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Cotton quality

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDespite an arid midsummer and tropical storms in early fall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton crop is surprisingly good. But the quality still needs improving for farmers to consistently sell their crop on the competitive world market.About 200 farmers, specialists and industry representatives met in Tifton, Ga., Dec. 14 to learn more about Georgia cotton at the University of Georgia’s 2004 Cotton Production Workshop.Weather mixedWeather in early summer was good to Georgia’s crop, said Steve Brown, a cotton agronomist with the UGA Extension Service. But July and August turned hot and dry, generally bad for cotton.Then September brought four tropical storms, all carrying strong winds and heavy rain — 15 to 20 inches around southwest Georgia, Brown said.At the time, farmers were just about ready to harvest a crop that was near maturity and didn’t need more rain. The winds knocked some cotton to the ground, making it unharvestable.Early losses from tropical storms alone were estimated at 20 percent. But farmers expect to make about 686 pounds per acre, about 15 percent less than last year’s good harvest. Georgia will produce about 1.8 million bales.”The crop turned out a lot better than we expected,” Brown said. “It appears we dodged a bullet in 2004.”The United States is expected to produce 22.8 million bales, a record, Brown said. Nine out of 17 cotton-growing states will have record cotton production this year.Quality better?Overall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton quality was good, especially in color and strength, he said. The state’s farmers sprayed to control stinkbugs this year. CAES research has found that stinkbugs can damage fiber development.Timely defoliation and harvest of the crop, Brown said, seemed to improve the crop’s quality.But Georgia’s cotton still fell short in one important grading category: uniformity, the length and consistency of the fiber.Since 1999, textile mills have complained that Georgia’s cotton doesn’t run well through newer, high-speed mills. It was reported last year that some mills will stop buying it because of this.”There is a perception out there that Georgia cotton will perform worse in the mills than other cotton,” said South Bryan, who buys cotton for Avondale Mills.Avondale hasn’t run enough of Georgia’s 2004 crop through its mills to know how it will perform, Bryan said. But if it runs poorly, Georgia’s stigma for poor cotton will only get worse.World cottonThe U.S. textile industry continues to dwindle. Two of every three bales of cotton produced in the United States now have to find a foreign buyer, said Don Shurley, a UGA Extension cotton economist. Just a few years ago, only one of three bales was sold abroad.China continues to need foreign cotton to supply its growing textile industry. But farmers there expect a large crop this year, about 30 million bales.This and other global factors have dropped cotton prices to around 40 cents per pound, down from 68 cents per pound in January, he said.”But with the size of this crop,” Shurley said, “it could be worse.”If the world produces as much cotton next year as it did this year, prices will likely be worse, he said. But if they don’t, prices could be at least 10 cents per pound higher.Not all of Georgia’s cotton is of questionable quality, said Phillip Jost, UGA Extension Service cotton agronomist. Some is excellent.The UGA cotton team and Georgia Cotton Commission will begin giving the Georgia Quality Cotton Award annually next year. Cotton ginners will nominate farmers in three categories related to the number of acres grown. The award is sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences.last_img read more

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Mountain Biking Flag Rock Area Trails – City of Norton, VA

first_imgThe Flag Rock Area Trails offer eight miles of mountain bike trails that are also open to hikers, trail runners, cross country skiers, birders, and other “people-powered” activities. Trails travel through rhododendron-choked forested tunnels, past giant sandstone boulders and cliff lines, and through beautiful hardwood forests as they wind through Flag Rock Recreation Area.  www.nortonva.gov  for visiting outdoor recreation in Norton.Novice Level (Easiest) Gentle climbs and descents with obstacles such as rocks, gravel, roots, bridges, humps, holes and berms.  Riders must have general bike handling skills before using these trails. Beginning at the Reservoir Trailhead, Lake Lake Show (0.95) and Twisted Forest (0.99) forms the eastern and western sides of the core loop of the trail system. These trails afford views of the Upper and Lower reservoirs, and large tangles of mountain laurel to a mature hardwood forest. Sugar Maple (0.64 miles) begins at the Shelter Trailhead and serves as primary access from the Flag Rock to the core loop of the system.Intermediate (Difficult) Challenging riding with steeper climbs, descents and obstacles. Trail may be narrow, with poor traction.  Shorter sight-lines are common. Fern Gully (0.61 miles) trail is part of a connector between the Upper Norton Reservoir and Forest Road 2420 on adjacent National Forest property. Forest Road 2420 (2.7 miles) is a gated, grassy forest road connecting to Forest Road 238C, which climbs to the main ridge road on High Knob. A segment connects with other trails to create 4.2 miles.  Moonshiner’s (0.75 miles) trail begins at the northern end of Reservoir Road and continues down to the junction with Lost Creek and Pickem Mountain.  Oak (0.47 miles) trail consists of a 0.24-mile single-track segment from Twisted Forest to Reservoir Trail and shares the 0.23-mile southern end of Reservoir Trail connecting with Reservoir Road. Pickem Mountain (0.75 miles) trail lies mostly on National Forest property. If coming from Moonshiner’s, this trail climbs steadily for most of its length.                              Advanced (More Difficult) May be narrower, have long steep descents and climbs, loose trail surfaces, and numerous natural and man-made obstacles. Grind Central (0.26 miles) trail connects Fern Gully to Lake Lake Show on the east side of the Upper Reservoir. It is a steep descent from Fern Gully, or a serious “grind” from Lake Lake Show (steep, but not too technical).Expert (Most Difficult) Include extended steep descents, including rock drops and steep rock faces, very narrow trails, man-made ramps, and other extreme features.  Only recommended for highly skilled riders. Lost Creek (0.90 miles): This one is one way…DOWN! Eat your Wheaties and bring your Big Boy Pants. Lost Creek is a very rocky, technical fall-line trail, which heads straight down the “holler.” It does not meander or let up. Numerous rock-drops and extended, steep, rock-garden riding. Empties onto city streets so beware.For these and other mountain biking opportunities region-wide, visit HEARTofAPPALACHIA.com.last_img read more

