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Glaze it

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaWhether you’ve recently decided to add ham to your holiday menu or want to spice up your annual tradition, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension foods specialist Judy Harrison offers a tangy recipe that adds a punch of flavor.“The web site, www.otherwhitemeat.com, has lots of recipes for pork,” she said. “One I thought sounded especially good for the holidays is their cranberry-glazed pork roast. One could also use the glaze on ham.”Cranberry-Glazed Ham2 teaspoons cornstarch1/8 teaspoon cinnamon4 tablespoons orange juice16 ounces whole cranberry sauce1/8 teaspoon salt may be added when using a fresh hamCombine cornstarch, cinnamon and salt (optional) in small saucepan. Stir in orange juice and cranberry sauce. Cook over medium heat while stirring until thickened. Spoon about a half of the sauce onto the meat at the start of cooking. Baste occasionally with the additional sauce.Harrison said to make sure to cook fresh hams to an internal temperature of 160° F for medium, 170° F for well done. Heat fully cooked hams to at least 140° F for serving. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature in the thickest part and away from the bone.last_img read more

Lessons from a year in space

first_imgIn one of his first speaking engagements since returning to earth, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly encouraged credit union leaders to dream big, do the hard things, and take care of the “fragile” planet Earth.Kelly, who returned from a year-long mission on the International Space Station last month, treated CSCU Solutions Conference attendees to tales about space travel and the lessons he learned on the journey.“It is hard to imagine how long a year is,” Kelly said. “A year is a long time. It really is.”Highlights from Kelly’s address:Embrace challenges. Kelly said he wanted to do the mission because he knew it would be difficult. Doing the “challenging things” has always paid off for him.“You may not see the immediate benefit,” Kelly said, “but you generally will in the long-term.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2017: A brief recap and the effect on financial institutions

first_imgPerhaps the biggest story of 2017 focused on President Trump and the assembly of his Administration. Trump’s Administration transitioned into the White House at the end of January with an ambitious pro-growth agenda. Most recently, the Administration notched a win by passing the largest overhaul of taxes since Ronald Reagan. Behind the scenes, his Administration has been working on cutting regulatory burdens, specifically financial regulations. Only history will tell how successful these two policies are at delivering growth. In other economic news, the stock market continued its historic ascent to new all-time highs, along with an estimated 2.5% GDP growth for 2017, and historically low unemployment. Due to the perception of a stronger economy, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates three times with plans for additional rate hikes in 2018. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) – Rate HikesThe FOMC continues to provide clear communication regarding rate intentions coupled with controlled execution, resulting in stability and methodical reaction by the financial community. Once financial institutions felt there was a sense of direction, they began to take a more proactive approach in adjusting rates. This was not the case during the first two rate increases, as financial intuitions were trying to recoup depressed margins and monitor the effects that the increase had on the economy. However, as increased rates have prorogated throughout the remainder of the fixed income market, financial institutions have actively adjusted rates to maintain depositor balances. With the prospect of further rate hikes in 2018 and strong economic growth, financial institutions will have to continue actively pricing deposit options in order to maintain deposit balances.        Regulatory FactorsUnder the previous Administration, financial institutions faced ever-expanding regulations. However, since President Trump has assumed office, he has tasked Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to focus on lessening the burden on financial institutions; specifically community banks and credit unions.Some of the goals outlined by the Treasury Department are:Avoid a one-size-fits all system by simplifying capital requirements for small and mid-sized credit unionsTailor regulation to reduce unnecessary burdens and costsReduce regulatory overlap by federal agenciesImprove the competitiveness of US banks on the global stageFinancial institutions, especially community banks and credit unions, have been anxiously awaiting regulatory relief; however significant resources have already been deployed which will continue to weigh on community banks for years to come. In general, over the past year there has been a feeling of hope by financial institutions. If the Trump Administration is successful in reducing the regulatory burdens for financial institutions, they’ll be able to allocate more resources to making loans and supporting the community, which should stimulate growth. Tax FactorsAt the end of 2017, a historic tax reform bill was passed which lowers the tax rate on corporations to 21% from 35%. Although the lower tax rate will benefit financial institutions in the long run, there is a bit of anxiety in the short term. With the reduction of the corporate tax rate, the value of tax-deferred assets will be lower, forcing write-downs. For example, Citigroup estimates an approximate $16 billion write-down. Since deferred tax assets are generated through loan loss reserves, it is estimated the vast majority of financial institutions will be affected by this.  ConclusionFrom a financial institution perspective, 2017 provided hope on a number of fronts. The Federal Reserve has signaled their desire to return interest rates to a more “normal” level, which should allow institutions to increase margins. A regulatory framework that is designed to provide relief should allow community banks and credit unions to grow loan balances and open up new business opportunities. Lastly, tax reform should stimulate growth by freeing up capital. Only history will tell the true impact, but in the near term, the future looks optimistic for financial institutions.Co-authored by: Todd A. Terrazas 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Detailslast_img read more

