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/.
Great news for the development of festival tourism in Croatia.The Croatian Fresh Island Festival has been nominated for the prestigious European Festival Awards and the UK Festival Awards. Fresh Island has been nominated in the “Best Small Festival” category along with some of Europe’s most famous festivals such as Snowbombing, Exodus, Rolling Stone Weekender, EDP Jazz and others.This is one of the most important European awards and an indicator of how the Fresh Island Festival grows from year to year and promotes Croatia as a desirable destination in the territory of over 40 countries. A commendable recognition for the Croatian festival in the form of a nomination comes as a reward for the successful six festival seasons so far, through which 75,000 tourists have passed.In this year’s edition, the Festival was visited by over 25,000 guests during a seven-day stay in Pag, and it was their satisfaction with the festival that launched Fresh Island to the popular European selection of the elite society of the most successful European festivals, including Exit, Sziget, Tomorrow Land, Ultra Europe many Dr. ” Fresh Island has set high standards when it comes to summer festivals. Today’s leading r’n’b and hip-hop music stars such as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kehlani, Sean Paul, Rae Sremmurd, French Montana and Young Thug are just some who performed at the festival, and from the seventh edition we can expect the arrival of new musical names that will surely place Croatia high on the list of the most desirable summer music destinations. “the festival organizers point out.You can give your vote of support for the Fresh Island Festival via the website http://eu.festivalawards.com/vote/
The goal snapped a three-match losing streak, teeing up Pardew’s side for a monumental week. United first face an almighty hurdle in the second leg of a Europa League quarter-final at home to Benfica on Thursday as they trail 3-1, but one Pardew is convinced can be overcome. Then on Sunday, Newcastle tackle bitter rivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby with new Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio eager to make his mark as the club fight their own relegation battle. Pardew added: “It was important for this week as we now have a fantastic one in front of us now. We have a quarter final where we cannot go gung-ho against Benfica because if we think we can get two quick goals and put things right in the first half then we are very much mistaken. “Benfica will pick us off and we’ll be chasing shadows, so we need to be very intelligent on Thursday. We need to play a very disciplined game. “There’s no reason, if we can get ourselves into a position where we are 1-0 up with 25 minutes to go, that we can’t go through. I’ve been involved in many situations where one goal makes a season at different times. “You’ve only got to look at Manchester City’s goal last season, with the very last kick in the Premier League (that saw them take the title) to know how important one goal can be.” The Magpies appeared destined to be firmly sucked into the relegation mire on Sunday as the clock counted down towards a goalless draw with Fulham that would have left them three points above the drop zone. But for the third successive match at St James’ Park, Cisse struck an injury time for his 11th goal of the season to give Newcastle a 1-0 win over the Cottagers and a five-point cushion over the bottom three. Pardew said: “We all know how important that goal was.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Papiss Cisse’s latest late show could be a turning point for the club this season as United’s spirit again saw them pull another result out of the fire. Press Association
Published on October 24, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Virginia Tech’s Murielle Tiernan received a through ball from teammate Laila Gray, got behind the Syracuse defense and shot the ball into the lower left corner of the goal.Four minutes later, Tiernan won a loose ball with her back to the goal after a scrum at the top of the Orange’s box, spun around and scored again.SU trailed by two, but it was only the beginning.Syracuse (5-9-3, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) went on to surrender two more first-half goals in its 5-0 loss to the No. 14 Hokies (14-4, 4-4 ACC) on Thursday night in front of 233 at SU Soccer Stadium. The loss eliminated the Orange’s already slender chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament, one of the team’s preseason goals, and SU has now lost five of its last six games.Though head coach Phil Wheddon said he was proud of his team for its second half performance, the five-goal loss is the Orange’s biggest defeat of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It just came down to those small individual moments,” Wheddon said. “Sometimes a lack of focus, sometimes it’s a communication aspect and sometimes it’s not knowing who to pick up.”Entering the game, SU’s defenders were aware that Tiernan is a dangerous player Wheddon said, but the defense’s breakdowns were the difference in the game.They piled up fast.“Giving up the first goal isn’t bad,” freshman midfielder Jessica Vigna said. “It’s when the team gives up the first one and then the second one comes really quickly then it’s just they’re getting momentum and we need to get a goal to get it back.”But Syracuse never scored.Junior defender Taylor Haenlin said she knew Tiernan’s tendency to spin her body with her first touch, but Tiernan still found the back of the net twice against the Orange. Haenlin said it wasn’t a terrible overall game for SU, the first half lapses cost Syracuse.“We really just need to focus the whole 90 minutes and don’t let up at all,” Haenlin said.The Orange’s breakdowns were a function of the entire team’s defense, not just the back line. Virginia Tech continually sent passes in the air from its defense to its forwards.The Hokies’ third goal came off a cross into the box from near the halfway line. Shannon Mayrose headed the ball across the face of the goal to teammate Candace Cephers at the six-yard box who banged the ball right past Syracuse goalie Courtney Brosnan in the 25th minute.“What we wanted to do was deny their service,” Wheddon said. “That means our forwards had to be the first line of defense and at times in the first half, that let us down.”Eleven minutes later, VT scored off a corner kick. The high, looping pass entered Syracuse’s 18-yard box and was popped back into the air. With her back to the goal, Mayrose turned and flicked it into the net.With Virginia Tech’s goals coming in a variety of ways, there was no singular specific defensive issue that glared for Syracuse, but Vigna said overall team defense could be improved.VT’s last goal — a penalty kick in the game’s final minute — was just window dressing. The game was lost by Syracuse in the first half.“We had four letdowns in the first half,” Wheddon said. “Four lapses of concentration inside the goal area. This league is just so unforgiving. You can’t give a team those types of chances.” Comments
Wales will face a full-strength Denmark team in their UEFA Nations League match on Sunday.The Danish FA (DBU) announced on Thursday evening that it had agreed a temporary deal with the players’ association. HONOURS EVEN Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is one of Denmark’s main stars Spurs are worried star has a ‘long-term’ injury, reveals international coach Latest Denmark News Doherty and Arter start: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark confirmed team news Eriksen keen to transfer electric form to Spurs starting with Liverpool It said the two parties had agreed to resume negotiations for a new, permanent agreement on Monday.DBU president Jesper Moller said: “It is good for the national team and for everyone in Danish football that we can play the important Nations League match with the right national team and again focus on the sport.” Late Duffy header keeps Ireland unbeaten in Euro 2020 qualifying campaign MUCH BETTER Liverpool beware STAYING PUT Wales’ Nations League promotion hopes ended with Denmark defeat MATCH REPORT Ireland play out goalless draw against Denmark to open Nations League account Republic of Ireland battle to goalless draw at Denmark Ten years on from Henry’s infamous handball, Euro 2020 is in sight for Ireland 1 LINE-UPS Denmark fell to a 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia on Wednesday night after being forced to select a starting XI of futsal and Danish amateur players.The visitors were left with a severely weakened team after a dispute between the DBU and players over commercial image rights.But a DBU statement on Thursday said: “The DBU and the players’ association have entered into a temporary agreement for DBU’s senior national team squad until September 30, 2018.” Christian Eriksen the hero yet again for Denmark as Spurs star downs Wales Christian Aid Christian Eriksen stat shows a player in red hot form HUGE The playmaker PRICELESS POINT