first_imgBeidh Dinnear Chinn Bliana CLG Gaoth Dobhair 2013 ar suil sa clubtheach ar an 8ú Feabhra, costas ticead €30.Cuir scairt ar Louise ar 0872212512 le ticead a chuir san aireamh go luath.GAA: NÓTAÍ GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NÓTAÍ GHAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

Forget the busway – explore the bike path

I flew along the path at 12, 13 mph, exhilarated. I wanted to kiss the genius who had greenlighted the plan for the bike path – until I hit the first stoplight, that is. The folks from the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition that I met last Saturday were right: The pedestrian buttons on the signal poles are designed for pedestrians, and are simply too far away from the curb cuts for a cyclist to reach them easily. The lights also take forever to change. That was a problem for Eric Foxman, 54, of West Hills, who took time out this particular morning for a bike ride before work. “You spend as much time sitting as you do riding,” he complained. Averaging 22 mph on his bike, he couldn’t possibly keep pace with the bus and catch all the green lights in time. The pathway was nice and smooth, but with all the stops, “it’s not much of a workout,” he said. Around Balboa Boulevard, the bike path abruptly ended. No problem, I had a map in my backpack. Or did I? No, I apparently had left it in my car. The Balboa Station was no help – the map showed only the bus route, not the bike path, and while I had spotted plenty of MTA employees at other stations, there were none here. On a hunch, I continued along Victory Boulevard, and was relieved to see bike path markings painted on the sidewalk. But along about White Oak, the markings ended again. Ah, but there was a bike lane on the street I could take … Great. Riding on White Oak in rush-hour traffic is not my idea of fun, but I managed to find the bike path again at Oxnard. Note to MTA: More signage would help. The bikeway abruptly ended again at Variel. I looked to the south: No bike lane. I looked to the west: just a sidewalk. But I knew the terminus of the Orange Line was just two blocks away on Owensmouth, so I forged on. After dodging a few low-hanging branches, I pulled into the Warner Center station at 9:30 a.m. Total distance: 15 miles. Total ride time, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 25 seconds. Average speed: 10.7 mph, with a maximum speed of 16 mph. Not bad, but nothing that was going to keep Lance Armstrong awake at night. Now I needed to get back to my car. Buying the one-way ticket from one of the machines was a cinch. Getting the bike on the bus – not so much. The bus’s bike racks were a mystery. I found a pin I was supposed to pull and two hooks with instructions like “put the wheel in A.” Which wheel? Where’s A? I was baffled. An older gentleman wheeling a bike with a flat tire was baffled. An MTA employee shouted encouragement from the curb, but the bus pulled away, leaving me clinging to a strap, still confused. I attempted to work the origami-like device for two more stops, then gave up and just sat down with the bike leaning against me. The ride was a little jouncy, but smooth enough that I wasn’t in danger of impaling myself on the handlebars. The ride back to North Hollywood took exactly 40 minutes. As I settled back into the comfortable seat, I realized suddenly that I didn’t have to think. I could just relax and breathe. After a few years, a car commute becomes routine, but you can never quite relax – you have to always be on your guard for the idiot in the Infiniti who pulls into your lane without signaling, the moron in the SUV talking on the cell phone, the flying tire tread from the semi in front of you that takes out your front headlight. But not on the bus. Maybe it was the endorphins, but I felt a Zen-like calm drift over me. I pondered all the people who think they’re too good for mass transit, and thought: Suckers. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – I’m no Lance Armstrong, which made me the right person to ride the bike path that parallels the 14-mile Orange Line busway, which opened this week between North Hollywood and Warner Center. If I could do this, anyone could. The task itself got off to a rocky start. I’d strapped my bike to a rack on the trunk of my car for the trip to the MTA’s North Hollywood Station, where I arrived at 7:20 a.m. to find the parking lot full. I eventually found a two-hour spot on the street, then had to spend a couple of minutes finding the start of the bike path. That’s because the first two miles aren’t a path at all, but a bike lane along Chandler Boulevard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fortunately, it’s a nice, wide bike lane, and I didn’t feel the slightest bit threatened by the traffic whizzing by. The actual bike path materialized at Ethel Avenue, and I was instantly charmed. To my left, separated by a green fence, I could see the busway. To my right was a sculptured soundwall. The smooth asphalt path ahead of me was completely empty, and the air was fresh and crisp, like champagne. I met Walter Boge, 84, of Sherman Oaks, who said he and his wife had ridden the Orange Line bus last Saturday and had liked it. He had since incorporated the route’s jogging path into his morning walk. ‘`I go 20 minutes, a half-hour – that’s enough for an old man like me,” he joked. “It’s kind of pretty, although the wall blocks out the view a little, but the landscaping is coming along.”

