UVU Men’s Basketball Receives New Transfer In Zach Mogbo

first_imgSince he transferred from an NJCAA school as opposed to a fellow NCAA Division I institution, he is eligible to play for the Wolverines right away. Tags: NJCAA/Palm Beach State College/UVU Men’s Basketball/Zach Mogbo May 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Receives New Transfer In Zach Mogbo The 6-7 230-pound prospect out of Wellington, Fla., played two seasons for the Panthers and averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. Brad Jamescenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Thursday, Utah Valley men’s basketball confirmed the transfer of Palm Beach State College forward Zach Mogbo into the program. Mogbo currently has two seasons of eligibility remaining to play college basketball. Written bylast_img read more

Tesco unveils new look store

first_imgTesco today unveiled its latest style store to the consumer – complete with a raft of new bakery options.Its new look 80,000 sq ft store in Watford features its latest food concepts all under the same roof for the first time including Giraffe, Harris + Hoole, Euphorium and The Bakery Project.British Baker revealed the trial of the Bakery Project earlier this year, which in conjunction with Euphorium, is looking at old classic recipes and dishes.The redevelopment of the store follows Tesco’s acquisition of Giraffe in March and its investment into other food businesses, as part of its strategy to develop the space in some of its larger stores.Chris Bush, UK managing director, said: “We’ve spoken a lot about our vision to create compelling retail destinations in our larger stores; places where customers come to spend time and meet their friends and family. Watford is the first store where many of our innovations and ideas have come together and it’s great to see it all under one roof.“Watford represents a fundamental change in the way that people are doing their shopping. More and more of our customers are shopping for leisure; they want to browse for clothes, eat a meal or grab a cup of coffee, as well as do their weekly shop. It offers us a glimpse into what stores of the future might look like and we’re really excited to be sharing that with our customers.”last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Plays “Standing On The Moon” After 2-Year Gap [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their two-night run at Boston’s House Of Blues, marking the group’s final performances of 2017. Characteristic of the innovative Grateful Dead-inspired act, the final Boston show saw the group in proper form, offering up an energized mix of Dead tunes and other choice covers along with countless teases of other artists ranging across Michael Jackson (“Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”), Herbie Hancock (“Tell Me A Bedtime Story”), Steve Miller (“Fly Like An Eagle”), Rod Stewart (“Do You Think I’m Sexy”), Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner”), John Coltrane (“Love Supreme”), Bobby Brown (“My Prerogative”), and more.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Full Audio Of LOCKN’ Set Featuring Bob Weir [Stream]Obviously a huge night for the band considering its placement as the group’s last shows of the year, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead managed to mix in a number of special songs into the setlist among tunes that more frequently see rotation during performances. After a show-opening cover of Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land”, the group hit a rousing rendition of “Shakedown Street” ahead of a jam built around John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. During this first set, the band also performed Jerry Garcia’s “Cats Under The Stars” for the third time ever and allowed Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz to team up for an extended duo section during “Viola Lee’s Blues”.During the second set of the night, the band offered up the majority of its high-profile and sometimes hilarious teases. From the set-opening slinky rendition of “Feel Like A Stranger”, the band worked in tastes of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and Suzanne Vega’s “Tom Diner” as well as a more traditional “Slipknot!” tease. From there, the band was off and sprinting toward the finish, with the second set also seeing a “flipped” version of “Eyes of the World”—the band started with the song’s ’73 ending played in the key of the song before it, “Dancing In The Streets”—as well as a rendition of “Standing On The Moon”, marking the first time the band has the 1989 Grateful Dead tune since October 2nd, 2015 at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.“Viola Lee Blues” > “Cats Under The Stars”[Video: Brosef Wilson]“Standing On The Moon” > “Truckin’”[Video: monihampton]“Feel Like A Stranger”[Video: Jamey Klein]“Franklin’s Tower”[Video: Jamey Klein]You can check out the setlist for yourself below, plus stay tuned for announcements about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s highly anticipated performances in 2018!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | House Of Blues | Boston, MA | 12/9/2017Set One: Promised Land > Shakedown Street @ -> Jam # -> The Other One $ > Viola Lee Blues % > Cats Under The Stars ^, One More Saturday NightSet Two: Feel Like A Stranger & -> Franklin’s Tower > Dancing In The Streets * > Eyes Of The World + -> Jam @@ -> Let It Grow ## > Standing On The Moon $$> Truckin’ -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Truckin’ Reprise -> Born Cross Eyed JamEncore: GDTRFB %% > WBYGN (Instrumental)@ – Unfinished# – With a “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane) Tease (TH or SM)$ – With a Playin Tease (Band)% – With a Throwin Stones Tease (Band), a China Cat Tease (TH), a DD/MB Duo Jam, with TH on Drums, & a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB)^ – With a “Walk Like An Egyptian” (The Bangles) tease (MB), a China Cat Tease (SM), a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Tease (SM) & a “St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins) Tease (SM)& – With an Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) Tease, a “Tom’s Diner” (Suzanne Vega) Tease (SM) and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)* – With a DD Bass Solo, “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” (Herbie Hancock) Jam (MB) & Eyes Teases (Band)+ – “Flipped” Version – Started with the “’73 Ending” Changes played in the key of Dancin’, and a DD Bass [email protected]@ – With a “Fly Like An Eagle” (Steve Miller) Tease (MB)## – With an “Amazing Grace” (Traditional) Tease (TH), an “If You Think I’m Sexy” (Rod Stewart) // “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown) Jam that included audience vocals, and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)$$ – Not played since Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, 2015-10-2, a gap of 88 shows%% – With a Not Fade Away Tease (Band)[Photo: Rob Chapman]last_img read more

