Bob Weir And John Mayer Discuss Dead & Company’s Purpose On CBS

first_imgThis morning, the Dead & Company band were profiled on an exciting CBS Sunday Morning segment. Airing on the morning before the band’s Bonnaroo appearance, a web exclusive video from an interview with Bob Weir and John Mayer goes in-depth about the group’s overall purpose.Weir goes into how the band is finding their own voice and message, when interviewer Anthony Mason asks him how long that typically takes. Weir cheekily responds, “Time,” before Mayer chimes in about his nervousness to do the Grateful Dead’s catalog justice. Of course Weir assuages his fears with his own confidence, showing a playful exchange between the two Grateful guitarists.Mayer then talks about how he prepared for the role of lead guitarist, with nothing but praise for the technique and talents of Jerry Garcia. You can watch the full video here.last_img read more

Satsumas

first_imgSouthern Georgia farmers growing ‘Owari’ satsumas are on track to harvest a bountiful crop of the citrus fruit at this time next year, according to Jacob Price, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Lowndes County.For the first three years of satsuma growth, producers remove the fruit from young trees to allow them to grow strong enough to support a load of fruit in the fourth year, which will be 2018 for many Georgia producers.“If all goes well, next year should be our most productive year to date,” Price said.There are currently 43,000 commercial citrus trees planted in Georgia, and the majority are satsumas. Fruit from the satsuma trees will be harvested in several Georgia counties this year: Lowndes, Irwin, Bulloch, Pierce, Clinch, Decatur, Thomas and Wayne counties. Satsuma trees were planted in southern Georgia beginning in 2013.“Before Georgia, limited quantities of satsumas were primarily grown in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, California and Florida,” Price said. “No one (in Georgia) was growing them, and I thought, ‘Why not?’ Our colder winter temperatures help the fruit develop a sweeter taste compared to traditional tropic, citrus-growing regions such as southern Florida.”Price was instrumental in helping large and small farmers alike plant the first satsuma trees in Georgia. He started the process by meeting with industry leaders and potential satsuma farmers beginning in August 2013 to discuss the fruit’s potential value to southern Georgia. This year’s mid-March freeze negatively affected some of southern Georgia’s satsuma acreage.Beyond trees for commercial production of satsumas, there are now trees growing in Lowndes County that are dedicated to two ongoing UGA research trials. One trial will help researchers evaluate whether or not newly developed rootstock produces a better quality, cold-tolerant satsuma. The second trial is an early satsuma variety trial in which early-ripening varieties are being compared in an effort to find the best performing variety for southern Georgia. “A couple of the new rootstocks show potential,” Price said. “It’s still too early to tell, but they show promise.”Price estimates that a farmer could produce a bountiful harvest from 144 trees on just 1 acre. In 10 years, those trees could produce 30,000 pounds of fruit.For more information on growing citrus in Georgia, visit UGA Extension Bulletin 804, “Citrus Fruit for Southern and Coastal Georgia.”(Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.)last_img read more

