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first_imgBy Jim MidcapUniversity of GeorgiaFall is here, and random dogwoods and maples are hinting of thefall leaf season. But while you’re making plans to admire thecolorful foliage, plan to plant your own fall color.If you’ve lost trees to the recent storms, you have room for newones. And fall is the best time to plant trees. Our nurseries andgarden centers are stocked up with a range of trees.If you can spare the space, here are some that offer outstandingfall color. Some are readily available. Others will be harder tofind.Chinese pistache is a handsome,tough tree with an oval, roundedshape. Its leaves are pest-free, lustrous dark green with smallleaflets. The foliage changes in fall to a rich orange-red. Thebark is gray, with exfoliating flakes.These plants withstand drought and infertile soils. Chinesepistache makes a fine choice for a medium shade tree, reaching 30to 40 feet tall. It’s hardy throughout the state.Red maple is a swamp nativereaching 40 to 60 feet tall. Youngtrees are pyramidal, becoming rounded to irregular at maturity.The reddish flowers of spring are followed by bright red fruit.The smooth gray bark is very attractive.Fall leaves develop into glorious yellows and reds. Namedselections are widely available. “October Glory” and “AutumnBlaze” offer reliable color.Persian parrotia is a rather rare,small tree. The clean summerfoliage changes to a kaleidoscope of purple, orange and yellow inthe fall. The bark exfoliates, revealing dark and light patchesof color on the twisting, multiple trunks.The small, maroon flowers appear in late winter. Mature trees areoften wider than they are tall. The foliage is insect- anddisease-free. Plants do better in the upper half of Georgia onwell-drained soils.The elegant katsura tree ispyramidal in youth and becomes anupright, oval form with age. The leaves mature to blue-green andturn a rich yellow to apricot in fall. The falling leaves giveoff a spicy fragrance. The brown, shaggy bark provides year-roundinterest.It has no serious insect or disease problems. However, it has tobe watered during droughts to prevent early leaf drop. This agreat tree if you have enough space. It grows 40 to 60 feet talland is hardy statewide.American yellowwood is an uncommonnative tree that’s not widelysold. Trees are low-branching with broad, rounded crowns. Thewhite spring flowers produce a spectacular show but may bloomonly in alternate years.The butter-yellow fall color is great. The larger branches andtrunk are smooth and gray. Yellowwood makes an excellent mediumspecimen tree at 30 to 50 feet tall. The trees are hardythroughout the state.Sourwood is one of our best nativetrees for fall color. It’sdelicately pyramidal, with drooping branches. Young leaves matureto a lustrous, dark green and turn red to maroon in the fall.The white flowers come in 4- to 10-inch panicles in June andJuly. Sourwood is a great choice for naturalizing native sites insun or partial shade. The trees reach 25 to 35 feet and do bestin northern Georgia.Ginkgo is old. Its unique,fan-shaped leaves are embedded in thefossil record. It’s very slow to become established. Young plantsare gaunt and open but become full and dense with age.It becomes a beautiful, mature specimen when the bright greenleaves turn a brilliant, clear yellow in the fall. The leaveswill suddenly cascade to the ground in a single day.But buy male trees if you can. Female trees produce fruits thatdevelop a rancid odor as they mature.Fall is the perfect time to plant young trees, even as you enjoythe spectacular fall color. New plantings develop strong roots inthe cooler, moist fall soils. Be sure to select trees adapted toyour site to ensure the success of your planting project.(Jim Midcap is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo April 22, 2010 Port-au-Prince General Hospital is the largest hospital in Haiti. Some of its buildings were damaged during the earthquake, but with the help of international medical organizations it has remained open. On any given day, more than 300 patients arrive looking for care. More than two months after the quake, doctors are seeing less of the crush injuries they saw right after the earthquake. Now, as the rainy season begins, they’re concerned about infectious disease. Dr. Megan Coffee is an infectious disease specialist from California. She has spent the past two months volunteering at Port au Prince General Hospital. She’s concerned about the likely spread of infectious disease in Haiti. She said the medical needs of the population have changed since the January earthquake. She said doctors rarely see the cuts, crushed limbs, and broken bones that were common early on. “These tents use to be all orthopedic injuries, all people who had been injured in the earthquake,” said Dr. Coffee. “Now some of them are post-op patients, post surgical patients. Some are still patients remaining from the earthquake.” With the rainy season beginning and much of the population in closely confined spaces in tent cities, health workers are on the lookout for infectious and water-borne diseases. “The problems of typhoid and malaria are going to grow with tent cities, with people who don’t have the best sanitation, and, having sitting water which is the cause of both those diseases,” Dr. Coffee added. Tuberculosis, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is another concern. Of the 300 patients who come to the hospital each day, about 4 have tuberculosis. Stanley is one of them. “[Stanley] came in with tuberculosis that had filled up his entire left lung, and had also started to fill up his heart,” explained Dr. Cofee. “He came in quite ill, basically unable to breath and needed to have a tube put in to drain the fluid.” Dr. Coffee says in Haiti, patients often wait until a condition reaches a crisis stage before seeking treatment. And that makes recovery more difficult. “It is really important for people like him to be able to be treated,” she added. “Because otherwise, if they were to go home without full treatment, they would be quite infectious to all of their neighbors.” Stanley has been in the hospital for two months. Half that time was spent with tubes in his chest. Dr. Coffee says there’s no way to tell if malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis are on the upswing since the earthquake. But with the rainy season looming, they could spread quickly.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Jordan Henderson is organising a coronavirus crisis fund with the aim of raising millions of pounds for the NHS (Picture: Getty)‘In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20 million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.‘This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need.’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 errorsAs expected, it was also confirmed that the season could not resume in May, with the restart date to be kept under constant review. The league also confirmed an immediate advance of £125million to the EFL and the National League to aid struggling clubs.On the subject of the season restarting, the statement added: ‘It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.‘The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.’MORE: Netflix’s Pandemic dismissed as ‘flu’ documentary weeks before coronavirus outbreak despite frank warningMORE: Bus driver dies of coronavirus after passenger coughed on him five times without covering her mouthFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The Premier League campaign will not resume at the start of May due to the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Getty)The Premier League has confirmed it will immediately donate £20million to the NHS. In the face of mounting criticism and pressure, clubs also unanimously agreed to consult with their players concerning a 30% wage deferral to assist with the payment of non-playing staff during the pandemic which has claimed over 3,500 lives in the UK already. The world’s richest football league had been criticised for failing to take charitable action sooner, while on Thursday Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged footballers to ‘play their part’ and help provide aid during a mounting crisis.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTManchester United captain Harry Maguire, it emerged earlier on Friday, has already asked his teammates to take a 30% cut, while Jordan Henderson is reported to be at the centre of a drive to set-up a coronavirus NHS fund.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019-20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30% of total annual remuneration,’ a statement from the Premier League read.‘This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change. The league will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting which will be held tomorrow between the league, players and club representatives. Advertisement Premier League makes £20m NHS donation as talks begin over wage deferrals amid coronavirus crisis James GoldmanFriday 3 Apr 2020 3:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link50Shareslast_img read more