first_imgGreen compost materials, such as fresh plant products, kitchen fruit and vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags, provide nitrogen.Westerfield says to include more brown items than green. The ratio should be 3 to 1. Don’t add meats, bones, grease or other animal-based food waste. They can smell bad and attract rodents.Materials should be added in layers, alternating brown and green. A pile of compost can take three weeks to six months to process, depending on the care. Adding fresh material to a pile can cause the process to take longer. The key to composting is to keep the pile moist and to allow for air flow. “The composting cycle will work faster if the pile is kept moist and turned frequently,” he said. “The more you agitate the pile the faster it will compost.” Rain water and turning the pile a few times a month should maintain moisture. Water should be added only to keep the pile moist, not wet.“It is nice to have two or three bins so you can have several stages of compost,” he said. Westerfield suggests removing finished compost from a pile and keeping it contained in a separate bin for use. “Some people are disappointed because they fill the bin up and when it becomes compost, they end up with 10 to 20 percent of what they put in,” he said. “As it biodegrades, its volume drastically reduces.”Fertilizer can be added to the pile. A little 10-10-10, as well as a few scoops of garden soil, are suggested. Don’t add lime to the mixture. Another option in composting is vermicomposting, which uses worms to help break down the organic waste. While composting provides organic material valuable to plants, most people view composting as a form of recycling. In many counties, landfills no longer accept green materials. “It’s a way to recycle waste and save money by producing a product from trash you would otherwise have to buy,” Westerfield said. (April Sorrow is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaComposting not only saves water in landscapes and gardens, it creates plant food from trash, says a University of Georgia expert. “Incorporating finished compost mulch into vegetable garden beds or plant beds amends the soil and allows water and air to filter through the soil better,” said Bob Westerfield, UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “There is not as much run off and the nutrients infiltrate better.” Using nearly-finished compost as mulch helps plants retain moisture and prevent weeds.“Organic fertilizers make the plants healthier,” Westerfield said. “And, when they are healthier they require less water.” Compost is decomposed organic matter used as a soil conditioner and fertilizer. In heavy clay soils, compost reduces compaction, helps increase aeration and helps water better infiltrate the soil. In sandy soils, it helps the soil retain both water and nutrients.Compost is made from a mix of brown and green organic materials. Brown compost materials may include dry, dead plant materials, autumn leaves, dried grass clippings, shredded paper and wood chips. These provide carbon.last_img read more

first_imgIn suburban Gwinnett County, the audit was conducted in a large room in the back of the elections office. Near the main entrance, black ballot boxes were lined up in five rows, ready to be distributed among 60 white tables spaced around the room.The morning went smoothly — for the most part. At around 11 a.m., one of the workers was given a warning for taking out a phone, potentially violating a rule against taking pictures of the ballots. The worker received a warning. The counting continued.In Paulding County, a deeply conservative area that went heavily for Mr. Trump, 42 workers paired up around 21 tables in a government office. Most of the workers were not wearing masks even though coronavirus cases are once again rising in the state.By around 3 p.m., Ms. Holden said, about a quarter of the county’s 85,600 ballots had been recounted. Roughly 50 ballots had been flagged for review by a bipartisan adjudication panel, but in each case, she said, the Democrat and Republican agreed on the voter’s intent.Richard Fausset reported from Marietta and Dallas, Ga., and Jannat Batra from Lawrenceville, Ga. But Ms. Eveler said that in Cobb County, ballots deemed to have potential issues in the first counting — about five or six boxes’ worth — had already been separated and adjudicated once, making it unlikely that significant numbers of votes would change in the recount.Any ambiguous ballots, including the batch that was already adjudicated, would be sent to a panel composed of a Democrat, a Republican and a representative from the county election board. That panel is scheduled to meet publicly on Saturday.- Advertisement – Later in the day, said Janine Eveler, the director of elections and registration for Cobb County, the workers would move on to hand-marked absentee ballots, which take more time because of potential issues that need to be closely examined. – Advertisement –center_img Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET- Advertisement – All of Georgia’s 159 counties rely on such panels to resolve issues of ambiguous voter intentions.A little more than three hours after Cobb County began its recount, its election board certified the results based on the original count. And yet the workers recounted anyway. Ms. Eveler said the total would be recertified if it changed.Similar scenes played out across the state.