first_imgBy Gerard KrewerUniversity ofGeorgiaand Tom Beckman, USDAIn the past, Attapulgus was best known as the world’s main sourceof Attapulgite, a special clay used to coat paper, cosmetics andkitty litter. Now it’s gaining fame for a new breed of peaches.The little southwest Georgia town is home to the University ofGeorgia Attapulgus Research and Extension Farm and the RegionalModerate Chilling Peach and Nectarine Breeding and EvaluationProgram.The latter is a joint venture between UGA, the University ofFlorida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Scientists arebreeding new peaches with a moderate chilling requirement for thewarm winters of a belt running from Charleston, S.C., to southTexas.Chill hoursPeaches trees require a certain number of hours below 45 degreesFahrenheit during the winter.Cultivars with a chilling requirement too low for an area allowthem to begin growing too early, and blooms or fruits usuallyfreeze. Those with a chilling requirement too high for an areawon’t leaf out quickly enough in the spring, and the fruitsusually abort.Moderate-chilling cultivars need 350 to 600 hours for normalgrowth and development in the spring. The Attapulguspeach-breeding program has been under way for 15 years. Itstarted at a site near Quitman but has been at Attapulgus since1991.A series of excellent cultivars have been developed for thefarmers and gardeners of this region. Breeders have emphasizedsize, appearance and eating quality.Sweet timingEarly-season peaches aren’t normally quite as sweet as alate-season peach. But after eight months without a tree-ripenedpeach, these Attapulgus peaches taste fantastic.Early-season peaches are much easier to grow in the home garden,too. The number of sprays required for insects and diseases ismuch less than with late-season peaches.Four “Gulf series” cultivars can now be ordered and planted.Gulfking is a brand-new cultivarwith a chilling requirement of about 350 hours. It blooms early,so it’s bested planted on hilltops in inland south Georgia andnorth Florida or near the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Its southernlimit is about Gainesville, Fla. It ripens in early May and hasfirm, yellow flesh with some red near the skin.Gulfcrest requires about 500chilling hours. It blooms about 10 days after Gulfking and shouldperform well from Lake City, Fla., to Cordele, Ga. It ripens inmid-May and has firm, yellow flesh with red in the flesh.White Robin also requires about500 chilling hours. It blooms with Gulfcrest and ripens about thethird week of May. It has white flesh.Gulfprince requires about 400chilling hours but produced a good crop of peaches even after thevery severe March 1, 2002, freeze. It has a protracted bloom andhardy buds and should be adapted from Cordele, Ga., toGainesville, Fla. It ripens in late May and early June and hasfirm, yellow flesh.ClingstoneThe Gulf series peaches are all clingstone. They have firm,nonmelting flesh similar to the California canned peaches, butjuicier.They haven’t been released as commercial canning peaches, butfrom tests, they freeze and can very well for early-seasonpeaches.To get these peaches, contact your local nursery and ask them toorder some to for planting next winter. You can get a list ofnurseries propagating these trees, too, from your countyUniversity of Georgia Extension Service office.The trees are budded in the spring in Tennessee and shipped tosouth Georgia nurseries and growers the following winter. Ask fortrees budded on Nemaguard or Guardian rootstock. These rootstocksare resistant to root-knot nematodes, which are common in southGeorgia.(Gerard Krewer and Tom Beckman are horticulturists with,respectively, the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences and the U.S. Department ofAgriculture. They and Wayne Sherman, of the University ofFlorida, head the Attapulgus peach breeding program.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 32last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The localgovernment of Sibalom allotted P3 million to light up streets around themunicipality.  Town mayor Gian Carlo Occeña said thefacilities around the town proper will provide light for locals who will strollalong the plaza on December for Christmas. “I still do not know how many streetlights would be installed,” he said. Aside from the lighting project,Occeña said he aims to purchase dump trucks for a P6-million allocation to beused in garbage collection among others. “We are working for Sibalom to becomezero waste so dump trucks will also be used for garbage collection,” saidOcceña.(With a report from PNA/PN)center_img He added the municipal government withthe Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office plans to collectrecyclable waste materials such as plastic wares. “I am giving priority to the lightingof the town proper,” Occeña added on Wednesday. The mayor added that the installationwas also in response to insufficient streetlights around the area.last_img read more

