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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEvery peanut farmer in Georgia has heard of it. And this year, it’s been pretty bad.”Tomato spotted wilt virus has been very severe across the state in peanuts,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Not SurprisedThe severity of the disease was not unexpected, he said, because it was bad on tobacco and backyard tomatoes this year, too.Some fields are 100 percent infected, he said, even in peanut varieties that are resistant to the virus. But not all fields have been so severely affected.”I don’t know that this is the most severe we’ve ever seen,” Kemerait said. “But it’s certainly the most severe on peanuts in the past few years.”The virus didn’t treat peanuts too badly last year.”I believe many growers began to think we turned the corner on the disease, so to speak,” he said. “Unfortunately, that was not the case.”ManagementSome growers this year became a little lax in managing the disease and didn’t, or were unable to, follow UGA’s TSWV Risk Index as closely as they might. The index provides guidelines to reduce risk for the virus.And TSWV-resistant peanut varieties, like Georgia Green and C99-R, aren’t totally immune to the virus, especially in years with a lot of it around.”Fortunately, newer, more resistant varieties appear to be on the horizon,” Kemerait said.Those ThripsTSWV is spread by small insects known as thrips. Thrips pass the virus to peanut plants when they feed on them. The virus reproduces and spreads throughout entire plants. In many cases, it dwarfs the plants. Yields can be low or nonexistent if the virus attacks plants early in their growth.UGA scientists have proven that the date on which peanuts are planted has a lot to do with the risk of getting the virus.In the past, planting after May 1 was better. However, this year it appears, at least from preliminary observations, that the key was to plant after May 10.”Peanuts planted before that often, but not always, had more severe TSWV,” he said.Research ContinuesPlant pathology research has found an association between the severity of the virus in peanuts and the severity of TSWV in tobacco and rainfall in the spring. Tobacco is planted before peanuts. “Perhaps, the rainfall in the spring affects some aspect of the insects’ life cycle,” Kemerait said.To stay ahead of this disease, UGA breeders, researchers and other specialists keep looking for varieties with improved resistance. They continue to update the TSWV Risk Index to give the growers information on steps they can take to reduce the impact of the disease.”We’re still growing peanuts and will continue to do so,” Kemerait said.Due to recent tropical storms, the harvest of the Georgia peanut crop is slightly behind the five-year average. As of Sept. 22, only 29 percent of the peanuts had been dug, and only 18 percent had been harvested, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.last_img read more

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New transmission flexibility boosts renewables in Japan

first_imgNew transmission flexibility boosts renewables in Japan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan transferred excess renewable energy supplies between two of its electricity regions for the first time since a major shakeup of its power sector, the country’s grid monitor told Reuters. The transfer of excess solar power supplies from the island of Kyushu to Japan’s main island of Honshu signals an increase in flexibility in the country’s previously regionalized electricity grid as the market opens up to competition.Kyushu Electric Power Co transferred up to 1.125 gigawatts on Monday to five utilities including Kansai Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power after approval from the grid monitor known as OCCTO, an OCCTO spokeswoman told Reuters.It was the first transfer since OCCTO was set up in 2015 to monitor the country’s electricity grid after the government stripped big power utilities of their regional monopolies and opened the $70 billion retail power market to hundreds of new entrants. The reforms came in the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster, when an earthquake and tsunami led to nuclear meltdowns and widespread power outages, and included a government-mandated boost to renewable energy supplies.Solar power has grown particularly fast on the island of Kyushu, where Kyushu Electric operates, because of plentiful sunshine and available land. Monday’s transfer helped Kyushu Electric avoid having to cut third-party supplies of solar energy, a company spokesman said.More: Japan transfers excess renewable power between regions for first timelast_img read more

