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first_imgGeorgia has remained free of drought for more than a year. But drought conditions have returned to north-central, west-central and southwest Georgia. For the past three months, counties now in mild drought have received between 50 percent and 75 percent of normal rainfall. Temperatures across the state have been above normal this summer, increasing water loss from the soils by evaporation and plant water use.Mild drought conditions exist in the north-central Georgia county of Towns.Mild drought conditions exist in the west-central and southwest Georgia counties of Harris, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Stewart, Quitman, Randolph, Clay, Calhoun, Early, Miller, Seminole, Decatur, Grady, Thomas and Brooks.Much of the state is classified as abnormally dry. Northwest and north-central Georgia counties classified as abnormally dry are north and west of Haralson, Paulding, Cobb, central-Fulton, Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin and Union, inclusive.Northeast Georgia counties classified as abnormally dry are Rabun, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Clarke, Oglethorpe and Elbert.West-central and southwest Georgia counties classified as abnormally dry are Carroll, Heard, Troup, Meriwether, Talbot, Marion, Schley, Webster, Sumter, Terrell, Lee, Dougherty, Baker, Mitchell and Colquitt.In coastal and east Georgia, counties classified as abnormally dry are Wilkes, Lincoln, Taliaferro, Warren, McDuffie, Columbia, Candler, Evans, Screven, Bulloch, Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne, Glynn, Brantley, Charlton and Camden.South-central Georgia counties classified as abnormally dry are Dooly, Pulaski, Crisp, Wilcox, Dodge, Laurens, Treutlen, Telfair, Wheeler, Tift, Berrien, Atkinson, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Appling,Bacon, Cook, Lanier, Ware, Pierce, Lowndes, Echols and Clinch.Exceptions to the drying trend include much of the central piedmont and the central coastal plain. Atlanta has received 105 percent of normal rain over the past month. Macon has received 181 percent of normal rain over the past month. With temperatures remaining in the 90s and low 100s with little or no rain, soils statewide will continue to dry. This will lead to increased plant stress. Soil moisture and stream flows will continue to decline.Dryness across the state is expected to increase over the next several weeks unless Georgia receives beneficial rains from one or more tropical disturbances, such as a tropical storm or hurricane. Through the winter, the dryness may increase. The ocean-atmosphere system has switched to a La Niña pattern. The La Niña pattern is associated with dry, warm winters across much of the Southeast. This means that we may have minimal recharge of the hydrologic system this winter. This increases the probability of widespread and significant drought for next year. It is too early to tell exactly how the La Niña pattern will impact Georgia, but we need to be aware of the possible short-term tropical impacts and the long-term drought impacts.Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

first_imgThe US Army Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products an order valued at approximately $150 million to produce Hydra-70 rockets, warheads and motors. Deliveries are expected to begin in September 2010. This order was awarded under a five-year contract originally signed in 2005. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). System engineering and program management will be performed at General Dynamics Burlington Technology Center in Vermont. Final assembly and component sub-assembly will occur at the company s Camden, Ark., facility and will be performed by the site s existing workforce.Russ Klein, vice president and general manager of weapon systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, said, Our Hydra-70 rockets provide the U.S. Army with a versatile, effective weapon. Hydra-70 consists of a family of unguided rockets offering several warhead configurations that enable an aircrew to match the rocket to the specific mission. Rockets can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the U.S. Army Apache as well as the U.S. Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and combat aircraft of many nations worldwide. Our Camden-based workforce has produced the Hydra-70 rocket for more than 12 years and is proud of the capability it provides our servicemen and women in theater, Klein continued.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, NC. provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems, aerospace composite solutions, and is a leading US producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).Source: General Dynamicslast_img read more

first_imgDealer.com,Earlier this week, Inc. magazine recognized Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), ranking it 106th among the fastest-growing private advertising and marketing companies in the United States. Dealer.com, the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, experienced three-year sales growth of 286% between 2006 and 2009. Overall, Dealer.com was ranked number 1,056 on the fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.”The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”Mark Bonfigli, Founder and CEO of Dealer.com, said, “We are very pleased to be included in the Inc. 5000 ranking for the fourth consecutive year. Not only did our revenues nearly quadruple between 2006 and 2009, but they increased 91% in 2009, one of the most challenging years ever for the U.S. automotive industry. Most importantly, this impressive track record is primarily attributable to our talented employees and their exceptional commitment to our clients’ satisfaction and overall success – which gives us a very solid foundation to drive future growth.”MethodologyThe 2010 Inc. 500|5000 list is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2006 to 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of December 31, 2009. Revenue in 2006 must have been at least $80,000, and revenue in 2009 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 29th year.About Inc. MagazineFounded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com(link is external)) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com(link is external).About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)) BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ –last_img read more

