Firms neglecting asbestos assessments

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Firms neglecting asbestos assessmentsOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Two-thirds of UK firms still have no plans in place to manage the risksassociated with asbestos in the workplace, insurance group Zurich Risk Serviceshas warned. Companies have until 21 May 2004 to comply with new duties contained in lastyear’s Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations. But Zurich’s research shows there has only been a 14 per cent increase inawareness of the regulations, and a similar rise in the number of firms thathave put asbestos risk management plans in place in the past year. Roger Cottell, managing director, said: “Our research shows that notall companies are on track for getting asbestos management plans in place, andawareness needs to increase dramatically if firms don’t want to be caught outby the deadline date.” To comply with the new legislation, companies must find out whether theirbuilding contains asbestos, and what condition that asbestos is in. They mustthen assess the risk and make a plan to manage that risk. In general, bigger companies had a better understanding of the newregulations, and were more likely to have plans in place. A total of 66 per cent of the respondents rated asbestos’ potential threatto health as a major concern. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Estimating a sub-mesoscale diffusivity using a roughness measure applied to a tracer release experiment in the Southern Ocean

first_imgWe test the use of a measure to diagnose a sub-mesoscale isopycnal diffusivity by determining the best match between observations of a tracer and simulations with varying small-scale diffusivities. Specifically, the robustness of a ‘roughness’ measure to discriminate between tracer fields experiencing different sub-mesoscale isopycnal diffusivities and advected by scaled altimetric velocity fields is investigated. We use the measure to compare numerical simulations of the tracer released at a depth of about 1.5 km in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean during the Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES) field campaign with observations of the tracer taken on DIMES cruises. We find that simulations with an isopycnal diffusivity of ~20 m2s−1 best match observations in the Pacific sector of the ACC, rising to ~20-50 m2s−1 through Drake Passage, representing sub-mesoscale processes and any mesoscale processes unresolved by the advecting altimetry fields. The roughness measure is demonstrated to be a statistically robust way to estimate a small-scale diffusivity when measurements are relatively sparse in space and time, although it does not work if there are too few measurements overall. The planning of tracer measurements during a cruise in order to maximise the robustness of the roughness measure is also considered. It is found that the robustness is increased if the spatial resolution of tracer measurements is increased with the time since tracer release.last_img read more

Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycott

first_imgWe may represent different teams, leagues and countries but collectively we stand as one. #ForTheGame pic.twitter.com/pjWDw8xG4T— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) May 2, 2019“This isn’t a boycott,” Schofield said. “This is a gap year.”For years, women have been calling for “one league” — a professional league of local teams between the United States and Canada that would function like the National Hockey League, and, preferably, under the NHL’s umbrella.Instead, they have competed in two separate professional leagues: the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) in America. Last month, the CWHL announced it was folding, and players saw it as an opportunity to form a unified North American league.The NHL, however, has been refusing to step in while the NWHL still exists, although they do offer some financial support.“There is a lot more we need to know before we would be prepared to weigh in at this point,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement to ABC News on Friday. “The NWHL is an existing league with an existing organization and business plan. We do not intend to interfere with their business or their objectives.”“At the same time, we continue to support the objective of allowing for the opportunity of the best Women Hockey Players in the world to play the sport at the professional level,” Daly continued. “We will further explore the situation privately before taking any affirmative position on next steps.”For their part, the NWHL released a statement saying they “are among the players’ biggest fans” and reflecting an offer of “increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue split from league-level sponsorships and media rights deals.”But the players simply aren’t invested in the NWHL. This refusal to play is the culmination of years of unmet demands for better infrastructure for women’s and girl’s hockey, which, Schofield said, is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Female athletes deserve to live the life they envisioned as kids: playing the sport they love, and making a living doing it. I stand with all female athletes in their pursuit of equal pay and a sustainable future. #ForTheGame #OneVoice https://t.co/hLY9HgcIJa— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) May 2, 2019Many demands have been directed at USA Hockey, which manages the national team that competes in the Olympics and international tournaments. In 2017, national team players threatened a boycott of World Championships to push USA Hockey negotiations for fair wages and support. They ultimately competed after a positive agreement was signed.Now, the professional league players are using their collective efforts to force the issue of creating “one league.”A popular argument against a unified North American women’s professional hockey league has been that there’s a lack of interest from fans. To that, Schofield says, noting the Canadian and American’s international dominance and 2018 ESPY for Best Game, “Do your homework.”“They always say if you build it they’ll come, and this is a situation where if a sustainable professional league is built, fans will come,” she said. “But fans haven’t had an opportunity to see the best product on the ice for professional women’s hockey — yet.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kendall Coyne Schofield refused to move from Los Angeles to play for the Minnesota Whitecaps, a National Women’s Hockey League team.Instead, the two-time Olympic medalist would fly in for Whitecaps games and fly back to L.A. afterwards, “because I wasn’t packing up my life and moving to Minnesota for the money I was getting,” she told ABC News.“The treatment of the players, the way the players are compensated, it’s not possible for women to train and prepare to be professional athletes,” she said. “And in the current state of the game, there’s nothing professional about it.”So on Thursday, Schofield joined over 200 fellow athletes — including stars Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux — in announcing that they will not be playing for a professional hockey league this season.“We cannot make a sustainable living playing in the current state of the professional game,” the players wrote in a statement posted across social media. “Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.” May 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycottcenter_img Beau Lund Written bylast_img read more

