HUD approves grants to benefit homeless programs

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Previous articleAnother step forward to an increased cigarette tax in IndianaNext articleSenator Braun works to block a fracking ban Tommie Lee Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 5, 2021 1 140 Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp HUD approves grants to benefit homeless programs Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) The Department of Housing and Urban Development has renewed funding for local homeless programs in Indiana.HUD has put $2.5 billion into the renewal of existing grants for more than 6500 community-based housing programs and service providers across the country. That includes $26 million for 86 programs in The Hoosier State. In Michigan 272 programs will have nearly $82 million to work with.The move last week was streamlined as communities are consumed with COVID issues and have a limited ability to compete for the traditional funding competition. Google+last_img read more

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Tomato pests

first_imgCaring for tomato plants can be hard work, but the taste of that first vine-ripened red tomato makes it all worthwhile. Seeing insects like hornworms and aphids devour the fruits of their labor can make home gardeners see red. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Paul Pugliese offers tips for keeping the pests away.Two of the more common tomato pests are aphids and whiteflies. Both insects suck the sap out of the stems and leaves of the tomato plant, which stunts the plant and can reduce fruit yield. Aphids and whiteflies“Aphids and whiteflies can also transmit virus diseases to tomatoes,” Pugliese said. “This is another good reason to control them, since there are no sprays to cure plant viruses.”Whiteflies are tiny, yellowish insects with white wings. They can be found mostly on the undersides of tomato leaves. “If you brush your hand against the leaves of your tomato plants and see a cloud of tiny, white flying insects, then you probably have whiteflies,” he said. Aphids are commonly referred to as “plant lice,” although they are not truly lice, Pugliese said. The green peach aphid and several other species, like the potato aphid, are most commonly found on tomatoes early in the season. Aphid adults have pear-shaped bodies and are about 1/8 inch in size. Potato aphids can either be yellowish green or pink while the green peach aphid is dark green or yellow.“As aphids grow larger, they shed and leave white skin castings on the tops of leaves. This is often the first thing people notice. If you see these white specks on the leaves, be sure to turn the leaves over and look for live aphids,” he said.Honeydew isn’t a good thingTomato plants can tolerate large numbers of aphids without suffering yield loss, but may have distorted leaves and stems, stunted growth and dead spots on leaves. As a result of both aphids and whiteflies feeding on the plant, a sticky residue, known as honeydew, builds up on the leaves. If enough builds up, it can mold and turn black. This black mold is called “sooty mold.” “Because sooty mold grows on the surface of the leaves, many people think it is a disease problem. If you control the insect problem, then the sooty mold will eventually go away,” he said.Early-season aphids have many natural enemies, including lady beetles, lacewings and parasites that frequently bring them under control later in the season. Therefore, spray selection should start with the least harsh chemicals or organic options first to preserve natural enemies. Planting tolerant varieties and using sprays of natural pyrethrins, horticultural oils or insecticidal soap cause the least harm to beneficial insects and are generally sufficient early in the season, although repeat applications may be necessary. Other chemical options include products containing the active ingredient bifenthrin or malathion. Hornworms – camouflage mastersAnother common tomato pest is the hornworm, a green caterpillar with a horn on its back end. “Many people mistakenly believe the horn on the back end of this caterpillar is a stinger. The intimidating horn is purely for looks and does not actually sting,” Pugliese said. “One of the larger native caterpillars in Georgia, its mature size can be 3 to 4 inches long and as fat as your thumb.” Pugliese recommends controlling hornworms with organic insecticides containing Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) bacteria while the caterpillars are small. Insecticides containing carbaryl, bifenthrin or permethrin also are effective. Tilling the soil after harvest will destroy many – sometimes up to 90 percent — of the burrowing larvae that are attempting to pupate in the soil over winter, he said. Larger caterpillars can be handpicked off plants and drowned in a bucket of soapy water or stepped on. Leave parasitized worms aloneTomato hornworm larvae are often parasitized by a number of predatory insects. This is the case if you notice small, white sacks on the back of adult hornworms. “These are the cocoons of small parasitic wasps that will kill the hornworms when they emerge. If you see these white sacks, leave the hornworm in the garden to conserve these beneficial parasitoids,” he said.Pugliese discourages the use of insecticides when plants are flowering, unless it is absolutely necessary, and recommends making applications in late evening when beneficial honeybees are less active. As with all pesticides, read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions carefully.last_img read more

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Chris Paul’s ‘Homers’ comment angers Jazz fans

