Anyone who wants to learn more about organic agriculture, food or see a sustainable farm in action should attend the 13th annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo in Athens, Ga., Feb. 19-20.The conference, this year titled “Reclaiming Agriculture,” will include workshops taught by University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty as well as other individuals. Topics include labor, livestock, weed management, medicinal plants, insects, engines, cheese, composting and marketing. Farm tours will also be available.“Interest in do-it-yourself and local food production has grown tremendously,” said Georgia Organics executive director Alice Rolls. “This new interest, along with the hard work of Georgia’s sustainable farmers, growers and ranchers, is propelling Georgia’s good food movement to new highs.”Last year’s conference drew 1,100 attendees, its largest crowd ever, from 14 states and from nearly every Georgia county. For more information and to register, visit www.georgiaorganics.org/conference. The expo is open to the public.
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Marathon have announced a change of plans for running the annual event because of a recent update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Japan.”Tokyo Marathon Foundation has been preparing for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 [on] Sunday, March 1 while implementing preventive safety measures. However, now that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Tokyo, we cannot continue to launch the event with the scale we originally anticipated,” the organizers said in the announcement posted on the event’s official website, marathon.tokyo, on Monday.The Tokyo Marathon 2020 is only to be open for elite runners and wheelchair athletes, while the races in the remaining regular categories are to be postponed until the 2021 edition.The organizers said they would allow registered runners in the semi-elite, general, charity and 10-kilometer categories to defer their entry until the Tokyo Marathon 2021.Runners who have deferred entry until the Tokyo Marathon 2021 are required to pay the entry fees for the 2021 event. However, according to the event’s regulations as cited on the official website, the entry fees and donations received for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 will not be refunded. The cost of registration for non-Japanese starts at 6,700 yen (US$61) for the 10K and rises to 18,200 yen for the marathon.The organizers say future decisions are subject to change depending on circumstances.Read also: If you’re thinking of running a marathon this year, it could be good for your heartThe Tokyo Marathon is a World Athletics Platinum Label marathon and one of the six World Marathon Majors.The World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, event cancellations and concerns about cruise ship travel, as China’s official death toll neared 1,900 on Tuesday, AFP reported.Meanwhile, three Indonesian crew members aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off the coast of Japan have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease resulting from the coronavirus, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has confirmed.On Tuesday, Japan confirmed that 446 people aboard the ship had tested positive for COVID-19, Retno said. (nkn)Topics :
ELLSWORTH — Thursday was a day of surprising results in high school baseball and softball, and teams from around Hancock County were at the center of the drama.The eighth-seeded Ellsworth softball team delivered one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when it beat top-seeded Gardiner (15-2) 6-2. Callie Hammer had three hits for the Eagles, and Mackenzie Chipman allowed only two hits in a complete-game effort.Ellsworth (12-6) advances to play No. 4 Oceanside (15-2) in the semifinals on the road at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10. If the Eagles win, they will face second-seeded Old Town (15-2) or third-seeded Hermon (16-1) for the Class B North title early next week.In baseball, a four-run seventh inning and a complete game from pitcher Matt Burnett gave No. 5 Ellsworth (13-5) a 6-1 victory over No. 4 Nokomis (14-3). Sam Horne had two hits to lead the Eagles at the plate. Ellsworth faces No. 1 Old Town (14-3) on Saturday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe George Stevens Academy baseball team was on the opposite end of a shocking result when it fell to No. 9 Fort Kent (11-7) 3-2 in Class C North. The No. 1 Eagles (13-4) were in search of their second straight regional title.Bucksport baseball ended its season with a 9-9 record after losing to No. 3 Orono (11-6) 6-5 on a walk-off single. Jacob Ames had two hits and two RBIs for the sixth-seeded Golden Bucks.On the softball diamond, No. 2 Bucksport continued its undefeated season with a 9-2 victory over No. 7 Piscataquis (10-8). Kate Saunders had four hits and 10 strikeouts to lead the Golden Bucks (17-0) to victory. The team is at home against No. 6 Orono (13-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday.