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first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook A Romanian man arrested in Donegal earlier this month accused of raping a woman in Scotland in 2017 has been denied bail.Raul Covaci Novak was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Scottish Authorities.He and another man are accused of raping a young woman who was allegedly lured into a car thinking it was a taxi on 1 January 2017.The young woman was inebriated at the time of the alleged incident, the European Arrest Warrant states.Following the alleged incident, Novak was brought before Kirkaldy Court in Scotland and was granted bail.It is claimed he did not attend at court for his trial and fled to Romania and that he subsequently moved to Ireland, and was living in Letterkenny with a relative for about a year before his arrest earlier this month by the gardaí.Yesterday, Novak applied to be released on bail until the High Court has determined the extradition request.However, his application was refused by Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon.The judge said while Novak was entitled to a presumption of innocence in respect of the charges he is facing in Scotland the Judge said that based on the evidence given by the gardaí was not prepared to grant Novak bail.The state, represented by Ronan Kennedy BL had opposed the bail application, on grounds that Novak represented a flight risk, and due to the serious nature of the crimes, he is accused of.Evidence was given to the court by Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan who said that Novak did not have any strong ties or assets in the jurisdiction and that the accused represented a strong flight risk.Novak, represented by Mark Lynam BL said his client was willing to abide by any bail conditions set down by the court and had offered a surety of €2000 which was a significant sum of money for him.The gardaí had his national identity card and he had no passport, his counsel added. His counsel said his client had family members living in Donegal.His client said he had left Scotland to return to Romania with his wife whose father died. He had contacted his solicitor in Scotland to say he would return to face the charges.Counsel said Novak’s Scottish solicitor had also informed him that it was too late to return to that jurisdiction voluntarily and a warrant for his arrest would be issued.After refusing Mr Novak bail, the judge remanded him in custody and he will appear before the High Court extradition list next month. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleShock after elderly man left waiting over an hour for ambulanceNext articleYvonne Bonner signs rookie AFL contract in Australia News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter By News Highland – September 27, 2018 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Romanian man arrested in Donegal refused bail at Scottish Court Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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first_imgEmployers are putting too much emphasis on winning Investors in Peoplestatus rather than considering the cultural benefits of the process, accordingto research. The report by the Open University Business School claims too manyorganisations focus on the hard, structural side of the IIP process, whichundermines the development of softer, cultural aspects. If measurement, badge-collecting and hard learning are allowed to dominatethe process, managers will simply aim to satisfy the criteria for assessment,claims the report. Dr Scott Taylor, co-author of the report, believes there are importantbenefits. “It forces companies to look at training and development, whichis a good thing. It can be useful for HR managers in terms of careermanagement” he said. The research is based on six organisations that have been through the IIPprocess. More than 24,000 organisations have achieved recognition and it is supposedto provide a framework for improving performance through HR development. An IIP spokesperson said, “It isn’t possible to get the award unlessthere is clear evidence that an organisation is committed to and carries outeffective training and development to meet business needs.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Firms must not forget ‘soft’ side of IIPOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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first_img View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: Homeport View post tag: New Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Los Angeles Fast-Attack Submarine New Homeport of Norfolk Industry news Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Va., June 15.Helena, commanded by Cmdr. Paul L. Dinius, was previously homeported in San Diego and recently completed an extended maintenance period, including an engineering overhaul, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery, Maine. “The men of Helena completed the engineering overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in less than 20 months, which is the fastest extended maintenance period in the shipyard in a decade,” said Dinius. “While we are sad to not to be returning to our friends in our previous fleet homeport of San Diego and will miss our new friends from our recent homeport in the seacoast community at Portsmouth, we welcome the opportunity to call Naval Station Norfolk home.”While in the shipyard, Helena was actively involved in numerous community-related events in the local community and in the New England area, including visitations and speaking engagements at schools, veterans’ centers, and retirement homes, and participating in other various community venues.In recognizing their enormous commitment and support within the community, Helena was presented the 2010 Promoting Equal Opportunity Among All People (PEOple) Award – the first submarine command ever to win the award at PNSY.Dinius said that Helena arrived to Norfolk ready to contribute to the area’s deep Navy roots.