Use plastic cups to measure the water your sprinkler applies. Be sure your system irrigates uniformly. And measure the time it takes to apply an inch of water.A ruler helps check the height of your lawn mower blade. Each lawn grass has a preferred mowing height, which helps it conserve moisture.Heavy fertilizing can make drought damage worse, so be sure to calibrate your spreader properly. Consider halving half your application rate when drought is in the forecast. Photo: UGA CAES Host Walter Reeves reveals how much you can learn from the back of a little seed packet on “Gardening in Georgia” June 1 on Georgia Public Television.”Gardening in Georgia” is co-produced by GPTV and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Saturday show airs at noon and again at 7 p.m.With the few square inches on the back of a seed packet, Reeves shows how to understand the recommended hardiness zones, planting dates and days to maturity.He defines determinate and indeterminate tomatoes, too. (The former bear their fruit all at once and are best for canning. The latter bear fruit all summer and are best for fresh eating.)Gardening ToolsReeves takes a look at garden tools, too. He shows how to use self-propelled tillers, front-tine tillers and handy two-cycle models.Some simple tools are helpful in a drought: Finally, Hank Bruno, the trails manager at Callaway Gardens, shows Reeves how to double rhododendrons blooms next year. He shows how to twist the faded blooms from the branch tips, causing up to four new buds to grow in that spot. Each new tip can bear a flower next spring. Walter Reeves
Coal groups battle bailout tag, up lobbying efforts on ‘value’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:The coal industry is ramping up a campaign this summer to erase the “bailout” label that has become synonymous with the Trump administration’s push to save economically ailing coal power plants, while reinforcing the case for keeping coal in the nation’s energy mix.“We are just trying to correct the record,” said Michelle Bloodworth, the newly appointed president and CEO of the pro-coal industry group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Bloodworth’s group is upping its efforts this summer to reverse the characterizations that accounting for the value of the coal fleet would constitute a subsidy or government-backed bailout for the coal industry.A coalition of trade organizations representing every sector from oil and natural gas to solar panel manufacturers has opposed the idea of using either market-based incentives or rarely invoked emergency powers to keep coal plants from closing over the next three years.“We are trying to say, we don’t think it is” a bailout, said Bloodworth. “We think it’s more about ‘valuing,’ and that can be done in a market approach” that rewards “attributes” of coal plants that help the grid and consumers.The National Mining Association is also looking to draw support for keeping the nation’s coal fleet operational, blaming the markets for favoring one form of energy over another. “We are heading towards a reliability and resiliency crisis point of no return,” said an official with the mining trade group speaking on background.An additional 12,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity is expected to close by the end of this year. “That’s enough capacity to power 8 million homes,” the official said. “We need decisive action to preserve the reliable, affordable energy that continues to slip away each day.”More: Coal groups dig in to save power plants
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]G[/dropcap]ermany on Thursday joined a growing list of nations to approve military support against the self-declared Islamic State in the wake of high-profile attacks outside Syria. Germany’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a non-combat measure that would send reconnaissance jets and personnel to buttress France’s own war against the Islamic State, also know as ISIS or ISIL. The vote came on the same day the United Kingdom carried out its first air strikes against the apocalyptic militant group after its own parliament one day earlier approved the bombing campaign during a contentious debate on whether or not to get involved. Both Germany and the UK decided to act in response to the vicious assault in Paris that left 130 dead three weeks ago.The two nations join Russia and France as countries that have given their respective armed forces some measure of authority to get involved in the conflict. In the case with Russia, however, President Vladimir Putin has been accused of targeting rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad in order to prop up the embattled president’s regime. Meanwhile, after more than a year of combating the bloodthirsty terror organization through an intense air bombing campaign, the United States Congress—the only government branch authorized to approve war—has yet to even hold a vote on the country’s ongoing war against ISIS. Critics charge that Congress has largely abdicated its duty, even as elected officials and presidential candidates call for a more forceful response against ISIS. The lack of war authorization hasn’t stopped the Obama administration from targeting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. The White House is currently relying on war authorization from 2001 and 2002, both implemented in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, to justify bombing ISIS positions. Aside from this campaign, the White House announced in October that it would deploy several dozen US Special Forces to advise moderate forces fighting ISIS. Civil liberties groups have argued that the authorization to use military force (AUMF) from 2001 and 2002 are both overbroad and outdated. The former was authorized under President George W. Bush to use force against those responsible for 9/11, meaning al Qaeda. ISIS did not exist at the time, and although it was borne out of al Qaeda, it was disavowed last year by the terrorist organization. And the 2002 AUMF approved use of force against Iraq. After the White House announced deployment of US Special Forces, several members of Congress said it was time to officially authorize war against ISIS. The White House in February proposed its own version that would authorize a three-year offensive against ISIS and any “associated forces” or “closely-related successor.” It would also sunset the 2002 AUMF. But Congress has yet to hold a vote on its merits. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Ca), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who proposed his own AUMF last January, tried to force Congress to debate war authorization as part of an amendment to a defense appropriations bill in June, but it was rejected. Schiff has been one of the most outspoken critics of Congress’ inaction on the issue. “I applaud Prime Minister Cameron for urging his nation to join the fight against ISIS in Syria by providing British bombers to attack the terror organization’s targets,” Schiff told the Press in a statement Friday through a spokesman. “And the British Parliament deserves credit for doing something the US Congress has yet to undertake, and that is, allow a full debate and vote on the war effort. British air support in Syria would add an important new contribution to defeating ISIS and ending its stranglehold on the people of Iraq and Syria.” Locally, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, believes “We should go all out but do not need authorization,” his spokesman said in an email. Although the Obama administration has stated it believes it currently has proper authorization to justify its war on ISIS, it still sought a vote from Congress to ostensibly demonstrate a united front. During an address to the nation Sunday night, Obama reiterated his desire for Congress to act. “If Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists,” Obama told America, four days after 14 people were killed in an ISIS-inspired shooting in Southern California. “For over a year, I have ordered our military to take thousands of airstrikes against ISIL targets. I think it’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united, and committed, to this fight.” Schiff has taken the position that if US officials are willing to tell service members to go to war, that Congress should at least be able to hold a vote. “If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is,” Schiff said on the House floor back in June, “it’s worth having Congress do its job.”
Typically, OA’s school buses can fit 70 students, but this fall, the district’s goal is to have no more than 23 kids on board at one time. (WBNG) — While schools are figuring out how to social distance in the classroom this fall, another challenge districts are tackling is how to social distance on a school bus. Masks are required for everyone on board and drivers will go through a health screening each day. Transportation director Anthony Quaranta says filing through that data has been one of the biggest difficulties. Social distancing efforts are also in place. They’ll be cutting the number down by changing routes and adding runs. The transportation department is also putting a new strategy in place when it comes to kids boarding the bus. Seats are marked with red tape, so students know to alternate between window and aisle seats. Owego-Apalachin asked parents to fill out a survey to determine how many students would need busing if they attended school in-person. “We’re going to load from the back to the front and try to limit people walking past each other as much as possible. Obviously it’s not a perfect system because we don’t want pre-K kids and kindergarteners to have to go all the way to the back of the bus by themselves, so there will be a little bit of that but we’re going to try and limit it as much as possible.” said Quaranta. “We are a mass transportation system. We transport more people every single day than airlines and trains and planes do, everyday. But now we’ve got to cater it and individualize it to every single student that comes in, based on their needs and where they have to go,” he said.
“We’re going to end up with great rookies because we’ve got two years of a rookie class. Our area is going to see Mike Weir, Ernie Els, Phil Michelson hopefully,” he said. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The DICK’s Sporting Goods Open will return next summer with an earlier date than usual. The 2021 DICK’s Open will run from June 28 to July 4. The event will be played as part of the Champions Tour’s combined 2021-21 schedule. The purse is $2,050,000. The 2021 event will mark 50 years of professional golf in Broome County. “We’re going to have a lot of “do you remember footage,” and some great memories,” said Karedes. “I believe our community is going to enjoy a lot of the things they see.” “UHS Health expo, fireworks, 5K run, all of those items still will accompany the tournament week,” said Karedes. “Now we have something to work for,” said tournament director John Karedes. “It isn’t that we’re out actively selling for the 2021 event right now but at least people can put it on their calendar, they can plan accordingly, and we can too.” “Whether it’s digital ticketing going forward, or utilizing some sort of cashless system. Those are the sort of things that now we had the time to really investigate and put into play for our future,” he said. Since this year’s tournament was canceled, Karedes said the attention shifted to making 2021 a better and safer tournament. Karedes said everything depends on what New York state allows next June, but they intend to have a full slate of events. Karedes said the field of players will make the 2021 tournament to the next level. He also said he’s heard from the majority of the annual field, and expects early commitments. “The guys want to help out. They want to show the community they’re coming back and coming back stronger than ever,” he said. Karedes said the DICK’s Open will wait until after January 1 for hard sponsorship selling, and a lot of planning will depend on if the state allowing crowds and fans at other events.
