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  • Compost

    first_imgAdding compost to your spring garden or landscape helps plants grow better and can keep them from getting wet feet. It also creates plant “food” from trash, says a University of Georgia expert. “Composting is very good for drainage. The organic matter increases the air space and allows water and air to penetrate the soil,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. Do not add compost to gardens until the soil is dry enough to be worked. He suggests tilling finished compost into the soil 6 to 8 inches deep. “Incorporating finished compost into vegetable garden beds or plant beds amends the soil and allows water and air to filter more easily through the soil,” he said. “This can help prevent run-off and adds nutrients to the soil.” Nearly-finished compost can be used as mulch and helps plants retain moisture and prevent weeds.What is it?Compost is decomposed organic matter. In heavy clay soils, compost reduces compaction, increases aeration and helps water better infiltrate the soil. In sandy soils, it helps the soil retain both water and nutrients.Compost is made from a mix of brown and green organic materials. Brown compost materials include dry, dead plants, autumn leaves, dried grass clippings, shredded paper and wood chips. These provide carbon. Green compost materials – such as fresh plant products, coffee grounds, tea bags and kitchen fruit and vegetable waste – provide nitrogen.Westerfield says to include more brown items than green. The ratio should be 3-to-1. Don’t add meats, bones, grease or other animal-based food waste. They can smell bad and attract rodents.Pile careMaterials should be added in layers, alternating brown and green. A pile of compost can take three weeks to six months to process, depending on the care. Adding fresh material to a pile can cause the process to take longer. “The composting cycle will work faster if the pile is kept moist and turned frequently,” he said. “The more you agitate the pile the faster it will compost.” Along with turning the pile a few times a month, rain water helps maintain moisture. Water should be added only to keep the pile moist, not wet.“It is nice to have two or three bins so you can have several stages of compost,” he said. Westerfield suggests removing finished compost from a pile and keeping it contained in a separate bin for use. “Some people are disappointed because they fill the bin up and when it becomes compost, they end up with 10 to 20 percent of what they put in,” he said. “As it biodegrades, its volume drastically reduces.”Fertilizer can be added to the pile. A little 10-10-10 and a few scoops of garden soil are suggested. Don’t add lime to the mixture. Another option in composting is vermicomposting, which uses worms to help break down the organic waste. While composting provides organic material valuable to plants, most people view composting as a form of recycling. In many counties, landfills no longer accept green materials. “It’s a way to recycle waste and save money by producing a product from trash you would otherwise have to buy,” Westerfield said.last_img read more

  • Credit-debit card fraudsters target the affluent

    first_imgIf you make $75,000 or more a year and have a college degree, you are more likely to receive a credit and debit card fraud alert from your financial institution, according to a new survey report from CreditCards.com.What’s more, despite the best efforts of financial institutions and new security measures, many types of card fraud are still on the rise because criminals have become more devious.The Austin, Texas-based organization’s nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed found that 68% of those with annual household income of $75,000 or more have received a fraud alert compared with 40% of those making $30,000-$49,999 and 26% with income under $30,000.The same is true for educational attainment: 65% of college graduates have gotten a fraud notification, compared with 49% who attended some college and 25% who have a high school education or less. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Police in Nevada Reveal New Details About Episode That Left 4 Dead

    first_imgThe episode began around 11 a.m. Tuesday, when the police were called to an apartment complex on Stonelake Cove Avenue, officials said. The caller had heard gunshots and had seen someone with a possible gunshot wound in a doorway, the police said.When officers arrived at the complex, they found two women in their 30s who had been fatally shot, the police said Wednesday. They also found a 16-year-old girl who had been shot but was alive, the police said. “As officers attempted a de-escalation dialogue with the suspect, the suspect held his firearm to the juvenile’s head, resulting in an officer-involved shooting,” the police said in a statement on Wednesday.The 12-year-old boy and Mr. Bourne both died at the scene, the police said. The police said they had determined that Mr. Bourne had fired “multiple rounds inside the vehicle.”The police did not say how many shots had been fired or by whom they had been fired. It was also unclear what had led to the initial shootings, but they said Mr. Bourne had lived in the apartment above the victims’. The names of the victims were not released.- Advertisement – Officer Katrina Farrell, a spokeswoman for the Police Department, said the matter was “still under investigation” and declined to provide more information. There is police body-camera footage from the episode, and that is “typically” released within a week or two, she said. The killings took place at a three-story building at an apartment complex, the Douglas at Stonelake, that one resident, Amber Belmonte, said was generally quiet.She counted more than two dozen marked police vehicles in addition to unmarked vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances at the scene on Tuesday.Generally, she said, life is uneventful at the complex. “I imagined the only thing I was going to stress about was the election,” she said. – Advertisement – It started with a call to the police in Henderson, Nev., on Tuesday about a shooting at an apartment complex. It ended with four people dead, including a suspected gunman and a 12-year-old boy.On Wednesday, the police released additional details about the episode, including the circumstances in which they fired at the gunman, who they believed had taken the boy hostage after killing two women.- Advertisement – Then, the police said, the officers found the gunman, a resident of the complex whom they identified as Jason Neo Bourne, 38. He was “barricaded in a nearby vehicle” and holding a boy hostage.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Technology company Philips warns of funding shortfall at pension scheme

    first_imgThe Philips scheme has, therefore, ruled out the possibility of indexation next year. Earlier this year, the pension fund announced that it would reduce its matching portfolio from 70% to 60% in favour of its return portfolio.Its new strategic liabilities portfolio is now 35% euro-denominated government bonds, with allocations of 5% each for global government paper (including UK and US bonds), global credit, mortgages, high-yield credit and emerging market debt.The Philips scheme’s new strategic allocation in the return portfolio consists of holdings in equity (28%), property (10%), commodities (1%) and cash (1%).Last summer, the pension fund’s matching portfolio was 62.5% euro-denominated bonds and 15% global bonds, credit and mortgages.The Philips scheme fell 0.2 percentage points short of its benchmark with its quarterly return.It attributed the underperformance to the fact it failed to adjust the benchmark on a daily basis when rebuilding its investment portfolio.It also pointed out that the combined effect of its interest and inflation hedges had shaved 0.1% from the previous quarter’s return.The pension fund did not provide specific return figures for the individual asset classes, saying only that its commodity investments produced a loss.Philips Pensioenfonds has 102,640 participants in total, of which 57,320 are pensioners and 14,175 are active members. The €17bn pension fund of Dutch technology company Philips has warned of an expected funding shortfall, due to the combined effects of a riskier investment mix, low interest rates and stricter accounting rules within the new financial assessment framework (FTK). Despite generating a 4% return over the last quarter, the scheme saw its funding fall by 4 percentage points to 113% in September, following further drops in interest rates, which are used for discounting liabilities.The scheme’s required funding level increased from 107% to 109%, and the pension fund said it expected further increases once it completed the restructuring of its portfolio. It also said it expected that the stricter rules of the new FTK – which will come into force on 1 January 2015 – would lead to an additional increase in the required funding, which could rise to 117%, it said.last_img read more

  • Archery program eclipses 500 schools in 15 years

    first_imgStatewide—Indiana’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) has surpassed the mark of having more than 500 participating schools in its 15 years of existence.Administrated through the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, NASP® was introduced to Hoosier state schools in 2005.Currently, there are 529 participating schools. Statistics reported to the DNR by participating schools show that more than 70,000 students in grades 4 through 12 participated in NASP® during the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, more than 2,300 of those students were recognized by the NASP® Academic Archer program, which started during the 2018-2019 school year. That program honors NASP® participants for their academic achievements, as well as their archery skills.Indiana NASP ® allows participants to experience a new sport while gaining self-confidence, learning sportsmanship and improving social skills. A fundamental goal of NASP® is to be inclusive and available to all students.NASP® has been proven to increase educational performance, attendance and participation in the shooting sports, according to Indiana NASP ® coordinator Tim Beck.“The steady growth of this program has impacted schools all across Indiana,” Beck said. “Schools are realizing the benefits of the program by the sheer numbers of students who have expressed their interest in learning to shoot international-style target archery as a part of their in-school curriculum.“This positive youth program is truly ‘Changing Lives…One Arrow at a Time,’ as the NASP® slogan says.”last_img read more

