Volunteers lauded

first_imgCelebrating by continuing to giveAcross the state, Master Gardeners will conduct special programs to celebrate the day, he said. In keeping with their mission, Master Gardeners in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Cobb, Forsyth, Cherokee, Hall and Clarke counties will be giving their expertise at plant clinics in area Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. To see if your county offers the Master Gardener program, call the UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. To learn more about the program, visit www.georgiamastergardener.com. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMaster Gardeners across the state donate their time to help fellow gardeners in their areas. That time is considered priceless by the University of Georgia county agents who rely on them, but you can put a dollar value on it, says the program’s coordinator.Master Gardeners are a corps of volunteers, each trained by experts with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help other gardeners and answer their questions as needed year-round.”The training component is essential as the volunteers use their new expertise to help with a variety of gardening-related projects,” said Marco Fonseca, a UGA horticulturist and coordinator of the program. “Without the training, they wouldn’t be prepared to answer questions from gardeners who either call or come into their county agent’s office.”More than $3 million donated last yearLast year, 2,644 Georgia Master Gardeners donated 192,854 hours of their time to help UGA Extension agents help gardeners in their counties. “The federal government estimates volunteer hours to be worth $17.60 per hour,” said Fonseca. “Using this figure, the Master Gardeners’ time is valued at $3.4 million. When you figure in the value of their time and travel, Georgia Master Gardeners donated nearly $4 million last year.”To honor their service to the state, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared March 15 Master Gardener Day in Georgia.”Our Master Gardeners do everything from presenting plant clinics to speaking to garden clubs and writing newspaper articles,” said Fonseca. “Master Gardener volunteerism creates a far reaching ripple effect across our state, and once a year we stop to give them a special day of recognition.”last_img read more

Farm Gate Value

first_imgBroiler chickens, perennially Georgia’s most valuable commodity, top the list again with $4.7 billion in value.Franklin, Jackson and Madison counties produced the largest amount of poultry and eggs.Cotton was the highest valued field crop in Georgia with $1.3 billion. Colquitt, Dooly and Mitchell counties were the top three cotton producers for 2012. The value of the state’s peanut crop, Georgia’s third largest commodity, grew from $586.4 million in 2011 to $891.9 million in 2012. Early, Mitchell and Decatur counties were Georgia’s top producing peanut counties in 2012. For a preview of Georgia’s 2013 production numbers and a preview of the 2014 growing season, register today for the center’s AgForecast series at www.caes.uga.edu/events/agforecast. For more information about the 2012 Farm Gate Value Report visit the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed. The overall value of Georgia’s agricultural commodities increased by $931.2 million, 7.2 percent, in 2012 to $13.99 billion. Georgia’s most valuable commodities continue to be broilers, cotton and peanuts, but other commodities — like beef, vegetables and ornamental horticulture products — saw strong increases this year. “Overall, 2012 was a really good year for agriculture in Georgia,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, which publishes the annual study. While row crops like cotton, peanuts and corn still make up the bulk of Georgia plant commodity value; farmers grew more vegetables this year. The total value of the veggie crop, which is based in south Georgia, grew 19.8 percent to $935.6 million. The biggest increases were seen in snap beans, watermelons and sweet corn. Colquitt, Echols and Tift counties led production of vegetables in the state. The most valuable vegetable crop in Georgia in 2012 was the Vidalia onion crop with $163 million of onions produced. Beef farmers also saw marked increases in the value of their livestock holdings, across all categories, from $409.6 million in 2011 to $537.6 million in 2012. Other highlights of the newly released 2012 Farm Gate Value Report include: last_img read more

Man Utd and Arsenal target Dejan Kulusevski speaks out on transfer speculation

first_imgDejan Kulusevski has caught the eye at Parma (Picture: Getty Images)Parma’s teenager midfielder Dejan Kulusevski is attracting attention from Premier League giants, but insists he is not thinking about the transfer speculation surrounding him at the moment.The 19-year-old is incredibly inexperienced having made just 16 professional appearances, but he has caught the eye while on loan at Parma from Atalanta this season.The Swede was reportedly spotted by a Manchester United scout when they were over in Italy keeping up on the progress of Chris Smalling as Roma took on Parma.In his 12 Serie A appearances this season, the teenager has already chipped in with five assists and two goals, making him something of a creative force from midfield.ADVERTISEMENT Man Utd and Arsenal target Dejan Kulusevski speaks out on transfer speculation Phil HaighWednesday 20 Nov 2019 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link160Shares Comment Kulusevski is on loan at Parma this season (Picture: Getty Images)While it was the Red Devils that had a scout in attendance for Parma’s 2-0 win over Roma, Arsenal are also thought to hold an interest in the young Swede, as are Wolves and Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite this, Kulusevski insists he is solely concentrating on playing well for his current club and has seemingly ruled out a January move.‘I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club,’ said the teenager.‘The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKulusevski made his Sweden debut over the latest international break, coming off the bench in a 3-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.He has been promoted from the Under-21 side, having played and scored in wins over Iceland and Luxembourg last month.The Premier League sides interested in his signature will continue to monitor his progress when Parma return to Serie A action away to Bologna on Sunday.MORE: Arsenal step up Erling Haaland interest as striker’s father visits training groundMORE: Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

