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  • Mother Of Warren County Native Believes Her Daughter Was Murdered

    first_imgImage by “Alexis Sharkey” / Instagram.HOUSTON, TX – The mother of a Warren County, Pennsylvania native is seeking answers after her daughter, a nationally known social media influencer, was found dead in Texas last week.In an interview with 13 Eyewitness News, Warren resident Stacey Robinault says she believes someone murdered her daughter.“It’s just so, it’s so painful for someone so bright and having so much to offer just to be gone, snuffed out, and I don’t know why,” said Robinault. “We’re very broken. We’re very brokenhearted.”The 26-year-old’s cause of death remains unclear, however, homicide detectives are looking into what happened after she went missing last Friday. Saturday morning a garbage truck driver spotted her body in brush off of Redhaw Street in West Houston. Police say she was naked with no visible injuries.Her friends remembered her as a kind, selfless soul, who loved cats and always welcomed strangers.Robinault, who used the name “Alexis Sharkey” on Instagram, shared photos from her travels around Texas and beyond with her followers. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Nematode Management

    first_imgIn addition to low prices, controlling nematodes is top priority for Georgia cotton farmers. But with one effective control method being taken away and a new one in short supply, University of Georgia researchers and Cooperative Extension agents are working quickly to help farmers find a solution.Nematodes are microscopic worms that can have a devastating effect on cotton and other row crops. Root-knot nematodes cause the most problems because of the wide range of their row crop hosts.“Behind water and soil nutrients, nematodes are the biggest limiting factor in terms of yield in my county. Cotton farmers are always trying to find something to help control nematodes,” said Andrew Shirley, the UGA Extension agricultural and natural resources agent in Mitchell County.Since the aldicarb pesticide Temik was phased out of use a few years ago, growers have been searching for a replacement for nematode control, UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait said. “In our cotton ground, from a survey we conducted 10 years ago, we know 75 percent of fields have some level of parasitic nematodes,” Kemerait said. “Finding the right mix between resistant varieties and nematicides and crop rotations is what we try to do here at the University of Georgia to help the growers out.”TeloneOne option is Telone, a soil fumigant that can control nematodes. However, Kemerait estimates it would cost $60 per acre to apply, a high cost for farmers who are trying to limit expenses when cotton prices are currently listed at just 64 cents per pound.Colquitt County agricultural and natural resources agent Jeremy Kichler estimates growers in his county who use Telone have to produce an additional 100 pounds per acre just to break even, assuming 60 cent cotton and Telone costing $60 per acre.Velum TotalVelum Total is another option. Introduced this year, Velum Total is an in-furrow liquid spray applied to seeds at planting. The chemical was in limited supply this year but could be part of the answer to cotton farmers’ nematode control problem, Kemerait said.“I am hopeful that Velum Total will give growers a new tool in their fight against nematodes. Velum Total will not replace the strength of Telone in fields where damage from nematodes is severe, but I expect the efficacy of Velum Total to exceed that of a seed treatment and to be more in line with the historical nematode control provided by Temik,” he said.Like Temik, Velum Total is for management of nematodes and thrips. At UGA, Kemerait and Shirley are coordinating a trial this year to further examine Velum Total’s effectiveness.“The hope is that this chemical will provide the control that these farmers are looking for,” Shirley said.Kemerait estimates that there was enough Velum Total available this year to meet 20 to 25 percent of Georgia farmers’ needs. A full release of the chemical is planned for 2016.Colquitt County is traditionally one of the top cotton-producing counties in Georgia. Kichler estimates that the majority of the county’s cotton acreage has some level of yield loss from nematodes. “Southern root-knot nematodes are a big problem down here. Growers are dealing with close cotton rotations. Trying to manage nematodes can be challenging, especially after losing a management tool like Temik. In order to help growers manage nematodes, we’re looking at seed treatments, resistant cotton varieties and crop rotations,” Kichler said. “When you have an infrastructure that’s dedicated to cotton, it’s hard to change to other crops.” Fall samplingKichler believes an effective management practice for Extension agents is to educate growers during the fall by conducting nematode sampling after harvest. Having nematode samples analyzed allows county agents to evaluate how big of a problem producers have with nematodes statewide.“Nematode sampling will tell growers what type of nematode and what level of nematodes are present in their field. If we have that information, then they can go to their county agent and say, ‘I have this level of nematodes and this type of nematode, what are my management options? Can we go with a seed treatment next year, or do I need to go with Telone?’” Kichler said. “Right now we’re kind of in survival mode. We’re trying to figure out what inputs will make us the most money while cutting corners and not affecting yield.”A reduction in cotton acresOne result of the low cotton prices is a reduction in Georgia’s cotton acres. While all commodity prices are low, the best opportunity for profit, due to provisions in the most recent Farm Bill, lies with peanuts. Georgia peanut farmers were expected to increase acres to as much as 750,000, up from 430,000 last year. Farmers who annually rotate cotton and peanuts were expected to grow more peanuts this year.Cotton remains a valuable crop in Georgia and the U.S. The United States Department of Agriculture predicts 9.55 million acres of cotton will be grown this year; 1.1 million of those acres are in Georgia.last_img read more

