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first_imgGeorgia turfgrass producers and industry leaders will gather Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Ft. Valley, Georgia, for the annual Georgia Sod and Turf Producers Field Day.Industry leaders and university experts will provide updates on turfgrass-related topics, and the latest equipment will be displayed and demonstrated at the event’s trade show.The field day will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday with a reception at Super-Sod Turf Farm in Perry, Georgia. The reception is sponsored by Trebro Manufacturing and the Georgia Crop Improvement Association.Registration and a continental breakfast are set for 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Fort Valley State University Agricultural Technology Conference Center. The breakfast will be sponsored by Brouwer Kesmac. Educational sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The keynote address, “On the Economic, Business and Political Climate,” will be delivered by Roger Tutterow, professor of economics and the director of the Econometric Center at the Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed scientist Patrick McCullough will give a presentation on enhancing weed control programs for sod production, and UGA Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz will provide an update on UGA turfgrass research and education programs. Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar will give a legislative update.Lunch will be held at Super-Sod Turf Farm. The trade show and equipment demonstrations will be held after lunch, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.The field day is sponsored by the Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAC). Registration is $75 for UAC members, $95 for nonmembers and $25 for students. After Oct. 7, registration is $100 for UAC members, $120 for nonmembers and $45 for students. UGA Extension personnel can attend Wednesday for $25.For more information, call 800-687-6949, email info@urbanagcouncil.com or go to www.urbanagcouncil.com.last_img read more

first_imgNumber of slopes? 9 Average inches of snowfall? 60-80 inches What are the best après ski activities available at the resort and in the area? The Copper Kettle Bar & Lounge offers food and beverage with picture windows overlooking the slopes and features live music on the weekends. Pass prices?   Weekend/Holiday – Adult: $68, Jr./Sr./Military: $62 How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there? Weekday – Adult: $45, Jr./Sr./Military: $40 Number of lifts? 5 surface lifts and 2 aerial lifts Skiable acres? 27 Washington, D.C. – 116 MilesRichmond, Va. – 141 MilesCharlottesville, Va. – 97 MilesRoanoke, Va. – 146 MilesLexington, Ky. – 449 MilesCharlotte, N.C. – 330 MilesWinston Salem, N.C. – 251 MilesAtlanta, Ga. – 567 MilesChattanooga, Tenn. – 503 Miles Face masks will be required for anyone over the age of 5 inside all resort buildings unless eating and drinking, at all lift lines, on the chair lifts, when loading and unloading the chair lift, while snow tubing and ice skating, while interacting with resort staff, and whenever one cannot social distance from someone outside of their party. Our signature trail, Bootlegger, is the perfect intermediate slope, offering an upper section that provides moderate pitch, perfect for carving, and featuring a steep headwall at the end to challenge most skiers and snowboarders. All of our activities, both winter, and summer are geared towards families, young and old for all to enjoy! All reservations must be made online, including lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. We will adjust as needed to meet any new or changing situations and/or guidelines. You can find more information about our procedures online. Are there activities available in the off-season? Base/summit elevation? 1,250 ft/1,750 ft What activities are available beyond the slopes? Do you offer any family-friendly activities? Our onsite Ski Boutique, located in the new Shenandoah Center, offers the latest gear and apparel that will equip anyone for a day out on the slopes. Opening day? Tickets are available starting Dec. 12 but we will start making snow as soon as the weather allows us to so that date may change if mother nature changes in our favor. Driving distance to nearest major cities? Snow Tubing is directly beside the slopes, no skills required. Take a spin on the ice skating rink next to the tubing hill in front of the restaurant. The surrounding mountains offer a variety of hiking trails to explore with unbeatable views. Visit the historic Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs just down the road. You can even stay a night in one of their quaint cabins. What’s new at the resort this year? We cut in about 2 acres off of our green run, Redeye, to create a dedicated terrain park called Thunder Jug. We are also adding an outdoor bar & grill to accommodate for restrictions on indoor seating and to give visitors an option to avoid indoor spaces.  We are confident it will add to the atmosphere of the base area for years to come as well. 2 beginner, 4 intermediate, 1 expert, 1 terrain park What do you offer for beginners who want to learn how to ski or snowboard? First Time Private Package bundles a lift ticket, one hour lesson, and rental equipment for anyone 8 years of age and older looking to take to the slopes for the first time. The award-winning Kinder School features unique and interactive activities designed to teach children ages 4-7 how to get started in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. All of our lessons this year will be offered as private or family/friend pod lessons. Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy? Where do you recommend visitors buy or rent their gear? Longest run? Redeye at 3,500 feet What are the best runs and why? We are a four-season resort! Dependent on the season, we offer Bryce Bike Park, golfing, scenic lift rides, disc golf, Lake Laura, and more. Several onsite locations are offered through different companies as well as realty companies for those looking to buy. From hotels and condos to slopeside cabins, you can browse all of the options online. What guidelines and protocols have you put in place to keep visitors and employees safe during COVID-19?last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo was updating residents on the state’s plan to battle the first winter storm of the season, forecasters upgraded their projected snowfall total for parts of Long Island to up to 18 inches.That update comes after meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Upton office for the last day have predicted up to a foot of snow for the region. However, the agency throughout the week has warned that the storm’s track was uncertain meaning forecasts could change, either for the better or worse. While officials are warning residents about traveling by car, the Long Island Rail Road has not made plans to halt operations but could modify or suspend service depending on snow accumulation and if sustained winds become greater than 39 mph.Cuomo said agencies have beefed up their ranks as they brace for the storm, including PSEG Long Island, which has nearly 1,000 personnel on standby.Hundreds of pieces of snow-fighting equipment is headed down to help battle the storm, including more than 1,000 operators and supervisors, dozens of plows, and a half-dozen vacuum trucks outfitted with sewer jets destined for LI to help relieve flooding.“You hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” Cuomo said. “But we are preparing for a significant occurrence.”Officials in Nassau County echoed Cuomo’s plea to heed warnings.“We are asking our motorists, should the storm stay on track, please do not take to the roads.”Mangano urged residents to use its non-emergency hotline in non-life-threatening circumstances. The number is 1-800-315-5153. The hotline will be activated 8 p.m. Friday.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone encouraged residents to shelter in place, saying “this is a real storm that does pose risks.” Despite the bleak outlook he chose to look on the bright side.“It is fortunate that this storm is hitting at this time, on a weekend” when people will be at home and not traveling to work, Bellone said. Suffolk’s non-emergency hotline is 631-852-4900. SICK OF ALL THE COLD WEATHER? #BLIZZARD2016 GOT YOU DOWN? MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY WHILE BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS FOR YOU, YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO WARM, EXOTIC DESTINATIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD!Download the “Questions Answered” Agent eBook: Officials have said that their major concern with this Nor’easter is the potential for flooding in coastal areas. Parts of the Island are also under a coastal flooding warning.“Flooding can do tremendous tremendous damage, as we’ve learned the hard way,” Cuomo said.Also causing angst among officials is near-zero visibility on roadways due to expected blowing snow and whipping winds.The duel effect of potentially serious flooding in low-lying areas and heavy snow throughout means municipalities will have to deploy resources to battle the storm on many fronts.Cuomo’s message to residents was to stay at home because stalled or abandoned vehicles put first responders in harm’s way.The massive Nor’easter is threatening much of the mid-Atlantic with upwards of two feet of snow. More than 4,500 flights have been cancelled due to inclement weather. Area airports have also begun cancelling flights, including LaGuardia Airport (700) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (350). Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he expects all airlines to waive rebooking fees.All flights out of Long Island MacArthur Airport will be cancelled by 7:35 p.m. Friday and will resume again Sunday afternoon, but departure times vary depending on airline.last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Cameron MadillGoogle Analytics is a valuable tool for online credit union marketing. It allows you to track activity on the institute’s website and provides comprehensive information about how visitors found the site. By using the information that Google Analytics provides, you can improve your digital marketing efforts to reach your target customers.In 2014, Google introduced Universal Analytics, or UA, which has a more user-centric approach. Instead of just tracking website visits, it tracks visitors. In addition to showing you how visitors found your site, the tool follows a visitor’s journey across many different electronic devices.Google UA HighlightsImproved data collection and processing in Google AnalyticsUpgrade Google Analytics properties to Google UA without losing data or changing account settingsThe ability to assign unique “User IDs” to visitors to track their engagement and on-site navigation across multiple devicesNew tracking codes for websites, mobile apps and other digital devicesSimplified configuration optionsEveryone will eventually be upgraded automatically, but in the meantime you will be on the old platform continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Forget billboards, TV commercials or ad spreads in the newspaper — today’s teens and twenty-somethings have their eyes glued to their smartphones, and marketing teams across the country are quickly adjusting to the fact.Not quite convinced that your financial institution should invest in smartphone marketing? Here are four facts you should know about the youngest generation’s love affair with their mobile devices:More than any other generation, Gen Z is constantly connected. Gen Z spends an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes on their mobile devices every day. For comparison, the average American spent 2 hours and 48 minutes a day watching television, 1 hour and 11 minutes eating and drinking, and 10 minutes reading in 2019.Gen Zers are digital natives. The reason Gen Z is more connected than any other generation? They’ve been immersed in the digital world since childhood. Most Gen Zers had a smartphone as their first phone — and 84 percent of teens in 2018 expected to buy an Apple iPhone as their next mobile device.last_img read more

first_img“Not only do they get to see the awesomeness of our Capitol Building, but they also get to see the politicians in action,” Murat told 12 News Thursday, “They get to see how it works, they get to see the excitement that’s around at any event where there’s a lot of politicians.” Murat also said one of the most important aspects of both this trip and her class as a whole is the chance to hear from people with different opinions and for her students to be able to formulate their own. ENDWELL (WBNG) — Educators at Maine-Endwell High School say some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom. Her class is centered around the students learning about the inner-workings of politics and government, at the local, state and federal levels. Murat was named New York’s Teacher of the Year for 2020, but said she takes more pride in preparing her students to be the future leaders of tomorrow.center_img Murat said she has had several local elected officials come and speak to her class, but the trip to Albany offered something different altogether. This was the eighth time Rachel Murat has been able to bring her class to Albany for the governor’s address, calling it a worthwhile experience each time. For one AP Government class, attending Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday was a chance to see the classroom become real life.last_img read more

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first_imgThe United Kingdom’s novel coronavirus outbreak is starting to peak but it is too early to lift the lockdown because the virus would “run rampant” if the government eased social distancing measures, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.The United Kingdom has the fifth highest official death toll from COVID-19 in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France, though the figure only covers hospital fatalities and the real number is probably much higher.”We think it is too early to make a change,” Hancock said. “While we’ve seen a flattening of the number of cases, and thankfully a flattening of the number of deaths, that hasn’t started to come down yet.” “If we just released all the measures now, then this virus would run rampant once again and we can’t let that happen.”While Prime Minister Boris Johnson recuperates at a country residence from COVID-19 complications that nearly cost him his life, the British government is due to discuss a review of the lockdown later on Thursday.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for Johnson, has already made clear there will be no immediate lifting of the social distancing measures announced on March 23.Raab will chair a cabinet meeting at 1000 GMT at which the government’s chief scientist will update ministers. Later in the afternoon Raab will chair an emergency response meeting to discuss the lockdown. Social distancing The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from COVID-19 rose by 761 to 12,868 as of 1600 on April 14, the health ministry said. Broader statistics that include deaths in care homes and in the community suggest the total toll is much larger.The most stringent restrictions in British peacetime history have effectively closed down much of the world economy, and the United Kingdom is heading towards its deepest depression in three centuries.As leaders around the world begin to contemplate ways to exit the shutdown, epidemiologists have cautioned that a second wave of the outbreak could endanger the weak and elderly.Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London who advises the government, said Britain would probably have to maintain some level of social distancing until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is available.”It is not going to be going back to normal,” Ferguson told BBC radio. “We will have to maintain some level of social distancing, a significant level of social distancing, probably indefinitely until we have a vaccine available.””If we relax measures too much then we will see a resurgence in transmission,” he said. “If we want to reopen schools, let people get back to work then we need to keep the transmission down in another manner.”GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Officer Emma Walmsley said on Wednesday that a vaccine was unlikely to be ready before the second half of 2021. center_img Topics :last_img read more