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Cotton Workshop.

first_imgThe 1.66 million bales of cotton produced on Georgia farms last year were enough to make a pair of jeans and two T-shirts for every man, woman and child in the United States and Canada.To help sustain that kind of effort, the ninth annual Georgia Cotton Production Workshop will offer a wealth of information for cotton growers, dealers and other agribusinesses Dec. 11-12 in Tifton, Ga.Each morning will begin with 90-minute workshops. Topics will include: General sessions will cover: Panel discussions each day will explore conservation tillage and skip-row cotton.The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Tifton Rural Development Center. It will end at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A $30 fee ($20 before Nov. 30) covers instruction, materials and refreshment breaks.Get a registration form on the Web, or contact your county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. Or call the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at (229) 386-3416 (or e-mail Verna Kea). Cotton weeds, insects, physiology, markets and new varieties.Fertilizer and soil management.A cotton industry update. New cotton developments.The farm bill.Water issues.Many other topics.last_img read more

Annie’s Naturals Merges with Napa Valley company, to leave Vermont

first_imgNovember 16, 2005North Calais-based Annies Naturals Merges with Napa ValleyNatural Foods Consortium/center>North Calais, VTAfter 21 years of operation in a farmhouse at the top of Foster Hill Road in North Calais, Annies Naturals, natural foods leading brand of salad dressings and condiments, announced today that it will merge its Vermont business with Napa, Calif.-based Homegrown Naturals, a consortium of leading natural foods companies that includes natural mac and cheese maker Annies Homegrown, Consorzio, and Fantastic Foods. The merger will result in all Vermont operations and jobs moving to California over the next six months.Annies Naturals co-owners Annie Christopher and Peter Backman will retain minority stakes in Homegrown Naturals. Solera Capital, a NY private equity firm, owns a majority interest in Homegrown Naturals. In the early 1980s, while in culinary school, Christopher operated a summer BBQ stand on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Central Vermont, before turning her attention to selling her barbecue sauce full time in 1984. Her products quickly attracted a following, with her Goddess Dressing growing to become the best-selling salad dressing in the natural foods marketplace. For more than 20 years, weve worked very hard to build a company that is successful, a leader in natural foods, and dedicated to certain social and local causes, said Backman. We have the same historical roots and customer base as Homegrown Naturals subsidiaries, which makes us a natural fit. Our new relationship with Homegrown Naturals gives us a broader platform to work from, giving us more flexibility and greater access to new markets. I especially want to thank the Vermont Department of Agriculture, who under the Kunin administration during the early years of my business, supported me and invited me to a New York food show in 1984 where I was discovered by Bloomingdales, said Christopher. And a big thank you to Dick Agney, now theexecutive vice president of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation, who truly was the only person who would give me a loan back then.Annies Naturals, which employs thirteen people in North Calais and three regional sales managers elsewhere in the US, will be phasing its office, marketing, and sales operations to Napa, Calif., over the next six months. Among the merger agreement terms is a bonus to be distributed among Annies Naturals employees. Annies Naturals will also be providing employment counseling and financial advising services for employees not relocating. All the employees here have made invaluable contributions to the companys overall growth and success, said Backman. The bonus were distributing to employees is a reward for their dedication and hard work here. We determined the bonus amounts based on employees years of employment with us and their positions in the company. Christopher and Backman are also establishing a charitable fund that will be administered by the Vermont Community Foundation to support non-profit organizations committed to promoting the arts, health-related causes, nutrition education, sustainable agriculture and education programs related to these causes. Christopher and Backman will remain with the company for at least one year to oversee product development, brand management, sales and marketing, and to help ensure a smooth transition and continued success of Annies Naturals. Specifically, Christopher will be contributing to further product development of Annies Naturals as well as to Homegrown Naturals other subsidiary brands, retaining each brands individual identity.Were excited about working with Homegrown Naturals and sharing our knowledge and experience with them, said Backman. Annies Naturals and Annies Homegrown have been mistaken for each other for years.Now the two shall be one, said Christopher.Founded by Christopher in North Calais in 1984, Annies Naturals began in the 1813 farmhouse kitchen where Backmans family has lived amid 200 acres of family farmland for seven generations. Annies Naturals is now the best-selling brand of salad dressings and condiments in the natural foods marketplace and distributes its products in supermarkets, natural food stores, mainstream supermarkets, and specialty stores throughout the US, Canada, and in several countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. /x-tad-smaller>/fontfamily>###/x-tad-smaller>/fontfamily>/center>last_img read more

Newcomer Moondyne Agency Forming Rocky Relationships.

