The Southeastern Citrus Expo will be held on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus this Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m.The daylong event will educate farmers and backyard growers on growing citrus fruits. UGA Extension economist Greg Fonsah will discuss growing bananas, and UGA small fruits specialist Erick Smith will cover potassium’s importance in citrus plants. Wayne Hanna, a scientist based on the UGA Tifton Campus, will lead a tour of research plots on the Tifton Campus, where he studies different citrus fruits and the effectiveness of growing them in south Georgia.“If a homeowner wants to grow a lemon, tangerine or a grapefruit in their backyard, say in Cordele, from a straight line across the United States, they should be able to grow it in their backyard,” said Hanna. “That’s my goal.”While citrus fruits primarily grow in Florida, south Georgians are starting to plant citrus trees — lemons, grapefruit or tangerines. “There’s a tremendous amount of interest,” Hanna said. “A couple of years ago, I had the [Southeastern Citrus] Expo here, and I was interviewed on the local television station. My gosh, you couldn’t have imagined the emails and phone calls I got after that. It’s amazing how many people there are here in Tifton who are growing citrus in their backyard.”The meeting will be held at National Environmentally Sound Production Agricultural Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the UGA Tifton Campus, with registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.Registration is $15 per person and pre-registration is not required.
I first met Karen Chavez atop Wayah Bald on a frigid, snowy morning in 2001. She was a newspaper reporter covering the inaugural NOC Endurance Run and she had driven two hours up slick, steep, snow-covered roads to reach the finish line, where she spent several hours talking to me and other runners. She could have stayed home, called a few runners after the race, and cranked out a decent story. But she went the extra miles to be there in person, in sub-freezing temperatures, bundled up with her notepad and pen.That’s just how Karen rolls. For over 14 years, she has been writing about the outdoor scene by immersing herself in it. An avid and accomplished runner herself, she is beloved among the regional outdoor community for her tireless coverage in the Asheville Citizen-Times of important outdoor issues and inspiring people.Last fall, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the past year, she has endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Amazingly, she continues to write.Next month, she is even planning a race: the Karen Kicks Cancer Resolution Run and Walk on January 1 in Asheville. Proceeds from the four-mile run and two-mile walk will benefit Hope Chest for Women. Karen also hopes the event will raise awareness about the importance of understanding breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer. Dense breasts can obscure mammograms and make cancer detection more difficult.Join her at the New Year’s Day run for a celebration of what she loves most: being outdoors, being active, and being alive.
Ten years is a milestone for any festival.This year, Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival – the annual musical gathering in Martinsville, Virginia, celebrates is 10th birthday with a rich and wildly eclectic line up of musicians, including JJ Grey & Mofro, The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Dustbowl Revival, The Mantras, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Jerry Douglas Band, and many, many more!At the heart of Rooster Walk is the wide range of bands and collaborative sets you can see over the festival’s four-day run. Two particular sets have caught our attention here at Trail Mix – King & Strings on Friday and The Last Yaltz on Sunday. The former has youthful guitar giants Billy Strings and Marcus King joining forces to create a display of guitar wizardry you will not likely find at any other festival this summer, while the latter has Yarn and a cadre of special guests paying tribute to The Band’s iconic work. Both appear to be can’t miss events for festival goers.Also featured at the festival will be an incredible selection of libations, food, and artisans from around the region.I recently caught up with Jeremy Darrow, a longtime friend of mine and bassist for bluegrass outfit (and RW10 performer) Front Country, to chat about playing Rooster Walk, must have gear for the festival circuit, and who you should definitely catch on stage when you head to RW10.BRO – Do you remember the first festival set you played with Front Country? How did it go?JD – My first festival set – and first ever gig – with Front Country was at the String Break Festival in Brooksville, Florida. I’m not sure how it would compare to how we sound now, but it was a lot of fun. I had just met most of the band at that time and we bonded over sets by Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range.BRO – Afternoon set or late night set? What’s your druthers?JD – I generally prefer late night sets. But if the crowd is fired up in the middle of the day, it can be hard to tell the difference. It all comes down to getting the energy back that you’re putting out. It’s easy to stay stoked if the crowd is on its feet and dancing.BRO – Favorite festival memory as a fan?JD – I’ve got some great festival memories. One that has really been on my mind recently was seeing