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgSenior citizens (those 60 years old and older) and youngsters (those below 21 years old) here may go out of their houses but only for the following reasons: He said this is one of the reasons why he allowed the elderly and youngsters to go out of their homes during the general modified community quarantine (MGCQ). ILOILO City – The city government conducted a flag-raising ceremony yesterday morning, over roughly three months after the metro was placed under strict community quarantine to avert transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. While the city aims to shift to the “new normal,” Treñas stressed that health protocols should be ensured.  Treñas mentioned his plans to create programs that would cushion the mental impact of quarantine. “Mag-observe sang social distancing, use face mask and alcohol all the time para sigurado man ang health sang tanan naton nga mga pumoluyo,” the mayor said. * if they are going to work Treñas recently issued Executive Order No. 086-B, Series of 2020 reiterating the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the movement of people under MGCQ. Treñas also said he had not ordered compliance officers to be strict and immediately apprehend people not observing physical distancing or not wearing facemask. “Indi sila pagdakpon, aton guro sa syudad indi kita magdakop, masaway lang kita. We have to be considerate, pila na ka bulan nabukot ang aton tigulang, ang mga vulnerable sector in society but kinahanglan man sila hatagan tyansa,” Treñas said. He assured that transactions at the city hall offices are ongoing and minimum health standards are in place. * to stroll or exercise at the Iloilo Esplanade “Gusto ko makita na sang tanan nga naga-amat-amat na kita balik sa normal,” said Mayor Treñas Jerry during Monday’s activity. * to buy basic necessities According to Treñas, compliance officers won’t apprehend these segments of the population if their reasons for leaving their houses were among those he cited. Mayor Jerry Treñas (center) of Iloilo Iloilo City together with Sangguniang Panlungsod members, city hall departments and employees attend a flag-raising ceremony at the Plaza Libertad grounds on Monday, three months after the metro was placed under community quarantine to avert transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO The city government has mobilized over 200 compliance officers to ensure that people minimum public health safety standards such as the wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. Sangguniang Panlungsod members, city hall department heads and employees were all present. These measures can curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, according to the Department of Health./PNlast_img read more

first_img1. Assembly Hall — IllinoisThe “Orange Krush” has helped build the Illini’s Hall into one of the best home-courts in the Big Ten.The spaceship-looking arena, opened in 1963, seats 16,618 fans and has ranked in the top 10 nationally for attendance in recent years.”There’s been a lot a talk down here about either renovating or replacing the Assembly Hall, but the truth is, at nearly 44 years old, it still gets the job done,” said Brian Klein, sports editor of The Daily Illini. “The Orange Krush is still one of the premier cheering sections in the country, while locals regularly sell out the stadium and come wearing orange. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?”However, it isn’t the finest of facilities. Hallways are tight for space, and there isn’t a single suite in the house.But with a sea of orange and rowdy students filling courtside seats, the atmosphere alone makes Assembly Hall.2. Kohl Center — WisconsinThe Center that Herb Kohl built has quietly grown into one of the most hostile environments for opposing teams in all of college basketball.While some of that may have to do with the Badgers’ continual improvement under sixth-year head coach Bo Ryan, having a fine facility such as the Kohl Center certainly helps.Opened in 1998 and home to both Badger hoops and hockey, the Kohl Center has 17,190 nice seats, including 36 luxury suites. Also, courtside seats were just added before this season for fans wanting to get closer to the action — for a pretty penny, of course.3. Breslin Center — Michigan StateNamed after MSU alumnus Jack Breslin, a Spartan varsity letter winner in baseball and basketball, the Breslin Center has become one of the nation’s most recognizable arenas in the new millennium.Opened in 1989, the Breslin Center took off in parallel fashion to Tom Izzo’s career. Izzo, hired in 1995, quickly brought success to the Spartans’ program, making the Sweet 16 in just his third season and not missing an NCAA tournament bid since.Nearly 4,000 out of the Breslin Center’s 14,992 capacity fill the “Izzone” student section, making it one of the toughest places to play.4. Assembly Hall — IndianaFirst opened in 1972 — in just the second season of Bobby Knight’s tenure — Assembly Hall has been petitioned by ESPN personality Dick Vitale to be renamed after the General. The building hasn’t changed much since, with the exception of the banners hanging in the rafters courtesy of the championships won by Knight.Assembly Hall is one of the sacred buildings in college basketball holding a wealth of history.”It holds 17,456 fans, and students are allotted approximately 8,000 seats for every game, which is the largest amount in the Big Ten,” said Jake Brown, sports editor of the Indiana Daily Student. “There is not a unified student section like at other Big Ten universities, however, which detracts from the overall environment. The home crowd in Bloomington is continually one of the best in the country despite