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January 17, 2021 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgFrom a Golden Isle tour through the largest collection of native plants in Georgia to Georgia Gold Medal winners, “Gardening in Georgia” has something for Georgia plant lovers statewide.”Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.The show airing May 17 and 19 will give a glimpse of the walled rose garden at the newly renovated, renowned vacation jewel, The Cloister, on Georgia’s Sea Island. A little-known gem is at Georgia Perimeter College in the south DeKalb County neighborhood of Panthersville. The college’s Native Plant Garden has plants of the Southeast and ferns from around the world that can easily grow in the South.Each year, a committee of Georgia plant experts selects trees, shrubs, vines and flowers that flourish in the state. Gardening guru and show host Walter Reeves will reveal his six favorites from this year’s Georgia Gold Medal plant list.Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Extension agent, will also show how to transplant Lenten roses.”Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on “Gardening in Georgia,” visit read more

first_imgA few years ago, Charley was the one to really sit with me at Gorilla (of the Green River Narrows) and meticulously pick apart and explain the line through that beast. I felt so inspired that I ended up running Gorilla for my first time that day! (Thanks again, Charley!) And here he was, the first time I’ve seen him since, excited to show me down Raven Fork for my first time.I was beyond happy to have him there. I had met Paul during our hike out from our previous attempt but did not yet know Clay or Andy. The whole crew was more than patient with Sean and I as we hopped out of our boats to scout pretty much everything. They were extremely encouraging, and because they were willing to take the time to pick apart the rapids and explain the lines, Sean and I were able to complete our personal first descents of the Raven Fork.What a day! The rapids lived up to every little bit of their reputation. There were fast slides, tight slots, boofs, intricate maneuvers, combinations of all of the above stringed one after another and pretty much anything you could really ask for from a one mile stretch of river. We had perfect sunshine and one of the first warm days of the year. The stars aligned for an absolutely perfect day. We spent the rest of our break resting, recovering and getting skunked on the Narrows – not quite the full action packed week we had imagined, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! It’s Friday afternoon, but not just any Friday afternoon… It’s the start of my last ever Spring Break. While most of my peers have plans to swarm the beaches of Panama City, Florida, my friends and I have a very different intent. We are going to venture north into the mountains in anticipation of a full week of action packed, world-class whitewater kayaking.Our first destination – the infamous Raven Fork, known among Southeastern paddlers as one of the highest quality creeks around. This river packs 15 Class 5.0 rapids—as well as a handful of refreshing Class IV’s—into its one-mile plunge down a steep valley in the Great Smokey Mountains.I’ve had my eye on this gem for about a year now, but for some reason or another never caught the right rain at the right time with the right mental preparation. But that was all about to change. This was my chance. Sean, John, and I loaded up boats Friday night in anticipation of getting an early start Saturday morning and meeting Burton in Cherokee. Our goal was to make the most of the daylight and leave plenty of time for scouting the many steep bedrock slides of the Raven Fork.On the drive up there is nothing but mist and light rain, just enough to taunt paddlers hoping for levels to bump. When we arrived in Cherokee we got a visual of 15 inches on the bridge gauge.“That’s higher than I was hoping for, but I think I can make that work. It’s still doable,” I say to myself as the other members of the group voice the same concern almost verbatim. The immediate area had not gotten much rain, so none of us were expecting the level to rise much more.When we get to Manny’s place, the unofficial take out, we happen upon a small group of enthusiastic paddlers. It’s an intimidating bunch with a majority of the faces belonging to the renowned, top-notch paddlers of the southeast. My group and I get geared up and head up the mountain as quickly as we can. I’m hoping my Jeep Cherokee can make it up the notoriously rough put-in trail, but we have no such luck. Still full of excitement and anticipation we show no regret towards the idea of having to shoulder our boats from here.“How long can the trail stay this steep?” I think to myself as we ascend towards the put-in, trying not to psych myself out thinking about all the gradient we are ascending.After all, what goes up must come down, right? After an uncomfortable eternity of hiking through the world’s sloppiest, muckiest, and slipperiest mud, we can see a few trucks ahead.