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WDairy takes home state’s top environmental prize.

first_imgDairy cows are Everett Williams’ life. Whether he’s cutting hay, reusing water or finding more ways to make his dairy viable and environmentally friendly, his work circles around his family farm near Madison, Ga., and the cows that walk into the milking barn three times a day.He was honored for his environmentally friendly farming practices March 22 at Georgia Agriculture Day in Atlanta, where Gov. Nathan Deal announced Williams and his wife Carol of WDairy LLC as the 2011 Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award state winner.The state winner is chosen from five district winners. The other district winners were Will Harris of White Oaks Pastures in Early County, Andy Futch of R&A Orchards in Gilmer County, Cecil Stafford of Blueberry Hill near Ludowici and Jeff Herrin of L.L. Herrin Family Farm near Cornelia.“The farms are all great, great places,” Carol Williams said, “and to just pick one would be so hard. Winning this award is a great honor.”The Georgia Center for Innovation in Agribusiness coordinates the award and its judging. Nominees are chosen based on their farms’ environmental benefits, voluntary compliance to environmental measures, leadership and economic viability.“These farmers are good environmentalists,” said Donnie Smith, the center’s director and the agriculture liaison to the governor, “and that’s what we want to showcase. We want to show the practices they are using and share their stories with the state as they help make their farms better for future generations.”Williams has had a busy winter. Besides hosting the environmental stewardship judging team, he also rented a nearby farm and with the help of sons Justin and Daniel cleared out hedgerows to make room for a pasture. He’s also getting ready to plant corn and cut silage.“It’s starting to get busy around the farm,” he said.WDairy births an average of 100 calves a month. They have about 1,900 cows total.Recycling is a big part of his operation. “We’ve put the total package together,” he said. “We recycle sand, manure and water; and we do it in a manner that also makes money.”Sand covers the floor of his dairy barn, giving his cows soft places to rest and Williams a way to capture their waste cleanly. Several times a day, they spray down the barn floor with water. That water sweeps out cow manure and sand. The sand is captured, cleaned and recycled. The manure goes into a separator, where the dry parts are captured and later used as fertilizer. The liquid goes through several holding ponds until the sun and vegetation clean it, and it’s used to irrigate the corn, sorghum and rye that the cows eat.The Williams also use conservation tillage to protect the land and increase yields on the farm.“The Williams are the poster children for nutrient management in the state of Georgia,” said Bobby Smith, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Morgan County who works closely with the Williams and other dairy producers.“They do a great job,” he said, “and it’s nice that they’re being recognized for what they do every day, what they do because they want to, not because they have to.”Despite all the practices that he’s put into place, the one thing Williams is most proud of is that his children are involved. “We have two sons that have gone to school, and they’ve come back,” he said. “And we have daughters interested in agriculture.”last_img read more

Op-Ed: ‘Saying the Unsayable’ in West Virginia

first_imgOp-Ed: ‘Saying the Unsayable’ in West Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Morris for the Charleston Gazette-Mail:The last place you’d expect to hear an honest reckoning with coal’s future in West Virginia would be a campaign for higher office. Here, we literally shoot legislation that proposes even insufficient limits on carbon emissions. We sue all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn similarly inadequate federal regulations. We draft bills banning the mere discussion of climate change in our classrooms.And yet, the campaign for governor this year is, inexplicably, different.“It’s not our salvation; it never was our salvation,” said Jeff Kessler of the coal industry in November.In the West Virginia Public Broadcasting debate, he said, without even being asked: “I believe in climate change.”Just in case no one heard it then, he repeated himself on “MetroNews Talkline,” before endorsing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, justifying his position by citing the growth of solar power development in North Carolina as a model for Southern West Virginia.“I do believe in climate change, and we need to react to that. There are opportunities there,” he said. “We’ve got to look to the future because that’s where the world’s going.”Anywhere else, this would be banal. But in West Virginia, uttered by a major-party candidate for governor, it’s nothing short of audacious. It sets Kessler apart.Full item: Jeff Kessler is saying the unsayable on WV coallast_img read more

