Award Winners

first_imgUniversity of Georgia vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension during the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 12.The annual award is presented by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) to a UGA Cooperative Extension employee for contributions made to the Georgia fruit and vegetable industries and is named for Donnie Morris, a blueberry grower in Baxley, Georgia, and past president of the association. Previous awardees include UGA scientists Phillip Brannen, Stormy Sparks and Stanley Culpepper and agents including Justin Shealey in Echols County, Georgia, and Stephanie Hollifield in Brooks County, Georgia.“It was a great thrill. It was a great honor not only to be nominated by them but to actually receive the award,” Coolong said.Coolong has worked with more than 25 different vegetables, ranging from popular crops like watermelons and peppers to obscure commodities like kalettes, a cross between kale and brussels sprouts. Before Coolong joined the UGA Tifton campus in 2013, Georgia’s farm gate value for vegetables was $935.5 million for 2012, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. In 2016, the farm gate value for vegetables was $1.1 billion.“There were a couple of things when I came in that I wanted to focus on. We had not had a vegetable specialist in that position for about four years, so I wanted to make sure I was able to get back out there in front of the growers and provide a service for them,” Coolong said. “The other thing that I spent a lot of time on was establishing a variety screening program. We really didn’t have many strong relationships with the vegetable seed companies and their breeders. That was my top priority when I started — to build those relationships and start a program. I think we were successful with that.”In 2018, Coolong moved to the UGA Athens campus, where he now focuses on organic vegetable production.40 under 40UGA Extension vegetable plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta and Appling County Extension Agent Shane Curry were also honored by being named to the first class of Fruit and Vegetable 40 under 40 award winners. The 40 under 40 recognition was made by Great American Media Services, publishers of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News.Since joining the vegetable pathology program at UGA-Tifton in 2012, Dutta has been part of multiple research projects that have impacted Georgia vegetable producers. He provides growers with management options for multiple fungal, bacterial and viral diseases in vegetables, as well as leading a national effort on center rot, an important bacterial disease of onions. Dutta also led a project to improvement the management of botrytis leaf blight in onions through early- and late-season fungicide spraying.Curry, who has worked in UGA Extension for 12 years, has participated in blueberry research that has helped propel Georgia to the top of the national rankings in blueberry production. Appling County, where Curry has worked for the past seven years, is the third-largest blueberry-producing county in Georgia.Through research trials with UGA specialists in Appling County, Curry found that using soil fumigants and the addition of pine bark mulch when blueberry bushes have to be replanted helps to fight pests, especially nematodes — microscopic parasites that attack plant roots.Curry also is part of a coordinated effort between Extension agents and specialists to research blueberry leaf rust, a foliar disease that causes small spots to appear on blueberry leaves.For questions about fruit or vegetable production, please visit read more

On The Road With The Steel Woods & Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgWB – With the new record out, we’ve been playing songs that we don’t expect people to know yet, but there were a few nights a while back that we opened with songs that were just released that same week and the crowd was singing along. That’s always a sign that it’s going to be a good one. BRO – One item you can’t hit the road without? Fans of honest to goodness Southern friend country rock in Northeast Tennessee won’t have to travel all the way to Big Sky country to catch The Steel Woods. The band will be rolling into Capone’s in Johnson City this Saturday, and Trail Mix wants to give you a chance to grab a couple tickets. WB – Aside from listening to my award winning 80s/90s country playlist, a lot of my writing is done behind the wheel. I’ve written full songs while driving and just singing in my head without ever picking up a guitar. Some have turned out good, some have never made it on paper, but even the terrible ones did their job in keeping my mind busy and the bus on the road. Also, I have this really cool game that has to do with letters and road signs that nobody ever wants to play. JS – Wes likes to get on an 80s and 90s country kick that can be pretty fun. Some songs I’ve never heard, some that I’ve forgotten about, and some that I love. And I recently stayed up and put together a blues playlist that captures a lot of my favorites. BRO – City you can’t wait to play again? Carrying on in the tradition of Southern musical heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers and more recent rockers like Derek Trucks are The Steel Woods, a country rock quartet raised on the blues and heavy guitar riffs that have made the Southern, whiskey drenched rock growl so familiar and appealing for so long. BRO – Festival you and the band would like to play? JS – Being able to take a shower is a must, whether it’s at the venue or the hotel room. We all drink different forms of caffeine, so having a variety of coffee and Red Bull is a must. Evidence of the band’s growth and cohesiveness are evident on the record, and the band’s live set continues to develop, as these road warriors wear out a stage with their driving rhythms and crunching guitars. BRO – Must have item in the green room? JS – I’d like to see us play at the New Orleans Jazz Fest at some point. That festival encompasses a lof of different genres beyond jazz. Plus, there vibe is great there with all the people, food, etc. WB – Well, Johnson City, of course. We love to play anywhere the fans show up. I will say I’m really looking forward to going back to Montana this year. we spent a little time out there a while back and it is one of the most beautiful places in the country.center_img BRO – Best way to stay awake during a late night drive? Good luck!! WB – I have to be careful who I’m talking to about this one, but I feel like I’m not going to get any head shaking from y’all. One of the few things I don’t leave home without is a handgun of some sort, whether it be a full size 1911 or a 380 pocket pistol. I’m not going to get caught without a way to defend myself and those around me. I’m not paranoid, nor does the thought of having to use it even cross my mind that often, it’s just a good habit that I made a long time ago and one that I don’t intend to break. Take a shot at the trivia question down below. A winner of two tickets will be chosen from all correct responses received by 3:00 P.M. tomorrow (Friday, March 1st). The Steel Woods formed in 2014 and are out on the road now in support of their latest record, Old News, which the band laid down during a week long recording session at Asheville’s famed Echo Mountain Studio. The band’s third recording, following an initial EP and Straw In The Wind, the group’s first long player, Old News marks the first time that the entire quartet – Wes Bayliss, Jason Cope, Johnny Stanton, and Jay Tooke – worked a recording project together. I recently caught up with Bayliss and Stanton to chat about life on the road. The Southern rock tradition is alive and well. BRO – What are you guys listening to in the van these days? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone. Question – The Steel Woods pay homage to to what Southern rock icons with their cover of “Whipping Post”on their new record? BRO – Best sign, when you walk into a room, that it’s going to be a good night?last_img read more

