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Lawn Care Apps

first_imgSummertime is synonymous with cooking outdoors, taking a dip in the pool and cranking up the lawn mower to begin the arduous task of caring for your home lawn. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has made the task a little easier through a few mobile apps for Georgia homeowners and green industry professionals alike. “More and more people rely heavily on their smartphones and mobile devices, so experts in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences created mobile apps based on agricultural topics,” said Patrick McCullough, a UGA Extension weed scientist and developer of several turfgrass-related mobile apps. McCullough developed a series of turf management apps that include photos of turfgrass varieties, pests, weeds and diseases. There are three versions: Turfgrass Management – Lite; Turfgrass Management – Subscription; and Turfgrass Management Lite (Spanish). The lite and Spanish versions are free. The subscription version costs $19.99 per year and includes the lite version, plus information on pest control applications and a pesticide database. For the more serious home gardener, the Turfgrass Management Calculator app covers all types of applications, pesticide rates, fertilizer requirements, topdressing sand requirements, and calibration of sprayers and spreaders. It also converts units from standard to metric, includes more than 16,000 pre-programmed calculations and costs just $5.99.If your lawn is overrun with weeds, download the free Turfgrass Weeds app and learn about turfgrasses and their most common weeds through a series of flash cards. To test your newfound turfgrass knowledge or to prepare for any turfgrass questions at trivia night or on “Jeopardy!” download Turfgrass Management Quiz, a free, trivia-style turfgrass science education app. The Turfgrass Management apps can be downloaded at www.GeorgiaTurf.com.Download IPMLite to learn how to control insects and pests while reducing chemical application and minimizing environmental impact. IPMLite costs $9.99.IPMLite is a homeowner version of IPMPro, an app designed for green industry professionals and developed through a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities, including UGA. IPMPro costs $24.99. IPMLite and IPMPro can be downloaded at www.IPMProApp.com.last_img read more


World Cup: Brazil’s Military Police improves security

first_img Street gangs The goal of the UPPs is to not only improve security for Brazilians, but to also help ensure that the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics unfold peacefully. Millions of visitors from around the world are expected to come to Rio de Janeiro for the two sporting events. Brazil has spent nearly $33 billion to build and improve infrastructure, such as public roads, in preparation for the two sports events. “Public security is of special interest to us,” Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said during the 2013 Confederation Cup competition, which was held in Brazil from June 15 to June 30. The Brazilian government will provide sufficient security to protect local residents, as well as the many people who come to the country for the sports events, he said. Preventing attacks In the favelas, the UPPs are concentrating on confronting the Red Command, which is the oldest and largest gang in Brazil, and the FCC. Prison inmates formed the Red Command in the 1960s. The late 1970s, the gang was operating criminal enterprises outside of prison. The Red Command formed alliances with Colombian cartels in the 1980s to sell large quantities of cocaine in Brazil. A younger generation of prison inmates formed the FCC in the 1990s. The gang stole $16 million from a bank in Sao Paulo in 1999. Brazilian security forces closely followed the investigation into the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told reporters that “all necessary measures” will be taken to ensure the World Cup and the Olympics are safe. “We are confident there will be measures which will guarantee the security of the events,” Patriota said. Though Brazil has never been the target of a terrorist attack, security officials were preparing for the possibility of a terrorist attack even before the Boston Marathon bombing, authorities said. Continuing security center_img The Brazilian Military Police (PM) is working aggressively to improve security in and near Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. In poor urban neighborhoods known as “favelas,” Police Pacifying Units (UPPs) are confronting and capturing members of the two largest organized crime groups in Brazil the Red Command and the First Capital Command (FCC).The two gangs engage in drug trafficking, extortion, illegal gambling, and kidnapping. The PM launched the security operation in August 2013. More than 1,000 police officers are helping improve security in the favelas. Major sporting events By Dialogo October 03, 2013 The effort is different from previous police operations. In previous operations, PM agents would sweep through neighborhoods and make large numbers of arrests, then leave. The UPPs are not merely conducting brief raids. They are staying in the favelas to provide stability and continuing security. “Currently, there are 30 UPPs that cover 50 to 60 Brazilian communities. Their mission is to control their territory and bring peace to the people,” said security analyst Ignacio Cano, who is also a professor in the social sciences department at the University of Rio de Janeiro. last_img read more


