Turfgrass Updates

first_imgMore than 800 people braved the hot August temperatures for a firsthand glimpse of the latest research by University of Georgia scientists at the Turfgrass Research Field Day held Thursday, Aug. 4, on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.“UGA serves as the research and education arm for the green industry in this state,” said Clint Waltz, UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist and one of the organizers of the field day event. “This field day keeps those in the green industry current and provides the continued education they need to remain profitable and able to provide the best quality products for golf courses, commercial lawns, homeowners’ lawns, parks, recreational sports fields and professional sports fields.” In the morning, green industry professionals rotated through a series of 12-minute talks by scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Topics included the latest research on turfgrass weed management, cultivar development and the application of pesticides while protecting pollinating insects.Self-guided tours in the afternoon included a demonstration on proper pesticide storage and handling, advice on the best fungicides for turfgrass disease control and sessions led by CAES turfgrass graduate students. “This field day attracts the top professionals in the green industry,” Waltz said. “Just like doctors and accountants attend conferences to say current in their fields, industry professionals attend our field day to keep current on best management practices and trends. They saw the latest and greatest in turfgrass science, from pest management, to environmental stewardship, to water management and conservation, to new turfgrasses on the horizon from our UGA breeders.”Professionals from Georgia and the Southeast also met several new UGA employees, including Assistant Dean for Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader Mark McCann and newly appointed UGA turfgrass physiologist David Jespersen.“We have a lot of new personnel who benefited from meeting turfgrass industry contacts, and it was exciting for everyone to see our new turfgrass research facility being constructed in the background,” Waltz said. “Two years ago, we talked about our new facility; this year, everyone saw it being built; and in two years, when the next field day is held, we’ll be in our new building.”For more information on turfgrass research at UGA, go to GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

The Vertical Garden

first_imgGreen walls, or “vertical gardens,” are walls partly composed of or filled in with live plant matter. They filter air and water, soak up carbon dioxide and help lessen the “heat island” effect of urban areas while reducing air conditioning costs in their host buildings. Pictured: a vertical garden at the Anataeum Hotel in London. Credit: Niall Napier, FlickrDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of green roofs, but what are “green walls?”— P. Spencer, Alcoa, TNGreen walls (also known as biowalls, vertical gardens or vertical vegetated complex walls) are wall structures partly composed of or filled in with growing plant matter. More than just easy on the eyes, green walls work like green roofs by filtering air and water, soaking up carbon dioxide and helping lessen the “heat island” effect of urban areas while reducing air conditioning costs in their host buildings.The self-proclaimed creator of the vertical garden concept, French botanist Patrick Blanc, pioneered the use of hydroponic cultivation techniques—plants grow in an irrigated mineral nutrient solution without the need for a soil substrate—to create large green wall installations in both residential settings and within larger public structures and even office buildings from Singapore to San Francisco and points in between.Blanc’s installations start by placing a metal frame on a load-bearing wall or structure. The frame supports a 10-millimeter-thick PVC plate, upon which are stapled two 3-millimeter-thick layers of polyamide felt. “These layers mimic cliff-growing mosses and support the roots of many plants,” he says, adding that a network of pipes and valves provides a nutrient solution of dissolved minerals needed for plant growth. “The felt is soaked by capillary action with this nutrient solution, which flows down the wall by gravity.”“The roots of the plants take up the nutrients they need, and excess water is collected at the bottom of the wall by a gutter before being re-injected into the network of pipes: The system works in a closed circuit.” Plants are chosen for their ability to grow in this type of environment and depending on available light.“Each vertical garden is a unique wall composition of various types of plants that has to take into account the specific surroundings of the place in which it is created,” says landscape architect Michael Hellgren, who founded the firm Vertical Garden Design in 2004. “It is not only the colorful interplay between the plants on a ‘green wall’ that is fascinating, but also the appearance of the wall itself, which changes daily.”Hellgren, who has designed and implemented large green walls in his home country of Sweden as well as in Spain, Portugal and Italy, among other locales, sources plants for his projects from various climate zones around the world. His favorites are so-called “lithophytes”: plants that can grow on rocks, branches and tree trunks without necessarily being rooted in soil. “Among other things these climbing plants have the enormous advantage of their roots acting as excellent natural drainage on the wall,” he adds.While large “vertical gardens” are surely impressive, critics question the sustainability of such endeavors, given the energy inputs needed to run the pumps and other equipment used to maintain proper nutrient and air flows, and the emissions caused by the manufacture and transport of specialized materials. Also, larger green walls need more water than rain alone can provide, and thus don’t necessarily save water. But as the field matures, practitioners are finding wider arrays of plants to choose from that are better at taking care of themselves—and scaling back on inputs and supporting machinery with the hope that one day many of the walls will be self-sustaining gardens that cleanse our dirty air and compromised storm water.CONTACTS: Patrick Blanc, www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com; Vertical Garden Design, www.verticalgardendesign.com.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Genk appoint new coach

