Industry Honors

first_imgThree University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) experts received awards from the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) during the association’s WINTERgreen Tradeshow and Conference in Duluth last month.CAES Horticulture Professor Tim Smalley received GGIA’s Vivian Munday/Buck Jones Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, the association’s most prestigious honor. The award is presented when there is an individual deserving of recognition for a lifetime of accomplishment and contributions to the Green Industry.Smalley has mentored and inspired generations of UGA horticulture students, guided trips around the world and most recently became the UGA Horticulture Department’s interim department head.His career began as a student gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, and went on to positions including tree farmer at Walt Disney World and assistant director of the botanical garden at Cornell University.As a scientist, he has conducted research on the effect of soil amendments on growth and water-stress tolerance of ornamental plants. He has led courses in nursery management, landscape contracting and horticulture professionalism while also serving as the departmental undergraduate scholarship, internship and jobs coordinator.Smalley has taught the popular Woody Landscape Plant Identification and Use course at UGA, which leads students across campus to learn about the thousands of trees and shrubs that comprise the UGA Campus Arboretum. He has also been a longtime advisor for the UGA Horticulture Club.His Art and Gardens of the Grand Tour study-abroad program has heightened students’ horticultural and cultural appreciation since 2001.Smalley received the 1994 D.W. Brooks Award for Teaching Excellence, is an eight-time recipient of the horticulture department’s Outstanding Teacher Award and is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy. He received the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s Teaching Award of Merit in 1995 and the American Society for Horticultural Science’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2014.David Berle, a UGA horticulture associate professor, received GGIA’s Educator of the Year Award. The award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to ornamental horticultural research and promotion of the Green Industry through academic endeavors.Berle’s primary objective in teaching is to help students understand the connection between scientific aspects of horticulture and how horticulture can play a major role in solving many current ecological problems.He has introduced thousands of UGA students to horticulture through teaching and as the director of the wildly popular UGArden, UGA’s student-run garden. The much-heralded teaching garden took shape due to Berle’s vision and a grant that helped fuel its early growth. There he has taught countless students, both for classes and as volunteers, practical lessons on raising crops. The garden also provides produce to disadvantaged families and local schools.His credentials include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture from North Carolina State University and he is pursuing a masters’ degree in landscape architecture from UGA.Greg Huber, the training coordinator for the Center for Urban Agriculture, received GGIA’s Communicator of the Year Award. The award honors the individual who best served the horticulture industry in Georgia through the media and other forms of promotion. Huber is a 1996 graduate of the UGA College of Environment and Design and a Georgia-registered landscape architect with experience in site planning, landscape construction and management, irrigation, field production, retail nursery sales and technical instruction.He joined Center for Urban Agriculture, based on the UGA Griffin campus, in 2016. Huber communicates timely information and announcements to the landscape and turf industries through Landscape Alerts and Updates and the Georgia Certified Landscape and Plant Professional newsletters.He was the recipient of GGIA’s Educator of the Year award in 2015 and Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction in 2012.The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture’s booth in the GGIA tradeshow was awarded third place in the Best in Show non-plant category. UGA Extension agents were on hand at the booth to provide information on Green Industry programs available through Extension.The focal point of the booth was the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture’s personal UGA mascot, Agga. Huber designed the mascot which wears a green sweater and is adorned with plant life typically found in urban landscapes. Huber also designed the UGA Griffin Campus’ original Uga mascot which is located on the campus quad where it welcomes visitors to the campus.GGIA is a statewide trade association whose members include wholesale nursery growers, retail garden centers, floriculture growers, landscape and maintenance contractors, irrigation contractors and suppliers, allied products and services.last_img read more

