By Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaWhen wintry weather rolls in, landscape plants must fend off cold temperatures and frost on their own. But some potted plants are lucky enough to get a free pass indoors. Without proper care, though, these new houseplants can have difficulty living through the winter indoors. There are some things you can do to make sure they survive just fine.Temperature level essentialFirst, consider the temperature. Many container plants live on outdoor porches during the summer and early fall months. As temperatures dip to 50 degrees or less, plant owners begin to move plants indoors. The best way to protect outdoor potted plants is to first bring them into a garage or basement that is a little warmer than the outdoors, but not as toasty as inside the house. If the plants are moved immediately from 50 degrees to 75 degrees, some may become stressed and suffer. Plants should be acclimated slowly by a gradual increase in temperature. After a week or two, bring the plants into the warm house. Most house plants grow best in daytime temperatures between 65 degrees and 75 degrees and nighttime temperatures between 60 degrees and 65 degrees. To further protect them, keep houseplants away from cold, drafty windows or hot radiators, stoves or air vents. Also keep houseplant foliage from touching cold windows. This can burn the leaves.High humidity bestHumidity is important. Most houseplants prefer a humidity level of 40 percent to 50 percent. The relative humidity in most homes is closer to 15 percent – a level much too low for most houseplants.Raise humidity levels by using a humidifier or grouping plants together. Placing houseplants on saucers filled with gravel or small pebbles and water will also increase humidity. The bottoms of the pots should always be above the water level.Don’t mist houseplants in an effort to raise the relative humidity. Misting would have to be done several times throughout the day to have any real affect.Water, but not too oftenIn general, houseplants don’t require as much water during the winter months. That doesn’t mean they can be completely ignored. The type of houseplant and soil will determine the water needs. Ferns prefer evenly moist soil and fairly frequent watering. Cacti and succulents should only be watered when the potting soil becomes completely dry. Most houseplants fall somewhere between these extremes and should be watered when the soil is barely moist or almost dry to the touch. When watering, apply a thorough amount. Water the plant until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Be sure that plants have good drainage. Never allow plants to sit in excess water unless the pot is placed on gravel to raise humidity.Clean but don’t fertilizeDrastically reduce or eliminate fertilizer during the winter months since most plants grow very little. Fertilize again in late March or April as growing conditions improve and the plants begin to flush out.It’s important to keep houseplants clean while they rest through the winter. Grease and dust can accumulate on leaves and slow down the normal transpiration. Cleaning houseplants also improves their appearance, stimulates growth and can help control insects and mites.Large, firm-leafed plants can be cleaned with a soft sponge or cloth dipped in a mild solution of dishwashing soap and lukewarm water. Leaves can also be cleaned by placing the plants in the shower under lukewarm water.
January 17, 2021
The annual University of Georgia Insect Scouting Schools are open to farmers, consultants and those interested in learning how to diagnose insect damage on high-value agricultural crops like cotton, peanuts and soybeans.The schools will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, on Monday, June 12, and at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia, on Tuesday, June 20.UGA Cooperative Extension entomologists Mark Abney and Phillip Roberts will conduct both trainings, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn basic information on identification of insects and damage, pests’ natural enemies and scouting procedures. The schools will include an in-field review and cover insect and caterpillar pests, beneficial insects and safety.“No matter the year, you can almost guarantee that insect pressure will be high. Whether you’re talking about burrower bugs in peanuts, thrips in cotton and peanuts, or the kudzu bug in soybeans, there are pests out there that can inflict significant damage on crops if our farmers are not monitoring carefully,” Roberts said. “That’s why we stress the importance of scouting and scouting regularly.”Beginning scouts will be introduced to insect detection, while experienced scouts and producers could use the sessions as a review.“These schools offer hands-on training from experienced entomologists who know what to look for in the field,” Roberts said. “All farmers who are producing row crops this year will benefit from these scouting schools.”Roberts stresses pest management through scouting. UGA Extension advises farmers to scout their crops every week.To register for the scouting school in Tifton, contact Debbie Rutland at 229-386-3424. To register for the Midville scouting school, contact Peyton Sapp at 706-554-2119.
