University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) researchers and Cooperative Extension agents and specialists will share current research on popular Georgia row crops at the 2018 Midville Field Day, set for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia.Extension specialists and agents will discuss their research on row crops like cotton and peanuts, row crop diseases, and planting depths and peanuts. The CAES Statewide Variety Testing program scientists will share information on the different row crops being researched.Agriculture is Georgia’s top industry, and the field day provides an environment for UGA researchers to share their work with the state’s agriculturists.“This is an exciting time every year because we can showcase research that impacts farmers here in southeast Georgia,” said Anthony Black, superintendent of the research center. “We’ll have some of the top agricultural scientists in Georgia here in attendance.”The Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center is a 719-acre research complex located at 9638 Highway 56 in Midville, Georgia. The facility focuses on research of Georgia-grown row crops, including cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, sorghum and alfalfa. Four full-time employees maintain research projects there for CAES scientists.Registration begins at 9 a.m. The field day starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. with a free lunch. There is no preregistration for the event. For more information, call 478-589-7472.
Costas Takkas pleaded guilty to money laundering in a New York Court Former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) general secretary, Costas Takkas, pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering conspiracy in a New York federal court on Wednesday.The 60-year-old Takkas is a former attaché of former CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. He faced charges relating to the transmission of millions of dollars in bribes paid during the official’s tenure in office.According to documents presented in court, Webb received a $US3m bribe to guarantee media and marketing rights for the home World Cup qualifiers of Caribbean teams during the 2018 and 2022 campaigns. One of the marketing companies involved in the deal, Traffic USA, conspired with Takkas to secretly funnel half of Webb’s $3 million bribe through front companies and accounts which he controlled. The other, Media World, paid approximately $500,000 of its $1.5 million bribe through a sham transaction involving a false invoice, to accounts controlled by Takkas.Webb, who is currently under arrest at his home in Georgia, pled guilty to similar charges last year and will face sentencing later this year.Takkas was, along with Webb, one of 14 officials arrested in Zurich two years ago. He faces a maximum of up to 20 years in prison.Webb sentencing hearing delayed again