“Made it!”, I thought, but I was wrong…very wrong. About this time we hear a large truck powering it’s way through the slop as it comes up behind us.Paul Butler parks among the other trucks as we arrive to the ‘parking lot’ on foot. Wouldn’t it have been nice to score a ride on that thing!Photo Courtesy of Clay LucasWe meet many of the faces we saw at Manny’s at the parking lot. They were fortunate enough to catch a ride to the top, and thus still have enough breath for laughing and joking. My group and I seize the opportunity for a much needed breather.Eventually, the group begins to move again up, down, and across what I assumed would be a very short final approach to the water. I should have known that would not be the case, as there was no water in sight, save for a tiny mountain spring trickling across the footpath.We spend the next mile and a half or so ducking under a seemingly endless number of fallen trees on a narrow footpath, often having to improvise a new path where the existing path disappears under deadfall.Along the way I spent a couple moments catching my breath and taking in the scenery. To our right was a steep ascent to the very crest of the ridge, and to our left was a steep, narrow gorge blanketed in fog. Sounds of cascading water rise from below, but the fog cover hides the origin; I am forced to use my imagination to picture the rapids below.Soon my imagination is interrupted. We’ve reached what Burton refers to as the “Hillary Step,” comparing our hike to the final stretch climbers must conquer before summiting Everest. Here we scramble over a patch of rocks obstructing our path, squeezing between bushes and pulling aside branches to maintain some visual of what lies ahead.After immerging, the path more or less disappears, and it’s every man for himself for the final 100 yard descent over a mess of moss covered boulders before reaching the water.When we reach the water we take a minute to collect ourselves. We all agree we are going to portage the Class 5.2 “Anaconda” and seal launch into the water below. We regroup in the river’s left eddy above Headless Horseman, a Class 5.1, and line up single file to take a stab at it.albo 2Photo Courtesy of Chip AlboWe agreed that we had all seen enough photos and videos of the iconic rapid to know the line, so we elected to run it blind. Burton went first, then it was my turn. I line up for the standard line, moving towards the right wall, and just before going over the plunge I notice how much bigger the hole below is compared to any video I had seen before.I end up getting flipped over my stern and ride the remainder of the sluice on my head – there was plenty of flow to pad it out. At the bottom I roll up and take my spot in the eddy and watch John and Sean follow.John had just about as much luck as I did, but Sean has a clean line. In the eddy we commented on how much water there was pumping through the river bed and elected to get out to scout the next set of drops: a small Class IV+ with some poorly placed wood, Right Right (Class 5.0), and Razor Back (Class 5.1).As we are hopping out of our boats we get word from Raven Fork regulars that the level has risen to something more similar to 20 inches.“That’s a lot more water than I bargained for!” I thought to myself, but decided to put eyes on the next set anyway.We were able to scout Right Right but couldn’t find any real way to put eyes on Razor Back without first having to run Right Right.It looked doable; however, Sean, John and I made the call to get out while we could. We were confident that we could run what we were able to see right now, but the further we went down the river the further we got from the trail and the bigger the rapids got. It’s difficult to shake what I assume to be the paddler’s equivalent of “Summit Fever.”We were so close to achieving something we had dreamed about for a year. We were right there! I kept reminding myself that the rapids would only get bigger and the trail only further, and made the decision to hike out. Abandoning the closest I’ve ever come to reaching my dream of experiencing the Raven Fork.We returned to Atlanta that night and took a full day for rest and recovery from our hiking excursion. I was slightly disappointed with having to walk off, but at the same time, I was highly energized and excited about having seen the rapids and knowing they were within my reach when the time came.Sure enough, later that day we saw a gauge visual posted on Facebook. The water level had begun to subside after reaching a reported 24 inches and would be prime for a second attempt on Monday.Sunday night Sean and I loaded up the car again and headed north. We camped out near the Chattooga and made it to Cherokee as early as we could on Monday morning.This time Burton was not going to be with us to show us down, but we lucked out. We got to Manny’s and by a stroke of luck joined a crew consisting of Charley Bartlett, Paul Butler, Clay Lucas, and Andy Hobson. They agreed to show us down for our first time, and Paul’s truck made getting to the put-in a heck of a lot easier.Photo Courtesy of Chip AlboPhoto Courtesy of Chip Albolast_img read more

What credit card perks do you want?

