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first_imgThe process of applying for federal grants can be daunting, but extra funding can help farmers diversify their farms or make them more sustainable or profitable. University of Georgia Extension is currently working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Rural Development Center, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to host two workshops to help farmers apply for grants through the USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion programs. The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing activities, while the Local Food Promotion Program supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute and process local and regional food, according to the USDA. The Agricultural Act of 2014, better known as the Farm Bill, authorized $30 million be spent each year to develop new marketing opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local and regional markets. This funding will be distributed to local communities through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion grant programs. “The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion (programs) are a key to USDA’s efforts to revitalize rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo. “The grant workshops will ensure that more communities and businesses across the country can participate in the competitive grant process with proposals that create real economic opportunities and help meet the growing demand for locally and regionally produced food.” UGA Extension and representatives from the USDA will host grant-writing workshops, designed to help farmers and local food advocates navigate the application process, on Wednesday, April 15, at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, and on Thursday, April 23, at Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center in Fort Valley. Registration is limited to 50 participants per workshop. Pre-registration is online at: http://goo.gl/forms/7ssRKvZXHK. The workshops are free and run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details can be found under ‘Upcoming Events’ at http://sustainagga.org.For more information, email sustainag@uga.edu. (Writers from the USDA contributed to this release.)last_img read more

February One of the Warmest on Record

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Last month was the third-warmest February on record—a distinction that wouldn’t shock anyone who enjoyed Mother Nature’s much-appreciated spring tease over the last few weeks.The National Weather Service’s Upton office reported that February’s average monthly temperature was 37.8 degrees. The reading was .08 degrees cooler than the record established in 1998 and slightly below the second-warmest Februaries in 1984 and 2012. The weather service’s Islip record books date back to 1984. It was entirely possible for the month to claim the record books, given that February ended with a string of 11 days boasting average temperatures above freezing, including a pair hitting 65. On Tuesday, forecasters recorded a high of 58, the final day of the month. Alas, it was not warm enough to push February 2017 into the record books. In total, there were nine days that topped 50 degrees, including four that exceeded 60 degrees. The warm days outpaced the handful of days that averaged temperatures at or below freezing. Forecasters attributed the unseasonably warm climate to an “early spring-like pattern.” By comparison, this past February was 2.1 degrees warmer than last year and a remarkable 16.2 degrees higher than February 2015—the coldest February on record. Since Mother Nature has a cruel way of humbling us, those heartened by February’s warm embrace should not get too comfortable jut yet. While Wednesday will top off in the 60s, the upcoming forecast isn’t so inviting. On Thursday night, the mercury will drop into the 20s and make only a modest climb into the high 30s on Friday, which could see some light snow. Friday evening will be in the teens, and Saturday will be around freezing. In the meantime, you can set your countdown to spring, which is only 19 days away.Related: A Look Back at the Brutal Winter of 2015last_img read more

10 best credit unions anyone can join

first_imgby: Jennifer CaloniaBig banks have earned negative reputations for prioritizing their bottom lines over their customer service and product offerings; and many people undervalue the importance of financial institutions in their day-to-day activities. However, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reports that two-thirds of households have both a checking and savings account that they rely on regularly, and it’s clear these financial products are non-negotiable facets of daily life. But big banks aren’t the only answer — an alternative to inflated fees and poor customer service can be found with a local credit union. Many consumers feel like finding the best credit unions anyone can join is near impossible to accomplish, due to membership criteria. However, some of the best credit unions are more welcoming to the general public than popular opinion suggests.What Is a Credit Union?Those who have only been exposed to large national financial institutions might not even know what a credit union is, much less the many advantages of joining a credit union. At their cores, credit unions were developed to help those who are either unbanked — accounting for 8.2 percent of U.S. households according to an FDIC survey — or who are underbanked, which 20.1 percent of U.S. households can be classified as. As nonprofit cooperatives, local credit unions operate on the principle of “people helping people.” Credit unions accomplish this mission by offering shares of the organization to each member who deposits into a share savings account. As a shareholder, members themselves dictate changes within the institution, as opposed to third-party investors simply looking to make a profit off of customers. Any earnings gained within the credit union are returned back to members in the form of competitive rates on deposit products like CD and savings accounts, affordable lending interest rates, and reduced or no service fees. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Want to really honor military sacrifices? Don’t just stand. Vote!

