first_imgUniversity of Georgia Extension agent Mark Frye helps save Georgia cattlemen money while providing cattle a better diet.In 2010, the Wayne County agricultural and natural resources agent set out to discover whether double crop baleage was a viable option for all farmers. He worked with Wayne County farmer Jonny Harris to see if the process was feasible.Double crop baleage involves growing two different crops consecutively. The combined crop, such as rye, rye grass and wheat, is then baled and harvested to maintain moisture and be a viable feed source throughout the year.Harris and Frye, along with UGA specialists Dennis Hancock, Lawton Stewart and Curt Lacy, worked with funds from a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. The project’s objective was to determine if growing winter annuals for baleage on row cropland was environmentally and economically feasible.“We were looking for something that would be very repeatable and very sustainable,” Harris said. A diversified crop farmer and beef producer, Harris sees double crop baleage as a major benefit to his farm and his 1,000 head of cattle. The research project also tested for forage production in yield and quality and environmental enhancements.Frye said the process is beneficial for the cattle and the farmers. He and his team deduced that using baleage equipment to harvest winter annuals for later use is a feasible idea for many farmers.“It can save farmers time and money,” said Lacy, a UGA economist on the Tifton Campus. “This process makes a pretty substantial difference. It can amount to several thousands of dollars, depending on the number of cows.”According to Lacy, farmers who cannot afford the equipment have other options that can allow them to use the double crop baleage process.“With a small number of cows, it’s hard to justify doing this,” Lacy said. “If they have fewer cattle, they can look at buying baleage wrapped or having someone do it for them if they can’t buy the equipment.”Using double crop baleage can increase farmers’ profits, too. It provides a complete diet for cattle and improves the organic matter in the soil, allowing the moisture and nutrients in the soil to remain longer.The three-year UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences study found the cover crop produced $263 per acre, making it an economical gem for cattle farmers.“Farmers don’t lose any nutrient quality and it saves the farmers money because the feed produced is much better,” Frye said.Back in Wayne County, the research on double crop baleage has tremendously affected Harris and his cattle. “I really appreciate and support the Extension service in what they’re doing by helping guide [farmers] through challenges that we face,” Harris said.Wayne County’s beef cattle industry produced a farm gate value of near $2.9 million, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. The farm gate value for beef cattle finished outside the county in 2013 is near $400,000.(Jordan Hill is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

first_imgFriendships at work: We’re all familiar with the employee engagement question, “Do you have a best friend at work?” Cigna’s survey showed that more than four in ten full-time workers (44%) with a best friend at work are considered to have high resilience compared to just 23% of those who don’t have a best friend at work. Our people need us to take action now, more than ever, to strengthen resiliency and ultimately help them live better lives. With only 40 percent of employees surveyed stating they’re highly resilient, that leaves a startling 60 percent of the population at risk of not being able to quickly recover from challenges and cope with adversity. Fortunately, there are ways to help employees (and ourselves) cultivate and maintain a sense of resilience, ultimately creating a more human workplace during these unprecedented times. There’s no doubt that the unprecedented change and struggle this year has challenged us all to build and maintain resilience. Resiliency, commonly defined as the ability to quickly recover from challenges, has been critical throughout this year, and will be moving forward.Cigna’s Resilience Index, published in September, shows that only 37 percent of full-time workers have high resilience. Moreover, one-third of full-time workers say they almost never have workplace discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on them, their families and their mental health. If companies and employees aren’t talking about these impacts and our changing world, how can they learn about the resources available to support and grow resiliency? Most of us are coping with so much. Between COVID-19, remote learning, economic uncertainty, increased divisiveness and social unrest, we’re all feeling mentally stretched. What does this all mean for us and the credit union industry? When there are low resiliency levels amongst our employees, not only does it have a direct impact on business outcomes, it can be correlated to lower job satisfaction, engagement, and retention. Focus on the “whole self”A more holistic approach to employee wellbeing isn’t a new idea, but one not often put into practice. We must stop thinking about benefits as a recruiting tool or event like new employee orientation or open enrollment. The most impactful wellbeing programs are built on a continual drip of targeted communications and resources throughout the year, that put the benefit(s) in front of the employee when they need it most. Here’s a few areas you can start:  Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Many employees don’t know what an EAP is, or feel comfortable asking for contact information when they need help. Creating a one-page resource with benefit contact information, means employees can take it on the go and access it when they