Dave Allen of Rustic Roots farm holds some freshly harvested ginger.FARMINGTON – The Western Foothills of Maine may not be the most ideal climate to grow ginger, but Rustic Roots Farm has been doing it for the last two years and was recently awarded an $8,000 grant to study its growth.Rustic Roots Farm owner’s Erica Emery and Dave Allen have been awarded the grant from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and were one of 29 recipients this year. The program is designed for farmers to try different techniques and produce results that can be used as a reference for other farmers. Rustic Roots will be looking at different spacing techniques to maximize ginger yields.“What we’re going to be looking at is how seed spacing affects the ginger yields… We’ve tried a few different ways of spacing it out, but the literature currently is just all over the place as far as how far apart pieces of ginger should be planted,” said Allen. “We want to find out what is the best way to maximize our yield.”Ginger prefers a tropical understory climate and a long growing season, both of which are unavailable in Maine.“We’re trying to grow a plant that needs a seven to eight month growing season in a climate that regularly only has three or four months,” said Allen.The process of growing a plant from a different climate involves tricking it into believing that the climate is different than it actually is, Allen said.Ginger has to essentially be tricked into growing in Maine’s much shorter, and harsher growing season.“We take the seed, which is basically mature ginger, ours is grown in Hawaii…we let it cure and then we plant it in trays with coconut coir and we put it into a custom built incubator,” said Allen. “Which makes the ginger think it’s underground for like two months. All through April and May it will be in there and then early June we’ll take it out and that’s when we’ll plant it. Then it will stay in the ground until October, ideally.”Emery and Allen will weigh the ginger before and after planting to measure its expansion. They will then compile the data to share with Northeast SARE which will in turn be shared with other farmers as a resource.The grant money will go towards the cost of the 25 pounds of ginger seedlings that will be dedicated to the project as well as the cost of installing an irrigation system to mimic a tropical understory climate.Rustic Roots Farm Farm Shares are now open for sign ups. Shareholders receive twenty weeks of locally grown produce, including fresh ginger during harvest season.
Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their three night run at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. last night, bringing the room an excellent blend of both new material and classic covers. With a powerful start to the night with Joe Cocker‘s “The Letter,” the jams extended into original Let Me Get By staples like “Don’t Know What It Means” and “Keep on Growing.”Newer to the setlist are Sly & The Family Stone‘s “I Cannot Make It” and David Bowie‘s “It Ain’t Easy.” Special guests for the night included Jefferson Airplane legend Jorma Kaukonen, who sat in for Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and B.B. King‘s “I Pity The Fool” after opening the evening as the supporting act. Enjoy these fan-shot videos, courtesy of rangersdcfan:“It’s So Heavy”“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” w/ Jorma KaukonenListen to the full show below, thanks to opsopcopolis:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Warner Theatre, Washington, DC – 2/25/16 Set: The Letter, Don’t Know What It Means > Keep On Growing > Let Me Get By, It’s So Heavy, Anyhow, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, Sticks And Stones, Idle Wind* > Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright%, I Pity The Fool%, I Want More, I Cannot Make ItEncore: It Ain’t Easy, Bound For GloryNotes:* w/ Sahib Teri Bandi Jam, Drums, and Love Supreme Jam% w/ Jorma Kaukonen
While the musicians wind up getting most of our attention, music fans have no shortage of love for the Lighting Directors! Operating the lights along improvisational music is no easy feat, and having a highly skilled LD can propel a band’s live show into a new dimension. It’s with that in mind that Dopapod’s Lighting Director, Luke Stratton, launched a podcast called “The Light Side,” focusing on this impressive craft.In the first episode, Stratton interviewed Jefferson Waful, best known for his work with Umphrey’s McGee. Today, he returns with a second episode, talking to Greg Ellis. Ellis is the LD for an artist who has lights in his very name, Pretty Lights. Naturally, being the LD for Pretty Lights comes with its challenges, but Ellis has succeeded in harnessing the Pretty Lights name in his luminescent displays. The two talk about Ellis’s background in lighting design, the history of equipment used in the show, and specific details on how Ellis and Pretty Lights are able to put on one of the biggest productions in the American EDM scene.Check out the new episode, streaming below!
