International Agribusiness Conference and Expo

first_imgDeal, along with Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, director of Business Development for the Georgia Ports Authority John Petrino and others will speak throughout the two-day event hosted by Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. WHERE: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, One International Drive, Savannah, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal will address the importance of international trade to the economic well-being of the state at the inaugural International Agribusiness Conference and Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, at 3:30 p.m. WHO: Gov. Nathan Deal WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 p.m. About the International Agribusiness Conference and ExpoThe conference will provide participants with information on which markets are open to their products, how to export their goods and what exporting can do for their bottom lines. Participants can attend educational forums and workshops to learn from experts in agricultural importing and exporting. Attendees will learn about the latest practices in processing value-added agricultural products and meet with international trade representatives and public officials who advocate for international trade in Georgia. For more information about the conference’s schedule and registration, visit To learn about the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, go to Visit for more information about Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education.last_img read more

Vermont senior housing gets $4.9 million from HUD

first_imgMore very low-income senior citizens in Vermont will have access to affordable supportive housing thanks to $4,885,200 in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This grant will help Cathedral Square Corp., a non-profit organization produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly.   VERMONT GRANTSection 202 – Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Location                      :  Burlington, VTNon-Profit Sponsor                 :  Cathedral Square Corp.Capital Advance                     :  $4,543,800Three-year rental subsidy        :  $341,400Number of units                      :  28Project Description                 : Cathedral Square Corporation has had great success combining HUD Section 202 funding with other federal, state, and local funding sources to create affordable housing for the elderly.  This 28-unit project, which will be located in Burlington, Vermont, will be no exception.  CSC’s relationship with service providers throughout the state will enrich the tenants’ lives and help encourage aging in place.  Units over and above the 28 HUD funded units may be added to the project with outside funding sources.      The grant funding awarded under HUD’s Sections 202 and 811 Supportive Housing programs will kick start construction or major rehabilitation for more than 170 housing developments in 42 different states and Puerto Rico.  In Vermont, more than 28 elderly households will be affordably housed with access to needed services.  A detailed summary of the Vermont grant can be found below.‘The Obama Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens find a decent, affordable place to live that is close to needed healthcare services and transportation,’ said Michael McNamara, HUD Vermont Field Office Director.  ‘Recent bipartisan changes to these two supportive housing programs will allow us to better serve some of our more vulnerable populations who would otherwise be struggling to find a safe and decent home of their own.’Enacted early this year with strong bipartisan support, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act provided needed enhancements and reforms to both programs.  Nonprofit grant recipients will now receive federal assistance that is better leveraged and better connected to state and local health care investments, allowing greater numbers of vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals to access the housing they need even more quickly.  Section 202 Capital Advances will provide $545 million nationwide to 97 projects in 42 States and Puerto.  In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUD’s Section 202 program will also provide $54 million in rental assistance so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes.  Section 202 provides very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to frail elderly resident. HUD provides these funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:           ·         Capital Advances.  This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development.  Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years for (under Section 202) or very low-income persons with disabilities (under Section 811). ·         Project Rental Assistance Contracts.  This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents’ contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project. Residents must be ‘very low income’ with household incomes less than 50 percent of their median for that area.  However, most households that receive Section 811 or Section 202 assistance earn less than 30 percent of the median for their area.  Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $13,500. HUD 11.15.2011last_img read more

Proposed $100M ‘small entity’ threshold out for comment

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board, voting 3-0, issued a proposal Thursday that would revise the “small entity” designation under the Regulatory Flexibility Act to cover credit unions with less than $100 million in assets, but Board Member J. Mark McWatters said the threshold should be higher.McWatters advocated for setting that threshold at $250 million in assets – if not $550 million, the threshold set by FDIC and other federal banking regulators – since a federal credit union of that size would still be considered small “relative to the universe of financial institutions within which a federal credit union competes.”The proposed rule, issued along with proposed Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 15-1, does not confer specific regulatory relief. Rather, it would cause NCUA to “give special consideration to the economic impact” of proposed and final rules on 745 additional credit unions, or a total of 4,869 institutions (77 percent of all).Staff said 77 percent of all insured credit unions have less than $100 million in assets and hold 10 percent of total industry assets. All those with less than $550 million represent 93 percent of insured credit unions and 33 percent of industry assets. continue reading »last_img read more

Boy, 11, Brought Gun to Mastic Beach Elementary School, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 11-year-old boy was charged with juvenile delinquency for allegedly bringing an unloaded handgun to the Tangier Smith Elementary School in Mastic Beach on Wednesday, Suffolk County police and school officials said.A fellow student who discovered the non-functional firearm at dismissal told a teacher and police were then called to the scene, authorities and school officials said. The student, whose identity was not released because of his age, brought the gun to school in his backpack, police said.“At no point were students and staff in danger,” the William Floyd School District officials said in a statement on the district’s website.The boy was released to the custody of his parents. He will also face disciplinary actions, but school officials noted that federal law prohibits them from releasing exactly what those actions will be.The boy’s father—whose name was also not released to protect the child’s identity—was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.Both ware scheduled to appear at Suffolk County court at a later date.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

They may have been brown, but they have become the blue cow of our tourism

first_img“In the world of marketing, the thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that especially deserves to be talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. Boring is a brown cow”Wrote Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow.One of the blue cows in our tourism is certainly located in Šibenik-Knin County. Admittedly, they had all the prerequisites to be just a boring brown cow, butsolely because of the people who lead and develop this great tourism story, they chose the harder but right path, and by their example became a real case study or a positive example globally as revitalizing dead capital and turning it into top tourism content.And they could have been a classic institution at the expense of the budget.They could stick to the status quo.They could “wait” for money. They could do without EU funds and wait for the State to revitalize them who knows when, if ever.They could only be a “dead” exhibit.They could follow trends, not create them.They could only sell the view alone, not the whole story.They could sell Montana sandwiches and Chinese plastic souvenirs.They could do without augmented reality and new technologies.They could do without concerts, conferences, promotions…They can work until 16.00pm and not work on weekends.They could do it, not work.They could have been brown cows.They could, but they didn’t.Just the opposite of the above. Šibenik fortresses are self-sustainable, generate added value, use groceries and souvenirs from local producers, have their own club of friends of Šibenik fortresses with over 4000 members, and this year alone they have organized about 50 different entertainment and cultural events. They also became the stage for various European promotions. They think globally and act locally, develop a cultural community and are a place of meeting, education, culture, interaction, crying and laughing, strong emotions and experiences… but their story has not stopped, on the contrary, they continue to grow boldly and visionarily and push forward as cultural hopes. tourism.After the revitalization of the fortress of Sv. Mihovil and Barone, it will be the turn of the remaining two fortresses as a unique cultural and historical story and a complete tourist product. In the first ten months of Šibenik Fortress was visited by about 180.000 visitors, and the fact that is news for the headlines is that Sibenik fortresses financially self-sustaining.And that is why the Šibenik fortresses are where they are. All thanks to proactivity, the destruction of the status quo, the need to add value and to become a real tourist attraction. Another proof of how it is possible and how it is up to the people. Not only have the Šibenik fortresses become an integral part of the tourist offer of the city of Šibenik, but they are the leaders in the development of tourism.And how everything looked like in this tourist season, see the attachment.PS They could have done it without the “cost” of making this video, but they are very well aware that this video will be just another piece of the puzzle for attracting new sponsors for next year.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Source: Photo / Video: PUBLIC INSTITUTION IN CULTURE FORTRESS OF CULTURE ŠIBENIKlast_img read more

