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first_img“Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast,” a workshop designed for gardeners who want to learn more about creating environmentally friendly gardens, is set for Sept. 8 at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.The full-day workshop will begin Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. The event is open to gardeners of all skill levels and includes presentations by Georgia experts.The Rev. Francis Michael, the monastery’s land manager and former abbot, will share information about the sustainable initiatives in place at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Ted Wynne will teach participants how to produce homegrown vegetables using sustainable practices. Wynne, the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent in Newton County, will cover a wide array of topics including site selection, soil conditioning, selecting vegetables for your region, transplanting, cultivation, fertilization and harvesting.Susan Varlamoff, retired director of environmental sciences in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will discuss the best gardening practices to restore and enhance local ecosystems while creating beautiful landscapes. Varlamoff is the author of “Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast” and co-author of the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s “Laudato Si’ Action Plan,” which was based on the environmental encyclical released by Pope Francis.Ellen Honeycutt, an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Botanical Society, will present information on gardening for birds. She will explain how to use native plants to attract and support native birds. Honeycutt has been gardening with native plants for 18 years in north metro Atlanta.Mario Cambardella, the city of Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director, will talk about planning urban and community gardens. He will also discuss city-sponsored policies, projects, and programs like the Resilient Atlanta strategy. A licensed landscape architect and planner, Cambardella holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and environmental planning from UGA. In addition to the educational sessions, participants will enjoy a lunch of locally grown produce and organically sourced meat. Biscotti and fruit cake and fudges made at the monastery will also be available.The registration fee for the workshop is $60 and $50 for UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. To register, visit For more information, email or call 678-964-2237.last_img read more

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook February 06, 2020 Bigfoot, a 53-foot, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) traveled full speed on the Eastern Pacific waters. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast interdicted it off the west coast of Costa Rica in November 2006 and found 4.1 tons of cocaine. The Costa Rican Coast Guard towed the vessel into port and later transported it to the U.S. as evidence. Two Colombians, one Guatemalan, and one Sri Lankan were also taken into custody and sent to the U.S. to face prosecution.Bigfoot is now a symbol of the mission’s success docked outside of the headquarters of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), the multi-agency and international coalition that made its apprehension possible. The SPSS is one of more than 45 vessels JIATF South’s partners interdicted since November 2006, demonstrating that with intelligence, information sharing, real-time communications, and combined tactical operations, countering illicit trafficking in the Western Hemisphere is possible.JIATF South, located at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, comprises U.S. military, federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and international partner nations. They work side-by-side to detect and monitor illicit trafficking operations in the air and maritime domains, predominantly throughout U.S. Southern Command’s area of operations.“JIATF South is built upon the strength of our relationships. We bring a trusted and established organization that works together to address global threat networks. We have 20 countries that are stakeholders in JIATF South [from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and several European countries], and we work with 16 U.S. agencies,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South director. “Our interagency efforts promote security in the Western Hemisphere because we are targeting threat networks responsible for violence, criminal activity, corruption, and the breakdown of the rule of law.”JIATF South was known as Joint Task Force Four in 1989 and renamed Joint Interagency Task Force East in 1994. It received its current name in 2003. Its objective, since its inception, is to support U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement in the fight against the illegal drug trade.