Winter Chores

first_imgFebruary is here and, even though it is cold outside, many garden tasks can be completed now in preparation for a successful growing season. You may be asking yourself, “What can I do right now that won’t be affected by freezing temperatures?”There are many things that you can do this month. Consider some of these suggestions from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Test your soil.As you look ahead to future projects and maintenance, don’t forget to test your soil. A soil test provides an analysis of nutrients in the soil and measures the pH of the soil, which impacts the availability of soil nutrients. A written report provides recommendations for the amount of fertilizer needed for a specific crop or lawn. Follow these recommendations to create the ideal soil for your spring garden.Start seeds now.Order seeds now and begin collecting supplies to start seeds for your spring vegetable garden. You can start seeds for lettuce, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, lima beans, cucumbers and squash inside, then plant them outside after the chance of frost has passed. Don’t plant seeds outside until then!Plan to fight lawn weeds.Summer lawn weeds, like crabgrass, dandelions and spurge, can be prevented by pre-emergence herbicides. These herbicides are applied to lawns prior to the germination of weed seeds. They control weeds during the germination process, but do not actually prevent germination. Apply these herbicides between Feb. 15 and March 15. Pre-emergence herbicides are recommended only for turfgrasses that have been established for at least a year.Compost leaves.If you have a lot of leaves on the ground, shred them and add them to your garden as mulch or work them into the soil to improve the organic matter. Leaves that have not been shredded are best added to your compost pile to provide carbon, or “brown,” material. If they haven’t been shredded, leaves tend to form a mat and don’t break down as quickly. Inspect and repair tools.Inspect shovels, pruners and other hand tools. Do you see rotting or cracking on handles? If handles have started to crack or turn gray, sand them down and apply a coat of marine or outdoor varnish to preserve the life of the handle.Is the shovelhead showing wear? Remove caked-on dirt with a wire brush and rinse and dry tools thoroughly. Take the time now to clean, sharpen and repair your garden tools. You will be glad you did when spring garden season arrives.Proper storage of gardening tools will extend their life. Keep tools out of the weather and in a shed or garage in organized spaces. This will save you a lot of frustration when it comes time to use them and can help you maximize storage space. There’s much to do in the garden at this time of the year. Get started before spring arrives.last_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Warriors center ‘out for a while’ with quad injury

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins’ thigh injury is “pretty significant” and the Warriors center will be sidelined for “a while,” coach Steve Kerr said after Golden State’s NBA playoff loss Monday night.The Warriors fear Cousins has suffered a torn left quadriceps but won’t know for sure until he undergoes an MRI examination Tuesday, unidentified league sources told ESPN. Cousins suffered the injury in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Clippers after he fell chasing down a loose ball.Boogie Cousins suffers non-contact injury appears to limp to the bench pic.twitter.com/lldZUMPI1r— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 16, 2019The four-time All-Star did not return and the Warriors threw away a 31-point lead as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to win 135-131 and even the Western Conference first-round series.It is the latest injury setback for Cousins, who only returned in January after missing a year with a torn Achilles that he suffered while playing for the Pelicans in 2018.Of Monday night’s injury, Kerr told reporters: “There’s a pretty significant quad injury. We’ll get an MRI [on Tuesday], but he’s going to be out for … I’ll just say a while because I think it’s unclear right now how long he’ll be out. It’s significant.”DeMarcus Cousins (left quad injury) will not return to tonight’s game. He will get an MRI in the next 24 hours.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 16, 2019Cousins’ teammate Stephen Curry said the timing of the injury was particularly cruel.”It’s tough, for sure,” Curry said. “You feel for him considering all he’s been through this last year. “This is a big stage, the playoffs. He’s been looking forward to this. I don’t know the extent of the injury at this point, but I hope he gets back sooner rather than later.”But just man to man, in terms of him being what he’s been through, it’s tough. There’s no sugar-coating it. You hate seeing that opportunity on this big stage taken away from him like that.”Cousins, 28, made his first career playoff appearance in the Warriors’ 121-104 victory over the Clippers on Saturday. He posted nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in the game.last_img read more

