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Prime time muscadines

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIf you want your backyard muscadines to grow lots of grapes and not become a jungle, a University of Georgia scientist says it’s time to help them out.”Muscadines grow so vigorously every season the vines can get very congested if they go unpruned,” said UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist Gerard Krewer.Late January and February, Krewer said, are prime time for muscadine pruning.”You can prune muscadines anytime they’re dormant,” he said. “But in late winter the vines are less likely to be cold-damaged after you prune.”Muscadines, Krewer said, produce fruit on the shoots that develop this year from the basal buds of last year’s shoots.Knowing that about muscadines tells you how to prune your vines. The part of the vine that grew after those first two to four buds of last year is unneeded growth. Cut that off.How to do itStart at the tip of each shoot, Krewer said, and follow it back to the first raised bump on the stem, the “collar” that marks where last year’s growth began. That should be anywhere from 6 inches to 5 feet from the tip.When you come to the “collar” where the 2006 growth begins, back up to the second to fourth bud and make your pruning cut. The vines may “bleed,” or ooze sap, Krewer said, but that won’t harm the plants.Besides keeping your vines from getting unmanageably tangled over the years, pruning will also assure you of more reliable crops of grapes.”If you let muscadines go unpruned,” Krewer said, “they tend to produce too heavily, which leads into alternate bearing seasons. That becomes a feast-or-famine kind of production.”A jungle already?If you’ve let your muscadines go unpruned long enough that they’re a tangled mess already, consider cutting them back to the original arm running down the wire.If you do that, though, you won’t have grapes next year, since next year’s grapes will grow only on shoots that emerge from last year’s buds.”Unless you’re willing to forgo a crop next year,” Krewer said, “I would suggest pruning one side back to the original cane and the other side back to the bottom two to four buds of 2006 growth.””Then next winter you can do the reverse,” he said, “severely pruning the other side. In that way, you’ll have grapes each year and still be able to clean up your vines by next winter.”On overgrown arbors, where you have seven or eight major branches, “you might want to take out one or two large arms each year,” he said. “That way, you can completely renovate the arbor in a few years.”Each year, he said, “be sure to cut the previous season’s growth back to two to four buds to keep the arbor from becoming overgrown again.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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The Year of the Snake

first_imgTo celebrate the important role that snakes play in our ecosystem, and to clear up some misconceptions about snakes, North Carolina State Parks has named 2019 the Year of the Snake. Throughout the year, the parks system will host programs, events and festival to celebrate the snake. They’ve slithered across the trail in front of you, taken up residence in your woodpile and slithered out from under the shrubs as you worked in your yard. Snakes are a part of life in the southeast, but North Carolina State Parks knows that not everyone feels comfortable coexisting with the reptile, especially because venomous snakes do live in our region (rattlesnakes, copperheads, coral snakes and cottonmouths live throughout the southeast.) Snakebites on the upswing in North CarolinaHow to avoid serpents and to treat a wound What to do if a venomous snake bites you Like all animals in the web of life, snakes play an important role in our ecosystem by maintaining a balance to the food web. Because snakes are both predator and pray, they keep the pest population down by feeding on mice and other small rodents that damage crops and carry disease. Snakes also provide food for larger mammals, birds and even other snakes. Each year, about 7,000- 8,000 snakebites occur in the United States but only about five or six of them or deadly. If a venomous snake bites you, here’s what to do: The role of snakes in our ecosystem In North Carolina, it’s the year of the snake Call 911. Try to identify the snake if possible. Stay calm; a pounding heart will increase the rate at which venom flows through the body.Don’t move, lie down and keep the bitten limb level with the rest of the body. Do no try to cut or suck venom from the wound, pack it with ice, or isolate it with a tourniquet. Wait for first responders to arrive.Bites from non-venomous snakes should be cleaned with water and soap.last_img read more

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FTC, FBI issue alerts on bitcoin blackmail scams

first_imgThe Federal Trade Commission released an alert on bitcoin blackmail scams. In these schemes, scammers threaten victims with public revelation of their “secret” unless they send a payment in Bitcoin.The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center encouraged users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and a related FBI press release for more information.The FTC alert provides recommendations for evading the blackmail scam. Cristina Miranda with the division of consumer and business education, FTC, described how the scam works. The scammers first send a letter containing something like, “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin.”The letter also explains how to use bitcoin to make the payment. “This is a criminal extortion attempt to separate people from their money,” the FTC warned. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Stansted Airport From fly to heavyweight

