Garden built for youth project seeks community involvement

first_imgThe University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fulton County South office and South Fulton Master Gardeners are offering area residents the opportunity to rent garden beds created as part of a youth-development grant in an effort to continue to contribute to the surrounding community.Community members are invited to rent beds in the new GROWL Fulton County Demonstration and Teaching Garden for their own gardening projects. Located at the Camp Fulton-Truitt office in College Park, Georgia, there are four plot sizes available for one-year rental periods for a non-refundable fee of $35 to $55 per year depending on size and type of bed. The assignment of beds is “first-come, first-served” basis and is subject to availability.  The garden was first constructed as part of Project GROWL, which was funded by a Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project’s goals were to enable youth to acquire work-based life skills to equip them for a knowledge-based and creative economy; to expose youth to an accurate, deeper understanding of the food, fiber, agricultural and natural resource systems affecting their urban communities; and to empower youth to visualize themselves as contributing members of society and to leverage their knowledge, skills and abilities to influence other individuals, groups and organizations.When Project GROWL concluded in August 2019, UGA Extension sought a new way to keep the garden going, said Fulton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Melissa Mattee.“We have been working to revitalize Camp Truitt, which is located along the road near the Atlanta airport. We had local people who drove past and saw the 4-H Garden Club and GROWL Club kids working in the garden,” Mattee said. “We got a number of calls from people who were interested in working in the garden themselves, thinking it was a community garden. It seemed like this was a natural way to keep the garden going, seeing that there was a need and interest in the community for a community garden. The kids love it and we wanted to keep it going and expand the reach by getting community buy-in.”South Fulton Master Gardener Shirley Shivers, who taught in Atlanta schools for 38 years before retiring in 2003, was tapped to serve as GROWL Garden coordinator. Fellow Master Gardener Robert Chappelle designed the garden, which was built to take advantage of the landscape and with water and soil sustainability in mind.“Before the grant ran out, we talked about the sustainability of the garden itself,” Shivers said. “With all of the money, time and energy that has been invested in the garden, Robert and I refused to let it go. The design concept is very good and we felt that school groups or other groups in the community could use the garden for teaching or community outreach.”While anyone can rent a garden bed, the program is seeking youth and senior citizen involvement in the garden. Currently, Shivers and Chappelle work with Fulton County 4-H agent Katherine Delp, who brings students from the Fulton Fresh 4-H Club to the garden to explore gardening, agriculture, nutrition, health, and cooking with hands-on activities and programs.“This is a teaching garden, and Master Gardeners are available to help show what they can grow in this area and be successful, whether that is an herb garden, a pollinator garden, row crops, fruit or vegetables. We have a garden classroom and we are reaching out to the community for the first time and trying to get people involved and teach them about what to grow, when to grow it and how to grow it,” Shivers said. “We do have a vision, not just for  the present, but thinking long term about the contribution this garden can have to the community and the classes and workshops we can offer.”Currently, Master Gardeners offer classes at the GROWL Garden on the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. and are on-site every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. to answer questions and assist as needed.    To learn more or to reserve a garden bed, visit the Fulton County South Cooperative Extension office at 1757 Washington Road in East Point, Georgia, or call 404-762-4077. The garden is located at the Camp Fulton-Truitt office at 4300 Herschel Road, in College Park, Georgia.last_img read more

