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Women’s tennis starts off strong in Big 12 play

first_imgKennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Women’s tennis to begin conference play at Baylor Women’s tennis downs UT-Rio Grande Valley Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Facebook Kennedy Stadler TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printTCU women’s tennis jumped out to a perfect start in conference play for the first time since the 2014-2015 season with wins over Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia. This is the third time in program history that TCU has started 3-0 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are also currently undefeated, sitting at 2-0 in conference play. The Frogs kicked off conference play with a victory over rival Baylor, who sat at No. 50 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings (ITA). Not only was this TCU’s first road win of the season, but it also their first win in Waco since 2013. A key to the Frogs’ success in March has been their ability to lock down the doubles point in all three matches. Ellie Douglas and Aleksa Cveticanin rank at No. 41 in the Oracle/ITA poll, and the duo earned its fifth straight victory with a 6-0 win on the top court over West Virginia. “Ellie and Aleksa are a great one-two punch, and I’ll put them up against anybody,” coach Lee Walker said after the match. First-year Mercedes Aristegui secured another singles win in the West Virginia match. Aristegui continues to lead the team with 14 singles wins on the season. TCU’s biggest challenge came from the Iowa State Cyclones, who secured three first set wins. Five of the six courts went three sets, but the Frogs climbed back and secured the match win with Douglas’ 5-7,6-1,7-6(2) victory on the top court. Even though TCU was favored over the Cyclones, Walker said that the team needs to bring passion and motivation to each match regardless of the opponent. “If we remain hungry and humble down the stretch, we are going to be extremely tough to deal with,” Walker said. The team continues its five-game homestand against Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts.      Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Previous articleAssistant coach fired amid connection to fed​eral investigationNext articleTCU assistant dean remembered for bettering lives of others Kennedy Stadler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Women’s tennis power past Dartmouth Kennedy Stadler is a second year student at Texas Christian University studying journalism and Spanish. Kennedy is from Danville, California and enjoys sports as well as traveling.center_img Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ + posts Linkedin Twitter ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Women’s tennis prepares for ASU, Ohio State TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Peach Research

first_imgTwo years into the job, University of Georgia peach specialist Dario Chavez is pleased with the development of his research program. The new research peach orchard in Griffin, Georgia, is filled with over 130 different peach tree varieties, several newly grafted potential varieties and a host of trees for irrigation and fertilization studies, all in an effort to help growers of the crop that gave Georgia its nickname — the “Peach State.”In addition to the new orchard in Griffin, Chavez travels to Bryon, Georgia, to work with U.S. Department of Agriculture rootstock breeder Tom Beckman and to meet with Georgia peach growers. There are currently more than 10,000 acres of Georgia land devoted to growing peaches, and Georgia ranks third in U.S. production of the fruit.“At the end of the day, the growers are comfortable with what they are doing,” Chavez said. “They are planting new orchards every year and it’s a stable production system. They are making money and supporting the economy.”Chavez says Georgia peach growers offer a “really high quality” peach and are typically second- and third-generation farmers. “There’s a lot of tradition and a large knowledge base in growing Georgia peaches,” he said.Under Chavez’s leadership, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate students on the Griffin Campus are looking at Georgia-grown peaches from a new perspective. Like their forerunners, the UGA scientists are still working to help Georgia farmers grow the crop as efficiently as possible, but they are also searching for ways to produce a crop that consumers want to purchase and eat.“We are focusing more on fruit quality. Consumers buy the peaches for appearance, but then, when they bite it, they may have a different opinion about the eating experience than their opinion about the fruit appearance alone,” he said. “Looks are not an indicator of quality.”To help peach breeders create varieties that consumers will love, UGA graduate student Catherine Belisle is leading a peach quality project using information collected through consumer taste panels. Under the direction of Chavez and CAES sensory scientist Koushik Adhikari, she is having consumers taste peaches and provide feedback.“We are looking at aroma, flavors, textures and other characteristics from people who taste the peaches for us,” she said. “Then we will cross reference this information with instrumental data in the lab.”If consumers like the aroma of a particular peach variety, the UGA scientists search for the compounds that create the aroma, she said. They also measure the sugars, acids and volatiles, or aromas, of the peaches and compare them to the consumer panel input.“The aroma is the most interesting part. [The panelists] are picking up a lot of fruity, citrus, peach and, with a white-flesh peach, floral aromas,” she said. “Then we use the instruments to find the compounds that are responsible for those aromas.”Belisle has been working with Georgia growers to test 45 varieties of peaches, five varieties per week during the summer growing season for the past year and a half. “Peaches have basically been my life and it’s a sweet life,” said Belisle, who admits she has never bought peaches, but has eaten her fill at work. “My lab mates and I evaluate the peaches together at night while we are rounding out the day and do our own makeshift study.”Belisle, Chavez and Adhikari will share their results with Georgia peach growers. This information will also be used to select for varieties that could be used in breeding new peach varieties in collaboration with the USDA.Another study within Chavez’s program is being conducted by UGA doctoral student Bruno Casamali. Under the direction of Chavez and CAES horticultural physiologist Marc van Iersel, Casamali is using the new UGA Griffin Campus peach orchard to conduct irrigation and fertilization tests.“We believe the fertilizer numbers [that Georgia growers] use are based on California studies, which involve totally different climatic conditions [than we have in Georgia],” he said. “We want to make sure that growers apply the best rate for reproductive growth and good foliage in the spring and summer and good, quality fruit with good yield at harvest.”Georgia peach growers traditionally don’t irrigate their trees until the third year of growth, Chavez said.This is the first year of study, which is funded in part by the Georgia Peach Council.According to the 2014 Farm Gate Value Report, peaches grown in Georgia generated a farm gate value of $53.5 million. Peach County produced the most peaches with 2,500 acres, followed by Macon County with 2,060 acres. Peaches are the second most popular fruit grown in Georgia, behind blueberries.In the future, Chavez plans to study new production systems for growing peaches. “I’d like to do density studies and see if planting peaches closer together or farther apart changes the game any while using the new, upcoming rootstocks like MP-29,” he said.last_img read more