Presidential Palaces to implement ‘new normal’ protocols

first_imgThe Presidential Palaces, the official residences and offices of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will soon implement “new normal” protocols in day-to-day activities and official events in an effort to mitigate the risks of in-person activity during the COVID-19 outbreak.”The President has instructed us to carry out daily activities [in the palace] in accordance with the new normal measures,” Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said in a statement on Thursday.He explained that all four presidential palaces, which are in Jakarta, Bogor, Bali and Yogyakarta, would implement similar measures. Under the “new normal” protocols, the Baiturrahim mosque in the Jakarta Presidential Palace will resume mass prayers with strict health measures.”We will reduce the mosque’s maximum capacity to 20 percent of the original. Previously, the mosque could accommodate 750 people. Now it has become 150,” Heru said.Read also: MRT Jakarta resumes normal operational hours, with limited capacity during transition periodSeveral hand washing stations will be placed at the entrances to the mosque and at the area for wudu (ablutions). “By implementing the new normal measures, I think we will be able to worship comfortably,” Heru said.The presidential palace will also limit the number of attendees at formal functions.”For inauguration ceremonies, for example, we will limit the number of guests to 5 to 7 people,” Heru said, adding that the attendees would be required to maintain physical distance.The palace will also continue to conduct rapid tests on its guests. The guests, including ministers and their drivers, will be required to wear face masks.The annual flag-hoisting ceremonies, commonly carried out on the palaces’ grounds to commemorate Independence Day, will now be held online. The palace also aims to reduce the number of journalists reporting in person by providing livestreams of President Jokowi’s activities.Topics :last_img read more


A growing family that needs more room, is saying goodbye to their renovated home

first_img71 Baroona Rd, MiltonPlace Paddington selling agent Michael Ford said the Milton property market had been overlooked as it was a relatively small inner-city suburb.“However, buyers have recognised the benefits from the lifestyle it affords you,” he said. “You can walk to international cultural and sporting events at Suncorp Stadium, enjoy the access to a number of top-performing schools, parks, quality cafes and fine dining, while still being able to train, bus or dare I say walk into the CBD.”The property goes to auction at 10am. Jim and Ailie Wagner and their two children Neill and Caitlin at their Milton home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe Wagner family from Milton are in desperate need of more space around their home as they prepare for the expansion of their family with baby No.3.And today, Jim and Ailie, who already have two children aged one and three, are very much looking forward to taking their home at 71 Baroona Rd to auction.“We’ve lived here for seven years,” Mr Wagner said. “My wife is heavily pregnant with our third child and we definitely need more space.”The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is on a 433sq m block just a stone’s throw from Rosalie Village. 71 Baroona Rd, MiltonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMr Wagner said they had done some renovations to the property, including adding solar hot water, airconditioning, security screens and painting the home.He said major work to restore the front and back gardens had also been done, creating some off-street parking spaces.According to CoreLogic information, the median sale price for a home at Milton (12 months) is $965,000.Mr Wagner said the family planned to stay in the area. He thought the property would suit a young family or anyone who wanted a land holding in Milton.The home has open-plan living and dining areas and the kitchen has gas cooking plus a dishwasher. It has wide timber floors and high ceilings.last_img read more


Cairn makes oil discovery in Krishna-Godavari Basin

first_imgCairn India has made an oil discovery in the Krishna-Godavari Basin located off the East Coast of India.The news of the discovery was shared on Wednesday by Cairn’s parent company, Vedanta Limited.Vedanta said that the oil discovery was made in the second exploratory well H2, located in the block KG-OSN-2009/3, in the Krishna-Godavari Basin.Vedanta Limited holds a 100% participating interest in the block.According to Vedanta, multiple reservoir zones were encountered in the well H2 within the Mesozoic sequence between the depths of 3310m to 4026m with hydrocarbon indications during drilling and down hole logging. The zone from 3403m to 3431m was tested through conventional well testing (Drill Stem Test) and flowed oil to surface.The company noted that further appraisal would be required to establish the size and commerciality of the oil discovery in the Mesozoic sequence.As previously reported, the first exploration well A3-2 drilled in the block was a gas discovery.Evaluations are ongoing based on the results of the first well A3-2 and the second well H2 to finalize the forward program.last_img read more


