Farm Tour 2018

first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to South Georgia Sept. 25 to learn more about Georgia’s top industry – agriculture – during his annual Farm Tour. The tour’s stops highlighted the diversity of the agriculture industry, ranging from the Pure Flavor greenhouse complex in Fort Valley to Premium Peanut in Douglas.The 2018 Farm Tour marked the sixth year that Morehead, joined by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia General Assembly, visited farms and connected with the state’s agriculture industry leaders. Each year, the Farm Tour visits a different region of the state to understand the range of challenges and opportunities facing Georgia’s farmers. The annual event provides a critical opportunity to connect the state’s land- and sea-grant institution to Georgia’s communities, businesses and leaders.”We are proud of our ongoing efforts with the University to further deepen the communication channels between our farming community and those who support it,” said Black. “This annual farm tour is a prime example of what great objectives can be accomplished through a strong partnership and joint collaboration. Every year, I look forward to the opportunity of helping make that connection between these two very important sectors of our state.”Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, accompanied Morehead and Black on the tour along with State Representatives Terry England and Tom McCall.”What’s impressive about these farm tours that President Morehead participates in every year is that they’re never the same,” Pardue said. “Agricultural diversity is a big reason why the industry is No. 1 in Georgia. It’s great that President Morehead is willing and able to see that diversity up close.”This year’s tour started at Pure Flavor greenhouse complex in Fort Valley, Georgia. The company opened a location in the state in 2017 and produces tomatoes and cucumbers year-round in a 75-acre greenhouse complex. The produce grown by Pure Flavor is part of the $1.1 billion value of Georgia’s vegetable crops.The Farm Tour also traveled to Pecan Ridge Plantation in Bainbridge, Georgia. The business is operated by two UGA graduates, Rob (BSA ’96) and Eric Cohen (BSA ’00), and spans five counties throughout South Georgia and North Florida. This stop featured a pecan orchard in Decatur County, Georgia, part of the Cohen brothers’ 1,400-acre pecan operation.Eric Cohen also showed off his dog, Tate, who is trained in locating truffles in pecan orchards, a delicacy that is highly desired by restaurants and chefs. Reflecting on his business, Cohen credited UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells and plant pathologist Tim Brenneman for the success the Cohen family has enjoyed in producing pecans.”This year, we’ve had more rain, something like 40 out of 60 days of rainfall. When you get that much, scab disease will normally just take you out. This year, we’re in great shape, and a lot of that is attributed to the research done by the university,” Cohen said. “In 2012, we had so much rainfall that we didn’t make but a third of the crop that year. We’ve had similar conditions this year, and we have less scab than we had last year. That’s because of the work by the university and Cooperative Extension helping and being on top of things.”Georgia is the country’s largest producer of pecans, with a farm gate value of $355.8 million in 2016.Irrigation research is vital to improving state crops like cotton, peanuts and vegetables. The farm tour visited UGA Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) in Camilla, Georgia, to see how water factors into the development of crops over the course of the growing season. Calvin Perry, superintendent of SIRP, highlighted irrigation scheduling work by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences precision ag specialists Wes Porter and George Vellidis.The tour’s final stop was at Premium Peanut, the largest single shelling facility in the world. Premium Peanut was founded in 2014, when seven buying points in Georgia came together to form the business.“The diversity of Georgia’s agriculture industry is reflected in the wide-ranging research efforts and expertise of UGA faculty and staff and in the flourishing businesses of our alumni,” said Morehead. “The annual farm tour is an excellent way to demonstrate the deep connections between the university and our state’s No. 1 industry and to learn more about the ways in which UGA is helping this industry to grow and thrive.”last_img read more

