Cool Wave Pansies

first_imgDuring the summer, we think of flowers like petunias as those fragrant, spilling or tumbling flowers cascading over the rims of baskets and mixed containers. That same show of incredible color coupled with tantalizing fragrance can be achieved during the cool season with pansies like those of the Cool Wave series.They first came out under the name of “Plentifall,” but changed to “Cool Wave.” After watching them bloom over the past couple of years, I love the “Waves” of summer and I love the “Waves” of winter. There are around a dozen colors and three mixes in the Cool Wave series, and I know if you will try them in our pansy season like you would a trailing petunia, you will be hooked.I am very partial to using them in containers and baskets, where you get to enjoy that trailing habit. We just haven’t had trailing pansies and violas long enough for them to become old hat. To me, they are still new and unique. This also means I haven’t come close to exploring all of the cool-season combinations.With pansies, soil preparation is crucial. In the case of containers and baskets, the potting soil or soil mix is critical. The water must drain freely. You must have holes in your containers, and your soil mix must be light and fluffy, allowing for fastest root expansion.Cool Wave pansies provide a look in containers that you may not have been unaccustomed to for the cool season, so let your imagination run wild in choosing partners. Consider foliage plants like kale, cabbage, cardoon, Swiss chard and, my favorite, ‘Lemon Ball’ or ‘Angelina’ sedum. For taller, spiky flowers, think about ‘Sonnet’ snapdragons, Citrona series erysimum, or Dash or Amazon series dianthus.These pansies may be called “spreading,” “trailing” and even “cascading,” but whatever the name, you will want some for baskets, mixed containers and window boxes, where they will open the door to a new dimension in cool-season gardening. When I say “dimension,” I am talking about the vertical element. You probably never thought about pansies cascading over a wall, but it is now possible.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For information about the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, go to coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

NYPD, Long Island Community Mourn Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo of Huntington, Killed In Bronx

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New York Police Department, fellow officers, local elected officials and countless community members from throughout the region mourned the loss of NYPD Sgt. Paul J. Tuozzolo Saturday, who was gunned down in the line of duty Friday afternoon by an ex-con from Brentwood.Tuozzolo, 41, a father of two and 19-year police veteran from Huntington, was fatally shot in the head Friday by 35-year-old Manuel Rosales, of Brentwood, while responding to reports of an armed home invasion at the residence of Rosales’ estranged wife in the Bronx, according to police.Rosales opened fire at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday following a pursuit by Tuozzolo and other officers after Rosales fled in a red Jeep, police said. A second NYPD sergeant, Emmanuel Kwo, 30, a nine-year veteran of the department, had been shot in the leg by Rosales and was released from Jacobi Medical Center Saturday morning. NYS Corrections Department records detail multiple felonies throughout the years for Rosales, ranging from criminal possession of stolen property to assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle—with more than a dozen arrests in Suffolk, according to reports. Rosales was killed in a subsequent shootout with police Friday. An outpouring of support for Tuozzolo and Kwo—who were both based out of the department’s 43rd Precinct—flooded social media Friday night and Saturday, with fellow NYPD officers, brass, elected officials, and countless members of the public sending prayers and well-wishes for the officers and their families. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Huntington Village Saturday afternoon.“As we place mourning bands on the shields that sit over our hearts and purple and black bunting hangs on the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx we ask you take a moment to remember Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo,” the NYPD posted on Facebook. “Sergeant Tuozzolo was shot and killed as he went into harm’s way to protect the people of NYC, something your NYPD cops do everyday. Please say a prayer for him, for the family he left behind, and join us in our vow to never forget.”“#NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was shot and killed today while keeping the people of #NYC safe. Please keep him & his family in your thoughts,” tweeted NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, along with a photo of the slain officer.“NYC & the NYPD family are in mourning tonight. We’ve lost a good and devoted man, who committed his life to protecting us,” tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Tuozzolo.“Our hearts go out” to Tuozzolo’s family, Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said in a statement, calling the Huntington resident “a neighbor as well as a law enforcement brother,” and continuing that his death and the wounding of Kwo “saddens their brother and sister police officers in Nassau County and throughout the nation.“This incident again illustrates for the public the dangerous duty undertaken by police officers every day,” he added. “It is a sad day for law enforcement.”Friends and neighbors of Tuozzolo described him as a caring family man devoted to his wife and two young children.“Great guy, good family man, great person, great neighbor, you know, he was a great guy,” one neighbor, Donny Clark told ABC7. “I know he has two little kids and they are young so, they are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives, it’s so sad.”Tuozzolo is the latest NYPD officer to be killed in the line of duty since 33-year-old Det. Randolph A. Holder was fatally shot in the head while pursuing a suspect on Oct. 20, 2015, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, which records law enforcement deaths throughout the country. In May of that year, the department lost 25-year-old Officer Brian Moore, of Massapequa, who was fatally shot in the head while sitting in his unmarked police car in Queens Village. The five-year NYPD veteran’s murder was preceded by the fatal December 2014 ambush of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, while in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant.Tuozzolo’s slaying comes during a year that’s witnessed a 78-percent spike in shooting deaths of police and an increase in fatal “ambush-style” attacks—such as a July ambush in Dallas that killed five officers and another 10 days later in Baton Rouge, La. that killed three—according to a mid-year analysis of law enforcement fatalities by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Main Art: NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, of Huntington, was killed in the line of duty by an ex-con from Brentwood on Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: NYPD Facebook profile)last_img read more

