Floyd Threatens Ag

first_imgHurricane Floyd could strike a major blow to Georgia crops. The 140-mph-plus sustained winds in Floyd could cause more damage than even hurricane-related water damage, say University of Georgia scientists. Pecan crop in particular dangerGeorgia’s pecan crop is in particular danger. “The trees are really loaded with green nuts rightnow,” said Tom Crocker, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Wind from Floyd could easily break the alreadystressed branches right off the tree.” Crocker said about 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan orchards are in the southeast corner of thestate. Experts have estimated the 1999 crop at 100 million pounds, and economists say prices arelikely to be strong, too, with low carry-in stocks. But wind damage from Floyd could change all that, Crocker said. “Unfortunately, we’ll just haveto wait and see.”Cotton lint vulnerable to windCotton farmers are in much the same situation. But with harvest already under way in many areas, some farmers may have already made their crop more susceptible to wind damage.Extension cotton scientist Glen Harris said some fields have already been defoliated, so the leavesaren’t there to provide some protection against the wind. His advice to cotton growers: “If thefield has been defoliated, try to go ahead and get that cotton picked. If you haven’t defoliated,don’t yet.” Leafy cotton plants can also provide support to each other, preventing further losses from plantsbreaking under the wind, which can make them nearly impossible to harvest. A combination of rain and heavy wind could be disastrous for Georgia cotton farmers. Rain can weigh down and string out open cotton bolls, making the crop more susceptible to strong winds. Once cotton hits the ground, it’s gone, Harris said. Soybeans helped more than hurt, but wind damage probableSoybeans in southeast Georgia are likely to take a hit, too, said Paul Raymer, a researchagronomist with the CAES. “The crop, overall, will be helped more than hurt by rain from Floyd,”he said. “But wind at more than about 40 mph could cause lodging – the plants to bend and break- and cause problems at harvest.”He also noted that fields that have come through the drought and still look good are the ones most likely to be hurt by Floyd’s wind and rain. About 60 percent of the Georgia soybean crop is grown in the area most likely to be hit by Floyd. To dig or not to dig? That is the question for peanut farmersPeanut farmers are facing relatively good news. “Wind is a ‘non-factor’ for peanuts,” said JohnBeasley, an extension peanut agronomist. That leaves southeast Georgia peanut farmers asking one very important question: To dig or notto dig? Beasley offers these rules: * If the vines are in good shape, leave them in the ground until the storm passes and fields aredry.* If vines are in poor condition and could not stand several days of wet conditions, digimmediately. Waiting could cause heavy losses. Once they’re out of the ground, storm-soakedvines can dry quickly and be harvested. Waiting can further weaken vines, resulting in morepeanuts falling off during digging. “As dry as it’s been, several inches of rain probably won’t hurt,” Beasley said. “If the system stallsand brings 10-plus inches of rain, we could have problems later getting back into fields on a timelybasis.”last_img read more

Camp Polidor is the proud owner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017.

first_imgThe world-famous tourist portal TripAdvisor has awarded a certificate of excellence for 2017 to the small family camp Polidor in Funtana, Istria.TripAdvisor’s certification is considered one of the best “online” indicators of excellence of tourist facilities that achieve excellent traveler reviews in a period of at least a year. In addition to allowing travelers to plan and book a trip, TripAdvisor, which operates in 48 markets, offers tips and a diverse selection of tourist facilities. It covers 6,5 million tourist accommodation facilities, restaurants and attractions with 340 million visitors per month, and 350 million reviews.Polidor has already received numerous awards, including INOVACAMP 2016 for the innovative concept of providing high quality personalized service, and the certificate is awarded for the first time to the Polidor camp, which has only been open since July 2015.The owners of the facility with a personalized approach to each guest, natural environment and high comfort of service make Camp Polidor an ideal destination for families with children and is one of the few camps that is open all year round.15 million kuna invested in the opening of the camp, and this year they are investing an additional 4,5 million in swimming pools and luxury tentsCamp Polidor generates revenue of 2016 million kuna in 3,5, and this year, given the increase in capacity, it expects an increase of 10 percent. HRK 15 million has been invested in the project of opening the camp, and this year another HRK 4,5 million is being invested in additional facilities and accommodation facilities. Camp Polidor is preparing many novelties, and the most important is the construction of two swimming pools, one for adults and the other for children with water attractions, which together with the pool bar will open in April. In addition, seven new luxury mobile homes and 12 luxury glamping tents are being introduced this year, offering special breakfasts in baskets. Read more about the whole story in the attachment.Related news: CAMP POLIDOR AS AN GREAT TOURIST STORY OF A SMALL FAMILY CAMPlast_img read more

