EHV-1 Report Update at Winter Equestrian Festival

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) has reported that a horse in Tent #17 presented with a fever in the late morning of Thursday, April 1st. The horse – Horse A – was isolated to the quarantine stalls immediately on Thursday for Equine herpesvirus testing and treatment. Nasal and blood tests were pulled and sent out for rapid testing. Friday night at 7 pm the results came back from the lab that the nasal test was positive for EHV-1 and the blood was negative.At 7:30 pm a teleconference was held with Palm Beach Equine Clinic Veterinarians and the State Vet. The decision to place the single barn aisle where the horse was stabled in quarantine was made. Management met with the barn owner Friday night and established a barrier at the end of their aisle and went over biosecurity protocols.The State Vet met with ESP management and the Horse A barn owner Saturday morning. At this point, two aisles in Tent 17 are under mandatory quarantine, and a third aisle is voluntarily quarantining. The rest of Tent 17 is considered not to be at risk.Horse (A) remains isolated and is currently bright and not showing any neurologic signs. The owner made the decision on April 3rd to have the horse transported to the University of Florida for treatment.ESP has been working closely and in direct communication with Palm Beach Equine Clinic and the State Vet to ensure they are receiving the most accurate information as quickly as possible since the fever was first noted in Horse A.ESP’s long-standing strict protocols regarding rapid isolation and testing of febrile horses leads them to be confident these protocols will limit transmission and enable the shows to continue safely. The 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival concludes on Sunday, April 4th, and is immediately followed by the ESP Spring Series which commences on April 7th.There have been 9 other new cases of EHV – Neurologic reported in the US since April 1st in Kentucky, California, Utah and Texas.~ with files from ESP Management Tags: EHV-1, Winter Equestrian Festival, Quarantine, Email*last_img read more

