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Bat removal

first_imgOccasionally, I’ve heard of people successfully using naphthalene moth crystals to get rid of bats. A word of caution – put the crystals in stockings so you can remove them if necessary. In one case, a family threw an abundant supply of mothballs in their attic and had to remove them because the family couldn’t tolerate the smell. Plug holesAfter the bats leave, seal all openings by stuffing stainless steel scouring pads in the cracks and applying caulk over them. Close the openings soon after it becomes dark when the bats are out for their evening meal. Another way to remove bats is to use a one-way device. These devices are placed over the bats’ known entry points. These “bat valves” allow the bats to leave, but won’t let them come back in.The best time to close bats out is late summer or early fall (beginning after Aug. 15). In early summer many young bats will remain in the attic. For this reason, there is a ban on bat closeout from May 1 to Aug. 15. The mothers return several times each night to feed them. If you block bats in, they will die and create another problem for you to address. If you wait for cold weather, the bats will hibernate in the attic all winter.Most people complain when I give them this advice about how to deal with bats. They want information on a spray or something that will quickly and effortlessly solve the problem. I wish I could suggest a miracle cure, but there just aren’t any. If you don’t want to tackle the bat problem yourself, call a pest control operator or critter-removal service.For more information on bat removal, see the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division website at www.georgiawildlife.com. If you have bats in your belfry, or your attic, now is the time to remove them before they hibernate in your home for the winter. University of Georgia county agents field about 2,000 calls on bat control each year. Some six species of bats can be found in Georgia, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.Most of these love to roost in attics, hollow walls and other dark, out-of-the-way places. The smell of bat droppings, or guano, in an attic can be nauseating. Disease carriersBats can carry bedbugs and other ectoparasites, those who live outside their host. There have also been cases of disease outbreaks when people were in constant contact with these pests. When tackling the task of cleaning up a bat-infested area, be aware of the potential danger.So, how do you rid your home of bats? The only permanent way to be free from the bat roost nuisance is to shut the bats out.First, homeowners need to find the openings where the bats enter. Look for cracks, louvers, knotholes or torn screens. Some bats can come in through a crack just wide enough to slide a pencil through, and most bats can enter through a hole the size of a quarter. Search for holesLook for openings with “dirty edges” where bats have been squeezing through. Check walls and the ground for bat droppings. (Bat droppings are similar to mouse droppings but are shiny with pointed ends.) Unlike mouse droppings, bat droppings often stick to surfaces.Some people think lights and airflow, such as running a fan, will encourage bats to leave. UGA Extension wildlife specialist Michael Mengak says there is no literature to support this “urban legend.” He recommends using Dr. T’s Bat-a-way — a bird, squirrel, rabbit and bat repellent approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Its active ingredient is naphthalene, which is also used in mothballs.last_img read more

FairPoint to provide 100 percent broadband coverage in 51 Vermont localities

first_imgFAIRPOINT TO PROVIDE 100 PERCENT BROADBAND COVERAGE IN 51 VERMONT LOCALITIESFERRISBURGH, Vt. (September 30, 2008) – More Vermonters will be able to quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet because FairPoint Communications today announced it will provide 100 percent broadband coverage to its customers in half of its Vermont telephone exchanges by December 31, 2010.FairPoint acquired 99 telephone exchanges (in several cases exchanges cover multiple towns and prefixes) in its March 31, 2008 acquisition of Verizon’s wireline business in Vermont. The locations of the 51 exchanges with full coverage are divided among all 14 Vermont counties.”FairPoint is in a unique position to bring broadband coverage to nearly every corner of the state,” said Gene Johnson, CEO of FairPoint. “We are pleased to work with agencies like the Vermont Telecommunications Authority in this initiative. We are committed to providing Vermonters with excellent customer service and a reliable network.”Governor Jim Douglas said FairPoint’s expansion is an important contribution to his e-State Initiative-a plan to make Vermont the first state with universal access to quality cellular coverage and high-speed broadband technology.”Increasing access to high-speed broadband is strengthening our economy, creating jobs and encouraging innovation. This new infrastructure is the platform for growth and job creation across every sector of our economy,” said the Governor. “As a result of FairPoint’s commitment, we are moving much closer to becoming the nation’s first e-state where affordable broadband and wireless technology is available to everyone and where no one is left behind,” he added.In order to provide complete coverage in these exchanges, FairPoint will continue to expand the existing wired network as it has been since April and will also integrate wireless technology (WiMax) to extend the reach of its network to less densely populated areas.To enable this integrated approach, FairPoint is also building a new IP-based next generation network. This 100 percent fiber-based core network is extremely flexible and capable of integrating multiple access technologies including DSL (digital subscriber line), WiMax and fiber to the premise. This means that FairPoint wil be able to meet the broadband needs of its customers well into the future and be able to offer multiple services across the same secure network platform.WiMax delivers high-speed Internet service to customers over high-speed wireless connections by placing a small WiMax terminal at the customer location that enables access to the FairPoint next generation network.”FairPoint will be the first company in the United States to deliver a combined wireless and wireline solution over an IP-based network on such a large scale,” said Michael Brown, vice president of broadband and access engineering for FairPoint. “With the advanced capabilities of our new next generation network, WiMax was the obvious technology choice to complement our wired technology and quickly expand high-speed Internet service to customers in less densely populated areas.”Today in Vermont, FairPoint currently offers high-speed Internet service using DSL technology – a wired technology solution that provides high-speed Internet service over the phone wires that already exist at a customer’s location.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPoint that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on file with the SEC. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty to update this information.Source: FairPoint Communications, Inc., www.fairpoint.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters finalizes Van Houtte acquisition

