17 Jan

Stakes, fences, cages

first_imgVeteran gardeners know there are constantly chores to be done in the vegetable garden. An important one to remember once your garden is growing later this spring is trellising.Trellising is one chore you need to do fairly soon after the plants are established. It gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better-quality fruit and less disease. It also helps to maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.For tomatoes, some people simply use cages to put over the plant, which allows it to grow and be supported. Another method is to drive a 1-inch square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, you can set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about four inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers can be staked, too. Using similar 1-inch-square stakes, place them about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. You’ll want to start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the first. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.Another crop that works well with a trellis is cucumbers. You can use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow. You’ll find and pick your cukes easier.Eggplant can also be staked. Either tomato stakes or rebar can be used to place next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake.Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.Don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems, too. Keep your weeds in check, and water as needed. The work of the gardener is never quite done. But doing chores when needed will help you relax and enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summer a little more.(Terry Kelley is a former University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) William Terry KelleyUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

27 Sep

Loving dad’s year of torment

first_imgNelson Mail 3 Nov 2012Fathers beware. Giving your child a kiss and cuddle in public could land you in court.http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7903081/Loving-dads-year-of-tormentWhile pleased to walk free from the court, the father is disturbed at what happened. Particularly concerning was the police refusal to take statements from independent witnesses in his support. A Wellington family, which had never met the family until camping at the reserve, only became aware of the charges in August last year. The mother then wrote to Motueka police saying she saw the events at close range and could give an impartial account. Another couple at the domain who knew the family said it was inconceivable that anything inappropriate could have happened. It was daylight, with a large number of people around the playground, and camp sites next to it. If anything inappropriate had happened they would have intervened, the man said. Another woman, a nurse, who was there also said the accusations were nonsense. Yet the police did not interview these witnesses.WHAT HAPPENEDJanuary 3 and 4 2011: Family visit McKee Domain, Ruby Bay, along with 300 others. Other visitors allege inappropriate behaviour between father and daughter, report to caretaker who calls police. Constable arrives and father denies any wrongdoing.March 24: Police arrive at family home with search warrant for shirt and dress. Father taken to Motueka police station, arrested for indecent assault on 10-year-old daughter.March 25: Father appears in court, bailed with conditions not to contact family.June 21: Father’s lawyer Brett Daniell-Smith applies for an oral evidence order to hear evidence of witnesses.July: Lawyer asks police to review decision to charge father. Detective Sergeant Craig Johnston responds that police have six credible accounts of indecent behaviour and he believes the father has been correctly charged.August 29: Judge Ellis grants an oral evidential order for three defence witnesses, bail conditions relaxed but father not allowed home.September 29: After eight months father gets 1 hours of supervised contact with two younger daughters.November 25: Oral evidence called at committal hearing at Nelson District Court. JPs rule there is no case to answer and discharge father.March 7 2012: Police apply to the High Court at Nelson to re-lay charges, arguing the JPs have exceeded their function.April 16: Application heard, Justice Miller agrees that the JPs were wrong and trial date set for October.July 11: Judge Bruce Davidson declines application from father’s lawyer for a discharge, saying it is up to a jury to decide.October: Jury trial, Crown re-lays charge with eight counts of indecent assault. After the father has given evidence, the father’s lawyer applies for him to be discharged saying there is insufficient evidence, and the identity of the complainant in each charge is uncertain. The trial is halted and none of the defence witnesses called. Judge Behrens discharges the father.last_img read more

16 Sep

Power play powerful again

first_imgIn the last three games Wisconsin has scored five power-play goals, converting at just over 41 percent clip.[/media-credit]What was once a weakness could be turning into a strength. And at just the right time.For a large majority of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (17-9-2, 13-9-2 WCHA) has struggled to score on their power plays, with a conversion rate of a mere 17.5 percent – a mark landing the Badgers fifth in the WCHA.UW’s power play pales in comparison to last season’s special teams unit that converted 22.8 percent of their power plays – good for third in the WCHA and only 2.2 percent behind first in the 2011-2012 season.Unsatisfied with his special teams’ performance this year, head coach Mark Johnson decided to shake up the lines and create a more fluid power play attack by moving senior forward Brianna Decker to the other side of the ice and making sure both Decker and freshman defenseman Courtney Burke were on the ice together.Johnson said the biggest factor in the change was to get the puck in the stick of two of the better offensive playmakers on the team in Decker, who leads the team with 23 goals, and Burke, who is second on the team with 15 assists.“One thing on a power play is you want certain people to be touching the puck and making decisions with the puck,” Johnson said. “[Burke and Decker] have shown that they can make good decisions with [the puck] and make good reads. Usually, if those two kids have the puck, generally good things are going to be happening with it.”Since the early season struggles and change in scheme, Burke says the coaches have been stressing the team’s power play a lot more in practice, and the players are doing all they can on and off the ice to improve.“We practice [our power play] so much in practice, normally a few days before our games,” Burke said. “We always talk in between periods. If we see something, the five of us will talk about it and we’ll see we what it is we can do to get through whatever their penalty kill is.”Since the halfway mark of the season, around when Johnson shook up the power play attack, the Badgers have 12 power-play goals in 14 games. The power play unit did continue to struggle for sometime but seemed to break through on Jan. 27 with a power-play goal against Minnesota who has the best penalty kill in the WCHA conference.Since the power-play goal against the Golden Gophers, Wisconsin has gone on to score five goals with the man-advantage in three games and have earned a conversion rate of just over 41 percent.In their series last weekend against St. Cloud State, the Badgers put up four power-play goals on the Huskies, including a Saturday game where UW posted three goals with the man-advantage.Burke says Wisconsin is more comfortable with their new power play scheme, which is translating into the success the team saw last weekend.“I think we are starting to get the movement down, and people know that they can move in different spots and it’s not just stationary,” Burke said. “It’s a lot of movement, and I think we just realized that this weekend.”Although UW’s four power play goals last weekend did come against the team with the second worst penalty kill in the WCHA, it is still a promising sign that may point to more success down the road in the special teams aspect of the game.Decker hopes Wisconsin’s success with the power play against St. Cloud State will carry over into UW’s final four games of the regular season.“Special teams come in huge, whether it is penalty kill or power play,” Decker said. “So if we can create confidence from last weekend and bring it into this weekend and the postseason, it’s going to be huge for us.”Wisconsin will look for continued success from their power play unit with Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State – whose penalty kill units rank sixth and eight in the WCHA – rounding out the end of the Badgers’ regular season schedule.Johnson knows it is extremely important for his team’s continued success in the power play attack with the postseason fast approaching.“You get a power play, it’s a perfect time to get yourself right back in the game,” Johnson said. “When you score, all of a sudden, it creates that energy and gets everybody excited. At this time of the year, at the end of the night you look at who killed penalties, who scored on the power plays. If you are good in those areas, all of a sudden the chances of winning go up quite a bit.”last_img read more

