Agent defends controversial support for housing development

first_imgAn estate agent has doubled down on criticism of his unusual methods to influence the planning authority in his local town who are due to decide on a newbuild scheme.Richard James, who runs both an eponymous estate agency in Swindon, recently applied for planning permission to build 350 homes on a rough patch of land by the railway line that runs through the town.Some 200 locals made largely negative comments about the proposed development which is being developed by a company that James is also a director of.But local councillor Junab Ali, a Labour ward councillor and former Swindon mayor, has gone public after some 30 positive public comments about the development lodged with planner came largely from staff at his agency, as well as a mortgage broker the company uses.“It’s bang out of order for me and it shouldn’t have been allowed,” says Ali.“Fourteen years of being on the council and I’ve been on-and-off the planning committee and I’ve never seen anything like it.”But James (pictured) is unrepentant, telling the Swindon Advertiser that: “It’s no secret in my business or in my network of friends and acquaintances, that I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Swindon.“I’ve talked passionately to many people over the last five years about this project and what I believe are the benefits to our town, our businesses and our local economy.“The business leaders I have spoken to about this scheme all agree on one thing, a tired town centre does little to help them attract and recruit talent to Swindon despite a wealth of well-paid and skilled jobs on offer.“The fact that some have made the effort to support an ambitious regeneration scheme in the town centre should not therefore be surprising.”Read more about the development.Read more about planning.Richard James Estate Agency Swindon Borough Council Swindon planning April 20, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Agent defends controversial support for housing development previous nextAgencies & PeopleAgent defends controversial support for housing developmentLeading Swindon agent Richard James dismisses criticism that his staff and mortgage brokers wrote to planners in support of 350-home site.Nigel Lewis20th April 20210331 Viewslast_img read more

MINDEF, SAF Personnel Get National Day Awards

first_img December 2, 2011 View post tag: News by topic Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong officiated at the National Day Awards Investiture held at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) this evening. This year, more than 550 personnel from MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were presented awards in recognition of their commendable performance and devotion to duty and service.A total of 59 Commendation Medals, 120 Efficiency Medals and 382 Long Service Medals were given out to both military and non-military personnel held over two ceremonies. Spouses of the award recipients, as well as senior MINDEF officials and SAF officers were also present at the investiture.At an earlier National Day Awards ceremony officiated by President Dr Tony Tan on 20 Nov 2011, a total of 23 senior SAF officers and 9 MINDEF personnel received the Public Administration Medal. The award recipients comprised an SAF officer who was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) (Military), 5 SAF officers who were awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) as well as 17 SAF officers who were awarded the Public Administration (Bronze) (Military). In addition, one MINDEF personnel was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold), another one a Public Administration Medal (Silver) and seven personnel were awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 02, 2011; Image: mindef Back to overview,Home naval-today MINDEF, SAF Personnel Get National Day Awards View post tag: SAF View post tag: personnel View post tag: awards View post tag: get View post tag: MINDEFcenter_img MINDEF, SAF Personnel Get National Day Awards Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: day Share this article View post tag: Nationallast_img read more

USS New Orleans Changes Command

first_img View post tag: News by topic USS New Orleans Changes Command in Seal Beach, California Authorities View post tag: California View post tag: Command View post tag: changes US Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD18) held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck while in port Seal Beach, California, Aug. 23.Upon arrival to Seal Beach, Calif., Capt. Douglas “V8” Verissimo turned over command of the to Capt. Glenn “Shooter” Jamison prior to commencing the ammunition on load in preparation for an upcoming deployment.The ceremony marked the end of an extensive training cycle and numerous certifications in preparation for deployment. Verissimo led the crew through a challenging five month maintenance availability, inspection and survey preparations, basic phase evolutions, ammunition onload preparations, and pre-deployment workups.Verissimo will report to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) at Naval Air Station North Island.New Orleans is the second ship in Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels. The fourth in the U.S. Navy fleet to bear the name, New Orleans was commissioned in March 2007.The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and is capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.[mappress mapid=”16760″]Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Orleans Changes Command in Seal Beach, California View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS New Orleans August 26, 2015 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seal Beach View post tag: americaslast_img read more

