Two new reports from an expert panel on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia suggest the process, if handled properly, does not pose a serious threat to groundwater supply, at least in that province.The panel, led by Cape Breton University President David Wheeler, says the province’s stable geology will make contamination of drinking water wells less likely.The panel says there’s little chance the fracking process itself could impact drinking water aquifers because the oil and gas deposits being sought are deep underground.- Advertisement -However, it also says that operational practices at drilling sites must be carefully monitored and further research is needed to determine how fracking waste-water can be disposed of safely.
Fishing the North Coast: Eureka salmon back on the biteFishing the North Coast: Eureka salmon back on the bite
It appears the lull is over. Salmon are once again on the bite out of Eureka – in pretty much the same location they’ve been all season. Table Bluff in 180 to 200 feet of water seems to be the one spot that’s consistently holding fish. A handful of sport boats were the first to capitalize fishing over the weekend on an ocean that was much nicer than forecasted. More boats, including a couple of the charter boats, joined the party on Monday and enjoyed some really good salmon fishing.The story …
Funding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement ProgramFunding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation is making farmers aware of funding available to farmers through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).CREP is the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency in partnership with the ODA and local soil and water conservation districts, CREP targets high-priority conservation concerns in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production. In return for establishing permanent resource-conserving plant species, farmers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 15 years.“Farmers are continually looking for innovative ways to practice conservation on their farms,” said Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This program provides great opportunities to make positive contributions to our state’s water quality while allowing farms to remain productive.”New for 2019 is the $200 bonus offered by the state of Ohio for all newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices. For current CREP participants with expiring contracts, re-enrolling and expanding the width of filter strips or riparian areas will earn you the bonus dollars on those new added acres all the while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.The Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 Ohio counties including; Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.For more information and to sign up visit your local soil and water conservation district or contact the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation at [email protected] or 614-265-6610.
Researchers led by the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory say that home purchasers are willing to pay more for a house that come with a photovoltaic (PV) system.In what was billed as the most comprehensive study to date, the report, Selling Into the Sun, found that buyers would pay an average of $4 per installed watt, or $15,000, for an average-sized system of about 3.6 kilowatts in capacity.There have been similar studies in the past, and the earlier studies found similar results. A report released in December 2013 on California sales, for example, covered nearly a decade of sales in California and said each kilowatt of capacity added nearly $6,000 in value.But this study covered more ground. A team that included the Berkeley Lab, the Sandia National Laboratories, universities, and appraisers studied sales of 22,000 houses in eight states between 1999 and 2013. Of those, nearly 4,000 had PV systems.Researchers also found only a small difference between premiums buyers would pay for new PV-equipped houses and existing houses with PV.“Previous studies on PV home premiums have been limited in size and scope,” lead author Ben Hoen said in a report on the study posted at Phys.org. “We more than doubled the number of PV home sales analyzed, examined a number of states outside of California, and captured the market during the recent housing boom, bust and recovery.” Green features can befuddle appraisersThe study comes at a time when the real estate industry is trying to come to grips with the added complexity of putting value on houses with renewable energy systems and other green features.As of the second quarter of last year, PV systems had been installed on more than a half-million homes in the U.S., 42,000 systems in the second quarter of the year alone, the report’s introduction says. As the number of PV-equipped homes rises, so does the number of real estate transactions involving them.“Because of this,” the report continues, “the real estate sales and valuation communities have been working to enable a better understanding of the valuation of PV systems and green features more generally.”The Appraisal Institute and the National Association of Realtors offer courses on marketing and estimating value for PV and green features, and a number of organizations have developed tools to help. Even so, the report says, little research has been done to document the premiums these homes command, and appraisers in the field may see houses with PV systems rarely if at all.“In most local markets, few PV home sales occur, thus appraisers and other real estate professionals… often cannot compare similar PV and non-PV home sales to derive a PV premium,” the report says.Co-author Sandra Adomatis, an appraiser who helped the Appraisal Institute develop its “Green Addendum,” said the study should give the industry greater confidence in quantifying the value of PV, but the authors say more research is needed, including a look at how leased systems affect home values.
