Small Business Workshop

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) will host the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research Workshop on Tuesday, June 19, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at FVSU in Fort Valley, Georgia.The workshop will introduce small business owners and entrepreneurs to significant funding opportunities available from the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.The SBIR program offers small business owners the chance to receive federal funding to research and explore new product ideas. Representatives from the Small Business Development Center — a UGA public service and outreach unit — UGA Extension, FVSU and the Georgia Institute of Technology will be on hand to discuss these grants and explain SBIR, grant eligibility and application requirements.“To attend the workshop, all they have to be is curious. If they’re a small business owner or entrepreneur who feels like they’ve got an innovative idea for a great business, we invite them to attend this workshop,” said Andrea Scarrow, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program development coordinator for the Southwest District.The workshop is free, but those interested in attending should contact Jolain Luke at 229-386-3812 or register online at www.bit.ly/FVSUusdaSIBR.Grant proposals will be accepted for topics related to:Forests and related resourcesPlant production and protection biologyAnimal production and protectionAir, water and soilsFood science and nutritionRural developmentAquacultureBiofuels and biobased productsSmall and midsized farmsPlant production and protection engineeringScarrow partnered with Joy Moten-Thomas, FVSU assistant administrator for community development and outreach, to plan and present the workshop.“There are very few grant opportunities that are available directly to Georgia’s business owners operating in the agricultural sector. We, as an Extension program, see the value of making sure that our businesses that serve as the backbone of our economy have knowledge of this program and have an opportunity to compete for this funding,” Moten-Thomas said.The SBIR program offers grants up to $100,000 in phase one, which covers eight months and supports concept development. Companies can then move to phase two and apply for grants up to $600,000, which covers 24 months and allows small businesses to scale up their ideas and approach commercialization.last_img read more

Monarch Butterflies

first_imgThe time of the year has come when Georgians look to the sky to watch for signs of Monarch butterfly migration. These butterflies are on their way to the Sierra Madre of Mexico to overwinter on the oyamel (or sacred fir) trees of the area. The fir trees provide the perfect habitat, combined with the area’s optimal temperatures and humidity, to ensure that the butterflies survive the winter. Reports around Georgia are that Monarch populations are high. A poll taken of insect enthusiasts showed that 83% have seen Monarchs heading south this year. Thirty percent of respondents indicated that they are seeing a higher number of Monarchs than last year. This is terrific news, as Monarch population numbers have been inconsistent over the last several seasons.To increase the chances of seeing this phenomenon and to assist the butterflies, plant a fall migration garden. Monarchs descend from their high migration path looking for food resources. Research shows that migrating butterflies respond to tall flowers that are easily accessible. Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum), goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) are all proven Monarch attractors. Several fall-blooming native aster plants (Aster spp.) are perfect for these butterflies as well.  The butterflies do not need milkweed (Ascelpias spp.), their larval host plant, at this time of the year, but be sure to include milkweed in your summer butterfly garden. To follow the Monarch migration and to report your butterfly sightings, visit Journey North at journeynorth.org/monarchs. This organization has tabulated the reports of citizen-scientists for many years and is a great resource for school groups. Monarch Watch, accessible at monarchwatch.org, provides online information about these insects and their habitat needs. It is amazing to realize that this super generation of migrating butterflies endure the hazards of the trip to go to a place that they have never been before. If you miss the fall Monarch migration, spend time getting your garden ready for the Monarchs’ return in the spring. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office for more information about butterfly gardening and habitat building.last_img read more

