Jan. 5: Family Debt: FarmCrisis Hits Home. The farm crisis is taking its toll on farm family finances.Feb. 9: ‘Great Chill’ aBlessing to Blueberry, Peach Growers. Donnie Morris doesn’t describe the frigidmidwinter weather the way many Georgians would. “It’s just wonderful,” he says.March 14: Tomato Disease HitsGeorgia Fields. A tomato disease that ravaged crops in the Caribbean and Florida hasarrived in Georgia. Growers here wish it had stayed south of the border.March 28: Fuel Prices RunningUp Farm Bills. If prices continue to rise, University of Georgia experts say farm fuelcosts could top $200 million this year.April 26: Prices Down as OnionHarvest Hits High Gear. Most Vidalia onion varieties are heading to the markets withpalate-pleasing quality, say University of Georgia experts.May 5: Georgia Farmers HaveBumper Crop of Berries. Cool, dry weather early in the season helped you-pickstrawberry growers develop a big crop. Warm, sunny days now bring out pickers.May 9: Green Industry GoingStrong in Midst of Drought. On the heels of a dry April planting season, there is onebright spot in the economic picture for agriculture: the “green industry.”June 19: Georgia MelonGrowers Face Gloomy Fourth. For Georgia farmers who have struggled to grow melons inthe midst of a hard, lingering drought, nature has added insult to injury.June 27: Crop Insurance ActGood for Georgia Farmers. Georgia farmers struggling through another drought can takeheart that a new law will help protect them against future crop failures.July 25: Georgia FarmersHaving to Abandon Crops. Many farmers have decided to give up on some of their cropsbecause of the drought. Now they must decide what to do next.Aug. 16: Coverdell AgScholarship Planned for UGA. Georgia agricultural leaders are starting a University ofGeorgia scholarship honoring the late Sen. Paul Coverdell.Aug. 23: UGA Focuses onEmerging Crops, Technologies. A new effort to help the state’s farmers began this weekwith the UGA’s Emerging Crop and Technologies Initiative.Sept. 21: Georgia Vineyards:Fine Wine in ‘Shine Mountains. People have always come to Dahlonega looking for abrighter future. In 1828, it was the gold rush. Today, it’s more of a grape gush.Sept. 25: UGA Research:Cotton Farmers Losing Money. Georgia farmers who delay picking their cotton could losemoney by sacrificing the crop’s quality, say UGA cotton experts.Sept. 27: UGA Opens PoultryResearch Center Phase 2. A $5 million expansion of the UGA Poultry Research Center hasgreat potential to help the state’s $2.7 billion poultry industry.Oct. 3: UGA, CubanScientists Trade Agricultural Knowledge. It’s a straight shot south from Atlanta toHavana. And UGA scientists are ready to open doors to better relations.Oct. 17: Peanut Crop FaresWell, Cotton Struggles. Georgia’s peanut crop will be better than expected, but statecotton yields and quality struggle through another discouraging year.Oct. 23: UGA DelegationMakes Historic Trip to North Korea. University of Georgia scientists this week becamethe first academic delegation to visit North Korea since the Korean War.Oct. 23: UGA Ag Hall of FameInducts Three. Earl Cheek of Perry, Tommy Irvin of Mt. Airy and Josiah Phelps of FortValley have been inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.Oct. 25: Peanut Prices Lowon Farm, Steady in Store. Farmers are getting low paychecks when they take some oftheir peanuts to the market. However, shoppers will see no change in prices.Oct. 27: Congress Marks$2.57 Million for Research. Congress has allotted more than $2.5 million for researchprojects at the University of Georgia.Nov. 8: Gift of LandBecomes Key to Irrigation Research. At 80 years old, C.M. Stripling gave up 133 acresof his family land, strictly with an eye to the future.Nov. 8: Farmer, Cows LikeGeorgia ‘Dairy-Go-Round’. Dub it a dairy-go-round, or a cowasel. Whatever you call it,Tim Cabaniss likes what his carousel for cows does for his dairy.Nov. 15: Georgia Pecan CropSmall, but Prices Stable. Georgia pecan growers expect a smallish crop this year. Buta supply from last season should help meet demand for the holidays.Nov. 20: Peanut HarvestBetter than Expected. Considering drought has dominated the state for three straightyears, the crop this season has turned into a pleasant surprise.Nov. 29: Study: OilseedGrowers Can Raise Profits. A study released this week shows that Georgia farmers whogrow oilseeds can make their crops more valuable.Nov. 30: North KoreanScientists May Visit UGA. A University of Georgia agricultural delegation hopes tohost North Korean scientists this spring.Dec. 12: Sweet Crop GetsReady for Winter. Vidalia onion farmers are planting the last of their fields andchecking them twice.Dec. 20: 2001 Outlook Upbeatfor Georgia Farmers. Economists say better days could be ahead for the state’sagriculture. Agriculture Weather Environment Science Foods