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Belgian champion Genk have hired German coach Hannes Wolf in a bid to overturn a poor run of results that has left the club languishing at mid-table in the Belgian league and out of the Champions League.Genk said in a statement on Tuesday that the 38-year-old Wolf, who guided Stuttgart to promotion in Germany two years ago and went on to coach Hamburger SV, joined the club alongside his regular assistant Miguel Moreira.Wolf was tutored by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp when he was in charge of the youth teams at Borussia Dortmund.He replaced Felice Mazzu, who was fired this month after Genk lost at Salzburg 6-2 and was beaten twice by Liverpool in recent weeks in the Champions League. Genk is bottom of its group and can no longer reach the knockout phase.Tags: Miguel Moreiralast_img read more

Commonwealth TT:  Indian Women Reach Semis, Men Follow

first_imgCuttack: Indian men and women were the first to book their semifinal slots after winning their Super Eights group matches in the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.Though the Indian men have a formality to complete — they play their last match against Wales in group F — the women finished their engagements in group F with emphatic triumphs over Wales (3-0), Malaysia (3-0) and Nigeria (3-0).Earlier, the men’s team defeated Sri Lanka and Malaysia with an identical 3-0 margin to seal their berth in the semifinal.Anthony Amalraj, who got to play his matches on Thursday, had it rather easy against Sri Lankan Krishan Wickramaratha, cleaning him up with a 3-0 verdict in the opener though he was found to be struggling a bit against Malaysian Feng Chee Leong. But the Indian overcame the initial hiccups to beat him 3-1.As for the rest of the matches, they were as simple as they can get as G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar formed part of the squad against Sri Lanka while Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai were pitted against Malaysia.Coaches Australian Brett Clarke and Soumyadeep Roy gave ample opportunities to all the players before the knockouts on Friday.Archana Kamath was the common factor in all the three women’s matches while the two coaches rotated the other players, including Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee. All the players came out with flying colours against their respective opponents.Besides India, England men and women too made the semifinal grade after notching up two wins each. Their men beat Singapore 3-2 while they claimed a 3-1 victory over Australia. Their women, on the other hand, beat Australia 3-1 and then trounced Sri Lanka 3-0.With two semifinal slots left in each of the two sections, the teams that look to book their berths are Singapore and Nigeria, barring a problem or two in the last match.In individual events, only one of the two Indians, G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar, would progress to the medal round as they were drawn in the same quarter while the other three Indians were lucky to find themselves evenly distributed into the other quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: India Start on Grand Note in Commonwealth Table Tennislast_img read more

CAF Elections: Day of Long Knives in Abuja

first_imgThe minister and some Nigerians in CAF committees are known to be openly opposed to Pinnick’s support for Madagascar’s FA President, Ahmad Ahmad who is challenging Isa Hayatou for the coveted position.One of the board members told THISDAY last night that except for one or two members of the NFF board, Pinnick has a solid support base among his men and that any attempt to want to force the board change the position it reached at its December 18 Congress where it asked the president to use his discretion in voting at the CAF election may be resisted.“Nobody can force us to go against the position we reached at the December 18 Congress. We have taken a stand and given the President go ahead to use his discretion in voting for the candidate that will advance the growth of football in the country. Why are they now fretting that Amaju has openly declared his support for Ahmad Ahmad. Is Nigeria not just one vote?” stressed the board member on telephone with THISDAY.He admitted to have also heard speculations of trying to use the board members to oust Pinnick from the position is he refused to toe the line of the minister in voting for Hayatou.“If anybody is thinking of interfering in the activities of the board, they are just wasting their time. This is 2017. The era when certain individuals who have been discredited world-wide in the administration of football will think they can use any of us is over,” the board member further observed.The minister who had earlier opposed Pinnick’s aspiration to contest for a seat on the CAF executive also maintained at the weekend that Nigeria was not in support of Ahmad Ahmad.Nigerian members of CAF included four former NFF presidents – Amos Adamu, Dominic Oneya, Sani Lulu and Aminu Maigari – issued a press statement condemning Pinnick, while pledging their support for incumbent CAF President Issa Hayatou.They also argued that the interest of Nigerian football should be paramount over any personal interest and consideration.“We have consulted widely within the executive of the NFF, the sports ministry and indeed football stakeholders in Nigeria and discovered to our dismay that there is no evidence where Mr Pinnick was mandated to commit this country to supporting Mr Ahmad,” the statement read in part.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAhead of tuesday’s emergency Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board meeting called by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, at his office at the National Stadium in Abuja, there is apprehension in football circles in the country that the forum may be used to create fresh troubles in the administration of the game here.The meeting has just one agenda: Nigeria’s position on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidential Election.last_img read more


