Plantsitter.

first_img W. Reeves, UGA CAES Some houseplants need watering more often during the winter because indoor air is drier than during the summer. But if you’re gone for several days on a winter holiday trip, how can you avoid coming home to wilted plants? One way is to lug all of the plants to your bathroom, arrange them on towels in your tub, water them thoroughly and then pull the door closed when you leave. The drawback is that this is a dirty, time-consuming, back-breaking chore. Why not try a method that lets your plants water themselves while you’re gone? All you need is some polyester knitting yarn, a No. 8 crochet hook, a waterproof saucer for each pot and a handful of small pebbles. In brief, insert the yarn into the bottom of each pot, which is supported over water in the saucer. Polyester yarn wicks water up into the soil automatically as it dries out. The first step is to cut a length of yarn for each pot. Measure a piece that’s twice as long as the pot height. A 6-inch-tall pot needs a piece of yarn 12 inches long. Turn the pot on its side and push the No. 8 crochet needle up through one of the holes in the bottom. Slowly press it through the soil until the hooked end emerges from the surface. Request the high-res image. PLANTSITTERS water your plants for you while you’re away for the holidays or other trips. Walter Reeves, extension horticulture educator, said yarn pulled through the pot with a crochet hook will wick moisture into the soil, keeping your plant from drying out while your’e gone. Hook the center of the piece of yarn and pull it back through the soil. Bring the yarn only 1 inch through the bottom of the pot. Allow it to hang free. Place three or four pebbles in the bottom of your waterproof saucer and set the pot onto them. Check to make sure the yarn dangles freely from the pot bottom. Fill the saucer with water just to the level of the pot bottom. The yarn hanging in the water will wick moisture into the soil as it becomes dry. Large potted plants may need two or three yarn wicks per pot. Insert each as above. Now you can leave your favorite houseplants unattended for several days! All you have to remember is to fill each saucer with water before you leave.last_img read more

West End cottage sells before second open home

first_img A DECEASED estate in tightly held West End has sold for above seller expectations, well before the scheduled auction. The three-bedroom cottage at 18 Beattie St sold for $850,000 on March 15. It was on the market for the first time in 38 years and was due to be auctioned on March 30.Selling agent Luke O’Kelly, of Ray White West End, said more than 20 groups inspected the property and he received three offers after the first open home. Mr O’Kelly said the strong interest was due to location.“The house itself is a very simple, almost 100 year old cottage but Beattie St is quite a great little street and it is walking distance to West End Primary School, as well as being in the Brisbane High catchment,” he said. “Finding a house below $1 million in West End is also quite tough.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The home at 18 Beattie St, West End. Picture: Supplied. Inside the home at 18 Beattie St, West End. Picture: Supplied. Mr O’Kelly said the new owner nabbed the property with an unconditional offer, above what the seller was looking for, with the cooling off period waived. “The Mt Isa buyer was looking to purchase now and then move in when he and his family return to Brisbane in the future,” he said. Mr O’Kelly said the West End housing market was tightly held and in huge demand.“Only 46 houses sold in West End in 2018, 50 in 2017, 48 in 2016,” he said. “The long tenure of residents is due to Brisbane State School demand. “Also a lot of the property is held by older Greeks, Italians and Vietnamese, who bought 30 to 50 years ago and by their nature do not move like the current generation of buyers, who move every seven years or so.”last_img read more

