Master gardeners-volunteers

first_imgWith shovels in tow, Master Gardeners across Georgia help their communities by conducting special gardening programs, writing news stories and lending their expertise wherever needed. Trained in a variety of horticultural subjects, Master Gardeners help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents answer questions and work on local gardening projects. Master Gardeners are a corps of volunteers trained by experts with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Last fall marked the 30th anniversary of the Master Gardener program in Georgia. To honor their service to the state, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared March 20 Master Gardener Day in Georgia. “The training component is essential as the volunteers use their new expertise to help with a variety of gardening-related projects,” said Marco Fonseca, a UGA CAES horticulturist and coordinator of the program. “Master Gardeners complete 40 class hours of training conducted by UGA Extension experts.” Last year, Georgia Master Gardeners logged 217,010 hours of volunteer time in their communities, which equals an estimated value of $4.23 million. “With over 2,500 active members, the Georgia Master Gardener Program is one of the best community volunteer programs in the nation,” Fonseca said. “Master Gardener volunteerism creates a far reaching ripple effect across our state, and once a year we stop to give them a special day of recognition.”To see if your county offers a Master Gardener program, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. To learn more about the program, visit www.georgiamastergardener.com .last_img read more

Holder, Harding fire Pride to crushing innings victory

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – New-ball fast bowlers Chemar Holder and Keon Harding sparked a stunning Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse as Barbados Pride stormed to an emphatic innings and 81-run victory inside three days of their fourth round contest here Sunday.Starting Sunday’s penultimate day at Warner Park on 10 without loss and still needing a further 207 runs to make Pride bat again, Hurricanes failed to withstand a devastating assault from Holder and Harding who snached five wickets between them, and crashed to 136 all out in their second innings.Bowling with pace and accuracy, Holder finished with three for 33 and while Harding claimed two for 27, spells which reduced the hosts to 24 for five at one stage.Colin Archibald, better known for his left-arm seam, rescued pride for Hurricanes with a whirlwind 53 off 32 deliveries while left-hander Amir Jangoo struck 42, but neither innings could avert the inevitable result especially with the damage already done.Holder struck in the morning’s first over with no runs added to the overnight score, removing the left-hander Powell to a catch at gully by substitute Justin Greaves.With seven runs added, Holder accounted for the other opener Montcin Hodge for four, the right-hander flirting with a good length delivery and nicking a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.When Devon Thomas shouldered arms and lost his off-stump to Harding for four 14 balls later, Hurricanes were in strife at 20 for three.Captain Jahmar Hamilton lasted two balls for his one while Rahkeem Cornwall got a first-ball ‘duck’ but Jangoo halted the slide by posting 37 for the sixth wicket with Jaison Peters (18).Medium pacer Kevin Stoute broke the stand with the last ball before lunch when Peters edged a slash at a wide long hop, leaving Hurricanes on 61 for six at the break.The end for Hurricanes appeared imminent when Terrance Warde (2) perished after the interval at 70 for seven but Archibald launched a brazen counter-attack to temporarily stun the visitors.He smashed four fours and four sixes, adding 62 for the ninth wicket with the patient Jangoo, who faced 89 balls and struck three fours and a six in just over 2-½ hours.A protracted rain break then halted Hurricanes’ revival at 130 for seven but once play resumed, the last three wickets fell for six runs with debutant left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce taking two.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know when USA takes on Thailand

first_imgThe wait is over. The U.S. women’s national team will take the field Tuesday to compete in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with its first match against Thailand in Group F. Thailand, ranked 34th in the world by FIFA, is relatively new to the World Cup stage as it first made the tournament in 2015 after finishing fifth at the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. In 2015, Thailand was the only nation to win a game without progressing to the knockout round, mainly because it gave up too many goals in losses to Germany and Norway.  Back again in 2019, Thailand hopes to prove it’s here to stay. Led by Nuengruethai Sathongwien, 47, the Thai national team has seen some changes in leadership over the past few years. Sathongwien became the first woman head coach in 2014, but resigned in 2016. Former Manchester City defender Spencer Prior then took over. He stepped down in 2017, allowing Sathongwien to return.  Related News In contrast, the Americans are one of the most experienced teams entering the tournament as they look to defend their title. The U.S. enters with more World Cup games played (43), wins (33), goals (112) and titles (three) than any other country. The U.S. is also the only nation to reach the final four in each World Cup. The USWNT has won its last six games by a combined score of 23-3, keeping five clean sheets in the process.The match kicks off Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France. When was the last time the U.S. played Thailand?The United States and Thailand have met just once before. They played in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 15, 2016, resulting in a 9-0 win for the USWNT. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Thailand player to watchOrathai Srimanee: The midfielder has been a member of Thailand’s national team since 2009 and has played an integral role in her team’s success on the international stage. She scored the nation’s first two goals in the 2015 World Cup, ultimately setting the team up for a 3-2 win over Ivory Coast. Srimanee has become a regular starter playing in a similar role as she did four years ago. “The value of playing at the Women’s World Cup can inspire many young girls to play football”🇹🇭@FAThailand’s Orathai Srimanee discusses 2015 #FIFAWWC legacy, and her #WAC2018 hopesREAD 👀👉 https://t.co/37FI7k1GFS pic.twitter.com/byQlRPD6DC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) April 4, 2018Three Opta facts to knowThough Carli Lloyd has started just one of the USWNT’s 10 games in 2019, she has had a hand in eight of the team’s 29 goals, which is tied for the most of any American player.Thailand has lost 11 of their last 12 games, giving up multiple goals in all 11 defeats.Tobin Heath has scored in five of the USA’s last seven games. Lloyd (3) and Sam Mewis (3) are the only other Americans to score in more than two of those games.4 – Kanjana Sungngoen scored four goals at the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup for Thailand – the only player to score more at the tournament was China PR’s Li Ying (seven). Fantastic. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/hzd178msd0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 5, 2019PredictionUSA 6, Thailand 0Based on experience alone, Thailand won’t be a challenge for the United States. The Americans are ranked No. 1 in the world and it’s likely they will keep a clean sheet through the group stage opener.last_img read more