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Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientist Wayne Hanna has received his share of awards, but he says there’s something extra special about the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28.“I think the biggest satisfaction that comes from winning the award is that the efforts in Tifton are recognized and acknowledged,” Hanna said.Hanna has served as a part-time professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences on the UGA Tifton campus since 2003. This followed a successful 32-year career as a research geneticist and research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) in Tifton, Georgia.Hanna, whose specialty is crop genetics and plant breeding, has authored or co-authored more than 670 scientific papers. He’s developed and released 31 cultivars and 35 parental lines, inbreds and improved germplasms of turf, ornamental and forage genera; this includes 27 plant patents and four plant patents in final review. His cultivars are planted across the world as forage for summer grazing and on landscapes, golf courses and athletic fields — including those staging the World Cup and Olympics.Hanna was well deserving of the award, according to Jim McFerson, professor of horticulture at Washington State University and chairperson of the NAPB Awards Committee.“For more than 50 years at both the USDA ARS and the University of Georgia, Dr. Hanna has assembled and distributed forage and turfgrass germplasm, developed and released highly successful turfgrass varieties, published hundreds of papers on breeding and genetics, and trained numerous graduate students and postdocs,” McFerson said. “Dr. Hanna is exactly the kind of scientist, mentor and human being the NAPB seeks to honor with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.”A native of Texas, Hanna earned a doctorate in genetics from Texas A&M University in 1970. During the first 32 years of his career, Hanna studied male sterility systems, reproductive and chromosome behavior, radiation and plant improvement, hybridization, gene action, linkage and inheritance analyses, alien germplasm transfer, and forage quality components.Over the past 16 years, he has developed seed sterile ornamental grasses, ornamental peanut, cold tolerant citrus, and coneless pine trees.Hanna is a member of the NAPB, Golf Course Superintendents of America, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, Turfgrass Producers of America, American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.He has received multiple awards during his illustrious career, including induction into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2011 and into the Agricultural Research Services Science Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named Inventor of the Year by the UGA Research Foundation in 2003, the same year he received the C. Reed Funk Achievement Award from the Turfgrass Breeders Association.These awards recognize his impressive body of work, but Hanna is most proud of the impact his career has made on consumers.“Say, a lady calls me from north Atlanta and says, ‘Wayne, ‘TifBlair’ has given me the prettiest lawn I’ve ever had.’ That’s the best award you can get,” Hanna said. “Or you have a cattleman from Texas that says, ‘This grass that you developed has made me more money than anything I’ve ever done.’ Those are really good feelings.”last_img read more

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Ángel de los Andes Provides Training for Air Forces from the Americas

first_imgTraining to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies and to provide medical care paid off for the Colombian Armed Forces on June 22. Sharpening skills and bolstering cooperation “The exercise’s objective is to share the FAC’s 50 years of experience, strengthen operational abilities in the various air crews, be at the forefront in the techniques used to provide humanitarian aid, and improve the close ties of cooperation and interoperability that exist among the participating countries to conduct joint operations intended to save lives at the national and international levels,” the FAC’s Communications Department told Diálogo. The training program will be managed by the FAC’s National Center for Personnel Recovery (CNRP) and led by Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Zapata Romero, FAC’s director of Special Air Operations. Ángel de los Andes, an initiative by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), provides an opportunity for “air crews and aviation medical personnel, as well as operational and logistics personnel, to train in a simulated environment on Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), evaluations and medical airlifts, and putting out forest fires,” the FAC’s website stated. The FAC’s goals in hosting the training program are to help Air Force service members sharpen their search, rescue, and medical skills, in addition to improving cooperation among partner nations. The Air Forces of 12 countries in the Americas will gather from August 17-28 in Colombia to conduct search and rescue exercises during natural disasters and other emergencies. “During this meeting, all the participants demonstrated commitment, bravery, and camaraderie as they prepared to save lives anywhere in the Americas,” the FAC CACOM 5 reported. The following month, on July 16, the Caribbean Air Group used a C90 medical-equipped aircraft, known as the “Guardian Angel of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast,” to transport a 62-year-old man from Providencia Island to the Amor de Patria Departmental Hospital in San Andrés Island, 90 km south, after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Members of the FAC will share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts from other participating countries. During the 10 days of Ángel de los Andes, 230 Colombian Air Force members will train with 60 others from partner nations in search, rescue, and recovery of an ejected crew and persons affected by an attack on a