Millions face new virus curbs, but hope rises for US vaccine

first_imgMillions of people faced new coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday as infections surge, but in one sign of hope, an American firm said it would soon start final-stage human trials for a possible vaccine.Countries around the world re-imposed lockdowns and curbs to contain new outbreaks, as global cases surged past 13.2 million with more than 576,000 deaths.Parts of the Asia-Pacific region, which had been somewhat successful in fighting the pandemic, provided fresh evidence of the deadly threat still posed by the virus. Hong Kong’s bars, gyms, and beauty salons closed again on Wednesday and a ban on gatherings with more than four people came into force as the city battled a fresh outbreak after months of impressive success against the virus.Most of the city’s residents voluntarily adopted facemasks as a barrier against the virus when it was first detected in mainland China late last year, but the Hong Kong government now requires passengers on public transport to wear them or risk a US$650 fine.There was alarm in Japan too, where Tokyo’s governor warned that the capital was on its highest coronavirus alert level after a spike in infections.That came after the Indian state of Bihar, with a population of around 125 million, announced a 15-day virus lockdown starting Thursday. India’s IT hub Bangalore has already started a week-long lockdown. ‘Less work, less money’ With no vaccine or effective treatment widely available, experts have advised lockdowns and social distancing measures in some form to prevent the deadly pandemic from gaining even more momentum.Face masks will become compulsory in England’s shops and supermarkets from next week, while South Africa reimposed a nationwide curfew to prevent a “coronavirus storm”.Authorities worldwide are under immense pressure to ease the economic pain caused by the widespread lockdowns, however, with the poorest hit the hardest.In Cairo, Zeinab, a young mother, was struggling to survive by selling tissues when the coronavirus hit — leaving her and thousands of other homeless people and street children even more vulnerable.With fewer people in the streets, she said, “we have less work and less money”. ‘You are part of the problem’ Such pleas from experts and authorities have been ignored and even mocked in many of the world’s most populous parts, including the United States — the worst-hit nation in the world.Tens of thousands of cases are now being reported every day in the US as authorities scramble to roll back reopenings. The national 24-hour infection count was more than 63,000 on Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, again warned Americans against carelessness — especially young people who may feel they are not vulnerable and would rather be “sipping my margarita at a bar in a crowd”.Given asymptomatic transmission, such young people “need to understand that given the nature of this outbreak… You are inadvertently propagating the pandemic, you are part of the problem and not the solution”, Fauci said at an online Georgetown University event on Tuesday.Hopes rose, however, when American biotech firm Moderna said it would start the final stage of human trials for its vaccine candidate on July 27, after promising results from earlier testing.Moderna is considered to be in a leading position in the global race to find a vaccine, and while its study should run until October 2022, preliminary results should be available long before then.center_img Authorities in Australia, meanwhile, pleaded Wednesday with the public to heed social distancing guidelines, with roughly five million people in Melbourne in lockdown since last week in a bid to contain a new outbreak.That request came just days after a group was fined Aus$26,000 (US$18,200) when their house party was exposed by an unusually large order of KFC.”A particular concern for us is the ongoing parties and gatherings — people playing poker, people holding parties,” said Rick Nugent, acting assistant commissioner of Victoria state.”Please stop.” Topics :last_img read more

AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: 80% Receivers Are Firearms

first_img December 16, 2019 AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: 80% Receivers Are Firearms Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Amidst a gun violence epidemic, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf today outlined a new legal opinion from the Attorney General’s Office addressing the classification of “80% receivers,” which are most commonly used to make unserialized “ghost guns.” The opinion clarifies that, under the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act, these receivers are properly classified as firearms in Pennsylvania. This opinion, in accordance with the Commonwealth Attorneys Act, was issued to tackle the growing use of untraceable “ghost guns” and to further assist law enforcement officials to protect people and save lives.A receiver, or frame, is the part of the firearm that houses the internal firing components. A gun cannot function without a receiver. A so-called “80% receiver” is one that is in an incomplete stage of manufacture; however, they can easily be turned into a functioning firearm. 80% receivers are commonly unserialized. Until this opinion, there was uncertainty over whether 80% receivers can be regulated the same way as fully finished receivers. This gap in enforcement made these weapons easily accessible to criminals and those prohibited from purchasing firearms in the Commonwealth, including convicted felons and domestic abusers.“My Office is taking the initial step of clarifying – through my official, legal opinion – that under Pennsylvania law, 80% receivers are firearms and can be treated, regulated, and enforced as such,” AG Shapiro said today during a Capitol news conference with Governor Wolf and the PA State Police. “The proliferation of these untraceable weapons strikes at the heart of our public safety, hindering law enforcement’s ability to protect our communities.“If we don’t recognize that 80 percent receivers are firearms under Pennsylvania law, we are creating a giant loophole that allows criminals to skirt our agreed-upon laws that keep people safe,” said Gov. Wolf. “Changing this classification will not hurt legal, responsible gun owners – This change will stop criminals, terrorists and other people who can’t pass a background check from acquiring a gun through the loophole.”Following this legal opinion issuance, the Office of Attorney General and Pennsylvania State Police will now work together on an implementation strategy to ensure that these weapons do not end up in the hands of criminals, convicted felons or prohibited purchasers.Currently, 80% receivers can be purchased at gun shows, brick-and-mortar vendors and online. The buyer can assemble the weapon soon after purchase and have a live, untraceable gun at their disposal. In Philadelphia alone, over 100 ghost guns have been recovered that started as 80% receivers.Shapiro issued his opinion today on 80% receivers at the request of the Pennsylvania State Police, who asked for formal guidance on how to classify these products under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act. Under the Commonwealth Attorney Act, any state agency or the governor can formally request the Office of Attorney General to interpret state law. After an examination of a statute, the expressed opinion is binding on the agency requesting it.“Under the statute, it doesn’t matter that these are not fully finished products,” The Attorney General said. “They are receivers and, therefore, they are firearms. Pure and simple.”Shapiro said this opinion does not make any firearm products illegal, and by issuing it, his office is not infringing on lawful gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.“We’re here because too many criminals have taken advantage of these loopholes to gain access to guns that they should never have had to begin with. We’ve read the same headlines, had the same emotional reactions, submitted to the same numbness, rinse and repeat,” Shapiro said. “Hopefully, with today’s interpretation, we can add onto the wide array of efforts my Office – in partnership with entities like the Pennsylvania State Police and the Governor’s Office – have undertaken to save lives.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Luxury triple storey terraces come complete with personal lift

