Leaves = mulch

first_imgIf you don’t like raking, bagging and dragging leaves to the curb, recycle your leaves into mulch. Leaves are nature’s way of creating a natural blanket for protecting tree and plant roots from extreme cold temperatures. If you remove leaves, you must replace them with some other mulch. Large, whole leaves tend to get blown around and don’t stay within their landscape bed boundaries. The key to successfully using leaves for mulch is to shred them with a lawn mower, bagging attachment or leaf shredder so that they won’t blow away. Use alone or with pine straw or barkA three to five inch layer of shredded leaves can be used around trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials. If you don’t like the look of shredded leaves, use them as a base under a top layer of bark or pine straw mulch. This will also reduce the amount of mulch that you need to buy. Once you learn to appreciate the benefits of leaves, you might find yourself scouring the neighborhood at night to collect bags of leaves that others have discarded. And, leaves incorporated into the fall vegetable garden will become rich, dark humus by next spring.Fall is the best time for planting trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, herbaceous perennials and cool-season annuals. Plants established in the fall require less water and are less likely to suffer from drought-related stress next summer. New plants need mulchBe sure to mulch new plants immediately after planting to reduce weeds and provide extra insulation. Even though these plants may go dormant on top, the roots underground will continue to grow all winter long. Mulch will help roots of newly planted trees and shrubs acclimate to the cold faster while they are becoming established this winter. When spring arrives, these plants will have well-developed root systems and be better prepared for possible drought.last_img read more

Tips for the Young Lawyer

first_imgHow to interview a witness September 1, 2003 Francisco Ramos Regular News Tips for the Young Lawyercenter_img Whether your case involves a car accident, a supervisor’s sexual advances, or a slip-and-fall, witnesses can make or break your case. It’s your job to find out which witnesses will sway a jury in your client’s favor and which ones will sway a jury in your opponent’s favor.To accomplish this, you need a game plan to find out what witnesses will say to a jury and how they will say it. In putting together this game plan, consider the following tips in preparing for and conducting interviews: Preparing for the Interview 1. Identify the relevant witnesses. Before you run out and start interviewing witnesses, you need to know who you want to interview. Learn everything you can about the case, and identify everyone who may be a witness. 2. Interview them sooner rather than later. Once you have identified the relevant witnesses, track them down and interview them. Memories fade. Don’t wait weeks or months before interviewing people. By waiting, you’re giving opposing counsel the opportunity to be the first to contact the witnesses, and potentially influence their testimony, either inadvertently or on purpose. 3. But don’t rush into interviews. Just as you shouldn’t wait too long to conduct interviews, you shouldn’t rush into them either. Prepare wisely. Learn as much as you can about the case and determine what role a witness plays in the case. Is she a liability witness or a damages witness? Favorable or unfavorable? Understand the importance of the witness and prepare a detailed questionnaire which you’ll use during the interview. 4. Go to the source. Phone calls are fine for the initial contacts, but you should interview the witness in person, and preferably at that person’s home or place of business. 5. Bring documents to the interview. Determine what the relevant documents are and bring those documents to the interview. In a breach of contract case, bring a copy of the contract. In an auto accident case, bring photos of the accident scene. 6. Decide how you are going to document the interview. Other than taking notes, will you record the interview? Videotape it? You may want to have a court reporter accompany you to take a sworn statement. Whatever you intend to do, clear it with the witness first. How to Conduct the Interview 1. Tell the witness who you are. When interviewing witnesses, tell them who you are and who you represent. When dealing with a witness, a lawyer cannot state or imply that he is disinterested. 2. Is the witness represented by counsel? The first question you ask the witness is, “Are you represented by an attorney in this matter?” If the answer is yes, the interview is over. You cannot interview that witness without the consent of his or her attorney. 3. Does the witness work for the opposing party? Find out if the witness works for the opposing party’s corporation or business. Florida Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion 78-4 prohibits direct communications with a corporation’s officers, directors, managing agents or any employee “directly involved in the incident or matter giving rise to the investigation or litigation.”By contrast, Ethics Advisory Opinion 88-14 allows an attorney to communicate with ex-employees if: (1) the ex-employee is not represented by his former employer’s counsel; and (2) the lawyer does not inquire into matters that are within the corporation’s attorney-client privilege. See also H.B.A. Management, Inc. v. Estate of Schwartz, 693 So. 2d 541 (Fla. 1997). 4. Is this the witness’ first interview? Find out who else has interviewed the witness. Also, find out if he has given a recorded or sworn statement. If so, ask him for a copy. If he doesn’t have one, let him know he’s entitled to one. Once he receives it, ask him to forward you a copy. 5. Put the witness at ease. Being interviewed by a lawyer can be fairly stressful. Try to put the witness at ease. If the witness isn’t nervous, he’ll be more expressive and reveal more information. 6. Ask open-ended questions. To keep the discussion going, and to gather as much information as possible, ask open-ended questions. You want to learn everything this witness knows about your case. 7. Repeat the witness’ own words to avoid misunderstandings. Repeat back to the witness any significant statement he makes, to make sure you understood it properly. You don’t want to advise the client to settle a case based on something a witness said, only to find out later that the witness didn’t say that at all. 8. Find out about other witnesses. Find out what other witnesses may exist, and ask for their names, numbers and addresses. 9. Uncover any bias. Try to uncover any biases that may exist. Is this witness related to anyone in the case? Are they friends at all? Co-workers?Cases are more than documents, facts, and dates. They are ultimately about people. You need to learn what these people, these witnesses, have to say to properly advise your client about the merits of his case. Being prepared will help you learn as much as possible about what witnesses saw, what they heard, and how they will affect your client’s bottom line. Francisco Ramos, Jr. is a senior associate with Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery in Miami, practicing in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation. He can be reached at (305) 377-0700 or [email protected]last_img read more