December 17, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Did you know just over 80% of Americans own and use a credit card? It’s a pretty important piece of the loan portfolio for many of the credit unions and banks that we work with, but there’s always one big question: what do people look for in a card program?According to a recent Harris Poll survey, the most important feature isn’t a rewards program. Three-quarters of card-holders that were surveyed said having no annual fee was either essential or extremely important in choosing a credit card, and 56% were looking for low interest rates.The survey broke the data down even further. Here’s a few facts you may find interesting:86% of men between the ages of 35 and 64 and women aged 45 to 64 don’t want to pay an annual fee.Adults between 35 and 54 years of age were more likely to seek out low interest rates.Lower in priority to those surveyed are foreign transaction fees (29%) and the ability to get cash advances or loans (21%). continue reading »last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Student loan debt continues to trend upward and remains prominent in the news. LendKey has performed research to assess how borrowers felt about their college choices when considering their ability to repay their student loan debt. The company found that 53.9% were very pleased with the ROI their college or university provided them. Given the rising cost of tuition, students and their families are definitely still seeing the value of borrowing to fill the gaps among scholarships, grants, and their personal funding when they’re financing higher education.More than half of borrowers were very satisfied with their college or university choice given their ability to pay back their loans. The borrower’s satisfaction with their college or university choice increases with age substantially, which aligns with career advancement, paid off student debt, purchased homes, and established families. However, there is an opportunity to educate these young borrowers on their borrowing and repayment options. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgThe two patients are currently being treated in isolation at the city’s referral hospital for the virus, the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso). Read also: Anies issues decree on increasing Jakarta’s COVID-19 alertness levelThey were previously admitted to Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Depok on Feb. 27. The Depok administration sent a circular to about 70 medical workers of the private hospital who may have come into contact with one of the patients, ordering them to limit their movements and avoid crowded areas.The Health Ministry said it tracked the movements of the two patients and found at least 48 people had come into contact with them.The Jakarta Archdiocese issued a statement on Monday suggesting churchgoers suffering from respiratory illnesses, such as cough and breathing difficulties, to stay at home and consult with their doctors.It also suggested that churchgoers bring their own hand sanitizers and allowed them not to hold hands for the sign of peace ritual. They were also given permission to bring their own crosses for the Good Friday service ahead of Easter. (ars) The Jakarta administration will reduce the number of mass gatherings as a precaution after two residents of Depok, West Java – located on the outskirts of the capital city – tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), marking the country’s first confirmed cases.Governor Anies Baswedan said on Monday his administration would suspend the issuance of new permits for mass gatherings.”The provincial administration won’t issue any new permits for events that will gather people in large numbers. The permits that have already been issued will be reviewed,” he told reporters at City Hall on Monday. Read also: Jakarta steps up efforts to tackle COVID-19 following two confirmed casesJakarta is scheduled to hold several large events this month. Pop culture festival Head in the Clouds Jakarta, initiated by Asian-American label 88rising and scheduled for Saturday, announced its postponement following the news.Anies also called on the public to avoid visiting places where cases of infection cases were reported.Officials announced Monday that a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19 after the daughter was in contact with a Japanese citizen at a club in Jakarta on Feb. 14. The Japanese citizen tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia on Feb. 27.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgNBC News 3 December 2018Family First Comment: In Colorado, the Drug Policy Alliance found, the number of black juveniles arrested on marijuana charges grew after legalization. In 2016, a Colorado Department of Public Safety analysis found that black people living in that state remained three times more likely than white people to be arrested for selling or possessing marijuana. In Washington state, an ACLU analysis found that in 2014, the first year in which marijuana became available in legal retail stores, a black adult remained three times more likely to face low-level marijuana charges than a white adult. In Colorado, the Drug Policy Alliance found, the number of black juveniles arrested on marijuana charges grew after legalization. In 2016, a Colorado Department of Public Safety analysis found that black people living in that state remained three times more likely than white people to be arrested for selling or possessing marijuana. In Washington state, an ACLU analysis found that in 2014, the first year in which marijuana became available in legal retail stores, a black adult remained three times more likely to face low-level marijuana charges than a white adult.The truth behind those figures is complex, as state legal systems have not fully caught up to the new reality of legalized recreational pot. “Law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys continue to struggle with enforcement of the complex and sometimes conflicting marijuana laws that remain,” according to the 2016 Colorado Department of Public safety report. Some of the arrests involve people buying or selling small quantities on the black market, often to avoid new taxes. Public consumption is illegal in many states where recreational, small-scale possession is not. And, many criminal justice reform advocates say that fundamental problems in policing and prosecuting — including arrest goals and individual and institutional bigotry — remain.States have also faced the question of what should happen to people who have criminal records for low-level marijuana offenses that are no longer crimes post-legalization. In Colorado, Washington and Nevada — a trio of early legalization adopters — state officials refused to take up bills or vetoed measures that would have sealed or expunged criminal records of people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes before legalization.In 2017, criminal justice and drug policy reform advocates convinced Colorado lawmakers to pass a bill allowing people convicted of misdemeanor possession or marijuana use to have those records sealed if the case would no longer constitute a crime. The records are not expunged. Oregon did something similar in 2015.In Missouri, which legalized medical marijuana, lawmakers have trimmed the waiting periods for those who want to have their misdemeanor criminal records erased from 10 to three years. In Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont, where minor marijuana convictions can be expunged, people still must initiate and then navigate the process and pay the costs. A drug conviction can make it difficult to impossible to obtain work, student loans and even government-subsidized housing.READ MORE: read more