USS Denver Collaborates Medical Training

first_img View post tag: Defence USS Denver Collaborates Medical Training Training & Education August 29, 2013 View post tag: Training View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Denvercenter_img View post tag: USS View post tag: Collaborates View post tag: Medical Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Denver Collaborates Medical Training View post tag: News by topic Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) medical staff began a two-day basic lifesaving training in a collaborated session at National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) in Dili, Timor-Leste, Aug. 28 during a scheduled port visit.The basic lifesaving training incorporates CPR and basic patient stabilization in a hands-on fashion where the attendees will then take the skills they learn back to their home clinics and continue training their staff.The training is just one part of a much larger health initiative and is held in collaboration with staff from the Royal Darwin Hospital, in Darwin, Australia, Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health Directorate of Community Health Services, HNGV, the National Hospital Referral and Ambulance Services, St. John of God Healthcare, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)-supported health improvement project (HADIAK).“This effort once again brings the widest array of partners imaginable together,” said U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste Judith Fergin. “The range of Timor-Leste-based partners is large, maybe even unprecedented.”For many medical staff members of Denver, the event serves as their first international medical training, but they have high hopes for the future benefits that it could provide.“This is a program that has a definite curriculum that they hope to continue to use long after we leave,” said Lt. Bethany J. God, Denver’s medical doctor. “It’s not something that should be one-and-done, they should be able to teach and continue this program after we’re gone as well.”“The next two days will set the standard and the model for our cooperation through years ahead,” said Fergin.Denver is on patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), commanded by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON), 11 and is currently participating in Exercise Koolendong with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.[mappress]Press Release, August 29, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Exeter college receive donation from Goldman Sachs

first_imgGoldman Sachs has made a donation of £1.1 million to Exeter College, under the condition that the college provides £30, 000 a year in financial support for students via the hardship fund.The college’s rector Frances Cairncross said, “This very welcome gift from Goldman Sachs is tied specifically by the donor to relieving student hardship. It will be added to our endowment and will allow us, under our spending rules, to use just over £30,000 a year to help students in financial need.”Former JCR President Ed Nickell criticised the way the college manages their hardship provision. “From what I’ve gleaned, Exeter, uniquely among Oxford colleges, operates on a principle of charging all students as much of their living costs as possible, then retrospectively subsiding less well off students with hardship grants. Regardless of what one thinks of the principle, it has failed in practice.“Do we not have enough less well off students? Do they not apply? Either way, we should be worried. I tried tweaking the hardship grant system last year to include more anonymity and an eligibility criteria but it doesn’t seem to have made much of an impact.”The gift has been made as part of the bank’s charitable arm ‘Goldman Sachs Gives’. The bank has a history of supporting educational institutions charitably and have previously endowed half a million pounds worth of scholarships at Eton, and have donated to Balliol and Christ Church in recent years.Exeter students, who have just stopped a hall strike to protest the college’s £840 annual catering charge, welcomed the grant. Rowan Lennox commented, a PPE second year, “Great to see the much maligned finance sector making a serious contribution to social mobility.”However, some students noted flaws in the way the fund has been administered in the past. Second year Kat Farmer told Cherwell, “As someone who applies regularly for hardship funds, I understand how important they are to students. I’d really like to see college means test people for this money as currently you have to apply and prove you have run out of money.“Personally I really worry about my finances at uni and spend every holiday working fifty hour weeks to make sure I can afford the next term. This means that I often end up missing out on the hardship fund.”divert existing provisions elsewhere. In light of the ongoing student protests over the cost of the catering charge at Exeter, this donation could mean that more students are able to receive money from the college and mitigate the impact of the £800 fee.Alternatively, Exeter could maintain the scope of hardship provisions as it currently exists, the increased cash flow would then allow the college to reduce the catering fee for all students.The college have declined to comment on which of these two options they will take and have not been forthcoming with statistics regarding how many students benefit from already existing hardship funds and what the gift means in practical terms for students.last_img read more