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Fly Jamaica employees fuming over owed salaries

first_img…passengers yet to be refundedPromises by Fly Jamaica Airlines to disburse compensation to its employees are yet to materialize, and many of these staffers are questioning the company’s allegiance towards providing these payments.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Ronald Reece stated in a letter to employees on Friday, March 29, 2019 that their services were redundant as of March 31, 2019.According to him, the company was hoping to secure funding, but that acquisition process has been slow. Reece nevertheless assured employees that the compensation they are owed from November to date will be provided.Speaking to Guyana Times on Friday, one of the former employees said he is owed his monthly salary for January, 2019 and other sums for overtime work carried out during 2018. However, other employees have not been paid for several months, and there has been no definite answer on when these remunerations will be disbursed.“We didn’t get paid the overtime for November. We didn’t get paid for December, January, February or March. I worked January, so I need my overtime; and I didn’t get paid for January as yet,” the employee stated.He said this prolonged waiting period raises concerns among many former employees regarding when they will be paid. Guyana Times understands that the company had some 400 employees on its payroll.Fly Jamaica’s operations took a downward spiral after the November 9, 2018 crash-landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), which saw an 85-year-old passenger succumbing one week later.The Boeing 757 aircraft crashed on an emergency landing less than an hour after taking off for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft had experienced technical complications and decided to return to Guyana.At the time, there were 118 adults, along with two infants and an eight-member crew onboard.This publication was informed that a small number of persons were compensated, while most of them were not refunded. Following the crash, other flights were cancelled, and travellers had no other choice but to book flights with other airlines. Most of them commented on social media about the company’s failure to refund their monies.“Some of the passengers were compensated, and some weren’t. Most of the passengers did not get back their refund as yet. They would usually give persons weekly, so we don’t know how many were compensated,” a former employee informed.It was reported last month that the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) has been forced to intervene in the situation with Fly Jamaica and its passengers. This is after several written complaints were filed stating their distresses. This prompted officials of the company to declare that customers would be reimbursed in the third week of March.Public Relations Officer (PRO) of CCAC, Allison Parker, had stated that the Commission would take action if the airline did not keep its side of the bargain.Meanwhile, the employees were informed that if the circumstances of the company changes in the future and they are still interested in rejoining staff, then they will be allowed to do so.Calls to the local numbers listed for Fly Jamaica went unanswered.last_img read more

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Lou Trivino terrorizing opposing hitters with improved new pitch

first_imgOAKLAND — The way Lou Trivino performed last season as a rookie he would have been fine keeping things the same. Yet four games into the 2019 season, Trivino appears to have added even more nastiness on the mound.“It makes him go from unfair to really unfair,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.Trivino made a decision this spring to integrate his changeup into games more often. He has five pitches in his repertoire having been a starter earlier in his minor league career, but the changeup was a …last_img read more

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49ers sue Santa Clara to retain management of non-NFL events at Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers filed a lawsuit Friday to block Santa Clara’s attempt to end the team’s management of non-football events at Levi’s Stadium.The lawsuit comes in the wake of the City Council’s vote Tuesday to terminate the 49ers’ management agreement, effective Nov. 15. City officials contend the team misrepresented its experience in managing “public assembly facilities” and has violated city and state rules governing public contracts and prevailing wages. If the city …last_img read more