first_imgJoseph S. Fischer, age 87 of Oldenburg, died Saturday, November 18, 2017 at University Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born November 14, 1930 in Dearborn County Indiana, he is the son of Helen (Nee: Greber) and Edward Fischer.  He married Marjorie Barnhorst November 28, 1957 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  Joe served in the Air Force during the Korean War and following the service spent 39 years with the Romweber Company as a cabinet maker.  He was a member of the Prell-Bland American Legion and Holy Family Church.Joe had a love for cars.  Fast cars, new cars, didn’t matter, he loved them all.  In fact, he could talk for hours about cars as well as his time spent in the Air Force.  Other interests included being an avid reader, a longtime maker of homemade wine, working in his flower and vegetable gardens, watching the History Channel and he had a soft spot for dogs and cats.Joe is survived by his wife Marjorie and nieces Vickie DeSpain of Hartsville, Indiana and Linda Allen of Greensburg, Indiana.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Margaret Allen and nephew Ray Allen.Visitation is Wednesday, November 22nd, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church.  Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183.  The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund. Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Some breath-taking basketball was on display in Mumbai on Friday as Indiana Pacers edged past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest, in what was National Basketball Association’s debut game in India. It was NBA’s first pre-season game ahead of the upcoming season.After the regulation time ended at 118-118, the match was decided in the extra five minutes when the Pacers, who were trailing throughout the match, went ahead for the first-time and managed to eke out a close win. For Kings, a two-pointer by Marvin Bagley (overall 12 points) in the dying seconds of the game also could not seal the deal for them.In the additional time, it was T Warren (overall 30 points) took the lead for Pacers with a three-pointer to take his side 121-118 ahead, but the Kings bounced back with Harrison Barnes (overall 21 points) grabbing two points. However, Domantas Sabons (overall 21 points), with a two-pointer again, took the Pacers ahead 123-120.And once again it was Warren with a two-pointer took Pacers ahead, but the Kings came back but finally it was a lay-up shot by Sabons that sealed the game for his side. Earlier, the first-ever NBA game in India turned out to be a good outing for the Pacers at the NSCI.Initially, the Pacers went ahead with two back-to-back baskets (two pointers) to take a 4-3 lead but then it was Kings’ show at a jam-packed NSCI. With a flurry of three-pointers, the Kings soon went ahead 17-6 as the Pacers defense was tested fully after first five-and-half minutes.Also Read | NBA star Kevin Durant issues apology over calling India ’20 years behind’, says comment taken out of contextHowever, a small break seemed to have rejuvenated the Pacers as they reduced the gap to 16-22 with five minutes left for the first-quarter to end. The first-quarter ended with the Kings enjoying a 10-point lead at 39-29.The hoopsters from both the teams showed their class with dribbles, drills and shooting and dunks. A three-pointer from Nemanja Bjelica helped the Kings only extend their lead over the Pacers.It was more about three-pointers now and the Kings were exactly doing the same as their lead soon swelled to 51-38 with eight minutes for the second quarter to end and then they gave no chance for the Pacers to make a come-back. Kings ended the second quarter with another three-pointer to lead 72-59.However, the third quarter belonged to the Pacers as, after the first four minutes, they nearly equalised with the scoreline reading 76-77. It was neck-and-neck from thereon as the Pacers continued to reduce the gap. But every-time, they inched closer, the Kings ensured that they stayed ahead and a late three-pointer by Corey Joseph tilted the tide in their favour as they ended the third quarter with a slender 97-92 lead.But the Pacers continued to bounce back and eventually managed to draw level at 118-118 apiece after the regulation time and force the game into additional time. The second pre-season game of the tour will be played on Saturday, while the regular season begins on October 22. last_img read more

