first_imgThe omens certainly aren’t good for those hoping for a large turn-out for the Children’s Referendum across Donegal.Donegal’s islanders went to the polls first as usual.And on Inishboffin just 3 out of a total of 64 people entitled to vote had cast their ballot. Ballot boxes on islands off Donegal were due to return to the mainland last night after polls closed at 7.30pm on Arranmore.Almost 800 people were eligible to vote, including on the smaller islands of Gola, Inishbofin, Inishfree and Tory where polling stations were open for four hours.Only a third of those eligible to cast their vote on Tory had done so by closing time.  VERY POOR ISLAND TURN-OUT SUGGESTS VOTER APATHY ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: November 9th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Children’s Referendumdonegalislandslast_img read more

Cross Country Returns to Peoria for MVC Championship

first_imgPrior to Saturday’s race, the MVC released the results of its pre-championship poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches. The coaches have predicted the men’s team to finish fourth while the women were picked to finish eighth. Both the Bradley men and women were picked as favorites. Championship Central This is the second time the teams will be traveling to the Newman Golf Course this season and they will look to improve their performances on the course they raced on just two weeks ago. The women have been led this season by juniors Olivia Rodgers (Boulder, Colo.) and Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) who have consistently been top three performers on the team all season and each running personal bests in the 6K at the Bradley Pink Classic just two weeks ago. The Drake University cross country teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Peoria, Ill. The men have been led by sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) who will look to earn his second All-Conference Honors in as many years after his performance at the Roy Griak Invitational earned the seventh-fastest 8K time in the Conference this season. Last season, Fridrich finished fifth at the MVC Championship to earn all-MVC honors and MVC Freshman of the Year accolades. ESPN+ – Men’s Race center_img ESPN+ – Women’s Race Following Saturday’s MVC Championships, the Bulldogs will look to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 9.  Print Friendly Version Story Links The women’s 5K is scheduled to begin a 10:35 a.m. followed by the men’s 8K which is set to start at 11:35 a.m. Both races will be broadcast on ESPN+.last_img read more

Warning as woman cons shoe shop out of €500 in distraction theft

first_imgLocal Gardai have revealed how a woman conned a local shop out of €500 while purchasing a €50 pair of shoes.Garda Sgt Paul Wallace gave details of the distraction theft as he issued a warning to shops and businesses ahead of the busy Christmas rush.Sgt Wallace revealed how the woman was a professional thief and did not even purchase the shoes in the end but managed to deceive €500 from the store. He warned businesses to be very wary of people coming into shops looking to exchange notes into small denominations.“Most shops are not Bureau de Changes and should not be changing larger notes into smaller amounts. This is what banks are for.“There has been a spike in these crimes and we would urge people working in shops and other businesses to be vigilant.“These people are good and what they do and the best thing is simply to tell them that you do not have change,” he said. He also warned staff never to leave cash registers open allowing the opportunist thief to strike.Warning as woman cons shoe shop out of €500 in distraction theft was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:distractionshoestheftlast_img read more

49ers: The Nick Bosa pick puts John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan on the clock

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/26/bang_70cd44d6-07f6-4330-bb3c-08cac4a615bd”]SANTA CLARA — The 49ers didn’t try to deliberately lose at the end of the 2018 season, so they didn’t land the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.But after months of rumors and innuendo, confidence and concern, the football gods provided mercy — the Niners ended up taking the No. 1 player on their draft board with the No. 2 overall pick.Selecting Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was a no-brainer, …last_img