Greater Jakartans show low awareness of physical distancing measures despite PSBB: Survey

first_imgThe Indonesian Public Opinion Research and Discussion Group (KedaiKOPI) found in its latest survey that Greater Jakartans’ awareness of physical distancing measures to flatten the COVID-19 infection curve was still low.KedaiKOPI executive director Kunto Adi Wibowo explained during a teleconference on Wednesday that the survey’s findings were concerning because only a small number of participants had taken precautions to reduce their chance of getting infected or possibly  spreading the disease caused by the new novel coronavirus to others.Around 32 percent of the survey’s 405 participants–spread in Jakarta and its neighboring areas of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, South Tangerang and Bekasi—said they washed their hands frequently. Twenty-five percent of them chose to stay at home to reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus and wore face masks when they left their homes. Only 12.3 percent of the participants practice physical distancing, the survey said. Topics : “The stay-at-home and wash-your-hand campaign apparently is not sufficient  to change the behavior of the majority of Greater Jakarta residents,” Kunto highlighted, adding that main roads were still crowded with motorists despite the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The survey further revealed that 35.1 percent of the participants, surveyed between April 14 and 19 by phone, were going about their normal activities during the outbreak.  Kunto demanded more serious measures from authorities, including local figures at the community level, to educate their respective residents on the importance of staying home and adhering to social restrictions to bring the number of COVID-19 cases down. Indonesia has reported 7,418 positive COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, 45 percent of which or 3,383 cases were in Jakarta. The number of fatalities reached 635, with 301 cases in the capital, the COVID-19 epicenter in the country.center_img Indonesian Doctors Association chairman Daeng M. Faqih, who also participated in the teleconference, highlighted the need to impose disciplinary actions during the PSBB for it to be effective. “We can’t merely rely on people’s participation. There should be disciplinary actions and monitoring by authorities,” Daeng said.last_img read more

