For decades, University of Georgia scientists have conducted state-of-the-art turfgrass research. Today’s researchers still work in the same labs where modern turfgrass science started in the 1950s. Those legacy labs and greenhouses will soon get much-needed renovations. Georgia’s FY015 budget includes $11.5 million for the improvement of the University of Georgia’s turfgrass teaching, research and Extension facilities across the state. The funds will be used to build new greenhouses and research facilities on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton.Georgia’s turfgrass and related industries contribute more than $7.8 billion annually to the economy and provide 87,000 full- and part-time jobs. Turfgrass is one of Georgia’s top crops and provides 17 percent of the state’s farm gate value ($117 million). “The urban ag industry has been a longtime supporter of Georgia’s turfgrass and horticulture education and research programs — and now Georgia’s legislators recognize the economic value that these industries bring to Georgia,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, executive director of the Georgia Urban Ag Council. UGA Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz credits the funding to the support of the council and UGA’s other green industry partners.“World-renowned research and testing is accomplished at these UGA facilities and in the laboratories — and all are woefully outdated,” Woodworth said. “In order to continue to attract the best and brightest researchers and experts, we need state-of-the-art educational and research facilities. This funding will provide what we need to not only attract, but retain world-class turfgrass and horticulture experts.”On the main UGA campus in Athens, the funding will be used to complete construction of an indoor and outdoor research laboratory that includes, a greenhouse, classrooms and new research field plots. Collectively, these new additions will become the college’s Athens Turfgrass Research and Education Center. On the UGA Griffin Campus, the funds will go to construct a complex that includes a turfgrass research and education building, greenhouses and associated support offices and workspace. “This project will continue the Griffin Campus’ tradition of cutting edge turfgrass research, attracting world class researchers and educators, graduate students, cooperators and industry. The UGA Turf Team is humbled by the industry’s support of our programs and appreciates all their efforts to garner funding for these facilities enhancements,” said Waltz who is based in Griffin.The Tifton campus will see a new greenhouse complex. “The necessity for new greenhouse facilities has become more critical during the past few years so that the level of research and development which has come to be expected from UGA’s Tifton Campus Turfgrass Breeding Program can continue,” said UGA turfgrass researcher Brian Schwartz who currently works in greenhouses built more than 50 years ago.For more on turfgrass teaching, research and Extension programs at UGA, see the website www.GeorgiaTurf.com and follow on Twitter @GeorgiaTurf.
First, the Rays were lucky.Then, they were hot.Face it people: They’re just flat-out good.After watching last night’s playoff game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, all I can say is, “Wow.”Really? The Rays?Bingo. The same Rays that had not made a playoff appearance in their 11-year existence and the same squad from Tampa Bay that served as a farm system for the entire major leagues — until now that is.In case you missed it, last night the Rays pounded the Sox for nine runs, including four home runs, two of which came off of Sox starter Jon Lester, who had been nearly unhittable in the playoffs.To give a little perspective, in Lester’s other two starts this postseason against the Angels — who had the best record in baseball entering the postseason — he went seven innings apiece without giving up a single run.Sorry, Jon. Not this time. After giving up four earned runs in 5.2 innings, Lester watched the Rays take a 2-1 series lead.With what the Red Sox organization has put together over the past four years — two world championships and four consecutive playoff appearances — nearly every analyst and fan in the country picked them to win the ALCS, while giving them a pretty good shot at winning the World Series, too.But don’t tell that to the Rays; they’re ready to prove everyone wrong.In fact, they already have.After getting shut out in Game 1, the Rays have come back to take the next two and have done so by destroying Boston pitching.So before you count the Rays out for being too young or too inexperienced, remember who they’re beating.That’s right, the most experienced team in the playoffs and the best one on paper is now down in a series to the youngest, most questioned team in the American League going into October.Who would have thought that the Rays, without adding much in the offseason, would be as successful as they have been throughout the entire season?That answer is simple: Nobody could have predicted a run like this. How could anyone have foreseen a surge like the one the Rays have continued over the past seven months?Well, the way Tampa Bay is playing right now, it seems like they’re unstoppable. That is, unless the Red Sox can find a way to cool off the Tampa bats.Four different Rays players homered last night, including Evan Longoria, who is batting .308 during the series.But he’s not the only one; seven of the eight Rays starters are batting above .285 during the series against Red Sox pitching, which entering the series had among the best staffs in the American League.What have the Red Sox done against Rays pitching?Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek have yet to get a hit against the Devil-less Rays.So what does this mean exactly?First, it means that the Red Sox should be worried. By giving up so many runs, the Red Sox have put too much pressure on their offense, much of which has been struggling against Rays pitching.It also means that the Rays will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Even if they don’t beat the Red Sox, it still means that they have one of the most talented, youngest teams in baseball.It’s that mix of veteran presence and youthful energy that is giving the Rays the ability to make this postseason run. Everything that was missing in years past is no longer valid.Frankly, Tampa Bay is playing like the best team in the league. And it doesn’t look like it can be stopped anytime soon.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Think the hype over the Rays is not deserved? Is Tampa Bay a fluke that won’t pan out in the coming years? Jonah can be contacted at [email protected]
INDIANOLA —- Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Iowa, including an event Sunday morning in Indianola that attracted about 60 people.“This is what I’m seeing all over the state, which is people who could be doing so many other things with their time coming out to have these conversations,” Harris said.She spoke later Sunday to about 60 people in Knoxville. And Harris dismissed the premise of a New York Times story which cited current and former campaign aides questioning the conduct of her campaign.“I am campaigning hard here in Iowa because I do see the enthusiasm,” Harris said. “When I’m in living rooms, when I am cooking with Iowan families, when I am spending time just walking through a coffee shop.”Harris says she’s lining up support from Iowans who are not necessarily on the radar as likely caucus-goers.
