Sunbelt Expo

first_imgVisitors to the 32nd annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition learned about the latest agricultural equipment, technology and information firsthand Oct. 20-22. They also got to watch college deans go udder-to-udder in a milking contest and witness the unexpected birth of baby roaches.The Sunbelt Expo, billed as “North American’s Premier Farm Show,” draws more than 200,000 visitors to Moultrie, Ga., each year to see more than 1,100 exhibitors.The Sunbelt Expo is not just one of the largest farm shows in the world, it’s become a leading educational venue for agriculture, said Scott Angle, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean and director.“From row crops to aquaculture to livestock to home gardening, our faculty’s on-site research trials and seminars are well attended and received throughout the three-day event,” he said. “And each year, we are able tell our story directly to the thousands of visitors who stop by our building here. It’s also a great opportunity to recruit those students who will one day be Georgia’s leaders.”Midday on the first day, visitors to the UGA building got to see a roach in CAES entomologist Paul Guillebeau’s insect display give birth. The dozen or more cloudy-white babies scurried around the display, designed to look like a family kitchen. Though not for everyone, the scene was a rare sight to see live, Guillebeau said.CAES also spotlighted agrosecurity, renewable energy sources, farming conservation, UGA Cooperative Extension, student recruitment and plant breeding, along with live musical entertainment and 4-H Clovers and Company dancers.Angle competed in an old-fashioned milking contest against college of agriculture deans from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Auburn University and the University of Florida. Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean Richard Guthrie squeezed out the victory.Florida cattleman Cary Lightsey won the 20th annual Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award, announced each year during a first-day luncheon. Each year, 10 southeastern states each send a farmer to compete for the title. Georgia’s state winner was Tifton vegetable farmer Bill Brim.“Though Bill didn’t win the regional award, he is recognized as an innovator and a well-established leader in Georgia agriculture,” Angle said. “His on-farm collaborations with our college’s research and Extension faculty, particularly with those on our Tifton campus, continue to solve problems for what is a major part of Georgia’s economy.”last_img read more

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Time to end inaction on safety of schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I stared at the TV screen in horror. A breaking news report read: “School Shooting in Greenville.” Children had been rushed to nearby Greenville Medical Center, conditions unknown. I was barely able to breathe, for my grandsons attend school in Greenville, N.Y.  Their father, a physician, owns Greenville Medical Center near the school.It wasn’t until I heard the words “in Greenville, South Carolina” that I stopped shaking. My heart broke, however, for the parents in South Carolina. Their lives were changed forever, and for a few minutes, I understood their agony. Recently, in Texas, more children were killed in school. Every community faces this crisis. High school students are begging officials to make schools safe. They want safety devices to stop a shooter from entering their school, killing innocent children and staff. “Do something,” our lawmakers tell one another – but nothing is getting done.There are a number of suggestions to deter school shooters. Do we put armed officials in schools? Screen students? Use X-ray machines? Do we use security card access and searches? Entry-control equipment? It’s well past the time to implement school safety plans.We all agree something must be done. Why not create a strategy for our own neighborhood schools? Hold community forums to gather ideas from our students, teachers and taxpayers. Create a plan for our students’ safety. Set up funding to implement it. These are our schools and our children.  It’s time to “do something” ourselves.Shelly DobskiRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

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Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump

first_imgsborisov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced she was moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”Her announcement came as questions mounted related to a formal complaint filed by a whistleblower concerning a phone call Trump had with Ukraine’s president in July and whether Trump had pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.Trump has said he asked Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating Biden and his son Hunter as part of corruption in Ukraine Trump has alleged, but he has denied he tied aid to the country to whether Ukraine’s president went ahead with the probe. The administration put a temporary hold on aid to Ukraine shortly before the call.Trump promised on Tuesday afternoon to release an redacted transcript of the call Wednesday — just hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to announce next moves by Democrats on impeachment.“When you see the call, when you see the readout of the call — which I assume you’ll see at some point — you’ll understand,” Trump told reporters Tuesday morning as he arrived at the UN General Assembly in New York, before his tweet about releasing the call transcript. “That call was perfect. It couldn’t have been nicer.”Since reports of the call surfaced, Trump has offered two different explanations for why he put a pause on aid money being sent to Ukraine. He’s stated concerns about corruption in the country, and he’s also suggested that he paused the funding because he believes other countries should be supplying more money to aid Ukraine.Congress also is seeking the complaint filed by the whistleblower. Democrats have been blocked from getting it despite a law they say requires the intelligence community inspector general to send it to Congress within seven days if he deems the complaint “credible.”Democrats also want a copy of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson’s report on the complaint that he sent to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Maguire, who blocked Atkinson from sending the complaint to Congress, is supposed to testify in public before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday.The Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the whistleblower wants to speak to his committee.Meanwhile, for the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has continued to follow up on the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, weighing more formal impeachment proceedings.Five other House committees are investigating various aspects of the Trump presidency, from government and military spending at his private properties, to elements of his finances and personal tax returns.While support for impeaching Trump in the wake of the Mueller investigation has steadily grown, especially among progressive Democrats, the new reports that the president repeatedly pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate a potential 2020 Democratic opponent and his son’s business dealings – while instructing top aides to freeze aid to Ukraine approved by Congress – has forced a reckoning on Capitol Hill.A number of House Democrats, including several more moderate members, came out Tuesday in favor of impeachment for the first time, with some arguing the president betrayed the obligations of his office in his conversation with the Ukraine president.“It is clear to me that he has betrayed the public trust and abandoned his obligations to the Constitution by elevating his own interests over the national interest,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria, D-Va., wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Congress must investigate and use the full extent of its powers to check these alleged abuses of presidential power. The House must move forward with impeachment.”As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 164 Democrats had stated that they were in favor of an impeachment inquiry.Until now, Pelosi has been cautious to move forward on impeachment but was set to make an announcement after a meeting with all House Democrats Tuesday afternoon.When Pelosi got the speaker’s gavel back in January — after Democrats reclaimed the majority in the House — she urged her caucus to wait to make any decision until the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president was completed.“I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi told the Washington Post in March. “And he’s just not worth it.”After the Mueller report’s release, Pelosi again expressed reluctance to pursue the measure, emphasizing the importance of fact-finding and investigating.“If the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice,” Pelosi said at a summit. “But we’re not there yet.”Over the weekend, Pelosi sent a letter to all members of the House which seemed to signal a shift in her position. In the letter, she called for the administration to allow Congress view the whistleblower complaint, and accused the administration of “endangering our national security”.“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Pelosi wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ex-Leaf sinks old team as Boycuzk scores in OT to power Hawks to 3-1 Murdoch series lead

