OSU’s eFields program looking to expand on farm research further in 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt doesn’t take a scientist to understand the challenges of agricultural crop research. Different soil types, constantly changing weather patterns, different plant hybrids and varieties, and human/equipment error are just a handful of the vast number of variables in agricultural research that can make it difficult to find real, reliable answers to important crop production questions.Replicated trials on small plots help account for the variability, but every farmer knows there is nothing more relevant than research conducted at the field scale on their farms, in their management systems, with their weather, and their soil types. Researchers know the value of these on-farm research efforts as well, and they are looking to do more in Ohio.Paul Ralston in Hardin County has conducted his own research on his farm for several years to hone his production practices and was quick to start working with Ohio State University Extension researchers when he had the opportunity to participate in the eFields program.“It has been pretty simple. It was research we were going to do anyway. We got some help from the good folks at Ohio State who helped implement it and keep track of all the records and such. It also gets it out to other people so they can find value and use the research too. It legitimizes the data that I produce on my farm,” Ralston said. “But just because it works on my farm doesn’t mean that it is going to work on everyone’s farm.”The eFields program uses modern technology and information to conduct on-farm studies to help farmers and their advisors understand how new practices and techniques can improve farm profitability. Current projects are focused on precision nutrient management strategies and technologies to improve efficiency of fertilizer placement, enable on-farm evaluation, automate machine functionality, enhance placement of pesticides and seed, and to develop analytical tools for digital agriculture. OSU Extension has been ramping up these efforts and all of those on-farm projects are published in the annual eFields Report.“Everyone needs to look at eFields as a guideline to start some research on your own personal farm and expand it from there. It provides help, equipment and expertise from others so you can find value not only on your farm but others can find value for their farms too,” Ralston said. “We’ve done a soybean population study and also a corn nitrogen timing study. The soybean population study was something that I had a challenge with. We have some very high organic matter soils that we have a hard time getting an average soybean yield on. We wanted to figure out where we could pick up some dollars there. We found that lowering our population and cutting back on seed is actually picking up bushels. Rather than getting vegetative growth we are getting more bean production. And as far as the nitrogen timing, that is something we were doing anyways.”Looking forward, Ralston is considering other on-farm research projects.“I’ve been really interested in sidedressing livestock manure. I don’t personally have any livestock, but I have neighbors always looking to manage their manure and apply it in the best way possible. With all of the regulations we see coming, making sure we are doing the right thing is really important,” Ralston said. “Finding good research and sticking with it is what we like to see. We are going to continue with these kinds of studies.”Sam Custer is an Ohio State University Extension educator in Darke County and said each year of on-farm trials offers valuable insight because of the wide number of variables in the research from farm to farm and year to year.“Agronomically, the first thing you have to look at is your soil pH and your nutrient levels. If you want to try this out, let me help you put together a randomized plot,” Custer said. “So many times we do side-by-sides and we don’t pick up the variance in our fields. Let’s put together a randomized plot. Let me help you do the research on some of these practices so you can prove it to yourself.”Research on topics including disease treatment efficacy and seeding rates are valuable to look at each year in farm fields to watch for trends.“We have been doing corn seeding rate trials in Darke County for years now. Over that period of time, 33,000 is probably the sweet spot for our county. In 2018 we had very good corn yields across the county. Economically, 30,000 came out as the sweet spot on three different corn seeding rate trials. It is the size of the check you take to the bank that I think is the most important,” Custer said. “We saw frogeye leaf spot pop up in Darke County the week of July 4. A lot of our farmers don’t realize that one lesion in 25 feet of row in our soybeans can affect yield. We found that early and sprayed it and got a great economic return on that application. Even on the soybeans that are resistant, the economic response to them was even higher than those that were not resistant. Across the state, south of U.S. Route 36 was that cutoff of where it paid for itself. North of 36, if you sprayed fields that didn’t have frogeye, don’t expect a return.“We are seeing seeding rates for soybeans coming down. In 2018 there was no significant difference in seeding rates from 80,000 up to 240,000. Remember the year we had though, almost every soybean germinated and had a viable plant at harvest. We don’t always have that. A lot of times we get an 80% germination rate so I’m not ready to tell anyone to go to 80,000. Around 130,000 seems to be the sweet spot in Darke County, but in the future we are going to start looking at some lower rates to see how low we can go.”And while, eFields on-farm research can be very valuable in making farm decisions, the specifics need to be carefully considered as well.“With nitrogen rates, for example, it was interesting in 2018. With the ample rain we got in most of the state, we thought that it might push that N rate calculator we use a little bit, but the numbers were still right on. So we are really confident in what we have been sharing and advising people to do with those rates,” Custer said. “But before you take a look at the document and make major management changes, you need to remember a lot of this is single year data and we had an unusual year with lots of rain in 2018. Keep that in mind. We looked at 2X2X2 placement, for example, and what we found in 2018 was no significant difference of 2X2X2 versus a typical 2X2 application. That is only one year of data.”There are more eFields projects already underway for the third year of the program in 2019 and Ohio State University is looking to further expand its on-farm research efforts with interested participants, said Elizabeth Hawkins, a field specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“Our goal with eFields is to bring local results to farmers in Ohio. Farmers identify with seeing research results as they play out on their individual farms. It gives them the opportunity to test different practices that they maybe have been thinking about incorporating on their farms. They can get a better idea of how they will work and whether they will pay off,” Hawkins said. “We saw a need to do a better job of standardizing some of our Extension protocols around the state and then communicating those results more broadly. We have seen tremendous growth and excitement around this program. We are seeing more farmers getting involved and learning together with Extension. I think it is a great movement. From year one to year two we doubled the number of trials in Ohio and we are already seeing growth moving into 2019.”Farmers interested in cooperating with an on-farm Extension research project in 2019 or in the future should contact the local county Extension educator. A hard copy of the 2018 Report is available for free at county Extension offices and online at https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields.last_img read more

