Changing Weeds.

first_imgWalter Reeves On the next “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 4 and 7, host Walter Reeves shows howto control broadleaf weeds like clover, oxalis and an invasive, exotic, chamberbitter. Theright technique turns them all into compost.Later, Helen Phillips at Callaway Gardens works with hypertufa. She shows how to usethis stone-like but much lighter material to turn a lowly concrete block into anattractive planter for succulent plants. Then Reeves shows off his favorite angel trumpetplant and tells how to propagate it for next year.Finally, he takes a look at solarizing, transforming a weedy plot into a garden spot bycovering it with plastic. Reeves explains why clear plastic is better than black plastic.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and now at a newSaturday time at 12:30 p.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It’sproduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesand GPTV.last_img read more

Virus alert

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTomato spotted wilt virus hurts many crops in Georgia. But its severity varies from year to year. University of Georgia scientists are developing an alert to help vegetable farmers know how bad it will be each year before they plant.”If a grower knew how bad TSWV might be before transplanting in the spring, he could make some management decisions that could save money or better protect the crop,” said David Riley, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Since appearing in Georgia in the late-1980s, TSWV has cost Georgia farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to crops like peanuts, tobacco, peppers and tomatoes.The carrierTSWV is carried by tiny insects called thrips. They get the virus when they feed on infected plants. When they leave those plants, they can carry the virus to healthy ones. Millions of thrips per acre can visit a field in a year.Prevention is the only “cure” for the virus. Once a plant gets it, it will grow poorly or die.Thrips’ populations drastically decline in winter. But a few, Riley said, retreat to the weeds that surround fields. They survive there until spring and then return, possibly with the virus, to freshly planted vegetables.In the weedsStarting last summer, Riley and other CAES scientists began an extensive survey of weeds and thrips numbers in Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur and Tift counties. A large portion of Georgia’s vegetable crop is grown in these counties. Each month, weed samples are taken from two field sites in each county.They want to know if weeds near the fields have TSWV and if thrips are feeding and reproducing on these weeds. They will focus on the data taken in February and March.High numbers of samples with TSWV and thrips at this time will indicate a high risk for the spread of the virus. If this happens, an alert will be issued.With this information, farmers can decide how best to protect their crops in the spring. “This can be another tool and service we can provide that farmers can use to know what to expect,” he said.Farmers can help. They can fill gallon-size plastic bags with weeds, particularly chickweed, cudweed, sow thistle, swine cress and Carolina geranium, from around fields planted with peppers or tomatoes. They can submit samples to their county UGA Extension Service agent or contact Stan Diffie at (229) 386-3374.Warm winter weather tends to increase thrips populations, Riley said. He’s noticed a correlation, too, between the tree pollen amounts and thrips populations.Thrips like to eat, among other things, pine tree pollen. “The increase and decrease of pollen seem to mirror the increase and decrease of thrips populations each year,” Riley said.ProtectionTo protect crops, vegetable farmers spend extra money on TSWV-resistant crop varieties and insecticidal sprays to control thrips, he said.Many Georgia vegetables are grown in fields of raised beds wrapped in plastic film, mostly black. This helps farmers better control the crop environment.Some farmers have started using more expensive reflective metallic film. Many believe it disorients thrips and keeps them from landing on crops’ leaves.Forecast tools exist for other crops. One developed by North Carolina State University predicts each year the possible severity of blue mold, a fungus that attacks tobacco. And research by CAES scientists has shown that Doppler radar can help peanut farmers know when to effectively apply fungicides.last_img read more

Solar Chargers

first_imgHave you ever been out on a trip or adventure and needed a charge for your MP3 player, cell phone, GPS, or other device? Now with some of the new portable solar charging devices, you can keep going. Solar power has been around for many years, but only in the last few years has it advanced to the level where it can recharge portable electronics. Here are some devices to check out: The Solio Classic Hybrid Charger from Solio makes it easy to recharge your portable device for many hours of use, it charges and stores energy for later use. A fully charged Solio classic will give you around 15 hours of playback on a typical MP3 player or charge most phones twice. You can check out the specifications here: Solio ClassicMSRP: $99.95This year we’ll begin to see a lot more devices of this kind. Some of the new chargers to come will even utilize wind technologies like the K2 from Kinesis Industries. Keep an eye out for the K2. Early rumor is MSRP: $99.99Don’t be held back by battery life anymore.Phil Graveslast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Maria Bocanegra’s White Whale

