“The World is My Garden” series

first_imgUniversity of Georgia horticulturist Allan Armitage will speak about gardens around the world in a series of talks set to begin Jan. 24 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.A writer, speaker and researcher, Armitage is a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty and leads the Trial Gardens at the university. Once a month through June, Armitage will present “The World is My Garden” lecture, starting with the gardens of Ireland on Jan. 24. The lectures will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the botanical garden’s visitor center and conservatory. “The World is My Garden” series will also include the following lectures:• Feb. 21, The Gardens of Japan• March 20, The Gardens of Wales• April 17, The Gardens of Eastern Australia• May 15, The Gardens of Western Canada• June 19, The Gardens of New Zealandcenter_img Each lecture costs $10 and tickets can be purchased by calling (706) 542-6138. The Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library cosponsor the series. Article by Connie Cottingham, public relations specialist for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Sandal Shaming

first_imgArizona sheriff’s office denies “sandal shaming” rescued hiker A hiker in Arizona had to be rescued after attempting a grueling 10-mile hike in Flagstaff’s Coconino National Forest while wearing a pair of flimsy, ankle-wrapped sandals. The hiker and seven others in her group were all rescued after hiking five miles down the fossil creek trail. When they turned to walk back to the trailhead at 4pm they quickly realized they needed a rescue, not in small part to the fact that the woman’s sandals made it “nearly impossible” for her to continue on the trail. A sign at the trailhead warns hikers to wear appropriate footwear. After the ordeal was over, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the hiker’s footwear as a cautionary tale to the public. While many supported the decision, others accused the sheriff’s office of “sandal shaming” the woman. Undersheriff Michael L. Johnson of the department denies the accusations. “We try not to embarrass people or anything like that,” said Johnson. “We just want to get the information out there for people to take it seriously.” Va Governor Northam refrains from vetoing budget language blocking climate action Renewable energy generation to top energy from coal for the first time center_img Yesterday Governor Northam announced that he would not veto language in the Virginia budget that will block the state from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI.) The RGGI would have led to a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from the biggest power plants in the state and established environmental justice provisions to protect communities most vulnerable to climate change. Just last month, after two years and 15,000 public comments, Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board voted to approve the RGGI. Had it come to fruition, it would have been the most ambitious climate action taken by any state in the south. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that, for the first time ever, renewable energy generation in the United States will top energy generated from coal for the months of April and May. While there are seasonal factors at play—hydroelectricity generation usually peaks in the spring, for instance— analysts say that this suggests a tipping point in the country’s energy generation. In 2019, all forms of renewable energy will make up 18% of US energy generation. In 2020, it’s projected that number will be 20 percent. Wind generation is also expected to surpass hydro as the leading source of renewable energy generation each year. last_img read more

20 signs you’re destined to become a millionaire

first_imgBecoming a millionaire may seem like an unobtainable dream. I’ve been there and felt like it was unattainable and something that would never happen to me.Then I started reading, studying and mimicking countless different successful millionaires.In reality, it’s a lot more common than you think and completely possible if you have the right mentality to become rich. Here are 20 signs based on observations from several millionaire friends of mine, that you’re destined to become successful.1. You started making money at a young age.One of the most common traits that the wealthy have in common is that they began earning money at young age. For example, a 12-year-old Mark Cuban sold trash bags door-to-door, Warren Buffett sold packets of gum to his neighbors when he was just 6-years-old and Richard Branson bred and sold parakeets as pets at the age of 11. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brexit would rob Netherlands of key ally on pensions, legal expert warns

