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Anger over theft of community craft fair sign

first_imgThe organisers of the Malin Head Christmas Craft fair were left saddened and bewildered this week after their community craft fair sign went missing.The large roadside sign was taken from outside the Malin Head Community Centre sometime over the past weekend.The sign was built at a “great cost” according to a community association spokesperson, as it was supposed to promote the Malin Head Craft Fair on Sunday. The event is one of the Malin Head Community Centre’s main fundraisers of the year. Malin Head Craft Fair Sign“The Committee and Organisers of next Sundays Craft Fair are left stunned and disappointed at the disappearance of one of their new roadside signs,” the spokesperson said.“The Group are bewildered on why the sign was removed from a post outside the community centre!”The group is appealing to anyone in the community to help locate the sign to get it returned before Sunday.“If anyone has spotted the Craft fair sign could they contact any committee member, sadly we are unable to pay a reward at this time but they would get into the Craft Fair this Sunday for free.” If anyone has any information in relation to the missing sign then please contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540.Anger over theft of community craft fair sign was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:craft fair signMalin Headlast_img read more

The worst planting season has lasting ripple effects

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field LeaderIn what would normally be a productive and exciting time of year on the Hesterman farm in Henry County, mid- to late-summer of 2019 was largely spent watching the weeds die in otherwise barren fields.“Every morning I set out on my front porch and have a cup of coffee and watch the ragweed dry up in the fields from the chemical applications we made. It’s not the farming practices I am used to,” said Todd Hesterman, a fourth generation farmer in Henry County. “This year we have been served a big slice of humble pie. I see fields that were never planted, and then one corn field in the distance that is way behind. I don’t feel good about either one.”While some farms in the county were able to get a portion of their crops planted, albeit late, Todd and a handful of his neighbors were in a pocket that was inundated by regular and overabundant rainfall and elected to go 100% prevented planting. Not one of his 1,200 acres of corn and soybean was planted this spring. According to his father, Ron, who turned 84 this year, that is a first for this family farm that has tilled the fertile soils just north of Napoleon since 1892.“Prevent plant served its purpose,” Hesterman said, referring to the crop insurance product. “We buy our crop insurance coverage up to the next level, and that factored into our decision process.”This weather scenario started last fall with wet weather and soil compaction during harvest and the rains continued through spring. Like the Hestermans, many farmers were forced to take off their “farmer hat” and put on their “business hat” this spring to make some tough decisions about planting.“We knew our cost of production, and that number changed daily as the yield expectations changed the later the we got into the spring,” Hesterman said. “Every day the variables changed in terms of the weather and ground conditions. Plans you made in the evening changed by the next morning. With crop insurance, you know what you get, and that safety net helped give us peace of mind.”That peace of mind, however, does not address the many challenges remaining in his unplanted fields. The decision not to plant has led to an entire new set of decisions to be made. When Hesterman talks about the condition of his soils this year, he uses words like “hard,” “out of shape,” and “sour.”Weed control on the prevent plant acres is also becoming a concern. Residual herbicides were not included initially so crop rotational issues would not be a concern as he made cover crop decisions.“Most of the fields have been sprayed, but without a residual herbicide the weeds are coming back,” he said. “This ground will need a cover crop to get it to heal. We are trying to use a holistic approach on our acres. We know they need rejuvenated. The soils have sat so wet for so long and in an anaerobic state. We need a jumpstart to get life growing back in the soil. We will use this as a year for maintenance and to rejuvenate our soils.”He is planning on using a combination of oats and radishes as a cover crop mix. He has been researching cover crops to develop a plan that includes a look ahead. In his mind, cover crops need to be treated like a traditional crop in terms of the proper planting date to get the best establishment and to gain the most benefit as they complete their lifecycle.Farmers are in business to grow crops. And, from a business standpoint, this year has been an exercise in making difficult decisions throughout the farm economy.“There are a lot of moving parts. Everyone needs to revisit the risk/reward aspect of their decisions. There will be changes in spending habits. Knowing your cost of production and cost per acre per farm is critical,” Hesterman said. “Merchandisers set themselves apart by how they treated the farmer with negotiated buy-outs and in the way different vendors handled purchasing back input products. Loyalty is necessary in this environment. We all need each other. They need the farmers and the farmers need them.”The ripple effects of this impact to production agriculture will be felt far beyond the farmer’s pocket and balance sheets. Many rural businesses are expressing concern. Agricultural cooperatives, farm equipment dealers, seed sales, and even insurance companies and automotive dealerships have felt the effects of the situation. Many observers fear the worst is yet to come with lower yields at harvest this fall, or the lack of crops to harvest in many cases. Looking out the window across the acres of unplanted cropland is frustrating from a business standpoint, and emotionally very difficult as well.“Most guys seem to be taking it in stride. While most of the neighbor’s fields look the same, everyone’s financial situations are different,” Hesterman said. “Your stress level goes up as your ability to pay your bills goes down. It was frustrating in the spring not being able to get out and plant a crop. It will be even more challenging, emotionally, not to have a crop to harvest in the fall.”Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

