Don’t Miss Scarlett

first_imgCommercial growers harvest the grapes from around 1,200 Georgia acres each year.Gerard Krewer, a UGA extension horticulturist, figures nearly twice that many grow inthe state’s backyard gardens. But Scarlett’s taste, not its color, shines most in muscadine lovers’ eyes. “I decided to name it Scarlett because of the fruit’s color and in keeping with the ‘Gonewith the Wind’ theme which began with the release of Tara,” Ron Lane said. Lane released Tara, Scarlett’s sibling variety, in 1993. Both came from crossesbetween Summit and Triumph muscadines, which Lane also bred. Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlett O’Hara stood out among the other characters of herfamous novel. The new grape stands out, too. Unlike most muscadines, Scarlett’s fruitis red. Scarlett will be available this fall through Ison’s Nursery in Brooks, Ga., and Bottoms’Nursery in Concord, Ga. The two nurseries hold propagation rights to Scarlett underthe University’s patent. “Scarlett consistently rates very high in taste panel evaluations,” Lane said. “It’s anattractive fruit, and if the fruit looks good, a person is more apt to sample it.” In comparison tests, Scarlett produced higher yields and larger fruit than othervarieties. Over three years of testing, Scarlett produced an average of 76 pounds pervine.center_img Muscadine grapes are popular fresh fruit in the Southeast. They ripen in early fall,when few other fruits are in season. In field tests, Scarlett vines prove to be vigorous, productive and tolerant of mostmuscadine diseases. The fruit ripens over two to three weeks beginning in earlySeptember. Lane, a UGA horticulturist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,bred the new grape at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin. The fruit’s color is reminiscent of Higgins, a muscadine the Georgia Station released in1955. However, Scarlett is much brighter and cleaner than Higgins. The grapes grow well throughout the state except in the high mountains, Krewer said.They’re best planted in the dormant season. County extension agents can tell you howto grow them. Don’t expect a new grape to become as well-known as its namesake. But Scarlett, apatented muscadine variety being released by the University of Georgia, is likely toplease the state’s muscadine lovers.last_img read more

Chile Shines in Best Warrior 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 21, 2017 Chilean service members fought alongside their peers from the United States and the Czech Republic in the fifth 2017 Best Warrior competition (BWC) held from March 2nd to 4th at Camp Swift, Texas. The annual competition tests their abilities, strength, and resistance on the battlefield. BWC is held by the Texas National Guard to select the best warriors by testing their fighting skills, resistance, intelligence, physical fitness, and military knowledge. Taking part in the competition were 27 service members from the Texas National Guard and Texas Air National Guard, two service members from the Chilean Army, two from the Chilean Navy, and two from the Czech Army. The competition was divided into two categories – one for officers and the other for noncommissioned officers from various units of the participating services. Joint training “It’s worth the effort because it offers something more than a chance for service members to compete for a title,” said Sergeant Major Mark Weedon, the main advisor to the Texas National Guard, according to a press release from that service. “The true value of training comes from the learning that happens when working with other nations in real world operations,” he added. This was the second consecutive year that the Chilean Army was invited to the competition. The exchange is part of a cooperation agreement between Chile and the Texas National Guard under the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, which allows various military units from the United States and different countries to train together and share knowledge and experiences. The Chilean delegation was chosen in a national competition. “This competition was tough and demanding. The main challenge was facing off against service members from other countries, comparing our skills and capabilities under the same conditions and stresses,” said Corporal Second Class Juan Pablo Moncada, from the Chilean Army’s 14th Motorized Infantry Battalion “Aysen”, who took part in the competition. Demonstrating capabilities The three-day competition included 16 timed and marked trials, such as mock urban combat, physical fitness, weapons handling, marching with military gear, nighttime overland orienteering, telecommunications, written tests, personal interviews by a military commission, and battle exercises that are relevant to the current military operations environment. “The nighttime orienteering trial allowed me to put my training to the test. In our country [Chile], the terrain is quite different as far as the vegetation and orientation,” said Corporal 2nd Class Moncada, who came in eighth place in the noncommissioned officer category. “That trial was very hard. I will carry this experience with me through the rest of my career,” he assured. Corporal First Class Camilo Riffo, from the Chilean Army’s 16th Infantry Regiment “Talca”, took second place in the noncommissioned officer category and won the marching trial, which was over 12 miles. “For the Chilean Army, this was hugely positive, despite our scant years of participation. The main impact is the motivational aspect of the personnel,” said Colonel Alejandro Kluck Valenzuela, head of Command Operations Efficiency Department 2 at the Land Operations Command of the Chilean Army. Chilean service members have shared these kinds of experiences through other military events in recent years. For instance, Chile participates in PANAMAX, a multinational exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, which is a maritime training for protecting the Panama Canal and the Central American region. According to Col. Kluck, this invitation to participate is an “endorsement for the way training is being conducted in the Chilean Army. In addition to marking our presence in high-level competitions and demonstrating our own abilities to the other participating armies, we are brought closer in our interpersonal relations by being subjected to the same extreme demands.” For Chile, it is, “an honor to be considered to take part in such an important competition. We hope to be able to compete every time we have the option to do so,” Col. Kluck said. “This shows the seriousness and the professionalism with which all of the members of this institution work, day in and day out, to be an Army that is committed to its nation and that is decisively advancing towards an increasingly brighter future,” he concluded.last_img read more

