first_imgUniversity of Georgia Extension has been a part of Fulton County since 1914, when farm fields were as common in the metro area as shopping centers are today. Over the last century, UGA Extension has changed to meet the needs of Fulton County residents offering more lawn and garden help, youth development programs and workshops on everything from health and nutrition to household finances. On April 2, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners recognized UGA Extension’s vital and ever-evolving role in the metro-Atlanta area and joined the Fulton County UGA Extension staff in celebrating the centennial of the Cooperative Extension System in Georgia. Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves proclaimed April 2, 2014 as “Cooperative Extension Appreciation Day” in Fulton County. “We’re so grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support today and over the last 100 years,” said Menia Chester, UGA Extension coordinator for Fulton County. “We look forward to providing another 100 years of programming to the Fulton County community.” To serve all parts of the state’s largest metropolitan area, UGA Extension in Fulton County is housed in four offices. Out of offices in the northern, central and southern regions of the county, a team of five agents and six program assistants provides programming in urban agriculture, landscape safety, adult nutrition and wellness, youth development, and community service. “In our quest to feed the world’s population, we are looking to the cities,” said Susan Varlamoff, director of the Office of Environmental Sciences for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Urban agriculture, local foods, healthy eating and exercising are the buzz words today, and UGA Extension is leading the way.” Varlamoff, who spoke on behalf of the UGA CAES at the meeting, pointed to Fulton County Extension’s nationally recognized work. She noted the county’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers’ school and community gardens, and urban agriculture projects like the Beltline Farm in Atlanta and the Serenbe eco-community in southwest Fulton County. UGA Extension was founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators who bring university-based research and practical knowledge to the public. Today, Extension in Georgia is a cooperative effort by federal, state and local government partners administered by UGA. Throughout 2014, UGA Extension is celebrating the centennial of the national Cooperative Extension System. In addition to many local events, UGA Extension has created a multi-media museum exhibit that highlights the impacts of Extension over the past century. To be located in the UGA Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building in Athens, the display features personal anecdotes and a timeline of important events throughout Georgia Extension’s history. The exhibit will open later this spring and be open for free public tours this summer. Extension historians are also asking Georgians affected by UGA Extension or Georgia 4-H over the years to share their story at 100years.extension.uga.edu. The website shares the history of UGA Extension through articles, historic photographs, videos, timelines and personal anecdotes. Through the site, the public can explore the history of UGA Extension and the impact it’s had on the state’s history. UGA Extension in Fulton County will host three public celebrations to help promote 100th anniversary of Extensionlast_img read more

first_imgNorwegian oil company Aker BP has secured additional bank financing for the previously announced acquisition of Hess Norge. The oil company said on Monday it had received an offer from a consortium of five banks for a $1.5 billion bank facility to finance the acquisition.To remind, U.S. energy company Hess Corporation made an agreement last week to sell its oil and gas interests in Norway to Aker BP for total proceeds of $2 billion.The transaction includes Hess Norge’s interests in the Valhall (64.05 percent) and Hod (62.5 percent) fields. Aker BP will also assume Hess Norge’s tax positions, which include a tax loss carry forward with a net nominal after-tax value of $1.5 billion, as booked in Hess Norge’s 2016 annual accounts. Through the transaction, Aker BP will become the sole owner of the Valhall and Hod fields. Aker BP said it would finance the transaction through its existing long-term Reserve Based Lending bank facility, and by the issuance of $500 million in new equity.Back to current events, Aker BP stated on Monday that the facility would carry an interest of LIBOR + 1.5-2.0 percent, and will be secured by a pledge in the shares of Hess Norge. The duration of the facility is 18 months from the date of completion of Aker BP’s acquisition of Hess Norge.“Through this new facility, Aker BP will further reduce its financing costs, and retain the full flexibility of its existing $4 billion reserve-based lending facility,” said Aker BP CFO Alexander Krane.Also on Monday, the Norwegian oil company announced a quarterly profit of $112 million, up from $63 million a year ago.When it comes to the company’s issuance of new equity, Aker BP said early on Tuesday that its private placement of 22,376,438 new shares in the company had been successfully subscribed, raising gross proceeds of NOK 4.084 billion ($500M).The price per share was NOK 184 per share, consisting of a subscription price of NOK 182.5 per share and NOK 1.5 per share as payment for the associated right to cash dividend of $0.185.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

