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Gardeners new to Georgia

first_imgBy Matthew ChappellUniversity of GeorgiaYou just moved to Georgia and purchased a fantastic home with a not-so-fantastic landscape. You immediately ask two questions: “Where do I start?” and “What about the drought do I need to know?”Have no fear. With a little bit of time and energy, you will be well on your way to a beautiful landscape that can withstand a lack of water. Before you plant a peony or lay a finger on a shovel, you should test the soil. A soil test is an easy and inexpensive means of identifying if the soil will require adjustments to the pH or nutrient levels. If you plant in poor soil, plants will grow poorly or slowly die.The local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office provides instructions on how to do a test, read the results and on ways to adjust the soil for optimal plant growth. Most plants require pH between 5.2 and 6.5 to grow well. However, it is not uncommon in northern Georgia for new home sites or unmaintained landscapes to have soil pH in the range of 4-5 with nutrients below levels needed for most landscape plants and turf to grow well. Once you have adjusted the soil, you are on the road to a healthy landscape. The next step should be amending the soil. Organic soil amendments will improve the water-holding capacity of native soil, provide plants with a better rooting environment and allow water to infiltrate the soil surface faster, reducing runoff. These three factors will prepare your soil and plants for drought conditions and will virtually eliminate the need to irrigate your landscape. Typically, you will not need to amend the soil more than 25 percent to observe a significant benefit. To achieve this, for example, you would place 2.5 inches of amendment on the soil surface and then till to a depth of 10 inches. A variety of soil amendments can be used including household compost, composted yard waste and composted livestock waste. The key is to use a composted material. A non-composted amendment can rob soil of the valuable nitrogen plants need to flourish. Now that your soil is prepared, it is time to determine what you want to plant. For those who move to Georgia from northern states, this will be a time of great excitement. Georgia gives gardeners a cold enough winter to grow many northern favorites and a not-too-cold winter and lengthy summer that allows some tropical plants to thrive. Some examples of plants that you often won’t find in northern gardens but grow well in all but extreme northern Georgia include windmill palm, cabbage or palmetto palm, needle palm, agave, lemon bottlebrush, camellia, winter daphne, Japanese fatsia, cape jasmine, Japanese pittosporum and some cultivars of oleander. These are just a few selections. Beyond plants, the most exciting aspect of horticulture in Georgia is the supporting cast of individuals, activities and public gardens available in this state. Take advantage of opportunities in local garden clubs and UGA’s Master Gardener program to increase your understanding of horticulture and trade plants. There are an abundance of flower and horticulture trade shows to expand your horizons and find the next fabulous plant. In Georgia, horticulture seems to be around every corner. Join the party and enjoy transforming your landscape into your small paradise.last_img read more

VINES looks to expand after REDC award

first_img“It will be the first net-zero energy building built in Binghamton, which means it will produce as much energy on sit as we consume,” LoDolce said. “It will be kind of a showpiece in Binghamton.” “There was a lot of cheering in the office when we got the news for this funding,” said executive director Amelia LoDolce. “It was a fantastic end of year gift. It was really, really amazing.” Back at VINES’ office, a massive celebration followed the news. So as 2019 ends, LoDolce is excited to plant the seeds for a green future. But the new office building LoDolce and VINES are planning won’t just be your run-of-the-mill structure. Currently, VINES operates in the basement of the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, but with a new central location, LoDolce believes the non-profit can continue to help members grow food locally, and educate them on sustainable practices. LoDolce told 12 News VINES has been in talks with the City Council of Binghamton about properties they are interested in, and that they have been given the green light in regards to a location. This was the first year the non-profit organization went through the REDC’s application process. But with the funding now secured, VINES is focused on branching out.center_img The New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded VINES $600,000 in funding, contributing to the $88.9 million the entirety of the Southern Tier received, making our area the top performer. “Our plan is to build an office for VINES,” said Amelia LoDolce, executive director at VINES. “We’re in a small space right now and growing tremendously so we need a place that can be our home for not only staff but also programming in the community.” “VINES helps people grow their own food and then access locally-grown food from our area farmers,” LoDolce said. ‘We can’t keep up with the demand we’re seeing in the community unless we can grow our staff and have the place that we need to support that.” They hope to break ground in May 2020. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) is planning to move to a new office space, after receiving over a half-a-million dollars in award money Friday. “We’ve grown tremendously over the last 13 years since we were founded,” LoDolce said. “We’re really excited to have been selected.last_img read more

