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Cantaloupes

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists are assisting in a study to find a cantaloupe variety with less netting on the rind in the hopes that the fruit will be less susceptible to the bacteria or pathogens that settle in the netting on the outside of the fruit.Since the early 1990s, numerous nationwide outbreaks of salmonella have been linked to fresh, whole cantaloupes.This UGA project is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant sponsored by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative. UGA’s portion of the USDA grant is approximately $20,000 spread over two years. UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong is conducting the research on the UGA Tifton campus.“Some of the food safety issues that happened several years ago have put food safety at the forefront of cantaloupe production,” Coolong said. “Hopefully the research generated through this study will help us take another positive step toward developing a more sustainable cantaloupe for growers to produce.”Coolong, who also serves as an associate professor of horticulture at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of several scientists from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas who are conducting cantaloupe research with the goal of producing a quality melon with a different rind netting. Scientists in each of the participating states are studying different cantaloupe varieties.This is a small part of a large research study led by Texas A&M University scientist Bhimu Patil. The overarching project will help scientists develop a more sustainable, systems-based approach to safe, healthy melon production in the U.S.“My research is a production variety trial. I’ll grow the cantaloupes and look at standard quality and yield parameters. Once we’ve completed the trial, I will ship the cantaloupes to Texas A&M University and the University of Arizona, where the cantaloupes will be subjected to additional tests, specifically consumer acceptance tests and food safety analyses,” Coolong said.Commercial and experimental varieties from breeders who are also part of this project will be grown and evaluated.Cantaloupes generated more than $24.2 million in Georgia in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s Farm Gate Value Report.last_img read more


Paddy Power Betfair begins life as Flutter Entertainment

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 The governance of FTSE100 gambling group Paddy Power Betfair Plc has confirmed that it has officially sanctioned the firm’s corporate rebrand to ‘Flutter Entertainment Plc’.The Flutter Entertainment rebrand was approved outright (99%) by company shareholders at the firm’s 15 May 2019 AGM.As previously communicated, the FTSE betting group undertakes the rebrand to ‘better reflect its broader business’ within a changing global gambling sector.Undertaking significant M&A investments, with the aim to boost the betting group’s global profile, during the past year Paddy Power Betfair has added US DFS operator FanDuel and Georgian operator Adjarabet to its portfolio of assets.The company’s executive team has supported the rebrand, stating that Flutter Entertainment will accommodate the firm’s flagship brands Paddy Power and Betfair with its new market assets of FanDuel and Adjarabet, marking a new era for the UK betting group.The corporate rebrand is implemented effective immediately, with Flutter Entertainment Plc trading under the ticker symbol of ‘FLTR’ on its shared placement on the London FTSE and Euronext Dublin exchanges. ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more


The plots thicken

first_imgROWLAND HEIGHTS – The house with the red-tile roof and earth-toned exterior sits in the middle of a fairly ordinary San Gabriel Valley neighborhood. Parents rush to school with their children in the morning. The smell of barbecue permeates the air on any given evening. Traffic roars by on the 60 Freeway. On warm days, red tail hawks lazily float in the sky above. These are the routine, everyday occurrences that accompany life in the suburbs. What seemed to go unnoticed by residents in this quiet community in the middle of Rowland Heights was a multimillion-dollar marijuana farm that occupied an otherwise empty house in the 17800 block of Nearbank Drive. Unnoticed, that is, until sheriff’s narcotics detectives showed up Wednesday night with a search warrant and hauled away more than 1,500 high potency marijuana plants valued at more than $9.6 million. The home is not unlike several others nearby that have been raided by federal, state and local authorities in recent weeks. The raids bear an eerie likeness to several that have occurred over the past year in San Francisco, Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley, officials said. “This trend is a little too new to get a feel for the full scope of it,” said Sarah Pullen, a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. “What seems to be happening is that the \ want to be in an area that won’t draw attention.” Narcotics investigators claim the scale of the growing operations have exceeded the norm. Sgt. Mike Hannemann of the Sheriff’s narcotics bureau said that in the past, indoor pot farms have only taken up single rooms of homes, leaving space for people to live. In the most recent cases, he said, entire homes have been gutted and rendered uninhabitable, with every room converted to grow multitudes of marijuana plants. Rows and rows of tables full of foliage at different stages of growth filled make-shift tables and trays in almost every room of the Nearbank Drive home. Bundles of wires rigged to bypass Southern California Edison meters fed the large, high-powered lights, fans and other equipment necessary to grow pot plants indoors. Indoor farms raided last year in the Sacramento County city of Elk Grove displayed a similar ingenuity, said San Francisco police Inspector Jameson Pan. “It turns out they were all wired up by the same electrician,” he added. In the Nearbank Drive home, a white dry-erase board calendar bore what appeared to be initials and Chinese characters along the bottom. The suspicion among investigators is that elements of Asian organized crime are behind the farms. “It’s speculation at this point,” Hannemann said. But he added that the massive scale and cost of the operations makes organized crime networks likely. “It’s much bigger than the territorial gangs,” he said. Purchasing the homes and equipment to grow the plants costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said. “It adds up quite fast. It’s a lot of money.” The recent spate of so-called grow-homes have been scattered across Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar and the neighboring communities of Chino Hills and Pomona. Homes in the Rowland Heights neighborhood surrounding Nearbank Drive list for between $775,000 and $900,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service, an Internet search engine used by Realtors to list homes for sale. A series of raids on seven such homes has taken place since the end of March. It’s no coincidence that these communities are at the heart of a demographic upheaval that has seen a huge influx of Asian immigrants over the past decade, some experts said. Neighborhoods like these offer an opportunity for Asian gang members to fly under the radar, said Pan, San Francisco’s expert on Asian organized crime. “Basically it’s an opportunity to make money, with less chance of being caught,” Pan said. In the 2000 Census, 46 percent of Rowland Heights’ 48,553 residents claimed Asian heritage. Most of those are of Chinese descent. Residential homes have been increasing their cache as pot farms in recent years because of the availability of “no money down” loans and low interest rates, Pan said. “There’s little overhead,” he added. “Next thing you know in six months you are making good money.” Areas with high concentrations of recent immigrants may also have attracted pot growers, because newer immigrants are sometimes less aware of “law enforcement practices and processes,” Hannemann said. The quiet, suburban nature of the neighborhoods may have led growers to believe there would be less attention by law enforcement authorities, Hannemann added. Neighbors said they noticed little activity at the home on Nearbank Drive, other than sporadic visits by people they did not recognize. Some said they saw the outside lights on late at night, but no sign that anyone lived inside. “I thought it was vacant,” said a male neighbor who declined to give his name for fear of reprisal. “I’ve never seen anything, to tell you the truth. It was quiet – almost to the point of being too quiet.” Another neighbor said she had seen a young Asian male going in and out once in a while, but otherwise took little notice of the house. Officials are unclear about the ultimate destination of the pot. [email protected] [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more