Residents display labours of love at annual garden tour

first_img“I dont have to go camping!” he added.A new addition to the tour this year was the home of Tracy Christenson at 1529 102 Avenue. Christenson said she and her family moved into their home two years ago, and having mature gardens was definitely a big attraction for her.”Just to be able to sit in your yard and have beautiful-smelling flowers around you, and just the whole atmosphere, is nice,” she said.It has certainly been a labour of love to maintain those gardens, as she said she has spent lots of late nights after work weeding them.Advertisement Eleven private gardens – eight in the city, two in Pouce Coupe and just south of the village – were opened up for the public to take self-guided tours through. Organizers were fortunate to get a break in an otherwise rainy weekend, allowing for a great day for a walk though the gardens.Tom and Barbara Horn’s garden at 1609 95 Avenue was certainly a sight to behold. There were beautiful flowers in bloom everywhere the eye could see, and many interesting features such as a fish pond, raised beds filled with vegetables, and even a small cabin. Tom said it is a far cry from how their yard used to look when they bought their house 12 years ago.”This was all weeds and bush,” he said. “The only thing that was here was that shed, which used to be a greenhouse.”- Advertisement -Through years of hard work, he said they now have their garden to where it doesn’t require too much work other than when it’s subject to inclement weather. He said the recent heavy rainfalls have slowed a few things down, but has made other things made “quite luscious.”Horn said tending to their garden and their greenhouses is an enjoyable hobby for them both, and makes for a nice retreat without having to leave home.”We like eating the vegetables and picking the flowers, seeing the birds and everything.”Advertisement Christenson said the tour is a great way for her to show off the fruits of that labour.”This way somebody else can enjoy all my hard work other than just me,” she said, adding its a great way to share knowledge, and even plants, with other gardeners.The “tea” part of the garden tour took place at the Senior Citizens Hall on McKellar Avenue, where local volunteers were working hard in the kitchen to serve up snacks and refreshments to patrons for a small fee. There were also vendors outside selling all kinds of potted plants and garden features.The horticultural society relies on the tea and tour as its biggest fundraiser for the year. President Barb Carlson said the money raised goes largely towards awarding cash prizes for the horticultural division at the annual Fall Fair in August. She added it also allows them to donate to the municipal library to purchase gardening books, magazines and movies for the benefit of gardeners in the community.She said the tea and tour has been going for about 20 years now and it is different every year. For example, she said she noticed in recent years there is more awareness around conserving water and using environmentally-friendly practices such as mulching and composting.Advertisementcenter_img Besides sharing a common interest, Carlson said the horticultural society is a very warm and friendly group to belong to. She said they are always looking for new members, and encouraged anyone who might be interested to contact her at 782-8439.last_img read more

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Barton: QPR are going down

first_imgJoey Barton has told the BBC he expects QPR to go down this season and that their relegation would be another reason he is unlikely to return to the club.Speaking to Football Focus, Barton said: “The likelihood is that unless there’s a massive turnaround in fortunes QPR will be in the Championship next year.“What position that puts them in financially, I don’t know. For me to be part of the side that stayed up and not be part of the side that went down, it would be difficult for me to go back.”Barton is currently on loan at Marseille and because of a number of problems following his move from Newcastle last year, QPR do not want him backThat is unlikely to change even with the arrival of Harry Redknapp as manager.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Howe: Bournemouth will be hard to stop

first_imgEddie Howe has warned the rest of the Championship his Bournemouth side will be a hard team to stop if they continue their ruthless streak in front of goal.The Cherries hit five past Fulham to move back to the top of the table and become the division’s leading scorers.Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the six games before Tuesday’s win over Wolves but Howe said he hopes that blip is now over.“If people felt we were going to win every game this season, I’d say that expectation is too high” Howe said.“During the six games we didn’t win, I thought the performance levels were very strong.“We were dominating games, we just weren’t being clinical enough in both boxes.“But in the last two games we’ve refound our confidence in front of goal and when we have that ruthlessness we’re a hard team to stop.”Howe said he was pleased to have won so comprehensively at Craven Cottage given the strength of the Fulham squad.He added: “I felt it was going to be a difficult fixture, when you see the players Fulham have.“But we started the game very positively, the lads were clinical in front of goal and could have scored more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kolkata revives the romance of the Raj

