• New Farm Bill Good News

    first_imgGeorgia farmers have a federal program again. But what does it mean?Congress passed the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act March 28. Theseven-year farm bill is a new deal for agriculture. It promises to bring an end to farmsubsidies as the country has known them since the Great Depression.That’s good news for taxpayers.In the end, it’s good news for growers, too, said George Shumaker, an economist withthe University of Georgia Extension Service.”It’s clearly good news for agriculture,” Shumaker said. “It allowsfarmers the freedom to adjust their operations to take advantage of the most profitablecrop opportunities.”Shumaker and other Extension economists will conduct four seminars on the new farmbill. The sessions are planned for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Statesboro April 30, Tifton May 1,Macon May 7 and Calhoun May 8.The new farm bill differs from those of the past, he said, in two major ways.First, the FAIR Act ends the connection between market prices and payments to farmers.”In the past, when market prices were high, subsidies were low, and viceversa,” Shumaker said. “Under the FAIR Act, subsidies to eligible producers arepredetermined regardless of market price.”Second, the new bill lifts the limits on what farmers plant.”In the past, farmers had to restrict their plantings to be eligible forsubsidies,” Shumaker said. “The FAIR Act puts no restrictions on what or howmuch can be planted. Subsidies are not tied to what the farmer grows.”In the new bill, farmers who had crops in federal wheat, feed grain or cotton programsin any of the past five years can get market transition contracts.Sign-ups will begin around mid-May. The deadline will be Aug. 1. Growers will get halfof the yearly payment within 30 days of signing up. The rest will be due by Sept. 30.For program crops, farmers will be able to get nonrecourse marketing loans as they havein the past, Shumaker said. But the top loan rates are set at low levels: $51.92 perhundred pounds for cotton, $2.58 a bushel for wheat, $1.89 a bushel for corn and $5.26 abushel for soybeans.The secretary of agriculture can reduce loan rates. But the rates can’t be set at lessthan 50 cents for cotton or $4.92 for soybeans.A minor change is that the FAIR Act covers seven years. Past farm bills have spannedfive years.The bill’s best point, Shumaker said, will be its overall effect.”The environment this bill will create will allow innovative and well-managedfarms to prosper and grow faster than they could before,” he said.Farmers will be able to adjust what they plant to match rising market prices, he said.But it will make their marketing skills critical.”The people who will prosper will be those who have mastered skills of managingmarket risks,” he said.For Georgia peanut growers, the peanut program survived with two major changes. One,the support rate for quota peanuts will be dropped from $678 a ton to $610. Two, the totalnational quota (and, as a result, each grower’s quota) will drop by 10 percent to 12percent.On the plus side, peanut growers will be able to transfer quota across county lines.That could enable them to recoup some of their losses from the drop in quota and quotaprices.For dairies, the FAIR Act ends the assessment on dairy products. It drops the supportprice from $10.35 per hundred pounds in ’96 to $9.50 in ’99. After that, a loan programwill replace dairy subsidies.The new bill allows the secretary of agriculture to start new Conservation ReserveProgram contracts and extend old ones. It limits the program to 36.4 million acres.last_img read more

  • Coretomic Inc. and Champlain College announce GreenUpBiz

    first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Coretomic Inc. announced today the launch of GreenUpBiz “Reducing Energy & Improving Corporate Competitiveness,” a partnership between Coretomic, a global leader in eBiz software development, Champlain College, a private, professionally focused college in Vermont, and member US businesses to implement, educate and empower businesses to GreenUp with eBiz tools, processes, knowledge and teamwork.Coretomic CEO David Castrucci said, “We believe the time is perfect for business to move processes out of the back office, off the road and onto the website. This movement will dramatically improve the competitiveness of any business and will radically reduce energy consumption.””We recognize that the only corporate physical space in the virtual world is the corporate website,” Castrucci said. “This makes the corporate website the place where all business processes will eventually occur.”Coretomic has seen the fast adoption of self-service eBiz processes for large corporations such as Verizon, but has also recognized that small- to mid-sized businesses cannot afford this technology and/or will have a hard time implementing it on their own. Companies report that their customers are demanding 24/7 connection to the corporation. This driving need for self service will benefit corporations in many ways.GreenUpBiz provides the eBiz platforms, education, services, community and even capital through its Go Green Grant Program to assist companies in their mission to GreenUpBiz.Champlain College will be a “living lab” for this new Coretomic product, said Dean of Business Wayne Cunningham. The new product will be incorporated, where appropriate, into various courses within the business division. Students may also work on internships with Coretomic.”Coretomic is interested in the idea of eliminating paperwork within a firm and between a firm and its clients.” Cunningham said. “The Division of Business at Champlain College is committed to this partnership because the GreenUpBiz initiative benefits our business students and their employers both now and for years to come.”To explore Greening Up Your Biz and improving your bottom line, communicate with Coretomic at its website, is external). No letters please; we work hard to practice what we preach.Coretomic, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, invents, produces and delivers disruptive eBiz software to small- and mid-sized businesses, empowering them to gain leapfrog advantages. is external).Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a strong core curriculum. The College is a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens. The College offers its current, market-driven programs in Burlington, Vermont, on campuses abroad, and online to individuals around the globe. is external).last_img read more