Eating locally grown food is now easier than ever for students at the University of Georgia. With the new campus community garden, students can harvest their own vegetables while learning gardening techniques.UGArden, the UGA student group responsible for the garden on South Milledge Avenue in Athens, Ga., began harvesting vegetables in June. On Aug. 22, they held a fall kick-off featuring their produce. Students dined on potluck dishes they made with locally grown ingredients.Participants in the group range from the experienced to those who have never planted a seed in the ground. With the help of UGA professors and the Athens Area Master Gardeners association, students learn how to properly tend a sustainable garden.“Having a community garden is awesome,” said UGA student Ellen Bogswell. “We work for a couple hours and take home what we harvested. I haven’t had to buy veggies in weeks.”Doug Bailey, head of the UGA horticulture department, believes the garden is important because it not only teaches good gardening practices but also social responsibility.Students get to experience all the benefits of a local garden that provides fresh produce, he said.A percentage of each harvest also goes to a local food bank. According to UGA student Jenny Brickman, co-president of UGArden, the group has so far donated 500 pounds of produce to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.The students also noted that the produce tastes better.“We live in Georgia, yet the vast majority of our peaches come from California,” said UGA junior Kate Klein. “Really, I think eating locally is important due to the transportation of food. Environmental degradation is a result of the transportation. Eating in season is also really important.”Student interest in local food is growing, and this eating local bug is found at other universities in Georgia as well.Emory University has eight small food gardens on campus maintained by faculty, staff, students and community neighbors. Brickman says they are a daily reminder to students about local food and where it comes from.According to an Emory website, Emory’s goal is for the cafeterias and hospitals to use 75 percent of local or sustainably grown food by 2015.Locally grown food is becoming increasing popular and is important for a number of reasons. Craig Page, a UGA master’s student and executive director of P.L.A.C.E (Promoting Agriculture and Cultural Experience), says local food is important environmentally – such as how and where it was grown and economically – because the profit stays in the community.On a smaller scale, buying local food helps keep local farms in business.“It’s also great health wise because it is fresh. It brings people together and allows them to connect, and it allows for food security,” Page said. “Just like with the egg recall, in case something happens to a delivery, the product is available locally.”University food gardens are not the only way to get involved and support sustainability. According to Brickman, gardening at home, building community gardens and buying from local farmers’ markets are important in the local food effort.
Pre-Tech Precision Machining Hires New Human Resource AdministratorAugust 30, 2006 Williston, VT Pre-Tech Precision Machining, is pleased to announce the addition of Heather E. Streeter as Human Resource Administrator. Ms. Streeter was most recently the Branch Manager at Manpower in South Burlington and previously worked for the Department of Labor (formerly the Department of Employment & Training) as an Employer Resource Consultant. Ms. Streeter was also the Executive Director of the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous committees and boards and is a member of both the Franklin County and Burlington Business & Professional Women. In 2002, Ms. Streeter received the Presidents Alumni Leadership Award from Champlain College, Burlington, VT.Pre-Tech Precision Machining, an employee owned company, manufactures precision-machined metal and plastic components, serving the biomedical, computer and aerospace industries. Pre-Techs philosophy is straightforward and direct: We develop strong, two-way business relationships with our customers and we treat each customer as a partner. We seek to understand business needs, budgets, and schedules, and then we produce precisely manufactured components that meet and exceed their specifications. We manufacture quality parts on time and at a reasonable price. Our business philosophy has served us well since we opened our doors in 1985. Through those years, we have found that doing business with a customer should represent a partnership, a philosophy that has played a major role in building a solid business relationship with large and small companies alike. Our customers are loyal and we hold them to our highest regard.#30#
169 Empress Terrace Bardon Qld 4065More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoIn the first hour of it going online, his office was already fielding queries, he said, though potential buyers have almost four weeks to get their finances in order. The home was not set to go to auction until 6.30pm on Thursday February 23Zoned CR1 or character residential, the property was ripe for someone looking for space to build a new home just minutes from the city. 169 Empress Terrace Bardon Qld 4065AN inner city renovator on the market for the first time has generated a buzz as it can also be set for demolition.Ray White Paddington agent Mathew Abboud was marketing 169 Empress Terrace, Bardon, as a post-war property that could be set to “renovate or detonation”. 169 Empress Terrace Bardon Qld 4065 169 Empress Terrace Bardon Qld 4065“What I find is at the entry level market, people are happy to add value via renovation. It suits entry level buyers who want to get into the inner city, it suits a builder, or investor because it is rentable, it could even be good for mum and dad trying to help their child get into the market.”The current home, which is part of a deceased estate, sits on an elevated 465sq m block, and currently has two bedrooms, one bath and one car space. 169 Empress Terrace Bardon Qld 4065“Most of the land around there is 400 to 500sq m,” Mr Abboud said, “though you do pick up some gems above that. This one is on the higher end of that average, close to everything, close to Paddington’s cafes and inner city lifestyle.”With current decor circa 50s to 60s, the home could also appeal to a buyer looking for a rentable property.
