first_imgUniversity of Georgia food scientist Anand Mohan says attending his two-day workshop will help those deciding whether or not to start a new food business to come to a decision.“At the end of the class, most graduates determine they have two options: they either say, ‘No, a new food business is not for me’ or ‘Yes, I can work it out and get my product to market,’” he said.The “Starting a New Food Business” workshop will be Oct. 6-7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. The cost is $150 and includes instructional materials, lunch both days and refreshments.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has previously offered the course as a one-day training. To encourage more participation and to meet new food company owners’ needs, Mohan has “revamped” the workshop.“It is now two, full days, and we cover a broad range of topics, from regulations, to food safety, to product development, marketing and choosing a co-packer or shared kitchen,” he said. As a result of the UGA workshop, 25 to 30 new food products have been launched in the past two years. The class is designed for Georgians, but typically attracts participants from Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, he said. In addition to the breadth of material covered, participants will benefit from the expertise of the instructors. UGA faculty and representatives from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will lead the workshop. “Top-of-the-line faculty will be teaching the course in a commercial kitchen,” Mohan said. “In the last three workshops, we had a chef demo with a Food Network chef, and the UGA Small Business Development Center did a session on business plans. It’s really a team effort.”The workshop includes hands-on demonstrations and a tour of the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (Food PIC) in Griffin. Newly named Food PIC Director Kirk Kealey will also lead sessions. Kealey spent the last 30 years helping to develop and launch products like Mountain Dew, Tropicana juices and Dove Chocolate. Now he’ll do the same for small and large food businesses in Georgia and across the Southeast through UGA’s Food PIC. The center is designed to help new food business owners with product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing.“This workshop is so popular because we give participants one-on-one attention and allow them time to network together. And the final day includes a two-hour panel discussion when they can ask any questions they still have,” said Mohan.Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own food products for tasting on the final day of the workshop.Mohan calls the second day of the workshop the “high energy day.” “By this time, they all know they have the same problems and the same dreams, and they are beginning to open up to one another,” he said. The new food business workshop has also been offered in Tifton and Savannah, Georgia, and future sessions have been requested for the Albany, Georgia, area and Atlanta. “We have more demand for the class than we can fulfill,” he said.Register for the workshop online at For more information on other UGA food science Cooperative Extension courses, see the calendar at or call (706) 542-2574.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 12, 2010 The thirty boys and girls of the Liberté-Égalité (Liberty-Equality) orphanage in Port-au-Prince are happy to see anyone in uniform – in our case, a group of military personnel from the United States Southern Command and a reporter from Diálogo – because they know that they are going to receive aid in the form of clothing, food, and medicine. Liberté-Égalité is run by a French non-governmental organization of the same name that also administers a school in Port-au-Prince. More than a thousand non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have worked in Haiti since the 12 January earthquake. The director of the orphanage, Marie Christine Bayle, who has worked for the institution in Haiti for more than ten years, explains that without the aid from military personnel from different parts of the world, the NGO would not be able to keep the school and the orphanage functioning. “The military personnel are here not to make war, but on a peace mission. In addition, they always come, like today, to distribute contributions that they have often made themselves. It’s emotionally moving.” The children at the Liberté-Égalité orphanage are adopted only by individuals in France and Haiti, but there are many other adoption organizations open to any country. “Now that the situation is even more complicated, due to the devastation of the earthquake, it’s very important that the little ones find a home,” Marie Christine said.last_img read more

first_img Who is ordering the terrorist attacks? It began with a phone call from a member of the Partners for Prosperity network to the Colombian National Army on August 19: According to information provided by the informant, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was planning on blowing up an important bridge in the Huila region. The tip was specific and thorough: Three people in a Dimax pick-up truck had approached the La Seca bridge in the municipality of Guadalupe, in southern Huila. A man had exited the truck with a black package in his hands, which he placed underneath the bridge before returning to the vehicle. Reacting quickly to the intelligence, soldiers attached to the 12th Special Energy and Roadways Battalion went to the site and found the black package the man from the truck had placed under the bridge. The package was a cylinder bomb. Soldiers immediately jammed cellular signals in the area, since terrorists typically activate such devices with cellphones. They then destroyed the bomb with a controlled explosion. The tip and fast