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Temporary Relief.

first_imgSoil Still Dry Rainfall late last week and early this week has brought some temporary relief to drought conditions across Georgia. But the state needs much more rain to break the drought. Total rainfall between June 8 and June 14 in the state’s peanut region ranged from 0.3 inches at Statesboro to 1.98 inches at Tifton. Most stations reported between 0.75 and 1.75 inches. Across the rest of the state, rainfall ranged from 0.1 at Dearing and 0.27 at Eatonton. Some stations had more than 1.5 inches, included Attapulgus and Dixie in southwest; Tifton in south central; Vidalia in southeast; Griffin, Pine Mountain and Williamson in west central; Blairsville in the north Georgia mountains; and Clark Atlanta University in downtown Atlanta. (The rainfall figures are from the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. Daily updates are available on the Web site.) With last week’s rain, conditions in central Georgia improved from extreme to severe drought, while southwest Georgia improved from severe to moderate drought. Except for the northwest (moderate), the rest of the state is in severe drought. Rainfall needed to end the drought ranges from 4 inches in the northwest to more than 11 inches in the southeast. The eastern two-thirds of the state needs more than 9 inches to end the drought.center_img Drought Still On The Georgia Agricultural Statistical Service reports that soil moisture is very short to short in 70 percent of the state. The topsoil in the central, east central and all of south Georgia is excessively dry, and yield prospects are reduced. West-central Georgia soils are abnormally dry, and prospects are deteriorating. Across the rest of the state, the soil moisture is rated as short. Regional drought and soil moisture conditions are calculated by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center and updated weekly. Agriculture remains stressed across the state. GASS rates almost half of the corn and pastures very poor to poor. Almost a third of the cotton crop is rated very poor to poor. You can find daily updates on the drought at the UGA drought Web site. Or contact your county extension agent.last_img read more