West Java governor shares experience as COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteer

first_imgWest Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has shared his experience as one of the more than 1,000 volunteers in Indonesia’s recent COVID-19 vaccine trials.As many as 1,620 volunteers were involved in third phase trials of a potential vaccine at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java, which was also monitored by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “The first batch of trials involved 100 volunteers. The second batch was given to between 100 and 1,000 volunteers, while the last batch was given to the remaining volunteers for a total of 1,620,” Ridwan told Reisa Brotoasmoro, the national COVID-19 task force spokeswoman, in a video aired by the Presidential Secretariat’s official YouTube channel on Oct. 10. He explained that he attended five sessions for the trials. The first session included a COVID-19 swab test, rapid test and other similar tests to determine the condition of the governor’s body.The governor received the first vaccine-trial shot in the second session, and the second shot in the third session. He then underwent post-shot medical checkups, which included blood testing, in the fourth and fifth sessions in order to examine his body’s reaction after receiving the potential vaccine.“[The follow-up checks] were to see whether or not my body had produced more antibodies after getting the shots. If the result showed that my antibodies added-up up to 90 percent, it meant my body was ready to fight off the coronavirus. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. Topics :center_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap “I will get a second blood test in December,” said Ridwan, adding that at the time of speaking he had not experienced any side effects from the trials. If the vaccine-trial committee finds the results from the blood tests in December to be successful, the government will carry on with mass production of the vaccine before organizing a nationwide vaccination program. Read also: Jokowi issues presidential regulation on COVID-19 vaccinationHowever, the governor explained that a number of people still questioned whether the potential vaccine was safe, citing public comments on a widely circulated photograph of him taken during a session of the trials. “Those who did not understand made comments that I might be lying, based on the use of certain needles for blood testing. The public might think that the trials used old-styled needles, while in fact we used modern ones, called vacutainer,” said Ridwan, referring to the blood collection tube, which is a sterile glass or plastic test tube with a colored rubber stopper creating a vacuum seal inside of the tube.Therefore, he urged the public to educate themselves to avoid falling for misinformation, especially regarding the vaccine candidate trials.Indonesia has forged cooperation with several countries regarding the supply of potential vaccines. China’s Sinovac Biotech, in partnership with Bio Farma, is running late-stage human trials of a candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java. The government has also looked into partnerships with two other Chinese drug manufacturers, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics. The Research and Technology Ministry, meanwhile, is leading a national consortium comprising research bodies and universities to develop the homemade Merah Putih vaccine. (nkn)last_img read more

Batesville Fire & Rescue, Ripley County EMS train Batesville city employees

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville city employees received CPR, bloodborne pathogens and Stop the Bleed training this week. Members of Batesville Fire and Rescue and Ripley County EMS conducted the classes in order to improve readiness.last_img

Pickleball in Ellsworth, Stonington

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Bryant E. Moore Community Center will host a session for those who wish to learn and play pickleball at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. No equipment is necessary, though athletic shoes are recommended. A suggested donation of $5 would be preferred.A separate pickleball clinic will be held at the Island Community Center in Stonington at 5 p.m. Jan. 19. A tournament will be held there Jan. 21. Both are free for all ages.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Cricket News Women’s T20 Cricket included in 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

first_img New Delhi: Women’s Twenty20 Cricket is making giant strides in cricket in the modern era. After the first Women’s Twenty20 league was started in Australia thanks to the Women’s Big Bash League, the next big shot for women’s cricket came when the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Women’s Twenty20 cricket would officially be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. This is not the first time cricket has been included in the Commonwealth Games.In the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, cricket was part of the games and South Africa had won the gold medal by defeating Australia in the final. The West Indies did not participate as one nation but seperate teams from Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica participated. India crashed out of the medal reckoning despite the presence of names like Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja, Robin Singh and Sachin Tendulkar.India won only one match against Canada but lost to Antigua and Barbuda as well as to the Australian cricket team. Australia managed only 183 in the final thanks to Steve Waugh’s 90 but Shaun Pollock’s 4/19 and Michael Rindel’s 67 helped South Africa clinch gold while New Zealand settled for the bronze medal by defeating Sri Lanka in the play-off by 51 runs.The president of the Commonwealth Games federation wanted to bring cricket back into the games, and the Glasgow bid for the 2014 games had indicated that they would include cricket, but it did not materialise. However, the success of the Indian Premier League and the mushrooming of several Twenty20 leagues in the world has resulted in the inclusion in the Commonwealth Games.The Indian women’s cricket team has made good progress in the last couple of years, losing in the final of the 2017 World Cup to England while also losing in the semi-final of the 2018 World T20 held in the Caribbean to England. This represents a ‘golden’ chance for the Indian team to achieve glory on the bigger world stage. Australia are the current World T20 champions and have won the title four times while England and West Indies are the other nations to have won this title. The first World T20 was played in 2009 and England were the inaugural champions. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Cricket was played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be played in Birmingham.Australia are the reigning World T20 champions.center_img highlightslast_img read more