Assistant Professor – School Psychology – NOTICE OF FILING

first_imgPosting DetailsRecruitment Number5342Working TitleAssistant Professor – School Psychology – NOTICE OF FILINGPosition TypeAppointment Percentage100Division/CollegeCollege of Arts, Social Sciences & HumanitiesDescription of College / Department / Program / Division /UnitThe College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities ( CASSH )includes departments and programs in the humanities, socialsciences and interdisciplinary studies, as well departments in theSchool of Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA ). CASSH / VPA continuesthe established liberal studies tradition of providing curriculaleading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Sciencedegree.CASSH / VPA is dedicated to providing quality innovativeinstruction and creative learning experiences which preparesstudents for future careers and education. More broadly, suchlearning allows students to continue to develop meaningful,responsible lives. Graduates of the college will have developed theability to communicate effectively, to think critically, to conductsound research, to understand complex issues, to use knowledge inall aspects of life, to participate meaningfully as globalcitizens, and to discover and apply carefully consideredvalues.CASSH / VPA faculty and staff are committed to maintaining academicintegrity and high ethical standards. CASSH / VPA, through itsfaculty, students, and curricula, also is dedicated to advancingcultural diversity. Furthermore, by developing partnerships andencouraging professional connections, the college works diligentlyto establish its membership in the broader community.The academic community within the College of Arts, Social Sciences,and Humanities and School of Visual and Performing Arts supports astrong general education program, nurtures exceptional disciplinaryprograms, and creates innovative interdisciplinary andinternational programs, which together promote lifelong personaland professional learning for every individual who comes throughtheir programs.Position SummaryThe Department of Psychology in the College of Arts, SocialSciences, and Humanities ( CASSH ) at the University ofWisconsin-La Crosse, is recruiting a new colleague in the graduateSchool Psychology Program for a full-time tenure-track AssistantProfessor position to start August 2020. The School PsychologyProgram is housed within the Psychology Department and has a strongrecord of educating future school psychologists who positivelyimpact children’s learning outcomes. The program grants anEducation Specialist degree and is approved by the NationalAssociation of School Psychologists ( NASP ). This position isaffiliated with the School of Education, Professional, andContinuing Education ( EPC ) and the dean of the EPC will providefeedback regarding hiring and personnel reviews to the department.School of Education affiliated faculty are expected to be engagedin service and scholarly activities that inform and enhance thework they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hoursoutside the academic school year may be required in order to alignduties with the PK-12 school year. UW-La Crosse’s School ofEducation, Professional, and Continuing Education is committed toprinciples of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek toadvance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “AchievingExcellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing theretention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching withidentity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring thateveryone—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexualidentity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and otheridentities—is included and welcomed on campus. Faculty members inthis position collaborate with the Department of EducationalStudies on advising and curriculum related issues.Our new colleague will share the department’s commitment todiversity and will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, andmentor for students with diverse backgrounds. We especiallyencourage applications from members of historicallyunder-represented groups, those whose work furthers the program’sdiversity and inclusion efforts, and those who bring to campusvaried life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.Position Description: The four full-time faculty in the programoperate as a team and rely on individual and collective strengths.As such, we prefer an applicant who can contribute in one or moreof the following ways: engage in high impact teaching practices onthe diagnosis and positive change of behavior concerns in childrenand adolescent; increase community engagement and collaborationwith schools and other community institutions serving children andadolescents; experience and/or interest in grant writing; andexperience and/or interest in online programming. Graduate teachingexpectations are a 3-3 course load and may include courses, such asBehavior Assessment & Management, Psychological Consultation& Collaboration, and other courses within the applicant’sinterest area. Other graduate duties include supervision of Ed.S.capstone projects and supervision of student practica andinternships. Occasional undergraduate course offerings appropriateto the candidate’s training and expertise are a possibility.Consistent with our practitioner/scholar training philosophy, weoffer a two-credit reassignment to work in local schools on arotating basis. Additional responsibilities include maintaining anactive scholarship agenda, and providing service to the department,university, community, and profession. Academic year salary iscompetitive and commensurate with experience with excellent fringebenefits and insurance programs.General position summary statement for UWL facultypositions:Under general supervision of department chair, a person in thisposition is responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduatecourses, and advising students. In addition to preparing for andholding classes [face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online], teachinginvolves maintaining currency in the content area related to theteaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing studentoutcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding officehours. The individual is expected to maintain an active, on-goingprogram of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. In addition,this individual will provide service to the department, college,and university and is likely expected to provide service to thecommunity and/or the profession. Other duties may be assigned bythe chair or dean.Required Qualifications• Earned (or nearly completed) doctorate in School Psychology, or aclosely related field, by August 31, 2020. The degree must beearned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15,2021.• At least one year of School Psychology experience or theequivalent, as approved by the EPC Dean, in prekindergarten throughgrade 12 settings.Preferred Qualifications• A strong commitment to training in and identity with SchoolPsychology.• Evidence of potential for effective teaching and researchinvolving students in higher education settings.• Expertise in behavior assessment and intervention.• Interest/expertise in collaborating with community agencies todevelop high impact learning opportunities for students.• Interest/evidence in federal and external grant writing.• Interest/expertise in the design and delivery of online learningopportunities.• At least three years of School Psychology experience or theequivalent, as approved by the EPC Dean, in prekindergarten throughgrade 12 settings.Physical DemandsWorking conditions and environmentMiscellaneous InformationA competitive recruitment and selection process was conducted forthis employment opportunity and a U.S. worker was not selected. Anapplication for Alien Employment Certification is being filed onbehalf of an alien to fill the employment opportunity. Anyone withdocumentary evidence relative to the application, or availableworkers, wages and/or working conditions, may contact the RegionalCertifying Office of the Department of Labor at the followingaddress:U.S Department of Labor Employment and Training AdministrationForeign Labor Certification National Processing Center HarrisTower233 Peachtree Street, Suite 410 Atlanta GA 30303 Phone:404-893-0101, Fax: 404-893-4642The position has been filled. This posting is mandatory to meet aUnited States Department of Labor requirement. See the job postingfor more details.Duties/ResponsibilitiesThese are the job duties required for the position.Posting Detail InformationSpecial InstructionsFor your Reference Contact Information document, please include thenames, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 professionalreferences who can speak to teaching/supervision skills,clinical/appliedskills, and/or research skills.Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a specialneed/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiringprocess.Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires referencechecks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to beconducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recentemployer and with all previous UW System institution and State ofWisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years. UPS-OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdfPosting Date01/27/2020Close DateContinuous RecruitmentYesContinuous Recruitment First Review Date02/27/2020Position Contact NameRob Dixon, Search and Screen ChairPosition Contact [email protected] DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationReference Contact InformationOptional DocumentsSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by aUW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during thelast seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide theinstitution or agency name, your supervisor and contactinformation, including phone number and email address.(Open Ended Question)* Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name andcontact information, including phone number and email address.(Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW Systemrequires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexualviolence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s mostrecent employer and with all previous UW System institution andState of Wisconsin agency employers from the past sevenyears.)(Open Ended Question)How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Chronicle of Higher Education Web SiteDiscipline-Specific Publication/Web SiteHERC Web Web SiteJob Center of Wisconsin Web SiteMinority Publication/Web SiteUniversity of Wisconsin – La Crosse Social Media (i.e.Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Web SiteLa Crosse TribunePersonal Referral * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal theidentities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,except that the identity of the successful candidate will bereleased. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read andunderstand that if I am the successful candidate for this position,my name may be released.I do not request that my identity remain confidential.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Welcomes Alecia Chakour At The Sunshine Music Fest

