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first_imgFor more ideas on Georgia-grown food and beverages for the holidays, visit or look for many Flavor of Georgia products at Stripling’s General Store locations, Buford Highway Farmers Market, Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia, and at farmers markets and grocery stores near you.Remember to shop local and shop small this holiday season to support Georgia’s small businesses. Information on the 2020 University of Georgia Flavor of Georgia food product contest will be available in December, and registration will open to the public in January. Shop Flavor of Georgia products to find something for everyone on your shopping list or for your holiday party. Good taste never goes out of style, and there’s something that will appeal to all your friends and family.Gift ideas for a host, teacher or anyone that needs a treat:Mama Geraldine’s Pimento Cheese Straws, Bodacious Food Company, Jasper, Georgia2019 Snack Foods Finalist These irresistible cheese straws make for a tasty snack. Pair a couple of boxes with some fresh fruit in a nice basket.Luscious Lemon PoundCake, FarmHouse PoundCakes, Cornelia, Georgia2019 Confections Finalist Pound cake is the perfect dessert to pair with fruit or ice-cream. Give this delicious tart pound cake to your friends and family with a sweet tooth.Pecan Shortbread, Watanut, Augusta, Georgia2018 Confections Finalist These light and crisp cookies melt in your mouth and are packaged in cute holiday tins!Gourmet Vanilla Infused Honey Pot, Built By Bees, Atlanta, Georgia2018 Honey and Related Products Finalist This vanilla-infused honey has a smooth texture and rich flavor. Vanilla is also an immunity booster, so give this to all your friends to keep them well during the holiday season. Stocking stuffers for the home chef:Campfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, Atlanta, Georgia2017 Sauces and Seasonings Winner This versatile salt is great on any dish that needs a little extra heat. It’s made of hickory-smoked sea salt, sumac, chili and cumin.Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, Byne Blueberry Farms Inc., Waynesboro, Georgia2019 Barbecue Sauces Winner This barbecue sauce is a tasty blend of blueberries and spices that will definitely cure the winter blues.AubSauce, Aubs Company, Decatur, Georgia2019 Barbecue Sauces FinalistA great gift for the grill masters in your life. Buy them a holiday gift box to make them feel really special.Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem, Georgia2018 Barbecue Sauces Winner We can only dream of a white Christmas living in Georgia, but we can still pretend. Give this barbecue sauce to all your friends dreaming of a white Christmas this year.For your holiday parties:Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, Suga’s Enterprises, Powder Springs, Georgia2019 Dairy Products Finalist Pimento cheese is a Southern staple at any time of the year. This twist on the classic will leave your guests asking for more. Delicious Dill Pickle Party Peanuts, Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., Hawkinsville, Georgia2019 Snack Foods WinnerThese roasted dill pickle peanuts will add some pizzaz to any table at a party.Grapefruit Peach, Montane Sparkling Spring Water, Hamilton, Georgia2019 Beverages Winner This fruity sparkling water is quite refreshing by itself, or it can be added to a fun holiday mixed drink.For your holiday self-care:Hibiscus Kombucha, FreshKiss Tea, Palmetto, Georgia2019 Beverages Finalist Kombucha tea is popular right now, so give this latest health trend a try to energize your body. Your tase buds and immune system will thank you. Nectar Ready to Blend Smoothies, Nectar Foods Two Inc., Decatur, Georgia2019 Beverages FinalistThese smoothies can serve as a meal replacement during this busy season, and they might give you a healthy head start on your new year’s resolutions.last_img read more

New York’s latest round of state-backed renewable energy projects average $18.59/MWh

first_imgNew York’s latest round of state-backed renewable energy projects average $18.59/MWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:New York State governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed the winners of the third tender conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which amounted to 1,278MW of new large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across the state – and all delivered at stunningly low prices.The new slate of renewable energy projects – some of which are expected to break ground as early as late-2020, and all of which are expected to be completed by 2024 – include 17 new ground-mounted solar projects totaling 1,090MW, and 40MW of battery storage projects.Additionally, three existing wind farms will be repowered leading to an increase in new renewable capacity of 35.8MW, while a development of a new 145MW wind farm was also awarded a procurement contract.The 21 projects are expected to generate over 2.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy each year – enough electricity equivalent to powering over 350,000 homes and enough to reduce emissions by more than 1.3 million metric tonnes annually, itself the equivalent of taking nearly 300,000 cars off the road every year.Importantly, bid prices for this third round of procurement included project bid offers 23% lower than bids received three years ago. The weighted average award price for this third solicitation is $US18.59/MWh of production over the 20-year term of the awarded contracts.[Joshua Hill]More: New York state announces nearly 1.3GW of low-cost new renewables, storagelast_img read more