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Property is best-performing asset class in 2002

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Five vessels from Philippines, Vietnam caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters

first_imgThe arrests were conducted by three vessels of the directorate general in two different locations that were monitoring the area. He said the intensity of monitoring remained the same despite the coronavirus pandemic, as the ministry aimed to uphold the sovereignty of fisheries management in the country.“We are prepared for any increase in illegal vessels operating in [Indonesian waters] amid the spread of COVID-19. That is why we are not decreasing our operations as illegal fishing is still rampant,” he said in a statement on Sunday.In Sulawesi waters, the three Philippine-flagged vessels raised Indonesian flags to trick patrols, but personnel managed to detect them, he added. Officials apprehended 34 Filipino crewmen from the three vessels.Six Vietnamese crewmen were apprehended from two Vietnam-flagged vessels caught in the North Natuna Sea.The arrests came just a week after the ministry arrested two illegal foreign vessels from Vietnam in the North Natuna Sea.Edhy explained that the arrests were the result of cooperation between personnel of the directorate general’s control center and the technical unit, which monitor and inform the location of illegal foreign vessels to the joint Supervision Unit that conducted the raids.As part of efforts to strengthen protection of the country’s maritime resources, Edhy said he was considering adding operating days to eradicate illegal fishing.Topics : The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has seized five foreign-flagged vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters as sea patrols remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ministry’s Marine and Fisheries Resources Supervision Directorate General seized three Philippines-flagged vessels and two Vietnamese-flagged vessels in the North Natuna Sea and Sulawesi Sea on Saturday, Minister Edhy Prabowo said.last_img read more

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Dutch transport scheme posts 12.7% profit [updated]

first_imgVervoer, the large sector scheme for the Netherlands’ private road transport system, posted a 12.7% gain in 2016.The €23bn transport scheme said this preliminary return figure included increases of 8% on fixed income, 11.2% on equity, 8.7% on real estate and 1.8% on infrastructure.In the fourth quarter, Vervoer’s investments yielded 3.4% over the course of the fourth quarter, with its equity holdings – roughly a third of the portfolio – generating 7.5%.The gains helped the pension scheme raise its funding ratio to 101.4%. However, the quarterly equity return was offset by a 0.2% loss on Vervoer’s fixed income allocation, and losses of 1.5% and 1.3% on property and infrastructure, respectively.Vervoer’s performance outpaced that of other large Dutch schemes. PFZW posted a 12% return in 2016, while PME, PMT, Philips, and KLM’s cabin staff scheme all saw gains of between 10% and 11%.Meanwhile, the €3.3bn pension fund of applied technical research institute TNO reported an annual profit of 9.7%.With gains of 12.9%, private equity was the best returning asset class of the TNO scheme last year. It said that fixed income and mortgages combined generated 9.4%, while equity and real estate yielded 8.8% and 6.9%, respectively, over the year.Following the decline of swap rates, TNO gained 1% from its interest rate hedge. However, the pension fund lost 0.3% on its currency hedge of the US dollar, sterling, and the yen.Funding of the Pensioenfonds TNO rose slightly during the year to 110.5%.last_img read more

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Dominica Cricket Association congratulates Shane Shillingford