first_imgThere are certain thresholds in the collective running imagination that seem to be the stuff that goals are made of, and can raise an eyebrow in runner conversations.  These vary based on level of talent, of course, but for we “non-professional mortals” a few are the sub-5:00 minute mile, sub-3:00 hour marathon, and the sub-2o minute 5k. They’re like imaginary lines that separate the good from the great; a special club that you forever join with a PR that breaks one of those thresholds.  The husband still reminds me that he ran a 4:59 in high school, and that despite all of my local race hardware, he alone holds the sub-20 5k crown in our household.My current white whale is the sub-20 minute 5k.  It’s a goal that I wish I had tried harder to reach in my 20s, because I tell myself it would’ve been easier with the lightness that seems to come more naturally to younger runners.  It’s something that I’ve long thought about and have had starts and stops in my training to try to reach.  Why is it so appealing, and will it actually be enough when I finally reach it?I ran my first 5k of the year on August 15th (Fab 5k), and had high hopes that that race would be “the one.”  It’s flat, there’s always a fast field, and it’s cross-country style which would make meeting that goal on the course that much sweeter.  My reality is that I haven’t been able to train the way I had hoped for various reasons, and our household had been swapping a stomach bug throughout the week.  I’ve tried to stop thinking of these types of things as excuses, and try to embrace the unpredictability of being a full-time working mom with a running addiction.  I wish I could control all of the factors leading up to a race to make each one optimally great.  But that’s not possible for me, or for most people, so I try to blend my long term goals with my short term reality.  Before the race, I decided that I would plan to go and give it all I have and let the cards fall where they may.Fast fields are great for a lot of reasons.  You’ll push yourself, really get to race, and you are surrounded by so many like minded people with their own goals and a passion for running.  The challenge, especially when you’re not quite sure how much you have in the tank going into a race, is that all of the excitement and runner mojo can create a cloud of euphoria that pushes you beyond your capabilities…for the first part of the race anyways.  In my case, it was for the first 1.5 miles.  I missed the first mile marker sprayed on the ground, and by the time I looked down at my watch I was at 1.4 miles in 8:30, which most likely put my first mile at less than 6:10 minutes.  Or in other words, I went out too fast.  I needed to run between 6:20-6:25 minute miles to just barely hit my goal.  There was nothing I could do about it at that point, so I tried to hold on.  The last 800 meters of this particular race is on grass, and includes four 90 degree turns.  On the last of these turns, you can see the finish line and the clock.  I knew I wasn’t going to make it.  So close, I saw the clock click away from 19:59, and grimaced, which resulted in a particularly horrible final stretch race photo.In that last stretch, I probably could’ve shaved a few more seconds off of my 20:09 finish time, but what was the point, I reasoned?  A 20:06 still wasn’t sub-20, so I wrote it off.I still want to be a part of that club.  I’ve reasoned with myself, saying that if I can just run a sub-20 5k this year then I’ll hang up my speed-racing hat.  I’ll stop going to the track for speed-work, I’ll pursue some of my other running goals and get back to what really makes me happy: distance on the trails.  But would I really?  If I break that barrier, won’t I want to know how far and fast I can push myself? In the weeks since that race, I’ve spent time at the track.  During those sessions, which I always approach with a little bit of dread sprinkled with a “let’s get this over with” mentality, I remember what working hard for something feels like.  During the early morning trek there, when I get up and leave before anyone else is awake in the house, the cool August morning air reminds me that fall isn’t that far away.  The reluctance of my legs gives way after the first few intervals, and I remember what it’s like to feel like you’re flying.What are your white whales?  The goals that make you feel something, and in their pursuit, remind you why you run in the first place?[Side note: though this race wasn’t “the one,” it was amazing because it was my daughter’s first 5k.  She’s 5, and has been begging me to run a race for over a year.  I finally relented, and my mom ran with her.  She had a lot of fun, finished in around 50 minutes as the youngest runner that day.  This, among many other reasons, is why I run.]last_img read more

