2015 inductees revealed for Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Committee for the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2015. Recipients are chosen based on their accomplishments and significant contributions to Vermont agriculture. These nominees will be honored on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, during the invitation only luncheon at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Also during that time, the black and white photographs of the 2014 inductees will be revealed. These photos will feature Joseph E Carrigan, Ronald Greenwood, Richard Moore, Harry Morse, Sr, and Lucien Paquette.They are:Putnam Blodgett, former dairy farmer and Certified Tree FarmerArthur Clifford, innovative dairy farmer in Starksboro VT (posthumously)Mariafranca Morselli, renowned maple researcher at UVM (posthumously)Governor Frederick Holbrook, founder of the Vermont State Agricultural Association (posthumously)James Harvey, an accomplished harness racing horse trainer in DuxburyFamily members and representatives from many agricultural organizations in Vermont will be in attendance as we honor these deserving individuals.The fifty-nine photographs depicting sixty-two previous nominees are on display in the entryway of the Robert E. Miller Building and can be viewed during the Fair as well as throughout the year. We encourage Vermonters to visit the exhibition and remember the many contributions these folks have made to our industry.Nomination forms are available on the Exposition website and the deadline for submissions is May 31 every year. (www.cvexpo.org(link is external))last_img read more

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3 minutes and counting… DATEV Challenge Roth fills in record time

first_imgAll starting places for next year’s DATEV Challenge Roth in Germany, which takes place on 20 July 2014, sold out in record time earlier this week. On Monday (July 22) the online registration process launched at precisely 10:00 local time. No more than 2 minutes and 9 seconds later all of the available places for German athletes were gone. After 3 minutes and 15 seconds all slots for foreign athletes had gone too.(During the Winners’ Award Ceremony on 15 July, athletes already had the opportunity to register personally for the 2014 race and to acquire an entry code. Around 1,000 individual athletes and 200 relay teams took up this opportunity.)All the relay places for DATEV Challenge Roth on 20 July 2014 are now also booked up. Right after the online registration process had been launched, there was a real run for the relay places, and they were all gone after 50 seconds.There is one last opportunity to secure a coveted spot to Challenge Roth on 6 December as part of the annual Christmas Charity Fundraiser.Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer, said the response to the 2014 Challenge Roth event consolidated the event’s position as the world’s greatest long distance triathlon.“No other race has sold this many slots in just 3:15 minutes, we’re truly humbled by the passion triathletes have for Challenge Roth and thank everyone for their support,” he said. “We so appreciate that there are many athletes who were disappointed and were not successful, and we’re so sorry for this.“However, we hope everyone understands we are not able to make more places available as we will not compromise on quality by overcrowding.”According to the Challenge Family, the DATEV Challenge Roth website had over 34,000 unique visits generating 98,865 hits when entries opened. With 65 nations in total represented on next year’s start line – the countries with the largest growth in entries, when compared to 2013, are the US and Ireland.Featuring spectacular courses in iconic destinations, Challenge Family events ‘focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to every athlete.’ The Challenge Family series currently features 21 events around the world in Germany, Holland, Austria, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Taiwan.www.challenge-roth.comwww.challenge-family.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Istria declared the best olive growing region in the world!

first_imgIn the seventh edition of the Flos Olei guide, published in 2016, Istria achieved exceptional success! In this, the only world guide through extra virgin olive oils, 50 Istrian olive growers and oil mills are included, so Istria has risen to the top of the list for the first time in terms of quality and representation. the highest quality olive growing regions of the world!Flos Olei, a bilingual Italian-English guide to the world’s top extra virgin olive oils, highly esteemed in the world of gastronomy, was published in 2016 in the seventh edition in which Istria with its oils won alone top of the world rankings.With this award, Istrian olive growers receive a large free advertisement, recognition for all their long-term efforts, as well as a great promotional trump card as the best olive growing region in the world. “Every olive grower wishes they could find themselves in this guide. The guide objectively values ​​autochthonous differences, and Istria really has them, banker, buža, carbonaca, because our producers have preserved them and used them with quality.” stand out from the Tourist Board of the Istrian County for HRTPhoto: FB Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive OilThe highest number of points achieved by olive growers in the Flos Olei guide in 2016 is 98, out of a possible 100. A very high score of 97, the only one from Istria has Olea BB from Rabac, and 4 more producers won a dizzying 96 or 95 points: Family Ipša, Stancija Meneghetti, OPG Matteo Belci and Tonin and Chiavalon Franco Basiaco, Giancarlo Zigante and Enio Zubin.One of the prominent olive growers that has been on the Flos Olei guide list for years is olive oil Sandia Chiavalona from Vodnjan, is one of the fifteen best olive oils in the world, and the most awarded olive oil in Croatia, who points out that this is a great recognition for Istria and excellent branding of Istria as a region of quality olive oil. “This is a great recognition for Istria as a region, as well as for us olive growers. When one region is profiled as a region of quality oil then oil becomes the motive of arrival and guests come only because of the oil. It is much better and better when an entire region is declared the best than individual olive growers’ awards. “Chiavalon pointed out and added that for the last eight years Chiavalon oil has been in the Flos Olei guide and that they achieve high points through continuous quality.” Every year we have more and more guests coming to our tasting room and I am sure that this award will only increase the demand for our oils.Chiavalon concludedThe guide evaluates and describes olive oils from 49 countries from five continents. On 864 pages, in addition to rated olive growers and oil mills, the guide provides information on the history, culture and production of the countries from which they come. Enrollment in Flos Olei, and with it great successes, began in 2005 and since then Istrian olive oils have been constantly confirming their quality. List of all listed olive growers in the Flos Olei guide look herelast_img read more

