Industry Connections

first_imgChris Rhodes will join the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) as director of industry partnerships and project-based learning in July.Rhodes will facilitate CAES’s participation in the university’s Innovation District initiative. The Innovation District is envisioned as “a dynamic ecosystem of places, programs and people working together to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential learning” at UGA.The Innovation District will be a vehicle for bringing together initiatives from many areas — including the CAES FABricate program. It will foster UGA technology transfer and faculty startup formation and create opportunities for companies and startups to engage with students through project-based learning.At CAES, Rhodes will act as a liaison with the agriculture industry, facilitating interactions between industry partners, students and faculty. “Chris will initially focus on developing industry partnerships to identify opportunities for interactions and collaboration,” said Allen Moore, associate dean for research at CAES.“We are delighted to be one of the first colleges to devote resources to developing our participation in the Innovation District. We are excited by the potential to break down college and discipline boundaries, and to offer our students and faculty the opportunity to contribute their expertise to challenges that are transdisciplinary,” Moore said, adding that Rhodes’s hire was facilitated with partial support from the UGA Office of the President. “We are grateful for this help. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has exceptionally clever researchers and students, and we are excited by this new potential to apply our expertise in a wider context.”Rhodes joins CAES after nearly six years with AGCO Corp., where he served in a variety of global leadership roles in business development, innovation, partnerships and strategy. Prior to AGCO, he spent more than eight years in strategic planning and project management with John Deere.While earning his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Rhodes co-founded Precision BioSciences, a biotechnology company that specializes in gene editing for plant science and human therapeutics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dartmouth College.“CAES is one of the top programs of its kind in the world, and the breadth of agricultural activities in Georgia provides UGA a unique opportunity to build a leading environment of entrepreneurship and public-private partnership,” said Rhodes. “I can’t wait to get started working with this amazing team to help ensure CAES is a top-of-mind partner for the global agriculture industry.”To learn more about the UGA Innovation District, visit innovation.uga.edu. Information about CAES is available at caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