Interesting ways to save money

first_imgSkip a few weekly purchasesWhen you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy to spend money on convenience. A cup of coffee on the way to work or grabbing a quick bite on the way home can add up fast. Try to cut a few work lunches from your food budget or skip that concert you think you really need to go to. Being frugal is the easiest way to save.Hide the plastic for a weekIf you know roughly how much money you spend throughout the week, take that much cash out on Monday morning. The next time you go to the store you may find yourself having a more difficult time spending. The Journal of Consumer Research found that using cash was a more emotional experience than using a card. Physically seeing the dollars leave your hand is painful and you may find yourself putting a few items back.Continue paying paid debtPaying off your debt and loans is a huge accomplishment. If you have recently made your final payment on a loan, redirect that payment. You have found a way to survive without that portion of your income, so there is no reason to change a thing. Don’t look at as more spending money, but rather more saving money. 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Intolerant group violently disbands traditional wedding ceremony in Surakarta

first_imgA traditional wedding ceremony in Surakarta, Central Java came to a violent end after alleged members of a local religious group reportedly disbanded it, leading to a scuffle involving several local police personnel.The group of people who broke up the ceremony, which took place at a private residence in Pasar Kliwon district on Saturday, purportedly claimed that the traditional procession had violated certain Islamic principles.As reported by tribunnews.com, the perpetrators arrived at the ceremony at 4 p.m. and proceeded to cordon off the entrance to the residential area. Read also: Can Indonesia lead global war against religious intolerance? Scholars discusThe police escorted the wedding guests to safety during a lull when members of the group were performing maghrib (sunset prayer). However, the group finally noticed the evacuation and responded by physically attacking the guests, he said.At least three people were injured during the conflict, he said. The victims have since been treated at Indriati Solo Baru Hospital in Sukoharjo regency.“[The victims] sustained lacerations on their heads,” Andy said.He went on to say that he was also physically assaulted by the group, but did not sustain any serious injuries.“I was hit by [members of the group] when I was evacuating the victims. But I persisted and continued protecting the victims,” he said.In addition to physical assault, the group also reportedly vandalized private property in the surrounding vicinity including a minivan.The police are currently still investigating the case. (rfa)Topics : In a video that has since circulated on social media, members of the group could be heard shouting orders to disband the ceremony.Surakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Andy Rifai said his office received reports of a disturbance at around 5 p.m on Saturday.“We received information that evening that an intolerant group had ambushed a private residence,” Andy said on Sunday.He said the situation became heated when police personnel were deployed to the scene at around 5:20 p.m. to negotiate with the group.last_img read more