Master Gardener Survey

first_imgYou may have relied on advice from a Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer in the past. Now they want your input to make plans for the future.A number of novice gardeners, or gardeners who haven’t gotten their boots in the dirt recently, have reached out to Master Gardeners for recommendations during the pandemic. These new gardeners may also have tuned in to Master Gardener webinar presentations or connected via social media to stay engaged with other gardeners.“People turn to plants and gardening because it makes them happy, it can provide a source of food, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and it’s something they can do alone or as a family,” explained State Master Gardener Coordinator Sheri Dorn, who is based at the University of Georgia Griffin campus.The volunteer program, coordinated by UGA Cooperative Extension, reached its 40-year milestone in 2019. Now Dorn and other program organizers want public input as part of their comprehensive strategic planning process to shape the next decade.“Citizen participation is critical to Extension,” said Dorn. “Plants and horticulture have been huge this year due to the pandemic, and people may not know that we have this unique volunteer program. People with enthusiasm for gardening can partner with us to increase their knowledge and also help others, so we’re looking for people who may be interested to give us input for future Master Gardener program development.”A statewide survey is currently open to the public for anyone who is not already a Master Gardener and may be interested in the program or its services, including those who may already be an Extension program supporter or stakeholder. Survey topics include Master Gardener program training format, projects and initiatives, personal environmental attitudes, continuing education and advanced training, marketing of the program and more.Currently, about 60 county Extension offices throughout the state offer the Master Gardener program. Last year 2,330 active volunteers logged nearly 180,000 volunteer hours and more than 1.1 million contacts, disseminating timely information about the selection and care of plants for ornamental value, recreation and home food production. These hours also include strategic community and youth projects determined at the local level.“As we adapt and transform our program to anticipate the needs and interests of a digital community, we will still maintain the relationships and social connections unique and essential to the volunteer experience,” said Dorn. “Master Gardeners love to be together. They crave personal interaction and love to share food and go on trips — the social element can’t ever go away.”There is a strong demand for horticultural recommendations from consumers around the state. Ornamental horticulture is big business in Georgia, contributing $8 billion to the economy and 83,000 jobs, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.  Becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer is a big commitment. As representatives of UGA Extension, volunteers must complete an application, training and a background investigation in preparation for supporting volunteer projects. MGEVs volunteer 50 hours the first year following training and must contribute at least 25 service hours each year thereafter to maintain their active status. Georgia MGEVs use an online record keeping system to track their accomplishments.Participation in the survey is anonymous and open to all adult residents of Georgia through the end of October at As an incentive to participate, drawings for free soil samples will be held after the survey period closes.To learn more about the Master Gardener program, visit read more


first_imgBig rain equals big water.I am a slave to the elements.As I write this, a powerful storm is rolling into the Southeast, soaking everything in its path.  This translates to an early Christmas for every kayaker in the Blue Ridge, and I am no exception.  The feeling of those first raindrops hitting the roof is something very special.  They resonate into my gut and bring to the forefront my apprehensions of what the next day may hold.  Toxaway?  Raven Fork?  One of the monster plateau waterfalls?During storms like these, you pick your poison, rally a couple of your best buds, and scare the living shit out of yourself!  Good decisions should always prevail, but when mother nature provides the water, you’ve got to take advantage.This dependence on nature is something that separates us from a large majority of the world.  My friends joke about me being the only person that they know who has an ear-to-ear grin on rainy days.  It’s totally true… my heart rate skyrockets as water pours from the sky and builds power as it funnels into perpetually larger and larger channels.I know that I am not alone in these sentiments.  That same visible joy overtakes skiers and snowboarders as the skies turn grey and the first fat flakes of powder fall silently on the cars.  Surfers watch webcams to gauge the direction, size and frequency of incoming swells from a distant hurricane, and sailors know exactly how different wind directions and speeds will interact with their local waters to create the perfect breeze.  We all share this beautiful dependence on nature, and it connects us in some deeper way to our planet.This video segment from the ski movie In Deep represents these emotions perfectly, and it’s always been one of my favorites.As for the impending flood, I wouldn’t trade this feeling that I have right now for anything.  While I hesitate to divulge my plans, there is a long-time goal of mine in discussion for tomorrow.  I may achieve it, I may not, but my energy level is redlined.We have all been given a gift this week.  Time to go enjoy it.last_img read more

