BREAKING NEWS: GOVERNOR HOLCOMB SIGN EXECUTIVE ORDER DECLARING A DISASTER EMERGENCY ALONG SHORELINE

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb announced he signed an executive order directing state agencies to pursue collection of damage information that could lead to a declaration of disaster emergency along the Lake Michigan shoreline. He also outlined steps state agencies will take to provide assistance along the shoreline. The executive order is attached.Gov. Holcomb surveyed the Lake Michigan shoreline via Indiana State Police helicopter on Sunday and observed conditions along the entire shoreline including Beverly Shores, Ogden Dunes, Portage and Long Beach.“Our administration has been monitoring the erosion along the Lake Michigan shoreline but I wanted to see the damage firsthand,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I signed an executive order to initiate new action steps and further express our dedication to preserving one of our state’s crown jewels for all those who live, work and play along the shoreline.”The Executive Order calls for:Indiana Department of Homeland Security to immediately notify the Office of the Governor if the damage criteria, set by the federal government, is met to allow the State of Indiana to apply for federal disaster assistance so the Governor can issue an executive order declaring a disaster emergencyIDHS to seek other federal funding, programs or assistance that may be available for short-term and long-term mitigation projectsIDHS and Indiana Department of Natural Resources to make every effort to identify additional means, methods, and ways to provide necessary and appropriate assistanceDNR to continue to expedite its review and granting of governmental permits requested by property owners so they can initiate projects to protect their properties along the shoreline as quickly as possibleIDHS to develop and launch a webpage to share updates and new informationThe State of Indiana has already taken steps to help address and respond to the situation with coordinated efforts between IDHS and DNR. State officials have visited the affected areas on several occasions to observe the damage. DNR signed a letter of support for the Great Lakes Resiliency Study, which is an effort by Great Lakes states and federal partners to find strategies to improve the shoreline. DNR, DHS, local officials and members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have participated in training with FEMA to ensure a proper understanding of the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.Relevant state leaders will continue to communicate and collaborate with local, state and federal partners. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Industry reacts well to Autumn Statement

