A University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist is searching for new squash varieties to help Georgia farmers improve the state’s $24.7 million squash industry.Yellow squash is predominantly grown in the South, as more national acreage is devoted to growing zucchini. Many Georgia growers face a greater demand to produce zucchini than traditional yellow squash.“In terms of farm gate value, it (squash) is not as significant a crop as watermelons or onions, but we are consistently one of the top squash-producing states in the country,” said Tim Coolong, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Coordinating research trials on the UGA Tifton Campus, Coolong is investigating multiple varieties in an effort to find improved squash selections that meet growers’ increasingly stringent demands: resistance to disease, early harvest and improved shelf life.“With viruses and other issues, there are a lot of disease problems in the fall that growers have to contend with (when growing squash). We also strive for earliness and early productivity, because growers are usually chomping at the bit to get to market. If prices are high early, they want to be in there making money,” Coolong said. “Then, of course, storage quality is a big factor producers want to improve upon.”Squash generally doesn’t have a long shelf life, he said. Adding even a couple of days of improvement in storage life can make a big difference for growers.Coolong is in the midst of his third season studying different squash varieties. So far, he is pleased with the progress.“When we started, southwest Georgia variety trials hadn’t been conducted in several years. In the first season, we just wanted to see where some of the varieties stood relative to each other. Now we are working with some seed companies to evaluate pre-commercial selections so that we can anticipate what will be reaching the market in the next few seasons,” Coolong said.When grown from seed, squash takes 38 to 40 days to start fruiting. Once harvest season arrives, squash are typically picked every other day. When temperatures rise, growers may harvest on a daily schedule.Coolong’s UGA research crew harvests three days per week and on some weekends, totaling 12 to 15 seasonal harvests. Out of the more than two dozen vegetables that Coolong studies, depending on the growing season, he devotes approximately 10 to 20 percent of his research time to squash. “Working with squash is nice because there are large differences, plant to plant, in how much fruit is produced, compared to other crops where the yield is primarily determined by the plant stand,” Coolong said. “Assuming you get a comparable plant stand in your trials, sometimes you won’t see a lot of difference in varieties (when it comes to other crops). In something like squash, you can see a large difference between varieties as far as productivity.”Though squash is planted both from seeds and transplants, Coolong uses transplants in his research trials to ensure an even plant stand. Coolong said the market for squash is very volatile. As of two weeks ago, prices were “good, though they could always be better.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, squash accounted for 2.48 percent of Georgia’s vegetable crop in 2013, and was grown on 4,587 acres.
Dixie RockThe country’s oldest indoor climbing competition celebrates its 30th year on February 16 in Chapel Hill, N.C. SHARE THE LOVE: JOIN THE I HEART PISGAH ADVENTURE TEAMAsheville city council’s Julie Mayfield is co-director of mountaintrue, one of over 100 organizations who are part of the i heart pisgah coalition.Are you a runner, biker, paddler, hiker, triathlete, adventure racer, or climber who wants to help protect the places where you play? Join our I HEART PISGAH Adventure Team, which includes elite athletes and everyday adventurers who love exploring, enjoying, and protecting public lands. You’ll receive free I HEART PISGAH swag and special opportunities, and you’ll be featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, where you can share your adventures with our audience. You’ll also be supporting I HEART PISGAH, a coalition of over 100 outdoor organizations and thousands of individuals protecting the special conservation and recreation areas in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. Blue Ridge Outdoors is a proud member, and joining the coalition is free and easy at iheartpisgah.org. Wanna join the adventure team? Submit a letter of interest firstname.lastname@example.org.Patagonia Pledges to Donate GOP Tax-Cut Savings to Help EnvironmentPatagonia will save about $10 million annually from the corporate tax cuts passed by the Republican-controlled Congress and enacted by President Trump. In late November, the venerable gear and apparel company announced that it will donate every penny of that extra