December 30, 2020
“Think it’s supposed to rain tomorrow,” I say. “40 degrees and wet.”I’m sitting at a table of Tucker County residents at the White Grass Cafe talking about the weather, a common subject especially here in the Valley and especially as of late — the lack of snow this winter has everyone a little more than restless. To be quite honest, I don’t really know if it’s supposed to rain tomorrow or not. Earlier in the day, as I was sitting at the Cafe sipping on a bowl of kale and barley soup, I overheard a guy tell his friend about pending rain, a forecast he received from someone else who was apparently well versed in the weather patterns of the Valley. Eavesdropping. Because that’s how I usually get my weather.A guy they call Chaga shakes his head at me from across the table, smiling as if he knows something I don’t.“It’s gonna snow a couple inches,” he says. “Amateur.”Sure as shit, the next day, it snowed.That wasn’t the first (and surely won’t be the last) time I’ve felt like an amateur in the week I’ve been in Tucker County. A few days ago, I hiked up to Bald Knob with a friend to watch the sunset. A snowstorm had been blowing off and on throughout the day, but I felt certain the clouds would part in a magical display of stormy brilliance. When I arrived at the bald’s windswept plain, sure enough, the clouds had turned an iridescent blue and streaks of sunlight broke through in ethereal shafts, lighting up the valley below. To the north, dark clouds swept their way across the mountains, leaving a blanket of white powder in their wake.Later, I showed Chip the photograph I’d snapped atop the bald of the setting sun and the oncoming storm.“It was so cool,” I told him, feeling proud that I could somewhat orient myself in the photograph. “We watched the storm blow over Davis…”“That’s not Davis. Davis is over here,” he said, pointing to some indistinguishable point off the frame of my camera. “But that’s okay, you were close.” He patted me gently on the back and walked away.Deflated, and feeling much like an amateur, I turned off the camera and packed it away. In total, I’ve only spent about three weeks in the Valley during the two years I’ve worked for the magazine. Many of the folks that call this place home have lived in these mountains for much longer that, at least a few decades if not their whole lives. It was absurd for me to think that I would ever be able to hold a conversation about the weather, skiing, anything Tucker County-related, with a resident and not make a fool of myself.Still, I try anyway. I absorb every bit of natural history and piece of trivia (that I pick up through eavesdropping) like a dry sponge. I always accept offers of nature walks with Chipper, never shy away from big ski trips despite being unable to stop or turn, and find total content in sitting quietly during Wednesday night dinners at Hellbender Burritos listening to the locals banter on about everything from weather to wildlife refuge regulations. I try, despite knowing that I really know nothing, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the good people in Tucker County it’s this — it’s never too late. Though I’m sure that lesson in particular has been handed to me a number of times in a variety of packages, it didn’t really hit home until the ribbon cutting ceremony held yesterday at Blackwater Falls State Park for their new sledding hill and magic carpet operation. In celebration of the grand opening, everyone in attendance grabbed an orange plastic sled and hit the slopes. A heavy, wet snow fell gently on the run. Eyelashes and jackets were speckled with big white flakes. Local kids in brightly colored parkas, State Park officials in green and brown uniforms, people of every age and walk of life stood atop the sled hill breathing in the cold mountain air, sleds in hand, beaming.The snow creaked underneath as I situated myself in the sled. I wondered when I’d last done this. It had to have been over a decade ago, well back to my childhood days of building snow forts with my brother and rolling snowballs into snow barrels down our driveway.We pushed off and immediately, my sled drifted from the hill into the trees lining the run. I didn’t care. Grown men flew past me, neck-to-neck with ecstatic children. My lips cracked from the cold and perma-grin. I laughed hysterically as I slid to the bottom.“I can’t remember the last time I did that!” I said, high-fiving my friends at the bottom.“It’s been forty years for me,” said Dave, a local mechanic and snow groomer for the state park and ski areas. His eyes smiled beneath the rim of his hat, his cheeks rosy from the wind. “But hey, it’s never too late.”We sauntered into the cross-country ski center for some hot chocolate and cake. As I stood in the room among the various press reporters, state park officials, tourism directors, and ski area operators, I did what I do best — I eavesdropped. Among the small talk and media interviews and hearty bouts of laughter, I overheard Chip and his son Adam talking to some of the state park employees, many of whom Adam had grown up with. The subject was cross-country skiing, and though the state park workers had chosen fishing and four-wheeling and other such hobbies during their childhood, they now expressed interest in grabbing a pair of skis and heading to the hills.