Mountain Field Day.

first_imgIf you’ve been searching for an excuse to visit the Georgiamountains, here’s one: the Georgia Mountain Research and EducationCenter general field day.Set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 a.m., the field day will beat the center on Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road in Blairsville,Ga. The center is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Georgiamountains, where the scenery was made to be enjoyed in person.The event will include 16 tour stops covering topics such asbeef cattle, fruit and vegetable crops, field and forage cropsand greenhouse pest control. Visitors will see University of Georgiascientists’ research projects up close and firsthand.At lunch, visitors will hear from guest speakers Tommy Irvin,Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, and Gerald Arkin, assistantdean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.There is no fee for the field day. However, $5 will be chargedfor the barbecue-chicken lunch. Make checks payable to the UnionCounty 4-H Club, as all proceeds from the lunch will go to localclub.Registration is required, as space is limited to the first200 registrants. To sign up, or for more information, contactthe center at (706) 745-2655. Or email Freya Browning at [email protected]last_img read more

The Latest: Michigan State says 16 athletes tested positive

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan State says 16 of 122 athletes tested positive for the new coronavirus during the week of July 20-24 and ___The Great Lakes Valley Conference is the sixth NCAA Division II league to suspend its football season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The GLVC announced its regular season and championship would move to the spring. Also considering football in the spring are the Great Northwest, Northeast-10, Southern Intercollegiate, Central Intercollegiate, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.Six of the other 10 Division II conferences are delaying starts to their seasons. The Rocky Mountain Athletic, Great Midwest, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Northern Sun still plan to play full seasons in the fall.In Division III, the Midwest Conference became the 23rd league to postpone or cancel its season. The only Division III conferences planning to play all or part of their seasons this fall are the American Rivers, Michigan Intercollegiate, Minnesota Intercollegiate, Upper Midwest and USA South. ___North Carolina will have fewer fans in its home football stadium this fall if games are played.The school released an open letter Monday from athletics director Bubba Cunningham and John Montgomery, the executive director of the Rams Club that operates as the department’s fund-raising arm. The letter says officials “continue to plan for football to be played this season” but that reducing the number of fans inside Kenan Stadium will be a “necessity.” They didn’t specify an exact number for the reduction in fan attendance, saying there are still “multiple scenarios” being considered while social distancing protocols require there to be changes to availability and seat locations.Additionally, the school won’t use a season-ticket format this year while moving to a still-developing system for individual game requests. The school will also go to a mobile or digital ticketing platform for contact-free entry to the stadium. The Latest: Michigan State says 16 athletes tested positive This marks the second multimillion donation Brees has made to benefit Louisiana since the coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States. In March, he donated $5 million to assist food banks in the state as people began losing jobs because of businesses closures or staff reductions stemming from government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.Louisiana, with a population of nearly 4.7 million, has been hard hit by the virus. As of Sunday, state health department figures showed a total of 107,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,651 deaths.___The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. ___The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup.The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.The USTA said the sort of “proper risk mitigation” that it plans for the U.S. Open — the Grand Slam tournament scheduled to begin in New York on Aug. 31 — “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” for smaller events.The group also cited “the current rates of COVID-19 in Florida. Associated Press July 27, 2020 More than 1,700 NCAA games across three divisions are known to have been canceled or postponed, according to Associated Press research. The breakdown: 114 in the FBS, 317 in the FCS, 445 in Division II and 889 in Division III.Several dozen games have been cut from the 95 football teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. All junior college games have been canceled.___Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. ___The Colorado Rockies say left-handed reliever Tim Collins has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Collins was part of Colorado’s 60-player pool and was assigned to the alternate training site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s the second member of the Rockies organization to opt out of the 2020 season.Outfielder Ian Desmond said last month that he would skip the season to focus on his young family and to help revitalize youth baseball in his home state of Florida.Collins has played six major league seasons. Last year he appeared in nine games with the Chicago Cubs between stints with the Twins and Reds organizations. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports IndyCar is still scheduled to run 14 races this season.___The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of contests required of Division I fall sports teams, excluding football, by 50% this season.The decision by the Division I Council coordination committee to grant a blanket waiver for any school that needs it affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams.Some conferences, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already announced they will play nothing but conference schedules in their fall sports. The list is for a player who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also placed rookie fullback Connor Slomka on the team’s active/non-football injury list.Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins placed three players on the reserve/COVID-19(asterisk) list — cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, long snapper Blake Ferguson and defensive tackle Benito Jones. Tankersley was a third-round draft pick in 2017 who has started 11 NFL games, all as a rookie, and missed last season recovering from a knee injury. MAAC student-athletes whose seasons have been canceled will still be permitted to train when they return to campus, and institutions will be responsible for implementing their own training guidelines in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidance provided by the NCAA.The Collegiate Commissioners Association is working with the NCAA on a series of waivers related to fall sports eligibility and competition.___IndyCar is set for another schedule revamp, with races scheduled for Portland International Raceway and a doubleheader weekend at Laguna Seca in California both canceled.The series will now run doubleheaders at Mid-Ohio, in the St. Louis area, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will run Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio; Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway; and Oct. 2-3 at the IMS road course. The oversight committee also agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field. A previous decision by the Division I Council allows conferences to determine how their automatic qualifiers are chosen for NCAA championship events up to two weeks prior to selections.___The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp. ___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans.Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.___ four athletic department staff members tested positive from July 18-24.Those figures include two staff members and an athlete whose positive tests were previously announced. Michigan State’s football team is currently awaiting the end of a 14-day quarantine. The school’s announcement Monday did not specify how many of the 16 positive tests involved football players.The earliest possible return to workouts for football players is Aug. 4, and players will undergo surveillance testing before being cleared to return.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed four rookies — cornerback Luq Barcoo, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, cornerback Josiah Scott, and offensive lineman Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms — on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.last_img read more

