Farm Workshops.

first_imgOne-day Workshops Both workshops will have sessions on growing and selling forest products, fruit and vegetable production, growing and selling organic products, marketing through cooperatives, building and managing ponds and managing finances for any small farm. The Tifton program will also have classes on irrigation, fish farming, soil quality, livestock and turf grasses. At Gainesville, the topics will include roadside markets, poultry farming, greenhouses, composting, and raising goats and other small livestock. When many people picture farming, they see big tractors lumbering over vast fields ofcrops. But agriculture on a far smaller scale can still be profitable and rewarding.That’s the message Team Ag Georgia is trying to drive home in the TAG Workshops forSmall and Beginning Farmers this summer.The first workshop is set for July 27 in Tifton, Ga. Another is planned forGainesville, Ga., Aug. 19. Each figures to provide a wealth of information on small-scalefarming.The programs are geared for farmers with limited resources, others who find running asmall farm business appealing and community leaders interested in rural development.Promising Prospectscenter_img Both workshops begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Both are free and include lunch and refreshment breaks. Farm-related groups and agencies will display exhibits at both sites. To sign up for either workshop, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 1-800-282-5852. For questions about exhibiting at the workshop, call Lynda Johnson at (770) 536-0541. To learn more about TAG, call Levi Glover at (912) 825-6806.last_img read more

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Did Mars Have a Global Flood?

first_imgThere’s enough ice under Mars’ southern polar cap to flood the entire planet under 36 feet of water, reports Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The MARSIS radar instrument on the ESA-NASA Mars Express determined that the ice cap is more than 2 miles thick in places.  According to the report on National Geographic News, traces of possible impact craters were detected under the ice cap.  If so, it would seem the ice must have melted and been distributed around the planet in the past.  The article also states that even this huge volume of ice is believed to be a fraction of H2O on the red planet that has been lost underground or out to space.    Speaking of water reservoirs, a new source was found back on the home planet.  A press release from Washington State Univ. in St. Louis last month inferred from seismic data the presence of a water reservoir deep in the mantle under Asia equal to the volume of the Atlantic Ocean.Mars could never have had a global flood.  Where did the water come from?  Where did it go?  This kind of reasoning has been used against Noah’s flood on Earth.  Mars is dry today, and liquid water could not last on the surface, but that doesn’t stop geologists from eagerly searching for water on the red planet.  With great interest they include copious volumes of liquid water into their theories of Mars history, hoping the precious elixir of life would have permitted the emergence of single-celled Martians.  OK, then why shouldn’t the possibility of a global flood on Earth be treated seriously?  The answer is that for a long time, secular geology has written off the Bible as a source of information about Earth’s past.    The secular geology of Hutton and Lyell was more an emotional, theological reaction against Biblical flood geology than an inference from data.  Creation and the Flood were rarely questioned for thousands of years till Enlightenment secularists felt the need to remove God from an active role in the world He created.  They wanted a world with “no hint of a beginning, no prospect of an end” (Hutton) that would operate slowly and gradually by natural processes alone (see AIG articles about Hutton and Terry Mortenson’s explanation of the origin of old earth beliefs).  Notice that this was a preference, an a priori belief that colored the way they looked at the world.  Uniformitarianism became dominant by 1830 in England largely due to the anti-Biblical, deistic views of Charles Lyell (a lawyer).*  That was before 20th century scientists decided Lyell was wrong (and fudged his data; see 10/25/2006).  Now, catastrophism is back in vogue (05/22/2003).    Frank Sherwin at ICR quips that we really shouldn’t call our planet Earth; we should call it Water.  That would make for interesting conversation.  “Life is beautiful on God’s blue Water.” • “I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last man on Water.” • “Where on Water have you been all this time?”  On a planet whose surface is 70% water, with ocean basins miles deep, there’s plenty enough to submerge the Earth (whoops, the Water) under the right circumstances, if the mountains were lower and the ocean basins shallower before the Flood.  Models of the Flood like those of Walter Brown and John Baumgardner et al. typically include orogeny (mountain building) and deepening of the ocean basins as consequences of the catastrophic deluge.  Also, the “fountains of the great deep” are the primary sources of the water, with rain as the effect.  That answers where the water came from, and where it went.  Let’s not treat the planets by a double standard.  That happens enough on Water as it is.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Early birth registration ensures access to basic services

