Georgia Beef Project

first_img“The survey forms will be available at cattlemen’s meetings, livestock auction marketsand field days,” he said. “Cattlemen can also get it from their local vets or countyagents.” Besides UGA Extension Service and College of Veterinary Medicine, the Cattlemen’sAssociation, USDA Veterinary Services and NASS will help conduct the survey. TheGeorgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association alsosupport the effort. The Georgia Beef Project could change that. “The short form is really simple. It won’t take 10 minutes to fill out. But it can give usa wealth of information,” Strickland said. Strickland, an extension or practicing veterinarian for 34 years in Georgia, raises cattlehimself. He said the survey, along with a much smaller USDA survey last year, shouldprovide the best picture ever of Georgia beef cattle. “By helping with this survey, we can get a better handle on the herd health measuresneeded across Georgia,” he said. “The survey can help improve the health andreputation of our cattle. And healthier calves will lead to better prices for Georgiacattle.” Where’s the beef? In Georgia, it walks around on 2.8 million hooves in every corner ofthe state’s 159 counties. With the cattle that widely scattered, it’s hard to know howwell farmers manage their herds. Georgia farmers have a lot at stake in their beef herds. Cattle sales brought them $285million, or 5.3 percent of their income, in 1995. The two-part survey will start with a short, simple questionnaire. Distributed inSeptember through November, the form is for anyone who raises beef cattle in thestate.center_img The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service willconduct the second part of the survey. “A survey starting this fall should help us find answers to some important questionsabout Georgia cattle,” said Jim Strickland, a veterinarian with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “We want to give every cattle producer in Georgia the chance to put in his two cents’worth,” Strickland said. “A more extensive study next spring will survey a random sampling of about 325producers,” Strickland said. “That will include in-depth interviews and some cattle andfeed samples.” The survey can help the state’s farmers, said Joe Duckworth, president of the6,200-member Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. “If we want to do better in anything, we need to know where we are,” he said. “Thesesurveys will tell us where we are in Georgia cattle production.” The survey is a joint effort of UGA and five other groups concerned with Georgia beefcattle.last_img read more

Pesticide trainings

first_imgCertified pesticide applicators need recertification training to renew their licenses. University of Georgia Extension will offer pesticide applicator recertification classes in Valdosta and St. Simons this October.The Valdosta class is set for Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Dougherty County Extension office. The St. Simons class will be held Oct. 22 at the St. Simons Island Casino from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.The Valdosta class registration fee is $45 and increases to $55 after Sept. 24. The St. Simons class fee is $50 and increases to $60 after Oct. 14. Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit for attending each class. This credit can be divided over categories 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 41. Private applicators can earn up to two credit hours.Experts from UGA Extension, UFL Extension, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Wiregrass Technical College will teach at these classes. The Glynn, Lowndes and Thomas coounty offices of UGA Extension are sponsoring the recertification training sessions. If the October classes don’t fit into your schedule, another class is set for Dec. 3 in Statesboro. Organized by Bulloch County’s UGA Extension office, this class costs $50 through Nov. 25 and then increases $60 for late registrants. For a complete schedule or to register online, visit the website www.ugagriffincontinuingedu.com. For more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to conteduc@uga.edu.last_img read more