The 6 Best Rail-To-Trail Rides in the Southeast

first_imgBoth the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions are home to a plethora of amazing multi-use trails converted from defunct railways. Over the years, many of these “rail-to-trails” have developed into favorites for bikers across the region and the nation. Here are seven rail-to-trails you should put on your adventure list this Spring. 1. Virginia Creeper Trail, VirginiaThe Virginia Creeper Trail was adapted from the Virginia-Carolina Railway upon its removal in 1977 after nearly a century of failed railway management, unrepaired deterioration, and the replacement of steam engines by diesel powered engines. Today, it is considered by many to be the best rail-to-trail in the East. The 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail begins in Abingdon, Va., winds down through the state, passes a midpoint in Damascus, and reaches its terminus at the trail’s highest point in Whitetop Station near the North Carolina state line. The ride takes about five and a half hours to complete, including time for lunch and checking out the scenery. The region features both wooded and pastoral sections as well as a great number of picturesque creeks and rivers with 47 trestles along the way. The Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop in Abingdon provides shuttle service to any destination along the trail and a full-day bike rental for just $26 dollars. 2. Great Alleghany Passage, Pennsylvania The renowned Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is a combination of defunct corridors of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, the Union Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railway. The passage stretches 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cumberland, Md., where it connects with the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath to create a whopping 334.5-mile route connecting Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. There are tons of notable landmarks along the GAP, including Ohiopyle State Park, the East Coast’s most popular whitewater rafting destination. The route from Pittsburgh to Cumberland can be completed in three to five days, but if you decide to go all the way to D.C. you’ll need eight to twelve days. There are campgrounds scattered conveniently along the trail for overnight stays and access to chemical toilets. However, there is limited potable water since the National Park Service is no longer treating the pump water at the campgrounds, so be sure to carry plenty and restore your supply as you pass through towns along the way. Golden Triangle Bike Rental in Pittsburgh can provide you with bikes (at a base rate of $55 per day) and all other needed equipment as well as shuttle service to anywhere along the trail.3. New River Trail State Park, Virginia The New River Trail runs 56 miles down from Pulaski to Galax through Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands. For its southernmost 39 miles, the trail parallels the magnificent New River, which is one of the oldest rivers in the world geologically. This rail-to-trail was converted from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, which donated its land to the Commonwealth solely for the purpose of creating the state park, which opened in 1987. The New River Trail is rife with exciting points of interest, including three major bridges—Hiwassee, Ivanhoe, and Fries Junction—nearly 30 smaller trestles, two long tunnels, and a historic shot tower used to make ammunition over 200 years ago. The trail is fairly remote, so carry everything you need in terms of water, food and equipment. Take note of the four primitive campgrounds available for use along the trail, as the journey will take about two days to complete. Bike rentals are provided by Pulaski Bikes in Pulaski (starting at $24 per day). 6. Swamp Rabbit Trail, South CarolinaThe Swamp Rabbit Trail was built with funding for the Greenville Health System back in 2009. Since then it has become an indispensable staple of the Greenville Community, taking the city from moderately bike-friendly to a renowned cycling hub virtually overnight. To experience the best that the Swamp Rabbit Trail has to offer, start out at Cleveland Park near downtown. You’ll find ample parking here, and once you hit the trail, downtown is only a quick ride away. Before you encounter the heart of downtown you’ll have to bike through Falls Park, home of Reedy River Falls. This is where you’ll get a true sense of what makes Greenville’s downtown—a true revitalization success story—one of the best downtowns in the entire Southeast.For a healthy meal that will keep you moving swiftly, exit the trail near Main Street and bike over to Kuka Juice. Once there you’ll find a wide array of cold press juices and a few vegan friendly lunch and breakfast options. If you’re searching out pub fare near the downtown portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail check out Brazwells on Main Street, known for great brunch options and a wide selection of cocktails and craft beer.Continue on through downtown for a few miles and you’ll eventually come to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a beer, a great cup of coffee, or the best fresh baked stecca in the Upsate, this place is definitely worth the stop. From here, ambitious bikers might want to consider rounding off the ride by extending the trip all the way into nearby Traveler’s Rest where Swamp Rabbit Brewing awaits with award winning pints.For bike rental options check out Reedy Rides. 4. Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail,  Tennessee Also known the Ashland City Rail-Trail, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail (CRBT) is a converted 6.7-mile segment of the Tennessee Central Railway. The trail begins just outside Ashland City, only 20 minutes northwest of Nashville, at the Marks Creek trailhead and runs alongside the Cumberland River towards the Cheatham Lock and Dam campground. The western four miles of the CRBT are paved and the eastern three are gravel, but the entire trail is fairly flat. Scenery along this rail-to-trail varies tremendously as it winds through shady forests with canopies of diverse vegetation, expansive green fields, marshy wetlands, and even a designated waterfowl area. Much of the path is bordered by limestone cliffs, and along the way you’ll enjoy views of trickling waterfalls, secluded lakes, and a plethora of the region’s creeks. With so much to offer, this rail-trail is not to be missed. Borrow some bikes from Green Fleet Bicycle Shop in Nashville (base rate of $35 per day) and get pedaling.5. Pine Creek Trail, Pennsylvania Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of north central Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Trail extends 62 miles through a valley dubbed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania due to its panoramic views of an immense ravine carved by Pine Creek which, contrary to its title, is actually a sizable river. Originally the Jersey Shore, Pine Creek and Buffalo Railway, the passage’s tracks were removed after about a century of use and the first section of the rail-to-trail was opened in 1996.The trail begins in Wellsboro and heads south on a subtle downhill through densely forested mountains towards its terminus in the town of Jersey Shore, Pa.—another misleading name (sorry, no spray-tanned reality TV stars here). Most portions of the trail are very remote but restrooms are available every few miles and the path passes through some small towns along the way. The Pine Creek Trail should take two days to complete, and you can stay the night in one of the numerous primitive campsites along the way. Bike rentals (starting at $25 per day, multi-day rate) and shuttle services to a number of destinations along the trail are provided by Pine Creek Outfitters in Wellsboro, Pa.last_img read more

August 2016 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_imgThe Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.August 2016Credit union memberships rose a robust 0.37% in June, similar to the 0.38% gain reported in June 2015The nation’s credit unions increased their loan portfolios 1.1% in June, slightly less than the 1.3% pace reported in June 2015, and 10.1% during the last 12 monthsYear-over-year the number of credit unions declined by 278, more than the 274 lost in the 12 months ending in June 2015 ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Joint Tax Committee says banks and credit unions aren’t all that different anymore