Person who visited Nip’s in Binghamton tests positive for virus, health department issues statement

first_imgCommon symptoms for COVID-19 include cough, fever and shortness of breath. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department is alerting individuals that a person who visited Nip’s Park Ave Saloon at 135 Park Ave. in Binghamton tested positive for COVID-19. The health department ask individuals who were at the establishment from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 6 to self quarantine until July 20.center_img For a map detailing where cases are located in Broome County, click here.last_img

Wales coach Wayne Pivac remains defiant despite sixth successive loss | Rugby Union News

first_img Josh Adams is tackled by Jamison Gibson-Park of as Peter O'Mahony dives for the loose ball Josh Adams is tackled by Jamison Gibson-Park of as Peter O'Mahony dives for the loose ball

Global sport heavily disrupted by coronavirus

first_imgSix Nations under threat Rugby officials gathered in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship.The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed but officials determined that no further changes were needed — at least for now.”So far, apart from the Ireland v Italy match for our senior men’s event, all matches are OK to take place but governments might decide otherwise and we need to be prepared for any eventuality,” said a spokeswoman.The UAE Tour, an early season cycling warm-up that featured four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, was cut short last week after a coronavirus scare.Looking ahead, concerns are deepening over this year’s main sports event, the Tokyo Olympics, which is due to begin on July 24.Hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials will converge on Japan for the Games.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week his organization was “fully committed” to holding the Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Ominously, the decision will depend on factors over which Olympic officials exert no control, and sports federations are already wringing their hands over disruption and forced cancellation of qualifying events for the global showpiece. Sport is no exception.In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 52, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend.Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening.The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors.That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums.The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos.The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also said that it will decide on Friday whether or not the alpine skiing World Cup finals scheduled for later this month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a host venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, will go ahead.Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions.On Monday, the Swiss football league also announced that its top two divisions had been suspended until March 23. Topics : The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the MotoGP races in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year.The virus has already cast a long shadow over the start of the MotoGP season with this Sunday’s curtain raising Qatar Grand Prix called off, followed by the March 22 race in Thailand.”I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do [the event],” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organizing committee, told AFP. One of the early races in the Formula One season, the Shanghai Grand Prix on April 19, has already been postponed although organizers say the season-opening race in Australia on March 15 will go ahead as planned.Olympic chiefs are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lausanne to discuss the impact of the virus on preparations for the summer Games in Tokyo, and to address the unthinkable — scrapping world sports’ global showpiece for the first time in peace time.Other events are under immediate threat. The remaining matches in the 2020 Six Nations rugby union tournament were at risk but an emergency meeting of the organizers in Paris on Monday made no immediate changes to the calendar.The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy.last_img read more

Fight ensues for position of Libyan ambassador to Cairo

first_imgThe Egyptian Foreign Ministry is facing a strange diplomatic problem, as Mohamed Salah al-Dirsi, the acting Libyan ambassador in Cairo who was dismissed by the Libyan government, is fighting to maintain the position after the Libyan government appointed it to Tarek ibn Shoaib. Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt requested the Libyan Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to end the dispute. He denied that this has changed the relationship between the two countries or that the ministry has stopped dealing with the diplomats of the Libyan Embassy.Dirsi was dismissed one week after taking office against the backdrop of accusations that he squandered public funds of the Libyan Consulate in Alexandria. He prevented Shoaib and his staff from working from the embassy, forcing him to work from the Labor High Commission headquarters in Dokki.The interim Libyan government of Abdullah al-Thinni asked the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to consider the Labor High Commission headquarters as the official Libyan embassy building, requesting the Egyptian authorities to provide protection to Shoaib. It also noted that all financial transactions should be with Shoaib and his financial controller, Khaled Mansour.Dirsi also stormed the guest house that Shoaib said would turn into a school for Libyan students in Cairo. His supporters in Libya staged protests in front of the government headquarters in the city of Al-Bayda last week, demanding his official reinstatement.last_img read more

Rumpke Now Accepts More Material in Recycling Program

first_imgBatesville residents can now recycle carton containers like juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, egg substitute and wine cartons, curbside.Rumpke recently announced that cartons are now accepted in its residential and commercial recycling programs.To ensure your cartons are recycled, please follow these easy steps:Empty the container. Containers still containing liquid will not be recycledRemove caps or strawsToss the carton in the recycling container with other acceptable itemsIn addition to cartons, residents can recycle:Plastic bottles and jugs (please flatten and reattach the lid)Glass bottles and jars (any color)Aluminum and steel cansEmpty aerosol cans (with lids and tips removed)Paperboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, etc.)Cardboard (broken down to 3′-by-3′ sections)A variety of paper products, including: Office paperNewspaperMagazinesJunk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)Telephone booksPaper grocery bagsTo learn more about Rumpke’s recycling process and about items you can recycle, please visit www.Rumpke.com.last_img read more

