ADT I returns to UGA

first_imgThe Georgia National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team I will be on the University of Georgia campus June 11 at 2 p.m. to present the faculty of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a UGA flag that was flown over their base in Logar Province in Afghanistan. ADT I, made up of citizen-soldiers from across Georgia who are part of the 201st Regional Support Group out of Augusta, served in Afghanistan from May 2011 to May 2012. They assisted the Afghan government in helping the country’s farmers develop more-productive farming practices and new markets for their produce.Soldiers from the unit trained with faculty from the college at UGA’s Athens campus in February 2011. Before the unit’s deployment, CAES Dean J. Scott Angle and Assistant Dean for Extension Steve Brown gave the group a UGA flag to remind them of home while they were in Afghanistan. “I promised them that we would fly this flag in Afghanistan and that we would all sign it and return the flag to UGA after our deployment was completed,” said Col. Bill Williams, who served as commander of ADT I. “Our mission was a success because we were very well prepared, and the UGA faculty helped set us up for success. We are following through on our commitment to return the flag to UGA and are honored to do so.” While they were deployed, ADT I worked with local Afghan Extension agents to host basic veterinary and agribusiness workshops and organized farmers into marketing groups. They also worked with village women, teaching them how to grow and market fruits and vegetables. “We found that they knew how to farm, but the problem was they couldn’t store the food and they couldn’t sell it,” Williams said. Afghani farmers grow wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, apples and apricots. The food preservation and marketing techniques that the guardsmen introduced increased the profits for some farmers by 214 percent, he said. A second group of Georgia Guardsmen, dubbed Agribusiness Development Team II, received agricultural training through the college in fall 2012 and recently deployed for a yearlong agricultural mission to Afghanistan. Agribusiness Development Team III will train at UGA’s Tifton campus this fall. “It was our pleasure to arm the Georgia National Guard with the information they needed to accomplish their mission in Afghanistan,” Brown said. “From worming goats to trellising grapes, our faculty stopped what they were doing and helped give these soldiers the basic knowledge they would need on the ground in Afghanistan. We are staying in touch with these teams throughout their deployments, and the feedback they have provided is valuable to us as well.” The four members of ADT I who are UGA alumni, along with the colleges they graduated from, are Gary Church, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Carmen Benson, CAES; George McCommon, CAES and College of Veterinary Medicine; and Catherine Tait, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. They have been invited to attend the June 11 ceremony. Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, assistant adjutant general of the Georgia Army National Guard, will also be present at the flag ceremony. Jarrard commands the more than 11,700 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard.last_img read more

$145 Million in Federal Aid Awarded to LIRR for Sandy Repairs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The federal government Friday approved $145 million in aid to fund Long Island Rail Road projects to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy and to protect the transit system against future storms.The Federal Transit Administration grant for the LIRR is just a piece of the overall $886.3 million awarded to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which was paralyzed following the massive hurricane.The $145.7 million allocated for the LIRR was second only to the amount approved for New York City Transit, which at $615.6 million represents the bulk of the grant money approved for the MTA.The majority of the LIRR funding—$120 million—will pay for several projects at the Long Beach branch: to replace three of four substations, permanently restore signals, power and communications systems, and construction to replace the emergency generator, underwater cable and bridge electrical systems on the Wreck Lead Bridge.The plan also calls for 10.2 million for projects at West Side Yard, $6.1 million at the First Avenue Substation and $6 million for infrastructure upgrades at the Hillside Support Facility, Shea Yard, the Far Rockaway branch and the Westbury station, officials said. An additional $3.4 million was allocated to electrify tracks 7 and 8 at the Long Island City Yard, which could allow for a more robust terminal if service through the East River Tunnels is knocked out.“This grant is critical to the continued health and viability of the New York metropolitan region’s $1.4 trillion economy,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast acknowledged that many challenges still exist more than a year after Sandy. He called the funding “essential in helping” the MTA address issues brought on by the storm.“At the same time that we are rebuilding an entire subway tunnel, we are fighting back against latent failures—unseen failures brought on by the storm that are waiting to happen—and reduced lifespan of components system wide,” he said.The Oct. 29, 2012 superstorm ravaged the LIRR and it took a week before the railroad was able to resume near-normal service—about 70 percent of its regular rush hour service, and 83 percent overall service.The railroad was littered with more than 200 downed trees and utility poles and the hurricane knocked out power to more than 20 electrical substations across the LIRR.last_img read more

Wells Fargo opened a couple million fake accounts

first_img 113SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two basic principles of management, and regulation, and life, are:You get what you measure.The thing that you measure will get gamed.Really that’s just one principle: You get what you measure, but only exactly what you measure. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the more general good thing that you thought you were approximately measuring. If you want hard workers and measure hours worked, you’ll get a lot of workers surfing the internet until midnight. If you want low banking bonuses and measure bonus-to-base-salary ratios, you’ll get high base salaries. Measurement is sort of an evil genie: It grants your wishes, but it takes them just a bit too literally.Anyway, yesterday Wells Fargo was fined $185 million by various regulators for opening customer accounts without the customers’ permission, and that is bad, but there is also something almost heroic about it. There’s a standard story in most bank scandals, in which small groups of highly paid traders gleefully and ungrammatically conspire to rip-off customers and make a lot of money for themselves and their bank. This isn’t that. This looks more like a vast uprising of low-paid and ill-treated Wells Fargo employees against their bosses. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which fined Wells Fargo $100 million, reports that about 5,300 employees have been fired for signing customers up for fake accounts since 2011. Five thousand three hundred employees! You’d have a tough time organizing 5,300 people into a conspiracy, which makes me think that this was less a conspiracy and more a spontaneous revolt. The Los Angeles City Attorney, which got $50 million (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency got the other $35 million), explained the employees’ grievances in a complaint last year: continue reading »last_img read more