The Gulp of Mexico: Salt & Barrel’s Tiki Cocktail

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tequila-based Gulp of Mexico, a twist on tiki cocktails that traditionally call for rum, was aged in the minds of the mixologists who concocted it at Salt & Barrel in Bay Shore.One of the oyster and craft cocktail bar’s owners has been holding the five-ingredient drink back for two years due to its complexity — until now.“The Gulp of Mexico basically came about when I was trying to think of a tiki cocktail,” says Morgan Flynn, who co-owns Salt & Barrel with Ryan Flynn, his sister; his dad, Jim Flynn; and Danielle Grosseto, another partner.Flynn, 43, who stopped bartending a few years back, swaps rum for tequila as the main spirit in Gulp of Mexico. The cocktail specifically calls for añejo tequila, which is a “big, aged tequila, and it’s full of flavor.” This tequila “plays with all of the other ingredients.”He didn’t settle on the tequila type until after crafting the majority of the drink. He began with orgeat syrup, an almond-based ingredient commonly found in classic tiki cocktails. Every additional ingredient leads him down another path, but what matters is that everything ends up connecting.“Basically, to me, when I’m creating something, it’s like a web,” Flynn says. Orgeat syrup pointed him to Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira, an Italian liqueur based on apricots and almonds — “That’s the flavoring of it.”The amaretto directed him to Giffard Apricot Liqueur, a golden yellow liqueur with almond and apricot notes and aromas. The nutty profile and dry fruit led him to sherry.“A lot of sherries actually have notes of dry nuts, dry fruit to [them],” he says. It was after adding sherry to the mix that he evaluated tequila types for Gulp of Mexico. “I would say when it comes to cocktail making and stuff, not only does my passion for bartending all those years show through, but also a lot of [the] time I spent in the culinary world — in the kitchens and learning food…” he says.He based his decision to go with añejo on the following: Blanco would disappear and reposado wouldn’t be “heavy enough.” This left the co-owner with only one option: añejo. Fresh-pressed lime juice pulls the drink together, and it’s the last ingredient to go into the shaker.“We just want it chilled,” he says. “We don’t want to dilute it.”The bartender then shakes the cocktail shaker softly, being careful not to dilute the finished product. The chilled liquid is poured over ice resting in a stemless tulip glass.“It basically looks like a tiki drink,” he says.The cocktail is then garnished with dehydrated pineapple rind.“[The cocktail] never made it onto the menu in the beginning,” he says. “It’s a drink that I created a long time ago, but it was so complex. You don’t think five ingredients is that complex, but when you’re trying to make a lot of drinks and you’re doing a lot of stuff, it is a lot.“Most classic cocktails are three ingredients,” he continues. “You never think that getting two more is that difficult, but it is, and it’s time-consuming. It wasn’t until my bar staff got to the point where I felt comfortable with them — that they could execute this drink when they were busy on Friday, Saturday night — I added it on.”Added to the restaurant’s bar menu just a few months ago, Gulp of Mexico is for the Salt & Barrel customer who wants a smooth drink with a “little bit of a kick.” Someone longing for summer, toes in sand, and sun rays tanning skin and warming rough seas.“Knock the Corona over, and have a Gulp of Mexico,” he says.Salt & Barrel is located at 61 West Main St. in Bay Shore. They can be reached at 631-647-8818 or saltandbarrel.com.last_img read more

