“Your Southern Garden”

first_imgPropagating plants from seed, identifying invasive vines and growing pretty peonies in the South will all be covered on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.University of Florida horticulturist Tom Wichman will reveal the secret to successfully propagating plants from seed. Then, host Walter Reeves will show a simple tip for picking up tiny seed. When two similar invasive vines show up in Reeves’ landscape, he goes on a mission to identify creeping cucumber and golden passionvine. And, if you think peonies can only be grown up North, Reeves has some tips for Southern success. Finally, Nancy McDonald, a greenhouse owner who specializes in houseplants, shows how to choose houseplants that will thrive in different conditions.“Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries.last_img read more

New plant material

first_imgAs the weather grows cooler most landscape plants begin to go dormant. Fall is an excellent time to install new plant material. Many home gardeners like to install plants in the spring when their leaves are unfurling and many go into bloom. Spring planting is acceptable, but fall planting is preferable. The summer months are not good for planting due to the intense heat and prolonged dry spells.Newly installed plant material, even if properly watered, is highly stressed and can die. In the fall months, the air temperatures have cooled and the plants are not under as much stress. The stems and leaves will begin going dormant, but the roots will continue to grow in the soil. Cold weather gives the plant more time to become established and develop a strong, healthy root system. By the following spring and summer, the plants will be more resistant to heat and drought conditions. Spring-planted trees and shrubs have a much shorter period of time to become established. This makes them more vulnerable to the stresses of summer.For trees and shrubs, dig the width of the hole at least one and one-half to two times the size of the root ball. Plant it at the same depth as it was in the container. Do not install the plant’s crown below soil level. Planting too deeply can lead to rot and other problems leading to damage and possible death of the plant material. Research has shown adding organic matter, like compost or top soil, to the hole is not necessary. The plant’s roots might be so happy in the rich soil that it prevents their roots from growing out into the native soil. However, when planting a bed of multiple trees and shrubs, add organic matter and till it in throughout the entire planting bed. Do not fill the individual holes with organic matter.When purchasing plants, select plants that appear healthy and free of insects and diseases. Pull the plant out of the pot and examine the roots. Healthy roots should be white or light brown and spread throughout the root ball. Avoid plants with black mushy roots, or those with poorly developed root systems. If plants roots are matted around the edge of the root ball, use a knife and make a few cuts to break up the mat and allow the roots to spread. Do not apply fertilizer to the individual planting holes. Wait until the plants become established before fertilizing. Thoroughly water the plants once or twice a week. Apply two to three inches of mulch, such as pine straw, pine bark or cypress mulch, around the plants. Do not mass mulch around the stems of the trees and shrubs. This can lead to disease and insect infestation of the stem. Fall is the best time of the year to establish trees, shrubs, and many types of perennials. Install these plants now to enjoy them in the spring and into the future. For more information on fall plantings, contact your local University of Georgia Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Live Outside and Play is BACK!