“I really want to get the kids dialed in,” one of them said. “They’d love it.”I paused mid-sip, suddenly realizing how special it was to have so many personalities in one room together — hunters, granola skiers, transplant city slickers, farmers, and media personnel. Perhaps in any other place and time in this world, we might retreat to our separate cliques and cordon off the mingling. But here, in this cozy one-room nordic center, we all were one, basking in the innocent fun we’d shared on the sledding hill just moments earlier.That’s when I knew why I felt such a strong urge to fit in here in this little West Virginia community, so much so that I’d made a point of embarrassing myself to do so. The mountains are great, yes, and the skiing, the mountain biking, the adventuring — heck, there’s more of that than you could ever hope to experience in two lifetimes even. But the people here have an air about them that speaks to their attitude toward life.Many of them may be the most talented rippers I’ll ever meet in this world, the fastest skiers, most technical riders and all-around mountain badasses, but their humble nature reflects the respect they have for the natural world and the lives they lead. They value new experiences and challenge. They honor the adventurous spirit within, no matter the level in which it comes. They welcome you with open arms, entertain your ignorance, satisfy your curiosity, and leave you inspired to embrace the notion that it’s never too late to embark on new chapters, learn different skills, and develop lifelong passions.
December 17, 2020
This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… We have previously blogged on the rise in fraud amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with one of the most prevalent types of fraud being unemployment insurance fraud. On October 13, FinCEN issued an advisory on how credit unions can detect, prevent, and properly report cases of unemployment insurance fraud.The advisory sets out the five main types of unemployment insurance fraud that has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic that credit unions should be aware of. These include fictitious employer (a filer falsely claims to work for a company), employer-employee collusion (employee receives unemployment insurance payments and unreported wages), misrepresentation of income (filer claims higher wages than previously earned), insider (state employees approving unqualified applications or improper payment amounts), and identity-related (filers submit application using stolen identification information).FinCEN provides ten red flags that may indicate unemployment insurance fraud, but reminds credit unions that no single red flag is necessarily indicative of suspicious activity. These red flags are similar to the ones issued in NCUA Risk Alert 20-RISK-02, but FinCEN provides more detailed and operational indicators that may be helpful to credit unions in detecting unemployment insurance fraud. Here are some red flags that credit unions should be aware of when a member receives unemployment insurance payments: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
October 1, 2020
Turbos fasterSir – The two articles dealing with Amtrak’s efforts to increase passenger train speeds in the Northeast Corridor (RG 11.96 pp721-28) contained several statements deserving further clarification. I was a personal friend of the late Alan R Cripe, acknowledged as one of the foremost rail equipment designers in the US, who was the designer and promoter of the United Aircraft TurboTrain.The TurboTrain demonstrated the ability to perform daily New York – Boston ’Shore Line’ trips in as little as 3h 44min on the then Penn Central Railroad as early as 1970 – the fastest ever booked timing on this run. Compare the 4h timings highlighted in your articles.In fact, throughout the 1950s the New Haven Railroad regularly timed three trains daily each way in 4h, with one, the Advanced Merchants Limited timed at 3h 55min. Amtrak too had a brief fling with its New England Metroliner on a 3h 55min schedule in the early 1980s.To this day the TurboTrain holds a record for a demonstration run. On December 20 1967 it achieved 170·8 mile/h between New Brunswick and Trenton on Penn Central tracks. Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, it easily surpassed the 160 mile/h ballasted with a full passenger load that was specified in the contract. On board were 150 riders who wanted to be part of what promised to be a challenge to establish a non-electrified passenger train record.During 1968 a TurboTrain operated on test on the New Haven ’Shore Line’ from South Station, Boston, to Woodlawn Junction, New York in 2h 36min with four stops, conclusively demonstrating that the bi-directional, guided-axle, passive tilt body technology could reduce New York – Boston timings dramatically. All this was accomplished on track demonstrably inferior to that which Amtrak now possesses and with signalling not configured for high speed running. Given the infrastructure improvements in place, it is quite disappointing that Amtrak cannot schedule any train faster than 4h 15min.In many minds there remains a healthy scepticism as to whether Amtrak can reliably achieve a 3h New York – Boston running time. More importantly, will it be able to divert as many airline passengers as predicted?While Amtrak claims to be the carrier of choice between New York and Washington, this statistic includes all intermediate destinations. If only end-to-end traffic is examined – the air shuttles do not serve intermediate cities – Amtrak is seen to carry only 45% of all air/rail travellers. Of those who do choose rail, fully two-thirds choose the slower, less expensive conventional train rather than the premium fare Metroliners. The expense account, time-sensitive traveller continues to cast his vote at the airport rather than the rail ticket office – and it is just this passenger that Amtrak aims to capture with its American Flyer trainsets.Albert L Papp, JrTransportation Consultant, Trailblazer Technologies, Millington, New Jersey, USA
September 29, 2020
The UK’s asset management trade body has thrown its weight behind a national effort to improve diversity and inclusion in workplaces.In a report published today – ‘Black Voices: Building black representation in investment management’ – the Investment Association (IA) said fewer than 1% of asset managers in the UK identified as black, African or Caribbean.The report set out 10 steps companies could take to improve opportunities for black employees, including “modernising” recruitment policies to ensure people from a range of backgrounds were considered.Chris Cummings, chief executive of the IA, said: “Diversity makes us all stronger. Different voices, opinions and experiences help investment performance, widening horizons and discouraging group think. And we need to be connected with all our clients. Just as our customers come from all ethnic backgrounds, so should our people. “Building a diverse and inclusive industry requires self-reflection and honesty. This report seeks to do that by giving a voice to black people who have not previously always been heard.“Our industry now has an opportunity to lead from the front in being a catalyst for social change, not just in our own investment houses but well beyond too. We must seize it.” “It has long been taboo to discuss ethnicity, yet change can only come about once we have these conversations”Justin Onuekwusi, LGIMThe IA’s report also recommended that companies adopt mentoring or talent development programmes to “give younger staff the confidence and support needed to excel and feel less isolated”. Firms could also support “black networks” to help people discover new opportunities and connect with role models within organisations.It also advocated “unconscious bias training” for managers and recruitment staff, but added that “a deeper, more integrated approach to inclusion is a useful next step”.The report was produced in collaboration with the Diversity Project and #talkaboutblack, a nationwide initiative designed to encourage discussions about issues affecting ethnic minorities.Justin Onuekwusi, head of retail multi-asset funds at Legal & General Investment Management, said: “While ethnic minorities are generally under-represented across the asset management industry, the issue becomes all the more pressing when we consider how few employees, especially those in senior leadership, are black.“It has long been taboo to discuss ethnicity, yet change can only come about once we have these conversations. We created #talkaboutblack as a platform to not only discuss the challenges faced by our black colleagues, but to also come up with solutions.“This is leading to tangible action and gives us a real opportunity to make the lasting change that we hope can inspire the next generation of aspiring black asset and investment management professionals.”The report comes a year after the Investment Association launched a video designed to counter young people’s often-negative sterotypes of the sector.The IA’s Black Voices report is available here.The IA’s report in numbers23.1% Black workers with degrees earned 23.1% less on average than white workers with similar qualifications.5.7% of African, Caribbean or black people surveyed were working as managers, directors or senior officials – compared to 10.7% of white people.43% of 1,000 people from ethnic minorities living in the UK said they had been overlooked for a job or promotion unfairly in the past five years. This is twice the figure for white workers.12% of the same 1,000 people said they had suffered racist language directed at them in the past month alone.2% of 3,755 investment staff surveyed by the Diversity Project were from African or Caribbean backgrounds.<1% of 650 investment managers featured in the Diversity Project’s research identified as black, African, Caribbean, or Black British.
