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Court upholds Feb. 14 date for disputed Catalan election

first_imgMADRID (AP) — A court in Catalonia has confirmed that an upcoming vote to choose the northeastern Spanish region’s new parliament and replace the government will take place in two weeks as scheduled. Catalonia’s High Court on Friday overturned an order with which the regional government, citing a high prevalence of coronavirus contagion, had wanted to push the election to the end of May. Campaigning officially began Friday with parties holding odd events surrounded by very few supporters live-streamed on social media. Eight politicians and activists imprisoned after a failed 2017 push for Catalan independence will be allowed to take part in campaigning but will need to return to prison each day.last_img read more

Female farmers

first_imgWomen own 13.6 percent of America’s active farms and their farms produce almost $13 billion worth of goods each year. Just like male farmers, they need access to business and technical information to help make their farms successful. But while many pride themselves on not needing a “women’s only” class on how to work the land or run a business, many other women simply feel more comfortable learning around other female farmers. That’s one of the motivations behind a recent series of female-centered classes offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. These programs will expand in 2016, but started this fall with a series of farm business classes based on the Annie’s Project curriculum as well as a hands-on equipment and cattle handling class. “Women in agriculture is such a hot topic, but, in reality, women have always been vital to farm families and agriculture as a whole,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “We are so excited to be able to deliver this targeted training and address the needs of this particular audience.” UGA Extension agents in Houston and Dougherty counties used the Annie’s Project curriculum to offer three-day workshops for female farmers in September. Annie’s Project is a program named in honor of Annie Fleck, a woman who spent her life learning to better herself as a business partner with her husband in Illinois. Deborah Murray, associate dean for extension and outreach in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with Martie Gillen from the University of Florida, secured funding for the project through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency. The workshop received rave reviews in its first year. “Agriculture, in general, is a male-dominated industry. These sessions were designed to build up their knowledge, build up their confidence, kind of build up a bond between the women. That’s one thing I saw, the women really bonded with each other,” said Charlotte Meeks, UGA Extension county coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent for Houston County. Meeks is among the UGA Extension agents who have hosted the workshops for female farmers, a collaborative effort between Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents and Agriculture and Natural Resources agents. The trainings were spread over three weeks in each county. “They really received a lot of information, on everything from taking a soil sample to growing vegetables to how to balance their farm books,” said Andrea Scarrow, UGA Extension Southwest District FACS program development coordinator. “The women are farmers, farm wives. It’s been amazing to see how they’ve interacted with each other.” In Houston County, one participant told Scarrow, “Being a woman, I go to the various meetings and nobody helps me.” During September’s workshops, approximately 40 women received agriculture-based information designed to further their knowledge. “I’m learning so I can find out what land I want to purchase and where I want to purchase it,” said Sister Karriemah, a participant in Dougherty County. “When I finally make my decision where to purchase the land, I have all this information and this place has the resources for me to come back to.” The women’s backgrounds differed greatly. Some were traditional farmers trying to gain information about production practices, others were widows of farmers looking to continue the family farming operation and others were retired and looking to learn a new trade. Later in the month in the northern part of state, a similar group of women learned a entirely different skill set at Women in Agriculture: A Hands-on Basic Training. Organized by Morgan County ANR agent Lucy Ray and Dade County agent Katie Hammond, their hands-on class focused on practical skills to help the farmers become more comfortable handling cattle and equipment. “It is one of those things where some women feel more comfortable asking questions and learning around other women,” Ray said. “I think the coolest thing about this class is not that it’s geared toward women, but that we’re offering a hands-on chance to practice some really important skills.” The women learned how vaccinate their animals by practicing on fruit, learned how to change the oil on their tractors, to drive newer model tractors and how to choose the correct trailers and field implements. For most women, it was that chance at the low-risk, hands-on practice of practical skills — like backing up a flat bed truck or moving cattle — that drew them to the oversold workshop. “I came just to learn how to change the oil in my tractor,” said Cyndi Ball, who runs an educational homestead farm in Statham, Georgia, and founded a growing national network of skill-sharing groups called “Ladies’ Homestead Gatherings.” “Even after all these years, I’m still taking my tractor in for that.” The class gave participants the confidence they needed to go home and start honing their newly learned skills. For more information about all of the programs offered by UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Hospitality Major