Military convoy; practice planning, supervision, and control skills; and learn about the best ways to provide medical treatment during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes. “Sharing experiences is a tradition among the world’s Armed Forces; there is a very strong esprit de corps among Military institutions,” Rubén Sánchez, a security analyst at Colombia’s University of Rosario, said. Such humanitarian missions “rendered by the Air Force and the Army in each nation is critical for many communities located in inhospitable areas,” Sánchez said. The FAC CNRP units have also rendered humanitarian aid in countries such as Chile, Peru, and Haiti. Multiple roles for Colombian Armed Forces By Dialogo August 18, 2015 warm The FARC guerilla forces went and took out the seismic company ecopetrol congratulations for the partnership between friendly nations. Much success I think it’s very important that the Minister of Defense should be someone with a lot of military experience. Heartfelt regards to all the members of the Armed Forces of my Colombia for the great work they do for us Eight days later, on June 30, the 7th Air Combat Command used an Angel UH-60 helicopter outfitted with a Bambi Bucket that held 640 gallons of water mixed with liquid fire retardant to fight a blaze in the municipality of Pradera in Valle del Cauca. Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the United States, and Canada will attend Ángel de los Andes at the 1st Air Combat Command (CACOM 1) in the department of Cundinamarca, and at the 5th Air Combat Command (CACOM 5) in the department of Antioquia. “This is an excellent opportunity for the institution and for the country to demonstrate the Colombian Air Force members’ skills and training, which have allowed them to stay at the forefront of personnel recovery operations and providing treatment in emergencies and disasters,” the FAC said. The training program will include lectures by national and international speakers arranged by the Office of the Chief of Air Operations and the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SNGRD). Participants will also engage in discussions regarding rescue techniques using examples of successful recoveries of victims during disasters carried out by Colombian security forces and U.S. combat pilots. Military authorities have planned for this event for several months, beginning in October 2014. The FAC and U.S. Air Force members also met at the end of June 2015 to train together prior to the exercise. On that day, the helicopter crew of a UH-60 FAC 4103 Angel aircraft rescued Staff Sergeant Elver Alberto Santana, 38, who was suffering from acute coronary syndrome and extreme dehydration. The helicopter crew airlifted him from the municipality of Murindó to the Medellín Military Hospital. last_img read more

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Before you pack that moving truck…

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Vossen Jeff Vossen is Senior Vice President of Origination and Operations at TruHome Solutions, a Credit Union Mortgage Service Organization, providing a full range of private label services to credit unions (… Web: www.truhomesolutions.com Details TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure) is at the forefront of every mortgage lender’s thoughts right now as everyone in the industry prepares for the impending form changes taking effect Aug. 1. While there’s no shortage of literature currently available about how lenders should prepare and what this means for their business, the potential effect on the borrower’s experience is less explored.Let me paint the picture for you. It’s spring home buying season and the housing market is red hot. Homeowners who’ve sat on properties for years are now looking to take advantage of improved home values and prospective buyers are aggressively house-hunting while interest rates remain low. Imagine a young couple, for example, buying their second home- the one they hope to settle down in and perhaps start a family. They’ve called their trusted realtor, let them know what they’re interested in and are at the table prepared for this exciting move. Except this may not be like their first home purchase for a number of reasons.Don’t Hold the Phone Following an application, the lender will still have three days to send a loan estimate. However after Aug. 1, disclosures must be delivered and acknowledged by the buyer three days prior to closing. While past experiences offered the buyer more flexibility when receiving and digesting this information, missing this step restarts the clock and could change the terms and rates they receive, as well as delay the process. To avoid this, the borrowers need to be educated early on to ensure they are an active participant in the process and understand their accountabilities.Delayed Closings Today, it’s not uncommon for small transaction changes to occur during the contract and negotiation process that can quickly be rectified at closing. Soon, with the new regulations, borrowers may be shocked that there’s little room for error since all closing documents must be complete, delivered and acknowledged by the borrower three days prior to closing. This means that if any changes do occur, it could potentially delay the closing process, creating complications for buyers. This is heightened in a competitive market with buyers lined up for desirable properties. Since most buyers begin making financial adjustments, hiring movers or making temporary living arrangements based on a set move date established in their contract, complications like this can create a negative impression.Communication & Education Among PartiesWhile borrowers are typically immune to any last-minute, unpredicted issues that may occur between lenders, title companies, realtors, etc., this may not be the case following Aug. 1 when it comes to buyer expectations. While smart lenders are proactively educating their trusted parties on what these changes mean, don’t leave out the borrowers. As with any change, there will be growing pains