Collaboration: Content From the Masses

first_imgThe internet has evolved into a social medium that is enabling mass collaboration.  Wikipedia counts 16,000 contributors; YouTube has more than a hundred million contibutors; and Linux has thousands of programmers testing, tweaking and enhancing the operating system code.2006 saw a deluge of social media web sites emerge where anyone, not only journalists and editors, are able to produce content.  These new web sites provide vertical topic-driven slices of the internet and attempt to attract many like-minded individuals.  So many social media sites have appeared that products like ProfileLinker are now available that allow you to aggregate and link multiple social network profiles into a central location.Web-based collaboration isn’t limited to the consumer world.  Similar technologies are being applied in the workplace, providing business teams tools to be able to share, communicate and collaborate.  A new book called Wikinomics by Don Tapscott describes how companies are harnessing collaborative external resources via the web to benefit organizations.  Web-based technologies are particularly attractive to Small and Medium sized Business that don’t have the cash to build out infrastructure, and for teams where many of the members are located remotely.A recent survey from Frost and Sullivan finds that Global Web-based Collaboration Services will grow to $2.6 billion by 2010 from $682 million in 2005.  Web collaboration includes technologies like Instant Messaging, Web Conferencing, wikis and podcasts.Some examples of collaborative technologies in the enterprise include corporate blogs, project-based wikis, Web conferencing and RSS.Web Conferencing is evolving into VoIP-based infrastructure.  And Per-minute costs are expected to plummet.  Video conferencing and video chat between remote colleages will become commonplace.The Burton group is predicting incremental growth in RSS/XML syndication in 2007, followed by a big surge in the latter part of 2007 and into 2008.  XML syndication in the enterprise helps to cut through email clutter — RSS feeds can be set up to be automatically populate data into email folders, aggregator products or custom web applications.last_img read more

Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design

first_imgLots of things can go wrong with roofs: bad flashing can cause leaks, a poorly designed valley can turn into a slow-moving glacier, and misplaced gutters can do more harm than good. Experienced roofers see a lot of stupid roofs.Soon after I dropped out of college in 1974, I got my first construction job. I was hired by Edward J. Thornton Roofing Company in Newtonville, Massachusetts. The company paid me $3.50 an hour. For the next 12 months, I installed countless bundles of asphalt shingles and mopped acres of tar-and-gravel roofs with hot asphalt. Every now and then, I also helped Ed, the company’s sheet-metal worker, to install copper valleys and copper-lined cedar gutters on slate roofs.Most of the time, I was installing asphalt shingles, back in the days before nail guns and portable compressors. We used heavy wooden extension ladders. My staging consisted of 2×12 planks laid on hardwood shingle brackets; each bracket was secured to the roof with three 16d nails. We never had any fall protection.My tools were simple: a 16-oz. straight-claw Estwing hammer, a Stanley utility knife, a cat’s paw, a chalkline, a measuring tape, a pair of metal snips, and a cotton nail bag. My tool box was so light that I was able to commute to the roofing shop on my bicycle; I strapped my tool box and my lunch box on the rack over the rear wheel. (Fortunately, my boss delivered the ladders, staging, and shingles to the job site.)I really enjoyed shingling. I still remember the satisfaction I experienced every time I nailed the last few cap shingles on the end of a ridge — especially when the weather was sunny.Once a roofer, always a roofer. I still shake my head when I drive by a house and see a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Energy Department Reverses Light Bulb Standards

first_imgWidely used but relatively inefficient light bulbs that were headed for extinction next year have won a reprieve from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). First, the department issued a final rule earlier this month that reverses efficiency standards for an estimated 3 billion light bulbs used in U.S. homes. The rule scuttles attempts to expand the definition of “general service” bulbs to include candle- and globe-shaped bulbs, candelabra bulbs, and reflector bulbs used in ceiling fixtures and track lighting, according to a summary posted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Now, those bulbs will not be covered by more stringent efficiency standards. At the same time, the department issued a “proposed determination” that would eliminate new efficiency standards for A-lamps that were due to take effect in 2020. A-lamps are the familiar pear-shaped bulbs that account for another 3 billion bulbs used in American homes.RELATED ARTICLESThe Politics of Light BulbsCongress Plays with the Light Bulb MandateUnited Nations Targets Inefficient Light BulbsLED Lighting Getting Better and BetterRegulators Plan Rollback of Light Bulb Efficiency Rules An analysis published last year by ACEEE and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) estimated that dropping the 2020 efficiency standards would cost consumers as much as $14 billion a year, or more than $100 per household. In a statement, ASAP executive director Andrew deLaski said, “It makes zero sense to eliminate energy-saving light bulb standards that will save households money on electricity bills and cut climate change emissions by reducing the amount of coal and gas burned in power plants.” DeLaski said in a followup email that the upshot of the DOE actions is “weak standards for some light bulbs and no standards at all for others.” A-lamps, for example, will have to meet standards introduced in 2012 that boosted performance to halogen levels of efficiency, while requirements for reflector bulbs will vary. “The new, 2020 standard, if allowed to take effect, would have simplified this regulatory mishmash by requiring that almost all commonly used household bulbs meet 45 [watts per lumen], a level easily met by modern LEDs, but not by incandescent products (halogen or even the most basic versions),” he wrote. Industry trade group cheers Light bulb efficiency rules have become a political tussle. As standards tightened, some conservatives complained they were intrusion on personal freedom, The Washington Post noted. For example, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh said several years ago, “Let there be incandescent light and freedom. That’s the American way.” The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) applauded the latest announcement from the DOE. The trade group argued that extending the definition of general service lamps to include other classes of bulbs, as a previous rule had done, was a misinterpretation of the law. Besides, NEMA said in a statement, the move toward more efficient lighting is already well underway. LED bulbs account for roughly 70% of general service lamps now. And because of their longer life, LED and compact fluorescents lamps should account for between 80% and 84% of all general service lamps by the end of this year. “The DOE Final Rule will not impact the market’s continuing, rapid adoption of energy-saving lighting in the next few years,” the group said. NEMA also acknowledged that manufacturers have not been able to develop incandescent bulbs that could meet the efficiency standard for A-lamps that was due to take effect in January—45 lumens of light per watt of electricity. “Serious efforts by some lighting manufacturers to design and manufacture more efficient general service incandescent lamps in comparison to the halogen incandescent lamps that are in the market today, have failed,” Dr. David Woodward of Signify North America and current chair of the NEMA Light Source Section, said in a prepared statement. One problem was that the bulbs didn’t last for a minimum of 1,000 hours, the service life that consumers have come to expect. [By contrast, LEDs may last 10,000 hours before they have to be replaced.] In addition to early lamp failure, the more efficient bulbs also cost too much, “making more efficient incandescent halogen products economically unjustified,” NEMA said. Rule was about efficiency, not bulb type Congress never picked one light bulb technology over another. That is, the law never expressly outlawed incandescent bulbs. But the efficiency standards that were to go into effect next year made it all but impossible for incandescents and halogens to stay on the market. In a briefing paper last year, ACEEE explained that the original law passed in 2007 set up a two-step process to increase the efficiency of light bulbs over time. In the first round, which took effect in 2012, A-type lamps had to reduce power consumption by between 25% and 30% when compared to conventional incandescent bulbs. For the second stage, the DOE was told to develop stronger standards that were to take effect in 2020. The law included a “backstop” provision that would go into effect if DOE failed to write new efficiency rules on time. That, in fact, is what happened, making 45 lumens/watt the standard beginning in January. ACEEE estimated that the higher efficiency requirements would have saved 140 billion kWh of electricity in 2025, the equivalent of the power generated by 45 large coal-fired power plants or 25,000 wind turbines. ACEEE added that the law bars DOE from weakening the efficiency standards. “An attempt by the Trump administration to substitute a weaker or less comprehensive standard or to simply assert that the backstop standard does not apply will almost assuredly lead to lawsuits,” the council said at the time. DeLaski said he expected various state attorneys general as well as consumer and environmental groups would bring suit to block the DOE’s plans. Neither ACEEE nor ASAP typically gets involved but would support those who do. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