  • Luka Faflja was named the best Croatian bartender in hotel bars

    first_imgHotel Valamar Diamant hosted the first competition of bartenders working in hotel bars and which gathered more than 30 bartenders from all regions of Croatia. The “Best Hotel Bartender” competition was organized by the Croatian Section of Bartenders at the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association.The local bartenders measured creativity and imagination in two categories After dinner cocktails i Long drink, and the judges scored separately and professional work in each category and based on skills and presentation decided the following:The best hotel bartender in the category After dinner cocktails je Luka Faflja (Imperial – Rab), second place was won by his colleague Dominik Šanko, while in third place Nino Karlovčec (Valamar Riviera). The best in professional work is Mišela Leskovar.Category winner Long drink is Valamar’s bartender Alen Muratović, and the second and third place were won by colleagues from Imperial Rab – Luka Faflja i Marko Dumičić. She received extra points for professional work Iva Dumičić (Imperial Rab).Luka Faflja (Imperial – Rab),The organizer of the competition, Dragana Franković, food and beverage manager at the Valamar Family Life Bellevue Resort and president of the Croatian section of bartenders, pointed out: “After the first competition of this kind and a great response, I am sure that this measurement of strength will become a tradition. More than 30 young people, truly masters of their profession, have shown not only the exceptional skill and talent they possess, but also the great effort and effort invested by both them and the companies they work to become the best and provide guests with an unforgettable hotel experience. Because the tastes are also part of the “postcard” that the guest carries when returning home, which is also a great honor and recognition for all of us who work in this profession. Congratulations to the winners ” said the organizer of the competition, Dragana Franković, food and beverage manager at Valamar Family Life Bellevue Resort and president of the Croatian section of bartenders.</p>
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  • Charlie Nicholas tells Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before January transfer window closes

    first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to sign two defenders this month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has told Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before the January transfer window closes.The Gunners came from behind twice to earn a hard-fought point at London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday evening but remain just tenth in the Premier League, ten points adrift of the top-four.David Luiz was sent off against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea following an error from Shkodran Mustafi and Nicholas says this was further proof that Arsenal are still ‘so bad at the back’.And the former Gunners striker says Arteta should sign two defenders this month to boost his and Arsenal’s hopes of challenging for a top-four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenArteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against Chelsea is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘There’s not much time to go [in the January transfer window], but I’d like to see some defenders in. We need two defenders in,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t mean to be disrespectful but you see David Luiz last night and you see the mess Shkodran Mustafi made for the goal. It’s still evident that Arsenal are so bad at the back.‘Hector Bellerin coming back is obviously a boost but there are problems all over the defensive set-up. We need defenders to come in and help the current situation.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel Martinelli received rave reviews for his performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and Nicholas says the 18-year-old is destined to become Arsenal’s number nine.‘We’ve got so many good young players,’ Nicholas added. ‘I like Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson but this lad [Martinelli] will be the number nine.‘He will be Arsenal’s number nine, I’m convinced of that. He will eventually be Brazil’s number nine as well. He looks that good.‘The pace and composure was breathtakingly good. His record so far is fabulous so, yeah, he’s a superstar.’MORE: Hector Bellerin hails Gabriel Martinelli’s professionalism as key to Arsenal successMORE: PSG set price for Arsenal to complete Layvin Kurzawa transfer this January Charlie Nicholas tells Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before January transfer window closes Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

