PICTURE SPECIAL: HUGE CROWD TURNS OUT ON THE QUAY FOR SUPER HERO SUNDAY!

first_imgWORDS & PICS: PAUL O’SULLIVAN: A grateful Donegal public got the chance to say a Big Thank You today to the people who often tread the thin line between life and death.The Emergency services including the Gardaí, ambulance service, Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI ,Donegal Sub Aqua Club, Donegal Mountain Rescue, the Irish Water Safety Association and the Fire Brigade all assembled at the Quay, Donegal Town for a real life Super Hero Sunday.More than 20 vintage cars were also on display. The inaugural event was a fundraiser for the Donegal Bay Rowing club based in Donegal Town.Jonathan Kennedy, one of the organisers and a member of the club told Donegal Daily: “While it was a fundraiser for the club, it was also a showcase for the emergency services where the public could actually meet potential life savers.“One of the notable features of the day was the natural interaction of children who were allowed free reign to activate alarms, flashing blue lights, sit in fire engines and lifeboats.“The arrival of the impressive Sikorsky Sligo Coast Guard helicopter made a big impact on the crowd gathered.”      PICTURE SPECIAL: HUGE CROWD TURNS OUT ON THE QUAY FOR SUPER HERO SUNDAY! was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal TownRowing ClubSuper Hero SundayThe Quaylast_img read more

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Volvo Race boost for Cape Town firm

first_imgRay Maota The Volvo Ocean Race takes nearlynine months to complete and willtest the competitiveness, physicand mental ability of the crews.(Image: Volvo Ocean Race) Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO ofWorld Sport, said he is encouragedby the opportunities that are openingup for Western Cape business inAbu Dhabi and the role the VolvoOcean Race will play in introducingnew players into the UAE market.(Image: Worldsport)MEDIA CONTACTS•Chris Haber Worldsport: Director: Media and Marketing+27 21 426 5775RELATED ARTICLES• Cape Town has Africa’s best airport• Law and Order comes to Cape Town• Cape Town a top emerging innovator • Fortune 500 head to Cape Town Worldsport, a Cape Town-based events management company, has been chosen to organise the stopovers of the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race in both Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Mother City.The local company has managed the race’s stopovers in Cape Town for the past four years, but will facilitate the Abu Dhabi stop for the first time following the latter’s recent selection as a host port.In 2010 the Mother City, as Cape Town is affectionately known to South Africans, was announced as the first port of call for the 2011/2012 race. The race starts on 29 October in Alicante, Spain, and will end on 3 July 2012 in Galway, Ireland.Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO of Worldsport, said: “I am encouraged by the opportunities that are opening up for Western Cape business in Abu Dhabi and the role the Volvo Ocean Race will play in introducing new players into the UAE market.This year will be the eighth time Cape Town has featured as a stopover port for the race.“As the past few stopovers have proved, the race is a superb platform to achieve business tourism and sporting objectives for Cape Town and the Western Cape.”During the 2008 race stopover, the city hosted 30 000 visitors overnight and generated an estimated R308-million (US$44-million) for Cape Town and the Western Cape province, according to Pieter Cronjé, director of communications for the city.Worldsport will be working with a R349-million ($50-million) budget to host the Abu Dhabi stopover.Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, said: “We have committed ourselves to make the Cape Town stopover a memorable experience for the participants, tourists, corporate visitors and media.“This stopover has become an integral part of our focus to sustain and grow Cape Town’s sport tourism industry.”Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who was part of a delegation that went to support Worldsport’s bid to become the stopover operator in both cities, said the outcome proved Cape Town’s strength in exporting services.Pascoe added: “I believe the trade delegation which visited the United Arab Emirates in December 2010 convinced the authorities in Abu Dhabi that they can confidently do business with Cape Town, across a range of spheres.“The involvement of Worldsport in the Abu Dhabi stopover will be the beginning of many other ventures with the UAE.”Spotlight on Mother City Cape Town has been in the spotlight all year, with the city and individuals living there scooping a number of prestigious awards. It has also been recognised as a leading destination capable of hosting major global events.The city will use the Volvo race stopover to highlight a number of initiatives, including the Table Mountain World Heritage nomination, Cape Town Green Goals, the World Design Capital 2014 award nomination, youth development and volunteering.Table Mountain is also one of 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition. Although the final voting round for this will take place before the Volvo boats arrive, the race will be used as a platform to boost the city’s chances of winning.Volvo’s environmental education drive, Save our seas, will be intertwined with the city’s Green Goals initiative.The race will be used to highlight Cape Town’s bid to be named the 2014 World Design Capital award. This award is given to cities that use impressive design for their social, economic and cultural development.Volvo has opened a sailing academy in Cape Town, and this will be used to show that the city is serious about developing its youngsters.Race around treacherous seasThe gruelling Volvo Ocean Race, described as the Everest of Sailing, was initiated in 2001. The route covers 39 000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas and takes nearly nine months to complete.Every vessel consists of a crew of 11 whose skill, physical endurance and competitive spirit are put to the test as they race day and night for up to 20 days at a time.last_img read more

