Stewards for Public Land Sues City Over Lower Arroyo Archery Range

first_imgHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Stewards for Public Land today announced that the organization has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pasadena challenging the recent approval of a proposal for the Lower Arroyo Archery Range that grants the Pasadena Roving Archers use of a large part of the Lower Arroyo Nature Park, designates a seven-acre area of the Park exclusively for archery, authorizes holding large-scale archery events within the Park, and expands the archery range, including installation of two additional targets, barriers, and signage.The project, which was approved by a 5-3 vote of the Pasadena City Council on February 5, 2015, would restrict members of the general public from entering a seven acre stretch along the western side of the Arroyo just north of the La Loma Bridge and authorizes the construction of extensive barriers, structures and signage in an area that the Pasadena Municipal Code designates a natural preservation area.“The Arroyo Seco is a precious resource for ALL the residents of Pasadena and our neighboring communities,” said Thomas D. Seifert, chairman of Stewards for Public Land. “We are happy to share this resource, but we do not support Pasadena’s recent plan to hand over seven acres to a private group, the Pasadena Roving Archers, for the exclusive use or archers. We support use of the area by the archers on a limited basis, with proper supervision of the archery range when it is open. At other times, the public must have the opportunity to use and enjoy these seven acres of treasured and limited open space in Pasadena. We are also very concerned that proper safety measures be implemented to protect the public and nearby neighbors.”The Stewards of Public Land lawsuit will challenge the archery project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Pasadena City Charter, and the Pasadena Municipal Code. The lawsuit alleges that the Pasadena improperly exempted the project from having to undergo a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act. “For the last five years, residents have urged the City of Pasadena to initiate a full Environmental Impact Report for the use of the Lower Arroyo by a private group,” Seifert said. CEQA requires an EIR for projects, such as the Archery Range, that are situated in a protected natural setting and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Attorney Mitchell M. Tsai, who represents Stewards for Public Land, stated “An EIR will give the City of Pasadena and the community an opportunity to study the proposed plan for the Archery Range and to review possible alternatives. Proper protective measures for the natural open space in the Lower Arroyo should be explored and discussed within the community.”“We, the Stewards of Public Land, are very disappointed that the City of Pasadena wants to restrict public access to this treasured area and has ignored CEQA regulations,” said Seifert. “We have no choice except to go to the Courts for relief.” Government Stewards for Public Land Sues City Over Lower Arroyo Archery Range Published on Monday, March 16, 2015 | 2:57 pm Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Union/State Government To Make Available Transport Facility To Send Back Home Migrant Labourers, Plea In Karnataka HC [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesUnion/State Government To Make Available Transport Facility To Send Back Home Migrant Labourers, Plea In Karnataka HC [Read Petition] Mustafa Plumber16 April 2020 9:55 PMShare This – xAn Agriculturist has moved the Karnataka High Court seeking directions to the state government to screen the migrant laborers who are kept in shelter homes or their temporary dwelling and if tested negative for Corona virus, then drop them to their homes for free, using the State/Central government transport facility. The petition filed by Mallikarjuna A, is likely to be taken…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn Agriculturist has moved the Karnataka High Court seeking directions to the state government to screen the migrant laborers who are kept in shelter homes or their temporary dwelling and if tested negative for Corona virus, then drop them to their homes for free, using the State/Central government transport facility. The petition filed by Mallikarjuna A, is likely to be taken up by the court on April 21. The plea states that on March 29, the Union government invoking their powers under section 10 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, directed all the states to provide temporary shelters, food and basic needs to migrant labourers and if such migrant labourer has moved out to reach their home towns they shall be quarantined for 14 days. The petitioner made a representation to the state government to release the migrant workers who were quarantined and not found to be COVID positive then drop them till their doorstep with due respect. The petitioner has relied on newspaper reports about people walking hundreds of kilometers and even dying during their journey. The plea claims that it is a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India and Section 61 of the Disaster Management Act by the State and Central government in not providing transport to the migrant workers to travel back home. Moreover, there is no science in locking them down even though they are asymptomatic of COVID-19. The migrant labourers have their own responsibilities and natural emotions towards their kith and kin, whom they have left for so many days and in this time of pandemic situation they are much eager to reach out to their respective places. The state or centre cannot take the risk or have efficiency of dealing with such labourers kith and kins necessities and emotions. The plea also argues that as on date the State nor the Centre, can predict the time of closure of lockdown as we are seeing the number of infections are rising day by day. In such an uncertain situation it is impossible for a sentimentally attached human to be away from his responsibilities of looking after his family. The plea prays for screening all the migrant labourers and whoever is willing to go back to their hometowns and if they are negatively tested for COVID-19 be dropped back home.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Podiatry services resume at Letterkenny Hospital

