‘Container plants’

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaMuch of Georgia has been dry this spring, and the outlook callsfor more of the same. So when you plant new container-grown treesor shrubs in your landscape, you’ll have to water them often. Youknow that, of course. But you may not know how critical it is.New container-grown plants may look like the older plants in yourlandscape, but they’re not.”In a very important way, they’re still container plants for thefirst few weeks,” said Jim Midcap, a Cooperative Extensionhorticulturist with the University of Georgia.Think about how they grew before you bought them. “Containerplants are grown in a mixture of bark and sand,” Midcap said.”That’s because those mixtures drain so well.”The bark-sand mixtures help nurseries avoid the root rot problemsthey might have with potting mixtures that hold moisture better.The only problem is that they also dry out fast.Oops”And once the mixture gets really dry, the bark is very hard toget wet again,” he said.Nurseries water their plants every day or every other day to keepthe mixtures from drying out. If you don’t keep that in mind whenthey reach your landscape, your new plants might not survive.”If you let the root ball dry out,” Midcap said, “you may thinkyou’re watering enough. But because the bark is so hard to rewet,the plant really isn’t getting enough moisture to survive.”It’s vital to give new trees or shrubs proper planting holes thatmake it easy for their roots to grow into the surrounding soil.But even if you do, he said, all of the plants’ roots are stillin that original potting mixture for the first four to six weeks.Water the ‘pot'”That’s what you need to water,” he said. Until the roots growinto the surrounding soil, the plant still depends for moistureon the bark-sand mixture in the root ball. “Water it as if itwere still in the container.”And keep watering it at least two to three times a week for thefirst four to six weeks. “On very warm or windy days the originalbark mixture can dry out thoroughly in 24 to 48 hours, eventhough the backfill soil around it stays wet,” Midcap said.If you delay planting a container plant, water it several times aweek, he said. Water it two to three straight times beforeplanting to make sure the root ball is thoroughly soaked.If the root ball still feels dry, he said, soak it in a bucketfor a while just before planting. Don’t plant it if the root ballis dry.Watch the ‘lid’In a clay soil, Midcap said, keep the top of the potting mixexposed. “If you cover it with a clay soil it can seal it up somoisture can’t get into that sand-bark mixture as readily,” hesaid.In sandy, well-draining soils, it’s hard to water too much. Butbe careful not to overwater in clay soils and areas that don’tdrain well, Midcap said. Overwatering in clay soils can killplants just as surely as not watering at all.If a new plant starts wilting or its older, inside leaves beginyellowing, he said, don’t give up on your plants.”All you need to do is get that root ball wet again and keep itwatered properly,” he said. “When it dries out, the root systemshuts down. And then a little later, the top begins showingstress. Give it enough water to get the root ball wet again andthe plant will start regenerating absorbing roots to take up thewater.”Then keep up the faithful watering. “Frequent watering of newlyplanted container shrubs, without overwatering, is crucial totheir survival,” Midcap said.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Trail Mix: On the Rise