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Your sleep becomes more sensitive to caffeine as you grow older: study

first_imgFor their study, the researchers had 22 healthy 20–30 year old adults (the young group) and 25 healthy 40–60 year old adults (the middle-age group) sleep at a chronobiology laboratory for two nonconsecutive nights. After arriving at the lab, the participants consumed either a low dose of caffeine, a high dose of caffeine, or a placebo three hours before their normal bedtime.Throughout the course of the study, participants also recorded their sleep and waking behaviors on a daily basis, and kept a daily log of the amount of caffeinated products they consumed. “Compared to that of the young, the sleep of older adults was generally more sensitive to the effects of a higher dose of caffeine,” the researchers said.Caffeine increased the length of time it took for the participants to fall sleep, shortened total sleep time and reduced sleep efficiency. But the researchers found that these effects were more pronounced in the middle-aged group.“The effects of 200 mg of caffeine were similar across both age groups, but the 400 mg dose of caffeine increased sleep latency, shortened total sleep time and the absolute amount of stage 2 sleep, and reduced sleep efficiency more extensively in older compared to younger adults,” Robillard and her colleagues wrote. Share LinkedIn Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img If you’ve passed the age of 40, you should be extra careful about consuming caffeine before bed. New research has discovered that the sleep of older adults is more sensitive to the effects of a higher dose of caffeine.Caffeine elicits wakefulness by acting as a competitive antagonist at adenosine receptors in the brain. In other words, caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neuromodulator that promotes sleepiness by reducing neuron activity.“Surprisingly, the age-related modulation of caffeine effects on the sleep–wake cycle has received little attention,” lead researcher Rébecca Robillard and her colleagues wrote in their study, which was published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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News Scan for May 04, 2017

