first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Pam Bennett, Ohio Master Gardener coordinatorOCJ: First, could you provide a little bit of background about Ohio’s Master Gardener program?Pam: The program started in 1974 in Ohio in three urban counties. Due to budget cuts, it did not take off quickly. In the early 1990’s however, a state coordinator for the program was hired and it really took off. Now we have more than 3,500 Master Gardener volunteers in 62 Ohio counties. If you go to this link, you can find more information about the program nationwide [ http://mastergardener.osu.edu/?q=node/417 ]OCJ: Now that spring has finally arrived, I am guessing you start to get many gardening questions. What are some of the most common questions you get this time of year?Pam: Right now it’s about lawns, swarming insects that are coming out of winter dormancy (multi-colored Asian ladybeetles, brown marmorated stink bug, and ants versus termites), when to plant flowers, vegetable garden questions, and of course, winter annual weeds that are growing like wildfire.OCJ: What kinds of programs are in place with the help of Master Gardeners around the state?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers are active in their counties focusing on local programs. We have four state initiatives and the projects fit into one of these: backyard and local foods (includes community gardens, vegetable garden workshops, demonstrations, working with local food efforts, etc.); invasive species (involved with invasive species removal such as honeysuckle and garlic mustard, presenting programs on invasive species such as educating about emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, etc.); Integrated Pest Management (demonstration gardens showing best management practices, educating the public on proper use of pesticides, how to identify pest problems, diagnosing plant problems, and more); and environmental horticulture (proper planting and maintenance techniques, good stewardship of our environment, rain gardens and collecting rain water, and more.)OCJ: What kinds of activities are Master Gardeners participating in?Pam: Most counties have some type of Horticulture Helpline or service where they assist homeowners with a wide variety of backyard garden and landscape questions. In addition, we have the Ask a Master Gardener online service where a homeowner can enter a question online and have it answered by a Master Gardener volunteer from around Ohio (http://mastergardener.osu.edu/ask ), demonstration gardens, displays and Q and A booths at farmer’s markets, county fairs and other events; speaker’s bureau where a Master Gardener volunteer can do a presentation for a club or organization about a gardening topic, community gardens and many more. For more information on some of our individual projects in counties, go to http://mastergardener.osu.edu and on the front page there are news stories about many of our projects. The articles are written by our Master Gardener volunteers.OCJ: Ohio is home to many beautiful wildflowers this time of year. What should readers be looking for in their yards, woodlots and pastures?Pam: Oh my goodness, Ohio is truly blessed with wildflowers and it’s an incredible sight to see. In central Ohio, our official Ohio wildflower, Trillium grandiflorum is in glorious bloom as is native ginger, Jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily and many others.OCJ: There has been a significant increase in interest in natural, plant-based remedies in recent years. What role do Master Gardeners play in this area of interest?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers focus on research-based education. We point people toward the research information and avoid home remedies, etc.OCJ: How is the Master Gardener program benefitting Ohio’s communities?Pam: One of the best benefits of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is that each person is focused on their local county. They participate in projects that focus on educating people about research-based gardening practices (and we have fun doing it!). When people call the OSU Extension office and talk to a Master Gardener volunteer, they know they will get accurate information based on science. We aren’t selling products. We provide information to our clientele that enables them to make decisions about their garden and landscape needs. In addition, we also participate in many community service projects that help beautify or improve the environment in our community.OCJ: In what ways can those with an interest in the Master Gardener program participate?Pam: If you want to know more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, contact your local county Ohio State University Extension office to see if they have a program. Potential volunteers fill out an application, undergo a background check, and have 50 hours of horticulture training. In return, to become certified they are required to do 50 hours of service to the Extension office the first year and additional hours each year to remain certified.OCJ: This is not just for activities and events during the growing season. What do Master Gardeners do in the fall and winter months?Pam: There are lots of training and educational programs as well as planning!OCJ: What final piece of general Master Gardener wisdom would you like to impart?Pam: If you love to learn and want to give back to your community and teach others about gardening, this volunteer program is for you!last_img read more