first_imgOctober saw Moondyne Agency add two new clients to its roster.Bristol’s Rocky Dale Gardens has signed on with the Burlington based ad agency in an effort to strengthen and streamline the nursery’s brand identity. Rocky Dale has long been a regional attraction for its garden of rare botanical species. Owner Ed Burke has charged Moondyne with designing a new brand mark, collateral, and print work to promote the nursery and landscape design firm.Petra Cliffs Climbing Center has also enlisted the help of Moondyne Agency for new collateral development. The communications highlight Petra’s indoor rock climbing facility, classes and expeditions, as well as new owner Mike Anderson’s extensive team building expertise.Moondyne principal Ted Kohn opened the agency doors this past May, offering brand advertising solutions to regionally based businesses. For more information call (802) 310-3326 or visit is external).last_img read more

Last Historical Leader of Shining Path Captured

first_img Hello good for the detainee that one way or the other already gives some tranquility to the neighboring country of the South and an example for the Presidents of the world that when there are no conventions in between everything can be done since it is proven that the President has no involvement in the guerrilla movement that is funded by the drug traffickers around the world. The arrest on February 12 of “Comrade Artemio,” leader of one of the two remnant factions of the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path in Peru, puts an end to more than 20 years of escapes and underground life by the last member of the guerrilla group’s historical leadership committee to remain free. “Artemio,” 47 years old, whose real name is Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, led the Shining Path remnant wing made up of half a hundred men active in the coca-producing Alto Huallaga valley, in the northern Peruvian jungle, since the 1990s. Peru and the United States put a price on arresting him alive: Lima offered a reward of 350,000 dollars, and Washington, D.C., another of 5 million dollars, since both governments believed him to have ties to drug trafficking. “Artemio” was found on February 12 by an Army patrol, in serious condition from a bullet wound, in a cabin near the Mishollo River where he had taken refuge after escaping a clash with the police on February 9. Of modest origins, single, and without children, in 2004 he acquired a new identity in an attempt to throw the authorities off his trail, buying false documents under the name of José Flores, according to police. The fall of “Artemio” represents the Humala administration’s most significant victory over the guerrilla group since the nationalist president took office in July 2011, after winning that year’s presidential election. During an interview in December with a local media outlet, “Artemio” said that his branch of the guerrilla group had been defeated, for which reason it would not launch any more attacks. He even advocated negotiations with the state over laying down arms, following the official line dictated from prison by Abimael Guzmán, Shining Path’s founder. “Artemio” was the last free leader of Shining Path’s Central Committee. The rest are in prison or dead. His face become known when he appeared in 1990 in a video recorded by the members of Shining Path at a party hosted by Guzmán, where the guerrilla group’s general staff danced to “Zorba the Greek.” At present, Shining Path has remnants in the country’s two chief coca-producing areas, Alto Huallaga and the Apurímac and Ene River Valley, with around 300 men, according to analysts. By Dialogo February 14, 2012last_img read more

3 tips from Dropbox for your credit union document management system

first_imgFor over 500 million people, document management, storage and accessibility has become an extremely easy process that is part of their everyday work (and personal) life. That is because those 500 million people use Dropbox, which to them is just a folder on their PC desktop that allows them to save files to the cloud using drag and drop. These files can then be sent to others and synchronize across all devices. 1.2 billion files are saved using Dropbox every 24 hours.1 There is no doubt that businesses and individuals have found their needs for accessibility, collaboration and sharing filled with this data storage tool. What can your credit union learn from the success of Dropbox when it comes to your own document management?Accessibility is key. If Dropbox were simply an online storage tool, it wouldn’t have the same success rate. In fact, 3.3 billion shared connections have been created within Dropbox, allowing for documents to be viewed in a secure fashion, from wherever they may be, demonstrating that accessibility is crucial to its success. For credit unions, no matter which branch your member visits, your CU employees should have access to the same up to date information and documentation. Your document management program should allow for all employees to easily access the latest document(s), make changes, and save them securely using a unified program or database.Naming conventions are crucial. People who use Dropbox to share files between co-workers and businesses have become accustomed to providing detailed naming conventions for documents. With generic naming conventions, one person can find they have multiple files with the same name, uncertain of where they come from or what they pertain to.  In the article Credit Union Document Management: 5 Secrets to Stay Organized, it is discussed how before electronic processes, it was easy to put a piece of paper into a manila folder and toss it in a file. However, electronic files aren’t as easy to find without consistent and detailed names. Take the extra time necessary to properly name files so staff can easily recognize the document. Create standardized document titles you understand and that those in your office will understand. File names should be easily scannable, naturally ordered, and highly descriptive. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H1N1 viruses gain Tamiflu resistance without losing fitness