first_img Equal Opportunities Section works to boost membership Senior EditorThe Bar Board of Governors has endorsed a plan to help boost membership in the Equal Opportunities Section, which is struggling to get the minimum membership required in Bar policies.The Program Evaluation Committee reported on its review of the section, as well as other Bar programs, at the board’s recent Tallahassee meeting.PEC Vice Chair Richard Gilbert said the section, formed three years ago, has between 200 and 300 members, while Bar policies require a section to have 1 percent of Bar membership, or around 700 members.“We believe that the goals and mission of this section are vital and so important to what we do as a Bar. We share the objective of diversity,” Gilbert said. “We have decided to give them an additional year extension to bring their membership into compliance with the rule.”The section will report how it is refocusing its efforts to meet that goal by May.Bar President Tod Aronovitz strongly endorsed helping the section, echoing a call by Gilbert for board members to join the section and get at least one other member of their firm to join. He also announced he had appointed board members Jennifer Coberly and Henry Latimer, and has asked Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Siobhan Shea to work with the section.In addition, Aronovitz said he would ask other groups, including the National Bar Association, the Cuban-American Bar Association, and the judiciary to help.He said the section has the essential goal of making the legal profession and judiciary accessible to minorities, women, the physically disabled, and others, and that membership is for all lawyers, not just women and minorities.“This section is vitally important to all lawyers,” Aronovitz said. “It will do great work for all Floridians, and they need our help.”For more information about the section, contact Yvonne Sherron at The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5620.On other matters, Gilbert said the PEC reviewed the Bar’s certification program, which included looking at how other states operate, the low passage rates for some certification areas, problems with longtime certified lawyers failing to get enough credits to earn recertification, and peer review issues.The committee was satisfied the Board of Legal Specialization and Education and Bar staff were addressing those matters.“We are confident things are going well,” Gilbert said. Practicing with ProfessionalismThe committee is studying the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing with Professionalism seminar, which most new Bar members must take, and significant changes are being proposed, Gilbert reported.“There were some concerns about the length and content of that program,” he said. “We have been working with the Young Lawyers Division, and they have proposed some significant changes.”Those include shortening the program to a one-day seminar and focusing on professionalism issues. The committee is also looking at ending the exemption for government lawyers if the seminar is cut to one day, he said.Under present rules, all new Bar members must take the course, which is aimed at helping them ease into law practice and at promoting professionalism, unless they are employed or going to work for a government agency. In that case, the requirement is deferred until they leave government employment and enter private practice.The PEC is continuing its review of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and expects a report soon from a subcommittee, Gilbert said. Equal Opportunities Section works to boost membership March 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgWhile skilled volunteers will take over for the construction phase of the project, volunteers from M&T Bank as well as community members gathered Saturday morning to clear the site for work and clean and paint what remains of the play area. “My kids have been playing in Rec Park since they were born so when they saw it burn down it was a real tragedy and during this pandemic there’s not a lot of places kids can go so it’s really important that all of the kids in this community have somewhere to go,” she said. Volunteer Romineh Dawood-Sethi said she also held a garage sale this weekend with all proceeds benefiting the playground rebuild. She said the sale raised more than two thousand dollars. Organizers say once construction is started, it’s expected to take about seven days. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Site preparations are underway at Recreation Park in Binghamton for the rebuilding of the OurSpace Playground. Organizers say construction is expected to begin this week. last_img read more

