New dining hall

first_imgA feasibility study by the Georgia General Assembly agreed.“Representative Richard Royal toured the old dining hall and saw water leaking under the walls and the rusty boiler and fans blowing on the electrical box to keep it cool,” said Ryles. “Former 4-Hers like Representative Bob Smith and Georgia leader Lonice Barrett helped us shepherd the support we needed to see this new dining hall become a reality.”During the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bob Smith recalled his days as a 4-Her attending camp at Rock Eagle. “Rock Eagle is a special place and the best just got better with this new dining hall,” he said. “I remember taking my first shower and seeing my first dishwasher at Rock Eagle.”Current 4-Hers have lent their support, too, said Arch Smith.“When we first started talking about the need for a new dining hall, Daniel Gordon gave me a donation,” he said. “This was a college student who handed me $20 because he wanted to see this project happen. That’s the kind of support our facility has across the state from 4-Hers from all generations.”The hall is 50,000 square feet and seats 1,200 visitors in one large dining room. The room can be separated into four smaller ones. The building has an executive 25-seat dining room and a 100-seat banquet room.The dining hall will continue to cater to the visitors who come to the UGA-run center for summer camps, church events, environmental education programs and conferences. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaMost ribbon cutting ceremonies aren’t held on Saturday nights, but the official opening of the new dining hall at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Dec. 13 wasn’t a typical ceremony. The long-awaited and much-needed $10 million facility was built for 4-Hers. The ceremony was for them, too.“We could have had the ceremony on a weekday, but we wouldn’t have had more than 500 4-Hers at Rock Eagle then for fall forum,” said Arch Smith, Rock Eagle director and associate state 4-H leader. “And, after all, this is for the kids, so they should be a part of the dedication.”Located just outside Eatonton, Ga., the center hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year. State 4-H Leader Roger “Bo” Ryles took many trips to the state’s general assembly to lobby for a new dining hall. For affect, he once carried a pair of red suspenders worn by former Gov. Herman Tallmadge. The original dining hall was built in 1955, during Tallmadge’s administration, he said. With more than 14 million meals having been served there, it desperately needed major improvements.last_img read more

Fed officials warn on ‘thick fog’ ahead for US economy as recovery concerns deepen

first_imgShe called on the US central bank to commit to providing sustained accommodation through forward guidance and large-scale asset purchases, and said additional fiscal support would be “vital” to the strength of the recovery – particularly with the first round of pandemic economic support programs expiring soon.Since March, the Fed has slashed interest rates to near zero, ramped up large-scale asset purchases and launched numerous other crisis programs designed to grease the US financial system and funnel credit to households and businesses.US coronavirus cases rose in 46 out of 50 states last week and deaths rose nationally for the first time since mid-April, according to a Reuters analysis.The president of the Richmond Fed, Thomas Barkin, warned on Tuesday that US unemployment could rise again as businesses adjust to a recession likely to be longer than first anticipated and initiatives like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) expire. The United States economy will recover more slowly than expected amid a surge in novel coronavirus cases across the country, and a broad second wave of the disease could cause economic pain to deepen again, Federal Reserve officials warned on Tuesday.One by one, Fed policymakers have become more downbeat in recent days, resetting expectations on the recovery and cautioning that recent improvements in economic data such as job gains may be fleeting.“The pandemic remains the key driver of the economy’s course. A thick fog of uncertainty still surrounds us, and downside risks predominate,” Fed Governor Lael Brainard said in a speech to a virtual event hosted by the National Association for Business Economics. “A bunch of companies large and small are realizing this is not a two-month issue and recasting their business,” possibly jeopardizing two strong months of job growth, Barkin said in webcast remarks to the Charlotte Rotary Club.Small-business recipients of PPP loans that may have kept employees on to meet the terms of loan forgiveness may now consider laying them off as the program expires and demand remains weak.Robert Kaplan, president of the Dallas Fed, speaking on CNBC, cited “lots of overcapacity in the economy,” which he called “disinflationary.”Fed officials, after initially hoping the virus would be brought swiftly under control in the United States to allow the economy to bounce back quickly, admitted that the forecasts for economic growth made at their last policy meeting in June largely did not factor in the possibility of a second wave.The renewed surge in cases has prompted some states to dial back or pause reopenings at a time when other advanced nations around the world have been able to reopen their economies more sustainably due to successful mitigation strategies.Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, also at the webinar organized by the Fed, said the increase in cases could cause more damage to the economy and to consumer confidence.James Bullard, the St. Louis Fed president, sounded a somewhat optimistic note, saying his base case is the economy continues to grow in the second half of the year, but still offered caution.“The downside risk is nevertheless substantial, and better execution of a granular, risk-based policy will be critical to keep the economy out of depression,” Bullard said in comments to the Economic Club of New York. He expects Congress by the end of the month to approve a “substantial” new fiscal package to keep households and businesses stable.Brainard warned that a broad second wave of infections could even prompt a second dip in activity as well as reignite financial market volatility at a time of greater vulnerability.“Nonbank financial institutions could again come under pressure … and some banks might pull back on lending if they face rising losses,” Brainard said.Topics :last_img read more

