Sustainability Grants

first_imgReynolds spent last semester creating the proposal, and hopes to have the tractor running on biodiesel by the end of May. He said the best part about this project is getting to work with his professors. “They’re all characters, and I’m blessed to get to be in their classes every day,” he said. The UGA Campus Sustainability Grants Program chooses proposals based on UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which has the goal of conserving resources, educating the campus community, influencing positive action and providing research. The program began in 2010, and since that time it has awarded $130,000 to 37 student-initiated projects. The UGA Office of Sustainability’s mission is to coordinate, communicate and advance sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service and outreach, student engagement and campus operations. Two College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) students are using their academic experiences to affect lasting change on the University of Georgia’s Athens Campus. Crop and soil sciences doctoral candidate Chase Straw, of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Mitch Reynolds, a senior from Stone Mountain, Georgia, studying environmental economics and management, received grants from the UGA Office of Sustainability to tackle on-campus projects. Straw will use his $5,000 grant to create site-specific management plans for some of the campus’ lawns and intramural sports fields in order to reduce the use of water and other inputs for large grass areas while still maintaining these landscapes. Reynolds is using a $2,921 grant to build a biodiesel processor for a tractor to be used at the UGArden, a student-run farm on campus. These projects are two of 11 funded this year through $43,000 from the UGA Office of Sustainability. Smarter turf managementAs part of his project, “Development of a Site-Specific Management Plan for Campus Grass Areas and Campus Intramural Athletic Fields,” Straw is hoping to use the technology and research pioneered by the UGA turf sciences team to improve the management of UGA’s fields and lawns. The goal of his proposal is to develop a site-specific management plan for large grass areas on campus that will reduce water and energy inputs. This will be accomplished through the use the Precision Sense 6000, which works like a slow-moving lawn tractor. The PS6000—equipped with a myriad of sensors—allows for rapid sampling of turfgrass sites for measurements of soil moisture, soil compaction and plant performance, all while using GPS to create a map of location samples. UGA has one of only two functional PS6000s in the United States—the other is used on commercial golf courses and sports fields around the nation. The map will allow them to create a plan, “focusing inputs only where, when and in the amount needed to reduce time, labor and costs, and also for a more sustainable approach to turfgrass management,” Straw said. Straw hopes that, “by focusing on improving the troubled turf areas, that UGA students have a more enjoyable experience while on campus, whether it be studying in a grass area or playing sports on the IM (intramural) fields.” Straw said the take-home message of his project is “that ‘blanket’ applications aren’t always necessary to achieve high quality turfgrass.” He expects to begin the PS6000 data collection at the end of April, once the grass is fully out of dormancy. Originally from Kentucky, Straw became interested in turfgrass management while getting his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. “I got a summer job on the sports turf crew at the University of Kentucky,” said Straw. “After working that summer on all of UK’s sports fields and being around all the teams, I decided turfgrass was what I wanted to pursue as a major.” On-farm fuelingReynolds’ project, which involves converting used cooking oil to biodiesel in order to power a tractor at UGArden, would reduce the carbon footprint of the farm and provide another learning opportunity at UGArden, which is used for student learning and community demonstration purposes. “Running farm equipment off of used cooking oil reduces the university’s carbon footprint [and] reduces the amount of waste that goes to a landfill or processing facility,” said Reynolds. Reynolds hopes this project can set an example for other farmers. “I’m really excited about setting up a model for farmers around the state to do the same thing with their equipment. A lot of little changes like that can go a long way,” said Reynolds. last_img read more

Emergency savings – here’s what you really need

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jennifer WatersHere’s the truth about savings in America: We all talk a lot about how much we should be saving and spending, but the majority of us don’t save enough to pay for a surprise expense that must be covered immediately.More than 60% of Americans don’t have enough money stashed away to pay for unforeseen expenses such as a $1,000 stint in the emergency room or a $500 fender-bender, according to a study earlier this year.The same survey found that 82% of us keep household budgets — mostly with pen and paper or in our heads — but we look to outside help to pull us out of a financial crisis.It’s a good thing most Americans have a household budget, but what’s up with the savings dearth? “Too few have the ability to cover expenses outside their budget without going into debt or turning to family and friends for help,” says Claes Bell, Bankrate’s banking analyst. continue reading »last_img read more

Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Grants Urged as Cases Surge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering how New York State will deploy Covid-19 vaccines with historic deficits, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pressing the federal for $30 billion to fund those efforts.Schumer believes New York alone will require “hundreds of millions” in funding will be needed to freely distribute the vaccine, educate the public, hire health workers and establish clinics as multiple vaccines are expected to be fast-tracked by the Federal Drug Administration.“With a Covid-19 vaccine waiting in the wings, federal dollars need to follow if we are going to get this right and overcome this pandemic,” Schumer said in a Sunday statement. “States like New York will need funding to make sure the resources required once the vaccine is made available are both in place and in progress. New York will require hundreds-of-millions of dollars to hire health workers, establish clinics, including possible mobile ones, and make sure that we have boots on the ground engaging with people in communities, particularly those that often struggle with access to healthcare — and that is going to cost money.”Cuomo, meanwhile, is more preoccupied by what the state expects to be a winter surge in cases which the administration anticipates will only calm after the holidays are are over, the governor did express some additional concern for distribution of the vaccine.“After New Years Day, look a week or ten days afterward and hopefully the social activity slows at that point and the infection rate starts to level off. And then you get to a vaccine, which is the answer ultimately,” Cuomo said. “You have to have a discussion about how quickly you can distributed it and how quickly, and what’s the critical mass point of the vaccine. But that is months away by every professional estimate.”Within the $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, which passed the House of Representatives in May before being blocked in the U.S. Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the funding for cities and states to organize vaccination efforts.According to Schumer, he and President-elect Joe Biden have been in discussions to plan new bills through a lame duck session to provide another stimulus to Americans, something unseen since the CARES Act in March, that would include grants for localities to vaccinate the populace.This story first appeared on amny.comFor more coronavirus coverage, visit up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Gov. Cuomo update on NYS COVID-19 progress states Broome County at 3.53% positivity

first_img“As with everything, context is key: Cases are surging around the country and around the globe. In a sea of division and a sea of COVID chaos, our ship of state is sailing well,” the Governor said. Governor Cuomo says in all focus zones in the state, the rate of positive testing for the virus yesterday was at 3.01%, while the remainder of the state saw a positivity rate of 1.3% yesterday. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has given an update on the state’s progress with the coronavirus in cluster areas of concern and the state as a whole. The Governor reported 1,121 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, and 8 deaths related to COVID yesterday. One of those deaths was in Broome County and one was in Tioga County. Broome County as a yellow zone focus area recorded a positivity rate of 3.53% yesterday. center_img He says including both focus zone and non-focus zone areas, New York State has a positivity rate of 1.49%. The Southern Tier as a whole saw a rate of 1% positivity. Governor Cuomo said, “… New Yorkers should be very proud of where we are, but we also need to stay vigilant — wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance, and stay New York Tough.”last_img read more

US indicts Venezuela’s Maduro, a political foe, for ‘narco-terrorism’