first_imgThe IPK Travel monitor traditionally presents completely “fresh” research results on the ITB, which have been conducted continuously since 1969.The survey is conducted in 60 countries around the world and includes 500 respondents. Questionnaires are completed in 000 world languages. The questions refer to trips that include at least one night. Coverage by main geo zones is: Europe 50%, USA 95%, Asia 90%.World Travel in 2017The purchasing power of world travelers increased by 2017% in 4, with a total of 1,1 billion people traveling (+ 6,5% compared to 2016), which is 81 million more passengers. In 2017, there were 9 billion more overnight stays than in 2016 (+ 8%). The average number of nights per trip is 7,8. The average consumption per trip was 1.213 euros. In the structure of global GDP, travel occupies 5%.In total, tourist traffic grew by 6,5%. In Asia, the increase in turnover was 5%, in Europe 8%, while US tourism was “dormant”, without growth or decline.According to the reasons for travel, the biggest growth is recorded by “sun and sea” (+ 15%), which is the first motive for travel, followed by cities with an increase of 14% and the village with + 4% while touring trips are down -5%. There were 7% more departures from Europe to the world and 8% more tourists came to Europe. Europe as a geo zone is still the strongest emitting destination. By countries, the largest emitting destination is China, followed by the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Russia.Top destinationsEurope is the first top destination in the world with 8% growth in arrivals, followed by Asia with 6% growth. By countries, the first destination is Spain, followed by the USA, Germany, France, Italy, China, Great Britain, Mexico, Austria, Canada.Passenger satisfactionThe average rating of overall passenger satisfaction is 2,7 (on a scale where 1 is best and 5 worst), good but not perfect. The best rated are landscapes, nature (2,5) and sightseeing, as well as the offer of cultural content (2,7). Beaches (3,2), wellness (3,4), summer sports facilities (3,5), winter sports facilities (3,9) were generally rated worse. Overall satisfaction with the accommodation was rated 2,6, service also 2,6, while cuisine and gastronomy were rated 2,8. The state of “overtourism” was examined for the first time. 37% of respondents said that this phenomenon is a problem, while 63% of respondents do not feel the problems of “overtourism”. When asked if there are too many tourists in the destination, 24% of respondents answered positively and 76% negatively. The total impact of “overtourism” on travel planning according to this research is 9%. Asia has the most problems in this regard. Big cities are also more affected by this problem. The biggest problem of “overtourism” is felt in Mexico city, followed by Shanghai, Venice, Amsterdam, Florence, Barcelona. This problem is felt only in some destinations. Many problems related to the term “overtourism” can be solved by better destination management. This problem is first of all felt by the locals.Regarding the impact of terror on travel, 37% of respondents stated that they are afraid of terror, while 63% of passengers are not afraid. 24% of respondents will choose only safe destinations for travel. The safest country in the perception of travelers is Switzerland, followed by Canada, then Austria, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands. Slightly less safe are Greece, China, Italy, Belgium, Thailand, Dubai, India, Spain, Germany. Medium safe countries are South Africa, Great Britain, Mexico, Russia. Insecure countries are France, Saudi Arabia, USA, Morocco, Jordan. Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey are considered very insecure.… The bad news is that Croatia is not on the list of safe countries. The good news is that she is not even among the insecure. According to the respondents, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Turkey are among the most insecure countries. , 2016% are the consequences of health problems. On business trips, trauma caused by various forms of crime reached a high percentage of 5%. As the safest travel regions, the Caribbean ranks first, followed by North America, Asia, Europe, Central America, the Middle East and finally Africa.Tourist growth forecasts in 2018Tourism turnover in Europe should grow at a rate of 4%, in Asia 6%, North America 4%, South America 7%. Globally, tourist traffic is projected to grow by 5%. A link to the detailed report with a short comment will be posted as soon as it is available.Published by: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

first_imgFinland’s Financial Supervisory Authority is investigating whether the managing director and board members of Local Tapiola Pension failed to abide by the local law on mutual pension insurance companies in 2013, according to a report by local news daily Helsingin Sanomat. Local Tapiola Pension was the predecessor of €19.4bn Elo Mutual Pension Insurance, launched together with Pension Fennia on 1 January.The draft resolution prepared by the Financial Supervisory Authority reportedly lists seven accounts of misconduct by Local Tapiola Pension’s management and board in 2013.The supervisory authority is still working on the confidential draft, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The news daily quoted the draft as saying: “The initial understanding of the Financial Supervisory Authority is that the board and managing director [of Local Tapiola Pension] did not run the mutual pension insurance company professionally, following the principles of sound and prudential corporate conduct and reliable corporate governance, as stipulated in the ninth article of the law on pension insurance companies.”One of the allegations is that Local Tapiola Pension used the funds of the company in a way that did not abide by pension insurance company law, which stipulates that companies must invest their assets in a “profitable and prudential manner”, and forbids them from using their funds for purposes unrelated to work pensions.The authority is investigating whether Local Tapiola Pension’s retirement funds were transferred to Local Tapiola’s non-life insurance company using overpriced service contracts. The mutual pension insurance company allegedly bought technical and personnel services with tens of millions of euros from the other companies of Local Tapiola Group over 2013, as it did not have the necessary networks and technology of its own.The purchases focused on acquiring new customers as well as maintaining customer relations, human resources and financial administration.The authority is also investigating whether Local Tapiola Pension provided the watchdog with all relevant information regarding these liabilities, before merging with Pension Fennia, as the data could have affected the authority’s take on the merger, as well as the conditions on which the merger was agreed.Local Tapiola Pension’s managing director in 2013, Satu Huber, who is currently the deputy managing director at Elo, denied the allegations in a statement.“The view of the previous management of Local Tapiola Pension is that there exist misunderstandings, and no malpractices have taken place,” Huber said.She also noted that Elo’s board and the previous management of Local Tapiola Pension have given a thorough and detailed response to the authority’s inquiry.“We are sorry the issue became public before the inquiry was completed,” she added.The spotlight fell on pension fund governance in Finland in late 2013 after a management scandal at the country’s largest pension fund, Keva.Merja Ailus, then the managing director, resigned following media accusations that, among other things, she had charged the institution for some personal expenses.Keva’s investigation concluded that its guidelines for fringe benefits were insufficient and that good corporate governance had not always been followed.New rules on transparency for private sector providers in Finland’s earnings-related pension system moved a step closer after the government submitted a bill to Parliament in August.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Heath said that, when passed, the new law would require pension insurance companies to hold an insider register of board members and their substitutes, chief executives and their deputies, auditors and employees able to influence the company’s investment decisions.The new governance law is set to come into force by 1 January 2015.last_img read more

