The Stadium Woods on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg represent one of only a handful of old-growth stands of forest left on the East Coast. The powers that be at the school have recently proposed to cut about a quarter of the 11 acre woods to build a new indoor practice facility for the football team. This is not sitting well with much of the student body, faculty and Blacksburg area residents.The main issue on campus is not the actual building of the facility, but the location. The Stadium Woods is one of the rarest pieces of natural history left on the East Coast, containing great white oaks that are over 350 years old. As the video below demonstrates, opponents of the construction plan point to alternative sites on campus that will not require the destruction of any of this unique eco-system. A petition is being circulated and Virginia Tech administrators are having closed-door meetings to discuss the project and any alternatives. A ruling is expected by June 1.This short documentary style video was put together by some VT undergraduate students and does a great job of explaining both sides of the controversy.For more information, check out http://www.savestadiumwoods.com/Here is a Washington Post article from earlier in the month outlining the controversy.
The amount of cocaine seized by the Costa Rican police on January 31 from three Colombian and two Costa Rican nationals increased the following day to almost two tons, the largest shipment seized in the country in the last six years, Security Minister Mario Zamora announced. “What we’ve accounted for is 1,963 kilograms of cocaine, the largest shipment seized since 2006,” Zamora said at a press conference. Officers of the Judicial Investigation Agency brought the drugs to San José from the port of Golfito, 350 km south of the capital, where they recorded the full amount on February 1. Coast Guard personnel, in coordination with Air Guard authorities and the Drug Control Police, arrested three Colombian and two Costa Rican citizens who were transporting the drugs on three speedboats in the southern part of the country. Following a partial count, authorities originally announced that the drugs came to 1,080 kilos. Two of the vessels seized were carrying fuel, and the other one had drugs in 94 hidden sacks, according to the Public Safety Ministry. According to Zamora, authorities continue to conduct operations by air, sea, and land in search of at least two individuals who escaped in the direction of mountainous areas. Anti-drug authorities seized around 10 tons of cocaine in the last 18 months of Laura Chinchilla’s administration, according to official figures. Ninety percent of the cocaine in circulation is trafficked from South America, especially from Colombia, for consumption in the United States. The drugs pass through Central American territory or through the region’s territorial waters, according to official data from Washington, D.C. By Dialogo February 03, 2012 read more
“Flowers are beautiful, and we all love getting them, but you can’t eat flowers,” Pickering said with a laugh. Pickering prefers donuts to flowers. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Flowers are a traditional Mother’s Day Gift, but outside the Gault Toyota Dealership, a possibly sweeter gift was being dished out: a donut bouquet. To maintain safety during the coronavirus crisis, Pickering and her help wore masks, and customers simply pulled up, grabbed their donuts and drove off. JukeBox Donut Shop owner Tanya Pickering made more than 300 donuts on Sunday morning, preparing the 37 orders for people to pick up for their loved ones.
August 18, 2016 Medical Marijuana, The Blog Earlier today, I held a press conference to give some updates about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf earlier this year. The program is expected to be implemented by 2018 and will allow Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions that are identified in Act 16 to have access to medical marijuana.Here are four important updates that I think you should know: SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DOH has finished drafting the temporary regulations for growers and processors and will have them available for review and feedback until August 26. These temporary regulations provide details on the information and operational requirements for a grower/processor permit application. Want to weigh in? Give us your thoughts here.A survey was also released today on the department’s website seeking input from the patient and caregiver community. The department will use the information from this survey to help draft the temporary regulations for patients and caregivers, which is expected to be published by the end of 2016. Complete the survey here.The department has approved 53 Safe Harbor Letters to date and are processing 10 more applications. These letters enable parents, legal guardians, caregivers and spouses of minors under the age of 18 who have been certified as having serious medical conditions to possess medical marijuana in approved form to administer to their minor within the commonwealth. Safe Harbor Letter applications are available here.Earlier this month, I announced that John Collins was named the director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. John has an impressive record of executive leadership experience that will serve him well in his new role of overseeing the commonwealth’s high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program. We’re excited to have him on board.As you can see, providing the public, our partners and stakeholders with the opportunity to review the draft temporary regulations and provide feedback before they are published is very important to us and ensures that we are being transparent throughout the process. I encourage all interested individuals to provide feedback to help us create a high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program for Pennsylvania residents with serious medical conditions. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Four Important Updates You Need to Know About PA’s Medical Marijuana Program By: Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health read more
51 Mandalay St, Fig Tree Pocket.The double-storey build at 51 Mandalay St, Fig Tree Pocket has a cinema, study, heated 80,000L salt water pool with fountains, and multiple balconies to soak up the water views. There is also separate access to a bedroom with ensuite which would be ideal au pair accommodation. The property has been listed for sale with a price guide between $2.5 to $3 million. 51 Mandalay St, Fig Tree Pocket.The boss of AusHomes, Brett Shepherd, is selling his seven-bedroom riverfront pad at Fig Tree Pocket.NGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic said Shepherd “simply wants to downsize”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“It’s a massive home and there are only two of them in the house,” he said. read more
InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Airline defends weight-based fares by: – April 2, 2013 51 Views no discussions Air Samoa said the policy meant some people would end up paying less to flyThe head of Samoa Air has defended the airline’s decision to start charging passengers according to their weight. Chris Langton told Australia’s ABC Radio that it was “the fairest way of travelling”. Rather than pay for a seat, passengers pay a fixed price per kilogram, which varies depending on the route length. Samoa Air flies domestically and to American Samoa. It is thought the move could encourage other airlines to introduce similar policies. “Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers,” Mr Langton told ABC radio. “Anyone who travels at times has felt they have been paying for half of the passenger next to them.”Under the new model, Mr Langton described how some families with children were now paying cheaper fares. “There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo,” he said.Air Samoa’s rates range from $1 (65p) to around $4.16 per kilogram. Passengers pay for the combined weight of themselves and their baggage. Mr Langton also suggested that the move had helped promote health awareness in Samoa, which has one of the world’s highest levels of obesity. “People generally are becoming much more weight conscious. That’s a health issue in some areas,” he told ABC Radio. Mr Langton said he believed that charging by weight was “the concept of the future.”“People generally are bigger, wider and taller than they were 50 years ago,” he said. “The industry will start looking at this.” Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! read more
The Reds were edged out on away goals by Zenit St Petersburg despite a stirring comeback in the second leg of their last-32 tie. Despite the result eliminating the club’s last hope of silverware this season and leaving them fighting to finish higher than their current Barclays Premier League position of seventh, Rodgers is not downbeat. Rodgers said: “Our season doesn’t finish, and never was going to finish, until the final whistle against QPR. We want to carry that through right until the last whistle at the end of the season.” He added: “This is a group that is growing all the time. You see the level of performance last night, to dominate a team of that ilk and control the game like we did was incredible really. For us, going forward, it is to continue with how we have been working since the turn of the year. “As the season has gone on we have got better and improved. You can see the players have the hunger and determination to do that. We will look to demonstrate that in the last 11 games.” Liverpool are not in action again until they travel to Wigan on March 2. Their remaining fixtures include home clashes with Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton but otherwise they face a host of teams currently in the bottom half. Presently seventh, their challenge is to claw back a nine-point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham. Rodgers said: “We need to do our best. We are out of the cup competitions and that is something we will look to put right going forward. We want to win trophies here, that is the idea. “For the remainder of the season it is to finish as high up the league as we can. When I came here in the summer that was the priority given to me. There has been some great growth in the group and that will continue. “We want to keep showing our quality of fight and spirit right the way through to the QPR game. Then we will reassess in the summer and we will be in a much better position come next season.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side’s season is not over following their Europa League exit. Press Association read more
Press Association Swansea manager Alan Curtis has denied Jonjo Shelvey was forced out of the club. The 23-year-old signed a four-year contract in the summer but he failed to regain his place after suspension for what proved to be Monk’s final game against Leicester. Shelvey said he had wondered what was going on as he had “played for England four weeks ago”, but Curtis said his omission might have been for “all sorts of reasons”. “More often than not Jonjo has been a regular in the side since he’s been here and in the last couple of months that’s not always been the case,” Curtis said. “I’ve always said that our form and Jonjo’s form probably went hand in hand. “We’ve had a disappointing season and I think, hand on heart, Jonjo would say that he’s probably had a disappointing season as well. “I can’t remember the circumstances of the (Leicester) game, but if Jonjo wasn’t in the starting 11 that could have been for all sorts of reasons. “I’ve stated in the past, quite recently, that I wanted him to stay. “He wasn’t in the team, but he was always going to get an opportunity to get back and from there it would have been up to him.” Swansea have been linked to former player Jonathan de Guzman in this month’s transfer window, the Dutch international midfielder having played over 90 games in two seasons on loan at the club before joining Serie A giants Napoli in 2014. “He’s a player we know and it probably makes sense to bring someone like him,” said Curtis amid reports of Swansea also being linked to Scott Sinclair, another former player now at Aston Villa, and Roma’s Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia. “I’ve said all along we need to spruce the squad up and there’s a lot going on at the moment behind the scenes.” But Curtis said: “I don’t see how he can direct any criticism towards the club. “Obviously, there was a little bit of trouble between Jonjo and a small section of supporters. “But even during the (FA Cup) game last Sunday at Oxford a lot of the crowd were cheering his name. “I think the criticism at the end was probably a reaction to the performance of the team as much as Jonjo’s performance. “He certainly wasn’t hounded out of the club in any way. “It was just a case of Jonjo wanting to play first-team football and in the end it was probably a good deal for both parties. “The money was good and it was probably good for Jonjo to move, it was in the interest of both parties for him to have a fresh start.” Shelvey lost his first-team place before Curtis succeeded Garry Monk at the start of December. England midfielder Shelvey completed a £12million move to Newcastle on Tuesday after starting only one Barclays Premier League game for Swansea since the end of November. Speaking in an interview with BBC Newcastle on Friday, Shelvey accused Swansea fans of jumping on his back and claimed he was ‘hung out to dry’ during the final weeks of his two-and-a-half-year stay at the Liberty Stadium. read more
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