Games’fastest woman athlete stripped of gold

first_imgThe Nigerian duo of Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon has been disqualified from the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the former was on Tuesday stripped of her 100m gold after both tested positive for a banned stimulant. The B sample test of Oludamola returned positive while Okon, who competed in the men’s 110m hurdles, waived his right for the test of his second sample and after a provisional hearing on Tuesday, it was decided that all their results for the 2010 Commonwealth Games would be nullified.Both the athletes tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant which has hogged the limelight ever since 11 Indian athletes recently tested positive for it.The gold medal for the women’s 100m will now be awarded to Natasha Mayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the silver to Katherine Endacott of England and bronze to Bertille Delphine Atangana of Cameroon.”With the B sample confirming the results of the A sample, the federation court determined that Oludamola had committed an antidoping rule violation and that she be disqualified from the Games and all her competition results at the 2010 Commonwealth Games be nullified,” read a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) statement.Okon’s disqualification will not have any bearing on the medals for the 110m hurdles event as the Nigerian finished sixth.”The jurisdiction of the CGF relates only to the period of the Games. In accordance with the ADS the documents pertaining to Mr Okon and Ms Oludamola have now been referred to the IAAF for whatever subsequent action it might consider appropriate,” CGF added.advertisementIt was only last month that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had reclassified methylhexaneamine, which was added to the list of prohibited substances from this year, as a specified substance and the sanctions under the category vary from a warning to two years of ineligibility for the athlete.WADA claimed that methylexaneamine was used as a medicine until the early 1970s and is now reappearing in nutritional supplements and cooking oils.CGF chief Mike Fennell suggested that the supplements that the athletes usually use may contain the substance.”We are concerned with the number of incidents that are coming up with the same substance. At this stage, I cannot speak definitively as to where it’s coming from but it appears that it may be coming from the use of supplements.”He asked the athletes to be wary of using the supplements which may be misleading. The Jamaican said “most of these supplements do not assist with what they are expected or promise to do”.last_img read more

Facebook founder rolls out changes to profile pages

first_imgFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled changes to member profile pages and said the movie The Social Network got “hugely basic” things wrong about the origins of the site.Zuckerberg, in an interview yesterday with the CBS show 60 Minutes, said he turned down an opportunity to sell Facebook to Yahoo! for one billion dollars four years ago and made it clear he is in no hurry to take the company public.The 26-year-old Facebook chief executive also defended his approach to the privacy of the social network’s more than 500 million users, saying “we never sell your information.””Advertisers who are using the site never get access to your information,” he said. “It’s against all of our policies for an application to ever share information with advertisers.”Now, do we get it right all the time? No!” he said. “But it’s something that we take really seriously.”The new profile pages highlight recent pictures in which a member has been “tagged” in a bar at the top of the page along with biographical information such as where a member is from, where they went to school, their relationship status and where they work.”People love photos,” Zuckerberg said. “Photos originally weren’t that big a part of the idea for Facebook, but we just found that people really like them, so we built out this functionality.”The new profile pages should be available to all of Facebook’s users by early next year, Josh Wiseman, a Facebook engineer, said in a blog post.advertisementFacebook members can highlight their most important friends on their new profile, create new groups of friends or share activities and interests such as favourite musicians and sports teams.Speaking of The Social Network, Zuckerberg said “we took the whole company to go see the movie” and “I actually thought it was pretty fun.”It’s pretty interesting to see what parts they got right and what parts they got wrong,” he said. “I think that they got every single T-shirt that they had the Mark Zuckerberg character wearing right. And they got sandals right and all that.last_img read more

10 months agoFenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodl

first_imgFenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodlby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford face a battle to keep hold of defender Sebastian Prodl. The Watford Observer says Prodl is a target for Fenerbahce during the January transfer window.The Turkish side are said to be in the market for a new central defender and reports from Turkey claim the Istanbul club are set to offer €1.5million to sign the Austrian defender.Although the 32-year-old has been sidelined with injury, he has struggled for game time under Javi Gracia this season and has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolves

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Tammy Abraham to stay and fire them into the Premier League.Smith talked face-to-face with the 21-year-old on-loan Chelsea striker to find out if he was still keen on a temporary switch to Wolves.“Monday was an agreed day off for Tammy,” said Smith. “He came back in on Tuesday. I spoke to him then about his attitude, and it’s been spot-on since then.”He’s been happy here. I asked if he was looking to go elsewhere and he reiterated he was happy to be at Villa , was enjoying playing here and enjoying scoring goals — and nothing more was really said to him. I’ve said right from the outset I couldn’t see him going anywhere, and I’d have been amazed if he had.“The way I look at it, he’s scored 23 goals in this league before with Bristol City. He’s got 16 now. He’s got 20 games to go, if he scores another ten he’s never playing in the Championship again. He’s a Premier League player who’s here, playing in the Championship with us. We’re hoping he can score the goals to take us to the Premier League.”On the prospect of Wolves taking Abraham on-loan, Smith added: “I don’t believe a recall to send him on loan again would have made sense. He’s been on loan three times already. He’s enjoying his football here and long may that continue.“I think everyone knew there was a release clause if Chelsea wanted to pull him back. But my understanding is that if they had activated it it would be for him to play for them, because they had no intention of selling him.“His state of mind is fine. This has been going on for two or three weeks now and he’s scored goals in that time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more