For farmers, the decision to start exporting their products can be daunting or even down right confusing.UGA’s 2013 Farm to Port Ag Forecast economic outlook series will feature local producers and business people who will share how they broke into the export market and the benefits they’ve seen since making the leap. “As we continue to move toward a global economy, there are new opportunity overseas and across our boarders that can provide a positive economic impact on Georgia’s farmers,” said Kent Wolfe, executive director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, which is helping to organize the 2013 Ag Forecast. “However, being aware of these opportunities and the issues associated with accessing foreign markets can be an overwhelming task. “Hopefully, our local speakers will be able to share some insight and their experience in exporting Georgia products hopefully paving the way for others to take advantage of existing and emerging foreign markets.” UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences coordinates the seminars in conjunction with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The Ag Forecast seminars were made possible through an endowment funded by Georgia Farm Bureau. This is the seventh year the program has been offered. The two-hour programs provide lunch or breakfast and bring together agricultural economists and economic development experts from around the state to give producers and business owners a preview of what they can expect from the market in the coming year. The seminar series will be held January in Athens, Rome, Macon, Tifton, Bainbridge and Lyons. Georgia Department of Economic Development Director of International Trade Kathe Falls will deliver the keynote, and a local speaker will address the specific challenges and benefits of exporting from their region of Georgia. Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and president of the International Poultry Council, will speak at the Jan. 25 Ag Forecast at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. Georgia farmers are the largest producers of poultry in the U.S., turning out about 1.3 million birds a year. A growing number of those are for the export market, with farmers breaking records for exports in 2011 and on track to break records in 2012, according to Toby Moore, vice president of communications for the council. The Poultry and Egg Export Council represents 220 poultry processing and trading companies across the United States. The council collaborates with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to promote U.S. poultry and egg products in 13 foreign countries. “As the nation’s leading poultry and egg producer, no state has benefited more from exports than Georgia,” Sumner said. “Since 1990, exports of Georgia poultry have grown from about $93 million to an estimated $790 million in 2012. From a production point of view, Georgia’s poultry industry has grown from exporting 7 percent of its total production to over 25 percent during that same period. That’s a success story we’re very proud of here at (the council).” Maggie O’Quinn, who leads Certified Angus Beef ® marketing efforts in parts of the U.S. and in Latin America, will speak at the Jan. 28 Ag Forecast at the Rome-Floyd County ECO River Education Center. O’Quinn has launched the Certified Angus Beef brand in 15 markets across the Caribbean and Central and South America. She currently serves on the executive committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Al Pearson, owner of Pearson Farms in Fort Valley, Ga., will speak at the Jan. 29 Ag Forecast at Georgia Farm Bureau Headquarters in Macon. Pearson is a middle Georgia peach and pecan farmer who has grown Pearson Farms to include 2,700 acres of peach and pecan trees, a peak season workforce of 200 people and a growing export market. Jimmy Webb, a managing partner with Harvey Jordan Farms Partnership in Leary, Ga., will speak at the Jan. 30 Ag Forecast at the University of Georgia Conference Center in Tifton. Webb, a 28-year veteran cotton and peanut producer, has held leadership roles in a number of cotton and peanut trade groups. He currently serves as a Georgia delegate to the National Cotton Council and to the Cotton Board, as president and director of Cotton Council International, as director of the Southern Cotton Growers group and as president of American Peanut Marketing. Richard Barnhill, owner of Mazur and Hockman Peanut Brokers, will address the Jan. 31 Ag Forecast in Bainbridge at the Cloud (Decatur County) Livestock Facility. Barnhill has worked in the peanut processing industry since 1986, and he is a former president of the American Peanut Council, a former board member of the Georgia Peanut Producers Association and past chairman of the Associate Board of the American Peanut Shellers Association. He will speak on the export market for Georgia peanut products. Jon Schwalls, director of operations for Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetables, will address the Feb. 1 Ag Forecast in Lyons. Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable is a Norman Park, Ga. producer of cucumbers, peppers, squash, watermelons, green beans and other vegetables. In addition to their 3,000-acre farm in Georgia, Southern Valley operates a 1,500-acre farm in Mexico so that they can provide vegetables to their customers year-round. This is the first year UGA has held its Ag Forecast in Bainbridge and Lyons. It is also the first year in several years that a Ag Forecast meeting has been held in Rome. Registration is now open and information about the 2013 Ag Forecast is posted at georgiaagforecast.com and on Twitter through @GaAgForecast. For more information, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-275-8421.