that may expose the buyer to new issues. Until the complexities and responsibilities are fully understood by all parties, the borrower could be put in strained or awkward situations for the first time.While these scenarios leave much to be desired, the truth is, the forms will likely simplify things for the buyer in the long run as intended. However, borrowers will only reflect upon their experience. While first-time home buyers may not notice a difference, second-time buyers or those refinancing in years to come will need re-education.While the impact of TRID is real, lenders that have done their due diligence to invest in compliance, ensure that their technology software up to speed, train staff, educate industry contacts and add staff will likely weather the changes just fine. For financial institutions that don’t have the necessary resources available, these changes are significant and they may have to forego offering mortgages. That’s why Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSOs) can provide relief by way of compliance expertise, trained staff, a top-notch technology platform and deep experience working directly with their clients’ customers or members every step of the way.While you’re not alone in working to prepare for TRID, you may be in a situation where extra support is needed to ensure your members are happily packing their moving truck in route to their dream home this summer. Not only will they appreciate having a positive experience, they will think of their trusted lender who made it all possible for them.last_img read more

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Five tips for preparing for uncertain times

first_imgAfter 9/11, PenFed built a strategic plan to transform our business within a decade to be 95% remote and only 5% brick and mortar. Over the years, our branches have encountered challenges (like hurricanes in Puerto Rico and blizzards in Nebraska), but the coronavirus pandemic has been the greatest test of our business model to date.What we have learned is that the model works – largely because we were prepared for what was to come, and we spent a decade rehearsing for it. By March of this year, 80% of our transactional business was already conducted through our mobile or web platforms (versus through phone calls or in branches). Our employees already had the capability to work from home and transitioned quickly at the onset of the virus. In our branches, we shifted to drive-through only. We have been holding our board meetings remotely, and earlier in the month we held our annual meeting virtually for the first time in our 85-year history.Year to date, our volumes are up nearly 30% from 2019. We reached 2 million members and have surpassed $26 billion in assets. This was the result of long-term preparation by our board of directors and senior leaders and the hard work of exceptional employees. Strategy, Focus and Execution has been our mantra.PenFed is just one data point. But I hope our experience with a remote business model will be helpful to other credit unions. As our economy reopens, here are five tips for credit unions to consider when preparing for the future:Take care of your employees first and foremost. The best way to prepare for the unexpected is to focus on your employees. My second week at PenFed, when I was the chief administrative officer, two female executives came into my office. They had each worked their way up from teller to executive vice president over many years and had the trust and respect of everyone who worked with them. “No matter what you do here, take care of your employees,” they advised me. I will never forget it, and it has proven to be true. “People helping people” isn’t just about helping members. It’s a chain philosophy. If you take perfect care of your employees, they will take perfect care of your members.Develop guiding principles. Develop a guide for a safe return-to-office plan that can be applied or adapted to different scenarios. At PenFed, our guiding principles are: ensuring the safety of employees; accomplishing our mission and goals; and building to “better” (always striving to add more value in our products, services and infrastructure).Be physically prepared. In his foresight, Frank Pollack, my predecessor as president and CEO, spearheaded the planning for a variety of crises. For years, we have made sure to have stocks of meals ready to eat (MREs), water, generators and masks. We have made significant investments in the physical technology that enables remote work.It’s dangerous to be wedded to an idea. Sometimes the best thing you can do is let go of that “great” idea. What you don’t do is as just as important as what you do. For example, does building another branch align with your strategic vision of becoming remote? Do you need that ATM in that location, or should you wait until you have a location that’s frequented by more members? We all have limited resources, and for every decision there is an opportunity cost. In the hard times, you will be glad you didn’t overspend, overreach or stray from your vision in the good times.Be agile. When I was in high school, I always worked several jobs at one time. I would go from a manufacturing job to mowing grass to my job as a teller at a financial institution. It taught me to focus on agility within our institution. If leaders and employees are able to move seamlessly from one task or demand to another and remain levelheaded and flexible in responses, the credit union as a whole will be better prepared to handle new challenges.In our work to ready our credit unions for future challenges, don’t lose sight of the big picture. We realize “success” for a credit union isn’t all about profit – it’s about helping people. Real success is inspiring others to do better. Remember that “many hands make the load light.” Within the credit union, when teams and people go out of their way to help each other succeed, the organization is stronger. We’ve got to stick together. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James R. Schenck James Schenck is President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union, headquartered in Tysons, VA.  PenFed is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving more than 2 million members worldwide with … Web: https://www.penfed.org Detailslast_img read more