Mike Farley on Making Music and Raising a Son With Autism

first_imgPrior to staring a career spreading the word about other bands, Mike Farley – now a publicist in Madison, Wisconsin – was in a couple bands himself.  Thirty years ago, he and buddy Dave Kenna played together as Second Wind, which they recently reformed to record an EP, and Mike fronted the Mike Farley Band in the Cleveland, Ohio, area for a number of years, garnering a reasonable measure of success while opening for such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Edwin McCain, and The Pretenders.Over the last couple years, I have done a lot of work with Mike, as he regularly funnels me an eclectic mix of great bands to feature on Trail Mix.  It was only recently, however, that I became aware of a special facet of his personal life; he and his wife, Jennifer, are raising a child with autism.  This was particularly interesting to me, because, as a public school teacher, I see autism more and more each year in my classroom.  I recently caught up with Mike to talk about Second Wind, his son, and the song that autism inspired.BRO – Tell me about Second Wind the first time around.MF – I grew up on Long Island.  Dave Kenna, my partner in Second Wind, and I were in different bands.  I was in a metal band and he was playing in a classic rock cover band.  We met through a friend of mine about the time that I was growing out of my metal phase.  One night Dave and I were out with some friends at this bar called Top Of The Stretch, which later became our hangout for the summer of 1982, and there was this dude up there playing.  He was sort of a one man band guy.  We were a bit drunk and decided to let the owners know that we were interested in playing a gig; we figured we could do what this guy was doing, but this was well before we had even come up with anything.  The next day we realized that we would actually have to put something together.  So we did.  We got together and jammed and worked up some acoustic stuff, both covers and our own material.BRO – Three decades later, you decided to revisit Second Wind.MF – Dave and I go see an NFL game together each year.  Before the trip last year, he sent me an email reminding me that it had been thirty years since we had gotten Second Wind together.  Keep in mind that we had gone our separate ways since then.  Though we started another band together, Second Wind had been shelved.  So he told me that he thought we should get together again and record.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.  We hadn’t played together in so long.  But my wife convinced me to do it.  I really had no reason not to.  Each of us was to bring two new songs in and we would go from there.  The goal was new material.  I hadn’t written a lot in the last few years, so it was a struggle for me.  I ended up having to write one song and used the theme of autism.  We met up in Kansas City and rehearsed for a couple days.  It felt so good and was like we hadn’t stopped playing together.  We got to this studio in Eudora, Kansas, and recorded for the day.  There was a great vibe.  We put everything down and it came out so well.  Our engineer wanted to know if we would release it as an EP and we decided to do just that.BRO – You mentioned autism.  Tell me about Jonathan.MF – Jonathan, our son, was born in 2007.  When he turned two, he was still hardly talking.  We got some speech therapy for him and, right before we moved to Madison, one of the therapists working with my wife gave her a brochure about autism and encouraged her to look into it.  This upset us, as we were sure he was just speech delayed.  When we got to Madison in 2010 we put him into a preschool.  Because he wasn’t really talking, he was a bit of a problem at school.  He was pinching, biting, and pushing other kids.  He couldn’t communicate any other way.  Every other day we were getting an incident report about something.  We had to work with them to get this behavior fixed.  We ended up getting Jonathan tested and got two or three different opinions that supported him being on the autism spectrum.  He now gets services through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project every day.  Two therapists come to the house and Jonathan gets between four and five hours of intense therapy each afternoon.  Within a few months, we saw serious improvements.  In the past year, he has been taking a social skills class – we call it Friends Club – and has learned how to have friends and interact with his peers.  Now he has friends at school.  They know he is a little different, but this has helped so much.  He has his struggles, but Jonathan has improved a lot.BRO – What is the story behind “Foxhole,” from the EP?MF – All of this is a serious strain on a marriage.  My wife and I have a good marriage.  We are very strong and we lean on each other a lot.  I don’t remember how this came up, maybe through a movie or on a TV show, but I heard someone say, “There’s nowhere I would rather be than in a foxhole with you.”  I thought that was appropriate.  It was exactly what this feels like.BRO – If you could sum up in one word what a typical day with Jonathan is like, what would it be?MF – Eventful.  There is always something going on.  You never know what could happen from one minute to the next.  His moods change a lot and you have to be prepared for when a tantrum is going to hit or something sets him off.  You never know when you head out to an event, or even to the grocery store, if it is going to be good.  Or if his routine changes we have to do a social story, which is basically a book that explains what we will be doing.  If we go on vacation or visit family we do one.  Most of the days have been really great, but there is usually part of the day that isn’t.  There are some days that aren’t.  But definitely eventful, because every day is full of them.BRO – Your wife, Jennifer, does a wonderful blog about your experiences parenting.  What do the two of you want other parents to know about what it’s like having a child on the spectrum?MF – As hard as it is, it is still a gift to have this child.  To a degree, we feel like we were chosen to have Jonathan so we can help other people facing the same situation.  We try to do that.  We are also always trying to show to other people that have “normal” kids what it is like.  As hard as it can be, Jonathan is still our kid and we love him no matter what and will do anything we can for him.  Jonathan might be a little but different than other kids, but he really isn’t that different at all.———————————————————————————————You can check out “It’s Gonna Be Alright” from Eudora, Second Wind’s EP, on this month’s Trail Mix.  More information on Second Wind and getting a copy of the EP can be found at www.michaeljmedia.com/secondwind.html.I would also suggest you take a minute to check out Jennifer’s blog on parenting an autistic child at http://www.justanotherautismblog.blogspot.com.  Her writing is equally entertaining, engaging, and agonizing.  It is likely that you know someone with an autistic child; Jennifer’s blog offers a window into a world that many of us never see.last_img read more