  • Preliminary games set for state basketball playoffs

    first_imgBelow are times and dates for local high school basketball preliminary games scheduled to be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14. A list of quarterfinal games will be posted at the conclusion of the round. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Feb. 13Girls, Class B North: (10) Ellsworth vs. (7) Waterville, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 14Boys, Class B North: (11) Orono vs. (6) Ellsworth, 6 p.m.Boys, Class C North: (10) Bucksport vs. (7) Piscataquis, 5 p.m.Boys, Class C North: (14) Sumner vs. (3) Mattanawcook Academy, 6 p.m.Boys, Class D North: (9) Deer Isle-Stonington vs. (8) Bangor Christian, 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgMillsaps was named managing editor in 1992 and elevated to vice president and executive editor in 1994. He retired in 2005 but continued to write guest columns and book reviews. He won the Red Smith Award, presented by The Associated Press Sports Editors, in 2011 for his contributions to sports journalism.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 McCray’s challenge in Starkville is keeping the powerhouse program in Southeastern Conference and national championship contention after Schaefer led the Bulldogs to consecutive runner-up appearances in 2017 and ’18.Schaefer left MSU for Texas after going 221-62, with a 27-6 finish and the No. 9 ranking last season, which ended abruptly because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-OILERS-CAVE DIESOilers’ Colby Cave dies at 25TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday after a brain bleed this week. He was 25. Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where he was taken after being admitted to a hospital in Barrie, Ontario, on Monday. Cave underwent emergency surgery Tuesday, a removal of a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.The NHL club confirmed Cave’s death with a statement from his family.Cave scored once in 11 appearances with Edmonton this season. He had 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors this season.Cave played five seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, where he saw time as captain, before joining the Boston Bruins’ organization for the 2014-15 season after going undrafted. The Oilers claimed Cave off waivers in January of 2019. He had four goals and five assists over 67 NHL games with Boston and Edmonton.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Cave: “Undrafted but undaunted, Colby was relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream.” Associated Press Update on the latest sports GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his fight since 2015 against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him.The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling, while the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery.The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years. He is serving a six-year FIFA ban from soccer.The Swiss prosecution office says a second criminal proceeding against Blatter — for a $2 million payment he authorized to FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011 for uncontracted salary — remains open.center_img WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MCCRAY-PENSONMississippi State hires Nikki McCray-Penson as women’s coachSTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has hired former Old Dominion women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson to replace Vic Schafer as the Bulldogs’ head coach.McCray-Penson, a Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, was 53-40 the past three years at Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs posted consecutive 20-win seasons under McCray, including 24-6 overall and 14-4 in Conference USA last season, when she was conference coach of the year.McCray-Penson previously spent nine seasons as a South Carolina assistant under Dawn Staley. Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits. — The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.— The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Canada announced Saturday that the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule. It says the tournament will return to Montreal in August 2021. The women’s and men’s Rogers Cup traditionally rotate between Toronto and Montreal. As of Saturday, the men’s event in Toronto in August was still on the schedule.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against Blatter OBIT-WILLIAM MILLSAPSAward-winning sports writer William Millsaps dies at age 77RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William H. “Bill” Millsaps Jr., an award-winning sports writer and executive at the Richmond Times-Dispatch during a nearly 40-year career, has died.His wife Nancy says Millsaps died Friday night at his home after a period of declining health. He was 77.The Daisy, Tennessee, native played basketball at the University of Tennessee and started his career as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. He joined the Times-Dispatch as a sports writer in 1966. April 11, 2020last_img read more

