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Limited Gardening

Limited Gardening

first_imgAre your gardening habits constrained because of physical limitations or a lack of time or space? The up-coming Gardening with Limitations class in Putnam County will help you overcome these obstacles.The Oconee Master Gardeners Association and Putnam County Cooperative Extension are sponsor the class which is the first in a four-part Gardening with Limitations series. The first workshop — focused on garden helpers — is set for Jan. 8, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at The Hut in Eatonton.Subsequent workshops will be held on Feb. 12, March 12 and April 19. Each class will focus on a set of tips, tricks and strategies that will make gardening easier.The first class will introduce the latest tools and methods available for limited gardener. All of the products demonstrated will be given away as door prizes. The Hut is located at 400 A West Marion Street in Eatonton. Pre-registration would be appreciated to ensure adequate attendee packets. Call the University of Georgia Extension Office in Putnam County at (706) 485-4151. For more information, email Shawn Davis at mosshappyness@gmail.com.last_img read more

For the Love of Trails

For the Love of Trails

first_imgMeet Todd Branham: Race Director for Blue Ridge Adventures, contributor to Trail Solutions, and Pisgah National Forest legend with a deep love for the trails he shreds.Branham has made a life for himself surrounding what he loves most – mountain biking. He’s been racing for over 30 years and is recognized for curating and delivering world-renowned races to the tallest and most rugged mountains this side of the Mississippi since 1998. Though he’s known for many accomplishments in the mountain bike community, he’s best known for the Pisgah Stage Race.“This race is regarded as the best and highest quality enduro stage race in the world with consistent, gnarly singletrack on the docket every single day. The five-day, fully supported endurance event features 140 miles and 20,000 feet of elevation gain,”says Julie Bacon, Digital Marketing Manager for Blue Ridge Adventures through Darby Communications and avid mountain biker.“The event also feature farm-to-table meals, music and on-site accommodations that create a sort of “village” while the 200 racers are in town.”The success in his races is no accident. Branham is a devoted and hardworking professional trail builder, creating and restoring trails all around the world.“He is dedicated to the trails he loves so much and is known as a resource in the trail building community,” says Bacon.We asked Branham some questions about his journey with mountain biking.Todd Branham hiking a trail. Photo courtesy of Land of Sky Media..Where did it all begin? Where and Why did you build your first trail?It started when I realized that doing volunteer trail work in the Forest was the ONLY way at the time to DIRECTLY impact the Forest your operating in. I started working with trained officials of the Forest and became a trail crew leader in Pisgah National Forest. A few years later I received a call from a long time friend that had a professional trail building company ( Long Cane Trails ) and needed some extra hands. I worked in S.C. a bit on trails and eventually bought 50% of the company. 20 years later we have built over 300 miles of new trail and refurbished many more miles of trail. We have built in 3 countries and in all types of terrain. What are some of the most memorable moments of the Pisgah Stage Race?Watching people’s minds constantly being blown at the level of our event and how awesome the Pisgah Forest really is. I get this satisfaction every year as Pisgah still has not been discovered by some. I know it’s world class, it’s always cool to show others that. Why have you devoted your life to mountain biking?Simple, follow what you love What were the highlights of your racing career?Winning the 2009 East Coast unification race was a bonus on being the 2009 National Series Cross Country and Enduro Champion in my age category for the US. This victory was surreal. Partnering with my good friend Wes Dickson at the famed BC Bike Race to get 4th was pretty spectacular also. Now days I enjoy mixing it up with the top racers across the world on my bike at stage races. It’s such a great way to explore new places!center_img Branham is living proof that following what you love is by far the best way to spend your time. You not only bring happiness and satisfaction in your own life, but your excitement for what you do resonates in others and inevitably produces your best work. His passion has made Branham an icon in the mountain biking community and an inspiration to us outdoor lovers. What got you to create Blue Ridge Adventure and the Pisgah Stage Race?Blue Ridge Adventures was formed due to the passion to find my placement in the world around Cycling. I realized I wasn’t quite good enough to be a pro rider, so promoting events seemed very interesting too. I got my hands dirty with promoting cycling events at the bike shop I worked at in college. At the time no one was operating any cycling events in the Pisgah National Forest. I started 21 years ago with a dream to share Pisgah with folks, this wonderful place that in the cycling world had yet to discover. Today, elite athletes sworn here and the world’s eyes focus the terrain of these old mountains in WNC.Pisgah Stage Race was born to celebrate our area that is one of very few in the US that can actually pull of such an event. With so many trails in our area that connects to one another, Pisgah is very unique. Top that off with being able to connect town to the forest and magic happens! This simply doesn’t exist but in a few towns in the US- trails linking from your town DIRECTLY to the US Forest Service trails. Racing all over the world myself has shown me what a special place I live in. I wanted to share this with the world.last_img read more

