Snite Museum of Art reopens sculpture park

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gina Costa A new sculpture is featured in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, which reopens Friday and is located on the south side of Notre Dame’s campus. The park features work from artists around the globe.Director of the Snite Museum and curator of the sculpture park Charles Loving said the sculptures were selected to reflect the park’s theme by favoring both the natural environment and human spiritual nature.“Because the site was historically a landfill, I asked landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to image what it might have looked like before Notre Dame was founded,” Loving said.The park includes sculptures created by artists across the globe and by Notre Dame alumni, faculty and individuals in the South Bend community. Snite Museum’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa said the park is an effort to “return to our nature.”“We’re rescuing [the area] from being a landfill to a beautiful, indigenous place with water elements, prairie grasses, sloping hills, and we put in 12 sculptures [created] by some of the top national and international sculptors,” Costa said.Additions to the park include new walkways, water elements and artwork such as a site-specific sculpture by Philip Rickey titled “Life of Christ/Cycle of Life,” which Loving said will create “a new sacred spot on campus.”With the sculpture park’s proximity to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the future Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, Loving said the park is the next step toward creating a “fine arts district.” Future plans include an art museum within the park and a Department of Art, Art History and Design in the area, he said.“The arts district also creates a literal bridge to the local community through its adjacency to Eddy Street Commons and by virtue of community outreach programs offered by the Snite Museum of Art and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,” Loving said.According to the Snite Museum’s website, the eight-acre site will soon feature an amphitheater to be used for concerts, poetry readings and tour groups. The outdoor exhibit will remain open permanently and can be freely explored at any time or day.“The function of the park is for the University campus and local community to come picnic and chill out,” Costa said. “It’s just a beautiful, reflective, contemplative environment.”To celebrate the project’s completion, an opening reception will be held at the park Friday afternoon. The reception will feature speeches by community members, the opportunity to plant in the park’s soil and free food and souvenirs for the first handful of attendees.“This is a great opportunity to leave something of yourself at Notre Dame,” Costa said. “There’s going to be all sorts of things to eat, plantings, some vendors [and] just sort of a nice, chill atmosphere.”Tags: Art, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, fine arts district, sculpture, Snite Museum of Art After five years of construction, the Snite Museum of Art will be reopening a public sculpture park on the south side of campus Friday.Themed “Reclaiming our Nature,” the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park features a myriad of acclaimed sculptures situated in an outdoor exhibition stretching across Edison Road.last_img read more

Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation

first_imgDrip irrigation systems have long helped Georgia vegetable farmers grow high yielding crops. Sub-surface drip irrigation can help some Georgia peanut farmers water their crops more efficiently, according to a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert. And, it won’t interfere with peanut digging equipment.While not suitable for all peanut fields, sub-surface drip irrigation could be used in smaller fields with irregular shapes where pivots are unable to reach or in plots with dry corners.“With drip tubing, you can get in these smaller spaces and provide irrigation for peanuts,” said Wes Porter, a UGA Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist.Sub-surface drip irrigation is primarily used for vegetable production in Georgia. Most commercial farmers grow vegetables on a plastic covering that lies above the sub-surface drip irrigation system. The water is applied directly to the plants’ roots, which results in vegetable farmers’ success.Porter believes that the same success can be achieved with peanut farmers. One of the system’s biggest advantages is its efficiency. With a standard irrigation system, Porter estimates farmers achieve an 80- to 85-percent success rate because some of the water used over the crops evaporates. With a drip system, efficiency is increased to between 90 and 95 percent. Farmers maximize their water usage and decrease the amount of water they use, which conserves resources and saves money.“The crop still requires the same amount of water, but with your efficiency calculation, you should be able to back off the amount you’re applying,” Porter said.Porter hopes to dispel the misconception that drip irrigation interferes with peanut diggers.“When they get in the soil, farmers are afraid they’re going to hit their drip lines when they’re digging their peanuts. You’re not because the drip line is 12 inches below the soil surface. You’re sufficiently deep,” he said. Only 3 to 4 inches of depth is required for peanut diggers to be successful. “Having the water right there for that root zone for those peanuts really helps throughout the season.”One disadvantage of drip irrigation is the high cost of installation. Porter estimates drip irrigation is twice as expensive at installation than overhead irrigation —anywhere from $1,600 to $2,000 per acre. This cost includes insulation materials and tubing, but not the cost of the water source. However, because it uses thicker material and is buried deep in the soil, drip irrigation can last 10 to 15 years and up to 20 years in some cases, Porter said.Drip irrigation systems can be operated manually or through an automated timer that applies water on a designated schedule.“With proper management, farmers can really see an increase in yields from drip. We know how much water each crop needs from the standpoint of inches per week,” he said.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: June 13, 2013 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. •••••Michael Murphy, born in 1991, of Emporia, was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Murphy is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck, valued over $1,000.••••• Francis Castro, born in 1995, of Emporia was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Castro is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck. He was also accused of stealing a Neon car in an earlier complaint.•••••John Noyes, born in 1976, of Wellington, was charged with 13 traffic violations as well as fleeing or eluding a police officer, a Level 9 person felony.On May 13, 2013, Noyes was driving a 2002 Saturn and refused to bring it to a stop when a Caldwell Police Department officers had given him visual and audible signals with emergency lights to do so.Noyes then allegedly took off, failing to stop at a stop sign at Central and St. Mary’s Street, St. Mary’s and First Street; Market and 7th Street, Main and 7th Street, and Main and 6th Street. He was also accused of driving 70 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.Once apprehended, Noyes was also charged with transporting an open container, an unclassified misdemeanor; driving while suspended or revoked; a class B misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor.•••••James Jacob Beltz, born in 1989, of Belle Plaine was charged with criminal threat, a level 9 person felony; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Beltz threatened two alleged victims after one of them didn’t buy the right kind of beer and when he got home the argument continued and accelerated to Beltz telling one of them if he had a gun he would shoot her in the face.He then allegedly kicked the bedroom door after using abusive language. After it broke, and was asked why it was broke he continued with abusive language the complaint said.Beltz is also accused of damaging several picture frames and a telephone, which prompted one of the alleged victims to call the police.•••••Gina Gleason, born in 1977, of Winfield was charged with possession of methamphetamine; a level 5 drug felony. She is also accused of theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Gleason is accused of taking Wellington Wal-Mart merchandise worth $522 on June 9, 2013, which she pushed outside in a cart without paying. She is also accused of having a glass meth pipe with residue in her purse.•••••David Lozano, born in 1978, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia – all misdemeanors.•••••Justin Goings, born in 1980, of Wellington was charged with false impersonation, a Class B misdemeanor; and telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Goings misrepresented himself calling a woman at north F St. in Wellington stating that he was an officer of the court and legal counsel of another person. He allegedly left the false impression that he was an attorney when in reality he had no license to practice law in Kansas.He then is accused of using his wife’s cell phone and a *67 call blocking feature to make another call with “intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person on the receiving end,” the complaint said.Goings allegedly claimed to the alleged vicim that he was legal counsel for another person and she was in violation of parental custody documents and she could be arrested. Goings allegedly said he was an “officer of the court” and although she could be in serious trouble he would let her off with a warning this time.•••••Dale Church, born in 1938, of Wellington was charged with telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.Church is accused of making a phone call to a relative at 3:30 p.m. on June 10. She told him to quit calling her residence. Thereafter at about 4:35 p.m while a Wellington Police Department deputy was present at the residence, Church allegedly called them twice and hung up both times when the owner answered these calls.•••••David Farley, born in 1947, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal threat, level 9 felony.Farley is accused of punching an alleged victim on the chin on June 6. During an argument, he allegedly said he was going to kill the alleged victim and his mother.•••••Rebecca Livingston, born in 1973, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony. She was also charged with interference of a law enforcement officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.Livingston is accused of obstructing a law enforcement officer from locating and apprehending Justin Morris on an arrest warrant. She allegedly told officers that Morris was in jail in Barton County when he was hiding in the next room.She is also accused of possessing two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine and a glass pipe in her purse at 868 W. 80th Ave., north of Conway Springs when she was arrested.•••••Vicente Giles, born in 1975, of Arkansas City was charged with identity theft, a level 8 felony; and two counts of identity fraud, a level 8 felony.Giles is accused of falsely possessing a personal identification information of a specific person with the intent to obtain and maintain employment at Elkhorn Valley in Wellington when he filled out Form I-9 on July 6, 2012 in Wellington.He allegedly used the alleged victim’s name and obtained a paycheck falsely listing his name. Giles also used the victim’s social security number therefore making him legally eligible for employment.•••••Christopher Nickum, born in 1978, in Oxford was charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property – all misdemeanors.Nickum is accused of angrily pinning an alleged victim on the bed with her arm pulled behind her head.He then allegedly addressed profanity at her and struck the front door with his fist.He is also accused of punching a hole in the bathroom wall with his fist which caused about $50 in damages.last_img read more

