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/.
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GulfSlope Energy, Texas South Energy and another, unnamed, partner have decided to extend the term of the letter of intent (LOI) for joint drilling and development of oil & gas prospects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.GulfSlope Energy said on Wednesday that the trio extended the LOI until November 30, 2017, or such later time as they mutually agree.The two companies signed the initial LOI with an undisclosed firm, only described as a ‘large international oil and gas company,’ in mid-September.Under the principal commercial terms of the farm-out, the unnamed partner will drill a minimum of three exploratory wells with the option to participate in additional three-well phases on the same basis.The partner will earn a 75% working interest in each prospect by paying 90% of the exploratory costs and making a cash payment of $1.5 million to be split between GulfSlope and Texas South on a 73%/27% basis.According to GulfSlope, it will be the initial operator of record and will retain a 20% working interest in the subsalt prospects included in the first phase while Texas South will retain a 5% working interested for the subsalt prospects included in the first phase.Upon achieving certain milestones, the partner will have the right to purchase up to 20% of the common stock in GulfSlope and Texas South.
Monaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has completed a USD 30 million private placement to finance possible vessel acquisitions.The company will issue 5,450,000 common shares at a subscription price of USD 5.50 per common share. The net proceeds from the private placement, which is expected to close on March 13, 2018, will be used for general corporate purposes, including vessel acquisitions.Navios Holdings and Navios Partners have subscribed for USD 15 million in the private placement and thus will own approximately 39% of the outstanding share capital upon closing.Each of Navios Holdings and Navios Partners will also receive warrants, with a five-year term, for 1.7% and 6.8% of the newly issued equity, respectively. The offer shares will be tradable on N-OTC on or about March 14, 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald 10 May 2018Family First Comment: How ironic. At the bottom of this disturbing article is this statement…“Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline…”Apparently some suicides are okay. Apparently. www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzAustralian scientist David Goodall has ended his life at a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland, asking in his final words: “Why is this taking so long?”The 104-year old had to answer twice the four questions – what is your name, what is your date of birth, why have you come to the clinic and do you know what will happen when you press this button? – that are asked of anyone seeking to undergo voluntary euthanasia because, due to his arthritis, he was unable to press the button to release the deadly injection on his first attempt.Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, who revealed he acted as “music director” during the Professor Goodall’s death in Switzerland, said the Australian’s final words were said “flippantly” and impatiently as if to hurry death.In a “final day press release” which included new photographs of Professor Goodall’s final hours, the prominent euthanasia campaigner said he was “proud to have been appointed ‘music director’”.“David’s chosen music was the Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. David died at the moment the Song (sung in German) concluded,” the statement said.READ MORE: https://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-scientist-david-goodall-dies-after-lethal-injection-20180510-p4zem6.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Teams aim to prove their consistency in third roundST JOHN’S, Antigua – Round 3 of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament, starting today, is shaping up to be packed with intrigue, following a couple of earth-shattering results last weekend.Jamaica Scorpions will host current leaders Barbados Pride in the feature match of the round at Sabina Park; Trinidad & Tobago Red Force will face a buoyant Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Queen’s Park Oval and Windward Islands Volcanoes will meet two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars in a day/night affair, starting tomorrow, at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground.In Kingston, Jamaica: Both the Scorpions and the Pride found their groove in the second round, leading them to confident victories. The introduction of pace-bowling points this season has made things very tight in the Championship table.The Scorpions are fifth – following their 41-run, come-from-behind win over the Volcanoes – and are a mere 3.4 behind the Pride with the Hurricanes, Jaguars and Red Force bunched in between.This means both teams have an incentive for a big haul of points this weekend to see if they can create some daylight between themselves and the rest of the teams that have put themselves in the frame for the title early. In the last five matches between the two sides at this venue, both teams have won twice and the Pride dominated the other which was a draw.So it comes down to which side will show greater heart over the next four days, since bowling appears