Arboretum and Boston Teachers Union School partner for science education

first_imgGrowing out of a longstanding commitment to sharing knowledge about the natural world, the Arnold Arboretum’s educational programming for children began in the 1980s with the introduction of field study opportunities in the historical landscape. While this programming continues to thrive today, the Arboretum’s Boston Teachers Union School collaboration is designed to provide science instruction as an integral part of student learning throughout the school year. Funded through the generous support of a private donor, the program includes lessons on plant and animal life but also nurtures a broader understanding of science in general, intending to spark curiosity through thought-provoking activities that promote observation, reasoning, and language skills.Collaborating with the BTU School has opened avenues of discovery for both students and their instructors, and both teachers and parents have noticed a spike in the children’s enthusiasm for learning science. In addition to engaging students in the classroom, the Arboretum hosted the students for field studies in the landscape, creating opportunities for students to expand on their indoor experiments through an exploration of the Arboretum’s living collection of plants. Some of the students will learn elementary botany by growing plants in their classrooms this spring, and all will return to the landscape when the weather warms to continue to learn about science in the field. Whether in the classroom or on the Arboretum grounds, students and educators both look forward to the continued flowering of this unique educational partnership.Learn more about the Boston Teachers Union School and its partnership with the Arnold Arboretum. Read Full Storylast_img read more

New Market.

first_imgResearchers have found a new niche market for Georgia farmers:selling ornamentals to florists.For the past year and a half, Amy Carter has been attendingfloral seminars and visiting Georgia wholesale florists and trendyAtlanta flower shops.A research coordinator with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, she’s been assessingthe industry’s opinion on Georgia-grown ornamentals.While conducting tours on the Coastal Plain Experiment Stationin Tifton, Ga., Carter and her colleagues, including lead scientistJohn Ruter, stumbled on the idea of selling winged elm branchesand other Georgia ornamentalsThe Garden Club Ladies Love It”Every time the garden club ladies visit, they just ‘ooh’and ‘ah’ over the winged elm trees and say how wonderful theywould look in floral arrangements,” Carter said. “Afterhearing so many comments, well, we finally took the hint.”Carter was determined to find a way for Georgia farmers toenter this type of speciality market. She works alongside UGAresearchers in Tifton who are constantly searching for new cropsand new markets for Georgia farmers.”We focus on finding crops farmers can grow in their off-seasonsand crops they can grow on unproductive land where they can’tgrow the more traditional row crops, such as cotton or peanutsor corn,” Carter said.To determine whether there is a market for winged elm, Carterhas been surveying Georgia florists shop by shop. The branchescompare to those of the curly willow tree, a nonnative plant floristsuse.”I just walk into a flower shop and ask, ‘what do youthink of this?'” she said. “And all the florists I’vetalk to have said they’d love to use it in arrangements and dishgardens. Then they immediately ask where they can buy some.”Sold By The BundleAfter searching over hundreds of floral Web pages, Carter determinedthe winged elm branches could easily sell for $8 to $10 a 10-stembundle. Using these figures, an acre of 1,900 plants would gross$11,000 in a year after just one year in the field, she said.”I was also amazed to see that florists pay $6 for a bunchof millet heads,” she said. “And as far as I could tell,there are no Georgia suppliers for them or any other dried orpreserved floral product. I did find a wholesaler in Albany thatbuys grapevine wreaths and cedar roping this time of year froma Georgia grower.”Carter said the selling price of the winged elm branches isbased on the length of the stem.The next step of the project is for UGA researchers to developproduction methods and work with Georgia farmers to plant wingedelm on farm plots.”You have to consider what the farmer is dealing within his other crops and how easily this would be adaptable,”Carter said. “We want to introduce them to something newand make it as painless as possible. I would really love to seeGeorgia farmers as excited about this new crop as I am.”Native Grass Turns Heads, TooWinged elm isn’t Carter’s only new crop project. She’s alsolooking into marketing muhly grass, a native grass.”It’s just gorgeous,” Carter said. “In October,it has a pinkish purple flowering head that just catches the sunlight.In south Georgia, you notice it growing in low areas along theroadsides.”Like winged elm, muhly grass already has a fan club in Tifton.”We planted some here, and in the fall it’s everyone’sfavorite,” she said. And you guessed it. Carter bundled itup and hit the florist’s trail.”It’s definitely another one people just go crazy over,”she said. “They’re already asking, ‘What is that and wherecan I get some?'”last_img read more

