first_imgOn Thursday, the Saint Mary’s Class Gift Campaign paid homage to the ghostly inhabitants of Saint Mary’s with its Sweet Treats and Scary Stories event. It is rumored that various ghosts, including the spirit of Sister Madeleva, former president of the College, roam the halls of Saint Mary’s after hours. At the event, staff and students read excerpts from “Quiet Hours: Revealing the Mysteries,” a book written by three Saint Mary’s alumnae. This collection of short stories tells actual experiences of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff with ghosts around campus. Participants listened to ghost stories while enjoying a spread of sweets including a chocolate fondue bar, apple cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie and candy apples. “I had read ‘Quiet Hours’ before, but my favorite story is of the girl walking down the avenue,” first year Madeline Haverilla said. “A murderer sees her on the road, but doesn’t attack her because he sees someone walking with her, even though she was alone. It gave me the chills, but it also made me feel like there is someone looking out for us.” Continuing the scary theme of the night, students participated in a costume contest that awarded the scariest, creepiest costumes. First prize was a bobblehead figure of Dr. Carol Ann Mooney, president of Saint Mary’s College, and her husband George Efta. Due to cold temperatures, very few students dressed up. “I would have dressed up if it wasn’t so cold outside,” sophomore Kira Terrill said. The Class Gift Campaign also raffled off $50, $25 and $10 of munch money in a drawing. Students entered the drawing by picking up tickets at the dining hall and student center throughout the week and by presenting them upon arrival at the event. This year, the Class Gift Campaign co-sponsored the event with the Resident Hall Association (RHA). “RHA has always hosted an Autumn Harvest, an event with fall themed treats, for students. But this year, Class Gift Campaign approached us with the idea of working together on this event,” RHA President Kat Nelson said. “The event has had a great turnout. We had canoe races around the lake earlier, and then everyone came over afterwards. Some faculty and staff members brought their families, and it was great to see some professors with their kids.” The event also gave students the opportunity to make individual donations. “We hope that students will see how much tradition there is at Saint Mary’s and how important it is that everyone give back to the College,” Amy Dardinger, assistant director of Phonathon, said.  “It’s a fun event to host around Halloween time, but its also a way to remind students that many people before them made a Saint Mary’s education possible.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaPeople have collected rainwater in barrels and buckets forgenerations. Today, a more sophisticated rain harvesting systemcan provide homeowners and their landscapes insurance againstwater bans.”Collecting water or harvesting rain has been done throughouthistory when water is scarce,” Paul Morgan said. “What’sdifferent now is the way we do it.”Morgan, operator of RainHarvest Company of Snellville, Ga.,specializes in systems that allow homeowners to collect “almostevery drop of rainwater” that hits their roofs.Metal roofs are best when it comes to rain collection. “You losea lot of water when it runs across an asphalt shingled roof,”Morgan said.Stored UndergroundHere’s how the system works. Rain falling on the roof ischanneled through the gutters by pipes that lead to anunderground collection tank or cistern. The water is stored thereuntil the homeowner chooses to use it for landscaping needs. Atthat time, an electric pump brings the water to the surface.”Our goal is to collect every bit of rainwater that falls on asite,” Morgan said. “That’s impossible, but it’s still our goal.”During an average rainfall, rain-harvesting systems collect abouttwo-thirds of a gallon of water for every square foot of roof, hesaid.”If it rains once a week, you’ll collect enough water to irrigatemost home landscapes,” he said.Seeing rain water “lost” prompted Morgan to expand has landscapebusiness to include rain harvesting.”I saw a lot of water running down the street, and I saw it as aresource that should be saved and used,” he said. “I also saw theChattahoochee (River) turn orange every time we had a heavy rain,and I thought about how we could prevent this and reduce a lot oferosion if we captured rain water.”Over the past two years, Morgan has installed three home rainharvesting systems. He is installing his first commercial systematop the horticulture building at the Griffin campus of theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Demonstration Site”Our site will serve as a demonstration project,” said WayneGardner, head of the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “We planto install landscaping around the building in nine differentzones, with each zone having different water needs. And therainwater will be, chemically, a much better product for theplant materials.”UGA researchers view this system as yet another way to combatGeorgia’s drought conditions and conserve water.”Above all, we are searching for long-term solutions to usingthis precious commodity,” Gardner said. “One day our state’sdrought is going to break, and when it does, we are still goingto have water issues to face in Georgia.”The crew installing the rain