Flavor of Georgia Finalists

first_imgJudges selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest in Atlanta set for March 20.The contest is the state’s premier proving ground for small, upstart food companies as well as time-tested products. This year’s finalists represent all corners of the state and the best of Georgia’s diverse culinary heritage.The finalists passed the first round of judging and were selected from a field of 126 products in 11 categories.Finalists will bring their products to Atlanta for the final round of judging, which will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 19-23. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black has designated March 20 as Flavor of Georgia Day.“Georgia is home to some of the best and most creative minds in the food business, and each year the Flavor of Georgia contest helps to showcase that talent,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest coordinator and economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. A food business development specialist, Kane and her center colleagues have organized the annual contest since 2007. “The legacy of excellence and camaraderie that our Flavor of Georgia finalists and winners have achieved continues to be remarkable,” she said. “It is a competition, but it’s also a family. Over the years, contestants have built collaborations and networks that continue to support and enhance food entrepreneurship in Georgia, from the coast to the mountains. It’s not just great food, it’s economic development.”Judges for the final round of the contest will include food brokers, grocery buyers and other food industry experts. They evaluate entries by category based on their Georgia theme, commercial appeal, taste, innovation and market potential. Contestants will provide samples to judges and pitch their products in a “Shark Tank”-style presentation. Finalists will be named in each category, and a grand prize winner and People’s Choice Award winner will be named.This year’s finalists are listed by product name, company and city. All entries are from Georgia-based businesses.Barbecue Sauces:Jamaica Me Sweat Soppin’ Sauce, Two Fat Chile Cats, SavannahOriginal BBQ Sauce, The GrillMan BBQ Company, CummingSorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, BethlehemBeverages:Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, LawrencevilleGinger’s Bunkhouse Spicy Ginger Ale, Bunkhouse Beverages, AthensMagnolia Green Tea, Biron Herbal Teas, MaconCondiments and Salsas:Georgia Gourmet Tomato Ketchup, The Sauce Company Inc., LilburnSourwood (Honey) Balsamic Vinegar, Built By Bees, AtlantaVidalia Onion & Balsamic Vinegar Jam, A&A Alta Cucina Italia, Johns Creek Confections:Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, AtlantaGeorgia Pecan Bar, Bread and Butter Bakery, CovingtonPecan Shortbread, Watanut, Augusta Dairy Products:BlackRock Cheese, CalyRoad Creamery, Sandy SpringsFeta Cheese, Bootleg Farm, SpringfieldNew World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, NewbornHoney and Related Products:Creamed Honey, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, StatesboroGourmet Vanilla Infused Honey Pot, Built By Bees, AtlantaSouthern Sriracha Spicy Honey, Bear Hug Honey Company, AthensJams and Jellies:Datil Peach Marmalade, Emily G’s, DunwoodyHibiscus Jelly, Pride Road, SmyrnaWild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnMeats and Seafood:Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale EstatesGrassfed Beecon Grind, White Oak Pastures, BlufftonThe Georgia Pie, Pouch Pies, AthensMiscellaneous:Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, LeesburgLaynee’s Walnut Butter, LWB, CummingSavory Pimento Cheese Cheesecake, Honey Catering, MillenSauces and Seasonings:BBQ Rub, Joe Kem’s BBQ, MoultrieCajeta, Bootleg Farm, SpringfieldLane’s Qnami Rub, Lane’s BBQ, BethlehemSnack FoodsGeorgia Fried Peanuts, Georgia Fried Peanut Company, EdisonSignature Champagne Pecans, Pearson Farm, Fort ValleySugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy SpringsThe Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development with support from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, Gourmet Foods International, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.More information about the contest is available at www.flavorofga.com and by following the contest on Twitter @FlavorofGA or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/flavorofga.last_img read more

