N. Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson enters US Senate race

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Democratic state senator has announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2022. Jeff Jackson unveiled his bid Tuesday. He’s the second high-profile Democrat to enter the race to succeed Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who isn’t seeking reelection. Former state Sen. Erica Smith is running again after an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis won in November, extending the GOP’s winning streak in Senate elections in North Carolina to four. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker is also running for Burr’s seat. Jackson says he plans to ultimately visit all 100 counties.last_img read more

Uprooted trees

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaBesides all the downed limbs and debris it left behind, Georgianscan thank Hurricane Frances for increased pecan prices thisseason and higher peach prices next year, University of Georgiaexperts report.Pecan and peach trees statewide suffered significant damage fromFrances’ heavy winds. Both lost limbs, and some were uprooted.Georgia pecan growers are also reporting the loss of a largepercentage of nuts. Supply will be down”This will create a scarcity of nuts this season and the pecanprices are bound to go up,” said Greg Fonsah, an agriculturaleconomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “The nuts lost due to the storm will cause a reductionin production.”Fonsah says Georgia pecan growers were doubly impacted by thehurricane.”We lost several trees and nuts,” he said. “The trees will costmoney to replace. But it will cost farmers even more when theyplant new trees and wait for them to start bearing. Some farmersmight not have or find enough trees to purchase for replanting orreplacing the uprooted ones.”This year’s peach crop was spared. But next year’s will beaffected.”The lost trees will affect the next peach crop period,” Fonsahsaid. “The damage, if significant, will create a reduction in the2005 crop andwill most likely cause prices to be higher, too.”Fonsah says there is also a chance that trees with brokenlimbs will become vulnerable to pest and disease infestations. “This is especially possible in south Georgia where diseasepressure is high,” he said. “If this happens, it will costGeorgia farmers additional money for chemical sprays to keep thepest and disease pressure under control.” Homeowners in clean-up modeThe hurricane also affected homeowners across the state, who willremember its name for weeks as they clean up the debris it leftbehind.Thousands of trees are lost each year as a result of ice, windand lightning damage, said UGA horticulturist Orville Lindstrom.The resulting annual property value loss in Georgia is estimatedat more than $10 million. And this doesn’t include futureliability costs.”When hardwood trees are injured, a branch will break off, therewill be some decay and maybe a weak insect attack,” saidLindstrom, a UGA CAES professor. “The damage usually won’t killhardwoods because the trees have such a good food reserve in theroot system.”Pine trees are another story.”If Frances’ heavy winds caused your pine trees to lose a bigsection of the top or the main stem, you probably don’t have manyalternatives other than taking the tree out,” he said. “Pinetrees don’t store a lot of food in the root system. So when theyget injured, they don’t have as much to fall back on.”Besides injuring the tree’s structure, a large break in a pinetree’s top opens a virtual buffet for harmful insects.”The pine resin starts to come out and sends an open invitationto bark beetles,” he said. “They’re extremely hard to control,and there aren’t any really effective sprays.”Bark beetles fly in, bore through the tree’s bark and lay eggsunderneath. There the larvae form feeding galleries and introducea fungus called blue stain. This causes the tree to dry out andeventually die.If the recent storm left your pine trees with just brokenbranches, the prognosis is much better.”Properly prune the branches back to the whorl or main stem,”Lindstrom said. “Then you can do a good job of keeping that treehealthy. You’ll need to clean up and prune off any brokenbranches without destroying the form of the tree.”last_img read more

