By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaWow. It’s been really cold this winter.I’m surprised the creeping gardenias at my house have made it through the cold. Truly frigid weather (12 degrees at my house) is supposed to severely injure them. I knew that when I planted them, but it’s been so long since we’ve had a real winter I just didn’t think we’d see temperatures like that.Years ago — OK, many years ago, back when we had “real” winters and I was a kid at home in north Georgia, and back when it seemed to snow every year, and we saved water in big pots because the water pipes froze all the time, and I slept in an unheated room and no electric blanket — now, that was cold.At night, even with so many blankets and quilts I could hardly turn over in the bed, the only way to stay warm was to sleep rolled up in a ball. I didn’t dare stretch out, because those sheets at the foot of the bed were ice cold.We didn’t worryBack then, we didn’t worry about outdoor plants freezing. We worried about the water freezing and pipes bursting. And we didn’t worry too much about Spot and Butch, our old “sooner” dogs freezing. You do know what a “sooner” is, don’t you? You know –“sooner one breed or another.”Now we worry about our plants freezing.So if you’re worried that cold weather may cause the demise of your plants, here’s what you can do.Bring in your containerized plants. But remember, even an unheated garage can get below freezing. And I can tell you from experience that an unheated bedroom can, too.Add an extra layer of pine straw or mulch over perennials and annuals. Tender shrubs can be covered with cardboard boxes or thick blankets. Cover them all the way to the ground and leave the covering open to the ground so the heat radiating from the soil can rise up under the covering.No plasticDon’t cover the plants with plastic. That will encourage moisture lost from the foliage to condense on the leaves and flowers, causing ice crystals that may damage plant parts and cause more damage.And don’t try to spray the plants with water to form a layer of ice on the foliage. You just can’t apply the volume of water needed to make this type of freeze protection effective.Pansies can be frozen solid and still come back.How can they do that? I called horticulturist Paul Thomas at the university to find out.”When it gets cold,” Paul explained, “most plants die because the ice freezes within the cells and ruptures the cell membranes. This damage either kills the plant outright or allows in disease that quickly finishes off the plant.”Making antifreezePansies and many other perennials, he said, can sense the cold and move water from the cells into the between-cell spaces. They relocate water into the roots, too, where it is less likely to freeze underground.”When the water is removed, the cell contents inside are concentrated,” he said, “and all the sugars from photosynthesis form a simple antifreeze. The pansy may turn a dull, gray green, but it’s perfectly happy.”When things warm up, he said, the plants move water back into the cells and come back strong.I don’t know if “sooner” dogs can be frozen solid, but they always come back.
Governor Wolf Honors 47 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service May 09, 2018 Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence and praised all state employees for their dedication to public service. The awards were presented today at a ceremony in Harrisburg.“The employees being recognized have gone above and beyond their job requirements to provide outstanding service and make government more responsive and effective,” said Governor Wolf. “Their accomplishments are truly exemplary. We are fortunate to have such dedicated public servants working for the people of Pennsylvania.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their noteworthy contributions.”Twenty-three state agencies submitted a total of 44 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and six group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Jared Pierce – Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesFor bravery, professionalism and dedication in the line of duty at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County. Jared came to the aid of a lifeguard who was being threatened by a group of visitors. When the crowed proceeded to attack and beat Jared, he refused to draw his weapon or fire in self-defense out of concern for innocent bystanders. His calm handling of this volatile situation is being used to train other rangers.Electronic Sales Suppression Audit Team – Department of RevenueMichael Answine, Kevin Dale, Louis Dondero, William Hartman, Adam Hovne, Kenneth Perry and Charles SnyderFor their efforts to address electronic sales suppression, an illegal practice that involves a person using software to systematically delete or alter sales and tax records. They pioneered new evidence-based methods to detect potential sales suppression that resulted in the recovery of $6 million in sales, corporate, personal and other taxes. The employees have also built relationships with other states and the business community to share information and raise awareness of this issue.Erie County Maintenance Team – PennDOTRandall Busch Jr., Bree McDonald-Stewart, Thomas Mello Jr., Robert Miller Jr., Michele Morningstar, Nathaniel Nunez, Douglas Schofield, James Shaut, Jean Sherred and Jesse WilliamsFor keeping Interstate 90 and other major roads clear during the record-breaking seven-foot snow storm that hit northwestern PA during the 2017 Christmas holiday. The team deployed an innovative response plan that mobilized staff and equipment from surrounding counties while maintaining coverage in those areas. As a result, no major road closures or traffic incidents occurred during this unprecedented weather event. They also provided assistance to the City of Erie to dig out its residents.Major Michael Gourley – Department of CorrectionsFor multiple initiatives focused on cost savings, safety and security and efficiency in community corrections centers. Major