Blairsville Seminar.

first_imgPhoto: UGA CAES Horticulture As garden club events go, it can hardly get any better than the Southern Appalachian Landscape Seminar. Growing more popular every year since its 1982 start, the event this year is expected to pack the Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville April 26.University of Georgia professor and author Alan Armitage, an expert on perennials, will be one of the guest speakers. Others will include George Schmidt, author of “Genus Hosta”; and Penny McHenry, founder of the Georgia Hydrangea Society.The Blairsville Garden Club sponsors the event, along with the UGA Mountain Branch Experiment Station, the UGA Extension Service and the Southern Appalachian Growers Association.Exhibits, Door PrizesLandscape firms, plant societies and others will have exhibits. A number of plants and other garden items will be given as door prizes. And the garden club members will again have a plant sale.A $20 preregistration fee (or $25 at the door) will cover a boxed lunch and other costs. Seating is limited. For reservations, call the Mountain Branch Station at (706) 745-2655. Allan Armitagelast_img read more

Feeding Souls

first_imgAt UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student community farm, plots of lettuce, kale, beets, carrots and greens planted during the winter wait to be harvested. Despite the absence of dozens of student workers due to the campus closure prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, a handful of staff at the garden are keeping fresh produce flowing out into the community to benefit food-insecure families.UGArden is being run by the garden’s four regular staff members, led by UGArden farm manager JoHannah Biang and director David Berle, along with a few AmeriCorps VISTA workers who have been reassigned to work in the garden.“When spring break was over and it was mandated that the students were not going to return, the garden supervisor and I made a plan for how to operate the garden because we see ourselves as essential,” said Biang.UGArden is a major source of fresh produce for the Campus Kitchen at UGA, which provides meals to food-insecure older residents in Athens, many of them grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Because Campus Kitchen lost access to its regular facility for storing produce and prepared meals due to the pandemic, UGArden also stores those items at the garden’s facilities.“We have shifted our operations to match up with the recommendations from above on how to handle our operation in light of the COVID-19 crisis,” Biang added.Garden staff work in the garden on staggered shifts to limit the number of people working on-site, implement social distancing practices in the fields when harvesting, and follow sanitizing guidelines.“We’re on rotating schedules, so we don’t all work on the farm at the same time. Some of our staff work from home on the days when others are coming in to the farm, and our AmeriCorps VISTA workers are checking on the school gardens,” Biang said. As a result of the crisis, UGArden is also holding its spring medicinal herb plant sale online.Customers can choose between dozens of herb plant varieties, order and pay for plants online. The garden staff will contact customers to schedule contactless pickup times. The sale, which continues through May 8 at 5 p.m., can be found at addition to Berle and Biang, UGArden staff working during the crisis include Assistant Farm Manager Sarah Rucker, UGArden Herb Manager Noelle Fuller, UGArden student worker Erica Head, UGArden AmeriCorps VISTA worker Lynae Bresser, and Wick Prichard, Grow It Know It program coordinator and supervisor to school VISTA workers with the UGA Office of Service-Learning and the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In addition, AmeriCorp VISTA workers Ellen Clegg, Emma Myer, Charles Evans and Morgan Watson are working on the farm during the crisis.“We are all doing a lot of farm work, and AmeriCorps has allowed their volunteers to perform direct service at this time, when their primary purpose is usually capacity building,” Biang said.Previously Clegg, Myer, Evans and Watson were working in Clarke County middle schools in the Grow It Know It program, which is designed to grow solutions that address food insecurity, food waste and climate change through project-based learning activities. The produce harvested from UGArden helps feed 53 Athens-areas families through Campus Kitchen. Produce is also being donated to Manny Stone, a culinary arts teacher at the Athens Community Career Academy, who uses it to prepare meals for those who are in need due to job losses during the crisis.“Just being out here and being able to contribute to the community has been a really positive thing for the people out here,” Biang said. “Being able to use our efforts and the state-funded farm to fill a gap in the community, even more than we normally do, is really important.”In addition to harvesting the crops that are ready now, UGArden staff are planting summer crops, including squash, peppers, okra and tomatoes.“We will be rolling through the summer like we always do. We will plant as much as possible so we can continue giving,” Biang said. “It has been stressful because we can’t do everything like we used to. We have to think and adapt to operate according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the staff has been phenomenal. It has been really great to see our staff and the VISTA workers really pitch in and want to stay and be a part of something a little bit bigger in the service aspect. It is encouraging.”To support UGArden’s efforts, visit and click on “Donate” to UGArden.  For information on ongoing efforts at the Campus Kitchen at UGA, see the story at read more

Record U.K. offshore wind installations top 2GW in 2018

first_imgRecord U.K. offshore wind installations top 2GW in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews:The UK installed more than 2GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2018, a record-breaking volume, according to RenewableUK.R-UK said eight new offshore wind farms were opened this year adding 2121MW of new capacity, which is almost double the previous record of 1154MW set in 2012. It added that the achievement was reached with the addition of just 18% more turbines than were installed in 2012 – 367 machines compared with 309.“Since 2012, the average capacity of an offshore turbine has grown over 50% from 3.7MW to 5.8MW this year,” R-UK said. New projects in 2018 included the 659MW Walney 3, 573MW Race Bank and 400MW Rampion developments, it said.Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “The UK is making great progress in decarbonising its electricity system, smashing records in coal-free generation last year, largely thanks to a growth in renewables, and continuing the transformation this year with record growth in offshore wind. This year, we completed construction of two major offshore wind farms, including Walney Extension, the biggest in the world, and we’re now constructing Hornsea 1 off the Yorkshire Coast which, at around double the size, will take the title in 2020.“Rapid growth in this clean-tech industry is set to continue as we work with the government to finalise an offshore wind sector deal, which could mean that, by 2030, one third of the UK’s electricity could come from offshore wind.”More: ‘Record year’ for UK offshorelast_img read more

Canoe Kentucky Is Ready to Get YOU on the Water!

