By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 16, 2016 SHARE SHARE Indiana State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced today that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of their land. Nationally NRCS plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to CSP, including 54,000 acres in Indiana. “The Conservation Stewardship Program is one of our most popular programs with farmers because it results in real changes on the ground by increasing soil and air quality, conserving clean water and enhancing wildlife habitat,” Hardisty said. “With this investment, we’ll be able to build on the already record number of acres enrolled in USDA’s conservation programs, enabling farmers to achieve higher levels of conservation on farms and forests.”NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but farmers should submit applications by March 31 to their NRCS service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on December 31, 2016 have the option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew are also due by March 31.Funding is available for more than one hundred kinds of enhancements nationwide to help participants:Improve soil quality through use of cover crops, conservation crop rotations and other activities that increase soil productivity.Use water wisely and improve water quality through enhancements such as more efficient irrigation systems and weather monitoring.Restore habitat for wildlife and pollinators such as the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and monarch butterfly through the use of better grazing systems and improved plant management.A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is compatible with their operation. As part of the application process, applicants will work with NRCS field personnel to complete a resource inventory of their land to determine the conservation performance for existing and new conservation activities. The applicant’s conservation prior performance will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.Through CSP, NRCS has enhanced conservation on more than 575,000 acres in Indiana since 2009. For more information about CSP in Indiana, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/financial/csp/For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your local NRCS District Conservationist https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/ Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana’s Office of Energy Development (OED) opens second round of applications for Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump ProgramNext articleApplications Open for Soy Checkoff’s See for Yourself Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News NRCS Taking Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program to Help Improve Working Lands Facebook Twitter NRCS Taking Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program to Help Improve Working Lands
News She was able to make a short phone call after her arrest but the authorities haveprovided no official information about her detention.According to the information obtained by RSF, she is now being held in isolation in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison. The Revolutionary Guards control this section and subject detainees to a great deal of pressure, often with the aim of extracting confessions to be used at their trials.Iran is the world’s biggest prison for women journalists, with four others currently held. The other four – Rihaneh Tabatabai, Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, Narges Mohammadi and Atena Ferghdani – are serving jail terms ranging from one to twelve years and some some are in poor health.There is also concern about the state of health of Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist who is being tried along with Ehssan Mazndarani and Saman Safarzai by a Tehran revolutionary court on charges of “activities threatening national security” and anti-government propaganda. After going on hunger strike and suffering a heart attack, Saharkhiz has been in a Tehran hospital since 10 March.“On the eve of the Iranian New Year on 20 March, many journalists and citizen-journalists are separated from their families,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “The Iranian authorities – including President Hassan Rouhani, whose silence facilitates this persecution – could display clemency towards these detainees, who have been arrested arbitrarily and convicted unjustly. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”RSF has meanwhile learned that Saraj Mirdamadi, a journalist who worked for various media outlets including Hayat-é-No (a daily closed in January 2003) and Zamaneh (a radio station based in the Netherlands), was released conditionally on 13 March.He was freed under article 58 of the Islamic criminal code (as amended in 2013),under which detainees who have served a third of their sentence can be released for good behaviour. Arrested on 10 May 2014, he was convicted on 21 July 2015 on charges of “meeting and plotting against the Islamic Republic” and “anti-government publicity.”With a total of 36 journalists and citizen-journalists currently detained, Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel and is ranked 173rd out of 180 countriesin the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence News to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 16, 2016 – Updated on April 26, 2016 On eve of Iranian New Year, concern about fate of imprisoned journalists News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about the conditions inwhich journalists are being detained in Iran, especially Afarine Chitsaz of the daily newspaper Iran, a young woman arrested at the same time as three other journalists on 2 November. Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more
