Grow It Know It

first_imgAnyone who has ever been to a meal prepared by Clarke County Schools’ Grow It Know It students knows that the program is special, and now the state knows as well. Last week the Clarke County School District won the Golden Radish Innovative Partnership Award for collaborations including the Grow It Know It program. Grow It Know It is a partnership of the Clarke County School District, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the UGArden student-run farm, UGA’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, the Barrow County School System and UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. The award, presented by Georgia Organics’ Golden Radish partner, the Georgia Department of Health, recognizes programs that embrace and promote healthy practices by forging local partnerships. Grow It Know It Program Coordinator Wick Pritchard, grant coordinator Andie Bisceglia, Clarke County School District nutrition director Paula Farmer and four Grow It Know It students traveled to the fifth annual Golden Radish Awards at the Georgia Freight Depot on Oct. 22 to accept the award. “We are proud of our Clarke County School District student participants in the Grow It Know It program. Their work in the school gardens, (Family and Consumer Sciences) labs, school produce stands, and summer programs, including the student-operated restaurant, directly contributed to the district’s partnerships,” said Pritchard, who is based in the UGA Extension office in Clarke County. “Thank you to our students. Our school gardens would not be possible without them.”Grow It Know It coordinates a team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers at middle schools in Clarke and Barrow counties. They work with teachers to promote the use of school gardens and provide students with leadership opportunities and valuable real-life skills, all while encouraging sustainable agriculture. The program has tapped into UGA resources and the vibrant restaurant communities across northeast Georgia to make the program what it is today. “Whenever something new and exciting is happening in a community, you can bet that there is more than one group of passionate people involved,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean of UGA Extension. “The Grow it Know It program is an example of what can happen when community stakeholders — like the school system, UGA Extension and UGA Public Service (and Outreach) — work together to achieve a common goal.“This type of collaboration is one of the major strengths of the Extension system in Georgia, and we are so proud that it has helped build a program as impactful as Grow It Know It.”Throughout the school year, the volunteers work with students at each school to maintain a school garden, reduce cafeteria food waste through compost and food reuse, and provide fresh produce to the community.During the summer, the Grow It Know It Kitchen Garden Corps program recruits students to maintain the school gardens and learn how to cook with fresh produce. At the end of each week, students operate a donation-based “pop-up restaurant” where they prepare and serve a three-course meal to a seating of 30-50 adults.While the Grow It Know It program focuses on building healthier attitudes about nutrition, agriculture and cooking, the program also prepares students for employment by improving their leadership abilities and problem-solving skills in real work scenarios. In addition to the recognition for the Grow It Know It program, the 2018 Golden Radish committee recognized Clarke County School District with its Platinum Golden Radish award for the second year in a row. Clarke County was one of 84 school districts recognized as part of the annual Farm to School program awards. Together the recognized districts represent 1.3 million students and around 109 million locally-sourced school meals, according to Georgia Organics. The Golden Radish Awards honor Georgia school districts for best practices in farm-to-school programs. Best practices include procuring local foods, exposing students to new foods through taste tests, and incorporating cooking and gardening activities into class curriculums. This year, the Golden Radish partners included Georgia Organics, UGA Extension, and Georgia’s departments of agriculture, education, public health, and early care and learning.For more information about the Grow It Know It program, visit site.extension.uga.edu/growitknowit. For more information about the Golden Radish Awards visit, georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/goldenradish.last_img read more

State provides $360,000 in low-cost home repair loans for low-income homeowners

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has presented a $360,000 grant to the Town of Williston and Champlain Housing Trust to provide 1%-3% loans tohhomeowners with lower incomes for essential home repairs. The Champlain Housing Loan Fund was created in 1997 and recently expanded into Chittenden County, with the Town of Williston s support as the grant applicant. The announcement will take place at the Williston Town Hall on No. Williston Road.Williston homeowners Amy and Mark Yandow recently borrowed a loan from the Champlain Housing Loan Fund to replace their oil furnace with a wood-fired boiler. The Yandow s explained, we were very happy with all of the help from the Champlain Loan Fund when we couldn t afford a bank loan, and we look forward to saving over $200 a month next winter. We already switched to wood and stopped burning oil last month. The Yandows house will also be weatherized by the Chittenden County Weatherization Assistance Program.The Champlain Housing Loan Fund manager, Liz Curry, appreciates the generous support from the state. The Governor and the Vermont Community Development Program have been great supporters of this program for over 10 years. It is the only state program of its kind to help homeowners with limited means, fix their homes. We work in partnership with USDA Rural Development, the VT Center for Independent Living, the Lead-Hazard Reduction program, and the Weatherization Assistance Program to leverage grants for specific repairs, but when it comes to just fixing your foundation, roof, septic system or well, we provide loans at 1%-3% with up to 20 year terms to get the job done.This year, the Loan Fund has weatherization grants available for mobile home owners that rent a lot in a mobile home park to tighten up their homes. For mobile home owners that are over the Weatherization program income limit, we have grants for mobile homes, and for single family homeowners, we have 0% weatherization loans with flexible terms, added Curry.The Loan Fund also provides free project management help and financial counseling to borrowers. The Loan Fund was established in 1997 and has lent over $2 million to over 200 homeowners in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. It is one of five regional housing loan funds in Vermont, which are all operated by five regional NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Centers (www.vthomeownership.org(link is external)).last_img read more

