Landscape Updates.

first_imgLandscape professionals must know a mind-boggling array of things to keep the world around us pretty. To help them stay abreast, the University of Georgia and other institutions will offer regional updates Oct. 9 in Dunwoody, Ga., and Oct. 17 in Augusta, Ga.While the programs aren’t exactly alike, each begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Each has a session on the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional program.Each has updates on such topics as weed, insect and disease control and winter annuals for high-impact color. And each will close with an outdoor, hands-on activity.Where to GoThe Dunwoody program will be in building C, room 1100, at Georgia Perimeter College. A map to the Dunwoody campus is on the college’s Web site.The Augusta program is in the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center on 15th Street. The college’s Web site has a campus map.The $20 fee covers lunch and breaks. Sign up by Oct. 2 for Dunwoody and Oct. 10 for Augusta. For more information, call (706) 542-2861.last_img read more

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Public Works Minister stresses the need for stronger infrastructure

first_img Share 97 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Public Works Minister stresses the need for stronger infrastructure by: – September 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Effects of flash flooding in the community of Massacre, next to Mam’s Supermarket.Public Works Minister, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore is stressing the need for greater emphasis to be placed on stronger infrastructural development on the island.Following a site visit in his constituency on Thursday morning, the minister told the media that he is touched by the level of damage in certain areas.According to Blackmoore, engineers will now have to go back to the drawing board to ensure that infrastructural development is strengthened on all existing and new projects.“Again going forward this just tells us that with a weak physical infrastructure the amount of damage we can experience out of events like that. That is why government is spending so much emphasis to strengthen our physical infrastructure; retaining walls, sea defense walls, because these things are important. Going forward one can get the sense and appreciation of the amount of money that you may have to spend as a nation to really put the physical infrastructure in place; it’s a very costly undertaking. But we will do whatever it takes for us to rebuild Mahaut and Massacre and Dominic on a whole, moving forward.” A number of families in the Mahaut area were shocked after they witnessed unusual paths taken by existing streams in the Bena Wavine area while large volumes of water also emerged into new streams in an area commonly known as ‘Chemen Koway’.“In Checkhall the level of damage we have seen is unprecedented in our history. In ‘Liviere Lore’, that’s a place in Massacre we see that the river have actually moved from its natural channel and it went in the direction of peoples’ houses, in one case a bar was lost as well as houses in the area. In Bena Wavine strangely I was there at about quarter to one and then I was told that about fifteen minutes after I left that area, there was an outburst of water into the area where the road normally passes. In Bena Wavine houses got flooded, vehicles were swept away and the same can be said for Checkhall in the area by Mam’s.” Public Officers have also been commended as well as heavy-duty equipment operators who responded immediately following Wednesday’s disaster.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Destiny’s child: Lonzo Ball, Lakers can complete fairy tale in NBA Draft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter two workouts with the Lakers and refusing to audition for any other teams, Ball will find out on Today whether all of his father’s bluster, the primping and promising, will be rewarded with first-year executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka selecting him with the second pick in the NBA draft.No player has seemed so naturally ordained to play for a certain team since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2003 lottery and drafted a hometown hero named LeBron James.After months of the father controlling the son’s narrative, Today’s draft will reveal what the Lakers found when they cut through all of LaVar Ball’s smoke and mirrors.Those who have spent time around Ball describe a level-headed player who rarely left the gym, whose only interests outside of basketball included the occasional video game and free-style rapping.As a freshman, he made the athletic director’s honor roll, which requires a 3.0 grade-point average. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On the court, Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists, setting a program single-season record with 274 assists.With D’Angelo Russell relegated to the Atlantic Division’s cellar in Brooklyn, all signs point to Lonzo. Yet the specter of LaVar persists.“The reputation that Lonzo has is he’s a good teammate,” said Ryan Blake, a longtime NBA scouting consultant, “even though his dad is getting all the attention.”The Lakers, who faced a 53.1 percent chance of losing this year’s draft pick prior to the lottery, are not believed to have made any guarantees to Ball or any other prospect.As recently as Tuesday, team executives were on the phone with Kansas coach Bill Self, seeking more information on Josh Jackson, whose college coaches utilized the 6-foot-8 forward “like a queen on a chess board and (moved) him all over the place,” according to Jayawks assistant Kurtis Townsend.Some within the organization prefer speedy Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox.On Tuesday, NBA.com reported the Lakers had offered the No. 2 pick in a trade to Sacramento for the Nos. 5 and 10 picks in the draft. The Kings were reportedly not interested.No one expects Philadelphia to pass on former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick.That leaves the Lakers. It leaves Ball.In an ESPN The Magazine interview in May, LaVar Ball said, “Oh, (Lonzo’s) going to be a Laker. I’m going to keep talking about it until it happens.”As Lonzo told the Southern California News Group late last winter, “Everything that he’s said, it’s pretty much come true.”When Lonzo Ball arrived at UCLA, few knew what exactly to think.Smith was a senior walk-on whose career began as a practice player for the UCLA women’s team. He averaged 1.9 minutes per game for last year’s 31-5 Bruins team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.It’s hard to imagine a route further from the one Ball, rated with five stars by each of the top recruiting services, took. It makes Smith a good judge of humility.“He was great,” Smith said “He made everybody around him better because he led the team so well. He shared the ball so well. He has a great personality and is really fun to be around.”Lonzo’s brief Twitter biography includes the words “stay humble,” something those who spent time with the star at UCLA say he managed to do despite his hype machine father’s braggadocio.Former UCLA star and NBA sharpshooter Tracy Murray was a Lakers assistant coach in 2015-16 and returned to the broadcast booth as a color commentator on Bruins’ radio broadcasts last season. A resident of Chino Hills, Murray said, “We’ve seen this happening for the last few years.”Murray expected Lonzo to be more like his polarizing dad: cocky, obnoxious, constantly selling.Instead?“The kid just goes about his business in a professional manner,” Murray said.“That’s why I think LaVar is the charismatic one,” he added, “out there selling the kid. Because Lonzo is doing it with his play, he can’t do it with his mouth.”Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who spent time with the Ball family at their Chino Hills home in his role as an NBA TV analyst echoed that, calling Lonzo “an incredible and well-rounded individual.”Thomas, who will be part of NBA TV’s live draft coverage on Today, was quick to defend LaVar Ball, as well.“Let’s give the mom and dad credit here,” he said. “Are we judging them on their parenting or are we judging them on their marketability? I judge them on their parenting. I see two parents who have done a damn good job with the kid.”His point: It would be a shame if the “big baller” in Big Baller Brand was, in fact, branded a clone of a domineering father rather than be able to establish an identity of his own.Added Smith: “Lonzo was always really used to how his dad was. So he never really worried about it.”Are the Lakers worried? Should they be?Today will bring long-awaited answers.taff writer Mark Medina contributed to this story.center_img Jerrold Smith grew up a fan of the Lakers, so whenever he heard someone question whether Lonzo Ball, his college teammate at UCLA, would be a good fit for his team because of an attention-seeking father he wondered if they knew what they were talking about.“The thing a lot of people are doing too much is they’re lumping Lonzo in with his dad,” Smith said. “They’re two completely different people. He loves his dad, he’s not going to say anything about his dad.“But Lonzo’s the one playing basketball.”Or, as Lonzo Ball said Wednesday in New York, according to the Sporting News: “He was raised in South Central, I was raised in Chino Hills.”last_img read more

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