Saltwater turf

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaImagine being able to water your home lawn with salt water. Yes,salt water.Thanks to the new seashore paspalum grasses, this isn’t a dreamfor those who live along the coast. Seashore paspalum cantolerate a wide quality range of water, including seawater,brackish water and recycled water.”The grass requires only minimal pesticides and judiciousapplications of fertilizers,” said Clint Waltz, a turf specialistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.The grass uses key fertilizer nutrients efficiently, Waltz said.It can easily be managed to comply with many environmental waterregulations.Coastal golf coursesRetired UGA professor Ronny Duncan bred a number of seashorepaspalum grasses. They’re being used on golf courses along theGeorgia coast and in Hawaii and Guam.”Aside from its uses as an athletic turf, seashore paspalum maybe used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils,”Waltz said.”It may be effectively used to transition into wetland sites orother environmentally sensitive areas,” he said. This can helpreduce pollution from industrial or other problem areas.Update in SavannahWaltz and others from UGA, the University of Florida and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources will present an update,”Seashore Paspalum: The Environmental Steward,” Oct. 15 at theCoastal Georgia Center in Savannah.Duncan will be on hand to provide a history of seashore paspalum.UGA agronomist Bob Carrow will discuss its characteristics andwater conservation qualities. And he’ll tell how to manage thegrass.Other sessions will look at seashore paspalum as a recreational,amenity or forage grass or for land reclamation, stabilization,bioremediation and other uses.DetailsThe update was planned by the Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture and the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. It beginswith registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:30 and endsat 5 p.m.The cost is $50 before Oct. 4 or $60 after that. To preregisteror learn more about the update, call the UGA Griffin campusOffice of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.To learn more about the UGA seashore paspalum breeding program,see www.georgiaturf.comon-line.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Study predicts 1 TW of solar capacity by 2023

first_imgStudy predicts 1 TW of solar capacity by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:It’s time for our regular check-in on where solar PV installations are headed. Here’s the quick answer: Prices are still going down and capacity is going up around the world. Pretty much the same path we’ve been on.But that path for solar has widened.In fact, within the next five years, the world will likely have over 1 terawatt of solar capacity installed, according to the latest global data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. That’s a trillion watts. That’s enough to serve more than one-third of America’s electricity consumption.Our last major capacity projection was one year ago, when the GTM Research team forecasted 871 gigawatts by 2022. The latest projections show higher-than-expected growth for every year after 2018. For example, WoodMac projections for 2020 are 26 gigawatts higher than last year’s forecast.Basically, it’s Asia and everyone else. China, Japan and India will make up 20 percent of the total global market through 2023. Over the next two years, China and Japan will make up half of annual installations—even with both markets in decline this year.The reason for the upward adjustment in capacity is pretty simple. Prices are ultra-competitive—and falling. More countries are putting in place auction systems — increasingly “subsidy-free”— and large-scale solar PV is winning a lot of bids. Cost drops haven’t kept pace with recent price drops, but WoodMac expects costs to catch up. WoodMac analysts simulated 625 auction-tariff scenarios and found a median price of 2 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2022.More: By 2023, the world will have 1 trillion watts of installed solar PV capacity–last_img read more

