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The plan of the nine in Barça jumps through the air

first_imgSuárez’s injury, however, has changed the scenario at Barça. The club promised not to embark on rocambolesque adventures like Boateng. But he is obliged to sign a level forward to cover the hole of a player who has been in 25 of the 60 official goals that Barça has scored this year. As you can’t make a mistake like Boateng’s, Barça has reduced its agenda to reliable players. In it are Chimy Ávila, Cavani and Stuani. All three have an asterisk that makes hiring difficult. Chimy Ávila, who turns 26 in February, has a clause of 25 million euros. It has exploded this year in LaLiga but its price is high and it is not a project of Barça’s head striker. Cavani, 33 years old in February, ends the contract in June 2020. Barça would be late for that operation because Atlético is ahead. In addition, he has a bone in the club that has his rights, the PSG. Tuchel already said last week that his team was not the Monopoly. It’s hard for him to get out, but his name has also been on Abidal’s quotes. The option of Stuani, player of Girona, also appeared last season but did not materialize. These three names have sounded in the offices of Can Barça. However, it is easy to wonder how much they can help the team and, above all, if you can incorporate them, you can mortgage the Barça plan A, which is to incorporate a cache forward in summer. The third way, which could be unconvincing in a club that should look in the medium term, will be to incorporate a player from the Chimy profile, squeeze Suárez until the contract ends and wait for the summer of 2021 to make an investment that would no longer be necessary or mandatory. Presumably, the meetings that Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes have multiplied with Quique Setién in the last hours will clarify what the plan is, but it is difficult to think that a club that looks at everything in short-term terms like Barça today does not attack the signing of A level forward. Luis Suarez’s injury has put Barça in check. Not only because the Barça team loses the player who has participated in more than 40 percent of the goals this season. Also because the future plan of the nine can jump through the air. Until a few days ago, Barça had already decided its way for the 2020-21 season. Regardless of whether Suárez continued or not, Eric Abidal, sports director himself, had admitted that the signing of a level forward was a priority. That intention of Barça was known by Luis Suarez, who knew that, in addition, the chosen one was Lautaro Martínez, Inter striker who in July can leave for 111 million euros. A very high figure, but that begins to correspond with the value of a striker who has scored 15 goals in 24 official matches this season and has doubled its market value in the specialized pages. From 40 million euros has gone to 80 million in the last appraisals.last_img read more

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No respect! Former Liverpool star says Mario Balotelli heading for exit after penalty row

first_imgMario Balotelli is more hassle than he is worth and does not have a long-term future at Liverpool, Jamie Redknapp has exclusively told talkSPORT.Balotelli fired Liverpool to victory against Besiktas with a well-taken penalty on Thursday night but was heavily criticised by captain Steven Gerrard for defying Brendan Rodgers’ team orders and wrestling the ball from designated spot-kick taker Jordan Henderson.Rodgers was keen to play down the incident after the game, but Redknapp reckons the Reds boss will be privately fuming at the ‘lack of respect’ shown by the 24-year-old and will be preparing to ditch the £15million signing, who has scored just four goals in all competitions since his arrival from AC Milan last summer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Anfield ace said: “The problem you have with Mario is I don’t think he has got a lot of respect for anybody.“He has worked with some of the best managers in Prandelli, Mourinho, Mancini, everybody he has worked with has tried with this man but nobody seems to get to the bottom of it.“The objective is to put the ball into the back of the net, thankfully that is what he did, but it is not nice to see players arguing like that on the field.“He is an incredibly confident penalty taker and very good at it, but it is that lack of respect that he has.“I don’t see long-term he will be at Anfield, I really don’t. He has scored a couple of goals in fairness, the goals against Tottenham and yesterday were important, but I am sure Brendan Rodgers is thinking he is more hassle than he is worth because he hasn’t produced the quality you would like and when you look at other players around him they don’t seem to enjoy his company on the field.“It always seems to be about him, but it shouldn’t be. He is working at a great football club with lots of other good young players and I am sure they look around and wonder why he gets so much attention when he doesn’t deserve it.”last_img read more