Telangana EAMCET 2014 Certificate Verification starts,to continue till August 23Telangana EAMCET 2014 Certificate Verification starts,to continue till August 23
Telangana EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has started ending months of uncertainty over commencement of counselling for admission of students to the engineering colleges in the state. The EAMCET 2014 is conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH) for undergraduate professional course admissions in Andhra Pradesh and now in Telangana.On August 7, the certificate verification took place for students who had obtained ranks up to 5,000 in the general category. Certificate verification for the rest will continue till August 23 at 34 centres in the 13 districts.Schedule for Decentralised Certificate Verification for SC/ ST/ BC/ Minorities: From 1st to 25000 – Certificate Verification on 14th August From 25001 to 50000 – Certificate Verification on 16th August From 50001 to 75000 – Certificate Verification on 17th August From 75001 to 1,00,000 – Certificate Verification on 18th August From 1,00,001 to 1,25,000 – Certificate Verification on 20th August From 1,25,001 to 1,50,000 – Certificate Verification on 21st August From 1,50,001 to 1,75,000 – Certificate Verification on 22nd August From 1,75,001 to last – Certificate Verification on 23rd AugustCentralised Certificate Verification Dates for PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games, Anglo Indian: From 1st to 1,00,000 Rank : For both Sports & CAP Category candidates Certificate verification on 14th Aug From 1st to 1,00,000 Rank : For both NCC & PH O Candidates Certificate verification on 16th Aug From 1st to Last Rank: PH V & PH H Category candidates Certificate verification on 16th Aug From 1,00,001 to Last Rank : For both Sports & CAP Category candidates Certificate verification on 17th Aug From 1,00,001 to Last Rank : For both NCC & PH O Candidates Certificate verification on 18th Aug From 1st to Last Rank: Anglo Indian Category candidates Certificate verification on 18th AugadvertisementAll the candidates who were coming to the EAMCET Certificate Verification process need to produce original certificates along with three sets of photocopies. Required documents are SSC or its equivalent marks memo Intermediate marks memo along with pass certificate EAMCET Hall Ticket EAMCET Rank Card 6th class to Intermediate Study Certificate Competent Authority issued Caste Certificate Income Certificate who should be issued after January 1, 2014 If applicable candidates need to produce PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority CertificateNCC and Sports: Competent Authorities original certificates to be produced.Anglo Indian: Tahsildar issued Residence CertificateMinorities: certificate from Head Master or SSC TC Containing Minority Status.Documents to be produced by PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Candidates:District Medical Board PH Certificate: This certificate is essential to the candidates who were having 40 per cent disability and above.CAP – Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer (In Case of Ex-Service Man) issued certificate, Identity Card and discharge book for verification.Fee Details: At the time of Certificate Verification process fee to be paid by the OC/BC candidates is Rs 600 and fee to be paid by SC/ ST candidates is Rs 300.
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced he made the right decision to stay in Turin after turning down Real Madrid.Allegri, 50, was linked with Premier League side Arsenal and Champions League holders Madrid at the end of last season before opting to remain with the Serie A giants.Madrid appointed Julen Lopetegui in June following Zinedine Zidane’s departure after Allegri claimed he rejected the chance to succeed the Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Reflecting on his decision, Allegri – who arrived from AC Milan in 2014 – told magazine Stile Mese: “I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president.”Allegri did concede Madrid the title of the world’s “biggest club” but believes it was the correct call to remain.”Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.”I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.”Allegri also dismissed being placed in the pantheon with some other Juventus legends, including recently-departed goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, because he has not been with the club long enough to reach that level. “Am I a ‘bandiera’ like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don’t want to be equated with them because they’re players who wrote Juventus’ history, whereas I’ve only been here for four years.”Seeking an eighth consecutive Scudetto, Juve open their Serie A title defence against Chievo on August 18.
Health Sector Reclassification to be Implemented Over Three YearsHealth Sector Reclassification to be Implemented Over Three Years
The Government has completed the health sector reclassification, which is to be implemented over three years, at a cost of $7 billion.This was announced by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning (with responsibility for the Public Service), Hon. Horace Dalley, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on July 2.“This exercise has been ongoing for almost ten years…The first payment under the new classification for the health sector is scheduled for this quarter,” Mr. Dalley noted.He explained that due to the complexity of the health sector, the reclassification exercise “may not be perfect,” but it will substantially streamline the occupational groupings in the health sector.There will be a Reclassification Appeals Tribunal to address anomalies, which may arise. The tribunal will have representation from the various groups within the health sector.Meanwhile, the Minister informed that Cabinet has instructed that the outstanding industrial issues of some eight other groups are to be addressed.These include: emergency duty allowance (2008 to 2010) for Government Medical Consultants; outstanding payment of allowances (2008 to 2010) for Veterinary Officers; payment of new rates (2010 to 2011) for West Indies Group of University Teachers (settled); realignment issues (2007 to 2011) for Education Officers (settled); relativity study between security groups for fire-fighters (payment programmed); relativity study between security groups for Correctional Officers (payment programmed); adjustment to duty rates (2008 to 2010) for Medical Doctors (payment programmed); and the delinking of salaries for legal officers from High Court Judges’ salaries(in Court).“You cannot engender trust among your employees when you have signed Heads of Agreements, and court rulings and IDT awards are left on the table to languish, because there is no respect for the sanctity of contracts and collective bargaining agreements,” he stated.Mr. Dalley said this is in conflict with good industrial relations practice. “This administration will not behave in such a manner, so we will settle these outstanding issues and ensure that there is no repeat of this type of behaviour on the part of the government of Jamaica,” the Minister said.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Minister Shaw Wants Hotels to Purchase More Local ProduceMinister Shaw Wants Hotels to Purchase More Local Produce
“We have to sit down with them (the hotels)… . I am giving you this undertaking, we’re going to work very hard on this one,” Mr. Shaw noted. He said he will be working with Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in achieving this objective. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be engaging with large hotel chains in order to increase the supply of local farm produce to the tourism sector and cut down on food imports. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be engaging with large hotel chains in order to increase the supply of local farm produce to the tourism sector and cut down on food imports.He said he will be working with Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in achieving this objective.“We have to sit down with them (the hotels)… . I am giving you this undertaking, we’re going to work very hard on this one,” Mr. Shaw noted.He was addressing the 123rd annual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, on July 11.The Minister lauded the Sandals Hotel chain, led by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, for setting up arrangements with farming groups and wants more hotels, especially the Spanish chains, to follow suit.He said that Sandals has purchased “hundreds and thousands of pounds of Irish potatoes from growers in North East Manchester and other sections of the island and is using them in its hotels”.Executive Member of the Manchester Production Marketing Organisation (PMO) and adviser to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Laureceene Hanson, said Sandals did not hesitate to work with the farmers when the chain was approached by RADA.“Whether you get seeds from them (Sandals) or you plant on your own, Sandals wasn’t afraid to purchase from us as long as the potatoes were in good condition. We have not failed Sandals and they have not failed us,” she asserted.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said a strategy must be put in place to increase export of Jamaican products to other Caribbean countries duty free.He reiterated plans to convert the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) Complex, located on Spanish Town Road, into a modern agro-processing centre, “so that people can put up a little factory”.Chairman of the Clarendon Lay Magistrates’ Association, Aldo Brown, encouraged members of the JAS to become agents of change and the voice of influence in their communities.“The agricultural sector is blessed with valuable members, who understand the values of patience, the importance of the process and its benefits,” he said.Meanwhile, Outgoing JAS President, Norman Grant, said that based on its financial outlook, the entity is in a position to offer shares to its members and farmers.This, he said, could lead to the JAS “raising $400 million to $500 million to drive further growth for the farmers and to assist in asset development, farmer welfare, central marketing and farm store operations.”Mr. Grant noted that the JAS membership has “grown tremendously” due to a decision taken in June to undergo continuous registration of its members.“Our total members are just below 200,000, which is different from our paid-up members,” he informed.During elections held at the AGM, former RADA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lenworth Fulton, was selected as the new head of the JAS. Mr. Grant did not seek re-election.Denton Alveranga and Owen Dobson were elected as First Vice President and Second Vice President, respectively.