‘Summer Droops.’

first_img As some leaf cells shrink, their walls pull inward. Each cell shares a wall with a neighboring cell. As one leaf cell shrinks, it pulls other cells closer. As all cells shrink, leaf tissues may appear deformed and shriveled. The leaf stalk, or petiole, on many deciduous trees can quickly lose water, which allows the leaf blade to droop. Many evergreen trees, like pine, have strong fibers and heavy veins which prevent noticeable wilting. Needles may curl but stay in position. Many deciduous trees hold their leaves erect in sunlight, but fold and droop under water shortages. The act of wilting can help minimize further water loss from the leaves. For leaf expansion in spring, many new cells were outfitted for life. Each new cell’s wall was thin and flexible, like a balloon. In order to grow, the cell must expand its wall. If you go out in the afternoon and look at your trees, leaves across whole crowns or on individual branches may be hanging limp. By early the next morning, the leaves will be back to normal. Refilling with water overnight means the tree can still extract water from the soil. Wilted leaves that don’t recover overnight signify serious water shortages in the soil. Leaves that stay wilted for three days or more are being severely damaged. Usually, permanently wilted leaves yellow and die quickly. Sometimes, small amounts of water may keep these leaves hanging on to life (and the tree) even though they’re sustaining long-term damage. Woody cells don’t change shape much, even when dry. Whole trees don’t change shape or wilt. Succulent new twigs and annual leaves supported by their thin petioles can droop severely. Water expands thin-walled cells. Without water to maintain the cells’ size, they shrink or collapse. Water is the hydraulic fluid a tree uses to “blow up the balloons” of its cells. Each cell uses nutrients shipped from other cells to help it collect water. Cells draw water to surround many kinds of materials with a shell or layer of water molecules. The more surface area in individual pieces of nutrients (like sugar) a cell has, the more water it attracts. The more water a cell can contain, the higher the water pressure becomes, and the thin cell walls expand outward. The cell begins to grow. Finally, the cellulose strands in the cell’s wall stop further expansion, and a “glue” is deposited around the wall to hold everything in its new, expanded shape. If water isn’t available, tree cells can’t grow. If the cells dry too much, the new walls may collapse inward. One symptom of severe drought damage is small, stunted and deformed leaves. Keep an eye on your trees. Don’t let the “droops of summer” cause permanent damage. For more information on trees, droughts and watering, visit the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources Web site at: www.forestry.uga.edu/efr/. Receding Cell Wallscenter_img Trees’ ‘hydraulic fluid’ The “droops of summer” have come early this year. As water deficits become greater in the landscape, remember that both old and young trees need your help. A few deep waterings can help minimize damage and may save a tree’s life. Water is the stuff of which tree life is made. Trees use water for transporting materials, chemical reactions and supporting growth. Water solutions allow all of the tree’s living processes to function properly. As water becomes less available, trees begin to have problems. One of the first noticeable signs that trees are short of water is leaf wilting. On sunny, hot days, leaves lose water faster than roots can absorb it. As leaves lose more water, they begin to droop.Leaves Hanging Limplast_img read more

Mark Your Calendar for Oly Third Thursday, March 21, 2019

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music and unique shopping experiences.Participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts, extend happy hours and hold artist receptions. The streets are all set to live music from buskers and the mood is vibrant. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover downtown.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Three Magnets Brewing! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game.The businesses that are participating this month includeArchibald SistersBatdorf & BronsonBelleza RopaBittersweet ChocolatesCaptain Little Toy StoreCompass RoseDillinger’s Cocktails & KitchenGallery BoomHawley’s Gelato & CoffeeHoly Lamb OrganicsHot ToddyLe Voyeur Café & LoungeRadiance Herbs & MassageState of the Arts GalleryThree Magnets BrewingWell 80 BrewingDreesEncore Chocolates & TeasDowntown Performers will include the Men’s Quartet and Lux Gaxiola.WHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or [email protected] For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or [email protected] you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!Thank you to our Media sponsor, Mixx96 FM.About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.last_img read more

