Bulldog Spirit

first_imgLew Hunnicutt hit the ground running 11 months ago when he was named the new assistant provost and campus director of the University of Georgia Griffin Campus. One of his top priorities is to clear up the misconception that the campus is not really a part of UGA.“We ARE the University of Georgia. We just happen to be located in Griffin,” said Hunnicutt.On one of his first visits to Athens, Hunnicutt noticed the plethora of fiberglass Uga bulldog mascots located around town. He quickly learned that the statues were originally part of a fundraiser for charities led by the Athens-Oconee Junior Women’s Club. More than 35 larger-than-life “Dawgs” adorned the downtown corridor of the Classic City for 10 years before being auctioned off to benefit AIDS research.Hunnicutt quickly set in motion plans for the Griffin Campus to have its first Uga Bulldog mascot statue. The statue came painted solid white, but Greg Huber, training coordinator in the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, donated his time to transform it into a traditionally painted Uga. Southern Crescent Technical College Automotive Collision Instructor Robert Hagen assisted with the first Bulldog statue by adding the final touch — automotive clear coating to help Uga survive the outdoors. “It was great to see how the Southern Crescent students reacted to the statue,” Huber said. “They all gathered around and took each other’s pictures with it. It was already doing its job.”This first statue, which now rests in the quad behind the Flynt Building, will serve as the campus mascot. The statue is located in an area Hunnicutt calls “the hub” of the campus — beside the future Mule Barn Café, facing the Student Learning Center (SLC).“I am deeply appreciative of Greg Huber’s vision and talent for bringing Uga to life. Greg’s work will sit proudly on the quad for many years to come and will be a great source of pride for all of us,” Hunnicutt said. “Much thanks goes to Southern Crescent Technical School for the seal coat job. Their work will make sure Uga shines for years to come. It would be awesome to see Ugas and Southern Crescent Tigers together downtown on every corner.”Hunnicutt would like to see many additional Bulldog statues around campus and in and around Griffin and Spalding County.“My focus is to take the campus out into the community and what better way to do that,” he said. “I can see one wearing glasses or something scholarly by the SLC and one with a graduation cap by the Woodroof Pavilion where we hold graduation and one at the UGA Research and Education Garden. My pie-in-the-sky goal is to have one at every building on campus in the not too distant future.”In addition to the Uga statue, Ryan Hodgson, head of the UGA Griffin Campus grounds crew, and his team have brought the UGA “G” back to life on the western edge of the main campus facing the expressway. Hodgson’s team completely redesigned the close to 2,000 square foot “G” and made it structurally sound with brick chips as the final touch.The lawn logo was originally the brainchild of Christopher Brannon, former UGA Griffin Campus groundskeeper, some 15 years ago. At that time, the “G” was painted white with lawn paint, which is expensive and must be frequently freshened up. It was later painted red.“The super “G” is back, and while it is not red, it does bring back the spirit of the super “G” and matches the rest of our campus structures with its brick chip filling. It’s a better “G” than it’s ever been because Ryan has painstakingly planned it out. The turf paint just isn’t feasible because painting grass is never permanent,” Hunnicutt said.For more information about the UGA Griffin Campus and its programs, go to www.griffin.uga.edu.last_img read more

Planter Adjustments

first_imgAdjusting planting equipment from one field to the next can make the difference between a healthy crop stand and a poor stand, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist Wes Porter.Porter believes Georgia growers who take the time to make necessary changes to their planter from field to field will benefit this planting season. Planter depth; planter downforce, the pressure applied to the row unit by a mechanism in front of the row unit; soil texture; and soil moisture are all components that factor in the planting operation and successful stand establishment.Porter’s goal for some of his research on the UGA Tifton campus is to show which of these factors has the highest influence on stand establishment.“The planter is the most important piece of equipment we have on the farm when we’re trying to establish the crop. We need it to perform at its best,” Porter said.Most producers set a depth and downforce for a crop and plant at those settings for the rest of the season, and farmers may not look at the other components on the planter. Porter says that farmers should adjust the planter to cater to different soil types, especially if fields have different soil moisture levels. “Right now, I think there’s little to no adjustment that happens from field to field and environment to environment among most planters. With our research, we’re trying to show that it pays to spend a little time tweaking your planter setup when you move from field to field,” Porter said. “We’ve seen that the difference in one-half-inch depth change in cotton is the difference between having a really good stand and having little to no crop emerge.”Porter is studying the effect of the relationship between downforce and stand establishment in different soil types. This information will help to develop a prescription map for downforce.“Consider the relationship between soil type and downforce: If the soil is very dry and hard, it’s harder to create a furrow in the soil. You have to apply more downforce to the planter row units to keep it in the ground at the appropriate depth. If you’re in a wet, softer soil, the planter does not need as much downforce to maintain the appropriate depth,” he said.If farmers make adjustments beforehand, they won’t spend extra time and money replanting the crop.“That’s why we are researching planter settings. If we can maximize our emergence the first time by having our planter set up to match the current field conditions, we shouldn’t have to replant as often,” Porter said.last_img read more

