Just Add Water!

Submitted by: Kent Building Supplies, 20 Gateway Drive

Keep your plants looking their best all season long by following a watering schedule.  When you water your plants at the right time of day, you will ensure less water is wasted and more of it goes right where it belongs – into the plants’ roots. The best times of day to water plants are in the morning or the evening.  These times are best because it is not too hot and less water will evaporate.  Usually, once a day is sufficient, but newly planted seedlings may benefit from being watered twice a day. As for how much to water, an inch of water a week is ideal for many plants.  Keep in mind, all plants are different and a spell of hot weather may call for more water.  Just make sure you are watering the soil not the plants’ foliage.  Your goal should be to keep the soil damp enough to stop it from drying out.  If water begins to pool on top of the soil, you’ve watered it too much.

Online Booking vs. Using a Travel Agent

Submitted by: National Travel Associates, 70 Middle Ridge

Travel agents are expensive: False — not all travel agents charge you a fee for service as some are paid directly by the supplier when you book with them. Be sure to ask.

I will use the agent for the information and then book with the supplier directly. The agent will still get credit: False – the agent that you are working with must book your travel arrangements in order to get paid by the supplier.

I can get better deals online: False – Travel Agents have access to better pricing, better products and most times personal relationships with the supplier. Some Online Booking sites have the ability to add extra charges your credit card after you have finalized your booking.

If I book online, they will help me in the case of an emergency: False – Most times you will be left on your own. You will not have a direct contact to call or a real person in the case of an emergency. Your Travel Agent will be there with you every step of the way. If you need a flight changed or have an emergency at your location, Your Travel Agent will help.

If I contact an agent, I am obligated to purchase: False – Agents provide you with the most up to date information and pricing. While they appreciate your business however, not all use high pressure sales tactics or hidden pricing to get it. Remember, the supplier pays the agent, not the customer.

Your travel is an investment of your time and money. Be sure to give it the professional attention it needs.

Great Home Improvements with Today’s Insulation!

Submitted by: RONA, 825 Conception Bay Highway (in partnership with The Telegram)

In order to help get top-dollar for your home, there are some easy renovations that homeowners can make to increase the resale value of their property. Brett Henderson, Insulation Expert with Owns Corning Canada says “Creating an appealing exterior can help make a good first impression, but some of the interior renovations – such as upgraded insulation – can provide an important selling feature. Insulation can help reduce energy costs, control noise and create a comfortable environment.”

Spring Cleaning—Not What You Think!

Submitted by: The Place of Natural Healing, 21 Murphys Lane

Many people are getting ready to give their homes a Spring cleaning but what about a good cleaning for your body? Just as your home accumulates extra dust and dirt over the winter months, your tissues accumulate waste material under the pressures of poor diet, our modern lifestyle and environmental pollution.

Be aware that purchasing pills, powders and detoxification kits available commercially may not always be wise as some of these products can be harsh and/or ineffective, and also a waste of money. Some  say actually be dangerous containing stimulants, irritants and laxatives that can irritate the lining of the colon leading to inflammation.

Let’s get back to nature. Our ancestors used plants and buds (gemmotherapy) for centuries to aid in cleansing and purifying the body.  These annual practices were used to keep internal organs free of viruses, parasites and toxic build up—things that suppress your immune function.  Unfortunately, we seem to have lost the knowledge and importance of these practices.

As the fresh buds of Spring emerge bringing new life, consider the gentle cleansing effects of gemmotherapies.  Your improved health and well-being is the best gift you can give to those you love.

Accounting : A Building Block to Business Success

Submitted by: Darlene Hennebury Chartered Accountant, 39 Emma’s Place

Accounting is a critical part of any business, no matter what the size of the business. Even if you don’t make a lot of money, understanding and mastering your financials will help you to maximize what you do earn. Financials give you information about your current position as well as provide you with information to make future business decisions.

It is often cited that poor accounting is one of the top reasons why businesses fail. You cannot be in control of a business if you don’t know what is going on. With bad numbers, or no numbers, a company is flying blindly, and it happens all of the time. An article in “Canadian Business” on October 18, 2012, quoted that “only half of small and medium-sized businesses make it to their fifth birthday, while 15% don’t last a year.”

Accounting is a critical building block to success. It is comprised of establishing an effective ownership structure, good financial record keeping, managing financial transactions, producing financial statements in a timely manner for decision making, developing tax planning strategies, dealing with bankers and investors, dealing with Canada Revenue Agency, and the list goes on.  Accounting is much more complex than paying the bills to “keep the wolves away”.  It is a pro-active approach to building a successful business.

Trouble off the Coast

Submitted by: Ocean Quest Adventures, 17 Stanley’s Road

Did you know the world’s largest landfill can be found in the Pacific Ocean between roughly 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N.  Referred to as The Pacific Trash Vortex it is an ocean gyre consisting of non-degradable plastics (90%) as well as chemical sludge and other miscellaneous debris (mostly “nurdles”,which are small pieces of plastic that form when the sun causes the breakdown of larger chunks). This trash vortex is just one of five, with one located in the Atlantic Ocean just off Newfoundland’s coast. This vortex has also trapped significant amounts of waste. We refer to it as the North Atlantic Garbage Patch and it’s a problem that hits closer to home.

Sea life can become entangled in plastic or abandoned nets/ line. For creatures like seals that require air from the surface to survive this mobility restriction may be so severe that they drown.  Further, plastic breakdown releases colorants and chemicals such as (BPA) & (PCB’s).  Traces of these chemicals have been found in drinking water. Studies have linked these traces to recurrent miscarriage in women and an increased susceptibility to cancer in both sexes.

Trouble off the Coast

 

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