‘The problem is the coach’ – Arsenal players turn on Unai Emery after Southampton draw

first_img‘The problem is the coach’ – Arsenal players turn on Unai Emery after Southampton draw Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Nov 2019 10:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares It’s been a frustrating season for Emery (Picture: REUTERS)There are fears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will not sign new deals unless Arsenal can provide Champions League football and the squad don’t believe Emery is the man to deliver them to the promised land of the upper echelons of European football.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The problem is the coach,’ a source told The Telegraph. ‘He still makes bad decisions and changes his tactics. There is no identity to the team and the players do not see any progress.‘The recent performances and results have had a big impact on the belief of the squad. Does anybody still think they can qualify for the Champions League under the coach? I don’t think so.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Jose Mourinho – who beat West Ham away in his first game in charge on Saturday – has only made matters worse for those inside the club.‘Mourinho taking over at Tottenham has only made it worse,’ a source told The Telegraph. ‘He may not be to everyone’s liking, but he is a winner and Spurs have made it clear they want to win.‘Unai Emery is not seen as a coach on the same level as [Pep] Guardiola, [Jurgen] Klopp or even Mourinho. Frank Lampard has already built an identity at Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers is doing very well at Leicester. All of this puts more pressure on him.’Should Arsenal decide to part ways with Emery, it’s expected that Freddie Ljungberg would take charge of the first team until the end of the season so an extensive search can be undertaken to find the club’s new manager.Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Is Emery finished at Arsenal? (Picture: Getty)Arsenal players have lost faith in Unai Emery and believe it’s time for the club to take decisive action, reports claim.Another miserable performance in a 2-2 draw against Southampton this weekend has further underlined the belief among many that the Spaniard will not last the season at the Emirates.Results have been poor, with Arsenal now sitting eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea in eighth after 13 games played. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Visits Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub, Touts Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Pennsylvania

first_img Economy,  Innovation,  Press Release Schuylkill Haven, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch Innovation Hub, a co-working space for innovators, to highlight entrepreneurship opportunities in Pennsylvania.“Places like this are important for helping to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, not just in Schuylkill County, but statewide,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I am committed to continuing to provide vital support to our talented entrepreneurs by implementing initiatives to improve our university partnerships and workforce training opportunities.”The governor was led on a tour of the facility by university officials and was joined by state and local leaders. While at the innovation hub, the governor met with students, entrepreneurs, and business mentors who have benefited from the co-working space.“We were honored that Governor Wolf visited our campus’ innovation hub to learn about the benefits and support that our LionLaunch program offers to the budding entrepreneurs of Schuylkill County,” said Darcy Medica, interim chancellor for Penn State Schuylkill. “Our space is one of nearly 20 such Penn State facilities located across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The common goal of this initiative, Invent Penn State, is to spur economic development, create jobs, and impact student career success.”Launched in 2015 to help innovators succeed at each stage of the entrepreneurial path, Invent Penn State is a commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success, with a focus on bringing intellectual properties to the marketplace. Governor Wolf Visits Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub, Touts Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 12, 2018last_img read more

Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Sacrifices During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Sacrifices During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Public Health,  Remarks Governor Tom Wolf updated the public on Pennsylvania’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus. The following are his prepared remarks:“My fellow Pennsylvanians, thank you for joining me. I want to talk with you about where we are with this pandemic and where we hope to be.“Each day we face a new set of realities and a new set of fears. But we Pennsylvanians are facing these new realities with a calm determination that has been nothing short of extraordinary. We’re doing this together even as we have been apart, and I want to thank every one of you for facing this crisis in such courageous and masterful ways.“We really are an amazing commonwealth peopled by amazing citizens. In the end, I believe we will get through this because of the kind of people we are. But, I understand that even the most courageous and determined people need to have some sense of where we’re headed. So, in the next few minutes I will do my best to lay out a broad outline of what lies ahead for us.“The process of dealing with this COVID-19 crisis and getting through it has, as I see it, three stages.“The first stage – the one we’re in now – is focused on simply buying time to allow our healthcare system to build the capacity we need it to have. We cannot afford to allow it to be overwhelmed. We cannot allow this deadly disease to continue to claim more victims at an increasing rate. We want this stage to be over with as quickly as possible.“The second stage will be a transitional one as well; it will take us from where we are now to the new normal that we’ll face down the road.“And finally, the third stage is that new normal.“Let me outline each of these giving you my best guesses as to what it will take to get us through them.“Let me start with phase one – where we are now. Again, the goal in this first phase is to do the best we can with the scarce resources we have to keep our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. By doing that we can with the resources we have to keep more people safe.“We have worked hard to buy time to do the things we should have done to be ready for the crisis. It is a strategy that has been aimed at keeping us safe, but it has involved a whole host of painful sacrifices.“Families have not been able to gather for the holiest of celebrations because we need to shelter in place. Children have not been able to go to school because we closed them. Businesses have had to close to keep employees and customers safe. And, all of us have had to distance ourselves in so many ways from the world we want to embrace, chief among them our families and friends.“So far, this strategy is working.“We are making real progress – as you can see from Dr. Levine’s daily updates – in bending the curve and flattening the surge. People are still dying, the economy is still tanking, and we know that the draconian steps we are now taking cannot go on forever.“The question is, ‘How do we get through this phase as quickly and successfully as possible?’ The answer is still far from perfectly clear, but we know that getting to the next phase will come down to at least two things.“First, we will need to satisfy ourselves that the likely march of this disease will not outstrip our ability to treat people with the virus. So, we are doing everything we can to keep each of us from infecting the people around us. And, we need to continue to see real progress in this area.“We want to see a drop in the number of new cases. We want to see sustained increases in the materials healthcare workers need to fight this disease like personal protective equipment including masks, face shields, gloves and gowns, ventilators, beds.“We do not have a hard and fast metric for exactly when we achieve victory, but we know we need to develop one. And we will, soon.“Second, the transitional phase when we start to reopen our world, our economy and our lives will depend on more and better testing. We need tests that can tell us when we are sick, and we need tests that can tell us when we are immune.“Dr. Fauci has told us that we are only a week or so away from a roll-out of an effective antibody test that will be able to tell us if we have developed an immunity to the COVID-19 virus. That immunity will allow our frontline healthcare workers and our first responders to do their work unencumbered by the fear of infection to the extent that we satisfy ourselves that we can safely go back to work, to school or to places of worship we can begin the work of moving out of this painful phase. And the hope is that we can do it in a reasonable timeframe.“The real goal, of course, is to get to the point that we can fully resume our normal lives. This will require time along with a recognition that the new ‘normal’ will be different from the old ‘normal’ we had grown used to.“We will need to build stockpiles of the things a healthcare system needs to face deadly infectious diseases. We will need time to develop effective treatments for these infectious diseases – maybe even a cure. We will need time to develop vaccines. And, we will all need time to rebuild our lives and our communities in ways that conform to the new altered normal.“In the meantime, we need to keep doing what we’re doing to restrain this deadly virus. And, this includes the need to rebuild our sense of hope.“We cannot afford to become complacent, but we need to recognize the fact that we will get through this. The good public servants in the commonwealth will keep doing everything they can to get us through this. The heroic healthcare and emergency service workers in each of our hospitals and each of our communities will keep doing what they can to get us through this. And, each of us will keep doing what we have been doing to get us all through this.“I recognize that what is being asked of each of us is hard. Before this awful disease attacked us, we could be who we were, defined by our jobs, our friends, our neighbors and our families and our pastimes. Now, we have asked ourselves to isolate ourselves, to stop doing what we were doing or making or interacting. And, we could be forgiven for wondering if it’s worth it.“Well, by the numbers we have all seen – the reduction in the rate of increase of new cases, the flattening of the curve – we are defining ourselves in a new way.“By doing nothing, by distancing ourselves from others, by staying home we are making a difference. We are saving lives. We are saving our children, our neighbors and our friends. By doing nothing, we are doing something extraordinary.“And for that I thank you.”View this information in Spanish. April 13, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chirn Park cottage has been transformed to adopt a Hamptons-style