September 26, 2020
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September 24, 2020
The ORVC Weekly Sports Report for May 12-17.Players of the Week.Baseball: Ryan Dugan-Rising Sun.Softball: Bailee Bostic-Rising Sun.Golf: Travis Butte-Milan.Girls Track: ORVC Champs: Switzerland County.Coach of the Year: Adam Pietrykowski-Switzerland County.Boys Track: ORVC Champs: Rising Sun.Coach of the Year: Jason Barth-Rising Sun.ORVC Weekly Report (May 12-17)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
September 23, 2020
No. 1 West Florida Moves Another Step Closer to National Title May 4, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – Top-Ranked West Florida (24-3) continued their march towards another national title with a 5-1 victory over Delta State (14-8), Friday afternoon at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex located of the UWF Campus.The Argonauts took an early lead by winning two out of three doubles matches from the Statesmen. West Florida’s team of Dante Bottini (Buenos Aries, Argentina) and Nicholas Barrientos (Cali, Columbia) ran into little trouble during their 8-4 victory over the Statesmen’s David Voravongsa, and Argo teammates Diego Zorzi (Buenos Aries, Argentina) and Luis Arboleda (Medellin, Columbia) follow suit winning their match 8-6 giving West Florida the 2-0 lead. The Statesmen struck back with a win by their third spot pair consisting of Rafael Weigand and Mathieu Provost.In singles action West Florida blanked Delta State winning three matches in straight set to claim the victory. Playing out of the first spot for the Argonauts Zorzi claim a two-set, 6-3, 6-3, win over Voravongsa. Argonauts teammate Bottini also made quick work of his second spot match also claiming a two-set, 6-2, 6-2, victory against Pascal LaPlace, who he also beat in double action. Luis Bernadi (Campinas, Brazil) finished the match with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph playing out of the sixth spot.West Florida will return to action during the NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship, beginning on Wednesday, May 9 in Orlando, Fla.Results:#1 Singles: Diego Zorzi (UWF) def. David Vorvongsa, 6-3, 6-3#2 Singles: Dante Bottini (UWF) def. Pascal LaPlace (DSU), 6-2, 6-2#3 Singles: Thomas Pasquet (DSU) vs. Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) unfinished#4 Singles: Eduardo Cavasotti (UWF) vs. Mathieu Prouvost (DSU), unfinished#5 Singles: Rafael Weigand (DSU) vs. Luis Arboleda (UWF), unfinished#6 Singles: Luiz Bernardi (UWF) def. Julien Beekensteiner (DSU), 6-2, 6-3#1 Doubles: #2 N. Barrientos/D. Bottini (UWF) def. D. Voravongsa/ T. Pasquet (DSU), 8-4#2 Doubles : L. Arboleda/D. Zorzi (UWF) def. P. LaPlace/ Pervoon (DSU), 8-5#3 Doubles: R. Weigand/ M. Provost (DSU) def. E. Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF), 9-Print Friendly Version Share
September 22, 2020
RelatedPosts Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement Nigeria’s D’Tigers defeated their West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire by 83-66 points in the classification game at the ongoing FIBA World Cup in Guangzhou, China. The Nigerian lads won two quarters, drew and lost the other quarters as the game ended by 24-18, 13-17, 26-11 and 20-20. The Alex Nwora-led team will face host China on Sunday at 5pm in their second classification game at the championship. The top ranked team in Africa will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Tags: Alex NworaD’TigersFIBA World CupTokyo 2020 Olympic Games