“Easter Lilies bending low in the golden afterglow, Bear a message from the sod, To the heavenly towers of God.” Louise Lewin Matthews Next Up“Stately lilies pure and white, flooding darkness with their light,” The Easter Lily, lilium longiflorum, ranks fourth in floral sales after poinsettias, mums and azaleas. The Easter Lily or “Nellie White” is the most commonly grown cultivar. It can grow up to 3 feet high. It is commercially begun 2 weeks before Christmas. The root systems are established in cool situations. Then they are exposed to light and heat to bring them on. The blooms are manipulated by temperature to be in full flower on the right day as Easter occurs on different days each year. “Bloom and sorrow drifts away, On this holy hallow’d day.” After bringing your Easter lily home remove the decorative foil wrapping to ensure that water does not stand underneath the pot. Root rot will be prevented. To help them last longer, keep daytime temperatures at 60-65 degrees and nighttime temperature slightly cooler. Avoid drafts, heat and glaring direct sunlight. Water thoroughly when the surface feels dry to the touch. When the flower starts to wither after its prime, cut it off to make the plant more attractive. Open blooms last about 7 days. When the lily has finished blooming plant the green foliage outdoors in a sunny, well drained area. A well-drained potting mixture to use is a mixture of 1-part soil, 1-part peat moss and 1-part perlite. Easter lilies need morning sun and afternoon shade. Add 1 teaspoon slow release fertilizer every 6 weeks. As the plant dies, cut stems back to soil surface. Mulch to conserve water. Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409)835-8461. “Easter morn with lilies fair, Fills the church with perfumes rare,” is the beginning of a poem excerpt from Louise Lewin Matthews. The intoxicating smell of the Easter lily fills many Christian churches on Easter. They symbolically remind us of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The bulbs emerge from their earthly graves and bloom into majestic trumpet-shaped white flowers. In Luke 12:27 Jesus said, “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not; and yet I say to unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”“As their clouds of incense rise, Sweetest offerings to the skies.” Easter lilies in churches and other venues are groomed by removing the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed. This gives the flower a longer life and prevents pollen from staining the white flowers. Gently pull the yellow anthers out with your fingers.
The bed tax proposal, introduced by Assemblymember Dale Bagley, is scheduled to go before the assembly later this month. At the assembly meeting last night a proposal to increase the borough sales tax from 3 percent to 3.5 percent failed in a 5-4 vote. The bed tax proposal would allow cities in the borough to adopt individual bed taxes and take up to half of the revenue from the 12 percent borough rate. Cooper: “Homer for example is a first-class city and they cannot create their own bed tax. So, if it passes they would have to create a bed tax to mirror the boroughs to then collect it. That means 6% would go to the borough and 6% would go to the cities. If it outside of city limits the borough will collect the entire amount” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has been debating a number of tax proposals over the last couple of months that would go before the voters in the next regular election. Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper introduced the proposal in lieu of a possible ‘bed tax’: “The accommodations industry and the charter fishing industry feel like they are paying more than their share already, because they are exempt from a sales tax cap so they pay the maximum amount no matter what that limit it. So, they prefer a broader based tax.” A number of other tax proposals are still up for negotiations including, reducing the sales tax exemption on non prepared foods from nine months to six months, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has broached the possibility of an excise tax on cigarettes.
The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals took out a full page in the Las Vegas Review-Journal to congratulate the Golden Knights on an awesome expansion season, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas blew past the NHL expansion records for victories (51) and points (109) while winning the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights were a bunch of upstarts that cut through the Western Conference playoffs with 12 wins in 15 games.Please follow and like us:
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Giggs: Big players turning up for Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes the players are showing what they can do under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United were in a tough situation when Solskjaer took over for the rest of the season.He has seen them through the past two games with two wins, 5-1 and 3-1 against Cardiff and Huddersfield respectively.And Giggs believes the club’s best players are helping them win games.The Wales boss told MUTV after witnessing a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield: “It was Ole’s first home game, and the positivity that came from Cardiff game, the performance and result and I think everyone was looking forward to the game.”The big players are turning up, Pogba with the goals, David with a great save and Marcus getting better and better each game.”There’s a real positivity around the place and we need that to carry on now going into the Bournemouth game [on Sunday].”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool Champions League winner Kewell: Klopp needs new strikerby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Champions League winner Harry Kewell says they’re a striker short.Rather than look to strengthen their attacking options in the summer, Liverpool opted to hand Divock Origi a new deal, shortly after he scored the goal to seal victory in the Champions League final last season.”I think they need another striker. I know it sounds crazy because the front three are amazing but I think they need another to test the current front three,” Kewell told Sky Sports following Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Genk in the Champions League.”I have nothing against Origi, I think he’s a fantastic player and he does his part. He has scored some important goals and he’s been a fantastic squad player because the front three are a solid front three. “Mane is on fire at the moment, Salah has been, but he isn’t at the moment. Firmino, even though I think he does a lot of the dog work for Mane and Salah, he still doesn’t score [enough].”Are there players out there? Of course there is. I would have loved to have seen Griezmann there. I think he would have been fantastic. I think he’s that type of player.”
OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government announced several changes this week to the controversial suite of tax-reform proposals it introduced in July. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the changes to the tax plan following a 75-day consultation period that produced weeks of vocal opposition over the measures from small business owners, doctors, farmers and backbench Liberal MPs.Here’s a look at the tweaks to each of the three major proposals:Income sprinkling: The government intends to move ahead with its proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations from unfairly lowering their personal income taxes by sprinkling their earnings to family members who do not contribute to their companies. Ottawa insists businesses with family members that make meaningful contributions will not be affected. After hearing concerns about the added complexity of trying to prove the involvement of family members, the Liberals vowed to simplify the proposal. However, Ottawa has yet to give specifics on what those changes will look like. In hope of calming critics, the government decided to abandon one element of the proposal, which would have limited access to the lifetime capital gains exemption. It ditched this component to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms. The government acknowledged this was a potential unintended consequence of its reforms.Passive investment income: Morneau has scaled back what some believe is the most contentious piece of the Trudeau government’s tax-reform plan. In hope of calming angry small business owners, Morneau narrowed the scope of his proposal on passive-investment income, so that only three per cent of the most wealthy private corporations will have to pay higher taxes. The adjustment to the original proposal will create a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year. It will be equivalent to $1 million in savings based on a nominal five per cent rate of return, the government said. The change followed a flood of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could hurt middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, personal leaves and retirement. Morneau said the goal of the change was to enable small business owners to sock away money inside their corporations for future business-related needs, while still targeting wealthy people who use their corporate structures purely as a way to reduce their taxes. The government will release draft legislation as part of next year’s budget.Converting income into capital gains: Morneau announced he would no longer move forward with a tax change that has worried people in the agricultural community, such as farmers and fishers, who hope to pass their family businesses to the next generation. The move, he said, came in response to concerns the measure could have negative tax implications upon death and create challenges with the intergenerational transfer of businesses. Instead, he said the government would work with family businesses to make these transfers even easier.
CALGARY – The Canada Revenue Agency says it executed three search warrants Wednesday as part of a criminal investigation related to the so-called Panama Papers data leak.The CRA says in a statement that about 30 of its criminal investigators, as well as RCMP and West Vancouver Police, searched for evidence at undisclosed locations in Calgary, West Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area.The tax agency says its investigation identified a series of transactions involving foreign corporations and several transfers through offshore bank accounts allegedly used to evade taxes.The CRA says it is one of 42 international/offshore tax evasion cases it is currently investigating that involve complex structures and potentially multi-millions of dollars in evaded taxes.It says it is pursuing additional criminal investigations related to the Panama Papers.In April 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists received some 11.5 million leaked records from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that showed how some clients avoided taxes.People convicted of tax evasion can be fined 50 to 200 per cent of the evaded taxes and imprisoned for up to five years.
The east landslide could also move again during the spring, but is still 200 m from the Old Fort Road and does not pose any immediate threat to other houses in the Old Fort.The PRRD will hold a community meeting on December 17 at 7 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre to present the Geotechnical report to residents of the Old Fort.The Regional District is also working with the Province and consultants to establish monitoring options. There is also an option that the District creates a new position within the Regional District to help residents of the Old Fort, called the Recovery Manager. This person would be hired if the Province approves funding for an initial six month period.To full geotechnical report is included below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released the full geotechnical report on the Old Fort Landslide.The report is included in the agenda for the December 14, PRRD Board meeting. The report says the potential for the massive rockslide to move again is high, but there is no imminent danger to homes in the area that haven’t already been affected.The report from Westrek Geotechnical Services says “Both the channelized earthflow and the west landslide are expected to move again, probably during spring freshet, severely damaging the temporary access road leading to the Old Fort and continuing to impact the house at 7605 Old Fort Road.”
OTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is overhauling how Canada assesses big energy projects in a bid to ensure new projects can get built without the government having to buy them to make that happen.The Liberal’s Impact Assessment Act passed second reading in the Senate last week but is widely expected to be amended when it goes before a Senate committee in the new year.The bill is one of a long list of sore points between the Trudeau Liberals and Canada’s oil patch, with several oil industry representatives and the Alberta government arguing the bill will set up regulatory hurdles that will prevent any new energy projects from being built. Trudeau says he’s open to amending the bill to give the private sector the kind of certainty it craves in order to invest in new projects in Canada because Ottawa should not have to pass a new law or buy a pipeline in order to get things built.However, he won’t say whether he is prepared to say no to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline if the court-ordered redo of the environment and Indigenous consultations comes back warning that the project does more harm than good.Getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded is a major weak point for Trudeau’s re-election bid and his assertion that Canada can develop its resources responsibly without harming the environment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Christchurch: The Bangladesh cricket team Saturday left New Zealand, hours after escaping death by a whisker in the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history. Leaving behind Friday’s scary experience in Christchurch, the Bangladesh cricketers were relieved to be boarding the flight back home. The Bangladesh team, which was scheduled to play in the third and final Test against New Zealand starting here on Saturday, was on its way to the Masjid Al Noor Mosque mosque, one of two sites of the shooting attack that killed at least 49 people. The tour was immediately called off. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Bangladesh players and management departed Christchurch on Saturday, travelling from their central city hotel to Christchurch Airport in the team bus under police escort, according to stuff.co.nz. Bangladesh’s support staff were scheduled for a later flight. On Friday, the bus carried 17 members of the team with Liton Das, Nayeem Hasam and spin bowling coach and former India spinner Sunil Joshi staying back at the hotel. The players and support staff could hear gunshots as they feared for their lives inside the bus. Minutes later, they mustered the courage to disembark and rush towards the Hagley Oval stadium. Their team bus was only about 50 yards from the mosque and players were worried about how they would safely get out of the vehicle. Once at the Hagley Oval, they were housed in a dressing room at the ground before leaving for the team hotel.