to be the strength of the two teams, but the batting will hold the key to the result.In Port of Spain, Trinidad: The Hurricanes will be fresh from their record-breaking run chase that should give them far more confidence and the Red Force will be smarting from a thumping at the hands of their arch-rivals.This match will confirm one way or the other which of the two sides is the genuine article. The Hurricanes will be looking to prove their best starts for several seasons has been down to proper preparation and careful planning, and the Red Force will be looking to debunk any questions about their legitimacy.The two sides have shared the last four matches played between them in Trinidad which indicates that neither can afford to take the other lightly.The Hurricanes, on paper, appear to hold the edge with a number of regulars, but the Red Force can be a difficult side to overcome in their conditions when they put their collective minds to the task.In Gros-Islet, St Lucia: Both the Volcanoes and the Jaguars will be looking to rebound from demoralising defeats in the previous round.The Volcanoes failed to chase down a modest target of 105 against the Scorpions, and the Jaguars failed to make the inroads into the Hurricanes’ batting, conceding the highest fourth-innings total to win in the history of the modern (1966 onwards) R4-Day.History favours the Jaguars: They have won the last four contests between the two sides at home and on the road including last year’s match at this venue.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Pune: Unleashing his all-round game at a crucial time, Kevin Anderson negated the serve and volley tactics of Ivo Karlovic in an excruciating three-set final to lift the Tata Open Maharashtra singles title, here Saturday. In the battle between the big-serving tall players, the South African world number six tamed the ‘gentle giant’ 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 7-6 (5) to claim his sixth career title. With world tennis’ tallest players in action, the points were expectedly short. There were no exciting rallies as the match was largely restricted to thundering serves from Karlovic, standing tall at 6′ 11” and Anderson, who is 6 feet 8 inches. Karlovic saved all eight breakpoints in the two-hour 44-minute match and led 5-2 in the deciding tie-break but the South African reeled off five straight points to clinch the trophy.Anderson left a return from Karlovic after being called out by the linesman but the chair umpire over-ruled and also denied him the ‘Challenge’. It put the Croat ahead 5-2 but he could not take advantage as Anderson regrouped quickly to make solid returns and ended the match with his 21st ace. “I don’t know why that call went against me. It was tricky in the tie-break. But I am glad I regrouped and slowed down the game and won it,” said Anderson, who had ended a runner-up here last year. Anderson, who in a few days will compete at the Australian Open, said he does not feel the need to make any change to his game to get his maiden Grand Slam title. Read More | Djokovic suffers first loss in 2019, crashes out in Qatar Open semis“I have all the weapons, the serve, return, the movement. I feel the game is there and the ability is there. I am very motivated,” said the 32-year-old. Karlovic had won a title at age of 37 to be the joint oldest champion with Roger Federer and was bidding to better this record at the age of 39. He was also trying to get his first title in more than two years.”I was close but could not do it, so a bit disappointed. It’s different to make him move, he’s fast and reacts (quickly),” Karlovic, the oldest player competing in the final of an ATP World Tour event, said.Read More | Rafael Nadal to miss Brisbane tournament due to thigh injury”At my age, it’s difficult to make any change to the game,” said Karlovic when asked if he could have tried tactics other than just the serve and volley. It could not have been a better start for Anderson to the fresh season after a breakthrough 2018 in which he won two titles and reached final of the Wimbledon Championships. Anderson came out with some stunning passing winners in the 10th game, creating two set points but Karlovic managed to save both with his missile-like serves. Eventually the set stayed on serve and in the tie-breaker, Karlovic served a double fault at 2-3 and then netted a half-volley to hand a 5-2 cushion to the South African. Anderson earned three set points by blasting a volley winner from near the net but served a double fault on next point. Karlovic’s big served cracked under pressure as a second double fault handed Anderson the opening set. The second set was locked 4-4 when Anderson attacked Karlovic’s serve and hit a backhand passing winner to earn three breakpoints. The Croat saved the first with an ace, second with the help of net-chord and stood like a rock at the net to save the third as Anderson netted a backhand. The South African again created a break opportunity by hitting a forehand winner at 30-30 but Karlovic continued to deny him the break, coming up with his 20th ace of the match. In the tie-breaker, Anderson hit a forehand long and later served a double fault as the Croat pulled away 5-1 and made it one-set all. In the third set, after battling for 11 more games, which went on serve, Anderson had a chance to finish the match in the 12th when Karlovic faced two match points but the Croat saved both and another tie-breaker was required to decide the winner.
