Online Training

first_imgWhether they are running an independent business or working for a large corporation, pest management professionals (PMPs) know that time is money.For busy professionals, finding the time to keep certifications current by completing mandated continuing education units (CEUs) means finding time in busy schedules to attend classes, taking time away from work and possibly inconveniencing important clients.To help make scheduling less of an issue, a University of Georgia entomologist took his training program for PMPs and private and commercial pesticide applicators to the web. By offering a series of education courses online, including those for CEUs, Dan Suiter relieved the stress for license holders who are searching for continuing education courses, sometimes at the last minute. In doing so, he has also opened up access to training from UGA Cooperative Extension to many more people and significantly expanded the reach of his program.“No other state that I’m aware of does this for credit. It’s a good idea. They don’t have to leave their office or their home to get the education they need to do their jobs,” said Suiter, director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ structural pest management extension and research program on the UGA Griffin campus. “And the instructors are all PhDs so you are getting high-caliber, research-based training.”The webinar series has now been educating PMPs in Georgia and beyond since 2013. The technical side of things is managed by the staff in the Center for Urban Agriculture at UGA-Griffin. The webinars average about 300 participants but have attracted as many as 572. Since the program moved online, 29 webinars have been delivered to 4,700 people from 16 states and Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, India and Afghanistan.“A pest control company employee can now sit in his or her office, watch a 55-minute webinar and get an hour of CEU credit,” Suiter said. “They don’t have to drive 60 miles to a class and miss a whole day of work. They can be in their truck, headed to a job 10 minutes later. And their carbon footprint is much lighter now. Individual companies have enrolled as many as 90 employees among numerous offices throughout Georgia for a single webcast.”The programs have included speakers from UGA and other universities in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Malaysia and Germany. Government agency and industry representatives who have contributed to the classes have come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Orkin, Rentokil, Univar and Douglas Products, as well as pest control industry consultants.“These types of webinars are critical for our industry,” says Freeman Elliott, president of Orkin U.S. and a member of the CAES Advisory Council. “We use a blend of our own webinars we produce, as well as ones like Dan’s, for initial and ongoing training. Whether a company has two employees or 2,000 employees, they all have the need for timely knowledge that meets them where they are. Most of the employees in this industry are route-based or are sprinkled across the state, so delivering knowledge remotely is a huge avenue for learning.”In 2017, a series of webinars geared specifically to the green industry was added to allow professionals who hold licenses in a variety of categories to earn CEUs online. In 2017, six webinars were held for PMPs and six for the green industry. In late 2017, Suiter turned management of the green industry webinar series over to UGA-Griffin faculty members Bodie Pennisi, professor of horticulture, and Shimat Joseph, assistant professor of entomology, who have run the program since January 2018. In 2019, 12 webinars for pest control operators and six webinars for the green industry are scheduled.UGA Extension agents, like Wade Hutcheson in Walker County, say the webinars are useful and time-saving.“They provide an easy way for me to engage with green industry professionals and commercial and private pesticide licensees and deliver continuing education,” he said. “The webinars are delivered by experts in the field and are full of current, practical, solid information, techniques and methods that contribute to an applicator using pesticides wisely.”The webinars are archived and are available on demand at www.gtbop.com for those who can’t log in on the day of the session. In Georgia, clients can also go to their local UGA Extension office and earn CEUs by watching the recording of a past webinar.“This especially comes in handy for those who realize they quickly need two hours of credit,” Suiter said. “If a county agent’s schedule allows, the agent can proctor the webinar and the state has verification that the licensee watched the webinar. The archives also can be used by county agents to build or supplement new programming. In teaching, tenure-track faculty can use the archives as fillers during absences.”Suiter set out to reach more Georgians, but the webinar series has attracted people from across the U.S. and Mexico. CEUs for Alberta, Canada, will be added in 2019.Residents of Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee can also earn CEUs for attending or viewing the green series webinars. Structural pest control credits can be awarded to license holders in Alabama, British Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nova Scotia and Labrador Newfoundland.“We’ve even had someone log in from Afghanistan,” Suiter said. “He lives in Alabama but is working for a contractor based in Afghanistan. He still has to keep his Alabama CEUs current.”last_img read more