First golf estate for Soweto

first_img2 August 2007It’s over a century old and the most populous black residential area in South Africa, but Soweto, whose past residents include Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, has never been able to boast a world class golf course. That is set to change with the building of a golf course and estate, designed by South Africa’s Sportsman of the Twentieth Century, Gary Player.Work on the course is expected to start later this year. It will cover 90ha and be built on land donated by Sasol.Situated between Pimville and Goudkoppies, the cost of construction will be R60-million. A development deal has been struck between the City of Johannesburg and Tiyani, a consortium consisting of Investec, Standard Bank and Shanduka.Residential golf estateThe project manager of the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC), Alan Dinnie, who manages Johannesburg’s property portfolio, says the course will form part of a residential golf estate that consists of 238 units.He explained: “The golf course will be an 18-hole Gary Player signature PGA tournament standard golf course that will be capable of hosting international golf tournaments. (It will have) a club house built to PGA standards, a driving range and a golf academy.”The academy, which will be operated by the South Africa Golf Development Board, will work at improving golf in Soweto. People from disadvantaged backgrounds will be offered subsidised coaching.Retail and office plotsIn addition to the golf course and the residential estate, four retail and office plots have been set aside. They will be available for development by public tender once work on the course starts, says Dinnie.Johannesburg already has ambitious plans for the upgrading of Huddle Park, a mixed-use development managed by Tiyani. A R3-billion plan includes upgrading the existing golf course into a commercial component that consists of an 800-unit upmarket golf estate with an associated 32 000m² mixed-use retail centre, a private Gary Player signature golf course, and a “world-class” walking trail.The plan further includes the development of two new standard public golf courses elsewhere in the city.Dinnie says the new Soweto Golf Course depends on the upgrading of Huddle Park.HousingIn 2005, the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng province found that the existing Soweto Golf Course had to be moved to provide much-needed land for housing in Kliptown. Two phases were adopted to make the move.The first phase was a short-term relocation, which involved the modification of four holes, thus releasing a portion of land for social housing development on the western edge of the course.That phase was completed in 2005 and the construction of houses has since begun. The second, long term, phase involves the complete relocation of the golf course.Talks were held between the community and the Soweto Golf Club, resulting in an agreement that the course would be relocated, but the existing course would not be turned into housing before the new course was ready for play.Playable by December 2008According to Dinnie, “The golf course is expected to be playable by December 2008, if the development starts later this year.“The golf course will be managed, maintained and operated by SATour and the SAGDB, under a lease agreement that ensures public access to the course.”He also said the Tiyani Consortium will build another course, on Mia Trust land, north of Johannesburg. It will be similar to the new Soweto Golf Course and will cater for under-privileged communities.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

R1.8-bn sugar fuel plant for KZN

first_imgIn South Africa sugarcane is mostly grown in KwaZulu-Natal, with some farming operations in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image: South African Sugar Association)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialPrivate investors have injected R1.8-billion (US$200 000) into building a new sugar-processing facility in the rural area of Makhathini, in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal province, Engineering News reports.The project, which is a joint initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), local municipalities and sugar growers, aims to produce ethanol and other sugar by-products from raw sugarcane.Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an alternative fuel that can be blended with petrol to produce fuel with a higher octane rating and lower harmful emissions. It is produced by fermenting materials that contain starch or sugar.DTI director for agroprocessing Imamaleng Mothebe said, “The biggest advantage of the project is that it would justify investment in much needed critical infrastructure within one of the least developed regions of the country.“Once completed, the improved infrastructure in the area should generate more investments in areas other than just sugar. The role of the DTI is to facilitate investment into Makhathini.“The investment into the project is 100% private-sector funded through development financing institutions, as well as some members of the sugar industry and other private investors,” she added.Mothebe revealed that state-owned power utility Eskom, which generates 95% of the electricity used in South Africa, was one of the stakeholders in the Makhathini project.“There is work between Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Central Energy Fund around issues of cogeneration and ethanol.”DTI director-general Tshediso Matona said the project will play an important role in aiding rural development.“For South Africa, it is important that an appropriate policy environment be created that would establish real markets for renewable energy products,” he said.“This will not only improve our overall carbon footprint, but will unlock substantial further investments in the sugar sector.”South African Sugar Association chairperson Martin Mohale said the markets for sugarcane-based renewable energy will create major opportunities for the South African sugar industry.The Makhathini sugar-processing facility will be commissioned in 2011 and is estimated to create 1 800 direct jobs.SA sugar industryThe South African sugar sector comprises approximately 38 200 registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal, with some operations in the provinces of the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The industry produces an estimated average of 2.3-million tons of sugar per season.About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu), which includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. The remainder is exported to markets elsewhere in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Based on revenue generated through sugar sales in the Sacu region as well as world market exports, the South African sugar industry is responsible for generating an estimated average income of R7-billion ($700 000) a year.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] Related articlesGreen charcoal to save forestsSA delves into carbon storage 2009 – the Year of Natural FibresUseful linksSouth African Sugar AssociationDepartment of Trade and Industry Engineering Newslast_img read more

Nutrient losses from burning of corn residues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There have been a number of combine fires reported around the state this fall, which can easily turn into larger fires in the dry fields.When corn residue burns, how much nitrogen (N) just went up in smoke? N is volatilized and lost when plant material burns.Phosphorus and K remain and return to the ground with ash. However, P and K could be lost if ash is blown away from the field during or after the fire. Fire damage in a field is usually variable in scale. Not all material is completely turned to ash, and rarely is the entire field burned (from one end to another). Understanding what was burned and how much area was affected has an impact on the total amount of N lost. The amount of N contained in corn residue has been well documented from the late 60s and clearly delineated by John Sawyer at Iowa State ( To estimate how much N was lost, the grain yield level for the previous year must be considered. The harvest index (in corn, the ratio of grain weight to total plant dry weight) is another piece of information that must be known (if unknown — assume 0.5).  Providing a relatively accurate measure of the area affected is obviously important. Additionally, recognizing the residue remaining and adjusting the material burned can provide a more quantitative measure of the actual damage (if this is unknown assume 100%). The table below provides a simple estimate of N lost based on the previous year’s corn yield (assuming a harvest index of 0.5 and yield adjusted to 15.5% moisture). Remember, the N contained within the corn residue would not have been released and made plant available for next season’s crop. Yield  (bu/A) N  lost  (lb/A)12040 130 44 140 47 150 50 160 54 170 57 180 60 190 64 200 67Along with the loss of N, carbon contained in the plant material is lost as well.  It would have been incorporated into the soil organic fraction. This too has value. While there is no specific dollar amount tied directly to a loss of organic matter, an Iowa State University article recommends that one dollar per acre should be claimed. Unfortunately, the economic impact associated with the loss of residue cannot be fully realized until later, especially in fields with high erosion potential.last_img read more