first_img(Image: Isaiais Bartolomeu, Pixabay)Polokwane, Wednesday 31 August 2016 – Brand South Africa’s programme to showcase the competitiveness of the province of Limpopo, saw media today visiting the Seshego Hospital where they had first-hand experience of the early registration of birth process being implemented by the Department of Home Affairs.This is described by the Province’s MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba as the “first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence.” In addition, the registration of births is fundamental to the enabling citizens to access a number of services provided by government and other entities .Addressing the media – MEC Ramathuba said early birth registration ensures that children are provided with access to health care, access to immunisation, and that it ensures children enroll in school at the right age.Dr Ramathuba said: “In addition to issues relating to protection, a functioning system of birth and civil registration ensures that the country has an up-to-date and reliable database for planning. This is as useful for national level planning as it is for local government bodies that are responsible for maintaining education, health and other social services for the community.”Implemented by the Department of Home Affairs, the birth registration aims to ensure that individuals can be assured the legitimacy and authenticity of civil status.The Department of Home Affairs’ Chief Director for Birth, Marriages, and Death Dr Aaron Ramodumo explained that”Without birth registration and documentation, children may have problems proving their links to a state, which puts them at risk of becoming stateless. It is through our footprint extension into health facilities that we can achieve 100% birth registration within the prescribed 30 days. We desperately need assistance to trace mothers who leave before birth could be registered. It is a constitutional right of every child to a name and nationality from birth.”Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Provincial Health Department Home Affairs, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Research Foundation are currently hosting a media in Polokwane, Limpopo where elements of the province’s competitiveness are being showcased. The media tour began on Tuesday 30 August and will coonclude on Thursday 01 September 2016.This comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.Follow the conversation on #ExperienceSAlast_img read more

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A Better Name for Friction Rate

first_imgLast year I wrote some articles on duct design and one of the topics I covered was this thing called friction rate.  At the end of that article, I discussed “How to think about friction rate.” It confuses a lot of people because it’s the wrong name.  First I’ll tell you why and then I’ll tell you what I think we should be calling it. Three important terms for duct system designers At the beginning of my duct design series, I discussed the three big quantities that go into determining the sizing of ducts:RELATED ARTICLESThe Science of Air Flow in Flex DuctThe Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignThe Two Main Reasons Your Ducts Don’t Move Enough AirUsing Total Effective Length in Duct DesignAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems Available static pressure (ASP) Total effective length (TEL) Friction rate (FR) The available static pressure is how much push is left to move the air through the ducts after subtracting off the pressure drops for all the non-duct components in the system (i.e., filter, registers, grilles, etc.). The total effective length is a way of characterizing how much pressure drop you’re going to have in the duct system.  And the word “total” there means the total effective length of the longest duct run.  In the duct plan shown at the top of this article, the longest run is shown in bold. Calculating friction rate The friction rate is calculated from the previous two quantities: The factor of 100 included in the equation is there to reduce the number of zeroes in the result. The higher the friction rate, the better Now, friction rate is based on available static pressure.  It’s a number that tells you how much pressure drop you’re allowed to use per 100 feet of effective length in the duct system. It’s a number that you want to be higher, not lower.  And that’s why friction rate is the wrong name.  Friction is generally something you want to minimize. If I see a friction rate of 0.11 inches of water column (i.w.c) of pressure drop per 100 feet when I’m designing a duct system, I know the installers have some wiggle room.  If they add a fitting or use a bad fitting or don’t pull the flex duct tight, the duct system will almost certainly still move enough air. But If I see that the ducts are at 0.06 i.w.c. per 100 feet, there’s no wiggle room.  One bad fitting could result in comfort problems. Higher is better when it comes to friction rate.  And that leads to cognitive dissonance because we don’t want a lot of friction in our ducts. How about “available static pressure rate”? If we called it “Available Static Pressure Rate,” it would be clear that higher numbers are better.  So that’s my proposal.  Let’s use that term instead of “friction rate.” (I’d actually prefer the term “Available Pressure Drop Rate,” but since we’re already using “Available Static Pressure,” it’s probably best to stick with that to make the connection clear.) Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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Gambhir will be dropped if he is unfit: BCCI

first_imgThe BCCI is in the process of analysing Gautam Gambhir’s medical reports and will drop the stand-in captain from the tour of the West Indies if he is found to be unfit.BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said the Board had received the report submitted by Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus on Gambhir’s shoulder injury and a decision will be taken very soon. “We have received the report from Leipus and we are analysing it. We will take into account all aspects of the injury”, Srinivasan told PTI.”We are taking stock of the report and we will take a final decision once we are through with it. If we find that he is not fit, he will not go on the tour. We will then decide on a replacement”, he said.Gambhir, named captain of the team for next month’s West Indies tour, sustained the injury to his right shoulder during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka last month while taking a catch.The injury got further aggravated when Gambhir made a sliding stop during their last IPL league match against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata on May 22.Despite the injury, Gambhir played the eliminator match against Mumbai Indians yesterday and the move has now snowballed into a major controversy and sparked a debate on whether players are more keen to play in cash-rich events like IPL rather than the country.In case Gambhir is ruled out, Suresh Raina may be named captain for the ODI series against the West Indies.advertisementGambhir is still not sure how bad his shoulder injury is as he is still awaiting the result of MRI scan, done to measure the extent of damage.KKR’s physio Leipus, in his report to the BCCI, said Gambhir needs four to six weeks’ rest to recover fully, which means that the Indian opener could even miss the subsequent tour of England.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd owner Prince Abdullah says Wilder has his full support

first_imgSheffield Utd owner Prince Abdullah says Wilder has his full supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United owner Prince Abdullah says manager Chris Wilder has his full support.The Saudi prince, who won an 18-month-long legal battle with fellow co-owner Kevin McCabe over the club’s ownership on Monday, says Sheffield United are “blessed” to have the Englishman in charge at Bramall Lane.”I have a very good relationship with Chris,” Prince Abdullah told Sky Sports News. “I know a good coach when I see one. Chris is a great coach. He is going to get better and he is getting better.”For us I feel it is lucky that we found a coach like Chris. But in my philosophy and when you analyse why clubs are successful… big clubs are the clubs that have no personality above the club.”There is no owner, coach or player above the club. We all work for the club.”We are blessed to have Chris. We are going to support him and hopefully he can lead us to better and bigger things.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Wisconsin Releases “We’re Back” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Campaign

first_imgWisconsin football.Wisconsin hype videoThe Wisconsin Badgers won 11 games in 2014, but given the way that the Big Ten title game against Ohio State played out, Badgers fans are hungry for vengeance in 2015. The program, now led by new head coach Paul Chryst after the untimely departure of Gary Andersen, will have a chance to make a statement in its first game this year – Wisconsin gets SEC champion Alabama to kick off its season.Sunday night, Wisconsin released a three-minute hype video titled “We’re Back” to tease the season. Enjoy, Badgers fans:We’re back. http://t.co/pieC4FfuBB— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2015last_img

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Bucks hunt down Nittany Lions

It was a game between two teams headed in completely opposite directions.Penn State, losers of all nine of its conference games this season, arrived in Columbus to face an Ohio State squad that had won five in a row in Big Ten play.Neither streak came to an end Wednesday night, as the Buckeyes won, 75-62.On a night that the Ohio State football team was honored at halftime for last month’s Rose Bowl victory, the basketball Buckeyes took a page out of the football playbook and beat the Nittany Lions.The game figured to showcase two of the Big Ten’s best players, Penn State’s Talor Battle and OSU’s Evan Turner. Neither guard disappointed. Battle had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, all team highs, but it was Turner who stole the show.Once again, the National Player of the Year candidate led the way for OSU. Turner scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists. Like Battle, he led his team in all three categories.“Stuff kind of opened up in the second half,” Turner said of his 22 second-half points. “It allowed me to go to work and to my thing for the most part.”The Nittany Lions made it close down the stretch, closing to within three points with less than two minutes to play. But junior guard Jon Diebler, who had been held scoreless for the first 38 minutes of the game, hit a three-point shot to end any hope of a Penn State comeback.“I was just thinking one is bound to go in,” Diebler said. “In years past my confidence would have went down and I probably wouldn’t have shot it. “Better to make one late than never I guess.”Sophomore William Buford added 19 points on 5-10 shooting. Buford continued his recent tear on the offensive end and over the course of the last two games he has made 62 percent of his field goal attempts, going 15-24. In addition, Buford has made all 10 of his free throw attempts.As for the Nittany Lions, coach Ed DeChellis said it was just more of the same from his team, which has made a habit of losing close games this season.“History kind of repeats itself,” DeChellis said. “We just tried to hang in there as long as we could, but I don’t think there are any moral victories.” read more