first_imgChief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday assuring him of what the Delhi government officially termed was its “full cooperation for the further development of Delhi”. Mr. Kejriwal, the State government said in a statement, also “appealed that it is important for Delhi and Central governments to work together”.The 20-minute-odd meeting, which commenced around 11.30 a.m., was the third meeting between the two since the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in the Capital in early 2015 and the first after the commencement of the NDA government’s second term in office.In addition to congratulating Mr. Modi for his victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister also invited him to visit the AAP government’s flagship Mohalla Clinics and schools administered by it.Conciliatory note Mr. Kejriwal, who has on innumerable occasions accused Mr. Modi of attempting to obstruct the functioning of his government indirectly through the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, seemed to strike a conciliatory note in Friday’s meeting. He offered to “examine” if the Centrally-sponsored Ayushman Bharat health scheme “could also be integrated into the Delhi government’s”, after having criticised it on several counts recently.“Ayushman Bharat was briefly discussed. Informed Hon’ble PM that Delhi Govt’s Delhi Health scheme is much bigger and wider in scope. However, assured him to examine if Ayushman Bharat scheme cud also be integrated into our scheme (sic),” the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted.Water storage projectThe Delhi government statement said Mr. Kejriwal also sought the Central government’s cooperation for an “ambitious” project aimed at the natural storage of water in the Yamuna floodplains.“Mr. Kejriwal said that since Delhi faces an acute water shortage, particularly in summer months, this project once implemented will ensure that storage of water during a single monsoon will be sufficient to meet Delhi’s water requirements for two years,” it said.The first official meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Kejriwal, which took place on February 12, 2015, saw the latter inviting the Prime Minister to his oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Maidan two days later – which the Prime Minister, however, had declined. Their second, on August 25, 2015, was to seek the Prime Minister’s intervention in bridging the “trust deficit” between the Centre and the Delhi government. “Assured full cooperation of Del govt. To develop Delhi, capital city of India, it is imp that Del govt n Centre work together (sic),” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted after their third official meeting on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After seven straight wins, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers suddenly are having trouble finishing.Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Utah Jazz turn to defense to take down Golden State Warriors VanVleet said he’s never afraid to shoot, even when he starts 1 for 12 from the field, as he did Wednesday.“If you don’t want me to shoot, then I’ll be on the bench,” he said.BACK-TO-BACKIndiana lost on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time this season. The Pacers came in 5-0 in such games.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana has lost 13 of the last 16 regular-season meetings with Toronto. … Thaddeus Young scored 11 points.Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb) missed his third straight game. Valanciunas had surgery Dec. 12 and is expected to miss four weeks. … The Raptors played the first of six straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. … Powell suffered a split lip in a collision with Sabonis in the first, but returned. He scored two points in 15 minutes.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.Raptors: Host Cleveland on Friday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion One night after he missed a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds and Indiana surrendered a tip-in at the buzzer in a 92-91 loss to lowly Cleveland that ended a season-long winning streak, Oladipo and the Pacers stumbled again.Oladipo turned the ball over twice in the final minute Wednesday — once when he failed to get across mid-court within eight seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I made a mistake, I guess,” a downcast Oladipo said. “I can’t do nothing about it now except learn from it.”Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and Greg Monroe 13 as Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors, who have the best record in the NBA at 24-9, avoided their second three-game slump of the season. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Tonight their pressure bothered us,” McMillan said. “Just poor execution down the stretch.”Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, Myles Turner had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.Toronto shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range through the first three quarters, but made 3 of 8 in the fourth to avoid a season-worst performance from long range.“It takes a lot of energy to play that bad then that good at the end,” VanVleet said. “It was a roller coaster of emotions and energy and effort.”The short-handed Raptors were without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed his third straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka, who was inactive because of a sore right knee. VanVleet and Siakam returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s loss at Denver because of back soreness. Forward Norman Powell returned after a 21-game absence caused by a left shoulder injury.Toronto trailed 88-75 less than two minutes into the fourth, but battled back to tie it 92-all on Siakam’s driving layup at 4:12.Oladipo restored Indiana’s lead with a jump shot at 1:36, but VanVleet’s long 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go put Toronto up one, 97-96.With Indiana looking for a potential winning basket, Toronto’s Danny Green forced Oladipo into a jump ball with less than three seconds remaining. The Raptors recovered the ball and Green sealed it with a pair of free throws.Indiana led 58-50 at halftime and was ahead 85-75 after three.NO FEAR MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “We did a good job of sticking in there and keeping our heads up” Leonard said.VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the final quarter as Toronto won its 10th straight home meeting with the Pacers. Indiana has not won in Toronto since March 1, 2013.Oladipo scored 20 points for the Pacers, who made only 5 of 18 shots in the fourth, scoring 11 points.