Don’t Prune Yet

first_imgWater also gives off heat that can protect plants, especially borderline sensitive plants, from freezing. Damp soil retains heat better than dry soil, protecting roots and warming the air near the soil. If a high level of maintenance is desired, dead, unsightly leaves can be removed after a freeze as soon as they turn brown. You can bet any dead leaves on the plants in my landscape will be there a while. First, make sure you are taking care of your landscape plants by examining a few critical needs starting with soil moisture. Water NeedsPlants need water, and these water needs should be checked after a freeze. On a sunny day after the freeze, the foliage could be transpiring (losing water vapor) while the water in the soil is frozen. Apply water to thaw the soil and provide available water to your beloved plants. Don’t overdo the water. Apply no more than 1 inch of water to landscape plants. To get that inch of water, apply just a little over a half gallon of water for every square foot of area underneath a plant out to the edge of foliage, or drip line. PruningSevere pruning should be delayed until new growth appears in the spring. Waiting ensures live wood is not removed. Put those loppers, shears and chain saws away for now.center_img A hard freeze sure can make landscapes look bad. The best advice for now is the “wait and see approach.” Give the plants time to recover, oh let’s say, until spring. No good will be done from pruning away what you think is dead; it may still be alive. Here’s another reason not to prune: Even if plants in your garden are blackened and wilted, new growth could still be possible from below the affected area. Even though new growth and young branch tips may be damaged or even dead, older wood might be injury free. For example, an azalea measures that measures 3 feet by 4 feet will cover 12 square feet, Gardeners should apply 6.5 to 7 gallons of water evenly over those 12 square feet. Pruning away dead wood can expose buds, which may still be alive, to harsh elements. Another hard freeze just might wipe out any survivors. So keep the cutting utensils in the garage and let the dead portions of your plants protect what’s below. It may take until mid-spring before we see any new growth, but be patient and don’t pick up the pruners.For more information on caring for landscape plants after freezing weather, see the University of Georgia Extension publication “Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants” at read more

The Masters: Jon Rahm tops ball then hits tree in ugly double-bogey | Golf News

first_imgJon Rahm made two mistakes on the same hole on his way to a costly double-bogey at The Masters Jon Rahm saw his Masters hopes dealt an almighty blow after two uncharacteristic errors in consecutive shots during the third round at Augusta National. The Spaniard held a share of the lead at the halfway stage but had slipped four behind playing partner Dustin Johnson by the time they reached the par-five eighth, where Rahm hit a glorious drive down the right side of the fairway and had a great opportunity to reach the green in two.Few could have predicted what was to follow, as Rahm inexplicably topped his second shot with a fairway wood and seeing his ball barely get airborne, with his approach racing along the ground and over into the pines on the opposite side of the fairway. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. – Advertisement – Jon Rahm looking for his first major victory at The Masters and aiming to become the fourth Spaniard to win at Augusta National; Rahm topped an approach shot and then hit a tree on his way to a double-bogey seven at par-five eighth By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 14/11/20 8:22pm Rahm is looking to become the fourth Spanish winner of The Masters, following on from Jose Maria Olazabal, Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia Rahm is looking to become the fourth Spanish winner of The Masters, following on from Jose Maria Olazabal, Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia

IPE Views: How the MNRPF case goes to the heart of trustees’ duties

first_imgJudgment provides clarity on maxim that trustees must act in best interests of beneficiaries, says Mayer Brown’s Philippa James and Stuart PickfordFew cases go to the heart of trustees’ duties, but, in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Ltd v Stena Line Ltd and others, the UK High Court has given important guidance on whether trustees can take into account the interests of the scheme’s sponsoring employers as well as the interests of the beneficiaries.The case saw a ruling allowing the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF) to implement a new deficit contribution regime, going back to former sponsors for assistance in removing the deficit – despite the fact around 210 companies had not contributed since the fund closed in 2001.It also ruled 40 sponsors that had made deficit contributions from 2001 onwards could be given some respite, shifting the burden onto those employers who had not. The maxim that trustees must “act in the best interests of the beneficiaries” reflects a long-standing principle that can trace its roots back to 19th century cases concerning private family trusts. But what does it mean in the pensions context? Does it mean trustees must disregard the interests of the employers upon whose shoulders responsibility for funding the scheme ultimately rests?The High Court has held that this duty is not free-standing but has to be viewed in the context of the purpose of the scheme – namely to ensure members get their promised benefits. Provided trustees exercise their powers to further that purpose, it is legitimate to take into account their sponsoring employers’ interests, should they decide this is the right thing to do. In this case, the judge held that it was appropriate for the trustee to take into account the relative burdens on different types of employer when designing a new regime for collecting deficit contributions.Although it might be argued this will make decision-making that much harder, in practice, most trustees are likely already to consider the employer’s position when making certain types of decision that directly impact the employer – for example, in relation to funding and investment. The judge’s decision, therefore, gives trustees useful guidance on the relationship between the interests of the members, whose pension benefits the scheme is established to provide, and those of the sponsoring employers responsible for funding those benefits.The second part of the case dealt with whether a scheme might remain “open” once accrual of years of pensionable service had ceased, but members who remained in employment received some other benefit compared with members who had left service – a point of great importance to the wider pensions industry and that has been debated for many years without being determined.Although the judge was deciding the question in the context of a rule providing enhanced revaluation for members who remained in employment, her reasoning appears to apply equally to schemes that have closed to accrual but retained a final salary link. Essentially, the judge considered that the question comes down to whether members are accruing additional years of pensionable service. If they are not, then the scheme is frozen – irrespective of any additional benefits members may enjoy by virtue of still being employed. This would include a final salary link.The ruling gives schemes a framework for deciding whether they are open or frozen. There will be significant implications for schemes that have treated themselves as open but should now be considered as frozen. In particular, such schemes will need to re-assess who their statutory employers are.Philippa James and Stuart Pickford are partners at law firm Mayer Brown and acted on behalf of the MNRPF trusteelast_img read more

LeBron James and Cleveland

first_imgWhen the Miami Heat failed to win last year’s NBA championship, several of their star players bolted.  The main one, of course, was LeBron James who went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  This has been a feel-good story for all of sports.  Most writers feel that James’s relationship with northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball.  No Cleveland pro team has won a championship in the past 50 years.With James the Cavaliers were expected to compete for a championship, especially after they added several players from other teams to help LeBron.  So far, there have been two problems with this story.  For the first part, it has taken these new players longer to gel than was expected.  So, the Cavaliers did not jump out to a quick lead.  The second drawback has been the injury to James’s balky knee.  The team is 1 – 7 without LeBron playing.Nevertheless, we still have the second half of the season to go, and with James and the other additions, the Cavaliers are much more reliable, more likeable, and more human.  Thy human part comes from LeBron spending a lot of time away from basketball doing charitable work in the entire Cleveland area.last_img read more

Fort St John Huskies on the road this Thursday to Fairview

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are on the road this Thursday, November 28, as they take on the Fairview Flyers. – Advertisement -Previous to the Showcase, the Huskies had visited Fairview on November 2 where the Pups fell 2-1 in overtime. Currently, in the NWJHL Division Standings, the Huskies are in first place with 13 wins, three losses, and two overtime losses, while the Flyers are in fourth place with 10 wins, eight losses, and one overtime loss. The Huskies vs the Fairview Flyers is this Thursday, November 28, in Fairview. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the Fairview Arena.Advertisement In that game, the Huskies beat the Flyers with a strong lead of 8-1. The last time these two teams met was at the NWJHL Showcase on November 10 in Grande Prairie. Then this Saturday, November 30, the Huskies will be home for the Men’s Health and Teddy Bear Toss game.last_img read more

