Presidential Visit

first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere Morehead is making the state’s No. 1 industry a top priority.As part of a farm tour coordinated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Morehead visited agricultural industries and UGA Extension agents in southeast Georgia on Wednesday. The daylong tour highlighted a focus Morehead has placed on learning more about agriculture and its impact throughout the state.“The farm tour is a great opportunity to travel the state with Georgia’s agricultural leadership to witness first-hand the impact of Georgia’s agricultural industry on our day-to-day lives and on our economy as a whole,” Morehead said.The tour included stops in Brooks, Ben Hill, Coffee and Bacon Counties with visits to the Brooksco Dairy, Langboard OSB Plant, Mana Plant, Coffee County Cotton Gin and UGA Research Center in Bacon County. “Brooks County is proud to be a part of the UGA/Georgia Department of Agriculture Farm Tour. We welcomed the opportunity to highlight the positive impact Brooks County agriculture commodity producers have on the state’s economy,” said Stephanie Hollifield, county Extension coordinator for Brooks County. While in the county seat of Quitman, Morehead and others; including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Scott Angle, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discussed dairy and timber production. Brooks County is Georgia’s second-leading dairy producer with $40 million in farm gate value.During their stop in Fitzgerald, tour members witnessed a peanut hull scrape method demonstration by UGA Extension staff, including Ben Hill agriculture and natural resources agent Blake Crabtree and Irwin County agriculture and natural resources agent Phillip Edwards. “We have been looking forward to the MANA plant in Fitzgerald being showcased to our state’s agricultural and political leaders. The MANA plant has a great story to tell regarding their peanut product which addresses malnutrition in children,” said Jeri Gilleland, Ben Hill County Extension coordinator. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Ben Hill County generated $12 million in farm gate value in 2012.After a visit to the Coffee County Cotton Gin in Douglas, the tour moved to Bacon County, the state’s leader in blueberry production. The group toured the UGA Blueberry Research and Demonstration Farm, a blueberry packing plant and area blueberry fields.“We were all very excited President Morehead has taken an interest in blueberries, Georgia’s No. 1 fruit crop,” said Renee Holland, the area Extension agent. “Blueberry growers, industry representatives, Bacon County commissioners, the City of Alma, UGA Extension have all been looking forward to a fruitful visit with President Morehead. We discussed the growth and economic impact of the industry, opportunities for jobs and influx of agri-technology in the blueberry packing plants.”Blueberries generate $229 million in Georgia farm gate value, led by Bacon County’s $91.1 million.This was Morehead’s second agricultural tour of the state since he became president of the state’s flagship university a little more than a year ago in July 2013. His first agriculture tour, held last September, included stops at the UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, Southeastern Minerals in Bainbridge, the UGA’s Bull Test Station in Rome, Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge and Field Farms in Cornelia. “We were honored to host President Morehead and elected officials on our second annual UGA and GDA Farm Tour. Last year’s tour was a huge success and this year we were able to highlight additional sectors of Georgia’s diverse agriculture industry,” said Black who accompanied the UGA president on both tours.The UGA 2012 Farm Gate Value Report shows agriculture commodities around the state generated more than $13.88 billion in farm gate value. View the 2012 farm gate value report online at caes.uga.edu/center/caed/.last_img read more

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Aubuchon donates $25,000 to support flood relief efforts for mobile home owners

