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Lake ecology session

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center will hold a Saturday session entitled Explore Rock Eagle Lake on July 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.The event is part of the center’s Saturday at the Rock program. At this session, participants will use dip nets to collect and identify common organisms found in Rock Eagle Lake. The role and adaptations of each aquatic organism will also be discussed. The Saturday sessions are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. The program includes a visit to Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum. Advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or mhammons@uga.edu. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html .last_img

Mother’s Day lesson: Make it easy

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details It was 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday night at the supermarket a couple of blocks from my home. The checkout lines were as long as the expressions on the shoppers’ faces. You’d think a hurricane was bearing down on the Southern California coast, or perhaps an earthquake had just rattled the area.But it wasn’t a natural disaster. It was potentially a domestic disaster at hundreds, if not thousands, of homes in my community.It was the night before Mother’s Day, and most of the local dads and sons were in a panic because they hadn’t yet bought a present. They knew if they didn’t come up with something good by morning, they’d be in big, big trouble. The kind of trouble that might make them refugees.Thankfully, their local Stater Bros was ready. The floral department was stocked – and I do mean stocked, as deep as Valentine’s Day – with vases full of roses, potted tulips and corsages in boxes, ready for church. Next to the floral department were strategically placed pyramids of champagne so grand they rivaled those built by the ancient Egyptians … and at 25% off, if you purchased four bottles. Happy Mother’s Day balloons were strategically tied with colorful ribbons to some of the bottles for those willing to upgrade to pharaoh status.The floral department was conveniently located next to the card aisle, which was almost entirely stocked with Mother’s Day cards.And if that wasn’t enough, two long tables in front of the express checkout lanes were piled high with boxes of freshly baked cookies, brownies and even chocolate covered strawberries.I don’t know who manages this Stater Bros. location, but they are an expert when it comes to merchandising and anticipating customers’ needs. Most stores market products for Mother’s Day, but this one took it to another level. They clearly knew their market: Men seeking a fast and easy solution the night before a Hallmark holiday. Not only was fast and easy strategically located right inside the door, but all three express check out lanes were open and briskly checking out customers who were, as expected, overwhelmingly male.If you’ve ever had a sales job, you know the secret to success is to uncover the customer’s pain point. In this case, it was two-fold. First, men know they had better present their wives (and/or mothers) with a seemingly thoughtful gift. Second, they need to be spoon fed that thoughtful gift, because flowers, chocolate, champagne and greeting cards are traditionally a woman’s domain. There’s nothing wrong with that. Millions of women pretend to be interested in football each fall to please their partners. And plenty of men pretend to like sports for their wives and plenty of women struggle to remember their own anniversary date. We are who we are, but compromise is the secret to every happy family.The point is that Stater Bros. nailed their sales effort. How about your credit union? Have you uncovered your customer’s pain point?It pains me to say it, but many credit unions don’t. As a former industry reporter, I can’t even count how many ridiculously slow and illogical phone systems I’ve slogged through. And my three credit unions have provided their own face palming moments. For example, the credit union at which we keep our business account enforces a daily mobile deposit limit lower than most of our client checks, requiring unnecessary trips to the branch. The daily limit on my personal account at another credit union is four times as high. I’m sure the daily limit at Bank of America is even higher. (Your credit union should confirm that your members really want to use your branch, not that you’re forcing them to.)Customers don’t care about your operational limits, examiner recommendations or any other excuses. They just want you to ease their pain quickly and easily. Fail to do that, and you’re in trouble like an empty-handed dad or son on Mother’s Day.last_img read more

