After Hurricane Irene, people weren’t the only displaced creatures. Many pets were in need of rescuing, and due to the efforts of Animal Control Officer Meredith Petrillo, the Animal Welfare Federation of NJ (AWFNJ) has given her its 2012 Hero to Animals Award.
Archive for March, 2012
Growing your own food
Wednesday, 21st March 2012
Growing your own food is surely one of the most rewarding pastimes anyone could have. Eating fresh salads from the garden and digging your own spuds may even bring us back to basics and give us and our children a break from our techno lives. There is nothing nicer than coming in after a hard days work in the garden with dirty hands and knowing you have planted your early potatoes and onion sets.
It also makes economic sense. Many families are struggling to make ends meet and recently there was a disturbing report that families are now spending less money on food in order to cover other household bills as well as economising by buying cheaper and often lower quality food (rather than good organic food).
If only people knew how easy it actually is to grow your own. My advice is to start small and then expand as you get more experienced.
My home garden is 15m x 30m (45ft x 90ft) and we get all our potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, beans, parsnip, beetroot, spinach, cabbage, kale, courgettes, pumpkins and salads from it – to feed a family of seven. I calculated that we save well over a euro;1,000 and thats not all – we get delicious fresh organic vegetables with no chemical residues from it.
Gardening exercise is healthy, fresh air is healthy and fresh organic food is healthy. We have no excuse not to get out there and get started.
Even if you dont have a garden yourself, you can look out for a local allotment or community garden. There are plenty of them around the country. Last autumn I watched a woman with her two small children digging out the potatoes they had planted in spring and Ill never forget their faces – as if they had struck gold. From only 2 square metres they nearly got a whole wheelbarrow full of potatoes. This excitement and sense of wonder and bounty of digging out potatoes or pulling carrots will never leave you.
You can join up with the GIY (Grow It Yourself) movement. They have an excellent and very informative website: http://www.giyireland.com and if you require practical help getting started, look at another excellent website: http://www.quickcrop.ie. Both sites have tutorial videos on how to grow almost any vegetable.
Unfortunately you cant grow every vegetable outdoors in Ireland. We just dont get enough warmth for the more sun-loving Mediterranean vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines, cucumbers and melons. Thats where a polytunnel or greenhouse will prove invaluable. With the help of some indoor space you can extend the growing season substantially. You could harvest fresh salads all year round and you can definitely grow the most delicious tomatoes youll ever taste.
Polytunnels are a lot cheaper than greenhouses, but greenhouses are a lot more attractive. Have a look out for reclaimed materials (windowframes, timber, etc) and with a good builder you are half way there.
The author of this article, Klaus Laitenberger, has grown organic vegetables for over 25 years and has published two excellent books on growing your own:
Vegetables for the Irish Garden
Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse
Both books are available from: http://www.milkwoodfarm.com and bookshops throughout the country.
He is also the co-founder of the Vegetable Seed Company http://www.thevegetableseedcompany.com that specialises in varieties that are suitable for the Irish climate.
If you love gardening, youre not alone. Gardening has consistently been in the top five favorite hobbies of Americans ever since the Harris Poll began keeping track of US pastimes, but it seems that lately theres been an increasing passion for all things green.
As the world grows ever more complex and maddening, some people are turning to their gardens for a peaceful refuge from lifes travails; others view their back yard as an ideal place to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Still other gardeners are experimenting with exotic and tropical plants, or with water features and garden art.
Above all, we want our gardens to grow organically, with little or no reliance on commercial
pesticides and fertilizers, and to use less water.
Many of these trends will be on display at home and garden tours this year. A listing of many of these events accompanies this story.
Some garden trends that are taking root in Santa Clara Valley include:
Edible landscaping. Possibly the biggest gardening trend in the past few years, and one that continues to expand, is the drive toward growing your own produce. Vegetable seed sales had declined for years, only to surge back when many new gardeners decided to grow their own produce–a thrifty move prompted by the recession, but also by the desire to provide more nutritious and better tasting food for their tables.
Some people are going whole-hog and ripping
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
At the recent 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), veterinary medical colleges teamed up with the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare (PPPH) — including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and pet product companies — to develop plans to address the economic issues facing companion animal practices.
At the conference, experts conveyed that visits to veterinarians are in decline, despite higher pet ownership, with implications for veterinary businesses, veterinary medical education, and pet health.
Consequently, they are promoting more of an emphasis on preventive medicine as an important part of curricular changes for veterinary medical students who are interested in companion animal practice. The conference workshop involved discussion of the concept, suggested models for this type of program, and the economic importance of this approach for career-ready graduates from veterinary colleges.
