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first_imgAdding nitrogen to fertilize their crop is a substantial expense corn farmers have to consider when calculating their bottom line. A University of Georgia scientist hopes to help lower that cost by planting clover and corn together.With a $224,000 grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, UGA researcher Nicholas Hill is beginning a three-year study of Durana white clover as living mulch in integrated corn systems. Bacteria take nitrogen from the atmosphere and change it into a form that plants can use. Working with the bacteria in the soil, white clover fixes nitrogen in its leaves. This reduces the amount of fertilizer farmers have to apply to add nitrogen. For the research project, a field is planted in white clover during the fall. Once nitrogen fixation begins, the clover absorbs the nutrients and stores it in its leaves. Corn is planted into strips of white clover that were treated with herbicides in the spring. Once the corn is planted and established, it continues to grow and shade the clover. The clover drops its leaves, and the dead leaves decompose, releasing nitrogen into the soil. The clover is tolerant of corn herbicides and grows back after the corn is harvested. “If we’re real lucky and have a good winter and a lot of clover growth, we can supply the nitrogen requirement for the corn by the clover,” said Hill, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural Sciences.Not having to apply nitrogen could potentially save corn growers a substantial amount of money. Hill remembers when nitrogen sold for 15 cents per pound. Today, that number has risen to between 65 and 75 cents. If a farmer applies 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre — which is not uncommon — farmers could spend between $130-150 per acre on fertilizer.“What we hope will eventually happen is we’ll have a system where corn producers won’t require nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen prices seem to just continually go up, and grain prices don’t necessarily go up,” Hill said. Hill also expects to see water quality increase in the clover/corn fields and water runoff and soil erosion decrease. The clover will suppress weeds, like Palmer amaranth, between the rows, so herbicide usage will decrease, too.“We want to make sure we can get by with fewer inputs without compromising the yield of the crop,” he said.For more on UGA CAES corn research, see the website read more

Go Skiing: Beech Mountain Resort

first_imgThe post Thanksgiving blues can come on pretty quick in the Blue Ridge. After the holiday passes there is usually a lull in the season. The leaves have gone from explosion of natural beauty and wonder to yard work annoyance. The weather can be unpredictable, or predictably wet, dreary, and depressing. A lot of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is usually spent indoors, waiting for the snow to fall and for winter to take hold. I am all for cozy chairs, warm fires, and good books (or magazines like Blue Ridge Outdoors – wink), but we are active people and cabin fever strikes us early and often. Well, not this year people. This year, the snow god Ullr has smiled upon the Southeast in the form of snow and cold temperatures. Time to get out of the house, bust out the ski gear from the shed, and hit the slopes this weekend.Beech Resort outside Boone, N.C. is planning to open Friday, so get the drop on everybody else and be there for first chair. The limited number of open slopes will actually work in your favor, preventing you from overdoing it on the first day. Nothing is worse than ruining a season by picking up a nagging – or heaven forbid, season ending – injury on day one. Use this time to get your ski legs back under you by easy-styling it and taking frequent breaks (a mid-day beer never hurt either). Day one is also a great time to evaluate your gear from last season to make sure everything is in working order, and to find out what needs to be put on your Christmas list this year. Winter is here folks. Time to shred.View Larger Maplast_img read more