Twitter Adds Much-Needed Developer Relations Manager & Developer Events

first_imgThe stormy relations between Twitter Inc. and the sprawling developer community that surrounds it may have taken a big turn for the better. Longtime developer relations manager at Google and Facebook Jason Costa announced on the Twitter developers email list today that he has joined Twitter as the company’s Developer Relations Manager. “I’ll be 100% focused on ensuring the best possible developer experience for those looking to build on the Twitter Platform,” Costa wrote.On paper at least, Costa looks like the ideal candidate: He’s got a BS in Computer Science from USC, an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from MIT, he was a Technical Programs Manager on Google products and APIs for 4 years and most recently he was at Facebook working on that site’s mobile product. The first initiative Costa has begun discussing is a number of on-site developer events.Costa, who is (probably) not to be confused with the melodic death metal drummer of the same name, remains close to prominent developers at Google, according to a Klout analysis of his Twitter conversations.Twitter Needs Developer Love AgainTwitter saw a wave of upset developers when the company appeared to announce last month that Twitter clients were no longer something developers should build. It’s been a year this month since Twitter’s first big developer conference, Chirp. No new Chirp has been announced, but Costa said today that a small event will be announced soon and more events will be discussed soon.Developer relations at Twitter are extremely important because the service represents a historically unprecedented combination of scale, humanity, speed, effective social engineering and open data. As pressure from investors and egomaniacal celebrities mounts, many people in the larger community worry that Twitter will sell out the geeks that helped make it what it is today. Hiring a developer relations manager is a good step towards preserving the viability of the platform. Hopefully it’s not too late. These ought to be early days. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img Tags:#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Tea association counters Oxfam report on labour rights violation in Assam

first_imgThe Indian Tea Association (ITA) has countered an Oxfam report on plantation labour rights violation, saying it left out the share of the price paid to a producer providing employment to the workers as well as the non-cash component of their wages.Oxfam, a confederation of 20 NGOs focussing on the alleviation of global poverty, a week ago published a report on “Addressing the human cost of Assam Tea – an agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”.The study by Oxfam India and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on interviews with 510 plantation labourers in 50 tea estates across Assam, said that the workers earned ₹137-167 despite working for over 13 hours a day.The study also said supermarkets and tea brands in India “typically capture over two-thirds of the price paid by consumers for Assam tea in India – with just 7.2% remaining for workers on tea estates”.In a letter to Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar on Wednesday, ITA secretary general Arijit Raha said Oxfam’s study came to conclusions on issues based on findings in some tea gardens that did not reflect the true picture of the industry.“The study has drawn reference through an illustration on how much of the price consumers pay for tea is received by the worker. The analysis, regrettably, has left out the share of the price being paid to the producer organisations providing employment to the workers,” Mr. Raha said.The Oxfam report, the ITA added, ought to have addressed critical concerns of the tea producers such as institutionalising the norm for sustainable sourcing for teas above the cost of production.Mr. Raha said the ITA gardens adhered to the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation and that of the Ministry of Labour’s Inter-Ministerial Committee (2003) for bearing 50% of the social and infrastructural cost under the Plantation Labour Act.The ITA pointed out several errors in the study. “Your researcher has erred in mentioning (that the management provides) 5kg (of food grains to the workers) per family. It is actually 5 kg per person per family per month,” the letter said, adding that this was in addition to what the government provided under the National Food Security Act.The ITA said Oxfam exaggerated the working hours of plantation workers by saying they slogged for 13 hours or more. None in plucking worked more than seven hours a day, it said.The tea body also countered the Oxfam report on the health and education fronts. Most tea garden managements have hospitals offering free medicines and ambulance services to workers within an estate while tea garden primary schools cover 83% of the children.“Generalising based on such facts harms the reputation of the industry and its workers and also tarnishes the image of Indian tea, which has a pride of place in the world,” Mr. Raha said.last_img read more