Georgia’s 2013 budget includes $3.5 million to construct a long-awaited facility where University of Georgia food scientists in Griffin, Ga., will help businesses launch new food products and processes.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority have been seeking funds for the project since 2005. The university and the authority will each add $1 million to the construction fund.Food PIC buildingThe funds will be combined to construct a dedicated Food Product Innovation and Commercialization building on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Food PIC is a partnership between small-food-business entrepreneurs, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Griffin-Spalding County community. “We work directly with food companies and entrepreneurs to develop new products and processes, to improve their profitability and to create jobs in Georgia,” said Dick Phillips, the UGA food scientist who leads the Food PIC project.Phillips and his colleagues currently work under tight conditions and have even had to keep some of their equipment in storage due to lack of space. “The new building will house a pilot plant and laboratory spaces for cold temperature work, wet processing and dry processing, as well as quality control labs,” he said. “It will supplement but not replace existing laboratories in the (food science building) on the Griffin campus.”Only one in SoutheastThe Food PIC project at UGA will be the only one of its kind in the Southeast and was created in response to the high failure rate — 80 percent — of new food products, Phillips said. Rakesh Singh, head of the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology, said the new facility would give food companies a stronger start. “Small companies can come to Griffin and establish their businesses in-house with support from UGA faculty,” Singh said. “(Then they would) reach a stage where they would be ready to open their own businesses or expand existing product lines.”At the Food PIC facility, new business owners will be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing, Singh said.The Food PIC staff includes engineers, chemists, microbiologists, consumer sensory scientists and research chefs both from within the university and private industry. Experts from several areas assist“We also work with specialists in other disciplines including economists in the UGA Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development,” Phillips said. “We also work closely with the Georgia Center for Innovation for Agribusiness who match the direct costs of approved projects up to 50 percent.” Singh saw a similar project to fruition while working at Purdue University. Programs like Food PIC help smaller companies, farmers and entrepreneurs produce niche products, offer customized services and target specialty markets.For years, Singh said, Georgia farmers have grown and sold bulk commodities. Then a processor converts their crops into high-value products and reaps the profits.”The Food PIC program and the incubator facility would help Georgia farmers take advantage of niche markets the megacompanies can’t serve efficiently,” Singh said. “Our growers ought to produce niche products and not bulk commodities. They can’t compete with megacompanies in selling what those large companies sell globally.”Helping companies in U.S. and abroadUGA Food PIC projects include finding ways to isolate natural antioxidants and antimicrobials from Georgia blueberries and muscadines, Phillips said.“We are currently proposing to extend that work as well as to assist Georgia-based makers of confections, sauces and ethnic food products,” Phillips said. “We have investigated improved drying technologies for Georgia’s rabbiteye blueberries and are assisting an entrepreneur in making frozen desserts using Georgia fruits.”Food PIC scientists have also helped international companies develop new products, like a grain-based milk alternative the staff developed with a Belgium company. In addition to gaining funding for a new building, the Food PIC Center recently added more technical help to its staff and will soon hire a project manager. “We hope to also add additional faculty positions to replace retiring members, so we can sustain and expand our program,” said Phillips who is retired from UGA and currently working under a hire-back program. For more on the Food PIC, see the project’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/foodpic/.