True Summertime

first_imgYou’ll only find “True Summertime” in Tucker County, West Virginia, the ultimate high-mountain paradise.Witness the Blackwater River crash nearly six stories over the iconic falls at Blackwater Falls State Park. Take in the breathtaking views at Lindy Point, home of one of West Virginia’s most famous views. Hike the unspoiled backcountry of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Explore some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the east by hiking or biking.16-TUC-11350-Tucker BRO Native Post-v3A cyclist’s dream, Tucker County is home to some legendary biking events including the Blackwater Classic Mountain Bike Race, May 29th. Take in the countryside and the famed “Moon Rocks” on this cross country race. The 8th annual Canaan Mountain Bike Festival, June 16th –19th, will be a great way to enjoy the best of Davis and Thomas during the Summer Solstice. If you’re not bringing your bike, bring your blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a free outdoor concert at the Celebration of the Arts, July 5th, at the Canaan Valley ski area.16-TUC-11350-Tucker BRO Native Post-v2You can catch live music anytime at the always-happening, always family-friendly Purple Fiddle. Enjoy the music, raise your mug and toast the “Tucker Truth” at one of the area’s three microbreweries—Mountain State Brewing Company, Blackwater Falls Brewery and the newest addition, Stumptown Ales.Keep the good times flowing with the rushing excitement and gentle pools of the Cheat, Dry Fork and Laurel Rivers. Make your best summer memories rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking or standup paddleboarding. Or cast your line and reel in a lively smallmouth or mountain trout. Angling opportunities of all sorts abound along Tucker County’s pristine rivers and streams.When it’s time to call it a night, you’ll find uniquely hospitable overnight accommodations. Rustic cabins, luxurious lodges, cozy Bed & Breakfasts and entire rental homes warmly await your arrival. Or just pitch a tent, relax by crackling fire and let the heavens dazzle you.Treat yourself to the genuine, one and only, Tucker County, West Virginia and discover the meaning of “True Summertime” for yourself. Begin your adventure at read more

What do millennials want in a loan?

first_imgDuring fall planning meetings for the past several years, directors and management have been wrestling with a couple questions that often go unanswered: How does the credit union attract younger members, and what do millennials want from credit unions, especially concerning loans?It’s no secret that millennials—those ages 18 to 34 in 2015—are attracted to online lending. And with 53.5 million members, they are the largest share of the workforce, greater than the Baby Boomers, according to the Pew Research Center.Millennials are the prime market for loans.Millennials also place a premium on the user experience. As digital natives, they are used to going online and ordering what they want and when they want it—instant gratification.Online lenders allow borrowers to complete an application and get an answer within minutes, and funding follows in a few days. Going to a branch and waiting in line for a loan is fast becoming a thing of the past. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New CUFX 4.3 release allows credit unions to better support system integrations

first_img Release 4.3 of Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) is now available. CUFX is a free systems integration standard led by CUNA Technology Council and designed to help credit unions remove technical barriers when implementing new systems and applications. The latest release provides incremental improvements across 15 transaction (specification) types. As in prior releases the updates are driven by the dozens of production implementation efforts across the US and Canada.“CUFX continues to demonstrate its versatility to solve the complex demands of Credit Union and Vendor integrations” said David LaCroix, CUFX manager. “The latest release also demonstrates our ability to listen to the needs of our industry and respond rapidly.”Highlights of CUFX:55 message definitions that address the bulk of Credit Union integration needsRobust community support through GitHub ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNAcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