20 Songs That Are Perfect For 4/20

first_imgHappy 4/20! What better way to celebrate the holiday than with 20 thematically-appropriate tunes, hand selected by the L4LM crew. From blues to hip hop to reggae to funk, musicians are no strangers to the “Wildwood Weed.” So sit back, roll up a joint, and enjoy some great tunes.1. Bob Dylan – “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35”This delightfully bawdy Dylan tune is an ode to “Rainy Day Women,” a not-so-subtle pseudonym for joints. It would be more subtle, were it not for the song’s chorus, “Everybody Must Get Stoned!”2. Phish – “Makisupa Policeman”This particular version of the oft-marijuana themed Phish tune is a fan favorite. On August 17, 2011 at the UIC Pavilion, the group made some eye-roll-worthy marijuana puns on artist names, including “Dank Sinatra” and “Harry Chronic Jr.” Enjoy!3. Grateful Dead – “High Time”We could have us a high time, living the good life. 4. Peter Tosh – “Legalize It”There’s no denying what Tosh wants legalized…5. Yonder Mountain String Band – “Two Hits And The Joint Turned Brown”The John Hartford classic gets a whole new twist from Yonder Mountain String Band…6. Traffic – “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone”We think the ultimatum of this classic Traffic song pretty much speaks for itself.7. Ray Charles – “Let’s Go Get Stoned”Another essential 4/20 tune that actually hit #1 on the R&B charts when it debuted in 1966. 8. Sublime – “Smoke Two Joints”She was living in a single room with three other individuals, one of them was a male, and the other two, well the other two were females. God only knows what they were up to in there, and furthermore Susan, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that all four of them habitually smoked marijuana cigarettes….. reefers.9. Galactic – “Sweet Leaf”This Black Sabbath ode to the green gets the funk treatment from the NOLA royalty themselves, Galactic.10. The Beatles – “Got To Get You In My Life”Commonly assumed to be a love song, this Paul McCartney original was actually written as an ode to marijuana. The band had recently been introduced to the drug by Bob Dylan, opening up their songwriting and studio experimentation tremendously in the mid-1960s. A later quote from Macca in his 1997 biography: “‘Got to Get You into My Life’ was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot … So [it’s] really a song about that, it’s not to a person.”11. Peter, Paul, and Mary – “Puff the Magic Dragon”Are you a pothead, Fokker?12. Cypress Hill – “Hits From The Bong”Too many Cypress Hill songs to choose from.13. Phish with Primus’ Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde – “Harpua” > “Wildwood Weed” > “Harpua”On December 6, 1996, Phish were joined by Primus’ Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde for a particularly entertaining “Harpua” in Vegas. The band segued from “Harpua” into “Wildwood Weed,” sung by Claypool, loosely based on the original Jim Stafford country tune. There were so many songs to choose from… which 4/20 favorites of yours didn’t make the list? 14. Ben Harper – “Burn One Down”Now that Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals have reunited, we’re hoping to catch this 1995 hit at some summer festival sets.15. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – “The Next Episode”Smoke weed every day.16. People Under The Stairs – “Acid Raindrops”Just a great, great song about Mary Jane.17. Rick James – “Mary Jane”One of the most sampled 70’s electrofunk tracks is this ballad to marijuana from Rick James.18. Afroman – “Because I Got High”Despite the artist’s recent on-stage altercation, there’s no denying that this is one of the most iconic marijuana songs. La da da da da da…19. Willie Nelson ft. Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Snoop Dogg – “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”Released on 4/20 in 2012, this relatively newer song written by Willie Nelson features vocals from Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, and Snoop Dogg. 20. Bob Marley – “Easy Skanking”Excuse me while I light my spliff…last_img read more

