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Travel to Texas This Spring to See Record Numbers of Monarch Butterflies

Texas could see around 300 million monarch butterflies this spring following what Travel + Leisure described as “the biggest wildflower bloom.

So if you were considering a trip to Texas this spring, you have yet another reason to go.Every spring, bluebonnets bloom throughout central Texas, especially in Hill Country, a picturesque region outside of Austin thats also known for its vineyards. According to Southern Living, The region experienced an above average rainfall this winter, which could lead to a megabloom.The megabloom, in turn, is expected to attract a record numbers of butterflies during their migration from Mexico to Canada.Photo by Roberta Guillen on Unsplash“Figures show the highest number of hectares covered since at least 2006,” Craig Wilson, director of the USDA Future Scientists Program and senior research associate in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Texas AM, told Texas AM Today.

“Monarch numbers are usually measured in hectares, so that means about 15 acres are being used for their breeding grounds in northern Mexico. That’s a really positive sign, especially since their numbers have been down in recent years.According to Wilson, milkweed is essential for monarch butterflies, and luckily its in plentiful supply in central Texas. Hes encouraging Texas residents to plant milkweed in their gardens now.Hoping to see the wildflowers while theyre in bloom? Southern Living reports that the best place to see them is in Big Bend National Park, which is in the western part of the state on the Mexican border.Just dont be one of those tourists behaving badly who caused the closure of Lake Eslinor, California during the poppy superbloom.

 

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Why Rust Belt real estate development is gearing up

A massive chemical processing plant under construction along the Ohio River is fueling renewed real estate development in the Rust Belt region.The factory is located just 30 miles from Pittsburgh and is slated to eventually create about 600 full-time jobs.

Meanwhile, a peak of about 6,000 construction workers will work on building the factory until its completion in the early 2020s. As a result, housing construction is revving up.One local real estate companys chairman, Charles Betters, called Shells plant the best thing to happen in our region in 40-plus years.”Betters claims his company, C.J. Betters Enterprises, is building 200 residential units and a big hotel project as a consequence of the factory.

The cost of Shells plant is estimated to be up to $10 billion, which reportedly makes the factory among the largest industrial projects ever constructed along the Ohio River. The state gave Shell a $1.6 billion package in reduced taxes for a 25-year period.The project is also drawing other major companies interested in polyethylene production to the area, which is concerning environmentalists.“Industry calls it a game changer. We see it as game over,” said Dustin White of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to the Times.

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Inbuilt sports Infra in Real Estate projects is must to create future Olympians: Mary Kom

Ace Olympian boxer Mary Kom on Sunday said Indian real estate sector should have in-built sports infrastructure in housing projects.She was speaking at the unveiling of Boxing Ring for kids at Happy Trails project by ATS HomeKraft in Greater Noida (West).

“We need to focus on generating interest for sports along with the right infrastructure within the housing premises. Having sports infrastructure within one’s society will help parents to introduce their kids to a variety of sports at a young age.This will greatly help in identifying raw talent at young age and with the right advice and coaching can grow to a professional level,” Mary Kom said at the event.”Sports is a critical aspect for holistic development of any child and we wanted to ensure that residents in our project get top class boxing facility for their children.

It will help many children to learn and train within the safety and within and security of their homes,” Prasoon Chauhan, CEO, HomeKraft said.Trending NewsGovt extends deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till Sep 30SpiceJet launches 28 new flightsIndia’s pollution control policies unlikely to improve air quality: Study’Fear the Walking Dead’ season five to premiere June 2Claire Holt, Andrew Joblon welcome first childCities go dark for Earth Hour, bring light to climate changeRemote Cape with ‘world’s cleanest air’ offers smog respite chief wants ‘more active’ govt role regulating internetFour killed as thousands protest at border, but Gaza-Israel truce holdsTrump cuts foreign aid, threatens to close Mexico borderMckenna Grace joins ‘Ghostbusters’ castMelissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer in talks for ‘Thunder Force’more State Editions Kaifi Azmi Lived What he Wrote: Javed Akhtar31 March 2019.

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Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ is set to launch a fashion brand from prison

Fashion might have a controversial new addition to its roster after convicted drug lord “El Chapo” announced plans to launch an eponymous brand.

The brand is inspired by El Chapo’s, real name Joaquin Guzman, twin seven year-old daughters with assistance from his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to the New York Daily News, via AP.Clothing bearing the drug lord’s signature could soon be available in the US and Mexico. El Chapo, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms possession last month, signed the papers granting use of his signature from his cell in a Manhattan federal prison.