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Messi scores as Argentina sink Brazil

first_imgMessi netted the only goal of the game at the King Saud University Stadium on 13 minutes, tapping home the rebound after his penalty was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.His effort came shortly after Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus rolled a spot-kick wide for Brazil, who were playing without the injured Neymar.Messi, who scored with a pair of free-kicks in his last game with Barcelona, twice threatened from set pieces in the second half before Liverpool ‘keeper Alisson beat away a powerful drive from Leandro Paredes.Rodrygo, the 18-year-old who scored a sensational Champions League hat-trick with Real Madrid this month, made his Brazil debut as he replaced Willian for the final 20 minutes.However, Brazil were unable to find an equaliser as their winless run since capturing the Copa America title extended to five matches.“It’s important to win and it is always nice to beat Brazil, for the rivalry, which feels a lot of late,” said Messi.“It’s good for everything that is to come, to continue growing while looking towards the qualifiers and the next Copa America (in 2020).”The meeting between the two South American giants was the second in Saudi Arabia in little over a year. Brazil beat Argentina 1-0 in Jeddah in October 2018.Brazil also defeated Argentina 2-0 at home in the semi-finals of this year’s Copa America, a controversial match that left Messi complaining the hosts had benefited from favouritism.Brazil will play a friendly against South Korea in Abu Dhabi on November 19, in their final game before South American qualifying starts for the 2022 World Cup in March.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his 69th Argentina goal to earn his country a narrow win over Brazil © AFP / Fayez NureldineRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov 15 – Lionel Messi struck on his return to international duty Friday following a three-month ban as Argentina defeated fierce rivals Brazil 1-0 in a friendly in Riyadh.The Barcelona forward was suspended by CONMEBOL for accusing South American football’s ruling body of “corruption” after he was sent off in July’s third-place play-off with Chile at the Copa America.last_img read more

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HUGE BLOW! Pellegrini confirms key Man City man is OUT of Real Madrid trip

first_img David Silva leaves the pitch due to injury during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid 1 David Silva will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has announced.The Spaniard suffered the problem during City’s goalless draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.He will now play no part in the return leg in Madrid next week and could miss all three of his side’s remaining Premier League games.Silva is, however, expected to be fit to play in the Champions League final should City reach the San Siro showpiece on May 28. Pellegrini said: “David has a small hamstring injury so he will not be fit for this week. He will need two or three weeks to recover. “We hope he will play the Champions League final – that’s the target.”last_img read more

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OPTIMAL F1 PUT THE FOOT DOWN FOR NATIONAL FINALS

first_imgFrom left to right: Jason Black (Sponsor, Voodoo), Pauraic Neely (Design Engineer), Ciaran Kelly (Resource Manager), Ayrton Kelly (Team Manager/ Marketing), Gavin Maguire (Manufacturing Engineer), Caolán Vaughan (Graphic Designer), Mairtin Kelly (Sponsor, Kelly’s Centra)The team from Optimal F1 at St Eunans College in Letterkenny are revved up and ready to go.The dedicated and talented bunch of would-be engineers have made it to the last hurdle of the F1 Schools National Final at Dublin CAstle next Friday.The guys held a special press launch in Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top. The evening was very successful with a good turnout of sponsors, parents, family, teachers and students of St. Eunan’s College.Ciaran and Gavin of Optimal F1 perfecting their reaction time at an earlier testing session.“I think it’s great to see how supportive we as a school community are: it was really great to see the few students show up. It meant a lot to us as a team that our peers are fully behind us,” said Ayrton Kelly, Marketing Manager of Optimal F1.Optimal F1’s sponsors were also represented on the evening with Karen Murphy (Karen Murphy School of Speech, Drama & Communications), Jason Black (Voodoo Venue) and Mairtin Kelly (Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top) in attendance while other sponsors sent their regrets.“Again, to have the support of our sponsors and to see that they truly have an interest in what they are supporting is fantastic: it makes it all worthwhile”. The team mentioned the support that Saint Eunan’s College have given them.“Everyone at the college has been so supportive and forthcoming with their help and advice, Mr Chris Darby (Principal) and Mr Shaun McGinley (Facilitator) especially. Mr McGinley has given up so much of his time and effort and we as a team could definitely not be here without his endless ideas, advice and support”.Optimal F1 mentioned how all the teachers of the college supported them in their achievements so far.“The teachers have helped us with whatever we need. Ms Una Ní Fhatharta helped draft a sponsorship letter for a Swiss company, Mr Pauric O’Donnell has helped us with any IT issues we may have and Ms Lisa Gallagher has been so understanding and supportive of us too”.Attracta Winters of the St. Eunan’s Parents Committee was also in present and she thanked the support of the Letterkenny Community, without which the Parents Committee could not do their work and support school projects such as Optimal F1. Both Jason Black and Mairtin Kelly had very kind words to say of Optimal F1 as well mentioning the group’s hardwork, persistence and consideration for their sponsors.Jason commented that he very much felt a part of the team through Optimal F1’s regular updates and mentions.“We are especially grateful to our parents and family. From lifts to meetings to endless advice they have been the backbone of Optimal F1 and again, we would not be here without them,” said Ciaran Kelly.Optimal F1 will be heading down to Dublin next Friday for the F1 in Schools National Finals in Dublin Castle. The competition is powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society and it consist of a team designing, building and racing a miniature 1/20th scale F1 car made of Balsa wood.Follow their progress on Facebook (fb.com/OptimalF1), Twitter (@optimalf1) and their award-winning website (optimalf1.com).OPTIMAL F1 PUT THE FOOT DOWN FOR NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennynational finalOptimal F1St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