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Precision grain marketing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While planting last week I looked at all the technology in the tractor cab, as auto-steer guided me down the field. It amazed me how sophisticated precision planting is. Farmers now use technology that puts the ideal number of seeds based upon field conditions with such precision to optimize yield. Despite how complex and complicated the technology is, it has become quite popular as more farmers are using it.It made me think about the basic principles of our farm’s grain marketing strategy. It has a lot of similarities to precision planting that I should be calling it “precision grain marketing.”Precision planting takes historical data that matches up many variables (i.e. the right hybrid, seed trait, seed count, etc) to maximize farmers’ yield potential. Why don’t farmers extend this level of attention to maximize their grain marketing profits too?Within grain marketing there are three basic facets that work independently of each other — futures prices, basis and market carry. Maximizing the potential of each one means more profits for farmers (just like precision planting increases bushels and yield).“But, I think I do a good job with my marketing already, so I don’t see a need to change what I’m doing.”I hear this statement all the time from farmers. To some extent, they may be right. These farmers may have done well with futures pricing in the past. But, they don’t realize that thinking this way is like using planting technology from 10 years ago. It does a good enough job. A farmer can still raise a crop this way. But, will you be maximizing your yield to its full potential? No. Few farmers would say that yields or cost savings with and without precision planting technology are basically the same anymore. So, why say that about your grain marketing?Basis and market carry are the “precision technology” components to grain marketing. It’s fine tuning the entire process to take advantage of all possible potential.So as you finish planting, and you hit the auto-steer button, think about the increased yield you receive with this technology. Is it around a 10% bump in profits? It’s hard to know the exact figure (and it will vary year to year), but farmers know it does maximize their potential yield. Farmers who use basis and market carry to optimize their grain marketing strategy can expect a similar type of bump in profits as well. Sometimes more. Precision marketing will add profits to every farmer’s marketing program, regardless of how good you are at picking futures prices.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE.  Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process.  After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits.  A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons.  All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit.  Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction.  The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs.  All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision.  The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative.  The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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2016 Ohio Crop Tour Summary

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 growing season started wet and cool then turned hot and dry in many areas — a classic worst-case scenario for corn and soybeans. There were certainly some examples that showed up in fields on the 2016 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour displaying evidence of those challenging conditions. But, at the same time, we saw many more examples of how solid farm management practices made the most of some challenging weather situations and others capitalized on timely rains. The Tour was sponsored by AgroLiquid.In the West, the I-75 group had an average corn yield over both days of the Ohio Crop Tour of 148 bushels. Rather than break it down by days, the group felt it would be more appropriate to break the yields up geographically with corn yields north of I-70 in some of the tougher growing conditions averaging 134 bushels per acre and yields south of I-70 (where there was generally more rain in July) averaging 180 bushels.The Eastern leg of the Ohio Crop Tour also averaged 148 bushels over the two days. Day 1 in the East averaged 160 bushels and Day 2 averaged 151 bushels, an opposite yield trend of the West.In total, corn and soybean fields were sampled in 44 Ohio counties. The formula used in estimating corn yields is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled.The Ohio average corn yield from the tour is 148 bushels. Soybeans were generally poor to average in the north and generally improved in southern Ohio, but with the recent rains Ohio’s soybeans have significant upside potential.I-75 Day 1I-75 Day 2I-71 Day 1I-71 Day 21-75 Summary 1I-75 Summary 2I-71 Summary 1I-71 Summary 2last_img read more

