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Turkey trot

first_imgBy Wade HutchesonUniversity of GeorgiaI danced with turkeys a while back.I wasn’t dreaming, and I’m not a turkey hunter, though at somepoint I’d like to give it a try. I was visiting with a propertyowner, discussing his pastures, and we were pleased to watch twoyoung male turkeys on the back side of the pasture.They must have been pleased to see us, too, as they and then athird came out to greet us. They came right up to within about 30yards of the truck. That’s unusual, as turkeys aren’t normallysocial with people.These young turkeys, though, walked up to the truck and stoodthere gobbling at us. They even followed the truck as we tried toease off. I tried to turn the truck around so the landowner couldsee them, and they followed us in circles.’Dances With Turkeys’This went on for more than 5 minutes. We eventually got out ofthe truck and danced with them. They inspected us and decided weweren’t worth the trouble and left.It was an amazing wildlife experience. I had a camera, but it wassuch a shock and we were laughing so hard I never thought to getphotographic proof.I’ve told this story to several people, most of whom didn’tbelieve me. You know county agents have been known to stretch thetruth a tad.Looking for handout?The only thing I can figure out that makes sense is that someonemanaged to imprint on these birds, and they got used to peopleand were looking for a handout. Perhaps a sage turkey expert canoffer another explanation.If the game warden is reading this, no harm came to the turkeys,though we were tempted.I visited with some science teachers last week. Their story wasabout a hawk that had twice, on consecutive days, had itsbreakfast within view of their classroom. The reaction from thestudents ranged from utter amazement to being totally grossedout. But what a teachable moment!Wildlife surrounds usWildlife surrounds us, even in town. I consider that a goodthing. It offers us enjoyment and, to many, improves the qualityof life when you can witness wildlife up close.Having wildlife nearby can provide quality family time andopportunities to teach conservation and the realities of nature.At other times, it’s a frustration, as deer, squirrels, skunks,racoons and others cause problems in landscapes, roadways andother places. Ask my wife about the ‘possum in the dog-food bag– a handful of fur she’ll never forget.Which do you want?Which do you want, more or less wildlife? Your county office ofthe University of Georgia Extension Service can offer help inattracting more wildlife to the backyard or advise you on thingsyou can do to deter it.We can help you be a better manager of your fish pond, suggestwildlife plantings and tell you which landscape plants areresistant to deer.If we have time, I might even show you my turkey dance.last_img read more

CNTB issued a call for the implementation of promotional campaigns in emitting markets with strategic partners

first_imgLearn more about the call here These are the implementation of promotional campaigns in foreign markets (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, UK), The Croatian National Tourist Board has published a call for expressions of interest for the implementation of promotional campaigns with strategic partners in 2021. Ultimately it is about co-branded media leasing campaign (online, social networks, press, poster, TV / radio, etc.) conducted by strategic partners with the support of tourist boards of all levels (CNTB, regional and local tourist boards) that will participate in the campaign. Funding for joint promotional campaigns is provided from the joint funds of all project partners, in such a way that the maximum possible share of tourist boards in the joint campaign in the media lease can be up to 50% of the cost.center_img Cooperation with the selected strategic partner aims to raise awareness of the Croatian tourism brand in the selected strategic market by targeting potential guests through joint campaigns related to the partner’s program for Croatia, and using promotional channels, tools and experience of partners in the organized travel segment. Strategic partners by invitation can be travel organizers (tour operators and carriers) with all forms of organized programs for Croatia (in air, rail, bus and ship transport) that introduce / strengthen their programs or extend the program period in the next year. last_img read more

