Previous articleFarm Credit Mid-America Will Distribute $87.9 Million to Customers Through Its Patronage ProgramNext articleGunderson to Lead Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 20, 2018 Facebook Twitter Home News Feed USDA Looking for More Funding Applications to Improve Broadband Access Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, says the USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. She says e-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities. “Investing in broadband can strengthen rural economic growth and improve critical access to jobs, education, healthcare, and social services.” USDA is accepting applications through May 14 in the Community Connect Program. Grants ranging from $100,000 to as much as $3 million are available to state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations.Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the grant amount they’re looking for. The funds must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream. That’s the official speed benchmark that the Federal Communications Commission has adopted for broadband connectivity. Grant recipients must also use the USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities in their proposed service area for two years. For more information, go to www.rd.usda.gov. SHARE USDA Looking for More Funding Applications to Improve Broadband Access SHARE
Stevie Wonder will make his Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut on Monday, June 24th as part of SeriesFest‘s benefit event to celebrate international television and music.SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to “championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling”. For its annual event in Denver, Season 5 Benefit, A Celebration of TV & Music will feature “six days of in-competition screenings, panels and workshops from June 21 to 26. The program will also feature never-before-seen sneak peeks and television premieres,” according to Billboard.Tickets for SeriesFest’s Season 5 will go on sale starting at 10:00 a.m. MT on Friday, March 29th here.
Artist impression of the pool deck on Vantage on PalmerINVESTORS seeking to secure a place in Palmer St’s newest development project can do so from this week as nine boutique apartments and three contemporary commercial spaces launch on the market.Located at 47 Palmer St, Vantage on Palmer is a seven-level development boasting cutting-edge design including car-parking stackers, a commercial mezzanine floor, bike storage zone and open-plan apartments that maximise living and viewing spaces. Artist impression of Vantage on Palmer“Palmer St is the eat street destination of Townsville and is quietly undergoing a resurgence following a number of major infrastructure announcements recently including the $250 million Townsville Stadium and other projects in the Priority Development Area,” Mr Bow said. Developer Paul Spina from PDS Queensland said Vantage would break ground this December.“It’ll take around 12 months to complete but we’re very excited,” Mr Spina said. Artist impression of one of the apartments for sale in Vantage on PalmerThe top-floor penthouse will be a whopping 320sq m, boasting four bedrooms, three wet areas, allowance for up to six parking spaces and some of the best views in the city. Colliers International residential sales manager Paul Bow said he expected it would be highly sought after. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Penthouse in Vantage on PalmerTo be marketed by Colliers International, apartments start from $690,000 and commercial spaces from $360,000 with buyers able to choose from eight 160sq m, three-bedroom apartments that include an informal study zone and a minimum of two car parks.
QPR’s miserable season now looks likely to include an FA Cup exit at home to League One opposition.MK Dons took the lead after only four minutes, with Rangers left-back Armand Traore possibly getting the final touch after Shaun Williams’ right-wing corner had been nudged on by Dean Lewington.Traore responded by bringing a save from David Martin with a rasping shot and the visiting keeper also denied Jamie Mackie as he looked to latch onto Jay Bothroyd’s clever pass.But Rangers continued to look vulnerable at the back and were undone again when Ryan Lowe raced through and fired past Robert Green.Bobby Zamora, sidelined since November with a hip problem, is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-4-2): Green, Fabio, Ben Haim, Ferdinand, Traore; Park, Granero, Faurlin, Mackie; Campbell, Bothroyd.Subs: Murphy, Derry, Hill, Onuoha, Ephraim, Zamora, Mbia.Click here for our QPR v MK Dons quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The seven dishes of the Kat7 array, nowcomplete, form the first phase of the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Karoo The SKA will extend over much of Southern Africa, and involve extensive regionalcooperation. (Images: SKA South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert Southern Science +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • SKA on the African horizon • MeerKAT in demand among scientists • SA space agency to launch soon • Space science thriving in SA • A trek to the start of timeJanine ErasmusAccording to SKA South Africa, the proposed site in the Karoo for the core of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is one of the quietest places on the planet.The low levels of radio frequency interference (RFI) found in the area, confirmed during a recent investigation by the SKA international consortium, make it an ideal location for the sensitive instrumentation.