CFPB’s Kraninger talks tailored regs, PACE, UDAAP w/ CUs

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr California and Nevada credit union leaders met with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger is Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss credit union issues. Credit union leaders in attendance stressed the need for tailored regulations from the CFPB.Specific Issues discussed include the need for strong Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan regulations, reconsideration of the CFPB’s Remittance rule coverage and safe harbor threshold, payday lending exemptions and the need for the CFPB to define “abusive” under Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP).“It was clear the Director has heard loud and clear the need for tailored regulations, and she said she is open to looking for exemption opportunities,” said Sharon Turley, vice president of regulatory advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union League. “The League valued this opportunity to meet with Director Kraninger for the second time. We find the director open and attentive to credit union issues.” continue reading »last_img read more

Mayor Of Roseau Calls On Residents and Members of The City Council To Play Their Part

first_imgLocalNews Mayor Of Roseau Calls On Residents and Members of The City Council To Play Their Part by: – May 6, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 42 Views   no discussions Share The Mayor of Roseau HIS Worship Mr. Cecil Joseph has made a call to residents of the cityof Roseau to pay their rates in order to maintain and enhance the city. He made this call during DBS’s Talking Point talk show with host Alvin Knight.Click to listen to audio:  He also made mention of the members of the Roseau City Council who are laid back and relaxed and doing little or no work which cannot continue. He said that they should hear the cry and understand the problem of the city.Click here to listen to audio:The Mayor reminded the public that the city belongs to all of us and therefore we should all ensure that we play our part in its development and enhancement.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Scorpions aim to keep Hurricanes on the floor

first_imgMuch will be at stake when Jamaica Scorpions play away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua in the sixth round of the WICB First-Class Championship, starting today.Campaigning at different ends of the points table, the Scorpions, on 53 points, will be looking to move a step closer to the top two, Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride.The Jaguars, on 85 points, lead the championship, while the Pride are second on 63.The Leewards, in the meanwhile, have lost all five fixtures to date and are lurking at the bottom on 13 points. The Windward Islands Volcanoes are fifth on 29 points, with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 37.PRODUCING BETTER RESULTS”If we want to make a run for the title, we have to start producing better results, starting with the Leewards,” stated Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr.”They are down, and we need to keep them down by not only winning, but getting as much bonus points as possible.”With a three-win, two-loss record, the Scorpions will be hoping that the addition of batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas will add much strength to their batting, which has struggled all season.Blackwood missed the team’s first five matches due to West Indies duties, Edwards is making a return after missing their fifth round due to injury, while Thomas has been included for the first time this season.”We have strengthened our batting with the addition of (Jermaine) Blackwood and the return of Kirk (Edwards), and we’re looking for better totals,” said Palmer Jr.”This is in addition to our bowling unit, which we will be looking to for continued good showings.”The team’s bowling will be led by West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and sidelined spinner Nikita Miller.As for the Hurricanes, who will be captained for the first time by Jamaica’s Nkrumah Bonner, they are hoping that this change, as well as an extended training camp, will make them stronger.”Jamaica is a good team, but we are playing at home and hope to use this to our advantage,” said Bonner.”We have players with talent, but have been struggling with the basics, and if we can correct that, we should be very competitive.”In addition to Bonner, their leading run-getter, the Leewards are expected to bank on discarded West Indies pacer Gavin Tonge, former captain and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, as well as promising young batsman Orlando Peters.last_img read more

Photos: NFL great, ex-49er reduces price of Danville mansion by $2 million

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price further on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $5.4 million from $5.8 million. The house was originally listed at $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theater, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public …last_img read more

