Plant detective

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaHigh fever, nausea and headaches are all signs that a person is ill. If you pay attention to the signs, your landscape plants will let you know when they’re sick, too.”Plants put out symptoms just like humans do,” said Todd Hurt, a landscape specialist with the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga. “You have to learn to be a landscape detective and pick up on the clues your plants are leaving you.”A former Cooperative Extension agent in Florida and Georgia, Hurt has done his share of plant detective work. He finds that most plant problems “are rarely the result of a single factor.”Ask a few questionsWhen diagnosing problems in your home landscape, Hurt says to ask yourself a few questions. Is more than one plant species damaged? How many plants are affected? Is the damage on all the plants or is it localized? When did you first notice the problem? Have you recently applied a pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer?When an insect attacks a plant, it is usually attracted to a specific plant species. “You won’t see an azalea pest hop over and feed on a boxwood,” he said.Bag or bottle ’emIf you find an insect on your plant, save it in a bottle of alcohol and take it to your county Extension agent for identification. If your pest is a caterpillar, preserve the critter first.”If your wife is willing to let you use the family stock pot, blanch the caterpillar briefly in hot water before placing it in a vial of rubbing alcohol,” Hurt said. “This will preserve the color until you can get to your county agent.”Plant leaf samples should be placed in a ziplock bag and kept cool until your county agent can identify the problem, he said. “Do not add water to the bag,” Hurt said. “Extra water will cause the sample to rot.”Root samples should be placed in a separate bag to avoid cross-contamination of soilborne diseases. Ask first, spray later If you think your plants have been infected by a plant disease, take a sample before you spray a fungicide. “If you take a sample after you spray, you could actually mask the disease,” he said. “If at all possible, wait until after you confirm the problem with your county Extension office. Most plant problems can be corrected without the use of pesticides.”Plant diseases move through a landscape progressively. “They will start in one area,” Hurt said, “and gradually move to all the plants.”You can diagnose a plant problem, too, by looking at where the plant is affected. “If the entire plant is brown, you’re most likely dealing with a root problem,” Hurt said. “If it’s just on the new growth, you know that you’ve discovered the problem quickly.”Don’t rule out human errorYellow leaves can show that your plant needs more water, he said. On the other hand, Hurt has seen plant leaves turn yellow as a result of human error.”I once got a call from a man who wanted to know how to treat his plants for yellow leaves,” Hurt said. “All of the plants along one side of his home had turned yellow. After looking at the plants and talking with him, I figured out his plants were actually suffering from the effects of the bleach he used to pressure-wash his house. No pesticide or herbicide was going to cure them.”If the damage is distributed evenly across your entire landscape, the cause is likely environmental, he said.Environmental factors that affect plants also include cold or drought damage or, as in the case of the bleached plants, damage caused by humans, he said.Another case Hurt solved involved burned leaves.”It wasn’t drought or lack of water,” he said. “The leaves were burned by the sheets of black plastic he placed on the plants to protect them while he painted the house.”last_img read more

Stateside Manufacturing No Longer a Pipe Dream

first_imgPale Morning Media — a PR firm specializing in outdoor, ski, hunting, fishing, and natural products — launched a Made-in-America news portal this month called The website seeks to strengthen the community of American gear manufacturers and provide a sense of monitoring towards the topic and our consumer experiences.A survey from the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards — an award program created and administrated by Pale Morning Media, originally co-branded with their client Kokatat — reported that more than 40 percent of American outdoor gear companies have been established in the last 10 years, with more than 70 percent of their products made within U.S. borders.PMM_VertLogo_RGBPale Morning Media surveyed a large collection of Made-in-America brands this year, citing that 30 percent of them believe “quality” is an enormous benefit of their domestic production, while 25 percent of them decided to manufacture stateside for the enhanced “control” of how their products are made and distributed. This means better products for the consumer.Social media and a sense of community are also growing for American manufacturers. “Like many American manufacturing initiatives, is a small first step toward a larger goal down the road,” said Drew Simmons, founder, Pale Morning Media. “We hope people will check it out, enjoy it, and send us their own inspiring stories so we can share them.”Over the last six years, Pale Morning Media has built a base contact network and body of work for the active promotion of domestic manufacturing brands. With groups like these and a rise in U.S.-made manufacturers, outdoor products and their quality show an unparalleled level of promise for upcoming years.last_img read more