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The bold artistic movement that made New York the center of the art world in the 1950s gets the exposure it deserves when the Nassau County Museum of Art hosts AB-EX/RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered this month.This ambitious exhibit includes 85 pieces from 47 artists whose names have become almost synonymous with this style—such as Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko—as well as three installations focused on artists whose work is still going strong today, including New York City’s Judith Godwin, Rhode Island’s Rita Rogers and Huntington’s Stan Brodsky, currently regarded as “a master colorist whose abstract landscapes capture the essence of nature.”Adding importance to the show is that many of these paintings haven’t been seen outside of a Manhattan gallery since far-sighted collectors first snatched them up some 50 or 60 years ago as these artists were making their mark. The exhibition also offers viewers a chance to discover the contributions of lesser-known but highly admired artists of the movement, such as Fritz Bultman, “a drinking buddy and respected rival of Jackson Pollock,” the museum says, and Jon Schueler, a “second-generation Abstract Expressionist” who became a key component of what became known as “the New York School.”Jon Scheuler painting from Nassau County Museum of ArtKarl Willers, the museum director at NCMA, was brimming with enthusiasm when he spoke with the Press recently about the scope of this exhibit. The public will get to look closely at “some amazing artists who were working in the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s in America,” he says, who “made huge contributions to abstract painting and the general movement of abstract expressionism but have never really received the credit that they’re due for all of their achievements.”This show, which is so large it’s taking over the whole Joan and Arnold Saltzman Fine Art Building, marks the third abstract expressionist exhibition Willers has done in his career—his first one ws three decades ago at the Whitney Museum, when the great majority of these painters were still around.“Abstract expressionism is just a name given to a group of painters who really arose in the United States in the post-war world who were very interested in abstract modes of expression,” Willers explains. “It’s usually recognized as a group of painters that in many ways developed a style of painting that was truly international in its influence.”Nassau County Museum of ArtWhat distinguishes this style most prominently are the gestures—the acts of painting—epitomized by drips, drabs and smears of paint and brush strokes as the artist interacted with the material, the canvas and chance, letting emotions and meaning play upon the surface.No artist embodies this form of expression better in the public’s mind than Jackson Pollock, and the exhibit will be showing a film that Arnold Newman made years ago of Pollock painting on a horizontal sheet of glass, with the camera filming him from below as the artist stood to the side and let his pigments fly.“One of the terms used to describe this painting was action painting,” Willers says. “This film really makes it come alive for people.”The show also includes two of the largest paintings ever made by Pollack’s pal, Bultman, and by another action painter, Norman Bluhm, whose work has been compared to Cézanne.“One of the hallmarks of abstract expressionism was that the canvas sort of exploded to all four sides of the wall,” says Willers. “It really fills the visual field so that the viewer is very much immersed in this aesthetic experience.”But size isn’t all that matters, notes Willers. “It’s interesting to see how some of the tiny paintings still hold up and have a huge amount of visual power,” he says.Willers wanted to draw special attention to the three living artists in the AB-EX/RE-CON show, who each get their own gallery devoted to their work.Frtiz Bultman’s “Blue Triptych,” 1961.Judith Godwin, born in Virginia, moved to New York City in 1953 and enrolled in the Art Students League, famous for its rigor and far-reaching influence. She later studied with Hans Hofmann, whose work is also in this exhibit, and became a close friend of the famous modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Rita Rogers, a painter and printmaker who lives in Newport, R.I., studied at the Art Students League, and later taught painting at the Portsmouth Abbey School, a boys’ boarding school near the Narragansett Bay. In 1977 her home on campus burned down, destroying almost all her early work that wasn’t in someone else’s possession. This show borrows pieces from her son’s private collection, and includes prints made from plates that survived the fire.Born in Brooklyn, Stan Brodsky, professor emeritus of art at Long Island University’s Post Campus in Brookville, was the director of LIU’s studio programs before he retired.“Stan Brodsky is one of the foremost painters here on Long Island,” says Willers. “He’s been doing wonderful abstract paintings throughout his career.”Reached at his home in Huntington, where he’s had his studio for 18 years, Brodsky gladly explained his approach to color and form.“I followed a path in which I did both figurative works and abstraction as well,” says the 88-year-old artist who just became a grandfather for the first time in January. Brodsky moved out from New York City in 1965 and started exploring the North Shore. “I was very excited by low tide,” he adds.At one point in the 1950s, Brodsky was working at the Sidney Janis Gallery on West 57th Street when one of Willem De Kooning’s celebrated “Woman series” was delivered from his East Hampton studio.