Renovator certification


first_imgPainters, carpenters and home renovators will benefit by attending a training Aug. 31 in Savannah that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.Offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Greenville Tech, the training will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and be tested at the end of the class. Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.The cost of the course is $260 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/training/lead_training.php.last_img read more

AC Milan to offer two players in swap for Lucas Torreira as Arsenal identify replacement


first_imgAdvertisement The former Sampdoria midfielder is thought to be keen on a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are prepared to offer two players to Arsenal in exchange for Lucas Torreira, though any deal will be dependent on the Gunners signing a replacement first.While the Uruguayan is not agitating for a move away from the Emirates this summer, he is open to returning to Italy and would be keen to reunite with old Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo at San Siro.But Arsenal would expect a big profit on the £26m they paid for Torreira last summer if they are to let him leave, and Milan will struggle to meet those demands. Rodriguez, who is still only 26, laid on three assists in 35 Serie A outings last season (Getty)Gazzetta also report that Arsenal will only let Torreira leave if they land a replacement first, and the Gunners have identified Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos as the ideal successor.The Spaniard is highly rated by Emery and Real need to sell after splashing the cash on signings this summer; the Liga giants want £45m, though a compromise will likely be found, and the prospect of bringing in both Rodriguez and Ceballos could tempt Arsenal to let Torreira go.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Torreira recently revealed his struggles in adapting to life in England (Picture: Reuters)According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian club are therefore willing to include two players in a deal: midfielder Franck Kessie and left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMilan’s willingness to include Kessie in a deal has already been reported, though the Serie A side’s valuation of around £35m – coupled with Arsenal’s interest in other midfielders – could prove to be a stumbling block.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Rossoneri are more optimistic about Rodriguez being accepted as part of a player-plus-cash deal, however, with Milan ‘convinced’ that the player is exactly what Unai Emery is looking for.Arsenal are in the market for a new left-back this summer, with Nacho Monreal expected to leave, and Rodriguez’s attacking intent and versatility – also capable of playing as a wing-back – is a good fit for Emery. AC Milan to offer two players in swap for Lucas Torreira as Arsenal identify replacementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 10:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link857Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

European supervisors warn of risks in valuing illiquid assets


first_imgThe report said: “Risks resulting from low interest rates and search for yield remain unchanged.”The fragile economic recovery is still hitting profitability in the financial sector, it said.It added that market uncertainty linked to Greece’s financial situation had led to capital controls, high market volatility and renewed risks to the cohesion of the euro area, though it noted that a pact between Greece and the other euro-area countries had mitigated immediate risks.Reduced corporate bond market liquidity has exposed asset managers to valuation risks, the report said, adding that managers also face risks because they are investing more in illiquid assets. The authorities said worries about asset managers’ liquidity risks could get in the way of plans to spur economic growth by channelling funds managed by institutional investors to SMEs.Supervisors need to scrutinise efforts to clean up balance sheets and look closely to see how sustainable financial entities’ business models are, in order to manage current risks and make asset owners more able to lend, the report said.“A clear picture of institutions’ earnings potentials, funding mixes and strategies is crucial,” it said. “Promotion of rigorous valuation of assets and liabilities and transparency in the disclosure of valuation risk is essential to discourage mis-valuation tendencies.”They said regulators should go ahead with plans to support market-based funding by, for example, making suitable rules for non-bank loan origination models.They should also support “adequate, transparent and harmonised marketing of investment products”. Three European supervisory authorities have jointly warned that there are still risks in EU financial markets and said that action needed to be taken, particularly to counter the valuation risks that exist in illiquid markets.In their Joint Committee Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU financial system for August, the European Supervisory Authorities for securities (ESMA), banking (EBA) and insurance and occupational pensions (EIOPA) said risks resulting from low interest rates, the search for yield and low profitability of financial institutions were still there.These risks are just as severe as reported in the March 2015 report, they said.There are also risks related to lower market liquidity and their possible implications for asset managers, according to the supervisors’ latest assessment.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall Short To Lady Trojans In SEI Tourney Championship


first_imgThe 8th Grade Batesville Lady Bulldogs fell in the SEI Tournament Championship game to a very talented Sunman-Dearborn Lady Trojans by a score of 55-29.The Lady Bulldogs could not get their offense going early and that was all the Lady Trojans needed to get the lead that they never gave away. Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were lead by Makayla Granger with 9 points.  Other scorers for the Lady Bulldogs were Emma Weiler with 7, Tiffany Hawker added 6, Megan Meyer tallied 4, Jadyn Harrington and Sophie Myers each had 2, and Madelyn Pohlman added 1.  The Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a record of 12 wins and 4 loses.The Lady Trojans were lead offensively by Caitlyn Dick with 17.  Other scorers for the Lady Trojans were Josie Trabel with 16, Brooke Carpenter added 12, Laney Baker and Julia Tieman each had 4, and Bailey Ensinger with 1.Congratulations to the Lady Trojans.The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles defeated The South Ripley Lady Raiders 30-20 to win The 7th Grade Crown.last_img read more

