Hoosier Ag Today Begins 12th Year of Serving Indiana Farmers

first_img Previous articleDonnelly Wants Action on Brazil Ethanol TariffNext articleDry Weather Speeding Indiana Crop Dry Down Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Sep 19, 2017 Hoosier Ag Today Begins 12th Year of Serving Indiana Farmers SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Ag Today Begins 12th Year of Serving Indiana Farmers Facebook Twitter On September 18, 2006, a group of 10 radio stations around Indiana added a new set of farm programs to their lineup. Known as Hoosier Ag Today, the programs had a new approach with a familiar voice. Gary Truitt had been broadcasting to Indiana farmers since 1985; and, in 2006, he founded Hoosier Ag Today a radio network dedicated to covering Indiana agriculture. “There was a lot going on in Indiana agriculture in 2006, yet it was not being covered by the regional networks then serving the state,” said Truitt.With the support of Indiana Farm Bureau, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, and Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Truitt was able to launch the statewide radio network. Within a few short months the number of stations airing HAT programs had grown to 20. Growth in affiliates and coverage would continue, and today 65 stations broadcast Hoosier Ag Today programs every day.Technology has always been at the heart of the operation. In 2006 most radio networks used satellite technology to deliver their programs to stations. HAT began by offering stations high quality digital audio programs delivered over the internet. Today, HAT uses the internet to deliver content to farmers via a multi-media web site, mobile app, daily podcast, and social media platforms, as well as radio broadcasts. “We are content driven,” said Truitt. “We focus on delivering timely and relevant information to growers in whatever format they want to receive it, on their truck radio, mobile phone, or office computer.”At the end of 2007, Truitt was joined by veteran broadcaster Andy Eubank and, in 2011, by Jon Truitt as digital services manager. Rounding out the HAT team are Beth Carper, Traffic Manager, and Kathleen Truitt, Chief Financial Officer. The network is represented by J.L. Farmakis for commercial sales. “We are proud to have served Indiana farm families for 11 years and are excited about the future of our organization and Indiana agriculture,” stated Kathleen Truitt.last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 13 – 19

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Driven to AbstractionTranscendental visions transformed through many mediums convey the emotional and visceral purity from which they were inspired to first take shape. An opening reception will be held for this new juried art show exhibit of abstract works created by local artists. Runs through August 29. Huntington Arts Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org Free. 6-8 p.m. August 14.The Dirty Vice BandThese funky soulful rock jammers headline this must-hear aural extravaganza, which features a great lineup of mostly local talent. Long Island/New York-based indie rockers Pandafan and Butchers Blind of Bellrose open the show, along with Quiet Hollars, who hail from Kentucky. Go mudfish! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $7. 6:30 p.m. August 13.Cindy GoldrichThis insightful author and mental health counselor will speak about and sign her new parenting book 8 Keys To Parenting Children with ADHD. Rich with optimism, tips, tools, and action plans, this must-read offers science-based insights and systems for parents to help cultivate their skills in handling these special children. Combining expert information with practical, sensitive advice, the eight “key” concepts here will help parents reduce chaos, improve cooperation, and nurture the advantages―like creativity and drive―that often accompany all of that energy. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of Book. 7 p.m. August 13.Van Halen with David Lee RothFeaturing the VH Bros., original singer/madman Roth (!!) and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass, the guitar-rock legends perform hits that no matter how you try, you just can’t get them out of your head. Plenty of deep tracks like “Jump” and “I’ll Wait” will make for one thumping-along-to-the-beat/air-guitar night. Drums and guitars galore paired with ear-piercing amps and synths will shake it up for one fiery crowd. Will Van Halen unleash his epic “Eruption”?! Sure as hell hope so. Opening the show are Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Tokyo Dome. Yes, yes and yes! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $50-$630. 7 p.m. August 13 & 15. T.J. MillerSince 2007, this comedian and Silicon Valley star’s career has stretched from television, film, music, to podcasting and standup. He even has an upcoming role as Weasel/Jack Hammer in Marvel’s Deadpool. Until then, come prepared for a rollicking night of hilariously awkward sarcasm. (Yes, that’s a good thing.) The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 8 p.m. August 13.JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love & Special Sauce, Big Head Todd & The MonstersWhat a bodacious boullibaisse! Blues, Southern Rock, R&B and hip-hop. All on one menu at one venue! This multi-city tour has it all! Be sure not to miss this insane and unforgettable night! Just give yourself a hug for thinking of going. Then let G. Love show you in person how “special” that Sauce really is! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50. 8 p.m. August 13.George Benson, Chrisette MicheleBenson has blended jazz with pop and R&B for more than 50 years. Chrisette has been singing since she was a girl in Central Islip and has released four albums since 2007. Together, these talents dominate the stage with a scintillating performance you don’t want to miss. Need a mega-mellow vibe? This is the time and this is the place. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$155. 8 p.m. August 14.Mike MarinoWith a razor-sharp tongue accompanied by a biting Italian accent, this comedian is your stereotypical New Jersey bad boy. Expect a lot of exaggerated claims. You know how those Jersey boardwalks are built on braggadocio.  Can’t make it to the show? No worries, shorty! Show your support and tweet #MikeMarinoForPresident! You know he’s got better hair than The Donald! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. August 14.The StolenDelivering original work since 2008, this five-man boy band has developed a loyal following, wowing crowds across the country. They’ve shared the stage alongside a host of popular groups and even performed at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Be sure to check out their upbeat jams like “Motion Sickness,” and their uplifting solemn songs like “Getting New at Growing,” all touching on getting older and perhaps wiser. Warming up the crowd are Pros & iCons, Passing Cars, Vigil Antics and Red Tide. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 5:30 p.m. August 14.Joe StarrKnown for his hilarious brand of standup that combines jokes and storytelling with physical humor, this diehard Charlie Chaplin fan has left nightclub, theater, casinos, Comedy Central and comedy festival audiences in stitches for more than two decades. Starr’s also recognizable from his many TV and silver screen appearances, including: ESPN’s award-winning mini-series “The Bronx Is Burning,” the Oliver Stone-directed World Trade Center, National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, Comedy Central’s series Important Things with Demetri Martin and the just-finished Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as well as The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg. Get ready to laugh your tuckus off! Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $20. 8 p.m. August 14.KidStockFestival acts will inspire and encourage children to celebrate and learn through the power of music and creativity. The lineup includes the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, and the Grammy Award-nominated Brady Rhymer, who have both played at the White House, as well as the Bach to Rock Kid Band. North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Free with $10 parking. 12-5 p.m. August 16.Clam-Eating ContestThe current clam-eating world record is 26 dozen cherry stone clams in six minutes, which was set at Peter’s Clam Bar in 2010. Will someone break the record this year? Perhaps the Press‘ very own “write-it-like-he-eats-it,” mollusk-hound, bottomless-pit-of-a-stomach food wildman Chris Cooke!? [Read About His Storied Feedings At Syosset’s It’s Greek To Me HERE] Only one way to find out. Look out, bivalves! They’ve got their mouths open and they’re ready to get stuffed. Peter’s Clam Bar, 600 Long Beach Rd., Island Park. Free to watch, $20 to compete. 2 p.m. August 16.Today’s Mixtape FestivalThe lineup for this two-day festival includes more than 20 bands and an after-party hosted by Andrew W.K.(!!) Included on this must-see roster are: The Movielife, Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, Kill Your Idols, Real Friends, Crime In Stereo, State Champs, Incendiary, Iron Chic, Counterparts, and many, many more. The Emporium, 9 Rairoad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$79.50. 2 p.m. August 15, 12 p.m. August 16.Breaking BenjaminIf you haven’t been jamming with Breaking Benjamin, you’re missing out. The two-platinum-record rock band has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide, with their swelling choruses and angst-heavy lyrics inspiring so many to just simply get up out of their cubicles and dance, dance, dance! Forget office productivity! Those hard guitar riffs can’t be tamed! With opening act Young Guns. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$160 8 p.m. August 15.Opera Double Bill: Gianni Schicchi and Il TabarroBoth operas are from Puccini’s Il Trittico. Schicchi is a comedy about what happens after rich, old Buoso Donati dies. His family is understandably upset about his departure but they’re very, very interested in who gets all his wealth. When they find out that he is going to leave it all to the church, well something must be done, so in steps Gianni Schicchi, to their apparent rescue. Il Tabarro is another “squarcio di vita” slice of life, in the verismo-style, bringing an unhappy marriage, a cheating wife and an suspecting and rather violent husband all together in a combustible combination. The arias alone are worth it. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $50. 