“South Africa was short-listed in 2006 as an SKA host because our Karoo site already met the science, technology and infrastructure requirements determined by the international astronomy community,” said Adrian Tiplady, SKA South Africa’s RFI and site characterisation manager.He said that at that time the low occurrence of RFI was a big advantage for the South African bid, and that improvements have been made since then to address a couple of issues that were raised.Initially the team picked up some interference from existing communications infrastructure, but this has since been dealt with.There is no likelihood of new problems after the enactment of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007, which requires that the whole of the Northern Cape province remains advantageous for astronomy and that infrastructure development is regulated. The Sol Plaatje Municipality and its main town of Kimberley is the only exception within this area.Cooperation between SKA South Africa and the country’s communications and broadcasting sector will ensure that new technology will comply with the act.The proposed SKA site also counts a mild climate with little chance of atmospheric disturbances among its advantages, as well as a well-established connection to the national grid. This system has been designed to eliminate RFI while providing reliable and cost-effective power.Stamp of approvalMeanwhile an international group of radio astronomers has just given the MeerKAT, also located in the Karoo, the stamp of approval.The precursor to the SKA, the MeerKAT is a 64-dish array that, when complete, will be the most advanced radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, only to be surpassed by the SKA itself when it becomes fully functional in 2024.The astronomers, from Australia, the UK, US, Netherlands and Chile, gave the MeerKAT a glowing preliminary design review, following its successful initial concept review in mid-2010.The review group gathered in Cape Town in July 2011 for the latest assessment, which encompassed the design of the array, its risk potential, compliance with user requirements, and the system engineering development process.They commended the South African team for its thorough approach to the MeerKAT’s infrastructure design.SKA South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff said that the positive review is confirmation of the quality of the country’s scientists and engineers, and associated industries.Choosing the SKA siteThe site selection process is now well under way, and the long-awaited decision is due in early 2012. South Africa and Australia are the two short-listed candidates.The international SKA board of directors revealed the final timeline for the selection process.“Selection of the host site for the SKA will be made in terms of characteristics for the best science,” said SKA director Richard Schilizzi, “as well as the capability and cost of supporting a very large infrastructure, taking the political and working environment into account.”Because factors to be considered in the selection of the site include RFI levels, the long-term sustainability of a radio quiet zone, and the site’s physical aspects, South Africa is thought to have an edge in this regard.Between March and September 2011 the two rivals will submit information to the SKA’s head office in Manchester, UK, after which a team of independent analysts will scrutinise the data.In November and December 2011 the SKA site advisory committee will evaluate the results and make a recommendation, which will be received by the SKA board of directors in January 2012.The successful host will be announced the following month.Marina Joubert
There is an updated release to the Formtek | Orion 5 SDK available this week that affects both the Java API and the Web Services modules of the SDK. It is version 220.127.116.11.The release includes a number of bug fixes, but there is also an important enhancement that was requested by some customers who use multiple Orion repositories. With the 18.104.22.168 release, a single installed instance of the API or Web Service code is now able to serve requests directed towards multiple repositories. Database connection pools, each associated with a separate respository, can now be initialized and handled in parallel. This means that a single installed SDK instance can support multiple Orion applications, each using a different repository, or a single application could be written that aggregates information from across multiple repositories.
