14 Palms can survive cold

first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 14 To most folks, the word palm triggers thoughts of Florida, Hawaii or Georgia’s coastal islands. But you don’t have to live in any of these areas to enjoy palms.A few cold-hardy palms will grow as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina, where the average winter may reach minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit.Palm varietiesWindmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) is one of the hardiest. It will grow throughout Georgia and has survived cold as low as minus 10. This January, windmill palms in Athens, Ga., weathered 9 degrees without a scratch.This palm looks particularly nice in groups of three to five at the corner of a building or courtyard entrance. It’s great around swimming pools, too, because it doesn’t litter the water as deciduous trees do. At 20 to 25 feet tall, it has fan-shaped leaves and a brown trunk covered with burlap-like fibers.Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) is a clumping, understory palm with deep green, fan-shaped leaves. It’s a Southeastern native and an endangered species, with its native habitat increasingly destroyed by development.Its name stems from the many needle-like spines along its petioles. These aren’t a problem until pruning becomes necessary. Once established, it’s a carefree plant and one of the hardiest palms, surviving winters as low as minus 5.Surprisingly, needle palm does better inland than along the coast (it doesn’t like salt spray). It grows 5 feet tall and wide, so a single specimen will fill a large space. Some beautiful, old needle palms grow at historic estates in Madison, Ga.Dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) is native to Southeastern river flood plains. It grows 4 to 5 feet high and wide with green to blue-green fronds. It’s not as hardy as needle palm. But it’s been reported to withstand temperatures down to 10 degrees.Each plant bears no more than six fronds, so it looks best when planted in clumps of three to five. It prefers moist, sunny sites.Unlike the saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) that grows rampantly in south Georgia and Florida woodlands, dwarf palmetto isn’t invasive and doesn’t have needle-like spines.Cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) is also called palmetto palm. The state tree of South Carolina and Florida, it’s native to coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida. It’s found in the wild throughout the Florida panhandle and parts of south Georgia, too.It usually can be grown without cold protection along a line from Columbus to Augusta. But cold protection is best to the north of that line.This means planting it in a sheltered courtyard or on the southeast side of a structure, where it’s sheltered from cold winter winds, and wrapping the fronds and center bud in blankets to protect them from temperatures below 25 degrees. A courtyard planting in Greensboro, Ga., contains some beautiful cabbage palms.Jelly palm (Butia capitata) is native to Uruguay and southern Brazil but is planted widely throughout Florida and coastal Georgia. As the name implies, its fruit is used to make jelly.It grows up to 30 feet tall and bears blue-green, feather-like fronds. Like the cabbage palm, it requires winter protection when temperatures drop below 25 degrees.This involves tying the fronds together in bundles and covering them with burlap or blankets. Protecting the central bud is critical, because that where new growth starts.Palm resourcesThe Southeast Palm and Exotic Plant Society has an excellent reference manual for growing palms in the Southeast. Get it from your county University of Georgia Extension office or at pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/Palmreader.html.Some sources of cold-hardy palms include Woodlanders, Inc., in Aiken, S.C.; Nurseries at North Glen in Glen St. Mary, Fla.; Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, N.C.; and Gerry’s Jungle in McDonough, Ga. By Gary L. Wade University of Georgialast_img read more

Peanut Crop

first_imgGeorgia’s largest peanut crop in more than 20 years could produce great results come harvest season, says Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.“You never know what might happen from now until harvest season, but at this point in time, I’d say we probably have the best crop we’ve had in several years,” Monfort said. “Now, we don’t know what’s in the ground, but just looking at the plants and what I’ve pulled up so far, the pod load looks wonderful.”Monfort attributes Georgia’s strong crop to timely rainfall in south Georgia throughout the summer. Since about half of Georgia’s peanuts are produced on dry land, or land without access to irrigation, growers rely on rain to produce a good crop.“Where we are today is impressive considering that our growers had a rough start getting this crop up and going. We got a lot of rain early, then we got very dry and then we got spotty. Once we got this crop going and started getting some of these rains, the plants have been improving daily,” Monfort said. “We just need for these rains and this sunshine to continue, not just overcast skies.”Along with timely rainfall, Georgia’s peanut crop needs lower temperatures, which are predicted for August.“Usually in August, temperatures are running anywhere between 95 degrees (Fahrenheit) and 100 degrees. Nighttime temperatures are up. We’re also a little bit drier, so the plant is struggling to produce peanuts,” Monfort said. “Having a little breather in temperature will allow the plants to be more efficient.”Georgia farmers started planting peanuts in late March and finished in early July. There are 828,000 certified peanut acres planted in Georgia this year, the state’s highest amount since the early ’90s, Monfort said. Georgia produced 714,168 acres of peanuts last year.“Hopefully the industry understands what’s coming ahead and they’re getting rid of the peanuts from last year,” he said.An abundant crop means farmers could flood the state’s buying points with excess peanuts. However, Georgia’s long planting season should help alleviate those concerns.“Usually we can get all of the peanuts planted in a four- to five-week window. This results in (having) all of those peanuts harvested and brought to the buying points at one time. At least, this year, we’re spread out over a couple of months. That will help,” Monfort said.last_img read more

