Tree Photo Contest

first_imgOne of the first things visitors to the University of Georgia’s campus in Athens notice is the trees. With over 10,000 trees on campus, they make an indelible mark on students, faculty, staff and visitors alike. The keepers of UGA’s arboreal legacy — the UGA Arboretum Committee — is hosting an eight-month photo contest to help document the trees that have become part of the campus’s personality. Open to students, faculty, staff and the general public, photographers could win up to $500 for taking a photo of their favorite tree or shrub. “Whether it’s cherry blossoms in the spring, colorful crepe myrtles in the summer, or watching the leaves change in the fall, there’s always something to admire on campus,” said Tim Smalley, associate professor of horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The campus trees are special because they create the serene and peaceful environment that fosters the spirit of curiosity and community on our campus.” Smalley has introduced hundreds of UGA students to the trees on campus through the lab for his course, “Woody Landscape Plant Identification and Use,” which involves weekly tree identification walks around campus. “The campus hosts many unusual tree specimens — like the blue Atlas cedar on Lumpkin Street, the Chinese lace bark pines near Soule (Hall), the California redwood in the Founders’ Garden and the oriental fringe tree in the Founders’ Garden.” It is easy to take our trees for granted, but this contest is a great way to appreciate and explore the beauty of UGA’s campus, he said. “We hope that the contest encourages students to start paying more attention to the beauty of the campus all around them,” said Doug Bailey, department head for the UGA Department of Horticulture and chair of the UGA Arboretum Committee. “It’s our way of saying, ‘Hey, take a look around you, and don’t take it for granted.’” The deadline for submissions is Jan. 17, 2016. This gives photographers almost a full year and four seasons to take a photo that encapsulates the “beauty of our campus trees and shrubs.” To submit a photo, email your .jpg or .jpeg file to [email protected] All submissions should be original work, with minimal editing, and include the date and location where the photo was taken along with a brief description of the image. Each student can submit up to two photos. Photos will be judged on their overall appearance, creativity, and photographic quality. The first place winner will take home $500. Second place will win $200, and the third place winner will receive $100. Winners will be announced Feb. 1, 2016, and 20 selected photos will be displayed during the Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 19, 2016. Visit for more information. The UGA Arboretum Committee is composed of volunteers from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the College of Environment and Design, the UGA Facilities Maintenance Division, the UGA Office of University Architects, UGA Athletics, and the Athens-Clarke County Environmental Coordinator. Tree Campus USA, a national program created in 2008, honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.last_img read more

If You Build It, They Will Come: The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