The proposed curricular changes included many recommendations from the North American Veterinary Medical Educational Consortium (NAVMEC), which released a report in 2011 calling for the inclusion of broader competencies in veterinary medical education that encompass economic and business management practices, and “One Health” — the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working together to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. “The incorporation of these principles, along with the experience gained from clinical experience, is an important part of the curricular and clinical offerings for integrating preventive practices into general practice,” said veterinarian Bennie Osburn, the AAVMC’s interim executive director. “The profession is calling for these practices as a way of preventing costly, catastrophic diseases by increasing preventive pet visits.”
Veterinary medical colleges are interested in coordinating efforts with PPPH in order to assist the profession by having new graduates ready and prepared for this new approach to companion animal practice. The AAVMC plans to assist veterinary colleges in developing these programs for their respective colleges.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members. On the Web:
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Rihanna wont be blasting into orbit with these shoes, but rather, racing down the main drag in Pradas new collection inspired by the 50s hot-rod era.
Rihanna received a special exclusive pair of flaming, green Milano heels from Pradas Real Fantasies SS12 collection. Blast off bitches, the pop star tweeted, along with a picture of the fiery green shoes. The new Prada collection explores the nostalgia of hot rodding, golfing, picnicking, the space race and other wholesome pastimes, according to their site.
Many of the heel styles incorporate the fiery flames once painted on the old hot-rods of the 1950s and 60s. The red knobs on the back appear similar to the sharp-pointed tail lights that give the allure of fire shooting out the back of the car.
Whether Rihannas shooting to the moon or racing for pink-slips, shell definitely be styling in these flaming hot kicks. No way Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran can catch this!
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RAIPUR: Three tigers were among 69 animals killed in the wild in Chhattisgarh since 2009-10, while the state government has spent a little over Rs.116 crore on the protection of animals during the period, an official said Friday.
Cases of poaching in the state have risen in recent years and since fiscal 2009-10, 69 animals were killed, including three big cats. The forest department has stepped up patrolling and deployed more forest guards in areas vulnerable to poaching to safeguards wildlife animals, a senior forest official said.
Those plans you just saw are just that for now plans. The zoo is upping fundraising efforts to pay for the exhibits development, with construction slated for fall of this year.
From a zoo spokeswomans blog post about the campaign:
Our tigers and sloth bears currently live in 60-year-old exhibits, some of the last remaining old-school exhibits at the zoo. It’s time to transform this space into a state-of-the-art, naturalistic exhibit complex for these endangered species. We’re making it better for the animals, better for visitors, better for zoo staff and better for the environment through sustainable design.
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By Harry Papachristou
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:58pm EDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Six Points Media Group, LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Randy Friedman to the role of President.
Prior to her promotion, Friedman was Media Director for Six Points Media Group and previously served as Marketing Director of Contego Services Group, LLC. Six Points Media and Contego Services Group are both affiliated entities of Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based insurance holding company.
While serving as Media Director for Six Points, Friedman was responsible for all digital media creation and editing. Steven Mariano, Chairman and CEO of Patriot National commented, “We are very excited that Randy has agreed to take on this challenge. We all look forward to the next phase of innovation at Six Points Media Group.” Friedman is enthusiastic that she will be able to continue this work while serving in her new role at Six Points: “This is a wonderful opportunity to capitalize on digital and social media; these technologies represent a tremendous value to any company.”
She added, “In order to compete in our technologically advanced world a company must be involved in, and have a mastery of, digital and social media; I can’t wait to further advance our brand and to demonstrate all the good our companies do for South Florida and beyond.”
Friedman’s expertise in digital and social media began with her earning a Bachelor of Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.
About Six Points Media Group
Six Points Media Group is a full service public relations and communications firm specializing in the enhancement of brand equity through strategic marketing, event planning, interactive communications and media production services. SPMG produces profitable business results by aligning corporate marketing strategies with company objectives. Through the creation of integrated marketing campaigns, SPMG will deliver value to customers by maximizing both sales and return on investment to stakeholders. The integration of production and television services with current public relations, print media and event planning provides a core product offering to seamlessly meet industry demands and client needs.
Media Contact:Nicole BrewerSix Points Media Group, LLC954email@example.com
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CIGARETTE cards, football programmes, Olympic memorabilia and swimming costumes will be among the items on display as Brentwood Museum takes a look at pastimes from 1912 through to the 1970s.
The exhibition, which will have a nod to the Olympic Games but will feature artifacts donated from Brentwood homes, will open at the Lorne Road museum on March 31 and run until October.