Hot weather stress

first_imgWatering your lawnProvide lawns with 1 inch of water weekly. If your grass turns a bluish green color or you can still see your footprints after walking through it, it is not getting enough water. If you have an irrigation system and you would like to measure how much water is being applied to your lawn, here is an easy way to do so. Knowing your lawn needs 1 inch of water a week, you can now adjust your watering times to fulfill its needs. You may have to split your watering into two applications because it is difficult to apply an inch of water all at one time without losing some to runoff. Following these tips on keeping your landscape healthy will help your plants survive Georgia’s high summer temperatures. Overall, remember to water properly to develop a healthy, deep root system, avoid mechanical injury to trees and shrubs and select plant material suited to your area of the state. When the temperatures reach triple digits, we hear plenty on the news about how to take care of our pets and ourselves, but not much about our plants. Recent record temperatures can obliterate our lawns and ornamentals in just a few hours if these plants are already under stress for other reasons. A lawn or a plant that has been well cared for and is healthy will survive a few 100-degree days much better than one that is in a weakened state going into the heat spell. A weak plant can be compared to a person with a compromised health condition. Neither the plant nor the human will survive high temperatures if thrown into it without proper “conditioning,” so to speak, ahead of time. Proper care of plants to keep them healthy involves the following:Avoid causing mechanical injury to trees and shrubs with weed eaters and lawn mowers. These injuries allow entry points for insects and diseases to overtake the plant. Deep wounds can cause damage to the tree’s vascular system, which carries water and nutrients to the rest of the tree.Avoid severe pruning to trees and shrubs in extreme temperatures. Pruning puts a plant under stress. Plants try to develop new growth after pruning. A growing plant requires additional water and nutrients, which in a dry spell are already limited.Water container gardens daily or when the top 2-4 inches of potting soil appears dry.Do not over fertilize. Just as pruning stimulates new growth, so does fertilization.Choose plants wisely. When planting a new tree or ornamental shrub, make sure the plant is adapted to your area. Home gardeners often see a plant in another region of the country that they would love to have in their yard. There’s usually a good reason why you don’t see those plants back home: They don’t do well in the conditions we have in the South and will struggle to survive. They might survive in mild winters and summers, but a winter like the one we had in 2010 or a summer like we are having right now will be the end of that plant. center_img Set some empty tuna cans on your lawn where the water will reach them. Turn on the irrigation system or sprinkler and let it run for 15 minutes. Collect the tuna cans and pour all of the water into one can. Measure the depth of the combined water in the can and divide by the number of cans you used. (This will give you an average since your sprinkler system could be putting out different volumes at different locations in the lawn.) Multiply the average amount by 4 to see how much water your system is putting out in an hour. (You do this last step because you only collected water for 15 minutes and there are four 15-minute segments in an hour.) last_img read more

Huawei aiming to win big with Messi

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain: Huawei is the top information communication technology brand in its China-based headquarters, and an impressive third in smartphones globally. Now Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer, feels that with international football star Lionel Messi, the brand will move from challenger to global leaders soon. The Huawei brand can be found in more than 170 countries around the world including Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is considered the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012. Huawei chose Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as their brand ambassador because his journey to becoming the best player in the world, his domination over his opponents and other inspiring qualities speak to what the brand is seeking to achieve globally. Messi is a five-time FIFA World Player of the Year. “We are seeking a long-term partnership. He is a win, win. Look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Ho assured, following Thursday’s announcement of Messi as their global ambassador. He believes the Messi-Huawei partnership will prove vital in helping them to overcome rivals Apple and Samsung. “He overcame physical challenges as a young footballer to become the best, and the way he dominates on the field and always helps his team win … is very inspiring to a lot of people,” Ho continued. When asked by The Sunday Gleaner if Huawei could, in the near future, look to contract Jamaican track stars like Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, Ho said for now they are happy with Messi, but will always look to grow the business. Meanwhile, Huawei is set to launch their new P9 smart phone. It is expected to be launched in London on April 6. According to Ho, five reasons why Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality.” LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