“I remember when they took the plastic off,” Brodsky says. “I was astounded by the boldness of the work, the color, the freshness and the exaggeration, and also the physical properties of the paint, all those things excited me. I’d never seen anything like it!”Willers hopes viewers have that experience when they come to the Nassau County Museum to see the abstract expressionist show.The exhibit draws upon three art collections for the most part, two of whom belong to local residents close to the museum’s community—the Clarks (Bruce, Michelle and their son Spencer) and a Roslyn collector who prefers to remain anonymous.“In many ways it is an entire genre of paintings that emerged and developed right here locally!” says Willers. “I think anybody who’s giving these works a fair chance is going to be very much enraptured by their visual qualities and the variety of different kinds of gestural paintings that were active during this same period.”The AB-EX/RE-CON show runs through June 16. The Nassau County Museum of Art, open Tuesday-Sunday, is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off 25A (Northern Boulevard), two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. For more information call 516-484-9337 or visit www.nassaumuseum.org.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Wendy BlaeserIncreasing revenue while reducing costs – it’s a universal goal for financial institutions. Yet with a regulatory environment and economic conditions that are constantly in flux, it can be singularly challenging to achieve that ideal balance of making more money while spending less. Credit unions that do so live to loan another day. Those that don’t go the way of the dodo.Of course, every financial institution looks for new markets and products that can boost revenue for the lowest possible cost – and that’s a good thing. But is your credit union undervaluing a tried-and-true income stream? We’re talking about the lowly check order.Despite the meteoric rise of e-payments, checks remain a viable payment form. Consider these numbers:$86.4 billion a day changes hands in America via checks — $1 million per second.In 2012, consumers and businesses wrote more than 21 billion checks.Deluxe prints 4.2 billion checks per year. continue reading »
ACI has been placing special emphasis on environmental protection, especially marine, for many years, and at the beginning of this year cooperation with the Green Sail initiative was achieved, which aims to create environmentally friendly practices in waste management, especially through raising environmental awareness among boaters. employees and business partners.Thus, in accordance with new trends and environmental standards, in cooperation with the Tesla Corporation, a number of ACI marinas have already installed electric car chargers in 2017 (ACI Umag, Cres, Opatija, Split, Veljko Barbieri and Dubrovnik), while by the beginning of the season charging stations should be put to use in the marinas Pomer, Rovinj, Supetarska Draga, Jezera, Vodice, Simuni, Milna, Vrboska and Korcula, according to the ACI.Following the excellent results of ACI’s mooring reservation system and guest satisfaction with its use, activities on the development of digital sales and communication channels continue – boaters will have access to a new ACI mobile application from mid-April that provides easy mooring booking and a range of other marina information. In just a few clicks you can book in advance and pay a berth fee for a boat to any ACI marina and thus avoid the crowds in front of the marina and waiting at the reception. The ACI Online Booking service is free of charge for all users of the annual berth in ACI marinas, as well as for users of charter vessels who are on an annual berth in ACI marinas.Also, ACI is introducing new security procedures as well as strengthening WI-FI systems and video surveillance systems in several ACI marinas. ACI marinas also praised the introduction of ISO standards related to the quality, environment and energy management system, for which certification is planned before the season.In the first three months, revenue growth of 8 percent ACI RabAccording to financial indicators, ACI dd in the first three months of 2018 achieved a 4% increase in total revenues compared to the same period last year. Total revenues of HRK 33,7 million are HRK 1,3 million higher than revenues of the observed period last year. Total operating revenues increased by 8% compared to the same period last year, amounting to HRK 31,4 million. The increase in the consequences of revenue growth in all business segments was stated, ACI points out, adding that revenues from permanent connections increased by 6%, from monthly connections by 16%, from daily connections by 76%, from rent by 14%, from other services. provided to boaters by 13% while other operating income increased by 20%. “Due to the seasonality of operations and the fact that in this period the most significant part of expenditures is realized due to intensive investments and preparation of the season, business results in the first quarter of the year usually show a negative result, but in Compared to the previous year, the negative result decreased by 21% and amounts to HRK 3,9 million. ” They point out from ACI and add that in 2018 they plan to invest 188 million kuna in modernization and raising the quality of the nautical offer, as well as the opening of ACI Rovinj in July, whose complete reconstruction amounts to 160 million kuna.Related news:INCREASED FEES FOR BOATERS DAMAGE CROATIAN TOURISMTHE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DRASTIC INCREASE IN THE RESIDENCE TAX IN NAUTICS ARE ALREADY FEELED ON THE FIELD, AND WILL ONLY BE FELTRESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017
