University of Georgia scientists are now better equipped to help businesses launch new food products with the opening of the Food Technology Center, locally known as the FoodPIC building, on the UGA Griffin campus. The facility houses the university’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization, or FoodPIC, Center.The $7.4 million project was funded through $3.5 million from the state of Georgia and additional funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority and the University of Georgia.The state-of-the-art 14,500-square-foot facility was dedicated on Jan. 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Speakers at the ceremony included Board of Regents Chairman Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., state Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), Chairman of the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Board Charles Copeland, Dean and Director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Sam Pardue, and Pike County STEM Academy student Nikki Dodson, along with UGA President Jere W. Morehead.“The Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center is an outstanding example of the University of Georgia using its resources to help strengthen our state’s economy,” Morehead said. “We are grateful for the support we have received for the new Food Technology Center, and we are excited to expand the reach of FoodPIC within the global food industry.”“This facility is a great addition to the Griffin campus,” said UGA Griffin campus Assistant Provost Lew Hunnicutt. “Housing FoodPIC on our campus allows us to make an impact on economic development, with regard to food and food products, in the Griffin-Spalding County community, across Georgia and potentially around the world.”While awaiting funding for and construction of the building, faculty in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences used existing laboratories on the UGA Griffin campus to help food entrepreneurs with product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing.Kirk Kealey, whose career in food development includes launching products for General Mills, M&M Mars Inc. and PepsiCo Inc., became director of FoodPIC in 2015. The center focuses primarily on Georgia food companies and Georgia commodities such as peaches, peanuts and blueberries, but Kealey would like to see the UGA center become the best facility of its kind in the U.S.Past FoodPIC projects include improved drying technologies for Georgia’s rabbiteye blueberries, frozen desserts using Georgia fruits and a grain-based milk beverage now being produced in California.Kealey said FoodPIC has a current project with an ingredient company that hopes to see its reduced-sodium salt used in convenience foods such as potato chips. FoodPIC scientists in Griffin also are working with a company that plans to incorporate its probiotic into extruded foods, “something like Cheetos,” he said.FoodPIC is designed for short-term partnerships between food entrepreneurs and UGA scientists, not long-term food production and packaging.“We help companies get a pretty good idea about how big their business potential is. We don’t want to become their partner for life. We want to help them get to the next stage in their journey and then send them on their way,” Kealey said. “They then can go either to their own manufacturing site or to a co-manufacturer who will make their recipe to their specifications.”After meeting with UGA FoodPIC faculty and learning about the rules and regulations of the food industry, some potential clients decide to stay small and just create recipes in their home kitchen to share with friends and family.“FoodPIC is where food entrepreneurs go with their ideas, and we turn them into reality—into physical prototypes that they can eat.” Kealy said. “If they decide they want to continue their journey, we can help them with process development, package development, shelf stable studies, thermal process validation and the nutrition facts panel—we’re a one-stop shop.”The new Food Technology Center in Griffin, and the equipment now housed in it, gives the UGA faculty working there the ability to develop larger batches and more finished products. In the past, the scientists were constrained by the size of the existing small, pilot plant. “Ideally, what we have now is a place where we can help people scale up their products. If they’ve gone beyond the kitchen and need help to make more product in larger batches, we can now help them much more efficiently than we could last year,” Kealey said.For more information on the FoodPIC Center, go to caes.uga.edu/center/foodpic/.