  • UGA President’s Farm Tour

    first_imgStarting at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, the delegation learned about one of the fastest growing sectors of Georgia’s agricultural economy and how UGA is contributing to its success through research into grape production, food safety, and production research and economic development services. With agritourism, poultry and food manufacturing all playing key roles in northeast Georgia’s agricultural economy, the tour covered six points of interest — from Tiger, in the north Georgia mountains, to Flowery Branch, south of Gainesville. “Candidly, there’s nothing more important to the University of Georgia than its linkage with the agricultural industry,” Morehead said during one stop on the tour. “This tour gives the university a chance to showcase what the university does for the agricultural industry and how important that industry is, not only to the state today but to the future of the state.” Food processing businesses in Georgia employ about 60,000 Georgians and make a $12.5 billion contribution to the gross state product annually, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. From vineyards and vegetable patches to state-of-the-art food processing and food safety operations, agriculture in northeast Georgia is made up of a large and diverse set of enterprises. “This year’s tour was somewhat different,” Angle said. “We visited food manufacturing facilities, in addition to farms, to show the scope of our college’s contributions to the agricultural economy and to demonstrate the full spectrum of agricultural activities in the state — from farming to food safety and manufacturing value-added products.” Ag and natural resources tourism is a $142.3 million business in Georgia, according to the most recent UGA Farm Gate Value Report. “This tour is just another example of our efforts to help connect the dots, and we feel that we did that today with some great dialogue between the businesses visited and the members of our delegation,” Black said. University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead took time to learn more about the farms, factories and laboratories that contribute to the region and the state’s largest industry Wednesday during the president’s annual farm tour. This is the third year Morehead has joined Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia General Assembly to visit local farms and food-based businesses around the state. In 2013, the delegation visited farms in northwest Georgia, and in 2014, they visited farms in southwest Georgia. This year the focus was on northeast Georgia. center_img To round out the tour, the delegation visited Sonstegard Foods, a third generation business that provides eggs and a variety of egg products throughout the U.S. While the majority of Georgia’s poultry is raised for meat, eggs are a $7.79 million business in the state, according to the farm gate value report. While still in its infancy, the wine industry in Georgia makes an annual impact of $81.6 million on the state’s economy, according to a 2013 report from the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. At each stop, farm and plant managers shared ways in which UGA has contributed to their success and ways that the university could help in the future. Morehead also visited the headquarters of the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network in Gainesville, which is one of several state-of-the-art facilities built to protect the safety of Georgia’s most valuable commodity — poultry. Georgia’s poultry farmers produce $5.2 billion dollars worth of chicken and eggs each year, according to the farm gate value report. After touring the poultry lab, the delegation visited King’s Hawaiian Bakery to see how some those eggs are used. King’s Hawaiian Bakery, which produces sweet buttery rolls and loaves of bread, built a plant in Georgia in 2011 that now produces half of the nation’s supply of King’s Hawaiian Bread. Sen. John Wilkinson, chairman of the Georgia State Senate’s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee; Rep. Terry England, chairman of Georgia House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee; and J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences accompanied Morehead and Black on the tour. Drew Echols, manager at Jaemor Farms and a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences alumni, explained how horticultural research at UGA has helped strengthen their vegetable and fruit production and helped the farm to grow into an agritourism destination that attracts visitors from all over the country. While in Tiger, they also visited Hillside Orchards, a top producer of specialty jams, jellies and ciders. They then traveled to Jaemor Farms, in Alto, where many of Hillside’s products are sold. “Each year our farm tour proves to be an excellent opportunity to showcase the impact UGA has on the lives of everyday Georgians,” Angle said. “It’s also a great chance to learn about the issues and the opportunities facing Georgia’s farmers and how we can help.” For more information about the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

  • Industry Insiders and Administration Officials in Backroom Machinations to Preserve Coal Royalty Loophole

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Top Interior Department officials worked privately with energy industry representatives during the first weeks of the Trump administration to suspend a new accounting system that would have forced companies to pay millions of dollars more in royalties to the government, documents show.The push to suspend the Obama-era rule, which is the subject of three federal lawsuits in Wyoming, took on a sense of urgency after an attorney for the coal company Cloud Peak Energy first suggested the move in late January. In email exchanges contained in more than 1,000 pages, obtained by the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council under the Freedom of Information Act, top Interior officials raced to address industry concerns by halting a system that had just taken effect on Jan. 1.Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, the department has launched a broad reassessment of what to charge firms extracting oil, natural gas, coal and other minerals from federal lands and waters, with an eye toward boosting domestic energy production. Interior on Wednesday held the inaugural meeting of a new Royalty Policy Committee, with Zinke’s energy counselor, Vincent DeVito, saying President Trump’s desire for “energy dominance” will help guide royalty rules as well as other aspects of department decision-making.“This committee has a job unlike any other in the past,” DeVito said of the industry-heavy panel. It “has an agenda and authorization to pursue” energy development, he added.Before Zinke or DeVito even arrived at Interior, though, career officials were reassessing how they should regulate these industries in light of Trump’s victory. The discussion focused on whether to revisit a method the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) had adopted just months earlier for calculating royalties for minerals extracted on federal land.The goal behind the change was to prevent firms from underpaying what they owe the government by selling coal to subsidiaries at an artificially low price — a strategy the government estimates costs taxpayers $75 million a year. Industry officials called the new requirements unclear and burdensome and wanted them halted before they had to file under the system for the first time.More: Interior Department worked behind the scenes with energy industry to reverse royalties rule Industry Insiders and Administration Officials in Backroom Machinations to Preserve Coal Royalty Loopholelast_img read more

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia to stop financing coal projects by 2030

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Commonwealth Bank of Australia became the latest company to join a global push to reduce emissions and said it would phase out its exposure to thermal coal or power plants by 2030.The company announced a new environmental and social policy in its annual report released on Wednesday, emphasizing its commitment to bring emissions to net zero, in line with global goals set out in the 2015 landmark Paris climate agreement.The bank joins a host of other Australian companies adopting similar policies to combat climate change, and reduce the country’s reliance on coal-generated power. Late last month, the world’s biggest miner BHP Group said it would invest $400 million over five years to reduce emissions, while insurers Suncorp Group and QBE Insurance Group have also set targets to eliminate their exposure to coal by 2025 and 2030, respectively.The trend to move away from fossil fuels has gathered pace over the last few years since the Paris agreement, with pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and others limiting exposure to oil, gas and coal stocks. Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, recently said it would also be reducing some of its holdings in companies operating in environmentally harmful sectors like coal.CBA will make A$15 billion ($10.07 billion) of funding available to low carbon projects by 2025, the lender said in its environmental policy framework.More: CBA joins global push to limit emissions by cutting coal exposure by 2030 Commonwealth Bank of Australia to stop financing coal projects by 2030last_img read more

  • Fitch projects 110GW of new solar capacity in Southeast U.S. by 2029

    first_imgFitch projects 110GW of new solar capacity in Southeast U.S. by 2029 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Southeast U.S. could see about 110 GW of solar capacity additions from 2020 through 2029, even as federal tax subsidies for solar projects phase out, according to Fitch Solutions Macro Research.And the potential exists for even more solar in the long run, Fitch Solutions analysts wrote in a Jan. 10 report. Capacity additions are clustered in a few states, including North Carolina, Florida and Georgia, but other states with smaller solar markets could see growth as project costs continue to decline.Utilities’ long-term resource plans are among the key factors driving the Southeast’s boost in solar. Duke Energy Corp., NextEra Energy Inc. and its flagship utility Florida Power & Light Co., Entergy Corp., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power Co. plan to add a collective 13.5 GW of new solar capacity over the next 10 years.“Utilities continue to advance their renewable energy initiatives as wind and solar power plants are becoming increasingly economical,” Fitch Solutions said. “In addition, utilities are facing increased demand from customers to act on climate change.”State and local renewable portfolio standards and community solar initiatives are expected to play significant roles in growing solar capacity in southeastern states. While Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are the only states in the region with renewable energy targets, Fitch Solutions noted that 23 cities and 4 counties pledged to reach 100% renewable energy, including Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. Local communities and utilities are increasingly working together to implement solar projects to meet customer demand, such as FPL’s “SolarTogether” community program that calls for installing 1,490 MW of new solar capacity.Commercial and industrial customers’ clean energy appetite is also feeding into the Southeast solar frenzy, particularly for states that do not have as many projects built. For example, Alabama’s current solar capacity will more than double once projects with electricity contracted to nonutility customers such as Facebook Inc. come online. “We expect additional renewable energy procurements to drive further significant growth in the Southeast U.S. solar industry, as the region will remain a top solar destination due to its highly suitable climate, land availability and proximity to large corporations and power-hungry data centers,” Fitch Solutions wrote.[Ellen Meyers]More ($): Fitch Solutions: Southeast U.S. set for solar boom despite sunsetting tax creditlast_img read more