30th Anniversary of Northern Power founding

first_imgNorthern Power Systems, a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., will mark the 30th anniversary of its founding at a noontime event September 17 at the companys new headquarters in Waitsfield, Vermont. The event will also feature the formal opening and dedication of the new facility in the Mad River Park industrial complex.Northern president Clint Jito Coleman will host the event, which will also include the participation of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Bill McKibben, noted author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, The End of Nature and other works.As the company celebrates its 30 years in the distributed generation business in Vermont, Northern is experiencing significant growth and is in the process of adding more than 20 new local manufacturing jobs.When:12:00 Noon, Friday, September 17, 2004Where:Northern Power Systems headquarters182 Mad River ParkWaitsfield, Vermont 05673Background:Northern Power Systems, Inc. designs, builds and installs reliable power solutions for commercial, industrial, government, and military customers. The company also conducts research and development in the areas of renewable energy, distributed generation and hydrogen technology. Since its founding in 1974, Northern has installed over 800 systems in 45 countries on all seven continents. Northern Power Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Waitsfield, Vermont and employs 100 people with engineering, fulfillment, and customer-support capabilities. The company is a wholly owned operating unit of Distributed Energy Systems Corp. For more information, visit www.northernpower.com(link is external).Distributed Energy Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: DESC) creates and delivers products and solutions to the emerging decentralized energy marketplace, giving users greater control over their energy cost, quality, and reliability. As the parent company of Proton Energy Systems, Inc. (www.protonenergy.com(link is external)) and Northern Power Systems, Inc., Distributed Energy Systems delivers a combination of practical, ready-today energy solutions and the solid business platforms for capitalizing on the changing energy landscape. For more information, visit www.distributed-energy.com(link is external).For more information or to arrange for an interview with a Northern spokesperson in advance of or at the event, contact Amy Klinger at Northern Power Systems, 802-496-2955, aklinger@northernpower.com(link sends e-mail).# # #last_img read more

ACA Paddlesport Education Courses for Every Boat & Board

first_imgNew Certification Program Designed for Outfitter, Livery, & Guide BusinessesWho is ACA? Founded in 1880, the American Canoe Association (ACA) is a 501c3 national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.What’s the big news? ACA has recently developed a brand new certification program called Paddlesports Safety Facilitator (PSF), which was designed primarily for staff from paddling outfitters, guide services, and livery businesses! This course can be completed in one day, and caters to the paddling activities conducted by your business.What’s the big deal? This certification adds credibility to your paddlesport business, is a perfect opportunity for continuing education and certification for your staff, and may help lower your insurance premiums. The end goal: this program will help you offer safe and fun paddling experiences for your guests and clients!PSF Certification – Catered to Your BusinessWhether your business rents canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), or any combination thereof, the PSF program has specific training modules to address your staff training needs!Comprehensive TrainingThe core of the PSF program focuses on basic paddling safety concepts: lifejacket wear, pre-trip talks and communication, signaling and safety equipment, weather awareness and protocol, accident prevention, and rescue principles.Kayaking Best PracticesThe kayaking PSF certification addresses important kayaking essentials such as loading and unloading from trailers, cars, and racks, kayak entry and exit from shore or dock, and assisted rescues which are required when a customer or guest is accidentally separated from their boat.Canoeing Trip EssentialsCanoeing is one of the most historic, recognizable, and family friendly paddling activities. This portion of the PSF certification program will enable your staff to perform basic canoe rescues and assist customers with proper trip planning, packing, loading, and launching.Pro tip: For more youth and family based paddling resources, watch this fun animated video, check out this infographic, or download our youth paddling game, Paddle Quest, in the App Store or Google Play!Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tips & TricksWith the remarkable growth in SUP popularity, more and more customers are seeking their first (or second, or third!) SUP experience at local outfitters and liveries. The ACA PSF course offers training and certification for employers and staff wishing to learn important details about SUP rescue, inflatable lifejackets commonly used with SUPs, and the storage and maintenance of SUP boards, leashes, and their other associated accessories.Pro tip: For vital information about SUP leashes and lifejackets, check out this video.Outfitter, Livery, or Guide Service PSF certification not a good fit for you?The ACA offers a wide variety of other training clinics, skill development workshops, and instructor certification courses. No matter your experience, ACA can connect you with local instructors, clubs, or schools to assist you in meeting your paddling goals. Get the scoop on the variety of offerings, here. Not sure where to start? Send an email to our Education Department.Follow the ACA on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest paddling news.last_img read more

Tobin seeks to renew his senior judge status

first_imgTobin seeks to renew his senior judge status October 15, 2005 Regular News Tobin seeks to renew his senior judge status Senior Judge David L. Tobin wishes to renew his service as a senior judge.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the fitness or qualifications of Tobin to renew service as a senior judge should send comments in writing to Thomas D. Hall, Clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399, or via e-mail to seniorjudge@flcourts.org, or by telephone to Judge Gerald B. Cope, chair of the Third District Senior Judge Review Board, at (305) 229-3200 no later than October 30.last_img read more

