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  • Natural Gas Prices

    first_imgBy Jackie DallasUniversity of GeorgiaIf you are one of the 1.4 million natural gas customers in the deregulated Atlanta Gas Light service area, you could experience sticker shock in the next two months. The Georgia Public Service Commission says natural gas customers can expect a 24 percent increase in their heating bills this winter. February is typically Georgia’s coldest month, which means heating bills are the highest in late winter. What can you do to ease the economic impact during the coldest time of the year? Start by reviewing your bill, especially if you pay by bank draft or if you are on budget billing. If you are on a variable-rate plan, you can change your rate plan or marketer at no charge once every 12 months. For a comprehensive list of marketers and rate plans, visit the Web site www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/pricecard.asp. If you are on a fixed rate, check when that rate is scheduled to end. If you locked into a rate last summer, chances are good that you are paying 20 percent to 30 percent more per therm, or gas unit, than rates that are currently being offered. Historically, summer is not the best time to lock into a fixed rate. Locking in during September or October can save you the most money. You should start looking for a new rate plan about two months prior to the expiration date of your fixed rate.For one-on-one assistance with bill management, call your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. Or, go to the Web site www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/naturalgas.last_img read more

  • Workshops

    first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaTo help landscapers better bid on and estimate the costs of their jobs, the University of Georgia is holding a workshop March 12-13 in Athens, Ga. UGA specialists will discuss landscape installation, maintenance and software programs they’ve developed to make running a landscape business easier.Participants will learn how to use Excel-based cost estimating and bidding spreadsheets developed by UGA faculty. Day one will focus on landscape installation cost estimating using Hort Scape software. Day two will focus on landscape maintenance cost estimating using Hort Management software. The daylong workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Conner Hall room 202 on the UGA Athens campus. The cost is $150 for both days or $100 for either day. The fee includes breaks, lunch, handouts and copies of the software. For more information, call (706) 542-2861 or visit www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/CEJBW/index.html.last_img read more

  • The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes

    first_imgThe weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.“The NHRA Task Force spent months going through detail after detail to get this done,” Cromwell told The Associated Press. “It’s been a lot of work the past 3 1/2 months.”___Coronavirus cases spiking in the Las Vegas area contributed to the NHL choosing two Canadian cities to complete its season.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Saturday called the rise a “concern” to the league. He adds that it was “one of the reasons” the NHL chose to put games in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Las Vegas was long considered a front-runner. Indians manager Terry Francona said DeShields, who was acquired in a trade that sent pitcher Corey Kluber to Texas in December, took batting practice and did some running.“He’s been bottled up for close to three weeks, so it’s going to take a little while to get him back rolling,” Francona said. “But that was good to see.”DeShields is one of 10 outfielders trying to win a spot on the club’s 30-man roster. He batted .249 and stole 24 bases in 118 games for the Rangers last season.___New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel with the team to Orlando and did not participate in the team’s first practice.Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t provide a reason for their absence but said he expects both players to join the team in Florida soon.“I don’t think it’s going to be too many days,” D’Antoni said. “It will work itself out. Some things you can’t control totally, but in a few days they’ll be here.”D’Antoni was asked how much missing the team’s two biggest stars for the first few days of practice will hinder his team.“It’s not ideal,” he said. “But it’s going to be good and we’ll be ready to go. It won’t set us back.” Daly says one player testing positive when play starts isn’t expected to shut down the playoffs, but an outbreak would change the equation. He didn’t say what the league considered an outbreak.___David Beckham has presented a framed England soccer shirt to Captain Tom Moore, who was named the honorary captain of a special England Lionhearts team.The Lionhearts are an initiative by England’s Football Association to celebrate 23 people who have inspired during the pandemic.Beckham went to the Bedfordshire home of Captain Tom to say thank you to the World War II veteran. Houston’s first game is July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.___The Indy Eleven has resumed its United Soccer League season with fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium, a home they share with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.The retractable roof was supposed to be open, but late afternoon storms forced team officials to keep it closed.Before entering, fans were required to undergo temperature checks and go through contactless security checkpoints. They also were required to wear face coverings. Captain Tom was aged 99 in April when he decided to do laps of his backyard garden on his walker until his 100th birthday to fundraise for Britain’s National Health Service. He aimed for 1,000 pounds ($1,200). By his birthday on April 30, he raised nearly 33 million pounds ($42 million).He was knighted in May.Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain. To have Sir Tom as our captain — it doesn’t get any better than that.”___The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. Manager Aaron Boone announced the diagnosis Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.The Yankees will open their regular season July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals at Washington. If Chapman isn’t back by the opener, Boone said left-hander Zack Britton would be a “natural guy” to replace him, but a formal decision hasn’t been made.Chapman, a six-time All-Star, has 273 career saves, including 37 last season when he had a 2.21 ERA.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan — the site of the next Olympics — is handling the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors.General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.“As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization,” Click said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled today’s workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.”___Parma soccer club has announced that a non-playing member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img “They seem to be doing a pretty good job,” Popovich said. He said he hopes the Tokyo Games, which were delayed until 2021, could still happen — especially if a vaccine or other remedies are developed beforehand.The NBA plans to start next season in December, which could complicate Olympic availability for players. It’s not clear if the playoffs would be finished before the Olympics would begin on July 23, 2021.That will make filling a roster “a little bit trickier,” Popovich said.“I think there will undoubtedly be some players that we’d probably love to have, but circumstances may make it difficult for them with a short turnaround between whatever the end of the season is going to be and the Olympics,” Popovich said. “You can’t foresee people’s family situations and what might be good for them. So, we’d like to have all the players that we want. But I think to have every single one that we want, we’d have to be very fortunate.”___ Associated Press The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes Parma says the person is asymptomatic and is being isolated according to Italian government protocols. The Serie A club adds that every other member of the team tested negative but that the rest of the squad was being kept under observation at its training center.According to the league’s virus protocol, Parma can still play its home game against Bologna in the top tier on Sunday as usual.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Team officials announced last week tickets would be sold in groups of four or fewer with every other row of the lower bowl empty. The team also said it would keep at least four empty seats between groups.All of the players and referees knelt during the national anthem, which was followed by a 15-second moment of silence against racism.___Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. worked out with his teammates at training camp for the first time after being sidelined by the COVID-19 virus.DeShields had suffered some “mild symptoms” after testing positive with the virus before the Indians reported to Cleveland for the re-start of training camp last week. DeShields arrived a few days ago, but he was only cleared Saturday after twice testing negative. The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.Fans were not allowed at Friday’s practice session but returned in a limited capacity for qualifying NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity.They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals.Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas.John Force Racing did not attend the first of two consecutive weeks of activity in Indianapolis. July 11, 2020last_img read more

