Classic City Awards

first_imgFor a full list of the Classic City Award winners and more information about the gardens and next year’s trials, visit Summer’s end often means that spring’s colorful annuals have started to fade, but the end of Georgia’s growing season also means it’s time to debut the University of Georgia Trial Gardens’ annual Classic City Award winners. These awards represent plants that thrived during the punishing conditions of a Georgia summer.In addition to being one of the most beautiful places on the university’s Athens campus, the gardens serve an important purpose in the research and development of new ornamental varieties.The gardens provide variable, real-world conditions for testing new varieties developed by commercial nurseries and academic breeders. This testing provides third-party, verified data for consumers, retailers, breeders and many others.Trial plants are planted every spring and are watched carefully throughout the summer to determine which plants will make the cut and be sold to Southeastern gardeners the following season.The gardens face a unique set of challenges during Georgia’s unpredictable summers, which makes the facility an ideal proving ground for new plants.“June was a wet month. We had rain almost every week. When it’s cloudy and wet, plants like petunias, ptilotus and geraniums struggle in different ways,” said Brandon Coker, manager of the gardens.For example, the dry-loving ptilotus thrived in early summer, but when June brought frequent rains, the three varieties of plitotus at the gardens completely rotted.However, when plants like ptilotus thrive in the dry weather, other plants, like dahlias and chrysanthemums, need at least daily or twice daily watering to survive. To balance these needs, the gardens overcome rainfall challenges by keeping the plants on a watering schedule based on their individual needs.  Some of the plants that overcame individual challenges this summer earned the title of “Classic City Award winner.” With any luck, they’ll make it to local garden centers and gardens next spring.Canna Toucan ‘Scarlet,’ Proven WinnersAs the name implies, this canna is deep red, but the foliage is nearly black, which provides a beautiful contrast. The flower heads stand tall above the foliage line and when one bloom falls, another is ready to open. Don’t be discouraged if the plant starts off slow. At the gardens, the plants started off slow, then exploded in a continuous floral display in July that continued well into September.Salvia Cathedral ‘Sky Blue,’ Green Fuse BotanicalsThis light-blue salvia is a lower-growing variety and gets to be about 12 to 18 inches tall, according to the breeder’s website. ‘Sky Blue’ stayed in bloom from May to September, an impressive span of time for any flowering plant. It’s versatile in floral arrangements, containers, accent plantings, pollinator gardens and in a host of other settings.  Echinacea Sombrero ‘Granada Gold,’ Darwin PerennialsOf the three Sombrero varieties planted last spring, all of which were good performers, ‘Granada Gold’ was the best. The flawless, golden flowers bloomed profusely in a beautiful floral presentation and lasted longer than the other two varieties.Coleus FlameThrower ‘Spiced Curry,’ Ball FloraPlant“It’s not always about flowers,” Coker said. This colorful, leafy coleus looked stunning well into September and October. The leaves are serrated with purple outlines, and the underside and veins of the plant are also bright purple, which offers a beautiful contrast to the lime green leaves. last_img read more

Clarke to play on US Tour

first_img Clarke has struggled to reproduce the form which brought him a first major title at the age of 42, finishing 108th on the Race to Dubai in 2012 and currently lying 127th in the standings. Clarke, who is exempt until 2016, said in a statement released by his management company ISM: “I will be taking up my US PGA Tour card next season, but that does not mean I am abandoning Europe. I will be supporting my home Tour as usual. “I still feel I can be competitive at the highest level, I have always enjoyed America and the US Tour in the past and I am looking forward to playing there more often again.” Press Associationcenter_img Former Open champion Darren Clarke will use the exemption gained from his victory at Royal St George’s in 2011 to rejoin the US PGA Tour next year.last_img read more