UWF Tied for Second After First Round at South Regionals

first_imgUWF Tied for Second After First Round at South Regionals Share April 30, 2007LAKELAND, Fla. – The six team field at the 54-hole NCAA II Women’s South Regional Championships has completed the first round of play at The Club at Eaglebrook in Lakeland, Fla. Fourth ranked West Florida is tied for second place with defending south regional and four-time national champion Rollins, who is ranked second in the country. They are six shots behind top ranked and tournament host Florida Southern. All six teams competing in the south regional are ranked nationally in the top seven.West Florida and Rollins has a 304 through 18 holes. Florida Southern shot a 298. Third ranked Lynn is fourth with a 314. Seventh ranked Barry has a 315, and fifth ranked Nova Southeastern shot a 317.Sarah Nicholson (Cedar Falls, Iowa / Cedar Falls HS) led UWF with a 75, +3 and is tied for seventh. Vicky Jackson (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. / Ft. Walton Beach HS) and Natalia Espinosa (Bogota, Colombia) are tied for 12th with a 76, +4. Clara Fornella (Montevideo, Uruguay) is tied for 17th with a 77, +5. Rachel Christ (Charlotte, N.C. / Robinson HS) shot an 88, +16 and is tied for 32nd. Maria Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern is in first place with a 71, -1.The top two teams and top two individuals not on one of the advancing teams will qualify for the NCAA II Women’s National Championships on May 9-12 at Stonebrook Golf Club in Pace, Fla.The second round will begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. central time. The third and final round tees off on Thursday at the same time. Follow the tournament using Golfstat’s live scoring system linked on the women’s golf page at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Uefa announces Euro 2020 to be held in 13 cities

first_imgUefa has announced that Euro 2020 will be held in 13 different cities across Europe.Michel Platini held a press conference on Friday which confirmed previous hints he has given that the competition would be held across the continent as opposed to a one country or two neighbouring nations, as every previous edition has.There is a maximum of one venue per nation and there are technical specifications for stadia size which limit entries for each stage of the finals.The 13 countries containing the host cities will not gain automatic qualification into the group stage, but the host nations that do qualify will be spread across the groups in the finals.Each national association will be permitted to submit two bids – one for the standard group stage ‘package’, and one to hold a semi-final/final match.Uefa will decide which cities are to be hosts at Euro 2020 in September 2014, with September 2013 being the expected month for formal confirmation of bids. This new format is not expected to be a long-term direction, however, and the current format that is in place for Euro 2016 in France is expected to be continued for Euro 2024.last_img read more

Mason City council approves interim permits to allow outdoor dining, sidewalk sales

first_img TAGS Mason City Iowa Coronavirus Mason City Council MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved changes of an ordinance that would allow interim encroachment and sidewalk service area permits to help businesses during the pandemic.City Code allows for encroachment permits, which permit private outdoor use of city-owned property, and sidewalk service area permits, which allow private outdoor use of adjacent sidewalks.The current process for allowing such things as outdoor dining or sidewalk sales is typically somewhat lengthy and onerous, and City Administrator Aaron Burnett says while each application is unique, the use of interim permits would allow more rapid deployment of outdoor business activities for business owners seeking quick methods to return to business while remaining health conscious. “Some of them will be fairly easy to move through the interim process. Others depending on things like the width of the sidewalk, making sure that it’s not blocking pedestrian passage, making sure we have egress for buildings, things along those lines get a little complicated. It really depends on that application and how quickly that business can provide the information for consideration and approval. It can move very quickly if all the information is together and filed with the office.”Burnett says there has been interest in the interim permits. “We did receive interest from a business with all this discussion. We already received interest from other businesses. I think this will be a useful tool to move things through.”The council approved the ordinance changes, waiving the first and second readings and approving it on the third and final reading to allow the changes to take place as soon as possible. sidewalk sales private outdoor patio use City Administrator Aaron Burnettcenter_img City Council in Mason City Mason City code encroachment permits outdoor dining Mason City COVID-19last_img read more