response by Army soldiers prevented a potentially devastating attack by a bomb containing about 50 kg of AN/FO – an industrial explosive mixture – and shrapnel. The explosive device had a lethal radius of 40 meters, which means it was strong enough to destroy the bridge, which connects Huila and Caquetá. Some analysts argue that the recent FARC attacks might have been ordered by splinter elements of the terrorist organization, rather than the group’s commanders. “The FARC have been divided by the losses they suffered against the Colombian government forces. These divisions could create isolated, dissident extremist groups carrying out these attacks to derail a peace process [between the Colombian government and the FARC being conducted in La Habana, Cuba] that is against their interests,” said Héctor Chávez Villao, a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. “The high command is aware that the government security forces are superior and they gain no advantage from these provocations just now when they are negotiating a peace settlement in La Habana, when they could become political players in Colombia.” Other analysts believe that it is difficult to know, at least for now, who is behind the attacks. “It is hard to identify whether these attacks come from the FARC high command in order to demonstrate they still have power and gain some leverage with the government during negotiations, or whether the attacks are being perpetrated by smaller groups or cells that are acting independently,” said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). “We have seen that cooperation with the populace has been a key point in the military’s efforts against these organizations and in the peace process. We have received assistance from the people that has allowed us to identify their areas of operation. Now the FARC no longer enjoy the protections that they had when this ideological battle began. People are tired of living through war and feeling threatened by these organizations,” concluded Gálvez. That’s how they negotiate?????? We need to unite the borders and honest guards who don’t take bribes. Wake up, Brazil.center_img By Dialogo October 01, 2014last_img read more

first_imgOrganizations should always expect turnover – that’s business. The problem is that some organizations do some things so badly that the turnover involves their best and brightest employees. Here are 5 reasons why the best employees leave organizations:They’re constantly being told “no.” Let’s face it. There are only so many times that a person can be rejected before they start to question whether or not they’re in the right place. “No” is part of business. No one is disputing that. But instead of a snap-reaction of “no,” perhaps companies can find ways to arrive at a compromise or even a “yes” from time to time.They were lied to during the interview process. “Yes, we want to hire a change agent,” “We want you to shake things up and make them better,” “You’ll have a lot of latitude in your decision-making authority.” How many of us have heard these things only to find out once we started on the job that none of it was actually true? I’ve been through this personally and it just sucks. Great employees will not work for organizations that lie to them.Poor Leadership. This is a big one. Great employees want to work for great leaders. They will seek out and follow great leaders. They will also shun poor leaders. If your leadership isn’t absurdly great, your best and brightest will simply leave. Count on it. continue reading » 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSaudi Arabia will begin easing restrictions on movement and travel this week, more than two months after stringent measures were introduced to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Mecca — from June 21, the state news agency reported in a statement early on Tuesday.The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages — which attract millions of travelers from around the world — will remain suspended until further notice. The kingdom has so far recorded 74,795 cases of COVID-19 with 399 deaths. More than 2,000 cases are still being reported daily.The first phase, starting on Thursday, will see the 24-hour curfew reduced to between 3 p.m.-6 a.m. countrywide.Free movement between regions and some retail and wholesale activities, including malls, will be allowed to resume.Saudi Arabia had imposed 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities but eased them for the start of the fasting month of Ramadan. The 24-hour curfew was reimposed during the five-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which began on Sunday. Topics :center_img From Sunday May 30, free movement will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saudi Press Agency reported. Domestic flights will be allowed to resume, but a ban on international flights will stay.Mosques can hold prayers once again, subject to social distancing and hygiene measures, except for in Mecca where restrictions on attendance will stay in place.Public and private sector employees will be allowed to return to their offices.Social gatherings of more than 50 people will still be banned, including weddings and funerals.Citizens will still be urged to wear masks in public and continue hygiene and social distancing measures after June 21.Mecca will stay one phase behind the rest of the country, with curfew times adjusted to 3 p.m-6 a.m until June 20, revised up to 8 p.m. thereafter. Prayers will only be allowed to resume in mosques from June 21.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Chelsea’s players are self-isolating after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive (Picture: Rex)The west London club confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi had returned a positive test result, with the full first-team squad and coaching team self-isolating as per government health guidelines as a result.