Peanut Surprise.

first_imgIf a current forecast holds true, Georgia farmers will producemore peanuts this year than last year. Considering drought hasdominated the state for three straight years, the crop this seasonhas turned into a pleasant surprise.According to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, peanutproduction for Georgia is forecast at 1.42 billion pounds. Thisis 8 percent more than an earlier prediction for the state,and 1 percent better than the crop last year.”I was quite surprised that the estimate jumped that much,”said John Beasley, a University of Georgia Extension Service agronomist.2,800 Pounds per AcreFarmers are expected to yield about 2,800 pounds per acre. Thisis 200 pounds more than last month’s forecast and 225 pounds morethan the 1999 yield.Looking back over the growing season, Beasley said this type ofproduction year seemed unbelievable.”Considering the way this year started out with drought andall the problems we were having and even though we got timelyrains in August and September, we were still way behind on rainfall,”Beasley said.Problems, ProblemsGrowers not only battled weather this season. They also had todeal with weed pressure, the plant-crippling Tomato Spotted WiltVirus and other yield-reducing diseases.Though the timely rains kept the crop from going downhill formany growers, Beasley said, some farmers were not able to combatthe extreme weather and had to abandon some fields.”But overall, as we continued through harvest it seemed everybodywas pleased with their total production,” he said. “Andthe quality (of the crop) has been excellent. We’re a lot betterthan average on quality this year.”Finally, Good WeatherWeather conditions favored the farmers getting into their fieldsand getting out the crop.”Harvest conditions were excellent: clear, breezy and withlow humidity,” he said. September rains hurt some peanutsready for harvest, but for the most part, improved the peanutsstill maturing.”We’d love to get back to the 3,200 (pounds per acre)we made in 1985. But if you told the farmers at the start of thisseason that with the drought and all the problems we were having we’d be making 2,800 (pounds per acre), they’d have thought you were crazy,” Beasley said. “It was a surprisingly good year.” Photo: Dan Rahn The peanut combines finished their dusty harvest in November in Georgia. The final numbers aren’t in, but farmers are giving thanks for a better crop than they expected.last_img read more

