Like all other living things, microbes require water and nutrients to grow and multiply. The organic matter supplies some of the water. You can mix more into the pile as needed.All of the nutrients the microbes need can be provided by the appropriate combination of organic materials. However, if the nitrogen content of the organic matter is low, add a little inorganic nitrogen fertilizer.Some gardeners add animal manure as an organic nitrogen source. Keep in mind, though, that animal manures may contain pathogenic microbes that cause human illness.If you use manure in making compost for your garden, be sure all of the compost gets hot enough (130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit) for several weeks to kill any pathogens associated with the manure.The best composting microbes also require oxygen. Fortunately, there’s plenty in the air. However, as microbes decompose organic matter, they deplete the oxygen in the pile. So, you have to turn the pile routinely to provide aeration — more oxygen.3. Decompose. The breakdown of organic matter is the “engine” that drives the composting process.Organic matter is food for microbes. But they can’t take a bite, chew, swallow and then digest it, as we do. Microbes release powerful chemicals called enzymes that digest, or decompose, the organic matter.After the organic matter is broken down into small molecules, microbes absorb these molecules and use them for energy and reproduction.This process generates heat which, if sustained over several weeks, will kill weed seeds, nematodes and other organisms that can cause disease. This makes composted organic matter much more desirable than noncomposted materials. In a nutshell, those are the fundamentals of composting. It’s a simple process. Try it at home. If you’d like more detailed information, contact your county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. By Darbie GranberryUniversity of GeorgiaTo get the best yields of high-quality vegetables, many gardens need a generous dose of compost now and then. An excellent source of “slow release” nutrients, compost also loosens tight, compacted soils and helps them hold nutrients.So why don’t all gardeners apply compost every 12 to 18 months? Most likely, because it’s required in large amounts (20 to 30 pounds per 100 square feet), is often sold only in bulk (getting it home can be a challenge) and isn’t available everywhere.But don’t be discouraged. It’s still a good idea. And there’s a simple solution: Make your own.Many gardeners know compost is good for their gardens but lack a clear understanding of what it really is. One of the first steps in mastering the composting process is knowing what is and what isn’t compost.Simply put, compost is what’s left of organic matter after it has been thoroughly decomposed by microbes. The fundamentals of composting can be gleaned from this short definition.1. Organic Matter. It’s no surprise that composting begins with organic matter. Plants and other vegetative materials are excellent sources of organic matter.Readily available, compostable organic matter includes leaves, grass clippings, twigs, chopped brush, straw, sawdust, vegetable plants, culled vegetables from the garden and fruit and vegetable peelings and coffee grounds from the kitchen.Table scraps aren’t generally recommended but may be used if you take sufficient precautions to exclude rodents and other animals from the compost pile.2. Microbes. The guys that actually do the composting are tiny organisms (bacteria and fungi) that can’t be seen with the naked eye.Although a number of companies sell “composting microbes,” there are, fortunately, plenty of them around already. You usually don’t need to buy them.Simply mix a few scoops of garden soil (or compost from a previous batch) into the compost pile. This will provide all the microbes you need to start the composting process.
