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Wildflowers Rewarding

first_imgWhether you plant wildflowers in huge swaths along roadsides or tiny pocket gardens in your ownbackyard, the vibrant colors and rich mixtures of these hardy plants are sure to please the eye. As with any kind of gardening, wildflowers require work and planning, but following these basicrules will assure your success. Determine your goals. Before you buy seed, first know what you want from your wildflowerplantings. What is your purpose? Do you want three-season, low-maintenance color? only species native toyour area? birds and butterflies? With so many reasons to plant wildflowers, it’s important to defineyour goals before you begin. Choose a site. It may be tempting to plant wildflowers where nothing else grows, but while they’rehardy, they’re not magical. Most need full sun and moderately fertile soils that drain well but not tooquickly. While it’s possible to plant wildflowers in poor soil on a steep slope in the shade, this will present aspecial challenge. Consulting with an expert will help your chances of success. Choose your seeds. Your wildflowers will be only as good as the seeds you sow. If you invest thetime and energy to plant them right, don’t ruin the project by using questionable seeds. Buy from a reputable dealer who can supply you information about individual species and differentmixtures. Most mixtures include annuals and perennials. In general, mixtures for warm climates may includemore annuals because they tend to reseed year after year. Annuals should be included in almost every mixture, however, since they act as a nurse crop forslower-growing perennials that don’t bloom until the second year. Prepare the site. I highly recommend that you remove existing vegetation before you plantwildflower seeds. Till the soil, if you can, to create a loose seed bed. If you can’t till, at least scratch up the soilsurface. Eliminate weed seeds in the upper layer of soil by allowing them to germinate and begin to grow,then removing the weeds by chemical or mechanical means. Don’t till again, or you may turn up newweed seeds and have to repeat the process. Plant the seed. Good seed-to-soil contact is essential for a high germination rate. For evendistribution, mix seeds with sand, vermiculite or cornmeal. Scatter them and rake them in lightly,being careful not to cover them too deeply. Fall plantings offer the advantage of early germination and growth. In our climate, plant before youexpect periods of winter rainfall. A spring or early-summer planting is fine in most areas, too, but youmay have to provide water for the first several weeks. Water the site. Many wildflowers are drought-tolerant, but all plantings, wildflowers included, need enough moisture to germinate and thrive. Keep the site evenly moist during the first four to sixweeks. Then gradually reduce watering. Maintain the area. Mow wildflowers high three times — usually in late spring, midsummer and latefall. Rake up the cut material or leave it in place to serve as a protective mulch. After cleanup mowing in late fall, overseed annuals and bare spots as needed with half the normalseeding rate. With timely weeding, watering and mowing, wildflowers will reward you with beauty andfragrance as the seasons unfold in an ever-changing panorama of color, from the first spring flower toautumn’s last lingering aster. To learn more about wildflowers, contact the county Extension office for a copy of ExtensionBulletin No. 994, “Wildflowers,” and Ornamental Horticulture Fact Sheet H-92-010, “WildflowerEstablishment and Culture.”last_img read more

Brazilian Receives Unprecedented Nomination for U.S. Coast Guard Athlete of the Year

first_imgBy Dialogo June 20, 2011 The only representative of the U.S. Coast Guard registered for the 5th CISM Military World Games, which will take place from July 16th to 24th in Rio de Janeiro, Petty Officer Tiago Gonçalves has been nominated for the U.S. Coast Guard’s athlete of the year. The award ceremony at which the athlete of the year will be named will be held in December, in Washington, D.C. “Three individuals are nominated, and one receives the award. A Brazilian has never been nominated for this prize,” the petty officer said. “I have a good chance of receiving the award, chiefly because I was nominated by the officers at the headquarters in Washington, D.C., which rarely happens,” he proudly explained. A marine science technician, the 29-year-old petty officer was born in Rio de Janeiro and started to practice judo at the age of four. After participating in countless state and national competitions in Brazil, he took a break to dedicate himself to his studies in 2000, when he was 19. Now, the petty officer is very happy about the possibility of reuniting with his family in July. “Participating in a worldwide event at this level is a dream for any athlete, still more in my hometown. All my family, friends, and teachers who guided me along this path, like the shihan Oswaldo Simões and the shihan Ricardo Ruffoni, live here in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t think there is a better place for worldwide events of this caliber,” said Tiago, who last visited the Marvelous City in May 2010. A marine science technician with the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer Tiago Gonçalves will be the only representative of that body at the 5th CISM Military World Games. The 29-year-old athlete was born in Rio de Janeiro and joined the U.S. Navy in 2009. A black belt in judo, jiu-jitsu, and karate, and a former MMA fighter, the petty officer went to live in the United States to study and had never thought of joining the military. Today, he lives in the Galveston-Houston area and is the pride of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The U.S. Armed Forces have five branches, of which three belong to the Navy (U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy), then the Army and the Air Force. The athletes were selected from among all the branches, and I’m the only one from the Coast Guard,” he affirmed, recalling that a special reporter from the Coast Guard will accompany him until the end of the Peace Games. “He said that he’s going to be my shadow.”last_img read more

