Capital Living: America’s Best Cities to Reside in

February 20, 2019 1,767 Views About Author: Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago State capitals can be some of the best cities to live in, provided you know which state capital provides the best economic and cultural value.According to a study by WalletHub that ranked the best capitals to live in, though 17 state capitals in the U.S. are the largest cities within their respective states, the biggest population doesn’t necessarily translate to the best quality of life. Perhaps that’s the reason that Austin, Texas, was ranked first on this list for its overall livability, earning a score of 67.23 on the state capital index.For the rankings, WalletHub compared all 50 state capitals across 54 key indicators of affordability, economic well-being, quality of education and health, and quality of life.While Austin ranked among the top 20 in terms of affordability, it received top marks for economic well being as well as the quality of education and health and quality of life. Boise, Idaho, with an overall score of 64.78, was ranked second, followed by Raleigh, North Carolina (64.52); Madison, Wisconsin (63.57); and Lincoln, Nebraska (62.67). Bismarck, North Dakota; Concord New Hampshire; Denver, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Des Moines, Iowa also ranked among the top 10 state capitals.In fact, Des Moines was the only state capital among the top 10 that also earned a top ranking for affordable housing, coming in fourth after Jefferson City, Missouri; Pierre, South Dakota; and Topeka, Kansas. Springfield, Illinois was ranked fifth for most affordable housing even though it was at the 30th spot in the overall rankings.Boston, Massachusetts, and Honolulu, Hawaii, tied for a spot for state capitals with the least affordable housing. They were joined by Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; and Richmond, Virginia.Three of the state capitals that were among the top 10 in the overall rankings were also ranked high for cities with the highest median household income. While Juneau, Alaska, got the top spot in this list, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Raleigh, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Bismarck, North Dakota, were among the top five cities on this list. Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Honolulu, Hawaii; Trenton, New Jersey; and Jackson, Mississippi, were among the cities with the lowest household income.Click here for the full rankings. Previous: The End of Housing Inventory Woes? Next: How Millennials Are Moving the Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Capital Living: America’s Best Cities to Reside in Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Capital Living: America’s Best Cities to Reside in Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Affordable Housing Austin City Home HOUSING Resident WalletHub 2019-02-20 Radhika Ojha Tagged with: Affordable Housing Austin City Home HOUSING Resident WalletHub Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe read more

CCAs are on the front lines for key agricultural issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A quick glance at the tidy office of John Fritz at The Andersons, Inc. Fremont facility would suggest that he works in a fairly standard desk job. One look at his weathered work boots, however, belies how he really spends most of his time and what drives the passion for what he does.Fritz was recently named Ohio’s 2018 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year. Fritz has more than 39 years of crop advising experience providing a variety of services to clients. He specializes in precision technology including nutrient management plans, soil sampling, scouting, weed management and seed recommendations, and variable rate planning. At The Andersons, Fritz has been a driving force for change through implementation of new technologies, including the introduction of variable rate technology at the farm center in the mid-1990s. He is also the head of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Management program and oversees all fertilizer recommendations and rates for customers.“John does not hesitate to go above and beyond for his customers,” said Jim Gosche, who nominated Fritz for the award. “His dedication as a crop adviser is not just an occupation to him; it’s his way of life.”Sponsored by the Ohio CCA Program, the state award recognizes an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio. Fritz was recognized at the 2018 Conservation Tillage Conference on March 6 in Ada. He received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the Ohio Association Independent Crop Consultants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nutrien.Fritz was among the first Ohioans to earn the title of CCA.Fritz was recognized as CCA of the Year at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.“I became a CCA the first year they started the program. I was working here in Fremont,” Fritz said. “They started the program because they wanted us to be able to go out to the farm as agronomists who could be more professional and have the knowledge to work with the grower and help them with their operation. The code of ethics was a big thing with the CCA program too. You’re not just going out and pushing products. Everything is based on good agronomic information.”Nutrient management has been a focus for Fritz, especially in recent years. His extensive knowledge in the areas of nutrient management and precision technology positioned him to take on a key leadership role in addressing water quality challenges of Lake Erie.“With Lake Erie being so important for tourism, we in ag really have to help with the issues with the algae. We are right on the Sandusky River here, which dumps into the Bay and we also have two other watersheds — the Portage and the Maumee — that go right into Lake Erie. We need to do everything we can to keep phosphorus out of the Lake,” he said. “We all watch when we are applying fertilizer and stay away from times when there could be excessive runoff. We have also worked with customers doing a lot more looking at different ways of applying nutrients, whether it is deep placement, the timing, or making sure that it is incorporated so we don’t have the surface runoff potential. We are doing a lot more variable rate application — a lot of that has been driven by the 4R certification program. Things there are changing so fast. It is a constant learning curve. Also variable rate nitrogen is big. For the equipment side, for the direct injection of nutrients and the whole realm of precision ag there is always something new. You have to understand the soil chemistry and know the proper products and timing to use and understand the different application techniques to get the most efficient use of fertilizer and do the right things environmentally. We continue to work with customers on those things.”Ohio’s recent move to classify Lake Erie’s open waters as “impaired” may further increase the important role of Fritz and other CCAs in the Lake Erie Watershed.“If they do call it impaired, will that mean all farmers need to do nutrient management plans? CCAs will have to help with those because there will be a lot to do,” Fritz said. “If there is a widespread need for that it will be a more important role for CCAs down the road.”Though Fritz has seen extensive measures put in place to address agricultural nutrient loss in the farms he works with, he also wants to stress that there are many factors beyond the control of agriculture.“There are things we can still improve on but there are many things we can’t control like the weather and the heavy rains. We have to figure out a way to offset those heavy rain events,” Fritz said. “Agriculture in general has taken a proactive response to this and we are not sure what all this ‘impaired’ designation could mean. Are we still shooting for the 40% reduction in phosphorus or are there other new regulations that come along with that? The big thing with water quality is that we need to be able to show the public what ag is doing and that we are doing our part to address the problem. We are going to continue to improve and CCAs need to be in front of that.”Weed control has been another challenging and complex problem facing Ohio’s CCAs.“How do we handle the chemical resistance and try to keep fields clean? In this area it seems like we are using a lot of LibertyLink soybeans to control marestail. Luckily, though we have some Palmer and waterhemp, it is not very much. We have some customers looking at the dicamba or Xtend soybeans. We are trying to find the best way to use that technology to help the farmer but also be good stewards to neighbors with sensitive crops,” Fritz said. “When you look at some of the Xtend beans and using dicamba, overall we feel we can apply it fairly safely in a burndown situation. We will apply in a burndown but we will not apply it post-. There are enough vegetables around here that we won’t do that. It is up to us as CCAs to follow the labels and make sure we are telling farmers about how to apply it. I think the label changes will help the situation. Whether it is a grower or an applicator, you have to look at it and decide if the risk is worth the application issue that could happen. You really have to pick and choose when you are going to use dicamba.”The training and ongoing education required to be a CCA has helped Fritz tackle these and other agronomic challenges in his work for The Andersons.last_img read more

