Small Flocks

first_imgA small chicken flock management class will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spalding County Extension office in Griffin. Sponsored by University of Georgia Extension, the workshop is the fifth in a series of sustainable agriculture workshops presented by the Spalding County office. Wade Hutcheson, UGA Extension agent for Spalding County, will present topics pertaining to the maintenance of small flocks, breeds and breeding, feeds and feeding, housing, behavior and management, and prevention of diseases and pests. Organic poultry and egg production will also be covered as well as the effects of local zoning and other ordinances on the sale of eggs and meat. Georgia Extension researchers from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will also share their expertise on small flock management. UGA Extension poultry scientists Casey Ritz and Claudia Dunkley will be among the presenters. Jay Averett, a small flock producer from The Farm at Meadowlark Gardens, will also provide updates on small flock management. Lee Lancaster, compliance specialist from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Chad Jacobs, director of community development for Spalding County, will also attend the workshop. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the workshop will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer session and evaluation. The class will be held at the Spalding Extension office at 835 Memorial Drive in Griffin.The cost of the workshop is $15, including lunch, or $8 without lunch. Register by Thursday, Nov. 20, by contacting the Spalding Extension office at (770) 467-4225 or uge2255@uga.edu.last_img read more

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Honduran President Ousted By Military

first_imgBy Dialogo June 29, 2009 Honduran military forces ousted President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica hours before a controversial constitutional referendum vote was set to begin. Organization of American States met in emergency session while the Obama administration expressed concern over events in the Central American nation. Hounduran lawmakers named their leader, Roberto Micheletti, to replace President Zelaya. U.S. officials quickly responded that they will recognize no other president than Mr. Zelaya. Micheletti, head of the Honduran Congress, said after his swearing-in that Mr. Zelaya’s removal from office was not a coup. President Zelaya says Honduran troops forcibly removed him from his home in the dead of night and sent him to Costa Rica in his pajamas. The expulsion came on the day Mr. Zelaya had chosen for a referendum on whether to change the constitution to allow him to run for a second term in office. The president pressed ahead with the vote in defiance of Honduras’ Supreme Court, which had declared the measure illegal. In a news conference at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, Mr. Zelaya said he is the victim of a coup d’etat. The Honduran leader said he has been kidnapped with violence and brutality, which he termed an affront to the entire world that brings back memories of past dictatorships in the Americas. Appearing alongside Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, Mr. Zelaya said he wants to return to Honduras as president and that he is counting on the support of all democratic governments, including that of the United States. In Washington, President Obama issued a statement saying he is “deeply concerned” by events in Honduras. He urged all political and social actors in the country to respect democratic norms, the rule of law, and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Hondurans to respect their country’s constitutional order. Blocks away from the White House, the Organization of American States met in an emergency session. Honduras’ ambassador to the body [Carlos Sosa Coello] demanded what he termed an ’emphatic condemnation” of the coup. OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza echoed the call: Inzulza said what has occurred is a military coup that must be condemned with energy. He said the OAS must issue a clear demand for a return to constitutional order and insist that human rights be respected. President Zelaya is a political ally of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who pledged to do everything possible to reverse the coup. Honduras is to hold presidential elections in November. The country’s 1982 constitution bans Mr. Zelaya’s re-election.last_img read more