Cinderella up next for UW

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoDETROIT — At this point, the opponents keep getting harder. No matter what the seeds may indicate.Even though it will be the No. 10 seed Davidson that No. 3 Wisconsin will take on in its Sweet 16 matchup Friday night at Ford Field with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line, the Badgers are going to be in for a challenge.“We know that [Davidson is] on an all-time high, and if they weren’t they wouldn’t be where they are at,” forward Marcus Landry said. “They beat a great team in Georgetown, and they played some great tough teams before then. We know that we have to be prepared for them and can’t take them lightly.”Taking them lightly would be tough to do at this point.Davidson entered the tournament on a 22-game winning streak and has since made it 24 in a row by beating No. 7 Gonzaga in the first round and shocking No. 2 Georgetown in the second round — showing just how dangerous it can be.Leading the Wildcats is sophomore guard Stephen Curry who has quickly become one of the stars of the tournament with 40-point and 30-point performances in the first two rounds.Though Davidson has found itself down early in both of its tournament games, Curry has scored a combined 55 points in the second half of the games to help his team earn two comeback wins.“We know that as you keep winning and progressing in the tournament, the challenges get greater and harder, and Stephen Curry is probably the best guard we have played all year,” forward Joe Krabbenhoft said.UW has experience playing against talented guards, though, and it will be Michael Flowers, who shut down Michigan State’s talented guard Drew Neitzel earlier this season on his way to earning All-Big Ten defensive honors, that draws the task of defending the Davidson star.“With somebody as quick as Curry, I’m going to have to force him to the screens, make him go one way,” Flowers said. “Force him to get help, get a hand in his face every time he shoots the ball, you know, corral him when he gets the ball.”Curry, the nation’s fourth-leading scorer, has been finding ways to make baskets even against solid defenses, though, and reminds Badger coach Bo Ryan of a former Badger with a knack for giving opposing defenses problems.“Stephen Curry can create his own shot. He’s a Devin Harris in that way,” Ryan said. “He can stop on a dime. Quick release. All those things. And we’ve faced some players who are pretty good, but I don’t know if we faced a player that’s as hot as he is right now.”In the second round, UW showed its defensive abilities by containing Kansas State’s Michael Beasley, but even for the country’s best scoring defense, stopping Curry won’t be easy.“We will be put to the test, and our whole team defensive scheme will be put to the test. It is going to take all of us to stop him,” forward Greg Stiemsma said. “He is going to get his shots. We just need to contain him and make sure we are getting a hand in his face.”Curry isn’t the only threat Davidson has, however. Joining him in the Wildcat backcourt is Jason Richards, who led the nation in assists with 8.0 per game.Against Georgetown, Richards was also able to contribute 20 points, proving that the Wildcats are powered by more than one man.“What we have to do is try to figure out a way to beat Davidson as a team, with Stephen Curry as one of the key parts,” Ryan said.Though Curry and Richards make up a formidable backcourt, Davidson lacks size in the frontcourt, a factor Wisconsin hopes to exploit.“We have a little more size than Davidson, and hopefully that will play to our advantage,” guard Jason Bohannon said. “But we still have to do the main things on the floor like take care of the ball.”Through two tournament games, Wisconsin has taken care of the ball, while doing just about everything else right as well. UW has won its first two games by an average of 16 points in reaching the Sweet 16.But with Stephen Curry shooting to knock out another higher seed Friday, the Badgers aren’t about to overlook the Wildcats, no matter what the seedings say.“We realize we have a challenge in front of us,” senior Brian Butch said. “We realize that [Curry]’s one of the best players in the country … so for us we realize we have a challenge, but we’ve had challenges all year. So hopefully we can live up to those challenges like we have so far all year.”last_img read more

