By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThey’ve been called to duty and are being deployed to Iraq next month. Their mission is simple: Provide Georgia soldiers a familiar taste of home. It’s “Operation Boiled Peanuts.”Georgia 4-H’ers across the state are mobilizing to raise money for a statewide project to package and send boiled peanuts to Iraq to the 4,300 soldiers of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade.Homegrown hankeringThe seed of the project was planted when Clark Rountree, 21, a specialist with the 48th, called his mother, Patricia Anderson, earlier this month. The Wilcox County, Ga., native told her to tell Rex Bulloch he had a hankering for his favorite homegrown snack and wanted a few to share with his comrades in Iraq.”Anything Clark and those boys want, and I can get it, I’m going to get it done,” said Bulloch, 57, a Wilcox County peanut farmer for 35 years. Rountree worked on Bulloch’s farm before being sent to Iraq earlier this year. He knew that from now until November plenty of fresh, Georgia peanuts would be harvested.Bulloch figured a few bags of peanuts wouldn’t do. He wanted to get enough for the entire brigade. Family-owned Hardy Farms in Hawkinsville, Ga., specializes in ready-to-eat boiled peanuts in pouches and cut Bulloch a good deal. But the cost was still around $6,000.”Folks told me I should ask around for some help,” Bulloch said in a phone interview Monday.Statewide helpOn Aug. 10, he called on his county University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.”I said, ‘Why don’t you let 4-H help with that,'” said Suzanne Keene, a Wilcox County 4-H program assistant. “I thought this would be a great opportunity for Georgia 4-H and the (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to send a farm product unique to Georgia and let the troops know we support them.”She called the 4-H state office in Athens, and “Operation Boiled Peanuts” was launched. “It has ballooned and blossomed from there,” she said.The Georgia 4-H Foundation fronted the $6,000 to keep the soldiers from waiting any longer.Now, 2 tons of Georgia boiled peanuts, about 4,800 bags from Hardy Farms with Georgia 4-H stickers proudly stamped on them, are staged and ready to be sent to the men and women of the 48th Brigade around Sept. 10, Bulloch said.From collecting donations to organizing events, each county 4-H club is doing something different to raise money, said Laura Perry Johnson, the southwest district 4-H program development coordinator.To give a donation, make out a check to the Georgia 4-H Foundation and send it to 304 Hoke Smith Annex, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Write “Georgia 4-H: Operation Boiled Peanuts” on the envelope. Or go to your county UGA Extension office.”We’d like to raise enough money to do it more than once,” Keene said. “Maybe send them something once a month.”Special thanks”Clark is like one of mine,” Bulloch said. “I’ll do anything for him to make it a little easier. He promised he’d be careful, keep his head down and come home. That’s what I’m expecting from him and the rest of them.”Bulloch hasn’t spoken with Rountree. But he’s heard that the soldiers know the Georgia delicacy is on the way. They’ve seen some TV news stories about it.But Bulloch already has been personally thanked. Jason Henderson, another Wilcox County native and a 48th Brigade soldier, was injured in Iraq and was back home last week.”He thanked me and asked if he could give me a hug for the men of the 48th,” Bulloch said.(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A four-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool during a backyard barbeque in Shirley over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Justin McConville was with his mother at his mother’s friend’s Alcolade Drive East home when the host found the boy at the bottom of their 4-foot, above-ground pool at 7:11 p.m. Saturday, police said.Witnesses pulled the victim from the pool, called 911 and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, police said.The child was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
