EU Navfor HQ Staff Visits Japanese Detachment in Djibouti

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today EU Navfor HQ Staff Visits Japanese Detachment in Djibouti EU Navfor HQ Staff Visits Japanese Detachment in Djibouti On 25 July 2015, staff from Operation Atalanta Force Headquarters visited the Japanese Detachment of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in Djibouti. Led by the Force HQ Chief of Staff, Captain Jens Nykvist, the meeting was hosted by Captain Masahisa Motomura, Commanding Officer of the Deployment Air-Force for counter-piracy Enforcement of the Japanese Self-Defence Force.They discussed the current counter-piracy situation in the Gulf of Aden and potential areas of cooperation between Japanese Forces deployed on CTF 151 and EU Naval Force Somalia. The visit concluded with a tour of the Japanese Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance P3 Orion aircraft and an update on its capabilities.Captain Nykvist concluded the visit by saying: “It is always an honour to visit our colleagues of the detachments based in the Air Base of Djibouti, and a great opportunity to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation.”Image: EU Navfor July 31, 2015 View post tag: EU NAVFORcenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Operation Atalanta Share this articlelast_img read more

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Interior Design Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgPosting Details Beginning and/or Ending Dates General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Job Posting TitleInterior Design Adjunct Assistant Professor Position Summary The Institution Total Hrs per Week/Day The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Department Location Work Schedule LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught OR the equivalent* OR hold a California CommunityCollege Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area.* Alldegrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Assignment Responsibilities Posting NumberF00076P AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Minimum Qualifications Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Application Instructions Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators.Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Conditionscenter_img Posting Date12/19/2016 * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2630 Open ContinuouslyYes Work YearN/A Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Closing Date Physical Demands How and where to apply Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Special Requirements * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2last_img read more

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PhysPhil students receive results 101 days after exams end

first_imgOn December 4, another email to students stated: “There is no past experience for Michaelmas Term Physics examinations, rather this is in addition to a normal busy Michaelmas Term. It is therefore regrettable that we are unable to provide a definitive date for the publication of examination results, even a worst-case date. All colleagues involved in the examining process are doing all they can to make this happen as soon as they can.” One student is planning on filing a complaint with the departments. The physics exams were held in 0th and 1st week of Michaelmas 2020, ending on October 16. Physics students received their results two weeks ago, but results were again withheld from PhysPhil students. On November 25, the Department of Physics told PhysPhil students: “The examiners acutely understand that students (and their tutors) require the examination results to be published – the examiners are doing all they can to make this happen as soon as possible. The results will be published when they are published.” Regarding Ph.D applications, tutor references play a very important part and tutors are usually in a very good position to give assessments of a candidate’s ability and performance. Students concerned on this front are advised to speak to their college tutors. The Physics Faculty told Cherwell “Results for the MPhysPhil degree have been published. Then, on January 25, results were released, with no accompanying explanation for the delay. We are sorry to hear that some students feel that their interests are not a priority and we would like to give assurance that this is absolutely not the case. Staff are working very hard, having to balance workload with additional strain imposed by Covid-related matters (childcare, home schooling, working remotely). The PJCC [Physics Joint Consultative  Committee, consisting of both Physics and a Physics & Philosophy student representatives] has a good understanding of the situation and students may, as always, use that channel to obtain advice or gain reassurance about their degree course. Students who feel that their mental health has been affected are advised, again, to speak with their college tutor, or otherwise to make contact with the welfare networks in college.”center_img The University has been contacted for comment. On January 15, after being asked for a date for the examiner’s meeting or an idea of when results would be given, the brief response was: “There are no updates”. While there is overlap in content as regards physics, to release results for a joint school involves additional steps. This is more apparent when operating within the current environment and the restrictions that that brings with it. Since their last exam on October 16, it took until this Monday for Physics and Philosophy (commonly abbreviated to PhysPhil) students to receive results. The cohort, now in their fourth and final year, have had to apply to jobs and graduate studies with only second-year results. A PhysPhil student told Cherwell: “The situation is ridiculous: even accounting for the pandemic, the reason it took over two weeks longer than the physicists to get results is because of exams we did six months ago. The complete lack of communication from a PhysPhil authority, with no acknowledgement, apology or explanation for the delay and no message whatsoever on when we could expect results, strongly suggests that students’ interests weren’t a priority. The inability to contact examiners directly without serious consequences made it impossible to hold them accountable to any sort of reasonable deadline. This not only disadvantaged us when applying for further study or jobs, but also adversely affected students’ mental health in an already difficult time.” In June of 2020, PhysPhil students sat the philosophy component of their exams. There is only one paper unique to the PhysPhil degree; all others that PhysPhil students may have taken were offered to philosophy students across degrees. Finalists for degrees such as PPE received their exam results in July, but PhysPhil students received no results – even for papers they had in common with other courses.last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” NOVEMBER 2, 2016