American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance

first_imgMadison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States stumble and fall perform during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash.Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s great for us and it’s great for Team USA,” Maia Shibutani said after they moved up from fourth place and held off a Russian couple to give the United States a podium spot for the fourth straight games: a gold, two silvers and a bronze.“It feels like gold,” Alex Shibutani added. “It’s unbelievable.“It’s such an honor to represent your country in the Olympics, and our sport is such a strong event, as you saw from the marks,” he said, noting that the top two duos — gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, silver winners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France — set world records Tuesday. “It’s amazing to have that Olympic moment we dreamed of.”The Shibutanis also believe their performance could lead to more siblings and more Asian-Americans in ice dance. Alex noted how rare each combination is.“We had no path to follow,” he said. “There was no blueprint for us. (Coach) Marina Zueva had no experience with siblings or Asian-American ice dancers and we had to discover by ourselves our own path.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA’s sprint to the finish The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze early in the Pyeongchang Games.U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made two key errors in their free dance and slid from third to fifth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadison Chock and Evan Bates had an even bigger slip-up: the rare ice dance fall.Still, a third, fifth and 12th with a major mistake should not be underplayed. MOST READcenter_img Chock and Bates didn’t want to look beyond Tuesday. They were the only ice dancers to have a fall in the entire competition, and it came as they were preparing to do a combination spin. Their blades clicked just as he was bending down and she was beginning to spin.Crash!“It’s impossible to do the spin with our feet attached,” Bates said.“We were too close together,” Chock explained.“It’s a moment we wish we could have back,” Bates added. “It’s a mistake that has never happened in training before, ever. There’s no explanation.”Chock and Bates also didn’t want the fall to take away from the message they were trying to convey while skating to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”“We hope we got the message of peace across,” Chock said as she wiped her eyes. “We think the audience understood.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers That path led them from ninth place at the Sochi Games to two U.S. championships. They also have three world championships medals. And now, an Olympic jewel.“It’s really been a leap of faith we had to take,” Maia Shibutani said. “We really have discovered we need to be ourselves.”Added Alex: “We found we needed to not play characters but to be Maia and Alex.”He is 26, she is 23, and they didn’t want to look ahead to another Olympic go-round. But Hubbell and Donohue made it clear they aren’t through; he is 27 and she soon will be.Hubbell’s eyes were wet when she spoke about the rough go in the free dance. They had been perennial third-place finishers in America before making a huge leap this season, winning their first national title. They believed the Pyeongchang Games would be their special moment.Then they made two errors in the free dance, one early and then a late stumble by Donohue.“At this moment, we are disappointed and frustrated,” Hubbell said, “because this was not close to our best. At this level, you cannot afford to make mistakes against this type of competition.“But we will build off this and not allow this to be our legacy.”Donohue admitted he wasn’t as mentally sharp as he needed to be in such a pressure-cooker atmosphere. He looked back at last year’s worlds, when they hoped to compete for a medal and wound up ninth.“Every experience brings a piece of information we didn’t have before,” he said, noting the couple would pay extra attention to their mental approach as they prepare for next month’s world championships in Milan. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Video: Here’s Who Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith Are Picking To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgSkip Bayless and Steven A. Smith discuss who will win the NCAA tournament.bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?last_img read more

