More Forest Fires Started over the Weekend

first_imgTo report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888- 336-7378). The Prince George fire centre responded to 12 fires over the weekend, 10 of which were caused by lightning. Lightning caused one fire of note on the south side of Falling Creek, in a remote area approximately 45 km southwest of Chetwynd, on Saturday afternoon. The fire grew to 67 hectares on Saturday, but has not grown significantly since then. Steep terrain and gusting wind made access difficult for fire fighters. Crews worked with heavy machinery and airtankers, and completely contained the fire by Sunday afternoon. There are currently 70 fire fighters supported by four helicopters suppressing hot spots to keep the fire within its present perimeter. The rest of the weekend’s new fire starts occurred in the north-eastern region of the Prince George fire centre, and all remained small. All are currently being suppressed by initial attack firefighting crews. There are currently 24 fire fighters working throughout the fire centre on these small lightning fires. – Advertisement -The fire danger rating is currently moderate to high throughout most of the Prince George Fire Centre. The weather is predicted to become wet and cool through the week but the fire centre still urges people to be very careful with their fire use. The Prince George Fire Centre ranges from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west. Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west, north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border. Advertisementlast_img read more

Death mourned of popular Parish Priest, Fr Joseph O’Donnell

first_imgTHERE IS deep sadness across Donegal following the death of Very Rev Joseph O’Donnell, Parish Priest of Ballintra, this morning.Fr O’Donnell passed away in hospital following an illness.Fr O’Donnell was appointed P.P. in Ballintra in June 2016 after two years as a Curate in Mountcharles. Fr O’Donnell spent the bulk of his priesthood in Letterkenny, serving in the Cathedral parish for eight years and as a Curate in Aughaninshin for 16.At a farewell function, as he bid adieu to the Church of the Irish Martyrs in 2014, hundreds turned out at the Mount Errigal Hotel.Fr O’Donnell had previously served in Convoy.A big sports fan, he was a keen supporter of Leeds United and was a founder member of the Downtown Bar-based supporters club in 1992. A native of Main Street, St Johnston, Fr O’Donnell is predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Eileen, and is survived by brothers Seamus and Jude, and sister Elaine.Death mourned of popular Parish Priest, Fr Joseph O’Donnell was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:AughaninshinBallintraChurch of the Irish MartyrsFr Joe o’DonnellFr Joseph O’DonnellletterkennySt Johnstonlast_img read more

Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal

first_imgThe number of gardaí in Donegal’s divisional drugs unit has been cut by half in the past 8 years.There are six gardaí currently assigned to tackling drugs across Donegal.Back in 2011, there was shock as the local drugs unit was slashed due to budget cuts. Since then, the number of personnel in the unit has fluctuated in recent years. In 2018, there were two gardaí in the Donegal drugs unit. Four gardaí were assigned to the unit in 2017.Fianna Fáil TD John Curran, who received the recent data on drugs units across Ireland, said the cuts are unacceptable. Deputy Curran is calling for extra resources for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.It comes as the number of controlled drug offences is on the rise in Donegal. There were 287 crimes related to controlled drugs, including cannabis, in Donegal in 2018. In the first two months of 2019 the total has already reached 245.Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan, has said that an extra €122 million has been allocated to increase An Garda Síochána’s budget for 2020 to  €1.882 billion. He said that additional resources are coming on stream for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.  Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Corn ear abnormalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants agronomistWhile walking corn plots for fields as they get closer to maturity, it is not uncommon to observe some plant/ear abnormalities. One abnormality observed this time of year is a tassel ear. The picture is a tassel ear I observed recently while taking notes in a corn plot.Corn plants are monecious, having both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowering structures. Occasionally, female reproductive structures develop on a tassel, allowing for kernel development. Typically observed on tillers (or suckers) these tassel ears do not develop with a husk covering the kernels and do not produce harvestable grain due to damage from pests and environmental conditions.last_img read more

