Georgia Farmer of the Year

first_imgFor John McCormick, farming is a tradition. His ability to help his farm evolve over the years earned him the title of “Georgia Farmer of the Year.” The Sylvania, Georgia, corn, peanut and soybean farmer was in Atlanta, Georgia, this week to be honored by Gov. Nathan Deal as part of Deal’s Ag Awareness Day at the Georgia Capitol. McCormick’s wife, Paula, and their four sons and daughters-in-law were on hand as well. McCormick will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, in October, when the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award is presented. Ray Hicks, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator for Screven County, nominated McCormick, who pioneered the use of new technologies, like GPS-guided machinery and variable-rate irrigation, in southeast Georgia. “He is a very diversified farmer who has used modern technology to help improve the profitability and sustainability of this farm. (He’s used) variable-rate irrigation and GPS on his tractor and has adopted conservation tillage on his land,” Hicks said. McCormick started farming with his father as a child, but he didn’t decide it was how he wanted to spend his life until high school, when he undertook a series of projects through Georgia 4-H. His father allowed him to use part of his land for the 4-H projects, and he learned to love the experimental nature of farming — trying new things and seeing if they would improve his crop. Over his 42-year career, McCormick has never stopped experimenting and trying to make his operation better. Starting in 1974 as a Bulloch County, Georgia, tobacco farmer, he has diversified his crops and embraced new technologies that have allowed him to improve his yields with fewer resources and to care for the land. Over the years he also raised swine and cattle, but he was able to change directions when those parts of the farming business no longer made sense, said Mark McCann, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences assistant dean for Extension. “Helping your farm evolve doesn’t just mean taking on the newest technology and techniques; it’s also the ability to let things go,” said McCann, who worked with McCormick during the late 1980s. “People sometimes have a harder time with that than with adopting the new stuff. The thing about John is that he hasn’t allowed himself to be tied down. It’s not always been about the adoption of new technology, but it’s about the strategy of how he defines his farm.” Over the years, McCormick’s focus has been on improving the efficiency and sustainability of his farm and leaving his land in better shape than it was when he bought it. “(Our goal is) to reduce erosion, improve soil health and use the latest, best management practices that are available and applicable,” McCormick wrote. “Due to ongoing research, the goals have evolved through the years and will continue to change as research unveils new ways to improve soil health and produce more crops with higher yields on less acreage.” Through research partnerships with UGA Extension and several agricultural supply companies, McCormick works to provide better farming methods not only for himself, but for other southeast Georgia farmers as well. “I guess you could say that I could write a book on the reasons why I farm,” McCormick wrote. “The love the land, nature and all of the challenges that farming brings each and every day — (these) are just a few reasons that I chose farming for me and my family.”last_img read more

Court modifies Rules of Criminal Procedure

first_img Court modifies Rules of Criminal Procedure Appointed lawyers for defendants facing misdemeanor or municipal charges cannot always be dismissed even if it’s certified a conviction will not bring jail time.The Supreme Court made modifications to Rule of Criminal Procedure December 5 on that issue and that also affected pretrial motions, witness attendance, and subpoenas.Comments on the biennial rule amendment package from the Bar’s Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee focused on the misdemeanor representation issue. The court had asked the panel to file a supplemental report after initial comments were received.The court approved changes to Rule 3.111 and new Rule 3.994 to address appointed counsel. It allows appointed counsel for indigent defendants to be dismissed in misdemeanor and municipal code cases if no jail time will be imposed if convicted.But the court also set other conditions, including that the defendant must not currently be incarcerated, since dismissing counsel frequently causes a delay in starting the trial, and leaves the defendant in custody without counsel. Also, the defendant must be represented if probation could be imposed after a conviction and if violating that probation could result in incarceration.The court said those changes were necessary to comply with its recent rulings and with an opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court.On pretrial motions, the court added a note to follow Rule 3.190, which says the court may allow the case to be submitted to the jury and withhold ruling on the merits of a motion to suppress made during trial and on the motion for judgment for acquittal. If the defendant is convicted, the judge may then consider the motion to suppress along with a renewed motion for acquittal or a motion for a new trial.Rule 3.361 on witness attendance and subpoenas was amended to simplify the rule. “These changes provide a single contempt provision for violation of any provision of rule 3.361,” the opinion said. “The changes also clarify that any subpoena issued by an attorney of record of the clerk of court is enforceable through the court’s contempt power and that the attendance requirement for subpoenas is applicable to the production of evidence as well as testimony.”The opinion is Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, case no. SC02-230. The full opinion text and changes to the rules can be found on the court’s Web site, Court modifies Rules of Criminal Procedure January 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Elmira Police arrest Binghamton man on weapons charge