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played the third night of a four night run in the Southeast yesterday, hitting venues in Nashville, TN and Columbia, SC before heading to the Tedeschi Trucks Band-hosted Sunshine Music Festival in St. Petersburg, FL. Almost Dead has been on an absolute tear throughout the run, undoubtedly fueled by the energy of a debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium. With two nights to play at the Sunshine Fest, the band settled in for a great set of Grateful Dead classics.The band opened up with “Ruben & Cherise”, setting the pace for a fun set with the classic tune. They rocked into “Eyes Of The World” as well, before calling on guest vocalist Alecia Chakour to highlight their rendition of “Turn On Your Love Light.” As a Brooklyn native, Alecia is no stranger to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, having collaborated with them many times over. This performance was a bit more unique, however, as Ms. Chakour was on hand with her current outfit, Tedeschi Trucks Band. She lent her fiery vocals to the great “Love Light” before rejoining her TTB crew.The set continued with a selection of upbeat Dead tunes, including bluesy numbers like “Alligator” and “Cumberland Blues.” They kept the vibes up with a big “Shakedown Street,” and closed out the set with “The Greatest Story Ever Told” into “One More Saturday Night.” You can watch a video of “Cumberland” below, courtesy of Eric Beringer on YouTube.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will travel to Boca Raton today for the second of two shows at the festival. You can see the band’s setlist from yesterday’s performance, below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Sunshine Music Festival | St. Petersburg, FL | 1/14/17One Set (5:00PM – 6:23PM)Jam ->Ruben & Cherise (TH) ->Eyes of the World (TH) ->(Turn on Your) Lovelight (AC)Alligator (SM) ->Cumberland Blues @ (All) >Shakedown Street (TH) ->Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) ->Jam # ->One More Saturday NightAC is Alecia Chakour on Lead [email protected] – With a “Duo Jam”, a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB) & Ruben & Cherise Teases/Jam (TH & Band)# – Contained elements of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin) from MB & One More Saturday Night (TH)[Photo taken at Brooklyn Bowl by Greg Horowitz]last_img read more

Mother Cabrini Statue Unveiled In NYC On Columbus Day

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo observed Columbus Day on Monday by dedicating a statue of the Italian-American saint known as Mother Cabrini in lower Manhattan.The unveiling of the statue came a year after Cuomo announced that the state would commission a monument to the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 1946. It stands in a spot by the Hudson River with a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in 1850 in what is now the Lombardy region of Italy. She immigrated to the United States in 1889 and went on to found schools, hospitals and orphanages. She died in 1917.“Today the lesson of Mother Cabrini is even more vital because of the challenges we are facing,” Cuomo said on Monday. Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, would normally spend Columbus Day marching in the city’s Columbus Day Parade, but this year’s parade was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

CAES Dean Named

first_imgNick T. Place, an academic leader with a record of applying research-based expertise to the needs of agricultural producers and communities, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the UGA Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations.Place is currently dean for extension, director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and a professor in the department of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida. His appointment at UGA is effective Jan. 1, 2021.“I am delighted that Dr. Place will serve as the next dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “With his far-reaching experience as a scholar, practitioner, educator and administrator, he will provide outstanding leadership to the college in the years to come.”As dean and director of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, a position he has held since 2012, Place oversees faculty located in each of Florida’s counties, 13 research and education centers, 15 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He previously served as associate dean and associate director of University of Maryland Extension and as a faculty member at UF, where he was graduate coordinator and led the graduate program in agricultural education and communication. He began his career as an extension agent at Penn State University, where he conducted educational programs in dairy, livestock, 4-H youth development and community development.Place’s research and scholarship focuses on teaching and learning along with domestic and international extension services and their role in youth, community and economic development. His work has been supported by $1.7 million in grants and contracts from agencies such as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Security Education Program. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications as well as a book, several book chapters, and numerous extension publications. He was selected by the USDA to work in Poland for six months to assist the Polish Ministry of Agriculture in restructuring and reorienting its agricultural extension system.“Dr. Place has devoted his career to the land-grant ideal that universities exist to address the needs of our nation while producing knowledge and talent for global impact,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am confident that he will provide visionary leadership to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that promotes excellence in teaching, research and service.”Place was a fellow of the two-year Food Systems Leadership Institute program sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Land Grant System. His additional honors include receiving the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Outstanding Achievement Award and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teacher Fellow Award.He earned his bachelor’s degree in dairy husbandry at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania. He earned his M.S. in dairy and animal science and his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education from Penn State University.“I am looking forward to becoming the dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” Place said. “There is recognizable strong potential in areas such as agricultural technology, innovation, food systems and a host of other areas across all three missions of research, teaching and extension outreach. I stand ready to proactively work with the outstanding faculty and staff at CAES and UGA who are poised to take the college to whole new heights.”A 24-member search committee co-chaired by Jennifer Frum, vice president for Public Service and Outreach, and Dale Greene, dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, helped identify finalists for the position. The committee was assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and the UGA Search Group.About the College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesFounded in 1859, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plays an integral role in UGA’s land-grant mission through its instruction, research and extension programs. Today CAES has campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, seven research and education centers, five 4-H centers, and Extension offices that serve each of Georgia’s 159 counties. For more information, see read more