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Outdoor Brands Receive Accolades in Tennessee’s Governor Awards

first_imgThe Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recognized Jackson Kayak for its excellence in engaging in global trade. Jackson Kayak Founder and President Eric Jackson accepted the award on Nov. 14, during an Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development luncheon.“Tennessee’s economy is more connected to the global economy than ever before, and I congratulate our GATE Award winners on their business acumen and their aggressive approach to global markets that has allowed them to tap new markets and maintain international competitiveness,” said Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner.Jackson Kayak was joined at the recognition ceremony by fellow outdoor industry performance sock manufacturer Swiftwick and iconic guitar maker Gibson. All three companies are located in or near Nashville. Gibson is in Nashville, Swiftwick is in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood and Jackson Kayak is in Sparta, just 90 miles east of Nashville.“Jackson Kayak is honored to receive this award and share the stage with such awesome companies as Swiftwick and Gibson,” said Jackson Kayak founder and president, Eric Jackson. “Tennessee’s progressive approach to economic development has helped Jackson Kayak grow to its top position in sales and reputation around the world. In addition to being a great state to do business in, White County is a wonderful place to call home.”Within just two years of its first kayak sale in 2004, Jackson Kayak established sales bulkheads on five continents. Since then, the company has made many more distributor partnerships in countries around Europe, Asia and South America. The company most recently began exporting to Russia and China.In 2013, Tennessee based companies tallied $32.3 billion worth of goods and services exported in 2013 making Tennessee tenth among all US states in export volume. Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find them on the web: in 2003, family owned and operated Jackson Kayak is the world’s leading maker of whitewater and fishing kayaks. Other user-design inspired products include touring kayaks, coolers and other paddling accessories. All Jackson Kayak products are proudly made in the USA with exclusively American made parts, people and manufacturing partners. For more info, visit the company online at or like them on Facebook at read more

