CHESTERVILLE – Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 11, when Chesterville Family Fun Day will return, due to popular demand. This year’s festivities will include fun for all ages, music, and plenty of food.Last year Fun Day was organized by a small group committed to bringing the town together to foster the sense of community that was seeming to flag with the modern trends toward isolation and stay-at-home entertainment. The result?“People had a really good time,” concluded Kim Lessard, “We were really pleased with the turn-out, and we hear that everyone is looking forward to an even bigger day this year.”Last year’s event revived a tradition that had taken a break for several years. A Fourth of July parade and festivities were held in Chesterville during the mid-20th century, and throughout the 90’s, but planning efforts waned and new blood was needed. New blood has arrived, and the event is back.Fun Day festivities will begin with a free 5K Walk/Run, registration at 7:30 a.m. and race at 8:00 a.m. Registration will be at the Town Hall. The race will head up the Valley Road to North Chesterville, turn around and return to the start,.Line-up for the parade, the theme of which will be “Movies,” will also take place in North Chesterville, at 9 a.m. Participation is wide open, and anyone wishing to enter a float, do something creative while walking 1.5 miles, or simply march is welcome to join the line-up. There is no registration required, and addressing the movie theme is not necessary. Questions can be addressed to Greg Soule at 897-5907.Following the parade, which ends at the Chesterville Town Hall, there will be a flag raising with town veterans presiding.At approximately 11 a.m. the day’s festivities will begin. All-day entertainment for children will include water balloon fun and numerous large inflatable amusements such as a bounce house, giant slide, obstacle course and dunk tank. Also for children is a petting corral that promises ponies, a calf, chickens, and possibly goats and/or rabbits. Sandy River Farm’s “Cow Train” will be providing rides, and, weather permitting, Kendrick Charles will offer horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.For adults, field events should offer a challenge for everyone, with a skillet toss, a hammer toss, and a tug-of-war. At 11:30 a.m., a horseshoe tournament will begin, and will continue for as long as it takes.This year’s food contest will be “Anything Blueberry,” celebrating the in-season local delicacy.“We think this will be a lot of fun,” said organizers, “since we expect people will be creative with the opportunity.”Anyone of any age may enter a dish in the competition. Prizes will be offered for best tasting and most unique. The town’s 5 Selectmen will be the judges. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2 p.m.Food for sale will include barbequed chicken by the Extension Homemakers; hot dogs and hamburgers by the Chesterville Heritage Society; slush puppies, popcorn, cotton candy and snowcones by the Fun Day Committee, and possibly others. Vendors of crafts and other items will be inside the Town Hall. Music will be provided outside by L & D Country Band.To help with the planning of the day, or to volunteer to supervise an event or just provide support to the committee during Fun Day, please call Kim at 713-8489. Anyone is welcome to attend one of the planning meetings, weekly at 6:30 at the Chesterville Town Hall.After all, it takes a village to run a Fun Day!Chesterville Fun Day ScheduleLocation: Chesterville Town Hall Grounds, Dutch Gap Road7:30 a.m. Registration for 5K Run/Walk8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk9 a.m. Parade Line-up10 a.m. Parade begins10:45 a.m. Flag Raising at Town Hall11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fun Day Festivities:Chicken Barbeque, Hot Dogs, HamburgersL&D Country BandChildren’s Inflatable AmusementsPetting CorralCow TrainWater Balloon Fun11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMITTING – Wagon Rides11:30 a.m. Horse Shoe Tournament12:30 p.m. Field Events:Skillet Toss, Hammer Toss, Tug-of-War1 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Anything Blueberry” Food Contest3 p.m. Fun Day Concludes
Organizers aim to choose a diverse group of participants in regards to age, ethnicity and gender, geographic location, professional background and experience level. For more information or to apply to the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture program, see www.agla.caes.uga.edu or call Strickland at 706-542-1204. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture program. The program, spearheaded by the CAES department of agricultural leadership, education and communication, aims to educate and empower Georgia business leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic driver in Georgia: the state’s agriculture and natural resource industries. “Without a program in place, the agriculture and natural resources industries are left with the difficult challenge of coming together on issues, understanding how each of the sectors are related and can benefit from one another, and … establishing positive relationships throughout the state and nation,” said Rochelle Strickland, the program’s founding director and a public service assistant in the department. The program will bring together leaders from all segments of the agriculture and natural resources industries. Over a two-year period, the inaugural class will help one another understand and analyze the issues facing their industries as well as challenges that may emerge in the future. Participants will attend eight sessions held across the state and travel to Washington, D.C., and abroad to study Georgia’s involvement with international trade. The first class of 25 to 30 participants will be chosen through an application and nomination process, which will begin this month. The application deadline is July 13. The program begins this fall. Applicants have to be at least 25 years old, be actively involved in an agricultural- or natural resource-related industry and have demonstrated strong leadership potential.
