first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaMoultrie, Ga. — Visitors, exhibitors and political leaders converged here to learn about the latest farm technology and research on display at the 27th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition Oct. 19-21.”Many who don’t go to farms often have absolutely no idea the level of technology used to produce the food and fiber not only in this country, but all over the world,” said Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue at the Willie B. Withers Sunbelt Ag Expo luncheon on opening day.Perdue called agriculture Georgia’s oldest and one of its most important industries. “We’re committed in helping agricultural technology grow in Georgia,” he said.This year’s expo had 1,201 exhibitors. It was expected to draw about 220,000 visitors.At the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences building, visitors were quizzed on food safety and saw butterflies flying, insects eating and a miniature model farm irrigated by precision technology.They learned about irrigation research, forestry, economic development and Internet imaging systems. They saw how wireless technology can help farmers more efficiently manage their farms. And under the “Dawgs Gone South” display, prospective students learned how they could get a four-year UGA degree in Tifton, Ga.Visitors took tram tours of field demonstration sites. They learned about CAES scientists’ crop research and saw firsthand how farm machines, many new to the market, work on real crops on the expo farm.”Sunbelt Expo provides an excellent opportunity for the CAES faculty and staff to showcase new and ongoing college projects and programs to a wide variety of people from across the country,” said Anne Young, chair of the CAES expo committee.UGA President Michael F. Adams said the university remains committed to agriculture and to finding ways to improve and promote economic development and academic achievement in rural Georgia. Adams toured the expo grounds on opening day.Eddie Johnson Jr. became the first North Carolina farmer to become the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. The award has been given in each of the past 14 years on opening day.Johnson received $16,700 in cash and prizes, along with the use of a tractor for a year. He farms tobacco, corn, silage, soybeans, barley and wheat on a 1,170-acre farm.The other seven state finalists included John East, Alabama; Dale Sauls, Florida; Joe Boddiford Jr., Georgia; Sledge Taylor III, Mississippi; Earl Thrailkill, South Carolina; Austin Anderson, Tennessee; and Lance Everett, Virginia.last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite carved out his 18th first class hundred to surpass 7 000 first class runs as Barbados Pride dominated leaders Guyana Jaguars on the opening day of their eighth round game here yesterday.He was joined by West Indies teammate, Shai Hope, who gathered his fifth first class hundred as Pride, choosing to bat first at Kensington Oval, ended the day on 293 for two.Brathwaite struck 143 while Hope entertained with an unbeaten 118, the pair putting on 205 for the second wicket in a partnership that pulled the hosts around from 45 for one after left-hander Anthony Alleyne perished cheaply for eight in the first session.Playing only his second game of this season’s Regional four-day championship, the 24-year-old Brathwaite immediately made his presence felt.All told, he struck 17 fours in an innings lasting 236 balls and just over 4-3/4 hour, passing the 7 000-run landmark when he reached 36.Hope, meanwhile, extended his rich vein of recent form, counting 15 fours and two sixes in a knock spanning 257 deliveries and just under five hours at the crease.For Hope, it was his third hundred in seven games, following his back-to-back efforts in the semi-final and final of the Regional Super50 last month.Brathwaite combined with Alleyne to add 45 for the first wicket and to safely navigate the first hour for the hosts.Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates his century on the opening day of the eighth round match between Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars at Kensington Oval, (Photos by WICB Media/Kerrie Eversley)However, Alleyne seemingly lost concentration following the drinks break and fell to the second delivery, wafting at a short ball from left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer and nicking a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.Any hopes Jaguars had of slicing through Pride’s top order were then dashed, however, as Brathwaite and Hope combined to keep the visitors wicket-less for the remainder of the session and the entirety of the post-lunch period.At lunch, Pride were 75 for one with Brathwaite on 43 and Hope, 16, and the pair added a further 88 in the second session to push the hosts up to 163 without further loss at tea.Brathwaite raised his half-century off 108 balls with his fifth four – a punch to the cover boundary off left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and achieved triple figures in the fifth over after tea off 177 deliveries with 11 fours.Hope, meanwhile, brought up his half-century in style by clearing long-on with the ineffective West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to move to 49 before driving Reifer square in the next over.Unbeaten on 55 at tea, Hope reached three figures in the final hour of the day when he hoisted Bishoo to the mid-wicket boundary to move to 99 before taking a single.Brathwaite eventually perished with 150 beckoning, playing back to fast bowler Romario Shepherd and going lbw.Hope and Shamarh Brooks, unbeaten on 14, then steered Pride safely to the close in an unbroken third-wicket stand so far worth 43. PRIDE 1st inningsK. Brathwaite lbw b Shepherd 143A. Alleyne c wkp. Bramble b Reifer 8Shai Hope not out 118S. Brooks not out 14Extras: (lb-4, w-1, nb-5) 10Total: (2 wkts 94 overs) 293Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-250.Bowling: Reifer 19-4-51-1 (nb-4), Pestano 16-2-56-0 (nb-1), Shepherd 17-4-65-1 (w-1), Motie 20-3-55-0, Bishoo 22-4-62-0.JAGUARS – L. Johnson, S. Hetmyer, R. Chandrika, V. Singh, S. Chanderpaul, R. Reifer, A Bramble, R. Shepherd, D. Bishoo, G. Motie, C. Pestano.last_img read more

first_imgHearts of Oaks defender, Nuru Sulley has returned home from Egypt after only a few days stay in the Arabian land.Nuru who arrived in Ghana on Sunday night is hoping  that issues involving his move from Hearts would be resolved amicably and on time so he will finally join the exodus bandwagon. The defender had to return home upon the request of Accra Hearts of Oak who are yet to receive the transfer fee for the Stalwart Ghana defender.The defender disclosed. “I am back home upon the request of Hearts of Oak because there are issues surrounding my transfer which has not been dealt with. The transfer fee involved has not been paid to Hearts though I have had my share already. “The Egyptians want to pay $100,000 which is less than the $130,000 we originally agreed on with the Libyan club so Hearts objected it so I had to come back home whilst things are sorted out”. Libyan cub, Al-Nasr who agreed on a $130,000 transfer fee with Hearts but has had to loan the defender to El Geish in the Egyptian Premier League because of the postponement of the Libyan League due to violence in that region. The Federation of Libyan Football postponed the Libyan domestic football league until January 2015 following ongoing armed violence in the North African country. The new season was supposed to commence in August but fighting between rebel factions in the capital, Tripoli and Benghazi have made arrangements impossible. The general assembly of the body set for August 18 in Bayda, eastern Libya, was also suspended until further notice.Hearts are said to have recalled the defender because it had not received its share of the transfer fee involved in the transfer of their defender.last_img read more

first_imgThe Lightning reached a rare milestone Monday.Tampa Bay became the third team ever to tally 60 wins in a season. The team joins the Red Wings, who completed the feat in 1995-96, and the Canadiens (1976-77). Lightning sign coach Jon Cooper to multi-year extension Lightning clinch Atlantic Division, Presidents’ Trophycenter_img The Lightning beat the Senators, 5-2, to move to 60-15-4 on the season. They have just three regular-season games left. The @TBLightning are the third team in NHL history to reach the 60-win mark in a season, joining the Red Wings in 1995-96 (62-13-7, 131 points) and Canadiens in 1976-77 (60-8-12, 132 points). https://t.co/lPGHEyLceq #NHLStats #TBLvsOTT pic.twitter.com/p7UKaAUD2B— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 2, 2019Tampa Bay clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division on March 18, and earned the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season.  Related Newslast_img read more