Windows and Floors at a Pretty Good House in Maine

first_imgThis is Part 5 of a blog series describing the construction of Stephen Sheehy’s house in Maine. The first installment was titled Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine House. The windows are shipped with plastic tape that will get removed later. Instead of trim around the window openings, we decided that the shingles will wrap around the corners. We’re also doing woven house corners.While the crew was working outside, Jon Meade’s guys were polishing the concrete floor. The process is a little like floor sanding, with big machines grinding the floor with ever finer grits, eventually getting to a highly polished look. There has been lots of progress at the job site recently. All of the windows are set into the openings. They are held into the rough opening by steel clips that attach to the window frames and then are attached to the wood that forms the opening. There are six windows on the south side of the living room, with a total opening of about 11 by 11 feet. The fixed windows in the middle were especially heavy, but the guys installed them without any problems.Wide tape is used to seal the inside of the sill to the housewrap. Once the windows are set in the openings, the spaces between the window frames and the rough openings get taped, creating a watertight and airtight seal.Then the window gets trimmed on the exterior to cover the tape and provide a sloped sill to shed water. Stephen Sheehy is the author of a construction blog documenting the process of building a Pretty Good House in rural Maine. GBA has been publishing a serialized and slightly condensed version of Sheehy’s reports. The first installment was published June 15. RELATED ARTICLES Construction blog: The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstConstruction blog: Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for Beginners The benefits of double-stud wall constructionAs I’ve said, one of our design goals was to minimize penetrations through the air barriers. Having a good tight house, with minimal air leakage, makes for a comfortable home. Good insulation is important, but if a house leaks a lot of air, the insulation won’t do its job as well as it should.The double stud wall approach, with the primary air barrier attached to the outside of the inner stud wall, allows us to keep most of the pipes and wires on the warm, or conditioned side, of the air barrier and insulation. With the exception of the handful of wires for outdoor lights and receptacles and a few pipes for hose bibs, all of the plumbing and wiring are inside the conditioned space.Another obvious benefit is that with the water pipes inside the conditioned space, we don’t need to worry about pipes freezing in our cold Maine winters.We used scissor trusses to frame the roof. The trusses allow for sloped, or cathedral ceilings, which we like. The air barrier was attached to the bottom of the trusses, then strapping was applied, then drywall. Thus everything underneath the trusses is conditioned space.But it didn’t really make much sense to have very high ceilings everywhere. We decided that on the north side of the house, where the bathrooms, kitchen, main entry and mechanical room are, we’d have flat ceilings. The resulting space between the flat ceilings is a utility chase. There, the electrical and plumbing can be installed.There are real benefits to having a utility chase available inside the conditioned space.First, it is much easier to install pipes and wires. Drilling through the framing is drastically reduced. Installers have a warm and dry place to work. Most of the pipes and wires are inside the utility chase, not in the walls. This makes putting insulation inside the inner stud wall spaces easier as well.Second, as already noted, everything in the chase is safe from freezing.Third, if we ever need to access the pipes of wires, for repairs or if we want to install