Attention revolution: Learn how to pay attention to what matters most

first_imgAre you ready to join an ATTENTION REVOLUTION?Are you ready to commit to paying attention to what matters most? In today’s society, people everywhere are overwhelmed, overstressed and overtired. We receive information at a lightning-fast speed, challenging our ability to remain focused. As a result, I believe our society is suffering from an attention deficit crisis. Research suggests our ability to remain focused is being undermined by social media, smartphones and other digital distractions. Many experts believe excessive use of technology is making us impatient, impulsive and forgetful. As a result, we spin our wheels staying busy while rarely making forward progress. We wear busy like it’s a badge of honor. Attention has become the new currency as everyone and everything competes for more of it. Attention is EVERYTHING!Did you know that according to the Information Overload Group, U.S. businesses lose $588B dollars (yep that’s billion) each year, from a lack of people paying attention! Imagine the success of your Credit Union if employees were able to tune out distractions, avoid interruptions and connect with the tasks that truly matter.  Now consider your personal life. How many times have you tuned out in conversation to check an alert on your smartphone? What about personal connections you missed because as you were reading emails after hours. It’s time we become intentional with our attention and realize we have the power of choice. We can choose who and what gets our attention. Intentional attention is about creating moments that MATTER. Here’s the caveat to that however:  Intentional attention may mean reducing your social media time, putting away devices and noticing those around you, cancelling unnecessary obligations and learning to say ‘no’ to others. While that may seem a little stressful – your life will be richer for it. I promise, if you join my Attention Revolution, you will see: Skyrocketing productivity,Growth in relationships,Boost to member engagement,Extreme focus and clarity,Targeted accountability; andMore time for what matters most to YOU!Let’s join together to start a new trend, learn to channel our focus and accomplish more each day. I challenge you silence distractions, avoid interruptions and join the Attention Revolution today. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

East Java councilor allegedly offers to pay rape victim to drop charges against aide

first_imgThe victim, a junior high school student, is now seven-months pregnant.The mother and sister work in rice fields and as domestic helpers to make ends meet since the father died years ago.Sugianto, a relative of the mother’s, allegedly raped the 16-year-old girl one year ago in his house, which stands within walking distance from the girl’s house.“Sugianto allegedly abused [the girl] five times and threatened to curse the mother with santet [black magic] if she resisted him,” said Syafii, a local activist providing legal assistance to the family in the case.Read also: Ignorance, misguided policies allow rape culture to thriveThe councilor’s lawyer, Al Ushudi, said the councilor had offered to help the victim’s family out of concern for the family’s economic hardship.”Pak Hudi only focuses on the future of the girl and the baby and doesn’t mean to hamper the legal process of the case,” the lawyer said on Thursday.Following criticism from activists that police were sluggish in responding to the report, Gresik Police criminal investigation chief Adj. Comr. Panji P. Wijaya said investigators had detained Sugianto on Friday following questioning.“[Sugianto] told investigators that he had given the victim Rp 100,000 after raping her,” Panji said on Friday. (kuk)Topics : A member of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) of Gresik in East Java has allegedly offered Rp 1 billion (US$67,211) in compensation to the family of a 16-year-old in exchange for the latter’s withdrawal of rape accusations against the councilor’s close friend.The victim’s family filed a police report on April 24, accusing security guard Sugianto, 53, of rape. Several days later, councilor Nur Hudi of the NasDem Party allegedly visited the family at their home and offered to build them a house worth Rp 500 million.A source at the Metatu village office, who claims to be familiar with the case and has requested anonymity for safety reasons, told The Jakarta Post that Sugianto was not only Nur’s close friend but also his loyal supporter when the politician served as the village head. Read also: Teenage girl suspected of murdering child is ‘rape victim’, now 14-weeks pregnantThe victim’s sister wrote a letter to the council’s ethics board explaining the incident – a copy of which was obtained by the Post.“Pak Nur promised my mother to build the house, as long as my mother agreed to revoke the police report and settle the case outside the legal domain. My mother rejected the offer,” the sister wrote in the letter.She added that the councilor had later raised the offer to Rp 1 billion, which was rejected again by her mother.last_img read more

