“It could be a disadvantage that we may be out of our rhythm because of the long gap, but we’re looking at it as our chance to rest and prepare well for Rain or Shine,” he said.Thompson also isn’t putting too much on the Gin Kings’ failure to live up to everyone’s expectations as one of this conference’s top contenders.“Everyone has their opinion on the teams. They might think that we’re contenders, but for us, every team can contend. We don’t think that we’re higher than them. All we want is to work hard and make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.“Again, we have our eyes set on Rain or Shine. Our target is to make it to the top six so that we’ll be in a best-of-three series.”ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game,” he said in Filipino.The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite his gaudy numbers, Thompson couldn’t get his mind off of his missed floater which would have swung the lead back to the crowd favorites in the final 20 seconds of the game.Still, the Digos City native would rather keep his eye on the positives with Ginebra, at 5-5, has the luxury of rest before going plunging back into action Rain or Shine for its final assignment on March 2. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday.Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year’s finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen things flared up between San Miguel and Phoenix in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the polarizing and volatile Calvin Abueva was in the middle of it all.The Fuel Masters forward got tangled up with the Beermen’s import Kevin Murphy in the latter part of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Alas shrugs off verbal spat with Beermen governor Non, coach Ravanes View comments Abueva and Murphy’s episode also led to a verbal spat between the two teams’ benches that saw Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia, and big man Doug Kramer get slapped with technical fouls.Murphy, however, adamantly said that he did not choke Abueva during their scuffle and instead tried to prevent him from falling down.“I was really just trying to hold him up, it just happened that my arm was around his neck,” said Murphy, who finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. “I didn’t choke him, I was just holding him. He kept pushing me back. I’m not a dirty player, so it is what it is.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Murphy had his arm around Abueva’s neck in a tussle for position and the two eventually fell down in the baseline near Phoenix’ bench as a scuffle ensued with other players getting into it as well.Referees eventually blew the whistle at the 4:11 mark and gave Murphy a flagrant foul penalty 1 that Abueva vehemently protested as something too light of a punishment.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 ChrissAbueva said Murphy should’ve been slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2 that would’ve gotten Murphy ejected.“That’s just an F1? I could barely breathe with what he did,” said Abueva in Filipino after their 115-100 loss Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That should’ve been an F2.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga has declared that all customers affected by the Republic Bank Visa Card scam must be refunded in full. Dr Gobind GangaHis comments come just days after reports surfaced that the commercial bank would only be refunding customers for unauthorised transactions done in the last three months.“That is something that we wouldn’t tolerate. If there is a fraud, it doesn’t matter how long that fraud is dated back. Republic Bank or any bank would have to ensure that the customers receive his/her appropriate refund,” Dr Ganga told reporters on the sidelines of an event Monday.A local newspaper has reported that customers are claiming that the Bank has only offered to reimburse transactions within the last three months. However, in some cases where customers were scammed, their monies were utilised from transactions dated back longer than three months.Republic Bank Guyana admitted in a statement on May 15, that its Visa international debit cards were compromised. This was after days of customers taking to social media to complain about missing monies from their accounts.An investigation has since been launched, and the Bank has assured customers that it would beef up its security.The Central Bank Governor said he would also be meeting with the management of the Bank to ensure the situation does not occur again, or if it does, better mechanisms would be put in place to deal with the issue.“We will be working with the commercial banks to ensure that the Guyanese public are afforded the opportunity to transact business almost risk-free,” Dr Ganga noted.One customer who had reached out to Guyana Times explained that he visited the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara branch to do a transaction, but he received a notice saying there were insufficient funds to honour the requested amount. He said this prompted him to conduct a balance inquiry and to his astonishment his account only had $9000. The customer said that he was left speechless, since he was aware that his account had over $140,000.When he visited the Bank to make a report, he was given a dispute form to fill out. He said that he was advised by the teller that the investigation process for such a claim takes between 60 and 90 days. He said that he was also informed that the matter has to be investigated by the Bank’s Trinidad branch.The customer expressed dissatisfaction with the response by the Bank, adding that when he enquired about reimbursement, he was not given positive feedback.Meanwhile, another customer said that he too was left shocked when he realised that $2 million was missing from his account. He said an inquiry revealed that money was deducted from his account to pay for several online purchases.Another customer said that she went to the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and found that $60,000 was missing, so she went right away to the Bank. She said she too was given a dispute form to fill out. The young lady slammed the Bank for not being honest with its customers about the hacking incident.Republic Bank, after its initial statement confirming the issue, has not provided a public update on the investigation.However, the financial institution had advised customers to be more careful when shopping online and had urged them to better monitor their cyber activities.“The Bank also takes this opportunity to remind customers of the need to be vigilant when using their debit cards and monitoring their account activity.”
