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Honeybee Tags

first_img“Save the Honeybee” license plates are now available for Georgia drivers to purchase, thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Beekeepers Association (GBA).“The idea of the honey bee tag had been tossed around for over a decade among members of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, but due to the cost and amount of work it would require, the idea was tabled numerous times,” said Jennifer Berry, an apiculture research professional and lab manager for the University of Georgia Honeybee Program.Finally, a group of enthusiastic members of the GBA decided it was time for Georgia to have a tag dedicated to the “beloved honeybee,” Berry said. That was when the real work began, as getting a new license plate in Georgia requires legislative action, which can take years.A couple of GBA members quickly learned the ins and outs of getting a license tag issued, including learning legal and legislative processes and understanding laws and procedures. Then the GBA board had to commit to cover the $25,000 specialty-tag manufacturing fee, a new state requirement due to dozens of specialty tags not selling well. It was a gamble, but the GBA rolled the dice.The breakeven point for the GBA is selling 1,000 tags and this must be done within two years. Only then will the group be reimbursed the $25,000 ($25/tag). Once 1,000 tags are sold, the GBA receives $22 per tag sold. The tags became available for purchase in June 2019 and to date 820 tags have been sold. Unexpectedly, 71% of the tags sold so far were not purchased by GBA members.“This is amazing and, due to the diligence and hard work of so many folks, social media and the marketing campaign, that is still going on today,” Berry said.“Another cool tidbit is that no one had ever gotten a license tag bill passed through the state legislature as fast as the GBA did,” Berry said. The first meeting with the Georgia Department of Revenue administration was on Nov. 17, 2017. The House approved the request on Feb. 1, 2018, the Senate approved it on March 21, 2018, and the Governor signed it into law on May 3, 2018.According to the new law, funds raised by the sale of this special license plate “shall be dispersed to the GBA and used to increase public awareness of the importance of the conservation of the honey bee. Funds are to be used to support association programs, including but not limited to the training and education of both new and experienced beekeepers, prison beekeeper programs, grants to beekeeping-related nonprofit corporations, beekeeping research facilities in this state and projects that encourage public support for the license plate and the activities it funds.”To purchase a honeybee tag, go to the GBA website at gabeekeeping.com and click the link for the “Save The Honey Bee” license plate.last_img read more

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Vermont’s $10.8 million in additional heating aid blocked by Senate Republicans

first_imgSenators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today said Vermont would be in line for $10.8 million of a $5 billion appropriation for home heating assistance included in a spending bill that Senate Republicans are trying to block.One of the last must-do measures on the agenda before Congress adjourns for the year, the appropriations bill would prevent a 40 percent cut in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Vermont’s $10.8 million share would help keep senior citizens on fixed incomes, families with children and the disabled warm this winter.The critical funding for Vermont is in danger, however, because some Republicans have mounted a filibuster in the Senate and even threatened to require the entire 1,924-page bill to be read aloud on the Senate floor.Sanders said, ‘At a time when heating oil prices are skyrocketing, we have got to pass the omnibus appropriations bill so that no one in Vermont goes cold this winter. Without these additional funds, seniors and low-income Americans in Vermont and throughout the country will find themselves facing very painful choices on how to stretch already stretched budgets.’Leahy said, ‘In Vermont, where our winter temperatures average below freezing and the lows dip into the single digits, our low-income families, Vermonters with disabilities and senior citizens should not be forced to decide between paying their home energy bills or affording basic necessities such as food, rent, or prescription drugs. Heat in winter is a necessity, not an option. At a time when we are trying to help Americans recover from the Great Recession, some in Congress from warmer states like South Carolina and Arizona would rather use the Senate’s limited time to give enormous tax breaks to multi-millionaires rather than help America’s most needy and vulnerable households.’Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said, ‘Now is not the time to play political games with the safety and well-being of low-income Americans. For Vermonters who rely upon heating assistance to make it through a cold winter, this sort of stalling tactic is deplorable. LIHEAP should be fully funded ‘ and it should be fully funded now.’Federal funding for the heating assistance program was nearly doubled in the last two years under a provision sponsored by Sanders. Leahy cosponsored that 2008 legislation and Welch sponsored companion legislation that year in the House.So far this year, Vermont has only received a total of $14.8 million for LIHEAP, compared to the $25.6 million in regular funding it received last year and will receive if the majority in the Senate can overcome a Republican filibuster.This heating season, Vermont estimates that more than 27,000 households will receive benefits, up from 20,350 last year. Because the demand has increased but the amount available so far has decreased and the number of eligible households has expanded, the average benefit is being reduced from about $1,100 last year to about $660 this heating season.Leahy, Sanders and Welch signed letters to the House and Senate Appropriations committees last month urging them to maintain the funding for LIHEAP at the 2010 level of $5.1 billion.After Congress doubled funding for home heating assistance in 2009, a record 8.3 million households nationwide received aid. This winter, as a result of the lingering recession, many more families are expected to need help keeping the heat turned on.Source: Vermont congressional delegation. WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010last_img read more

