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UGArden Donations

first_imgFood insecurity is an issue among college students that is rarely discussed but all too common. With limited funds or inconsistent income streams, some college students may have to choose between paying rent and buying groceries.With this issue affecting their friends and neighbors, students working at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, decided to take action.With the help of a $5,409 grant from the UGA Parents Leadership Council, a group of highly engaged parents, UGArden will now be able to provide fresh produce to the UGA Food Pantry, said John McGinnis, president of the UGArden Club.The grant will be used to buy harvesting supplies, a refrigerator for the garden and one for the UGA Student Food Pantry. The refrigerators will extend the shelf life and food safety of the produce.The pantry was established in 2011 and is located at the Tate Student Center. The student-run resource center serves about 100 students a day. While the volunteers have always had canned goods and packaged foods available, storage had been a major hurdle in supplying the pantry with produce, McGinnis said.“We did some research and found that the food pantry did not really have much produce,” McGinnis said. “That is where we came up with this idea.”With 1 in 5 college students struggling with food insecurity, it seemed to make sense to help their peers in the best way they could — with fresh vegetables, he said.“Fresh produce is super important for the pantry because our goal is to provide students with meals that are not only delicious but also healthy,” Ava Parisi, the UGA student pantry’s director and a student majoring in health promotion and behavioral medicine. “We care for a lot of students’ well-being, so being able to provide healthy and fresh options helps tremendously.”UGArden already supplies vegetables to community organizations and local middle schools with produce. Most of the produce goes to Campus Kitchen, a student-run community kitchen operated through the UGA Office of Service-Learning (OSL) that provides meals to senior citizens around Athens. OSL is a UGA outreach unit that is overseen by the vice president for public service and outreach and the vice president for instruction. This is the kind of project that the Parent Leadership Council was excited to support.“The UGArden is making an important and positive impact on the student experience in its own unique way,” said Elizabeth Correll Richards, chair of the Parents Leadership Council. “The Parents Leadership Council is proud to help with the funding needed to continue its excellent programming.”For more information about UGArden and its impact, visit www.ugarden.uga.edu. For more information about the UGA Student Food Pantry, visit greeklife.uga.edu/content_page/uga-food-pantry-content-page. For more information about the Parent’s Leadership Council, visit give.uga.edu/parents-families/parents-leadership-council.last_img read more

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Unforgettable Ways to Savor Mountain Maryland’s Fall Foliage

first_imgTAKE A DRIVING TOUR!  VISIT AN OVERLOOK! Point Lookout Over Potomac River in the Green Ridge State Forest Dan’s Rock Overlook in the Fall, photo by Bill Merlavage Great Allegheny Passage in Cumberland in the Fall HOP ON A BIKE! Here in the mountains, there are many points that make you feel like you are on top of the world, literally. Visit Point Lookout in Green Ridge State Forest, Town Hill Overlook along the Historic National Road, or Dans Rock Overlook, one the county’s most-recognized overlooks. Each of these points provides spectacular and colorful landscapes, with iconic views of the Potomac River, Allegany County, and even Sideling Hill and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to beautiful views, the overlooks contain history that dates to colonial times and the French and Indian War. Photo by Sam DeMartino Hit the Green Ridge State Forest Scenic Driving Tour, a 44-mile route through Maryland’s largest contiguous piece of public land, and experience the magic of fall as you traverse by car to five overlooks along the trail. Located in the ridge and valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, Green Ridge State Forest is rich in natural and cultural heritage and is sure to be a breathtaking autumn drive along these leaf-lined roads. Or, hop on one of the Allegany County’s Scenic Byway systems, offering inviting views, magical main streets, enduring history, and engaging places along the Historic National Road Scenic Byway, C&O Canal Scenic Byway, and the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway. One thing we know for sure is that Mountain Maryland is the perfect place to catch brilliant expressions of fall.center_img Cumberland City in the Fall TAKE A HIKE! Whether you want to get out into nature or stick to a more urban street walk, Allegany County has some great trails and hikes, perfect for viewing peak leaf season. Take a walk through any of the Historic Districts in Cumberland and Frostburg for beautiful architecture and brilliant trees lining the brick sidewalks and streets. For nature lovers, Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park offer close to 100 miles of hiking trails for the novice to the expert, with well-groomed to more rugged trails, all worth a visit for some fall colors.  After you’ve soaked in the miles of colorful adventure, be sure to refuel with some outdoor dining, especially stunning in the open air of the pedestrian mall of Downtown Cumberland, with the mountains as your backdrop, or at one of the wineries or breweries along the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour. With access to two world-class trails, the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, and ideal road riding conditions with low traffic, cyclists love the routes available here in Mountain Maryland. Routes will take you into rural areas that showcase the natural beauty of our region. Find out just why the Great Allegheny Passage made the list for National Geographic’s ‘Best Fall Trips,’ as you bike through this forest-lined rail trail, following the old Western Maryland railway bed between Allegany County’s two trail towns, Frostburg and Cumberland. Be sure to explore our road routes through Ride with GPS, with mapped road rides to view the region’s stunning fall foliage by bike on the open road. And, for beginner mountain bikers and beyond, check out the vibrant treks on the mountain biking trails of Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest. Witnessing the brilliant autumn in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is an unparalleled experience for all lovers of nature and the outdoors. With scenic overlooks, a world-class bike trail through the mountains, tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area’s historic towns, and 60,000 acres of public land, there are plenty of opportunities to check this experience off your bucket list. With fall leaf-peeping season right around the corner, we put together a list of must-see/must-do fall foliage activities and experiences across the county. last_img read more

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Western European growth and World Cup effect boosts Betsson

first_img Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles Betsson to appeal ‘hefty’ Spelinspektionen penalty June 12, 2020 Group increases across the board have been reported by Betsson AB in the online gambling organisations latest interim report, covering the period from 1 January – 30 June of this year.Increased efficiency, product upgrades and a systematic following of its “back on track plan,” centred around the four strategic areas of growth in core markets, product and technology, efficiencies and M&A activities temporarily on hold, have been highly praised by the firm.The second quarter, covering the period April-June, saw group revenues increase 14 per cent, hitting the SEK 1.3bn (£116m) mark, as opposed to SEK 1.1bn (£101.5m) for the corresponding period in 2017, 3.7 per cent of which is aligned to the Russian World Cup which began on June 14.Casino revenues increased 16 per cent during Q2, soaring over SEK 1bn in a quarter for the first time, while sportsbook grew 17 per cent. Operating income was also heavily impacted by the footballing showpiece; a 45 per cent growth reaching SEK 300m (£26m), up from 2017’s SEK 207m (£17.8m)This helped the group achieve increases in its figures for the January – June (H1) period, with revenues reaching SEK 2.5bn, (£220.3m), up 12 per cent on the last year’s SEK 2.2bn (£196.4m).Operating income for the period saw a boost of 14 per cent during H1, rising from SEK 448m (£38m) to SEK 512m (£44m) this time around.Praising growth across Western Europe as well as the increased activity during the World Cup, Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall commented: “ At the core of everything is our company culture and organisation. Betsson is as good as its employees and it has been a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and hard work of the Betssonites during the World Cup. “The third quarter has begun with daily revenues higher than the average daily revenue for the full third quarter last year. The revenue increase is to a large extent a result of activity related to the FIFA World Cup that ended on 15 July 2018 and should not be regarded as guidance for the full third quarter. “We continue to work hard with the ambition to make Betsson’s product offering more competitive and the marketing efforts more efficient. However, it will still take time until we see sustainable improvements.” Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

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