Organizers of the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest are looking for great jams, confections, barbecue sauces, cheeses, popsicles, granolas, soups and any other food products that are exceptionally edible.The contest — sponsored by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development — helps food entrepreneurs expand the market for their products and gain notoriety for their companies. “Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, food business development specialist with the UGA center. “It’s also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.” Nearly 90 percent of the finalists in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Contest reported that they met new and useful business contacts through their experience with the Flavor of Georgia contest. Three out of four finalists saw an increased interest in their products following the contest, and many others benefitted from increased sales, profits, publicity and website traffic. Some even indicated an increase in full and part time employees. A follow up survey found that finalists saw on average a 27 percent increase in their revenues in the six months following the contest. “Winning the grand prize has given Chocolate South, which has now been open for 15 months, real gravitas and has let everyone know that we are serious about our chocolates and flavor profiles,” said Amy Stankus, who won the 2013 grand prize with Chocolate South’s Peach Tea Bon-Bon. “Our retail and wholesale business is growing rapidly, and I give the Flavor of Georgia contest much credit for showcasing our chocolates.” Finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest will be invited to participate in the Governor’s Agricultural Awareness Day in March as well as in expositions at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, Georgia National Fair and the Serenbe May Day Festival. Winners will be given rights to use the Flavor Georgia logo on product labels and a free, silver-level membership in the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program. Registration is now open and will run through Feb.7, 2014. Finalists will be invited to take part in a final judging and public tasting March 17-18, in Atlanta, Ga.Contestants can submit products that are already commercially available or foods that are in the prototype stage. There is no limit on the number of products that an individual can submit. Product categories include: barbecue sauces; beverages; jams and jellies; sauces and condiments; confections; meat and seafood products; dairy products; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. A panel of judges — made up of food marketing experts, grocery buyers, chefs and Georgia agricultural experts — will judge each product based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal, potential market volume and use of locally, sourced products. More information about the contest and registration information is available online at www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu or by calling (706) 583-0347. The cost to enter is $50 per product if the contestant uses the competition website. Registration costs $75 per product for registrations received by mail.
WCAX-TV has been awarded Station of the Year honors by the VermontAssociation of Broadcasters. In addition, the Creative ServicesDepartment of WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont has been honored with firstplace honors for Commercial Production. The awards were presented atceremonies during the Association’s annual meeting in Killington, Vermonton May 7, 2004.Station of the Year honors are based upon a radio or television station’scommitment and importance to the community it serves. WCAX-TV is proudlycelebrating 50 years of service to the Vermont, New York, and NewHampshire. WCAX-TV has been honored as Station of the Year numerous timesby the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.WCAX-TV was awarded first place in the television commercial category fora spot produced for the Center for Technology, Essex, written and producedby Koi Boynton. Dan Burke served as Videographer/editor on the project.Runner-up honors in the commercial category were won by SmartCommunications for a spot produced for Lyndonville Savings Bank. WCAX-TVprovided production services for that project as well, including producerEric Ford and Videographer/editor Dan Burke.Koi Boynton also took runner up honors in the television promotioncategory for Killer Kids, a news promo for a series of news reports doneby the Channel 3 News Team. Dan Burke also served as Videographer/editoron that project. Bruce Babbitt served as Art Director on the honoredprojects.This particular competition encourages professional performance andrecognizes outstanding achievement among radio and television stationsserving Vermont, and all stations in the state are urged to submitentries.”We are all humbled by the Station of the Year honors. At the same time,I’m extremely happy and proud to see my team get recognized for their hardwork,” said Creative Services Director Jim Strader. “These honors areappreciated and serve to acknowledge the commitment to excellence thatWCAX-TV seeks to maintain in everything that we do. We appreciate thisrecognition and honor from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.”WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, and is locally ownedand operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.
