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first_imgTim Coolong has a passion for studying vegetable production. The University of Georgia is an attractive destination for renowned scientists.Together, they are a match made in agricultural heaven.Coolong, an associate Extension professor at the University of Kentucky for the past six years, is slated to become the new vegetable horticulturist at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton campus on Monday, July 1. “The fresh vegetable industry in Georgia is ranked third nationally so there’s a tremendous opportunity to have an impact and work with some really good people,” Coolong said.Coolong will work with all vegetables, but the bulk of his time will be spent on vegetables with the most acreage in the state: watermelons, sweet corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers and onions, on which Coolong did his graduate work.“I’m going to try to develop more variety trials to get some needed information to growers in Georgia and also look at some fertility [issues],” he said. “I think based on the way some other states have gone with an emphasis on run-off with water quality, I think having updated fertility data for crops would be helpful.”Vegetables generated more than $781 million in revenue for the state, according to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Of all Georgia-grown vegetables, onions generated the most revenue in Georgia in 2011 with $159 million or 20.36 percent of production. Watermelons were second at 12.6 percent and bell peppers were third at 9.9 percent.“Certainly in Kentucky, a lot of people got their livelihoods from farms in terms of sheer acreage. The growers in Georgia are up there as far as national leaders. This is a huge responsibility to be able to be there to support them with good applied research,” Coolong said. “It’s something I’m not taking lightly, that’s for sure.”For more information about vegetable production Georgia, go to

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Students form subcommittee for Worker Participation Committee

first_imgAs a member of both the Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium, Notre Dame prohibits its licensed products from being manufactured in countries that lack a legal right for workers to form independent labor unions of their choice. In 2013, University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves appointed the Worker Participation Committee to review Notre Dame’s Licensing Code of Conducts due to an increasing frequency of interactions between the University and China, according to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President. Representatives from several student organizations came together in February to form a Student Worker Participation Committee (SWPC).Eric Richelsen | The Observer The “Freedom of Association” policy has been enforced since 2001 and has identified 11 countries as ineligible for production of university products. In May of 2015, the Worker Participation Committee wrote a “Review of the Freedom of Association Policy,” which assessed factories in China and other countries to better understand the status of worker participation.One of the recommendations outlined in this proposal stated “the University provide a forum for continuing campus participation and feedback, including the establishment of a student subcommittee to the Worker Participation Committee.” Skyler Hughes, senior and representative for the Progressive Student Alliance in SWPC, said this committee was officially formed by the end of December and by January all the involved parties had come together.“In the original recommendation from John Affleck-Graves … we consider it part of our mission to make sure that the student body stays informed on the issue and that we provide forums for the students at the university to give feedback to us,” Hughes said.Hughes said there are currently 15 members of the student subcommittee and three of these members then sit in on the full Worker Participation Committee.“Our main goal is to make sure there’s a strong student voice on the issue and that we gather views of the Notre Dame student body as best as we can and represent those to the committee,” Hughes said.SWPC’s Facebook page describes the group as “the student committee advising Notre Dame’s Worker Participation Committee on the changes to the factory licensing policy in China and other countries.”“This is one of the first times that the University has given students such a significant voice on a major change in university policy and because of that it’s our responsibility as students to really take advantage of this opportunity to show that we as students are capable of helping out with university policy and should be consulted in the future on university matters,” Hughes said.Madeline Inglis, senior and member of SWPC said in an email that the student subcommittee provides the perfect opportunity for students and administrators to collaborate on university matters.“Students should get involved with the SWPC because it’s one of the only ways on campus to interact directly with the administration and get student voices heard on such a high level,” Inglis said. “It also gives interested students further insight into this crucial issue, which has implications for both corporate social responsibility and Catholic Social Teaching.”Inglis said one of the main goals of the committee is to make sure full worker participation in the form of unions is present in all factories in which Notre Dame licensees manufacture goods.“The initial emphasis was in China because while China has one state-run union, it does not have the diversity of choice other countries offer, and so the original WPC decided to end manufacturing in China,” Inglis said. “In addition to revisiting manufacturing in China through the pilot program, the WPC and the SWPC are also examining the extent to which worker participation exists in countries which allow unionization in name but potentially not in practice, such as El Salvador, Guatemala, India and Bangladesh.”Inglis said she hopes the SWPC sets a precedent for future student groups to become involved in administrative decisions.“I’ve been really involved with this issue since the pilot program was announced a little over a year ago,” Inglis said. “I think it’s so critical that students are informed about major policy changes the administration is considering and actually have an active voice in whether those changes should go into effect.”Hughes said his interest in the organization lies in its global effects.“The policy in itself is something that could have a real effect on the workers who make Notre Dame licensed goods, so this is our change to have a real effect on the world and lives on people that we never meet and we should care about,” Hughes said.Tags: China policy, Student Worker Participation Committee, SWPC, Worker Participation Committeelast_img

