FoodPIC

first_imgTucked into a corner of the University of Georgia’s campus in Griffin, Georgia, FoodPIC is an innovative research center that could be a key component in bringing business and industry to the state.UGA’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) is already a valuable asset to Sean McMillan, UGA’s Atlanta-based economic development director, when he meets with companies interested in moving to Georgia. There are only 13 similar facilities in the U.S., the closest in North Carolina and Tennessee.“If we’re competing with a state that doesn’t have something like this, we have an advantage,” said McMillan. “It’s an asset and we’re communicating that to companies that are looking to expand their existing operations or establish a presence here.”FoodPIC, which will soon occupy a new 14,500-square-foot facility in Griffin, assists companies in developing new food products efficiently and economically. Faculty in the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology, part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, initiated the center. Among the products in development are nut milks, hot sauces and meat rubs. Faculty members are also exploring blueberry wine and carbonated yogurt, and studying the shelf life of these and other novel food products.“I think of Griffin as being the next Silicon Valley, but with a food emphasis,” said FoodPIC Director Kirk Kealey. “We want to develop and drive breakthrough innovations. It’s a massive vision.”FoodPIC opened in 2007 in the Melton Building on UGA’s Griffin Campus. In each of its first seven years, faculty members there received about 13 requests for help from outside companies. Last year, the FoodPIC fielded 68 requests that resulted in 24 proposals and 10 completed projects. The program also reached nearly 1,600 people through outreach at trade shows and other events. Kealey’s next goal is to acquire 120 requests that lead to 15 completed projects in 2016.McMillan says that FoodPIC gets a lot of attention from the companies he meets with regularly.“In the area of small business and encouraging entrepreneurs in the food industry, it’s definitely a great service,” McMillan said. “It could be something that could sway a relocation or expansion decision to Georgia.”For more information, see the program’s website at caes.uga.edu/center/foodpic/.last_img read more

Peruvian Armed Forces Deployed to Fight Narco-Violence

first_imgDario Medrano, a spokesman for the DNCD, said an investigation has been launched to capture those associated with the presumed narcotics. Wow these guys are so cool how they fight they seem to be shining along those paths man it’s great to see those Armed Forces from neighboring countries Peru and Bolivia Dario Medrano, a spokesman for the DNCD, said an investigation has been launched to capture those associated with the presumed narcotics. The Dominican Republic’s Military recently teamed with several of the country’s security forces to seize 100 packages of a substance that law enforcement authorities are testing for cocaine and heroin from a ship. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has deployed the Armed Forces to the Huallaga Valley, a major coca-growing region in the country’s northeast, to combat increased violence by the Shining Path terrorist group. Dominican Military helps seize presumed narcotics The Huallaga Valley, which stretches into the Provinces of Huánuco, San Martín, and Ucayali, is a hotbed for coca plantations that are overseen by the Shining Path, which uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. Coca is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Agents with the Center for Information and Joint Coordination (CICC) were checking cargo on the ship’s dock when they noticed one of the container’s seals appeared to have been altered. It was sent to an area where it could undergo a more comprehensive search by security agents in the presence of Deputy Prosecutor Pamela Ramírez. Upon opening the container, law enforcement officers found two bags containing 33 and 34 packages respectively. The packages were sent to a forensic laboratory to be tested and weighed. The Intelligence Department of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (J-2), the National Investigations Department (DNI), the Specialized Port Security Corps (CESP) and the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) also participated in the seizure. Agents with the Center for Information and Joint Coordination (CICC) were checking cargo on the ship’s dock when they noticed one of the container’s seals appeared to have been altered. It was sent to an area where it could undergo a more comprehensive search by security agents in the presence of Deputy Prosecutor Pamela Ramírez. Upon opening the container, law enforcement officers found two bags containing 33 and 34 packages respectively. The packages were sent to a forensic laboratory to be tested and weighed. The increased Military forces were deployed to support the area after the president declared a 60-day state of emergency there on February 20. The decree gives the Armed Forces more power to combat the Shining Path, which works with local narcotrafficking groups and gangs to grow and transport cocaine, according to Humala. The Intelligence Department of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (J-2), the National Investigations Department (DNI), the Specialized Port Security Corps (CESP) and the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) also participated in the seizure. The Huallaga Valley, which stretches into the Provinces of Huánuco, San Martín, and Ucayali, is a hotbed for coca plantations that are overseen by the Shining Path, which uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. Coca is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has deployed the Armed Forces to the Huallaga Valley, a major coca-growing region in the country’s northeast, to combat increased violence by the Shining Path terrorist group. The increased Military forces were deployed to support the area after the president declared a 60-day state of emergency there on February 20. The decree gives the Armed Forces more power to combat the Shining Path, which works with local narcotrafficking groups and gangs to grow and transport cocaine, according to Humala. By Dialogo February 24, 2015 The Dominican Republic’s Military recently teamed with several of the country’s security forces to seize 100 packages of a substance that law enforcement authorities are testing for cocaine and heroin from a ship. Dominican Military helps seize presumed narcoticslast_img read more

