Olympic Tree Brings Back Poignant Memories

first_imgA tree is a great way to remember an event like the Olympics. A living, growing treehelps refocus fading memories.Trees represent a renewing of life over generations and an investment in the future.Tree planting can mark the passage of time and great events and accomplishments.One particular tree’s life marks many things, including the Olympics. On the Universityof Georgia campus, just southwest of Stegeman Coliseum, grows a small tree with a roundedcrown. Planted in 1936, the German oak (Quercus robur) is native to centralGermany.In the forests where it grows, the German oak is wide-spreading and broad. German oakscan grow to more than 100 feet tall. The leaves have six to 10 lobes, are roughlythree-by-five inches and are similar to our American white oak (Quercus alba). Theacorns are fairly large and dangle from long stems.In 1936 the Olympic Games were in Berlin. The city, stadium and other venues were awashin the harsh banners of fascism. The National Socialist party had been brought to powerthree years earlier by Adolf Hitler, who saw the Olympics as a way to show cultural andracial superiority to the world.The German oak grows across Europe. Every country where it grows calls it by thatcountry’s name — French oak, Italian oak, Austrian oak and Spanish oak.Here in the United States and in the South, the most common name is English oak.Regardless of its common name, the tree is large, strong and beautiful.The massive size and strength of this native oak symbolized for Hitler the greatness ofthe “Fatherland.” Olympic winners were given a small German oak as well as theOlympic medals.The Olympic athletes carried these young oaks back to the far reaches of the world.Most of the trees didn’t survive.In Georgia, German oak has a hard time growing. Many pests attack it. But by far theworst problems are the warm winters and occasional spring freezes. German oak doesn’t godeep into dormancy during our winters and then tends to grow much too early in spring.Frost is always damaging it.German oak doesn’t handle the hot summer well, either — especially our warm nights.Several plantings in Georgia have died or had to be removed because of growth problems. Atree growing poorly and under constant stress is ripe for attack by many pests and can’trespond well to damage.The German oak on the University of Georgia campus is the tree given to Forrest Towns,who was the university’s first Olympic gold medal winner. Mr. Towns held the world recordin the 110-meter high hurdles for 12 years. For 37 years, he coached track for theBulldogs.The German oak on campus symbolizes many things to the university community. Asmemories fade, the tree grows and reminds us of the Olympic spirit of athletic endeavorsand excellence. The rich green tree reminds us of the man and his accomplishment. Mr.Towns passed away in 1991.Sadder times are caught up in those dark green leaves, too. A few years after hisvictory in Berlin, Mr. Towns lost his brother in the European theater of World War II. Atree lives to help us remember.Maybe you should plant a tree to commemorate your own Olympic experiences.last_img read more

Brazil and France Continue Huge Search Operation for AF447 Remains

first_imgBy Dialogo June 09, 2009 RECIFE, June 8, 2009 (AFP) – A huge operation that includes aircraft and ships from Brazil and France continued searching for the bodies of the Air France plane’s occupants that disappeared over the Atlantic a week ago with 228 people aboard, Aeronautics and the Brazilian Navy reported. Patrols covered approximately 10,000 square kilometers in the Atlantic Ocean. On land, a huge contingent worked tirelessly to coordinate the data collected during reconnaissance flights, search planning, and the recovery of aircraft fragments. This is a summary of the methods employed in the operation: BY AIR – 12 Brazilian Aircrafts: Three Hercules aircrafts from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), four Bandeirante aircrafts (two for maritime patrol, one for reconnaissance, and another as personnel carrier), two Amazon planes and an R-99 (equipped with radar and infrared equipment). Also, a Black Hawk helicopter and a Super Puma, both from the FAB. In total, more than 150 people are operating these aircrafts. – Two aircrafts from the French Air Force: a Falcon 50 operating from Brazilian bases, and an Breguet-Atlantique aircraft from Senegal are also involved in the searches. BY SEA – Five ships from the Brazilian Navy: The patrol ship “Guaiba” (29 men), the “Constitucao” and “Bosisio” frigates (209 and 239 men, respectively), the “Caboclo” sloop (64 sailors) and the ship-tank “Gastón Motta ” (capable of carrying 600 tons of fuel; 121 men). – A French Navy ship, the frigate “Ventôse.” France has already announced the dispatch of a nuclear-powered submarine, the “Emeraude,” to help search the area. BASES OF OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS – Main Control Center: CINDACTA III (Third Integrated Center of Air Defense and Air Traffic Control), in the town of Recife, Pernambuco (northeast). A “Crisis Room” was created to control the joint operations of the Navy and Air Force. It centralizes all available information. – Secondary Center (used for search aircraft takeoffs): Air Base of Natal (Rio Grande do Norte). – Auxiliary Center: An airport in Fernando de Noronha Island (the main island of the archipelago of the same name, about 350 kilometers from the Brazilian coast). The airport received personnel reinforcements and various refrigeration equipment, including one for body storage. – The Legal Medical Institute of Recife (coroner) has prepared a special team to receive the victims’ bodies. The magnitude of the staff involved will depend on the number of bodies. Eventually, the units could be used at the Military Hospital in Recife. – The Federal Police in Recife sent a team of expert jurists and fingerprint clerks to Fernando de Noronha for early identification efforts. ATTENTION TO FAMILIES – Family assistance for relatives in Brazil is headquartered in a hotel in the area west of Rio de Janeiro, with a team that includes physicians, psychologists, lawyers, and a priest. A team of volunteers specially trained by the French Air France landed last week to help the families.last_img read more

Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Goes to Boetica & Delice

first_img Tweet Share The Dominica Red Cross continues with its Caribbean Response and Preparedness Project aimed at preventing and responding to the Zika virus disease. The Society is focused on reaching the public through improved community engagement, action and support, as well as to coordinate and share knowledge with other stakeholders. The key project interventions included Risk Communication, Community Clean-up Campaigns & Vector Control, School & Household Sanitation.It was all hands-on deck as the Dominica Red Cross Clean-up Campaign Mosquito Search and Destroy began in the Community of Boetica & Delice from January 17th – January 23rd, 2020. Environmental Health Officials, stakeholders, partners, vector control workers and Dominica Red Cross Delice Branch Volunteers turned out at the meeting point in Delice to intensify public awareness on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus.Project Manager for Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Project Sylvester Jno Baptiste reiterated the reason for the Clean-up. “We continue to see an increase in mosquito breeding. It is crucial that we consistently search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites”.  The clean-up which has been executed in other communities is “aimed at motivating the public to get all Dominicans involves in the clean-up effort specifically destroying the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses and which is found in and around homes’ stated Jno Baptiste.Some of the stakeholders and partners who supported the clean-up included the Environmental Health Department, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation and the Delice Village Council.– / 6 LifestyleLocalNews Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Goes to Boetica & Delice by: – January 28, 2020 56 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more