Recovery After DDT

first_imgWithout the 1972 ban on DDT and ensuing protections, the bald eagle (left) and peregrine falcon (right), let alone dozens of other bird species, would likely be gone now in the continental U.S. Photo Cred: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I understand there is good news about the recovery of bird species like the Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle and others owed to the 1972 ban on DDT. Can you explain? — Mildred Eastover, Bath, MERachel Carson’s seminal 1962 book, Silent Spring, told the real-life story of how bird populations across the country were suffering as a result of the widespread application of the synthetic pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), which was being used widely to control mosquitoes and others insects. Carson reported that birds ingesting DDT tended to lay thin-shelled eggs which would in turn break prematurely in the nest, resulting in marked population declines. The problem drove bald eagles, our national symbol, not to mention peregrine falcons and other bird populations, to the brink of extinction, with populations plummeting more than 80 percent.Luckily for the birds, Silent Spring caused a stir, and many credit it with launching the modern environmental movement. Indeed, one of the world’s leading environmental non-profits, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), initially formed in 1967 in reaction to the DDT problem. The group’s first order of business included filing lawsuits in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin and Washington DC to force a ban on DDT. EDF enlisted the help of dozens of scientific experts—ornithologists, ecologists, toxicologists, carcinogenesis experts, and insect control specialists—to testify at multi-month hearings to prove its point in regard to the dangers of DDT. In 1972 environmentalists’ prayers were answered—and their hard work vindicated—with the federal government finally banning DDT.But with lots of the pesticide already dispersed through ecosystems far and wide, not to mention myriad other threats to bird habitats and the environment in general, no one could be sure whether populations of eagles, falcons and other predatory and fish-eating birds would come back from the brink. While the federal Endangered Species Act went a long way to protect these at-risk species and some of their habitat, non-profits also played a key role in helping specific species recover. To wit, the Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 by a leading Cornell ornithologist to help nurse peregrine falcon populations hit hard by DDT back to their once abundant numbers. Researchers with the group pioneered methods of breeding peregrines in captivity and releasing them into the wild; such techniques have since been adopted widely by biologists trying to bring other wildlife species back from the brink of extinction. Thanks to a combination of factors and the hard work of bird lovers and scientists, peregrine falcons are once again common across the U.S., graduating off the national endangered species list as of 1999.The bald eagle’s recovery is perhaps the best known example of how our environmental laws worked to restore not just a resource but our very national symbol. In the mid-1960s fewer than 500 nesting pairs of bald eagles existed in the continental U.S.; today, thanks to the DDT ban and other conservation efforts, some 10,000 pairs of bald eagles inhabit the Lower 48—that’s a 20-fold population increase in just four decades! In 2007 the federal government removed the bald eagle from the Endangered Species List. Without the 1972 ban on DDT and ensuing protections, the bald eagle, let alone dozens of other bird species, would likely be gone now in the continental U.S. And without the song of the birds, the spring would be a very silent time indeed.CONTACTS: EDF, www.edf.org; Peregrine Fund, www.peregrinefund.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Paralyzed Woman Hiking Appalachian Trail

