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International Agribusiness Conference and Expo

first_imgWhile the Port of Savannah is already No. 2 in the nation for export tons, the Georgia Ports Authority hopes to double its capacity within the next decade.That’s good news for Georgia farmers.“Over the next 10 or 12 years, we’ll be making significant investments in infrastructure and technology improvements to the facility,” said Mark Troughton, global accounts executive at the GPA. “The big part of the goal is to be able to double the capacity we handle today. Today we handle about 3 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units). In the future, we’ll be able to handle about 6.5 million TEUs.”Doubling capacity will enable larger shipments to be exported, meaning a greater opportunity for Georgia farmers and businesses to increase their economic productivity around the world. Already, almost 39 percent of shipments exported through the Savannah port are agricultural commodities.“We see this very much as a growing market,” Troughton said. “One thing this country does very well is farm. We think we’re going to be the breadbasket for a lot of areas in the world, not just our area, for the next 20 years.”Farmers and agricultural businesses around the country will have an opportunity to enhance their exporting knowledge at the International Agribusiness Conference and Expo to be held in Savannah on Sept. 25-26.During the two-day event, which is hosted by the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, participants will interact with industry experts and attend workshops such as finding markets and buyers for your products; financing your export transactions; and learning about the country’s agricultural position in the world market.Participants will also have a chance to meet with international trade representatives. Georgia Farm Bureau has announced that they will be one of the main sponsors of this year’s event. “As the global economy continues to grow, Georgia producers are poised to take advantage of increasing demand for food and fiber products,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Georgia can export poultry and cotton cheaper than Brazil, providing us a competitive advantage in shipping exports to Europe and China.”Savannah leads the nation in exporting poultry, the state’s most valuable commodity, according to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. “The forest products industry is a major economic engine for Georgia. It contributes nearly $25 billion in economic activity within the state and is responsible for over $13 billion in exports,” said Dr. Alexander Koukoulas, President and CEO of the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah. “Our natural resources in biomass are second-to-none and present a huge opportunity for value creation. Herty not only supports the pulp and paper industry, but it is in the forefront of the biomass-to-energy industry and has a rich 75 year history in developing new uses for bio-based materials,” he added.In 2012 Georgia exported $37.9 billion worth of goods. The state is the top exporter of U.S. poultry, pecans and wood pulp. Peanut exports are on the rise. About 39 percent of the shipments exported through the Port of Savannah are agricultural products. Early registration for the inaugural conference is $170 and ends July 30. For more information about the conference and to register, visit www.iace.us.com.A promotional video clip can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0BEhyw044J4.last_img read more

Helgramite Hustle Mud Run 5K

first_imgTop Races and Events to Hit Before the End of the YearThe Helgramite HustleWhen: August 10, 2013Where: Axton, Va.What: Mud Run 5KStart time: 1 pmWebsite: http://www.milesinmartinsville.com/Ready to Hustle? In this muddy event you’ll navigate a series of mud pits, a slide, and a romp through the creek. There will be obstacles to climb over, crawl through, and slide under. You don’t want to miss the fun of the Helgramite Hustle Mud Run 5K!RACE CONTACTinfo@milesinmartinsville.comlast_img