first_img Google+ Podiatry services resume at Letterkenny Hospital Previous articleCalls for Inishowen deer issue to be dealt with urgentlyNext articleRevised Fixture’s for Ulster Senior League News Highland It’s been confirmed that Podiatry services at Letterkenny University Hospital have resumed following the appointment of a locum Podiatrist.The news comes following months of uncertainty over when patients would once again be granted access to the clinic which last April was forced to stop accepting any further referrals owing to the Podiatrist overseeing the service taking maternity leave.It’s understood that a candidate had been offered the role last February but their appointment was delayed due to a pause on recruitment within the HSE.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says while its positive, it shouldn’t have taken so long:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Google+ By News Highland – October 30, 2019 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

California wildfires leave at least 74 dead with more than 1,000 still missing: ‘It’s going to get worse’

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Search crews have found eight more sets of remains in the burned-out rubble of Northern California, as officials there fear more deaths in the destructive wildfires raging at both ends of the state that has already claimed a total of 74 lives, including three lost in Southern California blazes.The deadliest and most destructive of the two massive blazes is the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, which has killed at least 71 people.There were more than 1,000 people still missing in the Butte County fire zones on Friday night, though authorities were working to track them down. Officials asked residents to go to the Butte County Sheriff’s Department’s website to check the missing persons list to make sure they are not on it.Thom Porter, chief of strategic planning for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the death toll from the Camp Fire is expected to climb higher as search crews comb through more than 12,000 structures destroyed by the flames.“It is by far the most deadly single fire in California history and it’s going to get worse, unfortunately,” Porter said of the Camp Fire.California Gov. Jerry Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire earlier this week with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The government leaders visited the firefighters still battling the inferno, which has burned an area of 142,000 acres and obliterated the city of Paradise, ravaging nearly every home in the bucolic community of 30,000 people.“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,” Long said at a news conference Wednesday in Northern California. Brown said the destruction “looks like a war zone.” He said he spoke earlier Wednesday to President Donald Trump, “who pledged the full resources of the federal government” to help in the recovery effort.Trump said he plans to visit the area on Saturday to meet with survivors and firefighters.A public health emergencyU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday declared a public health emergency in California, where the wildfires forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health facilities.“We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a statement. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”A smoke advisory was issued for portions of Los Angeles County amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The best time to venture outside will be in the early afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Aviva Braun told reporters Wednesday night, blaming the light winds for the continued poor air quality.On Saturday, stronger northeast winds mixing in the valley will help improve the air quality, according to Braun.Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Public Health, recommended residents stay indoors as much as possible and to wear properly fitting masks when going outside.In addition, an outbreak of norovirus has occurred at one of the shelters, Almaguer said, describing its presence as “not uncommon,” especially at this time of year and “with hundreds of people living in close quarters.”People who are ill at the shelter have been taken to a separate location, are using separate restroom facilities and are being cared for by public health experts, according to Almaguer.Battle rages onThousands of exhausted firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California appeared to be getting a handle on the two massive blazes this week.Chief Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said weather conditions at both fires have improved and the strong winds firefighters were seeing over the past three days have started to dissipate.But Pimlott said “critical fire conditions” still existed with an abundance of dry vegetation in both fire zones that could flare-up with the slightest spark.“We’re not keeping our eye off this ball at all,” Pimlott said Wednesday, adding that 9,000 firefighters were working on the front lines of both blazes.Firefighters, with the help of out-of-state fire crews, were showing progress in their twin battles to subdue the widely destructive blazes that have blackened a combined acreage larger than the size of New York City.The Camp Fire showed “continued activity” on its northeast side, along the Feather River drainage basin, as it pushed toward the community of Big Bar, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Tuesday night.The lower part of the area continued to be a challenge because of the “extremely steep, extremely rocky” terrain, fire officials said.Dry conditions will continue this week but precipitation is expected next week, Braun said.Camp FireThe Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 in Northern California’s Butte County and has since burned an area of 142,000 acres. The flames were 45 percent contained on Friday morning.The death toll from the monstrous blaze now stands at 71, making it the deadliest single wildfire in California’s recorded history. Officials have tentative confirmation of the identities of at least 53 of those found dead, but are awaiting DNA confirmation, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters Thursday night.The sheriff warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire.Two prison inmate firefighters were among three injured battling the Camp Fire, fire officials told ABC News.Many of the deaths from the Camp Fire have taken place in Paradise, which was virtually destroyed by the flames.“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” Paradise City Council Member Melissa Schuster, who lost her home in the calamity, told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, is the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in.”Schuster said teams from the Butte County coroner’s office are combing through thousands of destroyed homes and burned cars in Paradise.“We will rebuild our homes, we will rebuild our town stronger, better, safer and more beautiful than ever,” she told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast.Woolsey FireThe Woolsey Fire, which also started on Nov. 8, rapidly spread from Southern California’s Ventura County to Los Angeles County, jumping the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.Authorities had warned the flames could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean.It has burned 98,362 acres and was 78 percent contained on Friday night, as firefighters successfully stretched containment lines. But the blaze has already damaged or destroyed over 900 structures, including many homes and a legendary Hollywood film set.The fire burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed, dating back to the 1920s.The blaze has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