a new fixture, the space will be easily accessed through a hatch just outside the mechanical room doorway. A blower door test for airtightnessAll this air sealing is time-consuming and thus costly. But if done right, it will pay off in lower heating bills forever. It will also eliminate drafts and make the house more comfortable. While we hoped the air sealing was done well, the only way to know for sure is to test for airtightness using a blower door. Diane Milliken from Horizon Residential Energy Services in Portland came out to do the blower door test.It consist of blocking one of the exterior door openings with an airtight covering. There’s a fan in the covering that sucks the air out of the house at 50 pascals, the standard pressure used for all such tests. Diane explained that 50 pascals is roughly equivalent to a 20 mph wind blowing on all sides of the house.Once the house was depressurized, the moment of truth arrived. Did we measure up to our hopes for a nice tight house? YES!The blower door meter showed that 178 cubic feet per minute was leaking out. The standard method of measuring air leakage is air changes per hour at 50 pascals, or “ach50.” The most rigorous standard I’m aware of is Passivhaus, which requires 0.6 ach50 for certification.We multiplied 178 by 60 to get cubic feet per hour and then divided by the house’s total volume of 18,000 cubic feet to get air changes per hour. Our house came in at .59 ach50, slightly better than the Passivhaus standard and a fifth as much as permitted by the International code. Needless to say, we are pleased. It was a good job by Tom, Brian, Greg, Chris, Joe, Ryan, and Kenny.Since the house is mostly insulated (except for inside the interior stud wall, which gets insulated after all the wiring and plumbing is roughed in) we can use a single electric heater to keep the workers comfortable. Since it has been below zero almost every morning, we have been able to verify that the house is easy to keep warm. A cold and snowy winter slows progressThroughout New England, we’ve had a cold, snowy winter. We finally gave up on doing any more work outside, after about half the siding was installed.Plenty of work is going on inside, though. Most of the insulation is in. The walls received about 9 inches of cellulose blown in between the inner and outer stud walls. Some was blown in from above and some required that we cut holes in the membrane. Later, we taped the holes.Tom and I weren’t happy with the first installation of the cellulose, because it settled in spots and wasn’t dense enough. Tom got the installer to come back and we ended up with what we needed, although it required lots more holes in the membrane. I had been concerned about all those holes, but once we taped them, it looked OK.The next step was to insulate the ceiling. Tom’s guys stapled the same membrane to the underside of the trusses. Then they nailed strapping to hold it in, because we were getting about 2 feet of cellulose (R-70 or so) on top of the membrane and we didn’t want all that weight to blow out the membrane.We temporarily blocked the opening for the main entry door with a piece of AdvanTech (a brand of oriented strand board used for sheathing). We don’t want to put the door in until most of the work is done. Breaking it would be an expensive mistake.Then Tom’s crew screwed drywall to the ceiling strapping. Once that was done, the insulating sub came back and blew the ceiling insulation through an access hole cut into the outside of the house, above the ceiling, under the peak. The hole will become a permanent access door, should anyone ever need to get into the space above the scissors trusses that create the cathedral ceilings. BY STEPHEN SHEEHY Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseSite Work Begins for a Pretty Good House in MaineAt a Pretty Good House in Maine, Siding and Septic Framed Walls and Air Barrier Membranes for a Pretty Good Houselast_img read more