Fayetteville, WV, is a launchpad for some of the best fall adventures on the East Coast.Tucked beside the vast Southern WV National Parks along the New River Gorge, this adventure epicenter is surrounded by world-class climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more.And when the fall color gets the most bold and vibrant, so does the adventure scene.Explore the 3 most unique highlights of the season with a trip to Fayetteville:1. Paddling a World Top 10 RiverThe Gauley River is world-famous for its big whitewater waves, but you have to catch it now. The water is usually only high enough for rafting during dam releases in September and October. Its legendary, one-of-a-kind “Big 5” rapids include the “best 10 seconds of whitewater” and a 14-foot waterfall.If you go: A trip with a professional whitewater guide will help less experienced paddlers enjoy these wild waves safely. Start with a ride on on the nearby Lower New River to learn the basics. (You might want to reserve a cabin with a hot tub to relax afterward, too!)Learn more about a Gauley River Trip.2. The Largest Sports Festival of Its KindThe 3rd Saturday each October, the New River Gorge becomes one of only a handful places you can BASE jump in the world. 400 parachuters head to the event to leap 876 feet off the bridge into the gorge below, and more than 80,000 spectators watch the show.There’s more to see: rappellers lower themselves into the gorge, skydivers perform stunts overhead, rafters ride the whitewater below and more.If you go: Browse the vendors and artisans at the festival. If you’re inspired to get into the adventure, take the highline, or walk the catwalk under the bridge. Want to jump? You might be lucky enough to score one of the limited number of tandem leaps.Learn more about Bridge Day. 3. The Mountain State’s Most Scenic OverviewsThere’s nothing quite as vibrant as the fall mountains on fire with color. Take a hike along the ridges of the canyon. The Endless Wall Trail was named the #1 National Park hike by USA Today, and Long Point trail will lead you out to some stunning scenic views. For a more relaxing overview, ride the aerial trams over Hawk’s Nest State Park.For a unique thrill, nothing can take you higher than a plane. Skydiving will send you sailing smoothly over the mountainscapes, and Wild Blue Adventure Company has a more playful option: a WWII biplane stunt ride.If you go: Be sure to ask around town for more to see. The locals know all sorts of secluded spots to explore, and are eager to share.Fall’s Finest Mountain FunAdventure isn’t Fayetteville’s only fall feature. Round out your road trip with pumpkin patches, scenic drives, train rides and more.Here are all the top fall highlights around Fayetteville, and across West Virginia to explore along the way:Explore all of WV’s Fall Best.
By Iris Amador/Diálogo April 10, 2017 The Honduran Armed Forces kicked off their annual Guardians of the Homeland program on February 18th. Through extracurricular activities, the program seeks to instill values and principles in young people to stop them from participating in criminal organizations. “We teach them to love their homeland,” Captain Mauricio Alemán, director of Policies, Planning, and Programs for Civilian Affairs of the Armed Forces told Diálogo. “What we teach the kids is fairly broad. We don’t teach them anything related to the military. That’s not the objective.” The program is geared towards reinforcing a sense of right and wrong and instilling morals and leadership principles among minors throughout the country’s 18 departments. In addition to receiving ethical and spiritual guidance, the participants, who are between the ages of 7 and 16, are exposed to educational, athletic, and cultural activities. Roughly 136,000 children and young adults have participated in the program over the past five years. Program activities The minors attend the school facilities every Saturday. In addition to talks and workshops, they are provided with medical services and psychological care for three months. Members of the Armed Forces pick up the children and their guardians from their houses and drive them to the educational centers. When the day is over, they return them home. “We are responsible for their commute, their snack, and lunch for them and their parents,” Capt. Alemán explained. “We organize medical brigades to provide health care, their teeth get fixed, they receive free medicine, and if possible, they are hospitalized free of charge when they get sick.” To support their physical, mental and emotional development, the girls and boys have the opportunity to play, participate in soccer tournaments and visit museums, parks, and zoos. Throughout the day, the children also receive help with their performance at school. “We want to expose them to healthy spaces and experiences. We want to improve their sense of self-esteem and their ability to analyze and make good decisions in the future so they don’t fall prey to people who want to lead them to violence,” Capt. Alemán said. Children of gang members The program is backed by government institutions such as the National Institute of Professional Training, where young people receive technical training in the areas of construction, electrical work, carpentry, computers, tourism, automotive repair, food management, and baking. The private sector is also involved in the program. Universities provide psychologists and sociologists, while medical associations send representatives to provide health care. “Up to now, we’ve had around 200 kids who’ve received grants,” Capt. Alemán said as he discussed the collaboration of private companies that provide grants to the older children. “They are supporting us because they see the program as being positive since we work with at-risk kids.” “We received a letter from a gang member. In it, he expressed his gratitude to the Armed Forces because we are educating his child differently. He mentioned that he doesn’t want his child to be like him. He doesn’t want him to be a hit man. He wants him to be a good child,” Capt. Alemán said. Changing lives The Honduran Armed Forces work with state institutions designed specifically to look after the wellbeing of the country’s minors. “We are also supervised by DINAF [the Directorate for Children, Adolescents, and the Family, per its Spanish acronym], so that the civilian population can be certain that the program is only looking to ensure the wellbeing of the children and youth and help out the parents,” Capt. Alemán said. The program provides care and guidance to approximately 28,000 young people annually. Paola Ortíz, 17, is one of the teenagers who has benefited from the program. “In those days, I wasn’t going to school, my mom wasn’t able to send me there,” she told Diálogo. She saw in the program a worthwhile opportunity to learn. “To tell you the truth, I felt like my morale was very low, but the talks they gave us really motivated me. They said that if I fell, I should get back up, and so here I am. I thank God always,” Ortíz added. She dreams of being a journalist. Her dream could become a reality. Ortíz received a grant from Guardians of the Homeland, and today she is enrolled in the first year of an undergraduate program in sciences and humanities at the Intur Institute in Tegucigalpa. “Being part of the program has helped me a lot in life,” she concluded.