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Surfer Mary Setterholm has wiped out in some gnarly waves during more than 40 years on the water. She has faced even tougher challenges on dry land.The victim of clerical sexual abuse as a child who for a time was a teenaged prostitute, Setterholm will graduate from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) with a master’s degree and a plan to help others find their way back from the edge of despair.Setterholm has temporarily slowed over the years by an occasional dangerous set of waves and a couple of nasty bike accidents. But her physical and emotional setbacks have helped her to develop a credo based on healing and forgiveness, along with a warrior’s resolve never to give up.In surfing, as in life, said Setterholm, “you have to have resiliency skills, and know how to bounce back. You have to grab your board, get on it, and get back out there.” Her time at Harvard, she said, is “more than a bounce back; this is a punch back. I am so glad I am here around this sensibility.”The Southern California native was a natural on a surfboard. She won the U.S. National Surfing Championship at age 17. But her life away from the ocean was troubled. She married young and had five children. The union was rocky and abusive. Once divorced, she returned to prostitution as a kind of way to take back some control.“At the time I reasoned that prostitution was a more honest arrangement than being in denial about a bad marriage lacking authentic intimacy,” she said. “I was a wild woman on the outside with a hurting child inside; my solutions were reckless — and God was always bailing me out, always waiting for me to slow down.”She also used the ocean to reclaim her life. Along with her accomplishments on the water, Setterholm was a fierce advocate for women in the traditionally male-dominated sport. She helped to create the Women’s International Surfing Association in 1974. Years later she founded a successful surf school in Southern California, where she helped women (and men), and weekly busloads of inner-city youth, feel comfortable in the surf.Then one day, she encountered a homeless woman yelling at students in a restroom on the beach.“I went in ready to do whatever I had to,” said Setterholm, who was prepared to drag the angry woman out. Instead, she found herself gently saying: “Let me help you.”Soon, advocacy for the homeless and the poor became her second full-time job.In 2003, a meeting with an inspiring nun named Sheila McNiff helped Setterholm to confront the abuse she had suffered as a child at the hands of clergy, and guide her back to education. She graduated with a theology degree from Loyola Marymount University in spring 2009, then headed to New York’s Union Theological Seminary before transferring to Harvard in 2010.“I knew I had to salmon ‘up-river’ with my stories and my understanding and just be present. I found hearts of gold here.”The encounter with McNiff helped crystallize something else for Setterholm.“She did more to form my ministry ethos than anybody when she said, ‘Where can I meet you?’ It made me realize that in advocacy work, you go to them, it’s not the other way around.”While at HDS, Setterholm made weekly trips to Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston, where she used her teachings from Serenity Sisters, the support group she created for exploited women and recovering prostitutes. She also received the School’s Hopkins Shareholder Award, which recognizes ministerial promise.Setterholm plans to open her own women’s center after graduation with help from a grant from Memorial Church, but it may have to wait just a bit. She hopes to enter a Ph.D. program first, expanding on her HDS thesis work, which explored the way prostitutes have been used in religious teachings as a stand-in for deviant or disbelieving members of society.“I think God has bigger plans than what I’ve imagined,” said Setterholm. “I could never have imagined making it this far, or to Harvard. God’s imagination is far wilder than mine.”
