Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Email [email protected] take control of the companies from those currently responsible take steps to protect the companies’ assets provide a point of contact for those who have had dealings with the companies Twitter Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Press Office Halifax Mannin Ltd and Hey Design Services Ltd have been placed in provisional liquidation following a hearing at the High Court on 18 December 2018.This followed applications issued by the Insolvency Service on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.Halifax Mannin’s registered office is in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, and Hey Design Services’ registered office is in Birmingham.The Official Receiver has been appointed as the provisional liquidator and has responsibilities to protect the companies’ assets pending the outcome of a petition to wind up the companies in the public interest.As provisional liquidator the Official Receiver will: The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the affairs of the companies to protect assets including any third party, or trust monies, or assets in the possession of, or under the control of the companies.The cases are now subject to High Court action and no further information will be made available until the petitions are heard on 1 March 2019.All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the companies should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2 Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN.Notes to editorsHalifax Mannin Ltd – company registration number 10894972 – was incorporated on 2 August 2017. The company’s registered office is at The Old Police House, Trawsfynydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4RW.Hey Design Services Ltd – company registration number 09851082 – was incorporated on 2 November 2015. The company’s registered office is at 22 Ellerton Road, Birmingham B44 0QD.The petitions were presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986. The Official Receiver was appointed as provisional liquidator of the companies on 18 December 2018 by HHJ Halliwell, a Judge of the High Court.Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service, uses powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Further information about live company investigations is available here.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available here.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498 LinkedIn YouTube
Did famine worsen the Black Death? ‘Outbreak Week’ opens with talk on how diseases often spread unchecked The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Ice-core evidence suggests people were weakened before horrific disease swept Europe Related New research on one of history’s most devastating plagues shows that it spread farther than previously believed, reaching post–Roman Britain, and provides new information about the plague bacteria’s evolution during a pandemic that lasted more than 200 years.The work, conducted by an interdisciplinary team from Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, covered 21 archaeological sites across Europe and the Mediterranean that date to the time of the Justinianic Plague, which first struck in 541 A.D. and returned in multiple waves until 750.Samples taken from human remains at the sites were examined for the DNA of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium known to cause the plague, which centuries later swept across Europe in perhaps history’s most famous pandemic, the Black Death, which may have killed as many as half of all Europeans.Though less widely known, the Justinianic plague is believed to have been nearly as deadly. It began during the reign of Emperor Justinian, who ruled the Roman Empire’s eastern portion from his capital in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), after the fall of Rome and the western portion of the empire. The pandemic centered on Constantinople and ports around the Mediterranean. Though reports from the time say the first plague outbreak killed half the population, scholars of the era disagree on its impact. Some argue that, though deadly, it played little role in shaping the society and the economy. Others argue that it had the potential for history-altering impacts on a wide array of human activities.Such impacts, however, remain unproven and are the subject of active investigation by the research team, which includes historians, archaeologists, and experts in ancient DNA under the auspices of the 20-month-old Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM).,In the work, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reconstructed eight new Y. pestis genomes from the samples gathered from sites in modern-day France, Germany, Spain, and Great Britain. The genomes provided further confirmation that it was indeed the plague — known in its various forms as bubonic, septicemic, or pneumonic — that swept the Mediterranean during Justinian’s time. Though the cause of the pandemic had long been debated, plague was confirmed as the likely causative factor in 2013 and again in 2016 when researchers announced they’d identified Y. pestis genomes in graves in Bavaria dated to that period.Two of the sites in the current study are on the Mediterranean coast — one in France and one in Spain — providing