first_imgHanging baskets, containers and window boxes are a great way to add colour to your home during summer. There are lots of different ways to fill hanging baskets depending on your budget and the type of flowers you like.Now is the time to start preparing, planting and planning how to maintain them throughout the summer season. First you need to decide where you would like to put the hanging baskets around your house and garden.It is best to look for nice sheltered, sunny positions. Choose the size of baskets you would like – 12 inch up to 16 inch in diameter are the most popular.Then pick the type of basket you are going to use.There are lots of different types available, from the traditional wire with a moss style liner to a decorative metal or rattan material. You can even get self-watering baskets. Once you have chosen your basket you need to fill this with good quality compost.Use compost with a slow release fertilizer so that your plants will be fed slowly throughout the summer as they need it.Compost should also contain water retention gels. This means that the baskets will not dry out as quickly as ordinary multi-purpose compost might.Westland’s Container & Basket Compost contains both of these for optimum results.Now it’s time to choose your plants. Start by deciding what colour scheme you would like, there are so many options. You can go for one colour, a mix of different colours or a colour scheme depending on your taste.Pick an upright Fuchsia or Geranium for the centre of the basket, and then choose a selection of foliage with flowering basket plants for around the edge.There a so many plants to choose from. Surfinia (trailing petunia), Verbena, Sanvitalia and Million Bells are very colourful plants that will spread throughout the basket and several feet over the edge if well looked after.Choose a Nepeta for a large trailing foliage plant which will fill out your basket and trail down to the ground. If you use a wire basket it is possible to plant some lobelia or trailing basket plants around the side of the basket as you fill it with compost.Remember to push the plants through from the outside so the leaves don’t get damaged.Planting an upright plant in the centre with lots of trailing plants around the edge ensures a uniform shape to your hanging basket.For a 14 inch basket you will need 1 centre piece with 6 basket plants around the edge.Please contact any of the team at Robert Kee Garden Centre for suggestions and advice on other sizes of baskets or plant choices.David’s Top Tips for happy hanging baskets· Water your baskets well as soon as you plant them· Feed weekly with Levington Tomorite – always a good choice for flowering plants· Plants can be thirsty, just because it’s been raining doesn’t mean your baskets have had enough to drink.Water them every day and twice a day during hot weather but not when the sun is shining on them.To check if your basket has been watered enough, place one hand underneath it and try to lift it.If it is very heavy it’s well watered but if it’s quite light, water more.As flowers fade, cut the old flower and a bit of the green stem off. This will keep your baskets flowering in abundance.During stormy weather it may be best to lift down your baskets to prevent them getting damaged.If you have any questions or gardening queries feel free to contact us at Robert Kee Garden Centre, Laghey. Tel: 074 9721805 Ext. 4 E:[email protected] W: www.rkee.ieTalk soon, David Perry HND. Hort, Garden Centre Manager, Robert Kee, Laghey.ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Gardening TipsHanging BasketsnewsRobert Keesummerlast_img read more

Funding announcement ‘imminent’ for cross-border Riverine Project

first_imgA funding announcement is due to be made soon for the Riverine Project in Lifford and Strabane, according to Cllr Gary Doherty.The Cllr said that approval for the project could be “potentially the best news the towns have had in a generation.”There are reports that almost €9 million has been granted to the project which will create a new shared public space on both sides of the River Foyle between the towns. Cllr Doherty said “while we must be careful not to pre-empt any funding announcement by SEUPB, and respecting the procedures and protocol within which any funding body must work within, there are strong indications that we have been successful with the funding application for the Riverine Project.“The €8.96 million which it is believed has been granted will transform the riverside areas of both towns and it has the potential to kick-start a period of re-generation on both sides of the border. Our communities can now look forward to the development of 30 acres into a shared parkland with walkways, a public events space, pedestrian bridge, river access and a world-class play experience for our children and young people. This is potentially the best news these towns have had in a generation.“I am absolutely delighted that both Donegal County Council, as Lead Partner working with Derry City and Strabane District Council, working collaboratively over a long number of years  have successfully taken this project over the line. I want to pay tribute to all the hard working staff members from both Councils who have put so much effort into this. They put the shoulder to the wheel, especially after we were knocked back last year, and they ensured that we would be successful this time.“I would also pay tribute to all the elected members in both Donegal and Tyrone who wouldn’t take no for an answer when this project was knocked back on numerous occasions. This project is a testament to their hard work, and is a shining example of what can be achieved when elected representatives work together for the benefit of our communities. In particular, I would like to thank my colleague Pat Doherty, who as MP for West Tyrone was instrumental in ensuring Riverine stayed at the top of the agenda for both Councils. “Finally, this project is a massive endorsement of the hard work and commitment of community groups in the wider Lifford and Strabane areas. They actively engaged with both Councils to ensure that the evidence was there to show that this new facility would be used by the community to foster enhanced links and relationships across the border.” Funding announcement ‘imminent’ for cross-border Riverine Project was last modified: June 12th, 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)last_img read more