Established in 1990 by the Colonel Gene Nervo, Wilderness Adventure @ Eagle Landing is a year-round outdoor retreat center and summer camp located just outside Roanoke in New Castle, VA. Over the last 20-odd years, the 450 acres of the Wilderness Adventure property has been transformed from a single shack to include 3 spacious cabins (including the lodge), numerous low and high element team-building courses, and dozens of low-impact campsites. Throw in a world famous 900ft. zipline and Wilderness Adventure is the best place to host your next outdoor retreat, to send your kids to summer camp, and to kick those feet up and enjoy the great outdoors.Wilderness Adventure is a business built off the seasons, built off the experiences to be had outdoors, and is a business built from the ground up. During every season that is not the summer, W.A. specializes in hosting large groups with hospitality, professionally led adventure trips, and maintained scenic atmospheres. Whether it is an entire 9th grade class, corporate outings, bachelor parties, LARP groups, (the list goes on), or a handful of weddings, Wilderness Adventure has hosted a variety of groups and tailored their visits per specific requests. With a friendly staff, excellent dining options, and endless adventures to be had, Wilderness Adventure is the next place to bring your students, your employees, and your friends for a visit.Wilderness Adventure was originally built on the Summer Backpacking Program, and although its focus now goes towards group facilitation on the off-season, backpacking is still what they do best.The Summer Youth Program gets kids off the couch, unplugged from the X-Box, and opens the door for a life-time of natural world appreciation. All summer long W.A. sends kids (ages 9-17) for 1 – 2 week backpacking trips throughout the Jefferson National Forest. The campers and the two co-ed leaders live out of their backpacks, set up and break down a new campsite each day, and meet up with trained instructors to partake in every adventure the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer: mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing, team building, bear wrestling (just kidding), cooking on camp stoves, hiking, white-water kayaking, daily showering (also kidding), and spending a lot of time outdoors, breathing fresh air, and playing. Truly an experience most children do not forget, and as they grow up, so does their appreciation for the outdoors.Wilderness Adventure offers a lot, a lot more than cam be covered in this post, so why not check out their website for more information: http://www.wilderness-adventure.com/ Let the staff at W.A. help you figure out your next outdoor escapade.For updates, funny pictures, and customer feedback, check out and like the facebook page!Stay Sharp, Be Smart, Shop Local-BDL
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29 year-old New Jersey man drowned at a Southampton beach over the weekend, Southampton Town Police said.A 911 caller reported at 3:57 p.m. Saturday that a man had dived under the water and not resurfaced for 15 minutes at Elliston Park Beach on Millstone Brook Road, police said.North Sea, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and Mastic fire departments searched the beach area along with a Suffolk County police helicopter before divers found Angel DeSantiago Martinez, who was pronounced dead at the scene.The victim was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office for examination.Southampton Town Police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-702-2230.
Tagseizgindexovijob In April 2018, OVI recorded a growth of 57,6 percent compared to the same month last year, which indicates a strong increase in demand for labor on an annual basisCompared to the previous month, seasonally adjusted index values offer the same conclusion as the seasonally adjusted index rose 7,7 percent in April, the fourth largest increase in 12 months. These positive trends, which come as an announcement of the tourist season, are visible throughout Croatia, the report points out.The announcement of a more successful season is visible from the increase in demand for occupations in the service sector, such as chefs, waiters and salespeople, for which demand, compared to April 2017, increased by more than 50 percent. In the context of the type of contract linked to labor demand, the largest increase was observed in student and seasonal contracts, which increased by 82,7 percent compared to April last year, followed by fixed-term and indefinite contracts with an increase of 62,1 and 47,4 percent, while the number of vacancies related to vocational training without employment increased by 30,7 percent compared to April 2017.Source: Faculty of Economics, Zagreb Online Vacancy Index (OVI) The monthly index of online job vacancies was developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. The purpose of the index is to provide timely information on the current state of labor demand. The OVI index is created by simply counting the number of unique new ads whose application deadlines end in the month for which the index is calculated. Since ads published through only one portal are taken, the number of ads is expressed as an index (base year is 2015).The index is interpreted as meaning that values greater than 100 represent an increase compared to 2015, and values less than 100 decrease compared to the base year. The index was seasonally adjusted by the X-12-ARIMA method. Share
The home at 26 Wantana Cres, Edens Landing.A five-bedroom home on an elevated block in Edens Landing has sold after being on the market for less than a week. Marketing agent Alex Stassen, of Harcourts M1, said the property at 26 Wantana Cres sold for $543,000.“We had a lot of interest in the home,” he said. “We had 29 inspections and five offers in the short time it was on the market.“Properties on top of the hill in Edens Landing tend to go really quickly.“The feedback we were getting was that the home was hard to fault and that it was large and had great views.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at 26 Wantana Cres, Edens Landing.Mr Stassen said the vendor had lived at the home since it was built and was sad to say goodbye but was happy with the sale price. “The price was a little bit more than discussed but she was so happy with the people who bought it,” he said. “The buyers were a lovely family with teenagers. “And instead of doing a final inspection they took the vendor out to lunch on the Sunday.” Mr Stassen said Edens Landing was a well hidden family suburb. “It’s starting to get well known now and like any good family suburb, it is tightly held,” he said.