It’s Tuesday morning and I can hear a slow drizzle dripping off of my gutter outside. Soon I’ll get up to go to my job that I love but that operates mostly at a desk. Out there, in Grayson Highlands, the thru-hikers are packing up in the rain for another trek.In one day they’ll most likely cover more mileage than we did in double that. My hiking companions this past weekend, Corndog and Cruise, are thru-hikers themselves, completing the trail in 2013. When they hiked over the rolling balds of Grayson Highlands they were chased by constant storms probably not unlike what the hikers we met are trudging through now. They invited me to accompany them back to this magical stretch of the AT because I have my own dreams of thru-hiking, and because they wanted to replace the mucky memory they had of what the guidebooks call one of the most beautiful and iconic stretches of the whole trail.I thought surely that the ponies would be the highlight. I imagined them sensing they could trust me, cautiously approaching and coming just close enough to touch. In my mind I was the pony whisperer in a field of shy and wild creatures.Grayson Highlands is known for its wild ponies. Introduced in the mid-seventies, the ponies eat the vegetation that would grow up and reforest the windswept balds that give the area its distinctive moor-like look. Feeding and harassing the ponies in any way is prohibited and warned against in signs along the trail. Visitors are also advised that ponies do kick and bite and are not to be approached.I had not yet read the signs.Instead, when we spied a pony approaching our lunch rock by the shelter below Mt. Rogers, I threw down my tortilla, hands sticky with hot sauce, and barreled through the woods towards it with my waist strap unbuckled and my giant pack flopping side to side. Corndog hadn’t yet given me some tips to reposition the awkward weight distribution of my load and I probably looked and sounded like a top-heavy yeti. I tumbled towards the pony with such determination that I missed it altogether. Skirting through the woods away from me, the wild beast approached the shelter where my friends and another thru-hiker, ‘Lone Hiker’ were finishing up their lunches. Sure, I was disappointed, but before I could even turn back another pony came charging around the corner.This one was brawny tan with a glamorous Fabio style mane. It barely gave me a second look as it hoofed past just a few feet from where I stood. Why these ponies could not feel our connection was beyond me, but by now Cruise had rounded the bend and Corndog was close behind her. I just hadn’t found the right pony, I thought, as Cruise told me that the two I’d seen had come right up to them. Together we hiked around another curve of trees and there he was, a little appaloosa with creamy white fur splotched by big dark brown patches and a chocolate vanilla swirled mane.I froze. Here was my pony. This time I cautiously approached him. I stopped, edged forward, trying to stay cool. I tip-toed closer and then, looking at the pony instead of the ground, fell down and was nearly crushed by my excessively full pack. I struggled to my feet and stopped, holding out my hand. He looked up from underneath his shaggy pony bangs and clip-clopped closer, smelling the salt from my sweat and the remnants of lunch. His soft nose pressed into my knuckles and I ruffled his mane and scratched his neck before he, doing a little turn for all of us, gracefully wandered into the brush to nibble on soft mountaintop grass.We thought our pony sightings were over after we distanced ourselves from the first small herd, but throughout the miles that day and the next we looked out over vista after vista only to see it made even more magnificent by a dotting of rugged creatures. The seventeen miles we covered were craggy, sending us through ‘Fat Man’s Squeeze— a boulder tunnel that reinforced my need to trim down my gear. We climbed up and over other outcrops where the white blaze was spray painted onto rock instead of tree. We walked through a campsite blanketed with such soft green grass that I wanted to lay down and press my cheek to it.Other packs of ponies were clustered closer to the two parking areas we passed through. Showing their less-wild nature they paused for photo opportunities with families, toddlers and young children in tow, who were as delighted as I was by the thought of a tiny horse living high in the mountains. We distanced ourselves from these cars and dirt roads quickly, but not as fast as the thru-hikers that blazed up behind us on the trail. But Corndog had brought a cache of snicker’s bars in his pack, ‘trail magic,’ and could make anyone of them freeze in their stride and backtrack.These tough and determined souls trekking from Georgia to Maine were truly the wildest creatures out there. No offense to the ponies, but talking to the thru-hikers and being near their frank joy for the trail was the highlight for me. At the AT shelter near where we set up camp, we spoke with a young woman named Brightside who was hiking with her husband. She asked us if we were aspiring thru-hikers and Corndog jokingly scoffed, “Why would anyone want to do something as crazy as that!” She said, “Because it’s amazing!” She went on to tell us about the views, the wonder of eating lunch in a different place everyday, and about her restored belief in the goodness of humanity. “In your normal life,” she said, “people rush along and don’t think about each other, but out here everybody is so nice – so willing to help you out.” I felt this too as we passed a lively kitchen camp set up by a man everybody kept calling ‘Fresh Grounds’ who was famous for whipping up hot meals of french toast,fresh fruit, and other delicacies for hikers on the trail.Corndog and Cruise gave me some tips about the best water filtration system they’d found and ways to pack smart. They also shared their memories and some of what the trail had meant for them. The 17 miles up and over Grayson Highlands gave me a taste of the AT, one that has already gotten me hungry for the next trip. I will, on this rainy day in my house, think of Brightside, Chicago, and the others we met who are putting one foot in front of the other on the way to satisfying their hearts’ desires.