Winter crops

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaAn ice storm brought nasty, freezing temperatures to Georgia last week. It closed airports, iced roads and knocked out electricity for many. But it did little damage to any crops planted now.The freezing temperatures have been reported to have made some of Georgia’s 8,000 acres of leafy greens a little “blue.”Cool pigmentsWhen they get stressed, as during winter cold snaps, leafy greens like mustards, collards, kale and turnips produce less of the pigments that make them look green, said Terry Kelley, a vegetable horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.When this happens, a pigment in the plant called anthocyanin appears more dominate in relation to the green pigments. It causes plants to look blue instead of the normal green.Soil fertility problems can also cause leafy greens to turn blue. Once the stress has passed, most plants return to their greener hues, he said.To cause severe damage to leafy greens, temperatures would have to stay in the low 20s (Fahrenheit) for 8 to 10 hours straight, he said. This rarely happens in Georgia.”But some of the more tender plants like mustard greens have taken a hit from the cold weeks we’ve had since the first of the year,” Kelley said.Sweet weatherGeorgia farmers plant about 1,500 acres of carrots annually. Carrots are a tough winter crop and don’t mind a little freezing weather. A prolonged freeze can burn the leafy tops. But carrots with a good root system will grow those back. Younger carrots may have more trouble with cold weather, he said.Carrots are planted from late August until January in Georgia. Farmers stagger planting dates to harvest for different market times, Kelley said. Harvest runs from late December through June.Much like carrots, Georgia’s sweet Vidalia onions don’t mind cold weather as long as the ground doesn’t freeze and rupture young bulbs. Temperatures haven’t gotten that cold this year around Toombs and Tattnall counties, where most of the state’s onions are grown, said George Boyhan, a horticulturist with the UGA Extension Service.The icy weather may have hurt some outer quills (onion leaves) on young onions, he said. “But so far, this year’s weather has been good for onions.”It’s uncertain right now how many acres farmers planted, Boyhan said. But estimates range from 13,500 to 16,000 acres.Onion diseases lowGeorgia’s winter has been mostly cool and dry. This has kept disease problems low in the onion crop this year, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service.Growers were concerned last year when two new viruses, iris yellow spot and tomato spotted wilt, were reported in Georgia’s onion crop.IYSV has caused major problems for onion growers in Washington, Colorado and South America. TSWV has caused major problems for other Georgia crops like peanuts, peppers, tomatoes and tobacco.The Plant Pathology Virology Laboratory in Tifton, Ga., tested onion samples last year. About 7 percent of the samples tested positive for IYSV, and 9 percent tested positive for TSWV.”But there was no evidence of yield losses in onions due to these diseases last year,” he said.So far, samples show the same amount of infection for each virus in the crop this year, he said.last_img read more

PREMIUMAXA Mandiri eyes double-digit growth in premium income

first_imgTopics : AXA Mandiri Financial Services (AXA Mandiri), one Indonesia’s major insurance companies, expects to maintain double-digit growth in premium income this year as it taps into the large customer base of its parent company, Bank Mandiri, to attract new policyholders.AXA Mandiri president director Handojo G. Kusuma said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the insurer would market its products more intensively to customers of Bank Mandiri, which had one of the largest customer bases in the country.”We hope to book double-digit growth in premium income by tailoring insurance products to the special needs of Bank Mandiri customers,” he told a press briefing.AXA Mandiri is jointly owned by Bank Maniri, which has a 51 percent stake, and AXA Group’s National Mutual International Pty. Ltd, which holds 49 percent.AXA Mandiri booked gross premium income of Rp 9.5 trillion… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Indonesia finance insurance AXA-Mandiri premium-income profit bank-mandiri customerslast_img read more

Roche enters Giro Hall of Fame

first_img Roche, who won the triple crown of Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and the world road race title in 1987, joined Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi in receiving the accolade. The tribute came in the year Belfast hosts the Giro start, known as the Grande Partenza, with Dublin also on the route. Press Association The 54-year-old said: “I am very honoured by this award because the Giro d’Italia always has a special place in my heart. “The 1987 Giro was a big victory and it opened up that year’s streak of magic (Giro, Tour and Worlds). “With the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza in Ireland next May, it makes me even more proud of this great honour.” center_img Irishman Stephen Roche has been inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. last_img read more

