By Dialogo July 01, 2010 Afghan Army Soldiers conduct a joint patrol with Canadian Soldiers in the Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, in June 2010. Canadian troops are taking part in the efforts of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force to increase the capabilities of the Afghan Army. Building a credible Afghan Army is one of NATO’s main tasks in Afghanistan and a pillar of its exit strategy. This is particularly important because of the lack of midlevel officers with experience, reported Voice of America, or VOA. The NATO training mission has been criticized for shortening basic Soldier training courses. However, mission leader Lt. Gen. William Caldwell dismissed the concerns, saying training continues. “If we’re not there with them, we’re not continuing their development, which is really important,” Caldwell told VOA. Caldwell and his Afghan counterparts reported progress toward the goal of training 171,000 Afghan Soldiers by October 2010.
Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details I still hear it a lot: credit unions that profess a “cradle-to-grave” or “one-stop shop” value proposition. I’m not opposed to credit unions trying to offer as much to their members as possible – as long as they have the scale to profitably offer a superior product.One of the biggest challenges I see can be found among smaller credit unions that don’t have the scale to offer everything. These credit unions are working hard just to tread water, yet offering products, services, and even branches that provide little financial value and aren’t focused on what they need most: consistent loan growth. They continue to commit resources to labor-intensive products, such as Individual Retirement Accounts, that frankly aren’t usually the best value for their members and provide excess liquidity the credit union doesn’t need. Yet, they hold on because they don’t want to upset the 50 to 100 people who are using the product.And before all of the credit card vendors pile up on me, let me just say in advance that I support credit unions offering a credit card program if they can afford it financially, and have the operational and human resources to support a strong and competitive program (the world is full of mediocre credit card offerings). Unfortunately, I’ve seen smaller credit unions race down this rabbit hole because 50 members said they wanted a credit union credit card. The credit union wants to please its membership, and grow loans and revenue, but what frequently occurs is a mediocre program (at best) that fails to generate the loan balances, products per member, or profitability desired. Most of the board members of these credit unions don’t even use the credit union credit card they voted to create because it doesn’t have the high-end rewards they want. If your board members and staff are not using your credit union’s products and services, you have to be honest with yourself and consider why.Considering all of the financial choices consumers have today, it’s difficult for any credit union, regardless of size, to be all things to all people. I would rather see these credit union leaders focus on what they need most, usually loan-growth strategies.Genesis of the problemMy friend and colleague Randy Thompson explains the genesis of this problem better than anyone I know. Give him a minute and Randy will explain that credit unions chased expansion of products and services (like IRAs) that opened up due to deregulation in the 70s and 80s. I believe expansion was a good thing, but for many of us, we signed up for everything as it became available because we wanted to say we had it all. Yet, many of these added products never really became profitable, and, most problematic, they diverted our attention from what made us truly different. Cast stones if you like, but I definitely believe we behave like a herd of sheep sometimes. Times change and facts change.Simon Sinek said, “We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can be something to someone…even a lot of someones.” Instead of a one-stop shop approach, consider a particular stage of life or well-defined market segment, and become GREAT there, providing a clearly different and better option.Good adviceIn a 1934 lecture at the University of California, Berkley, credit union pioneer Edward Filene expounded on the Morals of Business. He put forth that there are two ways to become good (something all credit unions aspire to be). One way is to become interested in goodness, and the other is to become interested in the facts of life. He said there are many good people in business, but fewer good business people.Filene taught that a good person in business will not cheat you any more than they would cheat themselves. Being interested in goodness, however, rather than the facts of business, they are all too likely to cheat themselves, and the business gets bad and cannot serve anyone very well. It takes a good business person to provide great service.When well-intending credit union people ignore the facts and are either off on some idealistic path, or else hell-bent on staying the course on an outdated strategy they still consider practical, the business suffers – which in our world means the membership suffers.One example: good, well-intentioned credit union people who offer an IRA product to a handful of members who are clamoring for it, even though the facts may show that the credit union doesn’t have the scale to provide a broader range of retirement services. In trying to be good, a member gets less than the best deal, and the credit union spends resources, human and financial, to manage an unprofitable offering. I’m picking on IRAs now, but this thinking can apply to a lot of credit union products and services. We need to balance our abundant goodness with a constant review of the facts.Why it mattersProfitable and sustainable growth requires focus – intense focus on what really matters, clarity on why we exist, whom we serve, and how we are different and better than our competitors. Credit unions with thin bottom lines and negative (or breakeven) loan-growth trends need to carefully consider where their time and money will be invested.Give me a minute and I can share a long list of best-practice credit unions that are thriving without IRA accounts, credit card programs, youth accounts, financial planning services, etc. Again, these products aren’t bad. I just see too many that aren’t profitable and divert attention that needs to be focused somewhere else. These successful credit unions offer a smaller bundle of services, but are crystal-clear on who they are, what they do, and how they do it better than everyone else. They spend more time on the right strategies, generating better-than-peer results. These effective leaders aren’t afraid to say “no” to products/services/branches that aren’t closely aligned with their purpose. They aren’t afraid to pull the plug on those things that are underperforming (including people), because they know their survival depends on clarity of purpose. Better-run credit union businesses create greater capacity to do more good.I believe credit unions are clearly different and better when it comes to goodness, but some of us have a way to go in becoming really good business people – leaders capable at creating clarity of purpose and strong skill sets to evaluate the ever-changing facts of life and act accordingly. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield
EducationLocalNewsTertiary UWI Lecturer recommends modern child protection law for Dominica. by: – May 6, 2011 Tweet 39 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, Barbados Tracy Robinson, believes there is a need for a modern child protection law here and is therefore recommending that Dominica seriously considers the model which the OECS Family Law and Domestic Project has generated and which Grenada has introduced.She was speaking at another of the NBD/UWI lectures titled Family Law’s Institutions in Transition: Rights, Rhetoric and Reform”.The lecture was held at the Fort Young Hotel Thursday night.Robinson, believes too much money is spent on the court system social services in the region in relations to child support and very little is recovered.This year, in an effort to decentralize, UWI has taken a decision to decentralize non-formal education and will take the lecture to the north eastern village of Wesley tonight at Our Lady of La Soie Catholic Church.Dominica Vibes News
Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | After a record-breaking transfer window in Europe came to a close on Friday in Spain, AFP Sports lists the 20 biggest moves of the summer:1. 222 million euros ($264m) — Neymar (BRA) — Barcelona (ESP) to Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)2. 180m euros (loan with option to buy) — Kylian Mbappe (FRA) — Monaco (FRA) to Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)3. 105m euros (rising to a possible 147m) — Ousmane Dembele (FRA) — Borussia Dortmund (GER) to Barcelona (ESP)4. 85m euros — Romelu Lukaku (BEL) — Everton (ENG) to Manchester United (ENG)5. 80m euros — Alvaro Morata (ESP) — Real Madrid (ESP) to Chelsea (ENG)6. 58m euros — Benjamin Mendy (FRA) — Monaco (FRA) to Manchester City (ENG)7. 53m euros (rising to possible 60m) — Alexandre Lacazette (FRA) — Lyon (FRA) to Arsenal (ENG)8. 51.9m euros — Naby Keita (GUI) — RB Leipzig (GER) to Liverpool (ENG)9. 51m euros (rising to possible 57m) — Kyle Walker (ENG) — Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) to Manchester City (ENG)10. 50m euros — Bernardo Silva (POR) — Monaco (FRA) to Manchester City (ENG) 11. 49.4m euros — Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL) — Swansea City (ENG) to Everton (ENG)12. 45.8m euros — Davinson Sanchez (COL) — Ajax (NED) to Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)13. 45m euros — Tiemoue Bakayoko (FRA) — Monaco (FRA) to Chelsea (ENG)14. 44.7m euros — Nemanja Matic (SRB) — Chelsea (ENG) to Manchester United (ENG)15. 42m euros (rising to a possible 50m) — Mohamed Salah (EGY) — Roma (ITA) to Liverpool (ENG)16. 41.5m euros (rising to a possible 47.5m) — Corentin Tolisso (FRA) — Lyon (FRA) to Bayern Munich (GER)17. 40m euros — Leonardo Bonucci (ITA) — Juventus (ITA) to AC Milan (ITA)=. 40m euros — Paulinho (BRA) — Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) to Barcelona (ESP)=. 40m euros — Ederson (BRA) — Benfica (POR) to Manchester City (ENG)20. 37.9m euros — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ENG) – Arsenal (ENG) to Liverpool (ENG)
