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A Basic Need Meets High-Tech Solutions

first_imgSaving Human ResourcesDell Technologies has designated the advance of sustainability as one of its four social impact goals— and one of the most valuable resources our world has is the humans that populate it. Agricultural output is predicted to decline by up to 30% in the coming years, yet the demand for food is expected to increase by a possible 98% by 2050. Technology is powering a number of solutions to help both increase the production of food as well as protect those consuming it around the world.In India, farmers at the Chitale Dairy often feed their entire family from the milk of one or two cows. A program to improve the quality and amount of milk production by analyzing milk samples is also improving their quality of life. Using basic SMS technology, the farmers are notified that, based on the analysis, their cow needs more protein or a certain medication to improve the amount and quality of the milk being produced.IoT solutions can be used help monitor the quality of foodstuffs—strawberry supplier Driscoll Berries ensures that their fruit stays within certain temperature parameters to protect quality, while AI technology can help detect spoilage. In addition, blockchain enables precise tracking that can help quickly identify the source and location of contaminated food, allowing for faster, more accurate recalls.The benefits of these advances include not only less waste, but also improved food access, quality, and safety. Better nutrition and avoiding consumption of spoiled goods can prevent sickness, which in turn increases productivity and reduces the demand on healthcare systems.Protecting the PlanetThe world has begun bumping up against our planetary boundaries. In response, we must find ways to produce more food with less land and water, while protecting the environment by reducing pesticide usage as well as farming or transportation emissions.Agro drones and AI algorithms are being used to identify areas of potential infestation, be it of blight or of pests, and then spot spray rather than having to spray thousands of hundreds of acres of fields. This microanalysis not only reduces the use of pesticides but helps stops the area of disease in a very targeted way. Pesticide usage is also being reduced by using AI engines to better understand botany and apply techniques such as planting marigolds underneath tomato plants to redirect harmful bugs.“I look at this from a Big Data perspective. What data sets are out there? How can we look at them? How can we identify challenges? Are there better ways of doing things?”“ Jeff McCann“Director & CSC Global Lead, Edge & Telco Solutions, Dell TechnologiesShareSmart farming techniques powered by IoT sensors and data analysis can have a multi-layer impact. For example, pioneering greens grower Aerofarms produces more food while using 95% less water, zero pesticides, and less than one percent of the land required by traditional farming. Logistics also has a role to play because better logistics equals less transportation emissions. And speaking of emissions, improved farming techniques enabled by technology can also reduce the emissions produced by heavy farm equipment.Priority Number OneWhile every advance that contributes to circularity is valuable, CSA technologies that support the maintenance and protection of the land we grow food from are foundational. Due to climate change, there are already places in the world that used to grow food but cannot produce anymore. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how well we improve food’s transport or how well we improve wastage in the fridge if we can’t grow it in the first place. Whether that’s due to desertification, flooding, or similar factors, the end result won’t be the current one billion hungry people—it will be an entire planet of 12 billion. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:05Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The principles of circularity—designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems—are most often thought of in terms of manufacturing. But the area that might be the most impactful from a circular standpoint comes from applying those principles to agriculture.Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) takes an integrated approach to managing resources such as cropland and livestock to address the twin challenges of food insecurity and accelerated climate change. By combining CSA technologies with other advances that focus on improvements to what happens after the food is grown, circularity in agriculture can be promoted from field to fridge to fork. Together, the impact holds amazing potential for protecting global resources of all kinds.Preventing Food WasteAccording to the World Food Program USA, approximately one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, an amount that could have fed two billion people. That wasted food also impacts the environment in a huge way—if wasted food were a country, it would only rank behind the US and China in the production of carbon dioxide.The ability to save produced food begins the minute it leaves the field or farm. Technologies such as blockchain and food-safe bar codes stamped right onto produce can track food and ensure it’s being treated properly from transport through production. This means that goods aren’t bruised or damaged when they reach the grocery shelves. Other technology enables grocers to carefully track the sell-by date on their stock for better management.Preventing food waste will also require taking a harder look at the logistics of where food is grown versus where it is sold. For example, Ireland and Japan are both large beef producers, yet they export to each other—across 5,934 miles. In addition to increasing carbon emissions, long transportation distances reduce the shelf life of food at its final destination.Finally, technology solutions in the storage of food can be leveraged to reduce waste. Warehouse or grocery store refrigerators can utilize preventative and predictive analysis to forecast equipment failure. Right now, the minute the fridge fails the products inside are lost. But if a company knows that a unit is going to fail in a matter of hours, they have time to move perishables out before failure happens. On the consumer side, the introduction of smart appliances has opened the door to food-saving features such as a refrigerator that reminds you a piece of cheese will expire in two days. The same systems can also enable “just in time” food re-ordering, so waste of staple items is minimized without the risk of running out.last_img read more

