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first_imgA University of Georgia workshop June 12-14 in Athens, Ga., will help poultry processors use statistics to improve quality, safety and profits in their chicken products.Statistical Process Control helps firms scientifically document and verify food safety issues. It helps them focus on quality issues and potential problems.Food scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will show how to use SPC to validate their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems.They will also show the processors how to cut costs, increase yields and extend the shelf life of their products.Workshop at Georgia CenterThe workshop will be at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. A $595 workshop fee will cover instruction materials, supplies, three lunches, refreshment breaks, tuition and certificates.The fee doesn’t cover lodging, breakfast or evening meals. A block of rooms is reserved at the Georgia Center until May 22. For reservations, call (706) 542-6364.To sign up for the workshop, or for more details, call Bill Hurst at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail him ([email protected]).last_img read more

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Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit revenue and operating profit growth in the first three quarters

first_imgIn the first nine months of 2018, Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit growth in business results.Total consolidated revenues reached HRK 1.921 million, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily as a result of intensive investment in high quality accommodation facilities in the past period and exceptional business development in the pre-season. After several years of increased demand for Croatia, there was a stagnation in the growth of tourist demand in the summer season. Despite the unfavorable  In the first nine months of 2018, Valamar realized more than 6 million overnight stays for the first time, which is an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year, while the average price grew by 5%. The highest sales growth was achieved in high-quality accommodation facilities in which previously invested and in the first six  months as a result of the successful development of tourist products aimed at guests outside the main tourist season.    At the level of the business year, Valamar Riviera expects to achieve between 2018 million in 1.960  and HRK 1.980 million of operating revenues, ie an increase of 10 to 11 percent compared to last year. Revenue growth will be accompanied by growth in consolidated operating profit (EBITDA), which will reach between HRK 690 and 700 million annually, which is an increase of 14 to 16 percent compared to 2017. Valamar has increased operational efficiency with a simultaneous increase in salaries of over 11% and the introduction of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000,  thus intensifying investments in human resources, which were recognized as the biggest challenge for growth and development in the coming years. “In the past three years, as a result of the development strategy, we have invested about 2,4  billion in the development and expansion of the portfolio, created as many as 2300 new jobs, significantly increased wages and improved working conditions. This year we have successfully finalized the process of taking over the company Hoteli Makarska dd in Croatia and  the first Valamar hotel in Austria. We believe that we have laid a good foundation for continued investment in business growth and development. “, pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.According to the previous consent of the Supervisory Board, Valamar plans to realize investments in the amount of HRK 2019 million in 752, which is a continuation of the company’s investment strategy in repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration

first_imgWaived fees for birth certificates for individuals with opioid use disorders, allowing them faster access to treatment and benefits. To date, more than 80 birth certificates have been expedited through this process to help get people into treatment faster. Waived annual licensing requirements for high-performing drug and alcohol treatment facilities and have already seen over 50 percent of eligible facilities apply for and receive two-year licenses, ensuring continued, high-quality treatment for OUD sufferers.Another major initiative was the creation of the Opioid Data Dashboard to help the public gain access to information about what resources are available locally, and where those resources need to be deployed. The dashboard can be viewed here.“Extending this declaration will allow us to continue our efforts to break down silos and enhance collaboration across state government. Throughout the next 90 days, we will work to expand our efforts to include additional state agencies and commissions as necessary, so that we can direct our help to more communities across the commonwealth.”When Gov. Wolf signed both the original and renewal disaster declarations, a public health emergency could not be declared. Today, the governor was joined by Senator Jay Costa to announce legislation to empower the Secretary of Health to declare a public health emergency, creating a more streamlined vehicle for deploying resources specific to that emergency – opioids or another health crisis.“Senate Bill 1001 would create the designation of a public health emergency declaration, which empowers the Department of Health to waive regulations, create new temporary regulations, publish notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for tracking and treating a disease, illness, or event, and allow public workers to provide treatment to control the emergency,” Senator Costa said. “We need more tools to beat back the addiction crisis sweeping Pennsylvania, and I’m hopeful that a public health emergency designation will help the administration cut red tape and find creative solutions.”“I am pleased with our progress under the disaster declaration, but there is much more work to be done,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to seeing more results and I thank Sens. Costa and Vulakovich, and the General Assembly for their efforts to address this epidemic from the legislative side as we continue with an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending this crisis.”More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and how people suffering from this disease can get help is here.Below is a timeline highlighting the progress made by initiatives introduced over the past 90 days. You can also view the timeline as a PDF: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced the renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January and set to expire on April 10. The renewal allows for the 13 initiatives introduced in the past 90 days to continue without interruption and for the introduction of new initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD).“We have made real progress during the disaster declaration to stem the tide of this epidemic and provide better resources and coordination for those on the front lines,” Gov. Wolf said. “But it is critical that we keep building on our efforts at prevention, rescue, and treatment. I am extending the disaster declaration for another 90 days to ensure that my administration and local partners can continue to use every tool available to them to help people and communities in need.”The governor highlighted progress on several initiatives introduced over the past 90 days:Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed a naloxone leave-behind standing order. Several local agencies, including the City of Pittsburgh EMS, Fayette County EMS, and the Bucks Country Emergency Health Services Department are already participating in the leave behind program. Governor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declarationcenter_img Added non-fatal overdoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as reportable conditions. More than 60 percent of hospitals and birthing centers in the state are now reporting cases of NAS. April 04, 2018 Expanded access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to other commonwealth departments for clinical decision-making purposes. Numerous local and state departments have already gained access to the database, and neighboring states are now connected to Pennsylvania’s PDMP.last_img read more

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Gallery: Syracuse reaches ACC tournament championship with win over Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse bests Louisville in the paint to advance to ACC championship gameCornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against Louisville Published on March 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm Contact Evan: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img

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President of MidMichigan Health Alpena says, “We shouldn’t be panicking.”

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — With coronavirus wrecking havoc on almost every aspect of life, it makes sense to wonder what local officials have to say about the virus.President of MidMichigan Health Alpena, Chuck Sherwin, has one important message for those in northeast Michigan.“We shouldn’t be panicking. That’s the worst thing that we could do right now.”That includes depleting local stores of groceries and toiletries, and hoarding items unnecessarily. Sherwin adds, “People shouldn’t be stockpiling, because that creates panic, and the panic then spreads from person to person. ”But this does not take away from the severity of the situation. Sherwin says a people across the country will become infected with the virus and never even know it. But that doesn’t make the situation better for those with a compromised immune system.“Most people – healthy people, young people – won’t see any significant symptoms from the virus, or you start to build antibodies. But you are infectious to other people, so if I have the virus, even though I feel okay, and I sneeze toward someone else, or I touch my mouth and shake their hand and all that kind of stuff, the physical contact, I can transmit it to someone else,” Sherwin adds.The CDC suggests the best way to keep the virus under control is to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. We also asked Sherwin if there was any word on a vaccine. He says officials at the national level are working on this diligently, but there’s not an estimated time frame for when the vaccine will be usable.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: coronavirus, midmichigan, panickingContinue ReadingPrevious Whitecaps restaurant feeling the pressure from the CoronavirusNext Local restaurants impacted by Governor’s Executive Orderlast_img read more

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Watch Photos: Stephen Appiah pays courtesy call on Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi Bonte

first_imgGhana’s first-ever World Cup captain of the Black stars and now ambassador for Vitamilk, Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah, has paid a courtesy call on Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte, known in private life as Thomas Okine.The former Hearts of Oak chairman received Appiah on Tuesday morning and took the oppoturnity to formally invite him to his dinner and testimonial match on the 26th and 27th of June respectively.last_img

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Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

first_imgThat move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.last_img read more

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LEONARD HOPING FOR A ‘CLASSIC’ NEW BUSINESS!

