Relief as missing Derry man found safe and well

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have confirmed that missing man Aidan Baldrick (33) has been found safe and well.A widespread search took place this week to locate Mr Baldrick, who had been missing from his home in Derry since Friday 10th May.The search extended to Letterkenny after sightings of Mr Baldrick were recorded in the town on Friday evening. Gardaí reported a positive outcome to the search this Saturday afternoon: “Aidan Baldrick has been found and is safe and well. Thank you to everyone for any assistance given. Great outcome!”Relief as missing Derry man found safe and well was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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QPR chief ‘blasts Cisse’

first_imgToday’s Sun picks up on QPR chairman Tony Fernandes’ comments on Twitter immediately after Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland.Under the headline ‘Tony blasts Cisse’, it refers to Fernandes’ angry reaction to Djibril Cisse’s sending off – the striker’s second since his recent move to Loftus Road.Cisse is suspended again.Fernandes tweeted: “This is the first time I am genuinely p****d off. We have to bloody keep 11 players on the pitch.“Boy, do we make it difficult. We have eight games left, four at home, which are winnable.“It is up to the players now — we’ve done all we can. The manager can do nothing if players keep getting booked and sent off.”The Sun also include a story that Benfica winger Nico Gaitan believes Chelsea are feeling anxious ahead of their Champions League game against his side.Gaitan is quoted as saying: “I think there is an anxiety in Chelsea by the lack of goals from Torres and Drogba.“We can exploit that and even though it will be difficult to stop them, it is possible and I have confidence we will keep a clean sheet.”Several papers report Petr Cech’s comment that Chelsea failing to qualify for the Champions League would mean a “lost year” for the club.The Blues keeper added: “You always have years when you go through transition and the side needs to be rebuilt. Or you have changes in terms of managers.“For a big club, you can accept that the team does not win the league because it is in transition, but you cannot afford to slip out of the Champions League spot. The big teams are about the Champions League.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A subdued Brett Favre considers those countless concussions and calls his future ‘frightening’

first_imgAs an NFL quarterback, Brett Favre was a genius, equal parts intuition, daring and joie de vivre. You didn’t have to be a football fan per se to enjoy watching him play.It was a subdued, occasionally stammering Favre who appeared Thursday on Megyn Kelly Today.“How many concussions did you have?” Kelly asked the man who retired at 41 with the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history.“That I know of, three, four maybe,” Favre said. “But as we’re learning about concussions, …last_img

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Why Steve Kerr is resting Stephen Curry vs. Dallas

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — For nearly the past two weeks, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the team’s training staff mulled over a pressing question. When should the Warriors find a rest day for Stephen Curry?The Warriors (49-22) determined that moment will happen when they host the Dallas Mavericks (28-44) on Saturday at Oracle Arena, marking the first game of a home back-to-back …last_img

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Vredefort warns of future impacts