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College hires new BAVO coordinator

first_imgSaint Mary’s hired Liz Coulston as the College’s new Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) coordinator, as announced in a press release Tuesday. Coulston will officially begin her position June 3. She previously held positions at the YWCA of West Central Michigan and the University of Texas School of Public Health.Interim President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release that she is looking forward to Coulston filling her new role at the College.“I am also very pleased that we have found someone with significant experience serving women, as this position is important to fully support our students in all areas including issues of sexual violence,” Nekvasil said.As the leader of BAVO, Coulston “will provide campus programming for students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking,” as stated in the press release, as well as assist in promoting the President’s Taskforce on Sexual Violence.The position that Coulston will be filling had been empty since last summer.Tags: BAVO, Liz Coulston, Nancy Nekvasil, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Pest management guide

first_imgThe 2012 Georgia Pest Management Handbook is now available. The thirty-third Commercial Edition, published by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, provides more than 800 pages of current information on selection, application and safe use of pest control chemicals around farms, homes, urban areas, recreational areas and other environments where pests may occur. Special attention is given to cultural, biological, physical and other types of control for insects, diseases and weeds in agronomic crops such as grains, cotton and tobacco as well as for commercial operations specializing in fruits, vegetables and ornamental horticulture production. Recommendations are also given for managing pests around livestock and aquatic environments.A companion homeowner edition contains more than 100 pages of insect, weed and disease control recommendations for private homes, lawns, orchards and pets, including an expanded section with organic recommendations.Printed commercial handbooks are available for $30. Homeowner handbooks cost $15. Both can be ordered from the UGA CAES Office of Communications and Technology Services at Individual sections of both the commercial and homeowner editions are also available for download as PDFs from read more

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Watauga Race

first_imgThe 2012 Watauga Gorge Race has come and gone, and has proven itself yet again to be one of the best grassroots kayak races in the Southeast!This is a fun one because it is tradition to stack the heavy hitters and former winners in the back of a 30-40 person pack, and start everyone all at once!  It is chaos, and it always takes a unique balance to fight through all of those paddlers and still have the energy to finish the run smooth and fast.I personally didn’t have quite as smooth sailing as I have in the past.  The water level was excellent at 400 cfs, but it took me longer than usual to get out from the pack, and then Toby McDermott and I battled and beat each other up through the entire gorge with multiple passes.  This left Eric Chance clear to take the 1st place title.  If you watch the video, I also had a sketchy flip in one of the bony lines of the course, in which I lost my paddle and thought I was going to swim!  It’s good to get humbled by the river once in a while, right?!Enjoy the video, and my apologies for the camera fog…Results:1. Eric Chance2. Chris Gragtmans3. Toby McDermott4. Chris Harjes5. Clay Lucas6. Jim Janney (1st short boat)7. Colin Hunt8. Mike Patterson9. John Quigley and Steve McGrady (First and only K2)10. Tyler Mayo11. Red Green boat with FNA full face???12. Kirk Eddlemon13. Alex Matthews14. Ryan DeKay15. Chris Baer16. Saunders Southecorvo17. Garret Thompson18. Van Nall19. Dylan the Highschooler20. Red green boat geen t-dub ????21. Ty Brown Caldwell22. Dennis Gilfillan….Ladies1. Nikki Malatin2. Erin SavageShort Boats1. Jim Janney2. Kirk Eddlemon3. Garret Thompson4. Dennis GilfillanHand Paddles:1. Bill Clipper2. Edgar PeckPlayboat:1. Mark MillerDuo:1. John Quigley and Steve McGradyGood Lines,Chrislast_img read more