first_imgAfter years of teaching and researching hospitality industry management at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, John Salazar knows hospitality is as much a science as it is an art.Salazar joined the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on May 1 as coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics’ new hospitality and food industry management major.“It’s an exciting time to be in the Georgia hospitality industry,” Salazar said. “Since 2013, employment in the accommodations and food sector has grown almost 16%. Hotel occupancy has seen double-digit growth since 2011 in the Atlanta and Savannah markets. However, the growth isn’t only in Georgia’s urban area. Georgia’s Congressional District 3 has increased in hotel occupancy by over 14% since 2011, and a significant portion of that district is classified as rural according to the U.S. Census. With all this industry growth our UGA hospitality and food industry management graduates will be entering a job market that is expected to have consistent growth into the next decade.”The major, approved by the Board of Regents in spring 2018, will prepare students for jobs in the hospitality and food industries across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in Georgia and beyond.The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that hospitality is a $60 billion industry that supports more than 450,000 total jobs in Georgia. Of that number, close to 15,000 are hospitality management positions requiring a four-year degree, with 370 job openings every year, according to the Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Outlooks.At the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Salazar was a professor in the Department of Hospitality Management and director of the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute. Previously, he was the director of the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, and he also taught at Southern Illinois University and the University of South Alabama.His research focuses on destination management and marketing and hospitality human resource management. He has conducted research for local, state and regional tourism agencies, nonprofits, municipalities, federal agencies and private corporations across the country. Prior to his career in academia, he held management positions with premier U.S. hotel and resort companies.In coordinating instruction for the new CAES major, Salazar will be helping to design a curriculum and maintain an applied research program that will work with governments, nonprofit organizations and hospitality corporations.For more information about the hospitality and food industry management major, visit hospitality.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Largest Thai wind farm now in operation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asian Power:The 260MW Hanuman Wind Farm project in Thailand has achieved commercial operations, an announcement by Finnish engineering firm Pöyry revealed.The project, which is owned by the Energy Absolute Public Company Limited (EA), is composed of five sub-projects located in Chaiyaphum Province, and is set to be one of the biggest of its kind in Thailand.The electricity output from this project will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), per Thailand’s power purchase agreement.“As one of the biggest wind power projects in Southeast Asia, the Hanuman project sets an example to Southeast Asian nations on how to substantially increase the domestic renewable energy production in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to diversify national energy production portfolio, and to reduce long term operating cost of the power system,” Esa Holttinen, Pöyry’s business director for wind power, said in a statement.More: Thailand’s largest wind farm enters commercial operations Largest Thai wind farm now in operationlast_img read more

Australian utility signs power purchase agreement with large solar-plus-storage project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A 200MW South Australia solar project that proposes to add “one of the largest” batteries in the Southern Hemisphere should be under construction by Christmas, after its developers snared a power purchase agreement with major utility, Alinta Energy.The deal, announced on Thursday, locks in finance for the $480 million Solar River Project, which is being developed by Jason May and Richard Winter near Robertstown, in South Australia’s mid-north.May, who says this moment has been two years in the making, would not disclose the financial details of the 15-year PPA, but told Renew Economy that the deal with Hong Kong-owned Alinta was for 75 per cent of the solar farm’s output, making the project “very bankable.”Solar River, which May says has been in the conceptual phase for a good deal longer than two years, is a substantial project, integrating 200MW of PV and a 100MW/300MWh battery under one generation license.Exactly who is supplying the battery is not being disclosed yet, either, but May does say it will come from one of the largest companies in the world, and use “cutting edge,” never before deployed technology.May says the energy storage system, billed in the joint press release as “one of the largest batteries in the Southern Hemisphere” will have a three-hour charge cycle, and will be cycling one to two times a day, depending on the needs of the network.More: Alinta signs up for huge solar and battery project in South Australia Australian utility signs power purchase agreement with large solar-plus-storage projectlast_img read more

