January 17, 2021

Move Over, Raisins

first_imgDRIED BLUEBERRIES fromGeorgia are showing up in all kinds of products — from baked goods totrail mix. Gerard Krewer, a UGA horticulturist said rabbiteye and otherSouthern berries process very well and give better yields. They also retaintheir size well. About a third of Georgia’s 6 to 13 million pounds of blueberriesare dried.ÿ (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)ÿ Move over, raisins. There’s a new dried fruit on the supermarket shelves,and it’s Georgia-grown. Dried blueberries, or blueberry raisins, can nowbe found alongside the raisins, cranraisins and figs.ÿDried blueberries are fairly new to the shelf, but not to Universityof Georgia food scientists. They started working on the idea in the1970s at the request of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association.ÿ”The blueberry growers were worried about what to do with their excessblueberries,” remembers RomeoToledo, a food scientist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.ÿ”They wanted to find alternatives to using the berries fresh,” he said.”We studied juices made from blueberries and dried blueberries.”ÿ”Granola bars were gaining popularity, and we wanted to hit that market,”Toledo said. “For the kinds of uses we envisioned — cereals and granolabars — dehydration was the perfect outlet.”ÿÿ Toledo’s graduate student, Jeff Tucker, was working on processes for dryingfragile fruits so hejoined Toledo on the blueberry project.The scientists first treated the berries with a sugar syrup.”This draws out the water and reduces the time it takes for the berriesto dry,” Toledo said. “Theresult is a semimoist berry. Today, the main manufacturer in Michiganalso uses a fruit concentrate which allows the product to be labeled as’all fruit.'”Four years ago, the fledgling dried blueberry industry received a bigpush when Tucker becamedirector of research and development for Cherry Central. The TraverseCity, Mich., marketingcooperative makes food products from apples, blueberries, cherriesand other fruits. It is the mainprocessor of dried blueberries.”Cherry Central had been producing dried blueberries for a couple ofyears before I joined thecompany,” Tucker said. “Since then, I have been pushing the product.”Most of the blueberries the Michigan plant uses for drying are actuallySouthern-grown. “Thepercentage of Georgia-grown berries varies from year to year. But wehave used up to 100percent in our dried blueberry division,” Tucker said.”The Southern berries process very well and give us better yields,”he said. “They also retaintheir size well.”Much of Georgia’s blueberry crop is sprayed with gibberellic acid toenhance fruit set. “This hasresulted in superior dried blueberries, since the berries contain fewerseeds,” Tucker said.In the spring of 1996, Georgia began drying its own blueberries whenRustan, Inc., opened inAlma, Ga. The company dries blueberries, cherries, cranberries andvegetables such as carrots,onions and potatoes.The vegetables are often used for dry soup mixes. Last year, Rustanprocessed more than 40,000pounds of dried blueberries, too. The berries were used in commercialbakeries and packagedtrail mixes.UGA Extension Service horticulturistGerard Krewer said about one-thirdof the blueberriesgrown in Georgia become dried blueberries.”The beauty of it is that the process uses a lot of berries,” Krewersaid. “It takes about threepounds of fresh berries to make one pound of dried blueberries.”Georgia blueberry growers produce 6 million to 13 million pounds ofblueberries each year.Krewer figures the state has 4,000 acres of bearing blueberries andabout 400 acres of younger,nonbearing plants.The state ranks fourth behind Michigan, New Jersey and Oregon in U.S.cultivated blueberryproduction.Dried blueberries, which have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, are mostoften used in cerealproducts, cake mixes, pastry products, granola bars and dried fruitmixes.”You commonly find them now as an airline snack mixed with dried cherriesand raisins,”Tucker said. “They also perform well in baked goods, especially bagels,because baked goods arekneaded and frozen fruit won’t hold up.”last_img read more

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December 18, 2020

Don’t wait to integrate

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Samantha PaxsonLet 2015 be the year you integrate. You know why:Your members are all over the place. They’re online. They’re on mobile. They’re at the ATM. They have 12 different passwords, none of which are easy to recall or type.Your systems need to work together. How many times a day do you regret not being able to fulfill a request because your systems don’t connect?You aren’t finished upgrading your technology. Think you’ll be able to get everything working together by next month? Great, except that once everything is up and running you’ll have to add new apps, upgrade software or sync up with Apple’s new iWatch.You want to go fast. One of the primary values of integrated technology is speed. You access information or add upgrades quickly. And your members experience transactions and updates at the lightning speed they’ve come to expect.Admittedly, integration hasn’t always been the easiest issue to tackle. Credit unions that have patchworked systems together over time now find themselves in a bit of a tangle. But given the pace of change and an ever-accelerating need for speed, integration must be a high priority. continue reading »last_img read more

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December 18, 2020

6 work benefits you’re overlooking that could save you thousands

first_imgEmployee benefits can be confusing, complex, and not fun to talk about.As a result, they’re often overlooked or ignored — but if you’re not taking full advantage of your benefits, you’re leaving money on the table.Many employers have a three-week long open enrollment period — generally in the fall — in which many of these benefits are available to select, so it’s important to be aware of your company’s enrollment window.(This is different from the open enrollment period offered by HealthCare.gov).“These three weeks are when employees make some of the biggest purchasing decisions of the year,” says Britta Meyer, CMO at consumer-directed benefits administrator WageWorks. “But what we’re finding is that people are not paying attention. People are spending more time planning vacations or holiday shopping than they are selecting benefits that are affecting themselves and their families for the entire next year.” continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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October 18, 2020

Matteo Guendouzi sends warning to Liverpool and rates Arsenal’s summer transfer business

first_img Comment Matteo Guendouzi sends warning to Liverpool and rates Arsenal’s summer transfer business Arsenal’s new signings all played key roles in the wins over Burnley (Picture: Getty)Matteo Guendouzi has warned Liverpool they will face a very different Arsenal side tomorrow to the one which capitulated 5-1 at Anfield last season.A Roberto Firmino hat-trick condemned Unai Emery to his heaviest defeat since succeeding Arsene Wenger following a shambolic defensive performance which saw the Gunners concede four goals in the space of 31 chaotic first-half minutes.After suffering the disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal embarked on an impressive summer recruitment drive which saw the likes of Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Danni Ceballos arrive during the closing stages of the transfer window.All three played impressive roles in continuing Arsenal’s 100% start to the new season with a win over Burnley last weekend and Guendouzi, now firmly established as a key component of Emery’s midfield engine room, is feeling positive about the year ahead.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)‘Last year was not our finest hour but it’s very different to last season, it’s a new game and new team so I don’t see why it would be the same result, Guendouzi told Sky Sports.‘We’ve had a much better start as well – last year we started with two losses but this year we are already six points up.‘We have a better team overall and we’re feeling good about ourselves, we have a good team and we believe in ourselves.‘I know we can do really well, we are going there to win and I believe we can beat any Premier League side.’On the new additions to the squad, he added: ‘David Luiz brings a lot of experience and is a very comprehensive defender.‘Ceballos is a very technical player and played excellently against Burnley, while Pepe is a player I know well from France.‘I think all three bring a lot of strength and positive aspects to the team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 23 Aug 2019 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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October 18, 2020

Gael Clichy blasts ‘typical Arsenal’ for ‘crumbling’ under Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal threw away a four-goal lead (Picture: Getty)Arsenal raced into a 4-0 lead at half-time but the Magpies scored four after the break in one of the most memorable comebacks in Premier League history.AdvertisementAdvertisementClichy was playing that day and he believes the game perfectly summed up the reasons Arsenal couldn’t win the title under Wenger, claiming it was ‘typical Arsenal’.Speaking to Premier League Productions about the game, Clichy said: ‘Yeah but this was typical Arsenal.‘We could go anywhere and play anyone off the park then all of a sudden we could crumble in just a few minutes. ‘We were young, we had plenty of talent but people were talking about what we were missing and maybe that was a bit of experience.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThough Wenger left the club in 2018, many of the same problems persisted at the Emirates after the Frenchman’s departure.On that day in the north-east, Abou Diaby was sent off to give Newcastle hope of a comeback but Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan remained on the field after appearing to raise his hands at goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.Mikel Arteta has set about correcting those mistakes but Clichy believes many of the same problems exist at Arsenal today that he experienced with the club, including a lack of know-how. Read More Comment 1/1 1 min. story PLAY Read More ‘We had that team but even today’s team they have that quality to score four goals in 10 minutes,’ said Clichy. ‘Don’t ask me why Arsenal have always been able to do this but they can also even today concede goals for fun. ‘That was one of our weaknesses of the time, the long ball, the set pieces and getting physical. ‘I’m actually shocked nobody reacted [to the Nolan-Szczesny incident]. Okay Kevin did something wrong and someone should have seen it but we should have been there for the goalkeeper. ‘But that shows you what type of team we were, an amazing team but we lacked character if you want. Even with a lead of three goals, we could feel the fans pushing and the second goal I could feel that it was going to be difficult [to win].’MORE: Shkodran Mustafi explains how ‘incredible’ Mikel Arteta has inspired Arsenal squad About Connatix V67539 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE SPONSORED Read More Coming Next Full Screen Gael Clichy blasts ‘typical Arsenal’ for ‘crumbling’ under Arsene Wenger Gael Clichy left the club for Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Gael Clichy says the Gunners side he played in failed to win a Premier League title under Arsene Wenger because they lacked ‘character’ and were prone to ‘crumbling’.Wenger’s title-winning team of 2004 was broken up in the following years and the club’s move to the Emirates Stadium meant the Frenchman was forced to sell some of his biggest players and recruit bargain replacements.Nevertheless, Wenger developed a promising side in 2011 with Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. By the February of the 10/11 season Arsenal trailed leaders Manchester United by just five points and they could have got the gap to two points with a win against Newcastle at St James’ Park.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro Sean KearnsWednesday 20 May 2020 2:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings / Read More Skip Ad Advertisement Top articles Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Outdoor entertainer listed for sale

first_img15 Capricorn Drv, BurdellRESIDING at 15 Capricorn Drv in Burdell is all about outdoor living.Step out from the living area on to the massive patio and you are greeted with a sparkling pool or look to your right to discover the bar and outdoor kitchen area which blends seamlessly with the outside through the use of stacked sliding doors.The four-bedroom, two bathroom, double-garage home has hit the market for $499,000.The home has 225sq m of under-roof space and is on a 660sq m block with double side gate access.It was built nine years ago and is a Housing Industry Association award winner.But it’s not just the outside of the home wowing house hunters. Inside a neutral colour palette combined with high-end fittings and fixtures provide a sophisticated coastal vibe.Statement pendant lights are used throughout to create drama as is wallpapered feature walls.Troy Standley from North Ward Realty is selling the home and said it defied its age and still felt like a premium, brand new home.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The house is absolutely immaculate,” he said. “We have had some families showing interest as well as the younger buyers.“Everyone has been loving the kitchen because it’s so big and then you also have a walk-in pantry.“The pool has lights which change colour and at night it just looks awesome.“You also have that massive patio but you still have room if you wanted to put in a shed and there is still some yard out the back.”While the home has four bedrooms there is the option of combining two of those rooms to create a teenager’s retreat.All bedrooms have either built-in or walk-in wardrobes.The main bedroom has a large ensuite with floor-to-ceiling tiles while there is also a huge walk-in wardrobe.The house is fully airconditioned with reverse cycle split systems throughout and there is a a 5kW solar system on the roof of the property.last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

New development awarded only EnviroDevelopment in the suburb

first_imgRenovare’ Yeronga is under construction by Gardner Vaughan Group.A five-stage masterplan development at Yeronga is progressing quickly with construction on stage three to start next year.Stage one of Renovaré Yeronga consists of townhomes on Venner Rd facing north and apartments facing the pool/garden area.Stage two features apartments facing the green oasis of Fehlberg Park, and overlooking the pool and garden area. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: n Two stages have been completed with all five stages due for completion in mid 2022.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago n A mix of all types with 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments still available, both parkside and pool/garden facing. Renovaré Yeronga n UDIA accredited EnviroDevelopment – the only one of its kind in Yeronga n High quality owner-occupier finishes throughout all apartmentsLocality to infrastructure and transport n Ability to customise off the plan but walk through completed apartments for peace of mind n Knowing that you are investing in an apartment which is developed, built and managed by the one entityTHE BASICS: ‘GOLD STANDARD’ DESIGN PLAN Construction of Renovare Yeronga is underway by Gardner Vaughan Group.The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment certification provides a six-leaf rating of sustainability. Certified developments are carefully designed to protect the environment and use resources responsibly, while offering a range of benefits to homeowners, industry and government. The project features multiple floorplans including one through to four-bedroom configurations.There are five interior design colour schemes for buyers to chose from and customisation opportunities for off-the-plan purchases.Renovaré Yeronga is 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and 15 minutes to all major hospitals. PROJECT STAGES The project stages include Respiro (stage 1) , Arboreti (stage 2), Venusto (stage 3) Viridi (stage 4) and Florens (stage 5). Developer: Gardner Vaughan Group Price: Two bedrooms from $659,000, three bedrooms from $769,000, four bedrooms from $899,000 Address: 172 Venner Rd, Yeronga Key highlights include THE BEST OF BAYSIDE LIVING The project is being developed by Gardner Vaughan Group.There are three stages still to be built, however the central recreational area, pool and entertaining areas are completed.Gardner Vaughan Group associate director Samuel Gardner said 74 apartments were complete over two stages, with 39 already sold.Mr Gardner said downsizers, first homebuyers as well as investors had shown a keen interest in the suburban project.He said the most expensive apartment sale to date was a top floor park-facing four-bedder for $1.164 million.Mr Gardner said there were many drawcards to Renovaré Yeronga which was recently awarded the only EnviroDevelopment in the suburb.EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across four or more of the provided elements – ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community. HISTORIC REVAMP OF HOMESTEADlast_img read more

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September 20, 2020

McGeady wants revenge over Scotland

first_img The 29-year-old Paisley-born winger was taunted mercilessly by the locals, some of whom have never forgiven him for opting to wear the green of Ireland, at Celtic Park in November as the Scots ran out 1-0 winners in the Group D showdown between the two nations. The former Bhoys winger has not forgotten a difficult night on both a personal and team basis, and that will fuel him as he prepares for Sunday’s friendly against England and then the reunion with Gordon Strachan’s men at the Aviva Stadium. McGeady said: “The Scotland one’s the big one, obviously. We want to get our own back on them from the last game. “We never played well enough to win the game. It would have been nice to have come away with a point, but a bit of ball-watching and switching off at a set-piece cost us a point. It could have been an important point. “The England one is obviously a big game as well, but it’s a friendly and the Scotland one is the most important from my point of view, and I think everyone else’s as well.” If the Republic’s need for points – they currently sit in fourth place in the group on eight points, three adrift of leaders Poland and two shy of Germany and Scotland – is motivation enough, the cat-calls which greeted McGeady on the pitch where he made his name provide added spice. Asked if he had ever before received that level of abuse, he replied: “No, never before like that. It was a game I wasn’t really looking forward to because I knew it would be like that. But it would have been great if he had won, if I’d scored, if I’d played well and really just won, to be honest with you. “But we didn’t and it made it a whole lot worse because I know all the Scottish players and I know a lot of Scotland fans, who bring it up to me when I’m home. “But mainly from the team’s point of view, it would have been a big point for us if we had drawn.” McGeady added with a smile: “Probably it was worse for me because James McCarthy was injured as well, wasn’t it? It was just basically me taking the brunt of the abuse.” Aiden McGeady will be gunning for revenge when the Republic of Ireland head into their Euro 2016 qualifying battle with Scotland on June 13. Press Association Even Everton team-mate Steven Naismith, who started for the Scots on the night, got in on the act, although the Ireland midfielder admitted his comments were made with tongue firmly in cheek. He said: “He tried to give me a little bit, but I knew he was joking. That’s what he’s like. Hopefully we can win and give him a bit of stick when we go back in pre-season, that’ll be good.” Martin O’Neill’s men would have been further adrift of the fight for a top-two finish had Shane Long not snatched a 1-1 draw against the Poles with a stoppage-time equaliser in March, and while that has helped to re-galvanise them, they know there is little margin for error. McGeady said: “I suppose we have to win. If we don’t, we slip away. There will still be few games left, but you’d be hoping Scotland and Poland drop points.” The two games over the next week or so will give the former Spartak Moscow man a chance to bring a positive end to a frustrating campaign after injury limited his involvement at Goodison Park during the second half of the season. He was fit for the final four or five weeks, but unable to force his way into Roberto Martinez’s plans on a sustained basis, although he took that in his stride in a way he might not have done earlier in his career. Asked if he was the kind of player who knocked on the manager’s door to ask why he was not in the team, McGeady, who was speaking at the launch of the McDonald’s Football Future initiative in Malahide, said: “I did that when I was younger. “If you are going to speak to the manager, you are trying to convince the manager why you should be playing. He’s got his own ideas anyway and you are not going to change his mind by talking to him. “When I was younger, I probably would have thought that I would say my bit anyway.” last_img read more

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September 17, 2020

Running backs provide bright spot through Syracuse’s offensive struggles

first_imgOn a day when not much went right for Syracuse in the air, Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley gave the Orange a lift on the ground.“I think the highlight of the game was the running game,” SU wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “They did an excellent job at finishing runs and making big plays. They’re really the only ones that made plays.”While Moore’s unit was rendered useless, Smith and Gulley carried the load. Each scored a touchdown and kept Syracuse within striking distance. The run game was the lone positive in Syracuse’s (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) 49-14 loss to No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday.“That’s just a little bit of what we can do,” Gulley said.Smith finished with 18 rushes for 125 yards and scored his seventh touchdown of the year on a highlight-reel 66-yard run up the middle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith’s outburst was a product of a drill that the Orange works on in practice. After taking a carry, each running back has to sprint 50 yards.And after Smith broke a few Clemson tackles, he took that sprint from the practice field to the real game. When he reached the end zone, he pounded his chest and saluted the crowd of 48,961.Gulley scored early in the third quarter on a 28-yard run up the middle. Terrel Hunt even rushed for 57 yards when he had nowhere to throw the ball.The passing game was nonexistent, but the run game fit the bill of an ACC-type offense.“We had a good rushing total,” Gulley said. “I think we could have rushed for more.” Comments Published on October 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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September 16, 2020

USC focuses on defense in preparation for Stanford

first_imgBrian Chin | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday, the Trojans continued preparation for their clash with No. 14 Stanford. Head coach Clay Helton emphasized third-down efficiency on both sides of the ball while acknowledging the rising prospects of freshman athletes. Lewis IV impresses During this week in practice, true freshman wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV started getting more and more reps with the starting unit. After not being targeted in Week 1, a breakout week could be in store for the Los Angeles native. Helton even compared him to another former Trojan wide receiver. “We all said as a staff that the light just kinda started to click on,” Helton said. “He’s always had that powerful, natural skillset. He kind of reminds me of what JuJu [Smith-Schuster] was to, be honest with you, maybe even a faster version.” Defending the runAfter giving up 263 rushing yards to a host of Western Michigan running backs, USC’s defense will need a bounce-back performance to contain Stanford star running back Bryce Love, who ran for over 700 yards as Christian McCaffrey’s understudy last season. “It was little things [against Western Michigan] like getting out of our gaps too early,” said junior outside linebacker Porter Gustin. “I think we can clean that up. We all saw [what happened] and figured out what we need to change.” On Saturday, the Trojans’ defensive line frequently lost at the line of scrimmage, thus opening up running lanes for Western Michigan. Helton noted that highly touted freshman nose tackle Marlon Tuipulotu could play more snaps in order to inject some new energy into the unit. “He got 17 reps last week and really graded out well,” Helton said. “He’s had the advantage of being here for a spring so his light clicked on a bit quicker. We’re really proud of where he’s at and we hope that we can bring another big man, Brandon Pili, on also to the point where he can help us out this year.” The Trojans also focused on defending third-down situations in order to limit Stanford’s time of possession.“I think about Stanford defensively, and the limited possessions they give you in a ballgame and how important it is to get off the field,” Helton said. “They are masters of 3rd-and-1 to 5.”last_img read more

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