Canaries’ relegation confirmed

first_img Defender Carl Jenkinson swept home another for his first Arsenal goal as the visitors closed out a comfortable victory ahead of their Wembley return, while Norwich, who sacked manager Chris Hughton with just five matches left, must now regroup for life in the Sky Bet Championship along with Cardiff and Fulham. Wilshere made a welcome return to the squad following a fractured foot suffered on international duty against Denmark in March, while with fourth place already secure and perhaps one eye on the FA Cup final, Lukasz Fabianski started in goal. Caretaker Canaries boss Neil Adams found no place in the match-day squad for club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who managed just one goal and along with captain Sebastien Bassong – another conspicuous by his absence – looks set to leave in the summer. With nothing other than pride to play for, Norwich – who actually had a decent home record this season – started brightly. On 17 minutes winger Nathan Redmond – one of the few summer buys to have performed consistently well – cut in from the left and drilled an angled shot from 20 yards which Fabianski palmed behind. The tempo of the match, however, was soon pedestrian again, which in the circumstance of both teams was understandable. Just before the half-hour mark a clever backheel from Olivier Giroud in the left side of the penalty area created space for Lukas Podolski, but goalkeeper Ruddy – the England international another likely to join the summer exodus from Norfolk – was out quickly to make a smart save. The Norwich number one then produced a quite remarkable stop after a neat one-two put Giroud clear, but the Arsenal forward’s chipped drive was pushed over at point-blank range. Norwich’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Carrow Road, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return from injury. Arsenal were finally finding some rhythm, as another quick interchange on the edge of the Norwich box teed up Ramsey, whose snapshot was blocked by Michael Turner. Ruddy was again called into action five minutes from half-time when he tipped over a fine curling 20-yard effort from Giroud. There was not much more enthusiasm following the restart, before a moment of pure quality finally broke the deadlock. Giroud held the ball up on the edge of the Norwich penalty area before chipping a cross to the back post. Ramsey dropped a yard deep and volleyed the ball up over Ruddy into the top-right corner for a strike of the highest technical order. With the game, and ultimately their season, gone, Norwich handed a first-team debut to Jamar Loza, the 19-year-old forward just back from spells at Leyton Orient and Southend. But he was on the pitch just four minuted when Arsenal went 2-0 ahead. Full-back Kieran Gibbs carried the ball to the left touchline before cutting it back into a crowded box, where Jenkinson prodded it home. The life-long Arsenal fan wheeled away to the travelling support in wild celebration of his first goal for the club. Wilshere then replaced Ramsey to give him a run-out ahead of the FA Cup final and a likely summer trip to Brazil. There was also a welcome late cameo for Abou Diaby, the France midfielder recovered from a serious knee injury to play in his first match since March 2013. Fabianski saved bravely at the feet of Robert Snodgrass, the Norwich player of the season in a forgettable campaign, as the Gunners, already assured of a Champions League qualifying place, closed out a fifth straight league win. The Canaries were already all but down – needing to win, West Brom to lose and by a 17-goal swing. Arsenal, who play in the FA Cup final next weekend, were not in a generous mood. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, hoping to be in Roy Hodgson’s England squad along with Wilshere when it is named on Monday, made three impressive saves in the first half before he was beaten by a fine strike by Aaron Ramsey on 53 minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alan Pardew concerned by FA move to stop publication of youth results