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPremier League bosses announced an emergency meeting of clubs at 10.30am on Friday morning in light of the changing circumstances, with a suspension looking inevitable when Everton joined Arsenal and Chelsea in lockdown.At that meeting it was decided that the Premier League should be suspended for the next two gameweeks, citing player safety as the reason, with the situation to be reviewed ahead of the weekend of April 4.The EFL confirmed the news in a statement, saying: ‘The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.’The resumption of the Premier League will be subject to medical advice and conditions at the time, with Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: ‘Above all we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by Covid-19.‘In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, the FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.’ Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive triggering an emergency meeting (Picture: Getty)This weekend’s Premier League matches have been called off and all professional football in England suspended until April at the earliest after three clubs went into self-isolation due to coronavirus.Just hours after the Premier League said matches would go ahead as planned, Arsenal confirmed on Thursday evening that the entire first-team squad and coaching staff would go into self-isolation after head coach Mikel Arteta was diagnosed with Covid-19.Leicester City had already revealed that three players were self-isolating having displayed coronavirus-like symptoms, and then Chelsea were hit by the pandemic too. There is a very strong chance that the suspension could be extended during that period, while it has even been suggested that the Premier League could resume in the summer, when the European Championships are scheduled to take place, with UEFA expected to announce that the competition will be delayed until the summer of 2021.Clubs have been advised to suspend training during this period, while England’s friendlies against Italy and Denmark at the end of March have also been cancelled.Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton are all conducting deep cleans of their training facilities, with Chelsea saying that Hudson-Odoi is ‘doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as possible’. Advertisement Premier League suspended until April after three clubs go into self-isolation due to coronaviruscenter_img Football Cancelled | Coronavirus crisis UEFA postpones Champions League and Europa LeagueEverton in lockdown amid coronavirus fearsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirusCallum Hudson-Odoi recovering from coronavirusHow Mikel Arteta reacted to coronavirus diagnosis Ewan RobertsFriday 13 Mar 2020 11:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Man City’s Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating after a family member tested positive (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s match against Brighton had already been postponed in light of Arteta’s diagnosis, while they would not have been able to play their FA Cup clash against Sheffield United in a weeks’ time either.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta himself said: ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’Leagues around Europe have already been suspended, including Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, while UEFA have also announced that the Champions League and Europa League have been postponed.MORE: Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirusMORE: WWE WrestleMania 36 update: ‘Contingency plans’ in place amid coronavirus concernsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

first_img9-11 Collins Street, AitkenvaleIF you ever needed proof not to judge a property by its exterior, here it is.The ’80s facade of this home hides a massive billiard room to rival any gentlemen’s club, a superb covered pool, a wonderful workshop or third garage for special projects, as well as a generous living room for more formal gatherings. 9-11 Collins Street, AitkenvaleNotable features of the home also include the master bedroom which overlooks the pool and entertaining area and comes with a massive dressing room and ensuite with spa bath.A large galley kitchen adjoins a magnificent and spacious living area with raked timber ceilings and plenty of storage space, along with dual sky lights and tall glass windows.The left wing of the home also includes a massive, modern rumpus/billiard room which allows access to a workshop. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20209-11 Collins Street, AitkenvaleThis Aitkenvale home at 9-11 Collins Street, truly has the wow factor and, best of all, is located only minutes from Stockland, the CBD, schools and so much more. With the former owner a master cabinet-maker, the home features numerous touches of distinction, says listing agent Michele Hyde.“From the magnificent high timber ceilings in the living room to stone and timber inlay in the tiled entry foyer and superb timber cabinetry throughout, the secluded feel of the home is unexpected in such a central location,” she said. “Enclosed gardens surround the home, with wide verandas, adding cool airflow.”last_img read more

first_imgNew data reveals a surge in the number of southeast Qld homes selling before auction.The data shows that for the majority of 2017, the number of sales prior to auction averaged about five per cent of all auctions scheduled.But in the past two months, that percentage has jumped to nearly 15 per cent. SANDRA SULLY SELLS GOLD COAST UNITS Mr Nickerson said that while there may be some seasonal factors at play, the results appeared to indicate a market shift. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“I tend to think with that sharper increase, it’s not seasonal,” he said.“There’s usually a bit of an uptick come the end of the year because people like to have things wrapped up by Christmas but not as much as this.“It was around the end of October, first week of November when it started to skyrocket.“When buyers are starting to recognise things are heating up a bit, they tend to get more aggressive and want to avoid competing at auction.” STATE’S MOST IN-DEMAND SUBURBS He said the real test would be to see if the trend continued through January.“It remains to be seen, but I’m more inclined to think it’s a sign the market will kick on a little bit more,” he said.Mr Nickerson said both high-end and affordable homes were selling fast, but properties in the $600,000 to $900,000 range in Brisbane’s inner-city ring were the most likely to sell prior to auction.The Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia expects Brisbane’s property market to remain buoyant into next year with keen interest from interstate buyers priced out of the Sydney and Melbourne markets.REBAA president Rich Harvey said there would be more opportunities for home buyers and investors in several capital city markets in the New Year with less competition in the market.“2017 saw some dramatic changes in the market,” Mr Harvey said.“The first quarter started strongly but we saw the Sydney market cool in the third and fourth quarters while Melbourne is also showing initial signs of cooling.“Tasmania and Brisbane seem to have bucked the trend with price growth anticipated to continue well into 2018.” New figures show a surge in the number of southeast Qld homes selling before auction.THE number of homes selling before auction has surged in a sign southeast Queensland’s property market could be heading in a new direction in 2018.The question is whether it’s up or down.New figures from Apollo Auctions reveal the number of homes being sold prior to going under the hammer have tripled in the past two months. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Apollo Auctions director and auctioneer Justin Nickerson said he hadn’t seen such a sharp surge in sales prior to auction for a number of years. “If we use history as a teacher, it seems to be indicating that the southeast Queensland market is shifting into another gear as we head into 2018,” he said.“Some weekends, I’ve had 10 auctions scheduled and I’ve called three. That never happens in Brisbane.” This home at 6256 Spyglass Hill, Sanctuary Cove, sold before auction recently.last_img read more

first_imgThe cost of centrally clearing trades associated with hedging programmes is forcing pension providers, including the UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF), to examine new approaches.Opkar Sara, principal fund manager for asset allocation and investment strategy at the PPF, told IPE magazine the “unintended consequence” of increased regulation of the derivatives market was an increase in the cost of the lifeboat fund’s hedging programme.“The Gilt repos are less impacted, and the assets affected are mostly ones that fall under the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s purview – the swaps and total return swaps. These are impacted by clearing rules,” he said.“We are looking for new ways to reduce that cost and decrease our reliance on them over the long term.” Jannik Hjelmsted Nielsen, senior portfolio manager at Denmark’s PKA, also noted the increased costs that would come as a result of central clearing requirements, such as client broker fees.“However, we have observed that, with other standardised instruments, such as rate futures, when clearing is introduced, spread costs fall,” he said.“We hope for this positive impact because many other aspects point to higher costs in future.”Sara also echoed previous comments by Martin Clarke, outgoing executive director of financial risk at the PPF, that it would examine other hedging options not reliant on clearing.“One idea we have considered but have yet to implement is the use of illiquid assets such as infrastructure and loans, with stable cashflows being used as a hedge in place of interest rate swaps,” Clarke told IPE last year.He said the fund was looking to reduce its dependency on unfunded hedging strategies and instead opt for a hybrid approach.“This will involve including more physical assets and making a greater allocation to illiquid asset classes and buy-to-hold strategies to improve performance and maintain our hedge effectiveness,” he added.The fund in January said it was also considering entering the direct lending market.For more, see On The Record in the June edition of IPE magazinelast_img read more

first_imgUS-based Baker Hughes, a GE company, is selling off its natural gas solutions business in two deals worth about $375 million.Baker Hughes will sell part of the business to private equity firm First Reserve.This transaction includes the transfer of about 450 employees located in eight countries, including three manufacturing sites in North America and the United Kingdom, according to a Baker Hughes statement.The Talamona branch of the natural gas solutions business product line will be sold to Italian firm Pietro Fiorentini.  The transaction includes the transfer of about 40 employees and a manufacturing site in Talamona, Italy, the company said.Both transactions are expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and appropriate regulatory approvals.Natural gas solutions unit is part of BHGE’s turbomachinery and process solutions segment, providing commercial and industrial products such as gas meters, chemical injection pumps, pipeline repair products and electric actuators.last_img read more