Christmas Trees

first_imgThe holiday season is officially upon us. After a huge turkey dinner, many families begin decorating their homes. For many, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of decorating and more and more people are choosing live trees.While a tree can be festive and fun, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has several considerations for consumers to be mindful of when choosing one for their homes. In Georgia, there are a number of native-grown trees available for purchase, including Fraser fir, Leyland cypress and red cedar.Fraser fir has all the qualities of an excellent Christmas tree, such as fragrance, good needle retention and freshness. Its strong limbs also hold ornaments well.Many people prefer red cedar because it is the traditional southern Christmas tree. Redcedar has a nice fragrance, but its flexible limbs will not support many or heavy ornaments. Redcedar may dry rapidly in a warm house if it is not watered well.Leyland cypress is a relative newcomer in the Christmas tree market. It has a lighter green color than redcedar and has soft flexible limbs. It also has a very attractive shape. Like redcedar, Leyland cypress dries rapidly in a warm house.Before setting out to get a tree, first decide where in your home the tree will be located. This will help you decide what size tree to buy and whether all sides of the tree will be displayed. Looks can be deceiving. If you don’t measure the height of your ceiling, you may be forced to make some hacksaw adjustments that can leave your tree looking less than desirable. Consumers have three choices when purchasing a live Christmas tree. They can go to a retail lot where harvested trees are available, buy a “balled and burlapped” tree, or choose and cut a tree themselves.When selecting a tree at a retail lot, care is needed to ensure the tree is fresh. The most effective way for a buyer to evaluate the freshness of a cut tree is by how firmly the needles are attached to the branches. To test this, lightly grasp a branch of the tree and gently pull the branch and needles through your hand. If the tree is fresh, very few needles will come off.If you are cutting your own tree, inspect the tree for discolored or easily shed needles.“Balled and burlapped” trees are sold with their roots intact so that they can be replanted after the holiday season.A cut Christmas tree can last the entire holiday season without becoming excessively dry or shedding large amounts of needles if it is fresh when purchased and is given proper care. Be sure to place the tree in water as soon as possible and keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible. If the tree has been cut within six to eight hours it is not necessary to retrim the trunk. If the tree was cut more than a day before you purchased it, trim a 1 to 2 inch piece off of the trunk to ensure continued quality. A freshly-cut Christmas trees will absorb a large amount of water within the first week. Therefore, check the water level frequently at this time. While there are many home remedies and commercial products available to keep a tree fresh, research shows that plenty of plain water works best. The water level should never fall below the cut end of the stump.To prevent an accident, place your tree away from space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves. Electric lights and extension cords should be thoroughly checked for safety and defects prior to use. Frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections can all be a fire hazard. Do not leave tree lights on while the tree is unattended. If you have small children or indoor pets, keep them in mind when trimming the tree.With a little planning and preparation, live Christmas trees can add a festive feel to your home during the holiday season.last_img read more

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Attention goal setters: How to have an extraordinary fourth quarter