first_imgThe road team has a guest suite! This year we’ve partnered with Roof Nest to show-off their line of light-weight, low profile, easy-to-use rooftop tents. Anywhere you can find the LOAP van you can find a RoofNest. We’ll be demo-ing this awesome tent all over Colorado and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’re excited to climb up there at night to get closer to the stars, or take a break from the mid-day heat with an elevated nap. Now that we have a guest room, there’s no excuse not to come on a camping trip with us, we supply the sleeping arrangments. As with past years, we’ve got a few awesome companies keeping us going for the next few months. We’ll be rocking their gear and putting it to the test. We want introduce you, and share some fun facts. Stio, born in the Tetons, knows a thing or two about making apparel that’s ready for the mountains. Stio is new to the Live Outside and Play program and we couldn’t be more excited about this partnership. Founded in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Stio specializes in beautiful, functional products infused with a mountain soul. Technical performance, quality, and versatility are what stands out in Stio’s product line. Aside from making top-notch products Stio also walks-the-walk so to speak. They use Bluesign approved textiles in their apparel and do their part to advocate for conservation, climate change, and sustainability. Mountain House has been with us since the beginning and we’re excited to have them back! If you’ve seen us at an event, then there’s no doubt you’ve gone home with a sample or two of a tasty Mountain House meal. Mountain House has a lot of exciting things in the works this year but what we’re most excited for is their partnership with TerraCycle to offer a FREE recycling program for their used pouches. TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that specializes in giving new life to hard-to-recycle products. For those who can make it out to Appalachian Trail Day’s, bring us your empty pouch and we’ll give you a new one and recycle your old one! Sea to Summit has a bunch of exciting things happening this season. They’ve updated and added to an already extensive line of sleep systems; including the addition of women’s specific sleeping bags and inflatable sleeping mats. They’ve also added an exciting product to their fan-favorite line of Aeros Inflatable Pillows to include the Aeros Down Pillow. The new pillow combines the softness and supportiveness of the Aeros Pillow series but with a luxurious down pillow top. Bonus points for using sustainably sourced goose down. Lowe Alpine Photo by Noah Wetzel. Big Agnes We will be all over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Colorado this summer, attending festivals and hosting meetups. We hope to see you out there! Mountain House Welcome back Leki! This season we’re excited to show off Leki’s entirely updated line of aluminum and carbon trekking poles. Leki has been at the cutting edge of comfort and performance since they were founded in 1948. Leki has become synonymous with a perfect grip, easy length adjustment, and outstanding support. Throughout our 2019 tour, we’ll have a full demo fleet of poles featuring all sizes and price-points. So, come say hi and see what you’re missing. Sea to Summit Roof Nest Hello again! It’s Roxy and Ben, your Live Outside and Play Road Team. We are back for another year of adventures, with an incredible summer of travels laid out in front of us. We can’t wait to get back on the road. Franklin County, VA We’ve been using Sea To Summit’s cookware in the van for a while now. For us, it’s as practical as it is packable. This season they have released the Sigma Series. A new line of packable, all stainless steel pots. Keep an eye out for some more cooking videos and how-tos! Leki Stio No doubt you’ve seen Big Agnes gear out on the trail. Their tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads are a staple in most camps. Big Agnes also knows a lot about camp comfort. They’ve been specializing in it for a long time. Now they are bringing their expertise to their new line of Camp Furniture. You’ll find a lot of similarities with their other camp gear; simple and intuitive setup, thoughtful and innovative design, and most of all comfort. When you come hang out with us this summer, you can bet you’ll have a comfortible place to hang out! Lowe Alpine has been making framed packs for outdoor lovers since 1967. Founded in Colorado by the now-famous Lowe Brothers, Lowe Alpine packs have been a staple in the global climbing community since Greg Lowe designed an external framed pack that gave climbers more freedom of movement in the mountains than ever before. This year Lowe Alpine is launching two new technical backpacks. The Altus and the Manaslu. Both new packs come in both men’s and woman’s versions. This year, for the first time, we’re thrilled to announce a different kind of partnership. We’re happy to say that Franklin County, Virginia has joined our adventure. We’re excited about this because we spend a lot of time in this area of the Blue Ridge. From an outdoor recreation standpoint, Franklin County has something for everyone. Fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding — you name it. We’re particularly excited because Franklin County is home to Smith Mountain Lake and we’ve heard it’s the perfect place to cool off during the summer. last_img read more

More Aklan villages ‘cleared of illegal drugs’

first_imgIn Kalibo, the drug-free barangays areLinabuan Norte, Nalook, Mabilo, Briones, Mobo, and Caano. The remainingbarangays of Poblacion, Pook, Andagao, New Buswang, Old Buswang, Estancia,Linabuan Norte, and Bakhaw Sur are being closely monitored for illegal drugactivities. Three other barangays – Naasug,Kabulihan and Dumlog were cleared of illegal drugs, bringing the total to sixout of 17 barangays in Malay, Aklan. Last week, the Regional OversightCommittee identified the barangays of Tinigaw and Bakhaw Norte in Kalibo, andthe barangays of Sambiray, Cogon and Nabaoy in Malay as drug-cleared barangays. Other parameters of the Dangerous DrugsBoard Regulation are the existence of drug awareness, preventive education andinformation programs, active involvement of the Sangguniang Kabataan to helpmaintain the drug-cleared status of the barangay, existence of voluntary andcompulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk and activeinvolvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img BORACAY – Five additional barangays inthe towns of Malay and Kalibo in Aklan have recently been declared free fromillegal drugs.   The villages have no clandestine druglaboratory and chemical warehouse, “drug pushers or users,” non-availability ofdrug supply, marijuana cultivation site and drug den as validated by thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP),Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) in the region. last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ake joins Bournemouth on loan