6 candy deals you can’t pass up for Halloween

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Around the holidays, you can’t find many better deals than the ones on As you’re clicking through these finds, you’ll notice my links will direct you to Amazon Smile. If you haven’t set up your account to contribute to your favorite charity, now is the perfect time. Here are six products that can fill up your plastic pumpkin quickly and for cheap…Airheads Candy Bars, Variety Halloween Bulk Box: Airheads are pretty much pure sugar, but boy are they delicious. Every flavor is tasty and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love these things. Here’s a 90 pack for $11 bucks.HERSHEY’S 5 Pound Halloween Candy Variety Mix: Chocolate lovers will probably love the Hershey’s bars, and for the rest of us, there’s Reese’s and KitKats. Seriously, what more do you need? Plus there’s 265 of them for $25 bucks.Brach’s Kiddie Mix Variety Pack: Here’s 3 pounds of sour stuff that the kids are going to love. It’s also less than 9 bucks!M&M’S Variety Mix Chocolate Fun Size Candy: If you’re not giving out M&M’s at Halloween, are you really doing it right? I think not. Good news, here’s a 150-piece variety pack for under $20.Nestle Chocolate Assorted Halloween Candy: Yes, full size candy bars are the best but what kind of psychopath actually gives those out? Here’s a killer assortment of minis that make the neighborhood kids and your wallet very happy. Assorted pack includes 90-pieces of Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger, and BabyRuth for less than $20.STARBURST Original Fruit Chew Candy 54-Ounce Party Size Bag: When it comes to Halloween candy, you really can’t beat Starburst. I probably eat about 20 of these on Halloween and that meets my annual quota. If you want to make trick-or-treaters happy, pick this bag up for $11 bucks.Everyone have a safe and fun Halloween this year!last_img read more

On Compliance: NCUA second chance rule expands credit unions’ talent pool

first_imgIn November 2019, the National Credit Union Administration finalized an updated interpretive ruling and policy statement called the Second Chance IRPS. This liberalizes the ability of federally insured credit unions to hire individuals who have been convicted of “de minimis” (trivial) offenses involving “dishonesty” or “breach of trust”—or who entered pretrial diversion programs for such offenses—without prior NCUA Board approval.The Second Chance IRPS interprets the employment restrictions applicable to federally insured credit union “institution affiliated parties” under Section 205(d) of the Federal Credit Union Act. Section 205(d) also requires credit unions to do a reasonable investigation into the background of any potential “institution affiliated party.”In addition, the Second Chance IRPS clarifies that federally insured credit unions can hire individuals who committed non-“de minimis offenses” involving dishonesty or breach of trust with the prior approval of the NCUA Board, unless the offense was a violation of a federal criminal law involving a financial institution, such as bank theft or embezzlement committed within the past 10 years. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Oyster Bay Town Official Admits to Tax Evasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A longtime Town of Oyster Bay official admitted to failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees on his federal income taxes over a six-year span, court documents show.Frederick Ippolito pleaded guilty Tuesday to income tax evasion at Central Islip federal court for not filing his earnings to the Internal Revenue Service from 2008 to 2013.“The defendant agrees to pay restitution to the IRS for the total tax loss caused by filing false individual tax returns…plus interest and penalties, to be calculated at the time of sentencing,” the 77-year-old Syosset man wrote in court paperwork.Ippolito, the town’s commissioner of planning and development, received the consulting fees from Old Bethpage-based Carlo Lizza & Sons, Paving, Inc., and a principal of that company, and then failed to report the fees on his personal tax returns or the tax returns of entities he controlled.Ippolito is the president of CAI Associates, LTD, a consulting and snow removal business, and a former officer of CAI Restaurant, Inc., which used to own Christiano’s, the Italian restaurant that Billy Joel was said to have written a song about.The IRS said in a statement at the time of Ippolito’s arrest saying: “The public expects their elected and appointed officials to obey the same laws as it does.”A town spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the plea and an update on Ippolito’s employment status. Despite being arrested last year, he earned $144,170 as the town planning commissioner, according to payroll records obtained by the Press.It isn’t the only scandal in Oyster Bay, either. Six months after Ippolito’s arrest, Harendra Singh, a Syosset-based restaurateur, was arrested for, among other things, allegedly bribing an official in the Town of Oyster Bay, which has contracts with Singh to operate several restaurants on town land. A town official was not charged in that case.last_img read more