first_img41 year-old Stacey Kozel of Medina, Ohio is not your typical Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.That’s because she is attempting to hike America’s favorite footpath without the full use of her legs.At the age of 19 Kozel was diagnosed with Lupus stemming from a previous car accident. She’s been paralyzed from the chest down ever since.But now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology and some inspiring determination, Stacey is in the midst of fulfilling her longtime dream of hiking the 2,000 plus mile Appalachian Trail.13315735_885440018250838_928202423287594417_nHer hike is being made possible by a set of high tech knee braces that cost $75,000 a piece. The braces contain foot sensors that tell a built in computer how much tension Kozel will need at the knees for each step she takes.She hopes that her hike will raise awareness about the life changing braces and make them more available to paralysis victims like herself.“My goal is to bring awareness to these braces so people know they exist and hopefully it gives more people the ability to get out of their wheelchairs and out exploring the world,” Stacey wrote in an article published on AppalachianTrials.com.“There are people that qualify for these braces that either do not know they exist or it gets stopped with an insurance denial. I hope WHEN I make it back to Mt. Katahdin on my thru hike, insurance companies will have a much tougher time telling others that the braces are ‘not necessary.’”At the moment Stacey is somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia approximately three months into her epic journey. Her spirits are said to be high as she attempts to make Appalachian Trail history.Keep up with Stacey’s progress here.Related Content:last_img read more

Argentina Seeks Colombian In 1994 Terror Strike

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2009 An international arrest warrant has been issued for a Colombian accused in the worst terror strike on Argentine soil, the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building that killed 85 people and injured 300, prosecutors said. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said that on Wednesday he sought the arrest of a Colombian who was a resident of Buenos Aires and suspected in the attack, the second major anti-Jewish bombing in Argentina that has gone unsolved for a decade and a half. “I have done the paperwork seeking the arrest and international capture of the ‘local connection’s’ top reponsible party, Colombian Samuel Salman El Reda,” Nisman told a press conference. The suspect has been married to an Argentine national, Silvina Sain, “since 1989 and was part of the most radicalized sector of the local Muslim community,” he added. Argentina previously requested the arrest of former Iranian officials in connection with the deadly bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, a Buenos Aires headquarters of Jewish charity groups. Argentina has South America’s largest Jewish community.last_img read more

Island Park Shooting Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding a man in Island Park over the weekend.Angel Martinez was charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 47-year-old suspect shot the 36-year-old victim in the abdomen after asking to speak to him outside Costa Del Sol Restaurant and Bar on Austin Boulevard near the alleged gunman’s home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.The suspect fled and the victim walked home to Long Beach, where his friend called 911, authorities have said. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.Police apprehended Martinez in Wyandanch on Tuesday. He also had an open warrant for disorderly conduct in Hempstead, police said.  He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

7 step mid-year marketing review for your credit union

first_imgLook at your traffic sources and make adjustments. For example, if you are noticing a lot of people are taking action from digital ads and not as much from direct mail, it would be wise to reallocate resources for any current and upcoming promotions to maximize success and budget dollars.Measure progress on annual goals. This one is simple and effective. At the end of June, you should be at least 50% or more of your annual goals. If you aren’t, have a discussion with your team about what factors are causing you to not achieve the growth you forecasted:Did anything happen – planned or unplanned – that affected how members do business with or perceive your credit union? If so, did the marketing plan address those changes? Does it need to address those changes in the second half of the year?Were a majority of the dollars spent going towards one or more of the marketing objectives for the year?What went well, and how can we repeat this success in the future?What didn’t go well, and what did we learn from it for next time? 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Get the over/under on your budget. Just as you measured progress on the goals, make sure you are on track with your annual budget. If one category is higher than budgeted, make adjustments in other areas in order to keep it balanced and stay within your annual budget.Employ best practices. If you have a branch or employee(s) who is outperforming all the rest, talk to them and find out what they are doing to achieve those results.  Share these best practices across the entire credit union to enhance success.And lastly, check your momentum. The credit union could be experiencing success in numbers, but are you taking the time to celebrate those successes with your employees? This is a step a lot of credit unions miss because of time or budget constraints, but engaging all employees in the plan and sharing in the success is the number one way to keep momentum going strong and maximize success.center_img It’s June already!  While that means summer vacations, weddings, and barbecues, it’s also halfway through the year and time to do a performance review…of your marketing plan.Here are seven steps to performing a review of your marketing plan to ensure success for the second half of 2016:Measure the numbers. One of the easiest ways to know if your marketing is successful is to calculate ROI on the results of your campaigns. Don’t stop there – also make sure to compare quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to make sure you are not only reaching your goals, but also outpacing growth from the previous year.Talk to your coworkers. This step accomplishes a couple of things:It identifies opportunities you have to make their jobs easier, thereby enhancing the member experience.It could uncover roadblocks you didn’t know were there that have caused marketing efforts to be less successful.Are you communicating effectively with your team about all marketing initiatives? You may think you are, but if employees feel un-included or uneducated about what’s going on, they will be more likely to stand in the way of the success of your marketing efforts.Do they have the tools they need to have conversations with members? We are in the business of relationships, and we do this through a consultative role with our members. Ask your employees if they have what they need from you to be the expert on the credit union’s products and services. Ask what you can do to help make that happen.last_img read more

