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first_imgFour University of Georgia Extension agents have been collectively awarded this year’s Urban Agriculture Education Award from the Georgia Urban Ag Council, a statewide association for professionals involved in all sectors of the urban agriculture industry. The award is typically given to one UGA Extension agent who developed and implemented an innovative and successful educational and applied research program to support the professionals in Georgia’s urban agriculture industry. Together, the agents developed Green University, an annual program targeted at green industry professionals in northwest Georgia.Northwest Georgia agents working togetherAgents who planned the training event include Keith Mickler, agricultural and natural resources agent and county Extension coordinator in Floyd County; Rolando Orellana, agricultural and natural resources agent in north Fulton County; Paul Pugliese, agricultural and natural resources agent in Bartow County; and Mary Carol Sheffield, agriculture and natural resources and county Extension coordinator in Paulding County. The joint training venture was Sheffield’s idea. “I’ve been hosting green industry updates for several years in Paulding County, but we revamped as ‘Green University’ a few years ago to help give the training a clearer connection to UGA Extension and the university research behind the trainings,” she said.The agents decided to focus the training on pesticide safety, selection, handling and proper application after receiving numerous homeowner samples from within their respective counties indicating injury to landscapes by pesticide applications made by industry professionals. “Home landscapes are a valuable asset to home values, and homeowners don’t always understand the complexity of managing them. Urban ag professionals who invest the time to attend trainings are more able to help educate their clients on important management practices and are less likely to make mistakes or cause damage to homeowners’ landscapes,” Sheffield said. Teaching the proper way to use pesticidesThe Green University, held Jan. 15, 2014, focused on the effects of phenoxy herbicides (like 2,4-D) on trees and shrubs, detailed the potential for injury and highlighted possible liability should these herbicides be used incorrectly. “When it comes to weed control, green industry professionals get a lot of information from product marketing,” Sheffield said. “To make sure they know the latest research-based information, we taught them how to choose appropriate pesticides for turf weed management and to rotate active ingredient and pesticide classes to maximize weed control.”Thirty-one professionals from seven metro-Atlanta and northwest Georgia counties attended the training. Of those, 19 received Georgia commercial pesticide applicators’ continuing education credits, one received Alabama commercial pesticide applicators’ continuing education credits and nine received continuing education units for International Society of Arboriculture arborist certifications. Pre- and post-tests show the attendees are now better equipped to reduce injury to trees and shrubs from turf-applied herbicides, to reduce the potential for resistance in weeds through proper herbicide selection, to practice safe work habits and to use soil testing appropriately in northwest Georgia landscapes. Participant and certified arborist Randy Cooper admitted thinking pesticide damage from phenoxy chemicals was caused by aerial drift. “I did not consider that phenoxy chemicals could harm plants through root absorption. This class added to my knowledge and diagnostic skills as an arborist and a consultant. To me, this is Extension as it was intended to be,” he said. For information on trainings offered by your local UGA Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_img Share 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica National Counsel on Women struggles to keep afloat by: – May 10, 2011 Photo credit: start-business-info.comPresident of the National Council on Women Josephine Dublin Prince says the organization is struggling to keep afloat.Prince says the global financial crisis has made it even more difficult to access international funding and that is affecting the organization.She says in the interim, the DNCW is looking at ways to source funding for its various programs.“It was already difficult before the global recession. The situation is that they hesitate to give the nonprofit countries like Dominica much assistance. It is quite challenging to seek funding,” she said.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgSecond-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display from Sweden, who only made it to Russia by beating Italy in the play-offs.They and Mexico, who were ragged throughout, will next play whichever two teams emerge out of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia in Group E, which concludes later on Wednesday.Mexico came into the game at the Yekaterinburg Arena in the driving seat in a group where all four teams, including South Korea, could qualify, but they appeared the more nervous.It took them less than 30 seconds to make their mark on Sweden, Jesus Gallardo earning a yellow card for clattering into Ola Toivonen almost straight from kick-off.Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa handled outside the box and then flapped at the resulting free-kick. On 12 minutes Marcus Berg clipped wide from close range with a bicycle kick.On the quarter-hour mark, Mexico, who had the overwhelming support inside the stadium, should have taken the lead when Carlos Vela found himself in space on the edge of the box.His bending left-footer shaved the post, catapulting a few sombreros off the heads of Mexico fans as they expectantly sprang to their feet.They were up again on 30 minutes when referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina took a look at a video replay when the ball hit Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on the arm in the box.After lingering at the pitch-side monitor, then going back for a second glance, Pitana ruled it no penalty — the Mexicans celebrated as if they had scored a goal.The Swedish players and coach Janne Andersson were furious, and understandably — Hernandez appeared to move his arm towards the ball.Sweden, with their greater physicality, were on top, but Mexico were dangerous on the break.At the interval, with the game also goalless in Kazan, Mexico and Germany were going through.Sweden badly needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they deservedly got it, defender Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in.There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa.That left Mexico in a perilous position, as a late German winner would have sent the Central Americans crashing out, but two injury-time South Korean goals in Kazan ensured Juan Carlos Osorio’s men edged through as runners-up.Mexico will need to pick themselves up quickly if they are to go beyond the last 16 for the first time since 1986 and end a run of six consecutive second-round defeats.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scored his second penalty of the tournament to help his side into the last 16. PHOTO/AFP / HECTOR RETAMALYEKATERINBURG, Russia, Jun 27- Sweden surged into the last 16 of the World Cup with a deserved 3-0 victory on Wednesday over a poor Mexico side, who still qualified ahead of Germany after the holders’ loss to South Korea.The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.last_img read more

first_imgA DONEGAL hostel has slashed its prices in a bold bid to win more tourists for the county.The Errigal Hostel in Dunlewey is charing just €7.50 per night.And Sinead O’Donnell says the initiative could be a tourism boost for the area. “An Oige wanted people that haven’t experienced hosteling before a chance to experience it at a great price so they came up with the initiative of midweek madness of every bed in our hostel and at the Glendalough Hostel in Co.Wicklow being only €7.50,” she told Donegal Daily.Errigal Hostel is a five star modern 60 bed hostel with a choice of twin rooms (ensuite), 4-bed dorms and 6-bed dorms.“We can host solo travellers, couples, friends, families and groups,” said Sinead.“We were awarded EU flower award in 2011 for being environmentally friendly – the hostel is heated by wood pellets and recycling is greatly encouraged. “Some of the facilities we have is a large common room with a TV, a cozy snug room, a drying room (a must for anyone who will be climbing the hills or enjoying the beaches), we also have a large dining room with spectacular views out of every window.“Our self-catering kitchen has everything you need to enjoy a lovely meal in a relaxing atmosphere.”The hostel has teamed up with Grassroutes who hire out bikes to guests if they want to explore on  two wheels.“We wanted people to experience Donegal as a fantastic place to enjoy a midweek break we are fantastically located with everything either a short walk/drive away from the hostel,” she added.Meanwhile German and French tourists have begun to arrive in their hundreds in the county as part of a tourism initiative involving hotelier Jim White and Knock Airport. DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOSTEL SLASHES PRICES TO €7.50 IN BOLD TOURISM BID was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:7.50 offersdonegal tourismerrigal hosteltourismlast_img read more