first_imgAs spring approaches, the anticipation of viewing the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs can become overwhelming. One way to insure your landscape lives up to your expectations is to add a few new plants each year. Planting now will provide surprises and enjoyment in the springs to follow. Here are three new plants that will add to your spring delight. Pink Chinese loropetalums. They’re new, but widely available, and you can select from several forms. These are large evergreen shrubs, reaching 8 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. In the spring, they’re covered with bright pink flowers with thin, strap-shaped petals. The new leaves are bright burgundy red that mature to a deep burgundy green. The plants are adapted to sun or partial shade in sandy or clay soils. They should be hardy except in the cold mountain areas of Georgia. Pink Chinese loropetalums plants are naturals for screens or hedges. They tolerate pruning, and they’re drought-tolerant and nearly pest-free. You can train older plants into small, multistem tree forms. Mohawk viburnum. This hybrid has good foliage, fragrant flowers and a truly nice form. The dark green, lustrous leaves are small and often turn burgundy in the fall before they drop. The spring flowers are in clusters 3 inches wide. The individual flowers are pink as buds and open to a nice white. The flower clusters smell like daphne and scent the surrounding space. The plant produces a few fruits that first turn red and then black. These plants do best in moist, well-drained soils and produce more flowers in full sun. They will mature at 8 to 10 feet tall and nearly as wide. Mohawk viburnum is cold hardy throughout Georgia. Its abundant, spicy flowers, neat growth habit and cold hardiness make it an outstanding shrub. Mount Airy fothergilla. This native plant deserves much greater use in Georgia. A vigorous spring flowering shrub, it reaches 4 to 6 feet in height. The plants are adapted to sun or shade, tolerant of drought and thrive in our Georgia soils. The white bottlebrush flowers, 2 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, cover the ends of the leafless spring branches. They dance with the wind, releasing their fragrance. The foliage is a dark blue-green that turns red, orange and yellow in the fall. The rounded-mound habit makes a nice addition to a border or as a specimen planting. These are three great selections that add flowers, interest and even fragrance to your landscape. If you plant now in early spring, the plants can become established and develop a strong supporting root system. Strong roots and a productive top will produce flowers for next spring’s display.last_img read more

first_imgEagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) today announced its sponsorship of REI Outessa, three immersive, three-day outdoor adventures designed to connect women with the outdoors in a supportive learning environment. Now in its second year, these women’s getaways are filled with activities and inspiration, offer access to coveted gear and products, serve up great food and wine, and create the environment for making new friends and lasting memories. Registration is now open at Outessa.Through the partnership, Eagles Nest Outfitters will create a hammock lounge and encourage participants to relax and take time to reflect on the weekends events.  This relaxing hammock hangout will bring participants together and reinforce the connection to the event and their natural surroundings.“Our ENOpod Hammock Stands are made to hold three hammocks and encourage a sense of community among participants,” said Lane Nakaji, General Manager of ENO. “When you are relaxing in a hammock surrounded by nature it is easy to form new friendships while sharing in the experience and inspiration that has been gathered from the day’s activities. We are excited to be a part of the second year of Outessa and to continue to watch the event series grow.”“Last year, REI Outessa was a transformational experience for hundreds of women. We are excited that ENO has signed on to provide a relaxing hammock lounge for participants.  ENO will also educate participants on the ease and benefits of hammock camping.  Together with ENO and other partners, we will help women tap into an emotional and profound connection to nature in her journey to live a life outside,” said Sally Johnson, the events manager for REI who helped create the Outessa series.More than 20 of REI Outdoor School’s top female instructors will partner with leading outdoor brands to host a full range of adventures, including hiking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail photography, paddle boarding, kayaking, climbing, yoga, backpacking, wilderness survival training, outdoor cooking and more.2017 REI Outessa events will be held at three breathtaking mountain playgrounds. Destinations were chosen for their inspirational alpine environments, sweeping views, pristine lake, and adventure-ready terrain with miles of trails for running, hiking and mountain biking. Each offer resort hospitality and proximity to major airports, making travel is easy for participants. The dates and locations are:July 