By Rebecca EjifomaFCBescola Football Academy first screening trial to award fully-paid for scholarship to 100 skillful children between ages five and 18 on Monday, February 13 at the Onikan Stadium and Campus Square Lagos Island Lagos from 8am to 5pm.The Scholarship, which will run until Friday February 17 at the two venues, is aimed at discovering talented children for the famous Bescola Academical training.This was according to the Brand Marketing Manager, Yurena Medina, during a media parley in Lagos at the weekend. “It’s a full scholarship for skillful children. Very talented ones, who are already students of FCBescola are also going to be part of it. The screening will fish out the best among the best talents.”With the Technical Adviser from Spain, Bernat Villa, on ground to help in the screening process, Yurena assured that the selection would be based on merit.“We have come to get the next Lionel Messi and Eniesta. So, the door is open to all who fall within the age bracket.”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Blaubrana Sport International, Mr. Leslie Oghomienor, said all the children should just come to the venues. “Everything the kids will need for the training has been provided. The screening is open to both male and female regardless of status or tribe.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on February 24, 2014 at 12:26 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ It was certainly hard to swallow for Syracuse.A game that typified the grit of this year’s senior class wasn’t supposed to be decided by a fluke deflection.But with 2:29 left in overtime, Rochester Institute of Technology defender Melissa Bromley tipped a shot that deflected off the left shoulder of goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater. It trickled into the net to give RIT (16-15-3, 11-7-2 College Hockey America) a 2-1 victory over Syracuse (18-13-3, 9-8-3) in front of 527 fans at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday on the Orange’s senior night.“Some of it’s just a bounce here, bounce there as evidenced by their winning goal,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It just hit our player in the back and bounced in.”With the win, RIT secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming CHA playoffs, while the Orange got bumped to the No. 4 spot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will still host in the first round, but this is not how seniors Drinkwater, Margot Scharfe, Cara Johnson, Caitlin Roach, Brittney Krebs, Sadie St. Germain and the injured Kallie Billadeau wanted to end their final regular season.“It’s frustrating when it bounces off our own teammate, but what can you do,” Drinkwater said. “It’s just bad luck.”The game started off in favor of the Tigers 29 seconds into a Syracuse powerplay early in the first period.Kourtney Kunichika corralled a puck at the blue line cleared from the corner by teammate Emilee Bulleid. She carried it the length of the ice, outskating two Syracuse defenders, firing a shot that deflected off the center of Drinkwater’s left leg pad.The deflection fell right back to Kunichika’s stick, and she buried the shorthanded goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.With 8:20 left in the first, RIT leading scorer Kolbee McRea went down hard and dislocated her shoulder. She needed medical attention and wouldn’t return to the game.Luckily for the Tigers, the absence of McRea didn’t cause any serious damage, as their defense was able to repeatedly block shots fired at goal by the Orange.“We shot a lot of pucks straight into them,” Flanagan said. “We have to be better against teams that pack it in and try to stay in shooting lanes.”The majority of the second period was uneventful, as neither team managed a serious chance on goal.With less than two minutes remaining in the frame, RIT’s Marissa Maugeri toe-dragged two Syracuse defenders, finding herself 1-on-1 with Drinkwater.But she lifted the puck just over the top right corner from close range, keeping the score at 1-0 heading into the third.With 8:07 left in the game, the Orange was finally able to breakthrough courtesy of a Nicole Renault power-play goal.The sophomore found herself in space in the right circle after a pass from Akane Hosoyamada and wristed home the puck to even the score at one.“I got a really nice pass from the slot,” Renault said. “I just saw the opening and shot it, but I think it helped get our momentum back up.”For the remainder of regulation, neither side was able to manage a goal, as Drinkwater and RIT goaltender Ali Binnington were each stalwart in net.Midway through overtime, though, the Tigers were able to find a slight opening atop the right corner of the net, sending the visitors’ contingent into a frenzy.“There was just a fluky goal we lost there at the end,” Renault said. “It was a shame because we were playing really well.”The Orange has to turn right around, though, as it hosts the CHA playoffs starting next Friday. Said Drinkwater: “There’s nothing really you can do about it but just bounce back.” Comments
For the second game running Cristiano Ronaldo was voted Budweiser Man of the Match after scoring the only goal in Portugalâ€™s hard-fought 1-0 win against Morocco in Group B at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Wednesday.Egypt became the first African team to crash out after the Pharaohs lost a second game to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday night after similarly been beaten 1-0 in her opening match against Uruguay. Morocco also lost her opening game to Iran 1-0.Ronaldo claimed the award in Portugalâ€™s thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain where he netted a hat-trick in their first group game last weekend. The current FIFA World Player of the Year headed in a cross just four minutes into Wednesdayâ€™s game to give his side the vital win.Aside from scoring the only goal, Ronaldo went close a couple of occasions to add to his tally and also tried to set up his teammates to get on the score sheet as well.He is now on four goals at this yearâ€™s World Cup and is currently the top scorer so far.Morocco played their part in an enthralling match, their vociferous fans cheering their side on for consistent waves of attack against the stern Portuguese defence.Younes Belhanda came closest for the Atlas Lions, but his header was superbly kept out by Rui Patricio.In the end, it was the decisive header from Ronaldo that claimed the win, his strike coming after just four minutes.Portugal will come up against a familiar face in Carlos Queiroz in their final Group B fixture, while Morocco will have purely pride to play for when they face Spain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram