Further disruption despite Irish Water intermediary works in west Donegal

first_imgThere has been further water disruption to the town of Falcarragh and surroundings areas since Tuesday night. Another burst water pipe means that at least 100 homes and businesses have been without access to water.The entire water system locally is due to be upgraded by Irish Water in September. However, it is understood that the areas currently without water are not included in the upcoming National Leakage Reduction Programme.At a local meeting in Falcarragh on Friday last, it was revealed that two hydrants had been installed to provide water to Gortahork and Falcarragh in the even that the main pipe at the local reservoir bursts again.On Saturday last, concern was raised by local county councillor, Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, for the surrounding areas in west Donegal.He said: “There are several areas outside of Falcarragh and Gortahork that needs replacement pipes, like the church up until Falcarragh town, he said. “I have raised that specific area many of times, and it needs replacing. “The old cast iron pipeline in all of these areas needs replacing because what is happening is that they are starting to burst and they are corroding.“(Irish Water) are more than aware of all the upgrading to the water infrastructure in west Donegal,” he said. “Instead of giving us money for a few kilometres here and there, they need to invest and invest heavily.”Further disruption despite Irish Water intermediary works in west Donegal was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Strong showing in global competitiveness

first_imgInside South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report ranks the country first in the world for its regulation of securities exchanges, and on it the legal rights index. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Di DaiAssociate media managerWorld Economic Forum+41 (0)22 869 [email protected]• Rim El HabibiAssociate media managerWorld Economic Forum+41 (0)22 869 [email protected]• Watch: Nelson Mandela addresses Davos in 1999 • WEF Davos 2014: Keeping up with a fast-changing world • Zuma urges Team SA to sell South Africa at Davos • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path• Watch: Davos 2014 pre-meeting press conferenceLucille DavieSouth Africa is ranked 53rd out of 148 countries in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is down one position out of 144 countries in the 2012-2013 report.The country has overtaken Brazil in competitiveness, pushing it into second place among the Brics nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on the Global Competitiveness Index. South Africa’s gross domestic product is $582-billion, with a ranking of 25th in the world.It is first in strength of auditing and reporting standards, efficacy of corporate boards, and protection of minority shareholders’ interests, according to WEF. Another indicator of the nation’s global competitiveness is the strength of investor protection, which ranks in 10th position. In the financial market, the availability of financial services scores second position, as does financing through the local equity market. The soundness of banks is in third place, while the regulation of securities exchanges and the legal rights index rank first.South Africa also does well on the quality of its institutions, at 41st position, which includes intellectual property protection in 18th position, while property rights are in 20th position. The country ranks 13th and 12th in the efficiency of its legal framework in challenging and settling disputes. The high accountability of its private institutions, in second position, also supports the institutional framework.As in the previous year, the country’s financial market development stands at an impressive third position, with an efficient market for goods and services at 28th, up four points from the 2012-2013 year. In business sophistication, South Africa has improved in the rankings, now at 35th; it has also risen to 39th in innovation. These rankings stood at 38 and 42 previously, respectively.It is steady in financial market development, scoring third position this year and in the previous year. Technological readiness has also remained the same at 62, as has market size at 25. Regarding overall infrastructure, South Africa ranks 63rd, with air transport infrastructure coming in at 11th. There are slight improvements in rail and road transport, measuring 48th and 41st respectively, with port infrastructure in 51st position.Explore the Global Competitiveness Index:South Africa’s anti-monopoly policy ranking is in eighth position, with intensity of local competition ranking at 45th, and the effect of taxation on incentives to invest at 16th. Procedures for starting a business ranks in 30th position, with prevalence of trade barriers at 36th. Prevalence of foreign ownership in the country stands at 35th.Regarding technological readiness, South Africa ranks 40th in the availability of the latest technologies, and 40th in foreign direct investment and technology transfer. Improvements need to be made in internet usage and broadband bandwidth. The country’s domestic market ranks 24th and foreign market 38th. South Africa’s ability to retain talent is good, at 51th, and its ability to attract talent stands at 55th, while more women need to be brought into the economy.“But the country’s strong ties to advanced economies, notably the euro area, make it more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and likely have contributed to the deterioration of fiscal indicators: its performance in the macroeconomic environment has dropped sharply (from 69th to 95th),” says WEF. This has made it difficult for South Africa to return to pre-crisis growth rates.Like most African countries, South Africa has to improve in health and education, in its case involving the huge task of undoing years of the debilitating effects of apartheid. “Building a skilled labour force and creating sufficient employment also present considerable challenges.”Sub-Saharan AfricaWEF’s picture for the region is generally positive. “Sub-Saharan Africa continues its impressive growth rate of close to 5% in 2012 (with similar projections for the next two years), providing something of a silver lining in an otherwise uncertain global economy,” states WEF. This growth has “largely taken place on the back of strong investment, favourable commodity prices, and a prudent macroeconomic stance”.The continent has the full range of rankings, with Mauritius overtaking South Africa to be ranked in 45th position, while Chad is in 148th position. The region still registers an infrastructure deficit, and needs to improve in its health and education rankings. “The region’s poor performance across all basic requirements for competitiveness stands in stark contrast to its comparatively stronger performance in market efficiency, where particularly the region’s middle-income economies fare relatively well (South Africa, Mauritius, and Kenya rank in the top 20% in financial market development).”Rwanda is ranked 66th this year, retaining its third place in the region. Botswana moves up five places to 74th, moving into fourth spot in the region. Improvements are driven in large part by a sounder macroeconomic environment, with its strengths being relatively reliable and transparent institutions (34th), with efficient government spending, strong public trust in politicians, and low levels of corruption.Seychelles ranks 80th overall, with strong and well-functioning institutions for the region, in 45th position, with strong public trust in politicians (32nd) and a government that is seen as efficient (37th). Infrastructure is also relatively well-developed (43rd) and the Seychelles does well in regional comparison when it comes to health and primary education (55th).Namibia improved its position by two places to reach 90th place. “The country continues to benefit from a relatively well-functioning institutional environment (48th), with well-protected property rights, an independent judiciary, and reasonably strong public trust in politicians. The country’s transport infrastructure is also good by regional standards (47th). Financial markets are reasonably developed (39th) and buttressed by solid confidence in financial institutions (21st), although their overall assessment has weakened for three years in a row.”Like other sub-Saharan countries, Namibia needs to improve its health and educational systems to improve its competitiveness.Kenya moves up by an impressive 10 places to 96th position this year because of greater confidence in institutions (88th). Its innovative capacity is ranked a good 46th, with high company spending on research and development and good scientific research institutions that collaborate well with the business sector in research activities.Its educational system, although only educating a relatively small proportion of the population, produces good results, and is ranked at 44th. Its health standards remain low in 121st position, while security in the country has become worrisome.Other countries fall below the 100-point mark: Senegal at 113th, Ghana at 114th, Nigeria at 120th, Tanzania at 125th, Ivory Coast at 126th, Ethiopia falls six places to 127th, Liberia at 128th, Zimbabwe remains relatively stable at 131st, Mozambique ranks 137th, and Angola enters the index this year at 142nd place.last_img read more

