Medallion of Honor

first_imgFrank McGill, 92, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” received the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Medallion of Honor during a private event on Thursday, May 2, on the UGA Tifton campus.The Medallion of Honor is presented to an outstanding individual or couple in recognition of dedication to the college’s mission and to express gratitude for the time, advice, support and influence they have provided. “Once in a generation, someone comes along who forever changes a segment of agriculture. When it comes to peanuts, Frank McGill is that person. Scientists, farmers and even former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will tell you, without hesitation, that Frank McGill was extremely instrumental in developing the peanut industry in Georgia,” said CAES Dean Sam Pardue, who presented McGill with the award. “His wise counsel, steady advice and dedication to teaching the latest principles and production practices helped triple Georgia peanut yields, changing the economic future of southwest Georgia, which now produces nearly half of the nation’s total peanut crop.”A native of Chula, Georgia, McGill earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1951 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1962 from CAES.He began his career with UGA as a county agent in southwest Georgia and later became the state’s UGA Cooperative Extension peanut specialist. McGill, who worked at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia, was a member of the UGA Cooperative Extension peanut team that developed a “package approach” for peanut production in Georgia. From 1954 to 1982, McGill’s expertise helped Georgia’s peanut yields increase from 955 pounds per acre in 1955 to 2,040 pounds in 1967 and 3,220 pounds in 1974.Over his career, McGill traveled to 21 countries as a peanut consultant. He traveled to Australia and India to review research and extension programs and to Honduras, Suriname and Barbados to “jump start” local peanut production and to help eliminate pellagra, a protein deficiency that was affecting children there.McGill served as a technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut Commission, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, National Peanut Council and the National Peanut Growers Group.His honors include being named president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society and chairman of a special task force requested by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee to determine the 40-year impact of peanut policy on the family farm. UGA named him a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and Progressive Farmer magazine named him Man of the Year.He was inducted into the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame in 1982 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Peanut Council in 1999. The Council also officially named McGill “Mr. Peanut” that year. In 1996, he was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame and received the American/World Agriculture Award from the National County Agents Association in 2000. Last year, he received the Valor Award from the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.Of his numerous accolades, a humble McGill said, “I just did what I was hired to do.”At his retirement in 1982, McGill discouraged gifts and the numerous monetary donations he received were used to create the J. Frank McGill “Up with Peanuts” Scholarship. As a result, a $2,000 scholarship has since been awarded each year to a rising junior or senior UGA crop and soil sciences major.After retirement, McGill remained an active voice in the peanut industry. He served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society, chairman of the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He also worked as a peanut consultant with M&M Mars for 16 years, followed by four years as a part-time consultant with the National Peanut Laboratory.McGill was selected as one of 12 UGA scientists whose work has impacted the world in the last 100 years as part of UGA’s centennial celebrations. And, in October 2018, he was honored by the UGA Graduate School as an Alumnus of Distinction.“Frank is a phenomenal individual. I believe he is part of the reason the industry is as strong as it is, and production is as great as it is,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton campus. West and UGA-Tifton honored McGill as one of 12 scientists whose work has impacted the world during a special ceremony in Tifton, Georgia in 2015.“I think he is an excellent example of what a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences can aspire to for a career of service,” West said.last_img read more

