New Extension Leader.

first_img William R. Lambert ATHENS, GA. — William R. Lambert will become Associate Dean for Extensionat the University of Georgia in the College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesJuly 15, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The announcement was made Friday, June4, by Dean Gale Buchanan. “Dr. Lambert brings a wealth of experience and an appreciation forthe many facets of agriculture to this important and demanding job for our state,”Buchanan said. Lambert will give leadership to the university’s largest public service and outreach program, whichserves all 159 counties with a team of county Extension Service agents. They are supportedby extension scientists in the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences and the David B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. He will also coordinate extension programs with research and teaching units of theCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as other outreach units of theUniversity of Georgia. Lambert has served as assistant dean for extension since 1996. In histenure with UGA, which began in 1976, he has also served as associate director foragriculture and natural resources, interim department head for the Department of Entomology and extensionentomologist. Lambert has received the Walter B. Hill Award for his work in publicservice, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the southeastern branch ofthe Entomological Society of America, the Public Service and Extension Award from the vicepresident for service and outreach, and the D. W. Brooks Award.center_img Lambert will replace Robert Isaac, who retires July 1 after serving in theleadership role for the UGA Cooperative Extension Servicesince 1996. The Extension Service is a unique partnership among federal, state and countygovernments, conducted in Georgia through the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University. last_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices fall again

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.70/g, according to gasoline price website the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices yesterday were 11.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.9 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.Source: 6.14.2010last_img read more

iRobot Mission Rolls to Tobyhanna Army Depot

first_img Tobyhanna Army Depot’s new robotics mission helps warfighters remotely search for improvised explosive devices using either a laptop computer or backpack control system. The depot’s System Integration and Support, Production Engineering, and Communication Systems directorates are involved in fabricating and upgrading several components of the iRobot unmanned ground vehicles. “There is no doubt that this mission directly saves lives,” said Chase Gardner, electronics engineer in the Production Engineering Directorate. “The work we do at the depot with the iRobots provides Soldiers a larger safety blanket and greater sense of security by extending the range of communications between the vehicle and the operator.” The requirement to upgrade two different robots came as part of a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement asking for improved communication capabilities. The larger iRobot 510 PackBot system features a front- and rear-facing camera, mechanical arm and two ‘forks’ that allow the robot to position itself in several different stances. The iRobot 310 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle is slightly smaller and is controlled using an optic lens. Both systems are operated using video game controllers. Michael Murray, an electronics integrated systems mechanic in the Communication Systems Directorate, says the mission requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. “This project uses hands-on skills like Soldering and manual troubleshooting but also incorporates software-based knowledge,” he said. “Since it is such a new mission and requires a different type of thinking, a total team effort is required to pull all of our skills together and put out a quality product while adapting to customer requests.” Requests have included fixing a problem with the battery door latches. Increased temperatures would cause the latch to fail, leaving the door unsecured. Had the problem persisted, the robot may not have functioned properly, compromising the safety of the warfighter and his mission. Electronics Worker Nicholas Prehotsky’s solution to replace the ineffective latches with snaps not only fixed the problem, but saved time and money. Tactical Radio Branch chief Patrick Connolly said adapting to challenges and quickly finding solutions is an integral part of the mission. “Problems are to be expected, but knowing that warfighters count on our work to keep them safe pushes us to be accountable,” said Connolly. “I’ve never seen a team with so much enthusiasm, dedication and pride.” By Dialogo November 05, 2012last_img read more

Loan Zone: A strong loan review system is good for your business

first_img continue reading » Regulators consider an effective loan review system vital to financial institutions’ efforts to meet safety and soundness standards. In fact, banking regulators are in the process of issuing updated guidance on loan or credit risk review systems as a standalone document (rather than including it in guidance related to the allowance for credit losses, as it is now) to emphasize their importance in broader risk management efforts.But beyond making it easier to withstand examiners’ scrutiny, is a strong loan review system good for your credit union’s business?Effective Credit Risk Review Promotes Lending AgilityAbsolutely, says Ancin Cooley, principal with Synergy Bank Consulting and Synergy Credit Union Consulting, Elgin, Illinois. Cooley is a former Office of the Comptroller of the Currency examiner who provides loan reviews, outsourced credit analysis, strategic planning and risk appetite consulting. A strong loan review function is especially important for helping financial institutions be nimble, he explained during the recent webinar, “Best Practices for Credit Analysts.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Overworked, underpaid Brazil nurses risk lives to care for patients