The Croatian National Tourist Board has established cooperation with the BBC

first_imgThe collaboration includes the production of three videos lasting 60 seconds that will show Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, the production of three accompanying articles on video topics for BBC platforms, but also advertising activities on all online BBC platforms from May to September in 12 key broadcast markets.  The BBC network has a reach of 308 million individuals on a monthly basis, while it has more than 16 million followers on social networks Other activities within this cooperation include the placement of content through BBC Story Works social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the creation of a website on the BBC.com portal where there will be video and written materials about Croatia. The markets covered by this cooperation and where the prepared materials will be displayed are Germany, USA, Austria, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland.  During their stay in Croatia, the BBC camera crew visited Osijek, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Klis, Paklenica National Park and other destinations where they filmed eno-gastronomic themes, cultural and historical heritage, active tourism and other attractions and tourist attractions with with an emphasis on the locations of the filming of the world-famous Game of Thrones series.   The Croatian National Tourist Board has established cooperation with the BBC, one of the world’s largest and most reputable media houses.  “The cooperation between the Croatian National Tourist Board and the BBC is one of the excellent examples of joint action and cooperation with foreign entities in the promotion of Croatian tourism. We are extremely proud that such a large media group, which has a reach of 454 million households around the world, has recognized the importance and potential of Croatia as a tourist destination. I am sure that all the recorded material, as well as other prepared activities, will significantly contribute to the visibility of our country, and thus to achieve even better tourist results this year.”, concluded the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.  Also, the BBC has more than 472 million views on its You Tube channel. A large percentage of their users are prone to travel, and as many as 72 percent most often consume travel abroad.last_img read more

Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

first_imgThe Vatican is conducting tests for coronavirus on the dozens of priests who live in the same residence as Pope Francis and making contingency plans to move those diagnosed with the disease elsewhere, a source in the Holy See said on Thursday.The moves come several days after a priest who lives in the Santa Marta residence and works in the Secretariat of State tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized in Italy.The Vatican source was one of several officials who expressed concern about a possible flare-up in the residence where the pope has lived since his election in 2013. There are currently about 50 permanent residents in Santa Marta, which is run like a hotel and stopped accepting bookings for temporary visitors earlier this month.About half of the residents were tested on Wednesday and the other half were being tested on Thursday, a source said, adding that the plan is to move those who test positive to a Church-run hotel for pilgrims in Rome. Senior Vatican officials who live elsewhere inside the city-state are also being tested, another said.The concern is that priests go between Santa Marta, their jobs in Vatican departments, and sometimes go into Rome.”I consider it a potentially serious public health issue,” said one official.Until recently, Francis took his meals in the common dining room but he has recently been eating in his suite, one official said.Francis is 83 and part of one of his lungs was removed following an illness when he was a young man.One source who enters the residence regularly said precautions have been taken such as encouraging social distancing and making hand sanitizers available.Since March 6, the Vatican has issued at least five notices or decrees that mirror steps taken in Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, with more than 8,000 deaths as of Thursday.They include recommendations to communicate by phone even with people in the same office, alternating shifts and encouraging as much work from home as possible.But most Vatican offices are still open, albeit with a skeleton staff, and some say they should be closed.”The Church will continue without the Roman Curia working for a few weeks,” one official said, using the name for the Vatican’s central administration.”This policy to keep all the offices open is worrying. My department can be closed for months without any damage,” another said.Francis has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his general audiences via television and the internet. But he still receives about five Vatican officials a day, according to his official calendar.  The modern residence, which has 130 rooms and suites and a staff of about 30 people, is also home to dozens of priests who continue to work in key Vatican departments.While the Vatican has enacted procedures to stem the spread of coronavirus inside the city-state, some officials say they may not be sufficient and think a total shutdown may be needed.”Santa Marta may be a bomb waiting to explode,” said one of the officials, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter.Francis has tested negative for coronavirus two times in recent weeks, according to Italian media reports. The Vatican has not commented on those reports.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Penis-shaped cactus sells for Rp 2 million at auction as part of anti-sexual harassment campaign