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Jump-starting rural economies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many rural counties in Ohio and across the nation are facing dwindling populations, reduced agricultural income and lagging job growth.Since the nationwide recession ended in 2009, economic recovery in rural communities has not matched that in urban areas, said Mark Partridge, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.In Ohio as well as in other states, many rural counties have not transitioned well from a commodity-based economy to a new economy, Partridge said. Within the state, such areas are predominately in western and Appalachian Ohio. And areas that once had a lot of off-the-farm job options, including high-paying, unionized manufacturing jobs, now have far fewer of them. Technological advances have left behind many lower-skilled workers.The economic well-being in regions of Ohio starkly contrasts. Though Appalachian Ohio has had little growth since 1980, job growth in metropolitan Columbus has increased by around 75%, Partridge pointed out. Likewise, wages have risen more than twice as fast in metropolitan Columbus as in Appalachian Ohio.“This perfect storm hit rural America: low wages, the commodity boom and bust, as well as the housing boom and bust,” said Partridge, who is also chair of the Swank program, which conducts research, teaching and outreach within CFAES.Farm income has diminished for the past four years, and that trend is not expected to change anytime soon. However, there were prosperous times. Between 2003 and 2014, prices for commodities were high, not just for corn and soybeans, but for oil and metals, all of them spurred by foreign demand. Then in 2014, commodity prices started to decline, and they have remained low since then. Agriculture is under further pressure as a result of the current trade war with China and other countries.This year farmers’ incomes nationwide are projected to be the lowest since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“It seems like we’re stabilizing into a new low trend line for farm incomes. That’s the reality. This is a concern for farmers,” said Ani Katchova, an associate professor and Farm Income Enhancement chair in CFAES.Likely, only a shock in the market due to a drought or another adverse weather condition somewhere in the world that limits supplies of a crop or changes in trade negotiations could lead to an upsweep in farm income, Katchova said.Given the job and income challenges in many rural counties across the country, it may not be surprising that rural counties across the United States are declining in population.Since 2000, more people in the country have been moving to cities than to rural areas. That’s following decades of roughly even numbers of people moving to cities as to rural areas, said Partridge, who along with Katchova work for the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in CFAES.This is happening as a result of several factors including the exodus of young adults from rural areas seeking jobs in urban areas, as well as the federal reclassification of some counties from rural to urban.But not all rural areas are in trouble, Partridge pointed out. Rural counties within commuting distance of metropolitan areas and those that are remote, but rich in natural amenities, are generally in better shape.And even rural areas that are struggling with losses of population, income and jobs can jump-start their economies by working with neighboring counties not only to attract businesses to their region, but to offer good public services such as a shared school system and fire and police services, Partridge said.“Local jurisdictions tend to think of each other as competitors,” he said. “Instead, rural areas really need to work much closer with their neighbors.”Attracting small and mid-size businesses is preferable to a large manufacturing company because that large company may require incentives of tax cuts and may not help diversify the types of jobs in an area, Partridge said.Rural areas may lose young adults who go on to college and jobs in metropolitan areas, but they could aim to attract people in their 30s interested in making a lifestyle change and wanting to start a family in an area with good schools and public services, he said.Since the best predictor of future economic growth in a region is the education level of its residents, opportunities for education beyond high school, including job training programs, community and technical colleges, and are critical, Partridge said.“I think in Ohio, we’re trying to offer people more chances for education in rural areas,” Partridge said, “but I think we can do better.”last_img read more

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Western Companies Make Mideast Censorship Possible: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgRelated Posts “WikiLeaks’s ability to receive and distribute leaked information cheaply, quickly, and seemingly unstoppably enables it to bypass the legal framework that would otherwise allow courts and officials to consider and balance disclosures’ effects. For this reason, WikiLeaks threatens to make transparency’s balance irrelevant. Second, its recent massive disclosures of U.S. military and diplomatic documents allow us to reconsider and test the assumption that disclosure produces effects that can serve as the basis for judicial and administrative prediction, calculation, and balancing. For this reason, WikiLeaks threatens transparency’s balance by disproving its assumption that disclosure necessarily has predictable, identifiable consequences that can be estimated ex ante or even ex post.”Bahrain’s pioneer blogger arrested. Mahmood Al-Yousif, a godfather of Bahraini blogging, announced his imminent arrest with a post on his Twitter account. The tweet has since been deleted. Microsoft keeps Arabic users from using HTTPS. Jillian York reported that she and others tested and found that users in Arabic countries, as well as users in Iran, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazahstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, could not employ the secure browsing protocol. In response, Microsoft said it was not intentional, but a bug, and they have fixed the bug.Hugo Chávez wins free press award. Ah. It’s good to laugh, isn’t it? Google reaches settlement with U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges Google for Buzz. The settlement arose from Google’s rollout of Buzz, in which users were not given the option to join, and many found their private information was inadvertently exposed in the process. The settlement will bar Google from any “future privacy misrepresentations, requires it to implement a comprehensive privacy program, and calls for regular, independent privacy audits for the next 20 years.” U.S. Congressmen order investigation into mobile phone tracking. Based on an apparent worry over their own privacy, Congressmen Ed Markey and Joe Barton began an investigation of cell carriers, to make sure their actions complied with the Section 222 of the U.S. Communications Act’s, which requires “express prior authorization of the customer for use, disclosure of or access to the customer’s location information for commercial purposes,”Egypt still arresting bloggers. The latest was Maikel Nabil Sanad. Sanad is a conscientious objector. He was arrested for “defaming the military.” (In reality, he criticized its lack of transparency – hard to imagine a less defamatory statement, what with it being 100% accurate.) This is one more indication that post-revolution Egypt is not as different from pre-revolution Egypt as so many of us were hoping it would be. While throwing the baby out with the bathwater would be deluded, so would pretending the bathwater’s clean. Mahmood tweet screen from Now Public Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#TWiOT#web Western Companies Enable Mideast Censorship Online. The OpenNet Inititative has released a report on the roles Western tech companies have played in enabling repressive Arabic regimes to filter and control the use of the Web by their citizens.In the report, authors Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York “find that nine countries in the region utilize Western-made tools for the purpose of blocking social and political content, effectively blocking a total of over 20 million Internet users from accessing such websites.”Sudan unleashes “cyber-jihadists” on protesters. In a ringing blow to Iranians (one of the champions of online repression), the ruling party of Sudan has gone one step further and dressed its online dissident-crushing apparatus up in divine drag. Calling them “cyber-jihadists,” they have promised to unleash them on anyone thinking of speaking their mind in the increasingly hermetic country.Ran Yunfei, Chinese blogger arrested. A well-known writer and online newspaper publisher has been arrested in a continuing crackdown on a possible porting of the Jasmine Revolutions from the Middle East to China. First academic paper on Wikileaks. Mark Fenster, Research Foundation Professor at the Frederic Levin School of Law at the University of Florida, has become the first academic to publish a paper on the implications of Wikileaks. The paper is titled “Disclosure’s Effects: WikiLeaks and Transparency.” curt hopkinslast_img read more

