Peach of a crop

first_imgBrad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe weather has been good, almost too good, for one of Georgia’ssweetest crops, says a University of Georgia expert.Georgia’s peach crop has had the weather it needed to grow wellthis year. Shoppers can expect plenty of large, pretty peaches,says Kathryn Taylor, a horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. It’s one of the bestpeach crops in years.”Georgia’s peach trees are producing very large fruit due to thespring and summer rains,” she said. And, due to the relativelycool spring, “fruit color has been better than in recent years.”But those same heavy rains, it seems, have also caused someproblems.Best fruits laterThe rain has diluted the sugar content of the early fruits,”making them seem less flavorful,” she said. “But we expect thelater fruit to have better flavor, as late fruit usually does.”The rain has also increased the potential for fungal diseases onthe fruit.Peaches are more prone to develop fungal rot and can have ashorter shelf life. But growers are taking extra measures, shesaid, to prevent rot and remove suspect fruit during packing.”It seems that every good event in agriculture has its cost,” shesaid.Almost all of the crop is in good to fair condition right now,according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Harvest going strongMiddle Georgia growers produce about 90 percent of the state’speach crop. South Georgia growers produce the rest. SouthGeorgia’s harvest is coming to an end, but farmers in middleGeorgia will harvest into the first week of August.Georgia’s chilly winter got the peaches off to a good start forthis harvest.Peaches need so many chill hours (below 45 degrees) during thewinter. Depending on the variety, they need from 400 to about1,000 chill hours to perform well during the growing season, shesaid. Middle Georgia got more than 1,300 hours.(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Momentum Toward Decentralized Electricity Generation in Emerging Markets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:Advances in distributed technologies at the frontiers of the energy system can provide power where the traditional grid is non-existent, inadequate, expensive or too distant for connection.These technologies, and the innovative business models that deploy them, can deliver not just energy but also economic opportunities to the two billion people not reliably served by the energy industry today. But where exactly are the opportunities? Who are the leaders in the sector? Which markets are they likely to capture?1. The largest solar deal in Africa this year was off the grid.Small-scale solar projects, including debt financing for distributed portfolios, accounted for five of the eleven largest solar deals in Africa between January and October 12, 2017.This is not necessarily because off-grid financing is a large market, but because many utility-scale projects in the pipeline struggle with permitting, land acquisition, securing a power purchasing agreement and financing. Off-grid solar companies may be able to move faster because they do not require regulated tariffs.2. Distributed energy outside the OECD is a $40 billion industry.Diesel generators have long been the technology of choice in areas where reliable grid electricity is unavailable. In 2015, developing countries bought and installed about 600,000 units annually, totaling an estimated 29GW of capacity. About half of this is in units smaller than 0.3MW. There is a mature market and supply chain to sell, fuel and maintain this kit. Despite usually being competitive with diesel, solar currently has less than 3% of the market for distributed energy capacity in developing countries, but considerable potential.3. Solar and storage make sense for telecoms.Hybrid energy systems consisting of solar panels, a battery and a diesel generator are the cheapest way to run the world’s one million telecom towers that today have unreliable grid supplies. Telecoms and their suppliers spend around $3.8 billion on diesel for their towers today, but solar has a market share of only 3%. But the market is picking up. Orange is working with Engie on re-powering its towers in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Mitsui has invested $9 million in India’s OMC, a start-up focused on solar-power for telecoms.4. Unexpected partnerships are seeking to power the next billionIn frontier markets, reaching the last mile is crucial. This is not just true for energy retailers, but for any retailer. Multinationals focused on telecoms, internet or satellite services, insurance and even beverages have all partnered with solar companies to benefit from a combination of energy, mobile connectivity, payment information and distribution channels. This is very different from the traditional utility business model.5. Powering agriculture has potential, but limited track record.Powering agriculture appears to be a missed opportunity. In India, the sector consumes just under a fifth of the electricity and an even larger share of electricity subsidies. The country could economically replace at least 8 million diesel-powered water pumps. Deployment of solar-powered water pumps has risen 270% over 2014-16, but still lags far behind the official ambitions. In Africa, the sector is even less developed. More broadly, agricultural processing powered by distributed energy could capture more value locally. It could also be easier to finance because it powers machines that produce revenue to the farmer and can service debt. Commodity companies that either buy produce from farmers or sell them fertilizer may be well positioned to run such projects.More: 5 Distributed Energy Trends in Emerging Markets Momentum Toward Decentralized Electricity Generation in Emerging Marketslast_img read more