The project will be subject to B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act.According to the EAO assessment, EnCana will be required to comply with 60 legally-binding commitments, including hiring locally and using local goods and services.More than 1,000 jobs should be created as a result of EnCana’s Cabin Gas Plant. Map: This map from EnCana shows the location of the Cabin Gas Plant – SubmittedBy Energeticcity.ca staff- Advertisement -A proposed gas facility near Fort Nelson is one step closer to reality.That’s because EnCana Corporation has been given an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed Cabin Gas Plant Project.The project is expected to process up to 800 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas. The existing EnCana Horn River Pipeline will supply the raw gas to the project. There, it will be processed and then transported to consumers.According to the EAO’s assessment, the project is not likely to result in any significant adverse effects. It will, however, emit carbon dioxide. EnCana says it will address that problem by constructing the plant in a “capture ready” system. EnCana has also agreed to work with government and industry to explore carbon capture and storage options.Advertisement
1 Captain Fantastic saves the day in the Merseyside derby – and for once it’s not Steven Gerrard.This time it was Phil Jagielka who was the hero in the 223rd meeting between the two clubs as he, from 30 yards out, thundered a screamer of a half-volley into the back of the net.Simon Mignolet was helpless as the swerving effort hurtled goalwards to give Everton a 1-1 draw at Anfield, cancelling out Gerrard’s opener.Shocked Toffees fans took to Twitter to hail their skipper and they couldn’t resist a dig at Reds striker Mario Balotelli who had a wasteful afternoon in front of goal.Check out the reaction below… Phil Jagielka
Letterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has really set the cat amongst the pigeons today by revealing that the Donegal diaspora in America were very disappointed that few council officials travelled to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day there. Here is a report he has written about his trip. “After flying to New York we went straight to Philadelphia on Saturday the 10th March, the parade in Philadelphia was held on Sunday 11th March. We met up with the Philadelphia Donegal Association before mass on Sunday morning; they then took us to the parade line up afterwards.“The parade itself was held in glorious sunshine and was according to the local papers the largest St.Patrick’s Day Parade that the city had ever seen. The entire route was packed with people. The parade lasted for well over four hours, afterwards we went to the Irish Centre in Philadelphia, as guests of the Donegal Association, where we were treated to dinner and Irish music, as well as having the chance to meet with all the members of the Donegal Association. “We also met Michael Duddy who had a stand there with Donegal made holy water fonts, and he was getting plenty of attention. We had a tour of the Irish Centre including the Donegal room and the library, the library has a marvellous framed photo of Letterkenny Cathedral which was presented in recognition of the fundraising done in Philadelphia to help build the cathedral.“During our meeting with the Donegal Association we talked about this year’s Letterkenny reunion and there seems to be quite a lot of people coming home for it this year, and they are greatly looking forward to it. The Association also talked about the recent commemoration at Duffy’s Cut, where five of the victims were officially buried in the week previous to our visit, most of the Donegal Association were present at that ceremony and they requested that we send them a Donegal flag, to place at the site in memory of the Donegal victims. They also requested a Donegal flag for the St.Patrick’s Day Parade.We made a presentation to the organisers of the parade including an engraved piece of wooden sculpture by Michael Parkinson from an old Elm tree in Rathmullan. We were presented with a book on Philadelphia.“The next part of the trip was to Elizabethtown, entailing an interesting train journey through Amish territory on a Monday morning, we saw miles and miles of clotheslines full of washing, apparently Monday is a day off from work for the Amish, and the day that the washing is put out, and the clothes readied for the week ahead. “We saw only washing, empty farmyards and empty fields; we did not see a single member of the Amish community, assumedly because they had no clothes to venture out in. In Elizabethtown we were met by Roni Ryan and Cindy from the Borough council, we were given a tour of the refurbished train station. We also met with the manager of the Elizabethtown chamber of commerce. From there we were taken to the retirement village for lunch and we had a long meeting with the Mayor Chuck Mummert, among the issues discussed were volunteerism which they place a great emphasis on, the community website is for example compiled and managed by volunteers.“I also spoke to him about tidy towns and explained the competition that we have here annually, one of the most striking things about Elizabethtown is that it is absolutely spotlessly clean, there is definitely no problem with illegal signage, they simply would not tolerate it, they are also very strict about the type of business they allow to set up in the town centre, the large supermarkets are on the outskirts of the town, as are any enterprises which they deem unsuitable tattoo parlours, for example.