first_img “If you ask me, our youth football isn’t competitive enough,” said the Crystal Palace manager, whose team on Saturday host Southampton in the Premier League. “Under-18s, Under-17s, Under-16s, Under-15s should be more competitive. It’s what the game’s all about, and you learn, hone your skills, if it’s more competitive, so I don’t agree with that policy, but they probably did it for the right reasons. “Technically we’re not the best players, trust me, I’ve worked with the best players in the world, and they’re not all English, but what we do have is a spirit and a winning mentality, and it can make up for a lot of technical deficiencies. So I’d be careful to start edging around that. “The problem with youth football is there’s always different views. There’s plenty of people at the FA that sit in little meetings and come up with certain ideas. “I remember, if my team had done well, having a look in the paper if you’d won a medal or something, or if my primary school had done well, of course you do. What’s wrong with that? Where that harms children, I don’t get it. “What you do want to do the English way of playing is to have players who have a fighting spirit in them, and a will to win.” Pardew remains without Bakary Sako, owing to a hamstring injury, while Dwight Gayle, having suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury, and Mile Jedinak, because of an ankle problem picked up this week, will also miss Saturday’s fixture. The manager, who worked at Southampton before his sacking in August 2010, believes Ronald Koeman’s team are still suffering because of the “big blow” of Morgan Schneiderlin’s summer transfer to Manchester United, and has targeted victory in his pursuit of the Premier League’s top six. “I do think they miss him,” Pardew said. “It’s not easy to replace someone as influential as Morgan. That they might be having a struggle with, but they are still a very good side. “This has been a fantastic year for us, 2015. If we can match this year I will be really happy. If we match this year I think we can end up in the top six. “Let’s cement ourselves in sixth. If we win, we are sixth. One hurdle at a time. “We are a long way from European football. Let’s talk in March.” Press Association The FA has advised local newspapers not to publish the results of Under-seven to Under-11 matches amid long-term concerns that an emphasis on winning has undermined English players’ technical development. They wish to make youth football “more child centred and less results orientated”, but Pardew, who already considers English players to possess inferior technical ability to their more successful rivals, believes losing that competitive edge could prove damaging. Alan Pardew is concerned The Football Association’s desire to prevent the publication of youth football scores risks removing one of English football’s greatest strengths.last_img read more

Everything but the Song: The Friday release makes for a lazy music-listener

first_imgToday, as a self-proclaimed music-writer and hip-hop lover, I’m still tired. At some point in many of my conversations with friends on the final day of the work week, I’m asked: “Have you listened to the new *insert artist name who dropped on Friday*?” The answer varies.  Nineteen years ago, when Jay-Z said, (yes, another Jay-Z reference in an “Everything but the Song” column) “Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?” he was asking an important question: Are we actually listening to what’s being rapped or sung about? Are we deciphering the instrumentation of a track? Or are we listening because we have to, because it’s the right or expected thing to do?  The new normal that is the Friday release should be a blessing in disguise for anyone working in a music-related job, right? Your brain works on a schedule. For a writer, Fridays bring opportunities to write reviews, think pieces or listicles or get some funny tweets out.  Yet, over the past few years, my answer to the question has shifted from the affirmative to outright disregarding what’s just dropped. I’ve grown tired of being “in the know” or listening to music as soon as it’s out. If you asked me today about newer releases, you’d learn I haven’t listened to any of my usual pickings. DaBaby’s album is foreign to me, I’ve only listened to three or four tracks from Fiona Apple’s new project and my ears have yet to hear the collaborative effort by Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes.  (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) As someone who has worked in both capacities, in the industry and as a writer, I’ve always hated the Friday release. In an early music-related gig, I’d scoff at having to write mundane news articles about City Girls’ latest single or whatever random joint-album (see: “MihTy”) the industry conceived of that week. There was rarely any thrill associated with the cyclical nature of waiting for new-music Fridays.   I’m not sure if I’ve become a lazy music consumer, too accustomed to the luxury streaming provides, listening to Amerie’s “All I Have” every day. Or, maybe I’m just no longer interested in today’s musical landscape — music and content produced alike. For industry professionals — college street team workers, marketing executives, A&Rs, etc. — it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for. One’s label or artist’s project is out and though a successful single or album is more than just its reception at the release, it’s how it sustains and grows after it: Half of the battle is done once the music is published.  My entire Twitter timeline talks about a project from late Thursday night to about Wednesday of the next week and then we gear up for another round of releases. Yes, there’s lots of music that stands the test of time; I’m still talking about how underrated “K.T.S.E.” is to this day. Though if I solely based my music consumption and engagement on what was popular on social media or music journalism sites, I’d listen to something once or twice and trade it for the next release without full digestion.   I want discussions around artists’ work to last longer. It seems like many listen to music to say they’ve listened, as opposed to listening to enjoy or better understand the work. Reviews from some major music publications seem formulaic, and long-gone are the days when writers would explore themes and motifs deeply rooted in an album after it’s marinated with the world and had a chance to mean something. It bothers me that talented, hardworking artists can sit in the studio for months or years on end and create something that is digested and tossed away so quickly but brought back for quick listicle or end-of-the-year roundups.  It seems like conversations surrounding albums are touch and go. I want to have hour-long discussions with my friends debating the production on Westside Gunn’s latest, but with every Friday slapping me with more to consume, where is the time for it? I remember attempting to do an entire weave on myself in my junior year and waiting to persevere through the hardest part  — sewing in my tracks  —  until Meek Mill’s “Championships” dropped. Consequently, it was an amazing feat on my part, my hair turned out perfect and the album is one I still listen to now when overcoming challenging tasks (like doing sprints outside, instead of on the treadmill during the quarantine).  When you write about music, work in “the industry” or are just a general listener and want to stay up to date on what’s new, Fridays are dreadful. According to Wired, the Friday music release became standard around 2016. As the industry saw an increase in streaming, it needed to optimize the way it released music and curb piracy concerns brought on by staggered release dates. Similar to the reason movies come out on Fridays, fans are also typically more willing to buy music on the weekends.  Ellice Ellis is a senior writing about the music industry and social justice. She is also one of the Arts & Entertainment editors for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Everything but the Song,” typically runs every other Wednesday. Yes, I’d get a rush for highly-anticipated albums such as Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” as I worked on an overarching news piece about the years of hype leading up to the project, but for most other releases, engaging with them felt formulaic. Like cleaning the bathroom, I’d come to work every Friday with my Fabulouso and scrubbing brush, ready to get down and dirty writing about whatever music dropped that day. last_img read more