14-16: Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California near South Lake TahoeAugust 18-20: Mt. Hood Skibowl in Government Camp, Oregon and 12 miles from the Mt. Hood National ForestSeptember 22-24: Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National ForestRegistration is $799 per person, which includes classes led by REI’s professional guides, use of on-site gear, chef-prepared meals, wine and beer, evening entertainment, inspirational speakers, and a goodie bag packed with products and gear. Attendees will customize their weekend from start to finish. They will choose accommodations from three options and their daily schedules will be designed from more than 200 activities based on personal interests, outdoor goals and skill levels.To learn more about the retreats and locations of the epic weekends, visit Outessa.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 22, 2009 On May 29th to May 31st, the Ecuadorian capital will be the host city for the International Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Women, who will be holding a debate concerning the regional situation under the slogan: “United for the integration of our America”. The Ecuadorian committee that is preparing the meeting announced today that the regional meeting, sponsored by the Women’s International Democratic Federation, “constitutes an essential forum for evaluation, debate, projection and reflection regarding the performance of the continent’s feminist organizations”. In an official announcement, the organization indicated that more than 130 delegates will participate in the conference, which will be analyzing topics such as the economy needed by Latin American and Caribbean women, the role of the State from a female perspective, integration and international solidarity. Additionally, they will be analyzing how to build “Feminist Socialism in the XXI century”, the resistance and struggle of women in different situations that hinder peace or the role of women and the media. The organizers are emphasizing the development of an “International Solidarity Forum” and they indicate that, among their activities, they plan to place a floral offering at the Monument of Independence, at the historical center in Quito, “to pay tribute to their Bicentenary celebration”. EFElast_img read more

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo March 05, 2018 Naval forces from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) join efforts to conduct multinational maritime patrols within the 200 nautical miles of their respective sea boundaries. Since 2015, the partner nations work together to halt narcotrafficking structures attempting to take drugs northward.“What we do is extend to maritime zones the same operations that each country’s naval units perform to protect maritime boundaries together and prevent transnational crime,” Captain René Merino, chief of the General Staff of the Salvadoran Naval Force (FNES, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “We all patrol in close coordination, each in our own territorial waters.”The naval forces also exchange information or receive alerts in real time from Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South), located in Key West, Florida. JIATF-South is one of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) three task forces.“The work with JIATF-South allows us to unify our efforts, coordinate information and asset support, and optimize our resources in the fight against the transnational threats affecting the region,” said Vice Admiral Juan Pardo Aguilar, commander of the Guatemalan Navy (MDNG, in Spanish). “That’s how we manage to have operational successes together.”Each of the Northern Triangle nations counts with a senior officer at JIATF-South who works with liaisons and unit procedures. As such, success rates in the various interdiction operations within each jurisdictional maritime space increase.From Puerto Cortés Naval Base in Honduras, officers of the Honduran Naval Force (FNH, in Spanish) conduct patrols in the Caribbean Sea alongside MDNG. Through these joint efforts, they fight narcotrafficking, arms trafficking, human smuggling, and other unlawful acts that impact the region, especially in the border Motagua River Basin area. All operations are conducted within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference and organized during multilateral meetings to coordinate agendas and resources required of each member country.Top-level training and equipmentNorthern Triangle naval forces improved the level of their tactics thanks to support from the U.S. military. The northern partner nation shares its knowledge and specialized equipment to fight emerging threats at sea.The Salvadoran Naval Force checks on all suspicious vessels within its jurisdiction in support of multinational“U.S. Southern Command donated 11 Boston Whaler-type vessels and equipment such as night vision systems, life jackets, satellite global positioning systems, etc.,” Vice Adm. Pardo said. “We also have the support of an aerial platform for maritime interdiction operations when needed.”The resultsIn 2017, ongoing efforts to halt the emerging threats at sea proved positive