College earns ‘Best in the Midwest’ recognition

first_imgFor the 11th  consecutive year, The Princeton Review has ranked Saint Mary’s College among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.  Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations at Saint Mary’s, said the College was one of 155 institutions listed in the “Best of the Midwest” section of the Review’s website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” published in early August.  According to The Princeton Review, the “Best in the Midwest” achievement is awarded to colleges and universities in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.   The Princeton Review’s publisher Robert Franek stated in an Aug. 8. Saint Mary’s press release the list is compiled after many particulars have been considered.  “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite,” Franek said.  “We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us.  Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.” Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney said she was delighted the College was recognized once more.  “We are very pleased to once again be included among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest,’” Mooney said. “Our commitment to an excellent intellectual and academic experience for our students is unwavering.  Our graduates are our best recruiters.  Their accomplishments speak volumes about the quality of the educational experience they received here.” Junior Amanda Gilbert said she is pleased with her courses and believes the ranking will attract students from around the country to Saint Mary’s. “Every class that I take here is enlightening in different ways,” Gilbert said.  “I hope that being recognized like this will make our school even more appealing to students from places besides the Midwest.”  Saint Mary’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe agreed, saying this achievement helps get the word out about the College and its outstanding education. “I hear families say that Saint Mary’s is ‘the best kept secret,’” Bowe said.  “While we agree, we really strive to share the distinctiveness of Saint Mary’s with as many people as possible. Being recognized by Forbes, Washington Monthly, or as is the case of being named a ‘Best in the Midwest’ institution by the Princeton Review, allows us to do just that.“last_img read more

