Murray turns to Cambridge hospital for coronavirus

first_img“Everybody who was there was unbelievable and helped me loads. I’ve made a donation to thanks for the whole lot you’re doing, “Murray stated in a video.“That is an especially tough time for everybody, however particularly for healthcare personnel, so I would like to thanks for the onerous work what you’re doing, the dedication you present and the sacrifices you make, “he concluded.World tennis is suspended till not less than July 13, with some tournaments equivalent to Wimbledon already canceled and others, like Roland Garros, postponed till September. Tennis participant Andy Murray made a donation to a Cambridge hospital (England) by which an x-ray was taken earlier than the coronavirus disaster.The Scotsman is at present recovering from the hip issues he has had for greater than two years. and that they haven’t allowed him to compete recurrently on the circuit.Murray wished to assist help the hospital, highlighting the “tough occasions” that your entire UK healthcare system goes via.last_img read more

Dramatic collapse leaves India facing whitewash in ODI series against Australia

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP):Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs yesterday and extend their lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.India were coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.The pattern of the series changed slightly yesterday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital. Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers, who rushed to 40-0 after five overs. Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma on to his middle stump.Finch was out when Australia were 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa. Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.Finch’s power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia’s Paul Wilson.Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday. – APlast_img read more

Region 10 residents to access decentralised passport services

first_img… service to begin in 1 monthThe crowds of citizens that gather on a daily basis at the Georgetown passport office may be reduced, as residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will soon be able to renew their passports without travelling to the capital city.Minister of Citizenship Winston FelixThese measures were announced by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix during a “Meet the Public Day” event at the McKenzie Sports Club ground in Linden on Saturday. According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), residents will be able to access the services from sometime in August. This announcement comes on the backdrop of part of a plan to “decentralise passport related services” in the country.“The Department of Citizenship has over the past few months been endeavouring to decentralise the receipt of passport applications and the delivery of passports within the regions. Linden will be the third town to have this service available, as this service is being made available in Berbice and Essequibo as well,” Felix is quoted as saying.Minister Felix further stated that when applying for passports for the first time, applicants will still be required to travel to Georgetown to “complete the process” but stressed that persons who are applying for a renewal “will be able to access the service in Linden”.“We realise the need to bring Government services in the region and we need to reduce the unnecessary crowds that we have at the passport office at Georgetown,” the Citizenship Minister expressed.It was also explained that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Building in McKenzie, has been identified as the location from where the passport service will be provided.“Immigration Officers will visit the location twice weekly and receive applications for renewal from residents. The applications will be processed in Georgetown and the residents will receive their renewed passports upon the officers’ return the following week,” the release noted.Assistant National Director, Community Development Councils, Sandra Adams, who will be responsible for “coordinating the setup of the service,” pointed out that “seniors in Linden” will benefit from the new measure.“There are a lot of seniors in Linden who cannot make it to Georgetown and I have received a lot of complaints recently, that by time they get to Georgetown, the numbers are finished and they have to return without getting their passport. So we are happy for this service to begin,” posited Adams. There have been complaints of people at the Georgetown Office having to stand in long lines for hours or switching seats in a slow moving chair system.last_img read more

