From a black-eyed beauty to a fringe-covered tree, this year’s Georgia Gold Medal plant winners are earning their gold with color, deer tolerance and adaptability to poor soils. Since 1993, each year an elite group of green industry and academic professionals from across Georgia have select outstanding ornamental plants in five categories. The Georgia Gold Medal awards are aimed at getting deserving but underused plants into Georgia landscapes.And the 2011 winners, by category, are Black-eyed Susan (annual), Nippon lily (perennial), camellia (evergreen shrub), nuttall oak (deciduous) and fringetree (native plant).Black-eyed Susan For the annual gold medal, three black-eyed Susan cultivars were chosen: Indian Summer, Denver Daisy and Irish Eyes. Indian Summer has golden yellow petals surrounding a brown center cone. Denver Daisy has two-toned petals creating a golden halo around a large chocolate-russet center. Irish Eyes have bright-yellow petals around a green cone. All blooms attract butterflies.These plants bloom from early summer until first frost. Standing 24 to 36 inches tall, they are perfect for the middle of a flowerbed or planted together in a large group. The flowers make great cut flowers. Nippon LilyLiven up the winter woodland with Nippon lily’s bold evergreen foliage. Deer and drought resistant, its green leaves create a 2-foot-wide clump. They are similar to amaryllis leaves. Spring blooms are barely noticeable, but each bloom turns into a fat, bright-red berry in late fall, creating a berry cluster that contrasts with rich green leaves and the brown mulch of winter. Plant Nippon lily in slightly moist to dry shade about 12 to 16 inches apart. CamelliaThere are two great camellia varieties to choose from – Japanese camellia and sasanqua camellia. Sasanquas flower in late fall and are less likely to suffer from early freezes than japonicas, which bloom in winter. The sasanqua drops its flower petals individually, which gives it an extended display both on the plant and on the ground. Sasanquas are more tolerant of sunny conditions. Both grow best with filtered afternoon shade.Camellias will reach 5 to 20 feet high with an equal width. They are commonly used in screens, hedges or as formal foundation plantings. Flower color varies from white to pink to red (including mottled flowers) and includes single and double flowers. Plant camellias in the spring in a neutral to slightly acidic soil amended with organic matter.Nuttall OakOne of the many red oaks, nuttall oak is an important species for wildlife management due to its heavy acorn production. It adds 1 to 2 feet of new growth per year. It produces few surface roots and can be planted more closely to sidewalks, pavements and buildings than some other oak varieties. It grows to about 60 feet with an 80-foot crown. Nuttall oak can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions including clay, loamy and sandy soils. It prefers acidic and well-drained soils, but can tolerate flooding and is moderately drought tolerant. Full sun is best for rapid growth, particularly in the first few years following planting. FringetreeFringetree is native to the U.S. from eastern Texas up to Maryland. One of the most beautiful flowering small trees, fringetree can bloom as long as six weeks in the spring. At the end of the bloom period, emerging lime-green leaves accent the snowy blooms for an impressive finale. It is adaptable to a variety of light and soil conditions, although full sun ensures optimum flowering.Fringetree attracts a variety of insects while in bloom and birds and small mammals when fruiting in late summer. It has a sweet fragrance and bears brown oval drupes that turn purple in late summer. It prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil but tolerates a wide variety, including red clay. It adapts well to urban environments.
