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Landscape seminar set

first_imgGardening with Heat and Soil, a Southern Appalachian landscape seminar, has been set for Saturday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Ga.Sponsored by the Blairsville Garden Club, the seminar will be presented in cooperation with the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center and the Union County office of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The seminar will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The program will include a presentation by Nancy Beckemeyer and Dottie Meyers, known as the “Divas of Design.” Ina Warren will present a talk on Monarch butterflies and Rita Randolph will introduce participants to container design.A panel of gardening experts will be on hand to answer participant questions throughout the day. A plant sale will also be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and raffle and door prizes will be awarded. The $30 registration fee includes the seminar, breaks and lunch. Registrations must be received by April 19. Checks should be made payable to the Blairsville Garden Club and mailed to 195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road, Blairsville, Ga., 30512-9719.For more information, contact Lou Ann Bleakley at (706) 745-7033.last_img read more

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Medford Man Gets 18 Years for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Medford man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison for driving while high on heroin when he crashed his truck into a car, killing a 71-year-old woman last year.Justin Klein has been convicted at Suffolk County court of vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, possession of heroin, driving while under a combined influence of drugs, speeding and running a red light.Prosecutors said Klein was driving a pickup truck southbound on Sills Road when he ran a red light at the corner of Gazzola Drive and broadsided a car, killing Camille Ricciardo in her hometown of East Patchogue on April 17, 2012.Ricciardo was pronounced dead at the scene.Police said Klein possessed a small amount of heroin.last_img read more

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My love/hate relationship with The Facebook

first_imgOkay, I’m going to admit it now – I do GET the Facebook. And yes, I’m on it almost daily, spying on my nieces and nephews, posting food porn and living vicariously through Julie Ferguson. But should my business be on Facebook?Should your credit union have a Facebook page?6th Story does have a Facebook presence, but I have not been updating it. Because, well, people know me, and I post on Denise Wymore’s Facebook page.  I have a face. They know Matt Davis. He has a really nice face. You could say we ARE the faces of 6th Story. So why should 6th Story be on the Facebook?In order to set up a business account it has to be tied to a personal account. For a time Facebook had a business account feature that was stand alone but discontinued it. Maybe they only want “faces” on there. Hmmmm….Should a credit union ask their members to like them? continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Dealing with disruption at your credit union

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Taxi companies have taken a big hit as Uber, the much-discussed private, on-demand ride service, has come to the fore. But notably, Uber has been around almost a decade, and only became big in the last couple of years.This is common, according to Peter Sheahan, founder and CEO of Karrikins Group (formerly Change Labs), Auckland, New Zealand, who presented at CUES’ Directors Conference in Orlando on Monday.“Nothing ever changes in industry that didn’t exist on the periphery for a time,” Sheahan said. “Change is actually really slow until it’s not.”It’s like these new technologies nip away, nip away, nip away, and then overnight gain massive momentum.“Just ask the taxi drivers,” he explained. “Uber turned 10 recently. It sat on the periphery for eight years, but now it grows 10 times every month.” continue reading »last_img read more

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More time to save on NAFCU’s 2021 conferences

first_imgMissed NAFCU’s Cyber Monday sale? Another opportunity to save big on the association’s 2021 conferences kicks off today. Take $300 off registrations for almost all in-person conferences with code INPERSON and $100 off registrations for virtual conferences with code VIRTUAL.The codes can be used as many times and for as many people as needed through Jan. 8, though it cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previously registered events. All NAFCU conferences are open to both member and nonmember credit unions.NAFCU’s conferences are designed with credit unions’ needs in mind, bringing together industry professionals and experts to help take institutions and careers to the next level. While uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic remains, NAFCU recently announced it will offer virtual and in-person options for several of its 2021 conferences – giving credit unions the power to choose the format they prefer.Here’s a look at which conferences credit unions can save on today: This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