Vermont General Fund below monthly target, Transportation and Education funds above

first_imgThe Vermont General Fund took a hit last month as both the Personal Income and Corporate tax revenues fell below expectations. Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding today released the December 2011 General Fund (GF) revenue results. December is the sixth month of fiscal year (FY) 2012. General Fund revenues totaled $96.47 million for December 2011, and were -$9.70 million or -9.14% below the $106.18 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, General Fund revenues were $569.12 million, and +$2.43 million or +0.43% ahead of the target of $566.69 million for FY 2012. Cumulatively, General Fund receipts through December 31, 2011 exceed the prior fiscal year (FY 2011) to date receipts as of December 31, 2010 by +3.16%.‘After four consecutive months of above target General Fund receipts, it is disappointing to see results slide below target for the month. However, this is not a total surprise and not necessarily an indication of the health of the Vermont economy. Our recent monthly revenue releases have been cautionary about Corporate Income Tax receipts, which accounted for the majority of above target performance for the year and also underperformance for the month of December. A correction here was not unexpected and we can expect more in the coming months,’ explained Secretary Spaulding.Current targets reflect the Fiscal Year 2012 Consensus Revenue Forecast adopted by the Emergency Board at their July 21, 2011 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary. The next Emergency Board meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2012.Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source providing approximately 50% of total GF revenue. PI Tax receipts are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Net Personal Income Tax is comprised of PI Withholding Tax, PI Estimated Payments, PI Refunds Paid, and PI Other. Net PI Receipts for December were recorded at $51.98 million, -$3.32 million or -6.00% below the monthly target of $55.29 million. The year to date Net PI Tax receipts were $283.90 million, or -$0.86 million or -1.07% below the cumulative target.Corporate Income Taxes are also reported net-of. At $6.68 million, the December Net Corporate Receipts were close to 50% short of the monthly target of the $12.42 million (-$5.74 or -46.19%). Year to date Corporate receipts were $37.99 million, +$4.45 million or +13.27% ahead of target, as significant drop from last month. The current month drop has pushed the cumulative receipts down to -14.87% below the same period in the prior fiscal year.Consumption tax results for December were mixed ‘ both hovering close to the targets for the month: Sales & Use Tax receipts of $18.35 million were above target by +$0.06 million (+0.31%); Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $7.79 million fell short of target by -$0.03 million (-0.42%). Year to date, Sales & Use Tax receipts of $113.38 million remains slightly ahead of target by +$0.16 million or +0.14% and Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $65.41are above target by +$2.19 million or +3.46% for the current fiscal year (FY 2012). As compared to the same period for the prior fiscal year (FY 2011), cumulative December consumption taxes (Sales & Use, and Meals & Rooms) exceeded the prior year results by +5.74% and +3.46% respectively.The remaining non-major tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the remaining non-major categories for December were as follows: Insurance Tax, $1.74 million (9.70%); Inheritance & Estate Tax, $1.32 (-26.61%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.64 million (-24.52%); and ‘Other’, $7.98 million (-1.81%). The year to date December results for the remaining non-major categories were: Insurance Tax, $16.56 million (-1.26%); Inheritance & Estate Tax, $9.41 (-3.76%); Property Transfer Tax, $4.19 million (-13.89%); and ‘Other’, $38.28 million (-5.55%). Cumulatively, the total non-major component receipts of $64.45 million were below the prior year total of $69.08 million by -$4.64 million, or -6.71%. However, the shortfall versus prior year in ‘Other’ is primarily due to one-time extraordinary settlement activity in Bank Franchise Tax during August of the prior year. Transportation FundSecretary Spaulding also released the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue for December. Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $17.34 million for the month exceeded target by +$0.40 million (+2.38%), against the monthly target of $16.94 million. The December year to date Transportation Fund receipts of $107.59 million was ahead of the $105.64 million target by +$1.95 million or +1.84%. Year to date December FY 2012 non-dedicated Transportation Funds have now exceeded the prior year (FY 2011) by 2.84% for the same period.Gasoline Tax and Diesel Fuel Tax both fell short of target for the month, while the remaining taxes and fees were above target. Individual Transportation Fund revenue components for December were: Gasoline Tax, $4.98 million or -2.17% behind target; Diesel Tax, $1.46 million or -19.95% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $4.07 million or +4.40% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $4.85 million or +5.22% above; and Other Fees, $1.98 million or +30.57% above the monthly target. Year to date results for the individual Transportation Fund revenue components for December were: Gasoline Tax, $31.14 million or -0.42% short of target; Diesel Tax, $7.80 million or +0.37% above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $26.11 million or -0.90% behind target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $33.67 million or +3.95% ahead of target; and Other Fees, $8.86 million or +12.83% above the monthly target.Secretary Spaulding said, ‘Despite below target performances in Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Taxes for the month, cumulative non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts through December continued to out-pace the prior year. Of the five Transportation Fund revenue components, only Gasoline Tax is below the prior year (FY 2011) by -1.50%.’The Secretary also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund (’TIB’). TIB Fund Gas receipts for December were $1.78 million or +12.98% in excess of target; year to date TIB Gas receipts were $10.97 million or +15.82% ahead of target. TIB Fund Diesel receipts for the month were $0.17 million or +16.63% above the monthly target; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $0.94 million or +7.86% ahead of target. The TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table: ConclusionSecretary Spaulding concluded, ‘General Fund receipts for December were not what we wanted, but we are still slightly ahead of target for the year and we have collected $17.4 million more for the first six months of this year than we did last year. We look forward to the report from the two State economists next week when the Emergency Board adopts a revised revenue forecasts for the rest of 2012 and 2013.’center_img Education FundToday, Secretary Spaulding released the ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 12% of the total Education Fund sources). The non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts for December totaled $12.72 million, or +$0.06 million (+0.46%) above the $12.66 million target for the month. Year to date, non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts were $79.49 million, or -0.41% short of the year to date target. The individual Education Fund revenue component results for December were: Sales & Use Tax, $9.18 million, or +0.31% above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.03 million or +4.40%; Lottery Transfer, $1.51 million or -3.69% below; Education Fund Interest for December was under $0.00 million against a similar target. Year to date receipts by component were: Sales & Use Tax, $56.69 million, or +0.14% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $13.06 million or -0.90%; Lottery Transfer, $9.40 million or -3.17% below target; year to date Education Fund Interest for December was under $0.02 million against a target of below $0.01 million. As compared to prior year, FY 2012 year to date non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts are 5.59% ahead of the FY 2011 results for the same period.last_img read more

