Environment.

first_imgAgriculture Weather Environment Science Foods March 28: Farmers, ResearchersHelping Clean Up Water. Larry Risse wants to know if the water flowing through his100-acre farm somehow contribute to the pollution of nearby Lake Oconee.Aug. 23: Goodbye Dursban:Consumers, Farmers Must Switch. If you normally buy the pesticide Dursban to fightpests like fleas, ticks and spiders, you’d better start shopping for a replacement.Aug. 31: Georgia PoultryFarmers Fine-tuning Recycling. Georgia farmers produce 21 million pounds of poultry aday. Now they’re poised to take the lead in safeguarding soil and water quality.Oct. 11: Fire Ants ThreatenGeorgia Wildlife. Entomologists and wildlife biologists have found evidence that fireants are hurting loggerhead turtles, brown pelicans, quail and alligators.Oct. 11: UGA, Farmers Seekto Replace Chemical. With help from UGA experts, Georgia farmers think they may havefound a simple replacement for a chemical they hoped they’d never lose.Nov. 14: Gnat-size DiveBombers Strike Georgia Fire Ants. Until the decapitating flies showed up, Buck Aultmanhad no way to rid his 20-acre pasture of its pox of fire ant mounds.Dec. 21: Homeowners LoseAnother Popular Pesticide. Just months after consumers lost Dursban, a major maker ofdiazinon has announced plans to phase it out of the market.last_img read more

Alabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm

first_imgAlabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montgomery Advertiser:In Montgomery County, 800 rural acres will soon be home to a massive 350,000-panel solar array. The project, a partnership between local utility company Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and Lightsource BP, will bring a large-scale, utility-sized solar development to the River Region. Utility leaders say several recent factors have made solar power a realistic energy source, and they expect others to follow suit shortly.“Our mission is to provide low-cost reliable electric power to our member cities at the lowest possible cost that we can,” said Fred Clark, president and chief executive of AMEA. “We search for economic resources and study those daily with a group of engineers that we have, both on staff as well as consultants that we reach out to.”That research yielded what AMEA believes to be a feasible and forward-thinking project in the solar field. The deal with Lightsource, a partnership itself under British Petroleum, will bring 100 megawatts of solar energy into AMEA’s “energy portfolio.”Everything will be built and maintained by Lightsource, with AMEA only buying the energy and selling it to different municipalities and utilities in areas like Opelika and Tuskegee. AMEA has 13 utility affiliates across the state, though none in Montgomery. The benefit for the county will be the over $5 million in property taxes to be collected over the lifetime of the project, which will go to Montgomery’s cash-strapped school system.Clark said AMEA may be jumping on the solar train earlier than some others — moving its percentage of energy generation by solar from 1 percent to 10 percent — but he expects others to join in the near future.More: Montgomery-based electric authority closes deal on 350K solar panel arraylast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Table Rock Fire Growing, NC Open for Skiing,

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for November 13, the day Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins broke his first backboard with the Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam Glass-Breaker-I-Am Jam in 1979:Table Rock Fire GrowingThe wildfire raging in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge Wilderness is growing, is expected to continue to grow, and is not contained. The Table Rock Fire was 15-acres in size on Tuesday afternoon, but quickly grew to 40 acres a few hours later. Last night the fire jumped from 40 acres to 100 acres and is zero percent contained as of mid morning. The fire is approximately a quarter-mile southwest of Table Rock Mountain and threatens the Outward Bound base camp area, but no other homes or structures. Nearly 40 U.S. Forest Service firefighters and others are working to clean existing roads, trails and fire lines to contain the blaze.In a bit of irony, this past January a proposed prescribed burn was debated for the Linville Gorge Wilderness, pitting the Gingercake Acres development – who opposed the burn – against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission – who supported the burn. This debate sparked on of our own in the pages of our November issue. The fire is under investigation. The Forest Service is asking anyone who may have seen someone camping or was in the area of the Table Rock picnic area to call the Forest Service at828-652-2144.North Carolina Open for ShreddingNorth Carolina has gotten cold in the past few days, and with some flurries around, ski resorts in the western part of the state are ready to open their slopes, if they haven’t already. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort outside Banner Elk began blowing snow on Sunday and continue to do so, allowing them to open the upper and lower portions of Flying Mile. You can get a lift ticket for $30 for a full day and $25 for a half-day. Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley announced that they will open for skiing and snowboarding tomorrow, Thursday, November 14th.Both Appalachian Ski Mountain and Beech Ski Mountain Resort report that they are blowing snow on their slopes and will open sometime in the next two weeks, weather permitting of course.Dog Climbs EverestWell, not to the summit. Rupee the rescue dog, saved from a dump site in India by South African Joanne Lefson, is the first official canine ever recorded at Everest Base Camp. That honor was supposed to belong to Lefson’s late dog Oscar, but Oscar was hit and killed by a car in California. Lefson found Rupee a couple months later and continued the journey.There is more to the story of course, and you can read it all and check out the very cool photo gallery at the Huffington Post.last_img read more