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July 15, 2004 On the Move

first_imgJuly 15, 2004 On the Move July 15, 2004 Regular News Mark Filburn, formerly of Shepard & Filburn, P.A., has become a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 111 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. He focuses on commercial litigation, construction law, U.S. customs, and international trade. Fernando M Socol, formerly of Bratter Krieger, has become a named partner of Gerardin & Socol, P.A., in North Miami Beach. Socol will manage the firm’s business immigration department. The firm concentrates on immigration matters. Offices are located in North Miami Beach at 633 NE 167 St, 501., N. Miami Beach, 33162. Akerman Senterfitt has hired Richard L. Horn as of counsel in the intellectual property practice group in the West Palm Beach office. He focuses on intellectual property, federal civil trials and appeals. The Cochran Firm, a firm that concentrates in personal injury matters, has opened an office in downtown Miami’s Bank of America Tower at International Place. James R. Headley has become associated with Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster in St. Petersburg and Tampa. The firm concentrates in the defense areas of liability, malpractice, workers’compensation, employment claims and appeals. Akerman Senterfitt has hired Joyce L. Elden, formerly of of Broad & Cassel, as of counsel in the real estate practice group in the West Palm Beach office. She focuses on lending and commercial real estate. Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in Miami have added two attorneys. Allen D. Brufsky and Carol Green have joined the firm’s intellectual property protection and commercialization group. Brufsky has joined the firm as of counsel. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark litigation. Green has joined the firm as an associate, and concentrates in the prosecution and litigation of patent and trademarks, as well as the rendering of opinions on patent matters. Offices are located at The Miami Center, 201 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131, phone: (305) 379-9000 Jeremy S. Sloane has become associated with Piper Rudnick in Tampa. He is a member of the Florida Bar, and is based the firm’s Baltimore office. John Beaulieu has become associated with the real estate practice group of Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale. Prior to joining the firm, Beaulieu worked for Gap, Inc., where he negotiated commercial real estate leases for new Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Genny Bernstein, formerly of Bernstein & Bernstein, P.A., has become associated with the Karp Law Firm. She concentrates in matters of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, guardianship, and real estate. Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miamii has elected Andrew E. Grigsby a capital partner. Grigsby concentrates in civil litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on complex insurance issues. Sachs Sax Klein has opened an office in Tallahassee. Robert Rivas has joined the firm; his former office, the Rivas Law Firm, has now become the Tallahassee office of the Palm Beach County-based firm, with offices located at: 311 S. Calhoun St., Ste. 206, Tallahassee 32301, phone: (850) 412-0306. Chris R. Borgia, formerly of Fowler White Burnett, P.A., in Miami, announces the opening of his firm: The Social Security Disability Law Firm, P.A., that handles all stages of the administrative appeals process including federal court actions. The firm has three offices: Miami (305) 562-7333; Broward (954) 933-0896 and Palm Beach (561) 683-0050. Ralph Bekkevold has joined Greenberg Traurig in Miami as a shareholder in its real estate practice. Prior to joining the firm, he was a member of Buchanan Ingersoll’s financial institutions and real estate group. Christopher Demetriades, formerly of Bull & Romero, P.A., in Orlando, has become associated with Feldman Gale in Miami. He concentrates in intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks, complex commercial litigation. Hinshaw & Culbertson has elected to non-capital partnership: Miami office: David P. Carugati, practice area: workers’compensation defense/insurance coverage.Jacksonville office: Steven L. Worley, practice area: insurance/commercial litigation. Tampa office: Nicholas F. Mooney, practice areas: complex litigation/white collar crime. Angela de Cespedes has become associated with Akerman Senterfitt in Miami. She focuses her practice on commercial and insurance litigation. P. Matthew Luka, former law clerk to the Honorable Mark A. Pizzo, United States Magistrate judge, has become associated with Trombley & Hanes in Tampa. The firm