Building a NZEH With a Utility’s Help

first_imgA married couple in Wisconsin becomes the first to participate in a sustainable-homebuilding initiative sponsored by regional utility WPPI EnergyTom and Verona Chambers bought an acre of land on west-central Wisconsin’s Black River. It is, by any standard, a scenic spot, and the house they built on the property has big north-facing windows that offer a spectacular view of the Northwoods.It turns out, though, that the big windows, and their placement, are among the very few design features of the Chambers’ house that might compromise the home’s energy efficiency. After celebrating the completion of their house during Earth Week, the couple and regional power company WPPI Energy, whose GreenMax Home program helped offset the costs of efficiency upgrades during construction, commenced fine tuning the home’s energy use to bring it to net zero.The GreenMax program, which also is available to architects and builders, provides funding to help defray the incremental upgrade costs of building or remodeling projects aimed at bringing a home to net zero. WPPI Energy also offers technical assistance and measures the newly built or remodeled home’s energy use and environmental impact.Upgrade costs and incentivesThe upgrade costs for the Chambers’ home – which totaled $89,000 for a building with 3,100 sq. ft. of conditioned space and 1,800 sq. ft. of finished space – were further offset by incentive funding from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, as well as federal tax credits.The cost of improvements to the shell came in at $13,000. They include a 2×8, 24 in. on-center exterior wall system, which accommodated R-25 batt in the wall cavity. The shell is covered on the outside with R-5 insulation. And, aside from those on the north face, most of the windows are horizontal and high up on the walls, allowing daylight to wash across the interior of the home and compensating in part for the fact that the home does not have overhangs.Of comparable cost ($14,000) is the home’s ground-source heat pump system, although the biggest ticket on the upgrade bill ($57,100) was for the 5.76 kW ground-mounted PV system.As an incentive for GreenMax program participants to walk the green walk in designing their home and managing its energy use after construction is complete, WPPI, through regional customer-owned power distributors, offers them a special buy-back rate of 30 cents per kilowatt hour. With the standard utility rate set at 10 cents per kWh, a net zero home using and producing 10,000 kWh of power annually stands to earn about $2,000 a year.The Chambers submitted their design proposal to GreenMax Home in October 2007 and broke ground on the project in July 2008. Because their house is the first built under the GreenMax program, the Chambers have become its de facto ambassadors. Tom, a high-school principal, and Verona, a middle-school teacher, say they’re eager to use the house as a showcase for green building techniques and green living strategies.“The best part of this process is certainly how much we have learned,” Verona said in a WPPI press release. “We have already begun to share our experiences, showing our house and discussing it with others. We are excited for tours and open houses to continue, as we hope to educate many people about this project.”last_img read more

