first_imgDDTV: Click on the video above to watch St Eunan’s College star Michael Miller score perhaps the quickest goal in the history of the GAA.Well-known GAA commentator Jerome Quinn was on hand to film the goal and the former BBC man believes that Miller may well have scored the quickest goal ever in the GAA. The goal came after just NINE seconds of play in the MacRory Cup play-0ff game between Miller’s St Eunan’s College side and St Patrick’s of Armagh.St Patrick’s recovered well from their horror start and the game finished level at the end of full-time.St Eunan’s rallied in extra-time to secure a brilliant win which sees them advance to the next round of the competition.County Minor star Miller’s goal could now ensure he etches his name in the history books by scoring the fastest ever goal in the association’s illustrious history. However, it was apparently all part of the plan according to Miller who said “When it’s Miller time, it’s Miller time, you can’t do anything to stop it. 🙂 DDTV: IT’S MILLER TIME – HAS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE STAR SCORED THE QUICKEST GOAL IN GAA HISTORY? was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVGAAMichael MillerQuickest goal ever?St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks’ Labanc is trying to ‘prove a point’ with trade deadline looming

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — As Canadians indulged in a coast-to-coast celebration of the game they love, the lone American team on the slate played the role of spoilers.The Sharks stole the spotlight on Hockey Day in Canada, an annual celebration of Canada’s favorite sport, thumping the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-2 win. The Sharks were the only American team that participated in Saturday’s hockey smorgasbord, a showcase that also featured bouts between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, …last_img