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4 held for locking up woman for 15 years

first_imgPANAJI: The Panaji women’s police station on Wednesday arrested four family members for unlawfully confining a 45-year-old woman, who was rescued after nearly 15 years on Tuesday from a locked room of her maternal house in Candolim village, North Goa. Sub-inspector Reema Naik of the women’s police station told The Hindu on Wednesday that a case was registered against the accused under Sections 344 and 346 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s two brothers, Mohandas and Ravindra Verlekar, and their wives, Anita and Amita, respectively, were arrested and released on personal bonds.The victim, Sunita Verlekar, has been shifted to a shelter run by the Institute Of Public Assistance (Provedoria), Ms. Naik said.During interrogation on Wednesday, the family produced a certificate issued by the State-owned Institute of Psychology and Human Behaviour (IPHB) in 2008, saying that Sunita suffered from undifferentiated schizophrenia-related moderate disabilities.Medical check-up todayThe Director of State, Provedoria, has arranged for a thorough check-up of the victim at the IPHB on Thursday, and the police have been requested to record her statement only after that.The police said that with the document produced by the family, a senior doctor at the IPHB will now trace her medical records and treat her accordingly.The woman was rescued with the help of activists from Bailancho Saad, a woman’s collective who were alerted about Sunita’s confinement by village activists.According to the police, the victim was locked in one room of a house, which belonged to her brothers. “One of the brothers, who lived in the same house with his family, would give her food through a slit in the door. But we found her without clothes in the room, which had no electricity. There was urine all around the place,” a woman police constable who was involved in the rescue operation had said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Public Consultations on Child Diversion Policy

first_imgPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, says the Government will be seeking the public’s input in formulating the proposed Child Diversion Policy. “Very shortly, we will be coming to the public in a focused way to help us shape the Diversion Policy, as we seek to work with young people to prevent them getting criminal records and to have a structured approach to how they change their behavior,” she said. She was speaking at the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) held today (February 22), at the Medallion Hall Hotel in St. Andrew. The Child Diversion Policy aims to address the needs of children involved in violent incidents, outside of the formal justice system. In the meantime, Mrs. Palmer stressed that the Government is focused on improving the justice system. This intention, she said, is to increase the availability and affordability of justice services, improve access, and provide information on the justice system to the public. Key to this thrust, she said, is advancing the Restorative Justice Programme, which the Ministry has been rolling out since February of last year. Restorative justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular dispute that has taken place, come together to resolve and deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implications for the future. Mrs. Palmer informed that in addition to Cabinet’s approval of a Restorative Justice Policy, which has also been tabled in Parliament, restorative justice facilitators have been trained and certified, a co-ordinator is now in place, and eight restorative justice centres have been opened. Mrs. Palmer thanked members of the DRF for their assistance in the restorative justice process, noting that, she is “looking forward to joined-up services where our centres have been established or where your centres exist.” “We have to see how we can be cost efficient in operations so that we maximise every dime that is available to us in this country,” she said. She stated that the Ministry “unwaveringly supports mediation and peace and justice centres, which offer a large menu of services in communities.”last_img read more

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Leonard Cohen buried quietly on Thursday in Montreal

first_img Facebook The evidence of his burial lies beneath a conspicuous covering of fallen brown leaves in front of an unmarked gravestone, which cover the unsettled earth, wet cement and the tracks of an industrial digger. Advertisement Leonard Cohen had already been buried at a Montreal cemetery before his death became publicly known.The legendary singer-songwriter received a graveside memorial service on Thursday, according to a statement released by Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, an Orthodox synagogue in Montreal’s Westmount neighbourhood of which he “was a beloved and revered member.”Cohen died on Monday in Los Angeles, though his death at age 82 was only made public on Thursday night in a post on Facebook. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Submissions Open for Canadas National Pictures of the Year

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement NPAC is constantly trying to strengthen this competition for its members and we welcome suggestions on how we can make the NPOY competition bigger and better. Please feel free to email: President@npac.ca and: Advertising@npac.ca with any comments or questions.Deadline for all entries, except for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia, is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) January 31, 2017. Deadline for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia entries is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) April 15, 2017.For more information visit: http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/. Submissions are now open for Canadian photojournalists to have their best 2016 images considered for recognition for excellence in photojournalism. Judging will be held in February, 2017 (exact date to be announced) in Toronto and will be live-streamed.The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) has a long tradition of honouring and celebrating the great photojournalists whose work told the stories of our country and world the previous year. The Canadian Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY) represent the best in Canadian photojournalism.One of the categories, the National Photographer of the Year Award has new and improved changes, so entrants should refer to the revised instructions at (http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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