’98 State 4-H Congress

first_imgGeorgia’s top 253 project achievement winners gathered in Atlanta last week for the 56th annual State 4-H Congress. State winners were selected in 47 project areas.”State 4-H Congress is a celebration of the positive, innovative learning experience Georgia’s young people enjoy through 4-H,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, state 4-H leader for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The State Congress participants each won earlier county and district competitions. They gave illustrated talks on what they learned in their projects, prepared portfolios of their work and answered questions about their work in interviews. Georgia 4-H has more than 170,000 members. The 1998 winners, projects and donors, listed by counties, were: Berrien: Jada Carter, wildlife. Georgia Power. Bleckley: Meredith Barrs, dairy foods*; Millie Ann Young, breads, White Lily Foods. Bulloch: Elizabeth Beasley, health, Egleston Children’s Hospital at Emory University. Carroll: Wade Buis, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society. Catoosa: Craig Moore, vocal performing arts, Six Flags. Crisp: Ashley Musselwhite, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council. Dooly: Luke Couch III, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc.; Jeffery Barron, instrumental performing arts, Six Flags; Chris Tyndal, beef, Winn Dixie Stores and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Effingham: Amanda Zeigler, food safety and preservation*. Emanuel: Jordan Powell, public speaking, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Evans: Misty Sikes, food fare*. Floyd: Jennifer Hulsey, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association; Jamie Woodward, sports, White Water. Franklin: B.J. Addison, piano performing arts, Six Flags; Dwayne Mayfield, food for fitness*; Linda Brothers, poultry and egg science, Georgia Poultry Federation. Gilmer: Russell Gheesling, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Griffin Corporation. Gwinnett: Zach Gaines, electric and electronics, Georgia Electric Membership Corp. Hall: Betsy Briggs, communications*. Haralson: Suzanne Scoggins, consumer education, Atlanta Gas Light. Irwin: Chuck Snyder, shooting sports*. Jackson: Meghan Davis, horse, Gold Kist. Jasper: Luke Thornton, computers, Georgia Power. Lanier: Derrick Connell, wood science, Georgia Development Authority. Lowndes: Jessica Blanton, human development*; Joshua North, photography*. Montgomery: Shane Curry, petroleum power, Chevron. Morgan: Emily Howard, environmental science, Georgia Propane Gas Association. Newton: Amanda Penn, arts and crafts, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Oconee: Amanda Gunter, dairy and milk science, Georgia Department of Agriculture. Pickens: Heidi Brown, general performing arts, Six Flags; Crystal Chastain, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association; Miranda Reece, food funds, General Mills; Rob Jarrett, flowers, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority. Pulaski: Jeannie Hutchinson, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Rockdale: Keshia Gibson, clothing and textiles, Apparel Education Foundation. Talbot: Tiffani Bartlett, forestry, Union Camp Corporation. Tift: Shelly Sumner, physical, biological and earth sciences*; Adrienne Gay, housing, furnishings and design, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association; Grant Waldrop, swine, Georgia Pork Producers Association; Lee Gates, outdoor recreation, White Water; Elizabeth Martin, fashion revue*. Toombs: John Stewart, safety, Atlanta Gas Light. Union: Travis Brown, sheep*. Walton: Cy Zareie, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. * Sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation.last_img read more