8 p.m. August 15.George BensonThis 10-time Grammy Award-winner brings his soul, jazz and R&B singing to Long Island for a night of choice tunes you’ll be humming long after the gig. The former child prodigy and Hollywood Walk of Famer paved the way for jazz and pop music on an international scale, providing an endless list of classic songs from the `50s to the `70s. Come celebrate this legendary musician who redefined the world of jazz with the first platinum jazz album. Wow! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $225, $195, $165. 8 p.m.. August 15.Neil SedakaThis singer/songwriter/pianist will play his chart-toppers, such as “Laughter In The Rain,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” among others. He’ll also play songs from his latest album, released last year, The Real Neil, the artist’s first acoustic album ever. So what are you waiting for? NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$70. 8 p.m. August 15.The SmithereensNot many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, New Jersey, but that distinction could be another reason the Smithereens are so freaking great. We love these guys to pieces! Maybe they found a way to take their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. Or even Paramus. Some mysteries defy explanation. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, and Pat with Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. August 15.Bunktown FallsThis local reggae/punk/ska/rock/jam band is here to give Long Island faith in its local up-and-coming music again. With opening act Traffic Moving Well. You’ll be skankin’ the night away! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 8:30 p.m. August 15.SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalThis two-day festival celebrates Peruvian cuisine, which is conquering palates around the world. The gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices and immigrant traditions, from places such as Spain, Africa, China and Japan, have created one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. Dig in! From the Andes to the Meadowbrook, they’ve come to cook for you! And all they expect of us is that we show up with an appetite. We promise, we will! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20 adults, $7 kids ages 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 15, 16. Breakfast with Sibylle PfaffenbichlerAn informal talk about Sibylle’s new work, and her experiences leaving the South Fork and moving to Philadelphia. She will speak about her motion drawings, her life in a new city, and her recent show in Vienna and Italy. She’ll bring her new works for us, as well. Refreshments will be served alongside the enlightenment. The South Street Gallery, 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com Free. 10 a.m. August 16.Donavon FrankenreiterTo create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. He’s also performing the next day at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk. Free. 7 p.m. August 16. John Gorka & Michael JohnsonGorka is touring to promote his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, out now on Red House Records—the first release in more than four years from the acclaimed songwriter widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents.” Wow! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. August 16.Neil Berg’s PianomenThis show pays tribute to two ivory-key greats, Billy Joel and Elton John. Hear the crowd-pleasing popular hits and their forgotten songs from their repertoire that has marked their last four decades. These timeless tunes light up the stage as they are performed by this incredibly talented, award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, on piano, and two incredible Broadway-style vocalists. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. August 16.Chicago With more than 100 million records sold, this classic rock firestorm with a killer horn section continues to wow audiences and constantly demonstrate why so many across the globe love them. Jimi Hendrix reportedly dug the band so much he openly praised its horns and gushed that its guitarist was even better than him. Can you believe that! With an arsenal of songs way too voluminous to list here, expect one solid night of absolutely crushingly great rock tunes, and a gig you will remember for a long time coming. With Earth, Wind and Fire. Goodness gracious! Have mercy on our miserable souls! We’re not worthy for such blessings, but you know what, we will find a way to revel in this glorious pairing. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $40-$400. 7:30 p.m. August 16.Linda Lavin: Starting OverYou’ll be lovin’ Linda Lavin. The Tony and Golden Globe winner is known for playing Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice, apart from her other accolades on the Broadway stage. Since playing in New York at the start of her career, Linda is a veteran of cabaret in its truest form. She knows how to command a room. Watch her play Broadway favorites, jazz, and classics that will bring joy to all who listen! We want an encore, and she hasn’t even come on stage yet! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $38. 