March Freeze Hits Georgia Crops Hard

first_imgA month after a bitter early-February freeze, Georgia farmers have taken it on the chinagain. Another deep freeze and damaging winds blasted the state’s vegetable, fruit andgrain crops March 8-9.”Every county, every field and every stage of Vidalia onions have been hurt,”said Rick Hartley, Toombs County director of the University of Georgia Extension Service.”The total impact to Georgia’s economy could exceed $100 million in losses.”Hartley said freeze itself may not have badly damaged Vidalia onions.”The onions are alive but suffered extreme damage to their leaves,” he said.”The wind and sand caused more physical damage than the cold, but the cold damagewon’t be visible for several weeks.”Even onions that stay healthy may be lost in the end, Hartley said.”March temperatures of 20 degrees and a chill factor of zero degrees generallytrigger the reproductive mechanism in Vidalia onions,” he said. “This causesthem to flower,” he said. “And onions which flower aren’t consideredharvestable.”Vidalia onion farmers “could lose as much as $50 million,” Hartley said, ifthe seed stems show up as growers fear. “They’ve already lost half of a 14,000-acrecrop.”Terry Kelley, an Extension vegetable specialist in Tifton, agreed that the seed-stemthreat is Vidalia onion growers’ main concern from the latest freeze.”But I’m still concerned that it may have hurt us worse than we think,” hesaid. “I don’t think we’ve seen all the damage yet from the February freeze.”The freeze hit other vegetables hard, too.”Much of the mustard and turnip greens were replanted after the last freeze,”Kelley said. “As young and tender as these plants were, we could see someproblems.”Collards, cabbage and kale crops were also damaged, he said, but not as much as themustard and turnips. Like onions, collards and cabbage may have problems with floweringlater.”We’re going to have a later crop of just about every winter vegetable,” hesaid. “We just haven’t had the temperatures for development.”The state’s peaches will be hard-pressed to appear as more than a shadow of a normalcrop.”What percent of a crop we’ll have, we don’t know,” said M.E.”Butch” Ferree, an Extension peach specialist in Fort Valley. “Somevarieties are totally wiped out, and we can find buds on others.”Assessing the peach crop damage is tough, he said.”It’s not easy to see. We have to look at a tiny flower,” he said. “Andit’s a miracle that we’ve got something to look at, with the weather we’ve had.”It will be a few days before we can know the damage any better,” he said.”And then we’ve got four more weeks of weather that could hurt us. We don’t feel likewe’re out of the woods until Easter.”Brooks County Extension Director Johnny Whiddon, whose farmers are among the state’stop peach growers, said losses would likely be heavy.”We really won’t know until the blooms that were killed fall off and we can get abetter look at it,” Whiddon said. “But the best projection we can make right nowputs (Brooks County) losses at 75 percent to 80 percent.”Dewey Lee, an Extension grains specialist in Tifton, said the state’s wheat cropappears to have been damaged.”We won’t know for several more days exactly how much of the crop was hurt,”he said.Wheat plants with grain heads eight to 10 inches above the soil were most affected.”It’s most likely the grain heads froze,” he said. Once they freeze, they die.But wheat is able to make up for lost grain heads. “Just because we lose, forexample, 80 percent of the grain heads from freezing,” he said, “doesn’tmean we’ll lose the same percentage of our yield.”last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: John Spence – Communication is key (#24)