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Costa Rica bring unique flavour, says S Kannan

first_imgThis is turning out to be an intense football World Cup. Almost anything you could have asked for is happening. Die-hard fans back home in India complain of being sleep-deprived and yet are glued to the television.The early demise of Spain’s Tiki-Taka has resulted in a lot of tears being shed for the defending champions, whose unbelievable run from the Euro 2008 win finally ended last week. Most of us also knew highly overrated England would never be able to get their act right. The pampered Three Lions looked as meek as a cat before being booted out.Oh, and what a way it came when Costa Rica kicked in an early goal against Italy on Friday. For those who love a rich blend of filter coffee, Costa Rica – which produces high-caffeine beans – showed they can blend it well on the field too.Costa Rica’s coach Jorge Luis Pinto (left) has been influential in the team’s success.There is nothing fancy about their football side as they do not have pin-up superstars who glare at you from Tshirts or hoardings. This Latin American country is unique in its own way. For a small country which has a fascinating 1,300km coastline with 300 exotic beaches situated between Nicaragua and Panama, one may wonder what is it that makes their football click.Indeed, coach Jorge Luis Pinto, a Colombian, has to get credit for the success in what had been termed the “Group of Death”. Pinto is a coach with immense experience. He has been coaching for almost three decades and has taken on 19 coaching jobs, this being his second stint with Costa Rica.advertisementObviously, his boys play with flair backed by a strong defence. To beat two-time world champions Uruguay and then pip four-time world champions Italy tells you the whole story about this rare democratic nation in Latin America. If one compares it with any football-playing European nation, Costa Rica looks pale. Yet, on the field, the brilliance of captain Bryan Ruiz stands out. Unlike Spain, the Costa Ricans play aggressively, so it was not surprising to see them commit 24 fouls against Italy!More important was their solid defence which made life miserable for Italy as they were caught in the off-side trap repeatedly.Such has been the dominance of Costa Rica that England must be dreading the thought of playing them in their last league match. At the same time, so forceful has been the showing from Pinto’s boys that either Italy or Uruguay is going to miss the cut for the Round of 16.In many ways, results in this World Cup have defied odds. Who would have thought that Spain, two time Euro champions and 2010 World Cup winners, would fall by the wayside in the first round. Obviously, playing with older players has done them no good and it’s about time there was a change. Sport is not about mourning but celebrating, the way Brazil has done the last 10 days. It is still early days and even as we read several negative reports about the host nation, on the field the football has been riveting.For the sheer number of goals scored, the Brazuca ball has caught the imagination of even those who are not hardcore football fans at home. Hardy, a chronic motorsport lover in the Capital, wonders why the FIFA World Cup gets so much play in the media! It’s only after watching a few matches that he realised how addictive the beautiful game is.It’s still early days for many teams and to predict who will win the World Cup is hazardous.A team like Chile has also looked refreshing and Belgium has rebuilt its side well. As a small nation with just 34 professional clubs spread over two divisions, they would be worth watching. More importantly, this European side has shown that the fluid 4-3-3 formation can work wonders on the field. The huge disappointment has been England and they need to take the blame for it. When one talks of club football, England offers huge money. Over the years, all English football has done is provide EPL fans unending excitement.Yet, when it comes to the major events like the World Cup and the European Championship, the English side looks jaded. Serious football writers mince no words when they criticise the Three Lions for their faint-hearted efforts. The lament is more about how players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard do not play with heart. They are definitely the under-performers in the truest sense as these super-rich players have played below par.advertisementIt is well known that since Britain wants to win medals in track and field in the Olympics at any cost, they import players, pay them a fortune and then celebrate their medals. Prime example, Mo Farah.The time has come when the English Football Association would do well to hire foreign recruits not just for their cash-rich clubs but also their national side. That seems the only way this bunch of losers can learn to [email protected]last_img read more

