Farmers watching Lake Erie algal bloom forecast for 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseEven if they have never hooked a walleye or basked in the sun on a Lake Erie beach, many farmers took a keen interest in today’s algal bloom forecast — especially after yesterday’s Kasich Administration announcement about new measures targeting agriculture and Lake Erie water quality.“Compared to the last couple of years this will be a more moderate bloom than last year, or 2015 or 2011, definitely,” said Richard Stumpf, NOAA oceanographer. “But any bloom is not good. There will be scum out there but not like we saw last year.”NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a harmful algal bloom (HAB) of cyanobacteria of a 6 on the severity index, with a range between 5 and 7.5. The severity index is based on a bloom’s biomass over a sustained period. The largest blooms, 2011 and 2015, were 10 and 10.5, respectively. Last year’s bloom had a severity of 8.Bloom size and toxicity do not always correlate, however.“A big question is about the toxicity and right now we can’t forecast that. It is about not only how much bloom there is but also how much toxicity the individual cells are producing. In 2014 the algae cells were producing lot of toxin and they did it earlier and that is why they had the problem in Toledo. In some years, there is much less toxin produced by the cells,” Stumpf said. “We are trying to pin down the timing too. This year it appears that the bloom is a little earlier and also the blooms tend to change through the season. So there may be a period where it is stronger and then weakens.”As more is learned about HAB, more insights into addressing the nutrient loss situations on farms are being gained. Greg LaBarge, a CCA with Ohio State University Extension, was on hand at the algal bloom forecast event today to address questions about the role of agricultural nutrient loss and measures being taken to address those challenges.“The big thing for us is that every acre needs to have implemented on it the 4R nutrient stewardship concepts thinking about it both from a crop production standpoint as well as an environmental standpoint. We need to keep that rate where it needs to be to produce crops and think about placement of that somewhere off the surface of the soil. We can even think about multi-year applications if we keep it off the surface,” LaBarge said. “The source, both manure and commercial fertilizer, can be managed with rates that correspond to what our agronomic need is. The other thing we need to think about is managing the water in relation to what is coming off of the field. That will be the next thing we need to do to refine and start really focusing in on those higher contributing fields and putting practices where they need to be.”Today’s Lake Erie forecast is part of a NOAA ecological forecasting initiative that aims to deliver accurate, relevant, timely and reliable ecological forecasts directly to coastal resource managers and the public. Rainfall from March through July is one of the factors considered in several models used for predicting the algal bloom.“The rain drives the runoff which produces the loads in the rivers. So if you have a particularly wet spring you have a higher load of phosphorus going into rivers, which go into the Lake. It was wet in May and sort of average in March and April and June was intense then dry then intense then dry,” Stumpf said. “When it was intense it seemed bad, but it averaged out overall. We actually had a fairly average year for total rainfall, just not average every month. We don’t look at the rainfall intensity. We look at what ends up in the rivers. The rainfall gives us an indication, but we are ultimately looking at what goes in the rivers.”Warm temperatures did give the HAB a head start this year, which is being closely watched by researchers. In recent years, visible blooms have not appeared until late July or early August. This year, Lake Erie’s western basin warmed almost two weeks earlier than usual, reaching 70 degrees the last week of May, leading to the appearance of a small bloom.“This early start does not change the forecast severity, because the bloom is determined by the amount of phosphorus that goes into the water,” Stumpf said.And, like everyone else listening to today’s forecast, Stumpf is hoping for solutions.“Lake Erie is Ohio’s Lake. Everybody enjoys the Lake and from what I have seen, the agricultural community wants to help,” he said. “Once we figure out the right way to address this, let’s go and get it done.”last_img read more