first_imgThe same officer spotted Rodriguez later on 5th Street where he was arrested. The Elmira Police Department says Rodriguez has been remanded to the Chemung County Jail. The Elmira Police Department arrested 23-year-old Carlos E. Rodriguez following an investigation into a fight on Grove Street. ELMIRA (WBNG) — A Binghamton man was given a felony-weapons charge Sunday, authorities say. On May 20, police responded to a “large fight” involving a handgun. Authorities say several people involved in the fight “fled” the scene when officers arrived. The handgun was recovered. On May 24, an officer attempted to engage with Rodriguez after spotting him on College Avenue but police say he “fled” the scene. Police say Rodriguez was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree. He was also charged with resisting arrest and menacing.last_img read more

First Lady Frances Wolf, PA Commission for Women Host Girls on the Run Sleepover at the Governor’s Residence

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf, PA Commission for Women Host Girls on the Run Sleepover at the Governor’s Residence First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women today are joining Girls on the Run to host the first-ever “Girls on the Run at the Residence” sleepover at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence. Forty 3rd to 5th grade girls who recently completely a 10-12 week training program and 5K race were selected by their coaches and council directors to participate in the event. The teams that were selected include Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School from the Girls on the Run Capital Area Council, Price Elementary School from Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Chief Shikellamy Elementary from Girls on the Run of Susquehanna Valley.  “We are so proud of all these girls have accomplished over the last few months and are pleased to be able to welcome them to the Governor’s Residence to celebrate their hard work and dedication,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “I commend Girls on the Run and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women for all they do to fight for and improve the lives of young women in the commonwealth – especially these inspiring girls that are joining us at the Governor’s Residence today.”“The Commission for Women is proud to partner with Girls on the Run to offer this exciting opportunity to a phenomenal group of hardworking girls,” said Pennsylvania Commission for Women Chair Randi Teplitz. “The Commission strives to support organizations and programs that benefit and advance the lives of women and girls in the commonwealth and, by empowering young women to build confidence and self-esteem and define their lives on their own terms, Girls on the Run stands out as an exemplary example.”“The sleepover is a great opportunity and a unique experience for our Girls on the Run teams,” said Girls on the Run Capital Area Council Director Gillian Byerly. “It’s a fitting reward for their hard work and personal growth over the past 10 weeks. We share the vision of the PA Women’s Commission to empower girls and women. We hope to grow our partnership to benefit even more girls.”Throughout the course of Friday evening and Saturday morning, the girls are participating in various activities including a healthy cooking and eating discussion with Governor’s Residence Executive Chef Barry Crumlich, a rocket-building and Starlab experience with the Whitaker Center, a yoga demonstration by Yoga Instructor Jessica Cavey, an empowerment workshop sponsored by Dove, a financial literacy seminary sponsored by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, and a dance performance and demonstration by Positive Energy Arts.In addition to the Commission for Women and Girls on the Run, supporting organizations that helped to make this event possible include All Better Care, Capital Blue Cross, Central Penn College, Dove, Maher Duessel, Malady & Wooten, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Planet Fitness, Prep Cosmetics, Schmidt Kramer, Serratelli, Schiffman & Brown and Whitaker Center.About the PA Commission for Women:The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the Governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of women and girls in Pennsylvania. Read more about the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.About Girls on the Run:Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd to 8th grade girls that has served over one million girls across the country. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: May 20, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Tram Bar Co-Packing, Creation of 30 New Jobs in Blair County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Expansion of Tram Bar Co-Packing, Creation of 30 New Jobs in Blair County SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that Tram Bar Co-Packing LLC, who will manufacture energy bars for Kate’s Real Food of Jackson, Wyoming, will construct a new manufacturing facility in Allegheny Township, Blair County, creating 30 new food manufacturing jobs over three years.“Southcentral Pennsylvania has become known as a corridor for snack food creation, and it’s exciting to see the industry expanding into Blair County,” Governor Wolf said. “The 30 good-paying jobs created by Tram Bar Co-Packing will not only support families, it will build on the growing momentum of the economy in the Altoona area.”Initially this facility will produce the full line-up of energy bars from its new location in Allegheny Township. The company also plans to market its services to similar companies who desire to hire a co-packer to produce food products similar to the energy bar produced for Kate’s. To complete the expansion, the company will acquire 1.2 acres at 131 Lamppost Lane, Allegheny Township, and construct a new 20,000 square foot facility. The $5.1 million investment also includes the purchase of new machinery and equipment. The growth will create 30 well-paying jobs within three years.“The biggest obstacle that we face at Kate’s is our limited production facility located in Victor, ID. We can only produce a limited number of bars at that location annually. With our expansion into the grocery store market through The Touch Agency and other venues we will need to produce millions of bars annually,” said Bruce Thaler, Co-Owner of Kate’s Real Foods. “This move will expand our production and improve the Blair County economy. The Governor’s Action Team has been great to work with on this project.”Kate’s Real Food produces hand-rolled, organic energy bars in six flavors. The company’s signature energy bar, the Tram Bar, was produced by founder Kate Schade as fuel for days skiing from the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram located near her home in Wyoming. With this new facility in the Altoona area the company will be able to produce millions of additional bars per year to meet the growing need for distribution to large grocery chains, Amazon, specialty stores, ski areas, convenience stores, bicycle shops and for sales from its website.“This is great news for the First Frontier Blair County. Kate’s Real Food business culture and product aligns really well with our growing outdoor lifestyle which is increasingly defining our mountain town,” said Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation, which assisted in coordinating the project. “On behalf of our board and directors, I would like to thank Gov. Wolf and his team for their involvement in this project. ABCD Corporation was happy to assist and are looking forward to welcoming Kate’s Real Food team and the new jobs they will create in our community.”Tram Bar received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $75,000 Pennsylvania First Grant, $90,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and $11,700 in WEDnetPA funding to support worker training. The company was also encouraged to apply for up to $2,650,000 in low-interest loans through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img December 10, 2018last_img read more

Italian institutional investors saw 2019 AUM rise to €917.36bn

first_imgAssets under management of Italian institutional Investors rose by 6.47% year-on-year in 2019 to €917.36bn, according to a report published by think tank Itinerari Previdenziali.Institutional investors – including Industry pension funds (fondi negoziali), pre-reform funds (fondi pre-esistenti), banking foundations and casse privatizzate – saw total assets increase by 7.14% to €260.68bn in 2019 compared to €243.30bn the prior year.This segment of institutional investors, however, recorded a contraction in assets managed by external asset managers through mandates. According to the report, €95bn was managed through mandates in 2019 compared to €112bn in 2018.AUM for institutional investors including open pension funds, holders of individual pension plans (PIPs) and insurance companies grew by €38.27bn to a total of €656.57bn last year. In particular, PIPs recorded a €4.78bn (15.57%) growth and open pension funds’ assets rose by 16.4% to €22.84bn. These assets make up 14.6% of the Italian GDP.Assets of industry pension funds, pre-reform funds, supplementary health funds and banking foundations hiked by 82.5% in the last 13 years, from €142.85bn in 2007 to €260.68bn in 2019.The share goes up to 51.3% considering assets of insurance companies, open pension funds or holders of individual pension plans (PIPs).The number of institutional investors decreased by 2.2% year-on-year in 2019 to 807, including 86 banking foundations, 20 casse professionali privatizzate, 33 industry pension funds and 235 pre-reform funds, the report disclosed.The share of individual pension plans also dropped to 111 from 113 in 2018 and 128 in 2015.Additionally, the number of people enrolled in Italian pension funds stood at 8.2 million, even though the pensions regulator COVIP noted that “open contracts” with pension funds amount to over 9 million, up from 7.9 million in 2018.ReturnsReturns across all institutional investors have been positive last year, with industry pension funds recording 7.2%, pre-reform funds 5.6%, open pension funds 8.3% and PIPs 12.2%.Institutional investors face the challenge of beating “target returns” this year, amid the consequences of the pandemic, volatile equity markers and geopolitical tensions, according to Itinerari.Investors have started to change asset allocation strategies, with increasingly specialized and high value-added management, often not linked to benchmarks but to performance objectives.The increase in investments in alternative investment funds and real assets is part of this strategy, it added.Investment in the domestic real economy by institutional investors is still “modest”, with the exception of banking foundations which deploy 44.36% of total assets in Italy.Casse privatizzate invested 21.36% in the domestic real economy, followed by pre-reform funds with 4.8% and industry pension funds with 3.42%.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-15)

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores  (2-15)Batesville  79     East Central  64Franklin County  56     Lawrenceburg  42Connersville  45     New Palestine  42Eastern Hancock  78     Union County  74   (3-OT)last_img

Serie A: Inter release training programme for Moses, others

first_img“In light of the circular issued by the Ministry of the Interior on Sunday 3 May, one which foresees the possibility of athletes involved in team sports to train individually at their respective sports centres in compliance with social distancing rules, FC Internazionale Milano announces that the Club’s First Team players will, on a voluntary basis, be able to make use of the pitches at the Suning Training Centre in Appiano Gentile over the coming days for individual activities. Loading… According to reports coming out of Italy, other Serie A clubs have also taken advantage of the government’s decision to let sports teams restart individual work, but Moses and his mates at Inter are not obliged to use club facilities and social distancing must be enforced. Read Also: Ronaldo set for Turin return as jet finally landed in Madeira“The resumption of competitive activities will be determined and communicated as soon as the relevant regulatory framework is finalised.“All the other areas of the centre will remain closed with the exception of the on-site health and technical facility, which is required to ensure a safe environment and safeguard the athletes,” an official statement from Inter Milan read in part.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Nigeria’s Victor Moses and his teammates at Inter Milan are expected to resume training at Appiano Gentile next week, according to the Serie A outfit.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors MillionsMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more