The International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) has knocked back a demand from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for it to issue guidance on the asset-ceiling test in International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19).Summing up the committee’s support for the staff analysis of the issue, chairman Wayne Upton said: “The [draft] agenda decision is basically right, but we need to make clear this notion of the ‘underlying principle of the negotiation’ or words to that effect.”The market overseer wrote to the committee demanding “clarification of whether an entity with a contractually agreed future minimum funding requirement should assume this requirement will exist over the life of the pension plan when performing an asset ceiling test”.In an analysis of the issue, IFRS IC staff argued: “On the basis of our assessment of the Interpretations Committee’s agenda criteria, we think the Interpretations Committee should not add this issue to its agenda.” Staff said this was because “paragraphs 17, 21 and BC30 of IFRIC 14 provide sufficient guidance for this issue, as explained in the section for the staff conclusions”.The guidance dealing with the asset-ceiling test under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is set out in IFRIC 14, “The Limit on a Defined Benefit Asset, Minimum Funding Requirements and their Interaction”.That document, issued in 2008, interprets the requirements of IAS 19.When a defined benefit (DB) plan sponsor applies IAS 19, it must first measure the DB obligation using the projected unit credit method and fair value any plan assets on the other.This calculation will produce either a DB asset or liability at the balance sheet date.Where a plan is in surplus, the sponsor will recognise the lower of any surplus and the IAS 19 asset ceiling – that is, the economic benefits available to the entity from the surplus.Paragraph 64 of IAS 19 limits the net DB asset an entity can recognise in its accounts to the lower of the plan surplus or the asset ceiling.IAS 19 defines the asset ceiling as “the present value of any economic benefits available in the form of refunds from the plan or reductions in future contributions to the plan”.Among the jurisdictions potentially affected by the discussion are the UK – which ESMA referred to in its submission to the IFRS IC – Ireland and Canada.Commenting on the discussion, Warren Singer, a consultant actuary with Mercer, said: “Most companies in the UK believe, under IFRIC 14, they can recognise a surplus as an asset because they have an unconditional right to a refund at the end of the life of the plan.“If they agree that with their auditors, the question about future service contributions is irrelevant.“If they don’t, the second route they can take in order to recognise an asset is to say they expect to derive an economic benefit as a reduction in future service contributions.“However, IFRIC 14 says that, when an MFR means you won’t derive the full economic benefit from IAS 19 future service cost, you have to deduct the MFR future service contributions.”He continued: “So then the next question is whether you should you be consistent in the time period you use for the calculation of the IAS 19 future service cost and the MFR future service contributions when applying IFRIC 14.“There are mixed views. It is a rare issue in the UK because most people use the unconditional right to a refund argument. But where it has come up, it can be argued either way.”Speaking during the 24 March discussion, IFRS IC member Tony Debell, a PwC audit partner, argued: “You can’t assume the minimum funding requirement disappears simply because the period of the agreement disappears.“We are saying you should continue to apply the principle that underpins the minimum funding requirement to make assumptions that are consistent between the way you measure the DBO and the way you measure the minimum funding requirement.”Meanwhile, Simon Robinson, a consultant actuary at Aon Hewitt, told IPE he was surprised the question had not been raised earlier.“It is certainly something we in the UK have been talking about,” he said.“When you look at recognising an additional liability under IFRIC 14, or for that matter contributions in respect of future service, the definition of ‘minimum funding requirement’ in the literature is unclear.“In the UK, we have taken it to mean the schedule of contributions agreed between the trustees and the sponsor to make good any deficit.”Typically, a sponsor will agree a schedule of contributions over a 10-year period or so. In practice, however, the schedule is likely to be reviewed every three years or so.In addition, a sponsoring company might be prompted to prepare a new funding valuation and agree a new funding schedule with its trustees because it has benefited from positive investment returns.“The challenge companies face in the UK,” Robinson said, “is the choice between, say, a three-year horizon and the longer timeline for the schedule of contributions.“You could argue that both of those are ‘substantially enacted’. On the one hand, you know with some certainty you are going to carry out a new valuation after three years.“On the other hand, you have a document in your hand at the balance sheet date that tells you that you have agreed a schedule of deficit contributions for the next 10 years.”
