Joann Milam, public service extensionMilam, an extension agent in Washington County, has planned and conducted issue-driven programs in family and consumer sciences for the past 11 years. Her educational programs are often the only training on chronic disease and nutrition, parenting, food safety, child care training and financial management the residents in the rural counties receive. She has reached nearly 600 clients through a 5-hour diabetes education and management program.In 2009, she presented her programming efforts in diabetes at the Fifth Annual Health and Obesity Conference in the United Kingdom. She has written or co-written grants and proposals that have generated more than $800,000 in funding. She is also responsible for saving her clients more than $327,000.Yao-wen Huang, global programsHuang is an internationally-known scholar in the areas of food safety, microbiology and new food product development. In 1982, his international activities began with his appointment to the UGA Marine Extension Service. He was the first scientist to use rapid processing technology to convert the cannonball jellyfish, a south Atlantic nuisance, into a value-added edible product. After joining CAES, he continued to provide assistance in seafood safety and processing technology to developing countries like China, Thailand, Argentina, Mexico and Egypt. He has served as major professor for many international students and visiting scholars, and helped establish partnerships between UGA and foreign institutions.CAES staff and faculty members were also recognized at the award ceremony. Scott Gold received the faculty award for diversity and staff member Kisha Shelton and MANNRS (student organization) were also recognized for diversity efforts. Five University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members were awarded the highest honor the college bestows on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Athens, Ga., at the annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.The program is named in honor of Gold Kist Inc. founder D.W. Brooks. A CAES alumnus, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. He was the youngest professor at UGA (he started teaching agronomy when he was 19) and one of the oldest, still lecturing into his late 90s.Brooks’ dedication to agriculture continues to live on through the awards, and the company he founded lives on under the name Pilgrim’s Pride, which purchased Gold Kist in 2007.The 2010 award winners were Ignacy Misztal, for excellence in research; T. Dean Pringle, teaching; Eric Prostko, extension; Joann Milam, public service extension; and Yao-wen Huang, global programs.“This college is both a local and national powerhouse,” said Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “While a team effort, it is ultimately the quality of our faculty and staff that make this college great. Our D.W. Brooks winners today represent the best of the college, and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”Ignacy Misztal, researchMisztal, an animal and dairy scientist and professor, is best known for research on computing algorithms in animal breeding. His methodologies are used for research and genetic evaluation by numerous organizations. Misztal has conducted research across animal species, and his work is sponsored by major dairy, beef, and pig organizations.He has written 146 journal papers and more than 200 other publications. Misztal is also a popular speaker and teacher and has given presentations in 28 countries and taught short courses on six continents. He regularly teaches classes in mixed models, computing in animal breeding and advanced animal breeding.T. Dean Pringle, teachingPringle, also an animal and dairy science professor, serves as co-undergraduate coordinator for his department. He began teaching in 1995 and has instructed more than 1,700 students. He coordinates the departmental internship program and advises graduate students and about 100 undergraduates each semester.His research focuses on developing and assessing critical thinking skills in animal and dairy science undergraduate students and understanding factors that influence student engagement. Pringle also studies beef and swine meat quality and works to enhance consumer acceptability through improvements in meat tenderness and carcass composition.Eric Prostko, extensionProstko, a UGA Cooperative Extension weed specialist, is responsible for statewide weed science programs in field corn, peanut, soybean, sunflower, grain sorghum and canola. Since 2000, he has provided 54 in-service training programs for Georgia extension agents and has made educational presentations at 367 crop production meetings.Additionally, Prostko was one of the first extension specialists to formally develop an Internet-based training program for county agents. He has made more than 128 invited extension presentations to allied agricultural industry groups like BASF, Syngenta, Southern States, Valent, Georgia Crop Production Alliance, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Mississippi Weed Science Society.