Is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Really Good For Workers?

first_imgBring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the workplace are increasingly regarded as an inevitability as employees demand to to be able to use the hardware they want instead instead of settling for some lame, inefficient corporate standard.In this scenario, BYOD is seen as a boon for workers that companies are gradually, grudgingly coming to accept. The conventional wisdom holds that employees love BYOD while their employeers worry about security issues and support costs, among other objections – they go along to make their employees happy and hopefully garner some productivity enhancements. It turns out that the real story is a lot more complicated, and that BYOD often brings new costs and responsibilites to workers – who may or may not have been eager for it in the first place. What exactly are workers getting into with BYOD, how much is it going to cost them and how do they feel about the tradeoffs?(See also Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Saves Companies Money – But Could Cost Users Big.)Reach For Your WalletFirst, there’s the out-of-pocket expenses surrounding BYOD. For now, many companies subsidize devices and data plans, or even directly buy the hardware employees want with Corporate Owned, PersonallyEnabled (COPE) policies – taking advantage of the buying power of a larger organization.(See also Forget Bring Your Own Device – Try Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled.)But that may not last. Increasingly, organizations not opting for COPE-oriented policies are letting their employees foot more of the bill for devices and attendant online costs. It is not clear what employees are actually paying right now, but a recent survey from Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group Consulting unit tells us what employees are willing to pay: Global workers said they would spend an average of $965 for their own devices – and another $734 annually for the data plans to go with them.That’s quite a chunk of change, and no doubt a sum that corporations would love to shift from corporate coffers worker’s wallets.And that’s just smartphones… as trends move towards employees being allowed and in some cases required to purchase their own laptop or desktop machines, even more of a financial burden could be put on workers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Is BYOD Worth It For Workers?It is not entirely clear how big the demand for BYOD is in the workplace. Some surveys suggest that the slowed economy is driving BYOD, with workers willing to make any sacrifice to keep their jobs. Earlier this year, a poll of ReadWrite readers indicated that many potential BYOD users decline to participate. Meanwhile, Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers may require workers to bring in their own devices.(See also Worried Workers: BYOD Or You’re SOL [Infographic].)Despite the potential friction points and uncertainty, some people are still willing to put up with the hassle for the sake of working with their own devices. “In the end, the flexibility is worth the increased encroachment of work on personal time,” Freeman said.Max Rava, communications director at FwdHealth, liked his previous employers’ use of BYOD policies, so he and his co-founders at FwdHealth made it a point to create a BYOD policy of their own.“In my past two places of employment I have worked under a BYOD policy. I have found that this is a sound policy because it makes remote commuting much easier in the event of illness, personal emergencies and corporate crisis,” Rava said. “While recovering from a very serious health issue, I was able to work from home effectively for the past three months due to the BYOD policy.”Such anecdotes are commonplace in BYOD discussion, and will continue to fuel the movement to own and operate your own device for work. But before diving in, workers should be very aware of what they’re getting into in terms of time, money and control of data.In-story images courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#BYOD 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair What About Software And Other Expenses?The costs don’t stop at hardware. At least some software expenses might also be dropped on staffers, but because software is such a malware vector, many organizations will want to keep tight controls on applications used to handle company data. But personal apps will likely be the employees’ responsibility, and they’re much more likely to want to enhance devices they own instead of company units they’re merely using.If employees are expected to foot the costs for devices, though, it’s a good bet they’ll need to pick up the tab for insurance premiums for those devices.“There’s no need to insure a computer if we don’t own it. With devices that we provide, especially portable devices, insurance can be an issue,” related Chris Dawkins, founder of Trace Media Marketing. “The one time that I provided a mobile phone to an employee, it was left on a train during the first month of use and needed to be replaced. Another replacement was needed when the employee dropped and broke the new phone.”What’s Mine Is Mine, What’s Yours Is Mine, TooBeyond BYOD’s potential financial costs for employees, less-understood and legally gray obligations could also crop up around working with corporate data on an employee’s hardware.Legal rights of employees who use their corporate-owned smartphones and computers for personal use are already subject to a lot of restrictions, including prohibitions on using work machines for any personal stuff. That obviously won’t apply in BYOD situations, but corporate policies could still extend to devices employee own.For instance, in many jurisdictions, email messages are not subject to personal privacy laws. So employers may be free to monitor and read employees’ email messages. That policy was created for employer-owned computers, but when corporate data and software are involved, who’s to say employers won’t demand the right to examine employee email on any device used for work?Would such oversight also extend to other data on the employee’s computer or smartphone? Files and Internet usage could very well fall under such controls, using the same legal justifications organizations claim for monitoring devices they actually own: viruses and other malware can be picked up surfing almost anywhere, and organizations need to make sure heir employees aren’t violating confidentiality rules.Protecting company data is a high priority for any IT department worth their salt. It is not uncommon, for example, to implement software that not only allows for remote monitoring but also for remote data wiping.“On employee termination or company separation, a remote wipe is executed on personal iPhone and Android devices. This wipes address books, photos, music and the memory card,” explained George Buelna, director of IT for TransPerfect. Logistically, this make sense, but having your own device wiped is yet one more price to pay for BYOD.So, too, is convenience. To lock down data, TransPerfect and other employers often require pass codes on personal hardware, Buelna added.This isn’t a big deal (and it’s a good idea for everyone), acknowledged one user, but it still had to be done. “I did not have a pass code on the device before setting up email. The email system has a policy that forces you to have a passcode for it to work,” said Michael Freeman, senior manager of search at ShoreTel. “It was an adjustment, but I am okay with it now.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffittlast_img read more

Trust of millions broken: Sharad Yadav

first_img‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav  ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Readcenter_img Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”last_img read more

Cong. worker murdered in Ghatkopar, party cries foul

first_imgMumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”last_img read more