Rainy watermelons

first_imgIn the first six months of 2013, Georgia received more than 35 inches of rain — more rain than it recorded all of 2012. And because of the heavy rainfall, the state’s watermelon crop has fallen a few weeks behind and faces other potential problems. Justin Lanier, the University of Georgia Extension coordinator in Crisp County, said the rain and a cool spring delayed watermelon planting. Weather problems also interrupted pollination, which could lead to fewer melons. Due to excess rainfall late in the fruiting stage, watermelons will swell with water at a faster rate than they can produce sugar. This decreases the flavor of the melons, a problem that Georgia’s melon crop could face this year. “If you get a lot of rain, the melons will fill up with water and that makes it hard to sell them because the grade goes down,” Lanier said. “That’s something else we’re kind of concerned about.” Despite rainy weather and even more rain in the forecast, Lanier said a later harvest should be the greatest hurdle for watermelon farmers. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, most of the harvested melons were reported to be in fair or good condition. “It’s been delayed, that’s the biggest problem,” Lanier said. “With these, knock on wood, we haven’t seen much disease yet, which is surprising with the weather we’ve had. But it’s a good thing. I’m not complaining.” Farmers harvested their first melons the week of June 17, according to the USDA, beginning two weeks later than the usual start. So far, crop progress is below that of 2012 and falls short of the five-year average. Growers could see sales problems as well because the watermelon market normally slows after the Fourth of July, according to an article by Fresh Plaza. Greg Leger, owner of Leger and Son, Inc., told Fresh Plaza that he hopes the later season will mean the demand for watermelons will continue further into the summer. Even thought the first harvest was not as large as past years, conditions seem to be improving. “From what I’ve seen so far, the first harvest they had has not been as good [as last year’s],” Lanier said. “I don’t know if that’s weather related or what, but it didn’t seem to set up a large crop. But it’s getting better, so it could possibly be as good. We’ll just have to see.” Lanier said it is hard to predict much about the crop, and analysis will have to be one day at a time. Weather conditions will likely be the main wildcard. “Everything else, it’s kind of one of those day-by-day, week-by-week things. It can turn bad in a week; it depends on if we get a lot of disease,” Lanier said. “The weather plays a big role.” Based on the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, Georgia-grown watermelons had a farm gate value of $98.7 million.last_img read more

Paul Newman, millennials and the CU passage to lending in the future

first_imgHave you ever tried Newman’s Own salad dressing? Most of us have at one point or another and, if you haven’t, chances are you’ve heard of it. It’s owned and operated under the Newman’s Own brand—a brand that gives 100% of its profits to charity. Since its conception in 1982, the organization has donated more than $525 million to charity. What a fine example of a company that believes in people helping people!Companies like Newman’s Own are typically what millennials flock to based on their philanthropic efforts. However, millennials could actually be fading the Newman’s Own brand out. Sure, this company has droves of loyal fans out there, but with more than 80 million millennials in the consumer space, every brand needs buy-in from that group to survive.What’s the hang up? What is keeping millennials from relating to Neman’s Own and jumping on board to support this grand philanthropic effort?The answer lies with what made the brand popular in the first place: Paul Newman, himself. Yes, Paul Newman, whom most of us know as the beloved actor who starred in dozens of film classics including Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and who launched the brand and continues to be the brand’s image. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Church caretaker in Depok arrested over alleged sexual abuse of 20 children

first_imgRead also: Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in TangerangHe explained that the boys had not come forward or told their parents earlier because they were either afraid or were not aware that they had been abused.Some victims reportedly experienced psychological trauma.”Some victims are experiencing anger issues. We’re currently working to help them and their families recover through counseling and therapy. It’s our main concern at the moment,” he said.Tigor said the church was still investigating the case further to possibly uncover more victims.”We hope the Depok Police will also develop the case, because even though our investigation has revealed 20 victims, only two of them have reported the abuse to the police,” he said.Depok Police chief Sr. Comr. Azis Andriansyah said SPM had been arrested on Sunday. A preliminary investigation suggested that the alleged abuse had taken place in the church area.“He would pretend to ask his victims to tidy up tools, but he instead molested them,” Azis said as reported by kompas.com on Monday.SPM was charged under law No. 35/2014 on child protection, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment. Topics : Police have arrested a 42-year-old church caretaker from Pancoran Mas district in Depok, West Java, over alleged sexual abuse.Parents had reported “suspicious behavior” of the caretaker, identified only as SPM, said Azas Tigor Nainggolan, the alleged victims’ attorney.”He often kissed and hugged the boys and put them on his lap. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids,” Tigor told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.The parents reported their suspicions to the church pastor, who conducted an internal investigation. Afterward, some 20 boys reportedly came forward and said they had been molested by SPM.”The investigation revealed that SPM has been abusing kids since 2002. All the victims are male, aged 11-15,” Tigor said.last_img read more

Pilkington set for first start

first_img The 25-year-old Norwich playmaker, who made his first appearance for his country as a second-half substitute in Friday’s 2-1 defeat by Sweden, will replace James McClean on the left side of midfield for a game Ireland simply have to win. There is a place too for Leeds midfielder Paul Green, who has been drafted in in place of the injured Glenn Whelan. Press Association Anthony Pilkington will make his first start for Ireland against Austria as coach Giovanni Trapattoni attempts to breathe new life into the World Cup qualifying campaign.center_img Ireland are currently three points adrift of the second-placed Swedes with just three fixtures remaining in which to overhaul them and claim the runners-up spot in Group C. Ireland team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Marc Wilson; Jon Walters, Paul Green, James McCarthy, Anthony Pilkington; Robbie Keane (Capt.), Shane Long. last_img read more

FC Goa seal play-off berth; occupy table-top position

first_imgGoa: FC Goa became the second Hero Indian Super League (ISL) side to book their place in the play-offs after a convincing 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday evening.Quickfire goals in the first half from Ferran Corominas (22’) and Edu Bedia (25′) and a third by Hugo Boumous (78′) helped the hosts do the double over the Kerala outfit in the season.To make the result all the more sweeter, the Gaurs have leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to go top of the table. Goa has 31 points from 16 games same as Bengaluru FC but with a better goal difference now occupies table top position. On other hand, Kerala Blasters, remain ninth after slumping to their seventh loss of the season.FC Goa were on the money right from the start as Jackichand Singh threatened the Kerala defence as he twisted and turned the likes of Lalruatthara and Anas Edathodika on a couple of occasions. One of his efforts did beat Dheeraj Singh but came off the woodwork, much to Kerala’s relief.Kerala then found the back of the net through Slavisa Stojanovic after a quick interplay with Matej Poplatnik. However, the linesman had his flag raised after Courage Pekuson was deemed to be in an offside position.Goa got a deserved breakthrough midway into the first half through Ferran Corominas. Brandon Fernandes’ cross from the left was headed home with ease by the Spaniard after he was afforded a lot of space inside the box by Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan.In the 25th minute, Edu Bedia doubled the lead by slotting the ball into an empty net. This was after Anas sent a back-pass to Dheeraj whose clearance was straight at Corominas. The Spaniard took a touch and laid the ball on a platter for Bedia who applied the finishing touch to make matters worse for the visitors.Goa continued to see more of the ball with Kerala struggling to create any opportunity of note.However, the first chance in the second half fell to Kerala when Sahal Samad let loose from outside the box which finally forced a save from Goa custodian Naveen Kumar. But that was about it for Kerala, with Goa exerting control.Before the hour mark, Ahmed Jahouh sent a brilliant ball over the top for Corominas who made a bustling run and managed to get beyond Anas and Dheeraj only for a last-ditch tackle from Poplatnik to avert the danger.Jahouh could have added his name on the score-sheet with a long-range effort which went inches wide of Dheeraj’s goal.Goa sealed the victory in the 78th minute when the substitute Hugo Boumous dribbled past a couple of players and evaded the challenge from Jhingan to beat Dheeraj at his near post to make it 3-0.There were late chances for Goa to increase their tally with Bedia seeing a wonderful lob over Dheeraj Singh come back off the post. However, Serio Lobera would not have been disappointed, having notched their fifth cleansheet in a row. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

The Latest: Pac-12 to perform coronavirus tests on athletes

first_imgPac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.”Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15. “These guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice,” Commissioner Larry Scott told The Associated Press.Scott said athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.“I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world,” Scott said. “Return to campus and return to voluntary workouts I think factors that in.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___ The Latest: Pac-12 to perform coronavirus tests on athletes Russia is planning to allow a limited number of fans in the stadiums when games restart.___England is set to host the West Indies in three cricket tests in July, subject to government approval.The West Indies will arrive next Tuesday and travel to Old Trafford in Manchester for quarantine and training.They will then move to Southampton for the first test from July 8, and back to Old Trafford for the remaining tests starting on July 16 and July 24. There will be no spectators.The two venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby and could be turned into “bio-secure environments.”Cricket West Indies agreed in principle to tour last Friday.The test series was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday.___ North Carolina State athletics director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.The school announced details of the plan Tuesday in an open letter from Corrigan, who said the plan is to return via “the safest and most responsible path moving forward.”Corrigan says the first phase has already started by allowing members of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs who live locally to receive examinations and coronavirus testing.If cleared, athletes would be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts, though they would be divided into small groups for safety precautions.The second phase begins with football players returning to student housing “no later than” June 20, followed by men’s and women’s basketball players. The third phase would bring back athletes in fall sports, though Corrigan said only that will come “later this summer” with additional details coming later. The final phase is the return of all other programs ahead of the fall semester.___The Russian soccer league says it will restart on June 19. That is two days earlier than originally planned.The league says it gave the date of June 21 because of a longstanding practice of using the date of Sunday’s games as the official nominal designation for a round of games over several days.The restart will begin with two games on June 19. Krylya Sovetov Samara will play Akhmat Grozny and Sochi will face FC Rostov.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. June 2, 2020 Associated Press ___An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic.The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.” Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown.Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Holt: MLB umpires: Get. Better.

