Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Starbucks.WEST ELLICOTT – As Starbucks locations continue to reopen, and the season changes from spring to summer, the coffee giant is out with new summer-inspired menu items.New items include the Iced Guava Passion-Fruit drink, the Unicorn Cake Pop, and the grilled chicken and hummus protein box.Returning to the menu, the S’mores Frappuccino Blended Beverage.Starbucks is also promoting its cold brew concentrate and bottled Frappuccino chilled coffee drink, available at various retail locations. Additionally, the company says the Starbucks delivery service is now available in 48 states where both Starbucks and Uber Eats operate.Starbucks says it aims to exceed CDC standards for public health and safety.
There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center team in Mills River, North Carolina, already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible, white-flowered ‘Sweet Tea’ Mountain Gordlinia, are now bringing to the landscape the Double Take Storm flowering quinces with the most shocking blooms you ever imagined.The three selections are ‘Scarlet Storm,’ ‘Pink Storm’ and ‘Orange Storm.’ They are all double flowered and will cause you to first think of a camellia. With a group of three that now fall under a series called Double Take, you will most likely find Double Take ‘Scarlet Storm.’Botanically speaking, they are all selections of Chaenomeles speciosa, which is native to China. It is the breeding program at North Carolina State University, however, that is bringing us these shrubs that will reach approximately 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity, boasting dazzling double flowers with huge petal counts.The old-fashioned flowering quince always seems to be bare of flowers on the tips or tops of the plant, but these blooms that reach up to 2.5 inches in diameter stretch outward to the tip of the stem. That means the blossoms are almost as large as a tennis ball. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, they have been sensational. They are cold hardy from zones 5 through 9 and are deer resistant.When you get yours, select a site in full to partial sun. These great flowering quinces deserve to be planted in a well-prepared shrub bed. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter along with about 2 pounds of a 5-10-5 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area. Till your soil deeply and dig your hole about three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper. Place the flowering quince in the hole and backfill to two-thirds. Tamp the soil and water to settle. Add the remaining backfill and repeat the process, getting all of the air pockets out and providing a great start for acclimatization of your new shrub.These plants bloom on old wood, so remember not to get pruning-happy when they are in their deciduous or dormant state of winter. If any pruning is needed, make these cuts after the spring bloom. Of course, these make breathtaking cut flowers, so select as needed.These blooms sequence nicely with spring-blooming bulbs like Dutch iris, daffodils and the iridescent blue of the Peruvian lily, Scilla peruviana, which is cold hardy to around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Try clustering three in front of evergreen hollies. I notice that our Chinese snowball viburnums and ‘Scarlet Storm’ are blooming. They are, however, in different parts of the garden.To me, the flowering quince has always been that harbinger of spring. It’s the one plant that shouts with its colorful blooms, “You have survived winter!” Even though I loved those old blooms, they pale in comparison to a plant like ‘Scarlet Storm.’ Spring is early in the South, so gardeners here may want to start shopping. Elsewhere in the country, you can procrastinate a little, or better yet, go ahead and let your favorite nurseryman know you are coming soon to pick up three.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.
The Students Talk Back forum, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute and the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, tackled public policy and college affordability on Wednesday.Lisa Chavez, chief financial officer of California State University Los Angeles, and Michele Siqueiros, executive director of The Campaign for College Opportunity, Los Angeles, joined Megan Baaske and Taylor Wolfson, two students in the Price School, as panelists. Dan Schnur, director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Daniel Rothberg, special projects editor at the Daily Trojan, co-moderated the event. Schnur made a point to emphasize that the speakers offered multiple perspectives in his introduction.“[Lisa] and Michele are experts in not only higher education, but higher education affordability,” Schnur said.The two guest panelists compared the differences with public institutions and private ones. According to Chavez, the average tuition for the Cal State system has jumped dramatically in the past few years. Chavez noted a “squeezing” of the middle class that has made four-year institutions unaffordable and community colleges overcrowded due to a growing number of applications.To illustrate this concept, Chavez compared the California community college system to a store. When a store lowers prices, more customers go there, he said, and when the store raises its prices, something needs to be done to keep customers coming.“You either have to build a bigger store or you have to start adding restrictions,” Chavez said.Siqueiros did not believe the main issue with college is “squeezing,” but rather “under-matching” in which low-income students with high grades do not apply to top tier universities such as USC or Stanford due to lack of financial literacy.“Low-income students in general have huge sticker price shocks,” Siqueiros said. “While we think that there’s a lot of aid for low-income students, low-income students don’t know that that aid is available.”Because of this, many low-income students go to the community college system and are affected by a low transfer rate and high student-faculty ratios, Siqueiros said.Despite differing opinions on the problem, both of the speakers emphasized that policy reforms were a necessity for the public good of the state. State governments have a vested interest in education, from a purely economic standpoint, they said.“The more money we all make, the more money we all pay,” Chavez said.So far, current attempts at reform have been unsuccessful. Though a new California initiative, the Middle Class Scholarship, seeks to ameliorate the “squeezing” effect in the middle class, the real issue is that there is no incentive for institutions to lower their tuition, which forces financial aid through scholarships rather than direct reduction of costs.Chavez has petitioned multiple times for increased state funding for the CSU system, in hopes that it will lower tuition. If education funding goes up, however, other state programs must be cut.“We’re arguing against welfare and prison funding,” Chavez said.Though there are no clear public policy solutions, Siqueiros said he hopes that Obama’s income-based repayment plan for student loans will be successful.Another issue discussed was the rising costs of college education. Chavez and Siqueiros agreed that though intangible elements add to the value of a degree, ultimately the real value comes from employment.“I went to college to get those things so I could get a job so I wouldn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck,” Siqueiros said.Adrienne Liu, a sophomore majoring in political economy, said that current students should make more of an effort to inform potential students of the economic opportunities to attend USC.“As a recipient of a merit scholarship I think it can seem daunting to middle-class and especially lower-class students, but USC offers many [financial] resources,” Liu said.Next week’s Students Talk Back forum will focus on immigration reform.