Court fines judge for campaign violations A public reprimand, a fine, and a four-month suspension have been ordered by the Florida Supreme Court for a circuit judge who violated state campaign laws. It’s the first time a judge has been fined as part of a disciplinary proceeding, and only the second time one has been suspended.In the October 3 order, the court accepted the recommendations for punishment from the Judicial Qualifications Commission after earlier rejecting a recommendation that the sanctions be limited to a public reprimand. The judge was also ordered to pay court reporting costs associated with the JQC investigation.The case involved 11th Circuit Court Judge Rosa Rodriguez, who in her 1998 election campaign reported that she had made a $200,000 loan to her campaign when the money actually came from her then-boyfriend, attorney Gabriel Bach.She also wrote a personal check to her campaign for that amount before the money was deposited in her personal account, misrepresented that the money actually came from her or her brother, said on a campaign report that the money was a loan from her brother, misreported the date of the loan, falsely reported that she had repaid $105,191 of the loan to herself when in reality $80,000 had been repaid to Bach, and failed to list the loan on financial disclosure forms as required.Those actions, which the court agreed had been proved by clear and convincing evidence, violated two state laws and several judicial canons.Rodriguez had previously taken an eight-month paid leave of absence while the 11th Circuit State Attorneys Office investigated the issue. She returned to the bench when no criminal charges were filed.The JQC based its recommendation for a four-month unpaid suspension and $40,000 fine on repaying the state the compensation the judge received on that paid leave, since the state got no benefit from her services during that period. The court accepted that rationale, but said in the future the commission should consider other factors in recommending fines.“Generally, when a judge is suspended or on leave, a senior judge is appointed in her place. The senior judge’s salary is paid out of a special fund,” the opinion said. “Thus, the JQC should in the future also take into consideration, when determining the amount of any fine, the potential financial burden a given circuit incurs when it has to appoint a senior judge in the event of a suspension. Any fine that is intended to make the circuit whole should include that amount.”But in this case, the court said it would accept the JQC recommendations. It ordered the suspension to be effective immediately and the fine to be paid in monthly installments for the rest of her term starting when Rodriguez returns to the bench. It also ordered her to appear before the court for the reprimand and to pay all court reporter fees incurred by the JQC.A 1996 constitutional amendment for the first time gave the court the authority to impose fines and suspensions as part of judicial discipline. Until then, only two sanctions were available: reprimand or removal from office. The court had previously suspended a judge for 10 days for witnessing the theft of a video camera and not reporting it to police.The Miami Herald quoted Rodriguez’s attorney as saying she accepted the court’s finding. The court approved the opinion 6-0, with Justice R. Fred Lewis recused. November 1, 2002 Regular News Court fines judge forcampaign violations
House: Jury unanimity in death cases not needed House: Jury unanimity in death cases not needed May 15, 2006 Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A resolution declaring that Florida’s public policy should not require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences cleared the Florida House April 24.The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, is in response to comments made by Justice Raoul Cantero, writing for a unanimous court in State v State, 921 So 2d 538 )Fla. 2005), where the court urged: “In light of developments in other states and at the federal level, the legislature should revisit the statute to require some unanimity in the jury’s recommendations” in death penalty cases.In rejecting unanimous jury recommendations, HR 1627 states “unanimity vests with a single juror the ability to override the reasoned judgment of all other jurors weighing and considering the same facts and circumstances.”Kyle said both the House Justice Council and the Attorney General’s Office have studied the issue and each concluded the state’s death penalty statute works fine and has been upheld numerous times.“I’m confident we will continue to sustain constitutionality,” Kyle said.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, however, noted Florida is now the only state in the union that allows a jury to decide that aggravators exist and to recommend the death sentence by a mere majority vote.