Winter weeds

first_imgKnow what you’re fightingGrass weeds have long leaves with parallel veins, while broadleafweeds have netted veins and, as you would suspect, broad leaves.”Broadleaf weeds are also the ones that typically producecolorful flowers,” he said.Applying postemergence herbicides can slightly delay the onset ofspring green-up in turf grasses, Murphy said. But the grass willrecover in about two weeks.”Having thick, dense mats of winter annual weeds can be moredetrimental to spring growth than the temporary injury associatedwith the herbicide applications,” he said.The way to avoid delays in green-up is to treat these weedsbefore warm-season turf grasses begin their spring green-upprocess, he said.Using preemergence herbicides in early September, he said,followed by postemergence herbicides in the winter is a goodstrategy for future years, especially on sites where overseedingisn’t planned. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaLawn care tends to be the last thing on homeowners’ minds duringthe winter. But a University of Georgia expert says this isactually the best time to rid your lawn of pesky weeds.UGA weed scientist Tim Murphy has been helping homeowners andprofessionals kill weeds in Southern turf grasses for more than20 years.”It’s easy to forget about your home lawn when you’re not havingto mow every week,” Murphy said. “Homeowners should know thatfrom now until mid-March is the ideal time to spray your lawn forour winter spectrum of weeds.”Weeds still growingEven though the warm-season turfgrass in your lawn isn’t green,various winter annual weeds are growing. These include commonchickweed, henbit and annual bluegrass.”These weeds grow slowly at cool temperatures,” he said. “But injust a few weeks they will grow profusely as temperatures rise inthe spring.”Controlling these weeds is a much easier now when they are smallthan when the rapid growth spurt hits in spring, he said.Murphy recommends using a postemergence herbicide to control thevarious winter weeds in your lawn. Select a day when the airtemperature reaches 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit and apply a”selective” herbicide.”Selective herbicides control some species without affectingothers,” he said. “Determine whether your weeds are primarilybroadleafs or grasses and then select the proper herbicideproduct.” Call, log on for moreMany herbicides are available for use on home lawns. Your countyUGA Cooperative Extension agent can advise you on the appropriateproduct, when to apply it and the expected results. Just call1-800-ASK-UGA1.For more research-based turfgrass recommendations from UGA, read more

Wege misses point on fossil fuel impact

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As usual, Russell Wege, an advocate for the fossil fuel industry, spews facts illogically thinking that he’s persuading us that “fossil fuels not solely to blame for climate change [May 13 Op-ed].” He starts off by saying that the climate began to warm 200 years ago, which is absolutely true. And that was because of the start of the Industrial Revolution and the burning of fossil fuels.  Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration globally has increased by about 40 percent.According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the burning of fossil fuels has everything to do with the warming of our climate.Even if Mr. Wege refuses to agree with the leading scientists and institutions of our day, here’s a question for him: Has he been on roads in Albany during rush hour? Where does he think the exhaust fumes go? Has he seen snow in the winter black from fossil fuels dissolving in it and then going down the sewers into our water supply?There’s something that Mr. Wege doesn’t even consider in his call to not lessen our use of fossil fuels: Do future generations not deserve to have some fossil fuels left in the ground? Will future inhabitants of planet Earth be denied from using fossil fuels in, for example, medicines, because they are gone? Our descendants may call the time we are living in the Age of Greed.Christine BishopGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Mourinho says ‘fantastic relationship’ enables him to criticise players