Miami Beach lawyer works tirelessly to eliminate barriers

first_imgMiami Beach lawyer works tirelessly to eliminate barriers Miami Beach lawyer works tirelessly to eliminate barriers From where Edward Resnick sits in his wheelchair, the world can be pretty insensitive to the plight of the disabled and downright ignorant of the law. During Christmas of 1954, four years after graduating from the University of Florida law school, as he tells it, “I came down with polio at the age of 28.” In his hometown of Miami Beach, this banking and real estate lawyer routinely was thrown out of movie theaters with his child and her friends, because his wheelchair blocked the aisle. To enjoy the exciting renaissance of South Beach’s dilapidated old hotels into glitzy night spots, he would have to depend on the heft of four waiters to carry him up the steps so he could dine in an Ocean Drive restaurant with his wife. When the Lincoln Mall went through its extensive rejuvenation, as chair of the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Barrier Free Environment Committee, he went to all the government’s public meetings. He spoke on the importance of making sure access for the handicapped was included in renovation plans, only to watch one restaurant after another open with tables so close together he couldn’t maneuver his way around or restrooms impossible for him to roll to. Finally, in 1998, he grew impatient trying to work through slow or unresponsive government and put his legal expertise to use bringing lawsuits that force businesses and corporations to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act that passed in 1990 and went into effect in January 1992. With Phyllis Resnick, his wife of 50 years, at his side, together they run a “mom and pop” not-for-profit corporation called Access Now, Inc., from their Miami Beach apartment. Five days a week, they serve as unpaid volunteers, providing oversight to nine law firms who agree to take on class-action lawsuits on a contingency basis. “This will pave our way to heaven, if there is one,” Edward Resnick says of his highly personal pro bono work. “It’s an overwhelming satisfaction to go down the street and see places you’ve managed, through one way or another, to make compliant, and know that anyone who wants to go there and is disabled will find that it finally complies with the ADA.” Phyllis Resnick, who is not a lawyer, says she loves the law, adding, “We’ve settled every case we’ve filed. We’ve never had to go to trial.” “The lawyers do a very good job,” said Edward Resnick, a member of the Bar’s Public Interest Law Section. “We use only the brightest and the best.” Currently, there is one class-action lawsuit certified against HCA hospitals (formerly known as Columbia) seeking to get approximately 450 hospitals nationwide in compliance with the ADA. Another recent victory was when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that their lawsuit against Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise ship lines could go forward, with the finding that the ADA does apply to cruise ships, even though they are foreign-flagged. Shocked to find out that areas of Disney World in Orlando do not have wheelchair ramps to restrooms, they’ve taken on Mickey Mouse, as well as Dade County’s Pro Player Stadium. And they are currently negotiating with Burdine’s and Macy’s in Florida and Lord and Taylor throughout the nation to bring the large department store chains into compliance. To the lawyers out there reading this, Edward Resnick sends this message: “The most frustrating thing I find is the lack of knowledge and professionalism on the part of lawyers who represent the defendant. They don’t know anything about the ADA. “If they don’t know anything about the ADA and don’t send the case to someone who does, they do nothing but build up fees which do nothing for anybody. One of my consultants who is one of the best in the country always says, `An ADA matter costs just as much to comply as the defendants want it to.’ If you’re sued, get your inspection report, sit down with the plaintiff and settle it.” While suing and settling cases to bring businesses into compliance with the ADA is their immediate goal, the Resnicks say their ultimate goal is this: “To sufficiently spread the word whereby public accommodations will make the necessary alterations on their own to comply with the law, instead of the prevalent attitude of waiting for someone to catch up with them.” To learn more the Resnicks’ work, take a look at their website: September 15, 2000 Regular Newslast_img

