Tropical Autumn Shrub

first_imgIt has been called the world’s most colorful shrub, which is certainly not an exaggeration. I have been in love with it ever since I made my first visit to the Caribbean 30 years ago. If you are a gardener, then you probably know the plant I am talking about — the croton.Crotons are known botanically as “Codiaeum variegatum” and are native to Malaysia, Indonesia, northern Australia and western Pacific islands. As far as its family classification, it is a Euphorbiaceae, so it is related to copper plants and our wonderful Christmas plant, the poinsettia.In the Caribbean and in its native habitats, you’ll see this somewhat woody perennial reach heights of more than 6 feet, giving a carnival-like atmosphere to wherever it is being grown. Here in Savannah, Georgia, and the South Carolina low country, I have never seen so many grown as annuals in the summer landscape. With that in mind, gardeners everywhere can do that, too.For the amount of impact they give, crotons are certainly a good buy. Depending on the size you buy, they will reach 2 feet tall and perhaps a little wider. The heat and humidity prevalent in most of Georgia sets up the perfect conditions to allow them to thrive. Wherever I look, whether grown with elephant ears, hibiscus or the Hawaiian ti plant, crotons look festive and tropical.You might be wondering why I’m touting this most amazingly beautiful tropical in September? The answer is opportunity. I don’t know if you have been to a garden center lately, but this time of year, crotons show up as special buys. I love this for a couple of reasons.First, I love using crotons in partnership with Belgian mums to create a colorful fall display. I like them with pumpkins and asters, too. Let your creative genius come alive. There are no rules to follow on how to use tropical crotons, so buy several. Don’t be bashful.As I write this, I am sitting in a large sunroom with a ton of glass and available light, which would be the perfect spot for not just the world’s most colorful shrub, but the world’s most colorful houseplant. In the landscape, croton needs fertile, organic, rich soil with good drainage. As an indoor houseplant, select a good, fluffy, humusy blend that contains controlled-release fertilizer.Indoors, croton needs bright light with a moment or two of direct sun. In the landscape, they thrive anywhere other than pure shade. The sunlight stimulates an incredible display of color. As a houseplant, keep croton amply moist, but never soggy or wet. If your room has low humidity, consider placing the container on a saucer of wet gravel.The croton is cold hardy to zones 10 and 11 and, in these locales, they would be spaced 3 to 4 feet apart. If you are going to use them as annuals, like in my region, mass or cluster them together 18 to 24 inches apart for the showiest display.There are a number of selected varieties and types of leaf shape and size, but you will be buying generically. You have to agree that a plant with large, glossy, waxy leaves and every shade of gold, yellow, green, red and pink is simply too mesmerizing to overlook.I hope you take this opportunity to use croton in your fall décor. And, next spring, their addition to your landscape will shock your neighbors, friends and relatives.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the University of Georgia Coastal Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm at >www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