first_imgLeading industry figures have responded favourably to the Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement but raised concerns over the impact of a new Apprenticeship Levy.Osborne named key initiatives affecting business, including a £61bn investment in transport infrastructure, business rate devolution to local councils and an Apprenticeship Levy on businesses to pay for a target of £3 million apprenticeships by 2020.Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers’ Association, expressed disappointment Osborne had not addressed the sugar controversy but said: “The Craft Bakers’ Association cautiously welcomes some of the items in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.”John Allan, national chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), added: “Given the tight constraints that the Chancellor was working to, small businesses will be pleased that he has listened to their concerns. Mr Osborne has managed to fund areas that drive productivity and long-term economic growth, such as skills and the science and innovation base.”Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), was more positive.She said: “Businesses will be pleased to see the Chancellor staying the course on deficit reduction, his commitment to an industrial strategy and the emphasis on nurturing a vibrant business community.”ApprenticesOsborne’s announcements of the Apprenticeship Levy, which taxes companies with paybills of £3m or over, caused some concern.Fairbairn said: “The Apprenticeship Levy, set at 0.5%, is a significant extra payroll tax on business and, by widening the net, it will now catch a greater number of smaller firms.”She added: “With the levy set at 0.5%, even those businesses most committed to training and development won’t be able to recoup their outlay and it looks like an additional payroll tax.”The Food and Drink Federation agreed. While keen to see apprenticeship numbers grow, it said: “Reform is needed to make this route more attractive and an apprenticeship levy system that is proportionate, simple and works for businesses of all sizes will be a key ingredient in achieving this.“The rate announced today will be a cause of concern for larger businesses, and may hit company investment pots for staff training and, perversely, new apprenticeship starts.”Allan was more positive, saying: “The FSB supports the decision to use payroll as a measure to determine which businesses pay the Apprenticeship Levy, as opposed to headcount. The 0.5% payroll levy on firms alongside a £15,000 allowance will mean that the levy will only apply to firms whose total payroll exceeds £3 million. We believe this is a fair level as it recognises that not all businesses will be able to afford to pay the charge.”Holling raised concerns about the quality of the apprenticeships, saying: “We are very interested to learn about the Apprenticeship Levy, but we will wait for further information to be published. I think the most important thing is that the training has to be of a high-quality standard. The Craft Bakers’ Association is working hard with the Trailblazer 3 project and is engaged in setting the standards of the apprenticeship in craft baking.”Business ratesThe news that business rates would be devolved to local authorities was greeted cautiously, with Holling saying: “It was encouraging news about the business rates, but we shall wait and see what happens in the future. We will be interested to see how this works when devolved to local authorities.”However, for Fairbairn and Allan, more important than devolution was the extension of the Small Business Rate Relief for another year to April 2017.Allan said: “Small firms face a challenging start to 2016 and the FSB welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to small firms by extending the temporary doubling of Small Business Rate Relief to April 2017.“Over 600,000 small and micro enterprises depend heavily on this relief. Many are still struggling to adjust to challenges around the National Living Wage, changes to dividends on tax and pensions auto-enrolment. Its removal would have been an additional tax rise.”Fairbairn lamented the delay of long-term reform. She said: “It’s disappointing to see the promised response to the Structural Review of Business Rates pushed back to the 2016 Budget. The current system is based on a decades-old model that no longer reflects economic conditions, so alleviating the burden cannot come soon enough.“While extending the small business rate relief scheme for another year is positive news, business wants to see concrete steps taken to make the system simpler, fairer and more competitive to tackle the cumulative burden upon firms.”InfrastructureInvestment in transport infrastructure received raised universal acclaim from both Fairbairn and Allan.Fairbairn said: “It’s good that the government has increased capital spending and remains committed to road and rail investments, including the Trans-Pennine railway. Businesses will want to see promised projects breaking ground as early as possible in this Parliament to maintain momentum.”Allan added: “We welcome the significant and much-needed increase in investment in transport infrastructure, allowing our road and rail network to help provide an environment to support economic growth and rebalance the economy.“The commitment to start building HS2 early on in the Parliament is a welcome statement of ambition. We now look forward to seeing such an unequivocal statement about expanding airport capacity in the south east.”last_img read more

Woodruff Lecture

first_imgFood science and food safety have become hot topics in recent years. David Lineback, a food scientist and carbohydrate chemist at the University of Maryland, will speak on both at the annual J.G. Woodruff Lecture on April 8 in Athens.His talk on “Food Science and Food Safety—Present and Future Perspectives” will be held at 2 p.m. in Masters Hall at UGA’s Georgia Center in Athens, Ga. A reception will follow at 3 p.m.Lineback is a senior fellow and retired director of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland at College Park. Before going to Maryland, he was dean of the University of Idaho College of Agriculture. He has also served as head of the food science departments at North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University.Currently, he chairs the scientific advisory panel of the American Association of Cereal Chemists.Each year, a researcher, educator, industry or policy official is invited to lecture in the honor of the late J.G. Woodroof, who was a pioneer in food science research.Woodroof began his food science research in 1929. He organized the food science department at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin around 1940. Today, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ food science department and UGA Center for Food Safety are among the preeminent food science research centers in the country.For more information about the lecture, call (706) 542-2286.last_img read more