Bill Nye discusses his career, gives advice to students during IDEA Week

first_imgIf Bill Nye the Science Guy were to write a book, it would not be about his award-winning television show, the mysteries of the cosmos or even about his time as a stand-up comedian.  It would be about grammar.“A Fun Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy,” an IDEA Week event, was filled with humor and activism Thursday night in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Nye discussed the lessons he’s learned over his years of experience as a mechanical engineer, comedian, scientist, television presenter, author and inventor as well as his vision for the future with Susie Lira-Gonzalez, a graduate student who moderated the event. Tags: Bill Nye, Climate change, engineering, IDEA week 2019 ERIN SWOPE | The Observer Susie Lira-Gonzalez moderates the IDEA Week talk, “An Evening With Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Nye discussed his career and gave advice to students, while also commenting on current science topics.Nye began the evening by discussing his early career working at Boeing in 1977 and his experiences with mentorship. However, after Nye won a Steve Martin look-a-like contest in 1978, he began to do standup comedy.“I would work on the drawing board and write these amazing, amazing memos, and then I would go home and take a nap, and then I would go to comedy clubs,” Nye said.In 1986, Nye said he decided to quit his job as an engineer to focus on his burgeoning comedy career. It was around the same time when Nye developed his signature look of a suit with a bow tie.“I had an intuition without being able to articulate it. But the guy who did articulate it was Jerry Seinfeld. He said, ‘You want to dress better than the audience,’ and so I wore a tie,” Nye said. “Whenever I wear a tie — a bowtie or a straight tie — I also wear a shirt. I mean I could pull [wearing a tie without a shirt] off though.”Nye said he has around 500 bow ties. Although, Nye added to his collection when he was gifted a Notre Dame bow tie.While writing on the sketch comedy show “Almost Live!” in Seattle, Nye said he became interested in creating a television show about science for kids. In 1993, he got a contract to create the now-famous show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” However, the road to becoming a science icon who inspired some audience members to arrive in lab goggles and lab coats was not easy, Nye said.“If you do stand-up comedy, you will fail,” he said. “It’s so difficult. The whole idea is to make it look like it’s not difficult, but if you screw up just one word, one pause, it just goes to heck. … I fail every day — don’t you? It’s just everyday there’s something you screw up and so two things. You have to cut yourself a little slack, but the other thing is you just got to keep going, you got to press forward.”From there, Lira-Gonzalez posed some rapid-fire questions to Nye where he revealed if he could write a book about anything, it would be about grammar. He also said he thinks everyone should take a philosophy class, and his last tweet would be either, “I did my best,” or, “Clean water, reliable, renewably produced electricity, access to the internet for everyone, raise the standard of living and a better tomorrow for all human kind.”Nye said he believes these three things will change the world and help with climate change.“If you don’t accept that humans are causing climate change, you’re wrong,” Nye said.For the remainder of the evening, Nye fielded questions from the audience.The less serious side of the evening included a question about Nye’s favorite science pun. Nye said he didn’t want to tell his favorite one because everyone would think he didn’t like the other ones, but Nye did end up telling a few proton and neutron related puns.“These are lame. But that you all know them is charming,” Nye said after the audience finished the puns for him.Nye was also asked about his experience working on “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”“There’s a bit in every show that I just love. But there’s also a bit in every show where I go, ‘Oh, why did we do that?’ and you’re probably thinking the same thing,” he said.Nye also reflected on his experiences while filming the show, including accidentally falling over a small waterfall in a raft and getting to ride in a F/A-18 Hornet Blue Angels jet plane.“Those things go very fast,” Nye said.Nye also touched on more serious subjects, including the importance of finding accurate information in the age of the internet in response to a question about members of the Flat Earth Society. He stressed the importance of voting and women’s rights as well as the importance of discovery.In response to a question about the relevance of the recently developed photograph of a black hole, Nye said he had “no flippin’ idea.” He then discussed though how previous discoveries with seemingly no significant applications — such as the discovery of relativity — have proven incredibly important for future discoveries.“I want whatever the next law of physics or chemistry or biology, whatever it is, I want it to be discovered in the US,” Nye said. “So we don’t know what this picture of a shadow of a black hole means yet. But I guarantee you, the students in your lifetime, there will be profound effects.”However, while Nye is a proponent of science, he doesn’t believe science is the only important subject.“STEM is a fine acronym, but I imagine another one,” Nye said. “Science would be first. How about civics? We need civics. History. Science, civics, history. An overview of math. … Oratory would be a good one, and then language. And that acronym would be SCHOOL.”Nye also said he thinks a well-rounded society is important for the future.“You want people to be well-rounded,” he said. “Believe me, you don’t want everybody to become an engineer. Susie, you may be the possible exception, but the fashion consequences alone.”Overall, Nye encouraged the audience to be passionate.“Just be passionate and find something that you want to do,” he said. “Don’t worry too much about your first job or where you’re going to live. You’ll find your way. Just get started.”last_img read more

