Florida Legislature Passes Bill to Combat Blue-green Algae Blooms

first_imgAlgae blooms in the state’s rivers and other waterways have killed fish, irritated eyes and have shut down fishing, swimming, boating and other water activities.With that in mind, the bill puts forth a plan to more closely regulate onsite sewage treatment, upgrade leaky utility water lines and better manage farm fertilizers that currently wash into the state’s waterways. It also directs the Department of Environmental Protection to work with the University of Florida in order to recommend rules for preventing fertilizers from flowing from golf courses.“This is going to be a piece of legislation that we’re going to talk about decades from now as the starting point where we shifted gears and proved to people that we, as a state, are prepared to take on these big environmental issues,” said Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia. “Make no mistake about it, this is an historic piece of legislation.” In an ongoing effort to contain the blue-green algae blooms that have hurt Florida tourism and wildlife, the state legislature is sending Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill that proposes to reduce nutrients reaching our state’s waterways and groundwater.The bill, which is a priority for the governor, includes recommendations from a task force which was formed to address the algae problem that has plagued the state in recent years.The 77-page document addresses septic tanks, municipal wastewater treatment, storm water runoff, and farm fertilizers, among other items.“This bill actually advances water quality in Florida in a real substantive way. I mean, I think I’m going to cry, I’m so excited,” said Democratic Rep. Margaret Good before the House unanimously approved the bill. “Clean water and water quality are so important to Florida.”The Florida Senate unanimously passed the bill two weeks ago.last_img read more

Bryant gives peek into his life in documentary

first_imgExecutive Producer Kobe Bryant speaks on stage during the “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” panel at the The Showtime 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant says he’s “scared” about his future after basketball, although he’s embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career.Bryant gives a peek into his life in a Showtime documentary airing in November. “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” covers much of last season, when Bryant was sidelined and the Lakers finished 27-55, the most losses in club history.“It’s a fascinating time to be around this guy,” said Gotham Chopra, who directed the film. “There’s this sort of looking forward to life after basketball. This is a guy that’s asking a lot of questions.”The unexpected time off last season forced Bryant to think about his post-basketball future.“I’m afraid, too,” he said Friday at the summer TV critics’ meeting. “You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time.”Bryant said this film is different than the 2009 ESPN documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work,” directed by Spike Lee. The new film includes Magic Johnson and former Lakers coach and current Knicks president Phil Jackson.“It’s more introspective,” he said. “It’s about who or what has inspired me.”Bryant is credited as an executive producer on the Showtime film, a vanity credit only.“I’m not even quite sure what it is they do,” he said.He arrived 30 minutes late for his session with critics.“I was out looking for a head coach,” he said, joking.The Lakers remain without a coach, and big man Pau Gasol recently chose to leave for Chicago as a free agent. The team failed in its bid to land Carmelo Anthony, too.“We’re still trying to figure the roster out,” Bryant said. “We don’t know what system we’re going to be operating out of. A lot of those questions remain to be answered.”Bryant reaffirmed he was “very happy” with the effort the Lakers made in trying to land Anthony and retain Gasol. He indicated approval of general manager Mitch Kupchak’s recent signings of complementary players.“It’s my job to go out there next season and lay it all out there on the line and get us to that elite level,” he said.last_img read more

SA awards R51bn rail upgrade contract

first_img7 December 2012 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has named the Gibela Rail Transportation consortium, led by French company Alstom, as the winner of a multi-billion rand contract to design, manufacture and supply new trains and wagons for the country’s massive railways overhaul. “The ageing fleet combined with rapidly growing passenger need has led Prasa to focus on scaling the rolling stock investment as part of a broader strategy to acquire modern technology to meet changing demands,” Prasa chief executive officer, Lucky Montana, said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Prasa rolling stock fleet renewal programme is the catalyst for the transformation of Metrorail services and public transport as a whole.” Current Metrorail operations in Gauteng, Durban, Western Cape and Eastern Cape are serviced by 4 638 coaches, and approximately 90% of the rolling stock in operation dates back to the late 1950s.Intensified efforts to invest in rolling stock “The average age of the current coaches is 39 years, while the lifespan of railway rolling stock is of the order of an average 46 years,” Montana said. “Prasa has in the past two years intensified its efforts to invest significantly in new rolling stock over the next 20 years, with the first trains expected to be delivered in 2015.” The programme is looking to acquire 7 224 electrical multiple units, with an estimated investment of R123-billion over a period of 20 years between 2015 and 2035. It has been divided into three components: 5 256 vehicles to meet existing rail passenger demand on the current network until 2020; 456 vehicles to satisfy growth in rail passenger demand on the existing network until 2030; and a further 1 512 vehicles to meet long-term rolling stock needs as part of future expansion. Of seven groups to submit bid responses, the Gibela consortium led by Alstom and including local engineering company Actom was selected as the preferred bidder.‘Investing in development’ “While the urgent challenge to improve passenger services remains primary, the rolling stock fleet renewal programme has been designed to achieve a number of key government objectives,” he said. This includes the “delivery of quality services to citizens, revitalisation of South Africa’s rail engineering industry through local manufacturing and ensuring local content as part of government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, employment creation, skills development and broad-based black economic empowerment”. SAinfo reporter As the preferred bidder, Gibela will offer 3 600 vehicles delivered over a 10-year period from 2015 to 2025 at an expected cost of R51-billion; maintenance, spares supply and technical support over 18 years from 2015 to 2033; and 8 088 direct jobs created. Gibela will also spend R797-million on skills development initiatives, R746-million on enterprise development in the rail sector and R273-million on socio-economic development contributions. A target of local content of 69% by the second year of the project was also set, in addition to preferential procurement policies such as R32.8-billion to be spent on subcontracting to black empowered entities, R5.3-billion on subcontracting to qualifying small enterprises and exempted micro enterprises and R1.6-billion on entities owned by black women.last_img read more

