Most of the sorghum eaten by Americans is consumed indirectly when they eat beef or chicken that were fed the grain. In other parts of the world, though, it is eaten directly as a food staple. In some African countries, sorghum accounts for 40 percent of people’s diets. A University of Georgia plant breeder wants to increase the plant’s production by tapping into the perennial characteristics of its wild ancestors.“Food has started to run short in some countries, and we are trying to produce more,” said Andrew Paterson, a distinguished research professor and director of the UGA Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory. “We are also looking at infertile soils and other obstacles we need to overcome with alternative cropping.”PGML is a joint unit of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.According to a June 26 article in Science co-written by Paterson, “perennial grain crops could meet a wide array of domestic and international challenges,” including food security, climate change and energy supply. A commercially viable perennial grain crop, he said, must regrow reliably after harvest, have high yields, adapt to drought and low-nutrient soils and be pest resistant.Paterson has studied wild sorghum relatives for the past 18 years. One wild sorghum variety, Sorghum propinquum, is a perennial. Seeds from this wild variety were used in crosses that helped Paterson sequence the genome of Sorghum bicolor in January 2009. Paterson and his collaborators placed 98 percent of its genes in their chromosomal context. At 730 million bases, or letters of DNA, sorghum’s genetic code is a quarter of the size of the human genome.He’s now ready to develop a perennial sorghum. “The limitation is not whether it can be done, but if we will have the funding to make it happen,” he said. In 2009, Paterson received a $320,000 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant to continue the research. But more funding will be needed to produce a perennial crop in the next 10 years, he said.Increased interest in biofuels has thrust the spotlight on sorghum, currently the second leading source of ethanol in the United States, behind corn. “Biofuel crops need to be adapted to grow in areas not suitable for food crops,” he said. Naturally drought-tolerant, sorghum is often grown where irrigation isn’t economical. Typically planted April through May and harvested in autumn, Paterson said extending the growing season or developing a perennial variety that will produce year after year is beneficial. UGA is currently testing a few of the first crosses, but Paterson said they don’t overwinter well in Georgia. Sorghum also struggles against fungal diseases in humid environments. One sorghum relative, Sorghum halepense, commonly called Johnsongrass, does thrive in Georgia’s dry, humid climate. But it can be invasive and reach as far north as southern Canada. Paterson is exploring the genetic connection between sorghum and Johnsongrass on a small scale. If he can isolate genes that allow the plant to survive in Canada, it could help him develop a more cold-tolerant perennial sorghum. “We want enough perenniality to overwinter, but not take over,” he said. “We would like to develop a 5- or 10-year crop instead of an annual.” He is also hoping to improve the crop’s seed size, flowering time and disease resistance and to make its harvesting easier.
Last year I ran the inaugural Quest for the Crest 10k outside of Burnsville, North Carolina in the Black Mountains, the highest ridgeline east of the Mississippi River. My fellow race director, buddy Sean ‘Run Bum’ Blanton, had created a 10k race that ran from the bottom of the mountain, over the top and then back down again, a climb of 3,100 feet followed by an equal descent, and billed it as the “Hardest 10k in the World.” Of course I had to participate in something this awesome, especially considering the majestic beauty of the Black Mountains. I had a solid race, finishing in 5th place overall, but I longed for more miles after finishing, which can only be attributed to the fact that I’m a crazy ultra runner.Well, Sean thought the same thing apparently, and a few weeks after the race he contacted me in helping him create a 50k route though the Blacks that would be just as ridiculously hard, but not full of multiple loops and a bunch of out and backs. After many drafts, we settled on the the current point-to-point course, a natural line throughout the range including over 11,500 feet of climbing in 32 miles. We had essentially just created the hardest 50k in the United States based solely off of the numbers. That didn’t include the fact that almost all of the route was on some ungodly technical trail. The route would include three 3,000 plus foot climbs and descents from the South Toe River valley to the crest of the Black Mountains, along with a three mile section on the ever undulating 6,000 foot ridgeline itself.I couldn’t wait to run it and signed