Double Bridges

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaATHENS, Ga. — “The ground is so dry that we couldn’t do the groundbreaking, so we brought our own dirt in,” Steve Nickerson said, pointing to the pile of red clay at Double Bridges Farm.Nickerson, head of the University of Georgia animal and dairy science department, grabbed a shovel and broke ground with UGA President Michael Adams and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Scott Angle at a ceremony Tuesday May 29.The weather stayed dry as representatives from UGA, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Oglethorpe County and others gathered in the middle of a hay field to celebrate the start of the new $5 million cattle, swine and equine facility on Double Bridges Road.”It’s taken a lot of effort from a lot of people to do this,” Nickerson said.Eight years ago, the CAES started looking for a new place to house its animals. “Right now our farms are old and in disrepair,” Nickerson said. “This will allow us to have top-notch research facilities and give students up-to-date classrooms that will allow them to be more hands-on with the livestock.”Double Bridges Farm will replace the South Milledge Avenue facility. East of Athens, the farm has acreage in both Clarke and Oglethorpe counties. It’s bordered on the northeast by Hwy. 78 and on the south by Double Bridges Road. Directly across Hwy. 78 is the current UGA Dairy Teaching Center.When the Double Bridges land came up, it was in an ideal location, said Robert Shulstad, CAES interim associate dean for research. “We want to be the leading star for the industry as we move forward” with this facility.Adams agreed. “This will be a place where the best faculty can work with the best students in facilities that are second to none,” he said.It’s the CAES’s unique role in both training students and helping producers and agribusinesses that sets it apart, Angle said. “We’re one of the very few places that has the capability to do both.”Angle, Shulstad and Nickerson all said former Athens Sen. Brian Kemp played a big role in helping Double Bridges Farm become a reality.”In 2004 and 2005, Brian went to bat for us before the (Georgia) General Assembly,” Nickerson said.”In my four years in the state senate, I don’t think I had anything that so many people worked so hard on,” Kemp said. From cattlemen to producers, “I don’t know of a single group that was against this project. Everybody had somebody at the capitol working hard for this.”The projected timetable for Double Bridges Farm is to start site preparation this fall, begin construction in the spring of 2008 and move the swine, cattle and horses and start classes there in about two years.The farm isn’t just about the University of Georgia, Adams said. It’s about being good neighbors.”It’s not just about growing cows and sheep and swine,” Kemp said. “It’s also going to help our state” by providing jobs and economic development.The name “Double Bridges” is appropriate, said Steve Stice, a UGA animal and dairy science researcher and eminent scholar. Double, he said, describes both the agriculture side and the biomedical application of the farm’s future. “We do a lot of double duty,” he said.Near the end of the program, Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) presented Jary Douglas of the UGA dairy judging team a check for $5,000 and a check to a CAES scholarship fund for $1,000. The money “came out of our pockets,” he said, from 55 state legislators who are part of Georgia’s rural caucus.last_img read more

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Satsuma oranges

first_imgFarmers interested in growing an alternative crop can learn about Satsuma oranges on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Lowndes County Civic Center in Valdosta.A conference will be held highlighting potential Satsuma commercial production in south Georgia and north Florida. Satsumas are mandarin oranges that most resemble tangerines. They are grown mostly in California, Alabama and Louisiana but are not grown in South Georgia or North Florida. Lowndes County Extension agent Jake Price is hoping this conference will help change that.“They grow in pretty much the same (climate) zone as we have. There’s no reason that Georgia can’t have some industry too,” Price said.The conference will feature scientists and researchers from the University of Georgia and University of Florida, including Wayne Hanna, a plant breeder in UGA’s Crop and Soil Science Department on the Tifton campus. He will discuss making cold hardy citrus fruits seedless. Also to be featured will be ways to market Satsuma oranges. Joyce Akins, a former director of the school and nutrition program in the Lowndes County School System, will talk about how to market the crop to school systems. Sean R. McCoy, a regional specialized agent in the Rural and Agribusiness Development for the Suwanee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, will discuss pricing and marketing satsumas. “If somebody’s going to produce something, it’s good to have them a market lined up before they get into production,” Price said.Satsumas are a cold-tolerant fruit. Once established, they can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees. They’re also seedless and easy to peel.“They’re about as good or better than anything you will buy in the store,” Price said. The conference will be held from noon to 3 p.m. To register, contact the Lowndes County Extension Office at (229) 333-5185. Registration is limited to 75 participants. A meal will be provided.last_img read more