Maria Sharapova’s hopes of a dream return from doping exile to a third French Open crown were shattered on Tuesday when the Russian was surprisingly refused a wild card by organisers.The 30-year-old, who conquered all on the Parisian clay in 2012 and 2014 but whose career was rocked by a 15-month doping ban last year, was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament.After only returning to the circuit last month, Sharapova’s ranking, now at 211, was not high enough to warrant an automatic place in the Roland Garros main draw which starts on May 28, or the qualifying event held the week before.It meant she needed a favour from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) but in an unexpected development, especially as the French Open is already without pregnant Serena Williams and resting Roger Federer, it took a moral stand that will please some of her rivals but could hit the tournament’s ratings.”You can get a wild card when you return from injury but you cannot get a wild card when returning from a doping suspension,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said during a news conference broadcast live on Facebook.”I appreciate the media impact of Maria, I appreciate the broadcasters’ expectations but in conscience, it was not possible to go beyond the anti-doping code and beyond the application of the rules…”I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans,” added Giudicelli. “They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it’s my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game.”advertisementWTA chief executive Steve Simon later released a statement conceding that while wild cards were issued at the “sole discretion” of tournaments he disagreed with “the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision”.”She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS,” he said.”The tennis anti-doping program (TADP) is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF and ATP.”There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters.”Giudicelli dropped the bombshell shortly before Sharapova, who tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, was due to face Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Italian Open in Rome.WIMBLEDON DILEMMAThe bold decision of the French federation now throws the ball in the court of Wimbledon, who will face a similarly difficult decision when they announce their wild cards on June 20. Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, will need a wild card to get straight into the main draw at the All England Club.She could have saved them that dilemma by reaching the semi-finals in Rome to boost her ranking but withdrew injured from her match with Lucic-Baroni to complete a bad night.At least Sharapova is guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event thanks to her first-round win on Monday.Sharapova stunned the sporting world last year when she stood up in a Los Angeles hotel to say that she had failed a doping test for meldonium — a drug that she said she had ‘legally’ taken throughout her career to treat medical conditions.Her explanation was that she had not realised it had been added to WADA’s banned list a few weeks earlier.The five-times grand slam champion, one of the sport’s biggest names and whose $36 million in prize money is dwarfed by her off-court earnings, was initially banned for two years.However, after an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found she was not an “intentional doper” and reduced the suspension to 15 months.”While it’s true that the CAS has reduced her sanction, it is still a violation of the tennis anti-doping program,” Giudicelli said.”It is not for me to question that (CAS) decision.”Sharapova’s return has been rocky and several leading players have criticised tournament directors at WTA events in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome for offering her a wild card, arguing that she should be awarded no special treatment.
There are some new additions to the TFA Tournament staff this year. Welcome to Abby, Kasey, Ryan and Ebony and thank you for your help throughout what we hope will be an enjoyable tournament for you. Scorpions versus Rustlers at 12.20pm today, has also been decided as the Best Game of the tournament so far with Scorpions eventual winners, 8-5. Womens 20’sJessica Absolum (Suns)11 Womens OpenAngela Doyle (Rustlers)5 Gemma Etheridge (Rustlers)5 We have also had freelance cameraman, Kyle Hands out and about today, allowing teams to purchase DVD’s so they can view themselves in action. We’ve seen some brilliant touchdowns scored so far, and with finals around the corner and the cameras rolling during the finals on Monday, we’re sure to see many more. The top touchdown scorers at this stage are- With the NTL up and running we though we would put together a few statistics you needed to know and a few you didn’t! With the boys from the fishbowl keeping watch over the action and our roving reporters on the loose, nothing goes un-noticed! Every year the standard of Touch on display at the National Touch League just seems to get better.It’s only the end of day two, and already so far this tournament we’ve seen some thrilling games, some upsets and some truly courageous battles.Here are some best bits from the 2006 NTL so far: A tower has been put up in front of Field one, ready to start filming the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open finals on Monday to appear on Fox Sports in the coming weeks. The many spectators that come to Coffs to watch some Touch will easily be able to find out the scores on the main fields, with a new scoreboard set up for the finals. The Best Touchdown we’ve seen so far occurred in Round 4 of the Mens Open division today where Scorpions scored a length of the field touchdown against Rustlers. We’ve spotted a Hot Stepper…Gian Guerra from Cyclones Mens 20’s left scorch marks all over field one this afternoon. Mixed OpenMichael Janco (Mets)7 Bianca Keehn (Scorpions)7 Mens 20’sAshley Shepherd (Sharks)8 Mens OpenMatt Prowse (Mets)13 Can you guess which TFA tournament staff member sleeps with her ‘Lamby’ and sucks her thumb at night? Kane and Adam from The Fishbowl, have voted that Sydney Mets has the nicest uniform this year.