  • Little Hintz assumes big role

    first_imgThough only a redshirt freshman who stands roughly 5 feet tall, Cassie Hintz demands respect.Despite her youth, Cassie Hintz has proved an indispensable part of the Wisconsin Badger women’s cross country team this fall and will remain so for years to come.Forget about potential, she has already come into her own. Most recently, she placed 19th in the 6K at the Pre-NCAA invite with a time of 20:46.5. She, along with All-American teammate Hanna Grinaker (16th place), led Wisconsin to a 9th-place finish at the event in Terre Haute, Ind.“I’m happy where Cassie is right now, but I think the bigger picture is: Can we get the rest of the team where they need to be?” Stintzi said.Hintz, a 19-year-old from Stillwater, Maine, has established herself as a key component of the Badgers team. She was the 2007 Crazylegs Classic champion, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:43 and the 2007 Syttende Mai champion, covering the 20-mile course in 2:00.1.Stintzi gives Hintz his highest regard. He recognizes Hintz’s efforts to boost her teammates and keep them motivated during practice.“It’s very tough for someone like Cassie or Hanna Grinaker to hold back and wait for other runners during our hard sessions,” Stintzi said. “But during our recovery days, Cassie has done a great job of running with as many of our athletes as possible to encourage them in their training and racing.”As for the team’s results, he hasn’t been particularly satisfied. The UW women fell from No. 5 to No. 26 in the national polls prior to the Pre-NCAA event because of a lackluster showing at the Paul Short Invitational. Then it finished ninth at the Pre-NCAA competition behind Big Ten foes Minnesota (4th) and Michigan State (3rd).Even though their pre-NCAA performance wasn’t as outstanding as Stintzi had hoped, the Badgers were rewarded with a jump in the national polls to No. 21. Wisconsin trails only Big Ten foes Michigan State and Michigan in the Great Lakes regional rankings. The Spartans are first in the region and No. 7 in the nation while the Wolverines are second regionally and No. 6 nationally. Minnesota, at No. 8, is also ranked higher than the Badgers nationally. The goal for the team is be one of the nation’s elite teams. Stintzi thinks that Hintz can make improvements, which will help the team reach its goals and potential.“Cassie, like most talented young runners, has to learn patience both in races and in her training,” Stintzi said. “She is very motivated and willing to do the hard work necessary to become a very good runner — but it takes time to develop. I think she has made significant progress in this regard already this season.”If Hintz can harness her skills and develop as Stintzi plans, the UW women, with Hintz and Grinaker as their leaders, should enter the national spotlight at the approaching Big Ten tournament and the looming NCAA championships.Hintz has proven steady so far, and Stintzi expects bigger things to come.last_img read more

  • Badgers ‘gotta feeling’ about Duke game

    first_imghttp://http://vimeo.com/7934777The University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team takes on the Duke Blue Devils at the Kohl Center tonight. See what the players and the Badger Herald Sports editors are saying about tonight’s match up. The game airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN.last_img

  • Swimmers prepare for last home meet

    first_imgIn any sport, the last event held at home of the season can always spark some emotions. For the Wisconsin swim and dive team, Friday night marks the last races in the UW Natatorium for four women and three men as UW takes on Northwestern. But rather than focusing on their last home meet as Badgers, the men’s and women’s team will continue to keep focus on the remainder of the season.Early success, continued awardsThe swim and dive team found early success in the season by earning the win in their first dual meet against UW-Milwaukee. The women’s swim team was able to win all 13 events, finishing the night off with a 166-66 lead over Milwaukee. The men’s side was able to cap the night off with a 146-84 win.The dominating results over Milwaukee led Wisconsin to be awarded two titles. Sophomore Daniel Lester was awarded the Big Ten swimmer of the week award alongside fellow sophomore Michael Ross, who was named the Big Ten diver of the week for his first place finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter competition.But they didn’t win the award just once. Lester and Ross were awarded the same titles the following week. With a pair of athletes earning consecutive Big Ten swimmer of the week and Big Ten diver of the week titles, Lester and Ross tied a previous record set in 2002-2003 by swimmers at Michigan State.But Ross is diving too well to stop there. He picked up one more Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award, bringing his season total to three and career total to four. The four honors match the UW record.Sophomore Ashley Wanland and standout freshman Rebecka Palm can also call themselves Big Ten Swimmer of the Week within just five weeks of the season.“I was surprised,” Palm said of the award after flawless meet against Minnesota. “I didn’t really know what that was, and didn’t know that I was chosen as swimmer of the week until other swimmers told me. I wasn’t aware of it at all … It’s always exciting.”Emphasis on time, not placeAlthough the men’s team is finding individual success, the team isn’t earning the ‘W’ at all their dual meets. Lester notes, however, that it is more important to see individual swimmers improving their time.“Everyone’s striving to get up to the top. The place things aren’t so important; it’s more about the times we’re looking at,” Lester said. “We’re swimming very tired. Some teams rest for some events, some don’t, and same with us. It’s more about times at this point in the season, and everyone’s looking really good.”Northwestern competitionLast year against Northwestern, Wisconsin had split results. The men’s swim and dive team outscored their opponent 153-144, while the women’s 143 points wasn’t enough to overcome the 157 points Northwestern earned.In order for this weekend to result in a double-win for Wisconsin, the same attention to detail and sharp races must be prevalent, as it has been the past five weeks.“We’re going to have to definitely be on our ‘A’ game, be as sharp as we have been all season,” Meyer said. “Northwestern has a great program and they’re definitely going to be tough, but I think if our girls all swim to the potential that they can swim right now, I think that we definitely have a great chance of taking away the win.”last_img read more