22 2003 Gold Medal winners

first_imgSince 1994, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee has been helping Georgia gardeners improve their landscapes with beautiful, proven plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers, landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers and University of Georgia horticulturists.Each year they select an annual, perennial, shrub and tree from a long list of nominees and awards them Georgia Gold Medals. This year they added a flowering vine. Only the best of the best can earn the top honors.The 2003 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Annual: Mexican zinnias (Zinnia angustifolia ‘Star Series’). These beauties thrive with little care, tolerate drought, heat and humidity and bloom nonstop from spring until fall frost. The “Star Series” gives you a choice of planting solid colors or combinations.Native to hot, dry regions of Mexico, it actually prefers dry soils. Once established, Mexican zinnias will provide a fiesta of color with little routine care.The plants are mound-shaped, 12 to 18 inches high and 12 inches wide. They’re resistant to mildew and bacterial leaf spots that plague other zinnias, and insect pests are seldom a problem. They prefer full sun and well-drained soils.Perennial: Miss Huff lantana (Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’). Most lantanas aren’t winter-hardy, but Miss Huff is a proven perennial, at least in hardiness zone 7.Miss Huff blooms continuously from spring until fall frost. It’s drought-tolerant and attracts butterflies like magnets, but repels deer with its pungent foliage.A shrub that grows 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, its flowers are dense heads, 2 to 3 inches wide, of pink, orange and yellow florets. It grows in coastal beach sands and north Georgia’s heavy clay, but does best moist, fertile soils enriched with organic matter.Flowering Vine: Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata). This is the first vine to get a Georgia Gold Medal. A native, flowering vine in moist, woodland soils from Maryland to Florida to Louisiana, crossvine is a tough, evergreen vine that produces a reliable spring display of fragrant, deep red, tubular flowers.Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy its nectar-rich, April blossoms. It’s heat- and drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Several cultivars are out there, including “Jekyll” (orange flowers) and “Tangerine Beauty” (ruby-tangerine flowers).Crossvine gets its name from the cross-like look of the pith in its stem. It’s a vigorous climber (30 to 50 feet). Leaves are dark green, turning reddish purple in winter. Plant it in moist, acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade.Shrub: Henry anise-tree (Illicium henryi). This isn’t really a tree but a coarse-textured, evergreen shrub 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It thrives in dense shade or partial shade, an excellent choice for woodland settings.Henry anise-tree has glossy, pest-free foliage and pink to deep crimson flowers in April to May. Deer avoid its aromatic foliage, which smells like licorice when crushed.This is the cream of the crop among the several anise-tree species on the market. Plant it in moist, well-drained soils. A complete fertilizer each spring and water in dry times will keep it looking its best.Tree: Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus). If you want a small flowering tree that’s not a dogwood, this is a sure-fire choice. In late April to early May, its pure-white, strap-like flowers come in such profusion that you often can’t see the foliage.Chinese fringe tree’s grayish-brown bark exfoliates into paper-like curls as the plant ages. Pest-resistant and drought-tolerant, it can be a large, multistem shrub or small tree, reaching 15 to 25 feet tall.Its leaves are oval, 3 to 4 inches across and lustrous, dark green. It’s deciduous, but the leaves often persist into December. It adapts to full sun or partial shade and prefers moist, well-drained soils. By Dan Rahn University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 22last_img read more

Vermont attorney general warns of foreclosure relief scams

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H Sorrell is warning local homeowners in financial distress to avoid offers of quick fixes for their mortgage or foreclosure problems. A series of recent consumer complaints to his office have focused attention on out-of-state companies, many of them in California, promising to “reduce your mortgage,” “lower your monthly house payments,” “get past due payments eliminated,” “stop foreclosure,” and similar claims.In fact, these “foreclosure rescue scams” have collected amounts from consumers in the $1,000-to-$2,500 range but have done nothing to assist homeowners. To make matters worse, it has generally been difficult to recover consumers’ funds, because the companies are often out of business by the time the investigation is begun.According to Attorney General Sorrell, “It is particularly outrageous to see companies scamming consumers who are already facing economic hardship. Vermonters should know that they have local resources available to help them at no cost.”Consumers who are having trouble making their mortgage payments, obtaining a loan modification, or dealing with a mortgage foreclosure in the courts should call the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration’s Mortgage Assistance Program at 1-888-568-4547 (toll-free), or contact the nearest Homeownership Center (there is an online listing of these centers at http://www.vthomeownership.org(link is external)).Source: Vermont attorney general. 5.24.2010last_img read more

Costa Rica Hosts CICAD Seminar on Tackling Region’s Drug Problem

first_imgBy Dialogo December 10, 2012 SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rica’s presidential vice minister and anti-drug commissioner, Mauricio Boraschi Hernández, was named president of the Inter-American Drug Control Commission [Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas, or CICAD] at the group’s 52nd annual session in Heredia, just outside San José. CICAD’s goal: to take a fresh look at regional approaches to fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. “This is a new opportunity for us to speak from the heart and to determine the reality of each of our countries in order to know the truth about where we are, how we are and what is the future of this struggle,” said Edgar Ugalde Álvarez, Costa Rica’s envoy to the Organization of American States, which oversees CICAD. This year’s agenda focused on several areas. These included revising CICAD’s evaluation program, analyzing new trends in drug politics, creating new systems for reducing drug dependency, brainstorming ways to fight corruption, presenting the major criminal groups involved in the drug trade and exploring alternatives to the treatment of criminals involved in the drug trade. Boraschi said his selection as chief of CICAD means that more focus is now being put on Central America as a major drug trafficking center. He pointed out that while Costa Rica is small, its geographic location plays a major role in the drug trade — and that with his appointment, Costa Rica will now also have a much bigger role in formulating policies to fight that trade internationally. Costa Rica assumes presidency of CICAD “This appointment is a recognition of the seriousness with which Costa Rica has addressed the drug issue,” Boraschi said. “It is also a testament to our National Drug Plan which takes a comprehensive, inclusive and universal approach to the phenomenon of drugs in order to fight this problem. This is how we have earned hemispheric respect.” He added: “International cooperation is essential to combat this scourge. Together our countries have sufficient resources for this fight.” The OAS created CICAD in 1998 at the 2nd Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. With the new organization came the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism [Mecanismo de Evaluación Multilateral, or MEM]. MEM’s main objective, according to the CICAD action plan, is to create a dialogue and increase mutual trust and cooperation among member countries. That directive has led to the creation of anti-drug programs throughout the hemisphere, and has shaped a system through which countries can request assistance in fighting narcotics-related crime. “ The new proposal is a re-launch of the MEM,” said CICAD General Coordinator Juan Gabriel Morales. “We want to move to a model of objective assessment, with a more dynamic approach.” A new MEM action plan The new plan seeks to link 27 CICAD-approved recommendations from the Hemispheric Drug Strategy of 2010 with aspects from the 2011-15 Action Plan. Both plans are divided into five focus areas for countries to create or update their own drug action plans, and both emphasize reducing demand through anti-drug education programs, as well as measures aimed at monitoring the drug trade. Other focuses include institutional strengthening, supply reduction and international cooperation. The MEM’s sixth round of evaluations starts in 2013 and will measure each country’s progress based on these new criteria. Boraschi said the evaluation process will also serve as a means of developing new ways to fight narcotics trafficking across borders. During a news conference following the session’s opening, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced her intention to pass more legislation pertaining to drug trafficking and organized crime. “We need to send a clear message to criminals,” Chinchilla said. “None of these criminals are angels. We are beginning to see people in this country who need to be brought to international justice.” In her speech Chinchilla outlined several proposals that would require amending the Costa Rican constitution and penal code, as well as petitioning internationally for change. • The first is to change the privacy laws in Article 24 of Costa Rica’s Constitution. Judges are now only allowed to listen to phone conversations tapped for investigations; judges then share any information they believe to be pertinent among investigators. Costa Rica is the only country in the world with such a law, Boraschi said. As a result, many investigations are held up because of time restraints on judges. The change would still require a judge’s approval for the actual wiretapping, but would allow investigators to do the listening. • Chinchilla also said she intends to change Article 32 of the Constitution by allowing Costa Rican nationals to be extradited overseas to face charges of drug trafficking or organized crime. She also proposed increased penalties for people charged with drug-related offenses or racketeering, without naming specifics. The president didn’t give a timetable for implementing these new laws, but Chinchilla said constitutional amendments can take as much as two years to clear Congress. • The Costa Rican government also is seeking assistance beyond its borders. Chinchilla mentioned two documents currently being drafted for passage by Congress. The first is a treaty from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking every country in Central America, along with Colombia and Mexico, to jointly patrol the region’s waters for drug smugglers. All nations involved currently allow joint patrols with the United States. This agreement would still allow for U.S. patrols, but let other countries participate. Boraschi said following the press conference that this is meant to serve as a starting point for global legislation designed to fight a borderless crime. “Narcotics trafficking is one of the most dangerous manifestations of crime,” he said. “It does not stop at one country, and it requires legislation that works internationally. This is a problem and a task that all nations have a different, but shared, responsibility to tackle.” The president also urged the United Nations to put drug trafficking and organized crime on the same level as terrorism. Such a status change would dedicate more resources to fighting the narcotics trade and make it so that drug lords would be “hunted the same as terrorists are,” Chinchilla said. “From our countries’ point of view, narcotics trafficking and organized crime should be considered like terrorism because these criminals behave similarly to terrorists,” Chinchilla said. “We want the Security Council to recognize that these crimes are a threat to international peace and security.”last_img read more

