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Cabinet ratifies deal on forming Intl Solar Alliance

first_imgThe cabinet on Monday ratified an agreement under which Bangladesh became a member of 121 solar-resource-rich nations for research, low-cost financing and rapid deployment of clean energy.The decision was taken at a regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Prime Minister’s Office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Briefing reporters after the meeting at the secretariat, Cabinet Division secretary (Coordination and Reforms) NM Ziaul Alam said the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by Indian prime minister Narendera Modi and then French president Francois Hollande.Following that, he said, Bangladesh signed the agreement on the sidelines of the COP22 Conference in Morocco. “Today, the ‘Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance’ has been ratified.”Highlighting some salient features of the deal, Ziaul Alam said the alliance will take steps to remove the obstacles and problems in boosting the solar power of the solar-resource-rich member countries alongside taking integrated efforts for financing solar power projects, conducting research, ensuring necessary development and boosting capacity.”Besides, various programmes and proposals of the ISA will be adopted through discussions,” he added.The Cabinet Division secretary said there will be an assembly and one secretariat under the ISA, while the member states will be the member of the assembly and decision will be taken in the assembly through votes.”The ISA secretariat will execute the assembly decisions,” Ziaul Alam added.He also said India will act as the depositor of the Alliance while any member state can withdraw its membership after giving a three-month notice.The ISA aims to channel $300 billion in 10 years to promote renewable energy projects under a global mega fund for clean energy.The cabinet meeting, however, directed the Internal Resources Division (IRD) to resubmit the draft of ‘The Income Tax Bill, 2017’ after reviewing the draft law in details.last_img read more

3 sentenced to death for Mymensingh murder

first_img.A court in Mymensingh on Sunday sentenced three people to death for killing an auto-rickshaw driver in a bid to snatch away the vehicle in 2011, reports UNB.The convicts are Ziaul Hasan, 25, son of Abdul Halim of ujanpara village in Trishal upazila, Ismail Hossain, 24, son of Afaz uddin of Bhaluka upazila and Suruj Mia, 25, son of Sirajuddin of Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district.According to the prosecution, three convicts, in guise of passengers, hired the auto-rickshaw of Shafiqul Islam at Kachina Bazar in Bhaluka upazila on 12 March 2011.Later, they stabbed and strangled Shafiqul to death after tying his hands and legs and dumped the body in Bilaijura canal near Jamidia Masterbari in the upazila.Locals spotted the body on the following day and being informed by them, police recovered the body from the water body.Abul Hossain, father of the victim, filed a murder case with Bhaluka police station.Police arrested Ismail Hossain and he gave a statement before the court under section 164, admitting his guilt in the killing.After examining records and witnesses, Mymensingh additional district and session judge court-1 Mohammad Iqbal Hossain handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Houston Matters Exclusive Rep Kevin Brady on Healthcare and Taxes

first_img Listen Houston area Republican Congressman Kevin Brady serves as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which means there’s plenty we can talk with him about concerning the Republican healthcare plan and the tax cuts he’s pursuing. On this edition of Houston Matters, Craig Cohen sits down with the congressman to discuss those issues and to talk about civility and bi-partisanship on Capital Hill in the weeks following the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in June. Plus Brady updates us on the status of his colleague (and roommate when he’s in Washington) Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot during the attack.Also this hour: we discuss cyber security concerns when it comes to our election process, Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions, and we discuss recent Houston sports news.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /49:44 flickr Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Apple Musics HipHop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B programming, is leaving the tech giant, Variety has learned. According to sources, Chery is headed for a position at Spotify where the streaming service’s RapCaviar playlist is among its most popular destinations. Last month, RapCaviar curator Tuma Basa left the company after three years for YouTube.At Apple Music, Chery developed popular playlists as well, namely A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B. He was also responsible for securing two Apple exclusive releases from Chance The Rapper, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “Coloring Book.” Cherry’s additional credits include playing a key early role in breaking such artists as Cardi B, Bryson Tiller,  Post Malone, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, 6LACK and H.E.R. A former music journalist who has written for SOHH.com, XXL and BET, Cherry joined Apple in 2014 as part of the company’s Beats By Dre/Beats Music acquisition.As Variety reported, Apple Music recently named Oliver Schusser as new lead for Apple Music worldwide. The service also recently passed 40 million paid subscribers.As of January, Spotify claimed 70 million paying subscribers worldwide. The Swedish company went public on April 3 and its market cap is currently valued at $25.5 billion.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Microsoft says Edge wont bleed your battery dry like Chrome

first_imgYour laptop’s battery is in grave peril. Your web browser is slowly sucking the life out of it, and there’s only one cure: switch to Microsoft Edge. According to Microsoft, running Edge as your primary browser can dramatically extend its battery life. Just how much? As much as an additional 70% compared to other top browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.To find out which browser was the most efficient, Microsoft lined up four Surface Books and turned them loose on the web. In one test, they streamed HD video through the browsers until each laptop died. Chrome was the first to drain, at 4:19, Firefox lasted just over five hours, and Opera — even with the battery saving mode the company just finished boasting about enabled — flatlined at 6:18. Edge kept running for another hour.“Big deal,” you say. “Edge performed better while locked in and playing the same video over and over, so what?” Well, Microsoft also offered up power consumption metrics from real Windows 10 machines in the wild. Their chart shows that Edge sips just 465mW on average, narrowly besting Firefox at 493mW — while Chrome is thirstily chugging nearly 720mW.How much truth is there behind Microsoft’s numbers? You and I may never know for sure, but Microsoft says that they based their analysis on “billions of data points from millions of Windows 10 machines around the globe.”On a related note, if you wondered what Windows 10 was telling Microsoft when it phoned home, here’s a perfect example. It’s telling them how much juice your browser is sucking out of your battery while you’re streaming Rick and Morty on the bus ride to work.last_img read more

WB govt seeks GRSEs aid to rebuild collapsed Majerhat bridge

first_imgMumbai: IPO-bound Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Wednesday said its help has been sought by West Bengal government to build a bridge at Majerhat, after last month’s collapse that killed one person. It has also been approached to build a bridge replacing a collapsed one at Siliguri and is in touch with authorities in flood-hit Kerala for building bridges, its chairman and managing director, Rear Adm (Retd) VK Saxena told reporters here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We see orders by state governments and other civilian agencies to build bailey bridges as a major opportunity. West Bengal government has approached us to help them build a bridge at Majerhat in 10-15 days,” he said. He elaborated that the plan is to build two bridges, one each catering to traffic in one direction and the GRSE is in talks with the government for building one quickly before the Durga Puja festivities. No contract has been signed yet and the price for the construction is yet to be negotiated, he said. This will be the second bridge to be built by the defence public sector undertaking after building the foot overbridge that came up at suburban Elphinstone Road last year, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Apart from bridges, the shipyard is planning to concentrate on ship repairs and refitting and exports in a major way, he said. At present, over 95 per cent of its Rs 20,300 crore order book is from the Indian Navy won without competitive bidding. The government is selling 25 per cent of its holding in the Kolkata-headquartered company through an offer for sale, through which it expects to raise over Rs 335 crore. The initial public offering (IPO) issue will be open for three days starting September 24. Adm Saxena said a public listing will help the shipyard be more efficient in its operations. It will be delivering 15 vessels to the Navy by end of next year, he said, adding that the three project-17 alpha vessels will be delivered by 2023. It will be bidding for all the future projects that the Navy will be coming up with, he said.last_img read more

