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AgrAbility Program

first_imgA U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded organization that that strives to help farmers with disabilities, the AgrAbility Project in Georgia is set to host an expo in Tifton, Georgia, to introduce farmers to equipment designed to those anyone with disabilities. The AgrAbility Expo will be held on Tuesday, April 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the north parking lot of the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center and is free to attend. There will be a number of different pieces of equipment on display that can help farmers with disabilities continue to farm safely, including tractor lifts, automatic and walk-through gates, and equipment to help farmers with arthritis better grip the steering wheel of tractors. Present in 25 states, the National AgrAbility Project is federally funded and coordinated in Georgia by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Institute on Human Development and Disability in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Glen Rains, UGA professor and co-director of the Georgia AgrAbility Project, will preside over this inaugural AgrAbility Expo. “We are trying to be of service to famers who might have difficulties continuing to farm,” Rains said. “The expo is for farmers to see what type of equipment is out there for a wide variety of different health conditions.”The average age of famers today is 58 to 59 years old, according to Rains. With age, it can become more difficult for farmers to continue farming. “As that population ages, there are a lot of different health concerns that come with it,” he said. Rains hopes this expo and AgrAbility in Georgia can help any and all farmers know the resources available to them. “Hopefully, farmers curious about things that would make it easier for them to farm will attend,” said Rains.last_img read more

Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Term

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group LP has a deal to buy Harvest Fund Advisors LLC, an investment-management firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management that focuses on midstream energy assets.The move is part of a large Blackstone bet that it can profit on rising natural-gas production, even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels. The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group BX -0.48% LP is making one of its biggest bets on the growth of natural gas production, wagering that even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels, it can profit.The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal. The latest piece came last month, when it agreed to pay $1.57 billion for a 32.4% stake in the Rover Pipeline, a 710-mile tube being built across Ohio.Natural gas investments have been popular in recent years among private-equity firms. Many investments count on prices rising to turn profits—and have been doomed by low prices.Blackstone says its wager is generally more dependent on production volumes increasing than on prices climbing. Most of the $7 billion has been put toward moving gas out of areas where drilling has increased despite low prices. The remainder has been invested in exploration and production in those regions.“We’re betting on which basins are going to be the winners,” said David Foley, who leads the firm’s energy investing. He’s put Blackstone’s money down in West Texas, Appalachia and Louisiana.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and others say that abundant supply, and production that can be ramped up quickly, should keep U.S. natural gas prices at an average of around $3 per million British thermal units for the next couple of years. Futures contracts for gas to be delivered in the winter, when demand and prices tend to be highest, don’t exceed $3.50 per mmBtu until late 2027, according to FactSet.Blackstone joins a crowded field of private-equity firms that have barreled into gas investments since the combination of horizontal drilling and a rock-cracking process called hydraulic fracturing unlocked new drilling fields across the country. These firms’ cash helped feed a drilling frenzy that has produced a flood of the heating and power-generation fuel.More: ($) Why Blackstone Is Betting $7 Billion on Natural Gas Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Termlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Al Horford draws interest from Lakers, 2 other teams

first_img Related News Al Horford, who reportedly declined his $30.1 million player option with the Celtics for the 2019-20 season, is drawing interest from at least three teams. The Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks all have interest in signing Horford, according to The Ringer, which cited unidentified league sources. Dallas is believed to be the favorite, while the two Los Angeles teams “have their sights set on bigger fish like Kawhi Leonard.” Celtics free agent big man Al Horford is expected to draw interest from the Mavericks, Lakers, and Clippers, according to league sources. @ringer @ringernba https://t.co/7e3zBkIz2L— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 19, 2019Horford initially declined his player option with the hopes of working out a new three-year deal with Boston in July, ESPN reported Tuesday. However, it was later reported that though the two sides discussed contract scenarios the gap was too large for the Celtics and Horford to reach an agreement. Instead, he wants to find a three- or four-year deal from a different team. “It’s something that I haven’t even stopped to think about,” Horford said about free agency last month (via MassLive.com). “I’ve enjoyed being here in Boston. Just have to wait and see what we’re going to do as a team. And it’s steps that the management is going to do moving forward and continue to get better.” Horford, 33, is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 53.5% from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range. He helped the Celtics to a 49-33 record, but they were eliminated from the playoffs early by the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Star Kyrie Irving will also be a free agent this summer and it’s been reported that his chances of re-singing with the Celtics are low. Celtics free agency rumors: Al Horford changes course, expected to sign with different team NBA Draft rumors: Celtics interested in trading up to No. 4 NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capelalast_img read more