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) results presented

first_imgThe Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) serves to estimate the direct economic contribution of tourism to the national economy. Table 4 / CBS source The tourist ratio (the ratio of domestic tourist consumption to the total supply of goods and services) in 2016 was 0,0975, ie 9,75% of the total supply of goods and services was used to meet tourist demand). Gari Cappelli: With this project we wanted to get a broader picture of the impact and importance of tourism for the entire Croatian economy After calculating the tourist share in production for each of the tourist activities and other activities, the direct gross value added of tourism was calculated. In 2016, it amounted to HRK 31 million and accounted for 734% of total gross value added. The direct gross domestic product of tourism in 10,89 amounted to HRK 2016 million and its share in the total gross domestic product amounted to 40%. Minister Cappelli concluded the presentation with the words: “The public often communicates that Croatian tourism generates more than 20 percent of gross domestic product, but this is an indicator that actually speaks of the ratio of tourism expenditure and gross domestic product, and not how much tourism directly encourages the creation of newly created value. In this sense, it is quite clear that, despite the fact that tourism is one of the key drivers of economic activity in Croatia as a reflection of the distinct comparative advantages and a kind of dependence of Croatia on tourism, such a strong impact on the economy still does not cause “alarm”.““. Cappeli concludes. Photo: Mint On that occasion, the director of the Central Bureau of Statistics, Marko Krištof, pointed out: “SWith this publication, the atelier account of tourism has become part of the official statistics of the Republic of Croatia, which means that its results are methodologically completely comparable with other countries. The satellite account is important because it provides information on tourism as an extremely important activity for the Republic of Croatia, which will improve the quality of GDP calculations. I thank the Ministry of Tourism for the initiative and institutional support, the Institute for Tourism for professional guidance and methodological assistance, and the employees of the Central Bureau of Statistics for their dedication and effort.” According to this analysis, in 2016, domestic tourism consumption (foreign and domestic) reached 10,4 billion euros, the established level of consumption generated the creation of domestic value added, which is 10,9 percent of the gross value added of tourism in the gross value added of the economy and 11,4 , 16,9 percent of the gross domestic product of tourism in the total gross domestic product of the Croatian economy. Based on the input-output model, it was determined that tourism directly and indirectly generates 2016 percent of Croatia’s gross value added in XNUMX. The tourism satellite account provides an information base and an unavoidable platform for the formulation of Croatia’s tourism and global economic policy. In addition, the TSA acknowledges the strength of tourism, which directly drives a number of economic activities, in a broader scope than what is commonly considered tourism, such as accommodation and food preparation and service activities and the activities of travel agencies and tour operators. These are activities related to all types of passenger transport, as well as activities of culture, sports and recreation, trade or production of merchandise, various forms of nautical tourism and the like. However, these are only activities that directly “meet” tourists, or rather visitors, and within this project it is clear that tourism triggers, indirectly, the creation of added value in other activities of the Croatian economy.  In 2016, the share of direct gross value added of tourism in tourism in the total direct gross value added of tourism was 88,34%, while the share of direct gross value added of tourism of other activities in the direct gross value added of tourism was 11,66%. (G-4.). Table 1 / CBS source Attachment: PRESENTATION / TOURIST STEEL ACCOUNT FOR 2016CBS / Detailed tables of the tourism satellite account with Methodological explanations can be downloaded in Excel format. Incoming tourism expenditures accounted for 86,33% (HRK 66 million) of domestic tourism expenditures, while domestic tourism expenditures accounted for 433% (HRK 13,67 million) of domestic tourism expenditures. It is estimated that domestic tourism consumption in 2016 amounted to HRK 78 million (Table 616), of which other components of consumption amounted to HRK 1 million or 1% of domestic tourism consumption, and domestic tourism expenditure in 660 amounted to HRK HRK 2,11 million, which is 2016% of domestic tourist spending. The results of the Satellite Tourism Account (TSA) of the Republic of Croatia for 2016 were presented today at the Ministry of Tourism. TSA, as one of the key analytical tools, presents the analysis of tourist supply and demand in 2016 and provides official statistical data on total, foreign and domestic tourist consumption, ie tourist expenditures and activities in which it is realized.  It is estimated that incoming tourist expenditures in 2016 amounted to HRK 66 million (Table 433), of which non-resident tourist expenditures, ie visitors who made at least one overnight stay in Croatia, amounted to HRK 2 million or 62%. incoming tourism expenditures. The last tourist satellite account – TSA was created in 2014, for 2011, and TSA for 2016 also represents the first inter-institutional cooperation of all key stakeholders in the Croatian tourism statistics system: the Ministry of Tourism, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Finance , Croatian National Bank and the Institute of Tourism.  Tourist expenditures of non-resident one-day visitors (excursionists) amounted to HRK 3 million or 907% of incoming tourist expenditures (Table 5,88). The determined direct contribution of tourism to the Croatian economy can and should be included in the relationship with the surrounding countries. Namely, at the level of comparable sizes, Croatia, with a share of 10,9% of the gross value added of tourism in 2016 in the gross value added of the economy in the group of European countries that achieve the largest share of tourism in the economy. However, almost immediately behind Croatia are Portugal with a share of 6,7 percent, Spain with a share of 6,6 percent and Italy with a share of 6 percent. Tourist expenditures of resident tourists on domestic travel accounted for 72,66% (HRK 6541 million) of tourist expenditures of resident visitors on domestic travel, while tourist expenditures of resident one-day visitors accounted for 27,34% (HRK 2 million). “Tourism is the driver of the economy in Croatia, but also in many countries across Europe and the world, which is best shown by the fact that tourism accounts for 10 percent of world GDP. With this project, we wanted to get a broader picture of the impact and importance of tourism for the entire Croatian economy and all sectors with which tourism is associated. In 2016, foreign and domestic tourist spending reached 10,4 billion euros, ie tourism accounted for 11,4 percent of GDP in the total GDP of the Croatian economy, which clearly shows the importance of tourism. Such results are in line with our previous estimates, and we will direct all our current and future activities in order to achieve our set goal, ie to achieve over 14 billion euros in tourism revenues by 2020.” said the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gary Cappelli during the presentation of the Tourism Satellite Account for 2016. It is estimated that domestic tourist expenditures in 2016 amounted to HRK 10 million (Table 523), of which the tourist expenditures of resident visitors on domestic trips amounted to HRK 3 million or 9% of domestic tourist expenditures. The most important results derived from the tourism tourism account are presented, namely the values ​​of domestic tourism consumption, incoming tourism expenditures, domestic tourism expenditures, gross value added of tourism activities, direct gross value added of tourism and direct gross domestic product of tourism in 2016. The implementation is carried out by the Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, the Croatian National Bank and the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia, while the study of direct and indirect effects of tourism is conducted by the Institute of Tourism.  Gross value added of tourism activities in 2016 amounted to HRK 69 million (Table 948). Gross value added of tourism activities represents 4% of the total gross value added in 24,01. Table 3 / CBS source Table 2 / CBS source Following the statistical indicators of the Tourism Satellite Account, the Institute of Tourism has prepared a study of the direct and indirect effects of tourism. “Continuous development of the TSA is very important, especially for economies like Croatia, which are heavily dependent on tourism because it allows to see all the direct effects of tourism on the economy and is an analytical basis for assessing direct and indirect effects of tourism on the economy. research, will serve as an important analytical basis, both for the implementation of active measures of tourism policy and in the process of drafting a new Tourism Development Strategy, which the Minister has already announced.”, Said the director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Kresic. The article is available in Englishlast_img read more

