Business is booming at Tioga County nurseries and garden centers

first_imgTIOGA COUNTY (WBNG) — Garden centers around the area are seeing more cars in their parking lots this time of year. “We always say if you don’t make it in May, then you’re not going to make it. So May is big. Everything from Mother’s Day through the end of May, maybe the first week of June is where we focus on our greenhouse end,” she says. But customers aren’t just coming through the doors because the weather is getting nicer. “I’ve noticed people coming in and saying they want to help out their local communities and keep the money in the area, which I think is great,” says Williams. Growing green gardens and green in the wallets of nurseries around the Southern Tier. W&W Nursery & Landscaping General Manager Aleah Williams says people are taking time to work on their homes. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, it’s a good, safe way to fill some time. A lot of them just want to get out of the house. Gardening can also help your mental health, planting a smile on your face during this stressful time. “We feel like every day has been the weekend. So yeah it’s been really busy, every day has been our busiest day,” said Kuhlman. “I would encourage people to get out and garden as much as they can. It’s a huge stress reliever and it’s nice to just get your hands into the soil,” says Williams. All causing a boost for small businesses. A shopper at Tioga Gardens told 12 News, “I think we’re bored, honestly. I mean we usually go to the farmers market and we still will go to the farmers market but we both have kids, it’s something for the kids to do. And now it’s beautiful outside so we’re stuck at home.” Tioga Gardens nursery manager Casey Kuhlman says May is the busiest month of the year “by far.” “Trips have been canceled and so what they’re doing is saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got all this time.’ They’ll come in buy some plants, ask for ideas, and try to landscape to increase the value of their homes,” Williams says.last_img read more

Darfur war crimes fugitive held in ICC custody

first_imgICC prosecutors say Kushayb, believed to be around 63 years old, was a senior commander in the notorious Janjaweed militia during the fighting, which erupted in 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against Khartoum’s then Arab-dominated government, led by the now-ousted Omar al-Bashir.The rebels say they suffered racial discrimination, marginalization and exclusion in one of the country’s poorest regions.But Khartoum responded by unleashing the Janjaweed, a group of mostly Arab raiding nomads, recruited and armed to create a militia of gunmen who often mounted horses or camels.They have been accused of applying a scorched earth policy against ethnic groups suspected of supporting the rebels, raping, killing, looting and burning villages. Terror campaign Their terror campaign saw the ICC issue arrest warrants against Kushayb in 2007 and Bashir in 2009 and 2010.”Ali Kushayb is alleged to have personally participated in some of the attacks against civilians… between August 2003 and March 2004, where the killing of civilians, rape, torture and other cruel treatments occurred,” the ICC said.A senior Sudanese official told AFP he had been transferred following surrender. “We have been officially notified of Kushayb’s arrival to the ICC headquarters in The Hague,” he said.ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah confirmed that Kushayb arrived at the ICC’s high security detention facility in a Hague suburb around 1700 GMT.An initial appearance would take place “in due course”, the ICC said. Longtime fugitive militiaman Ali Kushayb has turned himself in to the International Criminal Court where he faces war crimes charges for his role in Sudan’s brutal Darfur conflict, the ICC said Tuesday.Kushayb, also known as Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman, is wanted on 50 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed between 2003-2004 in the western Darfur region.”Ali Kushayb is in the custody of the ICC after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic on account of an ICC arrest warrant issued on 27 April 2007,” the Hague court said in a statement. Landmark for justice  Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for three decades, was deposed in April last year following months of protests in Sudan.Kushayb fled to the Central African Republic in February when the new Sudanese government announced its intention to cooperate with the ICC’s investigation, a researcher at the Washington-based war crimes and corruption-busting organisation The Sentry said.Kushayb and around 100 militiamen fled Sudan “hoping he could find a haven amidst the conflict and chaos of the Central African Republic,” Nathalia Dukhan said in a statement.Wanted on charges including genocide, Bashir still remains on the run from the Hague-based court, having thumbed his nose at the institution while travelling with impunity across Africa, including to some ICC member states.Arrest warrants had also been issued for others including Ahmad Harun, Sudan’s former interior minister who was charged with coordinating counter-insurgency forces including the Janjaweed in operations against the rebels.Human rights groups hailed Kushayb’s surrender to the court as “extremely significant” and a “landmark for justice for Darfur’s victims.””For too long those responsible for the large-scale international crimes committed in the western Sudanese region of Darfur have escaped prosecution,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said.”The world watched in horror as Sudan’s government carried out brutal attacks on Darfur civilians, killing, raping, burning and looting villages, starting in 2003,” Human Rights Watch associate director Elise Keppler added.”But after 13 years justice has finally caught up with one major fugitive of the crimes,” she said. center_img Genocide About 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in the conflict, the United Nations says.Thousands of peacekeeping troops from a joint UN-African Union mission were deployed in 2007 to curb the conflict, but their numbers have been gradually reduced since mid-2018 as the conflict has subsided.An independent tribunal, the ICC was set up in 2002 to deal with the world’s worst crimes including genocide. Topics :last_img read more