first_imgArrecife Energy Systems has been selected to participate in 2017 Cleantech Open Northeast annual accelerator program to further advance its wave energy business.Throughout the 5-month accelerator, companies will be connected with mentors, entrepreneurship education, visibility, opportunities to access capital, and other vital resources to help entrepreneurs and technologists launch a successful cleantech company.Arrecife Energy was selected as one of the 31 companies for this year’s Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator, from a pool of 77 applicants. The company  is developing a new wave energy converter that features turbines with a high torque and a low speed to harness the energy of the waves.The device simulates the natural behavior of coral reefs and their efficiency in absorbing wave energy, and was recently tested in real-sea environment off Spain.The Cleantech Open Northeast Class of 2017 will kick off the accelerator in Boston on June 26-27, 2017, with the Cleantech Open East Coast Academy, a two-day program during where companies will hear from leading cleantech business leaders, receive specialized startup mentoring, and refine their business plans.“Once again the strength of our applicant pool is a testament to the vitality of the cleantech sector in the Northeast. We received a number of applications from companies that have worked with our ecosystem partners, demonstrating the network of support promoting the development and deployment of clean technologies in our region,” said Kathryn Elmes, Cleantech Open Northeast Director.Cleantech Open is a US-based cleantech accelerator dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company.Over the past seven years, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services, and during that time, according to the cleantech accelerator, 880 of its alumni companies have raised more than $1 billion in external funding.last_img read more

first_imgThe Carlyle Group has agreed to buy a significant minority share in the Spanish oil company Cepsa from Mubadala Investment company.Mubadala said on Monday that The Carlyle Group would acquire 30-40% stake in Compañía Española de Petróleos, Europe’s largest privately-owned integrated oil & gas company.The acquisition is based on an enterprise value of Cepsa of $12 billion. The Financial Times (paywall) has reported that the global investment firm based in Washington would pay $3.6 billion for a 30 percent share, with an option increase the ownership to 40 percent.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close by end 2019. Mubadala will remain the majority shareholder of Cepsa.Marcel Van Poecke, Head of Carlyle International Energy Partners, said: “We are delighted to partner with Mubadala and Cepsa’s management team through our commitment to invest in Cepsa which offers such strong potential and future opportunities in the global energy sector.“We look forward to building upon Cepsa’s growth path for the benefit of their customers, suppliers, and employees. Our team has an established track record with a combination of energy sector, financial and operational capabilities as well as experience across the energy value chain from upstream through downstream, refining and marketing.”Cepsa operates in more than 20 countries and its assets include significant reserves contained in both the Umm Lulu and SARB fields located offshore Abu Dhabi. Cepsa is also a significant oil producer in Algeria and operates in Central and South America and South East Asia.last_img read more

first_imgCoordinator of the Health Promotion Resource Centre in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer says diabetes contributes greatly to the rate of mortality in Dominica.Royer made the remarks during the official launching of a three month training workshop for the management of Diabetic Foot in Dominica this morning.She says statistics indicate that diabetes is the third cause of both morbidity and mortality in Dominica and has proven to be very costly to individuals, families and the country.According to Royer, the increase of amputation related to diabetes is of major concern for the Ministry of Health and it is against this background that the diabetic foot care program was initiated since experts remain convinced that the majority of many amputations can be avoided.She told the ceremony that not only do these patients suffer from the amputation of their limbs, but also a significant psychological impact which can be very severe.“Amputation does not only result in loss of mobility but can have a considerable psychological impact on the entire family. In fact many people who have had amputations report feeling emotions such as grief and bereavement similar to experiencing the death of a loved one.”She explained that it was with this in mind that the training workshop was established with a view to exploring methods in which amputations could be prevented.“The workshop offers a concentrated program on how to treat and assess advanced lower extremities, arterial disease with the goal of saving the limb. The training brings together experienced skilled professionals who will provide specific detailed information about proper diagnosis and management and will give physicians the knowledge to make critical decisions that will ensure the best possible outcome for every patient they come in contact with at the community or hospital setting.”At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to be further inspired and equipped to effectively execute their role in the prevention of amputation.It is also hoped that the training will be an impetus to continue to avail new opportunities for addressing the issue of diabetes and amputation.Dominica Vibes News 27 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleLocalNews Three month training workshop for Diabetic foot officially launched in Dominica by: – June 10, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more