for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Consistent training and collaboration with international agencies and partner nations allowed for improved operational skills.MDNG seized nearly 12 tons of cocaine with a market value of $300 million along its coasts, representing 73 percent of the drugs seized nationwide. FNES closed out 2017 with 7 tons of cocaine seized, while FNH seized 11 tons of drugs—4 tons of cocaine and 7 tons of marijuana.The geostrategic positions of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador place them as major transit routes—on the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans—for illegal narcotics heading to North America.According to the three nations’ naval authorities, 80 percent of vessels departing from South America to destinations in North America use the Pacific Ocean, while 20 percent travel through the Caribbean.FNES and the Special Naval Force of MDNG rely on the Combat Information Center to organize the various naval operations against organized crime. The specialized agency manages the flow of real-time notifications at all levels to the teams at sea. Teams also receive alerts from JIATF-South on possible suspicious vessels in their territorial waters.“The tactical and operational level that we reached increases our security levels, our societies’ trust, and the confidence of the international community,” Capt. Merino said. “We successfully interrupted the transport of drugs that, otherwise, would have reached Guatemala, Mexico, or the United States.”last_img read more

first_imgRemove constraints and set audacious Tansley StearnsI am a runner. Living in the frigid Midwest, that at times means hunting down a treadmill to put in my miles for the day.While traveling over the New Year holiday, I headed to the local YMCA, guessing how packed the gym would be on Jan. 1. Every year people make resolutions—and that typically means the gym is not nearly as packed on March 1 as it is on Jan. 1.New habits are hard to create. We observe something similar with credit unions as we work to teach them the Filene Method of Innovation, born out of our i3 program (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation).Over the last two years, we have worked with more than 23 credit unions and system organizations to help them grow their culture of innovation through our innovation programs.This includes an “Innovation Immersion,” where we spend a day or so in an experiential learning session teaching a group of credit union team members the methodology and having them practice the methodology.When we ask these team members to tell us about their ideation, or brainstorming, process, it often involves a large room with talented people around a table. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSynergy Property Partners residential development director David Calvisi said the project was inspired by its location.“We worked closely with multi-award winning architect, Plus Architecture, to design a building which was tailored specifically for the owner-occupier wanting a luxury beachfront home in the sky,” Mr Calvisi said.“It is gratifying to have hit the market, catering to this exclusive demographic, and we welcome Hutchinson Builders on board for this important final stage where we (will) see this stunning project come to fruition.” Rooms with a view.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt will be demolished to make way for the new development, which will have 13 designer half-floor residences ranging in size from 230sq m to 239sq m as well as a double-storey beach house and 665sq m penthouse with exclusive rooftop terrace. Pacific Palm Beach will be constructed on the site of an older four-storey apartment building.Construction of Pacific Palm Beach – a luxury beachfront apartment complex – will start this month.Developer Synergy Property Partners last week appointed Hutchinson Builders to construct the $40 million project at 2 Twenty Third Avenue.It comes after the $6.685 million sale of an existing four-storey apartment building on the site was settled just over a month ago.center_img Kollosche Prestige Agents is selling the apartments, which were scheduled to be finished mid-2019, with prices starting at $1.9 million.Residential project marketing agent Jamie-Lee Edwards said the development’s quality finishes, spacious design, location and direct beachfront views of Palm Beach were the biggest selling points.One half-floor apartment remains on the market after a successful off-the-plan sales campaign resulted in buyers snapping up 13 of the residences in just six weeks.last_img read more

first_imgMuch pension fund regulation operates on a “disclose if you consider ESG” basis, giving the impression stewardship and ESG integration are optional, according to a report on responsible investment regulation by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).The organisation responsible for the UN-backed principles said the report found that investors were still sceptical about whether responsible investment regulation was driving “real change”, even though they believed some of it was useful in terms of increasing awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.The report has forewords from high-profile politicians and regulators, such as Valdis Dombrovskis, the financial services European commissioner with responsibility for the EU executive’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project, and Frank Elderson, executive director of the Dutch pension fund supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).The report is the outcome of an analysis of almost 300 policy instruments covering pension fund and corporate disclosure rules, with the authors also deciding to assess the impact of voluntary stewardship codes. The PRI also carried out interviews with policymakers, investors and stock exchanges across the world, focusing on investors’ perceptions about the impact of regulation on investment practice.The report said it was “the first global study to analyse the impact of responsible investment-related public policy initiatives”.In a statement, the PRI said “the analysis suggests that, while regulation is having an impact, regulatory frameworks aren’t fully aligned with sustainable development. Underpinning this is a belief that governments are failing to clearly signal the importance of ESG issues.”The authors of the report note that few of the “highest-profile government sustainability commitments […] articulate the role investors are expected to play”, and that they therefore excluded these.Out of “thousands of individual environmental or social-protection regulations” that exist around the world, their analysis focused on those with an investment component.The report said “many regulations fail to send a strong enough signal and position responsible investment as a voluntary activity, or conflate financially material ESG issues with beneficiary preferences”.It examined corporate disclosure regulations and investor regulation.With respect to the former, it found that government-led mandatory ESG reporting improved corporate risk management and said voluntary disclosures were “a useful stepping stone towards more formal rules”.Pension fund regulation and stewardship codes are correlated with better ESG risk management by companies, but “we can’t prove that regulation is responsible for the result”, according to the PRI report.Problematic poor policy designThe report picked out some shortcomings in policy design – for example, stating that much pension fund regulation operates on a “disclose if you consider ESG” basis, and that financially material ESG issues were conflated with the ethical preference of members.“While it’s right that regulations give flexibility to funds to respond to their members’ ethical preferences, this is separate and distinct from the requirement to consider financially materially ESG issues,” said the report.The way in which rules are worded can also have an impact by potentially giving investors “easy opt-outs”, according to the PRI.This could happen if terms are poorly defined or phrases such as “give consideration to” are used without guidance on what this means.Nathan Fabian, director of policy and research at the PRI, said: “Too often, the drafting of ESG regulation treats ESG as an optional add-on, which investors can ignore if they so choose.”The PRI also said it found little monitoring of policy with ESG-related clauses, and that, even in those markets where individual investors were held to account, investors “remained extremely sceptical of the impact – they didn’t feel they’d seen their peers and competitors change behaviour”.The report adds: “Interviewees openly questioned whether ESG issues were a priority for the government, suggesting ESG clauses were introduced just to respond to pressure from civil society – or even debated whether the clause in question existed.”The PRI is calling on policymakers – which it distinguishes from regulators – to “make the crucial link between sustainable development and the finance industry”.As part of that, they should “build the evidence base on investor practice” – that is, collect and publish more information about how investors contribute to or undermine sustainable investment objectives.last_img read more

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has assured of his country’s readiness to cooperate more with the US.Xi is on a state visit to the US and has already held a series of meetings with the US President among other top dignitaries.At a business roundtable discussion, President Xi Jinping said that there are about 65,000 US businesses in China and about 1,600 Chinese companies in the US.last_img

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dominic Lamolinara learned the Orange was moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference just as he was starting out at Syracuse in 2011, and quickly ran a scenario through his head.He realized he’d play Maryland, the school he had just transferred from, in his senior year.“Being able to come back to the conference I started in,” Lamolinara said, “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”After beginning his college career as a backup goalie with the Terrapins, Lamolinara leads the No. 2-seed Orange (11-4, 2-3 ACC) into the NCAA tournament for the last time. That is where he’ll help his class — including Billy Ward, Matt Harris, Chris Daddio and five others — try to avoid being the second straight group of seniors to leave Syracuse without a championship ring. SU will play Bryant on Sunday in the Carrier Dome at 7:30 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve been saying this since I got here,” Lamolinara said. “You come to Syracuse to win championships. There’s no pressure on my class to do anything out of the ordinary. Just win.”Lamolinara’s regarded by his teammates as the consummate leader, but his unwavering positivity was challenged this season.The Orange stumbled at the start of its ACC schedule and with Lamolinara and junior Bobby Wardwell splitting time in net, the same set of questions were flung at the senior after every loss.A 16-8 loss to Maryland on Feb. 22. Lamolinara gave up nine goals and was pulled for Wardwell before the end of the first half.Do you think Bobby is going to be the starter from now on?“That’s for the coaches to decide.”A 17-12 loss to Virginia on March 1. Lamolinara played all but 27 seconds and allowed 16 shots to find the back of the net.How do you rebound from a performance like that?“Just have to take it one game at a time.”A 15-14 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC tournament final on April 27. SU head coach John Desko started Wardell for the first time all season before subbing Lamolinara in for the fourth quarter. The senior made two saves at the doorstep to keep the Orange in it, but it was too late.Did it feel weird not starting for the first time this season?“Bob was outplaying me and deserved the start.”Same Lamolinara — ardent and honest.“We thought Bob was playing a little stronger than Dom going down the stretch,” Desko said of the Notre Dame game. “But then Dom got in in the reverse situation and played extremely well.”It’s what Syracuse has come to expect. With Lamolinara and Wardwell shifting in and out of the net all season, the senior has had to explain how the two are best friends — that it’s not a competition but a companionship. That if it means a win, it’s what he and Wardwell are willing to do.The next three weeks are the last of Lamolinara’s collegiate playing career, but not the end of his Syracuse tenure. The senior goalie still needs credits to graduate and plans to return to the team as a student assistant in the fall, but isn’t ready to join the Orange sideline just yet.Now his last chance for a run for an NCAA title begins Sunday, and it may include a meeting with a familiar opponent in the Orange’s quarter of the bracket.If Syracuse and Maryland each advance past the first round, the two will meet in Hempstead, N.Y., with a trip to the final four on the line.“He won’t say it, but that all means a little more to him,” Ward said.Lamolinara has spent a season saying that no game is more important than another. Now Maryland’s in the picture again, and he’s willing to set that aside.“I want another shot at Maryland badly,” he said. “And then I want to go all the way.” Comments Published on May 8, 2014 at 1:00 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

first_imgIn his words, he said:“Huge, huge but the good thing about it is over the last two matches especially or rather the games against Cameroon, we did a lot better than we expected so we hope that, that mentality follows through. And then we got the result we wanted against them so I’m confident we can get the result we want against Zambia.”The Lagos State Governor aide also spoke about the recent hot topic of Nigerian-born players born and bred abroad. He said it shouldn’t be a do or die affair for Nigerian kids born and bred abroad to be invited into the National team explaining that we’ve got great talents been trained here. But he went further to say if a person of exceptional talent wants to play for Nigeria then he should be allowed to play but if he doesn’t want to play then so be it and the matter shouldn’t be forced.Deji Tinubu, while speaking on the matter, said:“We are raising ours here. If the person in question is of unbelievable talent then why not but it shouldn’t be a do or die affair and if he really wants to play for the country let him play for the country let’s not force it and if he doesn’t want to play for the country so be it we’ve got enough talent here.” RelatedAUDIO: We Can’t Afford To Lose To Nigeria – Cameroon Coach, Hugo BroosAugust 31, 2017In “Africa”Centre Referee For Huge Nigeria, Zambia World Cup Qualifying Clash RevealedSeptember 28, 2017In “Africa”AUDIO: Zambia Will Be More Difficult Than Cameroon-Genort RohrOctober 3, 2017In “National Team” Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu, has termed the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash with Zambia on Saturday as a huge game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.Deji Tinubu, a former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee member, made this known in an interview with He also pointed out that the team did better than expected in their last two games against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and hope that the players would carry on that mentality into the clash against the Chipolopolo of Zambia.center_img Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more