Polish government moves forward with plans for 10.9GW of offshore wind development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Polish government approved late Nov. 27 a draft Offshore Wind Act to award about 32 billion zlotys in support for the construction of 10.9 GW of capacity in the Baltic Sea.The ministry of climate and environment, which drafted the legislation, said the first offshore projects in the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea would be ready in 2024. The bill has been sent to parliament for debate and voting, with optimists saying it might be passed as early as January 2021.“Offshore wind energy is an important step towards building emission-free energy. We have a chance to become a leader in the development of offshore farms in the Baltic Sea with installed capacity potential estimated in the WindEurope report at 28 GW in 2050,” Michał Kurtyka, Poland’s climate minister, said in a statement.During a first stage, 5.9 GW of capacity would receive support in the form of contracts for difference, or CfDs, on a first-come, first-served basis from the energy regulator, URE. In the second stage, auctions would be held in 2025 and 2027 for 2.5 GW each. CfDs would be valid for 25 years, compared to 15 years for other renewable energy installations, and projects must start generating electricity within 72 months.Developers must submit applications for CfDs in the first stage to URE by the end of June 2021 and will be responsible for financing and constructing the connection from their projects to the onshore grid. The grid operator, PSE, will have the right of first refusal to purchase the connection in the event of a potential sale of the wind farm.Projects likely to be eligible for support in the first stage are those being developed by Poland’s largest privately-owned utility, Polenergia SA, and its partner, Norway’s Equinor ASA, as well as by state companies PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, which is in advanced talks with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S, and Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA, which is yet to announce a partner. RWE AG also has an eligible project after entering the market in 2019.[Adam Easton]More ($): Poland approves draft offshore wind law, paving way for 10.9 GW in Baltic Sea
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are fully capable of assisting the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) in achieving its financial literacy goals, CUNA wrote to the U.S. Treasury Wednesday. The Treasury requested comment on FLEC’s draft national strategy, which proposed a call to action in four areas deemed crucial to the promotion of financial education.The goals are: building public awareness of available resources; developing tailored, targeted materials and dissemination strategies; tapping into effective partnerships; and supporting research and evaluation of financial education programs.“We believe credit unions are capable of assisting the commission in achieving these goals. In particular, credit unions are a natural partner to assist in achieving the first goal of increasing awareness of and access to effective financial education,” the letter reads. “Credit unions place a heavy emphasis on connecting directly with their members. This applies equally to answering a member’s question about a loan product as it does to educating a member on how to pay for college or save for retirement.” continue reading »
Bill Signing, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 91 – House Bill 777, sponsored by Rep. Grove, allows for additional prescription drug assistance programs for seniors (PACE and PACENET) cardholders to retain benefits, which they would otherwise have lost as a result of Social Security cost-of-living increases.Act 92 – House Bill 1322, sponsored by Rep. Kaufer, makes various amendments to the Public Welfare Code, including changing the name of the Public Welfare Code to the Human Services Code.Act 93 – House Bill 1332, sponsored by Rep. Godshall, makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.Act 94 – House Bill 1603, sponsored by Rep. Watson, brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).Act 95 – House Bill 1735, sponsored by Rep. Maher, amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act (TPMA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers.Act 96 – House Bill 1736, sponsored by Rep. Krueger-Braneky, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (TSSAA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers and the taxes collected on cigarettes sold without a tax stamp. Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law December 28, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
They also terminated the contract of goalkeeper Lee Camp, who thereafter joined Championship Rotherham. The arrival of Murray, for an undisclosed fee from Crystal Palace, ended manager Eddie Howe’s long-term pursuit of a proven Premier League goalscorer and is likely to be their most important of the summer. Bournemouth have impressed in possession but without scoring the goals required to secure more than four points from their opening four Premier League fixtures. Press Association “It feels great to finally be here,” Murray told Bouremouth’s official club website. “I’ve come across the club a lot in my career and it’s been great to see it progress. “The way the boys play football is very exciting. It’s front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it.” Left-back Bennett, who is to remain at the Vitality Stadium until January in a loan move from parent club Aston Villa, where he has also signed a one-year contract extension, will add more depth to a squad with limited Premier League experience and without the injured Tyrone Mings. “I’m really excited about the prospect of playing for AFC Bournemouth and hopefully helping them perform well this season in the Premier League,” Bennett said. “They’ve already made a positive start to the new season and, like everyone else, I’ve been really impressed with the fantastic job Eddie Howe has performed. They have a really good side. “The move happened really quickly. I trained this morning and then things started to develop. “It’s a good opportunity for me to add to the Premier League experience I’ve already amassed from my time at Aston Villa.” Andrade will remain on loan from Argentina’s River Plate until the end of the season, but will immediately join Bournemouth’s Under-21 squad, making first-team football unlikely. Bournemouth concluded a busy final day to the summer transfer window with the signings of Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade.
The core that has survived from Spain’s heyday contains Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.Some of the energy and hunger missing in recent tournaments has been added by the likes of David de Gea, Koke, Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata who plug the gaps left by Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Xabi Alonso.Morata’s stunning start to life at Chelsea has also eased a long-running void up front since David Villa and Fernando Torres were at their peak.Villa, now 35 and plying his trade with New York City in Major League Soccer, was even recalled to the squad for the demolition of Italy two months ago.Sometimes in the glory years Spain would line up without a recognised striker, and in this qualifying campaign the goals again flowed from a richly talented midfield.David Silva is now Spain’s fourth highest goalscorer of all-time with 11 in 15 matches, whilst Isco has netted six goals in his last nine caps.Spain may have to do it the hard way in Russia. Their seeding in pot two means the likes of Brazil, Germany or France could be waiting in the group stages.“We know we’ll get a big team for sure,” added Lopetegui. “All the seeded teams are dangerous.“We take what comes with confidence, believing in ourselves.”Without doubt a revitalised Spain will be the lower seeded side others most want to avoid on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Spanish coach Julen LopeteguiMadrid, Spain | AFP | They may not be a top seed for Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow, but the fresh blood added by coach Julen Lopetegui has put Spain back among the favourites for glory next July.Early exits at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 appeared to show the sun was setting on Spain’s most successful generation after three consecutive major tournament triumphs at Euros 2008 and 2012 either side of La Roja’s only ever World Cup title in South Africa in 2010.However, since succeeding Vicente del Bosque, Lopetegui has blended the experienced remnants of the World Cup winning side with a host of graduates from the under-21 team he led to a European title in 2013.The results have been spectacular. Sixteen games into his reign, Lopetegui has yet to taste defeat.Spain’s qualifying record of nine wins and a draw, scoring 36 goals and conceding just three, left Italy a distant second in Group G and on the brink of their World Cup abyss.Just over a year after being dumped out of Euro 2016 by the Azzurri, Spain thrashed Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September in a style reminiscent of the “tiki-taka” short-passing game that bamboozled opponents and won fans across the world between 2008 and 2012.“I believe that the best thing a coach has to do is optimise and make the most of the virtues of his players”, Lopetegui told Barcelona-based sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.“I think that the best quality of Spanish players is their passing ability and individual technique. Logically, we have to take advantage of that.”Lopetegui said it would be a mistake to try to adopt the Italian “door-bolt” defensive system.“Spain can’t play catenaccio because that wouldn’t make the most of the quality of our players.”Spain’s selector Julien Lopetegui has published a list of 25 players who have been invited– Youth and experience –
“I really want you to remember that moment and hold on to it because that’s what’s going to power us to many more championships. Never let that energy drop… I tell you, that propels me.“These past six years have been epic and iconic. We are now legends. Just remember that. When you go home, when you look in the mirror, when you wake up, say ‘I’m a legend’. You’ve got to say that to yourself… ‘I’m a legend’.”By common consent, Hamilton has also become a legend of F1 with an error-free season providing the foundations for the team’s double success.Technical director James Allison pin-pointed him as the key factor in Mercedes’ victory in both championships after a fiercely-fought duel with rivals Ferrari.“You’ve got to say that Lewis this year has just made the difference for us,” he said. “He keeps putting it on pole. And whenever its wet, he’s always at the front. In the races, we can make mistakes and he’ll recover it by doing something unlikely on the track that no-one sees coming.“And he spends a whole year not making mistakes. He’s just the consummate racing driver.”Amid the celebrations, team chief Toto Wolff reminded of their need to avoid complacency and next season bid for an outright record sixth title double, moving them clear of Ferrari.“The job is going to get more difficult every year. We are setting the benchmark at the moment and our competition will get more energised and motivated by us…“All points start at zero next year. We will have forgotten about the five and will fight hard to be in contention for the sixth. Whether we achieve it or not, we will see next year.”Share on: WhatsApp Sao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Lewis Hamilton hailed his Mercedes team as legends on Monday and described his championship-clinching victory in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix as the best moment in five triumphant seasons.His dramatic success confirmed Mercedes’ record-equalling fifth consecutive double of drivers’ and teams’ championships.It was his 10th victory this season, signalling that he has won 60 per cent of the team’s points, the 72nd of his career and his 50th in the 99 races held in the V6 turbo hybrid era since 2014.