5 ways leaders rock employee recognition

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I was grocery shopping the other day (Yes, this sometimes happens). A mom with two small kids in tow kept up a constant stream of chatter: “Great job pushing the cart, Stella, you are so smart.” “Good work picking out a pepper, Max, now put it back.” It went on and on – kids do something/anything, mother responds with a positive affirmation, kids do another something, mother reacts. This is so awesome to see in action. I’m in aisle 10 and it continues. There is a giant metaphor unfolding as I seek out my coconut water.You rock. You’re so special. Nice job putting your toys away. On and on it goes: reflexive praise for doing the right thing and, in many cases, the not-so-right thing. We’re becoming a culture in which people expect to be rewarded for drawing breath and taking up space, which makes the job of an HR pro or business leader tasked with employee retention a difficult one indeed. If many of your employees expect routine and social praise and “badges”, how can you recognize extraordinary achievement? When should recognition and reward be linked?In many organizations recognition and financial reward are joined at the hip.  An employee does something above and beyond and receives a gift card or a lunch with the boss; a team achieves a goal and is rewarded with a party. These rewards, however, can backfire; they tell the employee that he or she is worth n dollars to the organization for some level of effort. In my opinion this approach misses the point of recognition: people are motivated by more than money. People crave positive feedback, recognition they put in extra effort, acknowledgement of leaders and peers, the glow that comes with knowing an achievement has been seen, appreciated and celebrated. I love this place. But I’m also realistic as I look at ways leaders can recruit and truly nurture current and future talent.Financial reward is a great thing, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the equivalent of recognition. Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s a short term solution. Neither is constant praise for average work. Recognition is a key tool in employee retention programs for a reason: people need more than constructive feedback and positive affirmation. They need recognition of extra effort. They need to “feel” it. This will never go away as a basic human need. continue reading »last_img read more

Colleges Against Cancer Club helps patients stay happy with paintings

first_imgDozens of paitings were created by the students that hope to spread cheer and joy in an often unhappy environment. The artwork will be displayed in waiting and exam room areas for patients and healthcare workers to enjoy. Colleges Against Caner is made up of students, faculty and staff dedicated to fighting cancer and supporting programs of the American Caner Society. Members of the Colleges Against Cancer Club arrived at the Lourdes Radiation Oncology Department Friday morning to donate artwork they created themselves.center_img VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University students are spreading cheer to those who need it most this holiday season. “There’s a lot of people who are dealing with things that aren’t so happy,” said Binghamton University Senior Hannah Gulko. “We wanted to remind them that there is something bright, something positive to look around for. Whether that be people who work here or the people that come here for treatment.”last_img read more

Why FIFA’s transfer ban could prove a blessing for Chelsea but bad news for Maurizio Sarri

first_imgAdvertisement Why FIFA’s transfer ban could prove a blessing for Chelsea but bad news for Maurizio Sarri Eden Hazard’s potential move to Real Madrid in the summer could be affected by Chelsea’s transfer ban (Getty Images)There is undeniably plenty of quality in Chelsea’s squad with N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard genuine world-class players, yet there are plenty of others who fall short of that elite status. Given recent struggles on the pitch, an overhaul of the first-team squad was expected to take place over the summer. That may now have to be postponed for a year.Such a transfer embargo would have a monumental impact on most clubs but while the news certainly would not have been welcomed at Chelsea’s offices on Friday morning, they do have one major advantage to help them compensate: a hugely successful academy to fall back on.Much has been made of the fact that Chelsea have failed to produce a key first-team player since John Terry emerged in the late 1990s, despite enjoying unprecedented success at youth level both at home and abroad over the past decade. It has become a rather laboured statistic but one that remains valid nevertheless.Chelsea’s U18s have won the Premier League two years running, the FA Youth Cup in each of the previous four seasons and were crowned UEFA Youth League Champions in 2015 and 2016, only dropping out the following year after the first-team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.The club’s FA Youth Cup record is particularly outstanding. Only Manchester United, renowned for producing the ‘Busby Babes’ and ‘Class of 92’ have won more titles than Chelsea with ten to nine. Of Chelsea’s nine Youth Cup wins, seven have come since 2010. Christian Pulisic will be part of Chelsea’s first-team squad next season (Getty Images)Perhaps Chelsea’s last signing for some time will be the 20-year-old American winger Christian Pulisic, who joined in a £58m deal from Borussia Dortmund last month only to be returned to the Bundesliga title challengers for the remainder of the campaign. It seems highly likely now that Chelsea knew a ban could be forthcoming when they rubber-stamped that particular deal.Pulisic would have linked up with Chelsea in pre-season anyway but there are other more long-term members of the ‘loan army’ who might be handed an overdue chance to stake a claim in the first-team, including 21-year-old striker Tammy Abraham and 20-year-old Mason Mount.AdvertisementAbraham’s tale is the quintessential one of the typical Chelsea loanee. A key part of the side that won the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cups in both 2015 and 2016, Abraham has spent the past three seasons on loan to Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, scoring 48 goals in 101 games in England’s top two tiers.During that time away from Chelsea, Abraham has been capped twice by England’s senior team and was the subject of an £18m offer from Wolves in January having cost the club nothing. After scoring goals and earning international recognition away from Chelsea, Abraham has established himself as a valuable commodity. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was part of Chelsea’s UEFA Youth League winning team in 2015 (Getty Images)With Chelsea’s youth teams hoovering up trophies annually, you’d think that the natural progression for the young players providing such success would be to make the step up into the first-team squad, yet that isn’t really how things have transpired.Of Sarri’s current 24-man first-team squad, only three count as ‘homegrown’ from the club’s academy: 23-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22-year-old Andreas Christensen (signed from Brondby in 2012) and 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, while another 18-year-old, Ethan Ampadu joined from Exeter City when he was 16.AdvertisementAdvertisementAs for the rest, they are scattered out far and wide, regarded as members of Chelsea’s much-maligned ‘loan army’ that the club keeps tabs on in a rather bloated Whatsapp group. At present, Chelsea have no fewer than 41 players out on loan to various clubs in the Championship, Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues and elsewhere across the continent.Chelsea have been strongly criticised for ‘stockpiling’ their various squads full of players with seemingly no intention of ever using them themselves, instead loaning them out in the hope that their performances elsewhere will lead to lucrative transfer deals.It is the signing of such players that has landed Chelsea in hot water with FIFA and rather ironically, it is by having these players that the severity of the sanction handed down to them could be significantly reduced. Chelsea might not be able to purchase any big names soon, but they can still integrate plenty of talented players returning from loans or from their youth teams into their squad. Chelsea are facing up to the prospect of being unable to buy any players over the next two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching transfer rules related to the signing of minors by FIFA.As well effectively handing down a year-long ban on Chelsea, FIFA have also fined the club £460,000 after concluding that they had swerved transfer regulations to sign 29 players under the age of 18, the most high-profile of whom appears to be Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.It means that Chelsea will be unable to add to their first-team squad until the summer of 2020, although they will appeal the decision which could see the ban’s start date postponed until after the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn the one hand, this news is disastrous for a club who were hoping to improve their squad in the summer. An extremely promising start to the season under Maurizio Sarri which saw the team go 18-games unbeaten in all competitions has proven to be something of a false dawn in subsequent months.ADVERTISEMENTHaving been regarded as the third team in a three-horse Premier League title race with Liverpool and Manchester City by mid-November, Chelsea now find themselves facing an uphill battle just to finish in the top four, sitting behind a resurgent Manchester United and London rivals Arsenal in sixth place at the end of February.center_img Tammy Abraham is the third-highest goalscorer in the Championship this season (Getty Images)Abraham has clearly outgrown the Championship and is ready for a shot in the Premier League while Mount, who has caught the eye under Chelsea legend Frank Lampard at promotion-chasing Derby County, also has the talent to make the step up. Others have impressed this season too, such as Reece James at Wigan Athletic.How Chelsea’s squad will look for the first round of Premier League fixtures in 2019-20 will depend on how successful their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is and whether or not FIFA decided to reduce the length of the ban or end up delaying it beyond the summer.Should the ban remain as it is, however, it would force Chelsea to look to within to refresh and regenerate an ageing, underperforming squad, which could prove to be a blessing in disguise for a club that despite investing heavily into their academy has long taken it for granted.AdvertisementSuch a cultural change could have a positive long-term impact, yet it could be more problematic in the short-term to their manager Sarri, assuming he is able to turn things around over the next few months and cling onto his job beyond the end of the season.For all the praise Sarri received for transforming Napoli into one of Europe’s most easy-on-the-eye teams, his record for promoting young players has never been particularly good. Lorenzo Insigne was the only academy graduate in Napoli’s squad during Sarri’s three years in charge and he was already long established as a first-team regular pre-Sarri. Advertisement CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter2.5kShares By Oliver Young-MylesFriday 22 Feb 2019 1:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Callum Hudson-Odoi had a transfer request rejected in January after he tried to seal a move to Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Sarri’s hesitancy to trust young players has also been evident during his time in England with Chelsea’s four academy players (and youngest members of the squad) – Loftus-Cheek (23), Christensen (22), Hudson-Odoi (18) and Ampadu (18) – starting three Premier League games between them during his tenure.His reluctance to use Hudson-Odoi in the Premier League is a decision that has particularly angered Chelsea’s fanbase. A member of England’s victorious U17 World Cup squad in 2017 and regarded as one of the country’s finest prospects, Hudson-Odoi has been limited to just 74 minutes of Premier League action. There is an argument to be made that in Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea boast a player that can match Jadon Sancho yet isn’t being given the same opportunities to prove it.That Bayern Munich offered guarantees to Hudson-Odoi that he would be a first-team regular when they pursued him last month despite Sarri keeping him in reserve behind the inconsistent pair of Willian and Pedro says plenty about Sarri’s preference for experience over youth.If Chelsea decide to wield the axe on Sarri anytime soon, the decision will have been made due to his performance as manager yet his poor record when it comes to blooding young players amid FIFA’s transfer ban could be an additional factor that nudges him closer to the exit door.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 errorsBoris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea to extend free school mealslast_img read more

