Perfect poinsettia

first_imgBy Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaAlong with evergreens, poinsettias embody the holiday spirit andhelp create festive displays. The challenge is deciding how manyand what color, leaf shape, plant size and form to buy.You can choose among plants with traditional red, strong white,creamy white, light pink, solid pink, bright orange-red, deeppurple-red and various marbled or speckled bracts. Plants rangefrom 4-inch pots to 18-inch hanging baskets, living wreaths,topiaries and 3-gallon floor planters.You can use poinsettia stems as cut flowers in arrangements, too.If you supply enough water, as when using florist foam, some newpoinsettia cultivars can last up to two weeks as cut flowers.Buying the best is easy (Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Look for Georgia-grown plants. This year the crop promises tobe phenomenal. Locally grown plants may cost more, but they keepbetter. They’re usually sold to florist shops and gardencenters.Select plants with fully colored and expanded bracts. (Bractsare the colored leaves. The actual flowers are the yellowcenters.) Avoid plants with too much green around the bractedges, a sign that it was shipped before it was mature enough.Choose poinsettias with dense, rich green leaves all alongthe stem. They should be well branched and proportioned and abouttwo and one-half times the height of the pot.Examine leaves for “hitchhikers.” Silverleaf whiteflies geton the underside of the leaves and suck the juices. This is thegiveaway: whiteflies excrete “honeydew” onto the leaves below.Don’t buy plants with sticky leaves and dots on the leafundersides. The dots are whitefly nymphs.Look closely at the roots. White and light tan roots thathave grown to the sides of the pot are signs of a healthy plant.Brown roots or few roots may indicate disease.Don’t buy plants with weak stems, few bracts or any signs ofwilting, breaking or drooping. Often in stores poinsettias arecrowded. Sometimes they’re displayed in paper, plastic or meshsleeves. They need their space. The longer they stay sleeved, thefaster their quality deteriorates.When you take your poinsettia home, protect it from chillingwinds and temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Place it in asleeve or large shopping bag.Once you get home, place it where it looks best. It will lastabout three weeks in fairly dark places. Don’t put it near a colddraft or excessive heat or near an appliance, fireplace orventilating duct.Water a poinsettia only when the soil feels dry to the touch.But don’t allow it to wilt, as it may cause leaves to drop.Overwatering is a common cause of plant loss. Don’t leave theplant in standing water. This, too, may cause leaf drop. Alwaysremove a plant from any decorative container before watering itand allow the water to drain completely.Don’t fertilize it during the blooming season. This willcause the plant to lose some of its quality.After the holiday season is over, move the poinsettia to abright spot in either a south-, east- or west-facing window.Eventually, the bracts will start to fall off. By early April,cut the plant back, leaving four to six nodes or segments on thestem. At this point, it can be grown outdoors in full sun.Fertilize it weekly with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer atthe same rate you give houseplants.Trim your poinsettia in June and plant it in a 1-gallon potor large indoor planter. Trim back new growth again around July 1and again by mid-August. Keep fertilizing through spring andsummer, applying nutrition once every two to three weeks as fallnears. With enough water and nutrition, poinsettias can grow ashigh as 5 feet.Poinsettias are nonpoisonous and safe for display aroundchildren and pets.last_img read more

CUNA to focus on tax extenders, UBIT, excise for rest of 2018

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As both 2018 and the 115th Congress wind down, CUNA will pursue several credit union priorities in the next few weeks. Congress will also work toward funding the federal government, which expires Dec. 7.CUNA is also engaged with the upcoming Senate vote on Kathy Kraninger to become the next director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.For the rest of 2018, CUNA will:Pursue the extension of two expired tax cuts, aka, “tax extenders.” One provision would not treat the discharge of mortgage debt forgiveness as income, the second retroactively made deductible mortgage insurance premiums paid in 2017 as homeowners filed 2017 returns;last_img read more