Vermont Farm Viability Program awards $40,000 to meat processors

first_imgThe Vermont Farm Viability Program announced today $40,000 in grant awards to meat processing facilities in Troy, Randolph, Barre and Enosburg. The grants are the first round of a new funding opportunity for agriculture-related businesses, established to develop and invest in agricultural infrastructure and to improve the viability of agriculture-related businesses. Two subsequent rounds of grant funding will be announced later this year and in 2010. Eleven processors with combined requests of $183,600 applied for $40,000 of available funding. The grant funds are supplied by a private foundation.Four operators ranging from small custom processors to larger commercial processors will use grant funding to expand facilities and increase efficiency, resulting in greater availability of meat processing services for farmers and others raising livestock. The grant recipients are: Brault s Market in Troy, The Royal Butcher in Randolph, Vermont Smoke and Cure in South Barre, and the Enosburg Meat Market. Three of the four offer retail sales on site. The importance of these funds to meat processing facilities in the state cannot be underestimated. We have seen a tremendous increase in demand in people looking to buy local. I call it a renaissance of the past knowing where and how your food is grown is again becoming an important aspect to consumers when buying food, said Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee. These grants will give meat processors in Vermont the ability to expand and improve their facilities to help meet the increased demand for Vermont products. With improved processing facilities, farmers have the potential to increase what they produce and it opens new market options to them.Brault s Market, providing custom and commercial meat processing and a retail market in Troy, will construct an addition, increasing their processing area and retail space. The Royal Butcher, a meat processor, butcher shop, retail store and bottle redemption center in Randolph, will expand and improve their processing area. Vermont Smoke and Cure, a smokehouse and processing facility in South Barre distributing ham, bacon and sausage throughout New England and beyond, will purchase processing equipment to increase their production capacity. The Enosburg Meat Market, a retail meat market and custom cutting shop, will construct an addition, adding processing and cooler space while creating separate processing areas for game and farm animals.The Vermont Farm Viability Program was established in 2003 by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board in partnership with the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. The program uses business advisers from the University of Vermont Extension, the Intervale Center, NOFA-VT and independent consultants to provide business planning services to participating farmers. The business advisors work with farmers to focus on specific business goals such as improving production or financial records, performing financial benchmark analysis, evaluating new farm enterprises and value-added processing ventures, developing estate and farm transfer plans, and increasing profitability. On-farm consultations result in the preparation of a written business plan.Upcoming Implementation Grant rounds are announced to farmers that have completed business plans with the Viability Program and to agriculture-related businesses. Farmers and ag-related businesses can find out more and apply by visiting www.vhcb.org/viability.html(link is external) or by calling Program Director Ela Chapin at 828-2117.Source: Vermont Agency of Agruculturelast_img read more

Big on style, small eco-footprint

first_imgSustainable materials were also used, with a focus on low toxicity and maintenance, plus water and solar collection.It is on the market with Sharon and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga.At Bridgeman Downs, Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett is marketing an acreage retreat with loads of eco mod cons.Located at 40 Tiverton Place, the six- bedroom house sits on a 1.04ha block just 30 minutes from the CBD.More than 4000 trees have been planted on the property, and the house has been designed for the Queensland climate, making the most of natural light and breezes. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Property ticks boxes for richest female CEO Queenslander and art collection up for grabs 24 Athol Street, Yeronga, uses sustainable materials.The lights across Brisbane will go out for one hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour — a global movement started in Australia in 2007.To mark the moment, here are three of the most eco-friendly houses currently on the market in Brisbane.The first green gong goes to 24 Athol St at Yeronga, a contemporary house designed by Michael Kisluk of TVS Architecture.On the market for $1.95 million, the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, full height glazing and clever design to make the most of the breezes and natural light. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK 15 Hall Street, Paddington, has 22 solar panels. The main living area opens up on to the deck, yard and pool, allowing for natural breezes and light to enter the house.There are also Haiku SenseME fans to replicate natural breezes. The technology allows the user to set their preferences, whether that means the lights turning off when no one is in the room or adjusting speeds to suit the temperature.The permeable grass driveway also reduces water run off. It is also listed for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago40 Tiverton Place, Bridgeman Downs, has had more than 4000 trees planted on the property.Boasting a huge range of luxury features, it also has 25,000 litre underground water tanks and solar panels. It is listed for sale.In Paddington, Gabrielle Trickey of Gabrielle Trickey Properties is selling 15 Hall St, a four-bedroom modern house on a 405sq m block.Sustainability and the environment were the key factors considered during the renovation of this property.It has 22 solar panels and is “largely self-sufficient”, sending power back to the grid for nine to 10 months of the year, according to the listing.last_img read more