I lot of people ask us about cooking in the van. Feeding ourselves is high on the list of things we like to do. While we definitely eat less in the van, I don’t think we eat less fancy. We are lovers of food and we’re not going to let the lack of oven, running water, countertops, or kitchen utensils slow us down.Our tools.Honestly, we don’t have much. We use:two burnertwo cast ironsspatulaone knifesmall cutting boardcrazy creek tabletwo platessome silverwareJetboil (for coffee and the times we want Mountain House)strainerThese few things can get us by for just about every meal we want to cook. The magic is in the cast irons. Once these babies are seasoned, you barely need any other cookware. They will grill, sear, slow cook, scramble, toast, and so much more. Now it’s time to get creative!Our favorite meals.Hamburgers with a veggie sideThese are the easiest, and it feels like a gourmet meal every time we make it. We have two burgers sitting in the cooler right now waiting to be grilled up for dinner tonight. And broccoli.Ingredients:Hamburgers– we get two at a time because we are working with a cooler. It has incredible cooling power, but we don’t want to chance it with raw meat. Whole Foods will make patties for you at their meat counter or you can grab two pre-made ones so it’s easy to transfer straight to the cast iron without having to form the patties and touch raw meat in the back/side/front country.BunsCondiments (always in our cooler)Pickles (always in our cooler)Side veggie (brussels, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato fries)Cooking Instructions:Throw two burgers on one cast iron with fat of your choice, cut the veggies and cook those on the second cast iron, also with a fat of your choice, salt and pepper.Burgers will need to be flipped after 6-7 minutes on low heat. Don’t touch them until then, letting them sear with keep in the flavor.Flip, cook other side, and also throw the buns on for a little toasting. It might be the magic of the cast iron, but usually, everything is ready around the same time. ENJOY.Chicken QuesadillasWe love mexican food, and these few ingredient quesadillas are a go to.Ingredients:*1/2 jar salsa (make another round later with the other half!)1/2 can of refried beansShredded or ground chicken (we eat a lot, .75lb for a meal)Tortillas (or chips if you just want to dip)Hot Sauce(easier option) Don’t use any of these ingredients and make a Chicken Fajita Bowl Mountain House and put it in a toasted tortilla!Cooking Instructions:Combine refried beans and salsa in cast iron- LOTS OF FAT OF CHOICE.Brown chicken in other cast iron.Add chicken to refried beans/salsa mixCrisp tortillas on newly empty cast ironBuild your quesadillas!*You can add so many things to these- including cheese which would make it a true quesadilla. You could also add peppers, avocado (add at end), onion, really whatever you have in the van that might go bad soon.Breakfast ScrambleThis is my favorite meal, every morning gets a good breakfast whether it be at 5 am before a hike, or 11 am after sleeping in. You MUST have a big breakfast. Every breakfast is a combination of different ingredients with eggs on top. A lot of the time it includes left overs.Ingredients:EggsSausage (precooked)PeppersOnionsSalsaLeftovers(easier option) grab a Breakfast Skillet from Mountain House and you only have to boil water.Cooking Instructions:Put fat of choice and veggies (always salt+pepper) in cast iron first, let them cook.Add eggs on top and scramble in pan.Pile eggs on top of bread or tortilla from night before, be full for hours.Tips and Tricks:Four months of cooking on a two burner has left me with a few insights on how to make things go more smoothly when cooking without power or running water.Try to minimize dishes as much as possible. If you can eat directly from the cast iron, why get a plate dirty?I’ve mentioned ‘fat of choice’ a few times. We are fat proponents, it helps keep us full, and young. We’re talking about GOOD fat, not vegetable oil. We use ghee most of the time because it’s shelf stable, stable at high temperatures, comes in a sturdy jar, and lasts a long time. It’s clarified butter, and it’s delicious.Keep your raw meat in the bottom of your cooler (hopefully in a dry bin if you have it), it’s the coldest and safest place for it.Cast irons are so wonderful because you don’t have to wash them. Scrape it out and put it away for next time. Grab some pot holders so they’re easy to handle.For sugars (tomato sauce), acids (lemon juice), soap, and water out of your cast iron. It will ruin the season and you won’t be able to clean it as easily. Use something like this, or a strainer, for pasta and tomato sauces.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.