first_img-Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, has announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of LJVH Holdings Inc. (’Van Houtte’) for an aggregate cash purchase price of CAD$915 million, or USD$905 million, subject to adjustment for final exchange rate and future adjustment based on Van Houtte’s working capital, net indebtedness and pre-closing taxes as of immediately prior to the acquisition’s closing.‘We are confident that Van Houtte, with its well known portfolio of brands and strong management team, will help drive GMCR’s future success in Canada and throughout North America.’‘We are very pleased to welcome Van Houtte and its approximately 1,800 employees into the GMCR family,’ said Lawrence J. Blanford, President and Chief Executive Officer of GMCR. ‘We are confident that Van Houtte, with its well known portfolio of brands and strong management team, will help drive GMCR’s future success in Canada and throughout North America.’Van Houtte roasts and markets gourmet coffee for home and office consumption, and distributes it through Van Houtte’s direct-to-store delivery and coffee services networks in Canada and the U.S. GMCR expects to continue operations from Van Houtte’s current location in Montreal, Quebec, under the leadership of Gerard Geoffrion, Van Houtte’s president and CEO.Van Houtte’s Canadian brands include Van Houtte®, Brûlerie St. Denis®, Les Cafés Orient Express Coffee® and Brûlerie Mont Royal®. Van Houtte also produces K-Cup® portion packs for the Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System under the Van Houtte®, Bigelow® and Wolfgang Puck® K-Cup brands.As previously announced, GMCR expects the Van Houtte acquisition to be neutral to slightly dilutive to earnings per share in the first twelve months after closing, and accretive thereafter. GMCR expects to adjust its fiscal 2011 estimates to include the effects of the acquisition when it reports its fiscal first quarter results.As also previously announced, GMCR has financed the Van Houtte acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and new debt financing. GMCR has entered into $1.45 billion in senior credit facilities, consisting of (a) a term loan A facility in an aggregate amount of $250 million, (b) a term loan B facility in an aggregate amount of $550 million, (c) a U.S. revolving credit facility in an aggregate amount of $450 million and (d) an alternative currency revolving credit facility in an aggregate amount of $200 million. GMCR has used a portion of the proceeds from these senior credit facilities to repay GMCR’s borrowings under its former credit facility and to pay the Van Houtte acquisition purchase price. GMCR also will use a portion of the proceeds from these senior credit facilities to support GMCR’s ongoing growth.BofA Merrill Lynch and CIBC have served as financial advisors, and Ropes & Gray LLP and Goodmans LLP have served as legal advisors, to GMCR for the Van Houtte acquisition.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Timothy’s World Coffee®, Diedrich®, Coffee People® and Gloria Jeans®, a trademark licensed to GMCR for use in North America and owned by Gloria Jeans Coffees International Pty. Ltd. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsCertain statements contained in this press release are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, GMCR’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, GMCR’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s, Timothy’s, Diedrich’s and Van Houtte’s wholesale operations and capacity into GMCR’s business, GMCR’s success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under GMCR’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, GMCR experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for GMCR or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, GMCR’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, the impact of the inquiry initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and any related litigation or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in GMCR’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. GMCR does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases. WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 12.17.2010last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: There’s a New National Park in New Mexico