Top Paddling Gear Picks for Summer

first_imgPaddlesports are seeing a worldwide revival, due to increasingly lightweight material innovations, new boat designs, better water-friendly fabrics, and more access to waterways. An improving economy is also driving innovation as manufacturers are able to invest more back into R & D. Nowhere is this revival more apparent than in the Southeast. With the Freestyle World Championships taking place on the Nantahala last year, things are really on a roll – pun intended. Here’s a look at few Blue Ridge Outdoors picks for your summer paddling adventures.Gerber River ShortyImproving on a classic is tough to do, but Gerber took the chance with the re-introduction of their traditional stub-nose waterman’s blade, the River Shorty, built specifically for paddlers, sailors and divers. This blunt-tip river knife features a serrated 3-inch, polished 420HC stainless steel blade wrapped in a durable, slip-resistant nylon handle. The hard plastic sheath attaches easily to belt, boot or PFD and will accept the blade edge right or left. Made in Gerber’s Portland, Oregon, factory, the River Shorty carries the brand’s lifetime warranty and is now available in high visibility green (shown) as well as classic black. (MSRP $33) gerbergear.comNemo Helio Pressure ShowerRinsing off out of the back of your Subaru after a day on the river is one of the small pleasures in life, and Nemo has provided an extremely convenient and effective way to get this backcountry cleanse. The Helio Pressure Shower comes in a tidy nested kit and provides up to seven minutes of steady water pressure. Unlike gravity-fed, hanging shower systems, the Helio sits on the ground and uses an 11-liter welded-fabric water container, pressurized by a foot durable pump. Let the water tank warm in the sun while you are out paddling. It can also be used to rinse off doggie paws, bike tires, or to wash dishes. (MSRP $99.95) nemoequipment.comAstral Ronny Fisher Kayak Fishing PFD Southeastern favorite Astral has a number of new offerings for Spring, not the least among them the Ronny Fisher – Astral’s first kayak-fishing specific PFD, created with feedback from the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association. The technical vest features Astral’s Thin-Vent proprietary foam-vent technology, a 500d Cordura wrap, and is decked out with a plethora of storage solutions all the way down to a beverage holder and cell phone pocket. Reflective hits and a stowable hood complete the picture in this departure piece for Astral. (MSRP $159.95) astraldesigns.comBluesmiths KanahaUsing some of the most advanced technical fabrics in the world from Switzerland –NanoSphere – the Bluesmiths Kanaha LS Ocean Shirt is a hydrophobic must-have for stand-up paddlers and other watersports enthusiasts. As you might expect, it’s got 40 UPF sun protection as well, and it’s quickly gaining notoriety for breathability, quick-dry and lightweight comfort. Bluesmiths manufactures in Canada with an eye for style, an environmental sensibility and real life paddlers and seamen developing product. (MSRP $90) bluesmiths.comNikwax Sandal Wash and Footwear Cleaning GelYour favorite Chacos, Tevas and Cudas can quickly become stinkified after many days on the river and around the campfire over the course of a season. But you love those sandals. Consider the environment and your pocketbook and treat them with Nikwax Sandal Wash or Footwear Cleaning Gel to give them new life. Sandal Wash works to clean synthetics, leather and fabrics and removes bacteria (typically responsible for rot and stink); while Footwear Cleaning Gel not only cleans but also revives water repellency and can revitalize breathability. Nikwax products are typically gentle on your goods and on the environment (VOC/FC-free, water based and biodegradable). The company’s apparel cleaning products work great too. Consider it a small investment in your gear. ($7.25 sandal wash / $8.50 cleaning gel) nikwax.comJulbo WaveMountaineers among you will quickly recognize this iconic French sunglass brand for their fit, protection and quality. Now paddlers have access to the company’s photochromic, polarized (eliminates glare), and hydrophobic (won’t streak when wet) lenses as well – and they float too. A removable frame skirt helps keep spray out of the eyes while air flows around to prevent fogging. A supple rubber adheres to the nose. Available in Black/Yellow, White/Black, Black/Sky Blue, and Blue/Black; the photochromic Octopus gets darker and lighter with light intensity and is the pricier of two lens options. (MSRP $120 Polarized 3+/$190 Octopus) julbousa.comKokatat Whitewater and off-shore hardcores will be interested to know that Kokatat’s new Icon Gore-Tex (in both 3-layer Pro Shell and Cordura) rear-entry dry suit (previously only available in the Jackson Collection) is now out in two new colors for men and women. It features full latex gaskets, integrated Gore-Tex socks, dual-adjustable overskirt, and, for men, front relief zipper. Ahhhhh. And when you’re not shredding waves, check out the new Kokatat Destination line, featuring caps, paddling pants and shirts, and other pieces that crossover well for lifestyle and travel. (MSRP $1090) kokatat.comGoal Zero Lighthouse250 Lantern and Power HubThe GZ Lighthouse 250 is a great tool to keep in your shuttle vehicle – it provides light for when you take-out after dusk and it can recharge your other devices. You can adjust brightness levels and direction to save on power for a 48-hour max run time. It’s rechargeable from Goal Zero solar panels, from any USB port, and it features a hand-crank for emergency charges. It can recharge a smartphone twice or give a 40-percent boost to a tablet. (MSRP $79.99) goalzero.comThule SUP ShuttleTo make use of your current Thule rack system with the new stand-up paddleboard you got for Christmas, consider spending the rest of your extra bread on some sweet rack attachments. The SUP Shuttle (MSRP $149.95) features telescoping-width (fits boards up to 34″ wide) with built-in board protection and universal FlipFit Bracket rack compatibility. Dual loading design and weather resistant base padding allows for safe transport of two boards. Adjustable wrap-around padding on straps protects boards from strap abrasion. Of course, if single-blade is your thing, there’s always the new Portage Canoe Carrier (MSRP $119.95), now Thule’s easiest loading canoe carrier with universal roof rack compatibility. Durable gunwales with ramped sides and cushioned base pads protect the canoe during transit to the put-in. thule.comlast_img read more