Contractors Guide to Lead Paint Regulations.pdf Given that lead has been known as a poison for centuries, why did our forebears in the 19th and early 20th centuries rely on it to carry so vital a fare as drinking water? The answer to this question explains why there are many more Flints waiting to happen. How Safe is PEX Tubing?Testing the Effect of Plastic Pipes on Potable WaterWater Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Report FindsEPA Looks at Fracking Risks to WaterThe 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014Recycled PVC Raises Health ConcernsLead Paint Claims Win $1.1 Billion Judgment A Contractor’s Guide to the New Lead Paint Regulations Lead was a lesser evilIn the 19th and early 20th centuries, from an engineering standpoint, lead seemed superior to concrete or iron, the alternatives at the time when many municipal water systems were being built. Lead is more malleable and thus easier to bend around corners. It also lasts longer.Doctors offered virtually no resistance to this decision. After all, they themselves were turning to lead to treat diarrhea or trigger abortions. They recognized only those symptoms of lead poisoning that by today’s standards seem extreme: the severe stomach aches, muscle weakness, kidney failure, seizures, and even death that can ensue when lead in the blood rises past 60 micrograms per deciliter – 12 times the current standard.While lead pipes did occasionally produce “epidemics” this dramatic, health officials remained far more worried about diseases like typhoid, which they knew piped-in water could prevent. As a result, as much as half of the water pipes laid in America’s burgeoning metropolitan areas during the early 20th century were made of lead.It is also worth noting that lead pipe made up a relatively minor portion of the burgeoning flow of this toxic metal into early 20th-century factories, homes (through paint pigments), and automobiles (through leaded gasoline).Spurring it along, the lead industry grew rich and powerful. In the time before the advent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it sponsored its own health research. Some investigators even advanced a thesis that levels of lead in the blood and environment that, in retrospect, seem quite high, were “normal,” a not-so-worrisome condition of modern life.In fact, the health and behavioral effects of lead from the early to the mid-20th century, as suggested by recent extrapolations from our current knowledge, were likely enormous. It’s estimated that leaded pipe alone increased infant mortality by as much as 30 percent in some cities, and led to as much as a 25 percent rise in homicides. As the crisis over the water in Flint, Michigan, rolls on, we’re learning more and more about the irresponsibility and callousness of officials and politicians in charge.The mix of austerity politics, environmental racism, and sheer ineptitude makes for a shocking brew, yet the physical conditions that have made it literally toxic for Flint residents are neither as exceptional nor as recent as much of the media coverage suggests.Long before that fateful decision two years ago to turn to the Flint River for the city’s drinking water, pipes made of lead had threaded throughout the city’s underbelly. Flint shares this historical legacy with thousands of other cities, suburbs, and towns across our country, and most likely this is not the first time, even in Flint, that these pipes have conveyed tiny amounts of the toxin into homes and children.Over the past few decades, our environmental laws and agencies have met with much success in curbing some of Americans’ exposure to lead, a damaging neurotoxin. Yet they have struggled to contain this continuing danger precisely because it is literally built into our water systems. Federal laws have grown tighterThat we have come to know so much more about what lead can do is thus an important part of the story unfolding in Flint.As investigators of lead’s effects gained greater funding and independence and honed their methods, our understanding of its subtler and longer-term effects grew.Research on children has shown behavioral disorders, learning difficulties, and lowered IQs turning up at blood and environmental levels far below what was earlier thought safe. Over the past 30 years, the CDC’s recommended blood levels for lead in the young have dropped precipitously, with no level now acknowledged as really safe.Tighter standards: Permitted levels of lead in both drinking water and in children’s blood dropped as we learned more about the health effects of lead.With greater knowledge of lead’s damaging effects, a concerted campaign against lead started in the 1970s. A ban on its usage in paint in 1978 and a phase-out from gasoline into the 1980s have had considerable impacts.A 1974 law to control lead in drinking water had less success, however, because it focused on what got pumped into pipes rather than what showed up in people’s faucets.After an EPA study in 