Big Win for EPA Long Island Sound Program

first_imgCongressman Lee Zeldin, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus, has announced that the Senate passed the 5-year reauthorization of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Long Island Sound Program.The program, which Rep. Zeldin secured at $65 million per year, will now head to the President’s desk to become law following Senate passage of House Amendment to S. 3021 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which included the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 1674).“The Long Island Sound is a critical part of our way of life, culture and economy, supporting tens of billions of dollars in economic value per year. The health and vitality of the Sound help so many hardworking Long Islanders put food on the table and provide a better future for their families,” said Congressman Zeldin.“Protecting and restoring this important waterway, which has suffered from pollution and overdevelopment for too many years goes hand in hand with improving our area’s water quality, restoring our natural habitats and improving local residents’ quality of life. Finally, working across the aisle and across the Sound, instead of facing the threat of being gutted year after year, this program and those who rely on it have the long-term certainty they need to carry out their important work,” added Congressman Zeldin.Prior to this legislation, the EPA’s Long Island Sound Program was last reauthorized for five years in 2006 at $25 million per year.last_img read more

Considerations for the 2017 planting season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With another spring planting season upon us, there are a few planter considerations before heading to the field. Seed costs remain a significant investment today with planting being a critical if not most important for maximizing yield potential. Maximum yield exists when the seed is in the bag but is influenced by the ability of the planter to create a suitable seedbed, while providing good soil-to-seed contact at the proper depth without sidewall compaction. Mistakes made at planting only reduce yield potential. Variations in seed metering and seed depth placement can impact uniformity of emergence and final stand counts. While some precision technology can be costly and prove difficult to determine ROI, here are some thoughts on technologies that can quickly, in most cases less than one year, pay off on your farm. First, we will provide some comments about planter and meter setup.A key maintenance step is to have all your meters evaluated on a test stand annually. Whether new, old or never evaluated, testing your meters will help ensure proper setup and identify worn parts that may influence seed placement in the furrow. Small repairs or adjustments can greatly improve meter performance for any type of meter. Typically there are always a few meters that need to be adjusted or worked on each year and one should expect a 98% or better singulation on the test. Here are a few key checks:Planter Related1)    Check all chains and sprockets, replace as needed. All chains should be adjusted to the proper tension. Grease and oil before heading to the field plus regularly during the planting season.2)    Check your seed opening disks for wear and proper spacing. Measure diameter and replace if too worn as outlined in operator’s manual.3)    Check bushings in parallel linkages that connect units to the maintain toolbar. Loose units will influence seed depth and fertilizer placement.4)    Depth wheels need to run tight against seed opening disks. Remember depth or gauge wheels control planting depth, so look them over and make sure they are properly setup.5)    Check seals on meter to insure door seals correctly and meter outlet properly aligns with seed tube.6)    Check the wear and cracks on bottom of seed tube. Cracks and wear at the bottom impact the uniformity of seed spacing.7)    Look over row cleaners, checking for wear. Properly adjust height and remember row cleaners are intended to remove stover and residue out of the way for the opening disks and not to till the soil bed.8)    Check closing wheels to insure they have the proper spring setting. They should not be loose or excessively tight. Also, check clearance as listed within operator’s manual. Technology related1)    Make sure your GPS and display are up-to-date on their firmware.2)    Make sure GPS offsets and planters offsets are correct so proper clutching of rows takes place.3)    Back-up and archive past years planting data in a secure location on a farm computer, external hard drive, cloud site, or similar.4)    If purchasing a differential correction, make sure your subscription is up-to-date for the planting season.5)    Check over wiring harnesses and connectors for any damage or loose connections.6)    If your system allows complete a backup of machinery setup digitally on flash drive or write down setting it case of display failure. This insures that setup of a new display can happen quickly without having to go through every setup process again causing more down time. Lastly, mobile application or APPs today can be a valuable tool or resource during planting. Always have a good weather APP to refer to during the season but the following list represents a few APPs that may be useful to your operation. Planting Population and Corn Spacing provide quick calculations to checking seed spacing at the time you are checking seed depth in the soil. You can at least determine if the planted spacing is being met.Mobile Pioneer by PioneerPlantability by PioneerPlanting Pop by AgPhDField Guide by AgPhDClimate Fieldview by the Climate CorporationGoPlant by John DeerePlanter Plus by John DeereOhio State PLOTSThe list provided is not all-inclusive, but many APPs exist that can be an asset during planting. If you have a smartphone, tablet, iPad or similar mobile device, take advantage of having information and tools at your fingertips. Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at 614-292-6625, or fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Andrew and Kaylee are Project Coordinators in the department.last_img read more