US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

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The fourth edition of the Poreč Open Air Festival starts tonight

first_imgOn the second day of the festival, July 2, also in the garden of Villa Polesini from 19 pm, all guests can expect gastronomic snacks and interpretations of some of the world’s greatest jazz and pop songs performed by Vanda Winter and accompanied by Igor Geržina who will open the new Beats & festival program. Bites, a romantic picnic for couples in love and all those who feel that way. A day later, on Wednesday, July 3, many jazz fans will also come to their senses because Aleksandar Dujin, a prominent pianist and composer from Vojvodina, known to the general public as Đorđe Balašević’s pianist, will open the 24th Jazz in Lap by festival in Poreč’s Trg slobode with orchestra. POUP, which has been bringing excellent jazz artists from Croatia, the region and Europe to Poreč for years. Thursday is dedicated to the youngest for whom a Princess Ball will be held in the park in front of the castle at the Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort on the island of Sveti Nikola, which will take them to the world of Alice in Wonderland where they can meet the prince and princess, take pictures with favorite cartoon characters. movies and enjoy various zones such as dress up, hocus pocus, photo and sweet corner, dance workshop, small fencing school, balloon modeling and mini alka competition, while as a souvenir they will bring a surprise gift. This year’s edition of the “Poreč Open Air Festival” will start tonight at 21 pm on the summer stage on the Riva with a new Cabaret Show by the circus group Circus in the City, whose jugglers, stilt walkers and silk dancers will provide entertainment to all visitors. the following Monday throughout the summer. Summer evenings at the Poreč Open Air will be especially enjoyed by film lovers who expect screenings of film hits in the ambience of Villa Polesini and on the meadow near Lungomare every day as part of the Open Air Cinema, and tonight they can watch the film hit “Aquaman”. The festival is organized by the tourist company Valamar Riviera and in cooperation with the host sponsors, the City of Poreč, the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč, the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, the Croatian Tourist Board MPG in charge of organization and logistics and numerous sponsors and partners. Source: Valamar Riviera The program and all other information and news can be found at festival website and on Facebook i Instagram. In addition to the aforementioned Beats & Bites, this year’s festival will be further enriched by new 3D Video Mapping and World Plates programs. In addition to Vanda Winter and Igor Geržina who open Beats & Bites, visitors will be entertained every Tuesday during the summer by Zsa Zsa Acoustic, Matija Cvek Trio, Vesna Pisarović Trio, The A !, Mia Dimšić Acoustic and Iva Smojver Acoustic Trio. A unique visual spectacle of light and color will give a new glow to the City Hall facade, and is part of a new 3D Video Mapping program that visitors will be able to watch from the Riva every Friday evening. During the four days of the festival in September, all lovers of good food on the World Plates will have the opportunity to taste specialties from different parts of the world with special emphasis on American, Italian, Mexican and Istrian cuisine. With a rich gastronomic offer, the program will be accompanied by performances by performers such as Scifidelity Orchestra, The A !, The Janitors and The Blondes, and music legend Bajaga and Instruktori will complete the music program on September 14 with their performance on Poreč’s Riva.last_img read more

Eight missing after speedboat carrying Dutch royal visit advance team crashes in C. Kalimantan river

first_imgAt least eight people are missing following a speedboat collision on the Sebangau River in Central Kalimantan involving members of an advance team preparing for a Dutch royal visit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed the incident on Monday.The team was preparing for a visit by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his delegation to the Sebangau National Park near Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan scheduled for Thursday. The national park is one of several places the Dutch king plans to visit during his four-day stay in the archipelago. “The accident occurred when the boat owned by the area’s military command hit a boat owned by the Sebangau National Park that was sailing back from the Mangkok Resort,” Faizasyah said in a statement.At least seven passengers aboard the Sebangau National Park’s boat and one passenger aboard the military command’s boat have reportedly gone missing. “We’re still searching for them,” Faizasyah added.Two staff members of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta who were also involved in the accident have been taken to the Siloam Hospital in Palangkaraya. Meanwhile, two officers from the National Sebangau Park have been taken to the Doris Sylvanus General Hospital in Palangkaraya.“The government is following all developments regarding the accident and has taken the necessary measures in the field,” Faizasyah added.Topics :last_img read more