India take charge of first Test vs. Sri Lanka

first_imgINDIA 1st innings (o/n 399-3)S. Dhawan c Mathews b Pradeep 190A. Mukund c Dickwella b Pradeep 12C. Pujara c Dickwella b Pradeep 153V. Kohli c Dickwella b Pradeep 3A. Rahane c Karunaratne b Kumara 57R. Ashwin c Dickwella b Pradeep 47W. Saha c D. Perera b Herath 16H. Pandya c sub. b Kumara 50R. Jadeja b Pradeep 15M. Shami c Tharanga b Kumara 30U. Yadav not out 11Extras: (b-2, lb-5, nb-3, w-6) 16Total: (all out, 133.1 overs) 600Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-280, 3-286, 4-423, 5-432, 6-491, 7-495, 8-517, 9-579.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 31-2-132-6 (nb-1, w-1), Lahiru Kumara 25.1-3-131-3 (nb-2 w-5), Dilruwan Perera 30-1-130–0, Rangana Herath 40-6-159-1, Danushka Gunathilaka 7-0-41-0.SRI LANKA 1st inningsDimuth Karunaratne lbw b U. Yadav 2Upul Tharanga run-out (Mukund, Saha) 64Danushka Gunathilaka c S. Dhawan b Shami 16Kusal Mendis c S. Dhawan b Shami 0Angelo Mathews not out 54Niroshan Dickwella c Mukund b R. Ashwin 8Dilruwan Perera not out 6Extras: (lb-3, w-1) 4Total: (for 5 wickets, 44 overs) 154Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-68, 3-68, 4-125, 5-143.Bowling: M. Shami 9-2-30-2 (w-1),U. Yadav 8-1-50-1, R. Ashwin 18-2-49-1, R. Jadeja 9-1-22-0. GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – India amassed 600 in their first innings and returned to blow away the top half of the Sri Lankan batting order to tighten their grip on the first Test at the Galle International Stadium yesterday.Sri Lanka were reeling on 154 for five at stumps on day two, still 446 behind and facing the unenviable task of saving the match with 10 batsmen, following Asela Gunaratne’s series-ending thumb injury.Angelo Mathews, who relinquished the captaincy this month, was unbeaten on 54 at the close with Dilruwan Perera on six.Earlier, India lost four wickets in the morning session but their tail wagged as they added 201 runs to their overnight score of 399-3 before being all out less than an hour before the tea break.Nuwan Pradeep was rewarded for his lion-hearted bowling effort with career-best figure of six for 132.Resuming on 144, Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his sixth score of more than 150 before Pradeep dismissed him with a good length ball that bounced and seamed away.Pujara batted nearly six-and-half-hours for his 153, adding 137 runs with Ajinkya Rahane who made 57.India’s lower order then decided to flex their muscles.Ravichandran Ashwin smashed seven boundaries in his 47, Mohammed Shami clobbered three sixes in his run-a-ball 30 and all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored 50 off 49 balls on his Test debut to help India reach the 600-mark.Sri Lanka made a feeble reply.Umesh Yadav dismissed opener Dimuth Karunaratne for two with a fuller delivery and the batsman challenged the leg-before decision but could not overturn it.Shami dealt a double blow in his fifth over, getting both Danushka Gunathilaka, who made 16, and the scoreless Kusal Mendis, caught by Shikhar Dhawan in the slips.The hosts were reeling at 68-3 when Upul Tharanga and Mathews added 57 runs to arrest the slide.Tharanga made 64 before falling to a bizarre run-out, diving back to the crease and his bat bouncing up in the air.Abhinav Mukund took a stunning one-handed catch at silly point to send back Niroshan Dickwella, who managed eight, off Ashwin’s bowling.last_img read more

Merson Sends Message To Ighalo Over Permanent Man United Move

first_imgFormer England international and football pundit Paul Merson says he would be shocked if Odion Ighalo turned down a permanent move to Manchester United and return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the season.Eyebrows were raised when United completed a loan agreement for Ighalo on the final day of theJanuary transfer window but the 30-year-old striker has proved his doubters wrong thus far, racking up] four goals and one assist in his opening eight appearances for the team. The Red Devils are already considering making Ighalo’s deal permanent for a fee of £15million in the summer and reports suggest the Nigerian, a lifelong United fan, is keen to stay on at Old Trafford even if that means accepting a pay cut.However, Shanghai Shenhua have not given up hope of Ighalo returning to China and have offered the forward £400,000-a-week wages to stay on with them.Discussing Ighalo’s impressive start at United, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘When Odion Ighalo arrived at Manchester United in January, I didn’t really want to get involved in any conversations about him because, either way, there was a danger of being made to look silly. ‘“If you said he was going to be awful he could embarrass you badly by performing like he did during that brilliant year he had with Watford or if you said he was going to be a good signing, he could still be theplayer who put in some awful showings just before he left Watford.“I didn’t want to get involved in that because it was a no-win situation. However, what I can say now is that he’s been absolutely outstanding since he arrived at Old Trafford.I know he hasn’t played a lot of football but when he’s come off the bench and when he has got some game time, he’s looked class.”On whether United should sign the Nigeria international on a permanent basis, Merson added: “It’s a hard decision Manchester United have to make regarding his future because if you give him a contract, can he perform again that next season? When you go to a club on loan you’ve got that hunger of wanting to secure a permanent move, prove everybody inside the club right and everybody outside the club wrong.” All of a sudden, you give someone a contract and they think they’ve done all the hard work. You’ve only got to look at his time at Watford.He looked a world-beater but then next minute he couldn’t score a goal for toffee. But if you are going on the form he’s showed since coming to the club in January it’sgoing to be hard to get rid of him – and don’t worry about the new mega money offers in China.“He’s said all the right things since joining Manchester United. He’s turned around enough times and said he’s dreamed of playing for United so if they do offer him a permanent deal, I can’t see him turning it down. Everything’s gone right for him so far and if United do offer him a chance to stay, I’d be shocked if he walked away.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalolast_img read more

Engineers gather for summit

first_imgNearly 800 engineers from across the country gathered at Bovard Auditorium on Thursday to engage in panel discussions and lectures that addressed 14 grand challenges in the field of engineering.Students, professors and administrators from various engineering schools participated in the 2010 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges National Summit, which addressed issues such as providing access to clean water and preventing nuclear terror. The summit was streamed live online, and attendees and viewers could send in questions via Twitter.“Engineering is about invention; it’s not just learning a bunch of science,” said Matthew Tirrell, chair of UC Berkeley’s department of bioengineering. “It’s about transforming the world.”A $1 million grant was announced at the summit Wednesday to fund the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition, open exclusively to Viterbi School of Engineering students .The first portion of the competition for a prize of $50,000 will take place in the spring, when teams will present a business plan before a panel of engineering professionals. The winner will have the opportunity to work with professional engineers to turn their ideas into reality.“We need more of those [awards] to stimulate creativity, innovation and instill in students the fact that they’re not just here to graduate in four years and join the work force,” said Simin Pulat, professor of engineering at Oklahoma University. “There are all these challenges that are waiting for us to solve and they do matter.”Keynote speaker Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, said the summit was a place for engineers to come together and find inspiration.“You need a society that truly understands what we do at engineers,” Vest said. “This is a platform, a framework to get people excited, and a format for national dialogue.”An important part of the Massiah Foundation’s award is to get engineers thinking about the business applications of an invention, said Fariborz Maseeh, president of the Massiah Foundation.“Engineers are necessary but not sufficient to deliver the goods,” Maseeh said. “It is the cardinal reason behind the prize being launched today.”Vest said it is difficult discuss engineering in this country because of an obvious stigma against the field.“Many young people are not choosing engineering as a career and that’s a problem,” Vest said. “There is a lack of understanding in society about what engineers do.”Lisa Zerzemnieks, a senior majoring in civil engineering, agreed with the notion of an engineering stigma of being a nerd or deeply involved in research but said USC may be an exception to the rule.“USC kind of fights the stigma. We have a lot of engineers that do more than engineering,” Zerzemnieks said. “Engineering can be my career, but it’s not my life.”Vest went on to say that the greatest discrepancy among Asia, Europe and the United States in terms of industry is the lack of young engineers in the field.“There’s still no good answer. We’re still struggling as to why engineering isn’t seen as exciting,” Pulat said. “It’s another challenge all by itself.”Although the number of students in engineering might be scarce, funding sure isn’t.“I don’t worry so much about the money. Someone once said, ‘We have no money now we have to think ,’” said Jeff Wilcox, corporate vice president for engineering of Lockheed Martin.Wilcox said the funding could spawn innovation, a thought shared by Maseeh and the Massiah Foundation.“When you create small pools of money, it is amazing what some people can do with knowledge,” Wilcox said. “What they’re producing is going to be seen.”last_img read more