first_imgEach terrace has a scullery attached to its gourmet kitchen. Picture: end features included polished hardwood floors and stairways, feature pendant lighting, stone and marble kitchen finishes, scullery, side-by-side lockup garage, storage, rear courtyard with drying court and herb garden and secure complex entry.The three bedroom, two bathroom, two car space terraces were walking distance to the hustle and bustle of the Oxford Street restaurant precinct.No price has been made public on the luxury terraces but a four bedroom townhouse with body corporate next door sold for $1.34 million three years ago.The terraces will be open for inspection from 6-7pm Thursday May 11, 1-2.30pm Saturday May 13 and 6-7pm Wednesday May 17. Every terrace has its own lift going to all three floors of the home. Picture: Gianniotis of Place Bulimba was marketing them on at buyers hunting for “absolute quality”.“Terraces One and Four are set on enough freehold land to allow you the opportunity to build a pool/spa for your own private enjoyment, an exclusive opportunity rarely found in this style of residence,” according to the listing. 33 Princess Street, Bulimba, QLD. Picture: 1, 3 and 4/33 Princess Street, Bulimba are on the market. Picture: triple storey terraces have taken the street to another level, with each home having its own lift that goes to all floors. The street has seen strong demand in recent years, with the property flanked by a set of units on one side and townhouses on the other, except Luxico has no body corporate.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agocenter_img 1, 3 and 4/33 Princess Street, Bulimba, have hit the market, each with their own lift and high end finishes. Picture: BRISBANE block has undergone a major transformation amid a rise in demand for smaller scale developments.Luxico Residences in popular riverside suburb Bulimba was made up of four up-market terrace homes, three of which – 1, 3 and 4/33 Princess Street – have now hit the market. Inside one of four freehold terrace homes at 33 Princess Street, Bulimba, QLD. Picture: read more

Port of Riga begins servicing LNG-powered container vessels

first_imgContainerships Polar; Image source of ContainershipsThe Port of Riga has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels following the arrival of the new Containerships Polar containership.The first two fully LNG-powered vessels Containerships Polar and Containerships Nord, owned by the CMA CGM Group, will arrive at the Port of Riga three times per week with a third LNG vessel set to join in autumn.According to the port, this is a step towards its goal of becoming a green port and reducing the environmental impact of its operations.As the new LNG vessels are one of the largest container ships that make regular stops at the Port of Riga, it is expected that the volume of container cargo will also increase.Kristaps Jakovļevs, the manager of Containerships in Latvia and Estonia, said: “Some European markets shipments of Containerships customers are already delivered by LNG powered vehicles. In the nearest future, we also plan to introduce an LNG car fleet in Latvia, reducing the environmental impact and shifting towards 100% green logistics.“Moreover, the new LNG vessels that arrive at the Port of Riga have a larger tonnage allowing us to offer better services to our customers and allowing Latvian exporters to better plan their supply chains and cargo volumes to the UK, Benelux countries, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.“last_img read more

Drivers in all eight IMCA divisions race for Summit Racing Equipment awards

first_imgTALLMADGE, Ohio  – Summit Racing Equipment rewards drivers in all eight divisions sanctioned by IMCA again this season, giving gift cards with a total value of $14,000 based on final regional or national standings.Gift cards valued at $100 will be awarded to top 10 finishers in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions.The Tallmadge, Ohio, high performance parts retailer also gives $100 gift cards to top 10 drivers in national standings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.Now in its seventh season as an IMCA marketing partner, Summit also returns to the national decal program for Modifieds.Drivers in that division are required to display two Summit decals on their race car and send a picture of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible for regional point fund shares.Information about Summit products is available at the website, on Facebook and by calling 800 230-3030.“Summit is an outstanding partner that is driven by being customer-focused,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder emphasized. “They not only offer the IMCA racer all the parts they need for the race car, but their line of retail products encompasses everything for the shop, trailer and tow vehicle as well.”last_img read more