Awaiting rain

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaTropical storms during the growing season aren’t always a welcome sight for farmers. But for some parts of parched south Georgia, the welcome mat is out to Katrina to bring in some rain.”Depending on conditions, it may spur some disease problems,” said Chuck Ellis, the University of Georgia Extension coordinator in Dooly County.”But as dry as we are in places, it will be a bigger benefit than a detriment right now,” Ellis said. “I had a farmer tell me this morning that if he could get 4 inches of rain out of a storm he’d welcome it, they’re so dry.”The costs and benefits of a tropical storm will depend on where the storm makes landfall and how high the winds are, he said. In Ellis’ area, one of the largest cotton-producing parts of the state, wind is the biggest threat.”The biggest problem for us would be if we had tremendous wind that blew the cotton down in the field,” he said.”We had wind damage last year in some fields,” he said, “and it depends on a lot of factors like which direction the row runs, the wind direction, if there is any protection from trees on the side that the wind’s coming in from. … One field can be devastated by wind and others just down the road can be fine.”The only open bolls he’s seeing right now are on stressed cotton plants, so rain isn’t much of a threat yet.Farther south, where most Georgia peanuts are grown, farmers are in pretty good shape, too.”Peanuts will be the least susceptible crop to storm damage,” said UGA Extension peanut agronomist John Beasley, “unless the storm stalled out over us and we got 10 inches of rain throughout the peanut belt. Then we could see a lot of damage. But if we get the usual rain and it moves out, peanuts will be fine.”It’s all about timing, Beasley said. “If we have this kind of storm come through three or four weeks from now, when we’re closer to harvest, we’ll be real worried,” he said. “But right now, we’re OK unless we get an unusual amount of heavy, heavy rain.”Other crops that face some threat are corn and tobacco.”Farmers with harvest-ready corn are trying to hurry and get it in before the storm hits,” Beasley said. “There’s still some tobacco left out there, too, that could see some damage from wind and rain.”last_img read more

District supports lack of respect for flag, country

first_imgIf the district administration condones eliminating the national anthem from a schoolwide event, what will be eliminated next, the “Pledge of Allegiance?” I read quotes of “We support our students,” but does the district support the United States? I am beginning to wonder.The district says “we teach respect,” yet the administration allows students to disrespect our nation, our flag, our anthem and our soldiers by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. If these students could have served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea or Nazi Germany, perhaps they would have a greater appreciation for the country they live in.How can a school district such as this be trusted to run a taxpayer supported, multi-million dollar school budget? It’s very discouraging to see the culture of hypocrisy and denial that the Niskayuna school district administration and Niskayuna school board operates in. That is a culture that I will “take a knee” to and not support at the budget vote in May.I will “take a knee,” too, and not support at the budget vote in May.Lonsdale WalkerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was greatly concerned as I read about the elimination of the national anthem from the Niskayuna High School fall pep rally. It was also disheartening to learn that certain school athletes are “taking a knee” when our national anthem is played at sporting events.Then, to make matters worse, I read of the public support that Niskayuna High School principal (and NFL recruiting agent) John Rickert, district Superintendent Tangorra, and the Niskayuna school board have given in to these less-than-admirable students.last_img read more

‘Indonesia’s new capital city will be very special,’ Tony Blair says

first_imgFormer British prime minister Tony Blair has said he is confident Indonesia’s new capital city will be a special place, describing the capital relocation plan as an outstanding vision for Indonesia as well as an inspiration for the whole world.“I think the project is enormously exciting. It’s going to be a project that doesn’t just mean creating a new capital city, but a capital city that is going to be very special in the way that it’s developed,” Blair said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday.The former British prime minister has been appointed to join the steering committee for the new capital city development project, alongside SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan. What would make the new city special, Blair went on to say, was the fact it would be built by not only prioritizing environmental considerations, but also the country’s economic growth and development.“The President’s vision for this capital city is one in which the city itself is going to be attractive. It’s going to be a place where people want to come, live and to work, [and] also a capital city that is able to offer a whole new dimension to the Indonesian economy,” he said. Read also: Foreign, local investors lining up to help develop Indonesia’s new capital city, says LuhutCoordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan announced after Friday’s meeting that the government would work with American engineering company AECOM, consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to design the new capital city.The new capital city, which is set to be located in East Kalimantan, is to be designed with the latest technology and an environmentally friendly concept.The government stated earlier that the project would cost Rp 466 trillion (US$ 34.06 billion), with one-fifth of the funds to come from the state budget.The UAE government is also prepared to invest $22.8 billion in the project through a sovereign wealth fund, alongside SoftBank and the United States International Development Finance Corporation. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane sets a sustainable pace for property price growth