Kennedy: What does handshake say about a woman?

first_imgI think of that game whenever I’m on the receiving end of a less-than-satisfactory handshake: the health care CEO who shook my hand as if it were delicate porcelain; the female job candidate who seemed intent on breaking a few bones; the college president whose palm was so dry I wanted to pass her some hand cream.The long-running guide on etiquette, now periodically updated by the descendants of manners maven Emily Post, says the handshake dates at least to ancient Egypt and Babylon. The gesture, an open right hand proffered in greeting, is believed to have been used by men to show they carried no weapon.“Today, a handshake is a gesture of friendship and good faith, as when people seal a deal by shaking hands,” says the 19th and latest edition of “Emily Post’s Etiquette.”In 1920s America, when Emily Post first wrote her rules on shaking hands, women were “ladies” and they rarely shook hands when introduced to men; it was acceptable if they did with other ladies, though.Nowadays, women and men alike shake hands, and it’s proper for either to offer their hand first.In fact, a study from the University of Alabama, published in 2000 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggested that a firm handshake “may provide an effective initial form of self-promotion for women that does not have the costs associated with other less subtle forms of assertive self-promotion.”The study wanted to see whether it could demonstrate empirically the widely held belief that a person’s handshake reflects his or her personality and influences first impressions about them. Categories: Business, News, Opinion, Schenectady CountyYears ago, when our daughters were young, Husband made a game of teaching them how to shake hands.He’d engage them in a shake, a “How do you do?” and then assess their performance. Of course, as a game, they liked to take it to extremes, becoming giddy in offering a limp, dead-fish handshake. It concluded that a person’s handshake “is related to some aspects of his or her personality,” with a firm handshake found in a person who is more extraverted and open to experience.That was especially true for women, according to the study, and those women made a more favorable impression than women who were less open and had a less firm handshake.“Our results provide one instance in which women who exhibit a behavior — a firm handshake — that is more common for men and that is related to confidence and assertiveness are evaluated more positively than are women who exhibit a more typical feminine handshake,” the study said.In other words, a firm handshake can engender more positive feelings about a woman’s abilities than her promoting herself as a man would, which usually is perceived negatively.Who knew that was the advantage Husband was imparting to our daughters years ago.Marlene Kennedy is a freelance columnist. Opinions expressed in her column are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s. Reach her at from The Daily Gazette:Toys for Tots announces drive-thru collectionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

The Bar man

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Gumdale property an entertainer’s oasis

first_imgThe home at 46 Feathertail Pl, Gumdale.This modern family home is one for the entertainers. The sprawling property at 46 Feathertail Place, Gumdale, has five bedrooms, a study and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces across two levels. Gino and Martine D’Arienzo bought the home five years ago and found it to be the perfect pad for raising their three daughters and hosting regular get-togethers with friends and family. Mr D’Arienzo said the property and neighbourhood were easy to fall in love with. “We loved the area and the fact that there was a park across the road,” Mr D’Arienzo said. “The home had enough space for three teenage girls and there was plenty of room for entertaining.” The outdoor area at 46 Feathertail Pl, Gumdale.On the ground floor there is a big, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with a white colour scheme and timber floors. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, a full butler’s pantry, stainless steel appliances and direct access to the poolside area with outdoor kitchen.Mr D’Arienzo said with a background in hospitality, he loved the outdoor entertainment area with “full commercial set-up”. “We do a lot of cooking out there and entertaining,” he said. “During the summer we spend a lot of time out there relaxing by the pool on hot days.” The living area at 46 Feathertail Pl, Gumdale.The alfresco area includes an oversized barbecue, rangehood, built-in bench and sink. Back inside, the master bedroom has an ensuite and a huge walk-in robe with built-in shelving and a chandelier. The other bedrooms have built-in robes and the bathrooms have stone benchtops. Mr D’Arienzo said with his daughters now heading off to university, he and his wife were selling to downsize. “We’ll miss the great neighbourhood and all the great families who live there,” he said. The property is being marketed by David Green from Harcourts Green Living.last_img read more

