first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim RedwineThomas Jefferson was excoriated by the newspapers of his day. Still, he thought the First Amendment was so important to our democracy he said he would choose a country without government over a country without newspapers as long as everyone had access to and could read the newspapers.Jefferson might reevaluate this premise were he alive today and be bombarded by the national television and print media, to say nothing of the flood of misinformation pervading the Internet.Be that as it may, Jefferson’s Hobson’s Choice came to mind when I read, on the Internet, that three high schools in Texas are providing new football stadiums for a mere $180,000,000.The first of these arenas was built five years ago in Allen, Texas at a cost of sixty million dollars. It seats 18,000 people. There are about 5,000 students. McKinney, Texas, five miles from Allen, is now building a 12,000-seat stadium for sixty-two point eight million dollars. McKinney High School has about 2,700 students. Katy High School in Houston, Texas is spending sixty-two million dollars on a 12,000-seat football stadium. Katy High School has nearly 3,000 students.When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University, I.U. wanted to build a new basketball arena. There was such dissention between those in favor and those against that the administration named the new building “Assembly Hall” to indicate it would be available for academic events. Madison Avenue would have been proud. Can you imagine Bobby Knight’s reaction if a geology professor had wanted to pre-empt basketball practice with a lecture on global warming? Assembly Hall cost 27 million dollars. It seats about the same as the Allen High School stadium.I grew up in Oklahoma. I know there are two religions in the Southwest: religion and football. My brothers and I played high school football. I get it. Call me reactionary but over 180 million dollars of taxpayers’ money for about 18 home football games has the feel of Through the Looking Glass to me.I know Texans want to claim all things from stands to hands are larger in Texas. But, come on, $180,000,000 for about 18 high school football games a year means each game cost the taxpayers $10,000,000. I guess if the stadiums last a thousand years the economies of scale might justify the expense.I pulled up the websites for all three high schools. They each have extensive facilities beyond football. To me that is not the point. The question is not do these public institutions provide scholastics along with football? The question to be considered is, how much educational return is there in the expenditure of $180,000,000 of public funds on three stadiums?I like football. And even though I root against Texas every year in the Oklahoma vs. Texas college game, I am glad we stole Texas from Mexico. Maybe Mexico should have built a wall in 1846. Then that $180,000,000 could have been spent on soccer stadiums.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

13 Georgia Gold Medals

first_imgFor a dozen years now, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee,Inc., has been recommending each year a new, short list ofbeautiful, proven landscape plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers,landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers andUniversity of Georgia horticulturists.It was organized in 1994 to break up a vicious cycle in whichdeserving plants remained relatively unknown because no nurseriespropagated them, because no customers asked for them, becausethey were relatively unknown. …Each year the committee selects an annual, perennial, shrub andtree and sometimes a flowering vine from a long list of nomineesand awards them Georgia Gold Medals. They announce the winnersfirst to growers so they can have them available when the publicpromotions begin.The committee decides the winners based on seasonal interest,outstanding or unusual qualities, ease of propagation, hardiness,adaptability, durability, pest tolerance and lack of invasiveness.The winnersThe 2005 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Dragon Wing isn’t a typicalbegonia when it comes to heattolerance. It’s more like a begonia on steroids. This sensationalsummer annual produces nonstop red or pink flowers from springuntil fall frost. It adapts well to hanging baskets, largecontainers and landscape beds.Georgia Blue veronica is aherbaceous perennial that grows like aground cover, 4 to 6 inches and 2 feet wide. It’s not a nativebut hails from the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of theSoviet Union). But it’s hardy in zones 5 to 8 and bearsbeautiful, sky-blue flowers from February to April.Rose Creek and Canyon Creek abelias are seedlingselections ofChinese abelia. The former was selected for its low, moundingform (2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide), crimson stems,fragrant white flowers and May-to-frost blooming. Canyon Creek isbigger (4 to 6 feet tall and wide), a terrific hedging plant. Itsleaves emerge coppery pink and mellows to a soft yellow, thengreen and finally rosy bronze in winter.Glowing Embers isn’t just anotherJapanese maple. It’s a stunningtree with vigorous growth rate and brilliant fall color. And itadapts to a range of landscape conditions, thriving in full sunand tolerating drought better than most trees in its class. It’snamed for the kaleidoscope of color its fall leaves provide asthey fade from green to purple, flourescent orange or yellow.Creeping raspberry is a hardy,extraordinary ground cover. Itthrives in difficult sites like hot, dry, erodible slopes orditches where soil moisture goes from soggy to arid. Afast-growing evergreen from Taiwan, it grows 3 to 6 inches highand spreads 3 to 6 feet in all directions.To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program,visit the Web at www.georgiagoldmedal.com. The site shows theplants the GPSC has chosen since 1994.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 13 By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone looking for new landscape plants should definitely checkout the Georgia Gold Medal winners.last_img read more