important confirmation of plague bacterium in the coastal region where it is believed to have had its biggest impact, according to Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, steering committee chair of the Harvard Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, and co-director of MHAAM. Those samples were taken from sites identified as promising by Harvard students in McCormick’s graduate seminar.Historians got the work going, scouring written records of the time for mass graves in heavily populated areas, and multiple or apparently hurried burials in smaller villages. In one case, for example, six bodies were laid in a long trench left by the prior theft of foundation stones, an interment, McCormick said, that smacked of an emergency burial in a convenient hole. Three of the six skeletons found on the French coast northwest of Marseilles still held Y. pestis DNA.The genetic analysis was conducted by scientists at the Max Planck Institute, including lead authors Marcel Keller and Maria Spyrou, and showed that there was genetic diversity among different plague strains during the pandemic’s two centuries. It also highlighted the bacterium’s evolution over time, as samples taken later in the pandemic showed a deletion of genes related to two virulence factors.“This study shows the potential of paleogenomic research for understanding historical and modern pandemics by comparing genomes across millennia,” Johannes Krause, director of the Max Planck Institute and co-director of the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, said in a statement.Researchers from various disciplines gathered early on to collaboratively identify key questions and brainstorm potential paths of investigation. Then, once historians identified likely sites where plague victims might be buried, archaeologists visited to uncover samples that were then turned over to ancient DNA experts for DNA extraction, reconstruction, and analysis. In the process, McCormick said, graduate students and undergraduates from Harvard and Germany who worked on the project learned to cross disciplinary boundaries and “speak the languages of history, archaeology, and genetics to each other, as naturally as earlier generations of scholars learned Latin and Greek.”,“It’s really about working together right from the beginning as a team,” McCormick said. “It’s a fantastic example of how we can get new results that are really important in a debate that, kind of paradoxically, is heating up right now about whether the Justinianic pandemic was an important thing or not, just as new evidence really starts to appear. The archaeological and archaeogenetic evidence is opening up a whole new — not just a chapter — a whole new book on this great story.”The findings of the plague in Britain, for example, McCormick said, are significant not only because the disease hadn’t been confirmed there previously, but also because the plague DNA found there appears to be more basal in its genetic lineage. That indicates there was likely a connection — perhaps through commerce — to places within the Roman Empire where the disease was first reported, such as Egypt.“If that’s so,” McCormick said, “that suggests almost direct transmission from Egypt to Britain.”Where the British burial was found provides another opportunity to learn about the times, McCormick said. Given the pandemic’s Mediterranean epicenter, one might have expected to find plague in western Britain among the Romano-Celts who carried on in the wake of Rome’s withdrawal more than a century earlier. Instead it was found in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, among people who were expanding their control of Britain at the time. The find raises the question of how the plague came to the four individuals in whom it was detected, McCormick said, and the answer will further illuminate the networks between people — even enemies — that existed at the time.“We don’t know, but now we’ve got to find out,” McCormick said.McCormick said researchers will continue to expand the picture of this period, focusing on the role the plague played not just in human health, but, given its extraordinary death rate, also in warfare, politics, economics, and a whole host of other human activities. As the story of more deaths gains detail, it will be possible to classify the dead into a “family tree of contagion,” organized by time, space, and the genomic characteristics of the plague that killed them as it burned across the landscape.“We now have a pathogen whose molecular history we can follow for thousands of years,” McCormick said, adding that our understanding of the plague’s impact on this era will continue to grow. “The jury’s out, evidence is accumulating, and we’re all going to learn as we go forward.” Where there’s global unrest, there are often pandemics
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published “A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments” to help organizations take a risk-based approach to developing a sanctions compliance program (SCP).Entities like the Wolfsberg Group and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have released similar guidance in the past, but issuing an official SCP framework is new territory for OFAC. OFAC’s motivation for publishing the framework is unclear, but it could be the seemingly record-setting pace for enforcement cases in 2019. OFAC has levied more than $1.2 billion in civil penalties against businesses so far this year.It’s important to remember that a one-size-fits-all SCP doesn’t exist. Each program will vary depending on several factors, including an organization’s size, line of business, geographic location and customers. However, the OFAC framework recommends every SCP should focus on these five essential components of compliance:
Said Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and head of NOAA under President Barack Obama: “He’s not just in left field—he’s not even near the ballpark.” And Michael Mann, climate scientist at State University, emailed to National Public Radio to say that Legates has, throughout his career “misrepresented the science of climate change, serving as an advocate for polluting interests as he dismisses and downplays the impacts of climate change.”- Advertisement – “I think [Legates] can make messes that the Biden people are going to have to clean up, especially with respect to personnel appointments and author nominations and assignments,” said a former scientist with the research program, who stressed that new leadership could reverse any changes implemented by Legates. The fifth such assessment is now in the works. The two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment were released in 2017 and 2018. As I reported then, the assessment noted that climate change isn’t some far-in-the-future problem, but is already happening, inflicting “substantial damages” on communities, and it’s going to get worse. Denier-in-Chief Trump didn’t like the assessment, and claimed he didn’t believe it. The only surprise is that he didn’t move sooner to screw things up with the next assessment. The Post notes: The move [to appoint Legates] has rattled rank-and-file scientists at NOAA, the lead agency working on the climate assessment, according to people inside and outside the organization. For much of Trump’s tenure, there has been little political interference at NOAA, the notable exception being Trump’s hand-drawn alteration of an official hurricane forecast, an incident known as “Sharpiegate.” Legates has signed the Oregon Petition, which caught a lot of well-deserved flak for trying to pretend it was something it was not—a peer-reviewed study. The petition states:“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”In testimony to Congress last year, Legates said, “Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. No efforts to stabilize the climate can possibly be successful. […] The current emphasis on climate change abatement will do far more harm than good.”Legates is one of the many Trump appointments who ought to be out the door before the sun goes down Jan. 20. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
With more than two million overnight stays in the past 2018, there were 3% more arrivals and 2% of overnight stays on Lošinj, which makes last year another record tourist year. So it is today after Karlovac and Mali Lošinj made a decision that the flat tax will not change and will amount to HRK 300,00 as in all these years. RENTERS HAVE THE MOST BENEFITS FROM TOURISM? WITH THE ENTRY IN THE NEW YEAR, THE RESIDENCE TAX WAS INCREASED Lošinj’s original souvenirs The share of overnight stays at the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board in the total overnight stays of the Kvarner Tourist Board is thus 12,5% in 2018. Thus, in 2018, 317.328 arrivals (+ 3%) and 2.372.329 overnight stays (+ 2%) were realized, and 86,3% of overnight stays were due to foreign tourists, while 13,7% were domestic. Lošinj is still the favorite destination of a large number of Slovenes, Germans, Italians and Austrians (68,8%), and yet a large increase was recorded in the French market (85%) and the Swedish (44%). Every day more and more cities and municipalities make a decision on the amount of flat tax per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp. The City of Mali Lošinj, as well as the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj, hope that this amount of the flat tax will encourage private renters to continue the investment activities they are already carrying out with the City and the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj. “Given the increases that have affected our fellow citizens regarding the new waste management system, for now we have estimated that we will not change the amount of the flat tax, ie we will not additionally burden our fellow citizens. It will remain 300 kuna as before. With this decision, we want to give an incentive to our private renters by not burdening them further financially, regardless of the fact that we are one of the most competitive destinations in Croatia. ” pointed out the mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić. Cover photo: Hrvoje Serdar / Source: Lošinj Tourist Board A record tourist year on Lošinj PRIVATE RENTERS ON STRIKE: WHO PROFITS AND WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES? RELATED NEWS: In the area of the City of Mali Lošinj, there are 1.090 landlords, 2.214 accommodation units, 6.500 basic beds in apartments, rooms, holiday homes, which in 2018 realized 439.183 overnight stays out of a total of 2,372.329 overnight stays. Private accommodation still accounts for a significant share of total overnight stays and participates in total tourist traffic with a share of 18,5%.