Guaidó: ‘There is an intervention today in Venezuela, and it’s by Cubans’

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA)/ Edited by Diálogo Staff May 12, 2020 Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó spoke with Voice of America and provided details about his plan to create a “National Emergency Government” through a State Council, and warned about the crisis that the country is undergoing due to the coronavirus pandemic.Guaidó, who is also the president of the National Assembly, said that Nicolás Maduro currently “seems to be isolated, cornered. His options are gone because he lacks popular support.”“He [Maduro] is going to do what he always does: downplay, divert attention. And at this moment, there is no room for that,” he added.Guaidó reiterated that the idea to create a joint State Council first arose in talks held in Barbados in 2019. “Many are trying to find a solution to this, including those who are still supporting a dictator,” he said.This proposal gained U.S. support days after it was submitted. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even said that sanctions could be lifted if the conditions were met.The Maduro regime has already said that it will not accept any “tutelage” from a foreign power.“They should be sensible and listen to what the international community is offering and to what Venezuelans are pushing for: a solution to the conflict,” Guaidó told VOA.While he said that discussing who would make up the Council isn’t possible yet, he said that members couldn’t be linked to terrorism, narcotrafficking, human rights violations, or corruption.He said that this transition sought with the “emergency government” is not only “imminent,” but also necessary for “Venezuela to survive,” and it is the common goal of the Venezuelan opposition.“The transition in Venezuela is a fact. How long is it going to take? It will require efforts from all Venezuelans. And today, more than ever, I celebrate the, let’s say, political maturity we have reached, not only from the people of Venezuela, but also its leaders.”When asked whether the naval operation that the United States announced in the Caribbean could generate expectations in some social sectors about a possible military intervention, Guaidó said that “there is an intervention today in Venezuela, and it’s by Cubans through the G2, intelligence, and counterintelligence.”He said that the island “must answer whether they use the country for narcotrafficking or for ideology and oil only.”last_img read more

Arsenal set to seal Gabriel transfer as he completes medical despite Manchester United interest

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 9:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.6kShares Gabriel had offers from Everton, Napoli and Arsenal before United’s late bid (Picture: Getty)However, Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that Gabriel is set to put pen to paper on a contract with the Gunners and the deal could even be rubberstamped on Saturday morning.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe only stumbling block now is whether United return with another eleventh hour improved offer for Gabriel, with the Red Devils yet to follow up on their initial approach.Although Napoli had matched Arsenal’s offer for the defender, he prefers the deal tabled by the north London club and is excited to test himself in the Premier League.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIn a further boost to Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Lille star, The Times claims Gabriel has already completed a medical at the club’s London Colney training ground.The contract he has been offered will run until 2025, with Arteta having made a new left-sided centre-back his top priority to strengthen the defence. Arsenal set to seal Gabriel transfer as he completes medical despite Manchester United interest Advertisement Arteta is keen to bolster his options at centre-back this summer (Picture: Getty)Gabriel will compete for a place in the starting XI along with 19-year-old William Saliba, who was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last season, as well as David Luiz and Pablo Mari.Arteta is prepared to offload a host of defenders once Gabriel’s signing has been confirmed, with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi all up for sale.MORE: Willian pleads with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and help challenge for Premier League titlesMORE: Arsenal to fund summer transfer spree by putting 10 first team players up for saleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img The Brazilian defender has been weighing up his options (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hope to announce a deal for Lille star Gabriel imminently with the defender ready to commit to the Gunners unless Manchester United return with an improved offer, according to reports.Mikel Arteta’s side appeared to have won the race for the 22-year-old centre-back after agreeing a £22.7million deal, only for United to make a last-minute attempt to hijack the transfer.Gabriel asked for more time to consider his options, having also been presented with an offer to join Serie A side Napoli. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Victory Chassis moving to Des Moines on July 1

