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Blake Griffin stars as Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss

first_imgSmith scored 25 points and added six assists, Jordan had eight points and eight rebounds, and Mathews finished with nine points and five assists.“I want to see how it all looks together. These guys could wind up being a part of our future,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “I’m trying to give them the early minutes now so that they can catch up and learn our stuff pretty fast.”Mitchell Robinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Knox scored 11 points for the Knicks who haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at home was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.Griffin scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Pistons, who never trailed, led by as many as 12.The Knicks pulled to 43-42 on Allonzo Trier’s layup with 8:07 left in the second quarter. However, Detroit scored the next six points and pushed its lead to 63-54 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Defending champ Devin Booker up against Curry brothers; Dirk Nowitzki in 3-point contest LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history New York., featuring a starting lineup with three new players, also lost at home for a franchise-record 15th straight game.“The second night of a back-to-back, obviously coming off a big win (against Denver) and we got a lot of momentum, too,” Griffin said. “It’s important to come out and not take any team lightly and come out and just execute, let our execution take care of the game for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson each added 19 points for the Pistons.Newcomers Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Mathews, who were acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade last Thursday, all started for the Knicks in their second game with the team. New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., left, and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 105-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK  — All the roster changes aren’t helping the New York Knicks get any wins.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sixty percent of the Knicks’ starting lineup (Smith Jr., Jordan, Matthews) has been on the team less than a week. Eighty percent of the Pistons’ starting lineup (Bullock, Drummond, Griffin, Jackson) has started at least 44 games.BACK-TO-BACKThe teams opened a home-and-home set with the next game Friday in Detroit. The Pistons have met the same team in back-to-back games twice so far this season, losing both to the Celtics (Oct. 27 and 30) and splitting with the Rockets (Nov. 21 and 23). The Knicks have played only one such series this season, losing to the Bucks on Dec. 25 and 27.UP NEXTPistons: Host New York on Friday night.Knicks: At Detroit on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title New York pulled to 70-67 on Smith’s 3-pointer midway through the third, but the Knicks still trailed 78-71 heading into the fourth.“We bounced back in the second half with a defensive mindset that held them to 17 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Every game is going to be an adventure, a challenge for us. We can’t take anybody in this league for granted.”Damyean Dotson’s 3 got the Knicks within three with 7:52 remaining. However, Detroit scored the next eight points and went on to take a game-high 14-point lead at 100-86 on Jackson’s two free throws with just under two minutes remaining.“You just got to look at the grand scheme of things,” Smith said. “There’s beauty in the struggle and ugliness in the success. You got to take it day-by-day”TIP-INS:Pistons: Jackson is the only Pistons player to appear in and start in each of the team’s 53 games. … The Pistons have beaten the Knicks five straight and lead the all-time series 207-172.Knicks: The losing streak is their longest since 2014-15 when they dropped a team-record 16 straight and finished 17-65. … Noah Vonleh is the only Knicks player to appear in all 53 of their games this season.HARD KNOXKnox, the Knicks’ lottery pick, has started 26 games during his rookie campaign. New York has gone 2-24 in those games. Named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December, Knox has connected on just 32.8 percent of his shots (44 of 134) since Jan. 17.STARTING OVER View commentslast_img read more