Man, 28, Found Dead in N. Amityville Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Amityville man was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in North Amityville Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.A resident of the apartment complex at 615 Broadway found Maurice Stone floating face down in the pool at approximately 12:45 p.m., police said.Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating the drowning.last_img

Jakarta worker allegedly orders boss’ murder after years of harassment

first_imgHowever, her partner finally relented and agreed to assist her in carrying out her plan after she claimed that she had been threatened by Sugianto.“NL said she was threatened by the victim, so she ordered his execution,” Nana said.Read also: Central Java family found dead after three-day disappearanceM then proceeded to seek out a group of contract killers, while NL prepared Rp 200 million to pay for her boss’ murder, he added.According to the police, NL transferred one half of the funds – Rp 100 million – to M’s account on Aug. 4. The rest of the money was later handed over in cash on Aug. 6. The murder was allegedly carried out by two field hitmen following the payment.The police have since arrested 12 suspects, including NL and M, as well as other individuals affiliated with the group of contract killers.“[One suspect] acted as the executor. [Another] was on the lookout during the execution,” Nana said as quoted by kompas.com.“Eight people were arrested in Lampung; one in Cibubur, East Jakarta; and two in East Java,” Nana said.The suspects face charges under Article 340 of the Criminal Code, which carries the death penalty or a maximum of 20 years in prison, Article 338 with a maximum 15 years’ imprisonment and Emergency Law No. 12/1951, also with a maximum 15 years.According to the police, NL’s motive for the murder was due to years of alleged harassment and humiliation by Sugianto.“NL was often asked to engage in sexual acts [with the victim],” Nana said.“She was also afraid because she had been falsifying the firm’s tax returns since 2015.” Topics : A female staff member at a private firm in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, allegedly hired a group of contract killers to murder her employer on Aug. 13 in a purported attempt to fend off suspicions of tax fraud and retaliate against what she claimed to be harassment.The Jakarta Police found that the woman – identified only as NL – had reportedly paid Rp 200 million (US$13,606) for the murder of Sugianto, the owner of private company PT DTJ.Security camera footage shows Sugianto getting shot five times in the back in front of Royal Gading Square as he is returning home for lunch by a man wearing a cap and a facemask.center_img Sugianto died immediately at the scene of the crime.Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said that NL had asked her partner, M, in March about possible ways to murder Sugianto, adding that she claimed to have often been subjected to verbal abuse and harassment by her employer.Furthermore, NL, who worked at the company’s administration department, had reportedly intended to cover up her involvement in falsifying the firm’s tax returns.“Around March 20, [NL] asked M [about the plan], but did not receive any response,” Nana told a press conference on Monday.last_img read more

Trustee of BT fund calls for more risk-sharing in infrastructure investment

first_imgVehicles must be developed to allow for pension investment in small-scale infrastructure projects, a trustee of one of the UK’s largest pension fund has said.Donald MacDonald, trustee at the £40bn (€48.3bn) BT Pension Scheme, said infrastructure investment by the industry faced an uphill struggle, as there was too much money “chasing insufficient opportunity”.He said BTPS had been in competition for infrastructure projects with the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme and Railpen Investments, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as well as Australian Super funds.MacDonald told the RI Europe conference in London: “What we need to be doing is talking to the governments and inter-governmental organisations to look at how we package projects – because a lot of the projects, for pension funds, are actually sub-optimal. “We just haven’t got the resources and finance to manage loads and loads of small investment in infrastructure opportunities.“Things need to be bundled, risk needs to be shared. We need to look at better ways of mutual investment and co-investment vehicles, which is becoming much more part of the scene.”MacDonald, speaking at the event in his capacity as chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said the UK’s Green Investment Bank and the European Investment Bank would be “quite critical” in allowing for such co-investment deals, as they were building alliances with private sector partners.He added that many governments and civil servants had only recently begun to understand that the construction risk of infrastructure investments was not of interest to pension funds.He said other parts of the financial market were simply better equipped for such ventures.Speaking of the BPTS’s annual pension payments in excess of £2bn, he said it needed to have a “very conservative risk profile”.“Although, interestingly, both myself and others, as we become more familiar with infrastructure issues, are starting to look at [construction] risk and possibly doing more in that area,” he said.BTPS was among the three pension funds to withdraw its support from the Pension Protection Fund-backed Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) earlier this year, claiming at the time that its direct investment programme was the “most appropriate solution” for the fund. However, the two other funds – the London Pensions Fund Authority and the BAE System pension scheme – both cited concerns over the risk/return profile of the PIP.last_img read more

Player sentenced to three months for COVID-19 curfew breach

first_imgThe 29-year-old, who plies his trade with Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, was arrested on Friday at a hotel in Belgrade along with around 20 people who had all met for drinks.Serbia has imposed a ban on gatherings of more than five people in closed spaces. Serbian international Aleksandar Prijovic has been sentenced to three months of house arrest for failing to comply with the nation’s rules to combat the coronavirus epidemic.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Xi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel Characters7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Read Also: Mbappe, Neymar to remain at PSG this year – reportThe Serbian government has imposed a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including a curfew between 17:00 and 05:00 on weekdays and total lockdown on Sundays.There have been 1,624 confirmed coronavirus cases and 44 deaths in Serbia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Mayor’s league to send financial aid to Mindanao

first_img “We will extend out help,preferably cash or financial assistance tungod damo na sila goods,” said Fernandez. This was in response to Gov. Arthur“Toto” Denfensor Jr.’s call for immediate relief operations to the localgovernment units in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, LMP-Iloilo chapterpresident Mayor Mediatrix “Trexie” Fernandez of San Enrique said. ILOILO – The League of Municipalities ofthe Philippines (LMP)-Iloilo Chapter will extend financial assistance toquake-stricken communities in Mindanao. She added that those who want to donate financialassistance (cash or check) should coordinate with Dr. Jerry Bionat, chief ofthe Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO). The provincial government earlierdonated P3-million financial aid to the earthquake-hit areasin Mindanao.  “Walapa commitment ang mga mayors, depende sa ila kon pila at leastthey were already informed and encouraged them to help Mindanao kay ti indi ta kapakot kis-a may mga calamity man kita,” she said. The chief executives of the province’s 42towns agreed to send in help during Friday’s quarterly meeting in theGovernor’s board room. Fernandez, however, clarified that theycannot yet determine the amount of the calamity aid, but she called all localgovernment units to extend help to communities still reeling from the impact ofstrong earthquake. Fernandez The Provincial Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council approved on Nov. 7, 2019 a resolutionextending P2-million assistance to North Cotabato and P1 millionto Davao del Sur./PN “We agreed kaina nga mag-contact langsa office ni Dr.Jerry Bionat sang PDRRMO tocoordinate with Mindanao as to konpaano maghatag sang financialassistance,” Fernandez said.last_img read more

Spurs will bounce back – Sigurdsson

first_img He added: “We showed during the season that we are more than capable. Even though (we’ve had) a couple of bad results, we won’t start doubting ourselves. “It’s down to us now and we have just got to make sure we are playing the way we’ve been playing throughout the season.” Manager Andre Villas-Boas made the expected changes after the 4-1 defeat against Inter in the Europa League last Thursday, which still saw his side progress to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule. Wales international Gareth Bale was suspended for the European tie against Inter, and Sigurdsson felt fatigue should not just be used to explain why Spurs failed to deliver the required performance on Sunday. “I don’t want to be making excuses, but the 120 minutes probably played a bit of a part from Thursday night and also the travelling, but we could have played better even if we were tired,” he said. Sigurdsson feels the Spurs squad can regroup over the international break. “We would have liked another game in a few days to make things right and get another three points on the table, which is important, but maybe it is a good thing because we can go away and reflect on what we have been doing in the past few games and make it right,” he said. Press Association Spurs dropped to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after a lacklustre display at White Hart Lane against Fulham was settled by a goal from former striker Dimitar Berbatov. It was a second-straight league defeat, and allowed rivals Arsenal to close the gap to just four points, with a match in hand and far superior goal difference. The Iceland midfielder, though, claims Spurs must concentrate on getting themselves back in form over the final eight league games, and he said: “We just need to pick ourselves up, stay together and perform well until the end of the season. It (a top-four finish) is in our hands and we are in a good position to make sure we get the Champions League spot.” center_img Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson insists Tottenham are not about to start doubting they can qualify for the Champions League.last_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to right wrongs

