Mulch Makers.

first_imgLarge-scale composting is a vital way of handling the solid-waste problems of communities and companies nowadays. It can produce valuable products for gardens and landscapes.But big-time composting isn’t so easy. It’s a complicated process, and it takes a scientific approach to make it work best.To help the people who run such facilities do it better, the University of Georgia has scheduled a Compost Facility Operators Training Workshop May 1-3 at the UGA Bioconversion Research and Demonstration Center in Athens, Ga.The workshop is for anyone who runs or would like to run one of the large-scale composting systems that handle the yard waste, biosolids and municipal streams of cities. It includes classroom lectures and lab demonstrations and exercises.Enrollment is limited to the first 25 who sign up. The $95 fee covers lunches, breaks, study materials and other costs. To learn more about the workshop or get a registration form, contact Cathy Felton at (706) 542-3086.last_img read more

Partner Nation Air Forces Direct Aid to Mexico following Earthquake

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 29, 2017 Air forces from the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym), came to Mexico’s aid after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale shook the country on September 19th, leaving hundreds of victims dead and thousands injured and affected. This new telluric movement occurred exactly 32 years after the earthquake that left thousands dead on September 19, 1985. “SICOFAA member nations quickly agreed to cancel the Cooperación V air exercise that was to be held in Chile from September 26th to October 7th,” Colonel Rodrigo Zapata, the director of the Colombian Air Force’s National Rescue and Special Operations Center, told Diálogo. “The countries that had expressed their commitment to participating in the exercise deployed their aid to Mexico.” The Colombian, Ecuadorean, Salvadoran, and U.S. air forces were the first to provide the specialized humanitarian technical assistance offered to the Mexican government and people to bolster their search and rescue work following the earthquake. Almost immediately, the Mexican Armed Forces deployed more than 11,000 soldiers to provide assistance. “This foreign assistance has meant a lot to Mexicans. Rest assured that we will be forever grateful,” Mexican Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón, Mexican Secretary of the Navy, stated on social media. Mexican Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said that “domestic and international cooperation has been essential for saving lives.” SICOFAA, through its many events and previous exercises, has helped to create a sense of unity, camaraderie, and mutual support among the air forces of the Americas, and you see that on display in the relief effort as many SICOFAA member countries have sent aid to Mexico,” U.S. Air Force Colonel Anthony G. Cook, the secretary general of SICOFAA, told Diálogo. SICOFAA is a voluntary, non-political organization devoted to promoting cooperation, unity, and interoperability among the 20 air forces of partner nations in the Americas. Outpouring of solidarity The earthquake caused damage in the states of Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos, and Puebla, as well as in the nation’s capital. Several parts of Mexico City were declared disaster zones less than two weeks after another huge earthquake had caused damage in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. “The first 72 hours are crucial in these kinds of tragedies. The levels of coordination and communication must facilitate a rapid and timely response to complete the mission,” Col. Zapata said. “Helping our allies when they are in need is one of the most important things we do as a nation,” added U.S. Air Force Captain Kyle Brackett of the 21st Airlift Squadron. “Two days after the earthquake, humanitarian aid from the United States arrived at Military Air Base No. 2 on board a C-17 [from the U.S. Air Force] in a great gesture of solidarity,” Adm. Soberón reported. “The airlift unit transported 33 tons of equipment and an elite Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.” The Colombian government also deployed aid. It sent a Colombian Air Force Boeing 727 Vulcan, a rescue team, a 10-ton load of humanitarian aid, and two canine teams to assist the Mexican authorities with their search-and-rescue duties. The day after the earthquake, the Salvadoran Air Force transported 25 elite rescuers from El Salvador’s Urban Search and Rescue Group in a C-47 turboprop plane. The delegation traveled with enough food, supplies, and provisions to be self-sufficient during their stay in Mexico. Ecuador sent an L-100-30 Hercules transport plane from the Ecuadorean Air Force. Its aid mission comprised 30 people with medical and communications equipment that helped in the planning, search with canines, and the breaking down, perforation, lifting, and removal of debris. The Costa Rican team arrived on a Beechcraft King Air F90 belonging to the Costa Rican National Police by pilots from the Aerial Surveillance Service of the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Safety. This group comprised experts on assessing the structural damage to buildings. Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru also sent their best rescuers to work with the Mexican authorities in their search-and-rescue efforts for people trapped under the rubble. Other nations from around the world, including Israel, Japan, and Spain, joined the international aid effort, sending contingents with tons of unconditional aid to the Aztec nation. The personnel in these foreign delegations were coordinated by Mexico’s Secretariat of the Navy, National Defense Secretariat, Federal Police, and Civil Defense authorities. Rescue missions were conducted 24 hours a day and they also assisted in assessing the damage caused by the quake. Coordination, synergy, and training “Even though the aid was dispatched to Mexico through various diplomatic communication channels, we always keep in communication and coordination with SICOFAA when this kind of international aid is provided,” Col. Zapata noted. “No nation is exempt from these unwanted disasters.” “It is important to note the synergy among our partner forces when responding jointly to a large-scale emergency and joining forces to benefit the nation affected, which, in this case, was Mexico,” Armando Rodríguez Luna, an expert on military and security issues with the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE, per its Spanish acronym) in Mexico City, told Diálogo. “Because earthquakes are a constant in Mexico and in other countries in the Latin American region, this type of phenomenon must be given priority in the agendas of the Mexican Armed Forces and other armed forces in the region in order to jointly bolster our capabilities and develop new ones.” “This entire experience, plus the opportunity to participate in combined training exercises at the national and international levels, such as [SICOFAA’s] multilateral ‘Cooperación’ exercise, enriches our experience and expertise in the planning, control, and execution of operations in cases of natural disasters,” Col. Zapata concluded. “We will always be ready and willing to assist our partner nations.”last_img read more

Surabaya pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for years of sexual abuse

first_imgThe Surabaya District Court has declared 50-year-old pastor Hanny Layantara guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment.Presiding judge Johanis Hehamony said Hanny was found guilty of violating Article 82 of the Child Protection Law.”We declare the defendant Hanny Layantara guilty and sentence him to 10 years in prison and order him to pay Rp 100 million in fines or serve an additional six months in prison,” Johanis said on Monday as reported by kompas.com. He added that the panel of judges noted two factors in their sentencing decision, namely that the defendant had refused to admit his wrongdoings and that his actions were contradictory to his role as a religious leader.The sentence matched the punishment demanded by prosecutors.Hanny was arrested in Sidoarjo, East Java, on March 3, two weeks after his victim’s family reported the abuse to the police. He had allegedly been planning to flee the country at the time of his arrest.The victim, now 26, said that Hanny had sexually abused her from 2005 – when she was only 12 years old – until 2011.Hanny’s lawyer, Abdurrachman Saleh, said he and his client would file an appeal against the verdict.”We disagree with the judges’ verdict. We will appeal,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Badgers experience will key performance in NCAA Regional

first_imgFollowing a solid sixth place finish last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, the Wisconsin women’s golf team earned a bid to the 2014 NCAA Regionals as the 16th seed.Despite an already impressive season in which the Badgers earned an overall record of 89-47-1, UW head coach Todd Oehrlein’s team does not appear to be satisfied just yet as it has its sights set on making a big splash at the NCAA Regional. Just like last season when the Badgers surprised many by conquering regionals and moving on to the NCAA Championships, this year’s team is looking to do the same.Despite being faced with the challenge of competing against some of the most dominant women’s golf powerhouses in the country such as top-seeded Southern California, Oehrlein isn’t phased by the tough competition.Instead he’s excited with the opportunity for every team to compete with a clean slate on a neutral, level playing field.“I told the team last night, once you make it, there’s 24 there, eight teams are going are going to advance. Everybody is number one in the country at this point,” Oehrlein said. “You play and you control what you can control.”The NCAA Regional will certainly be the biggest stage the Badgers have played on all year and will require them to be at the top of their game when the tournament kicks off a week from Thursday, May 8. Oehrlein believes that his team will be fine handling that added pressure if they get off to a good start and get comfortable early.“The nerves are going to be there. That’s the excitement, the energy, and so as a coach you just have to help your team settle in as quick as possible in that early round. Once you get settled in, it just becomes more like any other golf tournament.”Pivotal to helping the Badgers “settle in” will be senior Kris Yoo, who has been the top golfer for Wisconsin this year and a big reason for this year’s success. Posting an average round of 73.45 in the 2013-14 season and making her third career NCAA Regional appearance, Yoo will be expected to continue her strong play and leadership to help the Badgers reach the National Championships.“She drives the ball really well, very accurately, and just consistently, so she is always in great position,” Oehrlein said. “Kris is nationally ranked in the top 10 for total short game and in scoring situations and scoring shots, she’s very good”When asked how she is feeling heading into the tournament, Yoo did not seem worried about how her team would handle playing with so much on the line due to its familiarity with playing in the postseason as of late.“I don’t think we are that nervous because four of us have actually been [to regionals] before and it was our goal so we expected it,” Yoo said. “We definitely wanted to get back to the National Championship. We made it last year even though we were the underdog and no one thought we could get through, and I think we have even more potential this year.”While it will be the last time senior Yoo competes in an NCAA Regional Championship for the Badgers, one of the team’s best players for the Badgers this year will be making her first postseason appearance. Freshman Brooke Ferrell will try to help lead Wisconsin to a Regional Championship following an excellent rookie season that caught the attention and respect of many around the women’s collegiate game.Oehrlein has been amazed at how smoothly Ferrell has made the transition from high school to college in one year and believes it to be a result of both her mental and physical strengths.“[Ferrell] is a great student and because she’s a good student, she’s been able to handle that workload and the transition hasn’t been anything been anything that she isn’t capable of handling,” Oehrlein said. “As a player, she is physically very strong. She hits the ball really hard and length is one of the strengths of her game.”One might expect Ferrell to be a little nervous about making her first appearance in an NCAA Regional. However, it does not look like that is going to be troubling on her. Inspired after a tremendous performance at the Big Ten Championship, Ferrell refuses to believe that her team isn’t capable capturing the title and picking up where they left off after an incredible final round.“I am more excited than nervous because the Big Ten tournament went very well for me and for my team,” she said. “Now that we know we can do it, we’ll do it again.”“The biggest thing that we need to do is just for us to walk out with a little bit of swagger,” Ferrell said. “You have to look around you and say I’m here too. Not just them but me too. Why not me? Why can’t I shoot under par? Why can’t I break a course record like Kris Yoo did last year?”The 2013-14 season is already a success, but a victory at regionals would make this season extra special, as Wisconsin has never qualified for back to back regionals, much less moved onto the championships in consecutive seasons. Judging by the Badgers’ recent performance and history in the postseason, the team has to feel good about who leads them into battle.last_img read more