first_imgAs part of a campaign against sexual harassment, a cactus shaped like a penis and testicles has been sold in a Twitter-based charity auction for Rp 2 million (US$143). The auction was held to highlight the rise in sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.Behind the auction were Raka Ibrahim and his friend, a female survivor of sexual assault who prefers to remain anonymous. It was initially planned that the cactus would be sent to the person who allegedly assaulted Raka’s friend.However, both agreed to the more honorable action of hosting the auction, with the proceeds donated to the Purple Code Collective, a group focusing on digital rights, especially for women, and which helps to raise awareness about sexual abuse. “As a friend of a sexual abuse survivor, I would like to show my support. […] this way we can also check our privilege and unlearn toxic sexist mindsets,” Raka told The Jakarta Post recently.Kaktus berbentuk pelir ini tadinya mau dikirim teman perempuan saya ke laki-laki yang melecehkannya untuk meluapkan amarah.Lalu dia pikir, enggak usah deh. Mending dilelang, lalu hasilnya disumbangkan ke lembaga pendampingan korban kekerasan seksual.Berminat?#KaktusPelir pic.twitter.com/nkZ2tk4xp1— Negara Kesatuan Raka Ibrahim (@coldrebellion) June 5, 2020Within the period March 16 to April 19, the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) recorded 97 cases of violence against women. Among those 97 cases, 33 cases were recorded as domestic violence and 30 cases were online-based sexual abuse. The increasing number of sexual violence cases against women also inspired the duo to hold the auction.“We are not sure who was involved in this bid, but the auction gained attention as it was shared multiple times by pro-gender equality activists,” Raka added.According to him, even without setting a minimum bid, the first bidder offered Rp 200,000. An anonymous Twitter user, identified only as #Indotititmungil, which means tiny penis, placed the winning bid of Rp 1.75 million but later decided to raise this to Rp 2 million. “The point is that people like me [sexual abuse survivors] are not alone. For every one abuser, we’ve got thousands of people who support us,” Raka’s friend told the Post.She said fighting against social injustice did not always have to involve catchy slogans or a well-organized action plan.“You just need one penis-shaped cactus and a good friend,” she added. “I needed a voice, but I couldn’t just use my own. So, when people showed up to represent my voice, it healed my trauma.”The online auction has received lots of support from Twitter users who retweeted the auction almost 500 times.“The cactus is cute. So glad that they didn’t send it to the sexual predator and auctioned it instead #kaktuspelir [penis-shaped cactus],” an activist Lini Zurlia wrote on her twitter account @Lini_ZQ supporting the auction.“To all my fellow comrades, this is the only adorable penis we’re allowed to fight for,” another twitter user @GabrielleAlixia wrote.“Buying this penis-shaped cactus might be just a small gesture, but it is important to say no to sexual abuse,” Raka said through his twitter account @coldrebellion on Saturday.Topics :last_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny sends message to Aaron Ramsey after Juventus move is confirmed

first_img Skip And the Polish goalkeeper has already sent a message to Ramsey ahead of his move to Italy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Welcome to Juve family!’ Szczesny wrote on Instagram.‘Get yourself ready for hard work. The next few years is all about winning!‘PS. what’s my commission!’Ramsey, meanwhile, has thanked Arsenal fans for their support and has vowed to give his all before he leaves this summer.‘As you may have already heard, I have agreed a pre-contract with Juventus,’ Ramsey posted on Instagram.‘I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.‘You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.‘It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in north London. Thank you.‘I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin.’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 Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 PLAY SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Full Screen Coming Next Video Settings Read More Read Morecenter_img Comment Top articles / Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Feb 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link 1 min. story Read More Skip Ad Wojciech Szczesny will link up with Aaron Ramsey at Juventus (Getty Images)Aaron Ramsey has received a message of support from former Arsenal teammate Wojciech Szczesny after confirming his move to Juventus.The Wales international has announced that he has signed a four-year deal with the Italian champions and will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season.Ramsey, who has spent 11 seasons at Arsenal, will reportedly earn just over £400,000 a week at Juve.The midfielder is also in line to link back up with Szczesny, who he played alongside at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Wojciech Szczesny sends message to Aaron Ramsey after Juventus move is confirmed Advertisementlast_img read more