Honeybees pick up “astonishing” number of agricultural, urban pesticides via non-crop plants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.Christian Krupke, professor of entomology, and then-postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Long collected pollen from Indiana honeybee hives at three sites over 16 weeks to learn which pollen sources honeybees use throughout the season and whether they are contaminated with pesticides.The pollen samples represented up to 30 plant families and contained residues from pesticides spanning nine chemical classes, including neonicotinoids — common corn and soybean seed treatments that are toxic to bees. The highest concentrations of pesticides in bee pollen, however, were pyrethroids, insecticides typically used to control mosquitoes and other nuisance pests.“Although crop pollen was only a minor part of what they collected, bees in our study were exposed to a far wider range of chemicals than we expected,” Krupke said. “The sheer numbers of pesticides we found in pollen samples were astonishing. Agricultural chemicals are only part of the problem. Homeowners and urban landscapes are big contributors, even when hives are directly adjacent to crop fields.”Long, now an assistant professor of entomology at The Ohio State University, said she was also “surprised and concerned” by the diversity of pesticides found in pollen.“If you care about bees as a homeowner, only use insecticides when you really need to because bees will come into contact with them,” she said.The study suggests that overall levels of pesticide exposure for honeybees in the Corn Belt could be considerably higher than previously thought, Krupke said. This is partly because research efforts and media attention have emphasized neonicotinoids’ harmful effects on pollinators and their ability to travel and persist in the environment. Few studies, however, have examined how non-crop plants could expose bees to other classes of pesticides. Looking at Midwestern honeybees’ environment through this wider lens and over an entire season could provide more accurate insights into what bees encounter as they forage, Krupke said.Krupke and Long collected pollen weekly from May to September from hives placed in a non-agricultural meadow, the border of a cornfield planted with neonicotinoid-treated seeds and the border of a cornfield planted with non-treated seeds. They waited to begin their collection until after growers had planted their crops to avoid the heavily contaminated dust that arises during the planting of neonicotinoid-coated seeds.The samples showed that honeybees collect the overwhelming majority of their pollen from uncultivated plants, particularly the plant family that includes clover and alfalfa.The researchers found 29 pesticides in pollen from the meadow site, 29 pesticides in pollen from the treated cornfield and 31 pesticides in pollen from the untreated cornfield.“These findings really illustrate how honeybees are chronically exposed to numerous pesticides throughout the season, making pesticides an important long-term stress factor for bees,” Long said.The most common chemical products found in pollen from each site were fungicides and herbicides, typical crop disease and weed management products.Of the insecticides, neonicotinoids and pyrethroids were the most common in the pollen samples and pose the highest risks to bees, Krupke said. While both are toxic to bees, they differ in their relative risk levels. Neonicotinoids are more poisonous to bees but are primarily used on agricultural land. Conversely, pyrethroids are typically used where pollinators are likely to be — near homes and gardens with a diversity of flowering plants — potentially exposing bees to higher levels of chemicals and on a more frequent basis. The study showed distinct spikes of pyrethroids in August and September, months when many homeowners spray these chemicals to knock out mosquitoes, hornets and other nuisance pests. Pollen from all three sites also contained DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellants.Krupke said that little is known about how these diverse pesticides interact with one another to affect bees. The toxicity of insecticides, for example, can increase when combined with certain fungicides, themselves harmless to insects.The researchers did not assess colony health in this study.The study was published in Nature Communications on May 31 and is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11629.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Regional Integrated Pest Management Program funded the research.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

