Here is the 31st annual spring Garden Packet from the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Written by 16 CAES faculty members and graduate students, these29 features are provided to help you give your readers thetimely, valuable gardening information they want. Your UGACooperative Extension county agent (just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) canhelp you localize these features. The stories are available onthe Georgia FACES Web site at georgiafaces.com.The 2006 Garden Packet stories are: 1 Addmagic of homegrown herbs to garden Bob Westerfield 2 Don’tlet bitter cucumbers ruin garden harvest Westerfield 3 TSWV-resistantplants may aid gardeners Terry Kelley 4 Transplantsgive you early start in summer garden Kelley 5 Planta little garden variety for your salad Kelley 6 Pollinationcritical in vegetable gardens George Boyhan 7 Fightharvest-robbing diseases in garden BradHaire 8 Howto control garden bugs is up to you AltonSparks 9 Techniquemakes peaches bigger, sweeter Kathy Taylor10 Don’tlet fear cause ‘killer’ bee mistakes Keith Delaplane11 Enjoyyour food, give honeybees respect Amanda Ellis12 Compostpile can attract stable flies Nancy Hinkle13 Goldengarden spiders trap insects Hinkle, Aubree Roche14 Shovel-headedgarden worms harmless oddities Hinkle15 Housefliespresent never-ending control challenge Hinkle16 Housecentipede are allies in home pest control Hinkle17 GeorgiaGold Medals give quality plants leg up Dan Rahn18 Cupheaannual plants provide nonstop color Gary Wade19 GeorgiaGold Medal winner offers warm ‘snowballs’ Wade20 Wisteria?A Gold Medal winner? Get serious Wade21 Award-winninggroundcover offers true-blue flowers Wade22 Overcupoak a ‘bulletproof’ Gold Medal winner Wade23 ‘Angeltrumpets’ signaling soaring popularity Paul Thomas24 ‘Angeltrumpets’ easy to propagate Thomas25 Controlweeds to protect beauty of irises Mark Czarnota26 Gocreative with yard art, theme gardens Sharon Omahen27 Lookout for alien invaders in Georgia woodlands Wade28 Keeppoison ivy out of landscape Czarnota, Tim Murphy29 Springlandscape chores, beautiful summer WesterfieldHere are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for thepast five years:2006 Garden Packet Articles2005 Garden Packet Articles2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Dan Rahn is the principal editor of the annual gardenpacket and a news editor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page i
A yak named Meteor escaped its owner on the way to the butcher this week and is on the loose somewhere in central Virginia. Meteor’s owner told Nelson County animal control that the yak had kicked off the back door of a livestock trailer about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a stop sign in Lovingston, Va., about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Some of the readings show that the dragonflies are around 10,000ft in the air. Sally Entrekin, an aquatic entomologist at Virginia Tech said that they are migrating when they are up that high. While it’s impossible to say if the dragonflies picked up on local radar are indeed local or just passing through, they’re all heading south ahead of winter, taking advantage of lofty winds that have recently shifted to blow that way. Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike Find a march near you HERE: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ A yak named Meteor escaped on the way to the butcher in Virginia “This is how we make our living,” he said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not the cute animal story everyone thinks.” Join in the global climate strike movement on Friday, September 20 at noon on the Downtown Mall. Charlottesville area youth and their allies will be speaking out and marching to demand a local response to the global climate emergency. The Charlottesville march is being led by 11-year-old Gudrun Campbell. Join Campbell on today’s march for the environment and sign up with the link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/charlottesville-youth-climate-strike-2 Lovely weather we’re having- blue skies, crisp air, and massive clusters of dragonflies! So much so that experts believe they are to blame for strange radar readings at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Have you noticed a lot of dragonflies this week? There are marches happening across the globe from September 20th-27th. Find one near you and join the fight! “If they’re up that high, they’re on the move,” Entrekin said, searching for warmer places to lay eggs. Nelson County Animal Control Officer Kevin Wright said Friday that the search for Meteor continues. The animal initially retreated to the mountains but has since been seen on both sides of Route 29 near Lovingston. Meteor’s owner Robert Cissell said yaks are able to survive for long periods without human supervision and that Meteor is worth more than $1,000 at the market. As Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco explained to The Virginian Pilot: “Obviously we’re not bug experts on our end, but there was a case like this in the Cleveland office last week where they did determine it was dragonflies. So that’s our running theory at this point.”
