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2019 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade and Ho'olaule'a - Maui NowTuesday, June 25, 2019
Like a kind of hula on horseback the pa?u riding unit grew into an essential element of parades and other festive gatherings. From 1965-1983, Auntie Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske hosted fully scripted and choreographed Hawaiian history pageants in her Waimea front yard. The Old Hawai?i on Horseback celebration was one of the social events of the season, always led by Anna herself as queen for the d... https://mauinow.com/2019/06/13/2019-na-kamehameha-commemorative-pau-parade-and-hoolaulea/
AgraFlora Closes Acquisition of Organic Flower's Downstream and Product Formulation Asset Portfolio - Yahoo FinanceTuesday, June 25, 2019
AgraFlora Organics International Inc. ("AgraFlora" or the "Company") (CSE: AGRA) (PU31.F) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, is pleased to announce it has completed a transaction relating to the acquisition of downstream and product formulation portfolio (the "Assets") from Organic Flower Investments Group Inc. (SOW.CN) (2K6.F) (QILFF) ("Organic Flower" or "OFIG"). Pursuant to the terms of an executed Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement (the "Agreement"), this transaction reunites 70 percent of AgraFlora's joint venture entity, Propagation Services Canada's ("PSC¨) 2,200,000 square foot Delta Greenhouse Complex under a consolidated corporate umbrella. " data-reactid="11" VANCOUVER , June 7, 2019 /CNW/ - AgraFlora Organics International Inc. ("AgraFlora" or the "Company") (CSE: AGRA) (PU31.F) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, is pleased to announce it has completed a transaction relating to the acquisition of downstream and product for... https://finance.yahoo.com/news/agraflora-closes-acquisition-organic-flowers-070500845.html
Floral-shop killer has behaved in prison. The parole board wasn't impressed. - SILive.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Advance reported.Witnesses inside the shop said a man wearing a gray hoodie, dark sunglasses and a red bandanna walked in and fired once. The shooter ran out after an exchange of gunfire that ended with DeMarco, the father of two young children, slumped behind the counter.Morales' sister-in-law testified she overheard conversations about the crimes and saw the defendant in possession of a gun.The firearm, which prosecutors said was a .44-caliber Magnum, was never found.At the defendant's sentencing, a justice told Morales his half-brother, Roberto Gonzalez, the getaway car driver, had implicated himself and Morales in a confession to police.Gonzalez’s admission, however, was not used against Morales at trial.Still, Morales remained resolute, maintaining his innocence, despite the conviction."I stand before you convicted, but I am totally innocent of the charges, Your Honor," Morales told the judge. Steven Morales was sentenced to 25 years to life in June of 1993. Gonzalez, 52, was also convicted of murder in November 1993. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and was paroled last year after three prior denials.In its report, the parole board commended Morales for his personal growth, productive use of time, positive disciplinary record and progress while incarcerated.The board also lauded him for completing all mandatory programs while behind bars and for participating in volunteer programs. Still, the panel said those factors weren’t enough to spring Morales.The victim's slaying during the course of an attempted robbery represented a “tragic escalation” of Morales’ criminal history which includes a prior felony conviction for shooting another person, the board noted.“A review of your records, a personal interview and deliberation lead the panel to conclude that release at this time is incompatible with the welfare of society,” wrote the board.Morales can re-apply for parole in October 2020. https://www.silive.com/news/2019/04/floral-shop-killer-has-behaved-in-prison-the-parole-board-wasnt-impressed.html
Falling for Flowers - Argonaut OnlineThursday, May 02, 2019
Fanny ChuThe persistence paid off and has led to collaborations with brands such as TOMS shoes, Airbnb Experiences, street and surf wear company Banks Journal, and most recently Northern California cannabis company Humboldt Farms, which has partnered with The Unlikely Florist to bring bouquets in the zeitgeist of the California super bloom (and cannabis education) to dispensaries and public spots across L.A. this spring. On Saturday, (aka 4/20, that most sacred of pot holidays) they’ll set up along Abbot Kinney, so keep an eye out. The Unlikely Florist will be handing out penny bouquets, and Humboldt will be offering information and discount codes for the canna-curious.Marketing aside, Falls says the true mission of his bouquets is to spread appreciation and positivity.“Flowers to me are like the most positive thing there is in the world — they’re pure nature, they’re pure beauty, they’re just so pure,” he emphasizes. “That was probably the reason why I fell in love so much with flowers and being a florist — the sheer appreciation and the experience of making flower arrangements for people. You sit in the van and you put out a bunch of flowers and you hang out and people come up and they’re so happy. They’re looking to celebrate; they’re looking to thank someone; they’re looking to show love, show appreciation. There’s nothing negative about it.“I think unfortunately at this moment in time, we have many reasons in California and worldwide to feel real f**king gutted about what’s going on in the world — whether it be because there were fires that ripped through California and took many lives and f**ked up many homes, or the political state of the world, or the fact that like cathe... https://argonautnews.com/falling-for-flowers/
Highlights at Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2019 - Pro Landscaper MagazineThursday, May 02, 2019
Lee Ferry, from Stanley, Co Durham, will be wowing visitors with ways to cheer up dreary courtyards and bare walls by painting a series of colourful street murals live during the show.Break dancers Hannah Thompson and Anas Afriad will also be preforming three times a day.Outdoor #kerbcouture attractions include The Blank Wall Project offering ideas for vertical gardens. Also, Square Yards showcasing tight-space planting to transform even the smallest city corners. Talks and demonstrations in the StreetTalk Theatre include a session with Mr Plant Geek, Michael Perry. Also, some gutter gardening as Martin Walker uses everything from dust bins to drainpipes for growing plants!Rated Britain’s top gardening event by Which?Gardening, Harrogate Spring Flower Show is staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground. It also features full-sized show gardens, stunning displays by nearly 100 of the country’s top plant nurseries and Britain’s biggest exhibition of flower arranging and floristry.There is a packed programme of entertainment across four theatres, including lively garden chat in GROW! and a menu of delicious seasonal dishes in FEAST! Celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley is also giving daily demonstrations on the CREATE! stage.Young visitors to the show can join Pod, in his new pop-up play patch, complete with lots of hands-on educational activities.Thousands of high-quality garden products, unique handmade crafts, lovely gifts and specialist foods all add to a truly great day out for all garden lovers! ... https://prolandscapermagazine.com/highlights-at-harrogate-spring-flower-show-2019/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html