  • US consultant Meketa Investment Group opens London office

    first_imgMeketa Investment Group, the Boston-based investment consulting and advisory firm, has opened its first overseas office in London as a base for its European business, Meketa Investments London.The presence is initially planned as a hub for European manager research on behalf of Meketa’s US clients.The firm consults on more than $270bn (€198bn) in assets for more than 90 institutional investors, including public pension plans such as CalPERS, CalSTRS and the Arizona State Retirement System, private pension plans and Taft-Hartley plans.Managing principal Stephan McCourt, based in San Diego, will set up the office over the next 6-12 months. He will soon be joined by three members of Meketa’s US-based research staff, Tim Atkinson for public markets, Christy Gahr for private markets and Edmund Walsh for asset allocation and economic research.However, McCourt also told IPE he plans over this summer to hire a regulatory consulting firm to guide Meketa through an FCA-registration that will open the door to providing consulting services to UK and European clients, with a view to completing the process by the spring of 2015.“Coincident with that, we will be hiring at least one senior local investment professional to head up that effort,” said McCourt, who joined Meketa in 1994, set up its private equity capability and opened its first West Coast office, in San Diego, in 2003.In the US, Meketa’s clients tend to be large institutions, although it does work with funds with assets of less than $100m.For funds with less then $5bn, it typically serves as the sole adviser across all asset classes, while advising in both a discretionary and non-discretionary capacity in specific areas – especially private equity, infrastructure and real estate – for larger funds with internal investment offices.CalSTRS initially mandated Meketa to advise on private equity co-investments and infrastructure opportunities, but recently hired the firm to act as one of two general consultants to the board.McCourt acknowledges that pension funds across Europe use consultants in very different ways.From larger Continental European funds, he anticipates more opportunities to amplify the due diligence and manager research resources of internal investment offices, whereas the UK is seen as a potential source of full-service advisory work, too.“We certainly have the resources and depth to compete shoulder-to-shoulder with the big groups here, but if nothing else, our business model is highly adaptable, so we will accommodate whatever demand we find in the market,” he said.“In the US, we already compete with Mercer and Hewitt EnnisKnupp – but the US is a very competitive market, characterised by a lot of mid-sized firms like ourselves.”There are no immediate plans to open more European offices.“Our next likely opening will be in Asia,” McCourt told IPE.“My sense is that other offices across Europe would depend on the client appetite we find for our services – in the initial stages, London is a phenomenal hub for the research side of what we plan to do here in Europe.”last_img read more

  • Susan Bates: Babies are spending long days in substandard care

    first_imgNZ Herald 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Even those within the childcare industry are now expressing concerns!“We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration. Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being. In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.”Family First has already highlighted the concern (and statistics) of disturbing levels of longer childcare for babies and toddlers With stressed parents struggling to pay heavy mortgages or rising rents, more parents of very young children are working long hours to get by. But in many cases babies and toddlers are spending 40 to 50 hours a week in substandard care, in cramped environments with inadequate numbers of staff who are not happy and not coping.In many suburban streets there are brightly coloured fences with signs advertising early childhood centres in positive tones, but these centres are usually businesses, and the business practices can mirror those in fast food outlets – with devastating consequences.As a researcher, I founded the Teachers Advocacy Group, a loose Facebook network with hubs in many cities. We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration.Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being.In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.The attachment relationship in the first years of life is the most important relationship for us all. It creates identity, gives us empathy, allows us to become good members of society, and nurtures our intelligence and our creativity. Without a good attachment relationship there are high risks of poor outcomes in the years that follow.Carers must form close attachments to young babies to be cued into their needs. They must be adept at reading their emotions and needs. They need to be physically present and emotionally in tune with the baby. They need to be in a calm environment with plenty of space, good adult to baby ratios and a small group size.Instead, in our centres, a room can have 20 babies or more, and four carers. Only two of these need be qualified. In fact, if the licence covers children in other rooms (a licence can cover 150 children), then the qualified staff may be elsewhere. Even for the qualified teachers, their training is unlikely to have included much detail on the needs of young babies, particularly their optimal mental health requirements.Often babies spend all day in rooms that are crowded, chaotic and noisy. This is not conducive to fostering the relationships that young children need.Our space regulations are low by international standards, falling into the bottom third of OECD countries. Our survey found that in rooms containing 20 babies and four carers, one of the carers would often be changing a nappy and another settling a crying child, leaving the other two staff members managing 18 infants and toddlers.• Susan Bates is an early childhood teacher and lives in Auckland.READ MORE: read more