Waitress’s body found in Berbice trench

first_imgThe partly nude body of 23-year-old Marissa Fraser of Lot 24 Public Road, Number 4 Village, West Coast Berbice was on Monday morning fished out of a canal at Number 5 Village, West Coast Berbice.Marisa Fraser’s body was pulled from a trench in BerbiceThe body of the part-time waitress, which had multiple stab wounds to the face and head, was discovered a short distance from a pool of blood at Back Street, Number 5 Village.A woman known as ‘Bebi’, who lives a short distance from where the body was discovered, said that at 6:30hrs she saw a trail of blood in the centre of the street which leads to the village cemetery, but it was not until three hours later that a farmer saw the body in a corner of the canal.“There was only a top on. Her slippers (were) on the ground right there. There was a lot of mud on her face, and when the Police came, they had to wipe off some of the mud to see if anybody could identify her,” Bebi explained.The dead woman’s aunt has said that from all indications there was a struggle between the waitress and her attacker(s). She is of the belief that there was more than one person who attacked and sexually assaulted Fraser. This, the aunt believes, is evident from the amount of mud that was caught in Fraser’s hair and the burns on her arms, which suggested that she had? also been torched.Police found a part of a scissors at the scene, and this they believe to be the murder weapon.Fraser had last been seen by her cousin at home shortly after midnight, as she was preparing to go to a wedding reception in the next village.Fraser leaves to mourn her mother and two brothers. Police investigations are continuing. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Irish Water announce plans for further roadworks in Letterkenny region

first_imgMore water mains and sewer works are in the pipeline for Letterkenny and surrounding areas in the coming weeks, Irish Water has announced.The water utility said that pipe laying works and piling works on the Oldtown Road are ahead of programme and two-way traffic will be maintained for the duration of the works.All works will cease on the R250 Oldtown Road in the weeks surrounding Christmas, from the last two weeks in November to the third week in January. Further updates are due as the project progresses. Carnamuggah:Works commenced at Carnamuggah in Letterkenny on 16th September.Kilmacrennan:A stop/go traffic management system will be in place throughout the week in Kilmacrenan on N56 during daytime working hours.Manor Roundabout to Dry Arch roundabout:Works will take place during daytime working hours on the hard shoulder of Letterkenny-bound N13 dual carriageway from N13/N14 roundabout to Dry Arch Roundabout with outside lane only open after 10:00am.  Irish Water announce plans for further roadworks in Letterkenny region was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA, Nigeria sign accounting agreement

first_img22 January 2013 The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria to facilitate cooperation and allow members to work in both countries, the institute announced last week. The memorandum allows members of the one organisation to become members of the other, which will enable South African accountants to work in Nigeria and Nigerian accountants to practice in South Africa. “Nigeria’s business environment is in strong growth mode, and so offers the South African professional accountant a great new market in which to operate,” the institute’s chief executive officer, Shahied Daniels, said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with our Nigerian colleagues to build a reliable standards framework that will support bilateral trade and business.” Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and has emerged as a key trading partner for South Africa. Nigeria has been recognised as one of the fastest growing economies in the world since 2001 and its gross domestic product is believed to average 6.8% until 2015, according to SAIPA. Trade volumes between the two countries also increased to US$30-million in 2012. “Africa is steadily building a business-friendly environment that is attractive to international investors and promotes intra-regional trade,” said chief executive of the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Terkaa Gemade. “This link between two leading professional accountancy bodies in Africa’s two most important economies is an important step in building that environment and offers potential to the members of both organisations.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Some commonalities found in Pansare, Dabholkar murders