Vermont FiberConnect will get $33.4 million broadband grant

first_imgFirstLiight/Sovernet Communications,The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and Sovernet Communications reported today that their public-private partnership, Vermont FiberConnect, will receive a $33.4 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.  The grant will allow Sovernet to develop, own, maintain, and operate a 773 mile fiber-optic middle mile network in southern, central, and northeastern Vermont.  The project will connect over 340 community anchor institutions in the project area, including State owned buildings, public safety towers and all public and private K-12 schools, public libraries and colleges that elect to participate in the project. Another $13.7 million will go to Vermont Telephone Company (STORY).Sovernet Communications, a leading communications provider in Vermont, is the sole sub-recipient of the grant, through its Sovernet Fiber Corporation subsidiary, and will coordinate with the NTIA through the VTA.  Governor Jim Douglas and the Vermont legislature established the VTA in 2007 to find solutions to expand broadband and cellular service across the state and specifically reaching the underserved areas of the state.This award represents significant support and partnership from the following: State of Vermont Office of the CIO, Department of Education and supervisory unions, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Law School, Department of Public Safety, Department of Libraries (with funding partnership from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and the New England Telehealth Consortium. ‘This network will provide major support for the VTA’s efforts to expand broadband and cellular service throughout unserved areas of Vermont,’ said VTA Executive Director Christopher Campbell. ‘It also breaks new ground by promising to offer these community institutions tremendously abundant bandwidth at rates they can afford.’Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s CEO added, ‘Sovernet is proud and excited to make a tangible commitment, in partnership with the VTA, State of Vermont, and the NTIA , with this construction of a state-of-the-art network that will enable expansion of affordable broadband in rural areas.  The project will offer substantial long term benefits to the people of Vermont, including greater job opportunity, stronger schools, better healthcare and increased public safety.’David Tucker, State of Vermont CIO added, ‘This funding will benefit the citizens of Vermont not only by opening the door for a broader adoption of broadband, but will further enable the State of Vermont to make government services more readily available to our citizens electronically.’Peter Drescher, the Education Technology Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Education added, ‘The award of this grant brings the Department of Education one step closer to meeting its goal of affordable broadband availability for 100% of the public and private schools throughout the State.’Martha Reid, State Librarian at the Vermont Department of Libraries, agreed saying, ‘We are thrilled with this award and look forward to working with the public libraries in these communities as they develop and expand 21st century technology services to support the needs of local citizens for information, cultural enrichment, global connection and life-long learning. Our vision is to have fiber optic connectivity in all Vermont public libraries and this is a great start.’In addition to the grant, Sovernet will invest over $11 million in the project, building a fiber-optic middle mile network, providing data transport services up to 1 Gbps to community anchor institutions, government agencies, and last mile providers throughout the project area.  Additionally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute a grant award of $400,000 to this project to build public library connections, as well as $150,000 to support on-going broadband service in libraries.  Transport services will be available to the anchor institutions at lower prices and with greater bandwidth than is commonly available in these communities, ensuring that Vermont’s technological capabilities are on par with the rest of the country. About Vermont Telecommunications AuthorityThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority was established by the Vermont General Assembly in Act 79, passed into law in June 2007.  Act 79 established a Vermont Telecommunications Authority to facilitate the establishment and delivery of mobile phone and internet access infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Vermont. The authority is focused on unserved and underserved areas and an overall long term goal of broadband and mobile phone infrastructure throughout the state.About SovernetFounded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. This Vermont company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington and Winooski. Sovernet is committed to delivering superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities.  For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external)About NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities ProgramThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the NTIA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure and provide long-term economic benefits. The result is the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). BTOP will provide grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects. BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. More information on these programs is available at www.broadbandusa.gov(link is external). Source: VTA July 2, 2010last_img read more

The Last Howl? New Poll Reveals Overwhleming Support for Red Wolf Recovery

first_imgMost North Carolinians support the effort to recover the native red wolf, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. 73% percent of North Carolinians said they support red wolf recovery, and over 80% believe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should make every effort to help the endangered red wolf population recover and prevent its extinction.Local support for the red wolf recovery program is critical. Sixty percent of registered voters in North Carolina’s Albemarle Peninsula—which includes the red wolf recovery area—support red wolf recovery, and 77% said they support helping endangered species by recovering them in their native habitat.“This poll shows that North Carolina residents across the political spectrum support red wolf recovery and want the agency to step up and save the species,” says Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. “The Red Wolf Recovery Program was once a bold and effective conservation effort, restoring red wolves back to the wild after very nearly going extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to do all it can to recover the red wolf before it disappears from the wild once again.”Next month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is expected to announce its decision on the future of the Red Wolf Recovery Program, the only effort to restore red wolves into the wild in the United States.Over the past few years, the agency has all but abandoned the program, eliminating the red wolf coordinator position at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and sharply increasing red wolf removal from the wild at the request of a few private landowners in the red wolf recovery area. In 2014, FWS issued its first-ever lethal take permit for red wolves, and allowed a landowner to kill a mother wolf believed to be nursing. Today, fewer than 60 red wolves remain in the wild.last_img read more

What Broome County officials are learning from the SUNY Oneonta outbreak

first_imgKaufman said her department is working with Binghamton University constantly to adapt their procedures in case of a similar, local outbreak. The Broome County Health Department said it is closely monitoring the outbreak at the school, as many county residents attend the university. Public Health Director Rebecca Kaufman told 12 News Tuesday she has gotten in touch with students returning to the county, even before the outbreak was declared. “We have a conference call with them frequently and the last few weeks even daily to make sure we’re prepared for any kind of outbreak and response so that there’s communication between the county and the university,” she said. According to the state’s official case tracker, at SUNY Oneonta, more than 600 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the semester began and now those students are returning home.center_img (WBNG) — Local health officials are monitoring a nearby outbreak, wary of individuals bringing the coronavirus back to Broome County. Kaufman said once the student returns home, the health department does its normal quarantine and contact tracing procedures.last_img read more

FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

first_imgMar 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.Zanamivir, one of the two flu drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors, was approved in 1999 for treating flu in people aged 7 and older, but not for prophylactic use. The other neuraminidase inhibitor, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), was approved for both treatment and prevention in adults and children from the age of 1 year.”This approval is a welcome addition to the available defenses against the flu,” Dr. Steven Galson, director of the FDA’s center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA news release. “This new use offers the medical community another option to prevent and control influenza A and B.”Many countries are stockpiling oseltamivir, made by Roche, in the hope that it will offer some help in the next flu pandemic. Stockpiling of zanamivir, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been less prevalent, but the United States is stocking up on both.”We have purchased, as of today, 4 million treatment courses of Relenza and 22 million treatment courses of Tamiflu,” Bill Hall, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, told CIDRAP News today. “We expect all of them to be in the stockpile by the end of this calendar year.”Hall said HHS is aiming for a total of 81 million treatment courses of the two antivirals by 2008, with zanamivir making probably up about 20%.Zanamivir is a powder that is inhaled by mouth with a “Diskhaler” device. Oseltamivir comes in capsule form.Four large, placebo-controlled studies have shown the effectiveness of Relenza for preventing flu, the FDA reported. In two trials, the incidence of flu in households whose members received the drug was 4.1%, versus 19.0% in households where people received a placebo.In a third trial, involving only adults, 2.0% of people in the Relenza group experienced flu symptoms, versus 6.1% of those in the placebo group, the FDA reported. In the fourth study, which involved mostly older adults, flu symptoms occurred in 1.4% of placebo group members and 0.2% of the treatment group.The FDA said zanamivir has not been found effective for preventing flu in nursing homes. Also, it is not recommended as a substitute for flu vaccine, the primary tool for preventing flu.The drug is not recommended for people who have asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, the FDA noted. After zanamivir’s initial approval, bronchospasm, in some cases fatal, was reported in some patients, most of whom had asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the agency said.See also:Mar 29 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108622.htmFDA background information on Relenzahttp://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm183783.htmGlaxoSmithKline’s detailed information on Relenzahttp://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_relenza.pdfCIDRAP overview on use of antiviral agents for pandemic flulast_img read more

LNG New Technologies, MGI Thermo form containment JV

first_imgLNG New Technologies tied with MGI Thermo to establish LNT Marine in June this year following the cooperation on LNT A-Box liquefied natural gas containment system. The two companies have merged the LNG tank system design to other services enabling them to provide IMO type A and type C LNG containment systems and fuel tanks, as well as a solution for other cold temperature cargoes.“During our cooperation on the LNT45 project, it became clear that in order to continue optimizing the design and further reduce the cost of our LNT A-Box system, core competencies needed to be integrated under one roof,” said LNT Marine CEO Stein Foss.The LNT45 project is a 45,000-cbm LNG  carrier based on the LNT-A-Box containment system being built for Saga LNG Shipping at China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) in Haimen, China, LNT Marine statement reads.By joining the capabilities and services of the two companies, LNT Marine intends to continue developing new technologies and marine LNG solutions, focus on growing the market share of LNT A-Box system, as well as to develop the emerging mid-size LNG segment.last_img read more