¡VAMOS! Demonstration in Silvermines, Ireland

first_imgImage source: DamenThe ¡VAMOS! partners, together with Advisory Board members and interested external parties, were present at the ¡VAMOS! technology Demonstration Day, on October 24, at the Magcobar flooded mine pit, in Silvermines, Ireland. In total 85 visitors participated in the field demonstration to raise awareness of the innovative technology with stakeholders and local communities.The ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Featuring a total of sixteen partners from nine EU countries, ¡VAMOS! seeks to address the EU’s need for (critical) raw materials, by making possible the extraction of mineral deposits from inland water-bearing areas.To reach this aim, the partners have developed an innovative system whereby a remotely operated mining vehicle is launched from a waterborne carriage.“The ¡VAMOS! team has successfully demonstrated their ability to use the prototype mining system in very hard rock. State-of-the-art electronics and visualization has been used to control the operations. All this was done with great consciousness and care for safety, the environment and involvement of local stakeholders,” said Sander Steenbrink, General Manager Corporate Research and Development at Boskalis from the Netherlands, and Advisory Board member for the ¡VAMOS! Project.Damen Dredging Equipment, being one of the main industrial partners within the ¡VAMOS! Consortium designed and built the aforementioned Launch & Recovery Vessel, plus the Slurry System on board of the Mining Vehicle.Frank Bosman, RD&I Development Manager of Damen’s Product group Dredging is the Project Manager for this scope, said: “This project has given us the platform to develop a dual stage slurry pump, which can be used in any mining or dredging situation where a high discharge pressure is needed and only limited space is available. Its further features, such as a high efficiency and large ball passage, have proven themselves in the ¡VAMOS! field trials, to be of the same high quality of any other Damen dredge pump.”The ¡VAMOS! trials will conclude early November, after which the on-site team – consisting of SMD, Damen, Sandvik, InescTEC, Fugro, Zentrum für Telematik, Fugro and BMT Group Ltd – will demobilise from the Irish site. In the coming months the test results will be evaluated, and reporting to theEU will follow.last_img read more

‘Construction of new Bacolod landmarks to start soon’

