first_imgBy Mike Isbell Georgia Extension Service Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 22 Math never was one of my favorite subjects in school. I developed my dislike for it because of those problems we had to do on the blackboard.I remember always being last to finish my problem, only to find out I did it wrong. Peggy, the smart one in my class, always got it right.I realize most people my age have long forgotten about prime numbers, lowest common denominators, finding multiples and maybe even dividing fractions.But we’ll always have to do math. And unless you’re like my 91-year old dad, who still knows this stuff, you may have a hard time remembering how to figure out math problems.Math in the real worldThat was the case the other day when a fellow came in to get me to interpret a soil test report he got from the University of Georgia’s soil test lab.Soils in Georgia are seldom perfect. Most can be improved in some way to ensure the best plant growth. A sample of the soil can be tested at the lab, and the report will recommend lime and fertilizer based on the analysis.For home lawns and gardens, the soil report is simple. It will tell you to use X amount, for example, of 5-10-15 or 10-10-10 fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of lawn or garden. Of course, you still have to figure the square footage of your own lawn or garden, and those things are rarely square. Still, it’s basically easy.Farm ciphering more complexFor commercial and farm use, though, the soil report is a bit harder to decipher. It tells you the pounds of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium you need to improve the nutrient level in the soil.The problem is you don’t just apply nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. You apply something like ammonium nitrate (34 percent nitrogen), superphosphate (20 percent phosphorus) and potash (60 percent potassium).And you thought you’d never use algebra!So you have to use your math skills to calculate how much you actually have to apply. But unless you remember your math, you may be like me at the school blackboard and find out you don’t know how to do this.If you need help with your soil test, come by the Extension office. Together, you and your county agent can figure it out.And if you can’t, let a sixth-grader help you.last_img read more

first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nothing ruins a summer vacation quite like card fraud. As consumers gear up for their travels, community financial institutions (FIs) should provide best practices for keeping credit and debit card information safe.FIs can start by advising cardholders to share their travel plans with their FIs. This allows FIs to place cardholders into specific fraud prevention strategies based on their travel destinations.The forms of payment consumers use when traveling can also impact their vulnerability to fraud. FIs currently issuing EMV for credit and debit cards can take this opportunity to educate cardholders on the increased security EMV chip cards offer. FIs can also advise consumers to utilize prepaid cards while they travel, as they aren’t attached to consumers’ credit or debit accounts. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSam Arnold from Audi, Ray White sales agents Sally Ireland and Carolyn MacDonald, and Camille Flores and Michel Flores from Essentially Fresh, outside 6a Estate Street, West End.WHEN 6a Estate Street, West End, headed to auction earlier this week, it did so with the support of the local business community.“We wanted to do something different so we decided to get a number of local businesses involved,” says Ray White listing agent Carolyn MacDonald.So together with sales partner Sally Ireland, the duo recruited the help of Audi, catering firm Essentially Fresh and NAB Bank who not only helped promote the home during the campaign, but set up outside the home on the night of auction. And yes, the four-bedroom home sold under the hammer.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve had a lot of interest over the past four weeks and around 50 group through the house,” Ms MacDonald said.“We’ve sold in West End before and had an amazing response. It’s just one of those suburbs that is highly sought after.”Ms MacDonald said Essentially Fresh catered finger food during all open homes which helped keep potential buyers around for longer.“Most people spend around five minutes in a home but this helped keep people in the home for longer which in turn helps spark competition on auction night,” she said.“Besides that, I think it’s a great community approach to selling homes and helping each other as it’s not just the real estate market doing it tough.“We’ve also found that people who grew up here are moving back so this helps introduce them to local businesses that they will most likely deal with living here.”last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Social Assistance Program initiated by the Ministry of Education to continue says Minister by: – July 11, 2011 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Minister for Education & Human Resource Development Hon. Petter St. JeanIn an exclusive interview with the Honourable Minister for Education Mr. Petter St. Jean he indicated that the Social Assistance Program initiated by the Dominica Labour Party Administration will continue to meet the needs of the less fortunate among us.Every year the Government provides assistance to the less fortunate students in obtaining necessities for the new school term.According to the Minister because of his Government’s belief that every child has a right to education as well as the ability to learn this Social Assistance Program is very essential in meeting that goal. However, the program was implemented specifically to assist the disavantaged and financially challenged families in our society.