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West End story

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Garuda adopts Alibaba cloud technology for cost efficiency

first_imgHe added that after migrating to cloud computing, the company was able to have more teams work remotely.As the technology reduced network latency, Garuda’s corporate website, mobile application gateway and booking and ticketing services had become faster, he added.As of July, the airline had seen a 61 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop in total passengers, down to 3.6 million passengers, as the pandemic all but grounded the travel industry. Garuda also recorded a US$712.73 million loss in the first half of this year after booking net profits of $24.11 million in the same period last year.Garuda began its migration to cloud technology in 2015, transferring its on-premise e-mail to the cloud and distributing aircraft manuals online, among other changes. Alibaba Cloud is working with telecommunication company Indosat Ooredoo and cloud service provider ViBiCloud to provide a cloud data center for Garuda.“Our proprietary cloud technologies will help Garuda Indonesia continue to deliver innovation and agility in the market, offering a seamless user experience for consumers in Indonesia,” Alibaba Cloud Indonesia country manager Leon Chen said.Alibaba plans to create a third cloud center in Indonesia by 2021 after establishing its first two data centers in 2018 and 2019.On Thursday, Alibaba launched a lightweight personal cloud computer and an autonomous delivery robot, among other technologies, during its annual Apsara Conference.Alibaba launched a last-mile delivery robot called Xiomanlv on Thursday. The robot aims to assist in the delivery of packages to campuses and business parks in China. (Courtesy of Alibaba/-)Alibaba cloud intelligence president Jeff Zhang said that the recent changes brought about by the pandemic, namely the rise of remote work and e-commerce, had led the company to create relevant solutions.“As working from home becomes the new norm during and after the pandemic, we hope our cloud computer can help people access resilient computing power whenever they need to with a tiny personal computer,” he said in a speech during the conference.He added that the computer could be used to conduct complex tasks that usually required sophisticated PCs, such as video editing, software development and online customer service.The computer is a palm-sized device that can be connected to a normal computer screen. Users can access computing resources by subscription or by actual data consumption.Alibaba launched a lightweight cloud computer on Thursday. The device can be connected to a normal computer screen to enable remote work. (Courtesy of Alibaba/-)While the computers are currently available only to enterprise customers, the company said the devices would soon be available for purchase by individuals.Zhang also introduced an autonomous last-mile delivery robot called Xiomanlv to cater to the growing need for fast delivery services in China. The country is expected to see more than 1 billion packages delivered each day in the coming years.The delivery robot is estimated to be able to deliver up to 500 packages a day to one designated community or campus and can travel 100 kilometers on a single charge.“We are expecting a rapid jump in delivery demand brought about by thriving new retail in the increasingly digitalized world,” Zhang said, adding that the robot would complement Alibaba’s logistics platform Cainiao to serve communities, campuses and business parks in China.The Apsara conference will also be a launching ground for various cloud products, such as the Cloud Lakehouse big data architecture and Lindorm, a multi-model database to support the Alibaba Group ecosystem. (eyc)Topics : Garuda Indonesia, the country’s flag carrier, has adopted cloud technology from the Chinese company Alibaba Cloud for cost efficiency as Alibaba launches a lightweight personal cloud computer and an autonomous delivery robot.Garuda IT digital transformation senior manager Pungky Prasetyawan said that by adopting cloud technology, the company had seen more than a 60 percent improvement in cost efficiency.“In the face of challenges [brought about] by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions globally, Garuda Indonesia has been looking for a digital transformation solution,” he said during a media briefing on Thursday.last_img read more

