Ugly “Maters”

first_imgThe Tomato Festival in Cartersville, Georgia, includes awards to gardeners who grow the “Prettiest Tomato,” “Biggest Tomato” and, my favorite category, “Ugliest Tomato.” Why homegrown tomatoes are sometimes ugly is a common question I get as a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent.There are several tomato disorders that cause a variety of “ugly” deformities in tomatoes. Most of these disorders are caused by environmental stresses, insects or certain plant diseases. In most cases, the tomatoes may look bad, but they are still edible as long as the fruit are harvested before they start to rot. Many fruit rots are caused by decaying fungi and bacteria that will take advantage of deformed tomatoes, which ultimately shortens the shelf life of the fruit. It’s best to harvest ugly tomatoes slightly on the green side before they get really ugly and turn sour. Small blemishes can be cut away with a knife in order to salvage a few pieces for a fresh tomato sandwich. If you’re going to use the tomatoes for salsa or spaghetti sauce, then appearances aren’t that important anyway.One of the most common disorders of tomatoes is blossom-end rot, which causes the bottom of the fruit to turn black and leathery. This issue is caused by a calcium deficiency and can often be avoided by adjusting the pH of the garden soil based on a soil test. Changing soil pH with limestone takes time and should be started several months prior to planting tomatoes.Another common problem in tomatoes are growth cracks, also called rain check. These can form circular patterns that crack and split around the stem scar or radial cracks that split outward from the center stem. Rapidly growing fruit, especially on plants that receive high amounts of nitrogen fertilizer, are more susceptible to cracking. Wide fluctuations in rain and temperature can also cause the fruit to crack more readily. Some tomato varieties are more prone to growth cracks than others. Take note of those varieties that are most affected and consider avoiding them in the future. Tomatoes affected with “cat-facing” or “zippering” have thin, brown scars that start at the stem and extend part or all of the way to the blossom end of the fruit. These long scars resemble a zipper pattern and there is usually only one scar per fruit. This disorder is thought to be caused by flowers sticking together or flower anthers that remain attached to the ovary wall of newly forming fruit and is more common during cool weather. Again, certain varieties are more susceptible than others.Stinkbugs and leaf-footed bugs are sap-sucking insects that commonly feed on the fruit of tomatoes. Damage from these insects appears as small, yellow pinpricks surrounded by white, corky tissue under the skin. Sometimes the fruit becomes deformed as it grows after this type of insect feeding injury.Tomato spotted wilt virus is a common problem that causes the fruit to develop mosaic ring spots. On ripe fruit, these spots turn into obvious ring patterns, which become red and yellow. The only way to avoid this virus is to control thrips, the insects that spread this disease. There are several virus-resistant tomato varieties on the market today. For more information, read UGA Extension Circular 1089, “Troubleshooting Cultural Problems of Tomatoes,” at read more

Employer health care costs and employee waistlines to be trimmed by Vermont firms

first_imgVtrim, an online behavioral weight management program developed at the University of Vermont, and Vermont based HRSentry have partnered to offer the Vtrim Online program to employers nationwide.“The goal of Vtrim is sustainable, long-term weight loss.” noted Beth Casey Gold, M.S., R.D., Vtrim’s Director of Corporate Programming.  “Vtrim teaches participants how to manage what they eat; versus food restriction…weight loss follows naturally.”HRSentry’s CEO, Dean Haller said, “Health care costs are a major drain on business revenues…Vtrim’s clinically proven approach supports our mission to provide employers with HR programs that cut risk, enhance productivity and build the bottom line long-term.”The Vtrim interactive, online model is based on 18 years of research by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., an obesity researcher at the University of Vermont.  Participants typically lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week over the course of the program.A number of Vermont firms, including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Green Mountain Power, Fletcher Allen Health Care, NRG Systems and Seventh Generation have incorporated Vtrim Online into their HR programming.“The results of Vtrim have had a profound effect on my work life. I have more energy and am more productive.” said Jan Blittersdorf, CEO at NRG Systems. “As I want my employees to reap the same rewards, NRG Systems now offers Vtrim to our employees. They benefit personally and our company benefits. Healthier lifestyles are integral to our corporate culture.”“By the way”, notes Haller, “HRSentry clients receive a 10 percent discount off Vtrim’s standard pricing.”About HRSentryHRSentry, a Vermont-based company, was founded by Dean E. Haller, who has more than 35 years of experience in Human Resources administration. HRSentry’s mission is to create, deliver, and support services and training that enhance an organization’s administration and management of Human Resource policies, practices, and procedures. HRSentry’s web-based HR Made Simple System provides human resource forms, policies, and procedures; links to federal and state laws, regulations, and resources.  All system content is kept in a “current” condition and updated as regulatory and other changes occur.  A subscription to the HRSentry HR made Simple System includes ongoing webinars, e-newsletters and alerts.About Vtrim OnlineThe Vtrim  Online Weight Management Program was developed by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized weight-loss researcher at the University of Vermont. Dr. Harvey-Berino’s concept is based on behavior changes: a systematic shaping of daily habits to help people move more and eat less. A dynamic team of health professionals and experts in the weight management field leads Vtrim.  All of Vtrim’s certified facilitators are highly trained professionals with health-related credentials and experience.Source: VTrim. 2.23.2010. Burlington. VTlast_img read more

