Training green thumbs

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe demand for well-trained people at nurseries and home garden centers has grown greatly in recent years. And the world’s largest home improvement retailer has turned to the University of Georgia for its horticulture training needs.Home Depot partnered with 17 professors, extension specialists and extension agents from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Together, they developed an interactive, computer-based lawn and garden training for store employees that meets or exceeds most state-level nursery certification programs.The course includes eight 2-hour classes of interactive education. Exams cover topics from horticulture fundamentals to landscaping design.”One aspect of this that’s unique is that it’s interactive. It’s not just studying a manual and taking a test,” said David Berle, a UGA horticulture professor who worked on the project.”This program serves Home Depot nationwide,” said Bob Jacobson, senior director of live goods for Home Depot, who also worked on the project.More than 1,700 Home Depot workers have completed the course. Another 4,000 are taking it.”We still support and use state programs,” he said. “But we didn’t have those opportunities available across the board. And we wanted experts to make sure we were doing the right thing. In terms of ornamental horticulture, UGA is probably the best school in the world.”Horticultural training demands have grown so much, Berle said, partly because the green industry itself (greenhouse, nursery and turf growers, landscapers, retail garden centers and others) has grown so much.”This is my 18th year with the Georgia Green Industry Association and I’ve seen it grow from a seasonal to an all-year, hard-as-you-can-work operation,” GGIA president Sherry Loudermilk said.”Nurseries exploded in the 1970s,” she said. “And landscaping really took off in the 1980s. Plant palettes have gone from 25 to 30 plants to 3,000 to 4,000 plants.”The green industry has an estimated $4.2 billion yearly impact in Georgia alone, according to the UGA Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. The National Gardening Association reports U.S. lawn and garden sales at $38.4 billion in 2003.The demand for qualified workers has grown with the industry.”It used to be that if you had a pickup truck and called yourself a landscaper, folks would do what you said,” said Wayne P. Juers, vice president of Pike Family Nurseries in Atlanta.”But the public has gotten so savvy about gardening and landscaping, they want horticulturists,” Juers said.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Mbagwu States Gains of RFN Board

first_img“Despite the set-back of the suspension imposed by Rugby Afrique, we have embarked on an ambitious plan to build the momentum of the progress of the game right from the onset.“Taking into consideration our cardinal points of reference, the board has tackled a plethora of early challenges to put us on the path of progress,” the RFN boss stated last weekend.Since the new regime came on board, there have been three Sevens tournaments used as pre-qualifiers for the annual Independence sevens.The Gossar Sevens in Lagos, the Barewa Sevens in Kano and the New Northern Sevens which held in Zaria. The Independence Sevens’ held at the Polo Club in Lagos.Mbagwu said the body will abide with the stance of Rugby Afrique, while the draft of a new constitution will be released soon after due consultation with the board.“One of the first criteria for membership of Rugby Afrique is that the union must have a validly adopted constitution and this first presentation is the initial step towards the adoption of the constitution,” he noted.On finance, he said the Sponsorship Committee of NRF has been on the move especially after Rugby Afrique and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) were kind enough to provide the federation with enough endorsement to legitimise the pursuit of new sponsors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of Nigeria Rugby Federation (NRF), Kelechukwu Mbagwu, has called on stakeholders of the sport not to be distracted by the current impasse within the family as he strives to take the sport to greater heights.Recently, Rugby Afrique, the continental governing body suspended the NRF board shortly after the elective congress of all the sports federations in Abuja few months ago.“Since after the elections, we have settled into the onerous task of coordinating rugby in Nigeria and building a lasting foundation with remarkably little fuss.last_img read more

San Andreas playing at Wellington Regent

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: San Andreas.Schedule: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 54 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’s Brad Peyton steps into disaster movie territory with this 3D film surrounding an earthquake that hits the West Coast. Carlton Cuse provides the script. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, RoviRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 50%. Audience review: 61% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:June 26 – Jurassic World.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Seaman powers Leafs to Murdoch Division title

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs needed to put in a little overtime en route to the 2013-14 Murdoch Division title.Austin Seaman scored on the power play early in the first overtime to give the Leafs a 2-1 victory Saturday night over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Fruitvale.The goal was the second of the game for the Leaf rookie defenceman.The win clinches the first Murdoch Division title for the Leafs in five years.The Leafs now face the Spokane Braves in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs beginning Tuesday in Nelson. Seaman, scoring his seventh and eighth goals of the season, gave Nelson the early lead before Dan Holland replied for the Hawks on the power play.With Beaver Valley controlling the play late in the third period, the hosts were called for a delay of game penalty with 32 seconds remaining.Nelson, 38-9-1-4, carried the man-advantage into the extra time with Seaman driving home the winner.Adam Maida picked up the win in goal for Nelson.Beaver Valley now faces Castlegar Rebels beginning Tuesday in Fruitvale.last_img read more