Jimmy Fallon and Ben & Jerry’s announce new ice cream flavor – Late Night Snack

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ are teaming with iconic ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s to introduce the new flavor entitled ‘Late Night Snack.’ The unique new flavor features a rich vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and crunchy fudge covered potato chip clusters ‘ the perfect mix of salt and sweet for a late night snack. The concoction was inspired by a ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ skit in which Fallon and house band The Roots performed an original song, ‘Ladysmith Snack Mambazo,’ about Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Late Night Snack begins arriving in supermarkets and Ben & Jerry’s locations around the country this week.‘When we learned that Jimmy Fallon was a fan of Ben & Jerry’s, and he was willing to support the Fair Trade effort, we jumped at the chance to develop a new flavor inspired by his skit,’ said Ben & Jerry’s Co-founder Jerry Greenfield. ‘Our team came up with a truly unique flavor that is one-of-a-kind, just like Fallon!’The research and development team at Ben & Jerry’s had long considered a flavor with potato chips in some fashion. After initial talks with Fallon, who suggested fudge covered potato chips as a chunk in his flavor, the Flavor Gurus at Ben & Jerry’s knew they had to make the combination work.‘Having our own flavor of Ben and Jerry’s gives everyone here at ‘Late Night’ an excuse to do what we were doing anyway, staying up late and eating pint after pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Only now we can call it ‘research,’‘ said Fallon. ‘And we came up with the perfect combo of salty and sweet. I can’t wait for people to try it!’‘It’s been really fun working with Ben & Jerry’s on Jimmy’s concept for Late Night Snack,’ said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products. ‘With this partnership, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ has a great opportunity to create something delicious and do something good – by joining in the efforts to encourage Fair Trade food practices.’In February 2010 Ben & Jerry’s pledged to convert its product line to Fair Trade certified by 2013. Fair Trade supports fair wages, a safe work environment, sustainability for the land, animal husbandry and community development for farming communities. Accordingly, Late Night Snack is made with Fair Trade vanilla in the vanilla ice cream and Fair Trade cocoa in the potato chip cluster fudge coating. NBC and Fallon have pledged their share of the proceeds to Fair Trade Universities to encourage the use of Fair Trade products on campuses around the country.For more information on Ben & Jerry’s or to find your local Scoop Shop, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).About ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’In March 2009, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ made its broadcast debut with Fallon as the third host of the NBC comedy-talk franchise. The show serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC’s Rockefeller Center Studio 6B. The show continually garners attention for viral videos, audience games, and prominent guests. Fallon’s choice of house-band, The Roots, has been universally praised.”Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell co-produces.For more Late Night, please visit http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/(link is external).About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

UK asset manager body honing in on company climate risk reporting

first_img“Climate change could result in a significant loss of value in companies if risks are not effectively measured and managed, ultimately hitting savers’ pockets,” he added.“Companies need to be looking at the impact of climate change on their business, products and strategy and set out to investors how they are responding to these risks.”Any perceived shortcomings in reporting by FTSE-listed companies for this year’s AGM season will not be flagged by IA with a “colour top”, although it said it would “keep this under review for future years”.IVIS, an IA corporate governance research service, issues reports on companies ahead of their AGMs with either a blue, amber or red “top”, depending on the level of concern about a given issue, if any.IVIS will, however, for the first time this year be assigning a “red top” to companies that have 20% or less gender diversity in their senior leadership teams, in addition to their boards.Additionally, it is tightening its demands with respect to executive pensions, flagging companies as “red” if they have an existing director with a pension contribution of 25% of salary or more, and have not set out a credible plan to reduce that contribution to the level of the majority of the workforce by the end of 2022.It is also for the first time explicitly focussing on ethnic diversity, asking companies to disclose the percentage of its board that comes from an ethnic minority background.According to the IA, its members would this AGM season also scrutinise audit committees’ explanations about how they have judged the quality of the companies’ audit. The Investment Association (IA), which represents UK asset managers, is for the first time asking companies to explain in their annual report the impact climate change will have on their business model and how they are measuring and managing these risks.It is expecting companies to report against the framework developed by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) by 2022.The trade body had previously not isolated climate change as a specific issue for companies to report on, having previously referred to environmental disclosures more generally, but has come to the view that it now needs to push companies harder specifically on climate change.“With one third of the FTSE owned by IA members, our industry is looking to the UK’s largest listed companies to demonstrate that climate change is being taken seriously in boardrooms,” said Andrew Ninian, director for stewardship and corporate governance at the IA.last_img read more