17 Jan

Is GECOM intent on shifting the boundaries? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,It is known that some persons who are interested in seeing development in their communities and serious about getting their supporters on the voters list, are now calling for clarity. Hence, it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) circulate the lists according to the relevant constituencies with the correct boundary descriptions. Citizens must know the clear boundaries and make sure that their names are in the specific constituency.Last Local Government Elections (LGE), changes to the original configuration of the various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) impacted results. It is observed that the Division #333122 in La Parfaite Harmonie/Two Brothers was made up of two Sub-Divisions that are #3332122A and #3332122B. These two Sub-Divisions form part of the Canals Polder NDC which is listed as comprising of Divisions: #333121, 333122, 333123, 333124, 333125, 333126 and 333127.However, in the list for LGEs in 2016, the Sub-Division #333121A was annexed on the GECOM list without any consultation with political parties, to the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC which was originally listed as comprising of Divisions #333241, 333242, 333243 and 333244. This Sub-Division #333122A was then used to create constituencies for the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC, and persons residing in this Sub-Division, casted their votes as part of the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC.A careful look at what took place is a revelation as persons in Division #333122 voted in two different NDCs. While persons in Division #333122A voted for Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen and persons in Division #333122B voted for the Canals Polder NDC. We must therefore ask GECOM if that kind of voting was legal? Further, citizens are seriously concern with the original composition and are asking if the changes were official.More serious is the fact that the La-Grange/Nismes NDC is tasked with the responsibility for the removal of garbage in Sub-Division #333121A. These boundary issues will come to a head-on confrontation as they impact the choice of Councillors to represent the NDCs and communities. GECOM must do their job and resolve these issues now.Finally, one very important observation is that GECOM needs to establish markers on the ground which defines constituencies. This is essential as the demographics of many areas have changed due to development. An example can be noted in the description for Division 412235 as follow:Division 412235 (Sugar Cane Fields – Eccles Ramsburg):This Division extends from the common boundary between Eccles and Rome from the western boundary of Sugar Cane Field Number 3 in Eccles (North), to the common boundary between Eccles and Sage Pond, the common boundaries between Rome and Sage Pond, Rome and Profit, Rome and Henry, Rome and Perseverance to the centre line of Mocha Village Public Road and its western prolongation from the Lamaha Canal to the western boundary of Field Number 3 in Ramsburg, at its southern extremity, and from the Lamaha Canal at its western extremity to the western limits of Sugar Cane Cultivation in Fields Number 3 in Ramsburg 27 and 28 in Providence, 87 in Pater’s Hall, (South) 84E in Peter’s Hall (North) and 4 and 3 in Eccles South respectively at its western extremity.The questions are obvious because many of these names are no longer used and cane fields have become housing developed areas. Could GECOM actually establish for the benefit of the public the following?1. Where sage pond starts and ends now.2. Where field Number 3 & 4 starts and its extremity lie. And,3. What are the Geographical parameters for places called Profit and Henry?The resolve must be to make the process simple and transparent!!!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

3 Jan

Boost for Burnley as defender Duff has red card rescinded

first_img1 Burnley defender Michael Duff Burnley defender Michael Duff is free to play in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at Hull after the Football Association rescinded the red card he received against West Ham.The Clarets centre-back was sent off for tripping Cheikhou Kouyate in the penalty area during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Upton Park.Referee Jonathan Moss issued a straight red to Duff as he thought West Ham had been denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but there was cover for Burnley in the box.The FA confirmed in a statement that the red card had been overturned.“An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Michael Duff,” it read.“The Burnley defender was dismissed in the game against West Ham United on Saturday 2 May 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.“Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”Mark Noble scored the penalty Moss awarded in the 23rd minute and Burnley went on to lose their fourth straight match.The Clarets therefore need to win at the KC Stadium this weekend to keep alive their faint survival hopes.The Lancashire club are bottom of the table, eight points below 17th-placed Hull with three matches to go.After Saturday’s trip to Hull, Burnley host Stoke and round the season off with a visit to fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa.last_img read more