concentrates in the area of white collar crime. Alfonso P. Baigorri has become associated with Katz Barron in Miami. His legal practice includes trust and estates, international tax planning, and family business succession for international families. Robert Levenson has been promoted to regional trial counsel for the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Miami. Rebecca L. Abrams has become associated with Fieldstone Lester Shear & Denberg. Offices are located at 201 Alhambra Circle, Ste. 601, Coral Gables. Gregory A. Nelson, chair of the intellectual property practice group of Akerman Senterfitt, in West Palm Beach has been named managing shareholder. The Law Offices of Karyn L. Todd, P.A., have opened. The firm practices in the area of immigration law. Offices are located at 25 S.E. 2nd Ave. Ste. 435, Miami,33131. John Ioannou, Jr. , formerly with the law firm of McClosky, D’Anna, Ioannou & Dieterle, announces the opening of Ioannou & Ioannou, a general practice civil law firm that concentrates in commercial litigation. Offices are located at 8821 SW 8th St., Ft. Lauderdale, 33324, phone: (954) 821-4166, fax: (954) 474-4394. Kelly A. Zarzycki has become associated with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., in Tampa. Zarzycki focuses in matters of litigation, business transactions, health care, personal injury, and corporate law. Donna Sessions Waters, formerly of Kinsey, Troxel, Johnson and Walborsky, announces the opening of her offices at 3 West Garden St., Ste. 517, Pensacola. Waters concentrates on family and criminal cases. Mindi L. Wells has been named assistant dean for Administration & Student Services at the Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH. Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins have been joined by the lawyers of Geller Rudman. Both firms concentrate in class action and individual cases on behalf of shareholders and institutional investors, as well as consumers, in pursuit of financial recoveries and corporate governance changes to protect against abuses by company management. Effective August 1, the firm will be known as Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins. Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., has opened a new office located in the SunTrust Building at 1001 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Kevin Hennessy will head the new office. Rosenthal & Weissman, P.A., in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, has changed its name to Rosenthal & Levy, P.A. Jonathan Levy practices from the firm’s West Palm Beach office. His areas of practice include personal injury, Social Security disability, wrongful death and insurance disputes.Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A., has opened a new office GJB Consulting with offices at Hospitality Square, 200 W. College Ave., Tallahassee. They represent clients in a broad array of lobbying, regulatory, licensing, business development, health care, transportation, procurement, technology and related matters. Greenberg Traurig has expanded its Ft. Lauderdale office with the addition of four new litigators, all of whom previously worked at the Ft. Lauderdale office of Fowler White Burnett. William R. Clayton and Alaine S. Greenberg have become shareholders. David O. Batista and Lisa Mahoney have become associates. Clayton focuses on complex commercial litigation, construction, insurance,intellectual property, products liability, professional malpractice, real property, title insurance and sports law. Greenberg focuses on commercial litigation and complex real estate transactions. Batista concentrates in commercial litigation. Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A., has relocated to Kingsouth Office Park, 9310 Old Kings Rd. S., Ste. 1501, Jacksonville, 32257, phone: (904) 482-0616, fax: (904) 482-0618. The firm concentrates in: land trust formations, family law, real estate probate & estate planning, civil litigation, construction law. Bradley D. Magee has joined Levin, Tannenbaum, Wolff, Band, Gates & Pugh in Sarasota. Magee concentrates in matters of estate planning, trusts and estates, probate, taxation, and business transactions. Offices are located at 1680 Fruitville Rd., Ste. 102, Sarasota 34236, phone: (941) 316-0111. David Butterbaugh and Joseph Gosz have become associated with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami offices. Butterbaugh, formerly of Sachs, Sax & Klein. P.A., in Boca Raton, focuses in estate planning and probate. Gosz, formerly of Gilbride, Heller & Brown, P.A., in Miami, joins the litigation practice group in Ruden McClosky’s office at 700 Brickell Avenue, Miami. He focuses on all phases of general civil and commercial litigation.last_img read more