Stacy Family Farm serving generations of berry lovers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is a sunny spring Wednesday in mid-May. Berry-smudged preschoolers accompanied by a flock of moms and numerous teachers create a buzz in the fields that drowns out the sounds of the pollinators at Stacy Family Farm in Washington County.Since 1899, the Stacy Family has farmed for generations on the fringe of Marietta, though most of the previous generations never saw field trips like the groups picking berries today. A changing food culture, evolving markets and a society far removed from the farm have made field trips a much more important part of the business than they used to be.“Strawberries start late and school is out early, so we have between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors maybe in a 3-week period. We bring them in from up to two hours away and they are here with us for around an hour and a half,” said Janet Stacy. “We hit on the second grade core standards and we host mostly preschool through second grade students. We talk about the weather. They get to see an observation bee hive. We show them the strawberry growing process. They get to pick berries when they are in season. Before that they get to do a pizza garden. They learn they can grow a pizza on the farm. It is all about educating the kids and sometimes educating the adults too.”The Stacys charge a small fee of $5 per person for the tours and, beyond the income, get a tremendous value by hosting them. The education component of the tours is increasingly important. The tours also make for good marketing as the students go home and tell their parents about the farm. Many stay after the tour and pick berries as well. The tours extend the harvest season to days other than the precious weekends in May and June for the u-pick strawberry business as well, said Bill “Farmer” Stacy.“We are close to 85% or 90% u-pick. We really push the u-pick as being a family experience. We do provide some picked berries for the senior citizens. Our big crop is strawberries. We’ll start with strawberries and we’ll dovetail into blueberries. We have blackberries and we have, for the first time this year, asparagus,” Bill said. “What we are seeing in other big u-pick areas is that it is going away. It is getting to be a more of a family event on the weekends and not as much people coming out to pick during the week to get a bunch to freeze. The school tours really help with getting people out during the week. We are trying to manage the crowds on the weekend and gear up for it.”The u-pick business presents a number of unique challenges.“With the u-pick, parking can be a challenge and with the kids especially, eating some berries while they pick is part of the fun of it, but we sometimes have issues with people eating too many. It can be also be a problem getting everything picked,” Bill said. “People are picking smaller amounts. Some people just want to pick a few for dinner. That means dealing with more people and you have to keep the smile up longer.”All of the products grown on the farm’s 120 acres in two locations — including tomatoes, a corn maze and pumpkins — are sold retail.“We don’t wholesale anything. We try to keep this local and local — local food and local help,” Bill said. “We have some professional pickers that come out and pick a bunch and resell them to double their money. I don’t even give them a discount and they can make good money reselling them.”The farm’s six acres of strawberries are grown on black plastic, which is a larger investment than other production methods, but it has numerous advantages.“The strawberry crop looks very good this year. The plastic helps with disease control. The berries are up on raised beds with high plastic and with all of the rain we’ve had this year, it gets the water away from the fruit to keep the disease away and it improves the quality of the fruit,” Bill said. “If you have a good crop, people remember that for a year. If you have a bad quality crop people will remember it for 3 years. When we got into this there were quite a few matted row growers in Ohio. The plastic was a marketing decision for us because it keeps the berries clean and dry. You can see the difference in the quality of the fruit. The plastic helps with the management too.”While much of Ohio has been swamped with too much moisture since last fall, parts of southeastern Ohio have had more average precipitation.“It has been about normal moisture for us this year. It is pretty amazing. We are sitting in this high-pressure system. It is sending everything up to Columbus and north,” Bill said. “In fact, the strawberry harvest is a little early for us this year. We had a few warm stretches and, since they are on the black plastic, that pushes them early.”The black plastic also helps the strawberry roots retain moisture and nutrients from the drip irrigation and keeps weeds under control. The sandy soils help too.“We have some upland sand that is outwash from the Ohio River and we have good natural drainage and plenty of water from our irrigation wells,” Bill said. “We monitor the soil moisture but we are usually pumping water to them every other day when the berries are on.”When the strawberry harvest is over, a cover crop is planted.”We plant sudangrass after strawberries with a broadcast spreader then scratch it in with a disk. We mow the grass a couple of times so it doesn’t get above waist high and leave clippings for organic matter in the soil,” Bill said. “We mow it one last time in August and moldboard plow it. Then we lay plastic and broadcast the ryegrass in between the rows to suppress weeds and provide a mat for people to walk on. We go through 3 weeks later in September and plant the strawberries. That takes about 2 days. We plant three different varieties to spread out the harvest season a bit.”Fertilizer application is based on soil tests and applied in multiple ways to meet the needs of the strawberry crop.“Before we moldboard plow, we apply 19-19-19 with micros based on soil samples. The strawberry ground is always strawberry ground. There is no rotation because it has to be the same for the u-pick,” said Todd Stacy, Bill and Janet’s son. “Cover crops help break up the cycle and always keep something growing there. Then we use greenhouse grade calcium nitrate fertilizer through growing season in the irrigation.”Disease and insect issues on the strawberries are addressed with sprays as needed.“We start scouting for disease from first bloom on,” Todd said. “The bloom is the most sensitive so we really have to protect that.”A preventative fungicides spray program every 7 to 10 days is used up until fruit harvest starts and then spot applications are used as needed.“We have good friends on the East Coast that are usually a couple of days ahead of us and so we see what is coming. We scout every day and we can see insect issues take over in a matter of days,” Bill said. “The spotted wing drosophila is a fruit fly that came in from China. We just have to manage it and watch the numbers. We test our fruit and make sure we don’t have any larvae in the fruit itself. You immerse the fruit in salt water and the larvae will come out. It is a big deal on the blueberries and blackberries. If we miss them, customers will come back and ask about the creepy crawlies in their blueberries. Strawberries get in and out before the insects get too bad. We have to scout for it and treat accordingly. “If we have a cold winter the spotted wing drosophila flies die here but they come up from the south. People ask me about spraying all the time and I tell them I would love to farm like my grandfather did without all of these invasive species coming in. All he had was corn earworm and cucumber beetle to worry about.”Through the generations, the Stacy family has worked hard to overcome the challenges required to provide high quality farm products, and now an increasingly valuable connection to the farm for consumers of all ages. Their efforts allow new generations of strawberry-stained children (and their parents) to find the unique and undeniable appeal of a berry patch on a sunny spring Wednesday.last_img read more