Run of sales cements Mermaid Waters as hotspot

first_img386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters sold under the hammer for $692,000.MERMAID Waters continues its dominance as a hotspot with a flurry of sales in the past week.During the weekend, a renovator at 386 Rio Vista Blvd sold under the hammer for $692,000. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.15 million.He said buyers prepared to spend more than $1 million in the suburb were looking for quality homes and not just waterfront blocks.“We’ve sold three homes on dry blocks in the past two months for more than $1.1 million,” Mr Palmer said.“They’re big prices and we would never have seen those prices two to three years ago.” • MORE NEWS: EPIC RENO TRANSFORMS GOLD COAST HOME • MORE NEWS: TOP FIVE FIREPLACES ON THE GOLD COAST THIS WINTER • MORE NEWS: MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11 MILLION 24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters is going to auction in August.He said another perk of Mermaid Waters was its underground power.“Because the suburb was developed that little bit later, all the power runs underground,” he said. “People often don’t realise but it’s more modern because of that.” This Mermaid Waters home at 386 Rio Vista Blvd is ripe for renovation.Mr Palmer said the appeal of the property as in large part to its position as an entry-level home in Mermaid Waters.The house is on a 791sq m corner block with two street frontages — and is ripe for renovation. Another Mermaid Waters property, a modern five-bedroom house at 4 Sequana Ave, was snapped up for $1.15 million days before its scheduled weekend auction. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNo expense was spared in the design and build of the home with a clever combination of wood and stone used throughout.“The buyers were worried about competition on auction day and wanted to secure it beforehand,” Mr Palmer said.“They put in a knockout price prior to auction.” 386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters was snapped up at auction by a family from Pimpama.A crowd of about 60 people including 12 registered bidders attended the auction on Saturday.“Bidding began at $550,000 and quickly got up to $650,000,” said Mitch Palmer, principal and auctioneer of Ray White Mermaid Waters.“Then it came down to three bidders in the end.“A young family from Pimpama ended up securing the home.” Ray White Mermaid Waters principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer predicts Mermaid Waters’ popularity to remain.Mr Palmer predicted Mermaid Waters, which has a house median value of $867,500, to continue its dominance. “A few months ago I predicted its popularity would continue as its median sale price is much lower than the surrounding suburbs of Broadbeach Waters and Clear Island Waters,” he said.“People look at Broadbeach Waters and realise they could be living the same lifestyle 2km down the road at a cheaper price.“It’s the proximity to amenities, the proximity to cafes and restaurants and proximity to shopping centres. I think we can expect its popularity to remain.”last_img read more

Nancy Ellen Southard, age 77

first_imgNancy Ellen Southard, age 77 of Pflugerville, TX, formerly of Lawrenceburg, IN passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, IN. Born March 10, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH she is the daughter of the late Andrew & Dorothy (Yates) Kirk. She was a graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, OH.Nancy is survived by her daughter Tara Dye of Pflugerville, TX and her son Bruce W. Williams Jr. of Pflugerville, TX. She will also be missed by her stepsons Tim, Danny, Matthew & Nathan Southard, stepdaughter Sheryl Schaffer, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and siblings Leona Hoff of Manchester, IN; Andrea Jo Abdon of Largo, FL; Vicki Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN and Andrew “Nip” Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward H. Southard and stepson Mark Southard.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Ellen Southard. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week tots up 12m Twitter impressions

first_img Tags: Girls, Women Women and Girls’ Golf Week, which closed on a high when Georgia Hall won the Women’s British Open, was a huge success across GB&I. The #WhyIGolf reached more than 2.5m people on Twitter, generating over 12m impressions.“These figures are just amazing,” said Lauren Spray, England Golf’s Women and Girls’ Manager. “Our aim was to raise awareness of the fabulous female side of the game and, with the support and collaboration of the other home countries, we’ve succeeded beyond our expectations.“The response during the week from women, girls – and men – joining the conversation with #WhyIGolf was fantastic. Now we’re working on ways to channel this energy and enthusiasm to grow the game.“Georgia Hall’s thrilling victory was the perfect way to end the week and to inspire more women and girls to get into golf.”The results of the week coincide with the release of data by Nielsen Sports showing that 59% of the UK population have an active interest in women’s sport – a potential market of 24m people.Women and Girls’ Golf Week was the inspiration of England Golf and supported by Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and The R&A and was designed to unite the golf industry to grow the women and girls’ game.Website stories followed a theme for each day and featured career women, volunteers, players and celebrities. The conversation grew rapidly on social media with women and girls sharing their stories with the #WhyIGolf.The campaign reached as far as Australia, with content arriving via LinkedIn, and the week was highlighted on BBC Radio 5Live and featured by Sarah Stirk on Sky Sports.Stirk was one of the many celebrities who got involved with Women and Girls’ Golf Week, alongside her colleague Henni Goya, the BBC’s Naga Munchetty and Katherine Downes, talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham, TV and radio hosts Jenni Falconer and Seema Jaswal, tour professional and event host Sophie Walker and social influencers Cat Meffan and the Jazzy Golfer.Facts and figures from England Golf’s social media platforms:• 2.4m people reached in total• 2.5m impressions on the day which celebrated celebrity golfers and wellbeing• 200,000+ views of video content on Facebook and Twitter• 1000 people shared their stories on Instagram, covering the whole spectrum of golf from four-year-olds on the range with their parents to experienced lady captains.England Golf’s top performing posts:• Twitter – the campaign video generated over 203,000 impressions• Facebook – the campaign video reached 95,000 people• Instagram – a post on Durham County Association players received over 4000 impressions.The week was also supported by a wide range of stakeholders, including the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, with their own #WeLoveGolf, the Golf Foundation, the greenkeepers’ association BIGGA, magazines Women & Golf and Lady Golfer, Golf Access, Golf and Health and the CEO of American Golf. 9 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week tots up 12m Twitter impressions last_img read more

FAVORED FOOTSTEPSINBRONZE TAKES $60,000 DREAM TEAM ALLOWANCE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; CALLAGHAN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.94

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2015)–Favored Footstepsinbronze saved ground at the rail and went on to a comfortable 1 ¼ length win under Rafael Bejarano in Thursday’s $60,000 The Dream Team allowance feature at Santa Anita, as he covered one mile on turf in 1:37.94.Owned by Adam Richey and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 4-year-old Irish-bred colt bested seven rivals as he improved his overall record to 7-3-3-0. Off at 2-1, he paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.60. With the winner’s share of $36,000, Footstepsinbronze increased he earnings to $152,250.“Coming into the stretch, I definitely wanted him to switch off his left lead, but he didn’t want to,” said Bejarano, who sat a close third before splitting horses two-wide at the top of the stretch. “In the last sixteenth though, he did switch and he showed me a big kick.”(Bejarano, who entered the 24th day of Santa Anita’s Spring Meeting atop the jockey standings with Tyler Baze at 23 wins, picked up his second win on the card).“I was a little worried about how slow the turf has been playing but he looked so great in the paddock,” said Callaghan, who has had Footstepsinbronze for all seven of his starts. “I knew he was going to run a good race. He’s been training really well…We’ll probably wait for Del Mar and look for an overnight stake now. He’s only getting better and he likes Del Mar.”Next to last early, runner-up Jules Journey finished well and just held Texas Ryano off by a neck for the place. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Jules Journey was off at 7-2 and paid $4.60 and $3.00.With Joe Talamo up, Texas Ryano was last early and closed with a rush toward the middle of the course to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths clear of pacesetter Home School. Off at 5-2, “Tex” paid $2.80 to show.Ridden by Felipe Valdez, Irish-bred Home School bounced to the lead and set fractions of 25.03, 49.64, 1:13.35 and 1:25.57.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 4 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. for simulcasting from the eastern time zone.last_img read more