AgrAbility Farm

first_imgFarmers with physical disabilities are often a little too self-reliant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it. But help is out there. Soon, they’ll have an entire farm dedicated to equipment and training especially designed to help them farm more comfortably.The groundbreaking for the AgrAbility Farm took place Nov. 18 at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Tifton, Ga.Once complete, it will be open to the public and available for school groups to visit and for health care and rehabilitation professionals to attend trainings targeted to help disabled agricultural workers. The farm will be virtually available for people to see and interact with on-line, too.“The goal for this farm is for it to become a place where farmers with disabilities can come, scheduled or unscheduled, to try equipment or tools that may be of interest to them or that they may not even know about to improve their ability to farm,” said Glen Rains, Georgia’s AgrAbility director.“It will be unlike any other facility of its kind. From a lift that can aid someone in a wheelchair to get in the tractor, to hand controls that can operate an all-terrain vehicle, there will be a wide variety of displays for people to see,” said Becky Brightwell, AgrAbility program manager in Georgia.Farming is a dangerous occupation. According to the Department of Labor, in Georgia, it is estimated that as many as 35,000 individuals living in an agricultural household have a disability.AgrAbility is a national, free program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is charged to promote independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities. In Georgia, UGA Cooperative Extension and the Institute on Human Development and Disability in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences jointly manage the program.”We’d like for farming to stay a vocation for people as much as possible,” Rains said. “This program is one way of keeping farmers farming who don’t want to be rehabilitated into another job. We want to help them do it.”The program is a service that can link someone in Georgia to a chain of Cooperative Extension educators, disability experts, rural living professionals and volunteers across the state and the country, he said.Anyone who works or wants to work in agriculture and has a physical, cognitive or illness-related disability is eligible. This includes many things like amputations, arthritis, cancer, heart problems, diabetes or mental illness.To learn more about AgrAbility and the farm, visit the Web site www.farmagain.com.last_img read more

Long Island Weather: Nor’easter to Bring More Snow Thursday Night

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Screen grab from National Weather Service satellite image.Some parts of Long Island saw several inches of snow Thursday morning as a nor’easter finally made its way to the area bringing gusty winds and a mix of rain and snow that is expected to last throughout the day Thursday.The slow-moving nor’easter, forecaster said, isn’t going away anytime soon and will carry on until Friday morning. The Upton-based National Weather Service is expecting anywhere between three to five inches of snow after dark Thursday. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon Friday.Because surface temperatures are above freezing its “going to be very tough going to get it to stick on the paved surfaces,” National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morrin said of the snow.But with the temperature expected to drop below freezing Thursday night, meteorologist are anticipating higher snow accumulation across the Island, with the only exception being communities between Bridgehampton and Montauk.Forecasters downgraded the storm Wednesday night and predicted three to seven inches during the duration of the storm. A winter weather warning for eastern Suffolk County was cancelled late Wednesday afternoon.Wednesday’s howling winds have also weakened, forecasters said, with gusts now reaching 40 mph.Long Island Power Authority’s system held up during the storm and the utility is only reporting minimal outages, according to its website.The Long Island Rail Road isn’t reporting any significant delays due to the storm.Late Wednesday, Long Island MacArthur announced the cancellation of several flights but said operations would resume Thursday morning.The weather should clear up this weekend with clouds giving way to sunny skies. The forecast calls for temperatures in the high-40s Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Sleeping to Tip-top Health

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Many Americans would agree that the most enjoyable part of their day is the moment their head hits the pillow, when they can recharge their batteries after a long, exhausting day.But for some, the promise to relieve the stress of a hard day’s work with a good night’s rest is only a dream. A third of adults in the United States get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For National Sleep Awareness Month this March, it’s important to recognize the effects of restlessness on the body, and learn what to do to get the most out of your night.“It’s often hard to turn off the brain from the day’s activities and try to clear the head,” says Dr. David Edelson, internist at HealthBridge Sleep Medicine in Great Neck. “I often recommend people learn to do short meditation periods.”That’s because stress can interfere with a person’s ability to fall asleep. Some of Dr. Edelson’s patients are advised to use “Headspace,” an app that assists with meditation to help users clear their head and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.Disruptive sleep can lead to many health risks, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Losing sleep can be caused by many factors, and anyone can experience sleep disturbance differently. Distractions can also keep a person from falling asleep.“Proper sleep hygiene is essentially creating a sterile environment for sleep,” says Edelson.He recommends keeping the room completely dark, noise kept to a minimum, keeping electronic devices powered off, and keeping pets out of the room. Changing old habits may be the simple solution to falling asleep faster. If sleep maintenance or staying asleep is the problem, a sleep disorder may need to be ruled out.“Sleep apnea is a condition where people actually stop breathing for periods of time, or slow down their breathing to the point where their blood oxygen levels drop,” says Edelson.Due to recent advancements, testing for sleep disorders has become easier and more comfortable than before, allowing people to stay in the comfort of their own home. Those experiencing loss of sleep should consult a sleep physician to determine the cause and map out their treatment options.last_img read more