FARC Leader Accused of Nine Murders Is Arrested

first_img Following several months of police intelligence activities, Colombian Army, police, and Air Force units arrested Gustavo Gómez Urrea, alias Víctor, the second-ranking leader and finance chief of Front 15, part of the South Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The arrest was the result of “Operation Shadow,” which made it possible to engage in infiltration activity in the areas where Front 15’s leaders were located and to conduct an air assault on the location. In addition to being the brother of the chief leader, José Ventura Gómez Urrea, alias Víctor handled the terrorist structure’s criminal business activities, on the basis of close relationships with arms traffickers and the ongoing administration of the trade in coca base. Among the acts attributed to this terrorist is the action carried out at the inspection of Puerto Tejada de Solano (Caqueta), where he directed an ambush that caused the deaths of nine Marines, while two were seriously wounded and one was kidnapped. By Dialogo September 13, 2011last_img read more

Colombian Police Create Special Unit to Reinforce Security

first_img As part of a package of strategies to improve citizen security that will be announced in the next few weeks, Colombia will set up a special intervention group headed by the director of the National Police, General José Roberto León. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that this group will be a special corps of uniformed personnel that will have the ability to carry out rapid-intervention processes in cities or municipalities that need it. Minister Pinzón made the announcement on June 15, at a promotion ceremony for National Police commanders held in Bogotá. “This new capability will serve so that in each city in the country where we feel that there’s a deterioration or there are specific security concerns, the director of the police can go in with that force and intervene in order to transform and stabilize that situation,” he specified. He added that specific strategies will also be implemented in order to more effectively confront criminal phenomena such as illegal mining, petty extortion, and petty trafficking. “I exhort you (General León) and your entire agency, let’s step on the gas and create more capabilities and new alternatives that can give citizens confidence that we’re growing in strength to confront not only the major threats, but also the problems in the cities,” the defense minister affirmed. By Dialogo June 21, 2012 It seems to me that the specific planning, especially that of Colombia, should include fighting the illegal smuggling of weapons, especially when the Farcs announce the purchase of land-to-air missiles. Finally, I must congratulate Colombia for its pertinent and constant interest in fighting all manifestations of violence.last_img read more

