Outdoor Updates: Mysterious Tree Deaths Alarm Foresters

first_imgGeorgia Mayors sign letter calling for a future with more renewable energy Survival of North Carolina red wolves could depend on one mating pair Five mayors in Georgia have signed a letter calling for a future powered by more solar power. Over 300 mayors in all 50 states have signed the letter. The group, called “Mayors for Solar Energy,” is bipartisan and represents cities of all sizes across the country. Mayors from Georgia who signed the letter include Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. of Augusta, Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, and Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston.   Foresters do not know the exact number of oak tree deaths, but say that the deaths may be caused in part by a wet season last year followed by a very dry summer this year, which stresses the root system of the trees and kills the finer roots. Despite the tree deaths, foresters say they are not too concerned and won’t be until the oak deaths become a years-long pattern. So what should you do if your white oak dies? Foresters say you should plant another one. Oak trees are suddenly dying around Virginia, foresters say “Mayors for Solar Energy is proof that regardless of geography, demographics or political affiliation, local leaders understand how beneficial solar can be for a wide array of communities,” said Channa Childs, Clearn energy Fellow with Environment Georgia. “The future of energy will be clean and close to home, and these mayors represent the first wave of leaders who will bring the benefits of solar to communities coast-to-coast.” Foresters are noticing a sudden dying of trees around the state of Virginia. “This is acute,” Adam Downing, forestry and natural resources agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension told The Virginia-Pilot. In general, trees die slowly, but these trees are quickly going brown—progressing from healthy to sick in a short period of time. Most are white oaks in urban environments. There are less than 20 red wolves surviving in the state of North Carolina and the continuation of the species may depend upon one mating pair. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will transfer a male and female red wolf from the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida coast to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. The pair of wolves will be in a 200-foot diameter pen for a month. “Hopefully, they bond.” Joe Madison, program manager for red wolf recovery in North Carolina told The Virginia-Pilot. The plan is for the wolves to bond in the pen and then mate in the wild once they are released. Their connection is important for the survival of the species. For the first time since red wolves were reintroduced into North Carolina in 1987 there have been no litters of puppies born.last_img read more

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Toys for Tots convoy arrives at Binghamton University

first_img“No train being derailed is going to stop us we’re out here and we’re banding together and we’re really making this happen for the kids,” said Eric Stensland, Integrated Marketing Manager for Dunkin Donuts. The toys and coats were purchased thanks to a $30,000 donation from Dunkin. VESTAL (WBNG) — Toys for Tots Convoy for Hope rolled into Binghamton University Saturday afternoon, greeted by dozens of children and their families. center_img Despite being delayed in Bainbridge the convoy arrived at around 3:30 p.m. as members of the Marine Corps and other volunteers handed out bags of toys to children. The toys are normally delivered by train but the train was unable to operate this year forcing organizers to find another solution which was to deliver the toys by truck instead. last_img read more

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Two arrested for burglary in Madison

first_imgMadison, IN—Early Monday morning., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of North US 421 just north of downtown for suspicious activity at a currently vacant residence. Upon arrival, Jefferson County Deputies located James Leroy Davis 41, of Milton, KY and Elmer Emroy “Roy” Benner, 53, of Milton, KY and others that did not have permission to be on the property.During the investigation, Benner resisted law enforcement by fleeing law enforcement officers. After the completion of the on-scene investigation, Benner and Davis were transported to the Jefferson County Jail.James Leroy Davis was charged with allegations of Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Possession of Methamphetamine.Elmer “Roy” Benner was charged with Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Resisting Law Enforcement by fleeing.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies continued the investigation and learned that Davis and Benner were potentially involved in other reported burglaries at this location during the month of March. Tuesday officers with the Trimble County (KY) Sheriff’s Department assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies with obtaining and executing a search warrant at a residence on School Hollow Rd. in Milton, KY. At the residence, numerous items were located that had been reported stolen from the residence in Indiana.If anyone has potential information related to this crime, please contact Jefferson County Central Dispatch @ 812-265-2648 and request to speak with an on duty Deputy. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Madison Police Department, the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Trimble County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

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Toure impressed with Sterling

first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a confident Raheem Sterling will provide a test for any opponent. The 19-year-old has started the last nine matches for the Reds, scoring three times, after taking the chance offered by Daniel Sturridge’s ankle sprain. It represents something of a comeback for the youngster, who began last season in irresistible form before tailing off in the final few months and failing to pick things up for the new campaign. Press Associationcenter_img His second-half performance in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Oldham, where he provided the cross for Iago Aspas’ opener before having his shot deflected in by James Tarkowski late on, provided a glimpse of his talents, and Toure thinks the youngster is producing on a more consistent basis now. “For me at the moment Raheem is one of the best players in our team,” said the Ivory Coast international. “I play against him every day in training. Every time I go up against him it’s always tough. “He can beat any player in this league with his pace and skill. He’s very strong and compact. “He works so hard for the team and this boy certainly has a very bright future. “He’s playing more games now and when you play a number of games in a row you get a lot of confidence. “For a young player like that to be playing at that level is amazing. “He always puts the effort into his training and always gives 100 per cent in every game. “You can see the impact he’s having on games, which is very important for us.” last_img read more

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Hazard rules out PSG switch

first_img Press Association The Belgian attacking midfielder has been in thrilling form for Jose Mourinho’s team but has also been linked with a move to the French capital. He scotched the prospect of such a move during an appearance on the French television programme Telefoot, on channel TF1. Hazard, 23, said: “In every transfer window for the last four years people have been saying I’m going here or there. “It was the same when I was at Lille. It’s often Paris, because Paris have money, Paris are a big club. “But my choice is Chelsea, I play all the time, and I like it here. “There’s no chance of seeing me leave in this transfer window. Even in the summer. “I’ve no desire to leave. I think this is the best place for me to progress.” Hazard was prised away from Lille by Chelsea in June 2012, costing a reported £32million. Mourinho said earlier this month there was “no chance” of selling Hazard. center_img Eden Hazard has ruled out leaving Chelsea to join Paris St Germain this month.last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety Daily Incident Log on Wednesday, Feb. 29.View Roundup 03-02 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 10:31 P.m., a student reported that a suspect punched him in the face without provocation while he was walking near Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street. DPS officers responded and conducted a search, but  they were unable to locate the suspect. The student was examined by an LAFD RA unit and released at the scene after declining transportation for medical treatment.Crimes against propertyat 8:16 p.m., a student drove her vehicle into a bike rack while parking outside University Gateway apartments, damaging the rack and two bicycles that were secured to it.at 11:31 a.m., DPS officers responded to a report of a bike theft in progress at Stonier Hall and detained two suspects matching the descriptions given by witnesses. One of the suspects was found in possession of a pair of bolt cutters and a bike that he admitted was stolen, and the second suspect was found in possession of a knife. Both suspects were arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.last_img read more

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Syracuse coaching exodus leaves players shocked, Shafer scrambling for stability