Duterte lambasts medical workers

September 25, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgDuterte responded to the call of the medical group as he placed National Capital Region, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan under modified ECQ for 15 days starting today. In an address to the public late Sunday night, Duterte said that the healthcare workers could just have written a letter or asked for an audience to request Metro Manila’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)  shift instead of going public.“There is no need for you and for the guys, 1,000 of you, telling us what to do publicly. You could have just written us a letter. Lahat naman ng sinasabi ninyo sinusunod namin,” Duterte said. MANILA – While he has approved the grant of additional benefits to them, President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a rant against healthcare workers for trying “to demean the government efforts.” In a letter to Duterte over the weekend, medical groups had pleaded for a “timeout,” asking for a two-week return to ECQ in Metro Manila as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country continued to surge. “Pero huwag kayo magsigaw-sigaw rebolusyon. Sa totoo…Magsabi ka rebolusyon, go ahead, try it. Sirain natin, patayin natin lahat ng mga may COVID. Is that what you want? We can always end our existence in this manner,” he added.“I dare you, do it,” he further said. “I don’t give a fuck if you gather one thousand, two thousand, but bear in mind na kayo mismo ipa-take over ko…tingnan ko kung ano ang lagay ninyo. We are not incompetents here because we are not doctors.”Earlier in his speech, Duterte has approved healthcare workers’ additional benefits like risk allowance for private sector healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients; P10,000 to P15,000 for every healthcare worker that gets sick; life insurance; free accommodation; transportation; and testing./PNcenter_img “I am sure that is not in your heart, I am sure that in your despair, I would like to tell you na ang iyong gobyerno ay hindi nag-iiwan ng mga trabahante. We are doing everything possible to alleviate the situation, to assist our healthcare workers,” Duterte said. “Kung sabihin ninyo you raise the spectacle of agony ninyo, you treat it as if you are about ready to stop work, huwag naman ganon kasi kawawa ang mga kababayan. Sino ang aasahan namin?” he added. He said that while he understands that the health workers are “bone-weary” after several months of battling the infectious respiratory illness but he said that they should not demean the government efforts against COVID-19.last_img read more

