Wisely irrigate

first_imgConsult your manualThe manual explains the options for managing the system.What if you can’t find your instruction manual?”Any manufacturer or their local distributor can supply a set ofinstructions,” Seymour said. “Just call and request a copy.”Be sure to have your system’s model number and name handy.Another easy way to get a manual is to visit the manufacturer’sWeb site. Most firms offer their newer instruction manuals on theWeb.If you don’t have a controller chart, you can make one, Seymoursaid. Just sketch the landscape and the irrigated area.Set the controller to run each station and draw an outline onyour landscape sketch of the areas each station irrigates. Thenlabel each station with the appropriate controller number on thedrawing.”It’s also good to note what types of plants are in each zone,”she said, “so you can adjust each station’s run time for theplants’ needs.” Rain sensors worth extra costIf your system doesn’t have a rain sensor, add one.”A rain sensor detects rainfall and prevents the system fromirrigating when it’s raining,” Seymour said. “This is add-onequipment, but they’re inexpensive and usually pay for themselvesin water savings in one or two years.”You can buy a rain sensor and install it yourself or have anirrigation contractor put it in. Either way, put it where it’snot covered by building eaves and doesn’t collect irrigationwater. It may be best to attach it to the roof edge where thereare no interfering trees.Rain sensors are mandatory on any automated system installed in16 counties around Atlanta after Jan. 1, 2005. “Even if it’s notmandatory in your area,” Seymour said, “it’s the easiest way toreduce water waste from automated irrigation systems.”Whether you use an automated or manual system or just water witha garden hose, follow your county’s or city’s watering schedule.”Be aware of the current outdoor watering restrictions in yourcommunity and use them as a guide,” Seymour said. “But don’t justwater because it’s your day to water. Water based on your plants’needs.”Turf grass needs water just as it begins to wilt. Signs include achange to a dull, grayish or bluish green and leaves that beginto fold.Annual flowers have shallow root zones, so they usually need tobe watered more often than perennial flowers, which have deeperroots.Trees and shrubs have even deeper, more extensive roots. They canget to water far underground. Most can survive a long timewithout rainfall. Too much, too oftenSeymour said homeowners with irrigation systems often water toomuch and hurt their plants and grasses.”Plants that are stressed by excess water are more susceptible todisease and pest infestations,” she said. “When used wisely, ahome irrigation system can be a useful landscape tool.”If your system is automated, it should have either a timer or acontroller.”To efficiently irrigate, you need to know how to adjust, resetand program your system’s controller,” Seymour said. “Thecontroller is a combination of a clock and calendar andinstructions that you provide. Together, these components turnvalves on and off in your irrigation system.”To set the system, check the instruction manual for yourcontroller and a controller chart, a drawing of your landscapeshowing areas covered by each irrigation zone. Each zone iscontrolled by the corresponding station number.center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRecent Georgia rains have cut down on one landscaping chore:irrigating the lawn. But when it’s time to turn on your systemagain, experts urge you to use it wisely.”Irrigation supplements rainfall, and most years in Georgia, evenin summer, it isn’t needed every day,” said Rose Mary Seymour, anExtension Service water specialist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Section offers free ethics CLE

first_img August 15, 2005 Regular News Section offers free ethics CLE Section offers free ethics CLE The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section is making its most recent five-hour ethics CLE program available to its membership at no cost as a way of saying “thank you” to its members according to Linzie Bogan, chair of the section.In April, the section sponsored its First Annual Florida Law Ethics Update CLE, designed to mirror its long running Annual Florida Law Update program held each year during the Bar’s Annual Meeting.“The Ethics Law Update is somewhat unique in that it allows participants to secure all of their needed ethics credits by attending one seminar,” said Bogan. “The live presentation of the program was well attended and warmly received.”This offer is also available to nonmembers of the section. Those interested in taking advantage of this free ethics CLE offer may visit www.gpssf.org and click the link labeled “Free Ethics CD offer.” Your request must be received no later than November 1, 2005.Plans are also underway for the section’s First Annual General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Conference that will provide section members with an opportunity to attend informative programs and otherwise meet with other practitioners who have similar practice dynamics. The program is tentatively scheduled for April 2006, in a location yet to be determined.last_img read more