Aker Energy Files Plan for Deepwater Development Off Ghana

first_imgAker Energy Ghana has submitted an integrated plan of development and operations (PDO) to Ghanaian authorities for the Deepwater Tano / Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block offshore Ghana.“The plan will, once approved, ensure an efficient development and production of the Pecan field and further optimisation of the DWT/CTP petroleum resources in a way that will deliver value to the people of Ghana and to us and our partners,” says Jan Arve Haugan, CEO at Aker Energy.The PDO was submitted and presented to the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, at the Ministry of Energy in Accra, Ghana.“The submission of the integrated PDO has been a result of collaboration between the Contractors, GNPC, relevant agencies and the Ministry. The Pecan field will be the fourth producing oil field offshore Ghana and will strongly benefit the people of Ghana,” says John Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy in Ghana.The integrated PDO presents an overall plan for a phased development and production of the resources in the DWT/CTP contract area. The phased development plan will start with the development of the Pecan field as a firm phase one, being the largest of several discoveries in the area.The PDO is subject to approval from relevant Ghanaian authorities. Upon PDO approval, the partners will initiate a process to make a final investment decision (FID). First oil from the Pecan field is estimated 35 months after the FID is made.The main Pecan field, located in ultra-deep waters ranging from 2,400 to 2,700 metres about 115 kilometres offshore Ghana, will be developed with a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and a subsea production system (SPS). The FPSO will be the centre for processing and exporting of crude oil from the field. The development of the Pecan field will comprise of up to 26 subsea wells. It is planned for 14 advanced, horizontal oil producers and 12 injectors with alternating water and gas injection (WAG), and the use of multiphase pumps as artificial lift, to maximise oil production.Maximising oil production for the long term Total reserves from the Pecan field development are estimated to 334 million barrels of oil, and plateau production is estimated to 110,000 barrels of oil per day. Production from the field is expected to last for more than 25 years. The total investments (CAPEX) to develop these reserves are estimated to USD 4.4 billion, excluding the charter rate for a leased FPSO.The Pecan field centre will have the flexibility to tie-in subsequent development of resources. In addition to the reserves to be developed in the first phase, the area holds discovered contingent resources (2C) of 110-210 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), combined resulting in an estimated volume base of approximately 450-550 mmboe. Total resources in the area have thepotential to increase to between 600-1000 mmboe, provided successful appraisal drilling activity. Data analysis and appraisal drilling are currently ongoing at Pecan South and Pecan South East.“In addition to the FPSO for the Pecan field development, Aker Energy has entered into an option agreement with Ocean Yield for a second FPSO, Dhirubai-1. If the option is exercised, Dhirubai-1 could either be used to accelerate production or for other, potential developments dependent on volumes and geographical distribution of these,” Haugan says.Aker Energy Ghana is the operator under the DWT/CTP Petroleum Agreement with a 50% participating interest. Its partners are Lukoil Overseas Ghana Tano (38%), the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) (10%) and Fueltrade (2%).last_img read more

Estafa rap sends 2 women to jail

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with estafa twopersons were nabbed in Barangay Talaban, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The 56-year-old resident Zacel Quimsingand 44-year-old Ivonne Suarez from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental werecaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, apolice report showed. The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the Himamaylan City police station. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Ma. Caridad J. Villamor-Yee of the Regional Trial Court Branch141 in Makati City dated Dec. 5, 2019. The court recommended a P54,000 bailbond each for their temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Who Helped Who?

first_imgI have two friends who went to Ball Sate at the same time. I will not use their names since I don’t want to embarrass them. Friend A said he did all the work to get Friend B through school. Of course, Friend B said the same about his buddy. As I said, I know both of these guys quite well, and I wonder who got both of them through school! The funniest part is that despite all of the kidding we have done with these two guys both of them are super successful. In fact, one of them is in the State Track & Field Hall of Fame. The other one should be in as well but has not made it yet. They are both retired now, and I know a lot of kids are really glad they were not only coached by these two guys but were taught by them as well. All the kidding comes from the fact that, like their classmate, David Letterman, they really enjoyed their time at Ball State. I am sure that a few lounge owners in the Muncie area can tell more stories about them than I can. I am also sure they had a lot more fun in college than the average Joe. They would be the first to tell you that despite the fun, they really did settle down once and awhile and studied. At least they do have diplomas to prove they graduated.last_img read more

Louise McCarthy again available to play for Cricket Ireland

first_imgDublin: Cricket Ireland on Friday confirmed that pace bowler Louise McCarthy has been added to the Ireland women’s senior performance squad after an absence of three years. The 26-year old has 74 caps for Ireland after making her debut in 2010, however, took a break from international cricket to complete studies for a Masters of Diagnostic Radiography in Edinburgh. Carrie Archer, Chair of Ireland women’s national selectors, said: “The squad Louise left in 2017 and the one she joins now are vastly different, so we are delighted that Louise’s experience can be added to this young side. She had 74 caps over seven years before her break for study, so her re-inclusion, once she became available again, was a straightforward decision for the selectors.” McCarthy said: “Returning to the Irish squad wasn’t something I had completely written off, but my studies had become the priority. Then I was lucky enough to play for Durham last season in their 50-over and 20-over competitions, and that experience reinstated my fire for cricket. Playing with top quality players and against tough opponents week-on-week was something I realised I missed.” IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: RK Somorjit Singh, Manipur BJP Spokesperson in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

FIFA promotes GFF’s youth development programme on social media

first_imgTHE world governing body of football, FIFA, has showcased the Guyana Football Federation’s new, nationwide, youth football development programme on its popular social media platforms, sharing images from a GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centre (ATC) youth football session with millions of football fans worldwide.FIFA’s corporate Twitter account ( has 10.3 million followers, while its corporate Facebook account ( has 3.25 million followers. It is the first time a GFF football development programme has been promoted on these platforms.“We are delighted to have this level of support from FIFA, as it increases public awareness of the progress we are making in football in Guyana,” said GFF president Wayne Forde. “It places Guyana, and its football, in a positive light on the international stage.“We also know the value that sponsors place on the power and reach of social media, and we encourage more organisations and people to come on board as we build towards future success.”The images posted by FIFA show GFF Technical Development Officer Sampson Gilbert and GFF Youth Development coach Challus McKinnon leading a group of Under-17 boys through structured training in the first Georgetown Football Association area session on February 17.On Facebook, FIFA said: “(The) Guyana Football Federation is reforming football in Guyana and focusing on laying foundations for future success through youth/coach development.”The GFF-Scotiabank ATC, managed by GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood, and an expanded technical development team form a nationwide network designed to discover and more effectively develop talented boys and girls all over.last_img read more