St. Vincent Evansville Birth Announcements For Week Of December 26, 2017

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Cheyenne and Cord Mapes, Evansville, son, Layton Blake, Dec. 16Aimee and Justin Ubelhor, Evansville, son, Kane Randall, Dec. 17Amber and Robert King, Vincennes, IN, daughter, Korbyn Noel, Dec. 18Amber and Nicholas Miley, Otwell, IN, son, Jagger Owen Emmonds, Dec. 19Lanie and Jeremy Crochet, Newburgh, son, Emberly Grace, Dec. 19Lanie and Jeremy Crochet, Newburgh, daughter, Asher Jeremiah, Dec. 19Lanie and Jeremy Crochet, Newburgh, son, Porter Lane, Dec. 19Shea and Joshua Tharp, Fort Branch, IN, daughter, Layla Rain, Dec. 19Brittany and Travis Welch, Evansville, daughter, Kaslyn Elizabeth, Dec. 20Kelsey Graves, Evansville, daughter, Berkley Azhanae Jene, Dec. 20Nichole and Lucas Chamberlain, Evansville, son, Connor Lucas, Dec. 20Terra and Zachary Ours, Elberfeld, IN, son, Jensen John, Dec. 20Alyshia and Jonathon Somers, Evansville, son, Jace Allen, Dec. 21Erin and Nathan Yarbor, Newburgh, son, Luke Michael, Dec. 21Hannah Meyer and Justin Barnett, Santa Claus, IN, son, Eli Matthew, Dec. 21Lacey and Nathan Phipps, Evansville, son, Parker Thomas, Dec. 21Tabitha and Sam Hutson, Evansville, daughter, Rory Elizabeth Skye, Dec. 21Jennifer and Timothy Kellems, Evansville, daughter, Madlyn Rose, Dec. 22Shauna Henson and James Kinder, Winslow, IN, son, Jonah Eugene, Dec. 22Julia and Brian North, Olney, IL, son, Xander Steven, Dec. 23Ragyn Holman and Matthew Edmonds, New Haven, IL, son, Kash Rider, Dec. 23Kara and Kevin McDonald, Evansville, son, Daniel Glenn, Dec. 25last_img read more

