BEIJING — At least four major international hotel chains have apologized after a hidden camera video of their room cleaning practices in China was posted online.The Shangri-La Hotel in Fuzhou said Thursday that what’s shown in the video violates its hygiene standards, while the Park Hyatt in Beijing called it an isolated occurrence. The Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai and the Sheraton in Guiyang city also apologized.The 11-minute video shows cleaners wiping cups and sinks with dirty towels and sponges. Some use the same towel to wipe the toilet seat.An activist blogger who uses a pseudonym posted the video late Wednesday on his verified account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. It was picked up by Chinese media and had been shared 78,000 times by Thursday afternoon.The Associated Press
Rabat – Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari tested positive in an anti-doping test that the Anti-Doping Authority of the Netherland conducted last year. The Dutch media outlet Nieuwsuur revealed on Monday that Hari risks being suspended for four years.The test results showed evidence of prohibited doping substances in the urine of the 34-year-old boxer after his last major match against Hesdy Gerges, who also tested positive for doping, in March 2018 in Rotterdam.Read Also: ‘Don’t Forget Who’s the Boss’: Morocco’s Badr Hari Slams Rico VerhoevenThe case is before a disciplinary judge who will decide whether to suspend Hari.In 2017, the Supreme Court in the Hague handed down a sentence to Badr Hari of six months in prison for aggravated assault.
CALGARY — Investors and analysts offered measured praise Tuesday as Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) delivered the first of four key asset sales it has promised to help pay for its $17.7-billion purchase of most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips.The Calgary-based oilsands company announced it is selling its Pelican Lake heavy oil operations in northern Alberta for $975 million in cash to cross-town rival Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ). The deal is expected to close by the end of September.Cenovus has been in the doghouse with investors since March 29 when it announced the acquisition of oilsands and conventional assets from Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with a plan to raise $3 billion by issuing new shares and the marketing of its Pelican Lake and southern Alberta Suffield operations.Its shares, which had fallen almost 43 per cent by last Friday, were up about three per cent Tuesday morning.“This represents a significant first step in our strategy to optimize our asset portfolio and deleverage our balance sheet as planned following the acquisition of the ConocoPhillips assets,” said Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson in a statement.He added the company is seeing “strong interest” from potential buyers for its other assets. In June, the sales list was expanded to include its Palliser operations in southern Alberta and Weyburn oil assets in Saskatchewan.Neither Ferguson nor Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut were available for an interview.In June, the company announced the unexpected retirement of Ferguson as of Oct. 31 and the launch of a search for a successor, moves linked by analysts to the market’s dislike for the ConocoPhillips deal.Analysts said the Pelican Lake price of about $50,000 per daily barrel of production matched their expectations.“(Cenovus) gets credit for getting the first of four targeted deals across the line,” said Menno Hulshof of TD Securities in a report, adding the announcement is “a step in the right direction in restoring market confidence.”Pelican Lake is producing about 19,600 barrels per day of heavy oil. The three other packages Cenovus is trying to sell produce the equivalent of about 85,000 barrels of oil per day.In a note, analyst Travis Wood of National Bank Financial estimated Cenovus could raise $2.8 billion from the three other packages.The company has indicated it might also sell other “non-core” assets. It said the Pelican Lake funds would be used to pay down a $3.6-billion bridge loan facility used in the ConocoPhillips deal.Analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital said Tuesday’s purchase will boost Canadian Natural’s Pelican Lake oil production to about 66,500 barrels per day and includes Cenovus’s 38 per cent interest in the Pelican Lake sales pipeline, making Canadian Natural the sole owner.The production addition is not considered material for Canadian Natural.It reported achieving output of more than one million barrels equivalent per day in June after it closed its $12.74-billion purchase of Alberta oilsands assets from Royal Dutch Shell and Houston-based Marathon Oil.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Six people were reported missing following a landslide in Kadugannawa, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.The DMC said that a search and rescue operation had been launched to locate the missing people. UPDATE: The bodies of a woman and two children were found from the site.