Fruit and veggie conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland.The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County and event organizer.“We have hosted a grower school for specialty crops in southwestern Ohio for over 30 years,” Meyer said. “We decided to expand it to offer more classes and, in 2016, we moved the venue to the Oasis Conference Center to give us more space for concurrent sessions.”The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers five concurrent sessions in fruit production, vegetable production, specialty cropping systems, pesticide safety and farm management, and marketing and food safety.In addition, some sessions offer private pesticide applicator credits in three categories, Meyer said: Core, 3 (Fruits and Vegetables) and 5 (Greenhouse). He encourages applicators to bring their license to the conference so OSU Extension personnel can check their recertification status and determine how much training they need to become recertified.Preregistration is required by Feb. 3 and is available online at The $50 fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing handouts.For a complete session descriptions and more information, including a link to the registration page, go to Anyone with questions may contact Meyer at [email protected] or 513-695-1311.last_img read more

Premier League: Son Heung-min strikes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 1-0

first_imgSon Heung-min’s second-half goal secured Tottenham a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.The South Korea forward pounced on a weak clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute, as a depleted Spurs side eked out a victory over the league’s last-place team.Playing four days after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League, Tottenham was without forward Dele Alli, center back Toby Alderweireld and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris because of injury.FULL-TIME: Not at our best, but Sonny’s second-half strike seals an important three points at Wembley. #COYS Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2017Spurs have struggled to break down visiting teams that defend in numbers at Wembley Stadium this season, drawing to both Burnley and Swansea in a season when they have also beaten Madrid, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at their temporary home.They labored at times against Palace and had back-up goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga to thanks for saves from Scott Dann and Andros Townsend. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha did get past Gazzaniga, but failed to finish into an empty net from an acute angle.Tottenham started the day in third place, eight points off leader Manchester City, who will play Arsenal later Sunday.last_img read more

Prime Minister Announces Several Economic Initiatives for 2013

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has announced a number of economic initiatives that are scheduled to come on stream during 2013.In a national broadcast on Sunday (January 6), the Prime Minister cited the development of the Gordon Cay Container Trans-shipment Hub and the development of the Fort Augusta Container Terminal and logistics centre as two such initiatives.She informed the nation that Cabinet has also approved the establishment of an enterprise team for the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), which is currently owned by the Port Authority of Jamaica and is one of the region’s leading container transshipment ports. Concurrent with the development of the port is the construction of the North-South link of Highway 2000, which is being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company at a cost of US$610 million. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that this will create a number of jobs with major development projects along the corridor between St. Catherine and St. Ann.Mrs. Simpson Miller also announced good news for developments in tourism, stating that “there will be an injection of over US$200 million in capital expenditure with projects, including leisure hotels Riu Palace and Fiesta Phase Two, as well as Shanghai and Marriott business hotels.”The Prime Minister said that for tourism, there will be an increased thrust into the Russian and Latin American markets. The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has been making headway into these markets and the first nonstop service flight from Moscow to Montego began last week with the Russian airline, Transaero, making its inaugural flight to Jamaica carrying 320 passengers.Mrs. Simpson Miller asked for unity as the nation builds. “I commit to do everything to make our economy stronger,” she said.last_img read more

Common Joins AdoptAClassroomorg and Burlington Stores to Support Teachers and Students in