first_imgLieutenant Governor Phil Scott accepted a $25,000 donation from Aubuchon Hardware Monday to support mobile home owners affected by Tropical Storm Irene.  Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott accept the donationfrom Aubuchon President and CEO Marcus Moran, Jr. Marcus Moran, Jr., Aubuchon President and CEO, presented the donation. The funds will support a unique public-private partnership, organized by Lt. Governor Scott and Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, which will drastically lower costs of mobile home removal and disposal for many Vermont homeowners. Mobile homes are more easily damaged by water and can be more difficult to repair, so for many owners of mobile homes impacted by the flood, the best option is literally to dispose of their home and start over. But that can be a very expensive undertaking for low-income families.  Under this plan, the total disposal cost for each individual mobile home owner will be $1,500. Typical disposal costs can run upwards of $3,500, particularly for older units. Lt. Gov. Scott and Secretary Miller secured this reduced cost by requesting bulk pricing proposals from Vermont contracting firms for demolition, sorting, recycling and hauling of homes in the state’s dozen mobile home parks affected by the flooding. However, according to Scott, financial help is still needed to make the project a success. “We wanted to offer a set price for removal of each home, so homeowners would know what to expect and could plan accordingly,” Scott explained. “Although we understand that the $1,500 cost will still be difficult for many, we felt that number struck a fair balance between being more affordable for the homeowner and covering the costs for the contractor. But there will definitely be cases where $1,500 doesn’t quite pay for the demolition crews. So today’s donation from Aubuchon will make a huge difference, and I thank them for their generosity.” “Having a retail presence in Vermont for many decades now and being a member of so many of the local communities hit hardest by flood damage, we feel it is our civic duty to help our neighbors, beyond the products, services and knowledge offered through our retail outlets,” said Moran. Aubuchon’s donation went to the Vermont Community Foundation, which has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the mobile home removal project. Mobile home owners who are interested in learning more about the bulk demolition offer should contact the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity at (802) 660-3455, ext. 204.last_img read more

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Finding the Perfect Campsite

first_imgA campsite can make or break an overnight outing. There is nothing worse than planning a camping adventure and arriving at an overcrowded or disappointing campsite that doesn’t live up to expectations. And there is nothing better than finding a sweet, secluded camping spot beneath the stars. Here are a few ways to make sure you find the perfect campsite.1. A good starting point is to figure out what your shelter will be and what your preferences are. The main ways to camp are: pitching a tent, staying in an established shelter (if along the Appalachian Trail or similar footpath), car/vehicle camping, or renting a cabin within a campground.2. Once that is established, there is the choice of primitive or commercial camping. Commercial camping includes established campgrounds with amenities such as working plumbing and (cold) showers. Primitive camping is just you and nature, which also means it’s B.Y.O. toilet paper.3. There are benefits to both styles of camping. For those who are beginners or are looking for the outdoor experience without straying too far from civilization, commercial camping might be the way to go. Nicer campgrounds usually charge a nightly fee for campers because of the amenities they provide. These fees can vary from as high as $128 per night in an RV at the Cherokee K.O.A.4. Campground in N.C. to a flat rate price of $20 a night for either a tent or an RV at Mount Pisgah Campground. Staying at a cozy, lakefront cabin at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Virginia has a price tag of $112 per night while just $12 will buy you a night at Horse Cove Campground just walking distance from Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Depending on the occasion and your budget, you may opt to splurge on a cabin with a beautiful view or there is always the option to opt for a campsite under $20.5. Primitive camping generally means little-to-no fees to pay, but there is much more that has to go into the planning process. Expect no electrical or water hookups, no bathroom facility, and often no cell service. You can pack your car full of everything you own, but if a hike is necessary to get to your overnight spot, you may want to narrow things down to what you can carry on your back. This is when having a group along with you is a great advantage since you could share the weight of all the gear you will need.Now comes the hard part: the search for the right campsite.Unfortunately there is no one website that will provide you with comparisons of every campground and campsite within the Blue Ridge, but there are several sites that can help you find what you are looking for based on location, the experience you’re after, the price range that suits you, and even the amenities you’d like.Recreation.gov is one of the most prevalent online platforms to discover where to go on your camping ventures. The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and 10 other partners have come together to provide information and the ability to make reservations at over 2,000 federal areas. Among the website you are able to narrow down your search by browsing locations and applying filters such as accessibility, pet friendly, and specific amenities such as showers.The Blue Ridge Parkway also hosts eight different campgrounds which are open from May to October, and their site provides information on group camping and permits necessary to go camping in the backcountry.State by state, you can search state parks for a site such as all primitive campsites within Georgia’s State Parks.Social media can be a powerful tool in connecting with other campers and exchanging information as well. From outdoor groups to experienced friends, a simple recommendation or post can go a long way in getting started in the right direction.The best way to have the camping trip you’re hoping for is to put work into the planning process so all that’s left to do is get outdoors and relax. The Blue Ridge mountains have no shortage of camping destinations, so pack some gear and find yours!last_img read more

