first_imgUniversity of Georgia Extension will offer a Backyard Flock Poultry Workshop Jan. 16 in downtown Comer. The after-work workshop, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Comer Travel Museum, will cover backyard poultry basics like breed selection, housing and nutrition, but will also cover more advanced topics like disease and parasite prevention. “This will be a workshop where beginners are going to learn a lot,” said Madison County Extension Agent Adam Speir. “But if you have had chickens for a while, you will still be able to get something out of it.” Jim Adkins, of the Sustainable Poultry Network, will be presenting the workshop along with Casey Ritz, of the UGA Department of Poultry Science. UGA’s Madison and Elbert county Extension offices are hosting the workshop, but poultry fanciers from all over northeast Georgia are invited to attend. The workshop is $20 per person, but discounts are available for families, couples and anyone who registers with their own small flock of poultry enthusiasts. Visit http://whoozin.com/W3U-7XW-WFK9 to pre-register before the Jan. 13 registration deadline. For more information or for directions to the Comer Travel Museum, call the Madison County Extension office at 706-795-2281 or email aspeir@uga.edu. For more information about the Sustainable Poultry Network visit www.sustainablepoutlrynetwork.com.last_img read more

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation reported fourth quarter 2010 earnings of $1.26 per share on an as-reported basis, compared to the same period last year of $1.64. For year-end 2010, earnings were $6.66 versus $6.30 for 2009. Entergy is the parent company of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. SEE FULL REPORT HEREOperational Earnings Highlights for Fourth Quarter 2010â ¢ Utility results were lower due to an increase in non-fuel operation and maintenance expense.â ¢ Entergy Wholesale Commodities earnings decreased as a result of lower net revenue and a higher effective income tax rate, partially offset by a gain on sale of an investment.â ¢ Parent & Other results declined due to several individually insignificant items including higher interest expense.‘Once again our businesses delivered strong operational performance and for the sixth year in a row we achieved record operational earnings per share,’ said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. ‘Our efforts in 2010 have positioned us for future success. The Utility’s regulatory progress, including rate case settlements in Arkansas and Texas, and future opportunities for productive investments provide one of the best growth stories in the industry. The execution of the reorganization to establish Entergy Wholesale Commodities further enhances our focus on license renewal efforts. And as EWC faces challenging power markets, we are largely hedged in the upcoming years to provide certainty in a bearish environment.’Entergy’s business highlights include the following:â ¢ The Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for Indian Point’s proposed 20-year license renewal, concluding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude license renewal for an additional 20 years of operation.â ¢ The Public Utility Commission of Texas unanimously approved the Entergy Texas rate case settlement.â ¢ In January, Entergy Louisiana received the remaining regulatory approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission for its proposed acquisition of the Acadia Unit 2 power plant paving the way for a first quarter 2011 closing.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westhampton Middle School gym teacher has admitted to secretly filming girls in a locker room with a hidden cell phone earlier this year.Thomas Sheppard pleaded guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to eight charges, including unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a minor.“It was clear to us from the beginning the recording of these girls was not inadvertent as the defendant first claimed,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “His appalling betrayal of these teenagers will also result in the surrender of his teaching license.”Judge Barbara Kahn is expected to sentence the 28-year-old Speonk man Dec. 18 to five years of probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.Prosecutors said they will recommend he be sentenced to the maximum of one and one-third to four years in prison.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the word “fraternity” is mentioned around USC, it can often be marred by the words partying, privilege and controversy. One term that isn’t tossed around as often, however, is diversity. This isn’t the case for the 26 multicultural fraternities and sororities recognized on USC’s campus. These organizations strive to add some new terms to Greek life: inclusion, tolerance and community. Every fraternity and sorority at USC is overseen by a national governing body. The organizations on the Row are all overseen by either the Interfraternity Council or the Panhellenic Council. However, these organizations do not oversee multicultural fraternities. Instead, three different councils exist for these groups, each one catering to a different ethnic demographic. The Asian Greek Council oversees the three historically Asian sororities and two Asian fraternities on campus. The Multicultural Greek Council oversees 12 fraternities and sororities which are predominantly Latino (one of the fraternities overseen by MGC, Alpha Gamma Alpha, is historically Armenian). And the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities at USC — a group colloquially referred to as “The Divine Nine” — is overseen by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. According to Kathrina Ruiz, the anti-basileus (or president) of National Pan-Hellenic’s Sigma Gamma Rho, one of the main differences she sees between traditional Greek organizations and multicultural fraternities and sororities is a greater focus on community service. The work is often specifically focused on causes important to minorities. A commitment to community outreach was one of the main reasons why Sigma Gamma Rho was more attractive option for her. “I felt [Panhellenic] didn’t do as much community service as I wanted to do,” Ruiz said. “They do great at throwing ‘fundragers’ and stuff like that, but I don’t see them on Skid Row too often.” Cesar Rivas, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention and an active member of the MGC-overseen Sigma Delta Alpha, said that he never even considered joining a fraternity when he first arrived at USC. However, it was SDA’s commitment to service that made him want to become a part of the community. “I feel like fraternities as a whole get a very negative reputation, but particularly what I liked with Sigma Delta Alpha was what they were about,” Rivas said. “Our purpose was to graduate and spread the words of our culture — to be able to help out communities around the area and see what their needs are. That to me was really important.” Although having three different governing bodies may suggest that these organizations operate independently of each other, Ruiz said that this is not the case, and that many of their community events blur council lines. NPHC chapters will often partner with MGC and AGC — and occasionally with IFC — for programming each semester. Although these chapters coordinate with one another, Rivas believes that a focus on community service is part of why the multicultural Greek community has a lower profile than many other organizations on campus. In comparison to large parties on the Row that sometimes reach capacity after an hour, lower key events held by the multicultural fraternities draw from smaller groups of people. Ruiz believes that when people on campus talk about fraternities and sororities, the organizations overseen by AGC, MGC and National Pan-Hellenic are considered separate from “typical” Greek life. “I feel like not a lot of people know, and I feel like it comes from the fact that when people talk about ‘Greek life,’ they’re referring to the Row primarily,” Ruiz said. But the multicultural Greek community is much greater than just USC. According to Rivas, the network created by membership of one of these organizations transcends state lines, and can be useful. With chapters located throughout California and the U.S., members of these organizations can find a network and a community across the country. And this network finds its way back to USC. Oscar Salinas, an alumnus of an MGC fraternity at Arizona State University, visited USC’s campus to watch a cultural performance event put on by the Multicultural Greek Council and its members. He said that becoming a member of a multicultural fraternity means becoming a member of something much bigger — even as an alumnus. “I was born and raised in Arizona, I have my fraternity brothers all back home at Arizona,” Salinas said. “But I get to come to USC’s campus and see all of these Greek organizations — some of which also have chapters at ASU — and it feels like I’m at home. It feels like I’m an undergrad.” Rivas said that, despite not maintaining the highest profile on campus, he feels like the multicultural Greek community at USC is continuing to grow. Mostly, he is excited to see the Greek community continue to become more and more diverse in the future. “I think the future is definitely bright,” Rivas said. “I hope to see a future where we have not just a lot of people of color or Latinos and such in our fraternities and sororities, but a very diverse community.”last_img read more