SUU Softball To Hold Tryouts For Walk-on Positions

May 8, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSeptember 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Softball To Hold Tryouts For Walk-on Positions Tags: Kathryn Berg Field/Kylee Wolf/SUU Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, the Southern Utah University softball team announced tryouts for walk-on positions for the 2019 season September 10 and 11.The tryouts are September 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Kathryn Berg Field. There will be a second day of tryouts Tuesday September 11 at 4:00 p.m.As of September 12, participants can expect to be told if they made the cut or not.Students seeking to participate must bring a copy of a completed physical and their health insurance card (front and back) prior to the first session of Monday tryouts. Without any of this information, students will not be allowed to try out.Any questions or concerns can be sent to assistant coach Kylee Wolf by email at [email protected] Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Watermelon Variety Testing

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgResearch by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences could help Georgia’s watermelon growers produce sweeter results.UGA vegetable horticulturalist Tim Coolong conducts variety trial testing on watermelons as part of his work on the UGA Tifton Campus. He is researching the productivity and quality of multiple watermelon varieties tested at different locations and in various conditions statewide. Georgia farmers transport the bulk of the state’s watermelon crop in bin containers, so they rely on Coolong’s research to tell them how different varieties stack up. If a sweeter, more productive melon is developed that also meets farmers’ demands, they’ll be more likely to embrace Coolong’s research.Last year’s seedless watermelon varieties trials yielded promising results, Coolong said. The seedless melons produced excess fruit with decent size, very good quality and little hollow heart, which can downgrade a watermelon’s marketability. “We really like to see how the varieties break down as far as 36-count, 45-count. Size of the 36-count melons is usually about 18 pounds to about 21 pounds on average. A lot of our growers really need that information if their contract is primarily for 36-count fruit,” he said. “If a farmer’s contract is for 45-count fruit, they need to know if this variety will produce a majority percent of the fruit in the 45-count range.”Strengthened by an almost $144 million farm gate value in 2013, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s watermelon crop tops the state’s list of most productive vegetables. Watermelons accounted for 14.4 percent of the state’s vegetable crop, topping bell peppers, sweet corn and onions. Georgia’s top 10 watermelon-producing counties by value are Berrien, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dooly, Telfair, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth, all of which are located in south Georgia.Coolong credits south Georgia watermelon farmers for the rise in the crop. “If you could pick one vegetable that’s grown over a wide area in south Georgia, it would be watermelon. It’s grown in Dooly County, down to Lowndes County, over to Wheeler and into Toombs County,” Coolong said. “We have a lot of acres.”Georgia’s watermelon farmers will hear more about Coolong’s research and will receive updates about the watermelon industry at this week’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Coolong is one of multiple UGA scientists and Extension agents who will speak at the event, set for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 8-10.“This is the largest produce-related trade show and educational program in the Southeastern United States. It allows growers to network with colleagues, see new products and step in to any number of educational programs. Because of the diversity of programming at the conference, it allows growers to get updated on what they are already growing as well as attend sessions on different crops to see if they might want to grow something new,” Coolong said.last_img read more

City Storm Everton in Title Push

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Premier League resumes this weekend after a two-week halt due to the international break and leaders, Manchester City, visit ninth-placed, Everton at Goodison Park today in a game the Citizens are expected to go all out as Pep Guardiola has intensified his resolve to put the title to bed as early as possible. On Sunday, Chelsea welcome Tottenham in a London derby as both teams target a top-four place in what is perhaps the fixture of the weekendShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Donegal road group urges motorists to be vigilant this Bank Holiday weekend

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRoad users in Donegal have been urged to be vigilant and responsible over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to avoid fatalities and serious injury. The Donegal Road Safety Working group issued the warning as the county prepares itself for a busy holiday period – statistics indicating an increased risk of collisions during public holidays.The group are now appealing to all road users to play their part in helping to ensure the safe use of our roads. Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, said: “With pleasant weather forecast for the weekend, longer daylight hours, pedestrians and cyclists are reminded always to wear reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance and motorists also need to exercise care and be fully aware of vulnerable road users on the road.“Road Safety continues to be a high priority for the Donegal Road Safety Working Group but sadly, there have been four fatalities on Donegal roads to date in 2019.“Over the Easter holiday period, many people will set out to visit family and friends, some making long journeys. Remember that everyone is in the same position as you, don’t get frustrated if you are stuck behind slow-moving traffic, be patient and wait until it is safe and only overtake when it is safe to do so.“With high traffic volumes on our roads driver fatigue can set in and motorists are urged where fatigue is setting in to pull over to a safe location and rest.” Over the weekend, An Garda Síochána will place extra emphasis on the enforcement of the key lifesaver offences of driving while intoxicated, speeding, non-use of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones.The Garda campaign will involve extra high-visibility patrols, with an intensified schedule of checkpoints in both rural and town locations.“We are appealing to motorists to slow down, never drive after drinking or taking drugs, always wear a seat belt, drive with greater care and attention and never use mobile phones while driving,” O’Donnell added.“On behalf of the DRSWG, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy Easter.  Let us continue to work together to make our roads safer.”Donegal road group urges motorists to be vigilant this Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: April 18th, 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) Tags:Donegal Road Safety WorkingEasterlast_img read more

