Ag Forecast Rescheduled

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has rescheduled its Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park in White County, Georgia, for Wednesday, Feb. 17. This agricultural economic outlook event for northeast Georgia was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, but was canceled due to winter weather. Those who were registered for the Jan. 22 date have the option of transferring their registration to the new date or receiving a refund. For those who had not registered for an Ag Forecast seminar yet, this will be the last chance to get an in-person look at what 2016 holds in terms of commodity prices and farm policy. At the annual Georgia Ag Forecast, economists from the university’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and from the college’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics deliver an economic outlook that focuses on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities. In addition to the economic outlook, CAED Director Kent Wolfe and fellow UGA agricultural economist Sharon P. Kane will give a briefing on the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, often referred to as “GATE,” and how it is reflected in county sales tax revenue. For an overview of what UGA economists said at the other Georgia Ag Forecast seminar locations this year, see the UGA Cooperative Extension news article, “Encouraging beef, peanut prices expected in 2016.”For more information or to register for the February 17 event, visit georgiaagforecast.com.last_img read more

Fair’s double-double leads Syracuse past Minnesota in Maui Invitational quarterfinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As blood squirted from C.J. Fair’s right cheek, the forward came alive. Fair darted to the rim from the left elbow with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Austin Hollins swung his arm to contest the inevitable posterization. His arm found Fair’s right cheek. The ball found the bottom of the net on a thunderous tomahawk slam.To that point, Fair had just two points, but the finish lit a fire.“I cut down the lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”Fair went to the bench, but didn’t sit long. He received treatment during nearly every timeout the rest of the way and The Post-Standard reported that he would get stitches after the game. When he was on the floor, though, Fair and Syracuse (5-0) surged out in front of Minnesota (5-1) and to a 75-67 win in the quarterfinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, plus three turnovers before the dunk, but finished with 16 and 10 to keep the No. 8 Orange unbeaten. Trevor Cooney chipped in 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will face California (5-0) in the tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.“I think they’re much better than they were last year, a much better team,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Golden Bears during the postgame press conference. “I really was very impressed with how they played. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”In both frames, Cooney drilled a 3-pointer on the Orange’s first possession. He started SU with a 3 to open the game — one of four he hit during the first half as Syracuse’s most consistent offensive threat — and just 10 seconds into the second half, another long-range jumper that gave the Orange a six-point lead. “They’re big momentum shifts,” Fair said.Then it was Fair’s turn. With a bloody patch struggling to keep his cheek closed, the senior sparked SU’s best stretch of the game.He traded jumpers with Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu and then attacked the rim to draw a foul and a pair of points at the line. A DaJuan Coleman miss on the next possession led to a tip-in opportunity for the senior forward and a 10-point lead. Fellow forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a reverse dunk off a pair of missed free throws by Coleman two possessions later to give Syracuse a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.“When you get dunks like that,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference, “it just pumps you up on defense and gets you motivation to get that next stop and keep going.”But the Golden Gophers hung around. Malik Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the half to cut the Orange’s lead to 56-52. Four straight free throws by Austin and Andre Hollins sliced it to 67-65 with 2:14 remaining. That was as close as Minnesota got. Tyler Ennis bailed Fair out after a near turnover at mid-court. Then Smith bailed out an Ennis miss with an overthrow in transition.And then Fair hit a mid-range jumper with 1:45 remaining to stretch the lead back to four. A pair of Jerami Grant free throws sealed the victory for the Orange in one of its best offensive performances of the season.Said Boeheim: “This was probably as good a win as we’ve had in a tournament.” Comments Published on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Troy Tulowitzki to the A’s? It makes a lot of sense

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s aren’t necessarily in the market for a shortstop, but an opportunity may have just presented itself.Hampered by injuries over the past few years, Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon, presenting the possibility of a homecoming with the A’s. Tulowitzki, 34, grew up in the South Bay a diehard A’s fan. After a standout career at Fremont High in Sunnyvale and Long Beach State, he quickly established himself as one of the premier shortstops …last_img

