Georgia Wine.

first_imgPeople have always come to Dahlonega looking for a brighterfuture. In 1828, it was the gold rush. Today, it’s more of a grape gush.On a recent Saturday, Doug and Sharon Paul gathered friendsat their Three Sisters Vineyards, a 184-acre vineyard estate justout of Dahlonega, to help harvest their inaugural crop.Busy clipping grapes from the vine was Greg Sheppard, a LumpkinCounty Extension Service agent who has helped the Pauls sincethey came here in 1996.”We’ve had to learn a lot about grapes,” Sheppardadmitted. “With any crop, insect and disease problems mustbe managed. We’ve been developing management practices that workin our area.”Saving FarmlandSheppard isn’t alone working with this emerging crop. More than a dozen wine vineyards are now scattered around north Georgia.”The fescue pastures being converted to vineyards areless expensive to establish than if (growers) have to clear land,” Sheppard said. “This is an industry that preserves our farmland and offers good potential income for producers.”Grape growers have found the rolling north Georgia hills perfect for growing grapes. A region once known for brewing great ‘shine is now producing some fine wine.Paul is growing several varieties of grapes, including CabernetFranc, Merlot, Touiga, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Cynthiana-Norton.”Each vineyard has its own specialty,” Paul said.”Our initial estimated harvest is 35 tons, and we will producea small amount of wine here.”Pesky PestsWhile this generation of grape growers is fairly new, takingroot in the late 1970s and early ’80s, grape growing in Georgiadates back to the Cherokee Indians and other early settlers.James Oglethorpe, Georgia’s first colonial governor, tried to introduce European viticulture as part of his economic plan. His attempts failed when the grapes contracted a New World disease and were attacked by indigenous insects.Those pests persist today.”Pathogens are prevalent in middle and south Georgia thatprevent those areas from being good for growing grapes,”said Phil Brannen, an Extension Service plant pathologist withthe UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Pierce’s disease is a problem even in some areas of northGeorgia,” Brannen said. “But elevation helps us outwith pests and disease, so you’ll have most vineyards above 1,200feet.”Over the decades, native muscadines were cultivated throughoutGeorgia for table grapes and sweet wine production. European winegrapes, though, are relegated to these high elevations.”Georgia features both large and small vineyards,”Paul said.Chateau Elan and Habersham Wines are two of the mainstays.”Literally across the highway from Chateau Elan is smallerboutique vineyard-winery Chestnut Mountain,” Paul said. “Anothersmall winery is Fox Vineyards & Winery in Social Circle.”Tourism and Agriculture MixGeorgia’s northernmost vineyard, Crane Creek Vineyards in YoungHarris, hopes to anchor the top of the Georgia Wine Trail.Beautiful, rolling hills of neatly tended rows of vines aren’tjust attractive economically. They make for pretty agribusiness.That helps attract income from another source.”Tourism is big business in this area,” Sheppardsaid. “This type of business works well with tourism andI think can actually bring tourists in.”Like most Georgia vineyards, Paul included special events aspart of Three Sisters’ business plan. The estate has an outdoorgazebo with a spectacular view for weddings and outdoor functions.”We see this as ‘agritourism’ at its finest,” he said.”The producers are optimistic,” Brannen said. “Theycertainly have the opportunity to make a nice profit, especiallyif it’s tied to tourism and provides a good escape from the city.”So will north Georgia be the next Napa Valley?”In order to compete with Napa, it will take some time,”Brannen said. “But these vineyards are going to produce somegood wines, and some will be very competitive. This is an industrywith a bright future.”last_img read more