VIDEO: 38 Days until Football Season

first_imgThe summer is coming to an end… Which means football season is just around the corner. If you aren’t excited for the season to start after watching this video, please make an appointment with your primary care physician to check your pulse. Only 38 days separates us from the most glorious time of the year.You guys ready for football season yet?Credit to Alexander Beiersdorf for the video.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Oust BJP in 2019 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: A sea of humanity defied torrential rain and inclement weather on Saturday to attend the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally, where Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee spelt out the party’s strategy in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Lakhs of people were witness to a historic announcement which would mark a definite “movement” of a sort from this day onwards for the Trinamool Congress workers and its leaders with their task cut out for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA confident Mamata Banerjee, more passionate than ever, with an unflinching pledge to free India from the clutches of the BJP, announced: “We will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. It is our pledge. We will oust the BJP to save the country. We will organise a big rally here in January and invite all the (Opposition) leaders.”The Trinamool Congress will organise a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground on January 19, 2019, which will be attended by all the Federal Front leaders to usher in the BJP’s collapse. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Martyrs’ Day programme, the Chief Minister said: “The gathering at the Brigade will be more than today’s rally and I will request all the Federal Front leaders to address the meeting. We do not care for the chair but we are more concerned for the people of this land. We will show the way to Parliament.” She also instructed the party leaders to start preparations for the grand rally from November itself, immediately after the Durga Puja. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe also charted out the party’s programmes for the next few months. On July 27, Nanoor Divas will be celebrated and Firhad Hakim along with Anubrata Mondol will address the gathering. On July 28, party’s youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee along with Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Kalyan Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari will address a rally at the Midnapore College ground, the venue from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the rally on July 16. From August 1 to 15, meetings will be held all over the state to spread the message of communal harmony. On August 9, Mamata Banerjee will be present at a meeting in Jhargram where the theme will be “BJP, quit the country”. The meeting will be held to remember the Quit India movement which was organised against the British Rule in 1942. In September, the party will celebrate Teachers’ Day in which teachers from various schools, colleges and universities will be felicitated in every area. A convention will be held on September 17 under the leadership of Abhishek Banerjee. Coming down heavily on the BJP, Banerjee predicted that the saffron party will not be able to get more than 100-150 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as the situation will be completely different. She said the BJP had secured 325 votes while the Opposition got 126 votes at the no-confidence motion held on Friday because “AIADMK had voted for the BJP but the MPs would not have voted for the party had Jayalalithaji been alive. In 2019, Stalin will get the seats.In Uttar Pradesh, if Mayawatiji and Mulayamji join hands, then the BJP’s seats will come down to 30.In Madhya Pradesh, now the BJP has 28 seats which will come down to one fourth. In Rajasthan, the party has 25 seats which will come down to 5. In Bihar, Laluji will get more seats. In Gujarat, the BJP will not get any seat. In Bengal, the TMC will get all the 42 Lok Sabha seats.” She further added: “The number of votes the BJP got on Friday was on the floor of the House but outside, the scenario is totally different and take it from me that the BJP will not win in 2019 as people will not vote for the party.”Calling the BJP a “sword brandishing or gun-toting Hindu,” she said the BJP has actually insulted Hinduism. “We do not accept the BJP’s Hindutva. The party has insulted Hinduism. We follow the Hinduism that has been professed by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. We believe in tolerance and universal acceptance,” she maintained.Accusing the BJP of spreading hate politics, she said throughout the country, the party is trying to divide society. Referring to the statement made by the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament on Friday that the state governments should take stern action to stop lynching, she said: “The party should first try to control the language of the state president. He talks about burning down police stations and assault the TMC supporters, thus polluting the social environment.” She added: “The BJP is involved in lynching throughout the country and the leaders have blood on their hands.”Banerjee said Congress leaders in Bengal should decide whether they will go with the TMC or not. “In Delhi, we are supporting them but here the Congress, CPI(M) and the BJP have joined hands against us. This cannot be tolerated.”Referring to the collapse of the pandal at Modi’s rally in Midnapore, she said: “The party that cannot prevent the collapse of a pandal, how do you expect them to run the country properly? But it is not about the pandal. They are trying to divide the country and this trend is dangerous.”The Chief Minister said canards are being spread against the TMC over the Panchayat elections. “In Uttar Pradesh, 71 percent seats are won uncontested while in Sikkim 85 percent seats are won unopposed but no one says anything about that. In Panchayat elections, local issues and candidates are important and in Jhargram, even the TMC could not file candidates in several seats but I did not complain about it. I pity those who fail to understand this small equation.”last_img read more