first_imgDownloads:Letter to schoolsLetter to corporate organisationsDo things differentlyThe International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa) today launched the Nation Brand ‘Legacy’ campaign, which aims to align the brand to South Africans’ unique culture, while simultaneously improving the country’s global competitiveness. The campaign will focus on the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ success by defining the values that make South Africans unique.  These values are then aligned with the Brand South Africa value proposition to change the backward view of legacy into a forward looking perspective that will define the way in which we behave.  This will ultimately contribute to the country’s rating in international competitive studies in that we don’t only just ‘write’ about ‘how’ citizens should behave, but actually influence the desired behaviour we want people to adopt.“The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ may be over, but its legacy remains,” said Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa. The campaign identifies reasons why our nation is unique, from our sports teams to our children and renowned South African attitude. Founded on the South African brand values of Ubuntu, sustainability, possibility, diversity, innovation and creativity, it builds on the successful hosting of the tournament, which the organisation considers to have been delivered by the people of South Africa. “Our success was mainly about people – ordinary South Africans who came together to make the tournament the most successful in its history, though we cannot discount the incredible infrastructural development that contributed to it,” he said.The ‘Legacy’ campaign platform aims to leverage the momentum gained during the World Cup to continue to mobilise South Africans including business, political and civil society leadership. It also aims to entrench the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year. Thus as South Africans put their souls into making the World Cup a success, the next six weeks will call on all to “Put your soul into it” again and again!Each Friday, for the next six weeks, South Africans will celebrate all the things that makes us who we are, the unique values displayed during the World Cup and enable us to be proud of our nation, culture and heritage. Themes include support the ‘Class of 2010’, do something different, our beautiful country and celebrate your South African heritage, with the events calendar available at www.southafrica.info, or provided below.“This year, we have come together as a nation united and flown the flag high. Now we need to keep it flying and remind ourselves how we made the event the most successful FIFA World Cup™ in history. We’ve always known we had it in us, now let us celebrate it,” said Matola. ”Put your soul into it.”“We will be providing platforms that will enable us all to continue to achieve and showcase our “South Africanness” to the world,” adding that it was the South African ‘can do’ attitude and commitment that was at the heart of the World Cup development, our successful hosting of the tournament itself and which will heavily inform our post tournament activity. Supporting ‘Class of 2010’ This week, the campaign focuses on supporting the Department of Education‘s ‘Class of 2010’ initiative. Matola said that with the countdown to final exams well underway, it is up to us to support our scholars as they prepare for their final examinations.Brand South Africa enables South Africans to formally pledge to help where they can. “Most importantly, we need to pledge to help learners realise how important their education is, but we can also give support by helping a scholar to write a study plan or assisting with revision,” he said.The pledge (www.southafrica.info) states, “We the people of South Africa, recognising the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered and sacrificed to bring knowledge and education to our youth. We will respect and protect the dignity of each child and stand up for justice. We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution, and promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities that flow from these rights. Nkosi Sikelel’ i’Afrika.”Matola himself has pledged both his and Brand South Africa’s support for the Class of 2010. “My organisation has dedicated Fridays to distributing stationery to schools, donating 30 minutes of their lunchtime to teaching learners about Post-Matric career choices,” he affirmed. “What is your pledge to support the Class of 2010?  Visit www.flytheflagfridays.co.za to find out what you can do for a school near you.” Building a South African legacy South Africans offer fresh solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges that face the world – just one reason why we are a truly competitive nation. “This campaign is significant because it fulfils a strategic communications objective for the Nation Brand, while providing us all with practical ways in which we can contribute to our country’s development,” said Matola.He encouraged people to tell, even show the world why you are proud to be South African. “We have so much in common and so much humanity to celebrate.”“There is no turning back, as we continue to define and showcase who we are as a nation to the world. We are a people who are proudly defined by Ubuntu, diversity, innovation and creativity. Our “South Africanness” undoubtedly opens up a lifetime of possibilities for us all,” concluded Matola. FridayTheme 27 August 2010 Support the ‘Class of 2010’ In the build up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, we stood together as a nation in support of our team and country. We learnt a valuable lesson, that together we can do anything we put our souls into. If you pledge that same support to your ‘Class of 2010’, you can give them all the inspiration and motivation they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life.  3 September 2010 Do something different The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ marked a massive change in the way we saw ourselves and the way the world saw us. We proved our ability to succeed against all odds, to create a legacy to last a lifetime. This Friday, Fly the Flag for our ability to see things differently, to see challenges where others see obstacles and no matter what, to make a plan. Do something differently and acknowledge how each of us made the world see our country in a new light. Put your soul into it.  