A Thank You To The Photographers From Across The Region

first_imgYesterday was World Photography Day. We missed it. I missed it, but for a good reason.It was Sunday, I was off, and I was taking photos.These days, every day is a holiday. There is a pancake day, cat day, and I can only assume a Zucchini day, (There is. I just Googled it and it was 12 days ago). Ridiculous, I know, but it furthers my point. There is a day for everything.I’m sitting at the local watering hole, enjoying an adult soda around the corner from our Asheville office. The summer showers have prolonged my bike ride home, and there is no better way to wait out a storm. As I finish this fine craft beverage, I’m scrolling through the BRO Instagram account, mindlessly digesting the hashtag #blueridgeoutdoors. At this moment there are 18,416 photos tagged. Almost twenty thousand photos with that tag alone are floating in space, in this one app, from this region. Soon there will be a paper on a new thumb-related medical condition caused by the indefinite scrolling of pictures on our mobile devices. Either that or our thumbs are only getting stronger. My sincerest of apologies to the thumbless “grammers” out there. I’m sure your index fingers, pinkies, and/or nubs will succumb to the same ailment. I digress.After a dozen or so double-taps, I wonder, “Hmmm, when is Photography Day?” It was yesterday. Dammit. A picture is worth a thousand words, an old but true saying. Pictures of these mountains are worth over 400 million years. A story forged by the elements and time, every snap of a shutter writes a new chapter. The jaw-dropping views that make you question your existence. Deafening waterfalls that drown out thunder. Creatures that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. You capture light, convert it into pixels, and continue to tell the story of this magical place. I’m always met with, “It would be an honor!” or, “Oh my goodness, of course!” It’s an incredibly humbling experience to chat with you all, to work with you, and to share your hard earned captures with our audience. You hike for miles, wake up before sunrise, and stay past sunset to capture our region in so many unique and beautiful ways. From convenient overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the bowels of wilderness areas, you tell the story of these mountains in a way words can’t describe. How did I miss this? Photography is a quintessential part of what we do, what we share. Without the support of photographers across the region, our Instagram Feed would be pretty, well…shitty. Our magazine would be boring to say the least. The amount of love and support we receive from the outdoor community, photographers in particular, is astronomical. As the digital content editor for this fine publication, I’m constantly reaching out to you, the photographer, asking permission to share your work. World Photography Day is a day where photographers are encouraged to share one photo of their world with the world. Whether landscapes, action shots, or even selfies, its purpose is to help showcase the endless possibilities of photography. Endless they are. The cause has helped raise money for charitable foundations and inspired countless photographers across the globe. If you ask me, there is no better place in the world to take a photo than the Blue Ridge Mountains. So This is a thanks to you, wandering photographer. Thank you for capturing these mountains, everything, and everyone that call them home.Next year, this post will be one day sooner.Side Note: National Nature Photo day was back on June 15. I missed that too. It’s probably time to look into one of those calendar apps.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

MOL, KHI to Develop Steering Gear with Sensing Capability

first_imgJapan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its compatriot Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have agreed to jointly work on the development of technologies that enhance vessel reliability and energy-saving operation.The project focuses on developing steering gear with new sensing capability and big data analysis. The system will be installed on a very large crude carrier (VLCC), which is under construction at KHI and slated for delivery to MOL.It is intended to develop KHI-made steering gear equipped with sensors that monitor pressure, flow rate, temperature of hydraulic oil, consumed power, and high-speed data acquisition system that has a large storage capacity.The data acquisition system would collect data from the steering gear, as well as other types of information, such as vessel speed, course, engine load and rudder angle, during a voyage.In-depth analysis of this data will lead to improvements in vessel reliability and energy-saving operation. The project is expected to complete by end of March 2021.MOL said that the project is an important step in developing the future intelligence function equipped steering gear, which will contribute to improvement of the vessel’s reliability, maneuverability, and energy-saving operation.last_img read more

The ‘Tastes of America are coming! Are you ready?

