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Cotton Sustainability

first_imgA University of Georgia student’s survey of the cotton industry found that the crop, once “king” in Georgia, can compete with synthetic fibers and will continue to be economically and environmentally feasible into the future.For her master’s degree thesis, Shannon Parrish, a former graduate student at the UGA Tifton campus, set out to gauge the status of cotton production today and whether growers can improve the crop and minimize its impact on the environment. She set out to study how the Georgia cotton crop compares to the crop nationwide.“Cotton is a major commodity crop in the U.S.,” said Parrish, who studied under George Vellidis, a professor in the crop and soil sciences department in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I don’t really ever see cotton not being grown here.”The research study was prompted by global consumer concern over cotton’s environmental sustainability, according to Don Shurley, UGA Cooperative Extension cotton economist, who also worked with Parrish on the project.“Over the past 10 years or more, we’ve lost market share in cotton to man-made fibers,” Shurley said. “Some people believe that loss in market share is, in part, due to the fact that there are consumers out there who think cotton production is not environmentally friendly.”With funding from the Georgia Cotton Commission, Parrish met with cotton producers across the state and gathered information about their management practices. She calculated data in the Field to Market Fieldprint Calculator when she had all the information for a specific cotton field.The Fieldprint Calculator assigns a sustainability rating for a specific field based on seven different metrics. Everything is based on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is the most sustainable, and 100 is the least sustainable. Once she had the sustainability ratings, she compared them to the national and state benchmarks that are in the calculator. Based on the results obtained from this research, Georgia cotton can be determined less resource intensive than the national benchmarks.“You consider all the elements that make up cotton farming: a producer’s land use; their energy use; their greenhouse gas emissions; if they’re irrigating; their water use; their water quality; soil conservation; soil carbon. That’s essentially what the calculator looks at,” Parrish said.The second part of her research was to fit producer management practices to the university’s cotton production budget, changing only what the producer told her they were doing in the field. For example, Parrish learned of the farmers’ pesticide sprays and fertilizer applications and changed those elements in the budget to determine if a relationship existed between profitability and the field print metric scores. She also explored the impact of tillage methods, variable costs, and fixed costs on profit.“Based on the numbers we have, I don’t feel like you could necessarily say cotton is not sustainable,” Parrish said. “Cotton is competing with synthetic fibers, so what’s to say production of synthetic fibers is 100-percent sustainable?”Cotton production in the United States has dropped in recent years. Cotton was planted on 8.56 million U.S. acres in 2015, down 22.5 percent from 2014 and the lowest level in 33 years, according to the UGA Extension 2016 Georgia Cotton Production Guide.UGA Extension also reported Georgia’s cotton acreage dropped 19 percent in 2015. Georgia cotton was worth $713.1 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

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Heads up! Lakers get used to looking out for unexpected assists from LeBron, Lonzo and Rondo