Judge writes to honor unforgettable children

first_imgJudge writes to honor unforgettable children February 1, 2005 Laura Melvin Senior Editor Regular News Judge writes to honor unforgettable children By Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Laura Melvin was a First Judicial Circuit judge, she winced at the tortured faces of damaged children who appeared in her courtroom. She grappled with how best to deal with their cruel abusers, while deep down feeling like tearing their faces off. To diffuse her anger, she went home and wrote her heart out at night.Now that 57-year-old Melvin has retired from the bench, she has been busy crafting those courtroom snippets, about 300 pages of rough-form vignettes, into a polished nonfiction book she hopes will be published.Recently, Melvin had a wonderful opportunity to hone her writing craft when she was awarded a fellowship to spend a month at the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She lived with another writer and four visual artists on a 1,000-acre cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley, about 18 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming.“I learned of Jentel through a magazine, Poets and Writers. I submitted 20 pages of my writing, got a couple of friends to send a reference letter, and to my total amazement, Jentel accepted me,” Melvin wrote in an e-mail from her private writer’s studio with triple windows that revealed an eight-point buck a few feet away, and a magnificent view of foothills of the snow-capped Big Horn Mountains.“My amazement has not diminished, and at times I’m sure I’ll be found out and sent home,” Melvin said.“Part of the amazement is the assignment they gave us at orientation. Lynn, the manager, explained: ‘You were each selected by the jury based on a project you submitted. But, now that you’re here, you can work on that project, a different project, or no project at all.’”Jentel is an angram of the name of Neltje, a wealthy artist from New York City and a patron of the arts who created the facility and invites artists to create in inspiring surroundings. But once there, the artists are free to do as they please.“Sleep the whole month if you like,” Lynn told Melvin at orientation. “She knows that the time you spend here will at some point impact your art work — while you’re here, or years later. Neltje believes in the process and wants to honor your art. This is a way that she gives back to the arts’ community.”After a decade as a lawyer, followed by another decade as a circuit judge, Melvin admits participating in a program without schedules, deadlines, dockets, or obligations was a difficult concept. But she adapted and wrote like crazy.By the end of that glorious month that ended in mid-November, Melvin said she has completed a rough draft of her manuscript that would have consumed at least six months in her regular life back home full of interruptions.“I feel good about what I have, and I may need to puff up some sections while deleting others,” she said. “I’m going to make contact with an agent and send query letters out to some publishers. I know even less about this next phase than the last.”What Melvin knows with certainty is the purpose of her writing: to honor the children she met in court.As Melvin describes her project, it’s a memoir.Part of it is a travelog of adventures right after she retired, trading her 2,000-square-foot home and 20 acres for a Dodge 2500 that pulls a 30-foot “fifth-wheel” RV. With her German shepherd, Grace, Melvin embarked on a quest to simplify her life, try “life without a robe,” and see America. That travelog provides a linear progression that segues into the court vignettes that often feature children.“I feel compelled to finish this because of the children,” Melvin said. “It’s not a matter of my writing it so I will not forget them. Some I would never forget, no matter what.”Rather, Melvin explains, her writing is a way to pay homage to the children who somehow survived the brutalities of messy divorces, neglectful mothers, sex-ravaging step-fathers, and abuse from “the system” itself.Some did not survive.“One little girl died. At some point, I want to do research and try to find Mama. That little girl had such a big impact, I’d like her mom to see what I wrote about her,” Melvin said.She likens her mission to a line in a song from the a capella group, Sweet Honey and the Rock, who sing about a quilt that travels the country for AIDS awareness: “And they called out your name, and you will live forever, because they called out your name.”“It is messy, perhaps, to attempt to call out the names of these kids in a nonfiction way, with hopes that somebody else will then not be able to forget them,” Melvin said.“It is first-person, singular stuff. It is what I saw, what I heard, and what I felt.”Melvin combines a journalist’s discipline to get the facts straight, even interviewing a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent who was a witness in a child murder case, while taking a humanistic approach to writing.Now back home in the Florida Panhandle, Melvin reflects on her Wyoming experience.“I knew how to work very hard and disciplined because of my work in law. I applied that same discipline to my writing out there at Jentel. I worked my tail feathers off.”One of the successful writers she met in Wyoming was Liz Gilbert, who attended another nearby artist-in-residency program called Ucross. Gilbert, author of The Last American Man, a finalist for the National Book Award, is busy working on her fourth book.“I’m glad I didn’t know anything about her ’til later, because I would have been much intimidated,” Melvin said. “Instead, we talked freely. She asked probing questions, knowingly discussed several issues I have with my manuscript, and gave me invaluable advice.“She said to me, ‘Laura, you are a plow horse. Don’t look back. Just keep going. Your only goal is to complete the project.’”And to Neltje, her patron, Melvin says, this “fiercely independent woman with a strong handshake and a warm heart gave me a gift I could not have imagined.”That gift was peaceful time to write, along with the inspiration and confidence to keep writing until her story is told. If you would like to find out more about Jentel or retired Judge Melvin’s project, feel free to e-mail her at [email protected] Jentel’s Web site can be found at An excerpt from ‘Larry’s Story ‘ (Editors’s Note: Here is an excerpt from a story of a case Laura Melvin handled while an attorney representing what was then called the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.) In anticipation of the trial, the case worker and I took the two brothers, age 5 and 7 years old, into an empty courtroom. I showed them where they would sit and told them who would be in each of the other chairs. They sat in the witness chair and called out to imaginary people in the courtroom. We went up behind the bench, and I let them sit in the judge’s chair. They took turns spinning each other around and around.This could have been a simple field trip, a civics lesson for two young kids in how our court system worked. But it wasn’t.We sat in the front row, and the case worker asked them to tell me what happened with their step-father. They look down and shook their heads, “No.”It was as though the little guys who had been clowning around moments earlier were gone, and two stiff, shell-shocked shadows sat in their places.I had a yellow legal pad for notes — the kind that comes pre-punched with two holes centered at the top. Larry, the 7-year-old, reached over without speaking, took the legal pad from me and hid his face behind it.I said, “Larry, it’s OK, you don’t have to look at me. But tell me what happened.”Larry began to talk, haltingly from behind the pad. As he fidgeted with the pad, I watched one small eye and then the other dart to a hole. He bent the pad slightly; now both eyes peered at me.He sat up straight and looked me in the eye. From behind his mask of cardboard and yellow paper, he calmly told with chilling simplicity how he and his little brother had been repeatedly raped by the man he called dad.That was 20 years ago, but I can still see Larry, sitting in the empty courtroom, his bright eyes peeking at me through the holes at the top of a legal pad.last_img read more

