18 Jan
2021

Idina Menzels Covers ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in the New Beaches Film

first_img View Comments The beach is back. We finally caught a glimpse of Tony winner Idina Menzel’s cover of “Wind Beneath My Wings” in the new trailer for Lifetimes’s previously announced Beaches remake. The original film, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, tells the story of the long-time friendship between C.C. and Hillary. In this new remake of the film, Menzel takes on the Bette Midler’s iconic role of C.C. playing opposite Nia Long. Listen to Menzel sing the song of the film and just try and not tear up. Beaches premieres on Lifetime on January 21. Idina Menzel in Beaches on Lifetimelast_img

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17 Jan
2021

Help Frogs Hybernate

first_imgWhat will these dead leaves do for the fish? Nothing good. The decomposition of leaves underthe ice will use oxygen, and that’s bad for fish. Let’s examine what wild frogs do when winter closes in. Bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogsand some other frogs squirm down deep through the layers of dead leaves and debris. Therethey sit. I cleaned and emptied one and filled it with fresh water. Into the other I dumped a bushel ofdead leaves. Then one cold winter day I checked the temperature of the ponds with aprobe-type thermometer. The problem for most frogs in ornamental ponds isn’t a lack of oxygen or a potful of mud. A”clean” pond bottom is the problem. A clean pond is inhospitable to a frog, especially in winter. That’s because the watertemperature can’t stratify. That is, the bottom layers aren’t much warmer than the top. A deeper pond is better. In the piedmont and coastal plain, a foot deep might be enough. Inthe mountains and colder areas farther north, two or three feet is better. When the water gets too cold for them to move, they’re helpless. When spring comes and theirworld warms, they swim to the top, get a breath of air and become active again. No one system is good for everything. So manage your fish ponds and frog ponds differently. But if you let leaves and debris accumulate, you’ll provide a better winter habitat for yourfrogs. That doesn’t mean all your frogs will survive, but it definitely improves the odds. In the October issue of Pondscapes Magazine, Mike Mullen of Kansas City, Mo., wrote abouthis problems in bringing frogs through winter. Here’s an experiment I did one winter to gather data on this frog-in-winter problem. I had twoidentical plastic ponds, about a foot deep, in the front yard. Mike placed a bubbler in the pond to add oxygen. But it didn’t seem to help. He put acontainer of sand on the bottom for the frogs to hibernate in, but they didn’t burrow into it.They just sat on the bottom and chilled into immobility.center_img Winter hibernation is hazardous to a frog’s health. Some die. But then, every day is hazardousif you’re a frog. To live a year is to be exceptionally lucky. With the arrival of chilly fall nights, I’ve been getting calls from ornamental pond ownerswondering what to do for their frogs and turtles during winter. The temperature at the top of the leafy pond was the same, just above 32 degrees. But as Ipushed the probe deeper I recorded higher temperatures. At the bottom, it was a bit over 40degrees. I broke a little hole in the ice of each pond. The ice was about an inch thick on the clean pondand just a skim, about an eighth of an inch, in the leafy one. The clean pond was just slightlyabove 32 degrees from top to bottom. Is there an easier plan to get frogs through the winter? There is. Last year he feared Freddie, his favorite bullfrog, would suffer a similar fate. So he broughtFreddie into an indoor pond for the winter. That’s one solution, but it means extra workbecause, among other things, frogs need live food. He noticed that the frogs in his pond didn’t hibernate successfully. When spring arrived, hefound dead frogs in it. To help turtles hibernate, provide the same dead-leaf habitat. If you’re a neat type and want clean water right to the bottom, this doesn’t bode well for yourfrogs. The layering of leaves on the bottom slows down water mixing and keeps the temperaturewarm enough for hibernation.last_img read more