Obua takes over lango province ahead of FUFA drum kick off

first_imgWhereas Obua’s arrival is considered a big boost to the team, Moi says they are aware that their encounter with Buganda Province won’t be an easy match since they will be facing defending champions.Geoffrey Omara, the chairman Fans Association for Lango Province, says they have embarked on a fundraising drive to secure sufficient funds for the team.About 16 provinces have been created and confirmed to participate in the second edition of the FUFA drum tournament.******URNShare on: WhatsApp FUFA Drum competitions participating provinces. PHOTO via @OfficialFUFAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The former Uganda Cranes striker, David Obua has pitched camp in Lira town to coach the Lango Province team a head of the FUFA drum kick off this week.Obua, who arrived on Tuesday afternoon, is overseeing the training of more than 40 players who have camped at Uganda Martyrs University, Ngetta Campus. His arrival triggered excitement among team members who have been undergoing drills ahead of their tie with Buganda Province at Bishop SS in Mukono district this weekend.Shortly after his arrival in Lira Town, Obua appeared on major radio stations to drum support for the Lango Province team and promised better performance in the second edition of FUFA Drum competitions, which started two weeks ago.Obua said he was in Lira for good performance, saying Lango region is known for producing good players and athletes and assured soccer fans of clean results. He urged them to support the team so as to deliver credible performance.Daniel Moi, the Spokesperson Lango Province is optimistic that the arrival of Obua combined with a number of senior players like KCCA’s Allan Okello among others; they are destined for victory in their first match against Buganda Province in Mukono this weekend.last_img read more

Port of Olympia Relaunches Boatswap & Chowder Challenge

first_imgSubmitted by Port of OlympiaCome on down to the waterfront with family and friends for the Port’s Boatswap & Chowder Challenge! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th, at Swantown Marina.Taste at the chowder pots!Shop or browse new and used boats, gear and accessories!Rock out to the Raucous Band!Enjoy entertainment on the waterfront, including a bounce house and trout pondfor kids!Twelve restaurants will compete for bragging rights to the South Sound’s Finest Clam Chowder. For $5, receive a voting token and souvenir mug (while supplies last). Taste chowder from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., or choose from other festival foods.Thanks to the sponsors who are making this event possible:  KGY/KAYO Radio, 94.5 ROXY Radio, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Lucky Eagle Casino, Tom’s Outboard, TwinStar Credit Union, Kitson Boards and Budd Bay Embroidery along with the Port of Olympia.Thanks to the participating restaurants:  Fatso’s Bar & Grill, Firecreek Grill, Fish Tale Brewpub, Hawk’s Prairie Casino, Lucky Eagle Casino, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Paprika Café & Catering, Red Lion Hotel – West Water Restaurant,  South Bay Pub & Eatery, The Sidewalk Café, Tug Boat Annie’s and Vern’s Foods & Farm.Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia. Park for free in well-marked lots on Marine Drive and ride a free shuttle to the event, courtesy of Lucky Eagle Casino and Nisqually Red Wind Casino. For driving directions: www.portolympia.com. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more