4 Devices for Your Mobile Workforce

first_imgImage credit: eeker99.com Rugged Good LooksPanasonic Toughbook 53 (starting at $1,399)With military-grade certification against shocks, humidity, spills, dust and extreme temperatures, the Toughbook’s 14-inch LED display with an optional touchscreen and up to 500 GB hard drive is built to withstand the nastiest working environments. Along with the 4G data feed, this makes “no internet” an invalid excuse for those working in adverse conditions. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 12, 2013 This story appears in the May 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now »center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Image credit: Panasonic The WorkhorseDell Latitude 10 Security ($779)This 10-inch handheld device works as a tablet with nearly all-day battery life (when using a four-cell battery). When connected to an optional dock station, it turns into a competent Windows 8 Pro PC, with a keyboard, mouse and HDMI and USB slots. Bonus: An optional fingerprint reader ensures only you can access the device. If you want your staff to work as a team, give ’em a real-time company scoreboard. Track wins and losses and everything in between with Geckoboard, a cloud-based digital dashboard that serves as a companywide bulletin board, displaying everything from business analytics to Twitter feeds to project reports. Subscription pricing is based on the number of portals (HDTVs, mobile devices or desktop PCs) using the service at the same time.Now that all the major wireless carriers offer 4G cellular data connections, the mobile work force finally has the consistent broadband it has always wanted. The new standard has led to reliable e-mailing, routine fast downloads of HD streaming media and real-time, cloud-based collaboration. The hardware showcased here comes pre-installed with 4G connections–no dongles or mobile hot spots required–that take advantage of that speed to make you forget you’re running business through a cell network. Image credit: gsmarena.com Movie PhoneLG Optimus G ($100 from AT&T)Mobile data on the slick, polished Optimus G pops to life thanks to a crisp, high-def 4.7-inch display and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. A discrete microSD slot expands memory to 64 GB, enough to hold more music, video and Android apps than you’ll know what to do with. Image credit: gsmarena.com Split PersonalitySamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($600 for the LTE version from Verizon)Most tablets are hampered by their inability to run more than one app at a time, but the 10-inch Galaxy Note gets around this problem with a split-screen feature that runs two Android programs simultaneously–including its stylus-based note-taking app.last_img read more

Luxury Wine Market Size Business Planning Innovation to See Modest

first_imgThe Luxury Wine Market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Luxury Wine market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter\’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Luxury Wine market.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3205698?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSMajor players in the global Luxury Wine market include:DiageoBrown FormanBeam Suntory Inc.Pernod RicardHiteJinroUnited SpiritsCampariBacardiThaiBevEdrington GroupOn the basis of types, the Luxury Wine market is primarily split into:Red WineWhite WineOtherOn the basis of applications, the market covers:OfflineOnlineGeographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other Regions Chapter 1 provides an overview of Luxury Wine market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Luxury Wine market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Luxury Wine industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Luxury Wine market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Luxury Wine, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Luxury Wine in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Luxury Wine in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Luxury Wine. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Luxury Wine market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Luxury Wine market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Acquire Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3205698?