Low maintenance

first_imgMany homeowners desire a low-maintenance landscape. Maintenance, time and expense are all factors to consider when developing a landscape plan.A natural, low-maintenance landscape can be easily accomplished with a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch, like pine needles, decayed sawdust or pine straw. However, it should not detract from the overall appearance of the landscape.Don’t let it blow awayChoose a mulch that cannot be easily disturbed by wind or erosion. Define the area with a crisp boundary so grass won’t grow over into the mulch, or mulch won’t spill out into the grass. When designing the area, let existing trees influence the design. Don’t be stingy with the mulch and make the area too small by cutting the boundaries close to the tree trunks. Incorporate at least half of the tree’s drip-line area on large trees and all of this space on smaller trees. If you’re naturalizing an area because of a poor stand of grass under the trees, it’s probably because of too much shade and tree root competition. A general rule to remember is to naturalize all areas that receive 50 percent shade at all times.Make areas free-flowingUse as many free-flowing curves as possible in these projects. Try not to create boundaries that project too abruptly, as they will not appear natural and will create hard to maintain areas.Before spreading the mulch, try to remove all bermudagrass and other perennials, fescue, nutgrass or broadleaf weeds. A 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch will control weeds, but not by just piling it on top. Several herbicides are effective for home use for most weeds or grasses.Over the last few years the use of black plastic has declined, while the use of the various geotextile fabrics has increased. Plastic material does not allow moisture to penetrate and also inhibits a free exchange of oxygen. These factors can cause problems for many ornamentals and cause weak plants to die during a stress period. Landscape fabrics will allow moisture penetration as well as promote oxygen exchange. The latest research rates the usefulness of landscape fabrics very highly in conjunction with organic mulches.For more assistance on creating a landscape plan, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.last_img read more

Syosset Store Owner Charged With Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A convicted child molestor who owns an upholstery business in Syosset has been arrested for pulling down a male employee’s pants and grabbing his genitals last week, Nassau County police said.Alfred Balcerak, a Registered Level 3 Sex Offender and owner of Dun Rite Upholstery on West Jericho Turnpike, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse after he surrendered to police Tuesday, authorities said.The victim left the store following the May 21 incident.The 54-year-old Freeport man will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Balcerak became a registered sex offender following his 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a boy younger than 14 years old, according to Parents for Megan’s Law. He served two years behind bars.last_img read more

NAFCU-backed Reg D study bill sails through House, awaits Senate

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House, voting 422-0, on Tuesday passed H.R. 3240, a bill requiring a Government Accountability Office study of the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation D that NAFCU believes will lead to a full repeal of the regulation’s requirements.The “Regulation D Study Act,” introduced by Reps. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y, would require GAO to study the impact of the Fed’s Reg D reserving requirements on depository institutions, consumers and monetary policy.NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in support of the bill prior to the House vote. He said Reg D limits a credit union member’s ability to transfer funds between savings and checking accounts to six transactions per month without triggering added reserving requirements for the credit union. He said this limit only applies to transaction accounts and not savings accounts, so it is confusing to credit union members and forces the credit union to focus more on compliance and less on member service.“Federal Reserve Regulation D is a prime example of a regulation that hasn’t been reconsidered by Congress or the agencies for far too long,” Thaler wrote. “NAFCU believes a study of whether this outdated monetary reserve requirement imposed on depository institutions and consumers is necessary and believes the study would show strong evidence for the regulation’s full repeal.” continue reading »last_img read more

Vietnam reports H5N1 case; Chinese patient dies

first_imgJun 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s health ministry announced over the weekend that a poultry slaughterhouse worker was being treated for H5N1 avian influenza, and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that China’s most recent H5N1 patient has died.Vietnam’s health ministry said the man, from the northern province of Thai Nguyen, worked in a Hanoi slaughterhouse on May 14, got sick 5 days later, and was admitted to Hanoi’s Tropical Disease Hospital, according to a Jun 2 report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.After a nearly 18-month lull in Vietnamese H5N1 cases, the man’s case is the country’s second in a little more than a week. In the previous case, a 30-year-old farmer fell ill after he helped slaughter chickens for a wedding. He was recovering at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, according to the Xinhua report.The WHO has not yet confirmed either case. If the agency confirms both infections, they will be listed as Vietnam’s 94th and 95th H5N1 cases. For now, Vietnam’s H5N1 case count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.In other avian flu developments, China’s health ministry announced that a 19-year-old soldier who was recently listed as the country’s 25th H5N1 case-patient died yesterday, according to a WHO statement today. The man had been receiving treatment at a military hospital, according to Reuters. He becomes China’s 16th avian flu fatality.The man had been serving in southeastern China’s Fujian province when he became ill, though he had had no reported contact with infected birds, according to the WHO. A WHO official recently pointed out that only one of China’s 25 H5N1 patients had reported contact with sick birds, according to an Associated Press report.The lack of apparent links to infected birds raises questions about how effectively the Chinese government is monitoring the disease in birds, WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told Reuters. “This would suggest that the monitoring of H5N1 in poultry in China needs to be strengthened,” he said.See also:Jun 4 WHO statementlast_img read more

Shopee to export Indonesian small businesses’ products to the Philippines

first_imgE-commerce firm Shopee plans to export millions of Indonesia-made products to the Philippines by the end of March as it seeks to strengthen its footing in Asia despite risks from the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are starting the expansion with the Philippines because it has relatively the same buying power and price point as Indonesia,” the company’s Public Policy and Government Relations head Radityo Triatmojo told the press on Thursday. The export plan is part of Shopee’s Kreasi Nusantara program, which aims to market the products of Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to Shopee’s other Asian markets. This year, Shopee would be marketing Indonesian products in its top export categories, namely beauty, fashion, food and beverage and home and living products. Read also: North Sumatra urges businesses to develop more swallow’s nest products, increase exportsThe e-commerce firm reported having exported more than 5,000 Indonesian products to Malaysia and Singapore last year. It has operated in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan.Radityo went on to say that the company aimed to sell more than 1 million locally made products to its international market, but also expressed hope to exceed that figure.“We will not rely on discounts or any other incentives because we want to see how the organic market will grow,” he said, adding that a similar strategy had been successful in attracting customers in Malaysia and Singapore. He expressed hope that the coronavirus pandemic would not delay the company’s export plan, and added that despite the COVID-19 spread, its domestic and export market was able to “grow normally.”“Hopefully, if it goes according to plan, we should be able to expand exports to Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam by year-end,” he said.Shopee has been training its online sellers in trend analysis, logistics and English so they will be able to communicate with international buyers.  Shopee public relations lead Aditya Maulana said the company had trained 40,000 SME owners since 2018 in various online business topics, including through the Kampus Shopee program.Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinchHe said that such a training program was essential as many SMEs were still reluctant to scale up and market their products through branding efforts. They “feel small” and were afraid that their products would not sell in foreign markets, he added.The government has been making efforts to promote local products, such as through Government Regulation No. 80/2019, which states that e-commerce platforms are required to provide space to promote goods and/or services produced domestically.“The regulation is part of government support for both e-commerce platforms and small businesses,” said Trade Ministry business and distributors supervision director I Gusti Ketut Astawa, also on Thursday.According to iPrice data, Shopee has the most monthly web visitors in Indonesia with almost 73 million visitors in the fourth quarter last year. Meanwhile, Indonesian e-commerce companies Tokopedia and Bukalapak came in second and third, respectively.The ranking was a milestone for Shopee, as Tokopedia has been the country’s number one e-commerce site since the second quarter of 2018 until Q3 2019, with monthly web visits of 168 million.Topics :last_img read more

South Korean contaminated enoki mushrooms no longer circulating in markets: Ministry

first_imgTopics : Read also: Indonesia orders destruction of imported enoki mushrooms over listeriosis fearsThe BKP found that some samples imported by the company had been contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes listeriosis. The foodborne illness can cause serious problems for vulnerable groups such as newborns, toddlers, pregnant women and the elderly.The BKP then told PT Green Box Fresh Vegetables, a local company that imported enoki mushrooms from Green Co Ltd., to cease all distribution and destroy the remaining mushrooms weighing more than 8.1 tons in Bekasi, West Java, between May 22 and June 19.Agung said the agency had also notified the South Korean Embassy in Indonesia so it could carry out corrective action.He explained that it was safe for the public to consume enoki mushrooms as long as they had not been imported from South Korea.”Listeria monocytogenes contaminates enoki mushrooms through water, land and while they grow. The factors are quite localized and specific to certain regions so it is very unlikely that enoki mushrooms from other countries also contain the bacteria,” he said.However, Agung suggested cooking enoki mushrooms before consumption as a preventative measure.”Listeria monocytogenes will die when heated to a temperature of more than 75 degrees Celsius for five minutes,” he added.Agung also suggested not storing enoki mushrooms with other foods to prevent cross-contamination. Enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea are no longer in circulation at markets after a recall was issued by the Agriculture Ministry in May following reports that they contained harmful bacteria.The ministry recalled the mushrooms exported by South Korean mushroom exporter Green Co. Ltd, an official from the ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP), Agung Hendriadi, said.”Officials from the regional branches of the Central Food Safety Competency Authority [OKKPP] have checked enoki mushrooms sold at markets in several regions such as Jambi, West Kalimantan, Ternate, and Jakarta and they found no enoki mushrooms from South Korea, specifically from Green Co,” he said during a press conference on Tuesday.Between April 21 and May 26, the agency had taken samples of enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea after the International Food Safety Authority Network (Infosan), a food security network under the United Nations and the World Health Organization, notified them that people in the United States, Canada and Australia had contracted listeriosis after consuming enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea.last_img read more

Martin Keown tells Mikel Arteta to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy even if he stays

