Ground Covers.

first_imgBesides rooting cuttings and sowing seeds, there are other ways to increase ground-cover plants, says a University of Georgia expert. First, it helps to know how your ground cover spreads, says Bob Westerfield, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Ground-cover plants spread by stolons (aboveground runners) or rhizomes (underground stems), Westerfield says.Plants With Stolons To propagate plants from stolons, such as flowering strawberry or ajuga, peg runners into contact with the soil or composted leaf mulch. Keep the area moist, and the stems should root within one to two months. Separate new little plants from the parent in late summer or early fall.Plants With Rhizomes Plants with rhizomes, such as lily of the valley, are easy to propagate, too. In early spring or early fall, use a spade to slice through the lateral stems that connect a parent plant with a newly developing plantlet. Make sure each plant has at least one bud, Westerfield says. Replant them at the same depth. For more information on ground covers, see the UGA Extension Service publication on the Web at www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/L121.htm.last_img read more

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Building a better workforce for the future

first_img continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How and what we define as work is rapidly changing. There is a disconnect between the type of work we’ll do in the future and the skills that will be needed to support this future.The way we think about work also needs to change. The traditional life model of “learn, do, retire” is no longer relevant, according to a study by the World Economic Forum[1]. By 2022, the core skills required to perform most roles will, on average, change by 42 percent. One career for life is no longer the norm; workers will need to shift to a job market that prioritizes skills development and learning.I was recently appointed to serve on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to advise the public sector on ways in which private industry and educational institutions can tackle the ongoing skills crisis and enable workers’ access to demand-driven education, continuous training and work-based learning opportunities. Earlier this week, the Advisory Board put forward a number of actionable recommendations that will bring more Americans into the workforce, strengthen skills-based hiring and training and advance opportunities for lifelong careers. This collaboration between government and private sector is critical to the health and competitiveness of the American workforce and the American economy.last_img read more

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Alexander: Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons needs more fans to #VoteSimba

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I wasn’t playing (to make) the All-Star Game. But at the end when you see you’re up there with a few other candidates, it’s pretty special. That means you did pretty good work so far.”The acknowledgment that he’s an elite shortstop beyond the ranks of those who see him every day might be satisfaction enough. It might have to be.“If I thought it was that important for Simba, where his ego was going to be so bruised if he wasn’t selected to the All-Star Game, I think I’d have a more passionate speech,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said when asked how he’d stump for his shortstop. “But that’s the beauty of Simba. You know he wants to play, he wants to win. He’s not going to be affected if he’s slighted. … He’s playing at an incredible level. So you know there’s no speeches really necessary. I think his play speaks for itself.”Ah, well, maybe the people in Atlanta, who got Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis into the NL’s starting lineup, will do a solid for a former Brave between now and the time voting ends.“If there’s Braves fans out there that still want to see me in the All-Star Game, feel free to vote,” he said.He’s Andrelton Simmons, and I’m guessing he’d approve this [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For what it’s worth, the Mariners were wearing “SendSegura” T-shirts as they boarded their plane to SoCal, and their organization is waging a spirited campaign. The Red Sox social media team posted pictures of Benintendi on their team plane taking a nap beneath the hashtag “#VoteBenny.”Yankees players taped funny videos talking up Stanton’s campaign, while their organization teamed up with the Dodgers, with the Yanks also promoting Max Muncy and the Dodgers pumping up Stanton.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.(Hold it: Why didn’t the Dodgers and Angels combine their voting blocs? For the Dodgers to go in with the Yankees feels like the Lakers and Celtics collaborating. There’s too much history there, and it just doesn’t feel right.)Such combined efforts are becoming more popular. The Dodgers and Royals got both Justin Turner and Mike Moustakas elected last year, with both teams promoting both third basemen.This year, the Twins, with Rosario, and the Brewers, with first baseman (and NL home run leader) Jesus Aguilar, have joined forces. The Angels have done likewise with the Nationals, the host of next Tuesday’s All-Star Game, who are trying to get their shortstop, Trea Turner, on the roster.Beyond that? The Angels gave away autographed baseballs, bobbleheads and even game tickets on Twitter to those who could post a screenshot showing they voted for Simmons and Turner. They painted “VOTE SIMBA” on the mound before Sunday night’s ESPN game against the Dodgers, which represented a 2-1/2-hour campaign infomercial (it was a quick game).Mike Trout and Tyler Skaggs stumped for Simmons on their Twitter pages. And the Angels posted a 10-second clip from Shohei Ohtani, endorsing Simmons in Japanese. (Maybe the Asian returns will be coming in late.)But where’s the campaign ad featuring splashy video of Simmons’ defensive highlights and offensive outbursts? Or does this call, instead, for negative ads aimed at the other guys?“Yeah,” Simmons said with a laugh, trying out a line: “ ‘They eat past their bedtime. They shouldn’t go.’ ”On second thought, I don’t think Simba will be going negative.“Whatever the fans want to see most, that’s who they vote for,” he said. “It’s their decision, so I respect that. I mean, it’s a show for the people.“Maybe I should try campaigning hard myself, but it’s hard for me. But I know I have a lot of people pulling forme, a lot of people trying to help me out. Everybody’s telling me they’re voting for me, which is really,really cool.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Maybe performance helps. Simmons was 3 for 5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, as well as his usual dazzling defense, in the Angels’ 9-3 victory over the Mariners. And a devoted fan tweeted this midway through the game:Sorry I’m annoying everyone, only 15 hours left. We can BEAT the EVIL East. Andrelton Simmons deserves this! It’s 100% up to us. I’ll be spending the entire 8th inning voting non stop. #VoteSimba #[email protected] @VictorRojas @TrentRushSportshttps://t.co/n6OSYbCyjo— Shannon needs to quit sports (@ShannonTucknies) July 11, 2018So if this is going to happen, it’s going to have to happen from the ground up.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Maybe Andrelton Simmons needs a more cutthroat campaign manager.The Angels shortstop is having a wonderful season, one good enough to get him into the five-man All-Star Final Vote, which closes Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT. Simmons’ misfortune is that he plays a position that, at least in the American League, is exceeded in its importance by its sheer glut of talent.Baltimore’s (for now) Manny Machado and Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor made the AL’s initial roster. Seattle’s Jean Segura, who also qualified for the Final Vote, is fourth in the league in hitting. The Astros’ Carlos Correa should probably be in that elite conversation as well, but he has been sidelined with back stiffness.As for that Final Vote? Simmons, eighth in the AL in hitting and first in the majors in strikeout rate (one every 21.93 plate appearances) going into Tuesday night’s game with Seattle, has some serious catching up to do. Segura led the AL voting as of Tuesday afternoon, followed by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi, the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, the Twins’ Eddie Rosario and Simmons. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Australia wins the toss and put England in as Archer debuts

first_imgPaceman Jofra Archer and spinner Jack Leach replaced James Anderson (calf) and the dropped Moeen Ali in the England side following a defeat in the first match of the series at Edgbaston.The tourists made just the one change to a winning side, with Josh Hazlewood getting the nod in place of James Pattinson.Lord’s is set to turn red on Thursday in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, honoring former England captain Andrew Strauss’ late wife. Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bowl first in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.Paine called right under blue skies in London, where the opening day was washed out due to rain. England captain Joe Root revealed he would also have bowled first if the coin had come down on the other side.last_img

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