Windsor students give the gift of reading this holiday season

first_img“We have quite the range and the students are recognizing that. Not only do they recognize the reading levels, but they get to also share that and read it with someone. Which the excitement over reading isn’t something we always see in the classroom, it’s pretty great to see that they’re doing that,” said Craig. Making this the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Back in November, Craig and some of her sixth grade students came up with the idea to start collecting books. Around six or seven hundred of them came in. “I got certain books for all the teachers, all my core class teachers, and I gave them to them and they were all super happy,” said Shiner. “A lot of people like it. Mostly me, I take a lot of books,” said sixth grader Emily Shiner. If there are any books left over at the end of the week when the school goes on holiday break, they will be donated to hospitals or nursing homes. “When we first planned through it back in September we thought that it would be a good time to do it that way students would have the access to books not only for themselves but as gifts for family members and friends if they wanted to,” said teacher Jennifer Craig. Spreading joy with each turn of the page. “We didn’t know how much we would get and the shopping part of it really depended on what we received as donations,” said Craig. Since the book swap was such a success, Craig says she plans to continue it in years to come as long as the donations continue to pour in. “I gave some to my nana, I gave a series to my nana because she likes to read but doesn’t have much time to,” said sixth grader Josh Adorno. WINDSOR (WBNG) — It’s the holiday season and at Windsor Middle School some students are choosing to give the gift of reading through a book drive. “It’s just kind of this cycle of the love of literacy and the love of reading that we’re seeing go through the community,” said Craig. It’s not just books suited for middle school students. There’s a selection for all ages. Now students and staff can stop by a display table and take whatever they want to read for free.last_img read more

USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

first_img The USDA had tested 5,668 cattle for BSE from Jun 1 through 21, according to APHIS figures. The agency says it has 99% confidence of detecting BSE at a level of one case in 10 million cattle if it tests 268,000 cattle during the expanded screening program. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Clifford stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive” (italics in original). See also: He added that some inconclusive results are expected in screening test programs, since screening tests “are designed to cast a very wide net.” Tissue samples from the animal were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for the confirmatory testing, Clifford said. Clifford said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” The ban on putting “specified risk materials”—tissues most likely to carry the BSE agent in an infected animal—into the food supply would protect the public if any more BSE cases were found in the United States, he said.center_img Jun 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an “inconclusive,” or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results. The inconclusive result was the first since the USDA expanded its BSE testing program Jun 1 in an effort to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months. In announcing the finding, Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said confirmatory tests would be completed in 4 to 7 days. Because the confirmatory tests could be negative, Clifford did not report the age, breed, or sex of the animal involved, the laboratory that did the screening test, or where the animal came from. He said the animal did not enter the human food supply or animal feed. Jun 25 USDA statementhttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0263.04.htmllast_img read more

The first RegioJet train arrived from Prague to Rijeka with more than 500 passengers

first_imgPhoto: RegioJet CZ  “The arrival of the train from Prague is a symbolic return of our traditional tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the route that passes through several countries is proof of good connections, important for tourist movements. The interest in our country is also evidenced by the investments of the Czech investor in the Hilton hotel on the Costabella worth 80 million euros, which raises the quality of Kvarner’s tourist offer.” concluded Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.  “Demand is a record and the highest in the history of our company, which is why we decided to operate on this route every day until the end of August, and not just three times a week as originally planned. The line will remain in 2021. “, he concluded Jančura, adding that all passengers can also buy a bus ticket for many Croatian destinations departing from Rijeka. Interestingly, this news was accompanied by  The New York Times. In addition to numerous Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists, diplomatic representatives of these countries also arrived in Croatia, as well as 30 leading Czech and Slovak media who will report on the Croatian tourist offer during their stay in our country. The importance of the Czech and Slovak markets for Rijeka is also confirmed by the director of the Rijeka Tourist Board Petar Škarpa. “Czech and Slovak tourists in Rijeka have achieved significant growth in tourist traffic in the past three years, and I hope that this year’s RegioJet train will contribute to the return of Czech and Slovak tourists as it was before the pandemic. I am extremely glad that Rijeka has been recognized in this sense by the Czech partner RegioJet, ie the owner, Mr. Radim Jančura, who connected the Czech Republic and Slovakia with Croatia and Rijeka with this line. “, said Škarpa.  Modern and high-quality trains run on the mentioned route, offering customers top service during the trip to the final destination. The first train arrived with a maximum allowable capacity of 12 wagons, of which nine were 9 sleeping and three Astra wagon standard. Until July 11, trains will run 3 times a week, and after that date the train on the route Rijeka – Prague will travel daily until the end of August. In September, trains will run again 3 times a week, and the last train from Rijeka will depart on September 26, 2020. The first train of the Czech carrier RegioJet, which will run from July to the end of August on the route Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Ljubljana-Rijeka, successfully arrived at the railway station in Rijeka together with more than 500 Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists who were part of this premiere trip. Approximately 30 tickets were sold “We are proud to cooperate with RegioJet, which has recognized the importance of connecting the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia with Croatia, which enjoys the status of one of the most popular and most popular foreign tourist destinations in these markets. This railway route will significantly contribute to tourist flows between our countries, and this is confirmed by the data on the sale of more than 30 thousand tickets in the first ten days of sales. At the moment, the Czech Republic is in an excellent third place in foreign markets from which we generate the largest tourist turnover, while Slovakia is in eighth place”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. According to the words Radima Jančure, CEO of RegioJet, this company is the leader for long-distance rail connections in Central Europe, and annually records 20 million passengers, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport. last_img read more

