By Michele J. KuhnThe battering of area properties by Super Storm Sandy has not been just to beaches, buildings, cars and boats. Gardens, plants, trees and shrubs have certainly been impacted too.“I think everyone and everything has been so astonishingly devastated,” said Leeann Lavin, a garden and landscape designer and owner of Duchess Designs in Atlantic Highlands. “For some of my clients, their garden was just gone. We walked into the yard … and it was as if Sandy – and Athena after it – just sort of mowed off the side of the earth.”Since shortly after the Oct. 29 storm, Lavin has been helping her clients work through the things they need to do to help ensure their landscaping and gardens will return to their former beauty.“I think the first thing is assessing what has happened,” she said. “Even last fall, right after the storm, I went to my clients to see and assess what the damage was… As soon as we could, we started with a seven-part cleanup plan that I put together.“It’s kind of curious – here are all these tradesman going in to do the kitchen and the flooring to redo the house and then they look at us and say, ‘You know, I never heard about the plants.’ I say, ‘Look at the investment that the homeowners put into the landscaping.’ Plus these are alive, they are living things, they aren’t like a chair.”Clearing the debris and sea grass that was deposited on clients’ property was the first order. Washing vegetation with clear water to clean off the salt came next. She then worked the soil with gypsum to counteract the salt, added lime to correct the pH plus an organic soil nutrient and then soil enriched with horse manure to help restore the earth. She also mulched.“I think it’s really important for everyone to test the soil,” she said. Soil testing kits are available at many hardware and garden stores. Rutgers University also runs a soil-testing laboratory and kits are available from county cooperative extension offices or forms may be downloaded from the lab’s website at njaes.rutgers.edu/soiltestinglab.Another problem Lavin has been dealing with is restoring vegetation that has become compromised by pathogens because of the storm. A lot of shrubs have been impacted, “especially you’ll see the devastation around holly. A lot has this Indian wax scale on them … You’ll see this around. A lot of pathogens have set in,” Lavin said.The garden designer recommends that, as she has done for her clients, area gardeners wash their plants, if they haven’t already done it, and add gypsum to the soil. “It can’t hurt it,” she said. Then work to repair and nourish the soil after having it tested to determine what it needs.“In horticulture circles, people often say, ‘If you feed the soil, the soil will feed the plants.’ If you do little else, if you get the soil right, the plants have a better chance.“The other thing that is really, really important is that trees have been devastated.”Some trees were damaged by utility companies cutting branches – she believes strongly in putting utility lines underground. Trees must be properly pruned, she said.“I think we have a disregard for our trees; we don’t take care of them. Sometimes people say to me, ‘I can’t really afford to take care of them.’ I say, ‘If you don’t do that, you will pay somewhere down the line with higher heating or cooling costs or perhaps the tree will fall on a house’ … Much of the devastation was caused by trees falling on houses. The trees were not taken care of,” Lavin said.“I look at gardens as not only art but as outdoor living,” she said. “If you are going to be living out there, you really need to treat the outdoor garden room as an extension of the home.”She recommends gardeners look at the use of “good, native plants” and prune trees and shrubs during the next few weeks.“I will be focusing, now going forward, to do an inventory and see what has survived the winter and see what is good,” she said. “I’ll make up lists … and see what can we do for the plants to help them help us.”Lavin also favors gardens that can feed the gardener. “In general, I think we need to grow more edibles,” she said. “People have gotten away from growing their own food but it makes a difference to your health.”She also is one of the many area residents who are happy to see spring return.“Plants are resilient and hopefully, after the storms and the long, dark winter, everyone will now be looking for the spring and color and a happy time,” she said.Leeann LavinLavin, who works in the New Jersey, New York and Long Island area, describes her work as “artful designs” that feature native plants. She has worked at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is a painter – working in watercolors – and a writer of food and drink and is the author of the book The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook.She will be appearing 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society to give a talk about how to create a kitchen garden.Lavin can be reached by email at Leeann@duches-designs.com or by calling 732-500-7121.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAaron Fuller had a solid PBA debut and NLEX reasserted its dominance over Alaska with a 112-104 win in the 2017 Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fuller notched a double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who improved to 3-0 against the Aces this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Perlas outlasts UP to stay in hunt for semis spot End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “It’s a different feeling. We only need one win and we’ll be able to tie our record last conference,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad finished at the bottom of the standings with a 2-9 card in the Commissioner’s Cup.