Learn how to properly prune ornamentals at an upcoming University of Georgia course offered on its campus in Griffin, Ga. The one-day course will be offered Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road.The course will also briefly cover how to prune fruit trees. In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when, where and how to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Participants will also learn pest prevention through pruning.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturists Bodie Pennisi and Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The cost of the course is $59, which includes lunch and break refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling (770) 228-7214.
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Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has acknowledged that technological discrepancies between schools have reduced the effectiveness of home-based learning, a program launched to accommodate COVID-19 distancing measures.The minister said schools in certain regions were progressing slowly and were at risk of being unable to catch up to others academically. Other schools had taken to distance learning through the use of low- and high-tech tools.“We still need time to analyze the overall effectiveness of home-based learning. However, what we do know is we have a lot of anecdotal evidence about challenges surrounding the online learning process,” the minister said on Thursday. He said the effectiveness of home-based learning was related to the educational system’s comfort in adopting new technology.Nadiem said education technology was being adopted at an unprecedented rate as parents, teachers and students adjusted to the demands of distance learning under COVID-19.“It can heavily accelerate technology adoption in education in the future. This is a very encouraging trend.”Read also: Tips from parents on helping children study at home during COVID-19 outbreak Technology adoption remains a challenge for the Indonesian education system.A 2019 report issued by global mobile communications industry body GSMA demonstrated a wide digital gap between people living in urban and rural areas. About 45 percent of Indonesians live in rural areas.Indonesia has 170 million internet users. However, the government has said that digital literacy in Indonesia is still relatively low, causing hurdles for teachers, students and parents wanting to engage in a tech-based education.Nadiem said he believed there were many possible solutions depending on each school’s access to and adoption of technology. He said the government was investigating what would work.“When we return to school after this crisis, we’ll be able to scale up measures that we know are working for certain segments of our educational system,” the minister said.Topics :
He told the Sunday Mirror: “Some people at City are trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season. But those people aren’t taking responsibility for their own mistakes. “I am talking about executives who have bought players for a lot of money – and then put those players on the bench. Executives who spend a lot of money on Stevan Jovetic and then drop him from the Champions League squad. I feel sorry for Pellegrini. He’s a good coach, but a weak manager. “He won the title with the team left behind by (predecessor) Roberto Mancini.” Toure, whose relationship with the club came under strain last summer, has been linked with a move away this summer, with Mancini making clear his interest in signing the 31-year-old for Inter Milan. “If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so,” Seluk added. “Two of the biggest clubs have already asked me if he is available, and I know that if City would sell, another 10 would call me inside 24 hours.” City go into Sunday afternoon’s match against West Ham four points above fifth-placed Liverpool and with the pressure firmly on Pellegrini. The Chilean has maintained he is not worried about his job, but admitted that could change if they dropped out of the Champions League places. “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, if you don’t win the title then you are out,” he said in a number of national newspapers. “If we miss the top four then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing, the analysis of the season will be different.” Press Association Yaya Toure’s agent has called Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini a “weak manager” and criticised the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain. Toure’s performances have come under the microscope amid a dismal run for City which has seen them go from title contenders to being in a battle simply to finish in the top four. But agent Dimitri Seluk has claimed the club are trying to make Toure a scapegoat for bigger problems behind the scenes.