The people’s toll

first_imgThough their sound is quite clear, the origin of the Lowell House bells is quite convoluted. Charles U. Lowe ’42 extensively researched the Lowell House bells’ history here, but the short version is that Charles Crane gifted them in 1930. Hailing from the St. Danilov Monastery in Moscow, the 17 Russian bells were returned there in 2008 and a new set was installed in Lowell House thereafter. The bells toll every weekend, on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and anyone may ring them.last_img

New grass

first_imgTifGrand was developed by Wayne Hanna, professor of plant breeding and genetics in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“Although TifGrand produces a beautiful turf in full sun, its major contribution will be the production of nice turf in areas with reduced light — up to 60 percent less light than is normally required for healthy Bermuda grass growth,” Hanna said. Hanna is a world-renowned plant breeder. During his 37-year career, Hanna has developed winter-hardy, pest-resistant Bermuda grasses able to handle high traffic. These grasses now grow on golf courses around the world and in major sports stadiums. Hanna has spearheaded the screening of Bermuda grass for hybrids that naturally deter mole crickets, the No. 1 lawn and turf pest in the Southeast. He and his research team have been awarded seven patents. New Concept Turf, a Georgia-based company specializing in marketing new turfgrasses, has contracted The Turfgrass Group of Ft. Valley, Ga., to exclusively handle licensing of TifGrand for sod production. TifGrand will be licensed to a selected number of growers beginning in summer 2009. It is expected to be available in the general market in 2010. For more information on TifGrand and licensing opportunities, contact Bill Carraway, vice president of marketing for The Turfgrass Group, 770/207-1500, or visit www.theturfgrassgroup.com. By Terry HastingsUniversity of GeorgiaAn internationally recognized turfgrass researcher from the University of Georgia has developed a new Bermuda grass that thrives in sun and produces healthy turf in areas with less than half the light normally required for other Bermuda grass.The new grass, licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., to New Concept Turf, will soon be available to homeowners for planting lawns; to developers for recreational facilities, sports complexes and golf courses; and to urban area landscapers.last_img read more

Vermont Hospitality EXPO Planned for November

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its plans to host the inaugural Vermont Hospitality EXPO on Monday, November 6, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. The show will provide owners, managers, buyers, innkeepers and chefs at Vermont’s lodging and restaurant properties with a forum to meet and network and find resources for their businesses.This show has been designed to replace the former Vermont Lodging & Restaurant Showcase with new energy, fresh focus and expanded industry opportunities. The Vermont Hospitality EXPO Tradeshow is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday, November 6, and will feature more than 60 exhibitors representing hundreds of new products and services designed specifically for lodging and restaurant properties.Kicking off the event is a free keynote presentation by Steve Anderson, President of the National Restaurant Association. Other special, free events throughout the day include ice carving demonstrations and professional and student chef competitions. A networking and awards reception will wrap up the evening and the following industry awards will be presented: Restauranteur of the Year, Innkeeper of the Year, Bed & Breakfast Operator of the Year and Allied Member of the Year.A variety of seminars will provide educational opportunities for attendees. Topics of focus include customer service, legal issues, energy efficiency, as well as employing individuals of ‘Generation Y.’Entrance into the tradeshow and events taking place in the Exhibition Hall are free for those who pre-register online at www.vtchamber.com/services/vhe.html(link is external). A $10 tradeshow admission fee will be charged at the door to those who do not pre-register. Educational seminars are $25 each.For more information about any of the events surrounding the Vermont Hospitality EXPO or to reserve a booth, contact Erin Hitchcock at 802-223-0603 or ehitchcock@vtchamber.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Head for the High Country