first_imgI’m not going to dress it up at all, I’m just going to say it: The officiating during this year’s MLB playoffs has sucked beyond belief.While this situation has been building since the postseason started, it came to a head two nights ago in game four of the ALCS. Umpire Tim McClelland became the poster child for the bungling of calls this October with two terrible ones Tuesday.First, McClelland called New York’s Nick Swisher out for leaving early on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. It may have been a makeup call, seeing as Swisher was clearly picked off at second but called safe.But photos and replays show McClelland was looking only at the outfield and had no way of clearly seeing exactly when Swisher left third. He was even standing too close to third to fit both the catch in the outfield and Swisher’s foot in his field of vision.And as if he felt bad for giving the Angels a favor in the fourth inning, McClelland responded in the Yankees’ fifth by inexplicably not giving Halos catcher Mike Napoli a double play after tagging out Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano. McClelland was standing right there and clearly should have been able to see that neither Yankee had a foot on third base when Napoli applied the tags, but only called Posada out.“On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base,” McClelland said in a postgame press conference. It’s great that he “thought” Cano was on the base, but he clearly should have seen that wasn’t the case.Combine Tuesday night with inconsistent strike zones in various games, and other botched calls like Chase Utley’s groundout against the Rockies, and this postseason has been one of the toughest to watch in recent memory. It’s not even little things that could go either way; Phil Cuzzi was 15 feet from Joe Mauer’s fair-but-called-foul ball in game two of the ALDS. C.B. Bucknor twice called the Angels’ Howie Kendrick safe at first after Boston’s Kevin Youkilis clearly applied tags on him.I understand it is incredibly difficult to be a major league umpire. I myself don’t think I could make a lot of the calls that MLB umps make every night. Most of the time, they’re right. But in the case of the blown calls this postseason? I would have made them correctly with sand in my eyes. Or no eyes. Helen Keller could have made those calls accurately.So in light of these recent events, it’s clearly time for MLB to reassess how it grades and deals with its umpires. Umpires are graded on their performances, but for the most part, face little to no consequences for having a poor night. Otherwise, how can you explain how Bucknor — who was twice voted by the players as the worst ump in baseball in SI polls — still has a job?And the guys working playoff games? They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, according to an interview that appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this May with Mike Port, the vice president, umpiring, of MLB. An ump has to be recommended to the commissioner and then approved to be on a postseason crew. Was everyone else really that much worse than Cuzzi and Bucknor?Currently, MLB has a “once you’re in, you’re in” policy with their umpires. Port responded to that notion by responding, “Experience is something to be appreciated. I can’t recall in my time in baseball an umpire being sent down for developmental purposes.” In other words, they put a premium on experience rather than accuracy.The way I see it, if an umpire blows a clearly obvious call, he should be fined. I can deal with little things like being wrong about bang-bang plays at first and balls and strikes. But if you really blow it, there should be consequences. Implement a three-strikes-and-you’re-out system that punishes guys who are wrong on a large scale. If you strike out, so to say, then you’re eliminated from working any playoff games.As for the argument to expand the replay system or allow managers to challenge plays football-style, I’m not in favor of that. Baseball is slow enough as it is; we don’t need to take a fiver every inning to see if Ryan Braun really beat the throw to first.While none of the bad calls so far have truly affected the end result of any games, I get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before that happens. It’s bad enough to screw up in a divisional series game or league championship game, but imagine the outcry if something happens in a World Series game? There’s nothing in the current trend that would suggest the officiating will become any better next week when they play for all the marbles.I understand it takes eight years to become an MLB ump and that it’s one of the toughest officiating jobs in pro sports. The guys in blue aren’t always going to be right. But instead of allowing umpires to coast along on past merit, MLB needs to give them a reason to fear for their jobs. Where else can you blatantly screw up at work without repercussions (besides Matt Millen)? When you have guys whose job is simply to be correct, there need to be consequences for being very wrong, especially on the biggest stage.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Sick of the horrible umps this postseason? Have your own solution for fixing baseball umpiring? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more