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Speed-measuring signs grab drivers’ attention

first_imgWHITTIER – If you see a radar sign flashing that you are driving in excess of the posted speed limit, it will probably cause you to slow down. At least that’s what a city study shows. Armed with that study, city officials plan to purchase another 12 such signs for six sites – all near schools. Whittier already has the solar-powered radar devices at 14 sites, all near schools. The devices are not equipped with cameras, so drivers are not ticketed. But the signs have proved to reduce speeds in areas where they are used. The City Council tonight is expected to authorize advertising for bids for the 12 radar devices as well as two lighted crosswalk systems. They should be installed within three to four months, said David Mochizuki, Whittier public works director. The new sites for the radar devices will be on Broadway, Citrustree Road, Floral Drive, Orange Grove Avenue, Second Street and Washington Avenue. All are near schools, including four in the Whittier City School District. Two lighted crosswalks will be installed at Floral Drive, east of Palm Avenue and Broadway at Newlin Avenue. J.C. ‘Mac’ McFarland, board president of the Whittier City School District, said he is happy to learn that more of the devices will be installed. ‘Anything that would foster the safety of school children is a good idea,’ McFarland said. ‘I especially like the lighted crosswalk idea. The one on Hadley really gets our attention.’ The city purchased 28 radar devices for 14 sites with a $210,000 grant in June 2002. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card ‘The study shows that people are paying attention to the sign and they somewhat follow it because they’re slowing down,’ Mochizuki said. The study of eight sites showed changes of as low as 5 percent slower to 23 percent slower after the devices were installed. The biggest speed reduction, in terms of percentages, was recorded on Janine Drive, west of Bogardus Avenue near Murphy Ranch Elementary School. In this case, the average speed has dropped 23 percent, from 29.4 mph to 22.7 mph. Other locations showing reduced speeds include Lambert Road, east of Milton Avenue; Santa Gertrudes Avenue, near Santa Fe and Starbuck streets; Oceanview Avenue, near Second Street and Tedemory Drive; and Laurel Avenue, near Dunton Drive and Lambert Road. All of these were recorded for cars going in both directions on the road. The new radar devices and the crosswalk system will be purchased with a $187,000 state grant the city received in June.last_img read more

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SIMPLY STUNNING: NEW RAV4 ARRIVES AT KELLY’S TOYOTA

first_imgBrendan Kelly with the All-New Rav4 which has just arrived at his dealershipTHE All-New Rav4 has arrived at Kelly’s Toyota. Kelly’s Toyota in Letterkenny today announced the pricing for its hotly anticipated all-new RAV4 SUV.Starting at only €28,495, the new RAV4 represents a significant step forward with all-new distinctive, sophisticated styling, refined, premium-quality interior design, a new Integrated Dynamic Drive System and an engaging drive with fuel efficient powertrains. The RAV4 marries the best of in-car technology such as reverse parking camera and the Toyota Touch multimedia system, with a host of safety features such as VSC, Hill Start Assist Control and 7 airbags.The new RAV4 has increased roominess, comfort and luggage capacity to meet the needs of active families and the new powertrain line-up offers improved performance and reduced fuel consumption and emissions meaning road tax from only €270 per annum.In addition, with Toyota Flex, customers can own an all new RAV4 from only €299 a month.David Shannon, Managing Director of Toyota Ireland said: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce the spectacular RAV4 at a brilliantly competitive price, especially considering the high specification and features packed into the vehicle. “At only €28495 we expect the new RAV4 to be in high demand from the start and have high hopes for the model to firmly re-establish Toyota back within the C-SUV segment which we created back in 1994 when we launched the first generation RAV4.”Brendan Kelly is pictured here with the brand new arrival.For more go toWeb: www.kellystoyota.comLike us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KellysToyota Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kellystoyota.comSIMPLY STUNNING: NEW RAV4 ARRIVES AT KELLY’S TOYOTA was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SIMPLY STUNNING: NEW RAV4 ARRIVES AT KELLY’S TOYOTAlast_img read more