  • Not again: Badgers stunned by Boilers

    first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoStatistics don?t always tell the whole story. Saturdaynight, they hardly got past the opening sentence.Wisconsin made 18 more free throws than Purdue, grabbed 21more rebounds and still found itself the loser of a 72-67 battle. The No. 8Badgers never led after the first 49 seconds.?It is a very deceiving stats sheet,? Purdue coach MattPainter said. ?If you look at the stats sheet, we were outrebounded and they(Wisconsin) were unbelievable from the free throw line. To be able to get thiswin after getting outrebounded the way we did is a little bit unbelievable.?Though the Badgers dominated the boards and had aseason-best performance from the line, the Boilermakers rode hot shooting tobeat UW for the second time this season.Freshman Robbie Hummel, whose block in the closing secondssealed Purdue?s win in the teams? first meeting, had a career-high 21 points,and the Boilermakers shot 53 percent from the field and sank eight 3-pointersagainst the Big Ten?s top scoring defense.?We didn?t think we gave best effort tonight,? junior JoeKrabbenhoft said. ?I think we?re more disappointed in that than the loss.?Though Wisconsin trailed by as many as 15 points in thesecond half, the Badgers rallied back, cutting the lead to just four pointswith 1:10 to go.After Purdue?s JaJuan Johnson only converted one of two freethrows, Wisconsin had control of the ball with a chance to make it aone-possession game. But Trevon Hughes turned the ball over, allowing Purdue’sKeaton Grant to throw down a dunk that extended a lead the Boilermakers wouldnot relinquish.Hughes? turnover came while the sophomore tried a risky moveto split Purdue’s defense and was perhaps UW?s most costly one on a night whenthe team lost possession 18 times.?That wasn?t the only one,? Ryan said of Hughes’ miscue.?There?s 18 lessons in here.??When you turn it over 18 times, you usually have to pay.?Marcus Landry had six of the team?s turnovers, a problemthat set the Badgers back in the earlier loss to the Boilermakers as well.?We were careless with the ball today,? Landry said.UW?s last possession came with the team down five and 38.3seconds remaining, but the Badgers let 18 seconds tick off the clock beforeLandry finally settled for a 3-pointer that missed its mark, effectivelysealing Wisconsin?s fourth overall and second Big Ten loss of the season.?When you?re out there and you?re playing from behind andthings are going a mile a minute? at the time he thought that was a gooddecision,? Ryan said of Landry?s look. ?He?s hit a three like that during theseason.?Wisconsin was led in scoring by fellow guards MichaelFlowers and Jason Bohannon, who scored 14 points each. Joe Krabbenhoft alsoadded 12, complimented by nine rebounds. Four Badgers (Flowers, Bohannon,Krabbenhoft and Brian Butch) scored in double-figures, but the team was stillheld to just 32.7 percent from the field and 16.7 percent on 3-18 shooting from3-point range.?To be honest, we had a difficult time guarding them,?Painter said, ?so we just pressured them and got after them to knock out whatthey were trying to do.?Ryan acknowledged that the Badgers were taken out of therhythm by Purdue?s aggressiveness.?Sometimes with the pressure, getting bumped and thephysicality ? sometimes we gave in,? Ryan noted.While UW was having trouble maintaining possession from thestart, Purdue was maximizing its touches with the ball, shooting 6-10 frombehind the arc in the first half and entered halftime with a 42-32 lead.?Purdue comes in here, made shots, and we didn?t recover,?Ryan said.The Boilermakers were able to stretch its lead to 53-38 with13:02 left, but the Badgers battled back largely on the strength of itsrebounding and free throw shooting.?I just thought our guys just really hung tough, got on theglass, got second chance points, hustle opportunities,? Ryan said.In the end, though, Purdue was able to extend the lead every timeWisconsin got close, and the Boilermakers now are in sole possession of the BigTen lead while the Badgers drop to third place.last_img read more

  • LA Lakers downplay young core hitting ‘rookie wall’

    first_imgThe two words sounded blasphemous as the Lakers heard the phrase uttered around their practice facility on Wednesday.Apparently the “rookie wall” does not explain why the Lakers (14-54) enter Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (18-49) at Staples Center with a patch of sub-par performances against sub-par teams (New York, Sacramento). “I don’t use those type of excuses,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They come in every day and are willing to work.”The Lakers did not work much in losses to the Knicks and Kings. They opened both first quarters scoring a combined 26 points on an 8-of-49 clip from the field. They looked lethargic only a week after pulling a shocking upset against the NBA defending champion (Golden State). Early in the Lakers’ loss to Sacramento on Tuesday, Clarkson committed a turnover and then attempted a 26-foot 3-pointer that he called a “crazy shot” at the top of the key. Clarkson then crashed the glass, a tactic that left the Lakers exposed on transition defense. “It was out of character,” Clarkson said. “It’s those kind of shots I got to take out and get back to what I’m doing.”That has contributed toward Clarkson shooting below 50 percent for three consecutive games. That contrasted to Clarkson’s usual consistency that has entailed scoring in double figures in 27 games and leading the Lakers in scoring in 14.“I don’t put a whole lot of stock into it,” Scott said. “You’re going to have stretches in this season where you’ll have bad games.”Hence, Clarkson sounded confident on how to fix his recent issues. “A lot of it is on shot choices,” Clarkson said. “It’s something I have to look at and find some easy ones.”Words of praiseRandle’s eyes lit up when informed Kings center DeMarcus Cousins raved about his potential. Cousins had mentored Randle beginning his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. “It means something because it’s from your peers,” Randle said. “Boogie is a guy that’s going to challenge you.”Injury updateLakers forward Brandon Bass completed non-contact drills in Wednesday’s practice after missing Tuesday’s game because of a corneal abrasion in his right knee. As usual, Kobe Bryant did not practice amid soreness in his right shoulder.“It’s the same,” Scott said of Bryant’s shoulder. “When he says the same, I don’t know if that’s good or bad.” “We looked at Golden State and knew we had to come out ready,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “Teams with less talent that we think we should beat, we may come out with a lackadaisical attitude.”Randle then admitted, “The challenge is more mental.”“They could be tired. But everybody is tired at this point,” Scott said. “One thing you can do better is take care of yourself, eat right, get proper rest and come ready to play.”Sudden hiccupsIt took nearly all season for Jordan Clarkson to solidify a reputation as a steady, hard-working guard who allows his play to speak louder than his words. It took less than 30 seconds for Clarkson to offer none of that in a series of head-scratching sequences that prompted Scott to yank him off the floor.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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