Don’t be afraid of the snake. — GeoSnake (GC4YDPC) — Geocache of the Week

first_img[vsw id=”JMYJn9hanHc” source=”youtube” width=”853″ height=”480″ autoplay=”no”]Geocache Name:GeoSnake (GC4YDPC)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:This week we’re continuing our theme of games in geocaches with this amazing creation that resides in Hong Kong. While last week required you to play a game before you left home, this multi-cache integrates the game right into the middle of the find. In order to get the coordinates for the final stage, geocachers have to play a few rounds of the classic Snake game. The time, effort and technical ability that went into creating this geocache is a perfect example of what geocaches can be when a geocache maker puts their mind to it.# of Finds:11 (hidden in February 2014)# of Favorite Points:9What the geocache owner, CX15, has to say:“My favourite part of Geocaching is to read the logs of people finding my contraptions…I have been trying to push the limits of cache making right from the start. I guess I was inspired by some really cool caches in Hong Kong and wanted to see how far I can go with some ideas (and believe me, I have so many more ideas – the only limit is time…)”What geocachers are saying:“Wish I could unload all my favorite points on a brilliant cache like this! This is truly a world-class grade cache! Thanks for making this one-of-a-kind cache! You really are the maker master. Therefore decided to find this cache on the Maker Madness event day in order to pay my respect to owner!”– samshlau“Yay!!! This cache is def going to my fav list!!! Such an interesting journey leading to the final cache. Much impressed by the craftsmenship n system integration ability. The theme was carried out thru-out the whole hunt. We spent much time with the game but it’s all worth it for the final gz.” – monki322“We screamed loud as we reached final GZ. It’s terrible but terrific!! Such an amazing cache with careful planning and meticulous preparation! Million thanks to cache owner for giving me such pleasure!…It’s definitely my favourite cache so far!!!” – chungtaoRead More LogsPhotos:Get ready to play GeoSnake! Photo courtesy of geocacher CX15GeoSnake in its beta testing phase. Photo courtesy of geocacher CX15Think you can beat it? Only one way to find out… Photo by geocacher samshlauSee More Photos What game would you like to see integrated into a geocache? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Green Building Products