first_imgWelcome to episode 24 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. Today’s guest is John Spence is a consultant and coach to organizations all over the world. He works with startups and businesses in the Fortune 10. He’s been named as one of the top 50 leaders to watch by the American Management Association. He is committed to making the complex, Awesomely Simple. John and I discuss the importance of communication in all areas of life, but especially in business. John also walks us through the 5-steps to creating a culture of accountability. Communication is nothing if there is no accountability. In brief, clarity, managing expectations, agreement, track and post, coach, mentor, train, support, and celebrating success all lead to strong communication and strong, capable teams. Bonus! John reveals his four moments of truth: they are different for every organization. We discuss the food service industry. The food is amazing, the prices are reasonable, but the bathroom is disgusting, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You look at a financial institution, your customers want it done right, it should be easy, they want to be treated well, and the whole thing should be easy!Listen today to learn how communication and accountability are the keystones to success in any business but especially in credit unions and banking. Deal decisively with mediocrity and you will inspire excellence. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find John:John SpenceAuthor, Speaker, Consultant and coach to startups and the Fortune 10.john@johnspence.com www.johnspence.com Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:Book mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpenceShout out: Dan Berger and Anthony Demangone at NAFCUShout out: Jack Welch, CEO of GECompany mentioned: Rockefeller FoundationTheory X – Leadership mindsetTED Talk: John SpenceBook mentioned: Good to Great: The Three Circles of the Hedgehog Concept by Jim CollinsApps mentioned: EvernoteJapanese word for hoarding books: TsundokuBook mentioned: The Prophet by Kahlil GiibranBook mentioned: A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari KievBook mentioned: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor FranklShout out: Richard BransonPrevious guests: Dan Berger, Jill Nowacki (and episode 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:06] – Welcome back to the show! Randy introduces John Spence this episode’s guest.[02:45] – Communication – the lynchpin of John’s beliefs in business and life.[03:29] – 3 words to define communication: open, honest, and robust![04:10] – Single most important thing that people look for in a leader – They ask great questions![05:08] – Life Hack – If what you’re about to say won’t add any value to the conversation, don’t say it.[06:35] – The biggest problem with companies is a lack of accountability and execution.[07:47] – Just because you can measure something, doesn’t mean you should![08:32] – “Ambiguity breeds mediocrity.” one of John’s favorite quotes![11:11] – How do you hold people accountable in your organization?[11:46] – 5-Steps to Creating a Culture of Accountability[16:25] – John shares his four moments of truth.[17:50] – John shares his path to his current success and breaking through his introversion.[20:34] – Ambiverts: people with the ability to soak through their shirts and love other people at the same time.[21:37] – Making organizations stronger keeps John motivated. He loves opening the door.[23:35] – John recounts his biggest mistake was causing a bottleneck by wanting to make all of the decisions and feeling like he was always right.[24:45] – Leadership has changed dramatically over the years — we discuss the history of leadership practices.[26:02] – “You become what you focus on and like the people you surround yourself with” – TED talk.[27:12] – John recounts his most memorable failure while at Rockefeller Industry.[29:04] – What was the basis for the three accountability steps he implements in his training?[31:30] – Messaging — value versus vision.[33:33] – Fly-fishing is what recharges John’s batteries[34:07] – First time John got into memorable trouble? Wrecking his car at 16![35:20] – John’s daily routine involves eggs and news.[36:04] – How does John keep up with study and action steps?[37:14] – Most impactful album — anything by Sister Hazel[38:13] – Recommended books — The Prophet by Kahlil Giibran, A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari Kiev, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl[39:07] – John’s links to 50 business books he recommends[39:25] – Japanese word for hoarding books: Tsundoku[40:00] – What’s most important and least important for John as he gets older?[41:20] – First person John thinks of when he thinks of success — Richard Branson[41:56] – John’s version/definition of success.[43:20] – John’s final thoughts for the world – Check out the podcast and his newsletter 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Water advisory issued for village of Endicott residents

first_imgIn a Facebook post, the village said due to a malfunction within its radial well, residents may experience brown water. If residents have brown water, they are advised to run cold water until it clears. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The village of Endicott is alerting residents that their water may be brown Monday.last_img

‘Southern Charm’ Cast Predicts Who Will Get Married, Have a Baby Next

first_img– Advertisement – Spilling the sweet tea! Southern Charm’s Shep Rose, Craig Conover and Leva Bonaparte weighed in on which of their castmates could tie the knot first in Us Weekly’s “Southern Charm Confessions” video.The trio exclusively told Us who they’d pick to get married next among the Bravo cast — pointing to Shep and Craig as frontrunners.- Advertisement – The Bourbon and Bubbles co-owner added: “Craig’s getting into adulthood. He’s spreading his little wings.”When it comes to who will have a child next, the Sewing Down South designer picked former costar Thomas Ravenel, before switching to Austen Kroll.“I would like to say me, but I think it’ll end up being Kathryn [Dennis],” Leva, who has a 2-year-old son with husband Lamar, explained.- Advertisement – The trio also revealed their choices for best dressed cast member over the years with Shep, 40, and Craig both pointing to the Delaware native.“I say Craig is kinds of stylish. I don’t agree with some of his style choices, but I think he’s pretty stylish,” the Shep Gear creator said.Leva, for her part, identified Kathryn, 29, as the worst dressed … at times.Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby Next“Kathryn’s a hit or miss. Sometimes she’s like glorious and other times you’re like, [woah]. That’s here thing,” she told Us. “She’s like a Sour Patch Kid, you never know what you’re going to get.”Leva continued: “She’s very authentic with her fashion, because you never know what you’re going to get. You’re in the nail salon and she’s in a dominatrix outfit and you’re like, ‘What’s happening?’”For more Southern Charm cast confessions, including which cast member is the life of the party, check out Us Weekly’s video above. Plus, see which Bravo show each reality star would want to do a crossover with and which Housewife they’d date.Southern Charm airs Thursdays on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “Somehow it might be Shep, which is crazy. A full reversal,” Craig, 31, said. “I would pick Shep.”Shep, however, admitted he doesn’t know who will walk down the aisle, joking, “I hope no one.”Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby NextLeva Bonaparte, John Pringle, Kathryn Dennis, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy and Craig Conover John Valkos/Tommy Garcia/BravoLeva, who is new to the cast in season 7, picked Craig, noting that she’s met his “current woman friend” and she’s “really sweet, really beautiful, very quiet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump cuts ties with WHO as pandemic grips Latin America