The unique properties of the Mali Ston Bay area, the optimal quantity and composition of food, the excellent quality of sea water with the application of traditional knowledge and skills directly reflect on the quality and organoleptic properties of this esteemed product. The process of protection of the name “Malostonska kamenica” began in August 2017, when the Association “Stonski školjkari Ston” submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for protection of the designation of origin called “Malostonska kamenica”. The geographical area in which all phases of production of “Mali Ston oysters” take place includes the waters of the Mali Ston Bay, which belongs to the territory of the Republic of Croatia. In addition to the now registered name “Malostonska kamenica”, other already registered products are: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanljenja Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorje mills, Pag cheese and Bjelovarski kvar Brački varenik and Varaždinski klipič. The Republic of Croatia now has 28 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication. Photo: Ministry of Agriculture The uniqueness of “Mali Ston oysters” stems from the unique natural characteristics of Mali Ston Bay and the skills that have been developed during the centuries-old tradition of breeding in Mali Ston Bay. You can see the product specification “Malostonska kamenica” here. Thus, “Malostonska kamenica” is entered in the register of protected persons designations of origin and protected geographical indications te protected throughout the European Union, and guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product. There are two key things in tourism that we need to understand and learn. First, we have to sew ourselves in order to be respected. Secondly, authenticity and our culture and way of life are our biggest tourist trump cards. And that is why we can and must be proud of our 28 magnificent products that are protected by designations of origin and geographical origin and protected throughout the European Union. This is exactly what tourists want to experience and taste. “Mali Ston oyster”Has been awarded the European Protected Designation of Origin,” the European Commission said in the Official Journal of the European Union on 13 October 2020.
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the country, people in Manado, North Sulawesi have started to buy a local alcoholic beverage called Cap Tikus (Mouse Brand) – not to drink, but to make homemade hand sanitizer.Because of shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, the deputy governor of North Sulawesi, Steven Kandouw called for hand sanitizer to be homemade using Cap Tikus, which has an alcohol content of 50 percent, as the main ingredient.In addition, as many as 900 liters of Cap Tikus made by micro, small and medium enterprises in Tareran, South Minahasa was purchased by North Sulawesi’s COVID-19 task force to be processed into hand sanitizer, which is to be freely distributed to the public. Cap Tikus is a traditional fermented beverage originally from Minahasa that is distilled from the naturally alcoholic sap of sugar palms. The local alcoholic beverage has long been a favorite among North Sulawesi residents.As reported by tribunnews, some residents have been experimenting by mixing some of the Cap Tikus with fragrant oils to be made into a solution that is believed to have similar chemical content as hand sanitizer.”The 600-milliliter Cap Tikus is usually priced at Rp 20,000 [US$1.25], but now it is priced at Rp 50,000 as people are buying it for hand sanitizer,” said Robby, the Cap Tikus salesman from Tamaluntung village, North Minahasa, North Sulawesi on Thursday.He added that he was overwhelmed by the increasing demand for the beverage in the past three days. While the brand offers drinks with varying levels of alcohol content – from 30 to 50 percent – Robby said that most people came to buy the ones with the highest level.Engelbert Hart, another Cap Tikus seller, said that recently he could sell up to 30 bottles of Cap Tikus a day, up from the usual 10 to 20 bottles.”I am happy that more people come to buy, but I am also anxious about whether they bring the coronavirus with them or not,” said the man who has been selling the beverage for 30 years.On Thursday morning, the North Sulawesi COVID-19 task force reported that six North Sulawesi residents were under monitoring for COVID-19. Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed cases nationwide.(trn)Topics :
The PLSA said the survey also found concerns regarding the capacity of asset managers to fulfil their stewardship responsibilities.It said 35% of respondents indicated they were dissatisfied with their asset manager’s approach to executive pay.The association said 60% of respondents indicated high levels of pay in the asset management industry were a problem.The PLSA said the report’s analysis of remuneration-related shareholder votes at company AGMs found that “overall levels of dissent did not change dramatically in 2016”.Luke Hildyard, the PLSA’s policy lead for stewardship and corporate governance, said it would update its guidelines to encourage its members and their asset managers “to take a tougher line on the re-election of company directors responsible for executive pay practices”.The PLSA’s report comes two days after the UK government launched a consultation on corporate governance at UK companies, including proposals on the subject of executive pay. The UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) believes a survey of its members shows there is “a strong sense” that high levels of pay at asset managers are preventing them from “properly” holding companies to account over pay practices.Releasing its 2016 AGM season report, which focuses on executive pay, the association said 87% of pension funds responding to its survey believe executive pay is too high.Of those, 63% think executive pay is generally too high, according to the PLSA, while 37% believe it is too high in cases of poor performance.The pay gap between executives and their workforce was identified as a problem by 85% of respondents.