first_imgMore H5N8 detections in Europe as Vietnam reports H5N1 outbreaksTwo European countries—Italy and Russia—reported new highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu outbreaks, and Vietnam reported five H5N1 events that were detected back in February, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Italy’s outbreak involves a whooper swan found dead on Apr 27 at a nature park in the Piedmont region city of Turin in the country’s northwest. Meanwhile, Russia reported two more H5N8 outbreaks on commercial farms in Rostov Oblast in the far southwest. The events began on Apr 21, together killing 8,223 of 339,098 susceptible birds. The rest were culled to curb the spread of the virus.In Vietnam, agriculture officials reported five H5N1 outbreaks, all of them in backyard birds in Nghe An province in the central part of the country. The events all began on Feb 18 and were declared resolved on Mar 18. Of 5,499 susceptible birds in the four cities, the virus killed 950, and authorities destroyed the remaining ones as part of the response. May 3 OIE report on H5N8 in Italy May 4 OIE report on H5N8 in Russia May 4 OIE report on H5N1 in Vietnam CDC wraps up soy nut butter E coli outbreak probeThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that its investigation into Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to contaminated soy nut butter is over, though more illnesses are likely to be reported, because the product has a long shelf life and some people may not be aware that the products have been recalled.Since its last update on Mar 30, the CDC reported 3 more illnesses, raising the overall total to 21. The number affected states remained the same, at 12. Twelve people were hospitalized, and 9 of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney complication. No deaths were reported.Investigators earlier linked the outbreak to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. The company recalled the products on Mar 7, along with others that were made with the potentially contaminated soy nut butter. On Mar 31 the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was temporarily shuttering operations at Dixie Dew Products, based in Erlanger, Ky., which produced the contaminated soy nut butter.May 4 CDC final outbreak update Scientists develop new method to produce penicillinScientists in the United Kingdom say they’ve developed a method to produce penicillin from baker’s yeast. They report their findings today in Nature Communications.In the study, scientists from Imperial College London describe how they used genes from the fungus Penicillium chrysogenum, which naturally produces penicillin, to re-engineer the cells of the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This set off a biochemical reaction process that enabled the baker’s yeast, in turn, to produce small amounts of the nonribosomal peptide penicillin. They then further modified the yeast to produce more penicillin.When added to a petri dish containing Streptococcus bacteria, the yeast actively secreted penicillin that had the same bioactivity against Streptococcus as commercially obtained penicillin.While producing more penicillin isn’t necessarily a priority, the authors of the study say their research, though still in its early stages, demonstrates that baker’s yeast could be a potential vehicle for producing and testing a whole range of new antibiotics. Baker’s yeast is easy to genetically re-engineer and has previously been used to create molecules with industrial and therapeutic relevance, but this is the first time it has been genetically reprogrammed to produce antibiotics.      “We believe yeast could be the new mini-factories of the future, helping us to experiment with new compounds in the nonribosomal peptide family to develop drugs that counter antimicrobial resistance,” study co-author Ali Awan, PhD, said in an Imperial College news release.May 4 Nat Commun study May 4 Imperial College news release Study: Immunization gaps slow Africa’s progress to measles eliminationMeasles incidence decreased 63% in African countries from 2013 to 2016, but because countries didn’t meet their targets for vaccine coverage, surveillance, and disease incidence, the continent won’t likely meet the goal of eliminating the disease by 2020, a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC reported today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report is an update of the groups’ estimates in 2012.The number of children estimated to have received their first dose of measles-containing vaccine rose only 3 percentage points (71% to 74%) from 2013 through 2015, and in 2015 first-dose coverage was below the target of 95% in 87% of the African nations. Of the 8.9 million African babies who didn’t receive their first measles dose in 2015, more than half were from four nations: Nigeria, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola. The number of countries providing a routine second dose rose from 11 in 2013 to 23 in 2015.To make better strides toward meeting the 2020 measles elimination goal, more countries need to introduce the second dose of measles-containing vaccine to their immunization programs, boost coverage by improving the management of staff and financial resources, improve access to populations for health providers, and increase demand for the vaccine by linking immunization to community services.May 5 MMWR report Polio workers helping tackle meningitis outbreak in NigeriaThe WHO announced yesterday it was deploying 190 Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) officers to help control an outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in Nigeria.In the past 2 months, the Nigerian states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kastina , Kebbi, Yobe, and Niger have reported thousands of cases of CSM. These states fall within the “meningitis belt” of elevated activity in central Africa. As of May 1, officials have logged 3,687 suspected cases of the disease and 200 deaths, which can be prevented with a vaccine.The PEI officers will be vaccinating a targeted 740,000 Nigerians in the affected states. In the past 4 days, 560,000 of the targeted population have been vaccinated (76% coverage). The vaccination will be extended by 2 days until 90% or more of all eligible recipients—those ages 1 to 21—receive the vaccine.”The WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu appreciated the polio infrastructure for supporting the response without jeopardizing the polio eradication activities,” the WHO’s statement concluded. May 3 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Preserving stability – Maghreb Oxygene targets consolidation in North Africa

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Read of the Week

first_imgAre you two sisters?Hester van der WaltModjajiReview: Karen WatkinsFrom the goldfields of the Free State to Venda, the Cape Flats, Heideveld and District Six to Britain and the Netherlands, Hester van der Walt takes us on a journey through milestone moments and decisions in her life that eventually lead to McGregor. But at the heart of this memoir is a secret.The story begins with Van der Walt’s childhood. As the first of seven children born to poor Afrikaner parents, her father is an alcoholic and her mother is resigned to this. Van der Walt leaves Welkom for Bloemfontein to begin a career in nursing. She meets Lies Hoogendoorn, originally from the Netherlands, and they become close friends. But it is only when Van der Walt moves to Cape Town to do midwifery that Hoogendoorn follows and their relationship changes. The “sisters” in the title refers to the assumption that two women living together must be siblings, instead of partners. It’s the 1960s, and they feel their love is sinful and to be avoided at all cost but realise that “if God knew about it he would be okay”.Van der Walt gets involved in the Struggle, working with NGOs and friends of all races, experiencing prejudice and racism. Her beliefs and perceptions of where she stands as a South African and that everything she was taught about apartheid was a lie and comes with so many taboos, is one of the reasons why she wrote the book.She ends up in Pollsmoor Prison, and despite being released after only a few weeks, she finds support and camaraderie with the other female political prisoners. She also misses being able to write. It was a time when she thought she would never see freedom in her lifetime. When it did happen in 1994, it was a time of joy, a new beginning and part of a long process. But she has been disappointed. In later years, she takes early retirement against warnings of poverty. She moves to McGregor with Hoogendoorn to write poetry, knit and experience the joys of baking bread together. “Whatever you do to it, it rises, and it’s useful, it can be eaten.”This is a slim book of 130 pages with each chapter flowing well as they follow profound periods in Van der Walt’s life. There are wonderfully humorous moments written with great tenderness, empathy and warmth.last_img read more