South American Defense Leaders Gather in Lima for Defense Conference

first_imgBy Dialogo August 03, 2010 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) leaders are meeting with senior South American security officials Aug. 2-4 for the second annual South American Defense Chief’s conference which aims to improve security cooperation in the region. This year’s South American Defense Chiefs Conference, co-hosted by the Armed Forces of Peru and SOUTHCOM is being held in Lima, Peru. The conference’s focus is on military support to humanitarian assistance and disaster response along with security issues and threats and the way forward as the United States and regional partner nations work to better address those threats. One of the conference’s main objectives is to encourage participants in frank and candid dialogue among on security issues and examine areas of mutual interest for collaboration and cooperation. Last year’s conference, held in Cartagena, Colombia focused on the future challenges and missions for South American forces. Previously, these security conferences were split into two regions; ANDSEC (Andean Ridge Security Conference) featuring the countries from the Andean Ridge, and SOUTHDEC (Southern Cone Defense Conference) which featured countries from the Southern Cone. The conference participants are security leaders from 8 nations and representatives from various regional organizations including the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB); the Inter-American Defense College (IADC); and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). Mexico and Panama were invited as observers for this year’s conference.last_img read more

The Target – Feb. 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NY GUN LAWBULL’S EYE In response to the Sandy Hook school massacre, New York becomes the first state to approve a new gun control law, the toughest in the nation, which expands the state’s existing assault weapons ban, limits the number of bullets allowed in magazines and strengthens gun ownership regulations for the mentally ill. In the mean time, an oblivious NRA endorses Practice Range, a 3-D shooting app for iPhone and iPad, first marking it appropriate for kids ages 4 and up and later changing it to ages 12 and up. Fun fact: NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre recently blamed video games for a culture of violence. Thank god this is just an app.JUDGE SAUTNERPARTIAL SCORE After attempting to skip a court date over an illness, then getting caught on a shopping spree in SoHo, Lindsay Lohan mans up and flies to LA to face an angry judge. When LiLo’s new lawyer tells the court that his celebrity client had an upper respiratory infection, Judge Stephanie Sautner responds, “Is that like a cold?” to which the lawyer attempts to argue that it is more like the flu. “No, it’s not,” the judge fires back. “The flu is the flu.” Unfortunately Judge Sautner plans on retiring before Lindsay’s next court date. Los Angeles is filled with murders, rapes and gang violence, but it’s a Lohan that makes Sautner, a law veteran and former NYPD-SVU detective, finally say, “Enough!”BELMONT SOCCERBULL’S EYE Just as Long Island loses the Islanders to Brooklyn, New York soccer team the Cosmos wants to develop part of Belmont Park in Elmont into a professional soccer stadium along with retail, hotel and public park space. Finally, a team to take our minds off the Jets!ESTÉE LAUDERPARTIAL SCORE The cosmetics giant plans to close its fragrance operations in New Jersey and expand operations at its state-of-the-art Melville facility, bringing more jobs to Long Island. Hey, we gave Jersey’s economy JWOWW. It’s our turn for a boost. Then again, Jersey could probably use all the perfume it can get.BVO OFF TARGET PepsiCo says it is removing Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), a controversial chemical also found in fire retardants, from its Gatorade products. Small quantities of BVO are used to keep the flavor evenly distributed in some citrus-flavored drinks. BVO-free Gatorade will start hitting the shelves over the next few months. So, next time you decide to obey your thirst, check the label first.VERNICE ARMOUR BULL’S EYE The United States ban on women in military combat is lifted, allowing women to apply for jobs in front-line positions and elite commando units. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot, responds to those against the move via a CNN editorial, saying, “True, the average man is physically stronger than the average woman. Standards should not be lowered, and women don’t want them to be. No one should be in a job where he or she doesn’t meet the standards—not every man, for example, is fit to be a Navy SEAL.” Boom.last_img read more