first_imgOther Venezuelan officials whose indictments were announced on Thursday include Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, senior socialist leader Diosdado Cabello and the chief justice of the country’s supreme court, Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, 54, who was charged with money laundering. The US government is offering $10 million for information leading to Cabello’s arrest.The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president. But Maduro has remained in power, backed by the country’s military and by Russia, China and Cuba.US officials have long accused Maduro and his associates or running a “narco-state,” saying they have used drug trafficking proceeds to make up for lost revenue from a Venezuelan oil sector heavily sanctioned by the United States.’Deployed cocaine as a weapon’The indictments were unsealed in New York, Florida and Washington.Maduro and his top lieutenants ran a “narco-terrorism partnership with the FARC for the past 20 years,” stated Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who said the Venezuelan president “very deliberately deployed cocaine as a weapon.”.”The scope and magnitude of the drug trafficking alleged was made possible only because Maduro and others corrupted the institutions of Venezuela and provided political and military protection for the rampant narco-terrorism crimes described in our charges,” he added.Berman accused Maduro and his co-defendants of “using their political and military power to promote narco-terrorism for their personal gain.” He said the case took many years to build.The US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Ariana Fajardo Orshan said she sees signs of Venezuelan officials’ dirty laundered money throughout her area every day, from fancy yachts to million-dollar condos.”This party is coming to an end,” she said.Asked whether the US government wants to capture Maduro dead or alive, Barr said: “We want him captured so he can face justice in US court.”Barr said the administration does “expect eventually to gain custody of these defendants” and would explore all options. But he offered no indication of how US authorities believe they might get their hands on Maduro, who has endured more than a year of heavy international pressure and on-again, off-again street protests as the OPEC member’s economy has continued to unravel.Maduro’s international travel could be restricted, given that Washington would be able to request that he be handed over if he visits a country that has an extradition treaty with the United States. US authorities can also freeze any assets he has in the United States, though such holdings are considered unlikely.The Justice Department said that since at least 1999, Maduro, along with Cabello and others, “acted as leaders and managers of the “Cartel of the Suns.” The name, it said, refers to the sun insignias affixed to the uniforms of high-ranking Venezuelan military officials.An indictment accused Padrino, who holds the rank of general, of using his control of the Venezuelan military to facilitate cocaine flights to the United States.Venezuelan Vice President Tareck el-Aissami was charged with evading US sanctions. In 2017, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against him for alleged drug trafficking and other related crimes. Two nephews of Maduro’s wife were convicted in US federal court that year for drug smuggling. Topics : Attorney General William Barr, announcing charges that also included corruption and drug trafficking, accused Maduro and his associates of conspiring with a dissident faction of the leftist Colombian guerrilla group FARC “to flood the United States with cocaine.” “While the Venezuelan people suffer, this cabal lines their pockets with drug money and the proceeds of their corruption,” Barr said of Maduro and the more than a dozen others who were indicted.Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. The US government has previously lodged criminal indictments against members of Maduro’s family and inner circle.He and his allies have dismissed such allegations as a smear campaign, and argue the United States is responsible for drug trafficking given its role as a leading consumer.Maduro is already under US sanctions and has been the target of a US effort aimed at pushing him from power. He took office in 2013 after the death of his mentor President Hugo Chavez, a staunch US foe.center_img The US government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of “narco-terrorism,” the latest escalation of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader.The State Department offered a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Maduro, whose country has been convulsed by years of a deep economic crisis and political upheaval.The indictment, a rare US action against a sitting foreign head of state, marks a serious new phase against Maduro by Washington at a time when some US officials have privately said President Donald Trump is increasingly frustrated with the results of his Venezuela policy.last_img read more

This Sunnybank Hills home has stood the test of time

first_img34 Illinois St, Sunnybank Hills. Picture: Harder bought her home at 34 Illinois St, Sunnybank Hills, in 1982.At that point it was two years old and was a Colin Hayes-built house, one of several in the street.Mrs Harder said the builder was renowned for quality and the house had a large kitchen.It was the second home they had lived in within the suburb.“My favourite part of the house is the family room – it’s light and airy, and comfortable,” she said.“In the early days, I’d spend my days in there, working, looking after the grandchildren, with my husband helping out.“More recently, I’ve been able to sit back and relax with my little dog sitting beside me. The kitchen is also a favourite. It is big and bright with plenty of room to work. There’s been times when we’ve had four generations in my kitchen while I’ve been baking.”Mrs Harder said it had always been a friendly neighbourhood with people looking out for each other.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoHelen Mackintosh with her mother Doreen Harder at the Sunnybank Hills home set for auction. Picture: AAP/ Ric FrearsonIt was a quiet street, and handy to shops, transport and to the school next door.The three-bedroom house backs directly onto the Sunnybank Hills State School grounds.There is a patio at the front entrance and once you enter the front door it leads you through to a lounge and dining area which is airconditioned.The kitchen has been renovated and there is plenty of bench space and storage space. A main bathroom has also been renovated and there is an ensuite attached to the main bedroom.The family room has large feature windows and in the backyard is a paved gazebo area and a built-in tin shed.The home, which is listed through Ben Leong of LJ Hooker – Sunnybank Hills will be auctioned on site Saturday April 7 at 11.30am.last_img read more

Guyana government files legal actions against opposition

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Guyana government files legal actions against opposition by: – March 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) members in parliament have filed for legal actions at both the level of the constitutional court, as well as parliament by way of a motion in an effort to confront the “wrongdoings” of the parliamentary opposition. Dr. Roger Luncheon. Photo credit: nationnews.comHead of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr Roger Luncheon at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President said that the collaboration between the two parties in Opposition was leading to grossly unprincipled actions, a dispensation that Cabinet is unwilling to accept. Specific attention was paid to what was referred to as the betrayal of parliamentary norms and the abuse of constitutional provisions in the decisions by the combined opposition.“Cabinet further contended that the abandonment and betrayal of parliamentary norms also were evident at decisions made at the committee of supply that considered the financial Papers Seven and Eight,” the HPS said.Motions have been drafted and presented at the level of parliament, questioning those decisions and requesting the House to declare them null and void. Additionally, the governing party will also be approaching the constitutional court to seek those same remedies. Caribbean News Now 10 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Greensburg Edges Out FC In Girls Soccer