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17 Jan
2021

Drought & Lawns

first_imgLast year’s prolonged drought has extended into this year. Lawns that were in poor health before the drought are having trouble greening up now. If you’re reviving a spotty lawn, perk it up with help from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.   Water correctly. In the absence of rainfall, established lawns need about 1 inch of water a week. Because the soil cannot absorb that much water at one time, which results in runoff, smaller volumes of water totaling 1 inch may need to be applied at separate times during the week. For example, two half-inch applications could be made three to four days apart.Many homeowners use irrigation systems to water their lawns, and they tend to water lightly and frequently. This can result in poorly rooted turfgrass. Watering deeply and infrequently is ideal. (Remember to follow your county’s outdoor watering schedule.)Don’t guess, soil test! The proper application of fertilizer is critical to lawn health. A soil test is the best way to determine your lawn’s specific fertilizer needs. For a small fee, your local UGA Extension office can help you submit your soil to the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories in Athens, Georgia, for testing. The results will provide you with your soil’s pH, suggestions for adjustments of that pH, and specific recommendations for the amount and timing of fertilizer application. Applying too much or too little fertilizer is a costly mistake that many homeowners make. Local waterways are often affected when excessive fertilizer runs off into stormwater drains and creeks. Aerate during the growing season. Aerification of your lawn with a core aerator increases water penetration, reduces soil compaction and encourages healthy root growth. Aeration works best if completed during the active growing season, which is now for warm-season lawns. Grow turfgrass in areas with the right light conditions. Grass doesn’t grow in the forest because trees outcompete the grass for light, water and nutrients. Turfgrasses perform better in full sun. Varieties that will tolerate some minimal shade include fescue, St. Augustinegrass and some varieties of zoysiagrass, including ‘Zeon’ and ‘JaMur.’ Consider adding a shade garden in truly shady areas where it is difficult to establish turfgrass. This will save you some frustration!Mow your lawn to the right height and at the right frequency. Mowing the lawn does more than remove excess growth — it encourages the health of the turfgrass. Mowing turfgrass too short removes excess shoot tissue that is needed to make food for the plant, thus damaging your lawn. A good rule of thumb is to mow the lawn often enough so that you don’t remove more than one-third of the leaf blade.Hybrid bermudagrass should be mowed to a height of 1 to 1.5 inches every three to four days. Centipedegrass should be mowed to 1 to 2 inches every five to 10 days. Common bermudagrass should be mowed to 1 to 2 inches every five to seven days. Tall fescue should be mowed to a height of 2 to 3 inches every five to seven days. Zoysiagrass should be mowed to 1 to 2 inches every three to seven days.Let the clips fall where they may. Do not remove grass clippings from the lawn as they return nutrients and organic matter back to the soil. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn can reduce fertilizer needs by as much as 30 percent. However, clumps of grass should be scattered since they keep sunlight from reaching the underlying grass. Use a rake or leaf blower to scatter the clumps.For more information on caring for turfgrass lawns in Georgia, visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

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30 Dec
2020

Appalachian Trail Conservancy ask Hikers to Leave Trail

first_imgIn a few days, weeks or months, you are planning to embark on a journey on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) — a journey many have described as “once in a lifetime” and “life-changing.” Some of you may have already begun your journeys. You’ve likely scrimped and saved to make this journey possible. You’ve combed over data, maps, and countless pages of information to prepare yourself. However, there is a highly contagious virus spreading throughout the country, including in Appalachian Trail states, and we have all been asked to make changes, make sacrifices, and/or take precautions to minimize its spread. Sandra “Sandi” MarraPresident & CEOAppalachian Trail Conservancy Your starting point: Do not start your section or thru-hike at the southern end of the Trail. Amicalola Falls State Park and Springer Mountain are the most common starting points, making them difficult places to establish distance between people. Large numbers start at these locations every day in March and April, and shelters and campsites at the southern end of the Trail stay crowded for weeks.Your finances: All hikers who show symptoms of COVID-19 should self-quarantine off Trail and stay off Trail until approved for return by a qualified medical professional. Hikers with symptoms of COVID-19 should minimize the potential spread of the virus by refraining from using public transportation — including shuttles, buses, rental cars, or planes — to travel home. Hikers should also have resources for medical and lodging expenses incurred during quarantine. Lastly, consider expenses associated with traveling home should a loved one contract the virus and require your care.Reduced support options: Many businesses and service providers along the Trail are closing temporarily. Local search and rescue may be dealing with local cases. Shuttle providers and Trail angels may be staying home, unwilling to put themselves or their families at risk. Fewer people will likely be willing to pick up hitchhikers. Hostels, outfitters, and libraries may be closed. Places that hold hiker packages may also close. Grocery stores and other locations where you were planning to resupply may have reduced inventory or may be sold out of vital items. And, to keep ATC staff safe and to avoid spreading the virus, ridge runners and caretakers normally found on Trail will no longer be available. Until further notice, all ATC Visitor Centers will be closed.Consider shelter: Plan to avoid shelters and other points of congregation for overnight accommodation. Self-supported camping on durable surfaces 200 feet from water sources with ample distance between tents is recommended. Hikers should also avoid using privies; instead, dig a cat hole more than 200 feet from water sources and camping areas.Vulnerable A.T. communities/limited healthcare options: Many communities along the Trail are likely low on resources and may have over-burdened healthcare systems. Carrying COVID-19 from the Trail into these communities (or vice versa) puts their healthcare systems, their healthcare workers, and the very communities that serve the Trail at risk. Some communities do not have healthcare options at all.Spreading the virus: The Appalachian Trail is not an easy place to isolate yourself. Staying in hostels, shopping at local grocery stores, eating in local restaurants, drinking beer in local bars — or the temptation to huddle with others in a shelter on a cold, rainy night when your gear is wet — are all chances to contract or spread COVID-19. Again, we urge anyone planning to section or thru-hike the Trail this year to postpone their hikes. If you do decide to hit the Trail, exercise caution and minimize risk to yourself, other Trail users, and to the Trail’s communities. If you have already begun your journey, we urge you to return home until these risks have passed. We do not make this request lightly. We manage and protect the A.T. because it is meant to be hiked. However, the practices necessary to support a section or thru-hike may make A.T. hikers vectors to spread COVID-19 — whether congregating at shelters or around picnic tables, traveling to trailheads in shuttle vans, or lodging at the various hostels up and down the Trail. Thank you, Dear Appalachian Trail Long-Distance Hikers, We know this is not an easy or small decision to make, but the impacts of potentially spreading COVID-19 during your journey are big. From the desk of Sandi Marra Should you decide to embark on your Trail journey despite the risk of exposing yourself or others to COVID-19, we ask you to consider the following: We at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) are now asking you to do the same: please postpone your section or thru-hike. Instead, consider alternate ways of connecting to the Trail and to the outdoors.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