SA wine back on growth track

first_img7 January 2008South African wine exports are on the rise again, reflecting a 16% volume increase for the first 11 months of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006, says Wines of SA CEO Su Birch, commenting on the latest data from industry body SAWIS.Birch expects exports for the full year to exceed the 300-million litre mark, which would be a record for the country.Confident of continued growth this year despite the highly competitive nature of the international market, Birch is projecting an increase in export volumes of at least 6%. “Although a conservative estimate, all indications are that the temporary setback in sales experienced in 2006, when volumes dropped some 5% on 2005, is now well and truly behind us.”Another positive trend, Birch adds, is that the country’s global reach has widened, significantly diversifying risk. “Whereas five years ago, 72% of our packaged exports went to just the UK and the Netherlands, the net has widened so that the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the US currently account for 70% of total export volumes.”She says that with the exception of the Netherlands, where sales are characterized by heavy discounting, all other major markets have shown sound growth in demand for local packaged wines. “In the Netherlands, we are currently addressing the higher-priced segment of the market, where margins are more attractive for producers, and we are advising local wineries to move their focus away from extreme value business.“The UK remains our biggest export destination, where we have reversed the negative trend of the past two years. Not only are packaged wines showing a growth of 6% but we are growing ahead of the market’s 4%, which means we should begin to increase market share again from next year. We are also particularly heartened by the fact that much of this growth is taking place in the more premium segment of the market.”South Africa has also succeeded in retaining three trademarks on the UK multiple grocers’ Top 20 list of bestsellers – Kumala, FirstCape and Namaqua.Birch says Wines of South Africa is continuing to pursue opportunities to grow profitable trading relationships, not only among the multiple grocers but by giving greater attention to the independent retailers and the on-consumption channel.Sweden has become South Africa’s second biggest market for packaged wine. “We are now number two in Sweden, behind market leader Australia,” says Birch. “The entire Scandinavian bloc offers very exciting potential. We have shown double-digit growth not only in Sweden, but also Denmark and Finland, and we haven’t even begun to tap Norway.”One of the strongest growth markets has been Germany, where volumes have jumped over 40%. According to Wines of SA’s representative in Germany, Petra Mayer, South Africa is now the fifth biggest supplier of imported wines to the country, up from ninth position in 2000.Another star performer is Canada, with Quebec proving a fast-growing market for South African producers, historically most active in Ontario. Volumes to Quebec grew 76% to reach sales of 175 000 cases with a value of CAN$22-million in the 12 months to September.Local wineries not already in this market are being urged also to develop a presence in Quebec, which accounts for 40% of Canada’s total wine consumption. All four provinces have upped their purchases of local wines, says Wines of SA’s representative in Canada, Laurel Keenan, with total volumes for Canada up 11%.Exports to the US are over 9% higher on last year.Russia also offers excellent opportunities, Birch believes. After an initial foray by Wines of SA earlier this year, sales have risen fourfold on a year ago, albeit off a low base, and there is widespread optimism for further market penetration.Birch does, however, sound a note of caution. “With exports of red wines growing at nearly three times the rate of whites, we could be experiencing shortages of reds by 2010. As it is, there are currently some shortages of certain white cultivars, notably Sauvignon Blanc.“Although shortages might mean higher prices for grape suppliers, the situation will not be to the advantage of our industry. South Africa is still a very young exporter in global terms, and to be unable to meet market demands could make us vulnerable.”Source: read more

