Are you ready for fresh tomatoes from the garden? University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends growing tomatoes in a garden or in containers for the best results. And, Spalding County Extension coordinator Wade Hutcheson has a few more suggestions to make tomato season even better.First, he says, strive to grow a healthy plant that’s not stressed in any way. Provide adequate nutrition, water, pest management and timely harvest. He gives these tried-and-true growing tips:Pick the right pot. For tomato container gardens, Hutcheson suggests using a pot at least as big as a five-gallon bucket. Make sure to drill drainage holes in the bottom of the container before planting the tomatoes.Select the right site. Tomatoes need at least six hours of sunshine per day. Avoid trees and hedges, and place garden-grown plants or containers in convenient locations.“Remember, you are going to have to water your plants, so don’t place them too far away from your home,” he said. “Plants in containers will dry fairly fast so check them daily.”Ventilation is also important. Tomatoes should be grown no closer than three feet apart to allow lots of air to move through them, which will aid in drying. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows 4 to 6 feet apart.Plant properly. When installing plants, Hutcheson says first gently pinch off the lowest leaves. Then place the plant deeply into the soil, up to the first set of true leaves. Firm the soil around the transplant.Do a soil test. Don’t fertilize until you get a soil test report. In general, add about a pint of starter fertilizer (make one by adding 2 tablespoons of 5-10-15 to one gallon of water and letting the mixture soak 24 hours) to the first watering, Hutcheson said.Fertilize lightly every two to three weeks until the fruit are about the size of a nickel. Then, stop until those first fruit come off. “Over-fertilization, especially with nitrogen, can lead to a 10-foot plant with no fruit,” he said. “It can also contribute to blossom end rot.”Water well. Tomatoes and other vegetable plants should be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage a deep root system. But don’t allow them to go dry. Drip or soaker hoses are efficient, productive ways to provide water.Give them support. When tomato plants begin to grow, they should be staked or caged. “Keep in mind the cage has to support a good bit of weight,” Hutcheson said. “It needs to be sturdy enough not to bend in the wind, too. Heavier cages tend to serve the purpose better.”Protect with mulch. Adding mulch around plants helps retain water. It also keeps soil from splashing onto the fruit, stems and leaves. Dirty plants can contribute to diseases, which can be difficult to deal with. Plants that show signs of disease should be pulled out of the garden to help slow disease spread.Watch for trouble. Common insect pests include whiteflies, aphids, caterpillars and hornworms. Regular scouting and proper control measures are a must.“No matter what, your results and your mileage may vary due to your cultural practices and the varieties you pick,” he said.For more information on growing tomatoes and other garden plants, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or check out our gardening publications online at www.ugaextension.org.
continue reading » The Trump Administration’s urgency to free Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from federal control has some on Wall Street worried that it might happen without the U.S. government providing an explicit backstop of the companies’ $4.7 trillion of mortgage securities.Credit rating companies, financial firms and even real estate agents claim that such a move would be a disaster. They’re warning that ending Fannie and Freddie’s conservatorships absent a clear guarantee of their securities might prompt big asset managers to curtail their bond buying. That in turn could dry up some of the financing that keeps the mortgage market humming, making it harder and more expensive for consumers to get home loans, they say.“Conservatorship is safe. An explicit guarantee is safe. Keeping Fannie and Freddie as they are and privatizing them is a dangerous experiment,” said Michael Bright, president of the Structured Finance Industry Group and the former acting president of Ginnie Mae. He co-authored a 2016 plan that proposed turning Fannie and Freddie into lender-owned insurers that could issue mortgage securities with federal backstops. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In addition, levels of antibodies to SARS Co-V were significantly lower in the workers who remained asymptomatic than in those who fell ill, the article says. “These observations suggest that the extent of exposure to SARS in persons who remained asymptomatic may have been lower, possibly resulting in a lower viral load of SARS-CoV, associated with less severe symptoms,” the report states. This possible association needs to be tested in animal studies, the authors add. Three earlier studies turned up no evidence of asymptomatic SARS infections, while two studies in Hong Kong did find some cases, though the rates were lower than in this study, the researchers say. The investigators found no difference between the pneumonic SARS patients and the asymptomatic workers in age, glove use, handwashing, and closeness or time of contact with SARS patients. However, three of the six asymptomatic workers had worn N95 masks, whereas only 8% of the pneumonic SARS patients had used masks, a significant difference. The initial cases at the hospital involved three patients admitted to three wards in early March 2003, before the SARS coronavirus (Co-V) was identified. The first patient brought SARS from Hong Kong, and the second patient was the first patient’s nurse. The third patient was admitted for other health problems, but shared a room with patient 2 and became infected. Of the 80 workers, 45 (56%) had positive serum samples for antibodies to SARS Co-V. Thirty-seven of the 45 (82%) were classified as having pneumonic SARS, 2 (4%) as having subclinical SARS, and 6 (13%) as having asymptomatic infection, the report says. Patient 1 arrived Mar 1. By Mar 6, healthcare workers were using N95 masks, gowns, and gloves when nursing patient 1 and any other suspected SARS patients. But since SARS was not suspected in patients 2 and 3, workers caring for them initially did not use protection. Jul 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Some healthcare workers who were exposed to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) early in the epidemic became infected without ever falling ill, according to a recent report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The researchers identified 105 staff members who had worked in the three affected hospital wards between Mar 1 and 22 and had contact with any of the three patients. Eighty of these responded to a questionnaire and consented to a serologic test. Six of 80 (7.5%) healthcare workers exposed to SARS patients in a Singapore hospital had asymptomatic infections, according to the report by Annelies Wilder-Smith of Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore and her colleagues with National Healthcare Group and Singapore General Hospital. They studied healthcare workers exposed to patients with SARS in the first 22 days of the outbreak, before the hospital began infection control measures. Because the cases occurred before SARS diagnostic tests were available, the researchers could not determine whether the asymptomatic workers had shed the SARS virus during their infection. Wilder-Smith A, Teleman MD, Heng BH, et al. Asymptomatic SARS coronavirus infection among healthcare workers, Singapore. Emerg Infect Dis 2005;11(7):1142-5 [Full text]
Spain declared a state of emergency in the country for 15 days on March 14 over the coronavirus outbreak. The country recently announced that it would extend the status for another 15 days.As a consequence, Spain imposed a lockdown on the entire country as well as limiting the movement of citizens across the entire territory.”Since Monday, the Spanish government has extended the lockdown status. The government only allows people working in essential sectors to go to work,” Hermono said.He said the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid had also limited its services, and only offered services for urgent matters.”To protect Indonesian citizens in Spain, we’re continuously communicating with representatives from various areas to monitor their condition and remind them to stay alert. We also monitor those who are infected with COVID-19 and offer them help if necessary,” he said.As of Wednesday, Spain had recorded 95,923 cases of the coronavirus and 8,464 fatalities linked to the disease, making it the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll after Italy, which has recorded 12,428 deaths from the disease, according to John Hopkins University. (nal)Topics : Indonesian Ambassador to Spain Hermono has said that nine Indonesian nationals living in the country — one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus in Europe — have tested positive for COVID-19.”Two of them are currently being treated in hospitals, six are exercising self-quarantine and one has fully recovered, Hermono said on Wednesday.There are currently around 1,468 Indonesian nationals living in Spain, 400 of whom lived in Madrid, he said.”Most of them work here or have married locals,” he said as quoted by Antara.
Jane E. Hoffman, age 91, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born July 2, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Robert & Mildred (Chace) McKinley. She was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and had taught Art in Hamilton & Fairfield Schools.Jane was an active member of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, and the State Line Garden Club. An accomplished artist, in her leisure time she enjoyed painting floral and nature scenes, as well as tending to her flower garden at home.Besides John, her husband of over 57 years, she is survived by a sister, Carol Mitchell of West Falls, New York.She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Joann Seufert.Family & friends may visit from 9 until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Andy Zinsmeister, Pastor of Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Big Cedar Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hoffman family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