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CUNA board resolution establishes DEI as CU cooperative principle

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNAcenter_img The CUNA Board of Directors, led by Brett Martinez, president/CEO of Redwood CU in Santa Rosa, Calif., voted in favor of a resolution to clearly and prominently establish diversity, equity and inclusion as a cooperative principle of America’s credit unions.“Diversity, equity and inclusion are a part of what credit unions do each and every day. Our cooperative principles have guided us to fulfill our mandate and be a resource to all consumers-no matter their income, race, religion. But we’re committed to doing more,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “In passing this resolution, we’re continuing our work to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within our organization while we support measures throughout our movement and across all cooperatives.”last_img read more

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Philly mayor says Trump needs to put his ‘big boy pants on’ and acknowledge he lost the election

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about a Sudan-Israel peace agreement, in the Oval Office on October 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump announced that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and elections officials held a press conference to answer questions about the remaining ballots and Biden’s widening lead in the Keystone State. Kenney was blunt in his assessment, saying it was time for Donald Trump to “put his big-boy pants on and acknowledge he lost.” Mayor Kenney pulling no punches:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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Thames Valley agents jump ship

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Insurance premium income to contract this year: Association

first_imgThe life insurance industry will see a contraction in premium income this year on the back of the COVID-19 crisis, despite people’s rising awareness on health, the Indonesian Life Insurance Association (AAJI) has stated.AAJI chairman Budi Tampubolon said on Sept. 25 that the association expected the industry’s premium income to contract 2.5 percent year-on-year (yoy). The life insurance industry’s premium income has contracted 2.5 percent yoy to Rp 88.02 trillion (US$5.9 billion) in the first half of the year from the same period last year. The decline in new premium income and renewed premiums contributed to the lower figure. “Everyone is now focused on surviving. The second quarter was better than the first quarter but if the third and fourth quarter are similar to the second quarter, we will still see contraction this year, but just not too deep,” he said during a virtual press conference.In comparison, the industry booked Rp 196.69 trillion in premium income last year, up 5.8 percent compared to 2018, according to AAJI data.Insurance penetration in Indonesia has been low for a long time. According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Indonesia’s insurance spending in 2018 was only 1.79 percent of the country’s GDP, lower than in neighboring Malaysia, where it was 4.4 percent.Read also: Need for insurance rises as pandemic poses risks In the first half of this year, new premium income dropped 2.7 percent yoy to Rp 54.57 trillion, while renewed premium income fell 2.2 percent yoy to Rp 34.91 trillion, AAJI data show.Despite the slowdown in premium income growth, Budi said the group saw improvement in new premium income in the second quarter of 2020 from the previous quarter.He said that in the second quarter, new premium income had grown 4.82 percent to Rp 27.18 trillion from the Rp 25.93 trillion booked in the first quarter of the year.“This is caused by the public’s increased awareness in having protection and managing their income during this uncertain time,” he said.Since the pandemic, a quarter of Indonesian people are feeling anxious about their health, while 35 percent want health insurance, according to a 2020 study by data analytics firms Nielsen, Kantar and consulting firm MarkPlus.Budi said he hoped the rising awareness, coupled with relaxations from the Financial Services Authority (OJK), could improve the country’s life insurance industry in the second half of the year.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the OJK has rolled out several relaxations for the insurance industry, including delaying the monthly, quarterly and yearly performance reports, as well as relaxing the solvability rate accounting method, extending the grace period for receivables and allowing investment-linked insurance products to be sold online.Previously, investment-linked insurance products could only be sold in person to ensure consumers were well informed. However, as the public is getting used to digital technology during the pandemic, the association is suggesting that the OJK make the policy, which allows online sales of investment-linked insurance products, permanent.However, the association stated that it would still encourage life insurance players to fulfil the requirements to conduct online sales of such products, AAJI head of actuarial and risk management Fauzi Arfan said.“This includes strengthening their digital infrastructure and risk management, as well as ensuring consumers really understand the product sold to them,” he said.Meanwhile, the association also recorded that 56 life insurers have paid a total of Rp 216.03 billion in COVID-19 claims to 1,642 policies between March and June, AAJI communication and marketing head Wiroyo Karsono said.“Even though the outbreak was declared a pandemic and the treatments are fully paid by the government, life insurers are still paying the claims as a form of empathy and solidarity to our customers,” he said.As for the claims and benefits outside of COVID-19, Wiroyo said the industry had paid a total of Rp 64.22 trillion in the first half of this year. This figure was down 1.9 percent yoy from the same period last year.The claims and benefit payments were dominated by surrender claim payments of Rp 37.87 trillion, 58.7 percent of the total claims, followed by matured claim payments of Rp 7.26 trillion, 11.2 percent of the total claims.Despite the payment drop in the first six months of the year, Wiroyo said AAJI had estimated that there would be an increase in payment this year.“With a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent from 2008 to 2019, we hope we can book higher claims and benefit payments this year to show our commitment to our customers,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

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Aklan health office urges pregnant women to undergo HIV screening

first_imgThere were approximately 37.9-millionpeople living with HIV at the end of 2018 with 1.7-million people becomingnewly infected in the same year globally, said the WHO. HIV infection is often diagnosedthrough rapid diagnostic tests, which detect the presence or   absence of HIV antibodies. Most often thesetests provide same-day test results, which are essential for same day diagnosisand early treatment and care, it added.(WithWHO/PN) “The youngest taking an ART threeyears ago is a 15-year-old boy who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  Now he is already 18 years old and still theyoungest,” said Barrios. Due to the trend, the PHO encouragedpregnant women to undergo screening and checking of their health status.  Global ART coverage for pregnant andbreastfeeding women living with HIV is high at 80 percent, it added.  “From 1984 to June this year, werecorded at least 229 cases of HIV/AIDS. Around 13 of them already died,”Villaflor said during the Aklan Provincial AIDS Council meeting on Wednesday. The ART suppresses the HIV virus andstops the progression of the disease.  The HIV targets the immune system andweakens people’s defense systems against infections and some types of cancer.As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infectedindividuals gradually become “immunodeficient,” according to the WHO. The Provincial Health Office-Aklan has encouraged pregnant women to undergo a free screening of the human immunodeficiency virus due to the increasing number of persons living with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. center_img “We are assuring pregnant women ofconfidentiality once they undergo the free HIV/AIDS screening,” Barrios said. Dr. Athena Magdamit, president of theAssociation of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines-Aklan said sherequested training from the PHO on how to deal with pregnant women who may beaffected by the disease. According to the World HealthOrganization (WHO), AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection which cantake from 2 to 15 years to develop depending on the individual. It said the HIV continues to be amajor global public health issue, having claimed over 32-million lives so far.In 2018, 770,000 people died from HIV-related causes globally.  KALIBO, Aklan – The Provincial HealthOffice (PHO) here urged pregnant women to undergo a free screening of the humanimmunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Leilani Barrios, meanwhile, saidthat as of September this year, around 117 Persons Living with HIV/AIDS wereundergoing antiretroviral therapy (ARV) at a hospital here. PHO officer Debbie Villaflor said thiswas due to the increasing number of persons living with acquiredimmunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).        last_img read more