Heisler: Kyle Kuzma, last of the young Lakers, is still here … barely

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers basically got Morris for their 2020 first-round pick, along with Moe Harkless and 2018 first-rounder Jerome Robinson.With the Lakers unable to give up a No. 1, the Knicks asked for Kyle Kuzma and were turned down.Meanwhile, speculation was rife that the Lakers had to get something, anything, for Kuzma. Once their darling, he’s now a reserve averaging only 11.6 points off the bench and shooting but 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range.Worse, the Lakers will have to pay him when his contract expires in 2021 … the same year as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s.Kuzma, who noted he was “consumed” by the trade babble, said Kobe Bryant once told him the time to worry was when no one talked about him. “And,” Kuzma added, “I’m the talk of the town.”It’s a new era. Had Kuzma left, the Lakers wouldn’t have a player they developed on their roster, aside from this season’s G League auxiliaries, and, if you want to count him, Alex Caruso, who wasn’t drafted and came up through the South Bay Lakers.Royalty that the Lakers had been, they had historically hit it out of the park in the draft from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West to Magic Johnson, James Worthy and, after a draft-day trade, Bryant.They’re now back to betting all they have on free agents such as LeBron James, or players like Anthony Davis nearing the end of contracts, who can demand a deal and choose a destination.This is actually a return to the Laker Way. Not many teams can rely on stealing other people’s stars, but the Lakers once did as the stars’ destination of choice, purloining Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol along with Bryant, by signing them, forcing a trade for them … or, as with then-GM Jerry West and Kobe, outsmarting someone to get them.Unfortunately for the Lakers, these things run in cycles. Their down period was overdue, arriving with a resounding thud when Bryant blew out his Achilles in the spring of 2013.Kobe’s comeback in the 2013-14 season lasted six games as the Lakers set a franchise record for losses (55) … which they broke the next season (61) … and the one after that (65).Suddenly, free agents were no longer interested. In 2015, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge rolled his eyes at a Lakers presentation but gave them a second chance at the urging of Arn Tellem, his Lakers-friendly agent.That didn’t go so well either. Aldridge wound up going to tiny-market San Antonio, where he remains still.A year later, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, whom the Lakers had dreamed of for years, went on the market, but wouldn’t even meet with the 17-65 Lakers.The Lakers were left to start over, agonizing as that would be, welcoming a series of lottery picks … none of whom remains a Laker.JULIUS RANDLE (No. 7 overall pick in 2014)Randle broke his leg in his debut and played one game of his rookie season, but he turned into a double-double machine. In an astounding move overlooked in the excitement surrounding James’ 2018 arrival, Magic cut Julius in a snit with his agent, getting nothing for him.D’ANGELO RUSSELL (No. 2 overall pick in 2015)Immature as well as talented, he lasted two seasons before Magic sent him to Brooklyn with Timofey Mozgov for Brook Lopez and the pick that became Kuzma in 2017.With Ball’s 2017 arrival, Magic showed D’Lo the door, noting, “We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader.”INGRAM (No. 2 in 2016)Another Lakers fave because he worked so hard, despite missing 56 games in three seasons. He’s now breaking out, averaging 25 points in New Orleans, where he was sent as part of the package for Davis.BALL (No. 2 in 2017)Now starting to happen, too, after going to New Orleans for A.D.That 2017 draft was the first for Johnson and Rob Pelinka, who replaced Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak.Johnson was dazzled by Ball, the UCLA phenom, but Lonzo missed 52 games in two seasons while showing off a bizarre shooting stroke and making just 56 percent of his free throws … as his father, LaVar, ran his mouth. (Thank heavens, that’s over.)Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Nevertheless, Johnson was changing direction to go back to pursuing free agents … a natural for Magic, an icon in his own right with his effusive personality. For all the things Magic got wrong before fleeing, he hit the all-time daily double, recruiting James, who has since recruited Davis.Yet to be seen is whether there are more stars the Lakers can get to become a super team once more … like Antetokounmpo, who has signaled he will leave Milwaukee if the team doesn’t produce.The Bucks are producing spectacularly, but it’s not a race you want to find yourself left out of if there is one.It also remains to be seen if James will give up the millions of dollars needed … but the Lakers are sufficiently in tune with LeBron’s people to know.Kuzma is still here, the Last Young Laker. If it seems easy to fix him with more minutes than his current 25 per game after he averaged 20 points and shot 47 percent in six starts, it doesn’t seem urgent to Coach Frank Vogel, who plays him more if he’s hot and sits him more when he’s not.So, enjoy that blonde hairdo while ye may. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Where have all the young Lakers gone, long time passing?Thursday’s trade deadline saw the Lakers’ roster remain unchanged despite all the talk about stuff they had to do … like going small, despite how well they had done going huge … or signing the retired Darren Collison as a backup point guard, despite the presence of the capable Rajon Rondo.In the really bad news for the Lakers, the Clippers beat them out for the handiest player for teams in win-now mode, New York’s Marcus Morris, the NBA’s No. 5 3-point shooter at 44 percent, whose expiring contract won’t put more money on next season’s salary cap.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were out of first-round picks to trade, barred from moving two in a row, with their 2019, 2021 and 2023 picks already gone in their huge package with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart for Anthony Davis.last_img read more