Football factory: Milford Academy provides pipeline from New Berlin to Syracuse, producing 14 players in last 9 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Sixty-eight miles: That’s the length of windy, one-lane roads and eroding farmland that separates Milford Academy from Syracuse University.It’s a trip highlighted by homemade stock cars and decaying farmhouses, ever-stretching corn fields and sale signs for pure maple syrup.Seventeen weeks: That’s how long each aspiring football player at Milford spends in constant regimentation in hopes of one day making that journey.Fourteen have since 2006, including current Syracuse H-back Ashton Broyld and outside linebacker Dyshawn Davis — arguably the best players on each side of the ball for the Orange. Nine others who were placed by Syracuse at Milford didn’t make it through. “You’ve got to be a dog to go to Milford and survive,” Broyld said. “I’d probably say that’s tougher than college football. Milford, you’ve got kids coming in the first day who leave because they can’t live like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMilford Academy is a four-building, football-only private school sitting halfway up a hill in New Berlin, isolated to the point of loneliness. But its reputation for placing athletes at Division I universities makes it a draw to many who didn’t reach the NCAA’s required score on the SAT.Roughly 65 attend each fall, and every day their schedule is the same.Wake up at 6:30. Lift. Shower. Eat breakfast. Start classes at 9:20. Practice. Change. Eat dinner. Team meetings until 9. Lights out by 10.Each athlete enrolls in six classes and averages a 130-point SAT improvement. In the rare intervals of free time, “Frankie’s” New York Pizzeria and the local Stewart’s convenience store are the biggest parties in town.Some can’t handle the lonely lifestyle. Head coach Bill Chaplick kicks off an average of five players every year.Others can, but almost everyone agrees it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever experienced.“Just not seeing no girls, that’s probably the hardest part,” 2004 Milford-to-Syracuse product Jeremy Horne said. “Especially when you go from high school being around girls to seeing no girls, not even in the area.”***Opening the pipelineR.J. Anderson still remembers the smell of Milford Academy’s old gym. Fourteen years ago, back when it was still located in Milford, Conn.“Shit. Piss. It was just mold,” Anderson said. “It had this damp, dew feeling. It seemed like it had been flooded sometime and they kind of never got the stench out of there. It had this mildew smell.”The scent of that decrepit workout room stayed with the quarterback all the way through a four-year career at SU in which he started 33 games after Donovan McNabb’s departure.“I just remember going there and thinking, ‘I’ll do anything to get out of here,’” Anderson said.But Anderson came before the pipeline truly opened up. Before Milford moved to New Berlin in 2004, and back when the Orange still had the talent and reputation to be far more selective in their recruiting process. Milford recruits going to Syracuse wasn’t rare, but the stream wasn’t consistent. The bond wasn’t cemented yet.That started when SU signed Anderson in Chaplick’s first season. Chaplick was named head coach the year after and grew close with former SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni through the years.Chaplick recalls Pasqualoni sending coordinators Steve Addazio and George DeLeone on recruiting trips. They would wear brown, tweed Harris suits and overcoats — and always meant business.“They’d sit you down and they’d tell that kid, ‘You’ve got to make sure that you want to be a Syracuse Orangeman,’” Chaplick said. “It was great, great stuff. It was a different era back then with Pasqualoni.“… They could truly recruit with anyone back then.”But by the time Chaplick and Milford finished their first season in New Berlin in 2005, the Orange had gone 16-20 in its last three seasons. And just as importantly, Chaplick was strengthening his rapport with the Syracuse program.Horne and Joel Coon-Ribble became the first multi-player class in SU-Milford history that offseason.