first_imgThis could be you this weekend. Photo: Kristian JacksonThis weekend marks the first weekend in March, always an awkward time for the outdoor enthusiast because it is so hard to have any solid plans. It could be 65 degrees and sunny, it could be 20 and snowing, or it could be 33 degrees and sleeting/raining/hailing/tornadoing/brimstoneing. You could be fishing in short sleeves on Saturday and building an igloo in the backyard on Sunday. You never can tell, and even the weathermen grasp at straws during this erratic time. But, those same weathermen are predicting cold temperatures and some snow this weekend, so we have to take their word for it, right? It may be March, but this weekend could be the last chance to experience true winter conditions in the Blue Ridge, so don’t miss the opportunity to send Jack Frost out with a bang.Head for the High Country and get your kicks on the snow-covered trail. Whether you cross country ski, snowshoe, telemark, or just hike in huge, waterproof boots, getting out into the woods when the snow is flying is one of life’s great pleasures – just you, the trees, and the ghost of your breath in the wilderness. What could be better?Our favorite spot to get out into the backcountry is Roan Mountain, the hotspot for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the Southeast. From Carvers Gap you can access the summit observation tower at Roan High Bluff. This makes for a lovely ski tour or snowshoe hike with views to spare at 5,700 feet, the perfect ending to a not so perfect winter season.View Larger Maplast_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam John T. Allen, Jr., Gulfport Admitted 1961; Died December 6, 2004 Karen Bauer, Mamaroneck, NY Admitted 1981; Died July 28, 2003 Gordon A. Duncan, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1949; Died November 27, 2004 Tamara Lowe Dworsky, Scottsdale, AZ Admitted 1979; Died November 23, 2004 Milton Feller, Miami Beach Admitted 1939; Died November 29, 2004 Stanley E. Israel, Hollywood Admitted 1969; Died August 19, 2004 Thomas Harvey Johnson, Tequesta Admitted 1953; Died December 7, 2004 Gregory Dennis Lerch, Longwood Admitted 1992; Died November 9, 2004 John F. Loverro, East Hampton, NY Admitted 1974; Died June 12, 2004 Dennis Charles McDevitt, Boca Raton Admitted 1994; Died October 25, 2004 Niki L. Martin, Placitas, NM Admitted 1987; Died September 11, 2004 Jon Alex Merkle, Hallandale Admitted 1999; Died September 20, 2004 Anthony V. Pace, Jr., Boynton Beach Admitted 1965; Died July 2, 2003 Jack W. Pierce, Tallahassee Admitted 1949; Died September 10, 2004 Bernard C. Pestcoe, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1964; Died October 24, 2004 Jeffery Philip Raffle, Coral Gables Admitted 1970; Died December 22, 2004 Norbert Herman Rascher, Longwood Admitted 1993; Died September 7, 2001 Gerald Arthur Schneider, Jacksonville Admitted 1970; Died December 1, 2003 Clarine F. Smissman, Orlando Admitted 1980; Died September 3, 2004 Richard Edward Scherling, Jr., Milton Admitted 1974; Died November 5, 2004 Robert B. Wallace, Hollywood Admitted 1956; Died October 4, 2003 In Memoriam April 15, 2005 In Memoriamlast_img read more

Melville Hit-and-run Driver Sought by Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this hit-and-run driver?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a hit-and-run driver who struck an SUV, stopped to apologize and then fled the scene last month in Melville.A woman was driving her Ford Escape eastbound on Ruland Road when a silver or white Honda CRV made an illegal left turn out of the 7-Eleven parking lot on Broadhollow Road and hit her truck at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, police said.Second Precinct Crime Section officers said the suspect is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a red V-neck T-shirt and black pants.Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect and are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who recognizes him and can provide information leading to his arrest.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

5 members-only credit cards you can actually get

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jason SteeleMost credit card issuers are only too happy to accept your application, as the credit card industry is extremely competitive. At the same time, there are still some cards that are offered only to a select group of applicants, depending on their relationship with a particular organization. And in some cases, these cards can offer exceptional value.Thankfully, you may already qualify for one of these cards without even knowing it, and there can be ways to join an organization that are fairly inexpensive. So here are five cards that have selective requirements to apply, and what you can do to be considered:1. AARP Credit Card From Chase This card is offered by the AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. It offers a credit card through Chase that features 3% cash-back rewards at restaurants and for gas station purchases, and 1% cash back on all other purchases, with no annual fee. In addition, new cardholders are being offered $100 in cash back after spending $500 within three months of account opening. To apply, you must be a member of AARP. Standard membership is open to those age 50 or older for $16 a year, but anyone can become an associate membership for just $12.50.2. USAA Rate Advantage Platinum MasterCard The United States Automobile Association was founded in 1922 to provide financial services to members of our armed forces and their families. Today, it has more than 10 million members and is one of the top 10 credit card issuers in the U.S. It offers several different credit cards exclusively to members including its low-rate, USAA Rate Advantage Platinum MasterCard. This card features an interest rate of as low as 6.9% for the most qualified applicants, and no penalty interest rate. There is no annual fee for this card.Membership is open to active, retired and honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military, officer candidates in commissioning programs, adult children of USAA members, and along with widows, widowers and former spouses of USAA members who have or had a USAA auto or property insurance policy while married.3. PenFed Promise Visa Card The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is another institution founded to provide financial services to the military. Its Promise card is a unique product that offers no fees at all. The standard APR will be 7.99% to 16.99% APR, depending on your creditworthiness, and there is no annual fee, late fee, foreign transaction fee, balance transfer fee or penalty interest rate.PenFed membership is available to members of the U.S. military and uniformed services, employees of qualifying government and defense organizations, or relatives and housemates of members. In addition, anyone can qualify for membership by joining a military support organization. For example, you can join Voices For America’s Troops for $14, which is a qualifying organization. continue reading »last_img read more

PREMIUMMiddle-class women work as much as their lower-class peers: World Bank

first_imgLinkedin Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The participation rate of women in the workforce has continued to increase in recent years, but the differences in participation rates between middle-class women and their lower-class and upper-class peers are relatively small.In 2016, labor participation rate of middle-class women, who spent between Rp 1.2 million (US$85.70) and Rp 3.2 million per person per month, reached nearly 60 percent, only slightly higher than women in the lower classes at around 50 percent, according the World Bank’s report on “Indonesia’s Aspiring Indonesia: Expanding the Middle Class” released on  Jan. 30.”Indonesian middle-class women do not work much more than non-middle-class women,” the report stated.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is seeking to upgrade Indonesia’s income status and escape the middle-income trap, a situation in which a country&r… Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics : Indonesia World-Bank middle-class labor-participation-rate Women rural-area urban BPS povertylast_img read more

Japan’s September service sector activity shrinks at slowest pace since pandemic’s start

first_imgActivity in Japan’s services sector contracted for the eight straight month in September but at the slowest pace since the coronavirus pandemic started wreaking havoc on the economy, a private business survey showed on Monday, in a sign that demand is starting to steady.The final Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to its highest in eight months, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 46.9 from 45.0 in the previous month.The headline index, while still below the 50 neutral level, was higher than a preliminary reading of 45.6, suggesting conditions were moving closer to stabilisation. “Overall, there are signs of improvement in the sector, however recovery is far from secure,” said Shreeya Patel, economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey.“Demand across the country remains subdued, with tourism and travel restrictions impeding new work volumes across the service sector.”The main reading was pulled down by an accelerated decline in new orders from abroad, with surveyed firms citing depressed demand conditions in export markets as well as the closure of clients’ businesses.However, the survey also showed strong optimism in companies’ outlook for the 12 months ahead on hopes of a recovery in demand, pushing the business expectations sub-index to its highest level of the year.While job shedding continued for a seventh month, the pace of staff cuts was more modest and neared a neutral level.The results echo a key Bank of Japan survey from last week that showed business sentiment improved in the third quarter from a 11-year low hit three months earlier, in a sign of a gradual economic turnaround.The composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services, rose to 46.6 in September from the previous month’s final of 45.2.Topics :last_img read more

Patrice Evra trolls Arsenal fans as Robin van Persie retires from football

first_imgPatrice Evra trolls Arsenal fans as Robin van Persie retires from football Read More Top articles Robin van Persie hung up his boots on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie’s illustrious career came to an end on Sunday as he played for the last time with boyhood club Feyenoord.The Dutchman called time on his 18-year career at the very place in which it started with the Rotterdam club.Van Persie spent half of his career with Arsenal but ended his nine-year association with the Gunners in 2013 when he joined Manchester United in a controversial £22.5million move.The forward was tired of what he perceived to be ‘broken promises’ at the Emirates and he inspired United to their 20th league title in his debut campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Read More by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Full Screen Video Settings 1/1 PLAY Read More Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-united-0-2-cardiff-solskjaer-post-match-press-conference-1923896/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. SPONSORED Advertisement About Connatix V67539 ‘I remember the first day you joined Manchester United I say at that time welcome to a man club,’ tweeted Evra.‘Well done Robin van Persie, thanks for 20 title what a player.’That’ll go down well in north London…MORE: Atletico Madrid believe Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Comment Skip Ad That van Persie inspired United to their final title under Sir Alex Ferguson was particularly cruel for Arsenal fans, who stood by the Dutchman through some horrific injury problems. Van Persie spent three years at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)But even then, Van Persie probably wasn’t the most hated figure at Old Trafford with Arsenal fans as he played alongside pantomime villain Patrice Evra.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Frenchman grated on Gooners during a trophy-laden era at the Theatre of Dreams and once famously said United’s win against Arsenal in the Champions League was ’11 men against 11 children’.And the former France captain has been at it again in his retirement message for Van Persie, claiming the Dutchman joined a ‘man’s club’. 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 May 2019 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Coming Next Skip last_img read more