By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaPERRY, Ga. — Standing behind a table covered with art, photos and brochures, Sage Edwards isn’t representing herself. She’s standing in for Monticello, Ga., in Georgia’s first agritourism, or “farm fun,” symposium Nov. 14 at the Georgia National Fair & Agricenter.”Monticello is a favorite place to visit for a lot of tourists,” said Edwards, director of the Better Hometown and Downtown Development Authority in Monticello. “It’s a green place. … Agritourism is a big thing for our town.”Edwards said they recently hosted a group from China who wanted a “true Southern experience.” After feasting on country ham and biscuits, they toured Jasper County for some Georgia farm fun.Together, agriculture and related businesses make up the state’s top industry. Tourism is next. Pulling out-of-state visitors into Georgia is big business, with 62 million people in 2006. But it’s not the only market. And traditional tourism venues aren’t the only products.”There are a lot of people in Atlanta, and several hundred thousand have never seen a farm,” said Charlie Gatlin, Georgia’s deputy commissioner of tourism and marketing. “There’s a market right there for us to go after. All we need to do is tell the story.”Telling the story was one of many emphases of the “Symposium of Discovery: Agritourism and the Creative Economies in Georgia.” The Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the University of Georgia, Market Festival on the Square and Agri-Tour Solutions hosted the event.Attendees soaked up ideas and did a little marketing.Charles Cowart of Still Pond Vineyards and Winery near Arlington, Ga., told how his business went from growing grapes to bottling wine.Several years ago, he realized Still Pond needed an outlet, besides the fresh market, for their grapes. After starting with a pasteurized grape juice, they moved into wine. This year, they ran 900 tons of fruit through their facilities, with some of the juice going to other wineries and the rest processed in-house.They get customers down a 2-mile dirt road to their facility mainly by word of mouth.”There’s got to be a reason for them to come seek us out,” he said. “We’ve got to have a pretty package. We’ve got to have an excellent product in the package” and have “Southern hospitality” when people come. “You have to be passionate about what you’re doing.”AGNET, the CAED agritourism Web site (www.caed.uga.edu), lists 650 farm- and nature-related tourism venues in Georgia. These attractions, from farmers markets to fish hatcheries, have an off-the-farm value of $60 million a year.”We feel, given our natural advantages and the consumer demand, we can grow tremendously from that level,” CAED director John McKissick said.With only 2 percent to 4 percent of Georgians living on farms, having an organized voice would help. It’s a way to market what the state is already doing, said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin.”I’ve been on your farms,” he told the crowd. “I’ve been in your vineyards. I guess it’s no secret to us what we’re doing. But we have to tell others what we’re doing.”Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, noted the benefits of branded names in Georgia.”We’ve got some great examples here already,” he said, citing Vidalia onions and Claxton Fruit Cakes. “I know some people who have traveled to Georgia to spend a day learning what makes Vidalia onions different. … There are all kinds of things in Georgia that we could be marketing.”Cowart told of an Atlanta reporter who turned off his headlights on his way to Arlington and got his first real glimpse of stars.”There are a lot of people out there,” he said, “who long for a stay in our world.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the news hit this summer that many Pathmark stores would be closing as part of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s bankruptcy, I was stunned, as most here were.For decades the supermarket has been part of our lives on Long Island. And I’m old enough to remember when the store in Franklin Square opened in the late 1960s.But, for reasons I’m not quite sure of, I can’t feel any nostalgia for the place.Maybe that’s because it’s always been there. Or because, somewhere deep in my cranium, I can remember it meant as a boy that my Mom and I were no longer going to be making trips to Hills Supermarket on Franklin Avenue, which ultimately had to close down, or the A&P on Dutch Broadway in Elmont,?which persisted into the 1990s, and where one of the cashiers, Clara, had been nice to me since I was even a much younger toddler.There were times when I’d accompany my parents to Pathmark in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it always seemed like a chore. In those days, it was considered safe to let a kid wander around alone inside. I would check out the cereal aisle, to see if there were any neat premiums being offered in that era’s assemblage of Quisp and Quake and Sugar Crisp and so many other cereals whose names remain familiar. I still peruse the cereal boxes, to see if there are any neat toys being offered inside.There was also a?toy section featuring an assemblage somewhat bigger than what has become the usual assortment of supermarket bits and pieces.Ultimately, the neatest feature at Pathmark for a youngster may have been a huge paperback section featuring an amazing array of bestsellers and non-fiction books. Pathmark was