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Share Share Tweet 209 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle 11 foods that make you hungrier by: – August 18, 2014 Do you ever get the feeling that your stomach’s a bottomless pit? These foods might actually be the problem.Feeling hungry? You should eat. But what if the foods you’re eating actually make you hungrier than you were before you dug in? It’s a more common conundrum than you might think. “Hunger is a result of many complex interactions that occur in the stomach, intestines, brain, pancreas, and bloodstream,” says weight-loss specialist and board-certified internist Sue Decotiis, MD. Problem is, it’s a circuit that’s easily hijacked. Here are 11 foods that can make you feel like you’re running on empty—even when your stomach is stuffed.White breadThe white flour used to bake white bread has been stripped of its outer shell (the bran), which depletes the grain’s feel-full fiber content. Eating it spikes your insulin levels, Dr. Decotiis says.In a recent Spanish study, researchers tracked the eating habits and weights of more than 9,000 people and found that those who ate two or more servings of white bread a day were 40% more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period compared to those who ate less of it.JuicesJuicing is all the rage, but these “healthy” drinks contain all the sugar of your favorite fruit, but none of the fiber-containing pulp or skin. That means drinking a glass of juice can shoot your blood sugar levels up—and then back down again—bringing on hunger, according to Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin. Your better bet: blend a smoothie using whole fruit instead, and mix in a scoop of protein powder or nut butter to help balance your blood sugar and boost satiety. (Just be sure to steer clear of sugary fro-yo or sherbet.)Salty snacksThere’s a reason why you crave something sweet after polishing off a bag of potato chips. Chips, pretzels, and salty snack mixes are little more than quick-digesting simple carbs, which can spur insulin highs and subsequent lows, Dulan says. And since your taste buds and brain link fast-acting energy with sweet foods, it’s common to have a craving for something sweet once you finish your salty nosh. What’s more, thanks to a phenomenon known as sensory specific satiety, you can fill up on chips and feel like only your salty stomach is full. Your sweet one can still feel empty, Dulan says. So get ready to eat two stomachs’ worth of food.Fast foodPretty much every ingredient behind a fast food counter is designed to make you supersize your meal. For instance, trans fat inflames the gut, potentially impairing the body’s ability to produce appetite-controlling neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, Dr. Decotiis says. Meanwhile, the GI tract absorbs high fructose corn syrup (commonly found in buns, condiments, and desserts) quickly, causing insulin spikes and even bigger hunger pangs. Lastly, fast food’s huge helpings of salt can spur dehydration. And with symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it’s easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for seconds.AlcoholAlcohol doesn’t just lower your healthy-eating resolve, it downright makes you hungrier: According to research published in Alcohol & Alcoholism, just three servings can slash your body’s levels of leptin—a hormone designed to squash hunger and keep you feeling full—by 30%. “Alcohol can also deplete your body’s carbohydrate stores (called glycogen), causing you to crave carbs in order to replace what was lost,” Dr. Decotiis says. And if you find yourself craving salty snacks, dehydration and a loss of electrolytes may be at work.White pastaWhite pasta packs all of the same problems as white bread, but it does deserve its own mention as a hunger-offender because it’s so easy to eat far too much of it. A standard serving size of cooked pasta is just half a cup cooked, but restaurants regularly serve up four cups in a single entrée. When you overload your body with simple carbs, your pancreas goes into overdrive churning out insulin, and soon you’ve produced so much of the sugar-managing hormone that your blood sugar levels are low and you’re ravenously hungry. And consider this: What are you pouring over your pasta? If it’s a store-bought sauce, then it probably contains even more hunger-spiking sugar.MSGMSG (aka monosodium glutamate) is a flavor-enhancer best known for being added to Chinese food, and may also be found in other foods including canned veggies, soups, processed meats, and even beer and ice cream. One animal study from Spanish researchers suggests the chemical triggers a 40% increase in appetite, and according to research published in the journal Obesity, people who consume the most MSG are nearly three times more likely to be overweight than those who don’t eat it at all. “The effects of leptin (a “satiety hormone” made by fat cells) may be blunted by the damaging effects of MSG on the hypothalamus,” Dr. Decotiis says. What’s more, the effects can compound over time, so the more frequently you eat MSG, the more you’ll eat, period.Sushi rollsYou might intend to load up on good-for-you fish, but you’re really eating more rice than anything else, says dietitian Susan M. Kleiner, RD, PhD, a scientific consultant with USANA Health Sciences. Case in point: the California roll. Loaded with 30-plus grams of carbohydrates, it’s like eating three slices of white bread. “If you don’t eat anything else, sushi rolls are fairly rapidly digested and emptied from the stomach without a high level of satiating properties like fiber or protein,” she says.Artificial sweetenersWhether they are in your diet soda or sprinkled in your coffee, artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others) excite your brain cells, making them think they are about to get a sweet serving of energy (aka calories), and then let them down—hard, Dr. Decotiis says. The upshot: You may crave—and eat—more sweets throughout the day, trying to make up for the letdown. Over time, this process can actually affect the hunger control centers of the brain, she says. And get this: It has been proposed that artificial sweeteners cause insulin spikes just like real, calorie-packed sugar.Kids’ cerealswith a generous dusting of table sugar, these morning starters may cause blood sugar and insulin