Maintain TCPA compliance the easy way

first_imgConsumers are given many options for how they wish to interact with your credit union – they can receive alerts via SMS, automated calls, email messages, the list continues to grow as we become a more connected society. The mobile channel has increasingly become the preferred method to contact customers, whether it’s for relaying account information or confirming a transaction.The challenge today is making sure that your credit union members’ mobile contact information is current and that the contact is in compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, better known as TCPA.Mobile numbers present a unique challenge for TCPA compliance in that many numbers are not new and oftentimes are recycled, making it critical for credit unions to have a solution in place to verify that ownership of mobile numbers hasn’t changed prior to contact.According to the Federal Communications Commission, consumer complaints related to unwanted calls are the largest category of complaints received by the commission. The FCC stipulates in the TCPA that express written consent is required for pre-recorded and auto-dialed calls and text messages sent to a mobile number – this includes accidental calls or calls made in good faith to an incorrect number.Today, TCPA violations regularly exceed $10 million industry-wide and fines can be as high as $1,500 per violation for contacting the wrong individual.While the mobile channel is growing, it’s critical for credit unions and their call centers to have a solution in place to verify mobile numbers and mitigate risk. By employing a solution that verifies mobile phone number information prior to contact by looking at real-time data from mobile network operators (MNOs), call center agents will be able to determine is the potential called number is ok to call, not ok or indeterminable and reduce unnecessary callsThe reality is that a number verification solution is a win/win for credit unions and called parties. Credit union call centers eliminate the time and expense of making calls or sending text messages to wrong parties and verifying numbers with real-time data reduces exposure to TCPA fines. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Guardiola wants Messi to stay with Barcelona

first_imgCity have been linked with the Argentine striker every season since Guardiola arrived in England in 2016, but after spending his entire career with the Catalan club, the City manager repeated his oft-stated opinion that he thinks – and hopes – Messi will stay there until his retirement.”He will stay there, that’s my wish,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.”I’m not going to talk about players for other clubs. I think he will finish his career there, that’s my wish.”Meanwhile, Guardiola says Raheem Sterling could be out for “weeks” after the City winger injured his left hamstring in the defeat at Tottenham last Sunday. Sterling will miss the Premier League game against West Ham this weekend and is in a race against time to be fit for when City resume their season after a two-week winter break.They face Leicester on February 22 before the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid four days later.”It’s a hamstring and we will see. It takes weeks but we’ll see if he is fit to play against Leicester, Madrid and the rest of the games,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know. It’s a problem, but it’s a problem we had with (Ilkay) Gundogan a couple of seasons ago and (Aymeric) Laporte this season when he was out for four or five months. “It’s what it is. It’s a problem with this kind of (busy) season, particularly for the players.”Long-term casualty Leroy Sane, who has been out of action since rupturing knee ligaments in the Community Shield game against Liverpool is training again and could return after the winter break.”He’s started to train, he is still not there, he need to recover the tempo, rhythm, confidence,” Guardiola said.”It is not like an ankle or muscular injury. It still needs time. He needs more weeks of training. “What’s important is he’s recovered well. He’ll come back stronger than before but now he needs time.”Apart from Sterling, left back Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss the West Ham game on Sunday through suspension after his red card against Tottenham.France international Benjamin Mendy is in line for a recall to replace Zinchenko.Mendy has not played since the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on January 18.Topics : Pep Guardiola says he wants Lionel Messi to finish his career at Barcelona rather than join him at Manchester City.Messi has a release clause in his contract this summer and reports in Spain and England have suggested he could trigger it after a rift with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal, who has accused the players of getting former manager Ernesto Valverde the sack.Guardiola was Barcelona manager from 2008 to 2012 and works alongside former Barca directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at City, so it is little surprise the Premier League champions have been tipped as favourites to sign Messi if he decides to leave the Camp Nou.last_img read more

This Queenslander in Moorooka is a modern classic

first_img46 Mayfield Road, Moorooka“We wanted somewhere that felt like home, had a big yard and had a bit of character,” Mrs Forster said.“We found this place after a couple of weeks of looking. We walked in and fell in love with it.”The two-storey home, which sits on an elevated 607sq m block, remains true to its classic character with high ceilings, VJ walls and wooden floors. 46 Mayfield Road, MoorookaThis quaint Queenslander was just what Ashlee and Troy Forster were looking for when they bought it five years ago.The couple were in search of a bigger place to cater to their growing family when they found the classic home at 46 Mayfield Rd, Moorooka. With a baby on the way and two dogs, they decided it was time to upgrade from their townhouse at Annerley. 46 Mayfield Road, MoorookaMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020It has three bedrooms and a bathroom on each level.The kitchen, the dining room, the living area and the sunroom are upstairs, as well as all three bedrooms. French doors open on to a large covered deck with views of the city. 46 Mayfield Road, MoorookaIt is also conveniently close to the city and within walking distance of shops, schools and public transport.center_img 46 Mayfield Road, MoorookaMrs Forster said she was going to miss watching the sunset with a glass of wine from her favourite part of the home.“It was definitely the deck and the living area (because) it’s really open,” Mrs Forster said.She said the home was in a friendly neighbourhood with lots of parks nearby. 46 Mayfield Road, MoorookaDownstairs, there is a rumpus room that opens on to an undercover outdoor patio, as well as a second room with a kitchenette.An insulated shed at the back of the garden with a covered outdoor area offers a versatile space ideal for a teenage retreat, “man cave” or home office.last_img read more

