DuVall Passes

first_imgTalmadge “Tal” Clifton DuVall, a celebrated public leader, businessman and military veteran who served more than 30 years in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, died on Aug. 21 after a brief illness. He was 84.His memorial service will be held on Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Athens. A family visitation will be at the church in the Wesley Parlor following the memorial service.Born in Greensboro, Georgia, in 1933, DuVall grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. He attended the University of Georgia, where he received three degrees: a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, a master’s degree in extension education and a doctorate in public administration.After serving in the U.S. Army in Panama, DuVall returned to Georgia and began his extension career in 1956 as an assistant county agent for Carroll County. The following year he was promoted to county agent, and he was appointed county agent for Clarke County in 1965.He went on to serve as district agent for Northeast Georgia in 1967 and Northwest Georgia in 1969. He was named assistant director of extension in 1972. Capping his career, DuVall was appointed director of the Georgia Extension Service in 1977, the position he held until his retirement in 1988.“He was the director of extension when I was a 4-H’er and later when I was a student at UGA,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “Tal DuVall was larger than life. He was a visionary man that was very progressive and ahead of his time in many of his ideas. He was very interested in the prosperity of rural Georgia and was one of the first people to begin talking about the two Georgias. He had a tremendous impact on UGA Extension, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the state of Georgia.”Among many other accomplishments during his extension career, DuVall led efforts to establish the Jekyll Island 4-H Center and the renovation of the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. He was responsible for the publication of the “Georgia County Guide,” a book filled with detailed information about agriculture, geography, education, crime and other vital statistics that has proven invaluable for elected officials, policymakers, researchers and extension agents.“Tal was bigger than life and lived life to its fullest,” said Bo Ryles, retired 4-H leader and director. “Tal inspired me. He motivated me. He helped us see what we could be. That’s what he did everyday for all those around him. He was a visionary leader that changed our world.”As extension director, DuVall supervised the Integrated Pest Management Program of Georgia, which became the national model for reducing agricultural pesticide costs while providing a database resource for agricultural research.In addition to his extraordinary career in extension, DuVall was also a celebrated public official and civic leader. He served for six years as a county commissioner for the unified Athens-Clarke County government, and he was a member of the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Authority, the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission, and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.His many awards include being chosen to be a member of the United States Agricultural Education Delegation to People’s Republic of China in 1980; being the Georgia Adult Educator of the Year in 1980; Distinguished Service Award, National Association of 4-H Agents in 1987; Man of the Year in Georgia Agriculture by Progressive Farmer in 1988; Athens Regional Medical Center J.W. Fanning Humanitarian Award; and being inducted into the Georgia Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2010.He was scheduled to be recognized as a recipient of the 2017 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award on Oct. 19.He is survived by his wife, Carole; son, Mike DuVall and daughter-in-law, Tara DuVall of Buford, Georgia; daughter, Lori Rosemond and son-in-law, Kevin Rosemond of Durham, North Carolina; grandchildren, Caroleann DuVall, Charlie Rosemond, Anna Rosemond, Sarah DuVall and Abby DuVall; his brothers, Melvin DuVall and Lewis DuVall and numerous nieces and nephews.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims continue upward climb

first_imgThere were 1,361 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, the second time in three weeks claims have spiked over 1,000 and now exceed the post Tropical Irene spike. This is an increase of 246 from the week before. Last summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last several weeks there has been mostly an increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August.Altogether 7,113 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 58 from a week ago, and 2,613 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,384 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 173 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 601 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 78 fewer more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths in October to 5.6 percent. SEE STORY HERE.last_img read more

China’s Shanxi Province to Cut Coal Production

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:SHANGHAI—China’s Shanxi province, responsible for about a quarter of the country’s total coal output, will cut its production capacity by 23 million tonnes this year as part of its efforts to streamline the sector, it said on Friday.Shanxi, which produced 832 million tonnes of coal in 2016, has been part of a national campaign to reduce coal capacity by around 500 million tonnes over the 2016-2020 period in order to bolster prices and improve efficiency in the sector.In a report published on its official website, the northern Chinese province said it would intensify a restructuring program this year and try to shut down or consolidate mines with an annual production capacity of less than 600,000 tonnes.Citing an official with the province’s land and resources office, the report said Shanxi had canceled 56 coal mining licenses in the past five years, resulting in production capacity cuts of 51 million tonnes per year.More: China’s major coal province to cut 23 million tonnes of capacity in 2018 China’s Shanxi Province to Cut Coal Productionlast_img read more