“This is a validation of our hard work, but there is nothing to celebrate at this point, it’s just the beginning,” Guiao added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Road Warriors broke loose from a 94-deadlock with six straight points by Fulling, including an emphatic putback dunk, giving his team a 111-99 lead with 50 seconds left.“They’re still a physical, rugged, defensive team. More reason for me to look at this as a good sign because Alaska is not a pushover. Alaska is a contender and if you beat Alaska you know you’re doing something right,” Guiao said. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kevin Alas was a spark off the bench for NLEX with 20 points and eight rebounds.LaDontae Henton finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while Calvin Abueva posted 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Aces, whose struggles spilled into the new conference.Alaska has now lost nine straight games dating back to the previous conference.NLEX, on the other hand, has won three in a row after ending last conference with back-to-back victories.ADVERTISEMENT
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bouhaddouz, covering the near post, dived full stretch. He couldn’t believe where his header ended up.There was an explosion of joy among the Iran squad as coaches and substitutes leapt out of the dugout and sprinted onto the field to celebrate with the players.Suddenly, Iran’s blighted and frustrating World Cup buildup — the scrapped friendly matches, the sportswear sanctions from the United States that prevented players from wearing their favorite soccer shoes — didn’t matter anymore.“The brilliant attitude, the commitment, the soul, the heart,” Queiroz said. “We came here without World Cup preparations. We don’t have camps, we have problems … to (overcome) these difficulties is a source of inspiration, motivation, something special.”There was also a late goal in the first match of the day, with Uruguay scoring in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Egypt.GROUP DYNAMICSIran would likely secure a first ever place in the knockout stage at a World Cup by beating Spain on Wednesday, though Queiroz is expected to play for a draw in Kazan.As for the Moroccans, they cannot afford another slip-up against Portugal in Moscow on the same day.KEY TO SUCCESSMorocco: Most dangerous on the wings, through Hakim Ziyech on the right and Amine Harit on the left, during its strong start to the game. Ziyech, an Ajax playmaker, was billed as Morocco’s best attacker but he floated in and out of the game and embarrassingly missed an attempted shot completely when teed up for an early chance at the edge of the area. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain Iran: Omid Ebrahimi did a crucial job as a marauding shield in the midfield, protecting what was already the strongest international defense in Asia. Iran remains unbeaten in competitive games since the 2014 World Cup, when it only lost to Argentina because of a late winner from Lionel Messi.IN THE STANDSThe vuvuzela is back. Well, almost.A dull droning noise from air horns blown by fans swarmed the St. Petersburg Stadium throughout the game. It revived memories of the vuvuzelas that were the soundtrack of the World Cup in South Africa.LOOK AT THATIranian fans unfurled a banner protesting the country’s ban on women attending soccer matches back home. The banner read “(hashtag)NoBan4Women” and “Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums.”After it was initially unfurled, during the first half of the game, there was a brief commotion as it was put away. It then remained unfurled for the remainder of the first half. Then, in the second half, the banner moved up the field near the other goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours They hugged and danced, savoring the best moment of their careers. Back in Iran, locals poured into the streets in celebration.Considering Spain and Portugal are the other teams in Group B, the match in St. Petersburg was regarded as a must-win game for the two outsiders. The result has already left Morocco struggling to stay alive in its first World Cup in 20 years.Renard said his team “fell into the trap” set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games. Morocco started well but then faded.“Our plan from the first minute was to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players,” Queiroz said, “creating frustration and blocking all the playmakers who can create something.”So maybe it was mental exhaustion that led to Morocco conceding two fouls, one quickly after the other, in injury time. After the second, wide on the left, Ehsan Haji Safi whipped over a cross between the goalkeeper and the retreating defenders.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the second dramatic finish to a World Cup match on Friday, Iran was gifted a 1-0 win over Morocco in Group B because of Bouhaddouz’s own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time.Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach an in-swinging free kick from the left and glanced the ball past his own goalkeeper inside the near post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We were crucified,” Morocco coach Herve Renard said.It was Iran’s second win in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia’s first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Showing just how much it meant, Iran’s players threw coach Carlos Queiroz into the air after the final whistle. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz, 20, scores an own goal during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation.Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