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his strong bond with his players means he is completely comfortable criticising them in public.Mourinho has been quick to question some of his star names – notably Eden Hazard – in recent months.But the Portuguese said the relationship is better for being open and honest – and compared it to the bond he had with his squad in his first stint as boss from 2004.“It is part of my job to find the best strategy to get the best out of my players,” Mourinho said.Click here for five reasons Chelsea’s visit to Selhurst could be very different this time around“I love to praise players publicly and I don’t love to criticise, but sometimes by strategy or by frustration with a bad performance or result I do it.“The most important thing is the personal relationship. When you have that you can criticise. A manager, coach, friend or wife criticises you for your good.“I have a fantastic relationship with them. It reminds me of the relationship I had at Chelsea with the first group of guys.”Mourinho was particularly harsh on his players after last season’s away loss against Saturday’s opponents Crystal Palace – one of five defeats against teams outside the Premier League’s top eight.He praised the defence but questioned the commitment and fight of some of his attacking players after the 1-0 reverse.“We lost last season because they were better than us in every aspect of the game,” Mourinho said. “It was one of these games where I deserved to lose.“We have more personality to impose our game now. We have to try to play our game and not their game because in their game, they are better than us.“We are a good team and we know that, but we know we have a long way to go and a long way to improve.“We are in the most difficult competition in the world which is the Premier League. Here any result can happen at any stadium.“I am not in hell when things are not going well and I am not in paradise when things are going well.”See also:Mourinho unhappy with players after drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Death of 49ers scout Reggie Cobb sparks outpouring of grief

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Reggie Cobb, a 49ers scout the past decade and a former NFL running back, died unexpectedly Saturday, the team announced. He was 50.Among those leading an outpouring of grief and condolences was 49ers general manager John Lynch, who played with Cobb on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993.“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released by the team. “Reggie was an …last_img read more

It’s a Bochy family reunion for Giants’ first pitch as Brett throws to Bruce

first_imgCLICK HERE if you’re unable to view the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been 32 years since Bruce Bochy last found himself behind the plate.His son Brett asked him to catch one final pitch.During an emotional pregame ceremony, Brett Bochy surprised his father and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Bruce’s last game as the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Bruce spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues as a reserve catcher with the Houston Astros, …last_img read more

Confed Cup good to go

first_imgBafana Bafana supporters encourage theirteam. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library.) President Jacob Zuma with the Kopanya,the official ball of the Confederations Cup,and the coveted trophy. (Image: Fifa) A sea of South African flags andfootball supporters. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using materialSouth Africa is ready to stage the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. The Fifa 2010 World Cup precursor kicks off on 14 June at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium with a game between Asian champions Iraq and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.After a meeting held on 10 June, government’s World Cup inter-ministerial committee declared that all preparations were in readiness for the sporting spectacle, and that fans could look forward to a hugely successful event.The Confederations Cup will show off a good portion of South Africa’s massive US$98-billion (R787-billion) investment in infrastructure. Much of the money was ploughed into the renovation of eight existing stadiums and the construction of two brand-new venues.“It gives us comfort to report that all the four venues chosen to host the Confederations Cup tournament are ready,” stated the committee, “namely Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, Free State stadium in Mangaung and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.”The remaining stadiums are all in advanced stages of construction and would be finished within Fifa target dates.One of them, the 48 000-seater Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium, was officially opened earlier this month, becoming the first of the two newly-built stadiums to reach completion.The other new stadium, the $109-million (R875-million) Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga, is scheduled for completion in July 2009.Support from the fansAn extensive marketing campaign, run by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the government, is continuing to build support from communities for both football tournaments.Although there are still tickets available for the Confederations Cup, the committee noted that sales were brisk and that the opening clash between Bafana Bafana and Iran was almost sold out.“All signs are there that we are heading for a fully packed 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, as will the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Visitors to the country will enjoy the legendary South African hospitality in a total of 34 910 rooms, over 5 200 of which have been provided by small operators.The committee said it was pleased with the warm welcome shown to the Italian and Iraqi teams and that it hoped that teams yet to arrive would receive the same enthusiastic greeting.But the greater part of South African enthusiasm must be reserved for Bafana Bafana, said the committee, adding that all citizens had a responsibility to go out and support their team.South African president Jacob Zuma, speaking in Parliament earlier in the week, said that the national team’s growing confidence and impressive performances of late, as well as the imminent arrival of the other Confederations Cup teams, was driving the current surge of football fever in South Africa.Security under controlThe committee reported that both categories of security were under control – government is responsible for general security while the LOC is responsible for security at venues.According to the security plan submitted to and approved by Fifa, the South African Police Service will assign 41 000 officers specifically to the World Cup. This group is made up of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists.The Confederations Cup will see the deployment of 8 000 officers.Transport strategies are also ready for the Confederations Cup. A number of technical teams have moved into municipal areas to assist with the rollout of transport projects designed to ease the movement of visitors and fans between stadiums.Communicating with the worldThe International Broadcast Centre at the Nasrec exhibition centre south of Johannesburg will be ready in time for the World Cup. Other communications infrastructure, including the national digital network, is on track.During the Confederations Cup, members of the media will use a state-of-the-art broadcast centre at Ellis Park stadium.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at  [email protected] articlesSA’s Confed Cup Squad named Fifa names Confed officials “See you in June” – TorresUseful links2009 Confederations CupSouth Africa 2010Fifa 2010 World Cuplast_img read more