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U.K. begins auction process for up to 7GW of new offshore wind capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain has launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering sites with the combined potential to power more than six million homes.Britain is already the world’s largest offshore wind market, and plans to generate a third of its electricity from the technology by 2030 as a part of efforts to reach its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target.The Crown Estate’s so-called fourth leasing round is expected to attract bids from established offshore wind developers as well as European oil majors, under pressure from shareholders to show how they plan to align their businesses with global efforts to cut emissions.Combined, the sites have the potential to host a total of 7 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generation.Companies will assess the areas available and then make their own proposals for project sites. The Crown Estate will then asses the viability of the proposals, with the tender process beginning in October and expected to take around 12 months. First seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, The Crown Estate said.Britain currently has around 9.3 GW of operational offshore wind capacity, with around 8% of the country’s electricity coming from offshore wind in 2018. It is also host to the world’s largest fully operation offshore wind farm: Orsted’s 659 megawatt Walney Extension project.More: Britain launches first major auction for offshore wind leases in a decade U.K. begins auction process for up to 7GW of new offshore wind capacitylast_img read more

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It’s all in your head

first_img continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I think we all know that a lot of success is mental – if you think you can do something, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding. But how can leaders affect their teams’ mindsets – for better, or worse?According to a Forbes article reviewing a recent book from Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, titled Mindset, what a leader says to his or her team can make a big difference. Here is some of her advice:Focus on the process rather than the person: If someone is always praised for being “talented” or a “genius,” they might start to hesitate to take risks. If, however, their approach to a problem is what’s praised, it could embolden them.Use the word “yet” more: If there is a problem, remember that you simply haven’t found the solution yet. You want to communicate that you believe your employees have potential – not that they have failed for good.last_img read more

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Sea quality in Croatia rated “excellent”

first_imgThe share of bathing places with excellent water quality in European countries The number of beaches that met the strictest quality standards and received the rating of “excellent” increased slightly, from 85 percent in 2017 to 85,1 percent last year. If we take into account the bathing areas that have met the minimum requirements for the assessment of “satisfactory quality”, the picture is somewhat different. There were 2017 percent of such beaches in 96, and slightly less in 2018 – 95,4 percent. The main reason for this is the opening of new bathing areas, and according to the Bathing Water Directive, the classification is based on data for four bathing seasons. Last year, the water quality in 301 bathing areas (1,3% of them) in the EU, Albania and Switzerland was assessed as “poor”, compared to 1,4% in 2017. According to the latest annual report on monitoring the quality of bathing water in Europe, more than 85 percent of European bathing areas surveyed met strict EU standards and were rated “excellent” for water purity, including Croatia with a quality of 94,4 percent. The results published today are a good indicator of where the best bathing water can be found this summer. European Environment Agency Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx added that “the report confirms that the efforts of the member states have paid off over more than 40 years, primarily in the field of wastewater treatment. Most Europeans today enjoy excellent quality bathing water. Still, this is just one of the main issues, along with plastic pollution and the protection of marine life, that we need to address in order to make our seas, lakes and rivers healthier.” “Yesterday we marked World Environment Day. We face many challenges and that is why it is important to remember the success stories from the European Union on the topic of ecology. The quality of European beaches is one such story that is close to everyone. By testing, reporting, monitoring and exchanging expertise, we strive to improve the quality of our favorite beaches. The new review of environmental activities will allow Member States to show each other how best to achieve and maintain the excellent standards that have been achieved during my term of office. I thank the European Environment Agency for its help in improving standards and sending reliable information on a regular basis, because based on this information you will easily be able to choose where to swim this summer.”, Said Carmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. As many as 95,4 percent of the 21.831 bathing areas in the 28 EU Member States covered by the monitoring met the minimum quality requirements in accordance with EU regulations, as stated in this year’s report of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report also includes 300 beaches in Albania and Switzerland. Bathing water requirements have been established EU Bathing Water Directive. By implementing its provisions, we have significantly improved the quality of bathing water in Europe in the last 40 years. This directive introduced effective monitoring and management, and in combination with investments in urban wastewater treatment, there has been a drastic reduction in the amount of untreated or partially treated wastewater from households and industry discharged into watercourses. Local authorities are required to collect water samples at official bathing areas during the bathing season. The samples are then searched for two types of bacteria whose presence indicates contamination caused by wastewater or animal waste.last_img read more