Cameroon Outlines Achievements

first_imgThere’s a popular saying that “It is not how many years you live, but what you did with the years you lived.” The west-central African state of Cameroon proved this saying on May 20, 2016 on the occasion of its 44th Independence Day when its embassy near Monrovia displayed major projects that government has undertaken, completed or is in the process of completing.At a local hotel where Cameroonians organized a program marking their National Day, a number of projects including hydro-electric systems, hospitals and roads were displayed on placards to give guests a sense of the Cameroonian government’s level of social responsibility to its people.According to information on the placards, the Paul Biya led administration has undertaken and completed the Yaoundé Hospital for Applied Research in Endoscopic Surgery and Human Production. The project was dedicated on May 6, 2016.Another project completed and in operation is the Deep-Sea Port at Kribi, which Ambassador Beng’ Yela Augustine Gang said helps to connect Cameroon with the rest of West Africa in sea trade and commerce.There are also projects including the second bridge on the Wouri River in Douala (not completed) and the Mekin Hydroelectric Dam project to be completed next month. Others are the 211 Mega Watt Lom-Payangar Hydroelectric Dam and the Memre’ele Hydroelectric Dam both predicted for completion in 2017, and a major completed highway connecting Cameroon and Nigeria.In his National Day address, Ambassador Gang said the projects are local content, which he explained to be characterized by using the locals to do most of the work.He said as a result of the use of locals in constructing these major projects, citizens are not only employed and financially empowered, but also consider the projects as theirs.He added that prioritizing citizens in work like those carried out in Cameroon helps to prevent conflict, emphasizing that it is very important to put the people of a country in the middle of the economy.The Cameroonian Ambassador explained that the electricity projects will help to provide electricity to many citizens and companies, and those companies will be able to provide employment opportunities for the citizens and engage in delivering locally produced goods and services.Ambassador Gang urged that governments must provide education for their citizens and provide employment opportunities for youths to divert their minds from terrorism to responsible livelihoods.As Cameroonians embark on these projects and feel their impacts, Ambassador Gang noted that they are joining efforts with other neighbors to counter the attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram.With respect to the road project between Nigeria and Cameroon, Ambassador Gang said it solidifies the cooperation and relationship between the two countries, and citizens of both countries are easily able to travel from one country to the other.Cameroon and Nigeria were once in a major land conflict over the Bakassi Peninsula. In 2007, the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Cameroon over the peninsula.Ambassador Gang recalled that in 1960, when his country gained independence, President William V.S. Tubman was one person that recognized Cameroon’s independence on the basis of mutual respect and patrimony. Among top government officials that attended the ceremony was Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, who dated Liberia’s relations with Cameroon during that country’s period of trusteeship.Minister Kamara emphasized that Liberia and Cameroon also share common interests at the level of the United Nations and support each other in decision making.She commended Cameroon for being with Liberia during the devastating Ebola health crisis that struck Liberia in 2014.She pledged Liberia’s support to soliciting assistance to help curb the terroristic activities affecting Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At 17, He’s Building Mansions from a Mud Hut

first_img– Struggling lad in rural Liberia with architectural talent and passion for nation-building uses craft to pay his school feesBy Samuel G. DwehThe two-storey model mansion, built by 17-year-old Jacob A. Trawally, is displayed in front of his family’s two-room mud hut in the Wenneh Town community of Margibi County for everyone to see.“I built it with cartons,” Jacob, a 9th grade student of the Kakata Community College, told this writer at a program in the Wenneh Town community on Saturday, May 6, 2017.Materials used in the construction of the house included gas, paper glue, hard papers (from cartons), brush (for painting or varnishing), scissors, knife, water and paint.A white satellite dish, made from aluminum, sits on the roof made of paper and pieces of zinc Jacob had collected from various building construction sites in his community.“The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one big living room,” Jacob explained to this writer, who was attracted by such a masterpiece, admiring it, and asking a string of questions. It also has a gated car garage, with a model car parked in it.My mission in the Wenneh Town community was to serve as rapporteur of a three-day elections period violence prevention workshop for motorcyclists’ associations and Liberia National Police officers based in Margibi County. The workshop was held at the Wenneh Town Sports Pitch under the auspices of the Pen-Pen Peace Network (PPPN). During my spare time I took a stroll around the community and, just beyond the first row of mud structures in the area, I stumbled upon Jacob’s creation, propped up on a wooden chair in front of the mud hut where he lives with his grandmother.Jacob said he wants to be an architectural engineer. “In the future, I want to construct storey buildings for my country, Liberia, like other people are doing for their countries,” he declared with patriotic fervor.Jacob started constructing the model during the worst health crisis in Liberia’s history. “I started during the Ebola time, in 2014, but I stopped construction several times due to money problems and to focus on my school work,” he explained.According to him, the model house, which he priced at US$50, is one of several architectural models he has produced and sells to pay his school fees. “The money I get from my works is spent on preparation of my 9th grade WAEC (West African Examination Council) exams,” he said.The problem with this young ingenious lad, who has been living with his grandmother since he was nine months old, is his lack of business knowledge or a strategy to get his production on the radar of the right customers. “I display them in front of my house and people see them and buy them if they love them,” he responded to my question about the visibility of his production in Margibi County. Given that Jacob pours so much creative passion into one project after another, the finished product sits on display at home until a customer stumbles upon it and is willing to buy. “I don’t take my works around to sell,” he added.Jacob said he yearns for attention from any Margibi County official in the local leadership or the national legislature for financial assistance to gain more training to develop his talent, but has not been lucky with anyone stepping forth with the help.He believes this help could come fast through regular publicity of his creations by roving journalists living or corresponding from Margibi County or Kakata. “Journalists are living in Kakata here. Some of them have seen my works, but none of them has promoted any of my works on their radio programs or newspapers,” Jacob said in a plaintive tone.Liberia’s current economic situation, engendered by the country’s civil war, and national government’s priority areas often push the majority of Liberian journalists to prioritize only politics or human rights issues for the radio or newspaper.Many grade schools have added Creative Arts to their curricula for talented kids like Jacob. One of these schools is the Light International School, located at Airfield Shortcut, in Sinkor, outside Monrovia. But school fees are unaffordable for a talented person whose family hardly gets a three-square meal a day, like Jacob’s.For now Jacob’s father, Abraham Trawally, and mother, Fatumata Trawally, can’t help him get modern art tools due to each person’s financial limitations. “They are in Monrovia, hustling,” Jacob’s paternal grandmother, Miatta Johnson, disclosed in an interview with this writer.Jacob is one of hundreds of different talented youth littering the entire land space called Liberia. They are brimming with talent, imagination and persistence — natural abilities that can transform Liberia into an infrastructural paradise like countries Liberians often dream of being in. But, with the absence of a viable national talent-development program, these nation-building gifts would make no impact in time.When asked what he wants the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism (MICAT), or private Liberian businesspeople to do for him, young Jacob first stared into the space ahead of him. “The government should see (talented people) as builders of the nation, as politics or trading,” he mused, his attention still on the empty space.Samuel G. Dweh is a journalist, creative writer, author, publisher of Edu-Diary (education newspaper) and a member of Liberia’s two writers’ organizations: Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW). He can be reached via: +231 886 618 906/ +231 776 583 266; E-mail: samuelosophy@yahoo.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Amazon Warriors set for 2 practice matches