first_imgAcross Western North Carolina, outdoor companies and manufacturers are coming together to revolutionize the industry and the area they call home.Aptly named the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC (OGB), this small organization comprised of 29 companies is steadily working to improve not just their member’s businesses, but the outdoor recreation industry as a whole. From larger companies to small startups, they are a force to be reckoned with—not just in WNC, but across the nation.Meetings Can Be At Bars, Restaurants, or Company WarehousesThe Birth of an Outdoor OrganizationSylvanSport founder and CEO, Tom Dempsey along with their VP of New Product Development, Kyle Mundt, were planning on hosting an event to promote their campers. To expand on the event’s presence, they contacted other outdoor companies in the area about partaking in the event. “We didn’t realize there were so many outdoor brands here,” says Mundt. “We got them all together and it just snowballed from there.” That first event is what sparked the idea to form the organization. It is also the predecessor to the OGB’s annual Get In Gear Fest.Amy Allison is the Marketing Team Manager at Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (ENO), and the Board Chair of the OGB. She’s been with the organization from the start. “There wasn’t a forum for us to work together as a group,” says Allison. “Once we got all of the companies together in the same room, we decided it was time to form an organization to support one another, the community, and the industry as a whole.”The first time the OGB really saw their impact as an organization followed the terrible flooding in Lyons, Colo. They put together an event to raise money for relief in Lyons. “It’s a small community with a lot of passion for the outdoors, just like here,” notes Allison. Following the success of the fundraiser, the OGB realized that they can collectively make a change, not just in WNC, but in the outdoor industry across the nation.Judy Gross (center) of Lightheart Gear | Photo: Peter AmendBuilding Brands and Forging PartnershipsThe OGB isn’t just improving the outdoor economy in WNC; their members grow with the organization too. If a member has a question, they refer to the group for their knowledge and expertise. Everyone shares their tips, tricks, mistakes, and successes. As the members of the OGB grow, so does the success of the OGB.“The vision to bring all those companies together to form a unified organization just made sense,” says Bill Johnston, co-owner of Recover Brands, “I’m a firm believer in collaboration and that we’re stronger together. Being part of the OGB is the epitome of that.” Recover Brands, along with several others, were among the first to join the organization.Naturally, the companies that are a part of the OGB don’t just grow together, they work together. Lightheart Gear, a lightweight tent and clothing company, assists Blue Ridge Chair Works and SylvanSport in production. These relationships stem naturally from the OGB and it’s mission to connect these brands.OGB Press Camp With David KnightBuilding An EconomyAccording to a report by the OIA, outdoor recreation generates more consumer spending in North Carolina ($28 billion) than financial services and insurance combined. Western North Carolina alone generates $4.8 billion each year and is home to over 178 outdoor companies. During the OGB’s 2016  census, their members had employed 512 full-time people in that year alone. Impressive for an organization with fewer than 29 members at the time.Along with helping build an economy and growing the local workforce, the OGB is helping shape policy and bring brands to the area. North Carolina is the fourth state in the nation to have an office dedicated to outdoor recreation (lead by David Knight), and we have members of the OGB to thank for that.Noah Wilson (left) at a typical OGB outingOGB Program Manager Noah Wilson is at the forefront of growing both the OGB and outdoor industry in WNC. With a background in economics, Noah has helped the OGB find new opportunities they otherwise would not have known existed. For instance, Wilson worked with the EDPNC to secure a grant that provided funding for OGB members to travel to trade shows in Europe. Now, small WNC based outdoor brands have earned international recognition and are shipping all over the world.The OGB is currently in the process of working with the Appalachian Regional Commission to secure grants that will help expand the outdoor industry to rural manufacturing communities in the area.  “How do you move a region from an extractive economy to a sustainable, regenerative economy?” asks Wilson. “We’re using our area as a model for other communities to create a sustainable outdoor recreation economy.”Get In Gear Fest Photo: Peter AmendEvents, Demos, and Connecting With The CommunityThe OGB takes part in and hosts several events every year across WNC. It is a part of how the organization helps connect their members with the community as well as other outdoor brands.Get In Gear Fest is their annual, members-only festival. Featuring all of the latest and greatest product that their members have to offer. Free and open to the public, you can test chairs, demo materials, try on packs, sit in kayaks, demo dry bags, lay in tents, you name it. It’s a great way for the public to stay up to date on the latest innovative products being made right here in WNC.Tying in to Get In Gear Fest, the OGB Press Camp is an annual gathering of media and influencers from the outdoor industry. Brought in from across the nation, these individuals get to test first hand the products created by OGB members and learn about what makes WNC so special. This is another benefit to members of the organization looking to get more exposure on a national scale.Mountain Sports Festival, held annually in Asheville since 2014, is a great place to come and check out some of the brands that make up the Outdoor Gear Builders. While it’s not put on by the OGB, their members have a huge presence there. This year, they will have Cane Creek, Diamond Brand Gear, Astral, Bellyak, ENO, Southern Raft Supply, SylvanSport, and Recover in attendance. Pending the water conditions, Bellyak will be hosting the Bellyak Race For A Cause on Saturday. The festival itself is where many of the brands have met each other and become a part of the OGB.Zip Lining With OGB Photo: Peter AmendBuilding a FutureAs the OGB grows, so does their reach and impact on the industry. From putting WNC companies in front of an international audience to finding grants and opportunities to grow locally, they are the driving force behind our growing outdoor economy. The OGB has created a great model for how brands can collaborate and share ideas and resources. They have plans to add more annual events, conferences, and will continue to tell the stories and connect the brands that call WNC home.How To Get InvolvedWhether you’re looking to start a business or have been around for a century, the OGB encourages any WNC based company that works in the outdoor industry to become a part of their community. Whether you’re looking to join as a brand, partner with, or sponsor the organization, you can contact them on the Outdoor Gear Builders Website.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Cops: Levittown Man Uploaded Child Porn to Computer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Levittown man was arrested Monday after police allegedly found files on his computer depicting girls as young as 5 and 8 years old engaging in sexual acts with a man, Nassau County police said. Charles Powers, 54, was arrested at his Tower Lane home and charged with multiple counts of promoting sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child. Police said Powers allegedly uploaded several files containing child pornography from a live Internet video chat website onto his personal computer between November and January. According to investigators, the files allegedly contained images of several young girls between the ages of 5 and 8 engaging in sexual conduct with a man. Powers will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Single mum hopes ad will help her have second child

