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Beekeeping Basics

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center, in Eatonton, Georgia, is working with beekeeping expert and Putnam County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Keith Fielder to introduce would-be beekeepers to the tools and skills they need to raise bees. This workshop, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, is part of the Saturday at the Rock Education Series. Fielder, a lifelong beekeeper and former president of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, will discuss beekeeping basics and offer advice on how to start and maintain a personal colony. Appropriate for all ages, the cost for the workshop is $5 per person and includes an opportunity to visit the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Natural History Museum, following the activity. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Rock Eagle Program Specialist Jessica Torhan at (706) 484-4838 or by email at jtorhan1@uga.edu. Different programs take place on the third Saturday of each month as part of the Saturday at the Rock Education Series, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at: rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html. Spread it on fresh, fluffy biscuits, stir it into a steamy cup of tea or use it to soothe a sore throat. Honey has been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal applications for centuries, and it’s still in high demand today. Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular in cities, suburbs and across rural landscapes throughout the country. Using both traditional and modern tools, today’s beekeepers are providing friends and neighbors with honey while supporting strong pollinator populations.last_img read more

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Robert Simpson directs Champlain College’s Criminal Justice program

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Robert V. Simpson, Jr. has been named interim director of the Criminal Justice program at Champlain College.Simpson is a longtime Vermont attorney and state’s attorney, and he’s been a member of the Vermont Attorney General’s staff, as well. Most recently he conducted civil litigation, including fraud cases, for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Chittenden County State’s Attorney, responsible for an office of 26 staff, a caseload that ranged from domestic assault to murder, and cases generated by more than 300 police officers.Simpson has been an adjunct instructor at Champlain College since 1990, teaching criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, administrative law and white-collar crime courses over the years. He’s currently reworking online courses in these areas and will teach on campus and online this fall. In addition, he will serve as an advisor to Criminal Justice students. Champlain’s program provides a solid foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or investigation, as well as for further study in the field of law.Simpson is an Army veteran and an alumnus of Vermont Law School and Colgate University. He resides in Burlington.# # #last_img read more

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Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families by Donating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s Space

first_imgChittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-last_img read more

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Inner Brisbane apartment sales hit their lowest level since 2011

first_imgKokoda Property’s $119 million Ella development in Newstead was the second highest seller during the March quarter.APARTMENT sales in inner Brisbane have hit their lowest level since 2011, the latest Place Advisory report has found, with just 272 sales in the March quarter.It was a 14 per cent decline compared to the December quarter, with $171.4 million worth of apartment sales recorded from January to the end of March, it found.The March result was a whopping 67 per cent drop over the same time the previous year when there were 828 unconditional sales. Place Advisory Director Lachlan Walker said stock levels were getting better so it was a matter of confidence now.“The weakness is in people’s confidence, but there’s less stock so it can only improve from here.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe One in West End was one of just two new inner Brisbane projects that went to market in the March quarter. Augustus Residences and The One (above) added 151 apartments to inner Brisbane market. Place Advisory believes stock levels have improved in the city.The average sales price was also rising, he said, up 5 per cent to $629,963 at the end of March.Mr Walker said there were currently 67 projects being sold off the plan in inner Brisbane, two of which had hit the market for the first time during the quarter – Augustus Residences and The One, which added 151 apartments to the market pool.Augustus Residences in Toowong was the top performer with 61 unconditional sales, followed by Newsstead projects Ella Apartments (34 sales) and Nero (23).Over half the sales were two bedders (57 per cent), followed by one bedders (31 per cent) and then three bedroom apartments (9 per cent).Penthouse and sub-penthouse deals made up 3 per cent of sales during the March quarter.last_img read more