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JUDGE DISMISSES SPEEDING CASES AFTER MOTORISTS SAY THEY DIDN’T GET PENALTY NOTICES

first_imgJudge Paul KellyA JUDGE has dismissed three alleged speeding offences detected by GoSafe vans, two of them against motorists who said they didn’t get the fixed penalty notices in the post.Judge Paul Kelly made the rulings at Carndonagh District Court. It’s the latest in a series of cases where judges are refusing to convict drivers who say they didn’t receive the notices. Fisherman Sean Arrow, with an address at 65 Malin Road, Moville, said he had only learned of the case against the him the day before the court – when he returned from sea.He had been accused of driving at 91km/h in an 80km/h zone at Cashel, Carndonagh, on March 28 this year.“I didn’t receive any notice,” Mr Arrow told the judge.“I’m not saying it didn’t arrive. It’s just I didn’t see it and it may well be my 81-year-old mother has lifted it and put it away but I certainly didn’t see it.”Judge Kelly dismissed the case.In another case Dara Furey, of Drumadoey, Burnfoot, had been summonsed for exceeding the 60km/hr limit at Churchland Quarters, Carndonagh in April this year.He told the judge he had never received the fixed penalty notice.“If I had received it I would have paid it straight away but I didn’t,” he said.The defendant in one case was listed as ‘Eddie McDaid Construction Limited’ a company with an address at 14 Maxwell Road, Rathmines.A vehicle registered to the company had been detected doing 89km/hr in an 80km/h zone at Cashel, Carndonagh on March 28 this year.A subsequent fixed penalty hadn’t been paid.Judge Kelly told Inspector David Murphy that he could not convict a limited company on the charge.Inspector Murphy asked for an adjournment of the case to allow him to make contact with the ticketing office of GoSafe.Judge Kelly asked if ‘Eddie McDaid’ was in court.A man answering to the name said he was, with the judge asking him if he had driven the 300kms from Dublin.“I drove up last night,” he said.Judge Kelly struck the case out, adding: “In the circumstances I will not allow an adjournment.”Under current laws companies or their directors are not legally obliged to nominate or name the drivers of vehicles at the time they were detected speeding.JUDGE DISMISSES SPEEDING CASES AFTER MOTORISTS SAY THEY DIDN’T GET PENALTY NOTICES was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fixed penaltiesGoSafespeedinglast_img read more

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Aerial encounters abound during curious time for drones