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is:  How are you going to vote in this electionPlease take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS”.Also take time to read “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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Ocean City Seeks Bids on New 29th Street Firehouse

first_imgArchitect’s rendering of the new firehouse at 29th Street and West Avenue in Ocean City by William McLees Architecture.The bidding process for construction work on the storm-damaged 29th Street firehouse begins next week.Ocean City will begin advertising for bids on July 22, and City Council could possibly award a contract at its meeting Aug. 27, according to the city Purchasing Department.The fire station, formally known as Ocean City Fire Department Station 2, suffered major damage during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, when some parts of the one-story building took on more than two feet of water.Although the building at 29th Street and West Avenue still houses some equipment and apparatus, firefighters have been living in temporary trailers nearby since Sandy.Last month, architect William McLees of Somers Point made a courtesy presentation of the proposed plans to the city Planning Board.The plans call for repairs to the existing structure, along with the addition of a second story. The total building space in the new structure will be about 5,427 square feet.The first floor will consist of a 593-square-foot equipment bay, a 1,769-square-foot apparatus bay, a storage area and an exercise room.The new second floor will house: a living room/kitchen area; two bunk areas totaling about 290 square feet; office space; restrooms and a locker area; about 120 feet of storage space; and an entry area of about 205 square feet.The fire station sits in a residential area, so covering the building’s existing masonry exterior with clapboard siding and a brick veneer will help it blend better in the neighborhood, according to the plans.In July 2014, City Council awarded an $80,200 contract to Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township to design the new firehouse.Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) declared the fire station wasn’t a total loss, and agreed to pay 90 percent of the cost to repair the building, which it estimated at $443,000.Additionally, the city received $44,00 from its flood-insurance carrier for the damaged building.last_img read more

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Watch Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass Mash-Up Two Classics At Catskill Chill

first_imgThe Catskill Chill Music Festival made its debut in Lakewood, PA last weekend, bringing thousands of music fans – ChillFam – to the annual festival. Chill closed out the summer in fine fashion, with tons of great talents from the jam scene playing great sets.One of the hallmarks of Catskill Chill is always the collaborative nature of their offered performances. Whether it’s planned super jams or tributes, or unplanned guest appearances, the festival never fails to capture that family vibe. One of the best came during a set from Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, who paid tribute to the Dead with a great set.In the video below, the medley starts with a progression that sounds like “They Love Each Other,” but Keller leads the vocals on “Cumberland Blues.” Eventually the band does go into “They Love Each Other,” closing out the run of these great Dead songs! Naturally, they call the song “They Cumberlove Each Other.”Watch it all go down below, courtesy of 215music.last_img read more

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Eddie Vedder Joins Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, On This Day In 2006

first_imgIt was 14 years ago today that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined forces with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in Denver, CO for a rendition of “The Waiting” from the rocker’s 1981 album Hard Promises. Over the years, Vedder and Petty have found themselves on stage together quite a few times, but this was certainly one of those memorable performances from the two rock legends. Check out video below, courtesy of Release Coalition:last_img