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 19, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today is the easy part of the forecast. High pressure is passing by to the north this morning, moving across southeast Michigan and ending up over Lake Erie and north central Ohio by mid to late morning. We should see sunshine for at least part of the day, but clouds will be increasing this afternoon ahead of our next storm complex. This storm is growing in intensity and will be putting down wet snow back in the central plains and MO valley today.A strong winter storm moves into the eastern corn belt overnight tonight and tomorrow. We have potential for accumulation of heavy, wet snow at the outset of this system, before action turns to rain. From US 30 northward, we are looking for a coating to 3 inches. South of US 30, we see 3-6 inch potential. However, here is the problem. We also have a concern about ice sneaking in over central Ohio too, as action changes from snow to rain through the day. We think the threat is lower here than back west in Indiana, but we are not ruling it out.  Our main concern is warm air coming in faster at higher elevations than at the surface, and that creating some freezing rain. That would lessen the potential for the 4 or 5 or 6 inch snow totals but open up a whole lot of other problems. So, we are saying to be on the lookout for Ice. It can be a mess either way. The entire state is changed over to rain by midday, and then we can add another .25”-.75” of liquid before everything is done Thursday morning. The total liquid equivalent precipitation for this event will be from .3”-1.5” over the entire state, which the map shows at right.We are dry for Thursday and Friday and should see some sunshine for that period. However, precipitation is back for Friday night through the weekend. Friday night through Saturday we see rain mostly over the southern part of the state, from US 50 southward. Farther north we see just clouds, or even clouds and some Saturday sun. But, from Saturday night through Sunday midday, we have a second, much stronger wave of moisture coming. Rain can be from .5”-2” over 100% of the state. The heaviest rains come around midnight Saturday night through Sunday morning.We turn partly sunny Sunday afternoon, and it will be windy. Then we put together several nice days from Monday through next Wednesday, with near normal temps and low winds. The next batch of precipitation we are watching rolls in overnight nest Wednesday night into Thursday early morning, bringing .25” to .5” of moisture with 70% coverage. There is a chance that some of that rain ends as snow Thursday morning, with a change to windy, much colder air. That may even allow some flurries to linger all day over far north and northwest Ohio next Thursday.A quick moving system brings snow for next Friday, a coating to 2 inches. Then for the extended period, we have a nice weekend to start off March: mixed clouds and sun, right on into Monday, the 4th. However, we finish the extended period with a massive rain maker Action may start on Tuesday the 5th with 1-3 inches of wet snow, but then snow turns to rain and through Wednesday the 6th we can see cumulative rain totals at half to 1.5” over 100% of the state. It will be an impressive early March storm.last_img read more