Niall O’Leary, head of portfolio solutions at SSgA, said investors continued to be overweight and were looking over their shoulders for the market correction.“[Investors are] uncomfortable with their position but cannot find an alternative,” he said.“The majority expect a drawdown, so they are overweight, they are adding and they are nervous.“The pressure to meeting funding standards and investment objectives, and the lack of opportunities elsewhere, has created an unholy challenge.”However, 55% suggested equity markets continued to offer good value.The research, which canvassed 420 global institutional investors across 13 countries, showed that, despite expectations of a downturn in equity markets, 91% said their portfolios were able to weather a major market correction.Two-thirds thought diversification alone was enough to protect portfolios.Despite investors’ confidence in their own portfolios’ ability to withstand a correction, 45% of investors said other institutional investors were unprepared for volatility.Only 8% said recent market volatility had had a significant impact on their strategies and were looking to implement additional protections, as two-fifths said short-term volatility was the new norm and should be expected.Around 85% also implemented downside-protection strategies, with 53% choosing dynamic asset allocation – a percentage that rose to 63% when looking specifically at Europe.Investors were also looking at low-volatility and volatility-targeting strategies as downside protection.However, 54% of investors said the timing of downside strategies remained the biggest challenge to implementation due to concerns over losing too much upside from bull equity markets.“There is an expectation of downside strategies that you have a smoother journey but a lower long-term return, so the insurance you pay is never fully recouped on the upside of the market,” O’Leary said.He said investors also had concerns about the risk of downside strategies failing to perform and the cost of implementation.One-third of investors said they lacked sufficient knowledge to be comfortable with the strategies.“The risk of these downside strategies not fully working does exist and is more pronounced in some strategies over others, which is why investors haven’t just chosen one approach,” O’Leary said. Institutional investors are continuing to push into developed and emerging market equities due to funding pressure despite strong expectations of a market correction, research has shown.The data from State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) showed 63% of global institutional investors increased allocations to developed market equities despite 60% expecting a negative market correction of 10-20%.Some 44% said the market was overvalued with a correction overdue, but two-thirds said funding pressures were forcing increased allocations.More than 50% said they would like to reduce equity exposure if an alternative capable of producing a similar return were available, but funding requirements (53%) and pressure to meet objectives (58%) meant equities continued to be increased and used.
