Veggie support

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThose tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring are growing fast. Soon they’ll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don’t jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor now, says a University of Georgia specialist. Trellis those vegetables before it’s too late.”Trellising is one chore that should be accomplished fairly soon after the plants are established,” said Terry Kelley, a UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.But even if you forgot or didn’t know to do it, you can still give your vegetable plants the support they deserve, he said.”Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease,” he said. “It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.”Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants are vegetables commonly trellised, he said. But almost any plant can use a little help supporting itself or its fruit.For tomatoes, some people simply put cages over the plants to support them as they grow, he said. Another method is to drive a 1-inch-square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, he said, set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about 4 inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers can be staked like tomatoes, he said. Place similar 1-inch-square stakes about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the last one. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.To support cucumbers, use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow.”You’ll find and pick your cukes easier,” he said.Eggplant can be staked, too. Place either tomato stakes or rebar next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.While you’re at it, “don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems,” Kelley said. “And keep weeds in check, and water as needed.”last_img read more

Grass Facts

first_imgWhat type of plant makes up most of the lawns in Georgia? If you shrugged and answered “grass,” you’re not alone. Homeowners spend hours mowing and treating their lawns, but many don’t know much about the plant that makes up the green expanse between their driveways and front doors. If everything is going well — a lawn remains green and relatively free of weeds — homeowners may not worry much about the type of turfgrass they have. But if that grass starts to turn brown, or if weeds start to become unsightly, the type of grass in that lawn suddenly becomes very important. “Not all turfgrass species have the same mowing and fertilizer needs,” said Clint Waltz, a University of Georgia Extension turf scientist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Also, some are more susceptible to certain pests. Therefore, knowing what grass you have is important for proper maintenance.” The most common warm-season lawn grasses in Georgia are bermudagrass, centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass and zoysiagrass. The typical cool-season species used on lawns is tall fescue. Bermudagrass is made up of short, 1/8 inch-wide blades with rough sides and pointy tips. It can also be identified by the presence of both above ground runners, called stolons, and underground runners, called rhizomes. It is hardy across Georgia. Centipedegrass has a wider blade than bermudagrass, but is still less than 1/4 inch wide, and a strong center vein. The blade appears to fold along the center vein. Healthy centipedegrass will be a Granny Smith apple green.Centipedegrass is a low-growing grass that is suited for lawns across much of Georgia but used extensively from Macon southward. The cultivar TifBlair is adapted for Georgia, as it is cold hardy for the area from Atlanta to the northern part of the state. It spreads by stolons only, and doesn’t have underground rhizomes. The leaves of St. Augustinegrass are also folded along a strong center vein, but they have a broader blade of at least 1/4 inch, with a boat-shaped tip. St. Augustinegrass has aggressive stolons and no rhizomes. It is a dense, blue-green turf best suited to the coastal plain although it will survive in Atlanta. Zoysiagrass has short, sharp blades that form a medium to fine textured lawn. It spreads by both rhizomes and stolons and needs minimal fertility. Many zoysiagrasses can tolerate partial shade, as well as full sun. It can be successfully planted throughout Georgia. Tall fescue is a cool-season species with a fine leaf texture and a dark green color. Because tall fescue is a cool-season species, it looks its best in fall, winter and spring. When temperatures get hot, tall fescue’s canopy thins-out — a natural defense mechanism to survive environmental stresses. When conditions become favorable, tall fescue typically rebounds and resumes growth. It grows best on lawns in northern Georgia. Each type of turfgrass grown in Georgia requires different care — different mowing heights and fertility schedules. By selecting a turfgrass based on its characteristics, homeowners can get a great looking lawn with barely any extra effort. Also, when disease or weed problems do arise, finding solutions can be easier if you know the species growing in your landscape. For more information on Georgia turfgrass and for species-specific lawn care calendars, visit the UGA Extension turfgrass site www.GeorgiaTurf.com or call your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-AskUGA1.last_img read more

Audit of homeland security and emergency management grants

first_imgVermont State Auditor Randy Brock’s report dictated that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) should seek repayment of $30,976 from three local government entities: $7,508 from the Village of Johnson; $19,650 from the Town of Norwich; and $3,818 from Rutland County Clerks Collaborative (RCCC).The Village of Johnson applied for a grant to replace equipment destroyed in a fire at the fire department building. At the same time, they acquired another reimbursement for this equipment by its insurance company and through the approval of DPS. The Town of Norwich applied for a grant to install a backup generator for its municipal building. However, a bulk of its matching contribution included the appraised value of a generator that was acquired several years prior. RCCC applied for a grant to hire a consultant to conduct risk assessments for its 14 member towns. To meet the local match requirement a DPS employee improperly encouraged the RCCC to submit the value of donated time by a paid contractor and false documentation of a cash vendor payment.In each of these cases, federal grant requirements or DPS accounting policies were violated. Brock’s report was a recommendation that DPS set up a process for tracking audit findings to resolution to be sure that all identified improper repayments are fully reimbursed.last_img read more