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“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot – mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed he had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.Topics : Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberated downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people – mostly from China – en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories – ranging from the credible to outlandish – including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.”My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.
Van Vroonhoven announced that the AFM and Dutch pensions regulator DNB would investigate another 137 pension funds to check whether their communication on indexation and rights discount matched their financial set-up.As a next step, the schemes will be expected to transform participants’ overly optimistic expectations into “oversight and insight”, she said.Van Vroonhoven said a recent Leiden University survey had found that one-third of workers would receive a pension that fell short of their expected spending needs, and that only 35% were addressing the problem through additional saving.The AFM chair concluded that additional behavioural research, as well as financial education for children, would be necessary.Also at the congress, Kick van der Pol, chairman of the Dutch Pensions Federation, cited a survey by Motivaction to illustrate the dilemma pension funds are facing when designing a communication campaign.The survey suggests half of pension fund participants, including many young workers, would prefer a guaranteed pension of 50% of their last earned salary.The other half, however, including many older employees, prefer an uncertain pension of 70%.Van der Pol said the biggest challenge was explaining to participants that taking investment risk was crucial for a higher pension, but that full certainty of a higher pension did not existThe federation’s chairman announced a new information campaign targeting pensions awareness of workers between the ages of 30 and 40.“We will invite them through all social media to visit our dedicated website www.detijdvanjeleven.nl,” he said. The Dutch regulator for pensions communications (AFM) has called for a mandatory periodical check that must provide insight into workers’ expected financial position at retirement.Speaking at the Dutch Pensions Federation’s congress, AFM chair Merel van Vroonhoven said the “pensions MOT” would encourage people facing a shortfall to take additional measures.She said a recent pilot study of five industry-wide pension funds had shown how difficult it was to adjust schemes’ pensions targets to more “realistic” levels and convey this message to participants.“The participants are angry, as pension funds no longer live up to their initial promise of a guaranteed pension,” she added.
Natural Power has assisted AQUIND with the application for development consent for the AQUIND Interconnector. The application to the Planning Inspectorate was accepted on 12th December 2019.The AQUIND Interconnector is a new 2,000 MW subsea and underground high voltage direct current bi-directional electric power transmission link between the south coast of England and Normandy in France.Jane Lancaster, Offshore Associate Technical Director at Natural Power, said: “The acceptance of the submission of the AQUIND Interconnector is excellent news, both for AQUIND and Natural Power. It has been a challenging and rewarding project thus far and we have been instrumental in the preparation of the submission of the application to the Planning Inspectorate. The broad spectrum of work that we carried out highlights our capabilities when it comes to offshore projects. It has been a successful team effort between many organisations making up the AQUIND project team and we look forward to the next phase of development.”Natural Power was appointed by AQUIND in the early stages of the project, working with the AQUIND project team to undertake marine cable route feasibility work to optimise the marine cable route across the Channel, undertaking scoping exercises, co-ordinating the marine environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and environmental statement (ES) production, as well as attending public consultations.Natural Power also acted as advisor to the marine aspects of the project through liaison with marine stakeholders including the Marine Management Organisation as part of pre-application process.The AQUIND Interconnector will have the capacity to transmit up to 16 million MWh of electricity per annum, which equates to approximately 5% and 3% of total consumption of the UK and France respectively.Richard Glasspool, director of AQUIND, said: “Amongst other things, this project is an opportunity to integrate a greater proportion of non-fossil fuel energy sources into the British energy mix and in turn reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of such fuels. We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the planning of this development. Natural Power’s hard work and expertise in marine ecology and EIA management services was a major factor in the preparation of this submission. They were a highly experienced and professional team.”