Joe Biden, the Traditionalist Who Ran as Himself

first_img“The joke was, if Joe stood next to a light pole, he’d strike up a conversation,” said Bob Markel, a childhood friend of Mr. Biden’s. “You were talking to him for 20 seconds, he’d put out his hand and say, ‘Joe Biden.’”He came from a line of politically engaged Pennsylvanians on his mother’s side, with a great-grandfather who served as a state senator. His father was a dignified man who had struggled financially, “a student of history with an unyielding sense of justice,” Mr. Biden said in his eulogy. Joseph R. Biden Sr., who moved the family from Scranton, Pa., to Delaware when Mr. Biden was 10, shaped his son’s moral compass and instilled in him a strong sense of identity; his story looms large in Mr. Biden’s efforts today to connect with working-class Americans.Mr. Biden enrolled at the University of Delaware, where he threw himself into politics as freshman class president. He participated in the occasional high jinks, though even then he was fairly conservative in his personal manner.- Advertisement – ‘He Didn’t Do Crazy Things’Mr. Biden was a mediocre student with big ambitions, a gregarious young football player from an Irish Catholic family who overcame a stutter and dreamed of running for president.In the meantime, he settled for school politics, serving as class president at his Catholic high school and adopting an approachable manner that he would deploy decades later on the campaign trail.- Advertisement – “It’s the same style that I think we’ve seen since he was a teenager,” Mr. Markel said. “That moderation can be seen when he was in his teens. He was a fun-loving guy, certainly outgoing, but he didn’t do crazy things.”For all of his political ambitions, he was at a remove from the antiwar activism taking hold among his peers in the caldron of the 1960s, and he was not one for protesting. After graduating from law school, he followed a path into institutional Democratic politics: young lawyer, part-time public defender and rising star within the Delaware party establishment.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Oracle Hotel 2025: Research on consumer attitudes about new technologies and their impact on future hospitality experience

first_imgOracle has released the results of two surveys aimed at recognizing consumer attitudes toward new technologies and how their implementation will shape consumer behavior in the years to come. According to research through Oracle Hotel 2025 and Oracle Restaurant 2025, it was pointed out that consumers approve of the application of new technologies and encourage hoteliers to introduce them, but to the extent that they feel they control their experience. Also, a big warning was sent to the hotel industry that they should pay attention to the application of automation without personal service.The Hotel 2025 and Restaurant 2025 surveys were based on a sample of 250 restaurant operators, 150 hotel operators and 702 consumers in February 2017 about their reactions to the role of technology in the guest experience over the next 8 years.“S obzirom na baštinu usluge u cijeloj ugostiteljskoj industriji, ne iznenađuje nas da gosti žele nastavak ljudske povezanosti s hranom i pićem i hotelskim brandovima izbora, unatoč nastanku novih tehnologija”, rekao je Mike Webster, viši potpredsjednik i Generalni direktor Oracle Hospitality.Some of the trends recorded through the research are:Recognition and personalization will be the driver of future technologiesConsumers are interested in technology that is activated through sound, ie voice commandsVirtual reality will enhance the booking and hotel experienceRobots will not replace staff hospitality anytime soonInvestments in load-bearing technology66% of consumers said a virtual reality tour of the property would improve their experience70% of hoteliers believe that ordering rooms or hotel services through voice recognition software will be widespread in the industry by 2025.59% of consumers want to control room lighting and temperature with a voice-activated device such as Alexa or Google HomeAmong the topics that marked the Hotel 2025 research: artificial intelligence, biometrics / face recognition, robotics, voice activation, wearable technology, virtual reality, driverless transport and smart hotel design.See the full Oracle Hotel 2025 survey herelast_img read more