Mané, Golden Ball of Africa

first_imgBest coachDjamel Belmadi (Algeria) Best playerSadio Mane (Liverpool) Goal of the yearRiyad Mahrez (Manchester City) against Nigeria in the semifinals of the African Cup What was an open secret ended up being official: the Senegalese Sadio Mané is the new CAF Golden Ball. The Liverpool striker picked up the prize that recognizes the best African player of the year 2019 in Hurghada (Egypt) on Tuesday, being ahead of the vote of his partner in Liverpool, the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, and Riyad Mahrez, Algerian attacker of the City. Best federationEgyptian Football Association PrizeWinner Best playerAsisat Oshoala (Barcelona) Best player playing in an African clubYoussef Belaili (Al-Ahli) Best female teamCameroon Best youngAckraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) Best coachDesiree Ellis (South Africa) Best male teamAlgeria In this way, Mané collects the relay of Salah, who missed the gala in his native country (which he already said a lot) and who had won the prize in the last two editions. Interestingly, before Salah, Mahrez was the CAF Golden Ball in 2016.All CAF awards Mané was the big favorite to win the award after his spectacular season. He won the Champions League with Liverpool, he was top scorer of the Premier, in which he has only lost one match in all of 2019, he was a finalist in the African Cup with his selection, and he was fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or vote awards France Football magazine. With this track record it was difficult to assume that Salah, who won the same awards in Liverpool as he did but whose role in the Africa Cup left much to be desired, and Mahrez, who won the Africa Cup with Algeria and the English triplet with the City (although without such a prominent role in their club), they could face it. President of the yearMoise Katumbi (Mazembe)last_img read more

All Is Well that Ends Well

first_img“O, then, give pity to her, whose state is such that cannot choose but lend and give where she is sure to lose; that seeks not to find that her search implies, but riddle-like lives sweetly where she dies!The seemingly endless political drama fired off by the turn of events leading up to the elections of October 10 and their aftermath can, in many ways, be likened to the Shakespearean drama, “All is Well that Ends Well,” in which deception plays a leading part. The courting and wooing of presidential candidate George Weah by President Ellen Sirleaf as her intended successor has raised not only eyebrows but fears also, just about everywhere in the sub-region about the President’s choice of characters to whom she intends to bequeath the leadership of the nation.For one thing, it is clear to most observers that her tilt towards the George Weah-Jewel Howard-Taylor CDC ticket, is not driven by ideological affinity, social identity or love for the CDC, but rather by her personal desire to fashion out a protective capsule into which she can retreat, and be safe from probes of whatever kind when she retires from office  in a matter of weeks.For quite some time now, it became clear that nothing was going to stand in her way of crowning her chosen successor.This perception was reinforced by statements coming from the Carter Center, the United States Ambassador accredited near this capital, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas Greenfield, all of whom appeared to give approbation to the deceptive reports from NEC officials desperately seeking to conceal from the public the actual magnitude of irregularities and fraud that characterized the October 10 elections.But as the saying goes, “Behind every dark cloud lies a silver lining.” Signs are now emerging that there just maybe light at the end of the tunnel with reports (yet unconfirmed) that President Sirleaf has conceded to suggestions from several quarters to lend credibility to the process by giving NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya his marching orders, bringing in technical experts from ECOWAS to help sanitize the Voter Roll and provide technical oversight to the expected runoff elections.Of interest also to sub-regional leaders, according to reports, are suggestions that President  Sirleaf has conceded to bury the hatchet between herself and her estranged Vice President as a way of allaying fears of retribution should her Vice President happen to emerge winner of the runoff election. If this is actually the case, then she may likely encounter problems of credibility from the ranks of the CDC whose hierarchy, quite unlike previously, has been conspicuously silent over reports of fraud and irregularities in the October 10 elections.However, should these reports of concession, reconciliation and pulling back from the brink have any substance or measure of truth, then we must declare that we wholeheartedly welcome same, particularly those which concern the sanitization of the Voter Roll that should lead to the production of a credible Final Registration Roll (FRR) to serve as a basis for holding the runoff election. We await the outcome of these behind the scenes negotiations with more hope than foreboding.After all said and done, Liberia is the only country we have and it is ours to bequeath to posterity, a nation proud, hopeful, prosperous and confident of its chosen path to the future. We commend you in advance, Madame President, and we hope that like Shakespeare, Liberians can triumphantly proclaim: “All is well that ends well.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more