first_imgNZ Herald 12 May 2014Sperm donors are so in demand there is up to a two-year wait, prompting one woman to fork out thousands of dollars to find one faster.Karen, not her real name, has placed two newspaper advertisements in the hope of attracting an unknown sperm donor, otherwise the single mother could wait two years before she is eligible to choose one.The 39-year-old, who wanted to remain anonymous, desperately wants to give her 1-year-old son a sibling but is no longer in a relationship with his father.Process for NZ donors• Sperm donation is not commercialised in New Zealand, making it illegal to pay a sperm donor. And a child conceived through donation has the right to identifying details at 18.• The process for a donor involves a comprehensive health questionnaire, blood screening for HIV, hepatitis and genetic disorders, counselling including with the donor’s partner, banking the sperm over several months, and a final round of blood screening.• The donor can withdraw consent right up until fertilisation with an egg or insemination.• The aim is to make up to five families from one donor.• Donors can be between 18 and 50 but preferably younger than 45, when sperm quality declines. read more

Lampedusa shipwreck death toll rises to 18

first_imgItalian coastguards carry the body of a migrant victim of a boat that capsized off the Italian coast, on the island of Lampedusa, Italy on Nov. 30. REUTERS/MAURO BUCCARELLO After the new bout of bad weatherblocked search operations for several days, on Sunday six coast guard divershelped by a remotely-operated submarine found four bodies underwater and afifth one floating.  The boat, which survivors said haddeparted from Libya taking advantage of a respite in bad weather, was believedto carry around 170 people. Over 1,100 migrants have died or aremissing at sea after attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year, accordingto the International Organization for Migration.(Reuters)center_img ITALY – The bodies of five migrantswho died when a boat capsized in rough waters off the southern Lampedusa coasta week ago have been found, Italy’s coast guard said on Sunday, bringing theoverall death toll to 18. The Lampedusa coast guard managed tobring safely onshore 147 migrants after the accident on Nov. 23.last_img read more

Duque ‘miserably failed’ in contact tracing – Lacson

first_img“If nothing is wrong with the rudder, maybe the ship captain needs immediate replacement,” he said. “Having said that, I couldn’t understand what ‘amulet’ or magic potion Duque has as far as the President is concerned.” “It is not only me who disagrees with the President for not firing Secretary Duque. There were 14 senators who had earlier asked him to resign. I don’t think that number has changed,” the senator further said. In a series of social media posts yesterday, Lacson disagreed that the government should let Duque off the hook as he was the reason for the entry of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. “No, sir. The COVID-19 importers are the virus-infected couple from Wuhan, China who spread the virus in Manila because your Secretary Duque miserably failed to do a simple contact tracing,” Lacson said. Senator Panfilo Lacson, in a series of social media posts, disagrees that the government should let Health Secretary Francisco Duque off the hook as he was the reason for the entry of coronavirus disease 2019 in the country. RAPPLER During his address to the public on Sunday evening, Duterte defended Duque from critics anew as he said that the Health secretary has been doing his best during this COVID-19 pandemic. “Okay, you want me to fire Duque? Let me be satisfied. Anong kasalanan ng tao? He did not import COVID,” the President said. “He was there all the time and ang infection was overwhelming not only for the Philippines. I do not want to compare it with any country but it was a global thing.”/PN MANILA – Senator Panfilo Lacson has renewed his call for the firing of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque just as the latter was defended anew by President Rodrigo Duterte from bashers. He added that the health workers’ call for a two-week enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila merely aims to tell the Department of Health that the country is “not moving towards the right direction.”last_img read more

