Irving 2nd in GP Freestyle, Carier-Bergeron Wins Youth Champs

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Week eight of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday, March 7, with another win for USA’s Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services.LaGoy-Weltz had her sights set on the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the ride today secured her ticket for the North American League after earning another personal best, 83.570%.“I think there was relief when we came down that final centerline,” admitted LaGoy-Weltz. “There was a small fear that since this was the last World Cup qualifier, something would go wrong, and you really just hope you make it to the end of the test.”Though the pair was just on the cusp of 90% for their artistic marks, LaGoy-Weltz noted that she wasn’t sure how it went until the pair left the arena and she got feedback from her team.“I don’t always know how it went,” she said. “I’ll come out like, ‘Was it good?’ and everyone’s like, ‘It was amazing!’ I think we are all such perfectionists, and we are always finding things here and there that could be better. He’s quite extravagant so I don’t always know what his legs are doing under me. When you come out and everyone is excited, there is relief. He’s such a special horse, and though he is getting older, it just seems like we are just getting better, and I feel very lucky that it’s going that way.”LaGoy-Weltz didn’t alter her freestyle since the last time she rode it in the International Stadium, and explained her reasoning on keeping it the same, though she and the 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by de Noir owned Mary Anne McPhail and LaGoy-Weltz do have other variations of it.Jill Irving and Arthur. (Susan Stickle photo)“It’s still the same pattern and the same music,” she commented. “Marlene Whitaker made it for us and it’s really still the first draft, but I feel like she got it quite good, and I like familiarity. We have versions with small tweaks, but I feel like I know this one well, and it works, so why change it? It’s quite a challenging pattern. There’s a lot in it, and it takes a lot of focus to ride, on his part and mine, but I like it a lot and I think Marlene did a fantastic job with all of it.”She continued, “I don’t think I will change it at all for World Cup Finals. I’ll probably keep it the same. It is the maximum degree of difficulty, so if I do anything more difficult. I don’t get rewarded. I think this seems to be working. That would be more risk without reward. It’s just about getting it a little more polished and better. He’s quite capable of doing the pattern, so it’s just about honing it in a little more.”Judge Jane Weatherwax also applauded LaGoy-Weltz’s freestyle, stating, “The thing that I really appreciate about Olivia and her horse is the harmony that we get from them and the nice self-carriage. The risks that were taken, and there was a great deal of difficulty in that freestyle, it all paid off. They were very calculated. I never worried about her getting it done, and the music was fantastic. Today they were right on it together. When something goes so well, and as a judge you aren’t worried about anything, it makes it very enjoyable to watch.”José Gomez of CDI-W sponsor Wellington Agricultural Services concluded by saying, “It’s a pleasure to sponsor, and we are looking forward to being a permanent fixture here for a long time. We are a local service company that caters to the equestrian community, and our goal is to keep Wellington the number one-horse capital of the world.”Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services went to Canada’s Jill Irving on Arthur, Windhaven Farm’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Jazz, with 76.095%. Dongseon Kim (KOR) earned third place with DSK Belstaff, his own 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Brentano II, with 73.650%.Camille Carier-Bergeron Earns Victory in 2021 Florida International Youth Dressage ChampionshipsThe Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC) took place throughout AGDF 8, welcoming young riders from around the globe into the International Stadium. Twenty-year-old Camille Carier-Bergeron (CAN) and Gilles Bergeron’s 2008 Westphalian gelding by San Amour I, Sound of Silence 4, topped the entire championship as overall High Point combination, earning an overall score of 73.629%This was Carier-Bergeron’s seventh year competing in the FIYDC, and she noted how proud she was to have started in the pony divisions and worked her way up. “It’s my last young rider year, so it feels great to have achieved our personal best at the Youth Championship with ‘SOS [Sound of Silence 4].”Carier-Bergeron topped the CDI Young Rider Division with Sound of Silence 4, earning their personal best in their Young Rider Freestyle with a 