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2010 Review

first_img Georgia 4-H offers free camps for military children (Released on Thursday, March 4, 2010) Bitter winter shakes Georgians (Released on Thursday, March 11, 2010) Economic bed-rest, be patient (Released on Wednesday, April 14, 2010) New regional gardening show premieres on GPB April 3 (Released on Friday, March 19, 2010) Spring is best time to discover invasive cogongrass (Released on Wednesday, May 5, 2010) Standing water can equal cleaner streams, better waterways (Released on Thursday, February 11, 2010) Georgia celebrates agriculture, food, environmental stewardship (Released on Tuesday, March 16, 2010) Radon invades homes, silently kills (Released on Thursday, January 14, 2010) Spring weather gives Georgia corn, cotton crops a boost (Released on Thursday, June 3, 2010) Service aims to end persistent poverty in Georgia (Released on Thursday, May 6, 2010) Georgia MarketMaker helps local business grow (Released on Wednesday, December 1, 2010) Finding hope in a garden (Released on Tuesday, November 23, 2010) UGA Tifton lab sleuths plant viruses (Released on Thursday, September 16, 2010) UGA plant breeder takes luck out of finding four-leaf clover (Released on Thursday, July 15, 2010) Master gardeners help gardens, communities grow (Released on Thursday, March 18, 2010) Farmers benefit from science-based virtual farming software (Released on Tuesday, May 25, 2010) Closing weather station would take away valuable decision-making tool (Released on Thursday, April 22, 2010) UGA scientists move genomic research into the real world (Released on Thursday, January 21, 2010) UGA researcher looking to develop perennial sorghum (Released on Wednesday, July 7, 2010) Weather sets record, not Georgia row-crop harvest (Released on Thursday, October 14, 2010) Mushroom gardening new backyard craze (Released on Thursday, January 14, 2010) State’s public gardens are perfect vacation, day trip spots (Released on Thursday, May 20, 2010) El Niño winter hits Georgia hard (Released on Tuesday, February 9, 2010) Georgia-grown Fraser fir Christmas trees on the horizon (Released on Thursday, December 2, 2010) Extension agents provide practical research for state’s producers (Released on Thursday, March 25, 2010) UGA hand sanitizer could cut down on cruise ship illnesses (Released on Thursday, July 29, 2010) UGA scientists recognized for development of food wash (Released on Wednesday, May 12, 2010) Living Going green is a smart financial strategy (Released on Thursday, April 22, 2010) Economics Risky business, investment paved the road to recession (Released on Thursday, April 1, 2010) Lawn & Garden Science Environment Georgia man’s death confirms presence of Africanized honeybees (Released on Thursday, October 21, 2010) Need to identify a python? There’s an “app” for that (Released on Thursday, September 9, 2010) On behalf of the writers, sources and the many people who bring you Georgia FACES, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a prosperous and safe New Year. Choose the healthiest plants for your landscape (Released on Thursday, March 11, 2010) UGA students put agriculture knowledge to work in school garden (Released on Thursday, April 8, 2010) Georgia farmers getting taste for pomegranates (Released on Thursday, October 28, 2010) Another year ends. And we thank you, our Georgia FACES subscribers, for allowing us to bring you the news to use about Georgia family, agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences. It’s our pleasure. To honor the passing year, we look back on 2010’s top FACES news stories categorized by sections.Agriculture UGA discovery holds promise for treatment of diabetes, other debilitating diseases (Released on Tuesday, May 4, 2010) Ag energy research center breaks ground in Tifton (Released on Thursday, May 6, 2010) UGA training ‘Moodles’ with childcare providers (Released on Thursday, March 11, 2010) Summer weather treats Georgia row-crops well (Released on Thursday, July 15, 2010) Georgia hemlock trees under siege (Released on Thursday, August 26, 2010) Georgia’s green industry sees sunny horizon (Released on Thursday, February 4, 2010) UGA system helps care for 9/11 memorial trees (Released on Thursday, September 23, 2010) China’s demand pushes pecan prices to historic highs (Released on Thursday, November 18, 2010) Vidalia Onions struggle through wet Georgia winter (Released on Thursday, February 4, 2010) As the economy begins to pick up, so are food prices (Released on Thursday, April 29, 2010) Georgia cities set rainfall records in December (Released on Thursday, January 14, 2010) Farmers eye plump crop prices next year (Released on Thursday, October 28, 2010) UGA team initiates ag development in Haiti (Released on Thursday, April 1, 2010) Put out welcome mat for springtime hummingbirds (Released on Thursday, April 8, 2010) How to balance the budget (Released on Friday, December 17, 2010) Deadly watermelon plant disease lurks under Georgia soil (Released on Thursday, May 27, 2010) Buying local: good Georgia trend (Released on Thursday, July 22, 2010) Foodborne illness, cause for concern (Released on Thursday, January 28, 2010) Outlook brighter for Georgia agriculture in 2010 (Released on Thursday, January 28, 2010) Water restrictions loosened in Georgia (Released on Thursday, June 24, 2010) Mediterranean diets limit disease risk (Released on Thursday, February 25, 2010) Scientist links African HIV, cancer to diet (Released on Thursday, June 10, 2010) Legislators tackle food safety on national, state levels (Released on Thursday, February 4, 2010) 2010 edition of the annual Spring Garden Packet (Released on Thursday, February 18, 2010) Students plant, harvest on-campus garden (Released on Thursday, August 26, 2010) Georgia summer sets record (Released on Thursday, September 2, 2010)last_img read more