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​Costa Rican Authorities Seize Guns Possibly Linked to Drug Gang Killings

first_imgThe operation was connected to recent killings in the southern and western regions of the capital, “where criminal groups have been fighting for territory to secure locations to sell drugs,” Rodríguez said. Forensic investigators are analyzing the firearms to determine if they are linked with the killings as well as a series of attempted homicides in the capital. The OIJ is working with the Public Ministry and the Public Force to solve each of the cases, said Attorney General Jorge Chavarría. In recent months, law enforcement officers have raided 23 homes and conducted 70 intelligence-gathering operations. These conflicts have led to an uptick in killings. There were 411 killings in Costa Rica in 2013 and 471 homicides in 2014. In January and February, authorities recorded 86 killings, compared to 70 during the first two months of 2014. The OIJ is working with the Public Ministry and the Public Force to solve each of the cases, said Attorney General Jorge Chavarría. In recent months, law enforcement officers have raided 23 homes and conducted 70 intelligence-gathering operations. Fighting between criminal gangs is responsible for much of the violence. In 2000, about 20 percent of the violent crimes in Costa Rica were related to organized crime. Currently, about 40 percent of the violence is driven by gangs and organized crime groups which sell drugs, steal cars, and engage in human trafficking. Law enforcement authorities cooperate Police have made considerable progress in investigation of those crimes. Agents from the Homicide and Criminal Investigations Section of the OIJ conducted both raids April 9 in Cañada Sur, San Sebastián, as part of the investigation into several recent killings in the southern part of the capital. The operation was connected to recent killings in the southern and western regions of the capital, “where criminal groups have been fighting for territory to secure locations to sell drugs,” Rodríguez said. Forensic investigators are analyzing the firearms to determine if they are linked with the killings as well as a series of attempted homicides in the capital. “These criminal groups have places to warehouse their weapons. This is another one of the houses that play that role,” Geovanny Rodríguez, Chief of Homicides, said to reporters. That house, raided by OIJ agents, belonged to a 43-year-old woman who was arrested by police; investigators suspect she was in charge of storing the weapons and ammunition. Agents from the Homicide and Criminal Investigations Section of the OIJ conducted both raids April 9 in Cañada Sur, San Sebastián, as part of the investigation into several recent killings in the southern part of the capital. Fighting between criminal gangs is responsible for much of the violence. In 2000, about 20 percent of the violent crimes in Costa Rica were related to organized crime. Currently, about 40 percent of the violence is driven by gangs and organized crime groups which sell drugs, steal cars, and engage in human trafficking. Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) has seized six kilograms of cocaine and multiple firearms that police investigators believe are linked to several recent killings. OIJ agents also confiscated silencers and ammunition during raids on a house and an apartment in the capital city of San José in which agents arrested one suspect. Meanwhile, in the nearby apartment, OIJ agents discovered four kilos of cocaine, two AK-47 assault rifles, two pistols, and two submachine guns – one Uzi and a Scorpion – as well as silencers and ammunition. By Dialogo May 27, 2015 Meanwhile, in the nearby apartment, OIJ agents discovered four kilos of cocaine, two AK-47 assault rifles, two pistols, and two submachine guns – one Uzi and a Scorpion – as well as silencers and ammunition. “The interagency coordination operates very well, because those in charge in the various agencies have worked together and known each other,” said Carlos G. Murillo Zamora, a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Law enforcement authorities cooperate Police have made considerable progress in investigation of those crimes. Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) has seized six kilograms of cocaine and multiple firearms that police investigators believe are linked to several recent killings. OIJ agents also confiscated silencers and ammunition during raids on a house and an apartment in the capital city of San José in which agents arrested one suspect. “The interagency coordination operates very well, because those in charge in the various agencies have worked together and known each other,” said Carlos G. Murillo Zamora, a professor at the University of Costa Rica. “These criminal groups have places to warehouse their weapons. This is another one of the houses that play that role,” Geovanny Rodríguez, Chief of Homicides, said to reporters. That house, raided by OIJ agents, belonged to a 43-year-old woman who was arrested by police; investigators suspect she was in charge of storing the weapons and ammunition. These conflicts have led to an uptick in killings. There were 411 killings in Costa Rica in 2013 and 471 homicides in 2014. In January and February, authorities recorded 86 killings, compared to 70 during the first two months of 2014.last_img read more

