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_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jesse Boyer Web: Details Try as we might, we humans aren’t very good at predicting what’s next.Alexander Graham Bell packed up his novel telephone and offered it to Western Union, whose president said it was nothing but a toy.Charlie Chaplin saw an early demise of the movie business, dismissing it with, “Cinema is just a fad.”Gary Cooper declined to play Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, laughing, “I’m sure glad it will be Clark Gable falling on his face in that role instead of me.”Decca Records told the Fab Four’s band manager, Brian Epstein, “The Beatles have no future in show business.”And Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO in 2007, was certain there was “no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”A recent article in Southwest Magazine touched on this subject, noting that our mere mortal emotions and basic needs cloud our decisions about the future. To solve this dilemma, venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures actually appointed a computer algorithm to its board of directors!But while as a species we often see a skewed view of the future, Ron Daly, DigitalMailer’s Chairman and Founder, nailed it 15 years ago by predicting digital communications tools could help the financial services industry better serve consumers, strengthen relationships and stay competitive.Digital path to a level playing fieldThe year was 1999, and Ron envisioned creating an “eStatements” company as his final MBA project at George Washington University.“Building an eStatements platform was a crazy idea back then,” Ron told the DigitalMailer staff last week. “The Internet was so new, you had to use a dial-up modem … and wait and wait and wait … for the slowest connection you could ever imagine to reach it. But I kept thinking, if we could capture the power of the web, we could create a service that would help financial institutions cut costs by replacing mailed paper statements with those that were electronic. This would be more efficient and deliver information to their customers quicker.”Ron said that, slow as it was in the early days, “the best part about the Internet will be its ability to truly level the playing field with 24/7 service,” so institutions of all sizes could quickly respond to customers’ needs. He was right. It may seem hard to believe today, but eStatements were a new idea when DigitalMailer got off the ground in 2000! Financial institutions had to shift their thinking, and clients trickled in the first couple of years. By the end of five years, 50 clients had adopted the service. At the 10-year mark, we had 180 clients and delivered a total of 15.9 million eStatements. Now, we average nearly 9 million eStatements a year. And we have 220 clients, reaching 8.6 million consumers.From snail mail to any-to-any digital channelsEveryone connected with DigitalMailer will always have a soft spot for eStatements – our initial, flagship product. But as technology evolved, so have consumer expectations. We leveraged our capabilities to offer a complete “digital toolbox” with newsletters, preference-based email alerts, and then targeted, one-to-one messages.Now, customer demands are even higher, given the rapid growth of high-tech tools available to them, and DigitalMailer has moved from provider of several discrete products to the role of “communication enabler.” Today, DigitalMailer acts as a complement to any organized data system, helping clients take advantage of their data-mining programs and variable-field capabilities to create messages directed precisely to customers’ needs and interests. And we’re helping them reach consumers in any channel they want – online banking, mobile, ATMs, email, text or voice – where they can move seamlessly from one device to another while experiencing a consistent communication experience.So, what will the next 15 years bring? As Ron said, “Since DigitalMailer’s start, we’ve helped the marketplace transition from paper to electronic communications. Now we’re helping the marketplace transition from electronic to this crazy new thing called ‘mobile.’ Beyond that, we need to be ready for even more advanced communication and connection technology.”I’ll add that we need to take our own advice: Keep options open. Listen to our clients, and don’t get comfortable. Change comes fast, and I predict we’d better stay nimble to meet it.last_img read more

first_imgSeveral regulatory relief bills addressing CFPB funding and the Dodd-Frank Act are slated for mark-up Wednesday by the House Financial Services Committee.The bills under consideration include: H.R. 1486, the “Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act,” from Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., which would make CFPB a part of the regular appropriations process with regard to its funding, and an unnamed bill, introduced by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., that would repeal Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act, which allows large, complex financial institutions to be liquidated by the government if they are close to failing.Also ahead this week:NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference kicks off Tuesday in San Francisco and runs through Thursday. The conference,  will focus on emerging business development opportunities and strategies for overcoming the latest industry challenges. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will also provide a Washington update. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man ripped the mask off of one of two masked assailants—one of whom was armed with a handgun—during an Elmont home invasion on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.The attackers confronted the 26-year-old victim as he walked out the front door of his Froehlich Place home, when the victim grabbed the gun and ripped the mask from the gunman’s face shortly before 3 p.m., police said.When the victim then ran to Elmont High School to call for help, the duo entered the house and ordered a second victim into a back room while the assailants ransacked a bedroom before they fled the scene on foot, police said.It is unclear what the pair stole. The victims were not injured.The suspects were described as black men. The gunman was described as 5-feet, 5-inches tall with a stocky build and braided hair, wearing dark clothing with a mask covering his mouth and nose. The second suspect was described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 165 pounds with light skin and wearing gray sweatpants.