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

Thailand MotoGP postponed as virus wrecks season’s start

first_img Even last week Thai MotoGP organisers were upbeat, pledging extra health measures like temperature checks, facemasks and hand sanitisers. Anutin himself had vowed “no cancellation” on Friday. But on Sunday, Thailand’s health ministry said a 35-year-old Thai man passed away due to complications caused by the coronavirus. “Things change every day and it has become pandemic,” Anutin told AFP on Monday. “We have to go along with the circumstances worldwide and it (postponement) is in the best interests of the nation as well as the participants.” As the coronavirus has spread, Italy has become the hardest-hit European country with 34 deaths and more than 1,600 confirmed cases. Italian drivers play a “vital role in the championship”, said the international motorcycling federation on Sunday following the cancellation of the race in Qatar, which is restricting arrivals from Italy. Six riders in the elite class are Italian, including seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi as well as 2019 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, while Ducati and Aprilia are leading Italian manufacturers. Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush Thailand’s MotoGP was postponed over the new coronavirus on Monday as motorcycling’s premier championship took its second hit in two days from the deadly outbreak. Marc Marquez won the Thai MotoGP last year A day after the season-opening Qatar MotoGP was axed, Thailand organisers postponed the March 20-22 race in Buriram without setting a new date. “I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do (the event),” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organising committee, told AFP. “It’s because of the coronavirus,” added Anutin, who is also Thailand’s deputy prime minister and health minister. “We need to postpone it today until further notice.” The move means both of the season’s first two races have been shelved. The next race on the schedule is in Austin, Texas on April 5. It could also put renewed focus on Formula One, whose season starts with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15. The Chinese F1 Grand Prix has already been postponed, and Vietnam is due to host its inaugural race in Hanoi on April 5. However, Hanoi’s mayor said last week that the city was “ready to cancel it in case of the epidemic’s progression”. The virus originating from China, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, has had a heavy impact on sports events, forcing a long list of postponements and cancellations. “The committee decided to postpone the race due to the widespread of COVID-19 around the world,” Anutin said in an organising committee statement. “People who attend, racers and teams could come from at-risk countries. Thailand has to postpone for the safety of Thai people until the situation is better.” – ‘Best interests of the nation’ – The Thai MotoGP takes place in Buriram, in the country’s north east Read Also: Season-opening Qatar MotoGP cancelled due to coronavirus Thailand currently has 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The bulk of those infected are Chinese tourists or Thais who’ve come into contact with travellers. Much of Thailand’s tourism sector is reliant on Chinese holidaymakers, and the country anticipates shedding five million visitors this year due to the virus – a revenue hit of more than $8 billion. The MotoGP event in Buriram brought in three billion baht ($94 million) each of the last two years it was held, Anutin said last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Health authorities announced the death of a 35-year-old man from complications of COVID-19last_img read more

Titans TTC outreach at President’s College a resounding success

first_img… Dick eyes schools league for 2020GUYANA’S top table tennis club, the Titans TTC, recently concluded an outreach at President’s College in Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara following an invitation from the institution’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in a bid to reintroduce the sport to the students.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Titans’ founder and president, Dwain Dick, hailed the outreach as a success; “We were invited by the PTA to see if we could resuscitate some interest in the sport. The response was overwhelming. Two visits saw more than 80 students including more than 30 females indicating interest.”He revealed; “It is our hope that we can introduce the sport into the curriculum for those intending to write CSEC PE and use table tennis as their sport of choice. This ties in with our (Titans TTC) goal of introducing 1 000 players to the sport by 2020 and pioneering a school league, which we can use as the basis for talent identification to benefit the national teams”.Some of President’s College students going through drills during the Titans TTC outreachMeanwhile, Dick urged the public at large to support the school, as they seek to reinstitute the sport among the students; “We hope that persons can come on board and support in terms of assisting the school with tables, racquets, balls and the necessary equipment needed to help bring PC to the forefront of schools table tennis.”Zeroing in on Titans’ plans for the schools league, Dick explained; “We are looking to form clubs in several schools under the Titans umbrella, where we will be providing all the technical expertise in terms of coaching and other forms of support, we are focusing on implementing that this year, so by next year we hope to have those schools at a highly competitive level to form our league for which we will be seeking corporate sponsors.”“This initiative is so that table tennis can have the depth and longevity to always have an abundance of talent to choose from among our youths. We have already identified Mae’s Secondary and Westfield Prep school for our summer programmes. We are positive that this will take us in the direction of a strong base of talent available for the future”.The Titans TTC have proved that they are head and shoulders above other clubs in Guyana and are heavily focused on youth development in the sport.This is heavily reflected in the fact that they provide almost the entire National Junior and Cadet teams with players, in addition to having the male and female National U-13, U-15 and U-18 champions in Jonathan Van Lange and Thuraia Thomas.last_img read more