December Nights and Lights

first_imgFor the fourth consecutive year, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm (CGBG) are hosting December Nights and Holiday Lights, a traditional, family event filled with displays, music and more than 500,000 holiday lights. The seasonal event will be Nov. 27 through Dec. 24, from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday night. Cost of admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 years and under, and free for children under 2 years. “Events like Holiday Lights are great ways for families to spend time together learning and enjoying the outdoors,” said Elizabeth Lubrani, outreach coordinator for the gardens and Chatham County Extension agent. This year, the CGBG has expanded the event to add two more acres of lights and lighted displays, and there will be local choirs and musical groups performing live in the new Andrews Visitor and Education Center, Lubrani said. The gardens will also feature a model holiday train display from the Coastal Rail Buffs. Favorite activities, such as story time with Mrs. Claus, are back by popular demand this year, said Lubrani, along with Saturday night pictures with Santa. In “Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen,” students from the local 4-H and nonprofit groups will sell and serve holiday treats and hot drinks to raise funds for their organizations. “These events and events like it really bring the community out to the gardens and get them excited,” Lubrani said. “I would like all visitors to leave feeling impressed with what University of Georgia Extension has to offer, and I would like for local visitors to leave feeling proud that Savannah has such an impressive and well-supported botanical garden.” Located 10 miles southwest of historic Savannah, Georgia, the CGBG is a UGA Extension facility that showcases 51 acres of plants, gardens, lakes and historical buildings for residents and visitors. To learn more about the CGBG, visit or call 912-921-5460.last_img read more

Small off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds

first_imgSmall off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Gogla has released a report showing the positive economic effects of deploying small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems in off-grid regions. More than half of the survey’s respondents reported having increased economic activity, with many of those starting new businesses or significantly increasing their household income.The data shows that 58% of the households, which had recently installed an off-grid solar system, worked more or developed their enterprises, due to the availability of electricity. Additionally, 36% of the households reportedly ramped up their average income by an additional US$35 per month. In the region in question, this is equivalent to 50% of the average monthly GDP of a household.Furthermore, because of electric lighting, the respondents reported that they could spend 44% more time at work or on chores. Previously, nightfall had prematurely interrupted these activities. This improvement generates income for the households and increases the economic activity of business owners, the report says.The report surveyed 2,300 people from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A range of companies delivered small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems, which comprised a solar panel, battery, LED lighting and potentially other devices, depending on customer needs.Koen Peters, Executive Director of Gogla said, “Gogla’s new report shows that the net economic and social benefits off-grid solar are a huge opportunity for national governments of the developing world. Governments tell us they are interested in jobs and economic impact. As this report shows, off-grid solar is directly delivering such impacts and significantly. We call on policymakers, treasury, and energy departments to work together with off-grid companies, banks, and institutions to break down barriers to off-grid solar and build a pathway to accelerate energy access.”More: Off-grid solar boosts income by 50% of household GDP in Africa – studylast_img read more

Shale slump drives U.S. producers to scrap fracking fleets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The downturn in shale drilling has been so steep and brisk that oilfield companies are taking the unprecedented step of scrapping entire fleets of fracking gear.With almost half of U.S. fracking firepower expected to be sitting idle within weeks, shale specialists including Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. and RPC Inc. are retiring truck-mounted pumping units and other equipment used to shatter oil-soaked shale rock. Whereas in previous market slumps, frackers parked unused equipment to await a revival in demand, this time it’s different: Gear is being stripped down for parts or sold for scrap.As stagnant oil prices and investor pressure discourage new drilling, the fracking industry that was growing so fast it couldn’t find enough workers as recently as two years ago now finds itself buried in a mountain of pumps, pipes and storage tanks. The contagion is spreading beyond fracking specialists to sand miners and the truckers who haul it. U.S. Silica Holdings Inc., the top supplier of frack sand, tumbled as much as 33% on Tuesday after announcing plans to shut mines on the back of disappointing quarterly results.More: Frackers Scrap Idled Equipment Amid Pullback in Shale Drilling Shale slump drives U.S. producers to scrap fracking fleetslast_img read more