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4 Long Islanders Charged in $30M Nonprofit Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The number of Long Islanders accused of bilking New York City drug rehabilitation centers has doubled from two to four and the amount they allegedly stole has increased tenfold from $3 million to $30 million, authorities said.Two Melville men, including 60-year-old Alan Brand, who was the executive director of Narco Freedom, and his 36-year-old son, Jason, who worked as a manager for the Bronx-based nonprofit, were indicted on upgraded charges of enterprise corruption. They pleaded not guilty, just as they did to previously filed charges of insurance fraud and grand larceny. Alan also previously pleaded not guilty to commercial bribe receiving and money laundering.“Criminal enterprises that use nonprofits to steals millions in public funds poison New York’s charitable sector, which is one of the greatest in the nation,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Two Huntington men also indicted in the case were John Cornachio, 60, and 33-year-old Jonathon Brand, who is another son of Alan. Both also pleaded not guilty to grand larceny. Freedom’s current chief executive, 56-year-old Gerald Bethea of Inwood, additionally pleaded not guilty enterprise corruption along with Richard Gross, 61, of Yonkers.Prosecutors said in addition to the previously allegations, the suspects used the nonprofit to defraud Medicaid out of $27 million and syphon off Narco Freedom’s revenue to fund their lavish lifestyles.Authorities previously have said the father and son defrauded Arch Insurance Company out of $3.5 million by filing a false insurance claim in 2009 for storm damage to a former treatment facility Brooklyn—one of 10 facilities the nonprofit runs citywide.They allegedly did not disclose that Jason not only worked for Narco, but also owns the construction company that the nonprofit hired to make the repairs, DASO Development Corp., resulting in both entities also being charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny. Authorities added that Alan and Jason overstated the cost of the repairs.Alan also allegedly received $13,000 in monthly kickbacks from a real estate developer who rented buildings to Narco—effectively skimming from the $40 million in taxpayer dollars that New York State annually allocated to help fund the group between 2009 and this year, according to investigators.Bail was set at $350,000 for Alan Brand, $275,000 for Jason Brand, $100,000 for Gross and $50,000 for Cornachio as well as Jonathan Brand. All are due back in court May 20. Bethea was released without bail and is due back in court Friday.last_img read more

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Broome County sees a decline in coronavirus cases; the health department shares why

first_img(WBNG) — Broome County Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman suggests the decline of cases could be due to more people following stay-at-home orders. The growing number of cases was cited as a result of community spread. In recent weeks, many local restaurants have turned to take-out and delivery options in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. To see Broome County’s current numbers, visit their COVID-19 tracker. “It’s reducing density of people, it’s making sure you’re with a small group of people, not large gatherings. The more you can stay at home, the more we can do to level out the cases,” said Kaufman. Just over a week ago, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar called for all county residents to stay at home amid a rising number of cases in the area. Even with the declining cases, Kaufman says we are not out of the woods just yet. last_img read more

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Another H5N1 case cited in Java; Sumatra quarantine grows

first_imgMay 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials have reported that H5N1 avian influenza caused the recent death an 18-year-old West Java man, brother of a 10-year-old girl whose death was previously attributed to the virus, according to news agencies.And in the North Sumatra family cluster, officials broadened home quarantine to include 54 people—up from the 33 reported yesterday—as a World Health Organization (WHO) official identified chickens as the likely source of the outbreak, according to Reuters stories today.The 10-year-old and 18-year-old siblings died in a Bandung, West Java, hospital May 23, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Yesterday an Indonesian official said the girl had tested positive for H5N1 in a local lab but that results for her brother were still pending.Today’s AFP report quoted Ahmad Prihatna, an epidemiologist at the health ministry, as saying, “Tests carried out by the health ministry confirmed that they died of bird flu.”The two, according to an Associated Press article today, died within hours of each other less than a day after being admitted to Hasan Sidikin hospital in Bandung, capital of West Java. Samples have been sent to a WHO-accredited lab for confirmation, according to AFP.If confirmed, the cases would raise Indonesia’s avian flu death toll to 35, second only to Vietnam.Voluntary quarantine expandsAs the probe of the case cluster in North Sumatra continues, WHO officials have asked 54 people in the remote village of Kubu Sembelang to quarantine themselves at home, a Reuters story said today. None of these, the officials said, have exhibited avian flu symptoms.Thirty-nine of the 54 are taking oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as a precaution, Reuters reported. “All who can take it are,” WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told Reuters. “The others are not taking it because they are either pregnant, lactating mothers, or children.”The source of the Sumatran outbreak remains unknown, but WHO epidemiologist Steven Bjorge said poultry is the likeliest candidate, according to a separate Reuters story today.”What we’re finding out the longer our team stays up in that area is that there are many, many outbreaks in chickens that always go unreported,” Bjorge told Reuters. “Just in the past couple of weeks, they have found a couple of outbreaks of chickens dying in various villages in that area.”The first case [a 37-year-old woman considered by WHO to be the index case] has to get it from somewhere. It has to be something environmental.” Asked if sick chickens were responsible, he was quoted as saying, “We think that it has to be that way.”Also today, the WHO reiterated that it will not raise its global pandemic alert level from phase 3 (human infection, but no or only rare human-to-human spread) to phase 4 (small clusters with limited human-to-human transmission, but spread is highly localized). The agency said this week that human-to-human-to-human (two-generation) transmission might have occurred in the North Sumatra cluster. But officials have observed no further spread beyond the family cluster and no ominous mutations in H5N1 viruses that have been analyzed.Paul Gully, senior adviser to WHO’s top avian flu official, Margaret Chan, said in a third Reuters report, “Our feeling now is there is nothing new that has happened which would make us want to consider moving to level 4.”H5N1 outbreaks in poultryAvian flu outbreaks in chickens in Romania have now reached 70 in the past 2 weeks, Reuters reported today, and 35 additional outbreaks are suspected.The Romanian Agriculture Ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters, “The bird flu virus has been confirmed in 75 localities from 13 counties. There are also 35 suspect locations. The national institute for animal health is further testing suspect deaths in fowl.”This outbreak originated 13 days ago at a poultry farm in the county of Brasov, about 100 miles north of Bucharest. Live chickens from the farm were sold to peasants across the country without health certificates, according to Reuters.Elsewhere, Nigeria’s agriculture ministry reported a new H5N1 outbreak in its northern state of Kano, according to a Voice of America story today.The Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute said yesterday that samples of dead chickens from a farm near Kano tested positive for avian flu. Avian flu control teams destroyed more than 16,000 chickens on the farm to try to prevent spread of the virus, the report said.And in Russia, new cases of avian flu in domestic birds have been reported in eight villages in three Siberian regions, Russia’s agriculture ministry said today, as reported by RIA Novosti.”Fowl infected with avian influenza have been registered in three villages in Novosibirsk Region, four villages in Omsk Region, and one village in Altai Territory,” the ministry said in a statement. The article added that about 1.1 million birds have died of the disease in Russia, and 300,000 have been culled to control H5N1 since February, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.No human cases of avian flu have been reported in Romania, Nigeria, or Russia.last_img read more

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Despite COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia continues to prepare to relocate capital

first_imgThe process of relocating Indonesia’s capital city to East Kalimantan is to go on as planned despite the COVID-19 pandemic in the archipelago, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister has said.Jodi Mahardi, a special staff member with the office, said the preparations to move the country’s capital from Jakarta were still on track so far.“The office, alongside the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry and the Finance Ministry, has continued to engage in intense communications with potential investors and partners,” Jodi said in a virtual press briefing as quoted by Antara on Wednesday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration plans to relocate the country’s administrative hub by 2024.This year, the government would focus on preparing a master plan, technical details and land procurement for the new capital.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) previously said that what the agency’s capital relocation secretary, Hayu Prasasti, calls a “soft groundbreaking” might take place in July this year and mark the start of building road access to the site of the new city.The plan, however, comes as the central government struggles to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the archipelago, particularly as cases of infections continue to increase in many of the country’s provinces.As of Wednesday, the number of people infected by the coronavirus in the country has reached 790, with 58 fatal cases.Earlier in February, Bappenas head Suharso Monoarfa explained the timeline for relocating the capital, saying the groundbreaking would commence in 2021, followed by the construction of residential buildings and health facilities in 2022 and telecommunication networks and ports and airports in 2023. The state apparatuses are scheduled to move to the new capital in 2023. (aly)Topics : Jodi added that the ministry was still reviewing a number of options for the development of the new capital, which is to occupy a 256,000-hectare area in East Kalimantan’s North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said last month there were about 30 potential investors, both local and foreign, lining up to help develop the new capital.“Many foreign investors of various fields from the United States, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore want to assist in the construction,” Luhut said.Read also: Explainer: Will Indonesia be Southeast Asia’s Italy? A review of how the nation is battling COVID-19last_img read more

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Natixis: Korean asset owners seek higher returns abroad