Gourley’s accomplishments include reducing overtime costs by $500,000 in 2017, improving training compliance and completion rates among facility staff, clearing a backlog of investigations and implanting a program to reduce repeat offenders. In the face of the opioid epidemic, he introduced Naloxone to community corrections facilities and testing to get users into treatment.Medical Marijuana Team – Department of HealthJohn Collins, Latrisha Bentch, Tabbitha Bosack, Wendy Carson, Lawrence Clark, Susan Jones, Sunny Podolak, Holli Senior and Amanda YeagerFor the creation of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program to enable patients with serious medical conditions to have access to life-improving treatments. The employees were responsible for creating registries, ensuring the competent review of applications for permits and issuing permits to grower/processors and dispensaries. Implementation of the program, which occurred in February 2018, required creation of new regulations, which involved coordination across many areas of the Department of Health.Community HealthChoices Team – Department of Human Services and Department of AgingRichard Bennett, Scott Brady, Virginia Brown, Patricia Clark, Kevin Hancock, Christine Miccio, Randolph Nolen, Jeanne Parisi, Shannon Stiffler and Jill VovakesFor their work to launch Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new program to enable older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to receive care in their homes. Throughout the process, the team worked collaboratively with experts within the commonwealth and stakeholders ensure the program would be responsive to the needs of participants and workable for providers. CHC was implemented in 14 southwest Pennsylvania counties in January 2018 and will continue to be rolled out statewide.Michael Heilman – Department of Environmental ProtectionFor lasting contributions to the quality of the environment and health of residents through his work as an attorney. Michael used his legal background and expertise as a professional engineer to help DEP issue an order to cease underground mining activities causing dangerous methane emissions, and then successfully defended against an appeal by the company. He also collaborated with the federal EPA on new requirements to limit natural gas emission from transmission pipelines and sulfur emissions from coke plants. Michael is also a leader and mentor to other commonwealth attorneys and regularly shares his knowledge with colleagues.Open Data Team – Office of AdministrationJohn Long IV, Jere Matthews and Julie SnyderFor building the state’s open data program to improve public transparency, citizen engagement and government operations. The team launched the OpenDataPA portal and worked with agencies to add over 100 data sets. Last fall, they hosted the Code4PA hackathon, which attracted over 200 participants to compete to develop new apps and services using commonwealth open data. They are currently planning the next hackathon, which will focus on using data to combat the opioid epidemic.Puddintown-Orchard Road Bike Path Team – PennDOTJoseph Baker, Shelley Scott and Scott ShafferFor their creative approach to save a bike path project in Centre County after the discovery of an important archaeological site that would have required extensive study and review before the project could proceed. The team worked to fashion innovative agreements between Juniata College and Penn State to supply, house and support college students to do the work at a far lower cost, allowing for completion of the required archaeological studies and ultimately of the new bicycle path connection.Linda Gagliardo – Department of EducationFor her assistance to veterans and their families to participate in job training and apprenticeship programs using their federal G.I. Bill Benefits. She reduced the time for veterans to receive benefits payments from three to four months to less than six weeks. In 2017 alone, she helped 424 veterans and their dependents receive over $700,000 in financial benefits to which they were entitled. She also provides support to participating training and apprenticeship providers that are emulated by other states.Beth Ann Shuttlesworth – Department of Military and Veterans AffairsFor her dedication to supporting the department’s dual mission to provide quality service to the commonwealth’s veterans and their families and oversee the Pennsylvania National Guard. In 2017, she played a key role in supporting a variety of military training and operations on state, federal and international levels. Beth Ann also provided tremendous depth and breadth of support for programs and services for a state with the fourth largest veteran population in the country, including the operation of six state veterans’ homes.In honor of the contributions of state employees to Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Wolf proclaimed today, May 9, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’ The employees raise over $3 million for charitable organizations each year through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA).Read the full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and on the governor’s website.PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAYMay 9, 2018WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and joining in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; andWHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; andWHEREAS, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence program recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 6-12, 2018.