USDA Announces $18.9 Million to Improve Research Facilities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges…

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C., Aug. 29, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in renewal awards to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment at historically black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. Today’s announcement builds on USDA’s ongoing efforts to foster strong partnerships with the 1890 community, ensure equal access to USDA programs and services, and support educational opportunities for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.“These awards help colleges and universities make improvements that support cutting-edge academic research and foster 21st century innovation that will shape the future of American agriculture,” said Dr. Joe Leonard, Jr., USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, who today announced the awards during a visit to North Carolina A&T University. “For more than a century USDA has built strong partnerships with historically black colleges and 1890 Land-Grant Universities, and the 1890 Facilities Grant Program ensures that partnership will continue to benefit students for many more years to come.”The awards announced today are made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program, which provides funding for the acquisition and improvement of food, agricultural, and human sciences facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that the 1890 land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, may participate fully in the production of human capital in the food and agricultural sciences.North Carolina A&T is receiving an award of $1.12 million, which will be used to construct a Complex for Urban and Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Education and Research (C-U-SAFER) building and to establish a student farm. The complex and farm will provide students opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects, as well as help the school leverage extramural support from outside organizations with an interest in sustainable agriculture, local and community food systems.Funding awards for 2016 include:Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Ala., $952,989Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., $952,989University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff., Ark., $904,537Delaware State University, Dover, Del., $700,649Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla., $917,871Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga., $1,003,446Southern University, Baton Rouge, La., $839,111Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky., $1,085,670University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md., $806,685Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., $1,185,476Alcorn State University, Lorman, Miss., $885,952North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C., $1,120,427Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, $1,299,243Langston University, Langston, Okla., $991,763South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C., $873,535Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $1,510,894Tennessee State University Nashville, Tenn., $1,089,527Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., $993,968West Virginia State University, Morgantown, W. Va., $826,068Abstracts for the 2016 funded projects can be viewed on NIFA’s reporting website.Previously funded projects include a Tennessee State University project that constructed a 25,000 square-foot Agricultural Biotechnology Building. It contains more than 12 state-of-the-art labs for cutting-edge research. Prairie View A&M University is currently upgrading their International Goat Research Center to better support animal and veterinary sciences research, teaching, and outreach programs in animal health. The renovations and supporting equipment will assist in developing a Center of Excellence in Caprine Research, providing agriculture students with experiential learning opportunities and facilitating delivery of programs to limited-resource farmers and ranchers.NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education and extension programs support the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, and have resulted in user-inspired groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.This month USDA is celebrating historic progress over the last eight years to improve the quality of life and access to opportunity for all Americans. Learn more online in The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Transparent artificial muscle plays music