However, referee Neil Swarbrick did not feel the incident warranted further action, so neither player will face sanction. Given the Gunners still have to face Manchester United in a five-game battle for a Champions League spot, the news will come as a welcome relief to Arsene Wenger, who was critical of Everton’s robust approach after the goalless draw. The loss of two points was a setback to Arsenal’s chances of making the top four, but midfielder Aaron Ramsey has challenged his team-mates to bounce straight back on Saturday’s trip to Fulham, where they could move five points clear of rivals Tottenham, who would have played two matches fewer ahead of their Sunday clash with FA Cup finalists Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Midfielder Ramsey said: “It is important (to get a five-point gap). We always knew this week was going to be a big one for us. We are still unbeaten in a load of games and hopefully we can finish the week off strongly by getting a win against Fulham. That will put us in a strong position.” Ramsey continued: “It was important for us not to lose against Everton. It didn’t quite happen for us in the final third, but overall we were quite solid. We’re looking forward to the weekend. “We still have a lot of confidence. Tottenham and Chelsea still have tough games. Teams are going to drop points and we are still positive and confident that we can finish in the top four. “We are third at the moment and Chelsea and Tottenham may feel a bit of pressure going into their games to get the three points. The squad is going to be important for us now. Hopefully everyone will stay fit and we can finish the job off.” Mirallas sparked a half-time confrontation at the Emirates Stadium when the Everton midfielder appeared to squirt water at Wilshere as the players made their way off the field. Wilshere, just back from a six-week injury lay-off, reacted angrily and Everton players stepped in to prevent a direct confrontation. The Football Association has decided to take no action over the tunnel bust-up between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas during the stormy Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer. In the standout match so far at London’s O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the world number two, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash. Federer and Djokovic will face off on Thursday in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against the 16-time Grand Slam winner, taking the breath away with some of his inside-out forehands and single-handed backhands Forced to play at his limit, he hit 50 winners compared with Djokovic’s tally of 27 but also racked up 44 unforced errors. “This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practised all my life for, all my childhood for,” Thiem said. “Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, beating a legend of our game. And also I’ve qualified for the semi-finals, which is the best. Coming back from 1-4 (down in the deciding tie-break) was a little bit of luck, but it was an unbelievable match and one I’ll never forget. Novak is the best player in the world and I had to do something special.”In a captivating first set the players swapped a break apiece but Djokovic, a five-time ATP Finals champion, edged the tie-break. Undaunted, Thiem broke his opponent at the first opportunity in the second set and, with Djokovic’s error count climbing, went on to level the match. Thiem also drew first blood in the decider but cracked in the sixth game as Djokovic levelled the match and appeared to have engineered a switch in momentum.Roger Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash and he will face Novak Djokovic. (Image credit: Getty Images)The Austrian successfully challenged at 30-30 in the 10th game after his forehand was ruled out, preventing a match point for Djokovic and he toughed it out to level at 5-5. He then broke Djokovic to love to earn a chance to serve for the match but stumbled and the decider went to a tie-break. Still the drama was not finished. Thiem slipped to 4-1 down but battled back to win it on his second match point when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net.Federer stays aliveThird seed Federer had put himself under the cosh by losing his opening round-robin match to Thiem. The six-time champion was not at his fluent best on Tuesday but ultimately had too much for his Italian opponent. The Swiss upped his game to take the first set tie-break comfortably and broke immediately at the start of the second set to leave the big-serving Berrettini with too much to do. Federer was asked after his win against Berrettini whether his defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon had left emotional or mental scars. “We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side,” said the Swiss. “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”Also Read | Roger Federer Loses To Dominic Thiem, Faces Early Exit From Year-Ending ATP FinalsDjokovic is hunting a sixth ATP Finals title to pull level with Federer’s record and is also seeking to pip Rafael Nadal to the year-end number one ranking. On Monday, top seed Nadal lost his opener in Group Andre Agassi to defending champion Alexander Zverev while Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev.
LUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Newly-appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has warned his charges of the threat posed by his former side Afghanistan, and says execution and consistency will be crucial to success in the upcoming series.West Indies arrived here this week for a six-match limited overs series – three Twenty20 Internationals and One-Day Internationals – but are aware that even though Afghanistan are one of the youngest international sides, they will be dangerous in familiar subcontinent conditions.“It’s a positive thing that I know much about the rivals but they are a young and energetic side who can upset anyone,” cautioned Simmons who stepped down as Afghanistan coach following the ICC World Cup back in July.Over the last many years, they have become quite a confident unit. They will be playing on home turf; it’s not going to be easy for us. We have to make sure we are ready for what comes to us while facing an aggressive opposition.“On both the occasions when Afghanistan beat West Indies, I was their coach, and this time I would like to see things in the reverse order. It would be important to see how the West Indies boys execute plans.”He added: “If we really need to come up in the ladder, we need to have a consistent showing in all the series. We have a new captain (Kieron Pollard) and let’s see what changes he wants to make for the good.”Simmons was named as West Indies coach earlier this coach, returning for his second stint in four years after the first one ended in acrimony.Under his guidance, the Caribbean side captured the T20 World Cup in 2016 but in his absence they have slumped to number 10 in the format – below the Afghanis now ranked eighth – and number nine in ODIs.Simmons, who has penned a four-year contract, said he hoped to see the return of a winning culture during his tenure.“It’s a big responsibility on my shoulders after three years and it is different too,” said Simmons, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs during his career.“I would love to start with what is necessary for now. As a coach I have a goal for myself and I want my team to be a consistent winning unit. West Indies should win more matches instead of losing more matches.”He added: “We have won the World Cup twice and finished runners-up once and now all the stakeholders need to work hard to get things right once again.“It’s about getting the balance right, discipline right. Once we have all this, we can hope for a turn-around in fortunes for West Indies cricket.”West Indies take on Afghanistan in the first ODI here next Wednesday.
Published on April 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm To my freshman-year self:We have a lot to go over about these next four years. Let’s get to it.Understand how lucky you are to accidentally meet the assistant sports editor before school starts. Most of your best friends at The Daily Orange won’t start for months, or even next year.When you finally land that first women’s soccer assignment, don’t believe the SID’s email about the 7:10 a.m. media opportunity at Hookway Field. Go back to bed. You don’t even know where South Campus is. Busses don’t start running until 7:20 a.m. The SID won’t even be there when you finally arrive, anyway. You will just get drenched by a small monsoon as you decide if it’s right to interrupt their practice for your first-ever interviews. Don’t try emailing the head coach and players afterward, either. They won’t respond.You’re not too cool or too good to cover women’s soccer. Don’t act like it. All you’ve done is start a San Francisco Giants blog no one’s heard of. (They’ll hear about it eventually, and you’ll wish they hadn’t.)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDon’t get on the Nob Hill bus. It won’t take you to the women’s ice hockey game downtown.Despite Paul showing up to his first softball game coverage with six pens, two notebooks and a clipboard, don’t resent him for it. You could use a lesson about preparation. Plus, you’re about to spend more time with him over the next four years than you thought you’d ever spend with one person.Unfortunately your best lede is a single letter, and you didn’t even write it.Speaking of softball, don’t write a feature about how many consecutive road games the team plays and get the number wrong. There are only more fact-checking nightmares to come.Relish the baskets you make during Media Cup warmups. It’s the only scoring you’ll do in four years.As you head into sophomore year — sorry the best year of college is already behind you — make more time to cover the field hockey team. Maybe attend more than a couple of games. But hell, they won’t win the national championship for another year anyway.Still make time to go Derek Jeter’s last game in New York. That’ll be worth missing a field hockey game for.Working on the national college football beat will instill the belief that you can actually do this thing. Enjoy it.That phone number you’re ticked about not getting at Race? Things will work out with her.Apply to work in-house as a copy editor. It’s one of the best choices you’ll make (and in some respects, one of the worst).Props for taking a second try at that softball story about consecutive road games. But seriously, don’t get the number wrong again. Count the friggin’ doubleheaders.Climbing The D.O. ranks is laborious and no position better personifies that than assistant sports editor. But the first semester of junior year will be your most formative as a journalist. Just don’t go MIA during the summer. Matt and Sam won’t appreciate that.Interviewing Ian McIntyre, Quentin Hillsman and John Desko will be the most fun you’ll ever have dealing with Syracuse head coaches. Jim Boeheim’s version of fun, as you’ll learn next year, is not most people’s.Always appreciate greatness. Simultaneously watching Connecticut win its fourth consecutive title and SU women’s basketball play in the national championship is the coolest journalistic experience you’ll have in college.The prospects of a Mark Coyle