Levon Helm at Merlefest in 2008. He brought a vibe that you could feel everywhere all weekend. Everyone was happy and bringing their A-game to their own sets because he was around. His set was incredible, one of the most joyful performances I’ve ever experienced. That’s something you can’t fake. It takes the genuine article to radiate joy and love like that.BRO – One piece of gear that you can’t hit the festival circuit without?JD – I can’t get through festival season without sunglasses. I lost my favorite pair of many years two months ago and finally replaced them. Original Wayfarers all the way.BRO – Other than Front County, who is your can’t miss artist at Rooster Walk this week?JD – Of course, you can’t miss Front Country! We play Thursday night at 7:30 on the Pine Grove Stage. Also, don’t miss our buddies Fireside Collective. They’re a killer young band from Western North Carolina and they’re on fire. My buddy Jay Starling is an artist-at-large, too. Anything he’s getting into will be worth catching.Check out tracks from Front Country, Fireside Collective, and a whole bunch of other artists on our very own “BRO’s Ten Artists For Rooster Walk 10” playlist on Spotify! Take an early listen below so you can plan your weekend accordingly!For more information on the bands playing Rooster Walk, ticket purchasing, or the schedule, please bounce over to the festival’s website.Win a pair of Four-Day Passes To Rooster Walk!Want to snag a couple tickets to the festival? Take a crack at the trivia question below. One winner will be selected tomorrow, May 23, at noon. The question is…Artist-at-large Jay Starling is the son of a founding member of what legendary bluegrass band? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone.
CUInsight Co-founder and Publisher Randy Smith stopped by the Studio Lounge for a quick chat on CUInsight celebrating its 10-year anniversary. My how time flies when you’re having fun — and Randy has done just that with his industry content curation site, along with delivering some timely and valuable information for credit unions 24/7.Randy also discussed the many changes he has seen over the last decade with credit unions, as well as CUInsight. Another wonderful conversation with one of the happiest people on planet Earth. Enjoy! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Like almost any immigration program, the diversity visa lottery is imperfect and susceptible to abuse.The fortunate winners, who represent less than 1 percent of those who have applied annually in recent years, are not uniformly equipped to thrive in this country; many lack an education beyond high school.As Saipov may turn out to prove, even the extensive vetting required of all who immigrate through the program does not provide an ironclad guarantee that it is impervious to applicants who might seek to harm the United States.The lottery program might be improved.Still, the fact that more than 11 million people applied for it in fiscal 2016 reflects the magnetic appeal the United States continues to exert around the world.Satisfying a small fraction of that demand, through the lottery or some other legal means, is a powerful tool of public diplomacy in countries whose citizens might otherwise have no hope of coming here.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Never mind that Schumer’s legislation establishing the program attracted bipartisan support; or that it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, a Republican; or even that Schumer himself unsuccessfully bargained to end the program, in 2013, in return for a bill granting legal residence to millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.Neither the facts nor the normal political imperative to avoid partisanship in the wake of a terrorist attack appeared to move Trump.His tweet made it appear that his overriding interest in an assault allegedly backed by the Islamic State is to use it to assail immigration – in this instance, a legal program whose beneficiaries represent a speck in the overall number of immigrants.Managed by the State Department since 1995, the program now grants up to 50,000 visas annually, via a random lottery, to citizens of dozens of countries who would otherwise be mostly overlooked in the annual influx of green-card recipients.In recent years, many of the winners have been from Africa and Eastern Europe.Having reaped political advantage as a candidate in vilifying illegal immigrants, Trump has set his sights in office on legal migrants, including refugees, from a handful of mostly Muslim countries, whom he’d like Americans to see as an undifferentiated mass of potentially violent interlopers.Gradually, he is chipping away at what was once a national consensus that immigrants are a critical source of vitality, invention and international appeal. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:President Donald Trump, ever prone to seek out scapegoats, fastened on a new target in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York: the state’s senior Democratic senator, along with a 27-year-old visa program that offers applicants from dozens of countries a shot at immigrating to the United States.Trump singled out Sen. Charles Schumer, who, in 1990, sponsored the diversity visa program, through which the alleged attacker in New York, Sayfullo Saipov, is reported to have immigrated to the United States from his native UzbekistanIn a tweet, the president derided the program as “a Chuck Schumer beauty.”
