Pansy care

first_imgPansies are a great winter flower. We plant and enjoy them in the fall, which gives them a good opportunity to get established, or as I like to say, “make themselves at home.” During the winter, they get frozen, thaw and grow again. It’s nice to see them poking their happy faces out from under a dusting of snow or encased in a clear coat of ice (as long as it’s short-term ice). It takes very cold weather to kill pansies once they’re established; however, they may start to look run down and have fewer blooms. Tiny blooms?The other day, I noticed the blooms on my pansies are about half the size now of what they were around a month ago. How can we perk them up?Once flowers die, remove them. Flowers that remain can produce seedpods. To produce seeds, the plant uses a lot of energy that could instead be used for making more flowers. Pinch or cut off all seedpods and dead flowers every week or two.Winter rains leach fertilizers. And this winter we’ve had our share of rain and then some. Fertilize beds with liquid fertilizers every two weeks. Pull weeds that may be using fertilizer, and mulch beds with pine straw.Too much water will cause root rotCloudy, wet weather can also spoil the flower show. Pansies need moisture, but too much of it will rot the roots. Plant pansies on raised beds, if possible. Build them up by adding soil and compost until beds are 6 to 8 inches taller than the surrounding soil. Raised beds drain better, are less waterlogged and warm more quickly in the spring. Pansies planted on raised beds are also easier to see.Remember, pansies do best if planted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 1. They can be planted before and after these dates, but may not do as well. If planted too early, they grow for too long and are more susceptible to cold later. Late planted pansies do not get established enough before cold weather and may never do well.To grow pansies in containers, just be sure your pots or boxes have adequate drainage holes. As the days get warmer, pansies will get leggy and the colors less vibrant. You can chose to remove them at that point, or wait until they completely succumb to the summer heat. Try replacing them with some Wave petunias for a burst of color that can take on the heat.For more information on pansies or other garden plants, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication website at

Keyes to lead Citizens Bank in Vermont

first_imgJAMES KEYES PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF CITIZENS BANK’S CHARTER ONE FRANCHISEIN VERMONTKeyes, Who Joined Citizens Bank in 2002 as EVP of Commercial Lending, WillOversee Vermont OperationsProvidence, RI (August 26, 2004) – Citizens Financial Group announcedtoday that James R. Keyes will be President of Citizens Bank’s Charter Onefranchise in Vermont. Citizens takes over Charter One on September 1. Keyes, who joined Citizens Bank New Hampshire inJune of 2002 as Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending, willreturn to the Vermont market, where he spent more than 17 years.”Jim brings more than 25 years of diverse banking experience to his newrole within Citizens Bank,” said Bob Mahoney, Vice Chairman of New EnglandBanking at Citizens Financial Group. “He is a ‘balanced banker’ with abackground that includes executive level management positions in manyareas of banking – with specific experience in commercial lending and riskmanagement. He is an accomplished banking professional who is committedto serving our employees, our customers and the Vermont community.”Prior to joining Citizens Bank in June of 2002, Keyes served as presidentand chief executive officer at First Vermont Bank, a subsidiary of theBanknorth Group in Brattleboro, Vermont. While there he was responsiblefor achieving and maintaining outstanding financial performance, and hemanaged the successful merger of Woodstock National Bank into FirstVermont Bank in 1999. Keyes has also held numerous executive levelpositions with the Banknorth Group and The First National Bank of Boston.”I look forward to returning to Vermont – this time to the Burlington area– and becoming re-acquainted with the many communities throughout thestate,” said Keyes. “I continue to be impressed with Citizens focusedbusiness strategy, and I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity toexpand the bank’s successful franchise into the Vermont marketplace.”Keyes holds a master’s degree in business administration from NortheasternUniversity and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. He has beenan active member of both the Vermont Bankers Association and the VermontChamber of Commerce. Keyes is also on the Board of Trustees forMiddlebury College, and was vice chair of the board of directors ofSouthern Vermont Health Services Corp. and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.About Citizens Bank New HampshireCitizens Bank New Hampshire is an $8.4 billion state-chartered,full-service commercial bank headquartered in Manchester. It has 75branches and 167 ATMs located throughout the state and is a major lendingand commercial banking services resource for the New Hampshire businesscommunity. It has more than 1,200 employees.Citizens Bank New Hampshire is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group,Inc., an $80 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquarteredin Providence, R.I., and has more than 870 offices, approximately 1,680ATMs and approximately 16,000 employees in seven states. It operates asCitizens Bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, NewJersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Citizens is the 11th largestcommercial banking company in the United States ranked by deposits.Citizens is owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. The CitizensWeb site is is external).last_img

