphite and steel shafts. Golf Coaching is available at Gainsborough Greens, as well as a full Driving Range, Putting...

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