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Affordable Housing is Leading Green Building

first_imgI recently learned that in Georgia, as well as much of the rest of the country, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), the fuel that drives much of the affordable housing industry, strongly encourages green building certification for projects that obtain these credits. Without this connection to tax credits, we would see many fewer certified green homes and apartments, and these affordable developers would not be the leaders in green building that they are today.Realizing that this segment of the housing industry is one of the few seeing much action, I recently attended the annual conference of the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition (GAHC) in beautiful and historic Savannah.Funny money?I met a lot of great people at the conference and learned more than I wanted to know about the financing of affordable housing deals. Being a sticks-and-bricks kind of guy, I never paid much attention to the intricacies of project financing, and more specifically, the role that tax credits play.The beginning of my education on the subject started with a casual conversation about power company rebates for multifamily projects. I was chatting with a developer and mentioned that a project I was looking at was eligible for about $300,000 in rebates for energy-efficiency improvements. His response was, “How does it affect his basis?”Being a logical, straightforward sort of person, it never occurred to me that getting cash rebates for building renovations could somehow not be desirable. But I was mistaken. It seems that the tax credits on affordable projects are based on the depreciable basis in a project and they are available for a ten-year period following construction. Developers can use these credits to offset income, or if they are non-profits, they sell them to other entities for cash. In some cases, it is better to not receive rebates and other incentives as they may have less value than the tax credits they displace. There are apparently teams of accountants and consultants that run these numbers for developers, helping them figure out the best way to maximize their profits.More green building knowledge neededOK, enough high finance for me. What really struck me at the conference was that even though almost everyone there was involved in green building through having projects certified, there was remarkably little in-depth knowledge of the subject.While I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the subject, at most conferences I find myself somewhere in the middle of the green building knowledge spectrum. At this event, I was pretty much the only expert in the crowd, something I found both fun and frightening.One panel on green building included a construction manager who was clearly out of his element on the subject. He made several incorrect and misleading statements about various insulation products, leading me to speak up and clarify his points for the audience. He really got my back up by pointing out that fiberglass batts are so much less expensive than spray foam that it’s hard to justify the extra expense. When I pointed out that when you look at overall building performance, and the work required to get different insulation products to perform to equivalent levels, then the costs are much closer, there was, thankfully, acknowledgment that first costs are not the only factor to consider.Strutting my own stuffI was on a panel with a geothermal contractor, a large PV installer, an architect, and a representative of a local affordable housing agency. Most of the questions involved the complexity of making PV and geothermal work on affordable projects, how the incentives affected their basis, and net metering and feed-in tariff issues.I was given an opportunity to rant a little, and as I wrapped up my points on existing buildings, suggesting that implementing measures like retrofitting wall insulation, window replacement, and HVAC equipment replacement without first improving ductwork were generally bad strategies (in the South at least), the moderator cheerily thanked me for contradicting everything they had learned in their careers.At this conference I learned quite a bit about how the affordable housing industry works, met lots of nice people, and made many good contacts that may lead to some future work. It is encouraging that so much affordable housing is certified green, and even though they are not necessarily the most knowledgeable green builders, they are certainly helping move the industry forward while providing healthy and efficient housing for our most needy citizens.last_img read more