DraftKings Lineup Picks: MLB DFS strategy, sleepers for Monday, April 22

first_imgOutfield: Outfield: David Peralta, Diamondbacks @ Pirates ($4,500). With Jimenez out of the White Sox lineup, we’re pivoting to Peralta, who faces a pitcher in Joe Musgrove who’s been notably worse against lefties in his career (.269/.324/.444). We’re $100 away from affording Eddie Rosario, so perhaps we should do more finagling to get him in the lineup, but Peralta can crush anywhere and shouldn’t be all that highly owned.Outfield: Chad Pinder, A’s vs. Rangers ($3,500). Pinder is another splits play, as he’s hit .283/.349/.464 vs. lefties his career. That’s improved to .357/.357/.571 this season. To be fair, his home/road splits are not pretty (.653 OPS at home; 1.060 on the road), but we’ll play the pitcher, not the park. Pinder makes for the perfect low-cost OF to round out our A’s stack. It’s a 10-game slate tonight on DraftKings, and with a Colorado game, a Camden game, and weather worries in the matchup with our top two pitchers, you know it’s going to be an interesting night for lineup building. Our picks lean heavily on sleepers with the stat splits in their favor, but given that several are veterans off to slow starts this year, we recognize the inherent risk we’re taking in MLB DFS contests.Even with the “risks”, our lineup might be more of a cash play than tournament one. Our pitchers and a few of our OFs might give us enough differentiation in tournaments (along with our complete fading of Rockies, Brewers, Cardinals, and Astros), but it can always be difficult to guess ownership. Ultimately, we just put together a lineup we like, and if it does well, we should be in the money. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNThe first major decision was whether to ignore the weather in Boston. Chris Sale and Matthew Boyd have the highest upside of any two pitchers on the slate (and both are actually cheaper than our No. 1, J.A. Happ), but with rain in the forecast, we’re not biting. We can always pivot closer to lineup lock, but that game is off limits for now. (Update: Tigers-Red Sox has been postponed.)We also went the chea route in the Coors Field game, which isn’t always the best strategy. It’s nice to get a piece of that matchup, but ownership percentages could tilt against us. Sometimes, it makes sense to just pay up for the studs in Coors and find bargains elsewhere. Our Nats stack averages 32 years of age and 2.3 HRs this year, so we have that going for us.MORE: Monday SP rankings | DFS lineup BuilderDraftKings Lineup Picks: Monday, April 22Starting Pitcher: J.A. Happ, Yankees @ Angels ($9,300). Happ hasn’t been particularly good this year, largely because of struggles with the long ball. But it should be noted that three of his four starts have come in Yankee Stadium, and the fourth was at Camden Yards — all preeminent hitters parks. Finally in a neutral-to-favorable environment, we like his chances, especially when you factor in the Angels mediocrity vs. lefties this year (23rd in wRC+). We also think the depleted Yankees lineup can scratch together enough runs against Matt Harvey to give Happ a good shot at a win.Starting Pitcher: Yonny Chirinos, Rays vs. Royals ($7,400). The concern with Chirinos is that he won’t go much more than five innings, but the numbers are stellar (8.8 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 3.26/0.83) and the matchup is doable. Kansas City’s offense hasn’t been nearly as good on the road this year (81 wRC+ compared to 105 at home), so Chirinos seems like a bargain at this price. He went seven strong innings in his first outing of the season, so at least we know it’s possible he can go deep into a game.Catcher: Yan Gomes, Nationals @ Rockies ($4,200). Our Nationals stack (hopefully) begins with Gomes, who’s no lock to be in the lineup. If he is, we like him to get going against lefty Tyler Anderson. Gomes is a career .279/.334/.471 hitter against southpaws, and obviously the Colorado factor comes into play here. If he’s out, we have enough in our budget to pivot up to Kurt Suzuki ($4,400), so we can have the Nationals backstop regardless.First Base: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals @ Rockies ($4,300). Zimmerman is another Nats veteran who traditionally crushes lefties (.310/.390/.525) but has done very little this year. Getting him as the 12th highest-priced 1B on a night when he’s at Coors Field against a southpaw is almost too easy of a call. In fact, Zimmerman might be more of a cash game play than a tournament guy given his likely high ownership, but if he does anything, you’ll want him in your lineup. Jose Abreu at $4,400 is a solid pivot is you don’t want to take the bait on Zimmerman.Second Base: Brian Dozier, Nationals @ Rockies ($4,300). Everything we just said about Zimmerman applies to Dozier. The veteran has had a painfully slow start to the season, but he’s picked it up a bit lately with homers in two of his past three games. Dozier is tied for the eighth highest-priced 2B on DK, which is a fair price all things considered. Third Base: Matt Chapman, A’s vs. Rangers ($3,900). We can’t figure out why Chapman is priced so affordably. It feels like a trap. Sure, he’s at home, but his career .265/.343/.482 line in Oakland isn’t that much different than his career road numbers. He’s also actually been a little worse against lefties in his career, but, again, his .263/.343/.466 line still gets the job done. We originally liked Renato Nunez in this spot, but with odd reverse splits against lefties and a whopping $4,600 price tag, we decided Chapman was the much better value. Again, this might be more of a cash play than a tournament one, but we’ll take it. Upgrading to Matt Carpenter for $300 against rookie Adrian Houser is also a solid move here, but that’s likely not going to help with ownership worries.Shortstop: Gleyber Torres, Yankees @ Angels ($3,900). Yes, Torres is better against lefties, but his career road OPS (.824) is actually higher than his home mark (.797). Either way, he can hit Matt Harvey anywhere, and if the Yankees are going to score some runs for our pitcher, Torres will likely have to be a catalyst.Outfield: Khris Davis, A’s vs. Rangers ($4,400). So, Davis hasn’t homered in six games and now he’s only $4,400? He’s killed the ball at home throughout his A’s career (.883 OPS compared to .837 on the road), and his work against lefties this year is terrifying (1.170 OPS). With Leury Garcia (among many others) priced above him, Davis feels like an absolute steal.last_img read more

