In the last year, the medicinal herb program at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, has expanded its product line and the number of students involved has expanded substantially.This fall, as they prepared locally grown and locally made teas, salves and soaps for their annual holiday market, students were excited about the program’s growth and the community that has sprung up around the program. “It’s cool because there are all these students in different programs that wouldn’t necessarily be coming out to a farm,” said Noelle Fuller, the program’s manager. “They get hands-on experience with different parts of this student-run business, and it’s accessible to a lot of people.”Fuller, a trained herbalist who received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and a master’s degree in horticulture from UGA, started as a volunteer in the herb garden at UGArden while she was a student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. When she graduated with her master’s degree last summer, she started managing the herb program.This year’s growth has been due, in large part, to a $20,000 grant issued by UGA’s Office of Experiential Learning in early 2018. The grant funded Fuller’s part-time position and supported the herb program’s expansion across campus.Each year, the Office of Experiential Learning distributes two grants to fund innovative and impactful experiential learning projects on campus. The UGArden medicinal tea program was one of the first recipients, said Scott Pegan, interim director of the Office of Experiential Learning.“Experiential learning at the University of Georgia gives students hands-on opportunities to connect their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom in ways that change their perspective and insight,” Pegan said. “The Office of Experiential Learning offers more than 70 competitive scholarships for students to use toward approved activities each year. Students participate in activities locally, across the state, country and world … Experiential learning challenges our students and is one more reason they are a step ahead of the competition.”The grant has allowed Fuller to have much more hands-on time with students in the garden, she said. Every week volunteers and interns drive out to UGArden’s property to process dried herbs, work in the field, harvest plants and maintain the garden.While the herb garden has grown, Fuller has also worked to grow the impact of the program across campus, forming partnerships with students from CAES and from many other colleges.The UGArden Herb Program has worked with the Terry College of Business entrepreneurship certificate program, the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication New Media Institute. All three capstone programs worked on promotional items like marketing, outreach, branding, a sustainable business model, a new website and a record-keeping app.Students in a First-Year Odyssey class, called “Local Food Entrepreneurship,” staffed the holiday market. They had been studying the business model of the herb program all semester, Fuller said.Fuller is passionate about getting students of all strengths involved, whether they’re working in the field or thinking up sustainable business models.“We’re trying to make it very holistic by giving students opportunities to be involved in the business in different ways and by incorporating a bunch of different perspectives,” Fuller said. “There are students that would never come out to work on the farm, but they can now help in other aspects of the business.”The success of the program wouldn’t be possible without the legion of students who work with the program or without the community members and customers that have helped support the garden by buying its teas and other products.The program now markets 10 all-natural herbal teas, holiday bath and beauty boxes, salves, lip balms, infused oils, locally grown loofahs and a new shiitake mushroom seasoning blends.For more information about the UGArden Medicinal Herb Program, visit ugarden.uga.edu/medicinal-teas. For more information about how UGA supports experiential learning, visit el.uga.edu/resources.
MAINE REGULATORS TO RE-CONSIDER TERMS OVER FAIRPOINT’S ACQUISITION OF VERIZON(January 16, 2008) — The Maine Public Advocate is suggesting that the states regulators revisit the conditions they approved earlier this month for Fairpoints acquisition of Verizon. The readjustment was suggested after The Vermont Public Service Department agreed on a deal with Fairpoint that differed from terms made between the company and Maine.The Vermont Public Service Department, which represents consumers, reached an agreement with the phone companies on January 8. That agreement is now before the Vermont Public Service Board, which acts as the states regulatory body and has the final say in the decision.Vermonts pending terms and conditions involve a performance enhancement plan that requires Fairpoint to put $12.5 million aside annually for improvements and advancements in service quality if certain standards are not met. Maines deal with the company requires Verizon to provide Fairpoint with more than $235 million for debt reduction. Maines public advocate is worried that certain conditions being debated in the Vermont deal would mean that some of that money will be used for other purposes. Maines public advocate is concerned that conditions of the Vermont deal will threaten Fairpoints financial viability.This backwards step in the drawn out struggle over the approval of Fairpoint’s acquisition of Verizon comes after the Federal Communications Commission January 9 approval of the transfer of Verizon’s landline business in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to