As has been done in the past, a protective zone will most likely be established around the location where diseased trees have been discovered, legally preventing the removal of wood from this area. Until then, the public should be aware of this issue and should take proper precautions to keep the trees in our area healthy.The trees in our area are worth protecting, not just for their beauty, but for their value to wildlife. Oak trees in particular provide both a habitat and food source for many animals, including birds and small mammals.As the weather continues to get colder, please keep the health of the Capital Region’s trees in mind when managing your firewood.Additionally, please be observant of the trees surrounding your home and report any abnormalities to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Forest Health at email@example.com or call 1-866-650-0652.Grace CoddNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? An outbreak of oak wilt, a fungus that kills oak trees, has been confirmed in Schenectady County as of Nov. 27. This disease has been recorded in our county previously in 2008 and 2013. Killing trees within weeks, oak wilt harms trees by infecting their water-carrying cells, preventing the tree from receiving water and nutrients.Unfortunately, there’s no treatment that’s known to save infected trees. The only thing we can do is prevent the disease from spreading. An extremely effective way of doing so is not transporting firewood, especially oak wood, out of the area. Even if a tree isn’t exhibiting symptoms, it may still be infected. Therefore, any wood from a tree cut down in the area shouldn’t be transported out of the county. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
… Barbados played Canada twice this yearBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA will face Barbados in March in the CONCACAF 2021 Gold Cup Qualifier but to date Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is yet to make public its plans to ensure the Golden Jaguars make their second appearance at the confederation’s marquee tournament. With former Trinidad and Tobago International Russell Latapy at the helm of the Barbados team, the men from Land of the Flying Fish have already begun their preparation, playing Canada twice (January 7 and 10), as well as lining up a few more friendlies before their clash with Guyana in March (at a date to be announced by CONCACAF).As announced in March of 2018, the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League kicked off the road to 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.After group stage play, the top two finishers in each of the League A groups and the top finishers in each of the League B groups secured their participation in the 16th edition of the Confederation’s premier tournament for men’s national teams.The 12 teams already qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup are Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the United States.The road to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup will continue next year with a two-round qualifier, to be played in a direct elimination format beginning in March of 2020, the second-place finishers of League B (French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the Grenadines) will face the first-place finishers of League C (Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Guatemala).Apart from the Guyana vs Barbados clash, Guadeloupe will take on St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas will collide with French Guiana and Guatemala will take on Montserrat.After home-and-away play, the four round-one matchup winners will advance to the second round, where they will face the third-place finishers of League A. The second round will take place during the FIFA window of June 2020.Should Guyana overcome Barbados, they will face long-time regional rivals Trinidad & Tobago and a victory over Soca Warriors in the home-and-away play will see the Golden Jaguars head to the 2021 Gold Cup.
Builder Confidence Sees Small Setback in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Confidence Homebuilders Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders New Home Sales 2014-12-15 Tory Barringer December 15, 2014 575 Views Homebuilder confidence in the housing market pulled back slightly in the year’s final reading, ending 2014 at the same level as a year ago.Following a four-point uptick in November, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Housing Market Index dropped one point to 57 in December, the group said Monday. A reading above 50 indicates that market conditions are viewed more as good than bad.”After a sluggish start to 2014, the HMI has stabilized in the mid-to-high 50s index level trend for the past six months, which is consistent with our assessment that we are in a slow march back to normal,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “As we head into 2015, the housing market should continue to recover at a steady, gradual pace.”Looking ahead, analysts predict a bounce in housing starts and new home sales, both of which were weak this year compared to other improving indicators. Despite a rebound in 2014’s second half, new homebuilding is on track to finish the year at an estimated 1.05 million units, while new home sales have continually come in at an annual rate of less than half a million.Despite these setbacks, builders in NAHB’s survey remained largely optimistic. The index measuring current sales conditions registered 61 in December, while the index gauging expectations for future sales was 65—both well above the neutral line, despite each losing a point.Meanwhile, the measure of traffic from prospective homebuyers held steady at 45.”Members in many markets across the country have seen their businesses improve over the course of the year, and we expect builders to remain confident in 2015,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.Regional indicators were mixed in December, with the Northeast, Midwest, and South all posting declines from month to month. The West, on the other hand, saw a big gain of 14 points, putting its index at 74. Share