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Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski backs Mesut Ozil: ‘He’s not an a*****e’

first_img Comment Advertisement Lukas Podolski scored 31 goals for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘I hope better times are coming with Mikel Arteta,’ said Podolski. ‘I played with him and when he took over I could see improvements. The team talked together, they ran together, but still they only had one special player – Aubameyang.‘It’s not like the rest are sh*t, but they’re not world-class. Look at Liverpool, they have top or world-class players in every position, but maybe that’s not the target for Arsenal right now.’MORE: Arsenal sign midfielder Tim Akinola after release from Huddersfield TownMORE: Martin Keown fires warning to Arsenal fans over William SalibaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mesut Ozil’s dispute with Arsenal continues (Picture: Getty Images)Lukas Podolski has defended his former Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil, saying ‘he’s not an a**hole’ as the stalemate between player and club continues.Ozil is earning a mammoth £350,000-a-week at Arsenal and remains under contract until the summer of 2021 at the club.However, he has fallen completely out of favour under Mikel Arteta, not making a single appearances for the Gunners since the return of football after the coronavirus hiatus.Arsenal want rid of the German, but he has no intention of being forced out of the club before the end of his contract, wanting to return to first team action and play a part next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPodolski, who played for Arsenal from 2012-15, believes the situation is unfortunate but Ozil is certainly not a bad apple and says any disagreement is unlikely to be his fault.‘He’s good enough with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that,’ Podolski told The Athletic.‘Is he in a disagreement with the club? When I talk to him, we don’t want to talk about that kind of stuff. It’s his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s a good character — he’s not an a**hole. He doesn’t do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it’s a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing. Ozil is sat in the stands, Arsenal are paying him and there is no winner.’Podolski is hopeful the situation can be remedied and that Arsenal can make further improvements under Mikel Arteta, after an encouraging start to his tenure.The 35-year-old thinks they need a lot of new players, though, with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently seen as ‘special’ by the German. Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski backs Mesut Ozil: ‘He’s not an a*****e’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Aug 2020 4:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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British buying, daily habits and regional tastes: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to eggs