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.Trump’s move signals an end to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the United Nations agency just when it needs it most, with outbreaks in many parts of the world yet to reach their peak.Countries in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the death toll shot up by 1,124 on Friday and there were a record number of new infections. “The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.Beijing has furiously denied US allegations that it played down or even covered up the threat from the virus after it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, insisting it has been forthcoming.Read also: Twitter attaches disclaimer to Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence”Living in fear’ The pandemic has since claimed almost 364,000 lives globally and the number of cases is nearing six million.Populations are now learning to adjust to life with the long-term threat of infection as the virus continues its march around the globe and a vaccine remains elusive.As the disease spreads across South America, the poor have been hit hard in countries like Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States.Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.”In 26 years, I’ve never seen so many people living in fear, so many people going hungry,” said Alcione Albanesi, founder of charity Amigos do Bem, which distributes supplies to communities in the hot, dry and impoverished Sertao region of Brazil’s northeast.”Everything has ground to a stop. But hunger doesn’t stop.”Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to almost 1,000. The surge in the Americas comes as the number of infections continues to fall in much of Europe, which is pressing on down the path to economic re-opening after months of crippling lockdowns.Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to open Saturday, cinemas will reopen in Austria, and parks are scheduled to throw open their gates in Paris.Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy.In Austria, hotels were on Friday allowed to take in tourists again under special guidelines, provided masks are worn.”It’s of course a lot more effort now. But the most important thing is that guests return,” Gilbert Kratschmann, marketing manager at the Das Triest boutique hotel in Vienna, told AFP.Turkey too moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.And Denmark said it would reopen its border to visitors from Germany, Norway and Iceland from June 15, although Britain and the rest of the European Union will have to wait a few more months for access.Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining with social distancing precautions in place, and in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was “on track” to begin reopening in the week of June 8, even as the death toll in the US spiked again by 1,225 on Friday.Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the IMF Friday to tackle the virus fallout.India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, and Canada and Brazil also said their GDP figures shrank.Germany and the European Commission meanwhile reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for virus-hit Lufthansa, a commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said.But there were signs of progress in the sporting world, with England’s FA Cup final set to take place on August 1, football authorities announced, and competition in Spain’s La Liga will resume on June 11.Topics : Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.On Friday he made that decision permanent in a major blow for the UN agency’s finances, as the United States is by far its biggest contributor, pumping in $400 million last year.”Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting WHO funds “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”last_img read more

MORE redeploys Evopod tidal device

first_imgThe Marine Offshore Renewable Energy (MORE) team from the University of Algarve has redeployed the Evopod E1 tidal energy device off Portugal.The redeployment operation was completed in the last week of September at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon in the south of Portugal.One week after the deployment, the MORE team informed they conducted a data capturing campaign with load cells that measured drag from E1 while extracting energy.The 1:10 scale Evopod E1 unit, leased from the UK-based tidal energy developer Oceanflow Energy, underwent maintenance following the initial deployment in June 2017.The device has been fitted with two new load cells on its mooring lines, and two batteries to be charged with two new solar panels fitted on the device.The team said this ensured that the batteries are charged under neap tides, to ready them for use when the logger is needed.The deployment is part of SCORE project whose aim is to examine the behavior of small-scale tidal current turbine in a shallow-water estuarine environment.last_img read more