Minor details can lead to major issues when offering employee benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAt first it can seem like a very minor (yet complicated and costly) detail that may be better off ignored by employers. And, in many cases it can be inconsequential, until it is not.The potential for problems with this detail start, very simply, when an employer hires an employee and offers benefits, such as health insurance. When employees receive benefits, the employer is legally required to provide a Summary Plan Description (SPD) through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).On Oct. 1 of 2013 a notice went out through the Affordable Care Act to every employee in the U.S. informing them of the new options available. To be better informed, the notice instructed employees to consult their legally required SPD of workplace benefits. Guess what most employers did not have or had never even heard of before?In short, if an employee requests an SPD or the business is audited and the employer does not have it, this minor detail gets very consequential very quickly.“Every employer has to have a SPD for each employee for any health or welfare benefit that they provide. If you don’t have a SPD and it is requested in writing, all that employee has to do is turn you into the U.S. Department of Labor and, after 30 days, you have to pay a fine up to $114 per day until you provide the document,” said John Mayer with the Association Benefit Planners in Dublin. “The DOL starts an investigation and you get a letter from DOL about a full audit. If you don’t have the documents to produce, you have to figure out how to provide them. Most employers do not even know they need this. Then they don’t know who to call, so they call their lawyer. Then that gets expensive.”The specifics of the necessary SPD documents depend upon part-time or full time status, the particulars of the benefits offered and other factors.“This becomes an issue as soon as you have a full-time employee with benefits. The small employers are the hardest hit because they don’t know who to talk to about it. Where do you go as a small employer to find out about this?” Mayer said. “From our side, it can be a difficult discussion to get an employer to understand what they need. They don’t know what they don’t know. They tell us, ‘We’ll take our chances.’ But you as an employer are responsible for making sure this information gets to employees. A normal employer is not going to have any idea how to handle these things.”This is where folks like Clint Carter come in. Carter is retired and lives out of state, but for many years lived in Columbus and worked with businesses (including small Ohio agribusinesses) of all sizes to get them in compliance with federal acronyms aplenty, including ERISA. Carter admits that his services were not cheap or always pleasant to procure, but they very clearly beat the alternative.“If you can’t provide the SPD — a required document —now you have the Department of Labor involved with an audit, you have the IRS involved, and you have Health and Human Services involved,” Carter said. “They can all look for this Summary Plan Description.”To make matters even more confusing, many employers do have a Summary Benefits of Coverage document given to them by the benefits provider and think they have the situation covered, but they don’t.“In some cases, employers gave out the Summary Benefits of Coverage, which is not the Summary Plan Description. If they give out the SBC instead of the SPD and when that clock of 30 days is up, they literally could owe $114 a day until they are in compliance. Both the plan document and the Summary Plan Description must be furnished to the employees by the employer. The common mistake is that the employer thinks they are getting the documents from the carrier, which they are not. Carriers do not supply the federal ERISA documents. The employer can get them from third party administration firms or they can go to an ERISA attorney. One way or the other they need to obtain the documents,” Carter said. “If I hired you to work for me, and I offer health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance, each and every one of those has to have a document that is wrapped around it that has the ERISA language. Brokers go in and tell a small business owner that it would be great for them to put in benefits, which it is. But then they fail to help them realize that they have to be in compliance with the Department of Labor at the same time.”One way for employers to avoid this issue is to not offer any employee benefits, but that is not often a realistic or reasonable option.“At first, when employers hear about this they get upset and say they shouldn’t offer benefits, but in reality you should be offering benefits as an employer. Most employees today go to work not only for the salary but also for the benefits that are offered,” Carter said. “If you are not offering benefits, even if you only have 10 employees, all you are doing is training someone else’s employees because they will go work somewhere else that offers benefits. It is more expensive to train employees than it is to get these documents.”Of course, many employers who have employees with benefits never have an issue with ERISA compliance because they are never audited or no employee ever requests the documents. But Carter wants employers to understand the risks of non-compliance.“It is risk management. The increased scrutiny of the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of audits — I would say 60% of businesses get audited. Ohio is a huge state for audits, partly because it is a union state and partly because the Cincinnati region of the DOL looks at things more closely. I have had a three-person dental group get audited. I have worked with small employers in Ohio who have been audited multiple times by the DOL for their ERISA documents. One had 14 employees. That was 10 years ago and we have kept them in compliance since then,” Carter said. “Most brokers or CPAs will say that you are too small and you don’t have to worry about this, but this is an employer-plus-one law. Do you think the DOL would rather cut their teeth on small employers or large employers when they are training their own employees about ERISA?“My advice is that it is always cheaper to get in compliance than it is to pay the penalty. Whether you get in a wreck or not, you buy auto insurance every year. You also have homeowners insurance even in years where your house doesn’t burn down. Why would you not do risk management and make sure you have all of your documents? Most employers think this is inconsequential, but it can turn into something pretty major pretty fast.”For questions, contact Association Benefit Planners in Dublin at 614-527-6760.This is the fifth of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more