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2018, as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY. I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.State Employee Recognition Day by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The state of Florida may have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April, with the coronavirus halting tourism and other industries on which our economy depends heavily.Last March, the state Legislature approved a $93.2 billion budget that it was preparing to send to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature.However, the session to approve the budget took place as DeSantis was beginning to shut down some businesses while implementing stay-at-home measures.Until that point, Florida officials were expecting to take in about $3 billion in tax revenues last month, but learned this week that they fell short by $878 million.A monthly revenue report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research reflects the effects of the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders on the state’s tax income.“The presence of coronavirus in Florida presented its most serious threat to the sales tax forecast, especially to those taxes collected from tourists,” explains the report. “In addition, critical supply chains were already interrupted by the impact to other countries and retail sales displaced as a result of social distancing and crowd-avoidance behaviors.”Net revenue for April was projected to be $2.984 billion, but ended up at $2.106 billion.Sales tax revenues from tourism were down 24.1 percent, or $598.2 million.Other revenue sources, including corporate income taxes, highway safety fees and corporate filing fees, collectively earned $323.1 million below previous estimates, due to new state orders allowing delayed payments until June or later.However, revenue from the documentary-stamp, intangibles, beverage, tobacco and severance taxes and earnings on investments exceeded projections.“Together, these sources generated a total gain of $40.9 million for the month; however, some of these sources are expected to experience losses in the coming months as lagged economic effects begin to appear,” the report said.There is no word on when Gov. DeSantis plans to sign the budget, which is scheduled to take effect July 1.State Budget Set, with Money for Teacher Pay and Coronavirus Reserves
By John Burton Cyclists and runners now have a designated lane in portions of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson, which local officials hope will be the beginning of a longer network of bike lanes. Contractors late last week and this week striped recently milled and repaved portions of Rumson and Ridge roads running through the three communities. As part of that work, the contractor, Traffic Lines, Inc., Farmingdale, is stenciling a cyclist silhouette – in traffic engineering lingo called a “sharrow,” a shared lane designation providing space for cyclists and those on foot – along the roadway.According to Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone, the freeholder board’s liaison for public works and engineering, the work along these county roads will continue through the week and will include accompanying bike lane signage.This is a major step forward for Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, who advocated for the bike lanes and worked with county officials to win their support.“I think at the end of the day the idea is good,” to have these lanes, said Lucarelli.Since the sharrows first began being installed, Lucarelli said “ten people have come up to me to say thank you…They’re going out of their way to say thank you.”Lucarelli added, “What is really gratifying is seeing people use it.” With the unseasonably warm weather last weekend, he observed cyclists pedaling in the lanes. And with the formal designation “It raises awareness with cars and drivers,” he said.With the county’s plan to resurface those roadways early this fall, Lucarelli and Ekdahl saw an opportunity to get county government to allow the roads’ shoulders to have the official designation.The communities struck an agreement with county officials to equally share the engineering and installation cost.Workers this week installed bicycle lane stenciling on Rumson and Ridge roads through portions of Fair Haven, Rumson and Little Silver. Local officials hope this will be the first in an ongoing effort establishing a Two River bike lane connecting a number of local communities. Photo: John BurtonLucarelli said Fair Haven budgeted $49,000 for its share.On average, he explained, it costs roughly $1,800 to stripe a mile and about $285 for each sharrow, with signage an additional expense.Lucarelli is a cycling enthusiast who has been advocating for a Two River bike lane connecting from Red Bank east through the Rumson peninsula, on to Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36. It would run through Monmouth Beach and Oceanport and loop back around to the Red Bank border. His support also had a personal and profound resonance, given Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch was killed a little over a year ago when struck by a vehicle while out cycling in the borough.The state Department of Transportation will install bike lanes on Ocean Avenue throughout Sea Bright when it repaves the roadway in the near future, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said previously.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal collection of 13 municipalities, which includes Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver, threw its support behind the efforts.Lucarelli and supporters see their effort as intended to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and take to bikes for transportation, recreation and for health and environmental considerations. That is the trend through much of the country and abroad, Lucarelli said in the past. But cyclists are entitled to the designated lanes for the safety of all using the roadways, advocates have stressed.Indeed, there is a considerable body of research that indicates that clearly marked lanes have a traffic calming effect. In general terms, even when no cyclists are present, drivers instinctively slow down, and cyclists, when on the roads, tend to stay in the lanes.Of those who have approached Lucarelli, “I think they all realize our leafy suburb is ripe for this,” he said.The local officials approached the county freeholders about supporting the project for the county roads, hoping the county would cover the expense. County officials were initially resistant to the idea, citing costs, liability and the complexities of having it cross multiple municipalities. Finally, both sides hammered out an agreement to share expenses, supported by Arnone who secured the remainder of freeholders’ support.