CPD investigating crash involving truck and train

first_imgColumbus, IN—The Columbus Police Department is investigating a crash that occurred early Wednesday morning involving a CSX train and a truck on Columbus’ north side.  CPD officers responded to the area of US 31 and County Road 400 North in regards to the crash.The driver of the 2013 Ford F150, Nicholas B. Hunt, 24, of Columbus advised that he was traveling west on County Road 400 North when he heard a train horn as he approached the tracks near US 31.  Hunt stated to officers that he did not see a train so he attempted to cross the tracks and a train that was traveling south struck the rear passenger side of his truck causing significant damage.  Hunt was not injured in the crash.last_img read more

Pulis enjoys Palace return

first_img The hosts still went in behind at the interval, with Pardew making a double change at half-time as he introduced Gayle and Pape Souare in place of Jedinak and Joe Ledley. But it was the Baggies who struck again as Brunt’s corner drifted out to Gardner – who collected the ball before rifling an arrowed shot past Julian Speroni’s desperate dive to double his side’s advantage. Gayle should have reduced the arrears almost immediately but could only head against the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after Bolasie’s driven cross. Saido Berahino had been quiet for West Brom but almost added a third as he wriggled free from Damien Delaney and Scott Dann before seeing his effort turned behind by Speroni. Delaney then came close to giving Palace a lifeline but Myhill claimed his downward header, with substitute Sanogo seeing a tap-in ruled out for offside – with Pardew tasting league defeat for just the fourth time as Palace boss. For Pulis, his return was a triumphant one but he will be more comforted by the fact his side now sit eight points above the relegation zone. In response, Yannick Bolasie almost added to the hat-trick he scored in Palace’s 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland last weekend but saw an audacious overhead volley saved – whilst substitute Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar and Yaya Sanogo rightly had a goal chalked-off for offside. Current Palace boss Alan Pardew had anticipated Pulis would have a ‘huge advantage’ having worked with the majority of his squad – steering them to an 11th-placed finish last season and earning the Premier League manager of the year award in the process. And so it proved. Even though Pardew’s men went into the game on the back of four straight wins they were shackled by a Baggies side who needed to react following three damaging defeats. However, the visitors got the best possible start as Morrison evaded Jason Puncheon and was free to head home Chris Brunt’s corner from six yards in the second minute. Palace were not playing in the same free-flowing manner that saw them steamroller Sunderland and their first chance was a tame effort from James McArthur which was easily held by Boaz Myhill. Things could have got worse for the hosts on 15 minutes as Mile Jedinak looked to trip Victor Anichebe in the box – but referee Jonathan Moss was unmoved by Albion’s appeals. Pardew’s wingers started to impact on the game at the midway point of the first-half, with both Wilfried Zaha and Bolasie seeing much more of the ball as the latter saw a close-range shot pushed away by Myhill. The Welsh goalkeeper was again on hand to deny an acrobatic overhead kick from Bolasie shortly afterwards as the Eagles began to dominate possession. Pulis left Selhurst Park on the eve of the new season and there was no mention of the Welshman in Palace chairman Steve Parish’s programme notes. But any remaining bitterness felt by Pulis over his exit was eased as James Morrison headed home unmarked with 100 seconds on the clock and Craig Gardner thrashed home a trademark effort in the second half to seal a 2-0 win for West Brom – their first on the road since November. West Brom eased any lingering relegation doubts as boss Tony Pulis enjoyed victory over his former club Crystal Palace on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Family to sue hospital after child dies of strep throat