Plugging gaps in a local economy

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Miss becomes mister: Tour de France drops all-girl podium

first_img“Now, it will be different with only one elected official and one representative of the sponsors of the yellow jersey, as well as a hostess and a host for the first time.””Yes, it’s new but we have already been doing it in other races for 20 years like in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.”The presence of attractive young women on sports podiums has been a bone of contention in recent years with many condemning it as sexist.In 2018, Formula One put an end to ‘grid girls’ who had been ever-presents at the start of grands prix in the world championship. One of the Tour de France’s most famous customs will end this year when the post-race podium ritual of the winner being flanked by two young, attractive women comes to an end.Instead, organizers said Wednesday that there will be just one hostess on one side of the celebrating cyclist with a male host on the other when the 2020 Tour starts in Nice on August 29.”You used to see the champion surrounded by two hostesses, with five elected officials on one side and five representatives of the sponsors on the other,” said race director, Christian Prudhomme.  Masks ‘common sense’ “For the spectators, on the road, there is no question. Common sense indicates that you have to wear a mask, even if the formal obligation to do so depends on the prefects of the 32 departments crossed,” said Prudhomme.Wearing a mask in public is not compulsory throughout all areas of the country.The problem is compounded out on the road and countryside.During the various cycling events of the summer, many riders regularly expressed their concerns on the subject. “People do not realize that when they come to shout at 40 centimeters to encourage us, there is a risk,” said rider Julien Bernard of the Trek team. The worst scenario for the organizers would be that a case of COVID-19 spreads in the peloton.On Wednesday, a battery of health measures were announced.The presentation of the teams, on August 27 in Nice, will be in the presence of a maximum of 1,750 people seated, a figure that may be revised downwards depending on the evolution of the health crisis. A COVID ‘cell’ of 15 people will be on duty throughout the competition, in conjunction with the regional health agencies.A mobile screening laboratory will be present throughout the Tour, “with results known within two hours maximum”. The cyclists will in particular be subjected to two tests before the start of the race as well as each rest day.’Bubbles’, bio-secure units, will be put in place for teams and management, to avoid contact with outsiders as much as possible.There will also be a reduction in the numbers associated with the Tour —  cyclists, teams, sponsors, organizers.Usually there are around 5,000 people; this year, it will be in the region of 3,000.TV commentators will remain in Paris. Access to team bus parking lots is prohibited to the media and limited to members of the ‘bubble’ only. For the public, there is likely to be a stop to selfies. Topics : Last year, a petition containing nearly 38,000 signatures objected to the use of podium girls on the Tour de France with activists protesting “women are not objects nor rewards”.Despite the change at the Tour, Prudhomme did not say whether or not the tradition of each hostess giving the cyclists a kiss would continue.However, the current health protocols required during the coronavirus pandemic will likely spell the end of such familiarity.The Tour de France was pushed back to August/September from its traditional July slot due to the pandemic.Health concerns remain paramount ahead of the Tour which ends in Paris on September 20.Thousands of fans routinely line the route of three-week showpiece.On Wednesday, Prudhomme appealed to spectators to wear protective masks when they congregate at the road side or high up in the mountain stages.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Clarion County Flooding Damage

first_img August 22, 2019 Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA –Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Clarion County after intense storms produced damaging flash flooding between July 19 and 20, 2019.“Fast-moving storms left behind a lot of damage from significant flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “These low-interest loans will help survivors replace belongings and make repairs to homes and businesses.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding in Clarion County, as well as neighboring counties Armstrong, Butler, Forest, Jefferson and Venango may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:New Bethlehem Fire Co. #1425 Arch StreetNew Bethlehem, PA 16242Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Sept.1Closing: Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing applications can also be downloaded at Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 21, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is May 20, 2020. Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Clarion County Flooding Damagecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Enjoy family fun all year round in Waterford home