Kerr tips ‘Ade’ for Harambee Stars return

first_img0Shares0000Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes that once he gets back to top fitness, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi will return to the national team, noting that he has immense potential to light up Kenyan football.Omondi returned to Gor Mahia at the beginning of the season after three and a half years out following an impressive trial period that captured Kerr’s attention. The forward scored the opening goal in Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegeteranios in a CAF Champions League tie last weekend.“Once I get Kevin to peak fitness, I think he’s gonna be a player to light up Kenyan football and I hope the Harambee Stars coach sees this. We brought him back because of his potential and he has been fantastic in the two games he has played,” Kerr said of the forward.Omondi who has always been a fan favourite for K’Ogalo’s green army earned a standing ovation when he was substituted in the match against vegetarianos and Kerr has promised more will be seen of the forward.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi , Godfrey Walusimbi against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Mosso Ngueme during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe British coach was also full of praise for new signing Ephraim Guikan who stepped off the bench to score the second goal with his first involvement of the match as well as defender Joash Onyango.“Ephraim’s a new player in the team and definitely it is a bit difficult for him finding play time especially with two good strikers in the team. But he’s had a good attitude and overall a very good striker,”“Joash has been terrific and has replaced Musa (Mohammed) very well. He knows it is very hard as a defender to play when the others are performing and he has been working very hard,” Kerr opined.The 2-0 result against Vegetarianos on Saturday earned the reigning Kenyan champions an edge ahead of the return leg tie to be played in 10 days time in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.“The boys were brilliant; they did everything I wanted and even more. I thought the performance and attitude was fantastic straight from kick off. Credit to the Equatorial Guinea team because they came in with a plan but I am happy we can go to the second leg with the advantage,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAA win for Gor in the return leg will earn them a berth in the first round where they face the winner between Tunisian giants Esperance du Tunis and Mauritanian side ASAC Concorde. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg played in Nouakchott.Before then, Kerr and his charges will switch their attention to their catch up Kenyan Premier League clash against Zoo Kericho on Thursday where the tactician is confident of bagging another three points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bradley Eliminates Men’s Soccer from MVC Tournament

first_imgDown 3-1, the Bulldogs continued to bring pressure firing six shots the rest of the match. Seniors Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Gabe Edel (Greenwood, Ind.), Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) and redshirt sophomore Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) each had shot attempts either blocked or saved by Barnes. Edel had two shots while Ciszewski nearly snuck a ball past Barnes but he fell on top of it for the save and Tuominen drilled a long, heavy ball that was blocked by a Braves’ defender’s head. Graduate transfer Jake Taylor (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) had the final attempt, a header, that went wide. A pair of Drake (6-11-2) freshmen off the bench teamed up for the match’s first goal in the 26th minute (26:37). From the right side of the field, Juan Louis (Minneapolis, Minn.) sent a long cross with his left foot to the box that Stafford Dowling (Hamilton, New Zealand) poked past the Bradley (11-7-2) goalkeeper Brandon Barnes. It is the second career goal for the Kiwi, Dowling and the first career assist for Louis. Full Schedule Roster Out of halftime, Bradley quickly took a 2-1 lead with goals in the 47th and 48th minutes. Roman Schindler scored the first goal at 47:49 off a cross and Alex Ciaramitaro flicked in a header off a long throw in for the eventual game winner at 48:50.   Trailing 2-1, Drake put tremendous pressure on the Braves. The Bulldogs had several quality looks, but couldn’t net the equalizer. Bradley’s Gerit Wintermeyer added the insurance goal in the 74th minute (74:08) after Drake’s defense failed to clear the ball. Wintermeyer snagged the loose ball and fired a shot over goalkeeper Caden McCullough’s (Evansville, Ind.) to push the lead to 3-1.center_img PEORIA, Ill. – Tournament host Bradley scored three second-half goals to rally past the Drake men’s soccer team, 3-1, on Wednesday night in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Bradley advances to Friday’s semifinal to play No. 2 Central Arkansas at 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version McCullough finished with five saves, including several key stops in the first half. Every Bulldog starter had at least one shot.last_img read more