1986 showed that one in five of the nation’s drinking water systems carried more lead than is considered safe, Congress passed a new Clean Water Drinking Act the same year. This law is still the basis for our current efforts to control the lead that can leach from our water pipes.Michigan Republican politicians, including Governor Rick Synder, have borne much blame for the Flint crisis – and some of them continue to invite more. But their party was instrumental in the genesis of this act.It was Ronald Reagan who signed the bill that finally banned the use of leaded pipe and high-lead soldering. And it was George H. W. Bush’s EPA that implemented it, through a 1991 Lead and Copper Rule that required “high-risk residences” to be monitored, with further measures if 10% of households exceeded unsafe lead levels of 15 parts per billion (ppb) in their tap water. Dropping anti-leaching agentsThe Clean Water Drinking Act, along with environmental and health officials, did encourage gradual replacement of lead pipes with nontoxic materials such as PVC. But municipalities mainly turned to a chemical fix to lower lead levels, namely anti-leaching agents. Cheaper and faster-acting, these substances could largely prevent lead from entering the water from pipes and solder, and could be used to reduce risks when the source of drinking water changed.The lead poisoning in Flint recalls a similar water emergency from the early 2000s in Washington, D.C. That emergency highlighted the risks of relying on anti-leaching chemicals.That crisis began in 2001 when the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) rather suddenly discovered lead levels in its testing that exceeded EPA’s action level.Events moved even more slowly than in Flint, hitting the headlines only in 2004. Yet the dynamic was similar: those in charge sought to downplay or even suppress what the water testing showed.The fact was, however, that by 2003 the dimensions of the crisis had become unmistakable. Nearly two-thirds of the water sampled (in “high-risk” homes) exceeded the action level – this in a water system of a half million customers, far bigger than Flint’s.As with Flint, reports from some homes ranged much higher, upwards of thousands of parts of lead per billion, surpassing levels in wastes deemed officially “hazardous.”In Washington, D.C., as in Flint, excess lead in faucets owed much to a decision to abandon anti-leaching agents. The decision in D.C. was made by the Army Corps of Engineers, whose aqueduct furnished the water for WASA. Cost was part of their rationale, but apparently less so than in Flint; they and the EPA officials who vetted their decision were more worried about high levels of bacteria. What then drew out the lead from existing pipes was a new set of disinfectants also applied by the Army Corps, called chloramines, which had a powerful leaching effect on the lead in the system’s old pipes and joints. Chris Sellers is a professor of history at Stony Brook University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Spotty monitoringThere’s been one big difference between D.C.’s leaded water crisis and that of Flint: the speed and certainty with which the effects have been documented in the blood of water drinkers.In Washington, an early CDC study failed to find any link between leaded water and blood lead levels. It was only after the crisis was over that a Congressional investigation found the agency to have withheld some critical results. A further study connected D.C.’s water crisis to higher rates of miscarriages and fetal deaths.In Flint, by contrast, a peer-reviewed study published just last year in the American Journal of Public Health demonstrated a clear and unequivocal connection between lead levels in the water and those in people’s blood.What both these experiences make clear is just how risky it has become to rely on monitoring that remains spotty and on chemical treatments, which can be easily abandoned.We’d now do well to consider the ultimate cause of this type of lead poisoning: the built-in legacy of America’s last leaded century, those old, ever-dangerous conduits by which so many of us still get our drinking water.Currently, their replacement happens only sporadically, in the wake of crises — if then.From 2003, the Washington, D.C. government has spent millions digging out and replacing its toxic piping. The mayor of Flint has called for a similar project there, yet so far, promises of support have failed to materialize.An estimated three to six million miles of lead pipes across our country still carry water, and most all of them are vulnerable to similar dangers, whether at the hands of short-sighted and prejudicial bureaucrats or politicians whose ideology or opportunism leads them to blithely dismiss well-established science.The best solution would be to replace our lead lines systematically and proactively, not just one crisis-beset city at a time. Until we do so, it’s a safe bet that more Flints lie on our horizon.