first_imgIt has been for people who long yearned in vain for that right.Recall that first election in Iraq where so many more than 27 percent willingly risked being killed or maimed by standing in line in a war zone for hours in scorching heat just to cast their vote. Even here in 1953, when the carnage and sacrifices of the Second World War were still fresh in everyone’s mind, nationwide turnout was 93 percent.It seems we’ve forgotten something in the intervening years.Is not the act of voting the core representation of our values and principles — the central responsibility of citizenship and linchpin in our democratic system?  For those who perceive an affront by anyone failing to stand for the national anthem, isn’t failing to vote an even greater demonstration of dishonor and disrespect? Doesn’t that failure tangibly threaten to render the sacrifices of our military, past and present, meaningless?  Put bluntly, our collective shrug over the right to vote makes standing for the anthem pretty much an empty gesture.In overstressing a reflexive, subjective and somewhat self-righteous “test” of patriotism, we are effectively deflecting from more consequential citizen inattentions and inactions that more forcefully suggest dishonor and disrespect.In spite of all the self-serving excuses, no ballot really lacks import. Categories: Editorial, OpinionOn Tuesday, Nov. 7, we are having what is called an “off year election.”This is intended merely to describe the fact that none of the major federal or state offices are the subjects of this year’s vote.  However, it also seems to imply that such elections are of lesser importance.This is a dangerous notion in a country where “turnout” — the percentage of eligible voters who actually cast a ballot — already is notoriously low in every election.It has become commonplace to rationalize this failure. “We call these local years ‘off years’ for a reason,” said a Schenectady County election commissioner four years ago explaining a paltry 27 percent turnout figure. “People have to have a reason to vote.”  How about because so many brave people have served and died and still are — volunteering in distant lands, far from the comforts of home — to preserve and defend our right to do so in ours? Shouldn’t that be a good enough reason?   First of all, these “off years” are when elections for local officials take place — as they are throughout the Capital Region — determining who will influence most directly our communities and day-to-day welfare.  This year in Saratoga Springs, for example, in addition to electing a mayor and City Council, the key ballot concerns the actual system by which the city will be governed going forward.Important statewide ballot questions also regularly turn up in off-year elections. What is being asked statewiden this year is whether we should spend tens of millions of dollars to examine and redesign the state constitution. We’re also deciding on two amendments to that constitution separate from the convention question.So, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, put aside the weak complaints, self-righteous justifications, minor sacrifices and inconveniences — and vote!Use the gift protected and preserved at noble cost for you.  Don’t just stand, salute and sing about it.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez can revive Manchester United career and be ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Paul Ince

first_imgPaul Ince believes Alexis Sanchez can revive his career at Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)Paul Ince has backed Alexis Sanchez to revive his career at Manchester United and emerge as a ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season.Much was expected of Sanchez after he joined United from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018, but the Chilean has endured a dismal spell at Old Trafford.The 31-year-old struggled to cement a place in the Red Devils’ first-team before being sent on a season-long loan to Inter Milan last summer.Sanchez has scored only once for the Italian club and will return to Manchester United this summer with his future firmly up in the air.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the forward has been backed to revive his career at Old Trafford by former Red Devils star Ince, who says Sanchez could become an ‘important’ player for Solskjaer next season.‘I wouldn’t rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season. Football is a funny old game,’ Ince told Paddy Power.‘I’ve been in the situation as a manager where I’ve thought “right, I’m going to get rid of him and him” but when it comes to it you can’t get the deal done, so they stay at the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Then pre-season comes around and they’re a totally different player to the season before, and they’re your key man the next season.‘So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang suddenly he’s important to their plans after all.’Despite backing Sanchez to revive his Manchester United career, Ince believes joining the club was a ‘mistake’ in the first place. Advertisement Advertisement Alexis Sanchez can revive Manchester United career and be ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Paul Ince Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link548Shares Comment Sanchez has struggled during his loan spell at Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘Going to United was a mistake. I bet Alexis wishes he’d gone to City, like he was supposed to.‘United was never, ever the right move for him; the team wasn’t settled and their style of play wasn’t conducive to him.‘And he was clearly desperate to make an impact. Look at the way Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, that’s what Sanchez wanted, and was expected to do.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But he didn’t get a lot of game time, he was used out of position, so when he did play he started to come deeper and deeper to get on the ball, to try and influence the game, and that wasn’t his game.‘So a move last summer was always on the cards, and I thought Inter would’ve been a good place for him to go – but, again, he doesn’t fit.‘Where does he play in the 3-5-2 that Antonio Conte plays? You’ve got Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez up front, there’s no room for Sanchez.’AdvertisementAdvertisementSanchez established himself as one of the best players in Europe while at Arsenal, scoring 80 goals and providing 45 assists in 166 matches for the Gunners.MORE: Dortmund captain Marco Reus warns Jadon Sancho off Manchester United transferMORE: Odion Ighalo thanks three ‘brothers’ for helping him settle in at Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Owner sells up after 67 years living at Wynnum home