Pay particular attention to TILA-RESPA, HMDA, and fair lending changes.by: Andrea StritzkeThe regulatory environment continues to be active in 2015, and it is important for the credit union industry to advocate for regulatory relief.Credit union industry leaders and trade associations continue to actively advocate for credit unions—and it seems Congress is listening.Here are three areas to watch and advocate for favorable regulatory actions:1. TILA-RESPAThe Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (TILA-RESPA) Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID) takes effect Aug. 1, 2015.The TRID rule combines TILA-RESPA disclosures for closed-end credit transactions secured by real property (subject to a few exceptions) into a loan estimate and closing disclosure. The credit union industry, bankers, and realtors are lobbying the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide a grace period for enforcement.NCUA has informally indicated that it will consider credit unions’ good faith efforts to comply with the rule by Aug. 1. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NAFCU has been hearing from members that examiners are conducting website reviews as part of recent examinations. A credit union’s website can contain advertising content as well as impact other areas of compliance. Here are some things to consider if conducting a review is on your radar.Advertising ContentKeep in mind that federal regulations define advertisement quite broadly. For example, under Regulation Z, an ad is “a commercial message in any medium that promotes, directly or indirectly, a credit transaction.” NCUA’s Truth in Savings rule is similarly broad, as is NCUA’s general advertising rule. As a result, much of a credit union’s website could include content that federal regulation considers to be an advertisement. Below are several regulatory provisions that may impact a credit union’s website due to its advertising content:Use of the Official NCUA Sign and Advertising Statement – Section 740.4(a) requires credit unions to display the official sign “on its Internet page, if any, where it accepts deposits or opens accounts.” Section 707.5 requires a credit union’s website to state “federally insured by NCUA,” but this can be accomplished using the official sign. However, if a particular credit union page has information about investment-type products that are not insured, such as those offered through a CUSO, it could be problematic to include this information if it insinuates that uninsured products are insured. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Model passengersAs part of its drive to encourage courteous and safe behaviour, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway Corp has presented gold pendants to 20 Model Passengers. The winners received their awards from four celebrities who star in MTR safety literature to demonstrate the ’proper modes of behaviour’ for the travelling public.Creative Star Ltd has chosen the name ’Octopus’ for its multi-modal smart card (RG 1.97 p54) to be introduced by five Hong Kong operators in mid-1997 (below).The stars look downIn a task likened to Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel, a team of five restorers has been climbing 35m above the main concourse of New York’s Grand Central station to clean a ceiling mural depicting the cosmos.The US$4·2m component of an architectural restoration scheme is expected to use 1500 gallons of water and 6500 rags as the dirt accumulated since the mural was repainted in 1945 is painstakingly removed by hand.
Dallas-based Kosmos Energy said that the Orca-1 exploration well has made a major gas discovery offshore Mauritania in the BirAllah area.The results continue the 100 percent success rate from nine wells targeting the inboard gas trend in Mauritania/Senegal, Kosmos said in its statement on Monday.The Orca-1 well, which targeted a previously untested Albian play, exceeded pre-drill expectations encountering 36 meters of net gas pay in excellent quality reservoirs. In addition, the well extended the Cenomanian play fairway by confirming 11 meters of net gas pay in a down-structure position relative to the original Marsouin-1 discovery well, which was drilled on the crest of the anticline.The location of Orca-1, approximately 7.5 kilometers from the crest of the anticline, proved both the structural and stratigraphic trap of the Orca prospect, which Kosmos estimates has a mean gas initially in place (GIIP) of 13 TCF.In total, Kosmos believes that Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 have de-risked up to 50 TCF of GIIP from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient resource to support a world-scale LNG project.In addition, a deeper, untested Aptian play has also been identified within the area and surrounding structures.Commenting on the results of the Orca-1 well, chairman and CEO Andrew Inglis said, “The Orca-1 well concludes a very strong year for exploration and appraisal in Mauritania and Senegal. Orca-1, which we believe is the largest deepwater hydrocarbon discovery in the world so far this year, further demonstrates the world-scale quality of the Mauritania gas basin.”Following the drilling results and due to the scale and materiality of the Orca-1 discovery, Kosmos is extending the timeline of its Mauritania/Senegal sell-down process into 2020, giving potential bidders additional time to analyze the new data.Located approximately 125 kilometers offshore Mauritania, the Orca-1 well was drilled in approximately 2,510 meters of water to a total measured depth of around 5,266 meters.Partners in the BirAllah gas hub, located offshore Mauritania, include SMHPM, BP, and Kosmos.
Meanwhile in Iloilo City, PDEA conductedrandom paneling and profiling of passengers at the Iloilo Fast Craft Terminallocated in Barangay Progreso, Lapuz district. ILOILO City – The Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) are stepping up its campaign against illegal drugsthis Christmas season by curbing drug smuggling through the ports and highseas. To ward off entry of narcotics the region, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 6 deploys K-9 units at Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA REGION 6 On Dec. 16, PDEA K9 conducted andinterdiction unit conducted random inspection at the cargo warehouse andbaggage conveyors of the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA national director General AaronAquino, said unmanned runways and private ports have become favorite landingspots for private airplanes, seaplanes and even yachts, loaded with bulk ofillegal drugs. PDEA’s on-going inspections aim to wardoff entry narcotics in the region and send warning to couriers that areas aremonitored regularly for any possibility of illegal drug transactions and thisholiday season. (With a report from PDEARegion 6/PN) PDEA has established seaportinterdiction units assigned in key seaports in the region and has entered intoagreements with the sea authorities that empowered the inspection of allmaritime transportation. PDEA also conducted random paneling andprofiling at Tumanda Wharf in Barangay Cabano, San Lorenzo, Guimaras last week. The antidrug agency said a markedincrease in the demand for illegal drugs is expected this Christmas seasonbecause people have more money and a lot of parties take place.
