Optimism about CAES’ future

first_imgThe University of Georgia’s agricultural college is eyeing a more prosperous future.Scott Angle, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, shared his optimism at last week’s CAES Advisory Council meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Speaking to the council members, Angle talked about the struggles the college endured through the recent recession but countered with the opportunities those trials have provided.“We’ve gone through a very difficult five years, the whole state has, the country has,” Angle said. “For us, it’s actually turned out to be an opportunity. It has caused us to rethink what we do, why we do it, who’s going to do it.“Recessions are always difficult but they also lead to refocusing and improvement in any organization, whether it’s a private business or state agency,” Angle added.Judging by job losses, the CAES felt the economic pinch. More than 400 employee positions were cut during the past five years, including 60 to 70 faculty members. However, as the economy has improved in recent months, CAES has reinstated some positions on its Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses.“There are some phenomenal people looking for jobs,” Angle said. “We’ve added some incredible new faculty and staff into our system over the last couple of years. I’ve never seen this quality of science (research) that we’re bringing in now, at any time in my career.”Angle is encouraged by the appointment of Jere Morehead as UGA’s new president. Morehead began his presidential duties on July 1 and is slated to make an agricultural tour in South Georgia in September.“The college of agriculture is important to the University of Georgia. About 20 percent of all of the productivity of the University of Georgia comes out of the college of ag,” Angle said. “President Morehead has made it clear that he understands agriculture is the largest industry in the state and one of the fastest growing industries in the world and that his job is to serve the citizens in the state of Georgia. That can be done by helping support the college of agriculture.”Angle added that the CAES is ranked No. 4 in the country behind University of California-Davis, the University of Florida and Purdue University. If UGA is to remain one of the top agriculture schools in the country, it must improve its infrastructure.“When you look at our infrastructure, it in no way reflects the quality of our science or our teaching or our Extension programs,” Angle said. “I’ve made as one of my major goals as the dean of the college to try to make sure I leave with an infrastructure that’s in better shape.”CAES is responsible for more than 900 buildings and 17,000 acres of land across the state. For more about the college, go to www.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

How the Nantahala River Overcame the Landslide

first_img“Miraculously, none the large iconic rapids have had major changes, is great,” Jan Wojtasinski of Nantahala Outdoor Center, the largest commercial outfitter on the Nantahala, told us a little bit about the impressive efforts put in to ensure the quick reopening of the river and how the potential closure affected him and others who heavily rely on the river for work and play. Acting District Ranger David Perez meeting with representatives from Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater before the river assessment. Wojtasinski said, “I know there were some people out there who thought that this was going to create some new rapids on the Nantahala which would have been exciting but ultimately we’re glad that it’s still the same great river that it was before the landslide.” On September 4th, 2019 the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge was reopened to the public for all uses. At that time, it was probably hard to believe that the mess caused by the massive landslide could be cleared in less than two weeks – it was. In late August 2019, a landslide interrupted the lives of many adventure seekers when it bombarded its way into the Nantahala River. The massive landslide caused by heavy rains created significant damage and debris blockages on US Highway 19/74 and the river, inevitably causing talk of closures and worry of the future of the river. The Forest Service had said the closure could last up to two years after assessing the situation initially. A press release announcing the re-opening stated, “A technical team assessed the river for potential hazards from the recent landslides yesterday, Tuesday, September 3, and did not find any areas of concern. The team included U.S. Forest Service staff and partners with the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater.” Contractors were immediately mobilized and began to remove landslide debris from the Nantahala River on Wednesday, after a field review and opinion from US Fish and Wildlife and US Geological Survey. The debris removal operations in the river were completed by the end of Friday, August 30th, three days later. The North Carolina Department of Transportation cleared all debris from the highway and repaired damaged portions by Tuesday morning. Once the road opened, U.S. Forest Service sent in a team to assess landslide impacts to the Nantahala River and the scale of the cleanup effort. “Our number one focus and concern is on the safety of our participants and employees of course,” he said. “The local search and rescue was very, very responsive, as was NCDOT. That highway is a high traffic area, so the fact that this was as big as it was and that there was no injury was amazing.” center_img On Tuesday, September 3, the U.S. Forest Service conducted some chainsaw work to remove potential strainers, downed trees in the river.  This was followed up by a float trip down the river to identify and address any additional concerns. The float team included the U.S. Forest Service, representatives from the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater. During the assessment, the team did not identify any additional obvious hazards. Headlines of a “2-year closure” spread, which led to a lot of worried river lovers and participants asking about their planned adventures. Landslide site after debris removal operations were completed. This site was approx. 75% blocked with landslide debris.  Nantahala District River Ranger Nathan Dewhurst removing debris from Nantahala River.  Contractors worked 12 hour days with as many as 9 excavators and 9 dump trucks at any given time. Throughout the entire operation, approximately 7,600 tons of soil and rock was removed and approximately 150 loads of woody debris. “I think it’s important to note that that closure did technically stage a suspension that could have been in place for two years,” Wojtasinski said. “But I think the important part is for folks to recognize that that’s the default language used by the Forest Service. That’s a default closure period that gives them the flexibility to pass the closure very quickly for public, private, and commercial safety, without getting caught up in red tape. It gives them the leeway to evaluate and issues and then address it accordingly.” Though there were no major changes, visitors are urged to be aware that there are a few minor changes in the river in some places and paddlers should use caution. Duke Energy released water on Saturday, August 31. They had not performed a release since before the landslides occurred in order to provide a safe environment for U.S. Forest Service contractors to perform debris removal operations. They proceeded to release water through the long weekend in order to draw down lake levels and move back toward normal operation. Duke Energy, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Swain County Emergency Management Services, and the U.S. Forest service monitored the water release and did not observe any significant impacts. Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features. “The landslide cleanup in the Nantahala Gorge has been a success,” stated David Perez, Acting Nantahala District Ranger. “I appreciate the public’s patience with us as we worked through it. In the end, I couldn’t be happier and more grateful for all the support from Duke Energy, Swain County Emergency Management, NC-Department of Transportation, Nantahala Gorge Association, American Whitewater, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and all the Forest Service employees that worked tirelessly. Thank you all.”last_img read more