Dutch PPI holds little allure for managers mulling cross-border pensions

first_img“Europe’s patchwork of national pension laws remains the main stumbling block for cross-border pension pooling,” Cerulli said.Noting that cross-border pooling could remain “wishful thinking” unless the European Union harmonises tax systems, he added: “One manager abandoned hope that divergent regimes would be ‘melted together’ by pressure from the euro-zone’s debt crisis.”France’s UMR Corem previously considered the launch of an OFP in an attempt to avoid Solvency II legislation.A source close to the situation later told IPE that French regulator Autorité de Contrôle des Assurances et des Mutuelles sent the fund a letter “advising” them against the move. Only around one-third of asset managers considering the launch of a cross-border pension fund would opt for a Dutch Premium Pension Institution (PPI), according to research conducted by Cerulli Associates.According to the company’s European Defined Contribution Markets Report, more than half of respondents it surveyed said there were not interested in launching a cross-border fund, while a further 28.6% said they would consider such a move, but employing a vehicle other than the PPI.The research noted that uncertainty surrounding the Dutch legislative framework may be deterring some respondents from considering the PPI, while Cerulli also noted that a US manager responding said the vehicle was “not worth working with”, as the fees associated were too low.The respondent also said the Belgian Organisation for the Financing of Pensions (OFP) had been marketed better than the Dutch alternative, potentially explaining why only 14.3% of respondents were considering pooling through the PPI.last_img read more

IPE Views: Market mayhem not made in China

first_imgThey were also far too ready to simply assume that market volatility must signal Chinese economic weakness. They should ponder the quip from Paul Samuelson, one of the best-known US economists of the twentieth century, who joked that the stock market had predicted nine out of the last five recessions. Of course it is possible that there are underlying problems facing the Chinese economy but these have to be investigated rather than asserted.Unfortunately the often poor understanding of China does not end with the vast army of rent-a-quotes which has grown alongside the Asian giant’s economic importance. Even those with a comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge of China sometimes make misleading pronouncements.The fundamental shortcoming of much analysis is that it tends to take a blinkered approach. Essentially it looks at a market event – such as the recent China volatility – and asks what it means for investors. Typical answers might be that investors should take a more selective approach to Chinese assets or that recent market concerns are overdone.Of course it is part of the job of asset management groups to give guidance to their investors and even potential investors. It is only right and proper that they should do so. The problems arise when those working within this particular framework are asked to draw more general conclusions about the state of China.Reality is much more mediated than such approaches allow. In other words, the world is a more complex place with the connections between different developments often taking convoluted forms.The tricky relationship between the financial markets and the real economy has already been mentioned. In China’s case it is clear that it is trying to negotiate a relative slowdown from its long phase of rapid catch-up growth to a more mature phase of development. It is aiming for an economy that is more based on high technology and more urbanised. It also hopes to allow the population to consume a greater share of economic output.To put it another way, China is trying to avoid what is sometimes called the middle-income trap. It is no longer poor but it still has to negotiate difficult obstacles before it can become rich.However, it is not at all clear how this transition relates, if at all, to the recent bout of market volatility. There are no easy answers to this question. It is one that demands in-depth investigation rather than sound bites.Another key complexity, and one that receives far too little attention, is the interaction between China and the West. It is arguably this relationship, rather than developments in China itself, which explains the West’s panic reaction to recent Chinese volatility. The obsessive focus on China’s short-term market obscures the chronic weaknesses of the developed economies that date back as far as the 1970s.Over the past 15 years the West has become ever more dependent on growth in China in particular and emerging economies more generally. Without China’s rapid economic growth the plight of the atrophied advanced economies would be even worse than it is today. Cheap Chinese goods and plentiful Chinese credit have played a key role in buoying up the developed world.The specific context to the recent equity sell-offs is the West’s difficulties in weaning itself off extraordinary monetary policy and ultra-low interest rates. When quantitative easing (QE) was first introduced in response to the 2008-09 financial crisis it was considered a temporary measure. Yet, several years later, even the US and UK have not managed to overcome this form of monetary addiction. Although they have ceased making new bond purchases they have not yet reduced their stock of assets. Economic growth would no doubt look even more anaemic without this stimulus.In the euro-zone’s case it has only recently started full-blown QE. Its economic plight is if anything even worse than that of the large Anglo-Saxon economies.The panicky global response to China’s market gyrations is largely a symptom of the West’s own insecurities. No doubt China faces formidable challenges in managing its economic transition but the developed economies are fearful of sinking ever deeper into the mire.Daniel Ben-Ami is deputy editor of IPE The global equity sell-off that followed the recent volatility in the Chinese markets says more about the plight of the western economies than it does about China. To understand the significance of recent events it is necessary to take a broader view than most asset managers, says Daniel Ben-AmiOne of the few investment outcomes that is virtually guaranteed is that times of high volatility bring out the worst in market commentators.This shortcoming was abundantly clear in the recent round of turmoil that started in China. Even those pundits who would probably struggle to locate China on a map felt free to pontificate. Stick a microphone in front of their face and they were sure to come up with some banalities. For example, established investors could lose out as a result of falling share prices or alternatively new investors could take advantage of buying opportunities.Such analysts generally found it unnecessary to encumber their comments with facts. Few seemed aware that the fall in the Chinese stock markets had been preceded by a substantial rise. Nor did they generally realise that the central bank’s decision to devalue the renminbi followed a substantial appreciation of the currency.last_img read more