18 Feb 2013 Silver Tee award for Georgia Hall Dorset teenager Georgia Hall has won the England Golf Silver Tee award for the way she combines her education with her top class golf career. Georgia, 16, is both Europe’s number one woman amateur golfer and a student at the LeAF Elite Athlete Academy in Bournemouth, where she is taking a BTEC National Diploma in Sport. “I was very, very pleased to get the award because I do try to do my best at school,” said Georgia, who is a member at Remedy Oak. The award was announced at the annual general meeting of England Golf. The BTEC suits her ideally: it’s coursework based and offers her the flexibility to study around her international golfing commitments, and she can relate her studies to her own sporting experience. “Golf comes first, but I want to keep my education going if I can,” said Georgia. “School is really, really good, they support my golf and always want to know how I’m getting on.” There’s a lot to relay. Georgia is the British girls’ champion and she’s the fifth ranked woman amateur in the world. Already this season the England international has made history by winning two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and she’s been invited to play in the first women’s Major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California in April. She’s currently in Spain on warm weather training with England Golf and will go on to compete in the Spanish women’s amateur championship. Image of Georgia Hall © Leaderboard Photography
22 Mar 2013 Playoff birdies earn Turner the Bernard Darwin Salver England boy international Ashton Turner came from five strokes back to win the Bernard Darwin Salver, the South of England Youths Championship, in a dramatic playoff at Rye. Just six days short of his 17th birthday, Turner (image copyright Tom Ward) carded a closing five-birdie 64 to catch Devon’s Jimmy Mullen on 272, level par, before taking the title spectacularly with birdies on both the playoff holes. “I am really pleased to win and to make a great start to the year,” said Turner. “Although I was five behind with a round to play I still felt I had a chance but I was only one under for the front nine in the final round.” The Lincolnshire lad managed two more birdies before the 15th but turned in a sparkling finish with birdies on the closing two holes to catch Mullen. The 19 year old from Royal North Devon, went into the final round on 203 but returned 69 to leave the door open for the fast-finishing Turner. In the playoff, Turner birdied the par four 15th which Mullen parred, then at the 18th, another par four, Turner sealed his victory with a chip-in birdie. “The weather wasn’t too bad but considering it is so early in the year and they’d had snow, the course was in good condition and I felt the greens were so smooth,” added the lad from Kenwick Park. It was Turner’s first victory since winning the Boys County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa last August and a boost to his chances in next week’s Michel Carlhian Trophy in France. Leading final scores: 272 A Turner (Kenwick Park) 70 69 69 64, J Mullen (Royal North Devon) 67 69 67 69 (Turner won two-hole playoff) 277 F Sheridan-Mills (Walsall) 72 66 70 69
References:2010 Washington Healthy Youth Survey. (n.d.). Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/160-193-HYS-AnalyticReport2012.pdfCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/FastStats: Leading causes of death. (2014, July 14). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htmNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (n.d.). Suicide risk factors. Retrieved October 27, 2014, from http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/riskfactors.aspxPublic Broadcasting Service. (n.d.). Depression out of the shadows. Retrieved from http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/depression/pdf/dep_stats.pdfStop A Suicide Today! (n.d.). Suicide facts. Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://www.stopasuicide.org/facts.htmlSuicide. (n.d.). Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved October 27, 2014, from http://www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/2900/DOH530090Suic.pdf Submitted by Good TherapySuicide is a worldwide public health concern that crosses all economic, race, religious, gender, and sexual orientation barriers. According to the most recent data available, suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers are even more concerning in Washington state, where suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death for residents of all ages, and the second-leading cause among residents ages 15-24.In 2009, the suicide rate for the U.S. was 12 suicides per 100,000 people. In the same year, Washington experienced a rate of 14 suicides per 100,000. In Thurston County, the rate was even higher than the state average at 15 suicides per 100,000. All of which begs the question: how can we work to effectively prevent suicide?GoodTherapy.org, an online therapist directory and leading psychology resource located in downtown Olympia, and several other local organizations—including The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (based in Seattle)—are working diligently to reduce the high rate of suicide affecting our community.The Key to Preventing Suicide Is Understanding Risk Factors and Warning SignsSuicide prevention starts with the family and friends of those contemplating suicide. Identifying the risk factors and warning signs of suicide is the first step in getting the person experiencing suicidal ideation the help he or she needs. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Stop A Suicide Today!, these are common risk factors that make it more likely for an individual to consider, attempt, or die by suicide:Studies show that more than 90% of people who die by suicide were experiencing a mental health issue at the time of their death.Approximately 25% of people who die by suicide are abusing alcohol or are dependent on alcohol.Approximately 50% of people who die by suicide had alcohol in their system at the time of death.A history of trauma or abuse increases the risk of suicide.Nearly 20% of people who commit suicide have made at least one prior attempt.Clusters of suicides locally increase the risk of suicide because of a “copycat” effect.A friend or family member experiencing job loss, a relationship ending, or the loss of a family member or friend can increase the risk of suicide, especially if coupled with a mental health concern.Approximately 70% of people who commit suicide communicate their intent before going through with the act.Many of suicide’s biggest risk factors can be mitigated or removed with a combination of support, compassion, and seeking the help of a qualified mental health professional. Mental health intervention helps individuals work through and overcome many of the underlying concerns that contribute to a person’s decision to end his or her life. Why, then, do approximately half of those who commit suicide go without seeking psychiatric help?A Resource in Our Community Working to End the Stigma of Mental Health Treatment GoodTherapy.org launched its website in 2007 with a mission of reducing harm from unethical therapy practices and helping communities overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment.GoodTherapy.org hosts an online therapist directory that carefully vets its members to ensure they meet certain ethical criteria. In addition to being able to find therapists on the site, visitors can call GoodTherapy.org’s member support team for assistance finding a therapist to meet their individual needs. The site also hosts a popular blog that releases content daily about therapy news, stories submitted by readers, and articles written by practicing therapists.In addition to helping people find qualified mental help, GoodTherapy.org participates in several community events each year. For example, GoodTherapy.org sponsors Love Our Local Fest and recently participated in and was the largest local donor to the Olympia Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.A recent study shows that people are 12 to 20 times more likely to commit suicide if they are experiencing a mental health condition that affects their mood, such as depression or bipolar. Yet studies also show that depression is one of the most treatable mental health concerns, with approximately 80% to 90% of people reporting relief after seeking mental health treatment. Despite the fact depression increases the risk of suicide and evidence suggests it’s a highly treatable condition, the Public Broadcasting Service estimates that 80% of people experiencing depression never receive mental health treatment.In the U.S., the problem is not a lack of therapists or counselors or a lack of resources. The problem is a stigma that surrounds mental health treatment, keeping many people who would otherwise benefit from treatment from seeking help. GoodTherapy.org is working to combat that stigma and, in the process, help people contemplating suicide to find the help they need.**Click here to read a story about local advocate Olivia Salazar de Breaux making a difference in the fight for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0 About GoodTherapy.org:Founded and launched in 2007 by Noah Rubinstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist, GoodTherapy.org is an association of therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals from more than 30 countries working to promote ethical therapy practices and reduce harm in therapy.GoodTherapy.org individually verifies each new member to ensure they meet strict educational, licensure, and philosophical guidelines. GoodTherapy.org is approved by American Psychological Association to provide online continuing education for mental health professionals. This service is offered at no extra charge to members. Visitors use the website to search for a therapist more than 1.5 million times per month. The website provides educational content for consumers about mental health topics that are written by practicing therapists. On its popular blog, GoodTherapy.org also publishes reader-submitted stories, mental health news, and an index of information pertaining to psychology called PsychPedia.