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Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Elkhorn City, Kentucky

first_imgElkhorn City is nestled in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky near the state’s border with neighboring Virginia. More town than city, Elkhorn has become an unassuming go-to spot for all kinds of outdoor adventurists.Local historians claim that this small Appalachian town came into existence shortly after the legendary American explorer Daniel Boone took his first steps into what is now present day Kentucky. Today visitors and residents can enjoy the great outdoors surrounding Elkhorn City by visiting nearby Pine Mountain or the Cumberland Gap State Historic Park. The area also offers access to the Russell Fork, where top-notch whitewater abounds, and it’s not far from a dual state park—mutually managed by the commonwealths of Kentucky and Virginia—called Breaks Interstate Park.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? Every October the Russell Fork becomes the site of very unique, non-profit race called The Russell Fork BADDLUN. The name comes from blending the words bike, paddle, and run, and the race features a 13-mile bike ride, an 8-mile paddle, a 3-mile run, and 20-yard swim. According to the race website, there are four very simple prerequisites for would be participants; don’t die, don’t be weak, help others in need, and have a good time.Vote now at!last_img read more

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Notices: The Florida Bar/JNCs

first_img U.S. 11th Circuit to amend its rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2071(b), notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after August 5, 2002, from the 11th Circuit’s Internet Web site at A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, phone: (404) 335-6100.Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the Clerk at the above address by September 5. 15th JNC plans organizational meeting The 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will hold its annual organizational meeting at the Palm Beach County Courthouse Law Conference Room August 23 at 10 a.m.The purpose of the meeting will be to select a new chair.rule, the one-year term of David P. Ackerman as chair expired July 1. In addition, the commission will select a new vice chair. rule, the one-year term of Vice Chair C. Calvin Warriner III expired on July I and Warriner will automatically be nominated for chair. In addition, the commission will welcome its new member, Rafael J. Roca. Baron petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Keith Douglas Baron has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baron was suspended from the practice of law for two years by a Supreme Court order dated June 8, 2000, for filing indigency pleadings and accepting court payments on behalf of clients who were not indigent. The Supreme Court also entered an order on or about August 30, 2001, imposing a second two- year suspension to run concurrently with the first based on Baron’s continued practice of law after being suspended.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Baron’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Joel M. Klaits, assistant staff counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245. Klemick petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Herman Montell Klemick III has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Klemick was suspended for 18 months after being convicted of the felony of unlawful compensation.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Klemick’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randi Klayman Lazarus, Bar Counsel, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. August 15, 2002 Regular News Notices: The Florida Bar/JNCslast_img read more

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CUNA urges NCUA to revisit corporate credit unions, reimbursement, and BSA regulations

first_imgCorporate credit unions, reimbursement of credit union officials and employees, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulations are the subject of a new CUNA letter to the National Credit Union Administration. The agency accepted comments on these regulatory provisions as part of its annual Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) review.The NCUA made substantial changes to its corporate credit union regulations in 2010 and 2011, mostly in response to the financial crisis. Now that five years have passed, CUNA believes the NCUA should revisit these provisions.“In particular, the requirement imposed in §704.13, which requires the recordation of votes, should be re-evaluated,” CUNA’s letter reads. “CUNA strongly believes that these matters are better left to bylaws as opposed to regulation.”CUNA also suggested the NCUA revisit the additional audit and reporting requirements imposed in 2011, many of which mirrored those put in place by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Those additions should be revisited and modified accordingly to reduce regulatory burden on corporate credit unions, CUNA believes. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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As Controlled Substance Use Rises in Medicare, Prolific Prescribers Face More Scrutiny