first_imgIn October 2018, the senator unveiledthe architectural design of the two-structure green building. The site of the two projects, locatedin the southern part of the city, is part of the 8.8-hectare property donatedby the Yanson family to the city government. The two structures will include amultipurpose museum and an 800-seater amphitheater. Zubiri has tapped architect LeoniloRamon Lichauco of the Manila-based LG+V Architect/Planners to design what heconsidered as a “legacy project.” The facade of the P163-million Bacolod museum-auditorium. The two-structure green building will rise alongside the MassKara coliseum on a donated property in the southern part of the city. DESIGN PERSPECTIVE COURTESY OF LG+V ARCHITECT/PLANNERS “It’s air-conditioned and will seatmore or less 10,000 people,” he added. The project has been granted with anEnvironmental Compliance Certificate by the Department of Environment andNatural Resources-Environment Management Bureau. Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced thedevelopment before thousands of Bacolodnons who flocked to the GovernmentCenter grounds to welcome the New Year.center_img “In the coming weeks, at the mostwithin the first quarter, we will start the construction of the P163-millionBacolod museum through the efforts of Sen. (Juan Miguel) Zubiri,” he said. The coliseum is among the fourbig-ticket projects being funded by the city government’s P1.7-billion loanfrom the Development Bank of the Philippines. Leonardia said the city will also seethe construction of the P800-million Bacolod MassKara Coliseum in the comingmonths. In January last year, the mayor signedthe two contracts of donation for the parcels of land that will not only be thesite of the museum and the coliseum, but also of the future southboundterminal.(With a report from PNA/PN) “I’m sure with our coliseum and museumalready there, in a new growth area, Bacolod will never be the same again,”Leonardia said. BACOLOD City – The construction of thecity’s museum-auditorium and multipurpose coliseum on a donated property inBarangay Tangub is set to start this year.last_img read more

Mary Louise Stevens

first_imgMary Louise Stevens, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Milan, Indiana.She was born March 18, 1928 in Lee County, IL. daughter of the late John F. Luke and Edna L. Bollivar Luke.She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparta, also a Deaconess in the church and a member of the Women’s Missionary Society. Mary enjoyed gardening and she was a good seamstress. She kept a good home and was an excellent cook, well known for her apple pie. She was a great wife and mother and she will be greatly missed.Surviving are children, Clayton (Gertrude) E. Stevens of Moores Hill, IN, Kathleen (Steven) Holland of Bay City, TX; 3 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren; several great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by parents, John and Edna Luke, husband of 63 years, Clayton Roy Stevens, 3 brothers and 1 sister.Friends will be received Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home.Services will be held at the funeral home, Tuesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Rick Burcham officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or Moores Hill Emergency Unit. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Gould is good as gold at Tri-State

first_imgBy Rob NugentPOCOLA, Oka. (May 16) – William Gould picked up his first Pocola win of the season in Satur­day’s IMCA Modified main event at Tri-State Speedway.The 2013 national champion and two-time defending Razor Chassis Southern Region king bested Michael Ables and Brandon Wilson in the race to the checkers.Ken McCarty had to regain the lead several times due to cautions and restarts, but was able to take home his first IMCA SportMod win of the season over Aaron Scroggins and young Kayden Menasco.last_img

Pochettino urges Spurs to impress

first_img “In the team, when the strikers score all the people are happy.” Pochettino takes on Harry Redknapp in his first return to Tottenham since being sacked in 2012 with the ex-Spurs chief hoping his transfer dealings can lead QPR to a famous win. Redknapp has signed Rio Ferdinand, Steve Caulker, Jordon Mutch and Leroy Fer, as well as bringing in Chile international pair Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas on loan. Fer, who arrived from Norwich for £8m and Napoli loanee Vargas, could make their Rangers debuts and Redknapp believes his squad can secure their aim of survival. “They are two good signings for us, I’m really pleased,” he said. “The club have been great, I have been pleased with the players we have brought in, it has made a big difference. “We came back in pre-season and we were really, really short of numbers and we have brought some quality players in. It is up to us now to get on and do the job, if there is another one to come in then great – if not then we will see.” Redknapp is now likely to turn to the loan market with Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha linked to Loftus Road with the club unwilling to spend big after relegation in 2012-13. “We were the loan Rangers in the Championship last season,” Redknapp joked. “We’ve still got two loans that we can use from the Premier League if we want to. If they were to loan him (Zaha), if he did become available I’m sure he would be a player a lot of clubs would be interested in. If we thought he was available he would certainly be of interest.” Loic Remy started for the Hoops last weekend as they lost 1-0 at home to Hull, with the France international looking increasingly likely to stay after an aborted move to Liverpool in the summer. Having looked certain to leave following a loan spell at Newcastle last season Redknapp feels he will have the 27-year-old available, despite Spurs’ interest. “I’m confident he’ll be here,” he said. “I’ve spoken with Loic, he’s been excellent in training and his attitude has been world class. Unless a top six club comes in, I think he’ll be happy to stay here. He’s seen we’ve brought some good players in. “There’s been no Tottenham enquiry – there’s been talk of the chairman talking to Daniel (Levy), but certainly I’ve not been involved.” The former Argentina international penned a five-year deal from Southampton in the summer and takes charge of his first competitive game at White Hart Lane against QPR on Sunday. After an impressive 18-month stay at St Mary’s Pochettino has won his first two games in charge at West Ham and AEL Limassol. And he wants Spurs to impress the home crowd as he urged them to improve following back-to-back wins in the first week. “I am looking forward to it,” Pochettino said. “We are looking forward to it, my first official game at White Hart Lane in front of our supporters. “We hope that would be a good game and always to win. It is important to win and play well and develop our style and improve, which is important in each game. Try to improve. “We watch a lot of games from them and the last game they played well but in football not always when you play well, you win. “But, yes, it is a derby, we expect a very, very tough games.” Pochettino is without the suspended Kyle Naughton after his red card at West Ham last week but Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are available having been rested for the 2-1 Europa League play-off win over AEL. Roberto Soldado scored the leveller after his struggles last season where he netted just six league goals following a £26m move from Valencia b ut Pochettino played down the magnitude of the strike. “Always goals are important for Harry (Kane) and for Roberto,” he said. “The strikers always need to score and it is important he scored and Harry scored. Boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to give Tottenham a licence to thrill as he threw down the gauntlet to his Spurs side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alderweireld back in Saints squad