First poverty, now pandemic threatens access to electricity

first_img And even before the outbreak of COVID-19 threw up new obstacles, the report estimated 620 million people would remain without electricity in 2030, 85% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.”Even before today’s unprecedented crisis, the world was not on track to meet key sustainable energy goals. Now, they are likely to become even harder to achieve,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).”We must redouble our efforts to bring affordable, reliable and cleaner energy to all – especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where the need is greatest – in order to build more prosperous and resilient economies,” he added in a statement.The report said disruptions caused by coronavirus lockdowns and their economic fallout would likely affect electrification, slowing and in some cases reversing advances. One in 10 people lack electricity and the pandemic will likely make it harder still to meet a global goal of getting power to everyone by 2030, international organizations said on Thursday.An annual report tracking progress on sustainable energy said more than a billion people have won access to electricity since 2010, with 90% of the planet connected in 2018.But that still left 789 million people without power. Some utilities and off-grid providers are expected to face financial difficulties, said the report from the IEA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the U.N. Statistics Division, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.COVID-19 has also disrupted supply chains and limited the ability of many to pay for their services, it added.”Governments, hand in hand with the international community, should be prepared to mitigate these adverse effects to safeguard the gains in (electricity) access,” it said.The crisis has shown the need for reliable and clean energy at hospitals, for schools to prepare children for the digital economy, and for communities to pump clean water, it added.”Access to reliable energy is a lifeline, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Riccardo Puliti, global director for energy and extractive industries at the World Bank.”It is essential not only for preventing and addressing the pandemic but also for accelerating the recovery and building back better,” he added.The report showed that efforts to provide poor families, especially in rural communities, with cleaner cooking methods continued to stagnate, despite gains in large parts of Asia.In 2018, 2.8 billon people were cooking with smoky fuels like kerosene, coal and wood, compared with 3 billion in 2010.Under current and planned policies, 2.3 billion people would still not be using clean cooking fuels and technologies in 2030, falling short of a goal for universal access by almost 30%.The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to worsen the exposure of women and children to air pollution at home, which already causes close to 4 million deaths a year, the report warned.International aid to developing countries in support of clean and renewable energy hit $21.4 billion in 2017, double its level in 2010, but only 12% reached the least-developed countries and small island developing states, it said.To speed up deployment of renewable energy in those places, larger amounts of funding should be channeled to those most in need – even more so in a post-pandemic world, the agencies said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mexico to conduct late-stage trials for China, US COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgMore than 150 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, with 25 in human clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.Russia is the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, which it named “Sputnik V” for foreign markets, an official said on Tuesday.Ebrard said a goal of taking part in trials was to ensure that Mexico has access to treatments and vaccines, a reminder of the growing anxiety in developing countries that they could be left behind in initial distribution of such drugs.”This is what worries President [Andres Manuel] Lopez Obrador, that we have it on time,” Ebrard said. Several other emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East have followed a similar strategy of “vaccine diplomacy,” consultancy Oxford Business Group highlighted in a report on Tuesday.Mexico has already lobbied in world forums, including at the G20 group of nations and the United Nations, to secure equitable access for an eventual vaccine.Large-scale, phase three human testing for the J&J unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ candidate could start in the second half of September, the company has previously said.Johnson & Johnson kicked off early US human safety trials in July after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed its best-performing vaccine candidate offered strong protection in a single dose.Walvax’s experimental vaccine is currently under early testing at a Chinese military research institute.CanSino Biologics’ vaccine candidate is already in clinical trials. The company is also collaborating with Canada’s National Research Council to “pave the way” for future trials in Canada, the research council in May.Latin America’s second largest economy has suffered more than 50,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to official data, making it the third country with the most deaths globally.It ranks 13th adjusted for deaths per capita, according to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mexico aims to conduct late-stage clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in development by Johnson & Johnson and two Chinese companies within months, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, adding that the goal was to secure access to the drugs.Mexico has signed memorandums of understanding with J&J and Chinese companies CanSino Biologics Inc and Walvax Biotechnology Co Ltd, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said at news conference.Ebrard said the trials would start between September and January, depending on approval from Mexico’s food and drug agency.center_img Topics :last_img read more

EIOPA stands by new regime for personal pensions in final advice

first_imgA pan-European personal pension (PEPP) product should be seen not only as an opportunity to build large-scale cross-border pension providers but also as a means of developing a robust consumer protection framework, according to final advice to the European Commission.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) stood by its previous recommendation that the Commission should develop a 2nd regime, complementing existing private pension products (PPPs).It said its development could help boost long-term investment and retirement income across the Continent.The emphasis on consumer protection came as EIOPA noted the lack of trust potential savers expressed when asked about existing PPP providers, while consumers also often regarded PPPs as being too expensive. “This strongly indicates that trust in PPPs and their providers needs to be restored to boost savings in PPPs,” the European supervisor said in its submission to the Commission.It added: “This goes hand in hand with aiming at affordable, cost-effective and transparent products, so consumers can make well-informed decisions about their retirement planning.”EIOPA’s paper added that personal pensions would only be able to deliver adequate retirement income if they were regarded as “safe […] cost-effective and transparent”, as well as able to cater to what the supervisor termed unconventional career paths.It continued: “A truly well-functioning Single Market for Personal Pensions would provide a means of unlocking positive externalities that have yet to be fully utilised at EU level – especially in the current challenging low-interest-rate environment – by easing the access to both new and additional cross-border investment opportunities, accessible at lower cost.”If successful, EIOPA added, PEPPs could contribute to a “flourishing” Capital Markets Union and encourage a greater focus on the long term over short-term investment, while benefiting the Continent’s economy.The idea of the PEPP has received support from a number of industry sources, including the European Fund and Asset Management Association, although the Dutch government pushed back at a time when a standardised approach, rather than a 2nd regime, was still under discussion.last_img read more

Bischoff battles Wauge for IMCA Modified win at Southern Oregon

first_imgWHITE CITY, Ore. (May 6) – Making an impressive charge from ninth starting, Monte Bischoff kicked off the 2017 season in style with his 25-lap IMCA Modified victory Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.Once Bischoff gained the lead, he had to hold off the constant threat of seven-time and defending champion Mark Wauge to earn the victory.Wauge had his car hooked up on the bottom, but that was where Bischoff was running.  Wauge kept looking, but Bischoff came off the corners just a bit stronger.  This went on for the final 12 laps as Bischoff held on for the win.Taking the lead from Willie McFall following a lap seven restart, Jorddon Braaten went on to score the victory in the 25-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event.2016 champion Mike Medel’s charge to the front fell just short as he finished second.last_img read more

Wilshere set to learn fate

first_img Wilshere feels Arsenal must learn fast from their disappointing defensive display at the Etihad Stadium, where City made the most of some uncharacteristic poor defending. “Most of the goals were individual mistakes. I know I certainly am beating myself up about it and the other players I know will be disappointed,” Wilshere said on Arsenal Player. “We will learn from that individually and collectively. “I think we were too stretched and the space between the defence and the midfield was too much. “We have to tighten up a little bit.” Arsenal are set to monitor the healing process of the deep cut to defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee which was sustained when attempting to prevent City’s second goal late in the first half and was unable to continue. Under their own disciplinary procedures, the governing body has until 6pm on Tuesday to lodge any formal charge against the player. Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that “if he did it and he is banned, then we will have to accept it.” If that is the case, then Wilshere, who could request a personal hearing, will miss the visit of Chelsea on December 23. Defeat for Arsenal – who have been drawn with Bayern Munich once again in the last 16 of the Champions League – saw their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points. Wenger feels the way his men respond from the defeat could well shape the rest of what has so far been a promising campaign. The Gunners could now be overtaken by first Liverpool, who host Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime, and then City who are at struggling Fulham later in the afternoon. Indeed Wenger’s men may well end up down in fourth spot for Christmas should Chelsea win at the Emirates Stadium – with fifth-placed Everton also out to close up to potentially within just one point if they can win at Swansea. Press Association Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of Manchester City fans at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat on Saturday lunchtime. Press Association Sport understands the FA is gathering more evidence to help with the context of the situation having now received the submission of observations from referee Martin Atkinson and his officials. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should discover later on Tuesday whether he will face a misconduct charge from the Football Association and a possible ban from the top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League showdown against Chelsea.last_img read more

PBC Mayor Not Ready to Open Bars, Citing Concerns Over Protests

first_img“It’s not the protests that we’re worried about, it’s the people that impose violence and property destruction. They are not protesting the death of George Floyd, best I can tell. The concern is, that’s where those bars are typically housed, and there’s only one purpose to go there, and that is to drink,” he said Friday during a news conference.Kerner added that he hopes to allow bars to reopen as soon as possible and when it is safe.Not word yet on when that will be. With that in mind, he worries the number could increase even more with the ongoing protests in our area.LATEST OPERATIONAL UPDATES FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY. https://t.co/wbiwYw3PIi#COVID19PBCUpdate #COVID19PBCSafety #PBCStrong pic.twitter.com/60iEcNO3iz— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) June 6, 2020 As Palm Beach County seeks Gov. DeSantis’ approval to move to Phase 2 of his reopening plan, the county’s mayor is not ready to reopen bars.County Mayor Dave Kerner explains the daily average of coronavirus cases has jumped since Phase 1 reopening.last_img read more