Colombia Wins Fuerzas Comando in Guatemala

first_imgThe Olympic-style military competition tests the skills that the Special Forces from each competing Army practice daily in the fight against terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations. The country teams met the challenges of “the bothersome climate, the nature of the infrastructure, and the obstacle course, which is one of the most difficult ones to negotiate in a competition,” Lieutenant Colonel Martínez said. Bolstering regional cooperation “The winning team does not win a cash prize or anything like that. It goes beyond a purely monetary award. The trophy that the champions receive represents the efforts they made during the week in a competition that perfects their abilities to fight terrorism.” The Special Forces competition, which features six service members and an alternate from each participating military in each team, is designed to increase regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, improved training, readiness, and interoperability among the region’s Special Forces. “They are not simply teams for a competition, but operational units that have selected the competitors for this event from amongst their personnel,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, exercise and training director for SOCSOUTH. It was Colombia’s seventh victory in the event, which was sponsored by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and executed by the U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). The country’s team had won four straight championships from 2005-2008. This year, it defeated 18 teams from the Americas and Europe during the competition at the headquarters for the Brigadier General Pablo Nuila Hub of the Kaibil Special Forces Brigade in the northern municipality of Poptún, which is 377 kilometers north of Guatemala City. Jacobo De León Argueta, commanding officer for the Pablo Nuila Hub of the Kaibil Special Forces Brigade, expressed his satisfaction at having organized this activity “at the home of the Kaibiles in Guatemala, one of the more important elite forces in Latin America.” Peru is scheduled to host the event in 2016, though no date has been determined. “This event has brought together teams of elite army units from the Americas. It has been physically and technically demanding.” “The goal of this competition is for each team to demonstrate their abilities in special operations and tactical operations, as well as the techniques and procedures to be followed in the war on terror,” the Guatemalan Army reported. By Dialogo July 28, 2015 My congratulations to the Guatemalan Army, to the first three places, and particularly to the rest of the teams that participated. It was important to compete in this event because what was shared, learned and what each country contributed to the event was very significant. Peace be with all of you in the Latin American and United States Military Forces.Each one of the young military members who participated has improved his/her level of military service and his/her character and convictions.Respectfully. I would like this competition to be held in southern Chile, too. I assure you that the first four places would change completely. Infantry 1st Lieutenant Gener Pelicó, who led Guatemala’s team, was “impressed by the competitors’ skill levels, above all, because they tested themselves physically, technically, and mentally.” The events “bring together the countries of the Americas and forges new, friendly relations,” said Haiti SWAT team leader Gordon Davis, whose team participated for the first time. Since 1975, more than 1,000 service members have graduated from the eight-week Kaibil International training course. Kaibil Commandos have served in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Liberia, Congo, Haiti, Nepal and the Ivory Coast. The unit’s name comes from Kaibil Balam, a respected prince and warrior of the Guatemalan ethnic group, Mam. A competitive field “We are proud to be part of this force, because discipline and honor are vital to defending this nation from any terrorist threat,” Kaibil Captain Oscar Alonzo said. “Through this activity, we have shown the other nations how experienced we are in tactics and special forces operations.” Colombia recently earned its third straight Fuerzas Comando title, winning the annual military special operations skills competition testing endurance, ability, marksmanship, and aquatic skills held this year in Guatemala from July 15-23. The United States placed second overall, while El Salvador, Guatemala, and Chile rounded out the top five. Honduras won the Sniper Team category, with Jamaica placing first in the Assault Team event. Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Haiti, and Spain also competed in the searing heat that averaged 38 degrees Celsius with high humidity. “This experience has left a good taste in my mouth. Competing with service members from the Southern Hemisphere is very important.” Guatemala, which finished first in the Combined Team/Physical Fitness category, had officers from the National Army who received training used by the Kaibiles — a special operations force that conducts counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering missions. last_img read more

Port Washington Caregiver Accused of $10K Theft

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former personal care assistant at an assisted living facility in Port Washington has been accused of trying to steal more than $10,000 from an 88-year-old woman in her care.Stephanie Benodin was charged Wednesday with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted grand larceny from a resident of Tuttle Center, a part of The Amsterdam at Harborside.Prosecutors from the New York State attorney general’s office said the 25-year-old suspect waited until the victim was admitted to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset to deposit a forged check that Benodin allegedly stole from the victim’s home.The check was made out to Benodin’s mother and was deposited at a Capital One Bank branch in Queens Village into Benodin’s mother’s account, authorities said.Port Washington village police began the investigation after the victim’s daughter uncovered the alleged theft.Bail for Benodin was set at $10,000. She is due back in court Friday and faces up to seven years in prison.last_img read more

Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging Complete

first_imgThe Lockwood Inlet Association has announced that the Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging project for Spring is complete.The Army Corps hopper dredge Currituck arrived on the site in mid-February to finish this 14 day dredging cycle.According to the Association, “for the first time in several years our inlet has a good navigable channel. It has been quite a journey to say the least.”“This is a huge win for our community, Brunswick County, and the state of North Carolina. We would like to thank those who really worked hard and put time into making this happen,” added the Lockwood Inlet Association.The project included clearing the navigation channel to its authorized width and depth—about 150 feet wide by 12 feet deep—and placing over 100,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand on Holden Beach.The state of NC shallow draft inlet fund which is supplemented by boater registration fees will pay for 2/3 of this project. The county and Holden Beach would be responsible for the remainder.last_img read more

Rarotongan competition runs out of creativity

first_imgSnapchat streakers: trading 10 seconds of nudity for 5 days in paradiseStuff co.nz 13 January 2017Family First Comment: The competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”A sudden burst of nude streaking around the country has been revealed as a promotional stunt organised by a self-styled social media ‘daredevil’.Up to 17,000 people around New Zealand are claimed to have signed up for the stunt and stripped off in public in the last few weeks for a chance to win a trip to Rarotonga.Photos of the streaks have peppered social media, either posted by those in the buff to prove they took part, or uploaded by startled members of the public who came across their cheeky stunts.While some saw the funny side, Family First’s Bob McCoskie said there was a time and place for nudity, and it was not on our main streets, beaches or in public where families and children could see it.“These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and go home,” he said.McCoskie said the competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/88373193/snapchat-streakers-trading-10-seconds-of-nudity-for-5-days-in-paradiseKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