swings. “Eating such a high carbohydrate load in the morning when cortisol levels are at their highest is a double assault to your metabolism,” Dr. Decotiis says. During the night and into the morning, your body pumps out huge amounts of cortisol, which is believed to be a natural part of your body readying itself for the stresses of the day ahead. “Higher cortisol levels mean a lower ability to metabolize ingested sugars. Therefore blood sugar may be high, but still not reach the tissues where it is needed, leading to fatigue and hunger.” Cereal can be a smart way to start your day—look for whole grain or bran cereals that contain at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.PizzaYou know you can’t eat just one slice—no matter how big it is. That’s because your favorite pizza joint’s combination of white flour dough, hydrogenated oils, processed cheeses, and preservatives can throw off your blood sugar levels, production of satiety hormones, and hunger-regulating regions of the brain, according to Dr. Decotiis. That said, if you make pizza at home with whole-wheat dough and top it with lean meat, lots of veggies, and just a sprinkling of cheese, then you’ll have a fiber- and protein-packed meal that’s less likely to have you reaching for more food in an hour.Healthyliving.msn
Martinez told evertontv: “It’s been well documented what happened with the transfer speculation, that’s been dealt with and it was all a little bit of a waste of time – time I don’t want the players to waste. “I think the start of the season was important for us at Norwich and I won’t come out now and carry on talking about the speculation. “The players have had the demands of international football and then they started the league with a lot of travelling, so obviously you can imagine it’s been important these past few days that we can get them recovered, regenerate them in the right manner and get them ready for the next game. “That, at the moment, is our only focus.” Belgium midfielder Fellaini and England left-back Baines have both been linked with moves out of Goodison Park for some time. It remains to be seen whether United will submit fresh bids but they would have to be for substantially more than the respective £12million and £16million they are believed to have offered for Baines and Fellaini for Everton to consider selling. Martinez has previously revealed that a buyout clause in Fellaini’s contract, believed to be £23.5million, expired at the end of July. Martinez has promised to keep supporters informed on the issues of comings and goings. The Toffees dismissed United’s joint offer for the two players “out of hand” as “derisory and insulting”. Now Martinez wants to put an end to any further speculation linking the pair with Old Trafford, where former Everton boss David Moyes took charge in the summer. The Spaniard said: “I think the situation is very clear. I think as a football club we will always keep our fans informed. “When there is something to tell our fans we will do that – they’ll be the first ones to know if there are any players coming in or any players going out.” Everton opened their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Norwich and host West Brom on Saturday. These are the matters he wants to be concentrating on and believes the transfer window should close before the season starts. He said: “I don’t believe in getting involved in the transfer window when the games are under way and we are in a very, very important moment of our season. “We’re trying to find our feet, we got a good start under our belts, we’ve got real competition for places and we’ve got the visit of West Brom at the weekend.” Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez has branded Manchester United’s £28million bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as a “waste of time”.
Everton, who were languishing at the bottom of the table in the early part of the season, have been resurgent since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have struggled all season and are currently lie 14th, just six points above relegation places, leaving manager Roy Hodgson worried. But with the tricky pair of Wilfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew in attack, they carry offensive plenty of offensive menaceThe Serie A will witness the fierce rivalry on Sunday when Inter Milan host AC Milan in the 296th Derby Della Madonnina (Milan Derby) at San Siro. The game, which kicks off at 8.45pm, will be aired live on SuperSport Select 5.Inter, who won the first encounter 2-0 in September, will seek strengthen their chances of dislodging Juventus as the league champions. They will, however, meet a Milan team who have been in indifferent form. Also on Sunday, reigning LaLiga champions, Barcelona, will travel to face Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The game kicks off at 9pm and will be live on SuperSport Select 4.Real Betis, currently placed 12th, have lost two and drawn two of their last five games, pushing them closer to the relegation battle. But coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, popularly known as Rubi, will hope that his charges – including striker Borja Iglesias Quintas, midfielder Nabil Fekir, and veteran winger Joaquin – will rise to the occasion against their more illustrious opponents. Second-placed Barcelona will aim to regain top spot. Los Blaugrana are three points behind their rivals, Real Madrid, and manager Quique Setién knows that another loss may hamper the team’s chances of retaining La Liga title. Although the team will miss injured striker, Luis Suarez, skipper Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will provide sufficient threat upfront, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie De Jong will provide depth in the middle of the park while Gerad Pique will be tasked to lead the team’s defence line.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Football fans will be treated to a bumper package this weekend as games from the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga will be aired on GOtv this weekend.The games, scheduled to hold from 8-9 February, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.The weekend’s broadcast begins with the Premier League encounter between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park today at 1:30pm and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 2.