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10 months agoKante: Chelsea matchwinner all about Luiz

first_imgKante: Chelsea matchwinner all about Luizby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says his matchwinner at Crystal Palace came straight off the training pitch.Kante combined with David Luiz to fire home the only goal of the game in the 51st minute at Selhurst Park.He told Sky Sports: “It is a move I have tried in training.“It doesn’t work many times but David gave me a good ball and I am happy to score with my left foot and help the team win.”It was all about the pass.”Chelsea were made to work hard for all three points – and Luiz admitted it was a slog trying to break down the home side.“It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well,” he said.“We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough, Who Had Knee Surgery 2 Days Ago, Posts Video Of Leg Lift

first_imgAlabama Bo ScarbroughAlabama Bo ScarbroughThis past Friday, Alabama freshman running back Bo Scarbrough, a five-star recruit from Tuscaloosa, tore the ACL in his right knee during a team scrimmage. Monday, he underwent surgery to repair the injury. Wednesday, he’s already starting rehab, completing straight leg lifts. Really.Scarbrough, who is clearly excited about how his recovery is going, posted a 30-second Twitter video of himself extending and lifting his right leg in a doctor’s office. It’s impressive, given the quick turnaround.Two day out of surgery and already can do a straight leg lift! It’s a blessing to be able to come back and work hard! pic.twitter.com/8NQ31ZDsjR— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) April 8, 2015Scarbrough was a huge get for the Tide, and has a bright future ahead. Let’s hope he’s back on the field as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Plant Quarantine Division Helping to Boost Trade

first_img Mr. Spence, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said the Division is the first line of defence in preventing the entry of diseases into Jamaica through the issuing of import permits, inspection of import/export cargo and baggage at ports of entry, seizures of import/export cargo and baggage and the execution of post-entry inspections. Story Highlights The Plant Quarantine Division (PQD) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries is playing a key role in helping to boost trade in agricultural produce and ensuring that citizens have access to safe, quality foods. Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dermon Spence, said the expansion of trade in part of Government’s strategic objectives for the sector. The Plant Quarantine Division (PQD) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries is playing a key role in helping to boost trade in agricultural produce and ensuring that citizens have access to safe, quality foods.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dermon Spence, said the expansion of trade in part of Government’s strategic objectives for the sector.“Our strategic mission… involves several activities that are critical to supporting the quality of produce to ensure that we consistently meet the standards that are established by the importing country, to show that we understand what the rules are that govern the trade of these produce,” he noted.This includes ensuring that exporters adhere to sanitary and phytosanitary measures in order to protect human, animal and plant life from risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins or disease-causing organisms. Certain products require such certification by importing countries.Mr. Spence, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said the Division is the first line of defence in preventing the entry of diseases into Jamaica through the issuing of import permits, inspection of import/export cargo and baggage at ports of entry, seizures of import/export cargo and baggage and the execution of post-entry inspections.“This speaks to the Government’s investment in protecting the borders from these pests and diseases, to make Jamaica a safe place to do business,” he noted.He said the PQD’s inspection and certification services ensure that produce leaving and entering the country will stand up to scrutiny and still have the desired nutritional and taste benefits that they offer.Mr. Spence said compliance and enforcement of the measures are critical to protecting international trading relationships and securing ready markets for exports.He noted that when breaches occur at the ports “the impact is rippling and severe”.He pointed out that one pest entering the country could wipe out an entire species, be it animal or plant life, “so there is no room for tardiness from our officers and no room for disobedience from the persons travelling to and from Jamaica”.“If the public disregards the warnings of the PQD and smuggle plant-based items in the country, the livelihood of farmers and, by extension, the economy of the country can be ruined,” he said.“Everyone wins when the regulations of the PQD are upheld… farmers realising the benefits of their toil, lifting their standard of living and ensuring that we are able to move the country forward in terms of production and alleviating poverty through increased exports,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Spence cited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) pre-clearance programme as an important measure in helping to enhance agricultural exports.“This programme ensures that products coming from Jamaica are pre-cleared and experience fast track processing through the US market. The significant realisation of the benefits under this programme would mean that there is a greater level of efficiency with which the product gets to move through the system… and with improved efficiency, it reduces cost,” he explained.He said the arrangement gives farmers and other stakeholders a sure market and the opportunity to target specific crops for expanded production.last_img read more

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