Grading 10 top world leaders

first_imgHere in the United States, many people have become almost oblivious to the daily drumbeat of opinion pollsters declaring what the public thinks about political candidates and leaders. But how people in other countries view their heads of state, and those of other major nations, is terrain that’s not nearly as well-mapped.In a rare poll, citizens on five continents and in 30 countries, including China, were asked to identify and evaluate the job performance of 10 of the most widely recognized global leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Barack Obama.The survey of more than 26,000 respondents, conducted this fall by GMO Research, a Tokyo-based global market research firm, rated Xi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Merkel the top-performing world leaders, with respective scores of 7.5, 7.3, and 7.2 on a scale of one to 10. They ranked French President François Hollande (6.3), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (6.1), and Putin (6.0) at the bottom. Obama (6.6) received middling marks, just ahead of David Cameron (6.5), the British prime minister.Respondents in India (87.8 percent), Russia (79.6 percent), and China (78.6 percent) overwhelmingly said that their home country was moving in the right direction, while only a minority in the United States (44.8 percent), Japan (30.4 percent), and South Africa (29.3 percent) felt their nation was making progress.Graphic by John McCarthy/Harvard Staff“It maps pretty closely to geopolitics,” said Anthony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), which co-sponsored the study.In countries where a single party dominates, or where public debate about political leaders is constrained, citizens typically rated their own officials much higher than did respondents in nations with a multiparty system and a more open and robust press, Saich wrote in a just-published analysis of the survey findings.The results also offer a glimpse into what kinds of information about other nations filter down to the average citizen, he said, “so you can begin to ask questions about how both geopolitics and about how national presses begin to report activities and behavior of other countries and how that reflects onto particular leaders.”“Two things did surprise me — how well Modi came out. I just put that down to the fact that he’d only just been elected and so I suspect that a lot of people didn’t really know very much about him, and his own nationals were probably still in the phase of him having won the election,” said Saich. “I thought what was interesting, though, was how well Merkel came out across the board. From the surveys, she really emerges as a leader of international respect.”Saich, who serves as faculty chair of HKS’s China program, said granular data about how Chinese citizens viewed other world leaders was groundbreaking and supports what was generally known already. Their positive assessment of Xi’s performance both at home and abroad is explained by a multitude of factors.“One is that they don’t hear much negative news about their national government; it’s all positive. And the national government is always making great pronouncements: ‘We’re going to give you more health benefits, we’re going to give you more minimum living standards, support benefits, and so forth,’” he said. “But it’s the local government that has to find the money to provide all those services. So from their perspective, the center is doing good things: Why isn’t the local government actually carrying this out? Well, one of the reasons is because the central government doesn’t give them the money to do it.“For a large number of people, life has generally gotten better year by year — more freedom of choice, probably more income, better living conditions, better material conditions, a lot more to watch on the television,” Saich added. “I think that also plays into it.”The results provide a preliminary but useful baseline for similarly broad surveys and analyses to build on in the future, said Saich. He planned to meet with the polling firm in Beijing to discuss more potential collaborations that could enhance public understanding of contemporary political dynamics.“For me, what would be interesting to do is look at the data from China. Is there anything we can draw from this that tells us what is the Chinese citizens’ world view [about] particular countries they like? Particular leaders they like? Does that map onto particular political styles? In terms of international relations, what does that mean for potential healing of wounds between Japan or a better relationship with the U.S.?”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon canceled as result of COVID-19

first_imgAs members of the tri-campus community were sent home due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers of the annual Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM), scheduled to take place April 4, canceled the event. Senior Clare Carragher, the president of SMCDM, said the event is part of a national, student-run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges to benefit their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.“[SMCDM] support[s] Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis … [that] provides medical treatment for critically or chronically ill children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” Carragher said.Members of SMCDM spend the whole year preparing for this event. Sophomore Hannah Memmer, a member of the design committee, said members raise money for Riley Hospital for Children by sending letters to family and friends as well as asking for donations on social media. The 12-hour long event is a culmination of the fundraising throughout the year.The theme for this year’s Dance Marathon was the ’80s.“A traditional Dance Marathon consists of a day filled with dancing, raising funds and awareness [and] playing games,” Carragher said.Participants are on their feet for 12 hours, Carragher said, and have the opportunity to meet patients and their families treated at Riley Hospital.Another member of SMCDM, sophomore Tatiana Boehning, said they aim “to make the day as hype as possible for the kids of Riley Hospital and for the students who attend.”Carragher said the event is important to the tri-campus community because it makes a difference for the kids and families at Riley Hospital.“During the Marathon each year, we are reminded of how important it is to dance for the kids,” Carragher said.Given the circumstances, however, members of SMCDM knew this year would have to be different.“Given the fact that school will be taking place online for the remainder of the semester due to COVID-19, we will not be having a traditional in-person event,” Carragher said. “The decision to cancel the traditional Marathon itself is [also] based on the CDC’s recommendations against gatherings of 50 people or more.”SMCDM is currently exploring virtual options for events for the rest of the year.“We’d like to thank our entire Dance Marathon family, our execs, advisors, sponsors and Riley families,” Carragher said. “We are so incredibly grateful for the countless hours spent working and supporting SMCDM. This year has been a huge success, and we are so proud of everything that we have accomplished together for the kids.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathonlast_img read more

Too wet, cold

first_imgTorrential rains have flooded fields and freezing temperatures have shocked plants, turning spring into a roller-coaster weather ride for Georgia farmers.Over the past month, areas in south Georgia have received as much as 18 inches of rain, coupled with cold fronts dropping spring temperatures to below freezing.The cold, wet weather delayed or postponed the planting of this year’s watermelon crop. Only 60 percent to 70 percent has been planted, according to a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents last week. A quarter of what has been planted is in poor condition.If the rain stops and things dry up, farmers around Cordele, Ga. — the hub of Georgia watermelon production – should have plenty of melons in time for the mother of all watermelon holidays: the Fourth of July, said Tucker Price, UGA Extension agent in Crisp County. Farmers there will plant 3,000 acres.“Rain has stopped everything in watermelons. You just can’t get out there. Some fields had been planted before the rain came while others were in the middle of planting and others had just applied fertilizers and laid plastic (into which the crop is planted in fields),” he said.Blueberry farmers have also dealt with the weather.Farmers in south Georgia plant two types of blueberries: highbush and rabbiteye. Highbush accounts for as much as 10 percent of the 15,000 acres in the area. The freezing spring temperatures zapped about half of that crop, said Danny Stanaland, blueberry expert and UGA Extension agent in Bacon County.Highbush were damaged, but the rabbiteye variety, which is the most planted, is on track to make an excellent crop due to good pollination. Last year, farmers produced 34 million pounds. This year, Stanaland said, they could produce 15 percent more. Blueberry harvest for early-maturing varieties will start in the next two weeks. “Onion maturity has slowed considerably in the past two weeks and farmers are afraid the crop is not going to size adequately,” he said. “I think the warmer weather this week will make the crop progress in a more normal fashion. We are a just a bit delayed regarding maturity. I think growers are antsy about getting more onions harvested to meet market demand, but they are not yet mature enough or big enough.”Three-quarters of Georgia’s expected 350,000 acres of corn has been planted. Of that, a quarter is in poor to very poor condition, according to the GASS report.“As you can imagine, it has been rough for corn producers. The cold, wet conditions have delayed planting and growth of that which has been planted,” said Dewey Lee, UGA Extension small grains specialist. “We have maybe two weeks of good planting window before we begin to see daily yield losses due to time.” Due to the wet, cloudy weather, Lee said, wheat yields could be less this year. But most of the expected 340,000 acres is in OK condition.According to the report, 86 percent of Georgia’s peaches are in good shape. The remainder is in poor condition.The wet weather slowed land preparation for peanuts and cotton, which farmers will begin to plant next month. Farmers are expected to plant 500,000 acres of peanuts, or 28 percent less than last year due to the current large surplus. Cotton acreage is expected to be 940,000 acres, unchanged from last year.last_img read more