first_imgListen If You Like: John Prine, The Byrds Catch Them: The band just finished getting its live chops back in shape with a Nashville residency this summer, and more dates supporting the new album are on the way.   The Sound: Reborn after a five-year layoff, Trigger Hippy is a side-project collective led by drummer Steve Gorman, a founding member of the Black Crowes, and bassist Nick Govrik. The group released a self-titled album in 2014 when members included Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, but this fall Gorman and Govrik are returning in a reconfigured quartet that includes guitarist Ed Jurdi and singer Amber Woodhouse. Accompanying the reboot is the sophomore effort Full Circle and Then Some (released October 11), a sturdy, soulful set of Southern-hued roots rock that features appearances by Willie Nelson’s harmonica ace Mickey Raphael and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s guitar shredder Sadler Vaden. Quick aside: If you’re into behind-the-scenes band dirt, Gorman is also publishing an account of his time in the Black Crowes.  Catch Her: September 7 at Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, N.C., and October 6 at Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.Va. Listen If You Like: Loretta Lynn, Nikki Lane  Catch Them: September 7 at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va., September 20 at Library Amphitheater in Brevard. N.C., September 21 at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, Tenn., October 24 at Pale Fire Brewing in Harrisonburg, Va., and October 26 at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. Key Track: “Anyhow,” which leads off Waldon’s new album, is a honky-tonk throwback with a resilient message about staying true to yourself. Key Track: “Strung Out on the Pain” is a country road song about leaving love behind that’s highlighted by wide-open pedal steel lines.  Catch Him: October 5 at Songbyrd in Washington, D.C., October 8 at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., and October 25 at the Earl in Atlanta, Ga.   Key Track: The stark yet soulful “Junk Town” channels Prine’s classic “Sam Stone,” a similarly mournful look at the pitfalls of addiction.  The Sound: A new act to emerge from the fertile roots scene in the North Carolina Triangle, Chatham Rabbits is the husband-and-wife duo of Austin and Sarah McCombie, who captivate with intimate close-harmony singing in the vein of recent predecessors Mandolin Orange. The couple favors rustic, minimalist acoustic arrangements—mainly clawhammer-style banjo and guitar—that showcase old-time reverence with compelling original songwriting. The group has been touring rigorously around the Southeast in support of the debut album All I Want from You, which was produced by Jerry Brown (Doc Watson) and features an appearance by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin.  Four Southern Artists, You Need to Hear Listen If You Like: Little Feat, Blackberry Smoke Trigger Hippy If you’re searching for new tunes this fall, check out the sounds of these four emerging regional acts. More Biking in the Blue Ridge from our September Bike Issue Here Key Track: “Chattanooga” from the band’s debut has a gentle mountain melody but the song’s protagonist is on the run from a troubled past. Ian Noe The Sound: Originally from the small community of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Ky., Waldon possesess a classic country voice and wry wit that helped her earn a loyal following when she moved to Nashville and started diligently working the local singer-songwriter circuit. That effort continues to pay off, as earlier this year she became the first new artist signed to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records in 15 years. On October 4, Waldon will release her first album for the label, White Noise/White Lines, a record that continues her approach of taking traditional twang forward with gritty originality. As Prine recently put it: “Her music continues an important arc of traditional folk and country music.” Listen If You Like: Mandolin Orange, Gillian Welch Kelsey Waldon Chatham Rabbits The Sound: Back in the spring, this rising singer-songwriter released a stunning debut album, Between the Country, a 10-track set of vivid hard-luck story songs, inspired by struggling characters that surrounded him growing up in rural eastern Kentucky. Produced by roots studio ace Dave Cobb, the record chronicles dark realities with literary vision, as Noe uses a powerfully simple folk delivery reminiscent of early John Prine while also incorporating some of the vintage electric jangle of the Byrds.last_img read more

Human Rights Watch Reports Extrajudicial Killings in Underprivileged Areas of Venezuela

first_imgBy AFP November 06, 2019 The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions committed by the Venezuelan Police’s Special Action Forces (FAES, in Spanish) in underprivileged areas that have withdrawn their support for the Nicolás Maduro government.“Amidst an economic and humanitarian crisis that most seriously affects those who have less, Venezuelan authorities are committing heinous abuses in underprivileged communities that have withdrawn their support for the Nicolás Maduro regime,” said José Miguel Vivanco, executive director of HRW, Americas Division.The NGO says that this law enforcement body has committed “serious human rights violations with impunity” and that “in a country where the judiciary is used to prosecute critics instead of investigating crimes, the Venezuelan security forces are taking the law into their own hands.”The organization based its report on interviews conducted in June and July with witnesses or relatives of nine victims of alleged abuse by agents in Caracas and in a state in the country’s interior, as well as reports by lawyers, activists, and journalists.According to HRW, these reports are “consistent with the pattern identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,” Michelle Bachelet, who in early September reported alleged extrajudicial killings committed by the FAES.In another report submitted in July, Bachelet said that in the last 18 months about 7,000 extrajudicial killings were carried out in Venezuela, and that security forces were responsible for most of these deaths.last_img read more

YouTube Music Rolling Out Quick Picks Carousel on Homepage, Generates Radio Playlist of Similar Songs: Report

first_imgThe feature was initially spotted by a Reddit user two months ago and it now appears to be rolling out to more users. Quick Picks reportedly has five pages of four songs each that you can keep swiping over.youtube music reddit davidcastle youtube_music_reddit_davidcastleThe new Quick Picks category consists of a carousel featuring four songs on each pagePhoto Credit: Reddit/ _DavidCastle_ – Advertisement – – Advertisement – YouTube Music is rolling out a new Quick Picks section on its homepage, multiple Reddit users have posted. The new Quick Picks category consists of a carousel featuring four songs on each page. On selecting a song, a radio playlist of similar songs will be generated. YouTube Music already has a Start Radio option that plays a number of songs similar to the one you are listening to, but the Quick Picks section seems to be an even more efficient, prominent way of introducing users to more music of their taste.Reddit users posted about spotting the new Quick Picks section on YouTube Music. The suggested songs, according to the post, are sometimes songs they have already heard several times but not liked. Quick Picks is positioned prominently in the Homepage, below Your Favourites and Mixed For You.- Advertisement –center_img A report by 9to5Google confirmed that the feature has begun rolling out to Android and iOS users, as well as YouTube Music on the Web.With Google Play Music shutting down and Google encouraging users to shift to YouTube Music, the latter has introduced several new features to make the music streaming service more efficient. Last week, YouTube Music added an activity bar that lets users customise the homepage by giving them easy access to music for featured activities like workout and focus. It also introduced seven personalised My Mix playlists for users on the Home page, featuring diverse artists and different moods.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –last_img read more