“The Labour Party Administration believes in the principal of inclusion, we believe also that the masses must be catered for. Aas it relates to education specifically, we are convinced that every child can learn and as such no child should be left behind, hence we make provision for every Dominican child to be at an institution of learning. And having created universal access at secondary education we recognise that there are a number of challenges; one of these being the fact that there are some disadvantaged families that cannot adequately provide for the needs of their children. In that regard the Government has a Social Assistance Program within the Ministry of Education where we seek to ease the financial burdens of the poor and average Dominican family” he said.Mr. St. Jean also higlighted the four main areas in which the Ministry provides this assistance to disadvantaged families, the implementation of the Transfer Grants, Transportation System, National Textbook Scheme and School Uniform Allowance.“First of all we have what you call a transfer grant; that is the Government provides $500.00 for the children who are moving from Primary to Secondary School and we major on those who have financial difficulties. The objective is that these individuals would be assisted in the provision of the basic supplies and uniforms for their children. Secondly we recognize that having created access there are families that face the added challenge of getting these children to the school plants and so we intiated back in 2006 the school transportation system. Right now we have national coverage covering all of the education districts, not every village but every education district. We focus on the areas that are far from the school plants and the Government contracts fifty-one bus drivers, private bus drivers and in addition to that we have ten large size buses that ferry our children to and from the various schools.  We pay for the transportation of these children on a monthly basis thereby assisting the families to the extend that the monies what would have been spent on transporting those children they can use them for other purposes within the family.”Mr, St. Jean also emphasized the importance for students to be properly attired for school and as well well equipped, hence the reason for the implementation of the National Textbook Scheme and the School Uniform Allowance.  We also recognize that some parents have the challenge of providing the necessary textbooks that are used and so in addition to the National Textbook Scheme we have a facility where these disadvantaged families can access assistance for the provision of textbooks to the tune of $200.00 per child. Additionally, we are of the view that in order for students to do well they must have the basic needs and schools place an emphasis on being well cladded in the school uniform. Realizing the challenge the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Education provides for again disadvantaged financially challenged families a school uniform allowance” he said.The Minister also reminds the public that the School Uniform Allowance is not open to all but caters for the disadvantaged and less fortunate among us.“I need to emphasize that this program specifically targets disadvantaged families. It is not a free and open for all. We are providing for those families that have serious financial difficulties and we want to ensure that their children can get to school and do well because we believe fundamentally that education is not a privilege it is a right of every Dominican child” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Published on January 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite a two-game win streak to start its season, No. 57 Syracuse (2-1) fell 4-0 to No. 7 Alabama (1-0) on the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend.There was little to celebrate against the Tide, as the Orange did not win a single set in both its singles and doubles matches. The closest any Syracuse player came was sophomore Rhiann Newborn in her first set against Alabama junior Maya Jansen, which she lost 6-7.The Tide has three ranked singles players, including the No. 59 Jansen, No. 25 sophomore Erin Routliffe and No. 56 sophomore Danielle Spielmann. It also has the No. 18 doubles team in the country, made up of Routliffe and Jansen. Only Newborn and senior Amanda Rodgers managed to win more than three games in their respective singles matches.Syracuse’s No. 59 ranked doubles team of sophomore Valeria Salazar and senior Komal Safdar kept their match competitive against Spielmann and senior Emily Zabor, but the contest was cut short because Alabama had already won the other two doubles matches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange play the loser of No. 35 Princeton (0-0) and No. 56 Virginia Tech (2-0) in the consolation round Sunday.Compiled by Ben Fox, staff writer, [email protected]: In an earlier version of this story, the final score was stated as 6-0, when it was actually 4-0. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more