Adam Scott back in PGA chase after long break Down Under

first_img COMMENT Written By 1 month ago Is Addison Rae dating Scott Disick? Learn more about the TikTok star’s love life LIVE TV Adam Scott took his own sweet time returning to competitive golf.When he finally showed up at the PGA Championship this week, everyone else ranked inside the top 50 had already revved up for the season’s first major by playing at least one tournament somewhere. But Scott, who checked in at No. 10 this week, is just as eager as the other 49 to find out who got the work-life balance experiment right.Nearly every other pro rushed back from the pandemic-induced layoff to get back on the course beginning in mid-June. Scott took a pass, instead of skipping both Colonial and the Memorial tournaments he’d won previously and instead enjoyed a rare long break back home in Australia.He had misgivings about traveling at first, then concerns that the protocol in place to protect golfers wasn’t tighter than it is. What kept him home, finally, was simply the chance to kick back and relax. Scott celebrated his 40th birthday with family, relearned the pleasures and demands of full-time parenting and reconnected with old pals hanging out at the local Caloundra Golf Club, even volunteering at one point to wash the golf carts.It had been probably 20 years since I’d been home at that time of year and for that length of time, and I certainly enjoyed it very much, given whatever restrictions we were still under, he said Tuesday.It was nice to be there with the family, and I think in some way it’s going to prolong my career.  Some of those things, he added a moment later, are things that I don’t get to experience that much. What Scott does have plenty of familiarity with is both the PGA Championship this is his 20th  as well as the host Harding Park Golf Club. Enough, anyway, that Scott parlayed all that experience into a couple of good jokes.Reminded that he’d recorded more rounds of 65 or better than any golfer in PGA Championship history, he quipped, just not four days in a row. Later on, when a reporter pointed out that Scott was one of only three golfers to have competed in three previous events the 2005 World Golf Championship, 2009 Presidents Cup and the 2015 Match Play at the famed San Francisco municipal course, he broke into a grin.I think that’s a little surprising, he began, but I seem to be getting on these kind of ‘older’ lists much more often these days.He’s not kidding at least not entirely about that last part. If there’s a knock against the handsome, affable Aussie, it’s that he’s an underachiever. Scott has 14 PGA Tour wins and more than double that number around the world, but the 2013 Masters is his only major. That lone entry on an otherwise glowing resume in large part is why he’s back on the job this week, and likely to stay up until the Masters, now rescheduled to November.There’s no doubt the majors are kind of what everyone’s careers are defined and measured by at the end of the day, Scott said, adding, I’d love to win a second major. It’s all I focus on, really. This is a big opportunity for me, and so are the (seven other majors rescheduled over the) next 11 months.Scott scraped some of the rust off his game recently at Congaree Golf Club in South Carolina, where he began his quarantine after arriving on these shores. But there wasn’t much to begin with. He closed out 2019 by winning the Australian PGA Championship, took seven weeks off, and then claimed the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.Whether that’s preparation enough for a PGA Championship remains to be seen. But either way, Scott won’t have regrets.Not that anyone is really burnt out, but given the circumstances and just seeing the rigmarole of the changes in protocols and things to get into the golf tournament, I can see potentially how some guys have kind of got a little bit worn out over the last weeks on tour, he said.I certainly don’t feel, he added, like I missed anything from that sense. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 14:41 IST Adam Scott Back In PGA Chase After Long Break Down Under He had misgivings about travelling at first, then concerns that the protocol in place to protect golfers wasn’t tighter than it is Associated Press Television News 1 month ago Redding wins in Spain for his maiden Superbike victory 1 month ago Opposing brothers Scott, Tyler Heineman share special moment 1 month ago Will Smith was ‘terrified’ to play the character of a Genie in ‘Aladdin’; read more trivia SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th August, 2020 14:41 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMENDlast_img read more

Tom Strand rues poor defending for the defeat to Sundowns

first_imgMedeama SC coach Tom Strand admits it was painful to see his side lose concentration in the dying moments of his side’s first leg CAF Confederation Cup game with Sundowns in South Africa on Saturday.Medeama were leading 1-0 up to the 80th minute but the Brazillians scored 3 goals under 10 minutes to finish off the game with a 3-1 victory.Many expected the Tarkwa based side to hold onto that 1-0 lead but mistakes on the part of goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe and the defenders caused them This Tom Strand says it is hurting but hopes to make amends in the second leg which will be played at the Essipong stadium on May 18.“It was very painful to see my team go through what happened in the last minute of the game, I thought we could have hold on but poor defending caused us,” he said“Unfortunately we got tired and we were out of position but I hope in all these we are able to change things in the home game. “That is the only chance we have now, we must ensure we get a good result at home, one that will ensure our passage to the next stage of the competition.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Clippers set record in victory over Bulls

first_imgInstead, the Clippers unleashed their arsenal, starting with the outside shooting of Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick. Dudley hit four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points and Redick made 8 of 11 shots for 19 points.Blake Griffin added 15 points and 12 rebounds and Paul, a day after he was held under 10 assists for the first time this season, had 16 points and 17 assists.“It makes it so much easier just because you have to worry about those guys,” Griffin said of Dudley and Redick. “Coming off a screen, even in transition, I don’t know how many J.J. and Jared got just in transition. … It puts a lot of stress on the defense, allows (DeAndre Jordan) and I to set screens and then facilitate that way.“Even not hitting shots you can put pressure on a defense just by the movement they have in our offense and their presence alone.”The Clippers (10-5) shot 63.6 percent in the first quarter, 61.1 percent in the second quarter and after a 57.1 percent third quarter held a 96-73 lead. Then the reserves held the Bulls (6-6) to nine points in the final period.“We know what our defense is capable of,” Paul said. “We’ve been saying it for a while. Some nights it doesn’t look like it, but we know where to be. We were all on a string tonight, where one guy got beat, another guy helped. This is the blueprint for us.“That’s huge for our team. This was our fourth game in five nights. We could have come in with a lot of excuses, but we did what we were supposed to do.”The Bulls, who reached the 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals without Rose, looked a little shell-shocked this time around. In addition to missing Rose, they were without swingman Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined by a toe injury.Luol Deng led the Bulls with 22 points and Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer had 14 apiece. Chicago made only 4 of 25 shots in the final period.“Obviously we’re disappointed as a team,” Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said. “We all feel for (Rose). We’ve been through this, we’ve been through a lot as a team. We’ve got a lot of guys that have seen a lot in their careers.”Antawn Jamison made his season debut for the Clippers and scored 11 points and Darren Collison had 14 points and five assists in a 48-point barrage from the reserves.Dudley has been a starter all season but has struggled through tendinitis in his knee. And now he’s beginning to become settled in his new environment.“For me personally, the same shots I had tonight I had through all season,” said Dudley, who made 8 of 10 shots. “I’m a little more confident and getting in a little better groove.“My thing was if I couldn’t hurt the team, then I was going to try and keep playing. … Times have been tough and other times I’ve felt good, so it’s been up and down.” “It was the imperfect storm in some ways because there was no Rose,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “But I thought our defensive energy tonight was fantastic. We were sharp offensively, we were making shots and moving the ball.“This was the most active our hands were defensively. It was (Saturday’s) game in the first quarter for four quarters.”The 39-point rout was the largest winning margin in franchise history, eclipsing 37-point wins set in 1978 and 1975. Rose will undergo surgery for a right knee meniscus injury today and could be lost for the season for a second consecutive year.“Obviously they’ve had to deal with losing (Rose), which is a huge part of their team,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “The thing about their team is and their coaching staff is they know how to deal with that. They have an identity. They’re going to play hard every night, they’re going to be effective.” The Clippers were ready for and wary of a proud opponent accustomed to dealing with adversity.It might not have mattered who was across the Staples Center court from them on Sunday.In their fourth game in five days, the Clippers had plenty of legs left to shoot their way to a 121-82 victory over Chicago, which played its first game after former MVP Derrick Rose injured his knee.Not only did the five starters make 69 percent of their shots, the Clippers paid a little more attention on defense after building a 13-point halftime lead. All five starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more