University of Iowa reports record amount of external funding

first_imgIOWA CITY — The University of Iowa reports it took in a record amount of external funding in the last fiscal year.Marty Scholz, is the U-I’s vice president for research. “We’re up to a little short of 589 million dollars — which is up six percent from last — up almost 35 million from last year,” he says. The funding includes gifts and grants and Scholz says they were able to get some funding from sources that they haven’t seen as much funding from in the past.That includes a National Science Foundation grant to study STEM education, and a grant from the Department of Defense. “The particular project that we have is to do some rehabilitation medicine, to devise some new devices. And then some other funding from the Department of Education, some places where we’ve always had some funding, but are getting a little more funding,” Scholz explains. “The number one funder continues to be the National Institutes of Health.” The funding from the NIH totaled nearly $171 million  in the 2019 fiscal year.He says obtaining the funding is very competitive process that includes other schools from across the country, and in some cases worldwide. “You have to know your audience, know who you’re writing for. But also for some of these agencies — especially the ones that we sort of call the mission agencies like the Department of Defense — you have know what it is that they want,” Scholz says. “So you have to work with them to figure out if what you do can help solve one of the problems that they have,” according to Scholz.Scholz says the funding for research is not only important for those doing the work– but it also reaches beyond the researchers to students. “A lot of these projects involve students, almost all of them involve students of some sort. So students are getting experiences out of the classroom to augment those classroom experiences,” Scholz says. “…Certainly the graduate students and others are learning hot to do research to do this for a career.”The funding report does not include a $115 million award from NASA to Iowa physicist Craig Kletzing — which was the single largest externally funded research project in the U-I’s history. Some of that funding is expected to be included in the 2020 fiscal year.last_img read more

Woman Shot After Dog Jumps on Gun in Truck

first_imgAn Oklahoma woman was shot in the leg, after a dog jumped on a gun inside the pickup truck in which the woman was riding, according to police officials.Officers in the city of Enid responded on Thursday afternoon to a report that a woman had been shot. The driver then put his belt around the woman’s leg in an attempt to stop the bleeding.Police also spoke with the woman, who gave the same statement. They do not suspect foul play.The woman was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. They spoke to the driver, who told them that she had stopped the vehicle for a passing train. He said the dog jumped from the back seat onto the center console, causing the man’s pistol to fire a round into his passenger’s thigh.last_img

Woman Missing in Bahamas Boat Crash with South Florida Residents

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force are searching for a woman who went missing on Friday in the Bahamas, following a boat crash involving three other South Florida residents.According to the Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association, the boat ran aground at a high rate of speed at around 12:25 a.m. Friday morning.Photo courtesy: WPLG/MiamiBahamian authorities located a man who had also disappeared after the boat crash near Bimini. They found him unresponsive at Turtle Rocks Cay.Medical responders rushed the other two individuals – 34-year-old Josbel Fernandez and 31-year-old Violeta to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach.Their conditions are unknown at this time.last_img

Tourism highlighted during Mash parade

first_imgThis year’s Mashramani parade attracted Guyanese and foreigners alike who were lucky to witness this event which reflects the country’s patriotism and rich and diverse culture.With favourable sunny weather and a radiant crowd of hospitable Guyanese, international visitors found the occasion extremely attractive. These included persons from Cuba, Brazil and French Guiana and further north from the United States of America and Canada.Enjoying a savouring Guyanese brew, Julio from Cuba was the picture of satisfaction. An overwhelmed Julio said, “I am feeling great. I am enjoying it with my people – mash is top of the line, it is the best,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. He shared that this is his second time in experiencing Mashramani in Guyana.Standing a little further down the way from Julio was French-citizen Bastian and his friend who were immersed in the day’s activities. Bastian who currently lives in French Guiana was witnessing the annual Costume and Float parade for the first time. When asked of his opinion on the event, he stated, “It is very colourful compared to the French Guiana carnival… it is really great and a wonderful experience.”Also present at the parade was Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis and his family. Mullis remarked that he enjoyed the demonstration of national pride evident in all the costumes and the floats and the general vibe of “togetherness.”last_img read more