up fully knowing what I was getting myself into. Having run all of the course in sections multiple times before, I knew that a finish time in the eight to nine hour range was possible for me, with my main goal of finishing just under eight hours if I had the legs. I began the race and was on pace for the first 14 miles to complete the course in the low eight hour time. I ran conservatively on the first climb and descent as well as the next climb up to the ridge. The only problem I was having was stomaching my food. An issue that on a run like this is eventually going to catch up to you.After a short pit stop on the second 3,000 foot climb, I began to feel a bit better, but I still couldn’t stand the taste of the food I had brought along for fuel, which was odd considering I had been using the same source for almost a year with no ill effects. I ended up hitting my high point in the race along the 6,000 foot crest of the Black Mountains. I believe that I was actually more fueled from the amazing views along the ridge. Everything else just became secondary.I began to pass people who were having a difficult time managing the technical footing of the trail and put a solid gap on some of my competitors. But, I soon realized that I was running low on water and would not be hitting another sure source for five miles. I tried to fill up at a small spring, but the flow was such a trickle that I could barely get anything in my bottle. I decided to just cruise the descent and hope for the best.Now I was in double trouble. I was having trouble consuming fuel, and now I was quickly becoming dehydrated in the humid air. At the bottom of the descent at Colbert Ridge aid station, I contemplated throwing in the towel. I was still on an eight hour pace, but I knew then that it was a pipe dream. Now it was all about survival and finishing. I tried to get as much water in me as I could and had my buddy Jody, my crew for the day, load me up with a bag full of potatoes, which was the only thing I could stomach at that point. Shortly, I began to walk down the road to the next trail and the last climb of the day, a climb that would be the longest and highest yet along the Buncombe Horse Trail.The wheels really started to come off on the last climb. Along the climb I would only past by about six people, even though they were all hiking. My legs began to feel extremely heavy and I couldn’t keep my heart rate from busting through my chest without moving at a slow hike. Once I hit the last half mile of the climb, a rocky scramble up what seemed a dry creek bed to the high point of the race at Big Tom Gap, I began to feel dizzy, nauseous, and my quads wanted to cramp with each big step up from boulder to boulder.I sat down on the rocks twice during this half mile to just try and organize myself. All the while being past by more and more runners. By the time I reached the aid station at the bottom of the half mile final push, I promptly laid down in the grass and proceeded to give in, pass out, and take a nap. Of course, the medics at the aid station wouldn’t let me just give in and told me I needed to get myself more salt and fluids. I laid in the grass, chomping on potato chips, and sipping water out my bottle. I had completely fallen apart.Eventually, I picked myself up and started walking the final six miles down to the finish. Feeling slightly rejuvenated from the coconut water kindly given to me from one of aid volunteers own stash, I hiked and chatted with another fellow western North Carolina runner until we hit the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Since the last four miles would be downhill, I tried to run again, so I could get done with this crazy stupid adventure of a race as soon as possible. My legs began to come back to me little by little and I soon caught a few of my fellow runners who had passed me earlier as I laid comatose in the grass. I kept on running all the way to finish line and crossed in 9:30, elated to be done with the hardest race of my life. Considering I partially dreamed up this course, I truly got a taste of my own medicineI’ll be back next year!
Tourist guides of Split from the Association of Tourist Guides Split, despite the uncertainty of their own business, as part of the campaign of the Tourist Board of Split #TogetherInSplit sent a message of unity in sign language and 12 world languages - English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish , Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Greek and Portuguese. “Thanks to our tourist guides who provided the best ambassadors of tourism in the city and by informing and telling interesting stories about Split provided an unforgettable experience to many tourists.”Said Alijana Vukšić, director of the Split Tourist Board. With a video message, the guides called on tourists to remain responsible so that they could socialize in Split as soon as possible and enjoy the natural and cultural beauties of Split.
