Turf Field Day

first_imgWhether you’re a golf course superintendent or a homeowner who wants the perfect lawn, there’ll be something for you at the University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day.The field day is set for Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia’s campus in Griffin, Ga. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Come and get the latest information on how to care for your lawn or your golf course from UGA researchers and extension specialists. Field day topics include controlling turf insects like mole crickets and white grubs and turf pests like crabgrass and other turf weeds. The field day will also include information on newly released UGA turfgrasses including tall fescues that were bred especially for Georgia conditions. There will also be an update on the Seashore Paspaulum breeding program at UGA. This turfgrass is especially popular along the coast as it can be irrigated with salt water.The field day also includes a BBQ and chicken lunch and displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment.The morning session of the field day from 9-11:30 a.m. will also be offered through a Spanish translated tour.For individuals needing pesticide recertification, the UGA Turfgrass Field Day has been certified for Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours in Categories 24 (Ornamentals and Turf), 21 (Plant Agriculture) and Private. Be sure to bring your license number with you for reporting purposes.Certified Crop Advisor credit will also be available for the Turfgrass Field Day. Credit in pesticide management and crop production will be allowed for those in attendance. Be sure to sign up on the appropriate form at the end of the field day to receive your credits. The cost of the field day is $35 for registrations received before July 30 and $50 for those received after July 30. Four or more participants registering as a group qualify for a 10 percent discount. You can register by credit card by calling the UGA Griffin Campus Continuing Education Office at (770) 229-3477 or by faxing your registration and credit card payment to (770) 233-6180. To register by mail, send your registration fee to the Office of Continuing Education, University of Georgia Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Ga. 30223. Or just show up bright and early Thursday morning, August 12 and register on-site. For a complete field day schedule, check our website at www.georgiaturf.com.The field day will be held outdoors, rain or shine, so dress appropriately (bring sun screen and a cap).last_img read more

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Vermont Council for Quality Conference

first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality, partnering with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, will hold their 2004 Fall Quality Conference on September 27, 2004 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a cross section of Vermont organizations to discuss how to implement performance excellence and continuous improvement measures to enhance an organizations efficiency, profitability and success.The conference will include panelists from Manufacturing, Health Care, Small Business and Education to share their success stories and lessons learned. The afternoon will spotlight best practices in Balanced Scorecard, Outcome Based Planning, Action Planning, and Information and Knowledge Management. Mark Blazey, author of Insights to Performance Excellence will be the keynote speaker. Governor Jim Douglas and Commissioner Michael Quinn of the Vermont Department of Economic Development have both been invited to speak. Commissioner Quinn will speak on high performing Vermont organizations and their effect on the Vermont economy. Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit that helps Vermont organizations improve their performance and competitiveness. VCQs services include a comprehensive organizational assessment that identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as the foundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process, which is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. In addition, VCQ provides education and training, and serves as a resource referral for information, knowledge and sharing of best practices within and between Vermont organizations. For more information, please visit www.VermontQuality.org(link is external) or call 802) 655-1910.last_img read more

