The Plant Place Nursery Offers Ornamental Grasses for Local Landscapes

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin12 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryTake a look around town and you will most likely see a wide variety of ornamental grasses in Thurston County.  Perfect for mass plantings, as groundcover, or along borders, grasses are often used on commercial properties and public areas such as roundabouts and planting strips.  They work perfectly in the home landscape as well, softening borders or rock gardens.  Ornamental grasses add great texture when teamed up with flowering perennials and shrubs.Whether you are looking for compact mounding shapes or a more upright variety, there is something for everyone from spiky rigid blades to fluffy gracefully arching clumps like Feather Grass. Miniature Sweet Flag even works between stepping stones. Blue Fescue and Magellan Wheatgrass are a stunning silver blue color.  Oh, the colors to choose from:  chocolate brown, blood red, glossy black, or green and yellow variegated to name a few.Available on site right now at The Plant Place Nursery Retail Lot you will find Red Switch Grass, Cappuccino Sedge, Miniature Sweet Flag, Magellan Wheatgrass, Autumn Sedge, Variegated Moor Grass, Elijah Blue Fescue, Variegated Japanese Sedge, Black Mondo Grass, Fubuki Forest Grass, Golden Hakonechloa and Japanese Red Baron Blood Grass.last_img read more

City Hall urgently needs other revenue streams – treasurer

first_imgOfficials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) were on Monday given the opportunity to share constraints faced in their daily operations, where City Treasurer John Douglas highlighted the financial strain of depending solely on rates and taxes to garner revenue.City Treasurer John DouglasA Trinidad-based delegation along with representatives of the Communities Ministry were involved in talks to develop the operational procedures of the Council. For some time, the Council has been battling with financial burdens.As he emphasised the importance of financial stability, the City Treasurer insisted that the Council is involved in activities which bear no financial benefits to the Council. On the other hand, they are heavily dependent on rates and taxes to subsidise their operational costs. For this, the municipality needs to implement other revenue streams.“We need to be more diverse in our revenue streams. We’re too dependent on rates and tax which has shown over the years that rates and tax cannot carry this organisation for that is required. You look at solid waste. We pick up the waste, it costs us hundreds of millions per year. We don’t get no revenue stream from solid waste,” Douglas said.Other highlighted areas where the Council does not benefit include waterfront activities and increased security presence.“The population in the city is growing. Street vending is growing. Hence, the need for more security…We don’t get no earning from those vehicles traversing the city. You have boats, ships using our waterfront. We don’t generate any revenue from any such activities.”Defined responsibilitiesDouglas also called for defined responsibilities between Central and Local Governments, so as to determine where money should be allocated. Presently, the Council utilises a majority of its earnings to pay staffers and to pay for solid waste collection.“We need clearly defined roles and responsibilities, especially between what’s required of the local organ and the central organ. Both Local Government and Central Government deals with roads. Are we then identifying which ones are to be dealt with by the Central Government and which ones by the Local Government organs?” Douglas questioned.While the M&CC is solely dependent on their rates generation, there have been constant issues with defaulting taxpayers.In May, it was announced that some $8.4 billion, excluding interest rates, was owed by taxpayers within the perimeter of Georgetown and as such, a committee was established to retrieve these monies.Douglas had told media operatives that after a final computation, numbers showed that the $8.4 billion was owed from both residential and commercial taxpayers combined. Some records show that persons had not been paying taxes for as long as 28 years.“One of the approach we have decided to do is to carry out a rate recovery drive. It will be made up of six to seven individuals who would go about to a certain area and we’re looking to start off with Lacytown. We’re trying to target all areas that are closest to Council first and then we would go out,” the City Treasurer stated.It was identified that while that there is a difference in rates for commercial and residential taxpayers, some commercial enterprises have been paying the residential fee, which is significantly lower.last_img read more

Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report policy

first_imgThe Raiders are still taking losses, even on their bye week.The league fined the Raiders $20,000 for a violation of the NFL’s injury report policy after they failed to downgrade left guard Kelechi Osemele from “questionable” to “out” when he didn’t travel to the team’s Week 5 away game against the Chargers, a source confirmed to the Bay Area News Group on Thursday morning.Here is what the league’s policy states on the matter:“Injuries or other events that occur after 4:00 p.m., New York …last_img

