International Agribusiness Conference

first_imgFarmers and businesses across the Southeast should be exporting more of their products, says a University of Georgia expert. “We have not scratched the surface. We haven’t even approached it yet,” said Lannie Lanier, a UGA Extension special projects coordinator.Lanier helped organize the International Agribusiness Conference in Savannah this week. The conference, which started on Wednesday and will conclude Thursday, is highlighting the exporting of agricultural commodities from Georgia and other Southeastern states.“What we wanted to try to do is get people thinking about not only selling their product locally and nationally, but internationally, and what are the hoops you have to jump through to make that happen,” Lanier said.The conference followed a farm tour on Tuesday that took 25 attendees to cities around the southeastern part of the state, including Claxton, Vidalia and Glennville. The idea behind visiting small businesses like Claxton Fruit Cake, Vidalia Valley and Mascot Pecans was to explore how these companies thrive and hope to benefit from exporting.“People may be thinking, ‘Maybe I’ve saturated my market in Georgia, or I’ve saturated my market nationally with my product and I can’t sell anymore. Maybe somebody in Europe or Asia or China or India, that’s my next market,’” Lanier said.The tour was an informational and educational experience for Bill Worthington, an agribusiness instructor with Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. “I think (exporting) is something everybody’s going to have to look into,” Worthington said. “It’s part of diversity. The more places you can sell your crop, the better off you are.”And the better off the state and region will be as well. If more farmers and businesses across the Southeast started exporting, it would boost the local economy, creating jobs and stimulating taxes.Some 200 people are attending the conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The conference is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Radon Poster Contest

first_imgRadon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but it can be detected and mitigated with the help of local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state. Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in granite and rocky soils, so Georgia’s wealth of granite bedrock increases the chance of household radon for its residents.In an effort to spread awareness of the effects of this harmful gas and encourage participation in-home radon testing, the UGA Radon Education Program holds an annual poster contest for Georgia students between the ages of nine and 14. The top three winners receive prizes and their work is entered in a national contest. Winners also have their work featured in the program’s educational and promotional materials. The deadline for this year’s contest is November 8, and with an average of more than 200 entries each year, the competition can be stiff. To better understand radon gas and its dangers, students are encouraged to visit to research and gather information to help design their posters.Radon can seep into homes through their foundations or through well water, said UGA Extension radon educator Derek Cooper. Homes in the northern half of the state are at greater risk of having elevated radon levels due to higher amounts of granite bedrock in that region, but any type of home in any region can be affected, he added. “We encourage everyone to test their homes for radon,” said Cooper. “That is really the only way to know if your home has it.” Testing for radon is simple and test kits are available statewide at select UGA Cooperative Extension offices or online at For more information and contest promotional materials, email or call 706-542-9165.last_img read more

Michigan sees solar potential in contaminated properties

first_imgMichigan sees solar potential in contaminated properties FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:Michigan officials are exploring the potential for solar energy projects on tax-forfeited properties where there is no interest from developers for other uses. A state land bank in Michigan owns more than 4,500 properties that were obtained through tax foreclosure. Many of them are undesirable due to contamination. “What makes solar such a great solution is there is very little disruption to the land” that would cause contamination to spread, said Josh Burgett, director of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.Many of the sites aren’t suitable for solar, such as the nearly 1,500 parcels around Detroit, because they are too small, scattered or in residential neighborhoods. But officials have identified about 40 properties in the state land bank’s inventory where renewable energy might be the best use.The Center for Community Progress, founded by Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, estimates there are 170 land banks across the U.S., with the greatest number in Michigan, Ohio and New York. Michigan has land banks in 40 counties and the city of Detroit.If Michigan governmental units decline to buy tax foreclosures, properties go to public auction twice. If they remain unsold and declined again, they are transferred to a land bank. In Michigan, the entire tax foreclosure process takes three years.So far, no solar developments have taken place on land bank-owned properties in Michigan, but Burgett and others are optimistic that might change, especially in light of Consumers Energy’s announcement this month that it will seek to develop more than 6,000 megawatts of solar by 2040.More: In Michigan, unwanted properties could see new life with solar projectslast_img read more

Americas Region Have Won 32 Medals So Far

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2011 At the end of the third day of competition, the countries in the Americas region had won 32 medals at the 5th Military World Games. Most of these medals have gone to the Brazilians, who are hosting the event and have invested heavily in training their athletes for the last two years. The total tallies of medals so far are 12 gold, ten silver and seven bronze, a total of 29 medals. Swimming continues to be the flagship of the Brazilian delegation. On the third day at the pools, Brazil won two more gold medals, thanks again to Diogo Yabe who won in the 200m medley, and Gabriel Mangabeira in the 50m backstroke. Another five medals (three silver and two bronze) closed the third day of swimming. Another medal won on Tuesday was the Brazilian men’s team in shooting from 35m. The Brazilian team was composed of Majors José Iengo and Emerson Duarte and Lieutenant Colonel Julio Almeida. In the women’s 25m, the host team took the bronze medal. Medal Count 1.Brazil (12 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze, 29 total) – 2nd overall 2.Chile (1 gold, 1 total) – 11th overall 2.Ecuador (1 gold, 1 total) – 11th overall 4.Uruguay (1 bronze, 1 total) – 22nd overalllast_img read more