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Croatia full of nature: 14 European bloggers, journalists and photographers discover Croatian nature parks

first_imgPhoto: HTZ “Croatian natural beauties are one of the most common motives for tourists to come to our country. We abound in beautiful sites and quality resources and I am sure that our forests, rivers, national parks, nature parks and other natural beauties will become more and more visited in the future. I believe that foreign journalists, photographers and bloggers will enjoy our country and that their publications will contribute to the visibility of Croatia on the tourist map of the world and thus attract even more visitors, especially in the off-season.”, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that getting to know the natural beauties, according to the TOMAS research, is in the top five basic motives for the arrival of guests in our country. According to the CNTB, in the project “Croatia full of nature”, among others, a photographer from Great Britain is participating Daniel Cassson, whose Instagram profile is followed by 170 fans, while coming from Germany Tom Christoph Junemann, which will post on the Instagram page for travel and destinations Lightroom_ig, which is followed by almost 240 thousand fans. A blogger comes from Poland Anna Kozubska Leonarcik whose blog is visited by over 25 fans a month, while a British journalist will Peter Samson retell their impressions from their visit to Croatia in the PS magazine published as part of The Sunday post, which is read by almost 400 Britons. A Czech journalist will also get to know the natural beauties of Croatia Lucie Šmoldasová who writes for Ona Dnes Magazine, an article in the second most read daily newspaper in the Czech Republic, but also for the Czech Reporter Magazine. These two newspapers, in print and online, have a readership of 600 people. Also, there is Frederic Renson, journalist Belgian L’Avenirkoje in the Benelux area is followed by over 500 thousand readers. For the first time, the Croatian National Tourist Board is organizing a special project “Croatia full of nature“In which 14 bloggers, journalists and photographers from Great Britain, France, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic discover the natural beauties of the nature parks of continental Croatia.  domacica.sanja The travel program started in Vinkovci and Vukovar, and as part of the program, the participants visited the Adica Forest Park and sailed by boat on the Danube. In the continuation of the program, the participants of the trip will visit the wine cellars of Slavonia and Baranja and the Kopački rit Nature Park.  The program also includes a tour of the Papuk Nature Park, the first UNESCO geopark in Croatia and the Count’s Trail, which is located in the most beautiful part of the Jankovac Forest Park. The last part of the program includes a tour of Virovitica and a visit to the Pejačević castle, or a visit to the Medvednica Nature Park, Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor castles. As part of the project, a collaboration was organized with the Croatian blogger Domaćica Sanja, who will prepare a themed dinner for the guests and present homemade cakes and specialties of Virovitica-Podravina County.  Until October 16, the participants of the trip will visit the tourist sites of Slavonia and Zagorje, and will share their impressions in blog posts, in daily newspapers and magazines, and on social networks.last_img read more

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From June 01, the Cro card will be introduced