The controversial summit was scheduled to be held last year but was cancelled amid, not only the Canadian-Mexican fight over the visa requirements, but also the Canadian-American dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.However, it now comes less than a week after British voters decided to leave the European Union—a decision mirrored by a poll of Canadian voters which shows only 25 percent of them believes the North American Free Trade Agreement is good for this country, and remember NAFTA is what we got in 1994 after it was signed, sealed and delivered by another trio of amigos. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s been a long time coming, but Mexico has finally agreed to open its markets to Canadian beef, a move the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says could add $30 to $50 million to the nation’s industry. Mexican restrictions were a lingering side effect of alleged fears over mad-cow disease, and Dennis Laycraft says this means Canadian beef, which is more than 30 months old will finally start to find its way back into Mexico.- Advertisement -The news came as Mexico’s President arrived in Ottawa for the North American leaders’ summit with Prime Minister Trudeau and US President Obama.However, there was an agreement price for Canada to pay, and Mr. Trudeau delivered on an election campaign promise, to drop a major irritant in Canada’s relationship with Mexico imposed by the former Conservative government. As of December this year, the Liberals are reversing the Harper government’s 2009 decision to require visas for Mexican visitors.The so-called “three Amigos summit has been labelled by Jim Carr, the Winnipeg musician turned Minister of Natural Resources “An absolutely important moment,” and he adds, it’s occurring as, “We are all in a transition phase where we are reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and increasing our investments in renewable sources of energy and in innovation.”Advertisement
0Shares0000Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona has increased interest in Ligue 1 abroad © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 5 – The French league (LFP) has reached a “major agreement” with two networks to broadcast Ligue 1 games in Sub-Saharan Africa, it announced Monday, a clear sign of the impact made by the arrival of Neymar.The deal means French-language network Canal+ and Kwese, in English and Portuguese, will show games in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the French League Cup for six seasons from 2018-19 to 2023-24. No financial details were revealed by the LFP or beIN Sports, the network which owns the exclusive international distribution rights for the French league.However, French sports daily L’Equipe said the deal should be worth 33 million euros per year, compared to 13 million euros annually under the existing terms.“This first result encourages us to pursue our defined sales strategy and confirms the growing attractiveness of Ligue 1 thanks to the investment of the clubs to recruit new stars, develop new talent and equip themselves with modern infrastructure,” said LFP director general Didier Quillot.The French league’s income from international rights pales in comparison to the money generated by other leading European nations.The English Premier League brings in 1.3 billion euros a year, while Italy’s Serie A rakes in 371 million euros annually.However, the LFP and beIN Sports are now set to target improved deals in other areas, notably Brazil, as they look to cash in on the presence of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.At the moment, the LFP stands to make a modest 80 million euros annually up to 2024 from international rights.Neymar’s world-record 222 million-euro move to PSG from Barcelona last August, and the Qatar-owned capital club’s big-money move for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, helped drive up interest in the French game at the start of this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Museum is holding a talk on Tse’K’wa, Charlie Lake caves with a special guest speaker, Professor Jonathan Driver.Jon Driver is a professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. During his talk, he will present a summary of what is know about this early time period, including the results of recent radiocarbon dating and biomolecular studies of animal bones that show how animals migrated into the Peace River region as the glacial ice melted.– Advertisement -On Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 7 pm the talk will take place at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum by donation.Tse’K’wa is located just outside Fort St. John and contains a deep sequence of deposits that span the last 12,500 years. Of particular interest are the earliest layers at the site that document the arrival of the first people at the end of the ice age, and the rapidly changing environments in which they lived.Professor Jonathan Driver has undertaken research in western Canada, England and the American Southwest.To view the FB event, CLICK HEREAdvertisement