Wind Booms, Coal Suffers in Oversupplied Texas Grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence:When Vistra Energy Corp. subsidiary Luminant Generation Co. LLC announced on Oct. 13 that it would retire two large coal plants in Texas next year, the company stated that “these two plants are economically challenged in the competitive ERCOT market” because of “sustained low wholesale power prices, an oversupplied renewable generation market, and low natural gas prices, along with other factors.”That statement echoed what has become a truism among merchant generators operating in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region: the rapid spread of cheap wind power is creating an oversupply of electricity in the Texas market. ERCOT oversees the grid that supplies most of Texas with its electricity.“ERCOT is currently oversupplied,” found a December 2016 report prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition by the Brattle Group, Inc. that looked at grid reliability in the face of rising penetration of renewable energy sources and accelerating retirements of coal-fired plants, “and the forecasted additions of natural gas, solar, and wind generation should provide a cushion to absorb many of the retirements that may occur.”A market that appears oversupplied to an owner of coal-fired plants, however, may not appear so to a grid operator charged with maintaining adequate resources for summertime peak loads. What’s clear is that as the penetration levels of wind and solar generation climb toward and past the 20% threshold, the issues around supply and demand, grid stability and market functioning become more complex. And Texas, a pioneer in wind power, could serve as a glimpse into the future of the U.S. power grid as renewables become cheaper and more widespread.Even as peak loads have remained relatively flat in the region in the last few years, total operating capacity from all sources combined has continued to climb.And much of that new capacity comes from wind, which grew from just over 11,000 MW in 2013 to nearly 16,260 MW in 2016 — a 48% increase in just three years — despite a renewable energy mandate that was met years ago.Following a construction boom fueled by the federal tax credits and the state’s $8 billion investment in long-distance transmission lines, Texas has nearly 20,000 MW of wind power capacity. The state supplied 25% of U.S. wind power in 2016, and wind capacity in the state is expected to reach 25,500 MW by 2019. Along with abundant supplies of low-priced natural gas, all that wind has helped depress energy prices in Texas. Despite having, by far, the highest energy usage per capita in the nation, Texas enjoys energy prices per MWh among the lowest of any state.As the Luminant retirements indicated, low wholesale power prices are driving coal generators out of the market. Exacerbating that trend, the wind boom is expected to be followed by a solar boom in the Lone Star state; in its most recent long-term scenario, ERCOT said between 14,500 MW and 28,100 MW of solar capacity could be added to the system by 2031. Through September, Texas had generated about 17% of its electricity from wind in 2017. Developers have already signed interconnection agreements for another 8,655 MW of new wind, plus 2,050 MW of new solar installations, in ERCOT.For coal plant owners, low natural gas prices and high wind penetration “have been like a one-two punch,” says Chen-Hao Tsai, senior energy economist with the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. “If solar really takes off as ERCOT predicts, that will replace a good amount of generation from conventional generators during the daytime. I would consider that the third punch.”Adding to the blows against coal, natural gas plant construction is proceeding as well: “more than 14 GW [of] gas-fired generation capacity are also in the pipeline, with 7.6 GW scheduled to come online in 2018,” according to a July 2017 report by Tsai and his colleague Gürcan Gülen for the International Association of Energy Economics.What goes for Texas today could soon apply to the U.S. as a whole. According to the American Wind Energy Association, nearly 26,000 MW of wind capacity is now in development nationwide, with more than 14,000 MW under construction. New installed wind capacity reached 2,357 MW in the first half of this year, the American Wind Energy Assocation says, pushing total installed capacity to 84,405 MW. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity generation from wind will reach about 526 billion KWh by 2040, nearly 11% of total U.S. generation.The Department of Energy’s more ambitious Wind Vision program aims to boost wind to 35% of U.S. generation by 2050.In Texas, meanwhile, wind power’s position is being strengthened by new farms built not in West Texas, home to the majority of the capacity built to date, but along the Gulf Coast. While West Texas still accounts for the majority of the state’s wind capacity, wind power along the Gulf Coast has increased sixfold in the last five years, reaching 2,385 MW, or nearly 12% of the state’s total wind capacity. That’s important because Gulf winds blow more consistently than those in West Texas, and better match with the peak daytime hours for electricity consumption, overcoming the variability that of generation from farms in West Texas, where the wind is highest at night.That will likely crowd out more fossil fuel generation, especially from coal plants, which are less flexible than plants that burn natural gas and are thus less able to ramp up quickly when the sun’s not shining and the wind’s not blowing. According to a May 2016 report from the Brattle Group — also prepared for TCEC — coal generators face a sharp decline in Texas: Coal’s share of generation in the state will fall from 34% in 2013 to 6% in 2035.Coal’s dethronement in Texas has implications for coal producers in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, as well. Texas, which consumed some 86 million tons of coal in 2015, much of it from Powder River mines, is by far the largest coal market in the U.S. Accelerating retirements in Texas will have a dramatic effect on Powder River Basin mines: Luminant’s Monticello and Big Brown plants, for instance, both of which are now slated for early retirement, bought up 54% of production from Peabody Energy’s Rawhide mine through the first seven months of 2017, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.More: Wind booms, coal suffers in oversupplied Texas grid Wind Booms, Coal Suffers in Oversupplied Texas Gridlast_img read more