Tyler Roberson looks to rebound against North Carolina State

first_imgLogan Reidsma | Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim clapped his hands two times as Tyler Roberson walked slowly off the court. Trevor Cooney jogged slowly next to him. The two met their head coach, one on each side, but Boeheim only stuck out his right hand to high-five Cooney and gave no physical acknowledgement to Roberson.There was 9:50 left and SU trailed by two to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Roberson had recorded no points and collected just three rebounds despite playing 21 minutes.“If I had anybody else he wouldn’t play a minute,” Boeheim said. “Not a minute.”Roberson, who collected 14 points and 20 rebounds against then-No. 20 Duke nearly a month before his worst showing of the season against Pittsburgh, wasn’t the aggressive presence he’s been known for much of this year. He didn’t use open space to attack the rim on offense, and wasn’t all over the glass like his 8.5 rebounds per game suggests he typically is.Syracuse (18-10, 8-7 Atlantic Coast) and Roberson face North Carolina State (14-14, 4-11) at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. And, like Pittsburgh, the Wolfpack score most of its points on the interior and has one of the best offensive rebounding rates in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnother game, another challenge directed Roberson’s way.“I think I played hard. I don’t know, the past few games haven’t been going my way,” Roberson said after the Pittsburgh game. “All I can really control is playing hard and trying to help the team win. And I think deep down, I’ve been trying to do that.” Boeheim said Roberson is getting the same looks as Tyler Lydon. But Lydon has scored 20 or more in two of the past three games, while Roberson has five total points in his last two games. He’s dribbling sideways even though he’s not being guarded, Boeheim said, and added that it’s his job as a coach to make Roberson play as aggressively as he was during that five-game stretch.When Mike Hopkins was serving as the interim head coach during Boeheim’s suspension earlier this season, he said sometimes SU gets a “plugged-in” Roberson and sometimes they don’t. But it’s hard to tell when that will happen.“If Tyler Roberson is going to play, he’s got to get us some points or rebounds,” Boeheim said. “… You can’t have a junior be in the program and play all the time and you get to your junior year and score. You can’t win that way.”Roberson’s normally quiet, but he spoke so softly after Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh that it was almost impossible to hear at times. When asked about Boeheim saying he wouldn’t play a minute, he whispered, “that’s what he thinks.” When asked what he can do going forward he said, “just keep working.”He didn’t say much, but his insistence that nothing is different contrasts the belief of his head coach and even some teammates.Said Roberson: “I think I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve been doing every game.” Commentscenter_img Published on February 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Roberson scored in double figures in five straight games that ended with his dominant performance at Duke on Jan. 18. During that stretch, he also averaged 11.2 rebounds. But in the eight games since, he’s scored in double figures just once and averaged seven rebounds. His struggles have been tangible, but also hard for him to explain.When he caught the ball with space on the baseline early in the first half against Pitt, he didn’t attack the rim. Instead he dribbled to his right and dumped it off to Cooney, who was defended. When Cooney fed it right back to him, he hesitated before penetrating toward the basket and missed a contested shot that was his only attempt of the afternoon.“I thought he had some chances to go and be aggressive,” Cooney said. “He’s done that at times this year. I don’t know. He’s a big part of us offensively and defensively. If you look at the games when he’s aggressive and rebounds and makes plays, we’re a better team. I think he knows that. I think everyone knows that.”last_img read more