Workers’ comp judges needed

first_img July 1, 2006 Regular News Workers’ comp judges needed Workers’ comp judges needed The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for two vacancies in the Ft. Myers district and one each in the Ft. Lauderdale and Pensacola districts.Qualified applicants must submit one original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, SNCJCC Committee Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, telephone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587. One additional copy also must be submitted to each commission member no later than 5 p.m., July 14. Applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified. Fax or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. T he commission will hold a public hearing August 15 at 9 a.m. at the Orlando World Marriott at 8701 World Center Drive in Orlando to interview the prospective judges of workers’ compensation claims applicants.A copy of the judicial applications along with a listing of all SNCJCC commission members is posted at www.jcc.state.fl.us and www.floridabar.org.last_img read more

New Cassel Man Guilty of Beating Alzheimer’s Patient

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New Cassel man has been convicted of beating a 68-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Hicksville so severely that he is expected to remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.A Nassau County jury found Josue Bonilla of six counts of assault but acquitted him of robbery and grand larceny charges.“I don’t have anything,” the victim said when the 23-year-old man confronted him on Grayston Street before punching the victim in the jaw, breaking his dentures and knocking him to the ground April 28, 2012, according to prosecutors.Bonilla kicked the unconscious victim and stomped on his head, chest and back before he fled the scene. He was apprehended two months later.Bonilla faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced at a later date.last_img read more

Swedish Pensions Authority unveils new demands for asset managers

first_imgThey will also be required to give an account of the business history of the fund manager and a “relevant and coherent return history for a fund”, the Pensions Authority said.Other requirements include a minimum level of sustainability work in the administration of funds; a demand for good practice and suitability within the PPM; and the stipulation that asset managers’ actions must not damage the PPM.In addition, a fund agreement must be signed for each fund. Currently, cooperation agreements can include several funds run by the same company.The requirements were established after the Swedish parliament passed legislation aimed at shoring up the scandal-hit PPM last year.The proposal was drawn up in conjunction with the Swedish parliament’s cross-party pensions group following input from many stakeholders and experts, including Cardano’s Stefan Lundbergh and independent consultant Mats Langensjö.The authority also said that, as of 1 July 2018, there will be a requirement for savers to sign agreements on the exchange of funds and a ban on telephone sales.The PPM is the defined contribution part of the Swedish state pension, which allows individuals to allocate a proportion of contributions to private investment providers or use the lifecycle-based default option, AP7’s Såfa. Sweden’s Pensions Authority has published a list of tougher requirements for potential investment providers participating in the first-pillar Premium Pension System (PPM), as a long reform process comes to fruition.The system, for which AP7 is the default provider, has been subject to a regulatory review in an attempt to improve standards and cut the risk of savers investing in sub-standard products.Erik Fransson, head of the Pension Authority’s Fund Task Department, said: “For pensioners, the changes that are taking place will increase the security of the premium pension fund marketplace.”From 1 November, investment providers operating in or wishing to join the system’s funds marketplace will have to reach a minimum assets threshold for funds run outside the PPM. Each asset manager will permitted to list a maximum of 25 funds on the PPM’s marketplace.last_img read more