Wet season the perfect time to inspect property

first_imgRainy days can be a great opportunity to inspect property and check for any water-related issues, writes REIQ Townsville Zone Chairman Wayne Nicholson.ALTHOUGH it has been a bit hit and miss over the last few years (more miss than hit) we traditionally enjoy a wet season early in the year. Our monsoon season can bring oceans of rain and cyclones that hover up and down the east coast. Some cyclones cross land and wreak havoc others just tease the coast and provide some good rain. I remember clearly one year we received a metre of rain per month in January, February, and March. Bunnings had a special on Ark kits as it rained continuously for more than 40 days and 40 nights. We desperately need the liquid sunshine in the north and I have to say many prudent buyers take full advantage of the season to check out the lie of the land after heavy rain. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It’s a good time to see where water lies in yards, streets and parks and if, in fact, they might even flood. Roof leaks are also exposed when we have continuous heavy rain where you might otherwise not get to know about. Some of our open homes are well attended during our wet season for that very reason. Another lesser known fact about buying property during cyclone season is that once a cyclone is named it can be difficult to get insurance until the threat has passed. As you are required to insure the property the day the contract is signed by both buyer and seller, see clause 8.1 of the REIQ Contract Of Sale, it is worth talking to your friendly insurance company to explain what I have just mentioned. The seller of the property should be and probably is insured and so maybe you should talk to your solicitor and or REIQ agent to amend the insurance clause in the standard terms and conditions if both parties are agreeable, to read: “The property is at the seller’s risk from 5pm on the first business day after the contract date”. In 38 years of selling real estate I have never had an adverse reaction or problem concerning Clause 8.1 but it is there for a reason and it should be dealt with at the point of signing the contract of sale. My advice is you should always engage a solicitor to act for you when buying or selling your property and they will certainly give you the correct legal advice in all matters pertaining to the sale.last_img read more

Nordsee Ost Ready for Winter after Annual Maintenance Campaigns

first_imgInnogy has completed the annual maintenance of its 295MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in Germany, including inspection of wind turbine blades and foundations, and maintenance of the offshore substation.The company said it successfully completed its own scope of maintenance work for this year. However, some service providers still have to finish their maintenance work at Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.This year, innogy used a drone for visual inspection for the first time, with 12 of the 48 wind turbines being examined more closely from the tower, over the nacelle and all the way to the rotor blade tip by rope-access blade inspections.Inspection of the foundations is carried out both above and under water surface, including inspections of the weld and bolt connections, visual inspections of the structures and inspections of the corrosion protection coating. Special subsea robots were used for underwater inspections, which usually take around one to two days per foundation. A total of 50 foundations were inspected above water: all 48 wind turbine foundations, the jacket foundation of the offshore substation and the monopile foundation of the met mast. Of the 50 foundations, 13 were also examined under water.Image: innogyOffshore substation’s primary systems, such as switchgear and transformers, and secondary systems, such as the control and protection technology, were tested this summer with the support of the innogy subsidiary Westnetz. In addition, maintenance has been performed on the fire alarm and the fire extinguishing systems, cranes, air-conditioning and ventilation system, as well as other smaller auxiliary systems.During the summer, when the wind farm is in full swing, the annual maintenance campaigns are due to take place. “Summer is the best time of the year for us,” said Tobias Matzke, Production Manager at innogy. “With the beginning of autumn, weather windows in which maintenance is possible decrease. Our experience shows that from October, statistically speaking, the accessibility to the wind turbines and our substation at sea is halved compared to summer. We are therefore glad that we were able to successfully complete our annual maintenance before the first autumn storms. “Approximately 50 service technicians, engineers and nautical staff are working on the German offshore wind farm to ensure its safe and economic operation, innogy said.last_img read more