Topics : Chinese video sharing platform TikTok, which has gained popularity among young Indonesians, donated Rp 100 billion (US$6.28 million) to medical workers on the frontlines of the country’s battle against COVID-19.”During this difficult time, we are committed to providing support globally […] including by donating Rp 100 million for the government of Indonesia to buy protective equipment for medical staff working on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic,” Donny Eryastha, the head of public policy for TikTok Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, said on Thursday.He symbolically handed over the donation to national COVID-19 rapid response task force head Doni Monardo at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. “Through collaborations like this, we’ll be able to fight this pandemic,” Doni said.Since April 7, the app has also invited its users to show their appreciation for medical professionals by using the hashtag #PahlawanGardaDepan (#FrontlineHeros) on every uploaded post. “Together with the government, businesses, NGOs and Indonesian citizens, we commit to doing the best we can. We will survive and eventually rise as a united community,” Donny said.Originally called Douyin in China, TikTok was launched in 2016 by Zhang Yimin, who is also the founder of Beijing news and information platform Toutiao. TikTok was brought to Indonesia in September 2017 by tech company ByteDance. The app allows its users to create short music videos.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday Beijing has been “transparent” throughout the coronavirus crisis, and offered to share a vaccine as soon as one was available — as well as $2 billion in aid. Governments including the US and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the origins of the virus, which has become a flashpoint in deteriorating tensions between Washington and Beijing. Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have accused China of a lack of transparency over the issue, and repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese maximum-security laboratory. Topics : Addressing the first-ever virtual gathering of the WHO’s annual assembly, Xi said China has “always had an open, transparent and responsible attitude,” and had shared information on the virus in a timely manner.Chinese scientists have said that the virus emerged from a market that sold wild animals in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, though officials have more recently cast doubt about its origins.Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for reprimanding and silencing doctors who raised the alarm about the virus late last year. China is also accused of having delayed confirmation that the virus was transmissible between humans.China has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up, insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner. The assembly was set to discuss a resolution tabled by the European Union that calls for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the international response to the coronavirus crisis.Speaking via videolink with a painting of the Great Wall in the background, Xi said China supports a “comprehensive evaluation” of the global response to the pandemic after it “has been brought under control” and that the probe should be led by the WHO.The inquiry should “sum up experiences and improve shortcomings” and “adhere to the principles of objectivity and fairness”, Xi told the World Health Assembly.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged at the assembly to launch an independent probe to review the coronavirus pandemic response “at the earliest appropriate moment”. Making vaccine ‘global public good’ While Washington has tried to pin the blame for the pandemic on China, Beijing has sought to reframe the narrative, offering medical aid to countries around the world.With the world racing to find a drug to stop the pandemic, Xi pledged Monday to make any potential vaccine developed by China a “global public good” once it was put into use.This move would be China’s contribution to achieving accessibility and affordability of a vaccine in developing countries as well, Xi said.China says it has five potential vaccines in clinical trials.A top Chinese health official said last week that more vaccine candidates are in the pipeline and awaiting approval for human trials.Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months to develop an effective vaccine, or even longer.Xi also told the assembly that China will provide $2 billion in international aid over two years to help with COVID-19 response and economic development in affected countries, especially in the developing world.”China will work with members of the Group of 20 nations to implement the debt relief initiative for the poorest countries,” he said.Xi also said China would work with the United Nations to set up a “global humanitarian response depot” in China and facilitate the international movement of medical supplies.
