Extension Academy

first_imgFor more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu. Fifteen University of Georgia Cooperative Extension employees graduated this month from the 2018-19 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders.The program is designed to teach leadership skills to early- and mid-career UGA county Extension agents, state specialists and personnel from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ultimately, the training is an effort toward fulfilling UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible individuals.Extension Academy participants completed three leadership institutes offering intensive, three-day personal and professional development trainings facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development (OLOD).Participants in the leadership program have been identified as potential leaders for the organization, or are current leaders, who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.”Extension Academy is the first tier of leadership-development training for professionals working in UGA Extension and is closely aligned units within our college. This class of graduates look forward to potential leadership opportunities with the organization and will lean on the information and network they gained in this program as they lead,” said Lauren Griffeth, UGA Extension leadership specialist and organizer of the academy.Tripp Williams, UGA Extension county coordinator in Columbia County, says he learned a lot about his management style and how it affects his team through the Extension Academy.“I was able to identify leadership strengths and opportunities for growth to achieve our office goals and my personal career goals,” he said. “I feel the leadership academy is a vital part of continuing education for Extension agents as it equips us to be confident leaders in our offices, communities and state.” Kelle Ashley, the UGA Extension 4-H and youth development agent in Oconee County, applied for Extension Academy because she saw the program as an opportunity to grow professionally.“Extension Academy was a great experience.  After each session, I felt ‘recharged.’ I’d return to my county office with a plan to take on new challenges both professionally and personally,” Ashley said. “This experience was also a great way to connect with colleagues from around the state. Creating this new network of Extension professionals has helped me better appreciate how each one of them brings value to our organization.” The opportunity to receive advanced leadership training in a small setting is what convinced Clark MacAllister, UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, to participate in the program.  “I had been in Extension for a few years and I had established a decent reputation in my counties. This allowed me some room to take time for extra trainings,” said MacAllister, who joined UGA Extension seven years ago. “Even though I still feel ‘new’ in some ways, I’ve got to be a good example to the younger Extension agents coming up behind me.”He said the Extension Academy courses helped him learn more about himself with an end goal of helping him better interact with others.“The program makes you look inside and examine your own personality; how you are perceived by others and how you react to stress and conflict,” he said. “I learned how small actions can have big consequences when you are interacting with coworkers. It was uncomfortable at times to discuss my own personality habits, but in understanding these I can now adjust to become a better leader within my office and my community.”After completing Extension Academy, MacAllister says he would recommend the program to other Extension agents who are interested in expanding their leadership skills.                              This year’s Extension Academy participants are:Leigh Anne Aaron, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Oconee and Morgan countiesKelle Ashley, 4-H agent, Oconee CountyStephanie Benton, 4-H agent, Early CountyPam Bloch, 4-H agent, Gwinnett CountyKasey Bozeman, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Liberty and Long countiesPaul Coote, director, Burton 4-H CenterTim Davis, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Chatham CountyClark MacAllister, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Dawson and Lumpkin CountiesMerritt Melancon, public relations coordinator, UGA Extension, Office of Communications and Creative ServicesSusan Moore, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Laurens CountyJustin Shealey, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Echols CountyHeather Shultz, 4-H livestock programs coordinator, UGA ExtensionCindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Spalding CountyTrish West, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Bryan CountyTripp Williams, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Columbia Countylast_img read more

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Dys promoted to reporter, Melendez joins News staff

first_img Dys promoted to reporter, Melendez joins News staff Britt Dys has been promoted from advertising specialist to assistant editor of The Florida Bar Journal & News. And Melinda Melendez has joined the Bar to become the advertising specialist handling classified ads.Dys, 28, from St. Petersburg, is a 2002 Florida State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in creative writing. She joined the Bar’s staff in March 2003. Her new duties include compiling the New and Notes, Benchmarks, and On the Move columns for the News, as well as writing occasional news stories. She will help edit articles for the Journal. She can be reached by e-mail at bdys@flabar.org or by calling (850) 561-5689.In her spare time, Dys is an avid reader, creative writer, and amateur artist.Joining the Bar Journa l & News this month is 23-year-old Melendez, who came from Connecticut to attend Florida State. A 2003 FSU graduate, Melendez earned dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Humanities. She is an actress, singer, and dancer, with the Tallahassee group Theatre a la Carte.Melendez can be reached by e-mail at mmelende@flabar.org or by calling her at (850) 561-5695. Dys promoted to reporter, Melendez joins News staff December 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way