Good reasons why consumers should fear mobile banking

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinThe Financial Brand recently reported on a study conducted by GOBankingRates which found that a little more than half of consumers–56%–indicated that they have a “main concern” about mobile banking.My take: The survey really goes to show how clueless people really are.Let’s take a deeper look into some of peoples’ “concerns” with mobile banking.Less than a handful (3%) of respondents cited “no paper documentation.” I’m sure these people don’t buy anything online, either, because there’s no paper documentation with those transactions. If there are 3% of people in the world who will only transact face-to-face so they can get a paper receipt, so be it. I think banks can live without having these folks as mobile banking customers.Seven percent of respondents listed “misuse of personal info” as their main concern. Apparently, these people haven’t heard about any of the data breaches that have hit Target, Home Depot, and the gazillion other merchants who have been hit. Bet these 7% still have no problem using their debit and credit cards when they make those face-to-face purchases. continue reading »last_img read more

Residents at Yates  should be grateful

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 24 column, “Yates Village residents concerned about changes,” by Sara Foss: I have to comment on the piece regarding Yates Village changes concerning the residents.  When the women Sara interviewed had children they couldn’t afford and went on public assistance, they forfeited control over their housing. Instead of complaining on a “sunny May afternoon,” they would do better to be working or attending school. There are programs for that. But I guess it’s easier to be on social services and to find fault.  Sometimes life is about choices, and theirs don’t seem to be working too well for them.If the residents there don’t feel in need of the planned improvements, save the city and taxpayers the money. Or spend it elsewhere. Meanwhile, they should be thankful that their housing isn’t just being provided, but upgraded, because in some societies, they would be living on the street.  Jillian St. ThomasSchenectadylast_img read more

Equinor awards Hammerfest LNG modification FEED deal

first_imgThe deal, awarded by Equinor on behalf of the Snøhvit Unit partners, is connected to the Snøhvit Future project. Given FIDs and regulatory approval Equinor and partners have the possibility to exercise for each sub-project an option for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI), that is included in the FEED contract. The FEED contract has an estimated value of NOK 140 million ($15.9 million), Equinor said in its statement. The FEED work will cover two sub-projects under the Snøhvit Future development: onshore compression and Hammerfest LNG electrification. Equinor and partners are working towards two final investment decisions (FIDs) for the subprojects in the second half of 2021. The first sub-project involves the construction of an onshore compression station at the Hammerfest LNG plant. As the pressure in the wells on the Snøhvit field decreases, there will be a need for pressure support to maintain plateau production at the plant. The second sub-project is related to investigating electrification of the Hammerfest LNG plant to minimize the Snøhvit carbon footprint. By replacing current gas turbines with power from shore, it may be possible to reduce CO2 emissions to near zero. Equinor and partners plan a concept select decision for the electrification scope at the end of 2020, the statement reads. Hammerfest LNG plant. (Courtesy of: Øivind Haug / Equinor)center_img “Snøhvit Future is a complex project that will require large modification work at the Hammerfest LNG plant. By awarding the FEED contract to Aibel we enable continuity and experience transfer. Aibel knows the plant well, having provided maintenance and modification services there since the production start in 2007”, says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor chief procurement officer. “With the Snøhvit Future project we aim to ensure further value creation from the Snøhvit field and to deliver on our ambitions for emission reductions in Norway. The Snøhvit field contains enough gas to maintain production beyond 2050”, Trond Bokn, acting senior vice president for project development in Equinor, said. Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor tagged Aibel for the Hammerfest LNG plant modification front-end engineering and design (FEED) job. The onshore compression station would be expected to contribute to an increase in the recovery factor from the Snøhvit field. Equinor and partners plan a concept select decision for the compression scope during autumn 2020. The Snøhvit Unit partners are Equinor Energy as operator, Petoro, Total E&P Norge, Neptune Energy Norge and Wintershall Dea Norge.last_img read more