first_imgThe home at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.THIS modern family home with a pool and plenty of space for entertaining is on the market in Waterford. The lowset, four-bedroom home at 4 Dalrymple Close has indoor-outdoor living and plenty of space for the growing family. The hub of the home is the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with tiled flooring and stacker sliding doors that open to the covered patio. The contemporary kitchen has stone benchtops, a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, space for a big fridge and pendent lighting. The living area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.There are also amazing gardens with herbs, citruses, vegetables and fruits on the fenced 873 sqm block.Marketing agent Tony Pennisi of The Property Hub said the home was tucked away in a cul-de-sac location, close to all amenities and within walking distance to Canterbury College.“The home is very practical and has been designed to be enjoyable all year round. Everything has been thought of, both inside and out,” he said. The kitchen at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.In the living area, there is a feature wall and built-in shelving. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There are also two extra living areas in the home, which is perfect for families who want that extra space for young children or teenagers.The master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe, a parents’ retreat area and an ensuite with double-length shower and dual basins. center_img The pool area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.The three remaining bedrooms are a good size and the family bathroom includes a separate bath and shower. The property also has a double lockup garage, spacious entry and ducted airconditioning. Outside, the patio flows out to a timber deck and the fenced, in-ground swimming pool with paved surrounds.last_img read more

Maestrale reviews blue energy solutions for Mediterranean

first_imgMaestrale project partners have released the results of study visits to Italy and Sweden conducted in search of the blue energy technological solution that could be applied in the Mediterranean area.The three study visits organized over the summer by the Maestrale project partners emphasized the advantages and disadvantages of blue energy (BE) technologies seen in Italy and Sweden and potential transferability of these technologies to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.The team visited several companies engaged in tidal, wave and offshore wind technology development as the main goal of the project Maestrale, part of EU’s Interreg MED Programme, is to promote the development of blue energy in the Mediterranean area as a key sector for sustainable growth.The partners found that REWEC3 wave energy converter, from the Italian ocean energy developer, is one of the most promising technologies for BE generation since it is applicable in other areas of Mediterranean basin were the wave height is low but wave frequency is high.However, the installation of this kind of device is suitable only on new port infrastructures, and only if planned during the breakwater designing phase, according to Maestrale.In Sweden, the partners visited four companies, including tidal energy developer Minesto, wave energy developers Waves4Power, and Seabased, and floating wind developer SeaTwirl.The team concluded that Seabased wave energy devices are easily applicable in the Mediterranean, due to the possibility to customize size and power of the device according to wave energy potentials, and the fact that they can be easily installed in clusters close to the seacoast, with low sea depth and flat seabase.Waves4Power’s wave energy technology could potentially be applicable in some areas of the Southern Adriatic, however the transferability to the Mediterranean basin need to be further investigated, the team noted.When it comes to tidal energy generation and the Mediterranean, the Maestrale project emphasized the ability of Minesto’s Deep Green device to produce electricity in seas with slower sea currents of 1.2 m/sec, like those in the Mediterranean, but its transferability into this basin needs to be investigated further.Maestrale team determined that SeaTwirl’s floating wind solution could be transferred to Southern Adriatic and several remote islands, mainly the islands of the Croatian Archipelago, thanks to the relative simplicity of the technology, the low installations costs, the low environmental impact and the low starting wind speed.last_img read more

TOP Ships Nets USD 60.2 Mn for Its Recently Acquired MRs

first_imgTOP Ships, a Greek owner and operator of ECO tankers, has inked a financing deal with an undisclosed Chinese financier worth USD 60.2 million for its recently acquired two newbuilding 50,000 dwt Medium Range product/chemical tankers.The ships were bought earlier this month, from an entity affiliated with Evangelos Pistiolis, the company’s President and CEO.According to Pistolis, the new additions to the company’s fleet increase TOP Ships’ gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of its vessels by USD 38.3 million, which as of June 30, 2019, stood at USD 165.3 million.The MR tankers are currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Co. in South Korea and are due for delivery in February 2020. Once completed, they will be fitted with scrubbers as a way of meeting the 2020 sulphur cap.Following their delivery, the vessels will enter into time charters with Trafigura Maritime Logistics for a firm duration of three years, with the charterer’s option to extend the contracts for two additional years.The company has 14 ships listed in its fleet, two MR1 tankers, ten MR2 tankers and two Suezmax crude oil carriers.last_img read more