first_imgWhite Sands is the country’s 62nd national park. There were no personal identification items located on the skeleton, but a hiker went missing in July 2018 in the area that the skeleton was found. Paul Miller, of Canada, went on one last hike before he and his wife were to return home. When Miller failed to return from his hike, more than 600 people searched for 6,000 hours to locate him, but he was never found. If you’ve got a goal of visiting all of the nation’s national parks, there’s a new one to add to your list. White Sands, which has been a national monument since 1933, is now a national park. The new park is located 220 miles south of Albuquerque and is the largest dune field in the world. Florida does not require a boating license to operate most watercraft. In order to keep manatees safe while operating a boat, the Save the Manatee Club recommends wearing polarized sunglasses to eliminate the glare of the sun in order to better see beneath the surface of the water, staying in deep channels of water while boating, and avoiding boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas where manatees might be eating. Human remains have been found in a remote area of Joshua Tree National Park, the National Park Service announced. The remains were found near the 49 Palms Oasis area of the park and were discovered after a cooperating agency notified the park service that they “may have found evidence of human remains while analyzing photographs of the area taken last summer,” the NPS said in a statement. “The discovery is in a remote, rocky, steep location away from any trails.” According to preliminary data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 129 manatees were killed from January 1 through December 13, 2019 after being hit by boats. It’s a new record in manatee deaths by boaters. In 2018, boats killed 125 manatees. center_img Human skeleton found in Joshua Tree National Park There’s a new national park in New Mexico Beginning in the spring, visitors to White Sands National Park will be able to hike and camp in the backcountry. Thanks to the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, visitors will be able to do so without hearing missile tests, something the national monument had to deal with on a regular basis. Boaters in Florida killed more manatees in 2019 than any other yearlast_img read more

More Than Half Ton of Cocaine Seized in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo July 03, 2012 A shipment of 506 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride that was being transported on a fishing boat was seized in a coordinated operation involving units of the Colombian National Navy and the Colombian Police, in the inner harbor of the Port of Buenaventura (on the Pacific coast) of that country. The boat, which had a departure permit to fish between the Buenaventura and the sector known as Cape Corrientes in Chocó, was intercepted by Buenaventura Coast Guard units, which during an inspection found that the walls and doors of the cargo holds were covered with fiberglass, posing an obstacle to their inspection. The boat was brought to the Coast Guard Station in Buenaventura, where upon opening the doors of the cargo holds, 16 sacks containing 512 packages of the alkaloid were found. The Judicial Police (Dijin) performed the Standardized Preliminary Initial Test, yielding a positive result for cocaine hydrochloride. The substance and the boat’s seven crew members were turned over to the competent authorities at the Port of Buenaventura. So far this year, the Pacific Naval Force has seized approximately 20 tons of cocaine, striking a blow against the financial structures of illegal organizations along the Colombian Pacific coast.last_img read more

Dix Hills Man Charged With Running $5M Ponzi Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-Dix Hills Soccer Club president has been indicted on federal charges that he allegedly conned friends and neighbors into joining a $5 million Ponzi scheme over the past eight years, authorities said.Robert Rocco, 48, pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court on charges of wire and mail fraud, including the alleged theft of $66,915 from the soccer club in 2010. He was reportedly released on $500,000 bond.“Rocco mastered the role of con artist when he traded upon his relationship with friends and colleagues with empty promises of high financial returns in exchange for their investments,” said George Venizelos, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.Prosecutors said Rocco promised 18 percent annual returns to club members, volunteers, friends and neighbors who invested in businesses that he formed, including Limestone Capital Services, Advent Merchant Services LLC and Advent Equity Partners LLC.Rocco allegedly told the victims that the ventures included providing loans to finance wholesale cigarette purchases on behalf of a Shinnecock Nation tobacco shop and a credit card processing company between 2006 and 2013.He allegedly solicited money from new investors to pay purported profits to earlier investors to conceal misappropriations of the earlier investments, going as far as sending fraudulent account statements to investors that falsely showed that investors’ accounts had earned high rates of return, authorities said.last_img read more

