By Jason PeevyUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia has established an endowedprofessorship in the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences honoring legendary horticulturist and retired UGAprofessor Michael A. Dirr.The Michael A. Dirr Professorship for Woody Plant Instruction andIntroduction was approved by the University of System of GeorgiaBoard of Regents at its September meeting. It’s based in the CAESDepartment of Horticulture.The professorship has been filled by David Knauft, former CAESassociate dean for academic affairs. Knauft will maintain a woodyplant breeding and development program that supports theinterests of the horticulture industry.CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle said Dirr is one of theforemost authorities in woody ornamentals.“Dirr’s influence has left a mark on the horticulture industryand on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesthat will not soon be forgotten,” he said. “I’m very pleased thathis love for plants will remain at UGA through this professorshipand through Dr. Knauft.”Now retired and living in North Carolina, Dirr ran a roadsidefruit and vegetable stand as a child. That interest evolved intohis passion for horticulture.Dirr received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees inornamental horticulture operation and management from Ohio StateUniversity in 1966 and 1971 and a Ph.D. in plant physiology fromthe University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972.In 1979, he became the director of the State Botanical Garden ofGeorgia, where he was instrumental in raising $3 million for thenew Visitor’s Center/Conservatory Complex and charted a coursefor a plant collections development. He returned to teaching andresearch at UGA in 1981 and was promoted to professor in ’84.Dirr has published more than 300 scientific and popularpublications and has authored or coauthored seven books. His”Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” is the most widely adoptedteaching and reference text in the country and has sold more than250,000 copies.With Charles Heuser, professor of horticultural physiology atPenn State University, Dirr also produced “The Reference Manualof Woody Plant Propagation,” which has become the standardreference for plant propagators.Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” was honored by theAmerican Horticultural Society as one of the great garden booksof the past 75 years.(Jason Peevy is the capital campaign communicationscoordinator with the University of Georgia.)
German-based utility VNG AG, is exploring strategic options including “a strategic partner” for its oil and gas exploration and production business in Norway and Denmark, VNG Norge AS.The company on Thursday said it engaged Citigroup to assist VNG AG in the evaluation of different options.“As VNG AG sees long term value creation potential in the E&P-business, the main objectives are to maximize the value of VNG Norge and to support further growth to position the shareholding as a leading player on the Norwegian Continental Shelf together with a strategic partner,” VNG said.VNG’s Norwegian subsidiary being reviewed has recently filed a development plan for the Fenja field in the Norwegian Sea. It is the operator of the field with a 30 percent stake, with partners being Point Resources (45%) and Faroe Petroleum Norge (25%).Reuters in November 2017 reported VNG was looking to sell VNG Norge for up to $500 million.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to VNG to ask what options are being considered now, and whether those included a potential sale of its Fenja field stake, or a sale of the whole subsidiary.The spokesperson said: “No, we are not looking to sell down parts of ownership in Fenja or other assets. The main objective is to maximize the value of VNG Norge AS and support the further growth. That’s why we are looking for a strategic partner to realize this plan together.”As for the reports of the possible sale of the company, the spokesperson said it couldn’t comment on that.As for the Fenja field, the partners are planning to invest NOK 10.2 billion ($1.2B), with planned production start in 2021. The production period is expected to be 16 years. The field contains recoverable resources of approximately 100 million barrels oil equivalents, mostly oil.Overall, at the end of 2017, VNG Norge held interests in 32 licenses in Norway, two in Denmark and participated in five producing fields and in three field developments. VNG was earlier this week offered 8 offshore blocks in Norway as part of the APA 2017 licensing round – two as operator, six as a partner.The company, based in Stavanger and Oslo, has approximately 100 employees and generated sales of approximately €365 million in 2016.Offshore Energy Today Staff
NZ Herald 22 March 2018Family First Comment: “Violent child abusers should not get a ‘grounding’ at home (home detention) when the child victim gets a long-term sentence of both physical and emotional harm. This offender-friendly sentence sends a dangerous message and sets a dangerous precedent – we simply don’t value the protection of vulnerable young children – based on the response of our justice system.” – Family FirstNew Zealand has the worst rate of family and intimate-partner violence in the world. Eighty per cent of incidents go unreported — so what we know of family violence in our community is barely the tip of the iceberg.A family safety advocacy group have asked the Crown Solicitor and Justice Minster Andrew Little to review the home detention sentence given to a man who brutally beat his 9-month-old son and partner, including when she was pregnant.The Herald revealed today that the Waikato 20-year-old had avoided jail and was instead sentenced to nine months’ home detention and 160 hours of community service for the vicious attack in February last year.He was also sentenced for earlier attacks on his then-partner and her sister.The man cannot be named for legal reasons.His son, a young victim of crime, cannot be identified under the Criminal Procedures Act, so his father’s name and face cannot be published.This morning Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie told the Herald he had written to the Crown and Little asking for a review of the sentence.He said the sentence was “grossly inadequate”.“We would also call on the Crown to review and appeal this decision,” he said.The Herald asked police yesterday morning if they were considering an appeal.A full response is yet to be received.“Most New Zealanders will read about this sentence of just home detention and think that it is ‘fake news’ – a cruel joke,” McCoskrie said in his letter.“Yet it is the sad reality, and a weak and dangerous sentence for a shocking attack involving hospitalisation with lacerations around the baby’s mouth, welts on both sides of his head, multiple cheekbone fractures, a torn bottom lip and tongue and facial grazes of a little 9-month-old.“The offender also assaulted the baby’s mother with a weapon.“This was not a one-off event. The man had also assaulted the mother of his children on multiple occasions in 2015.“The judge attempted to mitigate the horrendous offences by referring to his alcohol abuse and relationship difficulties by saying “that does not excuse your behaviour, but it provides context for it’.”McCoskrie said the judge should have considered only one context: “The message has to be clear – if you violently abuse a child, the full weight of the law will be used against you.“Violent child abusers should not get a ‘grounding’ at home when the child victim gets a long-term sentence of both physical and emotional harm.“This offender-friendly sentence sends a dangerous message and sets a dangerous precedent – we simply don’t value the protection of vulnerable young children – based on the response of our justice system.”McCoskrie said the finger was “often pointed at communities to do more and speak up”.“But politicians and the legal system must also reflect the revulsion that New Zealand families have towards the violent murders of defenceless and vulnerable children,” he said.“The wrong message is being sent to society as to how much value is placed on the life of a child.“This is just another example.He called on the Crown to urgently appeal the sentence.“People who murder and maim our children need to know that children will be afforded greater protection by the judiciary,” he said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12017907 Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
BiH athletic team will participate at the European Championship which is being held in Banska Bistrica in Slovakia, reports sportsport.baAthletes will be accompanied by managers Kada Delić-Selimović and Nebojša Matijević.Athletes: Benjamin Abdulahović, Ilija Cvijetić, Boris Davidović, Borislav Dragoljević, Anes Hodžić, Sait Huseinbašić, Osman Junuzović, Sreto Krstić, Milan Lukač, Dejan Mileusnić, Abedin Mijezinović, Armin Mujić, Mesud Pezer, Miroslav Rogić, Haris Selimović, Bojan Stanišić i Amel Tuka;Gorana Cvijetić, Kanita Bilić, Biljana Cvijanović, Svjetlana Graorac, Melika Kasumović, Emina Konjić, Ivana Macanović, Tanja Marković, Milica Ožegović, Mladena Petrušić, Vanja Sapić, Gorana Tešanović, Melisa Zukan i Rahima Zukić.Twelve countries will participate at this tournament: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldavia, and so-called team of micro countries.