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with USA Today and NPR’s Shots blog.Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data shows.In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, Medicare covered nearly 27 million prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers and stimulants with the highest potential for abuse and dependence. That’s up 9 percent over 2011, compared to a 5 percent increase in Medicare prescriptions overall. Even taking into account an increase in the number of Medicare enrollees, the prescribing rate rose slightly for these drugs, which are classified as Schedule 2 controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration.Twelve of Medicare’s top 20 prescribers of Schedule 2 drugs in 2012 have faced disciplinary actions by their state medical boards or criminal charges related to their medical practices, and another had documents seized from his office by federal agents.The No. 1 prescriber—Dr. Shelinder Aggarwal of Huntsville, Ala., with more than 14,000 Schedule 2 prescriptions in 2012—had his controlled substances certificate suspended by the state medical board in March 2013. He surrendered his medical license four months later. (Aggarwal could not be reached for comment.)Prescribing high volumes of Schedule 2 drugs can indicate a doctor is running a pill mill, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer of Phoenix House, a New York-based drug treatment provider. Government regulators should do more to monitor prescribing patterns and intervene proactively if they appear aberrant, he said.“We wait ’til these doctors kill people,” said Kolodny, founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, which advocates for tighter regulation of painkillers. “It doesn’t make any sense.”Medicare’s drug program, known as Part D, now covers about 38 million seniors and disabled people and pays for more than one of every four prescriptions dispensed in this country. Concerns about oversight of controlled substances date back to at least 2011, when the Government Accountability Office highlighted abuse of opioids in Part D and called on Medicare to take action.Within the past year, Medicare has started to use prescribing data to identify potentially problematic doctors, as have some state medical boards. Beginning in mid-2015, Medicare will have the authority to kick doctors out of the program if they prescribe in abusive ways.“It’s a real area of concern for us,” said Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, director of the Center for Program Integrity within the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.The 2012 data shows the upward trend line for prescriptions of controlled substances before these initiatives took hold.The DEA classifies certain potent drugs based on their potential for abuse and sets limits on prescribing for each group. Drugs classified as Schedule 2 require written prescriptions and cannot be refilled. (Doctors may give patients up to a 90-day supply by writing additional prescriptions during a visit.) Prescriptions for Schedule 3 drugs, which are somewhat less addictive, can be phoned in and refilled up to five times.The DEA says it does not have the resources to track physicians’ prescribing, and instead focuses on drug distribution. So it falls mostly to state medical boards, Medicare and law enforcement agencies to make sure doctors follow the rules for controlled substances. And they have typically relied on complaints, rather than data analysis, to trigger investigations.ProPublica reported in 2013 that Medicare did not proactively analyze its prescribing data or take action against providers whose patterns were troubling, even if they had been charged with Medicare fraud or kicked out of state Medicaid programs. Most of Medicare’s top prescribers of Oxycontin in 2010 had legal or disciplinary actions filed against them; nonetheless, many retained the ability to prescribe in Part D, as of May 2013.Shelinder Aggarwal’s Medicare prescribing history had plenty of red flags. The pain medicine specialist has consistently shown up in Medicare’s data as a top prescriber of narcotics. By 2012, the year before he stopped practicing, more than 80 percent of his Medicare patients received at least one prescription for a Schedule 2 drug, in many cases oxycodone. On average, all Alabama doctors in Aggarwal’s specialty issued prescriptions for Schedule 2 drugs to just 38 percent of their patients.It took complaints from pharmacies near Aggarwal’s office to alert the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners to his unusual prescribing habits, said Larry Dixon, the board’s executive director. Board investigators subsequently made undercover visits to the doctor’s office and videotaped him prescribing drugs without an exam.“If you paid $1,200 in cash, they would put a VIP stamp on your medical records and you didn’t ever have to have an appointment,” Dixon said.Medicare’s Part D data draws a roadmap to the doctors who prescribe controlled substances most frequently.Note: Counts include initial prescriptions and refills dispensed. Retail price includes patients’ out-of-pocket costs but does not reflect drug maker rebates.In 2012, 269 providers wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 drugs, ProPublica’s analysis shows. They were concentrated in a handful of states. Florida led the country with 52 providers, followed by Tennessee with 25. North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Kentucky each had more than 10. (Look up your doctor using our Prescriber Checkup tool.)About one in five doctors who wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 drugs have faced some kind of sanction or investigation, ProPublica found.In September, Medicare sent 760 letters to doctors who prescribed far more Schedule 2 drugs than others in their medical specialty and state. Officials hope the initiative will cause doctors to examine their prescribing and make changes.“Simply being an outlier doesn’t establish that you’re doing something wrong,” said CMS’ Agrawal. “What we are trying to do is give physicians the ability to assess themselves, given their comparative data.”Medicare also has sent information on 71 prescribers for possible investigation to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and on one doctor to a state medical board.Some medical licensing boards are also expanding their efforts to use data to spot problematic prescribing. North Carolina’s medical board has proposed new regulations allowing the agency that runs the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to share data with the board. The board currently can only access the data when it is pursuing an active investigation into a particular physician.“We’re just trying to get ahead of the curve here and identify these folks further upstream instead of waiting until there’s an accidental poisoning death or some other type of patient harm that we learn about after the fact,” said R. David Henderson, the board’s executive director.Similarly, Alabama’s legislature recently authorized its medical board to regulate pain medicine clinics and proactively access data from its prescription monitoring database.Dixon, the Alabama board’s executive director, and Henderson said their states’ changes are not meant to impede legitimate care by doctors.“Most of these people are just as genuine as you could possibly hope,” Dixon said.Data, alone, can be misleading. Athens, Georgia pain specialist Mark Ellis was the third-highest prescriber of Schedule 2 drugs in the country in 2012, with more than 10,000 prescriptions. But unlike many states, Georgia does not allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to write prescriptions for these controlled substances on their own, requiring them to be signed by a physician. As a result, Ellis said he was credited with the prescribing of four other professionals in his practice. (Ellis was fined by Georgia’s medical board in July 2005 for working with a physician assistant without consent from the board.)With scrutiny of painkiller prescribing on the rise, Ellis said he attempts to ensure that patients are taking, not selling, their pills by requiring frequent drug testing. “Our practice policy is to monitor all patients every visit, every time they come in, to make sure they’re compliant with their treatment program,” he said.Rules put in place by several states have reduced prescribing of narcotics, experts say. New York, Kentucky and Tennessee now require that doctors check databases that track every controlled substance prescription in their states before prescribing such drugs to patients for the first time and at certain intervals afterward. Other states are considering or are in the process of implementing similar rules. Such checks are currently voluntary in most states.Without taking this step, doctors “are woefully unaware of what’s really going on with their patients, and they are unable to discern when they should check. So they make prescribing decisions blindly,” said John Eadie, director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.Mandatory checks are “the most-effective single tool we’ve found yet to address this problem,” he said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

