Fertile minds

first_imgDespite heavy foot traffic all year, the trees of Harvard Yard are leafy and shady and the lawn below green and inviting.Though many people take in the scene without a second thought, a group of 10 students from Norfolk County Agricultural High School wanted to learn about the work behind it. So they listened intently despite Wednesday’s heat as Paul Smith of Harvard’s Landscape Services talked about organic techniques implemented in recent years that are not only more environmentally sustainable but also ensure a healthier Yard.Smith showed students how Harvard landscapers brew organic “tea” — a mix of compost and other ingredients — in a large water drum near Phillips Brooks House, and talked about soil compaction and root growth and soil microbes. When spread on the Yard’s grassy lawns, the tea promotes a healthier microbial community in the soil.The students were part of a four-week program — a partnership between their high school and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — providing a capstone for their junior year. It blended hands-on work at the arboretum, lectures at a nearby community college, and excursions like Wednesday’s to the Yard and a recent visit to Franklin Park Zoo to see the nearly five-foot-high “corpse flower” in all its stinky glory.“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Marc Mertz, an urban forestry instructor at the school and one of the program’s organizers. “The goal is to expose the kids to real-world working conditions and to have an educational component. It makes sense to work with one of the world’s foremost arboretums.”Kieran Clyne (left) and Paul Smith of Harvard Landscape Services showed the visiting students organic landscaping techniques.Stephen Schneider, the arboretum’s manager of horticulture and another organizer, said the kids spent most of their time at work in two of the arboretum’s collections. Directed by experienced horticulturalists, the students put in new beds and tended existing beds in the three-acre Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden and also tended the arboretum’s crabapple collection, in the last year of a major refurbishment.Schneider was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and focus during the four weeks.“I wasn’t this focused as a high school junior. These guys are like lasers,” he said. “This is the prime time to grab their attention — this time of their lives. We know their basic interest is in plants and we want to cultivate that one way or another.”Though tending the trees and other plants spread across its 265 acres is a major focus, the arboretum also has research and educational goals. Programs such as the one with the Norfolk County Agricultural High School help the arboretum meet the educational portion of its mission, Schneider said.Sam Sternweiler, a junior who plans to pursue a business degree after high school, said he was interested in landscaping techniques used at the arboretum and in learning more plant identification.“The arboretum is a world-class place to learn landscape techniques and plant identification,” Sternweiler said. “It was amazing. I wish I didn’t have to leave.”last_img read more

Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOOKLAHOMA CITY—Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook hit the jackpot for the second time in less than 18 months by signing a five-year, $205 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The deal begins with the 2018-19 season, and puts the 28-year-old Westbrook under contract with the Thunder through the 2022-23 NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook, the number four overall pick in the 2008 draft, beat out runner-up Harden to win MVP honors.Westbrook has career averages of 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Give Pinoy boxing viewers a break Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook posted a picture of himself on his Instagram page, wearing an orange “OKC” jersey with his arms raised and wrote: “WHY NOT??”WHY NOT??The 28-year-old Westbrook is coming off a historic season in which he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set an NBA record with 42 triple-doubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Westbrook wins MVP award after historic seasonHe broke the mark of Oscar Robertson (1962) and joined the Hall of Famer as the only players to average a triple-double over an entire season. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The six-time all-star won his second scoring crown and scored 40 or more points on 18 occasions.Despite his individual success, the Thunder finished sixth in the Western Conference standings and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by James Harden’s Houston Rockets four games to one.The Thunder tried to address that in the offseason by acquiring forwards Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in trades.READ: Knicks put cap on Carmelo Anthony era in NYIn July 2016, the Thunder were rocked by the surprise departure of the all-star Kevin Durant. Soon after, Westbrook agreed to a contract extension through 2018-19 season, with the final season being a player option.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Best chief ministers poll: Karnataka CM S.M. Krishna tops charts consistently

