FPL planning to lower customer bills amid pandemic

first_imgOn Monday, Florida Power & Light Company has announced they will lower bills for customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.If approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, starting on May 1, FPL plans to issue a “one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill.”The company said the decision comes as a result of lower fuel costs. Business owners will also see a decrease in their bills, dependent by rate class.last_img

Next Food and Wine Walk July 21 in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Flavour and the Red Bank RiverCenter’s next Food and Wine Walk will be Sunday, July 21.The monthly culinary tour, which kicked off in June, is held the third Sunday each month through October with more than 20 participating venues.The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk encourages foodies throughout the region to enjoy samplings of the borough’s unique culinary offerings.“The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk is made possible by our town’s diverse restaurant community,” said Valerie Aufiero, owner of Front Street Trattoria. “We are thrilled to collaborate on events like this. It is a great way to raise awareness of Red Bank’s culinary offerings, and gives foodies a chance to experience all of Red Bank’s flavors.”Venues participating in the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk include: Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza,  Carter & Cavero, Cupcake Magician, Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Buona Sera, Dish, Front Street Trattoria, Gaetano’s, The Globe Hotel, Jamian’s, Jr.’s, La Pastaria, Lil’ Cutie Pops, New Corner Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Pazzo, Readies Café, red, Siam Garden, Sicilia Café, Sugarush a Sweet Experi­ence, Taste, Teak, The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, The Downtown and The Wine Cellar.Buona Sera will participate in the Food and Wine Walks in July, August and October.The remaining dates for the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk are Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Each walk will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person. Interested parties can purchase tickets at Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Teak, and red Restaurant and Lounge starting at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of each Food and Wine Walk.For more information about Red Bank Flavour, please, visit www.RedBankFlavour.com. To learn more about the Red Bank RiverCenter, please visit www.ACoolLittleTown.com.last_img read more

Knowledge of Light Is Power

first_imgNow that engineers are becoming adept at manipulating materials at the scale of billionths of a meter, they are taking first steps toward using a power source familiar to plants: light.  Science Daily described the first humble attempts to get light photons to drive nano-sized machines.    The article did not mention whether photosynthesis provided any inspiration for the research, but it is well known that plant chloroplasts are able to harvest single photons for energy with optimal efficiency.  These engineers realize their first attempts have a long way to go.  The light intensity they are using is a million times stronger than sunlight.  “It took more than 60 years to progress from the first transistors to the speed and power of today’s computers,” the article stated.  “Creating devices that run solely on light rather than electronics will now begin a similar process of development, according to the authors.”More power to them.  How about a little humility, though, considering that their technology can’t hold a candle to the light-harvesting abilities of blue-green algae?  The paradigm of our time is that time and chance accomplished a feat that is taxing the design capabilities of the human brain, the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

We Calculated How Much Trees Save for Your City

first_imgIs It Time to Move Our Cities?Healthy People Live With TreesDenver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks In Theodore Endreny is a professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents.More than half the global population now lives in urban areas, comprising about 3% of the Earth. The ecological footprint of this growth is vast and there’s far more that can be done to improve life for urban residents around the world.When it comes to natural spaces, trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem, providing a number of services that benefit people. My research team has calculated just how much a tree matters for many urban areas, particularly megacities. Trees clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change, among other things.For every dollar invested in planting, cities see an average $2.25 return on their investment each year. How tree density affects a city We looked in detail at 10 megacities around the world, including Beijing, Cairo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and London. These megacities are distributed across five continents and represent different natural habitats. Cairo was the smallest, at 1,173 square kilometers, while Tokyo measured in at a whopping 18,720.For most cities, we looked at Google Maps aerial imagery, randomly selecting 500 points and classifying each as tree canopy, grass, shrub, and so on.We calculated that tree cover was linked to significant cost savings. Each square kilometer saved about $0.93 million in air pollution health care costs, $20,000 by capturing water runoff, and $478,000 in building energy heating and cooling savings.What’s more, the median annual value of carbon dioxide sequestered by megacity tree cover was $7.9 million. That comes out to about $17,000 per square kilometer. The total CO2 stored was valued at $242 million, using a measure called the social cost of carbon.The sum of all annual services provided by the megacity trees had a median annual value of $505 million. That provides a median value of $967,000 per square kilometer of tree cover.center_img These tools simulate the relationship between trees and ecosystem services they provide. These services can include food, clean air and water, climate and flood control, pollination, recreation, and noise damping. We currently don’t simulate many services, so our calculations actually underestimate the value of urban trees.Our software can simulate how a tree’s structure — such as height, canopy size, and leaf area — affects the services it provides. It can estimate how trees will reduce water flooding; or explore how trees will affect air quality, building energy use, and air pollution levels in their community. It can also allow users to inventory trees in their own area.Our systematic aerial surveys of 35 megacities suggest that 20% of the average megacity’s urban core is covered by forest canopy. But this can vary greatly. Trees cover just 1% of Lima, Peru, versus 36% in New York City.We wanted to determine how much trees contribute to human well-being in the places where humans are most concentrated, and nature perhaps most distant. In addition, we wanted to calculate how many additional trees could be planted in each megacity to improve the quality of life. Trees in your cityAn entire urban forest can provide services for a good life.All of the cities we studied had the potential to add additional trees, with about 18 percent of the metropolitan area on average available. Potential spots included areas with sidewalks, parking lots and plaza areas. The tree’s canopy could extend above the human-occupied area, with the trunk positioned to allow for pedestrian passage or parking.Want to conserve forests and plant more trees in your area? Everyone can take action. City and regional planners can continue to incorporate the planning for urban forests. Those who are elected to office can continue to share a vision that the urban forest is an important part of the community, and they can advocate and support groups that are looking to increase it.Individuals who cannot plant a tree might add a potted shrub, which is smaller than a tree but has a leafy canopy that can contribute similar benefits. For the property owner wanting to take charge, our i-Tree software can assist with selecting a tree type and location. A local arborist or urban forester could also help. Measuring treesOur team, led by Dr. David Nowak of the USDA Forest Service and Scott Maco of Davey Institute, develops the tree benefits software i-Tree Tools.last_img read more