the lack of [a] unified student section.”Assembly Hall is a time capsule of basketball and a building to be revered, even if the mid-court logo looks a little goofy.5. Jerome Schottenstein Center — Ohio StateThe one thing that first comes to mind when walking into Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center is how the arena can fit below the atmosphere. The roof appears to be literally sky high. Under that atmospheric roof, up to 19,200 fans can be seated, good for the largest capacity in the conference. However, it was not until recently that sell-outs become common. (OSU averaged 15,390 fans per game last season, still good for 18th in the country.)Even with the capacity crowd, the Schottenstein Center lacks the college feel of some other Big Ten arenas.”The Schott — full of high-income fans, luxury boxes and hospitality suites — is suited for the college game like Howard Stern is suited for child care,” said Scott Woods, sports editor of The Lantern. “Despite its sterilities, however, when big games come, all 19,000-plus keep their NBA arena pulsating with the unmistakable vibe that is college athletics in Columbus.”6. Carver-Hawkeye Arena — IowaHaving opened its doors in 1983, Carver-Hawkeye arena is one of the less impressive arenas to gaze upon in the Big Ten. It is dug into the ground and has housing bowl seating all the way around to seat up to 15,500 fans. On the inside, it isn’t exactly Rembrandt, either. Much of the lighting is harvested from the sun, which shines through the roof for day games, giving an unusual feel to the arena.”Carver-Hawkeye Arena has provided a solid home-court advantage for the Hawkeye hoopsters over the past 24 seasons,” said Charlie Kautz, sports editor of The Daily Iowan. “Its bowl-shaped construction makes for an enjoyable place to catch a game.”The arena’s students are pretty noisy and rowdy but aren’t to the level of Illinois or Michigan State, to be sure, though the corner seating might have a bit to do with that.7. Williams Arena — MinnesotaWilliams Arena may be the most unique arena in the Big Ten.There’s the raised floor, its barn-loft suites and bathroom troughs — hence its nickname, “The Barn.””While the Gophers certainly can’t claim home-court advantage anymore, you can’t help but step in Williams Arena and feel college basketball,” said C.J. Spang, sports editor of The Minnesota Daily. “To me, it’s all about that old-school feel. If I want an NBA-style arena, I’ll head to the Target Center. But for college basketball, it’s all about the raised floor of the Barn.”Williams Arena is the oldest in the Big Ten, dating all the way back to 1928 when it was known as The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Back then, it housed basketball, track and field, tennis and winter football practice.Plain and simple, Williams may just be past its prime as a viable arena.8. Mackey Arena — PurdueOne of the Big Ten’s more historic arenas, Mackey first opened its doors way back in 1967 as the home of the world’s most abrasive comb-over, that of Gene Kaedy, who stomped on the court there for 25 years (the actual floor is now named after him).The arena is warm and friendly. It’s also very well-lit and home to some of the best fans in the nation. Plus, it is scheduled to receive a $70-80 million facelift to be completed in 2011 or 2012.”There are no luxury seats, no comfortable chairs and no removable courts,” said Jon Nyatawa, sports editor of The Purdue Exponent. “Mackey’s simply for basketball, where fans cram together on bleachers in a 39-year-old arena to get a feel for the past. Plus, the golden dome on top just fits perfectly.”Considering the coach who made the building famous, maybe the roof would be better off being chrome.9. Crisler Arena — MichiganSometimes described as the 40-year-old landfill behind Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena is in dire need of an overhaul. The 13,751-seat facility houses cushioned metal folding chairs and plenty of empty seats, as the arena is rarely sold out completely. It also is home to some of the more indifferent and quiet fans in the league, though Big Blue hasn’t had much to root for since the days of the Fab Five.”The arena is pretty mediocre, considering the attention Michigan pays to its athletic programs and athletic department,” said Daniel Bromwich, senior editor at the Michigan Daily. “It is rarely filled up; only for Michigan State or Wisconsin games is the upper bowl full. The arena itself is old and not very nice.”Still there are some positives, such as the perfect student seating — courtside, all the way down on one side — and no advertising anywhere in the building is a welcome comfort. Despite the few positives, the building is aging like vinegar at this point, not wine.T-10. Welsh-Ryan Arena — NorthwesternWhile receiving an acceptance letter from Northwestern University is no easy chore, getting into Welsh-Ryan Arena is no problem.The Wildcats’ Arena looks worse than some high school courts and seats a measly attendance of 8,117 — much of which is filled by opposing fans.Nevertheless, it is still a tough place to play for opponents for whatever reason — maybe it’s the dim lighting, maybe it’s a shortage of bathrooms or maybe it’s the batting cage turned press room. Whatever it is, opponents just want to leave Evanston, Ill., as quickly as possible.”The most unfortunate aspect of Welsh-Ryan, aside from its ugly airport hanger-esque interior design, is that far too often, visiting Big Ten fans will out-number supporters of the Wildcats,” said Dave Kalan of the Daily Northwestern. “Still, the fan