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At ease in Iowa City Coach Kirk Ferentz remains intent on keeping

Few coaches in college football have done more with less than Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Since becoming coach in 1999, Ferentz has won 88 games, five bowl games and two Big Ten championships with the Hawkeyes. A three-time winner of the Big Ten Coach of the Year award, Ferentz has made Iowa a perennial conference title contender despite lagging behind other major programs in recruiting and other resources. But with Iowa at 7-3, 2010 has been a disappointing season for the defending Orange Bowl champions, who many expected to contend for the National Championship. Coming off a 21-17 defeat against Northwestern, Ferentz isn’t concerned about others’ expectations as he prepares his team for Ohio State on Saturday. “We’ve never worried too much about people’s expectations,” Ferentz said. “We just try to maximize every opportunity that we have and then we go from there.” After his tenure at Iowa began with a 4-19 record, Ferentz rebounded by guiding the Hawkeyes to six consecutive bowl games and winning two conference championships during that period. That success, along with prior experience as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, made him a hot commodity in coaching circles, and many assumed he would leave Iowa for a job in the NFL. “Early they were linking me to the unemployment line, and then some NFL stuff later,” Ferentz said during a telephone conference this week. “That’s part of college football.” Although Ferentz often hears his name linked to possible coaching jobs in the NFL, he said he is bewildered by the speculation about his future. “I think the only logical reason for that is: I’ve got experience coaching in the NFL, and some of the people that I’ve worked with have done very well,” Ferentz said. “I’ve never given any indication that I had any intentions of leaving Iowa.” Iowa has made it difficult for Ferentz to consider leaving by giving him an annual salary of more than $3.6 million. His contract doesn’t expire until 2020. At Iowa, Ferentz has built much of his reputation on developing his players for the NFL. Dallas Clark, Aaron Kampman and Bob Sanders are among the many NFL standouts to have played for Ferentz at Iowa. “We’ve got a great group of guys that work with our players,” Ferentz said. “We do all we can to try and support them from the day they walk in until the day they leave and give them a chance to maximize all their capabilities.” What makes the success of his players even more remarkable is that Ferentz has rarely been able to bring blue chip prospects to Iowa. According to Rivals.com, Ferentz has never had a recruiting class ranked better than 11th in the nation. His second-highest ranked class was No. 28. “Our biggest challenge is our state population,” Ferentz said. “The high school football here is tremendous, but we only have 3 million people in our entire state.” “Between 80 and 90 percent of the time we’re recruiting in someone else’s state, which makes it a challenge,” he said. A win against the Buckeyes and coach Jim Tressel, who has a 4-1 record against Ferentz, would atone for many of Iowa’s shortcomings in the 2010 season. Tressel expects a stiff challenge from Ferentz’s team, which lost by a field goal in overtime last November in Columbus. “All summer long and all fall long, people have circled this game,” Tressel said. “We know what this game is all about.” read more

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Gerrard blames pitch for Murphys injury

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has blamed the artificial pitch for the injury picked up by Jamie Murphy.The former Liverpool captain insists the artificial pitch used at Kilmarnock has ensured his player picks up a season-ending injury.Gerrard revealed his disappointment at losing the player after he started to show signs of progress at the Ibrox and the manager would be forced into the transfer market to get a replacement.Asked if the injury would have happened on grass, Gerrard said: “Probably not, although I’m no expert in how injuries happen or their cause. According to Daily Record.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”“I’m bitterly disappointed as the manager of this club because we lose a top player now for the rest of the season.”“We will make sure he sees the right specialists and gets the job done properly. As a team we will rally round him.”“He’s here for the long term. He now has an opportunity to work on his whole body and make sure he comes back really strong. I’m not going to try and play it down. It’s a big blow for us.”last_img read more

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