Johnny Sexton negotiated two bloody clashes of heads with Mathieu Bastareaud to mastermind Ireland’s stubborn 18-11 RBS 6 Nations victory over France in Dublin. France lock Romain Taofifenua bundled in for a late try to set up a frenetic finish, but reigning champions Ireland held firm to keep their title defence on track. Former France star Laurent Benezech branded Ireland’s decision to field Sexton a “big mistake” as pressure mounted in midweek. Ireland provided evidence they had refused to risk their star asset in first-round action against Italy in a terse Friday night statement. When Sexton himself had chance to vindicate his selection, however, the former Leinster playmaker offered the most compelling argument of all. Now the Ireland juggernaut rolls on under taskmaster boss Schmidt, with the also unbeaten England pitching up in Dublin in two weeks’ time. Sexton vowed in the week the “first tackle will get me into the game” after all the talk of France sending battering-ram centre Bastareaud down his channel. Ireland’s 29-year-old fly-half was as good as his word when that first challenge came, enveloping Toulon’s express-train midfielder through the much-vaunted choke tackle tactic. Those partisan outside observers who had predicted pandemonium when 17-stone Bastareaud pounded into Sexton were left confounded as Ireland’s peerless pivot forced a telling turnover. Sexton fired 15 points in Ireland’s ninth consecutive victory on his return from a 12-week concussion lay-off to set up a potential Six Nations title decider with England on March 1. Fit-again Sexton fully vindicated Ireland’s decision to throw him into action after an enforced three-month absence, leaving Joe Schmidt’s men and England the only unbeaten teams in the tournament. Sexton consolidated his unflustered start by slotting a tricky penalty to hand Ireland first blood, before Camille Lopez levelled. Collected conductor Sexton responded in kind to edge Ireland 6-3 ahead as Guilhem Guirado spoiled Ireland’s ruck ball illegally. France were hounded by the choke tackle, Sexton constraining Bastareaud again, and Rory Best forcing another turnover. Sexton and Lopez traded penalties to leave Ireland 9-6 ahead, the hosts battling to diffuse France’s preclusion for everything off-the-cuff. Sexton’s fourth goal moved Ireland 12-6 ahead, and so the scores stayed until the break. Kearney hurtled on to Sexton’s searching Garryowen to launch Ireland’s first attack of the second half, but a knock-on in Ireland’s 22 stymied the move. Bastareaud felled Sexton in a nasty-looking but unintentional clash of heads, and both players had to leave the field for blood injuries. Both men copped cuts above their eyes, and a fair old clattering. France replaced their entire front-row in the 50th minute, sending the Six Nations’ heaviest man, Uini Atonio, into the fray. Ian Madigan edged Ireland’s lead to 15-6 from the tee with Sexton still receiving treatment, before France seized the initiative. Les Bleus’ power replacements added tempo and bite to the visitors, who ground into the home 22, but Peter O’Mahony forced a vital turnover. France lock Pascal Pape kneed Jamie Heaslip in a ruck and was sin-binned after video review. Bastareaud returned to the fray while Ireland quashed an attempted France break, allowing the break in play for Sexton to step back into action too. Sexton raced close straight away, only to fire a pass straight into Jared Payne’s face, allowing France to clear their lines. Ireland hooker Best was sin-binned for a trip just past the hour, but Lopez shanked the resulting penalty. Best’s yellow card buoyed France into a string of attacks, only for Ireland to hold firm once more. Ireland sent their front-row cavalry into action and gained immediate scrum dividend, winning a penalty to clear their lines. Ireland edged forward, forced a penalty and Sexton duly stretched the home lead to 18-6. The home resistance could not hold, however, replacement lock Romain Taofifenua claiming his first Six Nations try. Lopez scuffed the attempted conversion, leaving Ireland leading 18-11. Full-back Kearney’s fly-hack clearance denied France once more, with Sexton again clashing heads with Bastareaud and needing his stitches tidied up. By this stage Ireland were desperately battling France’s all-out onslaught, with Les Bleus liable to strike on any phase. France forced their attack until overtime in the final play, only for Simon Zebo to force Yoann Huget into touch, sealing the victory. Press Association
All 15 CARICOM Heads of Government have been confirmed for this week’s summit to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, Jamaica from July 4 to 6. The summit will be headed by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the newly appointed chairman of CARICOM.President of Chile Sebastián Piñera and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel are specially invited guests.At a media briefing Monday, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the treatment of Caribbean migrants will be discussed amid concerns of the impending exit of Britain from the European Union and the Windrush scandal.CARICOM Heads of Government have also expressed concern about tariffs imposed by the US and the possible effects on the region. “We are concerned that there are investors in our community on which either tariffs or other types of restrictions have been placed and it’s affecting these investors here in Jamaica, Guyana and elsewhere, and we are very concerned about that so that will be discussed,” Mr. LaRocque added. He said CARICOM will be lobbying to have certain tarrifs that affect the region lifted.