first_img26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.THIS Southport home was the perfect place to adopt a Hamptons-style according to homeowner Marcia Alexander.“My husband and I came across the Chirn Park area about three years ago when it was still coming-to-age but now it is a super trendy pocket in Southport,” Mrs Alexander said.“We thought it was a perfectly undiscovered place and we could easily picture creating a coastal Hamptons-style. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“My favourite addition are the decks, we spend a lot of time outside,” The mother-of-one said.“If we aren’t sitting on the deck we are walking to the cafes or down to the Broadwater.”The Chirn Park cottage includes stone benchtops and blackbutt timber flooring.A freestanding bathtub adds a touch of luxury in the bathroom while timber features and botanicals bring the home to life. “The main bedroom is one of the most relaxing places, it has its own private balcony and its high up because of the split-level design,” Mrs Alexander said. The property is within walking distance to cafes and schools. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Alexander said the original home had salmon pink shag-pile carpets and 80s-era wallpaper. The couple said they transformed the home in eight months. “We lived in it for a while to get a feel of how the spaces worked and this year we decided to create our dream Hamptons style,” Mrs Alexander said.The freshly-renovated home is poised on an elevated block in Chirn Park and features two big timber decks.center_img 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“The suburb wasn’t as popular as it is now, we are lucky we can walk to the cafes because getting a park is almost impossible on a Sunday morning.”“It was important for us to live close to the M1 because we travel for work to Brisbane a lot but we wanted a suburb that had a bit of charm too.”last_img read more

DWS and NMC form private markets partnership

first_imgBenefits to NMC, meanwhile, were said to include the ability to “leverage DWS’s investment strength and capabilities, global presence and deep relationships with institutional investors around the world”.“Joining forces with DWS will enable Northwestern Mutual Capital to provide private equity-related solutions to an expanded institutional investor base while continuing to support Northwestern Mutual’s appetite for these assets,” added Jeff Lueken, senior vice president, Northwestern Mutual.As at the end of 2019, NMC was responsible for managing portfolios with total assets under management of $55bn (€48bn), including $13bn of private equity and related investments.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. DWS is forming a partnership with Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC), the private markets division of US insurer Northwestern Mutual.DWS said NMC had been investing in private markets for more than 40 years, and that the partnership, which is to identify and develop private market opportunities, “represents a strong addition to DWS’s private asset offering to institutional investors”.The partnership is to see NMC grow third-party assets and further diversify in collaboration with DWS’s global private equity team. NMC has a team of 35 investment professionals.“The close relationship between NMC and DWS, combined with demand for differentiated alternative strategies from DWS’s global institutional client base, make this partnership a clear and logical next step for our business,” said Mark McDonald, global head of private equity at DWS.last_img read more

Somali athletes aim for improved times ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgSomali Athletes are preparing to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympics.CCTV’s Abdulaziz Billow visited the Banadir Stadium in Mogadishu where more than 200 athletes participated in the 31st Somali Athletics Championship.last_img

Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws

first_img Tweet Share Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille, has indicated that visitors who arrive on island must understand and respect the laws of the country.Benoit Bardouille.Bardouille’s comments come in light of two passengers who were arrested aboard the Celebrity X Cruises on Wednesday on a charge of indecent exposure.Two United States citizens; Dennis Mayer and John Hart who were allegedly on a “gay cruise” were reported to local authorities after they had been seen involved in sexual activity while on the balcony of the ship.The men pleaded guilty to the charge, “humbly apologized” for their actions and were each fined EC$2400.00 on Thursday.Bardouille explained that while tourism officials cannot always know the sexual preferences of visitors before they arrive on the island as they do not make a “declaration” they must abide by the laws of Dominica.“When visitors come to our country they must understand that there are laws that protect the country. We welcome visitors to Dominica and we would like people to come and enjoy what we have but at the same time we need to be respected in terms of what our national laws are”.He explained that visitors are free to their own sexual preferences however, “to conduct yourself in a way in the public domain that brings you into disrepute then that is a serious issue”. According to Bardouille the incident which occurred earlier this week must be “clearly spelt out”.“Be it in Dominica or be it anywhere in the world even in countries that accept that type of behavior, that activity cannot take place in the public domain and once it is in the public domain then they definitely are challenging the laws of Dominica.”He noted that the matter was “appropriately” dealt with when they were reported and fined by the court. This he says “speaks volumes” and will send a clear message to visitors that when they arrive here they “must ensure” that their behaviors are “consistent” with the laws of Dominica.Dominica Vibes News 22 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws by: – March 23, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more