first_imgClick here to EnlargePoll January 2002Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image. Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because,Click here to EnlargePoll January 2002 Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image.Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because Karnataka’s finances are in a mess.Call it Krishna and the art of political consciousness. For he has a Zen like approach to his job – a calm and a detachment that are reassuring. He doesn’t sound embarrassed about admitting that he enjoys the good things of life.Popularity IndicatorThe Congress party’s overall popularity may have shrunk in the past six months but three of its chief ministers head the popularity charts in the states. A.K. Antony and Digvijay Singh are the laggards. For the BJP, its relatively new chief ministers, like Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh, have done well, as has its Punjab ally Parkash Singh Badal. But there is a problem with other allies, notably O.P Chautala. The Haryana chief minister competes with Tamil Nadu’s O. Paneerselvam and Bihar’s Rabri Devi for the status of unpopular chief ministers.It may not be politically correct to do so especially when you head a state whose 53 million people have a per capita income less than the national average.His sartorial sense is regal and his official bio-data even lists designing men’s clothes as his hobby. He jots down notes with his blue Mont Blanc and has discarded the dowdy Ambassador car for a pearly white Hyundai Sonata.advertisementIn Karnataka he is known as the “Western Gowda” in contrast to a predecessor who went on to become prime minister and made a fetish of his earthy roots.In two years and four months as chief minister, Somanahalli Malaiah Krishna continues to lead with elegance, clarity and efficiency that have for the second successive year seen him being rated as India’s best chief minister by the INDIA TODAY-ORG-MARG poll.What is his secret? According to Krishna, it is his ability to blend orthodoxy and conservatism with modernism. It means being a quintessential Congressman in white kurtas while dealing with party politics and sporting Saville Row suits and a Dallas accent-he studied law in Texas-to woo foreign investors.Click here to EnlargeWhat Krishna certainly has done is bring Karnataka back in focus as the state of the future-an image that had slipped in the 1990s as a succession of chief ministers (one an unabashed tippler)-whittled away its prosperity.Industry big daddies such as Infosys Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy praise him for his “accessibility and openness to implement new ideas”. Software whiz Ashok Soota, CII’s president-designate, terms him the “feelgood” chief minister.Not one for getting embroiled in the nitty-gritty, Krishna sets targets and expect his colleagues to deliver. He also has set his priorities right, pushing for roads, jobs and houses for townsmen, irrigation schemes for farmers and drinking water for the poor.But Karnataka’s finances continue to be a mess, something he will have to answer for. He will turn 70 soon-the Old Turk he says derisively-but with tennis and yoga as pastimes Krishna appears fit to complete the remaining half of his term with panache.last_img read more

Vale Bob Sfeir

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Bob Sfeir, who passed away on Tuesday. Bob Sfeir was the father of Australian Men’s Open assistant coach and Australian Men’s 20’s coach, Paul Sfeir and was also involved in Touch Football himself for many years. Rest in peace – Bob SfeirRelated LinksVale Bob Sfeirlast_img

Protocol to be Established for Treatment of Injured Police Personnel

first_imgStory Highlights The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security has been charged to work along with the Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of the West Indies, to establish a protocol on how policemen injured in the line of duty are treated at health facilities. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12. “It is necessary that we as a country provide for the welfare of our police officers, especially those injured in the line of duty. The policeman’s job is unique in that he or she swears to serve and protect, fully conscious that in so doing he or she is at risk to lose their own life,” Dr. Chang said. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security has been charged to work along with the Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of the West Indies, to establish a protocol on how policemen injured in the line of duty are treated at health facilities.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12.He informed that the protocol is to be established during the 2018/19 financial year.“It is necessary that we as a country provide for the welfare of our police officers, especially those injured in the line of duty. The policeman’s job is unique in that he or she swears to serve and protect, fully conscious that in so doing he or she is at risk to lose their own life,” Dr. Chang said.“We must, therefore, establish protocols for how injured police officers should be treated effectively and comprehensively. Those on the front line must be assured that the State will be there for them,” he added.The Minister noted that when a police officer is injured in the line of duty, he must have no concern about whether he will be afforded medical care from the State.In addition, Dr. Chang said that a member of the police service charged with an offence while in the lawful execution of his duties, must be supported by the State until the Court decides his/her innocence.“This must include the legal support to aid in his/her defence,” the Minister pointed out.last_img read more

Winnipeg police arrest charge men with killing Tina Fontaines cousin

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police have charged three men in the killing of a cousin of Tina Fontaine, a teenager whose death fuelled calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.Police in Winnipeg say Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine, 29, was shot in March before the home she was in was set on fire.She was later taken off life-support.Const. Jay Murray said police believe the suspects went to the home looking for a man over a methamphetamine deal. Fontaine was in the wrong place at the wrong time.“She was not the intended victim in this matter,” Murray said at a news conference Wednesday.“These individuals came to the house looking for someone else. I want to make that clear.”Malcolm Miles Mitchell is charged with second-degree murder and arson.Jason Michael Meilleur is charged with manslaughter and Christopher Mathew Brass faces counts of manslaughter and arson.Brass is also charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man who was shot in February.The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was discovered wrapped in a bag in the Red River in August 2014, eight days after she was reported missing.Her death sparked a nationwide outcry, which helped lead to an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.Raymond Cormier, 54, has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.last_img read more