10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MEET DANNY MCIVOR

first_img Facebook “I sat on a small hill overlooking the set, skipping school for three days only going home at the end of the school day to check in then running back down to the set until dinner time. It was only when the school Principal called to find out if I was sick that my absence was discovered by my parents who were not pleased. But it was worth it because then and there I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life”.How long have you been directing?I started Directing right out of the gate, when I began making movies as a kid. Back then I had to do it all, out of necessity- Writing, Directing, Cinematography & Editing. But when I started telling stories with a camera professionally working for CBC it was one job at a time and I concentrated on the Cinematography and Post Production. But when I left CBC and headed to South America as a Freelancer in the 1990’s I again found myself doing all three jobs, although rarely on the same project. It wasn’t until I was hired by CNN to open their South America News Bureau in Rio de Janeiro that I was once again Directing as well as Shooting and Editing- what turned out to be over 100 documentaries during my 10 year career with the network. But, my first love has always been fiction movies and I have spent the last twelve years Directing many projects, from feature films to shorts, music videos and advertising videos.Who inspired you to pursue your goals?My older brother Mike, upon seeing my nascent interest in making movies as a kid bought me a new state-of-the-art (for the time) Super 8mm camera. I no longer had to borrow the neighbour’s camera to make movies with the neighbourhood kids. Needless to say, I was hooked.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? The challenge for every Indie movie maker, especially in Canada, where there is little to no government support for up and coming filmmakers, is raising money. I have attempted to raise money many different ways over the years from crowd funding to private investment to taking out personal bank loans. After 29 movies it is still very difficult to fund movie projects, not just for me but for every Indie movie Producer and Director I know. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Danny McIvor is a Director, Cinematographer and Writer. He is one busy man in the industry!We chatted with Danny recently … Check out our Q and A below:As a child, did you always want to make movies and work in film and TV?Born into a family of Writers and Artists Danny, age 12, one day came across a movie company on location in the small village of Caulfeild on Canada’s west coast, where he grew up. He watched in fascination as the magic of making a motion picture was unveiled before him. Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter What has been your most rewarding experience?My most rewarding experience was the production of my feature film THE TIME BETWEEN. A project I wrote, Directed and, to save money, also acted as Cinematographer and Editor. The old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was never more pertinent than when I made this movie.What is your favourite type of film to direct?I have worked in many genres but it seems I have a special flair for light comedy, especially physical comedy. As a Screenwriter black comedy and satire are my favorite genres.What market do you currently work in? I work in Toronto one of the world’s most saturated motion picture markets as far as production and technical people go. It was saturated even when I arrived from Vancouver in the early 80’s which is why after 10 years working in television for the CBC my real goal, to make fiction movies, still seemed nothing but a dream as I found getting in and getting the experience I needed was all but impossible. This is why, when I quit CBC to go freelance with my own equipment. I packed up and moved to Rio de Janiero Brazil, a huge movie market but still in need of new blood. It was there I began to work professionally on movies, documentaries. television shows and advertising getting the experience I needed to build a career more easily when I returned to Toronto after 10 years.Are there other areas you would like to work?I am primarily a Director and Cinematographer and I often edit the movies I shoot. So I get work in all these jobs which I find extremely rewarding. One skill informs the other making me better at all three.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the filming industry?No matter what you want to do in movies, from Producing to Directing to Cinematography, knowing how to edit movies is a fundamental skill that informs all those other jobs and makes location shooting much easier and more streamlined. Editing is truly the heart and soul of making movies.What fuels your passion?I need to be creative. And seeing a story go from script to screen is, for me, the best thing in life.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’ll never tell. Besides, if I did no one would believe it.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? No. On the day I left high school I should have hopped on a bus to Los Angeles and done anything, any job to get my foot in the door of the motion picture business there. That’s the world capital of movie making and that’s where you want to be if you are in your late teens or early 20’s and serious about making this your career.Successes that make you proud?I grew up poor and being able to make a good living doing what I love is my proudest achievement.Tell me about your current projects.I have four scripts “on the launch pad” and as usual I am searching for funding. In the meantime I am shooting 4 short films in the Spring of 2018 as well doing a music video and a number of scenes for Actors through my new side business SCENE IT. My Production Company Miramac Productions also produces advertising videos. I also host a monthly networking event in Toronto for Indie movie makers and Actors which is connected to my Facebook group “THE TORONTO INDIE MOVIE SUPPORT GROUP.”Check out what Danny is up to:Website: http://www.dannymakesmovies.com/Dannys_Homepage.htmlIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4503569/Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/dannymcivorFacebook pages are:– https://www.facebook.com/danny.mcivor.9– https://www.facebook.com/groups/398651220312496/last_img read more

