Onion Hall of Fame

first_imgJ. Scott Angle, former dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been inducted to the Vidalia® Onion Hall of Fame by the Vidalia® Onion Committee. Angle’s induction was announced during the committee’s annual awards banquet held on Feb. 6 at the Hawk’s Point Golf Club in Vidalia, Georgia. Serving as CAES dean for the past 10 years, Angle led the college through a period of significant growth and help recruited several nationally and internationally recognized researchers to help broaden the scope and impact of the college’s research. He also strengthened the links between the college’s research and Cooperative Extension units to ensure that farmers and other stakeholders in each of Georgia’s 159 counties have access to the latest, research-based information. In September 2015, he left the college to accept the position of president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center.Vidalia Onion Committee Director Susan A. Waters and Vidalia Onion Business Council Director Bob Stafford presented the honor. “We wanted to recognize Scott Angles’ contribution to the Vidalia industry, especially since the University of Georgia has played a key role in providing critical crop research and helping the industry to improve the flavor of our premium sweet onions,” Waters said. Jason Herndon, the 2015 Grower of the Year, is from L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms, Inc. The family-owned-and-operated business averages 500 acres of Vidalia onions each year. Herndon manages the farm for his uncle, “Bo” Herndon Jr., who was named grower of the year in 2008.UGA Extension presented two new awards based on onion samples submitted to the UGA Crop Quality Laboratory and evaluated through the UGA Food Science and Technology Department’s sensory laboratory. The awards recognized the grower with the sweetest sample and the grower who submitted the most samples. John Shuman of Shuman Produce was recognized as the contest winner and Bland Farms was recognized for the most samples submitted.“We began these awards in the 2015 crop year, so we could spread knowledge to producers on what we have learned from our recent research. Our crop quality lab has developed some new tools that will hopefully impact our entire industry in the near future,” said Cliff Riner, UGA Vidalia onion area Extension agent. “Samples submitted to the county Extension offices help us learn more, and they provide growers more information about their crop. We are learning a lot through our research and Extension efforts at UGA, and the entire Vidalia industry should be commended on their support of the University of Georgia.”The Vidalia Onion Committee administers the federal marketing order that authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs for Vidalia onions. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.last_img read more

Everton handed big injury boost for Leicester clash

first_imgEverton will have John Stones fit to face Leicester on Saturday and Roberto Martinez might also be able to call on James McCarthy.Stones suffered ankle and knee injuries during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road.But there’s been no lasting damage and the young defender has been pencilled in to start against the Premier League leaders at Goodison Park.“In the last two days John has been able to do his normal work,” Martinez said.“He’s rejoined the group. There has been no reaction. He twisted his ankle in the warm-up at Norwich and then got a knock to his knee, but he’s had no effect from that – he’s in perfect condition for the weekend.”Midfielder McCarthy, is battling to be fit for Saturday’s game having returned to training following a three-game absence due to a muscle problem.“James McCarthy has started running on the pitch,” said Martinez. “We will assess him today and tomorrow then make a final decision if he can be involved in the squad against Leicester. He’s not too far away. If it’s not Leicester, it will be one of the games around Boxing Day.” 1 John Stones last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders get ripped by Vikings, lose 34-14

first_imgJoin us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday morning as the Raiders travel to Minnesota to play the first of five straight games away from the Coliseum. ODDS: Vikings -9 (opened at Vikings -7.5). OVER/UNDER: 43.5 … GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (1-1) at Minnesota (1-1) on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT)TV: FOX-TV, Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Jennifer Hale (reporter).center_img Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Sowetan Dialogues focuses on State of the Nation address

