first_imgCRIME ALERT: Gardaí are appealing for information following the theft of machinery worth over 50,000 at the weekend.A Hitachi ZX130 digger was stolen from McGrory’s Brae at the road-works just outside Ballybofey. Workers at the construction site made the discovery when they returned to work this morning after the Bank Holiday weekend.At the moment they are unsure as to when the theft took place as it could’ve occurred anytime between Friday night and this morning.Gardaí are surveying the scene now as they begin their investigations into the crime.A Hitachi ZX130, a rock hammer and FOUR buckets were all taken during the raid. The digger which was stolen had Lynch Bros and North-West plant hire stickers on it.Workers at the site estimate the machinery taken was worth around €50,000.If anyone has any information and seen any suspicious or suspect behaviour in and around the area over the weekend then please contact 086 831 1766 or go to your nearest Garda station.  CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER THEFT OF MACHINERY WORTH €50,000 was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:000crimeDIGGERGardainewstheft€50last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 4

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The water canal and vineyards in Keimoes.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: An old mill wheel in Keimoes.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Melkstroom Farm produces a variety of grapes including the Rubi Cabernet, known for its resistance to heat and the good quality red wine it produces. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Melkstroom Farm produces a variety of grapes including the Rubi Cabernet, known for its resistance to heat and the good quality red wine it produces.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The picturesque vineyards on the Melkstroom farm.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sunflower field in full bloom in the VaalHarts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sunflower field in full bloomin the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Centre-pivot irrigation on a farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Peanuts (groundnuts) ready for packing at the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 4: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

President Zuma discloses HIV status

first_img26 April 2010 South African President Jacob Zuma, launching the country’s HIV Counselling and Testing campaign on Sunday, announced that he was HIV-negative – while stressing that people’s results always remained private and confidential. Zuma, who took his own HIV test on 8 April to promote the campaign, said he had chosen to disclose his status in order to give leadership, not to put pressure on South Africans to do the same. “Anyone’s HIV status is private and confidential. Disclosure is an individual decision,” Zuma said at the campaign launch at Natalspruit Hospital in Ekurhuleni. “After careful consideration, I decided to share my results with all South Africans. The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic. “We will not win the war against Aids if we engage in witch-hunts against people and start campaigns of who is positive or negative as if this was a game. It is a serious matter,” Zuma said. “This was my fourth test, as I have decided to take the test at regular intervals. I encourage all to do the same.” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane were the first to get tested on Sunday, with councilors, religious and traditional leaders also joining the queue to get tested. Eighty cubicles from government and the private sector were made available for the general public who wanted to get tested for HIV, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure and other diseases. Motsoaledi said the government was ready for the campaign. “I’ve sent letters to all hospital CEOs and all leaders in various sectors asking them to take the lead and get tested. I’ll also send letters to all councilors and news editors asking them to be the first ones to take the test.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New program to verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new industry-recognized credentialing system will verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in specific areas of agriculture as they work toward their diplomas.The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has announced it will provide qualifying secondary students an approved, industry-recognized credential. Once approved by the Ohio Department of Education, this credential may be paired with a workforce readiness score through WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system measuring real-world skills, as a pathway to graduation for high school students.The new program will verify students’ expertise in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness and production systems.“As part of our efforts to meet future workforce demands in agribusiness, we are excited about the opportunities this new program provides for students pursuing agricultural careers,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “OABA is proud to support students enrolled in agricultural education and FFA chapters across the state.”To be eligible for the program, a student must be enrolled in a career-technical agricultural program and complete three of the following courses, where they are engaged in learning and applying technical skills in foundational agricultural concepts:Agriculture, food and natural resourcesAnimal and plant scienceAgronomic systemsMechanical principlesLivestock selection, nutrition and management.Students are also required to complete a course in business management for agricultural and environmental systems or global economics and marketing of food. These upper-level courses test students’ knowledge of global agriculture marketing and business principles applied in agribusiness.Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) — students’ out-of-school agriculture projects — are also integral in attaining the new OABA credential. To be considered, a student’s SAE must be an entrepreneurial, placement, or research-driven project pertaining to the agriculture industry. The student must document at least 500 hours of work on their project and identify the Ohio Agricultural and Environmental Systems Career Field Technical Content Standards achieved through their SAE.For more information about the Ohio AgriBusiness Association credential, contact Margo Long at 614-326-7520 or [email protected]last_img read more