These lands are your lands

first_imgNorth Carolina has endless opportunities to help you explore our incredible state. When the sun is shining enough to cut through the winter chill, why not make time to discover North Carolina’s incredible open space with friends and loved ones? By exploring North Carolina’s land and water, you will discover places you’ll love for life. Get outside to hike, trail run, kayak or have a quick picnic — there are so many places so close to you. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration and some GPS coordinates to point you in the right direction! Together, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and local land trusts across the state have launched an interactive map and a movement to inspire you to discover the places you’ll love for life. We all care about conservation and believe North Carolina’s land is worth protecting and sharing. Together, land trusts play a major role in protecting North Carolina’s mountains, beaches, rivers and parks. From the Blue Ridge Mountains, to Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill, to the coastal region, there are endless opportunities to connect with nature, discover new places, and find your NC moment. Venture to the top of Waterrock Knob on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Escape the hustle of the city with a stroll and picnic at Brumley Nature Preserve just 40 minutes from Raleigh’s downtown. Or put in your canoes and kayaks at Brunswick Nature Park near Wilmington to discover a different side of the North Carolina coast. Conservation Trust wants to help young people discover the awe-inspiring beauty of North Carolina’s public trails and parks where they can hike, bike, picnic, kayak or even take their dog for an outdoor adventure. With our map of “public preserves” you can connect with more of the 450,000 acres in nearly 3,000 places statewide that have been protected by North Carolina’s land trusts. Find your NC moment! Download our free, interactive map at www.ctnc.org/outside to find over 110 public preserves that are free and open to the public and ready for you to explore.Once you discover new places to explore at ctnc.org/outside, take photos and share your #myNCmoment on Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook. Make sure to geotag your location so your friends can find their #myNCmoment too. Now is the perfect time to get outside, try a new trail, or go leaf peeping. Land trusts protect land for you to enjoy! Your moment is waiting.Download this free, specially designed map to find new trails, parks and places to explore all over the state. Discover the most awe-inspiring, Instagram-worthy public trails, rivers or parks close to you.Grab your friends and ‘Find that #myNCmoment’ together.The Conservation Trust for North Carolina and 22 local land trusts protect land and keep you connected to nature, so you can feel all the love! As conservation organizations, we work hard to protect North Carolina’s beauty for today and future generations. Our work ensures we all have clean air and water, plus create free, unique places for everyone to explore our beautiful state. Learn more at ctnc.org/outside.last_img read more

10 time management hacks successful people do daily

first_imgFrom your iPhone to your laptop, the same technology that helps you be more productive can also lure you away from your work. Whether you work from home or at the office, social media, blogs and other online distractions can eat away at your workday.As the line between work time and personal time becomes less defined, it is more important now than ever before to learn how to manage time you spend on and off the clock. Here are 10 time management hacks to help you make the most of every hour of your day.1. Use Apps to Limit DistractionsTechnology is the ultimate double-edged sword. It gives you unbridled access to real-time information, enables you to connect with collaborators and provides a platform for the limitless exchange of ideas. It’s also a constant distraction.Consider using programs like Focus Writer to strip down your computer and turn it into a distraction-free word processor that can do little more than type, save and print. Use stopwatches like Countdown Timer to measure out chunks of time to dedicate to specific tasks, and use apps like Anti-Social to block distracting sites and limit your access to social media while you’re working. continue reading » 79SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blue Ridge School District students return for first day of school

first_imgNEW MILFORD, Pa (WBNG) — With school back in session at the Blue Ridge School District, one 1st grade teacher is making sure her classroom is ready for her students. “We’re here for each other,” Orner said. “We’re going to do what we can to make the kids feel safe and successful.”  Of the one thousand Blue Ridge students, 825 students will be doing hybrid learning. Students are split into two groups: A or B.  Students will do remote learning the days they are not scheduled to come to campus. Orner says having class online three times a week is going to be the hardest transition for her students. Group A students will meet in-person Monday and Tuesday, and Group B students will meet in-person class Thursday and Friday.  “Many of my students do not know how to log on to computers, so we’re going to be training them the first few weeks on how to get on Google Classroom,” Orner said. Susquehanna Community School also had its first day of school Monday. “I’m no longer reading about recess,” 1st Grade Teacher Robin Orner said. “I’m reading about how to social distance and how to wear your mask.” Superintendent Matthew Button says teachers will only be doing remote learning on Wednesdays.  As someone who has kids enrolled in the district, Orner says she’s nervous about the school year but knows the district is one big family.  “On Wednesday we will do a deeper cleaning on our communal areas,” Button said. “Cafeterias, lobbies, gymnasium, auditorium, things like that.” After 15 years of teaching, Orner has made a lot of changes to her classroom this year. Including changing classroom tables into desks.last_img read more

