Melons, melons, melons

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaGeorgia is known for its watermelons. But other types of melonscan grow here, too, to provide a different flavor for your tastebuds.Of course, cantaloupes are common and widely grown here. Butthere are many melons related to these that you may not haveheard much about.The melons in the Cucumis melo L. (Reticulatus group) include ourcommon cantaloupes and charentais and galia melons. All of themelons that belong to the melo species are called muskmelons. Butnot all muskmelons are cantaloupes. The Inodorus group includeshoneydew, Christmas, casaba, Crenshaw and canary melons.Casaba fruits aren’t netted likecantaloupes, but have deep wrinkles. The skin color may vary byvariety, which include “Golden Beauty,” “MaryGold,” “WinterPineapple” and “Santa Claus.”These melons have various shapes and sizes. The flesh is thickand either white, yellow or orange. Casabas don’t have the muskyodor of a cantaloupe or the sweetness of a honeydew.Crenshaw melons are casabacrosses, so they’re close relatives of this type.Charentais melons have been calledthe finest melon in taste, texture and fragrance. They’reglobe-shaped and have either a slightly netted or gray-green,waxy rind with dark green sutures.These melons have a deep orange flesh with a spicy aroma. They’reusually sweeter than cantaloupes but have a soft flesh thatshortens the shelf life.Among the varieties, “Robinson” has a good flavor and pale orangeflesh. “Fidji” has a pale orange flesh that’s also very sweet.”Figaro” is said to have a hint of caramel with a full, muskyflavor. “Romulus” and “Escrito” are also available.Oriental, crisp-flesh melons havecaptured the interest of many in the South in recent years. Thesweet type of these are oblong to round with rinds from yellow togreen or white.The fruits are small, and most have a white, crisp flesh.Varieties include “Sprite,” “Gold Star,” “Yellow Queen,” “NewCentury” and “Jade Flower.”Galia melons are basicallygreen-fleshed cantaloupes. The rind will turn dark green togolden yellow at peak harvest time. The green flesh is muchsofter than that of a honeydew, but it’s firmer than the orangeflesh of the cantaloupe.They’re typically very fragrant, but they have a short shelflife. “Gallicum” is probably the most popular of these varieties.But “Golan 329” and “Sunny Gal” have shown promise.Juan Canary melons are grown inhot, dry climates. They have attractive fruit with a smooth rindthat turns golden yellow as the fruits ripen. The flesh is firmand light green to white. Sometimes there’s a tinge of orangenear the fruit cavity.Japanese melons are usually grownin greenhouses in Japan and command a high price there. Thesemelons are slightly oval and very sweet. They have an extremelywell netted, green rind. The flesh is usually green, very sweetand firm. “Emerald Jewel” and “Emerald Sweet” are popularvarieties.Piel de Sapo, or Christmas melons,are football-shaped. They have yellow to green, mottled rinds anda very pale orange or light green flesh. They don’t have sutures.These melons take longer to mature than any of the others and aretraditionally grown in hot, dry climates. “Sancho” is one variety.Ananas is an oval-to-long, netted,nonsutured, yellow melon with white flesh. Green when immature,it turns yellow to burnt orange at maturity. The flesh isfragrant, sweet and juicy.The prospect of growing these melons for shipping in Georgiaisn’t great. Many don’t resist diseases well or tolerate our hot,humid conditions, and many have a relatively short shelf-life.However, you can try them in the garden, especially in the middleto northern parts of the state. You might try them at the dinnertable, too, if you see them at the market.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Will Nevin had been dreading the doctor for years.Nevin knew he was obese, maybe even a likely target for diabetes. At 5 feet 10, Nevin estimates he weighed 350 pounds.“When I was that size, I (thought), what do I need a scale for?” he said.An Internet search added to the 25-year-old’s suspicions. He had symptoms such as a tingling in his feet, which he though was probably a symptom of pre-diabetes at the very least. But it was easier to ignore his size than face the possibility of a complicated diagnosis.For Nevin, the ultimate evidence of his denial came on a road trip from Alabama to California in January 2010 with a few friends. At the wheel, Nevin abruptly began to feel a tightening in his chest, and his heart started racing.“What is this? Am I having a heart attack?” he thought, assuming the worst.Now, Nevin believes he was foolish not to stop or alert his friends, but the feeling passed, the trip continued and he remained determined to not have his fears confirmed by a doctor. He hadn’t seen one since April 2006.When he returned to school in Alabama, Nevin kept mentally reliving his scare and wallowing in self-pity; shortly after coming back, he had lost his job, which had consumed all his time.Now, his evenings consisted of eating and watching TV until bed.After about a month, Nevin realized that something had to change. He’s still not sure where the spark came from, but he headed to his university’s gym.“I was 24. That was supposed to be the peak of my health, my energy — really everything,” he said. “If I’m not going to be fit, strong and healthy at 24, then when am I going to be?”The idea to go to the gym was strange, but Nevin says he wasn’t scared, because he didn’t know what he was getting into. The intimidating part came when he actually got to the gym — even the layout was unfamiliar, with the exception of the smoothie counter.Despite his misgivings, he hopped on the treadmill and walked for three miles that night.Besides committing to the gym every single day, he did his own research and changed his diet to exclude red meat and fried food, but added in fruits and vegetables.“I will be the first to admit I did not do this ideally,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would have seen a doctor and a nutritionist from the start, at the very beginning. But it just happened to work out for me.”The gym sometimes proved to be a lonely experience as he dragged himself on the treadmill and observed the chiseled and ripped bodies surrounding him, knowing how unlikely it was that he could ever look like that.“The toughest moments were when you stepped on the scale and you weren’t satisfied for whatever reason,” he said.But eventually, his hard work paid off. People’s comments of, “You look different,” turned into, “I don’t even recognize you anymore.” There were small victories in tightening his belt to the next hole and getting rid of the 4-XL T-shirts.“(The result) doesn’t happen the first day, but the clothes start to fit a little better, then they start to fit a little worse — when they fall off.”For Nevin, one of the biggest benefits of exercising and losing weight was being able to walk up the flight of stairs to his law class and reach the top without feeling winded.“I can run up a flight of stairs now, and it doesn’t bother me,” he said.About 11 months later, in January 2011, Nevin sprinted across the finish line — he had met his goal of 175 pounds, half his starting weight. He said there was a relief at finally seeing that number he had been imagining on the scale. “You look in the mirror at yourself sometimes. Who is that staring back at you?” he said. “It’s almost a sort of disconnected feeling. Your mind is picturing one thing, but you look in the mirror and it’s something completely different.”Nevin also finally faced his doctor, confident that he could handle the truth.“(The anxiety) went away as soon as the blood tests came back — my sugars were fine, my blood pressure was fine,” he said.Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert who is a physician nutrition specialist in California, said research shows losing even 5-10% of one’s body weight can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol“I see it regularly, and certainly for that dramatic of a weight loss in somebody so young, I would be surprised if he didn’t normalize,” she said.However, Jampolis said that if a person is pre-diabetic, that genetic predisposition never goes away and will likely come back if the person regains weight. This is why it’s crucial for the changes to turn into a lifestyle.“Type 2 diabetes is clearly associated with being overweight and (is) responsive in most cases to weight loss,” she said. “If you are concerned that you have symptoms of diabetes, you should absolutely see a doctor and not try to self-treat yourself. It worked out for him, but it might not work out for everybody.”The most difficult part of Nevin’s journey was powering through the mental setbacks and persevering even when the scale wasn’t showing him the results he wanted to see. He had been overweight since kindergarten, always opting for TV and computer games rather than the outdoors and athletics.“You have to find a reason you want to do this. It can’t be to please other people and it can’t be purely for cosmetic reasons,” he said. “It has to be because you want to make a serious long-lasting change in your life. … You have to find that inner motivation.”Now that he knows he’s pursuing a healthy lifestyle, his constant nervousness has turned to peace. His calorie-conscious eating hasn’t ruled out fast food, but while a typical order used to include at least three cheeseburgers and a large order of fries, now it’s a low-fat chicken salad. He still uses the treadmill daily, but his speed and resistance levels have increased.One unconventional reminder of Nevin’s journey is his wedding band, which is too wide for his finger. To keep it from falling off, he wrapped layers of duct tape around the ring in what he describes as an “inelegant solution.”It’s also what inspired the name of his blog, Duct Tape Wedding Ring, where he writes about his continuing journey.“It’s about finding the little solutions that work for you,” he said. “(Even though) they might not be what other people would do. … If I can change my entire life in 11 months, what can’t I accomplish?”CNN News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds by: – July 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 33 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Police officers placed under the microscope regarding their attire and health

