Woodroof lecture April 2

first_imgRhona Applebaum, a food-industry leader with The Coca-Cola Company, will deliver the 2009 Woodroof Lecture April 2 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Her lecture on “Through the Looking Glass – Perspectives from a Career in Food Science: Past, Present and Future” will be at 2 p.m. in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.As chief regulatory officer, Applebaum leads the company’s scientific and regulatory affairs. The SRA department sponsors scientific research, communicates regulatory policy and provides system guidance on regulatory, safety, nutrition and health issues. Prior to working with The Coca-Cola Company, she was executive vice-president and chief science officer for the National Food Processors Association, where she oversaw the direction of three laboratory centers and regulatory and international affairs. Each year, a leader in food research, education, industry or policy is invited to lecture in honor of the late J.G. Woodroof, a pioneer in food science research. Woodroof began his food science research work in 1929. He organized the food science department at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin around 1940. Today, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ food science department and the UGA Center for Food Safety are among the preeminent food science research centers in the country. After the lecture, a reception will be in the Georgia Center Atrium. For more information, call (706) 542-2286.last_img read more

Bolivia To Collaborate with U.S. on Case of Former Police Chief Turned Drug Trafficker

first_img Bolivia will both seek assistance from and offer assistance to the United States in the investigation of a gang of traffickers led by a former director of the Bolivian anti-drug effort and former police intelligence chief, detained in Panama and extradited to the United States, an official source said on 1 March. “It’s worth cross-referencing information to verify the data; we’re going to exhaust all possibilities via the judicial route, via the diplomatic route,” Vice Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres, the chief political figure responsible for the fight against drugs, indicated at a press conference. The minister affirmed that he will exhaust all efforts to clarify the situation of René Sanabria, a retired general and up to now the director of an intelligence office, who is a “leader of this network of police officers (engaged in trafficking) on an international scale.” Sanabria was detained the last week of February in Panama and subsequently extradited by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to the United States, where a judge in Miami issued an international arrest warrant for the Bolivian police officer in December, on charges of selling drugs, and subsequently issued an indictment. Cáceres specified that as part of an information exchange, information just recently arrived at the Interior Ministry from the United States linking the former anti-narcotics head – in President Evo Morales’s current administration – with sales of cocaine, as well as the international arrest warrant. Right before his arrest, General Sanabria led an “intelligence and counterintelligence” unit in the fight against drug trafficking: the Intelligence and Information Generation Center (CIGEIN), dismantled following the police chief’s detention. Bolivia expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency at the end of 2008, accusing the agency of supporting a supposed right-wing plot against President Morales, although the White House denied the allegations. By Dialogo March 03, 2011last_img read more

How COVID-19 is strengthening contactless payment adoption among members

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis introduced consumers to a “new normal,” contactless was already gaining ground as a preferred method of payment.A February 2020 report from Juniper Research forecasted global contactless transaction values would triple from $2 trillion in 2020 to $6 trillion by 2024. In the United States alone, transaction values would grow from $178 billion in 2020 to $1.5 trillion in 2024[i]Contactless Trend Accelerates During COVID-19 CrisisAs the coronavirus pandemic has swept the world, consumers have grown increasingly concerned with traditional methods of in-person payment, including cash and dipping or swiping their card at the point of sale. Cardholders are looking toward contactless and digital wallets as safer alternatives. A March 3, 2020 survey of consumers, 38% indicated that having a contactless feature on their credit card was a “table stakes” need, up by more than 26% compared to a prior period[i].last_img read more

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $200 million in Roadway Improvements

first_imgGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $200 million in Roadway Improvements May 05, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Hollidaysburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today that over $200 million in highway and bridge improvements that will take place across PennDOT’s six-county District 9 region during the 2017 construction season.“Many improvements will be made across this six-county region and this mirrors what we’re seeing across the state,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These needed improvements will not only help Pennsylvanians get from A to B, but allow them to do so in the safest most efficient manner possible.”Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties) include:approximately 164 miles of paving;approximately 70 bridges will be repaired or replaced; andapproximately 324 miles of roadway will be seal coated to extend pavement life.District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash said, “This is the 19th consecutive year that PennDOT’s Engineering District 9 has conducted outreach meetings for legislators, municipal officials, planning and economic development agencies and community leaders in each of our six counties. With over $200 million worth of construction projects slated for area roadways this year, we’ve had good news to share.”Notable projects that have been bid include:the Route 403 Moxham Stonycreek bridge replacement project in the City of Johnstown for $7.4 million;the continuation of the Route 22 Frankstown Intersection Safety Improvement Project in Blair County for $7.4 million;the continuation of the Route 219 Meyersdale to Somerset Corridor Project which will consist of approximately 11 miles of new four-lane limited access highway estimated at $265 million;the 17th Street Safety Improvement Project in the City of Altoona for $4.1 million;the Route 36 Corridor Improvement Project in Bedford County for $4.8 million; andthe Route 281 Gilmour to Welsh resurfacing project in Somerset County for $8.2 million.Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:the Interstate 99 17th Street to Grazierville Resurfacing Project in Blair County; andthe Route 219 Jack Murtha Highway Rehabilitation Project in Cambria County.The investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAltoona.last_img read more