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The only island Japanese restaurant in Croatia opened on Lošinj

first_imgThe official start of summer on the island of Lošinj was marked by the opening of a new Japanese restaurant at the Bellevue Hotel, the only restaurant with Japanese cuisine on the Croatian islands.On Sunday, June 24, a gala dinner was organized at the Matsunoki restaurant, where a menu consisting of Japanese delicacies, such as salmon sashimi, nigiri sushi and gyoza – Japanese pasta stuffed with black Slavonian pork – was presented. The Matsunoki menu was created by the restaurant’s chief chef Saša Pribičević together with his team, and great emphasis was placed on the combination of local ingredients and herbs.The newly opened Matsunoki (Croatian pine) is a fusion restaurant of traditional Japanese cuisine in which original Japanese ingredients are combined with quality and fresh Croatian ingredients from local organic farming. The guiding principle of the team of chefs led by the main chef of the restaurant Saša Pribičević was to offer guests the best Croatian and foreign flavors, based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from organic farming that hotel guests and villas of the hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas especially appreciate.   Matsunoki Restaurant covers 240 m2 and can accommodate about 70 people, has a prominent sushi bar and an open kitchen so guests can see the food preparation. “All guests of LH&V and the island of Lošinj, lovers of Japanese cuisine and boaters who are in the Cres-Lošinj area on the menu of the Matsunoki restaurant can find oysters with granite from wine and herbs, maki sushi, beef teriyaki, chicken carrage, matcha ice cream with sweet azuki bean paste and sesame crumble and other famous Japanese dishes with a touch of Lošinj. In addition, Matsunoki makes homemade udon pasta on its own, which is paired in a wok with aged beef steak, young beans and teriyaki sauce. Top Japanese delicacies by chef Saša Pribičević are further complemented by a special offer of whiskeys from renowned distilleries from Japan, such as Nikka Taketsuru, The Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki”Point out from LH&V. All in line with luxury tourism and the top offer developed by Lošinj Hotels & Villas, and Lošinj Bay Čikat has been very popular with gourmets and lovers of top wines for several years. By the way, it is important to point out that LH&V prepares gastronomic specialties using products and groceries from over 90 Croatian family farms from all over Croatia.  Related news: THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?last_img read more

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Barclays to raise £10m from redundant banks

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From official residences to low-cost apartments, Jakarta transforms into isolation city

first_imgLast month, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan instructed his city officials to submit a list of buildings readily available to be converted into isolation facilities.According to the Jakarta Governance Bureau, Jakarta’s five municipalities and its one regency have proposed a total of 253 sites that can be converted into communal isolation shelters.Officials have scoured the city for potential isolation houses to anticipate a lack of facilities, as the number of cases still climbs in the capital despite weak government claims of a leveling off in the rate of COVID-19 infections.The buildings range from official residences to sports fields and training centers, as well as schools and child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA). The heads of the Pela Mampang and Bangka subdistrict administrations, local authorities in leafy South Jakarta, have been forced to move back into their private homes.Their official residences, although newly renovated, cannot be used because medical workers have taken up occupancy there, said Mampang Prapatan district head Jaharudin.The houses, handily transformed into makeshift quarantine facilities, are just two of the many buildings being prepared by the Jakarta administration to temporarily house people who cannot self-isolate or are suspected of transmitting COVID-19. The move also follows a decision in March to convert Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, the former athletes village in Central Jakarta, into a makeshift hospital with a capacity to take in 3,000 patients who are asymptomatic or show only mild COVID-19 symptoms. As of Monday, Wisma Atlet had hosted over 850 patients.Jakarta has 714 intensive care units and 657 isolation wards spread across 190 hospitals. Of this figure, only 172 hospitals are allowed to take in suspected patients while only 100 hospitals qualify to care for confirmed cases.As of Tuesday, Jakarta had 4,687 cases with 409 deaths.The capital has recorded a cumulative total of 3,095 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and patients treated in hospital.The rest of the confirmed cases have gone into self-quarantine, while another 228 people are under surveillance, although their whereabouts and whether or not they have self-isolated are unknown.The Jakarta Health Agency will be examining the proposed sites to ensure they meet health standards for quarantine before use, while the administration continues to prioritize sending patients to referral hospitals and the Wisma Atlet facility.It remains unclear how many buildings have been given the green light, but the agency’s public health department head Fify Mulyani said that task forces had been set up to prepare sites in all areas except West Jakarta and the Thousand Islands regency.“[Preparations] are under way,” Fify told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Based on the agency-approved guidelines, a communal isolation house should either be a permanent or semi-permanent building equipped with bathroom and kitchen facilities, as well as adequate air circulation and access to electricity and clean water.Authorities must also have systems in place to keep the facility secure.Mampang Prapatan’s Jaharudin said medical workers were allowed to take up residency at the two official residences in Pela Mampang and Bangka because no local residents were flagged for isolation.Jaharudin had also put in a request to convert a local 360-room training facility under the government’s management.“It is important to have the building’s owner and the community from the surrounding area agree with the proposal,” he said.“It’s all about the stigma; some people think that the disease is transmitted through the air, but someone under quarantine is prohibited from going outside, right?”Densely populated Jakarta continues to be the national epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, helped along by minimal knowledge of the disease and a significant number of workers who cannot afford to shelter in place.Mayors in Jakarta have acknowledged the issue, saying public support is of utmost importance.In North Jakarta, the local government plans to convert a number of buildings, including two empty towers in the Nagrak low-cost rental apartment (Rusunawa) complex in Cilincing.Local officials have given an assurance that the intended isolation houses located 500 meters away from other occupied towers are far enough.“Even if there are empty units in other low-cost apartments, we wouldn’t recommend them to be used [as isolation rooms] so as to keep other tenants safe,” said Parjoko, the acting chief of the Jakarta Housing and Settlement Agency.Meanwhile, the city’s education agency has proposed the use of 136 school buildings, which has sparked criticism among Jakarta councillors.Council Speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) demanded that the administration pull the plug on that plan, fearing further viral transmission as many schools are located in residential areas.Only one school in Tidung Island in Thousand Islands has reportedly been used to house five people under surveillance.The city’s governance bureau head Premi Lasari acknowledged that there were objections at the neighborhood level.“There was some opposition, but we managed to disseminate information [about the plan] in a persuasive manner with the help of the authorities, local figures and community health center officers,” Premi said.The chairman of the Jakarta RT/RW Forum, Muhammad Irsyad, also played down objections at the community level, arguing that they mostly came down to a lack of knowledge about the disease.“There’s no need to worry because isolation shelters have their own health standards,” Irsyad insisted.“When there are no more [sheltering patients, authorities] will sterilize the property before returning it into its original state.”Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroad

first_imgRetno said 567 other crew members would arrive on three more ships, without mentioning the exact date of arrival.There are still other Indonesian citizens who are unable to come home, such as those stranded in India. Most of them are the members of Tablighi Jamaat.“The government is still finding a way to bring them home by coordinating with other countries whose citizens are experiencing similar obstacles, such as Bangladesh, Malaysia and others,” Retno added.India is one of many countries that have imposed strict lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than four million people globally and has caused more than 238,000 deaths.According to the Foreign Ministry, 734 Indonesians abroad had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday in at least 33 foreign territories and aboard 20 international cruise liners. About 300 are being treated, while more than 370 have recovered, and 41 have died.“All Indonesian diplomatic missions abroad are consistently coordinating with the respective countries to ensure [citizens abroad] receive good treatment,” Retno said.Read also: Nearly 100 foreigners currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Indonesia: Foreign MinisterThe government – with support from Indonesian civil society groups and local communities – is helping citizens abroad in need of assistance because of the pandemic.As of Monday, more than 375,000 aid packages had been distributed to affected citizens abroad.“We give our highest appreciation to the Indonesian communities abroad who have been tirelessly helping those in need,” said Retno.The government has guaranteed that the returning citizens will follow the standardized health protocols to ensure they are not carrying the virus.Retno concluded the briefing by urging regional administrations to be actively involved in handling the returning citizens, as collaboration between central and local government was vital to ensure citizens’ protection.Topics : Read also: COVID-19: Indonesians stranded abroad return home amid ‘mudik’ banOther citizens arrived from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria and Egypt, among others.“There will be more from Egypt and Oman in the near future,” Retno said in a press briefing from the COVID-19 task force headquarters in Jakarta on Monday. She added that dozens of citizens from Bangladesh were expected to arrive on Monday.According to the ministry, more than 14,200 Indonesian crew members have arrived in the country through four points of entry: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta and Benoa Port in Bali. While many countries are imposing strict lockdown policies, Indonesia has recorded an influx of citizens returning from abroad – nearly 90,000 as of Monday.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said 89,595 citizens had been repatriated as of Monday.Of the total, 72,966 citizens arrived from Malaysia. Most of the returnees were those who had been impacted by Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO), which is in place until June 9.last_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf solicita al USDA que brinde apoyo a los sectores agrícolas vitales de Pennsylvania