Mobile Surgical Team Builds Friendships, Sharpens Skills in Honduras Hospital

first_img “The goal of the MST is not only to provide surgical assistance to the local population but also to provide relief to hospitals that may be overwhelmed with patients,” said Capt. William Ang Abrigo, surgical nurse. “We are here to provide quality medical care to the patients, as well as to build a working relationship with our Honduran counterparts.” The training hospital allows the team to work with surgical students and teach new techniques they may not have been exposed to. For example, on this occasion, the surgical team partnered with a third year medical student to perform three surgeries during the MEDRETE at Hospital Escuela. By Dialogo May 06, 2013 When the MST visits hospitals in the community they travel with everything they need to complete the mission. All the instruments and drugs are packed and ready to go. This allows the team to setup anywhere to complete the mission. “We free up their surgical teams to take care of other patients,” said Boggs. “One of the patients had a dead bowel; we had to do the surgery that night or he would not have made it to morning.” “The hospital staff and our Honduran counterparts were hungry for the knowledge and for the insights we provided them,” said Capt. Shawn Fahey, MST nurse anesthetist. Surgical MEDRETES allow the MST to exercise their surgical skills while providing relief to the saturated medical staff at Hospital Escuela. The MST, assigned to the Medical Element at JTF-B, performs weekly surgical medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETE) in Comayagua and La Paz, while visiting Tegucigalpa on a monthly basis. “It was a great opportunity for us to team with our Honduran counterparts and to instruct the students during their surgical rotation,” said Maj. Boggs, MST surgeon. “We not only taught the student, we also learned from her as well.” When the team is in surgery they work alongside Honduran medical staff sharing knowledge and techniques. On April 23, Joint Task Force-Bravo’s (JTF-B) Mobile Surgical Team (MST) partnered with the Hospital Escuela, a training hospital in Tegucigalpa, to teach and perform much needed surgeries as part of a commitment to building partnership capacity. The trip to Tegucigalpa was a huge success,” said Boggs. “The hospital called us 24 hours later and requested we come back as soon as possible.” We would love to get in touch with mst in order to transfer their experiences to the central hospital of our armed forces. It’s important, since we have edited a book on operational medicine and we have published several articles considered to be of academic interest.last_img read more

The next level of technology in project management

first_img continue reading » We’re grateful to our clients for helping us lead the way in the effective use of project management technology. They’ve worked along side us on projects as we developed new processes for communication, collaboration, and information sharing via cloud-based project management platforms. With their help, we’ve fundamentally changed the way that we communicate with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors and reached an unprecedented level of transparency in the construction industry.We’d like to share our experience implementing Smartsheet to support our financial institution design-build projects. Smartsheet is a spreadsheet-based project management and scheduling platform that allows users to collaborate on tasks and activities in a project and provides live visibility of a project’s status. We’ve used this platform to improve communication, transparency, tracking, accountability, and collaboration. We’re sharing this experience because we believe that our takeaways could help you better manage projects in any domain.Tracking and Accountability A construction project has many participants and moving parts, and any single task has the ability to massively impact cost, schedule, and results. These pieces have been traditionally fragmented across multiple documents and communication channels, and the process of saving and sharing these documents meant that information drifted out of sync and there wasn’t a single source of truth. Smartsheet allows us to bring all of these parts together in one place where they can be effectively tracked and managed. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton Mayor names city construction projects deemed ‘essential’

first_imgProjects included that begin within the 60 days are: Mayor David says the city is working to finalize plans and obtain approvals for non-essential projects. Projects included that are already underway include: Family Enrichment Network 19-Unit Home Housing DevelopmentBinghamton Housing Authoirty 48-Unit Affordable Hosuing Development “Canal Plaza/Grocery Store” He says the city will be ready to build or bid on the project once the state government lifts its pause on non-essential projects. The mayor says the projects support critical local infrastructure, affordable housing, homeless housing and essential municipal operations. He says the project creates local jobs and keep wages and spending flowing in the city’s economy. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced Tuesday several city projects have been deemed essential by the state government amid the coronavirus outbreak. 7 Hawley St. Parking GarageCity Hall roof repair and green roofStreet paving and reconstructionJoint-Sewage Treatment Plant rehabilitationNew downtown fire stationlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Indonesia’s suspicious health minister, business pandemic planning, cowpox from rats