Capacities and operations of nautical tourism ports in 2019

first_imgAs the entire tourism sector is directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, nautical tourism is in the same situation, where the pre-season is just opening and closing for boaters. Concrete figures show that Croatia is a nautical superpower. Croatia thus has a fleet of 4.300 vessels, more than 140 nautical tourism ports with over 17.000 berths and over a million cruise passengers. The average consumption of nautical tourists is 126 euros per day, and in the charter 183 euros per day. More than 30 percent of that money is spent on other forms of tourism, from cultural to wine and gastronomic offerings. Observed by Adriatic counties, the largest revenue in nautical tourism ports in 2019 was generated by the Šibenik-Knin County, namely HRK 233 million, which is 25,4% of the total revenue generated by nautical tourism ports. Source: CBS Compared to 2018, the revenue of nautical tourism ports increased by 3,5% in Šibenik-Knin County. With revenues of HRK 207 million, they are followed by nautical tourism ports in the Split-Dalmatia County, which compared to 2018 achieved an increase in revenues by 4,6%. Increase in the number of vessels on a permanent berth by 4,6% compared to 2018. Most vessels on a permanent berth were under the flag of Croatia, 44,1%. They are followed by vessels under the flag of Austria (15,6%), Germany (15,5%), Slovenia (5,0%) and Italy (3,8%). According to the type of vessel in transit for which a berth at sea was used, most were sailing yachts (64,9%), followed by motor yachts (29,1%) and other vessels (6,0%). The total revenue of nautical tourism ports in 2019 amounted to HRK 918 million. Of that, HRK 652 million was generated from the rental of berths, which is 71,0% of the total revenue generated. Compared to 2018, total revenue increased by 7,2% and berth rental revenue by 5,4%. In 2019, there were 204 vessels in transit in nautical tourism ports, which is an increase in the number of vessels by 858% compared to 5,5. Boaters also proposed the necessary measures to save nautical tourism in Croatia, the most important of which are the exemption of marinas from paying a fixed and variable part of the concession fee for maritime property, inclusion of marinas in the tourism sector, and nautical tourism, which is logical, also wants to be part of the project Cro cards. This research covered 167 nautical tourism ports on the Croatian coast, namely 78 marinas (of which 17 dry marinas), 75 anchorages, 9 moorings and 5 berths for vessels. The total area of ​​their waters is 4 m349 with 270 berths. Increase in the number of vessels in transit by 5,5% compared to 2018. According to the length of the vessel, most vessels for which a berth at sea was used is 12 to 15 meters long (ie 32,0% of the total number of vessels for which a berth was used at sea), followed by vessels 10 to 12 meters long (ie 29,1 , XNUMX% of the total number of vessels for which a berth at sea was used). Photo: Last year was also a record year in nautical tourism, in which the revenue of nautical tourism ports increased by 7,2% compared to 2018. The research of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on the capacities and operations of nautical ports brings us a more detailed state of nautical tourism. tourism in 2019 In Šibenik-Knin County, most vessels have a permanent berth at sea Split-Dalmatia County is the first in the number of vessels in transit for which a berth at sea was used In 2019, most vessels in transit for which a berth at sea was used were in the Split-Dalmatia County, namely 55 vessels, which is 343% of the total number of vessels in transit for which a berth at sea was used. Compared to 27,3, there was a slight increase in the number of vessels in transit by 2018% in the Split-Dalmatia County. In the ports of nautical tourism on 31 December 2019, there were 14 vessels on a permanent berth, which is 249% more than on 4,6 December 31. 2018% of vessels used berths at sea, and only 84,9 on the mainland. 15,1% of the vessel. Nautical tourism ports in Šibenik-Knin County generated the highest revenues in 2019. In 2019, most vessels in transit were from Croatia (47,8%), Italy (14,1%), Germany (12,2%), Austria (7,0%) and Slovenia (4,1%), which makes up 85,2% of the total number of vessels in transit. In 2019, Šibenik-Knin County had the most vessels on a permanent berth at sea, namely 2 vessels, which is 898% of the total number of vessels on a permanent berth at sea. Compared to 24,0, the number of vessels at permanent berth at sea increased by 2018% in Šibenik-Knin County. Source: CBS Capacities and operations of nautical tourism ports in 2019 In 2019, the revenue of nautical tourism ports increased by 7,2% compared to 2018. According to the type of vessels on a permanent berth in the sea, most were yachts (49,0%), followed by motor yachts (46,4%) and other vessels (4,6%).last_img read more

CABE bids for conservation role

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Slay try rap puts man behind bars

