Turfgrass 101

first_imgThese grasses include annual rye, poa trivialis, creepingbentgrass, tall fescue and perennial rye.For more research-based information on turfgrass, visit www.georgiaturf.com orcontact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent at1-800-ASK-UGA1.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Prefer warm to hot temperatures (80 to 95 degrees).Grow best in summer.Have extended winter dormancy.Have poor shade and winter tolerance. These types of grass include bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass,centipedegrass, zoysiagrass and seashore paspalum.Cool-season grasses grow well during the cool months of springand fall when temperatures average 60-75 degrees. They mayundergo stress, become dormant or be injured during the hotmonths of summer and may require significantly more water thanthe warm-season grasses.Cool-season grasses: Prefer cool to warm temperatures (65 to 75 degrees).Grow best in the spring and fall.Have limited winter dormancy.Have good winter tolerance and adequate shade tolerance. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaGeorgia’s plant hardiness zones cover a wide range, from thebalmy climate of Savannah to the exhausting heat of Valdosta tothe frigid temperatures of Blairsville. Because of Georgia’sclimate extremes, a grass like St. Augustinegrass that growsgreat in Tifton will have trouble surviving in Rome.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts have takenthe guesswork out of picking a good grass for your lawn. Use theguide below as you head to the lawn and garden store or beforeyou call a sod company.Warm-season grasses grow best during the warm months whentemperatures reach 80-95 degrees in the spring, summer and earlyfall. They grow vigorously during this time and become brown anddormant in the winter.Warm-season grasses:last_img read more

Huntington Man Sentenced for $3M Con

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington man was sentenced Thursday to 21 to 63 years in prison for conning seven people out of millions of dollars in an elaborate land investment scheme starting in 2008.Paul White had been convicted at Suffolk County court in December of seven counts of grand larceny following a two-month-long trial. White was ordered to pay nearly $3 million in restitution to his victims.“Instead of investing their money, White spent their money,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “He financed a comfortable lifestyle, including the purchase of a farm for himself in Cleveland County, North Carolina, that he turned into a game reserve and used for hunting.”Prosecutors said the 56-year-old con man claimed to be a financial adviser operating under the name of Professional Investment Advisor Inc., when he promised elderly investors lucrative federal tax benefits in commercial real estate transactions. The victims instead lost their retirement savings, authorities said.Judge James Hudson also sentenced him to 1 and 1/3 to 4 years in prison for his scheme to defraud conviction.last_img read more

Booking.com is closing five offices around the world, one in Croatia as well

first_imgDue to the poorer business result caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Booking com has started restructuring its business. Unfortunately, we can confirm that the employees in our Split office have been affected by the global business restructuring announced in August, Booking-com reports, adding that despite this, Croatia remains an important market for Booking.com. “The changes in business are part of the global restructuring announced in August due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the travel industry and our business. Due to the significant reduction in the number of trips around the world and the small possibilities for the market situation to be the same as before the COVID crisis in the next few years, we will have to further restructure our business organization to adapt to new conditions in the travel industry”Point out from Booking.com and emphasize that their focus remains on supporting all their partners through this crisis and after it by providing them with support and necessary services at all times.  Booking.com has announced that it will lay off up to 25 percent of its employees globally, approximately 4.000 employees, and the fact that Booking.com recorded a 91 percent drop in bookings in the last financial quarter clearly shows the poor performance. The Zagreb office of Booking.com continues to work, which is important information, both because of the desk in our language and the whole supports. It was also announced that they are closing at least five of their offices around the world, in Washington, London, Cambridge, Toronto and one office in Croatia, ie Split. Photo: Booking.com Office in Zagreb / ​​Source: Officelovinlast_img read more