GLENDALE, Ariz. >> The Dodgers needed a long-haul second baseman.The preceding sentence has no expiration date.They have had seven primary second basemen in their past eight seasons. The only player to “repeat” was Mark Ellis in 2012-13, according to Baseball-Reference.com.They have tried veterans (Orlando Hudson, Howie Kendrick, Chase Utley), kids (Dee Gordon, Blake DeWitt) and multi-use extra men (Jamey Carroll). The ground was a lot firmer from 1973-88, when Davey Lopes and Steve Sax were the only keystone cops the Dodgers needed. But underneath all of their roster churn is a deep lament for stability. This year’s team will bear a startling resemblance to last year’s team.The Dodgers re-signed Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill. Not since the mid-90s have they needed to conduct fewer introductions.The one stranger is Logan Forsythe, the new second baseman. One reason he’s here is that he’s never a stranger very long.When the Tampa Bay Rays heard Forsythe was leaving, they reacted as if a trusted retriever had run away.“I’m surprised and upset,” said Evan Longoria when he got the news. He tempered it the next day but also said he “would not get over” the trade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Really really really gonna miss Logie Bear,” tweeted Chris Archer, and Stephen Souza called it “a very sad day for me personally.”This was a little stronger than the usual pro forma regret, but the Rays considered Forsythe a “good teammate,” a term that has thrived in the face of the metrics craze.Anyone who makes the habitat more professional is valued beyond his numbers. Forsythe did that. He also hit, fielded and threw.“I remember going to see a Team USA that had a lot of real good college players on it,” said Dave Van Horn, Forsythe’s coach at Arkansas. “He was one of the last guys to make that team. I talked to the coaches and they said he was their favorite player.“He plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. He comes from a blue-collar background and that’s the way he plays. Eventually, he makes you like him.”Forsythe is 30 but has been fulltime for only two years. When Nick Franklin got hurt in 2015 spring training, Forsythe became the second baseman.“A little bit of pressure came off,” Forysthe said. “They said I was going in there and it didn’t matter whether I was hot or cold.”He remained seasonably warm. He hit .281 with 17 home runs and was named the Rays’ MVP (the Don Zimmer Award).Last year he hit .264 with 20 home runs. In both seasons he slugged .444. The Dodgers liked his .775 OPS against lefthand pitching in 2016.He also was Tampa Bay’s customary leadoff hitter and hit .314 in the first inning. But he is one more grinder in a clubhouse that suddenly has them in abundance.What is a “good teammate”?“You try to be aware of your surroundings,” Forsythe said. “You make a point of noticing little things. If you get a chance, you talk to the younger guys. But mainly it’s being yourself, being that consistent guy every day. And you listen.”Forsythe’s locker in Glendale is next to Justin Turner’s. Like Forsythe, Turner basically learned how to hit in the major leagues. Forsythe’s main tutor was Rays’ batting coach Derek Shelton, now on Toronto’s staff.“He’s one of my favorite guys,” Shelton said. “He has great control and command of the strike zone. At first he maybe was too selective. We worked on a leg kick to give him some more power to his pull side, but then he strarted driving the ball hard to right-center.”And the origin of the shoulder chip? Forsythe’s dad worked the power lines in Memphis, and money wasn’t plentiful. “There were three kids, so sometimes I’d be home because we couldn’t afford a baby-sitter,” he said.In the SEC Forsythe was a well-respected third baseman, but the glory went to Vanderbilt’s Pedro Alvarez, a slugger who went No. 2 in the draft. Forsythe went No. 46. “I guess you could say there was a rivalry there,” Van Horn said.Now Alvarez has drifted through Pittsburgh and Baltimore and is unsigned, having slipped down the ladder that Forsythe is still climbing.“College was fun,” Forsythe said. “You didn’t have all the technology. You’d have an idea what a guy’s out pitch was and what his (velocity) was, and that was it.”If second base was that simple the Dodgers would have solved it by now. They do sense that the new guy is no one-year wonder.
