Homegrown food

first_imgGrowing food at home can be a refreshing and rewarding experience. But getting started can feel overwhelming. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are available across the state to help Georgians produce their own food. But the ultimate resource for home vegetable gardeners is Bob Westerfield, the state’s Extension consumer horticulturist. Every year, he reaches thousands of people through news articles, publications and programming. Growing family food“I’ve seen an increase in people wanting to produce their own foods at home,” Westerfield said. “It is economical to produce some foods at home, and some people are concerned about food safety. If they grow it themselves, they have an absolute that what they put in is what they get out.” His overarching message: Create a balance between what you want and what is realistic. “Planning is very important when starting a new garden,” he said. Plan before you plantConsider how much time you have and what you want out of your garden. Then, set some goals and get to work by following Westerfield’s steps to make gardening easier: 1. Select a good location for the garden. A typical family of four can get a wealth of food from a 20×30 garden. Be sure to have a soil test completed by the local county Extension office and follow through with any recommendations. To learn how to submit a soil sample, contact your local Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. 2. When planning a new garden, consider adding an extra row and donating the surplus to a local food bank. 3. Learn which varieties to plant, when to plant them and how. Plan planting dates based on recommended temperatures. 4. After planning and planting, watch for moisture. Westerfield recommends installing some type of irrigation system. Vegetables that are tough or bitter signal problems with the watering cycle. 5. Harvest regularly. Tomatoes, beans and okra need to be harvested often to help the plant continue producing. Picking plants while they are immature is best for taste, too. 6. Once vegetables have played out, move on. Either dig up the entire plant or till it into the soil. Leaving plants in the garden invites disease and insect infestations that may last until the next year. Georgia’s climate allows for multiple gardens each year. With proper planning, Georgia gardeners can plant two spring crops and two winter crops. For more information about home vegetable gardening, contact your local county Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK -UGA1.last_img read more

SG Digital to deliver full betting suite for British Columbia Lottery

first_img SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Related Articles Keith O’Loughlin – SG DigitalSG Digital (Scientific Games Corporation) has announced its latest North American commercial partnership, confirming that it has secured an extensive sports betting solutions supplier contract with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC – Canada).BCLC a current partner of OpenBet sports betting solutions, will move to fully integrate SG Digital systems, upgrading its entire sportsbook portfolio.SG Digital upgrades for BCLC will include live betting provisions, streamlined cash-out functionalities, optimised CRM capabilities and additional promotional mechanisms.Updating stakeholders, SG Digital aims to deliver BCLC its full sports betting suite by the end of 2018.Backing BCLC’s upgrades, Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, said, “Together, SG Digital and BCLC will drive the Canadian market to a new sports betting era. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with a longstanding and respected operator in the online space.”“Our OpenBet products are a perfect fit for BCLC, and we look forward to our continued partnership.”Last May, Scientific Games governance confirmed that the it would move to expand SG Digital’s technology development team in Stockholm Sweden, as its subsidiary prepares for significant commercial uptake in new markets.last_img read more