money to organizations working to help the environment. “Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet,” said Patagonia CEO Rose Mancario in a letter posted on LinkedIn, adding that the money would be given to “groups committed to protecting air, land and water and finding solutions to the climate crisis.”Patagonia has been outspoken against the Trump administration’s environmental policies, denial of climate change, and actions taken to reduce protection for public lands. In the 2018 midterm elections, the company publicly endorsed Democratic candidates for the first time, and in late 2017 Patagonia filed a lawsuit against the president for reducing the size of two national monuments in Utah.22Number of veterans that commit suicide every day. Eddie Arendell, a former Marine from Maysville, Ky., recently completed a southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness about the veteran suicide epidemic. Arendell left home last June and hiked 2,200 miles in approximately five months, finishing just before Veterans’ Day.New Name for New River Gorge National River?In the fall, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, introduced legislation to rename the New River Gorge National River. If successful, the regional scenic gem—coveted by climbers and whitewater paddlers—would become New River Gorge National Park. Since the 73,000-acre New River Gorge National River is already a unit of the National Park Service, nothing else would change except the name. The effort was started by a group of whitewater outfitters hoping to make more potential visitors aware of the Gorge. A recent study found that when eight national monuments were changed to national parks, visitation increased by 21 percent. “Re-designating the national river as a national park will shine a light on the New River Gorge and its many offerings to help drive tourism and spur the local and regional economy,” said Capito.8-year-old Cancer Survivor Crushes Marathon 8-year-old Pennsylvania runner Nate Viands breezed through the NCR Marathon in Baltimore with a time of three hours and 32 minutes. It’s actually one of the easier challenges he has faced. Viands was diagnosed with leukemia before his fourth birthday. After enduring a lengthy period of debilitating treatments, Viands began running as he regained his strength.In November, he ran his first marathon in Baltimore with his dad, Scott. By mile eight he left his old man in his wake. “He just took off,” Scott Viands told Runner’s World. “Every once in a while at an aid station, I’d ask, ‘Did you see a little guy come through?’” and they’d be like, ‘yeah, he’s 10 minutes ahead of you.’”“A lot of people get dealt tough hands, have rough situations,” continued Scott. “But to see him work hard at something and go through what he went through, it was a special moment to watch as a parent.”The Viands family is now looking towards a more significant milestone this June, when they will find out if Nate is cancer-free, five years after his diagnosis.University of kentucky named top campus for bikingThe League of American Bicyclists named UK the moist bike-friendly campus in the country, citing its bike-share memberships, free bike rentals, repair stations, and cycling programs. Additional regional colleges recognized include the University of Maryland, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia.Shenandoah Shutdown“It was wonderful, rewarding, and a way to make myself feel better in the face of this national trauma.”— Alleyn Harned, on why he organized a volunteer clean-up in Shenandoah National Park last month during the government shutdown. Volunteersd helped with park maintenance across the country, and nonprofits also steppoed up: Great Smoky Mountains Association donated $50,000 to temportarily keep busy visitors’ centers open in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo April 20, 2020 For years, Venezuela has been strengthening narcotrafficking. The leader of the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello Rondón, plays a decisive role in the process, not only because he is the second most powerful man in the regime, but also because he provides political and military protection to narco-terrorist crimes, alleged the U.S. Department of Justice.On March 26, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced the indictment of Nicolás Maduro and Cabello (as well as 13 other high-ranking Venezuelan officials). The United States offered $10 million for the capture of Cabello.