first_img Canoe Kentucky is open seven days a week. Reservations for all rental trips are required, as well as for guided tours. Hours during the week are 9 to 5 at the Elkhorn Creek locations, and 8 to 7 on weekends and holidays. The Kentucky River location is open by reservation only. Canoe Kentucky can be reached numerous different ways: on Facebook and Instagram at @canoeky; online at; by phone at 888 CANOE KY or 502 227 4492; and by email at The flagship store is located on the banks of the Elkhorn Creek, Kentucky’s most popular paddling stream. With Class 1 and 2 moving water, it is the perfect waterway for beginners, novices and advanced paddlers. The Elkhorn also boasts as being one of the top smallmouth bass fishing streams in the southeast. Canoe Kentucky can get folks on the creek through their outfitter business, the largest in the state of Kentucky. Rentals on the creek are offered in canoes, kayaks and tandem kayaks, as well as family rafts. The Kentucky River location, located in Riverview Park in downtown Frankfort, is the base of operations for numerous guided and unguided offerings. It is a great place to flat water kayak for the first time, or maybe try out a stand up paddleboard. The Kentucky River, being dammed up, is a very flat paddling experience, very similar to being on a lake. And you can paddle right into downtown, stop and have a bite to eat at a riverside restaurant, then continue n your way. River View Numerous guided trips are offered out of the Kentucky River location as well. The most popular guided trip is one that captures to boom of the bourbon industry, and that is the “Buffalo Trace Bourbon Paddle Tour.” This trip is offered in partnership with Buffalo Trace Distillery, located directly on the Kentucky River banks. The trip is a four to five hour experience which includes paddling through an operation lock and dam, one that has operated since 1840, taking out at the distillery where you are served lunch and a private, behind the scenes tour of the operational distillery, a complimentary tasting followed by a return paddle trip to the starting location, again, through the operational lock chamber. These trips are offered every other Sunday through the fall, and they do have limited availability, so early reservations are recommended. Buffalo Trace Distillery Canoe Kentucky attests its long career in paddlesports to its fundamental principle of offering the safest ad most customer service friendly experience possible. Offerings like free “Try Before You Buy” demos 7 days a week, instructional classes from flat water to advanced whitewater paddling, and free lifetime shuttle service with all new boat purchases, help make customers feel more like family. And the expert staff and team is second to none, with enthusiasts in all paddlesports disciplines on staff, and numerous certifications from the American Canoe Association, American Camp Association, Wilderness Medical Associates, NOLS, WEA and more, prove that they take their outdoor lives and jobs very seriously. For those that are already an enthusiast of paddling, or those looking at stepping up into their own craft, the Canoe Kentucky shop is the place to go, carrying kayaks from Jackson Kayak, Native Watercraft, NuCanoe, Hurricane Kayaks, Liquid Logic Kayaks, and Bonafide Kayaks, as well as canoes from Wenonah Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards from Bic, SOL and NRS. And every accessory need can be met as a wide selection of paddling gear is plentiful, from paddles to pfd’s, and from fishing accessories to whitewater must haves. Canoe Kentucky is not just rental and retail sales, but they also run the largest and most successfully outdoor camp in the state. Serving over 250 youth most years, camps are offered from 5-day traditional day camps, to overnight paddling experiences and fishing specific camps. These camps travel all over the Bluegrass region and the state of Kentucky to immerse kids in the wonders of the state. And Canoe Kentucky’s outreach goes to more than just the young, as programs are offered like Kentucky River Jam, Canoe Kentucky’s community led music and craft festival offered once a month, adult outdoor education workshops offered every two weeks and guided partnership trips with local businesses, like local breweries Sig Luscher, West Sixth and Goodwood. Rick’s White Light Cajun Diner The staff and team at Canoe Kentucky want to welcome you out to the great paddling and outdoor opportunities we have in central Kentucky. If they can help make all your outdoor wishes, dreams and experiences become reality, they will do that in any way possible! Don’t believe it… just ask! Canoe Kentucky, the Bluegrass States Premier Paddlesports Shop, is open and ready to get YOU on the water. Located in two locations in Frankfort, Kentucky, Canoe Kentucky has been satisfying paddlers needs for 39 plus years. last_img read more

The Maduro Regime Targets Digital Media To Silence The Opposition

first_imgOn July 9, Táchira state Legislative Council Deputy Nellyver Lugo, a self-described Chavista, blamed local and digital media for inciting violence among the population, encouraging demonstrations, and building an “anti-Maduro atmosphere” that led to Chacon’s injuries. Digital media must be told what is “opportune and prudent” in their coverage, Lugo argued, instead of “instigating hatred and delinquent behavior.” She called for more media oversight, asking for the National Commission of Telecommunications (Conatel, in Spanish) — a government agency that regulates, supervises, and controls telecommunications — to intervene.Only days before, a report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Maduro regime to “guarantee access to internet and social media, including news websites, and impartiality of governing bodies in the allocation of radio spectrum frequencies.” In a country where print, television, and radio news have been silenced, digital media has become a major source of information for the opposition — a point the government noticed. According to Venezuela’s Telecom Chamber (Casetel, in Spanish), more than 18.5 million Venezuelans subscribe to the internet — the vast majority via state-own internet service provider (ISP) CANTV.In the first half of 2019, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad Venezuela (IPYS), an organization that defends access to information, documented 33 instances where blocking of digital platforms had occurred, as well as 22 temporary shutdowns of the internet. According to Netblocks, a research organization that tracks internet outages, platform disruptions were detected on multiple occasions during speeches by Interim President Juan Guaidó or critical sessions of the National Assembly. IPYS noted that internet censorship increased as political tensions escalated.Experts from Access Now, a digital rights organization, and IPYS tell Diálogo that Venezuela belongs to a group of countries, including China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Sudan that aggressively censor the internet. In the case of Venezuela, content that is critical of Maduro or that references Juan Guaidó as the president of the South American country is removed, while access to social media sites is blocked in order to prevent the opposition’s message from reaching the people.“It’s asphyxiating”“The Venezuelan government state-owned broadcaster and ISP [CANTV] has been engaging in a targeted campaign of censorship against Guaidó and his supporters, and is blocking access to live streaming sites, social media, and YouTube during his speeches specifically,” Peter Micek, a spokesman for Access Now, told Diálogo. “It’s a unique tactic and shows animus toward this particular figure and his messages. I would say that this is showing increasing sophistication and targeting, that seems like the government is refining its censorship techniques.”Ana, a Caracas journalist, who asked to remain anonymous, said the government’s censorship hinders her work. “My hands are tied. Television doesn’t carry his speeches, radio doesn’t either; social media was about the only outlet. Now they’re blocking that also. It’s asphyxiating,” she said.Micek stresses that blocking access to the internet is “occurring in a situation of wider censorship in the country and should be seen as part of the Venezuelan government interference with the exercise of human rights online.”Satellite surveillance?Digital Watchdog groups wonder about the role Venezuelan satellites, purchased from China, play in filtering the internet. Others point to the slow internet speed despite the country’s two satellites.“I can’t say how Venezuela may be using its satellites, but, generally, satellites are used to beam more information and bandwidth and connectivity than to somehow restrict access,” Micek said. “Surveillance filtering and censorship are very expensive.”A Casetel member acknowledged that “some censorship is not carried out through private or public ISPs.”“Media sites hate the internet companies because they think the censorship is our fault. But they need to know we are between a rock and a hard place,” the Casetel official said. “Conatel gives ISPs a daily list of links and say, ‘here, knock these off the air,’ and what are we supposed to do? Say no?” By Diálogo August 07, 2019last_img read more

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

first_imgThe death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 800 in mainland China on Sunday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be “stabilizing”.With 89 more people dying — most in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak — the toll is now higher than the 774 killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome nearly two decades ago, according to figures from national health authorities.The latest data came after the WHO said the last four days had seen “some stabilizing” in Hubei but warned it was “very early to make any predictions” and the figures can still “shoot up”. Topics : Almost 37,200 people in China have now been infected by the new coronavirus, believed to have emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, before spreading across the nation and to other countries.The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down whole cities as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus.With much of the country still not back at work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday, cities including Shanghai have ordered residents to wear masks in public, and many regions far from Hubei are allowing only one person per household to go out every two days to buy supplies.Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said the “stable period” of the outbreak “may reflect the impact of the control measures that have been put in place”.center_img The first foreign victim in China was confirmed this week when a 60-year-old American diagnosed with the virus died on Thursday in Wuhan, according to the US embassy.A Japanese man in his 60s with a suspected coronavirus infection also died in a hospital in the city.The only fatalities outside the mainland have been a Chinese man in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.The new virus is from the same family of coronaviruses as SARS although the mortality rate is lower.According to official figures, around 2,650 people have been cured and discharged around the country — 600 more of them on Saturday.China drew international condemnation for covering up cases in the SARS outbreak whereas the measures it has taken this time have been praised by the WHO.But anger over Beijing’s approach erupted on social media this week after the death of a Wuhan doctor who police silenced when he raised the alarm about the threat of an emerging virus like SARS in December.Li Wenliang was working as an ophthalmologist in Wuhan when he observed patients with symptoms similar to those of the deadly SARS pathogen.The doctor, 34, died early Friday, Wuhan Central Hospital said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, after contracting the virus while treating a patient.The government responded by sending its anti-graft body to launch an investigation.In Hong Kong, China’s semi-autonomous southern financial hub where 299 people were killed by SARS, authorities on Saturday imposed a quarantine on people travelling from the mainland.The city, with 26 confirmed cases, has been hit by a wave of panic-buying.Similar scenes played out in Singapore as shoppers cleared grocery store shelves after the city-state, which has 33 confirmed cases, raised its alert level over the virus.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned against misinformation, saying it made the work of healthcare staff harder.”We’re not just battling the virus, we’re also battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response,” he said.Hungarian police said Saturday they had busted a network of “fake news” websites that reported alleged coronavirus-related deaths in the country, which is so far free of cases.Fearing the virus could cause an economic slowdown in China — the world’s leading oil importer and consumer — a committee appointed by the OPEC club of petroleum-producing countries has recommended cuts in oil output.Governments have hardened their defenses, with several countries banning arrivals from China while major airlines suspended flights.New cases have emerged abroad, with five British nationals, including a child, testing positive after staying at the same ski chalet in France.Asian cruise ships have also become a focal point.Sixty-four people on board the Diamond Princess off Japan’s coast have tested positive and the ship’s passengers have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.last_img read more