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Let’s look back at the biggest storylines and narratives for the pro sports teams in the Valley.5. D-backs’ skid follows record startRelated LinksD-backs lineup construction is like numbers floating over Lovullo’s headESPN’s Elhassan leans toward Doncic, doubts Ayton is generational talentCBS Sports sets over/under at five starts for Cardinals’ Rosen in 2018Entering the month with a 20-8 record, the Diamondbacks floundered behind empty offensive performances for much of May.Arizona went 8-19 to sit a game above .500 for the season heading into June, and the frustrations have spanned more beyond the batter’s box.Injuries to outfielders A.J. Pollock (thumb) in the middle of the month and Steven Souza Jr. (pectoral) a week later hurt. Starting pitcher Robbie Ray was already placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 30, leaving Arizona down two starters after Taijuan Walker’s season ended with a UCL injury in mid-April, and finding Ray’s replacement, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t been easy.Paul Goldschmidt’s season-long slump might have been broken up lately, yet he’s still slashing just .209/.326/.393 for the year.The highlight of the month? Maybe Souza Jr. getting into it with the Dodgers in an 8-5, 12-inning victory.4. Cardinals finally acquire a No. 2 cornerback2017: Tramon Williams.2016: Marcus Cooper2015: Jerraud Powers2014: Antonio Cromartie Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton poses for a portrait before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) May doesn’t usually go like this around these parts.The Phoenix Suns have never had a super favorable NBA Draft Lottery result until 2018. Their MLB counterparts, the Arizona Diamondbacks, tumbled despite entering the month on a tear.The Arizona Cardinals haven’t drafted a franchise quarterback and let him run the first-team offense with such promise since … alright, you get it.A lot happened in May. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories But he feels his long NBA resume makes him an NBA coach through and through, and his connections to Phoenix — Kokoskov was a Phoenix assistant from 2008-2013 — and progressive offensive philosophies went over well considering the circumstances.2. Josh Rosen’s perception in Arizona — and out of itWhile Josh Rosen was drafted 10th overall by the Cardinals in April, it took until May for the weird narratives to unfold.An NFL evaluator anonymously told ESPN that nobody likes Rosen after a Browns executive publicly expressed an odd evaluation of the UCLA quarterback based on a conversation that he had with the Bruins’ volleyball team.Coaches, however, couldn’t praise him much more. Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Rosen has a shot to win the starting job and believes he’s the most NFL-ready rookie signal-caller, and former UCLA coach Jim Mora also expressed heaps of confidence in Rosen’s future.To the people it matters within the Cardinals’ organization, things lean in the same direction. First-year coach Steve Wilks, who has allowed Rosen to play with the first team with expected starter Sam Bradford taking it easy, has said it wouldn’t be a long shot for Rosen to challenge for the starting quarterback job. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1. Lottery lands Suns atop NBA Draft orderNothing hit Arizona sports fans in like the Suns’ luck going the way of the odds.After putting together the worst season in the NBA, Phoenix earned a top NBA Draft selection via the lottery process, and now it’s a matter of the Suns deciding what to do with the pick.The majority of fans want general manager Ryan McDonough to keep the pick and select Arizona Wildcats product Deandre Ayton, but the center isn’t the only option. Slovenian wing Luka Doncic is potentially the next-best option.On top of it, the always-circulating NBA rumor-mill planted the thought of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns hitting the trading block, joining apparently dissatisfied San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard there. Could the Suns have a shot at trading for either with the top overall pick, plus other assets? Let’s just say that those were some of the main cornerbacks who have played alongside Patrick Peterson over the last four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. Not all of them even held down the job the entire year.That’s a thing of the past, at least in the dead months of this summer. General manager Steve Keim swung a trade to acquire cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Cleveland Browns at the cost of a 2020 sixth-round draft pick in mid-May.While his performance and health must stand up through the preseason and season, Taylor is under contract for two more years, making him unique compared to what the Cardinals’ corner options have been in a long time.3. Suns hire Igor Kokoskov as next head coachAn interview process that spanned two weeks after the end of the NBA season felt long.That’s because the Suns vetted a double-digit number of head coaching candidates to replace interim Jay Triano and former head man Earl Watson. They excited fans by meeting with big-name coaches like Mike Budenholzer and David Fizdale before ultimately landing with Igor Kokoskov. Historically, it was unique considering he is the first coach born and raised in Europe to get an NBA head coaching gig.last_img read more

Questions questions for Cyprus gardener

first_imgGardening with Patricia JordanJune already and almost halfway through the year, but most gardens had a late start this year and village gardens are still full of lovely roses. I am sure that the roses in the gardens near to me are never pruned, yet they are always in flower and give passers-by as much pleasure as I am sure they give to their owners. I cast envious glances each time I pass by.It doesn’t matter where I am – supermarket checkout, friends’ houses, concerts, church halls or garden parties, inevitably someone will come up to me with a gardening question. My horticultural knowledge is fairly extensive having gardened in the tropics and northern Europe for many years and been involved in Mediterranean gardening for nearly two decades, so I feel flattered that people should think I can help them.Usually questions are why certain plants don’t produce flowers or what to do to combat various bugs, or even why a particular plant died. A recent query was ideas for trees for small gardens.Now that is a very good question as nobody would want towering jacarandas or huge palm trees to be dominating small borders around a house. Better to grow Tecoma stans, Leucophyllum frutescens or even the ubiquitous hibiscus, despite mealy bug problems – (try hybrids rather than the common or garden red flowered ones).Other enquiries come in via emails, sometimes accompanied by slightly out of focus images. It helps to identify plants if a flower or bud is shown in the image. Unlike some gardening writers in the UK whose mail often includes soggy or dying leaves and flowers, I much prefer images! Please do not let this deter you from writing or emailing me. I am always pleased to assist when I can.WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTHAt this time of the year, those early flowering plants that we so enjoyed are going over and need some attention now. Chasmanthe (still known here as monbretia) should have dead leaves taken off now that they have dried. If you remove them too soon then you will not have flowers next year. Every few years or so they should be lifted and cleaned by taking off the ‘tunic’, which is a net around the corm. Look underneath the base of the corm and you will find a hard flat base plate, which should also be removed. You can replant now or wait until the autumn, but they probably will not flower for a while after such drastic, but necessary surgery! You may want to take up any freesia corms now that the foliage has died off and clean up the corms and keep them in a dry place until the autumn rains come and you can plant them out again and enjoy their delightful perfumed flowers. Cut down frayed strelitzia leaves and flowers that have died and gone over. The leaves, despite looking so robust, are extremely vulnerable to rain, winds and locusts and can look very untidy if they are torn and ragged. The same goes for canna lily leaves, which can be shredded by any locusts or leaf rollers that attack them. There have been a lot of pollen beetles about this year. Usually, they attack Damascena roses, but this year they have been all over some older lavender bushes, resulting in their demise. Not much pollen there, I fear!Early herbs, like marjoram and sages, may need a trim at this time, so cut them back to new growths close to the base of the plant. It may seem rather drastic but there is no sense in wasting the plants’ energy in making seeds. Keep dead-heading lavender and sage flowers as they die off, the former may need some drastic pruning especially Lavandula pinnata with its grey velvety foliage and multi-flower heads on tall stems.If you like evening primroses Oenothera speciose is a good ground cover plant producing lots of lovely soft pink flowers over a long season. Generally speaking, evening primroses only flower in the evening as their common name would suggest, but this little beauty flowers all day and night. Beware though as it can wander over your beds unless kept under control, but it is a good ground cover plant denying access to weeds.Lots of plants have flowers that are open for only one day. Hemerocallis is one of these although it can have several flower buds on the same stem. They are available in such lovely colours now and when they grow into large plants there will be plenty of flowers to enjoy. Hibiscus drops flowers daily as well, but you can always add them and any dead leaves to your compost bins, provided they are not full of mealy bugs! Other summer bulbs are coming into their own now are the flowers of tulbaghias. They will be followed shortly by agapanthus. What a debt we owe to South Africa for these two plants.Now that the irises have gone over, remove some of the dying leaves by pulling them away from the rhizome (the fleshy part above the roots). This will expose them to the sun where it will perform its magic during the next few months and hopefully help produce next season’s flowers. This year I had plenty of blooms on my Iris germanica, the large flowered blue irises that grow so well here. They are heavy feeders and much prefer Bone Meal as a feed, spread around the root areas, to any other. Every three years or so, they need to be uplifted once the leaves start to turn brown. The old central pieces of rhizome along with any old flower stems should be discarded and the trimmed plant replanted facing into the sun, with the top of the rhizome exposed.The summer jasmines are coming into their own right now. The first is usually Trachelospermum jasminoides, whose delightful perfume will enchant you as you walk around your garden. Very rightly named the Star jasmine due to the shape of its flowers, this beauty should be planted near to your open windows or doorways so that the perfume will drift indoors on the evening breezes. All the new foliage which appears after the savage early spring pruning of Jasminum officinale will produce slightly larger flowers with just a tinge of pink on the petal ends and an even lovelier perfume. This jasmine will flower continuously throughout the summer months. Such are the delights of the early summer garden.Don’t forget your hanging baskets and planters as the temperatures rise. These plants are totally dependent on you for their sustenance and need extra attention during these next hot months, so give them the care they deserve.PLANT OF THE MONTH Agapanthus africanusAgapanthus is a lovely plant to have in any warm summer garden. Originally, from South Africa and grown extensively in Australia and New Zealand, where they are regarded as pest plants as they flourish alongside the highways in great abundance, they are well known in other countries too. It is thought that the first rootstocks were taken to England in 1679 from the Western Cape area of South Africa, and they were known then as the African Lily or the Lily of the Nile. There are only a handful of species but hundreds of hybrids. Some of the listed variety names such as Cambridge Blue or Oxford Blue give a clue to their colouring and others are named after famous rivers like the Dneiper and the Danube, although these rivers are seldom coloured blue! A little gardeners’ licence I fear.Agapanthus can be grown in tubs or in flowerbeds and are the most accommodating plants in that they can survive with little water, making them ideal for hot gardens. If they are pot-grown, do ensure that there is good drainage, as they do not like to be excessively wet! In fact, if you water them too much the leaves will turn yellow at the ends, so watch out for that. They like to grow in light places, but to be kept out of the burning mid-summer sun, which will scorch their strap-like dark-green leaves.It is a common fallacy that the more crowded together they are, the more flowers they will achieve. Move them up a pot size occasionally and feed with a good fertiliser in spring and summer, alternating between Phostrogen and a tomato feed. If they are fed with a high nitrogen feed then they will produce lots of leaves and few if any flowers, so better choose a fertiliser with a low first number. Eventually, you will have to split them up though, or you will end up with an enormous pot full! As a result, like many other plants, they might sulk for a season, but hopefully, flower again the next time around. If you have lots of patience you could try growing them from seed, but it can take up to five years before there is any chance of a flower!You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

McCready votes to keep dead people and prisoners out of Bridge Card

first_img14Mar McCready votes to keep dead people and prisoners out of Bridge Card program State Rep. Mike McCready today voted to reduce welfare fraud by making it easier for the state to stop dead people and convicted felons from getting Bridge Cards.House Bill 4042 requires the Department of Human Services to regularly audit their records, ensuring only those truly eligible for Bridge Cards are receiving benefits. The legislation requires DHS to use the U.S. Social Security Death Index database and incarceration records, to determine if a recipient has passed away or is in prison.“Audits are essential in all areas of government and business to make sure programs are running efficiently and this legislation makes sure Bridge Cards only benefit those who need it most,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Keeping a watchful eye on this system ensures that our taxpayer dollars are use efficiently and fraud is removed from the system.”Under the legislation, Bridge Cards issued to a deceased recipient would be terminated while cards issued to prisoners would be deactivated.HB 4042 now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: McCready News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Runestad champions House passage of open records bills

first_img16Mar Rep. Runestad champions House passage of open records bills Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake Township, today lauded the overwhelming House passage of bipartisan legislation making state government more accountable to its taxpayers.Runestad said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“State government, like local governments, should be held to high standards of accountability,” Runestad said. “By strengthening the transparency laws, we are giving people in the communities we serve the information they deserve on how their hard-earned tax dollars are being used.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.Michigan is an outlier among states as Michigan’s legislative and executive branches are exempt from open records acts. This legislation will remedy this. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.#####last_img read more

Rep Pagel hosts local office hours

first_img Categories: News,Pagel News 27Nov Rep. Pagel hosts local office hours State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 to meet with local residents and talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have about state government.The office hours will be at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon.“Talking with residents during office hours is an excellent opportunity to hear what concerns people have and would like to have addressed in Lansing,” Pagel said.No appointment is necessary.  Those who are unable to attend are welcome to contact his Lansing office at (517) 373-1796 or by email at davepagel@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Calley plans local office hours on Feb 25

first_img Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley plans local office hours on Feb. 25 State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 25.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. If residents have individual concerns, she will take one-on-one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 4th in Lake Odessa, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, Council Chambers, 201 E. State St. in Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“Accountable representation requires consistent feedback,” Rep. Calley said. “Office hours present an opportunity for productive dialogue with those whom I serve.”If the school district closest to the office hours location is closed for inclement weather, office hours in that area will also be cancelled.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.last_img read more

Disability Advocates Bring Multiple Messages to Connecticut Lawmakers as Services are Cut

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 SharesADAPT Medicaid Rally, Source: SEIU July 26th, 2017; CT News JunkieYesterday, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy told the press that he doubted that a state budget would be passed before September or October. Additionally, hope is fading that a bridge budget will pass allowing state-funded nonprofits to run programs deemed “nonessential;” these include day programs for people with developmental disabilities.Some do not want a bridge budget so much as they want a “moral budget.” Five disabilities activists were arraigned in Hartford Community Court after they staged a sit-in in Malloy’s office last week to highlight the fact that all of the possible budgets in play would cut services for residents with disabilities.“We want a moral budget that doesn’t cut services for people with disabilities,” Marshall said.In a letter delivered to Malloy’s office, the group wrote,Each one of the budgets involves deep cuts to Medicaid, and to programs to keep people at home rather than in institutions, for people with developmental disabilities, and to support people with mental health conditions to live in the community and be able to contribute instead of needing higher levels of care, to name just a few of the many threatened areas. It is simply not true, as some legislative leaders have claimed, that their particular proposed budgets ‘preserve vital social services’ or avoid any cuts to ‘mental health services’—NONE of the proposed budgets avoid these extreme cuts.The group stands a bit apart from the rest of the nonprofit community in that they’re not calling for an immediate budget or a temporary budget. “We are calling on you and all legislative leaders to not just agree to any budget, but specifically to a budget which increases revenue so that we can stop shredding the safety net beyond the damage already inflicted on it over the past few years,” they said.Meanwhile, another group of disability advocates and nonprofit providers has come together to draw attention to the fact that staff for programs serving people with disabilities had already been furloughed for six days due to state budget woes. They do want a “mini-budget” to tide them over.“Closing the doors of agencies that provide vital services is today’s pain, but the longer this goes on the more people will be hurt, including those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, coping with domestic violence, homelessness, or making a transition from prison into their communities,” said Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. Casa’s group has also offered to take over state-provided services to people with disabilities to save $300 million in the budget, saying that state-run programs cost twice as much per capita as nonprofits.But one thing that marks this period for disabilities advocates is the degree to which their lives as they know them or hope to live them are in immediate danger as a result of cuts to Medicaid, and in some states like Connecticut the danger exists on multiple fronts. Who is really listening, and to whom?—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

German reports suggest that online ondemand servi

first_imgGerman reports suggest that online on-demand service Hulu is preparing a launch in Germany.The US company is backed by Disney, NBC and News Corp and the only international market that it has launched in to date is Japan. However, local press report that it is in talks with German broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 to get rights to German content and launch in the country.In the US the Hulu service is free with a premium option while in Japan it is a subscription-based offer and market-watchers said it is likely to replicate this with any other international roll outs.last_img read more

The BBC has commissioned a series of eight new com

first_imgThe BBC has commissioned a series of eight new comedy pilots for its video-on-demand service the iPlayer.The comedies were ordered by youth-skewing network BBC3, which also ordered six short dramas for the VOD service earlier this year. Both are designed to showcase up-and-coming talent.The comedy pilots are: Bamboo, about “two posh idiots” who try and set up a nightclub; Kerry, a multicharacter sketch-show; puppet show Fuzzbox; C Bomb, about “the godfather of the South Yorkshire dubstep scene”; Another sketch show called The Cariad Show; studio based comedy show Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment; The Committee, about the committee meeting of a Welsh social club; and mocumentary Going Native.At the same time BBC3 also ordered a string of comedy series for its linear channel, including a third season of Pramface and Uncle, a new series from production company Baby Cow starring Nick Helm as the world’s most irresponsible uncle – based on a mockumentary piloted on BBC iPlayer last year called People Just Do Nothing (w/t).BBC3 ordered a string of online comedy pilots last year. Meanwhile, last month, the corporation also announced it will debut a new Peter Kay-starring comedy series on the iPlayer before it broadcasts on TV, as part of its original content commitment to its online service.The show will be the first full BBC series to air online before linear TV, and comes after the corporation announced in February that it will launch 40 hours of content on its catch-up service in the next year before it airs on TV.last_img read more

Belgian cable operator Telenet has named Birgit Co

first_imgBelgian cable operator Telenet has named Birgit Conix as chief financial officer, reporting to CEO John Porter. Conix is currently regional head of finance for Heineken’s western European organisation at its Amsterdam headquarters.Porter said: “We are delighted to have found a highly qualified and experienced CFO and seasoned executive. Birgit’s strategic vision and her strong leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to head our finance department going forward. She is a collaborative and engaging leader. I am looking forward to working with Birgit to continue to ensure Telenet’s future.”last_img read more

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has added

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska has added nine new channels to its line-up. The operator has added Disney Channel to its StartBox, MiniBox, SuperBox and MaxBox packages, while Polsat Romans, Disney XD and Motowizja HD have joined the MiniBox, SuperBox and MaxBox packs.Multimedia Polsat has also added Disney Jr, Comedy Central HD, Polsat Viasat Nature and TV Republika to the SuperBox and MaxBox packs, while Eurosport 2 HD has been added to the Sport Extra HD pack.Multimedia Polska is meanwhile phasing out Fox and Fox HD from its StartBox, MiniBox, SuperBox and MaxBox packages, while National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Fox Life are leaving the MiniBox, SuperBox and MaxBox packs.From February 1, the operator will boost its HD offering with the addition of HD versions of TVN24, TVN 7 and TVN Turbo to the StartBox, MiniBox, SuperBox and MaxBox packs.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has upgraded its network in the northern part of Borken in north-western North Rhine-Westphalia.The upgrade means that 200Mbps internet speeds will become available to an additional 26,900 homes in Unitymedia’s footprint. The move takes the number of homes in the Borken district capable of receiving 200Mbps internet to 75,000.last_img