Coolong to start July 1

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 extension.uga.edu/agriculture/ag-fruits-vegetables.last_img read more

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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 read more

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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 read more

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PODCAST: Insights on the 2020 election

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » Ryan Donovan Amid an extended and contentious 2020 election, the CUNA/league advocacy team had another successful campaign cycle, winning 97% of the more than 400 races it supported for candidates on both sides of the aisle. That includes wins on 10 of 11 priority races.As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, the CUNA/league advocacy team is examining what a Biden presidency will mean for credit unions, advocacy, and progress toward our priorities, says Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Donovan examines the 2020 election, what it will mean for credit union advocacy and key issues, and next moves for the CUNA/league advocacy team. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Avian flu conference brings urgent warnings

first_imgFeb 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Warnings that H5N1 avian influenza could touch off a human flu pandemic rose in intensity as a major conference on the problem opened today in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, according to news services.”We at WHO [the World Health Organization] believe that the world is now in the gravest possible danger of a pandemic,” Dr. Shigeru Omi, the WHO’s Western Pacific regional director, was quoted as saying.Officials from more than 20 countries have gathered for the 3-day meeting in the country hit hardest by avian flu. By the official WHO count, the virus has sickened 55 people and killed 42 of them since late 2003. Unofficial figures put the death toll at 45. Vietnam has had 37 cases, 29 of them fatal, according to the WHO.Only two cases of probable human-to-human transmission of the virus have occurred so far. But experts fear that the virus will acquire the ability to spread readily among humans, which could spark the world’s first flu pandemic since 1968-69.”If the virus becomes highly contagious among humans, the health impact in terms of deaths and sickness will be enormous, and certainly much greater than SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome],” the Associated Press (AP) quoted Omi as saying.He said all governments should develop preparedness plans to ensure the continuation of basic public services such as transportation, sanitation, and power in the event of a pandemic.Omi said the virus has shown itself to be “very versatile and resilient.” It has infected tigers and domestic cats, which were not believed to be susceptible to influenza, he noted.Samuel Jutzi, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO’s) director of animal production and health, warned that the H5N1 virus is well entrenched, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”We must assume that avian influenza will persist for many years in some of the countries that had disease outbreaks in 2004-2005,” Jutzi was quoted as saying. He said both developed and developing countries should invest in battling the disease.AFP reported that Joseph Domenech, also of the FAO, said it would take “many years” to eradicate the virus, but, “With more investment, it is possible to control the effect of the disease.”The conference was organized by the FAO, WHO, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).VNA reported today that 12 of 35 Vietnamese provinces and cities recently affected by avian flu have gone 21 days with no new outbreaks. Ho Chi Minh City was listed as one of the 12.last_img read more

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Weighing up pros and cons from having multiple offers

first_imgFile photo.GETTING multiple offers should be a great result for the seller and the agent. It means the hard work to prepare the property for sale, market it and present it to buyers has paid off. And it is, but there is a down side for agents, writes REIQ Townsville Zone Chairman Wayne Nicholson. Often what happens is one or sometimes all buyers pull out because they don’t want their offer to be used to increase the other buyers’ offer or vice versa. Many people are deeply suspicious when it is revealed they are in a multiple-offer situation. They may not believe there is another offer on the table and they are being hustled to increase their offer. So here are some facts to help blow away the myths. Agents are required to present all written offers to the seller and the appointed agent has a fiduciary responsibility to act in the seller’s best interests at all times. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It is strictly illegal to misrepresent a multiple-offer situation. In a multiple-offer situation, many agents will use the REIQ Multiple Offer form, although they are not legally required to do so. If you are advised that you are in a multiple- offer situation it is an opportunity to put your best offer forward.Bear in mind you may not get another chance and you should also be aware that it’s not always the highest offer that is most attractive to the seller. Sometimes the seller may be more interested in other things, such as a fast settlement, unconditional cash offer, or waiving of the cooling off period. Last week we had three buyers interested in one property. We issued all potential buyers with a contract and a Multiple Offer form and told each one to put their best foot forward. In this case, the asking price was $370,000. Buyer 1 offered $367,000 subject to finance, settle in 30 days. Buyer 2 offered $370,000 cash unconditional, settle in 60 days. Buyer 3 offered $371,000 subject to finance, settle in 30 days. The seller accepted Buyer 2’s offer, which was not the highest price but included more favourable terms. Sometimes it’s about presenting an offer that is more appealing in other ways in order to be successful.last_img read more