Akwesasne has its eye on a 5million prize

Yukon government vows to improve jail conditions for inmates struggling with mental

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsAlmost four years after a group of inmates launched human rights complaints against a correctional centre in Whitehorse, the Yukon government is now pledging to improve conditions for inmates with mental health issues.That’s according to a new settlement agreement the Yukon government has signed with the territory’s human rights commission.Shirley McLean reports.last_img

Aaron Craft Lenzelle Smith Jr prepare for final home game as Ohio

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a shot during a game against Wyoming Nov. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBeing in the same recruiting class with the likes of Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger, Ohio State senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might have been a bit overshadowed initially among Buckeye fans.Thomas and Sullinger — both five-star products out of high school — were big pieces of the OSU squads who made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve since moved on to play professionally, and even though Craft and Smith Jr. might have been second-tier then — they’ve certainly left their mark on the program.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Friday, two days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 22 Michigan State in what will be the final home game of the regular season. “I think with that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft and Smith Jr. were the fastest players in school history to record 100 wins, reaching that milestone in just 119 games after OSU beat North Florida 99-64 Nov. 29.Craft, Smith Jr. and the rest of the Buckeyes have had some tough and exciting contests against the Spartans recently.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 61-58 in the Big Ten Tournament, but fell in the two teams previous meeting this season in East Lansing, Mich., 72-68 in overtime in their first lost of the season. With a familiar opponent on the docket for their final home game at OSU, Craft said he wouldn’t rather it be against anyone else.“I honestly don’t think there could be a better way to play our last game here. I’ve loved playing against Michigan State,” Craft said Friday. “Since freshman year we’ve always had great battles with them. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited to see what we can do as a team going into this game.”For Smith Jr., however, the game against the Spartans means something a little differently because of the friendships he’s formed with members of Michigan State’s team.“It’s actually kind of the sweet but not so sweet moment. Just seeing as how I’m so close to some of those guys on the team,” Smith Jr. said Friday. “We’ve hung out in the summer, we went to the Big Ten media days in Chicago … We talked, had fun and it’s different when you see them on the opposite side of the court. It’s like, ‘I’m not here to be your friend, don’t even talk to me.’”Craft enters the game as OSU’s all-time leader in steals and assists with 293 and 623 respectively, and with numbers like those is likely to be remembered fondly in Buckeye lore. But he said he doesn’t think about being in the same breath as former players like David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden or Scoonie Penn.“I just don’t feel comfortable putting myself in close to the same categories of guys that (have) come before,” Craft said. “I’m just very honored and humbled to continue on what they’ve established here. And to play a very small part of that.”Aside from it being Craft and Smith Jr.’s final go around at the Schottenstein Center, the game against the Spartans (23-7, 12-5, 3rd in the Big Ten) holds implications for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU (22-8, 9-8 tied for fifth in the Big Ten) sits one game behind Nebraska for fourth place in the conference, and would need a victory against the Spartans and some help to finish in that spot and earn a first-round bye in the tournament.OSU has lost two straight games, falling on the road last week to Penn State and Indiana. Matta said no matter where they finish in the standings, a win against Michigan State would certainly be a step in the right direction.“This is our 18th Big Ten game, and 16 of them have been tooth and nail and down to the last couple minutes,” Matta said. “With that said, you’re playing a team that’s obviously a great basketball team. It’s a great opportunity for us to come out and close out the final game of the season.”As OSU searches for any bit of momentum it can get its hands on as the season draws to a close, Smith Jr. agreed with Matta and said a victory Sunday would be key to build that.“We can get a lot of momentum here with a win on Sunday to carry us over into the Big Ten Tournament,” Smith Jr. said. “We can get that going, and if we get hot at the right time, that’s the name of the game. You want to play your best basketball toward this time of the season and I think we can accomplish that.”Matta has gone on record as saying he would get behind putting up a statue commemorating Lighty’s accomplishments and what he’s meant to the program outside the arena. The same would go for Craft and Matta said he would want to “put it right next to David.”When Craft was told his head coach said that about him, though, he naturally spun it back to be more of a team oriented affair.“Legacy and all that stuff, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lenzelle. It’s about this university and the things we’ve been able to do as a team, whether it’s putting a year up on the banners in the gym,” Craft said. “That’s what’s going to be remembered. That’s what should be remembered.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Spartans is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. read more