first_imgHe also credited joint lobbying for pension funds’ exemptions from the European Market Infrastructure Regulation and the financial transaction tax (FTT).Van Meerten indicated, however, that European supervisor EIOPA – separately from the new IORP II Directive – was developing its own solvency framework with capital requirements, “which could become binding”.“To counter this development, we might need British support again,” he said.In his opinion, new capital requirements driven by EIOPA would force pension funds to expand their financial buffers.“Given pension funds’ current weak financial position, this would lead to additional rights discounts and make a switch to defined contribution arrangements inevitable,” said Van Meerten, who is also professor of European pensions legislation at Utrecht University.He pointed out that EIOPA’s recent stress tests had shown that many pension funds would hit additional turbulence during a crisis, adding that it was “worrying” the Dutch Pensions Federation had tried to downplay these conclusions, “as such a crisis scenario seems to be playing out already”.The professor suggested, however, that a Brexit could also expedite the change to a sustainable pensions system, “which has been under discussion for far too long”.He argued that, if Dutch pension funds speed up the innovation process, they could play a pioneering role and even help EIOPA flesh out a solvency framework.“That would be very sensible, as the Dutch financial assessment framework (nFTK) remains subordinated to European legislation,” he said.Theo Kocken, chief executive at risk manager Cardano, which also has a UK office, agreed that a Brexit could be bad for Dutch pension funds.He said a Brexit would be another reason to adopt a new pensions system quickly, “without vague concepts such as buffers, which the EC wrongly considers as a safety margin and a target of wrong regulation”. A pensions law expert has warned that a UK decision to leave the European Union (EU) could derail the Dutch government’s lobbying efforts in Brussels with respect to pensions.Hans van Meerten, a European pensions lawyer, said the Dutch government, in the event of a Brexit, would lose a key ally in its struggle to carve out a special position for the pensions industry within European financial legislation.The pension systems in the Netherlands and the UK consist predominantly of capital-funded defined benefit arrangements.Van Meerten said that Dutch schemes, with the help of their UK peers, had been largely successful in excluding pension funds from harmonised capital requirements for banks and insurers.last_img read more

Liverpool confirm 10 coronavirus cases after Atletico Madrid clash

first_img Loading… There has been widespread criticism of Atletico de Madrid fans being in Liverpool after the English city confirmed 10 new cases of coronavirus. There were 3,000 fans of Atleti in the English city to see their team record a memorable Champions League victory on Wednesday night, but the decision to allow fans into the match had been met with great skepticism and alarm. Marca cites the Liverpool Echo in quoting a public health expert who criticised the decision of allowing the fans to come in from the Spanish capital – with multiple coronavirus cases – to drink in the bars and potentially spread the virus.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldMost Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World Read Also: Chelsea cancel training after major coronavirus scareLiverpool has 10 new cases of the virus confirmed on Thursday – six from Liverpool itself, three from the Wirral and one from Sefton. There are 1388 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city of Madrid – while Spain has a total of 2968, with 88 deaths to date. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

US sanctions Chinese companies over Muslim abuse complaints

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States government has imposed trade sanctions on 11 companies it says are implicated in human rights abuses in China’s Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. Monday’s announcement adds to U.S. pressure on Beijing over Xinjiang, where the ruling Communist Party is accused of mass detentions, forced labor and other abuses against Muslim minorities. The Trump administration also has imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials over the accusations. Beijing responded by announcing unspecified penalties on four U.S. senators who are critics of its human rights record. (AP) Xinjiang is among a series of conflicts including human rights, trade and technology that have caused U.S.-Chinese relations to plunge to their lowest level in decades. In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, residents line up at a security checkpoint into the Hotan Bazaar where a screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hotan in western China’s Xinjiang region. AP PHOTO/NG HAN GUANlast_img read more

Nezworski returns to Davenport victory lane

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (April 27) – Andy Nezworski collected a much anticipated victory in Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action on opening night Friday at Davenport Speedway.Nezworski led all 25 laps of the race, despite pressure from Nick Marolf early and Chad Holladay in the final laps. Nezworski’s last win at Davenport came May 30, 2014.  Holladay took second, ahead of Rob Toland, Matt Ryan and Chuck Hanna.Rob Toland led the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature for all of 50 yards, the last 50. To­land drove under race leader Eric Barnes in the final corner of the race and sprinted to the check­ered flag. Toland had started eighth and slowly worked his way to the front.Barnes had grabbed the lead from the outside pole and led the first laps of a race that went green, white, checkered.Another week, another win for Tony Olson in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main. Olson started in the sixth row and after several early cautions was able to drive around early race leader Brandon Jewell. Olson led the rest of the way to the checkers. Jewell held on to the runner-up spot.last_img read more