Nearly 2 million children in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region are threatened by severe funding shortfalls, with only 11 per cent of the urgently needed $89 million either committed or pledged, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. “Without significant and immediate funding, and given existing problems with security and access, the humanitarian crisis that was averted only last year will return,” country representative Ted Chaiban said.“Conflict in Darfur has entered its third year and is no longer front page news. UNICEF is sounding the alarm that lack of funding for essential water and sanitation, health, education and protection programmes is an additional threat facing children.”With only $10.9 million committed or pledged, 89 per cent is still outstanding of the total funding UNICEF needs to operate in the region for the remainder of the year. These resources will run out in a matter of months. “Nearly 2 million children depend on our efforts to protect them from disease, from the effects of conflict and to provide opportunities for schooling,” Mr. Chaiban said, outlining the serious consequences, including:Without resources to maintain cold chain systems and fund special campaigns, fewer children will be vaccinated, greatly increasing the If maintenance and expansion of water and sanitation systems in rural areas are halted, millions of people could face the threat of incresed water-borne diseases that spread rapidly and lethally in close quarters.Schools will be forced to close, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without access to education. Some 382,000 children have benefited from UNICEF programmes, including the provision of education supplies and teacher salaries.Increased insecurity has already prevented aid agencies from reaching over a half million people; if the funding shortage continues, that number will grow.“In so many cases, people are still entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance because the conflict has not been resolved,” Mr. Chaiban said. “We must act now to keep, continue and encourage peace.”Peace talks in the Nigerian capital of Abuja have so far failed to end the conflict in Darfur, where fighting between government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have led to the deaths of at least 180,000 people and uprooted more than 2 million others over the past three years.
Going into the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s matchup against Michigan, the Buckeyes had yet to be tested at home. That changed Sunday. The Buckeyes battled the Wolverines in front of a sold-out Schottenstein Center and emerged with a 64-49 victory. Michigan jumped out first with a 5-0 run, but the Buckeyes quickly responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead. In the first half alone, there were seven lead changes and four ties. Neither team led by more than four points throughout the first half after Michigan’s initial 5-0 burst. “We knew going in it was going to be a hard fought battle,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We haven’t had those. We’ve had sizable leads going into halftime. Hopefully we’re a better team because of it.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger picked up two fouls in the first half and was limited to just 12 minutes, but sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. did his best to make up for Sullinger’s presence on offense and on the boards. With under five minutes remaining in the first half and OSU trailing 19-15, OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas missed a 3-pointer, but sophomore guard Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and finished inside. On the ensuing Michigan possession, two Michigan players were in position to get an offensive rebound, but Smith Jr. leaped over his taller opponents to get the rebound and found Thomas streaking down the court for a layup. Thomas was fouled and made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to one. After a timeout, it was Smith Jr. who put the Buckeyes back on top, 20-19, with a layup from the left block. Smith Jr. said he was focused on doing the little things to help his team win. “I knew that was going to be our edge, rebounding and just doing the little things,” Smith Jr. said. “I stuck to that early and just got myself in a position where I could get the rebounds.” Smith Jr. had four offensive rebounds and seven total in the first half to go along with nine points. Matta said Smith Jr. is a “jack of all trades” and his versatility causes problems for opposing defenses. “Lenzelle is a winner,” Matta said. “He really understands his role.” With just over a minute remaining in the first half the game was tied at 21, but a 3-pointer from the right corner by OSU senior William Buford gave OSU a 24-21 lead. That score held going into halftime. The Buckeyes, who shot just 36 percent in the first half, started off the second half on a roll, connecting on six of their first 10 shots from the field. With OSU leading 38-33, Buford intercepted a Michigan pass and finished on the other end with a one-handed jam. Buford fist-pumped and the crowd erupted in cheers. The next OSU possession, sophomore guard Aaron Craft crossed over Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke, dove left, absorbed a foul, and finished with his left hand. The sequence gave OSU a 42-33 lead and was part of a 14-2 run by the Buckeyes. A pair of free throws by Deshaun Thomas gave OSU a 13-point advantage, but Michigan wouldn’t go away. Three-pointers from Burke and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. helped Michigan whittle down OSU’s lead back to seven. But with under five minutes remaining, a Craft steal on the defensive end led to a Sullinger dunk in transition. OSU continued to look for Sullinger offensively as the Buckeye big man converted two more buckets inside to give his team a 12-point lead. Sullinger finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds. The Wolverines never threatened again and OSU pulled away for the victory. Smith Jr. led all scorers with 17 points and also added 12 rebounds, eight of which were offensive. The win moves the Buckeyes into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and improves their record to 19-3 overall. But Sullinger refused to speculate on his team’s place in the standings. “Game on Saturday against Wisconsin,” Sullinger said. “That’s the biggest focus right now.” OSU next contest is Feb. 4 when the Buckeyes will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
Audi’s new high-tech speed recommendations save fuel, reduce stress, and make way for smoother automation.The luxury automaker this week unveiled Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) in attempt to help drivers catch the “green wave.”(Unless you’re Whoopi Goldberg and can change traffic lights from red to green with only a puff of air. In which case, girl, you should be monetizing that magic.)Available in select 2017 and newer Audi models, GLOSA uses traffic signal information and current car position to suggest an ideal speed for cruising through green lights.Audi GLOSA (via Audi)“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” Mark Del Rosso, president of Audi of America, said in a statement.“Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today,” he continued, “they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”The manufacturer began rolling out Traffic Light Information (TLI) technology three years ago, offering 2017 model year vehicles owners real-time traffic information in select cities.Citing data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Audi revealed that the average American driver spends nearly 300 hours a year behind the wheel—equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks at the office.Audi GLOSA (via Audi)Providing information like green light-optimized speed advisories, however, can lessen road rage, improve comfort, and maybe even get people to their destinations on time.More than 4,700 intersections across the nation now support GLOSA functionalities, including Dallas and Houston, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Gainesville and Orlando, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif.; New York, NY; Phoenix, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Washington, D.C.; and northern Virginia.Future iterations of Audi’s vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies could predictive services like integration with the car’s start/stop function and optimized navigation routing.More on Geek.com:Smart Traffic Signals Will Help You Hit All the Green LightsVolvo Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each OtherResearchers Teach Autonomous Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement Stay on target Nokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the MoonIONITY Eases Long-Distance EV Travel in Europe
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – South Caicos – Premier Robinson regrets the passing of Turks and Caicos Islands’ oldest resident, Ms. Eliza “Ma Lilah” Basden of South Caicos. Ms. Basden passed on Thursday, January 19, 2018 peacefully at home in South Caicos at the age of 104 years old.Ms. Basden has made outstanding contributions to the island and is known amongst most for her sterling contribution to her Church and by extension of the Turks and Caicos Island Baptist Union and the Soroptimist Club. She served as the first female executive member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Baptist Union and to date is the longest serving Recording Secretary.Premier Robinson on her passing says that, “Ms. Basden has been blessed to enjoy 104yrs and this is testament to God’s blessing on her life and her strength. Knowing her personally, I have seen her strength and her commitment to her beliefs. She was a loyal person and faithful to her commitment whether it was to the Church or the wider community. She has left an indelivle mark on those who met her. I believe that her life when celebrated on February 3rd, 2018 will speak volumes to this great giant of a lady and will inspire many to serve their God, Church and community with passion.”
Digital growth is coming, but its still far from becoming the central pillar of magazine media, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook. Change Is Slow: While a few consumer magazines already rely on digital for a majority of their revenue, most of the industry still relies heavily on print—PwC’s data suggests print ads will generate roughly 3- or 4-times more revenue than digital will this year. It’s not surprising that the print-digital revenue mix is changing over time, but it’ll continue to happen gradually through 2019. Even five-years down the road, print revenue will still account for nearly two-thirds of ad spending. Here’s what publishers need to know: Digital Editions Don’t Matter: Consumer magazines get almost all their circulation revenue from print, and that’s not about to change. Even as the world gets inundated with devices—PwC forecasts that smartphone ownership will double by 2019—digital editions will still only generate a small fraction of what print does. B2B Should Be Abroad: Total magazine revenue will track upward through 2019, largely on the strength of a 1.5-percent compound annual growth rate in trade magazines, spurred by performance in foreign markets. B2B media thrives in growing economies as companies look to enhance market intel, and countries like Peru and China, the report says, will see the fastest growth in total trade magazine revenue, with CAGRs of 8.5 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively. Overall, the industry is rebounding from several years of declines, and is expected to increase total global revenue in each of the next five years, topping out at $97.42 billion in 2019, up from $95.33 billion last year. Now in its 16th year, the report provides a five-year forecast based on advertiser and consumer spending data and commentary. (Interestingly, the report argues that ebooks will have an easier time than digital magazines in displacing print predecessors. In countries with high tablet penetration, like the U.S., ebooks will make up more than 40 percent of total book revenue by 2019.)