“Trust is the bedrock of how we operate. We have evolved over 30 years and our strength is that we bring together a unique organization of U.S. agencies and partner countries with their respected authorities, jurisdictions, and knowledge of the threat network we are addressing,” Rear Adm. DeQuattro said. “As a U.S. Department of Defense organization, we are in charge of supporting law enforcement by our U.S. and partner nations that use their authorities to interdict, disrupt, and defeat the networks responsible for the flow of illicit narcotics in the region.”U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro (center), JIATF South director, with foreign liaison officers at the organization’s headquarters. (Photo: Geraldine Cook / Diálogo)Strong partnershipPartner nation foreign liaison officers (FLO) and U.S. agencies play an invaluable role in JIATF South’s efforts. As of August 2019, the interagency organization supported law enforcement operations that confiscated 246 tons of cocaine and made 684 arrests of suspected members of drug trafficking organizations.“The ability of our FLOs and U.S. agencies — embedded here every day, providing and sharing information — is what makes us better aware of the threat that is happening,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ajamian, chief of the Strategic Initiatives Group at JIATF South. “FLOs are critical for our organization. They provide the flow of information about criminal activity that is impacting not only the U.S., but their countries as well.”According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 22 countries worldwide are major illicit drug producing and/or drug-transit countries; of those, 16 are in Latin America and the Caribbean. The drug trafficking market generates high profits, violence, corruption, and causes national and regional instability. To confront the security threat, countries and agencies recognize they must work together.“Our Joint Operations Center [JOC] has the ability to talk directly to partner nation JOCs, whether digitally, by looking at the same common operating picture, coordinating an operation in conjunction with each other, or in support of each other,” said Lt. Col. Ajamian. “We work together, passing the information quickly, to enable interdiction operations, whether in the air or maritime domain.”Interagency teamworkJIATF South works around the clock. On its JOC’s watch floor, every minute counts, day or night. The staff keep eyes on their monitors to find illicit drug routes. Carefully, they examine a daily average of 1,000 targets and select specific ones based on matrix tools. Their priority is to stop the flow of drugs before they reach land. This information is then passed along to maritime patrol aircraft that detect and monitor the suspect smugglers.International partners also recognize the threat caused by the illicit traffickers, and have increasingly shown their commitment in the shared fight. FLOs communicate with their respective commands, which will use their assets to track down the go-fast boat, or semi-submersible vessel. Then, military and law enforcement personnel from their respective jurisdictions step in to carry out the interdictions and arrests.Ecuadorean Navy Captain Pedro Costales Cabezas, a JIATF South’s FLO, joined the interdiction mission team in May 2019. He understood immediately that the interagency model works through cooperation.“The resources provided by the U.S, through JIATF South, enlighten our operations. They give us intelligence, they are the eyes of the mission for all the countries that participate here, which help us perform interdictions and stop the people involved in illicit activities,” said Capt. Costales. “We, FLOs, are a link in the chain to coordinate as quickly as possible with our countries the means necessary to find drug traffickers at sea. We have a relationship of trust and a network of interaction, information, and intelligence.”Jamaican Defence Force Major Elon Clarke. He is the first FLO representing his country at JIATF South. He knows firsthand the interagency work necessary to counter illicit activities, particularly in the Caribbean.“It takes a network to defeat a network. Building strong positive networks is something JIATF South does extremely well,” said Maj. Clarke. “Jamaica views JIATF South as a critical partner. Our efforts must be shouldered jointly if we are to successfully address the supply and demand for narcotics, the associated cash transfers, and the flow of weapons fueling the violent attacks leaving hundreds of people dead in our countries.”“By sharing information and experiences, JIATF South integrates and multiplies the countries’ regional efforts in their fight against drug trafficking,” said Guatemalan Navy Captain Oscar Gómez, a JIATF South FLO. “JIATF South provides the setting to share information and coordination to carry out combined, joint, or parallel operations with neighboring countries, ensuring the information is timely, reliable, and at the same time, respecting intelligence property rights of the agency or institution that generates it.”For Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kele-Ann Bourne, a JIATF South’s FLO, drugs and human trafficking, illegal arms trade, terrorist attacks, and corruption must be defeated. Coordination, synchronization, and exchange of best practices help in the fight against traffickers.