Destroy Weeds

first_imgGrowing a vegetable garden consists of more than just keeping the plants healthy. It’s also about making sure the weeds don’t take over.This spring’s frequent rains created ideal conditions for weeds to grow, says University of Georgia Extension agent Frank Watson. “Considering the droughts we’ve had this time of year, the rain was good to see in a lot of ways,” he said. “But many gardeners were afraid to cultivate for fear of losing that moisture. Now, the weeds are taking over.”Unfortunately, there are no postemergence herbicides that are safe to use in vegetable gardens, he said. Cultivation, removing weeds by hand or with help from tools, is usually the only option.Small weeds 1 to 2 inches tall can be quickly and easily removed with a hoe, garden rake or by hand. Large weeds take a lot more time and effort.“As weeds exceed 6 inches in height, they tend to become more troublesome. Extensive root systems — often along with deep taproots — make it difficult to get the weeds out of the soil,” Watson said.Small handheld hook-type weeding tools can help pull out weeds by the roots and prevent them from coming back. These range in price from $4 to $30, for more complicated models. Some gardeners choose to ignore weeds and hope they will go away, Watson said. “Weeds that are allowed to make seed will significantly increase weed problems in future years. It takes only a few scattered weeds to produce enough seed to cover the entire garden next year,” he said.With weeds, the best defense is early offenseUGA Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield says the best way to maintain a weed-free garden is to prevent it from establishing in the first place. The sun can be used to kill weeds in a garden plot, but you have to start before you plant. Till the area, moisten it and cover it with layers of plastic held in place by rocks. After about four weeks, the sun will have baked the area underneath to temperatures of 140, 150 or 160 degrees and killed any weeds.If weeds have already emerged in the garden plot and you are ready to plant seeds or seedlings, Westerfield says remove the weeds as soon as possible.“It’s a whole lot easier to prevent weeds than to get them out of the garden once they have a foothold,” he said.Westerfield likes to control weeds without pesticides and uses garden mats and the sun instead. Planting directly into precut holes in garden mats allows the vegetable plants to grow, but not the weeds. UGA Extension weed scientist Mark Czarnota spends his workdays searching for ways to control weeds. He also recommends using physical barriers — like plastic or weed barrier fabric — to prevent weeds from emerging in the first place. “Usually three mil plastic will hold up for a season, but newspapers are an inexpensive alternative,” he said.Czarnota also recommends using a two- to four-inch layer of mulch to control weeds. “Don’t use grass clippings because they may contain herbicides,” he said.Westerfield places newspapers covered with straw around plants in his own garden, and then runs a tiller between rows to destroy weeds. “The bad side of using the tiller method is that every time you till the soil, you dry it out and run the risk of bringing weed seeds to the surface,” he said. As vegetable plants grow, they will begin to shade out weeds, which reduces their numbers, Westerfield said. Gardeners have additional options outside the vegetable gardenOutside the vegetable garden, gardeners have more options to control weed problems. Chemical control methods are not harmful when used correctly, Czarnota said. Most problems come from the drift of post-emergence herbicides and carryover of pre-emergence herbicides in soil or mulches. The drift of Roundup (glyphosate) near vegetables like tomatoes is a big problem among homeowners, he said.“Some people use table salt, oils and fatty acids as organic herbicides. They also use corn gluten; acetic, capric and malic acid; cinnamon; clove; and lemon oil. But synthetically-manufactured herbicides still contain the largest, most effective arsenal available to both commercial and home growers,” Czarnota said.Fire is another control method. It is used to remove brush from conifers. Flame throwers are used to remove weeds growing through cracks in sidewalks, Czarnota said.For larger areas, pastures or areas that are already overgrown with weeds, Czarnota says gardeners can use biological control methods, like goats and other grazing animals. Grass carp are used to control weeds in ponds and lakes. For more on controlling specific weeds in home landscapes, see the UGA publication website at read more