***Building steamThe current Milford weight room is still filled with dated and dinged up equipment, but it smells no worse than any gym. It’s three rooms wide and overlooked by posters of the many former Milford products to reach the NFL.A photo of Horne catching a sideline pass with the Kansas City Chiefs sits above an adjustable, multi-purpose press in the middle room.Five players followed him to Syracuse in the three years after he first suited up for SU. Then the Orange landed its next star via Milford in 2008, Mikhail Marinovich.Marinovich turned down Miami and Purdue to come to Syracuse, gracing upstate New York with what Chaplick called the fastest first step since Dwight Freeney — only he was 60 pounds lighter. The last eight years haven’t all gone quite as smoothly with injuries, academic shortcomings and behavioral disqualifications, but the addition of Marinovich helped open the floodgates.Chaplick grew close with former SU head coach Greg Robinson (2005-08) and even more so with fellow “Northeast guy” Doug Marrone (2009-12) as players like Horne, who played two seasons with the Chiefs, and Marinovich, a three-year starter at SU, highlighted the era.The two most promising NFL talents, though, never got their college careers off the ground.  Defensive end Jermaine Pierce was diagnosed with having blood clots in his lungs during freshman training camp at SU in 2007. Linebacker Myles Davis tore apart his knee playing against West Point while at Milford in 2011.Neither played again.“Jermaine Pierce might’ve been the best guy we ever sent to Syracuse if he’d gotten to play,” Milford Dean of Students and Business Administrator Mike Brennan said. “He was a beast.”Syracuse honored the scholarships of Pierce and Davis, but the flow of talent from Milford slowed. Ken Tinney (Milford 2005) and Romale Tucker (2007-08) failed to clear academically and the Orange did not place any new players at Milford between 2008-09.***The last batchBroyld just didn’t understand what Buff Bowen was telling him.“Like alien,” the Milford quarterbacks coach described Broyld’s initial inability to comprehend instructions. “Painful.”But Broyld worked his way up from third-string quarterback to starting for the 12-0 Falcons. He became the most exciting player on the team, as well as a young man coaches described as coachable and a pleasure to work with.The same 18 year old who was charged with public lewdness for dropping his pants and exposing himself after a Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) High School basketball game three months earlier was becoming a Division I student athlete.“I learned a lot of life lessons. That’s what Milford is about,” Broyld said. “It teaches you how to appreciate things when you get to college.”Broyld, Davis, Jeremiah Kobena, Travon Burke and Jamar McGloster are all Milford products currently listed on the Orange roster.It was the 2011 class that revitalized the pipeline, though each of the last three classes have blemishes.Davis and Kobena were supposed to be joined by Myles Davis. Broyld’s teammate Tyree Smallwood didn’t clear academically and struggled with life at Milford. And in 2013, running back Myles Hilliard was kicked off the team for breaking team rules and fullback Marquis Bownlee had to be sent home for medical treatment.“One of the best things the school does for them is not only help prepare the good ones, but also weed out the bad ones,” Bowen said. “There’ve been a few kids who were supposed to go to Syracuse who never made it there.”***This year, there are no current Milford players committed to Syracuse. Chaplick hasn’t even spoken with first-year head coach Scott Shafer.But the history is more important. The 14 Milford players that have played for Syracuse since 2005 provide Chaplick assurance that Shafer will come back for more.“I don’t have to have him sit in my office,” Chaplick said. “I have a long-term relationship with Syracuse.”SU offensive line coach Pat Perles was the first Orange coach to visit this season, looking at offensive linemen on Thursday. While he didn’t make it clear to Chaplick which players he was particularly interested, Perles did call 6-foot-3, 280-pound Alexander Thompson last Friday.Maybe he’ll be the next R.J. Anderson or Mikhail Marinovich. Or the next Romale Tucker or Andrey Baskin, each of whom was unable to clear academically in two years at Milford.Maybe he’ll end up elsewhere. Either way, the pipeline will continue to flow as long as Chaplick’s desk remains a monotonous hour-and-a-half drive from the Carrier Dome and talented players continue to gain eligibility.He tells each new player as much at the start of each season.“Why would you want to come to Milford and not go to school? And not go to practice?”  Chaplick asks. “Go home. Go work at McDonalds because that’s where you’re going to end up.”“Here in the middle of nowhere, you’ve got nothing to do but go to school and ball out.” Comments Published on September 30, 2013 at 2:18 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more