“It was an emotional afternoon,” he said.“And, I think, that might be the best moment I’ve had with this team… I’ve never seen the guys so happy.“We’ve been together a long time and the guys are usually happy, but reserved about it. So I was hoping that when I got back the guys could feel what I was feeling. I saw it and I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.”The 33-year-old Briton, who plans to celebrate with the team back at their Brackley base on Tuesday, added: “It’s hard to contemplate what’s happened in these last six years. It’s been such an incredible journey and by no means has it been easy for anybody.“It’s just the greatest team effort that I can remember. It’s really awesome.”In a show of emotional gratitude in the garage after Sunday’s victory, he told the race team: “It’s an incredible honour to work with all of you… Seeing you guys after the race, seeing that energy that you guys all had, that happiness can fill a lifetime.
27 Jul 2012 England Golf seeks applicants for Under 16 Boys Regional Coaching England Golf is seeking 80 talented youngsters across the country to form ten under 16 Boys regional coaching squads for training over the winter months of 2012/13.Having recently identified ten regional coaches to lead its Boys’ regional coaching programme from September 2012, England’s governing body for amateur golf is now looking for young players to step up to the mark and get on the first rung of England Golf’s national coaching structure.“We aim to give our talented young players the best golf development experience available,” commented Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching.“In return, we expect the players to commit themselves to a programme of golf coaching and physical training that will set them up for life, far beyond the U16 series of tournaments. By expanding our coaching commitment with this age group, we are giving England Golf the best chance of success at U18, men’s and ultimately touring professional level in future.”In a new development for 2012, players will no longer be nominated or selected for the Regional Coaching Programme. Instead, young golfers will be asked to submit an initial application form and if successful will be invited to one of five squad selection weekends.After competing with their peers in a series of skills tests, player profiling and on course ability they will learn if they have secured one of the squad places for the months ahead.“There is no guarantee that the current best U16 level players will automatically gain a squad place, they will have to work for it and demonstrate their desire,” expanded Edwards. “Current performance levels are a key factor but they will have to be matched and exceeded by work ethic, commitment and their attitude to improving. The player with more hunger and thirst for improvement is always likely to come out the more proficient golfer in the long run.”The deadline for applications is Friday 17th August 2012.
“The defense was horrible,” Cabrera said on the first day of full-squad workouts. In an assessment of himself, Cabrera said he merely was average last season, a far cry from the above-average ranking he typically gives himself. All the way around the infield, the Angels were substandard. It left them with the worst fielding percentage in the American League. As the captain of the infield at shortstop, Cabrera will be in the spotlight as the team looks for redemption on defense. Make no mistake, the poor defense is considered around these parts as just as much reason for failure last season as the shaky offense. “I believe this is a team that we have to have every single aspect of our game above average to maintain a winning attitude or a winning situation,” Cabrera said. “You know, our defense last year, we threw a lot of games (away). We need to improve that. We need to get back on track and play solid defense.” TEMPE, Ariz. – General manager Bill Stoneman is not happy with Jered Weaver’s off-season workout schedule, but is willing to chalk up the right-hander’s slow spring start to a learning experience. Weaver still has not thrown from a mound as he tends to biceps tendinitis. While additional defensive drills won’t necessarily be added to the spring routine, there still will be an emphasis on catching and throwing the ball. “After the first four weeks of the season, everyone picked up their defense, and it’s no coincidence that as we started playing better defense, we started winning games,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll start the season much closer to the team that ended the season defensively, if not better.” Cabrera said he got things going earlier than usual this winter by playing between 15 to 20 games of winter ball in his native Colombia. It gives him a head start as he comes into camp to learn new double-play partner in Howie Kendrick. “He’s pretty good at turning