first_imgThe Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) preparation for the August 8 to September 16 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018 continues with two practice matches at Providence.In keeping with the times of their first three home matches in this year’s CPL, the game today (August 6) will begin at 16:00h while the other is set for Tuesday, August 7 at 18:00h. The Guyana Amazon Warriors full squad will mix with Guyana’s leading First-Class players to give every player an opportunity on the field.Captain Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi joined the squad on Saturday and had full net sessions on Sunday at Providence, where the Warriors are under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Johan Botha and Assistant Coach Rayon Griffith.Full squad: Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Chadwick Walton, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshon Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar and Akshaya Persaud.Some of the First-Class players who are expected to participate in the two days are Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Adams, Roland Ali Mohamed, Clinton Pestano, Trevon Griffith, Ramaal Lewis, Raun Johnson, Anthony Bramble, and Robin Bacchus.On Thursday, August 9, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at 18:00h; the St Lucia Stars at 16:00h on Saturday, August 11 and on Sunday, August 12, the squad will play the Barbados Tridents at 18:00h.last_img read more

Narramore named in Montebello

first_img“I know him from my work with vector control,” Lopez-Reid said of Narramore. “In the few months that he was there, he did a great job. Out of the 35 board members at vector, most – if not all – of us were very impressed with his work.” Narramore will be paid a straight salary of $15,000 a month, with no benefits or severance package, he said Monday. Narramore was named in several well-publicized discrimination lawsuits filed against the Huntington Park Police Department by African-American and Latino officers, who claimed police abuse of minorities. The FBI launched an investigation in 2000. Narramore on Monday said that “nothing ever came of” the FBI probe. He also said that his name was eventually dropped from the lawsuits. In February 2006, a new council majority in Huntington Park terminated Narramore’s contract. “It was politics,” said Narramore. “When I came in there, they had, let’s just say, many issues. Tremendous personnel issues. I like to hold people accountable and they don’t always like it.” Narramore said his taking over of the Police Department “resulted in a lot of people leaving, in all kinds of ways.” “Some went to jail, some were terminated, some resigned. I like the challenge of coming and fixing things,” he said. Narramore holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Northridge. He is married and has five children. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez was absent for the vote. On Monday, she expressed opposition to Narramore’s appointment. She said he “lacked experience with municipalities” and objected that no formal search was conducted. Vasquez noted that Narramore recently served for eight months as the interim district manager for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. Lopez-Reid is a member of the district’s board, representing Montebello. “This is not about qualifications – this is about friendship,” Vasquez said. Lopez-Reid acknowledged there was no formal search for the interim job because officials needed to fill it quickly. But, she said, the city will send out a request for proposals from candidates interested in the permanent position. MONTEBELLO – City Council members have hired former longtime Huntington Park police Chief Randy E. Narramore to take over as new interim city administrator while they continue to search for a permanent replacement. Two days after being publicly named as the council’s choice in a special closed-session meeting Saturday, Narramore began work Monday, even though his contract will not be ratified until the council’s April 11 meeting. He replaces former City Administrator Richard Torres, who was fired by the council March 14. Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and council members Bob Bagwell and Jeff Siccama voted in favor of Narramore, while Bill Molinari opposed the choice in the final 3-1 vote. last_img read more