Freddie Charles Smith, 63, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away May 21, 2017.He was born November 26, 1953 in DeWitt, KY, son of the late Marvin Sr and Nellie Smith of Knox County KY.Fred worked in Heating and Air Conditioning for Don Leber & Sons, of Louisville, Kentucky.Fred was a homebody, he just loved being at home. He was a Nascar Racing and Bengals Football fan. He also enjoyed puzzles, but time with his family was his greatest joy.Surviving are his wife, Beverly Smith of Aurora, IN; Daughters, Casey Jo (Jay) Hagedorn of Georgetown, IN, Melissa Burden of Louisville, KY, Jennifer Kelly of Greendale, IN and Wendy (RJ) Fox of Zanesville, OH; grandchildren, Courtney, Marty, Ebony, Hailey, Asia, Dylan, Dakota, Meera, Bryce, and Rhett; 1 great-grandson Jayce; siblings, Marvin (Patty Ann) Smith, Sue (late Allan) Ross, Polly (Ron) Mayer all of Louisville, KY. and, Patricia (late Leroy) Jarvis of Olive Hill, KY.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Sally Smith, and grandson Corbin.Friends will be received Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Memorial Services will be held at 5:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.visit:www.rullmans.com
Oliver Kollofski earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for his Sept. 29 IMCA Modified victory at the Jackson Nationals. (Photo by Jim Steffens)JACKSON, Minn. (Sept. 29) – An IMCA Modified driver who followed a part-time schedule this year came up big time Saturday at Jackson Motorplex.Oliver Kollofski won the Jackson Nationals main event, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.“There were a couple caution flags that came out at the right time and a found a little grip in (turns) three and four, the Fairmont veteran said. “It’s really neat to race at such an amazing facility. Jackson is a great track.”Kollofski kept the same setup that took him to fifth place in the Friday feature, started ninth in the Saturday show and restarted third for the final caution midway through the 20-lapper.He passed Jason Fisher for the front spot three laps later.Fisher, Ricky Stephan and Josh Foster completed the top four.Big car counts meant extra money for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks as well on Saturday. SportMod winner Dan Paplow took $1,200 to the bank while Matt Hanson’s run to the Hobby Stock checkers was good for $1,000.Paplow won ahead of 12th starting Jared Boumeester and Cody Thompson. Hanson was best in front of Trevor Holm and Greg Sidles.Jay DeVries swept weekend Mach-1 Sport Compact features at Jackson.Other Friday winners were Clint Hatlestad in the Modifieds, Thompson in the SportMods and Cory Probst in the Hobbies.Nearly 100 drivers competed.Dan Paplow topped the $1,200 to win feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on Sept. 29 at the Jackson Nationals. (Photo by Jim Steffens)The Saturday night Jackson Nationals IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers paid Matt Hanson $1,000. (Photo by Jim Steffens)Sept. 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Clint Hatlestad; 2. Brandon Beckendorf; 3. Jason Fisher; 4. Mark Noble; 5. Oliver Kollofski; 6. Mat Hollerich; 7. Tyler Limoges; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Jay Noteboom; 10. Chris Palsrok; 11. Justin Anderson; 12. Roger Nielsen; 13. Kris Zuhlsdorf; 14. Ryan Bjerkeset; 15. Jason Briese; 16. Steve Reynolds; 17. Danny Myrvold; 18. Dwaine Hanson; 19. Lyle Sathoff; 20. Denny Anderson.Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Jared Boumeester; 3. Troy Gochanour; 4. Dan Paplow; 5. Jake Sachau; 6. Justin Klynsma; 7. Jared Nytroe; 8. Jeff Carter; 9. Kyle Steuber; 10. Troy Nordquist; 11. A.J. Boulware; 12. Tony Rialson; 13. Randy Winter; 14. Aaron Fullerton; 15. John Foreman; 16. Robb Nutt; 17. Zach Davis; 18. Jordan Meine; 19. Matthew Looft; 20. Dallas Nutt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cory Probst; 2. Matt Hanson; 3. Greg Sidles; 4. Colton Burke; 5. Corey Schreiber; 6. Trevor Holm; 7. Doug Wickman; 8. Drew Barglof; 9. D.J. Clinton; 10. Corey Gronewold; 11. Andy Hoffman; 12. Keeran Sampson; 13. Malik Sampson; 14. Brandon Nielsen; 15. Andrew Claus; 16. Jamie Weishaar; 17. Ernie Dailey; 18. Tyler Boyda; 19. John Rebstock; 20. Seth Hellinga.Sport Compacts – 1. Jay DeVries; 2. Jarad Gross; 3. Jake Smith; 4. Neil Forsberg; 5. Bubba Brown; 6. Brittany Smith; 7. Scott Porter; 8. Nate Hughes; 9. Jerry Coopman; 10. Kaytee DeVries; 11. Dustin Virkus; 12. Gary Grabill; 13. Brock Klaith; 14. Alex Dostal; 15. Alan Lahr; 16. Scott Espey; 17. Logan Kelly; 18. Megan Sandvig; 19. Austin Friedrich; 20. Jessica Wiederhoeft; 21. Oliver Monson; 22. Mick Rykus.Sept. 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Kollofski; 2. Fisher; 3. Stephan; 4. Josh Foster; 5. Palsrok; 6. Nielsen; 7. Justin Anderson; 8. Reynolds; 9. Hollerich; 10. Briese; 11. Jim Richert; 12. Hanson; 13. Klein; 14. Justin Schuder; 15. Myrvold; 16. Noteboom; 17. Sathoff; 18. Tom Brown.Northern SportMods – 1. Paplow; 2. Boumeester; 3. Thompson; 4. Doug Smith; 5. John Klynsma; 6. Rusty Montagne; 7. Josh Blom; 8. Nytroe; 9. Steuber; 10. Dallas Nutt; 11. Davis; 12. Winter; 13. Fullerton; 14. Robb Nutt; 15. Meine; 16. Justin DeBoer; 17. Tony Voss; 18. Cole Nordquist; 19. T.J. Tweedt; 20. Gochanour; 21. John Foreman; 22. Boulware; 23. Cory Hoogland; 24. Sachau.Hobby Stocks – 1. Hanson; 2. Holm; 3. Sidles; 4. Wickman; 5. Randy Fischer; 6. Malik Sampson; 7. Austin Penney; 8. Hoffman; 9. Dailey; 10. Claus; 11. Chad Krug; 12. Darin Johnson; 13. Zach Kleinhuizen; 14. Justin Bettin; 15. John Briggs; 16. Rebstock; 17. Barglof; 18. Keeran Sampson; 19. Clinton; 20. Gronewold; 21. Schreiber; 22. Parker Anderson; 23. Jim Johnson; 24. Hellinga; 25. Boyda; 26. Nielsen.Sport Compacts – 1. Jay DeVries; 2. Kaytee DeVries; 3. Gross; 4. Coopman; 5. Forsberg; 6. Brown; 7. Kelly; 8. Grabill; 9. Matt Baker; 10. Rykus; 11. Wiederhoeft; 12. Espey.