first_imgMar 25, 2009Indonesian health minister skeptical about immunizations, foreign research supportIndonesia’s health minister Siti Fadilah Supari yesterday claimed that foreign pharmaceutical companies might be testing their products on the country’s citizens and said she’d push for ending childhood vaccinations for pneumonia, chicken pox, seasonal influenza, rubella, and typhoid if she doesn’t receive scientific proof that they are “beneficial,” according to an Associated Press (AP) report. She added that she still supports immunizations against measles, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis. In a related development, Supari told Indonesia’s research community to conduct their own virus and DNA research without assistance from foreign funding sources that she said might use the findings to develop a biological weapon to use against Indonesia, according to a report yesterday on the Futuregov.net Web site, a Singapore-based news source.[Mar 24 Futuregov.net story]Business trade group urges pandemic contingency planningAn international trade group for the insurance and financial industries today issued a report urging its members to consider the future impact of an influenza pandemic, which could, for example, prompt a range of issues, from liability issues related to event cancellations to civil unrest. The report, from the London-based Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), also urged companies to draw up their own pandemic plans, which should include gauging the impact of reduced service levels, ensuring staff safety, and providing cross-training and telecommuting opportunities.[Mar 2009 CII Thinkpiece report]Cowpox virus transmitted to humans from pet ratsTwo separate studies appearing today in the early online version of Emerging Infectious Diseases report two separate clusters in Germany and France of people contracting cowpox from pet rats. In the German case, five people from two separate households near Munich became infected after handling pet rats from the same litter. In France, four people living in separate households who bought rats from the same pet store all tested positive for cowpox, a close relative of smallpox. All nine patients recovered. The studies’ authors cite only one previous study linking cowpox in humans to a pet rat. They mention the rising popularity of keeping rodents as pets and emphasize caution to pet owners.[EID report from Germany][EID report from France]last_img read more

How Arsenal legend Robert Pires kept his team-mates ‘waiting’ on a daily basis

first_img Comment How Arsenal legend Robert Pires kept his team-mates ‘waiting’ on a daily basis Advertisement Advertisement Pires used to keep his Villa team-mates waiting (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires’ Aston Villa team-mates were forced to wait for up to an hour-and-a-half at a time while the Arsenal legend finished his lunch, according to Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton.Pires, who joined Villa from Villarreal in the backend of his career, was playing under compatriot Gerard Houllier during the French manager’s only season in charge. Houllier, the former Liverpool boss, had brought in a rule for the squad that they were unable to leave mealtimes until every player had finished their food – and Pires’ slow eating habits left the players sat twiddling their thumbs, waiting for him to finish.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘On the pitch even though by the time he came to us he was quite slow and wasn’t really the most mobile, some of the stuff he did in training was incredible,’ Albrighton, who was at Villa at the time, told Birmingham Live.ADVERTISEMENT‘He just had the respect of the whole dressing room straight away and absolutely deserved it as well. Not only to be such a good player but after everything he had achieved in his career – World Cup winner, Invincibles team – to still be such a nice person everybody just respected that.‘He was a brilliant guy, such a cool, calm character. I remember one of the rules Gerard Houllier brought in was that we all had to sit at the dinner table until everybody’s finished. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 9:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Pires was a slow eater (Picture: Getty)‘No phones, nothing. You had to sit there until the last person’s finished. You can’t get up off your chair or go to your room or go wherever.‘I remember Robert Pires came in and obviously the English lads have got their plates of food in front of them and straight away it’s gone, within seconds.‘That’s just what we were used to. A lot of the lads had a hairdresser or whatever at the hotel.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘So the hairdresser’s upstairs knowing he’ll have a queue because he’s got six or seven haircuts to rattle off.‘I remember Robert Pires came and he was just so elegant in everything he did.‘He just took his time eating and he knew no different to that. That was just the way he was. We could be sat down there for an hour and a half just waiting. That was just him, he made no apology that was how he knew it, he didn’t see anything wrong with that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Grant Awards to Protect Pennsylvania Communities from Flooding

