Meanwhile, all schools in the Kandy administrative district will remain closed tomorrow.Addressing the nation today, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Police and the military have been deployed to Kandy to maintain the peace. (Colombo Gazette) A curfew has been re-imposed in the Kandy administrative area as a tensed situation prevailed this evening.The curfew has been imposed from 8pm today till 6am tomorrow morning.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe distinctive call of the bobwhite quail now resounds more widely at a project farm established to boost its habitat.The Wolf Creek Project was started by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The project’s aim is to increase populations of bobwhite quail, one of Georgia’s most famous game birds, on an intensively managed, working farm, said Randy Hudson, the project director. Hudson coordinates the UGA Center for Emerging Crops and Technologies, too.Covey count”Old-timers can remember when there were up to 100 quail coveys on this farm in any given year,” Hudson said. “When the project started, only three coveys were on the farm.”That was about one quail for each 70 acres. Now, the 2,200-acre farm in Turner County, Ga., has 56 coveys, or about one quail per 4 acres.”Our ultimate goal is to average one quail per 2 acres,” Hudson said, “or reach a population of at least 1,000, or about 90 coveys.”From the 1950s through the ’70s, large coveys of bobwhite quail roamed throughout south Georgia. The area was considered the hub of quail hunting in the United States.Over the past 50 years, however, the state’s quail numbers have dropped by as much as 90 percent in some places, Hudson said. South Georgia is still quail-hunting territory. But most of the quail are pen-raised and released for hunting.Quail-friendly farming Modern farming practices have added greatly to the decline in Georgia’s quail numbers, he said.Bigger farms, larger fields and equipment and nonselective pest management have all hurt quail habitat and food supplies.”Bobwhite quail prefer to nest and raise their broods in transition areas around fields and woodlands,” he said. “Harsh or strong woodlands directly joining agricultural fields are not good quail habitats.”Scientists from UGA, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Forestry Commission and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service conduct studies here in cooperation with Georgia Power, Monsanto and the Georgia Chapter of Quail Unlimited. They’re trying to find the best ways to farm cotton, peanuts, corn and forest lands and help quail thrive.In growing row crops, they focus on farm practices that cause quail little harm. They use conservation tillage. And they control insects, weeds and other pests with materials that don’t harm birds.They planted native bunch grasses along waterways. They planted longleaf pines in the nonproductive crop areas and allowed those places to grow into natural quail habitats.Ragweed, which grows naturally in Georgia, can provide an excellent quail refuge. It provides cover from predators and a place for young quail to find a host of small beetles and grasshoppers to eat.A farmer who increases the quail population on his farm could help improve the farm’s bottom line, Hudson said.”A huntable population of quail adds value to the farm by offering the opportunity to sell quail hunting leases,” he said.Rural Georgia could benefit, too.”At one time hunters came from all over the world to hunt wild quail in Georgia,” he said. “It’s our hope to see this happen again.”Anyone interested in preserving or improving quail habitats should attend the Wolf Creek Quail Management Field Day Oct. 12. For more information or to register, call (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web page (www.ugatiftonconference.org).
I’ll begin by venturing into the past. It’s May 11th, 2014 in Emory, VA. My restless leg typewriters back and forth as the anticipation of graduating from college overwhelms my senses. My name is called; I walk to the stage, grab my diploma, and return to my seat. Just like that four years of schooling is over and the rest of my life stands before me. I can still remember the overwhelming feeling of excitement.To be honest though, as excited, as I was to graduate, my mind remained fixed on one thing. For months before I spent countless nights awake, tossing and turning, thinking of what lied ahead for me. I had been planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and was counting down the days, the seconds even, until it was my time to set foot on the footpath that would carry me to Maine. My pack had already been loaded for about two months, the shoes I was going to be hiking in were already on my feet.On May 12th, 2014, one day after graduation, I took my first step north. I was so eager I basically skipped the first five miles. Overrun with the weight of what I was doing and what had just happened a day before, I found peace with every step. I completed the AT on August 26th, 2014, 106 days later. Just as quickly as I began, it was over.Now it’s April 2016, two years after my thru hike of the AT. Every time I see a white blaze or step foot on the trail, memories barrage me, feelings from a monumental time in my life bring me back.As Jess and I walk the one-mile section of the AT towards Blackrock Summit, I notice the concrete trail signs pointing out which way is north on the AT. Naturally my body wants to go north. But we head south instead from the Blackrock Summit trailhead at mile 84.4 in the South District of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, and soon, we arrive at the impressive vistas. A densely wooded trail leads you to a gigantic scree and talus field. A cold, strong wind blows from the east as we skip from to rock to rock reaching the summit as the sun begins to fall.Both Jess and I mosey in our own directions. I tuck myself into a split in the rock. The wind howls, but I am warm. The sun highlights the clouds. I can almost see myself two years ago walking through this very place. A familiar feeling comes over me as I look to the valley below. I think of the lessons I learned about myself and the time spent in the woods. I can feel the temperature change as the sun falls out of sight. Everyday I remember the distances I would walk and the motivation that each step required both mentally and physically from me. These detours that Jess and I frequently take are a constant reminder of the growth that I have done as a person.Though I’m physically present, my mind re-walks the steps I took. I will forever be grateful for the wild places, places of incomparable magnitude that take me back to a time when life came a step at a time.Like what you see in the images above? Click on the following links to learn more about some of the brands that support us! Crazy Creek, La Sportiva, DeLorme, LifeStraw.