We might be just a few days away from getting to know the official name of Google’s next mobile operating system Android O. Android Police’s editor David Ruddock’s claims that Android O will recieve a name on the day of the solar eclipse – August 21. Additionally, prolific tipster Evan Blass claims that Android O is set for a release in the week of August 21, most likely on the 21st itself.This corroborates will with Google’s claims that Android O will launch sometime in Q3 2017. David Ruddock also claims that Android O will be released on August 21. Last year, Google officially unveiled Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22, so based on continuity alone, the August 21 date seems quite likely.Android O release scheduled for the week of 8/21, “most likely on the 21st itself.”- Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 12, 2017When Android O begins its official rollout, Pixel And Nexus devices will be the first in line to get the update. Google will also seed the update to other OEM’s who will start prepping the update for their own custom skins and overlays.Android O comes with several refinements, polishes and little user-centric features all aimed at improving the overall user experience. The major features are notification dots, a new picture in picture mode which lets you watch video in a small window whilst you perform other tasks on your smartphone, support for third party calling apps and notification channels in which notifications can be segmented into various different channels like sports news, and so on.advertisementThere is another feature called Copy Less which makes it easier to copy and paste in Android O by employing machine learning and computer vision. Android O comes with a multitude of back-end improvements as well such as better battery management algorithms, app optimisations, audio enhancements like improved Bluetooth audio and so on.According to one source whose information I cannot verify, Android O will receive a name on the day of the solar eclipse (August 21st).- David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 10, 2017To improve battery life, Google is introducing ‘Wise Limits’ – a feature which places restrictions on background apps, especially those which use location services constantly. Android O basically places specific limits in location updates, background services and implicit broadcasts.The Android O Beta is out now and interested users who have the Google Pixel, Pixel Xl, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X an Nexus Player can sign up for the beta program and wait for the OTA update. Earlier rumors claimed that Android O will be named after the popular biscuits and called Oreo. A few weeks ago, developers found references to the term “oatmeal_cookie” in sample code that was used in a presentation slide at Google I/O indicating that ‘Oatmeal Cookie’ could very well be Android O’s name.Also Read: Android O Beta: Top features, how to get it and everything to know
The NFL draft is a week away and players from Ohio are attempting to make their final impressions. On April 17, OhioCollegeFootball.com will host its first senior bowl for college athletes only in the state of Ohio. The North and South teams will play against one another to impress NFL scouts. “In this game, you are looking for exposure for your players,” said Andy Lewis, the head of a scouting agency Lewis Representation Services. “Any way that [the players] can increase their stock and get their names out to additional teams that might not be aware of who they are and what they can actually do is important.” Andre Amos will be the sole representative from Ohio State. Amos was plagued by injuries most of his college career. He recorded 24 tackles and one interception as a member of the winningest senior class in Ohio State history. The bowl game will feature 34 different schools from Ohio, ranging anywhere from D-1 to D-III football. The game will be played at 1 p.m. at Marv Moorehead Stadium at Upper Arlington High School.
Like a lot of Buckeye fans, I went through the five stages of grief during the men’s basketball team’s loss to Kentucky. Denial: “William Buford will hit a shot.” Anger: “It’s a good idea to launch a dozen napkins across this Buffalo Wild Wings.” Bargaining: “I will give up a year of my eligibility to give David Lighty a sixth year.” Depression: “Why was I born in Cleveland?” It took me a while to get here, but consider this column my final step: acceptance. It’s been a rough year for me as a sports fan. My teenage dream, LeBron James, stabbed my city, and me, in the heart. My favorite childhood team, the Cleveland Indians, is a disgusting representation of what it used to be. The best hope for Cleveland is the Browns. Enough said. Even my favorite shirt, my “In Tressel We Trust” tee, loses its meaning by the day. I leaned on the Ohio State basketball program, but naturally that didn’t work out. As I sit here in anguish, my delusional mind came to the conclusion that I’m better off for this in the long run. My loyalty continues to grow, and the abuse my teams take makes me even more defensive of them. Plus, if any of my teams can overcome all this adversity to win a championship, that’s a big middle finger to the karma gods — even bigger than the middle finger I gave that Kentucky fan Friday night. The epic way my teams falter makes me feel like a higher power has a clear agenda against them. As if the crippling economic depression, burning rivers, lack of sunlight and Lady Gaga concerts weren’t bad enough for my cities, it had to afflict the sports teams as well. Yet, it all emboldens me. After all the heartbreak, you’d think I would have learned not to latch on to every glimmer of hope. That’s just not how I operate. The Cavaliers have two lottery picks on the way. Derrick Williams and Kyrie Irving would look breathtaking in wine and gold. Fear not, as Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are here to rescue the Browns. The Indians might finish 81-81, baby steps. Of course, I always have the utmost confidence in OSU athletics, which are like a combination of Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics and John Wooden’s UCLA teams relative to Cleveland. All it took was the football team’s 2002 national title to reach that level. To all the believers: When our day comes again — especially if it’s a Cleveland team winning — it will be a glorious celebration that would make the ancient Romans jealous. To all the nonbelievers: We should all follow your lead and get out while we can. I pray my stubbornness pays off down the line.