Oxford students secure six figure investment deal

first_imgTwo Oxford students have secured a six-figure investment for their online business after winning the support of a London development firm.The founders of GroupSpaces, which was set up in 2007 and provides online tools such as mailing lists for club and society organisers, this week announced that a consortium of business ‘angels’, including the London-based Avonmore Developments, has agreed to help fund their company. At the age of 22, founders David Langer and Andy Young are the youngest ever members of Oxford Entrepreneurs Society to receive venture funding.The GroupSpaces team had to pitch their business plan at an investment meeting run by Oxford Early Investments, an ‘angel’ network that helps young companies earn the backing of investors. The two were inspired to create their company after their experiences running various clubs and societies. Langer used to be a Blues Table Tennis captain and a Vincent’s Club (the Oxford Blues’ society) member whilst Young had a long-running stint as Vice President and IT Officer at Oxford Entrepreneurs. After a visit to Silicon Valley, the duo visited the headquarters of Facebook, Bebo and Google and were further spurred on to create GroupSpaces. Langer graduated from St Anne’s College last year and is the Chief Executive Officer of the company. He said of their success, “I’m delighted to be working with some really experienced investors. They have been working with young companies for the last eight years and I fully believe that they can help make GroupSpaces a big success.” The manager of Oxford Early Investments, Eileen Modral, said, “We were pleased to help GroupSpaces to raise the crucial funding they need to progress the development of their innovative software.” With their new funding, the team now plan to expand their business outside of Oxford. Young said, “We have started talking to other universities but we want to ensure we are getting it right first by focusing on Oxford, which is quite demanding in itself anyway.” Asked where he imagines himself ten years from now, Young said, “I hope to be successfully running the company and to perhaps be embarking on a new venture.” by Katherine Halllast_img read more

Ocean City Schools to Streamline Technology, Improve Security

first_imgOcean City School Board listens during Monday’s meeting to Curt Nath, director of academics for the district, speak about new technology to improve security and efficiency in the schools. By Maddy VitaleAs schools look to improve security measures nationwide, Ocean City is turning to technology to help protect its students and staff.At the Board of Education Monday night, the district approved a new communication system that will streamline all its technology to give teachers and administration better control of areas such as emergency alerts, the school public address system, security cameras, video and audio from one networked platform, Curt Nath, director of academic services, explained in a presentation. The installation of a Unified Campus Communication system created by the company AMX would start in the high school with installation in the high school by the summer and then would be put in the Intermediate School and Primary School, he said. The school board voted to approve hiring AMX to do the work. Funds are set aside in the capital reserve for the project totaling more than $700,000. School Business Administrator Tim Kelley said the district is excited to be able to introduce a system that would improve student learning, administrative efficiency and district-wide safety without a tax hike on Ocean City taxpayers.The new system will consolidate video surveillance, access control, monitoring applications, and mass notification through a single portal. The new system would allow the district office to have unified and simultaneous access to and throughout all schools. Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said it would allow for “real time” communications with the local police department and emergency responders.“If there is a panic situation occurring or a lockdown, we have to wait for the school to call us,” Taylor said.That would all change with the new system. Nath said each teacher would be equipped with a microphone, similar to surround sound, but for the classroom. In addition, the teacher would have a built-in panic button. That way, the teacher could press the button and help would be on the way. It would eliminate the need for rushing to the phone to call down to the office. “With that panic button, it could be a student fainted,” Taylor said adding that the teacher might not be able to get to the phone. “The teacher can push the button and we can notify the police department and monitor what is going on.”Everything is controlled through an iPad so that the district could “parcel out” announcements to certain classrooms, Nath told the school board. He added that the public-address system could override a TV in the classroom too in an emergency.“Say you are doing a lockdown, the system would mute, what you have on. It allows us to control our own technology remotely,” Nath explained.In addition, the district would be able to broadcast events live in high definition to all district equipment. The project to upgrade the school technology stemmed from a meeting between the administration and the high school TV/Media program, school officials explained. With the improvement technology came the added security features.“This project has been in the works and evolving for the past five years,” said Taylor, who noted that this innovative communication system will enhance the teaching-learning process in the classroom by coordinating and integrating the components of the audio-visual systems for each classroom.Several school board members asked if other districts had a similar system. Nath said Stockton University uses “pieces” of the system. Other college campuses use the system as well. But the Ocean City School District would be the first K-12 school district in the state to implement the full system. Included in the technology would be ENZO, a classroom presentation system, which makes it easier for teachers to access, present and share information with their classes. The system provides each classroom with instant screen mirroring in which the teachers can share digital content from each student’s tablet, laptop or smartphone. In the event of an emergency, administrators can quickly override all smart boards and post important information. Nath said the district hopes to have the equipment installed in the high school by summer and then the other two schools right after that.He added, “It is a process that requires a lot of work.” Curt Nath, director of academic services for the district, explains a new communicatios system to the school board.last_img read more

