The registration deadline has been extended on a fresh-produce food-safety workshop in Atlanta. The Nov. 14-16 workshop will focus on making fresh fruits and vegetables safer from the farm to the produce shelves.The workshop is called “Developing and Implementing GAPs and GMPs for Evaluating Food Safety for the Fresh Produce Industry.” (GAPs are good agricultural practices, and GMPs are good manufacturing practices.)Originally Oct. 12, the registration deadline has been moved to Nov. 2. Just print out a registration form and fax (706-542-9066) or mail it in.Grower to Packer to ShipperThe program is tailored to the grower, packer, shipper and third-party auditor. University of Georgia scientists and other experts will show how to recognize potential hazards in on-farm, packing and shipping operations. And they’ll show how to develop a food safety plan for the participants’ specific operations.It will all begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Holiday Inn Airport North in Atlanta. It will end at noon on Nov. 16. The registration fee is $475 for United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association members or $525 for nonmembers.For more information, call (706/542-0993), fax (706/542-9066) or e-mail UGA food scientist Bill Hurst.
I was melting.Were it not for the late afternoon breeze, I was sure I’d dissolve into a puddle of my own sweat right there on the side of the road. I could almost hear the rubber on the bottoms of my flip flops sizzling against the asphalt. Heat rose in waves from the blacktop, or was I hallucinating from dehydration?Maybe both.Where did Spring go, I thought as I inflated my Hala stand up paddleboard.My sunglasses slid down my nose. Streaks of sunscreen stung my eyes. In the distance, I could hear the water lapping along the shoreline, taunting me as I cooked in the sun.When the board was inflated, I practically ran to the river’s edge. The SUP slapped the surface of the water. I leaped from the banks, stumbling forward and nearly smacking myself in the eye with a t-grip. After a few wobbly strokes, I cruised out into the current and found my rhythm — stroke, stroke, crossbow stroke, stroke, stroke, crossbow stroke, switch.Soon, the roar of traffic along county road 676 eased into the breeze. It was quiet, save for the slurp of water filling in behind my blade and the chatter of birds in the trees. A blue heron lifted off from a branch above me and gracefully sailed across the reservoir.I stopped paddling and closed my eyes, feeling the wind gently push me along. I took a deep breath.Three words came to mind: this is home.Of course, it’s not really home. I don’t consider Charlottesville, Va., and certainly not the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir (where I was currently paddling), home. Even the house where I grew up doesn’t feel like home. It’s where my parents live, it’s in my hometown, but it’s not home.No. After a year of living on the road, I’ve come to realize that home is where the heart is, which is why those three words came to mind as I floated along the still waters of the reservoir.This is home.For all of my life, water has brought me peace.As a child, I wandered the 400 acres of pastures and woodlands that surrounded our one-story farmhouse. The property, which was a fully operating thoroughbred racehorse farm at the time, was home to a pond that once provided water to the houses and barns. It now sits dry and empty, like a colossal crater leftover from a meteor. Even as a kid it was never entirely full. Truth be told, it was more of a big mud puddle that sat where a pond once was, but to my youthful imagination, it was a vast sea filled with mythological creatures. I’d go and sit by the pond for hours, catching tadpoles and sinking up to my knees in rich red mud. Sometimes I’d wait in hiding for the farm’s foxes and deer to come to the pond for a drink, imagining that I could talk to them, and they to me.We eventually moved away from the farm, but not away from water altogether.The Shenandoah River was just a few minutes from our new house, and as I grew older, I’d often take the gravel road that paralleled the river on my way to school. I pulled off at the same bend in the road every day just to sit by the river, listening to the gurgle of water tumbling over rock. On weekends, my girlfriends and I would grab our inner tubes and float downstream, tanning and gossiping. In college, the South Fork of the Holston River became my new sanctuary. Where bodies of water in the past had brought me peace and stillness, the class II-III rapids on the South Fork gave me something different — challenge. It was here that I learned to navigate whitewater and hone my kayaking skills. I swam through its benign rapids more often that I care to admit, but it was in that challenge of learning to kayak that I found a different kind of peace. It was one more of acceptance, both for who I was and who I strived to be. The river taught me patience, humility. It taught me that I was stronger than I had lent myself to believe for the past then-19 years.From there, the New River Gorge pushed me even further. I was no longer surrounded by the close-knit family of paddlers I’d amassed in southwestern Virginia. I was on my own, a small fish in a relatively big sea of talented raft guides and class V kayakers. I paddled solo, or “soul boated,” for my first time ever on the New River Gorge. I was scared shitless, but it made me a better boater and a more confident person all-around.My relationship with water has only continued to blossom over the years. From the Upper Yough to the Russell Fork Gorge, I’ve learned that rivers have a lot to teach, if one will simply stop and listen. My love of water has since transcended from a ‘want’ to a ‘need.’That’s why I call it river therapy, because it’s here, on the water, where I feel at home. Whether lake or creek or big volume river, my heart is where the river flows, even if it flows nowhere at all.###Where is home for you? Leave a comment below! I’d love to know where you find peace and beauty and, sometimes, a big ol’ slice of humble pie.
By Sandra Downes/Diálogo June 30, 2017 yes Exercise Tradewinds 2017, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in the Caribbean, welcomed 18 partner nations to the shores of Barbados in June. Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom participated in the 2017 edition of the annual U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored international exercise. U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander, said the United States truly values the strong relationships forged during Tradewinds. “The exercise helps ensure a seamless partnership, and, by cross training with service members from all over the globe, ensures a better response to natural disasters and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking in the critical region.” This year’s theme, ‘A Seamless State Partnership for A Secure Region,’ saw Barbados hosting Phase I from June 6th-12th, before the exercise moved to Trinidad and Tobago from June 13th-17th for Phase 2. The exercise focused mainly on interagency cooperation aimed at developing and sustaining the capacity of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, the Regional Security System (RSS), and regional partner nations to combat transnational crime and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Colonel Glyne Grannum, chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, said that the gathering of 800 military and paramilitary personnel and disaster-management practitioners, along with 700 Barbadian volunteers was “indicative of the commitment to this annual exercise and moreover, to ensuring that peace and security prevail in the region and beyond. “We must be prepared to face and conquer any threat against our beloved region,” he added. Why Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago Barbados Defence Force Major Carlos Lovell, who co-coordinated and headed the Exercise Tradewinds secretariat, told Diálogo that Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago were chosen at the end of the 2016 exercise because of the rotation system which is in place among members of the RSS and CARICOM member states. Barbados Coast Guard Lieutenant David Harewood, lead maritime planner for the exercise, explained the event would be developed by telling a story where both Barbados and Trinidad were affected by a common threat. “From Barbados, persons involved in organized crime activities will transition to Trinidad, because a sudden impact disaster will affect the island and drive that group out”, he said. “The idea is for us to be able to take an entire group of persons from Barbados to Trinidad, to help combat crime and render assistance to that country.” All of the scenarios focused primarily on countering transnational organized crime, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response, according to Lt. Harewood. “The aim is to enhance regional information sharing, improve maritime interdiction coordination –recognizing that the island states are surrounded more by water than land mass–, and to develop regional training capacity,” he explained. “One important thing was to develop that common understanding between everyone, recognizing that there were different people from different countries, with different ideas about how to do things,” said Belizean Army Captain Zenon Ciego, who was part of the planning team. In practice, however, participants spent the week evacuating residents after a mock mudslide, rescuing persons trapped in a mock cave-in, and residents who were trapped after a mock earthquake occurred in the main city of Bridgetown. The troops also responded to a mass mock casualty at sea where the vessels Jolly Roger and the MC Buccaneer collided, causing an explosion at sea. Forty people were rescued from the water while others who were injured on the vessels awaited medical attention. Additionally, the headquarters of the Black Mumba Liberation (BML) Group, which sought to take over the island, were raided, and soldiers successfully infiltrated and apprehended its members. Phase II As the exercise moved over to the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago, participants were forced to battle another faction of the BML which was also in operation there, along with terrorist situations. “Most of the exercises we did were new to me,” said St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard Seaman Josh Hamilton, who was attached to the dive track during Exercise Tradewinds. “We covered different search patterns and new techniques that I will definitely apply to get better results, rather than searching haphazardly,” he said. According to Haitian Police Sergeant Pierre Robinson Feron, “the disaster assimilation was the most impactful, the way they showed us to help people when we have earthquakes.” Sgt. Feron said he looked forward to providing his colleagues back home with as much of the information as possible to share lessons learned. New approach Maj. Lovell was satisfied that the exercise had achieved the objectives laid out during the planning process. “The training objective for disaster management was to exercise and evaluate the national emergency management system in response to a sudden impact disaster,” he said. “The main training objective as it relates to national security was for there to be a successful response by the multinational task force to security threats posed by the transnational organized criminal syndicate.” Part of what made this year’s exercise a resounding success, explained Maj. Lovell, was the new approach, where pre-mission training took place prior to and not during the time allotted for the exercise. “Therefore the capabilities that were developed before were employed extensively during the course of the exercise. The volunteers who role-played during the exercise as casualties increased the realism of the exercise in a way that has not been seen before during Tradewinds.” A third phase comprising a Key Leader Seminar among participant partner nation leaders took place at the end of the practical training exercises to discuss common regional security topics.
continue reading » CUNA generally supports NCUA’s proposed changes to appeals procedures, as it would provide more uniform board appeals procedures across NCUA regulations allowing for informal appeals to the board. CUNA responded Monday to both proposed rules, issued by NCUA at its May board meeting.The proposed changes to the appeals process would adopt procedures governing appeals to the board that would apply to agency regulations that currently have their own embedded appeals provisions. The procedures apply in cases in which a decision rendered by a regional director or other program office director is subject to appeal to the board.“CUNA generally supports the proposed appeal procedures rule as it would provide more uniform board appeals procedures across NCUA regulations that allow for informal appeals to the NCUA’s board,” the letter reads. “We agree that the proposed procedures will result in greater efficiency, consistency, and better understanding by credit unions of the way in which matters under the covered regulations may be appealed to the NCUA board.” 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » CUNA photo ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether he’s shooting portraits of world leaders or everyday people, Platon starts from a place of authenticity.“When I’m photographing a person, it makes sense to take them out of their environment so I can focus on their humanity,” says the world-renowned, award-winning photographer and founder of The People’s Portfolio.He will address the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 23-27, in Washington, D.C.Platon’s distinctive portraits have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, TIME, and other top publications. His portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, for TIME’s 2007 “Person of the Year” cover, won first prize at the World Press Photo Contest.
Thousands of Pesantren Tebuireng santri (Islamic boarding school students) and national figures have bid farewell to prominent cleric Salahuddin “Gus Sholah” Wahid, the younger brother of former President Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, in a funeral within the school compound in Jombang, East Java.Gus Sholah was a renowned Muslim figure and luminary of the country’s largest Islamic group, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). He passed away on Sunday evening at 77 years old.He was the director of the pesantren (Islamic boarding school) until his death. National figures among the funeral attendees included Defense Minister Mahfud MD, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, East Java Deputy Governor Emil E. Dardak, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, former religious affairs minister Luqman Saifuddin and former education and culture minister M. Nuh.Khofifah said she personally had received a request from the late cleric to maintain building up the inclusiveness of Indonesian santri.”According to the late [Gus Sholah], the clerics are the guardians of the NU,” she said.Meanwhile, minister Mahmud said, “Indonesia has lost one of its best figures in keeping the country [peaceful].”Islamic group Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir viewed Gus Sholah as a role model.“He was among the key figures in developing moderate Islam in Indonesia. He took the role of a friend, brother and father figure. I feel a big loss, because he was so humble and calm, and could nurture us, the young clerics,” he said. Topics : The cleric’s remains were brought from Jakarta to the school at 12:25 p.m. on Monday.People pay last respect to prominent Muslim cleric Salahuddin (JP/Asip Hasani)A large number of mourners took part in a prayer for the late cleric in a mosque within the compound prior to the funeral ceremony, which was held at 2:30 p.m. under cloudy weather.Gus Dur’s daughters Alissa and Inayah Wahid were among the attendees, along with NU-related figures such as Muhaimin Iskandar, chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB) – regarded as the unofficial political wing of the NU – as well as the Islamic group’s leading cleric, Mustofa “Gus Mus” Bisri.
Christian Today Australia 9 May 2013The NSW Council of Churches today called on all members of the NSW Legislative Council to vote against a private member’s bill that would legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in NSW.“This is a dangerous bill. If enacted, the bill will redefine the value of the lives of some people as not worth living. Our challenge as a society is to transform the experience of people who are disabled or dying, not to intervene to end their lives,” the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said.“For Christians, the Bible makes it clear that human life and human dignity must be protected. We already have good laws and policies that support compassionate care of the terminally ill. If the system is not broken, don’t try to fix it,” Dr Clifford said.“Advances in palliative care make assisted death unnecessary. Instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on reviews of every death by euthanasia, the NSW Government should improve resources for palliative care so that terminally ill patients in our community receive the care and comfort they deserve at the end of life to minimize suffering.”“This bill will enshrine the right to kill and be killed in NSW law. It will endanger disabled people who cannot speak for themselves, and who may be seen as an unnecessary burden by their family or the state. We cannot be sure the proposed law will never be extended to include incapacitated patients.The legal right to kill patients does nothing to enhance human dignity, yet this bill makes medical homicide legal. Should we dismiss concerns of doctors who say, ‘This is not what we became doctors to do’? I urge all NSW politicians to vote against the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013,” Dr Clifford said.http://au.christiantoday.com/article/support-palliative-care-not-euthanasia-urges-nsw-council-of-churches/15393.htm
About a month before she died, the nurse had a brain tumour removed. She called police two days before the murder, when Sturt began having delusions he was Jesus. But Ms O’Brien lived in fear of her violent and increasingly erratic boyfriend. He also forced Ms O’Brien to eat an apple so she could be like Eve and be enlightened. TVNZ One News 4 May 2020Family First Comment: “Shea Sturt attacked his girlfriend with scissors and smothered her with a pillow before strangling the brain surgery survivor with tracksuit pants to make sure she was dead. He had a long history of violence towards his girlfriend before killing her amid a CANNABIS-INDUCED psychotic state, the Supreme Court of Victoria was told.”But hey – dope just makes you sleepy eh.#saynopetodopeShea Sturt attacked his girlfriend with scissors and smothered her with a pillow before strangling the brain surgery survivor with tracksuit pants to make sure she was dead.The 33-year-old was in a drug-induced psychotic state when he killed 31-year-old Caitlin O’Brien at their Melbourne home in June 2019. Sturt was taken to hospital but released that night.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/melbourne-man-in-drug-induced-psychotic-state-smothers-fatally-strangles-girlfriend
DUBUQUE, Iowa (July 9) – A rare summertime weekend show is next on the Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule.Touring IMCA Late Models are at Dubuque Speedway for a Sunday, July 13 event that pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Also running are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, for all applicable points.Pit gates at Dubuque open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $16 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Sunday show is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website. Defending champion Brian Harris of Davenport is the only driver with multiple wins in the six previous series races held at Dubuque.Current point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland became the first repeat winner this season in the Deery feature last night at West Liberty Raceway.The tour returns to midweek action at Independence Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 6.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 332; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 323; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 299; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 284; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, and Tyler Bruening, Decorah, both 282; 7. Jason Rauen, Farley, 272; 8. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., and Brian Harris, Davenport, both 250; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 244; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Long Grove, 239; 12. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 235; 13. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 200; 14. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 172; 15. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 170; 16. Spencer Diercks, Davenport, 164; 17. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 161; 18. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 147; 19. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 140; 20. Terry Neal, Ely, 134.30