Stop playing of degrading music on airwaves – Speaker urges

first_imgIn presenting two reports to the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC) was urged to do more to stop systemic misogyny in Guyana and prevent the public airing of certain types of music that degrade women in general.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland said he believed that the Commission could find more creative ways of doing this and encouraged the members to take this recommendation into serious consideration so that corrective action could be taken soon.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland being presented with the 5th and 6th Annual Reports of the Women and Gender Equality Commission by its Chairperson Indra Chanderpaul“I am happy to see that it is a continuing concern about the preference … a section of our citizenry … continue to have about certain types of music and certain lyrics which offend people…I am saying that, because I don’t think it’s only women who are annoyed or upset by it, but it needs to be put into the mainstream of concerns, because it is something that ought not to happen,” he explained.According to the Speaker, while people have the right to play these kinds of music at their homes or at a private party, he stressed that they should not regale the community with it. “There is nothing wrong with us being creative enough to put something, to do something…” he added.While recognising that this may take some time to materialise, Dr Scotland encouraged the WGEC to begin working now and that would lead to other stages that would hopefully lead to the ultimate goal.Domestic violenceMeanwhile, he said the issue of domestic violence and women rights in the home have now become commonplace in Guyana, especially since many people have certain views that were being nurtured.“We could also look at how law enforcement can help and whether you are satisfied that resources available in terms of training whether those need to be constantly brought to the fore.”The Speaker also used the opportunity to congratulate the WGEC for its work and said he remained hopeful that the routine handing over of these important reports could advance to other stages.WGEC Chairperson Indra Chandarpal said while it was a statutory requirement to submit these reports, she also agreed with the Speaker that work should continue beyond just submitting the reports.Chandarpal recalled that she had, through the Parliamentary Management Committee, proposed that the Parliament reviewed its standing orders with the view of making changes on how to proceed after a report was submitted.“All these reports I believe are important, because a lot of valuable work is done and when you present it and lay it and that’s all you do. But we need to take it a step further,” she emphasised.It was further recognised that the Commission has never taken a vote to come to a decision even though it was diverse. “This is to show that there is that will within that commission to work around the issues to have consensus,” Chandarpal said, stating that the body has done a good job despite the difficulty and challenges it has faced over the years.Chandarpal also singled out Commissioner Nicole Cole, who she said had exposed the degrading music being played on local airwaves. Cole also represents the WGEC on the Mash Secretariat and has been advocating for less degrading music to be played during those celebrations.“There is that concern that we have been expressing. And I believe that it will take a little while to make changes, but at least the process has started not only by the Commission but other organisations.”The WGEC Chair said some 22 recommendations were made to the National Assembly for serious consideration, including the possible enactment of legislation and policy on sexual harassment in the workplace; delivery of comprehensive sexual and reproduction age-appropriate health and rights education in school, and promoting parenting skills training in pre- and postnatal clinics in all health centres.The Fifth and Sixth Annual Reports of the WGEC were handed over to the Speaker in the presence of all Commissioners, Parliament staff and other women rights advocates.last_img read more


Kasarani turns electric as Stars face Walias

first_imgWith the government earlier this week announcing that entrance to the stadium will be free, FKF used the tickets they had already printed for the game to ease access of fans into the stadium with security tight from the outside perimeter to inside the stadium.Harambee Stars fans rush in to get seats inside the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am happy that the government made entrance to the stadium free, but I am not happy that they printed tickets. This money they have used to print tickets should have been used to pay maize farmers,” one of the enthusiastic fans told Capital Sport.Fans started streaming into the stadium from as early as 9am, everyone eager to get a seating spot at the 60,000 seater facility early enough.Fans wait outside City Hall for shuttle buses to the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSecurity has been very tight with administration police, regular police, General Service Unit and National Youth service officers taking patrol. Office on horse-back are also at all entry points to ensure law and order as the fans stream in.Tens of buses are also in the Central Business District ferrying fans to the stadium with those donated by the County Governor Mike Sonko lining up outside City Hall to pick up fans.Word is that President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected to attend the match alongside his deputy William Ruto and former premier Raila Odinga.Ethiopian fans cheering in the stadium as they wait for the clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFans are meanwhile optimistic that Stars will shine brighter than the Walia Ibex and inch closer to an African Cup of Nations appearance.“I am very optimistic we will win today. 3-1. Olunga, Wanyama and Kahata to score. We have a good team,” One of the fans stated. Another added “These Ethiopians cannot beat us today. 2-0. We don’t want much. Just two goals are enough for us.”The match kicks off at 4pm.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans cheering the team on at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – If you are planning to attend the Kenya versus Ethiopia 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier and you are nowhere close to the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, then you better start planning to watch the game on television.As at noon, the stadium was already 80pc full with thousands of other enthusiastic fans queuing outside for match admission tickets to get in, almost four hours to kick off.last_img read more