Mold Prevention

first_imgAre the flowers on your wallpaper growing? Is your bathtub turning pink? Are you suffering from allergies even though it’s winter? If so, your home may be under attack from mold lurking in the basement, underneath sinks, behind the walls, in the ductwork or even under the carpet.Arm yourself with gloves, a flashlight and a mask, and follow these recommendations from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to eliminate mold in your home.The presence of mold can decrease indoor air quality, which can cause allergic reactions and affect your respiratory system. Symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose are often the first indicator of a mold problem. Without knowing it, many of us live in homes that promote the growth of molds.Mold is attracted to warm, damp areas like crawl spaces, bathrooms and attics. An unbalanced level of moisture in the home leads to mold growth.To prevent the growth of mold in your home, eliminate the source of moisture. Temperature is an important element in controlling moisture. The temperature directly influences the amount of water vapor in the air. Warmer temperatures increase the likelihood of mold growth.The moisture transfer rate is the movement of water vapor in and out of the home. Close air leaks and weatherize your home before you install insulation to improve the moisture transfer rate.The circulation-ventilation rate promotes circulation in your home and prevents moisture saturation in a single area. Improve circulation by installing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system or simply by placing a few fans in a room.When mold invades your home, you may want to test it, but that’s not necessary. If it looks like mold and smells like mold, it’s probably mold. Save the money you’d spend on testing and use it to help solve your moisture problem.Follow these steps to control mold:Step 1: Fix your moisture problem. Simply put, mold cannot grow without moisture. In addition to checking leaks in the roofing and plumbing and inadequate venting in the kitchen or bathroom, consider managing your external water sources. In a perfect world, all homes would sit on a hill that allows water to drain away from the foundation. But homes are often built on a slope or flat area and continue to shift over time, which can lead to drainage problems. Regularly inspect your foundation, gutters and drainage system.Step 2: Control your household humidity. Everyday activities like bathing and cleaning contribute to household humidity. Humidity can be managed with devices like dehumidifiers and exhaust fans, and by actions like washing full loads of clothes and opening windows. However, Georgia’s climate is humid, so opening windows may contribute to the problem. Beware of dehumidifiers. They can generate heat, which produces more moisture. If your dehumidifier produces heat, make sure to vent it outdoors.Step 3: Ventilate. Attics, crawl spaces and some basements require ventilation. Your attic should have inlet vents to allow cool air in and should release hot air through a ridge vent. Vents in crawl spaces should be close to each corner and 8 inches from the top of the foundation.We cannot prevent moisture in our environment, but we can control it. Increased rainfall brings excess moisture. Consider these steps to prevent mold growth in your home.last_img read more

Allied’s CEO breaks down today’s lending landscape

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President and CEO of Allied Solutions Pete Hilger Thursday dove into the lending landscape before, during and after the pandemic and provided insights into how credit unions can adapt. Hilger encouraged credit unions to be bold and proactive as they navigate and leverage the new lending and risk management environment.“If you think about the investments we were all making to prepare for big data, digital, whether we have branches or don’t, and how we interact with our members – one of the things that this pandemic has provided is an opportunity to really, out of necessity, accelerate getting to those long term benefits that are going to make us more competitive in the industry we represent,” said Hilger.Hilger noted where potential challenges may arise, such as a spike in refinancing applications, the need to leverage new technology for lending services, a highly competitive market with lower consumer demand for loans, and a decrease in new loan originations. He offered resources and ideas for credit unions looking to be creative in the face of challenges, and encouraged outsourcing where possible.In addition, Hilger noted how further complications arise when face-to-face interactions are nearly impossible.last_img read more

Bayern Munich agree to sign Leroy Sane on five-year deal – report

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Leroy Sane A transfer fee around 100 million euros had been reported last summer when Bayern were trying to sign him before injury struck.According to Sport Bild, a few factors could help Bayern sign Sane for a lower fee, especially as he has been sidelined for most of the season.Bayern could sign him for the price they want as the transfer market is deflated by the uncertainty over the coronavirus with all major European leagues currently suspended.Manchester City need to generate income from transfers to comply with financial fair-play regulations having been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons due to violations and they risk losing Sane to Munich on a free transfer.center_img Berlin, Germany | AFP | Reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have reportedly agreed a transfer with Manchester City winger Leroy Sane on a five-year deal, according to a report.Sport Bild claim the 24-year-old has agreed terms with Bayern, but the fee is still to be negotiated.According to the magazine, Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic and board member Oliver Kahn want to pay 40 million euros ($43 million) – half of Sane’s estimated market value.However, the Germany international has not played for City’s first team since tearing his right knee ligament last August in the FA Community Shield match win over Liverpool at Wembley.Having joined from Schalke in 2016 for a reported fee of £37 million (42.5 million euros, $45.8 million), Sane is under contract in Manchester until 2021.last_img read more