first_imgEggs are booming. Consumption is growing – reaching a daily habit for some – and consumers are backing British. However there are some points of debate, including the sourcing of egg-containing products – and the best way to have your eggs in the morning,This research was commissioned by The Grocer and carried out by Harris Interactive independently from the British Egg Industry CouncilFree download: 10 Charts explaining UK attitudes to eggs1. Six in 10 consumers eat eggs more than once a week Eggs have a wide range of perceived benefits, from their nutritional content to their value for money. As this table shows, versatility emerged as the top benefit for consumers by a small margin. That was followed by taste, value and health.Older consumers are most likely to value these benefits. Among over-55s, 68% agreed eggs were a versatile food, compared with 39% of 18 to 24-year-olds. Similarly, 61% of the oldest age group said they were good value for money, while just 37% of the youngest age group said the same. However, the benefits of health and taste were more uniformly recognised across the age groups.The multiple benefits of eggs beyond just value have been key to the sales uplift, says the British Egg Industry Council’s Joret. “As consumers seek healthy meal solutions, and many look to reduce their meat intake, eggs are well placed to provide the solution,” he says.4. Fried is the most popular type of egg Nearly all the major UK supermarkets have committed to removing caged eggs from shelves by 2025. Morrisons reached that goal earlier in 2020.The commitments are proof of consumer power. The movement all started as a result of petitions by a 14-year-old schoolgirl to ban caged eggs in the supermarkets, which quickly attracted hundreds of thousands of signatures.So it’s no surprise that there is overwhelming support for supermarkets going cage-free. Eight in 10 consumers said they were either happy or very happy with the decision.As many as 56% described themselves as ‘very happy’.Support was pretty much across the board but, as this chart shows, there was a slight gender split. Six in 10 women said they were very happy about the decision, compared with half of men.9. However, they don’t have the same confidence when it comes to egg-containing products such as sandwiches Eggs are becoming more popular. That’s the main takeaway from this table, which reveals 24% of consumers are eating eggs more often than they were a year ago. And only 14% are eating them less often. That pattern is present across almost all demographics, but most pronounced across young people. Four in 10 of the 18 to 24-year-olds in this survey said they had increased their egg consumption since last year, compared with 11% of over-55s.British Egg Industry Council chairman Andrew Joret says there has been a “long-term trend” of increasing egg sales. “There are a number of factors for this, from consumers seeing eggs as a meal solution to the dispelling of myths, such as cholesterol,” he says. “However, in recent years, the biggest driver for growth has been consumers seeing eggs as a healthy food, which has meant that they are increasingly likely to pick them over other foods.”3. Versatility, taste and value are the key selling points Whether boiled, scrambled or fried, British consumers love eggs. One in 10 eat eggs every day, and half consume them a few times a week. Only 5% of the 2,120 consumers surveyed by Harris Interactive for The Grocer said they never ate eggs.Encouragingly, levels of consumption are high across all demographics.Across all age groups, genders and regions, at least 90% of the sample said they bought into eggs to some extent.Younger consumers emerged as the most enthusiastic egg consumers. Although a higher proportion never eat eggs – 10% of 18 to 24-year-olds – they also have a higher proportion of regular consumers. Indeed, 15% of 18 to 24-year olds eat eggs every day. That compares with just 5% of the over-55 age group and 7% of 45 to 54-year-olds.There was also some variation in the regions. In London, a sizeable 19% of consumers said they ate eggs on a daily basis. By contrast, only 7% of respondents in the Midlands and the south east of England said the same.Finally, men and women reported some differences in their habits. Although both had high levels of overall consumption, 13% of men reported eating eggs every day compared with 8% of women.2. For a quarter of consumers, that frequency is growing The fresh eggs on our shelves all come from the UK and their source is clearly marked. So it’s little wonder that consumers feel pretty confident in where their fresh eggs come from.A quarter of consumers feel very confident they understand the provenance of their fresh eggs, and three quarters are at least quite confident.Some demographics were more confident in their knowledge than others. Three in 10 25 to 34-year olds felt very confident in knowing the source of their fresh eggs. That fell to 18% of 55+ consumers, who were the least confident age group.Similarly, three in 10 Londoners said they were very confident they knew where their fresh eggs came from. That fell to just 18% in the south east, and 21% in the east of England and the north west.8. Women are more likely to support the removal of caged eggs Fresh eggs may be clear in their provenance, but egg-containing products are another story. Many prepared products such as sandwiches and quiches contain imported eggs without the knowledge of consumers.That much is demonstrated by the sheer lack of knowledge around the provenance of eggs in prepared products. Six in 10 consumers said they were either not very confident or not confident at all in the source of the eggs.The age group with the most confidence in this area were the 25 to 34-year-olds. However, only 22% described themselves as very confident. And just 5% of the 55+ age group said they were very confident in their knowledge.10. Morrisons shoppers would be particularly concerned over the use of imported eggs Egg consumption is high across all areas of Britain. But there are some regional differences in the levels of love for eggs, our survey found.Consumers in the east of England were the biggest enthusiasts, with nearly a third naming eggs one of their favourite foods. That was by far the highest percentage across the country.By contrast, only a fifth of consumers in the Midlands classed eggs as one of their favourite foods. It was a similar story in Wales, where 21% deemed eggs a favourite.In terms of age groups, older consumers showed the highest levels of love for eggs. Three in 10 of the over-55 age group counted eggs among their favourite foods.That fell to 18% of 18 to 24-year olds, despite this younger age group having a higher proportion of daily consumers (see chart one).6. British eggs are associated with quality, especially among older consumers OK, so health benefits are a major driver of egg sales. But that doesn’t stop Brits dousing them in oil and heating up their frying pans. Nearly a quarter of consumers named fried eggs as their favourite style of egg, making it the most popular option on this list. That was closely followed by the healthier option of scrambled egg.Not all demographics were equally keen on a fry-up, though. Scrambled eggs were the most popular option among younger consumers, favoured by 27% of 18 to 24-year-olds. Among this age group, omelettes were the second choice with 22% of the vote, while fried eggs lagged in third place with 19%. However, that all changed in the age group just above, the 25 to 34-year-olds. Among these consumers, 24% named fried eggs as their favourite option, making it the clear leader.This dispute over egg choices wasn’t just across the different age groups. There were some marked regional differences, too. In the south west of England, the fried egg was the clear king, favoured by 29% of respondents.However, in the south east, preferences changed. A quarter of respondents there named scrambled eggs as their favourite option on this list, while 19% opted for fried. Scrambled also emerged as the most popular option in the east of England.5. Consumers in the east of England are the biggest fans of eggs British is best. That’s the clear perception among consumers when it comes to the provenance of eggs. Overall, 68% believed British eggs were safer and of higher quality than their imported equivalents. Only 15% thought British eggs were the same standard as imported, and 5% had no opinion.As the below chart shows, levels of loyalty to British eggs were highest among older consumers. “Older consumers may remember the issues with eggs in the 1980s and the huge lengths that the industry has gone to, in order to ensure that British eggs are among the safest in the world,” says Joret. However, he says younger consumers have “increased their awareness and understanding of the British Lion” in the wake of the industry’s £1m campaign targeting millennials.7. The majority of consumers are confident they know where their fresh eggs come from Consumers were largely against the use of imported eggs in supermarket products. Nearly two thirds of respondents said they would be very or quite concerned by the prospect. Two in ten said they would be very concerned.Considering older consumers have a stronger affiliation with British eggs (see chart six), it stands to reason to that they are particularly worried about the use of imported eggs. A quarter of over-55s said they would be very concerned, compared with 14% of 18 to 24-year-olds.There were some differences in supermarket shoppers, too. Seven in 10 Morrisons shoppers said they would be very or quite concerned, compared with 59% of Aldi shoppers.But the British Egg Industry Council’s Joret points to the relatively high levels of concern across the board as the important point. He says supermarkets should be clear about their use of imported eggs.“It’s no surprise to us that consumers are concerned about their use, and we have been saying this for a long time,” he says. “Consumers have more confidence in a food product made with British Lion eggs, and are shocked to learn that food products are often made with foreign eggs.”,Downloads10 Charts_Eggs_Digital PDFPDF, Size 0.4 mb,The British Egg Industry Councillast_img read more