A message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph.The message was posted on Twitter, hours after Boko Haram was blamed for four suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria that killed at least 54 people and wounded more than 140 people.The pledge comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in a northeastern town for a showdown with a multinational force that has dislodged them from a score of towns in recent weeks.
Residents line up to get tested at a coronavirus testing center set up outside a sports facility in Beijing, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The resurgence in China highlighted public health expert calls for vigilance as many nations move forward with easing virus restrictions to revive their economies. BEIJING – Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. New Zealand, which hadn’t seen a new case in three weeks, said it is investigating a case in which two women who flew in from London to see a dying parent were allowed to leave quarantine and drive halfway across the country before they were tested and found to be positive. And the Philippines reimposed a strict lockdown on the city of Cebu after a rise in cases. (AP)
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Matt Olson led all 25 laps of the first Hobby Stock qualifying feature Monday at Boone Speedway.Matt Olson led every lap in winning the first qualifying feature for Hobby Stocks on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)As a result, he’ll start on the pole for a second race on championship night Saturday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Olson, the pride of Franklin, Minn., ran ahead of Eric Stanton past midway, before three-time Super Nationals champion Shannon Anderson took over the runner-up spot.Anderson, from Des Moines, had made his way up from 13th starting and while he got close, he was never able to get to the front.“I was just thinking don’t miss my marks and stay calm,” Olson said during post-race tech. “Starting on the pole for both the race of champions and the feature is something I never dreamed of doing.”Lining up behind Olson and Anderson on the inside row of Saturday’s main event will be Stanton, from Carlisle, Aaron Rudolph of Grand Junction, Eric Cross of Salina, Kan., 19th starting Brandon Nielsen of Spencer, 25th starting Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., and Justin Wacha of Vinton.Anderson qualified for the Saturday night show at Boone for the ninth time, Stanton for the eighth, Rudolph for the fourth, Olson, Nielsen and Hernandez each for the third and Cross for the second. Wacha is a first-time qualifier.Feature results – 1. Matt Olson, Franklin, Minn.; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 6. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 7. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 8. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 9. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 10. Matt Brown, Dysart; 11. Jeremiah Wilson, Waterloo; 12. Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 13. Corey Madden, Avoca; 14. Tory Harazin, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 15. Andrew Claus, Des Moines;16. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; 17. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 18. Daniel Ayers, Webster City; 19. Derek Willert, Rockford; 20. Ross Marshall, Johnston; 21. John Briggs, Cherokee; 22. Lenny Tucker, South Sioux City, Neb.; 23. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 24. Ryan Wells, Runnells; 25. Chris Cox, Boone; 26. Tyler Jackson, Lincoln, Neb.; 27. Keeran Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 28. David Castellano, Des Moines. Matt Olson led every lap in winning the first qualifying feature for Hobby Stocks on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)
Press Association Rory McIlroy believes former world number one Tiger Woods faces a “long road” to recovery after undergoing a third back operation in 19 months. Woods, who turns 40 on December 30, is on bed rest after what was described as a ” follow-up procedure” to his second microdiscectomy in the middle of September. The 14-time major winner first went under the knife on March 31, 2014, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career. No timetable has been set for his return to action but he had already been ruled out until 2016. ” I think any time you touch your back, it’s tough,” McIlroy said after his third round in the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday. “He obviously needed it. But it looks like it’s a long road to recovery for him. “I just hope he gets better – not just to play golf, but just for everyday life, being able to do everyday things. “I guess that’s his third back surgery in a year and a half. Like someone once said, the best way to avoid your fifth back surgery is to avoid the first one. “He has that mindset that he can overcome things and he’s overcome things before. So I wouldn’t put it past him. But as I said, I think it’s a long road ahead.” Woods was ranked world number one for a record 683 weeks, but is currently 351st. “He’s missed by the game of golf in general,” McIlroy added. “Not sure the players miss being beaten by him every week! “But the game of golf, we were so lucky and so privileged to have him spearheading our sport for so long and to have a global icon like that. The game of golf, I’m not saying it needs him but he definitely came along at the right time and did a lot for the game.”