first_img Press Association “We are very disappointed, especially with the first half,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told arsenal.com. “We know we are better than that so in that sense we are gutted. “But these things happen in football and it is our responsibility to turn that around and we have a great opportunity on Wednesday night. “When the first goal went early (in the first minute) you have to respond and ‘see out’ the next 10 or 15 minutes. “We failed to do that and, credit to Liverpool, I thought they were brilliant and we were not up to scratch. “In the second half we knew we had to improve and I believe that we did that. “So there are some mental positives but we have to put it right on Wednesday.” Defender Martin Skrtel scored from two set-pieces before Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge put the game out of sight well before half-time. Sterling added a second just after the break before Mikel Arteta scored a consolation for Arsenal after Steven Gerrard brought down Oxlade-Chamberlain in the penalty area. Gunners boss Wenger admits his side have put themselves under pressure with the performance as their title credentials are now being doubted. “It raises questions that we have to answer on Wednesday night,” said the Frenchman. “But it is not what people say it is how we respond what matters. “People of course raise questions but we have only one way to answer that and it is on Wednesday night.” Asked whether they were still title contenders, Wenger added: “Of course, because no matter what happens it will be mathematically possible. “It is always what you make of a defeat which decides your future and we have a lot to answer for and a lot of answers to find. “It was a similar situation after Manchester City (where they lost 6-3 in December). “It was a Saturday 12.45pm kick-off and we similarly conceded early goals. “We have to analyse well what happened and why it happened but we didn’t look sharp physically as well.” After the City defeat, Arsenal went on an eight-match unbeaten run which saw them garner 20 points, and Wenger sees no reason why they cannot repeat the feat. “If we do that in the next few games that will be okay,” he said. “We are very disappointed but we will not lose our confidence and belief that we can still do it.” The Gunners lost top spot in the Barclays Premier League after a 5-1 hammering by fourth-placed Liverpool, who blitzed their visitors with four unanswered goals in the opening 20 minutes. Arsene Wenger’s side have slipped to second, a point behind Chelsea, but host Manchester United on Wednesday looking to recover both lost ground and pride. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is grateful for an early opportunity to put right Arsenal’s failings at Anfield.last_img read more

Alan Pardew warns Wilfried Zaha over diving but tips him for England

first_img Press Association Alan Pardew has warned Wilfried Zaha about his dive against Newcastle but believes the winger is capable of earning an England recall before the season’s end. “At Leicester he should have had a penalty, it was a foul, but on Saturday it was a dive and he’s paid the price,” Pardew said. “He can’t play this week and now his place is in jeopardy because if someone comes in and does a great job then he might not get back in the side. “He’ll learn that lesson. He’s not somebody that’s renowned for diving, and it is something I personally discourage, I really don’t like it in the game. He’s had my feelings on it. I’ve been very, very pleased with him, it’s just a tiny aspect of his game he needs to correct. “(Zaha’s) one of the few wide players who can actually go past someone from a standing start. In the England side, you have players who are very, very good with the ball in front of them: Theo Walcott, (Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain, (Ross) Barkley, but Wilf is probably a rare breed in that he is a natural wide player who can beat people, and that might be a nice addition for the squad if he can keep up this consistency. “Roy (Hodgson) is right to not have him in the squad or in his thinking at this time, but I know he’s keeping a close eye on him. If he can show consistency throughout the season that might be a nice option for Roy to have in the Euros.” The manager also effectively confirmed reports of his interest in non-league winger Randell Williams, 18, who is on trial with Palace from Tower Hamlets, having once been a Tottenham trainee. “It’s very unusual (for us to have a player in from that level),” Pardew said. “He’s done very well, so we’ll see how he goes. I’ll keep you updated on that one. “He’s a left winger, but I’m not going to tell you his name, in case that gets passed onto somebody else.” center_img The yellow card Zaha picked up in Crystal Palace’s 5-1 win will mean he is suspended from Monday’s trip to Everton and Pardew says it could put his first-team place at risk in the short term. But the Palace boss, who has been impressed with Zaha’s improved form so far this season, has tipped him to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s thinking for the first time since earning his second cap in August 2013. last_img read more