Back-to-School 2013

first_imgIt may feel like summer is just getting started, but students across Georgia will head back to school in a little more than a month. Get ready for the back-to-school season with the help of the University of Georgia Extension Back-to-School News Packet. This year’s packet will be released July 5. For the past several years, Extension experts from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have weighed in on some of the most important issues facing parents and children today. These stories are informative on their own or can be localized for your coverage area. High-resolution photos and back-to-school infographics will also be available for use. This year’s news packet will include the following stories: For information about the back-to-school packet or how to use content from UGA Extension, call (706) 542-9724 or email [email protected] Nurturing a habit of saving: Financial lessons for children at every age School lunch makeover: Less salt and more whole grains on tap this year No drive-thru required: Ways to save money and eat better by packing on-the-go snacks and meals Georgia-grown snacks: After-school snacks that help connect children to some the best produce Georgia has to offer “Let’s Move” as a family: Strategies for keeping kids active despite hectic work and school schedules Handwashing works: Tips on building strong hand washing habits in children A lesson in aisle 5: The grocery store can be a great classroom for everything from nutrition to household economics.last_img read more

April 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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Jamaica’s swimmers win seven medals on Carifta first day

first_imgJamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps will put a five game unbeaten run on the line when they host Longford Town at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).And although his team will go into the match with the confidence of that unbeaten run, Harps boss Ollie Horgan knows that Friday’s game provides a difficult challenge for his side.“Longford is a big game on Friday,” said Horgan. “They are in good form and come into the game with confidence having beaten Athlone Town comfortably in the Cup last weekend. “I still feel that they have the strongest squad in our Division and it will take a much better performance from us than we gave against Belgrove last weekend to get anything out of it,” he continued.That game against Belgrove/Home Farm last Friday saw Harps overcome a potential banana skin to progress to the third round of the FAI Ford Cup. But the 1-0 victory against the ten men from the Dublin side was anything but comfortable.“It wasn’t a great performance against Belgrove”, said Horgan. “We found it difficult to break them down even when they were reduced to ten men.“It was a reversal of previous weeks when we were a man down and sat deep but at least we got through the game – just about. “It is good to be still involved in the Cup, but the next round isn’t until late August so we will see what the draw brings up before we start thinking about it again.“It is always difficult to play any side in the Cup – especially away from home. I have been in Belgrove’s situation in previous years trying to beat League sides and knew that we would have nothing easy. We got through it at least although the performance left a lot to be desired.”Horgan will be able to welcome back Josh Mailey and Michael Funston from suspension, but Tommy Bonner is banned due to his red card in Wexford a fortnight ago. Shaun Patton should also be available again but Sean McCarron remains out with a broken ankle while Johnny Bonner and Paul McVeigh are doubts.Although Harps haven’t beaten Longford in any of their last three meetings – two of which were defeats at the City Calling Stadium – Longford don’t have a great recent record in Finn Park. In their last three visits to Ballybofey, Longford have failed to score in any of the games and have left twice on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.  HARPS HOPING TO ADD TO THEIR FIVE GAME UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner named 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist

first_imgArcata >> Ever since he became Humboldt State’s starting running back three seasons ago, Ja’Quan Gardner has been one of the best in the nation.It’s earned him recognition from virtually everywhere you look over the last three years. And that means as just was the case in 2015, Gardner is still in the running for Division II football’s top individual award.It was announced Wednesday evening that Gardner, Humboldt State’s record-setting running back, was named as one of 10 finalists for the …last_img read more