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Wikki Turn Attention to League after FA Cup Exit

first_img“We had several chances at goal to win the clash within regulation time but could not make it count and penalties are anybody game and it proves exactly.“We never bargained to lose the Cup quarterfinals clash against lower division side, Crown FC. Of course, we did not underrate the side but approached the match like any other top-flight match.“We were aware that Crown FC caused Enugu Rangers elimination from the Cup campaign. Well the Cup dream has been dashed we are heading straight from Lokoja to Uyo for the top-flight matchday 29 clash at Akwa United on Sunday.“Our 100 per cent focus has been shifted on the league, we have to concentrate fully on winning the league shield. The Cup ouster could turn out to be a blessing in disguise now that we just have the league to hit the continent,” said the Wikki Tourists playmaker to supersport.com.Wikki Tourists lead the 19-team top-flight on 47 points same as second placed side, Enugu Rangers but on superior goalsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wikki Tourists midfielder, Harrison Madu has said his side have shifted 100 per cent attention on the top-flight after a shocking ouster in the Federation Cup.The Bauchi-based side were stunned 3-4 on penalties by the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Crown FC after full time score stood goalless in Wednesday’s Federation Cup quarterfinals clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.Madu said his side were opportune to avoid the penalties but failed to make several chances at goal count positively.last_img read more

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Khedira staying put at Real Madrid: Good news for Arsenal and Liverpool?

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi Arsenal and Liverpool could reignite their interest in Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi after it was confirmed that Sami Khedira will not be leaving the Bernabeu this summer.The Gunners have been consistently linked with Khedira this summer with his future as part of Real Madrid’s first-team set-up seemingly unclear.But manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the Germany star is happy in the Spanish capital and will not be leaving despite interest from the Premier League and Bayern Munich.Not only does that mean bad news for Arsenal but also for Madrid star Illarramendi who remains way down the midfield pecking order, especially considering the summer arrivals of James Rodriguez and Tony Kroos.The 24-year-old deep-lying midfielder was tipped as Xabi Alonso’s long-term successor when Madrid beat Arsenal and Liverpool to his signing from Real Sociedad last summer.They shelled out £25.5m to land him, more than they have ever paid for a Spaniard, but he was little more than a bit-part player last term, starting just 15 La Liga games.And he could become even more marginalised this term considering the new arrivals – and a loan move looks on the cards.Athletic Bilbao, who need to plug the gap left by Ander Herrera – who joined Manchester United, are keen to sign him but Arsenal and Liverpool could also rejoin the hunt.Arsene Wenger is currently working on moves for Luis Gustavo and William Carvalho but could turn to Illarramendi if those fail.last_img read more

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DPM Says East End Communities are Ecological Dream Come True

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – East End, Grand Bahama – In officially opening the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival in McLean’s Town, during the National Heroes Day Holiday, October 9, 2017 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest remarked that places like McLean’s Town remain an ecological dream – a paradise by many standards.“Therefore, I want to encourage you to enjoy the beauty of these communities and the surrounding cays,” Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest told the hundreds of participants at the annual festival, which was held at McLean’s Town All-Age school.The event not only featured an array of Bahamian dishes made from conch, but offered a variety of other Bahamian-made dishes, desserts and drinks, as well as the sounds of Bahamian music throughout the day.   The highlight of the festival was the conch-cracking competition, in which locals as well as visitors were invited to participate.   Competitions included how quickly one could extract a conch from its shell, a conch eating competition, and a conch cleaning competition.During his opening and welcome address, DPM Turnquest noted that because McLean’s Town and many communities within the East End area are so far away from the City of Freeport, not that many people bother to make the long trek to visit those communities.He said this was both a blessing and a curse.  “It’s a blessing because it has allowed this community to pretty much stay pristine and genuine – a true reflection of Bahamian culture here on Grand Bahama.   It’s a curse because it does not expose as often as we like what is so special and unique about McLean’s Town, Rocky Creek, and the Cays.“I want to particularly welcome and invite our guests – from abroad and from Nassau and other Family Islands – to not only enjoy the activities and the food here at this festival, but to take time out to enjoy the environment that surrounds you here today.”DPM Turnquest pointed out that each of the islands within The Bahamas is unique in its own special way, even though Bahamians all share a general culture.   He pointed out that if one went from one island to another or, in some cases, from one settlement to another it would be easy to realize that Bahamians are a diverse group of people with diverse cultural customs in the way they cook, the way they dress, and the way they speak.“I want to encourage that inter-island tourism, particularly among our own citizens, but also among our visitors from abroad; and don’t think that because you’ve been to Grand Bahama that you’ve experienced it all,” added Mr. Turnquest.   “I can assure you that this is only but a taste of our 700 islands.  So, I want you to think about coming back and getting an opportunity to experience what each of our islands has to offer.”The East End Member of Parliament said that the 45th Conch Cracking Festival was a celebration of the original event, which distinguishes the community of McLean’s Town as well as celebrates its history as a fishing and conching village, where the people of the community obtained their livelihood from the sea.“That’s why I’m so happy that the chairman of this committee and members of his team have continued this great tradition, [and] even in the midst of great odds and discouraging events at times, continue to press on to ensure that this tradition lives on and continues to grow,” he said.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:Header photo: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest officially opened the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival at McLean’s Town All Age School on Monday, October 9, 2017 — part of National Heroes Day celebrations.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)Insert: Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest talks with some of the locals and visitors who attended the Conch Cracking Festival on Monday, October 9, 2017 on the school grounds of McLean’s Town All Age School. Following his official address to open the festival, the Deputy Prime Minister took time to visit all of the stalls at the event and chat with the participants.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Industry Dive Hires Former NPR Digital Editor