‘So the economy won’t die completely’: Luhut explains policy to allow ‘mudik’ during pandemic

first_imgA senior Cabinet minister has justified the government’s decision to not officially ban people from traveling home for the Idul Fitri holiday, saying that it could be “the best” decision to keep the economy afloat.The decision was reached on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.  Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said economic concerns were among the primary reasons for allowing people to leave Jakarta, arguing that a travel ban would likely be ineffective considering that an exodus from the capital city had begun earlier than expected. “Our main consideration [for this policy] is so that the economy won’t die completely. After we calculate everything, this could be the best option of many options that are perhaps unsuitable [for us],” said the minister. Luhut, who is also acting transportation minister after Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was hospitalized for the coronavirus, however, stressed that the government would make it harder for people to go back to their hometowns, a local tradition known as mudik.   He said the government would strictly enforce physical distancing measures, meaning that the capacity on public transportation would be limited and prices would go up.The minister said he was hoping people would be more disciplined in practicing physical distancing to address the outbreak. He believed the outbreak would soon subside in Indonesia because of increasing temperatures in April but that would not happen if people failed to practice physical distancing.  President Jokowi said during Thursday’s meeting that homebound travelers, who could potentially carry the COVID-19 virus, must self-isolate as soon as they arrived in their hometowns as a preventative measure and ordered communities to increase the monitoring of recently-returned travelers, who will be considered people under observation (ODP).“I would like to encourage participation at the community level, be it through neighborhood units [RT] or community units [RW] so that travelers who come back from Greater Jakarta can be given ODP status,” said Jokowi from Bogor Palace, West Java, adding that village funds could be used as social safety nets for the villagers.In a separate meeting on Thursday, Jokowi also instructed Home Minister Tito Karnavian to reprimand regional administrations that, because of their own mobility-restriction measures, had set up road blocks that prevent the smooth distribution of goods during Ramadan and Idul Fitri.“I received a report yesterday that there are two regions that had hampered the distribution of rice because they blocked their roads. Please notify the administrations about this,” said Jokowi.Jokowi has resisted calls to impose territorial quarantines to contain the coronavirus outbreak and is instead opting for large-scale social restrictions as the main government strategy after declaring a public health emergency status over COVID-19 on Tuesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, March 5 – March 11, 2017

first_img The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf spoke out against the GOP Affordable Care Act replacement plan, the American Health Care Act.“This plan does not fix the Affordable Care Act – it would just delay the Republican plan to cut coverage for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, including those who were able to access quality, affordable healthcare after I expanded Medicaid two years ago,” Governor Wolf said in a statement released on Monday.On Wednesday, the governor sent a letter to five PA Congressmen seated on two key U.S. House committees to formally ask that they reject the bill. He also held a press conference on Friday to discuss how the AHCA would have a negative impact on Pennsylvania’s seniors.Governor Wolf also visited companies in Scranton, Allentown, and Lancaster to host discussions on his budget’s investments in Pennsylvania’s economy and job creation.Governor Wolf’s Week, March 5 – March 11, 2017Monday, 3/6/17Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid CrisisGovernor Tom Wolf Statement on GOP Health Care Repeal PlanTuesday, 3/7/17Governor Wolf Announces PennDOT Effort to Help Combat Human TraffickingWednesday, 3/8/17Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially SeniorsOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s EconomyOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour Allentown, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s EconomyThursday, 3/9/17Wolf Administration Sues IBM Over Delayed, Costly Unemployment Compensation System UpgradeOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Lancaster, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s EconomyGovernor Wolf Announces 60 New Jobs with United State Cold Storage Expansion in Bucks CountyFriday, 3/10/17Governor Announces Retirement of Revenue Secretary Eileen McNultyGovernor Wolf Announces Launch of Electronic Permit Application for Coal MinesGovernor Wolf: Pennsylvania’s Seniors Lost Under GOP Healthcare PlanHighlights from The BlogGovernor’s Advisory Commissions Stand Against HateGovernor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up)We Read the GOP Healthcare Repeal Plan and It’s as Bad as You ThinkPirates, Cardinals to Play in Williamsport during Little League World SeriesGovernor Wolf Announces Company Expansion, New Jobs in Bucks County (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterGOP plan is also dropping substance abuse coverage. In the middle of an opioid overdose crisis, this is unconscionable. https://t.co/aGM78GhRuE— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 9, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Today and every day, I will be bold and challenge bias and inequality on behalf of the 6M women that live in PA. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/JQ7PXNsYMV— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 8, 2017 Awesome to have @Pirates and @Cardinals play @MLB game in Williamsport during the 2017 @LittleLeague World Series. https://t.co/LLcgpVSExh— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 9, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, March 5 – March 11, 2017center_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf March 10, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