Venus, Serena for South African showdown

first_imgTennis champions Venus and Serena Williams will play an exhibition match at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on 4 November 2012, where they will compete for the first time on African soil.(Image: Elise Amendola)MEDIA CONTACTS • Daniellia Schaller General enquiries,Breaking the Mould+27 82 733 4432RELATED ARTICLES• Big sisters are there to help• Supporting SA’s sport stars• Empowerment for SA’s women• SA off to wheelchair tennis champs• Remarkable SA women hailedCadine PillayTwo of the world’s most successful tennis players, sisters Venus and Serena Williams, will play each other in an exhibition match in Johannesburg in November as part of the launch of the Breaking the Mould (BTM) campaign. The initiative acknowledges South African women who have risen above challenges to succeed and inspire.BTM was created by Qondisa Ngwenya, managing director of Octagon South Africa, a sports and entertainment marketing firm. Its ambassadors include Khanyi Dhlomo, former news presenter and managing director of Ndalo Media, Thembi Kunene of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, and businesswoman Jenna Clifford.The Williams sisters, who have multiple grand slam titles between them, said they were humbled to be chosen to help kick off the campaign.“We hope we can help inspire South Africa’s young women to break the mould too,” said Venus Williams.Ngwenya was inspired to launch BTM after noticing that successful female athletes and personalities possessed a remarkable power to encourage audiences from all walks of life to achieve great things.Game on As part of their visit, the sisters will attend an awards dinner at Johannesburg’s Montecasino resort on 3 November, which will acknowledge women making a difference in their communities.The black-tie event will also raise funds for wheelchair tennis in South Africa through the South African Sports Trust, a sports development body born out of a joint venture between major public and private sector companies in the country.The match is set for the following day, 4 November at the Ellis Park Arena, and will be the sisters’ first on African soil. After that they will set off for the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto to take part in a coaching clinic there.Franklyn Tlhoaele, speaking on behalf of the centre, said tennis will never be the same again in Soweto after the sisters’ visit, as young tennis enthusiasts will aspire to be like them one day.“We’re extremely excited to be coming to South Africa,” said Venus Williams.“After Serena’s gold medal win at the Olympics, her win at Wimbledon and now the US Open too, I look forward to taking my younger sister on in this exhibition match.”Tickets are available for fans who wish to attend the match, and range between R350 (US$42) and R750 (US$90).In demandMeanwhile, the Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) is also hoping to host Venus and Serena during their trip. The organisation’s Nelson Amanze said they have written a proposition to the South Africa Tennis Federation asking that the sisters also visit other countries in the Southern African region, including Namibia and Zambia.Amanze said a visit to these countries by the sisters would help promote development in the sport of tennis for young women especially, an aspect that is lagging behind in the communities.“The Williams sisters are followed more than anyone else because people are able to relate with them. It is important to pursue every avenue to bring them to Botswana,” he said.last_img read more

South Africa plays its part for Madiba

first_img6 July 2015The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Brand South Africa, launches the Play your Part for Madiba campaign today.“Interventions, such as the Play your Part for Madiba campaign. position the youth as key role players in the country’s drive for social and economic development,” said Mandela Day and outreach manager Yase Godlo.The campaign calls on citizens to embody the values and spirit of the late leader, Nelson Mandela, and to play their part in growing and developing the country.Godlo said the three principles followed by Madiba throughout his life were: free yourself, free others and serve every day.Nelson Mandela International Day is aimed at ensuring the continuation of Madiba’s legacy in making the world a better one for all, through acts of kindness, no matter how small.“This aims to uphold [former] president Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a moral authority and a symbol of what we can achieve with true dedication to the cause of peace, dignity, reconciliation and forgiveness, and in so doing help to make a difference by building a global movement for good.”Nelson Mandela International Day was declared by the UN General Assembly by unanimous decision in 2009. It is held on 18 July each year, Mandela’s birthday. The decision was inspired by a call Mandela made in 2008 for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.“It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy,” says the foundation. “It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.”Godlo added: “As the nation and the world remembers the profound and lasting impressions of Madiba, who is recognised and celebrated as an icon for racial equality and freedom, South Africans are encouraged to play their part towards positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of ubuntu and social cohesion.Through its Play your Part for Madiba campaign, Brand South Africa, in partnership with the foundation, calls on citizens to make every day a Mandela Day. South Africa will commemorate the legacy of Tata Mandela, as he was affectionately known, for the whole month of July.The campaign “aims to uphold Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a moral authority and a symbol of what we can achieve with true dedication to the cause of peace, dignity, reconciliation and forgiveness, and in so doing help to make a difference by building a global movement for good,” says the foundation.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Don’t Freak Out About Facebook’s Mobile-Ad Revenue