Innovation in the HoReCa channel – Cold Brew. It’s not iced coffee, but a new coffee drinking ritual

first_imgThis tourist year has been challenging to say the least, even crucial, and although much has indicated an alert, we have clearly not responded to all the warnings, neither today nor in recent years. On the positive wave of tourism growth, we were intoxicated by success, not so much thanks to our strategy and ourselves, but more due to other global circumstances and the decline of direct European competitors. Another advantage of Cold Brew is that it is a platform for mixing other drinks, as in the case of cocktails. So, like classic cocktails consisting of a variety of drinks, so is Cold Brew, only of course the base is coffee. Those who think outside the box, follow trends and stick to quality will always profit, as evidenced by this tourist season where the market has done its thing, and quality has proven to be key for those facilities that have not failed. If we want to be a TOP tourist destination, we must move away from the concept of the sun and the sea, and focus on precisely through an authentic, diverse and quality offer and content in each segment. So in catering.  The importance of quality partners in the tourism industry The difference between the classic way of making coffee and Cold Brew (cold cooking) is in two basic facts. “ClassCoffee is brewed under temperature and high pressure, while Cold brew is brewed at low temperature and there is no pressure. This means that coffee, under the influence of gravity, drips slowly, ie enters the container, and the whole process takes 12 hours. These are the two most important but big differences betweenand espresso and Cold Brewa”Points out Marko Crnogorac, director and member of the Management Board Julius Meinl Bonfanti doo But it’s a platform for exploration and experimentation, as are cocktails. Julius Meinl points out that they have provided a base or narrative through their cocktail offer, and that they encourage others to find the best combinations themselves.  The brand of a destination is influenced by many factors, and one of them is certainly following trends and innovations. If we want to be among the TOP tourist destinations in Europe, and we want and can, we must follow all global trends, and even be the leaders of new trends.  Without going deeper into all the problems, our biggest problem is the poor offer and content in tourist destinations, and not so much the high price, as the low value for money, which is the most important.  To prepare the Cold Brew beverage, a specially ground, 100% arabica coffee is used, for which the extraction process takes 12 hours. This procedure produces a drink of gentle, elegant sweetness with fruity notes, and brings a new way of drinking coffee.  By the way, when we talk about coffee, one of the social habits, which is strongly established in our society and identity, is certainly the ritual of drinking coffee. A ritual that tourists envy us for and emphasize as an advantage of living and staying in Croatia. That is why this innovation is even more important, because it is connected with the powerful coffee drinking ritual that is very present in our country.  Except in the context of revenue growth, the story around Cold Brew is more important through the prism of a new offering, following trends and creating a new drinking ritual, especially in the summer months. “The whole concept is very interesting for the caterer. Caterers in Croatia do not have the perception that 12 liters of drink is cooked for 12 hours, which is a very long time. In one glass of Cold Brew we have a drink of a completely different acidity, bitterness and aroma. This is a total innovation, which is not so important because of the volume, but that the caterer stands out in some way and is different from the competition. One hipster cup on a wooden pallet combined with various soft and alcoholic drinks is a new ritual of drinking coffee ” says the Montenegrin. Exactly one of the new trends and innovations in the HoRea channel came to Croatia – Cold Brew coffee So, if we calculate that there is 12 liters of beverage in one container, and the average dose of coffee is 0,3 ml of coffee, we get 40 beverages of Cold Brew through one brewing.  Namely, thanks to the company and brand Julius Meinl, which is a representative of the culture and tradition of the Viennese café, and which was later transferred to Croatia, especially in Opatija in the early days of our tourism (Viennese café culture is officially included in the UNESCO National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage) , has expanded its range of beverages and introduced a unique innovation in coffee preparation – Cold Brew.  By the way, the base of every coffee is espresso, and one of the charms of Cold Brew is that, in addition to pure Cold Brew (coffee + water), it offers the possibility of adding various soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as when preparing cocktails.  So all the research tells us that coffee is much more than coffee, and the ritual of drinking coffee is an everyday experience of almost every tourist. Also, the new investment offer will bring you a star more, a picture more as well as a better review, and you know for yourself how crucial this is today.  The great news is that the catering offer in Croatia is developing and growing in quality, from the entry of burgers into the standard offer to more and more Michelin stars on our gastro scene. So Cold Brew is one of the innovations in line with new trends, certainly a great addition to a better and higher quality offer. So the one who consumes 40 drinks of Cold Brew is ready by the next morning. But, of course, Julius Meinl also saw this as one of the limiting factors, and offered a solution that caterers can buy ready-made Cold Brew directly from Julius Meinl.  I mentioned the word crucial, deliberately in context and with the hope that we all finally understand that we can no longer expect the growth of our tourism from the sun and the sea and bad value for money. “Alarm” again. What if the caterer consumes Cold Brew brewed coffee?  