first_img February 15, 2004 Regular News Where there’s a will, there’s a way President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson and Florida Medical Association President Carl Lentz recently launched a joint public service campaign to encourage Floridians to prepare living wills and to designate health care surrogates. Johnson said the lawyers’ and physicians’ groups are making statutory living will and health care surrogate forms available to their members from their respective Web sites. (www.flabar.org or www.fmaonline.org.) Members are being asked to duplicate these forms and make them available to all who visit their offices. The Bar’s Speakers Bureau also has recruited members of the Elder Law, Health Law, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections to volunteer as speakers to address civic and community organizations throughout the state on living wills and other end-of-life issues. Where there’s a will, there’s a waylast_img read more

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Sharing sales best practices between vehicle protection partners

first_imgWhen adding new products to their portfolios, financial institution executives have many issues to consider. A well-thought out introduction and delivery of new products to the customer is essential to a smooth rollout. This is especially the case with vehicle protection products like Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) and Major Mechanical Protection (MMP) coverage. From their first touch of the product to their last, the customer’s experience should be consistently positive, especially in a digital age where experiences are so easily shared across social networks.There are a wide variety of GAP and MMP providers in today’s marketplace, but very few of them take an approach that addresses two critical requirements: effortless delivery for loan officers and optimal customer experience. True partners recognize the importance of working with a financial institution to deliver upon its promises and go beyond providing a product to sell—they should look to improve a financial institution’s processes with innovative technology, thorough training, and a great product.Gain Effortless Delivery for Loan Officers The starting point for effortless delivery of vehicle protection products is the quoting and sales system organizations use to introduce and offer borrowers the products. To be truly effective, the technology must be fully integrated with the financial institution’s loan origination system. When it is, the products can easily and consistently be presented during the vehicle loan closing process. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson

first_img April 17, 2018 Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at all Commonwealth facilities in the City of Greensburg to honor the former chief of the Greensburg Fire Department.J. Edward Hutchinson, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, until J. Edward Hutchinson’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinsonlast_img

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​Nordic roundup: Alecta ramps up robotics ahead of 2023 ITP bid

first_imgTotal assets under management rose to over SEK900bn (€85.6bn) for the first time, it said, with the increase a result of returns and positive inflows from contributions. At the end of March, Alecta was managing SEK877bn, with its DC product assets totalling SEK123bn and its DB product holding SEK782bn.PFA invests €180m in Dutch green bonds Sweden’s largest pension fund Alecta is increasing automation within its operations as it attempts to remain competitive in the next bid for default provider of the country’s supplementary occupational pension system (ITP).Announcing results for the first half of this year, the fund said under its development plan to win the next five-year contracts – dubbed “Alecta 2023” – it had set goals to offer long-term, strong returns and improve efficiency by, among other things, upping its use of technology.Chief executive Magnus Billing said: “In the first half of the year, we have, to name a few things, launched methods to measure and increase the degree of automation of different processes and we have also put a robot to work for pension calculations.”In the first half of 2019, the pension fund said its defined contribution (DC) product Alecta Optimal Pension generated a return of 11.8%, while its defined benefit (DB) product returned 8.5%. Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, PFA PensionPFA Pension, Denmark’s biggest commercial pension fund, invested over DKK1.3bn (€180m) in the recent Dutch government green bond issuance.The DKK575.8bn fund said the bonds would help the Dutch state achieve its climate goals and contribute to a green transition. Last month, Danish pension fund administrator PKA said it had put DKK1bn into the newly-issued securities.Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, PFA Pension’s CIO, said: “Green investments are increasingly in demand and are therefore expected to have a good potential for generating extra value on both the climate account and the pension savings.” The fund’s investments in renewable energy totalled DKK8.6bn last year. While the green bond market was still limited in relation to the global bond market, it continued to grow year on year, the Copenhagen-based fund said.“Sustainability and accountability have become an integral part of the way we invest,” Nøhr Poulsen added. “And in relation to the transformation that is currently under way to limit the temperature increases, it is important that we, as a long-term investor, make a positive contribution to the green transition and help to back up the Paris agreement and the UN’s world goals.”last_img read more

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​Swedish FSA pleads for transitional rules on IORP II due to COVID

first_img“It is therefore important that a legislative amendment comes into effect as soon as FI can decide on the cases before the turn of the year,” the authority wrote.In its initial assessment, FI said the applicants’ operations were basically sound, and in normal circumstances they would have good prospects in the long-term of meeting capital requirements.“However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the volatility prevailing in the markets as a result of the outbreak, FI sees a risk that one or some of the occupational pension funds may find it difficult to live up to set capital requirements at the time of FI’s decision about transformation,” it said.Overall, FI argued in the letter – signed by its chief counsel Eric Leijonram and senior lawyer Nanny Hiort, there were good reasons for introducing such transitional provision, because the regulation on occupational pension companies was well suited to the pension funds applying, and the funds were also deemed to be viable.“At the same time, the consequences that could arise if transitional provision is not introduced are significant since an occupational pension fund has to go into liquidation if an application for conversion from a subsidiary to an occupational pension company is refused,” FI wrote.The eight applicants for conversion to occupational pension companies are PP Pension, Pensionskassan SHB, Sparinstitutens Pensionskassa (SPK),  Försäkringsbranschens Pensionskassa (FPK), Svensk Handel, VFF Pension, Kåpan and Svenska Kyrkans Pensionskassa, FI confirmed.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Occupational pension funds in the process of converting to Sweden’s new IORP II regime could be liquidated unless certain transition rules are put in place, the regulator has warned, because the pandemic’s effects on markets might make them fail capital requirements.The Swedish FSA (Finanstilsynet, FI) has written to the Finance Ministry asking for transitional provisions to be added to legislation translating the EU’s IORP II directive into the domestic rulebook.The authority said it needs new legal wording added to allow it to approve the conversion of mutual benefit societies (understödsföreningar or pension funds) offering occupational pensions to occupational pensions companies (tjänstepensionsföretag) by the end of this year – even though some may not meet the capital requirements at that point.The watchdog was handling eight occupational pension funds’ applications for conversion to occupational pension companies in accordance with the IORP II Act (2019: 742), and all but one had asked for the conversion to take effect from 1 January 2021.last_img read more

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DSME presents in-house developed LNG containment systems

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder, DSME held a demonstration of its self-developed LNG cargo containment systems ‘Solidus’ and ‘Mctib’, and an indirect glycol water type re-gasification system at its Energy System Research Center in Geoje shipyard.More than 80 representatives from a group of ship owners, oil companies and class societies attended the demonstration and observed the ‘Solidus’ & ‘Mctib’ real mock-up tanks and re-gasified LNG processing by the indirect re-gasification system.DSME LNG re-gasification system applied indirect glycol water heating type vaporizer based on results of various tests using LNG and it is expected to lift competitiveness of DSME’s LNG-FSRU by saving its initial and operating costs.BW Gas contracted the world’s first FSRU with this technology and the ship is scheduled to be delivered to BW group in 2019, DSME said in a statement.Solidus is a membrane type cargo containment system, which maximizes safety of the containment system by adopting two metallic barriers and insulation material that has been developed in cooperation with BASF. Solidus boasts a daily LNG boil-off rate (BOR) of 0.049 percent, which is 30 percent higher performance compared to the currently lowest level of 0.07 percent. This means that a 170,000 cubic meter LNG carrier can transport its cargoes more efficiently and can deliver more LNG annually.DSME claims that its total LNG cargo that can be saved by using the Solidus system is estimated to be worth about $11.25 million during 25-year operation.The shipbuilder developed the Mctib, an independent IMO Type-B Tank that uses high manganese steel jointly with POSCO. It has high impact-strength and can optimize space in comparison with the other independent tanks of type-B. It also reduces the material cost significantly, enhancing its cost competitiveness.last_img read more

