Golfing for science

first_imgGolfers can bid online now to tee up at the most exclusive golf courses in the Southeast and help fund turfgrass research while doing it.Through April 21, more than 650 golf courses, including 81 in Georgia, will take bids on foursomes online at The golf industry fundraiser supports research at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and turfgrass programs in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.Unique approach“This is definitely a nontraditional way of getting funding which is essential during these times of extremely tight budget deficits,” said UGA CAES turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz. “This is a good example of just one partnership between academia and the industry. In this way, the public can directly help fund cutting-edge turfgrass research.”Last year, the auction generated $55,000 for turfgrass research at Clemson and North Carolina State. Then, mostly courses in the Carolinas participated in the project last year. This year’s auction features courses in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Carolinas. “Obviously, with three new partner states, this year’s auction will be bigger and better in every sense,” said Paul Jett, certified golf course superintendent at Pinehurst No. 2 and Rounds4Rsearch chairman. Jett is a past–president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, which runs the auction. “Golfers will find bargains and they will find the keys to a lot of doors that would not otherwise be open to them,” he said.Exclusive courses open doorsParticipating Georgia courses include The Ford Plantation, the Capital City Club’s Crabapple course, East Lake Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour Championship, and Sugarloaf, a regular PGA Tour stop and a Tournament Players Club course.“This auction gives the average golfer opportunities they could only dream about,” said Anthony Williams, president of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association. “At the same time they are helping the industry insure its future health, literally from the grassroots up by supporting turfgrass research.”GGCSA coordinates Georgia’s participation in the Rounds4Research project.In other states, PGA Tour stops like Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina and Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina are donating tee times, too.Other exclusive private courses participating include some ranked by Golf Digest magazine among the 100 best in the country, like Sage Valley, Long Cove, Yeaman’s Hall, The Homestead’s Cascades Course and Eagle Point.The auction menu also includes Pinehurst No. 2, which hosts a third U.S. Open Championship in 2014; and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, which hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and will host the 2012 PGA Championship.Proceeds benefit research critical to the continued health of the golf industry and the billions of dollars in economic benefit it generates in each of the participating states’ economies. To register and view a complete list of courses and packages offered, go to the Web site read more

Group urges Shumlin to reverse support for ‘big wind’ energy

first_imgLeaders of six citizens groups from around the state joined today with VCE and others to call on Governor-elect Shumlin and the new legislature to re-examine their support for utility-scale wind on Vermont’s ridgelines.‘We are gathered today to sound the alarm bells ‘ nothing less than the future of Vermont is at stake. The proposed ridgeline wind projects will irreparably harm our natural resources and habitats, make hundreds of Vermonters sick, and leave scars that will never heal ‘ all for little if any benefit to Vermont or the environment. There is a better way, and now is the time to change course,’ said Annette Smith, VCE Executive Director.Smith was joined by residents of many communities, including Sheffield, Sutton, Lowell, Georgia and Milton, Ira, Poultney, Clarendon, Londonderry, Manchester, Waitsfield, Craftsbury, Westfield, and other towns facing wind projects in their area. Community group leaders continued their call for a ‘time out’ on all utility-scale wind development in the state so that the latest information on health impacts from noise could be evaluated to determine how utility-scale turbines affect people who are forced to live near them.Dr. Ben Luce, Lyndon State College professor of physics, described the other renewable options available to Vermont that will more effectively reach common goals. ‘We must act on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the appropriate way for Vermont to do that is by increasing our use of solar, expanding efficiency, weatherizing, and increasing vehicle efficiency. Utility-scale wind on ridgelines is incredibly destructive to wilderness, and has little potential to contribute to US emission reductions: The fact is, even utilizing ALL of the developable ridgeline wind resources in the Eastern US would decrease US emissions by less than 1%. Much more could be done with solar, with basically no impacts to wilderness’ he said.Michael Caduto, award-winning educator and author, described the many negative impacts from industrial-scale electricity generation. “Vermont’s and New England’s landscape need not be despoiled with hill-crowning wind towers that are connected to distant municipal centers by new transmission lines that will cut a swath through our natural and human communities from northern Maine to southern Connecticut. The time has arrived for a new energy paradigm’one that re-orients the movement of capital and engineering know-how toward generating renewable, sustainable energy that flows between a multitude of small-scale solar and wind power installations within the communities where the power will actually be used.” Caduto said.Momentum is building for these types of solutions, explained Lukas B. Snelling, Director of Energize Vermont. He described how his organization is working with leaders in several Vermont communities to develop community-based solar projects.‘When project planning starts with residents, not developers, issues like siting, visual impacts and financial benefits can be solved collaboratively. We are charting a path to effectively solving our energy challenges, by starting in communities not foisting projects onto them,’ Snelling explained.Smith called on the new Governor and legislators to ensure that citizens concerns are heard in the legislative process. ‘In the coming legislative session, there will bills introduced that address siting of projects, financial support for renewable energy, regulatory oversight, and energy planning. On each of these issues, Vermont citizens have educated themselves and learned hard lessons when state policy has become a reality in their communities. We call on the legislature to ensure that citizens get the time and respect they deserve to testify on all of these critical issues,’ she said.‘Good public process is what VCE is all about,’ Smith concluded. ‘Without it, we will lose what is most special about Vermont.’  Source: VCE. 11.17.2010last_img read more