first_img16 August 2005“Four minutes that literally shook the world resulted in the creation of an enormous impact crater,” says Prof Uwe Reimold, professor of Mineralogy in the School of Geosciences at Wits University. “The meteorite that crashed into the earth near Vredefort in the Free State is the single greatest geological catastrophe yet uncovered on our planet.”Meteorite Impact! The Danger from Space is a new book on the Vredefort impact co-authored by Reimold and Prof Roger Gibson. The book explains how the lessons learned from the rocks around Vredefort are being used throughout the world to teach a new generation of scientists of the reality, and danger, of similar events in the future.“The book reviews more than 200 000 years of human habitation in this area of exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity,” says Reimold. The impact area, known as the Vredefort Dome, was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in July.“This history starts with the early San hunters, whose graceful art survives today on rocks formed during the impact event. The successive settlements of Sotho-Tswana, Afrikaner and British farmers are discussed, including the landmark wars that affected the region over the last three centuries.“The book also documents the rich geological, archaeological, cultural and botanical heritage presented by the Vredefort region, opening up the information to non-geoscientists. It concludes with a guide to more than 20 sites that highlight the heritage of this area, a World Heritage Site,” Reimold says.Bigger than the dinosaur killerThe Vredefort structure is the oldest and largest visible meteor impact crater in the world. At about 300km it diameter it is nearly twice the size of the Chicxulub crater, formed by the meteor impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.“The Chicxulub impact wiped out approximately 75% of all known life on Earth 65 million years ago,” says Reimold.“In the more than 2 000 million years since the formation of the Vredefort structure, water, wind and ice have slowly eroded away the original crater, exposing its roots in a series of spectacular rocks.“The outcroppings in the region around the towns of Vredefort and Parys, known as the Vredefort Dome, show the scars of the cataclysmic forces that accompanied the impact event.“The rocks, ripped from the depths of the crust by the impact, also tell a far older story that stretches back to more than 3 500 million years ago, when the first continents formed on the primitive Earth, and to the time when fabulous gold deposits accumulated on the margins of the ancient Witwatersrand sea.” Meteorite Impact! The Danger from Space and South Africa’s Mega-Impact, the Vredefort Structure by WU Reimold and RL Gibson. ISBN 1-919908-62-5. Contact Chris van Rensburg Publications on +27 11 726 4350 or visit the Johannesburg Planetarium. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Fungicide applications to late planted crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Schoenhals, Pioneer Field Agronomist in northern OhioFungicide applications to corn and soybeans is an important management practice in an “average” year, but what about in 2019, a yearJohn Schoenhals, Pioneer Field Agronomist in northern Ohioin which many corn and soybean acres were planted much later than normal? To answer this question, it is important to understand the role and function of fungicides.Leaves serve as a “factory” for the plant, collecting sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce sugars used for grainfill. Healthy leaves produce sufficient amounts of sugars to meet grainfill needs as well as support plant health.When plant diseases are present, the efficiency of this factory is reduced. If the demand for sugars is greater than what an unhealthy plant can produce, grain yield is reduced and overall plant health will rapidly decline as cannibalization of stalks takes place.When fungicide applications occur, the leaf “factory” is protected from further disease development for a period of at least two to three weeks. Fungicides don’t necessarily add bushels; rather, fungicides preserve yield potential, protecting against yield loss due to diseases. In addition, fungicides can improve harvest standability by allowing plants to remain healthy and not cannibalize stalks at the end of the season.The two corn diseases that consistently pose the greatest risk in Ohio are gray leaf spot (GLS) and northern corn leaf blight (NCLB). These diseases overwinter in residue, which provide a new source of infection every year. Other potential diseases include southern rust, when storm systems blow spores from the south, and tar spot, a relatively new disease found in northwest Ohio in 2018. Tar spot can survive in residue and likely will become a disease of increasing importance in Ohio.When considering fungicide applications to corn, scout fields to get a sense of what is already taking place. Since common pathogens survive in corn residue, no-till systems and corn-on-corn situations will be higher risk areas. In addition, determine the disease ratings of the corn hybrids you have planted, especially for GLS and NCLB. Hybrids with low resistance scores should be prioritized for fungicide applications. Most companies do not yet have scores for tar spot, but your seed supplier may be able to help you with management considerations.The ideal time to apply fungicides to corn for maximum protection is near tasseling/silking (VT/R1). Carefully read product labels, as the use of adjuvants may cause crop and ear damage. For soybeans, applications at the R3 stage, beginning pod development, will provide the best results.Pioneer has conducted over 1,400 on-farm corn fungicide trials since 2007. These studies have shown an average 8.3-bushel per acre increase in corn yields when fungicides are used, with a positive yield response 82% of the time. In soybeans, a fungicide and insecticide application has been shown to average a 5.3-bushel per acre response, with 94% positive yield results.So, with all that in mind, should fungicide applications be made to late-planted corn? As with many things, the best answer is “it depends.” Late planting means grainfill will extend through September and into October. Disease pressure is expected to be more severe due to moderate temperatures, heavy dews, and plenty of disease inoculum building throughout the season.In cases where later-planted corn has high yield potential, and especially if susceptible hybrids were planted and disease is already present, fungicide applications at the proper time will be expected to provide a positive economic response both in terms of yield and stalk quality/standability.In some cases, fungicides result in higher harvest moisture, due to improved plant health preventing premature plant death. Across Pioneer fungicide trials, fungicide resulted in an average grain moisture only 0.39% wetter than untreated. Even if moisture is greater this year due to late maturity of the crop, there are still expected advantages to fungicide applications.While 2019 continues to provide plenty of challenges for Ohio growers, well-planned fungicide applications should still be considered as part of an overall management plan for both corn and soybeans.last_img read more

