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Sustainable Ag Research

first_imgResearch faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are hosting a sustainable agriculture field day 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville, Georgia. Researchers will discuss the latest findings for corn and forage production practices to help increase profitability and decrease environmental impacts. These findings include a new living mulch system for corn, new forage varieties, cover crops to supply nitrogen and information on some of the equipment used to manage the farm. Farmers and those interested in conservation land management should plan to attend. “The Campbell (center) has a lot of interesting research going on to help farmers be more productive and profitable,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for UGA. “Many of these approaches are also better for the environment. It’s nice to be able to highlight research that has the potential to be a win-win solution.” Registration will be free and participants can register on-site. Parking will be available at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville. Shuttles will transport participants to and from the J. Phil Campbell center’s west unit field site every 10 minutes. The field day features eight stations, including: Living Mulch and Corn: UGA’s pioneering living mulch system will be showcased with sweet corn and field corn. The living mulch concept uses a perennial legume to provide weed control and nitrogen fertilizer to row crops. Its success depends on row width, crop population density and the amount of clover killed. These plots demonstrate how last year’s management is affecting this year’s crop.Soil Erosion and Water Quality in Corn Systems: Use of the living mulch system in a corn crop is expected to reduce soil erosion and the amount of nutrients lost. Researchers are comparing runoff and nutrient loss in the living mulch and conventional corn production systems.Corn/Clover System Water Quality and Use: Corn can be a “leaky” production system, where fertilizer nutrients are lost to groundwater. Researchers will share what they’ve found about how a living mulch system reduces nutrient loss and possibly conserves soil moisture.New Equipment: Farm manager Eric Elsner will give visitors a rundown on the equipment used to manage the farm, including no-till planters and drills, an over-the-row hooded sprayer and a hay unroller.The Forage Garden: Learn about Georgia forages by a touring a garden that includes forages used extensively in Georgia for pasture, hay and silage production, as well as some novel forage species and varieties. Forage Variety Development: UGA forage breeders will explain what traits they are breeding for when developing varieties suitable for conditions in Georgia and the Southeast. Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops/Organic Grain Corn: Researchers will discuss a new Nitrogen Availability Calculator that is available to predict a nitrogen credit from cover crops, and will discuss how this can be used in U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. They will also discuss growing organic corn.Soil Microorganisms and Soil Inoculants: Can locally produced microbes enhance forage growth or legume productivity? Researchers are evaluating the use of inoculates in forages fertilized with swine manure and in legumes fertilized with composted broiler litter.For more information, check the UGA Sustainable Agriculture website at sustainagga.org or email Julia Gaskin at jgaskin@uga.edu.last_img read more

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Sanders seeks support for Vermont State Hospital

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought together Obama administration officials, Vermont state lawmakers and the state Department of Mental Health commissioner to discuss federal funding for the Vermont State Hospital. Restoring the hospital’s certification could yield $10 million or more a year in federal reimbursements for the facility that the state now spends more than $20 million annually to operate and maintain.The state hospital in Waterbury first lost its federal certification in 2003, regained it in 2004, but lost it again in 2005. The lack of certification makes the facility ineligible to claim Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements that could cover more than half of the hospital’s costs.In July, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing concerns about supervision of a single patient, again denied certification for Vermont’s only state-run mental hospital. The decision followed an unannounced visit by investigators to the 54-bed psychiatric hospital.While federal investigators have cited lapses, the hospital was certified in 2008 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.“The quality of patient care must be our top priority, but the state and Vermont taxpayers deserve a reasonable process for correcting problems and restoring the hospital’s certification,” Sanders said. “In these difficult financial times, it is unfair to Vermont taxpayers that the state is losing out on $10 million a year in federal reimbursements.”Sanders convened the meeting of representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and state Sens. Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille) and Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden).“We are on the same page and they gave us a path forward,” Sanders said afterward.Sen. Bernie Sanders meets in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with (L to R) Cynthia Mann, director of Medicaid and State Operations for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Angela Brice-Smith, deputy director of surveys and certification for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photo by Frank Fey for the U.S. SenateSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009last_img read more