first_imgIn the last two years, Griffey says the company has built an audience of one million users across the platform of products serving the eight verticals, including mobile apps, websites and email.Industry Dive has grown to 15 full-time employees and has been profitable since mid-2013, Griffey says. B-to-b mobile content publisher Industry Dive, which now serves eight verticals including healthcare, education and construction, has hired Randy Lilleston as editor-in-chief. Lilleston, who was most recently a supervising editor of digital news at NPR, will be charged with building out more of the company’s original reporting. Up to now, Industry Dive, which launched in early 2012, has offered a mix of curated and original content.”As we’ve grown, we’ve invested more in original and in-depth content,” says Sean Griffey, Industry Dive’s founder and CEO. “We are hiring an editor-in-chief now because we have ambitions to grow our editorial operations. Additionally, as we launch into new markets and go deeper into our existing ones, we recognized that consistency and quality of content will be a growing issue.”last_img read more

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Apple Beats NBA Collection headphones court Lakers Celtics 76ers fans

first_imgApple Beats The NBA has teamed up with Apple’s Beats headphone brand to let followers of six teams flaunt their fandom. A special collection of the Beats Studio 3 Wireless can now match your courtside ensemble in 76ers Blue, Celtics Black, Lakers Purple, Raptors White, Rockets Red and Warriors Royal, each subtly emblazoned with the team’s logo.The plain old Studio 3 Wireless are discounted to $280, so you’ll pay more for these fancy, full-price ones at $350. Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors supporters can get theirs now. Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors models are listed as “coming soon.”These noise-cancelling headphones are winners, too, incorporating Apple’s W1 wireless chip for easy pairing with your iPhone and other Apple devices. Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Headphones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mentioned Above Beats Studio3 Wireless (Blue) Best Buy $279 2 Preview • New Beats Studio3 Wireless sound better and last longer $279 See All See It Walmart $279 Apple 45 Photos How to choose the right headphones Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone XS, XS Max and XRcenter_img Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Beats Studio3 Wireless Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • See it 1:19 Apple See It reading • Apple Beats ‘NBA Collection’ headphones court Lakers, Celtics, 76ers fans $279 Review • Beats Studio3 Wireless review: Price drop makes it more attractivelast_img read more

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US female veterans shifting from Republicans