Agricultural and literary history at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The legacy of Ohio native son, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer-prize winning author, pioneer in agricultural conservation, and member of Ohio’s Agricultural Hall of Fame, is celebrated at Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas, Ohio.A somewhat obscure name today, Bromfield was a prominent celebrity and artist in the first half of the twentieth-century, gaining international acclaim for his novels. The artist earned much of his fame whilst living abroad in India and France, and when World War II came to France and Bromfield returned stateside, he purchased several farm tracts in the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County and there established and nurtured his dream farm, Malabar Farm.Upon purchase of these lands in 1939, Bromfield became somewhat disinterested in writing fiction when rejuvenating his farm and promoting new agricultural philosophies became some of his main passions and life’s works until the time of his death in 1956.In his book Out of the Earth, Bromfield said that, like much of America’s agricultural lands in the early twentieth-century, at Malabar Farm, “These hills had been corned out, farmed out, pastured out, sheeped out, and abandoned.” And he wrote in the book Pleasant Valley that he “wanted to prove that worn out farms could be restored again.”The Malabar Farm Foundation said that “Bromfield set out on a quest to restore rich fertility to Malabar Farm by applying conservation methods that were mostly unheard of or little used at that time. Bromfield shared these conservation methods with people from all over the U.S. and other countries through speaking engagements, a newspaper column, radio broadcasts, and printed materials including a series of non-fiction ‘farm’ books.”Bromfield’s writings about farm life and public advocacy for new farming techniques spurred the “New Agriculture” movement. Many of the farming techniques championed by Bromfield have become unquestioned common practice, but at the time, these concepts were largely untried and unfamiliar. Bromfield writes in Pleasant Valley that he is an advocate of “contour plowing, terrace ditches, cover crops, strip-cropping, fencing cattle out of wooded areas, disk-plowing, reforestation, farm ponds.”Bromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies. The farm was also used by the government to test soil conservation practices. Bromfield states in Pleasant Valley that he sees Malabar Farm as a “pilot farm” for certain government programs: “demonstration farms privately operated upon which sound conservation practices are used have proved strikingly effective as examples, more effective than pamphlets, books, or even government experimental stations, for on them neighboring farmers are able to see unmistakably the gainful aspect of proper soil and forestry practices.”Clearly, this beautiful farm in the hills of Richland County served several purposes and was more than just a bucolic retreat for a wealthy writer. Contemporary Ohio author Gene Logsdon rightly noted that there were two sides to Bromfield: the reflective writer/farmer and the exuberant, famous, socialite entertainer who used Malabar Farm to host extravagant galas for rich and powerful Hollywood and political elite; additionally, he was visited at the sprawling property by throngs of fans. Bromfield was a showman and his farm was his “showplace.”In its heyday, Malabar Farm was known as “The Most Famous Farm in America.” And indeed, visitors to Malabar Farm State Park see the life and passions of Louis Bromfield showcased for them over the course of an afternoon’s visit. A few short hikes and a couple of naturalist-led tours give visitors insights into Bromfield’s farm life, family life, and star-studded social life.Parts of this state park remain a working farm (as per the Bromfield family’s stipulation when the property was transferred to the state in 1972) and an inexpensive farm tour ($3 per person) on a tractor-pulled wagon ride takes visitors around the beautiful croplands and pastures of the park, where they hear about Bromfield’s agricultural mission and learn about his legacy from a well-informed park naturalist. Meticulously cared for barns and outbuildings, some of which continue to house livestock, dot the grounds, adding to the pastoral feel of this state park. In the gift shop, patrons can purchase select cuts of beef from Malabar Farm cattle and fresh vegetables can still be bought in season from the quaint, shaded produce stand and natural spring that Bromfield himself used to peddle his goods.The Big House, the Bromfield family’s opulent and artful 32-room “farmhouse,” can be toured for $5 per person. While discussing Bromfield’s biography, a naturalist takes group tours through the home, which remains much the same as it would have been at the time of the Bromfield’s residence there. The Big House features unique room design, architecture, and artwork, as well as beautiful views of the farm and countryside from the comfortable studies, libraries, and rooms that were once graced by all of Hollywood’s top stars (Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married and honeymooned here, for example). The tour is a lesson in worldly luxury and country charm.For a meal, folks can dine at Malabar Farm Restaurant or pack a picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed in a large, quiet picnic area back in the woods or at the picnic tables by the Visitor’s Center, which has several exhibits devoted to natural history and Bromfield’s agrarian vision. For those wanting to stretch their legs, Malabar Farm has several hiking trails that wind through the hilly, sometimes rocky terrain surrounding the farm, which is just a stone’s throw away from popular Mohican State Park. There is also a seven-mile bridle trail that rings the park and a primitive horseman’s campground and a B&B-style hostel, should visitors want to stay the night.After a trip to Bromfield’s old stomping grounds and a perusal of the author’s books about MalabarBromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies.Farm (which are all available at the gift shop), his profound respect for the farmer and his deep love of the Ohio countryside become clear. Louis Bromfield was a defender of the farmer, a champion of wise use agriculture, and a promoter of the pastoral ideal who believed, from a literary standpoint, “a man writes better in the country.”Throughout Bromfield’s literary canon, he depicts the job of farming as the most honorable and inspiring of professions. In Bromfield’s literature, the farmer is a timeless figure of almost heroic importance that possesses keen insight and intellect.“Rarely does the good farmer long for any immortality better than the rich fields he has left behind him and the healthy, intelligent children who will carry on his work and his name,” Bromfield says in Out of the Earth. “There is in all the world no finer figure than a sturdy farmer standing, his feet well planted in the earth, looking over his rich fields and his beautiful shiny cattle. He has a security and an independence unknown to any other member of society, yet, unlike the trapper or the hunter, he is very much a part of society, perhaps its most important member.”A pilgrimage to Bromfield’s pastoral estate is a venture rich in agricultural and literary history. More information about Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm State Park can be found at read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi, 2 others sent to judicial custody till May 18