Members give justices, appellate judges high approval rates

first_imgMembers give justices, appellate judges high approval rates October 1, 2002 Regular News Florida lawyers have overwhelmingly recommended the retention of Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead and Justice Charles T. Wells, and the 24 District Courts of Appeal judges up for merit retention November 5.The results of The Florida Bar’s biennial merit retention judicial poll were recently released by Bar President Tod Aronovitz.“Lawyers are familiar with the justices and judges and the work they do at the Supreme Court and appeals count levels,” Aronovitz said. “Therefore, the poll provides information intended to help citizens make an informed choice in the voting booth.”In a secret ballot mailed in August to all lawyers residing and practicing in Florida, participants were asked to indicate whether the incumbent judges “should be retained” or “should not be retained” for another six-year term under the merit retention system and were asked to consider eight attributes: quality and clarity of judicial opinions; knowledge of the law; integrity; judicial temperament; impartiality; freedom from bias/prejudice; demeanor; and courtesy. Only lawyers who indicated at least limited knowledge of the judge’s qualifications were included in the poll results. A total of 5,946 lawyers participated in the statewide poll.Poll results indicated that 82 percent of participating lawyers recommended retention of Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, and 86 percent recommended retention of Justice Charles T. Wells.The results of the merit retention poll of lawyers for the First District Court of Appeal show the following percentages of lawyers recommending retention: Judge Robert T. Benton, 88 percent; Judge Marguerite H. Davis, 84 percent; Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr., 84 percent; Judge Ricky Polston, 81 percent; and Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., 89 percent.Poll results for the Second District Court of Appeal in favor of retention were: Judge Chris W. Altenbernd, 93 percent; Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, 82 percent; Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer, 85 percent; Judge Jerry R. Parker, 86 percent; Judge Morris Silberman, 89 percent; Judge James W. Whatley, 88 percent.In the Third District Court of Appeal, participating lawyers recommended retaining: Judge Gerald B. Cope, Jr., 90 percent; Judge David M. Gersten, 86 percent; Judge Melvia B. Green, 82 percent; Judge David L. Levy, 89 percent; Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr., 82 percent.The results of the merit poll of lawyers for the Fourth District Court of Appeal show the following percentages of lawyers recommending retention of: Judge Mark E. Polen, 88 percent; Judge George A. Shahood, 87 percent; Judge W. Matthew Stevenson, 87 percent; Judge Martha C. Warner, 86 percent.In the Fifth District Court of Appeal, participating lawyers in the poll recommended retaining: Judge Richard B. Orfinger, 90 percent; Judge William D. Palmer, 86 percent; Judge Robert J. Pleus, 84 percent; and Judge Thomas D. Sawaya, 88 percent.The Florida Bar has published results of its polls as a public service since the first merit retention election in 1978. In merit retention elections the justices and judges run unopposed — voters cast their ballots to “retain” or “not retain” the judge in office. If the judge is not retained, a vacancy is created and will be filled through the merit selection process, through which the governor will appoint one of three to six nominees submitted by the respective Judicial Nominating Commission.center_img Members give justices, appellate judges high approval rateslast_img read more

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals – Highlights & Stats

first_img– Advertisement – Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya departed with the victory target of 157 in sight so it was left to Ishan Kishan (33no from 19 balls) and Krunal Pandya to get Mumbai over the line with eight balls to spare.Delhi Capitals tasted defeat in their first IPL final despite the best efforts of captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38), who rescued them from 22-3 and helped Ricky Ponting’s men post a respectable 156-7.More to follow…- Advertisement – Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 68 from 51 balls as Mumbai Indians powered their way to a fifth Indian Premier League title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.The Mumbai captain was in supreme form as he reached his half-century from 36 balls and by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over, his side needed less than a run-a-ball.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Lowry

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Southeastern Indiana Dance Holding Winter Concert

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Southeastern Indiana Dance is having their winter concert on December 4 at 2:00 PM in the Batesville High School Auditorium.The concert is free, and everyone is invited to attend.The concert will include dances to familiar Christmas musicals including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.The concert will include ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, and tap dances. 8 solos and 1 duet will also be presented.last_img

AquaTrojans Dearborn County Swimming & Diving Champs

first_imgThe East Central AquaTrojans are swimming and diving champs of Dearborn County defeating the South Dearborn Knights on Tuesday in Aurora.  EC Girls won 133-47 and the EC Boys won 139-42.Individual winners include: Ethen Witte-200 Free; Grace Crane-200 IM, 100 Butterfly; Matthew Badinghaus-200 IM; Kyra Hall-50 Free; Alex Ketcham-50 Free, 100 Breaststroke; Aly Bailey- 1 meter diving; Noah Arnold-1 meter diving; Jackson Ketcham-100 Butterfly; Ashley Bortlein-100 Freestyle; Jacob Weber-5;Caroline Walters-100 Breaststroke.  EC won all 6 relays.On Thursday, the AquaTrojans play host to the Indians from Milan.  Come out and support the Trojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