BMT develops small-scale FSRU concept

first_imgImage courtesy of BMTUK-based BMT said it developed a floating modular concept for small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution.The concept could help to “transform the lives of people” in off-grid coastal communities across the Asia Pacific region by bringing power and allowing the roll-out of cleaner fuels, according to GMT.Taking a ‘plug and play’ approach to small-scale LNG distribution, BMT’s AgileLNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), coupled with gas engine or turbine systems, pieces together off-the-shelf and prefabricated elements to drive down the cost of gas distribution and power delivery, the company claims.“Historically, electricity has been delivered to isolated communities via diesel generator power sets, but growing concern about emissions and the availability of huge gas reserves worldwide makes it an increasingly attractive fuel choice,” BMT’s Richard Colwill said.“Whilst LNG is a feasible alternative, to deliver a viable solution we had to develop an LNG reception system that did not incur major diseconomies of scale in the 10-50MW power range, that would make small-scale LNG unaffordable,” Colwill added.Moving away from typical steel construction, the barge hulls are built of concrete, making them much more durable in the hostile marine environment, permitting longer lifespans, and significantly less inspection and maintenance, BMT claims.To turn the concept into reality, BMT has teamed with GL Engineering, who bring their concrete barge construction experience and LNG New Technologies whose LNT A-BOX containment system represents a new containment option for marine applications.Offline fabrication of storage and systems coupled with significant prefabrication of the concrete hull and the use of standard off-the-shelf components, ensures the rapid delivery of the units. Power systems can be barge based, or sited on land to suit local conditions, BMT said.last_img read more

Maria Ressa convicted of cyber libel

first_imgRappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa gestures during a press conference near the Manila Regional Trial Court in Manila on Monday, June 15, 2020. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA In handing down the verdict, Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Rainelda Estacio–Montesa said the exercise of a freedom “should and must be used with due regard to the freedom of others.” Ressa and Santos will remain on bail they previously posted and have been given 15 days to consider their next move, according to their counsel, former Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te. (With Reuters/PN) “Freedom of the press is the foundation of every single right you have as a Filipino citizen,” she separately told reporters. “We’re at the precipice, if we fall over we’re no longer a democracy.” Responding to the verdict, Ressa vowed not be silenced and accused the judiciary of becoming complicit in a campaign to stifle press freedom.center_img The 2018 TIME magazine Person of the Year earlier said she was “prepared for the worst” outcome in the case, which resulted in her brief detention in February last year. Reynaldo Santos, a former Rappler researcher and writer, was also found guilty in the case. Ressa and Santos were allowed to post bail pending an appeal. BACOLOD City – Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa is facing up to six years in prison after she was found guilty yesterday of cyber libel over a 2012 article that linked a businessman to alleged illegal activities.last_img read more

When Christmas ends, hunger continues in Indiana

first_imgThere is typically a decline in food donated after the holidays. (Image: Hoosier Hills Food bank)INDIANAPOLIS – With the spirit of the holiday season, food pantries and soup kitchens in Indiana see an abundance of donations to help the hungry. But it’s a different story after the Christmas tree comes down.Julio Alonso, executive director and CEO with Hoosier Hills Food Bank, says in January and February the amount of food donated does not match the need. “The idea of hunger and people in need and helping out neighbors is really prevalent during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” says Alonso. “But the New Year comes around and we all sort of tend to get back to our busy lives and things are starting fresh, and there’s just not that much emphasis on it, unfortunately.”Alonso says winter weather that makes it difficult for people to get out is another reason for the drop in donations. He encourages Hoosiers who want to help the hungry to do whatever works best for them whether it’s a gift of food, financial support or volunteering their time at a food bank or pantry.In Indiana, Alonso says, there’s been a consistently high level of demand for food donations for several years. In 2013, changes to the SNAP program reduced benefits for many people in need. He says his organization was up 16 percent in food distributions by the end of the year.“We distributed a total of just under 3.7 million pounds,” Alonso says. “So far this year, we had eclipsed that by Thanksgiving, so we’re heading for another record year. And unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to show any sign of abating.”A recent study by Feeding Indiana’s Hungry shows that one in six people in the state turn to food pantries and meal-service programs to keep themselves and their families from going hungry. Of the households served by Indiana’s food banks and programs, 43 percent include a child under 18 and 25 percent include a person age 60 or older. Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more