Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested Monday after allegedly striking an officer with a bucket full of soap and water during a neighbor dispute on East Second Street.Officers with the Jamestown Police Department were dispatched to 1267 E. 2nd St. just before 7 p.m. Monday for a dispute where a man allegedly smashed his neighbor’s window with a bat.Through investigation, officers alleged that Marc Cheney, 47, was the culprit.While attempting to speak with Cheney he allegedly pushed past officers in an attempt to flee. Police say a struggle ensued and Cheney then allegedly struck an officer in the face with a bucket full of soap and water, causing injury.Cheney was arrested and charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration.Officers report Cheney was held in Jamestown City Jail prior to arraignment in the case. Share: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)
What can agricultural research do for you? Twenty University of Georgia scientists will be glad to show you at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden in Savannah May 13.The scientists are working on a special project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They’re conducting studies in horticulture, plant pathology, entomology and crop and soil sciences at the picturesque research facility.The research covers a range of ornamental, fruit and vegetable studies specific to coastal Georgia.Which hostas and hollies do best in the soils and climate here? How do exotic fruits fare? Which are the best annuals and perennials? That’s just a sampling of the questions the researchers are answering at the Bamboo Farm.The Coastal Cultivars Research Field Day will also include an Ornamental and Turf Pest Management Update. Nursery, greenhouse and landscape professionals can get three hours of pesticide certification credits through the update.The field day itself is free and open to the public. Registration for the field day and lunch at the lakeside pavilion is $10. The fee for the field day, lunch and update is $25 ($15 if you sign up by May 6).To learn more about the event or get a registration form, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens at (912) 921-5461.
Georgia farmers and agriculture consultants hoping to refine their scouting skills are invited to this year’s Insect Scout Schools, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.The schools will be held in Tifton, Georgia, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on Monday, June 13, and in Midville, Georgia, at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center on Tuesday, June 21. The trainings in both locations will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Program topics will cover scouting for bug and larval insect pests, identifying beneficial insects, and conducting in-field reviews. Participants will also learn about safety precautions and procedures. Crops that will be covered include cotton, peanuts and soybeans. According to Phillip Roberts, Extension cotton and soybeans entomologist on the UGA Tifton Campus, the scout schools are beneficial to new insect scouts being introduced to insect monitoring. They’re also helpful for veteran insect scouts because the sessions serve as a review. “These scout schools are very beneficial to farmers who want to learn more about insect pests and the problems they can pose to their respective crops,” said Roberts. “Not all insects are bad, and just because you see a pest doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem that warrants chemical treatments. That’s why these schools are so important – they cover a wide range of information that’s beneficial to growers’ crops.” For additional information about the programs, contact Debbie Rutland about the event in Tifton at 229-386-3424 or Peyton Sapp about the event in Midville at 706-554-2119.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)
An endangered red wolf was shot and killed just before Christmas in North Carolina’s Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a coalition of conservation groups are offering a reward of $16,500 for any information leading to arrest.Only 45 red wolves remain in the wild, and they all live in a protected area in eastern North Carolina.“This loss is a huge blow to the species,” says Defender of Wildlife program director Ben Prater. “The poaching of any wild animal is intolerable, but the intentional killing of one of the world’s most endangered species is inexcusable.”Gunshot mortality is the leading cause of death for the endangered red wolf. A small group of landowners in eastern North Carolina has opposed protection for the endangered red wolf.Once a top predator throughout the Southeastern United States, the red wolf almost vanished 50 years ago. After being named an endangered species, a captive breeding program began in 1973. As the captive population grew, scientists considered where the red wolf could be reintroduced.Photo by Ryan Nordsven/ USFWSIn 1987, six pairs of wolves were released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge located within a five-county region—Beaufort, Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington—of eastern North Carolina. Those 1.7 million refuge acres are now home to the only wild population of red wolves in the world, managed for the last 29 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. Until recently, it has been one of the most successful wildlife recovery programs in the country’s history.But today, both the program and the wild red wolf face possible extinction once more. In the last few years, the wild population has decreased from over 120 wolves to 45— mainly due to shotgun mortality. Red wolves can resemble coyotes—especially at night—and a handful of local landowners have balked at hunting restrictions to protect red wolves. At the request of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and pro-hunting landowners, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has effectively ended the red wolf reintroduction and adaptive management program.Litigation over the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision is ongoing. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a preliminary injunction in September 2016 that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop killing red wolves and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill red wolves.One long-term solution, Prater says, lies in monetary incentives for landowners. A similar program was recently launched in Florida to protect the endangered panther and has seen early success. “Some type of incentive or payment plan—where landowners are compensated for every wolf pack they have or every acre of habitat they provide—it can work. It has worked elsewhere. We just need to start these conversations.”Meanwhile, authorities are seeking any information related to the December 21 red wolf shooting. Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute, and the Red Wolf Coalition have partnered to offer a reward of $16,500 for information leading to an arrest. Contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with any leads at 252-473-1131.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Mutual Group said Wednesday it donated $10,000 to the National Credit Union Foundation to help credit unions connect with the youngest group of potential members: Generation Z.The donation will support the launch of a national tour of 20 experiential learning fairs designed to provide financial literacy and money management skills for the teens of Generation Z, which include Americans born between 1997 and 2011. continue reading »