Twenty-eighth Edition of NAVANTAR Course Held in Argentina

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo October 27, 2017 The School of Marine Sciences hosted the 28th edition of the Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici course. From August 28th to September 8th, Argentina hosted the 28th edition of the consolidated course Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici (NAVANTAR, per its Spanish acronym). Various Argentinian agencies — the School of Marine Sciences (ESCM, per its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Defense, the Naval Hydrographic Service (SHN, per its Spanish acronym), and the National Directorate for the Antarctic of Argentina — organized and taught the course. Ten regional and international navies participated. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), NAVANTAR is already considered an essential course for those who navigate polar waters. The incorporation of the Ice Module into the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator was among the novelties of the course’s 2017 edition. Civilian and military personnel from Argentina’s SHN, a unit of the Ministry of Defense, participated as instructors. Students comprised 52 Argentine and foreign merchant marine officers, including navy officers from Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Peru, Italy, India, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States. One of the core objectives of the NAVANTAR course is to teach students compliance on applicable international laws —to enjoy safer navigation — and train them on environmental pollution regulations. The course revolved around concepts relating to “nautical safety” in polar waters and environmental pollution prevention, issues the Argentine Navy has extensive experience with. The NAVANTAR study plan included sessions on International Relations, Antarctic Legislation, and nautical safety. The content of the course was developed in accordance with IMO recommendations. “The aim of NAVANTAR is to be identified as an IMO model course. That’s why it covers topics relating to applicable requirements for ships navigating in polar waters,” explained Rear Admiral Gustavo Jorge Iglesias, the director general of Education for the Argentine Navy. “We’re increasingly aware of the relevance of sharing the precious knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over more than a century in those icy waters with future crewmembers of ships sailing south,” he added. Among other aspects, the course covered the importance of Antarctica in the history of Argentina and the country’s connection to the sea. Since 1904, Argentina, through its Navy, maintains an uninterrupted presence in Antarctica. Rear Adm. Iglesias added that the Argentine Navy and SHN have contributed to the development of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, an international set of regulations of the OMI, since 2014. Argentine Navy Commander Gustavo Daniel Ferraro, the assistant director of ESCM, noted that the course was named after Captain Vicente Manuel Federici in memory of the late naval officer who was the Antarctic nautical advisor of SHN for many years. “Captain Vicente Manuel Federici is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive experience in Antarctic operations,” he said. The 2017 edition of the course inaugurated the addition of an ice module to the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator. “This module lets us recreate scenarios in which marine and land ice is present, allowing the participants to visualize, through simulation, what it’s like to navigate in different kinds of ice fields,” Cmdr. Ferraro said. In addition, Cmdr. Ferraro noted that according to amendments adopted in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers — signed in 2010 in Manila, Philippines — the annual NAVANTAR course might soon become mandatory to work on ships that navigate in polar waters. “An operational training course on the ice module, taught by Associate Professor Christian Hempstead, a Transas Americas instructor, was also part of the instruction,” Cmdr. Ferraro concluded.last_img read more

Elmont Home Invasion Trio Tie Up Kids, Use Stun Gun on Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three armed home invasion suspects, two of whom wore UPS uniforms, tasered one of five victims and tied up two children while ransacking an Elmont residence on Friday, Nassau County police said.The trio entered the Emily Avenue home through a side door, walked into a back room and one of the assailants bound the hands of two victims ages 8 and 15 at 7:45 p.m., police said.A second assailant demanded money from two more victims ages 25 and 39, who said they didn’t have any, police said. The third suspect was searching bedrooms while the first and second suspect brought the 25-year-old victim into the basement, where they confronted a 21-year-old victim.When that victim refused demands to turn over his money, one of the attackers used a stun gun on him to his back before stealing his cash, jewelry and cell phone, police said.The trio then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victims refused medical assistance at the scene.All three suspects were described as black men, with the two wearing UPS uniforms being armed with black handguns, police said. The first was 6-feet, 2-inches tall with a black hooded sweatshirt underneath the uniform.Both the second and third suspects were described as 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 200 pounds and in their 20s. The third suspect was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and red and green LeBron sneakers.Fourth Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