Weekly unemployment claims plunge after three weeks of increases

first_imgThere were 889 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 764 from the week before. Altogether 11,520 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 733 from a week ago and 1,931 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,990 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 18 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 834 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 27 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See story HERE.last_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img L egal Roundup Harris to lead FACDL: Jeffrey M. Harris of Ft. Lauderdale will serve as president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2006-2007. Other officers include President-elect A. Russell Smith of Jacksonville; Vice President Richard Hersch of Miami; Treasurer Paula Saunders of Tallahassee; and Secretary Brian Tannebaum of Miami. The Immediate Past President is Michael J. Snure of Orlando. Judicial Candidates Breakfast Rescheduled: The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association has rescheduled its Judicial Candidates Breakfast Forum for August 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lyric Theatre on NW 2nd Ave., in Miami. According to the association, the purpose of the breakfast forum is to invite the community to become educated about the candidates who are seeking to be elected as judges in Miami-Dade County. It will also enable judicial candidates to meet with members of the community, encourage people to vote during the judicial elections, and provide an avenue for business leaders and community persons to network in a diverse setting. For more information call (305) 376-4154. Stetson wins Gambrell Award: Stetson University College of Law has won the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for its Leadership Development Program, which offers regular workshops taught by judges, professors, attorneys, and leadership training specialists that help students hone the skills that they will need to become successful community leaders. “Stetson strives to train not only outstanding lawyers, but leaders in the Bar and greater community,” said Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson. “Our leadership program allows students to gain valuable information and skills that enhance their classroom experience and that give them a head start in the profession.” This year’s programs have featured chair of the ABA American Jury Project Patricia Lee Refo, Florida Second District Court of Appeal Judge E.J. Salcines, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore, former State Senator John Grant, and Stetson professors Lee Coppock, Roberta Flowers, and Charles Rose. LSGMI Celebrate 40 Years: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. recently celebrated 40 years of dedication to equal justice at its 40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, which honored LSGMI’s first executive director, Howard W. Dixon, acclaimed as a pioneer of equal justice under law and noted for his contributions to the delivery and enhancement of free legal services to the poor. The celebration also included a reunion for LSGMI staff and board alumni, many of whom are now in prominent positions including Congress and the judiciary. The program included Bob Josefsberg, 40th anniversary chair; Darrell Payne, LSGMI board president; Jack McLuskey, LSGMI board secretary; Judge A. Leo Adderly, LSGMI alumnus; Garrett Biondo, LSGMI board treasurer; Elizabeth Du Fresne, LSGMI alumnus; Tracy Nichols; and H.T. Smith, LSGMI alumnus. In 2005, LSGMI served over 18,000 clients, recovering over $1.85 million in disability, unemployment, government benefits, child support, and other benefits. More than half of LSGMI client households are headed by women, while 42 percent of the household members are children. Fifty percent are the working poor. Legal Roundup July 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Unidentified database exposed information of 80 million U.S. households

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » An unidentified database laid bare the information of 80 million U.S. households, including full addresses complete with longitude and latitude, according to a vpnMentor research team that discovered the exposure.Per the vpnMentor report, known hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered an unprotected database affecting up to 65% of U.S. households. Hosted by a Microsoft cloud server, the 24 GB database included the number of people living in each household with their full names, marital status, income bracket, age, and more. The team was unable to identify the owner of the database at the time.Subsequently, vpnMentor, released an update: “Following the publication of our report, Microsoft took its server offline. In a statement, they said, ‘We have notified the owner of the database and are taking appropriate steps to help the customer remove the data until it can be properly secured.’ Microsoft has not revealed who owns the database.”last_img read more

Which English clubs will be in the Champions League and Europa League next season?