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Europa league: Inter Pressure Chelsea over Victor Moses

first_img United, hold a 5-0 first-leg advantage over LASK inter beat Sampdoria 2-1 last Sunday. Inter coach Antonio Conte who is happy to have a re-union with Moses having handled Chelsea before taking over at the San Siro, is understood to be desperate to reach an agreement with both United and Chelsea to allow the two players to feature, as they chase a much-needed piece of silverware. In Serie A, Inter are lagging behind Juventus and Lazio in third place, while Napoli knocked them out of the Coppa Italia in the semi-finals. Read AlsoVictor Moses reveals most important manager of his career In the Champions League, meanwhile, they were dumped out in the group stages and are now plying their trade in the Europa League. Meanwhile Inter face Sassuolo Wednesday in continuation of the league after the re-start following the covid-19 lockdown. Inter beat Sampdoria 2-1 on Sunday and will be hoping to consolidate against visiting Sassuolo who go into the tie fresh from a 4-0 defeat by Atalanta. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter Milan are reportedly mounting pressure on Chelsea to grant on loan Nigeria international Victor Moses permission to play in the Europa league for the Seria A side. Inter Milan could be without loan pair Alexis Sanchez and Victor Moses for the resumption of their Europa League campaign in August – because Manchester United and Chelsea haven’t given them permission to play. The pair are both on loan from Premier League clubs, and have agreed deals which allow them to complete the Serie A campaign, but Sky Sport Italia reports that there is no agreement in place for the Europa League. The European competition begins when the Serie A season finishes, with Inter facing Getafe in the last 16, before potential matches in the quarter-final, semi-final and final if they progress but they could be without two star performers. It has been reported that Inter’s CEO Beppe Marotta is working hard behind the scenes to form an agreement with the two English clubs, which would involve giving them further compensation for the use of their players. Manchester United may be more wary of giving up Sanchez to Inter, given that they too will be competing in the same competition and could end up facing the Italian side in the latter stages. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeTop 6 Iconic Supercar Movieslast_img read more

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Date announced for 2019 ‘Star Spangled Symphony’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Area Arts Council (formerly RAA), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and Hillenbrand, Inc., will host the second Star-Spangled Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on July 6, 2019, the partners announced today. The first event of the three-year agreement, on July 1, 2018, attracted nearly 3,000 people to Batesville and improved quality of life in the Southeastern Indiana region through greater access to arts and culture. A fireworks display will again be part of this year’s event.“We are very pleased with reception to the first Star Spangled Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra event,” said Joe Raver, President and CEO of Hillenbrand. “The people of Southeastern Indiana responded overwhelmingly to a quality cultural event. We will continue to invest in arts and cultural opportunities as we inspire, engage, innovate and build quality of place. Our ongoing emphasis on arts and culture will enhance quality of lives of our current workforce and attract future employees.”The agreement is part of a broader regional strategy to attract and maintain a competitive rural workforce through improving “quality of place”—the collective attitudes, decisions and assets that make communities welcoming, attractive, sustainable locations to live and work. Arts and culture are key elements of great places, as are foundational components including prosperous industry, quality hospitals and exceptional school districts.“We are thrilled to partner with Hillenbrand, the BAAC and the Southeastern Region of Indiana,” said Beth Outland, VP, Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “Batesville understands the important role arts and culture plays in a community. Extending our reach beyond Indianapolis gives us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the arts and bolster the support of arts and culture in rural communities.”To learn more about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact info@hillenbrand.com, or Sarah Heppner or Tina Longstreth, 812-933-0355, admin@baacindiana.org. For more information about the ISO and this partnership, click here.last_img read more

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