where I bought some of my very first books on the history of movies, including, in my monster-loving youth, a biography of Boris Karloff!From its inception in Franklin Square, Pathmark had tried to be unique. At the back of the store was a section invoking the classic Horn and Hardart cafeterias in Manhattan, famous for all the food, sandwiches and cakes and the like, being offered through slots in the wall protected by a glass cover. If you put coins in the apparatus, you could lift the cover and take your treat.? Horn and Hardart was famous for the quality of its offerings, and for being a very affordable place for any?New Yorker to put together a decent meal. More than one location also became known as a writers’ hangout, with some of the best-known reporters and talent of the era sitting for a long while, sipping their coffee, and enjoying the conversation.Beginning in the 1970s, Pathmark also had a long running series of television commercials, starring James Karen. Most of us probably presumed he was a Pathmark executive, until he also began popping up as an actor in horror movies like “Poltergeist” and “The Return of the Living Dead.”As I moved back and forth from our area over the decades, Pathmark was my supermarket of choice.But then, about five years ago, something very sad began to happen, at least at a couple of Pathmark locations that I frequented.?If you weren’t careful, it was far too easy to buy out-of-date products off Pathmark’s shelves. My discovery occurred when making a salad dressing mix one night, and a strange gelatinous form suddenly floated to the top of the bowl. I looked at the expiration date on the ingredients box. It had passed six months earlier.I didn’t stop shopping at Pathmark. I just became disappointed, and far more careful.Besides, I was very fond of some of the employees, and I had a particular problem: I am addicted to Pathmark Instant Coffee. Or at least I was. The store’s been out of its own label for a while.I’ve been compensating by experimenting with a myriad of other makes. In years past, I would take several jars with me, on the road.It was odd, by the way, when earlier this year, my local Pathmark reached?into the warehouse, and began using plastic bags, from some time back, apparently having run out of the newer editions.I also love the deli counter’s fried chicken. To me, it’s the best in New York by far. Pathmark must have a proprietary recipe, which I can only hope it’ll share with its successor.The loss of the store, otherwise, doesn’t seem particularly perceptible. After all, there will be another supermarket in its place.What has been heartbreaking, however, is seeing the looks of uncertainty in the eyes of so many of the long-time employees, and even on the faces of the store’s younger veterans.?All told, more than 4,000 people on Long Island could be without a job by Thanksgiving. My greatest hope is that the new owners will do the right thing for those who have been part of our lives for such a very long time.James H. Burns is a writer/actor living in Franklin Square, who has written for?The Village Voice, Newsday, CBS.COM, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
My first job after college was as a help desk service representative in an insurance company. I knew it wasn’t a position I wanted to be in long term, but it was a way to get my foot in the door. After working in that position a few months, I realized I wanted to work toward a leadership role. It seemed so glamorous–having the authority to make decisions, being in charge of a department, and making more money. Setting my sights on leadership seemed like the next best step.As I moved up the leadership ranks in my career, I realized leadership was very different from my first impression. It wasn’t about prestige, power, money or authority. It was about service, humility, relationships and influence. In fact, being a leader wasn’t as exciting and glamorous as I had expected. It came with a lot of responsibility, a lot of headaches, and some choices that weren’t always easy to make. There were many moments of impact and fulfillment, but there were also times of high demands and high stress.I had the blessing of having a few excellent leaders in my career who modeled great leadership through coaching, developing and mentoring.? I also had several bosses who taught me what not to do. These leaders were focused on themselves—how much power and control they had and how to expand their turf. Although working for the latter wasn’t inspiring or easy, I learned from these experiences. Not everyone is cut out to be a leader, and having the desire to lead and the skills to lead are two different things. Having the desire to be a leader is important, but desire must be met with modern and influential leadership skills.Leadership isn’t about working our way up the corporate ladder to one day finally arrive and say, “Wow, I’ve made it.” True leadership is a journey, not a destination. Leadership is a state of being, not a role one fills while at work. The work toward leadership isn’t just important for when we prepare for a leadership role. In fact, once “appointed” to a leadership role, the real work has just begun. continue reading ? 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Historic triple-header of women’s world title fights on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, will also be streamed for free on YouTube, Facebook and skysports.com; Katie Taylor headlines, Terri Harper makes a defence of her world title and Rachel Ball battles to become the latest champion Last Updated: 10/11/20 1:00pm 0:35 Anthony Joshua says Katie Taylor will be remembered in boxing long after she finally retires from the sport Adam Smith,?Sky Sports?Head of Boxing Development?said:?”We’re delighted to be able to make Saturday’s triple-header of women’s world title fights, a world first, available to a wider audience to showcase some of the brightest talents in the sport.“We’ve been with Katie from the beginning of her professional journey and are proud to be a part of the boom we’re seeing in women’s boxing. Through live streaming the action, we are able to bring more boxing fans closer to the hard-hitting action than ever before with this world first.”Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, said: “This is more ground-breaking news that helps us push women’s boxing to where it needs to be.“The momentum of the last few years led by Katie Taylor has been special to watch but we have still got a long way to go. Nights like Saturday change the narrative of the sport, and as I have said before, it’s not men’s boxing and it’s not women’s boxing, it’s just boxing.“Katie Taylor is a trailblazer and it is only right that she headlines this card on Saturday on a moment that we have all been working towards for a very long time.“The key is to give these great fighters the platform to become stars and achieve their dreams. Without the support from Sky Sports this would not be possible and I’m so happy that so many people will be able to watch Saturday’s event.” 0:23 Anthony Joshua says Katie Taylor will be remembered in boxing long after she finally retires from the sport ‘Gutierrez will be a tough test for Taylor’ Sky Sports has announced that it will make this Saturday’s Fight Night boxing – including undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor’s defence against Miriam Gutierrez – available to all via multiple digital platforms.Taylor’s lightweight bout against Spaniard Gutiérrez – as well as Terri Harper’s WBC super-featherweight defence against Katharina Thanderz and Rachel Ball’s WBA bantamweight title fight with Jorgelina Guanini – will be available to Sky Sports customers on Sky Sports Arena and non-subscribers alike, this Saturday from 7pm on the broadcaster’s YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as on www.skysports.com.As part of Sky Sports’ commitment to women’s sport – first announced back in March – the move comes with the aim of ensuring elite women’s sport is more easily accessible to the public through both increasing its existing coverage and by strengthening its digital output. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – ‘Gutierrez will be a tough test for Taylor’ As always, Sky Sports will take fans to the heart of the sporting drama, follow @SkySportsBoxing or go to skysports.com/boxing.To read more about Sky Sports’ commitment to women’s sport click here. – Advertisement –
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Wahyu and Agustiani have also been named suspects in the case.Read also: PDI-P on defensive over graft scandalSaeful, who once served under PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto,??reportedly gave both suspects a total of S$57,350 – equal to Rp 600 million (US$36,056).The KPK arrested Wahyu and the two other suspects on Jan. 8 and named them, along with Harun, suspects in the case. Wahyu allegedly accepted Rp 600 million from Harun through Saeful. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors indicted businessman Saeful Bahri, who was also identified as a member of the?Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), for his alleged involvement in a bribery case implicating General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.The antigraft body indicted Saeful despite the lack of testimony from PDI-P politician Harun Masiku, who was also named a suspect in the case and deemed?a key witness. Harun has been at large since he was named a suspect by the KPK on Jan. 9.Kompas.com?reported that KPK prosecutor Ronald Worotikan indicted Saeful for allegedly bribing Wahyu and former Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) member Agustiani Tio Fridelina in exchange for the KPU commissioner’s approval for the politician to fill the seat of a deceased politician in the House of Representatives. The antigraft body marched on with the indictment despite the absence of key witness Harun’s testimony against Saeful. The KPK has not made any significant progress in locating Harun.KPK deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron previously said investigators had searched for Harun in 13 locations but to no avail. He added that Harun had “taken himself off the grid” by not??using telecommunication devices, complicating the search.Nurul went on to say that the KPK had not found any indication that the PDI-P politician was being hidden but declined to provide further details on the antigraft body’s effort in locating the suspect.Read also: Lawmakers doubt immigration system error claims in Harun’s escapeThe case had dragged in Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, also a PDI-P politician. Many accused him of?covering up Harun’s whereabouts after the ministry’s Immigration Directorate General announced that Harun was still out of country when he was named a suspect.It was later discovered that Harun had returned to Indonesia two days prior to his suspect naming at the KPK. The revelation triggered the dismissal of Immigration Director General Ronny?Sompie and the formation of the ministry’s special fact-finding team, which?concluded that there had been an error in the immigration database, resulting in the false information on Harun’s whereabouts. (mfp)Topics :