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Following a year with unprecedented rain events and catastrophic flooding, Governor Tom Wolf has announced more than $3 million in grants for projects to help reduce and control stormwater for Pennsylvania communities.“The storms of 2018 showed the devastation that rushing floodwaters can cause for communities,” said Governor Wolf. “In addition to rebuilding what was lost, it is also important to prepare for the future and these projects will help protect communities, and in many cases, reduce water pollution as well.”Grants were awarded for nine projects, funded through the Growing Greener program. Many of the projects involve streambank restoration to repair and restore fish habitat and prevent future erosion. Other projects are for floodplain restoration, which allows stormwater to spread out and slow down, so it can be absorbed into the groundwater, rather than rushing over streambanks.“Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, whose department oversees the grants. “These grants are an investment into improving waterways now and protecting against future flooding for these communities.”Approved projects include:Cambria County: Chest Creek Flood Control Restoration$21,260 to stabilize 300 linear feet of streambank on Chest Creek in Patton Borough.Nanty-Glo Flood Control Restoration:$19,940 to install numerous features in the South Branch of Blacklick Creek to improve flood protection and fish habitat in Nanty-Glo Borough.Dauphin County: Spring Creek Restoration and Best Management Practice Implementation$120,000 to design and permit streambank and floodplain restoration at two sites along Spring Creek in Swatara Township.Conewago Creek Stream Restoration: $738,752 to restore 3,000 linear feet of floodplain along Conewago Creek and tributary in Dauphin and Lancaster Counties.Lancaster County: Chiques Creek Pollutant Reduction Project$99,000 to design and permit 3,040 linear feet of floodplain restoration and establish 8 acres of riparian buffer along Chiques Creek in Manheim Borough.Montgomery County: Hatboro Memorial Park Streambank Restoration$212,101 to restore and stabilize a 900-foot section of a tributary stream in the Hatboro Memorial Park in Hatboro Borough.Schuylkill County: Mill Creek Flood Plain restoration$325,000 to restore floodplain and reduce flood impacts along Mill Creek in the Borough of Port Carbon.Washington County: Washington Catfish Creek Upper Watershed restoration Project$145,000 to reduce sediment runoff and control stormwater, as well as stabilize 1,580 feet of Catfish Creek to prevent flooding in the city of Washington.York County: Fox Run Floodplain Restoration$1,493,742 to restore 4,062 linear feet of floodplain along Fox Run, which runs through several York County municipalities. January 10, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Grant Awards to Protect Pennsylvania Communities from Floodinglast_img read more

Suburb where houses sell cheaper than units

first_img4 Warry Street, Gailes, Qld 4300THERE are not many suburbs in Brisbane where the median price for units outstrips that of houses, but this part of the greater capital city region has prices so good, they’re positively in a timewarp.The suburb of Gailes, about half an hour from the Brisbane CBD, has been producing house sales that are still in the $200,000s – a rare feat that’s now considered impossible closer to the city. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 20194 Warry Street, Gailes, Qld 4300 There is a long term tenant in place.This home at 4 Warry Street, Gailes, has just been listed as having sold for $231,000, according to data on realestate.com.au – with the price $46,000 more than the owner paid a decade ago.The three bedroom, single bathroom, double car space home is on a 559sq m block. The home was built in 1965.To put it in perspective, the last time Brisbane’s median house price was in the vicinity of the $200,000s was at the turn of century – when it was $249,000. Room to play with.That Brisbane median 17 years ago is what the Gailes median house price is right now, according to property research firm CoreLogic. It currently has the median unit price in the suburb sitting at $330,000 – a figure that’s almost $80,000 more than the median for houses there. A neat functional kitchen.last_img read more

Miami apartment set to go under the hammer

first_imgThe apartment featured house-like proportions and luxurious finishes.The living area features an open-plan design that incorporates the kitchen, dining room and the lounge while white marble tiles flow throughout the living areas.There are three balconies to take full advantage of its beachfront location. Agent Evelyne Castaldi said apartments in Reef Royale were tightly held and always in high demand when they hit the market.“It is a quality building in a spectacular and yet quiet location on the beachfront,’’ she said. 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami. 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami.A RENOVATED Miami apartment set to go under the hammer this month is attracting strong buyer interest.Long-time Miami residents Ralph and Ann Cottrill are selling the three-bedroom residence in the Reed Royale. 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami. 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami. 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami. ON THE MARKET The pair bought the apartment in the six-storey tower 21 years ago, shortly after the building had been completed.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We wanted to be close to the beach and we were also wanting to be in a building with no holiday rentals,’’ said Mr Cottrill. “Reef Royale only has nine apartments and they were all owner-occupiers, so it was perfect for us.”Now retired, Mr Cottrill said the couple had enjoyed living on the beachfront because there was no through-traffic and they could wander to the Miami Surf Life Club and Piccolo café, which were both less than 200m away. Address: 6/20 Marine Pde, Miami Agent: Evelyne Castaldi and Jeff Burchell, Professionals John Henderson Real Estate Auction: January 22, Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, 6pm Inspections: By appointmentlast_img read more