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Britain’s Got Talent’s ‘Shadow Act’ Video Will Leave You Breathless, And Probably In Tears

first_imgNot many things will stop me in my tracks at 1:27 in the morning to write a “Buzz” item.This did.Watch it. You’ll see why.This is from the television talent show Britain’s Got Talent, which, along with sister show, America’s Got Talent, can deliver stunning examples of awesome talent, mixed in among the crazies that also make for good television.This act, executed by a shadow-theater company from Hungary called Attraction, brought the audience through a wide range of emotions, in a truly amazing, creative and touching performance.Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Hempstead Man Charged With Attempted Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a 24-year-old man following an argument at the accused gunman’s home early over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Oneil Meade, 28, his 41-year-old brother, Clive Meade, and the victim walked outside of the Linden Place home after the fight escelated shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, when Oneil shot the victim in the neck, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.Hempstead and Nassau police recovered a silver Walther PPKS 9mm handgun at the scene, authorities said.Oneil Meade was charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  Clive Meade was charged with tampering with physical evidence.They will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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West Babylon Crash Leaves Teen Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 17-year-old Deer Park girl died after the car she was riding in crashed into a house in West Babylon on Sunday night.Suffolk County police said Aramis Broadus, 19, of Wheatley Heights, was driving a Nissan Maxima northbound on Little East Neck Road when he lost control of the car, hit a utility pole and then struck a house near Gordon Avenue at 8:50 p.m.Broadus and the three passengers in the vehicle, Kenya Jimenez, 18-year-old Chyna Adams and 20-year-old Robert Jones, who are also from Deer Park, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.Jimenez died nearly five hours later. Adams and Jones were treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Broadus was treated for minor injuries. Nobody inside the home was injured.The Town of Babylon Fire Marshal and Building Inspector condemned the home due to the extensive damage to the structure.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8152 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

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Apple says will not meet revenue forecasts due to virus

first_imgUS tech giant Apple said Monday that disruption due to the novel coronavirus had hit both production and demand in China, and the company was “experiencing a slower return to normal conditions” than planned.”We do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter,” it said in a statement, adding that worldwide iPhone supply would be “temporarily constrained” and demand in China had been affected.Apple had forecast revenue of $63 billion to $67 billion for the second quarter to March. The COVID-19 virus death toll exceeds 1,700 in China, where it has infected more than 70,500 after emerging in the central province of Hubei.Elsewhere, hundreds more have been infected and the virus has sparked panic buying, economic jitters as well as the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events.IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said there could be a cut of around 0.1-0.2 percentage points to global growth but stressed there was much uncertainty about the virus’s economic impact.Apple said that “while our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. “All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed,” it added.”Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can.”New cases outside the epicenter region have been declining for the last 13 days. There were 115 fresh cases outside Hubei announced on Monday — sharply down from nearly 450 a week ago.Chinese authorities have pointed to the slowing rise in cases as proof their measures are working, although the World Health Organization’s chief said the apparent drop in new cases “must be interpreted very cautiously”.Topics :last_img read more