FairPoint Communications, Inc (NYSE: FRP).The FCC commissioners voted 3-2, with both Democrats voting against, to approve the assignment of authorizations and licenses associated with the proposed acquisition by FairPoint of Verizons wireline operations in Northern New England.The FCC order concludes, “We find that no significant public interest harms are likely to result from the merger, and that public interest benefits are likely to occur.”In dissenting, Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein wrote, in part: “I am particularly concerned about these issues because Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire have an exceptionally high percentage of rural residents. Consumers in these rural areas, despite the efforts of state and local governments, face some of the lowest levels of broadband penetration in the country. A rural-focused company may provide real benefits for the consumers in this region, but more careful attention to the benefits proffered seems warranted here, particularly given the size and scale of the transaction. Like a python swallowing an elephant, the acquiring company here will be taking the reins of an entity that is approximately six times larger than its current size.”Yet, inexplicably, there are no special measures in this Order to address the concerns about broadband deployment, wholesale service, or service quality for customers in these three states. The Order itself does not wrestle in any serious way with the ultimate question for consumers, as posed by the consumer commenters, of what level of service these new customers will be receiving and at what price. Instead, this Order takes at face value assertion after assertion without engaging in meaningful analysis. I might have been persuaded that, with the proper analysis and conditions, this merger could serve the public interest. Sadly, neither is offered in this Order.”Commenting on the FCC’s approval, Gene Johnson, chairman and CEO of FairPoint, said, “In providing the approval for the necessary license transfers related to this merger, the FCC has recognized this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and businesses. As we continue to make progress toward closing this transaction, we look forward to serving our new customers in northern New England and offering enhanced communications products and services.”The Order can be found at:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-226A1.doc(link is external)
The fog lay heavy like a wool blanket on the valley as we drove to the forest, away from my half-written book strewn all over my house – across countertops, floors, and tables. The lone car in the parking lot that morning, we rode up to Cedar Mountain in Dupont State Forest hoping to make it in time for the sunrise.The climb, short, but full of spunk, left me panting in the way that reminded me how I take my usual ease of breathing for granted. At the top of the dome, we stopped in the middle of the granite field to admire the view. I greedily inhaled and took a long pull of water as the sunshine streamed down on the rock, on the scrubby pines, and on us.The rock glowed and I wandered around the sun-dappled granite admiring the intricate textures, the way quartz seem woven in layers, the way it seemed to shine, almost as if the light came from somewhere deep within the rock.I stretched my arms, welcoming the expansive sensation of taking up space after a week of hunching over my computer, typing words into paragraphs, paragraphs that were adding up to the chapters of my book. I’d been letting myself think about one chapter at a time, because every time thought about writing an entire book, it seemed too daunting of a task, too big for me to accomplish.That morning, standing on the top of Cedar Rock, I touched the edge of something within and my perspective changed. I looked out at those mountains and the seemingly impossible tasks of learning to mountain bike with some moderate level of grace and writing my second book became within grasp.My friend called out to me. “Worth getting up early for, every time.”“Yeah, so pretty,” I said, trying to find the words to explain the magic of the morning, but all I could manage was the obvious.“Ready to go?”he asked.“Sure,” I said, following him on the trail of bare rock between moss and lichen on the other side of the mountain where the sun hadn’t yet reached.The rock sloped down and became studded with potholes, and we rode in the early morning shadows of the pines. I’d read about the descent – rocky and technical with drops most walked – and as I thought about what was coming up, my monkey-mind churned the downside of momentum.What if I start going too fast? What if I get out of control? What if I get hurt?I got so gripped in my mind that I pulled hard on the brakes, stopping in a pothole and catapulting my body in slow motion right onto the rock.There was no way to pretend to be somewhere else than right there, sprawled out on the cold rock. Before getting up, I lay there for a minute until I realized that nothing hurt other than my ego.The rest of the descent I hesitated, waiting to feel more confident, waiting to feel up to the challenge, waiting for the trail to become easier. I found that the longer I waited, the harder it was to start and to build momentum.I was putting the brakes on life. I’m not saying I should have just gone full throttle and flown down that rock, but I do want to stop holding back when I should keep moving and embrace momentum.We got back to the car, a few others were in the parking lot by then, and drove home to where my writing waited for me. I swelled with renewed resolve to sit down and do the work, building the momentum that will one day lead to a book.