profile sound great, but don’t get too worked up over it. His sights are already set on Minnesota.Congratulations on getting the men’s basketball beat for senior year. Now spend a little more time preparing for it and a little less time watching the Giants lose in September and October.Stay sharp around Boeheim. Don’t apologize for calling him Jim instead of coach, even when he belittles you for it. When Boeheim openly condemns the “intrepid Daily Orange” for incorrectly predicting three blowout losses against Duke, tell him he’s wrong.Digest every corner of the country The D.O. affords you the opportunity to see. Take pictures, eat good food and take pictures of the good food. That Ford Escape is going to roam about 4,814 miles of highway (sorry, Mom and Dad) en route to New York City, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Louisville and elsewhere for men’s basketball games.Lastly: Regret nothing, find humor wherever you can and have the time of your life.Connor Grossman is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @connorgrossman.– 30 – Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AC Milan and Kevin-Prince Boateng are preparing for a parting of the ways this summer, with the Ghana international seeking a way out of San Siro.While Boateng has been one of the most positive additions on the whole during Massimiliano Allegri’s three-year reign as Milan coach, his performances in 2012-13 have been largely underwhelming.Boateng would also prefer to be used in an offensive role, but he has been utilised in a number of positions by Allegri in his 33 appearances this season, leading the 26-year-old to become disillusioned by his coaches’ rotation policy.As a result, Goal understands that the Rossoneri will encourage bids in the region of €15 million for the midfielder.Manchester City officials have monitored Boateng on more than one occasion this season, but both Malaga star Isco and Shakhtar’s Fernandinho, with whom talks are said to be at an ‘advanced stage’, are seen as more viable options this summer.Former club Tottenham are said to have maintained interest in the player they originally signed from Hertha Berlin in 2007. Boateng played only 14 games in two years at White Hart Lane before moving on to Portsmouth, but he remains fond of London. If Boateng’s valuation can be met, then both the club and player are keen on an amicable separation at the end of the season.
LU VERNE — A Johnson County man accused of murdering an Algona woman at a bank in the Kossuth County town of Lu Verne has pleaded not guilty. 35-year-old Valentino Williams of Coralville was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the December 4th killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr of Algona. Williams is accused of shooting Weisharr multiple times outside of the Security State Bank. Weisharr died at the scene. Prosecutors say Williams was on parole, drove across the state in a rental car, and fatally shot Weisharr during the bank robbery. Williams was scheduled to have his arraignment hearing next Monday in Kossuth County District Court, but online court records indicate that he filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Wednesday. District Judge Don Courtney scheduled Williams’ trial to start on February 11th. If convicted of first-degree murder, Williams would face life in prison without the opportunity for parole.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in a January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached the £450 million ($639 million, 514 million euros) mark come deadline day.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of around £56 million on Wednesday’s concluding day of business, with Olivier Giroud moving to Chelsea as part of a complicated transfer jigsaw. The previous EPL record for a January window was £225 million in 2011.Prior to Wednesday’s 2300 GMT deadline in England, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain but Manchester City pulled out of signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.Top Premier League clubs have splashed the cash in the January transfer window, desperate to qualify for the top four, which guarantees entry into the lucrative Champions League.Aubameyang, 28, signed a contract with the Gunners until 2021, becoming Arsenal’s second big-name signing of the January transfer window after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from Manchester United.His arrival will boost Arsene Wenger’s forward options after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to United in a swap deal with Mkhitaryan but raises questions about Alexandre Lacazette’s future with the Gunners. The prolific Aubameyang compared himself to club legend Thierry Henry, telling Arsenal Player he was attracted by the “big history” of the club, who lost ground in the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat by Swansea on Tuesday.– ‘Crazy’ –The Gabon international will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan — a tweet on Arsenal’s Twitter account pictured the two players together with the message “Friends reunited”.Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the circumstances surrounding his departure from Germany but describing himself as “crazy”.“Perhaps it was not the best way for me to have decided, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy,” Aubameyang said.“I never had any bad intentions. I will never forget these four-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund.”? Erstes BVB-Training für @mbatshuayi! pic.twitter.com/vKfZXYlBzC— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018Chelsea later announced the arrival of Arsenal striker Giroud on an 18-month contract for around £18 million and Michy Batshuayi’s departure for Borussia Dortmund in a loan deal until the end of the season.Frenchman Giroud, 31, who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot since joining Arsenal in 2012, said he was delighted to be joining their London rivals.Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2