This weekend in Sarajevo will be held the third international table tennis tournament Stens Open 2014.According to the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of this tournament Zilhad Forić, more than 300 competitors from B&H and region have applied so far.“We hope that with this tournament will set new limits in organization of table tennis tournaments”, said Forić.On the first day of the tournament, on Saturday, from 09:00, will be played matches for the category of seniors.“Sub-cadets, young cadets, cadets and juniors in male and female category will play matches on Sunday. They will play divided in groups and two best players of the groups go in the next “knock -out” phase”, said the supreme judge of the tournament Sead Pašić.The opening of tournament will take place on Saturday, at 12:00 and closing will take place on Sunday at 18:00, when prizes will be awarded to the most successful players.The tournament will be held at the hall “Ramiz Salčin” in Mojmilo.(Source: Fena)
Liam Bentinck, Fair Haven, enjoys a “baby” cupcake treat at Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven. Photo by Art Petrosemolo. ***BBPiece O Cake***ENDB, Broad Street, Shrewsbury – Joely and Anthony Carasia have been at the same site for 18 and their special order business includes all types of cakes and cupcakes. “You need to be lucky to come into the shop and buy cupcakes,” Joely smiles, “as that would happen only if we had extras from an order.” So for cupcake treats from Piece O Cake, call and order and the sky is the limit in terms of cake flavors, filling and icing. “We work within the customers budget,” Joely says, “but many people think just because we are in Monmouth County, we can do what the Cake Boss does on TV for half the cost.”***BCups & Cakes**ENDB, East River Road, Rumson – Denise Kelleher and Elizabeth Shiftan run a cozy little spot in a building they share with a florist. It’s the kind of place you stop for coffee and a special muffin on your way to work or on the way home after picking up your kids at school.Kelleher, downsized from her New York job, was interested in staying closer to home and starting a business. She was introduced to Shiftan, a classically trained baker, who was baking for friends from home. The collaboration resulted in Cups & Cakes (the name comes from the Spinal Tap movie) which does both walk-in retail and catering.“We opened as a traditional bakery with cakes, pies, muffins, scones, and the like, Kelleher says, “it was our customers that got us into cupcakes as they started to ask for them.” Cups & Cakes prides itself on only high quality ingredients in its baked goods described by Shiftan as “pure with nothing artificial.”Cups & Cakes offers a variety of traditional and specialty cupcakes and many have special theme decorations for parties. They also have been asked to make special, cupcake wedding cakes . “We have seen our cupcake business grow especially over the past five months,” Kelleher explains. “If customers want them, we’ll make them and they are now a part of our regular offerings.”Cupcakes at Cups & Cakes range from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on size, what’s on them or in them. Packaging is exquisite and take out cupcake looked like a present tied with a blue ribbon.***BGourmet Picnic***ENDB, East River Road, Fair Haven – Suzette Overien, an experienced baker, has run Gourmet Picnic for eight years. The bright corner location with outdoor tables is a great spot for eat-it there coffee and pastry or pick it up and take it home.“Cupcakes always have been a big part of our business,” Overien says, “and especially what we call ‘baby cakes’ – small, one bite cupcake treats in lots of flavors and toppings.Tiny cupcakes are guilt free and affordable and “everyone, regardless of if they are working or not, can treat themselves to one,” she says. “I think Crumbs Bake Shop, a high end bakery that has multiple locations on the East Coast has done a lot to help market high end cupcakes,” Overien continues, “and some of that cupcake awareness has filtered down and translates into business for local bakeries like Gourmet Picnic.”Overine does large special orders of cupcakes and, like her competitors, has done cupcake wedding cakes with a variety of flavors and toppings.Gourmet Picnic’s cupcakes start at $1.25 for minis and go to $2.50 for stuffed.Cupcake Magician, Monmouth Street, Red Bank – It’s only five months old but according to the Cupcake Magician John Nardini, business is booming. “We have a great location,” Nardini says, “and our business has increased every month.”Cupcake Magician has free parking behind the shop and John says he’ll even deliver cupcakes to Monmouth Street and your car door if you ask when you order by phone.A former union painter, Nardini said “I got tired of part-time work and decided to go into business for myself. I had always cooked and baked and the popularity of cupcakes was the push that got me started.”Dee DeBari, whose family has owned a bakery in Hoboken for years, is John’s fulltime decorator and he keeps her busy icing or stuffing more than 500 cupcakes every weekdays and more than 1000 on weekends. Cupcake Magician currently has 37 different flavored cupcakes (cake and icing) with new, seasonal, and non-traditional offerings added each week like French Toast or Pancakes and Bacon.