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first_imgFor more than two decades, beekeepers from across the Southeast and beyond have come together each spring in the north Georgia mountains to talk bees, learn from each other and hobnob with some of the most renowned bee experts in the world.Part comic-con for bees, part tent revival for pollinator protection and part Extension workshop, the annual Young Harris College – University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute has educated more than 2,500 beekeepers over the past 25 years.“This is our 25th year doing the Young Harris College – UGA Beekeeping Institute, and I think anything that lasts 25 years is pretty commendable,” UGA Honey Bee Program Director Keith Delaplane. “This has emerged from being just a regional meeting to having a national and international scale. We have people coming in from different countries and from many, many states.”In 1991, Delaplane teamed up with fellow beekeeper and Young Harris College biology professor Paul Arnold to develop a regional beekeeping workshop to help Southeastern beekeepers tackle emerging problems.“We needed a place where people could go to get a good, well-rounded education in beekeeping,” Arnold said. “There were a lot of local bee clubs and beekeepers all over Georgia and the Southeast, but one of the things that was lacking back then was an educational component. … At the time we started this, we wanted to make a difference in the education of beekeepers.”Starting with 50 beekeepers and a few hives around campus, UGA and Young Harris instructors and bee experts from across the region came together to host the first institute. Over the years, each three-day workshop has grown to include between 250 and 300 student beekeepers and instructors from around the world.This year beekeepers from as far away as the Cayman Islands, Oklahoma and Michigan joined the institute.The institute’s reputation for presenting the latest, research-based information in an informal atmosphere has not only increased the geographic diversity of the attendees, but has also grown the demographic diversity of the attendees.The beekeepers gathered at the institute in recent years are more diverse in terms of age and lifestyle. Twenty-five years ago, the crowd was older and more likely to live on rural farmland, Arnold said. Today, you’re just as likely to meet a 35-year-old suburban dad or a 20-something working on an urban agriculture project in downtown Atlanta.“In the last 20 years or so, there’s been a resurgence in beekeeping interest,” Arnold said. “I see more young beekeepers today.””Sue Selewski, who farms several vacant lots in downtown Detroit, came down to the beekeeping institute because she was looking to revitalize her beekeeping operation and expand her farm.”“We don’t have any programs like this in Michigan — nothing that’s this extensive,” said Selewski. “I really wanted to get into something that was more scientific.”“This has been very, very good,” she said. “My mind was on fire yesterday.”Selewski plans to take these lessons back to Michigan and share them with her local bee club in Detroit.The skill and information sharing that happens at local bee clubs after members return home makes it hard to measure the full impact of the institute, said Jennifer Berry, a UGA-based bee educator, institute organizer and laboratory manager for the UGA Honey Bee Program.There is a lot of informal information sharing after the institute, but, over the years, the staff has also certified more than 500 Georgia Master Beekeepers. The training and rigorous testing program — run as part of the institute — is modeled on the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program and requires an annual community education or service commitment to maintain certification.For instructors like Berry, the annual institute is a chance to recharge. The enthusiasm of the students helps to reaffirm the reason that she and other researchers study bee health.“It’s really enjoyable to meet new beekeepers and it really reinvigorates us,” Berry said. “The questions that new beekeepers ask — because they haven’t been involved in it as long — actually stimulates us to think about it in a different light as well.”For more information about the Young Harris College – UGA Beekeeping Institute and the UGA Honey Bee Program, please visit ent.uga.edu/bees/.last_img read more