first_imgCorelogic’s director of research, Tim Lawless, said Brisbane their latest research should bolster confidence in the sustainability of Brisbane house prices.HOUSE price growth is setting in for Brisbane according to market analysts at Corelogic.Corelogic director of research, Tim Lawless, said today’s release of their June Home Value Index, should bolster confidence in detached Brisbane housing, despite a more dire result for units.Mr Lawless said a 0.8 per cent quarterly gain in Brisbane house prices had been offset by a 2.4 per cent drop in attached housing values.“There’s a two speed market for sure happening here in Brisbane.”Mr Lawless said the combined value of all dwellings was up 0.5 per cent for the June Quarter, which is very sustainable.“If you annualise it out, you’re looking at an annual growth rate of about two per cent.“But compared to the other, larger markets were still not seeing Brisbane showing any sort of surge in the pace of capital gains, just not yet anyway, but we are seeing some signs of population growth which is starting to improve from interstate.”Mr Lawless said Brisbane’s affordability advantage will be a catalyst for ongoing demand from interstate buyers.“Our median house price is slightly behind $500,000. That’s $200,000 less than what is in Melbourne and about half of Sydney’s, so I think that’s going to become more and more attractive to buyers in the long run.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoCorelogic head of research, Cameron Kusher, said many new residents were looking to South East Queensland’s coastal addresses.Mr Kusher said a lack of job prospects brought in buyers seeking lifestyle over career.“It seems to be a stronger housing market on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts than it is in Brisbane,” he said.“In Brisbane I think ultimately the market is just struggling to really kick because the job story is just not that strong.”Property Search Buyers’ Agency director, Scott McGeever, said he could understand the generally flat overall result given the analysis included our underperforming unit market.Mr McGeever said, however, detached homes within a seven kilometre radius of the CBD are solid.“We’re seeing buyer demand there. Sectors that are doing well will continue to do well.”Mr McGeever said attached housing would continue to struggle, and buyers must drill down into Brisbane’s various real estate sub-sectors to identify the best options.“Moving forward we see house and land to be pretty rock solid within that 10-kilometre radius,” Mr McGeever said.last_img read more

Parkwind Hands Out Arcadis Ost 1 Foundation Design Contract

first_imgParkwind has handed out the contract for the detailed design of the OSS foundations and turbines for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm to the Hamburg branch office of the consulting group COWI.The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.The scope of the contract includes the geotechnical design, loads calculations, primary and secondary steel design, limit state verification, and all activities pertaining to the approval of the design.“Wind energy is a strategically important growth area for COWI and we work with large-scale wind projects across the globe,” said Michael Sienko, COWI’s business development director for Offshore Wind. “The Arcadis Ost 1 project is without doubt amongst the most interesting offshore wind projects in the Baltic region for the time being, and we are very pleased to be onboard Parkwind’s team. With a growing office in Hamburg, I am confident that we can provide smooth and effective foundation designs in close cooperation with Parkwind.”Arcadis Ost I project manager, Clément Helbig de Balzac added: “We are glad to have selected COWI as foundation designer for the Arcadis Ost I project, we are convinced they have the relevant experience and skills to deliver an efficient design within the agreed timeframe. This milestone is one of the several coming this fall and we are pleased in moving our project forward in line with our planning.”last_img read more