first_img“They’re not afraid to pass, and they might not even be looking at you,” McGee said. “You just gotta be ready for it.”The learning curve is sometimes unpredictable. It helps that Ball has played with many of his teammates for the last year, and some players have already gotten used to watching for him. As an example, Coach Luke Walton cited that Kyle Kuzma learned as a rookie during Summer League that “if I just run out every time, I get 10 extra points a game.”And yet the lessons continue. Last week at a practice, Walton also cited two players who ran the floor but weren’t actually looking for the outlet pass from Ball – which sailed dangerously close to their heads.“There’s no way to have a timeline,” Walton said. “Some players will already figure it out.”While the trio of playmakers share an uncommon eye for passing lanes, their different styles affect how the passes will come. James might have a little more velocity on the ball, and his height changes the angles and lanes he might see. Many younger Lakers have played down the “awe factor” of playing with James and the other veterans, saying each player has their role. And yet sometimes the veil still drops.“Some of the passes that ’Do and Bron do, sometimes you just watch them like, ‘How are they human? How do they see that? How do they get the ball there?’” second-year guard Josh Hart said. “So definitely an adjustment playing with guys like that who will find you even when you don’t think you’re open.”So far, there hasn’t been any nitpicking about how those passes arrive. When asked if teammates have taken time to find where he likes the ball, McGee replied: “It’s not gonna be hard with LeBron and Rondo.”While the Lakers haven’t yet brought Ball back into competition, Walton has listed him as a full participant in practice, so teammates who haven’t played with him before are getting a chance to get reps with his style.Related Articles That’s the dream, and the Lakers have a handful of the league’s best passers – Rondo, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball – to make it happen. But there’s also at least an adjustment period: While those players might have some of the best court vision in the NBA, it can take a minute to get the awareness to always be ready for their passes.Byron Scott once said of playing with Magic Johnson, “I learned that you always watch him.” On this year’s Lakers team, there are at least three players who can toss a pass at teammates with little to no warning. Rondo – well, his opening play showed his flair for the dramatic, then he proceeded to notch 10 more assists in his 23-minute preseason debut. McGee and Brandon Ingram were his favorite targets. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers There’s definitely promise: While the Lakers committed 21 turnovers in their preseason opener, only three came from James and Rondo. Walton said the team has to improve its execution and offensive activity, but that they believe with those two (and presumably Ball when he returns), the team’s playmakers will keep a keen eye for finding the right pass.Everyone else just has to be ready to receive.“We want ’Zo making those passes now to teach the guys, we get out and run, every time, and keep your head up,” Walton said. “It is not just ’Zo. If you cut and you are open and you get out and run and Rondo has it or LeBron has it, they are going to hit you too. So it is the mentality more of hey, every time I cut … if I can get myself open, one of these playmakers are going to find me.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — It took only four seconds for the Lakers to lay out their vision.No sooner had JaVale McGee landed from the opening tip than he darted through a crowd of Denver Nuggets looking the wrong way. He was going for the hoop.Rajon Rondo hurled a pass from midcourt for an opening dunk, showing the potential that the Lakers have been talking about for the previous week: a team that can strike with speed at any moment. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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Britain’s Farah eyes London Marathon glory

first_imgFarah, also a six-time world track champion, said he is delighted with the progress he has made this year although his European mark is some way off the world best set in Berlin this year by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge of 2hr 1min 39sec.“I feel I have made great strides in the past year, finishing third in London in April, and winning my first major marathon in Chicago in October,” said Farah.“That and breaking both the British and European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world.“London always puts together a world-class field and I expect that will be exactly the same in 2019 and I can’t wait for the challenge.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | European marathon record holder Mo Farah is the first major name to sign up to compete in next year’s London Marathon, organisers announced Tuesday.The 35-year-old Somalia-born Briton decided to quit the track after last year’s world championships and focus solely on the marathon. It paid off — he set a new European mark of 2hrs 05mins 11secs when winning the prestigious Chicago Marathon in October.Farah, a quadruple Olympic champion having achieved the distance double of 5,000 metres and 10,000m in 2012 and 2016, said he was looking forward to pitting his wits against the traditionally strong field the race attracts.“I’m delighted to confirm I’ll be returning to race the London Marathon again next year,” Farah said in a statement issued by the organisers of the April 28 race.“I’ve often said how racing in London is very special to me and the London Marathon gives me the chance to run in front of my fans, on my home roads, where the atmosphere is like nothing else.”last_img read more

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Latest: Chelsea 1 Galatasaray 0 (Agg: 2-1) – Eto’o strikes at the Bridge

first_imgChelsea took a step towards the Champions League quarter-finals as Samuel Eto’o gave them an early second-leg lead.Galatasaray’s former Chelsea star Didier Drogba was given a predictably warm reception on his return to Stamford Bridge, where the home side went ahead after only four minutes.Oscar linked up well with Eden Hazard to create the opening for Eto’o and the striker’s hurried shot crept under the body of keeper Fernando Muslera, who perhaps should have done better.And after more nice interplay involving Hazard and Oscar, Frank Lampard sent an effort over the bar.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, David Luiz, Mikel, Schurrle, Ba, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What You Do This Week Matters