Digital challenge sees Veikkaus complete stage-1 of corporate transformation

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 Veikkaus, Finland’s state-owned gambling operator has detailed the successful completion of the initial phase of its ongoing ‘transformation programme’.At the start of 2019, Veikkaus governance announced that it would undertake ‘significant operational restructure’ of its ‘restaurant gambling division’, having identified a number of ‘cost reduction areas’.Competing against a ‘trend of fierce online gambling competition’, Olli Saarikoski, President and CEO of Veikkaus confirmed that corporate governance had reduced operational headcount by 300-360 staff, terminating ‘part-time contracts’.Fulfilling a key mandate, Saarikoski details that the legacy operator has undertaken strong progress on its digitisation strategy, as Veikkaus counters a ‘demographic shift’ which sees Finnish consumers’ turning towards online gambling.“Our objective is to ensure Veikkaus’ future in the tightening digital competition, where gaming is shifting strongly towards the digital channel. As a result of the structural changes in retail trade, our point-of-sale network has also been reduced considerably in the past few years.”Saarikoski details in Veikkaus update.Despite its corporate adjustments, Veikkaus was criticised last April by Finland’s Health & Welfare Department, for failing on ‘its responsibility mandate’ by failing to convey responsible gambling messages across its advertising.Further political pressure, saw Veikkaus position as state-owned gambling operator come under scrutiny of Finland’s Social Affairs Ministry, which stated that the gambling operator had failed to curb problem gambling rates, a key mandate in Veikkaus absorbing RAY and Fintoto enterprises back in 2017.Olli Saarikoski would comment on responsible gambling initiatives –  “There has been a lot of public debate over gambling problems. It is good that the responsibility of our operations and the reliability of our games are still seen as significant values. Veikkaus keeps monitoring the development of gambling-related problems regularly and developing measures to control problem gambling. At present, Veikkaus is preparing for comprehensive identification on decentralised slot machines, which will be introduced in 2022, enabling the players, for example, to set limits on their own gaming.” Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Gyan couldn’t stop vomiting before USA match in 2010 but still scored extra-time winner – Mensah reveals

first_imgHe played all 120 minutes of the game as the Stars picked up the victory.Jonathan Mensah had conceded the penalty that the USA equalised with so, it’s not surprising that this particular memory would stick with him.It was the goal that took the Black Stars into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time and was scored by a player who probably shouldn’t have been on the pitch. “I remember this legend @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 vomited anything he ate or drunk before Ghana vs USA in the 2010 WC. This man right here still laced up and played 120 minutes and got the winner for us. All time leading scorer but above all a great man, Happy b’day legendary man.”Goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana and Landon Donovan for the USA had taken the match to extra-time.Gyan then took down a long ball on his chest, held off a defender and fired home Ghana’s winner. Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan’s commitment to the senior national team over the years has been well documented.However, the extent of this commitment might still have been understated.A number of people, including his teammates took to social media to share their experiences with Asamoah Gyan on his 34th birthday on Friday.According to Gyan’s Black Stars teammate, Jonathan Mensah, the player always left everything on the line when he represented the country.One such moment at the 2010 World Cup saw a very sick Gyan suit up for the national team against the USA in the Round of 16.With Gyan having scored two goals already at the tournament, losing him for the match against the USA would have been a huge blow for the Stars.However, Gyan, who Jonathan Mensah said, in a tweet wishing the NorthEast United player well on his birthday, “Vomited anything he ate or drunk before Ghana” still started the game for the Stars.last_img read more

APS Bus Pick-up and Drop-off Changes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis This week marked the start of new changes for Alpena Public School Buses when it comes to dropping off and picking up students.Buses will be required to parallel park on 4th avenue between Ripley Blvd. and Bedford Street.This change will occur for approximately 15 to 20 minutes prior to when school starts at 8:30am, and for approximately 15 to 20 minutes following dismissal at 3:42pm.There will be an exception on June 14th and 15th, which is when dismissal will be at 11:45am.Pick up and drop off changes will continue through the remainder of the school year and will reduce the travel width of the street.Motorists are asked to plan alternate routes. The change in bus parking is a trial for future considerations.Additional questions should be directed to Alpena Public Schools. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Man Sentenced For Manufacturing MethNext June Proclaimed As Bicycle Awareness Monthlast_img read more