Allardyce revels in Hammers win

first_img The Hammers boss acknowledged in his programme notes that this has been a “testing campaign”, adding he can understand the supporters’ frustration having failed to pick up a point in April. That run saw the pressure mount on Allardyce, who was subjected to chants and banners during last weekend’s defeat at West Brom. Press Association Those same supporters, however, will have been in a better mood on Saturday as a Harry Kane own goal and Stewart Downing’s free-kick saw West Ham run out 2-0 victors against 10-man Spurs. “One week you are not playing so well and people sound off their disapproval, which they are quite entitled to do, like I’ve always said that,” Allardyce said. “But they do get behind you when they’ve got something to get behind. They don’t stop singing, the players enjoyed being here, they enjoyed playing on this stage today, which is what we want them to do. “We don’t want to be fearful when we go out and they really gave a wholehearted performance to lift everybody today on the last game of the season. We couldn’t have asked for anything more than what we got today. “I thought it would be wonderful if we could do the treble, particularly under the circumstances as we haven’t won for four games. To do it for the third occasion in our last home game and do it with an excellent performance by all the players. “I know they went down to 10 men, but to take full advantage of that as well was a fantastic day for us, a great performance to finish the season here and send the fans home happy. “The fans were right behind the team from start to finish because they knew the team was playing well and deserved a victory in the end. “But for Hugo Lloris, I think we would have had more than 2-0. That is more than satisfying for us, though, against a team fighting to be in the Champions League, fighting to get in that area.” The victory in what some had called the P45 derby secured West Ham’s Premier League survival but only heaps further pressure on Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, who one bookmaker has priced at 1/16 to have left Spurs by the start of next season. “I don’t think we were outfought,” Sherwood said. “The game changed on the red card. “I thought before that we were comfortable and created the best chance of the game when Ade had a chance. “It was always going to be a tough place to come, and when we go down to 10 men and they score a minute after it is going to be a difficult afternoon. “Then, obviously, the free-kick goes straight through the middle of our wall, which isn’t ideal, and then you’ve got the mountain to climb.” Sherwood had no complaints about Younes Kaboul’s sending off, nor was he particularly angry with Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor despite the pair leaving an embarrassingly large gap in the wall that Downing duly exploited. “It wasn’t great but I spoke to them in there,” Sherwood said. “I have pointed it out to them and they don’t need me to point it out, really. “They know it is an error and it obviously hurts a lot more when you see 2-0 rather than getting it in the stomach, when it hurts for 30 seconds.” Not even the inspired display of Lloris could keep Downing’s free-kick out, although the France goalkeeper produced a string of wonderful saves to stop Spurs receiving an embarrassing thumping. “Lloris was top draw,” Sherwood said. “He has been top draw whenever we have played this season. “I heard people talking after the Everton game when he got a bang on the head that he is not the same goalie any more. That is a load of crap. “People don’t know what they are talking about. The guy is a consistent performer – he has performed like that every single week. “If he makes a mistake, it is an honest mistake and he doesn’t make many.” Sam Allardyce could not have asked for any more from his players or the fans as West Ham ended a four-match losing streak by securing an unprecedented third win over Tottenham in a single season. last_img read more

This week in Esports: Spartak, Olympics, broadcast rights and MediaMarkt

first_imgIt has been reported this week that a Alisports and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have struck a deal which will see esports feature in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Furthermore, Spartak Moscow the esteemed Russian football club have gne big in esports; League of Legends rights in Turkey have been acquired by Saran Media and ESforce and MediaMarkt have penned a partnership. Alisports and the OCA pen dealA report by China Daily has stated that Alisports and the OCA have struck a deal which will see esports feature in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. It also means it will feature in some form at the 2017 Ashgabat Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA stated: “We look forward to further collaboration with Alisports on digital sports concepts along with sporting events.”Read further comment and the full article here.Spartak Moscow go big in esportsOne of Russia’s largest football clubs, Spartak Moscow, has made a broader move into esports. Adding to Sergei “KEFIR” Nikiforov, its FIFA player, Spartak has added CS:GO roster Rush3D and Dota 2 roster Team Empire to its books. Although details haven’t been officially confirmed, a press conference should be expected in the near future. Spartak Moscow are amongst the first Russian clubs to enter esports properly, though FC Anzhi signed Dota 2 player XBOCT, formerly of Na’Vi and Team Empire and popular in the CIS. We’ve heard little more of this story since this announcement in March. Read the full article here.Saran Media acquire domestic rights to League of Legends in TurkeyDomestic rights to the Turkish Challenger League in League of Legends have been acquired by Saran Media according to SportBusiness reports.The terms of the deal are undisclosed, but the League of Legends action will, according to SportBusiness reports, be broadcast on their premium channel S Sport along with highlights and other programmes. It will also broadcast the League of Legends World Championship Series, presumably in Turkish for the local audience.In a year that many billed the battle for broadcasting rights, this is but another example of a deal being struck taking the broadcast away from traditional esports platforms and into the mainstream.Read the full article here.ESforce and MediaMarkt pen partnershipESforce Esports Holding Company have signed a deal with MediaMarkt, a large operator in consumer electronic retail. The MediaMarkt chain includes over 800 stores spanning 15 countries. The announcement states that the companies ” intend to develop a mutual cooperation on the high-potential esports market, which will include support for professional and amateur team tournaments and local MediaMarkt tournaments, as well as launching co-branding projects with the participation of esports stars.” Read the full article here.last_img read more