Wood County farmer files lawsuit challenging LEBOR legality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has pledged its support to member and Wood County farmer Mark Drewes, who today filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legal status of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Toledo voters yesterday approved creation of LEBOR during a special election. Drewes’ suit was filed in the Federal District Court for Northern Ohio.LEBOR grants rights to Lake Erie and empowers any Toledo citizen to file lawsuits on behalf of the lake. It gives Toledoans authority over nearly 5 million Ohioans, thousands of farms, more than 400,000 businesses and every level of government in 35 northern Ohio counties plus parts of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada.LEBOR was passed despite the prevailing legal opinion that many of its provisions are unconstitutional.Drewes is a long-time member of Ohio Farm Bureau and is on the board of directors for The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Drewes Farm Partnership is a family crop operation in Custar, Ohio with a significant history of being dedicated to improving water quality.“Mark’s farm is an example of the right way of doing things” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “He’s employing a variety of conservation practices, water monitoring systems, water control structures and uses variable rate enabled equipment and yet he’s vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. We are proud that our member has stood up against this overreach, and his efforts will benefit all Farm Bureau members, farmers and protect jobs in Ohio.”OFBF has historically engaged in precedent setting court cases that potentially affect its members. Farm Bureau will actively assist Drewes and his legal team throughout this litigation to ensure our members’ concerns are heard. OFBF’s legal staff will monitor developments, lend agricultural expertise and provide supporting information about agriculture’s efforts to protect water quality.Drewes is represented by the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, which has extensive experience fighting against onerous government action.Thomas Fusonie, a partner at Vorys and one of the counsel for Drewes, explained, “The Charter Amendment is an unconstitutional and unlawful assault on the fundamental rights of family farms in the Lake Erie Watershed – like the Drewes’ 5th generation family farm. The lawsuit seeks to protect the Drewes’ family farm from this unconstitutional assault.”The suit argues LEBOR violates federal constitutional rights, including equal protection, freedom of speech and is unenforceable for its vagueness. A request for preliminary and permanent injunction was also filed seeking to prevent enforcement of the law.“Farmers want and are working toward improving water quality, but this new Toledo law hurts those efforts. Mark Drewes understands this, and it’s Farm Bureau’s job to back his important actions on behalf of Ohio farmers,” Sharp said.last_img read more

N. American Subway, Light Rail Augmented Reality App Ready & Waiting for iPhone 3.1

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Augmented Reality#NYT#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Discover Anywhere Mobile, a Toronto-based mobile travel guide publishing startup, announced today that it has completed an iPhone app with Augmented Reality (AR) views of subway, light rail, train and airport data for 33 cities throughout North America. That app will be made available as soon as the next version of the iPhone Operating System is launched to the public.Discover Anywhere’s implementation of AR looks well-suited to the needs of users, but we asked company President David Janes why users would need an AR view at all. Why wouldn’t a list of nearby transit stops and a map be enough. Janes offered an interesting explanation of Augmented Reality’s value. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The AR view in Discover Anywhere’s app is just one of three, map and list views are also available for all data sets.“In my mind, AR is a feature rather than a product,” Janes told us. “It’s something that we think would be useful for our customers. For example, I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago and walked out of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) downtown. Even knowing that the MARTA existed would have been useful then – but when we got out it would be great to be able to orient yourself toward landmarks. It’s the ‘oh yeah, there it is’ experience.”That makes sense. The integration of an Augmented Reality view with more traditional lists and maps seems likely to make orienting yourself all the easier.IPhone 3Gs owners will be able to make up their own minds on the finer points of Augmented Reality User Experience as soon as the next, AR supporting, OS is rolled out. We had expected that to occur as early as next month, but now it’s looking like the wait may be a little bit longer. marshall kirkpatrick 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