Doctors set for first penis implant in US

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Doctors set for first penis implant in US by: Associated Free Press – December 7, 2015 391 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Johns Hopkins University doctors are preparing for what would be the first US penis transplant, a procedure that could potentially help hundreds of wounded veterans.A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman confirmed a New York Times report that the first such operation was planned for a soldier who suffered genital injuries in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.The 12-hour operation would involve the stitching together of nerves and blood vessels and could restore urinary function and over time, the ability to have sex.Because the procedure would restore only the penis and not the testes, the patient would not be able to have biological children, according to the report.According to the Times, more than 1,367 soldiers suffered injury to their genitals between 2001 and 2013 in Iraq or Afghanistan.Although the procedure is not required to save a life, doctors and Pentagon officials told the newspaper they believe it is worthwhile to deal with the psychological trauma suffered by the soldiers.The university has been authorised to perform 60 of the experimental surgeries, with organs coming from deceased males whose families have given permission.Earlier this year, a South African man received the world’s first successful penis transplant and reported later he was to become a father.There was nothing preventing the South African patient from having children because his testicles, where sperm is produced, were not affected.center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Van Gaal turns deaf ear to fans

first_img United picked up just their third away Premier League victory of the season with a 2-0 result over struggling QPR as goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson saw off a spirited display from the home side. But the visitors only clicked into gear after Van Gaal changed his formation, having opted to start with three central defenders – a system the Dutchman has stuck by for most of his first season in charge at Old Trafford. United were nowhere near their best in the first half, leading a pocket of supporters to call for a change to 4-4-2. And with the introduction of Wilson in place of Jonny Evans, Van Gaal seemingly listened with Fellaini’s opener coming just a minute later. However, after the game Van Gaal stuck by his guns and defended his original tactics, saying he will focus on what he sees in training rather than what he hears from the stands. “I have to look at the players and I have to communicate with the players and observe the players,” he said. “I cannot observe the fans because how many fans do Manchester United have? All over the world we’ve got 600 million. You cannot take into account 600 million opinions. “To look at the players, to communicate with the players, to observe, to analyse and so on. That’s my job as a manager. “Before this match I have already thought about this shape and to play it. Then I look to my players in a training session and I look to my game plan and then I choose, and that’s dependable also from what I see at the training ground.” Radamel Falcao was handed a place in the United side having been dropped from the matchday squad for the 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton last weekend. It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the on-loan Monaco striker, who has been told to prove himself to Van Gaal, as he missed two great chances to add to his three goals for the club. Louis van Gaal insists he cannot listen to the opinions of every Manchester United fan after hearing a number of supporters vent their frustrations at his tactics in the win over QPR on Saturday. But Van Gaal defended the Colombian’s performance and was bullish when questioned about the striker and his display. “It’s not relevant,” he said. “We have 29 players so then we have to talk about 29 players, not one player, because Manchester United has a selection of 29 players and maybe tomorrow 28 or 30. Not just one player. “I’m a manager and you can’t always give the credit to the most expensive player and if a young player never gets a chance then I’m not a very good manager. “I have to treat all of the players at the same level with the same rules and same demands. It’s difficult to understand because the outside world is thinking when you pay a lot for the player then you have to put him in the squad. I do not agree with that opinion. But he (Falcao) has played and I was very pleased.” Falcao’s immediate future at Old Trafford was cast into doubt as he sat in the stands for the Southampton game, with the player’s agent also questioning whether he would see out his season-long loan deal. The 28-year-old would cost United over £40million if they decided to make the move from Monaco permanent in the summer, but with just three goals and a number of niggling injuries it remains to be seen if the club would part with such an amount. The player himself admits he needs to start scoring soon but insists he is pleased with his all-round game and is feeling good out on the pitch. “I am very happy with the win. It was a very difficult game but we managed the match well and got the three points,” he said. “We were very close to scoring more and I could have had two goals. Sadly, the goalkeeper did very well and the other chances were not that clear. “It was 90 very important minutes for me. I need to play and I am very happy that I did. Obviously, I really hope to score soon but the opportunities will come, I am sure of that. “I am fine. I feel really good. I am playing without any sort of fitness problems.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Badgers ‘D’ no longer unheralded hero

first_imgSaige Pacholok has only missed four games this season, but boasts a plus- 22 on the ice combined with 32 blocked shots. Pacholok only has three points this season on one gaol and two assists.[/media-credit]While the UW women’s hockey team has the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s best scoring offense to hang its hat on, it also boasts a stingy defense that will be a crucial piece on its journey to repeat as NCAA champions.Despite giving up a season high-four goals on Saturday to Ohio State, the Badgers’ defense normally doesn’t make life easy for opposing teams. The team has the No. 2 scoring defense in the WCHA with 50 goals allowed and a penalty kill percentage of 88.6 percent, good for first in the conference.Sophomore defenseman Kelly Jaminski, who has played in all 34 games this season, attributes the defense’s success to the depth and chemistry of the squad.“We have depth on defense, which is great, and we all have really great chemistry as a defensive unit,” Jaminski said. “To have the extra help with the girls that we have when we are all healthy really helps.”The Badgers boast nine defensemen on their roster, all of whom have played in at least 20 games this season.The defense’s depth became more pronounced Feb. 11, as junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough returned to the depth chart at St. Cloud after being sidelined by an injury since the end of January.Head coach Mark Johnson is happy to have McKeough back in the lineup and is equally pleased with the play of the defense through the regular season, crediting the play of the entire team with its defensive success.“It was good to get her back and get her in tune with her game,” Johnson said. “Certainly she has been a big part of our success, so to have her back is a real bonus.“Usually when you have good defense, it’s a combination of a team effort: the forwards’ willingness to back check, the defensemen doing a lot of little things right and the consistency at the goaltender position.”Along with the chemistry and depth that the defense has in its arsenal, most of the defensemen have the experience of playing the best teams and on the biggest stages in women’s hockey. Seven of the nine current defensemen were on the roster on the championship team last year.The experience from last year’s success plays as an advantage for the Badgers going into this year’s playoffs.“Playing against the top girls like Boston University was great for us,” Jaminski said. “The experience has definitely carried over this year. We know what it takes and how hard we have to work.”Wisconsin is coming off a rare loss against Ohio State this past Saturday, a game where the team gave up four goals – tied for the most they have given up all season.Junior defenseman Saige Pacholok said she hopes that the loss will give them something to build off of going into the playoffs this coming weekend.“I think [the loss] will humble us a little bit,” Pacholok said. “I think it kind of wakes us up and says we have to work hard for every game and be ready for every game.”Wisconsin kicks off the postseason this weekend with a best-of-three series against Minnesota State.With only three wins this year, Minnesota State sits in last place in the WCHA. The Mavericks have lost to the Badgers four times this season by a combined 17 goals.After giving up only three goals in those four games to MSU, the Badger defense hopes to keep up their success against the Mavericks this weekend. Pacholok, however, knows it won’t be easy.“In the playoffs, people will be coming a lot harder,” Pacholok said. “[Minnesota State] will be playing for their lives this weekend.”While the outstanding play of the defense this year may have been overshadowed by the Badgers’ high-powered offensive attack and the great season that Alex Rigsby is having tending goal, the defensive unit doesn’t mind being the unsung heroes of the team.“They always say if you’re not noticed as a defense, that’s probably a good thing,” Pacholok said. “That means we are doing our job and taking care of the puck. It’s great that we don’t have too much of the spotlight. We are strong as a core, and that is all that matters to be successful.”last_img read more

Facebook to broadcast Hero CPL to 54 countries

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has reaffirmed its partnership with Facebook with an agreement to broadcast the 34 matches this year to 54 countries. The tournament starts on 8 August 2018 and will run until 16 September.The best cricketing talent from across the Caribbean and from around the world will be taking part. Fans will be able to see the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Steve Smith, Evin Lewis, David Warner and many other global superstars compete for the Hero CPL title.As well as broadcasting live matches, Hero CPL will be sharing unique and engaging content with fans, both during games and from behind the scenes, on Facebook throughout the tournament. All content will be available on the CPL T20 Facebook Page.Speaking about the deal Head of Digital for Hero CPL, Vishnu Kumar, said: “Facebook has been such an important part of the growth of Hero CPL over the years and we are delighted to be continuing to work closely with their excellent team to bring our fans as close to the Biggest Party in Sport as possible.”The countries where the games will be streaming live on Facebook are the following: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy,Japan, Luxembourg, Malayasia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Uruguay and Vanuatulast_img read more