Of Truth and Music: How Verity is getting the brand back together

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Aaron PassmanIf you don’t know the meaning of the word “verity,” that may change soon, thanks to a campaign from Verity CU here that uses local bands and artists to boost brand awareness at the $454 million credit union.According to Melina Young, director of marketing, last year the credit union’s board directed the executive team to increase positive brand awareness in the credit union’s market. According to Young, that was new ground for Verity.“We’ve never really measured brand awareness before,” said Young. “We knew ours was less than we wanted it to be, especially in the backyard of BECU it’s kind of hard to compete out here. There are so many financial institutions in Seattle and BECU being so well-known and well-loved in the community. So looking at all of what we were needing to do and accomplish, we realized we wanted to switch from product marketing to brand-based marketing.”Verity worked with Spokane, Wash.-based marketing firm Boom to do a brand audit, focusing on different geographic locations the credit union served — or was planning to serve through branch expansion — and what was important to the people in those areas. continue reading »last_img read more

Proctors employees helped find purse

first_imgA few minutes, later my friend realized she did not have her purse. She looked all around her seat and couldn’t find it. During intermission, we went back to the Guild Room and looked around, but didn’t see it. We even had a small boy who was there climb under the table, but he said there was nothing there.After the show, we checked her car and did not see it. By now, my friend was a nervous wreck. We returned to the box office and told the story to a pleasant employee, who listened patiently to us, calmed us down, and arranged for someone to open the Guild Room.A young man from housekeeping was already waiting for us in the room. I crawled under the table with the table cloth, hanging all the way to the floor, and found the purse.We are very thankful that Proctors has such good employees who efficiently helped us in distress.Helen SteinerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Dec. 3, my friend and I attended “The Nutcracker” at Proctors. We first were in the Guild Room, then found our seats in the orchestra.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 30

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Pledge allegiance  to the ConstitutionDear NeverTrump followers: It’s been two years of going after this duly elected president since the losing party lost.Let’s go over the list: Russian collusion, none found. Obstruction, none found to be able to prosecute.The money and resources wasted on trying to tear down this president is astronomical. Other side notes: immigration separating families.Nope, sorry. That was Barack. Funny, where were the screaming liberals then? President Trump was elected because he is not a career politician like the Clintons, Bushes, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand; you know the list.We have a Constitution and if we just follow the guidelines as a nation, we would thrive.I would like to ask all parties and politicians new and old: You swear an oath when you take office. Maybe you should understand the gravity of your oath — a constitutional allegiance, to protect and defend our country from enemies foreign and domestic. Think about it.Robert SponableSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems need platform, not Trump bashingThe vitriolic Democratic Party leadership appears to be fixated on finding some impeachable offense against President Trump and will not stop until some special investigator sees things their way.Unfortunately, this obsession, and the media’s acquiescence to this preoccupation, masks both parties’ inability to work together to generate and debate workable solutions to other major issues affecting our country, e.g. appropriate immigration reform, global terrorism, skyrocketing college tuition, crumbling infrastructures and fixing Obamacare, among others.The Democratic Party now has less than 18 months to remove President Trump electorally.But in order to do that, they have to come up with a candidate and a platform that appeals to the voters in all 50 states.If not, they will have caused another four years of Donald Trump. Hillary badly misplayed the Electoral College game and never gave me a reason to vote for her other than she was Hillary and a woman.Come on, Democratic Party and candidates, give me a reason to vote for you and your platform this time. Bashing Donald Trump does not get it for me.I’m tired of it.Ken MooreSchenectadylast_img read more