SA property fund ups Aussie investment

first_imgIn the latest transaction, Emira has once again followed its rights in a Goz rights issue to fund the purchase of the Australian stock exchange-listed Rabinov Property Trust. The six properties being acquired are high quality properties independently valued at A$184-million. Two of the largest properties are located on the outskirts of Melbourne and are let to General Electric Australia on relatively long leases. The others are also tenanted by blue chip companies. Although the Rabinov portfolio comprises 12 properties, Goz will only be acquiring six of the properties with the remainder being sold back to the Trust’s founding family. It subsequently participated in a rights issue in September last year acquiring a further 9.175-million units valued at around R117-million when Goz announced that it was acquiring the properties of company Property Solutions and needed to raise A$101-million to cover the purchase price. 11 August 2011 “The transaction is expected to be earnings enhancing for both Goz and Emira unit holders,” Emira CEO James Templeton said in a statement this week. “At a forward yield of 9.2%, the pricing of the rights offer is attractive and offers better value that is currently obtainable on physical property investment in South Africa.” The largest securities holder in Goz is JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties, which is also South Africa’s largest listed property fund. Templeton said the transaction represented a further meaningful diversification of the assets in the Emira portfolio, adding that the properties being acquired were of high quality and would also help reduce risk within the fund. Diversifying portfolio, reducing risk Emira made its first investment in Goz in May last year when it acquired 10.25-million units, or 6.4% of the units in issue, at a cost of R116.6-million after being given regulatory permission to invest a portion of its funds abroad. Further, the additional investment will boost Goz’s market cap to around A$1.2-billion, thereby attracting further interest from institutional investors. JSE-listed Emira Property Fund is investing a further R61.1-million in Growthpoint Properties Australia (Goz), giving it an effective ownership of 8.2% of the units in the Australian-listed real estate investment trust. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SaaS: SAP Moves Slowly in Targeting SMBs with OnDemand

first_imgSAP is beginning to make noise that they’re getting more serious about SaaS.  SAP is desperately trying to come up with a strategy to grow from a base consisting mostly of large companies to one that can also attract small and medium sized companies.The new strategy needs to kick in soon.  Sales are stalling — sales targets were missed in two quarters in 2006.  As a result, the stock price has fallen 15 percent since January.  There have also been rumors that SAP founders Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira and Dietmar Hopp are in talks to sell their 30 percent share of the company to private equity.  Some think that SAP may also be a target for acquisition.To get back into gear, Henning Kagermann, chief executive of SAP, is counting on a move into SaaS, but it doesn’t help that they’ve delayed release of their on-Demand offering until the end of 2007.  The original release schedule had been for the first quarter of 2007.  The new on-Demand SAP product helps with managing client relations and factory inventories.  It was demonstrated last week at the ceBit Trade Show in Hannover, Germany and is currently being beta tested by 150 select customers. Following the tradition of SAP product names like R/3, SAP is internally calling the new on-Demand product A1S — Business One and All-in-One.By offering the solution on-Demand, SAP hopes to be able to attract cost-sensitive companies with their “try, run and adopt” model.  But going after small businesses with an onDemand solution is a clear break from SAP’s traditional business strategy and it has some investors concerned that they may trip up with execution.As part of the plan, SAP is spending $529 million until 2008 to grow their line of on-demand small business software.  From this investment, SAP hopes to grow their base of small and medium customers from 39,000 to 100,000.NetSuite has to date been the only company able to get all components of a complete on-Demand ERP system up and running.  While Salesforce.com has been hugely successful with CRM, they’ve struck out with their attempts to go after the ERP market.  Salesforce.com first announced attempts to enter ERP in 2002 with the ‘Salesforce.com Billing Edition’, but they have not yet been successful.In a related announcement, on March 8th SAP reorganized their reporting structure for accounting.  On-Demand seems to be showing up under the catefory of Subscriptions and Other Software Related Services.  That area grew 46 percent, but it still makes up a very small fraction of SAP’s total business.?last_img read more

PH cagers reinforce Southeast Asian clubs in regional tourney

first_imgCebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Winning Best Player plum least of Cabagnot’s concerns

first_imgBut the 34-year-old playmaker said that winning the plum is the least of his concerns.READ: ‘No excuses’: Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain“BPC is the ‘June Mar Fajardo award,’ in my opinion. I’m just glad that we won,” he said after the Beermen’s 115-96 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday as they punched their ticket to the semifinals.The goal in Cabagnot’s mind is clear: to help San Miguel cop the crown in the Commissioner’s Cup, something which over the years has seemingly been the achilles heel for the powerhouse crew.“I haven’t been in the Finals in the second conference, and that’s what we’re striving for, to get to the Finals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may have a come as a surprise to some, but Alex Cabagnot’s ascent to the top of the Best Player of the Conference race this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t that shocking for the whole San Miguel squad.“I think you can see that he’s always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists for our team,” said coach Leo Austria. “He’s very consistent on his job and I hope come the semifinals, he can continue what he’s doing because I know what that award would mean to him. I think that’s one motivation he has right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo, a perennial BPC contender, agreed with Austria’s observation.READ: Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces importsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not surprising because you can see it in his stats. He has been playing good this conference and I’m happy for him,” said the reigning MVP.Cabagnot rose up the leaderboards as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in the elimination phase to wound up with a league-best 34.7 statistical points. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berthcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cabagnot, though, won’t shy away if the honor gets bestowed on him, as he could possibly add the hardware to his already gaudy trophy case.“As long as we’re playing hard and we’re winning, the accolades will favor us more cause it’s a team sport. I’m happy, but that’s not the overall goal,” he said while touching the crucifix. “Hopefully, God-willing, we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov

first_imgCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodovby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City face competition for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov. The Express & Star says Aston Villa are interested in signing CDespodov.The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who favours a position on the right wing, is being tipped to have a bright future after scoring ten goals and registering 11 assists in just 22 appearances this season in his native top flight.Cardiff and Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in the £5m rated international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

EUCanada Free Trade Deal Gets Final Nod

first_imgzoom The EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA) has received the final approval on February 15, as the European Parliament granted its final endorsement for the deal following votes in a number of Parliamentary committees.The European Parliament’s final vote on the free trade agreement, eight years after CETA negotiations began, marks the conclusion of the long and difficult process in which the Belgian region of Wallonia threatened to capsize the whole agreement.A majority of the European Parliament stuck with the view that CETA is the most modern and progressive trade agreement that the EU has ever negotiated, and thus voted in favour of the agreement.“The approval of CETA by the European Parliament provides a much needed victory for positive globalisation and the wider EU trade policy,” Simon Bergulf, Director of EU Affairs at Danish Shipowners’ Association, said.He emphasized that the agreement contains an ambitious maritime chapter that will ensure continued free and fair access for European shipping companies to Canadian ports and present new opportunities for feeder and dredging services.“Today’s vote comes at a crucial time for the EU’s trade relations as anti-globalisation sentiments are gaining ground in the political debate in Europe. Furthermore, the shipping community stand to benefit from the agreement as our members have maritime business in Canada worth roughly EUR 350 million. If trade in goods increases as we have seen in the aftermath of the free trade agreement with South Korea, this figure will grow considerably,” Bergulf added.last_img read more

Frank Lampard I cant wait to take on Mourinho

first_imgFrank Lampard is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on Tuesday night Carabao Cup game between Derby County and Manchester UnitedLampard, who was appointed in his first managerial role at Derby this summer, will take his side out to Manchester to face off against the struggling United.The Red Devils dropped more points in the Premier League last weekend following a 1-1 home draw against Wolves.But Lampard is taking nothing for granted against the man who has had a huge influence on his career.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I remember being 25 when he walked into the building at Chelsea and it gave an up-lift to my career. Football has these crazy pathways,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career.”“They’re expected to win, quite rightly so with the squad they’ve amassed there,” he said. “It’s a challenge for us and we want to go there and do as well as we can.”Lampard played under Mourinho at Chelsea in two separate spells and together they won back-to-back Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more