first_imgThe aim of the survey was to investigate the liking and interest in participating in a potential tourism program under the working title “tourist voucher”, without specifying specific tax benefits, to investigate the intention to participate in the program for each of the potential 5 types of tax benefits individually. employers are willing to pay. The survey results are based on a representative sample of 400 employers. With the Cro card it will not be possible to withdraw cash, and unfortunately it will not be possible to use it online, but only through POS machines. The Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Croatian Employers’ Association, late last year conducted a survey among employers with the intention of determining the interest of employers in applying for some form of tourist voucher.  The only light at the end of the tunnel is the public sector, which realistically, are not so affected by this emergency situation, and are not their salary reduction and will be able to use the annual leave. As the conditions are completely different at the moment, it is certain that the eventual failure of the Cro card project should not be immediately rejected. It certainly takes at least three years to see if a project is accepted in the market or not, as well as its efficiency. Service providers may accept and authorize an initiated payment instrument transaction only if the electronic device at the point of sale is intended for the execution of payment transactions for goods and / or services according to the Decision on the National Classification of Activities 2007 – NKD 2007. (Official Gazette 58/07 and 72 / 07) in classes: 55 Accommodation and 56 Food and beverage service activities. However, it definitely needs to be improved, primarily through the possibility of online payment, which I see no reason why it was not possible at the beginning, until the inclusion of travel agencies for services in Croatia. If there is a trace, either through online payments or through POS devices, then the possibility of possible embezzlement is reduced to a minimum or not at all. According to the survey, every other employer shows a general interest in the presented concept, while 63% of employers prefer values ​​from HRK 1.000,00 to HRK 3.000,00 per employee per year, and as the most important advantage most employers speak positively about the tourist voucher as a model of rewarding employees. What is the perspective of Cro cards today? Also, it is not clear why the Cro Card does not include various other tourist services, from museum tickets, car rental, tourist guides, nautical, and various tourist attractions and facilities, such as adrenaline sports, bicycle rental (also agency services) – everything that makes tourism. The success of the Hungarian Szep card Improving the Cro card project So far, the employer has been able to pay 7.500 kuna tax-free to its employees annually (in the name of Christmas, regress, bonuses na), and last year the option of an additional 2.5000 kuna was introduced through Cro cards. For every project, including this one, although there are currently extraordinary situations, a good start, perception and communication are important. In this case, this would mean that a large number of companies accepted Cro cards and paid the amount of HRK 2.500 to their employees. The Croatian model of implementing the Measure and the Payment Instrument is based on the Hungarian model, the “Szep card”. With the implementation of the Szep card in the period 2010-2015, Hungary achieved the goal, ie the number of overnight stays of domestic tourists increased by 29 percent, while the total income of domestic tourism increased by 64 percent, with the “Szep card” playing a decisive role. The success of the Szep card is precisely in the fact that at the very beginning a large contingent of cards was withdrawn, primarily from state and large private companies (there were no obligations, but…). That is why they immediately became popular and accepted, both by employees / citizens and the wider entrepreneurial sector. Employer Survey: Every other employer shows interest in Cro cards Although according to a survey from last year, when it was not this emergency situation, most employers viewed the Cro card positively, the question is how much will the project have an effect at this time? As announced, from June 01, the Cro card will be introduced, through which employers will be able to pay the amount of 2.500 kuna (tax-free), which will be allowed to be spent exclusively on paying for tourist and catering services. Namely, it is quite certain that in the private sector, employers will not pay funds for CroKartica because companies and jobs will be saved day by day. Also, there will be no annual leave in the private sector. Finally, although the project was originally intended to activate continental or rural tourism, as well as to be used only in the pre- and post-season, to extend the tourist season, currently due to the emergency, the Cro card starts on June 01st.last_img read more

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20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

first_imgTopics : In northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have so far quarantined 5,300 Tablighis or Islamic preachers who attended the Lahore meeting.”Health officials are conducting tests for coronavirus and some of them have tested positive,” Ajmal Wazir, a spokesperson for the region, told AFP on Sunday.Wazir said thousands of Tablighis from his province were stranded in other regions because of the closure of major highways across the country.About 7,000 have been quarantined in the central Punjab city Lahore, while in southern Sindh province up to 8,000 Tablighis have been quarantined, government officials said. Dozens more have been forced to self-isolate in southwestern Balochistan province.The Tablighi mosques and the movement’s other places of worship were shut down or marked as quarantine centers at the end of March.At least 154 worshippers who went to last month’s Jamaat had tested positive for coronavirus, with two fatalities, authorities told AFP.Coronavirus has killed at least 45 people in Pakistan but with only limited testing available, observers worry the number is far higher. Tablighi Jamaat is considered one of the world’s largest faith-based movements, with millions of followers, particularly in South Asia, and sends preachers to countries to spread Islam’s ideas.Numerous foreign nationals attended this year from countries including China, Indonesia, Nigeria and Afghanistan, organizers said.About 1,500 foreigners are now quarantined in Pakistan, but others left the country without being tested.Gaza’s health ministry confirmed last month its first two cases of coronavirus were Palestinians who had attended the gathering.Pakistan’s science minister Fawad Chaudhry earlier expressed exasperation that the event had gone ahead, blaming the “stubbornness of the clergy”.Organizers said they cut the gathering short following advice from the authorities, however at the time they said it was due to rainy weather. Similar Tablighi Jamaat congregations held in Malaysia and India during the coronavirus pandemic have been blamed for spreading the virus to other nations. center_img Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat — an Islamic missionary movement —  between March 10-12 over fears they are now spreading COVID-19 across Pakistan and overseas.More than 100,000 people went to the meeting, organizers said, undeterred by government requests for it to be cancelled as the virus hit the country.last_img read more

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Barcelona may bench Suarez if he fails to depart

first_imgLuis Suarez could spend a whole season on the sidelines if he fails to negotiate an exit from Barcelona. The 33-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and has been told to find a new club. However, ESPN report the Uruguayan still has a year remaining on his deal and he wants the Catalan giants to pay the remainder should he leave this summer. Barcelona have also told sources they are willing to let Suarez sit in the stands until his contract expires next summer. A move to Juventus could be on the cards as new boss Andrea Pirlo looks for a backup to Cristiano Ronaldo. Terms have reportedly been agreed but a number of obstacles are still preventing a transfer. Many had assumed Suarez’s departure was down to new manager Ronald Koeman but the Dutchman has insisted it was the club’s call. Suarez is Barcelona’s third all-time top goalscorer and has been one of their key players since joining in 2014.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do His friendship with Lionel Messi has seen them flourish on the pitch and they formed two thirds of the lethal ‘MSN’ partnership with Neymar until 2017. Last season saw his influence diminish and he scored 16 goals in 28 La Liga appearances. He has admitted he would take a reduced role with the Blaugrana – but wants clarity on his future. “There has been talk of some names that the president suggested, changes that could be made, but nobody has told me that they want to get rid of me,” Suarez told AS. “If that is what the club wants it would be nice if the director responsible for these decisions spoke directly with me. It’s better than leaking if I’m one of the players they want to leave. We’ll see what happens. read also: Suarez agrees Juventus terms “I want what’s best for the club as well and right now my intention is to stay on but if the club decide I’m no longer wanted, I have no problem talking to those that decide.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Borgen is spectacular at Buffalo River Fargo Tractor special

first_imgGLYNDON, Minn. (Sept. 13-14) – A driver who is no stranger to victory lane at Buffalo River Race Park found his way to that hallowed ground again Sunday night.Bryce Borgen topped the $1,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event in the 2014 season finale. The two-time BRRP track champion earned a spot on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational along with the Fargo Tractor IMCA Spectacular checkers. Deveryn Malmlov, Saturday winner Justin Jones, Michael Greseth and Cody Erickson completed the top five. Borgen had started fourth and was most of a straightaway behind Jones before starting his drive to the front. “All of a sudden my car just came alive,” Borgen said following his third sanctioned win of the season. “I’d run second on Saturday night. It felt good to be able to work my way by him (Jones) and pass him on the top side.” The final caution came with three circuits left in the 30-lapper. Borgen’s margin of victory was two car lengths. Jones earned $750 for his Saturday victory. Rick Pavlicek swept the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, earning $300 on opening night and $500 on Sunday. Sept. 13 Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Justin Jones; 2. Bryce Borgen; 3. Michael Greseth; 4. Bob Sagen; 5. Michael Tiani; 6. Shane Bruns; 7. Tyler Hall; 8. Jeff Odden; 9. Brent Pulskamp; 10. David Goulet; 11. Tyler Peterson; 12. Dusty Peterson; 13. Larry Niemi; 14. Tim Perkins; 15. Brennan Borg; 16. Josh Beaulieu; 17. Deveryn Malmlov; 18. Matt Aukland; 19. Ross Romdalvik; 20. Billy Vogel; 21. Tom Cummings; 22. Dan Dowling.Northern SportMods – 1. Rich Pavlicek; 2. Tim Kanten; 3. Scott Zimmerman; 4. Scott Jacobson; 5. Tailin Tommerdahl; 6. Tom Andring; 7. Patrick Brejcha; 8. Michael Ernst; 9. Charlie Jensen; 10. Jesse Skalicky; 11. Lucas Rodin; 12. Levi Babcock; 13. Jeff Nelson; 14. Nick Curtis; 15. Cody Peterson; 16. Robert Plath; 17. Luke Lick; 18. Danny Hazemann; 19. Andrew Maxwell; 20. Jackson Moffett. Sept. 14 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Borgen; 2. Malmlov; 3. Jones; 4. Greseth; 5. Cody Erickson; 6. Pulskamp; 7. Sagen; 8. Tyler Peterson; 9. Hall; 10. Beaulieu; 11. Goulet; 12. Tiana; 13. Niemi; 14. Borg; 15. Dowling; 16. Dusty Peterson; 17. Odden; 18. Bruns; 19. Vogel; 20. John Schuelke.Northern SportMods – 1. Pavlicek; 2. Ernst; 3. Kanten; 4. Tommerdah; 5. Chris Vanmil; 6. Jensen; 7. Jacobson; 8. Lick; 9. Peterson; 10. Rodin; 11. Brady Petermann; 12. Maxwell; 13. Andring; 14. Curtis; 15. Plath; 17. Donny Marquardt; 18. Nelson; 19. Brejcha; 20. Hazemann.last_img read more

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