The UAE is like Disneyland for golf lovers. Here’s my pick of the top courses.

first_imgA few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played,A few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played and it inspired me to try golf. Two days on the course and I was well and truly hooked. It’s my goal now to, hopefully, go pro at this new sport. I train mainly in Pune and Dubai but over the last few years have played at several courses around the world, since I love to travel. Here’s a list of my favourite courses in the UAE, which you may want to try. The Emirates golf course The first thing that hits you when you enter the courses in the UAE, is the wide expanse of the undulating, beautifully manicured green fairways in the midst of the hot desert, always a testament to the power of human will! And the Emirates Golf Club undoubtedly offers two of the finest courses in the region, the Majlis and the Faldo. In fact, Majlis was the first all grass championship golf course to open in the Middle East. The club takes pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, and plays host to the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, where you can watch the world’s best in action.The club’s Faldo Course is also the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, in my opinion, remains one of the most eye-catching in the region. If you respond well to good course management and enjoy that kind of thing, I suggest you make your way to the Emirates Golf Club.advertisementHoles you think look easy off the tee will keep you on your feet in your approaches to the pin, and for many, lines off the tee with your drives will be a challenge too. But no matter what level you play at, if you do end up visiting Dubai, don’t forget to make your way here. ‘The Emirates’ appeal is equally wideranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside topnotch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand new spa. As for me, I somehow found the Faldo harder than the Majlis, and with the night golf on offer is definitely on my list of mustplay’s on my next visit.Green fees depending on peak/off peak Majlis Course AED635-1200 for 18 holes Faldo Course AED435-695 for 18 holes Faldo Night Golf AED365-450 for 18 holesThe Els clubThe Els club is one of the most courses in the UAE.I train at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, so the home course at The Els Club in Dubai Sports City, where the school is located is clearly one on my favourite lists as I play it most often while I’m in the UAE. The course was the first in the Middle East to be designed by US Open & British Open champion Ernie Els, and is aptly named after him. 18 holes, 7538 yards, with a par 72 layout the course combines a desert style setting with a links style design.You will see large sand waste areas, open undulating fairways and greens and massive bunkering. All this set on rolling slopes of native desert vegetation make it a lovely place to spend a few hours. The Els Club course is unlike any other I’ve played before.It’s a challenging design, and you need to plan your shot very well be fore you execute it, or you could end up hitting a great shot and still be in trouble. For instance a 270-yard drive could go straight into a fairway bunker where you’re bound to lose a stroke just chipping out sideways.The greens are quick and true, and test your short game. Reading slopes and lines for approach shots inside 100 yards can also be a challenge. They say ‘The hole isn’t over till it’s over’ and it’s more true on this course than other’s I’ve played. So if you are new to it, make sure you take the pro tips off the sat-nav in your golf cart, or play with someone who has experience with the lay of the course! It’s all this and more that makes the game so enjoyable at Els.advertisementGreen fees depending on peak/off peak AED 595-995 for 18 holesYas LinksThe staggering view at Yas Links.Nestled on the western shores of Abu Dhabi’s popular entertainment destination Yas Island, Yas Links is an hour’s drive from Dubai and promises to test professionals, enthrall amateurs and excite beginners with its pot bunkers, unpredictable wind conditions and uneven fairways.Set among undulating hills and wild mangrove plantations, the course has been designed by architect Kyle Phillips as Arabia’s only true links course. Often listed among the world’s top city golf clubs, the 7450 yard, Par 72 championship course has mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf.This adds to the charm as you tee off at the course. In fact, eight of the 18 daunting holes run right up along the coastline. An added plus is the floodlit driving range that allows you to escape the heat of the day and put in practice time to perfect your swing in the cooler evenings, or after a busy day at work.If you’re planning a golf getaway, you’d be happy to know that this iconic golf course is served by seven island hotels, including the Yas Viceroy Hotel which is the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula F1 track. Aprivate boat mooring service and a fine dining restaurant with lovely views of Abu Dhabi’s futuristic skyline, and lawns with croquet add a fun touch if you’re travelling with friends or family. Green fees depending on peak/off peak day Regular AED600-899 Twilight AED475-675last_img read more