first_imgBatesville, In. — Lay’s has introduced a new line of flavors for potato chip aficionados across the country.The “Tastes of America” series features the following flavors:Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño PopperCajun SpiceChile Con QuesoChesapeake Bay Crab SpiceDeep Dish PizzaFried Green TomatoesFried Pickles with RanchKetchupNew England Lobster RollPimento CheeseThai Sweet chiliWest Coast Truffle FriesThe flavors will be available on July 30. There is more information online here.last_img

Veterans group awards nursing scholarships

first_imgRecipient of the 40 & 8 Voiture 612 Earnest and Vera Glaub Scholarship:Madison Leffingwell (currently in third year of Nursing Training at Ball State University) Those not pictured are:Chelsea Brown (Rising Sun HS)Trevor Levi (Rising Sun HS)Kennedy Miller (South Dearborn HS)All high school students in Franklin, Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties are eligible.The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France.  Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran’s organization in 1960.  Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces. Recipient of the 40 & 8 Voiture 612 JoAnn Niemeyer Scholarship:Amber Wiedeman (Lawrenceburg HS)center_img Lawrenceburg, In. — Members of the local chapter of 40 & 8 La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (the Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses) awarded nursing scholarships to 17 area students.  The recipients of the 40 & 8 Voiture 612 Nurses Scholarship recipients are: Jody Breeck (Switzerland Co. HS)Ashley Wegford (Rising Sun HS)Kasey Baker (Rising Sun HS)Chelsea Brown (Rising Sun HS)Trevor Levi (Rising Sun HS)Kennedy Miller (South Dearborn HS)Stephanie Edwards (Lawrenceburg HS)Sara Schuman (East Central HS)Anita Alig (East Central HS)Lauren McComas (East Central HS)Kendall McCool (Franklin Co. HS)Christopher Hammond (Franklin Co. HS)last_img read more

Homemade bomb suspect to be sentenced Friday

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — A Dearborn County man who had a homemade bomb blow up in his house will be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to possession of a destructive device or explosive with knowledge or intent to kill.On Easter of 2017 Back is believed to have placed the device in a gift bag that was intended for his former girlfriend. Investigators from the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s office said interior walls were blown out as much as five inches from the blast.In exchange for the guilty plea charges of manufacturing a destructive device and criminal recklessness were dropped.Back could receive up to 15-years in prison.last_img

Man Utd confirm Angel Gomes exit after rejecting new contract offer

first_img Promoted ContentFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe Manchester United have confirmed Angel Gomes has left the club. Angel Gomes set to depart from old trafford after failed talks The 19-year-old starlet has snubbed a new contract at Old Trafford and is now a free agent. A club statement said: “Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club. “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.” Gomes is one of ten United players departing the club on Wednesday after rejecting a reported £25,000 a week plus bonuses deal to remain at Old Trafford. The England Under-20 international has a host of clubs chasing his signature as he now plots his next move. Premier League rivals Chelsea are one of those interested in securing his services, although there could also be plenty of interest from abroad. Attacking midfielder Gomes has been restricted to just six first-team appearances this season. And that lack of opportunity for the ace, viewed as one of the brightest prospects to emerge through United’s academy in years, has convinced him to leave. Gomes had been at Old Trafford since he was six and he became the the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to make his senior debut for the club. Loading… center_img He went on to make 10 appearances in total, with his three starts coming this season in the Europa League. His final game for United was in the 4-0 home win over Norwich in January. The attacker was also the youngest winner of United’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy youth player award in 2017, at the age of 15 years 362 days, after scoring 12 goals in 19 appearances for the U18s. Best pal Mason Greenwood dedicated his goal in United’s win over Brighton to his now-former team-mate. The 18-year-old opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the first half of his side’s 3-0 victory at the Amex after dazzling Lewis Dunk with two stepovers before drilling home. And the striker celebrated his sixth Prem goal of the season by making an ‘A’ sign with his fingers – a tribute to his academy pal. read also:Chelsea make ‘lucrative’ transfer offer to Man Utd’s Angel Greenwood posted a picture of the pose on Twitter to confirm it was meant for his academy mate, captioning it: “A promise is a promise.” Gomes then took to social media to express his gratitude by uploading a snap of the forward celebrating in an Instagram story. He wrote: “No words, I love you bro. Special, special player, thanks for the dedicated goal.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

The Latest: Australia’s NRL rugby to restart on May 28

first_imgThe Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended. April 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28. The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.” ___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”center_img Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Australia’s NRL rugby to restart on May 28 Associated Press last_img read more