H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?

first_imgDec 30, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Last month, officials in Italy and Canada aroused concern by announcing they had found an H5N1 influenza virus in wild birds. Neither country had previously been troubled by any reports of the virulent H5N1 virus that has been plaguing poultry and occasionally sickening and killing humans in Asia.But in both cases, health officials said the virus was not dangerous and was unrelated to the H5N1 virus in Asia.This suggested an obvious question: If a virus has the same name as the one in Asia, why isn’t it just as dangerous?The answer has to do with the rather outdated conventions for naming influenza viruses, according to David Halvorson, a veterinary pathologist and avian influenza expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.The “H” and “N” in the name of a flu virus stand for hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, two proteins on the surface of the virus that allow it to enter and exit host cells. Sixteen different hemagglutinins and nine different neuraminidases have been identified to date.Hemagglutinin and neuraminidase were the first aspects of the flu virus to be identified, so the nomenclature was built around the two genes that code for them, Halvorson explained to CIDRAP News. The types are numbered according to when they were discovered; H1 was identified first.However, a flu virus also has six other genes and corresponding proteins. Thus a name like “H5N1″ is a very incomplete description of the virus.”The H5N1 only describes two of the eight genes, so there are six other genes,” Halvorson said. It’s possible to have an H5N1 strain with six other genes from an avian flu virus, or an H5N1 with six other genes from a human-adapted or pig-adapted flu virus. “That’s how far apart they can be.”For example, the other six genes in a given H5N1 virus could be identical to the other six genes in an H6N2 virus, he said.In an analogy Halvorson uses with his students, he said that assuming that all H5N1 viruses are identical would be like assuming that all men wearing navy blazers and gray pants are the same in other ways.”You can have the mafia wearing that outfit or you can have a college professor wearing that outfit—or a used car salesman,” he said.”We’re stuck with something we have difficulty explaining because we don’t really have good nomenclature,” Halvorson summed up.Mild viruses can turn nastyAvian flu viruses of the H5 and H7 types can be either relatively harmless or highly lethal to poultry—low-pathogenic or highly pathogenic. (The conventional abbreviations are LPAI and HPAI, for low-pathogenic and highly pathogenic avian influenza.) In fact, all known HPAI strains are either H5 or H7 subtypes.HPAI strains typically are detected as a result of poultry deaths, Halvorson said. The designation of high pathogenicity generally is based on what happens to healthy chickens when they’re exposed to the virus. If the virus kills at least 6 out of 8 chickens in a challenge trial, it is deemed highly pathogenic.Unfortunately, a low-pathogenic strain won’t necessarily stay that way. It can evolve unpredictably into a highly pathogenic strain—a change that may take weeks, months, or even years.What differentiates LP from HP strains at the molecular level, Halvorson explained, is the nature of the hemagglutinin cleavage site, where the hemagglutinin is split by an enzyme or some other factor, enabling the virus to enter a host cell.In most human and poultry flu cases, the virus is cleaved by protease, an enzyme found in the respiratory tract, Halvorson said. But an HPAI virus doesn’t need that protease assistance to split; “It gets cleaved almost by itself.” Consequently such viruses can spread in many tissues, not just the respiratory tract.Scientists now can identify HPAI viruses not only by how they affect chickens, but also by examining the amino acid sequences at the hemagglutinin cleavage site, according to Halvorson. (Most of the time, however, HPAI viruses are detected by their effects on poultry.)Generally, HPAI viruses are defined by having four basic (as opposed to acidic) amino acids at the cleavage site, he said. However, in the last few years there were two cases in which an HPAI virus emerged without those four basic amino acids. Those viruses had an insert from another gene at the cleavage site that allowed it to split more easily. The outbreaks involved H7 strains in Chile in 2002 and in British Columbia in 2004.Viral instability tough on poultry industryThose outbreaks illustrated once again the highly unstable nature of flu viruses. Mutations occur constantly as the virus tries “to find the best fit for the species” it depends on, Halvorson said.Flu viruses, including H5 and H7 varieties, circulate all the time in wild waterfowl, usually without making them sick. “Occasionally there’s going to be spillover into poultry someplace. Even though it may be low-path, it’s cause for concern,” he explained.The US poultry industry is “99.99% free of influenza,” but every year flu turns up in one or more flocks in one or several states, he added.When the strain is a low-pathogenic H5 or H7, there’s no way to predict if, or how soon, it might evolve into a highly pathogenic form. In the outbreaks in Chile and British Columbia, the transition took just a few weeks. But in Pennsylvania in 1983, it took 6 months. And a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus has persisted in live-bird markets in New York since 1994 without changing into the lethal form.The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recently recommended that all low-pathogenic H5 and H7 avian flu outbreaks be reported to veterinary authorities, given the risk that they can turn virulent, Halvorson said. This has increased the level of awareness and concern about the viruses.”So states like Minnesota, which never destroyed any poultry before, if we were to get an H5 or an H7 [that’s low-pathogenic], we’d be under tremendous pressure to destroy the flock,” he noted.The heightened concern has economic consequences. Halvorson said there’s no legal basis for banning poultry imports from an area where LPAI has been found, yet the US Department of Agriculture promptly (though temporarily) banned poultry from British Columbia recently when an LPAI strain turned up there.H5N1 may lead to use of risky vaccinesAs the virulent H5N1 virus continues to evolve and kill poultry in Eurasia, Halvorson predicted, scientists may turn toward a hitherto unthinkable option: a live influenza vaccine for poultry. Such vaccines use a live but weakened form of flu virus.Such vaccines have long been considered too risky in poultry. “Because these viruses are so unstable, the concern was that they could recombine with some other virus that’s there and make something worse,” he said.But with the H5N1 virus now present in 15 or more countries and endemic in several of them, using a live vaccine may be worth the risk, he said. “People are now saying we’ve got to attack this with everything at our disposal, and that’ll have to include a live vaccine. The door is open now for a live H5 vaccine in birds.”Live vaccines offer important advantages, Halvorson explained. One is that they require less antigen (active ingredient) than killed vaccine. A live vaccine may contain too few copies of the weakened virus to trigger an immediate immune response, but once inside the host, the virus replicates to the point where the immune system detects and responds to it. A killed virus must be injected in larger doses, because it doesn’t multiply inside the recipient.A second advantage is that live viruses don’t have to be injected into each bird individually; they can be put into drinking water or sprayed into the air in a chicken coop. That way, hundreds or thousands of birds can be immunized quickly. Killed viruses, by contrast, must be injected, because there’s no other way to administer them that will bring them into contact with the immune system.Earlier this week, not long after Halvorson predicted that live vaccines would be used against H5N1, Chinese veterinary officials announced they had developed a live-virus vaccine covering both H5N1 flu and another devastating poultry virus, Newcastle disease.In a follow-up interview, Halvorson said it appeared that the Chinese vaccine involved a genetically engineered Newcastle disease virus, rather than a live influenza virus. “I believe they’re talking about a recombinant Newcastle vaccine virus that will express a protein from an [H5N1] influenza virus, and the body would produce antibodies against that H5 virus,” he said.”A similar thing was done here [in the United States] a few years ago,” but it didn’t lead to a marketable vaccine, he said.See also:Nov 11 CIDRAP News story dealing with H5N1 virus in Italyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/nov1105avian.htmlNov 21 CIDRAP News story mentioning H5N1 virus found in Canadahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/nov2105canada.htmllast_img read more