Colts Neck Introduces New Mayor, J.P. Bartolomeo

first_imgBy John Sorce |COLTS NECK – A standing-room crowd of about 200 friends, family and community members packed the Colts Neck Court House as the township’s governing body held its 2018 reorganization meeting on Saturday afternoon.Five new members were sworn into office, including J.P. Bartolomeo, who was introduced as the town’s new mayor.Bartolomeo will also be joined by Deputy Mayor Thomas Orgo, who was also re-elected as a committeeman. Also sworn in as committeemen on Jan. 6 were Frank Rizzuto and Michael Viola.“Ever since I moved my family to Colts Neck in 2008, I truly fell in love with the town,” Bartolomeo said. “It’s beautiful, it’s green, it’s open, it’s not overpopulated and honestly, it’s the true American dream.”Formerly of Bayonne, Bartolomeo said he wants to see Colts Neck residents getting to know each other better.“In Bayonne, when you sneeze, the person next door says God bless you,” Bartolomeo said as the crowd chuckled.He stated that while Colts Neck does not have a town center, the court house, which residents have dubbed “the core site,” was recently given a facelift and looks great. As a result, more people in the community are spending time outdoors at the town hall.They have installed a walking path thanks to an open space grant from the county freeholders. Last year, Mayor Russell Macnow made progress on road improvement projects and, with the help of generous donors, embarked on a multipurpose field project.This year, Bartolomeo mentioned he would like to direct tax dollars towards the Department of Public Works, referencing the department is in need of help and will work with fellow committeemen to spend tax dollars there.Another project Bartolomeo said he hopes to start as mayor is the Colts Neck Cohesion Initiative. “This goes back to the way I felt when I first got here,” Bartolomeo said. “I just didn’t know a lot of people. And unless you are involved with sports that your children play, it is difficult in town to meet someone because a lot of times, you just don’t know who your neighbors are next to you.”Bartolomeo also went on record in saying that at least one of the following events will happen in Colts Neck this year: Music in the Park on a Friday evening, in which residents are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket, their family, bicycles, and pets; Movie in the Park, which would be similar to Music in the Park; and an inaugural 5K called “The Barthouse 5K,” which will not be for fundraising, but rather a Colts Neck sponsored event for the people of Colts Neck.One more initiative Bartolomeo discussed was the Colts Neck Country Weekend, which he described as “Frosty’s Country Christmas at Montrose School.“I would like to have all the windows painted before this happens so we can award our window painter at the tree lighting with Santa Claus, and we’re going to get him here in a different mode of transportation.“These are just some of the initiatives that I want to deploy,” Bartolomeo continued. “I’m always open to suggestions. I believe this is a phenomenal town that does not need to change. It does need to evolve, and that’s why we’re doing these DPW projects. However, instead of walking past someone and putting your head down, I’d rather you walk passed someone and say hello.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgPETER MILLER, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “The horse ran great; Victor (Espinoza) gave him a tremendous ride. The horse is unbelievable. He just keeps firing. I wish could take the credit. The horse really has blossomed out here and really likes it out here . . . He’s got a great turn of foot and he’s a very ratable horse. Victor and the horse go together like six and seven.“We’ll regroup, I’ll get with the owners . . . the Santa Anita Handicap is a chance. He’s either go there, stay on the grass, or possibly run in Dubai, if that’s what they want to do.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Crawford of Des Moines, Iowa, who race as Donegal Racing, and Gary Hartunian of Los Angeles, who races as Rockingham Ranch. VICTOR ESPINOZA, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “No, I wasn’t ever concerned about catching Diamond Bachelor. I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable, he runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California, the weather, the track. Distance is never a problem. I thought last time, going 1 1/8 miles was a bit short for him but he took it well; today it was even better for him.”last_img read more