Ministers from Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru Plan Anti-Drug Meeting

first_img Ministers from Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru are planning to meet in order to coordinate tasks in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, and money laundering, an official source said in La Paz. “The initiative was put forward to hold a trilateral meeting among the Brazilian justice minister, the Peruvian interior minister, and the Bolivian interior minister in order to coordinate a joint fight against illicit activities,” the Bolivian interior minister, Sacha Llorenti, announced. Llorenti, who has primary responsibility for the fight against drugs in the Bolivian government, said that “it is important that this trilateral meeting come to pass, in order to coordinate activities in the area of interdicting drug trafficking and in order to improve the exchange of information among the anti-drug forces of the three countries.” The interior minister, quoted by the government news agency ABI, indicated that there is not yet a specific date for the meeting, because coordination is in process. Llorenti was in Brazil at the end of November, when he met with the Brazilian justice minister, Luiz Paulo Barreto, in a first approach to coordinating the fight against drugs, amid a strong Brazilian police and military offensive to occupy slums controlled by drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. Barreto even proposed a South American strategy against drugs. Brazil has indicated several times that drugs produced in Bolivia reach its territory, while La Paz affirms that part of the cocaine is of Peruvian origin. By Dialogo December 08, 2010last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

More Than 12 Tons of Cocaine Headed for Mexico Are Seized in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo May 25, 2011 More than twelve tons of cocaine that were going to be sent to Mexico were seized in the port of Cartagena (in northern Colombia, on the Caribbean), the Colombian Navy announced in a statement. Adm. Roberto García, head of naval operations in Cartagena, indicated that according to preliminary investigations, the drugs belonged to the Los Rastrojos [The Stubble] gang, made up of drug traffickers and former paramilitaries. No one was detained in the operation. This seizure is the largest reported so far in 2011, according to the authorities. The drugs were found in a container loaded with unrefined sugar that was headed for the Mexican city of Veracruz and were detected by drug-sniffing dogs in the port of Cartagena. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, with 410 tons in 2009, according to UN figures.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

Grow your credit union’s Truffula trees

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Five techniques to gather insights about current and potential members.by: Tansley StearnsAs an English major and a lover of books, one of my joys as mother of my four-year old daughter, MacKenzie, is reading Doctor Seuss. Her favorite is “The Lorax.”The book is full of lessons. But the line that echoes in my head as we work with credit unions to develop and grow their competencies of innovation is this: “Truffula trees are what everyone needs.”Our Filene Method of Innovation, born out of our i3 program (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) is grounded in human-centered design. This approach helps credit unions avoid adopting the next coolest thing just because it is cool.The entire process revolves around understanding and gathering insights from current and potential members, and employees. Those insights shine a light on the biggest problems these different constituents face.In a member-centric culture, that is where the best ideas begin. They are the seeds and water for your credit union’s Truffula Trees. continue reading »last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

Hurricane preparedness: Prior planning prevents poor performance

first_imgJune 1 marked the official start of Hurricane Season, which means credit unions up and down the East Coast are dusting off their checklists from last year to make sure they are prepared. Chances are you are probably feeling relatively confident with the state of your hurricane preparedness plans, given that 2005 was the last year a major hurricane hit the United States when we saw Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma come ashore. Before you get too comfortable, here are some things you should consider going into this year’s windy season:Hindsight is 20/20The last time we went this long without a major hurricane making landfall was when Ulysses S. Grant was in the White House. Modern records have been kept on hurricanes in this country since 1851. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), since that time two major hurricanes have made landfall every three years in the United States. Prior to this year, the longest streak without one was from August 1860 to September 1869.Why is this important to your credit union?History has shown that companies are most prepared for a hurricane right after they are impacted by a storm. Chances are that the employees that led you through hurricane season in 2004 and 2005 may no longer be with your credit union. In reviewing your plans this year, make sure to not only assess the strength and relevance of your plan, but also identify any employees who have previous experience with hurricanes. What new buildings and branches do you have? Both evacuation and flood zones can change quite a bit over 11 years; you may find that some of your locations would be required to evacuate sooner or are considered to be a higher flood risk than in previous years. What new third-party providers have you added, where are they located, and what will you need from them if a storm hits your credit union?Say it with CashThe Department of Homeland Security has a “Basic Disaster Supplies Kit” that includes items people will need in any natural disaster. The list includes items you would expect to see: food, water, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio. But one thing on this list could have a large impact on credit unions in particular: cash.After a hurricane, many businesses may find themselves without power. This means purchasing essential items for your family like groceries will require cash as local merchants may not be able to accept credit or debit cards. Cash quickly becomes a necessity in such a situation. During the time leading up to a storm, gas stations, grocery stores, home improvement stores and financial institutions see a heavy influx of customers. As a credit union, do your hurricane preparation plans take this increase in members at your branches into account? How will you handle needing more employees at the branch level when some of those same employees may be focusing on their own personal hurricane preparation? Will your ATMs need to be replenished more often than normal?Population BoomThe population that the United State Census Bureau identifies as the South has grown from 107 million to 121 million since 2005, an increase of almost 13 percent. More people require more roads, more schools and more businesses. The result is that in the event of a hurricane, mandatory evacuations will take longer.Your state’s Emergency Management officials take this into account when issuing evacuation orders. An evacuation order that would have been issued 24 hours prior to a storm making landfall in 2005 might be issued 36 hours prior to a storm making landfall today. Your plans should take into account that your credit union may have less precious hours to prepare between the identification of a credible threat of a storm making landfall and a government issued evacuation order than you had in the past.Times Have ChangedDo you remember what type of cellphone you had in 2005? Both the iPhone and Android were years away. Twitter did not exist. Neither did Dropbox. Most people had not heard of “the cloud.” Desktops still outsold laptops by a wide margin. Tablets would not be on the market until 2010. Almost all of these technologies are essential to most businesses today, and they did not even exist the last time we experienced a major hurricane. So have your plans kept up with all of these changes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in December that 47 percent of homes in the United States no longer have landlines. If your employees do not have power to charge their cellphones, how do you plan to contact them?As the saying goes, proper prior planning prevents poor performance. By thinking through these scenarios and potential pitfalls, hopefully this year’s hurricane season will be smooth sailing for your credit union, regardless of whether we have a major storm. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Green James Green leads the business continuity program at PSCU. He is passionate about life safety and helps credit unions understand the importance of business continuity not just during an emergency, … Web: pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

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16 Dec
2020

Shoreham Crash Leaves Woman Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 38-year-old Ridge woman was killed when the minivan she was riding in crashed in Shoreham on Thursday.Suffolk County police said Grace Quinones, 20, also of Ridge, was driving a Dodge Caravan northbound on Randall Road when she lost control and crashed into a tree north of Whiskey Road at 1:15 p.m.Quinones was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. Her passenger, Deidre Bifulco, was pronounced dead at the scene.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img

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18 Oct
2020

Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton win

first_imgBernd Leno has been in good form for Arsenal recently (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira hailed the performance of Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates and praised the goalkeeper for his development this season.The 26-year-old Germany international joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal last summer but had to bid his time patiently to dislodge Petr Cech from the starting line-up.Leno started on the bench in each of Arenal’s first seven Premier League games of the season before coming on as a substitute in the seventh game against Watford after Cech got injured.Since then, Leno has emerged as Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper and with Cech retiring at the end of the season, he has a great opportunity to make the position his own long-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Leno had made four saves and kept a clean sheet after Arsenal’s victory against Southampton, Torreira said: ‘Bernd’s a very important player, he’s been growing throughout the season. Unai Emery reflects on match against SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:51FullscreenUnai Emery reflects on match against Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reflects-match-against-southampton-1869632/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leno had to be alert to deny Matt Targett and Charlie Austin and saved his best save for the final minute as he again denied Targett with an excellent stop as the left-back looped a volley from distance towards the top corner.After keeping just one clean sheet in his first 14 Premier League starts, Leno has now had two shutouts in his previous five league outings, helping Arsenal to become more solid defensively.Victory against Southampton has lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table after Manchester United were held to a draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Feb 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares Comment Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton wincenter_img Lucas Torreira also joined Arsenal last summer (Getty Images)‘We’re really happy to have him between the sticks for us. He’s very strong in terms of playing with his feet as well and we’re happy to get the three points today.’On Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, he said: ‘I think it’s always important to keep a clean sheet because if we do we give ourselves a much better chance of getting the three points, and of course that’s what happened today.’Although Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they didn’t have things all their own way as Southampton applied pressure on their goal in the second half. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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