Distressed Kayaker Rescued in Long Island Sound

Distressed Kayaker Rescued in Long Island Sound

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police, along with the United States Coast Guard, rescued a 60-year-old Connecticut woman who was thrown into the Long Island Sound after her kayak tipped over Saturday morning, police said.Martha Bailey’s kayak tipped over around 10:50 a.m. She made a radio notification and activated a position beacon, police said, which prompted authorities to initiate a search effort. Suffolk Police Aviation Section officers, along with a flight paramedic, responded in a Suffolk police helicopter and, at 11:08 a.m., successfully located Bailey’s position. She was seen hanging on to her kayak and wearing a lifejacket. The helicopter crew directed Marine Delta and the Coast Guard vessel to her location. The two units arrived and she was taken aboard the Coast Guard vessel and transported to their New Haven station for medical evaluation.last_img read more

28 years later: Bill Klewin retires, still energized by credit unions’ passion

28 years later: Bill Klewin retires, still energized by credit unions’ passion

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bill Klewin, director of regulatory compliance for CUNA Mutual Group, is retiring after 28 years with CUNA Mutual Group. Andrea Stritzke, formally with PolicyWorks in Des Moines, Iowa, will be filling his position at the company in January.“Bill will be missed, not only as a long-term and dedicated employee, but as a nationally recognized consumer lending expert and valued industry resource for credit unions,” said Kathy Blumenfeld, vice president, CUNA Mutual Group Lending and Payment Security. “The expertise he brought to the position through his many industry speaking engagements and relationships is difficult to replace. But we are thrilled to have Andrea step in and build on what Bill has established. Andrea is uniquely qualified to step into this position without missing a beat.”Klewin joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1986 as associate legal counsel and has held numerous leadership positions, including his most recent role as director of regulatory compliance for the company’s Lending and Payment Security business. Klewin made his mark on credit union lending with creative solutions, fresh ideas and LOANLINER® product designs. Throughout the last several years, Klewin led the company’s lending products through a highly active regulatory environment. He built a strong team of compliance experts and readied them to successfully handle ongoing regulatory changes.“I’ve been helping credit unions with their lending, operations and regulatory compliance for 28 years. The most rewarding part of my job was exchanging insights with our customers. I will miss their questions and comments, their camaraderie and their passion about what we do. Most of all, I will miss the feeling of satisfaction when I have helped someone at a credit union solve a particularly troublesome problem. Thank you to everyone with whom I’ve worked.” continue reading »last_img read more

