UGA Inventor

first_imgDarrell Sparks’ legacy at the University of Georgia spans more than 50 years and includes the release of eight patented pecan cultivars and research focused on the development of new and improved pecan varieties. For his contributions to Georgia’s pecan industry, Sparks is the 2018 recipient of the university’s Inventor of the Year Award.A scientist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Horticulture, Sparks received the award on April 19 during the 39th annual UGA Research Awards banquet held on the university’s main campus in Athens, Georgia.“It was unexpected, that’s for sure. It’s great that you can get an award for something that you enjoy doing,” Sparks said.Sparks is responsible for the release of ‘Byrd,’ ‘Cunard,’ ‘Morrill,’ ‘Treadwell,’ ‘Tom,’ ‘Huffman,’ ‘Tanner’ and ‘Whiddon’ pecan cultivars. All patented cultivars released in the U.S. in the last 10 years, these cultivars helped to make Georgia No. 1 in pecan production nationwide.“As the nation’s top pecan-producing state, a large part of that success can be attributed to research by Dr. Sparks. He is the world authority on pecan management and physiology, and his development of new varieties keeps pecans as one of Georgia’s most important commodities,” said Allen Moore, CAES Associate Dean for Research. “He is a remarkably productive and prolific scientist whose research has real impact.”Sparks joined the UGA horticulture department in 1965, a time when pecans were not a high-value crop. Through his research on the physiology of pecans — leaf retention, pecan nutrition and nutrient deficiencies — Sparks revitalized the pecan industry and sparked the start of new orchards across the country.“Pecan trees are a very long-lived crop and will often outlive the grower that planted them. The impact of the new cultivars released by Dr. Sparks will last for many decades, and they will increase the productivity and profitability of new pecan orchards across the United States,” said Patrick Conner, CAES pecan breeder based on the UGA Tifton campus. “In addition, several of his cultivars are being used as parents in my breeding program, and his work will improve future generations of pecan cultivars as well.”Sparks has also received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and was elected as a Fellow by the ASHS. CAES awarded Sparks the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research in 2001. His honors also include the 1996 Most Outstanding Fruit and Nut Crop Publication Award from the ASHS.In addition to breeding new pecan varieties, he also developed a model for predicting Georgia pecan production. The model identifies different factors that influence pecan production and nut quality, which results in improved orchard management for pecan growers.Conner took over as the university’s pecan breeder in 1998. Sparks, who celebrated his 80th birthday on April 14, hopes to release his final pecan cultivar later this year.last_img read more

U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain plans to generate a third of its electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030 and boost the value of exports of offshore wind services and equipment to 2.6 billion pounds ($3.4 billion) a year, the government said on Thursday.Britain, which aims to lift industrial productivity as it leaves the European Union, is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with almost 40 percent of global capacity. On and offshore wind turbines met 17 percent of UK power needs in 2018.Britain now has total installed wind power capacity of 20 gigawatts (GW), with offshore wind farms accounting for 8 GW. Offshore capacity will reach 30 GW by 2030 under the plan.The country also hosts the world’s largest wind farm, Orsted’s 659 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project, with 87 turbines, some of which can generate 8.25 MW each.Britain aims to close coal-fired power stations by 2025, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The failure of some nuclear power plans has also encouraged the focus on offshore wind to fill the potential power gap.More: Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030last_img read more