Chavasse Park battle hots up

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Govt spends 19% of COVID-19 rescue package, plans more electricity subsidy

first_imgThe government has so far spent almost a fifth of its stimulus budget to contain the health and economic effects of the pandemic as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo calls for acceleration of the national economic recovery program.Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the head of the national economic recovery task force, said Monday Indonesia had spent 19 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion (US$41.8 billion) as of July 22.For social assistance, the government has spent 38 percent of the allocation. It has also spent 13 percent of the allocation for business incentives and 6.5 percent of the allocation for government ministries and agencies.“The President ordered us to speed up the spending of the national economic recovery program that the government had arranged,” Budi said in a virtual presser on Monday.The government is trying to accelerate the disbursement of the coronavirus rescue package to keep up with the pandemic. The slow disbursement prompted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to strike a more urgent tone in pushing his ministers.Read also: Jokowi ‘upset’ over ministers’ lack of sense of urgency in COVID-19 responseThe COVID-19 pandemic has slowed Indonesia’s economic growth to just 2.97 percent year-on-year in the first three months of 2020. The government expects the country to fall into recession in the third quarter.In hopes to better handle the crisis, the government formed a new team, called the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team, which integrates the decision-making process on economic and public health fronts.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who heads the team, said Monday the government was planning to allocate an additional Rp 3 trillion for electricity subsidy for customers in the social, corporate and manufacturing sectors to pay their minimum bills.“In addition to the electricity subsidy for low-income families that we will extend through December, we agreed earlier today on a subsidy to ease the minimum payment that industries and tourist companies have been asking for,” said Airlangga.Without the subsidy, social, corporate and manufacturer customers will have to pay a minimum of Rp 5.6 trillion for the second half of the year. Meanwhile, their actual electricity consumption costs less than half of it.\Read also: Over a million low-income households left out of electricity relief schemeAs many as 112,223 customers in the social sector, 330,653 companies and 28,886 manufacturers will get the subsidy.Previously, the government decided to extend until September the electricity subsidy for customers subscribing to State-Owned Electricity Company’s (PLN) 450 volt amperes (VA) and 900 VA schemes.Topics :last_img read more

Robin van Persie reveals who convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for Arsenal