Cops: 2 Kids Hurt in Mom’s DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Laquita Brooks was charged under Leandra’s Law after allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a tree in Huntington Thursday night.A Wyandanch mom was allegedly driving drunk with her two children in the car when she crashed into a tree in Huntington Thursday night, Suffolk County police said.The woman’s 7-year-old daughter, who was seated in the backseat with her 5-year-old brother, suffered a serious head injury in the crash, said police, adding that the boy sustained a minor head injury.Laquita Brooks was charged under Leandra’s Law for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger. The 39-year-old was also charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child.Police said Brooks was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique south on Dix Hills Road when she lost control and veered off the roadway, striking a signpost and a tree just before 11 p.m.Police also noted that the children were not properly restrained in the backseat of the vehicle. The kids were transported to Huntington Hospital after the accident. Brooks’ daughter was later taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park for further treatment, police said.Brooks, who was held overnight at the Fourth Precinct, will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask any witnesses to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

Let member metrics drive your Hispanic market development strategy

first_imgThe most successful credit unions clearly understand the needs of the members they’re serving. In many cases, member analytics are at the heart of the strategies used to reach those members and meet those needs.Analytics are especially important when it comes to serving Hispanics – either those who already are credit union members or those who have yet to become members. Understanding those markets through member data collected and interpreted by our team of experts at Coopera, helps credit unions effectively attract, recruit and ultimately, meet those members’ needs.We’ve noted before that Hispanics comprise one of the fastest growing U.S. demographic segments, with one out of every six U.S. residents citing Hispanic origins. This group accounts for more than $1 trillion in buying power, and yet roughly half are unbanked or underserved. Hispanics present a prime opportunity for credit union service, one that will only grow over time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri orders Roman Abramovich to sack him ‘immediately’ if Chelsea future hinges on Europa League final against Arsenal

first_imgSarri has not spoken to Abramovich about his Chelsea future (Getty Images)Sarri also revealed that he only briefly spoke with Abramovich after Chelsea friendly against New England Revolution in Boston last week and claims his future was not discussed.‘The owner was there only to ask the condition of Loftus-Cheek, of course,’ said the Italian.‘I spoke with him only for one minute, no more, but only about Loftus.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 2:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24Shares Sarri says he is happy to stay in the Premier League (EPA)Sarri also revealed that he is due to hold talks with Chelsea’s hierarchy about his future after the Europa League final.‘As you know I like very much the Premier League,’ said Sarri.‘At the moment it’s the most important championship in the world. It’s very exciting to be here.But now I only think about the final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAs I said before, I’m very happy to stay in the Premier League, Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the Premier League I think.I’m happy but we have to discuss the situation.‘It’s normal at every season you have to discuss with the club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Maurizio Sarri orders Roman Abramovich to sack him ‘immediately’ if Chelsea future hinges on Europa League final against Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Maurizio Sarri has issued a challenge to Roman Abramovich before Chelsea’s Europa League final (PA Wire)Maurizio Sarri has urged Roman Abramovich to sack him ‘immediately’ if his job depends on whether Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League final.Reports this week have claimed that Sarri will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, while the Italian has reportedly held talks with Juventus, who are seeking a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri.But Sarri is keen to staying at Stamford Bridge, although he is dismayed by the idea of his future being decided by the result in Baku on May 29.Asked if the Europa League final will determine whether he is sacked by Chelsea, Sarri fired back: ‘If the situation is like this I want to go immediately.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Ten months of work then I have to lay everything [on the line] in 90 mins, it’s not right, either you are happy about my work or you are not happy.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce Infrastructure Investments for 2017 Construction Season in Northeastern Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Announce Infrastructure Investments for 2017 Construction Season in Northeastern Pennsylvania April 05, 2017 Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Dunmore, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined representatives from PennDOT today to launch the 2017 construction season and announce major investments in road improvements throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.“Residents throughout the region are going to see more work this year than they’ve seen in a very, very long time,” Governor Wolf said. “Bridges are being replaced, roads are being paved, and our transportation system is being improved. Communities throughout Pennsylvania are going to see these improvements and today I’m thrilled to recognize the investments being made in District 4.”Due to Act 89, the state’s transportation plan, northeastern Pennsylvania will see a significant increase in the amount of work taking place this year to improve the transportation network for the region.Overall, highlights in the 2017 construction season for District 4 (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties) include:more than 300 miles of roadway that will be paved or resurfaced by PennDOT personnel;an additional 133 miles of roadway that will be paved or resurfaced by private industry;approximately 600 miles of roadway that will be crack sealed or repaired;104 bridges that will be either repaired or replaced;and 86 safety enhancement projects.“Pennsylvanians should always have the ability to know where their tax dollars are being spent,” said PennDOT District 4 Executive George Roberts. “We’re pleased to show the public just how much work will be going out the door in 2017. With more than 1,000 miles of roadway being improved and more than 100 bridges being repaired or replaced, this is great news for our region.”In his presentation, Roberts highlighted many of the projects that will be completed this year, including:the resurfacing of State Route 11, State Route 307, and Business Route 6 near the Viewmont Mall – which to ease congestion, will take place at night;over 200 miles of roadway resurfacing to happen in Susquehanna and Wayne Counties;the final restoration of State Routes 6 and 11 between Clarks Summit and Wyoming County to be completed by the fall;the next phase of the reconstruction of Interstate 84 in Pike County which will also include replacing or repairing 11 interstate bridges;and over 80 miles of surface improvements in Luzerne County, including one contract that will improve 22 miles on State Route 92 (Sullivan Trail), State Route 93 (Berwick-Hazleton Highway) and State Route 3004 (Newport Street, between Glenn Lyon and Alden)For a complete list of all highway and bridge projects that are currently underway or will be active in 2017, visit SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hockey News Hockey icon Sandeep Singh gets statue at Jaipur Wax Museum