8 p.m. August 16.Machine Gun KellyThis Cincinnati-raised rapper, whose got his name from his rapid-fire delivery, is known for his high-octane live performances. At 2011’s SXSW he literally spit lyrics while hanging upside-down from the venue’s rafters. P. Diddy took notice, and signed the Gunster soon after. Expect lightning-fast rhymes from his 2012 debut Lace Up, as well as tracks from his upcoming sophomore effort, General Admission, expected to drop next month. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$70. 8 p.m. August 16.Kathleen MadiganMove out of the way, Amy Poehler. There’s a hilarious comedian over here who’s about to make you laugh like you never knew you could. The accomplished performer’s laurels include, but are not limited to, going on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Kathleen is the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Get ready to see why! Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69.50. 8 p.m. August 17.Jimmy Buffett & The Coral ReefersBest known for his hit songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Jimmy Buffet is the undisputed emperor of the Land of the Laid Back Life. His live shows are legendary. Rumors are that some fans never left–they’re still in the back row dancing the light fandango and more. Or maybe they just forgot where they parked their car. His loyal following only furthers this notion, wearing Hawaiian shirts and calling themselves “Parrotheads.” His band, the Coral Reefers started collaborating with the country singer in 1975, and although many members have come and gone, The Coral Reefers will be active and alive as long as Buffet is. May their tropical attire never go out of style! Opening the show is Huey Lewis and The News. Oh man! This is the ultimate summer show! And it’s at the ultimate summer venue on Long Island! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $70-$185. 6 p.m. August 18.Chris D’EliaUntil Chris D’Elia returns in October as the jovial womanizer Danny Burton for season three of NBC’s sitcom Undateable, the rising LA-based actor and comedian will be hitting up female fans (and males, too, come on) on the local stand-up circuit. Catch our forthcoming interview with D’Elia on longislandpress.com. Governor’s Comedy Club 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $34. 7:30 p.m. August 18.Todd RundgrenThis acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer is responsible for some of the most iconic albums of all time. He’s influenced countless musicians with a style that grows and evolves with each passing decade. Stage Fright by The Band, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, Straight Up by Badfinger, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Skylarking by XTCN, and New York Dolls by the New York Dolls are but a few blessed by his magic touch. Expect exceptionally crafted rock, punctuated by hits from his extensive career, including his signature songs: “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” This man is a living musical genius. No doubt about it. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. August 18.Collie BuddzThis is a rare chance to catch this Bermuda-raised reggae artist all up-close-and-intimate while he serenades you with his infectious and groovy tunes, such as his renowned single “Come Around.” We’ll be there, mon. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $60. 8 p.m. August 18.The Psychedelic FursLed by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim, The Psychedelic Furs have continued to meld several varieties of music together in a sonic smorgasbord since 1977. From new wave to hard rock, the band became an international success when film director John Hughes used their song Pretty in Pink for his movie of the same name. Poetic lyrics, strong melodies and rhythms combined with an aggressive, punky edge produce a spectacle to behold. The Furs are the real deal. Opening the show is The Church. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $47. 8 p.m. August 19.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III.last_img
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Gore implores Congress to save the planet

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Al Gore made an emotional return to Congress Wednesday to plead with lawmakers to fight global warming with moral courage while revealing nothing about whether he’ll join the 2008 presidential race. The former vice president is a Democratic favorite for the presidential nomination even though he says he’s not running. Fresh off a triumphant Hollywood appearance in which his climate-change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won two Oscars, Gore drew overflow crowds as he testified before House and Senate panels about a “true planetary emergency.” He said the issue should not be partisan or political, but Gore faced skeptical Republicans who questioned his personal commitment to reducing energy usage and the science behind his film. “You’re not just off a little, you’re totally wrong,” said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, the leading Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as he challenged Gore’s conclusion that carbon dioxide emissions cause rising global temperatures. Barton and Gore’s exchange grew testy at one point – Barton demanding that Gore get to the point and Gore responding that he would like time to answer without being interrupted. “Global warming science is uneven and evolving,” Barton said. Gore insisted that the link is beyond dispute and is the source of broad agreement in the scientific community. “The planet has a fever,” Gore said. “If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, `Well, I read a science fiction novel that told me it’s not a problem.’ If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.” Gore’s congressional testimony marked the first time he had been to Capitol Hill since January 2001, when he was the defeated Democratic presidential nominee still presiding over the Senate in his role as vice president. It comes 20 years after Gore, then a congressman from Tennessee, held the first hearings in Congress on global warming. It also brought him face-to-face with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who could have her front-runner status threatened if Gore decided to challenge her for the party nomination. But there was no political fireworks between them at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing. Clinton said she found some of Gore’s ideas “extremely intriguing” and asked for more details on proposals such as a carbon-based tax, a cap-and-trade system and a carbon neutral mortgage association. In a day of testimony, Gore first appeared before a joint hearing by two House committees, with his wife, Tipper, sitting behind him and a stack of boxes beside him containing hundreds of thousands of messages asking Congress to act on global warming. Later, he testified before the Senate panel where partisan bickering grew even louder. Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has labeled global warming a hoax, complained that the Democratic leadership gave Gore extra time and advantages not afforded typical witnesses. Inhofe then grilled Gore about his personal energy use at his Tennessee mansion and showed the final frame of Gore’s film that read, “Are you ready to change the way you live?” When Gore tried to respond at length, Inhofe cut him off. Democratic Chairwoman Barbara Boxer kept trying to bring order to the hearing. She told Inhofe he can’t control things anymore now that Republicans have lost their majority. “Elections have consequences, so I make the rules,” she said, holding up her gavel to cheers from the audience. Gore sighed heavily and proposed that he and Inhofe have breakfast and privately discuss it away from the cameras. Gore said he hopes whoever is elected president in 2008 “can use his or her political chips” to lead the world toward a new global climate treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol that requires 35 industrial nations to cut greenhouse gases. The Bush administration argues Kyoto would hurt the U.S. economy and objects that high-polluting developing nations like China and India are not required to reduce emissions. “I fully understand that Kyoto, as a brand if you will, has been demonized,” Gore said. Gore was warmly welcomed back by some of his critics, such as Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who remembered serving with Gore’s father and bantered with Gore about an evening boat ride they took together. “You’re dear to us, but I just don’t agree with you on this,” Hall said. Gore advised lawmakers to cut carbon dioxide and other warming gases 90 percent by 2050 to avoid a crisis. Doing that, he said, will require a ban on any new coal-burning power plants _ a major source of industrial carbon dioxide _ that lack state-of-the-art controls to capture the gases. He said he foresees a revolution in small-scale electricity producers for replacing coal, likening the development to what the Internet has done for the exchange of information. “There is a sense of hope in this country that this United States Congress will rise to the occasion and present meaningful solutions to this crisis,” Gore said. “Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.”last_img
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Frontcourt leads Eureka to 39-point win over Pinole Valley

first_imgEureka >> It took a full game for the Eureka Loggers to score 32 points in a loss on Friday. It took then about half that time for them to do it on Saturday.A day after scoring just 32 points in a Big 5 opening round loss to Arcata, the Eureka Loggers led 28-12 at halftime and never looked back as they cruised to a 61-22 victory over the Pinole Valley Spartans on Saturday at Eureka High School.“I think our offense was great,” said Loggers forward Kaylee Murphy, who scored a game-high 13 …last_img read more

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Will the surging A’s be buyers? If so, here are their likely trade partners

first_imgThe American League is riddled with postseason contenders. The A’s are in a tight sprint for two available Wild Card spots with at least four other teams — the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.But a quick pitstop looms: the trade deadline. And the A’s will surely be looking primarily at the starting pitching and bullpen options.What’s to give up? Oakland has a bit of an infielder glut in their farm. Jorge Mateo and Franklin Barreto crowd a middle infield …last_img read more

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Walking for Eden, and elephants