first_imgNtsieni ‘Big Daddy’ Ramabulani of Capricorn FM; Limpopo MEC for Safety and Security, Joyce Mashamba; Elvis Masoga, political analyst; Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha; Percy Mongalo, President of the Polokwane Chamber of Business; Nompumelelo Runji, Sowetan Dialogue Coordinator; Mercy Senyatsi, PYP Ambassador; and Lorraine Mofokeng  The Sowetan, in partnership with Brand South Africa, held the second of its six-part Sowetan Dialogues series aimed at promoting civic pride and the pillars of the National Development Plan.The dialogue was held at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego in Limpopo on 6 March 2014.It focused on whether President Jacob Zuma’s 13 February State of the Nation address’s (SONA) reflection on the past 20 years of freedom was “fact or fiction” to the public. In the State of the Nation address Zuma did not mention the state’s intentions for this fiscal year, but spoke of previous achievements.Radio personality, Ntsieni Ramabulana, also known as Big Daddy at Polokwane’s Capricorn FM, facilitated the discussion.The panel included Limpopo Province premier, Stanley Mathabatha; political analyst, Elvis Masoga; and Percy Mongalo, president of the Polokwane Chamber of Business.PLAYING HER PARTMercy Senyatsi, a Play Your Part Ambassador and a teacher with more than 30 years’ experience, addressed the gathering on the importance of civic participation in a democracy.“I’m a teacher but I’ve learned that the greatest lessons are those learned outside the classroom,” she said.Senyatsi cares for vulnerable, destitute and orphaned children in Seshego. She advised people at the dialogue to not look down on others and to not see children described as problematic as failures.“I took in a girl who was described as problematic because of her drug use six years ago. She came from a family of misfits but she had potential. This year she has registered for a degree in engineering at the local university. This shows how we should never give up on people,” she said.She added that as a community, especially the black community, people had to work together to see their children become people who would make South Africa a better place to live.BUSINESS EXPECTED MOREMongalo said the business community in Limpopo accepted the SONA but had expected more from it.“We welcomed that the SONA spoke about the challenge to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequality.”He added that he believed centralising tender procurement offices would not end the rise in corruption in tenders but would leave those businesses outside Gauteng at a disadvantage.“By having the tender offices in Gauteng, this renders those outside the province at a disadvantage as those in Gauteng will have an advantage of handing in their papers timely, while others would have to travel hundreds of kilometres before they could submit them.”Mongalo also believes the address should have mentioned measures to relax some business regulations.“There should be tax leniencies for SMMEs and other businesses,” he said.“As business, we bemoan the low survival rate of SMMEs in SA. We recommend more tax breaks and less regulation to encourage [the growth of] SMMEs.”Mongalo also said violent service delivery protests crippled businesses, and that often hawkers and shopkeepers were most affected.A NEED FOR MORE ACADEMICSMasoga believes the country needs more academics and expressed disappointment that youngsters now see business as a better option and school as not that important.“If you look at all the professors in academia, most of them are ageing and it doesn’t look like there are youngsters who will replace them in the near future,” he said.He added that in the future the country needed solutions from South Africa and not “some professor in Germany who doesn’t know the life of a South African”.“We need to quote the Professor Mathabathas of South Africa in the near future and forget about the Karl Marxes and Lenins of this world.”He believes the address should have placed more importance on education as that would ensure the survival of future generations.“We must not just invest in basic education; we need a stronger production of supreme knowledge,” he said.GLASS HALF-FULL OR HALF-EMPTYMembers of the public attending the Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogue also had a chance to express their views on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address (Images: Ray Maota)Premier Mathabatha said that if South Africans look at the past 20 years from a pessimistic perspective they will disregard achievements in many fields.He defended the address, saying: “The president couldn’t really at the time give … a detailed account of the ruling party’s plan for the country … as elections are soon and this will be the job of the elected government at the time.”Mathabatha said this 20-year-old democracy was a participatory one; that “every citizen was supposed to do their part in seeing it become better”.“In 1994 when the late Nelson Mandela was inaugurated he said ‘Amandla’ and we said ‘Awethu’. This was the day we undertook to be active participants in this democracy, so civilians need to sometimes do things for themselves first and ask help from government later as government will never really know the plight of everyone at the same time in the country.”PUBLIC PARTICIPATIONThe audience at the dialogue also had suggestions for the government.Mofenyi Senyatsi said that for a graduate, job opportunities in his hometown were scarce and that funding for ideas was minimal.“I’m a qualified industrial engineer and now I’m doing civil engineering; I once asked to see the previous premier of Limpopo to talk about my research into geothermal energy but was never given the time of day; but when we get funding from somewhere else and they help me fulfil my dreams to help the community with energy, Limpopo will want to take credit of me,” he said.Other audience members gave their input, with one saying that post-graduates also needed help with landing jobs in provincial government, to strengthen academic experience in the province rather than taking their skills to other provinces.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast Episode 58 – Royal Events; “Pork and Circumstance”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Podcast Joel, Ty and Matt recap a couple of royal events over the weekend (one that included pork!). Matt talks about the response to his water quality regulations blog, Ty discussing the rise in diesel costs and Joel recaps the Fall Bill failure on the House floor last week.last_img

Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals

first_imgKecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve.Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic.“I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem booked a meeting with 18th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes a day after the German stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0.Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his win over Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour.But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.“He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges the fans after his win over Kyle Edmund, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins.World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball it’s sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.”Federer will fight for a semi-final berth against 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz.Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.Although he’ll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn’t take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted.“I hope I can get there,” Federer said, “but I’m not going to underestimate Hubert.” Kecmanovic capitalizesA day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying.Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP’s Masters 1000 series launched in 1990.Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury.Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4.Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced.Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jazz boost NBA playoff bid with key win over Suns LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Video: Antonio Callaway’s Electrifying 85-Yard Punt Return TD Gave Florida A 7-2 Lead

first_imgAntonio Callaway runs away from Alabama defenders on his way to the endzone.All week long, the expert opinion contended that in order for Florida to hang with Alabama, the Gators would need to catch some breaks and create points with their defense or special teams. The Gators did just that moments ago when freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway corralled an Alabama punt and sprinted 85 yards to give the Gators a 7-2 lead.HERE COMES FLORIDA. The Gators with the HUGE TD return in this @BestBuy highlight. https://t.co/r2cEGevtWp— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2015That’s some serious SEC speed.Callaway’s score energized the UF faithful in attendance in Georgia. Can the Gators keep it up and spring a huge upset?last_img

Sophomore racquets step up for Buckeyes

Normally, when a top player goes down with an injury, it’s panic time for a coach and his or her team. When the women’s tennis team’s No. 1 singles player and senior captain Paloma Escobedo went down in early March, coach Chuck Merzbacher didn’t have to reach for the panic button. Instead, he and his team put their faith in the sophomore trio of Gabby Steele, Fidan Manashirova and Kara Cecil. Their faith has paid off in wins. With a combined record of 55-30, the three have helped the Buckeyes (10-8 overall) to a winning record. The team is 3-1 in the Big Ten, with its lone loss coming against Northwestern, which leads the conference with Michigan. “They’ve stepped up,” said Merzbacher, who isn’t surprised by his players’ success. “They were a good recruiting class coming in. I knew they were going to be significant. They’ve done that and more.” With the loss of Escobedo, the players were forced to fill in the gap. “I think that everyone had to step up,” Manashirova said. “We all had to play our best tennis every single match.” The women were all 5-star recruits coming out of high school, and have had little difficulty adjusting to collegiate tennis. “Looking at the past captains and leaders, you learn from that. It’s really easy to adapt quickly here,” Manashirova said. The players’ quick learning curves have impressed Merzbacher. “They’ve adapted to college tennis very quickly,” he said. “They’ve come in; they’ve learned how to win right off the bat. They just keep moving up the lineup. There’s been no delay in their progress; they’ve gone right to it.” On the court, the women play with a quiet intensity. Despite attending high school in different regions (Manashirova in California, Steele in Ohio and Cecil in Florida), the women play with a natural chemistry. In less than two seasons, they have secured 103 combined wins in singles play. But when it comes to their success, the women aren’t ones to promote themselves. “We just keep having fun. We don’t take anything too seriously,” Steele said. “We just kind of go for it.” Merzbacher thinks otherwise. “I think they push each other. … They compete with each other, and they’re great teammates to each other at the same time,” he said. “They’re going to be an important part of this year and for the future.” It’s not the future or the past that interests Manashirova and Steele. The women prefer to focus on their next opponent. “Just taking it one match at a time. I just want to win every single match that I play,” Manashirova said. “I just want to think about what’s next.” Steele also believes her next match always has to be better than her last. “I think there’s always room for improvement and you can always do better,” she said. “Every single day that you go out on the court, work hard to improve.” The hard work and focus is paying off and Merzbacher doesn’t hesitate to say he’s proud. “Those three stepped up,” he said. “I think that shows the type of kids they are.” read more