Avoid 3 biggest financial literacy mistakes

first_imgIf credit unions were asked to identify their most important industry-centric contribution to members and communities many would answer, “financial literacy.”  Educating members and others on important personal finance topics is arguably the best example of how credit unions live up to their nonprofit status. It’s a clear example of applying expertise to serve the community-at-large.Delivering financial education, though, can take many forms and if you’re going to get it right, there are missteps you need to avoid.Mistake #1: Being a “Tease”Personal finance is multi-dimensional.  It’s deep. You can’t deliver a meaningful financial literacy program that delves into the variety of personal finance topics in a short 2-hour session.  You may be able to pique a student’s interest with a brief financial literacy “tease,” but if you leave them without their interest satisfied, what real good have you done?A financial education program has to incorporate most aspects of our personal financial world or it will come up short.  As Financial Behaviorist Jacquette Timmons says about the typical approach to financial literacy, “It doesn’t work because it’s not holistic.”Real financial education takes time.  Not an unreasonable amount of time, but it takes a structured, ever-broadening approach.  When introducing students to money management, borrowing, career choices, entrepreneurship, investing, financial services, and insurance you need more than a quick “hit & run” strategy even when the program is structured to cover the most basic of topics.  Take the time to do it right. If you must, tease to raise interest levels, but have plans in place to complete the job.Mistake #2: Ignoring RelevanceHave you ever attended a course that left you thinking, “Who cares?”  Nothing kills enthusiasm like irrelevance.From a student’s perspective, the most attractive factor financial education has going for it is its relevancy to their daily life.  A high school student engaged with a credit union-sponsored financial literacy program recently put it this way, “It taught me so much that other classes didn’t… about real life as opposed to x + y.”  When you’re a young student, it can be difficult to link classroom subject matter directly to your life.  That should never happen with financial education offerings. Financial matters are interwoven into our lives from a very early age so opportunities abound to link financial literacy to how we lead our lives and how we can improve our future lives.  Use lesson plans that incorporate students’ lives into the subject matter, have students perform life simulations like the Stock Market Game™, encourage them to engage in actual entrepreneurial projects and you’ll strike responsive chords that make lessons stick.  Mistake #3: Overlooking ResourcesBut how, you ask, can a credit union coordinate a multi-session financial literacy program that delivers true life-changing skills?  Especially if you are a small, emerging credit union? Use the resources available to you.To bring your financial literacy offering to life you need to gather the tools and resources available to you to reach your goal of creating financially astute, successful young adults.Start with professional educators.  Teachers are trained to educate.  Just as skilled musicians are able to play sheet music, educators can effectively deliver well-developed lesson plans.  That’s what they do day-in, day-out. What you need to do is supply those lesson plans. And those plans are freely available.Schools offer resources like classrooms with computers so students can play the Stock Market Game™, they host after-school activities for a variety of clubs or they have time set aside during the school day when clubs meet.  Convince school administrators you can help them make good use of those resources. Partnering with your educator resource and using your financial education lesson plans as a base, spice up presentations with your own in-house resources – guest speakers who possess expertise on topics like responsible borrowing, identity theft, or investing.  Students and teachers alike enjoy the fresh perspectives of working professionals sharing what they know bestSchools across the nation are waiting for you to approach them.  There are turnkey, no-cost financial education programs available for credit unions.  Use those resources, avoid teasing students with programs that stop shy of delivering true personal finance skills, and leverage the true relevance inherent in those skills. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kyle Y. Swisher, III Kyle Swisher is Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC.  Mr. Swisher has led that Foundation over the past ten years in its mission to improve lives through … Web: www.cufound.org Detailslast_img read more