Teacher accuses antidrug cops of stealing valuables

first_imgILOILO City – A school teacher accusedoperatives of the Police Regional Office 6’s (PRO-6) Regional Drug EnforcementUnit (RDEU) of stealing valuables from her home during a raid of a neighbor’shouse in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro district. According to Arlene Bolivar Braga, shelost a wristwatch, a jewelry box and its contents and a piggy bank. His next actions would depend on theresult of the probe, said Tuzon. Police Colonel Harold Tuzon, PRO-6deputy regional director for operations, confirmed having received thecomplaint. RDEU raided the house of Braga’sneighbor Romeo Tribunal on Dec. 4. But according to the teacher, some cops alsobarged into her house. Besas declined to issue a statement.His immediate superior, Tuzon, said PRO-6’s Regional Investigationand Detective Management Division would do the investigation. An investigation would be conducted onRDEU chief Police Lieutenant Jersy Besas and several policemen, he added. December last year, RDEU men were alsoaccused of stealing valuables during a raid of the house of 84-year-oldCandelaria Regalado in Barangay Sambag, Jaro.  Regalado was the mother-in-law ofslain drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. She claimed to have lost P3-million worth ofjewelry and cash, and filed administrative and criminal charges against sixRDEU personnel and eight members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement AgencyRegion 6./PNlast_img read more


Super Eagles striker quits Thessaloniki

first_img Loading… Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, has announced his departure from Greek Superleague outfit Aris Thessaloniki on Monday. Ideye departed the club after failing to reach agreement with the club for a new deal that will extend his stay at the club. read also:Ideye demands response from Aris after Olympiacos defeat Ideye’s current deal expired June 30th and his now free to join any team of his choice as a free agent. The 32-year-old 2013 African cup of Nations winner made over 30 appearances for the club and scored 11 goals for them in all competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The experienced goal poacher made the announcement through his social media handle in the early hours on Monday. In the short statement retrieved by brila.net via his page, Ideye thanked the management of the club and the supporters for how they made him feel at home during his time at the club. “Thank you @ARIS__FC for giving me the chance to be a part of ARIS family, to all the ARIS fans thanks a lot for making me feel I’m home, God Bless!!” he said in a social media post.Advertisement Promoted Content20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Amazing Bridal Looks From Around The WorldWorld’s Most Stunning Ceiling Designs Ever6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more


Ireland waiting on key duo

first_img O’Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday’s Aviva Stadium showdown with the All Blacks. Forwards coach John Plumtree insists time is on the duo’s side as they seek to recover for Ireland’s final match of the year. “We were very average against Australia and we’re very disappointed with that performance. We scrummed poorly,” Plumtree said. “We conceded a soft try from their drive which the boys are fuming at. “We knew it was coming, but we didn’t execute the plan we had in place, which makes it doubly irritating. “There’s been an extra edge in the forwards this week and there has to be. “We’re playing against probably the best side in the world and the pack needs to front up big time. “As a pack New Zealand are the ultimate test. It doesn’t get any tougher than this and we were irritated with our performance last week.” Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit for the climax to the Guinness Series against New Zealand. “It’s hard to say if they’ll be available. The nice thing is that we’ve got a long turnaround this week,” Plumtree said. “It’s only Wednesday, so they’ve got a day off on Thursday and then come in on Friday. “We’ve got that extra day which is great and hopefully by the time they come in on Friday they’ll be feeling a lot better.” O’Driscoll’s absence would be a bitter pill to swallow for both player and country given it will be his last chance to play New Zealand before retiring at the end of the season. There was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem. “Rob trained all right. I’m not sure how he’s feeling afterwards, but he took part full in the session, which was good. I’m sure he’ll be all right,” Plumtree said. The British and Irish Lions trio played in Saturday’s 32-15 defeat by Australia, a bitterly disappointing result and performance that saw Ireland beaten 4-0 on the try count. Plumtree was angry with the display of his pack and warned them a substantial improvement is required if they are to compete with the All Blacks. Press Associationlast_img read more


