Irrigation Maintenance

first_imgExposed to weather and wildlife during the winter months, irrigation systems can incur a multitude of problems during the growing season if they are not addressed now, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist.“Anything will get worn, damaged or aged from being left in the weather and elements,” Porter said. “Now is a good time to replace parts to prevent them from failing during the crop season.”When it is time to begin irrigation treatments, systems should be ready to use, not in need of repair. To ensure readiness, growers are advised to check for and resolve existing issues.According to UGA Extension Bulletin 1452, “Spring Center Pivot and Lateral Irrigation System Preparation,” preventative maintenance on the power unit should be conducted several weeks before operation. Also, service the engines, check for damage to fuel lines and wires, grease service points and driveshafts, etc.Check for signs of wear or deterioration in the pumping system. Ensure that parts are sufficiently lubricated, and service the lubrication control system if necessary. Additionally, see that the discharge piping is well supported and bolted properly.In general, ensure that all lines and piping are clear and free of leaks.“If there were freezing temperatures, growers should really check for any cracks in the piping,” Porter said.With the pivot fully operational, check for proper flow and make sure that there is no clogging or damage to the sprinklers. At this time, drain valves should also be inspected. Check the pressure and compare the readings to the manufacturer’s sprinkler chart. Investigate further if the pressures read conflict with the guide, as this may be a sign of a problem.Porter said tires should be checked for any dry rot or leaking. If any tire is in question, change it now.Growers should look at gearboxes and drivelines, repair any damaged shields and make sure that driveshafts are not bent or damaged. The pivot should be greased, bolts should be fastened and end-gun watering angles should be set properly. It is important to avoid spraying public roads, because doing so can become a liability issue. Additionally, ensure that there are no cracks or leaks in the hoses and seals.To avoid damage to the system or anything in its path, safety circuits should be tested to ensure all safety and stop switches are working. Remember to use proper safety procedures when checking the electrical system, as the pivots operate at a deadly voltage.“If growers have any questions, they should contact their county Extension agents,” Porter said.(Julia Rodriquez is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

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Alpena Community College to Host a Number of Events for MLK Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMonday, January 15th the nation will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and here in Alpena a number of events will be taking place.Alpena Community College will serve up a chili dinner from 5 until 6:15 pm. All proceeds will go towards the ‘Wash Your Coat’ community program that provides free laundry services to those in need.The college will continue their celebrations at 6:30 pm with winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.At 7 pm attendees can head over to the Newport Center in room 106 to enjoy Thunder Bay Theatre’s MLK performance and discussion: “How Do We Use What Dr. King Taught Us?”For more details on each event, call 989–340–1171.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious U.S. Coast Guard Warns Northern Michiganders Use Caution During Outdoor Winter ActivitiesNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser to Benefit Future Programslast_img read more

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Ex Arsenal defender arrested

first_img Tags: Emmanuel Ebuoe Emmanuel Eboue was in Uganda last weekEx Arsenal FC footballer Emmanuel Eboue has been arrested on suspicion of arson, days after leaving Uganda.Emmanuel Eboue arrived in Uganda on Tuesday 20th June   for charity purposes and departed the country early last week.The former defender, 35 was   held by cops probing the alleged attack outside his home in Enfield North London.He is currently being quizzed by detectives in custody on suspicion of Arson and malicious communications outside of his home on Saturday 7th July.A police statement read “ police investigating an alleged arson at a residential address in Enfield on Saturday 30th June, arrested a 35year old man on suspicion of arson and malicious communications outside the address.” Mirror reports.He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains.Eboue has spoken out recently about his heartbreaking downward spiral that has left him feeling abandoned.“All I want is to return to football once more because I feel I have the possibilities, Ebue said early this year.“I don’t have my kids and no one on my side I just feel abandoned nowadays.The defender spent seven years in the premier league and pocketed millions of pounds during his time with Arsenal.He then moved to Galatasary on a 3.5 million move before transferring to Sunderland where he stayed until 2016 having not made a single appearance.Comments last_img read more

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Chelsea v Villa: Costa and Oscar start

first_imgAs expected, Diego Costa returns to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Oscar also starts. Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker and Andreas Weimann start for Villa after recovering from illness. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Cissokho, Baker, Senderos, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor.Subs: Given, Clark, Bacuna, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Klamath River full of kings

first_imgIf you want action, the Klamath River has plenty to offer at the moment. The fishing has been pretty spectacular for almost two weeks now, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Currently, the river is plugged with jacks (two-year-old male salmon) as well as adult steelhead. And there’s a good mix of small adult kings around now too. But with over an inch of rain this week, this could really entice the bulk of the run to make their way in …last_img read more