Instead of sending an email, pick up the phone Call an old friend Celebrate those who have made a difference in your community and join them Put a suggestion box up where people can share their ideas on how to do things differently  10 September 2010 Our beautiful country Thousands of new visitors experienced South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and went home with memories to last a lifetime. We impressed the world with our ability to unite for a common cause and create a legacy for our country and children. We now know what we can do when we stand together, so let’s do it again and make sure our country stays beautiful for generations to come. Fly the Flag this Friday for our beautiful country.  Host a recycling day. Ask everyone to bring in paper, glass, plastic and tins to be recycled and given a new lease on life. Plant a tree at home, at school, at your office or in a community space. Host a cleanup day around the office, your school or community.  24 September 2010 Celebrate your South African heritage We made the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ the most successful in its history. We hosted the world and we celebrated our nation. If we were asked how we achieved what we did, the answer would be easy – because we are South Africans. Fly the Flag today for our South African Heritage and celebrate our diversity as our source of strength and resilience. We are the soul of South Africa.  Have a braai and celebrate your South African Heritage on 24 September. Wear clothes reflecting your culture. Spend time with someone else from a different culture and learn about their customs.  About the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

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first_imgEverton Moyes would accept Everton return but hints at different job offer Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 02:33 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) davidmoyes - cropped Getty Images Everton Everton v Watford Watford Premier League A return to Goodison Park is of interest for the former Manchester United boss, who hinted he has other offers for a return to management David Moyes would accept an offer to return as Everton manager, but hinted he has interest from other clubs.Everton sacked Ronald Koeman last month after a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal left them in the Premier League’s bottom three.Watford 12/5 to beat Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park before leaving for an ill-fated 10-month spell in charge of Manchester United ahead of the 2013-14 season.The Scot has since endured disappointing spells in charge of Real Sociedad and Sunderland, the latter being relegated from the Premier League under his stewardship last season.However, Moyes admitted that a return to Everton is appealing should the opportunity arise.Speaking to beIN SPORTS, he said: “Of course it would have to be yes, but I’ve got other things ongoing and it might not be too long before I’m back in work. “If the job came up I would be interested, but I’ve got other interests as well.”Bill [Kenwright] is one of the best chairmen so anyone who does get the job will be working with a really good chairman who’s incredibly supportive.”I had 11 great years there – I loved it.”Sometimes going back isn’t always the answer but Jose Mourinho went back to Chelsea and won the league, and now Jupp Heynckes is back at Bayern Munich.Leighton Baines, David Moyes, Leon Osman, Everton“I’m a better coach and better all-round manager. I think in football you have to go through difficulties.”Asked why he thinks Everton have struggled this season despite bringing in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen during the last transfer window, Moyes said: “I’m amazed because I had them down to be top six.”I think they’ve bought good players, but I’m not sure if they’ve bought all the right pieces and I don’t expect them to be where they are right now.”Another man who has been linked with the vacancy is Marco Silva, whose Watford side have impressed with their style of play in the Premier League this season.However, the Portuguese says there has been no contact from the Toffees.”Nobody has approached me and I am staying focused on the next match,” the Hornets boss said ahead of Watford’s trip to Everton on Sunday.”We need to respect our club, our opponent and our sole focus is to prepare our players for the match on Sunday, and do the best we can to win.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Shipmanager Mjolner Shipping Holdings and merchant banking firm MID-SHIP Capital have created an oil tanker-focused investment fund via Mjolner Solutions, a Marshall Islands joint venture company. As explained, Solutions was formed to provide investors with access to vessel trading exposure in the crude tanker market.Mjolner and MID-SHIP, as general partners, will provide all services pertaining to Solutions, including commercial management, risk management, finance and investor relations.“Mjolner is excited about the expansion of services it can provide via the Mjolner Solutions platform. It has been a goal of ours since the formation of the company and we are pleased to partner with MID-SHIP Capital. The fund will complement our existing commercial management and pooling activities,” Kevin M. Wise, Mjolner’s President & CEO, said.“We believe today’s environment provides investors with an attractive opportunity to profitably capitalize on the inherent volatility of the crude tanker market,” Dean Fezza, MID-SHIP’s CEO, commented.New Jersey-based Mjolner Shipping is a marine asset manager that provides turnkey commercial solutions to owners, investors, refiners and traders.Headquartered in New York, MID-SHIP Capital provides principal and investment banking services to the energy, commodities and transportation sectors.last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 7, 2013- Seven teams will be competing for the championship title of the first ever Women’s Speed Soccer League. Launched last Sunday, the competition brings to the playing field women of all ages and fitness levels competing in 5-aside games. There are the CIBC Cats, Earthbenders AFC, Revolution FC, The Blow Pops, U12 Trailblazers FC, Trailblazers FC and Palmiss. The first official game kicks off this Sunday November 10th at the TCIFA Football academy at 3pm and the competition runs up until December 8, 2013. TCIFA Officials at the launch.last_img read more

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