Gotta Thin.

first_imgApples and pears grow fruit in clusters. Thin these down to the largest single fruit. If the tree is heavily loaded, you may need to remove some clusters entirely. If you don’t, the bloom may be light next year. When you’re finished, the fruit should be about 6 inches apart.Thin peaches and nectarines so the remaining fruits are spaced about every 6 inches. Do this about six weeks after they bloom.Thin plums so they’re 3 or 4 inches apart.And on blueberry bushes, remove about half the fruit on those branches with excessive berries. Once the bushes reach knee-high or larger, you don’t need to thin anymore. One summer during the Depression, when my father was still in high school, he and some other boys found a job picking peaches. None of them had any money, and it didn’t pay much. But few other jobs were available.Dad had to get up at 4 a.m., get his breakfast and fix his lunch so his dad could take him to Mr. Hop Adams’ house, where a flatbed truck waited.Mr. Adams used this truck to haul the boys to the orchard and then haul half-bushel baskets of fresh-picked peaches from the orchard to the packing shed.He warned them not to eat too many of the soft, juicy, ripe Elberta and Georgia Belle peaches. But the boys didn’t listen. They ate all they could.Why They Were WarnedSoon, they all found out why they were warned not to eat too many peaches, and they ended up in high gear headed to the woods. Some made it, but others just weren’t fast enough.One lesson was enough.Too many isn’t good for fruit trees, either. Sometimes, trees set more fruit than they can properly mature. This leaves the grower with the task of thinning.The early-spring cold snap did a little natural thinning. And since most fruit trees produce many more blooms than they need to make a good crop, it may have actually helped you.But you still may need to thin. If you don’t, you could wind up disappointed when it comes time to pick the fruit, which won’t be as big and healthy as you’d like.Here’s How to ThinHere’s how to thin: I know it’s going to hurt you to thin all that fruit off your trees, and you’re going to hate to do it. But it makes bigger and better fruit.Just as my dad found out about eating peaches, growing too many fruit on a tree is just too much of a good thing.last_img read more


Heavenly Clonmel ride for Dempsey

first_img Press Association David Kelly’s mare took up the running off the home turn and although put under pressure by the Good As Gold after the last, she kept on well to record a winning margin of a length and three-quarters. After finishing second on his last two starts, The Grey Guy gained a deserved success in the Comeragh Handicap Hurdle. The Brian O’Keefe-trained gelding led the into the home straight but the writing looked to be on wall as Fiddlers Way travelled menacingly in behind. However, Robert Tyner’s runner appeared to not quite see out the trip tackling three miles for the first time and the winner held on by half a length. There was drama in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase, which went the way of 15-8 favourite Leighinmohr. Horse No Name blazed a trail and after being joined by the winner turning for home, the pair battled it out on the run in. The result was still in the balance when Paul Nolan’s inmate fell at the last fence, leaving Andrew Lynch to coast home a distance clear of Dawerann on the 15-8 favourite. Sizinguptheamazon (4-1) upset the well-backed Augustin when galloping two and three-quarter lengths clear of the 4-7 favourite in the closing Ardfinnan Flat Race. The claimer has been firing in the winners of late and got a fine tune out of the Keith Watson-trained gelding, who was scoring for only the second time in 29 outings. The 11-year-old was challenged by De Benno and He Rock’s late on, but pulled out some more to win by two and a half lengths from the latter. 2-1 favourite Coolaghknock Glebe fell four out. Watson’s son Marshall said, “That was overdue and no horse in Irish racing deserved it more! “He’ll run in the Ulster National next and stays very well.” Dempsey said, “He got into a great rhythm and jumped from fence to fence. He gave me a great spin. He’s happy bowling along in front and was winging fences. It’s been a great few weeks for me.” Kilford produced a gutsy front-running display to open her NH account in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle. The nine-year-old was quickly at the head of affairs under Harley Dunne and showed a good attitude when challenged by Perfect Woman to pull four and a half lengths clear of the 2-1 favourite. Westerner Point (2-1fav) was popular with the punters ahead of the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle and didn’t disappoint his supporters as he beat Frankie Ballou by a length and a half. Curragh Na Gold built on some promising efforts in maiden company when justifying 3-1 favouritism in the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle. Luke Dempsey continued his excellent run of form with a fine front-running ride on Heavenly Brook (7-1) in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase at Clonmel.last_img read more