Patchogue Man Dies After Being Hit by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old Patchogue man died hours after being struck by a car while walking across a road in Holtsville on Monday night.Suffolk County police said Timothy Miller was crossing North Ocean Avenue when he was hit by a Nissan Sentra just south of Peconic Street shortly after 10 p.m.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he died of his injuries Tuesday morning, police said.The driver, 20-year-old Molly Silvestre of Selden, was not injured or charged.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img

5 tips to help millennials share your vision

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Eric Budzinski Eric Budzinski is the AVP of Marketing for GrooveCar, Inc. He joined the company in 2015 after building a successful foundation in small business sales and marketing. Eric can be … Web: Details Is your credit union capitalizing on the car buying journey of the millennial? You may have wanted to sweep this cohort aside due to trends like ride-sharing and the popularity of environment-friendly bicycles being the ride du jour for these urbanites. However, this is changing as the millennial migrates to the suburbs and begins the process of acquiring all of life’s necessities, just like generations that came before. What do you need to know? This is the most studied generation in history and they want to be highly engaged with your brand. So, give them engagement, at all levels, especially in auto buying.How is your credit union enticing millennials to seek out autos and loans? Let’s remember, this generation will spend 17.6 hours researching their next car purchase before making a decision; which is 25% more time than the national average. Most of that time will be spent in front of a screen. What are your online offerings, aside from online banking? Credit unions can capitalize on millennial member engagement, but they need the right marketing tools and effective engagement campaigns.Here are some tips on how to reach this generation:Put the information in their hands, literally. According to recent data, 80% of millennials shop directly from their mobile devices. Therefore, credit unions need to provide mobile friendly sites, or partner with third parties who can deliver a site easily accessed on any device. Since millennials grew up during the Internet age, they expect their research to be immediate and constant. Gone are the days when car buyers headed to dealerships looking to learn about “the process.” Research and shopping is completely done on the phone or in the home. Over 72% of auto consumers prefer to complete credit and financial paperwork online to save time. Credit unions now have an opportunity to provide this information. Go beyond traditional advertising. Research shows that 82% of millennials do their research through third-party sites. This means that traditional advertising, like newspaper ads and TV commercials, are out, and clickable content is in. Put your ads where millennials will see them to drive traffic back to your site. Include lots of social media and clickable banners to get them where they need to be. Caring is built on sharing. When millennials relate to, and learn from a post on Facebook, they share it. Create a catchy hashtag and watch it go viral as young auto buyers show off their new cars. They are eager to show gratitude to the credit union that help them afford this sweet new ride. There’s real power in social media and this generation relies on it for information. Offer authentic content. Millennials appreciate information that is communicated on their level, and they are likely to follow trends set by their peers. But unlike their parents, they often feel disconnected from financial institutions and lack expertise in their vocabulary. Bridge this divide with educational, value-driven content on platforms they enjoy using. For example, don’t just assume this generation knows what credit unions are, or what they offer. Create a video featuring young people enjoying the services you offer. Check with your partners, as many of these videos and collateral marketing materials already exist and are yours to promote. Write blog posts in casual language, make them funny and engaging. Apply this to your auto growth strategy and watch your portfolio grow. For millennials, trust is built on transparency. Speak their language and you will build brand loyalty.last_img read more

Abe Vigoda is dead, but the bull market for fixed income is not

first_img“Tom, can you get me off the hook, for old time’s sake?”—Sal TessioAbe Vigoda was a beloved American actor who played a key role (Sal Tessio) in one of the greatest films in American movie making, “The Godfather.” After “The Godfather” in the early 1970s, Mr. Vigoda played the role of Detective Fish on the very popular TV series “Barney Miller.” Abe was so good that he even got his own spinoff show, “Fish.” Abe, in large part because his role as Detective Fish required him to look old and tired, caused many of the viewing public to think he was in his 70s, as opposed to his late 50s! In 1982, People magazine incorrectly reported that Abe had died. His many fans (and for you youngsters out there, he did have many fans!) mourned, but because they thought he was in his late 70s, they were not shocked by the news. Additionally, since this was before the age of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, the word did not get out right away that Abe was actually very much alive. According to the New York Times:Mr. Vigoda responded by placing an ad in Variety with a photo showing him sitting up in a coffin and holding a copy of the offending issue of the magazine. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Reference to Brown tainted commentary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding the Washington Post Jan. 9 editorial [“Police are still shooting too many citizens”] on police shootings in this country, I must point something out that lends itself to the fake news accusations the press faces. The editorial had some interesting points, especially concerning the mental health component in many of police involved shootings. However, referencing Michael Brown in any legitimate discussion of this topic is ludicrous. He was a thug who had committed a robbery, attacked a police officer almost half his size and attempted to wrestle the officer’s gun away from him so violently that it discharged inside the radio car. Using him, even in passing, along with the vehemently false narrative of hands-up-don’t- shoot that usually accompanies his story, drains any credibility from an intelligent dialogue.Alan BuzanowskiSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

