Village of Estero looking to add vibrant welcome signs to US 41

first_imgAdvertisementTags: EsteroVillage of EsteroWelcome sign Lee County School district closer to building new Estero elementary and middle school May 27, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Estero approves ordinance that would ban panhandlers from medians June 16, 2021 Advertisement Estero man sentenced to seven years for child porn June 2, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img Advertisement“There’s just a sign on 41 that just says Estero, the green sign, I think with a bridge sign, saying ‘hey you are in Estero,’ that would show the distinct line between Fort Myers and Estero,” Caylin Case, who lives in Estero, said.Right now, the only markers are green signs along US 41. The Village is planning on having four signs at the north and south entrances to US 41 and Three Oaks Parkway. “You don’t even know you are in Estero. You can kind of just pass over on your way to Bonita,” Case said.  Advertisement ESTERO, Fla. — It can sometimes be hard to know exactly where you are or what town you are in when driving down US 41. The Village of Estero is looking to change that. Their plan is to add brightly colored and detailed monument signs to roadways in the Village, welcoming people to Estero. “I don’t think they advertise what they have well enough. I was lucky to find it, but just traveling the area, you can easily pass Estero before you know it,” Doug Gillam, a visitor from Ohio, said.Last year, the Village hired a consultant to come up with a new logo for the Village. On Wednesday, the council agreed to start with a design for the monument sign.  RELATEDTOPICS Estero looks to crack down on panhandling with new pedestrian safety ordinance June 3, 2021last_img read more

July wellness seminars focus on remote work and coping during a crisis

first_imgPublished: June 15, 2020 CU Boulder’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is offering weekly wellness seminars in July focused on mental and emotional well being during challenging times. Programs provide practical tools participants can practice and apply to their daily lives.Wellness Series SeminarsJuly 8: Movement as Medicine: Ergonomics for a Healthy Body – Sponsored by Elevations Credit UnionJuly 15: How to Cope with Anxiety During a CrisisJuly 21: Leadership in Action: Supporting a psychologically healthy workplace for a remote workforceJuly 27: Work/Life Balance: When working from home has become the new normalFor more information about each program and to register, visit the Self-Care Workshops page.FSAP is dedicated to serving the emotional and psychological needs of the campus community by providing free services to CU Boulder faculty and staff. To learn more, visit the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program page. Categories:HR NewsTags:Virtual Learningself-carelast_img read more

Prime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Well tried Asafa

first_imgPrime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Well tried Asafa SportAugust 5, 2012 RelatedPrime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Well tried Asafa Advertisements RelatedPrime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Well tried Asafacenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Earlier today, the nation stood with pride at the playing of our National Anthem, and the hoisting of the National Flag of Jamaica for our female athletes, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown, as they collected their gold and bronze medals respectively for their performances in the 100 metre women’s finals at the London Olympics. Then, a few minutes ago, the world stood still as three Jamaican male athletes, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake went into the blocks for the men’s 100 metre finals. The performance of Bolt and Blake, in capturing the Gold and the Silver, was sheer brilliance. I congratulate Usain Bolt on setting a new Olympic record, a truly magnificent performance. I also congratulate Asafa for making the 100 metre finals at the Olympics for the third time, and regret his injury which prevented him from performing at the level for which he has prepared so hard. Of the six medals available in the 100 metre men’s and 100 metre women’s finals, Jamaica has captured four. This performance of our men and women demonstrates, once again, that Jamaica is more than a name, more than a brand: it is the pride a people. My heartiest congratulations go out to our team – the athletes, sports administrators, coaches, managers, doctors, and physiotherapists – everyone who has contributed to this success. RelatedPrime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Well tried Asafalast_img read more

Study shows brief mindful meditation reduces racial bias

first_imgThis research builds on many other studies investigating the connection between mindful awareness and discrimination; however, it is distinct in showing that even very brief exposure to general mindfulness exercises can contribute to reducing implicit bias. The ten minute audio consisted of guiding the listener to become aware of body sensations and thoughts without judgement. No reference was made to race or equality or any other teaching-based content.Leuke and Gibson’s findings suggest that mindfulness — the simple practice of focusing attention on felt experience and thought — has the potential to bypass unconscious negative judgements and foster fair treatment and equality.  The authors claim that this study provides evidence of mindfulness as a technique for improving race relations:“Through extended practice, mindfulness can possibly bring us closer to each other in a more profound way, a way in which we see each other truly and as possessing the same innate qualities and essence that we ourselves possess.” Share on Facebook Email Pinterest Racially prejudiced behavior can be significantly reduced by a brief mindful meditation practice, according to a February 2016 study published by the journal Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.  Extensive research has shown that even people who value equality and diversity exhibit negative reactions to people of different races.  These subtle biased responses are called implicit associations and they occur automatically, outside of conscious awareness.  Multiple studies have found negative unconscious attitudes to be associated with discriminatory behavior including bias in hiring decisions, communication, and trust in social interactions.  With such serious consequences at stake, it is critical to understand how to move beyond implicit associations that can negatively affect decision making- without our consent or awareness.Social psychology researchers Adam Leuke, Ph.D. and Bryan Gibson, Ph.D. from the University of Central Michigan found that ten minutes of mindful meditation significantly lowered racially biased behavior.  The study consisted of 124 White undergraduate students who played a computer game developed to assess how trust-based decision making was influenced by the race of other players.  The participants who listened to a guided mindful meditation practice prior to playing the game were significantly more likely to trust partners equally; they favored White individuals 3% more than Black individuals. The participants who listened to control audio exhibited more racial bias by trusting White partners 14% more than Black partners.center_img Share LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Dairy exports strong in September