“The county appreciates the commitment by the boroughs of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson to advance the bicycle routes by committing to the engineering design and funding on the county roads in their towns,” Arnone said in an email response.Fair Haven resident Gail O’Reilly, a volunteer working with Lucarelli on garnering support for the lanes, said this week of this development, “I think it’s profoundly significant now that area residents have an option to travel more safely through and between our communities.”Cycling has yet to become the norm for most people’s transportation, O’Reilly acknowledged. “But it shouldn’t be the exception.”“And that’s one of our goals,” she said of the group working with Lucarelli, “to make it more readily available.”Bike lanes, under federal and state guidelines, are expected to be from 4-to-5 feet wide, depending on whether there is curbing on the road. Sharrows should be installed every quarter- to half-mile, and at every intersection, accompanied by signage.The lines and stenciling are done with a thermo-plastic compound that’s expected to last approximately three years, said Dave Cuje, a Traffic Lines, Inc. foreman overseeing their installation this week.– By John Burton | The Two River Times John Burton can be reached at [email protected]
By Gretchen Van BenthuysenLocal garden centers have begun stocking flats of lettuce and vegetables that do well in cool weather and taste so delicious when you cut, wash and serve them all within a few minutes.Four-packs of Red Sail and Iceberg lettuce, escarole, kale, Bright Lights Swiss chard and spinach, for example, could be found at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver and planted in pots by the end of March.Although they don’t mind cool weather, when the temperature starts flirting with 32 degrees it’s time to cover your plants or risk losing them. With our ever-changing weather these days you’re often wearing boots and the next flip-flops.In that case you may need to bring pots inside – a garage usually is fine – and cover plants in the ground. A floating row cover is designed to trap heat inside during the day so at night there’s enough warmth to prevent wilted mush. Burpee sells a 72-inch by 50-feet row cover for $20. It also sells the TunLcover which is 18-feet long, consists of a 2-layer UV protected cover with thick gauge wire hoops every two feet that stick into the ground and extends like an accordion.It is designed to act like a greenhouse protecting plants from frost, wind chill and garden pests and sells for $25. Search the internet for more products or visit area garden centers for other options.If you are really caught off guard, use layers of newspapers or a shower curtain liner weighted down around the edges with rocks, bricks or whatever you can find. Remove the covering during the day when temperatures climb. A sheltered area and southern exposure also are helpful. Besides patience, gardeners need to cultivate a willingness to do what it tales to adapt to the weather.Lettuces and mixed greens do best in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees. Once the heat and humidity hit in July plants generally bolt, which means they send up flower stalks to produce seeds and develop a bitter taste. It’s time to pull them up at this point.But before then, extend your growing season by either harvesting the plants’ outer leaves or cut just above the growing point in the cut-and-come-again method and see new growth emerge for your salad bowl.Flashy Trout Back lettuce is an Austrian heirloom variety that dates to 1793. Allegedly its ancestors can be traced back to the kitchen gardens of ancient Mesopotamia.Most garden centers buy from suppliers that specialize in mass production and your choices at the local level will be limited. The greens will taste great, but probably you won’t find many heirloom varieties such as Flashy Trout Back. It looks good and tastes great but you have to start it from seed, which is not all that hard to do.If you grow and harvest lettuce this spring you will want to do it again in the fall, but you won’t be able to find any transplants in the garden centers then. They all are focused on pumpkins and mums after Labor Day.So take advantage now of materials on sale in stores and online for seed starter kits. Seedlings need two- to three-inches of soil so you can grow them in yogurt or paper cups, but trays are more convenient.If you plan to start from seed this spring inside — it’s not too late —you will need lights designed for that purpose. It’s the best way to guarantee consistent, abundant light. Set the timer for 15 hours a day and water regularly. Start with the light about two inches above the seeds and raise it as the seedlings grow. If the light is too far away the seedlings will stretch toward it becoming leggy and weak. Let the top of the soil dry out a bit between watering. Soggy is not good.Do not use just any soil. Seedlings, like babies, are tender and need extra special food — a sterile seed starting mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Jiffy’s Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix works great. Follow the directions — do not skip the pre-moistened part — and do not, use soil from your garden. You will be doomed to seedling failure.You will need to use a liquid fertilizer after a couple of weeks. Lettuce loves nitrogen so choose a well-balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphate such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures, which all garden centers carry. Ask for help if you are confused.You could have the somewhat pedestrian garden center varieties with Burpee seedlings — Looseleaf Blend lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, Lollo Rossa, Red Salad Bowl and Royal Oak Leaf); heirloom Tom Thumb, Four Seasons and Heatwave Blend lettuces; Flashy Trout Back, and A La Carte Spinach under a light inside.When it’s time to transfer indoor seedlings outside they need to be hardened off. Here’s where a cold frame comes in handy. It also helps extend your growing season. Pampered plants need to be introduced slowly to wind and intense sun. You can also put the plants outside for a few hours at a time, or move to the shade before bringing them back inside for a week or so.To learn more about spring gardening, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold, are hosting “Celebrate Spring! … a Symposium” from 8:45 to 4 p.m. April 16. Topics include container gardens, spring lawn maintenance, organic vegetable gardening, perennials, butterfly/pollinator gardening, and raised bed gardening. Best of all — it’s free.To register, or for more information, call 732-303-7614 or visit www.visitmonmouth.com.More From The Two River Times Home & Garden Special SectionApril 14, 2016 Two River TimesHummingbird Mania by David SaidnawayPrepping For Summer Salads by Gretchen Van BenthuysenHow to Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On the Right FootClippings: Gardening Events Around TownAtlantic Highlands Looking for Favorite Trees
Paul Lee ‘day-to-day’ after knee injury resurfaces BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Game 3 is on Thursday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Ranidel de Ocampo had his best game yet as a member of the Meralco Bolts on Tuesday night.De Ocampo, who was acquired by the Bolts in a three-team trade three weeks ago, has been showing why his new team benefitted the most from the deal since his departure from TNT and Game 2 of their semifinals series against the Star Hotshots was no different.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The veteran forward scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench.But de Ocampo feels he and the rest of the Bolts, who dominated the Hotshots right from the opening tip to win, 98-74, will have to replicate their “near perfect” game to close out the series as early as Thursday.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“Hopefully, we’ll be able to play the same way. But we know that it’s not going to be easy in Game 3,” he said. “At the same time, finishing a series is the hardest one.”“This is the only time that I had a good game. I’m hoping that I can have more good games to help my teammates and I give the credit to them especially to Durham.” LATEST STORIES View comments Star got off to a fast start in the semis opener on Sunday and Meralco returned the favor in Game 2. De Ocampo said that was exactly the Bolts’ plan heading into the duel.“That was really our game plan, to have a good start and it happened,” he said. “We sustained our good defense and we connected on our outside shots.”Meralco led, 30-11, after the first quarter and by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the final period.The Bolts also shot 53% from the field and held the Hotshots to just 32%. They hit 14-of-33 from deep and had 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ
Cardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by rising energy stocks and gains in the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.87 points at 14,822.60.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.66 points at 23,904.78. The S&P 500 index was down 0.79 points at 2,584.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 4.34 points at 6,961.42.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.64 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down 14 cents at US$52.22 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.3 cents at US$3.01 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,290.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.30 cents at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Hyderabad: With Rajasthan Royals putting on 198 after taking strike against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, it was believed that the Royals had put on a winning total. But Sanju Samsons brilliant 100 went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the total with six balls to spare. Speaking after the game, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that despite putting up a good total, the Royals ended up on the losing side due to some brilliant batting from Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “First of all, 190+ on that wicket was really good. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow — it was stopping and coming — and we thought 150 was a good total. But when players like Warner bat like that there is a very small margin for us. They didn’t lose any momentum when someone got out and they played really well,” he acknowledged. Rahane was also all praise for Samson and said that the batsman needed to work on his consistency to make it to the next level. “We all know how talented Sanju is. He will go miles and consistency is going to be the key for him,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later SRH skipper Kane Williamson was all praise for his boys and was really happy to see the plan to have Rashid Khan bowl to RR batsman Jos Buttler work. He even praised Rashid for putting up a good show with the bat towards the end of the chase. “It was nice that it came off (Rashid bowling to Buttler). He’s such a wicket-taker for us and Jos is a threat for us. Rashid was supposed to bat 7 or 8 depending on the situation. His batting has improved so much in the last year or so. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result tonight,” he smiled. Commenting on the show put up by the players as they chased down 199 on a wicket that wasn’t very conducive to batting, Williamson said: “A very tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort, we needed parts to work well for us tonight. Really good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down.