Unbeaten Mathare back at the top of KPL

first_imgAt Kasarani Stadium, unbeaten Mathare United had to depend on Chrispin Oduor to find the leveler in the 20th minute after veteran Allan Wanga had sent Kakamega Homeboyz ahead eight minutes after kick-off.Wanga easily tapped the ball home after being set-up by Peter Thiongo who has been instrumental for the Kakamega based side. However, the lead lasted for 12 minutes only as Oduor picked up James Kinyanjui’s pass to slam the ball home from close range.Mathare’s James Situma (L) vies for the ball with Festus okiring of kakamega homeboyz during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASAOduor, the Mathare United skipper was at it again, this time completing a brace in the 27th minute after banging in a rebound that saw Kakamega Homeboyz keeper Gabriel Andika spill the ball from a Kinyanjui cracker.Cliff Nyakeya Nyakeya should have scored a goal to make it three when he was set up by Kinyanjui but the former Gor Mahia Youth midfielder tripped before taking tapping the ball in when he had only Andika to beat.On the other hand, the visitors could have drawn level if Thiong’o could have utilized Luke Namanda’s pin point pass infron of the goal.Nyakeya made the amends in the 60th minute when Oduor teed up him who had a clear sight on goal and carried the ball forward despite being tripped by Sosthenes Idah to seal the winner.Namanda also made the amends, pulling one back for Homeboyz in the 90th minute when he made good use of a miss controlled touch by veteran defender James Situma to score in the near post but it proved a little too late as Mathare United walked away with three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega’s Allan Wanga (L) shields the ball from Andrew Juma of Mathare during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Mathare United claimed back their lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after coming from a goal down to edge out Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 in a match played at The Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.In other fixtures, Stephen Wakanya netted the equalizer as Vihiga United drew 1-1 away to KCB who got their goal from Mwinyi Kibwana.last_img read more


GARDAI STILL AWAITING DNA TESTS TO IDENTIFY BODY

first_imgThe results of DNA testing could finally prove if a body washed ashore in Dunfanaghy almost 30 years ago is that of a missing Co Donegal man.Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard today that tissue samples taken from the body will be sent to Wales shortly in order to establish if they are that of 26 year old Noel McGlynn who went missing on June 17, 1983.The remains of a male were found by members of a diving club on June 26, nine days after Mr McGlynn disappeared. The body was never identified and is buried at Holy Cross Church Cemetery in Dunfanaghy.The Coroner, Mr John Cannon, told a solicitor representing a brother of Mr McGlynn that the samples will be sent to Wales for “more sophisticated” analysis.Mr Cannon also told Mr Kieran Dillon, solicitor, that the samples have yet to be sent from a laboratory in Ireland where previous tests proved inconclusive.“The surgery does not provide anything beyond reasonable doubt,” said coroner Mr Cannon.He then adjourned the inquest to the September 4.Last year, Letterkenny man, Jim McGlynn, requested a full coroner’s inquest to establish if the body is that of his brother, Noel.A garda investigation into the matter is “ongoing.”GARDAI STILL AWAITING DNA TESTS TO IDENTIFY BODY was last modified: May 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Council may place art at Five-Points corner

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I think that his contribution to our country is very significant,” Golonski said. “Lockheed was the big business here, and building planes was a big part of Burbank for a long time, and he played a big part in Burbank history.” The city has about $540,000 set aside for public art, and Vander Borght said the Five-Points project could cost up to $400,000, although the council hasn’t decided what the art project will be. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The Five-Points intersection is known for heavy traffic, but the Burbank City Council wants it to be known for something else – public art. The council voted 4-0 this week to install artwork on the one-acre site where Victory Boulevard, Victory Place and Burbank Boulevard meet. “I don’t see this as a park that will attract a lot of people,” Mayor Jef Vander Borght said. “I mean, there’s no room to do a play area or anything like that. It’s to generate a monument or a focal point for that intersection.” When the council voted on the project, Councilman Dave Golonski suggested creating a statue of the late airplane designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. While working for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Johnson had a hand in designing some of the United States’ most important military aircraft, including the P-38 Lightning, the U-2 spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird. last_img read more


Decathlon And Heptathlon Open First Day Of The 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

first_img“Being an Iowan, I take a lot of pride in the Relays,” Brondyke said. “I still remember the first Relays I qualified for my sophomore year of high school (in 2005). It was a really big deal. I have a lot of respect for what this meet represents for the kids in the state of Iowa. Wednesday Results (TXT) “Having been a part of it really since my sophomore year in high school, it’s hard to say no to something like this. I wish weather would cooperate more often, but it’s so cool to compete on the Blue Oval.” Gochenour, who placed 13th at the Olympic Trials last summer after a fourth-place finish at the NCAA meet, started her 2017 outdoor season with a third-place finish at the Texas Relays, scoring 5,922 points. “There’s a few execution issues, but I’m still early in my season. This is my planned first dec,” said Brondyke, who is an assistant to Central Missouri track coach Kip Janvrin, a 15-time Drake Relays decathlon champion. “I didn’t expect to be very crisp or in end-of-season form by any means. But overall, stringing the day together, I was pretty happy.” Seventeen athletes started the day and 16 completed all five events. Northern Iowa sophomore Austin Heitland is third with 3,563 points and Tyler Grob, who was a Division II All-American at Saginaw Valley State, sits in fourth place with 3,545 points. Wednesday Results (HTML) Kurtis Brondyke, a former Clinton High School and Central College athlete, leads the decathlon with 3,928 points through the first five events. Gochenour has strung together a long list of accomplishments on the Drake track, winning 13 state championships and four Drake Relays titles during her high school years. She’ll be inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Track Hall of Fame in Drake Stadium at the state meet next month. Wednesday Results (PDF) Brondyke, the 2014 Relays champion, finished first in the long jump, shot put and high jump and took third in 100. He faltered during the second half of the final event, the 400, but still had a fast enough time (51.37 seconds) for a healthy lead at the end of the brisk, chilly day.center_img Former Iowa State athlete Taylor Sanderson, an All-American and a Big 12 champion, was second with 3,793. Sanderson, a former Bondurant-Farrar standout, was consistent throughout the day, winning the 100 and finishing second in the four other events. Thursday Start List “It wasn’t exactly the day one I wanted, but considering the weather conditions it was a really good start,” Gochenour said. “I had a pretty solid hurdle, right around what I needed in the high jump, was close to a PR in the shot put, had an OK 200. Kind of tightened up, probably a little bit of not taking care of myself in this cold weather.” Gochenour, who lives and trains in Fayetteville, Arkansas, started the day by winning the 100 hurdles in 13.61 seconds and held the lead throughout. She also won the high jump and shot put and finished third in the 200. Two veterans of competition on the Drake Stadium Blue Oval sit atop the standings after the first day of action in the multi-events, which marked the start of the 108th running of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. “I love it,” she said. “I’m just out here having fun at this point. I love the stadium, I love the town, the fans are great.” Story Links For both, Drake Stadium has become a special place to compete. Alex Gochenour, who starred at Logan-Magnolia before a collegiate career at LSU and Arkansas, is the heptathlon leader with 3,526 points after Wednesday’s four events. Sami Spenner, a former UNO University standout, tied Gochenour in the high jump and is second overall with 3,317 points. Iowa State sophomore Emma Whigham, who won the 200, is third with 3,068 and Northern Iowa junior Lauren Frederick is fourth among the eight competitors with 2,949 points. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


SEAN’S WINNING MATCHES: CLASSY NAOMH CONAILL BLOW TERMON AWAY TO LIFT LADIES U14 TITLE

first_imgVictorious Naomh Conaill U14 captain Shana Quinn received the County A Championship trophy from referee and County Secretary Siobhan Coyle at O’Donnell ParkSEAN Connaughton is the toast of Glenties, Fintown and everywhere in between tonight after his U14 girls team played Termon off the park in the U14 A Championship final at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.In one of the classiest performances seen in a county final at this level in years, the Naomh Conaill girls oozed confidence and talent from start to finish.You can’t teach some of the skills on display, with the first thing each Naomh Conaill player doing was simple – looking up, finding a team mate and finding space. Little wonder then that the girls in blue were 4-03 to no score up at half-time in the Letterkenny sunshine.So good were Naomh Conaill in the second half that they limited Termon to just three scores – all of them points – whilst they went on to add three more goals and three more points.The final score was 7-06 to 0-03 and it could have been more.Every player from the Naomh Conaill side played their hearts out, from goalkeeper to full forward. Orla McGuinness and Danielle McDevitt were particularly exceptional.But our Donegal Daily Player of the Match was the brilliant Amy Boyle Carr, whose stride and vision in possession was a simple joy to watch.Commiserations to Termon who came up against a much better side in the final.And congratulations to Naomh Conaill, half of whose team would grace any County Donegal squad.Perhaps their manager Sean Connaughton might be around next year to manage the county? With this performance, there would be no complaints.Champions of Donegal! Naomh Conaill U14s won the A ChampionshipWinner: Naomh Conaill manager Sean Connaughton celebrates the victory at O’Donnell ParkSEAN’S WINNING MATCHES: CLASSY NAOMH CONAILL BLOW TERMON AWAY TO LIFT LADIES U14 TITLE was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Championscounty championsLadies gaelic footballNaomh ConaillTermonlast_img read more