A rubble-pile asteroid has such low density it should have disintegrated, but it’s doing just fine.A near-earth asteroid named 1950 DA is barely holding itself together, astronomers have found. In Science Magazine, Eric Hand asks “Why hasn’t this asteroid disintegrated?”Planetary scientists have found an asteroid spinning too fast for its own good. The object, known as 1950 DA, whips around every 2.1 hours, which means that rocks on its surface should fly off into space. So apart from gravity, some other sticky force—identified in a new study—must help to hold the asteroid together.Nature gives an even more graphic description:Our logical concepts for how asteroids should behave have taken another knock, as evidenced in a paper by Rozitis et al. on page 174 of this issue. The researchers establish that a kilometre-sized, near-Earth asteroid known as (29075) 1950 DA is covered with sandy regolith (the surface covering of an asteroid) and spins so fast — one revolution every 2.12 hours — that gravity alone cannot hold this material to its surface. This places the asteroid in a surreal state in which an astronaut could easily scoop up a sample from its surface, yet would have to hold on to the asteroid to avoid being flung off.Scientists’ best explanation is that atomic forces called van der Waal’s forces are providing the edge over gravity alone, otherwise this body should be too flimsy to exist. These are the same atomic forces thought to allow geckos to stick to walls and ceilings. Stephen Lowry discusses this force on The Conversation.Nature explains why this is significant: “Although this image of fairy-castle asteroids is entertaining, the implications of these measurements are far-reaching…. ”The evident stability of such a strange body as 1950 DA exposes our ignorance of how the geophysics of asteroids works in the microgravity regime, with its current state being difficult to reconcile with classical views of how rubble-pile bodies form from catastrophically disrupted parent bodies. Although Rozitis et al. lay out a plausible story for the current state of 1950 DA, the development of a complete theory of microgravity geophysics could have significant consequences, beyond this single case, for our evolving understanding of asteroids and the Solar System.This finding will also impact plans to disrupt near-earth asteroids that some day find themselves with our planet in its cross-hairs. Astrobiology Magazine says that trying to disrupt a large rubble-pile asteroid might create several dangerous bodies out of one. These small, sticky asteroids might be the most dangerous, New Scientist warns. Lowry thinks that disrupting one might allow centrifugal forces to overtake the van der Waals force (which only acts over small distances), resulting in complete disintegration of the body. Those are questions for governments to worry about if one is ever discovered on an impact trajectory. The question for now is: how long can these bodies exist in a tenuous balance of forces?This is a worthy class of objects to study for possible age determinations: how long can a body like this exist before disrupting by encountering other bodies? This one seems in a delicate balance. One would think after very long it would disintegrate, with all the solar and planetary disturbances at work. How many rubble-pile asteroids are there? Can dust come together like this? Many questions need new thinking, since the standard story was caught unprepared. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornThe Tuesday USDA report didn’t hold any surprises last week. However, the Monday afternoon report showed farmers planted 40% of acres in one week. Some Chicago analysts say there is a downside to this quick corn planting. Weather within days of July 1 now becomes extremely critical for pollination across the Midwest. Weather variances in this single week could swing the national bushels per acre by five, or corn futures from $3 to just short of $5. So much money could be made if we knew what the weather would be in just that one week. Preliminary El Nino reports indicate good weather is a higher probability than bad in early July.On Thursday last week wheat rallied 30 cents on rumors Russians are going to stock pile grain and freeze potential in the Dakotas. Speculators have a huge short position on, so when they go to cover those positions the market gets very volatile. If something spooks corn speculators, we could see a similar type of rally. But, no one knows what would be that spark right now. SoyeansThe USDA estimates 350 million carryout bushels in 2015, which is more than double what is considered adequate. The USDA is predicting 500 million bushels next year. If this happens, it would be extremely burdensome to the market, and would likely cause prices to drift to $8. This is why beans do not have a