Too much information? Privacy questions over S. Korea virus details

Too much information? Privacy questions over S. Korea virus details

first_img‘Delicate balance’ South Korea has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and Seoul’s foreign minister says the government has stressed transparency when tackling the public health crisis.But even a health ministry civil servant could not avoid online bullying after contracting the virus.The municipal government of Sejong — where the ministry is based — revealed that she took gym classes taught by an infected instructor, as well as a detailed breakdown of her daily schedule.Most online comments slammed her as “irresponsible” for going to a gym during the outbreak, but others picked on items such as her lunch hours, saying they were too long for a civil servant and accused her of “slacking off”.The government’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters was forced to step in to defend her, saying her gym visits took place before authorities advised people to avoid public gatherings and adopt social distancing.”Excessive attacks and indiscriminate accusations against those infected will not only greatly hurt the individual, but will also impede prevention activities,” it said.A Seoul National University study has since shown South Koreans were more afraid of being “criticized” should they get infected, than the virus itself.There was a “delicate balance” between risk, information and privacy, said Jason Farley, a nurse practitioner and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.Simpler releases listing an infected person’s locations between certain dates would be sufficient, he told AFP, but the details being made public were leading to “significant stigma, discrimination and, in some cases, threats to individuals known to have COVID-19. “This behavior is unacceptable and should be discouraged.”  Allegations of affairs, revelations of membership of religious sects: South Korea’s openness about infected patients has been key in its fight against the coronavirus but raised uncomfortable questions over privacy and stigmatization.South Korea has confirmed more than 7,500 infections, one of the largest totals outside China, where the virus first emerged, although new case numbers have been declining for several days.Officials say that has been made possible by widespread testing of potential contacts — the South has carried out more than 210,000. And the consequences have been sometimes been embarrassing, even brutal, with the National Human Rights Commission describing them as “human rights violations”.”We can’t help but worry about the situation where the confirmed patients become subject to secondary damages, such as being criticized, ridiculed and abhorred online,” it said in a statement.Two confirmed patients have been accused of having an extra-marital affair, after their travel logs showed similarities.One Samsung Electronics employee who tested positive said she received hateful comments online after a city mayor revealed her boyfriend is a member of Shincheonji, the controversial religious sect linked to more than half the South’s cases.”I am having a hard time mentally, more so than (physical) pain,” she wrote on her Facebook account, which she has since turned private, asking other users not to share her personal information.”I’m so sorry to my family and friends,” she added.Michael Hurt, a sociologist at Korea National University of Arts, said that while the alerts reassure the public that authorities are dealing with the epidemic, they can unintentionally lead to “the stigmatization of areas as infected or ‘dangerous’.”Companies identified as visited by infected people have been hit.”I’m having a very hard time, we are basically getting no customers after an emergency alert went out which included our address,” a restaurant owner in Seoul told AFP.”I understand these alerts are necessary, but at the same time, my business has been virtually destroyed.” Topics : Across the country, local authorities have been issuing emergency alerts by mobile phone to those living or working in districts where new cases have been confirmed.The text message arrives with a shrieking warning, announcing nearby locations visited by patients before they were diagnosed with the virus and their links to other cases. More information is available on municipal websites, sometimes with breakdowns of individuals’ daily schedules, even down to the minute, and details of their residence and employer — often making them identifiable individually.In a country where virtually everyone owns a smartphone, doxxing — maliciously spreading private information about individuals and businesses online — has long been a problem.last_img read more

Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal

Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery had a mixed record in the transfer market during his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has hailed Mikel Arteta’s decision to axe Emiliano Martinez from his Europa League side and go with his trusted No.1 Bernd Leno.The much-travelled Martinez, who has been out on loan at six different clubs during his time at Arsenal, had been given a chance to establish himself as back-up to the Germany international in the cup competitions this season.But with Arsenal’s hopes of returning to European football’s elite club competition likely to hinge on winning the Europa League, Arteta opted to select Leno for last night’s round of the last 32 first leg tie at Olympiacos.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeno rewarded his manager’s faith with a commanding performance which helped the Gunners record a third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, with Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal cementing a 1-0 victory.ADVERTISEMENTEmery had a mixed record in the transfer market during his 18 months in north London with the likes of Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi struggling to nail down starting roles under his successor. Comment Martin Keown names the Unai Emery signing who has been a ‘success story’ for Arsenal Advertisement Bernd Leno has kept three consecutive clean sheets for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Keown, however, believes Leno, signed from Bayer Leverkusen for a relatively modest €22million has been an unqualified success.‘We’ve got to look at the shots against, on average now there are fewer shots on the Arsenal goal. Leno was making more saves than any other keeper [before],’ he told BT Sport.‘He’s used to the action that he came up against tonight and I felt that Arsenal were a little bit passive for large moments, they were just doing enough.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Leno has been quite a success story, coming into Petr Cech, they are big boots to fill and I think he has done that successfully, by and large, it’s his first game in the Europa League and he came out to make a point.‘I think it sends a strong message, I think Arsene Wenger would have played a second-strength keeper because they travel the world supporting the main keeper but he’s now seen fit to put the number one in and I can see why tonight.’MORE: Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal futureMORE: Robin van Persie blames Arsenal’s midfield for the team’s lack of goals Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShareslast_img read more

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal to come under regulatory scrutiny

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal to come under regulatory scrutiny

first_imgSainsbury’s Coupe replied on Wednesday, assuring Field that the deal would strengthen the pension covenant and protect “the long-term interest of around 90,000 Sainsbury’s defined benefit pension scheme members”. The UK’s Pensions Regulator has waded into the proposed Sainsbury’s-Asda merger deal following an appeal from politicians for clarity over the impact on members of Sainsbury’s defined benefit (DB) scheme.Frank Field, chair of the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee, wrote to Mike Coupe yesterday with a list of questions for the CEO of J Sainsbury, the UK supermarket chain.In his letter, Field asked for details of considerations taken over Sainsbury’s £9.9bn (€11.3bn) DB pension scheme and whether a risk analysis had been undertaken to establish the impact of the deal on the covenant underpinning the plan.Most pertinently, Field also asked whether Sainsbury’s would “apply for clearance from the Pension Regulator in respect of the deal”. The regulator’s ability to influence corporate activity when it affects pension funds has been the subject of much recent debate. Sainsbury’s will not take on Asda’s £2.5bn scheme if the merger goes through“This is good news for our members,” Coupe added. “We brought a member of our pensions team onto the transaction team at an early stage, and we undertook, with the support of our advisers, a review of the impact on the covenants.”With respect to Field’s specific questions, the Sainsbury’s CEO said that plans had been in place to inform the Pensions Regulator before the official announcement. However, as news of the deal leaked, “we notified the [regulator] at the weekend”, Coupe wrote.Field also raised the issue of Sainsbury’s £974m pension deficit, which had increased from £408m two years previously, in part due to the 2016 acquisition of Home Retail Group.Coupe responded that the group’s retirement benefit obligation stood at £261m – with a reduction in the IAS19 deficit of almost £600m since 11 March last year. “We have a recovery agreement in place with both sections of the scheme [including Argos members], paying in over £124m a year,” he added.Walmart, which currently owns Asda, said on Monday that it would retain responsibility for Asda’s £2.5bn DB scheme if the merger goes through.A spokesperson for the regulator confirmed it was in “active discussions” with all parties involved in the merger.“We are supporting the pension scheme trustees as they seek to secure the best possible outcome for members,” the spokesperson said.“We expect any business planning a major corporate transaction to identify if there is potential material detriment to a pension scheme and explain how they will mitigate against that detriment.“They can then come to us for clearance to gain assurance that we will not use our anti-avoidance powers.”last_img read more

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

first_imgDelegates from across the oil and gas industry are being invited to learn about the current state of the subsea industry and what the future might look like at a networking event with Scottish Enterprise.Taking place at the AECC on Wednesday February 7, the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’, will provide guests with a networking opportunity and demonstrate different opportunities across the sector.Industry body, Subsea UK will deliver a presentation on the current landscape and the latest developments and opportunities to unfold.The organisation’s latest business activity review revealed that 80% of large companies and 65% of SMEs believe that their exports will grow over the next three years. Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK will be on-hand at the breakfast event to provide guidance on how delegates can capitalise on these business opportunities and more at Subsea Expo.David Rennie, head of energy, oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scottish Enterprise aims to work with ambitious companies to support business growth. By helping Subsea Expo delegates understand what the future of the UK’s subsea environment will look like and the opportunities available to them, we are looking forward to providing the necessary guidance and support.”Chief executive of Subsea UK, Neil Gordon, added: “Networking opportunities like the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’ are invaluable in providing important industry insights and predictions for the future to delegates at Subsea Expo. We’re encouraging representatives from organisations across the region to register their attendance and take advantage of the insights and support on offer.”last_img read more