***BCupcake Magician**ENDB caters along with its retail operation and has provided upwards of 600 cupcakes for a school outing. Nardini allows customers to order on-line through his website for pick-up and advertises specials to his more than 650 friends and followers on Facebook.The Devil Dog cupcake is CM’s best seller but he has had busts too….just ask him about the “malted milk ball” cupcake, which, he says “just didn’t cut it and was soon off the menu.” Nardini makes pricing easy at Cupcake Magician with regular cupcakes at $2 and mini’s at $1.***BSugarush**ENDB, East Front Street, Red Bank – Partners Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello opened less than a year ago right around the corner from Riverview Hospital and they wanted to be unique. “We wanted out cupcakes to be different,” Paseka says, “and you can’t be much different if you have a case full of what everyone else has.”So, the partners decided on what they describe as a cupcake bar. “We have five basic cupcake flavors and then you pick the icing or icing and stuffing as well as the toppings. Yes, it takes a little longer,” they say, “but what you get is a truly unique cupcake.”Both Paseka and Bello always had a love of baking and cakes for parties and special events for friends and family. “We just decided to make it fulltime,” Paseka says, “ and we quit our New York jobs and began looking for the right location.” Bello grew up in Middletown and the partners liked the idea of a small, walk-around community site. The Red Bank location fit the bill.Like the other bake shops, Sugarush does a lot more than cupcake retail. Catering is a big part of the business with dozens of weekend parties requiring cakes and cupcakes. They have done as many as 800 cupcakes for a special event. “Our business is growing with some basic, local advertising and word of mouth,” Paseka says. Pricing at Sugarush varies depending on stuffing and toppings but, like the other bakeries, is in the $2 – $3 range for full size cupcakes.Sugarush has made philanthropy a part of its business plan since day one and each week has a charity cupcake special where a portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to a local or national charity. IF YOU HAVEN’T nibbled on a cupcake recently, you must have spent the last few years at the North Pole. From birthday parties to lunch boxes with weddings in-between, the sweet treat has become the trendy indulgence for just about everyone.Joely and Anthony Carasia (Piece O Cake, Shrewsbury) have been in business on Broad Street for 18 years and their award winning wedding and party cakes are area favorites. “We’ve made cupcakes from the start,” Joely, a French Culinary Institute graduate, says, “but in recent years, they have become more of a trend and we see moms using them for parties and brides requesting them for wedding cakes.”Although a dozen cupcake may be smaller than a full size cake, Joely explains, it takes more work. “Cupcakes are very labor intensive as they all have to be decorated separately; it’s time consuming.” Joely has seen customers go over the top on cupcakes with elaborate decorations that puts the per cupcake price above $5.The cupcake trend started, according to an article in the ***ITALSWall Street Journal**ENDTALS, as a way to treat your sweet tooth without spending a lot of cash during the recession. More recently, cupcakes have taken on a life of their own fueled by television shows like DC Cupcake, programs on the food networks, magazine, newspaper and on-line articles. “But Joely says, “they are a trend and people hosting parties or weddings always are looking for something new. They won’t go away entirely but something else will take their place that’s for sure.”Even if that’s the case, for now, cupcakes are hot and here in the two rivers communities, new cupcake bakeries have sprung up and traditional bakeries have added cupcakes to their offerings so you can fill that childhood craving for something small and sweet. And with so much emphasis today on portion size and calorie counts, cupcakes seem to have found their niche.Cupcakes have been around for more than a century and may trace their name to the measure (a cup) of each ingredient used in the mix or possibly the fact that they were first baked in small teacups. In the 1950s homemaking era, cupcakes became extremely popular with moms who baked for and with their children. Hostess (brand) Cupcakes were first sold in 1952 and are still popular today.A decade ago, the TV show **ITALSSex In the City**ENDTALS gave cupcakes a monster push when the cast visited Magnolia Bakery (which still thrives in New York City on Bleeker Street) for cupcake treats. Small mom and pop shops blossomed in cities around the country and bakeries added fancy cupcakes to their offerings as everyone seemed to rediscover these treats.Monmouth County is no exception with small, successful specialty bakeries selling the sweet treats. A few of the areas most popular spots to indulge in cupcakes are: Piece O Cake in Shrewsbury, Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven, Cupcake Magician and Sugarush in Red Bank, and Cups and Cakes in Rumson.The keys to good cupcakes are ingredients, flavors and stuffing, decorations and presentation and each of the bakers interviewed echoed these sentiments. So if what you need for a pick-me-up is something sweet, here are five spots to satisfy your craving.
