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Master Tomato GardenerBlind spots are defined as, “Areas where a person's view is obstructed.” Many business decisions today are still made based on conjecture (unsubstantiated assumptions), because the data needed to make a data-driven decision lies in an operational “blind spot.” Smart companies when designing mobile applications consider how they can personalize the user experience.  They ask themselves how they can utilize all the accumulated data they have collected on their customers or prospects, plus third-party data sources, to make the experience as beautiful and pleasurable as possible.  To start, they can often access the following kinds of data from their own and/or purchased databases to personalize the experience: NameAgeGenderAddressDemographic dataIncome estimateCredit historyEducation levelMarital statusChildrenLifestyleSocial media profile and senti... (more)

Beyond Earth Day

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Spring issue of Organic Style Magazine ( highlights visionaries who have taken courageous, inspiring action in pursuit of humanitarianism and environmental justice. (Logo: The cover story features Julia Butterfly Hill who lived -- for 738 days -- in an ancient redwood tree to save it from the lumber mill. Now, Hill's non-profit Engage Network works with groups across the nation on building community and undertaking social and environmental action, to help them, as Hill says, "at finding their own trees." Also in this issue: Green Pioneer Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes, who helped launch the celebration, weighs in on today's environmental movement, from the phony to the practical to the world-changing. (Page 42) Embracing the World If t... (more)

Government of Canada Supports Youth in Skilled Trades

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/02/09 -- The Government of Canada is taking action to help foster the development of the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world by supporting young Canadians in the skilled trades. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement during the opening of Canada House at the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, earlier today. "Our government is investing in Canada's young people," said Minister Finley. "As we prepare for the economy to recover, we are helping youth develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to prepare for and succeed in tomorrow's job market." With employers in communities across Canada and around the world looking for the best skills and talent, skills training is one of the best investments a country can ... (more)

Rodale lanceert internationale edities van Women's Health in Nederland, Polen en Spanje

- Belangrijkste Europese markten breiden aanwezigheid van Women's Health uit tot 23 edities wereldwijd, verspreid over 42 landen NEW YORK, 6 mei 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rodale Inc. heeft vandaag de verdere internationale expansie bekendgemaakt van Women's Health, een van de snelst groeiende lifestyle merken voor vrouwen in de industrie, met drie nieuwe edities die gelanceerd worden in Europese markten: Women's Health Nederland, Women's Health Polen en Women's Health Spanje. De aankondiging van vandaag brengt het aantal wereldwijde edities van Women's Health op 23, in 42 landen. (Logo: ) "We verkeren in de perfecte positie om een ​​dergelijk relevant merk uit te breiden met onze wereldwijde partners," aldus Rob Novick, Senior Vice President, Rodale International. "Women's Health deed het vanaf het begin goed in div... (more)

Plant Now, Save Later

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/19/13 -- Did you know that fall is the right time to plant a beautiful spring garden? That's why Save Our Water, Sunset magazine and Sunset Western Garden Collection are teaming up on the "Plant Now, Save Later" campaign to educate people about the benefits of fall planting. "Putting your plants in the ground now will allow them to develop healthy root systems," says Julie Saare-Edmonds, a California master gardener and water efficiency expert at the California Department of Water Resources. "Plants planted in the spring are often stressed by the transplanting and then by the dry, hot weather of the summer. Fall planting gives your plants a better chance of success." The Save Our Water program was created in 2009 by the California Department of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies to educate consume... (more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)

New Products Added to the RONA ECO Line Selected With the Help of Independent Life-Cycle Experts

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/09 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is introducing 40 new products to its RONA ECO line today. These products are more respectful of the environment than similar conventional products over their entire life cycle. Selected in partnership with the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, the new RONA ECO items are from a number of different product categories, and include - among others - a manual lawn mower, an algae-based fertilizer, a rainwater collector, reconditioned tool blades and mouldings. The 47 RONA ECO products now available are priced to compete with conventional products that do not feature such eco-responsible attributes. "Building on our success with the first group of RONA ECO products introduced last year, we worked in... (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)

Horticulture Gardening Institute Offers New Online Programs Developed with Allan Armitage and the American Horticultural Society

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While gardeners around the country have hung up their tools for the season, the Horticulture Gardening Institute is launching three new online programs that make it fun to learn new practices and create innovative gardening plans anytime, anywhere and in any season. Two "Herbaceous Perennials: Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" programs are available; one focuses on perennials for sun and the other features perennials for shade. Both programs were developed with Allan Armitage, one of the world's foremost gardening experts on plants for all growing zones - especially perennials. The programs feature in-depth information on more than 100 outstanding herbaceous perennials that can be found in local garden centers and nurseries. The sun program focuses on 24 species that prefer more that six hours of sunlight a... (more)