need it most. Physical Movement: Data shows that regular exercise is an important component to building resiliency, so let’s start moving more. Kick off an exercise challenge and get leaders to participate in some way to encourage employee involvement. Gratitude: Essential employees should be seen and appreciated for their time and commitment to our members. Many of them are commuting, leaving their homes, and managing the same daily schedules as always, just with a lot more stress. Consider finding ways to focus on making things easier for them and allowing them to care for themselves during working hours. Maybe pick up their grocery delivery fee so they have one less stop on the way home. They deserve it! Keep connections strong It used to be easy to keep employees connected and well informed within the four walls of our buildings. Now, we must take a more thoughtful approach. Communicate frequently: Share updates about the state of the credit union and celebrate the wins. Be sure to be transparent and proactively address any uncertainty with the economy or financial standing of the credit union. Utilize technology: Connect your workforce and encourage them to use the channel that will help them get the most accomplished. One note: be mindful of the exhaustion that comes from back-to-back video calls – it’s real, and many employees become fatigued.Connect employees and managers: Schedule frequent one-on-one meetings. A continuous feedback process with questions like, “How are things going?” or “What roadblocks can I remove for you?” provides opportunities for employees to share about themselves both personally and professionally. It’s critical that we embrace and welcome difficult conversations that may come to us from employees — we might be that one and only trusted person they’re willing to share with about work/life challenges right now.  Increase diversity and inclusion efforts It should come as no surprise that a workplace culture that encourages community and feelings of camaraderie, inclusion and belonging benefits workers’ resilience. Connect employees in micro communities: Help build trusted relationships and provide ways to learn and support one another. As leaders, we’ve been talking about ways to make things better for working parents, so explore creating a group where parents would leverage their collective resources, learn from each other, and be there for each other.  3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chary Krout For over 25 years, Chary has dedicated her career to coming alongside credit union employees and leaders, helping them solve problems, and creating better workplaces for everyone.  Chary believes in … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgLocalNews Saturday NOT a public holiday by: – December 2, 2011 Tweet 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire is dismissing claims that government has set aside Saturday as a public holiday. Many Dominicans believe that the national day of mourning which will be recognized tomorrow for the official funeral of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador Jeff Joe is a national holiday but the Cabinet Secretary says Dominican businesses are expected to operate as normal. “Saturday December 03, 2011 has been declared a national day of mourning. That day is definitely not a national or public holiday. When we say national day of mourning we expect people to be solemn in their dealing. We expect the radio stations to play soft music such as gospel, we expect persons to be dressed in black and white. To be thinking about, in this case Jeff Joseph and his life. It is certainly not a public holiday,” he stressed.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe Trojans lost a nail-biter under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium 14-10 on Saturday night, as a USC team decimated by injuries at just about every offensive skill position failed to score in the second half.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Trojans in South Bend, where they hadn’t lost since 2001. USC hadn’t lost any nonconference road game since 2002, and hadn’t lost twice in a row to Notre Dame since 2000-2001.USC had ample opportunities to overcome the deficit in the final period as the defense also held Notre Dame scoreless in the second half, but a litany of injuries, self-destructive play from the offensive line and a couple missed field goals doomed the Trojans.“Well, we have a hurt team in there,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but I really liked the way our guys played and competed to the end.”Freshman safety Su’a Cravens gave USC the ball at the Irish 34-yard line by recovering a fumble – Notre Dame’s only turnover of the night – with 6:27 left. A perfectly targeted 16-yard pass to freshman wideout Darreus Rogers from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler picked up a first down at the Irish 21-yard line, and the Trojans looked primed to come away with at least a field goal.But on a play where Kessler scrambled to inside the 5-yard line, a holding penalty on junior right guard Aundrey Walker brought the ball back to the 33-yard line.“It wasn’t a hold,” Walker said. “But the ref called it and we gotta live with it and move on … It happened so fast, I was holding my hands up because I thought it was gonna be a touchdown. And I turned around and there was a flag on the field.”A false start by redshirt freshman left tackle Chad Wheeler dug the Trojans into a 4th and 20 situation on Notre Dame’s 26-yard line, meaning a field goal attempt would have been 43 yards. With time running down and junior kicker Andre Heidari already having missed two field goals from 40 and 46 yards out, the Trojans tried to go for the touchdown and the win. But Kessler was sacked to turn the ball over on downs.