A Chief Election Officer had to be appointed and a byelection called within thirty days of her resignation. Nominations for candidates will be accepted by the School District during a 10 day period from Tuesday, December 17 to Friday, December 27. Applicants aren’t required to live in the District of Hudson’s Hope, but must be a Canadian citizen and have been a B.C. resident for at least six months, as well as 18 years of age or older. – Advertisement -Anyone interested in the position can pick up information on how to make a nomination starting December 2 at the School District 60 board office.
Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith won his first professional title but was pushed all the way by underdog Scott Moises at the Copper Box Arena.Former ABA champion Smith, 20, picked up the southern-area belt after coming through the toughest test of his promising career so far.He won a decision by just one point (96-95) following a fiercely competitive 10-round contest at the east London venue.Moises, from Norfolk, showed great spirit and landed with a number of shots but Smith was able to extend his unbeaten record to 7-0.See also:Title would make Smith a happy HammerSmith to defend title at the Copper BoxFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Spotted on an … Drake apparently just added a henchman to boost his troll game against the Warriors.While Golden State fans were still absorbing Thursday’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors, any of them passing through Oakland on Friday morning were greeted by a full-scale taunting in the form of a Kawhi Leonard billboard.New Balance not making friends along Oakland highways this morning. (Pic from @OTJSports) pic.twitter.com/H4j7y2f6mg— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 31, 2019
Spalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Phelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd careerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has revealed how his time as a player at Old Trafford was brought to an end.Phelan signed for the Old Trafford outfit from Norwich City in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later. “He came up to me the Friday before the game on Saturday, last game of the season, and pulled me to one side at the training ground,” Phelan told The Athletic.”He said: ‘Enough’s enough, son. I’m letting you go’. ‘Letting me go where?’ ‘You’ve done terrific for me, but I’m going to bring in some of the young kids’.””This is when the Class of ’92 were around. I was older then, a little bit gobby.”‘Who?’ ‘I’m going to play Gary Neville’. ‘Gary Neville? What’s he got? Come on, Gaffer. You’re gonna play a kid?’ ‘Yeah’.”Phelan would go on to join West Brom, where he would spend 18 months before deciding to hang up his boots. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Los Angeles Mission Christmas Event will provide real relief for families and children with generous donations of thousands of toys and goodies.Hundreds of volunteers from the entertainment industry, local political leaders and Mission supporters are expected to show up to spread the joy of the season to Skid Row.Among those scheduled to take part are Forest Whitaker and family, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and family, Bella Thorne and family, Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn) and family, Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Austin North (I didn’t Do It), Sondra Currie (The Hangover), Mayte Garcia (Army Wives), Brighid Fleming (Labor Day), Jo Frost (Supernanny) and family, Shaunie O’Neal (Basketball Wives), Joey Luthman (Chosen), Elise Luthman and family, Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and many more. Surprise child-friendly celebrity guests plus Santa will make a special appearance!Toyota and Nestlé will make generous donations to sponsor the event. Toys are being donated by: JAKKS Pacific, Inc., Imperial Toys, Festival of Children Foundation and everyday donors. Blankets and hygiene kits are among the practical gifts also distributed to those in need.The meal service will start at 11am On December 24, with approximately 4,000 meals being supplied to the homeless. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th Street (Corner of Fifth and Wall St.).
In a statement, Unist’ot’en clan spokeswoman Freda Huson says their members have been combing the company’s construction site for a proposed man camp since heavy machinery turned up the forest floor.The statement says supporters recovered two stone tools on Wednesday and archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one dates back up to 3500 years.It says additional stone tools were observed and recorded but the scale and scope of the work requires assistance from professional archeologists.In an open letter with Huson, archeologists Chelsey Armstrong of the Smithsonian Institution and Ginevra Toniello of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation call for a review of the archeological overview assessment and all archeological permits granted to the company in the territory.The newly found artifacts reveal that archeological heritage is clearly present and that any assessment should be conducted in consultation with the clan, says the letter addressed to the archeology branch of the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast. HOUSTON, B.C. – Coastal GasLink says it has suspended pipeline work south of Houston, B.C., while claims of the discovery of Indigenous artifacts on the site are investigated.The company says it has cordoned off the area, requested that a qualified archeologist visit the site and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will conduct another site visit to investigate the claims.It says an archeological impact assessment for the site was approved in 2016, but the company and its archeologists were not able to conduct on-site fieldwork during the regulatory and permitting process due to road access issues. In January, the area was the site of a blockade against the pipeline where police moved in and arrested 14 people.The company says it has approval to build the pipeline from First Nations along the pipeline, but some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they haven’t given their consent.