Executive secretary filing out after 25 years with IMCA

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA’s longest tenured employee will end one career and start another on Nov. 26. Executive Secretary Rick Haefner will retire after more than 25 years with the sanctioning body. He’ll trade scheduling, record-keeping and correspondence chores for time with grandchildren, a honey do list, travel and plenty of golfing and fishing. “I’ll miss the people here and a lot of the people I’ve worked with in my 25-plus years at IMCA,” he said. “Meeting and making friends with so many different people from across the United States is what I’ve enjoyed most about working here.” IMCA had just four other full-time employees when Haefner punched in for his first day of work on March 3, 1989. He was in charge of points and membership, in a position created because of the amount of time his co-workers spent on the road and out of the office. There were 85 sanctions – 59 of them for Modifieds – at tracks in 15 states when Haefner started at IMCA. “The computers we were using then were rudimentary at best. Back then, if you needed to know something you usually had to look it up on paper in a file,” he said. ‘Everything can be done so much more quickly now because of computers, the internet and email, but it’s still very complex because of how many more tracks and how many more drivers there are now.” Seven thousand-plus drivers contended for the 406 track championships bestowed by IMCA this season. “We always hoped IMCA would grow like it has,” noted Haefner. “Those numbers have been years in the making.” He helped with tech inspection at his first Super Nationals – the IMCA staff was still operating out of a single motor home then – and after a stint as publicity director and newsletter editor, Haefner took over as executive secretary in September of 1991. “That’s when I started traveling more, especially to newly-sanctioned tracks. I’ve visited 100 or so different tracks,” said Haefner, also director of IMCA’s Winner Series for Stock Cars from 1994-2001. “I also attended driver and promoter meetings, trade shows and banquets.” The addition of home office staff and the hiring of regional directors resulted in Haefner staying closer to home. While handling much of the day-to-day IMCA correspondence, he’s been a regular contact for promoters and other track officials and had resumed updating the IMCA website this summer. While his former co-workers make final plans for the national awards banquet, Haefner and his wife Shelly will spend their first Thanksgiving weekend with children and grandchildren since 1988. “We appreciate everything Rick has done for this company,” said IMCA President Kathy Root. “He’s been a valued employee and more importantly a good friend to many in the automotive racing industry.”last_img read more

Supreme Court sets aside life ban on Sreesanth

first_img… asks BCCI to reconsider punishmentTHE Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed on former India fast bowler S. Sreesanth for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, it was confirmed on Friday.The court also asked the Board for Control of Cricket (BCCI) in India to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. The court, however, rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.While the BCCI argued that the ban imposed was “fully sustainable in law”, Salman Khurshid, Sreesanth’s lawyer, told the two-member bench – comprising Justices Ashoka Bhushan and KM Joseph – the only fault the pacer had committed was to not disclose the wrongdoings to the board.“Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned.Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed,” Khurshid had argued. “If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban.”On October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had re-imposed the life ban on Sreesanth after a Petition from the BCCI. Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had revoked the ban and had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy that shook Indian cricket.All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI. In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges after a Delhi trial court found that there was no prima facie evidence to prove that they had been involved in any wrongdoing and also insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).Sreesanth had also argued that the inquiry team formed by BCCI had submitted the final report without giving him a chance of a hearing. ( read more