PCG W. Visayas gets new commander

first_imgHe will replace Commodore Allan Victordela Vega who will be assigned as PCG commander of the National Capital Region. The emergency response equipment of thecoast guard “is already in place” and there is still ongoing procurement ofadditional equipment like patrol boats and X-ray machines, he added. When it comes to its campaign againstillegal fishing, Boado said Western Visayas also “has enough floating assets,regularly conducted operations, and apprehended a number of illegal fishing activities.” Commodore Edgar Boado, new PCG 6commander, vowed to implement the policies of the uniformed service andcontinue the projects and reforms of his predecessor during the change ofcommand ceremony held at PCG 6 headquarters in Lapuz district. “I anticipate your significantcontribution to the betterment of the coast guard. I expect you to performbeyond expectations,” he said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Among the priority programs of the PCGin ensuring the safety of the public are through enhanced emergency responseand to curb illegal fishing, he said. “There is an ongoing procurement ofsearch and rescue equipment, among others, on the national level and it will bedistributed here in the region,” he said.center_img ILOILO City – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Western Visayasinstalled last week its new district commander.   Boado was the commander of PCG EasternVisayas before his assignment in Western Visayas. In his speech, Boado called on thesupport of the personnel and officers in his new assignment. “We will continue the priority projectsstarted of the outgoing commander, and cooperate with the PCG’s recruitment ofthe 4, 000 personnel before the end of the year,” Boado said in a mediainterview after the ceremony. Commodore Edgar Boado last_img read more

Rashford wins PFA Award for fighting child food poverty

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiShe Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan WomenWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of China9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has received the PFA Merit award for his contributions in helping fight child food poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 22-year-old was presented with the special accolade at the Aon Training Complex after a year in which he successfully lobbied the UK government to provide free school meals for children over the summer holidays. Marcus also recently announced the formation of a national food task force to recommend further policy changes and in June became the youngest-ever recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester. Rashford, who along with team-mate Mason Greenwood was also nominated for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award, also enjoyed his best season yet on the pitch for United, scoring 22 goals in 44 games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished third in the Premier League and reached three cup semi-finals. On the PFA Merit award for 2020, he said: “It’s obviously a huge honour and I just hope it encourages and promotes other players to do things to help as much as they can. Of course I’m very happy and I’ll definitely continue to do my best to help people.”Advertisement Loading… center_img On his child food poverty project, he said: “I was injured during lockdown and at the beginning I was working towards getting back with the team and stuff like that but there were conversations going on saying there might not be games until September. When I was sat at home I just needed something to work towards and a goal to achieve. So that was just something I spoke about with my brothers over the phone and the rest of my family. We just tried to find the best way to try and help people.” “It’s been a long journey but I think the first phase was probably the hardest bit, learning and self-teaching who the right people to get in contact with to help these children were especially. We had the ideas but we didn’t know where to pitch them, or who to pitch them to, so that was probably the most difficult phase of everything really. That was right at the beginning of lockdown.” read also:Rashford, Martial, VAR keep Man Utd on course for top-four finish “What we’ve done so far is only a short-term answer and me and my team behind me are just trying to find plans on how we can help these children for the rest of their childhood really and long-term answers to the problem. At the moment we don’t have the answers but we’ll do our best to try and find them and progress the situation that they’re in the best way we can.” “It’s been a year that’s been quite difficult for me, with injuries and niggles and stuff that I’ve just had to deal with as and when the games come up. It’s been a tough season but also a season where I’ve matured a lot and it’s been a big year of learning for me. I’ve always said, as long as I’m learning and improving, I’m happy and hopefully next year we can continue to do that, but we need to add that little bit of getting over the line and winning trophies. Obviously [I got to] three semi-finals with United and we’ve not quite got over the line so it’s something that we need to definitely learn from. It’s a young group so I’m sure we’ll learn and improve and hopefully next season we can get some trophies.”On the new season, he said: “Yeah, I’m definitely excited. Like I mentioned before about last season, we missed out on those trophies but by very fine margins. Hopefully next year we can go that extra step. Trophies is what drives this club and it’s what’s important to all the players so it’s something we need to have in the future and I think the players understand that. I’m just looking forward to being involved in those games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Berbatov bags brace as Hoops’ hopes fade