‘We can’t afford BTS’: Minister talks plan to hire foreign influencers to promote tourism

first_imgThe government is set to recruit international influencers to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia in the hopes of reinvigorating the tourism industry, which has been deflated by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the government, which gave his ministry a budget of Rp 72 billion (US$5.2 million) for promotional purposes, would use a portion of the funds to pay influencers. The budget is part of a Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package that was announced Tuesday. However, he declined to divulge the exact amount allocated only for influencers as the government still needed to negotiate with them. “We need to ask them first. Let’s say we choose to [target] the United States, we will need to find a US influencer. Or are we really going to influence the US market with an Indonesian influencer? That won’t have any impact,” he said on Wednesday.The government has yet to announce any names so far, but the minister explained that it would look at the person’s social media platforms as a criteria in choosing the right influencers.“We are still formulating the requirements for the influencers. It will be determined through their engagement rate and amount of views on YouTube or Instagram. Once we find the best one among the candidates, we will approach them,” Wishnutama said.Read also: Govt to pay Rp 72 billion to influencers to boost tourism amid coronavirus outbreak Aside from the US, he said the government would hire influencers from various nations, such as Australia and India and countries in Europe and the Middle East. Each influencer will promote Indonesia to their respective countries. However, some international influencers may be out of the government’s budget, Wishnutama said.”Honestly, we can’t afford BTS,” he said, referring to the popular South Korean boyband. “We probably would need around $10 million [to hire BTS] but smaller influencers will be cheaper. We’re still currently making calculations.”The global COVID-19 outbreak has depressed the tourism industry in Indonesia, with some tourist destinations suffering a loss of foreign tourist arrivals even though the archipelago has yet to confirm any cases to date. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently said that the industry had lost an estimated US$ 500 million due to tourists’ fears over the coronavirus.Whisnutama said officials still had to ensure that the chosen influencers would be willing to promote Indonesia and accept the negotiated prices.The plan would begin to be implemented in March, he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Churches across Indonesia cancel Easter celebrations amid growing COVID-19 pandemic

first_img“All Easter activities that would involve many people are hereby canceled and replaced with worshiping from home. Sermons will also be broadcast through loudspeakers,” GMIM synod head Hein Areina said in the letter. The Archdiocese of Manado also advised against congregational worships in a letter addressed to all Catholic priests, nuns and brothers in Manado.“From March 22 to April 4, all activities that gather people such as the celebration of the Eucharist, the Stations of the Cross, the liturgy of the Word, the confession of sins, choir practice and other activities are canceled,” Archdiocese Benedictus Estephanus Roly Untu said.Read also: Indonesian churches call for online worship, sermons amid concerns over COVID-19 Benedictus said priests would privately conduct Mass on behalf of the faithful.”The faithful should take this opportunity to develop their faith and build ecclesia domestica [domestic churches]. The faithful should continue to worship at home as a family,” he said.The Diocese of Amboina, Maluku also canceled Easter rituals after previously announcing that it was now prohibited to attend masses in the province as it had recorded one case of COVID-19 as of Monday.“Mass can be held in [small] communities or at home, but I emphasize once again, no Mass with large crowds,” Amboina Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi said, adding that he was following instruction from the Vatican.Mandagi, who is also the acting head of the Archdiocese of Merauke in Papua, had also earlier canceled all worship activities in Maluku, North Maluku, and Papua.Meanwhile, Leo L. Ladjar of Jayapura diocese issued a circular advising congregation members to obey the social distancing policy until April 4 and explaining that this period could be extended if the authorities ordered so.”If the situation has yet to return to normal, we’ll look later whether we can still celebrate Easter Holy Week,” Leo wrote in the circular.Read also: COVID-19: Annual Easter Parade in East Nusa Tenggara canceledThe East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration has advised churches in the region not to hold congregational worship during Easter and the Holy Week leading up to the holiday, even though the province has yet to have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.The Archdiocese of Kupang also advised residents to postpone the celebration of the Eucharist for the next two weeks and to perform the Stations of the Cross devotions at home.The Archdiocese also echoed the government’s advice of avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining physical distance in social interactions.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had recorded 686 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 55 fatalities. (mfp) Several churches across Indonesia have decided to cancel their Easter celebrations, planned for the coming weeks, amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.A number of churches in Manado, North Sulawesi, for example, have canceled their Easter-related activities in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus.The synod of the Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa (GMIM) issued a letter announcing that it had canceled any events that would involve mass gatherings.center_img Topics :last_img read more