first_imgThe family of a 9-year-old who died after contracting strep throat says they are planning to sue Palms West Hospital after the hospital failed to recognize the seriousness of the child’s illness.According to the report, the child Sebastian Rodriguez came home from school on February 6th feeling ill.Rodriguez’ father then took the child to the hospital after his son continued to complain of severe headaches and he noticed that the 9-year-old was shivering.The child was evaluated at the hospital who then told the child’s father that his son was fine and sent them home with a medical prescription. Staff members also advised the family to wait a period of time and if the symptoms got worse, the family could return to the hospital.Rodriguez’ father says over the next few hours the child did become more ill but because it happened before the time frame the hospital gave them to return, Rodriguez’ family contacted the child’s pediatrician and was told to bring the child in the next morning.The child’s father says the next day his son was so weak that he had to carry him into the doctor’s office. The doctor then evaluated the child and called the hospital to suggest that they admit the child.When the 9-year-old’s family return to the hospital, however, the hospital evaluated the child again and sent the family home.Less than 24-hours later the family returned with the child who was screaming out in pain. Nurses then tried to intubate him, but at that point,  his tongue was too swollen.Eventually the child’s heart stopped and despite efforts from the medical staff, they were unable to revive him. The child was pronounced dead at 7:31 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9th.The family is now working towards suing Palms West whom they are accusing of failing to recognize the serious nature of the child’s illness.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final scenarios: England bounce back, Pakistan under pressure

first_img New Delhi: The race for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals has intensified with the result of the India vs England clash in Edgbaston. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team were undone by a disciplined bowling effort from England and a century from Jonny Bairstow as England won by 31 runs, their first win against India since the 1992 World Cup clash in Perth. England’s win has once again opened up the entire play-off race with five teams fighting for three positions. With only one week of league games remaining, the pressure is on England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh to ensure that they do not slip up in their remaining games. Here is what the remaining six teams have to do to seal a spot in the semis. India P – 7, W – 5, L – 1, N/R – 1, Points – 11 Position in table: 2nd Games remaining: vs Bangladesh (July 2), vs Sri Lanka (July 6) What they must do: India’s loss has once again opened up the race for the semi-finals. However, they need to win only one out of their remaining games to qualify. If Australia win against South Africa, they will end up in second. If India lose their remaining games by a massive margin and England win against New Zealand and Pakistan thrash Bangladesh, then India could be eliminated. New Zealand P – 8, W – 5, L – 2, N/R – 1, Points – 11Position in table: 3rd Game remaining: vs England (July 3) What they must do: If they lose to England, they will have to hope Bangladesh beat India and lose to Pakistan. They will have to hope Pakistan do not win by a massive margin against Bangladesh while New Zealand do not suffer a heavy defeat to England. A win for the Kiwis seals their spot in the semi-final. England P – 8, W – 5 – L – 3, N/R – 0, Points – 10 Position in table: 4th Game remaining: vs New Zealand (July 3) What they must do: If England win, they will qualify. If they lose to New Zealand, they will have to hope Sri Lanka lose one of their remaining games and that Bangladesh lose to India and beat Pakistan. In that scenario, England can still qualify for the semi-final with 10 points. Pakistan P – 8, W – 4, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 9 Position in table: 5th Game remaining: vs Bangladesh (July 5) What they must do: If they beat Bangladesh, they will have to hope New Zealand beat England and that Bangladesh do not win against India. However, their poor net run-rate of -0.792 is a big problem and they will have to hope New Zealand suffer a big defeat against England and that they beat Bangladesh by a big margin. Bangladesh P – 7, W – 3, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 7 Position in table: 6th Games remaining: vs India (July 2), vs Pakistan (July 5) What they must do: Both their games are now a must-win. If they lose one game, they will be knocked out of the tournament.  India are one win away from the semi-finals in 2019 World Cup.England won against India for the first time after 27 years.Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh face a must-win situation. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more