The St. Louis 7th Grade finished runner up in the St. Bartholomew’s “Battle of the Saints” last Friday and Saturday. The Cardinals defeated St. Francis & Clare’s Friday night 43 to 31. Scoring was spread across 6 players combined with great defense and rebounding. The Cardinals went on to defeat the host team of St. Bartholomew’s Saturday 49 to 35 before falling to a very talented St. Charles team from Bloomington in the championship game Saturday night 42 to 28.Connor Miles averaged 17 points per game. Hank Ritter averaged 13 points per game. Carson Meyer averaged 7 points and 10 rebounds per game.Miles and Meyer were selected to the All Tournament team as Hank Ritter, Eli Werner, Preston Conway, Thomas Lohmueller, Eli Weiler, Eli Volgesang, Marco Canessa, and Evan Flaspohler all contributed to the Cardinals team average of 40 points per game. The Cardinals now stand at 9 and 5.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles.
Ripley County, In. — Area students from grades 3 to 12 are welcome to join the Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) SPARK Club. The group has meetings planned for March 14 & 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Extension Office at the Ripley County Fairgrounds.Some topics discussed will be airspace classification, weather effects on drones, reading weather charts, emergency procedures, radio communication and aeronautical decision making.A 4-H Drone Challenge will be held at the 2019 Ripley County 4-H Fair.The program is free to 4-H members. Non-members can register for $20, for more information call 812-689-6511. .
LEICESTER, England (CMC) – Assistant coach Ezra Moseley has assured there is no need to press the panic button despite watching West Indies Women slump to their third straight warm-up loss here yesterday.The Caribbean side were once again below par as they went down to India Women by five wickets at Leicester Grammar School, following up losses to a near full-strength England and Southern Vipers side last week.“This is the third game we have lost and some people would start to panic a little bit. We’re not panicking, this is all part of our preparation,” the former West Indies seamer said following the defeat.“Today though, I think we did some things well. I think we had a good start with the batting but we didn’t really get the score we were looking at on a pitch which was a bit on the slow side.”He continued: “After having the Indians 80 for five, I thought that we were in with a chance of winning the game. Somehow, it seemed as if we went flat from the 25th over right up to the end of the game and that is something we constantly talk about where we say we have to play a full 50-over game. We certainly didn’t play a full 50-over game today.”West Indies batted first but squandered a 70-run opening stand between Hayley Matthews (50) and Felicia Walters (20) to find themselves restricted to 174 for nine off their 50 overs.When they bowled, they reduced India to 37 for three and then 86 for five but then put down chances in the field to let their opponents off the hook.Moseley said it was now imperative that the training sessions took on a new level of intensity.“We’re going to have to really work hard at our next practice session and leading up to the tournament, we’re going to have to raise the intensity of the training a little bit to get the girls a little bit sharper,” he pointed out.While West Indies enjoyed familiar sunny conditions yesterday, they have had to battle with the unpredictable English weather over the last two weeks as they staged their training camp in Southampton.Moseley said he believed the girls were becoming acclimatised, however, but said they were still hoping for more of the Caribbean-type weather during the actual tournament.“Leading up to this game I saw a lot of hands in pockets; today I didn’t see that,” he said.“So although today was a lot warmer than the last two games, hopefully this weather would stay for a little while because we know the girls enjoy this type of (weather).“Going into the next game, hopefully we should do a lot better and I am hoping we could put in a lot of work towards the next game.”West Indies take on Pakistan in their first official ICC warm-up game next Tuesday.
Syracuse (5-11) was in control entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Tulsa (11-7), leading 3-1.But after sophomore Sophie Dandola and junior Alexa Romero allowed a single and four consecutive walks, the score was suddenly tied. Then, with the bases loaded and only one out, Tulsa junior Alexis Perry fired a single into center field, scoring two runs. The Golden Hurricanes posted two more runs that inning, and four more in the next.Just one inning after holding a 3-0 lead, the Orange fell 11-3 in only six innings.SU started the game off strong, using consecutive errors from the Golden Hurricanes to drive in two runs. Two innings later, junior Toni Martin doubled to right, sending home sophomore Alex Acevedo.On the mound, Dandola allowed only one hit and two total runners on base through the first three innings. Yet, come the fifth, she began to waver, allowing one earned run before Romero took her place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior wasn’t any more successful. She only pitched the last two outs of the fifth but saw five Tulsa runners touch home plate. Romero was relieved by freshman Peyton Schnackenberg in the sixth inning. Schnackenberg also struggled as she watched the lead stretch to eight runs in the 11-3 defeat.The second game of the doubleheader against Illinois was canceled due to cold weather, per SU Athletics.Syracuse will be back in action on March 8 against Wagner at 12 p.m. Comments Published on March 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+