WhichBingo survey highlights bingo’s shift towards customer safety

first_img XLMedia completes takeover of July 17, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 has revealed a strong take-up of safer gambling tools and protections as part of its fifth ‘Online Bingo Market Report’.Publishing an in-depth 64-page report of the online bingo marketplace, WhichBingo underlined that operator focus has shifted to consumer needs on safety. Key research segments of the report include an online bingo player survey, accompanied by both an overall marketplace review and a breakdown of retention and loyalty programmes available. Online bingo has maintained its core demographic profile, which sees the sector’s engagement primarily attributed to female players (78%). Meanwhile, WhichBingo detailed no significant changes in age group profile, with 80% of players surveyed indexed between the ages of 35-64.Proprietary-built Tombola has maintained its position as the UK’s most popular online bingo brand. Nevertheless, WhichBingo explained that Buzz Bingo is proving a popular destination for players, taking second spot in its player survey – a notable achievement considering the brand has only operated since 2019. A breakdown of player habits revealed that online bingo maintains high engagement with its customer base, with 78% of players surveyed stating that they played bingo at least once a week. WhichBingo’s player survey indicated that average player deposits are decreasing, as the number of players who deposit £50 per month has fallen from 45% to 27%, in-line with 2017 survey findings. The survey detailed marked improvements in safer gambling options and engagements with bingo customers, who now have a variety of tools available to control their play.Setting ‘deposit limits’ was listed as the most popular safer gambling measure, with 70% of players surveyed stating that they have used the feature.Furthermore, 40% of players stated that they had temporarily self-excluded from engaging with their favourite bingo rooms, while 7% admitted that they had permanently self-excluded from bingo.“This year, we saw the online bingo industry face new regulations, causing a change for the better. In a time of increased regulatory scrutiny, WhichBingo stands out in helping brands adapt and meet player expectations,” said Stuart Simms, Group CEO of XLMedia – the parent organisation of WhichBingo.last_img read more


Lyceum not seeking redemption, just improvement, as Zark’s Burgers

first_imgView comments Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees00:47Duterte tells ABS-CBN to just sell the network02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Thai grabs early lead in Ph Ladies Masters; Saso 2 shots down What it failed to achieve in the NCAA last month, Lyceum hopes to get the job done this time when it sees action in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burgers Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “This time, we want to associate our brand with winning,” said Varona whose team won just one game in its debut in the Foundation Cup last season. “As we take our brand to the next level, we also want to align our basketball team to the direction of our brand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Topex Robinson and the rest of his wards, led by reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez, will be chasing glory as Jawbreakers when the D-League opens Jan. 18 next year.Lyceum is coming off a breakout campaign in NCAA Season 93, going 18-0 in the elimination round. But the Pirates also got swept in the finals by the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“We’re not thinking about redemption but more of improving ourselves,” said Robinson during the team launch on Thursday at Zark’s Burgers branch in Taft Avenue, Manila. “It’s a new journey for us and we’re very excited to continue our quest. Hopefully, we can achieve what we failed to do the last time out.”Zarks owner Commie Varona said his decision to partner with the Lyceum squad stemmed from the similarities he sees with his company as a fast-rising casual dining burger chain and Lyceum as an emerging NCAA power. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more


Zach Profit, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are in good shape. I think our crop is probably made here. I think we will have a big corn crop here. We had 2.5 inches of rain early this week. That may even be on the lighter end of what fell in the area. Some places northwest in the county we heard had 4 inches. It was a nice rain that came easy all day long.We have corn moving right along. We are hoping that maybe in the second or third week of September we can start shelling corn. Up here on our operation we are going to have quite a bit of corn shelled before the soybeans. I think with the cooler weather we have had, the soybeans will hang on a little longer, maybe until the last week of September. I think the heat that is coming will really push the corn, especially the early hybrids that were planted early.The beans are looking good too. Any time you get rain in August you are going to get a decent bean crop. I think they will be 60+ bushels. I am concerned about a wet fall. We haven’t had one of them in a while and trying to get a big crop out of the field in a wet fall I don’t think sounds like too much fun.I have noticed some weeds poking through here and there and we are going to be making some changes with our herbicide program next year. As to what those are, I don’t know yet, but we are going to have a sit-down to talk about some changes. The fields are fairly clean, but we do have some weeds breaking through that we don’t want to see.I have already seen husks opening up on the ears. We have had a lot of rain already and we are supposed to get more tomorrow. I am worried about that moisture getting down into the ears and hurting grain quality. That is a concern.I have been very pleased with the control we have of the diseases from the fungicide application with our ground rig. I feel like our coverage down through the canopy was really good and we have healthy plants.last_img read more