GARDENING WITH GARETH: LET’S MAKE THOSE TASTY TOMATOES HAPPEN

first_imgTasty Tomatoes….let’s make it happen!….Gareth AustinWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinGrowing your own Tomatoes is a wonderful hobby, every part of it from sowing seeds, potting, planting, maintenance and feeding fills my taste buds with expectation for the harvest….beautiful sweet, juicy tomatoes, fresh from the vine with their distinctive aroma…a real highlight of summer for me and the kids. Tomatoes are easy to grow, no seriously, they are! Once you get the fundamentals right everything is easy…they’re like everything in Horticulture – Right Plant for the Right Place for the Right Person.Variety selectionThis is where it fills me with most anticipation, choosing the type, colour, taste of variety you want to grow. Do you want lovely sweet cherry tomatoes?, do you want meaty tomatoes?, do you want tomatoes for making pasta sauces with? Do you want them all different colours? Do you want reliability at the expense of yield? There is a few factors that can help you make your mind up. Look for the abbreviation AGM on a plant variety , this means “Award of Garden Merit” and is attributed to a particular variety by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), these guys trial countless varieties year upon year and then award this AGM to varieties (everything from trees to climbers to fruit) which prove to be very effective at what they claim to offer- an example of this is Tomato ‘Suncherry Premium ‘AGM . For uniformity of crop look for the mark “F1” on the variety name, an example would be Tomato ‘Sungold’ F1, the F1 means that it’s a hybrid variety, which has been bred for uniformity of a particular desirable trait by plant breeders. John Reilly, GreenHill Farm, advises that a great variety for organic tomato growing is “Gardeners Delight, this is a small cherry which gives very little work”, “Also Yellow Submarine, which is a yellow cocktail, and will crop over a very long period”, “One year I had 22 trusses on a yellow submarine and it fruited till February the following year”Soil Young Ring Culture Tomatoes in Twin Towns Community GardenTomatoes are both hungry and thirsty plants, they like a rich soil, one which is rich in organic matter and one which has a lightly acidic pH. Also Tomatoes are the same as Potatoes in that its really bad practice to grow them in the same soil every year, indeed you should avoid growing them in the same spot for more than 1 year in 4 – reasons for this is to prevent disease build up in the soil and prevent soil mineral depletion – easiest way to do this is to move them from bed to bed in your polytunnel or grow them in big pots (at the end of the season the contents of the pot can be added to the compost heap or spread on the soil between your garden plants). Don’t grow tomatoes in straight peat-based compost – it drains too quickly for the tomatoes – use a soil based compost (Look out for compost labelled ‘enriched with John Inness’, or use the Donegal produced Living Green Humus rich compost mixed with soil from the garden).FertilityFresh Tomatoes in Ruthmullan House walled gardenTomatoes are hungry plants, they’ll eat everything you give them…and then some! However over-feeding isn’t a great idea – like roses if you feed tomatoes too much they’ll get soft and more prone to diseases such as Blight and pests such as greenfly. After planting and every month or so put some fresh seaweed on top of the soil – this will slowly leach goodness down into the plant. If you’re using Tomato food apply a liquid feed to the Tomatoes every fortnight after the first clusters of flowers (called a truss) starts to form wee fruits, or how about making some easy-peasy liquid fertiliser out of Comfrey? (check out www.garethaustin.com) for lots of Comfrey chat. John Reilly uses seaweed as a matter of course “It contains everything the plants need”, “as an island why not make great use of an abundant resource”. It’s important that the fertiliser you use is high in Potassium, this mineral helps to encourage disease resistance and is an essential element in the development of flower and fruits. If you’re growing tomatoes in a raised bed then work in some chicken manure pellets or some seaweed dust prior to planting as a good base fertiliser.PollinationTomato plants growing in bags in Maybrook Adult Training CentreHeat is the enemy of tomatoes, if the polytunnel or greenhouse is too hot (above 30C) and dry the flowers will come on – and fall off without being pollinated, also leaves of plants will curl up and the growth will be slower. It’s important the greenhouse or polytunnel is well ventilated, doors and windows are left open during the day – this brings pollinating insects to the party, but also brings in more CO2 – vital for photosynthesis and takes stagnant air (and plant produced oxygen) out. Try to keep the humidity level high, high humidity will give you better growth and better pollination too. If you’re struggling for insects then regularly go over your plants tickling the flowers with a feather duster.Pest & Disease control Early signs of Magnesium difficiency in these Tomatoes in the National Ecology Centre in Co DublinVariety selection is your first port of call with any plant, many varieties possess especially good disease resistance, so this is always worth looking out for. Ventilation is important – as mentioned above fresh air takes stagnant air with it. Crop Rotation is vital and Hygiene – Tomato blight will live in the soil, on tools, on wooden edging, in bamboo canes from year to year, so a good clean polytunnel is vital and good clean tools is equally important. Always plant some Marigolds beside your tomatoes, these will bring beneficial insects to the party, controlling the amount of feeding will reduce pest occurance and if you do need to spray with some insecticide to control