NGO Calls ELN Guerrilla to End Kidnapping and Define Peace Agenda

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2009 BOGOTA, June 14, 2009 (AFP) – An NGO that promotes peaceful ending of the Colombian conflict has asked ELN guerrilla to end kidnappings and to define an agenda to reintroduce the dialogue with the government, according to a letter revealed this Sunday. The message of ‘Colombianos por la Paz’ (Colombians for Peace) is the response to a letter sent by the National Liberation Army (ELN, Guevarist) –second guerrilla organization in the country- in May, accepting a letter exchange aimed at a reconciliation process. “We reiterate the call for them to expressly manifest their willingness to cease, unilaterally and immediately (the kidnapping) that practice which violates International Humanitarian Rights,” stated the NGO. The association, led by opponent senator Piedad Córdoba, added that “kidnapping should not be a subject of conversation in dialogue meetings and peace negotiations, but a decisive and unilateral commitment” on the part of the insurgents in “terms of stopping this practice of exerting economic and political pressure.” Likewise, she requested the rebels to formulate “the agenda they are willing to follow to return to negotiating a political solution.” Between 2005 and 2007, President Alvaro Uribe’s government and the ELN held several meetings in Cuba, aimed at starting a negotiation, but the dialoque was suspended when the parties failed to reach consensus regarding the terms of a “basic agreement.” On a communiqué issued in May, the guerrilla organization assured that the main “obstacle” to continue the dialogue is the government’s “claim” that the ELN can only be located in specific areas and has to identify all of its members, as conditions to move forwards in negotiations. “Colombianos por la Paz” consists of dozens of important figures that pursue a pacific solution to the conflict, and in February it achieved the liberation of four officers and two politicians, all hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, Marxist).last_img