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Your Name Is On It

first_imgYou sold your dream client your product, your service, or your solution. They bought you when they bought the outcomes you sold them. You are your company, as far as your clients are concerned.You nurtured your dream client over time. You were the one who was sharing your insights with them, as well as those insights your company has developed over time. You were the one who established the fact that you had the ideas that could help your dream client change and produce better results.You showed up at your dream client’s office to share your ideas and help them discover what new outcomes were available to them. You shared with them what was possible, and you helped them establish a new vision. You collaborated with the stakeholders, and you helped build consensus as to why change is necessary and how they should change.You also made the pitch and fielded all the questions. You resolved your dream client’s concerns, and you provided the proof that they would generate the outcomes they needed. When you were done, you negotiated the deal.All of this makes this deal yours. It was your target, it was your prospect, it was your opportunity, and it was under your name in your CRM. Naturally, you took credit for–and deserved–the win. If you are taking credit for the good things, you have to take responsibility when things go wrong.There is a reason that your client calls you when things go wrong, instead of your operations team or your customer service function. The reason? It’s your deal. You sold it, so you own the outcomes.If you want an absolute right to the next deal, then you have to ensure your client succeeds with what you have already sold them. This doesn’t mean that you are glorified support, and it doesn’t mean that you own the operational work that needs to be done. It does mean that you are the orchestra conductor, and that you exercise the leadership necessary to get things done inside your company, as well as inside your client’s company. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Elena Vesnina lose French Open women’s doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza missed out on winning her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost the French Open women’s doubles final to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Paris on Friday.Unforced errors cost the seventh seed Indo-Russian pair dearly as they lost the summit clash 4-6 3-6 in one hour and 21 minutes at Court Suzanne Lenglen here.It was a good opportunity for Sania to add a women’s doubles title to her already Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, which she won along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 but it turned to be an off day for the Indian and her partner Vesnina.Nevertheless, Sania did create a history of sorts by becoming first Indian female tennis player to reach the women’s doubles final.Vesnina struggled with her first serve throughout and Sania’s feeble shots at the net only helped the cause of the Czech pair.Even the Czech players, especially Andrea, struggled with the first serve in windy conditions but the Indo-Russian pair committed more unforced errors.A strong show by Lucie turned out to be the real difference between the two teams as she did not drop her serve even once and had good control over her strokes.Sania prevented a first set rout when she held serve in the seventh game when they were down 1-5. They made it 4-5 after breaking Andrea in the eighth game, raising hopes of a comeback.But Lucie served out the first set in the 10th game when the Russian hit a backhand long on the second set point.advertisementLucie had committed a double fault on first set point but an unforced error by Sania gave the opponents a second chance which they converted thanks to Elena’s long backhand.The second set too started badly for Sania and Elena as the Russian dropped her serve to hand a mini lead and then she could not held her serve even once.Sania raised her game in the second set and created opportunities but Elena had a poor day.They had a chance to turn the tables when they broke Andrea in the fourth game and had two breakpoints against the same player in the eighth game to make it 4-4 but Lucie yet again played well and denied the rivals a comeback.Lucie hit a volley winner to win the match on second match point.Elena and Sania split euro 165000 as prize money while the winners took home euro 330,000.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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School of Education Restructures Access

first_img The School of Education (SOE) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is restructuring the way it allows access to education.This was disclosed by Undergraduate Coordinator and Deputy Dean of the SOE, Dr. Aisha Spence, while speaking with JIS News recently.She said the restructuring is aligned to the National Development Strategy of the Government, and the SOE sees this as an important strategic move.Teachers and school administrators now have the opportunity to pursue higher education at the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree level, Master of Education (M.Ed.) level and Doctoral (PhD) degree level.The options available within the undergraduate B.Ed. programme include Information Technology or Computer Science, English Language or Literacy Studies, History, Geography, Social Studies and the Sciences. There is also the undergraduate Education Administration.The undergraduate programme targets teachers who already hold a teaching Diploma from a teachers’ college, and high-school graduates wishing to pursue teacher education and have the requisite matriculation requirements.According to Dr. Spence, the SOE is also collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to ensure that teachers who have been teaching subject areas, but do not have the requisite qualification, will have the opportunity to do so.The Ministry now requires that every teacher have a degree in their subject area, she noted.The Postgraduate platform includes a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, which prepares individuals to become provosts, heads of departments and deans in tertiary-education institutions.There is also the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education Planning and Policy. This targets individuals seeking to become senior technical advisors to Ministers of Education across Jamaica and the region, and those working with organisations, such as UNESCO, that support education initiatives globally and locally.This platform also includes an M.Ed. in Curriculum Development, Psychology, Language Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education. The SOE also offers a Doctorate of Philosophy in all the areas mentioned under the M.Ed.According to Dr. Spence, the institution will soon offer the Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) which will be complementary to the PhD.  “Our mission at the SOE is to ensure that we put out leaders,” she said.“Teachers don’t have to stick to the classroom. We want to contribute to the transformation in the education system by helping students to broaden their own vision of education. They are needed in the classroom, but we also need them in other places and training and professional development is available at the SOE,” Dr. Spence said. The School of Education (SOE) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is restructuring the way it allows access to education. According to Dr. Spence, the institution will soon offer the Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) which will be complementary to the PhD.  “Our mission at the SOE is to ensure that we put out leaders,” she said. The Postgraduate platform includes a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, which prepares individuals to become provosts, heads of departments and deans in tertiary-education institutions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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MacKenzie Porter About You

