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

South Tangerang achieves 88 percent compliance rate with COVID-19 protocols

first_imgNevertheless, the city has made some exceptions, such as allowing places of worship to reopen under required health protocols. “All these health protocols must be applied to prevent us from contracting or transmitting COVID-19,” Suharno said. According to South Tangerang COVID-19 task force data, the city had recorded 480 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 37 deaths as of Saturday.Meanwhile, Banten has recorded 1,719 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths as of Saturday.(trn)Topics : Residents of South Tangerang, Banten, have largely adhered to health protocols put in place to curb COVID-19 transmission, with a compliance rate of 88.2 percent, the South Tangerang COVID-19 task force reported on Saturday.“Because of this achievement, the effective reproduction number [Rt] is 0.2,” South Tangerang COVID-19 task force spokesperson Suharno said as quoted by kompas.com.South Tangerang deputy mayor Benyamin Davine previously said the administration would only prepare for a “new normal” if a compliance rate of 90 percent was achieved. last_img read more

Serie A approves creation of TV rights media company

first_imgTopics : The allocation of TV rights for 2018-21 disappointed Serie A as there was little change in the final amount from the previous period at a time when the value of TV rights for other major European leagues soared. The 2018-21 rights were awarded before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus in the summer of 2018.Italian media report the league has received two offers to join the new media company, with one group — backed by funds CVC, Advent and FSI — reportedly offering 1.5 billion euros for a 10 percent stake. The clubs will have to vote again before outside investors can be formally invited by the league, but the windfall would be significant for teams that have suffered financially during the coronavirus crisis.  Serie A clubs on Wednesday approved the creation of a media firm charged with handling the league’s TV rights, the first step towards a potential opening to private investment into the football league.The decision to create the new company was unanimously approved by the 20 sides currently in Italy’s top flight during an assembly held in Milan, with the main aim to increase revenues from TV rights.Currently Serie A generates 973 million euros (1.1 billion euros) each year from domestic broadcasters and 371 million euros from foreign broadcasters.last_img read more

Figo will ‘debut’ with Real Madrid

first_imgLuis Figo will debut again at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Portuguese end went for the first time to the white coliseum with Sporting in Lisbon in September 1994 (1-0), as a Real Madrid player, he played for the first time in the European Super Cup against Galatasaray and today, he will feel a ‘ First time ‘in the Castellana. The Portuguese will debut as a commentator for DAZN at Real Madrid-Real Sociedad tonight at the Santiago Bernabéu whose narration Rubén Martín will command. This platform, which will broadcast the meeting of whites and txuriurdin exclusively in Spain, will feature in this match with also former Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka. The Portuguese, the Basque and Martín will team up with Carlos Martínez, Lucía Villalón and Marcos Gumiel.In the 21:00 game, Athletic-Barcelona, ​​there will also be two illustrious Spanish soccer players to offer their comments on the San Mamés match. Javier Saviola (Barça, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Málaga) and Gaizka Toquero (Athletic, Eibar, Alavés and Zaragoza) will accompany Fran Guillen in a match that will be offered in both DAZN and Cuatro.last_img read more