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are scheduled to return to Premier League action on June 17 against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a real concern for Arsenal, recently with [Mesut] Ozil, they lost [Aaron] Ramsey, they lost [Alexis] Sanchez,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘First of all I like the core beliefs of Hasenhuttl, you can hear what he’s saying about Hojbjerg and I think that’s where it needs to come from Arteta.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We’re hearing now that, unlike [Unai] Emery who wasn’t involved apparently in the Ramsey situation, him leaving, he’s getting involved.‘I think the message needs to be to the player ‘look, we can’t have you captaining the club if there’s uncertainty around your contract’, in the last year of his contract, that can’t be allowed to happen.’MORE: Orkun Kokcu responds to Arsenal transfer speculation with cryptic Instagram messageMORE: Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Kieran Tierney to Leicester City transfer speculation Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took over as Arsenal captain from Granit Xhaka earlier this season (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has implored Mikel Arteta to consider stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy should he decide to remain at the club without signing a new deal. The Gabon international’s future remains the subject of intense speculation with a host of Europe’s heavyweight clubs monitoring the situation of a player who has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract.Arteta remains desperate to keep hold of the 30-year-old who is on course to win a second successive Premier League Golden Boot Award, but Arsenal’s precarious financial position means the club could be forced to listen to offers for their prize asset this summer. AdvertisementAdvertisementSouthampton are in similar predicament with their current skipper, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is close to entering the last year of his contract. ADVERTISEMENTSaints boss Ralf Hassenhuttl has warned the Denmark international he will lose the armband unless he commits his future to the south coast club and Keown would like Arteta to take a similar stance with Aubameyang. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Martin Keown tells Mikel Arteta to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy even if he stays Commentlast_img read more

Top views and breezes on offer in Manly West

first_imgThe master bedroom at 16A Ringara St, Manly West.Outside there are beautiful gardens, lawns and hedging.Marketing agent David Lazarus said the property was the complete dream family home. The property is within walking distance of public and private schools, including Moreton Bay Boys College. It is close to local shops, restaurants, cafes, wine bars, parks, sporting facilities, Manly Harbour Village and Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The home at 16A Ringara St, Manly West.THIS two-storey family home has stunning views of Moreton Bay, Mt Cotton and the Brisbane city skyline. The property at 16A Ringara St, Manly West, was designed with the living spaces upstairs to make the most of the beautiful outlook and bay breezes. On the ground floor there is a double lockup garage, laundry, toilet and family bathroom with separate shower and bath. There are three bedrooms on this level, with built in robes to two, and a lounge room with built-in storage and sliding door access to a patio. The deck at 16A Ringara St, Manly West.The area flows out through sliding doors to the entertainment deck. The kitchen has a big island bench, stone benchtops, gas cooking and stainless steel appliances. The house also has ducted airconditioning on both levels, ceiling fans in most rooms, intercom and ducted vacuum system. center_img The dining area and kitchen at 16A Ringara St, Manly West.Upstairs, the master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with dual basins, toilet, walk-in shower and heated towel rails.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There is also a study with built-in robe and a powder room. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area features high ceilings, polished timber floors, timber plantation shutters and downlights. last_img read more

Spring listings jump across Brisbane with asking prices also rising

first_imgThe index for unit asking prices has dropped in Brisbane amid a surge in supply in areas such as Southbank.Asking prices in Brisbane were also up, with the 12-month percentage change in that index sitting at 2.7 per cent for house and 1.5 per cent for units.Sydney had the greatest increase in listings (12.3 per cent) but asking prices for houses were down -0.1 points though units continued to rise (0.9 points).Louis Christopher, SQM Research managing director, said it appeared that the efforts of policy makers to slow the Sydney housing market down had worked.“I think more and more sellers are coming to the market hoping to sell at the peak, or close to it. Yet they are coming to the market with very lofty pricing expectations, hence we have seen auction clearance rates fall and days on market increase. There will be many disappointed sellers in Sydney by the end of this Spring selling season.” Brisbane residential property listings rose 5.3 per cent between August and September as the traditional spring selling season kicked in.THE number of house owners putting their property up for sale in Brisbane jumped 5.3 per cent in September, as the traditional spring selling season kicked in.SQM Research showed monthly residential property listings for Brisbane hit 31,161 last month compared to 29,587 in August. It was 30,542 in September 2016. The yearly change (2 per cent) was a higher growth level than every other capital except Sydney (12.3 per cent) and Canberra (6.4 per cent).More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe SQM Research Weekly Asking Prices Index for all Brisbane houses was down to 609.3 (-0.2 points) while units were at 380.3 after a higher drop of -1.1 points.last_img read more

Canterbury Museum ignores T-shirt outrage

first_imgStuff co.nz 16 February 2015A Canterbury Museum exhibition is sparking outrage ahead of its display of a banned t-shirt depicting a graphic image of a nun and explicit abuse of Jesus.The organiser of a street art festival is outraged Canterbury Museum is ignoring his request to pull a controversial T-shirt from its exhibition, which is part of the event.Spectrum street art festival director George Shaw is distancing himself and the festival from the T-shirt. He is upset the museum ignored his early warnings to consult with stakeholders before deciding to include the garment.T-Shirts Unfolding is a big part of the Spectrum festival and features 1000 T-shirts – including the Vestal Masturbation, which shows an image of a masturbating nun while on the reverse it has the phrase “Jesus is a c…”.Museum director Anthony Wright is standing firm, saying the museum has no plans to ditch the shirt.http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/66225377/canterbury-museum-ignores-tshirt-outragelast_img read more