Colombian Military Forces Seize 8 Tons of Cocaine

first_imgBy the third week of March 2018,, the Colombian National Navy managed to seize 26.6 tons of cocaine about to be sent to countries in North America and Europe. “During all these operations, we work with international agencies. The fight against narcotrafficking is part of a larger international offensive. We share the same threat with many countries, but we also share the tools needed to fight it,” Adm. Durán explained. “We do operations with other forces and agencies from Mexico, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Holland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Every day, gangs invest in more technology to circumvent controls, but every time they do, we get more cooperation from the international community to face them.” By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo April 03, 2018 From March 5–9, 2018, the Colombian Military Forces struck a blow to narcotrafficking gangs, seizing a total of 8.1 tons of cocaine. Through combined interagency operations, authorities intercepted 5.3 tons of drugs in the Gulf of Urabá, 1.6 tons in the port city of Santa Marta, and another 1.2 tons on the border with Ecuador. The largest shipment was found on March 9th, in the Gulf of Urabá. The northwestern Colombian region is considered the Gulf Clan’s center of operations. Large plantations are concentrated in the area close to the border with Panama. More than 34,000 hectares are planted with bananas, the main driver of the economy in the region. Illegal armed groups use the area’s geographical location, close to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, to move cocaine shipments out of the country. “The [5.3 tons of] drugs were concealed among boxes of bananas in containers that were going to be shipped to Europe. The vessel was destined for Belgium, and from there, the narcotics would have been distributed across the continent,” Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas, said in a press briefing. “The cocaine’s street value could have been as high as $436 million. We’re certain we dealt a heavy blow to the Gulf Clan’s finances.” International offensive The interception of drugs was the largest since the 73rd Counter-Narcotrafficking Task Force Neptune became active in the Caribbean region in February 2015. “This outcome is the result of a coordinated interagency effort,” Admiral Ernesto Durán González, commander of the Colombian National Navy, said during a press briefing. “But it was also the result of working with the community, whose information enabled us to initiate a months-long naval intelligence operation, thanks to which we tracked down when the gang first started collecting the drugs.” “Police personnel specialized in target selection and analysis singled out one container that was registered as containing a shipment of bananas and opened it for a physical inspection. Instead, they found 1,627 packets containing the white substance,” the Police reported. Seizure on the border with Ecuador On March 5th, in the far south of the country, Colombian and Ecuadorean military forces found a 1.2-ton cocaine shipment during a combined maritime operation in the Ancón de Sardinas Bay border area. In the operation led by Joint Task Force Hercules, the Colombian National Navy and the Northern Area Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces intercepted a boat with three outboard engines, but no name or registration. According to authorities, 1,212 packages of cocaine were found, valued at $38 million on the international market. Authorities also seized plastic containers with 700 gallons of fuel aboard the boat and arrested four people during the operation. They are now being held by Special Public Prosecutor No. 20 in Tumaco, in the western Colombian department of Nariño. According to a statement from the Colombian National Police, on March 6th, in that same part of the Caribbean, elements attached to the Directorate for Counternarcotics seized 1.6 tons of cocaine at the port of Santa Marta, Colombia, in a fruit shipment due to be sent to Antwerp, Belgium. The cocaine was placed inside shipping containers before entry at the port terminal, as the seals on the containers were intact and registration forms for the goods were in order. The pressure of the authorities slowed down small-scale smuggling, forcing narcotrafficking gangs to stockpile cocaine in larger amounts and conceal it in shipping containers when the time comes to export. But the process leaves a trace for intelligence operations. The shipment was worth close to $89 million. The bust was in addition to the 10.4 tons of cocaine the Colombian National Police seized so far in the Caribbean region in 2018. By the end of March, the Colombian Public Force had seized close to 60 tons of cocaine ready to be shipped out of the country. From March 5–9, 2018, the Colombian Military Forces struck a blow to narcotrafficking gangs, seizing a total of 8.1 tons of cocaine. Through combined interagency operations, authorities intercepted 5.3 tons of drugs in the Gulf of Urabá, 1.6 tons in the port city of Santa Marta, and another 1.2 tons on the border with Ecuador. The largest shipment was found on March 9th, in the Gulf of Urabá. The northwestern Colombian region is considered the Gulf Clan’s center of operations. Large plantations are concentrated in the area close to the border with Panama. More than 34,000 hectares are planted with bananas, the main driver of the economy in the region. Illegal armed groups use the area’s geographical location, close to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, to move cocaine shipments out of the country. “The [5.3 tons of] drugs were concealed among boxes of bananas in containers that were going to be shipped to Europe. The vessel was destined for Belgium, and from there, the narcotics would have been distributed across the continent,” Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas, said in a press briefing. “The cocaine’s street value could have been as high as $436 million. We’re certain we dealt a heavy blow to the Gulf Clan’s finances.” International offensive The interception of drugs was the largest since the 73rd Counter-Narcotrafficking Task Force Neptune became active in the Caribbean region in February 2015. “This outcome is the result of a coordinated interagency effort,” Admiral Ernesto Durán González, commander of the Colombian National Navy, said during a press briefing. “But it was also the result of working with the community, whose information enabled us to initiate a months-long naval intelligence operation, thanks to which we tracked down when the gang first started collecting the drugs.” The pressure of the authorities slowed down small-scale smuggling, forcing narcotrafficking gangs to stockpile cocaine in larger amounts and conceal it in shipping containers when the time comes to export. But the process leaves a trace for intelligence operations. By the third week of March 2018,, the Colombian National Navy managed to seize 26.6 tons of cocaine about to be sent to countries in North America and Europe. “During all these operations, we work with international agencies. The fight against narcotrafficking is part of a larger international offensive. We share the same threat with many countries, but we also share the tools needed to fight it,” Adm. Durán explained. “We do operations with other forces and agencies from Mexico, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Holland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Every day, gangs invest in more technology to circumvent controls, but every time they do, we get more cooperation from the international community to face them.” Seizure on the border with Ecuador On March 5th, in the far south of the country, Colombian and Ecuadorean military forces found a 1.2-ton cocaine shipment during a combined maritime operation in the Ancón de Sardinas Bay border area. In the operation led by Joint Task Force Hercules, the Colombian National Navy and the Northern Area Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces intercepted a boat with three outboard engines, but no name or registration. According to authorities, 1,212 packages of cocaine were found, valued at $38 million on the international market. Authorities also seized plastic containers with 700 gallons of fuel aboard the boat and arrested four people during the operation. They are now being held by Special Public Prosecutor No. 20 in Tumaco, in the western Colombian department of Nariño. According to a statement from the Colombian National Police, on March 6th, in that same part of the Caribbean, elements attached to the Directorate for Counternarcotics seized 1.6 tons of cocaine at the port of Santa Marta, Colombia, in a fruit shipment due to be sent to Antwerp, Belgium. The cocaine was placed inside shipping containers before entry at the port terminal, as the seals on the containers were intact and registration forms for the goods were in order. “Police personnel specialized in target selection and analysis singled out one container that was registered as containing a shipment of bananas and opened it for a physical inspection. Instead, they found 1,627 packets containing the white substance,” the Police reported. The shipment was worth close to $89 million. The bust was in addition to the 10.4 tons of cocaine the Colombian National Police seized so far in the Caribbean region in 2018. By the end of March, the Colombian Public Force had seized close to 60 tons of cocaine ready to be shipped out of the country.last_img read more

