“There are many uses for the plants, more than just the bananas themselves,” he said. “There are other uses for alternative energy and for ornamental varieties. I think they will be very popular once we do more research. We are still learning, but we know the environment here is manageable for the identified cold-hardy and short-cycled banana cultivars. They are mostly grown in tropical conditions. It’s exciting what we are learning, and we have growers who want to look at this as another potential commercial crop.” Greg Fonsah, a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences economist, has created his own little corner of the tropics on the University of Georgia Tifton campus. Less than 100 yards away from his office, Fonsah walks through row after row of tall broad-leafed foliage. A quick smile is evident as he swings his machete to and fro, shearing away leaves and branches as he goes.Though the plot stands within sight of the much-traveled road in front of the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and is visible from Interstate 75, few realize exactly what it contains. Amid the experts who deal in peanuts, cotton, vegetables and tobacco, Fonsah likes to tell people about his beautiful field of bananas.Bananas?“This is not a surprise to me,” said Fonsah in his thick accent that has never left the Cameroon native. “Most of my colleagues said it would not be possible to grow bananas here. But because the conditions are similar, I knew it was possible. The bananas here are different, but they are very good.”While unique, Fonsah and colleagues actually started their banana research in Savannah in 2002 before starting a project in Tifton in 2009. The professor has an extensive background in the field, working for Del Monte and Aloha Farms for almost 15 years before coming to UGA in 2001. He believes banana production can be an entirely new and unique field for Georgia farmers, and he said the interest is already there. Although Fonsah says more studies need to be done, farmers are already calling him for information.One fact is not in dispute — Americans love bananas and lots of them. According to Fonsah, bananas are the most commonly consumed fresh fruit in the country, and consumption rose from 7 pounds per person in 1970 to 10.4 pounds per person in 2010. Nearly all of those bananas, an estimated 99 percent by Fonsah, come from overseas.“The United States spends $1.9 billion on bananas every year,” Fonsah said. “That’s bananas and plantains. But there’s no reason all of that money has to go somewhere else. The weather is conducive for cold-hardy and short-cycled banana cultivars here, and with the diverse cultural backgrounds, there is a niche market for bananas.”Fonsah said he has about 65 different varieties on his plot for consumption, cooking and ornamental use. But what he pulls off his plants is not what you usually see at your local grocery store. Americans are most accustomed to eating Cavendish bananas, which are a bit different than the Veinte Cohol and several other varieties that Fonsah has grown. The Veinte Cohol is a short-cycle banana, which can be planted in the spring and will produce a bunch in about six months. It can be harvested in the fall (before the first frost) and is a smaller, flatter, sweeter variety.“We have to do more studies on the short cycle, cold hardy and ornamentals because they are not ready for commercial harvest yet,” Fonsah said. “But there is a lot of impatience because (producers) want them on the market now. The next level we must go to is harvesting and doing consumer studies.”Still, Fonsah continues to look for new varieties. In his banana field, Fonsah also grows Saba bananas, which are mainly used for cooking, like plantains. Unlike the Veinte Cohol or other varieties that are consumed, the Saba bananas grow in a tight bunch on a very large and tall pseudostem. Fonsah said they are starchy, pulpy and a great source of potassium. A respected expert in the field of fresh produce production and marketing, Fonsah has published hundreds of articles in professional journals on banana production as well as tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, pecans and other fruits and vegetables. Fonsah considers his little-known banana paradise at the Tifton campus his real classroom and sanctuary. He tends to the plants regularly and has had students from around the world join him in his research, trying to determine exactly which varieties work best under the south Georgia sun.