Dominican Republic, Haiti partner to bolster narcotics fight

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Haitian and Dominican officials agreed to coordinate efforts to fight narco-trafficking on the island the two countries share. The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) said it would share logistical and technical resources with its Haitian counterparts to track and intercept drug shipments to the island of Hispaniola. Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, who heads the directorate, said President Leonel Fernández instructed the Dominican military to share resources to help Haiti fight drug trafficking. “The president of the republic has expressed a clear desire to organize training as required and share the resources of the defense system of the Dominican Republic to help in this common struggle,” he said as the agreements were announced on April 20. In addition to the DNCD, other specialized arms of the Dominican military, including the air force and naval units that track drug flights and marine shipments, would share information with Haiti, Rosado Mateo said. The island of Hispaniola, the second-largest in the Caribbean, has long been a major transshipment point for drug traffickers moving cocaine and other drugs from South America to markets in the United States and Europe. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2010 world drug report found the share of cocaine transiting the island had dropped steadily from 2000 to 2004 before experiencing an uptick. In 2007, 9% of all cocaine bound for the United States transited the island, according to the report. Analysts worried that narco-trafficking would increase in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of what little institutional capacity the country had to fight the drug trade. The Haitian National Police, the country’s sole domestic security force, lacks the capacity and manpower to cover the country. And the vessels used by the Haitian Coast Guard, a unit of the police, don’t have the range to patrol the 1,500-kilometer (932-mile) coastline. The Haitian government is attempting to bolster the police force, with the assistance of the UN peacekeeping mission. Last year, Haiti seized 74.2 pounds of cocaine and 959 pounds of marijuana, according to government figures. Through the agreement with the Dominican Republic, Haiti looks to close some of its gaps while it trains more police officers. The two countries have long experienced tense relations, marked by distrust and vast cultural differences. However, after the 2010 earthquake, Dominican rescue workers were the first to send assistance to Haiti. Fernández visited the neighboring country just two days after the earthquake to discuss how his country could help. The two countries have experienced warmer relations since Fernández’s visit. Haiti President Michel Martelly visited Santo Domingo in March and received an honorary medal, the highest honor for foreign leaders, and several agreements were struck. “I thank you on behalf of my government for the support offered by the armed forces and DNCD … and all the collaboration you have offered us in this area,” said Fritz Cineas, Haiti’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, at the event announcing the partnership. Cineas said narco-trafficking poses a problem for Haiti and the Dominican Republic, making it in the best interest of both countries to share resources and manpower. Rosado Mateo said the Dominican counter-narcotics units would be available to Haiti “at all times and whenever it is necessary.” By Dialogo May 15, 2012last_img read more

Meeting on Perry Barr and Witton Scheme Set for Next Week

first_imgEnvironment Agency staff will be setting up a stall near the Forge Mill Farm car park, West Bromwich, on 9 August, from 1pm to 4pm, to talk to local residents and visitors about the progress being made on the Perry Barr and Witton Flood Risk Management Scheme.The completed scheme will reduce flood risk for 1,400 properties in the area, said the Agency.Rachel Kelly, Environment Agency Project Manager for the Scheme, said: “This is a great opportunity to find out more about what we’ve been doing so far and we have planned for the coming months. “Come and hear more about the scheme, including an additional river crossing providing a circular walking route and environmental enhancements, such as the creation of wet woodland, crassula management (in conjunction with RSPB), tree planting, tree and hedgerow management and creation of new habitats in areas where we are taking material to build the embankment.”The main aspects of this phase include the building of a new embankment, installation of the river outlet and temporarily re-diverting the river.The scheme, costing just over £32 million, is part of the Environment Agency’s program of £2.6 billion investment into flood defenses across the country. The scheme was made possible through funding contributions from Birmingham City Council, Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Arts Council and crowd-funding.last_img read more