Corn ear abnormalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants agronomistWhile walking corn plots for fields as they get closer to maturity, it is not uncommon to observe some plant/ear abnormalities. One abnormality observed this time of year is a tassel ear. The picture is a tassel ear I observed recently while taking notes in a corn plot.Corn plants are monecious, having both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowering structures. Occasionally, female reproductive structures develop on a tassel, allowing for kernel development. Typically observed on tillers (or suckers) these tassel ears do not develop with a husk covering the kernels and do not produce harvestable grain due to damage from pests and environmental conditions.last_img read more

Google Chrome Gets Extension Sync

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts The developer’s version of the Google Chrome Web browser was updated this week to include the ability to sync your extensions. The new feature joins Chrome’s other sync options, in place for some time (Bookmarks, Preferences and Themes), to more fully round out the browser’s synchronization platform. How to Enable SyncTo enable extension sync in Chrome, you’ll first need to install the current developer’s build. Once installed, you’ll then need to edit the Chrome shortcut’s properties. In Windows, you right-click on the shortcut, choose “Properties,” and in the “Target” box, add –enable-sync-extenstions at the end of the command, to the right of the quotes. (Update: see the comments section for a tip on implementing this feature without the reported bugs).Mac OS X users will need to use Terminal or this handy script that does the work for you (Pointed out to us courtesy of LifeHacker.) Sync: For a Browser that Knows You The great thing about Chrome’s synchronization options is how it allows you to create a standardized experience no matter what computer you’re using. Whether on the netbook in the living room, the desktop in the den or your notebook at the office, you can install Chrome and immediately have it set up with your personal preferences.For this former Firefox user, the addition of extension sync has been one of the more highly anticipated options, second only to bookmark sync. There was a time – not too long ago, mind you – when you had to make manual lists of your installed extensions or use some sort of third-party add-on to back them up every time Firefox released a new version. And believe me, that process was not as simple as it sounds. With Chrome, though, the transition from version to version is seamless. There’s no backup needed. Forget iterative Web apps, Chrome is the iterative Web browser. Although the current version of extension sync is still in testing – and apparently a bit crash-prone reports CNET – it’s only a matter of time before the feature is stabilized and ported to the beta channel, followed by the public release. As for what’s next for Chrome sync, could it be the ability to sync browser history, searches and cookies? Passwords? Auto-complete settings? We would imagine that it’s all of the above…maybe not soon but definitely not never. Tags:#Browsers#Google#web last_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgThe referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban Dancing To Greek Folk Music

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.last_img read more

Suncor assessing impact of Albertas move to cut oil production next year

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it’s assessing the impact of the Alberta government’s move to curtail oil production next year.The company says the specific impact of the production cut will be provided when it issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.The Alberta government announced a plan Sunday to impose across-the-board oil production cuts to reduce a glut of oil that has helped increase the discount the province’s oil fetches compared with the North American benchmark. The anticipated regulations will require oil producers to reduce their production effective Jan. 1, 2019.Cenovus Energy Inc. proposed the idea of a production cut last month, however several large players in the oilpatch have been opposed to involuntary cuts.Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. whose refining assets and firm pipeline contracts allow them to avoid most local price discounts have opposed the idea of mandatory production curtailments.Suncor says it believes the market is the most effective means to balance supply and demand and normalize differentials.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball ready to avenge itself vs Michigan State in