What do Australian Touch Football representative, Gavin Shuker, Olympic Gold Medal winning cyclist, Anna Meares, five time world Hockey player of the year, Jamie Dwyer and Tennis great, Rod Laver have in common?For the next six weeks their sporting achievements will be on display in the ‘Sporting Heroes – Legends Of Sport From Central Queensland’ exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery. Former Australian Men’s Open captain, Gavin Shuker, has been recognised for his outstanding efforts on the Touch Football field, being chosen as one of the athletes displayed in the exhibition. Shuker has 68 Australian Caps and 20 State of Origin Caps for Queensland. 36 of his Australian Caps come from four World Cup campaigns, including three World Cup titles; two at the Men’s Open level in 2003 and 2007 and the most recent coming from the Men’s 30’s division at the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shuker was named the Australian Men’s Open captain in 2005 and retired at an Open level following the 2009 Trans Tasman Series in Wollongong. He has since continued to represent Australia playing in the Men’s 30’s division at the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Series and 2011 World Cup. The display can be seen at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and the exhibition will run until Sunday, 7 October 2012. .If you will be in the Rockhampton area during these dates be sure to take some time to visit the exhibition, entry is free and the gallery is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Related LinksSporting Heroes
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWhen provincial auditors start poring over nearly a billion dollars worth of transactions between CN Rail and GO Transit they need to focus on what is known as “journaling” according to a former CN supervisor.That’s the process of moving money from one account to another at CN Rail and Scott Holmes says he was ordered to improperly charge GO “millions” over a five-year span beginning in 2002.According to Holmes the auditors will need to know what they’re looking for.“Journaling is a way at the end of the year to move a lot of money, quick. They don’t like doing it because now you have to get some of the senior financial officers to do it and it’s of course traceable. There’s a computer trail,” said Holmes, adding auditors will need to open CN’s books to be able to find any alleged financial irregularities.CN spokesman Mark Hallman said the company adamantly denies any suggestion of impropriety in its management and involvements relating to GO rail projects.However, APTN has specifically asked CN for comment on “journaling” and has yet to receive a direct response.Metrolinx, which oversees GO, said Wednesday it has launched an audit after APTN revealed allegations that millions of dollars were improperly charged to taxpayers by CN Rail.Ontario Transport Minister Glen Murray said GO Transit and Metrolinx are taking the allegations “seriously.”Holmes has been caught up in a bitter legal battle with CN after he was fired in 2008. CN sued Holmes for fraud and later charged with him with the same allegation. The Crown stayed all charges against him, twice.Holmes countered sued CN and CN police. The case has yet to reach a trial.The Ontario Provincial Police first met with Holmes earlier this year when he provided a video statement on all the allegations. He then took two detectives through a massive amount of documents, including internal CN emails and invoices he says proves CN charged taxpayers improperly.After the first meeting one detective from the OPP’s corruption section of the anti-rackets unit kept coming back to Holmes for more information.The OPP won’t confirm or deny they are investigating but told APTN corruption cases are sensitive and take time.CN said the company is unaware of any investigation.Holmes said it will help if auditors understand the billing systems between GO and CN. At the beginning of each year GO provides CN with account numbers, typically known as the “M” numbers.Most of the work charged to GO is through these numbers.CN has their own internal numbers, such as “C” for their own capital projects.Holmes said at the end the year the M-numbered accounts close and there’d be a mad rush to wrap-up accounting with in CN.That’s when he claims he’d start getting telephone calls from superiors directing him which capital projects would be allegedly charged to GO. He said they’d charge to M accounts that still had money left over.“You could do hundreds of thousands at a time into an M number that’s sitting there with hardly anything charged to it,” said Holmes. “You may find the odd time the foreman may have used the wrong the number, but I can’t remember that happening too often.”Large movements like this leave a trail in the computer system and that’s what GO auditors should be looking for said Holmes.CN said it employs strict accounting procedures and controls.“Mistakes, if any, are identified and corrected. As the work performed by CN on behalf of GO on a fixed-price basis with the work approved in advance and reviewed after completion, there was no risk of GO being overcharged due to any miscoding,” said Hallman.In court documents filed by CN, the company describes Holmes as someone adept to CN’s computer system.But, if CN didn’t want to leave a trail, Holmes and another person he worked with would change the work line-by-line by going into the computer system and altering contracts, dates and times.