Taapsee wants to learn pole dancing from Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Actor Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her Judwaa 2 co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on a talk show recently. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy. I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actor wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in Manmarziyaan and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with Saand Ki Aankh, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters – Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, Saand Ki Aankh also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.last_img read more

Metro services affected after electricity connection trips

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted on Wednesday morning after electricity connection tripped at the Jatin Das Park Metro Station. Since the disruption occurred during peak hours, passengers had to face immense inconvenience reaching their destinations. Services resumed almost after 17 minutes.According to sources, on Wednesday at around 10:40 am, a Dum Dum-bound non- Air Conditioned (AC) rake came to a halt as power supply to it was cut off due to some unknown reason. The motorman tried to start the rake but in vain. Having no other way, the Metro authority cut off the power also to the Kavi Subhas-bound line for necessary repair works. Passengers were also evacuated in the process. Later, engineers of Metro Railway managed to restore the power but what caused the trip is still unknown. Metro authorities stated that at 10.42 am, a non-AC train was held up at Jatin Das Park Metro Station. Power was restored and the train left at 10.59 am. Earlier on Sunday morning, Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes after water from a sewerage line overflowed and spilt on to the tracks at the Rabindra Sarobar station. According to sources, at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed the Metro authorities at the station about the glitch. Within minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went attended to the problem and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water had overflowed and reached the track. Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power was restored.last_img read more

Cinnamon Hotels Resorts launches Cinnamon Island Weddings

first_imgCinnamon Hotels & Resorts has launched its much-awaited service ‘Cinnamon Island Weddings’, specially curated luxury wedding experiences for destination weddings in Sri Lanka. This announcement was made at the World Travel Market 2017, a leading global event for the travel industry that took place earlier in London.As part of the campaign, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts has launched a contest with Sri Lankan Airlines wherein the winning couple will get an all expense paid dream wedding for 50 people including the couple and their friends and family in Sri Lanka organised by Cinnamon Island Weddings.Applicants can participate in the competition by sending across an image, written piece or a one-minute video clip that creatively describes why they should be the winners of Cinnamon Island Weddings competition.The lucky couple will receive two business class air tickets and 48 economy class tickets for their friends and family, end-to-end local transportation covered in Sri Lanka, full board accommodation at 4 and 5 star Cinnamon resorts in Sri Lanka, a wedding reception with complete décor, entertainment, bridal attire, a 5-karat sapphire ring and an exotic location to host the wedding.Photography for the entire wedding will be done by award-winning wedding photographer David Stanbury. The couple will also have an opportunity to explore more of Sri Lanka’s diversity with a 7 nights honeymoon package courtesy of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts.Commenting on the initiative, Dileep Mudadeniya – Head of Brand Marketing, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts stated, “Cinnamon Island Weddings is a novel online concept that will help to create immense hype and excitement around Sri Lanka and strengthen the island’s position as a world-class wedding destination. The wedding tourism industry is a high potential market that is on a rapid growth trajectory as travel trends show that more and more travellers are leaning towards romantic destination weddings. This initiative will help to showcase Sri Lanka’s offering as a vibrant, beautiful and captivating destination for weddings and will highlight how well the islandand its hotels are geared to host tailor-made weddings, receptions and honeymoons.”last_img read more

February 24 2017Last Saturdays Grand opening of t

first_imgFebruary 24, 2017Last Saturdays Grand opening of the 2017 Community Art Show featured some of Arcosanti’s terrific musicians. Here are PR volunteer Shannon MacKenzieon on guitar, she with the awesome voice, and foundry crew Dillon Qibon on drums.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Shannon.Melissa Carone and Dillon.Ali Gibbs, Melissa and Dillon.Arcosanti’s own ‘Superstar’ Jonas Fister, here on guitar.Jonas and Dillon.Jonas.Dillon.last_img