“We are challenged by common transnational threats. Joint efforts to counter trafficking tend to strengthen bonds through deepening partnerships between my country and the U.S., for both military and civilian components. We coordinate bilateral responses on strategic, operational, and tactical levels,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bourne.Rear Adm. DeQuattro shared Lt. Cmdr. Bourne’s opinion on the importance of multi-agency coordination. During its three decades of operation, JIATF South has embraced an inclusive, intergovernmental, cooperation approach.“JIATF South is a 30-year old organization built as an interagency task force within an incredibly diverse organization,” said Rear Adm. DeQuattro. “We need to bring in new partner countries or agencies that can assist and work collaboratively, because we are more effective (as a collective team) at countering threats and building hemispheric security.”last_img read more

first_imgI’m writing this article from my walk-in closet during the second week of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now it’s the quietest place in my house as we navigate this new normal. My regular office is being used by one of my three kids—who are being “homeschooled” while my husband and I balance running two businesses virtually. I’m not sure how much learning is happening right now, but we are doing our best to manage this challenging situation. This is real life. It’s messy and it’s difficult.Each of your employees has their own challenges during this unprecedented time. Some may have elderly parents who are at higher risk, some find themselves teaching their children while they juggle work and others may have a spouse who is self-employed or was recently laid off. Each situation is different, yet many of us are experiencing the same emotions of fear, uncertainty and frustration.Many of my credit union clients have been working overtime to get their employees set up remotely so they can continue to serve their members as effectively as possible. Some are strategizing how to handle the uncertain economic outlook. These are all important and urgent responsibilities that credit union leaders need to navigate. But leadership is not just about solving problems. There is another important responsibility that we should not forget while we work to ensure our operations run as smoothly as possible: caretaking the culture. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 MORE NEWS: Tennis star looking to splurge on beachfront pad A new report shows auction clearance rates are increasing on the Gold Coast.THE spring selling season is off to a good start with new data showing more sellers have benefited from auctions in the past few months than in the same period the previous year.CoreLogic’s September Quarterly Auction Market Review reveals slightly more Gold Coast homes that were taken to auction sold in the third quarter of this year compared to the previous year.The clearance rate for the September 2019 quarter was 37.6 per cent compared to 32.7 per cent in 2018. Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s chief executive Andrew Bell at auction.However, the results come despite less auctions being held this year compared to last.In the September 2018 quarter, 597 auctions were held across the Coast while 546 were held in the same period this year. MORE NEWS: House Rules champs sell winning home “The lift in clearance rates highlights a better fit between buyer and seller pricing expectations and some urgency creeping back into the market as a larger pool of buyers compete for a smaller than usual number of homes for sale,” he said.“There is a strong likelihood that advertised stock levels and the number of scheduled auctions will progressively rise as spring progresses and vendor confidence lifts on healthier housing market conditions.”The Coast’s September 2019 clearance rate was also higher than the June quarter’s (26.6 per cent) but the number of auctions held dropped from 571. The Coast wasn’t the only area to have a higher clearance rate in the September 2019 quarter. The numbers in all the capital cities except Adelaide as well as five regional markets improved.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the “remarkable lift” was a good sign.last_img read more

first_imgItalian offshore contractor Saipem and Petrobel have negotiated an offshore contract addendum worth more than $1.2 billion.Saipem’s S7000 vessel; Image by DamenSaipem said on Thursday that the contract is for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) activities in relation to the “Ramp Up to Plateau” phase of the “supergiant” Zohr field development project situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast.Petrobel is a 50-50 joint venture between EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation) and IEOC (an Eni subsidiary in Egypt) and is in charge of the development of Zohr on behalf of PetroShorouk, a joint venture between EGAS (Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company) and IEOC, Rosneft, BP and Mubadala Petroleum.The current addendum to the work includes the installation of a second 30-inch diameter gas export pipeline, infield clad lines, umbilicals and electrical/fiber optic cable, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deep water (up to 1700 meters) of 10 wells.The