double plays and I’m pretty excited about playing the whole season with him.” Cabrera said. “I know I can learn a lot from him, as much as he can learn from me.” Dallas McPherson, a Phoenix-area resident, was on hand in the morning as the Angels gathered as a full team for the first time this spring. Four weeks removed from back surgery to fuse two lower vertebra, McPherson said he is walking two miles a day and about to increase that to three miles. He still is eight weeks away from any strenuous rehab, but remains encouraged for a full recovery. He is following the recovery plans of Dallas Cowboys tight end Anthony Fasano, among others, but still does not know if he will be able to get into any games this season. “If it happens to (cost) this whole season, so be it; I don’t have any options,” McPherson said. “I’ll try to get back as soon as I can. Luckily in this day and age, there’s a lot of ball after the season. There’s instructional league, there’s fall ball, there’s winter ball, there’s a lot of things I can do to get ready for spring training and try to get my timing back and make it a little better progression.” The Angels announced Amaury Pi-Gonzalez will assume the Spanish-language play-by-play duties and take over for Ivan Lara, who did not have his contract renewed. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He probably should have done a little more than he did this winter to prepare for this,” said Stoneman, a former major-league pitcher. “You learn as you go, and he had never thrown as many innings as he threw this past year in major-league pressure situations. I’ve lived it and understand that doing work for six weeks leading into camp is important.” Orlando Cabrera, never one to mince words, gave his assessment of how the Angels used – or rather failed to use – their gloves in 2006.
9 December 2013 The gates of the FNB Stadium outside Soweto, Johannesburg will open at 6am on Tuesday, and those wishing to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela have been advised to use public transport as cars will not be allowed near the stadium on the day. Special bus and train services will be available to ferry people to the service, which begins at 11am. Entry to the service will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. Once the venue is full – the stadium has a capacity of 94 000 – people will be redirected to three other stadiums that will be broadcasting the event on giant screens: Ellis Park in Johannesburg, and Orlando Stadium and Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday on arrangements for this week’s period of national mourning, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said that people had to accept “that at some stage this capacity will be filled and police and other authorities will turn people away. “We call on people to cooperate and demonstrate patience and dignity if they were to be turned away,” Chabane said, urging members of the public to make use of the other viewing sites or to follow proceedings on the SABC’s live broadcasts. “Our advice is that people outside Gauteng come together in their own provinces to ensure that this is a truly nationwide event, and that people take advantage of the fact that all key events are being broadcast live.” International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the briefing that a programme for the memorial service was being finalised, and would be presented to the Mandela family and government, and once signed off would immediately be posted on www.mandela.gov.za. Members of the public are urged to visit the site for updates on the memorial service, the funeral and the other events taking place during the week of national mourning.Lying in state Chabane noted that the body of former president Mandela would not be present at Tuesday’s memorial Service. Mandela’s body will be stationed at the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings daily from Wednesday, 11 October to Friday, 13 October. Chabane said that, on these three days, the body would leave Pretoria’s 1 Military Hospital at 7am and be on display from 8am. “On Wednesday, December 11, the Mandela family and VIPs will view the body from 10am. Members of the public will file past the body from midday to 5:30pm. On Thursday and Friday December 12 and 13, the public will have access to the casket from 8am to 5.30pm. “We also appeal to people to work with the various agencies of government who will manage this route so that this daily event will be dignified and secure.”Public viewing areas Chabane said 90 public viewing areas across the country would be activated from Tuesday and would continue to run until Reconciliation Day on 16 December. He said he expected this number to increase as provincial plans were consolidated. “Throughout this period, people will also be able to express their emotions and reflections in books of condolence that have been posted at various government offices around the country and our diplomatic missions abroad,” Chabane said. “On the Day of Reconciliation, we will unveil a statue of President Mandela at the Union Buildings and observe the 100th anniversary of the Union Buildings as the seat of government.” Source: SAnews.gov.za