Trial Gardens Open House

first_imgEach year the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia hosts a summer open house to show off the season’s best plants. This year they’re working to beat the heat by moving the party from July to June.The public is invited to this year’s showcase of new ornamentals — ranging from vibrantly colored flowers to hardy shrubs — at the open house on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.“We have decided to hold the public open house for 2019 a month earlier to try and beat some of the brutal heat that July tends to bring us, as well as to catch people planning events early in the summer,” said Brandon Coker, Trial Gardens manager.The Trial Gardens at UGA are operated by the Department of Horticulture in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Trial Gardens are open to the public every day of the year, but the open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens and to have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Professor John Ruter. Ruter is a plant breeder, author and director of the Trial Gardens.Many of the newest perennials, annuals and show-stopping roses will be in full bloom during the open house. Located on the main UGA campus between Snelling Dining Commons and the R.C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the lush oasis displays hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world.“The Trial Gardens at UGA are one the best kept secrets in northeast Georgia,” said Ruter. “Our annual open house is our chance to share one of the most beautiful parts of the UGA campus with the community and share some of what we’ve learned over our last year of gardening.”Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year to be evaluated at the Trial Gardens, which funds garden operations.The goal of the Trial Gardens is to see if the plants can survive in the Southeast’s hot and rainfall-variable climate. The funds go toward the gardens’ upkeep and paying the team of student workers that keeps the gardens running.The Trial Gardens also serve as a teaching and research facility for the UGA Department of Horticulture and other academic departments on campus.The open house will be held rain or shine. The gardens’ staff requests a $5 donation to help offset the cost of the event and support the gardens, located at 220 West Green St., Athens, Georgia.Parking will be available in the South Campus parking deck. For more information, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu, email trial-gardens@uga.edu.last_img read more

Champlain Valley Exposition names Tim Shea executive director

first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE.  Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children.  Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

‘We also have the right’: Indonesian women break taboos in pursuit of sexual pleasure

first_img“We live in a patriarchal culture where a woman is told that her purpose [in life] is to ‘serve’ her husband. I want to tell women that that’s not true… that pleasure belongs to us too,” the 24-year-old told The Jakarta Postearlier this week.“Women and girls have not been given the freedom to talk about sex, leaving them confused. I want to make a safe space for women to talk about sexuality,” said Sisil.And yet, this sense of openness carries over to the real world too, with or without influencers.Jenna – not her real name – is just one of an emerging group of 20-somethings who embodies this progressive way of thinking. The 24-year-old Jakarta-based worker says she does not follow Sisil or other sex educators on social media because she has friends with whom she can comfortably converse about sexuality.“I started masturbating in high school. Back then I kept wondering if what I did as a girl was normal. Only in college when I started talking about it with friends did I no longer feel the guilt of masturbating or reading erotic fan fiction,” she said.Unlike Jenna, 24-year-old Lani – also not her real name –  admitted to having no knowledge of women’s sexuality or any of these struggles before she encountered Sisil and other sex educators like Inez Kristanti, a clinical psychologist who has amassed 145,000 followers on her Instagram account, @inezkristanti.“I did not know before that some women are unable to refuse sex when they aren’t into it, or that foreplay often goes easily ignored by male partners,” said the Semarang-based worker.Lani said she followed sex educators on social media to understand how to keep her sexual and reproductive organs clean and healthy, including when it comes to pursuing sexual pleasure.And although she chooses not to masturbate often out of respect for her religion, Lani said she was eager to learn about her body and explore what she enjoyed so that she could provide guidance to a future sexual partner.Even as a mother of two, Citra Ayu Mustika is widely known for her bold Instagram posts on @olevelove, where she shares tips about breastfeeding and sex with her 163,000 followers.Citra agreed that women need to know about their own bodies and desires and be able to communicate them to partners – sex is not merely about intercourse but also intimacy, she says.Most of Citra’s online following comprises young wives and husbands. Many of these wives have confided in her about their inability to reach an orgasm, even after years of marriage.“Some have even resorted to faking [orgasms] out of fear that their husbands will feel bad,” said the hijab-wearing mother, who is famous for promoting the term “solehot wives” – a married woman who is both solehah (pious) and hot, as in sexy.“Another common problem is that wives are reluctant to ask for sex because of the stereotype that labels sexually assertive women as immoral,” she added.The problem, they say, lies not in the nature of women, but rather, in nurture.Inez said that any healthy woman had the capacity to experience sexual pleasure.“But knowledge about female sexual organs – let alone female orgasms – is lacking in society, because for far too long sexuality has been defined by men,” she said, noting that 70 percent of women reached orgasm through clitoral rather than vaginal stimulation.Furthermore, Inez said, people usually forget or ignore the fact that the most important human sexual organ is the brain. She posits that if a person engages in sexual activity but their head is clouded with fear or anxiety, it will be difficult for them to find pleasure.“Meanwhile, our perception of sexuality is molded by the messages we receive throughout our lives. Sex is often associated with something dirty and sinful,” she told the Post.“We need to start another conversation that sex can be healthy and positive and that everyone including women have the right to it.”Inez, who is also a brand ambassador for condom brand Durex, imparts five pearls of wisdom that she dubs “Eduka5eks”.“The first one is ‘dare to know’ – where we must start knowing our sexual and reproductive organs and finding as much knowledge on sexuality from credible sources,” she said.“The second is ‘let’s talk’ – rather than just keeping the knowledge to ourselves, we should talk about it with the people around us to help spread correct information and [bust] myths around sexuality.“The third is ‘respect each other’, as people have different values regarding sexuality. The fourth is ‘always be responsible’, where we make sure we have all the information we need before making sexual decisions.“And the last is ‘do routine check-ups‘ to examine our sexual health status, if we’re sexually active,” she explained. (aly)Topics : Talk of sex is still taboo in most parts of predominantly Muslim Indonesia, but over the past few years the country has borne witness to a growing conversation on sexuality led by a younger generation of women.These women, not bound by society’s traditionally conservative norms, are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health, advocating for women to find self-pleasure and encouraging women to tap into their sexuality on their own terms – with confidence.From female masturbation to exploring fantasies and orgasms, the Bali-based social media influencer known only as Sisil has produced dozens of YouTube videos on such topics since 2018. She currently has more than 180,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 54,000 followers on her Instagram account, @sisilism.last_img read more