Patancheru: The first death anniversary of former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee was observed in the industrial estate here on Friday under the leadership of district BJYM secretary Nagaphani Naveen Raj.The BJYM leaders garlanded Vajpayee’s portrait while recalling his services to the country, particularly introduction of the Grameen Sadak Yojana and Food-for-Work Scheme, which benefited the people. “Good schemes like the Atal Pension Yojana have been welcomed by the people”, they pointed out. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us The speakers referred to the victory in the Kargil war during Vajpayee’s regime. They said Prime Minister Narendra Modi strove to make the dreams of Vajpayee successful. “He is making efforts to extend the ‘Atal Pension Yojana’ to more beneficiaries,” he added. BJYM leaders Vijay Kumar, Naveen, Ganesh, Harish, Rajasekhar and Srikanth were present on the occasion.
Kolkata: Stressing the need to strengthen road safety campaigns in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked the transport department to ensure that every vehicle has ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ stickers pasted on its front and back sides. The state government launched the ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ drive in 2016 as part of its initiative to inculcate a “sense of safe driving and responsible road behaviour” among people. Banerjee, who inaugurated 20 state-run Volvo buses, 21 trauma-care ambulances and 13 wrecker vans here, said the transport department would involve children for the sticker campaign “as the motorists might be more receptive to their requests”. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Once the weather improves, we will rope in young boys and girls to paste the stickers on the front and the back sides of the vehicles at traffic intersections,” she said at the programme, in presence of Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari and senior transport officials. The newly inaugurated Volvo buses would ply between district headquarters and Kolkata. The objective of the sticker drive is to drill the message of road safety in the minds of people, Banerjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ stickers, in big fonts, will have to be pasted on two ends of the vehicles to instill traffic discipline,” she asserted. Talking about the new Volvo buses- ‘Banglashree Express’ – Banerjee said these high-speed vehicles would provide “comfortable and economic travelling experience” to the public. “Twenty new buses, each worth around 1.5 crore, have joined the fleet and six more will hit the road in the near future,” she said. The high-speed buses, connecting district towns with Kolkata, are being introduced at a time when debates over high-speed trains are doing the rounds across the country, the chief minister said, in an obvious reference to the bullet train project of the NDA government. “During flood-like situations, when rail tracks are inundated, buses can be of help to stranded people. Last year, during north Bengal floods, bus services turned out to be the only means of transport,” she said. The CM also said 80 electric buses would be introduced in greater Kolkata area before Durga Puja. Referring to the wrecker vans, the CM said, “The vans can be of great help after a road mishap, especially at places like Maa flyover in central Kolkata,” she said. Adhikari, on his part, credited the chief minister for the improved transport facilities in the state. The non-stop Volvo buses were introduced today to provide “comfortable and affordable” services to middle-class people, the transport minister added.
Source = Emirates Emirates’ commitment to working with and supporting the travel industry has again been recognised, with the airline announced as the winner of the Best International Airline (Online) award at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards for Excellence for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, accepted the prestigious award, presented at the NTIA Gala Dinner in Sydney this week, while thanking the travel industry for its support.During the awards Emirates also announced the winner of the 2016 Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship, recognising a consultant with the potential to grow and lead within the travel trade and who has less than three years’ industry experience.As a Gold Sponsor of the award for three years, Emirates announced George Hedley of Events Worldwide Travel, Victoria as the winner of the Emirates Scholarship.George has been awarded up to $10,000 towards his travel education; as well as a Business Class trip for two to Dubai to explore the city and meet with key Emirates leaders. To top it off, he will also receive a money-can’t-buy invite to the famous Emirates Melbourne Cup marquee at Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.The Emirates Sponsorship is just one way that Emirates is committed to the continued growth of the industry by enhancing the skills of the future leaders and entrepreneurs of the travel trade community.The prestigious award follows Emirates being named the World’s Best Airline at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, earlier this month. Fly Emirates