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Nor’easter Leads to Messy Morning Commute on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island Rail Road employee cleaning off the platform of one of the railroad’s branches. (Photo credit: MTA)The second half of the nasty nor’easter fizzled overnight and didn’t produce significant snowfall on Long Island, but Friday morning’s commute still brought plenty of headaches, especially for riders on the Long Island Rail Road, which cancelled 14 morning trains.The heavy snow that blanketed LI for most of the day Thursday forced railroad officials to implement a modified weekday schedule Friday morning, which led to cancellations on nearly all of the LIRR’s branches.Six of the 14 cancelled trains were on the Babylon branch, with the rest of the cancelled trains scattered throughout the LIRR system.Commuters traveling by car perhaps fared a little better, but many roads across Long Island were still wet and slushy from Thursday’s prolonged storm.The nor’easter hovered over LI for most of the day. It began by dumping a foot of snow across the region before it converted to an annoying wintry mix of rain and sleet. The storm took a break before a second round of wintry weather arrived overnight, but snowfall was mostly around one inch.“Not significant,” was how Tim Morrin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, put it.Still, the agency released a statement Friday morning warning residents that road conditions remained treacherous, but that was mostly meant for people heading north and west of New York City.More than 400 PSEG Long Island customers woke up to homes in the dark, the utility reported on its website. PSEG LI said crews will continue to work throughout the day to restore “customers safely, efficiently and as soon as possible.”A winter storm warning was cancelled at 6 a.m.The good news was that residents walked out of their homes and were met by a gentile sunny sky, which is expected to help melt the piles of snow that have built up over the course of several storms. Temperatures could hit a high near 41 Friday, forecasters said.But, this is the winter of 2014, so we shouldn’t expect back-to-back days of decent weather.The weather service said snow is likely after 10 a.m. Saturday. Forecasters project snowfall amounts between 1 to 3 inches.There is also a slight chance of snow on Sunday.last_img read more

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The real reason why you can’t save any money

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Americans are notoriously bad savers. We have such of a hard time saving any money, that when the national savings rate manages to increase, it causes economic concerns. We’re the biggest consumer market in the world. We shop like it’s a sport, eat like kings, and leverage our personal balance sheets so we can live in McMansions and drive the latest fancy cars. We’re the Joneses of the world.How much do the Joneses save for the future? Not much. A survey from GoBankingRates.com finds more than half of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, with one in three having nothing saved. Bankrate finds only 37% of Americans have enough money in savings to pay for life’s little surprises, like a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room visit. In fact, 30 million Americans tapped what little retirement savings they do have for a financial emergency last year.Truth be told, spending money is often more fun than saving money. When we spend money we receive instant gratification, compared to saving money that rewards our future self at some unknown checkpoint down the financial road. Sure, we know that saving money can increase happiness, but without a shiny new purchase, it’s hard to keep that in mind on a daily basis. Shopping is supposedly the antidote for everything. continue reading »last_img read more