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The main motives of the Spaniards’ travels are rest and recreation, and they usually travel by plane

first_imgWhen traveling abroad, Spaniards most often travel by air and the direct air connection between Spain and Croatia is improving from year to year, especially in the summer flight schedule. Let us add that research shows that the main motives for Spaniards to travel abroad are leisure, vacation and recreation, with a total share of 54 percent, followed by visits to friends and family with 26 percent and business trips with a share of 14 percent. Spaniards most often travel by plane Last year, 315 thousand arrivals and more than 708 thousand overnight stays were made from the Spanish market, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to 2018. “When we talk about Croatia, the favorite destinations of the Spaniards are Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Hvar and Plitvice Lakes. This year we plan to further improve the network of the CNTB’s representative office by initiating all the necessary procedures for opening an office in Madrid due to the extremely important Spanish market and the fact that leading international tourist institutions have their headquarters here.” said director Staničić and added that Spaniards often and gladly travel and discover new destinations, and this is exactly the opportunity that we need to take advantage of in 2020. After Utrecht, Stuttgart, Helsinki, Vienna and Berlin, the Croatian National Tourist Board and its partners represent the Croatian tourist offer at FITUR. In addition to the CNTB, ten co-exhibitors present their offer at the fair, including the tourist boards of the City of Zagreb and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, as well as Abacus Tours, Ilirija – Camp Soline, Atlas, Olivari, Nave Travel, Uniline, Valamar and HUP Zagreb. Photo: “Together with France, Spain is the leading country for the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Program, which will work in cooperation with governments, destinations and tourism companies to reduce the impact of tourism on the environment, which is an important prerequisite for Croatia in future tourism policy. We used our stay in Madrid, the capital of one of the most visited countries in the world and the seat of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to exchange experiences in conducting sustainable development policies, which are the backbone of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council in the field of tourism. The experiences and examples of good practice we exchanged during the meetings with leading tourism authorities and officials will be of great benefit for the development of a new National Tourism Development Strategy based on quality and responsible and sustainable business using modern technologies as creative solutions for the future.”, said Minister Cappelli. Currently, three airlines operate in the winter flight schedule: Croatia Airlines, Iberia and Vueling Airlines on the route Barcelona-Zagreb, Madrid-Zagreb and Barcelona-Dubrovnik. Madrid Fair FITUR is the largest and most important tourism fair in Spain, and this year it is held today, January 22, until January 26. RELATED NEWS: THIS YEAR, THE CNTB OFFICE IN MADRID IS OPENINGlast_img read more