first_imgNathan Ake has joined Bournemouth from Chelsea on a season-long loan.The Dutch defender, 21, spent last season on loan at Watford, where was voted the club’s young player of the year and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-finals.Ake, who ended the previous campaign on loan at Reading, has made 12 first-team appearances for Chelsea, with five coming in the Premier League.Meanwhile, winger Reece Mitchell, 20, has left Chelsea and joined Chesterfield on a two-year deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Desert Varnish Growth Can Be Rapid

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New research shows that the black coating on sandstone known as rock varnish or desert varnish can form much more rapidly than previously thought.The abstract of a paper in Geology1 states:Rock varnish is a thin dark coating best known from deserts, and is believed to grow extremely slowly. Varnish samples from near Socorro, New Mexico (United States), contain as much as 3.7% PbO, derived from nearby smelters operating from A.D. 1870 to 1931. Additional varnish, measuring as much as 4 μm beyond the Pb-rich layer, indicates continued growth from 1931 to 2003. Comparison with other varnish confirms that the Pb is not an artifact. Based on Pb layer thickness, and the period of smelter operation, these very young rock varnishes yield growth rates of 28–639 μm/k.y., substantially higher than previously documented fastest rates of 40 μm/k.y. These rates imply that the average 1–2 μm/k.y. rate for older varnish is not the active growth rate. Rather, it is a long-term value including periods of nondeposition, erosion, and active growth. Therefore, models of rock varnish formation should be reevaluated with consideration of much faster maximum growth rates.The new maximum growth rate is nearly 16 times the old estimate.1. Spilde, Melim, Northup and Boston, “Anthropogenic lead as a tracer of rock varnish growth: Implications for rates of formation,” Geology, published online January 4, 2013, doi: 10.1130/G33514.1 v. 41 no. 2 p. 263-266.Interpretive signs about desert varnish appear in national parks throughout desert parks in the United States and probably elsewhere.  How many of them are going to be updated as a result of this revelation?  Probably few.  They will continue to tell unwary visitors that it’s a slow, slow, slow process.  As this paper shows, not necessarily.  Significant buildup could occur in just a few thousand years.  Even so, does any scientist possess the wherewithal and know-how to understand all the variables?  That this paper shows up in 2013 after decades of research on desert varnish should cause perceptive readers to see, once again, that human “scientific knowledge” is limited and subject to change without warning.last_img read more

Just What Are Online Courses Good For? A Q&A With Harvard’s Peter Bol

first_imgRelated Posts adriana lee Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RW: How do you compare that to the purely online class, like those offered by edX, the nonprofit formed by Harvard and MIT that offers free online courses to anyone, where all discussion and lectures happen on the Web?PKB: Remember I also employ “cold calling.” Students can volunteer too, but I call everybody, no matter where they are. You can’t replicate exactly that in a purely online format.Students who take courses online through Harvard Division of Continuing Education pay top dollar to do this. They’re interested in getting the credential or degree, [and] we try to accommodate their schedules.They write papers, they do exams—every posting they make gets read and commented upon on by a teaching fellow or me. Those are very serious courses. I mean, they lead to a Harvard degree, after all.RW: I saw online that someone asked, “If I got my degree from Harvard online, did I really go to Harvard?” What would you say to that? PKB: Well, let’s make a distinction between the courses we offer through the Division of Continuing Education and the MOOCs [massive open online courses]. Courses offered through the [DCE] cost money and lead to degrees. We’ve been [offering] that for decades. There’s nothing new about that. If they took courses through these online classes, those online classes are not MOOCs.But what I can tell you is Harvard is not planning, does not see, does not view as part of its future, turning MOOCs into degree-granting courses.RW: What are the practical differences between MOOCs and the online classes from continuing-education programs?PKB: If you’re looking to build accreditations, then you shouldn’t be doing the MOOC. MOOCs are good for building knowledge and learning. In the MOOC you’re on your own. You can watch what you want, do what you want, participate in discussions, it’s all up to you.If you want a degree, you should go through institutions where there is real discussion, that’s supervised, where you write papers and do exams. That’s going to cost money. But if you’re serious about developing knowledge of a field and want a degree or credit, you go to the Division of Continuing Education.That means you have to be there and submit work every week. There is feedback from the teaching staff every week. There are summaries, requests for more clarification or more work. You can have individual chats with your teaching fellows. You can write to me, and I’ll answer, and so on and so forth.RW: There’s a lot of hype in the tech industry regarding MOOCs being the future of education, with the coursework and discussion all being conducted online.PKB: If we think about what the online format is best for, it’s not discussion. It’s lecture, particularly in the way in which edX has developed very sound approaches to giving lectures. Which is, you don’t lecture people for more than five to seven minutes.At every section of the lecture, you stop, pause, give students a chance to answer questions and think about what they heard, and then move on. That’s a really effective method of learning. It’s so much better than cramming for a final exam. That’s really good online. But discussion between the professor and the students, that’s so much better in person.Now, that doesn’t mean you might not have courses where you only have online discussion, and no intervention from the teaching staff. No doubt that will happen, but you go back to the thing where … if you have 25,000 students, you’re not going to talk to them all.RW: What are the particular challenges that Harvard faces with online education, whether in the near or long term?PKB: I think the challenge is to make sure Harvard is offering those courses the same way we would offer courses on campus. They’re hard, challenging, and not for everybody. And we will continue to work hard to maintain that quality. So the challenge for us is gathering the course material, preparing it, testing it. The number of faculty who want to be doing this is very large. [But] our bandwidth for helping them do the things they want to do is narrower.RW: Does Harvard have a specific goal here? Is it a pedagogical, to move education forward? Is it to make excellence in education more available and affordable? Ultimately, what does Harvard hope to achieve? PKB: We hope to add to the sum of knowledge and understanding of the world. We hope to make it possible for people around the world to learn, to advance. This is part of the larger mission of the university.However, I should say right away that we do have criteria here. We ask in every instance—before we try to develop a course or a module—how is this going to be turned back on the classroom? How will it help you be a better teacher here at home? That’s just as important, just as much a part of the equation. How we transform teaching internally is very important.RW: Where do you see online education going in the future—say, five or 10 years out?PKB: Well, the question is fair enough. But I can’t answer it at the moment, because even here, we are at the beginning of this. We have a very fortunate situation of this being funded by the universities involved. We certainly have to think about revenue generation, but we don’t have to make a profit. And we don’t have to have everything decided right at this moment.The fact that MIT and Harvard can afford to do this without expecting that they’re going to make money, as we try to figure out how we can actually do good things—for our students and for the world. And that’s superb. I think we’re so lucky as Americans to be in that situation with private universities that can afford to do that.RW: What do you think of for-profit companies getting involved in online education? It seems there’s a battle between education’s traditionalists versus the would-be innovators. What do you make of that?PKB: I think that in the for-profit world, you’re right. They are a lot of people looking to see how this can deliver return on investment. My impression—and again I speak for myself—is that in the short term, we don’t expect any return on investment. We want to understand how we can be better educators, and how students can learn in an effective way that doesn’t require cramming at the last moment and forgetting 70 percent of what they’ve learned. We want to do our jobs better.If you can say anything about [Harvard] President Faust and Alan Garber, the provost, it’s that they care about the mission. They care about what the university exists for in the first place. And they exist for the advancement of knowledge and the possibility of sharing and learning.Peter K. Bol is the Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages Civilization and Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He has chaired the Harvard Academic Computing Committee and provided one of HarvardX’s first online courses on China. Currently, as the new vice provost of advances in learning, he oversees Harvard’s online educational initiatives, including those from edX/HarvardX and the Harvard Extension School’s Division of Continuing Education, among others. Feature image by Flickr user rp72. All other images courtesy of Peter K. Bol ReadWrite: How would you define the challenges presented by educational technology, online courses, etc.? Peter K. Bol: Let me make the following distinction—and here, I’m not speaking for Harvard. I’m speaking for myself, so I have the freedom to change my mind as the data persuades me. Around 95% of the people who sign up for these online courses apparently are not interested in getting a certificate or credential. [But] the people who do want the credential, who want some recognition, is still a very large number. We need to be sure that those people are offered the same level of rigor and demand that we offer our own students. At the same time, we have to recognize that the vast majority of people are not there with the same commitment. They may be there because they’re interested in the subject, or want to try their hand at some of the assessments and exercises.RW: For people interested in academic rigor, is that even possible in an online setting?PKB: Of course it’s possible. For example, in some fields, the whole issue is the mastery of the amount of information. In other fields—[such as] the social sciences and humanities—it’s not really the mastery of information. The information is useful because it gives you stuff to think with.But your views, interpretations, discussions with other people—you’re trying to work out what something means, how to understand it, interpret it, explain it and account for it. These are the things that are best suited for discussion.One of the things we’re doing is creating very serious discussion forums. We have a combination of set topics for each week or each module. [But] we simply do not have the manpower to try to maintain a discussion with everybody. Can’t be done. We do know, however, that the number of people participating in discussion forums keeps rising during the course. And people are interested in talking to other people.Now, what can we do to steer that? We use online lectures to allow us to give up lecturing in the classroom at Harvard and, instead, devote what used to be lecture time to serious in-depth discussion for the students.RW: That would be the flipped classroom model.PKB: That’s right. Those discussions have to be structured too. We have to know what questions we’ll ask them, which we’ll follow up with, and what possible views we hope will be articulated, and so on. So we filmed those discussions. People in the online forum, in the massive open online course, can also see how exactly that question was discussed in the Harvard classroom by the professor and the students.RW: What are the hallmarks of success for these flipped classrooms?PKB: I was speaking to a group of directors of graduate studies, and somebody asked, “How do you measure success?” I think we measure success by student learning. We know because we’ve actually polled the students on this, and they really like the online lectures. It allows them to go back; they’re shorter than the usual lecture; they can freeze and go back on the tape.They appreciate the fact that online lectures have good visual explanation, and they like that we put up bullet points when we’re talking, so they know exactly where we are. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping universities that are preparing students for a transformed workforce.If you believe the proponents of online education, universities are in the midst of a full-blown technological transformation—one that will shortly unseat traditional coursework and liberate higher learning from the shackles of those expensive, ivy-strewn halls of academia.But the view from those hallowed halls is very different. Harvard’s Peter K. Bol, the newly appointed vice provost of advances in learning, argues that technology doesn’t actually change that much for students, that degrees and credits still matter, and that the best way to get them is … well, to attend an institution like Harvard. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#education#Hire Education#MOOCs#University last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Ritz Diesel launched at Rs 5.31 lakh