first_imgWe have spent quite a bit of time in this blog so far emphasizing how important process is in green building. But sooner or later if you are going to build or renovate, you have to actually select stuff, all kinds of stuff, from structural sheathing to floor finishes to mechanical equipment.I like to think of product selection as a 3-step process.1 – Settle on green selection criteriaThere are two basic ways to do this: adopt a buying guide or adopt a set of criteria and do your own evaluation. The first approach is the prescriptive one: you don’t have the time, resources, or skills to do your own product evaluation so you go to someone or some resource you trust and use their recommendations. The sidebar below includes a few green building product guides tailored for residential retrofit.The second approach is the performance-based option: you don’t want to be told what products to use, but what process you could use to evaluate and select products. This reference, the REGREEN Green Product Checklist, is a sort of interview form that you use with a product distributor or retailer or with the actual product manufacturer. The list of questions is largely based on the seminal article from Environmental Building News: “What Makes a Product Green?”. PRODUCT RESOURCES Green Product Guide– Appliances– Decking– Floor coverings– Insulation– Lighting– Windows– Renewable energyArticlesWhen is a product really green? Code Approved Materials Martin’s Useless Products List Further Resources – Green Building Pages– Green2Green 2 – Test or otherwise get information on how stuff worksIf the building product looks green, the next question is almost always: does it work as well as the one I have been using? Sometimes product guides give decent user information, usually in the form of submitted comments. Although all three of the guides listed above permit user comments, none of them has achieved a critical mass yet for most of their products. Go ahead and check them out, but your best bet may be to ask around (including asking your building materials supplier or the manufacturer for a user or two to call) and do your own “testing.” The latter means getting some product and trying it on a project or a mock-up. But this approach is no different for green building products than when you try new conventional ones.3 – Evaluate total cost (not just the purchase price)We are all first cost driven but green buildings need to include the long view: operational costs, durability, and especially human toxicity issues. This is particularly true for affordable housing, where operational costs and service life are important considerations for tight household budgets. For an interesting perspective on green building and durability, take a look this EBN feature article: “Durability: A Key Component of Green Building.”We deal with a lot of complicated products with even more complex chemistries and in the long run our environmental considerations are as much about occupants as they are about buildings. Consider the perspective offered in this EBN feature article: “Chemistry for Designers: Understanding Hazards in Building Products.”The next step is often the translation of green product selection into project specifications for your trade contractors. Stay tuned; the topic for our next blog is: green specifications.last_img read more