“Our Sailors are well-aware of the history the Navy has carved into the Hampton Roads area,” said Dinius. “We are ready and willing to build upon the legacy of the submarine force in the area, and become significant ambassadors of the Navy to the [local] community.”Helena will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 6 in Norfolk, under the command of Capt. Eugene Sievers.Fast-attack submarines like Helena have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.Helena is the 38th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and fourth ship to bear the name of the capital city, Helena, Mont. Built by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics Corp., the 360-ft. submarine was commissioned July 11, 1987 and employs a crew of 16 officers and 134 enlisted Sailors.[mappress]Source: navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: usa View post tag: fast View post tag: Navy View post tag: submarinecenter_img View post tag: attack View post tag: Angeles Share this article View post tag: News by topic USA: Los Angeles Fast-Attack Submarine New Homeport of Norfolk View post tag: Los View post tag: Naval June 16, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Demonstrates New Unmanned Vessel BAE Systems Demonstrates New Unmanned Vessel View post tag: BAe Systems BAE Systems demonstrated new unmanned technology, in partnership with ASV, for the first time at a site near Portsmouth Naval Base.The new system will allow crews to carry out vital tasks such as high speed reconnaissance and remote surveillance while keeping sailors out of harm’s way.The modified boat is capable of operating autonomously for up to 12 hours at a time on either a pre-planned route or via remote control. It can reach speeds in excess of 38 knots (44 miles per hour), providing ship-launched manoeuvrability and enhanced situational awareness to support the decision-making of its operators. The technology is designed to be fitted to the Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) like those already used extensively by the Royal Navy.Underpinning the system’s ability to operate autonomously is its complex array of sensors, including a navigation radar, 360 degree panoramic infrared camera array and laser range finder which offer operators a detailed picture within a significant range of the vessel.The unmanned system and software algorithms controlling the boat were provided by Portchester-based unmanned and autonomous specialist, ASV. BAE Systems has been working closely with ASV to integrate the technology and prove the concept through the demonstrator. The next stage in its development is to create the sensor suite before ensuring a seamless integration with the combat management system on the parent ship.The boats will be able to operate up to 40km away from their parent ship. As well as being completely autonomous they can also be remote-controlled by crew on land, from the ship via a hand-held controller or piloted as usual.The technology is designed as a retrofit to the manned Pacific 24 RIB already deployed across Type 23 Frigates and Type 45 Destroyers. These boats will also go on to the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers once they enter service.[mappress mapid=”17224″]Image: BAE Systems View post tag: RIB Equipment & technologycenter_img Share this article View post tag: unmanned boat View post tag: europe October 20, 2015last_img read more

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first_imgIf you answered; 4 questions correctly you are a genius, 3 correctly – you are above average intelligence 2 correctly – you are normal 1 correctly – you are below average None – dumbass Ok, so you’ve realized that the above questions were rather random, completely unrelated to each other, more than a bit tongue in cheek, and completely useless in assessing how intelligent you are, but in all seriousness… how much store do you put by the plethora of IQ tests in today’s media? Indeed, what is IQ? This is a subject of much debate, and it is actually considered to be a person’s ability on a variety of tasks. It is not a measure of attainment, but rather mental dexterity, and the extent and way in which it is expressed varies culturally. The debate has raged among scientists for over a century: do we have IQ for lots of different skills, or do we have an overall factor ‘g’, which influences all our mental abilities? The first IQ test was devised by Binet and Simon, who calculated IQ as Mental Age/ Chronological Age on a variety of reasoning tests. Although it was designed specifically to test for children in need of special educational help, its context as a purely academic measure and predictor has been lost. This is the major confound of all IQ tests – they are often taken out of context, and as such their validity is severely challenged. Other tests have been devised with various scales and subtests, and many psychologists have now argued for a much wider approach to intelligence. Vernon, a psychologist in the 60’s, included not only verbal and educational abilities, but also practical and mechanical skills. This approach has formed the basis of many of today’s more serious IQ tests, such as the Weschler test which consists of two main areas of questioning – verbal and spatial. So, is IQ a useful concept? There is no doubt that IQ measurements provide a useful platform for assessing the impact of social factors – there are clear differences between people of different economic status and race, and they have also highlighted sex differences – women perform significantly better on fine manual tasks and verbal tests than men. Recent research into these differences has suggested that the size of a region of interconnecting tissue between the two sides of the brain known as the corpus callosum might be biologically responsible for a percentage of this variation. Perhaps the most well known test at the moment is the BBC Test the Nation Intelligence Test. In an afternoon of work avoidance, some friends and I each took the test, (and breathed a sigh of relief that this 20 minute test deemed us above the national average). But is this test good one? Should we have really put any store by its results, or had we been sucked into the media hype, entrusting our delicate self-esteem to a rather arbitrary 20 minute test? Provided that the factors which are seen as central to each definition and test are established before conclusions are drawn, there is little wrong with IQ tests, and they certainly provide a good alternative to essay writing and proper work. As the a study by the psychologist, Murtaugh, found however, other factors such as context and motivation also influence performance. This study found that female shoppers in California showed excellent skill at buying the cheapest product (by unit), but performed badly on written maths IQ tests. Were the IQ tests wrong? Critics argue that these shoppers use shortcuts rather than complex maths abilities, but this demonstration of mental flexibility towards the task in hand could even be isolated as intelligence itself, and is indeed central to Sternberg’s theory, which emphasizes the context and novelty of any situation. To give credit to the BBC test, their website does point out that IQ is the source of much debate, and that depending on the definition, skills such as body awareness (think of a good dancer and you’ll realize the importance of this trait) and musical ability are also seen as intellectual traits – the importance of such skills is subject to social norms, and is reflected in the questions which comprise the IQ tests. It is perhaps of little surprise that Vernon’s less focused approach to intelligence was developed during the swinging 60s, a time synonymous with breaking social conventions and challenging well established social boundaries. On a more sombre note, IQ tests have been used as the basis for state sterilisation (eugenic programmes) in the US, and were introduced into Britain in the House of Commons in 1989. It was also introduced as an immigration restriction in 1924 in the US with the aim of removing the weakest members of the breeding gene pool to improve the quality of the next generation. Apart from clearly breaching ethical and human rights, such methods of selection rely entirely on the blinkered focus of psychometric IQ tests – in a society of racial and sexual equality, how can this still legally exist? In essence, the national obsession with not only IQ tests, but the wide variety of personality tests supplied by the media, is because they satisfy our self-obsessive nature, as well as our predisposition to categorise the people and world around us – and the BBC producers and magazine editors have been quick to recognize this selling tactic and its guaranteed audience.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

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first_imgOxford 20Les Blues, on Monday by following a great performance from last week with a disappointing effort this week. against Wasps, the Blues were ahead after 30 minutes but on Monday a series of defensive lapses saw Harlequins out of sight by half-time before the match descended into a near-brawl by the end. Robin Bridge hanging off his back, powered over the line. Mike Brown’s mazy run deceived every player that came close and after he converted his own try, which made the score 12-0 after only eight minutes, the Blues looked like they might be completely routed. Jon Fennell kicked a decent penalty but Greenwood was soon at it again. england’s current record try scorer performed a gloriously cheeky pass behind his back after another ‘Quins break and only some last-minute defence prevented another try.Dalgleish’s indiscretion. ‘Quins eased off and the Blues had a great period of attacking play. There was still time for two more fights, with Harris and Jones once again at the centre of the action. The game ran into injury time and with the last action of the match, Anthony Knox scored an inspired solo effort. running down the line, Knox played an inventive grubber kick which he scooped up and deposited over the line. Whittingham converted the try to save the Blues’ dignity with a full-time score of 20-43.  NEC  Harlequins 43Oxford’s rugby team mimicked another blue clad rugby team, The inclusion of four internationals in the ‘Quins team was always going to cause the Blues’ defence trouble, but few would have predicted the ease with which they were sliced open by the speed of the visitors. While Harlequins’ backs were formidable, the ability of the Oxford line to react looked woeful and oportunities were gifted at regular intervals. an over-reliance on kicking also put Tom Tombleson and Jonan Boto, the Blues’ wingers, out of the game and gave Harlequins extremely long periods of possession.There were, however, some positives to take from the Blues’ performance. doug abbott was on fine form in the pack and Boto scored another of his trademark tries. However, a lack of discipline was clearly evident, with four fights occurring through the match, one consuming almost all the players and another lasting for at least two minutes. Lock adam Harris was particularly involved and James Jones was also sent to the sin bin. The referee, ed Turnill, struggled to keep control and every ruck looked like it had the potential to combust into a raging fire of aggression.The match started poorly for the home side when Greenwood picked a hole in the Blues’ defence and, despite The first altercation of the match occurred at the mid point of the first half when Harris tussled with Lorne Ward. Ward was the protagonist and was lucky to stay on the pitch but Harris seemed to be able to stir up trouble throughout the night with only a few words. The resulting line out was driven over the line with abbbot officially getting the ball down. Oxford seemed to have contained the opposition but a slow reaction by the Blues let Samoan international George Harder score unopposed. When attacking possession, the team looked promising, but Greenwood and the rest of the ‘Quins backs were causing persistent problems and their pressure paid off when James Inglis scored to leave Oxford trailing 8-26.The Blues came out looking to improve on their first half performance but Tom Guest capitalised on a ruck to score another five points after only two minutes. ‘Quins won a lineout and drove to the line but met a strong Blues pack. However, the visitors simply spun the ruck and Guest only had to fall over the line to score. Boto lead efforts to even up the score and another fantastic run resulted in his third try in two matches.Indiscipline struck again with 25 minutes to go and Oxford’s Jones and Harlequins’ Kiba richards, who had only been on the pitch for a minute, were sent to the sin bin after the touch judge’s intervention. ‘Quins seemed to be the more comfortable team playing with 14 and Tom Williams shot through the Blues to score, converting his own try and giving the visitors a 30 point lead.Oxford needed some points to avoid humiliation and James Whittingham tried to provide them. His fantastic run was spoilt when the resulting penalty and scoring opportunity was lost due to Captain andy It is heartening to hear that Cambridge only put six points past a weaker ‘Quins last week. However, there can be no room for complacency. Steve Hill, director of rugby, described the performance as “disappointing”, and so he should. any team that plans on winning must first stop conceding, and the Blues certainly have work to do in this area. If they still can’t deal with pace by next week, the game against Tonga could be an embarrassment.ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more

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first_img“Damn Yankees” stars NYC performers Sissy Bell (Lola) and Tim Kava (Joe Hardy).The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company in collaboration with the Ocean City Pops kicks off its 2015 season with the Broadway megahit “Damn Yankees.”The shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8; and 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School (on the beach block of Sixth Street).Based on the novel The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant by Douglass Wallop, featuring a winning score by Adler and Ross, and a devilish book by George Abbot, “Damn Yankees,” the winner of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, hits it out of the park.After a successful casting process, OCTC has assembled a talented, professional cast to bring to life this true American classic.Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind.Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, “Damn Yankees” is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor.OCTC’s “Damn Yankees” is directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn with Andrew Hink as music director.“Having Dann Dunn associated with OCTC is a huge honor! His talents as a performer, Director, and Choreographer have captured the attention of Regional Theatres and National Tours all around the country,” OCTC Artistic Director Michael Hartman said.Ticket prices range from $25-$30. For tickets, call 609-525-9248 or visit www.OCNJ.us/boxoffice.— News release from Greater Ocean City Theatre Companylast_img read more

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first_imgSteve Beseris is the first to test the new bowl at the skateboard park in Ocean City after its opening on Sept. 24, 2015.Part of Ocean City’s Indian Summer Weekend festivities will be the official ribbon-cutting for the new “Cape May County Skate Park in Ocean City” at noon Saturday (Oct. 10) at the park  at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.Mayor Jay A. Gillian will be joined by Cape May County freeholders, City Council members and key community members.The event will take place during the Fall Block Party on Saturday on Asbury Avenue between Fifth and 14th streets. For more information, call 609-525-9333.The park opened on Sept. 24 and within minutes word began to spread about the long-awaited completion of the state-of-the-art concrete facility.The park is open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to dusk daily and subject to a set of rules (now enforced by on-site staff).The opening of the facility marked the fulfillment of a promise by the city administration to replace a smaller skateboard park that was closed by the city in 2011 due to safety concerns.The project cost a little less than $750,000, and the city will be reimbursed $500,000 from a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant that was announced in September 2014. City Council had already approved a capital plan that calls for borrowing $250,000 for the balance of the project.First Ward Councilman Mike DeVlieger spearheaded a planning committee that organized the effort to create the park.last_img read more

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first_imgHarvard has gathered resources and help guides for students, faculty, and the University community after its Tuesday announcement that students should not plan to return to campus after spring break ends March 23, and that classes will move online for the rest of the semester amid the mushrooming outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.The material, much of which is available on the University’s coronavirus page, includes information for students about moving, storage, shipping, and booking travel, as well as help for faculty and staff on remote learning and workforce planning, and meetings, events, and travel guidance for the entire community.“Please know the College is working hard to support you and respond to the needs of our community in the midst of this rapidly evolving situation,” said Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College. “We are committed to sharing as much information as possible with you as we learn more.”The University made its decision as the number of cases in both the U.S. and across the globe continued to surge. In the U.S., there are about 1,000 cases, according the Centers for Disease Control. That number is expected to rise as more testing is implemented. There are currently 95 known cases in Massachusetts. Globally the World Health Organization puts the number of cases at more than 118,000.Harvard’s decision is consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on social-distancing and slowing the spread of the disease. More than 100 other colleges around the nation have opted to adopt remote instruction, according to published reports. The Ivy League Council of Presidents has canceled all athletic events through the remainder of the spring semester, and the NCAA has banned spectators from its famed March Madness men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.“These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how connected we are to one another — and how our choices today determine our options tomorrow,” wrote Harvard President Larry Bacow in a letter to the community Tuesday morning.Harvard College students have been asked not to return to campus after spring break and to move out of their Houses and first-year dorms by Sunday. Remote instruction is set to begin March 23.Currently, Harvard has no documented coronavirus, but today the University announced two community members are being tested.“The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly,” Bacow wrote. “The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.”Khurana said the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has decided that all major academic deadlines, including Senior Thesis due dates, will be extended by one week in order to allow students to focus on moving and making other necessary adjustments. He also noted that room and board will be prorated for all students who move out and that the University is reviewing a small number of applications by students seeking to remain on campus longer because of difficulties related with returning home.Harvard College is providing students on financial aid with up to $200 to ship items home. Students should email the Registrar’s Office, [email protected], to receive prepaid shipping labels. Students should include their name, local or campus address, the address to which the boxes will be sent, contact information for both sender and receiver, dimensions of the boxes, and date they will be leaving campus.Students can also forgo shipping and store items through Olympia Moving and Storage. The University’s storage instructions page has pricing and detailed