first_img April 15, 2020 Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health ‘La industria y todos los que dependen de sus productos esperan un plan’Harrisburg, PA: El Gobernador Tom Wolf envió hoy una carta al Secretario del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), Sonny Perdue, instándolo a publicar de inmediato un plan que apoye a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Los $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (a discreción de Perdue para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, de cultivos especializados, horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de la agricultura.“Necesitamos que el Secretario Perdue publique un plan que incluya recursos, orientación y protección para la industria que está trabajando para sustentar a los residentes de Pennsylvania y a los estadounidenses a pesar del riesgo, el estrés y la incertidumbre de nuestra pandemia actual”, dijo Wolf. “Las familias agricultoras de Pennsylvania están trabajando duro para sustentar la vida. Necesitamos una medida federal inmediata para sostener la agricultura porque dependemos de ella cada día.“Además del apoyo financiero crucial, la industria depende de la mano de obra calificada para realizar tareas esenciales y mantener la solidez de la cadena de suministro”, agregó Wolf. “No podemos permitir que los frutos de su trabajo se desperdicien en el momento en que muchas personas sufren inseguridad alimentaria mientras se quedan en casa para salvar vidas”.La carta completa es la siguiente:A medida que la COVID 19 continúa interrumpiendo todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas, escribo para solicitar una medida inmediata en nombre de las industrias agrícolas y alimentarias vitales dentro de Pennsylvania, al igual que para los tantos residentes de Pennsylvania que están sufriendo inseguridad alimentaria porque deben quedarse en casa para salvar vidas.Desde el primer momento en que mi administración comenzó a realizar los esfuerzos de mitigación de la COVID-19, designé a la agricultura y a toda la cadena de suministro de alimentos como esenciales y vitales. Como es el caso en todo el país, la industria agrícola, los procesadores y fabricantes de alimentos, y los trabajadores de las tiendas de alimentos de Pennsylvania se encuentran entre los muchos héroes que trabajan en la primera línea para mantener a Pennsylvania, a la nación y el mundo alimentados a pesar del gran riesgo, estrés e incertidumbre que están viviendo. Debemos unirnos como nación para vencer al virus y recuperarnos. Nuestra recuperación y nuestra seguridad nacional son imposibles sin la certeza de un suministro de alimentos seguro que esté a nuestra disposición.Solicito que el USDA tome medidas urgentes y decisivas para publicitar e implementar un plan para estabilizar de manera inmediata e igualitaria a la industria agrícola, y para apoyar a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Este plan debe incluir recursos, orientación y protección para estos trabajadores. La COVID-19 afecta negativamente a cada sector de la agricultura, el procesamiento de alimentos, la distribución, el comercio minorista, las tiendas de alimentos y los mercados de agricultores y todos ellos necesitan apoyo. Específicamente, le solicito que brinde apoyo inmediato de las siguientes maneras:Apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARESLos $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (que quedan a su discreción para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, cultivos especializados, industrias de horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de agricultura. Este fondo debe usarse con prudencia para mitigar la interrupción de las cadenas de suministro y los mercados para ayudar a nuestros agricultores, productores y procesadores de alimentos, que incluye que nuestras pequeñas empresas, familias agrícolas e industrias agrícolas puedan acceder de inmediato al capital. Las recomendaciones de Pennsylvania para el apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARES incluyen lo siguiente:Apoyo para el procesamiento de ganado, aves de corral, carne y alimentos:Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos mercados de ganado, aves de corral y procesadores de carne, que procesan carne de res, aves y cerdos en nombre de los granjeros de Pennsylvania y los granjeros de muchos estados vecinos. También tenemos muchos procesadores de alimentos en todas las categorías que toman productos agrícolas crudos y los convierten en alimentos u otros productos importantes para una cadena de suministro de alimentos seguros. Estos procesadores necesitan apoyo inmediato para ayudar a cubrir los gastos que superan los costos operativos normales para que puedan brindar protecciones cruciales a sus trabajadores y modificar sus operaciones para continuar proporcionando alimentos a los Estados Unidos y un mercado para nuestros agricultores. Los ganaderos y avicultores que han sufrido interrupciones en el procesamiento deben recibir un reembolso inmediato por la pérdida de ingresos y el aumento de los gastos de mitigación.Productores y procesadores de lácteos:Pennsylvania y New York le presentaron una petición conjunta en nombre de nuestras industrias lácteas, ya que los productos lácteos representan el sector agrícola más grande de Pennsylvania. Nuestros productores y procesadores de lácteos estaban entre las primeras empresas de la agricultura que se vieron afectadas de manera más inmediata por las interrupciones en la cadena de suministro debido a la COVID-19. El apoyo inmediato a los productores de lácteos es crucial y debe incluir pagos directos a los agricultores, préstamos y apoyo a los procesadores de productos lácteos, compras inmediatas de productos lácteos y distribución a través del sistema de alimentos de caridad, y opciones de gestión de riesgos a través del Programa de Protección de Productos Lácteos. Mi