Recombinant vaccines protect poultry from avian flu, Newcastle disease

first_imgJun 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Two vaccines protected chickens against Newcastle disease (ND) and avian influenza and may provide approaches for producing human vaccines against the H5N1 avian flu virus, according to two studies published in the May 26 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The new vaccines relied on recombinant methodology to create chimeric viruses containing portions of both ND and avian influenza virus (AIV) genomes. Recombinant viruses were employed as bivalent, live-virus vaccines to immunize chickens against avian influenza. Immunized chickens were later challenged for both diseases and also tested for viral shedding.Both vaccines protected animals from ND and AIV. One vaccine also had the advantage of allowing serologic discrimination between vaccinated and field-infected birds, an important aid for controlling spread among poultry flocks. Because of concerns about potential recombination between the vaccine strain and native viruses, vaccinated chickens were also tested for recombinant viruses. Analysis did not reveal any evidence of vaccine-derived recombinant viruses or enhanced virulence.Vaccine combines Newcastle, H5N2 virusesJutta Veits and colleagues cloned a full-length copy of a low-pathogenic ND strain and then inserted the coding sequence for the hemagglutinin of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N2) between two ND virus genes. The resultant product was an ND virus that expressed the hemagglutinin H5 (HA) of avian influenza. The team synthetically modified this virus to enhance production of HA transcripts and protein and to minimize potential viral recombination.Twenty-five 3-week old, pathogen-free chickens were immunized by oculonasal administration of the modified virus. Chickens tested 3 weeks after inoculation had ND- and AIV-specific antibodies and were also protected against clinical challenges with lethal doses of either virus, the report says. No AIV was shed from vaccinated chickens. Recombinant viruses isolated from chickens that had been inoculated with the vaccine at 1 day old were found to be benign rather than virulent.Enhanced virulence and viral shedding from vaccinated animals, two concerns about recombinant vaccines, were eased by these findings, according to the article. Recombination events among vaccine and wild viruses may produce more virulent strains, and propagation of AIV among vaccinated birds might mask such events, making control more difficult. In addition, shedding of virus could promote spread of disease.An important characteristic of this vaccine, the authors write, is that it allows serologic discrimination between vaccinated and wild virus–infected animals. Testing detected antibodies against the nucleoprotein of AIV. This antibody is absent in vaccinated chickens but present and identifiable in vaccinated chickens that are infected with AIV.Such a vaccine would allow identification and culling of birds infected after vaccination. It thus circumvents the problem of undetected circulation of virus among vaccinated birds and represents a potentially important tool for controlling AIV. The authors state that this vaccine “is suitable as a bivalent vaccine against ND and AIV and may be used as a marker vaccine for the control of avian influenza.”Another recombinant approachA second group of researchers used reverse genetics to produce vaccines for negative-stranded RNA viruses that also protected chickens against a highly pathogenic AIV (H5N1) and a highly virulent ND. Man-Seong Park and colleagues constructed an AIV vaccine that substituted the “a” portion of the hemagglutinin-neuraminidase gene of ND for the neuraminidase protein gene of the H5N1 avian influenza virus as one approach. These constructs were used to test modified viral sequences aimed at reducing potential spontaneous conversion to virulence and for making an effective bivalent vaccine.The resultant bivalent vaccine (rNDV/F3aa-chimeric H7) was based on expression of part of H7 AIV hemagglutinin in a truncated and attenuated ND background. The chimeric virus enhanced the incorporation of the foreign protein into virus particles and reduced concerns about the other vaccine’s potential for spontaneous conversion to virulence.Twenty white Leghorn chickens were vaccinated with the bivalent vaccine by eyedrop application, with half receiving one dose and half getting two doses. Vaccinated chickens were challenged with both diseases. A single immunization induced 90% protection against H7N7, a highly pathogenic AIV strain, and complete immunity against a highly virulent ND virus.The authors suggest that chimeric constructs might serve as the basis for developing convenient, affordable, and effective vaccination against these diseases in chickens and other poultry. A similar approach might also be used to produce human viral vaccines, provided suitable viral vectors can be found for humans. Humans are not susceptible to Newcastle disease, so developing such a vaccine would hinge on using a virus that easily infects people to get a safe and effective immune system response.Veits J, Wiesner D, Fuchs W, et al. Newcastle disease virus expressing H5 hemagglutinin gene protects chickens against Newcastle disease and avian influenza. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006 May 23;103(21):8197-202 [Abstract]Park MS, Steel J, Garcia-Sastre A, et al. Engineered viral vaccine constructs with dual specificity: avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006 May 23;103(21):8203-8 [Full text]last_img read more

Leisure: Cardiff – city of culture

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John E. Linkel age, 67

first_imgJohn E. Linkel, age 67, of Batesville, Indiana died suddenly Monday, May 2, 2016 at his residence. Born March 21, 1949 in Batesville, Indiana he was the son of Louis E. & Evelyn L. (Brack) Linkel. On November 4, 1967 he was united in marriage to the former Juanita Ball, and she survives. He was a farmer and had farmed in Franklin County for most of his life. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and perhaps most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Besides Juanita, his wife of nearly 49 years, survivors include his father, Lou Linkel of Batesville; one son & daughter-in-law, Mark & Amy Linkel of Batesville; five grandchildren, Megan Linkel, Matthew Linkel, Alli Linkel, Brayden Linkel and J.T. Linkel; two brothers & sisters-in-law, Bill & Jean Linkel and Tom & Dee Linkel all of Batesville; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn L. Linkel who died March 12, 2005. Family & friends may visit from 3 until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. John Cleghorn will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Linkel family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Barcelona coach dismisses talk of sack if Napoli win

first_img Napoli go to Barca for the second leg of the tie with the scores locked at 1:1. Setien insists: “The truth is, it didn’t even cross my mind that this could be my last game. “I am calm and I think that we will continue until the final in Portugal with the same energy as usual.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona coach Quique Setien insists he remains confident in his job. It’s been suggested Setien will be sacked if they lose their Champions League round 16 clash with Napoli. read also:Setien to stay at Barca for UCL games, but could leave this summerAdvertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Facts About Sasha ObamaCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous AdultsTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