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I learned something new this morning as I skimmed a report by the Joint Committee on Taxation detailing the provisions of HR 1, the House Republican tax legislation.  According to the Committee, “While significant differences between the rules under which credit unions and banks operate have existed in the past, most of those differences have disappeared over time.” (Page 150) Say What?Is it possible that the Committee staffers never heard of SEG group requirements? Or don’t know about the MBL cap or Restrictions on community expansions? Is it possible that the committee doesn’t think that the inability to  issue stock is a big deal? I doubt it or though it would explain why our tax code is such a mess.What banking lobbyist got this gratuitous fallacy tucked away in what is supposed to be an objective analysis of a tax bill which doesn’t impact the CU tax exemption? continue reading »last_img read more

FBI warns of new online threat to personal, credit card information

first_img continue reading » Federal authorities have a consumer warning for shoppers. Hidden skimming devices (commonly thought to be attached to gas station pumps and ATMs) have gone high-tech.“It’s hard to put really — definite numbers around it. But one thing we know for sure is that millions of credit card numbers have been stolen, even over the course of the past two years,” Herb Stapleton, section chief for the FBI’s cyber division told CNBC.This new type of skimming is called e-skimming or Magecart.Cybercriminals can gain access to your personal and credit card information in a number of ways. They can break into a web server directly or break into a common server that supports many online shopping websites to compromise them all and once a site has been compromised, the shopper can’t spot the difference. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

“It’s completely heartbreaking”: community reacts to detrimental Rec Park playground fire

first_imgWhile devastation is the feeling for many right now, O’Brien is already looking to the future of rebuilding the playground. “This will know no boundaries, it was built to have no boundaries, no barriers, to welcome all and I’m excited to see the community embrace this and own it and be a part of it and celebrate it and if we liked what we had before, wait until you see what we build.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — 12 News spoke with community members Monday after a devastating fire burned the popular Rec Park playground to rubble. A fund has been started to rebuild the playground, you can donate to it here. People flocked to the playground, called ‘OurSpace at Recreation Park’ all-day Monday to get a look at the damage. Many took photos, looked in awe at what was left, and some even held back tears. “We chose Rec Park very strategically because it was right in the center of the most accessible part for anybody who wanted to be there, it didn’t matter what your demographic was, it didn’t matter if you had lots of money or no money,” she explained. Seeing it Monday morning, he said, “It’s completely heartbreaking, this park was beautiful.” Brett McMullen lives right next door to the park. While she’s already looking to rebuild, when talking about parts of the playground that can’t be replaced, she burst into tears. Jen O’Brien was an integral part in building the large, handicap-accessible playground originally.last_img read more

HHS issues pandemic planning guide for states

first_imgMar 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a comprehensive pandemic influenza guidance document for states yesterday with the first of three live Web seminars (webinars) designed to assist state officials with planning activities.Introducing the state guidance were William Raub, PhD, science advisor to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, and other officials from federal agencies that have central roles in national pandemic planning. The federal role in assisting the states was spelled out in the Bush administration’s national pandemic influenza strategy plan, released by the White House’s Homeland Security Council in May 2006. HHS hosted the webinar on the Pandemicflu.gov Web site, where the agency also posted the guidance document and other resources for state planners.Three overarching goalsThe 132-page state guidance document reflects the input of 14 federal departments and includes suggestions received from several states at five regional meetings that were sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA).Guidance materials outline three overarching strategic goals that states plans should address: ensuring continuity of state government and agency operation, protecting citizens, and maintaining critical infrastructure and key assets. Several operating objectives are included in each goal. For example, for maintaining critical infrastructure, states are encouraged to build private-public partnerships and beef up protection and information sharing.”Pandemic influenza begins as a health issue . . . but it becomes a matter of continuity for the whole society,” Raub said.Christa-Marie Singleton, MD, MPH, associate director for science in the division of state and local readiness at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said states, territories, and the District of Columbia are required to submit their pandemic plans to HHS so that the agency can establish a baseline for each state’s pandemic preparedness and help each identify gaps in planning. The guidance walks states through each issue to consider and includes details on how to format and submit their plans to the HHS.Singleton said the federal government might withhold some 2009 funding for states that don’t submit their pandemic plans. The guidance document says the plans are due on Jun 16.Webinar participants said federal officials would be available to help states prepare their pandemic plan submissions. Also, HHS will host two more webinars on state pandemic planning, on Apr 2 and Apr 30.Chris Logan, program director in the NGA’s homeland security and technology division, participated in yesterday’s HHS webinar. He told CIDRAP News that he hadn’t had a chance to read the entire document, but he lauded the government’s work on the state guidance.”To their credit, they reached out to states pretty significantly. In our workshops, they took a lot of input,” he said.Governors’ group cites progress, gapsMeanwhile, a recent NGA report says states have already made much progress toward pandemic preparations, but they have voiced concern about several gaps. The report is an interim assessment from the NGA’s first five regional workshops on pandemic planning, which included representatives from 27 states and territories.According to the report, participants could describe the complex nature of a pandemic and the challenges states would face. State officials could also predict possible disruptions in education and public safety and what the role of the National Guard would be. They could also identify what areas of state economies would be affected.However, the report found several gaps and shortcomings in how states would respond to and recover from a pandemic. For example, on the topic of school closures, states haven’t adequately considered how the measure would affect other states, and there is no consensus among states on how to communicate with the public.States are unclear about what federal resources would be available during a pandemic and what triggers would prompt the federal government to assume certain roles and responsibilities, the report said.Feedback from the workshops revealed that state plans rely heavily on privately held infrastructure, volunteer networks, and other organizations that are outside state control. However, the report states that most state plans don’t define the roles and responsibilities of these groups.Officials from various states were aware of potential shortages of critical goods and services during a pandemic, but they have not developed solutions and coordination with the private sector to ensure the availability of key products across state and national borders.Logan said the NGA would publish a final assessment report on state pandemic preparedness after all 10 regional workshops are completed.See also:HHS state pandemic planning guidancehttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/guidance031108.pdflast_img read more