The best result for the Nelson Selects would be to repeat at champions of the Sam Steele Day’s U14 Boy’s Soccer Tournament while going unscathed in the injury department.The soccer Gods must have been smiling on the Heritage City lot as the Select swept through the competition en route to the gold medal.“Last year, after losing in playdowns, we played in (Sam Steele) tournament and wanted to prove something to ourselves,” said coach Dan Szabo. “We won it. This year we wanted to avoid that same fate as we now had the targets on our backs. More importantly we wanted to get through this injury free.”Nelson opened the tourney by blasting the Creston Blitz 6-0.Micah May opened the scoring midway through the first half taking a James Miller and hitting it home. Minutes later, Nicholas Wethal added to that converting a corner kick and Galen Boulanger would finish the first half scoring. In the second, Boulanger added another with 30-yard blast before May completed the scoring with his second and third goals of the game.Saturday afternoon saw the Selects struggled against an improved Kootenay South side, stealing a 2-1 victory.Nolan Percival and May scored for Nelson.“We have had a relatively easy time with Kootenay South in the past but all the credit too them, they worked hard,” Szabo explained. “We had some bad breaks as well. One of those games.”Nelson clinched the gold medal Sunday morning by posting a 3-0 shutout over East Kootenay Rovers of Cranbrook.Galen Boulanger scored twice while May added a single for the Selects.Nelson concluded the tournament with a 2-1 win over a physical Columbia Valley squad. Boulanger scored twice for Nelson while Percival registered the shutout between the pipes.Percival played most of the games in goal for Nelson with Spencer Szabo sharing the duties for one half of game two.The Selects return to the training pitch in preparation for the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 7-10 in [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tim Hicks of Lexington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) business development field director.In this new position, Hicks will develop and implement programs, business development projects and activities designed to retain and increase Farm Bureau membership and member utilization of Nationwide financial and risk management products. Nationwide got its start as an insurance company for Ohio Farm Bureau members and continues to be a strong advocate of agriculture.Previously, Hicks was Ohio Farm Bureau’s organization director for Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Before coming to OFBF, Hicks was employed by the Schuyler County (New York) Watershed Protection Agency, the Soil and Water Conservation District and as an erosion control manager. He served as a village trustee and was active in various community organizations including the regional planning board. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental science. He and his wife, Jenna, have two children.In addition, Haley Davis of Bucyrus has been promoted to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Davis will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Davis previously joined Ohio Farm Bureau in March, training in field staff work in anticipation of future needs. She is a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University where she majored in animal and nutritional sciences and was vice president of the Collegiate FFA. She also worked at Hord Livestock Co. in Bucyrus as a farrowing technician/manager and at Southern States Morgantown Ag as a sales associate.Davis grew up in West Chester and was involved with 4-H for 10 years, serving as a junior fair board member and on the horse judging team. She is a Crawford County Farm Bureau member and Young Agricultural Professionals member.
ActionPoint value * The max number of points you can earn for any cache log is 30 points by finding a D/T 5/5 geocache with 10 or more Favorite points.For example, if you log a Difficulty 5, Terrain 5 geocache with under 10 Favorite points you will earn 5 points for logging the find, and 5×2=10 for Difficulty, and 5×2=10 for Terrain, giving you a total of 25 points on your Friend League!What is the Friend League?The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. The Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, October 1 at noon UTC when a new souvenir challenge will begin.Can I join at anytime?Of course! Join anytime between September 3 through October 1 and earn 50 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Adrenaline Junkie souvenir.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!If you change a Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.You logged on Monday, September 3 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will not count for the first week.You saved a Draft on a Monday, September 3 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.What does UTC stand for?Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you five points.Still have a question?Having trouble logging your finds? Have a question about scoring? The best way to get answers quickly is to write to us using this form. Thanks and good luck!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou might be a Caching Connoisseur if…September 25, 2018In “News”You might be a Social Butterfly if…October 22, 2018In “News”You might be a Trackable Lover if…November 27, 2018In “News” Introducing a new four-month series called “You might be a geocacher if…” Each month from September through December, use the Friend League to individually earn points toward a new Geocacher Personality Souvenir. Are you an Adrenaline Junkie? A Caching Connoisseur? A Social Butterfly? A Trackable Lover? Collect them all to be the ultimate geocacher. Keep reading to learn September’s challenge below!In September, you might be an Adrenaline Junkie if…It’s all about the thrill of the hunt. You crave physical and mental challenges that include long days of geocaching with “gear, (some) fear, and fun!” Whether you’re climbing, diving, or rappelling, there’s nothing easy about getting to this GZ. To earn the Adrenaline Junkie souvenir, earn 50 points individually on your Friend League beginning Monday, September 3 at noon UTC and ending at noon UTC Monday, October 1. During this time, earn double points for difficulty and terrain! The scoring*:Found a geocache with less than 10 Favorite points: 5Found a geocache with 10+ Favorite points: 10Difficulty rating: x2Terrain rating: x2Attended Event: 5Drop Trackable: 3For example, if you log a Difficulty 5, Terrain 5 geocache with under 10 Favorite points you will earn 5 points for logging the find, and 5×2=10 for Difficulty, and 5×2=10 for Terrain, giving you a total of 25 points on your Friend League!*The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, September 3 at noon UTC.FAQ:How do I play?Find different geocache types to individually collect 50 points on the Friend League between Monday, September 3 at noon UTC and Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and earn the Adrenaline Junkie souvenir.How can I earn points?If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points. Drop off trackable3 Log a Found it on any geocache5 Earn double points for the Difficulty and Terrain ratingsX2 Attend any event5 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points10