Dolphins owner appalled by bullying scandal

first_imgby Fred GoodallAP Sports WriterTAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he’s appalled by Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by teammates.Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle by text.” I look forward to meeting with Jonathan Martin, discovering the facts,” Ross said.The owner vowed before Monday night’s game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get to bottom of the allegations and create a locker room culture that “suits the 21st century.”“It couldn’t have been a worse nightmare,” said Ross, who was joined at the press conference by team president and chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel.The NFL is investigating Martin’s allegations against teammates, including Richie Incognito. Martin, 24, is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Incognito has been suspended indefinitely.A special investigator for the league will determine whether Incognito harassed Martin, and whether the Dolphins mishandled the matter.Ross strongly endorsed Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, saying he had the “utmost confidence” in the man he hired in 2012.“Joe Philbin is probably one of the most organized people I’ve ever met,” Ross said. “When I interviewed him that stood out, but what also stood out was his character. I don’t think there is a better person, a more respected person, a more caring person in the National Football League than Joe Philbin.”While not holding Philbin responsible, Ross said changes need to be made in his organization.“We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally,” Ross said. “This is so appalling to me. I know I’m capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody’s feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don’t want to make any excuses.”Ross said to he has formed a committee of advisers. There are five members on it now and he wants to add more in order “to protect me and them and the players from my overreacting, and having a code of conduct that suits the 21st century. Change is needed. We’re going to make sure we’re the best organization in the National Football League.”The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Martin left the team two weeks ago. His attorney has alleged that Martin was harassed daily, and Incognito acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racist term, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother.Incognito is white and Martin is biracial. Teammates both black and white have said Incognito is not a racist, and they’ve been more supportive of the veteran guard than they have of Martin.Incognito, 6-3, 319 pounds, has long been labeled one of the NFL’s dirtiest players with a reputation for out-of-bounds behavior off the field. But this season he was a member of the player leadership council, raising questions about the role of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case.Also in question is the team’s role in a May 2012 incident involving Incognito. A police report said a female volunteer at a Dolphins charity golf tournament complained that Incognito harassed her, but he wasn’t charged, and news of the case surfaced only last week.Incognito, 30, has declined to say whether coaches ordered him to toughen up Martin, a second-year pro from Stanford.The scandal is the latest public-relations headache for Ross since he became majority owner of the Dolphins in 2009. They’ve endured four consecutive losing seasons, their longest such streak since the 1960s, and often play in a half-empty stadium, their local popularity eclipsed by the Miami Heat.Ross apologized to Dolphins fans “for being in this position. I know we will come out of this as a better organization.”___AP NFL website: Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)last_img read more

Italian pundit fired after racist ‘banana’ remark towards Romelu Lukaku

first_imgAdvertisement czNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7iosgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qWould you ever consider trying this?😱di7Can your students do this? 🌚2celdlRoller skating! Powered by Firework After the shell-shocking incident where Curva Nord – the Inter Milan Ultras said to Romelu Lukaku that they dont consider the racism in football matches as the true meaning of racism but only as a medium to affect opponent players, Lukaku is made the butt of another racist remark.Advertisement A football pundit by the name of Passirani in the Qui Studio a Voi Stadio show surprisingly made a lewd comment on former Manchester United forward Lukaku.Advertisement Passirani said: “Lukaku is one of the best signings that Inter could have made. I don’t see another player like him on any other team in Italy. He is one of the strongest, I like him a lot because he has that strength: he is the twin of [Dúvan] Zapata at Atalanta.”He then added: “They have something extra that the rest don’t have, and then they score the goals and drag your team forward. This guy kills you in the one-on-ones, if you try to challenge him you wind up on the floor. Either you have 10 bananas to eat, that you give to him, or …”Advertisement The director of the show, Fabio Ravezzani, said that Passirani had apologised but that that was not enough. “Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist,” he said. “I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity. I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary.”Italian football shows no signs to rise above racism and there is no movement to drive a change in mentalities. Advertisementlast_img read more