This spring season there has been no shortage of cool weather and rainfall. These environmental conditions are conductive to disease development.
In the recent weeks many gardeners have brought samples of leaves, flowers and plants with various disorders which are indicative of a cool, wet spring. The visual evidence of a disease or symptoms of disease are the plant’s reaction to the causal agent. These can appear as cankers, leaf spots, leaf distortion, necrosis (dead tissue), stunting, wilting, mosaic coloring or other plant abnormalities.
The evening of April 20, 2010, was like most other spring evenings in the Gulf of Mexico, until 9:45 p.m. when, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, a fiery explosion triggered the worst oil-spill in U.S. history.
One mile beneath the Gulf’s surface, the Macondo well blew apart, killing 11 men on the British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon rig, and ultimately spewing about 4 million barrels of oil into the water. Louisiana suffered most of the short- and long-term damage.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part column about the basics of investment. The next portion will run in the June 29 edition.
When you invest in a company, you become an owner of the company with a vested interest in the company’s performance. Whether you’re managing money for a household or for a multinational corporation, you want the money you invest to give you the best possible return. This article discusses basic investing and portfolio-planning concepts that can help you make wiser choices.