How One iPhone App Could Save Public Radio

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Some newspapers scrambling to survive the internet condemn websites like Google News and the Huffington Post. Aggregators, they say, need to pay for the right to point to a newspaper’s site. Public radio stations, on the other hand, face competition from the internet as well and are just as competitive between themselves as they are collaborative. Somehow, they’ve responded differently to new media. There may be no better example of that than an iPhone application built by several large public radio organizations and called Public Radio Player. The team behind the app launched a major new release this morning.The application aggregates live streaming and recorded radio broadcasts from across the US, displays their current and planned content schedules and now offers a search function that stretches across all those different types of content: live streams, podcasts and text show descriptions. It’s a free app and the organization that makes it hosts almost nothing on its own servers. The end result is a remarkable user experience that ought to be an inspiration for old media of every kind. It isn’t perfect, but it’s getting better fast. The app was made by a non-profit organization called Public Radio Exchange (PRX). PRX was founded and is run by Jake Shapiro, a man who used to be an associate director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Shapiro used to produce an NPR radio show with Christopher Lyndon and before that he was one of the first tinkerers with web distribution of music for his band Two Ton Shoe. Two Ton Shoe didn’t find a lot of success in the United States, but thanks to the long tail of the web Shapiro says they somehow found a big fan base in Korea. The band toured there and Korean bands have covered some of their songs. “I’m a Korean rock star,” Shapiro says, “and I believe there’s a ‘Korea’ out there for everybody.”About a year ago Shapiro says he called around all the major players in public radio and argued that they had a unique opportunity in the iPhone platform if they could collaborate and create a really strong offering. An organization called American Public Media decided to contribute the work they had done so far on their own iPhone app to Shapiro’s project and NPR and Public Radio International agreed to lend their support to what would become the Public Radio Tuner, today renamed the Public Radio Player.Funding Local Radio on the iPhone Public Radio Player could facilitate that long tail experience for obscure local public radio content by making it far more available on the iPhone. But PaidContent’s Rafat Ali worries that by freeing radio listeners all the more from their local radio station, the Player could sever the loyalty and fund raising connections that keep public radio alive.To that concern Shapiro has two interesting responses. First, he says that survey data shows most users prefer listening to their local stations on the app, along with a variety of favorites from elsewhere. Even more interesting is the project’s collaboration with Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Doc Searls. Searls is at Harvard’s Berkman Center now, developing a framework for what’s being called Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) – a customer-based response to the business paradigm of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The VRM project and Shapiro’s PRX are developing ways for Public Radio Player users to track what they listen to on the player and make financial contributions to the radio stations they’ve consumed from the most.Shapiro says that part of the project faces a major roadblock from Apple. Though Apple introduced in-application payments last month, the feature is only available to paid apps (Public Radio Player is free) and charitable contributions through the iPhone are strictly prohibited. They can’t even be talked about, Shapiro says, because Apple doesn’t want to deal with the possibility of charity scams, there’s tax complications, the platform’s standard 30% fee for payments isn’t tenable in a non-profit context and Apple has no financial incentive to solve this sticky complex of problems.For now the app is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That funding is up for renewal this summer. Shapiro says that a second round of funding would be used to create “showcase apps that would break new ground and create new technology.” He says the company is particularly interested in technologies that represent a hybrid of digital and broadcast. “With radio,” he says, “there is still a tremendous amount of reach that you don’t want to give up on when you move into the digital space.”Fixing the AppThat hybrid paradigm is very well represented by the new version of the Public Radio Player. The previous version, called Public Radio Tuner, was one of the most popular free apps in the iPhone store but it didn’t really work that well. Radio streams got dropped a lot. That’s no longer a big problem with version 2.0.The new version of the app tackles the problem of dropped streams by making the buffering settings much more sophisticated. Remember, the App doesn’t host any of the audio, it just points to the live streams or podcasts stored on public radio stations’ own servers. Project manager Matt MacDonald says the app now determines what kind of bandwidth the receiving phone has, then buffers the inbound stream accordingly before serving it up to listeners. The end result is a radically more usable radio app on wifi, 3G or Edge connections.It’s still not perfect; this like every app is at the mercy of AT&T’s wireless network, but dropped streams appear to be much, much less frequent than they used to be. The interface sometimes hangs when loading menus, but Shapiro says that with the new release today bug fixes are a top priority and though crash reports are appearing infrequently, they are being closely watched. “Just shake the phone,” he jokes. “Then it will work better.”More Than One Kind of Content The new app brings a whole lot more radio to your iPhone. In addition to pointing to hundreds of radio streams, PRX has co-ordinated a number of different sources to pull show schedules down to be stored locally on your phone. “Scheduling data has been a big effort,” Shapiro says. “It never existed in one place and is still a moving target.” A company called Public Interactive (recently acquired by NPR from Public Radio International) has a metadata tool that originally captured music playlists but now publishes radio show schedules as well. NPR and many radio stations also display schedules on their own websites. PRX aggregates all that data, stores it on your phone, syncs it with the radio stream links and then checks for changes each time you launch the Public Radio Player app. Having the particular show that’s playing displayed along with a station name makes a very big difference in the user experience.The 2.0 version of the app also includes support for “on demand” or podcast listening. Hundreds of podcasts are navigable by featured shows, category or alphabetically. Podcasts are integrated into some of the show schedules as well. When listening to a streaming station, you can view the rest of the day’s schedule and see what other shows will be broadcast later. Then you can choose to listen to previous recorded editions of those shows. It’s a pretty seamless experience.Search is No Small MatterThe new search functionality integrates all of the above, letting you search for keywords or topics and finding both recorded and currently live shows that match your search. MacDonald says the company used an open source program called ThinkingSphynx on the back end, worked closely with the NPR API team and is still working on teaching local radio stations about the importance of standards-based content titling. Listening to streams and podcasts on iTunes or an iPod may not have been so difficult with incomplete file names, but show a radio station how broken its content looks in a dynamic iPhone directory and the message comes through loud and clear. There have been other efforts to index all the public radio streams online; Public Radio Fan is the most notable and is more international, but is less sophisticated and is based on the desktop and browser. (After listening to some international broadcasts via Public Radio Fan it’s hard not to be a little disappointed with even Public Radio Player’s extensive but exclusively US menu.)As a media technology, Public Radio Player offers a unique blend of content aggregation, focus on both real time and recorded content and extensive data integration on the back end. All on the iPhone. Its design and performance continue to improve. It’s a very impressive offering in terms of content delivery; if it can find a way to use the new platform it’s on to transcend the public radio paradigm of on-air pledge drives, that would really be remarkable, wouldn’t it?Jake Shapiro says that offering Public Radio Player on other platforms, including a web interface, is a logical next step. You can follow the project’s progress on the Public Radio Player blog and download the application here. Related Posts last_img read more

Natural calamities impair Odisha’s growth, says Economic Survey

first_imgOdisha, which is pushing for inclusion of natural calamity as a criterion for according Special Category Status, says its economic growth is hindered largely by frequent occurrences of natural disasters.Odisha Economic Survey 2018-19 that was tabled in the State Assembly on Friday says enormous losses to life, livelihoods, property and infrastructure caused due to disasters have put an impediment on the State’s growth trajectory.“During the drought year of 1996-97, the economic growth of the state turned negative (-4.85%). Post the devastating Super Cyclone of 1999, Gross State Domestic Product growth rate was -1.72% in the succeeding year,” the survey says.It observes similarly, post two consecutive cyclones and floods in 2013 and 2014, the growth rate fell to 1.8% in 2014-15, in comparison to a high growth rate of 9.3% in 2013-14.According to the report, apart from losses to life and property, natural disasters also lead to crop failure, decline in surface and groundwater level, increasing unemployment and under-employment, migration and indebtedness.“It is clear that natural calamities impair the growth of an economy, making it imperative to take measures to mitigate losses,” it says.In Odisha’s case, the State’s vulnerability to natural disasters and consequent crop losses may also be a factor behind higher inflation caused due to supply side pressures.“Nearly 35% of all the cyclonic storms that have crossed the eastern coast of India have affected Odisha and the associated storm surges have often inundated large tracts of coastal districts,” the economic survey report points out. Rivers like Mahanadi and its tributaries have the potential to cause severe floods (out of a total geographical area of 15,571 lakh hectares, 1.40 lakh hectares are very flood prone).“Recent trends have shown that the frequency, intensity and extent of droughts in the State are gradually on the rise leading to severe negative impacts on the agricultural sector in the State. In addition, the State is also affected by disasters like heat waves, pest attacks and forest fires,” it says.There have been many instances where a particular area has been struck by a number of disasters simultaneously or repeatedly by one or the other type of disasters, the report further says.The year 2017-18 also witnessed many natural disasters including floods in two phases, drought, pest attack and lightning accidents.last_img read more

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Gadkari bugging issue

first_imgRajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed uproar for the second consecutive day on the issue of alleged surveillance and phone tapping of Cabinet Ministers, with Opposition forcing two adjournments during the Question Hour.Members from Congress insisted on a probe into the matter even as Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tried to pacify them, saying Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already clarified that there was no truth in such reports.As soon as the House met for the day, members from Congress, SP and some other opposition parties raised the matter.On Wednesday also the House was adjourned twice during Question Hour as Congress members created storm over reports that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s house and telephone were bugged and high powered listening devices were found in his bedroom.Insisting that notices were given for discussion on the issue, Deputy Leader of Congress in the Upper House Anand Sharma demanded discussion and probe into the matter.Naresh Agrawal (SP) supported the demand, while members from treasury benches kept pressing for going ahead with the Question Hour.Quoting the Home Minister, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said “this is a baseless” issue and “there is nothing to discuss”.In his effort to bring order in the House, Chairman Hamid Ansari said disruption of Question Hour infringes on rights of members who want to ask questions.As the opposition remained adamant, Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes.When the House reassembled, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the bugging issue was appearing in newspapers and on TV channels for last 3-4 days and there were reports that phones of some cabinet members were being tapped.advertisementCiting the home minister’s clarification, Naidu said there is “no truth” in the issue.”They (Congress) do not have any issue” and that is why they are politicising the matter, Naidu said.With the opposition refusing to yield, the Chair adjourned the House till noon.last_img read more

NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The scope of what Obama’s involvement will be remains unknown, and it’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.“As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from many of our NBA team owners … and in addition, several of the partners of the NBA have expressed a strong desire to work with us in Africa,” Silver said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSilver said Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan Brand — Charlotte owner Michael Jordan was among the owners in the room where Silver made the announcement — are among the partners who have reached out to the NBA and said they want to be part of the Africa league. Silver also said that Obama, an enormous basketball fan, has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”Silver said talks between the NBA and Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The league has an office in South Africa, has helped create 87 learn-and-play facilities in seven African nations, and 13 players who were born in Africa on opening-night NBA rosters this season. The league also built an academy in Senegal that opened nearly two years ago.“It’s a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work together for the first time to maximize the potential of professional basketball in Africa,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA’s secretary general.This marks the first time the NBA has been involved with the operation of a league outside of North America.“We’re excited to work closely with the NBA to develop and put in a place a professional league like none that we have ever seen in our region before,” said FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bile. “Through the Basketball Africa League, we can provide the many great clubs and players with the best possible environment to compete for the highest stakes.”The NBA says more details about the new league will be released in the coming months.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said. “I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team, and even if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.”The NBA and FIBA’s involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructure for the new league. Silver said there are 438 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually, but that sport there has not seen the same growth — yet.“Africa is a huge economic engine,” Silver said. “And one place, though, where we haven’t seen enormous economic growth yet is in the industry of sport. And that’s something that we are all particularly focused on.”The NBA has held three games in Africa since 2015, all of them selling out — two games in Johannesburg, the other in Pretoria. Many of the league’s current players and coaches, along with several legends and Hall of Famers, have been part of those trips.“I went with them last year,” Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “The NBA reaches out across the world.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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