Panko-Dool, Sabo spark Nelson to Rossland Mini title

first_imgNelson captured the Rossland Mini title for the second time in 30 years.“You know you have performed well as a club when you take home the Team Trophy,”  Stewart said.“It’s an achievement all the girls can share in and something the club can show off for a year,” adds Christine Defouw, Nelson’s competition chair.With Rossland in the rear view, the club is looking ahead to the Regional Qualifying Competition in Beaver Valley on January 22-23. Performances at the Regional event will determine the top four skaters in each category to represent this region at the Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook from March 4-6.Defouw is excited that the season’s culminating event is being hosted so close to home.“It’s a big opportunity. The fact it’s taking place in the Kootenays makes it much more affordable for skaters from our region to attend.”Simpler logistics means coaches and parents can focus on honing routines, deepening confidence and reminding the skaters to enjoy the experience.With the competition season drawing to a close in March the club is starting to focus on its end of season Ice Gala to be held in Nelson in late February. Shaen Panko-Dool and Morgan Sabo topped the medal count to lead Nelson to the overall title at the Rossland Mini Figure Skating Competition Saturday in the Golden City.The Rossland Mini event is the first competition of the New Year for the Nelson skaters.”Our skaters did very well,” said a smiling Nelson Figure Skating head coach Rachel Stewart. “They displayed confidence on the ice, which is a reflection of the hard work and preparation they have invested.”Panko-Dool and Sabo led the club with two gold medals and a silver each. The two skaters, along with fellow club members Charly Defouw and Soleil Babcock, dominated Preliminary Dance winning gold and silver respectively, all the more impressive for being their first year competing in that category.Other gold medals were awarded to Christina Champlin in Junior Bronze Skills, Sophie Borhi for Preliminary Freeskate (10 and under), and Erica Tolles in Junior Bronze Freeskate (13 and over).last_img read more

Work underway to replace ageing water mains in Inishowen

first_imgIrish Water has started work to replace ageing water pipes at Three Trees, Quigleys Point and the Cabry areas of Inishowen.The 5km long water mains run along the R238 regional road and L-1951-1 local road via Quigleys Point Village and will also extend into side roads to facilitate connections to existing water mains.It is understood that removing the existing old cast iron from the public water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination. Meanwhile, it is hoped that replacing the ageing water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.It is expected that initial section of pipe installation and temporary reinstatement works to Quigley’s Point will last for approximately nine weeks with works from Quigley’s point towards Redcastle to follow on from this for approximately eight weeks.A spokesperson for Irish Water said: Works have commenced and are progressing well. “The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shutoffs.“Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.“We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works may cause.“The contractor will be monitoring traffic build-up during peak times in the morning and evening and will switch to a manned stop/go control should there be an unacceptable build-up of traffic.”Work underway to replace ageing water mains in Inishowen was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We are closer to our dream: Zuma

first_img27 April 2014In its first two decades of freedom, South Africa has have moved closer to its dream of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous country – and “we must not deny or downplay these achievements, regardless of our political differences”, President Jacob Zuma told the nation on Sunday.Addressing the main Freedom Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Zuma paid tribute both to the various actors and groupings who sacrificed to win the country its freedom 20 years ago, and to the different sectors of society that had, since then, played a part in creating a South Africa that was in every respect “a much better place to live in”.Measured against the goals the country had set itself under Nelson Mandela in 1994 – including deepening democracy and promoting a culture of human rights, meeting basic needs and developing human resources, building the economy and creating jobs – South Africa had done well, Zuma said.“We should congratulate ourselves for all this hard work.”The President listed the country’s achievements in education, healthcare, social security, delivery of housing, water and electricity, women’s rights and youth development.Mandela had introduced free health care for pregnant women to help ensure that South African children were born healthy, and the government had continued to build on this: today, 8-million children do not have to pay school fees, 9-million children receive meals at school, more than 11-million orphans and vulnerable children benefit from social grants, and the state spends over R1.3-billion per annum on early childhood development centres, as well as R15 per day per child from poor households to prepare them for primary education.“Our plan is that by 2030, South Africa should have a comprehensive system of social protection that includes social security grants, mandatory retirement savings, risk benefits (such as unemployment, death and disability benefits) and voluntary retirement savings.”While the country still had some way to go to eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment, Zuma said, the National Development Plan (NDP) had been developed over the last five years in order to address this.“The next decade of freedom must be one in which we work together to advance economic transformation.“We will continue to work with the business sector to advance broad-based black economic empowerment and affirmative action, in order to change the ownership, control and management of the economy.“We will also, working together, continue to focus on making improvements in five priorities – job creation, health, education, rural development and land reform, and the fight against crime and corruption.“There is a lot of work to be done, but we will succeed if we work together.”Zuma concluded by reminding South Africans that the right to vote “was gained through relentless struggles and sacrifices.“Therefore, on the 7th of May, let us go out in our millions to vote and celebrate our hard-won freedom and democracy. Let us vote to consolidate democracy and all the achievements of our young nation.“And, as we did in 1994 and in subsequent elections, let us deliver peaceful, free and fair elections.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Farm income tax webinar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, Jan. 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry.Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year.The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and is being offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which are a part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, which is CFAES’ outreach arm. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time of their convenience. The link will be available throughout the tax-filing season.The two-hour program is targeted toward owners who file their own farm taxes or who simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:• tax-planning in an unusual year (prevented planting crop insurance indemnity payments, Revenue Protection crop insurance payments, Market Facilitation Program payments, cost-share payments, and disaster-aid payments) • like-kind exchanges (farm machinery and equipment are no longer eligible for this provision, which is a significant change), how the change in like-kind exchanges might affect state income tax, and how that change might affect Social Security credits and eventual payments • an estate and gift tax update • C Corp to S Corp conversions • qualified business income deductions, which will impact most farm businesses • qualified business income deductions for sales to cooperatives, which is different from the qualified business income deductions for sales to noncooperatives and is much more complex • which farmland lease income might qualify for a qualified business income deduction • tax issues related to getting out of the farming business • tax from income related to pipeline construction and easements • other tax strategies to consider under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act The cost for the webinar is $35. Register at go.osu.edu/farmertaxwebinar.For more information, contact Julie Strawser at [email protected] or call the OSU Extension Farm Office at 614-292-2433.last_img read more

Huge margins show shift towards BJP

first_imgThe huge margins with which most of the BJP candidates have won in the Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan depict a decisive shift in the voters’ preference for the party barely five months after the State Assembly elections. However, the factors which combined with the “national mood” varied in different regions of the State.The Congress was elected to power in the 2018 Assembly elections on the basis of people’s verdict that was perceived to be against the rule of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. However, the BJP seems to have regained lost ground by recording a bigger victory than in 2014, increasing its overall vote share as well as its margin in 19 of the 25 seats which it has won.With a vote share of 58%, against 55.61% in 2014, the BJP candidates won with a margin of more than 4 lakh votes in nine LS constituencies. There were only two seats — Dausa and Karauli-Dholpur — where the margin was less than 1 lakh, probably because the candidates could not get sufficient time to campaign due to late decision on their names.Subhash Chandra Baheria won with the biggest margin of 6.12 lakh votes in Bhilwara, followed by Chandra Prakash Joshi in Chittorgarh (5.76 lakh votes) and Diya Kumari in Rajsamand (5.51 lakh votes). The 19 seats where the BJP has increased its margin include Pali, Barmer, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banswara, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Jhalawar-Baran.Only two of the Ministers, who were given responsibility to mobilise the voters in favour of the Congress candidates, were able to ensure the party’s lead over the BJP in their Assembly constituencies. The Congress candidates got more votes at Sapotra, represented by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena, and Sikrai, represented by Women & Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh.The vote share of the Congress, which had received 39.3% of the total votes in the 2018 Assembly elections, reduced to 34.2% in the Lok Sabha election and it could not win even a single seat in the State. While the caste combinations relied upon by the Congress did not succeed with major sections among Jats, Gujjars and Dalits apparently turning to the BJP, a number of factors helped the latter in scoring a landslide victory in different regions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Churu after the Balakot air strike on February 26 immensely helped the party in the Shekhawati region, from where a large number of youth are recruited in the armed forces every year.In the Marwar region, the alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party helped the BJP in mobilising Jats in its favour, as RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal wields considerable influence in Nagaur, Jodhpur and Barmer districts. The emergence of the Bharatiya Tribal Party in the Mewar region adversely affected the prospects of the Congress in Udaipur and Banswara, while the BJP depended on the influence of outfits like the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Bajrang Dal.Gujjars in eastern Rajasthan extended their support to the BJP after the community leader, Kirori Singh Bainsla, joined the party.last_img read more