Easy-going Blake Arcuri anchors Leafs blueline

first_img His pre-game routine is to have a meal five hours before game-time. He puts equipment on the left side before the right. He says he is easy-going, but likes to win and hates to lose.The easy-going D-man is back on the ice Wednesday as the Leafs play host to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The game is the third time less than a week the teams have met.Nelson won both previous games, 5-3 in Grand Forks and 6-2 last Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time Wednesday is 7 p.m. Away from the rink and work, he enjoys other sports action, including baseball and golf.His favourite food is pasta. His choice of TV programs is the Big Bang Theory.Never Back Down tops his list of favourite movies, and Will Farrell gets his vote for best actor.He listens to Luke Brian and country music. Although he favours the Canucks as a team, he selects Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals as his favourite NHl player. He rates his rookie year with the Leafs as his best hockey experience, and a game seven playoff loss as his worst hockey experience. Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.Now Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Blake Arcuri.Blake Arcuri is in his third season patrolling the Leafs blue-line, a task he usually shares with defensive partner Damin Devlin.“Dirt” names Mario DeBella as the most significant mentor in his hockey development, and his dad as the most important influence on his philosophy of life. Blake’s goal for this year is to help the Leafs win a championship. He expects to be in post-secondary studies five years from now. In ten years, he sees himself as a family man.last_img read more

Leaf skipper hopes changes can bolster roster for KIJHL stretch run

first_img“They both had very good games (against Beaver Valley) and I think they’re both going to get stronger in future games to come.”TRAVIS WELLMAN missed the New Year’s Eve classic against Beaver Valley with a lower body injury.Maida said the team’s leading scorer is day-to-day and could see action this weekend during a three-game road trip to the East Kootenay.DEFENCEMAN J.J. Beitel was released by the Leafs in December, but continues to be with the team.Beitel suffered a concussion earlier this season.Nelson has until February 10, depending on if there are available cards, to return the Alberta rearguard to the roster.The Leafs currently have 22 players on the roster.The BC Hockey cutoff date for filing rosters is January 10.Maida said the team is still in the market for a defenceman before the roster deadline.NELSON is off to the East Kootenay for a three-game set against Eddie Mountain competition.Friday Nelson meets Kimberley before travelling to Golden Saturday.Sunday the trip concludes in Invermere against the Columbia Valley Rockies.Nelson plays in Castlegar Friday, January 10, before returning home Saturday, January 11 to face Spokane Braves. Frank Maida played the part of a modern-day Sam Pollock as the Nelson Leafs GM looked to bolster the Murdoch Division squad for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.Maida traded goalie Tyler Moffat to the Grand Prairie Kings of the North West Junior Hockey League for winger Adam Hodge during the Christmas Holiday break.The deal was made possible after local netminder Adam Maida returned to the Leafs after recovering from knee surgery.“It’s never easy to trade a player but for Tyler, Grand Prairie is also hosting the Alberta championships so Tyler will be guaranteed to be playing in a provincial tournament,” Maida said as the Leafs enter 2014 second in the Murdoch Division, three points behind Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Adam Maida joins Brad Rebagliati as Nelson goalie combo.Maida said the 6’1” 205-pound Hodge saw his first action with Nelson during the home-and-home series loss against Beaver Valley — 6-2 Sunday in Fruitvale and a tough 3-2 decision New Year’s Eve at the NDCC Arena.Maida added more size with the signing of Arizona native Rayce Miller.Miller attended Leaf training camp during the summer but suffered a shoulder injury.The 6-foot, 185-pound winger, also seeing action against Beaver Valley, has successfully recovered from shoulder surgery.The addition of the Hodge-Miller bookends was showcased Tuesday on the Leafs top line with speedy center Jamie Vlanich.“I know both Hodge and Miller are going to fit into our lineup very, very well,” Maida explained.last_img read more