first_img19 March 2009Walking is much more than a way to get from A to B. It’s a meditation and a pilgrimage.The late Boudewijn Wegerif, a Swede who walked from Stockholm to Cape Town in 1999 to protest world debt, called walking “brain aerobics.” He maintained that the regular movement of your left leg and right arm followed by right leg and left arm – continued for a couple of hours – increased the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He would have known. Stockholm to Cape Town is a long trek.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Of course, in this day and age, walking is probably the least efficient way to get from one place to another – unless they’re really close. So there has to be another reason for anyone deciding to walk the 400-odd kilometres between Kranshoek in the Knysna Forest to Addo near Port Elizabeth. And there is. South Africa’s Eden to Addo Mega-Hike is a pilgrimage – a pilgrimage to biodiversity.The hike is offered once a year, usually in September, as a “slackpacking” trail. What this means is that trailists carry only the essentials in a day pack, and all their gear is taken from camp to camp by a back-up vehicle. Added luxuries are the fact that your tents are erected for you, and meals provided. So like any good pilgrim, you can concentrate on the mission at hand.Natural migrationThe mission is to understand the need for, and importance of, conservation corridors in general, and this one in particular. In the past, conservation areas were established for a variety of reasons, mostly good. But often they were too small to allow for natural migration, so the pressure on the reserve’s resources would become excessive, and necessitate some rather creative management strategies.This has been recognised by conservation authorities in the last couple of decades so reserves in the southern Africa region – and indeed all over the world – are being consolidated.Successful local examples include the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, made up of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana. In fact, fences between conservation areas are dropping almost as fast as the value of the Zimbabwe dollar.The hike traverses a unique as-yet unproclaimed corridor stretching from the tangled, green coastal Afromontane Forest biome of Knysna in the Western Cape to the game-rich Albany Thicket of Addo in the Eastern Cape, passing through a range of farms and reserves belonging to about 60 different landowners.While all the stakeholders are in favour of the idea of a conservation corridor, it’s not that easy to implement. Which is why the Mega-Hike was established. As well as being a great way to spend about three weeks, it is also a fund-raising project, and offers participants the opportunity to interact with a variety of conservation specialists who share their knowledge on the trail.It really is about the conservation, not the walking. All profits go directly to the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, a non-profit Section 21 company.Going postalGaleo Saintz, who leads the hike, pioneered the route in 2005 with the specific purpose of finding out whether there was a hikeable route between Knysna and Addo.He set off alone and posted light, dehydrated food, spare camping gas cylinders and fresh socks to himself at post offices in towns he’d never heard of. He was joined on sections of the walk by friends – and even one complete stranger, who really liked what he was doing so decided to keep him company.The upshot was that he managed to track down his supplies in the tiny rural post offices, and found it was possible – if rather strenuous – to hike the route. The next year, 2006, the escorted Eden to Addo Mega-Hike was launched with 24 participants. The 2007 trek was cancelled as Saintz was sick, and no one else knew the route, but the 2008 one went ahead without a hitch, with 18 hikers walking the full distance, and six opting for one of the shorter one- or two-week options.“The long-term strategy,” Saintz says, “is to make it a self-guided trail, but it’s wild country and, with so many landowners, it will take a lot of planning.”The hike straddles five distinct biomes and links three major conservation areas. The existing parks and reserves are the Knysna Protected Area, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. These together protect patches of Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland and Albany Thicket. All these biomes are transition zones that overlap – and even shift from year to year with varying rainfall.The trail takes participants from one biome to another, linking seven mountain ranges and peaks over the 19 days. Daily walking distances average about 23 kilometres, with the shortest day being 12 kilometres and the longest about 35 kilometres, so this is not an easy hike. The terrain is mountainous and there is little flat walking, and where there is, it is far.The views are stupendous, the air is invigorating and the constant change in scenery and vegetation offers an intellectual challenge equal to the physical one.Some not-so pretty aspects of the hike include climbing over fences, fighting through thick stands of invasive alien trees, and coming across gin traps and other indications that the proclamation of this corridor really is a priority. Fireside debates are long, interesting and – while not acrimonious – can