“This should send us a very clear message: We are a state that stands alone on this issue and we are in jeopardy of losing our death penalty,” Seiler said, noting he is a proponent of capital punishment. “We have a problem in Florida when we have a law that is so inconsistent with other states and with federal law, and we may have a constitutional issue on our hands and we need to remedy it.”The House rejected a Seiler amendment for jury unanimity only in the jury’s finding of aggravators.Kyle argued that going to unanimous jury verdicts would “create new grounds of appeal for all the death penalty inmates” who were sentenced without jury unanimity.American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Larry Spalding had warned earlier that if the resolution passed, the Supreme Court probably will be asked to decide whether Florida should stand alone in the way it handles jury recommendations for the death penalty. Florida remains the only “hybrid state” that allows juries to recommend death sentences by a simple majority of jurors and allows a judge to overrule a jury recommendation.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bill O’Reilly, the star host of conservative Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor , recently plagued by mounting reports of sexual harassment allegations, was ousted by the very same network he steadfastly defended following similar accusations against its founder Roger Ailes.The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing its divorce from O’Reilly, a native Long Islander and a divisive figure in media circles. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said. O’Reilly’s departure comes several weeks after The New York Times reported that Fox and O’Reilly paid five accusers a total of $13 million in settlements related to sexual harassment allegations. The article prompted several dozen companies to pull its advertisements from The O’Reilly Factor, the most-watched show on cable news. Among the accusations: a repeat guest on The O’Reilly Factor rejected advances from O’Reilly, who subsequently reneged on his offer to land the woman a job at the network. The media figure’s dismissal also comes less than a year after the network forced out Ailes, its former chairman, CEO and founder. Ailes was also at the center of a sexual harassment scandal that rocked the network. O’Reilly, who has been on vacation, has denied claims of sexual deviance. His attorney’s have compared the mounting accusations to a smear campaign perpetuated by left-leaning organizations. According to reports, Fox was under significant pressure from advertisers and women inside the company who questioned whether the network was taking such allegations seriously. Another women reportedly came forward this week with her own allegations, and 21st Century Fox was purportedly set to deliberate on O’Reilly’s future on Thursday. The Levittown-native and current Manhasset resident has seen his popularity—at least in conservative circles—soar over his 21 years at Fox News. O’Reilly offered unabashed opinions on politics and social issues and portrayed himself as a crusader against political correctness. His status as a cable news juggernaut brought considerable power, and O’Reilly enjoyed the highest ratings of any political pundit on television. Over the course of a year, Fox News has seen its chairman resign amid sexual harassment allegations, Megyn Kelly, herself a dynamic personality, leave for NBC, and now O’Reilly’s humiliating downfall. Embed from Getty Images
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle Tuesday issued a video message urging credit union leaders to offer their financial support for credit union people affected by of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.Credit unions can offer support through CUAid, the National Credit Union Foundation’s online relief system.Referring to the “financial first responders”—credit union people who want serve others affected by the hurricanes with needed financial services–Nussle asked listeners to consider giving to help feed the cycle of recovery. “Please consider giving,” Nussle said. “It’s a way for you to help these financial first responders, and it’s way to help in the same way you would help people in your own community.” 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Page howmuch.net based on data from the WTO on tourist spending in destinations for 2017.Otherwise, the WTO defines expenditures as any amount spent by international incoming tourists, including things like transportation, goods and services. In other words, the data exclude domestic consumption by providing, rather than exclusively, the consumption of foreign tourists. Also, the data show which countries are most dependent on the international tourism market.Interestingly, Macao has a high income from international tourism exclusively as a casino world mecca.Top 10 Countries with the Highest International Tourism Receipts in 20171. USA: $ 211B2. Spain: $ 68B3. France: $ 61B4. Thailand: $ 57B5. United Kingdom: $ 51B6. Italy: $ 44B7. Australia: $ 42B8. Germany: $ 40B9. Macao (China): $ 36B10. Japan: $ 34B
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