first_imgBolaji lamented that despite submitting all the required papers to the Portuguese Embassy through the VFS Portugal Section in Lagos, they were denied CPG visas on the ground that the document indicating purpose of the visit was not reliable.“We have been made to miss out on the discussions and deliberations that ensued at the Conference. We feel really pained, particularly at this time of globalisation, when our PGA is making every necessary effort not to be left behind in the global world of golf. When we contacted CPG via WhatsApp, they expressed deep regret and explained that it was beyond their control,” Bolaji said.He said PGAN was a sport organisation trying to relate with other international bodies towards developing golf.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria ( PGAN) has described as a huge set back its failure to participate in the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG), formally PGA of Europe, Annual Congress in Portugal, because of its denial of a visa by the Portuguese Embassy in Lagos.The congress which was due from December 2-5 would have enabled PGAN to deepen professional golf in Nigeria by interacting and exchanging ideas with other developed PGAs in the world.PGAN Secretary, Jide Bolaji, said they received invitation as a member country of CPG to attend the congress. Nigeria has been a member of CPG since 2018. The CPG consists of 32 European countries. Canada, South Africa, Nigeria and Botswana are the other members.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by US Martial Arts CenterFour Washington companies have been chosen as recipients of the 2016 Corporations for Communities Award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make it a priority to help their communities.The four businesses include Kent-based Sleep Train, Bellvue-based Republic Services and Birch Equipment out of Bellingham.  Olympia’s own US Martial Arts Center was included as a winner in the small-company category. The Lee family first opened U.S. Martial Arts Center in 1983. They now operate three locations.Secretary of State Kim Wyman presented US Martial Arts Center a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award at a ceremony in her office on November 15. The Medallion Award recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community.“Our state is fortunate to have so many companies that give back to their communities in tangible ways,” Wyman said. “I look forward to honoring several of these caring and compassionate corporations that make a difference.”US Martial Arts Center was nominated for raising about $75,000 at the annual Board Break-A-Thon to support the Olympia and North Thurston Education Foundation, and providing complimentary programs on fitness, bully awareness and active shooter safety to schools.US Martial Arts instructors Aaron Kioshi and Brianna Asman (in white) work with their class.Employees volunteer at local events like the Lacey Spring Fun Fair and Lakefair Kids Day by providing free lessons. The center also requires that those seeking a Black Belt volunteer at the Thurston Food Bank to qualify for Black Belt testing.Corporations for Communities is an annual recognition program within the Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division.last_img read more

first_imgAttorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin during his submissions to the CCJ on FridayFormer AFC parliamentarian Charrandas PersaudThirty votes have been accepted over the years in Guyana’s National Assembly as the majority and have been the deciding figure for numerous bills and motions being passed or shut down.Therefore, to say that the vote in favour of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government by former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud did not help tip the scales to the majority is not in keeping with Guyana’s parliamentary trend.This is according to Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Persaud at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion against the APNU/AFC coalition Government which was passed on December 21, 2018, where Persaud’s vote was seen as what has been described as the “deciding factor”.Datadin in his submissions to the CCJ on Friday said that the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – when it was in Government, in the 2011 National Elections, had secured 32 seats in the National Assembly and the APNU and AFC together had one more seat than the ruling party of the day.This, he said, resulted in a number of motions and bills put forward by the Government side in the House being voted against and ultimately no progress for some years since together, the two opposition parties joined forces and voted them down.The CCJ heard that eventually, the now Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, then brought a No-Confidence Motion against the PPP in 2014 but before that motion could have been debated, the then President, Donald Ramotar, had prorogued Parliament which eventually led to elections being called in a short time frame.Datadin further explained that after the 2015 elections, the APNU/AFC coalition took office and had a one-seat majority in the National Assembly which they used to pass a number of motions and bills to date.He pointed out that in some cases, the PPP had a majority on some of these bills since, in a few instances, Government Ministers themselves abstained from voting, adding that some of these very Ministers were also “dual citizens”.Giving an example to the court, Datadin said that on July 30, 2018, several Government Ministers abstained from voting for duty-free concessions for two officials of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). He noted that despite the fact that they did not vote with their party, they were not removed from Parliament by the Government.