Jazz return from break, hand Rockets 15th straight loss

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Utah Jazz opened the second half of their season by beating the Houston Rockets 114-99.Playing for the first time since March 3, the NBA leaders got back on track after dropping their final two games of the first half. Mike Conley added 20 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 13 rebounds.Kevin Porter Jr. scored 27 points for Houston, which dropped its 15th straight. He was 1 of 9 from 3-point range and 11 of 25 overall. Sterling Brown and Kenyon Martin Jr. each had 15 points. March 12, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jazz return from break, hand Rockets 15th straight loss Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img read more

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Speech: PM’s speech at the UK-France Summit: 18 January 2018

first_imgPrime Minister Theresa MayPrésident Macron, je suis très heureuse de vous accueillir aujourd’hui pour votre première visite au Royaume-Uni en tant que Président.President Macron it gives me great pleasure to welcome you here today for your first visit to the UK as President.There can be no more fitting venue than Sandhurst for these talks. For we are gathered here at one institution to celebrate and strengthen another – the enduring alliance between the UK and France.Ours is a uniquely close relationship between two of the world’s oldest and greatest democracies.We meet in the year that marks a century since the end of the First World War, when our troops fought side-by-side in defence of our shared belief in freedom and resistance against aggression.And we have been clear again today that as global, outward-looking nations we remain committed to defending our people and upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat, whether at home or abroad.But our relationship has always gone far beyond defence and security.Hundreds of thousands of British citizens live in France and a similar number of French nationals have made the UK their home.And today we have agreed ways in which we can build on these ties for the benefit of all our citizens.While this Summit takes place as the UK prepares to leave the EU, we are and will remain a steadfast partner to our friends and allies.And a strong and deep relationship between the United Kingdom and France remains in both of our interests.DefenceThe President and I agree on the importance of the UK-France relationship, not just to our security but to European security.We are the only European countries who are permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as members of the G7, G20 and NATO.And we are Europe’s two foremost military powers.It is incumbent upon us to demonstrate leadership in meeting the great challenges of our time, and upholding the international rules-based system.We have agreed that UK-France co-operation remains critical to European defence and that together we will continue to play a full role to improve the security of the continent.And today we can confirm that the UK-France Combined Joint Expeditionary Force will be ready to deploy up to 10,000 troops quickly and effectively to face any threat by 2020.The shared interests of the UK and France and indeed Europe itself extend far beyond our immediate borders. Africa’s security and prosperity is vitally important to us all. In recent years the UK and France worked side-by-side to combat the global threat posed by the Ebola epidemic.And today I can announce that in the same spirit of co-operation we will step-up our efforts in the Sahel to prevent Islamist extremism breeding instability and insecurity, fuelling the migration crisis.The UK will deploy three UK Chinook helicopters and their crews to the Sahel, and we will continue the support we offer through our heavy lift transport aircraft, increasing the ability of French troops to manoeuvre effectively in their battle against extremists.During our discussions today the UK and France have also agreed to work together to ensure EU African Peace Facility funding for AMISOM in Somalia, as part of a comprehensive approach on the continent.Closer to home we will stand together in the face of Russian aggression in eastern Europe, where France has agreed to commit troops to the UK-led NATO battlegroup in Estonia in 2019.This commitment will build on the successful joint deployment which we visited together last year.SecuritySince the last UK-France Summit we have seen appalling and cowardly terrorist attacks in both our countries, in which British and French citizens have died side-by-side.There is no circumstance in which we could envisage the vital interests of either the United Kingdom or France being threatened without the other one being affected.To tackle this shared threat, for the first time in history all of the heads of UK and French intelligence agencies were brought together ahead of this Summit in a single meeting, underlining our unique co-operation in this field.This afternoon they briefed the President and me on the work they do together.It is clear that this co-operation is preventing loss of life on both sides of the Channel and around the world.And today we have discussed ways in which we can increase and enhance our collaboration to continue to keep our citizens safe.MigrationThe UK and France share a belief in a comprehensive approach to mass migration.And as our efforts in the Sahel and across Africa demonstrate, we will work together to address the instability which fuels it.President Macron and I have both confirmed that the UK and France remain committed to the principles of the longstanding Le Touquet agreement, under which the UK is able to carry out full border checks on French soil.And today we have agreed additional measures which will work in the best interests of both France and the UK, increasing the effectiveness of our co-operation.We will reinforce the security infrastructure with extra CCTV, fencing and infra-red technology at Calais and other border points.In 2016 more than 56,000 attempts by clandestines to cross the Channel were stopped at the UK’s juxtaposed border controls.The further investment we have agreed today will make the UK’s borders even more secure.The UK and France also share a determination to tackle the people traffickers and migrant smugglers who exploit the misery of those making the perilous journey to Europe.We are committed to working closely together to close down the networks of smugglers who seek to profit from the misery of others.ProsperityUK-French economic co-operation is vital to our shared prosperity.We share £71billion in trade, making France the UK’s third largest trading partner and the UK France’s fifth largest.And our trade relationship continues to thrive following the vote to leave the EU.Airbus, a company