From tomorrow for 30 days suspension of catering facilities, all shops, prohibited public events…

first_imgAttachment: Decision on measures restricting social gatherings, work in trade, service activities and holding sports and cultural events The work of gyms, sports centers, fitness and recreation centers, all organized trainings, dance schools, children’s and other workshops is suspended. The suspension of religious gatherings is also valid. All public events and gatherings are canceled, work is suspended for all service activities that are not essential for the functioning of the community, such as museums, theaters, cinemas… As of Thursday at 0:01, a number of measures come into force aimed at ensuring stricter measures of social distancing, in order to mitigate the possibility of the epidemic spreading. The ban is valid for the next 30 days. The facilities that will work must ensure the greatest possible distance of workers and measures of social distance. They must also ensure ventilation of the space, measures of enhanced hygiene and daily cleaning of the space, and they must also provide points with disinfectants, as well as posters on proper hand washing and protection. In conclusion, only those activities that are necessary for normal functioning will work: food stores, gas stations, restaurants that have delivery, bakeries, grocery and hygiene stores, pharmacies. The operation of catering facilities of all categories is also suspended, with the exception of the preparation and delivery of food and the operation of soup kitchens. All stores will also be closed, except for: sales of food and hygiene items, pharmacies, gas stations, kiosks, bakeries, specialized stores with children’s equipment, sales of animal feed, sales of specialized orthopedic aids… We remind you that people in self-isolation must strictly adhere to it instructions given to them. “Everything that is not necessary is suspended”- concluded Bozinovic. Employers are obliged to organize work from home, organize teleconferences, cancel business trips, and prohibit workers suffering from acute respiratory diseases from coming to work. The National Civil Protection Headquarters announced new measures at 18.00 pm to reduce the possibility of transmission and protection against the spread of coronavirus. last_img read more

Cricket News Happy Birthday God of Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar turns 46

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Many fans took to Twitter to upload the moment when Tendulkar became the first cricketer on the planet to score an international double century in ODIs. During the 2010 ODI against South Africa in Gwalior, Tendulkar hit 200 and established his legendary status. During the 2011 World Cup, Tendulkar ticked off the one thing which was absent from his list of achievements when India won the title for the first time in 28 years.There was one. There is one. There will always be one #GodOfCricket. Nobody has ever united India like you @sachin_rt. You still rule a billion hearts ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ #SachinTendulkar #HappyBirthdaySachin— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) April 24, 2019When Tendulkar announced his retirement, it was an emotional moment for all fans. During the Wankhede Test of 2013 against West Indies, Tendulkar was dismissed for 74 and after India won the Test, the tributes that poured in for Tendulkar was a sight.Started watching cricket just because of this man ….”Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ” Wishing “SRT” a Very Happy Birthday …. 24 Years 68 Test Half centuries96 ODI Half Centuries51 Test Centuries49 ODI Centuries#GODOFCRICKET #HappyBirthdaySachin #SRT46 pic.twitter.com/oKHLErKjht— #HappyBirthdayGod (@SandeepRo49) April 23, 2019To God Of Cricket man to be cherished who gave loads of nostalgia moments on cricket !!The man who inspired millions of people !Wishing the Master Blaster A Very Happy Birthday🎉 @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin #GodofCricket pic.twitter.com/8lNe1b3HYi— Atul Raijade (@AtulRaijade) April 23, 2019Happy Birthday To the God Of The Cricket.#SachinTendulkar #GodOfCricket #CricketMeriJaan#Sachin #SachinSachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/8ew78vqDfM— Vipul Tiwari (@vipul9200) April 24, 2019Tendulkar retired six years ago and his list of records are simply beyond comparison. The first player to score 100 international centuries, the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs with 15921 runs and 18426 runs respectively. 51 Test tons and 49 ODI centuries. The list keeps getting longer. Until the game of cricket is played, Tendulkar’s records and feats shall be etched forever in the sands of time. Sachin Tendulkar is the first player to score 100 international tons.Tendulkar is the leading run-getter in both ODIs and Tests.Tendulkar is the only cricketer to play 200 Tests and over 450 ODIs in a 24-year career. New Delhi: April 24 is a red-letter day for a billion Indian and world cricket fans. It is the day when God had a date. It is the day when Sachin Tendulkar was born. The Master Blaster, who has amassed records which might never be broken, is considered one of the greatest players to have ever set foot on a cricket field. Tendulkar’s exploits and his persona transcended age groups, cultures, languages and made a diverse country united as one. Today, as Tendulkar turned 46, fans took to social media to celebrate the genius of Tendulkar. #GodofCricket, #HappyBirthdaySachin and #SachinTendulkar became the top trends on Twitter.Fans highlighted his persona and wished him a Happy Birthday. Other fans put out a video of his Desert Storm knocks on Twitter. In 1998, two days before his birthday, Tendulkar had put Australia to the sword in Sharjah during the Coca Cola Cup tri-series which also involved New Zealand. In the final league game, Tendulkar blasted 143 and ensured India reached the final against Australia. In the final, Tendulkar once again hammered 134 as India won the title. Those two knocks cemented Tendulkar’s brilliance and established him as a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer. highlightslast_img read more