The Delinquency Drop Home / Daily Dose / The Delinquency Drop Previous: Understanding Drops in Mortgage Delinquency Next: Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Castle Law Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Mortgage delinquencies fell by 0.9 percent year over year, according to the latest Loan Performance Insights Report from CoreLogic. By measuring delinquency as well as transition rates across all stages, CoreLogic’s report indicates the overall strength of the housing market.Employment increased by 196,000 in March, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary, which Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic Chief Economist cites as one reason for the increased loan performance.”Income growth, home appreciation and sound underwriting combined have pushed delinquency rates to their lowest level in 20 years,” said Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic Chief Economist. “The low delinquency rates on home mortgages are a contrast to the rising delinquency rates on consumer credit. While home mortgage delinquency rates are at, or are near, their lowest levels in two decades, delinquency rates for auto and student loans are higher now than they were during the early and mid-2000s.”According to the Report, the overall delinquency rate has fallen on a year-over-year basis for the past 13 consecutive months, although, the largest gains in delinquencies were seen in areas affected by natural disasters, notably the Southeast. CoreLogic notes that five Southeastern metroes impacted by natural disasters also saw the biggest gains in delinquencies, including Panama City, Florida; Albany Georgia, and three North Carolina metroes: Jacksonville, Wilmington, and New Bern.Still, overall delinquency rates have been declining. The foreclosure inventory fell by 0.2 percent year over year as of January 2019, down to 0.4 percent.”As the economic expansion continues to create jobs and low mortgage rates support home buying this spring, delinquency rates are likely to trend lower during the coming year,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “The decline in delinquency rates has occurred in nearly all parts of the nation.”Serious delinquency, or 90 days or more past due including loans in foreclosure, fell nationwide, except in one state: North Dakota, which remained unchanged. By metro, 13 areas saw increases in serious delinquency, while 14 remained the same and all remaining metro areas decreased.Find more from the report here. Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2019-04-09 Seth Welborn Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 9, 2019 1,261 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News
tirc83/iStock(DALLAS) — A gunman who appeared to be wearing tactical gear and wielding an assault rifle opened fire outside a federal courthouse in Dallas Monday morning, but no one aside from the alleged shooter appeared to be injured in the incident, police said.Police responded to what they called an active shooter incident at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas at 8:50 a.m.“There has been an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and federal officers,” the Dallas Police Department wrote in a post on Twitter. “The suspect was shot and transported to an area hospital. No officers or citizens injured.”The alleged gunman, identified by federal authorities as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was gravely wounded in the gunbattle with Federal Protective Service officers, said Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge at Federal Bureau of Investigation Dallas/Fort Worth office. Clyde was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, DeSarno said at a news conference.Cell phone video taken by a witness and shared with ABC News appeared to show the gunman dressed black tactical gear, including a bulletproof vest. The video shows him taking up a position on one side of the courthouse, peeking around a corner and pointing a rifle.The gunman is then seen running through a nearby parking lot, where the gunbattle apparently occurred.Police have yet to comment on a possible motive for the shooting.“At this time, we have no information indicating that there are other shooters, other threats to the community,” DeSarno said.The federal courthouse and nearby El Centro College were immediately placed on lockdown, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.Police bomb squad technicians were examining the suspect’s car found parked on a street near the courthouse. Dallas police said on Twitter that they were preparing to do a controlled explosion of that vehicle, but offered no further details.Aerial video showed a bomb squad robot examining the gray vehicle.Witness Don Miles told WFAA that he was walking into the courthouse for a hearing when the shooting broke out and people inside the building began streaming out.