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Carpenter crafts game

first_imgIn Sierra Madre, Calif., it is currently 67 degrees and sunny. Here in Madison, it is 14 degrees and completely frigid. There is a huge difference in the climate and environment of both states, something any athlete must adjust to.Liz Carpenter, a sophomore on the Wisconsin tennis team, has had to alter her game as a result of playing more indoors than outdoors in Madison. “I’ve never really been in this kind of weather for long, so when I came out here, we play indoors for most of the season,” Carpenter said. “It’s different adjusting to indoor courts because they are a lot faster. It also takes away the elements from playing outdoors like the wind and sun.”The choice to come to Madison and play was influenced by Carpenter’s grandmother — who attended UW for one year — but Carpenter fell in love with the school when she came here on her own. After checking out multiple schools, she made her choice. “When I came out here to visit, I had already seen all the other schools I was interested in,” Carpenter said. “I fell in love with the school, I thought it was a great sports town and I loved the coaches and athletic program. It was the best out of everything I had seen.” She first started playing tennis at the age of 4, taking lessons and playing with her grandfather. In fact, it was the influence and persistence of her grandpa, a former Stanford tennis player, that helped Carpenter pursue a passion for the sport. She began playing competitively, and by the time she was 13, she made the big decision to play in college. From then on, Carpenter began working toward a goal to achieve a scholarship and advance her tennis career. “I played a lot of sports, and I thought I would try to get a scholarship for something,” Carpenter said. “I really took a liking to tennis and decided to try to get a full scholarship to play in college.” This season has been a successful one for Carpenter with a preseason ranking of No. 58 with doubles partner Caitlin Burke. Even with a ranking, she continues to push herself to improve as a player every time she is on the court. “Every match, whether I win or lose, I’m looking for improvements in my game,” Carpenter said. Unfortunately, the team has been suffering from recent injuries, including Burke. Carpenter has persevered and is now developing chemistry with new partner Kalyan Caitati. While Carpenter may prefer singles, she has been having fun playing doubles alongside a partner — something many tennis players must learn and adjust to. “I love doubles because you have someone else on the court with you and you’re not beating yourself up,” said Carpenter. “You have someone there to pick you up the rest of the match and help you out. I think doubles is really fun.” Carpenter’s determination and love for the game has allowed her to get this far, and she will need to lean on it to continue improving. Every year she is being pushed and challenged; this is year isn’t any different.With injuries on the team, she has found herself having to step up and adjust to changes in partners or her ranking while using her strengths to her advantage.”I feel serving is one of my best strengths,” said Carpenter. “I have pretty good placement and certain spins. I have a powerful serve.”While she is a force on the court, before matches she does her best to calm herself down.”I try not to put too much pressure on myself before a match,” said Carpenter. “I relax, talk with my teammates and treat it like any other day, but once I’m on the court, I zone in.”last_img read more

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