first_img96% of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. To help alleviate this burden, Adopt-A-Classroom, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, has teamed up for the second consecutive year with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores to support teachers and students nationwide through a chain-wide point-of-sale campaign going on now through August 18.Showcasing his dedication to the cause is Oscar Winning Actor, Artist and Activist, Common, who is once again joining forces with and their partner Burlington Stores this back-to-school season. Together with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, he has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of students have the resources and opportunities they need to have a successful future.On average, teachers spend more than $740 each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn, a spending increase of nearly 25% over the last three years. Further, more than 28% of teachers spend over $1,000 each year to equip their classrooms with basic school supplies. Through this campaign, Burlington’s goal is to fund classroom resources that teachers need to do their job, helping to ensure all students have an equal chance to learn and succeed.This morning, Burlington Stores,, Common and Dr. Hines surprised P.S. 111 with a $10,000 donation. This school adoption provides all teachers with funding to ensure they can prepare their classrooms ahead of the school year. Common and Dr. Hines then spent time with fourth and fifth grade students from P.S. 111, viewing some of their creative works including paintings and songs and learning about the inspiration behind them.“Spending time with students and teachers from P.S.111 this morning was a great reminder about how important it is to support schools and get them the supplies they need,” said Common. “My Mother has been in the Chicago school system for more than 35 years, and I am honored to do my part to help teachers get the materials they need to help their students succeed.”The national point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 640 plus Burlington Stores nationwide on July 8. Customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more at checkout through August 18 to support To further demonstrate Burlington’s commitment to giving back to the communities that it serves, funds raised will be donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store, and for the retailer’s new stores opening this fall and spring, each new location will ‘adopt’ every teacher in a local school.“At Burlington, we are dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to partner with and we are honored that Common has continued his commitment to our effort. The funding raised in our stores will help to support teachers as they fill their classrooms with the tools their students need to succeed. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to more than 3,000 teachers and their 75,000 students, and with this year’s campaign, we look forward to furthering our impact,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“It means a lot to and the teachers we support to have Burlington as a second-year sponsor,” says Ann Pifer, executive director of “Our public/private partnership with Burlington, Common and Dr. Hines is a great example of the good we can do when we all work together.”For more information visit or read more

Lawsuit goes after BC for isolating inmates

first_imgA new class-action lawsuit wants to seek damages for inmates subjected to solitary confinement.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit is seeking damages for time spent in solitary confinement on behalf of thousands of inmates in B.C. jails.The suit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, still needs to be certified by a judge.If approved, lawyer James Sayce said he will pursue compensation for “lasting and permanent harms” incurred by people subjected to isolation.“In our view there are international standards which apply to the use of solitary confinement in jails,” he said from Toronto.“Solitary confinement should be a tool of last resort.”B.C. Corrections declined to comment for this story but said it intended to file a statement of defence.“With this matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” a spokeswoman added.Sayce, of the Koskie-Minsky firm, said B.C. uses solitary confinement for two reasons – administrative or disciplinary.But, he said, there aren’t “sufficient safeguards” to protect prisoners from being subjected to an abuse of those reasons.“The prison authorities will often justify the use of solitary confinement in inappropriate means,” he said in a telephone interview.Solitary confinement, Sayce said, should be used “sparingly” and, for some inmates, not at all.And when used, “a person should be released from solitary at the earliest possible time.”Concerns about practiceThe lawsuit applies to anyone – male and female – who spent time in solitary confinement while serving a sentence of less than two years in a B.C. correctional facility, Sayce added.“The harms associated with solitary for those groups, we say, rises to the level of cruel or unusual treatment, which is unconstitutional in this country,” he said.“People suffering from serious mental illness and people that are young – under the age of 18 – are not properly equipped to deal with the stresses of solitary confinement.”A large proportion of those inmates would be Indigenous people, like his representative plaintiff Cody Cragg of Vancouver Island, because he  said Canada has an “over-representation” of Indigenous inmates at all levels of the system.Sayce said Cragg was kept in solitary for lengthy periods while serving time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre despite being diagnosed with mental health issues.“It’s our submission he’s a person who should never have been placed in solitary confinement,” he said.“He’s a person who should have been given treatment in a clinical setting.”Sayce said solitary confinement is used in all provincial and federal correctional institutions.He has already certified class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates subjected to solitary in Ontario and while serving penitentiary time.In his 2017 report, Canada’s correctional investigator said Indigenous inmates were subjected to segregation more than other inmates – and, at the same time, found the use of segregation declining for non-Indigenous prisoners.Ottawa has since moved to eradicate the practice in the federal system by tabling Bill C-83.Sayce noted there is a syndrome associated with time spent in solitary confinement and damages will be higher for prisoners who spent the most time in a cell alone – sometimes up to 22 hours a day – with no human [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

The goddess theory

first_imgAn art gallery in the Capital puts together a dramatic profusion of works from the private studio of sculptor and installation artist Narayan Chandra Sinha. The exhibition is curated by Ina Puri. Debi is a bride between craft and fine arts. It reflects an intelligent use of discarded materials and weaving them together to tell a story that resonates with culture and tradition. Yet, the language is modern, chic and understated in every sense of the word. In essence, the show is a tribute to beauty, originality and style that’s sensibly crafted in a modern language.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”I have a concern to preserve culture. I use objects that have been a part and parcel of our tradition. There are thoughts and methods behind my choice of materials that may appear to be discards in the eyes of viewers,’ he says.  Sinha is a master innovator who is known for blending  different materials. There is Durga Ma beautifully welded in metal while the face is in brass. The necklace made of iron that must have been heated at a certain temperature and bend to take the shape of a neck has chunky pieces of brass including a gas stove burner.  Mark in the dates and head over.last_img read more