Employees will not lose their jobs – source

first_imgScotiabank’s sale to Republic BankAlthough there is well-known fear that the sale of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) to Republic (Bank) Financial Holdings Limited could lead to dozens of employees being sent home, a source close to the transaction has revealed that this may be far from the truth.Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) has entered into negotiations to acquire Scotiabank’s operations in nine Caribbean countries, including GuyanaAccording to the source, this and other issues were discussed at the recent Republic Bank Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on Monday. Guyana Times was told that it was decided that no employee of Scotiabank in Guyana will be made redundant.Washington DC-based Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh had expressed worry over the possibility of Republic Bank acquiring Scotiabank. He said it could lead to staff at the latter becoming jobless, and it would indeed have negative implications for the local financial sector.“And what are they buying? They wouldn’t buy new locations. They are basically buying a loan portfolio and a deposit base. It’s easy for Republic Bank to get rid of most of the properties owned by Scotiabank and merge their portfolios,” he declared.Former Presidential Advisor, economist Ramon Gaskin, also believes that the sale to Republic Bank would only allow that banking institution to dominate the local banking sector in Guyana, which could be unhealthy for the financial sector.Gaskin said, “I think that this proposed sale of Scotiabank in Guyana to Republic Bank should not be allowed by the Government of Guyana and the Governor of the Central Bank.”The outspoken economist had told Guyana Times that before Scotiabank ventured into any arrangement with Republic Bank, it should have consulted with the Government.“Now that is putting the Government and the Governor in an awkward position of opposing it and all of that. I think (the banks) erred in not consulting with the appropriate authority before getting into it; and it shows a lack of respect, in my opinion, to the authorities here,” he said.But more importantly, Gaskin believes that since Scotiabank wants to exit the Guyanese market, there should be an option for local entities to acquire its banking operations.“They shouldn’t sell to any foreign bank. There isn’t any reason why the local Guyanese business people can’t get together and take it over from them. They can build a Guyanese bank with developmental features to help finance agriculture and small business,” he declared.Meanwhile, the source also disclosed that the negotiations of sale between Scotiabank and Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) will take between 12 and 18 months.The RFHL has entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in nine Caribbean countries. It is acquiring locations in Guyana, St Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Further, the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited, and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight countries.The Guyana Government has said the agreement “raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider”.The Ministry, in a statement, said that it has taken note of the statement by RFHL that the agreement is “subject to all regulatory approvals”. It posited that the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) has clear stipulations regarding “acquisition of control”, and requires approval of the Bank of Guyana following the submission of an application and due diligence being conducted.“Further the FIA addresses as well the issue of ‘fundamental changes’ as it relates to mergers and transfer of assets or liabilities. The agreement raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Guyana, and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider,” the Finance Ministry said.But the source argued that RFHL is not in breach of the Act, because any business would seek to have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place first. According to him, it doesn’t make business sense for the company to allow the regulators to know their options.Republic Bank currently holds 35.4 percent of the banking system’s assets and 36.8 percent of deposits. The acquisition will up this to 51 percent of both assets and deposits.last_img read more

New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has unveiled a new batch of luxury SUVs for operations across the country. The BMW X5s, which have off-road capabilities, have been assigned to Dublin Metropolitan, Eastern, Southern and Northern Garda Regions, which includes Donegal.Some of the vehicles are assigned to Special Tactics & Operations Command (STOC) in the greater Dublin area and will be available to support services and spontaneous incidents in regional areas. The BMW X5 was recently named best luxury SUV by Consumer Reports and is one of the best-sellers in its class.The new batch has been introduced to the force in addition to new vehicles allocated to the Roads Policing Unit. A new 191 Hyundai fleet was added earlier this month for MIT checkpoints [email protected] New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardalast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Bale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe would be a Real Madrid player if not for Gareth Bale, it has been revealed.AS says Mbappe chose to move to PSG from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 over Real Madrid because of the presence of Bale.A fee beginning at €180m rising to €214m had been settled with Monaco, but Mbappe refused to go to Madrid as he couldn’t see a place for himself in then coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.It’s suggested if Real president Florentino Perez had agreed to sell Bale to Manchester United would’ve seen Mbappe arrive in his place.But as a source stated: “But Mbappé preferred to go to Paris because Florentino did not want to part with Bale…” last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madridby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did all it could to retain Brahim Diaz.The midfielder joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after entering the last six months of his city contract.And Guardiola warned he only wanted players who wanted to stay at the Etihad.Asked about Diaz’s departure, Guardiola said: “Like I said many times, I don’t want people that don’t want to stay here.”We did with Brahim everything we have done with Phil (Foden) and with Jadon – important players and we did absolutely everything. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.”We wish him all the best. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn’t want here for many reasons.”He’s a nice guy. Congratulations to the academy and the club for working so well, because important teams in Europe want our players.” last_img read more