“Apparently, as much is being said about what transpires and yesterday (Thursday) there were some comments about the society that Guyana is…the truth is that before now several dual citizens have been in Parliament, participated in Parliament, continued. It was more honoured in its breach than in its observance. I am not saying that it is right your honour,” the lawyer said.According to the attorney, 33 votes had been accepted as the majority when voting in the National Assembly for years by all parties in the House and, therefore, it still should be seen as such in the case of the validity of the No-Confidence Motion where Charrandas Persaud voted against the Government.“We go on and on about where we would find a view about the interpretation of the Constitution. We have a Constitution that is fairly simple in what it says. It is unique.”Crossing floor positionMeanwhile, attorney-at-law and President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran in his arguments pointed out that Guyana’s history in the National Assembly does entail the “crossing floor position”.He explained that three members of three different parties had left their respective parties but were still sitting in those seats in the Parliament and continued to do so for a number of years.“Two are now Ministers in this Government, Minister Raphael Trotman and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. One is now dead, Mrs Shelia Holder, so both parties had a rare moment of bipartisanship and got together and put this recall legislation in process.And to answer the question of any similar No-Confidence Motion ever brought? One was brought in 2014 by current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. But before it could be debated, the President prorogued Parliament and six months later dissolved Parliament and called elections, one was brought but it was never heard,” the lawyer submitted.According to Ramkarran, interestingly enough, at the time that the 2014 No-Confidence Motion was brought to the House, the combined Opposition (which is now Guyana’s Government) had 33 seats in Parliament.He reiterated that given the historical background of Guyana, the case being tried in the Court has fundamental issues of democracy and rule of law intertwined with it.“Those issues cannot be untied from the case, your honours…the suggestion by the Attorney General (AG) that the vote of a person against the votes desired by the other members of his list means that that vote is automatically nullified from the time he makes it or even from the time that he gets the idea. But this could not be so, that would mean that there is some sort of dictatorship of the list, we would not need the National Assembly, we could just have decisions by decree based on numbers in Parliament….”He added that if the court were to take this this argument to its logical conclusion, then Parliament is a charade – that is – a dictatorship of the list. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

first_imgThroughout history, Jews have predominantly thought of themselves as a group on the verge of disappearing. No matter the terms used, from an insider’s perspective, we Jews have been awaiting our end ever since our inception. From our very beginning as a religious group, we have obsessed over a sense of impending doom. Immediately after being saved from Egyptian slavery – by God Himself no less – our Jewish forebears bemoaned their newly gained freedom: “Better to die in the fleshpots of Egypt than to die in the desert.” After the destructions of the temples in Jerusalem and the annihilation of the Jewish commonwealth, the feeling of doom reached a plateau. Consistent throughout our history as one of the oldest religions on Earth, we have feared, even prepared for our imminent demise. Paradoxically, this negative self-image is inconsistent with our theology. Judaism has always been a religion that is immediate and life-affirming. The Talmud mentions, “Whoever saves one life, (it) is as if he saved the entire world.” The disparity between these destructive images of gloom and doom, versus a positive, life-affirming ideology, is problematic and nothing less than self-imposed. Inexplicably, the impact that Jews continue to have on their surroundings far exceeds their numbers. Jews total well less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s population; some 13 million in all. Yet the Jewish contribution to the world is unparalleled. Judaism brought the notion of one God into the world. It is the religion responsible for the establishment of Christianity and Islam. It has and continues to help shape and enhance Western Civilization. And, given the course of history, so long as there are humans left alive, some of them will be Jews. So as Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year – another year of existence – may the feeling