Spurs cut Leicester’s lead to five points

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.last_img read more

Frog boom in Tanzania

first_imgThe newly discovered species of toadbelonging to the genus Nectophrynoides(Image: Penelope Whitehorn, Frontier) The tranquil South Nguru mountains, oneof Africa’s biological treasure troves.(Image: Eastern Arc)Janine ErasmusOver a dozen previously unknown new reptile and amphibian species have been discovered in the rainforests of eastern Tanzania, a region known for its rich biodiversity. This is according to a report recently published in the Italian scientific journal Acta Herpetologica, titled “The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.The authors are herpetologist Michele Menegon of the Tridentine Museum of Natural Science in Trento, Italy; conservationist Nike Doggart, an advisor to the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group; and biologist Nisha Owen of the Frontier Tanzania Forest Research Programme in Dar es Salaam.The scientists carried out their explorations between 2004 and 2006 in the forests of the South Nguru Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. This area is the origin of one of the world’s most popular indoor flowering plants, the African violet (Saintpaulia spp.)Tanzania enjoys a reputation as one of Africa’s most biodiverse countries, yet some of its regions are so remote that in biological terms they are poorly known. The South Nguru region, explained the authors in their report, was virtually unexplored – especially from a herpetological point of view (herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians).A biological hotspotThe study was conducted in order to compile a comprehensive list of the amphibian and reptile species in the area. In total 92 species of herpetofauna (41 reptile and 51 amphibian species) were documented.Of these, the 16 new species – which include chameleons, tree frogs, caecilians (worm-like animals) and snakes – are believed to be endemic to the Nguru Mountains. The little cold-blooded creatures are now the toast of the international herpetological community.One of the new arrivals, a forest toad belonging to the genus Nectophrynoides, is said to be the largest species found in that genus. The toad, which appears in a range of colours including yellow and green, black and orange, and red, has yet to be given a scientific name.Other discoveries include a new species of tree frog with red eyes, which was added to the genus Leptopelis, and a burrowing toad with a distinctive long snout belonging to the genus Probreviceps.The study was made possible through international collaboration between Frontier, a UK-based NGO dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity, the University of Dar es Salaam, Italy’s Tridentine Museum of Natural Science, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group.Other interesting zoological developments in Tanzania include the discovery in 2005 of an entire new genus of monkey, and the new species of giant elephant shrew that caused a sensation in January 2008. The Kipunji monkey, listed as critically endangered with barely 1 117 individuals remaining, is under serious threat from both poaching and the degradation of its habitat.Africa’s shrinking forestsAfrica’s forests, especially lowland forests, are shrinking because of human development. Although the South Nguru region has now been established as a biological treasure trove, it also is home to 56 villages, many of which depend on agriculture as a source of food and income.Crops include sugar and rice, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, maize, coffee and cardamom. As a result, cultivated land is encroaching ever further into formerly pristine forest areas.“It’s really important that these forests are protected from further agricultural degradation,” said Owen, “as the montane forests of Tanzania hold some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.”Menegon and Doggart warn that the Nguru ecosystem is already under threat from fire, logging, gathering of wood for fuel, and clearing for agriculture. But organisations such as Frontier and the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group are taking swift action to halt forest degradation.Working with local communities and stakeholders, they have proposed a series of strategies which include reducing local dependence on unsustainable agricultural practices, such as the current method of growing cardamom. The situation is delicate as cardamom is a popular cooking spice and an important cash crop for highland farmers.“The programme represents an opportunity to reverse the current trend of forest loss and degradation,” the scientists wrote. “To succeed, it will need sustained commitment from the government of Tanzania, civil society organisations, the local communities and development partners.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksSouthern African HerpetologyActa Herpetologica“The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.Museo Tridentino di Scienze NaturaliReptile databaseFrontierTanzania Forestry Conservation GroupEastern Arc mountainslast_img read more

Budget 2019: Centre allots Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class institutes in India

first_imgThe Centre Friday allocated Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class education institutes and announced ‘Study in India’ programme that will aim at attracting foreign students to the country.New national education policy:Presenting the first Budget of the NDA government in its second term, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will bring in a new national education policy to transform India’s higher education system to one of the best in the world.Highlights of the policy:The policy proposes major changes in both school and higher education, improve governance and gives more focus on research and innovation, for which a National Research Foundation (NRF) would be set up to coordinate and promote research in the country, she said.”NRF will ensure that the overall research ecosystem in the country is strengthened with focus on identified thrust areas relevant to our national priorities and towards basic science without duplication of effort and expenditure,” the minister explained.Funds for setting up world-class institutes in India:The funds available with all ministries will be integrated in NRF and would be adequately supplemented with additional funds, she said.Rs 400 crore allotted to build “world-class institutions”Sitharaman said to build “world-class institutions” in the field of education, Rs 400 crore has been allocated for the 2019-20 fiscal, which is over three times the revised estimates for the previous year.The finance minister also announced the ‘Study in India’ programme that will focus on attracting foreign students to the country’s higher education institutes.Higher Education Commission of India (HECI):Draft legislation for setting up Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) would be presented in the year ahead, she said, adding, “This will help to comprehensively reform the regulatory system of higher education to promote greater autonomy and focus on better academic outcomes.”advertisementReviving sports culture in India:The minister also said the Khelo India Scheme, aimed at reviving sports culture in India at the grass-root level, will be expanded to provide all necessary financial support.Also, a National Sports Education Board for Development of Sportspersons would be set up under the Khelo India Scheme to popularise sports at all levels.World university rankings:Sitharaman highlighted that three institutes — two IITs and IISc Bangalore — are in the top 2,000 institutions in world university rankings, which, she claimed, was not there five years back.This has been achieved due to concerted efforts by the institutions to boost their standards and also project their credentials better, she said.READ: Union Budget 2019: Important education highlightsRead: Govt to start ‘study in India’ programme to attract foreign studentslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteem

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Jose Mourinho will always have a place of honour at the club.However, he insists coach Luciano Spalletti’s job is safe after Manchester United sacked Mourinho yesteday.Ausilio said: “We are connected to the results, the esteem for him is regardless of the future of Inter, which has a great coach… “Let’s move on with Spalletti, we are building the future with him.”Mourinho led Inter to an historic Treble in 2010. last_img

10 months agoJeison Murillo: I must convince Barcelona to buy me outright

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jeison Murillo: I must convince Barcelona to buy me outrightby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona signing Jeison Murillo says his aim is to make his deal permanent.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan from Valencia.“My dream is to convince the club with my performances and keep defending this shirt. “I have to show that on the pitch,” said the Colombian centre-back at his presentation.“I am very happy with this opportunity. God opened the biggest door there is for me in football, it’s a dream come true. I am grateful too to the club and now I only have to work to make the coach decide (if I should play) in each game.“My dream is to keep wearing this shirt but I have to show it on the pitch.” last_img read more

23 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do better

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do betterby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn’t pleased with their performance for the 2-1 win over Champions League opponents Inter Milan.Luis Suarez’s brace saw the hosts complete a second-half comeback after going behind to a Lautaro Martinez strike within the first two minutes.”[Lautaro’s goal] really put the game in their favour and strengthened their situation a lot,” Valverde said.”They’re a powerful team, they’re first in the Italian league [after] winning all their matches. They made our lives difficult, but we were better in the second half.”Barcelona struggled to create many chances in the first half but that changed during the second 45 minutes.”We needed to transform the match going forward,” Valverde noted.”We controlled the play with [Sergio] Busquets, Arthur [Melo], [Frenkie] De Jong, but we didn’t have any space to play.”We needed to be more of a threat in their area and be more decisive in the final third.”They kept us far away from their goal and we were able to come back.” last_img read more

Four Northeast BC communities get gas tax funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four communities in Northeast B.C. will be receiving funding for various projects from money collected by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.The provincial and federal governments, along with the Union of B.C. Municipalities announced that five community projects in the Northeast have been approved to get a total of $3.2 million from the Gas Tax Fund. 108 projects across the province have been for nearly $193 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund.The City of Fort St. John will be receiving $105,000 for a long term water supply plan. The City has been looking at the issue since at least 2015, when it struck a tentative deal with BC Hydro to withdraw water from the Site C reservoir without charge. Three years ago, a report from Urban Systems looking at a 50-year growth plan for Fort St. John said that the city could be home to anywhere between 46,000 and 84,000 residents by 2065. The report also warned that the City, which currently draws its water from the Peace River through a series of groundwater wells, would experience a severe shortfall in its water supply without upgrades or a new water source in place by this year. According to the report from three years ago, the City’s water supply was built to serve only about 17,800 people.Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will also be getting money from the Gas Tax Fund to support projects in their communities. Taylor will be receiving $39,450 for phase one of its Asset Management Plan, Tumbler Ridge is slated to get $80,000 to develop a Parks and Rec master plan, while the NRRM will be getting $82,500 for an economic strategy and $2.9 million for a renewal of its wastewater treatment plant aeration system.last_img read more

Womens volleyball Buckeyes see familiar face in first round of NCAA tournament

Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has  diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3. read more