Fine Tuning Corn Yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alan BruglerDTN Contributing AnalystUSDA rolled out another crop production report Thursday, Sept. 12, with the companion World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Unlike the two most recent editions, this report was a lot closer to trade expectations, generally going in the same direction. Estimated planted and harvested acres were left unchanged from last month. There are still questions about whether permitting corn to be grown as a cover crop will result in a higher abandonment/silage number, resulting in fewer acres harvested for grain. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that it might not resolve that question until after the big post-harvest farmer survey in December. Producers are asked to specify silage acres in that survey, with results released in January on the mega report day.NASS cut projected national average corn and soybean yields, which most producers had argued was necessary. The average soy yield was reduced 0.6 bushels per acre (bpa) to 47.9 bpa. The average yield for corn was trimmed 1.3 bpa from last month to 168.2 bpa. Projected average corn yields were reduced from last month in 19 states, and increased in four. In the garden spot of the U.S. this year, the Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri yields were left unchanged from last month’s estimates. Now the fine-tuning begins. Out of the past 20 years, NASS has been too low on final yield in the September report 11 times and too high nine times. The average miss is 3.1% or 269 million bushels (mb). There are a number of ways to get from September to the final number, however.First, we have to remember the methodology NASS is using. The primary horse the analysts are riding is the farmer survey, with 9,624 completed surveys for this September report. NASS fills in the data holes from the farmer surveys with satellite data and with their own objective yield plots. There were 2,905 objective yield plots visited between Aug. 24 and Sept. 1. The satellites tell you what crop is there, and via Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) can give you some correlation between the image and historical yield. Where the satellite images pair up with ground observations, you can calibrate the satellite data. This is the area where most of the ag and weather industry satellite forecasts fall apart. They don’t have enough ground truth samples because they don’t do as many farmer surveys or objective yield plots. The latter is very important because they give you ear counts, ear girth and length that are nearly impossible to measure from a satellite no matter how good your camera is.Speaking of ear counts, they are down this year. Here are the September ear counts per acre for the 10 states tracked for this purpose. None of them have a record-high ear count, as late planting, poor soil conditions, compaction and other issues took a toll. Final ear counts are usually lower than the September number. Compare the Final 2018 to the Sept. 18 column for a general idea.Corn EarsPer AcreFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalSeptSeptMax20132014201520162017201820182019IL301503010030800304503025031500315503030031550IN298503045029150292502885029750300002890030450IA295503015030850305003060030800311503025031150KS222002400023650224502265021700223502155024000MN308503095030450302503060030800308503005030950MO271002790026850271502785027300274002695027900NE257002620026700254002595026800271002585027100OH283002960029600296002915030300307502985030750SD253002445025750254502585028050281002645028100WI289502860028600287502855030450307002985030700Average2779528240282402792528030287452899528000This is the lowest ear count per acre since the 2012 drought. A quick and dirty, unweighted average for the 10 states puts the ear count at 28,000 in September, down 3.5% from last September. If ear weight was identical, you’d expect yield to be 3.5% smaller, i.e. 170.34 bpa. This is only from 10 states, and USDA is actually using something north of 28,100. National average ear weights can vary from a little over .31 pounds per ear to a bit over .36 pounds. Number of kernel rows, kernel depth and ear length all enter into that part of the equation.With the exception of 2018, final ear weights were higher than the one used in September. Since very few of the objective yield plots have been harvested and sent to the lab yet, the ear weight for 2019 is derived from the farmer survey/published yield and the ear count. Producers are basically saying the grain weight is going to be the lightest since 2014 due to smaller ears.To wrap up our little exercise, that yield number is still a moving target. Just about all the data we have at our disposal suggests a below-trend yield, but how much below is a question mark. The elephant in the room — the delayed maturity of the crop — suggests we still have considerable risk of a freeze hitting before all the crop makes it to black layer (maturity). That would hurt grain weight by stopping starch deposition.If something like that happens (the GFS and European models are in some disagreement right now) we also have to remember that it does not typically hit all states equally. If you get a 10% loss on a state that has 3% of U.S. production, that is only a .3% hit on U.S. production.It is a big deal if it is your corn, but otherwise not so much.Alan Brugler may be reached at [email protected](BE/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Gimbal Based Stabilizers Aren’t Always The Best Choice