“Everything just went their way,” Oladipo said.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said turnovers were to blame for his team’s late collapse. Indiana finished with 23 turnovers, including six by Oladipo and five from fellow guard Darren Collison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Kemba Walker scored 33 points and Parker enjoyed a triumphant return to San Antonio as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Spurs 108-93 on Monday night, snapping their seven-game home winning streak.“Draining mentally, emotionally, it was just an awesome night,” Parker said. “Just want to thank the fans. The way they reacted tonight was just unbelievable. Love, and I appreciate everything. It was just a great memory and a great night for me that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsParker had eight points, four assists, three rebounds and no turnovers in his first game back in San Antonio after signing with the Hornets during the offseason.Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Marvin Williams had 11 for Charlotte, which ended a three-game skid. The Hornets also stopped an 11-game slide in San Antonio. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Just as he first did as a 19-year-old rookie with the Spurs, the slippery point guard juked past defenders and drove the paint probing for layups or open teammates. His driving layup put the Hornets up 82-79 with 8:15 remaining.“That was vintage Tony,” Borrego said. “We’ve seen that before many times in this building.”Parker exited shortly after that and did not return until fans demanded it by chanting his name again with 17.6 seconds left. Borrego, a former Spurs assistant, granted their wish and put Parker in amid loud cheers that continued until he came out.“I thought they supported Tony, like I expected,” San Antonio point guard Derrick White said. “He did great things for the organization. It’s well deserved. Definitely good to see him. Wish him the best.”Parker had a long embrace with Popovich following the game as fans cheered.The Spurs’ ideology has stuck with Parker, who jokingly got angry with his teammates after the win.“They wanted it bad,” Parker said. “Before the game they were like, ‘We’re going to do this for you Tony, you deserve it.’ They played so hard that after the game I’m like, ‘Why don’t we play like that every road game? Come on guys.’”The jubilation in the stands came despite a rough night for the hometown team.The Spurs opened the game on an 11-3 run but the Hornets followed with a 25-7 spurt to take their first double-digit lead at 28-18.San Antonio struggled offensively, with two of its top five scorers, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli, both out with injuries. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fil-am guard Joshua Munzon top pick in 2019 PBA D-League draft White finished with 18 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Davis Bertans each had 14 for the Spurs.TIP-INSHornets: The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on Nov. 15, 2006. … Parker and Michael Jordan are the only players to compete against the team they won four championships with. Jordan faced Chicago while with Washington and Charlotte, a franchise he now owns. … Borrego received a warm ovation during pregame introductions. He served on Popovich’s staff from 2003-10 and again from 2015-18 before joining the Hornets.Spurs: Gay missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left wrist and 10th overall due to injury or rest. … Belinelli missed his second game of the season after hyperextending his knee during a 122-112 loss at Oklahoma City on Saturday. He previously sat out with a stiff neck on Dec. 2.WELCOME HOME, TOOParker wasn’t the only one who enjoyed a triumphant return. Borrego defeated his friend and mentor, Popovich.“It was special in many ways,” Borrego said. “Just to see (Popovich) first of all. Just to hear his voice, give him a hug, that was most important. This is a basketball game. We do our best, we compete, but there’s a lot of love here. Just great to see him. He’s been a great encouragement for me. I know he’s happy for us.”UP NEXTHornets: Host the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Spurs: At the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but they could not muster enough energy as Parker made his emotional return.“Just to see him embraced and loved tonight, and he helped us as well,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “A pillar of this community, a pillar of the San Antonio Spurs organization forever. I think it’s a pretty good ending to a fun night.”The Spurs honored Parker before the game with a two-minute video of his career highlights in San Antonio, including being drafted with the 28th pick in 2001 and his four NBA championships with the team. After the video, the Spurs’ retired jerseys appeared on the video monitors and an empty spot in the rafters was shown to signify Parker’s future place among them. The crowd roared in appreciation, chanting “Tony! Tony! Tony!”“I expected nothing less,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who considers Parker like a son. “Tony is a wonderful human being. He was a great player for us and he deserved all the love that he received, that’s for sure.”The cheers continued when Parker entered the game for the first time with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Charlotte Hornets guard, and former San Antonio Spurs player, Tony Parker, left, talks with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge before an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The fans in San Antonio didn’t care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation.Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more