Football Friday-Week #4 (9-13)

September 24, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgCountry 103.9 WRBI-The Batesville Bulldogs will be hosting The Rushville Lions in a battle of unbeatens.WRBIRADIO.COM-The East Central Trojans travel to Franklin County to battle The Wildcats.  It’s Homecoming in Brookville.WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff will be at 6.Other area games.Greensburg hosts Lawrenceburg.South Dearborn hosts Connersville.Milan hosts Eastern Hancock.  Homecoming for The Indians.North Decatur at Knightstown.South Decatur hosts Edinburgh.We will keep you updated with the games tonight.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows the games.last_img

Chelsea doctor did well – Courtois

September 20, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Headway, a prominent charity that supports those suffering from brain injuries, questioned Chelsea’s handling of the situation and whether the Premier League’s new regulations – which dictate players must be substituted if a concussion is suspected – were adhered to. But the 22-year-old, who played 90 minutes for Belgium in their 6-0 European qualifier win over Andorra on Friday, praised the work of his club’s medical staff. “The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think,” Courtois told Sky Sports. “She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well and didn’t have to come off. “I didn’t feel I was knocked out but I was hit. I didn’t have a headache or anything, but after a few minutes I felt worse and worse. “Then I started to feel a little dizzy and I couldn’t see the ball any more and there was a little blood coming from my ear. Because I saw trouble, I went off. “I know you have to be careful, but I was not really knocked out.” Courtois underwent a series of subsequent tests in hospital, which forced him to join up with Belgium a day later than the rest of the squad. “I had some neck pains, dizziness, and headaches for a few days afterwards, so that’s why I stayed in England,” he added. “I had neurological tests to see if my brain was responding correctly and, after it was okay, I travelled to Belgium.” Belgium face Bosnia-Herzegovina in their next Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Monday, with Courtois set to start once more, and captain Vincent Kompany has also been given the all-clear after a knock. The Belgium international suffered the blow in a collision with Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, which left him dizzy and bleeding from one ear. Courtois was initially cleared to continue by Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, but was withdrawn and replaced by Petr Cech more than 13 minutes later after his symptoms worsened. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Chelsea’s handling of his head injury during the Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Reid targeting further improvement

September 20, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Press Association Reid will be the first athlete to represent Ireland in the inaugural event and is one of their best medal chances having climbed to sixth in the latest world rankings. With a place in Rio already almost secured, Reid plans to use the event to minimise the chances of a repeat of the bike fall which cost her any chance of a high-placed finish in London. Derry triathlete Aileen Reid is over her London Olympic agony and intent on building towards Rio next year as she prepares for her Saturday morning start at the European Games in Baku.center_img Reid told Press Association Sport: “London was unfortunate but it was one of those things you have to get over and use to try and turn yourself into a more consistent athlete. “I think the difference between me then and now is I have more experience. I know there will be crashes and sickness and tough times, but it is about how I deal with it and come back.” Reid has more than atoned for her Olympic heartache having rebounded to claim a career-best second place at the 2013 World Series final in the same city. She took fifth in last year’s equivalent event in Edmonton and built up to Baku in impressive fashion with fourth in the World Triathlon Series back in London late last month. Reid added: “My results have been improving all the time but there is no really specific factor – it is just about talking with my coach and learning where to improve. “I’ve always had that belief in myself and it’s all about focusing on the small things rather than the results. I can have my perfect race but I still can’t control what the others can do. “A medal in Baku would really mean a lot to me but it is really also about raising the level of awareness of triathlon in Ireland. I feel less pressure and in good shape to go to Baku and do the best I can do.” Ireland’s 55-strong team for Baku also includes Olympic and five-time world boxing champion Katie Taylor and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh. In addition, Scott Evans will be top seed in the men’s singles badminton competition having broken into the world’s top 25 for the first time earlier this year. last_img read more