I love Uber. I never use anything else if they operate in a city I visit. If they aren’t operating in a city I visit, like Orlando, I am unhappy that I have to find other sources of transportation. I am a fan, and as of today, I still use the service. But it’s getting increasingly difficult to do so.I’ve spoken with every driver about their experience, and with the exception of one Boston driver, all of them are doing better than they were before (the Boston driver said there are now too many in Uber operators in Boston). Uber has disintermediated an industry that needed to be reimagined. It’s infinitely better than the existing taxi services available in every major city.But a few months ago the news reported that Uber employees had scheduled transportation with their competitor, Lyft, and then cancelled the driver. There is no evidence that anyone in Uber leadership directed the activity, but that it was done 5,560 times makes it look systemic. I have a tough time imagining that no one in leadership was aware of the activity. A real leader would have stopped the behavior, reminded their employees of their values, and insisted they win by competing fairly (from everything I can tell, they’re already winning).Then I watched Tom Peters post that he had deleted the app from his phone upon learning that an Uber executive stated that he would like to dig up dirt on journalists who give Uber negative press. The Uber executive was speaking at a private dinner party, and he said he regrets sharing his private thoughts, that he didn’t intend to act on them. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Twitter apology was underwhelming.Add to it seriously questionable techniques for recruiting drivers from rivals, and the ability to violate their customer’s privacy with something called God View, and you have a recipe for a cultural problem.A fish rots from the head. It is a leader’s job to create and protect their culture. The people you lead will be who you are. They won’t do what you tell them to do when it comes to values and ethics. They’ll do what they see you do.There is nothing wrong with being a ferocious competitor (and competing against the entrenched transportation interests clearly requires a tough leader). But you can be a ferocious competitor and also be an ethical competitor. The boundaries when it comes to competition end at behaviors that are illegal, unethical, and immoral.Uber is a serious company. Being a serious company requires serious leadership. Serious leaders don’t put their company at risk by creating (or allowing) a poor, unethical culture. I want to see Uber win. That means I want to see Uber change.Some other opinions:Uber Über Alleshttp://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2014/11/22/in-defense-of-uber-an-unbiased-opinion/
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.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 shutoutAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. MOST READ Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race in style on Sunday with a pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes that halved Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career, came a day after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions.”Sebastian put a great fight on but this is what I said I was coming to do so I did it,” Hamilton told the crowd from the podium.Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind, after pushing his rival all the way without being able to get close enough to make a move stick in what amounted to a two-horse race of relentless pressure.”It was really intense because every lap I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake. He didn’t,” said Vettel, whose next race is Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix at Monza.3rd win in Spa 58th career victoryA memorable 200th race for @LewisHamilton#BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/zJWKFE9Gx3- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017″He was probably waiting for me to make a mistake. I didn’t,” added the German, who set a race lap record of one minute 46.577 seconds in the closing stages.With eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton 213.pic.twitter.com/3EQPWuNHum- Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 27, 2017Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull after a storming re-start following a late safety car period that had closed the gap to the frontrunners and triggered a flurry of pitstops.advertisementRicciardo, on fresh ultra-soft tyres, passed Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas to surge into the top three, with the Finn also losing out to the Ferrari of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen as he ran wide.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault, Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas and Brazilian Felipe Massa took eighth for Williams.Reuters Photo MAX RETIRES”It’s pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around,” said Ricciardo, whose teenage team mate Max Verstappen retired shaking his head in sheer frustration after eight laps.It was his sixth retirement in 12 races.”There are so many fans paying a lot for the tickets and you finish like this. That cannot happen with a top team,” said Verstappen, whose orange-clad compatriots accounted for a majority of the crowd.LAP 9/44: Heartbreak for @Max33Verstappen’s fans ??The Dutchman has to retire after losing power… #BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/W3YLUUYGO4- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017While Hamilton and Vettel played out their own private duel, there was plenty of action further down the field with the Force India duo of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon playing a starring role.The simmering pair clashed twice, the second time bringing out the safety car when Ocon — who finished ninth — tried to get past on the run down to Eau Rouge and was almost squeezed into the wall.”I can accept the first one — perhaps he couldn’t see me but the second one was ridiculous. He was risking our lives. He risked my life,” said a furious Ocon.Debris from his car’s broken front wing littered the track while Perez’s right rear tyre was punctured, leaving him limping back to the pits on a rim.”It looked like Sergio squeezed Esteban into the wall and came out the loser of that scrap,” the team’s chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer told Sky Sports television, warning that the team would read the riot act.”We’ve let them race up until now. If they can’t do it in a manner which is good for the team, then they won’t be racing any more,” he said.Spaniard Fernando Alonso was also an unhappy man in the McLaren, the double world champion making a storming start but his Honda-powered car’s lack of speed leaving him with an impossible task and increasingly frustrated before retiring.”Embarrassing, embarrassing,” he had said earlier.
APTN National NewsAnother Aboriginal man has been shot and killed by an Edmonton police officer.This is the second shooting by police in the city in a little over a month.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan told a group of business leaders in Victoria that he can feel their pain, but his government won’t back away from ending the medical fees charged to B.C. residents.Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Horgan said they’re committed to ending the medical services premium, placing the fee on businesses.Horgan said he has been hearing from businesses with concerns the 1.95 per cent employers health tax on firms will increase costs and the government has formed a small business task force to look for ways to reduce that burden.Horgan’s speech also touched on climate change, Indigenous rights issues, and his government’s speculation tax on vacant properties to provide more affordable housing and rental homes.He says the government is continuing to consult with businesses about the employer health tax, but that will be the direction the government is taking.The premier said he realizes there are challenges and the government wants to address them with business, but he was making no promises.“This is what the rest of the country is doing,” Horgan says. “This is not an anomaly. We are catching up.”Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads University, says the employer tax is a challenge.“What it means is we’re going to have to recalculate our ability to generate revenue and accommodate it,” he said. “It was a surprise to get it. I think we can figure out how to do it.”
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.
New Delhi: In 104 days, the National Capital has witnessed more than 1,400 heinous cases including rape, murder, dacoity. The Delhi Police said that they have solved as many as 1,212 cases during the period.Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner reviewed the overall situation of cases in 15 districts. The police data till April 14 revealed that around 286 heinous cases were not solved. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”As many as 167 heinous cases were reported in North East Delhi. The district solved 139 cases,” said police sources. The Outer Delhi witnessed 142 cases in which 106 were cracked whereas 133 heinous crime reported from South Delhi. The district solved 120 cases. As many as 117 heinous cases took place in Shahdara district whereas 82 cases were worked out. In North West Delhi, 114 cases reported whereas 94 were solved. The South East Delhi witnessed 113 crime, the district cracked 89 cases. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further claimed that in newly-formed Outer North district, around 108 cases took places. As many as 87 cases were solved. In Dwarka, 100 heinous crimes took place whereas 81 were solved. In West Delhi, 98 heinous cases reported in which 86 per cent of cases solved. As many as 99 cases reported from East Delhi. The district solved 79 cases. In South West Delhi, as many as 72 cases reported and 61 were solved. In Central Delhi~ 66 heinous cases, North Delhi~60 and New Delhi~15 cases were reported. “The Central Delhi solved 58 cases, North district cracked 50 and New Delhi worked out 12 cases,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police, the critical criminogenic factors in Delhi area socioeconomic disparities and high influx of migrant population, proximity in the location of colonies of the affluent and the underprivileged, urban anonymity encouraging deviant behaviour, loosening of social structures and family control. Demographic complexities, impulsive anger and rage, extended hinterland in the NCR region and porous borders offering easy means of ingress/escape to criminal elements from across the borders. Police further added that to curb crime picket, checking and patrolling with strategic deployment decided by senior formations with the element of surprise and after careful selection of crime-prone hot-spots. Ensuring higher visibility of police on the streets is another factor to curb crime in the city. According to police, the social churning is quite evident in the crime scenes of the capital. The Delhi Police has been closely monitoring the ever-changing modus operandi being adopted by criminals and adapting itself to meet these new challenges head-on.