The staff at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm on the Athens Campus, received a federal-sized pat on the back this week when Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden.Concannon, who was in Athens to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for clients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), visited UGArden because of its dedication to providing fresh produce to limited-resource families. “We were really glad to show it off,” said JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager and founding member. “I know it’s a great place, but I’m kind of biased. So, it does mean a lot that people from outside think it’s cool, too.” Despite the 100-degree heat index on Wednesday, July 22, Concannon seemed genuinely interested in what they were doing on the farm, Biang said. It felt good to have his support. UGArden was founded in 2010 by UGA students who wanted to start a community garden on Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gave them space for the garden on a parcel of land formerly used for livestock research. Today, it’s grown into a 4-acre, sustainably managed farm that provides agricultural experience to students and fresh produce to food-insecure seniors through UGA’s Campus Kitchen program and to local food banks. Concannon was pleased with the way UGArden serves as a venue for public service and for research into sustainable agriculture practices — including small-scale cover crop plots, a solar-powered farm building and organic production practices. “I was very pleased with the efforts on the part of the University of Georgia to implement sustainable practices,” Concannon said. “I heard throughout the day the use of the term sustainable — We don’t waste as much; we recycle, and we use the resources that we are given more prudently. — Yet, (sustainability) is an explosive term — just that word — in parts of Washington. It shouldn’t be, but it is.” In addition to produce that is donated and that goes home with student volunteers, UGArden hosts a weekly public produce sale to help support the farm’s operations. During his visit, Concannon asked why the farm stand does not accept SNAP benefits. It turns out that the students don’t have a card reader that can process SNAP cards. Concannon remedied the situation by offering to send the farm’s volunteer staff a card reader from the USDA’s office in Atlanta, Biang said. “I love getting out in the field,” Concannon told a reporter with WUGA, the university’s Georgia Public Broadcasting affiliate. “I go to a lot of schools, food banks, different places, and often we will hear something like (not having a SNAP card reader) just in casual conversation. And so, I encourage people who work within the USDA to get out into the fields because you’ll hear something, typically, and often it’s something you can do something about. I mean (providing a card reader) isn’t going to take a congressional order, that’s something we can fix pretty readily.” In addition to visiting UGArden, Concannon visited the Athens Farmers Market, which was one of the first farmers markets in the state to accept SNAP benefits. In Georgia, from 2008 to 2014, SNAP redemptions at farmers markets grew from more than $49,000 to nearly $384,000, providing an economic boost to local communities in the state. During that same time period, the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers increased from nine to 124. He also visited the Clarke Middle School Kitchen Garden Corps program, which is managed by Wick Prichard, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer under the supervision of David Berle, UGA CAES horticulture researcher and UGArden adviser, and Shannon Wilder, director of the UGA Office of Service Learning. The garden boasts a farm’s worth of vegetable crops, goats and a rooster named “Mittens.” During the summer, students team up with local chefs to make lunch from the garden. “We hope that kids who work with us here are going to go on to be leaders in urban agriculture — or even conventional agriculture — and in family and consumer sciences,” Prichard said. “We’re doing exciting stuff here. And it’s exciting that it’s happening in Athens and in Georgia, not in Berkley or Portland or somewhere that you automatically associated with urban agriculture or the local food movement.” Concannon rounded out his tour with a trip to the West Broad Farmers Market, a tour of the UGA Campus Kitchen facilities — where students turn locally grown food into meals for seniors — and with a talk at the UGA Miller Learning Center. For more information about the UGArden, visit ugarden.uga.edu. For more information about UGA Extension’s resources for community and school gardens, visit blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening.