Michigan State senior guard Bryn Forbes (5) cheers from the bench during the Spartans’ 81-62 win over Ohio State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State men’s basketball team took care of business Thursday night against Penn State, grinding out a 79-75 victory. But its work at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is not done. In some ways, it’s just beginning for the Buckeyes as they advance into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. That’s because their opponent Friday night is a team that has beaten them twice in less than three weeks: the Michigan State Spartans. “This is the game we’ve been waiting for,” said OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens. “After our last loss at their place, we’re just ready to avenge ourselves.” The Buckeyes started slow against the Nittany Lions, trailing by double digits at times in the first half before trimming it to a three-point deficit at the break. OSU used an explosive start in the second period to grab control and, eventually, after fending off a few late pushes by Penn State, the victory. In the locker room after the game, most of the chatter wasn’t about what just happened on the floor, but instead, it centered on the things the Buckeyes need to do to extend their stay in Indianapolis into Saturday. Simply put, the list is rather long.“They pose so many problems,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. The first thing the Scarlet and Gray have to do, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said, is focus for 40 minutes, not just one half. When the two teams played in Columbus on Feb. 23, the Buckeyes trailed by only five points at the break before losing by 19. The second time around, last Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, OSU was within striking distance for the opening 15 minutes, then things started to sputter en route to a 15-point defeat.The two-faced nature of the Buckeyes’ performances can’t be attributed to just one thing, said junior forward Marc Loving, who led OSU with 24 points against Penn State, but the Spartans’ pace of play, compounded with their ball movement, takes its toll.If a strong second half is what’s needed to upset Michigan State, OSU showed it’s capable of putting forth one against Penn State. The Buckeyes roared back in the final 20 minutes Thursday night, scoring 45 second-half points. Granted, Michigan State, the tournament’s second seed, is a whole different animal than Penn State, but it gives players confidence, Loving said. “I feel like it should definitely carry over (to Friday),” he said. The other big thing the Buckeyes will try to correct before Friday night, Giddens said, is not trying to put too much focus on just one player. In the first game versus Michigan State, the attention was centered on Denzel Valentine, and rightfully so. The senior guard is a leading candidate for national player of the year, but he isn’t the only elite talent on coach Tom Izzo’s team. With the Buckeyes concentrating on Valentine, senior guard Bryn Forbes took advantage, hitting six 3-pointers on his way to a 27-point performance. In the regular-season rematch, the reverse happened. Steadfast on stopping Forbes, Valentine had a 27-point outing of his own, while adding 13 assists. This creates all sorts of problems, Giddens said, but the team is aware now that everyone on the floor needs to buckle down and defend. If it puts too much attention on Forbes and Valentine, Giddens mentioned that senior forward Matt Costello could do damage of his own.Although the task of advancing to the tournament semifinals will be a difficult one, many of the players said another crack at the Spartans is just what they wanted. After getting beat twice, they know what they need to flip the script this time around.Their work starts now and continues until the ball gets tossed up Friday at 6:30 p.m.“We’ll head back, grab something to eat, and we’ve already got (the film) we need to show ready,” Matta said. “I think they understand that the mission is not accomplished yet.” read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue senior linebacker T.J. McCollum (6) attempts a to sack Ohio University running back A.J. Ouellette (45). Credit: Courtesy of Purdue AthleticsLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana2016 Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jeff Brohm2017 record so far: 1-1All time record vs. OSU: 14-39What has happened thus far in 2017:Purdue was defeated 35-28 in its season opener by No. 16 Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Boilermakers were led by their defense, which forced three turnovers in this game, but were ultimately overmatched by the Cardinals’ high-powered offense. They went on to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday, winning 44-21. Running back Tario Fuller led the team to victory with 142 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This marked the first win of the Jeff Brohm era in West Lafayette, Indiana.Impact PlayerRedshirt senior linebacker T.J. McCollum could have a major impact on the Boilermaker defense this season. He had 120 solo tackles — including 16 for a loss — in his three seasons prior to joining Purdue. The linebacker’s 18 tackles in his first two games lead the team. McCollum transferred from Western Kentucky with Brohm.StrengthsPurdue’s strength will be the linebackers. The Boilermakers added McCollum to a linebacker core of sophomore Markus Bailey and senior Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bailey led the team in tackles last season with 97 while Bentley had 50 tackles last season, including seven for loss. Tight end is also emerging as a position of strength for Purdue. Junior Cole Herdman leads the team in receiving yards this season with 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while backup tight end Brycen Hopkins has seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. WeaknessesPurdue’s pass defense must improve if the team is going to contend against some of the better teams in the Big Ten like Michigan and Wisconsin, which it will face on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, respectively. The pass defense has given up 602 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The secondary added transfer safety T.J. Jallow, yet the starters in the secondary only had one interception last season. Overall, the defense looks improved from last season, but its ability to slow down the passing game could determine how far the team will go. read more