CSA to examine GoM sensitive habitats

first_imgBOEM has selected CSA to review survey data to identify and describe potential hard-bottom areas in US Gulf of Mexico. The data is collected using side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profilers, multibeam echosounders, and 2D and 3D seismic technologies. The company provided a range of services for projects involving energy and mineral resources on the US Outer Continental Shelf. These hardbottom habitats are often high in biodiversity and biomass, and are sensitive to disturbance. BOEM will use the results of potential hardbottom habitat locations to improve and update maps used for decision-making. To improve this understanding, CSA’s team of geophysical experts will be working in close coordination with the BOEM project team to review survey data to identify and describe potential hardbottom areas. Specific to this project, CSA’s team members have experience designing and collecting survey data. While much of the GoM seafloor is a soft sediment, there are also hard substrate habitats across the shelf. BOEM is looking into hardbottom habitats in order to avoid or mitigate potential impacts to these benthic resources. CSA has worked with BSEE and BOEM since the 1980s. CSA also reviews geophysical survey products, maps, and reports based on bathymetry, backscatter, and amplitude data, and interprets survey products to extract information on seafloor characteristics, including sediment texture and the presence of hard-bottom habitat, other sensitive habitats such as seagrasses and oysters, and archaeological features.last_img read more

Leising recognized for her work to help the disabled

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — Republican Indiana senator from Oldenburg, Jean Leising was recently recognized for her service by Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.Executive Director of Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Dawn Adams (left) presents State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, right) with an award for her legislation that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities.Senate Enrolled Act 9, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Holcomb, allows an individual committed to an institution for a mental illness to use the address of the institution or the address where they live when not in the institution for the purpose of voting.last_img

Area Girls Basketball Scores

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresSaturday  (11-3)Lawrenceburg  57     Batesville  49Heritage Christian  34     East Central  26Triton Central  58     North Decatur  33SW-Shelby  57     South Decatur  34Henryville TourneySouth Ripley  54     West Washington  46Austin  69     SW-Hanover  41ChampionshipAustin  43     South Ripley  37Morristown TourneyOldenburg  46     Tr-Central  44Morristown  57     Indy Herron  18ChampionshipMorristown  48     Oldenburg  40Friday  (11-2)Batesville  60     Hauser  29Greensburg  61     Jac-Cen-Del  37Franklin County  56     Rising Sun  33Union County  46     Milan  32Waldron  57     Blue River  51Rushville  67     New Castle  53last_img