“Going into the end, we just felt that we weren’t kicking field goals very well so [we thought] ‘Let’s go and win the game,’” Orgeron said.USC had another chance to score after a defensive stop, but injuries to Rogers, junior wideout Marqise Lee, freshman tailback Justin Davis and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer forced the Trojans to stretch deep into their depth chart on the final drive – and the backups’ inexperience showed. Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and walk-on wide receiver Robby Kolanz lined up for USC, and a false start by Cope-Fitzpatrick and two incompletions thrown to the third-string tight end killed the Trojans’ last-gasp attempt to score.“Obviously the penalties hurt us tonight in crucial situations, and we didn’t punch it in in the red zone when we need to,” Orgeron said. “It seemed that every time we had a first down or something like that, we had a holding call or jumped offsides, shot ourselves in the foot, and then it was 2nd and 20.”Overall, the Trojans’ offensive stats looked passable; Kessler completed 20 of 34 passes for 201 yards and senior running back Silas Redd rushed 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.But after USC’s first drive of the game resulted in a touchdown, the Trojans never found the end zone again, and ended the game with a streak of 11 consecutive failed third-down attempts.“We felt like we had that game won until there were 4 zeros on the clock, ‘til it was completely over,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “[Notre Dame] just made a couple more plays at the end that affected the outcome.”The Trojans had been expected to mostly split carries between the healthy quartet of backs who had registered carries against Arizona last week after redshirt sophomore Tre Madden suffered a hamstring injury. Madden wasn’t active for USC on Saturday, but Redd was tabbed for his first start of the season and seemed determined to assert himself as the starter.The senior carried six times for 40 yards on USC’s opening drive and punched the ball in for a one-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.The Irish attacked through the air on the next drive, as quarterback Tommy Rees completed six of seven attempts for 49 yards to lead Notre Dame to paydirt. The drive concluded with a seven-yard pass to Troy Niklas that tied up the game and put Rees over the 6,000 passing yards-mark for his career, becoming only the fifth Notre Dame quarterback to surpass that mark. Rees finished 14 of 21 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.Notre Dame’s offense took a huge hit – literally and figuratively – when junior linebacker Lamar Dawson burst untouched on a blitz early in the third quarter and unloaded on Rees, knocking him out of the game with a neck strain.The Irish’s offense was noticeably more conservative from that point forward, as backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix short-armed several throws while failing to complete any of his four attempts. In fact, the Irish didn’t complete any passes in the second half, a stunning feat for a team to pull off while also claiming victory.“I wasn’t willing to throw the football, and when we did, I didn’t like the way it looked,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Obviously we missed [Rees] in the second half … We tried to have [Hendrix] pull [the ball] and get to the sidelines, but it was tough sledding out there.”A 48-yard punt return from sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor, the longest by a Trojan since 2010, gave USC the ball at the Notre Dame 20-yard line with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. The Trojans failed to reach the end zone, but Heidari was true on his second field-goal attempt from 22 yards out to give the Trojans a 10-7 lead.After the teams traded scoreless possessions, the Irish finally gained some traction in the run game on their last drive of the half, and it resulted in their first lead in the rivalry at their home field since 2005.Notre Dame tailback Cam McDaniel broke off a 24-yard run to the Irish 41-yard line before a blatant pass interference penalty by redshirt sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown moved the ball past midfield to the USC 47.McDaniel followed with the longest rush of his career, a 36-yard scamper down to the USC 11-yard line, and receiver TJ Jones hauled in an impressive touchdown catch over sophomore cornerback Kevon Seymour to give the Irish a 14-10 lead that held until the final whistle. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

first_imgAirbnb says it has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers, to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.More than 800 Airbnb hosts will be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Check available listings here.As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations were available around our state in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami-Dade.Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global response and relief, says, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region. We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”last_img read more