first_imgFourth quarter? What happened? We blinked. That’s it.  Summer’s in the wind, and autumn is in already heading into full swing.  Calendars are changing. Plans are being made. And eyes are on the end of the year prize. Did you do what you wanted to do?  Did you reach milestones? Or do you still have miles to go? It’s about that time.  Leaders are in full scale acceleration mode to pull out the stops and screech into the new year with kudos all around.  I’ve got you covered to help make it AH-Mazing – with a side order of fun.  First, do yourself and your team a favor:  Watch this (old) interview with the fabulous News at Sunrise Anchor Eve Tannery where we shared strategies on her show. It’s on the money. Second – take a few minutes to watch my video on the 10 ways you can make the most of the remainder of the year. Monday Makeover:  Give yourself a 15-minute head start on this week’s activities, so your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed and you’re absolutely ready for anything.  Meetings?  Totally cool.  Performance reviews? You’ve got this. Appointments?  Locked and focused.  Deadlines and deliverables?  You’re a master.  Next take a glance at the month ahead and prioritize your pipeline.  Might it take more than 15 minutes? Maybe. Once this is a habit?  You’ll breeze through with ease. Money talks:  Here’s to conquering the Achilles’s heel of many business professionals. Watch those targets and keep them in your sites to remind yourself weekly of the last quarter results that are your responsibility. Mine are printed above my desk and on my phone for daily accountability!   Gaps & Goals:  Now’s the perfect time to rock a gap analysis of where you are vs. where your GOALS said you’d be at this time.  Deep dive to see and understand what’s necessary to bridge that gap if your member experience goals, productivity, prospecting or sales aren’t where you want or need them to be.  THAT will become the foundation of your plan of action for the next three months. Hustle & Grit.  Ever hear that saying, “No grit—no pearl?”  Now’s the time to hunker in and fire up your internal urgency to close deals, follow up on proposals, add value to members and make hit the phones and connect with your member base.  Watch goals daily, weekly and monthly and monitor them like your Credit Union depends on it.  Because it does. Less is MORE.  Meetings are necessary, check! But time? Is of the absolute essence. So pare down. Make sure they are time-efficient team meetings that are NO longer than 20-40 minutes, tops, with agendas and clear objectives.  Meeting not vital to this quarter? Ditch it.  Your team will thank you! Allow them to be hyper focused on deliverables, not meetings. Face Time.  Not on the iPhone…but real life one on one time so that every team member is clear of your support and you have a chance to investigate the resources, training, coaching or guidance they might need to finish their year strong. Schedule your 1:1 with your leader to update them on your team’s progress and proactively share good news. Make it a DAY.  Just as you put the trash out twice a week, there’s something to be said for allocating specific tasks to specific days when so that nothing gets missed.  Think Marketing Monday, Telephone Tuesday (outbound calls to existing members), Write It Up Wednesday (proposals), Team Development Thursday etc. Group activities to accelerate productivity. Hindsight Helps:  Take a look at your typical day’s timeline – only in reverse. Sometimes by working backwards we can see where we can adjust our schedules a little more effectively.  You know what they say – “Begin with the end in mind.”   Social Hours:  Let’s be honest – it’s holiday time. With that comes parties, invites and open houses.  Believe it or not? They are JUST as vital to your career and certainly life balance as all the “real work” that has to be done before we ring in the New Year. Make time to connect with people you care about at work and at home. Keep everyone on the team in the loop for business engagements, sit down with the family and figure out the plan for as well.  Then map it all out so wires don’t get crossed and everyone breathes a little easier knowing who is going where.  Oh – and don’t forget to break the mold every now and then and be spontaneous. ‘Tis the season friends to lighten up a little, spread some cheer and even switch gears here and there.  Who knows?  You might find yourself onto something new! DEFINITIVE FOCUS: Careful. It’s easy be distracted by holiday parties, end of the year crunch time, and school pageants.  While finding the balance can be more mayhem than merry at the end of the year, keep your wits about you. Get up early, prioritize things closest to your member experience goals and make sure you create a laser beam focus to get them checked off the list.  If ever there is a season for time-blocking, it’s the fourth quarter!  Set the timer on your phone, use software to block distracting websites (we use Freedom and love it) and make this your best end-of-year yet! Put these power-packed strategies in place and finish your year like the rock star you know you can be! Hey fourth quarter?  We’re coming for you! Get READY!  SET.  GO! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

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PREMIUMLife without spice: Skyrocketing chili prices hit traders, food lovers, restaurants

first_imgChili chili-price FoodSupply restaurant BPS Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics : Spicy food-loving Mahatma Narendra, 23, was shocked to see the small portion of sambal he received with his favorite Manadonese meal, smoked skipjack tuna, at a restaurant in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.He had noticed that the restaurant had recently begun serving smaller and smaller servings of sambal. Beyond the restaurant, the intern at a private company said he had also received less sambal from his favorite fried catfish vendor.“Usually they are very generous with the sambal but many places have started to cut back. It’s too bad because I love spicy food and less sambal means less flavor for me,” he said.His complaint reflects the impact skyrocketing chili prices are having on food lovers around Jakarta. Chili is one of the main ingredients of many traditional Indonesian meals, and spicy foods have been particularly trendy of lateThe price of…last_img read more

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CGG Wraps Up JumpStart Packages

first_imgCGG has completed JumpStart multi-client geoscience packages for the North West Shelf (NWS) of Australia and the Banda Arc in the Asia-Pacific region. Both packages are now available and, according to CGG, enhance understanding of the prospectivity of these two regions, allowing the assessment of new plays.The NWS JumpStart package encompasses the Northern Carnarvon, Roebuck, Browse and Bonaparte basins, where recent Triassic discoveries have heightened industry interest. The new study is said to fill knowledge gaps regarding the region’s Triassic paleogeography and petroleum systems and mitigates exploration risk for clients evaluating Triassic plays in this region.The Banda Arc JumpStart package brings insights into this tectonic region at the collision zone between continental Australia and the Indonesian archipelago where historically little data was available. With new seismic data and interpretation from CGG’s 16,300 km BandaSeis 2D BroadSeis survey, the study addresses significant imaging challenges relating to the complex overburden and below the fold and thrust. It sheds new light on structuring and petroleum system development, including a significant amount of newly identified and evaluated leads and prospects.Mark Richards, senior vice president, Eastern Hemisphere, Multi-Client & New Ventures, CGG, said: “JumpStart packages leverage our extensive multi-disciplinary geoscience resources and expertise to provide the most comprehensive regional studies available. No other company offers this type of easily accessible screening tool to help industry players better understand a region’s geological development and prospectivity and ultimately de-risk emerging plays.”last_img read more

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