Half Dozen Boaters Rescued in Another Boating Accident

first_imgBy Jay Cook |SANDY HOOK – A relaxing Labor Day weekend boat trip turned dangerous for six boaters when their vessel capsized Monday.The boaters were aboard a 22-foot pleasure craft in the afternoon when their boat began taking on water and eventually began to capsize.The distressed boaters used VHF-FM Channel 16 to alert the surrounding vessels they were going to need assistance. A patrol boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook heard the call and responded.At about 1:40 p.m., only five minutes after the distress call, both the Coast Guard crew and a good Samaritan listening over the airwaves responded to the craft.Three people came aboard the good Samaritan’s boat, and the remaining three joined the Coast Guard vessel. The boaters were then taken back to the Atlantic Highlands Marina with no injuries reported from the incident.Prior to the holiday weekend, U.S. Coast Guard officials stressed safe boating measures for what is typically one of the busiest weekends on the water.Those boating safety tips were: never boat under the influence; file a float plan with friends or family members ashore; wear proper lifejackets; monitor weather broadcasts for “current storm” and “small craft” advisories; ensure one of many signaling devices like flares, whistles, horns, or emergency position-indicating radio beacon are on board; and carry a marine VHF-FM radio, as Channel 16 is the marine emergency channel.In an interview with The Two River Times last week, United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Mitchell, stationed at Sandy Hook, said the emergency lines are buzzing nearly every weekend.“Now the insurance checks are rolling in” from boats damaged during Super Storm Sandy, Mitchell said and, “people are putting a little bit of money back into their boats. But meanwhile, they haven’t been on the water in a while. They forget a couple things, and next thing they know, they’re sinking.”Monday’s incident is just one of many to occur on Two River waterways this boating season.On Aug. 19, three boaters capsized in a nine-foot John boat while on the Shrewsbury River, but were safely rescued by a Station Sandy Hook boat crew.A boat caught fire on the Shrewsbury River on Aug. 13 as 10 people were packed onto a 19-foot Sea Doo Speedster 200 small speedboat. New Jersey State Police, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments all responded to the blaze. All 10 boaters made it off the craft safely as a nearby boater helped in the rescue.On Aug. 4, 44-year-old Sinisa Bjelajac went missing while kitesurfing in Horseshoe Cove, a small inlet along the bayside of Sandy Hook. The Coast Guard suspended the search on Aug. 5, and Bjelajac’s body was found on Aug. 8, floating a few hundred yards off the beach at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.The body of a middle-aged African American woman was recovered at Anchorage Beach in Sea Bright on July 30. According to an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, she was believed to have potential ties to New York City. A sketch of the woman generated by the New Jersey State Police was published, but has not yielded any information.The United States Coast Guard continually urges boater safety and asks boaters to utilize the Coast Guard Auxiliary for complete vessel checks before launching into waters.This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

LVR Seven runs out of gas against Mustangs

first_imgBy Daily News StaffThe Magnificent Seven didn’t have a lot of ammunition left in the arsenal come the third game in less than 24 hours.
 Princess Margaret Mustang of Penticton 11-5 in the fourth period en route to a 57-50 victory in the consolation final of the Fulton Maroons High School Girl’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in 
Vernon.Mustang center Rachael Knoll torched the Bomber defence for 21 points to lead the South Okanagan school to the fourth place finish in the tournament.LVR, entering the tournament with only eight players, one down from the season roster, lost another player to the flu during the two-day event. The player shortage took its toll on the Bombers who ran out of gas in the second half after leading 28-26 at recess.Sarah Fuhr led the Bombers with 17 points while Kyndle Doolan added 12. Kiandra McLaren had six points for LVR.Earlier in the day the Bombers served notice the school is not about to simply give its zone title away without a fight as LVR bounced the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 59-39.LVR outscored the Hawks 22-9 in the second quarter to open a 32-20 halftime lead. The Bombers continued to dominate the Hawks in the second half led by Doolan’s 19 points.Fuhr had 14 points while McLaren and senior center Rachael Moulson had eight and six points, respectively.LVR opened the tournament losing to Rutland Voodoos 54-38.The Bombers, trailing 38-22 in the third quarter, went on a 10-1 run to cut the margin to 39-32.However, Rutland had an answer to the Bombers, outscoring the Kootenay squad 15-6 down the stretch to pull out the victory.Doolan led the Bombers with 16 points while Fuhr checked in with 15.The Bombers are right back on the court Tuesday when the Mount Baker Wild enter the Hangar. The boy’s contest goes at 4 p.m. with the girl’s game set for 5:45 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more