Kane challenges Salah to prove he’s no one-season wonder

first_img“Mo has done great this year, he deserves it, he deserves the Golden Boot. I am looking forward to the competition again next year,” said Kane, who was pilloried on social media for claiming a goal off team-mate Christian Eriksen at Stoke last month in his quest to catch Salah.“For me it is about doing it year after year. This is my fourth year now and the first time I have got to 30 goals in the Premier League. Now it’s about getting to 30 goals for the next two or three years, that’s the aim.“Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis and that’s what defines a good player from a great player. He has done amazing this year and he looks like a great player, and we’ll see if we can both continue it next season.”Kane’s goals were good enough, though, for Spurs to edge past Champions League finalists Liverpool to finish third behind Manchester City and Manchester United.“The top six now is so strong, everyone’s really competitive, so for us to finish in the top three for a third year in a row is brilliant,” added Kane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares000030 up: Kane’s best ever Premier League return still wasn’t enough to beat Mohamed Salah to the Golden Boot © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 – Harry Kane has challenged Mohamed Salah to beat him to the Golden Boot for the Premier League’s top scorer again next season.The Egyptian’s record 32 goals for a 38-game campaign denied Kane a third consecutive Golden Boot despite the English international’s best ever campaign as his double in a thrilling 5-4 defeat of Leicester on Sunday took Kane onto 30 league goals.last_img read more