Premier League clubs made a combined loss of £600 million in the 2018/19 season, even before suffering the financial pain of the coronavirus pandemic, a report revealed on Tuesday.Analysis from football finance experts Vysyble shows the 20 clubs in the English top-flight combined to post the huge loss despite record revenues of £5.15 billion ($6.6 billion)The financial impact of COVID-19 is set to have a huge impact on the Premier League, even if plans to complete the current season behind closed doors go smoothly. Premier League sides face paying a reported £330 million to broadcasters in rebates as matches could not be completed on schedule.An estimated £126 million could also be lost in matchday income from gate receipts and hospitality.”The COVID-19 virus is not the cause of football’s financial distress. It is merely the accelerant on what our data has very clearly and very correctly identified as a much longer-term problem,” said Vysyble director Roger Bell.”The 2018/19 numbers are a disturbing and profoundly worrying financial outcome from England’s senior football divisions and is symptomatic of the deeper issues with the overall financial model.” Wage costs for Premier League clubs have risen to £3.12 billion.Everton posted alarming losses of £111 million, while Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League saw the Blues lose £96 million.Yet the most worrying sign for the future financial health of the league may come from Tottenham.Spurs posted a league-high profit of £68.6 million for the 2018/19 season on the back of a run to the Champions League final.But the London club announced last week they had borrowed £175 million from the Bank of England. They fear they could lose £200 million over the next year due to the loss of matchday income, cancellation of non-football events such as NFL matches and concerts and rebates owed to broadcasters.”Our data has consistently demonstrated that football has been the master of its own misfortune with an over-reliance on TV revenues, staff cost-to-revenue ratios regularly in excess of safe operating limits (UEFA guidance recommends 70 per cent) and a failure to recognize key financial dynamics and trends,” added Bell.The economic outlook for the Championship is also bleak.Four Championship clubs have yet to release their full 2019 accounts, but the second tier of English football has so far combined for economic losses of £307 million.The final economic loss total for all 24 EFL Championship clubs is expected to be at least £350 million. Topics :
Renovator and developer Simone Burke had a new kitchen and floor put in at her Sippy Downs investment house on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Liam Kidston.ALMOST half of all property investors now were women, but many were still being short-changed out of millions because of the “blokey” nature of builders.Latest industry data showed that higher levels of working women, lone person and single parent households, divorce and longer lifespans were seeing almost as many females own property as males, 47 per cent according to the Property Council Australia.According to specialised female property investment advisory group Build in Common, the top five perceived main reasons why more women were not developing or renovating were “finding a builder, architect or tradespeople”; “lack of expertise or no previous experience”; “perceived as being too expensive”; “I don’t know where to start” and “not knowing if I can trust what a tradesperson tells me”.BIC co-founder and former commercial lawyer Pia Turcinov said women were capable of more than just painting and buying soft furnishings. “We want to help women project manage the trades for their renovation, or even have the confidence to co-ordinate an entire subdivision or commercial development.”The data showed that the top three projects being considered by women developers were kitchen renovation, new builds and subdivisions, with the top three calls for help being around budgeting guidelines, timeline examples of building projects and explaining what trades were needed for a project.Her fellow BIC co-founder and CEO of commercial construction firm Rodine Australia Justine Teggelove said techspeak impeded many women from building higher equity levels in real estate.“The construction sector is the most male dominated industry in the country. It has a jargon that often locks women out of the conversation,” she said.Demand for ways to break through that was so high BIC has created a toolkit to “designed to take the uncertainty out” of renovation and development projects.“A kitchen renovation can add significant value to a property, but if you outsource every aspect of the development you can easily over capitalise. Our toolkits will give women the confidence to optimise every improvement they make to their property.”The majority of women who were using the toolkits were in the 40s (40 per cent) followed by women in the 30s (25 per cent) and those in their 50s (21 per cent).Sunshine Coast resident Simone Burke was now mid-renovation for an investment property in which she “ripped up the floors and laid the vinyl planks herself”.When she first began developing and flipping properties, there was nothing available to break through the jargon of male tradies who made her feel like she was asking “dumb questions”.Ms Burke was influenced by her parents, who she said had made some really smart property purchases while she was growing up.She bought her first investment at 26 and was empowered by it. She did some basic cosmetic renovations on it, “even though I had no idea how’’.After meeting her husband and starting a family, the couple decided to put their money into property.Ms Burke said she started off with just small cosmetic renovation projects and tried to do as much as she could herself.“You have to be sensible with things like electrical and plumbing and always seek help from professionals.’’More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoShe would “absolutely’’ recommend property development to women.“Although feeling intimidated at first by the huge financial out lay, it has been really empowering,’’ she said.“This has encouraged me to continue on with further properties and take on more renovations on each one.’’ Top Tips for Renovating/Building/Developing: Have a plan Sit down and take stock of your current financial situation, so that you know exactly what your starting point is as far as your assets and liabilities go … The level of your risk exposure will affect not only your sleep cycle, but also likely timelines and levels of return. Understand the numbers Become financially literate. Know the terminology and what specifically to ask of your financial advisers … No question is a dumb one when it comes to your money and your property. Understand the players Research upfront who you are likely to be dealing with and in what context (financial advisers, banks, accountants, developers, real estate agents, lawyers, government agencies, and the list goes on). Know their roles. Back yourself to get started Map out a rough plan and understand the principles of the process. Don’t wait until you feel that you know it all. Embrace the fact that you may never feel completely ready. (Source: Build in Common)
Recently-established dry bulk joint venture GriegMaas has purchased another Chinese-built Ultramax unit, according to shipbrokers.The vessel in question is the 2012-built GH Rough Habit and was purchased from Denmark-based Celsius Shipping for a reported price of USD 16.5 million.GriegMaas also bought GH Rough Habit’s sister vessel GH Frankel from Celsius Shipping in June this year.Established by Norwegian shipping company Grieg Star and Dutch investment management firm Maas Capital in December 2018, the joint venture has so far acquired four ships. The first two units, 58,000 dwt Supramaxes Star Athena and Star Eracle, were sold to GriegMaas in early January 2019.All four units were built by China’s Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding in 2012.G2 Ocean, a Gearbulk and Grieg Star joint venture, will be responsible for the commercial management of the vessels, while Grieg Star will provide corporate and ship management services to GriegMaas.Back in January this year, GriegMaas said it planned further expansion of the fleet in 2019 without specifying the number of ships it would aim to buy.“GriegMaas will further strengthen our position within the Supramax and Ultramax segments, and thus further strengthen G2 Ocean’s Bulk activities,” Camilla Grieg, Grieg Star CEO, said at the time.
