Bigger and Better.

first_img* A greatly expanded conference center, anchored by a ballroom with capacity for 1,000-person seated dinner. (The current center can feed only 70 people in one room.) This can also be divided into four smaller conference spaces.* A catering kitchen and other associated conference support spaces.The cost of the new expansion will be divided between the University System of Georgia and Tift County. A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum passed in the mid-1990s provided $4.9 million for the project.“This was done in the spirit of partnership and cooperation,” said Michael F. Adams, UGA president, who praised the efforts of the local delegation to the General Assembly. “This facility will help us raise to the next level the economic prosperity of this state,” Adams said.The current UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center contributes about $4 million annually to the local economy, said Fred Terasa, TCCC coordinator. It is estimated that just six 350-person conferences at the new center would contribute an additional $4 million to the local economy.“We must market and sell conferences well in advance of the early-2004 opening to achieve our fiscal goals,” Terasa said.“This gives us a great opportunity to partner with the local community for economic development and have a huge impact on the community with conferencing,” said David Bridges, assistant dean for the Tifton campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We hope Tifton becomes the conference center for south Georgia.”This expansion fulfills the original plan set forth for the RDC 23 years ago.“From a university perspective, this gives us a world-class facility to do our outreach, instruction and research for the future,” Bridges said.One of the strongest economic engines for Georgia is research, especially when that research can be applied to develop new opportunities and nurture new companies and jobs for the state, Adams said.And the location of this expansion is certainly a step in the right direction to keep and produce new economic opportunity for south Georgia, said John Hunt, University System of Georgia regent and Tift-area businessman.“We need help in the economic development in Georgia,” Hunt said. “And we want to see economic growth.” Tifton, Ga. — The groundbreaking for a planned 83,000-square-foot expansion to the University of Georgia’s Rural Development Center took place here July 24. The expansion promises to bring better educational opportunities and economic stimulus to the Tifton area and south Georgia.The $9.8-million expansion will be an addition to the current UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center here. The expansion is slated to open for business in January 2004. Construction will start in 30 days.The expansion will include:* A 3,000-seat auditorium with multi-purpose space for exhibits. One of the most important missions of the UGA CAES is “to extend our university to the people of this state. This facility will certainly help us discharge that information,” said Gale Buchanan, CAES dean and director.last_img read more

Plainview Mom Admits Killing Disabled Daughter, 8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Plainview woman has admitted to killing her disabled 8-year-old daughter on the day the victim was supposed to be the flower girl at her uncle’s wedding four years ago.Veronica Cirella pleaded guilty Thursday at Nassau County court to first-degree manslaughter.“Julie Cirella’s young life was cut tragically short by the one person who should have protected her, her mother,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.The uncle found the girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, and her 34-year-old mother unconscious in their home on July 23, 2011. Veronica had a wire tied around her neck, a suicide note nearby and her daughter was not breathing. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Cirella’s attorney argued that the the death wasn’t intentional, saying that mother fed her M&Ms with peanuts as a treat the night before the wedding, but when she realized that they contained peanuts that the girl was allergic to, she gave the victim liquid Benadryl to counter the affects. The mother awoke the next morning to find her daughter dead.Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence Cirella to 12 years in prison on June 30.last_img read more

Spanish-speaking immigrants 5x less likely to use credit unions

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial services can be confusing but for non-English speaking ones living in the U.S., which at last count is more than 41 million, accessing financial services and products can be a huge problem.That’s according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently released a report on financial education programs geared toward immigrant populations.The CFPB found that Spanish only speaking households are five times less likely to use a bank or credit union. That’s a pretty big deal since, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Hispanics are the largest ethnic or racial minority in the U.S., making up about 17 percent of the country’s total population. What’s more, of the citizens in the U.S. that speak another language other than English at home, 62 percent are speaking Spanish. continue reading »last_img read more

Man charged with felony after choking resident in Cortland County

first_imgThomas has been charged with the following: TOWN OF CORTLANDVILE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says one person has been arrested following a report of a disturbance at 52 Penguin Dr. in the town of Cortlandville. The sheriff’s office says Thomas was at the Town of Cortlandville Court on Jan. 2 and was remanded to the Cortland County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1000 bond. They say he then left the scene in a vehicle but was located later and taken in custody.center_img Criminal Contempt in 1st degree, a class E felonyUnauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degreeAggravated harassment in the 2nd degreeUnlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degreeCriminal obstruction of breathing Authorities say 20-year-old Mason D. Thomas of the town of Dryden was arrested and charged with a felony after he violated a court order of protections by being at the residence on Penguin Drive and choking a person there.last_img read more