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Activism against violence gets a year-long extension

first_img“When there’s a threat, that’s when we must act. That’s how we can stop violence,” Minister Susan Shabangu reminded guests. (Image: Crimeline). Shamin ChibbaThis year’s 16 Days of Activism might have ended on 10 December as usual, but South Africa started its own campaign the day after that will keep the activism going for the next year.Crime Line South Africa and the Department of Women have launched 365 Days of Activism, a year-long programme designed to curb violence against women and children. The campaign comes after President Jacob Zuma said 16 Days of Activism should be extended.Speaking at the launch at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton, on 11 December, Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu said violence against women and children was a problem that was eating into society. Fighting against it for just 16 days was not enough. Activism needed to continue until women and children were no longer threatened, she said.“We are here to take forward the ‘Count me in’ initiative and to appeal to society not to look away. We need to rid our communities, neighbourhoods and backyards of abuse and violence. Activism can never be over until women feel safe in South Africa and children are free to play.”Referring to the strangling of a 27-year-old woman in her Midrand, Gauteng home on Wednesday, 10 December, Shabangu said this was more of a reason to continue activism throughout the year. “I call upon all of us to break the silence so that it doesn’t come to you to feel the pain.”Shabangu also spoke about the stigma of abuse, saying that when society was judgemental, victims of violence were unable to speak up. “We must be proactive in dealing with violence and not wait until an incident occurs before we react to violence… When there’s a threat, that’s when we must act. That’s how we can stop violence.” Justice system must “wake up”Yusuf Abramjee, the head of Crime Line, said more pressure needed to be applied on the Department of Justice or South Africa would lose its battle against crime. “This Department of Justice must wake up. As long as the justice system doesn’t get its act together, we won’t win this war against crime.”The campaign would also start national and provincial dialogues in communities to help influence policies and laws aimed at ending violence against women and children, he added. “We will be going to both urban and rural communities to have community dialogues as we want to listen to the people and the challenges that they face in the fight against this scourge.”Radio presenter Xolani Gwala said there had to come a point at which people stopped fighting with each and instead started to co-operate. “We have a robust democracy, we wanted this. We fight about a lot of things. But where is the point where we say, ‘We should stop fighting and start co-operating?’ When do we work together for the good of this country?” Digital clockCrime Line launched a digital clock at midnight, 12 December. It will count down every second of the 365 Days campaign. Abramjee said the Crime Line Department of Women clock was meant to remind people that each day was for activism against violence against women. It featured the contact details of NGOs and other organisations that could help victims of abuse and violence.The campaign would use the social media primary hashtags #365Days and #CountMeIn with a message every day on Twitter and Facebook for the next year.Spread to Southern AfricaAbramjee said it would be taken to Lesotho, Namibia and even Zambia. He hoped that in time the message would spread outside Southern Africa throughout the continent.Lesotho’s minister for gender and youth, sports and recreation, Thesele Maseribane, was also at the event, and said Lesotho would participate in the campaign. Southern African countries needed to employ aggressive strategies to beat crime. “We will do everything in our power to address gender-based violence. We believe that gender-based violence is an international problem,” he said.last_img read more

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Invitation: Media tours to showcase South Africa’s competitiveness

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 12 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and other partners, will profile various areas of South Africa’s competitiveness to both Chinese and African media ahead of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation. FOCAC will be hosted by South Africa from 3-5 December 2015.As part of the build up to FOCAC 2015, Brand South Africa, DIRCO and other partners have selected three days to profile and position South Africa’s competitiveness in the areas of science, technology and archeology; business and investment; as well as arts, culture and heritage.Media are invited to participate in any of the programmes listed hereunder. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.All logistical arrangements will be taken care of by the hosts including Brand South Africa and DIRCO. A more detailed programme will be made available closer to the time.Day 1: Friday 27 NovemberProfiling South Africa’s competitive business environment• Chinese companies based in South Africa• JSEHosted by the Department of Trade and IndustryDay 2: Monday 30 NovemberProfiling South Africa’s science, technology and archaeology• Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory• Interaction with the Square Kilometre Array• Maropeng at the Cradle of HumankindHosted by the National Research FoundationDay 3: Tuesday 1 DecemberProfiling South Africa’s arts, culture and heritage• Soweto• Constitution Hill• and moreHosted by Gauteng TourismPlease RSVP to:Tsabeng [email protected] 371 6810Kelly [email protected] 928 4285last_img read more

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Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak Signs MultiYear Partnership with ASICS Canada

first_imgASICS Canada announces partnership with Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak (CNW Group/ASICS Canada) With her eyes set on Tokyo 2020, her training regime will include both time in and out of the pool over the next three years. “As I prepare for Tokyo 2020, I am thrilled to partner with a sportswear giant like ASICS.  Working with a supportive partner that believes in who I am and what I need enables me to focus on evolving as an athlete,” says Penny Oleksiak. “ASICS was a natural fit for me, because of the access I will now have to the best technology in both footwear and performance apparel. Land training is critical to competitive swimming, and this partnership will enable me to reach new levels as a competitor.”This marks the first major endorsement deal for Penny Oleksiak. Together, ASICS Canada believes they can demonstrate the company’s high-caliber performance technology, while continuing to motivate and inspire a new generation of athletes of all levels. While campaign specific details are still being finalized, you definitely expect to hear and see a lot more from ASICS Canada and Penny Oleksiak.About AsicsASICS was founded with the intention of contributing to society by fostering the health & wellness of people through sport. For over 60 years, we have embodied the principles on which the company was founded, developing products that support quality lifestyles through intelligent sport technology that enable our consumers to live happy, healthy and active lives. Today, ASICS is a multinational organization specializing in sports footwear and apparel, operating in 50+ regions around the world. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO, July 6, 2017  – Today, ASICS Canada is proud to announce Canadian Olympic gold medalist, Penny Oleksiak, has signed a four-year partnership with the performance and lifestyle footwear and apparel brand.The 17-year-old Toronto native captured the hearts of proud Canadians during her record-setting success at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, where she became the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at a single summer Games. She became Canada’s youngest-ever Olympic champion after tying for the gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle and was selected to carry the Canadian flag into the closing ceremony.  Penny’s impressive list of accomplishments to date is only the beginning, and ASICS Canada is hoping to support her as she continues on her quest to own the podium.“Penny is an inspiration, and her tenacity, skill and positive competitive spirit aligns perfectly with the direction ASICS is heading in Canada. She embodies the athletic spirit we celebrate as a brand, as well as naturally demonstrates sportsmanship,” says Richard Sullivan, President of ASICS Canada. “Having watched Penny compete at Rio 2016, she not only made the country proud, but displayed her passion for sport. We couldn’t be happier to have her join the ASICS team and be a part of her training journey.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Football Ohio State coaches mostly rated meets expectation in 2016 performance reviews

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State football coaches, including coach Urban Meyer and each assistant coach who remains on the staff from the 2016 season, either exceeded or met expectations in their overall ratings, according to performance evaluations obtained by The Lantern through a public-records request.Meyer was reviewed by Athletics Director Gene Smith while Meyer evaluated every assistant coach. The reviews were conducted in June. Each assistant coach rated himself in a variety of categories and added comments and goals with input from Meyer. The head coach added overall comments at the bottom of the documents.Reviews of former co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck and former co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner were not completed because they departed before reviews took place. Urban MeyerDespite reaching the College Football Playoff, Meyer received a “performance meets expectations” when determining the competitive success of the program. “Reaching the CFP represents another milestone!” Smith wrote in Meyer’s review.Meyer earned an overall rating of “exceeds expectations.” He was given exceptionally high reviews for Ohio State’s off-field performance. “The academic performance of all students represented the best in many years,” Smith wrote. “Embedded with that is the ever growing positive culture. The young men represent the highest character almost across the board. Urban’s continued approach as an excellent community engager (all communities) is significant for the entire university.”According Smith’s review, Meyer’s performance exceeded expectations in the academic success of the program, commitment to compliance, “student-athlete welfare,” leadership and “public relations/donor relations.”  The head coach met, but did not exceed, expectations with his communication and budget management.Smith noted that Meyer should continue to strive for a team GPA of above 3.0, which, according to Meyer’s contract, would result in the coach receiving a $50,000 bonus. Meyer was told to continue to focus on “cultural and behavioral issues all students face,” to “think outside of the box on education about these issues” and to recruit “the most talented and gifted players and put them in position to win championships.” Greg SchianoDespite having only worked with the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach for one season, Meyer called defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano the “best coach I’ve worked with.”Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano shakes hands with players prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.In his first year with Ohio State last season, Schiano worked with Fickell as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He is one of two coaches to give himself a five out of five — which means he exceeded expectations — in his overall rating as a coach.Unsurprisingly, given first-round draft pick Malik Hooker’s ascendance last season, Schiano earned positive comments from Meyer based on his unit’s strength and performance, development of his unit, and recruiting. The head coach also gave Schiano positive reviews for his leadership of the defensive staff, creativity in the system, loyalty and his demand of accountability.Schiano positively evaluated his unit’s productivity, position productivity, player development, teaching methods, “thirst for knowledge” and “selfless recruiting.” The defensive coordinator noted he should work on patience, enlisting Meyer’s support earlier in the recruiting cycle and turning administrative paperwork in on time.Larry JohnsonOhio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson walks to the practice field at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Having developed and recruited one of the more dominant units in college football, it comes as no surprise that defensive line coach Larry Johnson was the second of the two assistant coaches who gave himself a five out of five overall rating, which means the coach exceeded expectations.Johnson earned positive comments from Meyer for his recruiting, player development, unit performance, loyalty, ability to get players to the NFL, “expertise at his trade” and his motivation of the team. Meyer wrote that Johnson should use his motivational skills more often.In the review, Meyer noted Johnson needed to work on continuing to develop young players and enhance defensive game planning.Kerry CoombsCornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, whom Meyer calls an “elite coach,” earned high marks for his productivity and development of his players on the field. Coombs determined the cornerback play was “very effective” and highlighted the development of first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs fires up the team prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Coombs rated his recruiting as exceeding expectations and Meyer listed it as a positive. The cornerback coach noted the Buckeyes had a “very good [2017] class both in area recruiting and position recruiting.” But Meyer also noted Coombs had “too many misses in recruiting.”Given the loss of Lattimore and Conley, Meyer noted Coombs needed to work on development of young players and said it would be key for the 2017 season. He mentioned Coombs needed to continue enhancing special teams and work on game planning due to his additional responsibilities as assistant coordinator, defense.The head coach listed Coombs’ loyalty, special teams enhancement and motivation, enthusiasm and energy in all aspects of the program, staff chemistry, leadership of the freshman class and unit performance as positives.Coombs wrote that even though punt, kick return and kickoff units reached “Ohio State Standards” last season, the Buckeyes’ punt return must improve this year. The special teams coordinator also noted that Tyler Durbin, a walk-on kicker, exceeded expectations and punter Cameron Johnston was honored as first-team All-Big Ten. Zach SmithThough wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith wrote his goals were to be the “Best in America” as a recruiter, wide receiver coach, unit leader and staff member, he was the only two coaches to give himself a three out of five — meaning he marginally met expectations — on his productivity and development of his players on the field.Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Meyer wrote that Smith needed to work on the unit behavior, referring to “last year failures.” He also mentioned Smith needed to work on his unit strength, “equating the meeting room,” “personal matters,” “focusing on the task” and special teams.Smith earned positive comments for his creativity in recruiting, with his unit and the offense as a whole. Meyer noted Smith’s knowledge of the offense as a positive, but said he needed to use it. The receiver coach’s recruiting, adaptivity to new coordinators and enhancement of his unit’s offseason schedules, were positively evaluated by Meyer.The wideout coach wrote that he should enhance his productivity in recruiting, with the goal to “be the best.”Tony AlfordRunning backs coach and assistant head coach for offense Tony Alford gave himself a four out of five, meeting expectations for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Running back Mike Weber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016 when he rushed for 1,096 yards. But Alford noted he needs to get more production from the backup running backs.Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Alford earned positive reviews for his recruiting, “development of his unit,” loyalty, staff chemistry and “preaching of Ohio State culture.” Meyer noted that he has had “zero issues” with the running backs off the field and mentioned the unit had a strong cohesion.According to Meyer’s review, the third-year Ohio State assistant coach must work on “equating the meeting room,” game-planning, speaking in front of the team and becoming the best in the country.Alford wrote that one of his goals is to continue on the path of professional growth in order to obtain a head coaching job. He also listed having his unit held in high regard by the team and coaching staff as a goal.Greg StudrawaThough two players — right guard Billy Price and center Pat Elflein — earned first-team All-American honors last season, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa gave himself either a three or four out of five (both were circled on the evaluation) in terms of his overall rating as a coach.Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.He evaluated himself as a three out of five — marginally meeting expectations — for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Studrawa wrote he needs the unit to improve pass protection and finish blocks more consistently. The need for improvement extended off the field as the offensive line coach evaluated himself as marginally meeting expectations for his off-field social productivity and development, writing he needs to “continue to stress social behavior.”Studrawa wrote that his goals are to have the best offensive line in the country, improve at staying involved in players’ lives outside of football and a continuation of leadership development.Studrawa earned high marks from Meyer for his passion, creativity and productivity in recruiting, as well as his caring for players and family involvement.According Meyer’s review, the offensive line coach must work on improving his unit’s culture, specifically its toughness and fundamentals. Meyer also noted Studrawa needs to work on improving “unit pride,” his value in the offensive staff room, “ownership and understanding of the offense,” and his relationships with the staff, including strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Meyer also mentioned Studrawa need to work on his use of sarcasm. There is “no place for it,” Meyer wrote.View the full performance evaluations here: Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, Larry Johnson, Kerry Coombs, Zach Smith, Tony Alford, Greg Studrawa read more

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