3-D Printing Could Help Solve a Housing Crisis

first_imgAre Printed Houses in Our Future?Q&A: Paperless Home Design-BuildRobotics Comes to Homebuilding RELATED ARTICLES Great potential aheadAs the article in Wired notes, architects and construction companies have been tinkering with 3-D printing technology to create buildings for a number of years. In 2013, a Chinese company printed 10 houses in one day, and later a six-story apartment building, and then an 11,000-square-foot mansion.A San Francisco-based company called Apis Core printed an igloo-shaped house for about $10,000 in less than 24 hours at a site in Russia. The head of marketing for the company told Wired that the technology could be used to provide affordable housing for a large number of people in a short amount of time.The prototype in Austin, however, is apparently the first printed house that could meet local code requirements and was ready for people to move in. ICON envisions upgrades to the process that would allow the robotic installation of windows after the walls have been printed, with drones spray-painting the walls. It may even be possible to develop techniques for printing roofs as well, although that’s not possible with materials and techniques currently available.In addition to offering speed and lower construction costs, 3-D printing also makes it easy to create features that would be difficult with conventional construction. Printing complex shapes and curved walls, for example, would be no more difficult than building a plain box.The printer ICON developed for the Austin house had to meet a number of conditions set by New Story, and overcome some technical hurdles in its inaugural run. Lafci told Wired that the plan now is to ship the device to El Salvador later in the year where it be put to work printing its first community of houses.The Austin house is the only one that ICON’s Vulcan has printed to date, so how the printer performs on real job sites has yet to be seen. The process is still being refined, Quartz reports, but New Story hopes it will soon be possible to print an 800-square-foot house in just six hours. New Story, a housing charity based in San Francisco, can build a community of 100 houses in El Salvador or Haiti in about eight months, with each dwelling costing about $6,000. But in a partnership with an Austin, Texas, technology company called ICON, New Story can look forward to building a new home in a single day at a cost of $4,000.What’s putting this within reach is ICON’s 3-D printing equipment that created a 350-square-foot prototype house in Austin earlier this month. The building, described by Quartz as the first 3-D printed house to be code-compliant and approved for occupancy, was unveiled at the South by Southwest conference.ICON’s Vulcan printer dispenses a concrete blend in strands roughly 1 inch thick, laying up the walls of the house layer by layer. The mix retains its shape as it’s placed and allows the printer to continue its programmed journey until the walls are complete. A crew must still install windows and doors, and frame the roof, but the entire process can take place in a day.The houses may not look like high-end architectural award-winners, but they offer a way of providing safe, comfortable housing in regions of extreme poverty, and at a pace and price far superior to conventional construction. Alexandria Lafci, a co-founder and chief operating officer at New Story, told Wired magazine that ICON’s technology is attractive because it can help alleviate a critical housing problem in much less time than conventional building programs could.“There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions in what we call survival mode,” Lafci told the magazine. “How can we make a big dent in this instead of just solving it incrementally?”last_img read more

Poverty rising in Fani-hit areas of Odisha, says study

first_imgThe level of poverty has gone up in Cyclone Fani-hit districts of Odisha where people from lower-income group have suffered an extreme impact, says an assessment carried out by the Odisha government in collaboration with The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations.According to the study released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Tuesday, a comparison of pre-Fani (2018–19) and base year (2011–12) indicates a decrease in incidence of the income poor (share of population whose income or consumption is below poverty line) by − 5.1 percentage points, that is − 0.7 percentage point per annum. Mr. Patnaik said the total damage is estimated at ₹24,176 crore and recovery needs ₹29,315 crore. Rural areas worst hitThe decline was greater in rural areas (−0.8 percentage point per year) compared to urban areas (−0.5 percentage point per year) and greater among the vulnerable population across social groups (−1 percentage point per year for Scheduled Tribes, and −0.8 percentage point per year for Scheduled Castes, as also for Other Backward Classes, as compared to −0.3 percentage point per year for others.However, the comparison of the incidence of the income poor in the pre and post-Fani scenario suggests that the entire gain in the last seven years was lost in the aftermath of the cyclone. “The increase in the incidence of the income poor has been relatively low in the case of STs (3.6 percentage points) as their population is low in the Fani-affected districts. The increase has been the highest for SCs, particularly in urban areas (9 percentage points). In rural areas, the increase in the incidence of the income poor has been the highest for others (7.2 percentage points),” finds the study.“It indicates that the lower-income group suffered an extreme impact (0.843), the upper-income group that fell into the lower-income group on account of Fani suffered a moderate impact (0.526) and the upper-income group that remained in the upper income group suffered a subdued impact (0.262),” it says.last_img read more