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 19, 2017 “Gangs and organized crime have made the so-called Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) one of the most dangerous regions in the world,” reads a quote from “¿Hogar dulce hogar? (Home Sweet Home?)”, a report published by Amnesty International in October 2016. The document addressed the role these countries have played in the current refugee crisis and stated that “soaring violence has caused rising numbers of people to run north to save their lives.” The problem, therefore, goes beyond borders and requires neighboring countries and other partner nations to mobilize in search of solutions. The authorities That is why government representatives from the United States and Mexico met with business and government leaders from Central America and other countries, mainly from the Western Hemisphere, at the “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America,” held June 15th-16th in Doral, Florida. Hosting the event on behalf of the United States were Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Representing Mexico, also a host country, were Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray, Secretary of the Interior Miguel A. Osorio, and Secretary of Finance José A. Meade. Conference participants analyzed economic, governance, and security challenges in Northern Triangle countries, whose leaders were present, including Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales,; Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, ; and Salvadoran Vice President Oscar Ortiz. Also in attendance were representatives from the private sector and the governments of Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Nicaragua, Panama, the European Union, as well as representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. “What happens in the Northern Triangle countries – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – directly affects the security and economic interests of the United States and other countries of the region,” Secretary Tillerson said during the opening plenary session published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. “A more prosperous, safer Central America will help to halt illegal and dangerous migration, defeat transnational drug cartels and gangs, and end corruption in their economies,” Secretary Tillerson added. Alliance for prosperity Agenda items included policies to promote investment and sustained growth as well as ways to improve conditions for companies investing in the region. In this regard, one of the most concrete results of the meeting was reaffirming support for the “Alliance for Prosperity,” a plan led by the Northern Triangle to reduce violence. “Under the Alliance for Prosperity, the countries of the Northern Triangle have been making real progress in areas such as citizen security, strengthening institutions, and developing human capital. The key over the next five years will be to tap the private sector to help build critical infrastructure that will generate jobs, improve competitiveness, and create the conditions that encourage people to build prosperous lives in their homelands,” said IADB President Luis Alberto Moreno, in a statement available on that institution’s official website. The Colombian contribution The Colombian delegation was headed by Army General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, the general commander of the Armed Forces, and the Minister of Defense, Luis C. Villegas. The presence of the South American delegation reaffirmed Colombia’s support for the efforts of the United States and Mexico towards security and stability in Central America. Colombia is promoting investment and business with Northern Triangle countries, with which there is an existing free trade agreement. Currently, it is one of the 10 largest sources of foreign capital in these countries, with investments of approximately $2.4 billion. With respect to security, “Colombia has trained 17,000 public servants from Central America since 2013 on such issues as criminal investigation, anti-narcotics efforts, and the fight against extortion and kidnapping,” Villegas stated in a press release from the Ministry of Defense referencing the work of local police academies in Central America. Colombia has also joined Central American countries to strengthen their institutions in the areas of nutrition, healthcare, agriculture, modernization of the government, and social inclusion, among others. According to the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the country cooperates on social development, services, and quality management through its Mesoamerica Project. It also seeks to make progress on expanding the electrical grid. “Colombia has received widespread recognition from the United States, both from Homeland Security Secretary, General John Kelly, [and from] various officials, deputy secretaries, and assistants for its improvement in security indexes, which I had the opportunity to present on, for example, the decrease in homicides,” Villegas said. He also pointed out that the number of lethal attacks was reduced by half, compared to 17 years ago, a fact that reflects regional stability. “This means that we have achieved below-average levels of violent deaths for the region. Likewise, there has been a significant decrease in issues that have harmed Colombian society, things like extortion, which has fallen 44 percent, and kidnapping, which is [now] at its lowest level. Ultimately, it’s a peaceful situation,” he concluded.
With talk of robots taking over jobs in the not-so-distant future, people find themselves wondering how to ensure they don’t become obsolete.The answer is simple: Stretch your skills, knowledge, and approach to work.“To be ready for tomorrow, we need to stretch today,” says Barbara Mistick, who delivered a keynote address at the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference. “If people stretch today, it gives them a much better chance for the future.”Mistick explores the future of work her new book, “Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” which she co-authored with Karie Willyerd.The book examines steps people can take to prepare for the new world of work, where technology will play a vital role. Mistick encourages employees—and credit union leaders—to consider five transitional behaviors: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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With the full force of charms of yesteryear, Millbrook – built in the 1860s – was home to William Groom, the first mayor of Toowoomba, located about an hour west of Brisbane.The Public Trustee has the heritage home listed for auction on December 7 in a co-listing with Cooper Watson and Bria Hurst of Realway Property Partners – Toowoomba. Weeds have taken over the garden. Be still my beating heart.The three bedroom, one bathroom, two carpark home at 9 Phillip Street in East Toowoomba was the most viewed property in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week, followed by stunning homes such as 6 Austin Ave,Currumbin Waters, 24 Peltham St, Coorparoo and the home that Pat Rafter built on Sunshine Beach.Its popularity is unsurprising given the heritage listed renovator property is not just 300 metres from the CBD but on a massive 2,428sq m block – and it has never been listed for sale. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 A good restoration would do wonders for a home of this calibre. Bay windows are in the four main rooms.“There is no public record of a sale ever,” Mr Watson told The Courier-Mail. “The first open for inspection we had almost 300 people. That’s a pretty extreme open for inspection.”“We were prepared. We had enough staff there to handle it and everyone was relatively understanding. People didn’t mind waiting in line on the pavement to see the property.”All signs were pointing to a strong result for the home under the hammer come December. The home is just 300 metres from the Toowoomba CBD. So much history staring back at you.“‘Millbrook’ was previously owned by the renowned ‘Groom’ family and was originally built in the 1860s on Ruthven Street. Mr WH Groom was the first Mayor of Toowoomba and the first Toowoomba member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly,” was how it was described. Must have been a charming spot once.The businessman was involved in the foundation of Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba School of the Arts, Toowoomba Permanent Building Society and the Toowoomba Chronicle, it said.After his death, his wife relocated the house to Phillip Street in 1901 with it staying in the family until the mid 1930s when it passed to the Row family. Sorry mum and dad, my furbaby comes first Part of Hollywood movie history on market in QLD 9 Phillip Street, East Toowoomba, goes to auction at 9.30am on December 7.It’s overgrown with weeds and needs serious restoration, but the hottest house in Queensland this week drew more attention than even Pat Rafter’s house – and saw 300 people turn up to its first open home. Wonder how many people have come calling here over the years. High ceilings, french doors and big wide rooms are classic Queenslander features.“We’ve had lots of people expressing interest in this,” he said. “We have between 10 to 20 solid pieces of interest. It is an auction and so we expect a good result on the day. The property does require restoration so it will be somebody with a passion for that.” The home was listed on realestate.com.au as “an opportunity to own a piece of Toowoomba’s history”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago MORE: Noosa mansion Pat Rafter built up for sale A fireplace in the kitchen and loads of room for a mega renovation.“Dr Row was a well-known local doctor who set up Toowoomba’s first blood bank after World War II. He operated a successful medical practice from ‘Millbrook’ for many years.”The property was put on the Queensland Heritage register in 2001 and still has all its character features including feature fireplaces four main rooms, decorative ceiling roses and feature lighting, a stained glass feature front door, original hoop pine floors, and bay windows in four main rooms.The auction will be held on site at 9.30am on December 7. 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Installation of the turbines is expected to begin later this spring some 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, and are expected to enter service by the end of the year. “This is a monumental step toward the installation of the first offshore wind turbines in federal waters, which will deliver clean, renewable energy to our customers,” said Mark D. Mitchell, Dominion Energy Vice President of Generation Construction. “The construction of these two turbines will help us reach our goal for net zero emissions and position Virginia as a leader in offshore wind.” Onshore construction began last year in June to facilitate the interconnection of the turbines at a company substation near Camp Pendleton. As reported, EEW Special Pipe Constructions recently loaded the monopile foundations for the project onto the Bigroll Beaufort cargo ship in Rostock, Germany. Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind will be the first project in U.S. Federal waters passing the BOEM approval. Source: Dominion Energy The components for the two 6 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines were loaded in Esbjerg, before the vessel embarked in mid-April on the approximately two-week transatlantic journey to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. The turbine components for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project have begun their journey from Denmark to North America. The 12 MW demonstration project is being developed by Denmark’s Ørsted and the U.S. Dominion Energy.
POWAY, Calif. – Drivers in five IMCA divisions chase contingency awards from Bilstein Shocks. And top three drivers in both Hobby Stock regions and in national Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod point standings receive product certificates valued at $300, $200 and $100. The top eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions receive $350 certificates while runners-up get $250 and third-place finishers $200; top three eligible drivers in both Stock Car regions receive certificates good for $350, $250 and $150, respectively. In its 21st season of sponsorship, the Poway, Calif., manufacturer gives nearly $8,000 worth of product certificates to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod competitors. In addition to competing with four Bilstein shocks, drivers in all five divisions must display two Bilstein decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Bilstein awards will be presented at the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the next week from the IMCA home office. For more information on Bilstein shocks, visit www.bilstein.com or call 1-800-537-1085. Follow them at facebook.com/BILSTEIN.us or instagram.com/bilsteinus. “Bilstein has made products perfect for IMCA racers for a long time and continues to be a leader in the shock marketplace,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are proud to extend our relationship with them into a third decade.” Founded in 1873, Bilstein is the world’s leading manufacturer of monotube gas pressure shock absorbers. With their main headquarters located in Germany, Bilstein is an original equipment supplier to BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, General Motors, Jeep, Nissan, Ford, Dodge, Ram, SRT and many others. Today, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc. has grown to approximately 980 employees located in four locations around the United States and distributes more than 3,500 part numbers into the U.S. aftermarket. Bilstein operates within thyssenkrupp Component Technologies Group.