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook MacKenzie Porter- “About You” (Big Loud Records): This country singer/songwriter from Western Canada is now kicking up her bootheels in Music City to fine effect.She is the first Canadian signing to top Nashville-based label Big Loud Records, and this is the first project that the label is focusing on north of the border. This new cut (out today) is produced by hitmaker Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Nickelback), and suggests Big Loud has backed a winner.On this track, Porter displays a supple and convincing vocal style, while the lyrical content is subtly subversive. It begins by stressing that this is not just another of those feel-good party songs that dominate the country genre these days. “It ain’t about turn it up to 10, a party for your friends, it’s about lessons learned and getting what you deserve,” she declares, in what emerges as a post-break-up song. Moi adds the big production sound he specialises in, making this a radio-friendly contender. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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FortisTCI Announces Staff Promotions and New Hires

first_img Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci, new hires, staff promotion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (May 13, 2015) – FortisTCI (the Company) is taking a moment to celebrate recent staff promotions and welcome several new hires who have joined the Company within the last six months. Six employees received promotions, and eight employees have joined the FortisTCI family since October 2014.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “FortisTCI’s policy is to hire and retain the best people. As a performance-based organization in an industry that requires specific skill sets, it is important that we hire talent with proven capabilities and build our knowledge base and capacity in this fast-changing, technologically driven world. Indeed, we must position the organization to meet and surpass our customers’ needs and expectations. We are proud of all of our team members.”Recent promotions and new appointments have been announced as follows:Shatel Wilson, CPA – Internal Auditor (Promotion)Archie Gaviola, CPA – Director, Financial Services (Promotion)Garrett Jones – ERP Technical Analyst & Support (Promotion)Romano Ingham – Energy & Revenue Protection Liaison Officer (Promotion)Sheldon Santiago, GISP – Enterprise System Analyst (Promotion)Todriko Saunders – GIS Specialist (Promotion)Edwin Forbes – Student ApprenticeRichard Gibbs – Financial AccountantMary Manalo Capisanan – Financial AccountantTeAnn Thomas – Jr. Business AnalystSelvano Gardiner – Student ApprenticeLacal Palmer, CPA – Finance & Business Planning AnalystRamon Suarez – Plant Diesel MechanicCorean Kelly – Jr. Plant Operator, South CaicosThe Company wishes each employee continued success in their new job roles. FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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The Capital Cooks in style

first_imgMouth-watering dishes warmed up Delhi’s chilling weather as the annual food festival, Dilli ke Pakwan kicked off in the Capital. The culinary delight of the city saw a large number of visitors pouring from in and around along with foreign tourists. The festival organised by Delhi Tourism was inaugurated by Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, in the presence of Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, on 24 December at Baba Karag Singh Marg. Ramesh Tiwari, MD & CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC were also present at the ocassion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While speaking on the occasion, Harsh Vardhan congratulated everyone present and expressed his temptation for food at the festival. He said, “Delhi can be termed as mini-India as the city is true example of unity in diversity”. Vardhan also expressed his passion for good health and advised the visitors on eating in a balanced manner. Meenakshi Lekhi feels that cooking is an art and street food vendors should be given at least a three weeks of training to hone their skills, while she also stressed on the role of entrepreneurship for betterment of the nation. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNearly 60 food items are being served at this seven-day street food festival to mark the celebration of Delhi’s culinary diversity. From paneer pakoda, aflatooni tikka to chicken lollipop and mouthwatering halwa and gulab jamuns, all popular dishes from the nook and corner of the city are being served with great hospitality.Fifth in the row, Delhi Tourism has been providing an organised platform to food artistes and ensures that festivals alike impact the tourism circuit in the capital.  Cuisiniers, halwai, cooks and chefs have specially come to Baba Kharak Singh Marg for giving the city a taste of their best dishes all under one roof. Apart, delicacies of Delhi, the venue witnessed cultural activities like katchi-godi, bhopa-bhopi and a lively puppet show in the evening. A daring fire act was also organised, which left the visitors amazement.Dilli Ke Pakwaan’s colourful and informative souvenir was also launched on the occasion.Cultural evenings which includes blazing bhangra performance, a special food quiz and food talk is also to be held. To mark the celebration of the Christmas, large number of people would be attending the festival to enjoy the festivities.last_img read more

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