“The charges will lead the regime to entrench itself and those who were formally accused to see their destiny permanently linked to that of Maduro,” Geoff Ramsey, a researcher with the human rights nongovernmental organization Washington Office for Latin America, said to BBC Mundo. “Cabello, like Maduro, has not left Venezuela since the United States began to sanction them, which makes their capture difficult.”In addition to denouncing that the regime is awash in corruption and crime, the U.S. prosecutor said that the accused betrayed the Venezuelan people and corrupted the country’s institutions when they lined their pockets with drug money.A report from Spanish newspaper ABC indicates that Cabello leads a smuggling network of drugs, minerals, and fuel, in which he is the main beneficiary. Through this structure, “Cabello receives around half a million dollars a month, which each of the commanders of the 24 Venezuelan states deliver to him by hand, in an envelope,” says ABC.“This figure should be multiplied by at least three,” said Daniel Pou, associate researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in the Dominican Republic, to Diálogo. “Cabello is not only the czar of narcotrafficking, but of human and arms trafficking and money laundering.”Pou said Cabello is the man who handles all intelligence apparatuses, both military and civilian. “Although he doesn’t have direct command over the Venezuelan Armed Forces, he placed all his interests on them.”In its 2019 report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which works closely with the United Nations, revealed that criminal groups infiltrated the Venezuelan security forces and created a network known as the Cartel of the Suns, which facilitates the entry and exit of illegal drugs. “The Bolivarian Armed Forces control the country’s economy,” says INCB.The U.S. Department of Justice believes that evidence of collusion that dates back 20 years exists between the Cartel of the Suns, led by Maduro, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to send tons of cocaine to the United States. Cabello, the Department of Justice contends, personally participated in the delivery of machine guns, ammunition, and rocket launchers to the FARC at a Venezuelan military base.“Venezuela became a great governmental criminal organization,” Jorge Serrano, a scholar at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “In addition to the Cartel of the Suns, run by Cabello for the last five years, there are three more organizations that are part of the regime and that are involved in the shady business conducted by Venezuelan service members.”“First, the so-called leadership, coordinated within a perfect and macabre division of labor, directed by Maduro with Cuban advice; second, the Syrian corporation steered by Tareck El Aissami, one of the politicians closest to Maduro and one of the United States’ 10 most wanted drug lords; and third, the Diosdado Cabello family corporation, the most loyal accomplices of the criminal structure, who know how this system works because they have been handling it from the beginning,” added Serrano.Cabello is the most dangerous of the entire organization. He keeps the fortunes of other top leaders and then has them extradited or murdered, according to independent newspaper Venezuela Libre.“When this dictatorship is dismantled and the accused begin to confess, we will know about the great fortunes that they’ve managed to amass over 20 years of ‘revolution.’ Meanwhile, Cabello and Maduro will continue to be entrenched in their own homes, controlling the country’s economy with the help of the military forces,” concluded Pou.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash after being struck by another driver who stopped in Amityville early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.Carlos Perez-Rodas of Uniondale was hit in front of El Rodeo Restaurant and Bar by a Toyota Corolla and was then struck by a second vehicle that fled the scene at 12:43 a.m., police said.The first driver, 23-year-old Joshua Dauphin of Farmingdale, was trying to stop southbound traffic on Broadway with the help of others when the hit-and-run driver struck.The second vehicle was described as a late model, dark-colored Mercedes that was last seen heading southbound on Broadway.Perez-Rodas was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 631-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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The rise of the online auction army MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The property at 51 Primrose St, Grange that attracted five bidders.But the gavel was needed when the marathon one hour virtual auction ended with the sale of the five-bedroom Queenslander for $1.801 million.“Generally we get to shake your hand when we’re finished,” Mr Parker told his remote audience. “There won’t be that today.”Similar scenes played out at auctions across Australia on the weekend as stage two of social distancing measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus forced all auctions to be conducted remotely and broadcast via livestreaming services like GAVL. The GAVL online auction streaming service gets ready for the auction of 51 Primrose St, Grange.