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  • Turfgrass Conference

    first_imgThe 73rd annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the University of Georgia Tifton campus.The conference’s morning session will begin at 8 a.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The afternoon session will start at 1 p.m. at the turfgrass plots in the center of campus and feature presentations from UGA faculty who specialize in turfgrass breeding.The cost to attend is $100. For more information or to register for the conference, see https://t.uga.edu/4Sn.Information presented during the conference will highlight the latest trends in turfgrass breeding, according to Brian Schwartz, turfgrass breeder at UGA-Tifton. A key issue right now is cost efficiency, he added.“In the past, the prettiest turf with the most input was fine, but now people are really leaning towards an acceptable turf with little to no input,” he said. “A grass doesn’t need to be the most beautiful thing if people don’t have to do much to it.”Schwartz will speak about UGA’s efforts to develop the right hybrids for homeowners, golf course superintendents and sports field managers. He will also discuss the progress on creating a more resilient zoysia grass.“Often zoysia grass doesn’t recover after wear from sports or dogs, or infection from diseases,” he said. “My focus is making it more disease tolerant, and hopefully, more injury resilient.”David Jespersen, a turfgrass physiologist based on the UGA Griffin campus, will discuss the importance of understanding plant physiology in order to improve turfgrass performance.Jing Zhang, a turfgrass research scientist at UGA-Tifton, will discuss the use of drones and cameras in turfgrass research and how they could help turfgrass breeders produce drought-resistant varieties in the Southeast.Paul Raymer, a turfgrass breeder based at UGA-Griffin, will talk about a non-GMO herbicide-resistance system for seashore paspalum. The method improves the management of Bermuda grass and other grassy weeds. Raymer’s team is currently evaluating their advanced lines to determine which will be released as new varieties.UGA scientists will be joined by researchers from North Carolina State University and University of Florida. Industry representatives will present during the morning session.“This year we are bringing in technical reps to give science-based talks about products from their companies,” Schwartz said. “It’s different, but I hope it goes well.”Schwartz hopes attendees will leave the conference having learned something new.“It’s a continuation of work that’s been going on here for more than 73 years,” he said. “This is a service we try to provide in south Georgia.”last_img read more

  • Aurand leads Laurel Highlands Sprints to Hesston checkers

    first_imgHESSTON, Pa. (May 20) – Ron Aurand was the Saturday night winner when the Laurel High­lands Sprint Series ventured to Hesston Speedway.Runner-up in the 20-lapper for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars was Nathan Gramley and Drew Ritchey was third.Aurand and Reed Thompson drew front row starts and Aurand set the fast pace with Thompson close behind. Within a few laps, Scott Lutz moved into second with Gramley, Ritchey and Steve Kenawell Jr. settling in behind him.Gramley had taken over second before the only caution of the race came on lap 16. When the green came out again, Aurand took off and took the win with Gramley, Ritchey, Lutz and Ke­nawell in tow.The next race for Laurel Highlands and round three of the Summer Showdown will be Sunday, May 28 at Bedford Speedway.Feature results – 1. Ron Aurand; 2. Nathan Gramley; 3. Drew Ritchey; 4. Scott Lutz; 5. Steve Kenawell Jr.; 6. Reed Thompson; 7. Ryan Lynn; 8. Rob Felix; 9. Jonathon Jones; 10. Brad Mel­lott; 11. Joe Zap; 12. Judi Bates; 13. Rob Bartchy; 14. Mike Alleman; 15. Jim Kennedy; 16. Coltt Lepley; 17. Mike Wenrick.last_img read more

  • Commonwealth wants developing countries to access billions in foreign aid

    first_imgLONDON, CMC – The Commonwealth Secretary General, Dame Patricia Scotland says a new study has shown that small member states could be losing out on US$4.5 billion of overseas development assistance.Need strategies to help small states She said as a result of the study conducted by the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat she is urging the development of strategies to help small and vulnerable states improve their ability to effectively access and use development assistance.Dame Patricia will be among delegates attending an International Monetary Fund (IMF)/ World Bank conference on Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change in the Caribbean on Monday. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the featured speaker.The Commonwealth Secretary General will participate in a discussion on incentives and financing to build resilience.“The Caribbean has been through testing and distressing times in recent years, with storms and hurricanes of unprecedented intensity causing widespread devastation. We commend the international community for rallying to provide support, and the affected countries for their practical resolve to build back better and stronger.Much work to do“But we have a lot of work to do to address inherent and systemic barriers to building resilience, such as debt, limited private financing and capacity constraints,” she said, adding that “one key area we need urgently to improve is coordination among organizations and donors so countries are able to access and utilize financial assistance more swiftly through processes that are more streamlined.Missed out on $4.5 billion of aid“It is of great concern that a preliminary Commonwealth study shows that small and vulnerable states failed to utilize $4.5 billion of development assistance made available between 2010 and 2016,” she said ahead of the conference in Washington.Plans for building resilience to disasters The Commonwealth Secretariat said that at the conference it will present its plans for working alongside member countries to build resilience to disasters and climate change.It said these include the Commonwealth Finance Access Hub, which is helping developing states make successful applications for projects related to climate change, the new Disaster Risk Financing Portal, which will give countries open, 24-hour access to key information on financing facilities and a proposed Universal Vulnerability Index to build global consensus on the definition and measurement of the factors that combine to render countries vulnerable to environmental and financial challenges.Head of Economic Policy and Small States at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Travis Mitchell, said the issues of development finance for resilience building and disaster risk were upmost in the minds of Commonwealth finance ministers during their annual meeting in Bali last month.“We have a clear mandate to come up with innovative and effective strategies to address this issue. So in January we are going to hold the first ever Annual Research Conference on Small States in Malta under the theme “Building Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction”.“This will bring together experts and academics to explore new and emerging developments in disaster risk reduction.”last_img read more

  • PICTURES: Ghana U20 training session ahead of Portugal clash on Wednesday

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  • Grayson Allen ejected from Summer League game after two flagrant fouls on Grant Williams

    first_imgGrayson Allen found himself back in the spotlight Thursday night in Las Vegas — for all the wrong reasons.The Grizzlies guard, who was sent to Memphis as part of the Mike Conley trade, was ejected in the fourth quarter of his team’s NBA Summer League game against the Celtics after committing two flagrant fouls on Boston rookie Grant Williams. Allen seemed to take exception to multiple (legal) screens set by Williams, and he retaliated with a couple cheap shots aimed at Williams’ head. SUMMER LEAGUE: How to watch every game in Las Vegas Allen left the Thomas and Mack Center with a confused look on his face, but there really isn’t any controversy here. The contact was unnecessary on both plays. (By the way, these two flagrant fouls happened in an eight-second span of game time.)Grayson Allen’s first flagrant, for those asking pic.twitter.com/KO9vgPGaSX— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019Grayson Allen gets his 2nd flagrant in about 3 minutes and gets ejected and Dan Dakich is fed the hell up pic.twitter.com/SY5sEXX6fc— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019The ejection will surely conjure up memories of Allen’s infamous tripping incidents at Duke. For a player attempting to prove he has matured and can contribute in the NBA, this was a silly move.Unless Allen can control his emotions, he won’t be logging many minutes for the Grizzlies this season. That’s good news for opposing players who don’t want to get hurt.last_img read more