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Is crypto the credit union killer?

first_imgBlockchain and crypto and Bitcoin – oh, my! Faced with the reality of the cryptocurrency revolution, a lot of credit unions are acting like Dorothy and her friends tiptoeing through the forest, fearful of what lies around every corner. What’s a poor credit union to do?Let’s start with this: What shouldn’t a credit union do? The answer is simple. Nothing. Credit unions should definitely not do nothing. If your credit union is taking the ever-popular “wait and see” approach to blockchain and cryptocurrency, you’re going to see the crypto movement blow right past you as your credit union is vanquished to the Island of Irrelevant Financial Institutions. Your only consolation will be that you’ll probably see a lot of your friends there.Ok, then let’s buy a product with blockchain or public ledger in the name. That’ll fix things, right? Um, negative Ghost Rider. This approach tends to assume that blockchain is just a new technology toolset that you can use to do the same old things. Maybe you can do them a little better with a blockchain solution, but where’s the real innovation?The problem isn’t that banks and non-FIs are using blockchain and credit unions aren’t. Who cares? Your credit union needs to be concerned with the fact that your members – remember them? – are buying cryptocurrency. And they’re buying that cryptocurrency using actual US dollars. Where do those dollars come from? Your credit union, of course.Let’s be clear on that. In the current environment, cryptocurrency takes money out of your credit union, possibly never to return again. And every dollar that’s pulled from your credit union also erodes member loyalty just a smidgeon. Where does that money go when it leaves? Some members may choose to be custodians of their own digital assets; others may park those assets with an exchange. Both of these options come with serious risks, but what’s a poor cryptocurrency investor to do?Hmm. Maybe credit unions could solve that problem. Maybe they could take on a custodial role that prevents do-it-yourself screw-ups and also avoids the wild west hacking that exchanges have fallen victim to. Wouldn’t that be cool if credit unions could remain relevant in the crypto age by doing what they do best – protecting their members’ assets?Maybe I’m on to something. What do you think? 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

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[UPDATED] COVID-19 patient, a doctor who traveled to Italy, dies in Medan

first_imgMeanwhile, in Malang, East Java, the administration reported that two patients under COVID-19 surveillance had died. However, the director of Malang Saiful Anwar Public Hospital, Kohar Hari Santoso, said the tests done on them for the coronavirus had come back negative.”It’s true they had lung problems but the cause of their death was not the coronavirus but another type of virus,” Kohar told reporters after meeting East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa in Surabaya on Tuesday.Kohar, however, said the two patients had met with foreigners several days before being admitted to the hospital.Asip A. Hasani contributed to this story from Surabaya, East JavaEditor’s note: The status of the patient has been updated from suspect to confirmed.  Topics : Alwi said the patient was a medical doctor. “He just got back from Jerusalem and visited Italy afterwards. He went with a group of people and we’re tracing them,” Alwi said on Wednesday. Adam Malik hospital confirmed later that he was tested positive and among 19 people who died of COVID-19 nationwide.As of Tuesday, the hospital had eight patients under COVID-19 surveillance in isolation rooms, including the doctor who just died.The hospital’s coordinator for COVID-19, Ade Rahmaini, said the isolation rooms in the hospital were already full. She said the hospital would refer new patients to other hospitals.Earlier, the North Sumatra administration reported it was tracking about 350 residents of the province who attended a mass religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where dozens of people from several countries had contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus. A medical doctor who had been under surveillance and tested positive for COVID-19 at Adam Malik General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra died on Tuesday night.Authorities reported the doctor had traveled to Jerusalem and Italy before his death but they did not divulge the timeline of his travel history. His death was the first related to COVID-19 in North Sumatra.The head of the North Sumatra Health Agency, Alwi Mujahi Hasibuan, said the patient died at 8:45 p.m. in the hospital. He said the patient had gone to Jerusalem and Italy with several people.last_img read more