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates travelled to Franklin County Thursday night for a non-EIAC match with the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Pirates came away with a 3-2 victory after a competitive match on both ends of the pitch.Kasey Moeller opened the scoring with a break-away goal 14 minutes into the match. Twelve minutes later Michaela Myers found the back of thenet off the corner kick assist of Sierra Aylsworth. The Lady Pirates carried the 2-0 lead at halftime as both teams were nearly equal with shots ongoal.Back and forth aggressive play continued for both teams until Franklin County capitalized on the Lady Pirates missed marks and netted theirfirst goal with 12 minutes to play. Five minutes later Maddi Hellmich was able to find Moeller in open space for her second goal of the game. Theintensity continued to pick up by the hosts and they used a solid combination to score with a little over five minutes to play. The final five minuteswas intense and the Lady Pirates did an outstanding job to neutralize the attacks from the Lady Wildcats.McKella Lynette recorded the win in goal making 12 saves of shots on goal for the evening. The Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Pirates with 14-12 of shots on goal for the evening. Taking those shots for Greensburg were: Moeller, Myers, Aylsworth, Hellmich, Cara Zeigler, Abby Bausback and Danielle Schroeder.The Lady Pirates will travel to East Central next Tuesday for JV and Varsity EIAC match. The overall varsity record is now 4-4-1 for the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers with VarVee.last_img read more

Highway 20 Triple Crown next for Deery Series

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – After two weekend rainouts, a Highway 20 Triple Crown is in the works April 21-23 for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.Touring IMCA Late Models make up rained-out shows on Friday, April 21 at Farley Speedway and Saturday, April 22 at Independence Motor Speedway, then travel to Dubuque Speedway for the scheduled Sunday, April 23 event.All three main events pay $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Highway 20 Triple Crown bonus amounts, as well as information about other IMCA divisions running each night, are to be announced.last_img

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino unruffled by Chelsea link

first_img Press Association Chelsea have been tipped as having identified a nucleus of candidates to take the Stamford Bridge helm, with former Argentina defender Pochettino believed to number among them. “No I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours,” said Pochettino, when asked if links to the Chelsea job could cause any unrest at White Hart Lane. “But I don’t care about that. “It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. “That’s all about rumours. “I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy. My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. “The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.” Tottenham travel to League One side Colchester for Saturday’s fourth-round FA Cup tie, with Pochettino admitting he could yet start England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli from the bench. Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he remains unfazed about being touted as Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor at Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea. Tottenham boss Pochettino insisted he did not care when quizzed on rumours Chelsea could seek to lure him to Stamford Bridge this summer. Interim manager Guus Hiddink will guide Chelsea to the end of the season, when the Blues will appoint their permanent boss. Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer is poised to deputise for Jan Vertonghen, missing with knee ligament trouble. Pochettino insists Spurs have sufficient quality within their current ranks to cope with the loss of both Vertonghen, and Andros Townsend, who joined Newcastle this week. Victory at Colchester would hand Tottenham 10 games in 35 days, but Pochettino continues to insist his squad boasts the depth to cope with such rigour. “I think yes, I believe that we already have enough quality, and it’s true that we lost people a few times, but that’s why we have a squad of 24 to 25 players,” said Pochettino. “With Jan’s injury it’s important that a player like Kevin Wimmer can show his quality. “It’s important for that that you always keep all the players fit and focused. It’s a very good period now to show that we have a very strong squad. “It’s a test for our squad that’s true, a very busy period with a lot of games. “But we’ve come through a very busy period too and that was a big test for the squad. We’re not worried, I think we’ve shown we’ve got enough quality to compete across all the competitions.” Pochettino refused to rule out completing a deal to bring Fulham’s Moussa Dembele to White Hart Lane, while also wishing departed winger Townsend good luck in the north-east. The former Southampton boss admitted it was best for all parties for Townsend to leave Spurs in search of regular football. “It was important for him to find a club that gave him the possibility to play consistently in the Premier League,” said Pochettino, of Townsend. “We kept a very good relationship and always it was about the player needing to play. “We had other players and he wasn’t my first choice and it is normal that players always want to play. “The club believes it was a good deal and we wish him all the best at his new club.” last_img read more