OFBF annual meeting highlights

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) featured many highlights from the previous year and many plans and policies for the year ahead.There was much ground covered in the broad policy debate.“One of the issues addressed is Ohio’s drug epidemic, specifically in rural areas statewide. What are the programs OFBF should be supporting to help us deal with the drug problem in Ohio — opiates in particular? Other discussions revolved around our continuing opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. Water quality is a big deal for agriculture in the state and the delegate body is discussing supporting a statewide water trust that could be developed and funded through bonding measures in the state to help our water quality issues,” said Adam Sharp, with OFBF. “You learn something new every year here. Agriculture has such a wide impact in the state and because of that we have a wide range of issues that we deal with and every policy session is fascinating. It is impressive when you hear the expertise on the delegate floor talking about these issues. We come up with really good policy because of that.”Nearly 350 delegates debated the organization’s stances on policy. Other issues included energy development, meat inspection regulations, improvements to property tax laws, invasive species and the structure of local governments.Attendees were also updated on the roll out of Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session introduced members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.At the Harvest Banquet, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award was presented to Irv and Jean Bell from Muskingum County. The Cooperative/Agricultural Educator Award was presented to Joe Sloan of Preble County (posthumously) and Stephanie Gompf Jolliff of Ridgemont High School in Hardin County.Marlene Eick of Radnor was recognized as the winner of OFBF’s 2015 Excellence in Agriculture Award. Eick received an expense-paid trip to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in January. She also will receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and a $1,000 technology package sponsored by OFBF.Eick and her husband, B.J., own Herdmark Media, a visual media company where Eick serves as client lead. They also own a small show pig operation. She has served on the Delaware County Farm Bureau board of trustees, participated statewide in Young Agricultural Professionals programs, is co-leader of the Delaware County Young Agricultural Professionals and is a graduate of AgriPOWER Institute Class VI. She also serves on the Ohio Pork Council’s Showpig Committee, Ohio FFA Foundation’s Sponsors Team, is a member of Shepherd of the Peace Lutheran Church and is a recipient of the Honorary State FFA Degree.Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia are the winners of OFBF’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Daileys won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, a Polaris Ranger provided by Polaris, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Orlando, Fla. in January.Nick and Jessica farm 1,800 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a trucking company. They are 11-year members of Brown County Farm Bureau where Nick has served on the board of trustees. Both are Sunday School teachers at Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. Nick also serves as a Franklin Township Trustee.The 2015 Discussion Meet winner is Elizabeth Long from Madison County. OFBF president Steve Hirsch Pickaway County delegates listen to the policy discussion. The Cooperative/Agricultural Educator Award was presented to Joe Sloan of Preble County (posthumously) and Stephanie Gompf Jolliff (pictured) of Ridgemont High School in Hardin County. The Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award was presented to Irv and Jean Bell from Muskingum County. Jack Fisher, who announced his retirement in 2016, presided over his last Harvest Banquet as executive vice president. Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia are the winners of OFBF’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Marlene Eick of Radnor was recognized as the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The 2015 Discussion Meet winner is Elizabeth Long (right) from Madison County.last_img read more

Say cheese! Guggisberg once again named U.S. champions

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodGuggisberg Cheese of Millersburg, Ohio has topped the U.S. Champion Cheese Contest once again.The 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest put the Guggisberg’s baby Swiss entry at the very top at the annual competition’s gathering this past week. The company also won in 2015 with their Swiss entry.No matter which way you cut it, it’s an extremely prestigious honor, said Ursula Guggisberg-Bennett.“This is an absolutely huge honor for us,” she said. “It’s one thing to win the top of your category, which we won first place in the Swiss category and then first place in the baby Swiss category. But then to win the grand champion overall over 2,555 entries it’s just an absolute phenomenal win for us. We’re so, so excited.”The company continues to take pride in their northeast Ohio settings, saying the unique mineral deposits of the surrounding soil add a unique feature to their final dairy products.“It’s definitely a collective effort. It starts with quality milk,” Guggisberg-Bennett said. “We have wonderful producers — you can’t make quality cheese without quality milk.”In addition to thanking their dedicated staff, she also highlighted the unique history behind their cheese, particularly that of baby Swiss.“It’s an art and a science combined with experience that was brought back from Switzerland from Alfred and Margaret Guggisberg,” she said. “Their son Richard has really kept the high standards of quality. We take pride in that.“Alfred and Margaret came over from Switzerland. Alfred came over in the late 40s. He had a lot of experience making cheese in the Alps. We are in the largest Amish community in the world and the Amish were looking for a place to bring their milk.“Alfred perfected his premium swiss recipe and it was very much loved by the locals. One thing he noticed was the pallet over here was a little bit different than that of Europe as far as what they want their Swiss to taste like. In America, they don’t really appreciate the strong, robust flavors that they do in Europe. So he set out to create a milder version of his traditional Swiss. He worked and experimented and came up with the recipe for baby Swiss. That’s how it came about. His wife Margaret looked at it and noticed it was smaller in shape — it had smaller eyes, and she said, ‘Oh, it’s a baby Swiss.’ That’s how baby Swiss came about. That story means a lot to us and it means a lot to have won the grand champion with that particular cheese.”With the strong history, it’s important the company selected the right cheese to take to Wisconsin. It’s not an easy prospect, said Guggisberg-Bennett, since the entry itself has to be completely intact for the judges. A number of considerations go into the judge’s selections, including flavor, texture, color, appearance, and much more.“It is pretty difficult. You want to do your best in picking the cheese that you think is going to look great as well as taste great,” she said. “Unfortunately, there’s not really any way to know 100% until the judging itself. We can’t cut into the cheese or anything like that. It’s difficult, but we’re excited we chose right.”Guggisberg is the third cheesemaker now to win the U.S. Champion Cheese title twice. Marieke Gouda in Thorp, Wisc. took home second and third place.last_img read more

The Sanctuary of Monteisola — Geocache of the Week

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLocation:Lombardia, ItalyN 45° 42.117 E 010° 05.351 TraditionalGCVTP2by fasusi The Sanctuary of Monteisola GCVTP2Normally, one must take a ferry to find the remote geocache, “The Sanctuary of Monteisola” in Lombardia, Italy. Then, one must hike for an hour uphill, passing small hamlets along the way with century-old churches filled with frescoes and statues. The views are spectacular, glorious, and oh-so-romantic.From June 18 to July 3, 2016, many geocachers were able to walk to the cache rather than take a ferry thanks to environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They created, “a modular floating dock system of 226,000 high-density polyethylene cubes installed at Lake Iseo…The fabric created a walkable surface between Sulzano, to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo.”Thousands of people came to the small island of Monte Isola during this time to experience art first hand and discover this gorgeous area. Maybe a few art lovers were exposed to geocaching, and geocachers inspired by art.A ferry is usually requiredBeautiful hike to the cacheNear the geocacheGorgeous views“The Floating Piers” from the trailConnecting Sulzano to Monte IsolaTiny island of San Paulo“The Floating Piers” at duskWalking on waterArte!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:3Terrain:3 SharePrint RelatedSalar de Uyuni GC2M6GC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 26, 2011December 26, 2011In “Community””Ile aux Nattes – Lighthouse” GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 1, 2010November 1, 2010In “Trackable Items”Go Geocaching Like a LocalDecember 24, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Step Aside FarmVille, CityVille Now Facebook’s Biggest Game

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTags:#gaming#NYT#web audrey watters 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Less than a month after its launch, Zynga‘s CityVille has become the world’s most popular game. According to AppData, CityVille just reached 61.7 million monthly active users, and with that, the game nabs the number one spot from Zynga’s other social gaming phenom, FarmVille. This gives Zynga a total of 261 million monthly active users – clearly nothing to scoff at. However, despite dominating social gaming this year, the challenge for Zynga has been to continue to build on the massive success of Farmville and to show that the game wasn’t simply a one-hit wonder. To complicate things, this spring Facebook changed the way game notifications worked – an effort to cut down on spam notifications. But as game developers protested, this move also cut down on social games’ potential virality too.This change hasn’t seemed to stop CityVille at all, which launched Dec. 2 to what has clearly been a phenomenal rate of adoption. The game is a SimCity-like, well, city simulation. As with other games of this sort, CityVille is very social – you can build stores and operate franchises in your friends’ towns. And as with many social games, this sort of interaction and obligation can be quite “addictive.” Like all of Zynga’s games, CityVille is free-to-play, but users can spend real money on virtual goods to enhance gameplay. Industry estimates say that Zynga has brought in between $500 million to $700 million in revenue this year from the sale of virtual goods. Time named Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” and ReadWriteWeb named Facebook “Best BigCo of 2010.” But the CityVille news seems to warrant a tip-of-the-hat to Zynga, whose games fueled much of the time people spent on the social networking site this year. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

New York State Promotes High-Performance Houses

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBuilders in New York State are now eligible for incentive grants of as much as $8,000 for building net-zero energy houses, according to an announcement by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).There are three tiers of cash awards, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per building, depending on how well the building performs and how much energy it can potentially save. For example, Tier 1 payouts of $2,000 are for houses that meet requirements of Energy Star version 3.0, while Tier 3 houses must have certain HERS ratings, depending on size of the building, and be able to hit net-zero energy performance.Builders must meet a number of other requirements as well. There are maximum air-leakage requirements, for example, and a long list of specs for heating and cooling equipment.Incentives are for low-rise buildings, up to three stories tall, said project manager Patrick Fitzgerald. Both new construction and gut-rehabs qualify, but commercial project such as nursing homes do not.Fitzgerald said 25,000 homes have qualified for payouts since the program was launched about a dozen years ago. The net-zero tier is new this year.Money to support the program is collected from ratepayers by six investor-owned utilities.last_img read more

Retirement Readiness

December 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFor more information, watch Retire Ready, a Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance webinar:This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 18, 2013 Resources:Planning for a Secure RetirementLife Expectancy Calculator Websites:Life Expectancy Calculator (Social Security Administration)The Longevity Game (Northwestern Mutual)How Long Will I Live? (Blueprint Income) By Katie Stamper, Program Assistant and Dr. Michael S. Gutter62-67-70. No, these are not last night’s lottery numbers. These numbers indicate the common ages at which people consider retiring. Having a plan can help you have the realistic lifestyle you would like to have. As part of this, is it is critical to know the misconceptions about retirement, and the importance of a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).There are several misconceptions about retirement! Have you caught yourself thinking or believing the following?You have plenty of time to start saving for retirementSaving a little won’t help muchYou won’t spend as much once you retireRetirement will last only 10 to 15 yearsYou can depend on Social Security and your pension to cover your living expensesYour family will take care of youYour pension benefits will increase with inflationYour employer’s health insurance and Medicare will cover all of your medical expensesAs a member of the military, there are several things you need to consider before retiring… Factors include:Current agePlanned retirement ageEstimated life expectancy (resources are below)Source(s) of retirement incomeAmount of income needed each yearAmount of money already savedYour comfort level in taking risksYou and your spouse’s healthEmployment optionsFinancial assetsEligibility for pension benefitsAccess to and cost of health insuranceThe list of retirement factors may seem long, but retiring is not a decision that you want to make lightly. We all work to feel financially secure in our golden years and want to reap the benefits from our professional life. Taking the time to plan for retirement can be worthwhile to your finances.Don’t fool yourself about retirement! Start saving money early and save the maximum that is allowed. Also, knowing your sources of income during retirement is beneficial. You might have more sources than you think. Sources of income could include Social Security, an employer pension plan, a personal retirement account (e.g., IRA), personal savings, and as military personnel, you have access to TSP.The TSP is a defined contribution plan for service members and federal employees. It provides an agency match for civilian workers and you can join immediately upon starting work. The TSP has very low expense ratios. For more information TSP, visit their website.If you are married, make sure your spouse is also taking advantage of any employer provided retirement plans such as a 401(k) or 403 plan. Both of these plans provide for tax-deferred savings and may also include some form of match from an employer. An employer match is free money that should not be left on the table. If his or her employer does not provide a plan, consider using a Traditional or Roth IRA. For more information on these, check out this article.Retirement doesn’t have to be a scary or confusing decision when you consider several factors, understand the misconceptions of retirement, and know your sources of income. Taking the time to plan and prepare for retirement can make the golden years more enjoyable. As a military member, you have not only worked hard but have also sacrificed—you deserve to enjoy retirement!last_img read more