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FFIEC to FIs: Brace for extortion cyber attacks

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council issued a statement, “Cyber Attacks Involving Extortion,” Tuesday alerting financial institutions of the increasing frequency and severity of this particular breed of cyber attacks.Cyber attacks against financial institutions to extort payment in return for the release of sensitive information are increasing, the FFIEC said. continue reading »last_img read more

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Getting creative and driving results with integrated campaigns

first_imgSquare one is always going to be the audience. When we understand our audience, we understand what they’re looking for and how we can connect the dots so they know how we can fulfill their needs. A good list of questions to answer includes:Where can you reach them? Do they prefer doing their business in person, on the phone, or online? Are they active in the community? Where are all the spots that you can find them in their daily life? Use the answers to these question to help you select which channels to use.What’s important to them right now? The shorter the duration of your campaign, the more specific you can get. If there is a special occasion or current event that’s taking over the attention of your audience – holidays, elections, football season – you can incorporate that in your campaign. Make it a part of the promotion or offer solutions during tough times. A question I get asked a lot is ‘how can we make our next campaign different and more interesting?” This comes up with CEOs looking for growth just as often as with marketers wanting to shake up the status quo. Because when our tried-and-true campaigns start missing their marks, it is time to rethink how we’re tackling the marketing calendar. At the heart of it, what credit unions are really asking about is finding creative ways to drive more results. Results being a mix of new accounts, engagement, and retention. But not everyone has unlimited resources to devote to marketing. So there’s always the constraint of keeping the man-hours and budget down.My number one response to this kind of question is designing an integrated campaign that leverages the credit union’s strengths to meaningfully interact with their intended audience.An integrated campaign is simply a marketing campaign that uses a consistent message across multiple channels, including advertising, sales promotions, direct marketing, social media, and event marketing. It’s intended to educate and engage an audience in a variety of ways and in a number of places, nudging them along their sales journey. This style of campaign has been around for a while, but it evolves over time as new channels and platforms pop up – making it continually relevant. It also give us just enough of a framework to get us started when we’re trying to get creative about campaign design and execution. Making Your ImpactWith an integrated campaign, we need to identify a strong message that can be used across multiple channels. The overarching theme and offer needs to be consistent, but we have flexibility to shape each piece of marketing content to the individual channel. That flexibility makes integrated campaigns incredibly fun. To help narrow down ideas, stay focused, and drive results, try using these 4 tips: Know Your Audience Leverage Your StrengthsYou can do yourself a lot of favors by regularly assessing your credit union’s strengths and leveraging them whenever possible. Maybe you have an incredibly knowledgeable team that has years of experience and great stories to share. Maybe you have beautiful branches that can easily host events. Or, maybe you have lots of business partners and can collaborate to promote each other’s offering. Whatever your strengths are, finds ways to use them in your campaign. When you utilize content that you already have, expertise that exists, photography skills available, or connections that are enthusiastic about working with you, your job becomes much easier. Maintain ConsistencyIt’s easy to let constancy slip when we’re working on a campaign with extra moving parts. Remember, the overarching theme and offer needs to stay consistent. Then, you can shape each particular piece to work best with the channel you’re using.Keep the language, images, colors and fonts complimentary and it’ll be easier for your audience to recognize the campaign when they see it in different places. If you view an online ad, a social media post, a video in the branch, and a workshop worksheet next to each other, you should be able to tell that they are part of the same campaign. Create a High-Quality ExperienceWhile you’re creating the offer and the different pieces of your campaign, don’t forget to consider what the experience looks like from start to finish. It can be incredibly helpful to have a central place with all of the campaign details – usually a landing page that is easy to list on your printed materials and point to in online links. Besides a general place for additional details, what do you want your audience to do with your promotion? What can you do to make it easy for them to complete that action and interact with the credit union? Take into account how your audience likes to do business and try to make that an option when you’re designing your calls-to-action. Wrapping it up with an ExampleYour campaign is going to be unique to your credit union, but let’s use an example to illustrate how you could go about an integrated campaign using these tips. Let’s say that our credit union primarily works with families in one particular community. This audience is getting ready for spring break and they are looking forward to family-oriented, out-of-town trips in the next 1-2 months. Day-to-day, they can be found checking out news online, flipping through their social media feeds, and helping their kids manage their extra curricular activities. The credit union wants to increase credit card activity and gain new credit card accounts. There is a rewards program, the credit union has a good social media following, and the main branch is located on a main street that has lots of retail shopping and an active chamber of commerce that runs events like an upcoming sidewalk sale.Now we can start looking for the overlap in the credit union’s strengths and what the audience needs to create a fun campaign.To give members and non-members extra incentives to open or use the credit card, we can offer some additional rewards and contests that make spring break travel more enjoyable. To make sure we reach the audience, we can use social media, online search, the physical branch, and the community event.Working within any brand guidelines, the credit union can use travel images and language about getting away for some family-bonding time. Main points can include:Extra reward points for gas and travel purchases. Tying in the local opportunity and sidewalk sale, run a contest involving making local purchases for entries. The giveaway could include things for the vacation like a tablet, headphones, and small items from local shops. Added-value content placed online and on social media has travel tips: keeping your accounts safe, considerations for international travel, and tips for helping kids manage their money during vacations.Posters, banners and window clings in the branch can help drive awareness around the timeof the sidewalk sale. Social media, email blasts, and online ads can drive activity to a central landing page with more details and an application. Collaboration with local shops and the chamber could lead to cross-promotional efforts in the stores or through their online channels.As you can see, campaigns have many more possibilities when you choose an integrated approach and leverage the resources available. Consider an integrated campaign the next time you want to try something new and let your creativity run wild. You’ll start discovering new ways to reach members and even better results in your marketing efforts. center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Laud Jennifer is a credit union marketing consultant and the owner of Jennifer Laud Consulting. She has a background in strategy and a passion for positioning credit unions to find their … Web: www.jlaud.com Detailslast_img read more