BOONE, Iowa – As its name would imply, Boone Speedway’s 50th anniversary event will serve as a Prelude to the World’s Largest Dirt Track Event.IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods fill the card at the Saturday, Sept. 2 Prelude, giving early arrivals for the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s another night on Iowa’s Action Track.The Modified feature will be a qualifying event for next fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The complete purse, as well as race night schedule, are to be announced.“Boone’s 50th anniversary event was originally scheduled in March but was rained out. They had considered rescheduling mid-season but decided the prelude would be a better time,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “There are always a lot of drivers who get to Boone before Labor Day and this will be a good event between weekly racing and Super Nationals.”Regardless of when they get to Boone, drivers and fans will be greeted by a familiar schedule at the 35th annual Super Nationals.Southern SportMods headline the Labor Day show, which also sees qualifying begin for Hobby Socks and Northern SportMods. The complete Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 5.Modified and Stock Car qualifying starts Wednesday, Sept. 6 while the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models tops the Thursday, Sept. 7 program.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 8. Main events and races of champions for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks bring the week to a close on Saturday, Sept. 9.“The main thing happening now at Boone is physical expansion of the speedway. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone who attends and create an enjoyable experience to complement what we know will be great racing,” Root said. “The weather is always the wild card. If that cooperates, Super Nationals will be a great experience.”Along with new grandstand seating pitside, Boone has seen recent expansion to both pit and fan parking areas.“Businesses and residents of Boone have been very gracious as Super Nationals has grown,” acknowledged Root. “We are very appreciative.”Entry forms for Super Nationals are now posted on both the IMCA (www.imca.com) and track (www.raceboone.com) websites. Pit stall applications are also posted on both sites. Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, are $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.Super Nationals competitors can also pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Both the Prelude and Super Nationals will be broadcast by IMCATV.
Somebody ate a banana that sold for six figures at Art Basel in Miami over the weekend.Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan duct-taped a banana to the wall at an art exhibition in Miami Beach and called it “Comedian.”It sold for $120-thousand bucks to a French art collector.On Saturday, a New York artist walked up to the art installation and ate the banana.Performance artist David Datuna named his stunt, “Hungry Artist.”He slipped away before security could arrive. The museum’s director said the banana will be replaced.
ST CUTHBERT’S Mission Secondary continued their winning streak when they defeated the East Bank Demerara Zone champions Diamond Secondary, to secure the Upper Demerara/East Bank District title in the GCB/National Secondary Schools Cricket League.Playing at the Bayroc ground in Upper Demerara, St Cuthbert’s Mission bowlers once again went about their task in an assertive and professional manner, unsettling their opponents for 111 in 19.4 overs.Romario Persaud and Joel Craig, scored 19 runs apiece. Bowling for St Cuthbert’s Mission, Zak Ferreira grabbed 4-28, Mark Clenkian 2-22, and Paul Henry 2-10.St Cuthbert’s Mission struggled in reply, reaching their target with two wickets to spare off 19.4 overs. Zak Ferreira, turned in a good all-round performance by hitting 32 which included four fours and a six while Elroy Dundas made 24.Bowling for Diamond Secondary Joel Craig managed to grab the best bowling figures for his team, 4-25, while Mavindra Dindyal took 3-23.St Cuthbert’s Mission will now face the winner of the West Demerara District on February 24 at the Meten-meer-Zorg ground on the West Coast Demerara.Saraswat Secondary and West Demerara Secondary will clash on February 21 at the Meten-meer-Zorg ground to battle for the West Demerara District Trophy and for a place to meet St Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary.On Monday, Chase Academy will meet Charlestown Secondary to determine the Georgetown District champions.Mahaicony/East Coast District champions, Mahaicony Secondary, and IBE will play on February 21 to determine the Mahaicony/East Coast District winners.The match between East Bank Essequibo Zone champions, Parika/Salem and Leguan Secondary, who were scheduled to play yesterday in Leguan, was washed out without a ball being bowled.The match is rescheduled to February 22.