The Julius Meinl offer includes seven flavor variants. Of the non-alcoholic cocktails on offer are Pure, Peach, Meinl Cherry or Mojito, and for those who prefer alcoholic cocktails there are Nutty Brew cocktails with the addition of chestnut liqueur, Blueberry Brew or Mozzart Brew enriched with amaretto and orange. Cold Brew is an excellent, innovative offer in the HoReCa channel, and thus an offer in our tourism. In a conversation with Marko Crnogorec, Director and Member of the Management Board of Julius Meinl Bonfanti doo, I learned the details about this product on our HoReCa channel, from the way it is prepared to the new coffee drinking ritual, as well as what it means for caterers. What immediately popped into my focus around Cold Brew was the preparation of a drink of as much as 12 hours. How can caterers adjust to this when guests want service and drinks now and immediately? In this article, I focused on the quality offer, brand perception, following trends, a process that must be constantly in focus and listening to the market and the importance of quality partners. The arrival and presence of world brands, such as hotel houses, drinks, services, footwear, etc .. certainly contributes to a positive perception of the brand. That is why it is important that, say, Uber is present in our tourism, that we have Nike stores, McDonalds, Hilton hotels, Heineken, world-famous musicians at festivals, MasterCard, Apple Pay (I took plastic examples, but you get the point) as well as many other world brands. , because all this contributes to the confirmation that Croatia is a modern market, which follows trends. It also gives clear signals on the market, both in the b2c segment and in b2b, for the arrival of other brands in Croatia. And all this affects the perception and brand of our tourism. Also, positive competition pushes others to grow and develop, while with monopolies the market stagnates. One is the countries that consume the most coffee and there are the USA, Brazil and Germany in the first places – but the order looks completely different when it is converted into consumption per capita. According to a study by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in Europe, the largest coffee consumers are Finns, when we look at per capita consumption, followed by Norwegians, Danes, Austrians… and big coffee drinkers are Italians, Greeks, Germans, and even Slovenes who drink 5,8 kg of coffee per capita per year, while Croats drink 5,1 kg per capita. And that is why it is important to have quality partners and brands in Croatia, both for our economy and for tourism, because they bring various innovations, follow trends and push the whole market forward. “Namely, we provided the caterers with an already prepared Cold Brew, made in the same way, which is poured into special containers and which is ready for use. The quality of cold brew remains the same, and caterers can still have the whole ritual and way of preparing Cold Brew, which is very important to them. ”  Crnogorac points out and adds that they have a strong distribution network with which they cover the entire territory of Croatia and can react quickly, which is extremely important in the operation of all catering facilities. Trends today are coming and changing like never before, but it should be borne in mind that we have micro, short-term and long-term trends. But thanks to the younger population and the influence of social media, trends need to be followed.  However, the whole process of preparing Cold Brew begins with the last minute of the caterer’s working hours, the Montenegrin points out and adds: “The Cold Brew preparation process begins at the last minute of your caterer’s business hours. So, before closing the facility, the preparation process begins, the Cold Brew device is activated and once activated, during the night the cold brew is prepared, so that it is ready for consumption a day later, ie in the morning.”Says the Montenegrin. No, this is not iced coffee, but a new, different and innovative concept of drinking coffee. To prepare this premium, refreshing beverage, a new blend of Cold Brew coffee has been developed, as it is a unique method of preparing coffee with a long, cold extraction of as much as 12 hours. “We give free to caterers, and we only offer certain solutions that complement each other best. But we created cocktails with professionals, which is very importantbut to emphasize, and combine with any piI will be in a wide range of drinks on the market, which is most acceptable to consumers in HoReCa channels ” concludes the Montenegrin. So, to conclude, this is a premium 100% Arabica coffee, which brings a new and different way of drinking coffee.  And as a passionate “coffee drinker” who drinks at least three espressos a day, this story caught my attention and gave me an idea for this article. Of course I had to try Cold Brew, and I won’t reveal the impression, it’s best to discover it for yourself. But let’s get back to the story of Cold Brew.  The motive for coming is the destination, not the accommodation, and it is in the destinations that we have the most problems. If we want to raise tourism to a higher level and extend the tourist season / year, we must invest in quality, diverse and authentic offer and content. Also, the story is constantly revolving around prices, but the focus should be on value for money, where unfortunately we stand badly. On the other hand, in order to have a quality offer in the entire tourist chain, we must also have quality partners in the market. Partners that bring us quality, stability, raise the value of our brand, follow trends and innovations and give us the resources to make our performance at a higher level. An article I wanted to write a long time ago, and just one novelty and innovation in the HoReCa channel prompted me to talk about the importance of quality partners in the entire tourism chain. Photo: Julius Meinllast_img read more