Recruiting stars don’t always align right


first_imgRecruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program.With national signing day coming up Wednesday, prepare to hear the recruiting news spewing across every sports media platform.You’ll hear which team has the best incoming class, which teams missed out, which teams did the best at what positions and so on.Your appetite for arbitrary rankings — a specialty of college football — will be satisfied.You’ll hear who Rivals.com says got the top class and who landed the most of ESPNU’s top 150 players.You’ll be seeing stars, likely three, four and five at a time.My advice: Do not get too excited one way or the other.In fact, you would be better off dismissing the ridiculous rundowns of rankings as soon as you hear them.Everyone will tell you recruiting is inexact, especially in football.In sports like basketball, where one individual can have a much greater impact, the odds are much better. Kids sometimes start getting recruited as early as middle school.If a basketball player has the size and the skill set, chances are he’ll pan out at whichever college he chooses (and then, of course, jump ship to the NBA after one season).Or, at least, there’s a greater chance the basketball player will pan out than a football recruit who seems to have the same level of qualifications; so many factors always weigh in.There is greater competition for playing time, which usually means a longer delay before seeing action. Plus, football is so much more of a physical game that top recruits sometimes either cannot keep up or are derailed by injuries.These recruiting misses are not limited to one sport.But they don’t seem to stick out as much in other sports as in college football, primarily because of the frenzy that accompanies each recruiting cycle.Hindsight will always reveal each year’s booms and busts. ESPN.com just took a rear-view mirror look at the class of 2007 and, not surprisingly, the discrepancy between the rankings then and how the players actually panned out is huge.USC landed 10 of ESPNU’s 150, which gave the Trojans the honor of being named the top recruiting class that year.Then-coach Pete Carroll landed the top three prospects in the nation: running back Joe McKnight (No. 1), linebacker Chris Galippo (No. 2) and running back Marc Tyler (No. 3). The class also included quarterback Aaron Corp (No. 33) and receiver Ronald Johnson (No. 47).In 2007, you would have thought that by grabbing the two top running backs and the top linebacker, the Trojans would be primed for greatness on both sides of the ball by now.But you never know which way the football will bounce.McKnight was a solid presence in USC’s backfield, yet despite his ability, he never emerged as a game-changing player.The New York Jets selected him in the fourth round in last year’s draft, but his USC career ended far below expectations.Galippo struggled with injuries early in his career, then was a Butkus Award semifinalist in 2009 before losing his starting spot for part of 2010 and finishing the season with 29 tackles.Galippo could still redeem himself with a breakout season in 2011.Tyler came into USC with a broken ankle and then battled more injuries, but he is coming off his best and most complete season.As a result, he could be set for a big 2011, when he will almost certainly be the featured running back.Then there’s Corp, formerly known as the fifth-best quarterback recruit in the country.He lost the starting job to then-freshman Matt Barkley, had an awful performance in his only start of the year and then ingloriously transferred to Richmond.Meanwhile, Cam Newton, who began his career at Florida, was ranked No. 58 by ESPNU.Sure, it took him a few transfers and a little fatherly direction to land at Auburn, but you can’t argue with a Heisman trophy and a national title.You get the point by now.No matter what hype a kid brings to his college campus, there is no guarantee he’ll pan out on the field.Forty-yard dash times and high school touchdown totals lead to scholarships, but they don’t necessarily amount to success.That being said, USC’s prospective recruiting class is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 6 by Scout.com and No. 4 by ESPN. And the Trojans’ class includes eight ESPNU150 signees.Book me a seat at the 2013 BCS National Championship!“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Josh at [email protected]last_img read more

Nandlall to lead defence in law books fiasco


first_imgFormer Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minster Anil Nandlall who appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, was instructed to lead his defence on December 6, 2018, by Magistrate Fabayo Azore, after she adjudged that the evidence provided by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was enough for him to face the charge which alleges that he stole some 14 Commonwealth law books worth $2.3 million.SOCU’s Prosecutor, Patrice Henry presented on behalf of the State, meanwhile defence Attorney Glenn Hanoman informed the court that it is expected to have former President Donald Ramotar as a witness into the matter.The former Attorney General was on April 27, 2017, released on self-bail after heFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallwas charged for fraudulently acquiring and converting Commonwealth law books to his own use and benefits, property of the State.On April 24 2017, Nandlall was called in to SOCU headquarters for questioning in relation to the Commonwealth law books. The day after his detainment, the attorney took to the High Court and filed legal proceedings against Attorney General Basil Williams, SC, to prove that the 14 law books are his property.Following the legal arguments in court, the Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George had granted the conservatory order, restraining officers of SOCU and the Guyana Police Force from seizing or detaining the said books.Nandlall had explained to the media that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar. However, two days later, on April 27, 2017, Nandlall was arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge instituted by members of SOCU.Nandlall continues to maintain that the accusation laid against him by SOCU was instigated by Attorney General Basil Williams because he [Nandlall] continues to criticise his [Willams’] performance.Nandlall has previously explained that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports. Insisting that nothing was abnormal about the practice, the former AG had argued that it was done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.He had expressed awareness that for decades prior, the Government had paid for professional and technical publications, journals, periodicals, magazines. This, he said, had been done for Ministers as well as professional and technical personnel.last_img read more