Seed Consultants celebrates 25 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Based in Washington Court House, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox and today has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes.“Seed Consultants has experienced tremendous growth over our first 25 years,” said Daniel Call, the general manager. “We are grateful to our customers and employees who have allowed us to experience this growth and success. We are excited to continue this growth and service to our customers over the next 25 years.”In 2000, the company built a state-of-the-art conditioning facility at its Washington Court House location with a cleaning capacity of one million units of soybeans and wheat. In 2001, SCI purchased the retail seed sales of Warner Seeds of Bradford, Ohio and entered into a long-term agreement with Warner Seeds for irrigated production of hybrid seed corn. The corn production arm, Warner Seeds and Dull Homestead, recently invested more than $3.5 million in new construction and renovation of their seed corn plants. In 2009, SCI purchased an additional warehouse in Sabina, Ohio, gaining an additional 130,000 square feet of storage space.SCI has remained focused on customer service, good business practices and values while continuing to grow the business. Seed Consultants was built on a foundation of honesty and ethical treatment of customers, and continues to live up to that legacy.SCI has committed tremendous resources to determining where hybrids and varieties are best adapted and supplying customers with elite genetics that will perform on their soils. Seed Consultants corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa varieties are selected specifically for the eastern Corn Belt’s unique soil types and growing conditions. Since 2008, SCI is the only eastern Corn Belt based seed company with four national and 31 state winners in the NCGA Yield Contest. On average, SCI annually plants more than 45,000 yield plots at 75 research locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.last_img read more

OSU students named national scholarship recipients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Samantha Wander from Bellville and Leah Schwinn of New London, were scholarship winners at Commodity Classic.The National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored college students from around the country with scholarships at Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans.This year, the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, again provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.Scholarship recipients included Leah Schwinn of New London, Ohio, a junior studying agricultural communications and human animal interactions at The Ohio State University. She wants to get her doctorate in occupational therapy.“We got to see a little bit of New Orleans and to network with all of the different agricultural companies that are here at Commodity Classic. It has been a pretty great experience,” Schwinn said.  “Last summer I interned with the AgrAbility program at Ohio State and I got to see how they worked with people in the ag industry who have been injured or have some sort of medical setback. I got to work with them on the communications end of things and in the future I’d like to work more on the medical side of things.”In addition, Samantha Wander from Bellville, an Ohio State University freshman in agriscience education, received one of the national scholarships from NAWG and BASF.“I’d like to be a high school teacher, possibly in an urban area where I can help kids get a grip on what agriculture is and help to change some of the misperceptions they may have about agriculture,” Wander said.“NCGA is pleased to partner with BASF to offer this scholarship opportunity to another crop of outstanding students,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA President. “Our legacy depends on encouraging the next generation to embark on careers in agriculture.”For more information on the scholarship program, click here.“Fostering a successful, sustainable future for agriculture is the catalyst behind BASF’s Crop Protection business,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, North America, BASF. “The future starts with bright minds, and helping young individuals venture toward a career in agriculture is important to BASF.”last_img read more

DOD’s Demographics Reports: What Public Documents and Data Can Tell Us | Part 2

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 30, 2018. Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberLast month we focused on the wealth of information found in data and reports made publicly available by the Department of Defense.  We discussed how the 2016 Demographics Report provides both general information as well as more specific details that might be of use to those working with military families.  In this blog, we consider some of the information that DOD provides to Congress on an annual basis.  These reports help to shed light on priorities and efforts that have been made in such areas as family readiness and support.What Can We Learn from the DoD’s Annual Report?One very helpful resource is the DOD’s Annual Report to the Congressional Committees on the Department of Defense Policy and Plans for Military Family Readiness.  With such a long title, we’ll call it the Family Readiness report for short. A wide range of topics are covered, touching on many of the topics that we explore and share in the Military Families Learning Network.  This includes such topics as child care, education, personal finance, and individual and family life.  A review of recent reports reveals some following facts and figures:In 2016, there were about 1.1 million kids in active duty military families ranging from newborns all the way up to 22 years of age (page 3). About 75 percent of these kids were under the age of 12 (page 3). Contrary to popular perception, most families do not live on military installations. In 2014, almost 3 out of 4 families lived “outside the gate” (page 4).Just by taking these three pieces of information together, we gain a better understanding of some of the priorities in connecting families to resources and challenges in taking into account access to resources.  Those interested and engaged in family support functions are able to gain a clearer picture of how families might be dispersed across communities and that access and availability to services may vary by location.  This also helps us to understand the DOD’s priorities, outlined in the 2016 Family Readiness report, in forging links to community-based organizations and in providing more online reference and support services.The DOD recognizes the importance of providing support to families with special needs in terms of health care and/or educational accommodation.  Each year, the DOD’s Office of Special Needs (OSN) issues its Annual Report to the Congressional Defense Committees on the Activities of the Office of Special Needs.  We’ll call this the OSN Report for short and it provides important insights on trends and actions.Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Trends:In these reports, you will learn about trends and developments with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).  Each service branch operates an EFMP with the OSN providing support and promoting the development of standardized and best practices across the branches.  The most recent OSN report notes that there are now about 120,000 EFMP family members across the services.  Recent reports illustrate the attention that is being given to various EFMP functions.  One area of emphasis is in family support.  This includes non-clinical case management for families and the development of tools to better coordinate access to care and services. We also learn that families have voice in OSN efforts through the DOD Advisory Panel on Community Support for Families with Special Needs.Knowledge is Crucial in Helping Us Understand and PlanThese and other reports offered by DOD are helpful resources providing data and facts – as well as explanatory context. I always tell my students “go to the source.”  The relative ease in accessing these documents online makes this an easy journey.last_img read more