The One Conference by CUNA and WOCCU kicked off with over 3,000 attendees representing 61 different countries all gathered in Denver for one cause: the credit union movement. I always feel bit giddy about being at any conference, but seeing each representative walk through the theatre with their flag and to hear the cheers of people in crowd who have traveled across the world to be here… it’s a moment that you just can’t describe. There’s one key line that I’ve heard from various people now and it’s essentially that regardless of where you are from we are all still human, and that applies perfectly to the global credit union movement because we are all facing the same issues and need to work collectively to address them (not just note we have them, but take action as well).Today, as the general session started, CUNA CEO Jim Nussle, gave a speech about the importance of advocacy, and he shared with us a metaphor that was absolutely perfect: imagine the credit union movement as a choir, each person has a voice, a tone, a style that is unique to them, but together, with the right music, the voice suddenly has a power and presence that an single individual couldn’t have; but it takes everyone singing their part for the choir to be successful. This movement is going to take EVERYONE so if you are sitting back and waiting for your league or the national associations to handle everything then you will be sorely disappointed the in the results. Personally, I think the word advocacy is daunting to some people. You might picture people who devote countless hours into fighting for a cause and you know that it’s not realistic for you, so you just decide to let someone else take charge, someone who has the time, the resources, etc. do it. Advocacy isn’t a one size fits all item though and something as seemingly small as sharing 1 single personal credit union story with someone can create a ripple effect that leads to a tidal wave.Big or small, first world or developing, we work with credit unions because we have a passion for helping people. We make a difference in people’s lives every single day, there are people who you help accomplish big dreams, and there are others who you literally just help survive. It’s not bragging to tell those stories to others because it might be just the motivation they need to make a change in their life, it might help them realize that they aren’t alone in a certain situation, and it will provide them comfort to know that you have dealt with situations similar to or much worse than their current one, and when you provide a person with financial peace of mind… well, our choir will just keep growing and sounding more beautiful.Make sure to follow along this week on social media #CUinDenver2015 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
After earning a contract with Inter Milan and the chance to play under Jose Mourinho by winning a television contest a decade ago, Ben Greenhalgh has now begun his own coaching career with Dartford’s academy.Greenhalgh won Sky‘s ‘Football’s Next Star’ in 2010, securing a professional contract with Inter in the process and the change to play alongside legends such as Patrick Vieira.- Advertisement – A decade on, following a journeyman career which has led him to Tonbridge Angels in the National League South, Greenhalgh is coaching the academy of another team in the sixth tier of English football, Dartford.“Being involved in the programme felt like something special,” Greenhalgh told Sky Sports News. Greenhalgh’s focus will remain on his own playing career – at least for the remainder of November – with academy football suspended at non-league level due to the national lockdown, but there is little doubt on which side of the touchline he views his future.- Advertisement – “It was probably, looking back at it, one of the best times of my life, simply because we were out in Italy for six to seven weeks of just living the dream of what the top pros do.”- Advertisement – Image:Greenhalgh won ‘Football’s Next Star’ as a teenager Image:Greenhalgh recalls the high level of respect Jose Mourinho commanded at Inter Milan “I’m slowly building up my coaching badges, I’m building up my coaching perspective, my coaching CV.“Obviously being part of the Dartford Academy now and being the manager here and being able to coach and progress players at a club like Dartford FC is massive for me at the moment.” Mourinho led Inter to a treble during Greenhalgh’s time with the club, and the then-teenager was part of the travelling squad for their victory over Bayern Munich in the final.“The respect that all of the players had for him – just him walking around the premises, whenever he stepped into a changing room everyone listened to him, everyone took on his tactics,” Greenhalgh said. – Advertisement –