Having won seven of their last eight games, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be going into the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash with Monaco confident his side can claim a result.The Gunners will be face a French side in good nick too, with Leonardo Jardim’s men losing just once in their last eight matches.And it’s unlikely Wenger will take his foot off the gas against Monaco, with minimal changes expected to his side which defeated Crystal Palace, just about, at the weekend.How Arsenal could line up against Monaco:Now Wojciech Szczesny has been usurped David Ospina in Wenger’s Premier League plans it’s likely the Polish shot-stopper will don the gloves in the Champions League for the foreseeable future, while ahead of him Hector Bellerin, if fit, could come in for Calum Chambers.Elsewhere, Theo Walcott could be handed a start as he looks to continue his return to fitness with Danny Welbeck dropping to the bench to accommodate him. Wojciech Szczesny celebrates with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1
Pepe becomes the most expensive African player ever and the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United pair Paul Pogba (£89 mllion) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).The forward, who will wear the number 19 shirt, will add firepower to an Arsenal attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette score 50 goals between them in all competitions last season.The length of Pepe’s deal at the Emirates Stadium was not announced but is believed to be five years.Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”Pepe scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and was linked with a host of clubs over the summer including Manchester United and Napoli.He was behind only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring charts as Lille finished second to qualify for the Champions League.“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,” he said in an interview on Arsenal’s website, describing himself as quick and a good finisher.“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”Pepe said he was looking forward to playing alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille,” he said.“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”The signing of Pepe follows the arrivals of forward Gabriel Martinelli, the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and the transfer of defender William Saliba — who will spend the 2019/20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne.Arsenal finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League in Emery’s first season in charge, missing out on Champions League qualification for the third year in a row.Their first match of the Premier League campaign is away at Newcastle on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal have announced the arrival of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe on a club record feeLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Arsenal announced the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille on Thursday for a club-record fee reported to be £72 million (Sh9bn).The deal for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international eclipses the £56 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 as the Gunners add another attacking option to their ranks.
Minister Joe McHugh has revealed new employment figures that show a 12% increase in jobs at firms supported by Enterprise Ireland in Donegal in 2018.“The strong figures from Enterprise Ireland show hundreds of new jobs were created last year by talented, innovative, homegrown businesses in Donegal,” Minister McHugh said.“The results are solid proof that firms continuing to invest, continue to attract workers and they are looking to the future even with all the concerns around Brexit. “Donegal is a resilient place and the 3,818 people now employed in Enterprise Ireland backed firms in the county is a strong symbol of that.“There was 12% growth in jobs in these companies last year; an overall increase of 416 more people in employment in these firms.“The improvements this Government has made over recent years have helped set the groundwork for more jobs to be created.”The Minister added we now we need to focus more on preparing for the working world after Brexit and with all the tech-led changes that are coming down the tracks. “Enterprise Ireland offers intensive, one-to-one supports for any exporter to prepare for Brexit and I’d encourage any business with cross border trade to seek this out.“We need to embrace the challenges, encourage more people to take up apprenticeships and training, for workers to think about upskilling and for young people to be equipped to make the most of a fast-changing economy.”Minister McHugh said the support of Enterprise Ireland nationally helped with a 4% growth in employment in jobs at Irish business across the country.“It’s impressive to see Donegal pressing ahead with such strong growth at a county level.”12% increase in jobs at Enterprise Ireland firms in Donegal was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:IDAjobsMinister Joe McHugh
GET your bathing suits on! Well, not just yet. Although ground has at long last been broken on the Northridge Pool, government in Los Angeles moves slowly. This urban oasis won’t actually be complete until September 2007, but the excitement is already palpable. Consider the pool a reflection of better times in the San Fernando Valley. Damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, shut down in 1999 and largely ignored since, the pool was a symbol of a City Hall that spent billions on downtown, but wouldn’t lift a finger for the San Fernando Valley. But the 2002 Valley secession movement forced City Hall to start taking this community seriously, and in 2004 Councilman Greig Smith was able to secure the necessary funds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant It’s been a long wait, but the cool water – and some tangible results out of city government – will be plenty refreshing.