Republican Marsh announces run for mayor in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Lifelong Decatur County resident and Republican Joshua Marsh has announced his candidacy for mayor of Greensburg.Marsh is a graduate of Greensburg Community High School, Ball State University and is currently pursuing a law degree at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He has managed communications for statewide health initiatives and served as the coordinator for the Attorney General’s Drug Abuse Task Force.In his remarks Marsh said, “I have long believed my education and work experience was intended to prepare me for public service, especially if the opportunity ever came to serve my hometown.”Marsh says his focus is on four key areas.Safer StreetsImproved InfrastructureCommunity InvestmentBetter City CommunicationsMarsh also believes the airport expansion project is an important part of infrastructure and economic development. The airport provides a hub to support existing businesses and an opportunity to welcome potential corporate partners to the community.“Make no mistake about it, we need to preserve Greensburg’s 196-year heritage,” said Marsh. “At the same time, we need to figure out how to develop, retain and attract more talent in our community. I intend to make Greensburg the city where everyone wants to live, work and play.”last_img read more

Young guns toppled by super Fly

first_img The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old (11-10 favourite) expertly lowered the colours of Our Conor and Jezki, two of Ireland’s leading hurdlers, with another ruthless display under Ruby Walsh. Hurricane Fly was roundly cut in the betting for the Champion Hurdle – a race he regained so convincingly in the spring – at the Cheltenham Festival next March. Press Association “We spent a long time getting him to settle and, as a result, he’s inclined to go to sleep early in his races. Because of that, we’ve changed slightly the way we’ve trained him. “H e’ll be back here at the end of January (Irish Champion Hurdle) and then it will be Cheltenham. He’s coming along and is going to improve again. “He’s a fantastic horse and a horse of a generation.” Walsh said: “He came here and did his job. We still feel there’s a little bit of improvement to come.” Trainer Jessica Harrington accepted Jezki had been beaten by “a champion”. She said: “A strong-run race would have suited him. “Going to the last, it looked like he’d be a bad third, and he ended up being a good second. “He’s still only a five-year-old and I’m delighted with him. “But if you’re going to get beaten, you get beaten by a champion.” Our Conor finished an honourable third, another three and a quarter lengths adrift of the peerless winner. Dessie Hughes, trainer of Our Conor, was satisfied with last season’s Triumph Hurdle winner on what was his first start over hurdles since the Cheltenham Festival in March. He said: “I felt coming here if he got to within a few lengths (of Hurricane Fly) it would be a good run. “It’s his first run over hurdles in eight months and his first time against older horses. “I was very happy with the run and I think he’ll come on for it.” Hurricane Fly won an extraordinary 18th Grade One race when superbly defending his title in a star-studded renewal of the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown. Jezki (15-8) fared best of the young pretenders when finishing a slightly unlucky second in the five-runner Grade One over two miles. Laudable veteran Captain Cee Bee set a fierce pace under Mark Walsh, but he was unable to maintain such a rapid tempo and weakened two flights from home. Hurricane Fly, who did not impress many when victorious in Punchestown’s Morgiana Hurdle on his seasonal bow, was at the back of the field for most of the journey before he slalomed into contention late in the piece. Mullins’ ace jumped the last a fraction behind Our Conor, who along with Captain Cee Bee had earlier squeezed Jezki for room approaching the final flight. Whereas Our Conor did not have much more to give, Jezki stayed on stoutly for jockey Tony McCoy. Hurricane Fly was hardly knocked off his stride, though, and maintained a zesty gallop to ease two and a half lengths clear for another landmark success. Mullins said: “It was a hugely tactical race and Ruby was very cool on him. “At one stage I thought the leader (Captain Cee Bee) had got away in front, and Ruby had to quicken up a bit sooner than he would have liked to. last_img read more