VITA Program

first_imgFor more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics has offered free tax help to Georgians with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers.In 2017, with help from UGA Cooperative Extension, the program expanded to offer online services to reach eligible taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia.Joan Koonce, UGA Extension financial planning specialist, is looking forward to watching the program grow again this year after watching the progress of the online program with UGA Extension. The program began in 2017 with agents from southwest Georgia and now includes agents from all four districts.“We only did it a few days each week for one month in the first year,” Koonce said. “We saw what worked well and what didn’t work well. Really, we had greater demand than we could actually keep up with.”To develop the online program, Koonce worked with Lance Palmer, financial planning professor and director of VITA for UGA, and Andrea Scarrow, director of UGA Extension’s Southwest District, who was the district’s FACS program development coordinator at that time.“I wanted to expand as much as we possibly could to serve as many people as possible,” said Koonce, adding that agents completed 115 tax returns in 2017. With the help of numerous county Extension agents, taxpayers from every district in Georgia received assistance in 2018 and the service more than doubled the number of tax returns completed to 387.Like last year, the service will be offered throughout the tax season, from Feb. 1 through April 12, when taxpayers from districts all over Georgia will be able to go to select county Extension offices to meet with county agents who conduct a brief interview and gather the required documents. Afterward, the county agents return the required documents to Koonce using an encrypted email service and an email set up specifically for the program.Students on UGA’s Athens campus prepare the tax returns early each week, then hold virtual meetings with individual taxpayers later in the week to discuss the returns.“The students are a big part of this,” Koonce said. “It’s a lot of work, but it is so rewarding.”The service benefits both Georgia taxpayers and UGA undergraduate and graduate students, who gain real-world training in addition to the course credit they earn for their participation.“We have a lot of elderly people who are in the southwest and southeast districts who have retirement income and all kinds of tax-related things going on,” Koonce said. “So the students get to really learn about a variety of tax situations.”She estimates VITA saves each taxpayer served an average of $300.But perhaps the greatest return is captured in what Koonce says motivates her, and many others, to contribute their time and their efforts to this program. “I enjoy helping people,” she said.The UGA Extension offices in the following counties participate in the Vita program:  Appling County, Bibb County, Clayton County, Crisp County, Colquitt County, Dougherty County, Elbert County, Lincoln County, Morgan County, Oconee County, Quitman County, Richmond County, Spalding County, Sumter County, Tattnall County, Tift County, Washington County and Wilkes County. To find out whether the UGA Extension office nearest you participates, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

India seeks to expand use of decentralized solar generation

first_imgIndia seeks to expand use of decentralized solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times of India:Stepping up efforts to gradually increase solar footprints across the country, the Centre on Tuesday approved two schemes – one to promote use of solar power among farmers and the second to give impetus to its ongoing grid-connected rooftop solar programme. Both the schemes together will get the central financial support of over Rs 46,000 crore by 2022.The move on grid-connected rooftop will help India achieve its cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW of solar power from rooftop projects by 2022. It accounts for 40% of the country’s 2022 target of 100 GW of power from solar.The rooftop programme will be implemented with total financial support of Rs 11,814 crore. Under the scheme, group housing societies or resident welfare associations will be eligible to get financial support to install rooftop solar projects.The one for farmers – called KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) – has three components which together aim to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022. The total central financial support provided under the scheme would be Rs 34,422 crore.Its components include 10,000 MW of ‘decentralized ground mounted’ grid-connected renewable power plants; installation of 17.50 lakh standalone solar powered agriculture pumps and solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected solar powered agriculture pumps.Under KUSUM, an individual farmer or group of farmers (cooperatives or panchayats or farmer producer organisations) can set up solar power plants of 500 KW to 2 MW capacity on their barren or cultivable lands.More: India seeks to increase solar footprints in rural areas through KUSUMlast_img read more

Vestas announces 2030 carbon-neutral goal

first_imgVestas announces 2030 carbon-neutral goal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Wind group Vestas unveiled a target to become carbon-neutral by 2030 at the start of a sustainability push that it said will also set ambitious goals for its supply chain.Vestas – the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines – is targeting a 55% cut in CO2 from its footprint by 2025, hitting 100% by 2030 in a move it said will be a key plank of its wider drive to become a global leader in sustainable energy.The Danish OEM said the cuts will be achieved by its own corporate actions rather than via carbon offsets, starting with a move to electric vehicles for its company car fleet this year. While its commercial premises have been renewable-powered for five years, it will “explore further steps” for decarbonising heating and transport.Vestas made clear the decarbonisation push will encompass its supply chain as it moves “to take full responsibility for the company’s environmental footprint.” It will seek “sustainability partnerships” with suppliers as it seeks to cut emissions from its supply chain by 45% per MWh generated by 2030. The OEM said that metric had been chosen “because it incentivises sustainability partnerships with suppliers that both reduce CO2 emissions and allow for the continued growth of the global renewable energy sector.”The Danish group will pursue the carbon-neutral goal under the umbrella of the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI), which is backed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the WWF.[Andrew Lee]More: Wind power giant Vestas sets 2030 carbon-neutral goallast_img read more