first_img Press Association Manager Ronald Koeman reported no fresh injury concerns. Forwards Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Emmanuel Mayuka (groin) remain out. Koeman accepts his side must quickly regain a ruthless edge in attack but insists all is not yet lost in their bid to secure European football. The Saints went down 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday to suffer a third defeat in the last five Barclays Premier League matches. During that run, Koeman’s side have failed to find the net in the previous three, which have seen them draw 0-0 at home to West Ham before being beaten 2-0 by Liverpool. The Dutchman, though, remains confident the players can produce the required response to move them back up closer to the top four. “The last few games have been a bit a difficult, but we had a difficult period also in the beginning of December and the players’ reaction was fantastic after that, and I expect the same reaction in the last 11 games,” Koeman said at a press conference. “It is no issue to watch back what happened in the last few games, we were struggling to score goals, but still we play out of a good organisation. “However, in an attacking way, we still have to improve ourselves, that is the question. “It is close to being like in the beginning of the season, still we are creating, but maybe we need to be a bit more ruthless and confident in the box, but it is a team question, not an individual one, and we need everybody to do the last part of attacking in a better way then we did in the last few games.” Koeman added: “We are still in a high position of the table, and that is the focus of the players. “If we win five of (our last) 11 games, that means 61 points and that, in my opinion, would be enough for European football.” Koeman insists there has never been any bravado from the Saints over their hopes of sustaining a top-four place over the course of the campaign. He said: “To talk about that is a misunderstanding, because I never talked of reaching Champions League football. If we win seven or eight of 11, then maybe we will be fourth in the league, but I realise it is very difficult because we have to beat some big teams and that is not easy.” Striker Graziano Pelle has not scored a league goal since before Christmas, but Koeman feels that is as much down to the opposition defensive set-up as his own side’s form in the penalty area. “One of the reasons is that now the other sides know the strengths of our team,” the Dutchman said. “If you look back to the West Brom game and you see the way how they played at home against Southampton, that is a big compliment for us, watch how Liverpool played against us, not with three at the back, but with five at the back. “That means it is more difficult to create, then you need the total confidence of the players, if the strikers are a bit more struggling for goals, then it is a big part of our problem in the past few games.” Palace knocked Southampton out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win at St Mary’s during January, and Koeman added: “We know what to expect of them and they have had a good run in away games in recent weeks, they are strong on the set-pieces and have a good organisation. “Palace are a very dangerous team at the moment and we will have to be good to have a good result.” Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, the Football Association has announced. Jedinak struck Sakho in the face as the pair jumped for a header towards the end of Palace’s 3-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday but referee Mike Dean took no action. The incident was not seen by the match officials but it was caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action. Jedinak has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge. An FA statement read: “Mile Jedinak has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “The Crystal Palace midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho in the 87th minute of the game on Saturday (28 February 2015). “Off the ball incidents in Premier League matches which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees. “Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. “For retrospective action to be taken, the decision by the panel must be unanimous. “Jedinak has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday, March 3) to reply to the charge.” Defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to return to the Southampton squad for Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League match against Crystal Palace after a hamstring problem. last_img read more