Austrian pension funds return nearly 5% over first half of 2014

first_imgAs per end-March, just over 57% of Pensionskassen’s assets were invested in bonds, and 35.5% on average in equities.Austrian schemes were 3.4% invested in real estate, with the rest invested in “other asset classes”.The FVPK warned that Southern Europe had not fully overcome the financial crisis, as “necessary reforms have not fully been implemented”.According to the most recent statistics, 840,000 Austrians are members of a Pensionskasse, or 22% of all Austrian employees (in 2008, the share had been 13%).In total, the 15 Pensionskassen are managing €17.7bn in assets.The FVPK also confirmed that both Pensionskassen and severance pay funds (Vorsorgekassen) were now exempt from tax-reporting requirements under the FATCA agreement with the US.Only after pressure from the retirement funds, both vehicles were classified as Exempt Beneficial Owners under the agreement, the association said. Austria’s 15 Pensionskassen have reported a 4.8% average return over the first half of 2014 after producing a 1.6% average return over the first quarter.The first-half performance is nearly equal to the full-year performance for 2013, which stood at 5.14%, as that year had started in a difficult market environment, leading to a 0.82% half-year performance.In 2014, the further lowering of the interest rate by the European Central Bank sustained the “challenge” for institutions for future investments, according to the Austrian pension fund association FVPK.“At the same time,” it said, “bond prices rose as well, and, additionally, the equities markets developed positively.”last_img read more

Toure gaffe gifts Baggies point

first_img Daniel Sturridge’s 50th career league goal – and his 24th in 30 games for the club – put the visitors on course to retain their four-point cushion over Everton in the Barclays Premier League. However, Toure’s misplaced pass straight into the path of former Toffees striker Victor Anichebe midway through the second half put paid to that. A horrendous error by defender Kolo Toure gave Liverpool’s top-four rivals renewed hope after they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Brom. A draw gave more ammunition to the critics who felt Liverpool should have strengthened in the transfer window to enhance their bid to regain Champions League football. But it was not the absence of Ukrainian winger Yehven Konoplyanka, whose proposed move to Anfield broke down in the final hours of the January transfer window, which ultimately cost them points but a lack of resources at the back. Toure is only playing because Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho are injured, but manager Brendan Rodgers insisted defensive reinforcements were not his priority. Some would argue neither was a winger, but for all the accusations and apportioning of blame fired from east to west and back again over the collapse of the Konoplyanka deal, it should not matter if the strikers keep scoring and the defence keep clean sheets. Despite Dnipro suggesting Liverpool did not transfer the necessary funds in time, Press Association Sport understands the money was sent at least two hours before the UK’s 11pm deadline. The move, with the player’s medical passed and terms agreed, was blocked by the club’s owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi who refused to sign off the necessary paperwork, which is believed to have prompted a subsequent apology to Liverpool from Dnipro officials. Essentially what Liverpool really need is to keep Luis Suarez and Sturridge fit and firing, and while at least one of them kept up that end of the bargain there were failings elsewhere at the Hawthorns. A disjointed first half was lit up by the beacon of quality which was Sturridge’s goal. During the midweek Merseyside derby victory Suarez and Sturridge were falling out over who should pass to whom but there was no such disagreement here, with the in-form strikers on the same wavelength. The continually-improving Raheem Sterling was released through the inside-right channel and held the ball up long enough for Suarez to go round the outside of him to receive the pass. Suarez’s movement to generate space for the cross was brilliant and he picked out Sturridge at the far post for the England international to convert. He has now scored in 15 of 19 games this season – but even he paused before celebrating as he was not entirely sure whether he was onside. There was little else in the way of chances with Suarez failing to properly plant his head on a Philippe Coutinho corner and then being denied the decisive touch on Aly Cissokho’s cross by Jonas Olsson, who injured himself in the process and was replaced by Diego Lugano. West Brom’s first-half efforts amounted to Youssouf Mulumbu’s drive, blocked by Steven Gerrard although it appeared to be going wide, and Zoltan Gera’s shot which fizzed across goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and wide of the far post. The home side came out with greater intent after the break and a period of early pressure resulted in Mignolet saving well from Gareth McAuley’s powerful header. It seemed apparent 1-0 would not be enough for Liverpool to hang on to and Suarez should have made it more comfortable when he brought down Toure’s long ball, sidestepped compatriot Lugano, cut back inside but was denied by the outstretched leg of goalkeeper Ben Foster. Mignolet made another good save, this time from Chris Brunt’s low free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but was helpless to prevent the equaliser. Rodgers wants his side to play out from the back but Toure, unlike Agger, is not comfortable on the ball and inexplicably passed straight to Anichebe 20 yards out and the former Everton striker made the Ivory Coast defender pay dearly for his mistake. Liverpool’s switch to three at the back following the introduction of Martin Kelly and Joe Allen saw Sturridge denied by a charging Foster with Toure heading over Gerrard’s resulting corner. It was to prove the last real chance as Liverpool did not carve out enough openings for their potent strikeforce to benefit. Press Associationlast_img read more