“You had to go in and change it physically and that took hours and hours and a lot of times we had to do that,” he said.Scott has an email that directs him, by superiors, to solve a problem where a CN capital project was “overspent in net labour by $93,000 and change.”APTN asked Holmes to explain what the internal CN jargon laden email says in plain English.“They’re going to take money, the $93,000, and they’re going to journal it over to an M network against GO,” said Holmes.He said he knows that because he claims to have done it after getting a telephone call from a superior after getting the email.“So they called me and we worked it out so GO couldn’t really figure it out. I was instructed to do that,” said Holmes. “[At CN] you do whatever someone asks.”Holmes said he never personally profited from any of the billing changes.CN said GO was entitled to spot audits.“CN strongly rejects any suggestion of impropriety in its management of GO rail projects,” said Hallman.GO Transit began expanding in the late 1990s to keep-up with the booming growth in Toronto. If they wanted to expand they had to do it mainly on CN property.Using that advantage to ensure it would be the sole contractor on expansion work, CN would provide GO with cost estimates for a particular project and would receive board approval from GO management before the work began.One area Metrolinx is focusing on is a $72 million project between Burlington and Hamilton in 2007.The project was funded by the province, federal government and local municipalities.GO paid to have a third rail line put in on CN’s property.A senior source at GO Transit said as part of the project GO paid for upgrades to CN’s own freight lines as well.“In order for us to run the service CN comes in and they might have to improve their existing freight service as well in order for the GO trains to come through. So it’s not unreasonable to assume improvements to all the tracks in the given corridor are required,” said the source, adding there is no dedicated GO track even after they pay to build it. “That is the reality of a monopolistic situation. They are a private company and trying to make a profit. We’re a public agency trying to provide a service provided they don’t try to gouge us.”The track GO paid for still isn’t a dedicated GO line and, in fact, GO has to pay an access fee to run trains through the corridor.CN Rail kept ownership of the three mile track and can use it for freight [email protected]
TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. raised its quarterly dividend by 38 per cent as it reported its third-quarter profit edged higher.The retailer says it will begin paying a quarterly dividend of 90 cents per share next year, up from 65 cents per share.The company made the move as it reported a profit attributable to shareholders of $176.6 million or $2.59 per diluted share in its latest quarter.That compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $176.4 million or $2.44 per diluted share a year ago when it had more shares outstanding.Revenue increased to $3.30 billion, up from $3.13 billion a year ago.In addition to its namesake stores, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC) also owns Mark’s and FGL Sports, which operates Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, among other stores.
TORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. beat expectations as its net profit surged to $42 million and its order backlog reached a record high.The Toronto-based construction firm says it earned 60 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30, up from 37 cents per share or $24.6 million a year earlier.Revenues grew 34 per cent to $1.02 billion, up from $759.7 million in the third quarter of 2017.Aecon was expected to earn 48 cents per share on $849 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s order backlog has reached $7 billion, up from $4.3 billion a year earlier, paving the way for higher revenues and profitability through 2019, says new CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx.Among the projects is its 20 per cent interest in the $5.7 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge and Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project in Toronto.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)