Credit unions still exempt from FDCPA, CUNA tells CPFB

first_imgCredit unions and for-profit debt collectors have different considerations when communicating with consumers, CUNA wrote to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Friday. CUNA wrote to the CFPB as the bureau releases the proposal for a Small Business Review Panel, in accordance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act of 1996 (SBREFA).The CFPB released third-party debt collection proposals last month, and CUNA thanked the bureau for recognizing that first-party creditors should be treated differently in the initial debt collection SBREFA process.“We hope this reflects the CFPB’s understanding that Congress purposefully exempted first-party creditors, including credit unions, from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and therefore, it would be unlawful to extend any rulemaking pursuant to this statute over them,” wrote CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.Donovan also urged the CFPB to keep in mind that Congress has repeatedly urged the bureau to narrowly tailor its rules to specific consumer abuses, most recently when a bipartisan supermajority of 399 legislators signed a letter to the bureau. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Brindisi, Delgado announce $150,000 grant for Northside Market in Binghamton

first_imgCongressman Delgado said “The funds announced today will expand training and resources through the Broome County Council of Churches Northside Market and their Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) Works Program. This project represents a critical investment in healthy food access in a food desert, allowing families to access fresh produce in Broome County and in the Southern Tier communities”. In addition to creating nine new jobs the food market will offer retail apprenticeship opportunities. Brindisi said, “These crucial dollars and critical community partnerships will help bring food to these people and create good-paying jobs along the way. I was proud to work with Congressman Delgado, [Binghamton] Mayor David, and all of our community groups to make this market a reality.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Congressmen Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced, on Wednesday, a $150,000 grant for the Broome County Council of Churches that would allow community groups to open a 5,000 square foot food market on Binghamton’s Northside. The $150,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant will be locally matched and bring the total funding for the project to $300,000. The Broome Council will extend their CHOW Works Program and increase community-based training opportunities through the market. CHOW is a 12-week training program created to lead to full-time employment. It provides work experience and additional training for potential workers. The project is made possible by a partnership of elected officials, groups of faith and hunger advocates.last_img

SUNY Oneonta campus to shut for 2 weeks after spike in virus cases

first_imgHe said three rapid-result testing sites will be set up in Oneonta starting Wednesday. The 105 cases at SUNY Oneonta represent about 3% of the students and faculty on campus this semester. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said Sunday that five students have been suspended because of large parties that were held last week. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a campus of the State University of New York will shut down for two weeks after more than 100 people in the college community tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged students to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and avoid large gatherings.last_img

COVID-19: Indonesia records 330 new cases as it boosts PCR testing

first_imgIndonesia announced 330 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of registered infections to 3,842 as the country boosts testing through the real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to almost 2,000 samples a day.“To date, we’ve tested almost 20,000 samples in 40 labs across the country,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, who is also the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, said in the ministry’s daily press briefing on Saturday.The Health Ministry website says 19,452 tests have been conducted as of Saturday. The government started to distribute new PCR test kits to 12 provinces on Thursday, following orders from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to conduct more swab tests as the previous rapid testing was deemed insufficiently effective in detecting cases. Read also: COVID-19 Task force to distribute test kits to 12 provinces, targets 300,000 tests monthlyYurianto added that 21 more people had died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 327.All 34 provinces have reported cases, with North Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and West Sulawesi reported their first COVID-19 deaths with one fatality respectively. West Nusa Tenggara reported the first two deaths of COVID-19.Jakarta remains the hardest-hit province with 1,948 infections and 159 fatalities.Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has increased to 286 nationwide.Topics :last_img

Indonesia Air Force gets first female fighter pilot

first_imgAt the age of 25, Second Lt. Ajeng Tresna Dwi Wijayanti has already gone down in history as the first female fighter pilot in the Indonesian Military (TNI).Air Force Chief of Staff Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna congratulated Ajeng as one of 44 pilots in the 97th batch to complete their training at the Air Force flight school, including two female pilots and two soldiers from the Indonesian Army. The 97th Wing Day graduation ceremony took place on May 18, 2020 at Ignatius Dewanto Auditorium of the TNI Headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.Ajeng, who is a 2018 graduate of the Air Force Academy, is to pilot the KAI T-50i Golden Eagle with the 15th Squadron of the 3rd Air Wing Fighters stationed at Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java. Manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the T-50i is a supersonic advanced trainer and light attack aircraft. Ajeng would serve the Air Force in defending Indonesia’s air sovereignty, the Air Force announced.“The instructors motivated me to become a fighter [pilot], and it has become a reality,” said Ajeng.Born in Jakarta on Sept. 25, 1995, Ajeng is the daughter of Air Force Col. Prayitno and has been fascinated with fighter jets since she was a child.Military history of pre-modern Indonesia recorded that the Royal Navy of the Aceh Sultanate had a female admiral named Malahayati who established the Inong Balee, an all-female combat unit consisting of the widows of Acehnese soldiers.“[Ajeng] is expected to be an inspiration for other women to become fighter pilots and break the glass ceiling in the Indonesian Air Force,” Air Force public communications head Col. Muhammad Yuris said in a written statement titled “Indonesia’s Captain Marvel has been born”. “This year’s Wing Day ceremony was conducted in compliance with COVID-19 health protocols, with graduates joining the ceremony virtually from Adisutjipto Hall at the Air Force Academy in Yogyakarta,” he added.Only the top two pilot trainees and one Army representative would attend the ceremony at the Air Force headquarters to receive their awards, he added. The top pilots are Second Lt. Ravi in the fixed wing aircraft category and Second Lt. Sandro in the rotary wing aircraft category.Topics :last_img

Townsville property market showing signs of recovery

first_imgAnthony Dare from Keys & Co with new Belgian Gardens homeowner Brendan Martin. Picture: Evan MorganTOWNSVILLE’S property market is off to a good start with 365 properties sold in the first eight weeks of 2017.“There’s certainly a better feel and conversations to be had this year already,” Keyes & Co listing agent Anthony Dare said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Buyers, sellers and agents all have a spring in their step and a lot more properties are selling before they even hit the market.”Among these was 20 Sheehan St, Belgian Gardens, which sold for $411,000 in just 48 hours, during which time the home received three private offers.The winning bid was by Brendan Martin who had been looking for the ideal Queensland renovator for the past two years. “Belgian Gardens was definitely our preferred area but we looked further afield such as in Pimlico, Currajong and Garbutt,” he said. “We wanted a home in its original condition and Sheehan St is exactly that as it had been in the same family for the past 60 years.”With competition in the property market on the rise, Mr Dare said buyers no longer had the flexibility to shop around for months. “The best advice I can give buyers is that when an agent says they have buyers waiting, it is true,” he said.last_img

Guangzhou Line 1 opened

first_imgTHE 5·4 km Xilang – Huangsha section of Guangzhou metro Line 1 and five stations were formally inaugurated on June 28, as part of the celebrations for the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty two days later. City and government officials were joined by representatives from the European and US contractors. The initial section forms the western end of the 18·5 km route, which will run from Xilang steelworks to Guangzhou East station, and includes a tunnel under the Pearl River.Due to be completed next year, with 16 stations, Line 1 is expected to handle 450000 passengers/day on completion, rising to over 1 million by 2023. Total cost is put at 12·7bn yuan. Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau is contributing a DM356m commercial loan and DM351m from the German government to support the electrical and mechanical contract awarded to a German consortium led by Siemens and Adtranz. Rolling stock is being built by Adtranz at Hennigsdorf (RG 12.95 p847).According to Guangzhou Metro Corp General Manager Chen Qingquan, the municipal government has identified Line 2 from Shima to Xinzhou as its top infrastructure project for the next five-year plan. He hopes to receive approval from the State Planning Commission to start construction in 2000. olast_img