Window poised for low-key finale

first_img The general theme of this transfer window has been restraint, but there has been some activity from teams looking to add the missing pieces required to achieve their seasonal goals. Reigning champions Manchester City have added undoubted firepower in Wilfried Bony and one of the deals which should go through on Monday is Chelsea’s purchase of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. That could be comfortably the biggest deal completed on the day, with the sides chasing the top four Premier League places unlikely to be heavily involved in any last-gasp moves. Arsenal’s defensive strengthening appears to be done following the acquisition of Gabriel Paulista, and Manchester United will probably wait for the summer to start spending big again. Southampton could bring in one of Ronald Koeman’s targets, with Tonny Vilhena or Filip Djuricic possibly taking Jack Cork’s place in the Saints squad after he moved on to Swansea, while Tottenham are more likely to move on fringe players than bring in fresh faces. Aaron Lennon could continue the White Hart Lane exodus to strugglers Hull and link up with former Spurs team-mates Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore as Steve Bruce looks to keep the Tigers in the top flight. Whether any other relegation-threatened side does any deadline day business remains to be seen but QPR boss Harry Redknapp may be busy as usual as the Rs look to reinvest the money received from Jordon Mutch’s departure to Crystal Palace. Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham and Mark Noble of West Ham are rumoured targets. Budgetary issues mean the likes of Aston Villa, Leicester and Burnley are unlikely to be doing any late business, with Sunderland’s move for Jermain Defoe not only likely to be their main deal but also the masterstroke of the whole window. Liverpool will feel as though they have unveiled their own new signing as Daniel Sturridge returned from a five-month injury hiatus to score in the win over West Ham on Saturday, with the Hammers’ own attempts to sign Darren Fletcher from Manchester United apparently futile. Mark Hughes could dip his toes into the transfer market after Stoke were rocked by a serious injury to Bojan Krkic, who will now be missing for the remainder of the campaign. Swansea’s primary task seems to be keeping hold of French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, having already lost Bony. Press Association For all the tension, drama, rumour and speculation usually associated with transfer deadline day, the conclusion of the winter transfer window is shaping up to be a bit of an anti-climax. Newcastle have placed John Carver in charge until the end of the season but no new faces on the playing staff are expected, while former Magpies manager Alan Pardew has already welcomed four signings since taking over at Crystal Palace. Yaya Sanogo, Shola Ameobi, Pape Suoare and Mutch have all been added to the ranks at Selhurst Park so Monday may be just another day for chairman Steve Parish. Everton have struggled this season and have sold Samuel Eto’o, with manager Roberto Martinez more likely to rely on Romelu Lukaku – who scored the winner at Palace over the weekend – rather than enter the market. Meanwhile former Palace boss Tony Pulis, now at the helm at West Brom, could make a push for Fletcher following the breakdown of his talks with West Ham as he looks to add to last week’s signing of winger Callum McManaman from Wigan. last_img read more

Yadram leads Windies U-19s to warm-up win against PNG

first_imgLINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – West Indies warmed up for the defence of their ICC Under-19 World Cup title by brushing aside minnows Papua New Guinea by eight wickets, in their first official warm-up match here yesterday.The reigning World champions restricted Papua New Guinea to 105 all out in the 42nd over before racing to their target in the 23rd, to make a winning start to their campaign.Bhaskar Yadram slammed an unbeaten 37 from 23 deliveries while opener Keagan Simmons and (23) and captain Emmanuel Stewart (21) produced a patient innings in support.Earlier choosing to bat first at Lincoln Green, Papua New Guinea were undermined by left-arm spinners Jeavor Royal (2-4) and Ashmead Nedd (2-10), along with off-spinner Alick Athanaze (2-15).Opener Igo Mahuru top-scored with 22 while Ovia Sam chipped in with 21, combining in the best stand of the innings by adding 28 for the third wicket.Royal claimed Mahuru and Athanaze accounted for Sam as Papua New Guinea slipped to 70 for eight in the 32nd over – a position from which they never recovered.In their run chase, West Indies Under-19s suffered an early setback when the free-scoring Kimani Melius was lbw to left-arm swing bowler James Tau off the fifth ball of the innings, without scoring.However, Simmons struck two fours in a 43-ball knock and Stewart, three boundaries in a 53-ball innings, rebuilding the innings patiently in a 52-run, second-wicket stand.When Stewart was stumped off off-spinner Boge Arua in the 16th over, Yadram arrived to dominate the remainder of the innings in two small but handy partnerships.He slammed five fours and two sixes, driving stands of 24 for the third wicket with Simmons and 29 for the fourth wicket with Cephas Cooper, who finished 11 not out.West Indies Under-19s take on Zimbabwe Under-19s in their second official warm-up tomorrow at the same venue here, before opening their Group A preliminary campaign with a tough clash with hosts New Zealand Under-19 in Mount Maunganui on January 13.last_img read more

College site advances

first_img The college now holds Palmdale classes in part of a leased office building on Palmdale Boulevard. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.s[email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The contract will be considered at 4:30 p.m. today in room 151 of the college’s Student Services building at 3041 W. Avenue K. The Palmdale college campus is to be built along 37th Street East, south of Barrel Springs Road. The campus is part of the 540-acre College Park project, a proposed 800-home housing development. The college site had been owned by Bushnell Binoculars founder David Bushnell, who died in March. The land for the campus is being donated by a development partnership of Bushnell Enterprises and Schoellerman Investments. The balance of the College Park land is being acquired by Western Pacific Housing, a division of D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest home builder. The $5 million agreement will be between the college and Western Pacific. Bushnell had first proposed providing the property as part of a housing development 13 years ago. PALMDALE – Antelope Valley College’s board will meet tonight to approve an agreement for the development of a Palmdale campus that will eventually serve thousands of south valley residents. The contract will commit the college to providing $5 million to Western Pacific Housing toward improvements such as roads and utilities that are needed for the campus, a component of a master-planned community. If trustees approve the development contract, the college could open classes in modular buildings at the site as early as fall 2007, said college spokesman Steve Standerfer. The contract is the second of two agreements needed for the Palmdale campus to go forward. In October, officials approved an agreement in which the college will receive 70 acres for the campus. last_img read more

