Help For Pecans.

first_imgPecan growers gave a sigh of relief as timely September rainsfell on state orchards during a critical growing stage, says aUniversity of Georgia pecan expert.The 3 to 5 inches of rain that fell in early September “wereright on time for the pecans,” said Tom Crocker, a horticulturistwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Rains Help NutsBetween early September and October, pecans enter a growingstage known as nut fill, when the edible part of the nut fillsthe hull. The rain will help the nut mature and improve the qualityfor harvest, Crocker said.Not only was the rain beneficial, Crocker said, but the wayit was delivered couldn’t have been better. The steady, lightshowers came with little wind gusts that could damage tree limbs,knocking down the overall production and dollar value of the crop.Disease RiskHowever, the rain does increase the risk of late-season scab,a fungus that can severely reduce the quantity and quality ofyields, said Tim Brenneman, a UGA plant pathology researcher atthe Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton. But damage dueto scab would be minimal this late in the season.”We could also have some scab carry over to next season,”Brenneman said.For now, the perfect weather for pecans won’t be rainy. “Weneed it to clear off and get some sunshine,” Brenneman said,”so the leaves can put out what they need to fill those nutsright now.”With the third straight year of drought, the $100 million statepecan crop has had to depend greatly on irrigation. About two-thirdsof the state orchards are irrigated.But overall, “the pecan crop looks real good right now,”Crocker said. Timely September rains will enable Georgia pecans to mature into quality nuts.center_img Photo: Brad Hairelast_img read more

2 Killed in Southern State Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were killed when their cars crashed on the Southern State Parkway Friday afternoon, State police said. Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused the crash, which occurred just before 4 p.m. on the westbound lanes at Exit 39. State police Senior Investigator Thomas Hughes said a red Ford and grey Subaru made contact and crashed into the woods off the north shoulder. The driver of the Ford was identified as 39-year-old Jacques Louis of Brentwood, Hughes said. Louis was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, 25-year-old Sean Anderson of Smithtown, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Hughes said. Both men were driving alone. What caused the two cars to crash is “still currently under investigation,” Hughes said. Police are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses.last_img read more

Marburg death toll in Angola reaches 122

first_img Last week the WHO said it had sent an outbreak response team to work with the Angolan health ministry to support case management, contact tracing and surveillance, infection control, and raising community awareness of the disease. The death toll was given in an Agence-France Presse (AFP) report quoting Carlos Alberto, a spokesman for the Angolan health ministry. The largest previous Marburg outbreak occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1998 to 200 and killed 123 of 149 people infected. Mar 23 WHO statement About 75% of those infected in Angola have been children under 5 years old, the WHO has said. Most of the cases have occurred in the northeastern province of Uige, but seven have occurred in the capital, Luanda, on the Atlantic coast, according to AFP. Two of the seven patients—an Italian doctor and a 15-year-old boy, both of whom had been to Uige—have died, the story said. Last week the European Union pledged to give 500,000 euros ($650,000) to the Spanish arm of Medicins sans Frontieres to help battle the outbreak, AFP reported. Alberto said the disease has been spreading from children to parents and vice-versa. He said many victims died because they first consulted traditional healers, called kimbandeiros, and didn’t go to a hospital until it was too late. Mar 24 WHO statement The Italian doctor was identified in a Mar 25 AFP report as Maria Bonino, who worked in Africa for the United Nations for 11 years. A Vietnamese doctor also has died in the outbreak, today’s report said, but he or she was not identified.center_img There is no vaccine or cure for Marburg fever. Besides fever and weakness, early symptoms include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, severe chest pain, sore throat, and cough, according to the WHO. The incubation period is 3 to 9 days, and most deaths in the current outbreak have occurred between 3 and 7 days after symptoms appeared, the agency has said. Contact with bodily fluids of infected people increases the risk of infection. The disease was first seen in 1967 in German and Yugoslavian laboratory workers who had been exposed to green monkeys imported from Uganda. Researchers have not been able to identify its primary animal reservoir between the rare outbreaks, however. Mar 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death toll in the Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola has risen to 122, just one fewer than in the largest previous outbreak of the disease, according to news reports from Africa. See also: The AFP report said a travel clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, warned travelers yesterday to stay away from Angola for at least a week. The clinic spokesman, Andrew Jamieson, said many people were considering evacuating their families from Angola. Today’s report did not give the total number of cases in the outbreak, which began last October. A Mar 23 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said 95 of 102 patients had died, for a case-fatality rate of 93% at that point. CIDRAP overview of Marburg hemorrhagic feverlast_img read more

Manchester retail: Bold Trafford

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Frustrated King to sell off Creston portfolio