Bill targets human trafficking

first_img Bill targets human trafficking Calls on the Bar to educate lawyers about modern slavery A bill toughening penalties for human trafficking has cleared a key committee in the Florida Senate.SB 250, sponsored by Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, passed the Criminal Justice Committee recently, winning praise from members. Among other provisions, the bill calls on The Florida Bar and the Florida Court Education Council to improve education programs for lawyers and judges to help them recognize the victims of modern slavery when they encounter them.“We want to educate our law enforcement and courts that there are people who are being trafficked,” Margolis said. “Some come in on a travel visa and then they disappear. Some are victims of being told they were going to come over and they would have a job and they would have a better life.”But once in this country, their exploiters take away their papers, keep them from communicating with their families in their home country, restrict their movements, control the money they earn, and typically force them into prostitution or domestic servitude, she said.“It’s really a training issue. The courts have to know what to look for and obviously law enforcement needs to know how to look at this,” Margolis said.The bill would also allow human traffickers to be prosecuted under RICO laws, she said.Sen. Fredericka Wilson, D-Miami, said she saw the same television news investigative series on human trafficking that prompted Margolis’ bill, adding she too planned to introduce a bill but Margolis acted first.“I think the part that really got to me was they said 50 to 60 percent of these victims were minors,” she said. “They [traffickers] were going to Brazil and places like that and selling a bill of goods to poor minors.”The committee unanimously passed the bill, which next goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Appropriations Committee. An identical bill, HB 469, has been introduced in the House and referred to four committees. February 15, 2006 Regular News Bill targets human traffickinglast_img read more

Pros and cons of remote work

first_imgRemote working is an ideal way to be sure you are hiring the best possible talent, recruiting talent from competitors, reducing relocation expenses, and minimizing the impact of a job change on an employee’s family. Mergers, acquisitions, merging up, or takeovers require the industry to rethink the office as the standard corporate meeting place.Work without Walls is a Microsoft white paper that states, “62 percent of employees believe their productivity increases when they work remotely . . .” Conversely, only 15 percent say their company’s support remote working.  There is a definite gap to discuss.Remote employees have many opportunities to increase productivity. These same employees worry that bosses lose confidence in the employee’s ability to effectively perform as a fully engaged employee if not physically present in the office space.Following are some pros and cons to remote working. Then I discuss one of the biggest challenges I have seen in the industry regarding the C-Suite and remote working. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dengue fever outbreaks may be more severe in future, says Bahamas study

first_imgHealthLifestyle Dengue fever outbreaks may be more severe in future, says Bahamas study by: – November 2, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — A proper research facility is needed to assist in the fight against dengue fever, which is becoming more prevalent in The Bahamas, according to a recent study, ‘Dengue Fever: An Emerging Infectious Disease in The Bahamas’, released in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies by The College of The Bahamas (COB) last week.The study’s lead researcher is Sherrie V. Bain, who is an adjunct microbiology instructor at the Keiser University in Florida. According to the study, several recorded cases of the acute form of dengue fever this year (dengue hemorrhagic fever) suggest a trend that dengue fever might return in future with increased severity.“This is not the first time that a dengue fever outbreak has occurred in The Bahamas,” notes the study. “Dengue fever outbreaks also occurred in 1998 and 2003. However, the number of confirmed cases in this year’s outbreak, as of October 2011, is almost seven times that of the last two dengue fever outbreaks combined. On a national level, The Bahamas will need a multi-faceted, preemptive approach that is not simply limited to vector control at the onset of the next outbreak.”The study also notes that the spread of dengue fever will not be curbed by addressing the mosquito population alone.“It is time for the public health sector, as well as The College of The Bahamas, to begin to take measures to develop a comprehensive dengue fever eradication policy in The Bahamas,” read the study. “Although reduction of the Aedes vector population by using insecticide may seem like the obvious route to pursue, it may also prove to be the most difficult goal to accomplish. Even when chemical insecticides are used, the impact on the mosquito population is not permanent.”The study also indicates that due to The Bahamas’ abundance of natural habitats such as mangrove swamps, the application of insecticides might prove ineffective in dengue virus control in the long term.“Having a low density of the mosquito population does not always correlate to having a lower incidence of the disease within a specific geographic location,” read the study. “Therefore, The Bahamas should look beyond simply trying to control the vector population as a lasting solution to eradicating dengue fever. These alternative strategies need to include researching how the disease is transmitted in the mosquito vector, as well as how it may be prevented from becoming established in its human hosts.”The study states that emphasis should to be placed on developing a national infectious disease research centre that will focus primarily on discovering drug and vaccine targets against diseases such as dengue fever.“This is an objective that will require the participation and partnership of multiple governmental and private organizations within The Bahamas,” notes the study. “The Public Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Health will have to share intellectual and material resources to successfully establish a national infectious research center in The Bahamas.”By Royston Jones JrNassau Guardian Staff Reporterlast_img read more