MISSING MAN’S BODY FOUND

first_imgThe search for a missing elderly man in south Donegal has ended after the man in his 70s was found dead in a shed.A number of people had been searching for the man in the Bruckless area after he was reported a few hours earlier.Mountain rescue teams from Donegal were involved in the search, but the man’s body was found at 1am. Gardai say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.  MISSING MAN’S BODY FOUND was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cape Town to get ‘green’ office tower

first_img16 August 2011The Cape Town city skyline will soon feature a stunning new addition in the form of the impressive Portside Building – a four green-star rated skyscraper being built as a joint initiative between FirstRand Bank and Old Mutual.Designed jointly by DHK and Louis Carol Architects, the new Portside Building comprises a full city block between Buitengracht, Hans Strydom, Bree and Mechau streets, and capitalises on the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean while complementing the beauty of the city.The project will have office space of over 52 000m² as well as 1 200m² of banking and retail area with easy access from all sides on the ground level.When completed in March 2014, it will become the provincial headquarters for the three divisions of FirstRand Bank, namely First National Bank, Rand Merchant Bank and Wesbank. It will also have a general office component that will be leased out.Promoting Cape Town’s reputationSpeaking at the ground-breaking ceremony last week, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille lauded the two companies for their investment and commitment to economic growth in the Western Cape.“The new Portside Building in Cape Town will help promote the city’s reputation as a thriving financial hub and we are hopeful that it will serve as a catalyst for similar buildings to be added to the city’s skyline in the future,” she said.“The building will also complement our government’s Cape Town Central Regeneration Programme, which aims to transform the central city into a thriving centre of productivity, connectivity, innovation, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.”Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the construction of the building, FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana explained that the banking group considered Portside to be far more than merely another city building.“Our investment in Portside is an extension of our continued commitment to investing in the development of the city and region, providing sustainable economic stimulus and creating much-needed jobs in line with [the] government’s employment development and social upliftment agenda.”Environmental and social impactAccording to Old Mutual Properties’ Ben Kodisang, the visual, environmental and social impact of Portside was key to the entire design process. “Not only did the design of Portside need to enable Old Mutual and FirstRand to have two distinct business addresses in the city,” he said.Its location in a Central City Urban Conservation Area also meant it needed to be highly sensitive to the historical and environmental character of its surroundings.To this end, the architects were required to take into account both the current and potential future development of the city around the site of the new building and ensure that Portside will be able to create the necessary synergies with other buildings in the area.Four green-star rating – an African firstAll stakeholders agreed, from the outset, that environmental sustainability was a vital component in this design approach. Stephan Claassen, Provincial Head of FNB explained that Portside is likely to be the first high rise building in Africa to have a four green-star rating.“We intend making Portside a benchmark of environmental sustainability in terms of both construction and building management processes, and have worked closely with the architects to ensure that it serves to raise the standards of green design,” he said.This includes indoor environmental quality, and the reduction of energy, water consumption, waste production and management production and negative carbon emissions for tall buildings.Kodisang confirmed this commitment and explained that the incorporation of these green building principles would be closely monitored and evaluated to ensure that Portside conforms with the City of Cape Town’s green building standards and achieves the desired four green star rating.Both Claassen and Kodisang expressed their gratitude to the City of Cape Town for its support and assistance in making this vision a reality. “Without the close partnership of the City of Cape Town, FirstRand and Old Mutual would never have reached this historic point in realising our vision for the Portside building,” said Kodisang.“We are immensely grateful for the encouragement and assistance the council has provided to us.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

