Arboretum recognized for nationally accredited collections

first_img Read Full Story “The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association recently bestowed national accreditation status to two genera in the Arnold Arboretum’s collections: Forsythia and Ginkgo. Along with six previously recognized genera — Acer (maple), Carya (hickory), Fagus (beech), Stewartia, Syringa (lilac), and Tsuga (hemlock) — the Arboretum’s eight national collections represent some of the most diverse, well documented, and widely studied collections of their kind.“The Arnold Arboretum is one of the great museums of the world. And while there are no paintings, sculptures, or archaeological objects, the 15,000 accessioned living objects — namely our trees, shrubs, and lianas — constitute an extraordinary set of curated holdings,” said William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Like every museum, the Arnold Arboretum never stops collecting and aspiring to acquire new objects to make its core holdings even stronger — from both horticultural and botanical perspectives.“As the Arnold Arboretum has emerged as one of the most active botanical gardens in the world collecting in the wild, we have been able to boost some of our key genera,” he continued. “In this case, our Ginkgo and Forsythia collections are now recognized as the preeminent holdings of these plant groups in North America.”Forsythia suspensa Atrocaulisi: A historic cultivar of the species Forsythia suspensa selected for its deep mahogany stems and large, pale yellow flowers.PCN is a longstanding collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The program recognizes exemplary collections that serve critical conservation and research needs. Collections are awarded status following the preparation and submission of a lengthy application and peer review process. Genera considered for accreditation must be maintained at the highest horticultural, arboricultural, and curatorial standards, and qualifying institutions must also demonstrate a long-term commitment to their care and management.Pam Allenstein, Plant Collections Network manager, said the Arnold Arboretum is exemplary among public gardens in actively curating well-documented plant collections. “Its commitment to excellence, research, and forward planning has been recognized by our association’s Plant Collections Network and is to be commended on stewarding eight nationally accredited plant collections,” she said.Michael Dosmann, keeper of the Living Collections at the Arboretum, said it’s an honor to see these two collections recognized by the PCN.“There are people in the Americas who are thinking and acting in ways for plant conservation, creating a system to promote collection and improve curatorial practices for the greater good,” he said.Ginkgo biloba: The characteristic cleft leaves give the species the specific epithet “biloba.”last_img read more

Wolf Administration, Attorney General Petition Commonwealth Court to Protect Seniors and Enforce Consent Decree between UPMC and Highmark, Compel Arbitration

first_imgWolf Administration, Attorney General Petition Commonwealth Court to Protect Seniors and Enforce Consent Decree between UPMC and Highmark, Compel Arbitration Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration and the Office of the Attorney General today filed a motion in Commonwealth Court to protect seniors who rely on Medicare Advantage by enforcing the Consent Decrees entered into by UPMC and Highmark, and to force the two sides into arbitration to settle outstanding disputes to end the confusion for consumers.“I will not allow our most vulnerable citizens, especially seniors, to be used as pawns in the dispute between UPMC and Highmark,” said Governor Wolf. “UPMC’s decision to cancel Medicare Advantage for over 180,000 seniors was the final straw after my administration’s repeated attempts to resolve differences in good faith. After reviewing all options with the Office of Attorney General, the Commonwealth has decided to pursue this matter in court to protect seniors.”“Additionally, as a result of myriad issues, and the reality that UPMC and Highmark will not come to agreement on the issues laid out in the Consent Decrees, the Commonwealth is seeking to force the two sides into arbitration,” continued Governor Wolf. “Consumers, including seniors and people with cancer, have had enough, and the games between UPMC and Highmark must end. I am committed to protecting consumers and I believe that arbitration will bring stability to the market place. I am hopeful that we can find a solution that suits both sides, but most importantly, one that puts consumers first.”“We’re taking this action because these constant disputes have created confusion and uncertainty for consumers — especially seniors,” Attorney General Kane said. “We will remain vigilant in ensuring the interests of health care consumers continue to be protected.”Recently, UPMC decided to cancel its Medicare Advantage plan with Highmark, putting over 180,000 seniors at risk of losing access to their doctors. This is the latest dispute between the two sides that have put our most vulnerable, including seniors and people with cancer, in the middle. The Commonwealth has worked tirelessly with UPMC and Highmark to mediate their serial disputes to ensure compliance with the Consent Decrees. Unfortunately, both sides have refused to comply with the terms of the Consent Decrees and their refusal has resulted in confusion and hardship among Pennsylvania residents.“Following through on Governor Wolf’s commitment to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, my department will continue vigorous enforcement of the Consent Decrees, and hope the arbitration process will help further define the consumer protections to which UPMC and Highmark customers are entitled,” said Acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # April 27, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rams coach Sean McVay humbled by Bears: ‘This loss is on me’

first_img Three takeaways from the Bears’ win over the Rams The Rams have been held to under 300 yards with McVay at the helm before, but not this season — until Sunday night. “I know this, we’re not going to allow this to be a bad thing no matter how you cut it. You learn from this. You’ve got to move on. It starts with me,” McVay added. “Really, I think every week provides a new narrative and this one was a humbling night for us. But we’ve got an opportunity to be able to look at ourselves, respond the right way and get ready for a tough game against the Philadelphia Eagles coming up at our place.”But, McVay wasn’t the only one shouldering the blame.Todd Gurley II, the league’s leading rusher, was held to a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries.”I looked like a skunk. That’s what I looked like,” Gurley told reporters, via The Orange County Register. “It was just one of those games.”The Bears certainly frustrated the Rams in every aspect. Los Angeles gained just 3.5 yards per play, fell short in both of its drives in the red zone and was able to convert on only three of 12 third-down attempts. “They did a great job. We played like s—,” Gurley said. “They held us to six points. Simple as that.” The Rams were outmatched Sunday night at Soldier Field.One of the NFL’s top offenses was halted by a top defense in a 15-6 loss in Chicago. The Rams’ only points came in the first half on two field goals. Quarterback Jared Goff was held to his worst performance of the season, completing 20 of 40 passes for 180 yards with four interceptions. NFL Week 14 Blitz Read: Saints clinch second straight NFC South title with win over Buccaneerscenter_img Despite the failing efforts of the offense, which had just 214 total yards, there’s only one person to blame, according to coach Sean McVay.”Really, just consistently over and over, I continually put our players in bad spots,” McVay told reporters, via NFL.com. “Certainly a humbling night, but it’s one that you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better, move forward accordingly and that’s exactly what we’re going to do, that’s all I know to do. I’ve got to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didn’t do nearly a good enough job for us today. I trust that we’ll respond the right way.” Related News Goff said: “This game, and then last year, you think about the Minnesota game, the two that you kind of look at as really big adversity, especially on offensively, that we faced. We responded from that, and we expect to respond from this. We’ve got a lot of resilient players, and I know myself and a lot of those guys have been a lot worse situations than 11-2 with three weeks left.”The Rams will face their last true test against the 6-7 Eagles, then they will finish their regular season with games against the lowly Cardinals and 49ers, who are both 3-10.​last_img read more