78.145%. Second place went to Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt (ESP) riding Dhannie Ymas, Yeguada de Ymas S.I.’s 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador, with a score of 72.426%. Third place in the division went to Christian Simonson (USA) aboard Hemmingway, his own 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Hendrix, with 71.170%.Carier-Bergeron continued, “I couldn’t be prouder of my horses this week, Sound of Silence 4 in particular. I got him in 2017, and when I bought this horse, he was a bit shut down and I couldn’t do much with him; we were barely able to canter. Looking back on that, and seeing us today achieving our personal best in our freestyle, it makes me want to cry! He gave his heart to me in there.”Carier-Bergeron also claimed champion honors in the CDIU25 16-25 Division this time with Acoeur, Gilles Bergeron’s 2007 Baden-Wurttemburg gelding by Acordelli, with 71.422% overall. She explained, “Acoeur has been with me since 2019, and he is such a steady horse. On Thursday he lost a shoe in the middle of the test, and he was sound and kept going. I tried my best to stay focused, and he did it all with three shoes and was such a good boy. This is a hard week; it’s three days of difficult competition, and it can be exhausting for them, but these horses of mine just keep going and give it their all. I couldn’t be happier with them.”She concluded, “I would like to thank Diamante Farms because they sponsor all of the youth classes show after show, and I think it is really great to have such a wonderful sponsor.”Hope Cooper (USA) came in second in the 16-25 freestyle riding Hot Chocolate W, Mary Mansfield’s 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel, with 70.315%. Third place was rounded out by Codi Harrison (USA) and Katholt’s Bossco, Harrison’s own 2007 Danish Warmblood stallion by Blue Hors Don Schufro, riding to a 70.079% score overall.In the CDI Junior Division, Maribeth Hebert (USA) took top honors with Florieux, her own 2002 Wephalian gelding by Furst Piccolo 2, earning a 66.340% in their Freestyle together.The Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix Series welcomed a win for Kelly Layne (AUS) on Fernando, Ellen Trouille’s 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Foundation, earning a 71.764%. Katie Johnson (USA) and Paxton, Kylee Lourie’s 2011 Westphalian gelding by Dante Weltino OLD, received second place with 71.617%.In the Future Challenge/Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series, Ashley Holzer (USA) topped the leaderboard with Bliss, Holzer and Diane Fellows’ 2012 Oldenburg mare by Bordeaux, with a 73.014%. Second place went to Jan Ebeling on Zitat, Sarah Pierce’s 2013 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Zaladin MI, riding to 70.514%. Kelly Layne (AUS) claimed third with Que Jolie, Anne Barrett’s 2012 Hanoverian by Quarterback, on 70.220%.Competition at AGDF will resume with AGDF 9 on March 12-14, which will host a CPEDI3* presented by Nutrena and Adequan®, along with national competition. AGDF 10 will follow on March 16-21 for the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*, FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Iron Spring Farm, Small Tour CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland, and the CDIO U25, presented by Diamante Farms, as well as national competition. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services:1. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) on Rassing’s Lonoir, Mary Anne McPhail and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz’s 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by de Noir: 82.075, 85.600, 81.350, 84.600, 84.225; 83.570%2. Jill Irving (CAN) on Arthur, Windhaven Farm’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Jazz: 77.775, 76.325, 76.025, 76.025, 76.250, 74.100; 76.095%3. Mette Rosencrantz (USA) on Dzeko, Cory Walkey, Mette Rosencrantz, and Robin Cathey’s 2006 Oldenburg Stallion by Dimaggio: 72.125, 72.975, 73.550, 70.975, 70.925; 72.110%4. Evi Strasser (CAN) on Déjà vu Tyme, Erika Murphy and Evi Strasser’s 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Dauphin: 71.575, 71.375, 70.525, 70.175, 69.100; 70.550%5. Jan Ebeling (USA) on Status Royal OLD, Ann Romney’s 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Statesman: 67.700, 68.725, 70.175, 67.300, 71.525; 69.085%6. Missy Gilliland (USA) on Toledano XXXI, her own 2007 PRE gelding by Ambicioso XV: 64.525, 63.975, 67.725, 63.675, 67.675; 65.515% Tags: Dressage, Arthur, Camille Carier-Bergeron, Jill Irving, Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, AGDF, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Sound of Silence 4, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. 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HMS Portland Arrives to London for Shipping Week