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

first_imgEthiopia appeals for food aid Ethiopia Welcomes El-Sisi Related China Brings Jobs to Ethiopia Three decades ago famine in Ethiopia took the lives of more than 400,000 people. But the story now is a positive one. The country has now developed a system for identifying areas at risk of hunger.That coupled with a sizable grain reserve that currently holds a capacity of about 400,000 tons. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu reports.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ1x7hOybzslast_img

Spanish police arrest 6 athletes

first_imgMadrid, June 21: Six athletes have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of doping, Spanish police said on Thursday. Among those arrested was Ethiopian runner Gizaw Bekele, who won the recent Madrid half-marathon race, police sources told EFE. “Six athletes arrested in anti-doping operation. Growth hormones, insulin, testosterone and transfusion materials have been seized,” Spain’s National Police said on its site. The others arrested were athletics coach Rachid Najid and his wife Malika Asahssah, who was already sanctioned for four years for doping, Said Aitadi, Fatima Ayachi and Abebe Mulugeta, according to police. IANSlast_img read more

SU softball to take on Villanova in first round of Big East tournament

first_img Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Softball The Syracuse softball team will take on the No. 4 seed Villanova in the first round of the Big East tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. The Orange enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing the regular season with a 10-10 record in conference play. SU finished with an overall record of 29-24. This marks the second straight season in which the Orange has finished above .500 under head coach Leigh Ross. The Orange will look to rebound after a disappointing end to its regular season against DePaul on May 8. The Orange dropped both games to the Blue Demons and failed to score a single run. SU dropped game one, 1-0, in eight innings and fell 4-0 in game two.Jenna Caira continued her dominant streak despite the two losses, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in game one. She finished the regular season tied for third in the Big East with 17 wins and was second in the league with 241 strikeouts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVeronica Grant and Lisaira Daniels finished the season as two of the best hitters in the Big East. Daniels’ .367 batting average landed her seventh in the conference, and she was tied for third in hits with 61. As a freshman, Grant tallied the second-most doubles in the Big East with 18 and finished fourth in runs scored with 45.The winner of Thursday’s game takes on the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed DePaul and No. 8 Rutgers on Friday. Women’s lacrosseThe Syracuse women’s lacrosse team split two close games in the Big East tournament last week. The Orange received big efforts from its seniors during the tournament.No. 9 Syracuse (13-6, 6-2 Big East) outlasted No. 16 Notre Dame (11-6, 6-2) in four overtimes 12-11 Thursday to win its Big East semi-final matchup. SU would stumble down the stretch against No. 8 Georgetown (13-5, 8-0) Saturday in the Big East final and lose 13-11.Senior Halley Quillinan would tie the score 11-11 against the Fighting Irish with 12 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime. Quillinan’s fourth goal of the game in the second half was the 200th goal of her career.Senior Christina Dove would net the game-winning goal at the 2:02 mark of the fourth overtime. Dove had three goals and an assist in the victory. SU used a shot advantage (32-18) to advance to the Big East tournament final.The Orange would hold only one lead during the game against the Hoyas. Junior Tee Ladouceur would score at the 24:35 mark of the second half to give SU a 9-8 lead. Ladouceur , Dove and freshman Tegan Brown all contributed four points in the loss.Junior goalie Liz Hogan broke the school record for career saves during the game. Hogan has saved 484 shots during her three-year tenure at SU, moving her into first place over Carla Gigon (475).The game was tied at eight during the game before Georgetown went on a three-goal run late in the second half to lead 11-9. The Hoyas outscored the Orange 5-4 in the second half en route to the 13-11 victory.— Compiled by the Daily Orange sports staff Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more