How to tell a good story so the world listens

first_imgThe South African Competitiveness Forum Report tracks input from many stakeholders countrywide on South Africa’s position in the world. Already several goals set out in the original discussions on boosting the nation’s brand globally have been reached, the latest forum hears.A number of objectives set out during the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, held in 2013, have been achieved in a step towards giving the country a competitive edge on the global stage.This was revealed during a seminar to discuss perceptions of South Africa held by international investors. It was organised by Brand South Africa and the Wits Business School and took place on the Johannesburg campus on Wednesday, 2 April. Among those who attended were Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola; Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) group chief executive Siphiwe Ngwenya; Dr Shima Nokaneng, also from the agency; and Tsholo Mogotsi from the city of Johannesburg’s department of economic development.Brand South Africa used the seminar as a stage to release the South African Competitiveness Forum Report, which details the discussions and the ultimate outcomes of the forum, as well as the regional consultations that were held. “Today’s seminar is part of our discharging our mandate as Brand South Africa, and this mandate revolves around two areas: firstly to build the country’s reputation or brand with a view to improving the competitiveness of the country, and secondly to get South Africans to buy into South Africa, to build civic pride, get all citizens to be ambassadors of this country, and to ensure this is a competitive country not only on the continent but globally,” said Matola.The World Economic Forum defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country”. A competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time, it adds.Matola said it was in this light that on 5 November 2013, the organisation hosted the first in a series of competitiveness forums at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg with the aim of providing a strategic platform through which to consult and work with the government, business and civil society to identify the competitive and reputational strengths and challenges facing South Africa. Partners and stakeholders who attended that gathering included Trade and Investment South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, Productivity SA, universities and businesses. “It was a multi-stakeholder forum which was attended by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.”The way forwardMatola said six objectives were set down at that forum, namely:Set up a task team to monitor implementation of agreed projects;Set up a one-stop shop to drive, consolidate and position South Africa as an attractive destination for investment and business;Consolidate country messaging to enable better coherence and a unified voice to position South Africa on the international stage;Intensify and fast-track roll-out of energy infrastructure so that delivery can meet demand for future growth as outlined in the National Development Plan;Leverage institutional capacity, skills and knowledge to drive competitiveness; and,Strengthen and amplify current initiatives to deliver quality education.“We have been able to make some advances in terms of some of the outcomes. For example, a forum working group has been established and a one-stop shop for international investors. We have also come up with a session report which we are releasing today,” said Matola.One goal that was receiving attention was soliciting input for a competitiveness index appropriate for South Africa. Matola said that at present, the indices Brand South Africa used to assess competitiveness were “external” ones. These included the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Index and International Institute for Management Development’s World Competitiveness Yearbook.“We do believe that there is a need for us to also develop an index that focuses on those critical areas of competence and attributes that are important for us as a country, whether they could be based on our progress towards achieving the goals of our National Development Plan.”A coherent storyAchieving global competiveness also required sending out messages about South Africa that were “common, consistent and coherent”. “This requires that we all work together to produce this kind of content – us working with business, with [the] government, with civil society to make sure that there is a consistent message about what this country stands for, where this country comes from and where this country is going.”During that initial forum, breakaway working sessions were set up to discuss five themes: foreign direct investment competitiveness; education, skills and labour; infrastructure; manufacturing and related services; and government and leadership.Consultations were also held in 2013 with business, the government and civil society in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Valuable insights regarding matters of regional importance were shared with the Brand South Africa teams during these discussions, said Matola.Presenting the report, De Kock said there was “lots of input” from stakeholders at the regional consultations. Based on analysis of inputs received, high level themes were noted. “At the top is ‘reputation implications of education’ which was noted as a challenge to the nation brand. We are quite aware of issues in certain education spaces so there was quite a strong call on that in terms of how we deal with this from a reputational point of view,” he said.Strength of city-regionsThere was also a call for the nation brand to focus more on city brands and their value add to the nation brand. “If you look at the structure of global GDP [gross domestic product] at this point in time, about 70% of global GDP is produced in between 600 and 700 city-regions or metropolitan regions in the global economy, which is significant.”This meant that as a nation brand organisation, Brand South Africa should be more effectively equipped to tell the story of the building blocks of the brand. Hence, part of the outcome for the organisation was to have a better relationship with organisations such as the GGDA and metro structures so that it would be able to “relate that story better on the capabilities of the country”.Labour challenges and the role of good governance were also key areas of discussion in the regional consultations, according to De Kock.“Stakeholders also brought to the fore the issue that business community stakeholders should be equipped as nation brand messengers. This is a very interesting thing that came through. Business stakeholders often say to us that when they engage with international business during their travels they want to tell stories about South Africa but they don’t have the information.”As a communications organisation, De Kock said Brand South Africa needed to have a “better connection” with business and the government to help shape the stories about the country that had to be shared.Another competitiveness forum would be held later this year, he added.last_img read more

Read, write blindfolded: training programme in Odisha recieves flak

first_imgParents in backward Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha have been persuaded to enroll their kids in ‘midbrain activation’ training programme that purportedly enables a child to read and write blindfolded.Dubbing the programme as a gimmick and a ploy to extract money from gullible parents, rationalists demanded that law enforcement agencies take note of this.Additionally, a few top government officers were giving credence to the programme by associating themselves to it by felicitating one of the girl students, who claimed to have learnt the skill of reading books while being blindfolded, they alleged.According to Tapeswar Mahanta, a trainer with Glisten’s New Horizon Brain Development Company which offers ‘midbrain activation’ training in Keonjhar district, 40 students had already enrolled in the programme to read and write in the state of being blindfolded.“It is special training programme to energise brain of a person. It is based on mystic science. We carry out specific exercise of brain. In a few sittings, a child can acquire unprecedented memorizing skill,” claimed Mr. Mohanta. The group is charging ₹15,000 per student.The midbrain activation programme is currently promoted in Champua area of Keonjhar and Karanjia of Mayurbhanj district. Mr. Mohanta, however, claimed parents were showing interest in their programme all over the State.“This is a trick to cheat parents, who are desperate to see their children excel in studies. If the programme was so beneficial, the government should assess the programme by experts basing on scientific theories,” said Raja Suresh, member of Humanist Rationalist Organisation, Odisha.Mr. Suresh said the law enforcement agencies should take promoters of the brainless programmes to task and save parents from coughing off hard-earned money.last_img read more

Education Week March 17 for TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:education week, fortis tci, ministry of education TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2015 – Next week begins Education Week in the country and already schools are planning a series of activities to highlight Turks and Caicos culture and history and the value of the two in education. In addition to Ecumenical services being held across the islands to kick start the week of targeted events; the Ministry of Education reminds of the Fortis TCI National Science Fair set for March 3-5 at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. The theme for Education Week 2015 is “Unite for Quality Education: Better Education for a Better World.” Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub FortisTCI reveals Education Week winnerslast_img read more