According to Komnas HAM’s own records, at least 11 other cases of alleged gross human rights abuses have been left in abeyance since the commission submitted its dossiers to the AGO. Among them are the Trisakti and Semanggi shootings between 1998 and 1999.Read also: Jokowi vows to settle past human rights abuse cases. But which ones?A leading expert at the Office of the Presidential Staff (KSP), Donny Gahral Adian urged the AGO to resolve the Paniai case as soon as possible, saying that the government could not afford to have its commitment to human rights thrown into doubt.“If there is such a case like Paniai, the government urges the AGO to resolve the case as quickly as possible so that [the facts become] clear and the victims are afforded their rights,” he said.?“To be clear, [the government’s] commitment to upholding human rights cannot be doubted because the government wants rights to be respected, valued and upheld – in line with Pancasila.”Read also: ‘We demand proof, not promises’: Papuans urge Jokowi to bring justice to Paniai tragedyThe commission has questioned the AGO’s insistence that it must provide complete evidence of its investigation into cases of human rights abuses, although it is not legally allowed to do so.Citing Law No. 26/200 on human rights courts, commissioner Munafrizal Manan has said that Komnas HAM is authorized only to conduct a penyelidikan (preliminary investigation), which determines whether or not a case constitutes a violation.Read also: Palace denies 2014 Papua killings constitute gross human rights violationThe investigation dossier of the Paniai case has been returned twice to Komnas HAM, on March 19 and May 20, with the AGO arguing that the dossier had yet to satisfy requirements.AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono denied Komnas HAM’s claim that it was reluctant to follow up on past human rights abuses, saying that the office had also given clear instructions for the commission to be able to meet administrative requirements.“The letter from the Attorney General as a penyidik [investigator] to the Komnas HAM’s penyelidik [examiner] is very clear on that. There is no reluctance on the government’s part, in this case the AGO, in processing this case,” Hari told The Jakarta Post via text messages last week.In its annual report, Komnas HAM said that 2019 was a “gloomy” year for human rights, noting that progress on the issue was sluggish as politics took center stage last year.The commission highlighted several key events, including riots in Jakarta in May following protests over the result of the presidential election, and another riot in September following mass protests against the House of Representatives’ plan to sign controversial bills into law.“We all know that the situation is not conducive for human rights as there are many instances of hate speech, as well as the May’s riots,” said Amiruddin. “Those claimed people’s lives and until now, have not been properly investigated.”Komnas HAM received 2,757 complaints from the public across Indonesia last year. The top four complaints were related to rights to welfare (1,119 complaints), rights to justice (888 complaints), rights to safety (130 complaints) and the right to life (93 complaints).The majority of the complaints were related to land and labor disputes as well as unlawful conduct in law enforcement and threats of violence, among others.“This shows that the basic rights of human beings are still an issue in this country,” said Munafrizal.Topics : The commission has written twice to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo providing options for resolving past human rights abuses, Komnas HAM commissioner Amiruddin Al Rahab recently said, to little effect.He argued that the Paniai incident presented an opportunity for the government to take that first step toward resolving past cases.“The time span of the cases [may be too] long. We believe that the recent incidents could be solved first if there was the will to do so,” said Amiruddin.“Komnas HAM has fulfilled all the material requirements necessary for an investigation, so it is up to the attorney general to use the human rights paradigm in solving these cases.” The sluggish handling of past human rights violations has raised questions about the government’s commitment to resolve them, as the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared 2019 a “gloomy” year for the human rights agenda.The commission cited its frustrations at the current back-and-forth with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) after the latter sent back preliminary investigation dossiers on the Paniai tragedy in Papua, reportedly citing administrative errors.The case, widely referred to as the Bloody Paniai case, occurred when security forces opened fire at a crowd of demonstrators in the Karel Gobay Field in Madi district, Paniai regency in December 2014. The incident, which was declared a “gross human rights violation” by Komnas HAM in February this year, claimed the lives of five students and left 21 other civilians injured.