Ramp Up to Plateau phase is scheduled to start in January 2019, in direct continuity with the Optimized Ramp Up phase which has been completed in a 17-month project execution period from its contract award.To remind, Saipem and Petrobel in July 2017 finalized offshore contract variations worth $900 million for EPCI activities in relation to the “Optimized Ramp Up” phase of the giant Zohr development project. This scope of work included the installation of a 30-inch diameter gas export pipeline and an 8-inch diameter service pipeline, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deep water of four wells and the installation of umbilicals.Saipem to use a range of vesselsIn this new phase of works, Saipem will deploy a range of highly specialized vessels including the Castorone, the latest generation of ultra-deep water pipelayer; the FDS, a subsea field development ship; the Heavy Lift Vessel S7000; the DP3 subsea construction vessel Normand Maximus; the subsea construction vessel Saipem 3000; the pipelay vessel Castoro Sei and the multipurpose Normand Cutter and Far Samson vessels.Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, said: “This further award of works on the Zohr development represents a new recognition of our proven capacity to embrace our client’s objectives at the early stages of cooperation and bring them to a conclusion. The innovative assets and technologies already used in the previous phases, and the ability to build solid local partnerships, will also ensure the success of this latest phase.”last_img read more

first_imgWestern RaceSaver Sprint Cars also visit Merced for five events this season. Both divisions headline the June 10 fair special, the June 20 Ed Parker Memorial and the pre-holiday special on July 3, which features free grandstand admission and post-race fireworks display. The full-bodied class runs May 9, June 27 and Aug. 1 and 22 at the quarter-mile clay California venue. The IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods return to regular weekly programs at Merced. Merced will be part of IMCA’s EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region. Stock Cars points earned there also figure toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs California State standings. “We have had a number of drivers ask about adding Stock Cars here. If they support us, we’ll add more dates next season,” promoter Doug Lockwood said. “We really like IMCA. Their rules make everybody’s job easier and guys who have been racing at other tracks in California can come to Merced and know their cars will be legal when they get here.”  MERCED, Calif. – Four Saturday dates for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are on the 2020 schedule at Merced Speedway. last_img read more

first_imgMargie ThompsonDearborn County, In. — One suspect in the January 2018 murder of a Vietnam veteran and his daughter has pled guilty to two counts of murder. Margie Thompson has accepted a sentence of 95-years in exchange.  She’ll be formally sentenced March 26 in Dearborn County Circuit Court.Documents say Thompson and Cody Booth woke up “dope sick” that morning and went the home of Walter Bryant. Once there, the pair killed Bryant and his daughter, Faith Craig and took items to pawn for drug money.“It is all about seeking justice for the families of Walter and Faith,” said Deddens. “Ms. Thompson is 48-years-old and accepted a plea agreement of 95 years in prison. In the State of Indiana, inmates are required to serve 75 percent of their sentence. With Ms. Thompson, the 95 years set forth in the plea agreement is equivalent to 71 actual years in jail. Ms. Thompson will be 119-years-old when she will be released from jail. She, in essence, accepted a life sentence,” explained Deddens.Cody BoothBooth still faces two murder charges along with charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal confinement, conspiracy to commit criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit murder. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 4.last_img read more

first_img For 85 minutes Southampton matched and often bettered Tottenham, but Spurs star Bale popped up yet again in the dying minutes to rifle home a superb 25-yard drive that gave the home side a crucial 1-0 win. “He is not on the same level as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi yet, but Bale is one of the top 10 players in the world today,” Pochettino said. “He could play for any side in the world, in any league in the world. Perhaps I made a mistake when I said Tottenham were not a one-man team.” Press Association He added: “We didn’t deserve to lose but one special, amazing moment from Gareth Bale and all that hard work was undone.” Bale’s winner was all the more surprising given the way that he laboured through most of the game. Southampton often doubled up on Bale, and he struggled to gain composure as he flitted between the three different positions he assumed throughout the 90 minutes. Bale just needed one chance to make the difference, though, and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was left to shower praise on his star man, not for the first time this season. “At the moment the player is in outstanding form and is scoring goals out of nowhere, with great ability,” the Portuguese said. “He is really enjoying his football and it was good for him to decide it once again. He had a difficult game at the beginning. He couldn’t find the spaces to receive the ball. “We weren’t passing the ball properly, we were trying a lot of long balls and our game wasn’t going our way. In the second half we managed to find him a little bit better, on the left and on the right when we changed it, and it was the only moment when Southampton left him, that split second.” center_img Mauricio Pochettino suggested Tottenham could be a one-man team after watching Gareth Bale steal all three points with a dramatic last-gasp winner against his former club Southampton.