African animated series for US

first_img19 June 2007Home Box Office (HBO) has acquired Magic Cellar, a joint South African and Canadian production, for broadcast in the United States, making it the first African animated television series to be acquired by a major American network.The series was commissioned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SA’s Morula Pictures and Ottawa-based Chocolate Moose Media, and is directed by multi-award winning Canadian producer and director Firdaus Kharas, a specialist in inter-cultural communications.3D meets African folkMagic Cellar is the first 3D animated series to be based on African culture, and is based on 20 folk-tales partially collected by conducting interviews with elders in African villages.In a deal negotiated by Kharas, the series will be shown on HBO Family in the United States and in Bermuda, bringing African culture into the homes of American families.“We are extremely pleased to partner with HBO Family, a channel known for bringing very high quality programming to American families,” Kharas said in a statement this week. “I see this sale as another indication of the thirst for high quality multicultural programming.”The SABC’s head of children’s content, Charles Owen, was especially pleased that their flagship programme would now be available in other parts of the world, “giving a new dimension to African story-telling”.International awards“The sale to HBO is very exciting for us and encouraging for other African producers as it shows that we can deliver high-end productions,” said Morula Pictures’ Adeelah Carrim.“Hopefully, this will open the doors for other African programmes to be acquired internationally.”Magic Cellar won 42 international recognitions in 2006-07, including two Telly Awards, two Aegis Awards, a silver plaque at Chicago Intercom and a platinum REMI Award at WorldFest Houston.The show was voted best animated TV series at the Chicago International Children’s Festival and best animation film at the Independent Black Film festival.It was also selected by a number of competitive festivals in 2006 and 2007, including the Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Bimini International Festival of Animation Films, Hiroshima Animation Festival and Kids First Festival in Los Angeles.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Recycle to save energy and water, and reduce pollution; here’s how:

first_imgHere’s what recycling does for the environment, the economy, and the manufacturing industries.Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to make them.Every ton of glass containers recycled saves over a ton of natural resources.For every 10% recycled glass used to make new glass containers, energy costs drop by 2-3%.Recycling aluminium creates 97% less water pollution than making new metal from ore. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality.last_img

Algoma Tankers Accepts Delivery of Product Tanker

first_imgAlgoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has taken delivery of Algoterra, a 2010-built product tanker.The 16,500 dwt vessel was handed over to Algoma by an unnamed seller in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Algoterra has begun its delivery voyage to Canada after departing Amsterdam on March 30, 2019. The ship will travel through the English Channel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean destined for Halifax.As informed by the company, the tanker is expected to begin trading in Canada mid-April.We are excited to announce that the Algoterra is on her way home and will be joining the Algoma fleet in operations mid-April! For more details please visit: https://t.co/BhF1GDZSpe#excitingtimesatalgoma #thisshipsailssafe #sailwiththebear #tankers #shipping #marineindustry pic.twitter.com/RSlgfBUSQw— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) April 1, 2019“I am pleased to say that our fleet is fully booked for the season,” Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO at Algoma, said.“The Algoterra is the second product tanker acquired by ATL in the last four months after the Algonorth joined the fleet in early December. We are looking forward to bringing the Algoterra home and to having the Algonorth operate for her first full season with Algoma,” Ruhl added.In addition to Algoterra, Algoma Conveyor, Algoma’s newest Seawaymax self-unloader, is currently in the final days of the trans-Pacific leg of its homeward journey and will reach Balboa, Panama this week, where the ship will undertake her Panama Canal transit and make its way to Canada.Algoma Conveyor will be joining its seven Equinox Class sister ships in operation for the 2019 navigation season.Algoma Central Corp. has a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma.last_img read more