Deadline is Friday, Aug. 21 to request RaceSaver® rule no. 5 repair authorization

first_imgRaceSaver® wants our technical staff to be aware of issues that pertain to engine rule no. 5 and we ask for their help and cooperation in resolving these issues. 5: Only an iron or steel crankshaft, with a minimum weight of 48 lbs. will be permitted, (-1%). The main bearing diameter will be 2.450 (-.030). Weight added to crank except bal­ance metal, which must be welded in place, will not be permitted. In an effort to identify those non-compliant engines and bring them into compliance, Rac­eSaver® offered a grace period of 90 days for engines that are identified as possibly containing non-conforming, but legal weight crankshafts.RaceSaver® will issue a repair authorization number to allow steel to be added to the crankshaft to bring it to 48 pounds. In these instances, the 1% tolerance will not be allowed. The crankshaft must be weighed before and after adding the weight. A photo of the completed repair to the crank will be submitted by email with the tech form. The engine must be brought into compliance within the grace period or when the seals are removed for repairs if that occurs before the end of the 90 day period.Possession of a RaceSaver® repair authorization document indicates the engine owner is in the process of complying with the process of confirming and bringing into compliance that en­gine.  That engine should not be subject to disqualification, solely over a question of heavy metal added to the centerline of the crank, for the duration of the 90-day grace period. ANY engine that is not identified, and not issued a repair authorization document, WILL be subject to disqualification should it be found to be in violation of rule no. 5.The grace period will began on Aug. 7, 2015 and will end Nov. 7, 2015. The time period to regis­ter for a repair authorization number began on July 7, 2015 and will end on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. It is vital that anyone who may have an engine with a crank in question registers before Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.We would ask our tech inspectors and engine builders to make every effort to contact the owners of engines in question. In all future full engine tech inspections, crankshafts that have center drilled mains and/or reduced counterweight diameter must have a complete inspection and in­clude a photo of the crank included with the tech form.last_img read more

Two Seymour Police Officers Arrested After Lengthy Investigation

first_imgSeymour, IN—Wednesday, detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested two officers with the Seymour Police Department on charges of official misconduct, ghost employment, and theft.The investigation into the officers began in October 2019 when allegations of ghost employment were made against former Chief William “Bill” Abbott, and current Captain Carl Lamb. Detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post were requested to conduct the investigation.During the four-month investigation, detectives determined that Abbott was employed by Schneck Medical Center to schedule off duty officers to provide security at the hospital. The investigation indicated that he allegedly performed his duties for Schneck Medical Center while he was also working in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.The investigation also determined that Lamb, while on duty as a member of the Seymour Police Department, allegedly worked outside employment for K4 Security out of Jeffersonville, Indiana. K4 Security had a contract to provide off duty police officers for work in the construction zone on I-65. Lamb coordinated and scheduled off duty Seymour Police Officers to work the security job while he was on duty with the Seymour Police Department. He was paid by K4 Security for those hours while also being paid by the Seymour Police Department.Lamb also was a part-owner and employee of BSafe Tactical, Seymour, Indiana. BSafe provided training to area schools, churches, and businesses. The investigation determined that Lamb allegedly worked for BSafe Tactical and received payment while also on duty in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was turned over to a special prosecutor for review. This resulted in felony charges on allegations of Official Misconduct, Ghost Employment, and Theft being filed on Abbott and Lamb.Both Abbott and Lamb have remained on administrative leave from the Seymour Police Department during the investigation.last_img read more

Long included in Republic Squad for June fixtures

first_img Shane Duffy is also named despite not playing for the last two months due to a broken foot, while Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter are back in the squad after missing the Wales draw through injury.However there’s no place for Cork City striker Sean Maguire despite his recent impressive form in the Airtricity League.Martin O’Neill’s side begin a busy schedule with a friendly against Mexico in New Jersey on June 1st, before welcoming Uruguay to the Aviva Stadium three days later.Those games will act as preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Austria which takes place the following week on June 11th. Tipperary’s Shane Long is included in the 38 man squad named by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill for next month’s international fixtures against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria.There’s one new inclusion, with Burnley defender Kevin Long called up to the senior squad for the first time just a few weeks after making his first Premier League start.Among the other players to feature include Liam Kelly, Adam Rooney, Matt Doherty and John Egan.last_img read more