Home Termites

first_imgBorder to border, the state of Georgia enjoys mild temperatures and more than adequate rainfall, which are perfect conditions for the growth of an abundance of insects, including subterranean termites.Georgia is part of what entomologists and pest management professionals refer to as “the termite belt,” where termites are common and abundant.Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in Georgia, and the yard of most homes in Georgia will be occupied by one or more related groups of termites, sometimes called colonies. They are called subterranean because they require access to moisture, which is most commonly found in the soil.Termites eat wood, and because we build homes with a substantial quantity of structural softwood, it is not surprising that some homes may become infested by this hidden pest.Subterranean termites are persistent. They never stop looking for sources of food and, when they locate and infest structural wood, can do moderate to substantial damage if infestations go unchecked. It is therefore important that homeowners are aware of common signs pointing to termite infestation.First, homeowners should be aware of what a termite swarmer looks like. Swarmers are male and female termites that fly in the spring each year — most commonly February to April in Georgia.Soon after flying, swarmers lose their wings, mate and begin a new colony. Another important, outward sign that homeowners should be able to recognize are the telltale mud tubes that termites use to move between their soil home and the wood on which they are feeding.Termites build hollow mud tubes comprised of moist soil and their own saliva to protect them from predators and from desiccation (drying up). When mud- or soil-like tubing is found anywhere in or on the structure, where it should not be, there is a chance it might be the soil tubing made by worker termites to gain access to the wood in the structure.Should homeowners suspect that their homes might be infested by termites, it’s a good idea to contact a local termite and pest control company for an inspection. Employees of Georgia’s termite control companies are trained on the nuances of termite control and are uniquely qualified to provide this service.Pertinent publications to address homeowner questions include University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1209, “Biology of Subterranean Termites in the Eastern United States,” and UGA Extension Bulletin 1241, “Termite Control Services: Information for the Georgia Property Owner,” which can be found at extension.uga.edu/publications.For more advice on termites and their control, homeowners should contact their county Extension agent by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Schedule of events announced for Exposition

first_imgHere’s a look ahead at some of the events coming to the Champlain Valley Exposition in 2006 and 2007. For more details, visit www.cvfair.com(link is external)Exposition Schedule of EventsSept. 16, Vermont Grocers Association Expo, Opening Ceremony 10:45 a.m., Open 11 a.m. 4 p.m.Sept. 16, Snow, Skate & Lifestyle Show, Admission: Adult $5; Senior $4 65 & Over; children 6 and under free9 am to 10 pmSept. 16, POW/MIA Day, Ray Cota — 879-7301 or Jim GometzSept. 16 & 17, Whole Health Expo, Body, Mind & Spirit, Hours: Saturday 9:30 – 7pm, Sunday 9:30 6 pm, Admission:$12 for both days, $2 Discount coupon from newspaper or ad availableSeptember 22-24,NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals, Friday: 8:30 5:30; Saturday: 8:30 5:30; Sunday: 8:30 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults — $12; 6-12 — $3; Five under FreeSept. 30 Oct. 5,Newmar Kountry Klub International RV Rally. Contact: Barney Barnett — 574-773-7791October 7-8, Champlain Valley Antiques Festival,Hours: Sat. 10 5, Sun. 10 4 (no preview. Admission: $8 adults, 12 and under free. October 8, Shriners Bingo, Noon. October 9-14, Allegro Club Rally, Contact: Verbon Jones 256 356-8522.October 14, 10th Annual Blues Live Model Horse Show Guys Farm & Yard, 802 878-5112October 14-15,Smugglers Notch Ski Club Ski & Board SaleContact: Beth Kohler 802 654-5093October 18-19, Educators Exposition. Laurie Huse — 800-281-4430.October 27-29, 26th Annual Fall Craft and Fine Arts ShowHours: Fri: 10-8; Sat: 9-6; Sun:10-5. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors $6; Children under 12 $2Nov. 1-May 2007, Nordic Spirit Indoor Soccer. Contact Jim Goudie, 288-9577.November 3-5, Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular, Contact: Dan Nash 802 766-2105.November 5, Shriners Bingo, Noon.November 15 & 16, UVM Tax School.November 17, Taste of Home Cooking School, Doors open at 3 p.m., Show starts 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10November 18, 1964 The Tribute, 802 652-0085, 3 and 8 pm.November 29, Essex Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner, Contact: Dan Tylenda 802 879-7012December 1-3, Vermont International Festival, Contact: April Warner 802 863-6713December 8-10, Baked Bead Jewelry Sale,Fri & Sat 10 am 5 pm, Sun 10 am 4 pm.December 10, Shriners Bingo,Noon.|Plan ahead for 2007 events at the Exposition:(Additional information will be provided closer to event)January 12-14, VT Log Home ShowJanuary 12-14, VT Manufactured Home ShowJanuary 19-21, ankee Sportsmen ClassicJanuary 25, LCRCC Silent AuctionJanuary 27 & 28, Rock Maple RacesFebruary 16-17, Vermont Boat ShowMarch 2 – 4, Spring RV ShowMarch 9-11, Vermont Flower ShowApril 20-22, Vermont Home ShowApril 28-29, Everything EquineMay 4-6, Spring Fine Arts & Craft ShowJune 1-3, Vermont Balloon and Music FestivalJuly 8, WOKO Country Club Music FestivalJuly 13-15, Vermont Cluster Dog ShowAugust 4-5, 4-Wheel Drive JamboreeAugust 25-Sept 3, 86th Champlain Valley Fair.To schedule an event at the Exposition, please contact Special Events Director Tom Oddy at toddy@cvfair.com(link sends e-mail) or call (802) 878-5545. Champlain Valley Exposition is a non-profit organization located at 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.last_img read more

Champlain College Class of 2012 Arrives

first_imgChamplain College Class of 2012 ArrivesOrientation Weekend includes Convocation, Activities and Special Events(Sept. 1, 2008) – The Champlain College Class of 2012 arrived Friday for an information-packed, fun-filled, four-day orientation. The incoming class of 615 students represents 28 states and eight countries. Residential move-in began Friday morning followed by a lunch for parents, students and friends. On Friday afternoon, Champlain College Provost Robin Abramson, College Vice Presidents and Champlain faculty in full academic regalia – were led in to the Convocation ceremony on Perry Hall lawn by the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Vermont. During the ceremony, Champlain College President David Finney presented the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award to Patrick S. Robins, chairman and founder of the SymQuest Group. Robins was honored for his many community roles in education, government, business, civic, arts and public health organizations. Patrick is an entrepreneur and civil servant of uncommon vision and discipline. He has founded and chaired three regional businesses who genius was to recognize emerging needs and to fill them with quality products and exceptional customer service, Finney noted. On Saturday, students were introduced to Champlain Colleges LEAD: Life Experience & Action Dimension program. It is the third component in Champlains Education in Three Dimensions program and will focus on tools and skills for personal growth in four areas career management, financial sophistication, community involvement and individual values. The new students were also introduced to the many programs at Champlain, including the study abroad programs in Montreal and Dublin, Ireland, BYOBiz, and briefed on public safety and neighborhood expectations. Over the four-day orientation weekend, the Class of 2012 also took a cruise on Lake Champlain in the Spirit of Ethan Allen, went mini-golfing, held a movie night, toured the campus, had a night of open-mic entertainment at The Grind (the colleges coffeehouse), took a class photo, went hiking and visited downtown Burlington.Classes for all Champlain College students begin Tuesday morning. Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, was founded in 1878. Champlain has 2,000 undergraduate students and is ranked 12th in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Burlington, Champlain College offers Education in Three Dimensions, a unique, multi-faceted approach to professional development, academic excellence and community-based life experience education over four years. Champlain also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education. To learn more about Champlain College, visit the Colleges new website at www.champlain.edu(link is external).last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters prices common stock offering at $71 per share

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) Thursday announced that it has priced its public offering of an aggregate of 8,189,544 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $71.00 per share. Certain stockholders are also offering an aggregate of 410,456 shares of common stock in the offering at the same price to the public.The Company also has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,290,000 additional shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any, at the price to the public less the underwriting discount. Subject to customary conditions, the offering is expected to close on or about May 11, 2011. The net proceeds to the Company, after deducting the underwriting discount and other estimated offering expenses, are expected to be approximately $559.1 million (exclusive of the underwriters’ overallotment option).BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as sole book-running manager of the offering. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey is serving as co-lead manager of the offering. William Blair & Company, Canaccord Genuity,Janney Montgomery Scott, Piper Jaffray & Co., RBC Capital Markets, Wells Fargo Securities, Rabo Securities and Santander are serving as co-managers of the offering.The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding debt under its credit facility and for general corporate purposes.To obtain a copy of the prospectus and the final prospectus supplement for this offering, please contact: BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, attention: Prospectus Department, email dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com(link sends e-mail). This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig Single-Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein, including the Company’s intention to complete the offering and the expected use of net proceeds, are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated here. These forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including that the proposed offering is subject to market conditions and other factors. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments.Source: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 5.5.2011last_img read more

Uruguay as Wind Leader: Using Energy Finance in Transformational Ways

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Thwaites for the World Resources Institute via Renew Economy:The developing nation went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to become a double world-record holder in less than a decade. By 2013, it was receiving the largest share of clean energy investment as a percentage of GDP, and in 2014, installed the most wind per capita of any country. By mid-2015, the country had installed 581 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity, providing an average 17 percent of total electricity generation over the year. Wind energy is now cost competitive in the nation, and is displacing the most expensive fossil-fuel generation.Uruguay is at the forefront of a growing movement of countries, communities and individuals who are transforming the way they generate and use energy. Meeting the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to prevent dangerous climate change will require a rapid and deep reduction of emissions. To achieve this countries will, among other things, need to fundamentally transform their energy sectors away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy.In our new working paper, Transformational Climate Finance: An Exploration of Low-Carbon Energy, we look at how funding can be used to bring about such large-scale, long-term and rapid changes in the energy sector to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency. In order to understand how climate finance can deliver this “transformational” change, we analyzed case studies covering a variety of geographies, energy sources and degrees of transformation.Uruguay’s wind sector was one of the most successful cases we found. The way it achieved results provides powerful lessons for other nations looking to transform their energy systems, and for funders such as the Green Climate Fund, whose Board is meeting this week to consider how it can best fulfil its mandate to promote a “paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways.”Uruguay’s wind development was driven by a desire to increase energy security. The country had relied heavily on hydropower historically. But with a decade of dry years between 1997 and 2007, hydro’s share of electricity generation fell from more than 90 percent to around 50 percent, leading to an increase in fossil-fuel imports (the country has no domestic reserves). By 2007, imported fossil fuels provided a third of generation. In addition to import costs, the increased reliance on fossil fuels added to the fiscal burden of providing residential subsidies. Given the steadily rising electricity demand, the government sought ways to diversify its energy sources.How Uruguay Became a Wind-Power Powerhouse Uruguay as Wind Leader: Using Energy Finance in Transformational Wayslast_img read more

For Investors, a ‘Tipping Point’ Toward Renewables as Wind-Turbine Momentum Grows

first_imgFor Investors, a ‘Tipping Point’ Toward Renewables as Wind-Turbine Momentum Grows FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market.That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be invested in power generation by 2040.In a presentation to the research group’s conference in London on Tuesday, Liebreich said technology that’s slashing the costs of wind and solar farms makes it inevitable that clean energy will become more economical than fossil fuels for utilities in many places. The most visible advance is in the scale of wind turbines.When it started collecting data in earnest in 2004, BNEF already could see a trend toward bigger machines in the wind industry that deliver more spark to the grid. The scale of those turbines will grow with models planned by Siemens AG and Vestas Wind Systems A/S that already are delivering ones with wing spans bigger than the Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner.The promise of bigger machines early in the next decade prompted developers of offshore wind farms in Germany to promise electricity without subsidy on their next projects.The same process of producing more electricity for a lower cost is making photovoltaics cheaper. Liebreich predicted two “tipping points” where the cost of renewables will make power generation fueled by natural gas and coal increasingly unattractive.“The first is when new wind and solar become cheaper than anything else,” Liebreich said. Japan by 2025 it will be cheaper to build a new PV plant than a coal-fired power generator. That milestone will be passed in India for wind power by 2030.“At that point, anything you have to retire is likely to be replaced by wind and solar,” Liebreich said. “That tipping point is either here or almost here everywhere in the world.”The second tipping point, a little further off, is when it’s more costly to operate existing coal and gas plants than to take power from wind and solar. That point may arrive in the middle of the next decade in both Germany and China.The economics of wind and solar are becoming compelling enough that it’s unlikely coal be able to hold onto its dominant position in the global power mix no matter what incentives President Donald Trump implements in the U.S.“This is going to happen,” Liebreich said. “Coal is declining in the U.S. Nobody is going to make coal great again.”More: Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Pointlast_img read more