26th annual Fall Nationals to close 2017 season at Silver Dollar Speedway

first_imgChico >> The 2017 season at Silver Dollar Speedway ends this weekend with the 26th edition of the Fall Nationals, running both Friday and Saturday night.Three divisions are scheduled to race, led by the winged 360 sprint cars, wingless sprints and the Northwest Ford Focus midgets. More than $35,000 of combined purse money is on the line for the competitors this weekend. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. both days, with the front grandstands scheduled to open at 5 p.m. and racing slated to start at …last_img

From goatherd to stadium technician

first_img19 June 2009Growing up in rural South Africa, where electricity at the time was a rarity, 32-year-old Aubrey Ramokoto can hardly believe that he is now working as a cabling technician for a global tournament such as the Fifa Confederations Cup.“When our company won the tender to be part of both the 2010 World Cup and the Confederations Cup, I never thought I would also be appointed to be one of the technicians at the stadium,” Ramokoto says while connecting cables to the media centre at Ellis Park Stadium, the Johannesburg venue for the tournament.“Even now as you are talking to me, I still don’t believe that I am part of the team that is here to ensure that international journalists are able to file their stories and pictures. Looking back at where I come from, it’s just amazing for me.“Even my family and some friends have expressed admiration for me for being part of a team posted here at this venue,” Ramokoto adds. “It would appear my bosses appreciate my work, and I am thankful for that.”The admiration from relatives is understandable, considering that Ramokoto is started out herding goats while completing his schooling in the village of Bodubedu in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo.“One now has a chance to see some of the big world football stars with our own eyes,” he says, advising today’s schoolchildren “to take their studies seriously, as they may land themselves in a rewarding situation, small as they might be.”Ramokoto will be on stand-by at Ellis Park Stadium on match days – including the day of the final and closing ceremony on 28 June. “[H]ow I wish that I will be there when Bafana Bafana are playing – and winning, for that matter,” he says.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

‘South Africa, look how far we’ve come’

first_img27 April 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking during the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria on Wednesday, reminded South Africans of how far their country had come since they voted in the country’s first democratic elections 17 years ago, while acknowledging that much work remained to be done to reverse the long legacy of apartheid.Addressing a large crowd gathered on the lawns of the Union Buildings, Zuma said that Freedom Day “marked the liberation of blacks from subjugation and of whites from guilt and fear, leading to the formation of one South African nation, united in its diversity, colourfulness and vibrancy.“We are celebrating a freedom and democracy that were obtained through the blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices of scores of freedom fighters, ordinary South Africans and freedom loving people in Africa and the world,” Zuma said.“Each Freedom Day, we remember that scores of South Africans laid down their lives so that we could be free.“We must therefore commit ourselves to not allow anyone or any grouping or structure in our society, to trivialise our freedom or to reverse the gains of our hard-won democracy.”‘We’ve done exceptionally well in 17 years’Reminding South Africans of the suffering caused by apartheid laws “that stripped away the dignity of millions of South Africans”, Zuma said the country had done “exceptionally well against all odds in just 17 years” in reversing this legacy.“We have established a solid, sound, stable, functional constitutional democracy” based on a Constitution that “enjoins all of us to heal the divisions of the past and to establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.”The Constitution also enshrined socio-economic rights, Zuma said, including the rights to water, sanitation, electricity, roads, medical care, quality education and economic opportunities.“We are pleased with the achievements scored thus far in the provision of these basic services, although much more still needs to be done.“In 1994, only 62% of households had access to clean drinking water – today 93% do. In 1994, only 50% of households had access to decent sanitation – today 77% do. In 1994, only 36% of South Africans had access to electricity – today 84% do.”Service delivery achievementsThe majority of South Africans were now provided with free basic services in water and electricity, Zuma said, while by 2010 close to 15-million people, mostly orphans and vulnerable children, pensioners and people with disabilities, were receiving social grants.At the same time, the government was upgrading informal settlements in municipalities in order to provide security of tenure and access to basic services, and had committed to building 80 000 mixed-income rental housing units in the next five years in order to enable low-income earners to live closer to where they work.To broaden economic empowerment, the government was encouraging various forms of collective ownership of the economy, such as employee shareholding schemes, co-operatives and public ownership. “There is also increased assistance to small and micro enterprises, in both rural and urban areas.”Zuma said the government continued to expand access to education and to declare no-fee schools for children of the poor, while more than eight-million children benefited from school-feeding schemes, and more than 400 000 children had received a R12 to R15 subsidy for attending a government-registered Early Childhood Development Centre.At the higher education level, Zuma said, student loans were now being converted into bursaries for qualifying final-year students, while students in further education and training colleges who qualified for financial aid were now exempted from paying fees.Local government ‘needs fixing’However, much work remained to be done, particularly in improving service delivery at the local level.“Our research has indicated that we have to do a lot more to improve the way local government works,” Zuma said, adding that a number of issues would need to be attended to after the 18 May municipal elections in order to implement the local government turnaround strategy recently adopted by the Cabinet.“We have to provide more effective and direct support to municipalities in distress, in line with the needs of each municipality,” Zuma said. “We have to ensure the appointment of qualified and experienced personnel, the transparency of tender and procurement systems, and also improve the levels of financial management and accountability.”Urging South Africans to come out in numbers to vote in the 18 May elections, Zuma said that all South Africans, “black and white, must continue to work together to deepen the reconciliation and unity of the rainbow nation.“We must work together to create a more prosperous South Africa, which will be the best place to live in on earth, for all of us.“Happy 17th Birthday to a free South Africa!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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IPL Live: Chennai tops chart with 11-run win over Kochi