Luxury car salesman drives away from Brisbane home with $4m

first_imgThis house at 11 Eblin Dr, Hamilton, has sold for more than $4m.LUXURY car dealer Brad Emmerson and his wife Andrea have sold their lavish home in the exclusive Brisbane suburb of Hamilton for $4.05 million.It seems flogging flashy cars for a living has paid off for Emmerson, who is the dealer principal of Brisbane Prestige Cars. Brad Emmerson, dealer principal of Brisbane Prestige Cars.Built in 1930, the grand five-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 11 Eblin Drive has been ­extensively remodelled, but still oozes plenty of character.The couple had lived in the home for nearly 20 years and brought up their children there, but were looking to downsize.“One family lived here for 70 years, before selling to a buyer who only owned it for six months before we purchased the home,” Mr Emmerson said.“We completed a total renovation but it essentially still looks like the original house.” This home at 11 Eblin Dr, Hamilton, has sold for more than $4m.The house was last listed with an asking price of $4.35 million through Tom Lyne and Matt Lancashire of Ray White – New Farm.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe three-level home spans 660sq m and sits on a huge 1123sq m block in Hamilton’s dress circle, close to Ascot State School and Oriel Park. The home comes with a large, temperature-controlled wine cellar.The Emmersons raised the property, building in a third level underneath which includes a home theatre, four-car garage, multi-purpose room/gym, wine cellar and ample storage space.Other features ­include a master suite covering an entire floor with living area and dual walk-in robes, a pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, library and wet bar.Records show the Emmersons bought the property for $680,000 in 2000.last_img read more

Dynautics Introduces Phantom AUV

first_imgDynautics has launched a modular and scalable AUV, called the Dynautics Phantom.The first iteration of the product, which has been sea trialed and shipped to customers, can be seen at the upcoming technology exhibition in Southampton, UK.According to the company, the release of the Dynautics Phantom represents a new concept in modular AUV design that can be adapted to carry a range of payloads and scalable to ensure it can be adapted to suit the end users’ mission.Dr Henry Robinson, Dynautics CEO, said, “We have developed a simple and efficient design on a fast turnaround basis, the sea trials have been successful, and we have shipped products to our first customer. We designed the Phantom AUV to be modular to ensure we can adapt the design to meet the needs of our potential customers. We understand that customers have specific mission needs and we want to help them achieve a successful outcome.“last_img read more

Abrado to assist with P&A on over 30 Chevron wells off California

first_imgPlug and abandonment service provider Abrado Wellbore Services has secured a multi-million dollar contract from Chevron to support the plug and abandonment of more than 30 wells offshore California.Chevron logo / Image by Roo Reynolds / Flickr, shared under CC BY-NC 2.0 licenseAbrado said on Monday that the mature wells lie in Federal waters approximately 12 miles off the Californian coast.All wells are exhibiting sustained casing pressure to varying degrees while some require dual string remediation for permanent P&A.According to the company, the multi-year contract is the largest single contract won by Abrado in its 10-year history.It will provide section milling using its proprietary Medusa VS variable stabilized dual string technology, comprehensive fishing services, and real-time downhole video diagnostics to support the operation under its IOV (Investigate, Operate, Validate) contract concept.Some of the dual section milled windows will be greater than 100 feet long to provide increased rock to rock sealing and cement plug assurance.Abrado CEO Sandy Esslemont said: “Multi-string section milling is a relatively recent process, but tool quality and project time have improved dramatically over a very short period.“The California campaign is the latest step in our development and, along with other recent successful projects in the Gulf of Mexico, enhances our ambition to become a pre-eminent supplier to the global oil and gas community.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Poll finds stoned staff a growing concern

first_imgStuff.co.nz 17 April 2014Getting high before work is common for a wide range of Kiwis – and employers are increasingly undertaking drug testing themselves.The Global Drug Survey 2014, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5646 New Zealand participants, 13.7 per cent of respondents had in the past year taken drugs, including alcohol, less than two hours before starting work.A further 13.8 per cent had done so, but not in the past year.One industry where illicit drug use was reported to be common was farming.Warrick Cocker, who works on a small south Wairarapa dairy farm, said he knew of a farm where workers grew their own marijuana, but they got the job done so their boss did not care.A 29-year-old man, who did not wish to be identified, reported that he showed up to work stoned every day for five years while he worked on farms in Waikato, Canterbury and Southland.“There’s only three or four people working on a farm, and there’s always been one person who had weed,” he said. “We’d just get real high and do our work. This isn’t like a little bit of weed, this is smoking three or four times, every time we come back to the house for a break.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9951035/Poll-finds-stoned-staff-a-growing-concernlast_img read more