first_imgTwo of Kolkata’s oldest colonial buildings, Currency Building and Metcalfe Hall, both built in the 19th century, will soon become museums and galleries showcasing art and urban history. The three-storied Currency Building in Dalhousie Square was built in 1833. Designed in the Italian style with Venetian windows and cast iron gates, its vaults and strong room once housed some of India’s oldest banks, including Agra Bank and the Reserve Bank of India. But now the western wing is all set to become the office of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Once the NGMA moves in, the Currency Building will host an exhibition of sketches and sculptures by Ramkinkar Baij, a pioneer of modern Indian sculpture. “We are expecting that a portion of the Currency Building will be handed over to us by September. There are plans to have a large exhibition on Ramkinkar Baij,” said Adwaita Gadanayak, director general of NGMA. Archaeologists say the Currency Building was not a mint but a place where currency was kept. Till 1937, it was occupied by the RBI, after which it fell into neglect. Its central dome collapsed later. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over its upkeep in 2005. Barely 200 m away is Metcalfe Hall, with 30 Corinthian pillars built between 1840-1844. Located at the junction of Strand Road and Hare Street, it draws its name from Lord Metcalfe, the Governor General of India in 1835-36. It is in this structure that the city’s history will come alive as the ‘Calcutta to Kolkata’ exhibition. Renovation dilemma The ASI grappled with the question whether to rebuild the Currency Building’s dome, but decided to keep the existing structure. In Metcalfe Hall, it shifted one lakh books for repair work. “The exhibitions will bring them back to life,” said G. Maheswari, Superintend- ing Archaeologist, ASI, Kolkata circle.last_img read more

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Meralco takes 2-0 lead

first_imgPBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA, LAGUNA—The Meralco Bolts turned a supposed showdown into nothing more than a showcase of their collective prowess.With their offense clicking, the Bolts throttled the Star Hotshots, 98-74, Tuesday night in a crucial road trip in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.ADVERTISEMENT And handing TNT a second straight semifinal loss is exactly what defending champion Barangay Ginebra will try to do when it takes the floor against the Texters Wednesday in Batangas City.Game time is 7 p.m.The Gin Kings hammered the Texters in Game 1, 121-94, flashing the form that helped them send off Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals. The win gave Ginebra a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series and sent TNT scrambling for solutions to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.“We have a lot of things to work on,” Racela said. “We were outplayed, we were out-coached, and we were out-hustled. Hopefully, [we can] correct everything [in Game 2].”Meralco certainly didn’t need to correct anything from its Game 1 performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Azkals fly to Doha seeking maximum points Energetic guards Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia set the tone for the rout, shooting accurately from every angle that helped the Bolts race to an early 22-point lead in a wire-to-wire finish.The narrative of the one-sided contest hardly altered after that big bubble with Durham doing all things necessary as the reigning best import established himself not only as a defender but as a scoring threat as well.Star’s Kris Acox had no answer for Durham, who unceasingly collected rebounds on both ends, challenged every Hotshot attempt in the lane and hammered his bulky frame inside.Star coach Chito Victolero threw in the towel and pulled the overmatched Acox out of the battlefield early in the third with the Bolts piling on the lead to eventually reach the 30-point mark. For the second straight game, Acox failed to score in double figures.Making matters worse for the Hotshots, Paul Lee only showed up on the floor briefly in the opening period and rode the bench throughout with a battered right knee.Fiery playmaker Gio Jalalon also couldn’t get his high-scoring act going as well as fellow guard PJ Simon. Mark Barroca contributed 16 points but that hardly mattered.Meralco can now go for a sweep in their series in Game 3 on Thursday.Ginebra will try to put TNT in the same dire situation as Star’s and import Justin Brownlee, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Game 1, hopes that their rout of the Texters won’t result in a laid-back Kings squad in Game 2.“We know TNT is a tough team,” he said. “They will come out and make adjustments and we just got to be prepared. Whatever we’re running, we just gotta run it with great purpose and do what we want to do. We’ll try to keep defending them the best way we can and try to force them into things they don’t usually do.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Allen Durham was virtually unchallenged all game long, scoring 18 points, grabbing 25 rebounds and tallying four rebounds and three blocks as Meralco’ s overpowering performance gave the Bolts a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.Star now needs to win three straight games to keep its bid alive and deny Meralco a semifinal berth.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 shutoutIt is a predicament TNT hopes to avoid because as far as coach Nash Racela is concerned, there’s no two ways about it: The Texters have to shape up or they’ll soon be shipping out.“If [we’re] not better come Wednesday, we’ll lose two straight. It’s that simple,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Marquinhos defends Neymar

first_imgJapan v Brazil ‘You can’t please everyone’ – Marquinhos defends Neymar Rupert Fryer 07:02 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Marquinhos Neymar PSG Saint-Etienne Ligue 1 25 08 2017 Getty Images Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies Neymar The defender dismissed concerns over the temperament of his PSG and Brazil colleague, insisting the greats will always divide opinion Marquinhos has spoken out in defence of criticism faced by his PSG and Brazil team-mate Neymar, insisting it’s impossible to please everyone.The world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar has remained in the headlines since his high-profile switch from Barcelona to the French capital this year, and has faced accusations he has become a divisive figure at PSG.READ MORE: Coutinho to miss Japan clash | Brazil’s World Cup hopefuls | Last chance for Douglas Costa A high-profile spat with team-mate Edinson Cavani over the taking of a penalty made headlines around the world, but Marquinhos has dismissed concerns over Neymar’s temperament. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he’s not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He’s a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans,” said Marquinhos.Neymar Cavani“Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him. “It’s important is to have character… Neymar has a good head on his shoulders, is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris. “I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”Marquinhos was joined at Parc des Princes by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who said he and Manchester City’s Ederson were giving coach Tite a real selection headache.Alisson Brasil coletiva 29082017“Tite has a big problem,” Alisson chuckled, who was left out of October’s qualifier for Chile to hand Ederson his international debut.“I believe that the way he has been doing it is right, playing those he believes he should, conducting tests. “It is also important to maintain a backbone, a base. But experiments are valid. Everyone, when they get to the Cup, must be ready regardless of whether they have been playing or not.”Brazil meet Japan in Lille on Friday before the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour jets into London for a clash with England at Wembley on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Ontario to spend 90M to address overcrowding in hospitals during flu season

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province’s health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario’s hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.“It’s unacceptable to see our loved ones treated in hallways and in storage rooms in our hospitals,” Elliott said Wednesday. “It’s no way to treat our loved ones.”The government will fund 1,100 hospital beds in total, including more than 400 opened under the previous Liberal government that will have their funding renewed. Some will turn into permanent beds, though the government could not say how many.In October last year, the Liberals gave hospitals an additional $100 million before flu season to create roughly 1,200 more hospital beds. The Progressive Conservative government could not immediately say how many of those beds — which are meant to bring temporary relief to hospitals at a busy time of year — are still operating.The government also said it will continue an expansion of the province’s long-term care beds planned by the previous Liberal regime, adding 6,000 new beds as part of a five-year plan to build capacity.“These are meaningful early actions we are taking to end hallway health care,” Elliott said.Premier Doug Ford said the additional beds mark just the first step in addressing the long-term needs of the health care system.“With an aging population, time is of the essence,” he said. “That’s why I’ve asked Minister Elliott to focus on building a strong, vibrant and sustainable health care sector that puts the needs of Ontario’s patients first.”Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said the Tory government is simply maintaining the flu season support his party brought in.“I don’t see where there is new capacity being built in there,” he said, noting the Tories have announced roughly the same number of beds his party did last year. “There’s nothing new here.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said last year’s Liberal commitment, and the latest spending by Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, falls far short of the $300 million she said is needed to help address hospital overcrowding.“This is not going to affect in any way the hallway medicine that is being experienced by people in our province,” she said.Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, said the additional funding won’t solve the root problems that have caused hospital overcrowding. The government should permanently fund the hospital beds and ensure that stable staffing is in place to begin to address the issue, she said.“The Liberals did the exact same thing last year, the previous year and the year before that,” she said. “That will not solve hallway medicine … because hallway medicine happens everyday, not only during flu season.”Wednesday also marked the inaugural meeting of the premier’s council on improving health care, a group meant to recommend possible strategies to improve the health care system and make it more efficient.The council is chaired by Dr. Rueben Devlin, a former Progressive Conservative party president and former CEO of Humber River hospital. The job, to which he was appointed this summer, comes with a $348,000 salary plus paid expenses.last_img read more

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TIFF 18 Share Her Journey rally shows support for equity in film

first_imgThis last year in the film biz wasn’t pretty.The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements helped expose some of the seamier stuff that goes on in the movie business, underlining the obvious: Change is a must.Sexual harassment has to stop. Gender parity must become a reality. Advertisement Advertisement Mia Kirshner, actor, and co-founder of #AfterMeToo, will speak at Saturday’s Share Her Journey rally. (GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you want to contribute to change, hop down to King St. W. this Saturday and join the Share Her Journey rally at TIFF 2018. It’s one of the most talked about events at the film festival this year.People will be gathering outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox at King and John Sts. at 10 a.m. in a show of support for equity and justice. TIFF urges people to turn up and speak out against the systemic inequality in the film business. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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ExOjibway chief still heading to Iran urges other leaders to join

first_imgAPTN National NewsJust days after Canada closed the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, a former First Nation leader says he still plans to go to Iran to talk about how Canada treats First Nations people.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

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German lawmaker apologizes after racist slur on Twitter

first_imgBERLIN – A lawmaker for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is apologizing to the son of former tennis star Boris Becker following a racist outburst on Twitter.Jens Maier claims the tweet that was directed at Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff, who has since been disciplined.A lawyer for Becker said Thursday the 23-year-old had filed a criminal complaint against Maier.In an unusual step, the party on Friday released a copy of an email in which Maier said he regretted the “mishap,” had issued a formal warning to the staffer and planned to apologize to Becker.Maier, a judge from the eastern state of Saxony, is regarded as being on the far-right wing of the nationalist party.last_img

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