No concern for developers in Redlands as land sales surge

first_imgAusbuild managing director Matthew Bell says there is plenty of steam left in the Queensland market with sales surging ahead in the Redlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE Brisbane land market is expected to continue to power ahead despite national concerns that building approvals peaked last year. Ausbuild joint managing director Matthew Bell said there was a lot of strength still left in the Brisbane market, with the Redlands area proving to be quite a powerhouse.“On a national basis Sydney and Melbourne influence those figures strongly, but I’m confident the local marketplace has a lot of steam left in it,” he said.“We haven’t yet seen the heights of price growth that the southern states have seen and therefore our position is much stronger from an affordability perspective, which is key in most buyers minds.” Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Mr Bell said land within 25km of the CBD and infill subdivisions were still very strong.“With the economic position here still being relatively strong from wage growth and the current interest rate environment, there would have to be significant change in either of these factors to negatively influence the growth rates.”Ausbuild has a strong interest in the Redlands, having developed there for more than 20 years.Mr Bell said it was an interesting marketplace because of its lifestyle appeal and proximity to the water.“Redlands itself, over the years, has benefited from strong infrastructure and transport investment with more businesses establishing themselves within the community,” Mr Bell said.“So what we’ve found is that it’s never oversupplied with development … the supply and demand equation has always upheld the value of property in the Redlands area.”“It’s the lifestyle that attracts the buyers to Redlands and now we have strong community and businesses basing themselves in Redlands.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAusbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Ausbuild has four major land estates in Thornlands, with Esperance and Majestic, both almost completely sold out, and Altitude and Kinross recently launched.Mr Bell said a strong majority of buyers they had sold to over the last five or six years were coming from within 5kms of where the developments were based.Mr Bell said Esperance was the company’s flagship development, appealing to a wide cross-section of buyers, bringing a lot of diversity to the community.With a wide range of allotment size, Mr Bell said the estate enabled a broad cross section of buyers including young first-home buyers who had grown up in the Redlands, the ability to buy into the area when they would normally not be able to afford to remain in the area.“A lot of first-home buyers here have grown up in the Redlands, they have their parents here, their friends here and they seek employment here, they don’t really want to leave,” Mr Bell said.“Yet often the new subdivisions are out of reach of their budget.”The newly launched Altitude was designed to appeal to a different buyer profile, with 52 lots ranging in size from 350sq m to 1000sq m, and a strong uptake on the seven larger blocks since launch last month.center_img Ausbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“This is a segment of the market that we usually can’t appeal to because of estate lot size restraints, but it’s a segment where third and fourth home buyers still want this larger size lot.“We find that the downsizers and often the first home buyers are looking for low maintenance housing product and that’s where we try and get as much mix into an estate as we can,” he said.“But whenever we do produce lots over 600sq m we get strong demand.”Kinross is bringing more diversity to Ausbuild’s portfolio with the first stage launched in what will be a 76 lot subdivision.“This estate has a bit of a bushland feel, it’s very rural,” Mr Bell said.“We really understand the Redlands buyer and hence have a strong pipeline of development in front of us.“Ausbuild has been in the Redlands for more than two decades and it’s obvious the move to urban communities is not just a passing trend — but a societal shift that is gaining momentum.”last_img read more