E.coli cucumber scare: Germany seeks source of outbreak

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle E.coli cucumber scare: Germany seeks source of outbreak by: – May 30, 2011center_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Suspicion has fallen on cucumbers from SpainGermans have been warned not to eat cucumbers until tests identify the source of a deadly E.coli outbreak that has killed 11 and spread across Europe.It is thought contaminated cucumbers were imported from Spain, but further tests are being carried out.Germany has registered 1,200 confirmed or suspected cases in the E.coli outbreak so far.With cases reported in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, Germany is set to hold crisis talks later.In many of the reported cases, the gastrointestinal infection has led to Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney problems and is potentially fatal.Export chainOne woman was taken to hospital in Poland on Monday. She was said to be in a serious condition after returning from a trip to the northern German city of Hamburg, which has seen the majority of infections.Authorities in the Czech Republic, Austria and France have taken some Spanish-grown cucumbers off shop shelves amid contamination fears.Czech officials said contaminated cucumbers may also have been exported to Hungary and Luxembourg.Suspicion has fallen on organic cucumbers from Spain imported by Germany but then re-exported to other European countries, or exported directly by Spain. Austria has banned the sale of cucumbers, tomatoes and aubergines imported via Germany.Two Spanish greenhouses identified as sources for the outbreak have been closed and are currently under investigation to see whether the outbreak originated there or elsewhere, said an EU spokesman.Spanish officials have said Europe should not be so quick to blame Spanish produce.“You can’t attribute the origin of this sickness to Spain,” said Diego Lopez Garrido, Spain’s Secretary of State for European Affairs.“There is no proof and that’s why we are going to demand accountability from those who have blamed Spain for this matter,” he told reporters in Brussels.Contagious cucumbers? The Sweden-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has called the outbreak “one of the largest described of HUS worldwide and the largest ever reported in Germany”.Ten of the oubtreak’s 11 fatalities have been women. All but one of those deaths were recorded in northern Germany, but fears that the outbreak was spreading increased when a 91-year-old woman died in North Rhine-Westphalia.The head of Hamburg University’s Eppendorf Clinic, Joerg Debatin, said more deaths were expected, as 30 people infected with HUS had lost kidney function.German authorities have warned the outbreak may get worse as its source may still be active.As German media reported the number of people infected had risen to 1,200, Health Minister Daniel Bahr was preparing to hold emergency talks with Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner and regional state representatives to discuss the outbreak, officials said.Meanwhile, the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony expect the number of seriously ill patients to rise, because it can take up to 10 days for symptoms of infection to appear, the news website Spiegel reported.Doctors are pinning their hopes on Eculizumab, an antibody treatment that has worked in the past against HUS, correspondents say.The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s national disease institute, has warned people to avoid eating raw cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce.But RKI President Reinhard Burger said the source of the contamination had not yet been clearly identified, AFP reported.The outbreak has baffled scientists because whereas HUS normally affects children under the age of five, in this instance nearly 90% are adults and two-thirds are women, says the BBC’s Stephen Evans in Berlin.One possibility is that they became infected after eating food for what they thought were health reasons, adds our correspondent.The DNA of the bacterium is to be analysed later to try to find ways of catching it early in people infected by it.The sickness is not directly contagious but it can be transferred between people if an infected person prepares food for others.BBC Newslast_img read more

Video Of 3-Year-Old At Ripley Co. Fair Goes Viral

first_imgAniah Ison, 3, goes by the nickname of “Monkey.” We have video evidence as to why.OSGOOD – The first time you watch the video of a 3-year-old on the funhouse at a carnival you’re really not sure what is going to happen. There are approximately 1.6 million viewers you felt the same.The girl held on with a death grip and is now getting quite a bit of attention for her accomplishment. The Youtube video has been featured on national television including Fox News, Good Morning America and The Talk.The video was captured at the Ripley County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, July 23. Aniah Ison is the star of the video and not surprisingly, her mother Cierra says Aniah goes by the nickname “Monkey.”“She is constantly climbing and hanging on everything, the refrigerator door, closet door, climbing on furniture and jumping off stuff. She is always saying and doing funny things- but this is definitely on top of her list!”The Milan natives have attended the fair in year’s past and the funhouse is always a favorite of Aniah’s, her mother says.“I took her last year on wristband night and she did the funhouse 15 to 20 times in a row and wouldn’t get off of it, but would walk through the tunnel. This year she was excited to go back and do it again, but I didn’t expect her to ride it the way she did,” Cierra Ison noted.After holding on for dear life Aniah took a tumble but was not injured. The boy in the video is Aniah’s brother, Rowan, as you hear Aniah announce, “I like that Mommy!”Thankfully, Cierra videotaped the impromptu performance by her daughter to share with family and friends. She uploaded it on Facebook and friends later urged her to post it on Youtube. Within one week, the video was viewed by 1.5 million users and appeared on national television.“I was excited but I was also scared because I had no idea [the video would be on television] because no one contacted me,” Cierra Ison recalled. “Since then all of the networks she has been on have contacted me.”Anytime a video goes viral you can expect some feedback. The Ison video has certainly seen plenty with both positive and negative remarks from anonymous internet users.“All local feedback has been positive. But the extent and crudeness of the negative comments are crazy.”“I think there have been just as much positive comments too, people sticking up for me who don’t even know me. So I think a lot of people that like the video are more level headed and just like [the video] and go on.”Cierra, an employee at Sharper Image in Batesville, added that any financial gains from the video will be put away for Aniah when she is older.“Really the experience overall has been awesome. I can’t wait to explain to her when she is older what is going on. She really has no idea what is going on right now she just likes watching the video.”last_img read more