Infertile academic seeks Oxbridge donor

first_imgAn infertile Oxford graduate has placed adverts at Oxford and Cambridge, asking for an egg donor.Sally Adams has placed adverts in the Oxford Mail and its Cambridge counterpart, asking only for donors who are university graduates and under 32.Adams, who studied zoology at Oxford, said she hoped to find a donor who is “educated, intellectual and possibly with connections with the colleges”.She has been criticised by some for attempting to create a ‘designer baby.’ Experts have pointed out that intellect is only partly based on genetics and that using an egg from Oxbridge would not guarantee an intelligent child.A second year Oxford student said, “I think it’s bit pathetic really. If she’s that desperate for a child surely she should be delighted to accept a donor regardless of their intellect. Andbesides, there’s no guarantee a clever mother means a clever child”.Adams has already found an appropriate source of sperm.last_img read more

Compost happens

first_imgOnce the pile has stopped heating, allow it to mature for two tothree months. Materials in the compost can be toxic to plants ifyou don’t let it mature. This can be particularly problematic ifyou use the compost in a potting mix.When the compost has matured, add it to your garden or lawn. Useit as mulch, or add it to a potting mix. Or steep it in a porousbag for 30 minutes to several hours and then water your plantswith the nutrient-rich compost tea.(George Boyhan is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Don’t use fresh sawdust, particularly from olderpressure-treated lumber. (Older wood treatments used highly toxicarsenic compounds.) Fresh sawdust takes a long time to breakdown. It can use up nitrogen, stopping the composting.Don’t put meats, bones, grease and similar kitchen waste inthe pile. They can smell bad and attract vermin. Grease can blockair flow.Don’t add cat or dog manure. It will smell bad and maypresent a disease problem. Manures from horses, cows and chickensare OK, but handle them carefully. Neighbors might not appreciatebarnyard smells. Chicken litter, especially, has a strong ammoniaodor. By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaCompost happens. Using microorganisms to decompose organic matterinto a nutrient-rich soil amendment is a great way to reducewaste and put it to good use. It happens one way or another, in a passive or active process.In the passive mode, just pile up yard and kitchen waste and letit break down naturally. In active composting, turn the pileregularly to speed up the process and keep it going.The drawbacks to passive composting are that it can take up totwo years and, if the pile doesn’t get enough oxygen, it canstart breaking down without it. That will stink.This often occurs if the pile has too much moisture and drainspoorly, particularly in times of heavy rain.Easy rotterThe upside to passive composting is it’s easy. Over time, withpassive composting, rich compost forms underneath the pile. Toaccess the compost, just remove the fresh organic matter on topand dig out the compost.Composting can be a continuous process, with new materials addedto the pile as they become available. Or, you can do it inbatches, with the proper ratio of materials combined and turnedregularly until the compost is finished.To build a proper compost pile, use the right mix of materials tostart the decomposition and keep the process going. Commercialcomposters refer to the proper carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, usuallyin the 25:1 to 40:1 range.Brown and greenAn easy way to look at this mix is the blend of brown and greenmaterials. Brown materials are rich in carbon and relatively lowin nitrogen. These include leaves, pine bark, straw and chippedor shredded wood. Leaves, twigs and branches will compost fasterif you shred or chip them before adding them to the pile.Green materials are rich in nitrogen — grass clippings, kitchenscraps, manures.When you form a compost pile, make 80 percent of the volume brownand 20 percent green for the best composting. Mix thesethoroughly to begin the process.Turning a compost pile every three to seven days makes theprocess go quickly to completion. But it’s not required.Hot’s rightYou can be sure the process is ongoing by the heat in the pile.If there’s no heat, it isn’t composting. After four to six weeks,the heat-generating process will dissipate, followed by eight to12 weeks during which the compost will mature.No composting structure is required, but a bin can help keepthings tidy. It’s easy to build one with lumber and wire.Store-bought bins and tumblers can keep materials together andaid the turning process.Some noteworthy don’ts:last_img read more

Cricket News World Champions England bundled out for 85 against Ireland in Lord’s Test

first_imgTim Murtagh was the pick of the bowler picking 5 for 13 runs. Joe Denly was the highest run getter in the first innings. England team was bundled out for 85 runs at Lord’s.  highlights New Delhi: After upstaging New Zealand in 2019 World Cup Final, England team was up against Ireland for lone Test encounter at the Lord’s in London. Many cricket pundits believed that a Test match against Ireland will be a good platform for Englishmen to prepare for all-important Ashes series against Australia which is scheduled to start on August 1. On a sunny day in London, Joe Root, English skipper asked the opposition to have a bowl. However, Tim Murtagh’s 5/13 and Mark Adair 3/32 saw the England team all over the place as they were eventually bundled out for 85 runs, with Joe Denly being the highest run-scorer. Jason Roy and Rory Burns started the proceedings for England but their partnership didn’t last long as the debutant Roy was sent back to the pavilion for mere 5 runs with a dazzling out swinger by Tim Murtagh. Jason Roy tried to play away from his body and he eventually paid the price. Joe Denly and Rory Burns tried to stich a partnership in the middle but couldn’t continue for long. The wickets kept tumbling for the three lions as the middle-order saw three ducks in form of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, and Chris Woakes. Ireland team took some time to wrap things up but in process didn’t give away any easy runs. Having been able to restrict England team for a below par score at Lord’s, this remains to be seen if Irelishmen can show the same class with bat in hand and score all-important runs on the board. With the likes of William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, and Kevin O Brien in the line up, Ireland will be fancying their chances to score atleast 250-300 runs. Joe Root, on the other hand, will be expecting some heroics from his bowlers to eventually comeback into this game. From a distance, it looks a tough task for England bowlers. Interestingly, this is England’s third lowest total at Lord’s. Two of which have come against Australia in 1888. Here are the Statistics: 62 – vs Australia in 1888 (July)53 – vs Australia in 1888 (July)85 – vs Ireland in 2019 (July)center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more