Boardwalk Art Show and Art of Surfing Festival in O.C.

first_imgAlso This Week: Wacky Wednesday, Twins and Sand Sculpting Contests The 57th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held Friday through Sunday (August 2 to 4) on the boardwalk between Eighth Street and 13th Street. The celebration of the arts will include a newer event – the Art of Surfing Festival – Thursday to Saturday (August 1 to 3) at the Ocean City Music Pier.The Boardwalk Art Show features oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, prints and drawings on display and for sale. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For Ocean City visitors, this is an opportunity to view and purchase great artwork from leading East Coast artists at a reasonable cost. For further information, call the Ocean City Arts Center at 609-399-7628 or visit Art of Surfing Festival features the display and sale of surf-related art, memorabilia, books and clothing. The event includes live music and meet-the-artist sessions. Admission is free to the show 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday (August 1) and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). ALSO THIS WEEK JULY 30 – Children’s Theatre Series: How I Became a Pirate: The Ocean City Theatre Company presents a fantastic musical excursion based on the book by Melinda Long. Show time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office for tickets ($10 in advance, $12 day-of).JULY 31 – Wacky Wednesday – Mystery Bag: Participants will receive a brown paper bag filled with random supplies. The mission: Create an object, sculpture or unique work of art using everything in the bag. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier.JULY 31 – Twins Contest: Prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Open to all ages. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. Contest begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier.AUGUST 1 – Sand Sculpting Contest: Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach for this informal family-friendly event. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.AUGUST 1 – 14TH Street Fishing Pier Open House: The Ocean City Fishing Club invites the public to visit the privately owned pier 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the local Ocean City Food Cupboard. The club collected 82 pounds of food and $200 for the Food Cupboard at a recent Open House on July 18.Ocean City Cars & Coffee Show organizer Matthew Gabriel, left, is joined by his mother, Colette, sister, Juliette, and father, Sam in 2017.AUGUST 3 – Ocean City Cars and Coffee: Exotic, classic and unique automobiles will be on display at this free event on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (500 block of Asbury Avenue) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Rain date is August 10. For more information, visit 5 – Lou Gramm of Foreigner: Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, teams up with ASIA, featuring John Payne, for an exciting night of rock featuring all the Foreigner and ASIA hits you know and love. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster. AUGUST 6 – Pamper Scamper: Ocean City’s annual baby crawling race is free and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Contest begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. For babies up to 15 months old. For more information, call 609-399-6111. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR BABY PARADE ON AUG. 8The Ocean City Baby Parade returns for the 110th time on Thursday, August 8, 2019.The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation. The parade features children (ages 10 and under) cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier (at Moorlyn Terrace) and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.Online registration is now open for entries: also can sign up at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Entry fee is $5 per child, and the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 6.Entries are open for bands, dance groups, cheer squads, special guests, community groups and businesses to participate. A special unit application is also available at YOUNG SKATEBOARDING STAR TO VISIT O.C.Sky Brown, the 11-year-old skateboarding sensation with an international following, will be in Ocean City Aug. 6 to 8 and will be the grand marshal of the 110th annual Ocean City Baby Parade.Sky will meet with fans and give skateboard and surfing demonstrations in addition to participating in the parade.She is a professional skateboarder and surfer from Miyazaki, Japan. With a Japanese mother and a British father, Sky chose to compete for Team Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the youngest athlete to compete there. She is also Great Britain’s youngest Summer Olympian ever, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936.Sky began skating and surfing at age two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.  In the fall of 2018, she became the first-ever winner of ABC’s hit competition show, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Sky continues to be the youngest athlete a number of brands have ever endorsed, including brands such as, Nike, GoPro, Samsung and more. She hopes to continue making history while inspiring young girls and women across the world to reach for their dreams and become unstoppable.Her schedule will include:Tuesday, August 65 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholders6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Skate Park closed for filming with TransWorld SportsWednesday, August 79 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Meet-and-greet on Seventh Street Beach (tickets are $25 each)9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Surfing demonstration and open surf with the participantsThursday, August 810:30 a.m.:  Grand marshal of the 110th annual Baby ParadeNoon to 1 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Music Pier (tickets are $15 each)5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholdersTickets for these opportunities to meet, skate and surf with Sky are on sale now. Visit, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace), the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway).The meet-and-greets will be held rain-or-shine. Due to safety, inclement weather would cancel the skateboarding demonstration and open skate. The public is invited to watch Sky skate from outside the park gates.The hit British TV show “TransWorld Sport” will be film a full episode featuring Ocean City and Sky Brown at the Skate Park and Seventh Street Beach.last_img read more