French container shipping giant CMA CGM and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to operate Lekki Port’s future container terminal.CMA CGM, through its subsidiary CMA Terminals, will be responsible for marketing, operations and maintenance of the container terminal at Nigeria’s Lekki Deep Sea Port, which will have 2 container berths once completed in 2020.Lekki Port will aid the reduction of congestion in the port of Lagos. The company said that the latest move is fully in line with the CMA CGM Group’s development in the region.The container terminal will allow the group to develop its presence into West Africa’s first consumer market and will serve as a transshipment hub, especially to neighboring countries like Togo and Benin.Upon completion, the container terminal will be equipped with a 1,200-meter-long quay as well as 13 quay cranes and will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs. With its 16-meter depth, it will allow the group to deploy ships with a capacity of up to 14,000 TEUs.“As Nigeria’s first deep sea port, Lekki Port represents a strategic choice for the CMA CGM Group. Thanks to its position and capacity, Lekki Port will allow us to bring to Nigeria larger container ships from Europe and Asia to better serve our customers and pursue our commitment to the development of the entire region,” Farid T. Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said.The future Lekki Deep Sea Port will be developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority.The Federal Government of Nigeria recently pledged its total support to the Lekki Port project during the official flag-off ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Following the release of G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association’s 2019 statistics, Dropsafe has called for a more systematic approach to tackling dropped object incidents (drops) throughout the supply chain. Six years without fatalities in offshore wind, lost workday injuries rise in 2019 “It’s encouraging to see these statistics being reported and analysed as they show that the wind industry is building a solid foundation in dropped object prevention. As we would expect, the highest proportion of incidents occurred during lifting operations – followed by manual handling and routine maintenance”, said Allen Smith, representative of DROPS Global, an industry-wide initiative focused on preventing dropped objects. Posted: 2 months ago According to the G+ report, there was a 44 per cent increase compared to 2018, however, the organisation noted this was most likely driven by higher reports of near miss incidents from the industry. Dropsafe said that dropped object risks must be considered throughout the full lifecycle of a wind turbine fleet – from design and manufacture of equipment to installation, operations and maintenance (O&M) and decommissioning – rather than focusing prevention exclusively on retroactive on-site mitigation strategies such as secondary securing. “Despite the overall increase in reported incidents, the number of these which were classed as high potential incidents decreased compared to the previous year, with 38 % of dropped object incidents classified as high potential in 2019, compared to 61 % in 2018”, G+ states in the report. According to Dropsafe, the figures still underline the severity of the threat to offshore wind personnel, alongside the reputation and financial standing of businesses in the sector. Posted: 2 months ago “One of the key things we advise is that dropped object prevention must be considered holistically, using a robust hierarchy of controls. For example, planning work schedules more effectively to minimise the number of lifts would have a big impact and would be a key line of defence”. G+ reports 48 per cent of dropped object incidents in 2019 occurred on wind turbines, 24 per cent were on board vessels, and 24 per cent were onshore. Safety Categories: Premium