Supreme Court lifts S. Sreesanth’s life ban, its BCCI’s call now

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled life ban on India cricketer S. Sreesanth and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider his punishment. Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).In a relief for the pace bowler, the apex court set aside the life ban imposed on him as a bench headed by Ashok Bhushan asked the BCCI to consider the quantum of punishment on Sreesanth. The top court though maintained that he is guilty of betting/match-fixing.Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth from his friend’s house while Chandila and Chavan had been picked up from the team hotel as the three were plying their trade for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Top seeds go down at Melbourne Park

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyMELBOURNE,(Reuters)-The whiff of sporting upset hung around Melbourne Park yesterday after top seeds Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were handed stunning defeats in the Australian Open tennis fourth round.Britain’s Murray was bamboozled by the serve-volley game of Mischa Zverev to exit after 3-1/2 hours on Rod Laver Arena, while fellow world number one Kerber’s title defence was ended in little more than an hour by Coco Vandeweghe.Murray was the first top seed to depart before the quarter-finals since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003, while Germany’s reigning women’s champion was last sent packing before the second week a decade ago when Amelie Mauresmo went out in the fourth round.Murray and Kerber were playing their first grand slams as top seeds and both looked all but powerless to deal with the style of game they were confronted with from across the net.Zverev, the world number 50, rushed the net 118 times to keep one of the best defensive players in the game on the backfoot for much of the contest before holding his nerve to close out the contest 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4.“Credit to him,” said Murray. “He came up with great, great shots and played a really, really good match. You know, you always finish matches you lose with things you maybe could have done a bit better, but he played some really good stuff.”The German, ranked outside the top 1,000 in the world after wrist surgery two years ago, will face Roger Federer in his maiden grand slam quarter-final after the Swiss master outlasted Kei Nishikori 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3.New Yorker Vandeweghe later hammered down 30 winners to Kerber’s seven, overpowering the U.S. Open champion 6-2 6-3 to set up a meeting with Spanish seventh seed Garbine Muguruza in her first trip to the last eight in Melbourne.Kerber made 15 unforced errors in a contest lasting little more than an hour and admitted it was simply not her day.“It was a tough match and, of course, I’m disappointed,” she said. “But I was not feeling the ball at all tonight. I was not playing good from the first point.“I was trying tonight but, yeah I missed a lot. So this was not my game like I play normally.”TOP RANKINGWhile Kerber could yet lose the number one ranking to Serena Williams after the year’s first grand slam, Murray’s main rival Novak Djokovic made an even earlier exit in the second round.With Murray and the Serbian reigning champion having already departed, Melbourne Park will next week witness the first grand slam since the 2004 French Open without its top two men’s seeds.Federer will hope to profit as he bids for his 18th grand slam title, as will his compatriot and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, who is in the same half of the draw and fended off Andreas Seppi 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(4).Wawrinka next faces France’s 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who ended the fairytale run of Britain’s Dan Evans by coming from a set down to win 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-4 on Hisense Arena.Murray and Evans had hoped to become the first British pair to reach the men’s quarter-finals at Melbourne Park in 40 years and the first at a grand slam since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski at Wimbledon in 1997.Venus Williams, at 36 the oldest woman in the singles draw, also progressed to the last eight with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Mona Barthel, moving closer to a potential blockbuster final against sister Serena.The younger Williams sister continues her quest for a 23rd grand slam title against Barbora Strycova today when men’s 2009 champion Rafa Nadal is also in fourth round action.last_img read more