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Indian Hockey skipper Sandeep Singh on Thursday joined the glittering list of celebrities to have a wax statue installed at the Jaipur Wax Museum. Singh, an icon of Indian Hockey, along with his family members, unveiled the statue at the wax museum in Nahargarh fort in Jaipur, said founder and director of the museum, Anoop Srivastava.“His life is an inspiration for many Indians. Bollywood has also depicted his life on reel. His statue would be an added attraction at the museum,” Srivastava said.Sandeep Singh was left almost paralysed after being accidentally shot by an Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel inside the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express back in 2006.ALSO READ: Is MS Dhoni REALLY retiring? Know the truth HEREThe accidentally shot bullet not only fractured his lower rib, but also damaged his kidneys, liver and spine, resulting to paralysis. However, Singh made a magical comeback to the Indian Hockey national team after a gap of around two years before getting the captain’s armband in 2009. Recently, a Bollywood movie named ‘Soorma’, starring Diljit Dosanjh, Tapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi, based on the life of Sandeep Singh was released. Soorma was directed by Shaad Ali and did good business in the box office. last_img read more

Schulte no longer head coach

first_imgCatcher Dana Rasmussen looks on during a 2010 game at Goodman Diamond. While the Badgers won five more games in 2010 than they had in each of the two previous seasons, it was not enough to save their head coach.[/media-credit]After three consecutive losing seasons, Chandelle Schulte’s run as head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin is over.Schulte, who went 99-153 overall and 23-70 in Big Ten play over her five years at the helm, did not have her contract renewed Thursday, as the UW Athletic Board voted not to do so.Schulte’s only winning season over five years at Wisconsin came in 2007, as the Badgers went 27-20 in her second year as head coach. They were just 6-12 in conference play, however.The 2010 version of the Badgers improved from the previous two, going 20-31 after back-to-back 15-40 seasons, but it was not enough to earn Schulte an additional year as head coach.“I appreciate Chandelle’s efforts during her years with us and I wish her well,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “We will immediately begin the process of searching for a new head softball coach.”Schulte was just the second head coach in the history of the program after replacing Karen Gallagher, who resigned in 2005.In her final season before taking the position at Wisconsin, Schulte earned her 300th career victory as a head coach. She did so at College of Charleston, where she was head coach for four years. During her tenure, the Cougars were 163-82, with one NCAA regional appearance, a conference tournament championship and two regular season Southern Conference titles.Schulte’s most successful season as a head coach came in 2005, when she led College of Charleston to a school and Southern Conference record 53 wins. The Cougars also had seven players named to all-conference teams while Schulte was named SoCon Coach of the Year.last_img read more

Katie going for gold again

first_imgKatie fights Estelle Mossely of France in their Lightweight final.The pair are due to step into the ring at 2pm Irish time.Michael O’Reilly will also be fighting for gold today as he contests the Middleweight Final at quarter-past three.last_img