first_imgLocalNews Police officers placed under the microscope regarding their attire and health by: – October 6, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share 10 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is concerned about the manner in which some police officers conduct themselves in public.He says police officers are charged with ensuring security and should represent that in the public domain.“I believe a very important matter which is lacking and which is not assisting with the promotion of community policing, is the manner in which some of us in the police force conduct ourselves. I drive around Dominica and I seldomly see police officers in uniform, even when they are on duty. The only time you will see them in uniform is if the magistrate is visiting. Other than that you may see them in slippers, in a short pant, in a t-shirt walking the streets” he said.The Prime Minister says proper attire is not only a security measure but an integral part of the discipline of the police service.“It is something that we have to speak about because it is an integral part, an important part of the discipline of the police service. If the sergeant is not doing it we cannot expect the corporals to do it and we cannot expect the constables to do it.And if the inspector and the ASP is not doing it and the superintendant is not doing it who else do we expect to do it?” he deliberated.Meantime Prime Minister Skerrit says government is concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of police officers.He says it is important for the Police Welfare Association and the chief of police to know every officer who is suffering from hypertension and diabetes. “It is important for the Police Welfare Association and the Chief of Police to know every single police officer who is suffering from hypertension or diabetes and I have been calling on the police and urging them to engage in a more continuous rigorous exercise regime for the police. I wonder how many of us from the time that we left Morne Bruce have gone back doing a little jogging on the streets or a little exercise. This is for your own personal wellbeing and that of the entire police service that we should pay particular attention to the prevalence of CNCD’s within our country.” he said.According the Mr Skerrit if the Police Force is appraised as to officers who are suffering with ailments they will be better able to determine ‘to what extent he can utilize a particular officer if they have a particular challenge.’Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Italian Club Punished For Fans’ Racist Chanting.

first_imgItalian Serie A sie Lazio have been punished by the league body after fans made racist chants during Sunday’s 6-1 win over Sassuolo.The racist chants were directed at the Sassuolo duo of Alfred Duncan and Claud AdjapongThe club will have a section of their stadium (Stadio Olimpico) closed for two league games.According to the disciplinary report from the Serie A, “2,000 of the 5,449 occupants” of the Curva Nord stand were found guilty of “chants expressive of racial discrimination”. To this effect,  the Curva Nord stand will be closed for the visit of Cagliari and Udinese on October 22 and November 5 respectively.The November 5 home clash with Udinese was added with the capital club already serving a suspended sentence for the same offence after the Rome derby on April 30.RelatedPossible Serie A Shutdown Looms after Inter Fan’s DeathDecember 28, 2018In “Italy”Italian Serie A Review (Sunday): Napoli Go Three Points Clear As Lazio Maintain Chase With Dominant Win.October 30, 2017In “Europe”FIFPro and UEFA Stand with Koulibaly After Racist Incident in Inter MilanDecember 29, 2018In “Italy”last_img read more

Edin Dzeko: War Childhood made me stronger

first_imgCaptain of the National Team of BiH and player for Roma Edin Dzeko gave an interview for GoalNation. The interview was done by Diane Scavuzzo, and our Diamond talked about his career, growing up in BiH, playing in Roma, Series A…How does it feel to play in Italy?Edin Dzeko: Good, every league is different. I played in Germany and England, but more attention is given to tactics in Italy. All Team A teams are tactically ready, especially on defense, which makes it difficult for the attackers like me.What do you think about the Italian football?Edin Dzeko: When looking at the technical aspect, this is the best league in the world. The things that I have learned here in the last two years I could not find anywhere else.What was your favorite team in your childhood?Edin Dzeko: My first team in BiH was FC Zeljeznicar, which is the club where I grew up and started playing football. I was just 9 years old when the war was over, and my father took me to the club. I remember our first training, the field was all ruined, and we trained in the school building. I signed the first professional contract with FC Zeljo in 2003, and I went to Teplice two years later.What the growing up in BiH looked like?Edin Dzeko: It was very difficult in the war environment. Children wanted to go out and play, but that was dangerous. However, that made me stronger at the same time. I can thank the past for what I am today.(Source: read more

Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example

first_img The next adventure for Alice Hewson in her blossoming professional career will come – appropriately enough – via the newly-announced Rose Series.However, Hewson will always make time to talk about her amateur golfing roots.The 22-year-old is one of England Golf’s most recent success stories and last week gladly accepted Performance Director Nigel Edwards’ invitation to host an interactive Q&A session for national team players and coaches.“England Golf gave me so many opportunities to travel the world and develop my game that I’m happy to pass on my experiences to the next group of players coming through,”  confirmed Hewson.Her story was one which held the attention of her appreciative online audience.Having bid farewell to the amateur ranks by winning the European Ladies at Parkstone Golf Club last August, Hewson made an incredible start to life on the Ladies’ European Tour in March by winning the South African Open in her first event as a pro (pictured below).On the back of a stellar amateur career which also saw her play in a winning Curtis Cup team and help England to back-to-back European team titles, it was further confirmation that Hewson is one of world golf’s rising stars.Her competitive season tees off again on 18 June with the first of the seven tournaments that have been sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.The Rose Series is a huge boost to the women’s game hit hard by the interruption to the season caused by the COVID-19 outbreak just days after Hewson’s win in Cape Town.And for Hewson it’s a chance to write more chapters in her story which she was only too happy to recount for players and coaches last week.“I signed off my amateur career by winning the European Ladies and then to start my time as a pro by winning as a rookie was amazing”, admitted the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club.“It actually didn’t feel too bad in South Africa coming down the stretch as I had no pressure on me to win.“I had been in Abu Dhabi the week before for an event that was eventually cancelled but I was in and around many of the tour players and got to know them so I was comfortable in my surroundings.“I think the experiences I enjoyed with England in team events and winning individual events also helped me cope and made sure I had no negative thoughts.”During her Q&A, Hewson recounted her experiences of college life at Clemson University in South Carolina and reinforced her view that an amateur golf career running parallel to a sound education was a smart move.She also reflected on her years as an England player which helped her develop life skills and ease the transition from amateur to pro circuit as well as the obvious technical benefits of working with renowned coaches such as Steve Robinson and Rob Watts.Hewson added: “I’m passionate about education and was happy to give my thoughts on the college scene in America and how balancing this with an amateur career can be beneficial.“You never know what lies ahead – a player may get injured, you may fall out of love with the game. You need that back-up.“As well as the educational side the golfing opportunities are also incredible and it’s the best of both worlds.”Lockdown has allowed Hewson to take a breath and continue to work on her game.There have been coaching classes via Facetime, yoga sessions and a chance to work on some minor improvements to her game and nip any bad habits in the bud.“I’ve enjoyed the time at home as I decided to turn a negative into a positive by working on different aspects of my game,” she added.“Now I can’t wait to get started again in the Rose Series at Brokenhurst Manor. It was brilliant of Justin and his wife to invest in and support the women’s game.“I’ll now look to balance my schedule for the year as I also have rights on the Symetra Tour in the US.“I’d like to try and win in the US and build towards a full year in 2021.” Tags: alice hewson 9 Jun 2020 Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example last_img read more