first_imgLet’s say your average sales cycle from target to close is 90 days. That means that the opportunities you create this week will be won in the first week of April. If you decide not to prospect this week, you will pay for this decision months from now.Maybe your sales cycle is longer, call it 180 days, twice as long as the example above. The prospecting you don’t do this week will not come back to bite you until July. With a 180-day sales cycle, there will be nothing you can do to create the opportunities you need.For some of you reading this, your sales cycle can be a year or longer. You won’t have any negative repercussions from not prospecting now until an entire year has passed.The problem with prospecting and opportunity creation is that there is no penalty for not doing it today. You show up tomorrow, you still have your job, no one notices that you didn’t do any prospecting, and no one expected you to win an opportunity on any particular day (unless you forecasted the deal). The penalty for not prospecting comes much later, at some date that is so far away that you are misled into believing that you have time to make up for lost time. But the more days you go without doing the work, the more the penalty multiplies, creating a gap that cannot be overcome by even the most valiant and determined effort.It’s worth reviewing the math. If you have a 1,200,000 quota, you need to win $100,000 business each month. If you have a 50 percent close rate, you need $200,000 worth of opportunities each month. If you fail to produce those opportunities in a single month, your number doubles to $400,000 in new opportunities the following month. That means those opportunities will be won a month later than they would have been had you done the work when you needed to.The first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging. This is why it is important to keep the disciplines that produce success consistently over time. What you do this week matters, even if you won’t see the results until well into the future.last_img read more

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10 months agoMourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascelles

first_imgMourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascellesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United players lost faith in former manager Jose Mourinho, according to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.United have won three straight games since Mourinho’s sacking.Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with United, Lascelles said: “They probably needed that (a change at the top). They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players.”Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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18 days agoTottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisis

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisisby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No.“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s ­normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.” last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP investigating fatal vehicle accident

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The RCMP in Grande Prairie are investigating a fatal collision that occurred at the intersection of Canfor Road and the Forestry Trunk Road on Thursday.At roughly 12:45 p.m. on February 22nd, a truck travelling southbound on the Forestry Road collided with a logging truck that was travelling eastbound on the Canfor Road. The 67-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle and his 27-year-old passenger, both from the Edmonton area, were confirmed to be deceased at the scene.A female passenger from Mundare was airlifted to a hospital via STARS air ambulance with serious injuries. The driver of the logging truck was uninjured. The RCMP is currently investigating all possible contributing factors that could have caused the crash.last_img read more

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Fort St John Association for Community Living to host inclusion meeting

first_img“We were happy to get on board to have the consultation in Fort St. John and have invited individuals, parents, support groups and those who care for adults living with developmental disabilities to participate and provide the province with feedback on what community inclusion should be”, said LaBoucane.The community inclusion meeting for adults living with developmental disabilities takes place November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, located at 10251-100 Avenue.For more information and for registration, you can call the Fort St. John Association for Community Living at 250-787-9262 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the Fort St. John Association for Community Living will be holding a meeting to discuss community inclusion for adults living with developmental disabilities.The objective of the meeting is to update a shared vision for community inclusion and to guide planning for how provincial services and supports should change and evolve over the next 10 years.Renee LaBoucane, Executive Director of Fort St. John Association for Community Living, says they have invited various members of the community to attend.last_img read more

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CM Finch Elementary School contributes to Poppy Campaign

first_imgCo-Campaign Manager Tina Tucker says they are grateful for the support from the community in Fort St. John.“I am proud to say thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the Poppy campaign a huge success this year. I just want to say thank you Fort St. John for supporting our local Veterans and their families.”The Poppy Fund provides support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – C.M. Finch Elementary School recently donated $975.00 to the Fort St. John Poppy Campaign.The money was raised through the School where students and community members donated money towards the Poppy Campaign.The $975.00 donation now brings the Campaign’s total to $45,503.48.last_img read more

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