whose supply chain and ownership spans Europe, have today announced a multi-billion pound deal to provide Emirates Airlines with 36 A380 passenger aircraft, parts of which will be built in both the UK and France, providing a boost to both our economies.And just down the road from here in Farnborough UK and French engineers at the company are working side-by-side on the cutting edge Zephyr high-altitude surveillance drone.This collaboration on innovation runs through our relationship, and today we have agreed to strengthen the global competitiveness of our world-class researchers and innovators, deepening co-operation between our research agencies.People-to-PeopleBut the UK-France relationship is about far more than a balance sheet.Both President Macron and I believe that everyone in society deserves the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.And we will use our relationship to make this happen, supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their employability and language skills.We will create a new fund for exchanges between our schools and revitalising the Entente Cordiale programme with new financing, so that our students can study across the Channel.Our shared history will also be reflected in the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022, the first time it will be on British soil in more than 900 years.The loan of the Tapestry will form part of a wider cultural exchange taking place between Britain and France over the next four years.I am honoured at the loan of such a precious piece of our shared history which yet again underscores the closeness of our relationship.We have agreed to build a new generation of links between our people, with an ambitious programme of twinning towns and regions, bringing together mayors, leaders of City Regions and others as they address today’s challenges and harness the potential of emerging technologies.The UK and France are forever neighbours, united in friendship, and by our common belief in freedom and justice, both at home and in the world.President Emmanuel MacronThank you very much Madame Prime Minister. Thank you Theresa for welcoming us.Ladies and gentlemen I would like to thank the PM for welcoming us here in this magnificent Royal Academy of Sandhurst for this 35th Franco-British Summit. You perfectly reminded us of the historic and deep link which is ours. At the outset of our discussions today I reiterated the two things that nothing can change, be it a vote or a political decision: our history and our geography. These place us together before a common destiny, common geostrategic threats and there is a common destiny which lies there. And it is that which we need to understand today – both the links which exist between the women and men of our two countries, many of whom live and have got used to living on both sides of the Channel, and our shared stories.You [PM] stated it perfectly: the first axis of this bilateral relationship and what we have to construct together is to continue to have a common reading and commitment in the realm of foreign policy. The foreign and development policy compact was signed today by ministers which enacts the holding of regular meetings and permanent exchanges on the major issues. Be it Iran, Libya or the Sahel, we are both very attached to working closely together and that all of Europe can work together, in particular on Iran – an issue of considerable concerns to us. This is our wish. And as we have done from the start, we will do so on the one hand by respecting the commitments we made in signing an international agreement because it is the basis of our international credibility; and on the other hand, by reinforcing the collective security in the region via a resolute action to reduce ballistic activities and Iran’s regional influence and also by respecting the framework we gave ourselves.On Africa and the Sahel we took several major decisions. I’ll come back to the military plan. We have confirmed your [the UK’s] participation in the alliance for the Sahel which we launched in Bamako last July. It is, I think, an important gesture which is coherent with our strategy aiming to have a common action where we lead together on major issues, particularly in Africa, with common development goals in areas like education and particularly education for young women, health and the fight against global warming. I consider this investment, which was agreed today in the alliance for the Sahel, as an important gesture which contributes to this wider dynamic.When you have this shared policy or at least this convergence or shared outlook on foreign policy, this community of views and interests we give ourselves the means to create a strategic and defence community.This is the sense of our relationship with the Lancaster House agreements which date from 2010 and which are in no way called into question by the British vote and the organisation of Brexit. We forcefully reiterated and we continue to invest content in them via the defence relationship which is unique between our two countries. For me, it is one of the elements of credibility for our joint commitments in numerous theatres of operation and testifies to the excellent operational dynamic between our armies.You [PM] reminded us we know how to react quickly and with force when we have ascertained a common objective. We had the opportunity to evoke at length our strategic relationship. The main points of our engagement are in the communiqué but I would like to insist on the importance of that relationship.Our cooperation in our common arms programme is vast and includes future air combat with our cutting-edge technology, combat drones for which we have asked our defence ministers to perfect a work programme from now until Spring, a project to counter submarine threats and the development of the future generation of missiles which make MBDA one of the international leaders in this area.All these projects have been confirmed and reinforced with an agenda which now renders them completely operational.Our cooperation in military matters are not just limited to capability development but depends just as much on operational cooperation. The Prime Minister described the UK’s support to the Barkhane mission in the Sahel and I would like to now underline the importance of this commitment to provide Chinook helicopters, the military and support staff. This strong commitment on Barkhane is for us a strong signal of our common view and the will to fight terrorism together in the Sahel-Saharan region. It constitutes a real effort which we wanted.Last September we were together in Estonia to visit the deployed British and French troops under British command as part of the NATO advanced presence. I have decided to deploy a new French military detachment in 2019 within the British tactical group. This French commitment to NATO will allow us to further deepen the interoperability between our armies and is also the manifestation of our shared will in this geographic region and a country dear to us.We also discussed European defence which has recently undergone major changes with the launch of the permanent structured cooperation project and the creation of the European defence fund. These proposals will prosper within the EU but I think it is indispensable that the very strong relationship between our two countries can continue to contribute to the development of a European defence structure on the basis of procedures developed with our European partners. But already we have built the framework such that this can happen. In the immediate future we agreed that the Franco-British defence relationship could contribute to the European intervention force initiative which will strengthen the links between the armies of a group of countries which are particularly advanced at the operational level.We then talked at length about the question of the management of our shared border and in particular the situation in Calais where I was two days ago with several ministers present here today. It’s an issue which you know well, Prime Minister, via your current and previous responsibilities in which you have had to manage it with France. I want to say here today that we saw on the ground two days ago all the difficulties which exist. The history in the region is well known – what was done with the destruction of La Jungle and the shortcomings of the current situation because what the population is experiencing today by the Calais population cannot be considered satisfactory.That’s why, and I thank you, the Ministers of the Interior signed a new treaty in front of us—the Treaty of Sandhurst—that will allow us to improve the relationship and management of our common border. It’s the first time in 15 years that we sign a common treaty on this subject. This treaty will allow us, as you have reminded us, to improve the technical and operational cooperation of the common border control, to better the work on transit, and on origins, to prevent movements of population. But it will also allow us to be smarter and more efficient in our cooperation in dealing with this common border. It’s a common challenge which we have to meet together. A new important point for this Sandhurst Treaty is the issue of unaccompanied minors. This treaty will allow us to drastically reduce waiting time for all of those who want to cross the Channel from six months to 30 days for adults and from 6 months to 25 days for unaccompanied minors. It’s about our joint capacity to deal with the issue of unaccompanied minors who have family in the UK, and this will be a major element of this treaty: allowing for a more humane but also a more efficient procedure. I think this treaty will allow us to really change things, whilst also providing a response on the subject of so-called vulnerable minors, who are those unaccompanied minors not covered by the Dublin procedure.For me this is a huge step, it’s what I promised in front of the elected leaders and representatives of all the state institutions and the NGOs, and I think it’s a new form of organising our response that will allow us to have a more human approach and efficient system on this issue. This treaty will also help to preserve the quality of our common border and the economic link which it represents, since you [PM] have reminded us of it its importance. I think on both sides of the border we want to continue to develop economic exchanges, relations between our companies, and we have an existing trade that is very intense. But we need a secure border and we need to put an end to this situation, which has been going on for some years.Our Ministers of the Interior also agreed on some common projects with common governance that will accompany this situation. I will not list all the common projects we have agreed on here today and that our ministers will have to set up, but they are very varied. They show our deep relationship on nuclear, our research cooperation where we have agreed two important partnerships on space and genomics, our cooperation as economic actors in all sectors, our cooperation on sports and especially in the organisation of major sports events for which a letter of common intention was signed only a few days ago.The vast array of subjects covered includes lots of different sectors of the economy, both traditional and cutting-edge. Our cooperation on renewable energy and against global warming shows our willingness to commit together on these strategic issues at both a diplomatic level and on a concrete level with business projects. Before you ask me, I want to say something about Brexit, which hasn’t occupied the majority of these discussions, far from it. I respect the choice that the British people made, even though I regret it as everyone knows. I think that we’ve shown here today, and we will continue to show that, whatever the outcome of the negotiations, they will be managed in an established and organised framework with one unique European negotiator whose mandate we will discuss with him in March at the next European Council. But those discussions should never make us doubt the intensity and the quality of our bilateral relationship.Brexit will never stop us from having a very high level of cooperation between our two countries. It can create uncertainty on some subjects in the short term, but I think that our responsibility is to be able to manage this complexity and to be determined to improve the situation on each side of our border.This summit illustrates our common will to do just that. Because our relationship is based on this history and this geography that I mentioned earlier, it is also based on extremely strong human ties. We will have the occasion to witness this tonight with several personalities who illustrate the diversity and the quality of this bilateral relationship at the V&A in London, with people from the academic, business and sports sectors and young people. This generation exists already. It is a generation that will continue to grow the bilateral relationship.This relationship is based on this unique history that I was talking about, which resonates particularly in this the year of the centenary of the First World War, that saw so many French and British perish side by side. I have in my own family history, traces of not only the war but also of this Franco-British link from that period. But all this dates back even further, this history of almost a thousand years old, can also be seen in the exchange of the Bayeux Tapestry.This tapestry is unique, it is a source of pride for France and for Bayeux. There is a lot of work ahead for our ministers, local officials, and all the actors involved in this project. But I wish, as I said in Athens during my Pnyx speech, that we can bring to life this Europe of culture and of cultural heritage because it reminds us all of what precedes us and the responsibilities it entails. And this Bayeux Tapestry invites us to be very humble. Not towards William The Conqueror’s feats, but because of its creative genius and because of the story it tells.There will be a lot of scientific cooperation going on beyond the tapestry as this exchange is subject to very strict conditions that neither of us are part of, but it will be a matter for the experts as the tapestry is extremely fragile. The tapestry has never left French soil in almost 1000 years and it embodies the link between our two countries. I am hoping that the tapestry will open a chapter of reinforced cooperation at cultural and scientific levels. This will allow us to exchange even more artwork as well as allowing our citizens to enjoy this shared history, and also facilitate an on-going intellectual and creative exchange for our contemporary artists and the construction of a borderless imagination based on common stories which keeps them alive.This is what, ladies and gentlemen, I wanted to say in front of us all in order to remind us of our exchanges today and their implications whilst thanking again the Prime Minister, dear Theresa, for her welcome and our discussions.Q&AQuestion: PM – Many people will look at the Calais deal and think it looks a lot like you are sending money to France while taking migrants from France. Is this the thin end of the wedge? Mr Macron – After Brexit do you think UK PMs are more or less influential figures on the world stage? And is the loaning of the Bayeux Tapestry a sign you think you can win us back?PM: No. What we are doing is working with French authorities and providing support to ensure we enhance the security of our border. It is in our national interests, as well as those of the French. But, as you’ve heard, there is a question over unaccompanied minors. We have over time taken a number. We need to ensure for those with family in the UK, that the process is as smooth as possible, and that is what we have agreed, new ways to work together. And also agreed how we can provide support to France to reduce the flow of migrants to Calais and the UK, and that includes working together in Sahel and against human traffickers. So it is in our interests and those of France.Emmanuel Macron: it isn’t for me to assess the importance of one PM or another. But I know the UK is a permanent member of UN Security Council and that won’t be affected. We have shared interests, as seen in countering terror attacks, and in Middle East and Africa. The choices made today, in particular on Sahel and Iran, show we are working together, with a country that is a neighbour and a friend. We can of course sometimes have different views but we always agree when it comes to these topics which is why we can work together and why I am so determined in remarks on foreign policy and defence to ensure no changes on this because we are stronger together. For a number of centuries we have decided to wage war together and that has been beneficial to both countries. Next generations will enjoy peace between our countries and hopefully around the world. It requires diplomacy and peace building. We will do this together, creating a new tapestry together.Question: PM May – how many isolated minors or other migrants from France will be admitted to British soil and which time frame? And why accepting this French request? Do you expect any return in terms of Brexit. Mr Macron – in March 2016 you told FT that in case of Brexit, no more migrants in Calais. Why did you change your mind?PM: As I said before, the UK border in Calais is in UK and French interests. We all want to ensure we don’t see a return to migrant numbers in Calais seen in previous years. French action, together with UK support, has been effective but there are still migrant there. We must work together upstream to reduce numbers coming to Calais and seeking to get through to the UK. We have consistently accepted unaccompanied minors in the UK for some time. We have accepted those without families in the UK and those with families. Today we have agreed that we make that process as smooth as possible. We are working together also to ensure a secure border that will reduce the numbers going to Calais seeking to reach the UK.Emmanuel Macron: Le Touquet has nothing to do with Brexit. It is a bilateral agreement. I never said the Agreement should be torn up. To those who call for it, I suggest we remember the situation before, which was possibly worse. We have a shared border and must cooperate. Otherwise it would lead to a humanitarian disaster and one that is bad for both sides. I said we needed a major change and couldn’t have the situation in Calais that we had at the time. We are implementing that. I would commend work done in Calais to dismantle the Jungle. A lot of work has been done with Britain to deal with many topics. That said, the topic is not over and we have taken domestic decisions that have been implemented to aid the situation. Decisions made nationally and agreements today provide framework to bring about a concrete answer in coming months, so no more migrants living in Calais.Question: President Macron – why are you so keen to exclude financial services from future trading agreement? To punish Britain? To take British jobs? Or because you think the UK wants to ‘have its cake and eat it’, as Boris Johnson has said? PM – President Macron and others have said financial services will not be included in a deal. What will you do to change the EU’s mind?Emmanuel Macron: I am here neither to punish nor reward. I want to make sure the single market is preserved, as that is at heart of the EU. The choice is on the British side but no differentiated access to financial services. You can have access to single market but that means paying into the EU budget and accepting ECJ jurisdiction.PM: As set out at Lancaster House and Florence speech, we have a desire to negotiate a comprehensive FTA with EU-27 for a deep and special partnership in the future. We recognise we will no longer be full members of the single market. A different relationship in the future. But I believe it is in the interests not just of the UK but also of the EU to continue to have a good economic relationship and partnership with the UK and believe that should cover goods and services. City will continue to be a major global financial centre, which is good for UK and EU. We will enter negotiations looking for a deep and special partnership, comprehensive trade agreement, and also a strong security partnership. Once again, this is in the interests of all of us. We are leaving the EU, not Europe.last_img read more

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New York Bakery Co partners with Friends for on-pack promo

first_imgNew York Bakery Co (NYBC) has unveiled an on-pack promotion in partnership with TV show Friends.The promotion, which kicks off on 3 August, will run across all packs of New York Bakery Co bagels for three months and offers consumers the chance to win one of three grand prizes, as well as one of thousands of smaller prizes every week.Each element within the grand prize is inspired by the main characters – Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross. It includes two lazy boy-style chairs, a foosball table, a coffee machine, an apothecary table, a telescope and a selection of the latest kitchen gadgets and utensils.Consumers will also be given the chance to win one of a thousand other prizes every week, including Hugsey the penguin toys, Friends aprons, Friends games, as well as NYBC bagel tins and tote bagsThe activity is part of a wider partnership deal that sees NYBC return to TV with a spot advertising campaign on Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra and Channel 5 throughout the summer.It will be supported by PR and influencer marketing, as well as a social media campaign.“With our unique on-pack promotion in partnership with Friends, we want to offer consumers the chance to win something extra special, and fun, for their home — an iconic grand prize we hope they will love as much as we do,” said Christina Honigfort, head of marketing at New York Bakery Co.“You don’t get more New York than bagels and Friends and this is our way of bringing a taste of the city to the UK. With all the activity we have planned in the coming months, we’ll be sure to take our messages around taste and authenticity far and wide to millions of shoppers each week.”NYBC partnered with Friends last year for a TV tie-up as well as an exclusive set of recipes inspired by the main characters.last_img read more

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Mickey Hart And Michal Menert Are Working On New Album Featuring Jason Hann, Zakir Hussain, & More

first_imgJust a few months ago, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart celebrated the 25th anniversary of his acclaimed solo album, Planet Drum. It seems that Hart’s work is far from over, as he was recently spotted in the studio with producer Michal Menert and String Cheese Incident drummer Jason Hann.The news comes by way of Hann’s Facebook page, where he talks about laying down “15 tracks of drums and some electronic overdubs in a 24 hr period.” He also says that he got to hear recordings on the album from Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo, all of whom are featured on Planet Drum and many other projects with Hart.While there is no set date for this album’s release, we’re certainly excited to see what this incredible artist lineup has in store! You can see Jason Hann’s post, below.last_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock on B’way

first_img Sierra Boggess View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Alex Brightman School of Rock – The Musicalcenter_img Star Files Related Shows Are you ready to be a teacher’s pet?! Tickets are now available for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical, starring Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess. Directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the production will begin sticking it to the man on November 9 and officially open on December 6 at the Winter Garden Theatre.The tuner features music from the hit 2003 movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.No word yet on additional Broadway casting, but the company joining Brightman in the tuner’s recent tryout included Leslie Kritzer as Patty (Ned’s mean girlfriend) and Andrew Durand as Ned (Dewey’s bestie). The students included Taylor Caldwell as Shonelle, Evie Dolan as Katie, Aaron Fig as James, Carly Gendell as Marcy, Shayan Hooshmand as Mason, Bobbi Mackenzie as Tomika, Dante Melucci as Freddy, Brandon Niederauer as Zack, Luca Padovan as Billy, Jared Parker as Lawrence, Isabella Russo as Summer, Malachi Samedy as Leonard, Mikayla White as Madison and Corinne Wilson as Sophia.Check out Broadway.com’s interview with Brightman, the students and the creative team below!last_img read more

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Perfect Companion

first_imgOver the last couple of years, there have been few plants that totally overwhelmed me with their beauty in the garden like ‘Everillo.’ I briefly touched on this incredible sedge last winter, but now, after watching it for a second year and seeing it through a brutal summer, I know this is a must-have plant.I have always lamented that golden Hakone grass would not work for my climate, but now I have ‘Everillo.’ Botanically speaking, ‘Everillo’ is Carex oshimensis and has the common name “Japanese sedge.” There seems to be no plant combination that is not made better by partnering with ‘Everillo.’ The nursery trade suggests it as an incredible companion with hostas and ferns. That would be a garden of staggering beauty without a doubt.I have watched it in the cool season with pansies, red kale and iridescent pink tulips. While I thought this was the ultimate, I then saw it in late spring with compact ‘Electric Orange’ SunPatiens and in summer with tropical elephant ears and others with rusty orange coleus, sporting margins that echoed ‘Everillo’s’ brilliance. All of these landscape situations were mesmerizing.For years I have told gardeners to never underestimate the power of adding fine-leafed texture grasses to the flower border. Sedges like ‘Everillo’ give even more testimony to this concept. Thankfully, ‘Everillo’ has hit big in the market, making it easier to find. It is included in the Southern Living Plant Collection and EverColor group created by Pat Fitzgerald, the originator of the plant.This grass has year-round effectiveness. This means you can have the year-round golden or chartreuse lantern effect throughout the landscape. Remember though, it is the protection from the midday and afternoon sun that gives ‘Everillo’ this incredible color. This is a plant for a wide region of the country, as it is cold hardy from zones 5 through 9.If you think about the companion plants I’ve touted, from hostas and ferns, to SunPatiens and elephant ears, you realize the importance of soil preparation. Good, fertile, organic, rich soil will not only give you the green thumb, but the most dazzling ‘Everillos’ in the neighborhood.But don’t stop with the landscape. Incorporate ‘Everillo’ into containers for the porch, patio or deck. The ‘Everillo’ will form about an 18-inch-tall mound with a dramatic weeping effect. At this size, it has the ability to be stunning as a monoculture, or stand-alone, plant. I like them in rectangular containers where, placed in the front of the pot, they weep over the edge. Taller foliage or flowers should be added to the rear. This look is exceptional for window box plantings.‘Everillo’ will work in rock gardens, near water gardens and as the obvious, special, “look-at-me” textural plants for the flower border. I hope you will give it a try.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru and learn more about the CGBG at the Historic Bamboo Farm at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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Vermont third lowest in credit risk, US rate increases overall

first_imgThe TransUnion Credit Risk Index, a statistic developed to measure the changes in average consumer credit risk within various geographies, increased 0.83 percent from 127.26 in the first quarter of 2009 to 128.32 in the second quarter of 2009. While 13 states experienced quarterly declines in the Credit Risk Index, this measure at a national level reached an all-time high for the third consecutive quarter. The Credit Risk Index (CRI) is defined as the weighted average probability of 90-day delinquency or worse among consumers in a given region relative to the nation as a whole.”After several quarters of significant increases in the Credit Risk Index, it appears that consumers are adapting their financial management approaches to cope with the difficult times we are experiencing,” said Chet Wiermanski, global chief scientist at TransUnion. “However, the nation’s credit risk level remains at the highest it’s been this decade, and though the level needs to decrease to reflect a strong lending environment, the deceleration of the growth in the index is a positive sign.”The rate of increase between the first and second quarters was the lowest since 2006, when the nation experienced a 3.35 percent decline from 115.37 to 111.51. On a year-over-year basis, the CRI increased 6.15 percent (from 120.89 in the second quarter of 2008).On a state basis, Mississippi continues to rank as the riskiest state in the nation with a Credit Risk Index of 166.21. It is followed closely by Nevada (162.74) and Texas (162.21). As in the first quarter of 2009, the least risky states are concentrated in New England and the Upper Midwest, with North Dakota (82.24), Minnesota (89.67) and Vermont (92.44).The states that experienced the largest quarterly increases included Florida (2.67 percent increase), Oregon (2.65 percent increase) and Nevada (2.37 percent increase). Of the states experiencing quarterly decreases, Delaware (-0.80 percent), New Mexico (-0.62 percent) and Montana (-0.60 percent) led the way.On a year-over-year basis, four states had double digit increases in the CRI, including Nevada (13.20 percent), Arizona (12.49 percent), California (12.47 percent) and Florida (12.40 percent). North Dakota was the only state that saw a decrease in the CRI, albeit a small one at -0.08 percent. Alaska increased only 0.08 percent while South Dakota’s CRI moved up 0.83 percent.”While we are expecting the CRI to continue to increase for the remainder of 2009, we also anticipate a greater number of states to show improved risk levels in the coming months,” continued Wiermanski. “A unique differentiator of the CRI is its ability to break down risk by geographic regions, providing additional insight into pockets of the U.S. where risk levels are decelerating in their rise, leveling off, or even abating. It is through analysis of this type that financial institutions are better able to manage portfolio risks, marketing efforts and resource spend.”The Credit Risk Index uses the fourth quarter of 1998 as a baseline for comparison. Therefore it measures changes in consumer credit score distributions relative to the national distribution and delinquency rates as a whole at the end of 1998. This is considered by TransUnion as a representative year of credit performance within the usual dynamic of the historical credit cycle. A value of more than 100 represents a higher level of relative risk.TransUnion’s Credit Risk Index reflects the distribution of consumer credit risk as measured by TransUnion’s TransRisk Account Management Credit Risk Model and is a key metric within TransUnion’s Trend Data database. For comparison purposes, the Credit Risk Index in recent years has generally ranged between 110 and 120, experiencing a one- or two-point shift between quarters.TransUnion’s Trend Data databaseThe source of the underlying data used for this analysis is TransUnion’s Trend Data, a one-of-a-kind database consisting of 27 million anonymous consumer records randomly sampled every quarter from TransUnion’s national consumer credit database. Each record contains more than 200 credit variables that illustrate consumer credit usage and performance. Since 1992, TransUnion has been aggregating this information at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state and national levels.www.transunion.com/trenddata(link is external)About TransUnionAs a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, TransUnion employs associates in more than 25 countries on five continents.www.transunion.com/business(link is external)Source: CHICAGO, Sept. 15, 2009 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Tioga County records 33 new cases in a week, pleads positive cases to be honest

first_imgThe department is encouraging anyone who tests positive to provide accurate information about who they came in contact with and what public places they have been. In a statement, the department said: According to a news release, the county has seen 33 new positive cases from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. (WBNG) — The Tioga County Health Department says it has a seen a “rapid” increase in COVID-19 cases. When the positive case lies, gives misleading information, or intentionally withholds any information that is needed for the investigation, it can have detrimental effects. This can lead toindividuals being missed who should be quarantined, which further leads to broader community spread. This is what we are currently seeing within our community. Please be aware that intentionally giving inaccurate information to public health authority could have legalramifications, as these actions could lead to others being harmed due to the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

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Traffic congestion, bottlenecks and car crashes not putting Brisbane buyers off