Boxer Deepak wins silver, Balaji claims bronze in Military World Games

first_img LIVE TV 11 months ago Wrestling Rankings: Deepak Punia becomes World No.1 in 86 kg category 10 months ago Dream11: GIB vs POR team predictions, analysis and squad updates Written By First Published: 27th October, 2019 08:45 IST WE RECOMMEND Indian pugilist Deepak won silver while tennis player N Sriram Balaji claimed a bronze medal in their respective events at the ongoing seventh Military World Games on Saturday. Deepak had to settle for the silver in the men’s light fly weight (46-49kg) category  after losing 0-5 to gold medallist Zhussupov Temirtas of Kazakhstan in the final. Balaji then added to India’s tally by outclassing Uzbekistan’s Fomin Sergey 6-2 6-3 in the men’s singles bronze medal contest that lasted one hour 19 minutes.However, there was no luck for middle distance runner Jinson Johnson as he finished fifth in the men’s 1500m final with a timing of 3:49.34s. The gold, silver and bronze in this event went to Poland’s Rozmys Michal (3:46.33s), Morocco’s Ouladha Hicham (3:46.44s) and Lewandowski Marcin of Poland (3:46.61s) respectively. India also missed a medal in the men’s 4x400m final after the quartet of Kunhu Muhammed Puthanpurakk, Santosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Jabir Madari Palliyalil and  Muhammed Anas Yahiya finished fourth with a timing of 3:06.81s Press Trust Of India 11 months ago Laal Kaptaan’s new trailer introduces Sonakshi, Zoya and Deepakcenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 08:45 IST Boxer Deepak Wins Silver, Balaji Claims Bronze In Military World Games 27-10-2019 08:31Indian pugilist Deepak won silver while tennis player Sriram Balaji claimed a bronze medal in their respective events at the seventh Military Wo COMMENT 10 months ago Boxer Deepak loses final in World Military Games, questions judgement WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Deepak Malik: Details of the contestant’s appearance on Indian idol 11last_img read more

Jamaica’s Master Blender Joy Spence to speak at JWOF Empowerment Conference…

first_imgJoy Spence, OD, CD, the first woman to achieve the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry globally, will share her story when she appears as the guest speaker at the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon.This high achiever joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions.This is the sixth anniversary of this vibrant women’s organization continuing the mission of empowering women through mentorship and education.The event continues to attract large numbers of professionals, students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs as March is celebrated as International Women’s Month.Joy Spence is the first woman in a traditionally male-dominated position since joining Jamaica’s Appleton Estate, as Chief Chemist in 1981.Her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, who retired, then paving the way for her appointment as Master Blender in 1997.However, in this position, Spence said that she faced little resistance within her own company, when given the appointment.With the major task for creating new rum blends, her responsibility is to ensure that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect – ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of aging rum stocks.She has been named The Creator of Fine Rums and Spirits as over the last 20 years, Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen.Most recently, Joy created the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender.  This rum was voted Rum of the year 2017 by  The Appleton brand continues to do well on the international market.Empowerment ConferenceThe 5th Annual Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019, at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132)The one day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m.Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events.Powerful Women….Next Generation Scholarship LuncheonFive graduating high school seniors will be awarded the JWOF annual renewable Powerful Women….Next Generation scholarships at the Awards Luncheon.Since its inception in 2014, one awardee has completed an Undergraduate programme in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).JWOF Empowerment Conference PanelistsCorporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders will form two panels as they share varied experiences and insights in Transformation and Mentoring.  We will be transformed by the stories related by nutrition and exercise guru, Kamila McDonald; Chief Executive Officer, LASCO Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton; performing artist/writer/producer, Debra Erhardt; and merchandise executive, Sasha Dunn Belizare.The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.last_img read more

GFA Elections: Dr. Tony Aubyn, Frederick Acheampong make it as Premier League clubs elect reps for GFA Exco

first_imgAshantigold Chief Executive Frederick Acheampong and Medeama Board Chairman Dr. Tony Aubyn have both been elected on the Ghana Football Executive as representatives of the premier league clubs.The duo will be joined by Berekum Chelsea executive Nana Oduro Sarfo, Kotoko CEO George Amoako and Bechem United chief Kingsley Osei Bonsu.AshGold CEO, Frederick AcheampongHearts of Oak’s Frederick Moore and Aduana Stars’ Albert Commey were the two to miss out.At the end of a very competitive poll, the results were:Dr. Tony Aubyn- 14 votesFrederick Acheampong- 11 votesGeorge Amoako- 10Kingsley Osei Bonsu 10Nana Oduro Sarfo- 9Frederick Moore- 8Albert Commey- 7The new GFA ExCO has five spots for Premier League teams with the Division One League getting three spots.In all, a total of 11 places will go the reps of various entities such as the Premier League, Division One, Women’s Football and the Regional FAs.last_img read more