The 26-year-old, whom Gunners manager Wenger signed from Southampton as a 16-year-old, is out of contract at the end of next season, when he could leave for nothing. Negotiations have begun over a new deal, giving Wenger cause for optimism that Walcott, who was the subject of protracted talks before signing his current three-year deal, wishes to stay. Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott is keen to stay at Arsenal and insists the forward will not be sold this summer. “My target is to keep him here at the club. It’s important that, if he comes back, he has a good chance to play.” Arsenal have won nine of their last 10 games – the only dropped points a draw with champions Chelsea – in a run Wenger hopes to continue against Swansea in a bid to secure second place in the Barclays Premier League. The Frenchman, whose team defend their FA Cup crown against Aston Villa in this season’s final on May 30, is determined to finish the current campaign well before building a title-challenging team for next term. “It is difficult to know how strong every team will be next year but you gain as well your confidence from what you have achieved the year before and how you have moved forward,” Wenger added. “It is important to finish as close as possible to Chelsea and come out of the season and think we are ready to challenge next season.” Manchester United on Thursday signed Holland forward Memphis Depay for £25million. Asked the importance of doing transfer business early in the summer, Wenger said: “What you want to do more than do it early is to do it right. “You have to take the opportunities when they come. Fix your target, be on alert and do it when it’s possible.” Arsenal are likely to still be without Mikel Arteta (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring) for the visit of the Swans to north London. Garry Monk’s team beat the Gunners 2-1 in south Wales in November. Danny Welbeck (knee) is likely to miss out and Aaron Ramsey is a major doubt after sustaining a blow to his leg in Monday’s win at Hull. Welbeck may return against his old club Manchester United on May 17. Wenger has fielded an unchanged side for four straight games, but is happy to switch his options on Monday with key players back to full fitness. “I didn’t change recently, but I have no problem to change the players because they’re all in very good shape,” he added. “Players like Walcott, (Jack) Wilshere, (Kieran) Gibbs are now all there on a competitive front.” Press Association Walcott’s present deal was signed in January 2013, fewer than six months before that contract was due to expire. Wenger hinted Arsenal would hold on to the England forward this summer and would only consider selling Walcott in the January 2016 winter transfer window if no new deal is agreed. “We are already talking to him,” said Wenger, speaking ahead of Monday’s home clash with Swansea. “When you go into negotiations with a player it is with a desire for him to stay. He looks keen to do it and I am keen to do it, so let’s see what comes out. “We are always in the mode where we want to be successful. In case of failure, we’ll see. “But in case of failure – that will only be in December next year.” Carl Jenkinson is another player whose future is to be decided after he has impressed on loan at West Ham. “I met Carl this week to speak about his future. We will sit down together at the end of the season,” said Wenger, who must decide if he will loan Jenkinson out again next term.
The Latest: Russell Wilson, Ciara donating 1 million meals Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. March 18, 2020 “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Onigbinde famously guided the Super Eagles to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1984, where they lost 3-1 to Cameroon. He is also the first indigenous coach to lead Nigeria to the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan 2002. The Septuagenarian, a former member of FIFA Technical Committee, bagged the IMEGA Sports Achievers 2017 Award.Also, Akakasiaka was named IMEGA Nigeria Golf Legend. Akakasiaka remains the only Nigerian to feature in the final round of the Open Golf Championship. He only missed the final 36-hole cut by two strokes at the 1984 tournament held in Liverpool.Many sportsmen and women were in the category of those honoured in the sports achievers list. Some of them include former Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Abiola Babes of Abeokuta midfield maestro, the Late Mudashiru Lawal.Astute football administrator, Late Chief Lekan Salami, Late boxer Dele Jonathan, Dauda Ladipo, Korede Adeniji, Mumini Babalola, Sarah Adegoke, Ajibade Quadri, Valerie Oloyede, former basketball national team captain, Olumide Oyedeji, table tennis stars, Waheed Ekun and Aruna Quadri were in the list that also had late Best Ogedegbe, Emmanuel Ochai, Tunde Odedokun, Tunde Omisore and Prof. Jide Bademosi, the former captain of Nigeria Cricket team.Other awardees include: Power lifting world record holder and Olympic Gold medallist, Yakubu Adesokan, Late Chief Omowale Kuye, (IMEGA Heroes Award), Chief Michael Ade-Ojo (IMEGA Legacy Award) and IBB Golf Club, Abuja (Best Golf Course in Nigeria).One of Nigeriaâ€™s foremost statemen, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was posthumously given the IMEGA Lifetime Award in recognition of the construction of Liberty Stadium, when he was the first Premier of Western Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFormer Super Eagles coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and Nigeriaâ€™s golf icon, Peter Akakasiaka were among the outstanding personalities honoured for sporting excellence at the maiden IMEGA Award in Ibadan, Oyo State.The awards were the climax of Ibadan Mesiogo Open golf championship that witnessded a large turnout of international golfers.