Streamline Your Film or Video Project with an Assistant Editor

first_imgIn this post-production guide, we take a look at maximizing your investment in an assistant editor for your film or video project.For many editors, it can be hard to admit when they need help. However, if you’ve been editing long enough, you know just what you can accomplish in a day — and just how many sleepless nights you can string together — before you have to reach out for additional support.I came up as an assistant editor when I was first starting out, so I can tell you that there are people who can help. As long as they’re duly compensated, and you give them the means to advance their careers, an assistant editor can be a great investment — and a huge help when you’re truly bogged down on an edit.So here are some tips and tricks for streamlining your workflow with an assistant editor.1. Finding Assistant EditorsSpeaking from experience (on both ends of this professional relationship), I’ve found that it’s equally difficult to find work as an assistant editor as it is to find a good assistant editor when you’re looking for one.Your best bet is to connect with some sort of community or institution with a younger, eager pipeline of editors who are fresh enough to have the availability and hungry enough to find new projects to grow their careers.I’d recommend reaching out to nearby universities with film or RTVF programs — or connecting with local filmmaking communities, which might offer internships or job placement programs.2. Clear Project DescriptionWhen you do reach out to any of these resources (or post on job boards), it’s important to define your project and its scope. If your project is difficult to understand, no assistant editor will even know if they want to be involved.A good posting for an assistant editor should lay out what the project is and what the workload will entail — along with a schedule or timeline, what NLE or other platforms they need to use, and anything else you’ll need from them.3. Pay Them for Their WorkThis is the most important rule; ignore it at your own peril — and prepare for very few inquiries and poor results. You might even find yourself called out in film communities for exploiting young editors.Assistant editor rates vary pretty wildly across regions — and according to the individual job specifications. Even if you’re on the most bare-bones budget, try to find a way to compensate your assistant editors at a rate that would be fair to you. Don’t just leverage connections or “exposure” in exchange for actual compensation.4. Define Project Scope and EndingOnce you outline the project for your assistant editor, the most important piece of information to include is the scope of their role and when the work is due.The last thing an assistant editor wants to get dragged into is an endless project that delays their payment or keeps them from taking on new projects. Sadly, this happens far too often, and it’s often the assistant editors, PAs, and other minor stakeholders who suffer the most.5. Keep Communication OpenKeep a line of communication with your assistant editor open at all times. If they are just starting off, they may have more questions than you’re used to answering. If you’re truly hiring an assistant and not a co-editor, you should expect to give as much information, advice, and mentorship as it takes to get the job done.And remember — just because you know a project well (especially if it’s one you shot or have been involved with for some time), it doesn’t mean that the big picture is immediately clear to someone just joining the effort. Take some time, and pay things forward.Cover image via KORNBURUT WORADEE.For more freelance and video editing advice and resources, check out some of these articles.How to Organize a Feature Film Edit Like a ProWhat We Can Learn from Editing with the Coen BrothersThe Editor of Green Book Offers Insight into the Art of Balance6 Great Websites for Finding Video Editing Jobs5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing Perspectivelast_img read more

PHOTOGRAPHS & STORIES FROM THE SCHOOL TOUCH CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgPhotographs taken by Sporting Images at the 2004 School Sport Australia Touch Championships, will be available for viewing at www.sportingimages.com.au from Friday November 5th. Please contact Sporting Images for all enquiries. The 2004 School Sport Championships have dominated touch news in the last week. All stories have been archived from the ATA homepage but can be viewed under the `National Youth Events’ link. This link can be found by using `Tournaments’ on the left hand side of the homepage and then clicking on National Youth Events or by using the link SCHOOL SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS LINK and clicking on 2004.last_img

The Touch Football Australia Participation Plan 2011-2015

first_imgTouch Football Australia is happy to publicly release The Touch Football Australia Participation Plan 2011-2015.  The plan is focused on specific priorities for continued and increased participation in the sport of Touch Football throughout Australia, reaching 500 000 registered and contactable members.  It links directly to the Touch Football Australia Strategic Plan 2011-2015, which can be viewed within the ‘Leadership/Governance’ section of the website.  Mike Rush, Chairman of Touch Football Australia, outlines the Participation Plan as ‘the foundation for our efforts, programs and focus over the next five years’.     In the coming months, Touch Football Australia will be releasing new elements linked to the Participation Priorities of Data, Growth and Sustainability.  Please feel free to contact your local state office for more details on any specific areas of the plan.Related Filestfa_participation_plan-pdfRelated Links Participation Plancenter_img Touch Football Australia is committed to the ongoing development of Touch Football as a strong and unified sport for all participants. Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed continuous pathway for all while demonstrating the capacity to thrive at the elite level and develop opportunities for grassroots development. last_img read more

10 months agoShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!

first_imgShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more