first_imgRobin van Persie reveals who convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for Arsenal Sean KearnsThursday 14 May 2020 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Van Persie impressed against Ajax (Picture: Getty)‘My dad and a couple of friends were there [at the game] went to get a beer close to the hotel in Amsterdam. In the same hotel, Rowley was staying and he heard about the news – this is 100 per cent true this is not a fairytale – he went to have a beer at the bar and they sat next to each other. ‘They started talking because they knew each other from before. My dad said ‘Listen if you want something, If Arsenal want to buy Robin, you have to be quick because he’s about to sign for PSV in the next few days’. ‘Steve got on the phone to Arsene and Steve made sure he said ‘Listen I know it’s a gamble’ but I wasn’t expensive, I was like 4m Euro back then. ‘Steve told Arsene ‘Listen take the gamble, it’s on me. He’s good, he played in a difficult game and he’s ready for his chance’. ‘The following day I wasn’t on my way to Eindhoven but I booked my trip to London and within a couple of days I signed and everything was done.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at Arsenal Robin van Persie signed for Arsenal in a £3.5m deal (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has revealed Arsenal head scout Steve Rowley convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for the club within a 24-hour window.The Dutchman was attracting interest from across Europe due to his performances with Feyenoord but there was also question marks over his temperament with scouts noting his fiery temper.Wenger was seeking a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp and head scout Rowley was dispatched to watch van Persie in Feyenoord’s clash against rivals Ajax. Sparks flared in the clash in Amsterdam with Van Persie being the subject of a torrent of abuse from supporters, who threw beer bottles and other objects at him when he took set pieces.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Van Persie refused to react to the supporters and instead scored a vital goal against the Dutch giants which impressed the onwatching Rowley.ADVERTISEMENT Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The only problem was that Van Persie had already verbally agreed to join PSV Eindhoven and the Dutchman has revealed that a fortunate meeting at a hotel allowed Rowley to convince Wenger to complete a deal for him in the next 24 hours. Asked about when he first heard of Arsenal’s interest, Van Persie told Premier League productions: ‘That was six months prior to when I actually went to Arsenal. In that period I wasn’t playing anymore, I was on the bench, I wasn’t happy. I was playing my games in the reserves, the second team, in that period. ‘Actually we had to play against Ajax and it was a bad experience for me because the fans came to the pitch and it wasn’t very nice but actually from a bad day something really good happened because the chief scout of Arsenal Steve Rowley was there watching the game. ‘I had beer thrown at me, spit at me when I was taking a corner it was a bad day. But I kept my cool and i was mature, scored a goal, played really well but I was about to sign for PSV, I was close to PSV. center_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Announces Disaster Assistance Approved for Victims of Severe Storms in Fayette County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf Announces Disaster Assistance Approved for Victims of Severe Storms in Fayette County September 20, 2016center_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare Fayette County a disaster area after severe storms and flooding caused significant damage to homes and businesses on Aug. 28.“After visiting Fayette County in the week after storm, I know first-hand how devastating this storm was for many residents,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “In addition to the state resources provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies, this federal assistance should provide the help needed for these communities to rebuild and residents to recover.”Citizens in Fayette County, as well as neighboring Pennsylvania counties Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.After the storms, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, along with local and SBA officials, conducted damage assessments within Fayette County. The governor used the damage assessment results to support his assistance request to the SBA.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA has established a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at Fayette EMS, 301 S. Arch St., Connellsville, PA 15425. The center will be open the following dates and times:Opening:  Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.Hours:     Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Closed:     Sunday, Sept. 25Closing:    Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 21, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 20, 2017.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Investors broaden range of alternative assets, study shows

first_imgPension funds and other institutional investors on average now have a broader range of alternative assets than a year ago, according to a study.Alternatives data and analysis firm Preqin revealed in an outlook report that more than a third of institutional investors around the world had exposure to at least four alternative asset classes at the start of 2017 – including property, private equity, private debt, and hedge funds.It marked a significant increase from a year ago when only a quarter of respondents invested in at least four asset classes, Preqin said.In the firm’s survey, 9% of institutions have been shown to be investing in six alternative asset classes and a fifth have exposure to five or more. This compares to the situation 12 months before, when only 13% had exposure to five or more separate markets, Preqin said.Andrew Moylan, head of real estate products at the firm, said: “Preqin’s investor surveys demonstrate the considerable appetite for alternative assets within the investor community at present, with many looking to ramp up their participation within these markets.”Even though the share of investors not involved in alternatives has remained relatively consistent, he said that those investors who were exposed were now broadening that exposure and diversifying into different asset classes within alternatives.In the poll, 93% of investors indicated they felt their real estate performance had met or exceeded performance expectations in 2016, but 37% said they thought their portfolio would perform worse in the coming year.Just 9% said they expected property to perform better.For other asset classes, Preqin found a record level of satisfaction among private equity investors: 84% said they had a positive perception of the sector. In contrast, 43% said they were dissatisfied with the hedge fund industry. Almost a third (31%) planned to decrease their allocation “over the longer term”.last_img read more

UK’s Boris Johnson hospitalized over virus symptoms

first_imgLONDON – British Prime Minister BorisJohnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, becausehe is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office says he is being admitted for tests because he still has symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus. AP Johnson’s office said the admission toan undisclosed London hospital came on the advice of his doctor and was not anemergency. The prime minister’s Downing St. office said it was a “precautionarystep” and Johnson remains in charge of the government. Johnson, 55, has been quarantined in hisDowning St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26 — thefirst known head of government to fall ill with the virus. Johnson has continued to preside atdaily meetings on Britain’s response to the outbreak and has released severalvideo messages during his 10 days in isolation. (AP)last_img read more