first_imgGympie Rd, Chermside has been named a crash hot spot by RACQ. Photo: Josh Woning.While plenty like to complain about the traffic, Brisbane buyers are not deterred when it comes to buying properties at notorious traffic “choke points”.RACQ data revealed the 10 worst accident-prone roads in Brisbane in the 12 months to the end of May, with Gympie Rd, Chermside, topping the list.Next was Mains Rd, Sunnybank Hills, and then Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains.There were 22,430 motor collision claims lodged in the 12-month period in the Brisbane region.FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. Allen & Lee Real Estate Agents director Mark Allen said many buyers, particularly in the Sunnybank area, were not put off from buying homes on a main road.“They like it because they can rent out properties for student accommodation, and are often close to restaurants and cafes and bus stops,” Mr Allen said.“Traditional buyers want the back blocks where there is less noise. Lots of Asian buyers don’t drive, so being close to everything is important.”SEE THE LIST OF WORST CRASH HOT SPOTS BELOWMr Allen said main roads on the southside of Brisbane were quite popular.“We have people who come from overseas looking for properties here. What is a main road to us is not to them,” he said. “Buyers will find these properties attractive and they sell for premium prices on a main road.”Mr Allen said many buyers converted properties into commercial use.In April, a property at 41 Pineland Rd, Sunnybank Hills, sold for $1.188 million by LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Karl Gillespie.It attracted more than 100 people to the auction and was marketed as having “maximum main road exposure for your home business” as well as plenty of frontage and parking for more than 10 cars.Home with Batman-like tunnel for saleUnits inspired by five-star hotelsReal Estate Institute of Queensland media and communications manager Felicity Moore said many buyers researched the peak hour traffic conditions and their potential new commute when considering a new property purchase.“Peak-hour chaos is a common complaint that agents hear when showing prospective buyers through properties,” Ms Moore said.“If the property is near a known choke point, or is a suburb that appears frequently on the radio traffic reports, agents find themselves explaining the benefits of the suburb to overcome the buyer reluctance.”She said agents had identified areas including the Sunshine Coast’s Bruce Highway as a “nightmare”, preventing commuters from Brisbane buying and moving there.Others included St Lucia’s Gailey Rd, Sir Fred Schonell Drive intersection, the Deagon Deviation at the Gateway merge and the Rickertt Rd and Greencamp Rd intersection at Wakerley.“It is a reality in a buyer’s market that if a buyer is choosing between two equally qualified potential properties to purchase, the traffic and the daily commute may play a deciding factor,” Ms Moore said.“When traffic problems are resolved or improved we see a corresponding improvement in buyer interest.“For example, when the express busway lanes and the Airport Link and Clem 7 tunnels were all completed, the suburb of Chermside became only a 20 minute commute from the CBD, instead of 35 to 40 minutes.“It is likely that when the Cross River Rail gets the green light we will see agents use this as a selling point in marketing material for homes that are going to benefit from the improved commuting experience.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoRACQ spokeswoman Kirsty Clinton said it was no coincidence many of Brisbane’s crash hot spots were on some of our most highly congested roads.“These roads are jam packed with motorists each and every day and this congestion can lead to crashes,” she said.“Crashes can have a flow-on effect impacting traffic in the area for hours.”RACQ’S worst accident prone roads1 Gympie Rd, Chermside (80)2 Mains Rd, Sunnybank (73)3 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains (61)4 Hamilton Rd, Chermside (57)5 Gympie Rd, Aspley (56) and Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly (56)6- Ipswich Rd, Annerley (55)7 Kelvin Grove Rd, Kelvin Grove (52)8 Browns Plains Rd, Browns Plains (45)9 Milton Rd, Milton (45)10 Stafford Rd, Stafford 44)Source: Racq, motor collision — animal, fixed object, multi vehicle, vehiclelast_img read more

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Many buyers don’t want to show their hand, but if you play coy on this you could miss out

first_imgIf you snooze you could loose when it comes to land.IN the next couple of weeks I am wielding the gavel at our Easter Auctions event at the Powerhouse. As I was scanning the properties on the order of sale, I saw two lots of land. One in Chelmer and the other at Wavell Heights. Even just to have only two lots of land in one auction event is quite unusual.Brisbane is now a maturing modern capital city. We have well reported inner city density and to find vacant land is usually as rare as rocking horse … well I’m sure you get the drift.The different thing about auctioning land is there is an option for the buyer to investigate the property by stealth.There is no door to unlock, so inspecting the property can be done at anytime day or night without any interaction with the agent.Where this can lead to disappointment or disadvantage for the buyer comes in two main areas.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe first is information. There can be plans, issues or benefits to a block that only the agent or owner has information on.By not engaging with them you may not know that relevant information until auction and for some people that may be to late.But the second, and most important reason, is without interaction and feedback from buyers the owner is flying blind on market value.Specifically on where they should set their reserve. It’s offers from buyers that have the greatest influence on where an owner will set their reserve. For this reason land can regularly sell prior to the auction leaving many buyers, who hadn’t contacted the agent but were planning to bid at the auction, very disappointed.Without knowing who’s interested, the agent and owner need to make decisions on the information at hand.My advice to any land buyers is to contact the agent, ask them for an information memorandum on the property. Register their interest and either ask to be informed if other offers are presented or simply pre-register for the auction.These activities still allow coy buyers to play their hands close to their chest, but it will also stop them from turning up on auction day to a sold sign already plastered on their dream block of land.last_img read more

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