Germany’s BaFin has disagreed with the EU pension supervisor’s recommendation that it make more frequent on-site inspections of occupational pension providers to assess their compliance with the prudent person rule.The recommendation was one of 27 that the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issued for national supervisors in 16 countries following a peer review of how national authorities ensured that IORPs invested their capital in the best interest of their members and beneficiaries.EIOPA said it would assess how the “national competent authorities” (NCAs) complied with the recommended actions and “continue its work to improve supervisory practices in this area at European level”.Twelve of the recommended actions were of “low” importance, nine of “medium” importance, and six of “high” importance, according to an EIOPA grading system. The recommendation addressed to BaFin about the length of its on-site inspection cycle was marked as of “high” importance.According to EIOPA, the frequency of on-site inspections related to the prudent person rule varied significantly from national supervisor to national supervisor, depending mainly on “the applicable legal framework, the pension landscape in a country and NCA resources”. BaFin’s offices in BonnHowever, the average was every three to six years and EIOPA considered that “a lack of or low frequency of on-site inspections constitutes a shortcoming in existing supervisory processes”.In Germany, BaFin conducted on-site inspections at least every seven to 12 years depending on an IORP’s “classification in the risk categorisation tool”. According to EIOPA, it should increase the cycle to conduct more inspections, again depending on the risk classification.BaFin availed itself of national authorities’ right to submit a written statement where they have “strong objections” to a recommended action or finding.In its statement, which was included in EIOPA’s report, the supervisor said it considered it appropriate to stick to its current audit cycle, as this was compensated by a range of “risk reduction mechanisms”.These included the existence of additional qualitative and quantitative rules about investment by Pensionsfonds and Pensionskassen, and a comprehensive reporting system – already in place for the latter and in the works for the former.BaFin also noted that Germany, “unlike most other EU member states”, had granted insurance claims absolute precedence over any other claim with respect to assets representing the technical provisions, rather than “just” granting them a special rank.The supervisor also emphasised that information gained from IORPs’ risk management and internal audit processes were “very important for the supervisors” and that the knowledge of IORP employees entrusted with these processes and tasks was “often the starting point for further auditing on the part of the supervisors”.Positives, too In addition to the recommended actions targeting supervisory shortcomings EIOPA identified six best practices currently being applied by five national authorities.These related to the use of thematic reviews, the use of risk scoring models, stress tests, the monitoring of costs, reporting, and financial education.The NCAs identified as implementing at least one identified best practice were the FSMA in Belgium, Covip in Italy, Luxembourg’s CSSF, the Dutch supervisor DNB, and the ASF in Portugal.EIOPA said it was of the view that “initiatives to include more qualitative elements in supervision” should be facilitated, as well as “combining qualitative and quantitative elements and to move from purely compliance-based towards a more risk-based and forward-looking approach”.The reference period of the peer review was 2014-2016 under the IORP Directive, but EIOPA said the analysis was valid following the introduction of the IORP II Directive as it did not substantially alter the prudent person rule. EIOPA’s report can be found here.
The pits and infield party pass area both open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. A minimum of $100 will be paid to start that feature, with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and KMJ Performance State points to be awarded. OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car driver up to the challenge at the Aug. 10 Front Row Challenge will take home $2,000. Spectator admission is $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under; infield passes are $25 for adults and $5 for kids. Country Builders Construction of Livermore, Calif., has matched the $1,000 paid by event sponsor Badger Steel USA to make the RaceSaver main event $2,000 to win next Monday at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. There is no entry or draw fee. Pit passes are $40. For more information or to order tickets, call 515 957-0020. The Front Row Challenge is promoted by FRC Enterprises LLC. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will run on the same program as Outlaw 410 Sprints and are the only division not required to have mufflers.
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul will be available for Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal after the Football Association confirmed his red card in last weekend’s loss at Chelsea had been rescinded. The 28-year-old was dismissed after conceding a penalty at Stamford Bridge, with Spurs crashing to a 4-0 defeat. Eden Hazard converted the spot-kick to put the Blues 2-0 ahead at the time and if Kaboul’s red card had stood, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood would have been limited in terms of defensive options when Arsenal visit White Hart Lane. Press Association Announcing the decision regarding Kaboul, the FA said in a statement on its website: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing today, a claim of wrongful dismissal concerning Tottenham Hotspur’s Younes Kaboul was upheld. “Kaboul was dismissed for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during the game against Chelsea on 8 March 2014. “The player’s one-match suspension has therefore been withdrawn with immediate effect.” Knee and ankle injuries have limited Kaboul to 11 appearances so far this season, with his start at Chelsea only his second since the 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City in November. Spurs skipper Michael Dawson was forced off at Stamford Bridge and with fellow centre-back Vlad Chiriches still nursing a back problem, Sherwood would have been down to Jan Vertonghen for the Arsenal clash if Kaboul’s three-match ban had stood. Spurs go into the game on Sunday six points behind their local rivals and four points off the Barclays Premier League top four. Question marks remain over the long-term future of Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, and he faces a crucial week if he is to keep his job beyond the end of the season. As well as the pressure of a north London derby, Tottenham host Benfica in the opening leg of their Europa League tie as Sherwood looks to guide his side into the quarter-finals while maintaining a domestic push to qualify for the Champions League.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: 10 Indian boxers including Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagyabati Kachari have already confirmed medals as all are already placed in the semi-finals because of the smaller size of the draw. On the men’s side, Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already into the 81kg semi-finals and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg and Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur in +91kg. In women’s, Lovlina Borgohain and Anjali are assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first-round bye.Meanwhile, six-time world champion Mary Kom has a possible semi-final face-off with Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen in 51kg. In contrast, Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) could have a hassle-free route to the final where he might have to take on Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines. Also read: Local Sports