Gold medal plants


first_imgEach year, five plants that grow well in Georgia have the chance to win gold. And during this first year of the new decade, the winners are spectacular.This year’s Georgia Gold Medal winners have all proven their worth and are ready to add beauty to landscapes across the state.The 2010 winners, by category, are: summer annual – Diamond Frost Euphorbia; herbaceous perennial – Butterfly Weed; evergreen groundcover – Angelina Stonecrop; evergreen shrub – Limelight hydrangea; and deciduous tree – Ogon Dawn Redwood.Selection processEach year an elite group of green industry and academic professionals from across Georgia select outstanding ornamental plants in five categories, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Gary Wade. But only one plant in each category can earn the plant selection committee’s coveted gold medal.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers, botanists, landscape designers, garden center managers, Master Gardeners and University of Georgia horticulturists. First presented in 1993, the awards promote the production, sale and use of superior landscape plants.“The nominees are judged on a strict list of criteria including pest tolerance, ease of maintenance, survivability, seasonal interest and availability,” Wade said. “The list of nominees is long and the selection process is tedious, but in the end, all on the committee agree that the plants chosen are deserving of their gold medal designation.” 2010 winnersThe 2010 Gold Medal plants are all worthy of their distinguished titles. Diamond Frost Euphorbia is an easy-to-grow annual that blooms non-stop from spring until fall frost.Butterfly Weed is a native herbaceous perennial that attracts butterflies like magnets with its florescent orange blooms.Angelina Stonecrop sedum is a tough-as-nails groundcover with golden yellow foliage and bright orange summer flowers.Limelight hydrangea, the shrub winner, will light up a neighborhood with its large chartreuse panicles on strong upright stems.Last but not least, Ogon Dawn Redwood, the 2010 tree selection, has unique golden foliage that glows in the summer sun and is the perfect choice for pond edges, parks and large public spaces.To learn more about the Georgia Gold Medal program, visit www.georgiagoldmedalplants.org.last_img read more

The island of Hvar was declared the best island in Europe


first_imgCondé Nast Traveler i ove je godine, po 32. put organizirao izbor najboljih svjetskih otoka, a za Nagradu po izboru čitatelja glasovalo je više od 600 tisuća glasača.The announcement of the awards took place on Monday, October 7, 2019, when the laureates were announced across the continents, and it was the island of Hvar shone at the top of the European list of the best islands. Side dish: The Best Islands in the World: 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards HVAR TOURIST BOARDS ASSOCIATE! SIGNED AGREEMENT ON DETERMINATION OF LOCAL TOURIST BOARDS IN THE AREA OF THE ISLAND OF HVAR The island of Hvar received another international recognition, a great award from the readers of the renowned magazine Condé Nast Traveler, whose votes ranked it at the very top of the best islands in the world and brought the title of the best island in Europe! Photo: TZ Hvar / Jakša Kuzmičić, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr “This award is a kind of crown to our successful season behind us. We are honored to be in the company of the world’s best islands – this is a reward for all tourist stakeholders in our city and our island. In the Tourist Board of the town of Hvar, in the post-season we continue to position our town on the world map of year-round destinations with a diverse offer, and we believe in further tourist growth. “points out Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board.Along with Hvar, the five best islands include the Greek islands of Crete, Paros and Mykonos, and the Danish island of Bornholm. Condé Nast Traveler points out that Hvar is an excellent destination to visit all year round, especially due to warm summers and mild winters, and points out the well-known Hvar statistics – that this is the sunniest island in Croatia, with more than 2800 hours of sunshine a year. This world-renowned magazine also highlights the rich historical heritage of the town of Hvar – highlighting the 13th-century Fortica Fortress as an unavoidable cultural monument. Also, the editors write about the famous harvest of Hvar lavender, which becomes one of the main attractions in the summer months. INCREASED NEWS:last_img read more

