NY may strip Trump’s name from parkland he donated to state

first_imgPUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s parks commissioner says he’s trying to figure out if the state is obligated to keep former President Donald Trump’s name on undeveloped state parkland in the New York City suburbs. Commissioner Erik Kulleseid told lawmakers he’s received frequent emails about rebranding Donald J. Trump State Park in Putnam Valley. A 2006 agreement says the park must bear Trump’s name in exchange for his donating the land. But Kulleseid told a legislative budget hearing Wednesday that the condition is not in the deed and it’s unclear if it’s binding. A message seeking comment was sent to the Trump Organization.last_img

Imelda Staunton-led Gypsy Will Transfer to the West End

first_img Gypsy, featuring a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, tells the story of how Rose Hovick (or Mama Rose, as she is best known) inadvertently helps to turn her daughter, Louise, into the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. It last played the London stage in 1973, starring Angela Lansbury as the ultimate stage mother. The Chichester production began performances on October 6 and concluded its run on November 8. While additional casting for the West End engagement has not yet been announced, the previous mounting also featured Lara Pulver as Louise and Kevin Whately as Herbie. Here she is, boys! As speculated, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, starring two-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton, will transfer to the West End. According to the Daily Mail, the Jonathan Kent-helmed production will begin performances on March 30, 2015 at the Savoy Theatre, where it will play through November 28. View Comments Staunton last appeared in the West End in Sweeney Todd. She won Olivier Awards for Into the Woods and The Corn is Green. Her many screen credits include Up the Garden Path, the Harry Potter series and Vera Drake, for which she earned an Oscar nomination.last_img read more

TSWV Research

first_img“We are still in the beginning stages of this research, but every year we find something new,” he said. “It will take many more years before we can identify specific targets and exploit them for management.”Srinivasan uses the same approach to understand the impact of virus infection in virus-resistant and susceptible crop hosts. He has studied insect-transmitted plant pathogens for nearly 15 years and is continuing to make progress. “We want to increase the production of crops to benefit Georgia growers and, at the same time, contribute to the development of science,” Srinivasan said. Various management strategies are required to control TSWV, which is why it’s so difficult to contain, Kemerait said. Left unchecked, the disease can result in yield losses for growers. An estimated $9 million was lost in tomato and pepper production from 1996 to 2006 due to TSWV.According to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s farm gate value for tomatoes in 2013 was more than $50 million, more than $13 million for peppers and $500 million for peanuts. A University of Georgia entomologist is searching for a way to control tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) by studying thrips – the insect that carries the disease.Thrips pass TSWV to crops, like peanuts and vegetables, when they feed on them. The virus reproduces and spreads throughout entire fields. It can dwarf plants and cause crop yields to be low or nonexistent.UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan is studying how the virus affects thrips in an effort to find new ways to control the virus.Through transcriptomics, Srinivasan is trying to better understand the interaction between thrips and TSWV on a molecular level. He aims to understand how the virus changes the insect. Transcriptomics is a technique aimed at studying gene transcripts expressed in an organism at a given point in time, Srinivasan said. He likens this research to taking a snapshot of the insect’s genetic and molecular changes caused by the virus. This allows Srinivasan to see what is happening to the organism in the hopes of identifying targets for non-traditional pest management strategies.center_img TSWV has not been eradicated and farmers should continue to use their best production practices to keep the disease at bay, Kemerait said.“The fact that we’re seeing an increase in spotted wilt does not suggest to me in any way we’re going to go back to that period of time (the late 1990s). What it does do is point out two factors: the first thing is that the disease, which has been quiet for a number of years, has not gone away. It’s still there. Second, and more importantly, as growers plant more resistant varieties, they’ve become complacent in the production practices important to minimizing the risk, and they could get bit by this in the future,” Kemerait said. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Georgia vegetable and peanut farmers haven’t been as concerned about the tomato spotted wilt virus as they were in the late ‘90s – that is until last season, when UGA plant pathologist Bob Kemerait answered many TSWV questions from peanut farmers.last_img read more