first_imgThe Natixis report also noted that many other Korean pension schemes, including the country’s sovereign wealth fund Korea Investment Corporation, were facing the same pressure to seek higher returns.Due to their size and increasing appetite for external assets, Korean pension and life insurance companies play a large role in influencing global asset prices – in a similar vein to Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), according to report authors Alicia Garcia Herrero, Natixis chief economist for Asia Pacific, and Trinh Nguyen, Natixis emerging Asia analyst.In their analysis of asset allocations, the authors found that NPS had increased its allocation to global equities to 23% in 2019 from 14% in 2015. Overall, the allocation to equities would rise to 45% from 40% in 2019.They said NPS planned to lift its allocation to alternatives from 11% today to 15% by 2024. According to NPS data, they wrote, most fixed income was allocated to the US and developed markets, such as Europe and Australia.Natixis also noted that allocation to emerging market fixed income was substantial as the hunt for yield went global.Korean life insurers were more conservative than NPS due to regulatory requirements, as they allocated more to domestic fixed income.The share of securities investments for life insurers stands at 20% of their total assets, but “that is only to rise in the future,” the authors said. “Moreover, other riskier assets, such as equities and corporate bonds, are getting a larger share.”The authors said South Korea was “turning Japanese”, and that this was not good news for asset managers, especially pension managers and life insurers.Like Japan in the 1990s, Korea had entered a period of low fertility rates and longer life expectancy. Economic output had decelerated to 2% year-to-date, and this was compounded by high household indebtedness and demographic deterioration.Investors faced a future of shrinking returns on assets and yield as potential growth rates fell, they said.“We believe that low growth, yield, and an increasingly-stringent regulatory environment will put further pressure on Korean lifers and pensions to seek higher returns offshore to compensate for a tougher domestic environment.” Korea’s $1.4trn (€1.3bn) pension plan and life insurance sector is being forced to allocate more to overseas assets, especially to alternatives, in search of higher returns.In a research note, French bank Natixis said Korean pension funds have become “very aggressive” in their hunt for returns and are increasing the weight of their asset allocation to global equities and alternatives.Natixis analysed the asset allocations of both Korea’s National Pension Scheme (NPS), which manages assets totalling $612bn – making it the third largest in the world – and top Korean life insurers, which collectively manage assets worth $776bn, which is equivalent to 45% of South Korea’s GDP.Together, NPS and these life insurance companies – or lifers – have assets under management of about $1.4trn.last_img read more

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Contrast these two stories

first_imgMorning-after pill use rises in USBBC News 14 Feb 2013Use of the morning-after pill in the US is on the rise, a trend driven largely by wider use among younger women, a major government study has found. Some 11% of sexually active women had used the morning-after pill, up from 4% in 2002, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four women aged 20-24 had used the drug, compared with one in nine women overall. The CDC surveyed more than 12,000 females aged 15-44 from 2006-10.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21460710‘Severe epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the USThe Independent (UK) 14 Feb 2013US health experts today revealed that an ‘ongoing, severe epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases is sweeping the country, with over 20 million new cases diagnosed every year. A study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that over half the 20 million infections were contracted by people aged 15-24, a demographic that only makes up around a quarter of the US population. Catherine Lindsay Satterwhite, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News: “STIs take a big health and economic toll on men and women in the United States, especially our youth.”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/severe-epidemic-of-sexually-transmitted-diseases-sweeping-the-us-warn-health-experts-in-valentines-day-announcement-8495107.htmllast_img read more

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It’s coming… next Monday!

first_imgIn response to the many inquiries we’re receiving as to when it’s coming, this is just a quick note to let you know that we will be releasing our popular election resource Value Your Vote next Monday.The voting record shows how existing MP’s have voted over the past four terms on controversial issues such as redefining marriage, the anti-smacking law, parental notification for teenage abortion, the decriminalisation of prostitution, raising the drinking age, and many others.It also finds out the party leaders’ and all candidates’ views and voting intentions on issues ranging from marriage, income splitting, decriminalisation of abortion, euthanasia and marijuana through to loan sharks, Easter trading laws, same-sex adoption, paid parental leave, and broadcasting standards.There will be a WEBSITE, a 12-page FREE PAMPHLET, and for the first time, a FREE PHONE APP! This resource was available at the last election in 2011 (and also in 2008) and was very popular with over 60,000 page views on the website, and more than 100,000 brochures distributed throughout the country.last_img read more

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Carnival winners to recieve prizes today

first_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival winners to recieve prizes today by: – May 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! The Carnival Development Committee will tonight, award the winners and runners up of the various carnival competitions.Among the awardees will be the winners of the National Queen Pageant, Adult Costume Band of the year, best school band, best individual costume on the road and the Soca Monarch Competition.Approximately sixty three thousand dollars was injected into the prizes for the winners and runners up of the competitions.The prize giving ceremony is expected to take place at the Arawak house of Culture at 6:30 PM.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img 23 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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