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Bolivia, Peru Cooperate to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo July 22, 2015 I LIKE THE INFORMATION VERY MUCH, IT IS VERY INTERESTING. That milestone arrived at the summit of councils of ministers held in Peru’s Puno region on June 23. There, Bolivian Minister of Defense Reymi Ferreira said after the 1st Bilateral Ministers’ Cabinet, the two countries agreed to “bilateral civic action, through the participation of both Armed Forces in social actions, both in the Lake Titicaca zone as well as the Amazon region, where we have a shared border.” * Exchanges of information on chemical substances used to adulterate drugs; The alliance between the two countries “will allow us to achieve better results and will make our war on drugs that much more effective, by conducting coordinated and simultaneous operations to confront illegal traffic in drugs and related offenses,” a spokesman for Bolivian Vice Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres said. Positive development Meanwhile, in the VRAEM, Peru’s Armed Forces have confronted drug-trafficking organizations — including the terrorist group Shining Path — for nearly 20 years. The region is a major production point for illegal coca, a crop used to produce cocaine. Peruvian security forces have made strides in the fight against cocaine production in recent years, as the nation produced 42,900 hectares of coca leaves in 2014, a nearly 13 percent decrease from 2013, when 49,200 hectares of coca leaves were harvested. There, Bolivian security forces seized 53 tons of marijuana, 7.4 tons of cocaine hydrochloride, and 6.5 tons of cocaine base between January 1 and June 30 of this year, according to FELCN’s General Directorate. Additionally, they dismantled 1,581 cocaine laboratories in the Bolivian rainforest and arrested 1,823 suspects from several countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Spain. “The Armed Forces of both countries will combine their efforts in the fight against drug trafficking, smuggling and human trafficking,” he said, adding that Bolivia and Peru have reached “an important milestone” in their relationship. Since 2011, for example, Bolivian and Brazilian security forces have exchanged information and participated in joint training exercises. “We are seeing a great opening in Bolivia’s international relations,” Theo Roncken, coordinator and associate investigator of the Bolivian civil organization Acción Andina, said. “This is positive for the country and the region.” In addition to joint training efforts, Bolivia and Peru’s operational strategy includes cooperation on: * Analyses of high-resolution liquid chromatography and gas chromatography. * Identification of synthetic drugs and controlled chemical substances; and * Internships at FELCN’s forensic laboratories, and exchanges on drug analysis; Bolivian and Peruvian security forces have teamed this year to destroy 50 clandestine landing strips and 17 planes used by drug traffickers. The cooperative effort joins Peru’s Drug Enforcement Directorate (DIRANDRO) with Bolivia’s Special Force in the War on Drugs (FELCN), each force operating in its own respective territory. * Exchanges of information on methods for analyzing drugs that are used illegally or improperly; Bolstering cooperation Both countries also have ongoing cooperative agreements with other partner nations in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. “In this struggle, we neutralized the air bridge established by drug traffickers to transport cocaine coming from the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM) in Peru, and employing Bolivia as a transshipment point,” Cáceres said, according to La Razón. “Due to the interdictions in many planes in the VRAEM and to avoid prosecution, drug traffickers are travelling to Callao in Bolivia and Loreto in Peru,” said Jaime Antezana, a Peruvian security analyst. In 2013, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil signed a trilateral agreement establishing control over air, ground, lake and river spaces along the countries’ extensive shared borders, allowing the nations to exchange intelligence, financial information, training, experiences, eradication and reducing the demand for drugs with a comprehensive vision. And in August 2014, Peru’s Ministry of Defense and the United States’ Pacific Forces renewed the relationship between their Navies on security and defense to strengthen their fight on the war on drugs.last_img read more

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Millennials like debit over credit

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Gen Y avoids debt and may prefer debit rewards.by: Stephanie Schwenn SebringAccording to a recent Wells Fargo survey, Millennials are leery of debt after seeing what transpired during the 2008 economic recession. Many feel consumed by debt already (42 percent say debt is their biggest financial concern) while carrying excess amounts of student loans on top of a car loan and mortgage.So it’s not so surprising that Millennials don’t want credit cards. As reported by Tech Times, 18- to 29-year-olds prefer debit over credit by a 3:1 margin. Why is this so important? Millennials are also the largest generation in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, ages 15 to 34 represent about a third of our total population.As statistics indicate, the implications are enormous regarding market share and meeting the digital banking needs of Millennials.Annie Cox, director/growth solutions for CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla., says Millennials prefer debit over credit card rewards. “They’re already overwhelmed with debt, including a significant amount of student debt, so credit isn’t their first choice for payments.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Lending growth leads October MCUEs