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is looking to win his first Champions League trophy this weekend (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Which English clubs will be in the Europa League?Manchester United are  set to compete in next season’s Europa League, and they will be joined by Arsenal after they failed to defeat Chelsea in the Europa League final.Wolves also have a chance of entering the Europa League, but they will first have to go through several qualifying matches, starting with the second qualifying stage. Comment English teams have dominated Europe this season (Picture: Getty)Premier League clubs have dominated Europe this season with the finals of both the Champions League and Europa League being made up of English teams.Chelsea secured a 4-1 victory against Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday evening, while Liverpool and Tottenham will face off in the Champions League final this Saturday.It is the first time that this has been achieved by English clubs, and many Premier League fans will be hoping that they can do it again next season.There are seven teams scheduled to compete in Europe next season, but who are they and how does the path to next season’s finals look?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhich English clubs will be in the Champions League?Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have all secured their places in next season’s Champions League.This is because they all managed to finish in the top four at the end of the current Premier League season.Four spots are automatically allocated to the teams that finish in the first four positions in the Premiership.Arsenal could have joined them in the competition if they had won the Europa League on Wednesday night. Which English clubs will be in the Champions League and Europa League next season? Jurgen Klopp questioned ahead of Champions League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 30:39FullscreenJurgen Klopp questioned ahead of Champions League final is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.How are the Champions League pots decided?Pot 1 is for the top seeded clubs and it consists of the champions of each country, which means that Manchester City will be in that pot.They are set to be joined by two other English clubs, including Chelsea, as the Champions League and Europa League winners also secure a spot in Pot 1, if they’re not already included.The two losing teams from the two European finals will be placed in Pot 2, which means they will have to face a European league winner during the group stages of the competition.The other teams in Pot 1 are Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain. Daniel MackrellThursday 30 May 2019 7:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link123Shares Advertisement Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to the Champions League final last season (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)When do the European competitions begin?The qualifying rounds for the tournament are set to begin on Tuesday 25 June with the preliminary round, which is then followed by first, second and third qualifying rounds.In the final stage teams will need to win a play-off round in August to secure their place in this season’s Champions League.The draw for the group-stage of the tournament is set to take place on Thursday 29 August 2019, once all of the participating teams have been confirmed.The group stage of the competition will then get underway with the first fixtures on 17 & 18 September.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhere will the Champions League and Europa League finals take place?Next season the final for the Champions League will take place at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on 30 May 2020.The final of the Europa League will be held on 27 May 2020 at Stadion Energa Gdansk, in Poland.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Liverpool ace Sadio Mane responds to Real Madrid transfer links ahead of Champions League finalMORE: Three ways Mauricio Pochettino can solve Harry Kane Champions League final dilemma Advertisementlast_img read more

You deserve to know how they will vote

first_imgMany of you have contacted us expressing frustration that some of the candidates in your electorate have refused to complete the Questionnaire on our website We share your frustration!Labour and National candidates are the worst culprits. Helen Clark never campaigned on introducing the anti-smacking law during the 2005 campaign (in fact, she said to ban smacking would defy human nature!), and John Key certainly didn’t mention in 2011 that he would be a cheerleader for redefining marriage or that so many of his MP’s would follow his lead! What else have they got planned that we don’t know about? You deserve to know where your local candidates stand on abortion, euthanasia, redefining marriage further, surrogacy, fixing the anti-smacking law, and many other important issues before you vote.DON’T LET THEM HIDE THEIR VALUES. TAKE ACTION.On each candidate’s individual page on there is an email address.Why not send a simple polite email to those who haven’t responded yet:“Hi there. I’m a voter in your electorate. I note that you are yet to complete the Questionnaire which Family First NZ has sent to you for their Value Your Vote website. I need to know where candidates stand on the important issues in this Questionnaire before I can consider voting for them. Could you please inform me whether you intend to complete this Questionnaire, and if not, why not. Thank you.”Maybe it’s the incentive they need. Every candidate has been emailed the Candidate Questionnaire (or they can email us if they need a link to complete the online survey). There’s really no excuse or justification to ignore the questionnaire, in our opinion.You can help Value Your Vote be the most important and informative voting resource for families leading up to the Election.last_img read more

Discipleship and Journeying

first_imgPhoto credit: simplyquiet.blogspot.comToday’s reading provides another account of the calling of the disciples. The scene shifts away from the lakeside, from fishing and mending nets, to being captivated by Jesus from the recommendation of John the Baptist. When John identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, two of his disciples follow Jesus and after observing how he lives, they recommend him in turn to Peter as the Messiah, the one Israel was waiting for.What we have here in a very compressed form (as with the other lakeside account) are elements in a tradition of expectation and identification on the part of the earliest community regarding Jesus as the Messiah.What I should like to focus a little on, however, is the fact that what we have here are also features in the beginning of discipleship. The journey of the disciples begins here. It does not represent a start of full comprehension. They do not yet really know whom they decide to follow, or what following would reveal, and what changes in their understanding would occur, with enormous implications for their commitment. They are as yet unaware of ways in which they will grow, what attitudes they will be forced to shed, and what new perspectives they will have to assume. They embark, in other words, on a journey, whose outline they only imperfectly grasp.It’s very common these days to regard Christian life as a journey. It is in fact one of the earliest metaphors for this designation. To be a Christian was to follow or be on “the Way.” This is not how “cradle Catholics” ordinarily come by the idea of following Jesus. For us, the start corresponds to something like obeying the commandments, avoiding sin, and trying to live decently. Discipleship and journeying arise later in life, from more complex exposure to the Gospels regarding the life of Jesus, and (as a result) the implications for one’s own life.The biggest shortcoming of in the understanding of ‘cradle Catholics’ is the absence of any sense of personal relationship with Jesus. In saying this I do not of course call their motivation into question; nor do I imply that their spiritual and moral commitment was in some way defective. What it lacked, however, was the sense of “following,” or of having undertaken a special journey, of having someone to whom one could share details of one’s life, one’s difficulties, plans, wishes, and desires. It lacked the sense that the spiritual life involved not simply a relation but trust in someone who actively accompanied you on your way.What also becomes progressively clear from this point of view is that the journey is not a static relation but rather a complex process of ebb and flow, light and darkness, commitment and doubt, stationariness and perseverance. Perhaps the most important thing to remember about this process is its character as one with a positive end; the journey gets somewhere; it is not mere aimless progression. In our environment today of uncertainty and fragility, this aspect is one to be firmly grasped, even in the darkest moments.I was talking to a priest friend recently, who related an intense spiritual experience he recently had, and in the ensuing conversation we shared, I remarked that what he had experienced was the validation of the basic promise of the Scriptures: ‘I will be with you always.’ That is especially good news for our time, even as it underscores what has always been true about God’s word. We are all meant to understand this not just intellectually but also experientially. The goal is knowing the Lord not just mentally but in the deepest interiority of one’s heart.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.D Share Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Discipleship and Journeying by: – January 17, 2012center_img 39 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Harold M. “Doc” Ripperger, 78

first_imgHarold M. “Doc” Ripperger, 78, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.Born, August 25, 1937 in Milo, Iowa, he was the son of Gerald John and Mary Elizabeth (Schneider) Ripperger.Harold graduated in 1955 from Milo High School. He served in the Army from 1957-1959.He was a mill foreman at Lowes Pellet & Grain for 30 years, retiring in 2002.He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and he was a former usher at the church. He was a member of the Knights of St. John and the Knights of Columbus, both in Greensburg.He was married to Theresa M. Hembry on May 25, 1963 and she survives.He is also survived by three sons, Martin (Cecelia) Ripperger, Belle Chasse, La, John (Jamie) Ripperger, Franklin, Chad Ripperger, Greensburg; two daughters, Mary Moore, Greensburg, Julie (Charles) Herbert, Greensburg; one brother, Edwin (Patricia) Ripperger, Alpha, Il, two sisters, Virginia Biddle, Des Moines, Ia, Beverly (Larry) Chicchelly, Des Moines, Ia; one brother in law, Lester Metz, Des Moines, Ia.; 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Phyllis Metz.Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment with full military services will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Lombaerts on Sunderland’s radar

first_imgSunderland are maintaining an interest in Belgium international defender Nicolas Lombaerts. A former law student, Lombaerts has been at Zenit since 2007 and has made 240 appearances for the club. Head coach Dick Advocaat made his first signing on Wednesday evening when the Black Cats completed a permanent deal for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, and he has signalled his intention to add quality, rather than quantity, to his squad this summer. Advocaat dragged the club back from the brink of disaster during a nine-game cameo at the end of last season, but is convinced the club should be aiming higher than mere survival in the Barclays Premier League. However, Press Association Sport understands speculation that the Black Cats have had a £5million bid for the player accepted by Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are wide of the mark. The Wearside club have been tracking the Bruges-born 30-year-old as one of a series of potential targets, but their interest in him has to date not progressed beyond that point. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more