administración y la Asamblea General de Pennsylvania han brindado apoyo bipartito a nuestra industria láctea para ayudar a sobrellevar los últimos cinco años de retos. Pennsylvania no puede permitirse perder a sus productores o procesadores de lácteos, y necesitamos su ayuda inmediata en nombre de esta industria.La horticultura y la industria verde:La industria de la horticultura, que incluye a los invernaderos, la floricultura y los centros de jardinería, se ha visto especialmente perjudicada por el momento en que se produjo la pandemia de COVID-19. Normalmente, la primavera es la temporada de siembra de los propietarios de viviendas y de los jardineros, igual que el momento en que muchos celebran fiestas religiosas con hermosos arreglos florales de alta calidad cultivados por pequeñas empresas en Pennsylvania. Las medidas de distanciamiento social de mitigación por la COVID-19 necesarias para salvar vidas y evitar que nuestro sistema de salud se sature han significado que muchas empresas en las industrias ecologistas y de la horticultura hayan tenido que cerrar inesperadamente sus operaciones físicas o la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos justo cuando estaban preparándose para comenzar la temporada más importante del año. Las ventas realizadas ahora son cruciales para mantener sus negocios durante todo el año. Estas pérdidas deben cubrirse de inmediato a través de la asistencia del USDA, y debe brindarse todo el apoyo a las pequeñas empresas que históricamente pueden no haber trabajado o no haberse beneficiado con los programas del USDA.Cultivos de especialidad:Compras inmediatas de cultivos de especialidad, como hongos, frutas, verduras y otros cultivos especiales para apoyar el sistema alimentario caritativo y garantizar que los alimentos no se desperdicien. Estos agricultores deben ser compensados por la pérdida de los cultivos debido a las interrupciones a causa de la COVID-19.Apoyo equitativo para mercados perdidos y apoyo técnico y financiero para la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos:El cierre necesario de las instituciones de servicios de alimentos y nuestra manera de vida en general ha interrumpido muchas de las empresas tradicionales dentro de la agricultura descritas anteriormente, pero también aquellas en mercados nuevos o de nicho como hidroponía, acuaponía, producción a pequeña escala de productos alimenticios de especialidad para restaurantes y mercados de agricultores, agroturismo, agricultura urbana y otras pequeñas empresas que apoyan los sistemas alimentarios locales. Es fundamental que el USDA brinde apoyo directo a aquellas empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores que usualmente no reciben ni buscan apoyo federal a través del USDA pero que son cruciales para las economías locales y estatales. También es imperativo que el USDA brinde apoyo a los mercados de baja gama para muchas empresas agrícolas, incluidos los restaurantes. Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos restaurantes que ponen productos de la granja a la mesa y otras instituciones de servicio de alimentos que se enorgullecen de obtener productos de alta calidad, locales y de especialidad de nuestros agricultores de Pennsylvania. Nuestros agricultores también proporcionan estos productos a los mercados vecinos de New York, Washington D.C. y a todos los EE. UU. A medida que las pequeñas y grandes empresas se esfuerzan por reaccionar ante el mercado en constante cambio, el USDA debe proporcionar apoyo financiero y técnico para ayudar a las empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores a explorar a nuevos modelos de entrega y realizar la transición.Garantizar una fuerza laboral adecuadaAdemás del apoyo a través de la financiación, necesitamos su apoyo en el ámbito de nuestra fuerza laboral. Ahora más que nunca, las demandas laborales de la agricultura de Pennsylvania son altas. El programa H2A proporciona trabajadores calificados que sostienen el sector agrícola de Pennsylvania y realizan tareas esenciales que mantienen nuestra cadena de suministro de manera sólida. Le pido encarecidamente que no reduzca las tasas salariales de efectos adversos de estos trabajadores. En un momento en que muchos sectores cruciales de infraestructura están ofreciendo voluntariamente un pago adicional por peligrosidad en reconocimiento a los sacrificios heroicos de los empleados de primera línea dentro de los sectores de la alimentación y la agricultura, es más importante que nunca mantener los salarios dignos para todos los trabajadores de la agricultura. Además, en un momento de desempleo sin precedentes, la reducción de los salarios en el sector de la agricultura solo servirá para perjudicar a esta industria que busca contratar trabajadores adicionales y competir con otras industrias. Estoy orgulloso de esos empleadores de la agricultura y el procesamiento de alimentos en Pennsylvania que han estado pagando muy por encima del salario mínimo federal durante años, y muchos de ellos son empleadores que participan en el programa H2A. Es inconcebible considerar romper la tasa salarial convenida para los trabajadores que arriesgan sus vidas para cultivar y cosechar los alimentos en los que todos los estadounidenses dependen para sobrevivir.Proporcionar recursos para la salud mentalOtra manera en que el USDA puede apoyar a nuestra familia de agricultores y a la fuerza laboral de la industria agrícola es a través de recursos y servicios para la salud mental. La pandemia de COVID 19 ha reformado e interrumpido rápidamente nuestras rutinas diarias, cambiando casi todos los aspectos de la vida de los residentes de Pennsylvania. La comunidad agrícola continúa brindando un servicio permanente a esta nación, lo que agudiza el estrés y la ansiedad en este momento de incertidumbre. Solicito que haya fondos y recursos disponibles para los servicios de salud mental para los sectores agrícolas y de restaurantes autorizados en la Ley CARES, una necesidad crucial de asistir a aquellos que trabajan tan duramente para sustentarnos.Proteger a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerablesA medida que buscamos apoyar a nuestros agricultores, el USDA debe brindar toda la flexibilidad posible dentro del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) para maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios de SNAP. Más personas en la nación sufren inseguridad alimentaria como nunca antes. Mejorar los programas de nutrición existentes puede ayudar a abordar este problema al tiempo que crea una nueva salida al mercado para nuestros productos agrícolas. Con el fin de maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP), el USDA debe reconsiderar su interpretación de la sección 2302 de la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus para permitir una asignación de emergencia adicional a todos los hogares hasta el máximo beneficio de acuerdo al tamaño del grupo familiar. Actualmente, el USDA sostiene que los hogares que reciben los máximos beneficios no recibirán la asistencia adicional del SNAP. Esto significa que casi el 40 % por ciento de los hogares del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria y aquellos con los ingresos más bajos no recibirán asistencia adicional a pesar de la necesidad real y de la disponibilidad de fondos.El USDA debe usar todas las herramientas en su poder para ayudar a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables que sufren aún más estrés debido a la COVID-19, al tiempo que ayuda a equilibrar la cadena de suministro de alimentos de acuerdo con la intención del Congreso por la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus. Durante un momento de crisis nacional, cuando nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables se quedan sin nada mientras que los agricultores se ven obligados a tirar productos seguros y nutritivos debido a interrupciones en la cadena de suministro, es inconcebible considerar que se les retire la ayuda y el apoyo a los más necesitados cuando el USDA tiene la autoridad y la capacidad de ayudar a ambos.Gracias por su ayuda durante esta pandemia. Nuestra nación confía en una industria agrícola y alimentaria fuerte y vibrante, lo que se ha manifestado a través de esta emergencia de salud pública. Si bien estamos a la altura del desafío, el apoyo que se describe en esta carta es esencial para afrontar esta tormenta.El Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania y el Departamento de Agricultura y Mercados de New York también presentaron recientemente una carta al Secretario Perdue urgiendo al USDA a utilizar fondos federales de estímulo para asistir a las industrias lácteas de los estados afectados por la COVID-19.“New York y Pennsylvania se mantienen firmes en nuestro compromiso de proteger a nuestros ciudadanos de la COVID-19 y de apoyar a nuestros productores y procesadores de productos lácteos, igual que al resto de la cadena de suministro de alimentos. Solicitamos que el USDA tome medidas inmediatas con el fin de garantizar que aquellos que pasan hambre porque se quedan en casa para salvar vidas puedan acceder a los alimentos que de otra forma se desperdiciarían innecesariamente. El USDA debe realizar una inversión inmediata en nuestras industrias lácteas hoy para garantizar que tengamos un suministro de alimentos en el futuro. Debemos unirnos para reconstruir nuestra nación, y nuestros agricultores deben recibir apoyo hoy para poder continuar alimentándonos en los años por venir”, escribieron el Secretario de Pennsylvania, Russell Redding, y el Comisionado de New York, Richard Ball.Ver la carta del Gobernador Wolf en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver la carta del Departamento de Agricultura en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Para obtener una lista completa de los documentos de guía e información relacionados con la agricultura durante la mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, visite agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. Para obtener la información más exacta y oportuna relacionada con la salud en Pennsylvania, visite on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en inglés. 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first_imgThis apartment at LGC 11 Hillside Cres is on the market in Hamilton, one of the inner north suburbs to see strong growth in 2017.BRISBANE’S inner-north housing market is expected to continue its strong performance in 2018 after all suburbs in the area recorded median-house-price growth in 2017.REMAX Integrity principal Nerina Sportelli said all levels of the house market, from entry-level through to prestigious, were performing well: “As in 2017, houses will keep increasing steadily in 2018 while apartments may still struggle a bit.“(The inner north) has ­always been a preferred ­residential area because of the proximity to the city, a good selection of state and private schools, reliable services and great lifestyle such as proximity to river walks, parks and shopping centres.”According to the latest data from property research company CoreLogic, Teneriffe was the top-performing suburb in the City North News catchment, with the median house prices shooting up 32.6 per cent in the year to September to sit at $2.585 million.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Windsor came in second, with the median house price up 13.2 per cent to $855,000, followed by Bowen Hills, up 12.3 per cent to $865,000.Ms Sportelli said while she would like to see more first-home buyers entering the house market in the area, it was unlikely to ­happen due to increasing prices.“In the more exclusive inner-city suburbs we are more likely to see families that are upgrading or upsizing as the entry level is not within the budget of most first-home buyers,” she said.“By the time a suburb has been identified as a ‘hot suburb’ it probably is already too late to be entering the suburb at a reasonable entry level.“It is best to pick a suburb that is ‘affordable and within our budget’ that is as close to the city and services as possible,” Ms Sportelli added.last_img read more

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