To be cheap or not to be cheap, that is the question

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr After being in the credit union industry for 28 years, I am amazed at how many credit unions of all sizes default to a “that’s too expensive” mantra. This could relate to anything from audit services, data processing, credit card vendors, cleaning services, compliance assistance, bank reconciliation, new member service programs, home banking, or practically anything on which the credit unions spend money. Have you ever thought of rephrasing it to just say, “I’m too cheap to spend the money.” Are you of the mindset that you always want the cheapest or least expensive option?  Be careful what you choose, as with many things in life, the cheapest option is not always the most cost effective way for the long term.As I called around recently to car repair places, including the dealership, to repair an issue on my vehicle, I was amazed the car repair place charged $139.99 an HOUR!!!! That is more than many professionals charge for an hour of service, except lawyers (but that is for another day). Of course I thought, “Where can I get it less expensive because I don’t want to pay that hourly rate?” However, after the initial emotional reaction, most people settle in to the idea of what is a reasonable cost to get it fixed, provide me a peace of mind and can I trust the mechanic.   That is the same in business with vendors. Where can I obtain a service, widget, or consultant that will provide the peace of mind with the service or product? Can they be trusted to have the credit union’s best interest at heart or are they driven for themselves. continue reading »last_img read more

Socially-distanced buses and elbow bumps: German football’s new world

first_imgAnd the weighty text underlines that “all of the measures are conditional on the fact that they do not divert indispensable resources from the fight against COVID-19 for the rest of the population”.Testing and quarantine The central pillar of the DFL’s plan is the mass testing of players, coaches and backroom staff. They are tested at least twice a week and once on the eve of matches. Any that test positive for the virus are separated from the rest of the team.The decision to quarantine teams rests with the authorities in each of Germany’s federal states, which explains why the entire team of second-division Dynamo Dresden was placed in quarantine after two players were found to have coronavirus but Borussia Moenchengladbach, in a different state, continued to train after cases were found among their squad. Topics : Players arriving in several sparsely-populated team buses, substitutes wearing masks and goal celebrations limited to elbow bumps — when German football returns to the pitch this weekend, it will have to follow a draconian set of guidelines.The German Football League (DFL) presented political leaders with a 51-page document of guidelines to earn the right for the Bundesliga to become the first of Europe’s big five leagues to resume action.The matches will be surrounded by extraordinary measures to protect players and officials from infection by coronavirus.center_img Empty stadiums Only around 300 people will be allowed into the stadium on matchdays. They are divided into three zones to avoid any contact between each group. Only players, match officials, first aid personnel and a small group of photographers are allowed on the pitch.In the otherwise empty stands there will be just a handful of reporters and TV camera operators. Outside the stadium itself is the third category of personnel including security guards. It is the police’s job to prevent supporters gathering outside the stadiums.Team arrivalsThe teams will arrive in several coaches to ensure each occupant is sitting 1.5 meters apart. Everyone in the vehicles must wear masks.The social distancing rules must also be respected in the changing rooms. When the players come onto the pitch, handshakes are banned, there will be no team photos or handshakes and no team pennants will be exchanged.On the pitch Players and the match officials do not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the pitchside does, including substitutes on the bench. The match balls will be disinfected regularly during the action.Players have been told that physical contact should only be made as a result of play during the match and embracing or high-fives to celebrate goals is to be strictly avoided. “Contact with elbows or feet is preferred,” the document states.The DFL urges players to show “exemplary behavior”.Media coverage Eight pages of the health document detail the measures that the TV teams must take to avoid contact, including erecting plastic screens between interviewer and interviewee.Just 10 journalists will be admitted to each match. There will be no press conferences and the mixed zone where reporters can normally ask players questions, will be closed.Holed up in hotels Wherever possible, visiting teams must book an entire hotel or, at the very least, an entire floor. The hotel has to be disinfected before the players arrive. Players are banned from the hotel’s weights room and must respect the required distance from their teammates even at mealtimes.Private lives At home, players must live in near-quarantine conditions, without seeing their neighbors or friends. The same rules apply to all of a player’s family members. The players are not even permitted to do the family’s shopping.last_img read more

Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery

first_imgGlobal airlines cut their coronavirus recovery forecast on Tuesday, saying it would take until 2024 – a year longer than previously expected – for passenger traffic to return to pre-crisis levels.In an update on the pandemic’s crippling impact on air travel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cited slow virus containment in the United States and developing countries, and a weaker outlook for corporate travel.Lingering travel barriers and new restrictions in some markets are also weighing on nearer-term prospects, IATA said, cutting its 2020 passenger numbers forecast to a 55% decline – sharper than the 46% drop predicted in April. “The second half of this year will see a slower recovery than we’d hoped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said. June passenger numbers were down 86.5% year-on-year, the organisation said, after a 91% contraction in May.A surprise move by Britain to quarantine arrivals from Spain has created lot of uncertainty, Pearce said. “That is clearly going to be an issue with the recovery.”Recovery prospects are weakened by the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and developing countries together representing 40% of global air travel, IATA said.International travel is unlikely to rebound significantly without a reasonably priced testing regime that was deemed acceptable by governments, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Director General Subhas Menon said. Depending on the country, tests can cost hundreds of dollars.”We need advice from public health experts on how to go about that,” he told Reuters in an interview in Sydney on Wednesday. “If it is cheap enough then maybe you can expect travellers to pay for it. At the moment the cost is quite intimidating.”Business travel may also face a sustained slump, threatening the profitability of long-haul airlines and routes as corporate clients rein in spending and make greater use of video-conferences that have become the norm during lockdowns.”It will remain to be seen whether we see a recovery to pre-crisis business travel patterns,” Pearce said. “Our concern is that we won’t.” Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slams joke Baku venue for Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final

first_imgJurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team travelled to Basel for the 2016 Europa League final against Unai Emery’s Sevilla (Picture: Getty)‘These guys who make the decisions I don’t know what they have for breakfast really.‘How can you do it? Last year we go to Kiev which is a wonderful city but that a Russian team, or one from that part of the world, will be involved is not really likely.‘You go there and now Madrid has to prepare for 200,000 English fans. Baku I have no clue how to get there or if there is any regular flight at all.‘In these decisions people must be a much more sensible and reasonable. It is irresponsible.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the Europa League final at Baku’s Olympic Stadium (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the ‘irrisponsible’ decision to host this season’s Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Baku’s Olympic Stadium.Respective victories over Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt ensured both European finals will be contested by English clubs, after Tottenham and Liverpool reached next month’s Champions League showpiece occasion in Madrid having completed epic comebacks in their own semi finals.Although airlines and travel companies have hiked up their prices for fans planning travel arrangements to the Spanish capital, Klopp insists he has greater sympathy with supporters of Arsenal and Chelsea who will have to make near 6,000-mile round trips, assuming they can secure a ticket given both clubs have only been allocated 6,000 each by UEFA.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think going to Baku, that’s really funny for a European final,’ said the Liverpool manager.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City James GoldmanFriday 10 May 2019 11:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slams joke Baku venue for Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final Advertisementlast_img read more