Hurricane aftermath pressures mount on credit unions

first_img continue reading » Hurricane Michael The League of Southeastern Credit Unions is working with other credit unions to deliver portable generators and other supplies and resources to credit unions that are unable to service their members primarily because of widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Michael.Even though cell phone coverage continues to be sporadic and spotty along the Panhandle’s areas hardest hit by the hurricane, the league managed to contact Friday morning with Panama City-based Bay Credit Union CEO Bob Little and CFO Bill Collins.LSCU also has been in contact with other credit unions affected by the hurricane. Although numerous Florida and Alabama credit unions reopened their branches and call centers Thursday and Friday, some cooperatives announced they won’t be able to reopen until Monday, and a few have said their branches will be closed until further notice though their online, mobile and ATM systems are operating.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Shoreham Crash Leaves Scooter Rider Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old Rocky Point man was killed when he crashed his scooter head-on with an SUV in East Shoreham on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Nicholas Kennedy was riding his scooter eastbound on North Country Road when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a westbound Dodge Ram at 1:53 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was not injured.Both the Dodge Ram and the scooter were impounded for safety checks.  Seventh Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Tioga, Chenango, Delaware counties April 8 coronavirus update

first_img42 positive cases36 people are in mandatory quarantineTwo people are in precautionary quarantine Chenango County 15 positive cases84 people in mandatory quarantineFive people are in precautionaryNine tests are pendingSeven people have recovered (WBNG) — The following is a an update on coronavirus cases in Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties for April 8. Tioga Countycenter_img The information released varies per county. Delaware County 51 positive cases327 in mandatory quarantine67 in precautionary quarantinelast_img read more

NYSEG: Some customers may not have power until Sunday after severe storms

first_imgNYSEG says that while they are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, there are some customers in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties that may not have their power back until early Sunday morning. For updates, check their website and social media. NYSEG also says, for everyone’s safety during the pandemic, they are following guidelines to ensure they are socially distanced from their customers. BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) — NYSEG is working to restore power in the area after the severe thunderstorms on Friday. The company says that crews will continue to work through the night until every customer’s power is restored.last_img read more

Fans want to watch games, not protests

first_imgI grown increasingly weary and disgusted by all of the tumult and furor being caused the players of the National Football League [NFL] in their attempt to protest all of the injustices in this country by their refusal to stand while the National Anthem is being played. These players are nothing more than overgrown adolescents who can command an extraordinary amount of money in salary by playing a game that little boys can play in the street.Curiously, I have neither seen nor heard of any NFL player stepping up to donate even a single dime of his overinflated salary to combat all of the alleged injustices in this country that are perceived by them. Rather, it’s easier (and decidedly less expensive) to either “take a knee,” to lock arms with your teammates, or to remain in the locker room while the National Anthem is being performed, only to emerge when it’s time “to play.” I’m even further disgusted that the foolish antics of the NFL players are now being imitated by high school players as well.I was a football fan for many years, but enough is too much. In the future, I intend to boycott any and all football games and the players and to refuse to purchase any NFL products ever again until the NFL and its players recover from their selfish behavior. I call others to join my boycott as well.Remember us, we’re the fans that pay an inordinate amount of money to watch a game. We aren’t interested in watching you exhibit your personal or political views. We are here to watch a game.One final sentiment, you stand for the flag and you kneel for the fallen.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