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Mercitalia takes delivery of shunting locomotives

first_imgITALY: CZ Loko has delivered five EffiShunter 1000 shunting locomotives to Mercitalia Shunting & Terminal, which will deploy them at freight terminals in Milano, Ravenna and Livorno.The 100 km/h TSI-compliant four-axle single-cab locomotives have 895 kW Caterpillar C32 engines, AC-AC transmissions and a fire safety system.‘This contract has both a strategic and symbolic value for CZ Loko’, said the manufacturer’s Managing Director Josef Gulyás at the handover ceremony. ‘Although CZ Loko has supplied almost 60 locomotives of various classes to the Italian market, these were always just upgrades. Now, for the first time, we have succeeded with a new vehicle meeting strict European TSI standards.’ This showed that CZ Loko could compete in a the ‘fierce’ locomotive market, he added. The Mercitalia order included locomotive number 744.105-8, the 1 000th to be produce in CZ Loko’s modern history. This loco will be on display at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin during September.last_img read more

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: Deadcon review

first_imgSocial media influencer Ashley (Lauren Elizabeth) attends View Con, a gathering of YouTube and Instagram stars and their fans. When she arrives at her hotel room, she discovers that it’s double-booked so she gets relocated to an unused floor where, unbeknownst to her, a tragedy happened in 1984. As Ashley gets into the swing of View Con, strange things start taking place and her fellow social media star Megan (Claudia Sulewski) is dragged into an unexpected nightmare.Deadcon should be an absolute hoot. The film starts off looking like it’s going to skewer the obsession we have with social media, gently poking fun of the ‘influencers’ that clutter up our computer screens and make a fortune off our idle boredom at work. Unfortunately, it never actually gets around to being a parody as it threads a very thin horror story through the middle, which actually transforms the film into a mess where not very much actually happens.Where Deadcon really falls down is the lack of logic in its story. The creepy goings on are borrowed from found-footage films such as Paranormal Activity and if they weren’t there, there really would be no reason to see this film because the plot doesn’t really exist. If you forgive the switch in main characters half way through and even try and buy into the film’s opening set-up, you’ll still have a hard time figuring out what’s actually supposed to be unfolding.Credit: Gunpowder & SkyThe cast do a good job despite the material here. Lauren Elizabeth in particular really captures the bright-eyed enthusiasm of a social media influencer and she has some great moments when she switches off that personality and behaves like a normal human being. It’s actually interesting to see just how much of what we see on social media is fake and for show rather than reflecting people’s genuine lives. The other cast members are decent too but they have absolutely nothing to work with. Claudia Sulewski’s Megan gets a cheating sub-plot thrown in but it amounts to very little, even when the third person in her relationship turns up unexpectedly.Deadcon has all of the ingredients that should have made it a post-modern joy of a horror but instead thanks to a barely there plot, cheap scares and plenty of borrowing from better films, it’s a huge disappointment. It takes more than creepy children and the hope that the dangers of the Internet will do enough to terrify you, to make a scary horror film. Deadcon is just flat out bad and honestly you could find plenty of other things to do with 78 minutes of your time.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Cast: Lauren Elizabeth, Claudia Sulewski, Keith Machekanyanga, Mimi Gianopulos, Lukas Gage, Carl Gilliard Director: Caryn Waechter Writer: Scotty Landes Certificate: TBC Duration: 78 mins Released by: Gunpowder & Skylast_img read more

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Tim McGraw to release new single I Called Mama on Friday

first_imgTim McGraw will release new single I Called Mama on Friday 8th May 2020.The track is his first new music since returning to Big Machine Records earlier this year. I Called Mama was written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary and produced by McGraw and Byron GallimoreSeen through the lens of the special connection we all share with our mothers, I Called Mama is a look at the ways we ground ourselves when we are shaken or hurting. Particularly meaningful given the current times, it’s a reminder of the importance of home and human connection.Tim said, “On the one hand this song is literally, ‘hey, call your mom.’ On the other hand, you look at a time like this, there are real hardships for everyone, and it’s a great reminder that hearing someone’s voice who knows you and loves you can help you get through anything. I think it’s at these very difficult times that music can help and the power of a song can give someone a moment of clarity or comfort, or just a smile. Especially now, when we seem to need it more than ever.”The single will launch with a lyric video containing some never-before-seen footage of Tim as a baby with his mom.Tim has asked fans to send in videos and photos of their moms to be included in the larger scale music video releasing later this month.“Mother’s definitely deserve to be honored more than one day a year. We’ve have had such an incredible response of people sharing their special Mama videos, we are going to get you something really special in a few weeks,” Tim added.I Called Mama can be pre-saved now ahead of its release on Friday.last_img read more

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