A winning bid on a stunning home helped this family celebrate a sweet 14th birthday

first_imgThe home had beautiful open plan living on the upper level for family get-togethers.Ms Goodger knows her stuff. The 607sq m lot was improved with a two-level contemporary stunner which provided four-bedroom accommodation with every bedroom having its own ensuite — perfect for a clan whose members like to have their own space.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoPart of the home’s appeal was every bedroom had its own ensuite.Auctioneer Peter Bergen worked through his preamble before calling for an opener.The initial $1.7 million bid was strong — certainly it showed the market meant business — but it wasn’t long before $50,000, and then $25,000, increments saw three bidders take the price to the magic $2 million mark.From there it was a small crawl in mostly $10,000 bids until the figure reached $2.15 million and a pause was called to see if the owner was ready to sell.To and fro negotiations saw the top bidder raise their figure to $2.2 million and the home was ‘on the market’. With no other bids proffered, it wasn’t long before the property was declared “Sold!” to new owners, Bremner and Rosemary Hill.A very happy Mr Hill felt a touch overwhelmed by the new purchase.“Stunned,” he said.“I’m surprised the house didn’t go a bit higher, but I’m really pleased with the outcome. Between kids at St Peters (school) and my daughter, Rose, at the University of Queensland, it’s a really central location.”Despite Mr Hill’s reservations about the auction process, there was extra incentive for success — his daughter, Sarah, was celebrating her 14th Birthday, and she was geed up about the home.“Sarah really liked this house, absolutely, she came out and said, ‘Dad I love this house.’ She was really committed. A bit of Dad pressure absolutely,” Mr Hill said with a laugh. MULTI-GENERATIONAL LIVING IS CHANGING THE FACE OF HOUSING After the event the property’s seller, Warren Denny, said he designed the home to suit his family, and the Hills were the perfect next owners for it. 179 Ninth Avenue, St Lucia Brisbane sold at Auction today.Place New Farm managing director, Judy Goodger, said 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia had been buzzing with prospects for weeks.“Every weekend has been outstanding,” she said.Speaking before the event, Ms Goodger said there was a definite buyer for this home too.“Families with younger or older children. It’s close to the city and (Queensland) University so it would be great for families that want to grow up in the home,” she said. The Denny family have just sold their St Lucia home and are thrilled with the result. From left to right are Charlotte, Annette, Genevieve and Warren.“The people who’ve bought this house are about 10 years behind us in terms of their children, and they’ll have the same lovely experience we’ve had living here,” Mr Denny said.Mr Denny was revelling in the result, which was part of a very active day of house trading for his family too.“My daughter, Genevieve, has been living in the room downstairs with her fiancee and today she’s going to go and buy her first house,” he said.“Today might be a big day for our family in that we sell our house and our young daughter buys her first house,” Mr Denny said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journocenter_img Bremner Hill and wife, Rosemary, with daughter, Sarah, who’ve just bought their new family home at auction on the day of Sarah’s birthday.IT was one of those picture perfect Brisbane days that almost beggars belief. Clear, crisp and blue skied. The first weekend of spring, the first Place auction of the new season and something special was afoot in our city’s inner west.last_img read more

