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first_imgFreezing tipsGeorgia Master Gardener Dick Whelan freezes his figs foryear-round enjoyment.”This is prime fig time, so today I have too many to eat. So Iwash them, towel them dry and store them in the freezer inzip-locked bags,” he said. “Now, when I want figs in the morning, Itake out a couple and let them defrost while I’m preparing therest of my breakfast. This way I can enjoy fresh figs all fall.”University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist JudyHarrison recommends tray packing when freezing figs. To traypack, place clean figs on a tray and then place the tray in thefreezer.”Once they’re frozen, you can store them together in bags in thefreezer,” Harrison said. “This way the figs don’t stick togetherand you can easily defrost them two or three at a time.”Harrison also recommends treating the figs with ascorbic acid toprevent them from losing their fresh color.To treat figs, dissolve three-fourths of a teaspoon of ascorbicacid in 3 tablespoons of water. Sprinkle the mixture over 1 quartof figs before tray packing.”You can also use an antidarkening treatment like Fruit Fresh orother commercial brands,” she said. “Just follow the packagedirections.”Canning and preserving recipes and safe storage tips for figs andother fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at the NationalCenter for HomeFood Preservation’s Web site(www.homefoodpreservation.com). Add a fig tree to your landscapeIf you’d like to add a fig tree to your home landscape, UGAExtension experts warn that only a few varieties are well-adaptedto Georgia.If you live in the mountains, select a protected site and tryCeleste or Hardy Chicago. Some varieties such as Brown Turkeywill produce some figs on the current season’s growth after beingkilled to the ground by a freeze.In Georgia’s piedmont, Celeste, Hardy Chicago and Conadria arefairly well-adapted. South of the fall line, many varieties canbe grown, but Celeste and Conadria are two of the best. If youwant to extend the season with a late-ripening variety, plantAlma.There is considerable confusion about fig variety names, so UGAExtension specialists recommend ordering plants only fromreputable nurseries in the Southeast.Make sure the variety you select is suited for Georgia’s climate.Never buy or try to grow the kinds of figs grown in California.UGA experts say they require pollination by a tiny wasp thatcan’t survive in Georgia’s climate.The fig varieties recommended for Georgia are the common onesthat produce only female flowers and set fruit withoutcross-pollination. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians may have to wait a year to pick fresh Georgiastrawberries and blueberries, but if figs suit your fancy, it’sprime picking time.”Figs are one of the earliest fruits cultivated by man,” said C.B. Christian, fig lover and northeastdirector of the GeorgiaMaster Gardeners Association. “In Georgia, the primeharvestingseason for fresh figs is mid-June to mid-October, so we’re in theheart of the season.”Pick when ripeIf you share Christian’s love of figs, he offers the followingharvesting tips to ensure the best-tasting fruit.”Figs must be picked ripe from the tree, as they don’t ripen wellonce picked,” he said. “A very firm fig is not ripe and will notproperly ripen further.”On the downside, figs have a very short shelf life, he said. Youshould eat or freeze them within seven to 10 days of harvesting.”In most cases, this means you have about three days at most touse them at home,” Christian said.Members of the genus Ficus and the family Moraceae (the mulberryfamily), figs can be used in a variety of ways, from preserves todeserts.last_img read more

first_imgZurich Insurance pulls out of Trans Mountain pipeline project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Insurer Zurich has decided not to renew cover for the Canadian government’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline, said a spokeswoman for the project, which is opposed by environmental campaigners and some indigenous groups.All financial services companies are under pressure from environmental campaigners to cease doing business with the fossil fuel industry.A planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which ships oil to British Columbia from Canada’s main oil-producing province of Alberta, has also drawn ire from some First Nations leaders anxious about the impact on their communities.Trans Mountain said it has the insurance it needs for its existing operations and the “expansion project”. “There remains adequate capacity in the market to meet Trans Mountain’s insurance needs and our renewal,” the spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.The Trans Mountain pipeline’s annual liability insurance contract, dated August 2019 but filed with the Canada Energy Regulator on April 30, 2020, had shown Zurich was the lead insurer for the pipeline. The insurance, which provides $508 million of cover, runs to August 2020, the filing showed.Zurich was the sole insurer for the first $8 million of potential insurance payouts and the company provided a total of $300 million in cover with other insurers, the 2019/20 energy regulatory filing showed.[Noor Zainab Hussain, Carolyn Cohn, Rod Nickel and Suzanne Barlyn]More: Zurich Insurance drops cover for Trans Mountain oil pipelinelast_img read more

first_imgSky Sports has announced 25 of its 64 matches will be free-to-air on its Pick channel, while the BBC has the rights to screen four games on terrestrial TV.It will be the first time the BBC has shown any live English top-flight action since 1988. Amazon will make its four Premier League matches in the remainder of the 2019/20 season free-to-air as broadcasters prepare for the return of the English top-flight.The Premier League is set to resume behind closed doors on June 17 after being suspended since March due to the coronavirus.All 92 remaining fixtures will be televised live and Amazon has a small package of games. Topics :center_img Unlike earlier this season, fans will not need a Prime membership to watch fixtures on the online platform.”Like the rest of the country, we are excited to see the Premier League return to action,” said Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe.”We will be making all four of Amazon Prime Video’s additional fixtures in the 2019-20 season available free of charge. Fans will not need a Prime membership to view the games on Prime Video.”The online streaming service entered the competitive Premier League live rights market in 2018, changing the landscape of British sports broadcasting.last_img read more

first_imgPalm Beach County’s teachers union is asking the school district to keep campuses closed to students when the academic year begins in August.They say that a return to in-person schooling is “a dangerous gamble” with coronavirus cases increasing here.In a letter to district leaders, teachers union President Justin Katz said on Friday that the recent spike in infections makes it nearly impossible to guarantee a safe return, despite social distancing measures.“The dangerous trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Florida has led us to believe that (in-person schooling) should still be offered, but not until a point in time when the on-campus option can be executed in a safe and responsible manner,” Katz wrote. “We no longer believe that is possible at this time.”Katz calls on the school board to “limit instruction to virtual means with no on-campus activity with students until such time that the medical and scientific community are able to convey that it is safe to do so.”The district has been planning to start school Aug. 10.However, the union represents 12,500 teachers, counselors and other educators. Many of those individuals are 60 or older, placing them at greater risk from COVID-19.Tune in tonight for a Virtual Town Hall meeting to hear more about reopening options for this upcoming school year. Please submit questions to the regional offices in advance: https://t.co/Ixha7v9nJ6 pic.twitter.com/mt9Ih3ka6n— PBCSD (@pbcsd) June 25, 2020 District officials said Saturday that the union’s concerns will “receive serious consideration,” although they added that they are surveying parents and their own employees to help with the decision.“It’s important to remember that final decisions that the District will make will be based on a variety of factors including financial, legal, health and other requirements that the District must meet in the best interests of all students, staff and community members,” the district said in a statement.District leaders are still developing school-reopening plans, but intend for students to have an option to learn completely from home or take in-person classes in some form.The school board’s longest serving member, Debra Robinson, has called for delaying the beginning of the school year.A majority of board members said they are open to exploring that proposal.While saying it is theoretically possible that new cases could decline significantly in the six weeks before classes resume, Katz expressed doubt that would happen with enough time to prepare teachers and students for in-person classes on the first day.“We seem to be back on the wrong side of the curve,” he said, referring to recent jumps in the number of coronavirus infections in Palm Beach County and statewide, “and worse off than before.”last_img read more