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share NewsSports Dominica Cricket Association congratulates Shane Shillingford by: – June 6, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Mr. Shane Shillingford. Photo credit: ESPNCrickinfo.comThe Dominica Cricket Association (DCA) congratulates Shane Shillingford, following clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume bowling at the international level.  Shillingford, the West Indies bowler who was suspended in November 2010 after his bowling action was found to be illegal got the go-ahead on Friday, May 3, 2011.President of the DCA, Emmanuel Nanthan, said, “We are extremely proud of Shane.  He stuck to the task at hand and put in the work necessary to correct his bowling action.  He also adopted the right attitude and took the right approach to the problem.  We would like to extend hearty congratulations to Shane for all his hard work and for being resolute in his bid to get over this hurdle.  We are confident that he will now put this behind him and move on to greater things on the international cricket stage.”Shillingford applied for re-assessment of his action after working tirelessly to modify it and an analysis of his bowling was conducted by a research team at the University of Western Australia on May 25.  The clearance means that Shillingford will now be available and fit to play cricket at all levels and to play for the West Indies.“The DCA continued to support and encourage Shane throughout the period of the ban and we are extremely grateful to Hendy Springer who coached him at the Sagicor High Performance Center in Barbados and was relentless in his quest to achieve a positive outcome from Shane’s remedial efforts.  We also wish to express heartfelt thanks to Thomas Kentish who worked with Shane in Dominica to ensure that he would pass the test,” added Mr. Nanthan.PRESS RELEASElast_img read more

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Batesville School Sports Important Events

first_imgBatesville School Sports Important Upcoming Events.April 1st    2014-2015 All-Sport Tickets go on sale.  Student-athletes presently in grades 9ñ11 will be selling these as our spring fundraiser.  Tickets will also be available at the Batesville High School and Middle School athletic offices.April 9th     Attention Grades 8, 9, 10, and 11:IHSAA Sports Physicals for the 2014-2015 school year, sponsored by MMCH, will be Wednesday, April 9 at the Hansen Center for only $20.  Only cash and/or checks accepted.  Time: 5:00 ñ 7:00 p.m.  Please have pages 1 and 4 of the physical completed.  This will be for students presently in grades 8 through 11.  MMCH donates the money back to our athletic department to sponsor our Athletic Trainer so we encourage everyone to take advantage of this win/win event.  The I.H.S.A.A. now requires physicals to be on file BEFORE summer conditioning / open facility / camp participation.  THIS IS A MUST!  If you have a conflict on this date, try to attend on Wednesday, April 23rd.April 23rd    Attention Grades 5, 6, and 7:IHSAA Sports Physicals for the 2014-2015 school year, sponsored by MMCH, will be Wednesday, April 23 at the Hansen Center for only $20.  Only cash and/or checks accepted.  Time: 5:00 ñ 7:00 p.m.  Please have pages 1 and 4 of the physical completed.This will be for students presently in grades 5 through 7.  MMCH donates the money back to our athletic department to sponsor our Athletic Trainer so we encourage everyone to take advantage of this win/win event.  The I.H.S.A.A. now requires physicals to be on file BEFORE summer conditioning / open facility / camp participation.  THIS IS A MUST!  If you have to miss this date, you may attend on Wednesday, April 9th.April 16th    All-Sport Ticketsí student-athlete sale ends.  All-Sport tickets will remain available for purchase at the high school and middle school athletic offices through the 2014-2015 Winter season.June 30th ñ July 6th        IHSAA Moratorium Week ñ NO student-athlete / coach contact.July 28th ñ August 2nd    Conditioning only.  NO open facility.  Exception is Girls Golf.August 1st             High School Girls Golf practice begins.August 4th            First practice for high school:  Boys & Girls Cross Country,Football, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, and Volleyball.Note – A completed physical and an IDOE Concussion Acknowledgement form with all signatures and insurance information must be on file before an individual may participate in summer conditioning, open facilities and/or summer camps.  An individual must have ten (10) separate days of practice before being eligible to participate in a game.  Therefore it is imperative that paperwork is completed as soon as possible, and that is possible by attending the MMCH sponsored physicals on dates provided.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img read more

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MMH earns ‘Patient Satisfaction’ award

first_imgBatesville, In. — Margaret Mary Health recently received national recognition for its efforts at providing quality, compassionate care to its patients. The Chartis Center for Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health recognized MMH for overall excellence in quality of care out of 2,156 rural providers. CareChex® honored MMH for ranking in the top 10 percent for patient satisfaction for the third year in a row.“We are honored to again be recognized as one of the top performing rural hospitals in the country for both quality and patient satisfaction,” said Liz Leising, MMH’s Chief Nursing Officer. “These awards acknowledge the hard work and commitment to compassionate care provided by our physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff.”last_img read more

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