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Mining giant Vale Indonesia divestment pushed again to June

first_imgIndonesia’s acquisition of the local arm of Brazil-based nickel mining giant PT Vale Indonesia has been pushed back for the second time this year due to pandemic-related complications.Vale, the country’s top nickel miner by output, said on Friday it had signed a deal with share buyer PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum), an Indonesian state-owned mining holding firm, to delay the acquisition until the end of June.Read also: Vale Indonesia’s profit, nickel output drop in Q1 after export banThe deal was also approved by Vale’s big shareholder, Japan-based Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. The shareholders initially scheduled the acquisition for March but postponed it to May amid market uncertainty.“All parties remain committed to signing the definitive agreements, however, the current pandemic has presented challenges resulting in the delay,” writes Vale chief financial officer Bernardus Irmanto in a statement.“Except for the extended date of signing for the definitive agreements, the terms and conditions of the Head of Agreements remain in full force and effect,” he added.Vale Indonesia is slated to divest 40 percent ownership to Indonesians as required by Government Regulation No. 77/2014 on coal and mineral mining operations. The miner has already divested 20 percent ownership to the public through the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).The divestment is part of the government’s campaign to tighten control over Indonesia’s mineral wealth. The government’s aim is to raise state revenue but such regulations have been criticized as deterring foreign investment.Read also: MIND.ID unlikely to issue new bonds until Freeport pays dividendsInalum, now rebranded as MIND.ID, raised US$1.5 billion in global bonds earlier this month to acquire the remaining 20 percent ownership of Vale Indonesia and to pay off subsidiaries’ debts.“Hopefully, we can execute it as soon as possible because the funds are ready,” said MIND.ID president director Orias Petrus Moedak at an online press conference on May 15.Before Vale, MIND.ID had acquired the local arm of US-based metal miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), which operates the world’s largest gold mine in Indonesia’s most impoverished province, Papua.Topics :last_img read more

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The design elements of this newly built home are stunning

first_imgThe duplex has open plan living with water views.Downstairs, the entry leads past the study, laundry or fourth bedroom and a bathroom, to open up to the gourmet kitchen with quality appliances. Then, the living area faultlessly becomes an outdoor patio with wide water views, bordered by a stylish pool visible through sleek frameless glass. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThere’s also a low maintenance yard, large outdoor storage area and pontoon.Back inside, the same sleek glass effect is resplended on the timber staircase, which leads upstairs to the media room, two bedrooms and master suite. 49 Compass Drive, Biggera Waters is on the market for $1.345 million.BE THE first owner of this newly-built duplex with wide canal views. The contemporary property has been built with practicality in mind, from the multiple living areas which allow for privacy, to an open-plan design which can be capitalised on for entertaining. The bedrooms are luxurious. A feature staircase makes a statement. The modern facade.The master suite boasts a private balcony offering water views and coastal breezes. A neutral palette of honey-hued timber, plush storm-grey carpets and bright white tiles is used to create a contemporary effect which continues with the crisp, white facade. In keeping with its modern design, the residence has a six-star energy rating. It’s just two minutes to Harbour Town shopping centre and four minutes to Runaway Bay shopping centre. CoreLogic property data shows the suburb’s median price has surged by 19 per cent in the last five years, while properties generally remain on the market for just one month before being snapped up.last_img read more

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More kids committing sexual abuse

first_imgStuff 8 July 2013Easy access to increasingly hardcore pornography and the sexualisation of childhood are being blamed for a rise in the number of children sexually abusing each other.Growing numbers of children and teenagers are committing acts of sexual abuse against other children every year, with some as young as 11 being prosecuted for sexual offences.Experts are calling for compulsory cyber-education programmes in all schools from primary level to stem the impact of explicit material.Ministry of Justice figures received under the Official Information Act show that, since 2008, there have been 1299 prosecutions for sexual offences brought against young people under the age of 18.      This has risen steadily over the past five years, with 314 prosecutions last year compared to 204 in 2008. These are for offences ranging from rape to indecent assault and sexual grooming, with victims, both male and female, under the age of 16. The youngest offender was 11http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8889153/More-kids-committing-sexual-abuselast_img read more

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