Why new Kiwi fathers fear taking parental leave – study

first_imgNewsHub 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Looking forward to the Minister for Gender Discrimination taking up this issue. Yeah right!A new study has revealed 53 percent of new fathers in New Zealand don’t take the full parental leave they are entitled to because they may be seen as less committed to their jobs.The results released by recruiting company Hays, show 33 percent said parental leave is viewed as the right and responsibility of the mother, while 14 percent said it’s due to a negative impact on their finances.“To help make real and lasting gender equality progress, we need to talk in terms of ‘family-friendly’ rather than ‘women-friendly’ policies and offer and accept the decision of men to work flexibly and take an equal amount of paternity leave without making assumptions about their career motivations or applying unconscious or otherwise career consequences,” Managing Director of Hays Jason Walker says.“While there are many examples of men in New Zealand who are taking on the primary caring role, a stigma remains. To help reduce this, employers can encourage male employees to take parental leave.”In the survey only 22 percent said their organisation offers parental leave for male employees on equal terms to female employees.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/10/why-new-kiwi-fathers-fear-taking-parental-leave-study.htmllast_img read more

Riise stresses need for more goals

first_img Now former Liverpool full-back Riise believes Fulham must be far more cut-throat when on the ball against Chris Hughton’s Norwich, to lead into Saturday’s imposing league trip to Arsenal. “We had 60 per cent possession (against Sunderland), we dominated possession but we didn’t take our chances,” Riise told Fulham’s official website. “We should be more experienced to keep control of the game, especially when we got back to 2-1. “We’ve been conceding too many goals, especially from set-pieces. “We have to do better in games like this, and now we’ve definitely got to get the win against Norwich.” Fulham boss Meulensteen hopes loan signing Clint Dempsey will quickly hit the form that so endeared him to Craven Cottage regulars in his first stint at the club. United States forward Dempsey, on loan from Seattle Sounders, scored 50 league goals for Fulham between 2007 and 2012. And after two quick appearances at the start of his second Fulham stint, Meulensteen expects him to hit full form. “It won’t take long for him to be right back up there,” said Fulham’s head coach. “He’s just got to keep working, but that’s his character and that’s exactly what we know he will do.” Clinical finishing is the only route to Barclays Premier League safety for Fulham now, according to John Arne Riise. Press Associationcenter_img The Fulham defender has challenged his side to sharpen up in front of goal for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich at Craven Cottage. Rene Meulensteen’s side were swatted aside 4-1 by Sunderland on Saturday, in a dispiriting league defeat in west London that drags Fulham straight back into the relegation picture. last_img read more

Other Sports Magnus Carlsen closes in on Tata Steel Chess title, Viswanathan Anand joint-third

first_imgIan Nepomniachtchi, the Russian Grandmaster who was also in with a faint chance, lost his chance to challenge Carlsen for the title as he lost in 35 moves to US Champion Samuel Shankland, who had earlier resigned from a drawn position in his previous game against Holland’s Anish Giri. The decision to resign from a position which was deemed a draw by a majority of experts prompted Giri to describe it as the American having an ‘hallucination.’Giri, on the other hand, drew in 31 moves against Teimour Radjabov but he remains the only player who can effectively dethrone Carlsen for the Tata Steel title, trailing by just half a point heading into the final round.The final round will be played on Sunday and Anand’s campaign will end against fellow Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi. The title will be decided when Carlsen takes on Giri, with their rivalry dominating the chess landscape. Giri has drawn 16, lost one and won one encounter against Carlsen but their rivalry exploded on Twitter in 2018, when Carlsen said Giri had to win a title in order to be taken seriously. Anish Giri has won one and lost one game against Magnus Carlsen.Viswanathan Anand will take on Vidit Gujrathi in the last round.Carlsen will be aiming to win the Tata Steel title for the fifth time. New Delhi: Magnus Carlsen closed in on the Tata Steel Chess tournament with a win over Poland’s over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in 71 moves  on Saturday while former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s chances of securing the top spot effectively ended when he was held to a draw in 41 moves by Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren. On the penultimate day of the tournament in Lieden, Anand had to secure a win in order to stay in contention and hope for Carlsen to lose or draw the match against Duda but the reigning world champion showed his class and came out on top after the Polish GM made a blunder on pawn h6 and this resulted in him losing his queen to come under immense pressure.Although Carlsen also lost his queen a couple of moves later, Duda employed a solid defensive line but missed out on some key moments yet again to give Carlsen a big win. With Carlsen winning, the onus was on Anand to win against Ding. Playing with black, Anand was put under pressure but he held his line and managed to reverse the position. Both players attacked and had their winning moments but the players agreed to a draw. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more