South Africa teams up with Mara Mentor

first_img4 June 2015A tangible outcome of the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa was an agreement that the National Youth Development Agency would partner with the Mara Foundation to run the online mentorship scheme, Mara Mentor.The WEF on Africa is taking place in Cape Town. It ends on 5 June.The agreement was made with the founder and chairperson of the Mara Foundation, Ashish Thakkar, who spoke to President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the WEF on Africa about the innovative Mara Mentor online Mentoring Platform. It will provide mentorships to young South African entrepreneurs.The mentoring platform is an initiative of Brand South Africa, which initially linked up the foundation with The Presidency at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland, in January. It will be officially launched on 16 June, Youth Day, and will offer mentorships over a web platform as well as on mobile applications.Young people will be able to ask business leaders questions and seek advice on business issues.“Top business leaders in South Africa, including chairpersons and chief executives of companies, are already being asked to sign up as mentors for the South African youth to be able to provide them with support. The youth will be able to register as mentees at one of [the National Youth Development Agency’s] 14 offices countrywide,” said The Presidency.Mara Mentor has been successfully launched in six African countries to date. The e- platform has over 600 000 active entrepreneurs across 30 African countries with whom young people can interact.Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the programme was part of the agency’s initiative of not only promoting South Africa as an attractive business destination but also finding opportunities for socio-economic development for the country abroad.“We believe that it has the potential to empower thousands of young people who want to start up businesses or who are already in business. It also provides an opportunity for business leaders in the country to plough back by supporting youth development and empowerment.”Day twoSouth Africa is participating in a range of programmes at the WEF on Africa today, the second day of gathering.Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is participating in a session on The Future of Water, while Tourism Minister Derick Hanekom is taking part in a session on Unlocking Africa. Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi is participating in a session focusing on mining in Africa. The 25th WEF on Africa opened yesterday, with the theme “Then and now: reimagining Africa’s future”.Team South Africa was well represented on the first day of WEF Africa and emphasised that South Africa was open for business on all platforms, according to acting cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams. The day began with Minister in the Presidency Minister Radebe participating, together with Ghanaian minister of foreign affairs Hanna Tetteh, in an interactive discussion on how competitive African nation brands could contribute to advancing the African Union’s Agenda 2063.“Both ministers and the participants at large concluded the discussions saying that the time has come for African countries to implement policies which will contribute to changing the socio-economic conditions on our continent. There was also a resounding call that Agenda 2063 must be brought to life through the implementation of national policies that support the pillars for growth and development,” said Williams.These included social issues like health, education and food security as well as infrastructure development. South Africa was committed to infrastructure development on the continent, and the country held the chairmanship of the African Union’s Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa.It was focused on facilitating road, rail and air connectivity between countries on the continent, which would contribute to Africa’s integration, ease movement of people, goods and services throughout the continent as well as the continent’s ability to attract inward flows of investment.South Africa also hosted a welcome reception for WEF delegates, at which Hanekom reiterated that the country was open to all visitors and investors, while offering a range of diverse experiences that would cater for all visitors.President Jacob Zuma hosted a meeting of the Business Interaction Group, at which he said his government was committed to creating an enabling legislative and policy environment for business to create jobs and grow the economy.“As with similar engagements in the run up to WEF Africa 2015, there has been a willingness of both government and the private sector to work together to drive South Africa’s growth and development,” Williams said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Chinmayanand case: SIT finds law student’s purse in drain

first_imgThe special investigation team probing the sexual assault case against former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand has recovered a purse of the complainant from a drain, sources said on Saturday. The investigators were now looking for the woman’s spy camera-fitted spectacles which she had used to record evidence of sexual exploitation by the 72-year-old former parliamentarian, they said. The purse was found in the drain near Mumukshu Ashram of Chinmayanand. The SIT had deployed labourers to search for the articles in the drain after detailed interrogation of the student’s mother and father on Friday, they said. The Allahabad High Court had on October 30 fixed November 8 to hear the bail plea of Chinmayanand who has been arrested in the case. Justice Rahul Chaturvedi had asked the prosecution to file its reply to the bail plea by November 4 and the defence counsel to file his counter reply by November 7. The bail plea of the law student will be heard on November 6.last_img read more