Traditionals with a twist FRuit scones by Fiona Burrell

first_imgScones are the staple of the tea table. Whether served with clotted cream and fresh strawberries or butter and jam, they are an integral part of a very British institution. There are many different varieties of the plain and not-so-plain scone. The recipe for scones is thought to have originated in Scotland and would have been baked on a stone or griddle in a round, before being cut into wedges.Nowadays we are more used to seeing the round scone that has been baked in the oven. The most common variations are cheese, treacle and fruit. They are also made as a topping for casseroles or stews where the scones are placed on top of the meat for the last half hour or so of cooking. They are called cobblers because of the top’s resemblance to stone cobbles. You can use different liquids to make them for example milk, soured milk, buttermilk and yoghurt.Dried fruits such as apricots, mango, apple, blueberries and sour cherries can all be added as a variation, as well as stem ginger and chopped nuts. This recipe has dried cranberries, dried apple and cinnamon added to it. Ground almonds and yoghurt also give a moist texture, which help with the keeping quality.Cranberry and Apple SconesIngredientsSelf-raising flour1kgSalt10gButter320gGround almonds120gDried cranberries200gDried apple320gGround cinnamon20gMilk400gNatural yoghurt400gMethod1. Preheat the oven to 210C/fan 190C. Line baking sheets with baking parchment.2. Sift the flour and salt into a container. Mix in the butter and add the almonds, cranberries, apple and cinnamon. Mix well.3. Mix the milk and yoghurt together and add to the scone mix. It should form a soft, but not sticky dough. Add more flour if necessary.4. Turn on to a work surface and roll out to 2.5cm thickness. Stamp out into rounds and bake for 15 minutes.5. Put on to wire rack to cool down and cover with a tea towel if you want soft tops.l Fiona is co-author of Leith’s Baking Bible and runs a training school in Edinburgh read more

Press release: True grit – the husband and wife keeping motorways moving this winter