get quite robust.Mysterious elephants of KnysnaIt is surmised – with some good evidence – that the trail loosely follows old elephant migration paths. And this raises an interesting question.The elephants of Knysna, the only really wild elephants left in South Africa as there are no fences keeping them in a designated park – and certainly the most mysterious, elusive and endangered – are dwindling at an alarming rate. Strong evidence suggests that only one matriarch and a few younger individuals remain. But they are genetically isolated, and almost certainly destined to die out.Conservationists tried translocating a couple of elephants from Kruger to Knysna a few years ago, but those poor Lowveld animals took one look at the tangled forests and rushed to hide out in the much safer-looking surrounding farmlands. That didn’t work out and that plan was abandoned.So there’s no hope for the Knysna elephants. They’re on a one-way trip to extinction – to join the dodo and the quagga. They say extinction is forever, but perhaps, just maybe, if the corridor is opened the elephants may start exploring ancient migration routes, and who knows.It’s a ridiculously optimistic and romantic idea, but that’s what a pilgrimage is all about – faith. And hope. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, for a cause, for a dream, and for a better future.The 2009 hike runs from 4 to 23 September. There are only 24 places. Book now.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Natalie gold lifts Team South Africa

first_imgHe added: “World records used to be broken by 10 to 15 seconds, but the margins people are breaking world records by is now plateauing. I think it’s a good sign at the end of the day that or athletes are getting better.” ‘The standard has been raised so much’“The standard of the sport has been raised so much in the last four years, so I knew I would have to fight like I’ve never fought before.” Although not as fast as her world record winning time in Beijing, the win was Du Toit’s third in succession in the event at the Paralympics. It also took her total of Paralympic gold medals to 12. He said he had mixed feelings after winning bronze in London. “To be honest, I’m a little disappointed as I was hoping to reach 14 metres, but I’m more excited about this bronze medal than any of my previous gold medals,” he told reporters. After the race, Du Toit dedicated her win to the former president of Gauteng Central Aquatics, Cathy Doyle, who passed away recently. She told reporters: “Cathy was supposed to be officiating here and it’s very sad because she was at the last world championships by the side of the pool. Natalie du Toit captured her second gold medal of the London Paralympics with a convincing victory in the 400m freestyle S9 class on Tuesday evening as Team South Africa’s tally improved by three medals. ‘This is not just a hobby sport’Addressing a media conference, Spence said: “The fact is our athletes are getting better. They’re training full-time. This is not just a hobby sport. It’s professional sport at its very best,” he told a news conference. “I have to be happy as I swam a personal best,” Sapiro said. “Some countries are enjoying far better levels of funding, which in turn leads to better results. We would like to put it down to their (the athletes’) hard work rather than anything else.” IPC media and communications director Craig Spence said 279 world records were set in Beijing. By Tuesday in London, 137 world records had been set, along with 81 Paralympic Games records. Shireen Sapiro was third in the defence of her 100m backstroke S10 title. Despite finishing in bronze medal position, her time of 1:09.02 was faster than her winning time in Beijing and was also a new African record. The South African star touched the wall in 4:30.18, almost 10 seconds ahead of second placed Stephanie Millward of Great Britain. Bronze went to Australia’s Ellie Cole, while South Africa’s Emily Gray finished seventh. Bronze medalMichael Louwrens, 52, won a bronze medal in the f57 men’s shot put with a season’s best heave of 13.64 metres, worth 958 points. Russia’s Alexey Ashapatov claimed gold with a Paralympic record distance of 16.20 and 989 points. Poland’s Janusz Rokicki, whose best put was a distance of 15.68 metres, edged out South Africa’s Louwrens by only two points with a tally of 960.center_img Charl Bouwer tried to repeat as champion in the 400 metres freestyle S13, but was beaten into fifth place. The top three countries remain the same with Great Britain (23, 30, 26, 79) in second and Russia (23, 22, 17) in third. ‘I want to dedicate this medal to her’“I try and picture her sitting there on the chair and the whole idea for me was to swim the 400m for her. She really helped me in the province and I want to dedicate this medal to her and to her family who are still supporting me, even in their time of grief.” Belarussian sensation Ihar Boki won his fourth gold medal with his fourth world record, clocking 3:58.78. Ukraine’s Danylo Chufarov, who finished second to Bouwer in Beijing, was second again, with Russia’s Aleksandr Golintovskii in third place. Canada’s Summer Mortimer took victory in a world record 1:05.90, while Sophie Pascoe of Australia, with whom Sapiro tied in Beijing, won silver in an Oceania record of 1:06.69. MedalsAfter