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House of Fraser spots gap in City retailing

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Iranian lawmaker dies of novel coronavirus

first_imgAn Iranian lawmaker died from the novel coronavirus on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported, one of several officials to succumb to the illness in the epidemic-hit country.Fatemeh Rahbar, 55, was a conservative MP and had recently been elected to the parliament from the capital Tehran, the agency said.She is the second lawmaker killed by the virus in Iran and one of seven politicians and government officials who have died in the outbreak since the country reported its first cases in mid-February. Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of the virus, which so far has infected 4,747 people and killed at least 124.Rahbar was among the top candidates in Tehran for the conservatives, who overwhelmingly won February’s general election marked by the lowest turnout in the Islamic republic’s history.Iran has closed schools and universities, suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country to slow the contagion, which has spread to all of its 31 provinces.Topics :last_img read more

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Danish telecoms group rejects bid from pension fund consortium

first_imgPFA confirmed the consortium’s interest in a statement on its website, and said the offer represented “an attractive price and premium to the shareholders”. The value of the bid was not disclosed.“The consortium has prepared detailed plans for TDC,” PFA said. “It is the intention of the consortium that the long-term strategy planned for TDC will encourage and support innovation in the Danish telecommunications sector, improve customer service, product offerings and enhance retail competition. A 4G mast operated by TDCSource: Uffe Weng“It will also reduce infrastructure duplication and accelerate the quality, expansion and speed of all [telecoms] networks across Denmark.”The pension fund added that the consortium planned to “invest material amounts” into the business to upgrade mobile and broadband coverage in Denmark. Its plans would not involve redundancies, PFA said.The statement concluded: “The consortium believes that the proposed offer represents excellent value for shareholders, TDC and Denmark. The consortium recognises the development seen in TDC in recent years, and would welcome an opportunity to enter a dialogue with the TDC board of directors.”The consortium is the latest example of Danish funds collaborating on investment deals.In November, PFA and PKA were part of a five-fund group that bought a 16.9% stake in domestic mortgage lender Nykredit. The pair also each bought a 25% share in a UK offshore wind farm in the same month.In February last year, PKA and ATP teamed up with PensionDanmark and Industriens Pension to invest in a specialist Danish agriculture fund set up by the government. In the same month, PFA and Industriens together invested DKK1bn in domestic residential property . Danish telecoms company TDC Group has rejected a takeover bid from a group of major pension funds.According to a statement from the company, Denmark’s PFA, PKA and ATP had teamed up with Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets to acquire TDC.“Having reviewed the terms of the proposal, TDC Group’s board of directors concluded that it is not in the best interest of TDC’s shareholders and stakeholders and it has been rejected,” the statement said.TDC Group was valued at DKK35.7bn (€4.8bn) on the Copenhagen stock market, according to Bloomberg.last_img read more