22 Years Later, The Linux And Open Source “Cancer” Is Wonderfully Benign

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Linus Torvalds in his younger days.Twenty-two years ago Linux was born as a “(free) operating system” that founder Linus Torvalds was quick to downplay as “just a hobby” that wouldn’t “be big and professional.” My, but how times have changed. So much so that Linux now dominates mobile (Android), servers and cloud. No wonder that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer derided Linux in 2001 as a “cancer” that “attaches itself… to everything it touches.” He was right. At least, as it relates to Linux’s effect on Microsoft.Earlier this week Torvalds celebrated the 22nd birthday of Linux by cheekily calling Linux “just a hobby, even if it’s big and professional” now in a way he never envisaged back in 1991. To help gauge just how far we’ve come since then, I asked Eucalyptus CEO (and fellow Finn) Marten Mickos and Cloudera Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson to help put open source in perspective. Both men have had an outsized impact on open source, particularly the business of open source, and neither were shy about estimating open source’s impact.On The Maturing Power Of Open SourceOne of the amazing things to have watched over the years is the market’s growing acceptance of this oddball movement, as Mickos highlights:People didn’t know what it was, how it worked, why people did it, how it could produce great software, etc. That’s why the LAMP stack made it onto the front page of Fortune Magazine—it was so new and intriguing. Incumbents fought it. Now they embrace it (or at least pretend to). Those who did open source just did it. Back then it was relatively few projects with relatively few people in them. Today there are probably 100-1000X the number of projects.And while open source was born as an alternative way to develop and distribute software, it has become something more, as Olson intimates:I’ve been pleased to see the ideas behind open source migrate to other important domains, and for APIs to become a kind of currency in the way that source code used to be. I think that open source was really a way to adopt the principles of scientific collaboration—i.e., publish your results, let your peers review and refine your work—to a field that badly needed it. I hope—I believe!—we are doing the same thing now with data and, to some extent, to services via cloud APIs.On Torvalds’ Other Big Innovation… And Getting AlongArguably one of the biggest things to happen to software development in a long, long time is GitHub, the wildly popular code repository. While Torvalds didn’t start GitHub, he did create git, the actual distributed version control system software itself. The creation of git is something that Olson credits with a very significant side effect:It’s been really interesting to watch git emerge. I think of myself as pretty deep in software, but I really wasn’t paying it any attention five years ago. Remember when “fork” was an insult? Git encourages forking. It’s changed the way that open source projects work by fomenting more diversity.While not referencing git, Mickos describes a similar benefit of open source’s peculiar licensing:The purpose of the free and open source license and the governance model is not really to enable like-minded people to collaborate, although that’s a benefit too. It’s about enabling unlike-minded people to collaborate. The beauty of open source is that people who dislike each other can produce code for the same product.In fact, while a genial person, Torvalds exemplifies one of the other characteristics of open source: a penchant for blunt, sometimes harsh, criticism. But this, insists Mickos, is one of the hallmarks of how open source succeeds:When people complain about your open source project, you need to hear them as saying “I would love to love you, but right now I cannot.” If nobody is opposed to your open source product/project, you are not really being popular… If you on a sustaining basis can truly love harsh feedback and if you can truly show enthusiasm and appreciation for contributions of whatever magnitude and type, you can be wonderfully successful in open source.Where Do We Go From Here?For Olson, sitting as he does at the heart of the Big Data movement, open source’s future is wide open:Open source has gone from a weird thing off on the fringes of hackerdom, through “cancer” and “communism,” to absolute mainstream. People now think intelligently about its different attributes—a collaborative development model, a frictionless distribution model, and a powerful way to win platform dominance.Mickos, a key player in the growing cloud market, suggests that while open source developers may have lost a bit of their bite, their impact remains unbounded, if more circumspect:In the early days of open source it seemed that open source developers were true cowboys—out on their own, following their own individual paths, valuing their nearly unlimited freedom. Today many open source developers are happy to be salaried employees of companies that don’t really stand for open source on a corporate level (Google, HP, IBM, Oracle, etc.). There is a voluntary submissiveness today that wasn’t as common before. There is still a lot of unbridled enthusiasm, often bordering on naiveté—with all the amazing upsides and inevitable downsides that this will bring.Mickos goes on to conclude that “Some people will spend any amount of time to save money. Some will spend money to save time. Without money, open source will die.” There’s a whole lot of money in open source these days. Just counting recent venture capital raised by the cloud and data companies amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.But the soul of open source has not been corrupted. Thanks, in no small degree, to Linus Torvalds and his Quixotic endeavor to change the world with something small that turned into something huge.  Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Matt Asay Tags:#Big Data#cloud#Linus Torvalds#Linux#Marten Mickos#MIke Olson#Open Source Related Posts last_img read more