Arsenal targeting £35m-rated Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement

first_imgAubameyang is valued at around £50m (Picture: Getty)Arteta is particularly keen on a forward because the Gunners fear that they will lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.The Gabon international has one year to run on his deal at the Emirates and he’s attracted attention from Barcelona.Arsenal are still hopeful they he can be convinced to stay but negotiations over a new deal have subsided and the Gunners will listen to bids of around £50m, particularly if they miss out on Champions League qualification. Arteta’s preference remains to keep Aubameyang, particularly as he’s club captain. Should the Spaniard be forced into sellling to buy, he’d rather raise funds through the sale of Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman has found playing time hard to come by under Arteta and is valued at around £35m.MORE: Tammy Abraham admits he’d ‘love’ to play alongside Manchester United star Marcus Rashford Odsonne Edouard is valued at £35m (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is interested in signing Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard this summer as the Spaniard looks to bolster his frontline.The Frenchman’s value has skyrocketed since joining the Bhoys from Paris Saint-Germain in a club record £9m deal. The 22-year-old’s bagged 62 goals in 126 appearances in Scotland and Celtic are already fighting off competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs for the striker’s signature.Celtic are keen to give Edouard a new deal but they’re realistic about their prospects of keeping him and cashing in on their prised asset could offset some of the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeil Lennon’s side value the forward at £35m and Le10 Sport claim Arsenal are monitoring Edouard’s situation with a view to making a bid this summer. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Arsenal targeting £35m-rated Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Spoornet steps back from the brink

first_imgAUGUST 4 did not bring the cataclysm that South African analysts had expected. Instead of Transnet’s losses for the year ending March 31 mounting to a predicted R750m from R253m last year, the state-owned transport group increased turnover and cut its operating deficit to R170m, much to the relief of Transnet Managing Director Saki Macozoma. At face value, Spoornet’s results were particularly encouraging, with a R614m jump in profit to R712m. But this masks the fact that most of the increase came from higher coal and iron ore exports to Saldanha and Richards Bay, giving road hauliers ammunition in their fight against perceived cross-subsidies between bulk and general freight on the state-owned railway.Spoornet Chief Executive Braam le Roux can take heart from the attention being given to South African Airways and the parcels business PX, which have suffered most under growing competition, but this merely emphasises that Transnet’s businesses, where open to competition, will have difficulty in surviving. Would Spoornet have done so well if Iscor, for example, were running rival heavy haul trains?Following the successful sale of expertise, plus lease or sale of rolling stock to other African railways as far north as Clast_img read more

City Council Meeting Pushed Back Until Tuesday

first_imgBATESVILLE – The Batesville City Council will be meeting Tuesday night.The regular monthly meeting which includes the Board of Works was originally scheduled for Monday.It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held at the Council Chambers in the Memorial Building in Batesville.last_img

National Beach Soccer team given warm welcome home by GFF

first_img… congratulated for their historic performancesGUYANA Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde and executive committee member Dion Inniss congratulated the Guyana men’s national beach soccer team for their historic performances at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, as they greeted the players at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday evening.The team made history by winning Guyana’s first matches at a CONCACAF beach soccer tournament, including victories against Belize and Antigua & Barbuda in the Bahamas.“You have done Guyana exceptionally proud,” GFF president Forde told the players and technical staff at the airport. “You exceeded every expectation that we could have had as a federation and as a country. The attention that beach soccer has received over the last couple of weeks should materialise with more players showing an interest in the game; so thank you on behalf of the Executive Committee and the Guyana football fraternity.”In an invited comment, head coach Abdullah Hamid said he welcomed the experience gained for the young team. “We played among a lot of big-playing teams in CONCACAF and it was a great experience for every one of the players.“We could only go forward by promoting sports more in this country, start spreading sports around the country so we can have more youths involved, creating easy access so Guyana can make it to the World Cup at this level.”The GFF believes Guyana has great potential in small-sided brands of football such as beach soccer, and expects the eye-catching performances of the national team to generate a new level of interest in the sport.A series of spectacular performances by 21-year-old Jamal Haynes, including one of the goals of the tournament, earned the Linden-based forward the Scotiabank Young Player Award.“The feeling when I scored that goal; it was awesome,” Haynes said. “I was feeling like I was up on a higher level, knowing that it was my first time and I did such a thing at one of the biggest tournaments of my life.”last_img read more

The Latest: ACC men’s hoops tourney going back to Greensboro

first_imgThe Latest: ACC men’s hoops tourney going back to Greensboro It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ ___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. April 28, 2020 Associated Press ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11. Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more