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgFrench pension fund Agirc-Arrco has awarded Russell Investments a mandate to restructure one of its euro-zone equity portfolios.The scheme enlisted Russell’s help to shift the portfolio to a number of euro-zone SRI equity funds.It is not the first time the French scheme has awarded the asset manager a transition mandate.Philippe Goubeault, financial director at Agirc-Arrco, said: “In 2012, [we] had already used [Russell] as a transition manager to restructure part of our euro-zone equity investments. It seemed useful to extend this first experiment.” Dominique Dorlipo, chairman at Russell Investments France, said: “For the 2012 operation, we were asked for a partial or total liquidation of assets, so we only focused on best execution for a list of securities for sale. This operation was different, as it required us to act as a responsible asset manager of the assets, with a special approval from the AMF.”In 2013, Agirc-Arrco shifted approximately €230m out of a CCR AM fund, distributing €150m to a number of SRI funds and investing the remaining €80m in an actively managed EDRAM equity fund.“Using a transition manager is worth the effort in a low-yield environment, where every basis point helps improve final performance and thus protect pensions,” Dorlipo said. “Two different euro-zone equity portfolios are likely to have 20-40% of their assets in the same stocks. For European equities, an institutional investor could typically pay a transaction cost of 12-20 basis points or more.”Such costs are avoided when a transition manager orchestrates securities transfers between old and new managers without selling and buying them back, he said.last_img read more

first_img Tweet LocalNews Magistrate fines ganja farmer $18,000 for cultivation of 236 Cannabis plants by: – January 10, 2012 Share Cannabis plants. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.orgA local magistrate has fined a Trafalgar farmer $18, 000.00 for cultivation of 236 Cannabis plants.Stafford Anthony Piper pleaded guilty to possession of Cannabis and cultivation of 236 plants of Cannabis when he appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis in Roseau on Monday.On Sunday 8th January, 2012 about 2:30pm Constable Yankey B and other officers of the Task Force visited the home of Piper with a search warrant. The officers identified themselves to the Defendant and informed him of the search warrant permitted them to search his dwelling home and premises. A complete search of the Defendant’s home did not yield anything which he could be held liable for, however the officers continued searching the Defendant’s premises. Almost 250 feet from the Defendant’s yard, the officers found a small cultivation of 236 alleged Cannabis trees on his farm. Constable Yankey informed the Defendant of his finding and cautioned him, to which he replied’ ‘Is my marijuana, is mine.” He was arrested on suspicion, uprooted the alleged Cannabis trees, kept 9 of those trees as Court exhibit and the destroyed the remaining 227 trees in the Defendant’s presence. The Defendant, along with the alleged Cannabis trees were taken to the Police Head Quarters in Roseau, the samples were sent to the Government Lab for testing which confirmed that they were in fact Cannabis plants.At the police headquarters, the Defendant was again cautioned and he replied, ‘I sorry for cultivating the weed.’ Piper told the Court, “I’m very sorry and would like the chance to return to my farm to take care of my vegetables”.Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes told the Court that the Defendant had one previous offence in 1993 and that he cooperated very well with the police. He also highlighted the seriousness of the offence. Magistrate Lewis fined the Defendant $18, 000.00 on the cultivation of Cannabis charge of which he must pay $5000.00 on or before the 31st day of March, 2012 or in default spend 4 months in prison and the balance of $13, 000.00 on or before the 31st December, 2012.Mr. Lewis informed the Defendant that he could pay the fine in installments, as long as the entire sum is paid on or before July 31, 2012. No separate fine was imposed for the possession charge. Dominica Vibes News 92 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanWhen it comes to women in sports, there are few who I look up to more than Jemele Hill. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of sports broadcasting. There are a few too many (read: way, way, way too many) self-involved commentators to keep me interested in the business. I’ve never understood why so many of my sports-loving friends eat up anything and everything that Stephen A. Smith spouts, or why Bill Walton’s pointless anecdotes somehow garner so much attention and affection throughout Pac-12 basketball fans.In the many years since I first started watching sports, I’ve watched what I consider to be a devolution of sports broadcast journalism. Especially in the wake of the “pivot to video,” companies are more likely to fixate on tabloid topics that bait viewers — cue some sort of sound byte from LaVar Ball, or yet another debate about whether or not Tom Brady is the GOAT. At this point, I can’t stand it.This distaste was probably bred by my parents, who are perhaps even more particular than I am when it comes to television commentary. When I was young, they muted the television whenever we watched Chiefs games in favor of the voices of Kevin Harlan and Len Dawson, and the celebratory “Touch-dowwwwwwn Kansas City” cheer came to define my childhood. My dad has taken to watching SportsCenter with the sound off, watching the highlights while foregoing “all that yapping,” as he has called it more than once. And whenever we watch a Kansas basketball game, I’m pretty much guaranteed to get an earful about how horrible the announcers are — especially if, God forbid, Dicky V has been selected to call the game.I’m perhaps not as picky as my parents are, but I do struggle with the state of many broadcast shows. Unless you’ve lucked out and stumbled upon a 30-for-30 rerun, most ESPN shows possess the substance of a potato chip, regurgitating the same couple of stories and recaps for hours at a time while completely ignoring coverage of important topics — women’s sports, NFL assault convictions and the like — supposedly because that isn’t what interests viewers.At this point, I’ve realized, most of the broadcasters who I prefer to listen to are women. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the men who grind my gears the most are the ones who feed off that machismo swagger of the Man Who Loves Sports, rather than sticking to the stats. Or maybe it’s because the sexism of the sports world only allows the women who are truly the very best-of-the-best-of-the-best to rise to the top of the broadcast industry.Regardless of the reason, I have, on more than one occasion, yelled at a friend or family member to shut their mouths while Holly Rowe is providing a 30-second byte of information from the sidelines. I’m rarely out of class during Katie Nolan’s weekly show, “Garbage Time,” but I always find time to watch it that night so I can tank up on her tireless wit. And, of course, there’s Jemele Hill. She’s almost unmatched when it comes to her ability to balance humor with raw edge to create sports commentary that is both meaningful and thoughtful. Hill provides the kind of analysis that I often feel is missing from modern sports broadcasts, and whether she’s covering sports on or off the field, she brings humor and heart, something sorely missing among men shouting over one another.This is why I actually audibly cheered when Hill earned a slot as a SportsCenter anchor last February, and why I almost threw my phone across the room when I saw the news this weekend that her brief stint had come to a close. Like many others, I figured at first that it was some sort of behind-the-scenes scandal — ESPN had, after all, suspended Hill last year for using her platform to make political statements. When she announced that she had made the decision to turn to print, Hill earned my ultimate respect. She’s now headed to The Undefeated, an ESPN publication that covers sports, race and culture. Her presence will be a perfect fit that will boost a website stocked with important coverage.Yet, although I eagerly await her return to writing, Hill’s departure feels like a huge hit for sports broadcasting. For one, it’s a loss for the multitudes of young women who dream of making it in sports and have far too few faces to look up to, and that loss will hit the population of young black women who are even more aggressively marginalized. Few women possess the clout that Hill held during her time on SportsCenter, and having the success of a woman of color broadcast every night at 6 p.m. EST provided more inspiration than even she could probably understand. I know that feeling all too well, because I constantly look to Kate Fagan — one of very few out LGBT women in sports journalism — for inspiration.And Hill’s voice was also one of few that cut through the bull of sports media, which often feels like more of a reality show than anything else. As the “pivot to video” phenomenon continues to grow, many have pointed out that broadcasters are pulling punches to provide more fluffy content — Fox Sports, for instance, failed to mention the sexual assault case of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar once throughout the trial and ensuing NCAA investigation. In this climate of lackluster content, Hill’s willingness to question the status quo came as a breath of fresh air.At the end of the day, I can’t be anything but happy for Hill, who remains one of my favorite journalists. Her work in the industry began in print, and her return to writing is expected to be exciting and scathing. Hill took a lot of heat, mainly because she’s a black woman who is completely unafraid of what anyone has to say about her or her opinions. I’m sure that heat will follow her to The Undefeated, along with the Twitter horde that constantly spams her with everything from insults to threats of violence. But I hope she knows that she’ll also be followed by many fans — especially women like me — who will look to her for guidance when navigating the sports world. The Undefeated gained a powerful asset this weekend, and I personally can’t wait to see where Hill goes from here.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

first_imgNapier said he hopes players who donate allow them to better understand what makes the athletic department function, and to help grow an appreciation for the benefits they receive as student-athletes.“That’s probably a little bit unheard of and a little bit unique, but I think this is a place where that would be appreciated,” Napier said. “We want our players to be educated and understand the benefits that come with being a student-athlete and that is not something that should be taken lightly — the effort and time and investment that the people that support athletes at UL have put in into this program.”The Ragin’ Cajuns finished 7-7 in 2018, finishing the season with a loss to Tulane in the Cure Bowl. Louisiana’s 2019 recruiting class finished 76th according to 247Sports, an area that could potentially take a hit if recruits don’t like the new team rule. College football players aren’t allowed to be paid, but at Louisiana-Lafayette, college football players are now encouraged to pay.Second-year Ragin’ Cajuns coach Billy Napier revealed a new team rule earlier this week that encourages all scholarship football players to become a minimum $50 donor to the school’s athletic fund beginning this fall, according to The Advocate (Acadiana, La.). The donation will be optional for walk-ons. MORE: Ranking college football’s best nonconference games of 2019“It’s all about gratitude,” Napier said in a news conference on Wednesday. “We’re trying to create a scenario where five or 10 years from now these are guys who will give back and continue to be a part of the program and realize what this place did for them.”last_img read more