Japan expands virus emergency nationwide

first_imgSome have declared their own local emergencies, even though they carry no legal force.Japan has so far seen a relatively small outbreak of the virus — despite recording its first case in mid-January — with around 8,500 infections and 136 deaths by Thursday.But local medical associations and experts have sounded the alarm, and Abe has asked people in areas already under a state of emergency to reduce contact with others to avoid an explosive growth in infections.In Tokyo, the governor has called on people to work from home, and significant drops have been seen in the number of people commuting each day on the city’s notoriously crowded transport system.But while some central areas have been uncharacteristically deserted, local neighborhoods have remained relatively bustling, raising concerns about whether the measures will be sufficient.Japan’s two emergency medical associations this week issued a joint statement warning they are “already sensing the collapse of the emergency medical system”, with hospitals unable to deal with patients suffering from non-coronavirus ailments.And in Japan’s third-biggest city Osaka, the mayor has appealed for donations of raincoats to serve as personal protection for health workers who he said were being forced to resort to garbage bags.Abe said it was critical to avoid travelling within Japan during the Golden Week holiday that begins in late April through to early May.It is a period where many people travel from the major cities to the country to see family and there are fears this could spread the virus. Topics : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expanded a state of emergency due to the coronavirus to cover the whole country to stem the growing spread of the disease.The declaration allows regional governors to urge people to stay indoors, but with no punitive measures or legal force, the measure is far weaker than strict lockdowns seen in other parts of the world.Abe had already declared a month-long state of emergency in seven regions, including Tokyo, where a recent spike in cases has prompted warnings that emergency medical facilities could collapse.center_img “Areas where a state of emergency should be carried out will be expanded from the seven prefectures to all prefectures,” Abe told a special meeting called to discuss the disease.He said the state of emergency would remain in force until May 6, urging the 126 million people in the country to form a “united front.”With the world’s third-largest economy heading for a crippling recession, Abe also unveiled plans to distribute 100,000 yen ($930) to every citizen.Since the initial emergency came into effect on April 8, several regional governors have called for the measures to be expanded to cover their areas — warning of a growing number of coronavirus infections and overwhelmed medical facilities.last_img read more

US allows emergency use of the drug remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

first_imgUS regulators said Friday that they have authorized the emergency use of the experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir for treating coronavirus patients, saying that clinical trials have showed “promising results.””While there is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19, the investigational drug was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the time to recovery in some patients,” the US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.The move, which will enable the drug to be used for those hospitalized with severe illness caused by the new coronavirus, is a “significant step” forward in battling the pandemic, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said in a statement. The company said it aims to produce at least 500,000 treatment courses by October, 1 million treatment courses by December and millions more in 2021, if required.Remdesivir was developed by US biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences as a possible treatment for Ebola, but it has not been licensed or approved anywhere globally.Clinical trials have been under way to confirm the effectiveness and safety of its use for coronavirus patients around the world, including Japan.The Japanese government is looking to fast-track its approval. The drug is expected to be available in Japan as early as this month, a government official said.Under the emergency use authorization, remdesivir will be distributed in the United States and administered intravenously by health care providers for patients with low blood oxygen levels as well as those needing oxygen therapy or more intensive breathing support such as a mechanical ventilator.More than 1 million people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus, with the country’s death toll exceeding 64,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.Globally, there have been more than 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, and more than 230,000 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast sporting champ’s waterfront home for sale

first_img The estate sits at the end of a canal.An inductee of both the International Water Ski Federation Hall of Fame and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Mr Thurlow made water skiing history by becoming the first man to jump over 200ft (60.96m) with a record-setting leap of 202ft (61.57m) in 1983.With his competition day behind him, Mr Thurlow said he is content to enjoy the water from the comfort of a boat or deck chair. A one-off glass artwork by Lisa de Boer in the main foyer.Also being sold with the house is a 5.5m one-off glass artwork, by Lisa de Boer, which commands your attention in the main foyer. Matching artworks line in the hallway.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“As soon as you walk in through the front door you see it,” Mr Thurlow said.“It is a real focal point.” Inside 1-3 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands.There are six spacious bedrooms all with ensuites, including the magnificent master suite which occupies the entire top level and includes an elevated bath and kitchenette. 1-3 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands.As you enter the gates of this private estate, monumental water features set against manicured gardens give off a stately air. It’s appropriate, then, to discover that the impressive property is owned by sporting royalty.Waterskiing legend Glenn Thurlow and his wife Lisa are selling the 1948sq m estate which has been their home with daughter Ainsley for the past eight years. The entry to 1-3 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.The Thurlows traded their farm in Albury-Wodonga for the Sovereign Islands property around the time of Mr Thurlow’s retirement in 2013. “It’s been our dream home,” Mr Thurlow said. “It is by far the nicest home we’ve ever lived in, but it’s time for us to downsize into something more manageable.” The spacious living area overlooking the water.The ground-floor design encourages a smooth flow between formal and informal living and dining areas, while the media room and sports bar makes for entertaining easy. Stone and glass feature throughout.The property has 29m canal frontage with a pontoon, infinity-edge pool, generous outdoor and entertaining spaces taking full advantage of private east-facing water views.Essentially, though, this house is ideal for family living.“This home really needs to go to a family with kids,” Mr Thurlow said. “There’s plenty of space for a dog, a trampoline or to play cricket and kick a footy around.” Matching artworks line the hallway.Located inside the secure Sovereign Islands estate, the prestigious property offers complete privacy with only one neighbour.“It is extremely private,” Mr Thurlow said.“With park and water all around us, the home feels like it’s own little oasis.” 1-3 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands Agent: Edin Kara and Ali Mian, Ray White Sovereign Islands Features: High ceilings, pontoon, water features, original artworks, basement carpark, media room Area: 1948sq m Auction: Wednesday, April 29 ON THE MARKETlast_img read more

Eagles Jr. High Soccer Team Soars Past Shiners

first_imgThe JCD Eagles Jr High soccer team hosted the Rising Sun Shiners on August 31. The Eagles won 6-3 over The Shiners.Scoring for the Eagles:  Kobe Darnold (Hat Trick) 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal; Jordan Meyer 1 goal, 4 shots; Justin Swinney 1 goal, 1 shot, 3 assist; Morgan Sutton 4 shots; Dylan Swinney 1 shot, 1 assist Caleb Simon 1 shot; Blake Fiess 1 assist; and Conner Toops 5 Saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

Cummins to cut 2000 jobs

first_imgColumbus, IN—Cummins, an Indiana-based engine manufacturer,  says it will cut about 2,000 jobs by the first fiscal quarter of 2020. The company says it has taken other actions in response to declining revenues, but says more needs to be done to help reduce costs.The company did not indicate how the layoffs would impact workers in Indiana. The company employs about 62,000 people across the worldlast_img