zoom Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s share purchase agreement with the shareholders of H.E.C. Europe Limited has been terminated, the company said.The deal was terminated as the contractual deadline for obtaining all necessary approvals for the transaction expired and was not waived.Aegean announced the acquisition of H.E.C., a parent company of Hellenic Environmental Center and a group of companies providing port reception facilities services (the HEC Group), in February 2018,Marine fuel logistics company inked a definitive agreement to buy all of the outstanding share capital of H.E.C from its shareholders for USD 367 million.The sellers are companies owned and controlled by Dimitris Melisanidis — Aegean’s founder and former Head of Corporate Development — and certain members of his family, and members of the Agiostratitis family.Aegean was pursuing the acquisition as “a complementary high margin business with global growth opportunities,” as explained by Jonathan McIlroy, Aegean’s President.
OTTAWA – The Michener Awards Foundation has announced Cogeco Media, CBC Edmonton, Global News, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and The Vancouver Sun as the finalists for the 2017 Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will host the Michener Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 12 where the winner of the 2017 Michener Award will be announced.Cogeco Media is nominated for work by reporters Monic Neron and Emilie Perreault at Montreal radio station 98.5FM. They earned the trust of 10 women, who risked their careers to go on record and speak openly about alleged harassment and sexual assault suffered at the hands of Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon.CBC Edmonton’s Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell uncovered serious irregularities involving grants to Pure North, a private health foundation of a wealthy Calgary oilman. Following CBC’s series, the government cancelled the clinic’s funding, and Health Canada and the Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta launched investigations.A Global News team exposed serious flaws in the way Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada handled permanent residency applications for people with disabilities and medical conditions. The multi-platform investigation revealed that immigration officials used faulty and outdated academic research to determine “a cost threshold” and each year rejected as many as 450 viable applicants as medically inadmissible.Globe and Mail reporter Grant Robertson discovered some marijuana companies were cutting corners by using illegal toxic pesticides — and scores of consumers were becoming seriously ill. One patient’s medical marijuana, independently tested by the Globe, contained no fewer than five banned pesticides. Robertson’s investigative reporting ultimately caused Health Canada to institute new federal legislation for mandatory testing.In a massive investigation involving more than 250 Freedom of Information requests, the Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle tracked dismissed, or “unfounded,” sexual assault cases handled by Canadian police. The result was a 2017 series that showed police were dismissing one in five such complaints. The series spurred the federal government to pledge better police oversight, training and policies.A year-long Toronto Star investigation revealed how companies are increasingly turning to temp agencies to limit their liability for workplace accidents, reduce employers’ responsibility and cut costs. Using Freedom of Information requests and undercover work in one of the continent’s largest industrial bakeries, Star reporters Sara Mojtehedzadeh and Brendan Kennedy revealed how some of the most vulnerable segments of the population were exposed to dangerous, and even fatal working conditions.In two series, the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail exposed a shocking failure of Canadian security regulators and governments to protect investors. Sun reporter Gordon Hoekstra’s databases for B.C. uncovered unpaid penalties of more than a half-billion dollars over the past 10 years, and fraudsters with $31 million in assets.Globe reporters Grant Robertson and Tom Cardoso took the investigation of white-collar crime national, analyzing almost 30 years of security offences. Data revealed that one in nine white-collar criminals are repeat offenders, evading regulators and fines by moving provinces. Both series sent shock waves through the investment community and governments.The Michener Award, founded in 1970 by late former governor general Roland Michener, honours excellence in public service journalism.