first_imgNFL Stock Image.NASHVILLE – The NFL announced Wednesday that they’ve postponed the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans matchup Sunday to either Monday or Tuesday.The league says that a new game date and time will be announced as soon as possible, adding that the postponement will “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”This is the first game to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Titans reportedly had four players and five staff members test positive for the virus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWhether protecting watermelons from the scalding summer sun or helping plants produce bigger fruit, maintaining healthy vines is a top priority for Georgia growers, especially when farm workers continuously pick from the same fruit bed.“There are multiple reasons that watermelon farmers think about vine protection. Healthy vines supply more energy and photosynthate to fruit,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong.Protecting watermelon vines also increases the length of harvests. Instead of picking two or more times in a season, a farmer may pick four times in the same field, which increases yields and profits, Coolong said.Vines also help control sunburn. If vines aren’t strong when temperatures are at their highest during the harvest season, they aren’t able to protect the watermelon fruit from being exposed, which leads to sunburn damage.Coolong stresses that the best way to protect vines is to turn them back in drive rows. Watermelon fields are set up in several groups of five or six beds that are divided by larger drive rows, which make the vines accessible by farm equipment. Drive rows allow the grower to spray vines and enable harvest wagons or buses to get into the field without running over most vines. Vines in the rows located next to the drive row may grow into the road, however, which makes them vulnerable to being run over.“For some of our larger growers, it can be prohibitively expensive to turn vines by hand, but most of our medium-sized growers have their crews go into the fields and turn the vines in those drive rows so they’re not running over them,” Coolong said. “Also, if (the plant) sets fruit in those drive rows and you run them over, and you have a drive row every fifth or sixth row, you’re talking maybe 10 percent of your fruit that could potentially be damaged.”In Coolong’s research trials on the UGA Tifton Campus, watermelon vines are turned back once a week for a month or more near harvest.“It really helped with the quality of our harvest on that third picking. Where we used to have a lot of small fruit that may not be worth picking, now we’re still maintaining size through that third pick,” he said.Coolong also stresses the importance of workers not trampling vines when they walk through a field.“As a grower, your workers are trying to move through the field as fast as they can to be as efficient and as productive as they can. That doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with maintaining vine quality, so it’s a challenge to not beat up the vines, but get through the fields in a quick fashion,” Coolong said.The watermelon market in Georgia starts in early June and usually concludes a week after July 4. Georgia watermelon was worth more than $124.5 million in 2015, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, published by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more


first_imgThe U-20 soccer World Cup is to be held from May 23 to June 22 next year in six cities across Indonesia. The country was selected to host the games in October last year, beating contenders Brazil and Peru.Read also: Jokowi offers 10 stadiums for Under-20 World Cup. FIFA wants fourThe PSSI chairman said he had previously inspected six candidate cities, namely Bandung in West Java, Surakarta in Central Java, Yogyakarta, Surabaya in East Java, Palembang in South Sumatra and Pekanbaru in Riau.Iriawan is also expected to inspect other cities and regions, namely Jakarta and West Java’s Bekasi, as well as Bogor and Bali. Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said the ministry would keep coordinating with other ministries and institutions regarding the competition preparations.”Our nation’s name is at stake here because this is a rare opportunity. We might not be able to experience this again in 30 years,” Zainudin said. Regarding Indonesia’s national soccer team, Iriawan said the Indonesia U-20 squad would train in Germany or Spain. The team would also have friendly matches against teams from other countries. The government and the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) plan to establish the Indonesia FIFA U-20 World Cup Organizing Committee (INAFOC) to accelerate the necessary preparations for the upcoming 2021 U-20 soccer World Cup.“PSSI and FIFA will announce six cities selected to host the competition by early March,” PSSI chairman Mochammad Iriawan said in a statement on Friday.He added that the association needed to announce the cities as soon as possible, as the Public Works and Housing Ministry needed certainty where work would be needed. The ministry is tasked with improving the selected cities’ infrastructure for the competition. center_img Topics :last_img read more