How the Media Promote (Some) Suicides

first_imgFirst Things 1 September 2017Family First Comment: An excellent insight…..“When some suicides are promoted in media, law, and popular culture as a social good—as assisted suicides are—that can have an unintended effect on suicidal people who do not qualify for “assistance” under the law….“Due in part to the media’s promotion campaign, suicide has become a siren song attracting the ill, aged, and despairing, while potentially endangering the lives of suicidal people whose circumstances are—for now—outside official “death with dignity” paradigms.”This is precisely why the media’s glamorization of assisted suicide is so harmful. Take the example of Brittany Maynard. Most readers will recall that Maynard, a beautiful young woman, attained international A-list celebrity status when she decided to commit assisted suicide after contracting terminal brain cancer. People declared her a hero in a cover story:For the past 29 years, Brittany Maynard has lived a fearless life—running half marathons, traveling through Southeast Asia for a year and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. So, it’s no surprise she is facing her death the same way. On Monday, Maynard will launch an online video campaign with the nonprofit Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization, to fight for expanding Death with Dignity laws nationwide.The madness didn’t end there. CNN named her an “extraordinary person” of 2014: “Her example sparked a widespread debate about the rights of people with incurable illnesses to determine how and when they will die. Maynard followed through on her plans in November, dying on her own terms.” The message is clear: Dying naturally is for chumps. Living with significant limitations is undignified. Assisted suicide is courageous.The most recent example of this phenomenon comes out of the Netherlands, where an elderly couple received joint euthanasia. There was a time, not so long ago, when the suicides of elderly couples were considered a tragedy. Not anymore. Notice the admiring tone of the Washington Post story describing the deaths:Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia.…Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone.So the two, who…had been together 65 years, shared a last word, and a kiss, then died last month hand-in-hand—in a double euthanasia allowed under Dutch law, according to [the Dutch newspaper] De Gelderlander. “Dying together was their deepest wish,” their daughters told the newspaper, according to an English translation.Such media plaudits have the potential to hurt others. Kheriaty provides an example:The case of fourteen-year-old Valentina Maureira, a Chilean girl who suffered from cystic fibrosis, illustrates both effects while highlighting the power of social influences. Maureira made a YouTube video begging her government to legalize assisted suicide. She admitted that the idea to end her life began after she heard about the case of Brittany Maynard, the twenty-nine-year-old woman who campaigned for the legalization of assisted suicide before ending her own life.Maureira did not have access to assisted suicide, because it was illegal in Chile and she was a minor. Good thing. She changed her mind after another patient with cystic fibrosis intervened and convinced her that her life was worth continuing. Had Maureira been able to find help committing suicide before then, she never would have known that she would later have wanted to live.But that doesn’t resonate. Showing the media’s lack of true empathy, Kheriaty writes, “Her father complained that the media were only interested in her story when she wanted to die.”If you doubt my thesis, compare the reportage about the death of Lauren Hill, a young woman who died naturally of the same cancer that caused Maynard to pursue and promote suicide. Hill struggled to continue playing college basketball—which garnered some coverage in the sports press—and raised money for cancer research. Yet despite promoting a far more positive life-with-dignity message than Maynard did, Hill received an obituary in People of only 196 words. People devoted 1196 laudatory words—huge for that publication—to Maynard in the wake of her suicide, clearly violating the World Health Organization’s media guidelines that outlets not glamorize suicides.Due in part to the media’s promotion campaign, suicide has become a siren song attracting the ill, aged, and despairing, while potentially endangering the lives of suicidal people whose circumstances are—for now—outside official “death with dignity” paradigms.READ MORE: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/09/how-the-media-promote-some-suicidesKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Boar with ASF found in demilitarized zone

first_imgSEOUL – A boar with African swinefever (ASF) was found dead in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates twoKoreas on Thursday.  Over 10,000 pigs died or culled in theSouth since ASF was discovered while more than six-million pigs have beenculled across Asia.(BBC) The virus was discovered in SouthKorea recently, with possible entry through pigs crossing the heavily-guardedDMZ. North Korea first recorded African swine fever (ASF) in May, and the South created border fences to keep it out. Over six-million pigs have been culled across Asia since the ASF was discovered. EPA Despite its name, the DMZ is one ofthe world’s most fortified places. It is a 4 km-wide (2.5 miles) strip ofland, laden with landmines – a buffer zone between North and South Korea.  North Korea first recorded ASF in May,and the South created border fences to keep it out.last_img read more