section tends to be pretty rowdy, and because of NU’s lackluster tradition and uninteresting aesthetics, visiting teams have difficulty getting excited to play.”T-10. Bryce Jordan Center — Penn StatePenn State’s state-of-the-art facility that opened in 1996 is the lowest ranking of the three shiny new arenas for one simple reason: Fan support — or more accurately, a lack thereof. The Bryce Jordan Center from the inside looks like a carbon copy of the Kohl Center — painted in navy, of course — but the key difference is that the seats at Bryce Jordan are empty. Average attendance is floundering at 7,589 per game this season.”The student section and PR staff are doing great jobs in promoting the program and the ‘Nitwits’ do try to be loud, but there’s not much to cheer for. You can’t be loud when your team’s down by 20-plus,” said Andrew Wible, men’s basketball writer of The Daily Collegian. “It is essentially a cave, and appears so when the curtains in the upper deck are dropped to make it appear as though the place is packed, when it isn’t even half full.”Affectionately referred to as the spaceship or UFO due its disc-shaped exterior, Bryce Jordan is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing from the outside as its opposite numbers at Wisconsin and Ohio State.last_img read more

first_imgThe family of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf seems determined to secure a hold on the nation’s emerging oil and gas sector.NOCAL, the Cabinet and the National Legislature ended a week-long Round-table Consultation on the Draft Petroleum Law of 2013, a proposed legislation intended to safeguard the emerging economic powerhouse.  The President’s Family was represented in three generations: Mrs. Jenny Bernard, the President’s elder sister, their brother, Mr. Carney Johnson, a mining executive; Mrs. Bernard’s son, Estrada Bernard, Jr. and wife; as well as their son, Estrada, III.A staff of NOCAL, who begged anonymity, told this paper that the First Family was instrumental in selecting one of its members—Estrada Bernard, III—to make a presentation at the program, which was held at the Monrovia City Hall over the weekend.  The first family came together to grace the roundtable discussion and cheer their young relative on as he made his presentation.Estrada Bernard, III is the grandson of Jenny Bernard, the elder sister of President Sirleaf.  Madam Bernard or ‘Aunt Jenny’, as she is affectionately called by many, is regarded as an “influential personality,” in the Unity Party-led government.Flown in from Alaska, 17-year-old Bernard, III, admitted that although he is not a Liberian, he was asked by the organizer to make a presentation on oil and gas.Young Bernard attempted to compare Liberia’s situation with the U.S. state of Alaska, but fell short of telling the audience how the oil and gas sector would be properly managed in order to benefit the Liberian masses.His presentation focused on comparing Alaska and Liberia in terms of natural resources and population. He failed to show, however, how Liberians can actively participate in the oil and gas sector in order to avoid the bad experiences of other nations, especially African nations with oil deposits.When asked about the significance of inviting a teenager of the first family to make a presentation on a critical sector in which he (Bernard) has no experience, Jacqueline Khoury, Director of the NOCAL Board responded; “We didn’t want to grab a kid in Liberia and have to school him on making a presentation.”She noted that the President’s grandnephew has made over 200 presentations across the U.S, but failed to indicate whether those presentations were in any way connected to oil and gas, and their implications for Africa.Responding to inquiries about who picks up the tab for Bernard’s travel and stay in Liberia, Khoury claimed “The Alaskan State government is responsible for him and for other experts invited to the forum.” No supporting documents were provided, even though a request was made for them.Despite reluctantly accepting the resignation of her son Robert Sirleaf, as Board Chairman of NOCAL, President Sirleaf and family appear to signal by this action that the first family “has a firm grip on the oil and gas sector,” a participant at the Roundtable, who declined to be named told the Daily Observer.“When Mr. Sirleaf left government,” our source explained, “he was reintroduced to government a short period afterward when he was appointed Ambassador to the Gulf State of Kuwait. His appointment brings a US$14 million loan agreement between Kuwait and Liberia, thereby increasing Liberia’s debts.”In late February, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf transmitted a US$14 million loan agreement to the National Legislature for ratification.The loan agreement, she said, is intended to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Greenville Port project under the watch of the National Port Authority (NPA).NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker confirmed to a SKY FM phone-in talk show last week that the loan, provided by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, is intended to help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but requires legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian Constitution.In spite of the US$4.6 billion debt canceled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the last Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) 2011/2012 report announced that the country’s debt now stands at over half a billion dollars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more