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lending growth highlighted CUNA’s October Monthly Credit Union Estimates, with credit union loan portfolios on track for the fourth straight. year of double digit growth.“This would be the first time that has happened since the 1980s, when loans grew in the double-digits for six straight years,” said Jordan van Rijn, CUNA senior economist.Credit union loans outstanding grew 0.9% in October, compared with a 0.8% increase in September. Home equity loans led loan growth during the month, rising 2.2%, followed by adjustable-rate mortgages (1.6%), new auto loans (1.4%), other mortgage loans (1.2%), used auto loans (0.7%), credit card loans (0.6%), and fixed-rate first mortgages (0.2%).“The tremendous loan growth continues to be fueled by high demand for auto loans; car loans have already grown over 11% this year, representing the fifth straight year of double-digit auto loan growth,” van Rijn said. continue reading »last_img read more

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US ends emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

first_imgThe United States on Monday withdrew emergency use authorizations for two antimalarial drugs favored by President Donald Trump to treat the new coronavirus, effectively shutting the door on the politically charged treatments.Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine (CQ) were authorized in March after they were found to inactivate the virus in test tubes, and early small studies appeared to show they worked well in humans, too.Since that time, however, larger, better-controlled experiments have found that the two medicines are ineffective in treating COVID-19 or in preventing infection among people who have been exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, safety concerns have been raised around their use — particularly the risk of causing irregular heart rhythm in certain patients.”It is no longer reasonable to believe that oral formulations of HCQ and CQ may be effective in treating COVID-19,” Denise Hinton, chief scientist of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote in a letter.”Nor is it reasonable to believe that the known and potential benefits of these products outweigh their known and potential risk.”Accordingly, FDA revokes the EUA for emergency use of HCQ and CQ to treat COVID-19.” The emergency approvals paved the way for the medicines to be donated from a national stockpile to hospitals to fight COVID-19, and were seen as an intermediary step before full regulatory approval.Both drugs are approved for use against malaria, as well as the autoimmune conditions rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.Doctors will therefore still be able to prescribe them “off label” against COVID-19, though this is strongly discouraged by US health authorities.Even so, the end of the authorizations presents a blow to Trump, who has personally backed HCQ on numerous occasions, calling it a potential “game changer” based on his gut feelings.He has also said he used the drug to ward off infection — but a recent clinical trial found it to be ineffective for this purpose too.HCQ has likewise received ringing endorsements from right-wing news media, including Fox News, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as well as in France from supporters of scientist Didier Raoult, who conducted one of the early experiments that showed favorable results. On the whole, it has pitted politicians against the scientific establishment.In May, Rick Bright, a prominent government scientist, testified in Congress that he was removed from his vaccine development role because he had raised concerns about HCQ and resisted its widespread use.Two major clinical trials this month, one in the United Kingdom and another in the US and Canada, underscored the drugs’ lack of efficacy.But HCQ was also at the center of an academic scandal when the prestigious journal The Lancet retracted a study that claimed the drug raised the risk of death.The paper was withdrawn after most of its authors said they could no longer vouch for the authenticity of a dataset supplied by a small Chicago-based health care company.Despite the affair, scientific consensus appears to have hardened against HCQ’s use for COVID-19.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Switzerland sends 2,500 students into quarantine after hotel school COVID outbreak

first_imgAt roughly 33 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last week, it remains less affected than a number of nearby countries currently at or nearer their peak.It has taken a regional approach on many precautionary measures, leaving cantonal authorities free to impose them as deemed fit.Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne said it was working with regional medical authorities to support the affected students, who thus far had only reported minor symptoms, and would continue teaching remotely throughout the quarantine period.”Important measures have been put in place on campus to ensure the highest health standards and to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible,” it said in an emailed statement.It said disciplinary measures had been taken against the students who had organized the privately held parties. Topics : The festivities Swiss authorities believe to be the origin of the school’s outbreak had been held before Vaud, which has recorded more infections than any other Swiss canton, introduced stricter measures on Sept. 17.Those included the closure of night clubs and a ban on private events of more than 100 people, as well as mandatory mask-wearing in public locations indoors.Like many European countries, Switzerland has seen a resurgence of cases since lockdown measures were eased and some international travel resumed over the summer months.Cases since the start of the epidemic recently surpassed 50,000. center_img Switzerland has quarantined the entire undergraduate body of one of its premier hospitality management schools just days after their return from summer recess, regional officials said on Wednesday, following a COVID-19 outbreak linked to one or more parties.All 2,500 undergraduate students at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne must remain in their housing, including on-campus accommodation, until Sept. 28, authorities for the canton of Vaud said in a statement.That followed a number of major outbreaks among the student body which had made it impossible to trace which students had came into contact with the virus.last_img read more