Feeling good about checking

first_imgA novel checking account introduced back in 2008 that gives members the opportunity to earn extra interest and support a favorite cause has become a staple product for Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.When members open a Feel Good Checking account, the credit union donates $20 in their name to one of seven local nonprofit organizations—and members earn 6.14 percent interest on the first $500 in their account and can order a free box of checks annually.Seattle Metropolitan CU began work on Feel Good Checking back in 2007 as part of a marketing and branding campaign promoting cooperative principles and the CU difference. “We were looking for ways not just to talk about those principles, but to demonstrate them in action by giving members a voice and a way to join us in giving back to the community,” says CUES member Jill Vicente, chief marketing officer of the $700 million CU serving 44,000 members.Feel Good Checking now accounts for almost a third of all checking accounts, and the CU has raised more than $150,000 for its nonprofit partners. Selecting the organizations that will benefit from Feel Good donations has become something of an annual event. The nomination process usually begins in October. Members and other supporters of local organizations are invited to nominate groups in seven categories: animal welfare, arts and culture, education, environment and sustainability, families and neighborhoods, health, and hunger and housing. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Female ‘ojek’ driver fights off robbers in Bekasi

first_imgA female app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver has wowed netizens after CCTV footage of her fighting off two men who were trying to rob her went viral on social media.Dwi Wulan Meilani, 32, was reportedly dropping off a food order at a Bekasi housing complex in West Java at 3 a.m. on Sunday when the incident occurred.The CCTV footage shows her riding her motorcycle on a quiet road when two men, also on a motorbike, approach her from behind. One points a sickle at her and tries to grab hold of one of her handlebars but fails. He then pushes her and she falls to the ground. Leaping off the back of his bike, the robber rushes over to Dwi and snatches her smartphone from her hand. But she quickly gets up, runs after him, grabs on to his jacket and pulls him down to the ground before he can get back on his vehicle.His accomplice remains on the bike, likely shocked and confused, watching the entire scene unfold.Dwi and the robber grapple on the ground. He desperately tries to get away but she latches on to his jacket — which he decides to discard in order to make his escape.Nevertheless, she persisted. Read also: ‘Ojek’ drivers stand up against violent robbersShe chases after both the fleeing motorcycle and her attacker, who can be seen running away, leaving only his jacket behind.In the fray, Dwi managed to get back her smartphone — along with the robber’s sickle.“I just grabbed the sickle. And then I screamed and some young men came to help,” Dwi said on Wednesday as quoted by asked the young men to chase the robbers but had already fled the scene.Meanwhile, Babelan Police chief Comr. Ramses Sitinjak said his officers would do everything they could to track down the perpetrators and the CCTV recording had been secured as evidence.He added that Dwi had decided against filing an official report about the incident because she had not been injured nor had she lost any of her belongings.“She said she was fine, so she didn’t file a report. However, we will investigate the attempted robbery as it has become viral.” (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Batesville resident to lead Versailles detectives