first_imgA former Nelson Leaf player came back to haunt his own teammates.Jacob Boyczuk scored at the 1:32 mark of the first overtime period to lift the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The victory gives the Hawks a 3-1 stranglehold in the best-of-seven Murdoch Final.Game five is set for Thursday night back in the Heritage City. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena. Game four was nothing like the 7-0 pasting Beaver Valley put on the Leafs the night before.Fact is it was Nelson that took a 1-0 lead early in the second period following a scoreless opening frame.KIJHL regular season scoring champion Jamie Vlanich gave the Green and White to the lead with a power play marker.Beaver Valley tied the game with its own power play tally later in the frame as Archie McKinnon scored with assists to Braden Fuller and Dallas Calvin.In the third Beaver Valley pushed for the winning tally, controlling much of the period out shooting the Leafs 15-9. But Patrick Zubick had a bounce-back game in the Nelson nets after getting pulled 25 minutes into Monday’s Game three.The hometown Hawks out shot the Leafs 40-36 in the contest making a winner out of Brett Clark.ICE CHIPS: Ryan Edwards, with an assist on the game winner by Jacob Boyczuk, and Dallas Calvin each tallied a point to add to their playoff point total. Calvin leads the KIJHL playoff scoring with 15 points. Edwards is two points behind in third spot. Nelson’s Carsen Willans is locked in a four-way tie for fourth in playoff scoring with 13 points. . . Leaf defenceman Robson Cramer sat out his first game of his suspension after receiving a match penalty during Game three. . . . In the Eddie Mountain Division, Kimberley took a 3-1 series lead over Creston with a 6-3 win in the Bavarian City.last_img read more

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DOHERTY, COWAN AND MAILEY ALL SIGN FOR HARPS

first_imgJames Doherty, Keith Cowan and Josh Mailey are the latest players to sign on for Finn Harps for the 2014 Season.They are pictured here with Manager Ollie Horgan and Club Register Chantelle Grant.  DOHERTY, COWAN AND MAILEY ALL SIGN FOR HARPS was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps FCOllie Horganlast_img

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SKIPPER OF ARRANMORE FERRY IS BANNED FOR DRINK-DRIVING

first_imgThe skipper of the Arranmore Ferry has been fined €350 and disqualified from driving for two years for drink-driving.Letterkenny court.James Bonner, 62, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday to face the charge which relates to an incident on October 20th 2012. Gardai told the court they stopped a car at Tully Mountain, Ballyare, outside Letterkenny at around 9.10pm.Officers said they suspected the man who was driving the BMW car had consumed alcohol and asked him to undertake a breath test which he failed.Solicitor for Mr Bonner, Gerard Doyle told the court that his client was a very well-known local character who was involved in maritime activities and was involved in many local rescue missions.“He has brought nothing but positivity to the area,” added Mr Doyle.He said he suffered from a hiatus hernia and that he had suffered from reflux which may or may not have affected the breath test on the evening.Mr Bonner had worked on the ferry for 12 years and no had no previous convictions for any offence.Mr Doyle said the accused did not live in Burtonport and from where the ferry sailed and needed his car to get to work.He asked for a postponement of the mandatory disqualification until after the summer season.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Bonner €350 and disqualified him from driving for two years but deferred the ban until October 7th.SKIPPER OF ARRANMORE FERRY IS BANNED FOR DRINK-DRIVING was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranmore Ferrycourtdonegaldrink drivingGardaiJames Bonnerlast_img read more