Tuesday’s action, Team South Africa had accumulated three gold, five silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 15 medals. The country moved up one one position on the medal table from 23rd to 22nd place. The comments by Louwrens and Shireen Sapiro about the higher standards of competition were confirmed when the International Paralympic Committee said the London Paralympics were on course for more world records than were set in Beijing in 2008. ‘It’s amazing’“The standards are huge, they’ve jumped in leaps and bounds and it’s amazing what happens in this world of sport.” Louwrens first competed in the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta where he won gold in the shot put. He followed that up with gold medals in Sydney and Athens. Front-running China has won 53 gold, 39 silver and 40 bronze medals, bringing their total to 132. 5 September 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Man City back on top of EPL after Kompany wonder goal

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Leicester was also relishing the contest and it was the visitors who created the first serious opening when Ricardo Pereira skipped into the area and had his shot blocked by Kompany. Marc Albrighton’s follow-up effort was also charged down.City threatened as Foden chested down and volleyed at Schmeichel, then Youri Tielemans forced a low save from Ederson.Sterling raced behind the defense and flicked the ball onto Jonny Evans’ arm but penalty appeals were half-hearted and dismissed by referee Mike Dean.A sign of City tension came as David Silva was booked for a cynical challenge on Tielemans which prevented a breakaway from inside his own half.But City then started to take control, and Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a thumping header. Schmeichel did brilliantly to claw the ball off the line as it bounced down.City finished the half on top but there was another moment of alarm as Kompany was booked for bringing down James Maddison in full flow.City sent on Leroy Sane and poured all its efforts into attack after the break. City appealed for another penalty as Sterling went down under a Hamza Choudhury challenge but nothing was given and the Foxes almost caught the hosts out as Maddison flashed an effort wide.The tension increased and the anxiety was evident as Aguero was denied at point-blank range by Schmeichel after Evans miskicked.Then Kompany produced his first league goal of the season.“I didn’t score this season, but for me I always feel in big moments, in moments like this, I’m going to do something,” Kompany said. “I don’t know whether it’s a header or anything, I always feel like I’m going to do something. All I’m going to say is I’ve scored goals like that in training.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Rockets overcome Warriors anew, tie playoff series after trailing 0-2 View comments The celebrations from Kompany, Guardiola and almost everyone connected with the home side were exuberant and emotional but the game still had to be closed out.Hearts will have been in mouths when former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho got clear but he missed the target, and City held on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “One more game,” Guardiola said. “We were seven points behind not long ago from Liverpool but we didn’t give up.“I know now is not (about) saying how good was the season, now is arriving first. We just have to win our game.”It was anything but straightforward against Leicester who, under the guidance of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, proved tough defensively and a threat on the break.Yet City, knowing the importance of victory, gave it everything. They were again missing the midfield composure of Fernandinho but made their usual high-energy start.Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling tore down the right and left flanks respectively and cut inside menacingly while Phil Foden, again trusted by Guardiola in another key fixture, was also lively.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Few will have expected Kompany to shoot when the ball fell to him 30 yards out but he let fly with a powerful strike.“Vinny, I tell you, ‘No shoot!’” City striker Sergio Aguero was captured on television telling Kompany after the final whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLeicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had no chance as the ball swerved away from him into the top corner.Pep Guardiola’s treble-chasing side needed to win to retain control of their title destiny, and their 13th successive victory took them a point above Liverpool. City should successfully defend the title next Sunday at lowly Brighton. Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton at the same time. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, second left, celebrates with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League with one round left after captain Vincent Kompany hit a sensational goal to beat Leicester 1-0 in a dramatic and tense match on Monday.The ferocious long-range shot by City’s long-serving and influential captain settled nerves 70 minutes into the nail-biting contest at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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