“We had a full tour of the town including the Masonic village, the water treatment plant, we had a look at the solar panels also installed in the village, and of course the M&M factory which apparently produces all the chocolate for M&M’s across America. We were also shown the new lit path which was inspired by our own engineer John McCarron, who told them about the path at Letterkenny on his visit the previous year.“I asked that it be named “McCarron Way” and that the great man might be invited to perform the official opening, we will see. We were joined in the latter part of the tour by borough council member Clarke, as well as the local pastor, who was very keen to know about church attendance rates in Letterkenny.“The tour ended back at the council offices, where we made a presentation to the council including an engraved piece of Irish elm from Killydonnell Abbey by Michael Parkinson which is now proudly displayed in the manager’s office. Incidentally one of the Borough Councillors Jeff McCloud has a blog called Chronicling Elizabethtown which gives regular updates on the work of the borough council and the issues they are dealing with. Anyone interested can take a look at it. “The Town manager is keen to have a link up with Letterkenny on New Years eve, to ring in the New Year, her idea is that it should be a community event with the people of the two towns swapping new year greetings, this could be an opportunity for Letterkenny to organise a family event for New Years Eve, which is something the town has not had for many years, and I would hope that this can be followed up on and if possible we should liaise with Elizabethtown and try to make this a reality.“The mayor has also expressed a wish to send a council delegation to Letterkenny again and he talked very fondly of their previous visit to the town.“From Elizabethtown we went to New York for the parade on St.Patrick’s Day, again we met with the Donegal Association at mass in New York. Mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who seems to be held in very high esteem by the entire community, and is very highly thought of by all the members of the Donegal Association.“We were also treated to Dana singing at the mass, and outside the church we meet up with John McCandless in full uniform with the army reserve. The 69th battalion of the American Army, the fighting Irish, also led the procession into and out of mass, so between the two, the Letterkenny delegation were happy enough with the security arrangements. “We also met Brendan O’Donnell from Letterkenny who was over for the parade after mass, as well as a guy in drag with a green beard carrying a poodle dog also painted green for the day, so there really was all kinds of everything in New York.“The first St.Patrick’s Day parade in New York was held in 1762, so this year’s parade was a milestone in that it was the 250th. The St.Patrick’s day parade is the longest running parade in New York.“The parade itself was amazing in terms of the numbers of people, they were gathering behind the barriers at eight in the morning when we were going to mass, and again we were blessed with an incredibly sunny day, it was one of the warmest months of March on record in America, the parade started after eleven in the morning and didn’t finish until five in the evening, it’s the only day of the year that fifth avenue is closed, and marching down that avenue, with the footpaths lined to capacity on either side is an amazing scene, and one that every country in the world would love to be able to claim as their own.“The effort that goes in to the organising of the parade in both Philadelphia and New York is absolutely incredible, and its probably difficult to appreciate just how much it means to the Irish in America, and to everyone in America who consider themselves Irish of whatever generation, unless you are actually there to witness it.“It is also difficult to appreciate just how much it means to them to have the native Irish present for the day. The genuine warmth of the welcome that we received in Philadelphia and New York was incredible and the pride that is taken in putting the whole event together is so evident and they want Irish people there to witness that and to be part of that.“With that in mind I have to point out that there was very clear disappointment at the representation from Donegal this year, and in particular there was genuine disappointment and even anger that Donegal county Council had no representative.“In Philadelphia I was the only Donegal councillor present in New York there was just the Mayor of Bundoran Michael McMahon and I, the disappointment was particularly evident in New York, where I was told loud and clear by the Donegal Association that the County Council should have been there.“I am not a member of Donegal County council and it is therefore none of my business, but I am simply delivering a message, and it would be wrong if I didn’t do so, the view on this is very different in America than it is here, we might talk about not being able to afford to send delegations in the current economic climate, that is dismissed out of hand by the organisers who argue that it is now that we should be sending people, and it is now that we should be out there trying to galvanise the support of the Irish-American community.