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The trials of Mapeley

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Governor Wolf Appoints Neil Weaver to Lead Government Performance Office

first_img February 02, 2018 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Performance Office,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Building his commitment to create a Government That Works, Governor Tom Wolf today elevated the administration’s efficiency initiatives to an executive level office by signing an executive order creating the Office of Performance through Excellence (OPE). The office will lead Governor Wolf’s ongoing efforts to bring private sector organizational strategies and processes to state agencies.“In my business, I constantly looked to make our organization more efficient while improving customer service. This new office brings that private sector philosophy to state government,” said Governor Wolf. “We have already saved $373 million over the past three years by streamlining government and cutting waste, and now we are taking the next step by using proven strategies to change the culture of state government.“We will give front line employees a voice to challenge the old ways of doing things, improve state services and use data to make smarter decisions.”The OPE will combine the previous efforts of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) with performance data metrics​ and the administration’s use of lean management. It will engage the commonwealth’s workforce to modernize operations, maximize efficiency and provide the highest quality services to the people of Pennsylvania.Public and private sectors organizations, especially the manufacturing industry, use lean to enlist employees at every level to become problem-solvers and find ways to make their work more efficient and effective. The Wolf administration is currently using lean practices in 15 agencies to bolster continuous improvement and customer service. Commonwealth employees have already completed more than 130 lean projects.Neil Weaver, most recently the Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will lead the office. Weaver has more than a decade of experience in government management and operations.“State government employees are incredibly dedicated to public service and Governor Wolf is making sure that they have the tools and management to improve customer service and make agencies more efficient and accessible,” Weaver said.Governor Wolf established GO-TIME shortly after taking office to leverage inter-agency coordination and collaboration.Executive OrderSubject: Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (“GO TIME”)Number: 2015-04 AmendedExecutive OrderSubject: Governor’s Office for Performance Through Excellence (OPE)Number: 2018-01 Governor Wolf Appoints Neil Weaver to Lead Government Performance Officecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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New recreational hub open at Gold Coast’s $200 million Vantage community

first_imgThe new recreation hub at Benowa’s Vantage community is open.NEW residents in the $200 million master planned Vantage community at Benowa now have access to the full recreational hub with the facility now completed.The completion of the gym, and sauna add to the already finished facilities including an undercover barbecue pavilion, and outdoor pools. The Vantage community residents’ facilities.Mr Litfin said with so much of the development now completed, prospective buyers were able to see exactly what they were buying into.“Prospective buyers are no longer buying a dream, they can see first-hand, that the dream has been delivered,” he said. “The fact that all facilities and local lifestyle amenities have been built upfront means buyers are buying off the plan without the risk.’’Dawn has 113 two and three-bedroom apartments with prices starting from $495,000. Each apartment has secure basement carparking with two car parks. The residents’ lounge at Benowa’s $200 million master planned Vantage community.The latest work now completes the leisure precinct in the development. It sits within 2ha of landscaped gardens and only residents can access it through security-coded entry.Head of project marketing Chris Litfin, of Knight Frank, said the development had appealed to buyers who wanted low maintenance apartment living but with access to resort facilities.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOnce complete, the entire project will have five residential buildings. The first three have sold and settled and in the fourth building, Dawn, 41 of the 113 apartments have sold.Mr Litfin said out of the apartments already settled, 85 per cent were to owner occupiers.The latest stage at Dawn will also have a resident lounge on level two of the 15-level building, which will overlook the double-storey entry lobby and gardens.last_img read more

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Atherton Tablelands property offer range of luxury options