Allardyce wary of Morrison limelight

first_img “But I think if he continues to be a regular player with our first team then I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t get noticed and maybe be pushing that way. “But, at the moment, he’s just started with the Under-21s and, of course, he’s played well in those games but they were little or no competition there so I’d have expected that. “Like I said, he’s in our team, he’s really enjoying his football with the rest of the lads here.” As well as Morrison, Allardyce feels there are a number of other players amongst the ranks at Upton Park who could yet force their way on the plane to Brazil next summer. Stewart Downing and Joe Cole will retain hopes of a strong campaign to give Hodgson something to think about whilst Allardyce believes the chance to earn a spot in England’s 23-man squad will give Andy Carroll an extra boost as he looks to recover from his troublesome heel injury. “I think that we have several international players in our squad,” Allardyce added. “The Andy Carrolls of this world will want to get fit and play for West Ham as quickly as he possibly can with the back of his mind saying that the World Cup is coming and that he would like to be a part of that squad. “Whether anybody else will show to be good enough to do that will have to be up to them and how they perform between now and the end of the season. “I think that, for us, it’s about those players and all the players delivering on a regular basis, to have a very, very good season. “And, when that happens, you have to be noticed by Roy Hodgson and his staff. So, we’ll wait and see, and hopefully we’ll continue to grow as a team and continue to hopefully get some of those players to catch the eye.” Carroll will again be sidelined for Saturday’s visit of Manchester City but Morrison, who scored the pick of the goals in West Ham’s memorable 3-0 win over Tottenham, will be looking to star again. But a loan spell at Birmingham last year after Morrison moved to West Ham from United seems to have straightened out those issues, although Allardyce is still willing to remain patient as he looks to nurture the talent further. “I have to be careful with the amount of publicity that Rav gets,” he said. “To make sure that we just continue his growth slowly and continue him playing in the team to the level he’s playing and try to get him better and then there is no distraction that might put a young man off at this stage of his career, which can happen. “They can have their ups and downs, they burst on to the scene, they can get lavished with praise and then lose their focus and, when they lose their focus, they can dip away again, and I don’t really want that.” Morrison’s current form earned him his first caps for the England Under-21 side and there were fears his hot-headed side had reared once again following an on-pitch altercation with team-mate Wilfried Zaha. The midfielder struck two goals in the 5-0 win over Lithuania but was also seen arguing and raising a hand towards Zaha after a disagreement over who should take a late penalty. Allardyce dismissed the coming together as “handbags” before suggesting a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad is not beyond reach for Morrison, if he can keep hold of his place in the Hammers’ midfield. “It’s a little early to tell,” he said. Press Association Morrison, 20, has impressed during the early stages of the season and has already scored three Barclays Premier League goals. The former Manchester United youngster has long been touted as a future England star but has flourished later than expected due to his off-field behaviour. Sam Allardyce will limit the limelight for Ravel Morrison as the West Ham manager looks to keep the midfielder’s feet on the ground and give him a chance to make it to the World Cup.last_img read more

Jamaican hockey team win CAC Games qualifiers

first_imgJamaica’s women’s hockey team defeated Panama 3-0 in the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying hockey tournament at the Jamaica National (JN) Mona Hockey Field in Kingston recently.The Jamaicans earlier defeated Guatemala 6-0 in their opening encounter on Sunday, November 5, to lead the tournament with maximum six points ahead of Guyana (four points), Bermuda (three points), Puerto Rico (one point) and Guatemala (zero).In the game against Panama, Kamille Griffiths scored for Jamaica in the 11th and 12th minutes, while Ebony McLean got the other goal in the 38th minute.In other results, Guyana, who blasted Panama 6-0 on Sunday, were held 0-0 by Puerto Rico, and Bermuda defeated Guatemala 4-0.The teams are vying for one of two spots in the field hockey competition at the 23rd CAC Games, which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, next year.It was a bright start by the Jamaicans as they took control of the game by dominating position of the ball. From the consistent pressure, Griffiths found the back of the net in the 11th minute through a penalty corner taken by Krystal Holgate. Griffiths grabbed her second a minute later from a field play to put Jamaica 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter.Although the Jamaicans dominated and produced attacking plays which should have increased their lead, they squandered many goal scoring opportunities and were goal-less in the second quarter.last_img read more