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This is a great home court and one of the best crowds in the league,” he said, “but I’m just speaking personally, that never bothered me. I loved that.”For Rivers, the return to Salt Lake City and the building that was formerly the Delta Center brings back another set of memories. That would be his 2003 dismissal as head coach of the Orlando Magic, when he was fired after a 1-10 start.The final straw was a 90-88 loss to the Jazz on Nov. 17, 2003.Rivers was reminded of that moment on the team bus this week, when Clippers general manger Dave Wohl asked, “Wasn’t this where you got fired?”“Thanks, Dave,” Rivers shot back.“I don’t think about that much,” Rivers said. “It was probably the best thing to ever happen to me if we’re being honest. I didn’t think it at the time but it probably clearly was the best thing.”No foulThrough the first two games of this series, the Clippers have been spared the parade of DeAndre Jordan to the free-throw line. Fouling the center, a poor free-throw shooter, has become as much a rite of spring for the Clippers as the playoffs themselves.It’s not that Jazz coach Quin Snyder is averse to the tactic, he said. Circumstances have just not dictated it.“It’s a rational thing to think about,” he said, “and it’s not something that we’ve not thought about and not something we’ve ruled out, but it’s something that hasn’t made sense for us at this point”The Clippers have not had such a run where Snyder felt he should go to the widely loathed “Hack-A” strategy.Jordan is a career 43 percent foul shooter who has shot just 40 percent in the postseason. Famously, the Houston Rockets put him on the line 34 times in Game 4 of the conference semifinals in 2015.“It’s not out of any disrespect or anything like that,” Snyder said. “It’s gamesmanship.” Paul, who was heavily booed when starting lineups were introduced, said he had not heard that the comment had caught fire until Friday morning.“Since the game the other day (on Tuesday),” Paul said, “we didn’t have practice, took my daughter to gymnastics. That’s the last thing I’m worried about is what fire I’ve lit out here.”Paul has clarified he meant that few fans in Salt Lake City support visiting teams, unlike arenas such as Atlanta. Misinterpreted or not, the remark added fuel to what was already one of the NBA’s most hostile environments.As for that scene actually having much impact on the series, as is often discussed, Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn’t buying it. He appeared in three playoff games in the same arena with the Clippers in 1992 when the Clippers lost in five games to the Jazz.He didn’t remember the atmosphere having an impact.center_img SALT LAKE CITY>> Well, this might be the last time Chris Paul tries to compliment opposing fans.The Clippers star had no idea what he started with an offhand comment Tuesday night that Utah’s fans were “homers,” a term that has been picked apart by Salt Lake City radio hosts, and become a bit of a rallying cry among fans here as the Clippers and Jazz first-round series shifted to Vivint Smart Home Arena after the teams split the first two games at Staples Center.One fan came brandished with a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Homer Simpson, while his friend carried a sign that read, “Just a bunch of homers.”“It’s a good storyline, huh?” Paul said. “If somebody needed this storyline, at the end of the day it is entertainment I guess. I’m going to hoop.”last_img read more

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Angels pitcher Richards holding off on Tommy John surgery

first_imgColon, who turns 43 next week, has pitched for the New York Mets since 2014 and is 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA this season.For Richards, Tommy John surgery, with its recovery time of up to 16 months, would cost him most of the 2017.“Certainly it is a long recovery and puts you out, not only for this season, but the lion’s share of next season, probably all of next season,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s anything you want to rush into.”Richards becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.Wilson throws simulated gameWilson, the veteran left-hander, threw a three-inning simulated game for the first time Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, but no minor league rehab assignment has been scheduled.“He is not game ready,” Scioscia said.Wilson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound this month and has targeted a mid-June return.Scioscia said Wilson looked good after throwing about 40 pitches.“It’s encouraging, but there’s still a process involved,” Scioscia said. “It’s going to take awhile.”AlsoRelief pitcher Javy Guerra cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Guerra (9.00 ERA in four appearances this season) was designated for assignment last week. … Left fielder Craig Gentry (back) rejoined the team at Dodger Stadium. “It’s done just in hopes of having the best outcome of having him be healthy,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you want to jump into any kind of surgery, let alone a surgery of the magnitude of a Tommy John procedure. I think, for Garrett’s interests, it’s best to take this course.”Richards, 27, was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA in his six starts this season before being placed on the disabled list.The hard-throwing right-hander was seeking a second opinion in recent weeks.“Garrett got input from numerous sources, both players and doctors, and felt that this was the best course of action,” Scioscia said. “That’s solely his decision.”Stem cell therapy is uncommon, but not a course of action that is not unheard of. Among known players to have undergone the technique include former Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon, who underwent treatment after missing the 2010 season with the New York Yankees following elbow surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Garrett Richards could return this season.The Angels’ ace, out indefinitely with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, has opted not to pursue Tommy John surgery for the time being.Richards received a stem cell injection Monday in the hope of avoiding the procedure.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Richards would be evaluated in six weeks.last_img read more

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