first_imgQPR’s chances of beating the drop look bleaker than ever after defensive mistakes cost them dear in a 3-2 west London derby defeat at Fulham. The hosts started brightest and, after early warning shots from Riise and Damien Duff, Samba thought he had thwarted Berbatov with a decent tackle inside the box. However, the Rs defender had not accounted for Dejagah latching onto the loose ball and his late challenge on the winger saw referee Lee Probert point to the spot. Berbatov stepped up to take the resulting penalty and nonchalantly sent Julio Cesar the wrong way and – after 22 minutes – Samba was caught out by Damien Duff, whose hassling saw the ball end up at Berbatov’s feet, allowing him to burst into the box before finishing with aplomb. After Urby Emanuelson replaced the injured Dejagah, things got worse for QPR. Brede Hangeland directed a deft backheel into the path of Riise, whose driven cross was deflected home by Hill. However, QPR gave themselves a glimmer of hope late in the first half when Taarabt ran at the hosts’ backline before firing low past Mark Schwarzer. Remy saw a shot deflect just wide 10 seconds into the second half and had a chance from the penalty spot in the 49th minute. Probert pointed to the spot after Giorgos Karagounis was fooled by the quick feet of Taarabt, but Remy’s penalty was saved to his left by Schwarzer. The France international, though, soon made amends, losing marker Philippe Senderos and continuing forward before thrashing home off the underside of the bar. Fulham were on the ropes and their hopes of hanging on were made even tougher when Sidwell received a straight red card for bringing down Armand Traore. Press Associationcenter_img Last season QPR suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Craven Cottage and it looked like there could be a similar scoreline after a dominant first-half display by the hosts. Christopher Samba gifted the Cottagers their first two goals, bringing down Ashkan Dejagah to allow Dimitar Berbatov to net an eighth-minute penalty before Berbatov added a second. Chants of “going down” echoed around Craven Cottage when Clint Hill put a John Arne Riise cross into his goal, but QPR rallied as Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy netted – moments after seeing a penalty saved – before the home side were reduced to 10 men following Steve Sidwell’s late sending off. But Fulham held on, condemning QPR to a potentially season-defining defeat. last_img read more

Moyes: United can fill Vidic void

first_img Vidic has confirmed his intention to seek a fresh challenge when his contract expires in the summer. With Rio Ferdinand virtually certain to be leaving Old Trafford as well, it means Moyes must plan for life without the two men who have been the cornerstone of the Red Devils’ defence for almost a decade. Numerous big names are bound to be linked with a summer transfer. However, in Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, Moyes already has players with a combined total of 384 United appearances to call upon, in addition to 49 international caps and six league titles. And while some may question whether the trio have what it takes to fill such vast shoes, Moyes will give them the chance. “People who know football will tell you centre-half is probably the toughest position,” said Moyes. “I even think it is harder to play centre-half than goalkeeper now. “The movement and quality of the centre forwards means it is very difficult to play a young centre-half. “We are trying to nurture one along and bring them into the team. “Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans are already here. We will give them an opportunity to show what they are capable of.” Press Association In addition to a new anchor at the heart of his defence, Vidic’s statement means Moyes is also on the lookout for a new captain. Although there are alternatives in the form of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick, the obvious choice – if he signs the contract extension United are discussing with him – would be Wayne Rooney. Moyes is certain to give the matter some considerable thought given the importance of a role that has been held with some distinction by the likes of Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and – from the Busby Babes era – Roger Byrne. “Captain of this club is a really big job,” said Moyes. “It holds a massive responsibility. You have to be respected by your players and realise what the club stands for. “Even without Vida we have always had that with Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney.” Although it has cruelly been suggested Vidic is deserting a sinking ship, Moyes revealed it was a mutual decision to sever ties after over eight years’ service. Though Vidic has not been the same player since rupturing cruciate ligaments in the Champions League defeat to Basle in December 2011, he has continued to lead United from the front, skippering the club to their last two Premier League titles. “When I arrived at the club and saw Vida up close I thought ‘wow’,” said the United boss. “He is a fantastic defender and a great warrior. “They use the word quite loosely nowadays but if you think in terms of what that means, people like John Terry and Nemanja would come into that category. “For years he has been a top central defender. He still is. He still plays a big part here but we felt it was the right thing to be open with it. “His contract was coming to an end. We felt it was the right thing for him and we decided it was the right time to do it for the club. “He will remain captain and continue to do it to the end of the season. Hopefully he will finish this part of his career here at Manchester United.” With Evans not recovered from the calf injury he sustained in last Saturday’s defeat at Stoke, Vidic will return from a three-match suspension in Sunday’s Premier League encounter with an ailing Fulham outfit who are managed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s former United assistant Rene Meulensteen. Marouane Fellaini will not be available though. The Belgian has recovered from wrist surgery but suffered a minor groin strain in training earlier this week that will rule him out of both Sunday’s game and the midweek trip to Arsenal. Meanwhile, Press Association Sport understands United will embark on some warm-weather training immediately after the Emirates Stadium trip. With a blank weekend following their early exit from the FA Cup, Moyes has opted to get away from England as part of United’s preparation for the Champions League encounter with Olympiacos in Athens on February 25. David Moyes is content to let his current crop of central defenders have first shot at filling the gap created by Nemanja Vidic’s decision to quit Manchester United at the end of the season.last_img read more