Grassroots football: Dare’s approach, best for Nigeria — Olaosebikan

first_imgRelatedPosts Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Makinde: Alternative Project Funding Approach working for Oyo State Makinde installs new Alamodu of Ago-Amodu The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has been commended for his straight and practical approach to grassroots soccer development in Nigeria with the success of the maiden edition of Sunday Dare Grassroots Soccer tournament, which came to an end on Sunday in Ibadan, Oyo State. A sports enthusiast and grassroots politician, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, gave the commendation at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan on Sunday. Olaosebikan declared that Nigeria and Oyo State would benefit immensely from the minister’s hands-on synchronisation of sports development across the country. Speaking to journalists at the end of the tension soaked final that saw Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere Team defeating One Ibarapa Team by a lone goal to lift the trophy, Olaosebikan stated that the personal involvement of Dare in mobilizing, hunting and discovery of talented soccer players from the hinterlands would give the nation, states and local government areas the best in terms of performances and quality of sporting infrastructure. Olaosebikan, who was a member of the first executive committees of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria in Oyo and Niger States, said: “This is leadership by example. As the Minister puts conducive structures and policies in place to encourage organizations and well endowed individuals to partake in the development of sports, he is personally walking the talk by using his hard earned money to lift soccer and players at the grassroots. This is profound! “In a very brilliant way, Sunday Dare has synchronised his three point agenda for an all round sports development in Nigeria with the introduction of Adopt An Athlete programme for the promotion of welfare and progress of athletes all over the country; Adopt A Game programme for the development of all the games and Adopt A Stadium programme for accelerated rehabilitation and further development of our stadia. “To the hard work, zeal and commitment of the cerebral minister, the programs have started yielding fruits with major African business players including the richest man on the continent, Alhaji Aliko Dangote acceding to rehabilitate MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja. This is indeed a new dawn in our sports development. With Sunday Dare, we are getting there steadily. He deserves our encouragement and support.” For two weeks, talented football players from across the 14 federal constituencies of Oyo competed for the SD Trophy, engendering opportunities for display and discovery of talents among the abundant latent soccer talents in our local areas. Not just mere playing and winning trophies, the Minister mobilised influential ex-international footballers to the opening of the tournament in Ogbomosho and its final at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan. In what many referred as an excellent strategy, the ex-international players were there not just to watch and discover talents, they were brought in by Dare to mentor the local players, most of whom saw the ex-Super Eagles stars physically for the first time at the tournament. Chief Festus Onigbinde, the best indigenous coach ever in Nigeria, led the pack and was at the stadium throughout the tournament, while Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi was the cynosure of all eyes. Amokachi was hailed, hugged and took hundreds of selfies with players and spectators. The newly appointed Assistant Coach for the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, was obviously on duty throughout as he was busy watching and making notes. The Headmaster, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorumu, Felix Owolabi and others joined to mentor the local players who displayed dexterity of the round leather game.Tags: Kehinde OlaosebikanObafemi Awolowo StadiumOyo StateSunday DareSunday Dare Grassroots Soccer Tournamentlast_img read more

United poised to clarify Fergie position

first_img Although United did not respond to the intense speculation that took hold on Tuesday night, for a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, it is impossible to imagine reports that such a senior figure is considering his position can go for long without some kind of response. Indeed, the longer the club leave it, the more credence it gives to speculation the 71-year-old is ready to stand down and end his amazing 26 years at the helm. At the very least it heightens the uncertainty that has come from a succession of stories that caused Ferguson’s status to be questioned in a manner never previously witnessed. Press Association Manchester United are expected to offer some kind of clarification on the future of manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday. center_img Only last weekend, in his programme notes for Sunday’s Premier League defeat by Chelsea, Ferguson insisted he was intent on carrying on indefinitely. Basking in the triumph of his 13th Premier League title, he said: “This team of champions is not going away – we are here for the long ride. We will get better and if we apply ourselves in our normal fashion I see our 20th league title as nothing but the start of another decade of success. “Whether I will be here to oversee another decade of success remains to be seen, but I certainly don’t have any plans at the moment to walk away from what I believe will be something special and worth being around to see.” However, chatter over his future dates back 12 months to the nosebleeds he suffered at a dinner in his native Scotland, which caused him to be taken to hospital. Although Ferguson himself insisted there was no problem, having been told he had taken too many short flights by the United team doctor, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan pointedly claimed this season would be the Scot’s last. Ferguson subsequently failed to travel to pre-season matches in Sweden and Germany and also sat out a mid-winter training camp in Qatar. Then, last week, United privately confirmed Ferguson had been booked in for hip surgery in August, after the club’s pre-season tour, which involves trips to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. It seemed strange timing given the former Aberdeen manager could have had whatever procedure he requires immediately. Repeatedly over the last few years, Ferguson has said his health would be the key to his own longevity. On Monday night, there was a massive gamble on David Moyes to join United in the summer, with further speculation that he would leave Everton to become Ferguson’s assistant. last_img read more