US issues alert over COVID-19-linked childhood illness

first_imgThe criteria include fever, multiple inflamed organs that cause severe illness requiring hospitalization, a confirmed active or recent coronavirus infection and no other plausible causes.The condition had previously been referred to as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) by the state of New York, where there have been more than a hundred reported cases, including at least three deaths.Doctors who have treated the illness say patients sometimes have symptoms similar to a rare condition called Kawasaki disease, which causes blood vessels throughout the body to swell, leading to extreme pain.The CDC said that physicians should “consider MIS-C in any pediatric death with evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection,” referring to the virus that causes COVID-19.  But it is not yet known if the condition is limited to children, the CDC added. Sunil Sood, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, told AFP that some children had very mild forms of illness, but about half of the patients that he and colleagues had seen had to be treated in intensive care for heart inflammation.The treatment involves injecting antibodies as well as administering steroids and aspirin in case patients experienced a sudden loss of blood pressure, called “shock.”He added that the cases mainly seemed to emerge four to six weeks after a child had been infected and had already developed antibodies.”They had the virus, the body fought it off earlier. But now there’s this delayed exaggerated immune response,” he said.Adding to the mystery, the cases were first reported in Europe and then in North America, but not in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea where the virus first emerged.There has been speculation that certain populations may be more genetically susceptible and others less so, said Sood, though that theory is not confirmed.Six out of eight patients in a recent Lancet study from Britain were of Afro-Caribbean descent. Topics :center_img US health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The illness, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was first reported in Britain in late April.”Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department,” said the CDC.last_img read more

Shanghai Salvage Wins Kea Trader Removal Contract

first_imgFollowing a four-month tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has been chosen to remove the ill-fated containership Kea Trader from a rock reef near New Caledonia in the south Pacific.A detailed methodology for the recovery operation was approved by the authorities last month. Under the plan, the ship’s hull pieces would be lifted and removed intact from the reef as a way of protecting the marine environment.SSC expects to have resources on site within 30 days prior to an exchange of responsibilities with Ardent, which is presently undertaking cargo removal and anti-pollution operations to ensure the safeguards to the environment are maintained during the transition period, Lomar Shipping, the owner of the vessel, informed.The 2,194-TEU containership ran aground six months after its delivery from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. It had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks, when it got grounded.last_img read more

Experts predict baby boom as covid-19 lockdown continues

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies Experts believe there will be baby boom come December this year as a direct result of the on-going lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus.With leagues suspended across the globe and offices closed men and women have been forced to remain in doors and nothing to do, experts say many will turn to sex to pass the time, sparking a new baby boom.The experts insist that there is a ‘strong possibility’ of a baby boom in early 2021 as couples seek distraction while in lockdown.It also comes as one of the world’s largest condom producers, Malaysian firm, Karex Berhad, was given permission to resume production – but told half of its workforce must stay home.Speaking to The Times, Dr Sheri Jacobson, clinical director at Harley Therapy, a psychotherapy clinic in London, said: ‘There will be more contact and opportunity.‘In this early period, staying at home might feel like a break from the norm, creating a short holiday effect.’ Other experts meanwhile warn it could be more bust than boom for some relationships.   Dr Elena Touroni, consultant psychologist and co-founder of the Chelsea Psychology Clinic in west London, told The Times it could lead to an increase in the number of divorces as well.She said: ‘Couples will need to find a way of managing their togetherness.’It comes as Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood warned couples to help prevent a surge of babies around the Christmas period – a traditionally busy period for the NHS.Read AlsoBoredom: Self Isolating footballer sleeps with wife’s sisterResearch indicates that most families seldom have time to be together as members are either at work, at school or at the business front.Experts say lockdown sure to produce baby boom come December and early 2021  The lockdown is providing opportunity for families to be together and this togetherness could either strengthen intimacy or fuel suppressed difference that could lead to altercation.   Although efforts are being made to identify a cure for the pandemic, no one is sure for certain how far the lockdown would last. There are strong indications that the leagues which set re-opening date tentatively at April 30th may be forced to further extend the suspension unless the situation before then.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more