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UEFA has also been subject to phishing attempts to gain access to its email accounts, but said it could find no evidence of a hack. Still, UEFA has received dozens of questions about cases going back several years and the contents of private exchanges.“We are not stealing,” Infantino said, discussing the contents of any leaks. “What counts is do things in an appropriate way.”In a separate statement, FIFA said it “condemns any attempts to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in any organization using unlawful practices.”“Of course, we are concerned by the fact that some information has been obtained illegally,” it said.Soccer has been hit by the release of confidential information in recent years, including a group called “Football Leaks.” Through the European Investigative Collaborations, it has released details on the financial arrangements of top footballers, which have led to tax evasion convictions. The leaks group also obtained a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that saw five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo accused of a rape allegation he denies. The EIC did not respond to emails in the last week about the potential release of information from FIFA and UEFA.ADVERTISEMENT Cybersecurity is under constant review at FIFA, which organizes the World Cup.“FIFA takes all necessary measures to adequately respond to security incidents as well as to continuously improve the security of its IT environment,” the Zurich-based organization said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lillard, Blazers rout struggling Rockets Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FIFA did not provide details about the data gained in the latest attack this year on e-mail systems, but it has been contacted by media outlets about internal information contained in private exchanges.“The questions we received, we answered,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said when asked about what could be released. “My job entails having discussions, having conversations, exchanging documents, drafts, ideas, whatever, on many, many, many, many, topics. Otherwise you don’t go anywhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I mean, if I just have to stay in my room and not speak to anyone and cannot do anything, how can I do my job properly? So if then this is being portrayed as something bad, I think there’s not much I can do more than my job in an honest way, in a professional way and trying to defend the interests of football.”Before being elected FIFA president in 2016, Infantino was general secretary at UEFA, overseeing the administration of European soccer at a time when new Financial Fair Play rules were being enforced on European clubs. FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new building of the Asia Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)LONDON — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is braced for a release of private information gained by hackers after world soccer’s governing body said its computer network was subject to another cyberattack.The disclosure comes in the same month the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI said Russia’s military intelligence body was responsible for a hack on FIFA in 2016, which led to evidence from anti-doping investigations and lab results being published.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
The Public Health Ministry has said in a released statement on Friday that the foetus which was dismembered by a stray dog at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC), on the East Bank of Demerara, was due to the carelessness of the hospital’s medical team.According to the release, the administration of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre contacted the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Public Health Ministry, Shamdeo Persaud, to confirm the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in such a circumstance. It was relayed to them that the correct procedure would be to transport the foetus to the Georgetown Public Hospital to be disposed of properly, since the Georgetown Hospital has the recommended facilities to dispose of biohazardous waste. However, it was reported that there was a lack of compliance in the execution of that SOP.Guyana Times had reported earlier in the week that a 26-year-old woman who delivered a 22-weeks-old foetus, which would have been her fifth child, wanted nothing to do with the dead child’s remains and left the dead infant’s disposal as the Hospital’s responsibility. However, the foetus was poorly disposed of by the medical personnel and this went unnoticed until a stray dog brusquely dragged the body of the dead premature baby out of a dump heap and into the compound of the public hospital, dismembering it.An investigation was launched by the Public Health Ministry into the matter to determine the officials responsible for this gross act of negligence.According to Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, strict action will be taken against the culprit(s) to ensure that incidents of this nature do not reoccur.
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The API allows developers to parse a tweet, identify separate “entities” and then gather external contextual information on those entities. It then adds this information to the original tweet to create a “SuperTweet”. If a tweet mentions Lady Gaga, for example, the name “Lady Gaga” becomes a link to a biography pulled from semantic-web database Freebase. Next to that, the SuperTweet gives an affiliate link to Amazon, where you can go buy Lady Gaga CDs. And if a link to an article about Lady Gaga is included in the tweet, the SuperTweet provides a thumbnail preview. In addition to wrapping these entities in contextual information, the SuperTweet API unwraps shortened URLs back into the original link so the user has an idea of what they’re clicking on. And, although not yet available in this release, the Conversation API will put the tweet in the context of a conversation, providing access to other public messages in the same conversation thread. The challenging part of all of this is that the API needs to parse a rather variable piece of content – a user created tweet – and find the appropriate meta data. Just like a search engine, it needs to recognize misspelled words or other slight variations to find the proper content.One Twitter developer we spoke with said that, while they like the idea of outside information being added to the base tweet, they have found the contextual results to be hit or miss. It would seem that the concept is solid, but the execution is still in the difficult learning stages.While we like what we’ve seen of the SuperTweet so far, it will only be worthwhile if it can provide accurate results. If we tweet about the iPhone and it links to the Amazon page for the iPad, the service will fall flat on its face. Get this part right, though, and we’re willing to be you’re going to start seeing Super Tweets in some Twitter apps soon. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Semantic Web#twitter#web What’s the best way to leverage the most information out of 140 characters? Should you get to learning Mandarin so each character can be a word? Or start forming German-style pseudo-word hashtags to get the point across? Or perhaps, you could parse the natural language, encapsulate the tweet in meta data and go from there.We’ve already seen additional information stacked onto our Tweets, as with the geo-location API released last November, but Cascaad’s SuperTweet API does more than wrap your tweet in client-provided data like GPS coordinates. Cascaad has released its first beta of the SuperTweet API, which it says will allow third-party Twitter applications to “add smart contextual information and monetization […], including semantic entity markup, nonintrusive in-text affiliate commerce links, related content [and] social relevance scores”. The SuperTweet provides users with “an at-a-glance view of additional information about stories, things and places discussed in the message, without forcing them to leave your application,” according to the API documentation. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson
Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#NYT#web Apple has always been known for its clean, elegant user interfaces and designs. iOS is no exception, expect for one problem area – notifications. Its notifications are terrible. If you’re in the middle of doing something and you get a push notification, you have no choice but to deal with it or dismiss it and possibly forget about it. According to Mac-centric blog Cult Of Mac, “Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system.”As Cult Of Mac notes, the iOS notifications system has long been considered a blemish on an otherwise well-kept system and it only stands out more in the light of recent announcements.Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS. Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess.HP/Palm’s webOS banner notification system, on the other hand, has been widely praised for its utility and ease of use. And from this week’s preview, it looks to be getting better.The report quotes an anonymous source, who told Cult of Mac that Apple is “now trying to buy a small app developer to fix [notifications]” and that this developer “already has an iPhone app in the App Store.” It goes on to speculate that Boxcar, a known player in the iOS notifications space, is one candidate. Boxcar CEO Jonathan George didn’t have any comment when we asked about any potential acquisition, but he offered some insight on the state of iOS notifications today.“iOS notifications are broken and Boxcar fills that space. Notifications should be aggregated for the user and optionally interruptive. No one enjoys having their Cat Piano time interrupted!” said George. “It’s more than just aggregation though, it’s also about allowing any website on the internet to deliver messages to mobile devices, without needing an app. We give users and developers what they need to make push notifications useful.”This idea of “optionally interruptive” is the key flaw with Apple’s current notification system. Imagine if, anytime something happened on your computer, that program stole focus and wouldn’t give it back until you dealt with it. Even worse, when notifications get backed up you end up having to tap through them one at a time. It’s a mess. That’s the state of iOS notifications and, indeed, it is broken. As Cult Of Mac notes, HP showed off its updated notifications at its launch event the other day. It showed an asynchronous, non-obtrusive system that waits for your attention rather than demanding it. We hope to see Apple follow suit. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
A number of Port Macquarie’s leading players will compete for the Northern Eagles in the X-Blades National Touch League.This year the competition will be played at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium and the Tuffins Lane fields from Thursday this week until Sunday.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/northern-eagles-take-on-allcomers-on-home-turf/2479248.aspxLarge Touch ContingentThe Cairns Post 24.02.2012Twenty-five Cairns touch football players will head to Port Macquarie next month to represent Queensland in the National Touch League.The players have been selected to represent Cairns in a number of age groups at the national championships.In the men’s open team, Cairns touch stalwart Col Beckitt will coach fellow Far North representatives Lawrence Oberleutter and Theo Majid.Connie Finlay will play in her first open women’s team and Chanel Ryan and Evie Everden were chosen in the open mixed division.Troy Hastie earned another call-up for the over-40 men’s alongside three other Cairns players, while 12 representatives will be in the over 50 and over-55 teams. Mel Dunne, Kym Finlay and Katina Davis will represent Cairns in the over-35 women’s team.Six locals picked for National LeagueGoulburn Post, 05/01/2012Six locals will don the green and gold strip of the Southern Suns when they join 4000 players at the National Touch League in Port Macquarie. Chris Roberts has been named in Barry Jackson’s 13-strong under 20s men’s team, Joel Macpherson in the male open squad, Emma Price, Rachael Ross and Courtney Wallace in the women’s open team and Sophie Broadhead in the mixed open outfit. Aside from performing well at an individual level, the sextet is eager to buck the Southern Suns’ lean spell at the nationwide tournament when it taps off on March 8. Of the teams to be represented by Goulburnians, only the men’s 20s have a won a National Touch League in the last 15 years. A handful of home-made touch footballers will help re-write the record books if they have their way at the four-day carnival. To view, please click on the links below. If you see a story in your local media about the NTL that you’d like to see on the website, please email [email protected] Set For NTLAustralia’s best players, coaches and referees will unite at Port Macquarie next week for four days of action-packed touch football.The National Touch League (NTL) is Australia’s premier touch football event featuring affiliated regional and state representative teams from all states and territories throughout Australia.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2012/03/01/touch-football-australias-best-players-coaches/Youth To Provide Spark For SwansYouth will be the key for the South West Queensland Swans when the National Touch League kicks off in Port Macquarie on Thursday.After finishing runner-up at the state championships last year, the open women’s side is hoping to go one better on the national stage.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/03/06/young-guns-to-provide-spark-for-south-west/Northern Eagles Take On All Comers On Home Turf
Ex-Arsenal chief Jonker explains ‘fat’ jibe for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTelstar coach Andries Jonker has spoken of PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen’s problems at Arsenal.Malen has it out at Jonker after being branded “fat” by the former Gunners academy chief.But Jonker told FOX Sport: “We found that he had to have a training delay for two months. He wasn’t fit enough, that’s what it was all about.”In my eyes he’s a great example for all those talents who think: what should I do now? At Arsenal he has been in a situation where it seemed to be over. He converted that attitude himself because he knew; this is not it and I have to change things.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
coach calipari nba videoKentucky head coach John Calipari does a great job of keeping tabs on his former players – and making sure that Wildcats fans continue to support them throughout their careers. Friday, he released an interesting video that UK supporters should enjoy.In the below clip, Calipari urges Kentucky fans to vote for the school’s former stars – including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall – for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. He name-drops pretty much every player who ever came through the system.Coach Cal also uses some props – including a fake unibrow – to make his point. Enjoy:
Ohio State’s men’s basketball team got its second scorer when it needed him the most. For much of this season, members of the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes have expressed the need for an additional offensive threat behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, though, such an conundrum failed to manifest itself as sophomore forward Sam Thompson dropped 16 points on the Nittany Lions en route to a 65-51 win Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. The 11 points he mustered were the lowest output for Thomas in any game this season. And, perhaps against a more formidable opponent, such a deficit would’ve proved costly – especially on the road. In losses against Duke, Illinois and Michigan State away from the comfortable confines of the Schottenstein Center, OSU stuggled to find someone – anyone – outside of the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Need an example? Most recently, against the No. 13 Spartans, Thomas scored 28 of the Buckeyes’ 56 total points. In the team’s worst loss to date, a 74-55 defeat to the Illini, Thomas notched 24 points and junior guard Aaron Craft’s 11 points made him the only other Buckeye that day to score in double digits. In its game against Penn State, however, Thomas had help – and not just from Thompson. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. totaled 11 points and knocked down 7 of 8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 43 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were outrebounded, 39-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. Conversely, OSU OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.