Vornado, Trump Org lock in big renewals at SF office tower

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first_img“We have never lost a major tenant at this building,” said president Michael Franco on the call. Rental income at 555 California rose slightly year-over-year in the final quarter of 2020, while rental income in New York and theMART in Chicago fell.San Francisco office rents and occupancies are forecast to slip 22 percent this year as more companies embrace remote workplaces, per Bloomberg. Out-migration has been especially pronounced in the nation’s most expensive housing markets, notably San Francisco and Manhattan.Vornado and the Trump Organization tried to sell a 70 percent stake in their Bay Area tower and a Manhattan property, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, last year. Vornado halted the effort in November and is focusing on refinancing the assets.[Bloomberg] — Erin Hudson Share via Shortlink office marketVornado Realty Trust Vornado’s Steve Roth, 555 California Street in San Francisco and Donald Trump (Getty, Wikipedia Commons)Who said office is dead?Although the work-from-home shift is sure to endure in some capacity, two big tenants inked lease renewals at the San Francisco office tower co-owned by Vornado Realty Trust and the Trump Organization.Bank of America committed to 10 additional years at 555 California Street and will be consolidating all its San Francisco offices into the tower. Goldman Sachs renewed its entire 90,000-square-foot lease, Bloomberg reported.Vornado announced the leases on its fourth-quarter earnings call as a triumph in the country’s worst-performing office market.Read moreVornado’s effort to dump Trump was “news to me”: Steve RothVornado looks to dump TrumpVornado to get $525M to refi One Park Avenuecenter_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Optimizing the office: How flex workspaces will bring tenants back

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first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Companies have accepted that work-from-home is here to stay. Commercial landlords need to stay relevant. Enter the flexible office.TRD Brand Studio will host its first virtual event, Optimizing the office: How flexible workspaces will bring back office tenants, on Tuesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. EST. This live event will feature executives from Essensys, IWG, Industrious and Studio by Tishman Speyer discussing the challenges and possibilities of the new office normal. Buy your ticket today!Moderator: Michael BeckermanMichael BeckermanMichael Beckerman is the CEO of CREtech, the largest global consulting, media and conference company devoted to technological innovation in real estate. CREtech’s mission is to help the industry future-proof its businesses and inspire the next generation of ideas, processes and people in the world’s largest asset class. Beckerman also leads the CREtech Climate, the firm’s newest initiative to galvanize the industry’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.Jeremy Bernard Jeremy BernardJeremy Bernard is the CEO of North America at essensys, the world’s leading provider of flexible workspace software. He has over 25 years of experience in real estate and tech. Most recently, Jeremy was global head of real estate for Knotel, where he grew a portfolio of 5.5 million square feet of flexible office space around the world. He previously held C-suite positions at real estate investment firms and launched several proptech companies. He lives in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Jamie, daughter, Morgan, and son, Brody.Anna Squires Levine Anna Squires LevineAnna Squires Levine is the chief commercial officer at Industrious where she oversees operations, sales and marketing. Prior to that she was general manager of coworking and head of growth. Before joining Industrious, Levine co-founded Run for America, a bipartisan political consulting firm for the next generation of congressional leaders. She was also the founder and president of Born Free Africa, a private initiative to end pediatric HIV.Wayne Berger Wayne BergerWayne Berger is the CEO of global coworking leader IWG plc: North America and Latin America. The company harnesses the power of flexible working through its companies Regus, Spaces, No. 18, Open Office, HQ and Signature by Regus. Wayne has been an advocate for revolutionizing the workspace. With over 20 years in multinational leadership roles, he has helped companies maximize their offices and communities, spearheading the shift from traditional offices to flex workspaces.Michael CaraccioloMichael CaraccioloMichael Caracciolo is the senior director of Studio by Tishman Speyer, an arm of the real estate giant that offers flexible workspaces from flex desks to private offices to customized suites.Sponsor info: essensysEstablished in 2006, essensys is the world’s leading provider of software-as-a-service for the flexible office industry. The company empowers workspace providers to meet the ever-growing demand for flex spaces. Its all-in-one platform delivers secure digital infrastructure, efficacious space setup, seamless operations and mobile-first occupier interactions. It enables frictionless, in-building experiences and instant control over all facets of occupier services. Share via Shortlink Commercial Real Estateofficesreal estate eventsTRD Brand Studiolast_img read more

Interannual to diurnal variability in the near-surface scattering layer in Drake Passage

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first_imgBackscattering strength was estimated from 127 shipboard surveys with an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) made during Drake Passage transits from 1999 to 2004. The backscattering strength is used to determine the characteristics of the near-surface scattering layer, which south of the Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front (SACCF) is dominated by Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Diel vertical migration in the upper 150 m was the dominant variability observed in any single transect. When averaged over depth, there was a well-defined annual cycle in backscattering strength, with a factor of four increase from a late-winter minimum to a spring-summer maximum over a period of four months, followed by a more gentle decline during late summer and autumn. in addition, there were significant differences in scattering strength north and south of the Polar Front (PF) on both seasonal and interannnual time-scales. The average summer maximum to the north of the PF was more than twice the maximum to the south, but the winter minima were about the same. On interannual time-scales, scattering strength south of the PF displayed a negative linear trend primarily attributable to a fourfold decrease in backscattering strength south of the SACCF. No significant long-term trend in the scattering strength north of the SACCF was observed.last_img read more

NDSQ, Qatar Armed Forces Pen Two MoUs

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first_img View post tag: Armed Qatari shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) worth QAR 3.1 billion to build seven vessels for Qatar Armed Forces. View post tag: Navy April 1, 2014 View post tag: two View post tag: forces Industry news Share this article View post tag: MoUs View post tag: NDSQ Back to overview,Home naval-today NDSQ, Qatar Armed Forces Pen Two MoUs View post tag: Pen The MoUs were signed on Thursday 27th March during the DIMDEX event at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). Once all the necessary agreements are finalized, the vessels mentioned in the MoUs will be constructed in the State of Qatar by NDSQ at its shipbuilding facility at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan.The MoUs signed by NDSQ and Qatar Armed Forces concern six 50m-long axe-bow high-speed patrol vessels and one 52m-long diving support vessel for the Qatar Armed Forces. All vessels are highly sophisticated state-of-the-art naval ships built based on proven designs providing unparalleled seaworthiness. The diving support vessel includes decompression capabilities. A large Integrated Logistic Support package is also mentioned in the MoUs.Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Managing Director of Nakilat and Chairman of NDSQ, said: “We are delighted with these MoUs, both for our company and for our country. To be given the opportunity to build these vessels in Qatar for Qatar will be an incredible achievement and a strong contribution to the continued growth of our nation’s marine industry. These MoUs are confirmation of the State of Qatar’s world-class shipyard capabilities.“We are thankful to HE Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Defence and we also thank Qatar Armed Forces for placing their trust in our company and in Qatar’s marine industry. We look forward to working closely with Qatar Armed Forces and to finalizing the details of this agreement”.NDSQ is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in the Port of Ras Laffan, Qatar. NDSQ began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length.[mappress]Press Release, April 1, 2014; Image: Damen View post tag: Naval View post tag: Qatar NDSQ, Qatar Armed Forces Pen Two MoUs View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Rich colleges told to fund poor relatives

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first_imgBy Mohsin KhanOUSU Council will today debate a motion that demands richer colleges pay more money to poorer colleges as part of the College Contribution Scheme (CCS).If passed, the motion would support the continuation of the CCS and ask that richer colleges contribute more to the scheme in proportion to their wealth, and that conference income from all colleges be ‘taxed’ less.The College Contribution Scheme was created in 1973 to redistribute wealth from colleges with larger endowments, such as Nuffield and St John’s College, to colleges with smaller endowments, for example St Peter’s and Lady Margaret Hall.Tom Lowe, JCR President of Hertford College and proposer of the motion, highlighted the disparity that exists between Oxford colleges’ wealth. “I believe the CCS should be made stronger so richer colleges pay more. A good example of the massive difference in college wealth is All Souls College. The assets of All Souls are £224 million, in contrast to Mansfield College which is probably the smallest of the colleges. Mansfield’s assets are £11 million. A pretty big contrast,” he said.A majority of colleges are paying a smaller proportion of their endowment income than when the scheme was created. From 1973 to 2003, the total contributions to the fund have declined from 11.2% to 4.5%. Total endowment income for the University is around £80 million a year, of which almost £10 million comes from St John’s College. In contrast, the poorest major undergraduate college, Keble, has an endowment income of only £500,000. The amount that richer colleges currently contribute is not entirely based upon their assets or endowment income. Lowe suggested that differences in college wealth were unjustified, and could lead to a system where colleges were offering significantly different academic standards.“Richer colleges will say endowment successes are down to good investment,” he said. “In reality, good investment is only part of it. A lot of it comes down to historical accident.“If you have rich colleges getting richer, and poorer colleges not getting comparatively richer, then you’re likely to end up in a situation where degrees from the colleges mean different things.”The motion demands that taxation on conference income be reduced, as poorer colleges rely more heavily on conference income than richer colleges. It also argues that wealthier colleges are better equipped to increase their income than poorer colleges, as they are able to use their premises for conferences and to hire better research fellows than poorer colleges.The proposed introduction of the Joint Research Allocation Method (JRAM) for distributing money between colleges will give more money to those which conduct research. As richer colleges achieve higher research ratings, these colleges are likely to receive more money from the Government than poorer colleges.Colleges are funded from four other sources besides the CCS: endowment income, through donations, by hiring out of premises for conferences and by HEFCE grants from the Government. Fees paid directly to colleges by the Government were abolished in 2001, increasing the dependence of poorer colleges upon the CCS. The Conference of Colleges, the University body charged with investigating the CCS, is due to release a separate report later this term.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Takes Their Fans Backwards Through Time At 20th Anniversary Show