first_imgSeptember yields small ag trade surplusOverall, U.S. ag trade turned in a small surplus in September: Exports were valued at $10.3 billion, while ag imports were estimated at $10.1 billion, resulting in a $220 million trade surplus.With September’s total, fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019) ag trade surplus was about $4.6 billion. Exports totaled $135.6 billion; imports were valued at $130.9 billion.advertisementDairy heifer exports: Surge coming in fourth quarterLooking at other export categories followed by Progressive Dairy, it was another slow month for exports of U.S. dairy replacement heifers, although prospects for the final quarter are brightening substantially.September sales fell to 920 head. Of that total, shipments to Mexico and Canada were almost evenly split at 440 and 439 head, respectively. Another 41 heifers moved to Colombia.Year-to-date dairy heifer exports stand at 9,950 head, the smallest nine-month number since 2016 and the second smallest total for that period since 2009.September dairy heifer exports were valued at about $1.4 million, raising the year-to-date total to about $16.4 million, also the lowest nine-month total since 2016.The U.S. should see a jump in dairy heifer exports when the USDA releases October and November totals in early December, according to Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri. His company shipped 1,745 head of Holstein heifers to Pakistan, departing Oct. 22 and set to arrive Nov. 19.Two shipments (from separate companies) totaling more than 4,000 head were set to depart for Egypt in October and November, and Clayton’s company has a shipment of 3,000 head moving to Egypt in early December.advertisementThe end of the year is traditionally a time when dairy cattle exports rebound, and that’s being aided by an increasing global demand for animal protein, said Gerardo Quaassdorff, T.K. Exports Inc., Boston, Virginia.“The future of exporting dairy and beef heifers looks better compared to the beginning of the year due to the renewed interest in consuming more milk products in emerging markets [China, Russia, Pakistan, central Asian countries and Vietnam] and the desire to eat more animal protein from large ruminants,” he said.However, despite reports that Russia is importing large numbers of dairy cattle to improve its dairy self-sufficiency, the U.S. isn’t benefiting from that opportunity. That’s because Russia requires a four-generation-deep pedigree on imported cattle. Quassdorff said U.S. cattle exporters are working with U.S. breed associations to overcome that obstacle.“As an industry, we are pushing for the adoption and acceptance of genomic testing in those countries that offer [buyer] subsidies on purebred cattle with papers,” he said. “So far, countries like Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS, part of the former Soviet Union] are not changing their regulations. The U.S. breed association should enter in negotiations with those emerging markets to persuade them to accept and adopt the entire Registered Holstein Ancestry percentage system so a majority of U.S. Holstein heifer population may qualify for exports and subsidies at the importing country.”Due to the distance to foreign markets, transportation costs from the U.S. are higher than European and Australian supplier, making U.S. dairy heifers more expensive. On the other hand, the U.S. has plenty of dairy and beef heifers to supply those emerging markets year-round, Quassdorff said.China pushes alfalfa exports upSeptember alfalfa hay exports surged to 245,147 metric tons (MT), the highest monthly volume since June 2017. September’s total pushed the 2019 year-to-date total to just under 2 million MT, ahead of last year’s sales pace.Based on USDA records, sales to China at 97,371 MT were also the highest since June 2017. Purchases by the UAE were the highest since April, and sales to South Korea were the highest of the year. That offset slight declines in sales to Saudi Arabia and Japan.Meanwhile, exports of other hay slipped to 111,151 MT, the second-lowest monthly total for the year, even though September shipments to Japan, South Korea and the UAE were up from August. Year-to-date exports of other hay nudged above 1 million MT, also ahead of last year’s pace.Just returning from a trip to South Korea and Japan, Christy Mastin, international sales manager with Eckenberg Farms Inc., Mattawa, Washington, said U.S. hay export companies have been busy seeking sales. There are two areas of focus for exporters.The first concern is whether there is enough volume of exportable new-crop alfalfa to supply customers. In China, a rollback in tariffs to 7% on U.S. alfalfa has increased demand for all grades, bringing brokers and direct-buying companies back in the market, and it may be difficult to fill all requests, Mastin said.Although supplies of rained-on and feeder hay are more plentiful, 2019 weather conditions hampered harvest of high-quality hay. In addition to export demand and tightening alfalfa supplies, early snowfall in the U.S. at the end of September has increased domestic demand from buyers concerned about how cold and long the winter will be.The second area of focus for exporters is carryover and large new-crop supplies of lower-quality timothy. Most foreign customers are asking for higher-quality timothy at the same price or less than last year. Suppliers are reducing prices of the lower-quality timothy in an attempt to move it.For more on hay exports and market conditions, check out Progressive Forage’s Forage Market Insights update.   U.S. dairy product export volumes in September 2019 surged ahead of year-ago levels for the first time since October 2018, propelled by sales of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) and cheese. Here’s a summary of the numbers from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC):advertisementadvertisementVolume basis: U.S. suppliers shipped 170,731 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat in September, up 2% from last year. Exports of NDM/SMP hit a 16-month high, aided by a surge in shipments to Mexico and Southeast Asia. With European Union intervention stocks mostly moved through the global supply chain, buyers increasingly turned to the U.S. for powder.Cheese exports at 27,433 tons were up 12% from a year earlier, even though U.S. benchmark prices were well above world indicators. Gains were led by sales to Mexico, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Korea.In contrast, total whey exports were down 11% from last year, as sales to China were depressed due to retaliatory tariffs and African swine fever’s impact on the need for hog feed supplementation. Lactose exports were down 7% and the lowest in seven months.Value basis: The value of all dairy product exports was $508.8 million, up 17% from a year earlier and the highest total since May 2019.Total milk solids basis: U.S. exports were equivalent to 15.3% of U.S. milk solids production in September (Table 1). Exports accounted for 14.2% of production in the first nine months of the year.center_img Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave [email protected]last_img read more