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33 Botanical Garden

first_imgBy A. Jefferson Lewis IIIUniversity ofGeorgiaNestled near the University of Georgia campus in Athens is the313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The botanical gardenserves first the interests of the university community. But it’salso a public garden. It’s an excellent place for home gardenersto learn about plants, gardening and a host of related topics.The garden offers many educational programs, including seminars,workshops, lectures, demonstrations and field trips. Some ofthese are indoors in classrooms. But many are outdoors, providinghands-on experience.Looking at a plant in a book is one thing. Actually seeing itgrowing in the landscape is another. Being there lets you examineform, size, texture and other characteristics that determinewhether a plant is suitable for a particular area or use.Flowers galoreWildflowers, native plants, pruning, organic gardening and floraldesign are but a few of many topics offered. The garden hosts thepopular Master Gardener program for the greater Athens area, too.The garden doesn’t just cover plant and gardening topics.Changing art exhibitions explore the beauty of flowers, plantsand nature. Classes in watercolor and other media are offeredoccasionally, too.Special exhibitions such as the recent Frabel glass flowerexhibition and Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition,”Exploring Garden Transformations 1900-2000,” explore specialtopics.Fruits, veggies, tooWhile “gardening” means flowers and ornamental plants to manypeople, to others it means fruits and vegetables. The diversityof fruits and vegetables grown in the Southeastern United Statesis almost as endless as their cultural requirements. The HeritageGarden contains a number of older, heirloom varieties.Cooking classes that involve herbs, edible flowers and otherculinary topics round out a full range of gardening topics.The garden has many programs for children, too, includingafter-school programs and summer camps. It’s a favoritedestination for field trips.It also offers teacher training workshops. These enable teachersto take programs such as “Monarchs (butterflies) in theClassroom” and “Endangered Plant Stewardship Network” back totheir own classrooms.Unintended educationMuch of the learning that goes on at the Garden is passive. Manyvisitors don’t come with learning in mind. They just want toenjoy the beautiful outdoors.Interpretive signs and other information are placed throughoutthe theme gardens, special collections, nature trails andconservatory. They enable visitors to learn about plants, planthunters, horticultural and botanical milestones, endangeredhabitants and historical plants as they enjoy the Garden.To learn about programs, special events and other opportunitiesat The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, write to 2450 SouthMilledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605. Or call (706) 542-1244, or visit the Web site ( Lewis is the director of the State Botanical Garden ofGeorgia near Athens, Ga.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 33last_img read more


Tribute In Colombia To Late, Legendary Vallenata Music Composer

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2009 Thursday saw the beginning of Colombia’s tribute to the folk music of vallenata composer Rafael Escalona, whom Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez described as one of his referents, and after whose death on Wednesday in Bogota at age 81 national mourning was declared. When the death of the “maestro”, as he was usually called, became known, President Alvaro Uribe interrupted a business meeting in the city of Cali (southwest) for a minute of silence and ordered the transfer of his coffin to the National Capitol (seat of Congress). Hundreds of people lined up to pay their respects in Bogota before his transfer via presidential plane to Valledupar, the city in northern Colombia where he will be buried on Friday. At that location, the remains will be placed in a public square where the Vallenata Festival will be held before the funeral. The winner of the 2006 Latin Grammy for his life and work, Escalona is one of the few real people mentioned in “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece. The composer left a legacy of hundreds of compositions considered ‘classics’ of vallenata music. “With his obvious chronicling skills, he told the world details of Caribbean idiosyncrasies and captured scenarios beyond national borders where he left the mark of Colombian music,” the Minister of Culture said in his declaration of national mourning. His songs were first heard in Argentina and Mexico thanks to groups like ‘Bovea y sus Vallenatos’ and ‘El Cuarteto Imperial,’ and in Venezuela by bands such as ‘Billo’s Caracas Boys’ and ‘Los Melódicos,’ but were often confused with cumbias, another emblematic rhythm characteristic of the Colombian Caribbean. In the nineties the singer Carlos Vives rescued some of Escalona’s famous compositions like ‘La Casa en el Aire’, ‘El Testamento,’ and the elegy to ‘Jaime Molina,’ which he internationalized and adapted to a more contemporary sound. “Nobody took the art of turning events in legends and anonymous citizens into universal characters as far as Escalona did,” emphasized the newspaper El Tiempo, which devoted its editorial to the composer.last_img read more


CNTB and the Slovenian Tourist Board approved European funds for promotion in Australia

first_imgSource: Croatian National Tourist Board “The joint promotion of Croatia and Slovenia in distant markets, and especially this one that will be realized on the large Australian market, is a unique example of successful cooperation in the tourist promotion of the two countries. We know that guests from distant markets most often realize their travels in the pre- and post-season periods during which they visit several countries, which is why we work very intensively with colleagues from the Slovenian Tourist Board., said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that more than 242 thousand arrivals and more than 741 thousand overnight stays were made from the Australian market in Croatia last year. “I am glad that this year we were successful in the joint application for the tender of the European Tourism Commission, which confirms our excellent cooperation in promotion in distant markets. I am convinced that with a joint promotional campaign on the Australian market, we will present Slovenia and Croatia as destinations for unique experiences and sustainable tourism. “, said the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak. After European funds were approved last year for the “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia” campaign, which was conducted on the Chinese market, this year the funds were approved for a campaign on the Australian market aimed at promoting and stronger positioning of Croatia and Slovenia as attractive year-round destinations. . Special focus in the campaign will be focused on the topics of active and adventure tourism, natural beauty and lesser-known tourist destinations for guests of high paying power. The campaign will also promote the rich cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, as well as other attractive tourist attributes of both countries. As part of the campaign, workshops will be organized for agents and tour operators in Sydney and Melbourne, digital media advertising activities will be carried out, and cooperation will be established with selected Australian influencers who will visit Croatia and Slovenia next spring. Also, in cooperation with one of the leading online travel agencies on the Australian market, an online campaign will be designed and implemented to present Croatia and Slovenia through two waves for guests who want to enjoy unique and authentic experiences outside the main parts of the season. The European Tourism Commission (ETC) has approved co-financing of a joint project of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board for the promotional campaign “Croatia and Slovenia: Full of Ways to Feel and Explore” which will be implemented on the Australian market until November 2020. The value and total budget of the campaign is 200.000 euros, of which half of the funds, or 100.000 euros, relate to ETC support. Let us add that the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board successfully withdrew funds through ETC’s Call for co-financing of transnational promotional campaigns in distant markets, within the Destination Europe project and the new Horizon 2022 strategy. A total of 18 applications were received. 11 of them received support.last_img read more


15,000 medical students ready to join fight against COVID-19: House

first_imgAt least 15,000 medical students nationwide are ready to be deployed in the country’s fight against COVID-19, according to House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education, and the Education and Culture Ministry.Commission X chairman Syaiful Huda said students from 158 universities had signed up to the ministry to help around 1,500 doctors and 2,500 nurses, as reported by the government’s COVID-19 rapid response team.“This is good news because many places are expected to soon have a shortage of medical workers, as COVID-19 cases escalate,” Syaiful said in a statement on Thursday.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim previously called on the public, and especially university students, across the country to join efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.The minister said he felt “touched” after hearing the willingness of the 15,000 students to volunteer in the COVID-19 fight.Read also: Doctors and nurses wanted: Regions brace for COVID-19 amid medical staff shortageApart from mobilizing university students, the ministry has also prepared laboratories to test more samples from people suspected of having contracted COVID-19, and turned some of its facilities into isolation wards.There are currently 13 medical schools and 13 educational hospitals appointed by the Health Ministry to be COVID-19 test labs.It has also prepared an educational hospital to be ready to treat COVID-19 patients.Syaiful called on the government to train the volunteers and equip them with personal protective gear to do the volunteer work. “This is important because they are our children. We don’t want them to get infected,” he said, adding that not only medical staff, but the rapid response team was also in need of volunteers for hospital administration staff and ambulance drivers.Topics :last_img read more


Fearing second COVID-19 wave, Europe aims to train ‘army’ of medics

first_imgSome sent medical students and retired doctors to help out in intensive care wards as hospital staff were overwhelmed. Those worst-hit by the pandemic had to provide more beds and essential equipment for acute care units, and some built new hospitals.But problems and shortages persist. Italy, for example, may need to boost by 50% the number of anesthetists, resuscitation experts and other medics it has working in intensive care, according to the Italian society of intensive care SIAARTI.Crash coursesAcross Europe, hospitals have been re-training surgeons, cardiologists, internal medicine physicians and nurses from other departments, and have moved them to intensive care units when needed.Many have attended crash courses on how to handle COVID-19 patients, said Jozef Kesecioglu, president of ESICM and head of intensive care at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.”We gave them jobs with less responsibility, such as washing patients, turning patients around, checking the lungs or looking at scans,” he told Reuters.Intensive care specialists had continued to do the most delicate work, such as handling tubes in patients’ throats or adjusting mechanical ventilation, Kesecioglu said.He plans to call back the same people to offer them more training. Under normal circumstances, intensive care workers undergo years of training but he said: “We should not wait until the new wave comes, we should give them regular training.”The Netherlands is trying to recruit more skilled workers and hopes to narrow structural gaps in the intensive care workforce, said Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe.SIAARTI says medical students who specialize in intensive care medicine should be fully integrated into wards for the last two years of their five-year training, and has recommended financial incentives be offered to attract more students.The European Commission, the European Union’s executive, funded cross-border transfers of medical staff to the most affected countries at the height of the coronavirus crisis.In April, teams of “flying doctors” were sent from Norway and Romania to Italy.But the experiment has failed to gather much support, and Cecconi said moving doctors from one country to another “should be an option but not the first option,” as language barriers may make them less effective.Some patients were also moved around to receive treatment. France transferred some to less-affected regions of the country and sent others to Germany, which also took in COVID-19 patients from Italy.But Cecconi warned of transportation risks and logistical complications.”Often our patients are very sick,” he said. “I’d rather have skilled people who know how to work in my environment.” “We need a healthcare army,” said Maurizio Cecconi, president-elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), which brings together medics from around the world who work in wards with extremely ill patients.Cecconi, who heads the intensive care department at the Humanitas hospital in Milan, says medical staff need to be more flexible in the work they do, and more mobile.”If there is another big wave, we should be prepared to deploy doctors and nurses from nearby regions within Italy. This did not happen a lot in the first wave,” he told Reuters.Many countries were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, and hastily retrained medics to work with patients with severe cases of the disease, to ramp up numbers and replace those who fell sick. Topics :center_img Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist “army” of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.European countries have been giving medics crash courses in how to deal with COVID-19 patients, and are now looking at ways to retrain staff to avoid shortages of key workers if there is a second wave of the novel coronavirus.last_img read more


Baby name tops list of pre-birth parental arguments

first_imgThe Telegraph 7 December 2012 According to a survey released this week, the baby’s name is the most common topic of argument between first-time expectant parents. While only 28 per cent of parents-to-be argue over the mother’s return to work, a third argue over whether to learn the sex of their baby before its birth, and a mere 17 per cent have words over having a second baby, nearly three quarters of expectant parents row over the child’s name. Parenthetically, according to this survey, conducted by, 58 per cent argue over the pregnant woman’s diet, and 52 per cent argue over breastfeeding. I sort of wish I could be a fly on the wall in those debates, as I cannot for the life of me imagine how they would go. What man wants to agitate his pregnant partner by dictating to her about her body? That the name issue is a hot topic isn’t that surprising, I suppose; the name is with your child for life and, according to plenty of serious and not-so-serious surveys, can have quite an impact on the direction the child takes in life. Names signify a couple’s class, religious and social aspirations, and intellectual associations. …Studies on names also reveal regular discrimination. One recent study conducted by School Stickers, a company that supplies classroom rewards, concluded that while children named Elizabeth or Benjamin were likely to be well-behaved in school, their classmates christened Paige or Bradley were on a one-way road to naughtiness. read more


NBD gives one lucky customer 10% cash back on her Christmas spending

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 197 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews NBD gives one lucky customer 10% cash back on her Christmas spending by: – January 16, 2012center_img Share Tweet Mr. Ron Gregoire, NBD Card Operations Supervisor presents Ms. Samantha Robinson with the prizeMs. Samantha Robinson is the winner of NBD’s Christmas Credit Card Promotion. The Promotion was launched on December 1st and allowed NBD customers a chance to win 10% cash back up to $500 on their total spend from 1st December 2011 to 5th January 2012.“I have never won anything so I am happy to have been won this promotion” Ms. Robinson stated as she proudly accepted her prize from Mr. Ron Gregoire, NBD Card Operations Supervisor. The Draw took place on 12th January 2012.Press ReleaseNational Bank of Dominicalast_img read more


Congressman Messer’s Bill To Delay ACA Fines Until Website Fix

first_imgSixth District Congressman Luke Messer made good on his promise to Hoosiers and filed a bill delaying the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate fines until the enrollment websites work.“In an era when Google is making cars that drive themselves, it is inexcusable that the Federal Government spent three years and more than $500 million on a website that doesn’t work,” said Congressman Luke Messer in a press release. “That’s why I introduced H.R. 3358 to make sure the American people aren’t punished for the Administration’s mistakes.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi herself called the problems with the website “unacceptable.” And, while President Obama said from the Rose Garden, “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should,” Congressman Messer disagrees.“The American people are the ones who should be mad,” he said. “They are the ones whose hard-earned tax dollars have been wasted and who still can’t go online and sign-up for the health care needed to comply with the individual mandate and avoid its steep fines.”H.R. 3358:Delays the individual mandate for people living in areas where their exchange website is not working.Calls on the Government Accountability Office to establish standards for website functionality.Requires the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to certify functionality of exchange websites based on GAO established standards.Delays Affordable Care Act fines until exchange websites are deemed functional.Press Releaselast_img read more


Vardy signs new contract at Leicester City

first_img Vardy scored more goals last season than he had managed in any campaign since the title-winning season, improving on tallies of 13, 20 and 18 to pip Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings of Southampton to the Golden Boot by one goal. Now his sights are set on a season that will see City compete in the Europa League for the first time. “The journey that I’ve been on with this football club is hard to describe, and although we’ve accomplished so much together already, I know that I’ve got so much more to achieve with this team, so it[‘s a special feeling to be able to commit my future to Leicester City once again,” he said. read also:Leicester boss in search of replacement for Iheanacho, Vardy, others “I love playing my football in front of our fans at the King Power Stadium and I’m delighted to continue this journey at such an exciting time for the club. “We’ve a fantastic team that I believe is capable of getting even better and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the next few years.” Vardy has scored 130 goals in 310 career appearances for City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with the club. The forward has put pen-to-paper on a one-year extension on his current deal that will extend his stay at the club to 2023. Vardy’s deal was due to expire in 2022. Vardy ended last season as the Premier League’s highest goalscorer, with 23 goals in 35 matches and with five assists to his name as well. The future of England left-back Ben Chilwell is the biggest talking point of the summer and we will bring you all the news around his future. In our daily Leicester City bulletin, we’ll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. The City legend famously helped the King Power Stadium cub to the Premier League title in 2015-16 and decided to stay with the club and become a hero in Leicester, snubbing offers from Arsenal in the process.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more