first_imgHe was the smiling face of one of Letterkenny’s best-known gents clothing stores.When Classic Casuals finally closed a few weeks ago, with it went the familiar faces of many of its much-loved staff.But it’s hard to keep a good man down as Leonard Watson will tell you. And now Leonard is back along with some of the store’s old staff when he opens Watson Menswear in Letterkenny today at 3pm.With 23 years experience in the clothing trade Leonard will be employing former Classic Casuals staff Liam Gillespie and Paul Moore and creating five new jobs in the process.Although only a new venture he has acquired brands like Remus, Superdry, Mish Mash, Wrangler, Ben Sherman and many more.This is seen as a big vote of confidence by suppliers to give a new venture these brands in the current climate. Leonard is a well known local man and is looking forward to the challenge and getting back into the business he knows best.Chamber of Commerce president John Watson, who happens to be Leonard’s older brother, says this is another big boost for the Main Street.He went on to say “Letterkennys retail mix is unique, we have all the big name multiples trading alongside the best mix of independent retailers in the northwest.” LEONARD HOPING FOR A ‘CLASSIC’ NEW BUSINESS! was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Watson Menswearlast_img read more

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HELICOPTER TO TRANSPORT STRANDED PEOPLE TO AND FROM CUT-OFF TORY ISLAND

first_imgA rescue helicopter is to travel to Tory Island today after the island was cut off from the mainland for the past week.Tory Island has been cut off from the mainland for a week.A group of ten islanders have been forced to stay on the mainland because the ferry service cold not travel in rough seas.Another group of people on the island are anxious to get out to the mainland. Some of these are students looking to return to college while others have hospital appointments.One of those who has been stranded on the mainland is the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers.He told Donegal Daily that he was delighted to be getting back to the island.“We appreciate the wonderful service the ferry operates but it will be nice to get back to the island. “We have been on the mainland for almost a week and many of those out here are now anxious to get back to their families.“We are thankful that the Government has agreed to supply a helicopter,” he said.It is understood the helicopter will take off from Carrickfin Airport this afternoon and will make a number of runs back and forth to the island.It is also understood the helicopter will transport much-needed supplies to the shop on the island. HELICOPTER TO TRANSPORT STRANDED PEOPLE TO AND FROM CUT-OFF TORY ISLAND was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPatsy Dan RogersTory Islandlast_img read more

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MTN tops Brand Finance South Africa 50

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “It is therefore not surprising that MTN, with over 100m customers across Africa is again the leading African brand that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of great South African brands.” “It is a truly South African brand but also a truly African brand and in that respect it is no surprise that MTN is such a loved and valued brand,” Schmitz said. MTN has topped the list as the Most Valuable South African Brand with a global value of R43.3-billion and is also the only South African brand in the Brand Finance Global 500, the definitive guide to the world’s Top 500 brands. As the European financial crisis continues, South Africa has proven itself an example of a stable financial environment proving once more that businesses should turn towards the African markets for examples of how best to thrive in difficult economic conditions. MTN continues to expand both their presence and their brand across the African continent and now with a firm footing in the Middle East the Telecommunications giant is a brand that South Africa can be proud of. Brand Finance South Africa has measured the financial value of the 50 most valuable brands from South African companies that operate both within and outside South Africa. 25 May 2012 South African banks have also had a successful year in 2012 with Standard Bank ranked as the Most Valuable Banking Brand. Banks make up the majority of The Top 10 with ABSA, Nedbank and First National Bank also securing high places in the South African ranking. “The results affirm South Africa’s, and indeed Africa’s, as being at the cutting edge of and setting global standards in building telecoms and financial services and brands,” said Brand Africa founder and executive chairman Thebe Iklafeng. Setting global standards Global brewer SABMiller were awarded the Brand Finance South Africa Special Award as its corporate brand as well as four product brands appeared in the Top 50 list. Brand Finance, together with Brand South Africa and Brand Africa, have launched Brand Finance South Africa 50, a study of the most valuable brands from South Africa. Vodacom and Standard Bank were found to be the second and third most valuable brands in South Africa (at R18.7-billion and R18-billion respectively), while MTN and First National Bank were found to be the “Strongest Brands”, with both having a Brand Rating of AAA-. “The uniformity of the MTN brand and its ability to transcend all eleven of South Africa’s languages, as well as the multitude of international languages across the African continent, is one reason that it has succeeded so well,” said Brand Finance South Africa MD Ollie Schmitz, at the launch of the study in Johannesburg this week.last_img read more

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