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New approach to severe bacterial infections and sepsis

first_imgBacterial infections that don’t respond to antibiotics are of rising concern, as is sepsis — the immune system’s last-ditch attack on infection that ends up being lethal itself. Reporting in Nature, researchers at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital describe new potential avenues for controlling both sepsis and the runaway bacterial infections that provoke it.Sepsis kills a quarter million people each year in the United States and is the largest killer of newborns and children worldwide. Like antibiotic-resistant infections, it has no good treatment. Through scrupulous experiments, scientists in Boston Children’s Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) have uncovered the final cellular events necessary for both sepsis and stemming the bacterial attack.Recent research has shown that at any sign of bacterial invasion, protein complexes called inflammasomes are activated. This activation triggers a process called pyroptosis — the infected cells explode open, releasing bacteria as well as chemical signals that sound an immune alarm. But there’s a balance: Too urgent an alarm can trigger sepsis, causing fatal blood-vessel and organ damage.“The immune system is trying like hell to control the infection, but if the bacteria win out, the immune response can kill the patient,” explains Judy Lieberman, senior investigator on the study together with Hao Wu, also in the PCMM. “Most attempts to quiet the immune response haven’t worked in treating sepsis in the clinic, because the parts that trigger it haven’t been well understood.”“Because of widespread antibiotic resistance, we have to think about other strategies,” said Judy Lieberman, senior investigator. Photo courtesy of Boston Children’s HospitalOnce activated, inflammasomes activate enzymes called caspases that cut a molecule called gasdermin D in two. This cleavage unleashes gasdermin D’s active fragment, known as gasdermin-D-NT. But how this causes pyroptosis hasn’t been known.Lieberman, Wu, and their colleagues now show that gasdermin-D-NT packs a one-two punch. On the one hand, it perforates the membranes of the bacteria that are infecting cells and kills them. It also punches holes in the membrane of the host cell, causing pyroptosis — killing the cell and releasing bacteria and immune alarm signals. The team also found that nearby uninfected cells were left unscathed.Second, the team discovered that gasdermin-D-NT directly kills bacteria outside cells, including E. coli, S. aureus, and Listeria. In a dish, this happened quickly — within five minutes.The results need to be replicated in animal models of infection and sepsis, but Lieberman believes that understanding how gasdermin-D-NT works could be harnessed to help treat highly dangerous bacterial infections.“Because of widespread antibiotic resistance, we have to think about other strategies,” she says. “Since the fragment kills bacteria but not uninfected host cells, one can imagine injecting the fragment directly, especially to treat a localized infection involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”For sepsis, Lieberman speculates about ways of inhibiting or blocking gasdermin-D-NT, such as with antibodies or strategies targeting caspase enzymes.Xing Liu, Zhibin Zhang, and Jianbin Ruan are co-first authors on the paper. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.Savelast_img read more

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Sweet Sales.

first_imgOut on the farm this spring, the bottom fell out of the market for Vidalia onions, the one money crop John McDonald grows. In the city, many school students were looking forwardto a summer camp they couldn’t afford.Both hardships, though, were softened because the two groups, rural and urban, got together beforehand on a solution to each other’s challenge. Photo:  Shirley Williamson Photo: Shirley Williamson Lauren Jolly cuts shipping netting from around 25-pound bags of Vidalia onions for her 4-H club’s fund-raiser. Volunteer Charlie Griffin and some Columbia County 4-H’ers wait for the next customer to drive through the fund-raiser distribution space donated by a local bank.center_img Camp Discounts,’Six Flags’ TicketsWilliamson goes all-out to promote the sale.”We focus on how special Vidalia onions are and how the kids can earn money for a discounted or even free trip to camp (normally $160),” she said. “Other prizes include a Columbia County 4-H T-shirt and free Six Flags tickets.”The 4-H’ers sell Vidalia onion cookbooks, too — this year more than 400 of them. Every 4-H’er who sells anything gets a 4-H cup, pencil and sticker. Everyone who buys onions or a cookbook gets a letter of appreciation, storage tips and a few recipes. 4-H Fund-raiser”Each year our 4-H’ers sell Vidalia onions as a fund-raiser,” said Shirley Williamson, a University of Georgia Extension Service agent in suburban Columbia County.For Williamson, the annual sale funds her 4-H program and gets kids to camp who might otherwise be unable to go. For McDonald, the Columbia 4-H’ers and other clubs lock in profits.It’s a sweet deal for shoppers, too, though the cost is almost always higher than in stores. For the extra money, buyers: Help a youngster, most likely a relative or neighbor, learn about working, the value of money and striving toward goals. Help a worthy organization earn operating funds. Help themselves, because club-sale onions are the sweetest there are. Club-sale Onions a Sweet Success”We strive to do a perfect job with these onions,” McDonald said. “I know 100 percent is hard to achieve, but we shoot for it.”And it’s not just McDonald.”Probably half of our growers have some club sales,” said Reid Torrance, a Tattnall County Extension Service agent. Tattnall farmers grow more Vidalia onions than inany other Georgia county, and fund-raisers take about 10 percent of their crop.”They usually try to do a better job with club sales,” Torrance said. “They want to be sure they get the very best quality. Some of our growers pack fund-raiser onions in a different packing line.”McDonald typically overfills each bag, too. “We always give good weights,” he said. So the price per pound is always lower than it seems.Loyal CustomersGrowers say their fund-raiser partners are their most loyal customers. “I added one Alabama club this year,” McDonald said. “All of the others are long-term relationships.”McDonald grows 30 acres of onions in Treutlen County, a dozen or so miles from Vidalia. He sells less than a third of his crop through club sales. “I wish I could sell more through clubs,” he said.More than a dozen Georgia 4-H clubs have onion-sale fund-raisers. Columbia County 4-H’ers have sold McDonald Farm onions for eight years. The sale is successful every year.This year they sold nearly 11 tons of Vidalia onions.Vidalia Onion ClassesTo make sure their fund-raisers succeed, Williamson and 4-H program assistant Paula Poss teach agriculture-related classes in club meetings.In one of three such classes this year, they showed students three containers of soil. One held soil from McDonald Farm. Another had heavy-clay soil from their own county. The third contained a commercial topsoil mix.Asked to pick the best soil for Vidalia onions, the students almost always pick the rich-looking commercial soil. From there, the teachers go on to explain how this sweet Georgia crop grows.All that education is necessary, Williamson said. “Think about it,” she said. “You’re a 5th grader, and 4-H wants you to sell onions. Yuck! They don’t usually eat onions. They want to sell candy or cookies.”last_img read more

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Marriage equality debate: Craig raises polygamy

first_imgStuff.co.nz 2 Aug 2012If Parliament moves to make same-sex marriages legal, then “polygamous relationships need recognising as well”, says the leader of the Conservative Party . In a live discussion today, Labour MP Louisa Wall and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head on the issue of marriage equality. Wall is leading the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which has sparked heated debate since it was pulled from the ballot last week. Craig made headlines when the bill was drawn, after he said it wasn’t “intelligent to pretend that homosexual relationships are normal”. During the live chat both sides aired a number of views, while fielding questions from readers. In response to one question on whether the bill would just end up creating “fresh injustices” discriminating toward polygamy, Craig said the bill would inevitably raise that issue. “Louisa and I agree that marriage just can’t be open on the basis of people loving each other, it’s a question of the right place to draw the line. “If we are going to be consistent, and love is all that matters, then we will have to accept polygamous relationships need recognising as well,” he said. But Wall disagreed, saying marriage was based on love, which was why gay and lesbian people wanted the same rights. “Marriage is the institution of two people who love each other committing themselves to a shared life together. This bill will not address polygamy or other forms of relationship.” Craig said he did not think New Zealand needed to change the existing law.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7400965/Marriage-equality-debate-Craig-raises-polygamylast_img read more

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