Top 40: Camping

first_img8. MSR MicroRocketWith the MicroRocket, MSR goes even smaller than the barely noticeable, standard-setting PocketRocket. The MicroRocket is a little lighter and even more compact, fitting inside a coffee mug, but it still puts out an impressive flame that gets a liter of water boiling in a little over three minutes.$40; 1. Columbia ReactorLast year, Columbia released winter jackets with Omni-Heat reflective liners, tiny silver dots that radiate your body heat back at you. This year, Columbia is releasing the Reactor, a 30-degree sleeping bag with the same liner that, we’re happy to report, works just as well. The bag warms up quickly, turning your body heat into a comfy oven on a cold night. The only downside our tester found with the bag, is the plastic feeling of the liner thanks to those same tiny silver dots that keep you extra toasty. Keep the base layers on as you sleep, and you won’t notice.$299; 2. Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30One sleeping bag with two different temperature ratings? The Pyro Maniac uses an additional set of insulated baffles placed over the torso of the 600-fill bag. Camping on a warmer night? Lose the extra baffles and go with a trim 30-degree bag. Expecting chillier temperatures? Stuff the baffles into the bag and you’re set for 15 degrees. The mummy bag has a few other great touches, like a draft collar to keep your neck and head warm and a pillow pocket. According to our tester, the temperature ratings of the bag are legit, giving the Pyro Maniac more versatility than much of its competition. It’s like adding an extra blanket when the temperature drops.$319; sierradesigns.com3. ENO Reactor HammockOn your next overnight, save some pack weight by ditching the tent and spending the night in a Reactor. Eagles Nest Outfitter’s hammock has a sleeve that holds a sleeping pad in place for extra warmth and comfort when spending the night swinging between two trees.$80; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com4. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XThermThis four-season pad also uses a reflective heat barrier, similar to what you find in emergency blankets. Our tester was surprised at how quickly the NeoAir XTherm warms up. Place your hand on top of the sleeping pad and it immediately gets hot, adding a noticeable level of heat to your portable bed. The only bummer? The metallic treatment is a bit loud, so if you’re a restless sleeper, your neighbors may get annoyed. Still, the pad excels beyond the heat-reflective technology. It’s only 15 ounces and compacts to smaller than a Nalgene bottle, while still offering plenty of cushion. It’s a suite of winning characteristics that convinced our tester to make the XTherm his sleeping pad of choice.$219.95; cascadedesigns.com5. MRS Carbon Reflex 3 TentThis three-season shelter proved a comfy, roomy haven for a family of three during a cold, wet weekend. Yet it weighs a scant 4lbs. 7 oz. One reason is the ultralight poles, which retain their durability thanks to plastic bushings at connection points and horizontally wrapped carbon fibers. The poles’ geometry also trims ounces: they’re positioned in parallel arches with a support pole in between, creating more headroom and a peak height of 46 inches. But the space-to-weight ratio doesn’t come cheap.$600; cascadedesigns.com6. Mountain Hardwear SuperMega UL2To get your tent weight down to the Supermega’s  2lbs, 2oz, you typically have to go with a shelter that sacrifices poles, and therefore needs some combination of stakes and trekking poles. But this two-person tent is completely freestanding, with a fully waterproof double-wall construction and an ample 27-square-foot floor. Thank the DAC Featherlight poles and predominantly mesh canopy for the weight savings. This is the lightest tent Mountain Hardwear makes, and was still plenty big for two normal sized campers. The mesh storage pockets were unexpected, but welcome. A bigger vestibule would be nice, but then you’d add weight, so…$430; mountainhardwear.com7. Easton Mountain Products KiloHow does a two-person tent weigh less than a kilogram? Easton uses carbon fiber poles that are more than 50 percent lighter than standardly used aluminum. There’s also savings in the minimal tether of the AirLock connection system, as opposed to heavier shick cord. The advanced technology will cost you a pretty penny, but you’ll feel the difference in your pack. One-person and three-person Kilo models will be released next summer.$400; eastonmountainproducts.comlast_img read more

Kincora Hostel to soon reach 25,000 hikers hosted along Appalachian Trail

first_imgFor a small donation, hikers that stay at the Kincora Hikers’ Hostel have access to a kitchen, laundry area, showers and bunkhouse. Peoples says he is considering having ice cream for anyone who is at his hostel the evening that his 25,000 hiker walks through the door. Bob Peoples, owner of Kincora Hikers’ Hostel in Hampton, Tennessee, says that his hostel will soon reach a huge milestone. In April, Peoples anticipates hosting his 25,000 hiker along the Appalachian Trail. The AT legend opened his hostel in 1997 and has been providing shelter and hospitality to hikers along the trail ever since. last_img read more

Great Neck Man Used Fake Gun in Carjacking Try, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Great Neck man has been arrested for trying to carjack a driver while brandishing a fake handgun in Manorhaven on Thursday evening, Nassau County police said.Edward Sedaghati was charged with attempted kidnapping, menacing, possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.Police said the 29-year-old man was wearing a ski mask when he got into the passenger side of a Chevrolet parked in the driveway of a Sintsink Drive East home and pulled out the fake gun when the victim pushed the suspect out of the vehicle at 5:35 p.m.The victim gained control of the weapon as a passerby helped the victim hold Sedaghati until officers arrived to take him into custody, police said.Authorities said they recovered an imitation handgun, gravity knife, duct tape, tie wraps and a bag containing marijuana. The victim was not injured.Sedaghati will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.The incident occurred an hour before police said a Franklin Square man caught a drunken man stealing his Honda CRV while it was warming up in the victim’s driveway.In that case, 42-year-old John Brito of Franklin Square was also held by the victim and a passerby until officers arrived and found the suspect to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.Brito will be arraigned Friday on charges of robbery, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.last_img read more

Establishing a start-up culture is about leadership, not ping-pong

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Details Chances are that if you are reading this, you have an interest in changing something or rocking the establishment in some meaningful way. If that’s the case, I applaud you, because financial services more or less remains in a rut and the industry as a whole, needs a shake-up. If you are like most of us ( a breathing human being ), you read the countless articles about internet start-ups and how they are changing the world. But don’t let the hype fool you.If you seriously  think adding a pool table to your breakroom will drive a shift in culture, you can can stop reading this right now.  Embracing a start-up culture is about incorporating an entrepreneurial attitude, driving more collaboration, and enhancing a true sense of ownership between all the employees. Your goal is to leverage this culture so you can become a more responsive organization and be innovative and capable of pivoting quickly, as consumer needs shift. In the financial services world, your goal more specifically, should be about removing the friction in banking and helping Americans achieve more financial success and well-being. An open floor plan, a weekly happy hour, hipsters in shorts, nerf guns, ping pong tables, all are lipstick on a pig, unless you remain mission driven and consumer focused.The idea of the millennial-led, hyper-moving, fun-loving, carefree startup has become cliché. You can’t just bottle startup culture and apply it to a financial institution. You can’t spend all your time, energy and money creating a “cool” workspace and that surely won’t be enough for you to survive. But you can motivate your team to be consumer-centric and motivated by highly satisfied consumers. A start-up culture is about passion and determination, and that is something financial services can certainly need.A genuine startup culture starts with the mentality and passion demonstrated at the top of your organization. Your leaders must “live their business,” and that passion can then come to life in the office environment. Enthusiasm is contagious and it helps drive collaboration, which in any financial institution, is critically important. Bigger organizations always form silos, and time is often wasted trying to outdo the other division rather than uniting together. You can’t build a consumer centric organizations with silos. And you can’t build a culture of entrepreneurism if you stay hidden from view in your ivory tower.Any startup founder will tell you that their culture means hard work and long hours. Startup founders enjoying working in teams and are innately in tune with collaborating with people and always finding ways to work smarter, not longer. It’s a necessity to survive. Every company needs to enable employees to be connected to the mission of the brand. Encourage your team to look beyond short-term, tactical projects to the big picture, and how what they do each day affects the financial institution and the customers or member. Banks and credit unions that can keep that sense of meaning, mission, and purpose in the lifeblood of the company will be strong and resilient, and have a chance to differentiate in a very commoditized industry.Start-ups are very much about channeled energy. Every leader needs to make the time and demonstrate they care about the environment they’re building. The result will be be an engaged, satisfied and productive workforce; one that is prepared and motivated to make a difference. Company culture can make or break any organization, but it’s leaders are the ones who set the stage, as culture typically mirrors their attitudes and beliefs. If your culture is failing, or is mundane, you are the one to blame. A new ping-pong table won’t fix your culture.last_img read more

Willow Point discusses confirmed case at facility, other updates

first_imgLaClair says that mandate is difficult and “virtually impossible” to act on. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. (WBNG) — County officials have confirmed a resident at Willow Point Nursing Home tested positive for the virus. Coronavirus numbers: Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county and region is ready to reopen on Friday for phase one. Willow Point Nursing Home Broome County May 14 coronavirus update Garnar says the county will need help from the federal government to help offset the economic damage done by the virus. He says Willow Point is working to make sure all of its residents are tested. LaClair says the resident has been moved to the negative pressure room and the facility is taking “strict precautions” to ensure the virus does not spread. Nursing Home Administrator Ryan LaClair says he cannot say whether or not the case is related to a contracted medical provider testing positive for the virus on May 12. Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that all nursing home staff test for the virus twice a week, This week, Garnar hosted Zoom calls with local businesses about restarting the economy. County Executive Garnar says Broome County is suffering from a $18 million deficit due to the lack of sales tax revenue. Reopening: 28 people died from the virus and 269 people have recovered. He says people will be available to answer questions Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 82 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. Family members of residents can call 607-763-4400 for general questions regarding the virus and the home. In total, 379 cases of the virus have been reported. As of May 14, LaClair says no other residents or staff have tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

Disease control directorate general requests hospital pneumonia data over COVID-19 fears

first_imgThe Indonesian Health Ministry disease control and prevention directorate general has requested ministry-run hospitals provide it with data regarding cases of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases over concern that cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus remain undetected in the country.In a copy of the letter seen by The Jakarta Post, which is dated Feb. 26, director-general Anung Sugihantono requested “vertical” hospitals — those run by the Health Ministry — to send data about the number of acute respiratory infection (ISPA) and pneumonia cases between Dec. 1, 2019 and Feb. 25.He also requested data regarding the number of deaths caused by respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.  The contents of the letter were confirmed by the directorate general’s secretary, Achmad Yurianto, who said that it was written and issued merely in the interests of better data management.“Usually hospitals send the report to the health service directorate general. We want to get the same report too so we can manage the data,” he said. “The one in the health service directorate general is mixed up with other illnesses, so it takes a long time to map them.”Yurianto claimed that there had been no significant increase of pneumonia deaths in the past three months compared to the same period last year.Earlier this month, Anung said the ministry was also actively looking into deaths from pneumonia, claiming there had been no significant increase in such deaths. However, he did not immediately provide corroborating data.Indonesia has yet to identify any confirmed COVID-19 cases, but experts and foreign diplomats have raised concerns that cases may have gone undetected because of deficiencies in the country’s testing abilities.Indonesia had tested 143 specimens as of Saturday, apart from the 188 World Dream cruise ship crew members who had started their two-week observation period on Sebaru Kecil Island, located near Jakarta, on Friday. The ministry is also planning to test the 69 Diamond Princess crew members previously quarantined in Japan, bringing the total number of tests close to 400.The number, however, pales in comparison to those of other countries such as neighboring Malaysia (1,092 tests as of Feb. 24), although Yurianto claimed that the ministry’s laboratory, the only laboratory in the country authorized to conduct the tests, could test up to 1,700 samples per day.Topics :last_img read more