The Bear Truth

first_imgUrsa Major: Life-long bear biologist Lynn Rogers is known as the “Jane Goodall of Black Bears.”Most people think Lynn Rogers is crazy. The 71-year-old wildlife biologist walks with bears. He follows black bears for miles as they search for food through the Northwoods of Minnesota, trudging through marshes, straddling fallen trees, and kayaking across lakes to keep up with them. He studies their behavior and development from extremely close distances over 24-hour periods, sometimes even resting right beside them. Because of the trust these bears have for him, he’s become known as the “Jane Goodall of black bears.”Rogers, head of Minnesota’s Wildlife Research Institute, has authored dozens of peer-reviewed papers on black bears. Several of his discoveries are owed to his close contact with bears. In over 40 years of research, though, he believes his most important finding is that black bears are not the vicious animals we once thought they were. Bear Basics In the Southeastern U.S., the black bear population is growing steadily. That’s why bears are classified as game animals in states like Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.“A lot of people don’t realize how adaptable this animal is,” says research ecologist Frank van Manen of the U.S. Geological Survey. “This species is a very opportunistic one.”Over the past 80 years, the situation for black bears has improved, van Manen says. The Southern Appalachians are no longer heavily exploited for timber as they were in the 1930s. In addition, forests in the Southeast are dominated by oak trees, which have been highly productive, he says. That means more acorns for bears.In Louisiana and Florida, however, the situation is different. Louisiana’s subspecies of black bears is classified as “threatened” by the Endangered Species Act. Although Florida’s subspecies is not listed by the federal government, the state classifies it as “threatened.”Across the country, the biggest threat facing the planet’s largest mammal is the shrinking and fragmentation of its habitat. As development encroaches on wild spaces, black bears are losing their homes and their natural sources of food. This is causing an increase in bear-human interactions, something that bear management experts work to avoid. Bear Management The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to about 1,600 black bears, the largest concentration of bears in the Southeast. The park also has an incredibly high concentration of humans: it’s the most visited national park in the country, receiving between 9 million and 10 million visitors each year. These colliding populations make bear management particularly challenging. 1 2 3 4 5 6last_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Aid for Survivors of Devastating Pittsburgh Fire

first_imgWolf Administration Announces Aid for Survivors of Devastating Pittsburgh Fire June 08, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare Allegheny County a disaster area after last month’s devastating fire in Midtown Towers, an 18-story apartment building in downtown Pittsburgh.“We are grateful that the SBA recognized the need for these loans in order to provide as much assistance as possible to the survivors of this fire,” said Governor Wolf. “My hope is that this financial assistance will relieve some of the burden in getting these residents back on their feet.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the fire in Allegheny County, as well as neighboring counties Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.After the fire, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, along with local and SBA officials, conducted damage assessments and interviews with those impacted by the fire. The governor used the damage assessment results to support his assistance request to the SBA.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) that will be open at the following location and times:Extended Stay America3851 Northern PikeMonroeville, Pennsylvania 15146Opening: Friday, June 9, 2017Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pmWeekdays: Friday –Tuesday8:00 am to 5:00 pmSaturday, June 10, 201710:00 am to 2:00 pmClosed: Sunday, June 11, 2017Closing: Wednesday, June 14, 20178:00 am to 3:00 pmSBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing [email protected] applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 7, 2017.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 7, 2018.last_img read more

Wishart beauty ideal home for entertaining

first_imgThe home at 18 Craig St, Wishart.THIS six-bedroom Tuscan villa-inspired home is going to auction in Wishart. The home at 18 Craig St is on a 792sq m block with a swimming pool, and renovated kitchen and bathrooms. The owner and her husband bought the property nine years ago. “We have three sons so we loved the space and all the different areas on offer,” she said. “There is enough room that you don’t have to be on top of each other but when we do want to come together there is plenty of space for that too.” One of the living spaces at 18 Craig St, Wishart.Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe, balcony and ensuite with dual basins. The three other bedrooms have built-in robes and there is another living area, a powder room and a family bathroom. Outside there is a covered patio beside the inground swimming pool with deck. “It’s an excellent house for entertaining,” the owner said. “The kids live in the pool and we have lots of family barbecues outside.”The owner said the home was across the road from a park in a great neighbourhood. The kitchen at 18 Craig St, Wishart.The sprawling two-storey home has living and entertainment spaces downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. The rumpus room, living area and fifth bedroom open to the poolside patio and there is a media room, study and a formal dining room at the front of the home. The renovated kitchen has stone benchtops, Miele appliances, island bench, gas cooktop, plantation shutters and a servery to the patio. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There is also a bathroom and laundry on the ground floor. center_img The outdoor area and pool at 18 Craig St, Wishart.“We’ve got really good neighbours and we’re in a really quiet pocket of Wishart,” she said.“It’s such a beautiful area that is so private and quiet and so close to everything.” The home is being marketed by Kosma Comino, of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills, and will be auctioned on October 28 at 11.30am.last_img read more