In the blast zone

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China A-shares added to MSCI indices for first time

first_imgMSCI also outlined plans to include more A-shares in the future, including mid-cap stocks. This expansion would require further reforms to open up China’s equity market to foreign investors, such as the removal of trading limits and a “significant” reduction in share suspensions, Melas said.The addition of A-shares to global benchmarks was widely anticipated following the Stock Connect project, which opened up access to and improved communications between domestic Chinese exchanges. Investors responding to MSCI’s consultation said this had proven to be a more flexible path to access domestic equities than via Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) licensing regimes.Yannan Chenye, head of China equities research at Harvest Global Investments, said: “Inclusion in the MSCI index family is a strong signal of greater market openness, and it will undoubtedly help the A-Share market to attract broader attention and participation of international investors. This sharp increase in international market participants will substantially change fundamental features of the market.”Although the initial impact of the additions would be “slight”, Chenye said a “more balanced investor structure with a higher proportion of institutional investors (both domestic and overseas) will likely result in a change of investment style” in the domestic markets.In commentary issued this morning, specialist emerging markets manager East Capital urged investors to “speed up the development of their research capabilities and infrastructure operations” if they plan to properly access this market.“It will take a few years but at the end of the process, China A-shares might represent as much as 20% of the MSCI Emerging Markets index,” East Capital said.Gary Greenberg, head of emerging markets at Hermes Investment Management, was more cautious, as many of the firms due to enter MSCI indices next year had not fully grasped the requirements of being a listed company.“We continue to encounter managements of large A-share companies who have yet to appoint an investor relations officer and who see no reason for senior management to meet shareholders,” HE said. “The ability to communicate with foreign investors, even in companies with worldwide operations, tends to be less than world class. For businesses with top line revenues that can top $15bn, this should have been fixed by now.”Investors can already access Chinese domestic companies via listings on exchanges in Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, and the UK.In addition to the China A-shares decision, MSCI announced that it would consult on adding Saudi Arabia to its emerging markets universe next year.The index provider delayed decisions on the future classification of Argentina and Nigeria. Argentina, it said, would not be upgraded to emerging market status as investors had warned market reforms “needed to remain in place for a longer time period to be deemed irreversible”.For Nigeria, MSCI said it would postpone until November a ruling on whether the country should be cut from its frontier markets index to allow investors to assess a new trading window introduced by the country’s central bank. An estimated $17bn (€15.3bn) could flow into China’s domestic market as a result of MSCI’s decision to include A-shares in two of its leading index series for the first time.The index provider has approved 222 large-cap stocks listed on China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges for inclusion in its emerging markets and all-countries indices, effective from next year.It follows an “extensive consultation” with asset owners and asset managers, both passive and active, said Sebastien Lieblich, global head of index management research at MSCI.The new stocks will make up roughly 0.73% of the MSCI Emerging Markets index and will be added in two tranches in May and August 2018. Dimitris Melas, managing director and global head of equity research at MSCI, estimated that this could trigger inflows of roughly $17bn based on the volume of passive assets tracking this benchmark.last_img read more

The house that takes nature seriously and life in its stride

first_imgThis resort-style property in Bunya will be auctioned on October 13.THE fireflies have been hiding under the bark of trees all winter, but a feast of light is coming and whoever buys 8 Ernest Court, Bunya will have the light show in their backyard – along with a few other creature comforts. The 6100sq m property is shaped like a kite with a two street frontage tapering off into bushland and like a kite it works with nature to show off its best features. Spaces are designed to maximise their exposure to the outdoors.“Then we put in an outdoor theatre, an 8×8 hut out the back with TV. We put in a sauna, a big veggie patch, chook yard.” >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< But the old tyre swing has been just as well-used and points to an integrity behind the high end amenities.In 13 years, Sean and Vanessa Ryan have worked to make their resort-style property a home first. Relax around the fireplace while the pizza oven warms up outside. Living areas and work stations all benefit from large open-plan spaces.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“There was a log cabin with an extension,’’ Mr Ryan said of the 2005 house. “We knocked down the log cabin and we replicated the extension the other way to create the kids zone. The front view of 8 Ernest Court, Bunya.“We’re all nature lovers,’’ Mr Ryan said.“We’ve always lived on acreage, we moved from Townsville to Brisbane. We don’t like the hustle and bustle. This house is down to earth, it’s not pretentious. We have an indoor outdoor lifestyle.”With five children now grown up and only one living at home, the time has come to move on, but Mr Ryan is confident next month’s auction will attract another down to earth family. “A young family that loves nature (would suit a house like this). There’s possums, kookaburras that we hand feed, fireflies out the back and two trees that have koalas in them.” The view from the Balinese-style hut at 8 Ernest Court, Bunya.A tennis court, outdoor projector, pool, spa, pizza oven, and Balinese-style hut all reach out for attention.last_img read more