first_imgLOOKING FOR AN OPENING—Gordon Kirkland, right, looks for an opening against James Volker in a 95 LBS bout at the Golden Gloves Championships, Kirkland won the matchPittsburgh is turning into the mecca of boxing.  A standing room only crowd packed The Grand Hall at the North Side Priory Hotel April 4 to see the best amateur boxers in the area square off.The Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves championship is a show that brings a genuine who’s who of past and present stars.It seems Pittsburgh is no longer the hinterlands of Amateur boxing.  The fighters from Pittsburgh made enormous progress over the last few years.Team Pittsburgh has already became one of the biggest stories in boxing when they defeated Team Ireland 6-5 in March, and now everyone wants to see if they can upset Philadephia’s best in the state championships.GIRLS GO AT IT—Jane Quienlin, left, and Caitlyn Engler mix it up in a Golden Gloves Championship bout, Engler won the hard fought bout. (Photos William McBride)It might be a touch premature to call Caleb Parish a transcendent fighter, but he is getting to that stage.  The West Allegheny Boxing Club 152-pound junior middleweight is no longer known only to local fans.His profile rose significantly in March when he knocked out, all 11 stones of, Eddie Mills of Ireland national team.Parrish, 18-years old, treats boxing more like a religion than a sport.  He studies fighters from the past and it is this kind of dedication that helped him defeat one of the most decorated boxers in Pittsburgh.Amonte Eberhardt is a former state golden glove champion and national contender.  Parrish was able to out point Eberhardt and won a very close split decision in the main event.In a sport where the line between confidence and arrogance is forever blurred, Kiante Irving, 165-pound division from Stay off the Streets, is a fighter with the height and power of Tommy Hearns; he has the jab of Larry Holmes; “The Swag” of a Floyd Mayweather; but the poor stamina of Tommy Morrison.Irving completely dominated Lucas Adams, of Butler, in rounds one and two but had his mouth open and was looking for some oxygen by the end of the third and final round.“Tommy Yankello and I believe Irving will win the state championship easily and should win the national,” said long time boxing trainer and corner man Kevin Corlew.  “Roy Jones Jr., knows about this kid and he’ll be with TNT and Roy Jones Jr., promotions once he turns Pro.”MIXING IT UP—Quienton Jackson, left, of Pittsburgh throws a punch at Ray Moore of Ellwood City , Jackson went on to win the 119 LBS bout.Talented southpaw Danny Buckley, in the 141-pound division from Steel City Boxing Club, upset the very experience and active duty Marine soldier Rosalindo Morales of Ellwood City Boxing Club.  Buckley, 20-years old, didn’t begin to box until he turned 18 but he quickly rose to the top of the division.  Buckley has rare skills and stamina that you can’t teach.  He was born to be a fighter.  Morales fought his heart out, but was no match for Buckley.  The light began to flicker in the latter half of 2013 for Buckley and now he looks like a world-beater, who shows quickness, power and great lateral movement that he learned from years of playing basketball.“What a huge shift the boxing world is taking on in Pittsburgh,” said Alishia Sparks, of Youngstown, Ohio and owner of Sparkle and Shine makeup.  “The Priory is such a beautiful location.  The boxing community is thriving in Pittsburgh and I can’t wait for the world to catch on!  It’s only a matter of time!”“Maddog” Jimmy Cvetic, retired Allegheny County police, and owner of the Third Avenue Gym.  For 33 years he’s been working with kids—some troubled, some not, but all in need of direction.  And through his Police Athletic League, Cvetic has taught hundreds of kids of all ages how to box.  Cvetic puts on between 20 and 30 amateur boxing shows per year and is the director of the Golden Gloves in Pittsburgh.While Cvetic doesn’t necessarily seek media attention—he was the major star in national reality TV show “White Collar Brawlers” and Johnny Spell, Darren Dolby and Allen Levine, “The Talking Machine” had minor roles.Now that Cvetic’s fan appeal has gone beyond the Pittsburgh area and become national, it is fair to wonder if he might change now that he is in the spotlight.“Everything that I do is for the kids,” said “Mad Dog” Cvetic.  “I’m going to open 2 more gyms.  One in Homewood and one on the Hill. We are bringing Mike Tyson to Pittsburgh to talk to the kids and he’ll autograph a bunch of stuff.”Other winners: 119 int Quienton Jackson, 125-open Caitlyn Engler, 152-subnovice Craig Kido, 165-subnovice John Stein, 125-subnovice Loren Holmes.THE CHAMP—Quienton Jackson of Northside Boxing shows off his trophy after winning the 119 LBS Golden Gloves Championship.Walkover winners: 132-open, Johnny Spell, 178-open Jarrell Bracket, 141-division Shirne Ghist, 201-open John Doyle, 201-plus Brian Kelly. 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first_imgAdvertisement al5k4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs74jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb1vg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tstWould you ever consider trying this?😱1r5hCan your students do this? 🌚tbyrjRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star German midfielder Toni Kroos scored an absolute stunner from long range in the match against Celta Vigo in the opening match of the season in La Liga. The match was going out of control of the Los Blancos after the red card shown to Luka Modric. The Los Blancos needed the much needed confidence booster in the match and they got it from the stunner of Toni Kroos.Advertisement Karim Benzema scored the first goal of the match at the 12th minute of the match. Real Madrid was dominating in the first half with their possessional display. At the injury time of the first half, the goal of Brais Mendez was disallowed by using VAR. At the 56th minute of the match, Luka Modric was shown a straight red following a bad foul on him. Then the moment came at the 61st minute of the match for Toni Kroos to produce his brilliance in the field. He took the shot from outside the box and the shot struck the upper part of the net.Advertisement Real Madrid ultimately won the match with a margin of 3-1. The importance of the goal of Toni Kroos at that moment of the match is unbelievable. Advertisementlast_img read more