first_imgIn a materials science laboratory at Harvard, a transparent disk connected to a laptop fills the room with music — it’s the “Morning” prelude from “Peer Gynt” played on an ionic speaker.No ordinary speaker, it consists of a thin sheet of rubber sandwiched between two layers of a saltwater gel, and it’s as clear as glass. A high-voltage signal that runs across the surfaces and through the layers forces the rubber to rapidly contract and vibrate, producing sounds that span the entire audible spectrum, 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz.But this is not an electronic device, nor has it ever been seen before. As described in a paper published in the Aug. 30 issue of Science, it represents the first demonstration that electrical charges carried by ions, rather than electrons, can be put to meaningful use in fast-moving, high-voltage devices.“Ionic conductors could replace certain electronic systems; they even offer several advantages,” says co-lead author Jeong-Yun Sun, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).For example, ionic conductors can be stretched to many times their normal area without an increase in resistivity — a problem common in stretchable electronic devices. Secondly, they can be transparent, making them well-suited for optical applications. Thirdly, the gels used as electrolytes are biocompatible, so it would be relatively easy to incorporate ionic devices — such as artificial muscles or skin — into biological systems.Jeong-Yun Sun (left) and Christoph Keplinger show off an ionically conductive material that is very stretchy and completely transparent. Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS CommunicationsAfter all, signals carried by charged ions are the electricity of the human body, allowing neurons to share knowledge and spurring the heart to beat. Bioengineers would love to mesh artificial organs and limbs with that system.“The big vision is soft machines,” said co-lead author Christoph Keplinger, who worked on the project as a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. “Engineered ionic systems can achieve a lot of functions that our body has: They can sense, they can conduct a signal, and they can actuate movement. We’re really approaching the type of soft machine that biology has to offer.”The audio speaker represents proof of concept for ionic conductors because producing sounds across the entire audible spectrum requires both high voltage (to squeeze hard on the rubber layer) and high-speed actuation (to vibrate quickly) — two criteria that are important for applications but that would have ruled out the use of ionic conductors in the past.The traditional constraints are well known: High voltages can set off electrochemical reactions in ionic materials, producing gases and burning up the materials. Ions are also much larger and heavier than electrons, so physically moving them through a circuit is typically slow. The system invented at Harvard overcomes both of these problems, opening up a vast number of potential applications including not just biomedical devices, but also fast-moving robotics and adaptive optics.“It must seem counterintuitive to many people, that ionic conductors could be used in a system that requires very fast actuation, like our speaker,” said Sun. “Yet by exploiting the rubber layer as an insulator, we’re able to control the voltage at the interfaces where the gel connects to the electrodes, so we don’t have to worry about unwanted chemical reactions. The input signal is an alternating current, and we use the rubber sheet as a capacitor, which blocks the flow of charge carriers through the circuit. As a result, we don’t have to continuously move the ions in one direction, which would be slow; we simply redistribute them, which we can do thousands of times per second.”Sun works in a research group led by Zhigang Suo, the Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at SEAS. An expert in the mechanical behaviors of materials, Suo is also a Kavli Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, which is based at SEAS.Suo teamed up with George M. Whitesides, a prominent chemist who specializes in soft machines, among many other topics. Whitesides is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, co-director of the Kavli Institute at Harvard, and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.“We’d like to change people’s attitudes about where ionics can be used,” said Keplinger, who now works in Whitesides’ research group. “Our system doesn’t need a lot of power, and you can integrate it anywhere you would need a soft, transparent layer that deforms in response to electrical stimuli — for example, on the screen of a TV, laptop, or smartphone to generate sound or provide localized haptic feedback — and people are even thinking about smart windows. You could potentially place this speaker on a window and achieve active noise cancellation, with complete silence inside.”Sam Liss, director of business development in Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, is working closely with the Suo and Whitesides labs to commercialize the technology. Their plan is to work with companies in a range of product categories, including tablet computing, smartphones, wearable electronics, consumer audio devices, and adaptive optics.“With wearable computing devices becoming a reality, you could imagine eventually having a pair of glasses that toggles between wide-angle, telephoto, or reading modes based on voice commands or gestures,” suggested Liss.For now, there is much more engineering and chemistry work to be done. The Harvard team chose to make its audio speaker out of very simple materials — the electrolyte is a polyacrylamide gel swollen with salt water — but they emphasize that an entire class of ionically conductive materials is available for experimentation. Future work will focus on identifying the best combinations of materials for compatibility, long life, and adhesion between the layers.In addition to Keplinger, Sun, Whitesides, and Suo, coauthors included Keith Choon Chiang Foo, a former postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, now at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore; and Philipp Rothemund, a graduate student at SEAS.This research was supported by the National Science Foundation through a grant to the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard University and by the Army Research Office. It was also enabled in part by the Department of Energy and the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s student runs for local office

first_imgInspired by the many women running for office across the nation, Saint Mary’s junior Leticia Torres decided she wanted to run for office in her native Marshall County in the 2018 midterm elections. On Tuesday, when Marshall County voters head to the polls, her name will be on the ballot.“You know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York? She’s awesome,” she said. “The day after she won the election, Michelle Livinghouse, who’s running for state representative, texted me that I was the next Alexandria Ocasio[-Cortez] and that I should run for office because it’s a really good place to start. She told me to start locally.”Torres is running to be a member of the Center Township Advisory Board.Torres said she is able to balance canvassing for office and attending her classes at Saint Mary’s due to a donation made by someone in the South Bend community.“I got a really good donation from someone in South Bend, and you can use that money to canvas by paying someone to canvas for you or buying yard signs,” she said. “I’m using all the donation money for canvassing.”Torres said her decision to run for office happened quickly. Torres said she has been “canvassing, going to events and making a ton of signs” while she has also balanced the workload that accompanies being a full-time business major.Torres thinks it is important for students and young people to get involved in politics because they are the future leaders of the country.“If we’re not involved then the older [generations] will be running things and choosing everything for us,” she said. “We have to decide our own destiny.”While Torres said she is more of a moderate, she said she feels most strongly about immigration issues.“I feel strongly about immigration because it’s such a huge deal right now,” she said. “It doesn’t have too much to do with local office, but, I figure if I start small I can do something about it in the future.”Torres said other students running for office should start by helping local politicians, as that is how she first became interested in politics.“Network — that’s how I got involved with all this,” she said. “I volunteered for other people running for office, I’ve done a lot of canvassing for local elections and gained a lot of experience doing that. If I wouldn’t have done that, I wouldn’t have cared about politics as much. Once you experience politics first hand, it makes it easier and more fun to get involved.”Torres said the most important thing students can do is fulfill their civic duty and exercise their right to vote.“Please vote,” she said. “You don’t have to vote for me, just vote.”Tags: 2018 midterm elections, Election, Marshall County, Politics, votelast_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Janet Nantumbwe balances religious life, classes at SMC