‘Bacolod City’s Friday rain overwhelming’

first_imgFriday’s rain was made worse by thehigh tide, Bai added, resulting to flashfloods. Bais said this was equivalent to threedays of rainfall. He also asked DPWH City Districtengineer Abraham Villareal to check flood walls as well as major outfallsin various rivers./PN The CDRRMO issued warnings to 61barangays, which in turn alerted their quick response teams. The CDRRMO automated rain gauge inBarangay Alangilan recorded a total cumulated rainfall volume of 102millimeters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “The heavy rainfall becameoverwhelming for everyone to cope with,” said Bai. CDRRMO also made available itsvehicles for free rides to those stranded due to the rain. In coordination with the Department ofEducation, some schools were prepared as evacuation centers. BACOLOD City – Friday last week’storrential rain was “overwhelming”, according to City Disaster Risk Reductionand Management Office (CDRRMO) officer Aaron Bai. Meanwhile, Cong. Greg Gasataya urgedthe Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod City EngineeringDistrict to check the drainage projects along national roads, streets ofLacson and Araneta, Circumferential Road, Bangga Cory, and others. Photo by Butch Villanuevalast_img read more

Girls Sectional Week

first_imgGood luck to all the area girls basketball teams as they enter the 2016 sectionals.  The team with the best chance to make a long run in this year’s tourney is the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles. Coach Scott Smith’s team is rated #1 in several polls and #2 in the power rankings for Class A teams.   Oldenburg Academy and South Decatur will be battling the Eagles for the Class 1A title.In 2A South Ripley, North Decatur, and Milan are in the same sectional.  This sectional would have Austin as the favorite.  In 3A,  6 of the 8 EIAC schools are all in the sectional at Lawrenceburg.  In this group Greensburg would be considered the favorite although Rushville has had a strangle hold on this sectional for many seasons.  In 4A East Central is the only area school in their sectional.  As usual, the Lady Trojans are battling 4A power Columbus North.Get out and back your local team.  These young ladies deserve your support!last_img read more

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson

first_imgMrs. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson, age 61, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on October 12, 1954, in Somerset, Kentucky. the daughter of, Owen Lee and Alene (Wright) Ashbrook. She was raised in Mt. Orab, Ohio where she attended Western Brown High School. Liz was inducted into the United States Army in July 1969. Liz was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 31, 1976. Liz was united in marriage on May 24, 1974, in Kentucky to Clarence Earl Davidson. Liz and Clarence shared 42 years of marriage together until her death. Liz was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana, for 4 years. She was also employed as a cook for Granny’s Restaurant in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years. Liz resided in the Switzerland County community since 1987. Liz will be remembered for her love of scrapbooking and crocheting. Liz will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. Liz passed away at 5:36 am, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at her residence in Pleasant, Indiana.Liz will be dearly missed by her husband of 42 years: Clarence Earl Davidson of Pleasant, IN; her daughters: Melissa Willoughby of Mt. Orab, OH and Rhonda Davidson of Pleasant, IN; her sons: Larry Luttrell and his wife: Rebecca of Mt. Orab, OH, Clarence Lee Davidson and his wife: Kimberly of East Enterprise, IN and Thomas Davidson and his companion: Amie McEntire of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Drew, Khloe, Athena, Jasmine, Aurora, Jaxson, Jade, David and Jasper; her father: Owen Lee Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, OH; her sisters: Linda Beckelheimer of Mt. Orab, OH, Della Smith of Mt. Orab, OH, Gwen Zimmer of Dayton, OH, Anna Peters of Somerset, KY, Ellen Gentry of Mt. Orab, OH and Becky Werling of Glendale, OH; her brother: Clay Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, OH and her several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by her mother: Mary Alene (Wright) Ashbrook.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, August 22, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

The LST-325 has landed

first_imgAurora, IN—The LST-325, a World War II-era Navy ship, has docked in Aurora at Lesko Park. The memorial ship will be on the banks of the Ohio River through Monday as the community celebrates its bicentennial, The ship honors former LST (landing ship tank) vessels and was part of the back-up force as troops landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day in 1944. The ship later made trips carrying troops and supplies between France and England through the end of the war in 1945.After World War II, the LST saw action during the Cold War and in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is currently retired in its homeport of Evansville. And it is the last fully operational World War II ship of its kind.The Aurora celebration will include a B-25 Bomber flyover and a veterans’ dedication on Sunday afternoon. The boat is docked at the Aurora Riverfront Ferry Landing off SR 56.last_img read more