first_imgWhen Freefly Cinema announced the Movi just a year and a half ago, filmmakers everywhere rejoiced. But now that it’s been out in the field for a while (along with dozens of knock offs), many shooters are finding it to be more of a speciality item.[Above image from Copter99]I have been fortunate to have used the Movi a number of times (as well as several other gimbal based stabilizers), and I’ve been able to achieve fantastic results with it – even with no formal training whatsoever. It’s an incredibly innovative product and one of the most powerful tools that we as filmmakers have access to today, but I am not alone in feeling that Gimbal based stabilizers aren’t always the best stabilization choice.When the first promo videos of the Movi were released last year, it truly seemed that this device could do it all. It could theoretically be used to replace just about any type of stabilization system – from a tripod to a jib and everything in between. In many respects, it can replace a lot of traditional stabilization systems…but that doesn’t mean that it’s always better suited than it’s more traditional counterparts.They Can Only Be Held For So LongBefore I ever actually operated a Movi myself, I had not even considered the fact that since the system isn’t attached to any sort of vest (like a Steadicam) it can become extremely tiresome to hold. This is especially true when you have a heavier camera such as a RED Epic set up on it. For those of you that have never operated a Movi yourself, imagine holding out your arms straight for ten minutes… It would get pretty tiring right? Now imagine adding 10 to 20 lbs of weight to the equation and things get even more difficult.I can tell you from personal experience that on any professional set that I’ve been on (where we’ve had a Movi or Ronin and a substantial camera setup on it), our operator was unable to successfully hold the setup for more than a few minutes at a time. This severely limits the way that the device can be used as it doesn’t allow for long takes and requires more time in between takes for the operator to recover. The solution to this problem is to rig the stabilizer up to an Easy Rig (which takes a lot of the weight off of your arms), but then the movement of the Movi is limited heavily and the purpose of having a gimbal based stabilizer is largely diminished.They Require Multiple OperatorsMany filmmakers were excited that the Movi would free us up creatively. If we wanted to try out a completely new type of shot that was never possible before, now the Movi would allow us to get there. That certainly is still true, and I am by no means opposed to the Movi as there are certain cicrumstances where it works beautifully. However, when considering the notion that it frees you up creatively, you also need to consider that it restricts you in other ways – namely crew requirements.In order to really operate a Movi properly you need at least two specific crew members, and potentially three at times. There is the Movi operator, the focus puller, and potentially a third crew member who is responsible for panning and tilting the device via a remote control (if you don’t choose to use it in single operator mode). This means that even though from a technical level it may be possible to accomplish the shot that you’re after, you may now need to hire a couple more crew members to make that happen. And while the same argument can be made about other stabilization systems that require additional crew members (such as a dolly grip for a traditional dolly), the specific crew members you need for Movi operation is often more specifically skilled.They Can Be Overused EasilyMany productions that make use of a Movi fall into the dangerous trap of overusing it simply because they can. Much like shooting handheld, working with any gimbal based stabilizer doesn’t always challenge you to get the most purposeful shots, as you could theoretically leave the camera on it for your entire shoot and make every last shot a Movi shot – even if that’s not what’s best for the scene or sequence. In some rare cases, shooting an entire project on a Movi actually could be a good thing. For instance, maybe you’re shooting something that calls for a very specific and fluid movement throughout, and the Movi is the best tool for it. I would argue though, that more often than not if it’s used from A to Z on an entire shoot, the unique effect of the camera movement can get lost due to overuse.When you need to spend time setting up a dolly or a steadicam, you have no choice but to be especially careful about the choices that you are making. We all know the effects of camera movement on the viewers interpretation of a film, which is why it is so important for those movements to be purposeful. A great film will often make use of many types of camera movement in order to evoke different emotions, and unfortunately when using the Movi it is fairly common to fall into the trap of shooting everything that way, and losing sight of some of the more traditional methods of making a film. That doesn’t mean it has to happen, but simply that it can.Final ThoughtsAfter reading this article you might think that I’m not a fan of the Movi, but that really couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love what Freefly has done and truly believe that gimbal based stabilizers are the future of stabilization in many respects. With that said, there is still a time and a place for them to be used and they aren’t always the best solution – nor is any stabilization system for that matter. If you are shooting on a larger scale production and can afford a couple of crew members that are dedicated to operating/controlling the Movi, then you are in a good place, especially when you know when and where to use it. Just make sure that whenever you make use of a Movi, it is the right choice for your story.last_img read more

Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s website

first_imgThe Moto G7 series is nearing its launch, although Motorola is yet to announce anything. Multiple rumours, leaked images and reports in the past suggest that the company will announce four models at an event in Brazil in February – Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. And while Motorola is yet to officially confirm any of this, the company may have inadvertently revealed everything on the Motorola’s Brazilian website.CNET en Espanol spotted the Moto G7 phones casually listed on the Motorola Brazil website, complete with official renders and specifications. It essentially confirms everything we have come to know about the phones. Yes, the Moto G7 will have modern dewdrop notched displays and retain the glass-metal combo for the build.The G7 and G7 Plus will indeed sport displays that have narrow bezels all around with a slightly noticeable chin at the bottom. The notch will be present as standard on all the four variants of the Moto G7. The leak also reveals the presence of the 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging as well as data transfer.The standard Moto G7 will feature a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a full HD+ resolution. For the camera, there will be a set of 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear. At the front, the dewdrop notch will hold the 8-megapixel front camera. The standard G7 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Additionally, a 3000mAh battery will keep the device juiced up.advertisementThe website leak also revealed other information with regards to the other variants of the Moto G7 family – Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Plus. The G7 Play and G7 Power, as leaked before, will sport slightly lower-resolution 720p LCD display. The G7 Power will feature a big 5000mAh battery. The G7 Plus, which is supposed to be the most premium variant of the lineup, will be sporting a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. The G7 Plus will also gain a 16-megapixel camera for the rear alongside the 5-megapixel secondary sensor.Since Moto G7 leaks are intensifying, it seems that Motorola will soon be launching the update G7 series in several markets across the globe. In India, the G7 is expected to compete with the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi, Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro. We expect Lenovo to launch the updated Moto G7 series in India by the first quarter of 2019.ALSO READ | Moto G7 and G7 Power may come to India before March-endALSO READ | This is the 2019 Moto G7 series: Full specifications and live pictures leakALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus design leaked, some get waterdrop notchlast_img read more