By By Capt. Tammy Muckenfuss September 26, 2018 A team of legal advisors from the Colombian Army met with South Carolina Army National Guard leadership and Judge Advocate Generals to discuss the transformation of the Colombian Military Justice system August 27-31, 2018. This particular engagement and exchange of information was intended to give military legal advisors and lawyers from the Colombian Army’s strategic planning department the opportunity to observe civilian and military judicial systems in the United States. The Colombian Army and the South Carolina National Guard have collaborated through the State Partnership Program (SPP) since 2012. Through the SPP, National Guard and partner countries conduct engagements in support of defense security goals in cooperative, mutually beneficial relationships. During their five-day trip, the team visited the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, met Supreme Court judges with the Court of Appeals, went to the U.S. District Court to observe a trial by a U.S. magistrate judge, and met with South Carolina’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr. “It’s an honor to host our Colombian partners here in South Carolina,” said Maj. Gen. Livingston to Colonel Francy Ayala, the director of Planning and Legal Policies for the Colombian National Army during the meeting. “It’s truly been incredible to observe the military transformation and peace process as it has evolved. Every person in Colombia has been touched personally by the internal transformation and it’s amazing how gracefully you’ve accepted former combatants into your country.” “One goal of the visit was to identify some of Colombia’s current legal reform efforts that South Carolina may be able to support,” said U.S. Army Major Matt Pinckney, Subject Matter coordinator for the SPP Legal Team. “Our guests were particularly interested in our recent efforts with some of their colleagues to provide a legal foundation for a reserve component similar to the National Guard’s. They were also interested in the unique talents and continuity of personnel that the SPP legal team offers.” The state partnership between the Republic of Colombia and the South Carolina National Guard has been a model of an efficient international relationship for the past six years that directly aligns with the 2018 National Defense Strategy. During the National Guard Association of the United States Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in August 2018, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis stressed the importance of strengthening alliances with our current partners and allies, while working to create new partnerships and allies. “Our Colombia partners are one of our most capable, and certainly most reliable partners, both in Latin America, and even in the world in many ways,” said Mattis after his most recent trip to Colombia on August 17, 2018. “And we are working with them. Colombia, for its part, has built very capable police and military forces that set the regional standard for operational effectiveness and for respect for human rights.” “The visit was an absolute success,” said Maj. Pinckney. “Immediately upon their return to Bogotá, the delegation reached-out and invited us to discuss specific plans during our follow-on visit to Bogotá.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first major winter storm of 2016 remains likely to hit Long Island this weekend with forecasters warning snow and winds may create blizzard-like conditions with less than ¼ mile of visibility.There is a moderate potential for more than six inches of snow and a low potential for more than a foot of the white stuff when the storm arrives Friday night, possibly lingering as late as Sunday, according to meteorologists at the Upton office of the National Weather Service (NWS).“This storm could produce heavy snow…strong winds…and moderate coastal flooding,” the agency said in a hazardous weather outlook statement. But, as little as two-to-four inches is also possible in parts of LI, forecasters said.The same storm is also expected to impact states from Tennessee to Maine, although some areas may see more of a wintry mix depending upon the track of the system. It is expected to strengthen rapidly as it reaches the East Coast, NWS said. The Weather Channel dubbed the storm Jonas.Sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected in the New York Metro area. The storm may also cause moderate coastal flooding during high tide. In addition, there is potential for significant beach erosion and washovers at Atlantic Ocean beaches, NWS warned.The latest forecast suggest that the East End may see less snow than western LI and New York City, but Suffolk County police aren’t taking any chances. The department is pre-positioning military surplus Humvees at each of the seven precinct station houses to respond to emergency calls and to aid stranded motorists, police said.During the calm before the storm, skies are expected to remain sunny with temperatures in the 30s during the day dropping into the teens after sundown. NWS forecasters currently give the storm a 60-percent chance of hitting Friday night and 70-percent odds of lasting all day and night Saturday. As of this post, there was a 30-percent chance that it will still be snowing Sunday.