The partnership between University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Pecan Commission yielded a new area pecan agent position for the Southeast District this year.The two entities co-funded the position that will be filled by Andrew Sawyer beginning May 1. Sawyer will work with growers and county agents in southeast Georgia, while UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells continues to serve producers in southwest Georgia and statewide.“I am so excited about this partnership between the pecan industry and UGA Extension. This is a great example of how everyone in the agricultural industry in Georgia works together to identify needs and solve problems,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “Andrew is the perfect person to be UGA Extension’s pecan expert in southeast Georgia. I look forward to seeing the great things that come from this partnership.”Sawyer has served as the Wilcox County Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent since October 2017. Prior to that, he was the ANR agent in Thomas County for six years.“I think it’s going to be a great experience. It’s going to be awesome working with the pecan team,” Sawyer said. “It’s going to be awesome working with the agents. I feel like I know a lot of them. I’ve met so many growers already at the last two pecan meetings in Tifton.”Sawyer’s addition to the pecan team is timely since there has been an increase in the number of trees being planted in the southeastern part of the state over the past decade. Although the majority of Georgia’s crop lies in southwest Georgia in Mitchell, Dougherty and Lee counties, Tattnall County in southeast Georgia was ranked No. 6 in farm gate value for pecans in 2017 with $16.1 million, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“The pecan acreage in that part of the state has grown a lot in the last five to 10 years. Some of those areas, it’s a three and a half hour drive one way to get to them and that limits the amount of time you’re able to spend with them on the ground,” Wells said. “It’s going to be very helpful for them and all of us to have Andrew over there and accessible to those growers.”It’s a critical year for Georgia pecan farmers. Hurricane Michael hit southwest Georgia last October, decimating the pecan industry by causing more than $560 million in direct losses. Producers are currently making decisions about whether they should replant, what varieties to plant and how to overcome low market prices.“There probably will be more questions that come up this year, more problems that need to be looked at in the field,” said Lanair Worsham, vice chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission. “It’s going to work well (having Sawyer join the pecan team).”For more information about Georgia pecans, see https://site.extension.uga.edu/pecan/.
Pulisic, Tierney, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Bale and more injury updates Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Gareth Bale is not fit to play for Spurs yet (Picture: Getty Images)Gareth BaleGareth Bale is struggling with a knee injury and a lack of match fitness which means he will not play for Tottenham until the middle of October.Sergio Reguilon is moving towards match fitness but is unlikely to make his Spurs debut this weekend.‘Sergio will train with us on Friday,’ said Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho. ‘The information I got today from the people that stayed behind was that he had a complete session today and Friday he joins the group.‘Maybe not match fit but not injured any more and ready to train with the team. Gareth will take a little bit longer so of course no chance for the weekend.’MORE: Mikel Arteta makes confident prediction about Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas PepeMORE: Jurgen Klopp explains why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are so difficult to play againstFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Christian Pulisic is still not fit for Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)A number of high profile players are struggling with injuries early in the Premier League season and will miss the upcoming games over the weekend and Monday night.There are some huge games in the coming days, with the highlight of this round of fixtures arguably being Liverpool hosting Arsenal on Monday night.Manchester City also take on Leicester City and Manchester United look to bounce back from defeat to Crystal Palace as they travel to Brighton.Here are the key injury updates ahead of the weekend’s action.ADVERTISEMENTChristian PulisicChristian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are still not fit enough to make the Chelsea squad, although they are training again.AdvertisementAdvertisementThiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are available for Frank Lampard, although new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will not play as he has not trained enough with his new team.‘There is always concerns when there is a history with fitness,’ said Lampard of Pulisic. ‘You have to make sure you don’t overcook him. There is a fine line, but he is hungry to play. It’s something we have to manage with him. We want to get as many minutes of the great Christian we saw last season.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKieran TierneyKieran Tierney has been out with a minor groin injury but is expected to be fit for Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool on Monday night, after missing the wins over West Ham and Leicester in the Premier League and Carabao Cup respectively.Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also expected to be available.Kevin De BruyneManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be fit for Sunday’s home clash with Leicester but striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly set to miss the game through injury, although that is as-yet uncomfirmed by the club.This would leave City with a striker shortage as Sergio Aguero remains out with a knee injury. Advertisement
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can attract star names in the January transfer window – not just promising youngsters. Pochettino’s revamping of the Spurs squad has been driven by a strong faith in youth, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all thriving under the Argentinian. Alli admitted the opportunities for young players was a key factor in his decision to move to White Hart Lane and the club continued that trend with five players selected in the latest England squad. “We feel very proud but it is not our or my secret,” Pochettino said. “Our philosophy is not about one person, it is about the team and the club. “The player deserve first credit because it is always up to them to take the tools we provide. “We need to congratulate first the player and then all the staff and also the president. “He believes in this project and he turned the club in this way one and a half years ago.” Spurs host West Ham on Sunday, looking to extend an 11-match unbeaten run in the league. The Hammers will be without star playmaker Dimitri Payet, who is set for three months out with an ankle injury, but Pochettino is expecting a difficult test from Slaven Bilic’s side. “West Ham are a very good team,” Pochettino said. “Their results away are fantastic. It is a big derby. I know what it means to play against West Ham. It is another tough derby. “I think that all players are back from international duty in a very good condition. “Today (Friday) the energy and mental state were fantastic. On Sunday we need to win because for us it is three very important points.” Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s reputation for promoting youth but believes his team’s progress means they can also lure proven quality as well as up and coming talent. “We only have a few places left. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in,” Pochettino said. “But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players. “The way we respect the players, the way we try to play – for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club. “Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive. “Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve.” Dier and Alli started in the centre of England’s midfield against France on Tuesday, with Alli capping a man-of-the-match performance with a superb goal from long range. Pochettino has helped nurture 10 of the last 18 England debutants and as well as the players, he paid tribute to chairman Daniel Levy for the club’s shift in approach. Press Association
Mumbai: Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles here on Tuesday.She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.“This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30, 2019,” said an excited Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.“En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,a Lynn told IANS.A commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, Pandit and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened ‘Mahi’.‘Mahi’ is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.Pandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed — making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 — and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK.After landing in Iqaluit, Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian Tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.“I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below,” said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.A resident of Borivali, northwest Mumbai suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat. After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS