Kissel Appointed.

first_imgDavid Kissel will become the head of the University of Georgia Agricultural andEnvironmental Services Laboratories as of June 1.A UGA professor of crop and soil sciences, Kissel will coordinate all of the lab’sanalytical and diagnostic services, including soil testing, pesticide analysis, foragequality and related testing.Kissel was head of the CAES crop and soil sciences department from 1989 to 1996 and waspresident of the Soil Science Society of America in 1995.His research focused on developing a technique for mapping the clay and organic-matterconcentrations of soil using Geographical Information Systems and selective soil sampling.The technology gives farmers a fairly low-cost alternative to detailed soil sampling,which had been the only way to identify the sporadically spaced and shaped low-fertilityareas of a field.Kissel will continue to co-teach a class in “GIS Applications in Crop and SoilSciences.” He will maintain his research program in soil chemistry, too, with studiesrelated to soil testing and nutrient management.last_img read more

VEDA approves $8 million in economic development financing

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $8 million in financing to support economic development projects totaling $20 million throughout the state. In this round of financing approvals, VEDA is pleased to help a number of Vermont businesses in their growth plans through direct lending, or by insuring working capital loans provided by local commercial lenders, said the Authority s Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. Also, several agricultural, educational, small business and energy conservation projects are receiving VEDA financing.Approved for financing are:Putney School, Putney Preliminary inducement approval was given for the issuance of a $2 million tax-exempt revenue bond for the Putney School s new 15,000 square foot field house. The field house has been designed to be a model of energy efficiency and renewable power generation through solar photovoltaic systems so that the building will annually produce more energy that it uses. Putney School is in the midst of a significant capital campaign that will fund the majority of the project. The bond issue is intended to provide both permanent funding and bridge finance some of the capital campaign pledges until they are received over the next few years. Founded in 1935, Putney School is a 4-year, co-educational, private secondary school located on a 500-acre campus in Putney. The school has 226 students from twenty-three states and fifteen countries. The new field house will provide Putney School with its first on-campus gymnasium for basketball and other sports.Mortgage Insurance Agreements were approved to back working capital loans made by commercial lenders to several Vermont companies:- $1 million to Chittenden Bank for Shelburne Plastics;- $500,000 to Vermont State Employees Credit Union for Vermont Hospitality Management, Inc., and the New England Culinary Institute (NECI); and- $264,360 to Peoples United Bank for Cabot Hosiery Mills, Inc.Shelburne Plastics, South Burlington In addition to the Authority s mortgage insurance commitment, VEDA approved a direct loan of $420,000 to help Shelburne Plastics purchase South Burlington real estate for the company s operational headquarters. Shelburne Plastics is a plastic blow molding manufacturer and supplier of high quality plastic bottles and containers to the water, juice, dairy, chemical and industrial markets throughout the eastern United States and southern Quebec. The company has additional manufacturing facilities in Maryland and New Hampshire. Shelburne Plastics currently has 27 employees, a number expected to grow to 37 within three years of the investment.Applejack Art Partners, Inc., Manchester Center VEDA approved $1.3 million to help Applejack Art Partners, Inc. purchase the 163,022 square foot building it currently leases in Manchester Center. Founded in 1989, Applejack has grown to be one of the foremost innovative art licensing and publishing companies in the United States, selling and licensing artwork to manufacturers in every major product category. The Wachovia Bank is also participating in the $5.7 million real estate acquisition project. Employment at Applejack is expected to grow from the current 54 position to 83 within three years of the investment.VEDA also approved close to $1.3 million in farm operating loans through the Authority s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation.  In addition, the Authority approved the following:· $671,000 in business real estate development financing through the Vermont 504 Loan Program;· $627,500 for several small business development projects through the Vermont Small Business Loan Program; and· $65,606 through the Vermont Business Energy Conservation Loan Program to help small businesses make energy efficiency and conservation improvements.VEDA s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.4 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

Want to offer an outstanding consumer experience? Invest in your employees

first_img continue reading » If you’ve ever been to Starbucks at 6 a.m. and encountered one or more bubbly baristas, you have experienced firsthand how investing in employees improves the consumer experience. Starbucks is a huge proponent of employee learning. It puts its employees through all kinds of training on the job, in the classroom and through e-learning. They train on both processes and how to treat people.Like Starbucks, financial institutions who invest in their employees with training also experience great success. Centric Federal Credit Union in West Monroe, Louisiana has been working with On The Mark Strategies on both member experience training and leadership training for about the past two years. The growth the credit union has experienced since investing more in its employees speaks for itself:25% new member growth24% new loan growth34% checking account growth22% share account growth22% asset growth ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The project of complete reconstruction of the Fortress of St. Nicholas