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Villa want to keep Cleverley and he has been linked with Everton – who missed out on his signature last year – but the 25-year-old admits he could be ready to stay in Birmingham. He said: “I don’t think any Premier League players are going to be short of a quid or two. You have just got to be happy first of all. “And I am at this club, so let’s see where we go from there. I think first and foremost you have to be playing at a club where you fit in. “Where you’re playing in the position where you want to play and where you like the manager, the lads, this club ticks those boxes. “We’ll just see what happens but first the club have got to offer me something. Those talks haven’t taken place yet. I just know my contract runs out on June 30 at Man United, that’s my position.” Cleverley appears to have little future at Old Trafford – he struggled to land a regular role, playing 79 games in seven years. A petition was also drawn up by fans last year to call for him to be banned from England’s World Cup squad, although he missed out of the final 23 regardless. But, despite his critics, Cleverley believes he has overcome his own doubts and can return to his best. He said: “All players have doubts when they’re having a not so good patch. I’m no different, but I’ve got my head down and worked hard. “With the help of the lads and the new manager I can get back to my best. “I feel in the last 10-12 games I’m getting back to what I know I can do, that always helps when you’re playing every week in a winning team.” Sherwood added: “I think he was labelled the new Paul Scholes. There was a lot of pressure on him. He sprung onto the scene. Roy Hodgson has then got a decision whether there are better midfielders than Tom.” Defeat left West Ham searching for a first away league win since December but they could still qualify for the Europa League through the Fair Play table. England finished second in UEFA’s Fair Play table, earning an extra spot in the first qualifying round for next season. The Hammers and Everton are likely to fight it out for the spot, with the pair facing each other on Saturday, but boss Sam Allardyce refused to consider anything other than victory. He said: “I won’t look at it that way. I don’t want to know if we get less cautions than Everton, I want to go out there and beat them. “I am not going to start telling players to watch what we do because we might not finish number one for the European Fair Play place, it is ‘go out there, play your best and make sure you win’. “If you do that the right way you will hopefully still be in the same position in the Fair Play. “Our position is to try to get 50 points or better and finish in the top half where we have been all season. It will be very disappointing for me if we don’t manage that.” Tom Cleverley has dropped the biggest hint yet he is ready to stay at Aston Villa and insisted money will not sway his decision. The on-loan Manchester United midfielder is a free agent in the summer with his future under increasing scrutiny but h is winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham was his third goal in three games and he has earned plaudits for helping haul Villa away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Tim Sherwood’s team are 14th, four points above the bottom three with just two games left. last_img read more

first_imgTURFITES are expected to come out in their numbers on May 7 when the Jumbo Jet Auto Sales and Racing Stables, in conjunction with the Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC), stages a seven-race meet at the club’s facility, situated at West Coast Berbice, beginning at 12:30hrs.The feature event is a 1400-metre one and is open to horses classified D3 and Lower, with $1M taking for the winner.An 1100-metre race is also on the cards and this will be for horses classified H3 and Lower and four-year-old non-earners for 2017 and carries a first-place prize of $350 000.The other five races on the day’s card are all over 1400 metres. They are open to horses classified G1 and Lower and E3 non-winners over the past six months; a race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses; a J2 and Lower race; a race for `I’ maiden horses and a race for Cow horses.The winner of the E3 and Lower non-earners will receive $400 000 while the winner of the three-year-old Guyana-bred horses will collect $250 000.The winner of the J2 and Lower event will take home $175 000, while the winner of the Cow horses event will earn $100 000.last_img