Pittsburgh to Host the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

first_img March 19, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA — The 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts will be held September 27 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Executive Director Karl Blischke announced today.The public is invited to submit nominations by April 8 via arts.pa.gov. The 2019 award recipients will be announced this summer. The awards ceremony was last held in Pittsburgh in 1997.“We are thrilled to be bringing the Governor’s Awards to Pittsburgh,” said Blischke. “Our commonwealth’s arts and cultural legacy is rich with Pittsburgh artists, performers, writers and institutions. What’s more, the city’s renaissance and thriving arts and cultural community are quintessential illustrations of how the creative industries play a pivotal role in a community’s vitality and livability.”The awards recognize artistic accomplishment in four award categories: Distinguished Arts, Artist of the Year (the Hazlett Memorial Award), Creative Industries and Arts Leadership and Service.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts originated in 1980. Since 1996, the ceremony has been held in a different city across the commonwealth each year, allowing multiple regions of the state to share in this celebration of the arts and showcase their unique cultural assets.Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Marian Anderson, Andrew Wyeth, James Michener, Jennifer Higdon, Fred Rogers, M. Night Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, Jeff Koons, and Michael Keaton. There have been more than 180 honorees to date.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor. Private contributions support the ceremony, reception, award objects, and related expenses. The Council’s mission is to strengthen the cultural, educational and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts.center_img Pittsburgh to Host the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Artslast_img read more