Parliamentarians offer obituary messages for three deceased colleagues

first_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Parliamentarians offer obituary messages for three deceased colleagues by: – July 17, 2012center_img Share Tweet Ambassador Charles MaynardMembers of Parliament took time out during the First Meeting of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament at the House of Assembly on Tuesday, to remember and offer condolence messages for three deceased colleagues.Government ministers and opposition senators were given three minutes each to offer obituary remarks on the passing of Ambassador Charles Maynard, former health minister John Fabien and former parliamentarian Elford Henry.Charles Maynard died on the 8th of May, 2012 and was granted an official funeral on May 22nd, 2012. John Fabien also succumbed to his illness on June 22nd, 2012 and was also granted an official funeral on July 7th, 2012.Elford Henry who served as the parliamentary representative of the Wesley constituency as well as in local government, died on July 13th, 2012.Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit noted that all three men sacrificed their time towards Dominica’s development.“All of these gentlemen made sterling contributions to Dominica’s development; whether it is agriculture, whether it is in politics, whether it is in religion, whether it is on the economic development and social advancement of Dominica. Madam speaker, you could say in large measure that they all died with their boots on, working in the vineyard and laboring in the vineyard for Dominica’s development. These are all men who committed their entire working life to Dominica’s development”. He said further; “I could always count on them for their good counsel, their advice and their support”. Former prime minister and president of the United Workers party Edison James, who rose to offer a message of condolence, remembered Henry for his work in the Banana industry, explaining that he was a “stalwart in terms of the management” of that sector.According to James, one of Henry’s major roles during his work in the banana sector was controlling leaf spot; a disease which severely affected bananas some years ago.Former minister of health, John FabienParliamentary representative for the Wesley constituency, Gloria Shillingford, remembered Henry as a leader who served his constituents well and made a mark on the entire country. “Henry was a leader and motivator when he represented his people in Parliament very well and we remember him as a no nonsense person, but as a person who loved his people and represented them. He was a very, very positive person madam speaker, a person who spoke his mind, and was not afraid of doing so, and a person who also gave political advice. I knew him not only politically but as a friend. He was one you could depend on to lead you in the correct way”.Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Julius Timothy, said he might have been the only Member of Parliament who had the privilege of serving with all three men during his political career.“I am probably the only one here who served in parliament with all three, that is Charles Maynard, John Fabien and Elford Henry. Between 1980 and 1985, Elford Henry and I were in fact the flag bearers of the Labour party in the senate, and Elford Henry and I we also worked on the National Bank board together, we were very, very good friends”.Timothy revealed one of Henry’s sayings which he cherishes; “If you don’t have, you should always wish that your friend had as that is the only way you can enjoy it and I remember that up to this day”. UWP senator, Ezekiel Bazil, who is from Wesley, noted that Henry was a community man and devout catholic who served with distinction.“I knew him very well as a local catholic and in fact a lay minister of the Catholic Church. I knew him as a community man who has served the people of the Wesley, Woodfordhill constituency with great distinction in central government and also for a lot of his life in local government”. Leader of the Opposition, Hector John said, Henry was known for being a “very jovial, friendly” man who gave good advice. Henry also served as the chairman of the Banana Trust Unit, he was the operations manager of the Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation and at the time of his death he was a member of the Wesley Village Council.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more

Man Utd hero ‘really pleased’ with Ighalo

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human Traits14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Manchester United Treble winner Andy Cole is full of praise for Odion Ighalo. The on-loan striker, who United signed from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on January deadline day, has scored four goals already for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. “I am really pleased with him,” said Cole.Advertisement Loading… “When you come to a club like Manchester United as a center-forward, everyone expects you to score straight away, but it takes a little bit of time. “And like Odion said himself, he wasn’t fit and was just coming in from pre-season in China. read also:Osimhen dreams Premier League move, consults Ighalo “I think he has done pretty well when he has been given the opportunity, he has applied himself really well in the club and has scored four good goals, four center-forward goals, you can’t ask for much more.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

7 families want MidEast OFW relatives repatriated

first_imgJack Arroyo of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)in Region 6 said their office would be working on the concerns of Balbes andHerra. “Ginamaltratosia so gabalik sia sa agency kag pangitaan naman bag-o nga employer,”said Balbes. “Siling ‘ya okay sia didto pero indi gid, para indi langkami guro mag-worry.” Based on OWWA records, there were 25 from WesternVisayas currently working and residing in Iran and five in Iraq. “As much as possible we would like to only coverrequests for repatriation, updates and communication. All other concerns willbe coursed through OWWA and the Department of Foreign Affairs,” said ProvincialAdministrator Suzette Mamon who heads Task Force Bulig Ilonggo together withthe provincial Public Employment Service Office chief Francisco Heler Jr. Her daughter flew to Lebanon on July 2019 and left behind twochildren aged two and 11 years old. The helpdesk was established upon the order of Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. and is the immediate response of the provincial governmentto the tension in the Middle East following the United States’ assassination ofIran’s top military general who was visiting Iraq on Jan. 3. According to Balbes, it was only on Dec. 16, 2019 when his wifeleft for Qatar to work as a house help and already she had changed employersfour times. “Kabudlaysang iya sitwasyon didto. Gahambal lang na sia nga okay para indi kami magkabalaka,” saidHerrera. Equipped with a telephone and six laptop computerswith Wi-Fi connection, the helpdesk is intended to attend to queries andemergency needs of distressed Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) andtheir families in crisis areas in the Middle East. Celia Herrera of Zone 1, Barangay Compania Central, Molo, IloiloCity has a 30-year-old daughter working as a house help in Lebanon. Her daughter’s employer prohibited the latter from leaving thehouse and constantly scolded her, she said. Another person who sought help yesterday was Charry Balbes ofBarangay Puerto Princesa, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. He had a wife in Qatar. ILOILO – Seven families sought the repatriation ofrelatives working in the Middle East. They asked help from the provincialgovernment’s 24/7 inter-agency assistance desk at the provincial capitol yesterday. The inter-agency assistance desk started operatingyesterday and manned by Task Force Bulig Ilonggo which the provincialgovernment created (composed of representatives from relevant governmentagencies and capitol offices). The other persons who sought help yesterday were Moray Blancoof Zone 1, Barangay Compania Central, Molo, Iloilo City who had a child inLebanon; Julieta Mecer of Barangay Malawog, Santa Barbara, Iloilo who had achild in Qatar; Henley Didal of Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao, Iloilo City whohad a child in Lebanon; Julius Gargallano of Pavia, Iloilo who had a sister inLebanon; and Diwani Onabia of La Paz, Iloilo City who had a sister in SaudiArabia./PNlast_img read more

NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade

first_imgRelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF NBBF postpone FIBA technical training indefinitely The Nigeria Basketball Federation has showered encomiums on Ifunanya Ibekwe, who was recently voted University of Arizona Women Basketball best player in the last 10 years.The Nigerian, who became the first ever basketballer to record 55 double-doubles, was announced winner after days of voting by fans across the world. In his congratulatory message, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida, said: “We are very happy for this deserved recognition of the hard work of this worthy Nigerian and we are proud of what she has achieved.“Looking back at her career, you cannot but recognise her special talent as well as her desire to be the best amongst her peers.”During her illustrious stay in the school, Ibekwe was voted as part of the All-American team twice, while emerging three-time first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference.In 2011, the member of the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket team was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year after emerging first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman in 2008.Ibekwe also scored 1,653 points in her career, the fourth-most in school history, as her 1,194 rebounds till today remain the highest in the history of Arizona women basketball team. With the 2020 Olympic Games less than one year away, the federation is optimistic that Ibekwe, who till now is the second all-time University of Arizona block leader with 166 blocks, will play a vital role in the D’Tigress’ quest for a medal in Tokyo.NBBF said: “We are optimistic that these recognitions will spur her further to push to the limit and achieve more.“She is already an African champion at her first time of asking. With the plans already put in place for the men and women teams ahead of the Olympics, impossibility is nothing.”The recent honor thus added to her recent induction as a member of the prestigious Arizona Ring of Honor holder.Tags: Ifunnaya IbekweNBBFNigerian Arizona WOmen Basketballlast_img read more

Cricket News Manan Vohra – Living life out of the comfort zone and being ‘Royal’ly grateful

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Manan Vohra was undergoing a tough phase in his cricketing career. He was dropped from the Punjab side for the Ranji Trophy games. His performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in which his highest score was 27, left him in a precarious position. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had picked him in the 2018 Indian Premier League, had released him and there was a possibility that the 25-year-old from Chandigarh would not be part of the IPL in 2019. In the recent auction, Vohra was not attracting any bidders until Rajasthan Royals snatched him at his base price of Rs 20 lakhs.After he was picked by the Royals, Vohra emotionally thanked and expressed his gratitude to the Rajasthan Royals. Speaking exclusively to News Nation, Vohra opened up on the emotional rollercoaster that he was undergoing at that time. “Personally, when you want things to happen, they do not happen. When I felt my time was right, things were not going well. Being dropped from the Ranji Trophy and an inconsistent run in the one-dayers had made me nervous. It is like that phase of life where I had to fight hard to get certain things done. When I was picked, I was really happy and grateful to the Rajasthan Royals,” Vohra said.Read More | BCCI announces cash reward for Kohli brigade after win against AussiesRajasthan Royals will be the third franchise for Vohra, having played before for Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was in Kings XI Punjab where Vohra had made a mark, playing 49 games for the franchise and scoring over 1000 runs at a strike rate of over 130. His 95 in the 2017 edition against a strong Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling had propelled him into the big stage. When asked whether he was sad he had to leave Kings XI Punjab, Vohra offered a practical answer.Read More | Australia win provides Kohli’s side healing touch to overseas pain“Punjab is my home state. I was born here and playing here, I had developed a comfort zone. If you want to develop in your career, you must get out of the comfort zone,” Vohra said. In Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 25-year-old featured in just four games, with his highest being 45 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Vohra said the team composition in RCB did not give him many games. “The team already had so many good openers. There was no place for someone new,” Vohra said.England opportunity beckonsCheteshwar Pujara, who won the Man of the Series in the recently concluded Australia series where India achieved a historic series win, had credited the First Class structure and his England County stint for his improvement in his technique. Vohra aims to achieve the same growth in his career by playing for Lindfield CC. “This stint will begin after the IPL ends. The conditions in England are always a challenge and this will only help me in my growth as a cricketer,” Vohra remarked.Read More | RIP Australia cricket – 23 years of dominance officially endsThe Indian cricket team broke 71 years of pain when they won a series in Australia for the first time. Vohra said the pride that he felt could not be summed up. “It is a mighty proud feeling. It is immense. However, the pride that we feel right here is different to the feeling that the 15 guys in Australia are feeling. Their sense of pride will be in a totally different level,” Vohra added.With the IPL being played before the World Cup which will be held in England in 2019, Vohra said this edition gives youngsters like him a chance to shine. “The World Cup is a priority for all the other senior members who will be headed to England. This gives an opportunity for us youngsters to come up and shine,” Vohra said. last_img read more