Two million euros will be invested in the Fortress Visitor Center

first_imgIt is a regional reception info-tourist center that would contribute to the recognizability of the Fortress and Osijek with its contents. Construction of the center should begin in the fall of this year, and the project is part of the integrated territorial investment “ITU specific goal – the restoration of brownfield sites.” In addition to HRK 15 million for the Tvrđa Visitor Center, a project to renovate the Old Bakery and Vatroslav Lisinski Square worth around HRK 66 million is underway, as well as the design of five locations worth around HRK 5 million. Recently, a contract worth 90 million kuna was signed for the project “Development and improvement of the Osijek Fortress”. In addition to the mentioned 170 million, the City of Osijek expects, in addition to EU co-financing, the reconstruction of the Lower Armory, worth about 150 million. The projects that the City of Osijek is currently implementing with EU co-financing weigh 506 million kuna, with the share of European funds as much as 375 million kuna. At this place, cyclists will also get their interior, where they will be able to refresh themselves and leave or repair their bikes. It will also be a space where there will be a multimedia hall, a souvenir shop, a shop for local, regional and national products, an exchange office and a catering facility with a large toilet, and next to it there will also be a stop for buses, taxis and cars. In the next two years, Osijek should get the Tvrđa Visitor Center, a project worth two million euros. On an area of ​​40 thousand square meters, the center will be located in the area of ​​the outer defense ring of the Fortress, and it is a reconstruction of the old Austro-Hungarian stables. center_img The visitor center is part of a comprehensive project to restore Osijek’s historic core worth 500 million kuna, which, in addition to tourists, should benefit many Osijek residents. Reconstruction and upgrading of the area along the eastern entrance to the Fortress should begin in the fall, the deadline for completion of works is two years, and the Osijek City Administration hopes that the new facilities for receiving tourists will be ready earlier.  “We will submit the project for evaluation this quarter and if everything goes according to plan, the tender for the contractor will be during the summer, and the first works should start in the fall. Although we planned that the realization would take two years, we hope that it will be completed earlier”Concludes Mlinarević. “The future Center will be a point that will represent the tourist facilities of the whole of eastern Croatia. Construction should begin in the fall of this year, and the Center will provide tourist information related to the city of Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County and the wider region and a high standard of service to visitors and tourists, parking spaces for buses and cars, shopping area for local , regional and national products, sanitary facilities, travel agencies, services for cyclists, space for tourist guides and other facilities”, Said Kornelija Mlinarević, Head of the Osijek Administrative Department for European Union Programs for Voice of Slavonia.last_img read more