Tendulkar is professor of batting: Kirsten

first_imgIndia coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar for scoring a historic 50th Test ton in Centurion, describing him as professor of batting.Terming Tendulkar’s feat of scoring a half century of centuries as incredible, Kirsten credited his unmatched success to his sound technique, ability to play almost all the shots in the book and diligent preparedness.”It is an incredible feat. It must be a special one and he deserves it. He has the techniques to play almost all the shots in the book. He is the professor of batting,” Kirsten said, praising Tendulkar on becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test tons here.”The key to his success is his approach to the game, his humility to learn and try to do better all the time. He diligently prepares for every match. For him, a Test match begins two days earlier, preparing for it. I am privileged to have associated with him for the last three years,” Kirsten said.”His success at the top level under the huge expectations in India is remarkable. It is quite different in India than other countries and the adulation he got there is amazing. At any time, Tendulkar will be surrounded by 300 people,” he said.Kirsten said despite the seniormost player in the team, Tendulkar was the one who spends most time at the nets and faces maximum number of balls.”He wants to face the maximum number of balls at the nets. You will not see him play a loose shot at the nets. He is focused all the time, he wants to do better all the time,” said Kirsten.advertisement”He has been phenomenal this year. I think he is playing better than ever. He is enjoying his cricket at present,” he said.The former South African opening batsman said despite his personal achievements, Tendulkar was a perfect team-man who wants to do his best for the team’s cause.”He is a perfect team-man and he always gives his best every time he goes out to a cricket field. He has been a huge motivational factor in the side in the past three years I have been associated with the team,” Kirsten said.About India staring defeat in the Test, Kirsten admitted South Africa are in a strong position.”We have a lot to work tomorrow. South Africa are in a strong position. But let us see what happens tomorrow. May be there is help from rain also,” he said.”But, the players have done well in the second innings.They have shown we can also play on equal terms. The strong batting display in the second innings will boost the confidence of the players in the series,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Daniel Ricciardo all set to give the ‘Shoey’ the boot

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo fears that the “shoey”, a podium ritual dreaded by rival drivers and loved by Formula One fans as well as anyone else not in drinking distance, may be getting out of control.The smiling Australian’s signature celebration involves the pouring of podium champagne into a sweaty racing boot, which an unlucky victim is then urged to share in front of a global audience.With the Red Bull driver having notched up five podiums in a row, including a surprise victory in Azerbaijan at the end of June, the world has been watching plenty of shoeys this season.At the last two races, Azerbaijan and Austria, they were instigated more by podium interviewers – former racers David Coulthard and Martin Brundle – than the happy driver.”I honestly didn’t plan on doing it. Even in Baku I was, like, ‘ah, I won’t do it’,” Ricciardo told reporters on Thursday when asked about his plans for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.”DC (Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria Martin was frothing for it. I feel like there’s some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this.”Ricciardo said fans were even shouting “shoey” during an “F1 Live” promotional event in central London on Wednesday.”I’m just walking along, minding my business and they’re like ‘do a shoey’…I don’t actually just take my shoe off while I’m walking in the street and drink out of it. I feel like I dug a hole for myself with this one,” he grinned.advertisement”On that note, I feel like it’s been fun. I want to say it’s run its course; we’ll see what happens.”In Austria, while television commentator Brundle drank deeply from the shoe, Mercedes’ race winner Valtteri Bottas made himself scarce.Ricciardo was unimpressed, even if he conceded that the shoey could be risky when races were back-to-back because the top three could all pick up something that put them in hospital for a week.”I heard the Finns drink. I really heard that. But Valtteri did not carry his flag well last Sunday,” he said. “Shame on him. Wow. Valtteri Bottas. Disappointed. That’s it. No more shoeys.”Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, Bottas’s teammate and Sunday’s race favourite, was with the Finn. “I still stand firm on the toe jam stuff,” he said. “The juice from the foot is not something I wish to drink. Especially someone else’s.”last_img read more