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – In a continued effort to provide industry-leading service and support, Victory Chassis will move to its state-of-the-art Karl Performance facility at 5927 NE Industry Drive in Des Moines, Iowa, 50313 effective July 1. All Victory Chassis fabrication, repairs and technical support will be available at the same location as the company’s award-winning machine shop.Regular business hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CST Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Karl Auto Parts and Performance in Boone will continue to provide a full line of racing and high performance products and engines that Central Iowa has relied upon for many years.For more information on the Karl family of companies, visit www.KarlPerformance.com. Phone numbers for Victory Chassis and Karl Performance are 515 963-8788 and 888 771-5574.last_img read more

Spring birding gathering at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, May 4

first_imgConnersville, In. — The Indiana Audubon Society is hosting its annual spring birding gathering at its Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, outside Connersville, on May 4.  The event includes a multitude of speakers, field hikes, as well as bird watching field trips to nearby Brookville Reservoir.The Saturday evening keynote speaker will include Tom Swinford, assistant director for the DNR Division of Nature Preserves.  Tom will highlight the state’s nature preserves, now over 50 years old, and the great habitats they preserve all around the state, now totaling over 280 properties.Other programs will look at special bird destinations around the state and world, including a birding Cuba presentation.  Evening hikes to seek out sanctuary owls will also be offered that evening.Early bird registration for the weekend events are $32.00 through April 14, and include lunch and dinner Saturday.  Youth rates are also available.  Registration can be found online here.For more information about the weekend festival, call (765) 827-5109.  Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is located at 3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd, Connersville.  To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society click here.last_img read more

Mata enjoying life under Mourinho

first_img Press Association “I feel it, I’m very happy and enjoying training with the new manager, and I hope I can improve on the last two seasons.” Mata and the five other Blues players involved in the Confederations Cup – Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar and John Obi Mikel – missed the tour of Asia and joined up with the Blues squad for the remainder of the pre-season fixtures in the United States. The last 10 days have been former Valencia midfielder Mata’s first taste of working under Mourinho, who called him earlier in the summer to assure him he was part of his plans. Mata, who has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge, hopes the current squad can achieve similar successes to those enjoyed in Mourinho’s first spell, from June 2004 to September 2007, when they won back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles and numerous domestic cup competitions. “We’re really looking forward to starting the season with him and we are all excited about it,” Mata added. “Jose did a really great job here a few years ago and I think that we can do it again.” Meanwhile, David Luiz will miss Chelsea’s match with Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday, the Blues have announced. The 26-year-old returned from a post-Confederations Cup holiday to join Jose Mourinho’s squad for their tour to the United States and played 30 minutes of the match with Inter Milan last Thursday. However, Luiz did not train with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and has been ruled out of the Real match for an unspecified reason. Chelsea wrote on Twitter: “While the other lads trained, @DavidLuiz_4 completed his own workout. He won’t play against Real tomorrow.” Spain playmaker Juan Mata is keen to demonstrate his talent under Jose Mourinho after impressing during his first two seasons at Chelsea.center_img World Cup-winner Mata has established himself as a key figure in the Blues squad, and if he was unsettled by suggestions he would be used as a makeweight in the pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney – claims Chelsea swiftly dismissed – he is now intent on proving his worth. “Everyone wants to feel important for the club,” Mata said. last_img read more

Other Sports Budget Caps, New Cars And New Rules – Formula One’s New Blueprint For 2021