“I was walking up to the building and all of a sudden there was shooting, rapid shooting,” Miles said. “I didn’t see anybody get shot, but I did hear all the shooting. It was like 10 to 15 shots all of a sudden, at one time.”“I was walking up to the building and all of a sudden there was shooting, rapid shooting,” Miles said. “I didn’t see anybody get shot, but I did hear all the shooting. It was like 10 to 15 shots all of a sudden, at one time.”The shooting was monitored by police as far away as New York.“We continue to closely monitor the reports of an active shooter at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Downtown Dallas, Texas,” the New York Police Department counterterrorism unit tweeted. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 78.4 million people worldwide and killed over 1.7 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Dec 24, 8:32 amTSA sees busiest travel day of pandemicThe TSA screened 1,191,123 people at airport checkpoints nationwide on Wednesday, the highest single day total since the pandemic started, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising Americans against traveling for the holidays.More than 6.3 million passengers have been screened since Dec. 18.Dec 24, 5:34 amCalifornia surpasses two million casesCalifornia now has more than two million confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic — the first state to report the grim milestone.The state has at least 2,010,004 diagnosed cases and 23,651 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Message* Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty)When the de Blasio administration announced the Open Restaurants program over the summer, Roni Mazumdar, the owner of Indian eatery Rahi, thought he was out of luck. A fire hydrant in front of his West Village restaurant blocked him from setting up chairs and tables as required by the program at the time.Luckily, there was a vacant space next door and with the owner’s permission, Mazumdar was able to open for business in front of his neighbor’s building.Then, the city’s inspectors came knocking. In less than two weeks in September, Rahi got three notices, according to records shared with The Real Deal. At the time, the move was prohibited by the city, though that didn’t stop many restaurateurs from doing the same thing (and hospitality trade groups supported the move).But then, the rules changed: On Sept. 25, the de Blasio administration amended its guidance for the outdoor dining program, allowing restaurants to set up in front of adjacent properties with permission from the owner. The announcement came after weeks of back and forth between Mazumdar and the city, and just two days after he received his third notice from the city.Mazumdar’s experience is not unique; as the city has dealt with forces beyond its control — weather, a pandemic whose severity has waxed and waned multiple times in a year — it has changed the rules and regulations of its indoor and outdoor dining programs multiple times, often with little notice to restaurateurs who must adapt quickly to those changes.It hasn’t been easy.“I constantly feel like I’m jumping through hoops that we don’t need to jump through if there was clarity,” Mazumdar said. “I feel that the city officials are coming up with a lot of these plans that are heavily disconnected from reality and what’s happening on the ground. And that’s what’s causing this damage.”Read moreHey, buddy, you using that sidewalk?Indoor dining will shut down again in NYCLawsuits pile up against Cuomo’s indoor dining ban Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The most recent indoor dining ban, for example, was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 11, after several days of hedging over whether or not restaurants would be forced to shut down. It went into effect on Dec. 14, giving restaurant owners just three days over a weekend to adapt.With that change came a new directive from the State Liquor Authority, stating that customers “may not enter the inside of the establishment for any reason,” including using the restroom. After pushback, that guidance was retracted a mere 24 hours later.And when a winter storm hit the city several days later, outdoor dining was put on a temporary pause. Many restaurateurs, including Mazumdar, were confused about whether their structures had to be dismantled to make room for snow plows or could remain in place. (The city’s official guidance called for restaurants to “remove or secure” curbside eateries in the event of an accumulation of a certain amount of snow.)“There’s a lot of consternation,” said William Mack, a partner at Davidoff Hutcher and Citron, which works with restaurants responding to such changes. “Nobody in the restaurant business right now is trying to get away with anything.”One of Mack’s clients was hit with a major fine after setting up an outdoor dining kiosk in a bus lane minutes before it was permitted to at 7 p.m.“That’s not the government working with businesses to try and help them survive,” Mack said. “You have to enforce these regulations with some semblance of reasonableness.”For restaurants, which often have thin margins and few staffers — especially during the pandemic — evolving as the regulations change can be next to impossible.“My question is: How many resources do you think we have?” Mazumdar said.The fact that the changes often come with little notice doesn’t help. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down indoor dining, the announcement came on a Friday during a press conference. Restaurants were to make adjustments by the following Monday.Those changes affected outdoor dining as well, including mandating that any structures had two open sides to allow for airflow in order to be considered outdoor dining. Structures can cost thousands of dollars to set up and maintain the first place.The city’s Department of Transportation, which oversees enforcement of the outdoor dining program, has made efforts to help restaurants as the seasons changed, distributing sandbags, barriers and reflective strips for use on curbside eateries. But for some restaurateurs, it’s not enough.15 East at Tocqueville (Photo via Alex Karasev)Marco Moreira, the owner of 15 East @ Tocqueville near Union Square, said he’s spent six figures on his outdoor dining set-up, including on heaters that align with the city’s current standards.“I don’t think that the people in charge actually even understand what they’re doing for restaurants,” Moreira said.Contact Sasha Jones TagsAndrew CuomoBill de BlasioNYC RestaurantsRetail
With the race for the presidency on the line, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ latest announcement has astonished all of the political pundits. The Democratic hopeful recently revealed that he was suspending his campaign, with plans to follow Phish on tour.You can read the brief announcement from Sanders’ camp below:While this presidential campaign is important for America, I have decided to put this political jargon aside and enjoy a series of concerts performed by the group Phish. Lyrics like ‘surrender to the flow’ and ‘sharing in the Weekapaug groove’ have made me realize that life is too short for politics, and best spent enjoying great music. Once Fishman said that he would put me on the VIP guest list for any summer date that I wanted to attend, the choice was clear. I hope he comes through with the pav tickets. Sanders had recently praised Phish in a press conference, following a performance by Phish drummer Jon Fishman at a Sanders campaign rally. Considering that both Sanders and Phish can trace their roots back to Vermont, and Bernie’s wife Jane Sanders recently spoke about liking the band, the Sanders-Phish pairing seems all but natural to those who follow the band.We reached out to Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio for comment, and he replied, “I knew our music had an effect on people, but for Bernie to put his campaign on hold to catch our summer tour is a whole new level of dedication. Wow.”While Anastasio seemed impressed by the news, Fishman showed some disappointment when learning about Sanders’ decision. “I was secretly hoping that Sanders would name me his running mate. We even scheduled our tour to end a couple of days before the DNC,” said Fishman, referring to the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July 25-28. “I don’t think I could wear the dress in the White House, though,” he added.A Sanders-Fishman ballot would surely have secured the Phish vote, but perhaps little else…[Image via Aux.TV/April Fools!]
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the iconic outdoor venue just outside Denver, Colorado, has just made a series of moves to fight against the prevalent ticket scalping for highly anticipated shows. As detailed by a release from Denver Arts and Venues, starting next year for the 2018 concert season, Red Rocks will begin to move toward using a digital ticket format—specifically, Flash Seats, which is similarly used at events like Phish’s annual summer-closing Dick’s Sporting Goods Park run in addition to other Colorado venues like 1st Bank Center and Pepsi Center. The release also noted a change that will require tickets in the first four rows to be exclusively used by the original purchaser.Red Rocks Is Hosting Its First-Ever New Year’s Eve Celebration This YearStarting February 1st, 2018, all tickets in the first four rows, including ADA seats, will be non-transferrable and switch over to the Flash Seats format. To ensure that ticket holders for the first row are the original purchaser, these tickets will only be seated with identification and ticket holders who arrive without the original purchaser will be barred from entry into the venue. As for rows 2 through 4, these seats will not require ID but similarly will not be transferable. As explained by Brian Kitts, Director of Marketing and Communications for Denver Arts and Venues, the policy is first addressing seats in the first four rows because they “are most likely to be fraudulently purchased and then resold on the secondary ticket market.”Why Taylor Swift’s Controversial New Ticketing System Sucks For All Of UsIn the spring, tickets for the entire venue will transfer over to the Flash Seats format. On April 1st, 2018, a new Red Rocks mobile app will be launched. The release of this mobile app comes ahead of May 15th, when ticket holders throughout the entire venue will need to use a registered Flash Seats ID or official Red Rocks mobile app to gain entry into the venue. Hard tickets will also be available to be requested, though this will cost an additional fee.StubHub And Viagogo Offices Raided By Authorities In UK Ticket Scalping InvestigationMany of these changes have been spurred by the 2016 lawsuit against Red Rocks, for which a handicap advocacy group sued the legendary venue because fans regularly and fraudulently bought tickets in the handicap seating area. The venue clearly has heard these complaints, explaining that these new policies “[allow] those row one seats to actually end up in the hands of people who need those, and then those other seats in rows one through four — those are the premium seats that you know real fans should have access to.”The use of Flash seats also cuts down on the use of duplicate paper tickets being copied and sold on Craiglist. As Kitts elaborated, “This works exactly like an airline where you show up with your credit card or your driver’s license and you know you’re verified right there on the spot.” However, while Flash Seats will ban the transfer of seats in the first four row, it will still allow tickets outside this section to be transferred via its website or app.New York State Forces Brokers To Pay Millions For Illegal Ticket Bot ScalpingWhile these changes may be unusual at first, Kitts is hopeful that the transition will go smoothly. As noted by 303 Magazine, “Ticketing has changed, audiences have changed and I think that 80 percent of our audience probably does absolutely everything on their phone anyway. I don’t think there’s going to be that much backlash. If there is somebody that needs help with this, if it’s an older audience, there will be staff on site that’s able to help.”[H/T 303 Magazine; Photo: ontheDL]
Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Get your goat Glory days Long after the students have left their beloved Dunster House, memories of goat eating and Wiffle ball playing will live forever. Crispy skin Students supervise the goat’s slow-roasted progress. Toothy Danny Erickson ’14 finds a piece of goat just a little bit chewy. In bloom Spring is here! Let’s sit on the lawn and devour some goat! What a feast! Hungry minds and hungry stomachs. Thin-sliced Carve the goat! Classic picnic fare Melon, brownies, and chips, with a side of goat. Where succulence meets decadence Fun and games with a goat roasting on a spit! Of Dunster House’s three major yearly events, those being its “Messiah” sing, the Dunster House opera, and the spring goat roast, it is the tradition of the roast that sets it apart from the other Houses.The roast, held this year on May 3, started in the 1980s as a lesson in primitive survival and was popularized by Daniel Lieberman, former House tutor and now a professor and chair of human evolutionary biology. The roast calls for students to skin a goat carcass with sharp-edged stones, the way our ancestors did in the Stone Age. The meat is then steeped overnight in a marinade of lime, curry, salt, pepper, fresh herbs (including thyme and oregano), and a bit of garlic. The following day, the meat is suspended on a spit over a bed of coals, and roasted until done.Years ago, a woman walking along Memorial Drive saw the goat meat displayed in the courtyard, and thought she was witnessing some primitive, sacrificial rite. Cambridge Police were called. Though they confirmed that there was no problem, since then, the roast is discreetly cooked away from the outer gate so as not to alarm anyone.In addition to the actual roast, students enjoy a smorgasbord that includes hotdogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob, salads, and vegetarian dishes, with watermelons and brownies for dessert.All this takes place against a backdrop of Frisbee, Wiffle ball, and padded jousting matches, set to music pulsating from outdoor speakers, and framed by cherry trees bursting in bloom. In short, it is Dunster spring revelry in full swing. Backyard wars Rob Tennyson (left) jousts with Courtney Cronin ’11 in the courtyard. Ribbon dancers Liora Simozar ’13 (left) and Tess Hellgren ’11 share a laugh. Ivory towers Oh, what debauchery lies beneath the prestigious-looking Dunster House? Goats, games, pure hedonism! Go long! Dunster residents toss around a Frisbee.
Renovation of the Smith Campus Center is in full swing. To help reduce disruption to building tenants and visitors, some of the construction work will need to be undertaken in the evenings and on weekends.As a result of this construction, which will include periods when power and other services to the building must be turned off, Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) will be required to temporarily relocate urgent care services (which are available 24 hours a day, every day) to an alternate location after regular business hours.As of June 13, 2016, the locations and hours for patients seeking medical and mental health urgent care are as follows:Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm, Smith Campus Center, 75 Mt. Auburn StreetMonday-Friday, 5:30pm-7:30am, Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts AvenueSaturdays, Sundays, and holidays, all day (24 hours), Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts AvenueAdditional information can be found on the HUHS website at huhs.harvard.edu/urgentcare. It is currently expected that these services will again be consolidated at the Smith Campus Center once construction is complete.Please email [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make this transition as easy as possible for all members of our community.