first_imgA special court in Delhi on Wednesday sent former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others to 14 days in judicial custody.Kalmadi had been arrested by the CBI on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the award of CWG contracts.The court sent Kalmadi to Tihar Jail along with CWG organising committee joint director general (sport) A.S.V. Prasad and deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal till May 18 as the CBI said that some important witnesses were yet to be examined.Kalmadi, Lal and Prasad were arrested on April 25 for allegedly flouting norms in the awarding of the CWG contract for Timing Scoring Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm. The next day, the court remanded them in CBI custody for eight days. But on the expiry of remand, the CBI did not ask for an extension.During the hearing, Kalmadi’s counsel alleged that there was a breach of fundamental rights during the arrest of the former organising committee chief.He argued that Kalmadi was produced in court more than 24 hours after his arrest in violation of law. The memo of arrest said Kalmadi was taken into custody at 10.30 am but the paperwork was completed by 4.30 pm.It was said that the media knew about the arrest in advance and that when the CBI arrested Kalmadi, there appeared to be no motive to interrogate him. The counsel said Kalmadi was not asked a single question before the arrest.However, on the media reporting the impending arrest, the judge said it was merely a prediction.advertisementlast_img read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Hazard looking forward to magnificent game against Brazil

first_imgBelgium captain Eden Hazard is looking forward to going head-to-head with Brazil at the quarter-finals of the World Cup on FridayRoberto Martinez’ side produced a stunning comeback in the final 30 minutes of their last-16 tie against Japan to go from 2-0 down to claim a famous 3-2 win with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to book a place in the last eight of the competition against Brazil.In wake of their thrilling victory on Monday, Hazard admitted that he is looking forward to the prospect of facing the five-time winners.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When it comes to the match on Friday, it is going to be magnificent because playing against Brazil is always amazing as a football player,” said the 27-year-old, as stated on Punchng.“We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match.”Belgium became the first side since Portugal in 1966 to come back from two or more goals down to win a World Cup knockout stage match within 90 minutes.last_img read more

Huddersfield to redevelop training complex

first_imgPremier League club Huddersfield has announced an investment of £20million to redevelop their Canalside training complex.Huddersfield were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, and they are hoping to upgrade their training base “to the highest of Premier League standards” in 2020.Huddersfield said on their official website: “The redevelopment represents a major investment in the club’s facilities and the community, with an estimated £15million to £20million committed to the project by chairman Dean Hoyle and the board of directors,”“The new plans, which are timetabled to be completed in time for the 2020/21 pre-season, will create a new level of elite sports environment for Huddersfield Town’s first team and academy.”Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Julian Winter was pleased with plans. He said: “We’re delighted that, after some very hard work from several parties, we’ve reached the stage to be able to reveal our provisional plans for PPG Canalside to our supporters.“It’s been fantastic to see the response to the initial announcement and to hear directly from fans in the early stages of our consultation process. It’s clear that they all understand how important these plans are to the long-term, sustainable success of their football club.“This represents a very significant investment from the Chairman and the football club in turning PPG Canalside into an elite sports environment. We’re a Club that prides itself on developing players and this state-of-the-art training complex will be a huge asset to the technical staff in that goal.”last_img read more