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Austin: Formula One launched a radical, cut-price, slower vision of the sport when a package of new financial, sporting and technical regulations to be introduced from 2021 were unveiled. In a dramatic overhaul revealed in Austin on Thursday, the American owners of the commercial rights, Liberty Media, introduced budget caps, a new car and rules designed to develop closer and more environmentally-friendly racing. It was the first time all of the main parts of the sport and its business had been reviewed and reformed in a single three-part package that was approved by the World Motor Sport Council of the governing body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) earlier Thursday.  Ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix Formula One’s chief executive Chase Carey hailed the successful passage and publication of the package as “a watershed moment”. And FIA president Jean Todt said it would signal a “major change in how the pinnacle of motorsports would be run”. The teams are to be limited to a budget of 175 million dollars per season for their on-track performance – about half of estimated current budgets for the top outfits — with new heavier and slower cars, which will continue to be powered by the current hybrid turbo-charged engines.  The season will also expand to a maximum of 25 races, a figure that is sure to alarm many in the sport. The current season has 21 races.Carey said he believed the new rules showed respect for the DNA of F1, which had been a key point of argument during the last two years of talks between the stake-holders with the richest teams preventing a more extreme set of changes.  “For the first time, we have addressed the technical, sporting and financial aspects all at once,” said Todt, speaking via video link. “The 2021 regulations have been a truly collaborative effort and I believe this to be a great achievement.”   Casey, who was joined at the announcement by F1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn and the FIA’s head of technical matters Nikolas Tombazis, said it had always been their goal to “improve the competition and action on the track and at the same time make the sport a healthier and attractive business for all.  ‘Push the boundaries’  “The approval of the rules is a watershed moment and will help deliver more exciting wheel to wheel racing.” Todt said F1 wanted to become a leader in creating much cleaner fuel with a higher level of renewable content, reaching 20 per cent by 2021. “We will continue to work on new technologies to push the boundaries,” he said.  The budget cap will not cover drivers’ payments and excludes the costs of the three highest-paid members of a team’s staff, but even that may not be enough to ensure the new package has the backing of Ferrari. Team boss Mattia Binotto said the Italian team, the biggest and most important brand involved, would review their position. Last weekend, he said it would “a shame” to exercise the team’s controversial historic right to a veto.  Brawn said that the new financial rules were “the dramatic change” that would have most effect. He said they were essential for the future of the sport. “We’ve tried for these in the past and we’ve not been successful,” he said. “I think the crucial thing about the financial regulations now is that they are part of the FIA regulations. So the sanctions for breaching financial regulations will be sporting penalties of some sort, depending on the severity of the breach.”Also Read | Lewis Hamilton Not Worried As He Nears Sixth Formula One TitleHe added that in the past a resources restriction had been tried. “It was a gentlemen’s agreement between the teams,” he said.  “But, well, there’s not many gentlemen in the paddock I’m afraid and so that was a failure. But this has teeth. If you fraudulently breach the financial regulations, you will lose your championship. It has serious consequences…”last_img read more

49ers sign Benjamin, Compton to one-year free agent deals

first_img49ers sign Benjamin, Compton to one-year free agent deals Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Wide receiver Travis Benjamin and offensive lineman Tom Compton have signed one-year deals with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.Benjamin is a ninth-year pro who has caught 19 touchdown passes and returned four punts for scores in his eight NFL seasons in Cleveland (2012-15) and with the Chargers (2016-19). His 2019 season was cut short by a thigh injury.Also a ninth-year pro, Compton is joining his sixth team in the last six seasons. After playing for Washington from 2012-15, Compton played in Atlanta (2016), Chicago (2017), Minnesota (2018) and for the Jets last year. Compton has played in 101 career games, including 14 for the Jets, five of them starts.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 3, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

GFF President calls Gold cup qualification ‘a win for all’’

first_imgPresident of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde said qualifying for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification was the collective achievement of everyone who has contributed to Guyana’s football and it will take a further joint effort to reap the full benefits.Releasing a full statement today, the GFF boss said that “Qualifying for the men’s CONCACAF Gold Cup is an achievement that belongs to the entire nation. I want to dedicate this moment to everyone in Guyana who loves football: anyone who has ever coached a team, played the game, managed a club, any organisation, company or person that has sponsored or supported football, and anyone who has ever contributed at an administrative level. This is our collective victory. It could not have been achieved without you. So many great football servants have gone before us and we stand on the shoulders of those giants.It is truly a very humbling experience for me to be at the helm of the sport at this time and to share this extraordinary accomplishment with the other dedicated members of the GFF Executive Committee, who contribute in equal measure to the intense work and many sacrifices this qualification campaign demanded of us all. I feel a deep sense of pride for the sport, in particular, which has had its challenges both on and off the field for many decades.The sum of all tourism promotion and advertising cannot surpass the global visibility that the CONCACAF Gold Cup will bring to Guyana. When our boys walk out on to the pitch for their first game, the millions of people that will be watching either live or on television around the world – will Google “Guyana”. I would like to call on all our stakeholders from politics to business to appreciate the magnitude of this opportunity and to work with us to embrace its potential.What action those fans around the world take after that Google search will be vastly influenced by what pops up, so let’s give them good content and a good impression of our nation – its beautiful landscape and wildlife, its investment opportunities, its people, its sporting talent, and its culture. Let’s show our country in the best possible light.There is still a tremendous amount of work required in order to lay a robust and lasting foundation for the sustainable development of our sport. We are finally moving in the right direction, but we need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success. The GFF cannot overhaul football without the help of corporate Guyana, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders. A well-run sport will produce well-rounded men and women – Guyana wins when football wins.”last_img read more