Davies confesses naked ambition

first_img “I said last week when I was being interviewed and someone asked ‘what’s it like to be above Manchester United?’ that I’d streak around the KC if we finish above them, but ultimately that’s how ridiculous it is at the moment,” Davies said. “I’m not sure I’d get away with it, I might get arrested on way round. It’s one of those things that’s a bit tongue in cheek, but if we actually did finish above them I guess I’d have to do it. “We’re six games into the season so being above Manchester United is nothing. We’ve got our own personal table to work towards and as long as we’re top of that table that’s all that matters.” Davies, who has inherited the captaincy since Robert Koren was ruled out for eight weeks with a broken foot, has been in fine form since signing for the Tigers this summer. He will lead the side out against former club Aston Villa on Saturday and although his time there ended in disappointment, he does not approach the match with a point to prove. “I’m just a Hull City player playing another team,” he said. “It would have been different if I’d played against them soon after leaving because there would have been a few team-mates and things like that but it’s a totally different regime to when I was there” Having lost first-choice partner James Chester to a hamstring injury, Davies was partnered by Abdoulaye Faye for last weekend’s win over West Ham. But at 35, Faye may not have the pace to cope with Villa’s front line meaning a possible recall for Paul McShane or Alex Bruce. There will be one other enforced change, with one of Stephen Quinn or George Boyd set to replace top-scorer Robbie Brady, who had a hernia operation in midweek. Paul Lambert wants his Aston Villa side to make their gritty victory over Manchester City count by securing their third Premier League win in a row. Villa came from behind twice against their high-profile visitors before striker Andreas Weimann snatched all three points with a surprise winner at Villa Park. The victory followed a win away to Norwich the previous weekend and put Villa on nine points from six games, having also beaten Arsenal on the opening day. “I think any win gives you that good feeling and you try not to let it make a difference whether it’s over Manchester City or somebody else because you’ve got to let that one go and move onto the next one,” said Lambert. “But the way we won it, the manner in which we did it, was exceptional. “The belief here has never wavered, it’s always been there. I’ve never had a problem picking players up after a loss, or keeping their feet on the ground after a win. “But one thing I know is I’m getting everything out of those lads and I thought they were excellent last week. “I’ve never wavered from the way we play. We’ve always tried to play intense football with energy and we’ve never changed that since I’ve been here. “So it’s important to go and try and win matches and if we do that on Saturday then it’s three on the bounce that we’ve won. “We’re playing well enough to go there and win.” Villa have endured a difficult start to the campaign, having already played Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the opening weeks and sit ninth in the table. “I’ll start looking at the table on the last day of the season,” the manager insisted. “You don’t need to look at where you are because you’ve got enough of an idea of what’s going on. “The start we’ve had has been really tough and we might have had one or two more points than we’ve actually got. “But to get that return from the games we’ve had has been really pleasing so we’ll keep going.” Lambert will be without striker Christian Benteke (hip) while defender Jores Okore (cruciate) and midfielder Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) are long-term absentees. However, forward Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and midfielder Ashley Westwood (thigh) are in contention to return from recent injuries. Curtis Davies has vowed to deliver on his promise to streak around the KC Stadium if Hull finish above Manchester United this season, but does not expect the situation to arise. That the very idea is under discussion says as much about Hull’s impressive start to the season as it does about United’s troubled transition to life under David Moyes. The Tigers go into the weekend in eighth place with 10 points from six matches, three points and four spots better than the reigning champions. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sterling offered ‘incredible’ deal