first_imgLeading passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki India has launched a new version of its hatchback Ritz in the diesel variant, priced between Rs 5.31 lakh and Rs 6.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Through a statement, vice-president (marketing) Manohar Bhat said, “It is heartening to see a fairly young brand crossing 2,00,000 sales mark in just 37 months. This reflects the huge customer acceptability of the Ritz. Numerous changes being introduced now will make the Ritz brand more vibrant.”The new Ritz has come with 52 changes, such as new front design and dual tone interiors, multi-information display on the instrument panel, electrically adjustable rear-view mirrors and body side-moulding.”A pleasant delight is the 10 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency from 21.1 km per litre to 23.2 km per litre for the Ritz diesel, which has been achieved with numerous initiatives by the company’s engineers,” the company said.The car is powered by a 1,248 cc DDiS diesel engine. The car crossed one lakh sales figure in a span of 17 months of its launch.Ritz, which has already sold over 2,00,000 units in a span of just three years, will now sport three new colours, granite grey, mystique red, and breeze blue.Price list for all the variants  is as follows: (Ex Showroom Delhi)New Ritz LDi: Rs 5.31 lakhNew Ritz VDi: Rs 5.64 lakhNew Ritz VDi with ABS: Rs 5.82 lakhNew Ritz ZDi: Rs 6.23 lakhWith Agency inputslast_img read more