Satsuma Oranges

first_imgA popular citrus crop commonly grown by homeowners has become a highly sought after commodity for some south Georgia farmers. And one University of Georgia Extension agent believes Satsuma oranges will soon be a valuable crop.“Everybody who eats them wants more. They say, ‘Man, what is that? I want one of those,’” said Jacob Price, UGA Extension coordinator for Lowndes County. “They’re sweet, easy to peel and they’re seedless. Compared to a lot of things you do get in the market, they’re a lot better.”Similar to Cutie and Halo oranges, Satsumas need some cold weather to become sweet, which is why they have not become a major citrus in southern Florida. Price said Satsumas produce better quality fruit in hardiness zone 8b, which is where south Georgia lies. Price played an instrumental role in area landowners and small farmers planting Satsuma trees for the first time this past spring. He’s orchestrated two meetings since last August to educate farmers about the fruit’s potential value in south Georgia. The meetings paid dividends as Price estimates at least 25 acres (or about 3,000 trees), have since been planted in south Georgia. “There will probably be a lot more planted next spring because, basically, every available Satsuma plant in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, was purchased and planted this spring. Many potential growers have placed orders to have more produced for the spring of 2015,” Price said.It typically takes three years for Satsuma trees to produce marketable fruits, making the first major harvest for farmers in November 2016.“The first couple of years, they’re more vulnerable to cold temperatures. That’s why people plant them in the spring, so they’ll have a better established root system come fall, ready for the wintertime,” Price said. “But last year, people who did have Satsumas planted, came out just fine. We got down to about 19 degrees here … but the Satsumas came out looking good.”Price said 15 degrees is the benchmark for Satsuma trees. If they reach that temperature or below, Satsumas are more likely to suffer from cold damage. To prevent losing plants to freezing temperatures, most farmers install a freeze protection system — an irrigation line on trees that protects the grafted part of the tree. This protects the trunk, but foliage is lost during extreme cold. Foliage may grow back the following year.The next step is to find a market for the fruit when it’s ready for harvest in two years. Options include the state’s school systems, area farmers markets and local stores. “I don’t know how huge Satsumas are going to be. It depends on the market and weather,” Price said. “A lot of growers are interested in the farm-to-school market. We’ve got a committee together and are working on trying to market these things so we’ll have some place to sell in a couple of years. So when they start harvesting these fruits, they’re going to have a home.”Price estimates a farmer can produce a bountiful harvest from 144 Satsuma trees on just an acre. In 10 years, those trees could produce 30,000 pounds of fruit. That potential production makes satsumas a risk worth taking in Price’s eyes.“I don’t know why people have never really tried it in Georgia because in Alabama they’ve been growing Satsumas for a long time,” Price said. “We’re in the same temperature zone or even a little warmer than Alabama.” For more information or to contact the Lowndes County Extension office, see read more

More Republicans call for a smooth transition as Trump continues spreading baseless fraud claims.

first_imgSome Republican governors have also acknowledged the need for a smooth transition. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas stated that Mr. Biden should have access to intelligence briefings and stressed the need for a smooth transition of power for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, while also acknowledging that there was “a process” to accepting the outcome of the election, including the ongoing recount in Georgia.Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a supporter of Mr. Trump, told CNN on Sunday that it was “important for a normal transition” to the next presidential administration to begin, saying, “We have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Even as more top Republicans urged President Trump on Sunday to allow for an orderly presidential transition, the president himself, after briefly appearing to acknowledge his election loss, resumed spreading the kinds of baseless accusations of election fraud that his supporters have embraced.Though his tweet on Sunday that Joseph R. Biden Jr. “won because the Election was Rigged” at least appeared to recognize Mr. Biden’s victory (though Mr. Trump vowed not to concede), by Monday morning, he had resumed his former refrain, tweeting, “I won the Election!” His campaign’s lawsuits, built around claims that, among other things, Republican poll watchers were not allowed to observe ballot counting and that tabulation machines were tainted, have been mostly rejected in court.- Advertisement – Another former Trump national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, said on CNN on Sunday of Mr. Trump’s claim of a rigged election, “It’s just wrong, it’s regrettable, it’s counterproductive.” – Advertisement –center_img While he voiced support for Mr. Trump’s various legal challenges to the election, he said, “On the other hand, it’s clear that, certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect.”Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters are just as adamant as the president himself in refusing to accept the results of the election. Thousands of them rallied behind him in Washington on Saturday. They were met with counterprotests, and violence ensued Saturday night as the police made 21 arrests and one person was stabbed. John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, on Sunday joined the chorus of Republicans urging Mr. Trump to accept defeat, warning on ABC’s “This Week” of the threat to the country if the president made “life as difficult as he can” for the incoming administration and calling the Trump team’s litigation “the legal equivalent of pitching pennies.”“I think it’s very important for leaders of the Republican Party to explain to our voters — who are not as stupid as the Democrats think — that, in fact, Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless,” Mr. Bolton said.last_img read more

Marlow lines up telecom lettings

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Indonesian veteran swimmer Lukman Niode dies of COVID-19

first_img“We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Lukman Niode, who was one of our prominent athletes in the swimming field,” Gatot said on Friday.Lukman was a gold medalists at the 1983 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the United States. Following his retirement from the sport, he became an official at the National Sports Council (KONI).According to Gatot, Lukman’s wife had requested to bury him in the Jeruk Purut public cemetery (TPU) in South Jakarta.“I have already delivered the request to the minister and he agreed to help. The final decision depends on the hospital,” Gatot added.KONI head Marciano Norman expressed his condolences. “Indonesia has lost one of its greatest swimming athletes who changed our history thanks to his excellent achievements,” Marciano said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. (dpk)Topics : However, reported that he had tested positive for COVID-19.“He underwent a swab test at the hospital on Wednesday and the result came out positive, even though previous two tests [at a different hospital] showed negative results,” Lukman’s brother Idrus Niode said on Friday as quoted by added that his family was wondering where Lukman had contracted the disease as he showed no symptoms.Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto confirmed the death of the former athlete. Olympian swimmer Lukman Niode passed away in Pelni Hospital, Jakarta, at 12:58 p.m. on Friday at the age of 56.Lukman had been treated at Pelni Hospital since Wednesday because of a pulmonary nodule.last_img read more

Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve Recruits Wardens

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 189 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleLocalNews Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve Recruits Wardens by: – October 17, 2019 Share Soufriere Marine Reserve. Photo credit: Alice DalyrampleAs tourist season opens, the Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve is ready to recruit wardens to safeguard the island’s natural resources in the south.President of the Association for the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Heston Charles says the organisation also is interested in improving the lives of the area residents.Charles says a meeting is planned for Friday, October 18th for all prospects.“Presently we are ensuring that we have trained wardens so that we have people to maintain the reserved area. We want to encourage young men and women who are interested in marine life and want to get that experience to attend that meeting,” he detailed.The meeting takes place at the St. Marks Cooperative Office in Scotts Head from 11am.Charles spoke of a jetty for Scotts Head saying, “Work should begin sometime in November. The company is coming Dominica to begin the preliminary work.”Yacht moorings will also be installed in Scotts Head “that will bring traffic into the community and generate income for the residents of Soufriere.last_img read more

Simone Evans

first_imgSimone Evans, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday February 6, 2020 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born July 24, 1926 in Dijon, France, daughter of the late Emile Meo and Juliette (Moissenot) Meo.Simone worked as a Line worker for Seagrams Distillery, retiring after over 40 years of service.She attended Life Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, crocheting and she liked to work on her home. Simone loved to cook, and always wanted family around. She was an animal lover, and she really loved her dogs, especially Sofie.Simone is survived by her children, Jocelyn (Larry) Seymour of Florence, IN, Monique (Gene) Houze of Aurora, IN, Michael Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Mark (Jerrie) Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Michelle (Bill) McClurg of Aurora, IN; step-children, Sheryl (Art) Kammeyer of Cincinnati, OH, Jeff Evans of Moores Hill, IN; special family members, Casie Rohrback and Sue (Charles) Walston; grandchildren, Melissa Weaver, Shawn Walston, Krista Walston, Scott Houze, Chris Houze, Matthew Houze, Jessica Allen, Aric Shinkle, Kathy Goins, Nicholas McClurg, Makayla McClurg, Adam Kammeyer and Kim Cox; 13 great-grandchildren and one more on the way.She was preceded in death by her parents, Emile and Juliette; her husband, Norbert Raymond Evans and infant son, William, one sister and two brothers.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am with Brother Kenny Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS, American Cancer Society or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Trapattoni defends Ireland record