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with attempted murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Bulwangan, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. He was 46-year-old resident Joemarie Taipen, police said. The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Hinoba-an municipal police station.center_img Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental dated Jan. 31, 2020 Taipen’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant around 7:30 a.m. on July 27, the police added.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SCHEDULECapitals beat Bruins to earn East 3 seed, face Isles nextUNDATED (AP) — T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in round-robin play to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. That sets up a first-round matchup against former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders. Three way tie for leadSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The PGA Championship is setting up for a wild back nine — or maybe more than that. With the leaders approaching the turn, there’s a three-way tie for the lead between Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Champ and Dustin Johnson. They are at 10 under, and four players are one shot behind them; Collin Morikawa, Paul Casey, Scottie Scheffler and Matthew Wolff. Wolff got into the thick of it with three birdies and an eagle from holes 7 through 10.After finishing his final round, Jordan Spieth said the back nine was set up for good scoring and that he wouldn’t be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine. Moments later, Byeong Hun An made a hole-in-one on No. 11. It was the first ace at a major in which no one cheered because no spectators are allowed.NFL-NEWS TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSPopyrin withdraws from US Open; Krueger gets wild-card spotNEW YORK (AP) — Alexei Popyrin withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move into the main draw.That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GP — Michael Perez had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied late to beat the New York Yankees 4-3. Mike Brosseau started the ninth with a double off Zack Britton but was thrown out at third on Brandon Lowe’s grounder. Brosseau and Lowe both homered in the seventh inning, when the Rays tied it at 3. Ryan Thompson worked a perfect ninth for his first major league win. — Stephen Strasburg’s 2020 debut for the Nationals unraveled in a five-run fifth inning, and Washington’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was suspended in the top of the sixth after the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the tarp during a rain delay. The game will resume Friday at Baltimore, where the teams already were supposed to open a three-game series. Baltimore led 5-2 Sunday when play was interrupted by a shower. — Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the Detroit Tigers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 for a three-game series. Detroit improved to 8-5, including 5-1 on the road, a year after having the worst record in the major leagues at 47-114. Pittsburgh lost for the 10th time in 11 games and fell to 3-14.— Mitch Moreland hit two home runs, including a walk-off shot over the Green Monster to send the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. It was the fourth walk-off homer of Moreland’s career. Xander Bogaerts drew a two-out walk to set up Moreland’s game-winner. Rafael Devers also homered for the Red Sox. Toronto now heads to Buffalo, New York, where they’ll play their remaining home contests at the ballpark of their Triple-A affiliate. — Christian Yelich homered, tripled and drew a bases-loaded walk as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 on Sunday for their first home victory. The Brewers avoided falling to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the franchise’s inaugural season in Milwaukee. The Brewers’ slumping lineup delivered a smashing performance in the late innings. Justin Smoak delivered hits from each side of the plate during a six-run rally in the sixth. The Brewers poured it on with back-to-back homers from Keston Hiura and Yelich in the seventh. Trotz coached Washington to its first Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2018, then left in a contract dispute. Trotz went to the Islanders, while the Capitals hired his top assistant, Todd Reirden, as head coach. This is the first time they’ve faced off in a playoff series since.The Bruins will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round in a rematch of the 2019 East final. Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team during the NHL regular season that was cut short in March, but lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East. In other ice action:— Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Denis Gurianov scored the only goal of the shootout. Dallas will face the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs. Defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis went winless in the round robin and will next face the Vancouver Canucks.NHL-NEWS-PLAYOFFS-FIRST ROUND August 9, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer to put the Atlanta Braves ahead for good in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Braves scored five runs in the decisive fifth inning when they knocked out starter Vince Velasquez. Acuna went deep off reliever Deolis Guerra for a 2-1 lead. Adam Duvall hit a three-run double just below the 334-foot sign in left off Adam Morgan for a 5-1 lead. Top Phillies prospect Spencer Howard takes the mound for his MLB debut in the second game of the doubleheader.Elsewhere around the majors:— Jacob deGrom dodged trouble for five innings, rookie Andrés Giménez had three hits and scored three runs, and the New York Mets won a home series for the first time this season by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Sunday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs and seven hits. He struck out six, walked two and threw 98 pitches. Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who lost their second straight after getting off to a 7-1 start despite 18 players testing positive for the coronavirus. Zion Williamson might have to wait another year for his postseason debut. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 19 off the bench and the Spurs wasted much of a 20-point, second-half lead before hanging on to beat New Orleans 122-113 on Sunday and hand a big blow to the Pelicans’ postseason hopes. Derrick White scored 16 for the Spurs before leaving early in the third with a bruised knee. Dejounte Murray added 18 for San Antonio. JJ Redick scored 31 points for New Orleans. In other hoop action:— Pascal Siakam scored 26 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat Memphis 108-99, preventing the Grizzlies from clinching a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Norman Powell scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 for the Raptors, who clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and claimed their fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins. Dillon Brooks scored 25 points, Grayson Allen matched a season high with 20 and Ja Morant had 17 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies dropped to 1-5 in the restart and are barely hanging on to eighth place in the West. ‘Wild’ NHL playoffs move into next stage with final 16 teamsUNDATED (AP) — This year’s NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs haven’t lost any of their luster or penchant for surprises. The Chicago Blackhawks that ranked 23rd out of 31 teams in the regular season are still playing, along with the Montreal Canadiens, who were 24th and not given much hope of moving on. Chicago has a tough task against Western Conference No. 1 seed Vegas, and Carey Price’s Canadiens face the Philadelphia Flyers that earned top billing in the East.NBA-SCHEDULESpurs help playoff chances, top Pelicans, Zion 122-113LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs helped their playoff chances. In other MLB news:— Pittsburgh Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw in a collision with teammate Gregory Polanco in foul territory. Evans was injured when Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. Evans was placed on the 45-day injured list, but the shortness of the 2020 season means he will not return this year.— The New York Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. Infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled from the alternate training site.— Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the New York Mets. Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. Wacha is 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA this season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his debut July 27 in Boston, but has allowed nine runs over nine innings in his past two starts.GOLF-PGA-CHAMPIONSHIPcenter_img — The Patriots have traded an undisclosed 2022 draft pick to the Detroit Lions for cornerback Michael Jackson. Jackson joins a Patriots team that is looking to add depth in the secondary after veteran Patrick Chung opted out of the upcoming season because of concerns about the coronavirus. — New Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson is sidelined indefinitely with a non-football injury. McVay made it sound likely that Robinson will miss playing time this season. Robinson agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Rams in March after leaving the Detroit Lions as a free agent.— The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. Foster, now 26, tore his ACL and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019. He missed the entire 2019 season. The San Francisco 49ers released Foster after a domestic violence incident at the team hotel on the road in Tampa, Florida. Prosecutors decided to drop charges citing insufficient evidence, and the NFL fined Foster but did not suspend him.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Miami Dolphins, providing a reinforcement at a position where two players earlier opted out for the season. Rogers started 22 games from 2016 to 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. Miami earlier signed receiver Ricardo Louis. Receivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out because of the coronavirus.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are down two more defensive linemen after placing Brian Price and Dontavius Russell on injured reserve. Lerentee McCray and Al Woods along with cornerback Rashaan Melvin opted out of the 2020 season. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is still seeking a trade and skipping team activities. Jacksonville agreed to terms with defensive tackle Caraun Reid and defensive back Tramaine Brock in hopes of filling the void. MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals game slated for Monday postponedUNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals game has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.Monday’s home opener of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th game to be derailed by the outbreak. It’s unclear whether the other two games in the series will be salvaged. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. Verstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duoSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Max Verstappen has sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. Mercedes had been expected to cruise to their fifth win from as many rounds this season. But both Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win. Hamilton will head to next week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a 30-point championship lead over Verstappen. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Referees group has agreement with NFL on virus protectionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL Referees Association has reached an agreement with the NFL for health protections along with a program allowing game and replay officials to opt out of the season.The NFLRA’s board of directors unanimously endorsed the plan. Members will review the details Monday in a video conference call. Officials will be given until Thursday to opt out for a $30,000 payment with jobs guaranteed for 2021. The deal also gives officials protections if they test positive during the season or show symptoms after arriving for a game. In other NFL news: — Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points of the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 today to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble. Bazley was 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City led from the opening bucket and improved to 3-2 in the seeding games. Mike Muscala also had 18 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and nine assists. NBA-NEWS-PAY-in seriesIt’s official: NBA will have a play-in series in the WestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It’s now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Memphis’ loss to Toronto on Sunday means that it’s no longer possible for more than a four-game difference in the standings between the eighth- and ninth-place finishers in the West when the seeding game schedule ends later this week.By the rules the NBA set for this season’s restart, there had to be more than a four-game cushion for the No. 8 team to get the final playoff spot outright. The league decided to add the play-in series option in an abundance of fairness, since about 14% of the regular season schedule was eliminated because of the coronavirus pandemic. Memphis remains alone in eighth place, even after Sunday’s loss. No team has clinched a spot in the play-in series.Game 1 of the play-in series will be next Saturday, with Game 2 — if necessary — the following day, Aug. 16. To advance and face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the eighth-place team will have to win one of the two games and the ninth-place finisher would have to go 2-0.Elsewhere around the NBA:— — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future didn’t amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard. Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” The league tightened its rules before this season when it comes to matters such as player tampering.MLB-SCHEDULElast_img read more

