Spring planting under way in the Arboretum landscape

first_img Read Full Story Though spring seemed to get a bit of a late start in Boston this year, spring planting is already well under way at the Arnold Arboretum. Staff horticulturists are adding many trees, shrubs, and vines from our nurseries to their new locations in the landscape. This season’s additions to the living collection—including about 75 individual trees—represent plants collected on botanical expeditions, species of conservation value, and adjuncts to several of the Arboretum’s national collections and visitor destinations.Among the “class of 2013” are young specimens birch (Betula spp.), hornbeam (Carpinus spp.), and holly (Ilex spp.), to name just a few. Many new accessions of species and ornamental roses will enhance new beds established last fall at the entrance to the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Plants obtained on a 2008 staff expedition to the Adirondack Mountains are also finding their way into the landscape this spring, including red maple (Acer rubrum), mountain maple (A. spicatum), and two species of cherry (Prunus serotina and P. virginiana). The red maple, Accession #567-2008*B, was planted on Arbor Day during a special gathering and tour in the Maple Collection, an honors those who lost their lives or were injured in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.last_img read more

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Brisbane’s best first-time investments

first_imgFirst time investing can be stressful — make sure you do your research first. Meighan Hetherington — licensee at Property Pursuit Ms Hetherington said a budget limit of $500,000 provides plenty of opportunity for those considering a townhouse as their first investment holding.“Townhouses are on group titles so there is a body corporate and associated levies, but the rental income is often better than on older houses and potential for growth is stronger than a unit in Brisbane.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMs Hetherington said buyers should look for the right property fundamentals.“Three good-size bedrooms, a good-size living area and courtyard, toilet on the living level as well as two other bathrooms,” she said.Ms Hetherington said to look for small complexes of 12 or less townhouses and body corporate levies below $3000 per year.She also advises buying in suburbs with a lot of character housing such as Kedron, Gordon Park, Holland Park, Holland Park West and Greenslopes. Brisbane is riding high on investor radars as the antidote for fever pitched Sydney and Melbourne property values.Our city is, however, huge so there are lots of options for first timers looking to become a Brisbane landlord.To help sort the real estate diamonds from the cubic zirconias, we’ve asked some of the city’s most impressive property brains where they believe first-time investors should be buying. Click here to get all the latest The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inbox Karen Young — principal at Property Zest Ms Young said most of her first-time clients have between $400,000 and $700,000 to invest and are keen on set-and-forget real estate.“This is a good approach to start with for the first-time investor.“With increasing experience and confidence you can then look at more active investment strategies down the track, such as renovation or development.”She advises the demographic to stick with a sub-$500,000 budget and look for a 4.5 to five per cent gross yield from their holding. RENTS expected to drop “Consideration here may include areas around the 15-kilometre to 25-kilometres mark from Brisbane and include Bray Park, Strathpine, Bracken Ridge on the north side, Tingalpa in the east or Springwood and Underwood on the south,” she said. 24 North Aston Court, Bracken Ridge is listed for offers over $439,000 and has four-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation.Ms Young said if buyers can stretch their budget to $700,000, they should stay within the 15-kilometre ring and consider addresses such as Keperra, Stafford, and Chermside West on the north, or Mount Gravatt East, Holland Park West and Moorooka in the south. This three-bedroom townhouse at51 Steele St, Holland Park is looking for offers over $495,000 — just moments from great retail and transport facilities too. Scott McGeever from Property Searchers. Scott McGeever — managing partner at Property Searchers Mr McGeever was the third expert to promote the sub-$500,000 budget as a reasonable kick off for first-time investors, but he thinks moving a bit further from the city and looking for a detached home would prove a winning strategy.“The best type of investment would be a house on the Redcliffe Peninsula area or Sandgate/Brighton/Deagon.“These areas have seen growth over the years in housing but I think will see further sustained growth as the area comes of age more with gentrification and people realising the public transport access to the city.”Mr McGeever said to look for at least three-bedrooms and to always choose improvable property so as to immediately increase rental return and capital value.“For a first time investor this can be as easy as fresh paint, new floor coverings or an update (of what is there) in the kitchen and bathroom without spending thousands,” he said.If you’re fortunate enough to have between $500,000 and $1 million to invest, stay within six kilometres of the city, said Mr McGeever.“Character two and three-bedroom houses will always see good growth and within five years it will be almost impossible to buy these types of properties under $1 million.“One of these given a makeover in a great location can be a very lucrative Air BnB,” he said.last_img read more

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JUDGE ISSUES WARRANT FOR ARREST OF HUSBAND WHO HASN’T PAID MAINTENANCE

first_imgA JUDGE has ordered the arrest of man who hasn’t made payments towards his ex-partner and their children.The woman in the case told Judge Paul Kelly that arrears of €16,800 was now outstanding.Despite numerous legal letters to the man, he has failed to appear before Carndonagh District Court. Judge Paul Kelly asked if the man was in court, but he wasn’t.The judge then told the woman that all he could do at this stage was to order his arrest; and he issued a bench warrant for the man’s arrest.JUDGE ISSUES WARRANT FOR ARREST OF HUSBAND WHO HASN’T PAID MAINTENANCE was last modified: October 26th, 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:arrestCarndonaghGavelmaintenancelast_img read more