harvesting system uncovered drasticproof of our state’s drought conditions.The Drought Runs Deep”We dug down 9 feet to put in the water collection tank and foundno moisture at all,” Gardner said. “We’ve gotta have rain. Andit’s going to take a lot of moisture to get us back to where weneed to be.”Besides rain from the gutters, the rain harvesting system inGriffin also collects condensation from the building’s air-conditioning units. In just one day, the system collected 30gallons of water from the UGA building’s three air-conditioningunits.”We can also link to ice maker drains and refrigerator andfreezer drains,” Morgan said.The unit is equipped with a gauge that shows how much water hasbeen collected.”We have a 1,700 gallon-collection tank, and when it fills up, anoverflow value opens,” Gardner said. A filtration system keepsdebris from collecting in the underground tank.Morgan feels more people will become interested in the concept asthe drought worsens.Water Ban Insurance”When total outdoor water bans hit, I think people will be morereceptive to this idea,” he said. “I think of it as insurance. Ifyou own a business and you just put in $70,000 worth of plantsand the city says you can’t water, what do you do?”Morgan says a typical home rain harvesting system costs about$3,000.”Right now, water costs $3 for a thousand gallons, so peoplearen’t apt to run out and put in a rain harvesting system,” hesaid.last_img read more

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India will play 10 Tests at home and eight away.Each team will play six series – three at home and three away.India will not play Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the two-year cycle.center_img New Delhi: In cricket, there is a World Cup for ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. However, come August and cricket will enter a new era. The first Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston will be the start of the new World Test Championship. This concept is almost like a Test World Cup and it is intended to give more meaning to bilateral Test series. The top nine Test-playing nations will be part of the new Test World Championship with the likes of Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, who have been provisionally suspended by the ICC not part of the cycle. The concept of the World Test championship is simple. Each team will play a total of six series in this two-year period which will be split into three home series and three away series. The series can consist of two-Test series, three-Test, four Test or five-Test series. Points will be allotted in each series, with 120 points divided by the number of games in each series. India’s schedule in the two-year World Test Championship is rather interesting. Their first series will be the upcoming two-Test series against West Indies in Antigua and Jamaica in August and September. India’s remaining five series after this is very interesting. After the two-Test series in West Indies, India will play three Tests at home against South Africa while they play two Tests against Bangladesh from the period of October 2019 to November 2019. After the five Tests at home, India will then embark on a two-Test tour to New Zealand in February and March. After the New Zealand series, India will then embark on a four-Test tour to Australia in November to January 2021 while they finish the cycle with a five-Test series against England at home.Also Read | Virat Kohli retains numero uno spot in ICC Test batsmen rankings, check complete list hereThus, India will play 10 Tests at home and eight matches away in this period. Basically, they avoid playing in England, South Africa and Sri Lanka while they play no series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka at all in the first two-year cycle. The Tests in New Zealand will take place on February 21 and February 29 in Wellington and Christchurch. The venues for the Test matches in Australia have not been decided. India plays the third-most number of Tests behind England’s 22 and Australia’s 19.Also Read | ICC picks team of tournament; Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni miss outAs mentioned, the Test championship will have 120 points divided by the number of games in each series. In a two-Test series, a win gives a team 60 points while a draw gives them 20 points. There will be no points for a defeat. In a three-Test series, a win results in 40 points while a draw gives them 13 points. In a four-Test series, a win gives a team 30 points while a draw gets only 10 points. In a five-Test series, as in the case of the Ashes or in an India vs England series, a win gives the side 24 points while a draw gives them eight points. India’s schedule in the first two-year cycle of the World Test Championship basically gives them plenty of home benefits while also avoiding difficult overseas tours, with only two Tests scheduled in New Zealand. The schedule has worked out perfectly for India as they look to become one of the two teams to square off in the summit Test clash in Lord’s on June 2021.India Test Championship schedule(Away, 2 Tests)West Indies vs India: August-September 2019(Home, 3 Tests) India vs South Africa: October 2019(Home, 2 Tests) India vs Bangladesh: November 2019(Away, 2 Tests) New Zealand vs India: February-March 2020(Away, 4 Tests) Australia vs India: November 2020-January 2021(Home, 5 Tests) India vs England: January-March 2021last_img read more