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana State Police superintendent Douglass Carter has announced the promotion of detective Kip Main to the rank of Sergeant. Main will take over as the Investigative Squad Leader of the Versailles District.Main is a 1989 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School and Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 1993 with a degree Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology.  Main graduated from the 50th Indiana State Police Academy and was assigned to the Connersville Post.  In 1997, he transferred to the Versailles Post where he has served as a member of the Dive Team and ISP’s Riot Squad.  He has also trained other troopers as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor.  Sgt. Main served as a Gaming Agent on the Belterra Casino from 2000 to 2002 before serving as a Detective for the Versailles Post from 2002 until his recent promotion. Main will now supervise a squad of detectives in the Versailles District which covers ten counties in Southeast Indiana.  Sgt. Main was selected after participating in a competitive Indiana State Police promotion process.  The process includes a written examination and oral interview.  Sgt. Main resides in Batesville, Indiana with his wife Cara.  Sgt. Main has three children in college and one in high school.last_img read more

Michigan Man Arrested after Marijuana Located During Traffic Stop

first_imgSeymour, IN—Monday night, a Michigan man was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana and marijuana extract during a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County, Indiana.At approximately 8:00 pm, Trooper Stephen Stoneking conducted a traffic stop on a 2018 Jeep Cherokee for multiple traffic violations on I-65 Southbound at the 50-mile marker, near Seymour, Indiana.  During the course of the traffic stop, Trp. Stoneking smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Stoneking and Trp. Paul Waller located numerous plastic bags containing in excess of 11 pounds of marijuana along with boxes containing nearly 300 jars of marijuana extract. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Jesse T. Brescia, age 29, Lansing, Michigan, was arrested on charges of Dealing over 10 pounds of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.He was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.last_img read more

Q-School wraps up with stories of joy in Girona

first_img The trio, who finished on 18-under par after the six-day marathon at the PGA Catalunya Resort, were among 27 players to have been awarded their European Tour cards for 2016. Englishman Matthew Southgate, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July, ended the day in tears after he booked his spot with a sixth-placed finish, while Ireland’s Paul Dunne also secured his 2016 card. Ulrich van den Berg, Adrian Otaegui and Daniel Im were crowned joint-winners of European Tour’s qualifying school final stage in Girona on Thursday. Press Associationcenter_img Dunne, leader of this year’s Open Championship after three rounds before finishing 30th, ended on 10-under par to be tied 13th. The English trio of Ross McGowan, the overnight leader, David Dixon and Richard McEvoy all regained their places on the European Tour. Edoardo Molinari,the Italian who formed part of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup winning team in 2010, carded the best front-nine score – his final nine having started on the 10th – to finish with a three-under par 69 to claim his card. Southgate underwent surgery to remove cancerous cells in July which ruled him out of the game for two months. His two-year-old niece is also batting leukaemia. “What’s going on at home is very tough, but to be able to put a smile on my family’s face, you just can’t beat that,” said Southgate. “I’ve matured a lot through my situation, through the cards I have been dealt, but I’ve always been a fighter, and to get to the top level of golf again is absolutely fantastic. I am over the moon.” For South African Van den Berg, he will return to the top tier of European golf for the first time since earning his card here in 2007, before quitting the game following the death of his father. “It was a long, hard slog for a 40-year-old today, ” Van den Berg said. “I last did this Q-School in 2007 and I got through then, but I forgot how difficult it is. “I got off to a great start today and then went through the middle of the round where things got a little bit tight, but I made a great birdie on 14. Unfortunately I missed a seven-footer on the last to win the event outright, but it’s not about winning. “After I last got my card, I started 2008 very nicely but unfortunately my dad got pancreatic cancer so I decided to quit The European Tour after about eight events and sat with him until he passed away. I got a medical exemption in 2009 but I was a broken man that year. I haven’t been back since and this is my first time here since then so it’s a great moral victory for me.” last_img read more

Veteran West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle opts out of CPL

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle on Tuesday opted out of the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), according to media reports. Gayle’s decision to do so comes just a day before the players’ draft, which was scheduled to take place on June 24. The tournament is currently scheduled to take place from August 18 to September 10, subject to approval from the government. According to the ESPNCricinfo report, Gayle opted out of the tournament citing personal reasons and he has reportedly already communicated his decision to the franchise. Gayle was set to play for the St. Lucia Zouks this term, as he had signed for them in April as their marquee player. Gayle has played for the Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the past. He has won the CPL title twice with the Tallawahs and played in the final with the Patriots in 2017. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 23rd June, 2020last_img read more