Hampshire seeks managers for £660m multi-asset credit mandates

first_imgThe £6.6bn (€7.5bn) Hampshire Pension Fund is seeking three managers to run a new 10% allocation to multi-asset credit.The fund – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) – is looking to invest primarily in high-yield fixed income and floating-rate corporate debt of North American and European companies, including loans and bonds, according to a tender notice. Managers could invest on an opportunistic basis in other debt instruments, such as debt and equity tranches of collateralised loan obligations, mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities, Hampshire said. This would be limited to 25% of the portfolio.Exposure to lower yielding investment grade credit will be a function of volatility management rather than for income generation, the pension fund said. The cathedral in Winchester, seat of Hampshire County CouncilThe local authority scheme said it would consider investing on either a segregated or pooled fund basis. Any pooled fund must have a minimum of monthly liquidity.Interested parties should manage at least £3bn in actively managed multi-asset credit mandates and, at a minimum, have a lead manager who has managed global multi-asset fixed income mandates for more than 10 years and have a track record of more than three years within the applying firm.Management fees including all other fees and expenses should be below 50 basis points a year.As at 31 March 2017 Hampshire had a 58% allocation to equities and a 27.5% allocation to fixed income. It is also invested in UK and European property (6.7%) and alternative investments (7.3%).The pension fund was valued at £6.6bn at the end of March this year.Hampshire is part of the ACCESS asset pool formed by 11 LGPS funds. In March the £41bn group appointed Link Fund Solutions to run its pooled assets. UBS was awarded a £11bn passive management mandate for ACCESS in October last year. All currency exposure is to be hedged back to sterling. Interest rate duration should be around two years.last_img read more

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Picks Humber’s Offshore Wind Brain

first_imgTeam Humber Marine Alliance and Aura Wind Energy have entered into a deal to develop an offshore wind strategy for the U.S. Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.The three parties signed a contract on 2 May said to be the result of work to develop relationships with the U.S. East Coast over the last three years.The strategy will follow a period of research and analysis, supply chain work and advice around cluster development and collaboration.It is expected that the relationship with Rhode Island will continue over the next few years, Aura Wind Energy said.“There has been huge interest in how we have overcome the challenges in developing a strong offshore wind sector in the Humber and to learn from us in building an offshore wind ‘ecosystem,” said Mark O’Reilly, Team Humber Marine Alliance CEO.“They are harnessing our expertise so that they can develop an effective strategy early in the development of the sector. The deal illustrates just how far the Humber has come.”According to RI Secretary of Commerce, Stefan Pryor, the partnership will help the U.S. state make the right strategic moves in building the local wind industry supply chain and growing the renewables sector in general.Rhode Island is home to the first and only operating commercial offshore wind farm in the US waters – the 30MW Block Island wind farm.last_img read more

Ighalo a good fit for Man Utd, says ex-Man City boss

first_img Loading… “I’ve watched them on a number of occasions and I always feel they lack that physicality at the top end of the pitch, just to relieve pressure. “When United won at City and were getting pressed hard, they needed an outlet to knock it up to a big man who could retain possession and resist challenges. “Without that physicality, sometimes you can’t get out.”On the other hand, Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Ighalo will thrive at the club, having scored 16 goals in 55 Premier League games during his time at Watford.Advertisement Read Also: Ighalo could have Cantona impact at Man Utd, claims ex-EPL legend “Odion is an experienced player,” Solskjaer said. “He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us. “A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Man City boss and Manchester United striker Mark Hughes believes Odion Ighalo will offer the Red Devils something they are desperately lacking at the moment. “He’s the type that United need, whether or not that’s a long-term view Ole has in terms of where he wants to take the team,” he said. Promoted ContentTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And WhyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Competitive Clough captures four feature wins, Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year

first_imgIMCA Modified Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year Brandon Clough. (Photo by Joe Starr)WALLACE, Neb. – Brandon Clough hoped to be competitive in his first IMCA Modified season.He was better than that.Clough won four features on the way to capturing Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors. He was second in standings at Phillips County Raceway, just a single point out of first, and fourth at both Lexington Raceway and Lincoln County Raceway.“I am very happy with the year. Early in the season I didn’t figure I’d get any wins,” he said. “I had just hoped to be competitive. I am extremely pleased with our results from this season.”The Wallace, Neb., driver had another 12 top five finishes in 38 starts. After taking some early lumps, his first Modified win came on May 6 at Lincoln County, in just his seventh start in the new division.“There are some pretty fast cars that race there weekly. I didn’t quite know what to think at first after I won that night,” Clough admitted. “As the season went on and once we kind of figured out what we were doing, we were able to finish up toward the front more often.”Clough had started his on-track career in an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, then ran four seasons in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod.“I couldn’t make the cars work, tore stuff up and just didn’t have any success. I didn’t feel I was getting any better and decided to try something different,” he said. “I’m glad I did.”Starts-38Wins-4Additional Top Fives-12HIS CREW: Cheridawn Palmer, brothers Kyle and Tanner, Henry Henderson, Dillon Henderson and Jim Trusty.HIS SPONSORS: Parents Rod and Donna; Clough Farms, the D.A.M. Shop and Wallace Agency, all of Wallace; Noyes Irrigation of Grant; Goldfuss Shocks of Dwight; First Class Auto Design of Hoisington, Kan.; and 1st Class Chassis of Great Bend, Kan.last_img read more

Acting director of US Customs and Border Patrol announces resignation

first_imgActing director of U.S. Customs and Border protection John Sanders announced his resignation Tuesday following the backlash his agency’s received over reports that more than 300 children were held in a remote Border Patrol station in unsanitary conditions.The Associated Press broke the story last week after interviewing lawyers who reportedly visited the facility in Clint, Texas, and claim that young migrants are suffering neglect and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S government.The conditions at the station in Clint, Texas, included inadequate food, lack of medical care, and older children trying to care for toddlers.Following the reports, Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar said Monday that the federal government had removed most of the children from the facility.However, on Tuesday a border patrol official confirmed that more than 100 children had been transported back to the Clint station.Sanders said in a message to employees Tuesday that he would resign on July 5.“Although I will leave it to you to determine whether I was successful, I can unequivocally say that helping support the amazing men and women of CBP has been the most fulfilling and satisfying opportunity of my career,” Sanders said.He did not give a reason for leaving his job.It remains unclear if his departure is related to the recent controversy in Texas.This story is developing.last_img read more

Neymar Staying at PSG, No Return to Barcelona

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Neymar has confirmed that he will be staying at the club next season.The Brazilian forward was left in tears after the Ligue 1 champions were defeated by Bayern Munichin the Champions League final in Lisbon earlier this month.The 28-year-old £198million man was also heavily linked with a move back to former club Barcelonabefore coronaviruspandemic. But Neymar has now put any suggestion that he could leave PSG after their European heartbreak to bed and also told the club’s official magazine he would like to go one better in this season’s Champions League and become a legend in the French capital.“I’m staying at PSG next season! And with the ambition to return to the Champions League final, this time to win it,” he said.“I like the idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club.”Reports in France have also suggested the Brazilian is attempting to help bring former team-mate Lionel Messi to the clubas the wantaway star seeks an exit from Barcelona.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more