Topics : Australia’s most populated state, New South Wales (NSW) said it had detected five new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with two people already in hotel quarantine.With confidence growing in NSW, state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said restrictions on crowds at sporting stadiums and venues will be eased. Venues will now be allowed to operate with a 50% capacity, double the previous constraint.Australian states, Queensland and Western Australia both recorded one case each of COVID-19.Australia has now recorded nearly 27,000 COVID-19 infections and 832 deaths. “It is a fantastic outcome and a tribute to the hard work, sacrifice and contribution every single Victorian is making and I want to say thank you,” Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.The result in Victoria will buoy hopes that residents in Melbourne will soon be granted additional freedoms after more than six weeks under a strict lockdown.Melbourne is on an extended hard lockdown until Sept. 28. If at that point the two-week average number of infections is below 50, which it currently is, then restrictions will be eased.Restrictions in regional Victoria were relaxed earlier this week. Residents there can now have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and cafes will be able to seat up to 50 people outside. Australia on Thursday reported its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 cases in nearly three months, as states said restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus will be further relaxed.Australia said 35 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the past 24 hours, the lowest one-day rise since June 24.Victoria state – Australia’s COVID-19 epicenter – accounted for the bulk of the new cases, with 28 people diagnosed with the virus in the past 24 hours.
More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited finished top of Group L in the Europa League while Club Brugge dropped into the competition after they finished third in their Champions League group behind Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are also in a similar situation after they topped their Europa League group, while Olympiacos moved into the competition after they finished third in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich and Tottenham.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 12:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW IN FULL Wolves vs EspanyolSporting Lisbon vs Istanbul BasaksehirGetafe vs AjaxBayer Leverkusen vs PortoFC Copenhagen vs CelticAPOEL vs FC BaselCluj vs SevillaOlympiacos vs ArsenalAZ Alkmaar vs LASKClub Brugge vs Manchester UnitedLudogorets vs Inter MilanEintracht Frankfurt vs Red Bull SalzburgShakhtar Donetsk vs BenficaWolfsburg vs MalmoRoma vs GentRangers vs Braga Arsenal and Manchester United are in the hunt for the Europa League trophy (Getty Images)Arsenal will play Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32, while Manchester United will face Club Brugge.Elsewhere, Wolves will play La Liga side Espanyol, while Scottish champions Celtic face FC Copenhagen.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will head to Portugal to face Braga.The first-leg ties will be played on February 20, while the return fixtures will be played on February 27.ADVERTISEMENTDue to the city clash between Porto and Braga, Rangers will play their return leg away to Braga on February 26. Advertisement Europa League round of 32 draw: Arsenal vs Olympiacos; Man Utd vs Club Brugge
Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 5:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.6kShares Comment Mikel Arteta already impressed with Willian following Arsenal move Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Chelsea (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says he has already been impressed by Willian’s mentality following his move to Arsenal.The 32-year-old left Chelsea on a free transfer this summer after failing to agree a new deal and made the move to north London.Speaking last week, Willian revealed a key factor behind his move to Arsenal was Arteta’s plan to win the Champions League within three seasons.And Arteta admits he was immediately impressed by Willian’s attitude after he first met the Brazilian.ADVERTISEMENTWhen asked about Willian’s ambition to win the Champions League, Arteta replied: ‘Well, it is the right spirit!AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club. Willian has already impressed Mikel Arteta with his attitude (Getty Images)‘That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.‘He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team, and the type of attitude and mentality that you just mentioned in your question.’Asked if Willian will feature in the Community Shield against Liverpool this Saturday, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. ‘We’ll make the decision tomorrow on who is going to play and who is going to be involved, but for sure they’re going to see our signings playing a lot of minutes this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We’ve had two training sessions so you can imagine that this game comes straight in the middle of our mini pre-season, but as well we haven’t had much time to lose a lot of the condition.‘Obviously it’s not an ideal moment to play in this final but the players are motivated. Obviously it’s another opportunity to win a trophy and we will go for it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement