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  • USDA Marks April as Invasive Plant Pest, Disease Awareness Month; Partnering…

    first_img SHARE By USDA Communications – Apr 5, 2021 USDA Marks April as Invasive Plant Pest, Disease Awareness Month; Partnering With Niagara Falls SHARE Facebook Twitter The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared April 2021 as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month (IPPDAM). The national outreach initiative enlists the public in the fight against invasive pests. These damaging invaders threaten our nation’s food crops, forests and natural resources. IPPDAM aims to raise public awareness about this threat, which can devastate agriculture, livelihoods and food security.In celebration of the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health, APHIS will partner with the North American Plant Protection Organization and Niagara Falls State Park to hold a special illumination ceremony on April 19-20 from 7-9 p.m. for 15 minutes at the top of every hour (you can watch it live here: https://www.cliftonhill.com/niagara-falls/livecam). The falls will glow with green light to emphasize the need to protect plant health across North America and around the world.“In this increasingly interconnected and mobile society, it has become even more important for the community to help us protect our agricultural and natural resources from the threat of hitchhiking invasive pests,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack. “We need your help to stop them before they pose a significant risk. If you see a suspicious plant pest, contact your local USDA State Plant Health Director. You could save a forest, farm or vineyard by making a simple phone call.”Many invasive plant pests and diseases are natural hitchhikers, making it all too easy for people to unintentionally move them to new areas. Hungry pests can hide in untreated firewood, attach themselves to outdoor gear and recreational vehicles, and even take a ride in the mail. They can also be accidentally moved to new areas via agricultural mediums such as soil, seeds, produce and plants. Invasive pests have no natural predators in their new environments and are more likely to throw their ecosystem off balance than domestic organisms, which have evolved in their native habitats and pose less risk to plant health.With your help, we can contain the threat of invasive pests and protect American agriculture and natural resources from the pests that threaten them. Here’s what you can do:Familiarize yourself with the invasive pests already found in your area, as well as the tell-tale signs they leave on wild plants and agriculture.Look for signs of invasive plant pests and diseases and report them to your local Extension office, State department of agriculture or your USDA State Plant Health Director’s office.When returning from international travel, declare all agricultural items, including soil, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection so they can ensure your items arrive pest-free.Don’t move untreated firewood. Buy certified, heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood where you burn it to avoid unintentionally spreading tree-killing beetles that hide inside untreated firewood.Be careful about where you source your plants and seeds. If you purchase them online, choose reputable domestic suppliers, or import them legally to ensure you don’t also accidentally import exotic pests and diseases.When in doubt, and before buying seeds or plants online from international vendors, you can contact your local USDA State Plant Health Director’s office to find out what you need to do to bring them into the United States legally and without pests.Expand your reach. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and visit the Hungry Pests website to learn more about invasive plant pests in your area and what you can do to stop them. To learn more about the International Year of Plant Health, visit USDA’s website or follow #PlantHealth and #IYPH on social media. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Marks April as Invasive Plant Pest, Disease Awareness Month; Partnering With… Previous article$100 Billion for Broadband Included in Biden’s Infrastructure PlanNext articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Planter Modifications for No-Till and Cover Crops USDA Communications Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • NYC lost $1.2B in real estate tax revenue

    first_imgThe announcement of a vaccine has provided a glimmer of hope that New York’s economic engine will restart in the long-term. For now, with a renewed pause on indoor dining which started this week, as well as the possibility of another lockdown, the real estate market will likely continue to suffer — and drain the city’s coffers.“New York’s economic crisis grows,” said James Whelan, the group’s president, in a statement. “From rental assistance and unemployment benefits to state and local aid, New York needs federal relief.”Congress has yet to finalize another federal stimulus deal, though the House and Senate remain in negotiations as of Friday morning.[Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink REBNY’s James Whelan (Photos via iStock; Whelan by Anuja Shakya)The sputtering real estate market took a $1.2 billion bite out of New York City’s revenue this year so far, a report by the Real Estate Board of New York found.Sales of commercial and residential properties are down 49 percent for the year through November, Bloomberg reported. That in turn has led to a crippling decline in revenue for New York City, which depends on real estate taxes to keep the lights on. Revenue was down 42 percent for the first 11 months of the year compared with the same period last year, according to REBNY’s analysis.Tax revenue makes up 53 percent of the city’s operating budget, although property taxes, which have remained steady, bring in far more money than real estate transfer taxes.Read moreNY lost $755M in real estate tax revenue this yearDe Blasio swears off raising property taxes TagsCommercial Real EstateResidential Real Estatetaxeslast_img read more

  • Extell sells stake in Manhattan rentals to RXR Realty

    first_imgExtell has sought to raise money from hedge funds and issued Israeli bonds. In June 2020, Israeli credit-rating agency Midroog downgraded Extell’s bonds one level, with a negative outlook, due to an expected further decline in condo sales.Speaking to the Financial Times in late 2020, Barnett said it was “very frustrating to build the most beautiful buildings in the world — super quality, super finishes — and to have to sell at a loss.”[FT] — Georgia KromreiContact Georgia Kromrei Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Message* Extell president Gary Barnett, 510 East 14th Street and RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler (Getty, EVGB)Extell Development is selling off a stake in two Manhattan properties as it contends with a stagnant luxury residential market.The development firm, led by Gary Barnett, will sell a 42 percent stake in a portfolio of rental apartments to RXR Realty, the Financial Times reported.The transaction includes 750 units across two Manhattan buildings: 555TEN, at 555 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, and EVGB, at 510 East 14th Street in the East Village.555 10th Avenue (Extell)For RXR Realty, the transaction represents a bargain. It values the portfolio at approximately $800 million, while a pre-pandemic valuation pegged the rentals at $1 billion.The condo market was sluggish even before Covid delayed construction and all but eliminated international travel, effectively shutting out a significant pool of buyers. That’s bad news for Extell, which developed the Billionaires’ Row towers Central Park Tower and One57. Sales have reportedly been sluggish at the former, and the latter recently recorded a condo resale at a 51 percent loss.Read moreWhat will make or break New York’s residential marketNew York developers face downgrades on Israeli bond marketThe condo market’s ultimate test Tags Share via Shortlink Email Address* condo marketGary BarnettNYC Luxury Marketlast_img read more

  • Mold control

    first_imgHomes along the coast of Georgia were drastically damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Homes that weren’t structurally damaged may soon show signs of a sneaky and dangerous aftereffect: mold.“Heavy rains can produce an explosion of mold. Molds produce spores that spread through the air and form new mold growths or colonies when the conditions are right,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert Pamela Turner. “Mold is all around us. It can grow on any organic material, as long as there is moisture and oxygen. Molds are types of fungi and all fungi need moisture to live.”The key to controlling mold and mold spores is to control the moisture and do it quickly, according to Turner. New mold colonies can form in as little as two to three days.Mold can cause fungal allergy and respiratory infections or worsen certain illnesses like asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Clean any damp or wet materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours of the water damage,” Turner said. “Porous materials like carpet, wood and ceiling tiles may need to be discarded. Non-porous materials made from metal, solid wood or plastic can be cleaned with detergent and water and then dried completely.”To treat mold, Turner recommends following these steps from UGA Extension:Wear protective gear during cleanup. Reduce skin exposure by wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Protect eyes by wearing goggles. To avoid breathing spores or fragments, wear a respirator rated N95 or higher. Isolate work areas and ventilate these areas to the outdoors. Cleaning disturbs mold colonies, which can release spores into the air. Seal off the areas being cleaned. Open windows, but do not run the air conditioner during cleanup. Remain on mold alert. Continue looking for signs of moisture or new mold growth. Dry the area as quickly as possible. Once the area has been cleaned and the air flushed, close the windows and use air conditioning, fans and a dehumidifier to speed the drying process. If it does, clean, repair or replace gutters and make sure downspouts direct the water away from the foundation. Also, check the grading of the soil around the foundation of your house. It should have a gradual slope away from the foundation. Clean all surfaces with a damp sponge or cloth and a mild detergent. You do not need to use bleach or a disinfectant.center_img Flush the air. After cleaning and disinfecting, air out the space using fans in windows. For more information, visit the UGA Extension website at fcs.uga.edu/extension/mold-safety. “Most small areas of mold – those less than 10 square feet – can be cleaned without hiring a professional, but care should be taken to reduce health risks,” Turner said. “UGA Extension does not provide or recommend mold testing. There are some professional labs that offer this service. Testing will give you the name of the mold, but your time and money are better spent fixing the problem.”To prevent mold from growing in your house in the future, UGA Extension experts suggest following these steps to reduce moisture levels in your house.Turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when you take a shower and leave it on for about 5 minutes after you shower.Turn on the kitchen exhaust fan when you are cooking.Check and repair any leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets as well as other plumbing.Remove at least one-third of the contents of your closets to provide increased airflow and reduce the risk of mold. Install a louvered door on closets or keep closet doors open.Purchase a humidistat to monitor the relative humidity inside your house. (In areas with high humidity, like Georgia, keep the indoor level below 60 percent.)Vent your clothes dryer to the outside. Make sure water does not pool around the foundation of your house. Remove and discard moldy materials. Throw out porous or contaminated materials like carpeting, carpet padding, mattresses and paper products. Cut away, dispose of and replace wet wallboard and insulation. Wash textile products. To reduce the release of mold spores, cover moldy material with plastic sheeting before removing them from your house.last_img read more

  • Sharks lose fifth straight game in Anaheim

    first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Jakob Silfverberg scored just 38 seconds into overtime to extend the Sharks losing streak to five games.Logan Couture returned from flu-like symptoms on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Sharks back in the win column as they completed a two-game road trip to Southern California with a winless record, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks.By earning a single point, the Sharks moved to within four points of the Calgary Flames for first place in the Western …last_img read more

  • Former Warriors guard Monta Ellis reportedly looking to make NBA comeback

    first_imgTwo years after retiring, Monta Ellis is on the comeback trail.According to a report from ESPN’s Jordan Schultz, Ellis and former Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire are planning to work out for NBA teams next week in Las Vegas.Schultz says both players are “healthy and hoping to sign with a contending team, such as the #Lakers.”Maybe they can join Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade on the end of the Los Angeles bench. Jack Nicholson could use some company these days. OK, Wade already squashed that …last_img read more

  • UCT voted Africa’s top business school

    first_imgTamara O’ReillyThe MBA programme offered at the University of Cape Town is the only one on the continent to make the Financial Times’s Global Top 100 MBA list.For the fourth consecutive year the university’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has joined prestigious names like Harvard Business School and Stanford University on the global MBA ranking by the renowned financial publication.In addition to this honour, the university’s GSB is considered the second best in the world in the “value-for-money” category, the criteria for which are calculated using the cost of the courses and the salary earned by alumni three years after graduation. Topping this category is the University of Strathclyde Business School in the UK.The Financial Times rankings assess schools in three main categories, namely the career progress of their alumni, the global focus and diversity of the school and its record in research and generating ideas.ProgressThe school has moved up the rankings from its entry into the list in 85th place in 2005 to the 71st spot this year. Despite this, salaries of graduates from this institution are the tenth highest in the world. It also emerged that the school ranks among the top five schools in emerging markets such as Africa, China and India.“We have about 26 global student exchange programmes as well as visiting academics from leading universities,” said director Professor Frank Horwitz. “The entire programme is structured with strong emphasis on personal development and growth, understanding business and leadership in emergent markets which puts us ahead of many other universities.”The GSB has also recently achieved a five-year re-accreditation by Equis, the European Quality stamp for international business schools.The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business claimed the number one spot for the fourth year in a row.Useful linksComplete listFinancial TimesUniversity of Cape Town UCT Graduate School of Businesslast_img read more

  • In Maine, a Builder’s Vision of Green

    first_imgJason Peacock wants to build houses that impart the benefits of green building to the people who occupy them, and he took a major step in that quest last fall with the completion of a 950-sq.-ft. two-bedroom in Wiscasset, Maine, a village on the Sheepscot River, northeast of Portland.Peacock is a LEED Accredited Professional, and the house, which he hopes will be the first of at least four he wants to build on 36 wooded acres he owns in Wiscasset, includes a photovoltaic system and design, materials, and construction intended to conform to LEED for Homes Platinum criteria.Small house on a spacious lotCalled Souler House, it features a frost protected shallow foundation (a foundation system commonly used in Scandinavian countries; click here for a primer on the subject produced by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center), 2×6 exterior walls insulated to R-25 with open-cell spray foam. Peacock installed a VaproShield permeable moisture barrier and used fiber-cement board and a rain-screen wall.The ceiling is insulated to R-50 and the standing-seam roof is recycled aluminum. Air leakage is minimal: a blower-door test showed 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. Peacock also used plenty of reclaimed material, including wood around the front door, which, notes a website called Green Homes of Maine, he salvaged from an airplane hangar.An air-to-air heat pump, Convectair electric heaters, and a Regency wood stove help keep the building comfortable in winter, and a 3.6 kWh Kyocera photovoltaic system supplements the home’s electrical needs.Looking aheadPeacock told Green Homes he plans to make photovoltaics, LEED Platinum criteria, and the performance level of the house standard for all of the other homes he builds at the Wiscasset site, adding that he might offer some of them for sale or rent them to seasonal visitors. In an email to GBA, Peacock noted that the weekly off-season rental rate will be $800, and the peak-season rate will be $1,200.So far, he told GBA, he has sold three lots on the site, although because of still-lagging economic conditions he doesn’t expect building on those lots to commence until 2013. But if the rental business on Souler House is robust enough over the summer, he might build another house for himself. Souler House, he added, was appraised last year at $195,000, including the 36-acre site.Like Souler House, the other houses he builds on Wiscasset likely will be small and solar-powered.“I do like the small-house movement and I strongly believe that life is better when you have less stuff,” he said. “So my next home will potentially be smaller with a large decks to enjoy outside spaces and views. It’s not a requirement for the community, but all the homes will probably be 1,000 square feet or less. I’ve been working on a design for a 650 square foot, two bedroom home that I’m excited to build. These houses will be great for people that believe that ‘Less is More…’ ”last_img read more

  • How to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    first_imgWhile the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K won’t replace your go-to still camera, it can capture stills to make referencing and scouting much easier.Ever since the T2i, I’ve been writing tips and producing video tutorials on how to take a camera primarily made for capturing stills and using it to create the “cinematic” look in its video mode. And now, here we are taking a pocket camera that has been made for cinema, and looking at how to use it to capture stills (cue Inception music).This notion isn’t new. Back in 2009, two years after the release of the RED ONE, the camera captured a cover photo of Megan Fox for Esquire magazine.It’s interesting to read the take on the experience of the shoot, as a decade later, it reads like a lost relic:For the first time in Esquire‘s history (and, we imagine, magazine history in general), a cover image was shot as a video. Using the RED ONE, a video camera that captures images at four times the resolution of high-definition, photographer-director Greg Williams (see below) recorded ten minutes of loosely scripted footage with Fox . . . ‘She could run scenes, without being reminded by the sound of a shutter every four seconds that I was taking a picture. As in still photography, a lot of it is capturing unexpected moments. This takes that one step further.’The Pocket 4K has been rolling into new users’ hands over the last few weeks, and more filmmakers are looking to get the most out of the camera. While the camera only houses an eight-megapixel sensor, and doesn’t have the typical photo features found on a mirrorless/DSLR-turned-film camera, we can get stills if necessary, and the 4K resolution provides more than enough for quick reference snaps.There are two ways of doing so.Using the Still ButtonOn the top panel, situated next to the red record button, there’s a camera icon button, which you use to capture a still. However, unlike a typical shutter release button — which will capture images continuously until you lift your finger from the button — this will only take the one still image, then you’ll need to press the button again. When pressed, it’s not initially apparent that you may have taken a photograph. There’s no digital shutter sound, no beep, nor does the screen blink. Instead, you’ll see this small camera icon appear in the top-right of the LCD screen after pressing the camera still button.It’s not that obvious — even less so in bright conditions. To make matters even more confusing — or perhaps more beneficial to those filming who don’t want to view stills when browsing their takes — is that when browsing your media on the camera through the playback function, you can’t review your photos. Again, a stills camera this is not, but one would hope it’d be a feature, considering we have a stills button. Even if we had to go into the menu subsystem to find a separate stills folder to review the media, it’d be better than nothing.Upon hitting the stills button, a still (formatted at your current camera setting) will save as a single DNG frame in a new submenu on your card, aptly titled “Stills.” And, cleverly, the stills get renamed with new characters to avoid unnecessary imports when you’re just looking for video files. As with the GH5, for example, if you were to record video, it’d be titled P1040598, and then if you were to take a photo the second after, the photo would be titled P1040599. With the Pocket 4K, stills will continue to follow the naming conventions set on the Pocket 4K, but they will send with S001 and so forth.An alternative method, and one we’ve extensively covered in a previous article for Resolve, is to frame-grab a 4K still from your NLE. It’s the method behind the Megan Fox cover issue, and it’s the method I used to create the poster below.However, whether you choose to capture a still from the camera using the dedicated button or from a frame grab, you’re still limited in how you capture photographs. The camera, at default, is set to shutter angle, the primary shutter setting for cinema cameras.Why is this such a significant factor? Well, typically the shutter speed is the principle setting that controls how long the image is exposed to light, and it will affect the degree of blur. In cinema, the slight amount of blur we get from 24fps at 180-degree shutter is responsible for what many call the “film look” and is a staple of how we perceive cinematic images. The problem is, it’s not great for taking photographs, because even the slightest movement is going to result in a blurry image.To adjust this, we can enter the setup menu and switch the shutter measurement from shutter angle to shutter speed. This will present us to change the shutter measurement to a setting more familiarly found on DSLRs. It allows us to adjust the shutter speed from 1/24 to 1/2000.If you don’t want to continue switching between shutter measurements in the heat of the moment, you can follow the steps below to try and neutralize any motion blur.We want to change the shutter angle to 45-degrees, negating most of the blur from a moving subject (this really only pertains to frame grabs from a video file), and we want to increase the FPS to 60. In doing so, there will be more frames for any given movement, which again will further negate the motion blur with the 45-degree shutter angle. This will help you pluck a still image from your video file.A reference image captured on the BMPCC4K while location scouting.Truthfully, this camera was never designed for stills, and you shouldn’t treat it as such. Since the files are saved on a Cinema DNG frame, you can export the photo to grade quickly or to grab a reference frame when scouting without the burden of a huge video file. Don’t list your stills camera on eBay just yet — there’s still use for it.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out.The Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingThe 5 Best Sliders to Pair with Mirrorless Video CamerasCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Considerlast_img read more