Fee hike would still keep Florida below the national average

first_img32 Arkansas $125 New Hampshire Associated Industries $50 8. $250-$275 Florida Association of Realtors Florida Medical Association $225 1. 30,209 $50 $100 $75 Florida Engineering Society $250 $450 $44-$203 $183 $350 $85 $100 Florida Nurses Association Total Attorneys Maine+ $225-$2,500 $195 $313 $100 3. Survey of Attorney Licensing Fees 17 $90 $525yy 207,200 70,264 182,000 $50 $250 North Dakota 4. Oregon 14,000 $2,466z $15 Members 75,808 $350 Illinois+ $310y Florida Association of School Administrators Florida Institute of CPAs Florida Restaurant Association 2,445 Kentucky Source: Florida Trend, 2000 6 $337 4 Dist. of Columbia+ 12,500 $150 3,430 21,000 $192-$377 $50 1 $65 $200 $400 $2,100 $300-$600 South Dakota 27,299 29,080 19 West Virginia * Where Florida would rank if the proposed fee increase is adopted. ~ All states have disciplinary system budgets; several specifically earmark in advance the dollar amount of the annual fee allocated to discipline. + Proposed increase pending or approved. z $2,100 average mandatory malpractice fee. (Not included in the mandatory bar average) ** Florida’s $15 earmarked for client protection is based on the current fees of $190. It has yet to be determined how much will be earmarked for the Client Security Fund if fees are raised to $265. Pennsylvania+ $350 $15** $260 Attorneys 60,203 $87 $398 Alaska $24 $20 Virginia+ Arizona+ $90 12 $260 Earmarked for Client Protection 10 Wisconsin $265 Oklahoma $25 6,400 12,805 Other Association Fees in Florida $13 $430 Tennessee 6,206 Jurisdiction $90 2 Idaho Minnesota- 9. # $265 26 $75 $50 Michigan California 12 $50 2,494 Georgia+ 33,451 15 Washington+ $100-$34,000 $160 Iowa $51 $15 $40 $140 $305 Ohio 15,338 $34 66,658 $100 $195 $318 20,172 Mississippi 23 4,588 $75 19 Kansas 18,200 Florida Veterinary Medical Association $315 19 27 Louisiana $315center_img Earmarked for Discipline ~ $70 Nevada+ Mandatory Bars Only Maximum Fee=$2,466;   Average Fee=$272;   Minimum Fee=$100 $100 27 10,024 $20 New York Inactive $150 $50 6 6,796 $225 6. 14. 7,800 $80 8,412 $10 $125 $150 $250 $165 $50 23 Mandatory Malpractice Fee $75 13,175 Inactive Fee 16. $145 83,130 2,680 $200 $125 $115 $75 31 $195 5. Rhode Island $340 $125 Florida* Indiana 30 Missouri 14,605 $175 $85 $50 11. $355 31,500 $175 11 Wyoming Delaware Annual Fee Nebraska+ 12 Fee hike would still keep Florida below the national averageFlorida would rank tied for 17th in state fees paid to practice law in the nation’s 34 unified bars if a fee increase now being considered by the Board of Governors is adopted and approved by the Supreme Court.The Bar Budget Committee has recommended fees for active members be increased from $190 to $265, and for inactive members from $140 to $175 annually. The board is expected to take action on the recommendation when it meets December 15 in Coral Gables. It’s been 11 years since Florida lawyers last saw a fee increase — from $140 to $190, the longest the Bar has gone without a fee increase in its 51-year history. The cost of living since the last hike has risen by more than 32 percent. That means it would take $252 to buy what $190 did in 1990, according to the Bar’s Budget Committee.Other BarsFor all state bars and the District of Columbia Bar, the maximum fee charged lawyers to practice is $2,466. The average fee is $288 and the least expensive fee is $85. For unified bars, the maximum fee charged is $2,466, with the average being $272 and the minimum fee, $120.The most expensive of 34 unified bars to belong to is the Oregon State Bar, according to a survey of attorney licencing fees conducted by the Office of Attorney Ethics of New Jersey. The New Jersey study is based on 2000 membership dues and fees information. Oregon lawyers are required to pay a maximum mandatory annual fee of $2,466, of which the annual average mandatory malpractice fee is $2,100.Following Oregon, the most expensive unified bars are Alaska, Texas, Hawaii and California. Alaska lawyers pay $450 a year, which includes a $10 fee earmarked for client protection. Texas lawyers pay $435 and Hawaii lawyers pay $430, of which $50 is earmarked for client protection. Members of the State Bar of California pay $398, of which $318 is earmarked for the lawyers’ discipline system and $40 goes to client protection.The most expensive voluntary state bar is in Connecticut, where members pay $525, of which $450 is an occupational tax.The least expensive mandatory bar is in Arkansas, where lawyers pay $100 in fees to practice.Other AssociationsTeachers belonging to the Florida Education Association pay between $300 and $600 per year. Doctors pay $400 to belong to the Florida Medical Association, and nurses pay between $210 and $225 to belong to the Florida Nurses Association. The Florida Engineering Society members pay $250, and members of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians pay $250 to $275 a year. 33 22,303 $113 34 Alabama Texas 1,800 Fee hike would still keep Florida below the national average 11. $225 $330 4,900 14. Voluntary Bar Licensing FeesCompiled September 1 by the Office of Attorney Ethics of New JerseyMaximum Fee=$525; Average Fee=$159; Minimum Fee=$85 74,300 5,020 South Carolina $210-$225 Florida Education Association $50 17 2. North Carolina $220 $435 Florida Chiropractic Association $46 $75 16,000 * Many of those who belong to these associations also are subject to state licensing fees. Compiled September 1 by the Office of Attorney Ethics of New Jersey $185 Massachusetts $10 48,465 $110 16 3,998 28,091 $85 13. Colorado Maximum Mandatory Annual Fee $195 4,197 16,500 Montana+ 31,528 29 $103 $150 $250 $100 $151 $315 New Jersey $50 5,071 9. Hawaii 5 9 $10 Vermont 3,156 $140 8,900 $20 19 $190 Florida Academy of Family Physicians $180-$390 $30 Florida Nurserymen & Growers Association $100 Utah 7,336 Connecticut 3 $80 November 15, 2000 Regular News 6 12,125 $125 79,391 Maryland 28,600 23 16. $120 7. New Mexicolast_img

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