Salvadoran Army Captain is TRADOC’s Officer Instructor of the Year

first_imgBy by Lee A. Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs April 27, 2017 Felicidades Mi Capitán Monterrosa, estas son bendiciones de Dios y un gran reconocimiento a su labor durante su carrera como profesional de las armas, que Dios le siga bendiciendo, saludos Muy orgullosa del Cap Rafael Monterrosa, un hombre ejemplar, en todos los aspectos. Salvadoran Army Captain Rafael A. Monterrosa is the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command’s Officer Instructor of the Year for 2016. Capt. Monterrosa is the chief instructor and course director for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s (WHINSEC) Cadet Leadership Development Course, offered up to eight times per year to military cadets from the United States and other regional countries. Although WHINSEC is one of the smallest education facilities in the U.S. Army, it draws from the best U.S. and partner-nation instructors. Capt. Monterrosa follows last year’s Educator of the Year, Chilean Army Col. Luis Cuellar, as an honoree, and in its short history, the institute has had one other TRADOC Instructor of the Year. Remarkable in this is that Capt. Monterrosa teaches in Spanish, so his entry in the competition was in Spanish, with interpretation by the institute’s interpreter/translators. Capt. Monterrosa first came to WHINSEC in 2002 as a cadet in El Salvador’s Military Academy, taking the very course he is now teaching. After his commissioning in 2003, Capt. Monterrosa went to Field Artillery Basic Course in El Salvador, the Field Artillery Advanced Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, back to El Salvador for a basic Airborne Course, and eventually back to WHINSEC in 2015. In addition to the Instructor Training Courses at the institute that brought Capt. Monterrosa to Master Instructor status, he has also taken the UN Peacekeeping Operations Course. His operational assignments have been varied and challenging, adding to his credibility as an instructor. He has been an Infantry platoon leader, an Infantry company commander, a Field Artillery platoon leader, and a Battery Commander for the 102 Field Artillery Battalion. In 2007, Capt. Monterrosa was deployed to Al Kut, Iraq, with the Salvadoran Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.last_img read more

Fed cuts rates for 3rd time in 2019

first_imgThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), as expected, cut interest rates by 25 basis points Wednesday at the conclusion of its two-day monetary-policy setting meeting. The federal funds target rate is now set at a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent.“The Fed’s decision to cut rates has little to do with the real economy, and will be pitched as a nod to rising risks associated with the trade war and slowing growth abroad,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. “The risk of unsettling financial markets, which had already priced in a rate cut, was also a factor.“Markets are doubting a rate cut in December, and in dropping the language associated to supporting the expansion, the FOMC is clearly signaling a more hawkish turn,” Long added. “The hurdle for another rate move will be significantly higher as the Fed assesses the impact of its easing campaign, with the hopes that it can maintain what little ammunition they have in case of a deterioration in the real economy.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fiore, Freeborn & Smith honored at 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner

first_img The Foundation had the privilege of hosting the highest awards in the credit union movement on February 24th for the 32nd year in a row. The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards are more than just an awards gala, it’s an event that captures and encompasses what the credit union difference is all about. With this year’s theme of “Rooted in Purpose”, the evening’s awardees served as a reminder of the true purpose of credit unions.As Executive Director of the Foundation Gigi Hyland said during her opening remarks, “Purpose: It’s a noun – ‘the reason for which something is done’. It’s also a verb – ‘to have as one’s intention or objective’. Purpose is a differentiator for us as a movement. You can feel it here tonight, in this room, the energy and excitement that radiates from you all as we gather to celebrate individuals who have lived and breathed the true purpose of credit unions. It all starts and ends with people.”This year’s event shattered all previous attendance records with over 1,000 people gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. The Wegner Dinner is not only an awards gala, but the primary fundraising event for the Foundation. Through a text-to-give initiative during the awards dinner, attendees raised over $15,000 to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Thank you to all who gave! 2020 Herb Wegner Awards continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The first tourists from China and Denmark came to Slavonia

first_imgSlavonia is becoming more and more interesting tourist destination on the foreign market, from Denmark to China. That this is the case is confirmed by today’s stay of Danish guests at the Kereković family farm in Živike in Brod-Posavina County, organized by Uniline.This is the result of intensive business activities of Uniline, a leading Croatian tour operator, with the aim of presenting Slavonia to business partners and potential guests through a series of specially designed tourist programs and excursions.Uz danske goste, sve češći Unilineovi gosti su i oni iz Kine kojima Slavonija i Osijek postaju sve češća destinacija na kružnim putovanjima po zemljama regije. ”Along with Danish and Chinese guests, there is more and more interest from Hungary, and the plan for 2019 includes, for example, tour programs of the Vučedol Culture Museum with a tour of Vukovar and Ilok and tastings of Ilok wines for guests from Great Britain. Also, there have been special programs so far, such as a conference we organized for business partners in Slavonia or accommodation of hundreds of participants in the cycling competition Tour of Croatia, whose Uniline is the official travel agency since the beginning of the competition in 2015. ” said Sandra Gobin, a member of the Board of Uniline.Innovative tourist experiences are soughtIn all its partner markets, the Uniline team intensively promotes existing programs in Slavonia and develops new ones intended, on the one hand, for group tours of guests from European, especially Scandinavian and Asian markets and niches of individual guests with special interests in cultural and historical and eno-gastronomic and active or sports tourism, for which they intend to organize special creative workshops. According to Uniline, this could be a significant impetus for the development of small and medium enterprises in Slavonia.  – from camps, family hotels, wine tastings and local dishes to organized riding schools, hunting or bird watching.TOG Kereković, which is a frequent choice of Uniline’s guests, in addition to enjoying Slavonian specialties, offers its visitors, among other things, fishing in its own pond in a large environment with domestic animals, riding in carriages and carriages, horseback riding and sailing the tourist boat Graničarka on the Sava River.Following the propulsive development of tourism in Asian markets and the opening of offices in China (Shanghai) and South Korea (Seoul) and offices in Japan and Thailand, and a step into the markets of South America, USA and Canada and Australia, Uniline opens new opportunities  for the presentation of tourist activities in Slavonia, for which guests from Asia and overseas markets are showing increasing interest, who are delighted with its rich culture, tradition and gastronomy and are increasingly placing it on the top list of destinations for 2019.last_img read more

Finnish association targets legal change to allow more private pension funds

first_imgToropainen said the advantage for employers in using a private pension fund or foundation was increased control over investments as well as potentially lower costs for well-organised funds or foundations.Private pension funds and foundations manage around €5.6bn of assets in Finland compared to assets under management in the entire private pensions sector of €100bn.“The most important task for me is to try to take care of the legal system surrounding us,” Toropainen said.“The way the Finnish pensions market has developed, the amount of pensions money in our kind of pension fund and foundation has fallen,” he said, adding that he hoped to be able to change the legal framework to allow new funds and foundations to enter the sector.With 12 months to go until the Finnish general election, all political parties were now thinking about how to prepare and position themselves for next year’s vote, he said,“In this situation we have good chances of improving our position,” he said.However, he said bringing about change in the law and the industry would be a long process and things would not happen immediately.“But hopefully in the future during my tenure we will get there,” said Toropainen.Toropainen comes to his new role at the association from 26 years as a political reporter and financial journalist, working at MTV News, Channel Four News and the Helsingin Sanomat. The Finnish Pension Funds Association aims to increase the number of private pension funds and foundations, and get the issue on the agendas of the country’s political parties as they prepare for next year’s general election, according to its newly appointed leader.The association’s incoming managing director Timo Toropainen, who takes up his role officially on May 1, told IPE: “I really hope we can change the legislative environment to make it possible to set up some new private pension funds and foundations.”Toropainen will replace Pasi Strömberg, who has headed up the association since August 2011, when he leaves next month to become chief executive of private pension fund Verso.The Finnish Pension Funds Association, Eläkesäätiöyhdistys, represents the private pension funds and foundations in Finland used by companies to provide mandatory occupational pensions instead of choosing one of the big pensions-insurance companies as the provider.last_img read more

Palm Springs-inspired estate has laid-back resort vibe

first_img The infinity-edge pool at 26 Tallebudgera Connection Rd, Tallebudgera.Designed by Lea Design Studio and built by Robertson Homes, the U shape layout allows for private wings off a central social space filled with natural light.Three bedrooms with ensuites occupy the southern wing while the northern wing has a media room, gym and master retreat with dressing room and a private terrace. MORE: Rare Budds Beach cottage a bargain buy Palm trees, cactuses and stones channel the Palm Springs style. The U shape design puts the focus on the heated magnesium pool.Rows of mature palm trees lining the driveway set a tone of laid-back luxury as you approach this statement residence.Newly built on a prime acreage parcel, the Palm Springs-inspired estate gives the sense of being in a country resort when, in fact, it’s less than 10 minutes to Palm Beach. Tourist hotspot hits the market as border reopenscenter_img More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe property is surrounded by parklands.Bordering parklands provide a pleasant outlook from the magnesium pool which can be heated for year-round use. The home also boasts a long list of mod cons, including keyless entry, integrated Bluetooth speakers, airconditioning, electronic blinds, security system, solar panels and three phase power.Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh is leading the campaign to auction on July 22 at 11am. The open design makes the living area light and airy.High ceilings add to the sense of space in the centre of the home where the kitchen features engineered stone surfaces, high end appliances and a butler’s pantry. The living area flows easily onto the covered alfresco terrace where a built-in barbecue kitchen overlooks the pool.last_img read more

Departure of Francis Joseph as National Director of ChildFund Caribbean.

ChildFund International informs of the departure of Mr. Francis Joseph as our National Director of ChildFund Caribbean.  We thank him for his long service as National Director during which period, ChildFund has supported multiple programs addressing the needs of deprived, vulnerable and excluded children and their families in Dominica and Saint Vincent.ChildFund International reiterates its commitment to the children of the Caribbean. We are currently developing a three year strategy to better address the challenges confronted by deprived, vulnerable and excluded children and their families in the wider Caribbean. During this period we also intend to become a stronger advocate for children’s rights and to expand our resource-base. This new strategy will be made public in due course.ChildFund has named Mr. Mario Lima as interim National Director. Mr. Lima is currently the Director of ChildFund Guatemala and brings a wealth of international experience within ChildFund and other organizations providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of child rights programs. We wish him success in this important assignment. Mr. Joseph has worked with ChildFund, formerly known as Christian Children’s Fund for seventeen years.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Departure of Francis Joseph as National Director of ChildFund Caribbean. by: – May 5, 2011 Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Share read more

Southern Ind. Veterans Cemetery Vandalized

first_imgPolice say somebody drove in the lawn of the cemetery causing sod damage. (Image: ISP)JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. – State Police are hoping to get more information and potentially an identity of a vandal or vandals who are destroying the lawn at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.Authorities say one night this week, someone drove into a grassy area near headstones and appeared to have done a burnout. It left approximately 90 feet of damaged sod.It’s not the first time vandals have targeted the Southern Indiana cemetery. Last year, cemetery officials reported a vehicle doing “doughnuts”.“It is unknown if the same individual(s) were involved in both incidents or if there are two separate people responsible for the damage,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.If you have any information contact the ISP Versailles Post at (812) 689-5000.The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery is dedicated to Veterans and families as a lasting memorial, and final resting place, in appreciation and gratitude for their service and sacrifice to our nation.last_img read more