Appointment of forest research institute’s V-C challenged

first_imgThe appointment of a bureaucrat as the Vice-Chancellor of the country’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun has been challenged before the Delhi High Court by a plea claiming that it was in contravention of the University Grants Commission (UGC) rules.IFS officer The petition has sought to quash the appointment of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, as the Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU, claiming that she did not have the ‘requisite qualification’.The plea filed by Hilaluddin, a former scientist with the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), has claimed that the UGC’s minimum academic qualification for the post of Vice-Chancellor is a Ph.D degree and the candidate should have spent a minimum of 10 years as professor in a university.‘Not a scientist’ It added that Dr. Savita, also the Director of FRI, Dehradun, has never held the post of a professor at any university nor was she posted as scientist in any academic institution.During the hearing on the petition last month, the counsel appearing for the FRIDU Chancellor and V-C told the High Court that “there is no post of Vice-Chancellor of the Forest Research Institute, a deemed university and only the Director, Forest Research Institute is designated as a Vice-Chancellor”.Next hearing on Oct. 16 The High Court has asked the counsel to bring the documents which showed that there is no post of V-C before the next date of hearing on October 16.Mr. Hilaluddin, in a petition filed through advocate Gyanant Kumar Singh, has claimed that the appointment of Dr. Savita as the Vice-Chancellor in violation of UGC regulations was “illegally regularised through a resolution on March 30, 2016, by the FRIDU Board of Management, which included Dr. Savita”.The petition claimed that the Board’s resolution stood vitiated with the participation of Dr. Savita as Member Secretary in the meeting which was considering her case.It further alleged that “prior permission of the UGC was not obtained by the authorities of FRIDU before diluting academic qualification of the Vice-Chancellor and altering structure of its Board of Management as mandated by the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be University) Regulations 2010”.The plea has sought direction for termination of appointment of Dr. Savita from the post of Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU and filling up the post in a time-bound manner in accordance with the UGC regulations.last_img read more

Carpal tunnel release

first_imgDefinitionCarpal tunnel release is surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain and weakness in the hand that is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.DescriptionThe median nerve and the tendons that flex (or curl) your fingers go through a passage called the carpal tunnel in your wrist. This tunnel is narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain. A thick ligament (tissue) just under your skin (the carpal ligament)makes up the top of this tunnel.First, you will receive numbing medicine (anesthesia) so that you will not feel pain during surgery. You may be awake but you will also receive medicines to make you relax.The surgeon will cut through the carpal ligament to make more space for the nerve and tendons:Asmall surgical cut is madein the palm of your hand near your wrist.The transverse carpal ligament to cut. This eases the pressure on the median nerve. Sometimes, tissue around the nerve is removed as well.The skin and tissue underneath are closed with sutures (stitches).Sometimes surgeons do this procedure using a tiny camera that is attached to a monitor. The surgeon inserts the camera into your wrist through a very smallsurgical cutandviews the monitor to see inside your wrist. This is called endoscopic surgery. The instrument used is called an endoscope.Why the Procedure Is PerformedPatients with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually try non-surgical treatments first. These are:Anti-inflammatory medicinesOccupational therapyWorkplace changes to improve your seating and how you use equipmentWrist splintsShots of corticosteroid medicine into the carpal tunnelIf none of these treatments help, some surgeons will test the electrical activity of the median nerve with an EMG. If the test shows that the problem is carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended.advertisementIf the muscles in the hand and wrist are getting smaller because the nerve is being pinched, surgery will usually be done right away.RisksRisks of carpal tunnel release are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBleedingInfectionInjury to the median nerve or nerves that branch off of itWeakness and numbness around the handRarely, injury to another nerve or blood vessel (artery or vein)Scar sensitivityBefore the ProcedureTell your health care provider whatmedicines you are taking. This includesmedicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your health care provider whichmedicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your health care provider for help. Smoking can slow healing.Let your health care provider know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Your health care provider will tell you when to arrive at the office. Arrive on time.After the ProcedureThis surgery is done on an outpatient basis. You will not need to stay in the hospital.After the surgery, your wrist will probably be in a splint or heavy bandage for about a week. After the splint or bandage is removed, you will begin motion exercises or a physical therapy program.Outlook (Prognosis)Carpal tunnel release decreases pain, nerve tingling, and numbness, and restores muscle strength. Most people are helped by this surgery.The length of your recovery will depend on how long you had symptoms before surgery and how badly damaged your median nerve is. If you had symptoms for a long time, you may not be completely free of symptoms after you recover.ReferencesHuisstede BM, Hoogvliet P, Randsdorp MS, Glerum S, van Middlekoop M, Koes BW. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Part I: effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments–a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91:981-1004.Huisstede BM, Randsdorp MS, Coert JH, Glerum S, van Middelkoop M, Koes BW. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Part II: effectiveness of surgical treatments–a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91:1005-1024.Keith MW. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;92:218-219.Keith MW. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;91:2478-2479.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.advertisementlast_img read more