first_imgJohn Watson of Watson Home, Hire & Hardware has been re-elected as President of the Letterkenny Chamber.He was elected for a second term of office at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM held last night.At the meeting John expressed how much he enjoyed and was proud to have served as Chamber President in 2012. “This has once again been a challenging year for the business community but we hope that the work we have done this year in terms of positioning Letterkenny as a retail destination and commercial centre has started to pay off.“In addition to the town itself the Chamber has endeavoured to represent our members’ needs and play our part in promoting their businesses.”In reviewing the Annual Report Mr. Watson highlighted 2012 Chamber activities that have included: lobbying on rates, business costs, roads, and infrastructure; most successful year yet for Shop LK, reaching sales of €1m worth of vouchers; work towards developing a stronger Chamber and Chamber Council.The Chamber also held a successful series of events including member lead workshops; topical events – especially Sir Gerry Robinson’s questions and answers; its annual Dinner and Letterkenny Business Awards which was the best in recent years as well as its continuing contribution to the economic and social fabric of Letterkenny. This year Letterkenny Chamber ramped up it’s social media activity. The Chamber now regularly communicates on Facebook and twitter and electronic newsletters are growing in popularity.Through all the Chamber’s communication channels it provides members with as much information as possible and trust that this two way interaction serves our members well.John continued “The Chamber continues to work with other partners and the key stakeholders in the town and region including Letterkenny Town council, Donegal County Council, FAS, LYIT, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Garda Síochána.“There are many changes imminent in the local authority and enterprise support sectors and we have already started to work on our relationships around how we work with the new structures, which will have an impact on ratepayers. We will see these changes more tangibly in 2013 and the Chamber Council and staff will rise to the challenge. “John also took the opportunity to thank people who assisted him in his years as President of the Chamber. This includes the Chamber staff, the 16 individuals who make up the Chamber Council who all give so generously of their time for the Chamber. He also thanked the members of the Chamber, for their ongoing support of Letterkenny Chamber.After the AGM John put himself forward to take on a second terms and was duly elected.On accepting the second terms he said “As we go forward in 2013, the Chamber Council will be implementing a relationship management strategy to engage with as many members as possible. We have set target to grow membership and income and will be taking on a cross border export project starting in January.“The structures and strategies are aimed at improving our financial standing while still aiming to build and grow and become a stronger voice of business in Letterkenny. We are hopeful that a budget may be allocated again from Letterkenny Town Council for Shop LK enabling us to build on what has been an extremely busy and successful year. “I am delighted to take on a second year to see through some of the strategies and initiatives that I have spearheaded this year. Letterkenny Chamber has grown in it’s standing over recent years and we are looking at 2013 very ambitiously.”Apart from a new President the Chamber has a new Council.The Chamber Council is made up of 16 members, from a wide variety of business sectors, who meet on a monthly basis and who are responsible for steering the policies, activities and initiatives of the Chamber. Seven new Chamber Council members were elected for the 2011/2012 period.The Chamber Council 2012/2013 is –  President – John Watson (Watson Home Hire Hardware); Seamus Browne (Browne Printers); Bernard Dillon (Honorary Member); Gerard Grant (Pramerica);Brian Mc McCormick (Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure)Gerard McCormick (Magees Pharmacy; Jim McLaughlin (AIB); David McGeough (McGeough Financial Consultants); Philip Ward (Voodoo & Ink); Clare McNickle (Clare Clothing); Kerry O’Donnell ; John Clancy, Highland Radio; Garry Clarke, Garry Clarke Solicitors; Gary Cooney, Gary’s Petworld; Mark Bundschu, Easons and John Andy Bonnar, LYIT.JOHN WATSON RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF LETTERKENNY CHAMBER was last modified: December 12th, 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)Tags:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberPRESIDENTlast_img read more

Torn ACL means Hockinsons Racanelli will miss 2019 season

first_imgHockinson incoming senior Sawyer Racanelli, a University of Washington football commit who led the Hawks to back-to-back Class 2A state titles, will miss the 2019 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Racanelli said the non-contact knee injury happened June 15, planting awkwardly on a comeback route during a multi-team spring scrimmage at McKenzie Stadium. This week, MRI results showed a high-grade ACL tear in the right knee. Remaining upbeat Thursday, Racanelli is relying heavily on his faith to power through his first major injury in football. “I feel more that God has a plan for this,” the 17-year-old said. “He’s an all-knowing and he knows this would’ve happened before it happened. I put trust in Him that this happened for a reason.”Racanelli is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver and linebacker who became the first in-state commit for UW’s recruiting class of 2020 on May 17. He’s listed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, a national recruiting website. UW plans to honor Racanelli’s scholarship, and he added could have reconstructive surgery as early as next week at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Hockinson is aiming for its third consecutive state title this fall and owns the state’s longest active winning streak at 27 games. In 2018, Racanelli earned 2A state player of the year by the Associated Press helping Hockinson to its second consecutive undefeated season. He scored a 2A championship game record five rushing touchdowns in a 42-37 win over Lynden.last_img read more