Bologna manager tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Bologna head coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club said in a statement on Sunday.There are very serious concerns as the 51-year-old is considered among the high-risk group. Mihajlovic was diagnosed with Leukaemia in July 2019 and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.The Bologna boss has made a full recovery but is still considered to be at risk due to his history of serious illness.The club said in a statement: “Our coach is completely asymptomatic but will remain in isolation for the next two weeks in line with national guidelines.“The entire Primavera team group underwent medical tests in the past few days with all the results returning as negative. First Team players and staff will undergo tests tomorrow (on Monday).”Mihajlovic missed all of pre-season training last summer because of his Leukaemia treatment as he spent three months in a specialist clinic. He has kept in touch with his staff and players via videolink, watching training sessions from his hospital room and giving team talks.The 2020-21 season begins on September 19 and the club will be hoping their manager makes a full recovery as they look to build on last season’s 12th-placed finish.Tags: Bologna ManagerCoronavirusMihajlovicSerie ASinisa Mihajloviclast_img read more

Freshman forwards show potential in 0-0 draw against Fordham

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman Teri Jackson took off her yellow pinnie on the sidelines and handed it to Marisa Fischetti, who was exiting the field. Replacing the redshirt freshman in the 26th minute, Jackson took over operating the right wing of the Syracuse attack. Having spent less than a minute on the field, Jackson received the ball, picked up her head and found forward Meghan Root with a through-ball. Root’s shot trickled just wide of the post, but it was the first of many attacking moves that Jackson would be a part of on Sunday afternoon. With a roster crippled by injuries, the Orange (2-4-1) turned to Jackson and fellow freshman Alexandra Panaggio to spearhead the front-three in a 0-0 draw against Fordham (1-5-2) at SU Soccer Stadium. The two freshmen combined for nine shots, three of which were on target, and played the entirety of both overtime periods despite not starting. “Great for both of them to get in,” Root said. “And I thought in both games that they’ve played in, they both made a direct impact right away.” Panaggio’s afternoon started poorly when she sent a corner kick into the side netting about five minutes into her shift. Later in the first half, the forward went down from a challenge in the midfield holding her ankle but got up in a few seconds. She did not seem to feel any effects from the tackle the rest of the game aside from a few winces. Panaggio stayed quiet the rest of the first half, not featuring in any moves in the attacking box.Jackson, however, used her speed to get the better of the Fordham outside backs and gave another wide option for a Syracuse team looking to play more direct. After nearly assisting Root, Jackson fired the Orange’s only shot on goal in the first half when a blocked shot bounced to her. Fordham goalie Kelly LaMorte made the save comfortably.   AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Jackson and Panaggio made their debuts against St. John’s on Thursday, but otherwise have not experienced college play. The faster pace of the college game has been difficult to adapt to, Panaggio said. And with Syracuse looking to play long balls, she was unable to showcase her technical ability until the second half when the Orange played shorter as they looked for a winner. “(I) Definitely (worked on) getting my head up and finishing,” Panaggio said. Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThough Panaggio has been practicing executing in the box, her skills are still developing. On Sunday, she was unable to make an impact on the scoresheet, though not for a lack of chances. Led by Panaggio and Root (5 shots apiece), Syracuse out-shot Fordham 23 to six. In practice, because of extensive injuries, SU hasn’t been able to scrimmage or simulate game-scenarios to work on tactical play, head coach Nicky Adams said. The coaches have had to step in and play with the girls at times, and the injured players have acted as “mannequins” to emulate opposition.It’s left a hole in player development regarding awareness and defensive positioning, Adams said, and not just with the freshmen. Fitness has also been a cause for concern even outside of the injuries. “There’s a lot of work we have to do but with limited players, tactically, there’s little we can do besides watching film,” Adams said. Early in the second half, Jackson created the best chance of the game to that point as her shot whistled past the crossbar and landed on top of the goal-netting. Then, as the rain started coming down, Panaggio looked to hold up play in the midfield to give time for her attacking options to get forward. At times, she would race down the left wing and look to take on the defenders one-on-one. She turned her defender on one occasion and was able to cut inside on her right foot, but with a slippery field because of rain and divots, she fell while attempting the shot. She would get a similar chance near the end of the second extra-time period, this time aiming for the top-left corner. Her looping effort would end in the safe hands of LaMorte, who didn’t have to dive and simply shuffled over for the stop.  Over the two extra-time periods, Panaggio added three shots and Jackson added two. On a couple of occasions, Panaggio was able to hold the ball up and try to find Jackson making a run in behind the defense. While neither put Jackson through on goal, they did lead to corners. “I think we were meshing well,” Panaggio said. “It’s just connecting. She’s making great runs and I’m trying to play her in.” Syracuse didn’t find the result it was looking for on the scoreboard and Adams admitted there was plenty of work to be done by the team. But in her first season at SU, she realizes there’s a long road ahead to turning around a team that hasn’t played the offensive style of soccer she wants in a long time. For now, Adams just wants “maximum effort,” she said. And that’s exactly what Jackson and Panaggio brought on Sunday afternoon. Comments Published on September 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more