Commentary: Stock analysis shows fossil fuel divestment will not undercut fund performance

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Grantham Foundation:I have met more investment committees than I care to think about. Perhaps a couple of thousand. There is a no more conservative group on the planet than an investment committee. You could be forgiven for thinking that if you cough at an investment committee they will think they are ruined!So if you tell them that you are going to interfere in any way, such as by removing a particular group of companies from their investment portfolio, an investment committee will likely warn that it will cause great harm to the long-term return. And the committee would definitely baulk if you wanted to remove a major group like fossil fuel companies.So my colleagues and I finally carried out a test to see exactly how an investment portfolio would have been affected by divesting from a group of companies that are listed in the Standard and Poor’s 500, the index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ.These companies can be divided into 11 sectors (not including real estate). We considered the 10 long-term sectors (real estate was added relatively recently), and analyzed how the index performed without each sector.Initially, we considered the period from 1989 until 2017. The results [show] there is only a 50 basis points difference between the best and the worst. They are basically all the same!So we decided to see what happened if we chose a different period, in case there was something extraordinary about the past 28 years. We extended the analysis, first to start from 1957, and secondly to begin in 1925. You will see…that changing the period of analysis does not make much difference. The difference between the best and worst is 54 basis points instead of 50. So over 90 years, it would not have cost an investor to have divested from any one of the sectors.Who knew that the stock market was that efficient? It may be hopeless in bubbles and busts, but it has evidently priced these groups of big companies pretty well. And there is no advantage to an investor of choosing the high-growth information technology sector over, say, utilities. Utilities are priced down and information technology is priced up, but they produce the same returns. It is amazing.What does this mean for divestment? It means that if investors take out fossil fuel companies from their portfolios, their starting assumption should not be that you have destroyed the value. Their starting assumption should be until proven otherwise. that it will have very little effect and is just as likely to be positive by 17 basis points as negative. That is an amazing contradiction to what every investment committee has ever said, as far as I am concerned.More: The mythical peril of divesting from fossil fuels Commentary: Stock analysis shows fossil fuel divestment will not undercut fund performancelast_img read more

GE to build 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Australian renewable energy hub

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global energy giant GE has signed an agreement to co-develop a proposed 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Dungowan Dam in the New England region of New South Wales state.Dungowan forms part of the massive 4,000MW renewables and storage hub being put together by Walcha Energy – in what would be the biggest integrated renewables and storage project in Australia and likely a major part of the New England renewable energy zone (REZ) proposed by the NSW state government on Friday.GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions has agreed to provide technical and commercial support to help accelerate the development of Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant, which would have between six to eight hours of storage.“Dungowan PHES will help facilitate new wind and solar projects and provide firming and grid support services at a critical point on the Australian National Electricity Market,” said Simon Currie, the managing director at Energy Estate, a partner in Walcha Energy. “The project represents a unique opportunity to tap into a high-head site, in close proximity to an existing reservoir. It is strategically located between retiring coal capacity to the south and emerging wind and solar capacity to the east, west and north.”The Walcha project already includes defined projects such as the 700MW Winterbourne wind farm (in which global wind giant Vestas has bought a majority stake), the 700MW Salisbury solar farm and the 700MW Ruby Hills wind farm, and aims to unite up to 4,000MW of capacity around the Uralla Renewable Energy Hub.Currie says the Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant would play a critical role in ensuring that new wind and solar generation can be reliably and safely fed into the grid.[Giles Parkinson]More: GE signs agreement to develop 500MW pumped hydro project in NSW GE to build 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Australian renewable energy hublast_img read more