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for December 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Your ruling planet in the 10th house sextile Uranus indicates that travel is often more fun when you’re in a group of people you already know and this month, it can be particularly delightful. You’ll want to spend and spend and spend….Taurus – Your ruling planet in the 9th house means you can reach the heights you crave this month largely because of the emotional and material support given generously to you by your mate.Gemini – Your ruling planet in the 7th house indicates that financial and job-related advice you get this month is likely to be top-notch as long as it comes from someone with a deep personal knowledge of the subject.Cancer – Pluto conjunct Venus in the 7th house means to pay special attention this month to your mate who may have a certain wisdom and understanding of people’s hidden motivations.Leo – Jupiter trine your ruling planet in the 5th house brings romance which could sweep you off your feet, filling you with emotions you have never felt before. Projects having to do with love, children, creativity or risk-taking can have positive results.Virgo – Your ruling planet in the 4th house could indicate a party to celebrate good fortune or good feelings and is just the thing this month as a change of pace. Go heavy on the food you serve, if you want, but light on the drinks.Libra – Your ruling planet in the 4th house conjunct Pluto could have you worried about money. Constant nagging worries about money may actually have you considering some of the least savory ways of getting a hold of it. Resist this temptation now!Scorpio – Saturn conjunct your Sun makes you put on a power-hungry, money-hungry façade due to your current insecurities and other worries. This just doesn’t jibe with your real character. Take it easy.Sagittarius – Your ruling planet in the 10th house indicates good feelings. You feel so good about yourself this month, you just want to spread joy and cheer throughout the neighborhood, and may do it through presents and parties.Capricorn – Pluto and Venus sextile your ruling planet in the 11th house means goodwill. You may empty your pockets in the name of charity or anonymous good works this month and this makes you feel it’s as good as giving yourself an expensive present.Aquarius – Mars conjunct your Sun indicates you being the power behind the throne this month, giving wise advice to someone in charge, but not wanting any of the credit yourself.Pisces – Venus sextile your ruling planet will put you in a visible position at work or in the public eye where you must always be attractive and pleasant. Time alone may be your favorite luxury now.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more

Odfjell Drilling acquiring stake in Norwegian floating wind developer

first_imgOdfjell Drilling is investing in Oceanwind AS with an aim to acquire a stake that would ensure a controlling position in the Norway-based floating wind company. “In 2001, as founders of SWAY, we initiated the game-changing technology for floating offshore wind turbines. Almost twenty years later we have decided to enter the business of owning and operating such assets and become an important contributor to the reduction of fossil fuel emissions”, said Oceanwind Founder Jon Erik Borgen and CTO/Founder Eystein Borgen. “Developing solutions to connect our rigs to offshore wind installations is one possible road to zero emission drilling. With ownership in Oceanwind, we are well positioned to make it a reality”, said Per Lund, EVP Technology & Sustainability of Odfjell Drilling. A long-term goal for Oceanwind is “to own and operate harsh environment floating offshore wind turbines” and, according to the two companies’ press release from 27 August, both believe that partnering is a winning combination for further commercialising offshore wind energy. Oceanwind AS has been founded by a team that was part of Sway, a Norwegian technology developer that tested the Sway turbine in 2010/2011. “Our objective is to create value for our shareholders and society by leveraging almost five decades of competence in operating floating assets in harsh environments to develop a solid concept within offshore wind together with Oceanwind’s founders. I hope this day is the beginning of a new chapter, and another major milestone in the company’s history”. “In 1971, Rederiet Odfjell made the final investment needed to complete the first floating drilling rig design ever created in Norway. This was the beginning of what we now recognise as Odfjell Drilling. I believe we are in a similar situation today”, said Simen Lieungh, CEO of Odfjell Drilling AS. According to the Norwegian offshore drilling contractor, the move will support it on a path to zero-emissions drilling through projects that would connect its rigs to floating wind farms. Odfjell Drilling’s buy-in is now subject to successful completion of the contemplated equity tranches, according to the company.last_img read more

Jamaican PM hails as Bolt and partner welcome baby girl

first_imgUsain Bolt has become a father after the birth of his baby daughter with partner Kasi Bennett. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the arrival after sending a congratulatory tweet to the couple. “Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl,” Holness posted on Monday. But it follows Bolt’s extravagant announcement party in March, which went ahead in Kingston, Jamaica. The shindig included fireworks and a celebrity guest list and Bolt said in a video on social media: “I just did the reveal and I’m a girl dad.” He then sent a warning to any future boyfriends, saying: “Any man, any boy, don’t play with me! The 33-year-old has been with his partner for six years, with the 100m world record holder keeping the relationship away from the media. In 2016, he said: “I’m not going to tell you who she is, I want to keep it small for now. “Because I know when it gets out there’s going to be a lot of things to say, and I told her she can’t handle it. Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img “Because I’ve been through the media. I understand how you guys are – especially the British media.” In the same year, the eight-time Olympics gold medallist mentioned that he was keen on having three children. “I definitely want a family, though. For me, over the years, I’ve waited because I want to make sure it’s the right person. Usain Bolt the latest father in town after welcoming baby girl wirh partner Kasi “I’ve always said I want three kids. The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. “I was like, ‘Hmmmm do I really want three kids?’ But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it.’” Bolt holds the record for completing the 100m in the fastest time ever, recording a time of 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009. Read Also Waiting for King or Queen:  Bolt intensifies child Care Practice The Jamaican also attempted his dream of becoming a professional footballer after scoring twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners but left months after, abandoning his career as a result. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

2019 Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame

first_imgBetween the consolation and championship game of the boys’ Ripley County Tournament held this year at South Ripley, the 2019 Class of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame was introduced.  This year’s group included Mike Cutter (Milan class of 1980), Stacy Edwards Schroeder (Batesville class of 1990), Art Thomas (Cross Plains class of 1962), Amy Myers Armstrong (South Ripley class of 1989), and Mary Simon McCoy (Jac-Cen-Del class of 1986).Also added to this years’ Hall were two meritorious award candidates.  Bill Hisrich of Batesville gained his ticket to the Hall by being an announcer of all levels of basketball for the past 50 years at Batesville High School.  The second candidate was John Ward of Jac-Cen-Del.  John was a coach, athletic director, and principal in the Jac-Cen-Del School system during his career.  John was honored for his dedication to the youth of Ripley County through the years.  John can still be seen at many basketball games around the county yet today.last_img read more

Dominic Solanke hoping for a bright future at Chelsea

first_img “But it helps to have some of your close friends around, so it is good that we’re all here together. “We’ve all got our own places but we’re all quite a close distance to each other, so we can always get to each other quite quickly.” That close bond extends beyond Arnhem, where Nathan and Danilo Pantic are also on loan, to the swathe of players currently away from Chelsea, with a specially set-up WhatsApp group helping them maintain contact. “We’re all quite close together and everyone supports each other at the club,” Solanke said. “The club is like a family so everyone is always finding out how everyone is getting on. It’s nice to have people at the club supporting you as well.” The truth is that many of those out on loan will not cut it at Stamford Bridge, where John Terry remains the last player to break through and become a genuine first-team star. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently knocking on the door and Solanke also looks well-placed to eventually become a regular at the club he joined at Under-8 level. “I’d like to do it as soon as I can,” Solanke, who made his first-team debut in a Champions League tie with Maribor in October 2014, said. “That’s the dream of everyone at the academy – that’s why everyone is there. “That’s what everyone is working towards so everyone is trying to do it as soon as possible, but I am keeping my head down, keeping working towards that goal.” Solanke’s progress at Vitesse led to a first England Under-21s call-up in November, capping a memorable year in which he won a second successive FA Youth Cup and shot Chelsea to UEFA Youth League glory. “Winning those competitions meant a lot,” he said. “When I was young at Chelsea I watched all the older players winning competitions, so for me to do it was really good. “The second half of the year I came out to Vitesse and got first-team football. 2015 was a good year and I am learning a lot.” So, with his progress continuing apace and several more months of first-team football ahead at Vitesse, where does Solanke see himself a year from now? “I am not sure, really – anything can happen in football,” he said. “I’d like to just think I’d be in a better position and be a better player than I am this year. “Any development will be a positive thing in my eyes.” The 18-year-old, named England’s Youth Player of the Year for 2014, has taken the well-trodden path from west London to the eastern edge of Holland in a bid to improve his chances of a place in the Blues’ first-team. Chelsea’s strong ties with the Eredivisie club have seen Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt, amongst many others, spend time at the GelreDome in recent years, with Solanke part of a quintet currently on loan to Vitesse. Dominic Solanke is determined to buck the trend by breaking through at Chelsea – a realistic ambition if his progress at Vitesse Arnhem is anything to go by. Press Association Jose Mourinho was reluctant to send the striker out on loan for fear his development could be stunted, but the former Chelsea manager’s fears have been allayed by the teenager’s steady progress in Arnhem. “It has been really good – it has actually been quite nice,” Solanke told Press Association Sport. “It is a good place for me to come and develop, so I am happy at the moment. It is a really good place and the facilities are really good. “It is all about winning – you’ve got to do whatever you can to win.” Solanke is one of the youngest strikers to be playing regularly in a top European league and has netted five goals in 15 appearances to date – a goal ratio he is determined to improve when the Eredivisie resumes this weekend. The goals may not be flowing as easily as previous seasons but the striker is thoroughly enjoying his time in Holland, even if he laughed somewhat embarrassedly when admitting he has yet to pick up much Dutch. The fact fellow England youth internationals Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown are also on loan at Vitesse has no doubt hindered his linguistic progress but helped the transition to living and played abroad. “With me moving countries for a while at a young age, it is always going to be difficult,” Solanke, part of the Under-17 side that won the 2014 European Championship, said. last_img read more