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Tennessee Titans have been described as a “dump truck.” Their 8-4 record had been called a mirage by some critics who pointed to their negative point differential.Their M.O. this season has been winning ugly. Turns out they can lose ugly, too.The Arizona Cardinals got four second-half field goals from Phil Dawson, contained Tennessee’s running game and generally made life hard on Marcus Mariota in a less-than-beautiful 12-7 win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Earlier in the season, a missed field goal might send Arizona into a tailspin. That didn’t happen Sunday. The Cardinals forced a three-and-out and then drove down the field for another Dawson make — this one from 32 yards to make it 9-7 Arizona.On Tennessee’s next drive, linebacker Josh Bynes read Mariota’s eyes and picked off a first-down pass, returning it to the Tennessee 15-yard line. A late hit penalty gave Arizona a first down at the Titans’ 7-yard line. They didn’t punch it into the end zone, but Dawson hit from 35 yards to make it 12-7The defense would do the rest.The Titans managed just four yards in their last three possessions.“I couldn’t be prouder of the character of the men in that locker room,” Arians said. “We’ve never lost two in a row at home in five years, and very seldom have we lost two in a row (overall) because of the character that’s in that room.”Character isn’t quantifiable. But shutting down an opponent is.“It feels really good,” outside linebacker Chandler Jones said. “Our defense really stepped it up, buying into what the coaches are preaching and guys were just making plays.” Jones sacked Mariota once and had him in his grasp on several other occasions.“I think I have to work on that,” he said. “Once I get free, I have to break down and lower my center of gravity.”The sack he did get was his 14th of the season, a new career-high for one of the league’s best pass rushers.Olsen Pierre and Haason Reddick each registered sacks. Tramon Williams had an interception and three passes defensed. It was a total team effort.“I think we’ve been doing that the last several weeks on defense, and a lot of times this season,” Bynes said. “The season hasn’t gone the way we wanted, but definitely defensively we’ve held the last three or four opponents under 100 yards (rushing) and that’s always a plus.” – / 20 “I know what everybody’s going to say, that this was an ugly win,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced at the top of his postgame press conference. “There’s no such thing.”He’s right. The ugly ones count just the same in the standings as the flawless ones — and the Cardinals have racked up their fair share of ducklings this year. They had to go overtime to beat both Indianapolis and San Francisco. They held on for dear life to grab a win over a hard-charging Tampa Bay team.But Sunday’s was a little different in that the Cardinals beat the Titans at their own game. It was Mike Mularkey’s team that was supposed to come to Glendale and grind out a win, but they had the tables turned on them.Tennessee (8-5) grabbed a lead in the second quarter. After a short punt from Arizona’s Andy Lee gave the Titans a short field, they cashed in. Derrick Henry capped a 50-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the period.That would be the last time the scoreboard would change on the Titans’ side.Dawson connected from 47 and 23 yards in the third quarter to pull the Cardinals to within a point. Dawson would then miss a 40-yard attempt early in the fourth that would have given the Cardinals their first lead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Haason Reddick, left, brings down Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Titans 12-7. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 8 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Judge transferring decision on Smollett special prosecutor by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 12:50 pm PDT CORRECTS SPELLING OF JUSSIE – Former State Appeals Court Judge Sheila O’Brien walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after a hearing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — A judge in Chicago says another judge will decide if a special prosecutor is needed to investigate why the state prosecutor’s office dropped charges accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely transferring the matter, not recusing himself.Former Illinois appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien had asked for a special prosecutor to examine why the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against the “Empire” star.O’Brien asked Martin last week to recuse himself because his son is a prosecutor in Foxx’ office. Prosecutors opposed Martin’s recusal, saying it wasn’t necessary and would set a bad precedent.The Chicago Tribune cites Martin as saying “the appearance of justice is important” and so the transfer was “prudent.”___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.comThe Associated Press
Gardening with Patricia JordanGardeners in the northern hemisphere will breathe a sigh of relief when this very hot summer is over. On a recent trip to the UK it was so sad to see that England was no longer that ‘green and pleasant land’ in William Blake’s mind. Looking down from the air it was a sight that no-one would care to remember. The lack of rain and burning sun caused in some cases irreparable damage and it will take a long time to recover the cool and greenness that people have to come to enjoy there.Here in Cyprus hot, dry summers are par for the course, and we have had high temperatures again this summer with needless fires, caused mostly by neglect. I watched daily as the local goatherd moved his sheep and goats across the barren slopes not far from where I live and wondered just what there was for them to feed on, as any new seedlings of trees or shrubs had been devoured long ago. True, we have had an occasional five-minute shower lately, but the earth is so parched, that most of it evaporated before it could do any good.In such a small island as Cyprus is, temperatures vary greatly from west coast to east coast and north to south. Our intense Mediterranean climate gives us the hot dry summers that we have come to expect. In coastal towns, due to prevailing winds, temperatures are generally much lower than in central areas, while the Troodos mountains draw visitors eager