5 Epic Mountain Bike Trails in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

first_imgVirginia’s Blue Ridge is an incredible destination for those who love to rip a trail on a mountain bike.With over 300 miles of trails for mountain biking, there are options for bikers of all skill levels, including some thrilling rides that will put your ability to the test. If you’re ready, let’s roll through America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital.Here are five epic trail systems to conquer during your next adventure!1. Carvins CoveJust 10 miles from downtown Roanoke, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is a 12,500-acre paradise for those who love the outdoors and was recently featured by Singletracks for having some of the best trails in the Southeast. There are nearly 60 miles of trails for mountain biking, but some of the most popular advanced routes include The Gauntlet, Rattlin’ Run, and Hemlock Tunnel. [Carvins Cove Trail Map]2. Dragon’s Back & North MountainRide the rocky ridge of North Mountain and you’ll understand why it’s called Dragon’s Back. Coming in at around 12 miles in length, the elevation fluctuates from 1,750 feet to a high of 3,051 feet with plenty of technical rock climbing along the way.3. Mill Mountain Full PullMill Mountain is a “must visit” for anyone coming to Roanoke for any reason. It’s where you’ll find our iconic Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain Zoo. It’s also a pretty great trail system that’s open to mountain bikes. Oh, and it’s within the Roanoke City limits.The Full Pull is the entirety of the trail system, starting and ending at UnderDog Bikes at the base of the mountain. Expect to cover 13.5 miles and tackle more than 2,100 feet of elevation. Fun times with lots of climbs! [Mill Mountain Park Trail Map]4. Roaring Run Hoop Hole TrailThe Roaring Run Recreation Area is more known for its easy waterfall hike, but mountain bikers can take advantage of the challenging Hoop Hole Trail Systems. The Upper Hoop Hole ride provides nearly 6 miles of trails that require riders to conquer over 2,500 feet of elevation change.5. Potts Mountain Jeep TrailKnown for being a popular spot for 4×4 off-roading, the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is also a thrilling challenge for mountain bikers. It’s a technical ride along the ridgeline over rock outcroppings and boulders, but you’ll also encounter a few scenic spots that provide a view of West Virginia on the horizon during your 7.5 mile trek.Want a guide for your biking adventure? The pros at Roanoke Mountain Adventures can get you set with bike rentals, shuttle service, trail info, and much more.Need something a little easier? We also have a list of 20 Easy Mountain Bike Trails in Virginia’s Blue Ridge full of family-friendly rides.Visit the Biking section of Virginia’s Blue Ridge website for trail maps and more great information to help you plan your Blue Ridge Day.last_img read more

Area needs grocery, place to do laundry

first_imgThe East Front Street, Stockade and downtown areas are in desperate need of two important businesses.The first is a grocery store. The last market we had in our area was the Trading Port on Lower Union Street that closed many years ago.The second is a laundromat. The former laundromat on Front Street closed in December after the water pipes broke. I urge anyone who is thinking of opening either (or both) businesses to consider our area.It’s a food desert and lacks a place to wash your clothes. Many people who live here don’t drive and would appreciate and support both businesses.Elizabeth VolpicelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Waiting for Lyons to bite

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Nigeria re-opens Lagos and Abuja as lockdowns phased out

first_imgTopics : Businesses have been allowed to reopen provided they have decontaminated their offices, can enable social distancing and offer hand sanitizer and hand washing. Schools and places of worship remain closed, restaurants can only operate on a takeaway basis, and all cultural events have been cancelled.Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Namibia will ease their lockdowns on Monday. South Africa on Friday relaxed one of the world’s strictest COVID-19 lockdowns, and Ghana last month lifted a three-week lockdown in its two main cities.Experts have not reached a consensus on the reasons for Nigeria’s low number of cases, though many point to the low testing rate. The country’s centre for disease control said 17,566 samples have been tested in a country of 200 million people. Nigeria began easing restrictions on Monday in its capital Abuja and in Lagos, its largest city, marking the reopening of Africa’s biggest economy after more than four weeks of lockdown.Nigeria has recorded 2,558 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 87 deaths since recording its first case at the end of February, a much lower toll than those seen in COVID-19 hotspots in Europe and the United States.The government has said a stay-at-home order in place since March 30 in Abuja and the states of Lagos and Ogun will be lifted gradually over a six-week period.center_img The regions will now come in line with the rest of the country where the restrictions in force were less strict and include an overnight curfew, mandatory face masks in public and a ban on non-essential interstate travel.”We must do all we can to stop the spread of #COVID19 so we must all take responsibility and do what is necessary to remain safe,” said Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a tweet, hours before restrictions were eased.On Monday morning, the usually frenetic streets of the coastal megacity Lagos, largely empty during the lockdown, were busy with cars, buses and motorised tricycle taxis.Faced with morning rain, people in the city’s Iyana Oworo district huddled under a bridge, ignoring social distancing rules, but most people wore masks.last_img read more