Keepers of the Flame: Reigniting the Cherokee Language and Culture

first_imgIn 1996, a private 309-acre tract of land within Great Smoky Mountains National Park was sold for $3.5 million. With that transaction, the buyers were able to reclaim what was rightfully theirs—and had been for 10,000 years.The Eastern Band of the Cherokee had purchased Kituwah, the legendary birthplace of their people (Kituwah, pronounced gid-doo-wah, is also the original name of the Cherokee and their language). At Kituwah, the Creator handed down the laws and gave them the gift of fire. In the middle of Kituwah’s open fields, there is a mound that once held the hearth of the eternal flame—a fire so significant to the Cherokee people that members of distant villages would walk hundreds of miles to visit it. They would leave dirt or ash from their village on the mound before collecting the warmth and light of the flame to bring home to their family and neighbors.The eternal flame was carried away to Oklahoma in the 1830s when many of the Cherokee were forcibly removed from their homelands. But those who have remained in the mountains—known today as the Eastern Band of Cherokee—are hoping to rekindle the ancient fire through language. Just a few miles away from Kituwah, just past Harrah’s Tribal Casino, the New Kituwah language immersion school is reviving Cherokee traditions and culture.The school, which enrolls children as newborns, is helping children appreciate their native language and preserve the Cherokee identity. Out of roughly 12,000 Cherokee living in Western North Carolina, only about 270 of them still speak Kituwah and the average age of native speakers is 57. The Kituwah language is literally dying out.“Language is a part of who we are. It is part of our identity and what makes us Cherokee,” says Renissa Walker, the immersion school manager.Walker’s son was one of the first students at New Kituwah. He started in the school’s pilot class as an infant and is now one of six first graders.Many senior Cherokee grew up in a household where Cherokee was spoken as the first language. However, when those individuals started attending primary school, they had trouble adapting and were often made fun of because of their language and accent. As a result, most of those individuals refused to teach their children the Cherokee language. For two generations now, the prevailing trend of the Cherokee family has been to avoid speaking their native tongue. 1 2 3last_img read more

Colombian Army Captures Individual Close to FARC’s “Mono Jojoy”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 Bogotá, June 11 (EFE). – The Colombian Army captured “Martín Cuero,” a member of the FARC guerrilla organization who is very close to rebel leader Jorge Briceño Suárez, aka “Mono Jojoy,” official sources reported today. According to a press release from “Casa de Nariño,” the presidency headquarters, the arrest of “Martín Cuero,” a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), took place in Calarcá (Quindío) in a joint effort between the Army and the Colombian public prosecutor’s office. According to the authorities, the rebel had been tasked with organizing and implementing a mobility corridor between Buenaventura (south), the Coffee-Growers’ Axis (center-west), Meta, and Caquetá (south), to market cocaine. He is also accused of coordinating business with the drug cartels of the Orinoquia area, the Pacific Coast, and the Coffee-Growers’ Axis. In addition, he is accused of participating in the battles between the Colombian Army and the FARC in Casa Verde, municipality of La Uribe (Meta), in 1990, as well as the assaults on the towns of El Billar (Caquetá) in 1998 and Puerto Rico (Meta) in 1999. The prisoner had an arrest warrant for homicide, terrorism, forced displacement, and rebellion.last_img read more

How to set yourself up for success when returning from vacation

first_imgSummer is a weird mix of busy and slow times. Many people take time off for vacations, leaving those in the office to fill in while they’re gone. And when you come back, there’s the full inbox to sort through and projects to catch up on.But returning from time off doesn’t have to be stressful. Aaron Levy, a leadership expert and member of the Forbes Coaches Council, has three steps to help leaders be more strategic. These are good tips to get you in the right mindset when you return from a vacation, and keep you on track throughout the year.Reflect on the past week. Take stock of recent accomplishments and setbacks. If you’re returning from time off, what were you able to get off your plate before you left and what is waiting for you? It’s also important to consider where your goals currently stand and how you can continue working toward them. Be sure to communicate expectations to your team so they are aware of potential gaps and keep you informed of progress.Plan the week ahead. Being caught off-guard for a meeting or project deadline adds unnecessary stress. Take a look at your calendar – either before leaving for the weekend or right when you start the week – and determine what you need to prepare for. Even if you have an assistant who keeps you on track, it’s important to be aware of what’s coming. Writing a to-do list will jog your memory and help you prioritize and prepare. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Adventures in stock photos – Act 1: The credit union photography project

first_imgWhat types of photographs do credit unions use on their websites?  I’ve been obsessed with this question for years not only because I’m a photographer and filmmaker, but because visual storytelling has never been more important in our collective efforts to differentiate and grow in a crowded marketplace.  Eager to do my part, I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to create some of our industry’s largest photojournalism projects that celebrate the everyday heroes at the heart of our movement.   But it wasn’t until my February 2019 “What Will They See?” story, a piece about my collaboration with TwoScore to create a customized portfolio of member-centered photos for a small credit union in Indianapolis, that I started to dig into how people react to photos on websites.   Put simply, we ignore stock photos. We reject them in milliseconds, preferring real images of real members and employees doing real things for and with each other, who have a real connection to the credit union whose site we’re visiting.  Deep down, we know this. We realize that generic stock images cannot, by definition, capture any credit union’s unique value, story, membership, employees, and culture. Our industry still relies on them, though. I’m neither the first nor last to call it out, but complaining about this practice hasn’t changed anything. If we want to open eyes, then we must be honest about what those eyes will see when they visit the online home of our credit union. The time has come for hard data and harder truth.   That’s why I started The Credit Union Photography Project in the spring of 2019. Our small team of volunteers from across our industry are visiting every credit union website in the United States, and classifying every photo on every page. When completed, CUPP will be the most comprehensive research project of its kind in our industry’s history.  As of October 5, 2019, the CUPP team has visited 1,359 credit union websites and classified 51,548 photos. Some preliminary findings: Photos of real members are almost nonexistent, comprising only 3.5% of the total number of website photos we’ve classified to this point. Moreover, of the 1,359 credit union websites we’ve visited, 83.6% of them – 1,136 in all – don’t have a single image of an actual member.  Photos of real employees are almost as rare, appearing in only 12.7% of the total photos posted on credit union websites. When we add in photos of board members and other volunteers, the result increases to 16%. 70% of the photos we’ve seen so far – 36,316 to be precise – are stock. 90.8% of the websites we’ve visited contained at least 1 stock photo.  These numbers indicate that we’re not spotlighting the employees we claim are our most important assets. Real members are invisible. And with every stock image we use, we miss an opportunity to establish a personal connection with current and future members. We can do better. You may not agree, though. You may think the pictures don’t matter, that stock isn’t a big deal, that your credit union doesn’t need to change. If so, I invite you to check out some reverse image search results from Google in my next article: Adventures in Stock Photos – Act 2: Free Love Dating with Pretty People.  41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Date set for Broome County Winterfest 2020

first_imgThere will also be sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, a DJ, children’s activities, guided hikes, bonfires and more. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — The 2020 Winterfest has a date! For more information, go to the Broome County Parks’ Facebook Page by clicking here. The festival will be held on Feb. 22 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Nathaniel Cole Park in Harpursville.center_img Attendees must bring their own sleds and ice skates. Cross country skis will be available. The event includes a fishing derby from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Croatia Airlines achieved a large operating loss and a drop in passenger traffic

first_imgIn the conditions of the crisis and the consequences for the tourist season, the additional importance and contribution of Croatia Airlines to tourism is in connecting Adriatic airports with European destinations in the season when the arrival of foreign airlines was significantly reduced. In the autumn-winter period, and especially due to the current deterioration of the epidemiological situation, the importance of Croatia Airlines will be further emphasized by maintaining Croatia’s connection with major European destinations, as a large number of foreign airlines have already withdrawn from the Croatian market or reduced flights. As a result, operating revenues decreased by 59 percent, with the most pronounced decrease in passenger revenues, which is a direct consequence of the drastic reduction in demand for air transport services.  In the first nine months of 2020, the number of passengers in domestic regular traffic (142.958 passengers transported) decreased by 64 percent, in international regular traffic (384.712 passengers) this decrease was 69 percent, and in extraordinary traffic (5.700 passengers) there was a decrease of 91 how much. A total of 533.381 passengers were transported in the first nine months, ie 1,168.190 fewer passengers than in the same period in 2019 (-69 percent). The increase in net loss by HRK 195,1 million compared to the same period in 2019 is a direct consequence of the decrease in demand for air transport services in the context of the global pandemic, which the company in the period from April to September 2020. directly reduced revenue by 70 percent.  As a result, there was a reduction in flight by 11.709 flights and a drop in the number of transported passengers of 69 percent (-1,168.190 passengers). Due to reduced demand for air transport services in the epidemic crisis, Croatia Airlines recorded a drop in passenger traffic of more than 90 percent in April and May, by 80 percent in June, by 70 percent in July, by 67 percent in August, and by 80 percent in September.center_img Given the deteriorating epidemiological situation and further decline booking in the coming period (autumn and winter) no significant improvements are expected, especially because these are the months of the low season (winter season) when the company makes losses even under normal conditions. An additional problem in maintaining liquidity is the unpredictability of the duration of the crisis caused by the pandemic, and thus the pressure on the company’s cash flows. In the first nine months, Croatia Airlines made an operating loss of HRK 222,4 million, which with a net financing result gives a net loss of HRK 243,5 million.  Photo: CAlast_img read more

Indonesia among ‘world’s largest aviation markets’: Boeing

first_imgAs a result, Southeast Asia is expected to require 4,500 new airplanes, worth US$785 billion, over the next 20 years. The region’s demand for new planes makes up 10.2 percent of projected global demand during the period. Most of the planes will be small, single-aisle units instead of the larger, twin-aisle units.Growing demand for airplanes also translates to a growing market for airline services and industry employees. The manufacturer estimates the region’s airline service demand will be worth $785 billion until 2038 and require 182,000 new employees, including pilots, cabin crew and technicians.Topics : Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are in motion to become Southeast Asia’s top three economies in driving future demand for new aircraft, according to one of the world’s top plane manufacturers.United States airplane manufacturer Boeing said in a statement on Wednesday that Indonesia and Thailand were the region’s second-fastest growing aircraft markets after Vietnam. Since 2010, annual demand growth was about 10 percent in the former two and 15 percent in the latter.“With an expanding middle class in a market that continues to liberalize, coupled with a strong domestic, regional and international tourism sector, Southeast Asia has become one of the world’s largest aviation markets,” said Boeing commercial marketing vice president Randy Tinseth.last_img read more