WADA Publishes 5-Year Plan to Combat Doping Amid Recent Criticism

first_img read also:WADA: ONDCP report written with “clear intention to discredit us” WADA’s President Witold Bańka, a former elite runner said, “At the core of this plan is a desire and commitment to ensure that our activities and priorities are athlete-centered. As a former elite athlete, I understand the importance of listening to the views of athletes worldwide and addressing the matters that are of most interest to them. The Agency will be looking for every opportunity to engage with them to further enhance the global anti-doping system. Over the last months, I have personally met with many of the athletes that sit on our Foundation Board, Executive Committee, Athlete Committee and expert committees. I will continue this engagement and much more throughout my presidency.” Recently, WADA has come under fire from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for various reasons, including levying harsh sanctions against Russian sport back in December. ONDCP has threatened to pull approximately $2.7 million in funding from WADA if the organization does not implement key reforms. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has published its 5-year strategic plan to combat doping amid recent criticism from the White House. The plan, which carries the primary theme of “Leading Anti-Doping in a New Era” will be implemented from 2020-2024. Under the plan, the WADA has identified Strategic Priorities that they believe are key to tackling the most prominent issues that the organization is facing: Lead: Lead by example by taking bold steps to proactively tackle emerging issues with agility and innovative solutions across all facets of anti-doping.Grow Impact: Expand the reach and impact of anti-doping programs by enhancing capacity building and knowledge sharing between Anti-Doping Organizations and empowering local program delivery.Be Athlete-Centered: Engage and empower athletes to contribute to the development of anti-doping policies, build an easier anti-doping journey for athletes, and increase the contribution that our programs deliver for athletes and their entourage so that they can build healthy and sustainable careers in sport.Collaborate and Unite: Engage and collaborate with everyone involved in anti-doping, in particular with the sports movement and public authorities, to increase support, unity and coherence in everyone’s efforts.Be Visible: Raise awareness and shape a proactive narrative that will demonstrate the positive impact of doping-free sport and WADA’s role.Perform: Provide greater value to our stakeholders by reducing operational complexities and maximizing impact and cost-effectiveness.In order to meet the point of being “athlete-centered,” the organization is also holding meetings with athletes from several different sports. Through this process, WADA hopes to engage athletes to participate in anti-doping activities and spread education to their own communities. Loading…last_img read more

Drive-thru lane only at Dunkin Donuts

first_imgGreensburg, IN—A driver decided to make their own drive-up window when they accidentally drove through the side of the building at Dunkin Donuts in Greensburg Tuesday morning.  Though the inside of the restaurant is closed for repairs, customers can still use the actual drive-thru for items.last_img

Chelsea can still salvage season – Thibaut Courtois

first_img Chelsea host Scunthorpe in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, before league games at home to West Brom and Everton, and Courtois insists all is not lost. “Obviously if you win the FA Cup or the Champions League maybe it will still be a positive [season],” Courtois said. “Success is a big word if you play until now not very well except the last three or four games. “But still with the FA Cup or maybe the Champions League it could be a positive season if we end up in the top four or top six. “We have to go step by step. Some teams are close together. If we beat West Brom and Everton we could be maybe eighth or ninth in a few weeks. “Everything can change very fast, we just need the results.” Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa were all on the scoresheet at Selhurst Park for Hiddink’s first win since being appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor just over two weeks ago. Costa and Oscar, both struggling under Mourinho, now have five goals between them since the Portugese left while Cesc Fabregas, another to lose form earlier this season, was also much-improved against Palace. Courtois also admitted the Blues’ mentality has changed under new manager Guus Hiddink, who is now unbeaten in three games after Sunday’s 3-0 win at Crystal Palace. The victory leaves Hiddink’s men nine points off West Ham in sixth and 13 adrift of Tottenham in fourth but the performance suggested they may yet be capable of a late surge towards the European spots. “It’s something psychological and sometimes it changes with little changes. Maybe we needed a little change to pick up our level,” Courtois said. “In football it’s always like that. When results are not good the first thing they look at is the manager. But I don’t think it is only the manager, the players have to take responsibility as well. “We were the ones who were not playing as well. With a new manager some things changed. Maybe with some players the mentality changed.” Courtois added: “We of course know we were responsible as well. We had team meetings where we said, ‘okay, the manager has gone, but we are responsible as well and we need to pick up our levels because we are not good enough for being a Chelsea player’. Now we are stepping up our game.” Hiddink led Chelsea to FA Cup glory when he took temporary charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009 and the Dutchman already appears to have imposed a sense of stability at the club. “Obviously training is a little bit different – the approach he has sometimes in how he wants to train,” Courtois said. “Maybe sometimes a bit more tactical, a bit less, different types of little games we play or shooting the ball to give confidence to the strikers. “Sometimes he is more outside of the training, more observing and leaving the training more to (assistant first team coaches) Steve Holland and Eddie Newton. “He just steps in when he thinks he needs to explain something to the team. When he explains he explains it well. Every manager has his way of working.” Chelsea want to add their former striker Didier Drogba to the club’s coaching staff but negotiations have proven difficult, given the 37-year-old remains under contract with Major League Soccer at Montreal Impact. “I had a very good relationship with him last year. He was great for the dressing room and our team,” Courtois said. “If he comes back as a coach it will be a great addition to all the team.” Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea can still deem this season a positive one if they secure a place in Europe and win a trophy. Press Associationlast_img read more