first_img And Rodgers wants to ensure he and other youngsters do not get distracted by the trappings of fame and fortune. “It is very important for young players, not just Raheem, that they have something to strive for,” he added. “If they get too much, too young then it really sabotages their development. “That is why we communicate with the player and their advisers – if they have advisers. “If they are given sound advice they will see that. It is about mapping out the career of a player, it is not just about this deal. “In Raheem’s case we believe this will be the best place for him and I believe he knows that as well. “His value and worth is very important to us but also you leave something for them to progress on to the next level and for all young players that is important.” Another youngster Jordon Ibe shares the same birthday, albeit a year younger, as Sterling and parallels have already been drawn between the two. Ibe was man of the match in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, only his second Premier League start, and Rodgers has high hopes he can make similar progress to his fellow youngster. “He is a very talented player. If he was a foreign player everyone would be raving about him,” he added. “He is an incredible talent for someone so young and he can go into any arena in the world and play now. “Hopefully that game will fast-track his development as it has a number of our younger players in the last two years. “I expect big things from him but there is still a long way to go and a lot to learn but hopefully he could be a big influence for us.” Rodgers also plans to keep a close eye on Ibe, although he admits his treatment has not been the same as Sterling’s. “Each player is different. You can’t throw a blanket over them and say he is the same,” he said. “Jordon is at an earlier stage and his pathway has been different – I felt he needed to go out on loan (to Birmingham and Derby) whereas Raheem went straight into the team. “The objective is to maximise the potential and investment of the club so they can both play for Liverpool for many years to come. “I know Jordon has the talent so it’s a job to make sure they (younger players) know they have to continue to improve and not get carried away.” Ibe may well have to settle for a place on the bench for Tuesday’s visit of top-four rivals Tottenham, but midfielder Lucas Leiva is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh problem. “He is one that will miss a little bit of time, we are just waiting on the exact results of the scan,” said the Reds boss. The Reds boss said the 20-year-old has been made an “incredible” offer on a new deal, which has been on the table for over a month. However, Sterling is yet to sign despite indications previously an agreement was imminent, but Rodgers said the club had been generous in their offer. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling’s agents the club will not be held to ransom over his new contract. “The club has offered an incredible deal for a young player and I have spoken to Raheem a number of times and he is very happy here and I think you see that in his game,” said Rodgers. “The player is very happy and wants to continue working the way he has been. “He has made some great strides in these last couple of years and has now got reward for that and hopefully his representatives can find agreement with the club. “What he has been granted here is an opportunity – we see it with lots of young players – and they get rewarded for that but we are certainly not a club who are going to give out way, way above what a player is worth at a certain time in a career. “It is not a case of giving any player, I’m not talking about Raheem here I’m talking in general, what they want. “We want to reward our best talents as they are a big part of our future and we are confident that will all be in hand and sorted very soon.” Rodgers has nurtured Sterling through a difficult period off the pitch over the last couple of years, when he found himself embroiled in a couple of court cases, and has been rewarded with some impressive performances from the youngster. However, he has been keen to keep the England international grounded during what has been a rapid rise which saw him go to last summer’s World Cup. last_img read more

Speedster Gabriel does not expect drop in pace

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel does not believe his pace will be affected by his recent ankle surgery, and hopes the Test tour of England goes ahead so he can return to action.The barrel-chested 32-year-old, one of the main stays of the Test attack, has been sidelined since last September after undergoing surgery last November.Gabriel said his main priority was achieving a high standard of fitness which would guarantee his pace remained.“I am trying my best to be as fit as possible so I’m really working hard in terms of my fitness and managing my weight, trying not to get too heavy to put too much strain on my ankle,” Gabriel told i95FM here.“So I know once I put in the hard work everything will be ok (with my pace) in the end. I just want to stay positive.“My bowling run-up has probably just tweaked a bit, in terms of my running technique but I don’t think there are many changes“I just want to be fitter than I was because obviously that ankle was getting most of the pressure and obviously I don’t want that type of injury to happen again, so I’m trying my best to stay fit so I can stay on the park (longer).”He added: “It has been a long journey since November when I did the surgery on my ankle. Everything is going well, it has been a long process in terms of getting back to running and bowling and stuff like that.”Gabriel missed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s Regional Super50 campaign last November and the entire domestic first-class championship.He was hoping to return to action in the last two rounds of the four-day tournament before it was aborted due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.Gabriel was recently named in a provisional 30-man squad to tour England in July and hopes the three-Test tour comes off despite the doubt surrounding the series.“It’s a good feeling always to represent West Indies,” said Gabriel, who has taken 133 wickets from 45 Tests.“It’s good to be back out on the park. The plan is to try to make the tour to England – hopefully that comes off. I’m just trying my best to stay positive and I hope everything goes well.“There has been no high-intensity work, I’m just taking my body back into it easy, taking it one day at a time and not trying to push too hard but it’s still long while before the first Test in England and by that time I’m sure I’ll be fit and ready.”Cricket West Indies (CWI) and its English counterparts are locked in discussions over the tour as they assess the public health threat, especially with the United Kingdom one of hardest hit regions by the virus.If the tour goes ahead, players will be subjected to radical quarantine and self-distancing measures at “bio-secure” stadia, and Gabriel conceded this could prove a challenge.“It’s going to take a lot. It’s going to be mentally taxing on the brain but you have to stay positive,” the Trinidadian noted.“On the positive side, you’re still getting the opportunity to play cricket and represent your country so that, in itself, should be enough motivation.”last_img read more