Downed trees

first_img“A spindly pine tree that is bent over to the ground most likely will not stand straight again,” Hibbs said. “If the damage is severe, and over one third of the bark is lost, this is damage few trees can survive.”Hibbs suggests using Mother Nature’s windy visit as a time to review your home’s landscape.“You may have to crank up the chainsaw for the removal of an old favorite tree, but take this opportunity to consider carefully the next tree and select one that has a stronger design,” he said. “Red and sugar maples, as well as most varieties of oak trees, are sturdier tree variety selections.” Heavy winds whipped across central Georgia Dec. 8, waking homeowners and leaving downed trees and limbs behind. Strong weather is common in Georgia, and so is cleaning up after it. But there’s a way to do it safely and wisely, say University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert.“Prioritize your chores by starting to work on trees that endanger buildings and fences first,” said Henry Hibbs, the UGA Extension coordinator in Oconee County.Don’t attempt to handle trees that overhang or touch power lines, he said. Call local utility company professionals for assistance in removing these trees. “Large trees that have been uprooted have little chance of surviving because the broken roots that used to structurally support the top weight and nourishment of the tree are damaged,” Hibbs said. “A chain saw and a camp fire may be the appropriate future for these trees.”Tackle unsightly, damaged trees next. For example, Bradford pear trees are prone to split. “This type of injury is difficult to reshape,” he said. “And the lopsided weight can cause the tree to blow over with soft wet ground and a gusty wind.” Hibbs recommends removing severely misshapen trees and replanting a tree with better structure. Broken limbs that are still attached to tree crowns should be properly trimmed. Leave a pruning cut that is flush to the next larger limb or main trunk. There is no need to apply wound tar to the prune cut.“It has been shown through research that wound treatments like this can actually slow down the healing process of the tree,” he said. Small trees that are bent over and have not straightened back up can be propped and then braced or cabled. last_img read more

Ex-Ruth Chris Steak House Manager Charged With $230K Theft

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ex-manger of one of Long Island’s most popular high-end steak houses has been accused of stealing nearly a quarter million dollars from the company over the past five years.Barry Pearlstein, who has since moved to Florida, was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.Nassau County police said the 70-year-old stole $230,000 when he engaged in a scheme to under-report sales and other items to reduce cash deposit amounts while he was the manager of Ruth Chris Steak House in Garden City from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 18, 2014.The restaurant’s management reported the alleged thefts, which sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s office and Crimes Against Property Squad detectives.The suspect surrendered to authorities this week. Judge Joy Watson set bail for Pearlstein at $25,000 cash or bond. He faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

East Northport Teen Killed in Sledding Accident

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Northport teenager died after the snow tube he was sledding on struck a utility pole in Huntington during the blizzard Monday night.Suffolk County police said Sean Urda and two other 17-year-olds were taking turns snow tubing down Chester Court when Urda lost control and hit light pole at 10 p.m.The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Get Rid Of Those Winter Blahs With Help From Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsBeing housebound in the winter months naturally compels homeowners to take note of their surroundings and start to wonder: Is this the best there is? Can we do something to improve the looks of this place?If you find yourself stuck indoors this time of year, you’re not alone. But if you think you can’t do some timely projects without breaking the bank or running out of precious time to make a difference, you’re wrong. You can do a lot if you take a minute to plan ahead.So, if you need inspiration, just check out the ideas on display at your Alure Home Improvements center.Here are some ideas for you to consider that run the gamut: First, check out your kitchen. You’re probably spending a lot of time there happily over a hot stove, especially if it’s freezing outside. But the recipes we’re talking about here involve doing something for your eyes and your mind, not your taste buds, although good design is a matter of good taste. Thinking big, you might want to contemplate redoing your kitchen. That kind of remodeling project can run from $19,000 on the low-end to more than $100,000 if you’re going top of the line and over the top.Now you don’t have to consider either extreme if you just want to make some small aesthetic changes that add up to a big difference. To fit your budget, you might just want to replace your drawer or door handles and pulls with matching new ones. Then you might want to repaint your ceiling and walls, because those projects are easy on your piggy bank. Next, see about updating your kitchen lights, especially the ones over your kitchen table, the counters and the stove. Try new cover plates over the electrical outlets, too. Little things can move mountains.If your budget allows, consider installing a new backsplash for the walls behind the counters and the stove. Ceramic tiles are great for wiping up grease that splatters from cooking. There’s also glazed porcelain tiles and stone mosaics, if you’re so inclined. They can get pricey, so be forewarned. Next up, maybe it’s time to replace the kitchen sink, or at least the plumbing underneath the sink. Now is the time to fix any leaks and get rid of those rusty old drain pipes. Maybe there’s been some mold under the sink that you never knew was there because all that junk was in the way. Get under there and clean it all out on a Saturday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did!But without a new coat of paint to accompany a new sink, you might not make the big splash you’re anticipating. You may have to think like an interior decorator to get the full effect you’re after. Bring your paint samples home before you dip your brush into an open can of paint. You don’t want to be stuck with the wrong color.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsSometimes you can change the look of your room just by changing the lighting. And colors change indoors whether the sun is shining or it’s nighttime. Also, the wrong paint color may cast undertones on the surfaces of a room, and that could make your white cabinets seem gray or even shades of green. Experts say that lighter surfaces reflect undertones more readily. So go to the paint store and come back with handfuls of color cards. Then just remember that the time of day matters how the color will play out. The same principle applies to your bedrooms and living rooms, too.Anything you do to banish those winter grays will make you feel better!And if you need guidance, don’t forget that your friends at Alure Home Improvements are ready to help!last_img read more

Ross Park Zoo brings fall spirit with ‘Fall Fur All’

first_imgSome of the decorations include pumpkins, scarecrows and blow up Halloween decorations. The ‘Fall Fur All’ was made to replace the zoo’s usual fall events, Howloween at the Zoo and Boo at the Zoo. Visitors can pick up complimentary ticket vouchers at any local Visions Federal Credit Union. BINHGAMTON (WBNG) — The Ross Park Zoo is offering visitors a leisurely visit through the zoo with fall and Halloween themed decorations. The decorations will be up again next weekend.last_img

West Midlands office needs set to grow

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Acreage close to the city fetches a high price in Brisbane

first_img134 Grassdale Road BelmontAN acreage property with a large family home was the biggest sale of the week.The four-bedroom home at 134 Grassdale Rd was sold to a young family for $1.34 million after about five weeks on the market.The home is on a 1ha block in a street in Belmont filled with rural residential homes. 134 Grassdale Road BelmontShe said that Belmont bordered on similar acreage suburbs, including Gumdale and Chandler, that were increasingly sought after by families who wanted something a bit different while still being close to the city.“I guess it is more for families,” she said.“Quite often they have kids that are into horse riding. It is certainly a great lifestyle.”She said it was typically families, rather than investors who were buying in the area.The home was sold by a retired couple who wanted to downsize after 23 years in the home.The median sales price in Belmont is $699,000. The four bedroom home is in an area with a lot of acreage properties.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAgent for the sale, Ann-Marie Best from Harcourts Coorparoo, said there were a lot of large rural residential homes in the area that sold for high amounts. “Some of them can sell for two or three million,” she said.last_img read more

PGNiG to explore for oil and gas in UAE

first_imgMap source PGNiG Piotr Woźniak, President of the PGNiG Management Board “I am sure that by joining forces with local partners we will not only benefit business wise, but will also gain an opportunity to share knowledge and experience,” he added. PGNiG won a tender for the acquisition of rights to explore for, to appraise and to produce hydrocarbons in Ras Al Khaimah in December 2018. The onshore/offshore license area is 619 square kilometers in size. According to the latest OPEC statistics, the United Arab Emirates proven reserves amount to 98 billion barrels of oil and over 6 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. Crude oil production amounts to 3 million barrels a day and marketed production of natural gas to 54.1 billion cubic meters per annum.center_img Polish oil and gas company PGNiG SA has signed an agreement with the emirate of Ras al Kaimah, UAE, to explore for and produce hydrocarbons in the Block 5. The latest agreement allocates obligations and provides for a split of costs and profits under the license. Initially, the work will be carried out in three two-year exploration stages, to be followed by a 30-year production phase. After each exploration stage, the Company may choose to relinquish its interest in the licence. Piotr Woźniak, President of the PGNiG Management Board said: “We are entering a region of fundamental importance for the global oil and gas market in what marks another step in the pursuit of the PGNiG Group’s strategy to strongly expand the international presence of its exploration and production segment.”last_img read more

Fugro wraps up first deepwater AUV survey for Shell in Brunei

first_imgDutch geophysical services provider Fugro has completed the first deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) site survey for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).Fugro Voyager; Image by: Kees Torn; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseFugro said on Friday that the survey was performed in August in water depths of 600 meters using the Fugro Equator, a dedicated geophysical survey vessel, and the Fugro ES-V AUV.The survey results will be used for planning a drilling program and will provide key inputs for engineering and design studies for pipeline routing and subsea structures in future deepwater field developments.BSP’s project lead, Bilman Pardomuan Hutabarat, said: “This campaign was the first deepwater survey project for Shell in Brunei and its success will lead to many more deepwater programs.”Following the site survey, BSP subsequently awarded Fugro the associated geotechnical site investigation and geoconsultancy contract.According to the company, the project included a review of the geophysical data and desktop study to assist BSP in defining their geotechnical scope of work. Geotechnical drilling vessel Fugro Voyager completed the fieldwork in October 2019.Jerry Paisley, business line director for the APAC region at Fugro, added: “We are pleased to provide our deepwater site characterization capability to another deepwater field development in the APAC region. BSP has been our client for more than 40 years and part of that success is owed to our unique ‘Triple A’ approach, where we acquire, analyze and advise on geo-data across the full project life cycle.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

2014 HBCA All-Star Teams Announced

first_imgThe 2014 Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association has announced the Girls East & West All-Star Teams.Congrats to Sydney Keene of Jac-Cen-Del and Brooke Packer of East Central on being named to The East All-Stars.  The East All-Stars will be coached by Kevin Moore of East Central along with Terry Rademacher of Borden.2014 HBCA Girls All-Star TeamsThe HBCA All-Star Game will be taking place on Sunday, April 27th at Tecumseh High School in Linville.last_img