first_imgHans Bossan is 40 hours into his 72-hour work week, but despite his marathon nursing shifts and the pandemic claiming an alarming number of his colleagues’ lives in Brazil, he barely looks tired.Bossan works three jobs to provide for his wife and two-year-old daughter — at two different hospitals and a mobile emergency unit.Double and triple shifts like his are not unusual in Brazil, where the average salary for nurses, nursing assistants and health care technicians is just 3,000 reals ($600) a month for a 30- to 44-hour work week. Around 18,000 nurses in Brazil have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 181 have died — among the highest numbers in the world, according to the International Council of Nurses.Last month, nurses protested in the capital, Brasilia, against the poor working conditions they blame for contributing to their colleagues’ deaths.Brazil accounts for nearly one-third of the 600 deaths among nurses and other health professionals registered worldwide by the International Council of Nurses, though the organization says many countries are not doing enough to track the real number. The coronavirus pandemic, which has thrust health care workers into the spotlight around the world, has in Brazil also highlighted the plight of nurses, who often face bad working conditions and are now getting sick and dying from COVID-19 at a startling rate.”Nursing was always an overworked profession, and this pandemic has just made things worse,” said Bossan, 41.”We’re highly undervalued. Nurses deal directly with patients, with the virus, we’re on the front lines of the war. But not everyone realizes that,” he told AFP at his home in a poor neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.Nurses have been hit particularly hard as Brazil has become the latest epicenter in the pandemic, with 39,680 deaths, behind only the United States and Britain. Heroes without capes One of Bossan’s jobs is in the intensive care unit at Che Guevara Hospital in Marica, about 60 kilometers outside Rio.Working behind a face shield with a mask underneath, he monitored the constantly beeping machines helping to keep his patients alive.One of them, 56-year-old Eliane Lima, thanked her health care team from behind her oxygen mask.”The doctors and nurses are excellent here. They take care of us with a lot of love. It’s badly needed in a place like this,” she said.Outside, in the semi-intensive care ward, nurse technician Flavia Menezes summed up her profession thus: “It’s the art of caring for people.””Not all heroes wear capes,” she added.center_img ‘Anxiety and depression’ More than 80 percent of Brazil’s 2.3 million nurses are women.Often they work double and triple shifts caring for patients and then go home to care for their own families — now with the added worry of infecting them.”It’s a time of great anxiety and depression” for the profession, said Nadia Mattos, vice president of Brazil’s Federal Nursing Council (Cofen).When the initial flood of cases hit Brazil’s hospitals, health care workers faced shortages of protective equipment and inadequate training on dealing with the new virus, she said.Although the situation has improved with time, “we’re still getting lots of complaints about lack of protective gear or low-quality equipment,” she said.The council has set up virtual psychological counseling for nurses, available 24 hours a day.The group has also pushed for years for nurses’ minimum salary to be increased to $1,200 a month, double the current average. Topics :last_img read more

Mermaid Beach shack sells for $1.41 million at auction

first_img13 Seaside Ave sold under the hammer on the weekend. Picture: Scott FletcherMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoA MERMAID Beach shack sold for $1.41 million under the hammer on the weekend.The two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage at 13 Seaside Ave is on a 438sq m block and is close to the bustling Nobby Beach restaurant and bar scene.Margaret Miller, 90, bought the property in the 1960s for $6000 and spent 20 years proudly paying it off.Harcourts Coastal marketing agent Shaun Kaddatz took the property to auction where it attracted 15 registered bidders.“We have a very happy seller, and a delighted buyer,” he said.last_img read more

Marjorie M. Zimmer, age 89

first_imgMarjorie Muntz Zimmer, age 89, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, December 31, 2015 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born November 6, 1926 in Saylor Park, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Chester & Ida (Andres) Muntz. On November 1, 1947 she was united in marriage to William A. Zimmer and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2014.She was an active member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brookville, where she had served in various capacities. Marge graduated from Moores Hill High School in 1943, and Miami University in 1968. Mrs. Zimmer loved teaching grade school classes at Morgan School in Okeana, Ohio and at St. Michaels School in Brookville, from where she retired.She touched many lives sharing Jesus in her neighborhood bible studies, bible outreach, and nursing home ministries. She and her husband Bill enjoyed spending time with family & friends entertaining at Zimmer Hills. Her hobbies included playing the accordion, gardening, and cooking & canning. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Gosciniak of Vevay, Indiana and Cheryl Hall of Temple, Texas; one son, Daryl W. (Gretchen) Zimmer of Brookville, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; as well as one sister, Doris (Ray) Butt of Batesville, Indiana.Besides her parents and husband, William, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, and a great-granddaughter.Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Philips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville; and Wednesday, January 6, 2015 from 10 until 10:45 A.M. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 823 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, Pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Thomas Lutheran Church or the William & Marge Zimmer Endowment C/O the Franklin County Community Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Zimmer family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Vidic returns for United victory

first_imgNemanja Vidic played for an hour as a second-string Manchester United side won 2-0 at Crewe. The Portugal international, who has been suffering with a broken nose, slotted in a first-half free-kick and then tucked away a second goal after the break. The Serbian defender missed United’s tour of Australia and the Far East with a back complaint but came through 62 minutes untroubled at Gresty Road. There were also run-outs for Nani and Antonio Valencia who both missed the trip, with Nani scoring both goals. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho hints at new Rooney bid