27-year-old dies after using off-brand insulin because he couldn’t afford the recommended brand

first_imgA woman in Virginia is reporting that her fiancé died after they both switched to cheaper over-the-counter insulin because he could not afford the monthly cost of doctor recommended brand.According to the report, Josh Wilkerson who passed away June, recently aged out of his step-father’s health insurance plan and could not afford to pay the $1,200 a month cost to regulate his Type 1 diabetes. On top of that, he and his fiance, Rose Walters, who also has Type 1 diabetes, were trying to save money for their wedding.The couple asked the doctor about cheaper brands of medication and were told about ReliOn.“We figured: Hey, it’s $25. We can do that. And we’ll just work with it and try to do the best we can,” said Wilkerson’s fiancée Rose Walters.Walters says after the switch Wilkerson began complaining stomach problems and she noticed he would have mood swings from high blood sugar levels.Four months before their wedding, Walters says her fiance was asked to work the overnight shift at the Northern Virginia dog kennel while his manager was away on vacation. She began to worry about Wilkerson after not hearing from him while and decided to drive up to his job. That’s when  she found Wilkerson unconscious.He was taken to a hospital where doctors reported that he not only suffered several strokes hours after taking a dose of the cheaper insulin, but he fell into a coma with a blood sugar level that was 17 times higher than normal.Wilkerson was kept on life support for five days before his family made the decision to remove him from the machinery.While the brand commonly sold at places like Walmart does work, experts report that it takes a longer time, sometimes up to four hours, for the medication to regulate patient blood sugar levels. The prescription brand, however, can take as little as 20 minutes to metabolize.According to the Washington Post patients who take ReliOn or any cheaper brand of insulin must adhere to a strict schedule and make sure they take the correct dosage far enough in advance of eating for it to work.Walters is hoping that sharing her story will help draw attention to the rising cost of the much needed medication for people with diabetes.“It’s very hard,” Walters said. “How many more young Type 1 diabetes patients have to die before something finally changes?”last_img read more

Champions from Ellsworth

first_imgThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Pictured from left are Andrew Austin, Michael Curtis and Josh Bean holding the championship plaque. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN BEANThe Husson University men’s soccer team beat Thomas College 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference championship on Nov. 8 to advance to the NCAA men’s Division III national soccer tournament. The Husson squad included three Ellsworth Eagle alumni. In the championship game, Michael Curtis scored a goal and Josh Bean had two assists and was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team.last_img