first_imgEditor’s Note: Sister Spotlight is an effort by the Saint Mary’s News Department to shed light on the shared experience of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College students. We will be sharing the mission and stories of the sisters in an on-going series.Saint Mary’s is not only a college, and is home to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the founders of Saint Mary’s, where the sisters try to stay connected to the students. This is especially true for Sister Janet Nantumbwe, as she is also a student at Saint Mary’s.Nantumbwe is from Uganda, and chose to make the move to the congregation at Saint Mary’s College to pursue a degree in elementary education.She began this semester as a first year and will graduate in 2023. In her daily life, she said she incorporates her routine as a sister along with her obligations to her schoolwork.“My routine as a sister is to get up early in the morning, say my morning private prayers, go to Mass, have breakfast and go to college for my classes,” Nantumbwe said in an email.She said she came to Saint Mary’s due to the many enticing aspects that were presented to her as a sister.“I was drawn to the Holy Cross Sisters by their charism of responding to the needs of the time, their hospitality and internationality,” Nantumbwe said.Nantumbwe felt welcomed by the sisters, and said she knew she should serve at the College because of a call from God.“I wanted to become a sister and serve people who have no one to take care of them, like orphans, the elderly and those who are disabled,” Nantumbwe said.She began to see that this passion to help others could be manifested as a Catholic sister. While Nantumbwe desired to pursue this vocation, her mother said Nantumbwe would not be able to become a sister because she was Catholic.When she was trained to work at a school alongside a sister, she again began to desire to pursue a life in the Catholic faith.“Being with her brought back my desire to become a sister,” Nantumbwe said. “Every weekend we would go to visit the sick and elderly.”This encounter encouraged her to look towards ministry instead of teaching for the time being.“I asked her [the sister] if I could become a sister since I was an Anglican,” Nantumbwe said. “She told me it was possible, and then I began discerning a call to religious life. It took me three years to join the Sisters of the Holy Cross.”It was a long journey as she was converting to Catholicism and paying for her training for teaching, she said. Nantumbwe said it was also a trying journey because of a lack of support.“But I remained strong in prayer and spent time sharing with people who encouraged me to discover my call,” Nantumbwe said. “Whenever I would pray, I would tell God that if it is his will, I would be a sister.”Nantumbwe joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross and started off helping those in need. She is still continuing to teach.“Later, when I was accepted into the Congregation’s International Novitiate here in the U.S., I was assigned to minister to the elderly in the assisted living community and in the disabled people’s community,” Nantumbwe said.After she adjusted to her life abroad and her academics, Nantumbwe said she opened up to the opportunities God offers her.“My favorite things about the Congregation are serving the underprivileged, being accepted for who I am and offering me different opportunities in my life,” Nantumbwe said.Tags: Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, sister spotlight, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

Harvest Right.

first_imgSeason’s End: Save Some Herbs for Cooking Magic To be dried for peak flavors and aromas, herbs must first be harvested properly. Some guidelines: To get the best from those homegrown herbs, you have to harvest them when the oilsresponsible for their flavor and aroma are at their peak. Timing these flavor peaksdepends on the plant part you’re harvesting and how you intended to use them.Herbs grown for their foliage should be harvested before they flower. While chives arequite attractive in bloom, flowering can cause the foliage to develop an off-flavor.Harvest herbs grown for seeds as the seed pods change from green to brown to gray butbefore they open. Collect herb flowers, such as borage and chamomile, just before fullflower.center_img Photo: Wayne McLaurin Begin harvesting a foliage herb when the plant has enough foliage to maintain growth. You can pick up to 75 percent of the current season’s growth at one time. Harvest early in the morning, after the dew dries, but before the heat of the day. Pick leaves before flowering. Otherwise, leaf production declines. Herb flowers have their most intense oil concentration and flavor when harvested after flower buds appear but before they open. When picking herb flowers to dry for craft purposes, pick them just before they’re fully open. Annual herbs can be harvested until frost. Perennial herbs can be clipped until late August in north Georgia and late September in south Georgia. Stop harvesting about one month before the frost date. Late pruning could encourage tender growth that can’t harden off before winter.last_img read more