ExxonMobil refuels Pure Racing

first_imgESSO Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, ExxonMobil, has returned to the side of the Pure Racing family ahead of this weekend’s season-opening GT Motorsports Grand Prix.The company yesterday handed over sponsorship to the team at its New Market Street, Georgetown office.ExxonMobil’s Nicholas Yearwood, who handed over the sponsorship, told the media that the company is more than willing to support the youths in sport.“Last year was a lot of fun; a lot of wins and a lot of excitement and we are committed to the development of sports locally. We want to continue working with activities to develop youths.”“We just want to wish them the best in the upcoming race meet and we want them to have fun and be safe.”Pure Racing’s Annalisa Phang stated that sponsors like Exxon have allowed the younger generation of drivers to hone their skills.“Thank you, Exxon, thank you, Nick, for again sponsoring our young drivers. I know they are appreciative of your support and of Exxon’s support. Their skills have certainly surpassed our expectations.”The team includes Ben Phang in the Baby Cup, Justin Ten-Pow in the Sunburst 60cc Kids Cup, Jeremy Ten-Pow and Paige Mendonca in the 125cc X30 Juniors and John Phang in the 125cc X30 Seniors.This weekend’s GT Motorsports Georgetown Grand Prix is billed for tomorrow and is expected to include drivers from Trinidad and Tobago as well as Jamaica.Trinidad’s Kristian Boodoosingh and Zachary Boodram are expected to feature in the 125cc X30 senior class, along with Jamaica’s Collin Daley. Daley’s countryman Tommi Gore is expected in the 125cc X30 junior class.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) returns to the Carrier Dome to host Boston College (6-5, 3-4) to close out its 2017 season. SU hasn’t won a game in November since the 2015 finale against BC and will send off the first senior class since 2009 to never appear in a bowl game. Here’s everything you need to know about BC:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 31-19Last time they played: Syracuse traveled to Chestnut Hill to top the Eagles, 28-20, in the Orange’s final win of the 2016 campaign. Eric Dungey threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns. BC ran for 223 yards on SU but completed just seven passes, and earned one of its two touchdowns on a kickoff return.The Boston College report: Head coach Steve Addazio’s Eagles have had an up and down season that’s most notably defined by a three-week stretch in which BC squeaked out a win at Louisville and then destroyed both Virginia on the road and Florida State at home. Pair those highs with ugly losses against the likes of Clemson and Notre Dame, and you have the mixed results of this 6-5 squad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOffensively, the Eagles had to transform a few weeks ago after redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown was ruled out for the remainder of the season because of a right leg injury. He had started all ten games to that point and thrown for a modest 1,367 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions.Freshman running back A.J. Dillon (more on him below) has led the rushing charge to pick up the lost production. The Eagles ran for 330 yards against Connecticut last week at Fenway Park. On the other side of the ball, BC does much better against the pass than the run. Among ACC teams, only North Carolina allows more than the Eagles’ 204 rush yards per game, but BC’s 194 pass yards allowed per game ranks fifth in the conference. Junior defensive back Lukas Denis is the greatest contributor on the latter front, with six interceptions and nine passes broken up so far. A week after Steve Ishmael had his worst game of an otherwise strong season, the matchup between Ishmael and Denis should be a key factor.How Syracuse beats Boston College: Syracuse’s pass defense has been a stronghold in 2017. But SU has struggled recently to stop the run, an area in which the Eagles excel. Syracuse will have to contain Dillon because it is nearly certain that Dungey will not play for the third straight game, due to injury. Whether Zack Mahoney or Rex Culpepper starts, the onus is on both the backup QB and the run defense to win the game. Stat to know: 96-15The Orange has been outscored 96-15 over the past six quarters, including the second half of a defense breakdown against Wake Forest and the entire Louisville game last week. John Wolford and Lamar Jackson were effective in their reads, either launching it down field or running with the ball on their own. The Eagles don’t have as potent a QB, but they have a strong run game that will pose yet another challenge for the SU defense. Player to watch: A.J. Dillon, running back, No. 2Dillon is an explosive 6-foot, 240-pound back who is hard to bring down; look to his 5.1 yards per carry for evidence. As only a freshman the shifty runner has gone for 10 touchdowns, including four — yes, four — in a 272-yard showing at Louisville. In his last three games, Dillon has run for at 149, 196 and 200 yards, respectively. Expect him to get the ball early and often on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

T&T gynecologist freed on rape charges 15 years later

first_imgA 71-year-old gynecologist was freed by a High Court in Trinidad here after he was accused of raping a woman 15 years ago.Dr. Shauffie David Ali, who is also the owner and medical director of Gulf View Medical Centre, had gone on trial before Justice Hayden St. Clair-Douglas last month, charged with grievous sexual assault and rape.The woman, who was then 21, alleged that Ali raped her in his office on April 8, 2003. But the jury took less than an hour to find the medical practitioner not guilty.The court heard that the woman had attempted suicide after two miscarriages and was a patient at the medical center for two days in March 2003.The woman alleged she received a call from Ali’s office for her to make an appointment to see him. The woman claimed she visited Ali’s office on April 1 and 2, 2003 and that on the third visit on April 8, the doctor raped her in his office.But the defense’s three witnesses, including the doctor’s daughter, a receptionist and a nurse, produced evidence showing that there was no record of any appointment for the woman to see the doctor and that the receptionist said she called the woman once for her to come to the office to pay her bill and not to set up an appointment.The nurse told the court that on the day of the alleged rape she was in the operating theatre with the doctor, who was performing a Caesarean birth procedure.“I have a smile on my face. I feel good,’ Ali said as he left the court on Monday.last_img read more