Dominican students top US Embassy’s International Education Week Essay Contest.

first_img Share Dominica Vibes News 7 Views   no discussions Fourteen year old Robert Douglas of Portsmouth Secondary School placed third, writing about his ambition to pursue his passion for technology and his plans to make an impact in the field of information technology.His essay, where he wrote about how he wishes to “launch Dominica as an oasis of technology in the Caribbean” and of how an American education “can be the ticket to a successful life,” won him the USD $200 third prize. Writing with sensitivity and maturity, Tyson outlined the issues residents in the Kalinago territory face in accessing medical care and clearly articulated her plans to volunteer her time in clinics which serve the community. News Dominican students top US Embassy’s International Education Week Essay Contest. by: – April 8, 2011 Sharing is caring! Two Dominican students, Medina Tyson and Robert Douglas, came out on top when the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean held its International Education Week Essay Contest recently.center_img Thirteen year old Medina Tyson of the North East Comprehensive School took the USD $500 first prize. Tyson, who is Kalinago, impressed the judges with an insightful essay on her hopes to study medicine in the United States and her intention to use both her medical knowledge and the chance for interaction with indigenous North Americans to the benefit of her community. Both students were presented with their prizes recently at separate ceremonies in Dominica in Portsmouth and the Kalinago Territory. Share The competition, which was held throughout the six OECS nations which the Embassy is accredited to, asked students to write on how studying in the United States would personally transform them and how they would give back to their communities. Share Tweetlast_img read more

NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria Demolition of shanties: National Stadium not a market place — Dare The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday raised fresh hope of having the postponed 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged “Edo 2020” amid the COVID-19 scare.Dare gave the breather while responding to questions on the sidelines of the signing of the N150m worth league sponsorships Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Total E&P and the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). The NSF scheduled to have been held in March was put on hold indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Dare, however, hinted that the much-desired “local Olympics” could have a green light to hold in the shortest possible time based on the recommendations from relevant stakeholders.“It is our desire to have the NSF which I call `Nigerian Olympics’. We have showed commitments, we have a team, we have the report in which it is suggested for October.“This is based on the COVID-19 infection rate and other infrastructural protocols and we have been working with the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Ministry of Health.“The Sports Ministry will be properly guided, we will have the sports festival and it will feature the contact and non-contact sports. “The world have started both contact and non-contact sports. There are protocols in place, they are the best practices; if we repeat same here we will get on with our lives,” he said.Dare said that sports ministry had provided all the necessary documents, adding that there would be a pilot programme with athletes camping for two weeks.“In a matter of weeks, we have provided all the necessary documents and preparations two months ago, and we have submitted to the PTF.“A document on contact and non-contact sports with a particular section dedicated to football, so we are all set in a couple of weeks.“We hope to open athletes’ camps in three different locations, Akure, Abuja and Pankshin in Jos, to help our athletes shove off the rustiness of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. “It will be a two weeks camp for about 100 athletes and government will be responsible for their welfare,” he said.Tags: Nigerian OlympicsNSF 2020Sunday Darelast_img

More trials for Beach footballers

first_imgTHE Guyana Beach Football Association (GBFA) will stage trials this coming Sunday to select the national training squad to prepare for next year’s CONCACAF Preliminary World Cup qualifiers.According to the president of the GBFA, Rollin Tappin, “due to the unavailability of some of the players selected for the trials, last Sunday we only had 15 out of 25 in attendance and we feel it is important to hold other trials this Sunday after which the squad of 20 will be announced”.The GBFA has appointed Abdullah Hamid as the head coach of the first national selection of Beach footballers and are awaiting ratification from the GFF on the proposed assistant. The GBFA is expected to meet with the GFF and the NSC shortly to finalise plans for Guyana’s participation.Tappin added that in addition to training preparations the GBFA is also tasked with raising G$3.5M to cover the cost for 12 players and three officials to participate in Florida next January 29 to February 5.The final of the FIFA World Cup Beach football is set for the Bahamas in April of next year.last_img read more

Two teams book STAG Nations Cup quarter-final places

first_imgGROVE Hi Tech, led by captain Sherman Doris’ brace, stormed into the quarter-finals of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out championship, involving teams from five associations affiliated to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).The championship, which was stalled from last December due to consistent rainfall, made a welcome restart, notwithstanding more rainfall which rendered conditions at the Grove Playfield heavy; but that did not deter the zest of the players from the respective teams from going at each other.The opening match which necessitated kicks from the penalty mark to decide the winner, following a 0-0 score line at the end of regulation and extra time, saw West Demerara’s Den Amstel outlasting (Berbice) New Amsterdam United 5-3 sending the last of four teams from the Ancient County, packing.Witnessed by a fair-size and very supportive home crowd, Grove Hi Tech quelled the early intentions of the fleet-footed duo of New Amsterdam United captain Leonard Adams and Jamal Butts, who both carried the attack to the home team and looked threatening.But the two-time champions of the competition which attracted teams from three associations in the previous editions (2014/15, 2015/16) gradually took the fight away from the boys from the East.First it was a Mervin Squires goal that punctuated the 0-0 score line and handed Grove the lead in the 8th minute of play. It was the first regulation-time goal of the night which sent the supporters into wild celebrations.As Grove continued to assert themselves they won a free kick from about 25 yards out, directly in front of NA United’s goal. In slippery conditions a solid blast saw the ball zoom past the wall and goalkeeper into the back of the net and that was exactly the outcome.Captain Sherman Doris took on the responsibility of taking the shot and his low, powerful strike sailed past the wall and custodian Jovano Dos Santos to settle in the net as Grove ran away 2-0 leaders on 25 minutes.While the home team were riding high, the boys from the East never lost focus and kept matching the home team play for play. They soon earned their first goal in the 30th minute when Jermaine Samuels tucked his shot past Grove keeper Seon Sampson.Like Grove, NA United got their second goal and equaliser from a free kick which was also orchestrated by their captain, whose powerful strike could not be saved cleanly by Sampson, as it rebounded off his chest into the onrushing Butts, who gleefully tapped it into the back of the net on the stroke of halftime.Goalscorers for Grove Hi Tech – from right, Sherman Doris, Joel Dick and Mervin SquiresIt was a deserving goal as the momentum had swung back in favour of the visitors to set up an enthralling final 45 minutes. There was no relenting from either side in the opening minutes of the second half as they both sought to establish dominance and more so, score goals.But it was the home team who not only dominated but also scored goals to knock the wind out of the sails of NA United. Captain Doris again featured when he handed his team another well executed shot in the 52nd minute.Both teams introduced fresh legs. Grove’s insertions brought the reward of their fourth goal off the boot of Joel Dick in the 84th minute – a goal which sealed the win and their quarter-final place against Police next Wednesday night at the GDF ground in the feature match at 21:00hrs.Den Amstel and Ann’s Grove, losers in both previous finals to Grove Hi Tech, battled for 105 minutes without being able to score. Both sides created chances with Ann’s Grove guilty of flooring what had appeared to be clear-cut opportunities, at least two from close range.They were also denied by excellent goalkeeping from Den Amstel’s Ryan Hunte who would have won the MVP of the match if there was such an award.They eventually paid for their mistakes as Den Amstel posted their second win of the championship following their 4-2 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors.The West Demerara boys prevailed 5-3 via kicks from the penalty mark and will now face Riddim Squad in next Wednesday’s penultimate quarter-final at the GDF ground.Scoring for the winners were Gavin Graham, Kevaughn Ward, Ryan Hunte, Travis Hilliman and Andre Hector. On target for the losers were Jermaine Clarke, Levon Adams and Kevon Barry; Marlon Adams missed their second shot which eventually brought their downfall.Meanwhile, quarter-final action will get cracking tomorrow at the Tucville ground in a Georgetown vs West Demerara showdown.Santos will open against Pouderoyen from 18:00hrs, with Western Tigers and Uitvlugt clashing in the main attraction. At stake will be two spots in the semi- finals.last_img read more