Removal of wrecks will enhance Portsmouth-PM Skerrit

first_img Share 39 Views   3 comments Share Dominican leader Roosevelt Skerrit.Prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the removal of wrecks along the sea shore in Portsmouth which have been there for several decades will soon become a thing of the past.The wrecks have been there following Hurricane David in 1979 and several governments have promised to remove them.Skerrit told Government in Focus program last week that he is grateful to the Venezuelan government for making the resources available for that project.He said once the wrecks are removed, it will enhance the ambiance of the town.“People may say what are the big deals about these wrecks in Portsmouth but they have been there since 1979. The Freedom party made some efforts to remove them but I don’t think the United Workers Party ever made an effort. The people always maintain that the removal of these wrecks will provide better opportunities for the people there. This posed a challenge because you need resources to have them removed,” he said.Skerrit says the removal of the wrecks will enable Portsmouth “to become what it ought to be in terms of tourism and development”.He said it will increase the value of property in Portsmouth.“It will lend Portsmouth to better opportunities because they were really an eyesore,” he added.Skerrit said the government of Venezuela must be thanked for their decision to take on the project.“It is very expensive undertaken and we are grateful. Otherwise we would have to contract a loan and the Venezuelan government approved that request from government of Dominica to assist us with that,” he said.The prime minister views the project as a major one.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Removal of wrecks will enhance Portsmouth-PM Skerrit by: – March 20, 2012last_img read more

Former Africa footballer of the year dies due to COVID-19

first_imgAfrica’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF) have announced the passing away of Somali legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah after suffering from coronavirus. Somali legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah Farah passed away at the age of 59 at Northwest London Hospital on Tuesday, March 24, after testing positive to the deadly virus last week. Before his demise, Farah was acting as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport in Somalia. He was born in the city of Beledweyne, about 342 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu on February 15, 1961. Farah’s football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national school’s football tournament.Advertisement Promoted ContentThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging He got promoted to a regional level representing his home Hiiraan region in the 1979 regional football tournament. Read Also: Omeruo’s Leganes gift €200k to local hospital in coronavirus battle The regional tournament became a platform for him to showcase his talent and from there he was recruited by Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s. Farah becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over 20,000 lives across the world. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Ndidi: I was nervous when I first met Mikel

first_imgLeicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has lifted the lid on the first time he met Chelsea hero John Obi Mikel. Loading… “Mikel is a legend that we do not appreciate enough. He is a big name and a legend. The first time I couldn’t talk to him at all. read also:Haaland rates Mane above Salah, Partey and Ndidi “Only if there was a conversation going on that I could join in. I couldn’t talk to him on a one on one basis.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Nigeria international first came across Obi Mikel five years ago at a national team camp. He recalled in an online Q&A: “I was nervous when I first met him in Belgium. I couldn’t take a picture with him, I was scared. Even for training, I couldn’t be close to him and tackle him.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Most Praised Historical Movies7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The 18 Most Visited Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Battle EIAC Foe Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team continued their season hosting EIAC rivals Franklin County Saturday morning. Despite both teams trading forfeits the Bulldogs fell short 45-27.Five Bulldogs were able to pick up victories. Sophomore Alex Murphy received a forfeit while senior Axel Garcia won by decision. Senior JT Linkel and Sophomores Josh Mobley and Christian Garcia were able to get pinfall victories.  Giving up more forfeits and losing close matches led to a defeat for the bulldogs.Batesville will continue their season traveling to Centerville Friday and Saturday for a two-day dual invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more