His wife will head up the limited liability company, or LLC. The 61 year-old is still awaiting sentencing and could spend the rest of his life behind bars.The clothing brand, which will start with a line of caps, already has an official website. “This project is an idea Joaquin and I have had for a long time.
Before he was in the USA we talked a lot about this topic,” Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, told New York Daily News, per Sky News.

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8 travel disasters that left passengers stranded

Wow Air announced Thursday that it has ceased operations and cancelled all flights. Stranded passengers described “pandemonium” at airport gates,Planes were stuck on the tarmac for seven hours.Inside the dark airport, people used their phone flashlights. The Federal Aviation Administration declared a ground stop, bringing all Atlanta-bound flights to a halt.

About 30,000 people were affected by the outage. 6/An engine fire on a Carnival cruise ship left passengers and crew stranded off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for nearly a week in 2013.Passengers spell out the word “HELP” aboard the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph.The ship’s fire extinguishing system put out the fire and prevented a deadly disaster, but 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members were left adrift for almost a week.CNN reported that the ship lost power and that toilets, elevators, and air conditioning stopped working, resulting in “sewage running down the walls and floors.” Tugboats towed the cruise ship to Mobile, Alabama, for rescue.

 

7/One month later, another Carnival cruise lost power.Passengers of the Carnival Dream cruise ship wait at the international airport to check in for flights back to the US in March 2013.In March 2013, toilets and elevators stopped working halfway through a seven-day cruise on the Carnival Dream, leaving 4,300 passengers and 1,300 crew members stuck on the ship in the Caribbean, CNN reported. “There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing and in the staterooms,” passenger Gregg Stark told CNN of the incident.Carnival cruise lines had to fly passengers back to Florida. They received a three-day refund and a half-price cruise in the future.

8/Zoom Airlines left around 4,500 British passengers stranded when it ceased operations in 2008.A Zoom Airlines plane.Martin J.Galloway/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons The Guardian reported that in total, 40,000 customers in the UK and Canada were affected.Zoom cited rising oil prices as the source of the company’s financial difficulties. Stranded passengers said they were told flight delays were due to “mechanical failures” until they were eventually instructed to get off the plane and found police waiting at the gate.

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These real estate heavyweights were invited to Cuomo’s secretive fundraiser

Developer Douglas Durst and billionaire John Castimatidis were among the bigwigs invited to Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s secretive fundraiser earlier this month.
Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization, donated but didn’t attend the event, which was held at the St. Regis Hotel, the New York Times reported.The minimum donation per couple was $25,000.Catsimatidis said he did not contribute or go to the event — and said he was invited because of his longtime friendship with the governor.“I go back with the governor 20 years,” he told the Times.“In 50 years in business, I have never gotten anything from the city or the state, the Red Apple Group head told the Times.“You know what I’ve gotten? Ungatz. That’s Italian, I think.””Other real estate figures who received invites included Island Capital Groups Andrew Farkas and Atlantic Development Groups Peter Fine, according to the Times.The dinner was kept under the radar and not listed on Cuomo’s calendar.The invitation, too, was vaguely worded, the report said.The pricey fundraiser was planned as the New York State budget comes due — and lobbyists advised clients that the event would be good for them to attend.
Guests included senior Cuomo administration officials, including the state budget director Robert Mujica.Cuomo gave a speech to a room of about 100 people, talking about Amazon, the tumult in Washington and the transition from campaigning to governing.Two months earlier, Cuomo promised to work on campaign finance reform. He signed new limitations on corporate donations and he has vowed to “combat big money in politics.” The governor has been a big fundraiser himself, with the vast portion of his political donations coming from big checks.Last year, he accumulated more than $30 million in his campaign war chest, before a pricey effort to fend off a primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon.

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Albany reconsiders pied-à-terre tax, could tax real estate sales instead

The state is now considering a tax increase on real estate transactions instead, Politico reported, citing five sources close to the negotiations.One source said the pied-a-terre proposal isn’t dead yet but is “headed there.” Its not immediately clear what a change in real estate taxes would look like.Gov.
Andrew Cuomo continued to push for the pied-à-terre tax in a radio interview on Monday morning, but the tide appeared to have turned by Monday afternoon.Another source told Politico that the tax proved to be too “onerous,” and would further complicate New York Citys already convoluted property tax system.
A recurring topic in city and state politics, the idea of a pied-à-terre tax was put forward again this month as a way to fund the MTA, as it became clear that a plan to legalize and tax marijuana would not come together in time. Albany lawmakers already agreed to a congestion pricing plan on Monday, with revenues earmarked for MTA repairsThe pied-a-terre proposal was poorly received in the real estate world, with the Real Estate Board of New Yorks John Banks saying it would throw a huge wet blanket over the entire industry.

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