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COLÁISTE AILIGH U16 BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

first_imgColáiste Ailigh U16 Boys basketball team won the county u16 blitz with their coaches Pól Ó Gallchoir agus Keith Ó Comhain following successive victories over Magh Ene College, Bundoran, St Catherines Killybegs and PCC Falcarragh. The competition was held in Coláiste Ailigh’s new sports hall.Cúl ó clé: Pól Ó Gallchóir, Niall Ó hAnnagáin, Iarlaith Mac Fhionghaile, Ross Ó Mearthaile, Micheál Mac Suibhne, Donal Mac Cormac, Jordan De Barra, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhui agus Keith Ó Comhain.Tosach: Seán Ó Gallchóir, Seán Ó Braoin, Eoin Mac Gaoithin, Brian Mac atSaoir agus Seán Ó Riain. The team has now qualified to compete in the Ulster schools cup after christmas. COLÁISTE AILIGH U16 BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:basketballColaiste AilighU16’slast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd chiefs believe Mourinho an obstacle to securing stars to new deals

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chiefs believe Mourinho an obstacle to securing stars to new dealsby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs believe new contract talks with players are being held up by the presence of manager Jose Mourinho, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the players were given the day off after Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, but have spoken for some time about it being a matter of when, and not if, Mourinho is sacked.The mood at the club is said to be desperate and he has almost no support left in the dressing-room.It emerged on Monday that United have triggered the 12-month extension on Anthony Martial’s contract – as they did with David de Gea last month – and are conscious that negotiations with both players over a new deal would be easier if Mourinho is no longer in charge. last_img read more

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2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner says Liverpool are delighted about the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The midfielder, who missed almost all of last season with injury, seems to be hitting his straps after a double in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk.Speaking after the victory, Milner told BT Sport:”Everyone’s delighted for him. It’s the things that people don’t see behind the scenes, the hard work around the training ground.”He’s got a great strike and he’s good in those pockets. It’s great to have him back and he’s another option in that midfield, where there’s already great competition for places.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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RCMP showed due diligence on rifles lawyer tells Moncton massacre trial

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The RCMP took time arming officers with high-powered carbine rifles because it was doing “due diligence” on the deadly weapon, a lawyer told the Labour Code trial stemming from a 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B.“Arming general duty members with semi-automatic rifles can have negative repercussions, including increased tensions with the public, which in turn can lead to officer safety concerns,” defence lawyer Ian Carter told Moncton provincial court Friday.“Carbines are designed to kill. Given what is at stake, it was incumbent on the RCMP to analyze the issue thoroughly, not for the sake of appearances, but for the sake of public safety.”Carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers the night of June 4, 2014, when gunman Justin Bourque targeted RCMP officers. Crown witnesses have testified the weapons could have made a difference in the shootings that killed three Mounties and wounded two others.The RCMP is accused of allegedly failing to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction, equipment and training in an active-shooter event.The force approved the C8 carbines in September 2011, and Carter said in his opening remarks the force was studying the issue carefully.He noted Crown witnesses have said carbines “could” have made a difference, not “would” have made a difference.“The real issue in this case is due diligence,” he told Judge Leslie Jackson.The force also had to follow a lengthy federal procurement process, he said.“It didn’t matter how quickly the RCMP wanted those carbines, they could not break the law to do it,” said Carter.He said evidence will show the force had high quality training in place at the time of the shooting.Carter also noted that the RCMP is not responsible for the deaths of constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche.“Justin Bourque caused their deaths,” he said, prompting Jackson to note that the Crown also acknowledged that fact in its opening statement.Later Friday, retired deputy commissioner Darrell Madill testified that an independent researcher was hired in 2009 to conduct a needs analysis of the patrol carbine.The 2010 independent report from Carleton University criminologist Darryl Davies recommended immediate phase-in of carbine rifles for all RCMP patrol officers and training for all members.Madill said the report didn’t tell the force anything it didn’t already know and lacked a proper needs analysis — the mandate of the research. He called it an “inventory list” of carbine programs at other forces in North America.“There were no risk assessments. There was no public policy considerations… He didn’t have the ‘why’,” Madill said, adding he didn’t feel he could take the report to his superiors as proof carbines were necessary for general duty members.Madill added the RCMP learned from the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski that independent, fact-based research was necessary to support weaponry and bolster public confidence.Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Paul Adams, Madill conceded the RCMP was at the time more focused on Tasers and public fallout from the Dziekanski death than it was on moving the carbine program along.“You had the opportunity in your position to put that on the front burner, but you did not,” said Adams. “How many more officers would have to be killed before it would become a top priority?”But Madill cited the importance of studying the carbine issue thoroughly.“We had to have an unbiased, evidence-based review that no one could accuse us of using our beliefs to adopt the carbine,” said Madill, reiterating that the process of adopting a new weapon for the force is “complex” and “extraordinary.”The trial continues on Tuesday.Gevaudan, Ross and Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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