VP Leni’s info on illegal drugs not from ICAD – PDEA chief

first_img“Gustokong kumalap ng mas maraming datos, pero iyong pinaka-report sa atin ngayon,karamihan ng mga pumapasok na supply ng(ilegal na droga) rito, galing China.‘Yung mga nahuhuling nag-ooperate, napakarami ring Chinese nationals orFilipino Chinese,” said Robredo./PN “In the past, mostly are coming fromChina but not now, most are coming from the Golden Triangle region whichborders Laos, Thailand and Myanmar,” Aquino said. Aquino said Robredo’s information didnot come from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), whichthe two co-chairs.    “Maybe may iba siyang source nanagsabi drugs are mostly coming from China. That information did not comefrom ICAD,” Aquino added.    Manila – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief DirectorGeneral Aaron Aquino contradicted Vice President Leni Robredo on the latter’sstatement that the illegal drugs in the country mostly came from China.    Aquino on Friday said most of theillegal drugs shipped into the country came from the Golden Triangle, a region“criss-crossing” the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.  Robredo, the newly-appointed drugczar, on Thursday claimed most of the illegal drugs in the Philippines came fromChina, if not Chinese citizens.     Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (left) on Friday contradicted Vice President Leni Robredo on the latter’s statement that the illegal drugs in the country mostly allegedly came from China. Aquino said most of the illegal drugs shipped into the country came from the Golden Triangle, a region “criss-crossing” the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. ABS-CBN NEWS He added cocaine allegedly came fromSouth American nations including Colombia and Peru, while ecstasy mostly camefrom the Netherlands and other European countries.last_img read more

Integra continues rich slate of awards for six IMCA divisions

first_img“We had the pleasure of hosting Integra at our national banquet last November and presenting them with their 10-year award. It’s been a great start to our relationship and we are already forecasting 10 more years as we hit the ground running in 2020,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. The Coopersville, Mich., manufacturer gives certificates valued at $350, $250 and $150 to top three eligible drivers in each of the five re­gions for IMCA Modifieds, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to top three driv­ers in national Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod standings. IMCA Sunoco Late Model awards are also based on national standings, with $350 certificates going to the both of the top two drivers, $250 certificates to third and fourth place drivers and $150 certificates to fifth and sixth place drivers. Competitors in five divisions must compete with four Integra shocks and springs, display two Integra decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to become eligi­ble.   “We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with IMCA and its member drivers,” said Marketing Coordinator Anna Daugherty. “We look for this season to be another successful one.”center_img COOPERSVILLE, Mich. – Drivers in six IMCA divisions earn shares of nearly $10,000 in product certificates to be awarded again this season by Integra Racing Shocks. The 2020 season is Integra’s 11th as an IMCA sponsor and all awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.  Information about the complete line of Integra shocks, springs and accessories is available by calling 800 472-2464, at the www.integrashocksandsprings.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

Todd Davis Named West Florida Athletic Director

first_imgTodd Davis Named West Florida Athletic Director Share May 14, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – A new era in West Florida athletics is set to begin. The University of West Florida named Todd Davis as its new athletic director on Monday. Davis is the fifth athletic director in the history of UWF.Davis will follow Richard Berg, who will retire after 19 seasons at the helm of West Florida athletics. Davis arrives in Pensacola from Albany, Ga. where he served as athletic director and facilities manager at Darton College since 2004. Darton is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.”This is such a great opportunity. Everything that I’ve learned about the University of West Florida is everything that I’ve ever wanted to be part of,” explained Davis. “I’m confident that I understand what needs to be done thanks to what Richard [Berg] has accomplished.”Davis led an athletic department consisting of 10 varsity sports that competed in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association. He was instrumental in creating the fundraising and marketing activities for Darton athletics. Davis was also responsible for overseeing the on campus physical education and wellness facility. Darton won the GJCAA Trophy Cup in 2005-06 as the best two-year athletic program in the state.Prior to Darton, Davis was the athletic director/associate vice president for student affairs at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla. for eight years. He was named the Carl Albert State College Staff Person of the Year in 1996-97 and 1998-99. Davis’s intercollegiate athletic administration experience includes stints with Western Kentucky University as coordinator of marketing promotions. He was also the assistant director of marketing and promotions at the University of Oklahoma for nearly five years. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sports administration at the University of Oklahoma.”I believe Todd [Davis] is a great fit for UWF. He is very passionate about sports, and he understands the value of the student-athlete,” said UWF Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Deborah Ford. “He has tremendous ideas on how to promote and market UWF athletics. I think he’s well positioned to lead an NCAA Division II program.””The selection committee has done an outstanding job in selecting Todd Davis as UWF’s next athletic director,” said Berg. “With over 150 applications, it was not an easy task. I know he’ll do a great job.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more