Death of Canadas musicvideochannel era MuchMusic left with skeleton staff after job

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement As a MuchMusic VJ in the channel’s 1980s heyday, Terry David Mulligan remembers sneaking a film crew into the very temple of the American music industry — the Grammy Awards.Canadian specialty channels had a good year in 2013, but the days of climbing revenues from subscription fees could be numbered as the country’s television business prepares for a shift to a la carte packaging.[/np_storybar]His boldness paid off with a shot of a moment that went down in music history — Metallica storming out in a hail of curses after losing to Jethro Tull for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. And Mr. Mulligan did it with what could charitably be called a small fib: telling the security guard he was part of the film crew there to accompany Olivia Newton John. “He said, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,’” Mr. Mulligan recalls. “And we went in. And we did 55 interviews that day.”That was the sort of gonzo-video style that put MuchMusic on the bleeding edge of hip in the early years after its 1984 debut, making it the kind of cultural leader and tastemaker that new media groups like VICE and Gawker, occupy today. Top musicians and their fans made pilgrimages to Much’s downtown Toronto studio space, designed to be a gathering spot, as well as a broadcasting centre.last_img read more

Toronto home rented by royaltobe Meghan Markle sold for 16 million

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto home that Meghan Markle rented while dating Prince Harry sold for $1.6 million in January 2018.The Seaton Village property was snatched up by an unidentified buyer for more than its $1.39 million asking price, according to sales data from property website geowarehouse and seen by The Canadian Press.“Suits” star Markle is believed to have lived at the property for at least two years before getting engaged to the prince on Nov. 27 and moving to the U.K.She rented the two-storey house near Bathurst and Dupont Streets from former Flare magazine fashion director Elizabeth Cabral and her husband Kevin O’Neill.The Yarmouth Road home with a deep plum exterior was listed in December and advertised as having three bedrooms, two washrooms, hardwood and marble floors, a fully-finished basement and a two-car garage.At the time, Freeman Real Estate Ltd. said it attracted three registered offers.last_img read more

Court rules Canadas TV regulator exceeded its authority with restrictions on Bell

first_imgTORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

Zimmer and Kent visits North Peace Seniors Housing Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer and the Honourable Peter Kent, M.P. for Thornhill, Ontario, made a visit to tenants of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society on May 3.Kent discussed the ethics or lack thereof that many companies have when it comes to using personal information.According to Kent, many companies use the personal information that they have found through online purchases, social media and even Google/Gmail emails and sell this information to the highest bidder in hopes to sell users things they want them to buy and, unfortunately, some may even use this information to try to sway personal views on important political matters. Kent says the Ethics Committee’s goal is to curb and reprimand these companies that use personal information in an unethical manner.Along with Kent, Zimmer talked about LNG, Site C, gas pricing and other issues concerning the local, provincial and federal government.last_img read more