Singapore government pivots toward “Smart Nation” strategy

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Power Related Posts In a bid to fulfill its ambitious Smart Nation 2025 strategy, the Singapore government has undertaken a major realignment of its innovation agencies.The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) recently launched in a merger of two government agencies covering IT and digital media. The IMDA is involved in a broad array of initiatives that include Internet of Things, drones, virtual reality and smart city technology.See also: Singapore’s CIO weighs in on IoT and smart citiesThe launch of the IMDA and its sister GovTech agency is a move by the government to transform the country into a Smart Nation by 2025, which is essentially a smart city strategy on steroids.Gabriel Lim, the newly installed CEO of IMDA, says the government pivot towards the connected economy is the latest example of Singapore adapting its economy to global trends.Gabriel Lim, CEO of Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development AuthoritySingapore: climbing the industrial value chain?Since its modern beginnings in 1965, he says Singapore has focused single-mindedly on climbing the industrial value chain. This has seen its economic focus evolve from manufacturing TVs and light bulbs, through circuits and control panels, to today’s position as a global leader in financial services, biomedical research and now the digital connected economy.“That is the burden of small states like Singapore, because history hasn’t been kind to small states,” said Lim. “If you don’t move and are not nimble and flexible, you become irrelevant and the world passes you by.”Singapore’s population of only 5.5 million has obvious disadvantages of scale compared to more populous neighbours like Malaysia, Indonesia and of course China.However, Singapore is consistently ranked among the top places in the world for ease of doing business, largely due to its city-state structure with essentially one level of government. Lim says this enables a direct through-line from top levels of government and industry to the ground-level delivery of regulations and investment.Conversely, larger countries often suffer disconnects between the various levels of government, resulting in conflicts and inefficiencies between federal, regional and municipal governments.Regulations can be tweaked quickly nowIndeed Singapore has been able to deftly enact regulations enabling the development of new connected technology like autonomous vehicles.Singapore’s favorable testing environment resulted in the recent launch of the world’s first public, self-driving taxi pilot program by nuTonomy. As well, the National University of Singapore has enjoyed an environment conducive to advancing its autonomous vehicle research, bolstered by the support of IMDA.Lim also credits the compact and efficient nature of Singapore’s government for the interdepartmental coordination that has fast-tracked drone-friendly regulations.Though the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority regulate drone activity in the country, the IMDA also sits on the committee developing rules for unmanned aerial vehicles. This allows IMDA to directly represent industry interests in policy-making sessions, which helps improve the business environment for developing the new technology.“When that opportunity presents itself we will go and help the companies to present a case to create safe zones to deploy drones more effectively,” says Lim.He says this close working relationship between government and industry helped foster the development of drones by local startup AeroLion in partnership with the Singapore Land Authority.Initially AeroLion worked with the IDA (IMDA’s precursor agency),  to identify an opportunity to develop drones that use sensors and 3D imaging on buildings. Eventually AeroLion developed drones capable of performing structural building inspections to identify cracks and environmental issues in areas that would be hard to reach for human inspectors.Trials of the AeroLion drone have proven out cost benefits through the reduced need for labor intensive inspection and through automation via its auto-detection capabilities.The IDA was also instrumental in developing the world’s first mail delivery drone, creating a real-world smart city application for burgeoning unmanned aerial vehicle technology.In a partnership with Singapore Post, the IDA helped develop a drone that would deliver mail to the small island of Pulau Ubin. The project was sparked by the imminent retirement of the island’s longtime postman which would have created a vacancy difficult for SingPost to fill.With successful trials completing in 2015, a program of drone-based mail delivery to the island is in the process of being permanently established. The project marked the world’s first point-to-point recipient authenticated mail delivery by drone.And when it comes to the potential rewards for Singapore’s forward-thinking shift towards connected technology, the check is definitely in the mail. Or in the drone.center_img Tags:#AeroLion#autonomous vehicles#China#drones#IoT#Singapore#Smart Cities#VR Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

SP leader murdered

first_imgTwo persons were arrested after a district-level leader of the Samajwadi Party and his Home Guard associate were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dinpur village here, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Tuesday night when assailants stopped the car in which Samajwadi Party leader Parvat Singh Yadav and Home Guard Umrav Singh were travelling and opened indiscriminate fire, police said. Singh was killed on the spot while the assailants dragged Yadav to a nearby forest area before murdering him, they said. The arrested were identified as Suresh Singh and Surendra Singh, and two firearms were recovered from their possession, officials said.last_img

Carpal biopsy

first_imgBiopsy of the wrist and carpal structures.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoWatford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedroby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have rejected a request from Fluminense for Joao Pedro to remain with them until mid-2020.The player has been the subject of booing from home supporters in recent weeks, after an eight game spell without a win and a public appearance at a music festival two days before a game, reports the Watford Observer. Despite his falling out with supporters, reports in Brazil claim the team have asked Watford if they can hold onto the teenager until a later date, but the Hornets are not interested in allowing him to stay in South America after his originally-agreed arrival date of January 2020. The 18-year-old has scored ten goals for Fluminense so far this season, but drew criticism for appearing at Rock In Rio festival last month. last_img read more