Blueberry Leaders

first_imgThe UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences blueberry team is made up of researchers in plant pathology, entomology, horticulture, crop and soil sciences and food science and UGA Extension specialists who are experts in blueberry cultivation. – With the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, it’s official: Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production. University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blueberry tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the nation this year. The state has been No. 1 in blueberry acreage for the last few years, but it was uncertain when all this new acreage would impact the state’s annual blueberry production. “We’ve been gaining a lot of potential over the last five years, and I think we just reached that potential a little earlier than we thought,” said NeSmith, who helped launch UGA’s current blueberry breeding program in the late 1980s. “Other states have held onto their positions as far as production goes, but we’ve just gotten much higher numbers.” The team has helped Georgia’s pioneering blueberry farmers make the most of this blueberry boom so far, Black said. The North American Blueberry Council released its report on the 2014 growing season last week, noting that Georgia produced 96 million pounds of blueberries this year. Michigan, traditionally regarded as the blueberry capital of the country, produced 91.5 million pounds. “Georgia’s going to be a blueberry leader for the next generation,” said Gary Black, the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, who made the official announcement Oct. 14 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie. Hundreds of Georgia farmers have worked tirelessly over the last three decades to increase the state’s blueberry production and meet consumers’ growing demand for blueberries. The increase in production has been buoyed by the research and Extension support of UGA faculty and staff. When NeSmith started producing blueberry varieties that could thrive in Georgia’s sandy soils and warm summers, farmers were only growing about 3,500 acres of blueberries. Today, they are cultivating about 20,000 acres and have grown production tenfold. “We probably only produced about 5 million or 10 million pounds a year back in 1990,” he said. “That’s a long ways to go to get to 100 million pounds. I remember when we hit 25 million pounds a year, we were thinking, ‘Well, it just doesn’t get better than this.’” But it did. Between 2011 and 2014, Georgia farmers increased blueberry production from 59 million pounds to 96 million pounds. One of the factors contributing to the blueberry’s success in Georgia is the collection of UGA-developed, Georgia-adapted blueberry varieties. NeSmith has developed 15 new blueberry varieties over the last decade or so, each with attributes that make it attractive to Georgia growers. The top performing varieties thus far are Rebel, Vernon and Ochlockonee. “I believe the university has made a significant investment to support blueberry production in Georgia,” said Brent Marable, a plant licensing manager in the UGA Technology Commercialization Office. For more on blueberry programs at UGA, see “To see the fruits of that labor — pardon the pun — to come out in such a significant way and to be recognized nationally as No. 1 is very rewarding.” “There’s just not a better picture of the success of the land-grant institution to me, in our state, than the success of blueberries,” Black said. Georgians had “been growing blueberries, but we had some variety issues, disease issues. Small tidbits of state and federal resources have been put together to fund (this blueberry program). You see a program like that properly funded, and 25 years later Georgia’s leading the nation in blueberry production.” “Plant breeding has made and is continuing to make a significant contribution to the Georgia blueberry industry,” Marable said, “but it is also evidence of other blueberry-related research in entomology and plant pathology, as well as the ongoing involvement of the Extension. It’s really the effort of the entire UGA blueberry team that’s being recognized by this ranking.”last_img read more

Why credit unions should keep an eye on blockchain technology

first_imgThe time has come to explore technological innovation constructively and openly discuss its potential applications. In part one, we took the complex relationship between bitcoin and the blockchain and it put in the simplest terms possible. While bitcoin is an incredible innovation, it’s uses are rather limited. All of the attention from big financial institutions is focused on the technology that allows bitcoin to work, the blockchain.Money SavingThe elegance of the blockchain comes from how it removes the need for a central authority to verify trust and complete a transaction. The innate quality of the open network allows for accurate and near instantaneous payment processing. Because of how the distributed ledger works experts believe it has the potential to save both consumers and credit unions billions by cutting out inefficient banking intermediaries. Of course having unknown entities participating in transaction verification poses security questions, leading to the next point.SecurityA consortium of 42 of the world’s largest financial institutions including JPMorgan, UBS, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays, have been investing in ventures developing private, or permissioned, blockchains. While the default permissionless chain is comprised of a full network of computers who all get a full ledger of the transaction, permissioned blockchains will be setup to be used on private network where only trusted parties maintain the ledger. Keeping all of the money and time saving efficiency without sacrificing privacy.Record KeepingIn the blockchain all transactions are automatically logged including info on: time, date, participants, and amount of every transaction. Since every transaction is shared and thousands of nodes have to unanimously agree a transaction has indeed occurred, it’s almost like there is a notary present at every transaction.Not just moneyThe most common mistake is assuming that blockchain is only used for bitcoins, but just as the blockchain records where a bitcoin is at any given moment, and thus who owns it, so can it be used to record the ownership of any asset and then to trade ownership. This has huge future implications on the way all financial assets such as stocks and bonds are registered and traded.All in all, it is too early to know the extent of all possible uses of blockchain technology as even developers admit many features still lay dormant. While we can’t all have our feet in the water investing and testing this technology, there a few things to be aware of: Blockchain hype will not die and it has the potential to disrupt everything.If you missed part one that included a simple explanation of how these digital technologies work, you can find it here. 150SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Detailslast_img read more