“The greatest disappointment though is among the undocumented of whom there are many, and they rightly point out that our elected representatives need to go to them, because they cannot come home, I met many such people particularly in New York, and they were highly critical of the non attendance by the county council, many of these people have been there for ten, fifteen even twenty years, they are married have young kids, have aging parents at home who can’t travel to see them and is some instances the grandparents have never seen their grandchildren. All of these people seem to be in steady permanent jobs, they have health care cover from the companies they work with etc., and are for all intends and purposes are fully fledged members of American society, but they cannot come home to Ireland.“In my opinion for what it worth, they deserve an annual visit from the elected representatives and officials of the county on what is the showcase of their year, and Donegal County council should have a serious sober debate about this well ahead of next years event and try to make a non political and emotion free decision on it.“Maybe that is something that the county councillors on the Town Council and the county manager would like to follow up on. As I said it is none of my business but I’m delivering a message from the Donegal community in New York and Philadelphia and particularly from the undocumented Donegal community.“The parade in New York was followed by a meal in Gossips restaurant in New York, where we got the opportunity to meet with and talk to the Donegal Association as well as many Donegal people who were in New York for the occasion.“We again made a presentation to the New York Donegal Association including another engraved piece by Michael Parkinson made from Donegal Elm.“On a personal note during some of the free time that I had, I paid visits to the 9/11 memorial site and to St.Paul’s church where much of the rescue operation was organised from, and which is now more or less a museum to the events at the twin towers on the 9th September 2001.“It’s really striking to spend a while at the memorial at ground zero and to read the names of the victims, names like Barry, Blaney, Campbell, Doherty, Carroll, Collins, Gallagher, McHugh, Connolly, Coyle, Cunningham, Devlin, Keane, Dunne, Duffy etc etc., those names make the Irish connection to America all too apparent, and in particular the involvement of the Irish in the police service and fire service in New York.“I also visited Ellis Island which is another amazing experience, when you think that people sailed for seven weeks from Ireland to arrive, tired hungry and often ill, to have their future decided on that small island that all the immigrants had to go through. Again the Irish influence on America is so apparent from a visit to Ellis Island where so many of the images and memorabilia are of Irish people and things Irish. One hundred million Americans can trace their ancestry to that small island.“In conclusion I would like to thank everyone involved with the Donegal Associations in Philadelphia and New York, the Mayor, council members and officials in Elizabethtown, and in particular I would like to thank Frances Friel for all the organising before and during the trip, I know that it made her own free time very limited and she maybe didn’t get visiting all the shops she would have liked to visit. I’d also like to thank Liberty travel for their help and for their part in making the trip a well organised and hugely enjoyable one.WHY THE DONEGAL DIASPORA NEED US ON ST.PATRICK’S DAY – CLLR JIMMY KAVANAGH was last modified: April 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AmericaCllr Jimmy Kavanaghcounty councilDonegal diaspora
CLEVELAND — Khris Davis is going on the 10-day disabled list, he and manager Bob Melvin confirmed after the A’s 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday.“It hasn’t been getting better, so the right move is to hit the DL,” the right-handed slugger said of his sore left hip. “I don’t think it’s gotten worse, but it hasn’t gotten better.”Mark Canha pinch hit for Davis in the top of the fourth inning and hit an opposite field home run to right off Trevor Bauer. The homer, Canha’s sixth, scored Matt …
14 July 2008The Department of Health has awarded a R3.615-billion tender for procurement of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to support the implementation of a comprehensive response to HIV/Aids in the country.Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said in Pretoria last month that the awarding of a two-year tender demonstrated the continued commitment of the department to expanding access to HIV/Aids related treatment.“We have to ensure that there is adequate and uninterrupted supply of the necessary medicine to the accredited treatment centres across the country,” she said.The South African government ARV tender is the largest in the world, and it is gradually being scaled up to meet the growing number of HIV/Aids patients that are being enrolled in the government’s Aids treatment programme.Tshabalala-Msimang said that by end of April 2008, the accumulative number of patients initiated on ARVs was more than 478 000, constituting the highest number of people initiated on ARV treatment for any country.She also noted that the price of most of the items was lower than the last tender with the decreases ranging from 20% to 71%.