For years, farmers have heard about growing canola in Georgia. But there was never a big local market. Canola was a niche contract crop with a broad profit potential that was always just around the corner. Now, the corner is here. Georgia farmers may now be able to grow this winter crop at world prices and then some. Two Georgia processing plants are making plans to crush canola next year. World markets close to home “Buying points across Georgia are to be used to support local purchasing,” said Randy Hudson, the University of Georgia canola coordinator. Hudson is an Extension Service scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We’ve been told a positive basis above world prices might be used as an incentive to attract growers,” he said. “For years we’ve said this crop would be sustainable if growers get world prices. Now there’s a chance for prices above those levels.” Growers, innovators should tour Tour shows canola’s promise Potential growers can see the bright promise of canola firsthand March 30 in the Georgia Canola Progress Tour, Hudson said. The tour will begin with a field day at the Southwest Branch Experiment Station in Plains, Ga., at 9:30 a.m. “Then we’ll travel across southwest Georgia and visit four production areas,” he said. County agents, Extension Service scientists, industry experts and growers will tell about aspects of canola production. Lunch will be provided. The tour will end at 3:30 p.m. Hudson is urging the state’s farmers to join the tour. “Our growers are all asking about alternative crops,” he said. “This could be the one they’re looking for.” To learn more about the canola field day and tour, contact your county Extension Service office. Or call (912) 386-3424.
What can human beings do better than any other animal on the planet? We don’t have sharp claws or teeth to fight with. We’re not large, overpowering beasts. And we’re certainly not very fast compared to other animals, even ones in our backyard: the fastest Olympic sprinters would get dusted by a squirrel or rabbit. We are uniquely adapted to do one thing: run long distances without overheating.This was one of the central insights in Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book Born to Run, which revealed how running has been key to the survival and evolution of our species. Our ancestors chased their prey to exhaustion in persistence hunts that continue to this day in hunter-gatherer societies.If running is our birthright, where did we go wrong? We screwed it up in the same way that we screw everything up: we tried to cash in on it. We were sold fancy cushioned shoes, expensive clothing, and high-tech gear. Products became more important than people. Running became a mundane chore endured for 30 minutes on a treadmill to burn off last night’s pizza.But for most of our existence, running has been a joyous cultural, social, and spiritual experience. The Tarahumara—an indigenous tribe living deep in Mexico’s Copper Canyons—continue to live that running tradition. They run for dozens of miles in handmade huaraches—old tire tread fastened to their feet with goat leather. Sometimes they are chasing deer to exhaustion or running between villages to deliver produce carried on their backs. But mostly, they are running because it’s fun. Running to the Tarahumara—and to our ancestors—was a celebration of life.Now McDougall is launching another fitness revolution with his new book Natural Born Heroes. It’s not just runners who can benefit from a rediscovery of their primal roots, he argues. All athletes need to take fitness out of the gym and into the wild.Outdoors, you might get caught in a downpour or stumble over a few rocks, but there’s nothing wrong with falling down. It’s okay to get hurt sometimes, McDougall reminds us. Our culture seems to fear knee scrapes and bruises, but we do even more harm sheltering ourselves from them.This is about more than fitness. Athletics are meant to make us stronger, more resilient human beings who can adapt to the unexpected challenges of everyday living. In the woods—as in life—there’s unpredictability that the sanitized gym can never prepare you for. And the deepest and most lasting rewards are not in calories burned, but in the moments of sublime beauty which can’t be experienced behind glass.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Gilgo Beach Murders, a horror movie based on the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case, is scheduled to make its local debut at a movie theater in Suffolk County this weekend.None of the names are the same, but the film depicts a man killing several women who work as prostitutes, dumping one of their bodies at the beach and police eventually recovering 10 sets of human remains—details that loosely mirror the real-life case.“It’s a work of fiction, it’s not a documentary,” Joseph DiPietro, a Connecticut native making his directorial debut with the low-budget true-crime thriller that he also wrote and produced. “I thought the case was really fascinating and terrifying and really lends itself to a movie.”The movie premiered in New York City last fall and will be shown for the first time on LI at an 8:40 p.m. Friday screening at Island Cinemas in Mastic. A representative for the theater said the movie will show at the same time all week through Valentine’s Day. DiPietro said it may be screened elsewhere on LI later.Scenes that directly parallel some of the few details released in the case include the victims’ families complaining about a lack of police interest in their missing relatives, one of the victims’ sisters receiving a call from the killer on the slain sister’s phone and the search for a missing New Jersey woman leading to the discovery of the other remains.The case previously inspired an episode of Law & Order SVU, two books—one self-published, another authored by a writer for New York Magazine—and an off-Broadway play that reportedly sparked outrage among the victims’ families.DiPietro expects his film to draw criticism—there is some blood, strong language and nudity—but he maintains that his goal was not to exploit murder victims for profit.“It was handled in a really sensitive matter,” he said. “It’s just kind of a Hollywood thriller that we did. We did it in a way that we didn’t want to victimize anyone.”