Facebook spurs interest among software developers

first_imgSuper Wall, which lets Facebook members leave messages, photos or videos on one another’s profile pages, is an expanded version of a Facebook function built in on profile pages, called the Wall. Though 10million Facebook users have added Super Wall to their pages, it could be quickly eclipsed if Facebook decided to improve its own Wall feature. Nevertheless, Tokuda says, life as a barnacle on Facebook’s hull can be profitable. “This is a completely new channel of delivering content to users and letting them communicate,” he said. “Owning that over the long stretch can be worth a lot.” Creating tools for site Facebook itself has nurtured the enthusiasm among developers. The platform was originally pitched as a way to build a business on Facebook’s back. And last month, the company’s founder, Mark E. Zuckerberg, announced a new investment fund, the FB Fund, to give grants up to $250,000 to developers creating tools for the site. Chamath Palihapitiya, the vice president of product marketing and operations at Facebook, argues that the high values placed on Facebook tools are reasonable considering what the company is giving its entrepreneurs. “People look at our platform as a way to dramatically `de-risk’ an investment. For little amounts of money in a short period of time, you can understand whether consumers will adopt your application,” he said. That understanding can indeed come quickly. Facebook gives its members updates on what new features their friends are trying out, which allows applications to spread more quickly and cheaply than if they were available on a stand-alone Web site. ILike, an Internet music company based in Seattle, was among the first to introduce a Facebook application when the site was opened in May. The iLike tool, which lets users post clips of their favorite songs, has since been added to the pages of 8.6million of the service’s 43million users, and it gets twice as much traffic as iLike’s year-old Web site. ILike makes money on advertising and commissions when users buy concert tickets or download songs from iTunes, but its goals are considerably more ambitious. “We have the potential opportunity to create the new MTV,” said Ali Partovi, its 34-year-old chief executive, who has spent the past two weeks traveling to Nashville, Los Angeles and New York, trying to persuade musicians and their managers to participate in the world of Facebook as they do on its larger rival, MySpace. `Huge opportunity’ Other Facebook entrepreneurs, and their would-be financiers, are indulging in the kind of exuberant thinking that recalls the first dot-com bubble. This summer, Lee Lorenzen, a venture capitalist in Monterey, Calif., who describes himself as “the first Facebook-only V.C.,” started a $25 million Facebook investment fund and introduced a Web tool, at Adanomics.com, that assigns a monetary value to Facebook applications. Considering variables such as the number of users, frequency of use and advertising revenue, Lorenzen values popular Facebook applications such as “Where I’ve Been” (lets users show which countries and states they have visited), “Texas Hold ‘Em Poker” and “What’s Your Stripper Name” (suggests what you and your friends would call yourselves on stage) for about $2 million each. “It has become very clear this is a huge opportunity,” Lorenzen said. “It is very simple in my opinion for small development teams to very quickly build businesses on top of Facebook.” Yet there are questions about the ability of these Facebook-inspired businesses to create sustainable revenues. Developers are restricted to placing advertising on their “canvas page” – the area where users install and interact with an application. Facebook does not allow developers to advertise on users’ profile pages, where the applications themselves are imbedded. Several companies have created networks to funnel advertisements to canvas pages, and Facebook itself has indicated it will soon introduce its own ad system for developers. So far, most of the ads on canvas pages promote other applications whose creators are seeking exposure. Michael Lazerow, the co-founder of Buddy Media, based in New York, thinks the pattern of Facebook applications relying on advertising from other Facebook applications is unsustainable. Buddy Media, his five-employee startup, is developing a virtual currency for the service, called AceBucks, which can be won by playing games and exchanged for products on the site. The company is betting that traditional advertisers will ultimately flock to Facebook, attracted by the personal information members reveal to applications. Such data will allow advertisers to narrowly target their messages. “That is where it turns from a pyramid scheme to a major business,” Lazerow said. “Would you rather market to people who you have no idea who they are, or reach the exact people you want to reach?” Treading cautiously Not everyone is sold on this as inevitable. Andrew Chen, an advertising executive and adviser to the Silicon Valley investment firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, suggests that the Facebook enthusiasm is overblown. Precisely because Facebook is such an appealing and engaging environment, he says, Facebook users click on ads with significantly less frequency than elsewhere on the Web. And Facebook members who add applications to their pages can just as easily remove or ignore them. “It’s really hard to value these things right now except on a very arbitrary basis,” he said. “The ecosystem has to mature significantly before any sort of real revenue or value can be created.” Some Facebook developers seem to agree and are keeping their expectations in check. Rajat Agarwalla, 26, and his brother Jayant, 21, developers based in Calcutta, India, created Scrabulous, a popular Facebook adaptation of the word game Scrabble that has been added to more than 840,000 pages. Rajat Agarwalla said he had tried all the Facebook advertising networks and found that none earned much money. Now he is using Google’s AdSense to put text advertising links on the Scrabulous canvas page, and he said he is barely recouping his swelling bandwidth costs. But that is fine with him because developing for Facebook is only a hobby for the Agarwalla brothers. “We see it as a project and as a community, where people are actually having fun with each other, rather than paying to have fun or thinking someone is running this as a professional enterprise,” Agarwalla said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now it appears that such exuberance has infused the expanding Facebook ecosystem, even though no one has yet proved it is possible to build a profitable business on the site with sustainable revenues. Some developers report earning tens of thousands of dollars in advertising with the applications they have created. Yet their applications are mostly running ads promoting other Facebook applications – a situation that recalls the earliest Gold Rush miners, who earned a living selling shovels to other miners. And developers must cover the cost of hosting the applications on their own Web servers. Investing in Facebook Nevertheless, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are creating funds devoted entirely to investing in Facebook tools. Internet entrepreneurs are shifting their businesses to focus on the social networking site. Some of the most popular applications are being sold, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars – but only when buyers’ and sellers’ ideas about the potential of Facebook are similar. Lance Tokuda, the chief executive of RockYou, based in San Mateo, said the price would be high for anyone who wanted to buy his 20-person company’s most popular Facebook widget, Super Wall. “If you told me you were going to write me a check for $10million, I’d say forget it,” said Tokuda, 41. SAN FRANCISCO – The Facebook frenzy is spreading. Thousands of software developers are creating features for Facebook, the rapidly growing social network, many hoping to strike it rich alongside Facebook’s own employees. Facebook, based in Palo Alto, opened its service to outside developers in the spring, inviting them to create tools for the site and to try to profit from them. Since then, more than 4,000 “applications” have flooded onto the site, spicing it up with games, whimsical programs that let you turn your friends into virtual zombies and more practical tools that let users display their favorite books, music, movies and wine on their profile pages. The wave of attention from users and developers has sent estimates of Facebook’s value soaring into the dot-com stratosphere. Last month, there were reports that Microsoft was considering a $500million investment that would value the three-year-old company at up to $15billion. last_img

ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS

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:davidperry@rkee.ie 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