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Frontcourt leads Eureka to 39-point win over Pinole Valley

first_imgEureka >> It took a full game for the Eureka Loggers to score 32 points in a loss on Friday. It took then about half that time for them to do it on Saturday.A day after scoring just 32 points in a Big 5 opening round loss to Arcata, the Eureka Loggers led 28-12 at halftime and never looked back as they cruised to a 61-22 victory over the Pinole Valley Spartans on Saturday at Eureka High School.“I think our offense was great,” said Loggers forward Kaylee Murphy, who scored a game-high 13 …last_img read more

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Should you wait for the iPhone 6?

first_imgApple’s revved up audiences in anticipation of the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the market’s got more to offer from Apple’s stable. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are still cousins sauntering about in showcases all over the country. The unofficial price slashes following the announcement of the iPhone 6 have complicated matters even more. For instance, the iPhone 5s (16 GB variant) is still officially listed at Rs. 53, 500, however a cursory glance reveals that the phone can be had for as low as Rs. 36,000 from e-retailers. So should you wait for the newer iPhone 6, or jump the gun for the existing models instead? Let’s weigh the options. Pros:Faster processorsThe newer iPhone 6 packs in Apple’s second-gen 64-bit A8 processor. for comparison, these processors claim 50% faster graphic performance and 25% overall CPU performance. That’s a whole 84 times faster than the original iPhones. High res ‘Retina Display’ screensBoth new devices sport Apple’s ‘Retina HD Display’ screens with improved ppi and viewing angles. the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 ppi) and the iPhone 6 Plus rocks 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi) on its 5.5 inch screen.Redesigned bodyThe curvier iPhone 6 is 27% larger and the thinnest (0.27 inches for the iPhone 6 and 0.28 inches for iPhone 6 Plus) yet. Apple incorporates  “a continuous, seamless design” which uses an ion-strengthened cover glass that seamlessly merges into the body. Major tech overhaulApart from structural redesign the iPhone 6 comes with a host of goodies. A barometer, an improved M8 motion coprocessor, Wi-Fi call support and ‘Focus Pixels’ enhanced autofocus. Optical image stabilization is included to boot. advertisementCons:Higher pixels, higher drainageThe A8 processors are great, and so is the bump in screen size. But those pixels need power, and that means the increased output is diverted to the screen, resulting in overall performance which is pretty much the same as the iPhone 5s.Apple Pay is still groundedIncluding NFC is a major security and interface innovation for mobile transactions but as long the system itself is not implemented on the ground there isn’t any logic to shelling for tech that’s a novelty. Apple Watch The Apple watch needs an iPhone but runs perfectly fine on the iPhone 5. Users who’re just interested in the wearable are looking at a much lighter pocket if they go for both the watch and the iPhone 6.last_img read more

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Grace Bay Beach review by Tourism Government sector

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPhoto by TCHTAProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – One of the worlds leading beaches is under surveillance by Tourism and Government executives as they explore ways to keep Grace Bay Beach a number one spot. Among questions being asked in effort to uphold the reputation include: “what works on and for Grace Bay and what doesn’t?” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:race bay beach, survey Survey to help public consultation on TCI Status Billcenter_img Recommended for you Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Launchedlast_img read more

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Merry go round for the cake

first_imgIt’s not yet Christmas, but the intoxicating aroma of the Annual Cake Mixing Ceremony at the Cafe Uno lawns of Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi brought alive the rich tradition and unveiled the spirit of the festive season. Spreading the cheer along with the Chefs, the ceremony invited the participation of all media friends, corporate guests, in-house guests along with the Area Manager and General Manager Farhat Jamal, amidst tradition and fanfare dressed in typical Chefs attire of hats and aprons. Guests and colleagues together rolled up their sleeves and put their hands in the mixing pots to make the perfect Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Christmas cake. An interesting array of fruits including raisins, glazed red cherries, orange peel, tutti frutti, black currants, dates, figs, dried apricots, figs, prunes and nuts like walnuts, cashew, almond flakes and pistachio, besides spices such as ground cardamom, cinnamon and cloves were poured into a huge boat shaped cauldron. The mixing reached a spirited level when endless bottles of  liquors such as whisky, white and dark rum, vodka, gin, wine, beer and syrups like golden syrup, molasses, honey and vanilla essence were added. After the traditional cake mixing ceremony, the mixture was put into airtight bags and left to mature till around Christmas, when it will be blended with the cake batter and baked. After this traditional ceremony, the guests were invited for a pre Christmas toast at the Cafe Uno lawns.last_img read more

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