Property price gap narrowing

first_imgANZ head of economics said the property price gap between Sydney and Brisbane was narrowing. Image: Hollie Adams.One of Australia’s big four banks has predicted Sydney property prices will become “relatively” less expensive than those in Brisbane within the next few years.RELATED: Home loan scrutiny set to ease: ANZANZ head of Australian Economics David Plank’s comments came at the Property Council’s outlook lunch on February 8, when he said the gap between affordability of Brisbane and Sydney would narrow over the next few years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNerida’s property market update – January 201901:55“Sydney prices are falling whereas Brisbane’s are pretty stable,” he said.“We’re in the midst of a cycle now that’s going to be reasonably severe in Sydney and Melbourne anyway in terms of prices.”Social demographer Bernard Salt said when it came to the general cost of living it was plausible to predict there would be “parts of Brisbane” that would become less affordable than “parts of Sydney”.Bernard Salt speaking at Future SEQ Luncheon at Royal International Convention Centre last year. IMAGE: Claudia Baxter“The inner city area from Fortitude Valley to Woolloongabba to West End to Milton … in the past … would certainly offer a very high quality of life,” Mr Salt said.“And in many respects, is better than the equivalent areas of Sydney, which are congested and outrageously expensive.”But in terms of a general proposition, Mr Salt said Sydney would continue to be Australia’s biggest city.“The headquarters of most Australian businesses and overseas businesses tend to be located in Sydney,” he said.“The wages tend to be higher in Sydney and … as long as that dominance is maintained overall, I think the average for Sydney will be higher then the average for Brisbane.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoHe said while the gap was narrowing, there was still a long way to go.“If you live in Surry Hills or Paddington in Sydney you’re got within half an hour the best paying jobs in Australia,” he said.“Living in New Farm, or living in West End, you can live a very sophisticated, cosmopolitan, global lifestyle.”Some inner Brisbane suburbs, including West End, offer a sophisticated, cosmopolitan global lifestyle.Mr Plank said while it was unlikely the “absolute level” of Sydney housing would be more affordable than Brisbane, the boost in interstate migration was changing things.“A few years ago when Queensland started to come out of its downturn and had very strong employment growth we started to see interstate migration turn around and I think that will continue,” he said.“Sydney is going to get a loss less expensive relative to Brisbane over the next few years … but it’s still going to remain relatively elevated.”“The bottom line here is that over the next 25 years Brisbane’s population is going to double … it means that demand for all sorts of property is essentially going to double over the next 25 years.”MORE: Dude sells home of ‘rude’ nudePaddington market remains strongMr Salt said southeast Queensland was set for an extraordinary boom delivered by Baby Boomers selling out of their multimillion-dollar properties.“(They will be) buying a better property than they had and using the balance to top up their super, or to live a particular lifestyle,” he said.“There’s five million Baby Boomers, now aged between 55 and 70, the mid point is 63/64, so you could argue that the next five years really is going to be a golden era for retirees, interstate migrants moving north.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Milestone for Seabrook and Hampton Dredging Plan

first_imgSenators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan came to the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative in Seabrook, NH, last week to announce that federal funding had been secured for the dredging of Seabrook/Hampton Harbor. This project will be undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who had received preliminary funding and have been in the engineering phase of the project.The Seabrook Board of Selectmen were on hand, as well as Seabrook Harbor Master Mike Pike, Police Chief Brett Walker, Fire Chief William Edwards, Emergency Manager Joseph Titone, as well as Ed O’Donnell and Coral Siligato from the Army Corps.The Seabrook Board of Selectmen (Chair Ella Brown, Vice Chair Aboul Khan, and Board Clerk Theresa Kyle) have made support of this project a top priority, setting a Town policy of full support for the funding, as well as instructing management to work closely with the Army Corps on the logistics of the project.“The Army Corps have been a tremendous partner on this project, moving as quickly as they can to get the work started. This project is vital to the commercial fishing industry on the seacoast, as well as other commercial boating and charter operations,” the Town said in its announcement.last_img read more