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Editor’s note: Syracuse football has six wins in its last 19 games. Facing the struggles of the present, The Daily Orange took a look back at some of hard times of the past in part four of this series.Flurries of snow pelted the Yankee Stadium grass as Doug Marrone turned to the mass of Syracuse players behind him, his index finger in the air with the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl Trophy at his back.Some players hoisted their helmets in the air while others donned their new championship hats. Running back Prince-Tyson Gulley raised his right hand to the sky with the MVP trophy at his side. Safety Ritchy Desir, mounted on a teammate’s shoulders, tipped his cap to the crowd. In a moment of bliss, everything was right for the Orange.A second Pinstripe Bowl win in three years. SU defeating West Virginia, 38-14. Marrone sitting at the interview table postgame, expressing excitement to enter the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.“I thought he was about to try to start a dynasty where he graduated from,” Gulley said Tuesday. “… And I thought that was the original goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Marrone bolted for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, not telling any players and eventually taking seven Syracuse coaches with him. A team eight days removed from cementing a program turnaround was left searching for answers amid the shock.Three remaining coaches – Scott Shafer, Rob Moore and Tim Daoust – scrambled to fill out a recruiting class that lost three verbal commits because of the coaching changes. Shafer was hired as head coach three days after Marrone left and delved into his past stops to patch together a staff for the offseason. And though a 2013 Texas Bowl win gave season one a passing grade, an era under Shafer that started with uncertainty still faces questions with Syracuse on a four-game losing streak.“Everybody kind of thought that it was really going to be similar to what we were already doing,” Gulley said, “but then Coach Shafer switched it … which was a culture shock because obviously they don’t think anything like each other.”On the morning of Jan. 6, 2013, the chaos began. Among those Syracuse players asleep when ESPN broke that Marrone was headed to Buffalo were center Macky MacPherson, guard Rob Trudo and linebacker Cameron Lynch. MacPherson found out via texts from friends and former coaches. Trudo from about 15 messages in a team group chat. Lynch from his mom.Former SU safety Jeremi Wilkes, a junior in 2012, tweeted, “Ol boy dipped to the bills aint even shoot us a txt..damn.” Instead, within minutes of the Bills’ announcement that came around noon the next day, returning players and graduating seniors received a 403-word email written by Marrone mixed with apology, reflection and support.“In terms of how the locker room felt, it was a lot of shock, a lot of disappointment I think,” MacPherson said Wednesday. “… Not at Coach Marrone or anyone involved in the move; I think it was just more understanding that there was going to be a change.”But some weren’t as understanding. Former tackle Sean Hickey tweeted, “Everything changes. Everything. Have to redo everything that I have worked for the past three years….I’m not happy. #shocked” Former running back Jerome Smith chimed in with, “Loyalty is hard to find smh.”Reports surfaced of Marrone interviewing with the Bills and Cleveland Browns just two days after the Pinstripe Bowl, but the move still blindsided players. Then, once the unexpected news passed, acknowledgment of reality set in.“I think we kind of figured that Coach Marrone was going to bring some of the staff with him,” former fullback Clay Cleveland said Tuesday in an email.That “some” became seven, starting with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Jan. 8. One week later, Marrone reeled in running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, offensive line coach Greg Adkins, secondary coach Donnie Henderson and defensive quality control coach Jason Rebrovich.Two days after that, it was assistant head coach John Anselmo and director of strength and conditioning Hal Luther to leave for Buffalo. Linebackers coach Steve Morrison also left SU, but for “personal reasons.”A staff that coached Syracuse to six wins in its final seven games was now a skeleton of itself, with foundations swept out from under players.“Obviously, everybody within that running back room had their stories with Coach Wheatley about how they grew with him,” Gulley said. “Mine was pretty crazy because me and Coach Wheatley didn’t see eye-to-eye from day one … and then when he just left, it went deeper than football, it was like, ‘Dang.’”“I can’t sit here and lie to you and say you know, ‘Oh it was simple to move on from a guy like Coach Adkins,’” MacPherson said, “ … who all of us on the offensive line would’ve run through a brick wall for.”“Uh oh, Coach Marrone gone…Hope Coach Ad(kins) doesn’t leave…,” Trudo tweeted the morning of Jan. 6. “The two biggest reasons why I came to Syracuse.”What remained was Shafer, with his wide receivers coach and defensive line coach. By Jan. 22, he almost had a whole staff, hiring coaches for the offense, defense, quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers. But the widespread change trickled into recruiting.Texas quarterback Zach Allen flipped to TCU. Prized in-state running back Augustus Edwards decommitted and Florida linebacker/defensive end Malik Brown did the same. Syracuse, after losing its starting wide receivers and Allen, grabbed wideout Corey Cooper Jan. 27 and QB Mitch Kimble the next day. Neither are still with the program.“Just looking back at it,” Shafer said, “it was a little bit of a flurry.”Almost three years later, Syracuse needs to win three out of its final five games to avoid missing two straight postseasons. The 2012 team started 3-4, but finished 8-5. The 2015 team is 3-4, facing the same uphill battle.Five coaches that came on after the mass exodus and nine current starters that were recruited by Marrone remain. They’re left to pick up the pieces of an era under fire by some, and an era started because of a coach who, just more than a week after facing his team with a finger to the sky, turned his back and left. Commentslast_img read more