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Portland Arrives to London for International Shipping Week HMS Portland Arrives to London for International Shipping Week View post tag: europe A Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland has sailed up the River Thames into the UK capital to take part in London International Shipping Week.The vessel will be moored alongside HMS Belfast until the end of the week.Although not open to the public, the Type 23 frigate will be clearly visible in the heart of the city while she plays host to a number of networking opportunities for the maritime sector.As part of her duties, on Wednesday, she will be hosting the official LISW International reception on board.London International Shipping Week is the biggest event in the calendar for the global shipping industry which meets across a variety of locations to discuss issues crucial to its various businesses.HMS Portland has arrived in London a day after leaving Rotterdam where she was supporting World Port Days – a three day event which saw nearly 20,000 visitors on board the ship.[mappress mapid=”16883″]Image: Jay Allen/Royal Navy View post tag: week Share this article View post tag: HMS Portlandcenter_img September 9, 2015 View post tag: London Authorities View post tag: SHIPPING View post tag: Internationallast_img read more

CMF: Royal Navy destroyer seizes record haul of crystal meth

first_img Authorities CMF: Royal Navy destroyer seizes record haul of crystal meth View post tag: Seizure View post tag: CMF December 24, 2019, by View post tag: CTF-150 Share this article navaltoday Back to overview,Home naval-today CMF: Royal Navy destroyer seizes record haul of crystal meth HMS Defender (D36), a UK Royal Navy destroyer operating in the Gulf of Oman in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), has seized 131 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from a dhow.The operation was carried out in the northern Arabian Sea on December 19, 2019, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said.The suspicious vessel was first detected using Defender’s shipborne helicopter.Defender closed the dhow and a team of Royal Marine Commandos in Pacific 24 sea boats boarded and secured the vessel. It was then searched by a Royal Navy boarding team that found 11 packages of narcotics, with an estimated regional wholesale value of USD 280,000.“I am really proud that Defender has been able to interdict such a significant quantity of drugs and prevent it reaching the streets,” The Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, Cdr Richard Hewitt MBE said.HMS Defender’s haul, on its first day working under CMF, is CTF-150’s largest interdiction of crystal methamphetamine for 2019, more than doubling the amount seized so far. It takes CTF-150’s overall narcotics seizures this year to USD 48.5 million.“This is the second narcotics shipment in a week we’ve kept from reaching its destination,” said Commodore Ray Leggatt, Royal Australian Navy, Commander of CTF-150.Australia assumed command of CTF-150 in early December, with a staff made up of personnel from the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, and Royal New Zealand navies. HMS Defender’s success under their command follows that of French ship Courbet last weekend, which seized 3,545kg of hashish with an estimated regional wholesale value of USD 1.8 million.CTF-150 has seen a huge increase in the amount of crystal methamphetamine being smuggled year on year, with 257kg interdicted to date in 2019, versus only 9kg in 2018. View post tag: HMS Defenderlast_img read more

Some productions are born great

first_imgTwelfth Night Oriel Gardens Twelve months ago, theatregoers were denied the delights of Oriel quad’s annual allotment of classic drama when Marlowe’s Edward II was shelved at the eleventh hour. But, after a six-year moratorium on the Bard, director James Methven’s return to Shakespeare more than makes up for last year’s cancellation with an energetic, sexy and affecting take on the tale of Illyrian romance. As Methven modestly notes, “This production will be exuberant and a celebration of love and reconciliation”. In the opening scene, we see Orsino (the old master Chip Horne endearingly marking his departure from University drama) enraptured by lonely passion for Olivia, dissolving into transports of orgasmic ecstasy, thereby striking the keynote for the venture’s commitment to sensuality. On hearing the nifty barbershop rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, we know we’re in for something slightly unconventional, a notion reinforced by the appearance of eunuchs, kilts and a shotgun. Look out too for the director’s own bearded and bedraggled performance as the sea-captain. A cast that is, by Oxford standards, stellar, has been given freedom to explore the individual humours of its characters, happily resulting in a wholesome variegation of jest, not a mélange of contradictory comic pursuits. The many recognisable faces operate brilliantly in isolation, better in ensemble. Organic unity is firmly secured by both Ruth Weyman’s wittily thought-out costuming and the garden setting in which the wings, stage, actors and audience are all contained throughout. This externalisation removes all sense of the latent, and, by extension, the disturbing, licensing the audience to observe this play’s gaiety and poignancies without being perpetually wary of killjoy provisos. There is nothing to fear here. The tone is light, but not Shakespeare-lite: no compromise is made on the speaking of the verse; the application of modern directorial techniques maximises the potential in every word and no utterance is left unilluminated. Nao Hudson (Viola) is diminutive and forthright, but moving where the poetry demands; Elisabeth Gray’s superlative Olivia is as monumental in mourning as she is later hilariously enfeebled by desire. A self-righteous, jittery Malvolio, Gethin Anthony’s is an astonishing piece of sustained characterisation, blending puritanical stiffness with a pathetic vulnerability, while Heman Ojha’s clowning is more Kirov than Krusty, a nimble, harmonica- playing gymnast as Feste. This is broad comedy par excellence, none broader than the gargantuan Chris Milsom (Sir Toby Belch), whose guffawing ability would put that arch-bellower, Brian Blessed, to shame. However, a revel without a cause it is not, and we are constantly and warmly reminded of the ambition to expose the humane and sincere in both lovers and loving. Methven’s Twelfth Nightis simply dazzling.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Ocean City Happenings: Air Show Weekend