to get away from the heat. Altitude plays a major part here and can lower temperatures by about 5C per 1,000 metres elevation. However, it has been reported that all temperatures are rising, while precipitation is decreasing, so not a good outlook for those of us who like to garden here.Some figures regarding temperatures and rainfall over the last 20 years reveal that despite many people remembering that 1996 was a very hot year, it was actually 1998 that was the warmest in Cyprus, as well as globally. On the other hand, the highest precipitation here was during the years 2001-2003 and I remember it well! The garden never looked so good!So what can we do then to help alleviate this problem?Take a shower instead of a bath and save the first cold shower water in a bucket to use for watering plants or flushing the toilet. Dry laundry out of doors so as not to use electricity needlessly. Compost vegetable and fruit scraps and when mature, dig it into your beds to improve the soil and help it hold moisture. Plant more trees – encourage your local community to have tree planting days during the winter to halt soil erosion and provide ecosystems for other creatures. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and one large tree can supply a day’s oxygen for four people!WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTHThere are a lot of things that you shouldn’t be doing until it gets considerably cooler. The tops of many shrubs have been singed by the sun but resist cutting them back for the moment or you will expose new growth to the sun and lose that too. We have been lucky here in that we have not had large infestations of mealy bugs this year, due to the vigilance of the under-gardener who keeps his eye out for them whilst dead-heading the hibiscus hedge every morning. Having tried various insecticides, I recently tried a ‘recipe’ for nicotine insecticide. According to John Seymour of The Self-Sufficient Gardener and a great advocate of making ordinary things work for you, this strong poison should be used with great discretion as it may kill useful insects as well. The recipe is to boil 4oz (114g) of cigarette ends in a gallon of water (4.5 litres). Strain and bottle this and then dilute it – 1 part in 2 parts of water and spray. Being a non-smoker and not relishing the thought of picking up stray fag ends, I dried some leaves from my nicotiana plants and even with a huge pile of them could only accumulate one ounce, which I boiled up in a litre of water and it eventually gave me ½ litre of brown juice. I wait to see how it works!Potted plants suffer during these hot months and need your constant attention. Pelargoniums from South Africa are such good plants to grow here. They too can suffer from mealy bugs if they become congested, so remove some of the thick growth in the centre of the plant to let in some air. This will also discourage botrytis as well, which is a furry mould that also likes damp humid places to hide in. Continue feeding them once a week with a soluble feed – ‘One’ fertiliser is good for potted plants – a capful in 10 litres of water will feed several pots. Ivy-leaved pelargoniums that trail so beautifully down walls or the front of verandas also benefit from a weekly feed. Dead-head them regularly as you don’t want them to make seeds.My chasmanthe plants (known here as Cyprus Monbretia, but that is an invalid name), did not flower this year which was probably caused by not being split up for some time. They really do need to have this done on a regular basis. When the foliage dies off dig them up and remove the old growths on the bases by prising them off with a garden knife. The last time I did this I harvested over fifty corms, some of which were replanted before they began to shoot. Other South African favourite plants, agapanthus may not have flowered either. Despite what you read about crowding them together to make them flower, they may need some extra feeding with a tomato or rose food. Too much nitrogen will only give you lots of leaves.Later in the month, the first Coptic Winds will be coming through the island, which may just bring us a shower of rain as well, so a walk around the garden mid-month checking stakes and trellises is a good idea. Sadly, there will not be enough rain yet to thoroughly wet the ground, so don’t plant any winter veggies this month. Plants or bulbs planted in dry ground will not make roots. Now is the time to enrich the soil though by adding in any compost from your bins or heaps to help it to be able to hold any moisture and encourage maximum growth in your plants. Plant of the Month Portaluca grandifloraKnown in some places as the Moss Rose or Eleven o’clock Rose due to its regular flower-opening time, this small annual plant, growing only to 15-20cm in height, is a must for hot gardens. The fleshy leaves grow on trailing stems and are small and pointed. The rose-like flowers appear in the bright midday sunlight and can be red, yellow, white, orange, purple or pink and some seeds produce flowers with double rows of petals.In temperate climates, portaluca is grown in sunny borders as an annual bedding plant. In Mediterranean gardens, it can also be grown in planters and hanging baskets, where the stems and flowers droop elegantly over the edges. Beware though that hanging baskets can dry out quickly, but do not over-water the plants or they will wilt and die. Deadhead frequently, so as to encourage more flowers to appear.Mostly grown from seeds, this pretty addition to your garden can be sown directly into the soil or seed trays where they should quickly germinate. When you can grasp the tray-grown seedlings, transfer them to a 9cm pot and then into the garden later, as they grow and have a good root-ball. It is also possible to take cuttings from mature plants. 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