  • Data breach response planning best practices

    first_imgThere is a high likelihood another large data breach will occur in 2016, so it is essential your financial institution is armed with a written data breach action plan that includes steps to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an attack. Provided below are best practices your credit union can take to help mitigate the financial and reputational impact of a potential data breach on your financial institution and members:PlanEstablish a formal data breach response planName your teamReview plan annuallySubmit to Board of Directors (GLBA) Conduct annual trainings with employees on data breach awareness and responseRun tabletop exercises and/or mock data breach drills annuallyCreate a security fund for unpredictable external and internal breach costsRespondDevelop an internal breach action planDesignate resources to draft notification letters, employee scripts, FAQs, press releases, etc.Adopt fraud investigation and credit monitoring servicesGive away entitlement to services up front to create more value and offset cost at breach continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • And the main killer of marketing success is…

    first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Picture this: It’s a warm summer afternoon in your hometown. Two brothers return from the playground to find both their parents had run to the store. Locked out of their home, they did what adventurous young boys do; they climbed onto the roof and shimmied down the chimney to get into their house. When they got to the bottom and crawled out of the fireplace, one of the boys had soot on his face while the other did not. The clean-faced brother immediately went into the bathroom and washed his face. The brother with soot on his face did not. Can you guess why?Each of their actions was based on the assumption that the other brother was in the same condition as they. The clean-faced brother looked at the soot-covered face of his sibling and assumed his own face was the same. The soot-covered boy didn’t think to wash his face because he was looking at the brother whose face was completely clean. Though their actions were different, they each made the same mistake.When crafting strategy, messaging, or marketing tactics, we often behave like these imaginary brothers. We assume that we are like other people and they are like us. In your credit union, this all-too-common mistake might lead you to place an ad on a country radio station because that’s what you enjoy listening to. It may cause you to choose a digital marketing strategy over a traditional approach because you are tech savvy. It could also convince you to adopt a safe marketing strategy because your risk appetite isn’t as high as your board’s.last_img read more

  • Leeds’ double vision

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  • Jokowi inaugurates first toll road in Riau

    first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the Pekanbaru-Dumai section of the trans-Sumatera toll road through a virtual ceremony carried out from the Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.”Thank God, construction of the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road has been completed. The toll road can now be fully operational and used for productive activities for Riau residents or people crossing Sumatra Island,” Jokowi said during the event, which was broadcasted through the Presidential Secretariat’s official YouTube channel.Spanning 131.5 kilometers and consisting of six sections, the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road is the first in Riau province.Construction kicked off in 2017 with a total cost of Rp 12.18 trillion (US$818.25 million).The Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road is part of the trans-Sumatra toll road, which will extend 2,987 kilometers through Sumatra island connecting Lampung to Aceh.Read also: Jokowi inaugurates first toll road in AcehJokowi said its construction had increased interest in investments around the area.”The toll road has brought investment interest around the area, such as the development of industrial areas, housing complexes and tourist spots that would create,” Jokowi said.”Investors’ interest to support the development of the local economy should be responded to quickly, so the regional administration and local residents could reap the benefits of infrastructure built by the government.”The Pekanbaru-Dumai highway includes five tunnels specifically designed to allow wildlife to cross as the fourth section is located near the Balai Raja and Siak Kecil wildlife conservation areas, home to endemic Sumatran elephants.Jokowi expressed hope that the highway could be used as a tool to boost welfare equality.”I urge the local administration and Pekanbaru and Dumai residents to use this [toll road] as a tool to create more business opportunities and a facility to increase welfare equality.” Topics :last_img read more