first_imgNothing could be more local –or make you more of a locavore – than eating locally grown produce that comes from your own garden plot. You may be thinking that you don’t have room for a garden, but I assure you that the vegetable garden has become “sweet ‘n’ neat” over the past few years for a couple of reasons.The first is thanks to some new varieties of tomatoes by that very name. ‘Sweet ‘n’ Neat Scarlet,’ ‘Sweet ‘n’ Neat Cherry,’ ‘Sweet ‘n’ Neat Yellow’ and the equally impressive ‘Little Sun Yellow’ have taken the new urban vegetable garden by storm.But the garden itself might also be considered “sweet ‘n’ neat,” as more urban dwellers are getting into the hottest trend in the country, which is growing produce. Just a few years ago it was estimated that 54 percent of those who garden actually grew vegetables. Whether it is in rural areas, historic districts or the newest neighborhood, the size of garden plots have gotten smaller. Even the well-known community garden projects display raised beds or boxes that are a far cry from the farm-type plot of our grandparents’ era.  This small garden concept is not just here, but in Europe as well, which has led to a host of new, compact vegetables. Tomatoes are, of course, first when it comes to popularity with those wanting to grow edibles. While determinate varieties – those we recommend that you cage – fit a smaller garden situation, new patio varieties open the door even wider, enticing everyone to grow some even if it is in a container.In addition to these tomatoes, there are also great selections suitable for growing in baskets, like ‘Tumbling Tom Red’ and ‘Tumbling Tom Yellow.’ In university trials, in which I was a participant, we harvested 4.5 pounds in one picking of ‘Tumbling Tom Yellow’ tomatoes. This caused even those connected to commercial production to take notice. At other trials I counted 40 cherry-sized tomatoes ready for harvest on a ‘Sweet N’ Neat Scarlet’ being grown in a small, 6-inch container.Tomatoes aren’t the only varieties going compact. There are choices in both sweet and hot peppers, zucchini squash, acorn squash, eggplant, okra, pumpkins, basil, strawberries and more.Whether it is the global economy or food health scares that has fueled this trend, there are some great family benefits from these small, urban gardens. Today’s children are growing up in a fast-food world where nutrition and lack of outdoor time is common. Once a child participates in growing vegetables, he or she will also want to partake in the eating of their crop. Consequently, this child becomes the gardener of the future. So whether you are a parent or a grandparent, get them started.Since today’s urban vegetable garden is smaller, getting the soil rich and fertile is a proverbial “piece of cake.” Organic products are available at most garden centers by the bag or even by the scoop.The garden is constructed on raised beds and enclosed or separated from lawn areas with wood or rocks. This not only gives you the best in drainage and aeration, but keeps the encroaching grass out. You can simply use the string trimmer around it. This style of garden makes it easy to tend from all sides without compacting soil by constantly making trips to hoe or weed. It can even be harvested by simply reaching inside.Where do you start? Just grow what you like to eat!last_img read more


first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in the opening ceremony of the conference “Island Development”, which was held in Opatija, organized by Novi list. It is a gathering that gathered in one place an impressive list of participants with the aim of bringing closer to the public the provisions of the new Law on Islands and initiatives aimed at helping the further development of many Croatian islands.When asked whether it is worth investing in the islands, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who is from Mali Lošinj, answered that investing in the islands is very profitable, regardless of the fact that the investment is 30% more expensive at the beginning.This year, tourist traffic was recorded on 48 islands, and it is very similar to last year when 3,3 million tourists and 26 million overnight stays were recorded on the islands. Thus, 26 percent of all Croatian overnight stays were realized on the islands.The islands account for 18 percent of arrivals, and what is especially interesting – the stay of tourists on the islands is two days longer than in mainland tourist centers. There are 474 thousand beds on the islands, which is a third of Croatia’s accommodation capacity. The dominant accommodation capacities on the islands are home-made, and the leader of island tourism on the Adriatic is the island of Krk. The islands generate 68 percent of traffic in the summer, in the full season, which is seven percent more than the rest of Croatia.”They often ask me the question – is it worth investing in the islands? I am very angry about this question, because the statistics presented here alone say enough that investing in the islands is very profitable. True, I myself admire investors in the islands because investing in them is 30 percent more expensive in the beginning. When it comes to the Government of which I am a member, it very well recognizes the problems of the islands and does everything to improve life on them with the new law. There are large investments in the infrastructure of the islands, in the waterfront and rivice, even in situations where there are only a few inhabitants on some islands. However, this is precisely an indicator of the investment momentum in the islands, which injects hope for a better future of life on the islands, because better connections also mean the renewal of life. Demographic renewal is also a big and often prominent problem on the islands, and its most important foundation is employment. I would say that employment on the islands is the most important demographic measure. It can only be provided by investments, so in a concise form that would be my answer to the question – is it worth investing in the islands. ” Capelli pointed out.The conference on the development of the island was held in anticipation of the first session of the Government on the island in general, which will be held on October 26 on Hvar and which will be dedicated to the development policy on the islands and their tourism.last_img read more