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Hearts – Olympique de Ngor preview: Herbert Addo counts on player fitness

first_imgHearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo is couting on the fitness of his key players for Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup clash with Olympique de Ngor.The experienced trainer managed to do without a couple of his regular players in the 2-1 home win over the Senegalese side.The Phobians, who left Accra just after 8am Friday morning, had to stage a comeback after going down in the first half through Foovi Aguidi and Gilbert Fiamenyo in the first leg.The latter who has been Hearts’ top scorer this season had to start from the bench due to fitness issues and his second half introduction did some magic for the Ghanaians. He played a role in the build-up to the equalizer before rounding Ngor’s goalkeeper for the match winner.“We know our situation and are prepared to have a good result that will make us qualify on Saturday,” Herbert Addo said.“The good news is that some of my key players who have been missed through injuries in recent weeks are back with us for this trip. I’m hoping they stay fit for Saturday.” “Before the first leg, we had little information about our opponents and after seeing them in Accra, I’m confident things will be easier for us,” he finished in the interview with Supersport.Hearts left Ghana for Senegal on Thursday night with influential midfielder Leonard Tawiah back to full fitness while South African wing back, Shaun October, who had been ruled out with injury a few days ago surprisingly made the trip.Hearts’ 27 man contingent:Goalkeepers : Soulama Abdoulaye and Tetteh LugardDefenders : Fatau Mohammed, Isaac Oduro, Philip Boampong, Kwaku Andoh, Shaun October, Ruben Gnagne, Owusu Bempah. Midfielders:  Leonard Tawiah, Isaac Mensah, Issah Mumuni, Richard Yamoah, Paul Acquah, Eric Kumi, Sabbah LaryeaStrikers: Kwomi Foovi Aguidi, Gilbert Fiamenyo. BENCH:Herbert Addo (Head Coach) Dauda Lutterodt (Assistant Coach)Eddie Ansah (Goalkeepers trainer)Sabbah Quaye ( Team Manager)Okyere Baffuor (Physiotherapist)Aliu Adjetey ( Masseur) OFFICIALS:Francis Dugbartse (GFA Ex.co Member)Gerald Ankrah ( The club’s Managing Director)Joe Addo (The club’s Corporate Affiars  Manager)–last_img read more

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MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sam Dyson from Giants

first_imgThe Twins beefed up their bullpen at the deadline, acquiring right-handed reliever Sam Dyson from the Giants. San Francisco sent minor league outfielder Jaylin Davis and right-handed pitchers Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng to Minnesota in the deal, the teams announced.  MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks acquire starter Mike Leake from Mariners MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Dyson, 31, brings vast bullpen experience. The former Rangers closer (38 saves in 2016) has a 2.47 ERA and 0.90 WHIP this season for San Francisco. He’ll share middle innings work with right-hander Sergio Romo. As LaVelle E. Neal III, beat writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune noted on Twitter, the trade is “Not splashy but functional.”The Twins (65-41) began the day with a three-game lead on the Indians in the AL Central. Related Newscenter_img MLB trade news: Dodgers acquire lefty Adam Kolarek from Rays The Giants held onto longtime ace Madison Bumgarner and All-Star closer Will Smith but dealt three other pitchers. Right-hander Mark Melancon went to the Braves, while lefty starter Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Ray Black went to the Brewers.last_img read more

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