Blueberry Crop

first_imgIdeal weather conditions this season allowed blueberry farmers in southeast Georgia to produce their best crop since 2016, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Renee Allen.Farmers like Albert Wildes agree.“In 2017 and 2018 we had a couple of late freezes, and 2017 was devastating. The 2018 season was not as bad as 2017, but it was still bad. We had better yields in 2019,” said Wildes, who farms about 50 acres in Alma, Georgia.According to Allen, who specializes in commercial blueberry, yields are expected to exceed the 2017 crop that produced 28.1 million pounds and the 2018 crop that yielded 54 million pounds. The 2019 yields are still being calculated.The lack of freezing temperatures — anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit — had a positive impact on the 2019 season for blueberry farmers, she said.“We had a good crop load this year,” said Allen. “We did have some frost and freeze-type temperatures, but they were borderline and specific, so not as drastic as ones we have had the previous two years.”Georgia farmers apply frost protection, including overhead irrigation, when they anticipate freezing weather. After a freeze, applying plant growth regulators to protect the fruit is the only option. But frost protection is not 100% effective.Georgia’s blueberry crop is vulnerable when the weather warms in February. This happened in 2018 when plants started to bloom and, ultimately, succumbed to freezing temperatures in early March. Blueberries thrive when they produce in the spring and are not hindered by the weather.In 2014, Georgia produced 95 million pounds of blueberries. This propelled Georgia to place as the No. 1 blueberry producer in the country. This year’s crop yields have farmers believing Georgia can once again produce similar results. “As a farmer, you’re always optimistic. Farmers are eternal optimists. [They] have to look forward to next year,” said Wildes.Growers are hoping for more postharvest rain during the fall but are using irrigation to keep the crop from being harmed by the current drought.For more information about Georgia blueberries, visit or UGA’s blueberry blog at read more

Al-Qaeda, Colombian Drug Ring Accused By U.S.

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2009 Three alleged al-Qaeda members arrived in New York to face charges of trying to set up a drug trafficking ring in Africa on behalf of Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrilla group, officials said. “Today’s allegations reflect the emergence of a worrisome alliance between al-Qaeda and transnational narcotics traffickers,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “As terrorists diversify into drugs, however, they provide us with more opportunities to incapacitate them and cut off the funding for future acts of terror.” The men are accused of contacting undercover informants in Ghana who were posing as members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America’s longest-standing guerilla outfit. The men said al-Qaeda could provide protection for the transportation of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from West Africa through North Africa and ultimately into Spain. They also allegedly discussed the possibility of kidnapping foreign nationals to “raise money for the cause,” the Justice Department said in a press release. “These narco-terrorists do not respect borders and do not care who they harm with their drug trafficking conspiracies,” said Drug Enforcement Agency Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Working with our narcotics law enforcement partners in Ghana and across the globe, DEA is making unprecedented progress in dismantling illicit drug networks in western Africa and around the world, and putting the criminals who operate them behind bars, where they belong.” Ourmar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman were charged with one count of narco-terrorism conspiracy, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, and one count of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.last_img read more


first_imgParents in Donegal have been urged to supervise children playing on trampolines as more children are brought to Emergency Departments with injuries linked to their use.The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine issued guidelines to help parents and warned that the number of children being injured increases during the summer months.In a statement, the IAEM said:”Garden Trampolines are a popular piece of recreational apparatus in Ireland and their use has become a means of ensuring that children have fun but also keep fit. “The injuries associated with trampolines in children have also become increasingly frequent and many victims of such injuries present to Emergency Departments (EDs), particularly during the summer.“International evidence suggests that trampoline-associated injuries have doubled in the past decade and elsewhere there have been deaths associated with trampoline use, mainly from head and high spinal cord injuries.”Due to the lack of a national Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), the exact number of trampoline-associated injuries presenting to Irish EDs is not known but it is known the number is increasing.It is estimated that for every child admitted to hospital, 12 are seen and treated in the ED without the need for orthopaedic follow-up. Previous work suggests that up to 40% of children who require orthopaedic involvement will need surgery.Most falls (60%) occur while on the bed of the trampoline not as a result of a fall off the trampoline and are entirely preventable.In 35% of cases the injury was related to the presence of others on the trampoline. The injured child was supervised by an adult in only 40% of cases.Adults may also sustain or cause trampoline-related injuries particularly when alcohol has been consumed.The statement added: “Because of deaths and serious injuries in the USA, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that trampolines not be bought for children and that parents do not allow their children use a trampoline elsewhere. “Indeed, the American Medical Association recommends that children do not use trampolines, even with adult supervision”.As trampoline use is so common here, IAEM recommends the following minimum safety precautions to make their use safer:only one child at a time should use the trampoline;children should be supervised by an adult at all times while using the trampoline;trampolines should be surrounded by appropriate safety netting to stop both ingress and falls from the trampoline; andthe trampoline should never be used while under the influence of alcoholFollowing these precautions will reduce, but not eliminate, injuries that otherwise might spoil a child and family’s enjoyment of this common recreational activity, said the statement. PARENTS WARNED TO SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN ON TRAMPOLINES AS INJURIES INCREASE was last modified: June 6th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalinjuriesreporttrampoline dangerslast_img read more

‘He looks like his Angry Bird!’ – Theo Walcott suffers gruesome injury at Arsenal

first_img Walcott was aiming to give his old side a headache silverware 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Making a return to his old stomping ground, the speedy winger looked to give his former side plenty of problems.His pace and ability to run in behind caused the Gunners‘ backline headaches all throughout the first half, but it was Walcott who would have left the pitch feeling the most dazed.While it was not quite as bad as Roberto Firmino’s injury against north London rivals Tottenham last weekend, it was certainly a painful one. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos SORRY 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Theo Walcott’s eye looks so ugly lol— ⚪️🔴⚪️🔴 (@foreverafc1) September 23, 2018 Walcott required treatment for the injury And fans even compared him to Alexander Povetkin after his devastating KO loss to Anthony Joshua on Saturday evening. Check out the best responses below! Theo Walcott suddenly supporting a swollen eye that looks like he was on last night’s #AJvsPovetkin undercard #ARSEVE— Matt Roberts (@atwmroberts) September 23, 2018center_img Theo Walcott currently looks like the angry bird they made for him— Harry (@H_Joiner01) September 23, 2018 gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted A proper shiner for Theo Walcott. He needs to get a steak on that at half-time. Or a used tea-bag at least.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 23, 2018 BEST OF Theo Walcott suffered a gruesome eye injury upon his return to Arsenal which drew some hilarious response from fans on social media.The Everton forward appeared to pick it up after his own shot rebounded off Petr Cech and back into his face. That’s a nasty looking eye injury Theo Walcott has there #ouch #ARSEVE— Janeymode (@Janeymode) September 23, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Popular Football Stories latest revealed scrap Theo Walcott continuing his tradition of strange injuries with the swollen EYELID.— 7amkickoff (@7amkickoff) September 23, 2018last_img read more