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New York paints Black Lives Matter sign outside Trump Tower

first_imgAround a dozen volunteers from different organizations painted the slogan, with civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio picking up long-handled paint rollers to add some touches of their own.”A painting is a nice symbol, but it doesn’t address systemic racism in any way. So as cool as it is, it’s important to focus on that,” said Francie Brewster, a 17-year-old who had come to watch.Similar murals have been painted in other American cities in support of the BLM movement, which has been at the forefront of public consciousness following weeks of anti-racism protests.The demonstrations were sparked by the killing by police of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis in May. New York City on Thursday painted a huge Black Lives Matter sign on the pavement outside Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, replicating similar murals supporting the movement elsewhere in the United States.President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly assailed the Black Lives Matter movement, did not immediately comment on the sign, done in giant block lettering in school-bus yellow, which filled the pavement outside his flagship hotel.But when the plan was floated last month he accused the city’s Democratic leaders of “denigrating” the famous street with a “symbol of hate.” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed an area on her city’s 16th Street, a block from the White House, as Black Lives Matter Plaza, unveiling a giant yellow mural on that street. The area has become the epicenter of anti-racist demonstrations.Trump Tower, a luxury skyscraper near Central Park, is where Trump lived before leaving for the White House in January 2017.He stays there when he visits his hometown, although such visits have grown relatively rare. Residents in overwhelmingly Democratic New York remain largely hostile to his presidency.Trump has frequently clashed with De Blasio, a Democrat, as well as with New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.The president changed his official residence to Florida last year, but his business empire remains headquartered in the Big Apple.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal 3-1 Valencia: Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Gunners on course for Europa league final

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a crucial third goal against Valencia (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck in the last minute of normal time to give Arsenal a potentially crucial two-goal cushion heading into their second leg Europa League semi-final against Valencia.With Arsenal walking a tightrope between success and failure heading into the decisive stage of the season, the Gunners provided another reminder of their Jeykll and Hyde nature with an erratic but ultimately successful display.Unai Emery’s first season in charge of the Gunners has been mystifying at times, with the Gunners showing little consistency in their performance level or style of play from game to game.That said, there is a sense that Emery’s pushed this Arsenal squad to their maximum this term and that the inconsistencies are a by-product of what is a limited squad.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Mouctar Diakhaby gave Valencia a deserved lead (Picture: Getty)An opener for a confident Valencia side seemed inevitable and it came after 11 minutes when Mouctar Diakhaby out-jumped two Arsenal defenders at the back post to nod in Rodrigo’s header across the box.It was a deserved lead for the visitors, who had their crucial away goal with 80 minutes left on the night.Arsenal were worryingly nervous and Ainsley Maitland-Niles nearly gifted Valencia a second goal when a mix-up with Petr Cech nearly resulted in an own goal.But just as Valencia threatened to double their lead, Arsenal found a reply through Alexandre Lacazette to get back on level terms.Lacazette picked the ball up just inside his own half and threaded a perfectly-timed through ball to his striker partner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who used his blistering pace to burst through the visitors’ defence.Ozil ➡️ Lacazette ➡️ Aubameyang ➡️ Lacazette ➡️ 🥅Arsenal’s front three combine in the blink of an eye to level. 🔥— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2019Neto did well to close off the angle for Aubameyang but he showed his brilliance by steadying himself and picking out the unmarked Lacazette, who tapped into the empty net.Though Emery’s 3-4-1-2 formation was leaving Arsenal exposed down the flanks, it allows the Spaniard to play his two world class players in their best positions and it paid dividends with the equaliser.In the 23 games they’ve started together:Aubameyang: 13 goals, 4 assists.Lacazette: 9 goals and 7 assists.🔥🔥🔥🔥Live:— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 2, 2019Emery has chopped and changed between the pair this season but they’re a force to be reckoned with when the start together, scoring 22 goals between them in 23 starts.Lacazette has now scored in three consecutive seasons at this stage of the competition but he’s yet to feature in a final.But nodoby could accuse the Frenchman of not grasping the opportunity and he bagged his second of the night midway through the first half when he headed in Xhaka’s cross.Neto pushed Lacazette’s header onto the post but he was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line and Arsenal had a valuable lead.⚽️ 11′ Diakhaby⚽️ 18′ Lacazette⚽️ 26′ LacazetteLacazette scores his third goal in European semi-finals for the Gunners. No player has more for Arsenal.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2019The Gunners took a one-goal advantage into the break and the introduction of Torreira on the hour mark stemmed the flow of Valencia’s attacks.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Spanish threatened through substitute Kevin Gameiro but he was unable to keep his effort down after fine work near the touchline.Arsenal looked content to take a slender lead to Spain next Thursday but Aubameyang converted Sead Kolasinac’s cross in the last minute of normal time to give the Gunners a potentially crucial two-goal cushion.A huge moment in the tie! 👊2️⃣5️⃣ goals for the season for Aubameyang and this could be his biggest!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2019MORE: Chelsea set Europa League record after semi-final draw with Eintracht Frankfurt Arsenal 3-1 Valencia: Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Gunners on course for Europa league final 1 min. story Sean KearnsThursday 2 May 2019 10:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares by Metro Coming Next Emery made four changes to his side from Sunday’s defeat (PIcture: Getty)There really is no guarantee of what to expect from this Arsenal side and the Gunners displayed a full repertoire of their inconsistencies – both good and bad – in the game’s opening 30 minutes.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery made four changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Leicester on Sunday, restoring Mesut Ozil, Matteo Gunedouzi, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech to his starting line-up.The Gunners’ top four hopes have been put in jeopardy with three consecutive defeats and Arsenal started so hesitantly, allowing Valencia to progress through midfield with ease.Lucas Torreira was a surprise omission from midfield and his replacement, Guendouzi, was guilty of giving up possession that made for a nervous start from the home side. 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Guangdong Yudean Zhanjiang Wailuo OWF Moving Forward

first_imgLongyuan Zhenhua wind installation vessel; Image: China Longyuan Power Group Co.Guangdong Yuedian Qujie Wind Power has invested CNY 3.74 billion (approx. EUR 482 million) in the construction of the first phase of China’s Guangdong Yudean Zhanjiang Wailuo offshore wind farm, according to Chinese stock exchange websites. Furthermore, a joint venture between ZPMC and Jiangsu Longyuan Offshore Wind Power secured a contract for the project’s foundations and offshore substation.The project, located off the coast of Guangdong Province, will comprise 36 wind turbines with an output of 5.5MW each.The project’s general EPC contractor, Guangdong Electric Power Design & Research Institute, awarded the Jiangsu Longyuan Zhenhua Marine Engineering joint venture with the engineering, procurement and construction of the offshore wind farm’s monopiles and 220kV substation.Guangdong Yudean Zhanjiang Wailuo is the first domestic offshore wind project to be built with the general EPC contracting method and the first one in Guangdong Province to use large-diameter monopile foundations.The Guangdong Yuedian Qujie Wind Power investment was announced in the second half of March, and Jiangsu Longyuan Zhenhua Marine Engineering won the contract at the beginning of April.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Carnival Vista to Undergo Azipod Repairs in Bahamas

first_imgCarnival Cruise Line revealed that it would take its ship Carnival Vista out of service on July 9 for azipod repairs.The company said that the vessel will transit to Freeport, Bahamas, where it is scheduled to undergo repair at a dry dock.Carnival added that it is completing negotiations and planning with a shipping vessel operator on a protocol that will be “a first-of-its-kind procedure to facilitate the repair,” given the current lack of facilities at Grand Bahama Shipyard.The cruise major is working with ABB, the azipod manufacturer, to complete the repairs and return the Carnival Vista to Galveston for the scheduled July 27 sailing.last_img

Revered Muslim ruler dies in Nigeria

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Revered Muslim ruler dies in Nigeria by: – June 6, 2014 110 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Ado Bayero was a successful businessman and had worked as a banker, police officer, MP and diplomatThe emir of Kano, one of Nigeria’s most revered Muslim leaders and a vocal critic of the Islamist Boko Haram militants, has died, aged 83.Al-Haji Ado Bayero, on the throne of the northern city of Kano since 1963, died after a long illness.He was the longest-serving emir in Kano’s history and sought to reduce tensions with Nigeria’s Christians.Last year, he survived an attack on his convoy by suspected Boko Haram fighters.‘Peace builder’He will be buried after Friday prayers in Kano, according to Islamic tradition.Tens of thousands of people, including dignitaries from across Nigeria, are expected to attend despite the short notice.Although the Sultan of Sokoto is Nigeria’s most senior Muslim leader, the late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero was seen by many as the country’s most respected and influential emir.This is down to his long reign – he spent 50 years on the throne, his efforts to build peace and the way he always stayed out of Nigeria’s sometimes murky politics.Whenever there were tensions between Kano’s Hausa-speaking Muslim majority and the large number of mainly Christian Igbo businessmen in the city, he always intervened to calm the situation.As emir, he invested a great deal of time and effort to promote Kano’s durbar – the celebrations held at both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adhar. This has now become the biggest in Nigeria and is a huge tourist attraction.During the durbar, he rides a horse around Kano, accompanied by a troupe of his cavalry wearing colourful, traditional robes. Later, Kano residents queue up to pay homage to him.The emirate of Kano is close to the British crown and Prince Charles (C) and his mother have visitedThe emir of Kano turned the durbar into a huge tourist attractionThe durbar honours the power and heritage of the Hausa community of northern NigeriaDuring the emir’s 50 years on the throne, Nigeria has experienced a great deal of turmoil with military coups and unrest but he always stayed out of politics.He had recently returned home from London where he had been receiving treatment.President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from southern Nigeria, said the emir would be remembered for his “immense wisdom”.He used “his exalted throne to build bridges of unity, friendship and harmony across the nation”, the president said in a statement.Before he ascended to the throne, he worked as a banker, police officer, parliamentarian and diplomat; he was also a successful businessman.The emir’s driver and two guards were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters tried to assassinate him in January 2013.Boko Haram has accused traditional rulers of being too close to the political elite – just last week the emir of Gwoza was killed by suspected militants in the north-east.Correspondents say Nigeria’s traditional leaders hold few constitutional powers, but are able to exert significant influence especially in the mainly Muslim north where they are seen as custodians of both religion and tradition.Under British rule, the northern emirates were adopted as an integral part of the colonial administration and they became increasingly powerful.BBC Newslast_img read more