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture’s infatuation with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology is at an all-time high with no sign of that passion wavering at any point in the near future. Just as ag is actively exploring the new technology, so is the general American public. Now though, some negative incidents for the revolutionary equipment are making their way to the forefront of the drone discussion.A new report recently released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at (https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=83544) showed the amount of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft by pilots, air traffic controllers, and citizens have risen sharply through Aug. 20 of this year. Though numbers are up, a closer look at the figures show the encounters are heavily focused on five states in particular.Slightly more than half of the total 952 reports received by the FAA since the beginning of 2014 were from five states. California led the pack with 196 reports (21%), Florida noted 110 reports (11%), New York had an even 100 reports (10%), Texas tallied 48 reports (5%), and New Jersey rounded out the top five with 37 reports (4%).Eight incidents were reported in Ohio.Significant concern has been brewing over the failure for operators to follow basic rules set forth by the FAA — the paramount fear being collisions with human-operated aircraft. There were 138 pilots who reported seeing drones at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet during the month of June, and another 137 in July. Some such incidents have even gained national attention.Aerial firefighters taking on blazes in the western states are, from time to time, being temporarily called off of their airborne duties due to drones flying too close for comfort. There’s also the story of an Ohio crop duster and an incident involving a drone flying just feet over his wing while well above the ground, requiring him to postpone that application to that field until a later time. Even more recently, the U.S. Open found there was more flying through the air than just tennis balls as an errant drone held up match play after it crashed into fortunately empty seats at the event. The New York Police Department said the operator of that drone was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone, and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.Those incidents are just a sample of the exponential increase in encounters with UAS in a not-so-favorable manner over recent months. In the wake of so many close calls, the FAA has taken the step of issuing a strongly worded statement to those ignorant and irresponsible operators.“The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal,” the agency said in a mid-August announcement. “Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”Why are these FAA reports important to agriculture? It’s an uneasy time with regard to aviation guidelines and regulators are attempting to make crucial decisions promising to heavily influence the future of drone use within the United States — something that will undoubtedly change the way drones are utilized above farm fields.The FAA has noted that hobbyists racing drones and others operating UAS for commercial applications are likely not the main culprits who are approaching too close to airports and other breaches of government protocol. The statutory parameters of a model aircraft operation are outlined in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012). A quick review of those points for operators is as follows: Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles.Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times.Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.Don’t fly within five miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying.Don’t fly near people or stadiums.Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds. Helping to determine the uncertain future of unmanned aerial systems will be two newly announced “unmanned aircraft executives.” The FAA has selected Marke “Hoot” Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions “that will guide the agency’s approach to safe, timely and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace.” Gibson will become the Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. Lawrence will assume the position of Director of the UAS Integration Office within the FAA’s Aviation Safety organization.Many inside and out of the aviation world are eagerly awaiting the FAA’s final rules for commercial drone use. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said, “The rule will be in place within a year. Hopefully before June 17, 2016.” Bumping up previously held expectations for finality in late 2016 or early 2017.In the meantime, UAS operators have to follow specific rules set forth by the FAA and must file for an exemption if using such equipment for commercial purposes. The future seems bright for drone technology, but storms are on the horizon before the destination will be reached.last_img read more

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Greenprints Recap

first_imgI attended Greenprints last month, a great little regional green building conference put on by Southface Energy Institute every year in Atlanta. It served its purpose well, bringing together for education and networking a wide range of industry professionals interested in sustainable building. There were three separate tracks: residential, commercial, and sustainable communities’ economy and policy, along with some additional workshops and post-conference training classes.One of the benefits a regional meeting has over larger, national events is the ability to focus narrowly on local climate issues. As I have pointed out before, building science and energy efficiency often have a northern focus, leaving many moderate- and warm-climate folks out in the cold (pun intended) all too often. Instead of feeling like outsiders filtering out the climate-relevant parts of a presentation from the rest, attendees felt practically catered to by the speakers.Nice change of pace for lunch presentationMy favorite session was the opening day lunch presentation. Luncheon talks are all too often a single speaker standing at a podium desperately trying to keep people’s attention while they eat, talk, and try hard not to nod off after their meal. This session was a casual conversation between Alex Wilson and John Straube, two leaders in green building and building science. They shared their somewhat random thoughts and answered questions from the audience. All presentations should be this entertaining and informative. I am anxiously awaiting the video of this event; hopefully it will be online shortly.Here are some random comments from sessions I attended that I found amusing, informative, or both:Doug Farr showed a photograph of a LEED Platinum building “so green, you can eat the walls” that looked like it was “air dropped into a death zone for pedestrians.” Not really green. One choice quote: “We used to call bioswales ditches.”A session on water conservation pointed out that we lose 1 trillion gallons of water annually to leaks.Commuters going to and from work at an average office building use 30% more energy for transportation than the building uses for operations.Over 30 years, a typical $175,000 house will use $75,000 worth of operating energy and $300,000 worth of transportation energy. Location, location, location.My favorite quote of the entire event: John Straube called open combustion gas water heaters “faith-based ventilation.”Behind the curve on posting videoWhile they haven’t yet posted any video from the sessions, several speakers’ handouts are available online.All in all, Greenprints was very worthwhile, as are most conferences. No expenses and no time for travel were just added bonuses. If you live in the Southeast, you should consider attending next spring.last_img read more

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