first_imgChennai’s incredible run at home continued as the defending champions defeated Kochi by 11 runs in their penultimate encounter of the IPL at at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Wednesday. Score | PhotosBengal glovesman Wriddhiman Saha’s gutsy unbeaten 46 helped CSK to a competitive 152 for five on a slow Chepauk track.The score was good enough for the bowlers who restricted Kochi to 141 for five despite Brad Hodge’s impressive effort (51, 42 balls, 3×4, 3×6) to notch up their ninth win in the tourney to move to the top of the table with 18 points.The IPL debutants Tuskers finished their campaign with 12 points from 14 outings.The CSK juggernaut at home keeps on rolling as it was their seventh victory. Ravichandran Ashwin was again the best bowler with miserly figures of one for 16 from four overs.It was Ashwin who kept the dangerous Brendon McCullum (33, 37 balls, 3×4) under wraps.McCullum was key to Kochi making a match of it and the Black Caps glovesman being kept quiet was half the job done.McCullum was finally out when he tried to give Shadab Jakati the charge but played all over it to get bowled.Tuskers’ chance went out of the window after that although Hodge tried his best which was too little too late.Earlier, Wriddhiman cashed in on the missed stumping from Parthiv Patel to guide Chennai Super Kings to a competitive 152 for five against Kochi Tuskers Kerala on a slow Chepauk track. Having not lost a single match at home, Dhoni’s men would like to keep the record intact.advertisementOn a day when most of the CSK batsmen frittered away good starts, young Wriddhiman (46 not out, 33 balls, 1×4, 3×6) answered the critics who questioned his selection for the tour of West Indies with a responsible knock.Along with Albie Morkel (13 not out), he added 36 runs in 3.4 overs to take the score past 150.For Murali Vijay (16, 11 balls, 3×4), this tournament has been about hitting some good shots, promising a lot but delivering very little in the end.In the third over from RP Singh, Vijay first hit a tennis bat like jab through mid-off, followed it with a deft flick past fine-leg and a lofted shot over mid-on. However RP came back with vengeance as he came round the wicket and fired in a yorker that uprooted his off-stump.Suresh Raina (19,13 balls, 1×4, 2×6)hit Sreesanth over deep mid-wicket region for couple of sixes before an ugly hoick off a full-toss saw a simple catch being taken by RP.However RP will be remembered for taking one of the finest catches of the tourney to dismiss the in-form S Badrinath (13, 10 balls, 1×6) as he dived full length at the deep midw-wicket boundary to scoop the ball inches above the ground. Brad Hodge was the bowler.Michael Hussey (32, 37 balls, 2×4) was a bit scratchy from the start and even rival captain Parthiv Patel’s blooper behind the stumps off Hodge’s bowling (he was on 26 then) didn’t help matters as he was holed out in the deep.Wriddhiman, who got his first opportunity to bat in the tournament was lucky when he rushed down the track off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling while he was on 7. Parthiv who had a horrible day behind stumps bungled big time.Wriddhiman who is the back-up keeper for the ODIs and T20 took the opportunity as he spanked Jadeja for a six over deep mid-wicket. If that wasn’t enough the Bengal glovesman then came down the track to loft Muttiah Muralitharan as the ball crashed into the sight-screen.Skipper Dhoni who had couple fantastic outings with the willow however disappointed as he was caught behind trying to go for a cut shot. But Wriddhiman kept his cool as he hit RP over deep mid-wicket for his third six.With Morkel for support, Wriddhiman ensured that his team reached a fighting score.-With PTI inputslast_img read more