Lawyers in the Legislature

first_imgBenson enjoys bipartisan praise Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Ask Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, if she’s been sailing lately, and she’ll give a rueful and wistful laugh. She notes the questioner must be reading her member page on the Florida House of Representatives Web site which, among other things, lists her hobbies as guitar playing and sailing.But that information was posted “back when I had time to have hobbies,” Benson said.A check of her legislative activities shows why the municipal bond lawyer from the western Panhandle has little leisure time. First elected in 2000, in her second term she was appointed chair of the special House committee that oversaw the transition of funding from county to the state for trial courts to carry out a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1998.That intense two-year effort, stretching over the 2003-04 sessions involved balancing the needs of judges, lawyers, clerks, public defenders, state attorneys, and court users amidst the normal partisan pressures of the legislature.Benson poured herself into the job, at the end winning praise from Republicans, Democrats, and all the other players for her fairness, mastery of the details, and efficacy of the final plan — worked out with the Senate — for making the funding transition.Benson credits the help of others for the success.“The nice thing is we have incredible members and incredible staff and if you do your homework and ask the right questions, you can find creative solutions to problems,” she said.With the Article V funding, everyone had the same goal, she added.“Florida has an incredible court system that is the envy of other states and it was a wonderful opportunity to work with all sorts of people to make the courts work,” Benson said. “We shared a common goal of preserving this outstanding court system and, with any luck, enhancing it. And so we worked together to do that.”Since that undertaking, Benson has also played leading roles in procurement reform for the state and this year’s Medicaid reform that will use HMOs to try to reduce costs for the state while maintaining quality.Benson’s work in the legislature has been widely praised. Her work on the Article V funding earned her a special recognition award from the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, as well as plaudits from the Florida Association of Counties and the Florida Association of Court Clerks/Comptrollers. She has also received several awards from business and medically-related groups.Despite recent accomplishments, challenges will persist for the state, both generally and specifically for the legal system.“Florida continues to have unprecedented growth and we will continue to be pressed to meet the needs of all these Floridians,” Benson said.She noted there have been conflicts between the courts and lawmakers, and expects those may continue but also expects those frictions don’t have to have a negative impact on either branch of government.“The court system will continue to evolve to meet the very diverse needs of our state that range from all sorts of societal pressures. In Miami Dade, they’re expected to be able to interpret 85 languages on any given day. You have the mentally ill who continue to clog our jails and court system on any given day,” Benson said.As for relations between the courts and lawmakers, she noted that “[Bar President] Alan Bookman is a constituent and we’re going to work on that. Chief Justice [Barbara] Pariente has done an outstanding job of continuing to build legislative-judicial relations.“We all believe in checks and balances but we will continue to play important roles in developing good policies for the people of Florida,” Benson added.She said her legal training was good preparation for legislative work. Benson has filed for a fourth term, which will be her last under the state’s term limit provisions. And plans after her House service? “Right now, to be a bond lawyer,” she said.Benson is an advocate for other lawyers to get involved in the legislature.“Having a law degree is a real asset in interpreting bills quickly,” she said. “I have been consistently impressed by the caliber of lawyers with whom I serve.”And for lawyers who might be considering a run, Benson had this advice: “Serving in the legislature is one of the most meaningful things you will ever do.” Kottkamp follows Lincoln’s lead Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Growing up in Indiana and hearing all those stories about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood in the Hoosier state left its mark on Jeff Kottkamp.“It left an impression on me since I was five that I not only wanted to be a lawyer, but I wanted to be in public service,” said Kottkamp, a personal injury lawyer in Ft. Myers who has been a state representative since he was elected in 2000.“I was one of those children that when the others wanted to go out to play, I wondered what we were going to do in Congress.”Now that 45-year-old Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, is chair of the House Judiciary Appropriations Committee, he is focused on funding the full 66 judges the Florida Supreme Court has certified the state needs.“For several years, we didn’t create any new judges. The phrase ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ rings true for many people. The backlog is making it harder and harder for judges to get cases to trial. It is important to fully fund the need for judges,” Kottkamp said.“Along those lines, in doing so, it’s important to send the message that the legislature has the proper view of the judiciary, which is that it is a branch of government and not a state agency.”For Kottkamp, it doesn’t matter whether those new judges are elected or appointed. He just wants to make sure the legislature funds the positions this session.Another important issue on the radar screen for lawyers in the civil arena, Kottkamp said, is joint and several liability.“One approach may be what was attempted last year, which is outright repeal. That approach has very little support in the Senate. I cannot possibly say how that will come out. This is a typical issue where term limits come into play because you have all of these legislators not in office when the legislature took up joint and several liability the last time, in the late ’80s,” Kottkamp said.“way of background, what everyone points to as the poster child of the problem was a case in the mid-’80s when Disney World was found 1 percent at fault, but because no one else in the case had any money ended up paying the whole 100 percent. The legislature stepped in and said, ‘Someone with one percent fault can never be found 100 percent liable.’ They fixed the problem in the late ’80s. But a lot of legislators don’t know that.“That’s one of those things where you have to work hard in educating legislators on the full spectrum. And that’s why it is important for lawyers to run for office. Other legislators know you practice law and rely on you in many respects to explain the law,” Kottkamp said, just as he relies on Rep. Paige Kreegel, R-Punta Gorda, a doctor, when he needs insight on medical issues.A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Kottkamp clerked for two “brilliant” federal judges, the late Sidney Aronovitz, father of former Bar President Tod Aronovitz, and Joe Eaton, a senior judge in the Southern District of Florida.Kottkamp said his career as a lawyer-legislator is “incredibly rewarding and fulfilling” because “every day is different and exciting, and I get to do some neat things.”One thing he is especially proud of is working with Attorney General Charlie Crist on passing a civil rights bill in 2003, which Kottkamp said “will make a lasting impression on people’s lives.”Kottkamp served on the Bar’s Journal and News Editorial Board, and was president of the Lee County Bar Association in 1998.Those experiences, he said, gave him “an important view of everything that the Bar does beyond the day-to-day practice.”The legislature needs more lawyers, he said.“If other attorneys in the state are considering public service, I would strongly encourage it. A legal education and experience from the practice of law is a tremendous benefit to be able to sort through the incredibly complex issues.”He serves on the Lee County Republican Executive Committee and is a member of the Sanibel-Captiva Republican Club.Kottkamp is also affiliated with the Christian Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Florida.Among his awards are The Florida Bar “President’s Legislative Award” in 2004, the Christian Coalition of Florida’s 2004 “Faith and Family Award,” and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers “Legislative Leadership Award” in 2005.In 2004, he was honored by the Florida Supreme Court Trial Court Budget Commission for “exceptional service to the trial courts of Florida during the transition to state funding mandated by Revision 7 to the Florida Constitution.”He is married to Cyndie Kottkamp, and they have one son, Jackson. February 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Lawyers in the Legislaturelast_img read more

3 money saving tips that will make life easier

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We’re all busy and life can be pretty crazy. Juggling a personal life and a career can be quite stressful and at times, expensive. Here are a few ways you can save money and make your life easier…Automate when you can: Keeping up with all of your financial responsibilities can be a hassle. To make this process easier, create a budget, stick to it, and automate as many payments as you can. When you don’t have to think about bills and savings accounts, it’s a lot less stress in your life, plus you won’t have to worry about late fees and missed payments.Sell your junk: How much of your stuff is really just junk? Getting rid of the clutter in your life can bring you peace and put a few extra dollars in your pocket. Have a garage sale, and take whatever doesn’t sell to a local Goodwill.Be less busy: Are you running yourself to death going from baseball to soccer to cheerleading to ballet? Figure out what’s important to your family and cut out the stuff that doesn’t really matter. If your kid secretly hates soccer, be done with it! Being on-the-go less means being at home more and spending less money.last_img read more

2-day CUAC meeting features remittance, debt collection talks

first_imgCUNA attended the two-day meeting of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Credit Union Advisory Council Wednesday and Thursday. The CUAC advises the bureau on regulating consumer financial products or services, from the perspectives of credit unions and is comprised solely of CUNA member credit unions.The first day included a discussion of faster payments, remittances and the CFPB’s “Start Small, Save Up” initiative, a financial education initiative to encourage savings.The CFPB recently issued a request for information on remittances, and the CUAC provided feedback during the meeting on how the current rule has impacted member service and offered recommendations to improve the rule.CUNA supports raising the “normal course of business” threshold in the rule to 1,000 remittances per year. Comments are due to the CFPB June 28. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Yahoo! included Istria in the TOP destinations for 2020.

first_imgThe list also includes the English province of Kent, the Portuguese province of Algarve and Asturias in northern Spain, followed by the Canary Islands, southern Goa, Chilean Lake District, Sri Lankan Kalkudah Beach, Fort Cochin in India and Nicoya in Costa Rica, and French Arles and Greek Peloponnese. In the article entitled “Top holiday destinations 2020: 12 best places to travel next year”Editor Francesca Specter presents Istria as a heart-shaped peninsula in northwestern Croatia. She describes it as a place devoid of crowds, with a long coastline and pebble beaches, and for illustration she chose a photograph of Rovinj, taken from the air.  In fact, the whole story is interesting because it is a native article of a booking platform, which on the right offers its option for booking a hotel. Explore, they may have an interesting story to put your hotel on the platform list as well. It’s always good that revenue doesn’t just come from one platform, as well as that you’re only on one platform. Since they positioned their narrative through Yahoo! worth exploring. The twelve selected destinations, according to Yahoo !, offer more value for money and an opportunity to expand your horizons, emphasizing that they are a great alternative to places like Majorca and Marbella in Spain, where Britons traditionally like to travel. But regardless of that, any such news on the global media generates great visibility and free PR and strengthens the reputation and recognition of our destination in world markets. This news is especially significant because it is a niche market, ie the UK market. Yahoo! recommends Istria to the British for travel in the coming year. Attachment: YAHOO! Top holiday destinations 2020: 12 best places to travel next yearlast_img read more