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41THE Atherton Tablelands has long been a favourite weekend escape for Cairns residents with its acres of green, rolling hills, quaint townships and natural attractions such as wildlife and waterfalls.Dairy farmers were among the first settlers in the Atherton Tablelands, arriving more than 100 years ago, and the locally made ice-cream, gelato, cream, milk, yoghurt and cheese are among the major drawcards of the area.Then there are the coffee and tea plantations such as the Skybury tropical coffee plantation and Nerada Tea Plantation.On top of all that rural goodness, the region also offers a number of secluded and spectacular homes.Here are some of the options for a luxury home with plenty of space if you’ve got more than $1 million to splash. Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Garage: 3 Land: 3.4ha$1.5 millionTwomey Schriber Property GroupShaun Craike 0466 090 016 45 Mather Rd, Yungaburra 51 Angelita Close, Peeramon Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 5 Garage: 5 Land: 1.2haOffers over $1 millionAtherton Realty on the TablelandsRino Gava 0427 779 086 51 Angelita Close, PeeramonArchitecturally designed and immaculately finished, the owner of this home can take in the rural views out to Mt Bartle Frere. No expense was spared in the design and construction of this property, from the chandeliers to the marble benchtops to the top-of-the range appliances and fittings. Space and a spot for a dip.The house comes with a saltwater in-ground pool, landscaped lawns and gardens and a three-bay shed.The two-storey main wing plus three-bedroom self-contained home in the eastern wing lends the property to commercial uses as well.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago 45 Mather Rd, YungaburraOver three spacious levels, this home satisfies every requirement for those seeking a modern-day country lifestyle.The upper floor comprises the home office, double sized bedroom and central library leading to the master suite wing complete with open-plan walk-in robe, private ensuite and balcony overlooking the hills. A unique indoor pool.The middle level has a modern kitchen and open-plan living areas, with a purpose-built bar nook to service the entertaining deck. On the lower level is a large media room or fifth bedroom, another two bedrooms and a large laundry. A recent addition is the indoor pool complete with heating for the cooler nights, panoramic views and serviced by a two-way bathroom shower and toilet.Peterson’s Creek runs through the property and is home to platypus, while also providing drinking water for tree kangaroos and wallabies. 27 Edwards St, AthertonGated and fully fenced and in the middle of stunningly landscaped gardens with tropical flora and fauna, this home cannot only house a big extended family or plenty of friends on the weekends, but is also the perfect place to entertain.A well-appointed chef’s kitchen is adjacent to the main living area, which comes with a fireplace and full-height picture windows. An aerial shot of the sprawling grounds.A dam on the property is stocked with barramundi and the estate is bordered on one side by a spring-fed creek, which also irrigates the property. Walking tracks and a bridge, greenhouse, palm grotto, citrus orchid, four-car workshop and machinery sheds complete the inviting picture. 27 Edward Street, Atherton Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Garage: 6 Land: 1.21ha$1.7 million negotiableLJ Hooker Cairns Edge HillDavid Hall 0491 332 700Ross Moller 0412 772 229last_img read more

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Mr. Ronald Harvey Augenstein

first_imgMr. Ronald Harvey Augenstein, age 74, of Bennington, Indiana, entered this life on January 22, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late, Edwin and Florence (Kistner) Augenstein-Shaw. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was a 1961 graduate of the Roger Bacon High School. Ronald was inducted into the United States Army on November 27, 1964, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle and the Good Conduct Medal. Ronald was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on November 25, 1966 at Fort Bliss, Texas. Ronald transferred to the United States Army Reserves and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was employed in construction for Bieschel in Cincinnati, Ohio for 22 years and for Zeizer in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring after a few years of service due to his health. Ronald was a former member of the Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239. He resided in the Greendale community until 2007 when he moved to the Switzerland County community, where he resided until his passing. Ronald enjoyed fishing and working. Ronald passed away with his loving family by his side at 7:51 pm, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at his residence in Bennington, Indiana. Ronald will be deeply missed by his wife of 21 years: Shirley Jean (Smith) Augenstein of Bennington, IN; his daughter, Lisa Peters and her husband: Ricky of Glencoe, KY; his son, Brad Augenstein and his wife: Michelle of New Castle, IN; his step-daughter, Shawn Redding and her husband: John of Cross Plains, IN; his step-son, Greg Slaughter and his wife: Amber of Aurora, IN; his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Rick Augenstein and his wife: Phyllis of Cincinnati, OH and Junie Augenstein of Cincinnati, OH; his half-brother, Ralph Shaw and his wife: Kathy of Cincinnati, OH; his half-sisters, Laverne Piller and her husband: Greg of Cincinnati, OH and Elaine Shaw of KY and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin and Florence (Kistner) Augenstein-Shaw.Full military rites will be conducted Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 2:00 pm, by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Friends may call 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or Lewy Body Dementia Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Title battle begins in February, insists Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