LGPS consortium awards £6.5bn mandate to Legal & General IM

first_imgA consortium of local authority funds has awarded Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) £6.5bn (€9.2bn) worth of passive mandates, a doubling of mandates previously run for the funds by one of the UK’s largest managers.The seven local government pension schemes (LGPS) – Cheshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire – were, in September, reported to be jointly tendering for passive equity managers to reduce costs.As a result of the exercise, the Shires managed to reduce management fees by more than 50%, asking LGIM to run a series of passive equity, passive fixed income and smart beta strategies.UBS Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and BlackRock have lost mandates as a result of LGIM’s appointment. SSGA, for example, was responsible for a global index-tracking strategy worth 31% of the Warwickshire Pension Fund’s £1.6bn in assets.  The fund also employed BlackRock for a passive multi-asset mandate.UBS, meanwhile, ran a passive equity strategy for the Worcestershire County Pension Fund.As a result of the mandate, LGIM has doubled the volume of assets run on behalf of the seven local authority funds.All members of the consortium, with the exception of the £2bn Worcestershire Pension Fund, were already invested in funds run by LGIM.Existing mandates were worth more than £3.9bn, largely stemming from £1.2bn in mandates from the £4.1bn Cheshire Pension Fund and a further £1bn from the Leicestershire County Pension Fund.Bfinance, which conducted the tender on behalf of the consortium, said the exercise was completed in five months, after initial exploratory work by Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.A spokesman for the consortium, which has £19.6bn in assets, praised the work done by bfinance and said he was pleased with the quality of LGIM’s funds and its experience in managing passive strategies.He added: “Joining forces with other pension funds has enabled us to unlock significant savings and gives clear and tangible evidence of what can be achieved if LGPS funds are willing to work together and collaborate as equals.”Pai Sarai, managing director and head of client consulting at bfinance, said the award to LGIM’s pooled funds was an excellent outcome after an “extensive and rigorous” tender process.“Given this success,” he added, “we expect significant interest from other local government pension schemes in similar arrangements to achieve more cost-effective investment strategies.”It is the second sizeable mandate award by local authority funds in recent weeks, following from the £6bn in sub-funds launched by the collective investment vehicle set up by London’s local authorities.last_img read more

DBBL not looking on job cuts, says General Manager

first_img Tweet Workers at the Dominica Brewery and Beverages Limited (DBBL) should not fear losing their jobs in the face of ongoing economic challenges, the company has said.DBBL General Manager Lynford Gutherie said Tuesday the company is looking beyond the challenges and has its eye on ways in which staff can retain their jobs.“We are not looking on job cuts right now, definitely not. We’ll be having an executive meeting and rather than looking on job cuts we’ll be looking at some strategy as to how to remain focused and to keep our employees employed,” Gutherie stated.Meanwhile the Brewery Limited in Dominica’s Caribbean neighboring Antigua has announced a decision to close its production facility in Antigua and shift production to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The company said the pronouncement was based on financial problems. It means that up to 42 workers will be sent home.Photo credit: dominicaweekly.comDominica Vibes News LocalNews DBBL not looking on job cuts, says General Manager by: – June 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 51 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs And Eagles Victorious In The Ripley County Boys Tourney

first_imgBoys BasketballWednesday  (1-3)Ripley County TourneyBatesville  62     Milan  28Jac-Cen-Del  66     South Ripley  62Girls BasketballRivertown ClassicSouth Dearborn  43     Switzerland County  25Lawrenceburg  57     Rising Sun  51  (OT)last_img

Scholes insists Man Utd could’ve won multiple European titles in another era

first_imgManchester United legend. Paul Scholes, has admitted his team could have won more European cups in another era. Scholes won 11 Premier League titles alongside Giggs The Red Devils came up against some excellent opposition in Europe under Sir Alex Ferguson. They did manage to lift the giant trophy twice under the Scotsman. But Scholes admits it could have been more. “We were quite unlucky really,” Scholes told the A Goal In One Podcast. “In any other era we might have won four, five, or six European Cups.Advertisement “But the teams that were about – you look at Guardiola’s Barcelona team. Jesus, how good were they?! “You could go right through the team. In midfield, you had Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, and Lionel Messi. read also:Scholes compares Pogba with Liverpool legend “Henry on the left. Center halves of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol. Just unreal. “They’re without a doubt the best team I’ve played against. They’re one of the best teams that have ever been.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more