MILWAUKEE – Yovani Gallardo needed little help to give new Brewers manager Ron Roenicke his first win.The 25-year-old right-hander threw a two-hitter and scored the only run as the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night to snap Milwaukee’s four-game losing streak to begin the season.“I’m amazed,” Roenicke said. “Knowing when to throw offspeed pitches, knowing when to elevate in the zone, he’s got a great feel for it, a great athlete. He’s going to help himself win other ball games with the bat and with his fielding.“He’s a special guy.”Gallardo (1-0) walked two and struck out two for the third shutout of his career. Two of the base runners were erased by double plays and no Braves runner reached second.“We have a great team here. We have a great ball team, it was just a matter of turning things around,” Gallardo said. “We’re all very excited we did it here very soon and hopefully there’s a lot more wins to come.”It was the best start by a Brewers starter since CC Sabathia threw a one-hitter in Pittsburgh on Aug. 31, 2008. Juan Nieves has the only no-hitter in franchise history in 1987.Braves starter Derek Lowe (1-1) also had a strong performance, allowing a run-scoring single to Ryan Braun in six innings of work.“He gets all the credit,” Lowe said of Gallardo. “He gets a hit, he scores a run, throws a shutout. That’s a pretty good day.”Roenicke is the last of a dozen new major league skippers to pick up his first win this season.“It was difficult,” said Roenicke, who got showered with beer by his players while Gallardo was back in the training room. “You sit back and you watch things happen when you don’t add on the runs that you think you’re going to add on and sometimes you wonder what the outcome’s going to be.”Gallardo, who signed a long-term contract extension last season to be Milwaukee’s ace, had two shutouts last season.This one was important for a team that’s chocked full of optimism, but stumbled out of the gate, getting swept by NL Central rival Cincinnati and losing the first game of this series.Milwaukee’s offense continues to sputter with just 13 runs in the first five games and ran itself into two outs at the plate in the eighth when Gallardo could’ve used an insurance run.First, reliever Eric O’Flaherty forced Prince Fielder into a grounder, and second baseman Dan Uggla threw out Nyjer Morgan by a step. Then, left fielder Martin Prado fired a strike to catcher Brian McCann to get Braun trying to score from second after Casey McGehee’s soft liner to left off reliever Scott Linebrink.The crowd of 24,117 booed after Carlos Gomez popped out foul to end the inning. In between, Gallardo sat focused in the dugout while Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz debated whether to send him out for the ninth after throwing 98 pitches through eight.“Honestly, I was going to go out there no matter what,” Gallardo said. “I wasn’t going to let them take me out of the game.”Gallardo struck out Eric Hinske, forced pinch hitter Freddie Freeman to ground out to Fielder at first and got Prado to hit a grounder to shortstop Craig Counsell to end it on his 111th pitch.“He’s been dominant since day one of spring training. I feel like he’s come in with just a different focus, a different intensity level,” Braun said. “It’s special to watch when he’s throwing the ball that well.”Lowe went six innings and struck out seven, but allowed Braun’s RBI single in the third. Gallardo singled off Lowe with one out in the inning and after a strike out by Rickie Weeks, Morgan and Braun followed with singles to put Milwaukee up 1-0. It was the first run Lowe allowed this season as his ERA rose to 0.77 in his first two starts.Gallardo was sharp from the start, only giving up a one-out single to Nate McLouth in the first and walks in the fourth and fifth innings. He faced only one over the minimum thanks to two double plays by his defense.Uggla led off the eighth with a single, but with one out, he tried stealing second. Uggla would’ve been safe, but slid past the bag and was tagged out by a scrambling Weeks.“He’s going in there hard,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s not a base stealer, but we had the hit-and-run on and he just overslid the bag a little.”That was Atlanta’s last chance.Game notesIt was Gallardo’s fourth career complete game. … Morgan improved to 17 of 31 against Lowe in his career. … Braves LHP Mike Minor was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and will start Wednesday night’s game. He was 3-2 with a 5.98 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) last season. … Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens (right oblique strain) will throw a simulated game at Gwinnett on Wednesday.
B&H senior basketball representation will conduct today medical examination and the first joint training as part of preparations for qualification at the European Championship.The best B&H basketball players gathered last night in Ilidža, where the coach Duško Ivanović invited 12 players.Filip Adamović will miss the qualifications, Zachary Wright will not participate either and is questionable participation of Nihad Đedović due to the arm surgery. Muhamed Pašalić will not participate as well.Captain Mirza Teletović due to NBA rules will not attend the first part of preparations, while today should join the team D.J. Cooper, the new American in B&H team.Young B&H players Nedim Buza, Adin Vrabac, Emir Sulejmanović, Amar Alibegović and Jusuf Nurkić will join the representation after the completion of championship for players up to 20 years old.Players will conduct the first part of preparations in Sarajevo, and from 12 July, will host the tournament, in which will participate Israel and Slovakia. 7 days later will play against Italy and Montenegro.Then, B&H basketball players will play two matches with the selection of Sweden.The best B&H basketball players in the last phase of preparations will play in the tournament in Italy, against Italy, Serbia and Canada.Representation of B&H in the qualifications for European Championship performs in the group with Great Britain and Iceland. Qualifications will start on 13 August, with the match against Great Britain in London.(Source: Fena)
2020 tokyo olympicsAbhinav Bindrabfiboxing First Published: October 17, 2019, 7:00 PM IST New Delhi: India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on Thursday backed Nikhat Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against celebrated boxer M C Mary Kom before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided.Former junior world champion boxer Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the World Championships, has written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a “fair chance” to make it to the team for the Olympic qualifiers to be held in February next year. “While I have all the respect for Mary Kom, fact is an athlete’s life is an offering of proof. Proof that we can be as good as yesterday. Better than yesterday. Better than tomorrows man /woman. In sport, yesterday NEVER counts,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.Both Bindra and Zareen are associated with JSW group in different capacities.Mary Kom (51kg) claimed her eighth world medal at the recently-concluded championships in Russia and BFI now plans to send the Manipuri boxer for the Olympic qualifiers in China, moving away from the previous decision to give direct selection only to the gold and silver winners.The BFI criteria for men made it possible for even the bronze-winners to get direct selection.Zareen had lost to Mary Kom at the semifinal of India Open in May this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.