McCoy dominates on the Don

first_img Press Association “We always thought he was good. I was delighted when he sent him on down the back straight as we know he stays and we didn’t want a sprint. It’s great to give AP a Grade One.” Eddie O’Leary, racing manager to Gigginstown, said: “He was unlucky at Cheltenham. Things conspired against him, but that’s the real Don Cossack. “He’s a Gold Cup horse. He stays and he’s got class. We’ve also got Don Poli and just hope one of them will be lucky enough to be around next year. We’re pessimistic by nature. We’ve got to get them back sound.” Racebets introduced Don Cossack into the betting at 16-1 on the 2016 Gold Cup. Colin Tizzard was delighted with Cue Card and is thinking of running at the Punchestown Festival. He said: “He’s absolutely fine. He beat the rest easy enough, but he didn’t get anywhere near the winner. He was something else. He’ll go to Punchestown now.” Jonjo O’Neill said of Johns Spirit: “He’s a superstar. He always tries. We’ll look at more of these sort of races next season but might be tempted to head again to the Paddy Power as he loves it around Cheltenham.” Tony McCoy was the star of the show for the second day running with victory in the feature race at Aintree as he struck on Don Cossack in the Betfred Melling Chase. While it was in his boss JP McManus’s colours that he won the Aintree Hurdle on Jezki on Thursday, it was for one of the owner’s big rivals in Ireland, Gigginstown House Stud, that he was triumphant this time. McCoy stepped into the breach due to retained rider Bryan Cooper being suspended, as well as being free himself when Uxizandre was ruled out of the race. The Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack was making amends for an unlucky run at Cheltenham after winning his first four starts of the campaign, including the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. McCoy chose to race Don Cossack prominently behind the pacesetting Cue Card before taking over early in the straight. The 3-1 joint-favourite was soon away and clear and flew over the final fence to win eased down by 26 lengths. Cue Card ran a creditable race to fill the runner-up spot on his first start since Boxing Day, with Johns Spirit third. There was drama early on when Balder Succes came down at the third, giving Wayne Hutchinson a bang on his shoulder, and last year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy fell at the sixth. Like Hutchinson, his rider Josh Moore was stood down for the day. McCoy said: “I owe JP’s son Kieran a favour as we knew early in the week Uxizandre wouldn’t be running and I think Kieran sorted it with Eddie and Michael (O’Leary, of Gigginstown). Even though we have a healthy competition with them in England and Ireland, it’s nice of them to put me up in a Grade One given I haven’t got long left. “I got a good ride off him. Fair play to Gordon, he had him in great shape. I gave him a squeeze down the back, as it worked out he’s better with the bit high in his mouth. “Gordon told me he had a high cruising speed and not to be frightened to be positive, and saying that was like a red rag to a bull.” Elliott added: “I’m delighted, he’s always been the apple of my eye and AP gave him a great ride. It’s unfortunate Bryan Cooper got suspended at Cheltenham as he’s a big part of the team, but I’ve got brilliant staff and owners. last_img read more

Rookie off-spinner Charles says Red Force anxious to break four-day jinx

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Rookie off-spinner Bryan Charles says Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will be focused this year on bringing an end to their four-day title drought, but need to pay special attention to their preparation phase in order to make this a reality.Though they have dominated the shorter forms of the regional domestic championship, Red Force are without a first-class title in 11 years but are hoping to make amends in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) which bowls off next month.“Winning the Four-Day title would mean a lot to the Red Force, bringing a sense of pride back to the team,” said the 22-year-old, who played five of his six first-class matches last season.“The Four-Day title has eluded us since the 2005/2006 season and a win would be a major turning point as we are said to only succeed in the ‘coloured clothes’ format of the game.”Red Force had a rough last season, losing five times in 10 outings to finish third in the standings, as Guyana Jaguars took their third consecutive four-day title.The previous year, Red Force were fourth after winning just three matches while in 2015, they ended one from bottom with two wins.In comparison, they have won two of the last three Super50 one-day titles, and Charles said there was a need for Red Force to show more consistency in the longer format.“I think the Red Force have come up short in the Four-Day as we play intervals of good cricket throughout the game,” he pointed out.“There will be a good session of cricket followed by a bad session as we are usually in good positions in many games and surrender that due to one bad session of cricket.”He added: “It is just a matter of keeping focus at the crucial points in the games and there will be better results.”Red Force face a difficult opener when they take on arch-rivals Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval in the first round of the PCL, bowling off October 26.And their campaign is expected to get no easier when they host Jamaica Scorpions at Queen’s Park Oval in the second round from November 2 to 5.Charles said preparation would be key if Red Force were to make a strong start to the season.“I think the team can use more preparation heading into the Four-Day tournament, as we are usually slow starters who often catch up during the second part of the season,” he pointed out.“Preparation is a key factor this year as there is no second (half of the season) to catch up, as the 10 games are basically back to back this season.”The four-day season wraps up January 21 next year.last_img read more

Sala exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before plane crash

first_imgEmiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide while on board the plane which crashed into the English Channel in January, investigators have found.Argentine forward Sala was killed when flying from Nantes to Cardiff having completed a club-record £15 million ($18m) move to the Bluebirds in January.He and pilot David Ibbotson – whose body has not yet been found – were the only people on board the plane, and a report released by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed that the pair were exposed to the deadly gas following tests on Sala’s blood.“Toxicology tests on the blood of the passenger showed a carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) saturation level of 58 per cent,” the report read. “COHb is the combination product of carbon monoxide (CO) with haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein molecule contained in red blood cells.“A COHb level of 50% or above in an otherwise healthy individual is generally considered to be potentially fatal.“In this type of aircraft, the cockpit is not separated from the cabin and it is considered likely that the pilot would also have been affected to some extent by exposure to CO.” Sala’s plane went missing over the Channel on January 21 as he made the journey to South Wales having bid farewell to his former team-mates in France.After three days of searching, Guernsey Police called off the search for the Piper Malibu plane, with Sala’s body eventually found following a privately funded search by the player’s family and returned to Argentina.In June, Dorset Police confirmed that detectives investigating Sala’s death had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.An unnamed 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area was taken into custody but later released and remains under investigation for potentially having a role in the passing of the Argentine striker and Ibbotson.Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said at the time of the arrest: “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority. “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”last_img read more

South Sudan, Rwanda skip inter-parliamentary games planning meetings

first_img(L-R) Ajuri County MP, Hamson Obua from Uganda, Joint Committee chairperson, Gideon Thoar Gaptan and Webuye West MP, Daniel Wanyama from KenyaKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Rwanda and South Sudan are yet to confirm their participation in the East Africa Inter-parliamentary games, with just three weeks left to kick off.  Uganda is scheduled to host the games slated for December 7 to 18, 2019. The competition brings together participants from the six national parliaments, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and the East Africa Legislative Assembly-EALA.Ideally, delegations from the six national parliaments and EALA constitute a 24-man joint planning committee to ease communication and coordination of activities.  This year’s Joint Planning Committee chaired by Gideon Thoar Gaptan, one of South Sudan’s EALA representatives, and Ugandan Legislator Susan Nakawuki is in Uganda to make final touches on the security, as well as the readiness of the facilities and the teams.The committee held its first meeting in May in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, the second meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in August and the third meeting in Kampala this week. But representatives from both countries have skipped all preparatory meetings for the annual competition.  Gaptan says that the committee is committee is concerned that the two countries have continued to shun the preparations, yet they have not stated whether or not they will participate in the games this year. He, however, downplayed reports that Rwanda’s nonattendance could be linked to the ongoing border closure dispute between Uganda and Rwanda. He states that it is important that all the member states participate to fulfil the aim of the games which include showcasing regional unity, creating collaboration between the EALA and the national parliaments and establishing networks for citizens among others.    The games will take place at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Lugogo Indoor Stadium and Kampala Capital City Authority –KCCA’s Phillip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.   The Participating teams will battle for a total of 495 medals in eight disciplines. These include basketball, golf, football, athletics, netball, tug of war, walk race and volleyball.  Also, Persons with Disabilities will participate in the games, mainly in darts, in the spirit of inclusion.Meanwhile, Masindi Woman MP, Jalia Bintu says that the committee has decided that each team will feature only two parliamentary staff and the rest MPs so that MPs can showcase their talent and capability in the eyes of citizens and their voters.  Bintu, the manager of Uganda’s Women’s team says that the rules apply for games that require more than five players.  Daniel Wanyama a representative from the Kenyan National Assembly told Uganda Radio Network that the two countries can even show up for the games without prior confirmation, because it is not a do or die affair but rather for the purpose of deepening regional integration.    Wanyama, as head of Kenya’s sports club, says that his delegation will have 200 people.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more