Rain-related toll in Rajasthan touches 22

first_imgThe toll in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan touched 22 on Sunday with nine more causalities reported from various parts of the State as Kota and its nearby areas faced flood-like situation due to heavy rain since Saturday night. An elderly woman died in Bhilwara after the roof of her house collapsed, while a man was swept away in a swollen drain and three boys were drowned in another drain in Pali, an official said.Boys drown In Bundi, a 17-year-old boy was drowned in a drain. In Jaipur’s Sanganer area, two boys drowned in a waterbody while one death was also reported from Jodhpur, the official said. Kota is the worst-affected district in the State, where nearly 250 people living in low-lying areas were shifted to safer places by SDRF teams. “Many colonies are inundated. The trapped residents have been shifted to safer places,” Kota District Collector Muktanand Agrawal said. Relief Secretary Ashotosh Pednekar said with nine more deaths in different districts, the toll in rain-related incidents had increased to 22. Kota recorded the maximum 151.8 mm of rainfall till Sunday morning while Sawaimadhopur registered 68 mm of rainfall. Heavy rain occurred in isolated parts of the State, including Bundi, till this morning since Saturday, the meteorological department said. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Ganganagar, Kota registered 113.8 mm, 19.1 mm, 11.7 mm, 10 mm, 9.4 mm and 6.6 mm of rainfall respectively on Sunday. The weatherman has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rain in isolated places of the State till Monday.last_img read more

China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC

first_imgChinese-Taipei will be locked in a bottom-four seed come the quarters as it slipped to 0-3.Wu Wei-Hua led Chinese-Taipei with a game-high 25 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second game, Korea remained undefeated after dealing Kazakhstan a quick defeat, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10, to improve to 3-0.Kim Yeon-koung had her highest-scoring game of the tournament with 18 points while Hwang Minkyoung added 12. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Korea, though, lost Yang Hyojin after the 27-year-old injured her back during the game.Yekaterina Zhdanova had 12 points to lead the Kazakhs (2-1). Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—China has stopped its downward spiral in the qualifying stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after squeaking past Chinese-Taipei in five sets, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Monday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Captain Liu Meng Ya had 22 points to lead the Chinese as they improved to 1-2 while Jin Ye added 19.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more