Propagating Plants.

first_imgWhether you’re a garden hobbyist or a professional grower, you’ll find something useful at the “Ornamental Plant Propagation Workshop” Feb. 9 in Savannah, Ga., and Feb. 16 in Griffin, Ga.Yes, it’s education. But scientists with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Flower Growers Association promise a “dippin’, stickin’, rootin’, shootin’ good time” at the hands-on workshops.The experts will show how to make new plants from old ones by cuttings and other techniques. And they’ll help you learn all about the potting media, rooting hormones and misting systems used for plant propagation.Get Your Hands DirtyGet your hands dirty and get expert answers to your questions about the scientific background of plant propagation. Learn the techniques, basic cutting physiology, rooting hormones and potting mixes, and even details on specific propagation systems.You’ll learn how to propagate vegetative annuals, herbs, houseplants, perennials, semiwoody and woody plants. And you can take your day’s efforts home to watch the plants grow.The workshops will be at the Coastal Gardens and Bamboo Farm in Savannah and the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin.Reservation is required for either workshop. And since each is limited to 80 people, it’s best to sign up early. To get the early bird special, call Peggy McCauley at (877) 845-0704 by Feb. 1. Or e-mail her ([email protected]).last_img read more

Spring Storm Drops 7 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York That was no way to celebrate the first day of spring. Long Island saw as much as 7 inches of snow in some areas as a winter storm moved into the area Friday and lingered through the night and into the early morning hours, with some flurries still visible after sunrise. Seven inches was recorded in Rocky Point and almost a dozen other communities in Suffolk County measured more than 6 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals published by the National Weather Service in Upton. There appeared to be less accumulation in Nassau County. Merrick recorded 5.9 inches, and a number of other neighborhoods from the South Shore to the North Shore counted more than 5 inches. Snowfall totals mostly ranged from 4 to 7 inches; forecasters had predicted 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Here’s how the rest of the weekend is expected to shape out: There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the thermometer reaching a high of 41—potentially helping melt most, if not all, of the white stuff that fell. The wind chill will make it feel more like 30 degrees, forecasters said. Strong gusts predicted for the evening will drop the temperature into the low 30s. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 36—not warm enough for Long Islanders still reeling from the record-breaking winter that just came to an end. Now, let’s all hope that this latest storm was winter’s final hurrah.last_img read more

Custodian speak: Gurpreet Sandhu reveals what India has to do to win more football…

first_imgAdvertisement h3bh6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspskv5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3k9m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) avn8eWould you ever consider trying this?😱7a7bwqCan your students do this? 🌚4jg63Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shot-stopper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has asked his strikers to score more frequently! With a goalless draw against reigning Asian champion Qatar, India looked confident before the Bangladesh game in their World Cup qualifying match at Kolkata. However, the ‘Blue Tigers’ narrowly escaped with a 1-1 draw against their lower-ranked neighbour and the keeper now demands more goals from his colleagues in order to increase India’s winning ratio at the international level.Advertisement “I think, of late, we have turned ourselves into a team which is tough to beat. We just have to add something more to it which is scoring to get the points on the table and we have that quality,” said Gurpreet.Advertisement Even though, captain Sunil Chhetri promised to put up a great performance against Afghanistan and Oman in the upcoming qualifiers, Gurpreet reckons that both of those games will be crucial and a strong approach is necessary.“Both games are difficult. Oman are a very good side and have quality players, whereas Afghanistan will be tough to play against in Tajikistan. But we have to go there with a strong approach to get something out of the two games,” the lanky goalkeeper added.Advertisement India who are yet to win in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, will face Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19. In the earlier fixtures, India squandered a one-goal advantage and lost 1-2 to Oman at home, but drew level against a feisty Qatar side in Doha. Last month, in an underwhelming result, they somehow salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh.Read more:Sunil Chhetri promises to put India’s best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers Advertisementlast_img read more

