Turfgrass Updates

first_imgMore than 800 people braved the hot August temperatures for a firsthand glimpse of the latest research by University of Georgia scientists at the Turfgrass Research Field Day held Thursday, Aug. 4, on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.“UGA serves as the research and education arm for the green industry in this state,” said Clint Waltz, UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist and one of the organizers of the field day event. “This field day keeps those in the green industry current and provides the continued education they need to remain profitable and able to provide the best quality products for golf courses, commercial lawns, homeowners’ lawns, parks, recreational sports fields and professional sports fields.” In the morning, green industry professionals rotated through a series of 12-minute talks by scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Topics included the latest research on turfgrass weed management, cultivar development and the application of pesticides while protecting pollinating insects.Self-guided tours in the afternoon included a demonstration on proper pesticide storage and handling, advice on the best fungicides for turfgrass disease control and sessions led by CAES turfgrass graduate students. “This field day attracts the top professionals in the green industry,” Waltz said. “Just like doctors and accountants attend conferences to say current in their fields, industry professionals attend our field day to keep current on best management practices and trends. They saw the latest and greatest in turfgrass science, from pest management, to environmental stewardship, to water management and conservation, to new turfgrasses on the horizon from our UGA breeders.”Professionals from Georgia and the Southeast also met several new UGA employees, including Assistant Dean for Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader Mark McCann and newly appointed UGA turfgrass physiologist David Jespersen.“We have a lot of new personnel who benefited from meeting turfgrass industry contacts, and it was exciting for everyone to see our new turfgrass research facility being constructed in the background,” Waltz said. “Two years ago, we talked about our new facility; this year, everyone saw it being built; and in two years, when the next field day is held, we’ll be in our new building.”For more information on turfgrass research at UGA, go to GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

Service never goes out of style

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charlie Amato Charlie Amato is the Chairman and Co-founder of SWBC. With 40 years of experience in all aspects of insurance operations, underwriting, and product development, Charlie is known in the business … Web: www.swbc.com Details When you’ve been in business for over 40 years, you learn a number of things about change. Business, society, technology, and people evolve. Forty years ago we didn’t have cell phones, the Walkman was barely making its debut on the music scene, and business was largely done with a handshake. And, while we can’t deny the tremendous ways our culture and businesses have benefited from the evolution of technology, when it comes to the way we manage our employee and customer relationships at SWBC, we hold true to the belief that service never goes out of style. In fact, if anything, advances in technology actually allow us to better serve our customers because we give them multiple channels to engage with us. From social media, to email, to chat bots, over the years we’ve intentionally leveraged technological advances to give our clients a better service experience to serve them where and when they prefer. But, at the end of the day, no matter how much we invest in technology, the foundation of our success is service—people serving people.  A Solid FoundationOver the years, I’ve had the privilege of watching some of my fellow business colleagues and leaders build strong, successful organizations. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen businesses fail. One of the elements that successful businesses and organizations have in common is a solid foundation built on core values. It’s important that organizations stay true to their core values and build their company culture around those values. Every aspect of their operations—recruiting, hiring, investing, marketing, charitable contributions, etc.—should be a manifestation of those values. The way that Gary Dudley, President and Co-founder, and I have ensured that service never goes out of style at SWBC is by creating a service-oriented culture. It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t without its own set of challenges, but we have always strived to maintain our values in all critical business decisions: integrity, service, trust, commitment, accountability, excellence, and teamwork.  Every organization is different, with a different set of goals and values, but these are the “rinse and repeat” steps that we have taken over the years to build and maintain a service-oriented culture:Lead by exampleCompany culture is built from the top down. Gary and I make it a point to be fully ingrained in the day-to-day operations of our company. Whether it’s traveling to meet with clients or prospects, speaking at our employee of the quarter events, or attending charity events on behalf of our company, we encourage our leadership teams to manage with the same mindset.  Be true to your valuesYou can’t fake culture. We are not Apple, Amazon, or Google, and we don’t pretend to be. We’re proud of the culture that we’ve built over the last several decades, and while we’ll continue to evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace, at the core, we will remain true to who we are.  Hire like-minded peopleYour culture is only as strong as the people you hire. While strong resumes full of accolades, degrees, and experience are important, hiring leaders and staff that embody your company values is just as essential. Communicate By nature, Gary and I are communicators. We know that our employees are humans; humans that make mistakes, need encouragement and support, and need to know what our expectations are. In every aspect of your organization, over-communicate your member-service expectations from the top down.  It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the credit union industry over the last 40 years. While our business has evolved over the years, entering into new territories, product lines, and target markets, our organization has remained rooted in making a positive impact on the lives and businesses of our clients. last_img read more

Red-hot Liverpool hit seven to ignite Champions League campaign

first_imgMARIBOR, Slovenia (Reuters) – Liverpool produced a superb attacking display to ignite their stuttering Champions League campaign with a blistering 7-0 Group E victory at Maribor on Tuesday.Having drawn their opening two games, Liverpool made a dream start when Mohamed Salah burst into the box before squaring for Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino to stroke home in the fourth minute.Nine minutes later Firmino’s compatriot Philippe Coutinho converted James Milner’s smart pullback to double the lead before Salah finished smartly at the near post as Liverpool ran riot in the opening 19 minutes.Liverpool’s fluid, dynamic front three continued to cut loose and the effervescent Salah capped a stunning first half for the visitors, converting Alberto Moreno’s low cross to make it 4-0 in the 39th minute.Halftime did little to halt their momentum and Firmino added a well-deserved second finishing from Coutinho’s fierce cross with a deft header in the 54th minute.Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the rout in the closing stages as the visitors registered their biggest win under manager Juergen Klopp.Liverpool have five points after three games to lead Group E from Spartak Moscow on goal difference, while Spanish side Sevilla sit one point adrift in third.Maribor have one point.last_img read more

Twelfth-seeded USC to take on fifth seed ASU

first_imgIn a quest for the ultimate upset, the Trojans start off the annual Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas this week as the No. 12 seed. The Trojans will face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils, the No. 6 seed, on Wednesday.The Trojans hope that this tournament will be a bright spot in a season that saw the Trojans finish last in the conference for the second consecutive year. They ended their season with a loss to their crosstown rivals UCLA by a final score of 85-74. The Trojans allowed the Bruins to go on a 25-7 run in the first half, and they could never catch up. Redshirt sophomore Katin Reinhardt led the way in the loss with 22 points off the bench; the Trojans will rely on his scoring in the tournament during which they will continue to be underdogs every night.The Trojans are one of the youngest teams in the entire country; among the power five conferences, the Trojans have the youngest roster in terms of minutes played by class. Head coach Andy Enfield knows that his team is young, but he also knows they will go out ready to compete.“We understand that from a physicality standpoint and from an age difference, they’re much older and a little stronger than us physically,” Enfield said. “We feel that if we go compete, we have a great chance.”Arizona State will come into the tournament having won five of its last seven games, a run that catapulted them to the five seed in the tournament. Their last win was over California by a margin of 74-70 in which they were led by senior forward Shaquielle McKissic, who scored 21 points in his last home game for the Sun Devils. McKissic is the leading scorer for the Devils with an average of 11.5 points per game.The last time these USC and ASU faced off, the Sun Devils came away on top, 64-59. The Devils had to rally late to beat the Trojans, who had led for the majority of the game. In this game, USC was led by reserve sophomore guard Kahlil Dukes who scored a career-high 18 points. Dukes kept the Trojans in a game where they were missing three of their players. Reinhardt, junior guard Chass Bryan and sophomore guard Devon Pflueger were all sent home from the Arizona road trip for violating team rules.USC will not head into Vegas at full strength, as freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin is out for the season with a shoulder injury. McLaughlin was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team on Monday. On the season, McLaughlin averaged 12.1 points, three rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He led all Pac-12 freshman in assists and steals per game, and he is the first Trojan to be named to the team since Maurice Jones back in 2011.Without McLaughlin, the Trojans will lean on their two dynamic sophomores against Arizona State. Sophomore guard Julian Jacobs has proven lately why he was named captain of the squad, both with his production on the court and through his leadership on such a young team. In the last seven games for the Trojans, Jacobs averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and seven assists per game. Jacobs has also been able to entertain the crowd as he leads the team with 18 dunks on the year. USC will also routinely go down low to sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic, who averaged 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Trojans during the regular season. Jacobs stressed preparation when he talked about the pending tournament.“You have to have a chip on your shoulder when you play in these kind of tournaments where it’s win or go home,” Jacobs said.The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The winner of the game will go on to face the UCLA Bruins, who earned a first round bye by placing fourth in the conference during the regular season. USC lost to UCLA in both matchups this year while the Sun Devils won the only meeting with the Bruins earlier in the year.last_img read more