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Active management under pressure as buyers favour passive – survey

first_imgGlobal assets under management barely grew in 2015, with traditional active managers suffering outflows, according to a survey.The survey was conducted by consultancies Casey Quirk by Deloitte and McLagan, and was of members of the US Institute and European Institute, forums for senior leaders at investment management firms.The 2016 survey, the fifteenth annual version, found that there was low growth overall in the global asset management industry, with assets under management (AUM) rising from $68trn (€61bn) in 2014 to $69trn in 2015.Industry revenue fell, from an estimated $346bn in 2014 to an estimated $344bn last year. Index-linked and multi-asset class investment strategies attracted more than 90% of net new money worldwide last year.Of firms surveyed with more than $10bn in AUM, 56% reported positive net flows compared with 60% in 2014 and 63% in 2013.The share of those reporting negative net flows was up, from 40% in 2014 to 44% last year.Net flows into passive strategies globally doubled in the past two years to reach 72% of the total in 2015.Traditional active strategies saw outflows in 2015, “against gains in 2014”, according to the consultancies.Net inflows into multi-asset class strategies increased from 18% to 24%, while new investments into alternatives fell from 10% to 8% of total net flows in 2015.Jeffrey Levi, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, said: “Individual investors – increasingly sceptical of active management, fee-sensitive and outcome-oriented – are the drivers of industry growth.”Traditional active managers need to adapt their business models to this environment, which also features increasing scrutiny of fees and more regulatory pressure, he added.“This shifting marketplace will, in turn, drive greater convergence in the industry across wealth management, asset management, insurance and financial technology,” he said.Credit ratings agency Moody’s recently predicted traditional active asset management would “shrink substantially” due to the shift towards passive investment.last_img read more

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Switzerland: Record backing for international assets, alternatives

first_imgSwiss pension funds have an all-time high exposure to foreign assets, according to Swiss consultancy Complementa.In its latest risk check-up on the domestic pension industry, Complementa found Switzerland’s Pensionskassen invested almost 70% of their equities portfolios outside the country, while a decade ago this figure was 60%. In bonds, the exposure to foreign securities was also at a record high of around 45%. When other asset classes were included, it gave a record exposure to foreign investments.“For the first time in the Swiss second pillar half of the assets are invested abroad,” Complementa said. At the same time, the foreign currency quota in the portfolios Complementa looked at continued to decline, reaching 17%.“The FX hedging quota is at an all time high,” the consultancy said.As Pensionskassen search for yield and diversification, their exposure to alternative investments also continued to increase. It now stands at 9.1%, another all-time high.  Additionally, Complementa said alternatives allocations were much more diversified than four years ago, when portfolios were typically made up of private equity, commodities, and hedge funds.Complementa said there had been an “unbroken trend” of adding alternative asset classes.“Pensionskassen increase exposure to or make first-time investments mainly in insurance-linked securities, private debt and infrastructure,” the consultancy said.At the same time, commodity allocations shrank in light of disappointing returns.Looking to the future, Complementa said it was pessimistic about future returns of Swiss Pensionskassen. For the first four months of 2017 the firm calculated a 2.9% return on average, after a full-year return of 3.7% for all of 2016.However, it noted the returns over the last five years were “uncharacteristically high”. This was likely to change, Complementa said: “Currently our return outlook stands at 2.2%.”last_img read more

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