The Latest: Serie A decides to reduce player salaries

first_img Associated Press Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___ April 6, 2020 Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders.Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country. ___Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen. Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown nearly a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. The Italian Cup semifinals also were interrupted after the first leg.At least 15 players have tested positive for COVID-19.___FIFA is providing global coordination with competition organizers to provide flexibility to ensure coronavirus-derailed seasons can be completed with as little financial turmoil as possible.FIFA does not set the dates of domestic or continental club competitions but does oversee the implementation of two transfer windows during the year. The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal.The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players.The league says the agreement is “a common line of action to contain” salaries for “players, coaches and members of first squads.”The reduction is equal to four months of salary but would be reduced to only two months if the current season is completed.The league adds “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.” The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis.___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths. ___World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.” The Latest: Serie A decides to reduce player salariescenter_img The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics. Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups. England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis.All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan. ___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years. A FIFA task force has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and has backed flexibility in shifting the transfer windows and extending player contracts to allow seasons to be completed.A final decision will be made by the FIFA Bureau. That body includes the presidents of the six regional confederations.UEFA has already determined that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.Cost-cutting is underway at many clubs and federations to deal with the financial impact of games not being played.___ Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021. Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume.last_img read more

Lagos Recruits 100 Volunteers for CAF Beach Nations Cup

first_imgAs part of the effort to organise a befitting 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer Championship, Lagos State Government has recruited and trained volunteers and stewards for the event.The Beach Soccer Nations Cup is scheduled to hold at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island from today through Sunday, December 18. The transparent recruitment process and training of the volunteers and the stewards were organised by the LOC put in place by the host government. The committee is co-headed by the Special Adviser on Sports to the Governor of Lagos State, Deji Tinubu and former Director of Sports, Lagos State Sports Council, Kweku Tandor.Over 200 applicants submitted expression of interest for the volunteer jobs out of which 100 were selected at an exercise conducted at the media gallery and the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.The successful volunteers, who comprised graduates of Nigerian universities and polytechnics, secondary school leavers and others, were trained on discipline, etiquettes, interpersonal relationship, job description and first aid.According to the spokesperson of the volunteer sub-committee set up by the host city working committee, Uthman Okunnu, the successful volunteers are majorly to perform volunteering services during the games and to support in making the hosting of the championship a success.In a related development, to complement the work of security personnel, the security sub-committee for the game also recruited 70 stewards mostly to work at designated car parks reserved for the competition.For the steward services, 251 applicants were screened during the screening exercise that took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Takin’ Down The Champs

first_imgIn the world of NCAA basketball, the sixth game of the season — especially when it’s nearly a month before the beginning of conference play — is generally not a big deal.In the world of Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, however, that sentiment does not exist.Back on that Wednesday night last December, Ryan’s 4-1 squad had a date with the 6-0, No. 5 Duke Blue Devils. Two years prior, the Dukies had utterly embarrassed the Badgers 82-58 in Durham, N.C. This time, however, the setting was the friendly confines of the sold-out Kohl Center, where Bucky and the Grateful Red were in full force to make sure a different outcome sent them home happy.In a closely contested 73-69 victory that night, the Badgers never trailed, although the Blue Devils did come within 70-69 in the final seconds. For Wisconsin, the victory was a classic UW win — strong defense held Duke to only 69 points, while smart basketball resulted in only four turnovers, compared to the Blue Devils’ 11.Individually, senior Trevon Hughes was huge for the Badgers, leading the team with 26 points on 9-16 shooting. Hughes was also a perfect 4-4 from the line, and perhaps most importantly, given his reputation as a sometimes-reckless ball handler, had zero turnovers.Aside from Hughes, junior forward Jon Leuer contributed 17 points and seven rebounds, while Hughes’ fellow senior co-captain Jason Bohannon scored 10 points and posted four rebounds and four assists.Up six at halftime, the Badgers kept their lead largely due to Hughes’ stellar second half performance. Hughes scored 19 of the team’s 35 second half points and went 6-9 from the field. He also drained two huge shots from behind the arc down the stretch, the second of which put the Badgers ahead 65-54 with 5:08 left on the clock.Of course, Duke would not go away quietly. Freshman reserve guard Andre Dawkins provided some drama by nailing two consecutive three-pointers, the second coming at the 1:54 mark to make the score 67-65.Just two minutes later, it was over. What Wisconsin had, though, was something special. After the game, Badger fans mobbed their heroes on the court. Hughes and Leuer found themselves hoisted on the shoulders of fans, and they were given a moment that would not be soon forgotten.last_img read more