EMGS to conduct 3D survey offshore Namibia

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has been awarded a contract from Nabirm Global LLC for a proprietary 3D CSEM survey over Block 2113A, Petroleum Exploration License (PEL 0058) in the Walvis Basin offshore Namibia. The contract value is in excess of $1 million. Under the contract, EMGS will also provide processing, inversion and interpretation services to Nabirm post-acquisition, EMGS said on Thursday.Subject to, amongst other things, vessel availability, acquisition is projected to take place in Q1/Q2 2020, with a backstop date (automatic termination in the event if no vessel availability) of May 2020.CEO of EMGS, Bjørn Petter Lindhom, commented: “We are very pleased with the award of this vessel of opportunity contract from Nabirm, which further strengthens our belief that we are well placed to deliver significant value to customers operating offshore Africa, and that the importance of the African market will increase going forward.We are working on developing a 2020 multi-client campaign offshore Namibia, which will allow us to deploy a vessel to the region.”CEO of Nabirm, Olayinka Arowolo, commented: “We are pleased to be working with EMGS on this project; it is a significant opportunity for all our stakeholders as this will be the first survey of its kind in the region. We believe that EMGS’s proprietary technology will help us de-risk our prospects significantly.!Risk Based Solutions Namibia will assist with obtaining the required Environmental Clearance Certificate prior to the acquisition.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Green Light on “HIP 2.0”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers are waiting on a decision that could change their lives.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reviewing the state’s federal waiver request to use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to help low-income residents access health insurance coverage without expanding traditional Medicaid.Caitlin Finnegan Priest, director of policy and communications for Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says it would extend coverage to 350,000 low-income residents.“We know 59 percent of them work sometimes one, two, or more than two jobs but either don’t have coverage or can’t afford coverage at work,” she says. “These folks have oftentimes gone without insurance for a very long time and they may have a host of chronic conditions that need to get treated.”The current Healthy Indiana Plan program is for those between the ages of 19 and 64 with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level and caps the number of enrollees without dependents. The new proposal, HIP 2.0, expands the income eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level and will not cap the number of enrollees.Priest says they are hoping for speedy approval so those who have fallen into the coverage gap can finally access needed medical services.“Our grassroots enrollment folks have to turn away people who come to us looking for help finding something they qualify for and we have to tell them there’s nothing for them in the state of Indiana for affordable health coverage so we really want to make sure we get this approved as soon as possible,” she says.There is no timeline for a decision from the federal government, but Priest says it could come as early as the end of next month. If HIP 2.0 is not approved, the state will submit a request to preserve the current Health Indiana Plan for current enrollees. Waivers to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act were approved in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma Shouts Expletives At Cheteshwar Pujara, Social Media Explodes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When it comes to shouting expletives on the cricket field, one Indian cricket team player takes the cake. Virat Kohli, the skipper, is known to let out expletives whenever a wicket falls or when India are nearing a win. However, in the Vizag Test, this time it was not Kohli who was giving the expletives but Rohit Sharma. Having scored a century in the first innings, Rohit was on course to score back-to-back tons. However, there was one moment which caused social media to explode.When Rohit tapped Dane Piedt to backward point and looked to take a quick single, he was sent back by Cheteshwar Pujara, not known to be a quick runner. Rohit hastily turned back to return to his crease but as he made it, the stump microphone picked up the expletive by stating, “Pujji, bhaag B*********”. The audio visual captured on social media went viral. Even Ben Stokes tweeted stating, “This time it’s Rohit not Virat…if you know you know.” The incident that has taken place in Vizag on October 5 is actually not new. This comes nine years after the famous VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha meltdown during the Mohali Test between India and Australia. With Australia one wicket away from victory and India needing less than 10 runs, Laxman was the key. Battling a bad back, he scored a brave fifty and was getting India closer to the line. Suresh Raina was his runner and Ojha was at the non-striker’s end. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Becomes India’s Biggest Six-Hitting Monster Across All FormatsLaxman drove a full ball from Ben Hilfenhaus to mid on and Raina set off for the single. However, Ojha was not ready and he hastily sent Raina back. Laxman, normally gentle by nature, was fuming and he shouted expletives at Ojha which went viral at that time. The duo maintained their composure and India won the match by one wicket and went on to win the series 2-0.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Slams Centuries In Both Innings In Vizag Test, Creates RecordRohit blasted his second century in the match and joined an elite list of Indian players. With these two instances, October 5 should be rechristened as ‘Expletive Day’ in the Indian cricket team. In 2010, it was surprisingly Laxman. In 2019, surprisingly, it did not turn out to be Kohli.last_img read more

TP Mazembe take control of CAF Champions League final

first_imgTP Mazembe are in control of the CAF Champions League final after beating USM Alger 2-1 in the first leg, with both sides reduced to 10 men.Rainford Kalaba opened the scoring for the Congolese club but was shown a red card in first-half added time.USM Alger had Hocine El Orfi sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half.Mazembe had a great chance to double their lead but Mbwana Samatta was denied from the penalty spot by Mohamed Zemmamouche.But when the referee awarded Mazembe another spot kick a few minutes later, Samatta made amends and beat the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.Mohamed Seguer gave USM Alger hope by scoring a fine goal just before full-time. Ghana’s duo of Richard Kissi Boateng and Yaw Frimpong started for the Congolese sideThe second leg will take place on Sunday November 8.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Catch the Caf Champions League second leg final live and exclusively on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more