NBA renames All-Star MVP award for Kobe Bryant


first_imgCHICAGO — Even among stars, Kobe Bryant had a way of standing out.In an exhibition famous for being played without much on the line, Bryant cared. He debuted in the game at 19 years old, the youngest-ever All-Star and scored 18 points to lead the Western Conference. He won four MVP awards in his 18 All-Star Game appearances. When he retired, he had scored 290 points – a record that since has only been surpassed by LeBron James.In the words of NBA commissioner Adam Silver: “Nobody embodied All-Star more than Kobe Bryant.”In that spirit, the NBA announced Saturday that it is naming the All-Star Game’s MVP award after Bryant in the wake of his death last month. While the league is also honoring Bryant by having the players wear Nos. 24 and 2 – the jersey numbers of Bryant and his daughter Gianna – and adopting a new fourth-quarter scoring format for the game, Silver said the Laker legend deserved a more permanent honor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There was also a sense that the first time there was going to be a Laker game, that there was going to be a coming together, intense coming together of Laker fans, Kobe fans, and how was this going to be handled?” he said. “So I think there was sort of the issue of the game itself, but then what was that experience going to be like in the arena?”The Lakers did their Friday tribute to Bryant in an emotional ceremony that was well-received. The Lakers and Clippers have yet to announce a date for their postponed contest.Silver worked for the league office during Bryant’s entire 20-year career, but he said the two grew closest after Bryant retired in 2016. He admired Bryant’s zeal for storytelling, which won him an Academy Award, and he compared Bryant’s domineering will to win to David Stern – the former NBA commissioner who Silver is still mourning as well.He called Bryant’s death “unspeakable” and Gianna’s death “unimaginable.” He felt the void Bryant left through the ranks of players in the league he oversees.“This generation of players, so many of them grew up with Kobe as their role model as a player, as a competitor,” Silver said. “He loved the game, and he stayed close to these guys. I know it will be especially meaningful to that player that wins the first Kobe Bryant MVP.”NBA ESTIMATES ‘HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS’ IN LOST REVENUE TO CHINAThe cost of a seven-word tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still being accounted, and even though it’s not as high as some reports, Silver had to admit it was “substantial.”Silver said the lost revenue from China has cost “probably less” than $400 million, a figure that represents about four percent of the league’s estimated annual $9.5 billion in annual revenue. The money includes sponsorship and broadcast dollars lost after Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong protests in October. The social media post wasn’t up for long, but it sparked a considerable reaction from China, where strict government control over media and business reigns.Silver wished to quell rumors that the NBA had lost as much or more than a billion dollars in the controversy, which affected the Lakers when they found themselves an awkward position during their preseason exhibition games in Shenzhen and Shanghai. But Silver pointed to data that suggested the long-term damage would not be so grievous.“I don’t have any sense that there’s any permanent damage to our business there, and as I’ve said before, we accept the consequences of our system and our values,” he said. “It’s not a position any business wants to be in, but those are the results.”The NBA still does not have games broadcast on state-run CCTV. Games are available with media partner streaming service Tencent. Silver said engagement data still points to a high level of interest in the game within the country.But China is also dealing with another crisis: the coronavirus outbreak that has diverted governmental resources. Silver sent his thoughts to the NBA’s fans and media partners in China dealing with the health scare, which he said has created a bit of stasis in a relationship he hopes will thaw. He said the NBA will continue along as it has, with hopes that China will soon come back to the table.“My sense is that there will be a return to normalcy fairly soon,” he said. “But I can’t say exactly when.”The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year. Silver said the discussions in both cases – pre-Olympic games for USA Basketball and the preseason games for the NBA – are ongoing, and said the decisions are not necessarily linked. It’s possible the U.S. might play there this summer and the NBA does not send teams this fall, Silver said.“Those are issues that haven’t been decided yet,” Silver said.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo the NBA decided to name the award – of which Bryant is one of just two four-time winners – after a singular All-Star.“While it has existed for a long time, it never had that particular player association, for example, in the way The Finals MVP is the Bill Russell trophy,” Silver said on Saturday night at his annual All-Star weekend news conference. “To all of us, it seemed like the appropriate way to bring honor to him.”Silver oversaw a difficult process on Jan. 26, when he first heard reports that Bryant’s helicopter had crashed in Calabasas. While the identities of the nine people who died in the crash would be known later that day, when the league was first working to confirm the rumors, NBA arenas were already starting to see staffers trickling into work.Silver said the NBA, trying to gather information from the Lakers and NBA security staffers – and indirectly from the Bryant family – chose not to cancel games that Sunday when they couldn’t definitively confirm the reports. The league also conferred with Chris Paul, head of the player’s association, and got his input. They allowed players who either were too distressed to play or too aggrieved to speak to the media time to mourn.The Lakers-Clippers game was a different matter: They worked with both the Lakers and Clippers to determine what the best steps were, ultimately deciding to postpone. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer told the league that he would defer to what the NBA and the Lakers decided. Silver said that it wasn’t just players who were too upset to return to work two days after Bryant had died, but it represented the organization’s overall depth of sorrow.last_img read more

Jack Kastle, 95 and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, die 3 days apart


first_imgJack Kastle and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson.Jack Kastle, 95, and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, died in Wellington, July 21, 2015 and July 24, 2015 respectively after short illnesses.They are survived by two daughters, Shirley M. Theurer and husband, Richard, of rural Wellington and Arlene S. Duston and husband, Jim of Glendale, Arizona; six grandchildren — Mike Duston and wife Stephanie of Phoenix, Ariz.; Scott Duston and wife Mandy of Goodyear, Ariz.; Matt Theurer and wife Lea, Luke Theurer and wife Amy, Clint Theurer and fiancé Kiersen Howell, all of rural South Haven, and Dixie Theurer Russell and husband Stephen of rural Paxico, Kans. and 10 great grandchildren — Rylee and Reese Duston of Phoenix, Ariz.; Cannon Duston of Goodyear, Ariz.; Colby and Ethan Theurer, Jacee and Kelly Theurer, and John Henry Theurer, all of South Haven, Kans. Corbin and Kirwin Russell of Paxico, Kans. Jack spent his life farming in the Kirwin and Woodston area until he planted his last wheat crop at the age of 85 and moved to South Haven to be close to family in 2007. He especially enjoyed checking out the progress of his grandsons’ farming and cattle operations.Nadine grew up and raised their children in the Caldwell/Kirwin area and moved to Salina in 1974 where she worked at several occupations until her retirement at the age of 80. Nadine married Glenn Peterson in 1993 in Las Vegas and they made their home in Salina for 17 years until his death in 2010 when she moved to Wellington to be close to family.last_img read more