first_img Yaya Toure, who scored City’s reply in the 2-1 defeat was criticised for not exerting his influence until too late but Pellegrini does not want to respond. He said: “When you lose a game the winners take it all and the losers are always doing bad things, so I don’t want to try to analyse that game. “The first shot Arsenal had at our goal was on 33 minutes. We had dominated the game (until then). Maybe we were not that aggressive but we had two or three chances to score and I think the team played in that sense – and Yaya is involved in the team. “I never criticise just one player, I try to analyse the performance of the team. But I don’t want to analyse because we lost.” City could have captain Vincent Kompany back against Sunderland after eight games out with a calf injury. Right-back Pablo Zabaleta and midfielder Fernando are also back in contention. Manuel Pellegrini wants his Manchester City team to be in prime position to launch their title charge from February. But form since has been patchy and momentum has slowed, with Monday’s loss at title rivals Arsenal their fifth defeat of the campaign. Pellegrini says he is not overly concerned, claiming merely staying in touch is all that matters at this stage. The Chilean said: “I think it’s very important to be involved, as we are now, at the end of January. If you can be leaders before then that is better, but I think you need to be there on the last day of January. Then, in the last three months, you can win the title.” City travel to Leicester on Tuesday for another big clash but must first negotiate Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day. Pellegrini said: “We need to focus game by game. The next game is Sunderland and we must try to beat them here. That’s never an easy game. “Only after that do we think about Leicester. It’s very important to win these two games to finish off the first round (of fixtures). “We lost important points against Arsenal. I said before the game that it was a game of six points but it was not a decisive game. I repeat that you never win the title in December.” Pellegrini says the Arsenal loss is already consigned to history and he has no intention of raking back over it. City are third in the Barclays Premier League at Christmas, six points behind leaders Leicester and four adrift of second-placed Arsenal. They started the season superbly, quickly establishing themselves as favourites with five consecutive wins during which they did not concede. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Kalou Assures Fans of Better Results

first_imgVeteran striker Salomon Kalou believes Cote d’ Ivoire will raise their game after a poor qualifying campaign and win a second successive Africa Cup of Nations title.The Elephants looked anything but defending African champions as they struggled to make the 2017 tournament in Gabon from a group including modest rivals Sierra Leone and Sudan.The Ivoriens survived a late goalmouth scare to draw 1-1 at home against Sierra Leone last September and finish just one point above their final matchday opponents in the standings. The form of the west Africans subsequently improved with a home win over Mali and away draw against Morocco in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.They also visited Euro 2016 hosts and runners-up France in November and forced a morale-boosting goalless friendly international draw.Kalou, poised to compete at his fifth Cup of Nations tournament, sees similarities with the trophy-winning 2015 Africa Cup campaign.“We also battled in the previous qualifiers, losing heavily in Cameroon and also failing at home to the Democratic Republic of Congo.“But by the time we got to the knockout stage of the finals in Equatorial Guinea, we were producing outstanding football and scored three goals each in victories over Algeria and DR Congo.“The final against Ghana was a tight, tense affair and our experience and calmness shone through in the post-match penalties shootout.”The West African nation won 9-8 on spot-kicks following 120 goalless minutes. After the champions-to-be fluffed their first two penalties, Kalou was among nine consecutive Ivorians to score“To win the Cup of Nations you must have plenty of quality in your squad, and we do,” he stressed ahead of Group C games against Togo, DR Congo and Morocco.The build-up to the Cup of Nations has been difficult for Kalou with the deaths of his father and a close relative.But the 31-year-old Hertha Berlin striker, who joined the Bundesliga outfit after playing for Feyenoord, Chelsea and Lille, overcame severe grief to assist the national team.Having initially withdrawn from the group decider against Sierra Leone, he played and contributed significantly to securing the point that booked a place in Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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