New Interactive Map Shows Where Long Island Has Multifamily Housing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ann Golob and Steven RomalewskiLong Island makes planning decisions locally but competes for business regionally, and it’s currently losing out because it lacks sufficient housing options, especially for young Long Islanders who are leaving the area in dramatic numbers. A key step in tackling the problem is to understand where multifamily housing exists (or is absent), an understanding local officials have never had on an Island-wide basis.But that information is now available to Long Islanders in the form of an online interactive map. It’s the first time that data on multifamily housing locations have been collected comprehensively, not only for existing housing but for new projects that are “in the pipeline.”Long Islanders can find answers that were previously unavailable to basic questions about multifamily housing. If you or a member of your family, for instance, wanted to move to an apartment, how far would you have to go and what would your best options be? If you wanted to live in an apartment near a train station, how many choices would you have within a certain distance? If you had a particular train station in mind, what would be your choices?The map gives Long Islanders an easy-to-use online tool to search for multifamily housing locations—built or underway—in any community in Nassau or Suffolk counties. It not only assists individuals in exploring their own options but allows local planners to understand what’s available in their communities or nearby, and, if they’re interested, broadly view the total multifamily housing stock on Long Island.It covers every building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied buildings such as co-ops and condominiums. It shows 1,456 rental buildings and 882 co-ops and condos and identifies 113 projects in the pipeline—proposed or under construction.The map was commissioned by the Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, and developed by the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. When searched by village or hamlet, the map reveals the number of multifamily properties and units, plus a list of local developments. For each housing location, it provides such details as the decade in which it was built, the number of units, and whether the property is subsidized or market rate. It also illuminates trends.One of those trends is that multifamily housing used to be built closer to train stations. It’s now built farther away from downtowns, where it’s easier to find available parcels and get needed zoning approvals.Before the 1960s as much as 50 percent of rental housing on Long Island was built near train stations, but that number dropped steadily from the 1970s to 2000. Now only 30 percent of Long Island’s existing rental units in apartment buildings are within a half-mile of a train station.Since 2000, the number of rental units near train stations has increased, but that appears to be a temporary change: the percentage of planned rental units near train stations has fallen again. Only 27 percent of the proposed rental apartments in Long Island’s pipeline are within a half-mile of a station.The map underscores the need to think regionally about increasing Long Island’s housing options, even as the decisions are made locally. For the first time, Long Islanders have a handy tool that illuminates the needs, the opportunities, and the challenges across both counties. Now every community can consider all their options when it comes to finding affordable housing.Ann Golob is Director of the Long Island Index; Steven Romalewski is Director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.last_img read more

Google launches BigOmni Query tool to connect multi-cloud services

first_imgTechnology company Google Cloud has launched BigOmni Query, a multi-cloud analysis tool, to ease customers’ data transfer and processing in hybrid cloud computing.The software allows customers to access and analyze data from Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS) through a single interface. The service will also be available for Microsoft’s Azure in the coming future.“Moving data from multiple clouds is troublesome and expensive. To overcome this, we invest in multi-cloud fields to democratize data accessibility, whatever cloud service providers customers use,” said Google Cloud general manager and vice president of engineering Debanjan Saha on Tuesday during the opening of Google Cloud Next OnAir event. She went on to say that customers could move the data through BigQuery Omni without having to pay data transfer fees from other cloud services providers.Google Cloud Indonesia country director Megawaty Khie said companies were increasingly adopting hybrid cloud options, creating demand for simple multi-cloud solutions that enabled them to work with their existing infrastructure.“The launch of BigQuery Omni is an important milestone that demonstrates our strategy in helping customers operate efficiently in a multi-cloud environment,” she said.  Google Cloud, which is available in more than 150 countries, also announced its confidential computing portfolio which encrypts data while in use or while in transit, ensuring customers’ data security.“We are sure that the future of cloud computing will be about private and encrypted services, which give customers more control and privacy over their data,” Megawaty added.The company’s security general manager and VP Sunil Potti said various industries such as financial services, health care and government were often bound by complex and strict regulations on data privacy, making it difficult for them to adopt multi-cloud solutions.“Our confidential computing will help them to use cloud technology innovations while simplifying security operations,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Bulldogs Get Win Over Panthers On The Links

first_imgMedalist: Thomas Hatcher-Batesville (38)———————Junior Varsity ResultsTeam Scoring: (3 scores)Batesville: 141Jennings County: 153Jacob Vogelsang 45Jake Flaspohler 46Keegan Straub 57Brandon Rose 50Medalist: Jacob Vogelsang-Batesville (45) Batesville vs Jennings County Golf at Hillcrest Country Club.Team Scoring:  Batesville 157,  Jennings County 184.Individual Scoring for Batesville:Dominique Schildknecht 41Thomas Hatcher 38Alec Giesting 39Henry Luchow 39Ryan Harmeyer 47Billy Carroll 44last_img read more