“The only one item, Efavirenz 200mg shows an increase of 24%,” she said. “We attribute the reduction in price to the higher volumes and generic entry and a more competitive climate.”Six suppliersThe contracts awarded, varying from 1.9% to 56.8% of the total value, are spread over six suppliers. The six are Aspen Pharmacare with 56.8% of the total contract value, Adcock Ingram with 20.9%, MSD with 9.1%, GlaxoSmithKline with 6.9%, Sonke with 4.5% and Medpro with 1.9%.Six items have not been awarded and arrangements for their procurement will soon be made.Reporting on HIV/Aids during a social sector cluster briefing earlier in May, Tshabalala-Msimang said the government’s treatment, care and support intervention was gradually gaining momentum, in line with its commitment to better tackle HIV/Aids.“As at February 2008, our figures show that at least 456 000 had been initiated on antiretroviral treatment and 39 759 of these are children in all 407 facilities accredited to provide this service,” she said.“We now have 86% of the sub-districts having at least one service point accredited to provide comprehensive care to people living with HIV/Aids.”Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although it may be a dim memory at this point, we started the 2016 growing season on the wet side. Some planned spring forage seedings did not happen due to wet conditions and a compressed spring planting season. Add to this the fact that some alfalfa stands are not holding up as planned because of harvest injury during the wet and rainy conditions of 2015 and now the dry summer conditions of 2016 and there are potentially a lot of acres of alfalfa or another perennial forage that need to be planted as we look ahead to 2017. August gives us another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand and it fits nicely into rotations after wheat grain harvest.Typically the main risk with an August planting is a question of sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant growth and it looks like this year will not be an exception, as the weather outlook for August is for rainfall to be below normal. Most of our perennial forage grasses and legumes are shallow seeded crops and should be planted no deeper than a half inch and ideally closer to a quarter inch. If the seed bed is too dry germination and emergence will be poor. This year’s weather pattern needs to be considered and planting may depend upon a favorable forecast for rain. It is best to plant right into moist soil or right before a large rain system is forecast. No-till planting is very helpful for preserving valuable moisture this time of year.There are some advantages to late summer forage planting as compared to a spring planting. One big plus is that planting time and field preparation is not competing with corn and soybean field work. No-till planting following a small grain crop often works well. Late summer planting means forage seedlings are not competing with the flush of annual spring and summer weed emergence/growth. The soil borne root rot and damping off disease organisms that thrive in cool, wet soils are not an issue. However, late summer forage planting has some other risks that must be managed.Ideally, planting should be completed by mid-August in northern Ohio and by the end of August in Southern Ohio. These timelines are based on average frost dates and the time needed for forage plants to develop a root system capable of overwintering. For example, at about 8 to 10 weeks after emergence alfalfa plants pull the growing point below the soil surface, a process is called “contractile growth.” Once contractile growth occurs the alfalfa plant is considered a true perennial. The alfalfa plant needs to reach this growth stage to overwinter. Clover plants also need to have a crown formed, and grasses should be at least in the tillering stage of development before the onset of winter.If the fall is warm and extended, similar to what we have experienced the past few years, it might be possible for successful establishment with later planting dates. Some alfalfa growers believe that the late summer planting deadline dates can be moved back by several weeks due to climate change. But who can predict the weather? How lucky do you feel? Late summer and early fall planting dates of forages were tested in Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s at two locations that historically are a little milder than most of Ohio’s winters. The year after seeding legumes, forage yield declined as planting dates were delayed after early August. For each day planting was delayed after Aug. 1, total forage dry matter yields the next year were reduced by an average of 158, 105, and 76 pounds per acre for alfalfa, red clover, and birdsfoot trefoil. Grasses were usually less affected by later planting dates. For example, orchardgrass yields only decreased significantly when planting was delayed past late-August and perennial ryegrass yields were actually greater in late-August than in early August. However, for each day planting was delayed after Aug. 30, yields declined 100 pounds per acre for orchardgrass and 153 pounds per acre for