COVID-19: Bandung psychiatrists offer online mental health assistance through Ruang Empati

first_img“Around three or four of them have been mentally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Some can still be helped through relaxation sessions, but two others needed to be referred to psychiatrists,” Elvine said, adding the online service did not replace face-to-face consultation sessions in the hospital.She added that the service had also been used by people from regions outside Bandung, such as Jakarta, Jambi and North Sumatra’s Medan.Ruang Empati spokesperson Teddy Hidayat said the program was a joint effort from several medical and academic institutions in the province, including the West Java administrations’ mental health prevention team, Melinda 2 Hospital, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Padjadjaran University.Read also: Three stages of emotion on COVID-19 journey: Where are you now? Psychiatrists and volunteers in Bandung, West Java, have initiated an online mental health assistance program called Ruang Empati (Empathy Room) to ensure people with mental health problems can access necessary help during the COVID-19 outbreak.Elvine Gunawan, a psychiatrist working at the Melinda 2 Hospital in the city, has been working with fellow psychiatrists and volunteers to provide online consultation sessions via the Instagram account @ketik.hasaka and the website ruangempati.com.They are currently serving 48 patients. Teddy went on to say the program aimed to reduce anxiety and panic attack caused by the economic difficulties and stay-at-home requirements triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak.“Anxiety and stress can lower a person’s immunity level. Handling those stresses can help someone boost their immune system,” said Teddy, who is also a scholar from Padjadjaran University Medical School.Apart from consultation sessions, Ruang Empati also provided art psychotherapy sessions to help patients express their emotions and reduce their anxiety and sadness, said ITB School of Art and Design researcher Ira Adriati.Those who wish to access the online psychiatrist services provided by Ruang Empati can send a chat message through WhatsApp at 0818-272-255 or send a message to @ketik.hasaka on Instagram. Psychiatrists and volunteers will respond to messages sent to those accounts from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers September 25, 2017 Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Bainbridge, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue and other company and local officials to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.The Lancaster County plant will create 35 family-sustaining local jobs and hundreds more in the state’s supply and distribution chain for agricultural products. The plant also promises to more than double the state’s soybean processing capacity, providing better prices and increased demand for area soybean farmers’ crops.“This plant is a game changer for farmers in Pennsylvania, opening new lanes of supply, new markets, and new opportunities in the commonwealth’s agriculture economy,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is committed to making sure that the agriculture economy is strong, and working for our commonwealth’s farm families and businesses.”Purdue Agribusiness received an $8.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the commonwealth, which spurred an investment in Pennsylvania’s economy of more than six times that amount. It will continue to pay off in the form of new jobs and expanded market opportunities for area soybean growers and livestock farmers.“This plant builds on Perdue’s investment in Pennsylvania and our commitment to Pennsylvania farmers,” said Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue. “It also sets a new standard in terms of community investment, economic potential and environmental gains. We truly appreciate all of the support we received from the governor and his entire administration to get this project up and running. This plant demonstrates our shared commitment to ensure agriculture remains strong and farmers have every advantage they need to remain competitive.”The $60 million facility has the capacity to process 17.5 million bushels of soybeans per year, producing soybean meal and oil that is then sold as animal feed ingredients and as inputs for food processors, among other uses.“When the state committed to this project, it did so because we recognized the opportunities it held for Pennsylvania’s farmers,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This plant is going to create new demand for soybeans grown here, and it’s going to help existing growers get a better price because they won’t have to ship their beans out of state, and it’s going to offer another close-to-home option for processed soybean meal they can use to feed their animals.”The new plant is strategically located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s richest agricultural region, within 50 miles of seven of the top 10 soybean-producing counties in the state. Pennsylvania farmers produced 29.6 million bushels of soybeans in 2014, and consumed 44 million bushels of soybean meal.Most soybean producers previously had to transport their crops out of state for processing, then back to the state for sale. The new plant more than doubles the capacity for Pennsylvania-produced crops to be processed locally.For more information on the new Perdue soybean processing plant, visit www.perdueagribusinesspa.com.To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Wolf administration’s work to grow the industry, visit agriculture.pa.gov or on Facebook or Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSpence Johnson – Yoon Ng has been hired to lead Spence Johnson’s Asia-Pacific business. Her initial focus will be on the consultancy’s data platform, Institutional Money in Motion, which currently tracks close to $5trn (€4.5trn) in institutional assets. She joins from Cerulli Associates. ABP, De Eendragt Pensioen, Shell Pensioenfonds, Sprenkels & Verschuren, Aon Hewitt, Mercer, Spence Johnson, Cerulli AssociatesABP – André van Vliet has been appointed as a board member of the €355bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP. He was nominated by employee organisation Ambtenarencentrum. Van Vliet has been financial director of pensions insurer De Eendragt Pensioen, taken over by insurer ASR last year. Between 1988 and 2014, he was director of financial risk management for pension funds and insurers at consultancy Ortec. Shell Pensioenfonds – Jeroen Kakebeeke has been appointed investment analyst at the €23bn pension fund of Shell Netherlands. He will be responsible for monitoring and investment advice, together with Henk Sytze Meerema, his manager. During the first six months of last year, Kakebeeke was investment consultant at consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren. Before then, he was portfolio manager for external managers and socially responsible investment at Timeos, the asset manager for the €20bn pension fund PGB.Aon Hewitt – Dominique Grandchamp has been appointed head of investment consulting in Switzerland. He joins from Mercer, where he was a senior investment consultant, advising on ALM, strategic asset allocation, portfolio management and selection of asset managers. Before then, he served as CIO, portfolio manager and fund analyst at a number of institutional financial companies.last_img read more