10 Insights to Keep in Mind When Applying for Filmmaking Grants

first_imgBefore you fill out your next filmmaking grant application, take a look at these tips and insights into what reviewers are looking for.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.Having recently covered the SXSW film festival in-depth for PremiumBeat, I discovered a very unsurprising trend when speaking to filmmakers about their budgets. The majority of films in competition received some sort of filmmaking grant support — either in hard cash or in-kind donations of camera gear, filmstock, or other resources.After attending a workshop hosted by the Austin Film Society for their statewide filmmaking grants, I gathered the following insights that should help filmmakers improve their chances of winning grant funding.Grants are Meant to Help Up-and-Coming FilmmakersImage by guruXOX.Perhaps the biggest point is the grant reviewers’ earnestness (in this case, as a state-sponsored non-profit) in supporting unknown and up-and-coming filmmakers. They’re not there to be gatekeepers; rather, they’re supporters — they just have their own sets of rules to follow, and the applications help ensure they realize their investments.Application Comes from Principal FilmmakerImage by Kevin Pedersen.While you can and should obviously solicit as much help as possible on your grant applications, at the end of the day, the reviewers want to see that your application comes from the principal filmmaker — usually the person who is most responsible for guiding the project from start to finish. This is often the director. Authenticity trumps presentability in this case (but shoot for both).Applications Change Hands OftenImage by Dragon Images.This was an interesting insight, and other grant review processes may differ slightly, but for the AFS process, every application gets reviewed by at least two people (and a third to confirm if the first two give low marks). After initial reviews, a pool of candidates go before a panel of experts where merits get argued and final grant decisions get made.Guarantee CompletionImage by guruXOX.As I mentioned above, grant reviewers want to find talented filmmakers to support; however, their biggest concern is that their money will be as useful as possible. Their biggest fear is that they’ll grant money to a project that doesn’t come to fruition — which, in turn, would mean that money gets wasted when it could have helped another filmmaker achieve his or her dream. With that in mind, at every turn of your application, your goal is to prove a 100% guarantee of completing your project.As such, after reviewing many past grant recipients, it’s clear that grants very often go to projects looking for specific funds for post-production and other elements on the tail end of the production cycle. Why? Simply because there’s more confidence that the money is going to projects that are more likely to see completion and succeed.Don’t Lowball YourselfImage by GaudiLab.This was also an interesting realization — grant reviewers are not looking for bargains. If you have an ambitious project and lowball yourself and your crew, that might appear to reviewers like a recipe for disaster. Instead, they look for proposed scope, budgets, and timelines that may be ambitious but, at the end of the day, look feasible.Control the Viewing ExperienceImage by Rohatynchuk Mykola.Many grant applications will allow you to share either clips of a project (if you’re already in production) or relevant sample clips from past or similar works. As these applications may quickly change hands many times, it’s important to “control the viewing experience” of these clips. Reviewers might view your clips without reading your entire application, so if you’re showing concept art or clips without color grading, put explanatory notes on the screen.(Bonus tip: if you, as the director, don’t have many samples to share but, say, your DP has a great reel, then share that and explain the relevance).Show How The Grant Will HelpImage by PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT.It’s important that you outline exactly how the requested funds will help your production. If you’re working on a $100,000 project, it might be a stretch to explain how a $5,000 grant would help — especially if you can’t show where the rest of your funds would come from. Knowing an exact number, where that money (or in-kind resource) will go, and how that will help your overall production is key.Include Letters of Support if you CanSimilar to applying for a job, having references or letters of support is a great way to demonstrate accountability, subject knowledge, and your ability to finish projects. Look to mentors, college professors, or clients who know your skills and character and are willing to write short-but-specific letters of support.Read Guidelines, FAQs, and Supporting MaterialsFinally, the most important of them all — Read. Every. Thing. Read the guidelines, read the FAQs, read any available supporting materials. There may be samples and past winners’ submissions available to review — read those. Read the mission statements and about sections of the website. There’s no excuse for missing information by not thoroughly reviewing what is available.Get FeedbackIn the case of the AFS grants, and for many others, there is often an opportunity to have your application reviewed before applying, as well as after grants have been announced (if yours is not chosen). This could honestly be your most valuable resource, as you’ll get genuine feedback on which sections are strong and which need improvement.For more tips about filmmaking grants and production, check out some of these resources:How to Write a Documentary TreatmentFund Your Project with the IDA’s Massive List of GrantsFree Money: 5 Cash Grants for FilmmakersHow To Raise Money For Your Indie FilmThe Comprehensive Guide to Pitching Documentary Projectslast_img read more


Shimla landslip buries 8 vehicles

first_imgEight vehicles were buried while three houses and a temple were damaged in a massive landslip triggered by heavy rains near Dhalli area in the suburbs of Shimla, officials said.No loss of life was reported, they said adding that 15 families had been shifted to safer places as several houses on a hill top were endangered.The Dhalli-Shoghi road was blocked and hundreds of trucks loaded with apples and headed to the Bhattakufar Subzi Mandi, three km from the spot, were stranded.Videos of the incident, which showed a heap of rubble falling on the road, brushing away some vehicles while trapping others, went viral.Heavy machinery had been deployed to clear the road, Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said.Heavy rains triggered landslips in some interior areas also but there was no major disruption.Paonta Sahib and Nahan received 137 mm rain, followed by Naina Devi 118 mm, Jhandutta 85 mm, Kheri 58 mm, Mehre 51mm, Berthin 49 mm, Kahu 39 mm, Pachhad 38 mm, Solan 37 mm, Dalhousie and Shimla 33 mm, Jubbar Hatti and Una 24 mm, Kufri and Ghumarwin 20 mm.The local MeT office predicted a wet spell in the region for the next six days.last_img read more