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

Nigeria begin campaign in FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup with wins in four categories

first_imgRelatedPosts Access Bank Plc acquires Kenyan bank 172 Nigerians evacuated from Uganda, Kenya arrive in Abuja Kenyan runner hit by motorcycle, suffers fractured leg Nigeria began its campaign for honours in the ongoing FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup in Kampala, Uganda with clear wins in the girls, boys, women and men’s categories.In the girls’ category, Nigeria defeated Mali 9-2, in the boys it beat Uganda 21-7, while in the women’s it trounced Kenya 21-20 and the men won Mauritius 18-15.In the results e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday after the first games by Frank Jituboh, Coordinator of 3×3 Basketball in Nigeria, the other match in the girls’ U-18 category saw Egypt defeat Kenya 17-2.Others are: Kenya 5 vs Egypt 21 (men), Kenya 7 vs Mali 21 (men), Egypt 21 vs Bein 11 (women), Madagascar 21 vs Burundi7 (men) Uganda 21 vs Mauritius 5 (men).The rest of the first games results are Mali 21 vs Egypt 8 (women), Madagascar 19 vs DRC 18, Uganda 21 vs Burundi 9, Uganda 16 vs Nigeria 15 (men).  Tags: BurundiFIBA 3x3Frank JitubohKenyalast_img read more

UEFA to probe Guardiola’s ‘improper conduct’, Liverpool fireworks

first_imgUEFA said the charges against Manchester City were “Josep Guardiola – Dismissal from the bench … Improper conduct of the coach”.Liverpool also didn’t escape, with UEFA listing charges of “setting off of fireworks” and “throwing of objects”.This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31, it added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures during a half-time tirade that could earn the Spaniard a sanction from UEFA © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr 11 – Pep Guardiola’s current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his “improper conduct”.Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League. The second-leg defeat saw the Spaniard’s side exit the European club competition 5-1 on aggregate.last_img read more


first_imgDeele College from Raphoe with mentor Charlie Boyle and teacher Danny McFadden after winning the Dragon’s Den.Deele College from Raphoe may have been crowned Dragon’s Den champions for the Donegal ETB’s second Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres across the county in LYIT yesterday.But the reality was that there were no losers.In fact, the standard was so high that real-life dragon Peter Casey probably wouldn’t have passed the entry level! The day followed on from its first very successful Enterprise Day in October 2013.Scoil Mhuire from Buncrana who came overall second on the day.This time the invitation to participate was extended to non-ETB schools with a total of twelve schools and two Youthreach centres participating.MC for the morning was Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch. The day involved each team developing a product on which they were judged in a Dragon’s Den-type set up.Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Image consultant Billie Dixon spoke to participants in the morning on how to present themselves while later on representatives from local companies made presentations to the teams on how to pitch a business idea.Loreto Letterkenny who came third.After all teams pitched their ideas to the judges, the final three teams then pitched their business idea to all participants. The day also included fun activities, ice breakers and team building games with staff from Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.The winners of the Enterprise Day were Deele College, Raphoe with Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana taking second place and Loreto Letterkenny taking third place.The other participating schools and centres were Errigal College, Letterkenny; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Loreto Community School, Milford; Ballyshannon Youthreach, Letterkenny Youthreach; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; St Columba’s College, Stranorlar; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Crana College, Buncrana and Mulroy College, Milford.Donegal ETB and the organising committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all students, teachers, mentors, judges, Gartan OETC staff, Lee Gooch and LYIT for assisting with the day. RAPHOE PROVE THE REAL ‘DEELE’ AT ETB’S BRILLIANT ENTERPRISE DAY was last modified: May 8th, 2015 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:deele collegedonegalETBLoreto LetterkennyScoil Mhurelast_img read more