first_imgMar 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Studies published today confirm that influenza A/H1N1 viruses have become widely resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the leading flu drug, without losing their ability to make people sick—thereby underlining the need for new antiviral drugs.The findings also underscore the possibility that H5N1 avian influenza could gain resistance to oseltamivir, calling into question the value of stockpiling the drug in preparation for a potential flu pandemic, according to two experts who comment on the latest findings in an accompanying editorial. The research reports and editorial were released online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.To the surprise of many, H1N1 resistance to oseltamivir rose sharply last year, reaching 12.3% in the United States and 16% worldwide. So far this season, it is far higher: more than 98% (321 of 325) of H1N1 isolates tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were resistant to the drug.None of the H1N1 isolates have shown resistance to zanamivir (Relenza), the other flu drug in the neuraminidase inhibitor class. H1N1 is one of three flu subtypes that circulate each season, along with A/H3N2 and influenza B.Because of the spread of resistance, the CDC in December changed its recommendations on antiviral treatment for flu. For patients suspected of having influenza A, the CDC recommended using zanamivir or a combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine (an older flu drug in a different class) instead of oseltamivir alone.In one of the new studies, a team from the CDC and several state health departments compared people infected with oseltamivir-resistant and oseltamivir-susceptible strains of H1N1 last season and found no differences in patient characteristics, symptoms, or severity of illness. They report that four patients infected with resistant strains died.A second study describes an outbreak of resistant H1N1 infections in four patients in a Dutch hospital in February 2008. Three immunocompromised patients became ill after exposure to a patient who was sick with a resistant H1N1 strain, and genetic analysis showed that the viruses all matched, making it clear that the infection spread from person to person in the hospital.Taken together, the two studies “dispel the notion that oseltamivir resistance compromises virulence,” states the accompanying editorial by David M. Weinstock, MD, and Gianna Zuccotti, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston.Resistance in 2007-08 US seasonThe CDC-state study reports that oseltamivir resistance was found in 142 of 1,155 (12.3%) H1N1 viruses tested last season. Resistant viruses were reported in 24 states. Of the 142 patients who had resistant viruses, 99 supplied information.None of the 99 reported taking oseltamivir before being tested for flu, nor did they have close contact with others who had taken it. Four of the patients died, two of them in hospitals and the other two on the way to a hospital or in the emergency department.After seven cases from one state were excluded, the authors compared 92 patients who had resistant H1N1 infections with 182 who had susceptible strains. They found no differences by age, sex, race, underlying medical conditions, or clinical symptoms.The analysis did indicate that patients with susceptible viruses were more likely to be hospitalized, but this difference disappeared when the two patients with resistant viruses who died before they could be admitted to hospitals were classified as hospital admissions.Before last season, oseltamivir resistance had been seen only in patients who were treated with the drug, the authors note, adding that it is unclear why oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses emerged during the season and continue to circulate.”Additional options for the treatment and prophylaxis are critically needed,” the report concludes.Hospital outbreakIn the other report, the Dutch researchers write that three hospital patients apparently acquired oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 infections from another patient who was found to have the virus while being treated for systemic lupus erythematosus.The three were in the same ward as the presumed index patient at the same time, though they never shared a room. Two patients, a hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipient and an 89-year-old man, died of the illness.Genetic sequencing revealed that isolates from the four patients matched closely. All four had not only the H274Y mutation associated with resistance, but also a rare mutation known as T284A.Five healthcare workers got sick with flu-like symptoms while the index patient was hospitalized, but none of them were tested for flu, the report says.”This study confirmed that circulating H274Y-mutated A(H1N1) viruses can retain significant pathogenicity and lethality, as shown in these elderly or immunocompromised patients with lymphocytopenia, underlining the need for the introduction of new effective antiviral agents and therapeutic strategies,” the authors conclude.Findings shouldn’t be surprising”The widespread belief that oseltamivir would retain activity against epidemic influenza strains has crumbled, but this should come as no surprise,” write Weinstock and Zuccotti, in the editorial accompanying the two reports. They say that surveillance over the past several years indicated that resistance was rising on a path that closely paralleled the rise of adamantane (amantadine and rimantadine) resistance 3 years earlier.Further, recent laboratory studies have shown that the H274Y mutation that confers resistance in H1N1 viruses does not necessarily interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate in animal models, the editorial says.One corollary of the new studies, according Weinstock and Zuccotti, is that “oseltamivir resistance is likely to develop during the treatment of other N1-containing strains, including avian influenza A(H5N1). Thus, stockpiles to mitigate an influenza pandemic should not be limited oseltamivir.”Oseltamivir is the leading antiviral drug in national stockpiles for pandemic preparedness. The US stockpile is about 80% oseltamivir and 20% zanamivir, federal officials have said.Vaccination remains key toolOther experts said the findings show that vaccination remains the key tool for battling influenza. They share the concern about the risk of resistance in H5N1 viruses.”These developments further support the use of influenza vaccine as the cornerstone for influenza prevention and control,” said Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, a member of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and director of the Influenza Vaccine Project at PATH in Seattle.Concerning the risk of resistance in H5N1, she said, “These recent findings represent a paradigm shift. We need to be prepared for the possibility that H5N1, or other influenza strains, could become resistant to oseltamivir and still be pathogenic and transmissible. This advocates for research and development into new antiviral and effective pandemic vaccines.”Dr. Keiji Fukuda, director of the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Programme, called H5N1 resistance “a theoretical possibility.””So far, oseltamivir resistance has been rarely reported in H5N1 human isolates (three in Vietnam with H275Y mutation, two in Egypt with N294S mutation which confers mild reduction of oseltamivir susceptibility),” he commented by e-mail. “This is another situation where monitoring is essential.” (The resistance mutation is sometimes called H275Y, depending on the naming system.)Fukuda observed that all the resistant H1N1 viruses tested so far have been sensitive to zanamivir and the adamantanes. “Of course, empiric therapy is difficult when you do not know the specific influenza virus type and subtype—as one typically does not in clinical practice—because in some countries most of the circulating H3N2 viruses are resistant to adamantanes,” he added. “But when national surveillance is good, empirically selected therapy is rational and possible.”Both experts allowed for a possibility that H1N1 will eventually become susceptible to oseltamivir.”As these [resistant Brisbane-like] strains continue to evolve and be replaced by other strains, it’s possible that the resistance will go down. This needs to be monitored,” said Fukuda.Neuzil commented, “No one knows, but it [resistance] could certainly disappear as rapidly as it developed, as without widespread use of oseltamivir, it appears unlikely that antiviral pressure will favor resistant viruses.”Dharan NJ, Gubarcva LV, Meyer JJ, et al. Infections with oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) virus in the United States. JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]Gooskens J, Jonges M, Claas ECJ, et al. Morbidity and mortality associated with nosocomial transmission of oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) virus. JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]Weinstock DM, Zuccotti G. The evolution of influenza resistance and treatment. (Editorial) JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]See also: CDC’s weekly flu surveillance report 19, 2008, CIDRAP News story “With H1N1 resistance, CDC changes advice on flu drugs”last_img read more

Picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Property Week

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New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council

first_imgA coalition of four nations — Brazil, Germany, India and Japan — on Wednesday renewed its campaign for inclusion.Adding the “G4″ would ensure that the Security Council incorporate Europe’s biggest economy (Germany), the world’s second largest developed economy and major UN contributor (Japan), the world’s second most populous nation (India) and the most populous nation in Latin America (Brazil).”The world of today is very different from what it was when the United Nations was created 75 years ago,” their four foreign ministers said in a joint statement after talks by videoconference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”Only if we manage to reform the Security Council will we stop it from becoming obsolete,” they said. A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago.But chances of transforming the world’s body most powerful institution are seen as close to zero by most experts, who see little incentive from today’s Permanent Five to let others in.Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States hold veto-wielding permanent seats at the Security Council, an arrangement that reflects the geopolitical dynamics at the time of the UN’s creation in the aftermath of World War II. ‘Best reflection’ Leaders from around the world called at the UN General Assembly for a more representative Security Council.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that Africa needed to be better represented in order “to collectively resolve some of the world’s most protracted conflicts.”In 2005, African nations adopted a common platform to seek two permanent seats on the Security Council but discussions have failed to determine which countries those would be.Angolan President Joao Lourenco called for a Security Council “that is the best reflection of peoples, nations and continents,” while President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo called for a body that is “more transparent, more democratic and more representative.”President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, a nation with no standing army, said that the top UN body should be rechristened the “Human Security Council,” deploring how the world’s major arms exporters were represented.The (Human) Security Council must be “capable of overcoming the major internal divisions to work together with one sole voice,” he said.Chilean President Sebastian Pinera similarly said that the Security Council “is no longer responding to the needs and challenges of our time.””We must be the architects of our new common home,” Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said. “We need a UN 4.0.” Topics : Who want to lose power? But to include more nations, the Permanent Five would dilute their own status.The chances of Security Council reform “are next to none,” said Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University.”And the reason is that the reform proposal, which in many respects makes great sense, calls upon the Permanent Five countries to lose their power, he said.”I can’t imagine why any of them would find that prospect agreeable.”The United States has backed a seat for close ally Japan, and former president Barack Obama on a visit to India announced support for New Delhi’s bid.But the United States is hardly pressing for an expansion, and showed hesitation in 2005 amid tensions with Germany over the Iraq invasion.With Britain’s exit from the European Union, France is the only EU nation with a Security Council veto. But France officially backs the bid by the four nations including Germany, as well as an expanded African presence, and unlike Russia, the United States and China seeks to limit the use of the veto to questions involving mass atrocities.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Calls for Legislative Action to Help Homeowners and Renters Avoid an Eviction Cliff

first_img Economy,  Press Release With rent and mortgage debt mounting for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the General Assembly to fix a state relief program to prevent many families from becoming homeless and enact a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until the end of the year. The governor was joined today by legislators and housing advocates at a press conference in Lancaster County.“Pennsylvania is still racing toward an eviction cliff when thousands of families will face months of unpaid rent and fees,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must address the mounting rent debt to help tenants stay in their home and allow landlords to pay their mortgages.“If the legislature does not act to fix the state’s relief program, even more families may be facing homelessness on Jan. 1, during the coldest time of the year. That would be terrible for families and will strain local social services and taxpayers that are already stretched to the limit by the pandemic.”Legislation is needed to ensure people have a stable place to live after the governor’s executive order pausing evictions and foreclosures expired on Aug. 31. The governor signed the orders on May 7 and July 9 as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court eviction moratorium expired in May. The state’s Emergency Services Code does not allow the governor to provide further relief related to temporary housing.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halted some rental evictions nationwide until Dec. 31, however some tenants and all homeowners are still at risk. It is a temporary Band-Aid that does not stop foreclosures or help landlords who are struggling to pay mortgages and local property taxes. Nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians, approximately 17 percent of renters in the state, are at risk of being evicted, according to the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.In addition to legislation to pause evictions, the governor is again urging the legislature to improve the CARES Rent Relief Program and provide an extra $100 million in CARES funding. Enacted in May, the program provides $150 million in rent relief and $25 million in mortgage relief, but is helping fewer people than intended. According to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which administers the program and is recommending changes, 16,600 tenants applied for $31.7 million in relief in August, however only 1,756 tenants were approved for $3.3 million because of the cumbersome application process.The governor called for legislation with the following program changes to help more renters and homeowners:Raise the $750 monthly cap on rent relief to at least 130% of HUD limits – In some parts of the state rent payments exceed $750 a month, therefore landlords decline to participate, leaving tenants without payment assistance.Eliminate the requirement that households be 30 days behind on rent to be eligible for assistance – The requirement creates an unfair burden on applicants who prioritize rent and mortgage payments over paying for food, medicine or other bills.Eliminate verification that applicants applied for unemployment compensation – The added administrative step creates unnecessary processing delays of applications and availability of assistance.Provide landlords and mortgagees the option to forgive the remaining unpaid rent or mortgage payments or allow the balance to be repaid over one year – Offering property owners to recoup balance of payments should encourage participation in the program.“Our data from July and August shows clearly that demand for rent and mortgage relief is there,” said Bryce Maretzki, PHFA’s director of planning and policy. “If we can work with the legislature to remove some of the barriers that are keeping people from applying, or from qualifying for assistance, then our federal CARES funding can really fulfill its intended purpose by keeping people in their homes during the economic downturn.”“Every person deserves a decent, affordable, and safe place to live,” said Sen. Tim Kearney. “In a pandemic, ensuring housing stability is not just a moral imperative but also a public health necessity. The General Assembly must act now to help keep people in their homes. Families across Pennsylvania are facing an emergency at their doorsteps, and they are waiting for us in the General Assembly to do our job.”Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta added, “Pennsylvanians are struggling and we in the Legislature have a duty to act — and do so quickly. This isn’t political, it’s personal. I know what it means to be housing insecure and many families are now gripped with that same fear. I stand with Gov. Wolf in urging the Republican majority to bring our legislative package to the floor for a vote.”As part of his fall legislative agenda for worker and family support and protections, COVID-19 recovery, and government reform, the governor is proposing $100 million in grants to help Pennsylvanians with utility costs. The funds would be divided between the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and a new emergency water/wastewater program administered by PENNVEST.The Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) recently reported that at least 800,000 utility customers across the state are currently in active termination status and would be at risk of having their electricity, water or gas shut off had the PUC not implemented a termination moratorium at the start of COVID.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Calls for Legislative Action to Help Homeowners and Renters Avoid an Eviction Cliff SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 08, 2020last_img read more