But it will be no easy task to draw Maduro onto a path of political reconciliation with opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as the legitimate interim president.Maduro has held onto power despite repeated US efforts to oust him and shown no willingness to seriously negotiate an end to his rule. As such, Tuesday’s announcement could be seen as a bid by the administration to cut its losses and move on.The initiative comes less than a week after the US government took a more confrontational tack, indicting Maduro and more than a dozen other current and former top Venezuelan officials on charges of “narco-terrorism,” accusations he dismissed as false and racist.Maduro’s staying power has become a source of frustration for President Donald Trump, US officials have said privately. Maduro retains the backing of the military as well as Russia, China and Cuba. But the Trump administration hopes an energy dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia that has contributed to the plunging price of oil – Maduro’s main financial lifeline – and the growing coronavirus threat will help make Maduro and his loyalists more pliable.”The regime is now under heavier pressure than it has ever been,” US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told Reuters earlier. “Maybe this pressure will lead to a serious discussion within the regime.”The US proposal, which Abrams said was approved by Trump, calls for Maduro to “step aside” and for the opposition-controlled National Assembly “to elect an inclusive transitional government acceptable to the major factions.” Under the plan, Guaido would also step down during the transition.Though the administration has never wavered in public about its support for Guaido, he has struggled to maintain the street protests of his first few months as the opposition’s main leader, and ordinary Venezuelans have increasingly expressed disappointment at his failure to achieve a change of government.A council of state would govern until it oversees elections, which Pompeo said the United States hoped could be held in six to 12 months.Questions about Maduro’s future But in what appears to be a softening of tone toward Maduro, Abrams told Reuters the plan did not call for him to be forced into exile and even suggested that he “could theoretically run” in the election.Pompeo insisted that “Nicolas Maduro will never again govern Venezuela,” but said the administration hoped he would take the US proposal seriously.”If the conditions of the framework are met, including the departure of all foreign security forces,” Pompeo told reporters, “then all remaining US sanctions would be lifted.”Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.With experts deeming OPEC member Venezuela among the countries that could be hardest hit by the coronavirus, Guaido proposed over the weekend the formation of an emergency government of members across the political spectrum.The US plan seeks to build on the effort by Guaido as well as a failed round of negotiations between the two sides in Barbados last year, which the Trump administration dismissed at the time.The proposal represents a significantly less bellicose tone from the administration’s pronouncements since January of last year, when Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a sham. Maduro calls Guaido a US puppet.Asked whether the new proposal indicated the United States was backing away from Guaido, Pompeo said the administration remained “supportive of the work that the rightful president of the Venezuelan people, Juan Guaido, is engaged in.”But the success of the plan, which calls for power-sharing between the Guaido-led opposition and Socialist lawmakers, would ultimately hinge on Socialist leaders turning on Maduro, the same strategy that Guaido has been unable to execute.Socialist legislators are again considered unlikely to go along with the new US plan.Saul Ortega, a Socialist legislator, called the US proposal a “dangerous escalation against our people” as battles the coronavirus and said it had an “electoral stench” given Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.A fresh offer of step-by-step sanctions relief, however, seeks to persuade them to peel off from Maduro, whose immediate reaction, Abrams said, “will be to reject this.” The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed lifting Venezuela sanctions in exchange for a power-sharing deal, with members of the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party forming a transitional government in the run-up to early elections.With the South American nation squeezed by low world oil prices, a spreading coronavirus pandemic and a US economic pressure campaign, Washington shifted to a more toned-down approach aimed at promoting fair elections as soon as this year to end the political crisis there.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the administration’s “Democratic Transition Framework” for Venezuela, which offers for the first time a “sequenced exit path” from tough US sanctions, including on the vital oil sector, if Maduro and his allies cooperate. 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The great basketball player of the University of Alabama, Fahro Alihodžić opened another season with great success. It is no longer a secret that this successful basketball player could soon wear the jersey of the representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is more evident because he refused the offer of Great Britain. Fahro Alihodžić is currently playing in the College League, and it is a great feeling to hear a patriotic voice from any corner of the world. The conversation with this great young man brings back the faith in better future for sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As Fahro says, there was no dilemma in his choice, because that was the decision that he made with his heart. And for him, it beats for only one country.” My wish was always to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina and I hope that it will come true one day. I refused the offer of Great Britain when they invited me in the team for the Olympics, because I want to play for the country that has a special place in my heart, and that is Bosnia. Nobody has contacted me yet, but I believe and hope that something will happen soon and I will get the chance to fulfill my wish.”- said AlihodžićThe potential representative has started his season with great results. As a fifteen-year old boy, he started playing in England, Leicester, and afterwards he also spent time in Spain playing in the CBA Academy where he performed at numerous tournaments. ” I did have a lot of offers from Germany and France, but I refused because I wanted to proceed with my education. By the end of May 2013, I will finish with my studies and then I would love to be able to play for the best league in the world. I hope that it will be as I hope.” added Alihodžić.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The United Way of Northern British Columbia held their 9th Annual Golf Tournament at Lone Wolf Golf Club on June 20.According to United Way Campaign Officer, Mahvish Parvez, the Golf Tournament saw 32 teams participate, managing to raise close to $45,000 in funds.In partnership with Shell Canada, Parvez says this annual event raises money to help fund many local groups and organizations.- Advertisement -“The funds that have been raised are used towards some critical social services programming in town. We try to use the funds where they will have the maximum impact, so this will include local programs and regional programs as well.”While the amount raised is down from last year’s amount of $50,000, Parvez says it was a great turnout and thanks everyone for their support and participation for this year’s Golf Tournament.For more information on the United Way of Northern B.C., you can visit unitedwaynbc.ca.Advertisement