Rupununi suffer mixed fortunes in Women’s football …..GDF and Paiwomak meet in final today

first_imgREGION NINE, Rupununi,suffered mixed fortunes when the rescheduled semi-finals of the GFF’s Women’s Development League was staged yesterday morning at the Tucville ground.In the opening game,the GDF squeezed into the final via a Penalty shoot-out after the game against St. Ignatius ended 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time.The Army lasses took the lead in the 7-a-side 30-minute contest as early as the 5th minute,thanks to pint-sized Abescie Heywood.The Region nine ladies cancelled out the lead within a minute when Vanessa Scipio found the back of the nets. The technically sound but much smaller St Ignatius side took the lead on the stroke of half time when Sonia Griffith converted.Army’s double goal-scoring ‘sheroe’ Abescie HeywoodThe Army came out aggressive in the final half as they attacked at will but without finding the back of the net until five minutes from the end when Heywood scored again from close up. The persistent raids on the St. Ignatius defence seemingly took its toll as the players looked physically drained.In the extra time period Griffith had a clear-cut opportunity to score the winner after she broke free down the middle only to be denied by a timely tip over the bar by the advancing Army’s goalkeeper,Ronette Cort,in the final minute of play.In the ensuing three Penalty kicks per team, The Army was perfect in their first two kicks while the Rupununi ladies shot wide of the mark in their two attempts to end their hopes of playing in today’s final.The other game, however,ended in regulation time as the Paiwomak FC proved technically superior and more organized than the Fruta Conquerors unit,winning by a 2-1 margin. A Samantha Roberts double (13 and 24 minutes) dented all hopes of the home team while Gillian Hawker was rock solid in defense for the Macushi ladies. Natalie Nedd netted Fruta’s consolation goal 4 minutes from the endThe third-place play-off between St. Ignatius FC and Conquerors FC will kick off at 16:00hrs today,followed by GDF versus Paiwomak FC in the final at Camp Ayanganna.(Ras Wadada)last_img read more


Coe congratulates Raynor over top post

first_img(CMC) – World Athletics president Lord Coe has written to congratulate Bermuda’s athletics chief Donna Raynor after she was confirmed as a member of a leading international group under his purview.Raynor, president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA), has been appointed to the World Athletics Development Commission, beating out more than 150 other applicants, according to the Royal Gazette newspaper.“This is exciting and a great step for little Bermuda being appointed to the World Athletics Commission,” said Raynor of her new appointment, adding that she had received a congratulatory message from Coe, the 63-year-old London-born former middle-distance runner.As Sebastien Coe, he won four Olympic gold medals.Lord Coe told Raynor: “We know you will add considerable value and insight to the commission over this period and look forward to your input and contributions as we collectively aim to further grow and develop the sport.”Raynor said her international post will involve advising how to increase participation levels from grassroots to elite, monitoring and evaluating programmes and activities delivered by or on behalf of World Athletics and the promotion and protection of the values of athletics.“This shows that they are appreciating and respecting how we are running the sport of athletics in Bermuda,” she added.Raynor said the selection process started last October after she applied for positions on three commissions – competition, development and governance – and was endorsed by Mia Bean, a member of the BNAA board.“I felt my area of expertise was more suitable to the Development Commission. I was so pleased and excited when I received the email on March 16 stating that I was successful in my application.”She said preparation for the CARIFTA Games, the annual regional junior athletics showpiece due to be staged in Bermuda in April but now postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic,  “kind of took my mind off my application for this commission”.Raynor said: “I am sure once we get through this COVID-19, the roles, responsibilities, projects and meeting dates (of the commission) will be finalised and confirmed.”last_img read more