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Wyoming Lawmakers To Consider Anti-Porn Resolution

first_imgKGAB.com January 2018Family First Comment: Wyoming joins a number of other states in building momentum..“(The resolution) says pornography contributes to a number of social problems, including the ”hypersexualization of teens, and even prepubescent children in our society.” The resolution also labels porn as addictive, says it normalizes violence against women and children, presents rape as being harmless, and has a wide range of other negative impacts on society.”Yep!  www.PornInquiry.nzA resolution to be introduced to lawmakers in the upcoming 2018 session of the Wyoming Legislature would define pornography as a public health crisis.House Joint Resolution 1 says pornography contributes to a number of social problems, including the ”hypersexualization of teens, and even prepubescent children in our society.”The resolution also labels porn as addictive, says it normalizes violence against women and children, presents rape as being harmless, and has a wide range of other negative impacts on society.While the resolution doesn’t attempt to ban pornography or impose any legal sanctions against it, it does call for “education, prevention, research, and policy change  at the community and societal level to address the  pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our  state and nation.”It does not, however, appropriate any money for such programs.It is being co-sponsored by Rep. Lars Lone (R-Laramie County), Jim Blackburn (R-Laramie County), Scott Clem (R-Campbell County), Roy Edwards (R-Campbell County), Chuck Gray (R-Natrona County), Mark Jennings (R-Sheridan County), and Jared Olsen (R-Laramie County).The legislature will convene a 20-day budget session on February 12 in Cheyenne. Because it is a budget session, it takes a 2/3 majority vote to introduce any non-budget item.http://kgab.com/wyoming-lawmakers-to-consider-anti-porn-resolution/last_img read more

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EPL: Abraham inspires Chelsea win

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford, Bournemouth relegated from Premier League Pearson overwhelmed by fans support after Watford sacking EPL: Foxes attack Watford Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were on target as Chelsea secured a fourth straight away win with a 2-1 success at struggling Watford.Abraham put the visitors in front with a fine lob after just five minutes following an incredible Jorginho assist.The Italian, in the style of his coach Frank Lampard, steered a stunning first-time curling ball into Abraham’s path and the 22-year-old lifted it over Foster to end a four-game run without a goal.Shortly after, Abraham should have had his second of the evening. Mason Mount had a crack from 20 yards, the ball deflected into Abraham’s path and he tried to slot it past Foster, who was alive to it tipping it wide.From the resulting corner, Christian Pulisic met Willian’s delivery with a looping header and Foster did marvellously to claw the ball away before it bounced into the far corner.The 36-year-old was being kept very busy as he attempted to keep his side in the game and his efforts nearly paid off when Gerard Deulofeu’s low drive flashed past the far post.Mount showed his talent to dribble around three defenders and shoot from 25 yards, forcing Foster into another fine save to keep the gap to one goal at the break.But the Blues were just as keen to put the game to bed when they came out for the second half and made it count just 10 minutes after. Willian found Abraham on the edge of the box on the right and his cutback was met by Pulisic, who tapped home from close range.The visitors, who had scored 16 goals in five away league games, were aiming to pile on the misery with Pulisic and Abraham both going close to adding to their tallies.But it was Watford who got back in it with a controversial penalty award via VAR. Jorginho was adjudged to have tripped Deulofeu inside the box and the Spaniard stepped up to slot into the corner.Despite the Hornets’ best efforts to find an equaliser, the Blues held on to another three points on the road to climb into third and keep within two points of Manchester City. Tags: Watford FClast_img read more

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Trump, Pence Pay Respects To Florida Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

first_img(Dover AFB, DE) — President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence paid their respects last night to two soldiers from Eglin Air Force Base in Destin, Florida who were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Trump saluted and Pence put his hand over his heart as the flag-draped transfer cases were carried off the plane and loaded into a vehicle. Twenty-eight-year old Sergeant Javier Gutierrez of San Antonio and 28-year-old Sergeant Antonio Rodriguez of Las Cruces, New Mexico were killed Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire with a machine gun. Gutierrez and Rodriguez were stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in the panhandle.last_img read more