Beijing school students trial temperature-tracking bracelets

first_imgTopics : Temperature-monitoring bracelets that alert an app if a student has a fever were being trialed at Beijing schools on Monday — China’s latest use of high-tech to track its population’s possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.China has deployed thermal cameras in public areas and most places require people to show an app with green, yellow and red ratings that determine a person’s infection risk based on travel history.The bracelets were rolled out in five Beijing districts for the first classes for middle school students in months. The bands provide real-time temperature data that can be monitored by schools and parents via an app, the Beijing Daily reported.”The bracelet is similar to a normal fitness tracker… We recommend that students wear them 24 hours a day,” one unnamed teacher told the Beijing Daily. If a student’s temperature rises above 37.2 degrees, the bracelet will prompt their teacher to alert the police, the state-run Beijing News said.Over the past few weeks, a wave of schools have gradually reopened across China with extra health and safety measures as the country begins the transition back into normal life. center_img Final-year high school students returned to class in China’s capital at the end of April after closing for three months during the coronavirus outbreak. Trials of smart temperature-monitoring technology have already taken place in 18 senior high schools in the city’s Fengtai District, according to reports.Daily temperature monitoring, compulsory mask-wearing and social-distancing policies have become the new normal at schools across China, as officials try to contain the epidemic domestically.Some provinces have taken extra vigilant back-to-school measures. China’s southern province of Guangdong required all 167,000 of the first batch of returning high school students and 30,000 teachers to undergo nucleic acid testing in late April.China has largely brought the virus that started in the central city of Wuhan under control but it remains on edge for a second wave of infections.A new cluster outbreak reappeared over the weekend in Wuhan, while the northeastern city of Shulan was placed under lockdown Sunday after another local nest of infections emerged.last_img read more

Two suspects arrested in separate rape cases involving own sisters

first_imgND has been named a suspect in the case and charged under the 2014 Child Protection Law. If found guilty, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.In Bengkayang regency, another 13-year-old reportedly became pregnant after being raped by her 20-year-old brother, AN.The victim miscarried when she was four months pregnant, according to the Bengkayang Police.AN has been arrested and also charged under the 2014 law on child protection. (syk)Topics : The Surabaya Police in East Java and the Bengkayang Police in West Kalimantan have arrested two suspects in two separate rape cases allegedly involving their own sisters.ND, 15, was detained after his mother DSN, 35, reported him to the police for allegedly raping his own 13-year-old sister multiple times over the course of two years until she became pregnant.The girl gave birth earlier this month, said Surabaya Police women and child services head First. Insp. Fauzy Pratama.last_img read more

Brazil football game postponed after 10 players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgTen members of the Brazilian football team Goias were told Sunday they had tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing a last-minute game postponement.The team was scheduled to face off against Sao Paulo FC without fans present as part of the first weekend of play in the Brazilian national football season.The move to postpone the game was based on a decision by the Superior Sports Court for Football, which was finally accepted by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Before the court’s decision was announced, just minutes before the scheduled start time, the two teams were in complete limbo. Sao Paulo FC players had already warmed up on the pitch.”Ten of our 23 players tested positive. Unfortunately, we only received the results today,” explained Goias president Marcelo Almeida, speaking to the television channel Globo.According to Brazilian media, eight of the 10 players were regular starters.Sao Paulo FC said they were in favor of postponing the game, saying on Twitter that “nothing is more important than staying healthy.”The season kicked off Saturday, three months behind schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new protocol imposed by the CBF, all players are required to be tested less than 72 hours before each game.Brazil on Saturday surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths and three million cases of infection.Topics :last_img read more