Absence Makes the Heart Go Wander

first_imgFor all the talk of relationship selling being dead, I am still long human relationships. Your best relationships are based on your ability to create value, no doubt. But they are relationships nonetheless, and relationships require proper care and feeding.Other than an inability to create value, nothing destroys relationships faster than your absence. A lack of presence is a liability when it comes to relationships. It’s neglect.Absence does not make the heart grow fonder. Absence makes the heart go wander.If you don’t invest in your client relationships, know that someone else will. If you aren’t willing to have a presence, to give the relationship its proper care and feeding, and continually create value, you can bet that your competitor will. Here are three commands for preventing a wandering heart in your client contacts.Maintain a Presence: Long periods of absence are felt as neglect. Long periods without communication make your client feel that they are being ignored. The maintenance of relationships requires an investment of time. Relationships require your presence. The best way to maintain a presence is by using your calendar to plan your relationship building. Make a list of the relationships you need to maintain, and schedule the sales calls you need to make at least one quarter in advance. Then make your presence felt.Prove That You Care: Your clients need to know that you care about them. They need to know that you are thinking about them and their business. Proving that you care requires an investment of time, but the unexpected follow up call to ensure that things are going well (or the unexpected thank you card) indicates that you care. It proves you are thinking about your client. Make the calls. Send the thank you cards. Do something. Prove that you care.Move From Value Creation to Value Creation: Relationships are based on value creation. It’s not enough just to have a friendly relationship with your clients. You have to bring business results. You have to bring them new ideas. Preventing your clients from having a wandering heart means moving from value creation to value creation, never becoming complacent, never resting on your laurels. Sales is the fashion business. Make a list of ideas that you and your clients can implement together over the next four quarters. Share these initiatives with your clients during your meetings. They give you a reason to have a presence, and it’s a reason based on value creation.Work to make the heart grow fonder, not to make the heart go wander.QuestionsWhat do relationships require in the way of care and feeding? How do you give them the proper care and feeding?What do your customers feel when you sell them something then disappear, only returning when you have something else to sell?How do you prevent your clients from feeling neglected? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Expedition to Mount Everest approved

first_imgItanagar, May 30 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Everest and Mount Nyagi Khangsang was today approved during a meeting between Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu.The meeting, chaired by Jaitley in New Delhi, was also attended by the executive council members of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), according to an official release.Established in 2013 at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, NIMAS offers training courses in adventure sports. It allows civilians to experience challenges and pursue a career in adventure sports.The first executive council meeting of the institute was held in July 17, 2013.During the meeting, it was decided that high altitude scuba diving would be introduced in the coming years besides the already existing courses like advanced mountaineering, para motor, skiing, trekking guide, water rafting, among others, the release said.The chief minister also assured to allot land to the institute for rafting, mountaineering, skiing and scuba, it said.A proposal to recruit additional staff in the institute, for mountaineering, aqua and air adventure sports, was also accepted, it added. PTI UPL AYPlast_img read more


first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected] LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

Pamela Anderson Urges India To Ban Import Of AnimalTested Cosmetics

first_imgFormer Baywatch star and Bigg Boss alum Pamela Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.That’s why Anderson has written to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to have a heart for animals and go forward with extending the animal-testing ban.In her letter, Anderson writes, “Please resist special interests and ‘dinosaur’ companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay”.If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. — No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”. A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which have already passed similar bans.“The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods”, writes Anderson. “They no longer drip substances into rabbits’ eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs’ abraded skin, spray them into dogs’ and monkeys’ faces, and force them down animals’ throats, the thought of which makes me sick.”After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sale ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals. Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA India’s successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder, who now lives in a spacious elephant park. While she was in India filming Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari. The long-time vegan also wrote to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.last_img read more