Making your own homecleaning products Some pro tips

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first_imgTo reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to hold them.But not all homemade cleaning products are created equal, and some simple concoctions can be downright dangerous.“To have an unlabeled cleaning product in a Mason jar with kids around can be a dangerous thing,” warns Carolyn Forte, director of the home appliances and cleaning products lab at Good Housekeeping. “And be careful never to mix bleach with anything but water. Certain combinations can be toxic.”Baking soda and vinegar also should not be combined. Mixed together they are ineffective at cleaning and, if contained in a jar, likely to explode, she warns.So when making your own cleaning mixtures at home:—Double check the safety of the combination you choose;—Keep all products out of reach of children or pets;—And list all ingredients clearly on the jar or spray bottle.Test your cleaning mixture before using it. “Making your own window cleaner may be OK, but years of chemistry and safety research have gone into products like laundry and dishwasher detergents and furniture polishes, and you don’t want to risk accidentally damaging something that’s precious to you,” Forte says.Even so, it can be useful to know what to use in a pinch when you don’t have time to rush to the store, says Stephanie Sisco, home editor at Real Simple magazine.And many homemade cleaning combinations do work, with far fewer chemicals than in many store-bought brands.To help people make gentle cleaning products at home, Mike and Martha Robinson founded Cleaning Essentials, which sells sturdy glass bottles in various colours and sizes, labeled with recipes for solutions that can be made using mostly vinegar, water and essential oils.“Sixty years ago our grandparents wouldn’t have gone to the store for cleaners. They would have used vinegar, baking soda, some elbow grease, and been healthier for it,” says Mike Robinson.Katy Kiick Condon, senior editor for home design at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, agrees: “Just steam, hot water and some elbow grease can accomplish a lot.”DO’s:Know the basics about the cleaning properties of various household products:—Baking soda is a great deodorizer and is useful as a mild abrasive;—Vinegar cuts grease, removes mineral deposits and has disinfectant qualities;—Lemon juice with some salt can remove rust stains.DON’Ts:– NEVER combine bleach with anything but water. And remember that baking soda and vinegar, while trusted standbys individually, are ineffective for cleaning if combined — and will bubble up explosively.– Don’t use lemon on wood, since it can destroy protective finishes, says Sisco.– Don’t overdo it with vinegar, which can dull surfaces, she says. There’s a reason that cleaning-product recipes call for adding water.RECIPES:With the above basics in mind, here are a few recipes recommended by the pros.Window cleaner: For clean, streak-free windows, Condon, at Better Homes & Gardens, swears by the combination of 2 cups hot water, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. “I tested a bunch of recipes, and this one is hands-down the best for mirrors and windows,” she says.All-purpose cleaner: Sisco, at Real Simple, recommends combining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of castille soap, such as Dr. Bonner’s. For a stronger cleaner, she recommends mixing 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup vodka, 10 to 20 drops of essential oil and 1 1/2 cups water.Carpet cleaner: Sisco recommends blotting the stain then saturating it with club soda. “The bubbles will work the stain to the surface,” she says. Then coat it with a hefty dose of table salt, which will absorb the stain, she says. “Then just vacuum it up once it’s dry, maybe 12 hours later. It’s a good overnight cleaning solution, and great for wine and other stains. The key is to blot all excess stain before starting with club soda and salt.”Katherine Roth, The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP continue to search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in Manitoba

first_imgThe RCMP said they pair were last seen driving a 2011 Rav 4, but rumours on social media suggest the vehicle may have been found near Gillam. The RCMP has not yet confirmed those rumours. Kam McLeod is described as:6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsDark brown hair and facial hairBrown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as: Originally the pair were considered missing after their truck was found burnt near Dease Lake.Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed the pair were spotted in Meadow Lake on Sunday and continued to travel east.3/4 Both Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were seen in Meadow Lake, SK on Sunday, July 21, 2019. We believe they are continuing to travel.— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK) July 24, 2019 6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsSandy brown haircenter_img GILLAM, M.B. – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues in Manitoba.The Mayor of Gillam Manitoba has told CBC Manitoba there is a heavy police presence on the only road in and out of the community. The Mayor went on to say the RCMP haven’t confirmed if the suspects are still in Gillam. The Mayor is also telling residents to stay indoors or travel in groups.In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoba RCMP said the two suspects were recently in the Gillam area of Manitoba. Gillam is approximately 1,000km north of Winnipeg by road. PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019In a bizarre twist Tuesday, the RCMP named Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the case of three deaths in Northern B.C.last_img read more

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