Oaks are a great landscape investment and a heritage planting. They represent things werevere in people: quiet strength, tenacious survival, patience, perseverance, long life andprodigious production. Oak (Quercus) is the largest genus of native trees in the United States, with 58 species. Ofthese, one is an exotic brought into the United States that is now reproducing in the wild. There are about 500 oak species worldwide. They grow in North Africa, Europe, WesternAsia and North America. Even in places that don’t have true oaks, like Australia, peoplehave named many of their local trees oaks. Here’s a top-10 list of oaks for shade and street-tree plantings: white oak (Quercus alba),scarlet oak (Q. coccinea), Southern red oak (Q. falcata), Georgia oak (Q. georgiana),overcup oak (Q. lyrata), swamp chestnut oak (Q. michauxii), water oak (Q. nigra),willow oak (Q. phellos), Shumard oak (Q. shumardii) and live oak (Q. virginiana). Everyone knows of an old, beat-up eyesore that’s a menace. These old trees may be filledwith mistletoe and have many large pruning and storm wounds. To get up close and touch any of these oaks, plus many more, visit the State Arboretum ofGeorgia near Braselton, Ga. Call (706) 654-2666 to arrange a visit. These trees will yield at least two human generations of good service, providing manyvalues to the yard, landscape and street. In a recent examination of the tree sections in some retail outlets, about 5 percent of theoaks were misidentified or were hybrids that looked greatly different from the labeledspecies. You can find unexpected treasures hidden among oaks for sale. But when you look at these trees, many of them oaks, remember that you’re seeing thefinal days of an old tree’s serviceable life. Many have survived despite neglect and abuseover almost a century. Other trees of less quality had to be taken down decades ago. These great trees can be fast- or slow-growing, massive or petite and colorful orevergreen. They’re the tree treasures of Earth’s northern hemisphere. Most of the Georgia oaks share common names, but each has its own scientific name. Forexample, six Georgia oaks are called “water oak,” three are known as “black oak” andfour go by “swamp oak.” Whether you call little oaks “scrub” and big oaks “red,” thediversity of Georgia’s native oaks is wonderful. The genus includes nine varieties, many hybrids and 10 shrubs. These oaks can be foundalmost anywhere in the United States. Georgia is blessed with 26 native species. Unfortunately for landscapes, oaks aren’t commercially propagated from vegetativecuttings. Almost all oaks on the market have been grown from seeds. And with seeds, younever know what you will get — a hybrid, the requested species or something altogetherdifferent.
Jose Mourinho faces a decisive and defining moment as the beleaguered Chelsea manager bids to avoid a catastrophic exit from the Champions League against his old club FC Porto on Wednesday night.The crisis-torn Premier League champions are languishing just two points above the drop zone having suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat against lowly BournemouthChelsea need only a draw at Stamford Bridge in their final Group G fixture to be certain of a place in the knockout stages, but what in previous years would have been a forgone conclusion for a team managed by Mourinho now looks a decidedly more taxing task.Once virtually unbeatable at the Bridge under the Portuguese, the west Londoners have lost four times on home turf and 11 matches in all competitions this season.Porto, who need a win to be sure of progressing, are unlikely to prove a pushover after beating the Blues in Portugal earlier this season.It would be the ultimate irony if Porto, where Mourinho made his name by winning the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League, deliver the final blow that ends his second spell with Chelsea.And after so many unexpected setbacks this season, Mourinho admits he can take nothing for granted against his former employers, although they have been boosted by the news that captain John Terry and Ramires both trained on Tuesday and are available, but Radamel Falcao is still out despite taking a limited part in training. Arsenal’s Champions League qualification hopes rest on a knife edge with the Gunners knowing they have to beat Olympiakos by two clear goals or more to pip their opponents to second spot in Group F.Arsene Wenger’s men are bidding to reach the last 16 of the tournament for the 16th straight season but that run is in jeopardy, not so much due to a 5-1 hammering at group winners Bayern Munich but because of defeats suffered in the opening two games, including a shock 3-2 defeat at home to the Greeks.However, the injuries continue to pile up for the Premier League outfit who will be missing seven key players, including Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has also been ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury to add to Wenger’s woes while Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are continuing their rehabilitation.Olympiakos are relatively injury-free but Portuguese coach Marco Silva must decide whether to include fit-again Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso in place of Luka Milivojevic or Pajtim Kasami. Brown Ideye, who spent last season at West Brom, will come back into the attack after being rested at the weekend.Silva, who has won widespread praise for Olympiakos’ European performances, has led the Greeks to 12 successive Super League victories since the season kicked off as they chase a host of club records, but Wednesday night would be a defining moment if they were to progress.Barcelona are looking to end the group stage undefeated for the first time in three seasons as they head to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The Bundesliga outfit still harbour ambitions of reaching the knockout stages but must break their six-match losing streak against the reigning champions. They would then still need Roma to drop points against BATE Borisov in the group’s other game to reach the last 16Leverkusen lost 2-1 at the Camp Nou in October, despite taking a shock lead, but will want to avoid a repeat of the 6-1 pounding Barca dished out to Roma a fortnight ago when Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi ran riot.TThey are struggling for form, however, having dropped to eighth in the league after their 2-1 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.But they do have a striker Javier Hernandez, who has scored 11 goals in his last 10 Leverkusen appearances and netted their consolation in Berlin – their third defeat in five Bundesliga games.Leverkusen will be relying on the former Manchester United striker to be in red-hot form again at the BayArena.Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored 126 goals between them in 2015, and the Leverkusen’s cause has not been helped by the inclusion of all three players in the travelling party. The Germans are aiming to reach the last 16 for the third year running, but have not won in Group E since beating BATE 4-1 in September.Head coach Roger Schmidt will hope to have captain Lars Bender back, but the midfielder faces a race to be fit as he tries to shake off an ankle injury.VIDEO PREVIEW: Click here to view the video preview –This game will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions.–This game will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions. – See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2015/December-8th/ucl-preview-manchester-united-face-tricky-test-city-and-real-to-cruise-on-last-matchday.php#sthash.kaJ8abM5.dpuf–This game will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions.– See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2015/December-8th/ucl-preview-manchester-united-face-tricky-test-city-and-real-to-cruise-on-last-matchday.php#sthash.kaJ8abM5.dpuf
BiH athlete Kemal Mešić won the second place in shot put at the international meeting in Gainesville in Florida.He won the silver medal by achieving his best result in this season 20.13 metres.Twenty-six year old member of athletic club ‘Sarajevo’ who is studying in the USA has successfully opened the season with good results at meetings in Gainsville and Alabama and Balkan Indoor Championship in Istanbul where he won the bronze medal.
IOWA CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren suggests her plan to eliminate student loan debt may address population losses in rural Iowa. Warren was on the University of Iowa campus Monday afternoon, speaking to a crowd of 650.“How many folks leave Iowa and don’t come back, right? Think about some of the reasons behind that,” Warren said. “A big part (is) student loan debt.”Warren told the crowd student loan repayment plans aren’t adjusted by zip code.“Folks who’ve got to meet that nut every single month are a lot more likely to head out to the two coasts. I hear this from families all over Iowa,” Warren said. “We cancel student loan debt for 43 million Americans, we make it a lot easier for people to decide to live their lives right here in small towns Iowa. I think that’s important.”Warren spent most of her time on stage in Iowa City, answering questions from the crowd.“I was wondering what your plans are to make reproductive health care easily accessible to all women,” a woman named Jasmine said to Warren.Warren replied: “When Donald Trump was elected, I decided I would go to the inauguration, but it was important to me what I wore…I wore my scarf that has in big letters on it embroidered ‘Planned Parenthood.’…I’m going to be wearing that scarf when I am sworn in as president of the United States.”Warren wrapped up a two-day campaign swing through eastern Iowa as former Vice President Joe Biden continues his bus tour through 18 Iowa counties. Biden stops at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City later this morning
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Logan Thomas threw an early touchdown pass, Cody Journell kicked four field goals and No. 24 Virginia Tech sacked Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage eight times in a 19-9 victory on Saturday.The Hokies (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth straight game and ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers, avenging a 35-17 loss a year ago that sent Virginia Tech into a long skid.This time, they proved just as inhospitable hosts to the ACC newcomer Panthers (3-2, 2-2).Savage, who tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes three weeks ago in a 58-55 victory against Duke, never had much of a chance to get wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd into the game.Savage’s sacks totaled minus-49 yards, and he has now been sacked 15 times in his past two appearances. Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) delivers a hit on Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Virginia Tech won 19-9. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Kale Johnston scored three times while John Thompson, Spencer Bender, Ben Primeau and Kurtis Bond added singles as Fernie held period leads of 3-1 and 6-2.Former Nelson Leaf Blake Arcuri, who had a stint playing in California earlier this season before signing with the Ghostriders, had an assist.Troy Petrich, scoring his first goal of the season for Nelson, and Travis Wellman replied for Nelson.Fernie out shot Nelson 46-28 making a winner out of netminder Phoenix Logan-Hill.Brad Rebagliati started the game for Nelson before being replace between the pipes by Tyler Moffat.Nelson is off until Friday, December 13 when the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley for a tough divisional game against the Nitehawks.Nelson currently leads the Hawks by nine points in Murdoch Division standings. Beaver Valley, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Friday to Spokane, had two games in hand on Nelson.The Hawks make up one of those games Saturday in Kimberley against the Dynamiters. The Nelson Leafs got out worked, out shot and out scored Friday night in Fernie.The Ghostriders blasted the Green and White 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference action in the East Kootenay City.The loss is the second time in as many games an Eddie Mountain team has completely dominated the Leafs.Creston pounded Nelson 9-3 in November.The Riders scored three times during a seven minute span in the first period and never looked back.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers wasted a complete-game pitching performance from Austin Tambellini against Mount Baker Wild in the final game of the Bomber Invitational High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park.Tambellini tossed a five-hitter during a 4-0 loss to the Wild.The win allowed the Cranbook-based squad to capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record.LVR was second at 2-1 with Selkirk Storm of Kimberley third and Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna fourth.Tambellini finished the contest surrendering three earned runs while walking two and fanning 12 batters.Eric Hurley picked up two hits while Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Braeden Zarikoff each collected one hit.The Bombers advanced to the Wild contest undefeated after edging out Mt. Boucherie 4-3.Zarikoff threw a complete game for the win giving up four hits while striking out 13 with no walks or earned runs. Hurley, Mathew Brind’Amour, and Zarikoff had two hits each with Tambellini, and Geon Woo Park chipping in with one hit each.LVR opened the tournament Friday with a convincing 15-1 pasting of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm.Hano Southam went the distance to register the win for the Bombers giving up two hits and three walks and fanning eight batters.Zarikoff went four for four at the plate while Reese Tambellini, Lincoln Rosenblood, Hano Southam and John Barabonoff were all 3 for 4.The Bombers season record improves to 10-5.Bombers sweep RangersLVR entered the tournament on a winning note after scoring a doubleheader sweep of the Selkirk Rangers from Metaline Washington.Braeden Zarikoff pitched very well for the Bombers in Game 1, 6 – 1 win. Zarikoff helped himself with two singles and a double, while Hano Southam had a solo homerun and a single. Zarikoff gave up two hits one earned run and struck out 10 for the win. In Game 2 Austin Tambellini took the win also only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 and giving up four hits. The Bomber gave up an early lead and needed a four run rally in the seventh for the win, Casey Harrison had a big two run single in the seventh. Reese Tambellini and Keaton Roch chipped in with singles in Game 2.