Sunoco returns as divisional title sponsor for IMCA Stock, Hobby divisions

first_imgLINWOOD, Pa.  – Drivers in both the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Hobby Stock divisions benefit from Sunoco Race Fuels divisional sponsorship again this season.Sunoco, manufacturer of the official fuel of IMCA, provides a major portion of both the $5,000 point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in national Stock Car standings and the $3,000 point fund for top 15 drivers in national Hobby Stock points.Based in Linwood, Pa., Sunoco is in its 24th season as an IMCA marketing partner, its 18th as Stock Car title sponsor and 11th as Hobby Stock title sponsor.Sunoco again provides the $2,000 purse to be paid for the Stock Car Race of Champions to be held during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.No change has been made in eligibility for the Race of Champions, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at Boone Speed­way: 2016 track champions or point leaders in attendance, and former national champions, Super Na­tionals champions and race winners are eligible to qualify for the 16th annual event.“Sunoco is a great partner of IMCA racing on a variety of levels, and the cash support they provide our racers is really invaluable,” emphasized Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Their support of the Deery Brothers Summer Series is really important and allows us the ability to reward our most loyal followers of that tour who in turn support them through the use of their race gas. It is a win-win for all involved.”Sunoco has added potential bonus money of $2,000 to the Deery Series, paying an additional $250 to the winner at each of the last eight events on the schedule providing they have perfect attendance in the IMCA Late Model tour.Should a driver ineligible for the bonus win any of the first seven of those races, the $250 amount(s) would roll over until claimed.Drivers with perfect attendance throughout the Deery Series will be entered in draw­ings for $250 cash prizes from Sunoco when they qualify for each of the 17 main events.All Late Model, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers must display two Sunoco decals on their race car and com­pete with race gas to be eligible for point fund shares or cash awards.Information about Sunoco products and distributors is available at the www.racegas.com website.last_img read more

Manola W. Guard

first_imgManola W. Guard, 92, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Hillebrand Nursing Home in Cincinnati.  Manola was born Tuesday, September 21, 1926 in Pineville, Kentucky, the daughter of Tony and Marge (Armstrong) Woolum.  She was the former owner of Mutt’s Café in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She lived and loved to shop for clothes and jewelry.Manola is survived by son Jimmy (Faye) Raines of Dillsboro; daughter Veda Woolum; brother Jessie Woolum; grandchild Holly Raines and 3 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Clayton and Harold Woolum; 1 niece and 1 nephew.Cremation was chosen and there are no services planned at this time.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more