“I thought it was business as usual quite frankly,” Ray White Ascot lead agent Ian Cuneo said after the auction.“In nine out of 10 auctions we would have at least one buyer needing a GAVL type product because they want to be able to physically see what is going on. In the old days it was just done by phone.”The five bidders who dialled in for the auction were from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with Mr Parker drawing on over 30 years’ experience in real estate to work the room without the advantage of being able to read body language.Thirty-four bids were called out by agents as they received them on the phone. Mr Parker accepted them and they were posted in real time on the bottom left of the online screen. When the auction paused for negotiations or instructions from the seller, the livestream reverted to a slide show of property images until Mr Parker returned to continue the public auction. A screenshot of the online auction as it paused for negotiation.Beside some buffering delays, the broadcast was clear and easy to follow. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoSometimes auctioneer Phil Parker got stuck due to streaming issues.“What did we learn from today? Make sure you’ve got plenty of charge in your phone,” Mr Parker said.“I was looking at mine on the last auction and it was telling me 17 per cent.“And the next one is you’ve got to be so cautious about social distances. Our guys today were extremely good about that. And auctions are taking a little longer than your normal onsite auction.”The property, on an 896sq m block, was one of 40 to go to virtual auction across Brisbane on Saturday with Mr Parker selling four of the five houses he took to auction.An Ascot property at 45 Ormond St sold at auction for $1.25 million following a pre-auction bid of $925,000.“Auctions are the only platform that really provides an end date for buyers and if that drops away, it will drop away purely and simply because the agents have been afraid to embrace what we have to embrace, or they’re nervous about it.”He said some buyers were also nervous about going to auction yesterday.“We had a couple that decided to cancel (their auctions) and that’s a lack of knowledge, the uncertainty. Hopefully today’s result will give them encouragement.” Brisbane median house price hits record Ray White Ascot auctioneer Phil Parker at the virtual auction of 51 Primrose St, Grange, which was conducted from the Wilston office of Ray White Ascot.RAY White auctioneer Phil Parker stood in the corner of a room, 2.5km away from the house he was auctioning, with a packet of disinfectant wipes by his side, a white gavel in hand and a video camera in front of him.The wipes he never needed as the only other people in the room were five real estate agents standing apart from each other.They were each on the phone with bidders keen to call 51 Primrose St, Grange in Brisbane’s inner north, their home.
Hisar: Sports Authority of India (SAI) beat Chandigarh to win the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (B Division), here on Sunday. Sonia (16th minute), Anima Tiru (32nd), Alka Dungdung (41st) and Pramila Sorena (60th) scored a goal each to clinically demolish Chandigarh’s defence. Sarabdeep Kaur was the lone scorer for Chandigarh. In the match for the third place, Steel Plant Sports Board beat UCO Bank 1-0. Mamta Bhatt scored the lone goal of the match in the 28th minute. (IANS)Also Read: Sports News
The Trojans aim to end their longest losing streak since 2003 when they face Oregon (13-5, 4-2) at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday. The Pac-12 matchup is the first of a two-game road trip for USC in the Beaver State, concluding on Saturday with a game against Oregon State (11-7, 1-5).Leader of the pack · In last week’s loss to the Bruins, Maurice Jones was the only Trojan in double figures. Jones scored 13 points. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThe Ducks are coming off a 59-57 road victory against Arizona, handing the Wildcats their second home loss of the season. The Trojans, meanwhile, are trying to move on from a blowout loss against crosstown rival UCLA.“We have to get back on track,” said freshman guard Alexis Moore, “It’s obvious we need a win, so our goal is to get better in practice every day.”USC coach Kevin O’Neill echoed similar sentiments as his team geared up for a difficult inter-conference clash.“Win or lose, your job is to do your job on every play, every single day,” O’Neill said. “That’s the way we approach practice, shooting, individual work, all of that.”Even as the losses continue to pile up, the Trojans have maintained a positive outlook regarding their upcoming schedule.