Volunteer of the Year Is Champion for Children

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – Susan Barker Smith was named Volunteer of the Year in the Junior League of Monmouth County’s annual Women Making a Difference award luncheon. The event was held last week at the Oyster Point Hotel, with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno making the announcement and presenting the award.Smith was particularly recognized for her work as a child advocate. She and her husband Doug were foster parents for three siblings, one of whom had multiple needs; the couple eventually adopted their son. The experience and assistance the couple received in meeting their son’s needs led to Smith’s volunteerism with Monmouth Cares, Inc., a private nonprofit agency which is part of the state Division of Behavioral Health Services System of Care for Children.Presenting the award to Smith brought tears of appreciation from Guadagno, who pointed out she had particular appreciation and admiration for Smith’s fostering three children, all birth siblings. The lieutenant governor herself had a foster son whom she and her husband adopted.Junior League President Shannon Dolan made the presentation to Smith with Guadagno and praised each of the 16 volunteers nominated by their organizations for the honor.Smith, who last May also received the Tony Dowling Child Advocacy Award, has been involved with Monmouth Cares since they began assisting her family in 2004, helping the family need, understand and overcome the special needs of their son, Keith, challenged in emotional, behavioral and developmental development.Participating in the family team effort which enlists all the formal and informal supports in the youngster’s life to create a comprehensive plan for his success resulted in a favorable outcome for Keith. The experience led to Smith’s becoming a community spokesperson for the Wraparound approach used by the state system.(Wraparound is a philosophy of care used by Monmouth Cares that focuses on the family, ensuring that a community-based system of care will exist for the child when involvement with the formal system ends.)Termed a “powerful communicator” by Kathy Collins, executive director of Monmouth Cares, Smith brought the message of her own family’s experience and its success to the community, explaining the steps and phases of the program and highlighting the unique partnership between care manager and family.Both Doug and Susan Smith were invited to join the board of Monmouth Cares in 2005 and have been active every since.In nominating her for the award, Collins wrote that Smith’s success as a child advocate is due to her “low-key style and persistent approach, which attracts and engages people in all sorts of roles within the system. Her desperate need for help led her to membership roles in committees, boards, coalitions, councils and workgroups. Her growing knowledge, confidence, combined with her formidable social skills, resulted in a talented leader.”Smith accepted the award at the luncheon, saying she was delighted yet humbled by the honor, and congratulating each of the other nominees, praising their volunteers in the variety of fields in which they served.Monmouth Cares, Inc., is a private nonprofit agency whose mission is to facilitate positive change so that children with emotional and behavioral challenges along with their families have the greatest opportunity to live, thrive and develop in their communities. Their work includes helping families build Child and Family Teams to help identify strengths and develop strategies to meet each family’s individual and specific needs.In addition to Smith, volunteers nominated for the Junior League honor were: Cathy Beck of Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Linda Carvalho of Coastal Habitat for Humanity; Joan Ferraro, Go Red for Women; Linda Friedman, Monmouth Day Care Center; Kathleen Gasienica, American Littoral Society; Codi Gill, Ignite the Night Gold for Pediatric Cancer; Patrician Githens, Monmouth County Historical Association; Tease Gould, Mary’s Place by the Sea; Marilyn Pearlman, HABcore; Gina Petillo, Parker Family Health Center; Michelle Rogers, The TEARS Foundation; Denise Walker, LADACIN Network; Lee Weber, Family and Children’s Service; and Patricia Wotton, Holiday Express.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED ATOMIC RULE TAKES $55,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; BALTAS TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.35

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016)–Under patient handling from Tiago Pereira, Atomic Rule rallied three-wide turning for home and outran favored Curlin Rules by 2 ¼ lengths in winning Friday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Richard Baltas, who is in Kentucky, Atomic Rule covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.35.With Curlin Rules setting the early pace, Atomic Rule sat a close fourth at the rail into the Club House turn and stayed at the fence to the three sixteenths pole, when he eased out and easily outran Brazilian-bred Editore and the favorite.Off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Atomic Rule paid $14.00, $6.20 and $3.20.Claimed for $40,000 out of a second place finish at Del Mar Aug. 21, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule collected his 10th win from 33 lifetime starts. Owned by Paymaster Racing, LLC, he picked up $42,900 for the win, increasing his earnings to $270,440.Curlin Rules, who was headed by Editore a quarter mile from home, shook him off and proved second best, finishing a neck in front of Little Scotty. Off at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza, Curlin Rules paid $4.00 and $3.00.Little Scotty, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, prevailed by a head over a late closing Burger and Fries and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race, with the temporary rail at 30 feet, were 22.36, 46.37, 1:10.32 and 1:34.55.First post time on Saturday for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

India made dominant start by winning against Sri Lanka

first_imgTo have expected Sri Lanka, ranked 73rd in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rankings, to have matched an experienced Indian side, ranked 50th, would perhaps have been unfair.But under their new coach Kenny Natt, India blew their opponents away with a mindboggling 99-42 victory in the lone Pool a match of the Middle Asia qualifying tournament for a spot in the FIBA Asia Championship, at the Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi, on Wednesday.India thus entered the semifinals, where their opponents will be the loser of the Pool B match between Nepal and Bangladesh on Thursday morning. Both these teams beat Bhutan in their games on Wednesday, and the winner of the Nepal-Bangladesh match will meet Sri Lanka in the other semifinal.Both last-four games take place on Thursday evening.Former NBA coach Natt’s strategy of developing the Indian team’s defensive capabilities paid rich dividends, as the tight defence forced 14 turnovers throughout the game from the Lankans. These turnovers fuelled India’s traditional strength of fast-break baskets and three-pointers, handing them a 32-5 lead at the end of the 10-minute first period.The deployment of strengthand-conditioning coach Zak Penwell seems to have paid off well too as the Indians intimidated their opponents with sheer size and muscle power.At the beginning of the second period, India raced to a 45-7 lead, effectively sealing the game. However, it was good to see that the intensity didn’t drop much despite the score, as they closed the half at 60-20, with up-coming sevenfooter Satnam Singh getting his international career underway with a couple of good moves under the basket.advertisementWith the game virtually in the bag, Natt was free to experiment with the line- up, and he made sure each of his 12 players got at least 10 minutes of action each.The team, while keeping up the pressure on the Lankans with solid man-to-man defence, also experimented with different plays on offence, with captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scoring repeatedly.He finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including two three-pointers that brought the crowd alive. Prakash Mishra also chipped in with 16 points and the scoring was shared around well, with only one player failing to get off the mark.In fact, the Indian team made 61 per cent of its attempted field goals, grabbed 37 rebounds to Sri Lanka’s 18 and registered 25 assists.Natt was delighted with his first look at the team in a competitive environment. “I’m glad we won and I’m impressed with the guys’ focus on everything I asked them to do. We maintained our defensive intensity and didn’t worry about the offence. I believe when you play good defence, you get more offensive opportunities, and that was our primary focus,” Natt told Mail Today after the game.Looking ahead, Natt said he was expecting much more out of the team. “I want them to tighten the screws better because we are going to play against great talent in the future. We dropped off a bit at the end and I want to avoid that,” he said.Beat Sri Lanka 99-42 to enter semi-finals of the Middle Asia qualifying tournament for the FIBA Asia Championship in September.last_img read more