instructions. Students on financial aid will receive a $200 credit for storage if they choose this option instead of shipping. If the bill exceeds $200, or the student does not receive financial aid, costs will be applied to term bills.Students can print labels for boxes at any Crimson Print location.For students who need help booking travel, the University has staff at all of the dining halls, the Smith Campus Center, and Dudley Community in DeWolfe. Times vary, so students should check the schedule regularly.The University has also posted several coronavirus update and FAQ pages, which are refreshed regularly, including pages for the University as a whole, the College, and other parts of the University from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the Extension School. These pages have answers to community-specific questions — like how to keep research and labs going remotely.College and graduate students with questions about financial aid should visit the financial aid FAQ page. It has information on room and board, student fees, stipends, and what to do if a student can’t afford travel.With the move to online learning, Zoom training is available to faculty members. Faculty have been asked to sign up for a Zoom account and complete training no later than March 20. A number of training sessions are available online and in person, including a video tutorial, a workshop, office hours, and one-on-one help. Harvard University IT has been working with Zoom to ensure the system can handle the high demand.“We are committed to residential education and appreciate that the classroom experience cannot be fully replicated online,” said Claudine Gay, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in an email to faculty. “However, remote teaching is an important and powerful tool in our contingency planning as we look to maintain the continuity of our teaching and the academic progress of our students.”Over the past few weeks, Harvard has asked staff who are able to work remotely to begin preparing to do so. Those preparations include bringing laptops home every day and taking steps to ensure personal devices are secure, and reviewing the general information about getting ready to work remotely.The University has also issued travel and meeting and event guidance to the community. It has banned all work-related travel until at least April 30 and is strongly discouraging nonessential personal travel. University events or meetings of 25 people or more are discouraged.For the latest information, please visit www.harvard.edu/coronavirus.Since the initial outbreak of the coronavirus, the Gazette has been providing regular updates from Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines. You can find these updates here: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/series/coronavirus/. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI was about 8 years old and my sister Mary Lynn about 6 when wethought up a way to get up into a big pecan tree at our house. Wejust didn’t think things through completely.We figured if we tied a big well pulley, with a long rope runningthrough it, high up into the pecan tree, we could make us areally neat elevator.Once we secured the pulley to a limb, we ran the rope through thepulley and back down to the ground. Since I was just a little bitheavier than Mary Lynn, the plan was for me to climb back up intothe tree where the pulley was tied, hold onto that end of therope and jump out of the tree.Far below me was Mary Lynn, standing on the ground and holdingthe other end of the rope. On a count of three, I jumped.Our plan for Mary Lynn’s ascent up the tree worked just as we hadplanned — until she got about halfway up and I got about halfwaydown.But we never, ever, thought about a midair collision.Oh, yeah — gravityWell of course, when I clobbered her on the top of her head withmy feet, she turned her end of the rope loose, which left me withnothing but a loose rope in my hands. That’s when the law ofgravity became really apparent to both of us.She hit the ground first. Her fall was bad enough. But Iclobbered her again right before I hit the ground.That old pecan tree is still there, although it was “topped”about 20 years ago by someone who was supposed to know how tocorrectly prune a tree.Well, he didn’t. All the sprouts and wind damage resulting fromthe topping have made the tree all but worthless.Better planningIf I ever replace the tree, I’ll do it with a tree that’sdisease-resistant. Scab is a very common disease on pecans. SinceI don’t have the right equipment to spray trees to protect themfrom scab, I’ll choose a variety that’s resistant to it.Five varieties of pecan trees are recommended for home yards inGeorgia, mainly because they’re resistant to scab: “Stuart,””Elliott,” “Curtis,” “Gloria Grande” and “Sumner.”To ensure good pollination, I’ll need at least two varieties.There are five other pecan trees at my old home place, sopollination shouldn’t be a problem. But if those other treesweren’t there, I’d need to plant two varieties. And I might justplant two anyway.But I’m not ready to replace the old pecan tree just yet. It maynot be worth much in terms of pecans, but I have a good memoryassociated with it.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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