first_imgGiovanni Trapattoni brushed aside speculation surrounding his future as he prepared for a potentially pivotal game in his reign as Ireland manager. In the shorter term, Trapattoni’s only focus will be to extend Ireland’s World Cup mission into next month, something which could prove almost impossible whatever happens in Vienna if Sweden, who won 2-1 in Dublin on Friday evening, repeat the feat in Kazakhstan. The former Italy boss admits qualification from the current position will be difficult, and appears to have re-calibrated his targets in recent days by insisting that finishing in third place in the group would represent an achievement. However, the immediate challenge for his players is to prove that the progress they made during the first four years of his tenure was real and not simply a figment of his imagination. He said: “I have said to the players, we must play for our shirt, for our country and that what you have done until now was not a dream. “In the first half against Sweden I saw a very good team, and our attitude, our balance, our mentality is this. “In the second half, we lost our enthusiasm. But yesterday I saw again a team with enthusiasm with our capacity, our strength, and I think tomorrow we can do well, as in the past. “We are aware it’s very important for both teams. We know the only objective is to win. “Only with this result can we keep our hopes alive, but we still have three matches to play and anything can happen. “What happened to us over 90 minutes against Sweden can happen to other teams. Anything can happen.” If it has anything to do with his most ardent critics, the axe will fall sooner than that, but the veteran Italian will go kicking and screaming and insisting the foundations are in place for future success. Asked if the ongoing discussion over his position had proved a distraction, he said: “Absolutely not. I continue my job. “After this, if I was [Football Association of Ireland chief executive] John Delaney, I would say, ‘Giovanni, continue because Giovanni has done a great job in these five years’. “First was [the World Cup play-off in] France – and you know what happened. We changed again and we achieved [qualification for] the Euros, and we changed again. “In the Euros, we played against Spain and Italy, who finished first and second. “When I assess what we have done until now, we have to continue to do it. I promised change and promised to discover new players, young players, and the players have changed. “I would like to have this new team at a club because I would have the possibility to work every day, every week with this team. “I am sure I could develop this team, their quality and their experience very much.” The 74-year-old is well aware that the nation’s hopes of World Cup qualification could be over by the time the final whistle sounds at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night as both Ireland and Austria desperately attempt to clutch on to the coat tails of Group C rivals Sweden in the race for second place. Trapattoni has accepted his time at the helm is drawing to a close, although he has every intention of fulfilling his contract, which is due to expire in June next year. Press Associationlast_img read more

No distractions for Ramsey

first_img “Your life can’t be dictated by that. You are either the right man for the job, for the long-term plan, or you’re not.” Victory eased QPR out of the relegation zone on goal difference and to within two points of the Black Cats, whose head coach Gus Poyet was in sombre mood after seeing his players response to the home crowd’s exhortations after the break, but in a fashion which was not pleasing to his eye. He said: “Typical us. When we are in a good situation, we always make a step back, so it’s something we need to correct because it is happening too many times. “It happened last year – I am talking only about my time here – and it’s happened again this year. Every time we do something all right, then next step is worse. “The players are trying – you could not ask for more. The second half was as much effort as I have ever seen on this pitch. “I don’t know if it’s football – I’m sorry about that – I don’t define that as football, I define that as a desperate team running about just trying to be nice with the fans. “We need to change. I think it’s time to sit down, everybody, reflect on football, listen, learn and then maybe we can make a bigger step forward. “If we keep trying to sort out problems just asking the team to do things we are not capable of doing, then we are going to have this situation for years, with me, without me, with the next manager and with the next five managers. “It’s time. I’d like to be the one to change things, but I cannot see it happening in a short period of time.” Just hours before Rangers kicked off at Sunderland, chairman Tony Fernandes used his Twitter account to reveal that he was closing in on a “dream” appointment as Harry Redknapp’s replacement. However, if the news had reached the dressing room, it did not break the players’ concentration as they surged to a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light, not only their first win on the road but their first points at the 12th attempt. Press Association Ramsey said: “I’m not on Twitter because I’m old and I don’t know how to work it. But most youngsters are on it, aren’t they? The players are young, aren’t they, and they are on it. It’s just part of their social media life, isn’t it? “Sometimes everybody knows something and no-one is talking about it. It was one of those. I’m sure they must have talked about it amongst themselves, but no-one really let it get in the way of anything today.” As Ramsey’s players went about their business, Michael Laudrup’s odds of taking over the hot-seat plummeted, although the club’s head of development later insisted he did not know what was happening behind the scenes. He said: “I haven’t been given a brief, to be honest with you. I know there was speculation before and I know everyone is going to ask me about that. “I know there was speculation before the game, but what we tried to do was keep ourselves focussed for the job at hand, and we were successful in that assignment tonight.” Rangers prevailed as a result of Leroy Fer’s 17th-minute header and Bobby Zamora’s thunderous finish in first-half injury time, although keeper Rob Green had to pull off two fine reaction saves to deny Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe. Asked if he felt he himself deserved the job on a permanent basis as a result, Ramsey said with a smile: “I thought I deserved it before this! “At the end of the day, I have said it before, your life can’t be defined by 90 minutes or a fantastic swivel shot that Bobby scored. Caretaker QPR boss Chris Ramsey insisted fevered speculation over the vacant manager’s job did not prove a distraction as he guided them to their first Barclays Premier League away win of the season. last_img read more