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello, compliance friends! As a millennial, before trying a new restaurant, traveling somewhere new or even a joining a new credit union, I like to at least do some research. Normally, I try to read reviews from various sources to ascertain a broad sense of the market’s feedback. As people continue to grow more reliant on the opinions of others, I want to explore what this may mean for credit union complaints and how credit unions can potentially mitigate this risk.From a reputational risk perspective, a member complaint going viral presents a huge threat to credit unions. To mitigate this risk, a well-designed and properly implemented complaint management program is a tool that can uncover noncompliant business practices. Strong complaint management programs also can improve member service by providing members with an easy-to-use method of resolving issues.Note: as a credit union considers their complaint management system, the credit union may also want to review and define what constitutes a “complaint” so that staff understands when escalation to the complaint resolution process is necessary. The credit union may also want to institute appropriate training on these policies for any staff members that resolve complaints or may have the opportunity to receive a complaint from a member. It is also important for policies and procedures to include how and when responses should be made, including any regulatory time limitation, i.e. Regulation E’s error resolution process. continue reading »
The grant supports 51 projects and programs within 34 local non-profit organizations in Broome County. The United Way says over $1.9 million was raised and now it will go back to the community. (WBNG) — The United Way of Broome County announced its 2019-2020 grant program recipients Monday. These projects and programs focus on improving the basic needs, health, education and financial stability of the community. The full list of recipients is posted below: Accord, A Center for Dispute Resolution – $30,600Action for Older Persons – $70,287American Civic Association – $23,337.60American Red Cross, Southern Tier Chapter – $71,500Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers – $45,000Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton – $109,084.19Broome County Council of Churches – $37,392.04Broome County Gang Prevention – $34,499.20Broome County Urban League – $20,000Broome-Tioga NAACP – $4,500Catholic Charities of Broome County – $132,224.71Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference – $58,865.25Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County – $24,399.86Crime Victims Assistance Center – $44,930Deposit Community Center dba Wilson Children’s Center – $37,200Deposit Foundation, Inc. – $20,000Family Counseling Services of Cortland County – $30,000Family Enrichment Network – $15,000Family Planning of South Central New York – $50,820Fenton Free Library – $15,000First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City – $44,818.27Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $35,120HCA – Helping Celebrate Abilities – $20,582.52Jewish Community Center of Binghamton – $120,400Life Choices Center – $6,350Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga – $16,575Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier -$44,900Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network – $56,000Rise-NY – $56,725Rural Health Network of South Central New York – $62,306.55Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church – $4,500Stand by Me, Assistance Dog Team Training, Inc. – $10,000Southern Tier Independence Center – $14,000The Bridge Center – $3,850The Salvation Army, Binghamton Corps – $29,000VINES, Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments – $63,538Volunteers of America Upstate New York – $40,000YMCA of Broome County – $269,400YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County – $95,750
Istria far ahead of all In this year’s summer flight schedule, 81 new routes In June, 130.000 arrivals (+10 percent) and 236.000 overnight stays (+10 percent) were realized on the continent, of which the most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (77.000), Krapina-Zagorje (30.000), Zagreb (25.000), Osijek-Baranja. 22.000) and Međimurje County (17.000). At the national level, in June most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (3,7 million), Austria (1,4 million), Slovenia (1,4 million), the Czech Republic (884 thousand) and Poland (856 thousand). Today, the Minister of Tourism is at the press conference at the Ministry of Tourism Gari Cappelli and director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić presented the results of tourist traffic for the first six months of 2019. “One of the main priorities in tourism policy management is to strengthen traffic in the pre-season, and the results of this year’s pre-season, as in previous years, show that we have succeeded in achieving tourist traffic growth of 20 percent in arrivals and 15 percent in overnight stays in the last three years. I believe that by further strengthening promotion activities in distant markets and positioning Croatia as an air destination in the future, we will achieve additional growth in traffic in the pre- and post-season. It is important to point out that the growth of tourist traffic is continuously accompanied by the growth of tourism revenues, which grew by 23 percent during the first quarter of our Government, and since tourism is a horizontal activity and one of the most propulsive economic sectors, its positive effects economy”, Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli told a news conference today. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 496.000 arrivals (+10 percent) and 978.000 overnight stays (+8 percent), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (192.000), Krapina-Zagorje (171.000), Osijek-Baranja. 