Messi rages as failing Barca lose La Liga and risk getting even worse

first_imgTopics : A mess of a season could still be saved by the Champions League but even the most optimistic of fans expect the worst against Bayern Munich, Barcelona’s probable opponents in the quarter-finals.Many, including Lionel Messi, are worried even about getting past Napoli, with the pandemic-delayed last 16 matchup poised at 1-1. “I said long ago that if we continued in this way, it would be very difficult to win the Champions League and that has been shown to be the case in La Liga too,” said a frustrated Messi after the loss to Osasuna on Thursday. “If we want to fight for the Champions League we will have to change a lot because otherwise the match against Napoli, we will lose that as well.”Just over a year on from almost winning the treble, Barcelona look set to finish without a trophy of any kind for the first time in 12 years.  Political blundersOff the pitch, political blunders have angered the dressing room, with Messi issuing a public rebuke to sporting director Eric Abidal in February over the sacking of Ernesto Valverde. Removing Valverde might have been understandable last summer after two successful years appeared to have run their course. But a change mid-season, with Barca top of the table, and to a coach like Quique Setien, whose ideas need time to be absorbed, now looks reckless. Setien has admitted managing a squad like Barcelona’s has been a challenge for him. He has intimated that some players need to think more about the team. He has made mistakes too and it remains to be seen if he pays with his job. Bartomeu has said Setien will stay for the Champions League but the 2-1 home defeat by Osasuna intensified the doubts.”I hope so,” said Setien, when asked on Thursday if he would be in charge next month. But with presidential elections at the club to come next year, the position is not an attractive one for an elite coach.If Bartomeu’s successor loses, Victor Font, a rival candidate, wants to appoint Xavi Hernandez. It means either Setien or his replacement face the prospect of one full season in the job, all the while lacking either authority or certainty in the long term. Zinedine Zidane has shown what can be done with an ageing Real squad that appears dead on its feet. But it is hard to see who could perform an equivalent rescue act at Barca or who would be prepared to do it with this board still in place. Without money to spend in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the answer could be to turn again to youth, with Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati already breaking through this season. Yet in a dysfunctioning team, desperate to win before Messi retires, that approach offers no guarantees.Messi’s clock hangs over everything, with every failure enhanced by the sense that the club’s greatest ever player is being wasted. The biggest worry now is it could get even worse. And yet the concern is not so much the many failures of this season but the possibility they could be just the start. Messi is 33 and his anger is directed primarily at the board, whose leadership has left Barcelona with a team seemingly neither for the present nor the future. There has been no succession plan for Messi since Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 and that world record fee has been squandered on players that have failed to settle or been sold to balance the books. Antoine Griezmann, bought for 120 million euros, left Atletico Madrid for the Camp Nou and what he thought would be the pinnacle of his club career. Yet earlier this month, he was reduced to coming off the bench, against Atletico, in injury-time. And it is not just Messi nearing the end. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba are all 31 or older.  Barcelona made it all about the Champions League and after surrendering La Liga to Real Madrid, now it is all they have left. Winning the title last season for an eighth time in 11 years was never going to be enough. Winning the double had not been either the year before.La Liga and the Copa del Rey had become Barca’s default, their domestic dominance taken for granted and then diminished by disappointment in Europe. last_img read more

Found misses Guineas test

first_img Press Association It read: “One declaration from Ballydoyle for Sunday’s 1000 Guineas @NewmarketRaces Qualify (Joseph O’Brien).” O’Brien also failed to declare Together Forever, the winner of the Fillies’ Mile. Jim Bolger’s Lucida now appears likely to go off favourite, despite finishing only fifth in the Fillies’ Mile. She had earlier beaten the Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil, who has been well supported herself in recent days. Coolmore are still well represented with two runners from the David Wachman stable – Legatissimo, who was an impressive winner at Gowran just a week ago, and Queen Nefertiti. The first and second from the Fred Darling, Redstart and Jellicle Ball, take each other on again, while Mick Channon’s Malabar brings top-class juvenile form to the table. Tiggy Wiggy, the star juvenile last season, has questions to answer after being beaten on her return at Newbury, while Irish Rookie, Local Time, Osaila and Terror complete the field. Aidan O’Brien had informed the public she had suffered a setback in the lead-up to the race but he was still hoping she would make the line-up. However, a tweet from Coolmore on Friday morning confirmed the bad news for those who had been backing the Prix Marcel Boussac winner through the winter. center_img Ante-post favourite Found is the most notable absentee from a field of 13 declared for Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. last_img read more