first_imgThe fortress management plan was presented by a research associate of the Institute of Tourism, Ph.D. Renata Tomljenović who pointed out that the plan is an instrument for the sustainable management of the fortress and its contact zone. “This includes protection, sustainable use, management and visiting, and funding, education and collaboration. The goal is to make the fortress world-famous for its impressive architecture in a unique natural environment, but above all to preserve its authenticity, manage it sustainably, for the benefit of citizens, visitors and future generations. Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante in Šibenik is a unique monument of Renaissance fortification construction and a top example of our architectural heritage. Since July 2017, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the nomination “Defense Systems of the Republic of Venice in the period from the 16th to the 17th century.” “In sports terms, we reached the semifinals. We have come a long way, but the most important matches are just ahead of us. This project prepared all the documentation and created the preconditions for obtaining funds for the complete and final reconstruction of the fortress. The next step is to include the project in the list of strategic projects of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia”Concluded Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk. These documents are not only a tool for obtaining new funds from EU funds, but also a guarantee that at the end of the process we will get the originally renovated fortress in its full glory, said the director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, M.Sc. Anita Babacic Ajduk she added: “We have received top-notch documents that place emphasis on protection, conservation and sustainable use. This is in accordance with the principles of operation of our institution and the recommendations of UNESCO. Our concept and guiding thought in the planning, past and future implementation of projects is integral sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage. ” She presented the main and detailed design for the rehabilitation and arrangement of the fortress Ana Škevin Mikulandra, chief designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute: ,,The project provides a solution for the rehabilitation of dilapidated and damaged building structures of the fortress. Conservation and restoration works, construction rehabilitation and equipping of the space are included. The design approach is based on conservation principles with the aim of preserving the integrity of monuments and monumental values, with reversible modern interventions, all in order to contribute to the creation of new values ​​and position the fortress in accordance with world importance.. “center_img The results of the project of complete reconstruction of the Fortress of St. were presented to the public. Nikola, within which the documentation for the complete reconstruction and sustainable management of the Fortress of St. Nikola and the contact zone, which will be used to apply for EU funds in the new budget period. Photo: Public institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County Project “Tourist valorization of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante ”, worth 2,6 million kuna, was conducted by the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County with partners: Šibenik-Knin County and the Public Institution Development Agency of Šibenik-Knin County. The project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion.last_img read more

Govt to give cash aid to 4.1 million people affected by COVID-19 in Greater Jakarta

first_imgThe government is preparing cash aid for 4.1 million people in Greater Jakarta whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.”[The aid is to be given to] 3.7 million people in Jakarta. [Cash aid for] the other 1.1 million people is to be provided by the Jakarta administration,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday.In addition to Jakarta, the government will also distribute aid to 1.64 million people in the capital’s satellite cities, such as Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java, as well as Tangerang in Banten, she added. The food aid, he said, would be given to people who were not receiving similar financial assistance from the government, such as through the Family Hope Program (PKH), the non-cash food assistance program (BPNT) and the pre-employment card.Juliandri said the government would focus the distribution of the food aid in Jakarta, the national epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and its neighboring cities.”The staple food packages should be sufficient for the next three month. We’ll start the program two weeks from now,” he said.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedWhile waiting for the program to kick off, the Social Affairs Ministry will start delivering staple food aid worth Rp 200,000 per package for 200,000 people on Wednesday. Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said he would also allocate village funds for villagers affected by COVID-19.”We’ll distribute funds for the villagers who have not yet received other types of aid. Those who have lost their livelihood because of COVID-19,” Abdul Halim said.Indonesia has recorded 2,738 COVID-19 cases, with 221 deaths and 204 recoveries as of Tuesday.Topics : “The beneficiaries will receive Rp 600,000 [US$37.11] per person [that is supposed to be sufficient] for three months,” Sri Mulyani said.Read also: Avoiding quarantine will inflict greater economic harm, says surveySocial Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara also said the government was preparing staple food aid for around 9 million people across the country.”We’ll distribute a package of staple food that is worth Rp 600,000. However, we’re still calculating the exact number of beneficiaries,” Juliari said.last_img read more

New Zealand to ease virus lockdown next week

first_imgThe announcement means businesses deemed safe can reopen, along with some schools, while limits on local travel are also relaxed and gatherings of up to 10 people allowed for events such as weddings or funerals.While restrictions will be loosened slightly, social distancing rules will remain.”I couldn’t feel prouder of the start we have made together but I also feel a huge responsibility to ensure that we do not lose any of the gains we have made either,” she said.New Zealand entered a four-week lockdown in late March, which included closing the island nation’s borders, countrywide stay-at-home orders and shuttering all non-essential businesses and services. The draconian measures made the country one of the most successful in containing the virus, with around 1,100 known cases among the five-million population, including 12 deaths and 974 recovered patients.It had seven confirmed new infections on Monday.Ardern said easing the lockdown would help the economy, which has been paralysed by the virus response as companies close and job losses mount, with forecasts that unemployment could skyrocket to almost 26 percent.The initial lockdown period was due to end on Wednesday night but Ardern said it was extended slightly to help ensure New Zealand would not need to return to Level Four again.”The worst thing we can do for our country is to yo-yo between levels, with all of the uncertainty that this would bring,” she said.Topics : New Zealand will ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week after claiming success in stopping “an uncontrolled explosion” of the disease, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.”We have done what very few countries have been able to do,” Ardern said. “We have stopped a wave of devastation.”She said New Zealand would move its maximum Level Four COVID-19 alert to Level Three from late evening on Monday, April 27, and remain there for two weeks to assess the situation.last_img read more

Meticulously renovated home is ready for new owners to enjoy

first_img74 Ridge Street, Northgate.A once virtually derelict home, which has undergone a major renovation, has been bought by a Brisbane couple for $1.2 million.The property at 74 Ridge St, Northgate sold on June 26.Churchill Real Estate selling agent Damon Churchill said the drawcard of the property was the “great renovations”.Mr Churchill said the new owners were keen to move into the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home. 74 Ridge Street, Northgate.Mr Churchill said all the rooms within the home were of an impressive size. “From the grand master bedroom through to the formal and informal dining, lounge and living areas opening onto the massive rear deck through french doors,” he said. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201974 Ridge Street, Northgate.The property, on a 809sq m block of land, is fully fenced and provides plenty of scope to add a swimming pool.Mr Churchill said the market in the Northgate area was great.He said neighbouring suburbs such as Wavell Heights and Wooloowin were also standout places.“We have had some good results in the last six months,” he said.“We have had a mix of people moving in, including families.”last_img read more

Presbyterians (USA) won’t condemn ‘abortion’ of babies born alive!

first_imgLifeSiteNews 25 June 2014The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) overwhelmingly rejected a motion suggesting the church publicly condemn the killing of babies born alive after botched abortions.The proposal, offered by the Presbytery of South Alabama at the denomination’s 221st General Assembly in Detroit last week, also suggested the PCUSA take two years to reconsider its support for abortion-on-demand.Fully 78 percent of delegates of the 1.8 million–member PCUSA voted against a “two year season of reflection on the plight of unwanted children,” which called on church leaders to “issue statements that denounce the practice of killing babies born live following an abortion procedure, such as was revealed in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia.”The church would also have been called on to “appoint a Special Committee on Abortion Review” and “[c]onduct a thorough assessment” of multiple forms of “support that the PC(USA) provides to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and other abortion providers or pro-choice organizations.”The PCUSA should “[r]eview existing policies and, if needed, propose new policies that will more accurately represent the PC(USA) in its breadth of conviction about abortion, taking into account our churches’ desire to worship God in purest form,” the rejected resolution said. “Any new policies shall incorporate more fully the voices of pro-life Presbyterians, who have to this point largely been kept silent in denominational advocacy.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/presbyterian-church-usa-voted-down-measure-to-condemn-abortion-of-babies-bolast_img read more

Arsenal trying to tie down Bukayo Saka with new five-year deal

first_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do28 Awesome Shower Curtains To Make Your Bathroom Less BoringThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More The 18-year-old burst onto the scene earlier this season as a winger under Unai Emery but, due to an injury crisis, he has filled in at left-back more recently. Saka has been a revelation there and it is a testament to his good performances that sorting his contract is viewed by fans as just as much a priority as resolving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future. However, the report has it that Arsenal are set to offer Saka a new five-year contract to make sure they keep him at the Emirates. Despite his tender age, Saka has made 27 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season, netting three goals and providing an impressive nine assists. Meanwhile, Arsenal are reported to be readying an approach to sign Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi over the summer after stepping up their interest in the Italian. Read Also:Neville, Lineker laud impressive Bukayo Saka The 25-year-old has been a revelation for the Serie A side this season and is enjoying his most productive season to date, having netted nine times and created five more from the 20 appearances he has made so far. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal Football Club of England are trying everything to pin down Bukayo Saka to a new five-year deal amid strong interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. Saka in action Saka is being tipped as a future star after impressively filling in at left-back in recent games for Mikel Arteta’s men. The 18-year-old has come through the ranks at The Emirates but only has 18 months left on his current deal, news that has sparked plenty of interest in his signature. And after recent impressive performances, both United and Liverpool have both been credited with interest in the youngster.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Campbell slammed over claims coronavirus may be ‘designed to kill certain people’

first_img The ex-Arsenal, Spurs and England star took to Twitter with the wild conspiracy theory that the virus “deliberately attacks a certain blood type”. which show that black Brits are four times more likely to die from the coronavirus. Above this, he wrote: “Was this virus a natural mistake or a designed mistake…? “I wonder does this virus deliberately attacks a certain blood type….?”Advertisement Sol  Campbell has been slammed for suggesting the coronavirus is a “designed mistake”. Sol’s tweet provoked anger online, with one Twitter user responding: “Don’t be that guy Sol…” Another wrote: “There’s still time to delete this…” The football season was brought to an abrupt end in mid-March as the country went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. read also:Campbell urges Arsenal to sign Willian, Fraser While Project Restart aims to get the Premier League up and running again soon, there are fears for League One and Two sides who face the prospect of the season being prematurely ended. This would mean relegation for Sol’s Southend United – who sit in 22nd place in League One, 16 points behind AFC Wimbledon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more