first_imgInvestigating agencies told Bombay High Court on Friday that they found some commonalities in the way rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar were murdered and that they will soon start a country wide search to look for the pistols used for the murder.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and GS Patel was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by members of the Pansare and Dabholkar families. The Central Bureau of Investigation’s special investigation team (CBI SIT) is investigating the Dabholkar murder and the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) is probing the Pansare murder. The additional solicitor general and CBI’s counsel Anil Singh told the court that a country wide operation will be carried out within a month to search for the four countrymade pistols used to kill Dabholkar. It is believed that the pistols were dismantled and thrown in a creek next to Thane.He said the agency is waiting for confirmations and permissions from some government agencies to commence the operation. The court responded to this by saying the operation should not be delayed, and must be carried out before the onset of monsoon.Senior counsel Ashok Mundargi representing CID reiterated that the main conspirators in Pansare’s murder have been arrested and they will soon catch hold of the attackers.The bench then questioned if there are any commonalities between the two crimes. To this Mr. Mundargi said, “yes to some extent commonality is established between the two crimes.”The court then remarked, “we feel like there is some spark missing in this case [Pansare]. It is not the case that the shooters will never be arrested. They will be nabbed one day. But it should have been done by now. It is the credibility of the probe agency that is at stake. It is a case where eminent persons like Dabholkar and Pansare have been killed.”“Political leaders, who are in power, and made promises to the public that they stand for peace and constitutional rights of citizens should ensure this,” the court said.Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune.Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 near his house in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. He died four days later.last_img read more

US Anti-Doping Agency to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles

first_imgThe U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time.Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday.Still to be heard from was the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union, which had backed Armstrong’s legal challenge to USADA’s authority.Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA’s arbitration process – his last option – because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles stretching from 1999-2005.”There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, enough is enough. For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.””I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” he said. “The toll, this has on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”USADA reacted quickly and treated Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt, hanging the label of drug cheat on an athlete who was a hero to thousands for overcoming life-threatening testicular cancer and for his foundation’s support for cancer research.advertisement”It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes,” Tygart said. “It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”Tygart said the agency can strip the Tour titles, though Armstrong disputed that as he insisted his decision is not an admission of drug use, but a refusal to enter an arbitration process he believes is unfair.”USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said. “I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”USADA maintains that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids as well as blood transfusions – all to boost his performance.The 40-year-old Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged following a two-year federal criminal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in February, but USADA announced in June it had evidence Armstrong used banned substances and methods – and encouraged their use by teammates. The agency also said it had blood tests from 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent” with blood doping.Included in USADA’s evidence were emails written by Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive drug test. Landis’ emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.”There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency’s pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.”USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives,” such as politics or publicity, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: he has quit before a fight is over.”Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities,” Armstrong said.advertisementArmstrong could have pressed his innocence in USADA’s arbitration process, but the cyclist has said he believes most people have already made up their minds about whether he’s a fraud or a persecuted hero.It was a stunning move for an athlete who built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling offseason workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees.Although he had already been crowned a world champion and won individual stages at the Tour de France, Armstrong was still relatively unknown in the U.S. until he won the epic race for the first time in 1999. It was the ultimate comeback tale: When diagnosed with cancer, doctors had given him less than a 50 per cent chance of survival before surgery and brutal cycles of chemotherapy saved his life.Armstrong’s riveting victories, his work for cancer awareness and his gossip-page romances with rocker Sheryl Crow, fashion designer Tory Burch and actress Kate Hudson made him a figure who transcended sports.His dominance of the Tour de France elevated the sport’s popularity in America to unprecedented levels. His story and success helped sell millions of the “Livestrong” plastic yellow wrist bracelets, and enabled him to enlist lawmakers and global policymakers to promote cancer awareness and research. His Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. Its investigators joined U.S. agents during the federal probe, and Tygart had dismissed Armstrong’s lawsuit as an attempt at “concealing the truth.” He said the agency is motivated by one goal – exposing cheaters in sport.Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong’s teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged. Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn’t formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.In a sport rife with cheaters, Armstrong has been under constant suspicion since the 1990s from those who refused to believe he was a clean rider winning cycling’s premier event against a field of doped-up competition.He had tense public disputes with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, some former teammates and assistants and even Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France.Through it all, Armstrong vigorously denied any and all hints, rumors and direct accusations he was cheating. He had the blazing personality, celebrity and personal wealth needed to fight back with legal and public relations battles to clear his name – and he did, time after time.Armstrong won his first Tour at a time when doping scandals had rocked the race. He was leading the race when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine; cycling officials said he was authorized to use a small amount of a cream to treat saddle sores.advertisementAfter Armstrong’s second victory in 2000, French judicial officials investigated his Postal Service team for drug use. That investigation ended with no charges, but the allegations kept coming.Armstrong was criticised for his relationship with Ferrari, who was banned by Italian authorities over doping charges in 2002. Former personal and team assistants accused Armstrong of having steroids in an apartment in Spain and disposing of syringes that were used for injections.In 2004, a Dallas-based promotions company initially refused to pay him a $5 million bonus for winning his sixth Tour de France because it wanted to investigate allegations raised by media in Europe. Testimony in that case included former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, saying Armstrong told doctors during his 1996 cancer treatments that he had taken a cornucopia of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.Two books published in Europe, “L.A. Confidential” and “L.A. Official,” also raised doping allegations and, in 2005, French magazine L’Equipe reported that retested urine samples from the 1999 Tour showed EPO use.Armstrong fought every accusation with denials and, in some cases, lawsuits against the European media outlets that reported them.But he showed signs that he was tiring of the never-ending questions. Armstrong retired (for the first time) in 2005 and almost immediately considered a comeback before deciding to stay on the sidelines, in part, because he didn’t want to keep answering doping questions.”I’m sick of this,” Armstrong said in 2005. “Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there’s no way I could get a fair shake – on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs.”Three years later, Armstrong was 36 and itching to ride again. He came back to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France.Armstrong raced in the Tour again in 2010, under the cloud of the federal criminal investigation. Early last year, he quit the sport for good, but made a brief return as a triathlete until the USADA investigation shut him down.During his sworn testimony in the dispute over the $5 million bonus, Armstrong said he wouldn’t take performance enhancing drugs because he had too much to lose.”(The) faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. Everything I do off the bike would go away, too,” Armstrong said then. “And don’t think for a second I don’t understand that. It’s not about money for me. Everything. It’s also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased.”last_img read more

Winnipeg mayor calls for Senator Beyak to resign

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsThe mayor of Winnipeg says a statement released by Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak is “deeply offensive” and “terribly damaging to reconciliation efforts.”Brian Bowman was reacting to a statement Beyak posted on Sept. 1, where she defend her previous comments on residential schools, saying many people had shown support for her position.She also called on First Nations to “trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman, and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa.”Earlier in the day, on Thursday, Bowman tweeted: “A Canadian Senator s/d know who Canadian Citizens are. #makeitawkward #resign”When asked during a press conference later in the day if he believes Beyak should resign, Bowman said “of course.” “I don’t remember a time where a Canadian senator, a member of the Canadian Senate has made comments as damaging to our reconciliation efforts like that,” he said. “I mean they’re just, they’re terrible and she clearly needs to be better educated and I hope that she gets that education on who Canadian citizens are as well as matters pertaining to our Indigenous community.”Beyak released another statement on Thursday, once again defending her previous comments. “What we have been doing is obviously not working, spending billions of dollars annually, yet filthy water and inadequate housing is still a reality on too many reserves,” she said. Conservative Senate Chair Larry Smith said Wednesday Beyak’s comments don’t reflect the Conservative caucus. “Accordingly, we have taken additional steps to address Senator Beyak’s ongoing role within our Caucus,” said Smith in a statement.Beyak has not returned phone calls or responded to emails from [email protected]last_img read more