perennial ryegrass. Reed canarygrass, a slow establisher, was more sensitive to planting dates. Reed canarygrass yields the year after seeding declined 120 pounds per acre for each day planting was delayed after Aug. 1. So the best policy is usually to plant most perennial forages as soon in August as possible, when soils conditions allow and when soil moisture is present.Sclerotinia crown and stem rot is a concern with no-till seedings of alfalfa in late summer and especially where clover has been present in the past. This is a pathogen that causes white mold on alfalfa seedlings. They become infected during cooler rainy spells in late October and November, the disease develops during the winter, and seedlings literally “melt away” in winter and early spring. It can be devastating where the pathogen is present. No-till is especially risky where clover has been present because the sclerotia germinate from a shallow depth. Early August plantings dramatically improve the alfalfa’s ability to resist the infection. Late August seedings are very susceptible, with mid-August plantings being intermediate.In a no-till situation, minimize competition from existing weeds by applying a burndown application of glyphosate before planting. Post-emergence herbicide options exist for alfalfa. After the alfalfa is up and growing, late summer and fall emerging winter annual broadleaf weeds must be controlled. A mid- to late fall application of Butyrac, Pursuit or Raptor and Buctril are the primary herbicide options. Fall application is much more effective than a spring application for control of these weeds especially if wild radish/wild turnip are in the weed mix. Pursuit and Raptor can control winter annual grasses in the fall but should not be used with a mixed alfalfa/grass planting. Consult the 2016 Ohio and Indiana Weed Control Guide and always read the specific product label for guidelines on timing and rates before applying any product.If tillage is used to prepare the soil for planting, a firm seedbed is needed to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Follow the “footprint guide” that soil should be firm enough for a footprint to sink no deeper than one-half inch. A pre-plant herbicide is not needed for a tilled seed bed. Generally, the risk associated with establishing a tilled seed bed for a late summer planting is the loss of moisture. Finally, keep in mind that any time forages are planted the following factors must be managed:Soil fertility and pH: The recommended soil pH for alfalfa is 6.8. Forage grasses and clovers should have a pH of 6.0 or above. The minimum or critical soil phosphorus level for forage legumes is 25 ppm and the critical soil potassium level is somewhere between 100 and 125 ppm for many of our soils.Seed selection: Be sure to use high quality seed of adapted, tested varieties and use fresh inoculum of the proper Rhizobium bacteria. “Common” seed (variety not stated) is usually lower yielding and not as persistent, and from our trials the savings in seed cost is lost within the first year or two by lower forage yields.Planter calibration: If coated seed is used, be aware that coatings can account for up to one-third of the weight of the seed. This can affect the number of seeds planted if the planter is set to plant seed on a weight basis. Seed coatings can also dramatically alter how the seed flows through the drill, so be sure to calibrate the drill or planter with the seed being planted.Seed placement: The recommended seeding depth for forages is one-quarter to one-half inch deep. It is better to err on the side of planting shallow rather than too deep.Do not harvest a new perennial forage stand this fall. The ONLY exception to this rule is perennial and Italian ryegrass plantings, which should be mowed or harvested to a two and a half to three-inch stubble in late November to improve winter survival. All other species, especially legumes, should not be cut.
The Beacon Hill neighborhood in southeast Seattle is one of that city’s most culturally diverse and, in terms of housing prices over the past 18 months, one of its most stable.Dwell Development, based in Seattle and focused on building “ecologically sound” houses that are relatively close to the metro area’s Sound Transit Link Light Rail system, recently completed four homes in Beacon Hill. Each earned the highest certification rating – five stars – from Built Green, the nonprofit program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, in Washington state, and all four were the subject of Built Green’s August case study.Each of the four single-family homes offers just over 1,600 sq. ft. on three floors. Two feature 800-watt PV systems and two are prewired for solar.Built Green notes that the developer offered a “high percentage” of the lumber salvaged from the site – including siding, beams, and some framing lumber – for use elsewhere in the neighborhood, and at least 90% of the site waste was diverted to recycling and green waste programs. The houses were constructed with locally produced cedar siding, framing lumber, and concrete.The building envelopes are 10% more energy efficient than required by Washington energy code, while the interiors are heated by high-efficiency hydronic systems, with separate zones for sleeping and living. Two of the houses have one-car garages, and two have 500-sq.-ft. rooftop decks.