Owen Glenn gives $80m to fight child abuse

first_imgStuff.co.nz 17 July 2012Millionaire businessman Owen Glenn has given $80 million to prevent child abuse in New Zealand, with the first $8m going to a pilot scheme to educate young men in Otara. Glenn announced today at the Otara Music and Arts Centre that the Glenn Family Foundation would put the money towards health, education and enterprise programmes to help stem the tide of child abuse. He said the country’s domestic violence and child abuse rate was “a great shame” on the people of New Zealand. Education was a major part of his strategy and vision for a better New Zealand and that positive change could only be achieved through a collaborative approach and effort from Government, community leaders, police and citizens. The Otara scheme, called Coaching Boys in to Men, would target young men through education, enterprise and sport and try to provide them with positive role models and the respect needed to ensure they became good members of the community.…..”I think it’s a great example for other very well off New Zealanders to follow,” Key said. Glenn had a passionate interest in helping at-risk children, particularly in South Auckland, and there was always a place for individuals to work alongside the Government, Key said. However, it would need to take advice before deciding whether a Royal Commission, which Glenn has offered to fund, was necessary. “The Government spends an enormous amount of money on the welfare of youngsters and of at risk New Zealanders. It’s a very complex issue… I think the Government is doing a lot but it’s great that other people are prepared to help and do a little more.”http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/7293444/Owen-Glenn-gives-80m-to-fight-child-abuselast_img read more

O’Neil rebounds for round 2 Arizona IMCA Modified Tour victory

first_imgJake O’Neil topped the night 2 Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour feature at Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Mike Spieker QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – After a solid third place effort was negated the night before in post-race tech, Jake O’Neil cruised to the win on night two of the Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Mod­ified Tour at Arizona Speedway. O’Neil started on the pole for the 25-lap main event with Kody Scholpp to his outside. O’Neil led the opening circuit with Scholpp in tow. Meanwhile, Jason Wolla, Casey Arneson and Ethan Dot­son raced three-wide for third.The race for third quickly became a battle for second as Dotson and Arneson reeled in Scholpp. Dotson, who was the lone driver in the top five riding the rim around the thin cushion, squeezed around Scholpp for second and brought Wolla with him. Wolla snuck by Dotson for second with 18 laps to go but O’Neil had already stretched his ad­vantage to over two seconds. Lapped traffic slowed O’Neil’s pace significantly, which allowed Wolla to close the gap to just over a half second. Fortunately for O’Neil, the caution was displayed as Wolla was closing in, which allowed for a clean race track ahead for O’Neil on the ensuing restart. Wolla fell back to fourth on the restart at the hands of Dotson and Arneson. O’Neil had checked out on the field once again by the time the final caution erased his lead with four laps remaining. On the restart, a lapped car that had been pitside entered the race track right in front of the lead­ers. The lapped car ran right in the rubbered up groove, which forced O’Neil to attempt a slide job to get by him.As O’Neil cleared the lapped car, Dotson got a tremendous run and nearly stole the lead exiting turn two. O’Neil was able to hold off Dotson’s charge, as well as a subsequent green, white, check­ered restart, to take the $1,500 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory.Dotson, Arneson, Wolla and Scholpp rounded out the top five. Ethan Braaksma backed up his win on Friday night to go back-to-back in the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod feature. Braaksma took the lead from Chris Toth on lap six and went on to lead the remainder of the 20-lap event. Feature results – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Ethan Dotson; 3. Casey Arneson; 4. Jason Wolla; 5. Kody Scholpp; 6. Lucas Schott; 7. Russell Allen; 8. Bobby Hogge IV; 9. Hunter Marriott; 10. Lance Mari; 11. Tim Ward; 12. Dylan Goplen; 13. Cody Laney; 14. Zachary Madrid; 15. Lucas Rodin; 16. Shawn Strand; 17. Spencer Wilson; 18. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 19. Chaz Baca; 20. Chad Andersen; 21. Tyler Mecl; 22. Marlyn Seidler; 23. Bubba Stafford Jr.; 24. Bill Brack; 25. Chris Abelson; 26. Paul Stone.last_img read more

Murray eases into Shanghai Masters

first_img-Djokovic loses(BBC)- Andy Murray is through to the Shanghai Masters final and will play Roberto Bautista Agut, after Novak Djokovic smashed his racquet and tore his shirt as he lost to the Spaniard.The world number one, 29, lost 6-4 6-4 to world number 19, Bautista Agut.Murray reached his 10th final of the year with a determined 6-4 6-3 semi-final win over France’s Gilles Simon.The 29-year-old Briton, seeking his sixth title of the year, saw off world number 32, Simon in a confident display.If Murray wins Sunday’s final he will be just 915 points behind Djokovic in the annual rankings points, increasing his chances of finishing as the year-end world number one.last_img