Kelly wary of Killenaule threat

first_imgThe North combination will be seeking to cause an upset against the South Champion’s when the sides meet in Templemore next weekend.Killenaule are in a strong run of form having topped their group in the competition and beating Clonmel Commercials in the South decider last month.And Kelly knows his team will have to be at their best to advance to the semi final stage of the competition.last_img

Nimba Lawmakers Condemn Attack on ArcelorMittal’s Facility But…

first_imgTwo lawmakers of Nimba County have strongly condemned the recent attack on ArcelorMittal facilities in Yekepa and described the act as “awlessness” and an “embarrassment” for them in Government.The two lawmakers, Representatives Jeremiah Koung of District #1 and Larry Younquoi of District #8, in separate interviews on July 6, said they were taking serious exception to the violent act, stressing that it was the wrong way of addressing issues in a civilized society.For Representative Koung, who spoke first at the third commencement convocation of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), stressed with strong assertion, “The day before yesterday was a sad day in Nimba when some of our citizens took on ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of properties, going as far as burning the train that transports the iron ore from here. They went to the extent [of] burning the bridge connecting Sanniquellie with Zolowee and Gbaapa, and this is very embarrassing to me.”Representative Koung admitted, “Yes! There are issues; yes, there are problems and our people need a better living standard because the iron ore is taken from here. But this will not cause people to go ahead and destroy such huge properties.”The Nimba lawmaker said such action requires arrest and prosecution, and that those involved should face prosecution.Representative Larry Younquoi described the situation as “very unfortunate.  I have just returned from there with legislative and executive delegations.  It is disheartening that this county is again in the air for the wrong reason.”According to the Nimba District #8 Representative, a committee comprising officials and elders from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Nimba Legislative Caucus has been set up to negotiate so that the looted materials belonging to the company can be retrieved.Representative Younquoi did not exactly state the level of damage done in Yekepa at ArcelorMittal’s facility; however, he said it would have been massive destruction because while they were there, about two trucks of looted materials were brought out.Representative Younquoi called on citizens of the county to desist from violence and look up to their elected and appointed leaders when there is a need to address certain problems.In an opposite assertion, Representative Jeremiah Koung again noted that Government on the other hand has been very slow in addressing the problem in Nimba.He said complaints have over the time mounted over ArcelorMittal’s alleged failure to meet up with its responsibility to owners of the land, but those in Government have talked much and nothing is being done.Besides the conflict between the people of Nimba and ArcelorMittal, Representative Koung said conflict is still arising over a parcel of land declared “eminent domain” in Ganta in 2010 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.He said if the Government is serious about the land being eminent domain, the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy should survey and deed it, and settle people who have claim to it in order to lay the matter to rest.He also noted that the land in question has been contested on many occasions and discussions have taken place, but Government is yet to effect the decision by bringing the matter to a conclusion.ArcelorMittal signed a Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia to invest US$75 million to mine iron ore in Mount Tokadi in Nimba County for a period of 25 years.According to provisions in the agreement, ArcelorMittal is obliged to meet with the following activities:Provide the Government with a financial report on the quantity of iron ore produced and sold every calendar quarter, and a report on all operations and activities at the end of each financial year.It is also to construct, maintain and operate health facilities in the Concession Area with modern equipment and with procedures that meet international standards, and provide training for Liberian citizens for skilled, technical, administrative and managerial positions.The agreement indicates that ArcelorMittal provides an annual social contribution of US$ 3 million to be managed and disbursed for the benefit of communities in the counties of Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa by a dedicated committee formed by the company and the Government.It is also to conduct its operations in accordance with the environmental protection and management law of the Republic and undertake an annual environmental audit and assessment.While the agreement provides the benefits, the people of Nimba, especially those in Yamein and Sehyee Clans have over the time complained that Arcelor Mittal was grabbing their farmlands without settlement and extending its mining activities to other mountains  besides Tokadi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