Remi Garde’s quest to arrest Aston Villa’s losing run in the Premier League

first_imgRemi Garde takes the reins at Aston Villa looking to arrest a run of seven consecutive defeats, which has left the club anchored to the bottom of the table, four points from safety. Here, Press Association Sport looks at other lengthy losing runs in the Premier League. Sunderland, 20 matches, 18/1/2003-10/9/05 Villa have a long way to go to match the worst run, with Sunderland the not-so-proud record holder. The Black Cats suffered 15 consecutive defeats at the end of the 2002/03 season, which not surprisingly resulted in relegation. They were back two seasons later only to lose five more games at the start of the 2005/06 season before finally stopping the sequence with a draw against West Brom. Sunderland, nine matches, 15/10/05-10/12/05 After three matches without defeat, including a victory over local rivals Middlesbrough, Sunderland endured another miserable losing run that lasted nine matches and two months. They won only three games all season and were relegated again having accumulated just 15 points. Newcastle, eight matches, 4/3/15-2/5/15 Newcastle were in serious danger of being relegated last season after failing to pick up a point in eight consecutive matches between the beginning of March and the beginning of May. Like with Sunderland, a draw with West Brom stopped the rot and victory over West Ham on the final day ensured they finished four points clear of the bottom three. Ipswich, eight matches, 28/2/95 and 15/4/95 Ipswich had already had a run of five straight defeats during a miserable season but the nadir came between February and April, when they lost eight in a row. The sequence included their famous 9-0 defeat by Manchester United, the only time any team has lost a Premier League match by nine goals. Derby, seven matches, 28/10/07-15/12/07 Derby finished the 2007/08 season with only 11 points, the lowest total in Premier League history. They managed just one victory all season, against Newcastle, and lost seven straight matches between October and December, scoring only one goal. The Rams ended the campaign with six consecutive losses. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce insists Premier League survival has to be Sunderland’s priority

first_img He said: “It’s always the Premier League. We are in the bottom three and that makes our status in the Premier League the most important thing – and this is the club priority, this is the priority from Ellis Short downwards. “The emphasis at this football club, at every football club I have been at and every owner I have worked for says we have to stay and we have to be in the Premier League for next season. “That’s always the first priority, notwithstanding we all love the FA Cup, we’d all love to do exceptionally well in it. But look, if you win the FA Cup, like Wigan did and who now find themselves in League One having been relegated after winning that FA Cup… This club cannot afford that.” Sunderland, of course, have won the FA Cup twice, most famously in 1973 when as a second division outfit, they defeated Don Revie’s Leeds at Wembley in memorable fashion. Allardyce was a teenager looking on from afar at the time, but he understands the affection in which the competition is held on Wearside as a result. He said: “Everybody has enjoyed the FA Cup at some stage or other and everybody would like to get to the final and experience that. “This club has been there and is remembered very much for Jim Montgomery’s couple of saves all those years ago and Bob Stokoe’s run on the pitch. I can remember that vividly myself and it had nothing to do with me, I just watched it on the television. “We are all in love with the FA Cup, but unfortunately priorities change in football and our priority is the Premier League.” Allardyce will ring the changes as he attempts to manage the competing demands of a week which will involve around 1,800 miles of travel as well as the games, although he insists only one youngster – the clever money is on keeper Jordan Pickford following his return from a loan spell at Sky Bet Championship Preston – will start against the Gunners. Sam Allardyce will embark upon a new FA Cup campaign insisting Barclays Premier League survival must be Sunderland’s overwhelming priority. The 61-year-old, a vocal advocate for the introduction of a winter break in English football, has made his feelings abundantly clear over a fixture list which sees the Black Cats face league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the third round on Saturday before trips to Swansea and Tottenham, all inside eight days. Allardyce is a traditionalist whose love for the FA Cup is unquestionable, but having been handed the task of preserving the club’s top-flight status by owner Ellis Short in October, that remains his focus. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more