lot of potential for price rallies. Lack of farmer selling is probably the most bullish story out there right now. Corn basis strategyBasis is the spread between the CBOT futures price and the cash price paid locally for corn. Basis represents the demand for grain in any area of the country (or world). It increases or decreases at each location based on grain demand or movement.For example, if farmers are not selling grain, an end user’s only choice to get the grain they need is to increase the basis. Conversely, if farmers are selling a lot, demand by end users decreases, so they can bid lower than the CBOT (slowing the pace of grain movement). This is why it is so important farmers watch the basis AND the CBOT futures prices. It’s also why we seldom if ever see corn basis and futures prices hit highs at the same time.Many farmers have the “deer in the headlights” approach to selling their remaining old crop as futures prices have fallen the last few weeks. They are frozen with fear. Many think if they wait it out the price will rally (which has happened in some recent years). This collective holding strategy has allowed basis prices to rally some. But, end users know farmers are holding on to a lot of bushels that need to be moved before new crop is harvested. It’s just unclear when farmers will sell.This “holding” is scaring some end users that there won’t be enough coverage for their next two months’ needs, so they are putting on coverage right now. This has increased basis the last few weeks. If futures were to rally though, the basis would likely fall because farmers would sell their old crop. Eventually corn will have to be sold, when it does, basis will collapse.This week I advised my clients to set the basis on any remaining old crop bushels. This does NOT mean they set futures or cash prices, just the basis. As I mentioned before, this is one of the three independent “levers” farmers can use as part of their grain marketing/pricing strategy — one many farmers don’t utilize to its optimal profit potential.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Akron’s very own Public Food Market in Downtown’s Northside District is holding an opening day event Oct. 28.With support from Knight Foundation, Countryside has begun the transformation of the Northside Loft’s former parking garage into a fun, indoor, food-centric space for everyone to enjoy the flavor of Ohio’s local food offerings. Countryside Public Market will provide over 40 small businesses economic opportunity and direct consumer access. In addition, the market will provide food assistance programing for families and individuals, giving everyone access to fresh, healthy, local food.Countryside is leasing this nearly 10,000 square foot space from Testa Companies after brainstorming with building owner, Joel Testa.“We are extremely excited to welcome Countryside to the Northside Marketplace. This is the final piece in a longtime vision to bring fresh, local foods and opportunities for small vendors and retailers to the downtown Akron market. We are looking forward to the many opportunities that this new partnership can bring as we create a vibrant place to live, work, and play in Downtown Akron,” Testa said.The project is scheduled to evolve in phases over the next eighteen months, with the grand opening of the first phase this fall. Every Sunday morning Countryside will bring local farmers and food producers to the Northside District from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.“Drawing people out of their homes and into the community is vital to promoting a vibrant public life in Akron and creating the incentives that will keep and attract people to the city,” said Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation program director for Akron. “The Public Food Market will help to advance this goal, providing a place to showcase homegrown talent and connect residents to the city and each other.”The space will also host regular food experiences including tastings, farm-to-table dinners, food entrepreneur education, CSA pick-ups, and more. In the future, the market will be open multiple days per week offering fresh local produce, meats, baked goods, candies, cheese, dairy, flowers, herbs, jams, sauces, locally crafted beverages, hand-made kitchenware, morning brunch, and a smattering of local artisans’ works.Countryside Public Market will be a year-round place for residents and visitors of Akron to get healthy, fresh, local food in a space that is welcoming and fun for everyone.“The potential here is amazing. I envision this project as a way to support Countryside’s long-term viability while expanding our mission deeper into the City of Akron. Food is a catalyst for community building and Countryside is thrilled to be part of the Akron community,” said Tracy Emrick, Countryside executive director.