Cayetano not yet ‘off the hook’ on SEA Games fiasco

first_img Duterte added that his statement last Thursday that Cayetano, who chairs Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, is innocent of corruption was only his opinion. Contrary to his previous claim, Duterte said the investigation being done on the logistical troubles prior to the opening of the biennial sporting event will spare no one. “If it causes me and my allies to fall politically then so be it,” President Duterte said in an interview with CNN Philippines on Friday night.   “That is just my opinion, I could be wrong but I have known Cayetano for many years. I have always believed in him,” the Chief Executive said. However, Duterte said that the probe should proceed presuming everyone is innocent. “I think that the investigation should proceed with the presumption of innocence then along the way if you find some wrong – either negligence or intentional – let it out and sort out what to do next either to file charges or not,” he said.center_img MANILA – House of RepresentativesSpeaker Alan Peter Cayetano is not yet absolved from the controversies houndingthe 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, said President Rodrigo Duterte. “I was just kind of shooting breeze with everyone. Parang hindi ako makapaniwala na papatol si Cayetano,” he added. Recently, Duterte said he wanted a probe into the corruption allegations against the organizers of the event. He will assign some retired auditors from the Commission on Audit and some lawyers who were his fraternity brothers to conduct the investigation./PN Cayetano was blamed for the issues that hounded the SEA Games such as delayed transport and accommodation of some athletes, unfinished venues, and limited availability of halal food options among others.last_img read more

Ripley County Tourney

first_imgThe 91st edition of the Boys Ripley County Tourney will start later today.  The Batesville High School boys have won 7 straight tournaments and probably would have been the favorite this year had it not been for the injury loss of Bryan Hoeing.  Batesville has 27 wins in their 60 appearances in the tourney.  When there were 9 high schools in Ripley County, Batesville was not part of this tourney.  It is the oldest tourney still active in the state of Indiana.This year’s editions will take place at Milan (Girls) and South Ripley (Boys).  The girls already opened last night and the boys will do likewise tonight.  Milan follows Batesville in wins in the boys tourney with 10.  Most of these occurred in the 50’s.  This years boys tourney should be very even with Jac-Cen-Del being a slight favorite.  Come on out and cheer on your favorite team!last_img read more