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first_imgPhoto: Andrew Blackstein Umphrey’s McGee celebrated their 20th Anniversary on Sunday night, delivering a triumphant show at the Beacon Theatre that took their fans on a journey through their long-and-winding career. After inviting Israeli guitarist Oz Noy to the stage on Friday night, and after having Mike “Maz” Maher and Peter Apfelbaum as guests on Saturday night, Sunday night featured two sets and an encore of pure, unadulterated Umphrey’s McGee. Not typically ones to tip their hat, the band took the stage promptly at 8:00 PM and guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss announced that they would be playing one song that was debuted from each of their years as a band, going backward in chronological order. With this announcement, a wave of excitement moved through the crowd, as each and everyone there understood that they were about to witness a truly special night in the band’s career. And special it was, as the band turned in a setlist filled with beloved fan-favorites from top to bottom, specifically the second set and encore that focused on the band’s earlier period of 1998-2007.Celebrating their 20th birthday while promoting a new album, it made sense that this show started off with a song from it’s not us. The ethereal “Half Delayed” was a good medium-paced starting point for this trip down memory lane. Debuted on 12/30/2017 during UM’s New Year’s run at Denver’s The Fillmore, “Half Delayed” just made the cut as the band’s pick for 2017. After a faithful performance of the it’s not us standout, the band moved on to their 2016 pick, “North Route”, which was debuted one full year earlier on 12/30/2016 in Chicago. The instrumental track is next in line in a long line of instrumental-ragers that Umphrey’s has often leaned on in their live repertoire.The short-but-sweet track quickly made way for “Draconian”, which was debuted during the band’s “All Debut” set at UM Bowl VI in Las Vegas on 5/1/15. This standout contemporary favorite marked the first improvisation of the evening and found Umphrey’s departing from the song’s form to focus on a chunky metal riff and a funky groove that meshed in a way that only Umphrey’s McGee can make sense of. Bassist Ryan Stasik led the band through this jam, using hand signals to push them in different directions. This version of “Draconian”, while thirteen-minutes long, is actually one of the shortest versions of the song ever played. Next up, the band delivered a fakeout of the title track from their 2014 album, Similar Skin, offering up just under three minutes of the percussive track that was debuted on 5/4/2014 at Brooklyn Bowl during the band’s launch-party for their record label: Nothing Too Fancy Music.Shifting gears on the fly, the band surprised the crowd by falling into “No Diablo”, which was debuted on 4/26/2013 during the “All Request” set at UM Bowl IV in response to the crowd voting for a new original song. After the band finished up “No Diablo”, the crowd serenaded the band with a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.Sticking with a similar theme for their pick for 2012, Umphrey’s followed “No Diablo” with “Comma Later”, which was also debuted as the response to fans voting for a new song for the band’s “All Request” set, this time at UM Bowl III on 4/27/2012. “Comma Later” saw the band delving off into more improv that played off the song’s jazzy fusion vibe that seemed to slowly melt into the familiar off-center melody of “Puppet String”, which was debuted at Summer Camp Music Festival on 5/28/2011. It soon became apparent that “Puppet String” had been started mid-song, with the song’s first verse and chorus skipped in what seemed to be a result of time constraints more than a pure musical decision. The song did feature a few minutes of jamming after the final chorus and guitar solo, but that quickly transformed into “No Comment”. Originally debuted at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY on 3/4/2010, the bouncy track only appeared briefly, before dissolving into “1348”.Debuted on 1/23/2009 at the Boulder Theater, “1348” has become one of the band’s biggest songs over the years, typically acting as a reliably high-energy song that bookends sets. Served up as an atypical stand-alone version, “1348 ” was short but intense, showing why the song has become so popular. As the song came to a close, the opening notes of “Gulf Stream” rang out. First played on 2/15/2008 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, “Gulf Stream” is somewhat of a rarity these days, having only been played three or four times per year since 2011, so it was a welcome surprise to see it show up to close the first set.While “The Floor” (debuted on 10/31/2007 at Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO) was written on the setlist as the first set closer, the band had to switch things around due to time constraints and moved it into the opening slot of set two. Another sign of the need to fit possibly too-many songs into one show, “The Floor” was left unfinished as the band moved into “Eat” (debuted on 2/22/2006 at City Hall in Nashville, TN), which was also carved down to about ninety-seconds to save time. While the second set may have started off with a couple of false starts, the remainder of the second set included some of the band’s biggest and best songs, all performed in their entirety.“Higgins”, played for the first time on 8/26/2005 at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD, has been one of the band’s most frequently played songs since it’s debut, with an average gap of just over 5 shows between appearances. To show just how often the song is played, the 26-show gap between the last version of “Higgins” and last night’s version is the longest gap in the song’s history. This version saw Umphrey’s stretch the song out with a prominent tease of “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” by The Rolling Stones and some guitar fireworks from Jake Cinninger.The next song, “Bridgeless”, started off a non-stop run of music that brought the second set to a close. The beloved progressive rager, originally debuted at The Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI on 1/30/2004, contained a quick few minutes of improv that allowed for more impressive playing from Cinninger, who really seemed to come alive in the second set as the band moved further into their past. After finishing “Bridgeless”, the dramatic “Ocean Billy” emerged. Originally debuted on Halloween 2003 at The Egyptian Room at The Murat Centre in Indianapolis, IN, “Ocean Billy” is another of Umphrey’s most cherished pieces of music, and the band turned in a stellar version that showed that, when they are at the height of their abilities, Umphrey’s McGee can still take your breath away.With the epic pair of “Bridgeless” and “Ocean Billy” as intense as it gets, the band shifted gears with their electronic favorite, “The Triple Wide”. Mixing jazzy changes, synth melodies, and thumping beats, “The Triple Wide”, which was debuted on 1/23/2002 at Dirty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL, the instrumental classic provided Lighting Designer Jefferson Waful the opportunity to let loose, projecting several rich colors and seemingly three-dimensional shapes on to the stage’s backdrop. Joel Cummins eventually started leading the way with his synthesizer, as he and Cinninger locked in for an improvised melody that shaped the song.Without missing a beat, UM started up “Ringo”, which was originally debuted on 10/5/2001 at The Duck Inn in Evansville, IN. The multi-sectional funk/rock track is one of the band’s most tried-and-true improvisational vehicles, and while the constraints of this show forced a shorter version, it was still as ferocious as could be, and even contained a tease of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix as well as a proper drum solo for drummer Kris Myers. It turned out that the abbreviated take on “Ringo” was all to allow for an extended version of “40’s Theme”. First played on 10/28/2000 at The State Theatre in the band’s original home of South Bend, IN, “40’s Theme” was extended to fifteen-minutes long, complete with a funky jam led by Brendan Bayliss where he got the crowd clapping along to the beat. The song’s blissful peak and conclusion worked as the perfect exclamation mark for a rare set filled with the majority of Umphrey’s most impressive and important songs in their catalog.Following a short encore break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage with their managers Vince Iwinski and Kevin Browning by their sides holding a giant chocolate cake with twenty candles that read “Happy Birthday Umphrey’s McGee!” After Stasik blew out the candles and Iwisnki wished a happy birthday to “the best band on the planet”, UM busted out the fan favorite “All Things Ninja”, which was debuted on 6/24/1999 at Benchwarmers in South Bend, IN. However, the intense fan-favorite was only a fake out, as the band only delivered about seventy-five-seconds of the ultra-rarity before dropping into a show-closing version of their most played song, “All In Time”. Debuted way back on 2/7/1998 at Benchwarmers, “All In Time” is the definitive Umphrey’s McGee song. The 518th version of “All In Time” was certainly a special one, as Bayliss inserted some New York and 20th birthday-specific lyrics, and the band nodded to some extremely rare songs that no longer show up in setlists with much frequency, or at all. “10th Grade”, originally played at the band’s first show on 1/21/1998 and last played on 9/4/2004, was teased during “All In Time”, as was “Nachos For Two”, which last made it on to a setlist back in 2003. Of course, a portion of the emotional fan-favorite “Divisions” made an appearance as well, as did snippets of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC and “Spirit Of The Radio” by Rush.When all was said and done, the band fit twenty songs into three hours, showcasing the best and brightest material they had to offer. While some may complain that the show’s theme created a proverbial box that the band was forced to fit into, perhaps hindering their typical approach, the band took a break from their normal agenda and created a unique night of music that celebrated their past. If there’s any takeaway from last night, and from this past weekend as a whole, it’s that Umphrey’s McGee are a force to be reckoned with, and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.Umphrey’s McGee has a few days off before continuing the Northeast leg of their it’s not us tour in New Haven, CT, and Philadelphia, PA this coming weekend.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY | 1/21/17Set 1: Half Delayed, North Route > Draconian, Similar Skin[1] > No Diablo, Comma Later > Puppet String[2] > No Comment > 1348, Gulf StreamSet 2: The Floor[3] > Eat[1] > Higgins[4], Bridgeless[3] > Ocean Billy > The Triple Wide > Ringo[5] > 40’s Theme[6]Encore: All Things Ninja[7] > All In Time[8][1] incomplete[2] started mid-song; incomplete[3] unfinished[4] with Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (The Rolling Stones) jam[5] with Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) teases[6] with Shake Ya Ass (Mystikal) lyrics from Brendan[7] intro only[8] with 10th Grade, Divisions, Nachos for Two, and Thunderstruck (AC/DC) teasesNotes:for the band’s 20th anniversary show, all of the songs played were in order of debut starting in 2017 and going backward one year for each songUmphrey’s McGee | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY | 1/21/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blacksteincenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Midnight North Shares NPR ‘Tiny Desk Contest’ Submission [Watch]

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first_imgNPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining series on the Internet. With big-name acts like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio, Thundercat, Mac Miller, and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals among our favorites that have taken over the mini space, we trust and believe in whatever talent the NPR folks put before our eyes.Along with the ongoing performance series, NPR hosts an annual Tiny Desk Contest, which invites artists to submit their own videos from behind a “Tiny Desk” for the chance to win a performance slot on the series. The annual Tiny Desk Contest brought us Tank and The Bangas in 2017 and Naia Izumi in 2018.Following NPR’s recent announcement of their 2019 contest, Midnight North submitted a Tiny Desk Contest entry. The video captures the band—comprised of Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck, Alex Jordan, Connor O’Sullivan, and Nathan Graham—performing an acoustic take on their new tune “Long View”, which was recorded at Grahame’s father Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads venue on March 24th. “Long View” was written by Lesh and Graham and will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album.Watch Midnight North’s Tiny Desk Contest entry below:Midnight North – “Long View” – NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest[Video:  Midnight North]NPR’s 2019 panel of judges will include singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, NPR’s Bob Boilen and Rodney Carmichael, Abby Gobeli, Raul Campos, Lucy Dacus, and Ledisi. The winner of NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest will head to Washington, D.C. to play their own Tiny Desk concert before heading out on the road with NPR and Blue Microphones for a national tour.For a full list of Midnight North’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Tobacco fields