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dave copeland News outlets breathlessly reported last week that Twitter was projected to overtake Facebook in mobile-ad revenue for 2012. But they missed the bigger picture. Twitter is projected to generate $129.7 million in mobile-ad revenue this year, well ahead of Facebook’s $72.7 million. What critics and journalists missed in hurried analyses of that news was Facebook’s projection that annual mobile-ad revenue will grow to $629.4 million in 2013 and 2014. That’s second only to Google, which is expected to generate $3.58 billion in mobile revenue in the same period.Not bad for Facebook, a company that didn’t bring in a dime in mobile-ad revenue last year and which has been plagued by questions about its mobile strategy since announcing it would go public in February.Pandora Is A Good/Bad ExampleStill, it takes more than revenue to make a profit. Look no further than Pandora, which ranked second in 2012 mobile-ad revenue projections, with $226.4 million, but still struggles to turn a profit.Pandora’s mobile-ad revenue is expected to jump 86% this year, from $120 million last year. But that may not be enough to put the company solidly in the black, says J.T. Hroncich, president of Capitol Media Solutions.Newcomers to mobile ads will join Pandora in trying to solve three primary puzzles:Mobile-ad networks generally increase sales volume, but they often cut per-ad marginsAd auctions favor buyers. As a result, some sellers are trying to sell directly to advertisersMobile-ad rates are still well below those of other kinds of ads because the ads are smaller and demand is lower“The companies that perform best in mobile advertising are typically companies earning core profits in another industry,” Hroncich said. Google does not have to rely on mobile-ad networks, for instance. And Google integrates its products to create a richer mobile experience that advertisers tend to like.The Point People Are MissingFacebook will face all these issues as it tries to turn quickly growing mobile revenue into mobile profits. But the company has an advantage, said Peter Friedman, CEO of LiveWorld, a social-media management company.“People really like to connect and engage socially while on the move,” Friedman said. “Eventually Facebook will monetize it, thus dramatically increasing their revenue per user.”Indeed, Friedman said he would have been surprised if Facebook had said it would record more mobile revenue than Twitter this year.“It’s great that Twitter is advancing its mobile revenue this way. But one would expect them to do so, and be further along than Facebook, because Twitter’s usage patterns have been more dominated by mobile or at least more focused on mobile for quite a while,” he said.“Facebook has been attending to other knitting and is further along on those aspects. Twitter’s progress in this area more proof this can be done. Both companies have a good future here,” said Friedman.last_img read more

2016 Big 12 Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgBig 12 Team logos around the center big 12 logo.Twitter/Big 12The regular season is over, and we’re now jumping into one of the great events on the sports calendar: March Madness. The major conference tournaments kick off next week, with things kicking off on Wednesday, March 9. Kansas State and Oklahoma State open things up from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the winner advancing to face regular season champion Kansas. West Virginia finished a wild regular season in second place, and will get the Texas Tech-TCU winner. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas have also all spent time in the polls this season. Kansas is the definite favorite here, but all of these teams are capable of making a run. Ticket information for the Big 12 Tournament is available here.Here is the full tournament bracket:2016 big 12 tournamentEvery Big 12 Tournament game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.Favorite: Kansaskansas logoThe Jayhawks ran away from the pack in February to lock up an astounding 12th straight Big 12 title. At this point, a Kansas regular season championship just feels like a certainty. The tournament has provided a bit more drama in recent years, but right now the Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the league. Veteran forward Perry Ellis mans the frontcourt for KU, averaging 16.5 points, tops on the team. He’s surrounded by a very talent group of guards. Juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., and sophomore Devonte’ Graham all average over 11 points per game, and all shoot over 40-percent from three point range. They make for a very difficult group to shut down, because of their scoring balance. Kansas is currently a favorite to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a decent showing in Kansas City, they may lock it up.Sleeper: TexastexasIt took a little while for the Longhorns to adjust to Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” system. Texas dropped a number of non-conference games early, and even fell to lowly TCU early in Big 12 play, 58-57. At that point, Smart’s team was 9-6, and looked like a great bet to miss the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the Longhorns upset No. 17 Iowa State, and they’ve been competitive since. They split the season series’ with the Cyclones, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and swept West Virginia. Kansas handled Texas in both of their games, including a blowout 86-56 win on February 29, so running into the Jayhawks may make things tough, if that match-up comes to fruition in the Big 12 semifinals. We never count out Shaka Smart in a tournament, though. The system can be very hard to prepare for with quick turnarounds, and the Longhorns get better at playing in it by the game.last_img read more