Pulis felt Wiltshire official East should have pointed to the spot for Angel Rangel’s first-half challenge on Chris Brunt and then again when substitute Callum McManaman tumbled in the closing stages. “The big disappointment is I’ve just watched the video there and it’s two penalties,” Pulis protested after the game. West Brom manager Tony Pulis hit out at referee Roger East for denying Albion two penalties in their 1-0 defeat at Swansea. Swansea’s victory was their first under caretaker manager Alan Curtis and took them out of the bottom three. Ki Sung-yueng’s bundled ninth-minute winner came from a free-flowing attack, but Swansea were pushed back and had to scrap for their first home win since beating Manchester United at the end of August. “We can play better and we have played better in the last couple of games,” Curtis said after Swansea’s first win in eight. “But we showed a different side to our game, the boys blocked crosses, blocked shots and worked unbelievably hard. “I said before the game that as much as we want to maintain our style, we have to find a way to win as well. “We were under the cosh and it wasn’t pretty, it was a bit un-Swansea-like but we showed enough to get over the line.” The final whistle was greeted with an outpouring of relief from home supporters and Curtis later singled out midfield veteran Leon Britton for praise. Britton did not feature this season until the closing weeks of Garry Monk’s reign but has proved a stabilising influence in Curtis’ three games in charge, which have yielded four points. “Leon was outstanding and he’s been so fundamental to this team for the last 10 or 11 years,” Curtis said. “I think he’s coming up two games short of 500 and he’s been a fantastic player for the club. “We’ve seen those performances year-in and year-out and part of the reason I took him off near the end was for the crowd to show appreciation and give us another lift again.” Press Association “The first foul on Chris Brunt is a stonewall banker penalty. Their lad goes for the ball but Chris just touches it away and catches him. “He (East) is five yards away from it, but there we are. “We have to get on with it, you can’t get in your mind that these decisions are going against you.” Albion have now gone five games without a win, their worst run since Pulis was appointed manager almost a year ago, and are now only three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. They dominated for long periods at the Liberty Stadium but struggled to create clear-cut chances, with Rickie Lambert sending their best opportunity straight at Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal. “The lads were fantastic, they worked really hard in the second half and upped it,” Pulis said. “There’s no way we should be losing that game. There is no justice coming away from this game without any points. “We watched the West Ham game here last week and they had 75 per cent possession, but we did not want that to happen and I thought we gave it a really good go.”
Published on March 26, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Duke surrounded Owen Seebold like a swarm of bees. Once he was freed from one double team, he ran into another.Three minutes into the second quarter, Seebold raced around midfield, dodging from side-to side at Koskinen Stadium, desperately trying to escape the pressure.Seebold kept his composure though, holding onto the ball and escaping any trap. He eventually found an open Brendan Curry on the left side of Duke goalie Danny Fowler. Curry received the pass, turned and ripped a goal to give Syracuse a 5-4 advantage.“Duke doesn’t really let you hold the ball too much,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “They come out with pressure and they want to make you make a decision and either get a bad shot or get a turnover. Our guys played pretty poised at the offensive end.”On March 18, In a 14-10 loss to Rutgers, a team that ranks 30th in caused turnovers per game, SU coughed up the ball a season-high 22 times. After losing the turnover battle in a loss to Johns Hopkins the week before, SU tried too hard to avoid turnovers. They played timidly against the Scarlet Knights and it backfired, sophomore midfielder Jamie Trimboli said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis Saturday on the road against then-No. 3 Duke, a team that caused 9.3 turnovers per game, SU had eight. The Orange protected the ball, leading to longer and better possessions that allowed SU to shoot and score more as then-No. 15 Syracuse (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) took down then-No. 3 Duke (8-2, 0-1).Still, Syracuse doesn’t assist on many of its goals. SU ranks 25th nationally with just 6.43 assists per game and it didn’t even meet that number against Duke. Syracuse assisted on six of its 14 goals in the contest, but instead of taking early shots, Syracuse waited for the right opportunities and matchups. Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorSU sent players flying in front of the crease as potential outlets in front of the goal, but also to draw defenders and open one-on-one matchups. SU knew it could take advantage by playing faster than Duke could, Desko said. While the ball movement didn’t necessarily boost assists, it tired the Duke defense and opened up space in front of the crease.Before Trimboli’s game-winning shot, he picked up the ground ball because he managed to ditch a defender. When Tucker Dordevic ran across the crease to receive a pass, the defense collapsed on him, allowing Trimboli to slip by untouched and score an easy, point-blank goal.“We were just trying to play big and play fast the whole game and wear them down a little bit,” Trimboli said. “Eventually, things started to pop open.”On the same play that Curry scored SU’s fifth goal after Seebold avoided a turnover, Curry drew a short-stick defender. It did not take much for the fastest player Nate Solomon has ever seen to blow by his defender and find the back of the net. Rather than taking early shots and trying to force scores, something SU has struggled with this season, Desko said Syracuse focused on finding weak links and exploiting matchups.“We wanted to control possession and wear them down a little bit and wait for our best shot,” Brendan Bomberry said.Syracuse, a team that ranked 34th in the country in shooting efficiency — which takes into account goals scored per possession, shots on goal that are saved and shots that miss the cage entirely — put 28-of-34 shots on goal against Duke. Entering the game, Duke ranked third in the country in opponent turnover percentage.While facing a statistically superior opponent, SU protected its possessions and put together its most complete offensive game of the season against a ranked opponent.“The last couple games we held the ball,” Desko said. “We were a little bit tentative. Guys today just went out and played.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Lee Clark joins Tribalfootball: Newcastle & Fulham so special to meby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWe here at Tribalfootballare proud to announce our new guest columnist for 2019, former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark.Lee brings with him almost 30 years of experience playing and managing in the Premier League and across the Football League. As a player, Lee quite literally lived the dream. Not many players get to play for their boyhood heroes, let alone help reignite an entire city. But that’s what Clark did, having played 46 league games as a 20-year-old in Newcastle’s record breaking 1992/93 season, which ended their four-year exile from the top flight.It was a golden period for Toon. In the 1995-96 season, when Kevin Keegan’s side, dubbed ‘The Entertainers’, famously finished second behind Manchester United.The likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Peter Beardsley lit up St. James’ Park on a regular basis and Clark was right there alongside them. He says the experience helped raise his game to another level.”Absolutely, every training session and game really, really mattered,” Clark tells Tribalfootball. “We could never rest on our laurels even in training, you knew you had someone, senior players, internationals. “And you knew that one, you wanted to get a place in the team. And two, you wanted to keep it, which was the hardest bit. You had to perform every single day in training. I think that’s the reason why most players during that period had there most successful time of their careers, really.”In 1997, Clark crossed the north-east divide for a brief two-year stint at Sunderland under Peter Reid and helped the Black Cats lift the First Division trophy in 1999. Fulham then paid £3m for Clark’s signature in the early days of the Mohamed Al Fayed revolution. Clark secured his status as a promotion specialist when he picked up another First Division title in 2001. Wearing the captain’s armband, Clark led the Cottagers to their then-highest Premier League finish in 2003/04. Speaking about his six-years in west London, Clark says: “I love the club. The people there, the way me and my family got treated. “The six years I had there as a player were magnificent. We had a great time and I love going back. And it’s quite ironic that it’s Newcastle vs Fulham at St. James’ on Saturday. I’ll be at the game and it will be pulling on the heartstrings really because I want neither of them to be involved [in the relegation battle].”And also another club close to me where my managerial career started, Huddersfield, they’re down in the mix as well. So it’s like I don’t want any one of these three to go down, but unfortunately I think that’s the way its going to be.”There was no break from football for Clark, who immediately joined United’s coaching staff after retirement in 2006. Two years later, he would take up the manager’s position at Huddersfield, spending four successful years in Yorkshire before joining Birmingham City in 2012.Stints at Bury, Blackpool and Kilmarnock have followed and at just 46 years of age, Clark still has plenty left to give to the game.”You learn from the ups and you learn from the downs. I’m a much improved manager than I ever was from the start. And I’m wanting to get back in. I love it. I love being on the graft. I love coaching players and trying to improve them. “I’m absolutely wanting to get back in the game but you know everything has to be right for me and also its not just the U.K, I’d quite enjoy and it would be a good test to work abroad.” TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made it clear a few weeks back that he’s tired of reporters asking about the term “Clemsoning”, given how consistent his team has been the past few years. Still, he got another question about it Wednesday on the ACC teleconference. His response was predictable. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney on “any anti Clemson factions” and “Clemson-ing: “I don’t why people keep asking questions like this. Next question”— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 4, 2015Uh oh. Swinney gets a “Clemsoning” term question on ACC teleconference. “I don’t know why people keep asking about this. Next question.”— Brad Senkiw (@BradSenkiw_AIM) November 4, 2015Clemson is the No. 1 ranked team in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2015 campaign. Perhaps it is time to hang up the phrase.
ESPN College GameDayESPN has updated its college football “future” power rankings. The “FPR” is a projection of which college football teams will dominate the sport over the next three years. Here’s ESPN’s description:FPR is a projection of a program’s strength over the next three years, not just the 2016 season. An eight-person panel of ESPN reporters and analysts — Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach — graded teams based on five criteria, which were weighed differently to account for their impact on overall sustained success. The criteria: coaching (27 percent of the formula), current talent (27 percent), recruiting (20 percent), title path (16 percent) and program foundation (10 percent).Which team does ESPN think will rule the sport over the next three seasons? The reigning national champions.Alabama, which was overtaken by Ohio State in the 2015 edition of the FPR, has its No. 1 spot back. The Crimson Tide continue to recruit as well as ever and, coming off a national title, they’re an obvious choice for No. 1. Here’s the rest of the top 25: Alabama’s at No. 1, of course.AlabamaOhio StateFSUClemsonMichiganLSUStanfordOklahomaNotre DameMichigan StateFloridaGeorgiaUSCTennesseeTCUUCLATexasAuburnMiamiOle MissWashingtonOregonLouisvilleOklahoma StateNebraskaYou can view ESPN’s full rankings here.