New York City Will Require More Efficient Buildings

first_imgNew York City has embarked on an ambitious program to lower the amount of energy consumed by city-owned buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050.One measure signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio will require most new city-owned buildings, and city-owned buildings undergoing major renovations, to meet the LEED Gold standard. This is a jump from the current requirement for LEED Silver. New buildings also would have to be designed to use half the energy they currently do, according to a statement from Urban Green Council, the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council. Energy use would be based on the median energy use for the building type, or on ASHRAE 90.1 2013, which becomes the city’s new energy code no later than 2017.The new law requires city-owned buildings to be designed and constructed as “low energy intensity” buildings.By 2030, the city must have a plan in place to limit energy use in new construction to no more than 38,000 Btu per square foot of floor area per year (Btu/sf/year) for new construction, and no more than 42,000 Btu/sf/year for buildings undergoing major renovations, Urban Green said.Those numbers correspond with Passivhaus Institut targets for new construction and retrofits, according to Ken Levenson, co-president of the North American Passive House Network.“The bill allows these Passive House targets to be an optional compliance pathway — so it is completely voluntary in the near term,” Levenson explained in an email. “But the law mandates the targets in 2030 — a long way off to be sure. From our perspective the law is good for two reasons: It completely shifts the frame of the discussion. It’s no longer about whether were going to Passive House but how fast. And we think that given the compliance options, when city agencies are looking at the feasibility, Passive House will actually be the economical option and we’ll get uptake completely voluntarily.”Planners also must consider the possibility of providing at least 10% of the energy the building uses from on-site renewable sources, while projects of three stories or more must consider the feasibility of net-zero energy design. The goal is to lower greenhouse gas emissionsIn April, de Blasio announced a number of measures designed to lower energy use and “put the city on a pathway” to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.There are more than 1 million buildings in New York City, which collectively account for nearly 75% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.De Blasio announced a program called “One City: Built to Last” in September 2014, a 10-year plan to retrofit both public and private buildings. Since then, his office said, the city has worked with a 50-member Buildings Technical Working Group on a “comprehensive analysis” of energy use.“The results of this analysis allowed the city to identify the best strategic measures to dramatically reduce buildings-based emissions, and will continue to inform integration of these measures into the City’s Energy Code,” the statement said. “The city will phase in the measures over the next 10 years, giving consideration to capital and replacement schedules, in order to minimize costs to building owners.”The combined efforts are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings a total of 6.1 million metric tons by the year 2025.Plans announced in April would, according to the mayor’s office:Include the development of new measures to improve burner controls for boilers, cover open freezers and refrigerators in retail stores, seal roof vents in elevator shafts, and upgrade exterior lighting.Require the owners of large and mid-sized buildings to repair and improve heat distribution systems over the next 10 years with a focus on steam systems and radiators. More than 70% of all large buildings in the city use some form of steam heat.Require building owners to consider deep energy retrofits as part of a required energy audit. Urban Green predicts ripple effectThe edict directly affects a relatively small number of buildings, Urban Green noted, but should have a significant ripple effect on privately owned construction as well.“The impact of this legislation will extend far beyond the city’s vast municipal portfolio, which amounts to 5% of the city’s building stock,” Urban Green said. “New York’s designers and builders will need to create a new generation of hyper-efficient buildings that will ultimately advance building practice in the city’s private sector as well, and have worldwide implications given the international reach of many NYC firms.”A companion law covers capital projects on city-owned buildings valued at $2 million or more. It updates the LEED requirement from LEED version 3 to version 4, which has more stringent energy requirements, and requires most new projects to meet the LEED Gold standard rather than Silver.There are new requirements for schools and hospitals, industrial buildings, and factories.last_img read more

Here’s What Can Happen In An Internet Minute [Infographic]

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… [Update: The infographic referenced was produced in 2012, not 2013, and the article has been updated to reflect that.]Images courtesy of Intel. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt If you were to guess how many people logged in to Facebook in a single minute, what would you say? 10,000? 100,000? According to a new infographic posted by Intel, it’s a staggering 277,000 logins every minute, even as six million Facebook pages are getting viewed in that same period.The scale of the Internet is something that most of us have trouble understanding, because the numbers are so staggeringly big. That’s why infographics like the one Intel put together last year are so helpful — by breaking down the Internet into what happens in one minute, the numbers are at least a little more manageable.(See also: Peta, Exa, Yotta And Beyond: Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic])And it will do nothing but grow. By 2015, Intel estimates, the number of Internet connections will double that of the world’s population.Get out the popcorn and take a look at the infographic for more figures that will stretch your perception of what can happen in a single minute. (Click the image for a full-size version.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Intel#Internet last_img read more

Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, fired 25 aces and 70 winners past world number 28 Querrey, the man who ended Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals.“It’s unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament,” said 28-year-old Cilic.“Sam played at a high level especially in the first set. I was 4/1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert.“But after that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.“I’m feeling a positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge trying to depose sentimental favorite Federer on Sunday.“Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court,” said Cilic, the second Croatian man to make the final after 2001 champion — and former coach — Goran Ivanisevic.“I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final? It’s great to see Cilic there,” Ivanisevic told the BBC.Cilic took a 4-0 career lead over Querrey into Friday’s semi-final, including a marathon 5hr 31 min win at Wimbledon in 2012, the second longest match in tournament history. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975.But despite leading Cilic 6-1 in career meetings, Federer will be wary of a man who was two sets to love up on him in the quarter-finals last year and held match points.“We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me in straight sets at the US Open in 2014,” said Federer.“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I’m sure it’s going to be a close match.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APLONDON—Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday (Saturday, Manila), downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.The 35-year-old, bidding to win a record eighth title and become the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era, will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2.But an uncharacteristic double fault handed the break back in the eighth game before the 18-time major winner played a more composed tiebreak.He pocketed the opener when Berdych miss-hit and ballooned the ball wide.Berdych kept pressing but had to fend off more break points in the fourth game of the second set before Federer again swept through the breaker on the back of a 5/1 lead.The big Czech would have to win from two sets down at the Slams for the first time in 38 matches if he were to return to the final.Unbelievable Berdych, who had the face of his vanquished quarter-final opponent Djokovic painted on the tongues of his tennis shoes, saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set.Federer then saved two to go to 3-3, made the Czech pay with a break for 4-3 and raced through a 50-second service game for 5-3.Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.“This guy doesn’t really seem to be getting any older,” said Berdych of Federer who has made the final without dropping a set. Seventh seeded Cilic reached his first Wimbledon title match at the 11th attempt with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 win over America’s Sam Querrey.READ: Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel very privileged to be in another final and get the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time,” said Federer who was playing in his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final.He is the second oldest man to make the Wimbledon final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ancelotti: Lewy won’t leave Bayern

first_imgBayern München Ancelotti: Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern Joe Wright 02:05 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) robert lewandowski - cropped Bongarts Bayern München UEFA Champions League Carlo Ancelotti Robert Lewandowski PSG PSG v Bayern München The Poland sharp-shooter is reportedly unsettled at his current club, but his coach cannot see him leaving the Allianz Arena Carlo Ancelotti says Robert Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern Munich, despite speculation over the striker’s future.The Poland international caused controversy last month when he appeared to question the Bundesliga champions’ transfer policy.Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned him about the comments and former captain Stefan Effenberg said he should be sold for his “attack” on the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with Lewandowski in the past, as have Paris Saint-Germain, who face them in the Champions League on Wednesday.Ancelotti, however, has no doubt Lewandowski will not leave the Allianz Arena.”He has a four-year contract. Robert will end his career with Bayern,” he told a news conference.It’s @MrAncelotti’s turn: “I had a great time here and have many wonderful memories. I want my team to play their best tomorrow.” #PSGFCB pic.twitter.com/PdGzxFuRN3— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 26, 2017Bayern’s form has been patchy in the early weeks of the season, with new signings James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso yet to adjust fully to their new surroundings, meaning veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery continue to be relied upon for inspiration in attack.But Ancelotti sees no problem in trusting players who are 33 and 34 respectively to lead his team from the front.”They are playing well this season,” he said. “I had players in the past who played until they were 40, although they were defenders.”Ancelotti has few concerns when it comes to team selection for Wednesday’s meeting with his old club, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and full-back Rafinha the only major absentees.The Italian is happy to have the headache of trying to name his best side for a game he believes could be crucial to Bayern’s chances of winning the group.”All the players are available; it won’t be easy to decide,” he said. “We have to produce a complete performance in attack and defence.”It’s an important game. Obviously it won’t decide anything yet, but we want to win the group.”last_img read more

Video: Shannon Spake’s Mic Picks Up Arkansas Player Saying “God We Suck” Before Kliff Kingsbury Interview

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)2015 is not going the way that Arkansas envisioned. After ending last season with all kinds of momentum, the Razorbacks have lost two straight games to Toledo and now a struggling Texas Tech team. As ESPN’s Shannon Spake was getting ready to interview the winning coach, Kliff Kingsbury, her mic caught an unidentified Arkansas player saying “god we suck.” It’s not too loud, but with headphones in, it is very clear.“God we suck.” pic.twitter.com/wtx7WdOt4P— Jack Lyall (@jackllyall) September 20, 2015We’re sure plenty of Arkansas fans share the same sentiment after the last few weeks.last_img read more