first_imgAUCTION ACTION: 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum changed hands for the first time in almost 70 years when it sold at auction on November 24.A Wynnum property changed hands for the first time in almost 70 years at auction yesterday.Sash & Gable Property principal Gail Gobey said the vendor’s parents built the house in 1951 and it had been in their family ever since. Why renovating can pay off “It was a family home and in 1951 her (the vendor) parents built the house,” Ms Gobey said.“She’s now in an aged care facility, but was here (at auction), she signed the documents and it was a very emotional time.”She said 11 people registered to by 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum, which sold under the hammer for $750,000.“It started off very slow, everybody was testing each other out and then they just carried on,” Ms Gobey said.“So it was a very good result.”Ms Gobey said what the house originally cost was unknown, but according to Curtin University, the average cost of an Australian home in 1951 was £3000 ($5314.95). The new owners of 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum had been looking for property for two years.For buyer Alex Scarf, it meant the end of a two-year long property search for him and his partner.Mr Scarf said they only needed to inspect the property once and knew that this would be the place he would raise a family.“We’re not married yet, and we don’t have kids yet, but we’ll probably raise a family there,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoHe said they would move from Camp Hill to Wynnum in the new year, and chose to buy in Wynnum as Camp Hill was out of their price range. RELATED: Family snaps up $15.8 million of land “Camp Hill is probably a bit out of our price range, well it’s become that way lately,” he said.“We’ve been looking around the Wynnum/Manly area and other suburbs, but Wynnum is a nice local community.” MORE: Bright future for Brisbane units >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< He said location was the major drawcard for their purchase.“It’s in a good part of Wynnum, opposite the Golf Course, it’s got a north facing backyard, it’s a quiet street and it’s got some sea breezes,” he said.“It ticked all the boxes.”He said while there were no major renovations planned, they would add small touches over time. “We’ll do some painting and rip up and carpets,” he said.The three-bedroom home is on an 810sq m block and overlooks the Wynnum Golf Course. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Mahaut MP calls on residents to take ownership of reunion

first_img Share 27 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! LocalNews Mahaut MP calls on residents to take ownership of reunion by: – March 7, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Parliamentary representative for the Mahaut constituency Rayburn Blackmoore has called on his constituents to demonstrate ownership of the first ever Mahaut reunion which was officially launched on Sunday.Blackmoore urged residents that they should not just “stand aside and criticize” but make every effort to “come forward” and make it their own.Rayburn Blackmoore. (file photo)He also urged members of the Diaspora to make a financial contribution towards the staging of the reunion.Blackmoore challenged residents of the Diaspora who live in New York to contribute US$100, those in England ₤100 in a special account.“If we can get at least 500 Dominicans living overseas to contribute we can host our thing ourselves because we in Mahaut believe in independence,” he explained.Meanwhile Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford applauded the Mahaut Reunion Committee for organizing the event.A praise and worship concert, an award ceremony, community projects, band splash, fish festival, children summer program and a health fair are among activities planned for the Mahaut Reunion 2012.The event is carded for July 22nd to August 06th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Comelec holds voting simulation for PWDs

first_imgNaranjo added the PWDs whowill be taking part in the simulation of voting will be coming from this city andseveral municipalities in Iloilo province. (Witha report from PIA/PN) ILOILO City – At least 100persons with disability (PWDs) will be participating in a voting simulation ofthe Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city today.  “The simulation of voters, exclusively forPWDs, is a special project of Comelec to further enhance the voting experienceof PWDs in the coming May 9, 2022 national and local elections,” she said. Naranjo said thesimulation of voting will be held at the New Senior High School Building ofCentral Philippine University, Jaro district from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.center_img Alice Bernadette Naranjo,Passi City Elections officer III and Comelec media coordinator, said theactivity will be held in pursuance of the commission’s advocacy to cater to theneeds of the PWDs. “Commissioner Al Parrenowill be gracing the occasion,” she said.last_img read more

UPDATE: Gasoline spill in Napoleon causes evacuation

first_imgNapoleon, Ind.— UPDATE — At 10 p.m. U.S. 421 was opened and residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management does not know how large the gasoline leak was and expects cleanup operations to continue Friday.A press release from Ripley County EMA says drinking water in the town is not affected.******************At 6:53 emergency crews responded to a gasoline spill at the Youngman’s Marathon on U.S. 421 causing the evacuation of nearby homes. The evacuation was ordered after Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Ron Reynolds determined an unknown amount of gasoline leaked into a creek or the Napoleon sewer system.The drinking water supply in the town is not affected.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Ripley County EMA assisted with the clean up.As of 9:50 p.m. Thursday residents were still under the evacuation order.last_img read more