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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s tobacco crop looks fair overall. But plant disease problems and heavy rains in June have hurt some of the fields of Georgia’s remaining tobacco farmers, says a University of Georgia specialist.About 15 percent of Georgia’s tobacco crop has been infected by the tomato spotted wilt virus, a deadly disease carried by small insects called thrips, said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.But in some fields, as much as 50 percent to 80 percent of the plants have been hit by this disease.About 30 percent of the crop last year was infected with this disease. It contributed to a 15-percent decline in yields.For the first time since 2000, tobacco mosaic virus has been widespread in Georgia’s crop, too, Moore said. Some fields have as much as 30 percent of plants showing symptoms. The disease is believed to have come from infected seed.TMV can be found in tobacco products — cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco — and transmitted to plants in fields after handling these products. It’s easily spread from plant to plant by tractors and humans. “One plant could potentially infect millions,” he said. It is not as bad as TSWV. But it can reduce yields and quality.”But the heavy rain has caused more losses than the diseases,” Moore said.Parts of south-central Georgia, where much of the state’s tobacco is grown, have received 8 inches to 10 inches of rain since June 1, according to the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.That has been too much rain for tobacco root systems, which need oxygen to survive. The roots suffocate, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the tops, which begin to wilt.The flooded root systems will recover and begin to grow again, Moore said. But this will cut into yields this year.Georgia had about 1,000 tobacco farmers in 2004. About half that many planted tobacco this year, he said. There may be even fewer next year.Most Georgia farmers contract directly with tobacco companies now. Contract prices this year, Moore said, are $1.19 per pound to a $1.45 per pound.The costs for electricity, fuel, fertilizers and crop chemicals, all needed for tobacco production, have gone up as much 20 percent over last year when many of the contracts were made.It will be tough for some farmers to break even this year with the current contract prices. Moore expects 10 percent to 15 percent fewer farmers will plant tobacco next year.But there is still a lot of interest in growing tobacco in Georgia. A few farmers in southeast Georgia grew it for the first time this year. And the Georgia Tobacco Tour, sponsored by the UGA Extension Service, drew 80 participants June 6-8.The federal government ended the Depression-era tobacco quota program last fall. Under that program, only a certain amount of tobacco could be grown each year in the United States. It helped farmers get consistent prices and guaranteed tobacco companies a supply.Through a buyout, tobacco companies will begin this month to pay $10.14 billion in compensation to U.S. farmers over the next 10 years for the end of the program.No official numbers have been released, but Georgia farmers are believed to have planted 19,000 acres of tobacco this year.last_img read more

Radon Action Month

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first_imgAs it is every year, January is National Radon Action month. However, this year feels different, as many people are spending more time at home to keep each other safe and healthy. This makes it even more important that we test our homes for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer.Over the course of many years, exposure to this gas can cause lung cancer, even in nonsmokers. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. About 800 Georgians die annually from radon-induced lung cancer.Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Often granite rock naturally has high levels of uranium, which is part of why radon is such a persistent problem, especially in north Georgia. The gas seeps out of the soil and rises up through crawlspaces, foundations and basements into a home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 1 in 15 homes have a radon level that should be reduced.Fortunately, testing for radon gas is simple and inexpensive. A short-term radon test is hung in the lowest level of the home for three to seven days before being mailed to the laboratory. The laboratory will then send the homeowner results after it processes the test kit. Test can be obtained from the UGA Radon Program website or from a hardware or big box store. During the month of January, Georgians can receive $5 off their online radon test kit order at radon.uga.edu by using the code NRAM2021 at checkout.If the radon level in your home is high, you can install a radon reduction system. A radon reduction or radon mitigation system reduces high levels of indoor radon to acceptable levels. The system most frequently used is a vent pipe system and fan that pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside.Radon exposure from drinking water is primarily a concern in private wells. In Georgia, wells drilled into granitic crystalline rock aquifers, usually in the northern part of the state, are at risk of naturally occurring radon contamination. This is where the uranium that decays to radon can be found at higher levels. If you don’t know whether there is radon in your well water, have the water tested.The University of Georgia Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories in Athens test water samples for the presence of radon. To get a water testing kit, contact your local UGA Extension office or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

High-tech members require high-touch services

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first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With life moving faster than ever before, I find myself using my mobile phone daily—if not multiple times each day—to send money to my kids, check my account balances, or see what my family is buying after I get an alert on my wearable.I am totally addicted to the self-service world that technology enables—and no, I am not a millennial, as my teenagers and my knees continually remind me.Although I am a fan of self-service technology, I recently had a less-than-stellar experience when I attempted to pay off a loan.Initially, I believed the self-service option would provide the fastest and most convenient approach. But after spending a few minutes on my PC, I couldn’t figure out how to pay off a loan. continue reading »last_img read more