5 ways businesses can cultivate a data-driven culture

first_imgThe pressure on organizations to make accurate and timely business decisions has turned data into an important strategic asset for businesses.In today’s dynamic marketplace, the ability for businesses to use data to identify challenges, spot opportunities, and adapt to change with agility is critical to its survival and long-term success. Therefore, it has become an absolute necessity for businesses to establish an objective, data-driven culture that empowers employees with the capabilities and skills they need to analyze data and use the insights extracted from it to facilitate a faster, more accurate decision-making process.See also: Are big data analytics more important than the cloud?Contrary to what many people think, cultivating a data-driven culture is not just a one-time transformation. Instead, it’s more like a journey that requires efforts from employees and direction from both managers and executives. In this article, I am sharing five different ways businesses can accelerate their transformation into a data-driven enterprise.#1. Establish a clear visionEstablishing a clear vision is essential for putting data into the DNA of an organization. An executive, preferably the CIO or CDO, should present the vision to the workforce and provide the rationale for this shift in culture and in benefits. This, in turn, will set the stage for the work ahead and provide an opportunity to clear misconceptions.#2. Ensure easy, secure access to dataData can be considered an asset when its accuracy is trusted, its provenance is well established, and its security is ensured. On the other hand, optimal utilization of data requires governance and openness. To ensure this, you should consider a layered approach to make data available in a manner for which its security, governance, and confidentiality is not compromised.#3. Keep your data clean and up-to-dateIt’s very hard to analyze and extract something valuable from poorly organized, inaccurate, dated information. Therefore, you should develop clear mechanisms regarding the collection, storage, and analysis of data. Make sure all your data inputs are centralized in a single location for easy integration and regular updates. This way, your employees can gather the most recent information from a single place and make more accurate decisions.#4. Create agile multi-disciplinary teamsPeople, not tools drive the culture of a company. Therefore, in order to create a fact-driven work environment, businesses should invest in the skills of their people. Make sure that each team contains at least one member who’s well-skilled and experienced at data analytics.The data-driven journey requires retraining of the job force in analytical skills as well as in mindset, so that the employees can understand how data-driven decisions are made and how they contribute to the growth and performance of the company. Put simply, big data and analytics training and education are imperative for establishing a data-driven culture.The selection of right data analytics and visualization tools also drive the data adeptness of your employees. While Hadoop and Spark are the market leaders when it comes to big data technology, there are other analytics solutions available as well that can offer you great value. Some of these include SAS, R, Python, and Tableau. Regardless of the platform you select, it is important to provide your workforce training on how to make the best use of the available data analytics resources.#5. Develop reward mechanismsSharing data successes is important to inspire others and develop a healthy, competitive, data-driven culture. To share the results achieved by a team or an individual, you can use different communication tools, such as videos and blogs, organize special gatherings, or share the results on your company portal. Make sure that you choose initiatives that are in line with your company’s long-term strategy. For example, if your objective is to penetrate new markets or gather more information about your target customers, you should acknowledge and reward the initiatives that help you make progress towards these strategic goals.For example, if your objective is to penetrate new markets or gather more information about your target customers, you should acknowledge and reward the initiatives that help you make progress towards these strategic goals.Unless communicated across an organization, data remains worthless. To extract the right information and insights from structured and unstructured data, it is important that you focus your efforts on cultivating a data-driven culture that empowers employees with the resources and skills they need to leverage data and obtain the right information at the right time to make more accurate decisions.To extract the right information and insights from structured and unstructured data, it is important that you focus your efforts on cultivating a data-driven culture that empowers employees with the resources and skills they need to leverage data and obtain the right information at the right time to make more accurate decisions. Ronald van Loon Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Djokovic shrugs off McEnroe’s Tiger comparison

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ “The person that comes to mind immediately is Tiger Woods,” said McEnroe in reference to the golf superstar whose life and career imploded after a series of extra-marital affairs were revealed.But Djokovic, the winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, shrugged off McEnroe’s comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He’s very well known for his kind of bold comments and not really caring too much about being politically correct but saying whatever is on his mind,” said 30-year-old Djokovic.“That’s all I can say. I really don’t take anything personal. I always got along very well with John. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “You know, I guess whether that’s his opinion or criticism or something else, I’m not really sure. But in the end of the day, I respect everything he says.”McEnroe is no stranger to recent controversies having stated that Serena Williams would only rank 700 in the world if she played on the men’s tour.While describing 23-time major winner Williams as the “best female player ever — no question”, he put her around 700 compared to men.“If she had to just play the men’s circuit that would be an entirely different story”.Long-time world number one Williams, who won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, is taking the rest of the year off to have her first child.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ross knows what new import McKines is made of: ‘He wants to win’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES She hit back at McEnroe.“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she wrote on Twitter.“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, left, embraces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan after winning their Men’s Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Novak Djokovic says he still respects John McEnroe despite the American comparing the Serb’s slump to Tiger Woods’s similar decline and hinting at troubles in the three-time Wimbledon champion’s private life.McEnroe caused a stir by claiming that Djokovic’s recent difficulties on the court, which have seen him lose possession of all four Grand Slam titles, could have been caused by “off-court issues with the family”.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more