Education, Press Release, Public Safety Phoenixville, PA – Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force met today at the Pickering Campus of Technical College High School in Phoenixville to hear from students, parents, school officials, law enforcement, healthcare experts and residents about ways to improve school safety and security.“As Governor, my top priority is ensuring the safety of all Pennsylvanians – especially our children,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This task force is bringing together those who have a stake in school safety so that everyone has a seat at the table to help create real solutions.”Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is co-chairing the task force that includes: Charles Ramsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Bonita Allen, President of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association; and Judy Morgitan, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners.“The most students should ever have to worry about in school is a pop quiz in algebra class,” DePasquale said. “Students should never have to worry whether or not they will be able to survive the school day unharmed. It will take all of us – adults and students alike – to work together to ensure that all of our schools are safe places for students to grow and learn.”This is the second of six task force meetings in Pennsylvania to gather perspectives from local communities before issuing a final report by the end of June.The priorities for the task force are:Identifying recommendations to improve school safety;Determining funding needs;Examining the effectiveness of student supports;Improving information sharing; andSeeking tools for anonymous reporting of suspicious activity.Supporting the work of the task force are Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, and Acting Colonel Robert Evanchick, Pennsylvania State Police.The public is invited to share their recommendations for improving schools security online at https://www.governor.pa.gov/school-safety-feedback/. The task force will use the feedback when preparing a final report. April 17, 2018 Pennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Southeastern Region SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Institutional AIFs registered total net sales of €181bn for the whole of 2015, according to EFAMA. Institutional bond AIFs recorded the strongest growth in assets, up 17.1%.Real estate AIF assets were up 14.7%, and ‘other’ institutional funds 16%.There was double-digit growth in multi-asset fund net assets as well, of 11.3%.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)Net assets of institutional equity funds increased by 6.9%.The results form part of what was overall a record year for the European investment fund industry, according to EFAMA.Bernard Delbecque, director of economics and research at EFAMA, said: “The growth of fund assets has been substantially positive across Europe, with a very few exceptions, confirming investor confidence in UCITS and AIF.”Net sales of European investment funds rose to an all-time high of €725bn in 2015, and assets under management broke €12trn on the back of a growth rate of 11%.Demand for UCITS funds reached its highest level ever, with net sales of €573bn.Among long-term UCITs funds, multi-asset funds attracted the largest net inflows, of €236bn, while equity funds had their best year since 2000, drawing net sales of €134bn. Institutional alternative investment fund (AIF) assets grew by 13% in 2015, contributing to a record year for European investment funds overall, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).Net assets of AIFs reserved for institutional investors reached €2.42trn at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, the figures show.Including retail funds, the total stood at €4.41trn, an increase of 8.3%.There was stronger growth in institutional net AIF assets, however, as these were up 13.3% compared with the end of December 2014 (13% excluding Ireland).
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes Callum McManaman has been unfairly criticised for his challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara. Referee Mark Halsey missed the knee-high tackle during Wigan’s 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium a fortnight ago and McManaman was not punished retrospectively because one of the officials had seen the incident. Martinez said: “I think we’ve been going on and on too much about it. I think it was a football incident. We lost Ryo Miyaichi a couple of weeks back and he had to go through surgery and he’s out for the season. Those are incidents that happen in the game.” Press Association McManaman, 21, was confronted by an angry Newcastle assistant boss John Carver at half-time and figures within football have queued up to condemn the tackle. It was initially feared Haidara had suffered a serious injury but Newcastle have since confirmed he sustained only bad bruising and soft tissue damage, although no date has yet been set for his return. Martinez added: “I think we’re taking things out of context here. I think the whole incident has been a bit of an argument about the refereeing in the game. It was a challenge with no real intent. It was an unfortunate incident that happens on a football pitch. “I think we’ve been talking too much about it and it’s a bit unfair on a young man to have to suffer that.” There has been no official apology from Wigan but the two medical departments were in touch until it became clear Haidara was not seriously hurt, while McManaman also contacted the Newcastle player. The striker has started Wigan’s last two games, scoring in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Everton, but may miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich because of an ankle problem. Wigan boss Martinez added: “I did have concerns straight away. Anyone would. He’s had a very good development at the club. He’s been out on loan and I think he’s had enough experiences to know how to cope with anything the Premier League is going to throw at him.”