If your PC does not turn on anymore try this

first_imgIf your PC does not turn on anymore, try this by Martin Brinkmann on April 22, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: June 18, 2019 – 23 commentsI’m not a hardware guy. While I’m capable of building a PC from scratch by selecting compatible components and putting it all together, I’m only interested in hardware when I’m about to build a new PC and not the other time of the year.One of the first things I do each morning is to power on a PC. Imagine my surprise when my PC would not boot at all.This guide provides you with tips that may help you fix the not turning on issue on your own. Please note though that it won’t provide a 100% surefire way of fixing things as there is none.Instead, we are going to take a look at basic diagnostic options that may help you understand what is happening. Often, it is a basic issue that is easily fixed even if you have no idea about components that computers use to function.InspectionAlso a good time to clean the PC from dust.Instead of panicking right away, take a look at your PC and the connected components. In particular, check the following:Do other electronic devices work. If power is out completely, those won’t work as well.Check the power connection to the PC. Make sure the cable is not lose. Also, make sure the power connection is working by testing it with another electronic device.PCs have a power on/off switch on the back usually. Make sure the switch is in the on position.Check if the PC monitor has power, and that its connection to the PC is firm in place.Do you hear fans and the PC powering up when you turn it on?Check the power and reset buttons at the front. Do they appear stuck or out of place?After inspecting the PC externally, it is time to open it up if the above suggestions do not fix the issue. While I’d suggest you turn off the power before you do so, you may get important clues why something is not working if you keep the power on for a moment longer. Just make sure you don’t touch anything hardware related after you open the PC while it is turned on.Open the left side of the PC panel. You may need a screwdriver for this or can use your hands to do so depending on the case used.The motherboard indicates with an LED light usually if it gets power. If you don’t see any light there, it can mean that cables are not connected properly anymore, or that the power supply or motherboard are dead.Try hitting the on switch again. Do you hear fans starting to work inside the PC? Or beeping sounds that come from the internal speaker system?If you hear fans starting, you know that the motherboard is getting power. Beeping sounds indicate issues and you can check out the codes here on this page.Please remove the power connector from the PC and switch the power supply state to off before you continue.Once you have done so, it is time to check the connecting cables. As far as components are concerned, the most important ones are the power supply unit at the back that supplies power to the system, the motherboard, the processor, the video card, and memory.I suggest you check all cables and make sure they are firmly in place. If you notice a lose cable, it may very well be the reason why the PC did not turn on.Also, check that memory and the video card are connected properly.The power on button was stuck on the PC that would not boot this morning. All I had to do was put it in the right place to have the system boot up again without any further issues.Once you are done with the checking, plug the power cord back in and flip the power switch back to on. Try starting the PC and monitor what is happening.What if those methods did not fix the issue?One thing you can try is remove any component that is not required to run the PC. This means external devices, all but one memory module, internal cards (not the video card obviously).Best option here is to remove everything at once, and remember where each component went, to see if the PC starts up afterwards. If it does, add each component one by one to the machine again and test if it caused the issue.If that does not work, then you may want to test other components if you have them around. You may not have a spare power supply unit, motherboard or cpu though, and even if you do, may not be comfortable testing the system on your own.Your best bet then is to ask a friend for help if you know someone who is proficient in these things, or take your PC to a repair shop to get it looked at there.SummaryArticle NameIf your PC does not turn on anymore, try thisDescriptionTry the following, no computer science degree required fixes, if your PC does not turn on anymore when you hit the power switch.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Oliver Stone to make Snowden film

first_imgRelated posts:Obama to propose ending NSA bulk data collection Costa Rica surpasses Canada, US in recent press freedom rankings US Senate panel approves Venezuela sanctions Inaction presses on: The US immigration crisis Harding, who writes for British newspaper The Guardian, said Stone would write and direct the film with his long-term producing partner Moritz Borman.“I’m thrilled and delighted,” the journalist said.Stone, an Oscar-winning director whose films include “Wall Street,” “JFK,” and “Nixon” said he was looking forward to making the film.“This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge,” he said.The Guardian said Stone had begun writing the screenplay, while Borman was “fast-tracking it as a major European co-production” to start filming before the end of the year.Harding and other Guardian journalists are due to act as production and story consultants.“The story of Edward Snowden is truly extraordinary, and the unprecedented revelations he brought to light have forever transformed our understanding of — and relationship with — government and technology,” said Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian’s editor-in-chief. “We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman on the film.”Snowden is wanted by U.S. authorities for leaking series of U.S. intelligence secrets, and is currently living in Russia. His U.S. passport has been revoked.Snowden has said he is open to the possibility of clemency or amnesty and would like to return home one day. But he maintains he carried out a patriotic act by exposing huge surveillance dragnets he said infringed the U.S. Constitution.Washington says Snowden is welcome to return home but only to face trial for exposing sensitive top secret information it says aided U.S. enemies.The Stone film is not the only one being made about Snowden, based on a Guardian writer’s book. Sony Pictures Entertainment said last month it has acquired the rights to the new book by Glenn Greenwald, who led the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Guardian that covered the story.James Bond franchise producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will make the movie version of “No Place to Hide,” described as “a political film that will resonate with today’s moviegoers.”In related news, The Sunday Times reported on May 18 that Greenwald is working on his biggest piece yet about the U.S. intelligence revelations, and is about to publish a list of names of U.S. citizens on which the U.S. government spied. Should be interesting. Facebook Comments LONDON – Oliver Stone is to make a film about fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, based on a book by a British journalist, it was announced Monday.Luke Harding, the author of “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man,” said on Twitter that the U.S. filmmaker has bought the movie rights to the book.center_img I’m thrilled and delighted. Look forward to working with @TheOliverStone on terrific project. Film to be major European co-production— Luke Harding (@lukeharding1968) June 2, 2014last_img read more