Ancajas KOs Conlan

first_imgView comments Jerwin Ancajas battered Jamie Conlan with body shots, then finished off the Irish with a head punch to retain his International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown at SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).The Filipino southpaw proved too skillful and powerful for the challenger, scoring knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds before forcing stoppage with a right cross and another knockdown in the sixth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ His concentration to the midsection cost Ancajas a point in the fifth round after being warned and slapped with a low blow violation by Gray.Ordered by trainer-manager Joven Jimenez to shift his attack to the head, Ancajas responded with that fight-ending shot.Ancajas received a career-high $80,000 (about P4 million) for agreeing to dangle the title he took from McJoe Arroyo in 2016 on hostile territory.Unification fightNext up for Ancajas, according to reports, is a unification championship bout in the 115-pound division with Japanese Naoya Inoue, the World Boxing Organization titlist, as leading candidate. Fighting under the banner of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, Ancajas is likely to bring his act to the US. —ROY LUARCA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though Conlan was able to beat the count again, referee Steve Gray waved off the lopsided fight with 52 seconds left to save him from further punishment.With his third successful title defense, the 25-year-old Ancajas raised his record to 28-win, 1-loss, 1-draw with 19 knockouts, further enhancing his reputation as a wily, explosive fighter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 31-year-old Conlan suffered his first loss after 19 wins and 11 knockouts.Delayed reaction Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In-form Blatche finally shows up for training Ancajas, who hails from Panabo, Davao del Norte, but now resides in Kawit, Cavite, hinted of things to come when he brought Conlan to his knees on a delayed reaction after a body shot two minutes into the fight.Conlan’s predicament grew when he sustained a cut above the left eye following a collision of heads in the second round.It was another Ancajas show in the third, when he rocked Conlan with a solid hook followed by more body shots that put him down anew.Just when the bell sounded, Conlan was seen gasping for air, an effect of an accumulation of body blows.The fourth round was no different as Ancajas caught the Belfast native with a flurry of body blows against the ropes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!by Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is normal seven Liverpool players were nominated on the Ballon D’Or shortlist.Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all named on the 30-man list.After winning the Champions League and finishing the Premier League with 97 points, Klopp says the selections were just.”My first question was ‘Who has not been nominated’?” he said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Genk.”When players win it, it is big. When they don’t, hopefully it doesn’t hurt too much. The way we played last season, it’s normal so many would be nominated by the experts.”He added: “I think our seven nominations are deserved. If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens.”I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things.” last_img read more

Trans Mountain says claims of salmon habitat destruction inaccurate and misleading

first_imgThe Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in Stewart Creek in Chilliwack, B.C., on Dec. 12, 2018, in this handout photo. Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the company’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Mike Pearson)Pearson claimed work in the area was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.Trans Mountain said “Comments that were made regarding stones being swept away by currents and leaving concrete blocks exposed are inaccurate. There has been no detectable level of mobilization of gravels.”December 20, 2018. Immediately downstream of the TMPL ROW during a post-construction site inspection showing high water levels have reached the delineated high water mark. Sustained conditions such as these will lead to further accumulation of native substrate by natural recruitment – Trans MountainThe company says they are also involved with a number of programs to enhance fish and fish habitat. For more of Trans Mountain’s response, click here.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain says claims by scientist Mike Pearson that the project has destroyed salmon habitat are inaccurate and misleading.In a story published by the Canadian Press on Sunday, scientist Mike Pearson said the work by the company was “amateur hour” on a Stewart Creek crossing near Chilliwack.Trans Mountain posted a response to the article on Wednesday that said “The reporter cited concerns from an individual who was pointing to work done on a 17 metre stretch of Stewart Slough in the Fraser Valley to mitigate the shallow depth of cover over the pipeline. It’s important to note that Stewart Slough provides marginal fish habitat and suitable spawning habitat for salmonids is not present at this location.” The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.(With Files from the Canadian Press)last_img read more