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The fast food giant Wendy’s is slowly releasing details about its investigation into possible credit card fraud at East Coast and Midwest restaurant locations, while financial institutions and consumers continue to express growing frustration over merchant breaches.While discussions about possible breached locations and compromised accounts have continued to take place within the credit union industry, the only specific detail to emerge so far is from the following statement released by the Dublin, Ohio-based restaurant chain: “Out of the locations investigated to date, some have been found by the cybersecurity experts to have malware on their systems. The investigation is ongoing and the company is continuing to work closely with cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officials.” continue reading »
BTravel, one of the fastest growing Croatian and regional tourist agencies, in 2017 generated revenue of HRK 65,5 million, which is an increase of 70,12% compared to the previous year.This is a great business success for the agency that was founded less than three years ago, at the end of 2015. Today, BTravel employs 32 people and in addition to Zagreb, it also has offices in Pula, Ljubljana and Belgrade. The basis of business is categories incominga (tourist groups from Western Europe, mostly from Austria and Germany), MICE and business tourism and the category by which BTravel is unique in the market – sports tourism. The additional offer consists of school groups, as well as the offer of skiing and wellness, which recorded a growth of 100% compared to the previous year.”The concept of our business consists of connecting the interests and needs of different sectors of the economy with tourism and travel and achieving added value through this synergy. We also see further development in innovations, ie the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing, thus setting the latest trends in the industry.” said Dalibor Bilić, President of the Management Board of BTravela.Since May last year, BTravel has also been the exclusive travel agency of the BBCC (British Business Center Croatia / British Chamber of Commerce) and the agency’s special emphasis is certainly on the British market. “Data from the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) from 2016 show that almost 86% of Britons travel annually, with at least once a year traveling to a foreign country. So, it is about almost 40 million people. Given that British overnight stays in Croatia in 2016 reached 3 million, it is clear that there is much room for growth. The British are quality guests, who usually spend more than others, and Croatia is their destination that they have only been discovering in recent years.. ”Said Dan Vidošević, Corporate Director of BTravel at the Brit Travel Afternoon panel held at the end of the year, on the topic of young British tourists and their travel habits.The panel concluded that it was imperative to extend the Croatian tourist offer to the whole year, including continental tourism. More than half of Britons travel to other cities for a city break (53%), followed by holidays, continental and all-inclusive tourism. The picture in Croatia is that the British are mostly young tourists interested only in entertainment, but the figures of the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) show the opposite. Namely, according to statistics for 2016, only 8% of British tourists travel for the festival.</p>
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The €3.4bn pension fund of Dutch technical research institute TNO plans to increase its private equity investments from 4.4% to 7.5% of its portfolio during the next two to three years.In its annual report for 2017, it said it had appointed several new managers to achieve this goal, which would involve annual investments of approximately €80m.Hans de Ruiter, the scheme’s chief investment officer, said that the new investments – through Gilde, Vector and Strategic Value Partners – would be largely funded by the proceeds of existing private equity holdings.He added that the pension fund had hired consultancy Wilshire to select, monitor and report on unlisted equity investments. Last year, the scheme’s private equity holdings lost 3.8%, but in 2016 the allocation returned almost 13%.The Pensioenfonds TNO said that it had reduced its exposure to US high yield bonds by 1.5 percentage points, in favour of local currency emerging market debt.The company scheme also cut European equity from 10.4% to 5.8% of its portfolio, in favour of US and emerging markets equities.It appointed Robeco and Quoniam as smart beta managers for a new 8.8% allocation to worldwide equity investments, which would come at the expense of regional holdings.TNO also added listed property as a new asset class, aiming for a 2% allocation in line with its existing holdings of unlisted real estate.The pension fund reported an overall result of 3.6% for 2017, including a 1.2% profit from its currency and interest rate hedges.Its equity holdings – 24.2% of the portfolio – delivered 9.8%, while its property portfolio produced 4.4%.Fixed income (67.2% of TNO’s investments) had generated 0.8%, with emerging market debt gaining 3.4% US high-yield bonds lost 4%. The scheme’s exposure to residential mortgages gained 4.7%.The pension fund had an overlay for its emerging market equity investments, targeting 25% of best-in-class companies ranked on environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. It said it planned to extend this overlay to developed markets stock.By the end of 2017 the TNO scheme had already excluded 10 countries under UN sanctions as well as 45 firms from its investment universe, including manufacturers of controversial arms and companies that derived more than 5% of their turnover from tobacco.It said that, after running several scenarios for its own future, it saw enough reasons to continue as an independent pension fund, citing the current input of the social partners in the pension plan, its controls on costs and its service level. TNO said it had decided against merging with a sector scheme or joining a general pension fund.The Pensioenfonds TNO reported administration costs of €308 per participant. It spent 0.78% in total on asset management and transactions.At June-end, its coverage ratio stood at 114.8%. The scheme has 4,260 employees, 6,320 deferred participants and 5,355 pensioners.
Xenia, Oh. — Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a Xenia, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 46,734 pounds of pork sausage link products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The raw pork sausage link items were produced on Aug. 1, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]12-oz overwrap trays labeled “BOB EVANS MAPLE PORK SAUSAGE LINKS.” These products contain a Use by date of Oct. 16, 2018 or Oct. 19, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “BOB EVANS BROWN SUGAR & HONEY.” These products contain a Use by date of Oct. 16, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “FRESH FROM MEIJER MAPLE FLAVORED SAUSAGE LINKS.” These products contain a Use by date of Sept. 06, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “GIANT EAGLE MAPLE PORK BREAKFAST SAUSAGE LINKS CARAMEL COLOR ADDED.” These products contain a Use by date of Sept. 10, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “SCHNUCKS MAPLE RECIPE BREAKFAST SAUSAGE.” These products contain a Lot Code of 8213.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST 6785.” These items were shipped to retail locations in Ind., Ill., Md., Mich., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., Va., and Wis.The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of extraneous material in the pork sausage products.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.