Cannabis use leads to early death

first_imgNZ Herald 26 April 2016Family First Comment: Significant study. “The study also discovered that the risk of death from an accident or suicide was directly proportionate to the amount of marijuana used by the men as teens.”A new study has revealed heavy marijuana use during teenage years can lead to early death.Analyzing more than 45, 000 men, scientists followed a group who underwent military training in Sweden between 1969 and 1970.They were tracked on the National Cause of Death Register until 2011, by which time around 4,000 of the men in the group had died.Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the research found that men who used marijuana heavily in their late teens were 40 per cent more likely to die by the age of 60.Heavy use was defined as teens who used marijuana more than 50 times.The study also discovered that the risk of death from an accident or suicide was directly proportionate to the amount of marijuana used by the men as teens.According to addiction expert Scott Krakower, cannabis users in general have poorer health.Speaking to CBS News, Krakower said: “‘Marijuana users generally may have poorer diets and they might be tobacco smokers. There’s an increased linkage between weed and tobacco.”Member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry, Dr Kevin Hill, told CBS: “One of the key messages from a study like this comes down to two words: dose matters.”Heavy use at a young age is linked to cognitive issues and poor psychological health, said Hill.He referenced a 2012 study which revealed early, regular marijuana use, as described in this new study, led to an “eight-point decline in IQ over time” and a higher chance of developing a psychotic disorder.READ MORE: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11628799last_img read more

Speech Thank Yous

first_imgI was watching an old rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond.  In this episode Ray was given an honorary degree from his Alma Mater.  In his acceptance speech he forgot to thank his wife.  This gave me an idea for today’s Huddle Up.Most coaches have to give an acceptance speech some time in their career.   On Coaches Corner after the season ends, the coach will usually thank the people who have helped during that season.  Who do you thank?  How long should the list be?  How do you keep from forgetting somebody?I have no sure fire suggestions on who should or should not be thanked.  One thing is for certain, you don’t forget your wife!!last_img read more

Luinenburg gets 100th Hobby Stock win at Arlington’s season championship night

first_imgJustin Luinenburg won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career when Arlington Raceway honored the late Scott Schoknecht on season championship night. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)READING, Minn. – Justin Luinenburg would have liked to have gotten his career 100th IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature win before his final race of the season, but he’s happy things worked out the way they did.Luinenburg collected the landmark checkers Saturday at Arlington Raceway, when the Sept. 23 season championship program doubled as a night to honor the late Scott Schoknecht.“It was nice to get my 100th win on that night,” said Luinenburg, from Reading, Minn. “I knew Scotty pretty good so it was special to win at his memorial race.”The victory was Luinenburg’s 23rd of the season and 71st in the last three years. He’d also won 23 times during his 2015 national championship campaign and followed up with a career-best 25 wins in 2016.“Winning 100 features and winning a national championship are neat accomplishments. Very few drivers have done them both,” Luinenburg said. “The national title is pretty great because it’s neat to be the top dog, but you have to have a heck of a season to be able to do it.”“Winning 100 features was never a goal and I was surprised the first time someone from IMCA called and told me I was getting close,” he continued. “I thought if we could get to 100 wins it would be a good season but you have to keep doing the work at the shop, you’ve had to have a great crew and you have to have some luck at the track.”Luinenburg is the eighth Hobby Stock driver to reach the 100-win mark and the first to do so this season.“The competition is getting tougher. No matter where you go, there are fast cars,” said Luinen­burg. “It’s not easy to win when you’re racing against guys like Cory Probst (a 20-time winner this season and runner-up Saturday at Arlington.) I’m fortunate to have had the success I’ve had in this division.He also enjoyed some success at Boone Speedway earlier this month, qualifying for the first time for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event.“It was good to qualify on the first night,” said Luinenburg, who advanced 14 positions to finish ninth. “I would liked to have started a little further toward the front but it was neat to make the race. We were happy with the way the race turned out.”last_img read more