first_img Goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, who also had a penalty saved, saw Mourinho’s men triumph in an incident-packed match which saw goal-line technology employed in the top flight for the first time when Allan McGregor saved from Branislav Ivanovic. Although enthused by the Blues’ first-half performance, Mourinho is keen to bolster his squad and is prepared to wait until the September 2 transfer window deadline for Rooney, for whom Chelsea have already had two bids rejected. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hinted at a further bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after celebrating his Stamford Bridge return with a 2-0 defeat of Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull. Press Association “We will try until the last day to add a new player to the squad, a striker, but in this moment every striker has a club, every striker belongs to somebody and I don’t think it’s ethical that I name players that belong to other clubs,” Mourinho said. “We don’t try, like many clubs do, to go around and try to influence players to behave in a certain way. If we have to make a bid, we make it in an official way, we don’t speak to players, we speak to clubs.” Rooney featured as a substitute for Manchester United at Swansea on Saturday and cut an isolated figure at times as the holders began their title defence with a 4-1 win. Chelsea showed they will be vying with United, who they play a week on Monday, for a first championship since 2009/10, but only after Mourinho was welcomed back to Stamford Bridge after a near six-year absence. Mourinho called for the supporters to now turn their attentions to the team in Wednesday’s clash with Aston Villa. “The reception was amazing,” said the self-proclaimed Special One, who acknowledge the adulation by blowing kisses. “I was expecting that because I played here with Inter as an opponent and it was fantastic, so I could imagine that coming to the Chelsea dugout would be like that. “But when the game started I focused on the game. From now on they have to support the team. We need that every game, especially Wednesday, because we have a very difficult opponent on Wednesday.” Lampard had a penalty saved by McGregor in the sixth-minute as Chelsea made a fast start, before Oscar’s well-worked opener and the England midfielder’s blistering second, a 30-yard free-kick. Mourinho was even content that his team’s powers waned in the second half. “I’m very happy,” he said. “I played so many times here, I won so many matches here, but we didn’t have so many periods of such fantastic quality like we had (today). “When I saw the second half growing into another destination, at the beginning I was a bit frustrated because I want more. “But after five, 10 minutes I was thinking we didn’t (give more) because we couldn’t – we can’t play that way for 90 minutes. “The three boys behind Fernando (Oscar, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne) in the first half were fantastic and in the second half they disappeared. All of them they played national team matches. The team, when the creativity disappeared, we lost danger in our game.” Hull boss Steve Bruce admitted it was not possible for his side to live with Chelsea in the opening period. “They were incredible the first 20, 25 minutes,” Bruce said. “With the Special One coming back it was always going to be difficult for us. We’ve got many games to play where we won’t be playing Chelsea every week, thankfully.” last_img read more

Arsenal duo win appeals

first_img Press Association Arsenal will have both defender Kieran Gibbs and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available against Swansea on Tuesday night after appeals to the Football Association. That claim was also upheld, meaning both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to face Swansea. A statement from the FA read: “An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. “The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.” The heavy defeat on Saturday lunchtime ruined manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge and severely dented any Barclays Premier League title ambitions, with the Gunners now down in fourth place, albeit still with a match in hand on the leaders. Wenger – who cancelled Monday morning’s scheduled pre-match press conference – has been left puzzled by his side once again failing to turn up in a big game; Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down by 17 minutes, and played out the rest of the match with 10 men after Gibbs’ sending off. Midfielder Mikel Arteta has issued a public apology on behalf of the Arsenal players for the “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” humiliation – and vowed they will get things right against Swansea. Arteta accepts the Gunners were “just not good enough” and have no option but to raise performance levels against the Swans, with the squad having held a debrief session at their London Colney training base on Sunday. “We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take it on the chin because it is unacceptable to lose another big game like this,” the Spaniard said to Arsenal Media. “You cannot only just move on, you have to analyse what you have done and react. I am expecting a big reaction on Tuesday (because) Saturday was not good enough for this football club. “The good thing is we have a lot of things to play for and we have always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments, but this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us and for me it is unacceptable. “The pressure we put on ourselves by losing games like that is massive and there is no need for it. “We just disrupted the good season we were having. I don’t know what else to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we promise that we will try hard to put that right.” Arteta stressed none of the players wanted to produce another shocking display like they did at Stamford Bridge – which had followed on from heavy defeats at both Manchester City and Liverpool earlier in the season. “It hurts deeply inside. It is embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation,” he said. “Psychologically it is really hard, and when you go through that you analyse it and you know you don’t want to be in that situation again. “I promise everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday, we have an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back.” Arsenal will be without defender Laurent Koscielny because of a calf problem. Captain Thomas Vermaelen is likely to play at centre-half alongside Per Mertesacker, while 19-year-old Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who was on loan at Watford, has been drafted into the squad as cover. Full-back Gibbs was shown a red card in a case of mistaken identity during the first half of Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea by referee Andre Marriner, instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain – who had committed the handball in the six-yard box and indeed admitted his guilt at the time, but was waved away. The FA confirmed on Monday evening the sanction against Gibbs had been removed, and instead transferred onto Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, Arsenal then subsequently moved to have that offence downgraded on appeal, claiming the England midfielder had not in fact technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked to be going just wide. last_img read more