Generation Z regrets the missed opportunities the most

first_imgA survey by Booking.com reveals that a staggering 84% of Croatian travelers regret missed opportunities. Global leader in connecting travelers with the widest selection of amazing accommodation facilities, in cooperation with the company province, the fastest offline translation device, conducted a survey on a sample of 20.500 global travelers, including travelers from Croatia, to find that the most frequently missed opportunities for travelers from Croatia include the following: not traveling often enough (74%), not traveling anymore in youth (48%), did not go on more long trips (41%), did not travel to more distant and remote destinations (38%), did not explore more in visited countries (32%) and did not have more adventures on trips (32%).Generation Z regrets the most, with more than a third of Croatian passengers in this group believing that it was not adventurous enough to travel (39%) and three out of 10 (39%) regretting not traveling to more distant destinations. Also, it’s no surprise that 41% of passengers Selfie generations from Croatia (18 to 24 years old) upset because they don’t take enough photos on the trip. This percentage is 34% for all respondents from Croatia in total.Despite the feeling of regret that stems mainly from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to language, costs, directions and safety in the unknown, five out of eight (62%) travelers from Croatia overcame their fears of traveling to a new destination and still decided to travel. Millennials from Croatia are best prepared to face obstacles that prevent them from traveling with two thirds (66%) of passengers who have overcome what worries them. This has a positive effect because it encouraged 48% of travelers from Croatia to travel more in the future, 61% gained more self-confidence in life, and 43% a sense of personal fulfillment. The trip strengthens existing and creates new friendly relations – almost a third (33%) of passengers from Croatia became close to their families, and two out of five (41%) passengers from Croatia made long-term friendships while they were on vacation.When it comes to travel, almost three-quarters (71%) of global travelers lament missed opportunities, rising to 82% among Generation Z (18-24)Six out of seven passengers from Croatia complain about missed travel opportunities (84%)Travel can change the lives of all generations because 15% of travelers from Croatia say that they found their purpose or passion on the trip, 17% overcame great fear and 13% learned a new languageMore than two thirds of travelers from Croatia (69%) went on holiday to make significant life changes, and this percentage rises to 76% among people between 18 and 24 years of age. 15% of travelers from Croatia say they have found their purpose or passion in life, 17% have overcome great fear, and 15% have learned a new language. Travel can be beneficial for both physical and mental health – 69% of travelers from Croatia stated that the trip had a positive effect on their mental health, and 35% of them decided to improve their physical health.last_img read more

Talk of the towns

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First Lady Frances Wolf Announces 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts to be Held in Lancaster

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release LANCASTER, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today joined Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and members of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to announce that the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts will be held October 26 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in downtown Lancaster. This will be the first time the state arts event has been held in the City of Lancaster. In keeping with event tradition, the host community will be named the “Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth” for the day of the event.“With deep roots interwoven with our nation’s history and a distinguished reputation today as a city that embraces the arts, Lancaster is an ideal host community for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts,” said First Lady Wolf. “We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our commonwealth’s arts community and showcasing the rich arts and culture of Lancaster itself.”The awards recognize artistic accomplishments in four categories: Distinguished Arts Award, Patron Award, Artist of the Year Award (the Hazlett Memorial Award) and the Arts Leadership & Service Award. A call for nominations is currently open and available at arts.pa.gov through May 11, 2017.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts originated in Harrisburg in 1980 and were held there until 1996. The ceremony was then taken on the road and is now held in a different city across the commonwealth each year. The event has allowed multiple regions of the state to share in this celebration of the arts and showcase their unique cultural assets.Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Marian Anderson, Andrew Wyeth, James Michener, Jennifer Higdon, Fred Rogers, M. Night Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, Jeff Koons and Michael Keaton. There have been more than 180 honorees to date.The 2017 award recipients will be announced this summer and posted on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ website (arts.pa.gov).Private contributions support the ceremony, reception, award objects and related expenses.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. April 27, 2017 First Lady Frances Wolf Announces 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts to be Held in Lancastercenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ERSG Sets Up US Offshore Wind Office in Boston