first_imgLong seen as a bastion of support for Republicans, the face of the US military and its veterans is changing — and perhaps too is their political bent. Veterans by and large did vote for GOP candidates on Nov. 6, affirming Trump’s frequent claim that they stand among his strongest backers. But more women are joining the military, and they are bucking the pattern, according to data from AP VoteCast. Laura Cavallaro, 35, who served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2005 and on inactive duty until 2009, says she’s never voted but thinks she will in 2020. A recent graduate of Rhode Island College, she said she believes Trump has kept his promises about helping the economy and creating jobs. At the same time, “Who knows if he’s going to say something to the wrong person and start another war?” she said. That’s particularly concerning for military veterans who know what’s at stake in combat. Now, women in the military are helping elect new Democratic lawmakers and spur discussion on once little-mentioned topics such as sexual harassment and women in combat roles. As political candidates, female veterans also had a breakout performance in the midterms, sometimes campaigning as a foil to Trump: empathetic and competent on issues such as health care while also trustworthy on military and defense, typically a GOP strength. “I see this as a beginning edge of a larger movement,” said Jeremy Teigen, professor of political science at Ramapo College and author of “Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016.” All told, 55 per cent of voters who had served in the military backed Republican candidates in the elections, compared to 42 per cent who supported Democrats, according to VoteCast data. Teigen, who studies military voting, said that in the context of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, female veterans running for office provided a contrast for voters, “someone who was willing to volunteer to take time out of their youth to serve their country and stand up for others,” compared to Trump, a New York billionaire with five wartime draft deferments and a fraught history with women. Of the military veterans who ran for the House, 12 were women, the highest number ever. Currently, there are more than 20 million veterans of the US armed forces, about 10 per cent of them female, the fastest growing subgroup. In the US military forces, 16.6 per cent of those enlisted are women, up from about 2 per cent in 1973. Houlahan will serve her first House term starting in January, along with former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., and Navy veteran Elaine Luria, D-Va., who defeated another veteran, Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL. The women prevailed in tight races by tying their opponents to Trump and the GOP congressional majority while pledging to work on both sides of the aisle. All had stories about being among the only women working among men and used their platforms to speak out about abuses in the military. Both current and former female service members were more likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections for Democrats than Republicans, 60 per cent to 36 per cent, according to the data from VoteCast. Men with military backgrounds voted Republican by roughly the same margin, 58 per cent to 39 per cent.A record number of female veterans — four — were elected to the House, all Democrats. Three won in political swing districts, helping give the party control of the chamber next year. A member of the US Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 1980, the first to include women, Fitzpatrick began researching candidates and poring over issues. On Election Day, she voted without hesitation: all Democrat. She recalled Pennsylvania voters telling her they were exhausted by gridlock and partisan attacks and “would like our nation and our democracy and our values to stabilize to what we can recognize.” In 2016, the Defense Department lifted all restrictions on the roles women can perform in the military, spurring a broader debate about combat missions and even whether women should be eligible for the draft. “I sure hope I get to make history,” Houlahan said cautiously, when asked about her candidacy and the influence female veterans could have on Washington. “That would be amazing. And I would be happy to serve everybody, not just the women and the Democrats.” Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan, a former Air Force captain, said she was motivated to run after organizing a bus trip last year to the Women’s March in Washington. She felt her election would serve as a repudiation of Trump, but she avoided sharp rhetoric in favour of a message of service to country and getting things done. That’s hardly a startling view from a Democrat these days. But from a military vet? “I just don’t think what’s happening now is helpful,” Fitzpatrick, of Groton, Connecticut, said in a telephone interview, pointing to the negative discourse in Washington. “It’s almost like watching kids and bullies on the playground instead of people actually doing something about helping this country to survive and to thrive.” When Cavallaro joined the military, she considered herself a Republican because her parents were. Now, she sees herself more as an independent, saying she’s pro-gun rights and pro-gay rights. “I think being in the military kind of opened my eyes to a lot more things,” she said. “If I had stayed in Rhode Island, I wouldn’t have met so many different personalities and people with other political views.” Trump frequently embraces the US military and veterans in speeches, referring to “my military,” though he has also insulted war heroes such as McCain and military families who criticize him. “I think the vets, maybe more than anybody else, appreciate what we are doing for them,” Trump said last month. In this Tuesday, 18 Dec, 2018 photo, Michele Fitzpatrick, a retired lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard, poses for a photograph at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Photo: APIt had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she fired up her laptop. Women now make up 20 per cent of the Air Force, 19 per cent of the Navy, 15 per cent of the Army and 8.6 per cent of the Marines, according to Defense Department figures. In the Coast Guard, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, women make up 22 per cent of the officers and 13 per cent of those enlisted. The Coast Guard Academy, where Fitzpatrick was among the first women to attend in 1976, enrolled a class this year that is 40 per cent female, a new high. The 60-year-old Fitzpatrick recalls suppressing her opinions as a young “hardcore Democrat” in an overwhelmingly Republican military but finding other ways to promote change, such as supporting other female cadets. AP VoteCast is a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters — including more than 4,000 current and former service members — conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a frequent Trump critic, also won re-election. She is a member of her state’s National Guard. In all, seven female veterans will serve in the next Congress, up from four. The veterans in the House will join Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former US Army helicopter pilot, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a combat veteran in the Iowa Army National Guard. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a retired Air Force colonel, lost her Senate bid but was later appointed by Arizona’s governor to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to McCain. Not the female veterans, though. Their margin of support for Democrats was comparable to that of women overall, according to VoteCast data.last_img read more

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