of pending doom edge way to the feeling of hope and joy. May the “ever-dying” people finally come to grips with the reality that they are here to stay. And may they continue on course with their lofty goal of making God’s Earth a more inhabitable place for all humanity. Michael Gotlieb is the rabbi of Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “L’chaim – to life,” has been the rallying call of the Jews. “To life,” here and now, on this planet. Who should know the value of life better than Jews? We grew out of an ancient Egyptian civilization that worshipped death. The holiest Egyptian text was called “The Book of the Dead.” No wonder the rabbis wrote: “So long as there is life, there is hope.” Fittingly, the national anthem for the modern state of Israel is called “Hatikvah,” the hope. Yet for reasons that defy history, we Jews continue to doubt our viability, we continue to anticipate our demise. This fear is not entirely without justification. Anti-Semitism still exists – particularly within the Arab world and parts of Europe. There are those who, if given their way, would cheer the annihilation of the Jews. Nazis and Communists made it their life’s work to murder Jews and destroy Judaism. And while a more than 50 percent interfaith-marriage statistic worries me, it is more a reflection of the non-Jewish community’s acceptance of us. Several generations ago, Jews did not intermarry, yes out of conviction, but largely because of the non-Jewish family’s reluctance in having a Jewish son- or daughter-in-law. What scares me far more is our internalization of the insidious myth that we are on the brink of extinction. I am afraid that the groundless fear of our demise has caused havoc to our soul, deeply permeating and affecting our psyche. From the Inquisition to the pogroms, the Holocaust, suicide bombings and terror organizations that refuse to discuss the possibility of a balanced applicable peace, Jews have understandably feared for their existence. But despite it all, we continue to contribute to the good of humanity, we continue to exist – even thrive. last_img read more

first_imgQPRDefender Max Ehmer has extended his loan at Gillingham until 7 February. The 22-year-old first joined the League One club towards the end of November and has featured six times.FA CupChelsea could face London rivals Millwall for the first time since 1995, in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Blues were drawn at home to the winners of the replay between the Lions and League One side Bradford. Fulham, if they can overcome Wolves, will travel to Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Ties will be played on the weekend of 24 and 25 January.FulhamThe club have confirmed that their FA Cup replay at Wolves will be played on Tuesday 13 January, with a 7.45pm kick-off, subject to any television scheduling.BrentfordThe Bees will be hosting open trials at their Jersey Road training ground in May, with a professional contract up for grabs. Players born between 31 May 1994 and 30 May 1999 are eligible, with those in the 16-18 age range attending on Saturday 30 May, and 19- to 21-year-olds on Sunday 31 May. The best will be selected to play in a match against Brentford’s academy squad.Jack WarburtonThe son of Brentford manager Mark has joined the club’s development squad until the end of the season. The 21-year-old midfielder came through the youth ranks at Watford before moving to Leicester City at the age of 17. After turning professional, he later moved to Canada, winning player of the year at fourth-tier side Kitchener-Waterloo United in 2013, before coming back to the UK. He played two Under-21 games as part of a trial with the Bees and will now be part of Lee Carsley’s second string until June.Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies have signed highly-rated Sweden international Marija Banušić, 19, from Kristianstads. The forward, who made her debut for her country in November, is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and will link up with the Blues squad later this month for pre-season training. She is the fifth signing of the winter, after Gemma Davison, Millie Bright, Niamh Fahey and fellow Swedish international Hedvig Lindahl. However, Yuki Ogimi and Rachel Williams have left the club, to join VfL Wolfsburg and Notts County respectively.Sam RobsonThe Middlesex opener scored 109 on the first day of England Lions’ opening match of their tour of South Africa. Robson struck 12 fours and a six before retiring as the Lions made 361-4 against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto.MiddlesexTim Murtagh, Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie have all been named in Ireland’s squad for this year’s Cricket World Cup. Stirling, 24, played in all six of Ireland’s matches at the 2007 tournament, scoring a century against the Netherlands and making 32 in their shock win over England, but Balbirnie, 24, and London-born Murtagh, 33, will be at their first World Cup.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more