First Time Home Buyers – Free Class, Priceless Information

first_imgCheryl explains the purchase and sale agreement to new home buyers.The Home InspectionEvery home buyer is encouraged to obtain a home inspection to clearly understand the condition of the home they plan to purchase.  Larry Stamp  of Cameo Home Inspection Service provides an entertaining overview of the inspection process, complete with samples of pest damaged wood and other displays to emphasize the potential damage a home can experience.  Larry has written the informative booklet “What if Houses Could Talk” which you can download for free. Real Estate Brokers Real Estate Broker, Cheryl Frable of Real Living  Northwest Realtors, covers the home buying process with new buyers illustrated with a detailed flow chart.  The process begins with finding a broker you like and trust since you will be spending considerable time with them and sharing personal information.  Real Estate Brokers can assist buyers in clarifying their reasons for purchasing a home, learn the pros and cons of online searches, recommend reliable service providers, and guide them through the purchase process.  Real Estate Broker services are typically provided at no cost to the buyer. First Time Home Buyers Class The First Time Home Buyers class is a free course offered by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission which helps homebuyers learn how to purchase and maintain a home.  Upon completion of the course, participants receive a certificate good for two years, which is required for some of the loan assistance programs.Michelle Wickett covers the 8 steps to home ownership with first time home buyers.One such course is taught locally by trained instructor Michelle Wickett of Axia Home Loans.  Michelle informs buyers of their loan options, including the possibility of down payment assistance.  Buyers also learn about pre-approval vs pre-qualification, and the differences between various lenders including banks, mortgage brokers, and portfolio lenders.Michelle has assembled a team of local professionals to assist with the course subjects including a Real Estate Broker, Home Inspector, and Tile Company representative.  These industry experts explain their roles in the home buying process and provide many helpful hints when searching for a home. Facebook64Tweet0Pin0 Free Take Out Upon completion of the First Time Home Buyers Class, participants receive a complimentary packet of information explaining home buying terms, processes, and resources as a reference to the abundance of information received during the class.  They also receive examples of forms and definition of terms to help prepare for the home buying process.Larry Stamp helps home buyers understand the inspection process. Submitted by Dan Martinez, Keller Williams RealtyParticipants receive lots of valuable information guiding them through the home buying process.The young buyers were worried and stressed.  The home they were renting and planning to purchase was no longer an option and they needed to move within the next month.  Fortunately, these buyers had taken the First Time Home Buyers class which I recommended to them, and were prepared to move quickly with their financing in place and a clear understanding of the home buying process.   Within one week, we were able to find a great home and they were able to move when their lease expired. Send Someone to Class Realtor.com recently reported that first-time home buyers helped push home sales in May to their highest level since May 2009 and that first-time buyers in May represented 32% of all sales, up from 30% in April and 27% a year ago.  Chances are you know a First Time Home Buyer who can benefit from this class so forward this article and help them become educated and empowered to purchase a home with confidence.Contact me if you would like to know more about this class or are ready to buy, sell, or invest in real estate.Dan Martinez360-789-4408danmartinez@kw.comlast_img read more

Celtic legend John Hartson says club’s haters are just jealous

first_img silverware Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Celtic are going through a sticky patch impact highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “People just love to knock winners, don’t they?”However, the former Celtic striker, who scored over 100 goals for the club, admitted Rodgers is irritated by the board’s lack of support in the transfer window.The Hoops boss was reportedly interested in signing Scottish midfielder John McGinn from Hibs, but the 23-year-old joined Aston Villa instead.He added:  “There is a little bit of frustration that’s crept in. Brendan, they tell me, is frustrated with the fact that they’ve not backed him. Celtic are currently quite short on numbes.“The McGinn deal was crazy because apparently Hibbs wanted £3.5m and he ended up going to Aston Villa for £2.75m.“To think of the money Celtic have brought in and they couldn’t find that money to tie McGinn down, a player that Rodgers is desperate to have at Celtic. For the life of me, I don’t know how Celtic could’ve let that one slip through their hands.” 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img NEW ERA Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more And, despite a frustrating summer transfer window, Hartson thinks the club’s current situation has been blown way out of proportion.He told talkSPORT: “There’s just so many Celtic haters out there, it’s unbelievable.“What happens is – you’re serial winners and you’ve won a double treble, you’ve competed in the Champions League group stages for two years, there’s 60,000 people at the stadium every single week, there’s not a spare seat in the house and Brendan Rodgers has done a remarkable job.“Yes, Rodgers is frustrated because he’s not been able to sign the players he wanted. But crisis? Come on, do me a favour. gameday 2 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Hartson was a fan favourite at Celtic Park Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener smart causal Celtic legend John Hartson believes suggestions of crisis at the club are ridiculous and stem from jealousy.The Hoops lost 1-0 to Hearts on Saturday and find themselves needing to score in their Champions League third round qualifying match against AEK Athens tonight in order to progress. ALTERED last_img read more