AMG Hosts Inaugural Sport Festival among IDPs Camps in Borno

first_imgThe festival which will commence at the Government College, Maiduguri,is an inaugural competition, and has eight camps, Teacher’s Village, NYSC, CANCentre, Dalori, Gubio, LCC Shuwari and stadium, all within Maiduguri metropoliscompeting for medals. He said: “Some of the youths are idle and because of idleness they areinvolved in crimes. He noted that each of the eight camps have been given sporting equipmentfor table tennis, football, basketball and volley ball. The IDPs from the competing camps will vie for medals in football,volleyball, basketball, table tennis and athletics, among others. The event which kicks off with a football match between Bakasi IDP campand CAN centre IDP camp is expected to end in March. Speaking on the competition, the North-East Coordinator of AfricanMissions Global, Dr. Sesan Akinnawo said it was introduce to fend off youthsfrom idleness and crimes. The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, said the BornoState Government is appreciative of the initiation by African Mission Global.center_img He said the materials can be used even after the competition, revealing that “we already have a sport coordinator ineach of the camps to help them (IDPs) in the various sports. “In order to keep them busy and divert their energies into positive use African Missions Global came upwith encouraging sporting activities and competition.” Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri African Missions Global (AMG) will be organizing a Sport Festival amonginternally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri beginning from Tuesday. She commended its foresight and asked that all public spirited corporateand private individuals should come out to assist displaced persons in BornoState.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Newborn takes 1st steps as 5-star freshman at Syracuse

first_img Published on January 28, 2014 at 2:03 am Freshman Rhiann Newborn knew that in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional tennis player, she must work through the confines of being home-schooled during high school.Her daily routine began with a 7 a.m. wake-up call and a workout in a gym until 8:30. Then from 8:45 until noon, she would strictly focus on her schoolwork.The next six hours consisted of eating lunch, working on more schoolwork and making time for tennis practice. Once she returned home from practice, Newborn spent the rest of the night working on homework until her day ended at 11 p.m.Her father, Darryl Newborn, said this lifestyle was essential in her development a student-athlete. Newborn is now a freshman at Syracuse and has started in singles and doubles in each of the team’s first three matches. Her past as a home-schooled tennis player has prepared her well to acclimate to college lifestyle and academics.“Tennis breeds homeschool kids,” Darryl Newborn said. “The level of kids being recruited to major D-I colleges these days are not too far from having the talent to play professional tennis.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNewborn was ranked as Texas’ top player from the time she was 12-years-old until she graduated high school. Her parents realized that the only way to enhance her development would be to travel across the country and play in national tournaments.Her schedule would change dramatically when it was time to perform in competitions. Without this structured education, Newborn would not have succeeded academically.“The pro tournaments started on Sunday and would finish next Sunday,” she said. “So if I made it far into the draw and I wasn’t home-schooled, I would’ve been missing a lot of school.”Newborn became accustomed to traveling because it required a large portion of her time each day. It took her approximately 45 minutes to an hour for traveling to the nearest practice facility from her home in Houston.When traveling to matches, Newborn spent her time working on schoolwork.“On our way to hotels, Rhiann was reading books in the car and getting homework done,” Darryl Newborn said.The decision by her parents to homeschool their daughter paid off when Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen began recruiting the five-star prospect.While Newborn garnered interest from Texas, Texas A&M and other schools in the state, Syracuse was a program that would help her meet her academic and athletic goals.Her parents received that vibe when given the opportunity to meet with Jensen about their daughter’s transition from being home-schooled to taking on a vigorous college workload.“When we spoke with coach Jensen, he explained everything to us”, Darryl Newborn said. “We were very comfortable with him.”Newborn adjusted to a college workload and managed her time. At first, the transition from a home-school education to a college schedule loomed large, as Newborn adapted to waking up for school and managing to get to class on time.She joined a program where her head coach would ensure that she would pay close attention to her studies. Jensen acknowledged the obstacles of studying in college, but said it can be overcome with hard work.“Like any freshman, being away from home was difficult. Getting used to the academic side is always very difficult,” Jensen said. “Those are just challenges and we really stress that.“To get a degree here, it’s because you actually earned it. No one’s giving you anything.”Newborn faced her fair share of obstacles when transitioning to a college lifestyle, and shows gratitude to the people that put her in an environment that will lead her to success.“I do have to send a huge thanks out to my family and all my coaches who have helped me through the years with my tennis and school to get me to where I am at now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more