Composting tour Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year’s Composting in Ohio tour, featuring industry issues and innovative facilities, will center around Lake Erie.The Aug. 24 event is for anyone interested in commercial or large-scale composting, including business owners, compost facility staff, farmers, scientists and public officials.Participants on the tour will visit Barnes Nursery Inc.’s compost facility in Huron, which annually turns 20,000 tons of yard waste, food scraps and other materials into plant-friendly soils and composts; and a new system run by the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland’s Kurtz Bros. Inc. that recycles sediment dredged from the lake and the Cuyahoga River.Huron is about 50 miles west of Cleveland along Lake Erie’s shore. Cleveland’s solution for recycling dredgingsDredged sediment is an issue because a new Ohio law will ban dumping it in Lake Erie’s open waters, a longtime disposal method, after July 2020.Cleveland and other ports on the lake scoop up and get rid of nearly 1.5 million tons of sediment every year to keep their waters deep enough for shipping, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency website. Panel discussion in Huron on dredgingsAs a lead-in to the Cleveland stop, a lunch panel discussion at Huron’s Sawmill Creek Resort will look at the characteristics of dredged sediment, its approved uses, and the challenges and benefits of using it. Tour organizers say those benefits are twofold: better water quality, and new opportunities for businesses to recycle the sediment and make products from it.The panel members will be Nick Basta, soil and environmental chemistry professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University; Maera Flynn, environmental scientist with Ohio EPA; and Jason Ziss, business development director for Kurtz Bros. Inc.Jim Skora, manager of GT Environmental Inc.’s Stow office, will moderate the panel.Cleveland’s new system captures sand carried by the Cuyahoga River before it gets into Lake Erie, and then cleans and collects it. Doing so cuts the port’s dredging and disposal costs. Project partner Kurtz Bros. then uses or sells the sand for compost mixes, construction material and road fill. A look at Barnes’ best practicesThe Barnes tour stop will feature a new system for controlling surface water; best practices for handling materials such as food waste; and best management of windrows, compost processing and product development.The Barnes facility is an Ohio EPA-rated Class II facility. That means it can take in yard, food, animal and agricultural waste that has been separated from other waste at the source of generation or collection. The source, for example, could be a farm, food processing plant or municipal waste disposal service. How to registerGeneral registration for the event is $40. Student registration is $25. Both include lunch. Details about the tour and a registration form can be downloaded at For more information, contact CFAES’s Mary Wicks at or 330-202-3533.Transportation on the tour will be by the participants’ own vehicles — meet at 10 a.m. at the Barnes Compost Facility, 1630 Camp Road, in Huron — or by a free van ride leaving at 7:30 a.m. from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Seating in the van is limited and must be reserved when you register. The van will return to Wooster by 6 p.m.OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.The tour is approved for 3.25 hours of continuing education credit for Registered Sanitarians.Co-sponsors of the event are CFAES and the Organics Recycling Associationlast_img read more

Can You Legally Fly A Drone Through A Fireworks Show?

first_img4. Inside the FireworksCreated By: NotaDrone 3. Hong Kong Fireworks 2015Created By: Team Blacksheep Flying a drone through a fireworks show is certainly impressive. But is it legal?Video footage of a drone flying through a fireworks show (like the clips below) is awe-inspiring…but like many dangerous things, it’s also illegal.Can I Use My Drone at a Fireworks Show?NO! Flying a drone through a fireworks show is not only illegal, it’s a felony that is punishable by up to a $40,000 fine and a minimum of 5 years in prison with a maximum of 10 years. Still think that footage is worth it? This is because local law enforcement will establish a no-fly zone around a public fireworks show area. Once they do this, you might as well be flying your drone at an airport in the eyes of the law.There are also other dangers associated with shooting a fireworks show with a drone. For example, if a firework were to hit your drone and bounce towards a crowd, bad things can happen. There’s also the whole ‘getting your drone destroyed by an exploding firework’ thing… that’s no fun.You can shoot a fireworks show from a safe distance away as long as you are not in an active no-fly zone. Just make sure to contact local law offices to see if there are any temporary no-fly zones you need to know about. Also, be on the lookout for any fireworks helicopter tours that may be going on in your area.Can I Fly A Drone Through Fireworks I Shoot Off?This question is a legal grey area and you should look at both your state and local laws regarding this issue. Not just the FAA, but also the local fire department who have authority when it comes to fireworks. If you want more information regarding this subject, I highly recommend checking out Gregory McNeal’s article “Flying A Drone Through Fireworks May Land You In Prison” on Forbes.ConclusionI personally recommend not risking it. You know there are going to be some dummies out there who will shoot drone footage through fireworks shows. Just watch their videos when they upload them on the 5th of July. Oh, and be sure to leave some comments so they’ll have something to read on July 6th after posting bail.In the meantime, here are 5 videos showcasing drones flying through and near fireworks show. Again, this is dangerous and illegal, but the footage is undeniably stunning.1. Fireworks Filmed with DroneCreated By: Nick Ti 5. 2015 Detroit FireworksCreated By: Green Sky CreativeThis is a great example of footage shot from a safe distance. I’m not sure if you can legally fly a drone in downtown Detroit, but the video is nonetheless awesome.Want some more drone inspiration? Check out a few of the following links:15 Videos That Prove Drone Piloting Isn’t EasyReach New Heights of Inspiration With These Drone VideosConcept Art: The Apple DroneHave you ever shot drone footage through a fireworks show? Should it be illegal? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 2. 4th July 2014 Nashville FireworksCreated By: Hytchmelast_img read more

BJP demands apology from Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik over BJD flag on martyr’s coffin

first_imgOpposition BJP on Friday demanded an unconditional apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik soon after a photograph of martyr Ajit Kumar Sahoo’s coffin, draped in a BJD flag, went viral on social media. The photograph was taken on Thursday and it was uploaded on Friday. Ajit Kumar Sahoo, a jawan of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) hailed from Dhenkanal district in Odisha. He was critically injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district on June 17 and later succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital on June 18. “Let BJD president Naveen Patnaik tender unconditional apology for hurting sentiments of the people and the martyr’s family,” BJP Ex-Servicemen Cell State President Colonel B.K. Bastia told reporters here. “It is unfortunate that the martyr’s coffin was draped with a BJD flag instead of the Tricolour,” Mr. Bastia said. BJP national vice -president and former MP Baijayant Panda also demanded an apology from the ruling Party. “Very unfortunate, politicising the death of an Indian soldier by the ruling party in Odisha draping his coffin with their party flag instead of the Tricolour. ….,” Mr. Panda tweeted. “The BJD people offered floral tribute to the martyr near Khuntuni on the way to our village in Dhenkanal district. They covered the coffin with the BJD flag. The BJD flag was removed later. My brother was not working for any political party,” the martyr’s brother, Parameswar Sahoo, said. Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and many other persons had paid tribute to the martyr as soon the body reached the Biju Patnaik International Airport late night on Wednesday. The coffin was then taken to Dhenkanal Mini Stadium and later to his native village Badasuanla where his mortal remains was consigned to flames. BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra has, however, described the incident as unfortunate and condemnable. “Our Party has a lot of respect for the martyrs and we condemn the incident. Stringent action will be taken against those who are involved in this episode,” he said.last_img read more