Loading… Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeRevealed: 6 Hidden Secrets Of The Great Wall Of China6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Big Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera Nigeria international and Shanghai Shenhua returnee striker Obafemi Martins is good to go as they begin season opener against Guangzou Evergrande on Saturday. Martins who made 40 appearances scoring 19 goals in his first ‘missionary’ sojourn at the club, was recently re-engaged in a €400,000 per week deal replacing compatriot Odion Ighalo who is currently enjoying his extended loan deal at the Old Trafford. The former Inter Milan, Newcastle, Levante, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan and Seattle Sounders forward was handed the No.17 on his second comingTwo matches have been slated for Saturday, Evergrande host visiting Shenhua in the first match while Wuhan Zall take on Qingdao Huanghai in the second match. The 16-team league has been grouped into Group A and B with eight teams per group.Meanwhile all Chinese Super League (CSL) players have reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 ahead of Saturday’s kick off. The campaign is returning after a five-month delay from the scheduled start, state news agency Xinhua reported.A total of 1,870 individuals from the tournament’s two hubs Suzhou near Shanghai and Dalian in the northeast of China have undergone medical checksNone of them tested positive for the disease that has caused havoc around the world, the report addedPlayers and officials from the 16 participating teams will be confined to their hotel and parts of the stadiums and tests will be conducted once a week during the tournament, it added.The CSL was originally scheduled to start on February 22 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read AlsoShanghai Shenhua sign ‘Obagoal’ to replace Man Utd loaneeTeams will play a round robin with the top four qualifying for an eight-team ‘championship’ stage and the bottom four from each group going into a ‘relegation’ phase.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Wade Taylor led start to finish in winning the Friday Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout feature at Willamette Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (June 30) – Round seven of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout saw a sixth different feature winner.Wade Taylor became the first Nevada driver to win a series event and put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot as well Friday at Willamette Speedway.Taylor drew the pole and had the field covered from the start of the 35-lap main event. He took the $1,000 checkers ahead of Jesse Williamson and Bricen James.Cory Sample and John Campos rounded out the top five.Taylor is the 19th different driver to win a tour feature and the sixth different winner in series history at Willamette.Feature results – 1. 8-Wade Taylor; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Bricen James; 4. Cory Sample; 5. John Campos; 6. Ethan Dotson; 7. Alex Stanford; 8. Collen Winebarger; 9. Brian Thompson; 10. Kellen Chadwick; 11. Lawrence O’Connor; 12. Nick Trenchard; 13. Grey Ferrando; 14. Brad Martin; 15. Shaun Mayea; 16. Mark Wauge; 17. D.J. Shannon; 18. Preston Luckman; 19. Dustin Cady; 20. Brett James.
By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (June 1) – Nick Roberts was not to be denied in picking up the IMCA Modified win Friday at Stuart Speedway.Roberts led Clint Luellen and Josh Gilman on lap one, but the field was slowed the next time around for a caution. Roberts picked back up where he left off when the green flag came back out, slowly pulling away from Luellen and Gilman.Luellen work the high and low sides of the track as well as, using lap traffic to gain some on the leader, but Roberts was not to be denied on this night as he went on to take the win.Brandon Pruitt picked up a second straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory and Adam Ayers repeated in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Chase Rudolf found his way to victory lane in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Curtis Miller made it three straight in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Chuck Vanderheiden made a big announcement about an upcoming special at Stuart Speedway. Together with IMCA.TV, Stuart will host a rare Monday event. July 2 will see the IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods in a nationwide pay per view event. Modifieds will pay $1,000 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier along with having a $1,000 to win Dirt Dominator event after the features are over. Stock Cars and SportMods will be racing for $700 to win, and adult grandstand admission is going to be $5. This show will be for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and state points but no track points.
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