first_imgERSG has opened an office in Boston, Massachusetts, which will be focusing on supporting the development of the growing offshore wind market in the US.US wind power has more than tripled over the past decade and is the largest source of renewables in the country generating 90,550MW across 41 states.The opening of the Boston office for ERSG will provide support to the recent findings from the US Department of Energy that found that the US could install a total of 22,000MW of offshore wind projects by 2030 and 86,000MW by 2050 creating over 36,000 full-time jobs in the next 10 years.Heading up the Boston office will be Oliver White, Global Account Manager.“I am delighted to take on this fantastic and exciting opportunity with ERSG. The US offshore windfarm market has huge potential and I am very much looking forward to being a part of it,” White said.ERSG has recently signed frameworks with two major offshore wind developers in the US.“It has long been ERSG’s intention to have a presence in Massachusetts to service the burgeoning offshore wind industry off the east coast of the US. We are confident that in Oliver we have the best person to make it a success,” ERSG’s CEO Jim Ryan said.Established in the UK in 2008 ERSG, the energy recruitment business was set up to specialise in the onshore and offshore wind energy market. Since opening their first US office in Seattle in 2016, ERSG opened their second office complimenting Seattle in Orlando on the East Coast in 2017.last_img read more

AMA rejects assisted suicide

first_imgThe Australian 24 November 2016Family First Comment: “The Australian Medical ¬Association will today unveil a policy rejecting euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, but which acknowledges for the first time that right-to-die laws are ¬“ultimately a matter for society and government”. The position statement, previewed exclusively by The Australian, spells out how doctors can ethically give drugs and treatment to dying patients that hasten death, provided the intent is to ¬relieve suffering.” Exactly the way it currently is, and should remain.The Australian Medical ­Association will today unveil a policy rejecting euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, but which acknowledges for the first time that right-to-die laws are ­“ultimately a matter for society and government”.The position statement, previewed exclusively by The Australian, spells out how doctors can ethically give drugs and treatment to dying patients that hasten death, provided the intent is to ­relieve suffering.The AMA spent a year revising its stance on euthanasia after the hot-button issue was revived by an ultimately unsuccessful cross-party bid in South Australia to push right-to-die legislation through the state parliament and ongoing moves to frame such a law in Victoria with the backing of senior ministers in Daniel ­Andrews’ Labor government.The AMA review was underpinned by a survey of 30,000 doctors. About 4000 responses came in, AMA president Michael Gannon said yesterday.Views split narrowly in favour of retaining the AMA’s existing policy that doctors should not take any action primarily ­intended to cause the death of a patient. Doctors could, however, “relieve symptoms which may have a ­secondary consequence of hastening death”, the new position statement says.Dr Gannon said 30 per cent of the responding doctors favoured a change in AMA policy to endorse or to shift to a neutral position on euthanasia, while 15 per cent were undecided.The relatively close margin of about 55-45 per cent for and against or undecided on the existing policy underlines that doctors are as divided as the public.The position statement says: “The AMA recognises there are divergent views within the medical profession and broader community in relation to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.”Crucially, an even clearer ­majority of AMA members said if voluntary euthanasia were made legal at the state and territory level, doctors should be involved in helping terminally ill people die rather than dig in on principle and boycott the process.Reflecting this, the AMA has altered its position to say: “If governments decide that laws should be changed to allow for the practice of euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide, the medical profession must be involved in the development of relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines.”This would protect doctors who acted within the law, as well as ­patients at risk of coercion and “undue influence”, or those who might ask to die for fear of being a burden to family and carers.“The fact that a majority of doctors don’t support a change in our statement or the law did not surprise me,” Dr Gannon told The Australian.READ MORE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/most-doctors-would-help-terminally-ill-die-ama/news-story/82a3d43d1c8742230a406e8ebe0cedb9Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Capture Richmond Volleyball Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs capture the Richmond Volleyball Invitational Championship for the second year in a row.Batesville vs. FW Northside (10-5)Batesville vs. Marion (10-5)Batesville vs. Tindley (10-5)Batesville vs. FWN-Championship (10-5)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

ORVC Weekly Report (January 13-18)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for January 13-18.ORVC Basketball Players of the Week.Girls:  Sydney Keene-Jac-Cen-Del and Eve Galbreath-Switzerland County.Boys:  Austin Clark-Switzerland County.ORVC Weekly Report (January 13-18)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img