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Dutch pension fund Zoetwaren ramps up risk profile after returning 24%

first_imgIt said improved funding levels had allowed the scheme to grant active participants an indexation of 1% and its deferred members and pensioners an inflation compensation of 0.5%.Meanwhile, Zoetwaren’s board, drawing on a recent asset-liability management study, decided to increase its risk profile to a funding level of 120-140% to create financial buffers for indexation, according to employers chairman Leo Dekker.Exceeding the 140% level would trigger de-risking adjustments, Dekker added.At March-end, Zoetwaren’s official ‘policy funding’ was 113.1%. The pension fund said it kept its contribution for 2015 at 27.6% of the pensionable salary.The annual result of the industry-wide scheme was, in part, due to its hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities, which had been 75% initially but was reduced to 65% over the course of the year.The interest cover – a combination of AAA government bonds and interest swaps – made up the scheme’s 55% matching portfolio, which returned 35.7%.The pension fund’s return portfolio generated 8.2%, with all asset classes delivering positive results.High-yield bonds produced a 10.2% return due largely to credit.Equity returned 13.9%, with low-volatility stocks generating the best results, the scheme said.However, Zoetwaren reported an unspecified loss on its hedge of the US dollar and the British pound.The pension fund also reported asset management costs of 0.45%, and attributed the reduction of 0.13% to lower performance fees, as well as increased passive management within its matching portfolio.Zoetwaren has 8,000 active participants, 29,000 deferred members and 9,350 pensioners, affiliated with 210 employers. Zoetwaren, the €2.1bn pension fund for Dutch confectioners, is planning to increase its risk profile after reporting a 2014 return of more than 24%. The return lifted its coverage ratio by 2.7 percentage points to 112.6%, exceeding its mandatory financial buffer by 1 percentage point, according to its annual report.The scheme’s board said it planned to increase Zoetwaren’s equity allocation gradually from 19% to 23%, citing the outcome of a recent survey into the risk appetite of its participants and pensioners.The pension fund also replaced holdings in “expensive and non-transparent” hedge funds for real estate and European credit to “optimise” its investments portfolio.last_img read more

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