“In terms of team morale, we still have to stick together and keep spirits high in order to finish out the rest of the season,” Moore said.One point of emphasis for the Trojans against Oregon will be the rebounding battle, especially after getting dominated on the boards by the Bruins by a wide margin — 66-47.“I’m going to have to start really focusing on [rebounding],” said redshirt sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon.The Ducks are a veteran-laden team, starting three seniors and two juniors. Meanwhile, the Trojans are a much younger squad without any seniors logging significant minutes.“[It’s] not just that [the Ducks are] older, they’re talented,” O’Neill said. “They’re playing well right now, and they’re playing at home. It’s going to be a challenge. We’ll have to play our best game to have a chance to win.”In addition to their edge in the experience department, Oregon has multiple shooters whom the Trojans will need to keep from getting hot from beyond the arc.“We basically have to run them off of threes and contest all their two-point jump shots,” Moore said. “Obviously they’re going to make some shots, but our goal is to try to minimize that as much as possible. We have to get up in them and pressure them and force the drive.”Forward E.J. Singler, perhaps the Ducks’ biggest offensive threat, garnered high praise from O’Neill.“I don’t think there’s any question. … He’s one of the best [in the Pac-12],” O’Neill said. “Singler is the guy that glues this team together, and he has a bunch of guys he’s played with that understand the game.”After Thursday’s game, the Trojans will take on the Pac-12’s most potent offensive squad, Oregon State. The Beavers are averaging 82.7 points per game — tied for fifth-highest in the country and nearly 30 points higher than USC’s current output (53.6 points per game).As the Trojans play out the two-game set against Oregon teams and move on in Pac-12 play, O’Neill has a message for disgruntled USC hoops fans in search of some victories.“I understand [fans’] frustration,” O’Neill said. “I’m frustrated too, the players are frustrated … We appreciate their loyalty, we appreciate them cheering for their team.”
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LIVE TV Last Updated: 12th December, 2019 22:24 IST UFC: Relive The Fight Where Amanda Nunes Was Knocked Out By Cat Zingano At UFC 178 Amanda Nunes is known for demolishing her opponents, but the two-division champion got knocked out cold in a fight against Cat Zingano. Watch the fight. COMMENT Also Read | Jorge Masvidal Expresses Shocking Retirement Plans, Vows To Win Real UFC TitleAlso Read | Miesha Tate Gives Former Rival Amanda Nunes ‘G.O.A.T’ Recognition FOLLOW US Also Read | Colby Covington Makes Special Trump Tower Visit Before UFC 245 Fight, Promises To WinUFC 245: Amanda Nune’s statusAmanda Nunes had a terrible run in UFC since her defeat against Cat Zingano but she is considered as one of the most feared women inside the octagon. After successfully knocking out Holly Holm at UFC 239., she is ready to go against her former rival Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245. Will Amanda Nunes retain her title or will Germaine de Randamie shock the world? What do you think? Raj Sarkar First Published: 12th December, 2019 22:24 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Amanda Nunes is undoubtedly the greatest female fighter of all time with two UFC titles on her shoulder. The first and only women’s double champ of UFC is currently on a 9-fight-winning streak. She is ready to defend her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie at the year ending PPV UFC 245. Well, if you are an MMA fan, it is hard to think of Amanda Nunes as a loser. The Brazilian lioness has defeated all the legendary women on the roster including the likes of Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko among others. However, there has been a fight where Amanda Nunes was overpowered by her opponent and she was left bloodied after the fight. Can you guess the opponent?Also Read | UFC: Dana White Confirms Khabib-Conor Rematch On The Cards, Khabib Begs To DifferUFC: Throwback to Amanda Nune’s devastating lossIt is hard to imagine Amanda Nunes losing at this stage but Cat Zingano delivered the first UFC loss of Amanda Nunes’ career at UFC 178 in 2014. It was one of the best fights in Women’s MMA history as both gladiators locked their horns inside the octagon. A young Amanda Nunes started the fight strong and dominated Cat Zingano in the first round. However, Zingano turned things around from round number two. She ended up knocking out the Brazilian in the third round. Cat Zingano unleashed a series of horrific elbows and punches over her Brazilian opponent. Amanda Nunes could not deliver anything in response. She was left bloodied and bruised at the end of the fight. Take a look at the throwback fight between Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes from 2014. Written By