Applications For Reserved Turkey Hunts Start Friday

Applications For Reserved Turkey Hunts Start Friday

first_imgHunters can begin submitting online applications for reserved turkey hunts to be held on certain state and federally owned properties including Muscatatuck National Willdlife Refuge, beginning Jan. 31.The application period runs through March 24 on DNR website.Hunters must possess a valid 2014 spring turkey license, or lifetime license or youth hunt/trap license to apply for any of the reserved hunts. Applicants are allowed to apply for one property, and choose from the available dates for that property.Whether a drawn hunter can bring a hunting buddy varies by property. On DNR properties, drawn hunters are not allowed to bring a buddy. At Muscatatuck, drawn hunters may bring a buddy, but only the drawn hunter can hunt.Hunt dates at Muscatatuck are: April 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, and 29-30.Other hunting properties throughout Indiana can be viewed on the DNR website.last_img read more

Check out your tax professional

Check out your tax professional

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) continue to partner with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to share the top tax filing season concerns referred to as the “IRS Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018.The fourth scam in the 12-part series is tax preparer fraud. Tax preparer fraud occurs when deceitful tax preparers are looking to make a quick buck off of honest individuals seeking tax assistance. This fraud may include inflated charges, advising clients to take credits or deductions they aren’t entitled to or ghost preparation.“Tax preparers play a vital role in submitting tax returns, with over half of U.S. taxpayers utilizing these services,” said DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “While the majority of tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service, individuals should be aware of dishonest preparers looking to collect high fees for fraudulent filings.”Inflated charges are usually due to tax preparers basing their fees on a percentage of a client’s refund. These preparers often advertise bigger refunds than their competition. Only give tax documents or personal information to a preparer once they have been selected to file your taxes; do not provide this information when asking about fees or services. Criminal tax preparers have improperly filed a tax return without taxpayer permission using this information.A good tax preparer will ask questions to determine the client’s total income, deductions and tax credits. In addition, they should ask for records and receipts for any credit or deduction claimed. Claiming deductions or credits the taxpayer isn’t qualified for, often leads back to the preparer collecting more fees based on the client’s refund.A ghost preparer collects a fee from the client to prepare a return, but does not sign the return. This return appears to be self-prepared. A legitimate tax preparer will sign the return and provide their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS. These ghost preparers don’t want to be responsible for any consequences of an incorrect return, which is often due to false reporting of income or expenses. The taxpayer is then responsible for any audit.“Selecting the right tax preparer who is trusted and credentialed should be critically important to taxpayers because the taxpayer is ultimately who is responsible for what is submitted to DOR and the IRS,” said Commissioner Krupp.DOR and the IRS offer several tips for individuals to consider when choosing a tax preparer:Avoid fly-by-night tax preparers. Make sure the preparer you select will be available well after the return is filed.  In the event that questions come up about the return, a reputable tax preparer should be available to assist.Check on tax preparer’s qualifications. The tax preparer must have an IRS PTIN to charge for preparing tax returns. The IRS also has a Directory or Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications that can be accessed on their website at https://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf.Check the preparer’s history. The Better Business Bureau, State Board of Accountancy, and State Bar Association are great options to access the tax preparer’s history.Never sign a blank return. Any tax preparer that asks a client to sign a return before it is complete, should be avoided. Review your return to ensure everything is correct and that the refund goes directly to you, not the preparer. Reviewing the routing and bank account number can help ensure your refund is going to the correct account.Report corrupt tax preparers to the IRS or DOR.-IRS – Use Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer and Form 14157-A, Return Preparer   Fraud or Misconduct Affidavit to report to the IRS. Forms can be found at www.irs.gov.-DOR – Report any fraudulent activity online at https://www.in.gov/dor/4792.htm or email     investigations@dor.in.gov.last_img read more