He went on: “If you have a player and he has one or two faults, you can work on them and eradicate them. But this guy has too many, I think. “(City manager) Roberto Mancini has treated him like a father would at times, and he was always wishing and hoping that this guy was going to do it. But to be quite honest, he has done it on very few occasions.” He added: “I think the players would tell the manager as well, ‘We’ve had enough of this guy, it is time you got shot of him.’ You can only put up with so much.” Former Manchester City chairman and player Francis Lee believes the club were right to sell controversial striker Mario Balotelli. The Italy international’s move to AC Milan was completed on transfer deadline day earlier this week, bringing to an end his colourful, headline-filled two-and-a-half year spell as a City player. Asked if he felt the Blues had done the correct thing in cashing in on Balotelli, Lee told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek: “I think it is the right move. He is a talented player with a lot of ability. But the biggest disappointment for me was that he played at the expense of his team-mates. He would stop the game and do a few tricks, or do this, that and the other. You could never rely on him.” Press Association
Kohli, Rahane put India in driver’s seat(ESPNCricinfo)- An unbroken partnership of 167 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the highest of the series so far, put India in control at the end of Indore’s first day of Test cricket. Kohli ended the day on 103, his 13th Test hundred. It was by no means his most enthralling innings, but it was utterly dominant in that he gave New Zealand no inch on a largely attritional day. Rahane, less certain, gutsed it out to stay unbeaten on 79 and India 267 for 3.Having come together at 100 for 3, with the match in the balance, Kohli and Rahane gradually asserted India’s dominance in front of an enthusiastic crowd numbering over 18,000. Having started watchfully – they added 48 in 20 overs before tea.They grew increasingly fluent, scoring 119 in the final session in 34 overs, at exactly three-and-a-half runs per over.All five of New Zealand’s bowlers bowled with disciplined and had well-thought-out plans, but there was little help for them on a pitch that wasn’t the greatest to look at, with cracks all over its surface, but played more or less true on the first day, if a little slow. The off-spinner,Jeetan Patel,was their best bowler but his figures – 1 for 65 off 24 overs – told a different story: he frequently beat the batsmen in the air, but they usually managed to adjust since the ball didn’t turn all that much or all that quickly once it landed.Kohli came into the match with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9 and 45 in his last seven Test innings, but the last of them, in Kolkata, had been a superb display of footwork and judgement on a pitch with uneven bounce. It suggested he wasn’t really out of form.Again, in Indore, he avoided the extravagant shots that had got him out in his first three innings of the series, and accumulated steadily, blending into the background for most part. He didn’t offer any clear chances, and the two times he edged the ball, it eluded the fielders: on 39, drift caused him to edge Patel between keeper and slip; on 69, he reached out at a wide-ish length ball from James Neesham, and edged through a vacant first slip.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“Alpena really has a lush history here,” said Don La Bare, “and a lot of the times it’s not so accessible.”La Bare is an archaeology and historic preservation researcher. He’s one of the people who came out Thursday night at Besser Museum to discuss if the community would be interested in establishing Alpena’s first historical society.The master mind behind forming this new group is Cindy Ranshaw.She said in an email to WBKB that she wants the new historical society to “capture those moments, memories, and memoirs and preserve them in one central location, that future generations be able to go to one place to search for those little documents that might fill a missing piece of the puzzle to their family story despite how large or small.”Even though Alpena has libraries and a museum to document and preserve artifacts in Northeast Michigan, attendees unanimously agreed it’s not enough.“My big hope is that by being over here, I can kind of get more involved with that. And historic society kinds of fits those needs,” said La Bare. “I really do think it’s something. We’ve been all talking here about it.”Ranshaw said she believes what they’re trying to establish is a public necessity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Friendship Room Receives Continued Support Thanks to the CommunityNext Lakewood home fire classified as ‘accident’