first_imgThe Air Show promises excitement with stunt pilots and aerobatic champions putting on a show to remember this coming weekend over the beach and Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street. (Photos courtesy City of Ocean City) All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend on Sept. 15 and 16. All events are free to attend.The celebration starts with the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II to the present. The event will feature a parachute jump from Team Fastrax, “America’s Skydiving Team.” It also will include food, music, classic cars and kids’ activities, including the Ocean City Board of Realtors’ popular Bubble Mania.The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at some time after noon, depending on wind and weather conditions. The new half-mile “Runway Run” will return and is open to all ages. It offers a chance for anybody to cover ground normally traversed only by planes.The festival takes place at the Municipal Airport at 26th Street and Bay Avenue. Additional parking for the festival will be available at Shelter Road (off Tennessee Avenue) with free shuttle service provided. A new addition last year, the Parachute Pyrotechnic Show, will return at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax parachuters exiting an aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk. Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited as the parachuters fly in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground. The jump will end with a landing on the Seventh Street Beach and will be viewable along the entire Boardwalk. The aerobatic show will keep viewers looking to the sky.The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will bring some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world to put on a show over the beach and Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. The tentative lineup includes: Fastrax Parachute Team with National Anthem: teamfastrax.comRedline Aerobatic Team TeaserTexan Flight – Jersey Jerks 4 PassesKevin Russo: kevinrussoairshows.comN.J. Air National Guard UH-60 SPIES/FRIES DemonstrationU.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dauphin Search and Rescue DemonstrationPaul Dougherty: doughertyairshows.comDavid Windmiller: windmiller.com/homeMark Murphy FG-1D Corsair “Godspeed”Redline Aerobatic Team Full Show – Jon Thocker & Ken Reider: redlineairshows.com Thousands typically soak up some of the final days of the calendar summer as they watch the spectacle from the beach and Boardwalk. The show is best viewed from the area between Fifth Street and 14th Street. There is no rain date for any of the shows, and air performances may be canceled if weather conditions do not allow for safe flying.Spectators could see simulated rescues over the water.People can view all types of planes in action.last_img read more

Berrien County health leaders concerned about rising percentage of COVID-19 cases

first_img Previous articleSouth Bend Cubs to host Chicago Cubs watch party this Friday nightNext articleWomen at center of alleged groping incident trying to sue Curtis Hill again 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By 95.3 MNC – July 27, 2020 0 247 Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Google+ (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Officials from the Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland are noting accelerating trends of increased COVID-19 activity over the past several weeks.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC from the Berrien County Health Department: Since the beginning of July, Berrien County has seen an increase in new cases as well as an increase in the percent of COVID-19 test results that are positive, indicating that the recent uptick in cases likely represents an increase of viral activity, rather than increases in testing. Hospitalizations and deaths have not had similar increases to date.Much of the recent growth in new cases is amongst a younger demographic, specifically those under 40 years old, as compared to in the beginning of the pandemic when cases skewed towards the older adult population. Even as the county has seen an overall increase in recent cases, current hospitalization levels remain below surge capacity. There was a four week period without any deaths, and there have been three deaths within the last two weeks; the individuals who have passed recently were older adults with multiple comorbidities, consistent with trends previously noted for those at highest risk of death. The lower levels of hospitalizations and few deaths can be attributed, in part, to the fact that the younger people comprising many of the new COVID-19 diagnoses are at much lower risk for severe illness and death, though they are still capable of spreading the virus to others, especially those who are at higher risk.Since the July 4th holiday, Berrien County has seen clusters of COVID-19 illness linked back to large gatherings, family parties and celebrations, church events, and other high risk activity where lack of social distancing and face coverings likely contributed to the quick spread of the virus through those in attendance.“These trends are certainly something to pay attention to and demonstrate the impact of our collective actions. We all understand the economic and social benefits of having the economy more open, and it is critical that we all take actions that allow things to remain open without leading to surges in COVID-19 transmission” said Berrien County Health Officer, Nicki Britten. “Bearing in mind the start of the new school year is rapidly approaching, we need to make a conscious shift in the way we live our lives to avoid reaching transmission levels that would prohibit in-person instruction for students. That means staying at home as much as possible, especially if you’re feeling sick, reducing how many people we see in person, continuing to wear face coverings and keep physical distance in public.”“Recently we’ve seen our highest rates in quite some time of both the number of COVID-19 positive patients presenting to the emergency department and the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital,” said Robert Nolan, DO, medical director of emergency medicine, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “While we aren’t taxing our hospital capacity yet, it could happen if people aren’t diligent about social distancing and wearing a mask. These measures are such a small thing to do in consideration of our community, and, if we choose not to follow them, can have profound life ending consequences for some. Wearing a mask isn’t necessarily for you, it’s for your neighbors and community.” CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Berrien County health leaders concerned about rising percentage of COVID-19 cases Facebooklast_img read more

Man brought to hospital after Main Building fall Saturday

first_imgA man fell in the Main Building on Saturday evening shortly after the Trumpets Under the Dome Concert began at 6:20 p.m., University spokesman Dennis Brown said Tuesday morning.“Notre Dame emergency personnel responded at 6:28 p.m. Saturday to assist an individual who fell in a stairway in the Main Building,” Brown said. “He was transported to Memorial Hospital.”Representatives from Memorial Hospital did not immediately return The Observer’s phone calls. Ann Wassmann of Spring Lake, Mich., attended Trumpets Under the Dome and witnessed the incident. When the concert was over, she said she exited near the back and witnessed the fall in a stairwell in her peripheral vision.“Just as I reached the ground floor and was proceeding to the door, I saw something dark drop in my peripheral vision,” she said in an email to The Observer on Tuesday afternoon. “As I stepped through the door I heard a very loud bang – like something heavy hitting a metal surface.“I turned to see what had happened. The door had closed, so all I could see were people on the stairs, and the horrified looks on their faces. People were crying and calling out ‘call 911’.”Wassmann said two “fire engine-type vehicles” arrived shortly after with paramedics. Brown said he had not been provided with any additional information.“It was weird to walk around to the front of the Main Building, meeting up with joyous people who knew nothing of the tragic accident we had just experienced,” Wassmann said.Tags: observer staff reportlast_img read more

Medicinal Herbs

first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

More U.S. Coal Plants Fail Economic Stress Test

first_imgMore U.S. Coal Plants Fail Economic Stress Test FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:A recent energy analysis determined that more than 20% of the nation’s coal-generating capacity in 2016 is uneconomic and could face retirement or conversion to other energy sources.The Union of Concerned Scientists, a member-funded nonprofit advocacy group that promotes clean energy, said in its report that much of the remaining coal fleet “faces significant economic uncertainty” due to competition from cheap natural gas and renewable energy.Comparing the cost of electricity generated by coal units and an existing natural gas combined-cycle unit, the report found that 57 GW, or nearly 21% of the country’s roughly 285-GW coal-generating capacity in 2016, are “uncompetitive,” on top of the 18% already scheduled for retirement or conversion.Using S&P Global Market Intelligence data, the report’s authors identified dozens of plants that failed their “economic stress test,” primarily in the southeastern U.S. Florida had the highest number at 16 followed by Georgia with 15 and Virginia with 13.A recent S&P report shows that about 49.5 GW of coal capacity is or was scheduled for retirement between 2013 and 2021, an increase from the 44.1 GW scheduled as of March 27 for that period. 45 coal units are slated to retire from 2017 to 2021, while 395 units have been retired since 2012.More: ($) Report: 21% of US coal fleet ‘uneconomic,’ could face retirements, conversionslast_img read more

The need for speed

first_imgFinancial institutions are “feeling the need, the need for speed.” With this month’s 30th anniversary of the movie “Top Gun,” this well-known quote also applies to the current global race for constant availability of real-time payments.Opt-in participation for real-time payment delivery is the next phase of the faster-payments movement.  This phase is being driven by initiatives from The Clearing House, such as secure tokenization of payment requests and enablement of real-time payments functionality, and its partnership with VocaLink for the deployment of a real-time payments platform.Other larger players involved are Fidelity National Information Services; CUES Supplier member D+H, due to its global focus on payments; and Jack Henry and Associates, due to its presence within the community banking sector.In addition, CUES Supplier member Fiserv, a significant provider of financial services technology, is positioning its payments scope by highlighting its NOW platform, which fuses bill payment, money movement, and a real-time EFT network. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more