first_imgHere’s everything you need to know to tune into to Pac-12 Media Day 2019:MORE: Major storylines for all Power 5 conference media daysPac-12 Media Day 2019 TV schedulePac-12 Media Day 2019 will air on the Pac-12 Network on Wednesday, July 24. The full programming schedule is listed below (all times Eastern): The Pac-12 has found a way to distinguish itself from the other four Power 5 conference media days.The Pac-12 will move media day to Wednesday, July 24, jampacking a ton of fascinating storylines into a single day at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, Calif. That’s fitting, considering the numerous interesting topics of discussion that will surely come out of the event conference, including USC coach Clay Helton, Year 2 of the Chip Kelly era at UCLA and whether the conference can make up ground on the gridiron with the rest of the Power 5. Time (ET)Programming2 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “North Division”3 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “California”3:15 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Oregon”3:30 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Oregon State”3:45 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Stanford”4 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Washington”4:15 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Washington State”4:30 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “North Division”7 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “South Division”8 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “South Division”9 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “North Division”10 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “California”10:15 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Oregon”10:30 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Oregon State”11 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Washington”11:15 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Washington State”11:30 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Arizona”11:45 p.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Arizona State”midnightPac-12 Football Media Day Special “Colorado”12:15 a.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “UCLA”12:30 a.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “USC”12:45 a.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “Utah”1 a.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “South Division”2 a.m.Pac-12 Football Media Day Special “North Division”MORE: Ranking Pac-12 coaches for 2019 seasonPac-12 Media Day team schedule(all times Eastern)Wednesday, July 24Pac-12 NorthMario Cristobal, Oregon (12:30 p.m)Jonathan Smith, Oregon State (12:45 p.m.)Justin Wilcox, Cal (1 p.m.)David Shaw, Stanford (1:15 p.m.)Mike Leach, Washington State (1:30 p.m.)Chris Petersen, Washington (1:45 p.m.)Pac-12 SouthChip Kelly, UCLA (5:30 p.m)Herm Edwards, Arizona State (5:45 p.m.)Kevin Sumlin, Arizona (6 p.m.)Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (6:15 p.m.)Kyle Whittingham, Utah (6:30 p.m.)Clay Helton, USC (6:45 p.m.)Pac-12 North players attending Pac-12 Media Day 2019CalEvan Weaver, LBCamryn Bynum, CBOregonJustin Herbert, QBTroy Dye, LBOregon StateJemar Jefferson, RBIsaiah Hodgins, WRStanfordK.J. Costello, QBCasey Toohill, LBWashingtonNick Harris, CMyles Bryant, DBWashington StateLiam Ryan, OLJahad Woods, LBMORE: Pac-12 2019 early conference primerPac-12 South players attending Pac-12 Media Day 2019ArizonaKhalil Tate, QBJ.J. Taylor, RBArizona StateEno Benjamin, RBCohl Cabral, CColoradoLaviska Shenault, WRNate Landman, LBUCLAJoshua Kelley, RBKrys Barnes, LBUSCMichael Pittman Jr., WRChristian Rector, DEUtahZack Moss, RBBradlee Anae, DElast_img read more


first_imgSam Allardyce has outlined how Sunderland will remain in the Premier League, claiming that they need to have their destiny in their own hands heading into the final game of the season.The Black Cats only managed to draw with Stoke on Saturday, Jermain Defoe netting a late penalty, and it saw the Wearside club fall into the bottom three.Newcastle moved out of the relegation places with a win over Crystal Palace, but Allardyce’s men have a game in hand over their local rivals.And he has made it clear that winning that game is vital if the Black Cats are to survive, as it puts their destiny in their own hands.The 61-year-old said: “We’ve got a game in hand, and when that game comes around, we’ve got to be in a position to win it to go above Newcastle.“We play Everton, in what is the biggest game of the season, to try and win that to go above Newcastle, and then see what happens in the last game.“By the time the last game comes around, we need to be however many points – or even goal difference – better than Newcastle as we go into the last game, as then our destiny is in our own hands.”The Black Cats take on Chelsea and then Everton, two very winnable games against opponents who have nothing left to play for this year.Their final game of the season is against Watford, who themselves are in poor form. However, manager Quique Sanchez Flores could fear losing his job, and he may urge his players to put in a top class performance to help him impress the club’s owners.last_img read more

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