Nadal crush Wawrinka to win record 10th French Open title

first_imgBy Martyn HermanPARIS,(Reuters)-Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’ on Sunday.Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punch bag, winning in just over two hours.This title, a record 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 majors, though, as it arrived three injury-plagued years after the last one when he beat Novak Djokovic here in 2014.He also did it without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches. Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion.Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a grueling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open winner since Andres Gimeno in 1972.But the barrel-chested ‘Stanimal’ was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his claycourt supremacy — taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.As a weary Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.EMOTIONAL NADAL“I’m a little emotional,” Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires.“The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare.”Wawrinka said he had not found his best level but paid tribute to the man he beat to win the first of his three grand slam titles in Australia in 2014.“For sure he’s playing the best he’s ever played. That’s for sure. Not only here,” Wawrinka said. “It’s a tough loss. But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever.”Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark — optimum conditions for Nadal’s monstrous topspin game.Wawrinka, who spent nearly five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked confused and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal, still settling down, saved a break point.FIRST BLOODNadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead.Then he switched on the afterburners, taking Wawrinka out of the equation, and minutes later the Swiss wafted a forehand long to hand Nadal a second break of serve and the opening set.Wawrinka was flat, striking not a single winner off his glorious single-handed backhand in the first set, and with less than an hour on the clock his task already looked forlorn.Nadal got a time violation at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not slow the Spaniard’s charge as he bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second having won seven games in a row.With the crowd attempting to lift Wawrinka he stopped the rot to hold, firing himself up with a roar of “C’mon”.Nadal was relentless though, pinning Wawrinka back behind the baseline. Even when he was stretched the response was emphatic, one astonishing forehand, whipped from close to the front row of seats to land in a blur of yellow in the corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and applause from Wawrinka.Social media lit up at that point with women’s semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland tweeting “OMG!”Wawrinka, who had been on an 11-match winning streak on clay, was being hunted down mercilessly and his frustration boiled over as the Spaniard closed in on a two-set lead, the Swiss wrecking his racket frame after a missed forehand.A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal’s fire and, despite Wawrinka’s best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris’s favorite Spaniard.last_img read more

Mikel: I Am Ready to Play Any Role for Nigeria

first_img* Hopefully, things will work out fine for us against Iceland on FridayIn apparent reaction to criticism of his poor offensive midfield role in the Super Eagles at the ongoing 2018 World Cup here in Russia, John Mikel Obi, insisted yesterday that he was ready to play in any department for the overall glory of the team.Mikel who admitted to be aware of the feelings of Nigerians because of Super Eagles loss to Croatia, said that the team has trained hard and taken conscious notes of the areas that needed corrections. “I have played in this advanced role for close to two years now and people never complained until we lost this game to Croatia.“Personally, I am ready to play anywhere the coach wants me to play. I am comfortable with any of the roles, whether in a more offensive or defensive role. The most important thing is for the team to get positive result,” observed the Nigerian captain at the team’s session with sports journalists in Essentuki yesterday.Despite the poor pass-mark awarded him by Jose Mourinho, his former manager at Chelsea, Mikel remains unperturbed, stressing that having played under the Portuguese gaffer for years, he understands what he was driving at.“I have worked with Mourinho for a long time and he knows me very well. I understand what he’s talking about,” he remarked without feeling offended that Mourinho who converted him to a defensive midfielder considered him a poor No.10.The Super Eagles captain however remains positive that Nigeria will make it to the knock out stage with Iceland and Argentina as next opponents.“We have not given up hope in spite of the disappointment of that loss (to Croatia). We are training hard to make it out of the group. Hopefully, things will work out fine for us on Friday.”Mikel said he would love Eagles to continue to remain in the competition as they have loved the atmosphere here. “We have enjoyed Russia so far. We have been able to work and train well.“The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great.We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia,” concludes the Nigerian captain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Baldwinsville girls bowlers open with win over Central Square

first_imgIn the boys match, B’ville dropped a close 2-1 decision to the Redhawks, even though Dylan Williams shot a 609 series with a high game of 214.Dylan Love, with a 580 series and no game worse than 196, beat out a 574 series from Eric Hildreth as Dawson Bigtree had a three-game total of 519.Central Square, who improved to 3-0 this season, featured a 256 games and 660 series from Dimitri Queior and a 246 game and 614 series from Kevin Radziseski. Tags: Baldwinsvillebowling Not until last Friday were the Baldwinsville bowling teams able to take to the lanes to begin their respective 2019-20 seasons against Central Square.And it proved successful for the girls Bees, who blanked the Redhawks 3-0 at Green Acres Bowl with steady performances from its top three bowlers.Amelia Ponto shot a 578 series, with a high game of 211. Jenna Speich’s 201 game led to a three-game total of 537 as Jenna Hierzholer had a 534 set, helped by a 195 game. Kara Fredenburg led Central Square with a 510 series.center_img The Bees would take on Oswego in Tuesday’s home opener at B’ville Sports Bowl before a Friday trip to Lakeview Lanes to face Fulton.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more