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DON’T “RESCUE” YOUNG WILDLIFE

first_imgHandling of any wildlife, or bringing them into the home, poses health risks for both people and domestic pets. Despite the fact that they may look healthy, wildlife can transmit life-threatening diseases such as rabies, and can carry parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks. Certain ticks transmit diseases such as ‘Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever’ and ‘Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness’ to humans. For more information, contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office (www.georgiawildlife.com/about/contact). Persons not licensed and trained in wildlife rehabilitation should not attempt to care for wildlife.  In fact, Georgia law prohibits the possession of most wildlife without a permit. If you encounter a seriously injured animal or an animal that clearly has been orphaned, please contact a local, licensed wildlife rehabilitator.    Protect yourself and your family.  Contact the local county health department and/or Wildlife Resources Division office if you encounter an animal such as a bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, coyote or bobcat that appears to show no fear of humans or dogs, or that seems to behave in a sick or abnormal manner (i.e. weaving, drooling, etc.). The animal may be afflicted with rabies, distemper or another disease. Do not attempt to feed or handle animals. Pets, livestock and humans should be kept away from the area where the animal was observed. Simply being visible during the day is not abnormal and doesn’t mean the wild animal is sick. The best thing people can do when they see a young animal, or in fact any wildlife, is to leave it exactly as they found it.  Situations become much more complex, and sometimes pose a danger to the wildlife or people, when an animal is moved or taken into a home. What If the Animal is Injured? A list of licensed rehabilitators is available at www.gadnrle.org (select “Special Permits” from the right hand side of the home page and scroll down to “Wildlife Rehabilitation”).    Why Wildlife Does NOT Belong in Your Home “When you take wildlife into your home, you often take away that animal’s ability to then survive in the wild, where they belong,” explains John Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division Chief of the Game Management Section.  “In most instances, there is an adult animal a short distance away – even though you may not be able to see it. Adult animals, such as deer, spend most of the day away from their young to reduce the risk of a predator finding the young animal.” A video about this topic is available at www.youtube.com/GeorgiaWildlife , click on “Videos” to find the title “Orphaned Wildlife in Georgia.” The two most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your pets from rabies is 1) get pets vaccinated and 2) avoid physical contact with wildlife. As another precautionary step, adults should instruct children to NEVER bring wildlife home. During the spring, it is not unusual for people to come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife and want to help – but it is best to leave them where you find them, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Following is a news release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Releases can be found online at http://georgiawildlife.com/press-release-wrd. For more information, contact: Melissa Cummings, communications/outreach specialist – 706.557.3326; Melissa.cummings@dnr.ga.govlast_img read more

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Nassau Proposes Repealing Speed Cameras, Suffolk Nixes Plan Before its Debut

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers announced Monday they plan to repeal their controversial school-zone speed camera program—the same day that Suffolk officials declared they had terminated their version before its planned launch next year.Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) plans to introduce legislation to repeal the unpopular program—an idea previously called for by the Democratic minority—according to a press release that was issued at the same time Suffolk lawmakers were holding a news conference announcing their plans to preemptively terminate their school-zone speed cameras.“Given Suffolk’s actions, we believe the Nassau County Legislature will repeal the program as well,” said Brian Nevin, spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, but without indicating whether Mangano would veto the repeal, if it passes the GOP-controlled legislature.The plans came on the same day that Nassau cut the hours its speed cameras operate from 11 hours—7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days—down to the four hours when children are entering or leaving their schools: 7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Registered owners of vehicles caught on camera speeding more than 10 miles over the 20 mph school zone speed limits can expect $80 tickets mailed to their homes.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, told reporters during a news conference at his Hauppauge office that the decision to abort the speed cameras came after seeing issues with similar programs nationwide as well as the problem-plagued rollout in Nassau.“We have made a determination that Suffolk County is not going to move forward with the school-zone camera program,” Bellone said while flanked by Democratic, Republican and minor-party legislators. “We’re going to pursue other alternatives for enhanced school-zone safety.”He added that Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) will chair a school zone safety commission that will issue a report on alternatives to the cameras and propose measures to the county legislature.New York State this spring had authorized Nassau to install 56 speed cameras and Suffolk to install 66—one in each of Long Island’s school districts. Nassau lawmakers amended their red light camera contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to have ATS launch the speed cameras over the summer, but Mangano declared amnesty for the first 40,000 tickets issued following a faulty roll-out—nullifying the first $2.4 million in fines collected.Between early September and Nov. 30, the county has generated nearly $17 million in fines, Newsday has reported, although the county has not confirmed that amount. Nevin has only said there has been a 70-percent decrease in the speed-camera tickets, but the administration declined to release specific figures.Gonsalves plans to discuss her speed camera repeal proposal at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. Although lawmakers have repeatedly insisted that the motivation for installing the speed cameras is public safety and not much-needed revenue, a repeal of the program in Nassau is expected to widen a multi-million dollar budget gap expected next year that already had forced Mangano to break his campaign promise not to raise property taxes.last_img read more

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Compensation during and after the COVID-19 crisis

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2019, credit union executives received healthy salary increases across the board, according to the 2020 CUES Executive Compensation Survey.This is perhaps not surprising. Until March 2020, the U.S. and Canada had extremely low unemployment, making finding and keeping top talent a major challenge for credit unions. In addition, CUs in the U.S. saw steady growth in total loans and assets last year.Next year’s survey will show the impact of COVID-19 on credit union compensation, allowing us to compare those numbers against several years of steady pay growth. Right now, you can still use this data to help set your budgets and compensation plans for 2021. It is always important to compare your own compensation to others in your position at similar institutions to make sure you are being paid fairly for your work. Also, credit unions can use the data to see how the compensation they offer for all positions compares to pay levels at nearby institutions of a similar size. As you determine how to handle pay increases next year, use this data to see where your credit union leads or lags.When it comes to bonus compensation, this year could be challenging. Have you thought about how to measure executive results in a year when financial results may be down? continue reading »last_img read more

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Rainbow Chopped Salad

first_img Sharing is caring! Rainbow Chopped SaladDouble this fresh and colorful salad and top each portion with 3 ounces grilled chicken breast for a quick main dish salad.Recipe NutritionPer serving: 66 calories; 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 1 g mono unsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 199 mg sodium; 371 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (240% daily value), Vitamin A (140% dv).Ingredients:1 1/2 cups bell peppers, chopped1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, chopped1 cup shredded carrots1/2 cup radishes, diced1/2 cup Orange-Oregano Dressing or Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing1 tablespoon red onion, mincedDirections:1.Place bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, radishes, dressing and onion in a medium bowl. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.2.Related Recipes: Orange-Oregano Dressing, Creamy Dill Ranch DressingRecipe source: EatingWell Share 25 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Rainbow Chopped Salad by: – August 29, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

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UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Race

first_imgUWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Race Oct. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Cross Country teams ran in an intersquad meet on the UWF campus Friday morning. The meet consisted of three co-ed teams of 5 runners each. The top four runners from each team were scored for team results. The UWF B Team won the event with 28 points, just ahead of the UWF A Team with 29, while the UWF C squad was third with 36 points. The teams were set up to be even in terms of abilities and previous race performance. The race was on a very hilly and tough course, thus no personal bests were set, but several runners had impressive times for the conditions.Freshman Nicholas Maedel (Orange Park, Fla.), running for the B Squad, led all runners with a 16:22 time for the hilly three mile course. Running for the A squad, Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) and Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), finished 2nd and 3rd in 16:52 and 16:53. Sean Jansen (Fr. / Lutz, Fla.) led the C squad with a fourth place finish in 17:02.Coach Matt Dobson was pleased as he discussed the tune-up event. “The Men have a great history of being prepared for the post season. This year is no different. The guys are having strong practices, and all that they need to do is stay healthy and get plenty of rest before the biggest meets of the year arrive.”The team is still nursing some injuries, and Seniors Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brian Gowin (Pensacola, Fla.), and Jordan Theuerkauf (Wausau, Wisc.) did not run, but are expected to be key runners in the post season races. The GSC Runner of the Week, Eric Mayes (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), was also rested to make sure he is ready for the conference meet.Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.), running for the C squad, was the top Women’s finisher in 20:29, followed closely by Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.) in 20:39. Coach Dobson discussed the Women’s post season prospects. “The Women are being led by veteran runners (Sitar and Harter), and they will be ready to run their best times of the season. Some of them have been distracted, and at times discouraged because of injuries. We will try to put all that behind us as we taper for the conference meet next week in Hoover, Ala.” Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Maine AD Creech gets contract extension

first_imgELLSWORTH — The University of Maine on Friday announced a four-year extension for Athletic Director Karlton Creech.Creech came to the University of Maine from his post as senior associate athletic director at the University of North Carolina in February 2014. His contract with the university was set to expire in February prior to the deal.“Karlton’s outstanding leadership of UMaine Athletics has benefited the university, the state and Black Bear fans near and far,” University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter said. “He is a thought leader, teacher and mentor with a vision for Maine’s only Division I athletic program.”Last January, Creech conducted the hiring of Joe Harasymiak, the youngest head football coach in Division I. He also hired Bob Walsh as the head coach of the men’s basketball team in May 2014. Under the terms of his contract, Creech’s annual salary will remain $183,855.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Other Sports Indian teen sensation Lakshya Sen eyes to break in top-30 of BWF rankings

first_imgIndia’s badminton sensation Lakshya Sen eyes to break in top 30. 2019 is the Olympic qualification year.He won Asian Junior Championship last year.  “Senior national championship is a big event for me. I have played 3-4 times before, in fact, last two years I have been playing both junior and senior and so it is one of my targets this year,” he said.Lakshya had a fabulous 2018 where he won the Asian Junior Championship and a silver and bronze at the Youth Olympics and World Junior Championship respectively before capping the season with a title at the TATA Open.The 2017 Eurasia Bulgaria Open winner, who was bothered by shin splint and shoulder injuries last year, said he is still a work in progress and needs to find a balance to avoid injuries.”I need to work on fitness and also work on my strength. I need to play against different kind of players with different styles, that experience will help me. There has to be a balance. I shouldn’t overtrain, need to plan and use the gaps between tournaments,” Lakshya said.Lakshya also played his maiden Premier Badminton League (PBL) last year and said it helped him to learn a few things about the rigors of the senior circuit.”I haven’t trained against the senior players, only played in tournaments. I had won once against HS Prannoy, lost against K Srikanth. I also played B Sai Praneeth in PBL. I got to play matches, I also learned a few new things. It is helpful for juniors,” he concluded. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Making a transition into the senior circuit this year, India’s teen badminton sensation Lakshya Sen says he needs to work on his speed and stamina as he eyes to break into the top 30 BWF ranking by the year-end.”My target is to break into top 30 by this year,” the 17-year-old shuttler from Uttarakhand told PTI.”It is an Olympic qualification year, so entry into tournaments will be difficult. Depending on my performance and ranking I will pick events. For the time being, I will play the Super 100 and Super 300 events mainly.”Olympic qualification is extremely tough. Last year, my ranking was 69-70 early in the year but I missed out on many senior tournaments since I played a few junior events. So my ranking went down,” he added.Lakshya, who had reached the finals at the 2017 edition and semifinal at last edition of the Nationals, is eager to get the senior national title under his belt.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Pakistan vs South Africa, Live Streaming Cricket: When and How to watch PAK v SA match

first_imgNew Delhi : Live Streaming Cricket, Pakistan vs South Africa at Hotstar and Star Sports: Both Fakhar and Imam Ul Haq have looked goodforthe first 14 overs. Pakistan has chosen to bat against South Africa at the Lord’s in London. All thre wickets in first 30 overs have been picked by the spinners. Babar Azam has looked good for his fifty. He came with a set plan and has been executing perfectly. Haris Sohail, on the other hand, played well for his 89 as Pakistan finished for 308/7 in 50 overs. The encounter 30 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will witness Pakistan locking horns with South Africa at the home of cricket Lord’s in London. The game was supposed to be one of the big matches of this tournament but it looks like this contest is going to have no bearing on the overall result. Pakistan has won just one match out of its five while South Africa has won one out of its six.Both the teams are virtually out of the race for a semi-final berth unless something truly disastrous happens to one of the top-4 teams.That does not mean there is nothing to play for. Both South Africa and Pakistan are proud cricketing nations that are hurting due to their poor performances. The teams are receiving a lot of criticism from their fans and some players may be playing for their careers.ICC World Cup 2019, 30th match: Pakistan vs South AfricaWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan vs South Africa start?The 30th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between Pakistan vs South Africa  will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan vs South Africa be played?The clash between Pakistan vs South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at Lord’s in London.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Pakistan vs South Africa?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan vs South Africa on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Pakistan vs South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Sunday, June 23.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan vs South Africa?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on english.newsnationtv.com. You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan vs South Africa?The match between Pakistan vs South Africa will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more