105.000), Zagreb County (91.000) and Međimurje County (81.000). In June, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (4,6 million), Split-Dalmatia County (2,8 million) and Kvarner (2,7 million). They are followed by Zadar County with 1,8 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,3 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 903.000 overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 458.000 overnight stays and Zagreb with 257.000 overnight stays. In June, there were 10 percent more tourist arrivals Germany, Austria and Slovenia are the main markets CNB: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS 5,4 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER In June, there were 3,13 million arrivals and 15 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to June 2018 represents an increase of 10 percent in arrivals and 8 percent in overnight stays. “The overall tourist growth achieved during the first six months of this year is the result of targeted activities in the promotion of our country as an attractive year-round destination. Airlines also had a strong impact on the realized tourist traffic with an increase of 81 new routes in this year’s summer flight schedule, as well as distant markets which participated in the total traffic of foreign tourists with a share of almost 20 percent in arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays. These indicators confirm that we have maintained a stable position in the tourism market, as well as the success of our marketing strategy and stronger presence in distant markets such as the US, Canada, China, Korea, Australia and others, where we achieve high double-digit growth rates”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. Source: CNTB / Read the full report in the attachment RELATED NEWS: Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić are satisfied with the results of the pre-season, and as they point out, they are especially satisfied with the high growth rates achieved from certain distant markets and the increased number of flights in the summer. Source: CNTB / Read the full report in the attachment At the national level, during the first six months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (5,43 million), Austria (2,33 million), Slovenia (2,29 million), the United Kingdom (1,43 million) and Poland (1,23, 9,39 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in hotels (7,15 million) and in household facilities (4,52 million) and camps (XNUMX million). The top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč and Split. Attachment: PRESENTATION OF RESULTS / Evaluation of the current part of the tourist year 2019 JANUARY – JUNE According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,88 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 26,26 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+3 percent). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,85 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 22,93 million overnight stays (+3 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 6 percent and in overnight stays by 4 percent. During the first six months of 2019, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (7,6 million), in the Split-Dalmatia County 4,7 million overnight stays were realized, while in Kvarner 4,3 million overnight stays were realized. They are followed by Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, each with 2,7 million overnight stays, and Šibenik-Knin County with 1,4 million overnight stays. 1,1 million overnight stays were realized in Zagreb, and 696 thousand overnight stays in Lika-Senj County.
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Although the vacancy rate has tightened, house renters have not been hit by higher rents.In Brisbane asking rents for houses fell over the month by -0.3 per cent to $446.40 and unit asking rents increased by 0.4 per cent to $367.80. DEVELOPER BIDS AND WINS ON OLDER BRISBANE FAMILY HOME The national vacancy rate is currently 2.1 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe Tasmanian capital continues to have the tightest rental market, with a vacancy rate of 0.7 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Although there are just 219 vacant rental properties on the market in Hobart, managing director of SQM Research Louis Christopher said the situation had improved for renters in the city with the vacany rate jumping from 0.6 per cent the month before. YOUNG COUPLE SNAPS UP RIVERFRONT APARTMENT WITH RECORD BREAKING BID “While vacancies remain tight, this is the sixth straight month of vacancy increases, signalling that the worse now could be over for Hobart tenants,” Mr Christopher said. The vacany rate has tightened across Brisbane according to new data from SQM Research.THE number of empty rental properties in Brisbane dropped below 10,000 as the vacancy rate continues to drop across the Queensland capital.It was good news for real estate investors as data released today from SQM Research showed the vacancy rate falling from 3.2 per cent to 3 per cent from March to April.Brisbane still has the highest vacancy rate of any east coast capital city, and it is still higher than the national average of 2.1 per cent.Currently there are 9774 vacant rental properties across Brisbane.Across the nation, the only capital cities with higher vacancy rates are Darwin on 3.3 per cent and Perth on 4.1 per cent. The Tasmanian capital is still a very tough market for renters. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES BRONCOS STAR SELLS BRISBANE HOME Asking rents for houses in capital cities fell over the month by 1.6 per cent to an average of $554 a week, while asking rents for units increased by 0.5 per cent to $445 a week.