greenfly then use some Pyrethrum based spray (such as ‘Herba Vetyl’ – available from GreenHill Farm), this is an organic insect spray which kills aphids on contact, not harming any pollinating insects. A copper based fungicide, such as Bordeaux Mixture, is ideal for blight control on Tomatoes – available from good garden centresWateringSimple Tomato irrigation in North West Regional CollegeTomatoes will drink a lot, and its important they’re given consistent amount of water- especially when they’re in fruit. If you give them big flushes of water and let them go dry and then another flush of water you will get 2 problems – splitting fruit and Blossom End Rot in the fruit. Blossom End Rot is caused by a lack of calcium getting to the fruit, caused by this inconsistent watering.Tomatoes are shallow rooted so they will dry out quickly, best way to water is to put in a tub/bottle beside them and fill this regularly – say every 2/3 days in the summer. A good indicator plant to put beside your tomatoes are the bedding plant bizzy lizzies, these wilt quickly and when you see these wilting you’ll know your tomatoes need watering (clever wee trick). John Reilly suggests, “the use of the seaweed encourages a stronger more advantageous root system, so you’ll need to water less”. Watering should always be applied to water and not to leaves, wet leaves encourage disease and wet flowers means no fruit, so always water soil and not plants! It’s always good practise to water tomatoes enough, but not too much, if you give them too much the fruit will be very ‘watery’ in taste so by keeping them watered just enough you get the best flavour – the salt in the seaweed we mentioned before will contain some salt, and this salt will help to dehydrate the tomatoes, thus giving them less water in the fruit, but more taste!, if you don’t have access to fresh seaweed then try to put in a tiny bit of salt in the water (say a 2% solution) and just taste the difference!Pruning and pinchingMost varieties of tomatoes we grow are ‘Cordon’ types, and these you pinch out the side shoots and then top them when they have 6/8 trusses on the the plants, supporting the growth with rope or a stick. However the height you grow them to will determine the spacing between plants, if you’re growing them to 6’ tall you’ll need to space them 3’ apart, if you grow them smaller you can plant them closer and fit more plants in, so your return of fruit for the given area will be just as good. Ring Culture is a great way of encouraging a thicker main stem – thus giving you more potential for water and fruit to get up into the plant, and this will encourage a deeper root system which will be easier to manage for watering and feeding.We’ll do another update on the Tomatoes as the season progresses.N.B. John Reilly is a pioneer of organic gardening and growing, and offers a wide range of organic pest & disease control and fertilisers as an agent for the FruitHill Farm Product range, John can be contacted on (00353) 087 9650522.Last weeks feature piece on Roses was very well received, and I managed to get a hold of a few great gardeners to ask them which rose varieties were popular in their garden centres over the past weekend.First I asked Sophie Gallagher from The Flower Pot Garden Centre in Creeslough for her top 3 varieties, “Claire Marshall- Beautiful deep pink floribunda, very fragrant and free flowering disease resistant rose which was bred by the famous Harkness rose breeders.”, “Roseraie de l’Hay- One of the rugosa roses, very healthy and resistant to blackspot, will make a large shrub about 4-5ft in height and spread. Produces double deep wine/purple very scented flowers followed by large red hips in autumn, an excellent rose for coastal areas as its extremely hardy and can tolerate salt winds” and finally ”Felicite Parmentier- this is a very old alba rose with beautifully formed small double pink flowers which are extremely fragrant. This rose will grow well even in poor soil and shady sites.”And for some thoughts from the Derry area I asked Desmond Knox from Knox’s Garden Centre in Campsie, “All Gold floribunda – slightly fragrant yellow flowers, medium size, bushy habit”, “ City of Belfast floribunda -medium size, clusters of red blooms for bedding or hedging” and “Happy Retirement floribunda -reliable pink flowers, soft scent, bushy habit, awarded RHS garden of merit”Both Sophie and Robert advise that they have more of all these varieties in stock, ready for immediate planting and immediate enjoyment.Come join me and say hello this weekend at Oakfield Park in Raphoe (www.oakfieldpark.com), where I’ll be leading a free garden tour of the wonderful gardens. The tour starts at 3pm. Next Week, Maintaining summer bedding plants and pots…. Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH: LET’S MAKE THOSE TASTY TOMATOES HAPPEN was last modified: June 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more


Breaking: Gardai do not believe man found in Carndonagh house died in suspicious circumstances

first_imgGardai do not now believe that a man who was found dead at a house in Carndonagh passed away in suspicious circumstances.The body of the man was found at a house around 8pm on Thursday evening.Emergency Services rushed to the scene and provided treatment to a 37-year-old man. The man was pronounced dead a short time later and his body was removed to Letterkenny Hospital.State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out an autopsy on the body at Letterkenny University Hospital today.A preliminary report has been provided to Gardaí details of which cannot be released for operational reasons.Investigating Gardaí have however confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner. Breaking: Gardai do not believe man found in Carndonagh house died in suspicious circumstances was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more