ZTT Wins Sheyang H1 Offshore Wind Contract

first_imgNantong-based Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology (ZTT) has won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a section of the 300MW Sheyang H1 offshore wind farm.The wind farm is being developed by Huaneng Renewables Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of China Huaneng Group, off China’s Jiangsu Province.The contract is valued at CNY 526 million (EUR 67.3 million) and covers the construction of infrastructure for, and the installation of wind turbines at one section of the wind farm.The contract is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. It marks the first EPC cooperation on an offshore wind project between ZTT and the China Huaneng Group.The Sheyang H1 will feature 67 4.5MW wind turbines installed on an area covering about 47.8km2 and in water depths of between 13 and 16 metres.The CNY 5.4 billion project is one of 24 approved by the Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission back in January 2019. All of the projects are expected to be completed before 2020.last_img read more

Call for CYF family conferences review

first_imgRadio NZ News 4 August 2014A youth lawyer is calling for a review of family conferences run by Child, Youth and Family (CYF), in which young offenders meet their victims.An independent report has criticised the conferences as overly bureaucratic and having significant shortcomings.The conferences are meant to involve a number of people, including the young offender, their family members and the victim of the crime they’ve committed.But a 2012 report, obtained by Radio New Zealand, said the meetings were organised to the convenience of CYF staff, and there was a lack of time and resources.Youth lawyer Jeremy Sutton told Nine to Noon they were not always working.“What we’re seeing is for some people, they are overloaded with family group conferences,” he said.“It doesn’t work if the young person is coming back for their sixth or seventh family group conference, and the attendance of family at the conference, and of the victim, it just goes down hugely. So I think there needs to be a review.”http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/251304/call-for-cyf-family-conferences-reviewlast_img read more

Florida man dead after being shot with his own gun during home invasion

first_imgThe Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a suspect has died after he broke into a home and was shot with his own gun.The incident was reported Friday in Bradenton, Florida.The resident told authorities that the now identified suspect, 26-year-old Demetrius Downer, broke into his home and placed a pistol next to his head while he was sleeping.Downer then reportedly began beating the victim with the gun and during the struggle, the victim gained control over the weapon.The victim then shot Downer and ran next door to alert a neighbor to what was happening.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the gun inside the home and the backdoor of the home opened, however, Downer was nowhere in sight.After canvassing the areas, authorities located Downer’s body on the ground against a condo building near the home.Officials reported that it appears that Downer died due to the single gunshot wound.last_img read more

ACU looks to extend streak vs SLU

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAbilene Christian (16-10, 11-4) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (6-20, 3-12)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian looks for its fifth straight conference win against Southeastern Louisiana. Abilene Christian’s last Southland loss came against the Northwestern State Demons 73-69 on Feb. 5. Southeastern Louisiana has dropped its last six games against conference opponents. February 20, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com ACU looks to extend streak vs SLUcenter_img Associated Press FAB FRESHMEN: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer, Byron Smith and Nick Caldwell have combined to account for 43 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 43 percent of all Lions points over the last five games.POTENT PAYTEN: Payten Ricks has connected on 37.9 percent of the 195 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 21 of 48 over his last five games. He’s also converted 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 72: Abilene Christian is 0-7 when it allows at least 72 points and 16-3 when it holds opponents to less than 72.STREAK STATS: Southeastern Louisiana has lost its last four home games, scoring an average of 70 points while giving up 79.8.DID YOU KNOW: The Abilene Christian defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 28.6 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Wildcats second among Division I teams. Southeastern Louisiana has turned the ball over on 22.3 percent of its possessions (ranking the Lions 329th, nationally).___last_img read more