first_imgShe was enticed into the haulage industry by her father, Jeffrey, who was a HGV driver. Karen works on vital routes including the M5, M50, A49 and the M42. And she says some motorists still look twice when overtaking her on the motorway. Karen Smith-Storer and her husband Neil work for Highways England as gritter drivers in Worcestershire.The pair – together for 12 years and married for three – have been working around the clock this winter to keep the Midlands’ major A-road and motorway network running freely.Karen – who lives in Worcestershire with Neil – has worked in her role for the past 11 years. The former HGV driver and Class 1 licence holder says there’s a healthy rivalry between her and her husband. In snow and ice: drivers should stick to the main roads where they can and only travel if necessary. Drivers are also encouraged to make sure they have a winter kit in their vehicle, including an ice scraper and de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, and sunglasses to cope with the low winter sun. In high winds: drivers should slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible. Lorries, caravans and motorbikes are at particular risk. In heavy rain: drivers should keep well back from the vehicle in front, gradually ease off the accelerator if the steering becomes unresponsive, and slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles makes it difficult to see and be seen. In fog: drivers should switch on their fog lights and not use lights on full beam as the fog will reflect the light back. If drivers really cannot see, they should consider stopping until it is safe to continue. It’s quite funny and it always makes me smile because I have seen several male drivers look at me and they are clearly surprised to see this petite woman driving such a large piece of equipment. I really love my job and I really enjoy the solitude of driving the truck and being in my own office, of sorts. That said, the camaraderie of the team in and around the depot which we work out of makes the role what it is. But it isn’t always plain sailing working as a gritter driver. Despite weighing in at some 26 tonnes, last year 36 Highways England gritters were driven into by motorists.The pair – who operate from the Strensham depot next to the M5 – have thrown their support behind calls from Highways England for motorists to leave plenty of distance between themselves and the gritter in front of them.Each spreading machine is limited to 40mph and must travel in the middle lane to ensure the salt is spread evenly and safely across the whole of the carriageway.Neil added: During severe winter weather drivers are urged to follow this advice: I often see cars trying to undertake me and driving in the hard shoulder where there could be a stranded vehicle in snow or a breakdown. The advice would always be to overtake on the outside lane and leave plenty of distance between themselves and those driving the machine. The back of a gritter is the most vulnerable area as it’s where the salt spreading equipment is located. If it’s struck it can mean the gritter has to be taken off the road to be repaired, which is costly and could affect critical services in extreme weather conditions.Highways England’s national winter and severe weather team leader Paul Furlong added: We do have a laugh about it when we are together at home, albeit my husband knows I am the better driver out of the two of us. We’re lucky in the sense that working and living together hasn’t impacted on our relationship. There have even been times when we have crewed up together and it’s quite nice to work with Neil as we have that familiarity and understanding of the other person’s traits. I think it really helps with pressurised situations at work because we have that support and understanding for one another. We do have some banter between us but it’s nice because we can learn from each other and that’s how we look at it. I also think that’s one of the aspects that I enjoy the most around the job because our company is very good at listening to what we tell them, and they will always do what they can to train us and help us to develop new skills. Although the vast majority of people support our gritter drivers by leaving a sensible distance and only passing when it’s safe to do so, we do have occasions when people misjudge the situation and end up colliding with one of our vehicles. We have also noticed a growing problem with driver using the hard shoulder to undertake gritters, risking a collision with stationary vehicles on the hard shoulder and causing a hazard to gritter drivers who need to exit at motorway junctions. It’s really important that we keep traffic moving and our gritters are out on the network enabling us to do that. Neil says he loves working alongside Karen. General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

12 Joseph’s Coat

first_imgBy Paul A. ThomasUniversity of GeorgiaLike glowing beams of sunshine, Chartreuse Joseph’s Coat(Alternanthera ficoidea ‘Chartreuse’) is a dazzling,trouble-free addition to any landscape.It’s prized for its eye-catching yellow-green foliage, compactgrowth habit, durability and ability to provide nonstop colorfrom early spring until fall frost.Joseph’s Coat is an heirloom plant that was popular in theVictorian era when formal gardens were in vogue. Today there isnew interest in it, thanks to exciting new cultivars from Mexicoand South America, like Chartreuse.Easy to growIt’s a choice plant for today’s part-time gardener because itprovides season-long color with little routine care. It hassmall, greenish-white flowers in leaf axils. But they’re usuallymasked by the foliage and are indistinct.The plants grow in a compact, mounded shape 6 to 12 inches talland 12 to 24 inches wide. The leaves are opposite and linear, ahalf-inch to 1 inch long. Both stems and leaves are brightyellow-green.Chartreuse Joseph’s Coat is brightest when planted in full sun.It will perform well, though, in morning sun and afternoon shade.Moist, well-drained soils are essential. Like other annualplants, it requires scheduled irrigation to keep looking its best.Light pinching of the terminal shoot throughout the season willkeep it compact. In formal landscapes, plants are sometimessheared to provide a uniform shape.By any other nameChartreuse Joseph’s Coat is sometimes confused because it hasmany common names: Golden Parrot Leaf, Golden Alternanthera,Chartreuse Calico Plant. A yellow-green form of Summer Poinsettia(Amaranthus) is called Joseph’s Coat, too. Landscapers call itChartreuse Alternanthera.The plant has many landscape uses. It’s a favorite in formal knotgardens or as edging to define plant beds. Theme parks, likeDisney World in Orlando, Fla., use it to create intricate,eye-catching designs in the landscape.Landscapers call Chartreuse Joseph’s Coat an “echo plant” becauseit tends to enhance or echo other colors. It makes them look morevibrant. That’s particularly true with magenta, purple or blue.There’s moreIt’s a favorite in container gardens, too, and in baskets whereit spills over the side like froth from a bubbling stream. In formal beds where plants will be sheared as one unit for masseffect, set plants 12 inches apart. In beds where the plants willbe seen as individuals, space them 18 to 24 inches apart.Fertilize Chartreuse Joseph’s Coat with a complete, slow-releasefertilizer such as Osmocote 18-6-12 at planting time. Follow thelabel directions. You shouldn’t need to fertilize again.Adding 2 to 3 inches of a fine-textured mulch, such as pine strawor pine-bark mininuggets, at planting will help keep the soilmore uniformly moist. Don’t be tempted to water every other day.The plant can handle dry periods and even long-term drought withinfrequent watering.(Paul Thomas is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 12last_img read more

Sigma SD-10 Digital SLR Camera With 18-50MM DC Kit

first_imgFoveon X3(R) direct image sensor in the Sigma SD10 digital SLR can capture all RGB colors at each and every pixel. The revolutionary design of Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor features three layers of pixel sensors Using three silicon-embedded layers of pixel sensors, stacked to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green, and blue light at different respective depths, the Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor can thereby directly capture full color and detail at each and every pixel location, without interpolation.With the RAW data recording system of the SIGMA SD10, it is possible to obtain high picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system of RAW data, eliminates image deterioration, provides superior pictures, without sacrificing original image quality and retains full image capture details.Depending on the intention of the photographer, the SIGMA SD10 allows photographers to select the resolution of RAW data images in one of three resolutions. HI mode (2268x1512x3 layers) delivers highest resolution image performance. MED mode (1512x1008x3 layers) has high definition and recording capacity. LOW mode (1134x756x3 layers) for capturing the most images per given memory capacity.The SD10 comes with SIGMA Photo Pro 2.0 software for modifying recorded RAW data image files. It is easy to make adjustments (white balance, exposure, color balance, and contrast for example) in three modes. The X3F mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. In the auto adjustment mode the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments of RAW data. The custom -mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments to exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, sharpness, and saturation. The latest addition to Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 software is X3 Fill Light. This easy to use facility corrects tones on images of high contrast exposure or backlit pictures.In Default or normal mode the ISO sensitivity of SD10 can be set to 100, 200, 400 and 800. If Extended Mode is selected, it is possible to use ISO 1600 sensitivity. In any ISO sensitivity setting, it is possible to select a high shutter speed from 1/6000 sec. to a slow shutter speed of 30secs.SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a “sport finder” which offers a view that extends outside of the frame. The area that is out of the image sensor coverage range is marked by transparent light gray, to distinguish it from the active picture taking area.The Sigma SD10 records on reliable, high capacity Type I and Type II CF (CompactFlash) cards or a Microdrive to hold larger volumes of data.The SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a large 1.8″ appr.130,000 dot low temperature polysilicon TFT-LCD mo nitor with white LED on the back panel, which displays images, menus and histogram. The coverage area of the LCD monitor is 100%, of that seen from the viewfinder .last_img read more