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Migrants Crisis: Funerals Held In Malta for Drowned Victims

first_imgFunerals for 24 migrants killed in the capsized boat held in Malta Related Funerals for 24 people killed in the worst ever recorded capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean have been held in Malta. Ahead of the service, soldiers carried the 24 plain wooden coffins past piles of flowers to a marquee set up near the morgue. With no known families to return their remains to, the deceased were buried in common graves. An estimated 800 people reportedly died in Sunday’s disaster Malta helps secure freedom for hostages held in Libya European refugee crisis continueslast_img

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Lacson renews support to prov’l police force

first_imgGov. Eugenio Lacson delivers his message to personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office during the 119th Police Service Anniversary rites held at Camp Alfredo M. Montelibano in Bacolod City on Aug. 3. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Lacson took pride that through the years, the provincial government’s relationship with the NOCPPO personnel has always been cordial, professional and supportive with each other. Silay City police station (CPS) and Hinoba-an municipal police station (MPS) were awarded as top performers in the campaign against illegal drugs; Bago CPS and La Castellana MPS, campaign against the arrest of wanted persons; Kabankalan CPS and Isabela MPS, campaign against loose firearms; Victorias CPS and Manapla MPS, campaign against illegal gambling. “The entire people of Negros Occidental and I are very grateful. We respect and salute your bravery and commitment to service…To the men and women in uniform, please accept my appreciation for your selfless and courageous service, especially when you are in the face of danger as a consequence of law enforcement,” he said. Lacson acknowledged the sacrifices of the police officers in manning the frontlines of this province’s fight versus COVID-19. “When we plan our annual budget, we allocate something to NOCPPO’s operational expenses as a way of acknowledging its significant role in realizing the peace and development agenda of this province,” he added. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson renewed his commitment of support to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) which continues to be at the forefront in the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. “As we face this pandemic and its multifarious consequences, we rely on your continued and unrelenting support to mitigate all its ill-effects. Please be assured of your province’s unwavering support to your endeavors,” Lacson said in his message as guest of honor and speaker during the 119th Police Service Anniversary rites held at Camp Alfredo M. Montelibano here on Monday.center_img “I am pleased that the Negros Occidental PNP has gained great momentum with public trust,” said the governor. La Carlota CPS and Hinigaran MPS, on the other hand, were recognized as topnotchers in the Unit Performance Evaluation Rating for the first semester of 2020. (With a report from PNA/PN) Lacson added that he hopes the celebration will serve as a platform to strengthen the Negrense police officers’ noble pledge as guardians and protectors of the people. During the program, Lacson and NOCPPO officer-in-charge Colonel Romy Palgue led the giving of awards to the best performing police stations. This year’s celebration carries the theme “Towards a Pandemic-Resilient Philippine National Police (PNP): Adopting Protective Protocols in the New Normal”.last_img read more

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License Branch Will Open Longer For Voters

first_imgThe Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend operating hours at license branches to assist voters in need of state ID cards and driver’s licenses.Local branches will extend hours Monday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.To ensure voters have immediate access to services, license branches will only process ID cards, driver’s licenses and learner’s permits. Driver’s tests will not administered.The BMV provides free, state-issues ID cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier, as long as proper identification is provided and the requester is old enough to cast a ballot.The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license. A complete list can be found at the Indiana BMV website.One document proving your identity, such as a birth certificate or passportOne document proving your Social Security number, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2One document proving your lawful status in the United States, such as a birth certificate or passportTwo documents proving your IN residency, such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statementAll license branches will resume normal business hours and operations on Wednesday, May 7. Branches normally closed on Wednesdays will re-open Thursday, May 8.last_img read more

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Rooney showing impresses Hodgson

first_img Hodgson was so impressed he kept Rooney on for a large part of the second period too. And he will now come into contention for the start of United’s Premier League title defence at Swansea on Saturday. “Our first thought was not to risk him for those additional minutes but he was looking so fit, chasing hard and working hard,” said Hodgson. “But it went well because he’s fit and raring to go. “Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t be expecting a player to be making his first appearance in mid-August against Scotland. “But David Moyes and the people at United have been fantastic. “They’ve almost welcomed the fact he wanted to play and I wanted to play him and he got 67 very valuable minutes.” For virtually the first time this summer though, Rooney was a secondary topic. After goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck had cancelled out efforts from James Morrison – whose opener came courtesy of a woeful Joe Hart error – and Kenny Miller, Rickie Lambert sealed victory in Roy of the Rovers fashion. After missing United’s entire pre-season programme, Rooney started Wednesday night’s match with David Moyes’ blessing. Although there were obvious signs of rustiness, Rooney sparkled at times and would have had a goal were it not for an incorrect offside decision against him. Press Associationcenter_img Roy Hodgson revealed Wayne Rooney looked so good during the first half of England’s 3-2 win over Scotland it persuaded him to give the Manchester United man an extended run-out.last_img read more

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