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Dominica eying increased tourism revenue from upcoming cricket test

first_imgLocalNews Dominica eying increased tourism revenue from upcoming cricket test by: – June 1, 2011 Share Mr. Sobers Esprit. Photo credit: dominica.gov.dmDominica is looking to boost its visitor arrivals with the hosting of the third Digicel cricket test match between West Indies and India from July 06-July 10.“We expect visitors from other islands and from far away to come to visit our island…For us the major objective is to attract regional and international cricket fans to Dominica, to bring test cricket to a very knowledgeable and cricket loving public, to expose our young players to top quality international players, to position Dominica as a major sporting location and to give wider regional and international media exposure to Dominica as an event destination,” said Sobers Esprit at a ceremony Wednesday to launch the game.Esprit is heading the team charged with marketing the event and said officials anticipate that “as a tourism destination, we can get more as a result of hosting this game.”Click here to listen to Mr. Esprit: Dominica will work with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in marketing the upcoming match which will be the first international cricket test game hosted at Windsor Park Stadium, making the venue the newest for test cricket. Dominica has hosted two one day international cricket matches over the past two years.“We are actually representing the board and will be providing a support for the board in marketing the event throughout the period of the marketing. Most of the work will be executed on behalf of the West Indies Board,” Esprit said.Tickets for the match go on sale from June 13.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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EPL top tackler race: Ndidi drops to third spot

first_imgSuper Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has lost further ground in the race to be the league’s top tackler for the third consecutive season.Advertisement The Nigerian who led the chart earlier in the season, has now dropped to third with 86 successful tackles, 20 behind Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City(106) and three behind Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.In interceptions, Ndidi has lost top spot to Bornemouth’s Diego Rico (64 interceptions) with the Nigerian second with 56 while another Nigeria-born player, Philip Biling of Bornemouth is just four behind Ndidi.The Eagles star who was sidelined in January for a knee injury, was rested by Brendan Rodgers during the Foxes’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea last weekend so as not to aggravate the injury.Ndidi drops to number three in EPL top tackler race – https://t.co/jjJMRdIAPY pic.twitter.com/NcNstXVkVp— FootballLiveNG (@footballliveCH) February 4, 2020Read Also: Odion Ighalo wears boots in tribute to tragic sister who died two months agoThe midfielder will be looking to return to action when Leicester take on Wolves on February 14, 2020 immediately after the inaugural Premier League mid-season break.Ndidi has so far featured in 21 league games for the Foxes this season, from which he has two goals, one assist and three yellow cards.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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MORE Power energizes ship to house COVID frontliners

first_imgShip Capt. John B. Lacson will temporarily house frontliners battling the coronavirus disease 2019 in Iloilo City. MORE Electric and Power Corp. has completed energizing it. Among the facilities installed by MORE Power included an electric post, three 75 kVA transformers, a primary line, a service line, and an electric meter. The city government resolved to use the vessel to house workers from the City Health Office, Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Iloilo City Emergency Response Team – all at the forefront of implementing the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) protocols to battle COVID-19. The vessel, owned by JBL Maritime Foundation, is currently anchored at the Iloilo River Wharf along the street of Muelle Loney. Among the facilities installed by MORE Power included an electric post, three 75 kVA transformers, a primary line, a service line, and an electric meter.center_img ILOILO City – MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) has completed energizing the vessel Capt. John B. Lacson that will be used as temporary shelter forcoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic frontliners in this city. Now fully energized, the vessel is ready for the use of the frontliners./PNlast_img read more