Cast Anchor at Jeffrey Beers’ New Waterside District in Norfolk, Virginia

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer A few of the concepts include Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, which evokes a dark pirate ship feel (flames included); the crisp Harbor Club (can you say, views); the light and airy Blue Moon Tap House; fresh seafood from Stripers Waterside; the PBR Coors Banquet Bar; the Blue Moon Taphouse; and — wait for it — a Fudgery featuring handmade, traditional sweets. The craft beers are also inspired by the city of Norfolk, which is home to a longstanding Naval base, several warship museums, and leagues of other seafaring history.Waterside District not only reminds us how hungry we are, but of the potential for hospitality architecture to evoke a feeling in its visitors and a common ground for connection. For instance, the Waterside District garage space hosts family movie nights (catch Hocus Pocus on October 24), so bring your chair for the promenade, grab a beer, and enjoy the East Coast fall.Created for The Cordish Companies, who recently enlisted Jeffrey Beers for their Atlanta sports bar complex, Live! At the Battery, Waterside is similarly social but embodies the spirit of a very different setting. Nautical knots and a view that washes in the salty air creates a home away from home. Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Photo by Max TouheyA Titanic on land, Jeffrey Beers International’s newest hospitality design project, Waterside District, brings 55,000-square-feet of dining and drinks to the waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia.Seven distinct restaurants and bars are strung together with a similar theme of maritime odes, including seashell-white dining furniture, blackened steel, and exposed structural elements that evoke the gritty glory of this area’s former shipyard aesthetic. You can even find a sailboat hanging from the rafters. Sailors and pirates alike are welcome.These highly intentional design elements have come to be a calling card for Jeffrey Beers and the firm’s other projects, which include Brooklyn’s newest Gotham at The Ashland. This time, the layout invites us to cast anchor for the day at Waterside District and coast into evening, becoming entranced by the wide range of fare and the marriage with architectural charms. 1. Blue Moon Taphouse 2. Blue Moon Taphouse 3. Harbor Club 4. Harbor Club 5. PBR Coors Banquet Bar 6. PBR Coors Banquet Bar 7. Marketplace 8. Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse 9. Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse 10. Waterside District What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerplast_img read more

Permanent Secretary Highlights Inclusion in Tourism

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, says the Government is seeking to build an inclusive sector through a digital transformation from which all Jamaicans can benefit.Ms. Griffith was speaking at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Tourism Awareness Week Thanksgiving Service, which was held at the Calvary Baptist Church, in Montego Bay, St. James, on Sunday (September 23).“Building an inclusive sector where all Jamaicans can benefit from tourism’s success is always foremost in the Government’s thinking, and digital technology is helping us to enhance such an inclusion. There is no doubt that digital technology has revolutionised the way in which we live, the way we think, and the way we see the world,” she said.“Consider our daily lives; we use smart devices to pay our bills, watch movies, attend classes, order meals, meet potential partners and even track down lost friends… such is the use of technology,” Ms. Griffith added.The Permanent Secretary argued that tourism has not escaped the digital revolution, as every technology that affects the citizenry impacts the industry.She said that contrary to popular belief, technology has not hampered the tourism experience, but has enhanced it, leading to more enticing opportunities for both the traveller and the destination.“Travellers can [now] visit interactive web portals to reach and to research travel destinations and accommodations. They can do so via online platforms such as Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline, and they can book an entire customised trip themselves on their mobile phones or laptops,” the Permanent Secretary said.She pointed out that new technologies have affected the travel industry in a most profound way, changing traveller behaviour and expectations.Tourism Awareness Week 2018, being observed from September 23 to September 29, is being held under the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’.Other activities will include a Tourism Action Club Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, as well as a digital marketing competition that will highlight Jamaica’s hidden tourism gems. Ms. Griffith was speaking at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Tourism Awareness Week Thanksgiving Service, which was held at the Calvary Baptist Church, in Montego Bay, St. James, on Sunday (September 23). Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, says the Government is seeking to build an inclusive sector through a digital transformation from which all Jamaicans can benefit. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more