  • Local License Branches Announce Holiday Schedule

    first_imgCommissioner of the Indiana BMV, Kent Schroder, announced that license branches will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday.All license branches will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, Dec. 26.In addition, license branches will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. All license branches will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, Jan. 2.last_img

  • Foley to name starting side for Munster clash

    first_imgMunster head coach Anthony Foley will be hoping that Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan will get the all-clear from his knee injury ahead of tomorrow’s European Champions Cup tie against Stade Francais in Paris.Ulster have both Craig Gilroy and Darren Cave back in contention for their trip to face Oyannax. Connacht, meanwhile, are preparing for their trip to face Guinness Pro-12 leaders the Scarlets on Sunday. Later tonight, Leinster will be among the sides in action in the Pro12.Head coach Leo Cullen has recalled the likes of Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Luke Fitzgerald for tonight’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to take-on the Ospreys.A win tonight for Leinster would send them top of the table.Kick-off in Swansea is at 19:45.last_img

  • Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016

    first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016: Friday, July 22, 2016•1:56 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery, criminal damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license is suspended in the 100 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington by known suspect.•2:26 a.m. Summer D. Schneider, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery and driving while license is suspended.•2:26 a.m. Travis A. Schneider, 30, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.•8:04 a.m. David W. Bosley, 40, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•8:55 a.m. Anthony E. Simon, 50, Braman, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:31 a.m. Officers investigated making false information in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•Brandi C. Kerschen, 45, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.•1:25 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 700 block W. 12th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Richard D. Murray III, 29, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by the United States Postal Service, Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Richard D. Murray III, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper backing.Saturday, July 23, 2016•1:44 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block W. 50th Avenue South, Mayfield.•9:45 a.m. Ryan Lothe, 22, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 60 mph in a 40 mph zone.•12:02 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle in the 500 block N. Douglas, Wellington.•12:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. A, Wellington.•Justin Corter, 33, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.•6:21 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by known suspect in the 300 block W. 11th, Wellington.•8:36 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Injury accident in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Courtney N. Overfelt, 18, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William C E Conley, Wellington.•9:19 p.m. Officers investigated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10:07 p.m. Courtney N. Overfelt, 18, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Sunday, July 24, 2016•7:45 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a wallet with contents in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•9 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington by known suspect.•4:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of food items in the 200 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 1400 block E. Michigan Court, Wellington by known owner.•6:20 p.m. Jessica L. Hinch, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•8:33 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.•11:12 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 200 block S. Bright, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.last_img read more

  • My fault, Guiao says of PH 5 loss

    first_imgBut coach Yeng Guiao didn’t point a finger at anything or anyone after the country bowed to South Korea, 91-82, in the quarterfinal round at GBK Basketball Hall.“I take full responsibility for it,” Guiao said. “We were in the game until the last five to six minutes, until we committed some crucial turnovers. We were not comfortable with the zone (defense Korea played on us).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was my responsibility (to prepare them).”Clarkson rebounded from a slow start by shooting 21 points in the final two periods. He paced himself well this time and didn’t cramp up, but a spate of bad decisions and critical errors did the Filipinos in.At best, they hope to finish in fifth place, two notches higher than the 2014 team’s performance in Incheon. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JAKARTA—Jordan Clarkson and the basketball team made their way past Filipino and international media just after the buzzer confirming the Filipinos’ exit in the medal rounds of the 18th Asian Games here on Monday afternoon.They couldn’t mask their frustrations. And Filipino scribes allowed them that moment.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Filipinos blew an eight-point third-quarter lead, falling to the Korean zone and melting down in the fourth when the game was truly on the line as they finished with 13 turnovers after just five in the first half.Guiao’s game plan of allowing Korea’s naturalized player, Ricardo Ratliffe, to operate inside almost worked, as the Filipinos didn’t give the Korean outside gunners many open looks. And if they did get it, they were simply missing it.Until the tide turned in the fourth, when no amount of defense could scuttle Korea anymore.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Popular e-sports eyeing 2024 Olympic inclusion DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more