A national tournament is coming to Ohio State. The sport involves throwing a round ball. If you guessed baseball, you’re wrong.The Ohio State club dodgeball team is set to host the sport’s national tournament at the RPAC Saturday and Sunday.Ohio State (6-5) is a founding member of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, which started in 2002. OSU has attended every national tournament and has two championships, 2005 and 2006.The Buckeyes have played in three tournaments so far this season including the Round Robin tournament at OSU, the Redhawk invitational at the University of Miami University (Ohio), and the Ohio Dodgeball Cup at Kent State University.Jeff Starr, a second-year engineering student and club dodgeball member said OSU should have won more games this year and that the team is better than its record reflects. He is expecting a good result this weekend at nationals.“I think that we will actually do amazing,” Starr said. “We’ve been really close with a lot of the top teams and a lot of those tournaments, we didn’t have all of our guys. We weren’t all 100 percent. I think everyone is going to be ready to go, 100 percent.”Currently there are between 25 and 30 active members, coach, and OSU alumnus, Jude DuPart said.DuPart said not all members travel to tournaments because of midterms or scheduling conflicts, which is the reason some teams play more matches than other teams.“It really varies on how much traveling you can do. So the teams up in Michigan that are a stone’s throw away … there’s four teams up there that are all about two hours to 30 minutes away from each other,” DuPart said.DuPart said the biggest benefit of having the tournament at home is getting more players involved.“We’ll definitely be able to see a lot more kids get out there and play,” DuPart said. “A lot of kids have other obligations and can’t make the travel commitments to be able to play and see a large competitive style game.”Aside from not having to travel, Starr said another advantage of hosting the national tournament in Columbus comes with team members having the comfort of sleeping in their own beds.“Last year, we were sleeping on a motel floor, so having our own beds will be nice,” Starr said.OSU team captain Josh Connor, a second-year in logistics management, agreed with Starr that home court advantage is a big deal, especially in a big tournament.“With any sport you’re playing in, having the crowd behind you will win you the momentum. Having your friends and family behind you goes a long way,” Connor said.Starr added it’ll be nice to hear cheers for the home team.“We definitely get a lot more home fans cheering for us and not for the other teams, that’ll help,” Starr said.DuPart said OSU finished fourth in the national tournament last year. This year he is hopeful for a good result despite the more experienced teams.“Despite being a younger squad I think we’ve picked up (play) well. We’re looking pretty good,” DuPart said. “I do think there are a lot more mature teams and a lot of other teams that play pretty well, especially Grand Valley and Kent (State) is looking good this year.”Connor expects to do better at nationals than last year with a young but confident squad.“We had a pretty good season last year, I think we’re going to do better than that,” Connor said. “We’ve grown a lot, I can speak for myself I’ve become a lot more aggressive and that carries across the board. I think we have a lot more guys who feel comfortable. I think the camaraderie is even strong than it was.”The tournament is set to begin Saturday with group play from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lower RPAC courts. It continues Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with single elimination tournament style play.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed the availability of Frenkie de Jong for Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.De Jong featured in the club’s 1-0 Eredivisie defeat at Heracles on Saturday but was later taken off due to a reported muscle problem.But Ten Hag dismissed fears the future Barca player could miss Wednesday’s first leg, with Brazilian winger David Neres also passed fit.“Frenkie is fine, he is happy to play the match,” the Ajax coach told a news conference ahead of facing Madrid, who have won three consecutive Champions League titles.“Like all of us, I imagine he will have an extra motivation, but we all have to play a Champions League game against Madrid.“Frenkie only wants one thing, which is to close the season well, we have this match with Madrid and he is sure to be 100 per cent motivated to give the best.“Neres is fine, he is very ambitious and a great fighter, he will show this on the pitch. He is a very important player for us and will be important against Madrid.“He has a problem in the adductor, but he has rested in the last days and I think he will be able to play the game perfectly.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…De Jong will have a chance to show Madrid some of the qualities they’d be seeing from 2019-20 and beyond, with former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert offering an insight into the 21-year-old’s strengths.Frenkie de Jong Fit to Face Real Madrid in UCL, Says Ajax Manager Erik ten Hag: Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has overcome the injury scare he suffered in the 1-0 defeat to Heracles on Saturday and will be fit to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions… https://t.co/EpdqwT39wi pic.twitter.com/TzrPESpmOP— The Ingram Mortgage Team (@JayIngr82016657) February 12, 2019“Well he offers joy for the people because he’s a very good player, 21 years old now,” Kluivert said in a LaLiga interview cited on FourFourTwo.“I’ve known him for a long time now because he played with Justin [Kluivert] – my son in the youth of Ajax and then you could already see his strength.“He’s very quick in vertical runs so I think he’s a great signing for Barcelona. He will let the Barcelona fans really enjoy the way Barcelona loves to play. He’s the perfect player to join in.”