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InfoWorld SOAExecForum

first_imgYesterday’s 2006 SOAExecForum held in San Francisco brought together many of the innovators leading the push towards SOA.One theme that echoed throughout many of the presentations and discussions throughout the day was the idea of “Start Small, but Think Big”.  Build a master plan and implement incrementally.  An advantage of the SOA approach is that it needn’t be adopted monolithically like an ERP system.  SOA is something that can be phased in gradually, but there was the emphasis that to do it right it needs to be done thoughtfully.  Implementations that are developed with only a single point-to-point solution in mind tend not to be implemented well for general reuse.  It’s important to take the time to design individual services in a way that promotes and encourages their reuse by future processes. The day started off with a keynote by Transamerica Life Insurance’s Jeff Gleason, Director of IT Strategies for the Annuities Products and Services Division.  Jeff outlined how he led TLI’s migration from a ‘project-based’ culture (project-based architecture, project-based tools, project-based iDEs…) into one that flows from a single overall architecture.  He preferred not to emphasize enabling technologies like WSDL, UDDI and SOAP, but rather to consider business processes and reusability.  That was a theme that many of the other presenters also echoed. The TLI approach was very methodical in creating a Business Architecture Map using tools like IBM’s Rational RequisitePro and Sun’s Composite Application Suite.  Using these tools TLI breaks down their processes into actors, business events, and business functions.  He defined events as anything that caused a change in state of the business and functions as the process that is performed due to a change in state.Jeff was followed by BEA’s Bret Dixon.  Brett pitched BEA’s AquaLogic and also presented a number of statistics from InfoWorld that showed a trend towards more wide-spread industry acceptance and a growing number of pilot projects based on SOA. Interestingly, Brett showed the results of a survey where BEA, IBM and Microsoft came out as the perceived leaders in the SOA space, with Oracle and SAP dragging behind.  The survey was across 558 large companies having 20,000 or more employees.  Neither Oracle nor SAP had a presence at the conference, so maybe the perception is correct, but it surprised me that Oracle wasn’t seen as a leader in the space.  The reason for the perception is probably because of Oracle’s strong push to be the end-to-end provider of enterprise applications like their Oracle Application Suite and their on-going Fusion project.  And there were quite a few digs throughout the day by presenters at the signature high-budget approach of monolithic ERP systems.  The audience of the survey probably pegged Oracle solely in the ERP camp, which is partly true, but on other fronts Oracle has actually been a strong promoter of both SOA and standards.Brett also saw SOA in most cases as being a technology that works well via gradual adoption.  Many enterprises adopt a “multi-phase, multi-dimensional roadmap”.  He saw very few companies approaching SOA as an ERP-like “Mega Project”.  Brett quoted the Home Depo slogan: “You can do this”.The idea of “going slow” and wisely selecting components that have strong potential for reusability fits in well with Formtek strategy.  Formtek has created services for managing and versioning Content and Documents.  Maintaining a link to content is a requirement of almost any business process.  Implementing the capability once and making it available for resuse across many processes is a smart move.Various other case study success stories were highlighted throughout the day at the conference.  These included Merrill Lynch, PG&E, Rockwell, Ameriquest Capital, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.In Jeff’s keynote, he pointed out one problem that they’re still working through is to address SOA security, in particular whether it needed to be applied at the Services Level or whether it was something that should be applied at the Composite Application Level.Throughout much of the rest of the conference, security of services came up again and again.  Somewhat surprisingly, of the roughly 15 sponsers of the event, five of them are building hardware to support SOA infrastructure and SOA security.Types of things being moved into hardware include XML parser acceleration, Security Processing, Clustering, Threat Detection (especially Denial of Service via XML threats — something that XML is very susceptible to), and Cryptography.Vendors with hardware offerings included Cisco, Intel, IBM, Layer 7 and Reactivity.  The souped up routers and hardware appliances are in effect becoming “XML Firewalls”.  The Layer 7 people, led by their Director of Architeture, Scott Morrison, seemed to have a good command of the issues.   As one of the drafters of WS-Security, Scott has unique understanding and insight into what is involved in implementing Security. Despite having been involved in the drafting of the specs, Scott see the WS-* specifications as very onerous on the application/service developer.  The many specifications are very complicated and oftentimes appear to be contradictory.  They are also still evolving and changing.  It is too much to have to ask developers to have to keep up on the details of the current services spec and to then implement the spec in their service to guarantee that the implementation complies fully with the spec and is fully interoperable with other components. Moving security out of software and into the hardware layer makes sense and guarantees a common approach when dealing with any service, no matter which vendor or group created it.   The Layer 7 offering lets application programmers program to the WSDL of the service without having to program to an intermediary that includes security concerns.last_img read more

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Canadian Firm Develops a New Rainscreen Product

first_img“When you hammer the shingles onto it, it doesn’t create a wave that you’ll often see with some of the other compressible products,” Smith said. “When you stand at the end of the wall, you won’t get that wave. Plus if you have multiple people shingling the same wall, you won’t have issues with guys nailing heavier than other guys. It doesn’t matter how hard you nail it, it doesn’t compress so you can’t over-nail it. Likewise with roofs, after you put it on you can easily walk all over it without the compressibility causing any shifting or cracking of the shingles.”Ventgrid comes in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets that weigh 8 pounds each. The sheets can be cut much like gypsum wallboard: score the sheet along the intended cut and snap it. Smith says Ventgrid is light enough that a carpenter can cut a panel on the ground, take it up a ladder, and adjust the size if the cut is off without coming back down.Panels are shipped flat, like plywood, although Smith said they have enough flexibility to be rolled or folded to get around a corner when working in a tight space.To keep ventilation spaces behind siding or roofing free from insects and other pests, Ventgrid recommends the use of a companion product called Ventrim, which also can be used with rain screens made from 3/4-inch wood furring.Ventgrid costs US $32-$36 per sheet, depending on the retailer. Distribution is limited to the eastern U.S. and Canada, although Smith said he hopes the company will find ways of pushing that farther west. Taking the wave out of wallsOne advantage over existing products used to create air gaps beneath cedar shingles, Smith said, is that Ventgrid won’t compress. Builders who like to include a vented rainscreen in exterior walls can nail up wood or plastic furring strips before installing the siding, or use a plastic mesh such as Benjamin Obdyke’s Cedar Breather under wood shingles on walls or the roof.Now they have another choice, a plastic grid called Ventgrid that can be used to create a gap under siding, roofing and flooring. First introduced in eastern Canada four years ago, it’s become available in the U.S. within the last couple of months.Ventgrid is a 1/2-inch-thick panel made from high-density polyethylene that, according to the manufacturer, won’t support the growth of mold, is easy to work with, and has several advantages over competing products already on the market. Ventgrid, made from post-consumer recycled plastic, was developed in Nova Scotia after a builder there grew frustrated with products already on the market.“One of the local builders wasn’t satisfied with what he had available to him for creating an air space behind shingles,” said Anthony Smith, one of several partners that own the company. “He conceived what would become Ventgrid, and years later we teamed up with him to actually bring it into development.”Panels are manufactured with a 2-inch square grid pattern and 1/4-inch stand-off dimples that hold the panel away from the wall, roof or slab. Ventgrid will compete in what’s becoming a crowded market.It’s not affected by UV, meaning it can be left to the weather for extended periods of time without degrading, and is unaffected by low temperatures, Smith said. As to strength, Smith said the non-compressible grid can handle compressive loads of 20,000 pounds per square foot before failing. When used under siding, each sheet has a rated vertical load capacity of 8,000 pounds, according to the manufacturer. All About RainscreensWhat’s the Best Approach for a Rainscreen?All About Wall RotA Reference Guide of Typical Rainscreen Wall and Window Details RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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ONE Championship gets cash for major growth

first_imgSityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday that ONE Championship plans to stage up to 30 events in 2018 and will financially compete to sign the world’s best fighters, all while concentrating on its primary goal of being Asia’s dominant MMA brand. To that mission, Sityodtong intends to expand the Singapore-based promotion’s reach next year into Japan, South Korea and eventually India.“Already we’re the largest martial arts organization in the history of Asia,” Sityodtong said. “All the pieces suggest that we have a big, big runway of growth ahead of us and that we’re just scratching the surface of our potential.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe growth is already visible: In the final five months of 2017 alone, ONE Championship has 11 scheduled shows spread among Macau, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar.After doing 18 events this year, Sityodtong projects 24 to 30 shows for 2018. The increase will include aggressive expansion into China, where ONE Championship is already staging events this year in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong. ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Championship has secured a major equity investment from venture capital firm Sequoia India and investment firm Mission Holdings, positioning the ascendant mixed martial arts promotion to increase its presence throughout Asia.The investment means ONE Championship has raised over $100 million in total capital less than six years after its first show, according to Chatri Sityodtong, the promotion’s chairman and CEO.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ ONE Championship already claimed it was the largest sports media property in Asia before the latest round of investment, with video programming seen in 128 countries and live shows attracting large crowds throughout the Eastern hemisphere. The promotion received capital last year from Heliconia Capital Management, which is owned by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.Sityodtong is a Harvard-educated entrepreneur and a lifelong martial artist who left a lucrative career as a hedge fund manager to start ONE Championship as a showcase for homegrown Asian martial artists. He is looking forward to utilizing Sequoia’s expertise on business expansion while he plots his still-young promotion’s next moves.“It’s been a whirlwind,” Sityodtong said. “Just six years ago, this was a PowerPoint presentation, and now we arguably have the most blue chip shareholder base for any sports property out here in Asia.”The UFC, the sport’s richest and most prominent promotion, is striving to increase its presence in Asia with shows in Singapore, Japan and China this year. UFC fights are watched avidly across Asia, and the promotion has a healthy number of fighters under contract with Asian ethnicity, but Sityodtong claims ONE Championship already has “a massive lead over the UFC” in the fight for Asian fans.“We’re very focused on Asia, with Asian content that really resonates,” Sityodtong said. “So it’s very different scale. It would be like ONE Championship coming to America with Asian heroes and trying to ignite American audiences without any Americans on a show. It’s hard to do so.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ONE Championship’s talent pool is Asian-focused, but not exclusive. Its champions include Filipino-American heavyweight Brandon Vera, Wisconsin-born welterweight Ben Askren, Brazilian light heavyweight Roger Gracie — and Angela Lee , the Canada-born, Hawaii-raised atomweight who has become one of the promotion’s most popular fighters.While ONE Championship’s roster of fighters probably doesn’t measure up to the UFC’s group on pure overall talent, Sityodtong’s promotion is about much more than blood and belts. Although he has the money to bid for top free-agent fighters alongside the UFC and Bellator, Sityodtong is more interested in creating a product that suits ONE Championship’s conception of the Asian audience’s sensibilities.“The UFC has done a wonderful job in the Western hemisphere and deserve their success, but they focus primarily on the fighting, on the violence, on controversy, on disrespect,” Sityodtong said. “You know, Conor McGregor, in your face, F-this, F-that. We’ve chosen to focus on Asian values, and that kind of stuff just doesn’t fly. ONE Championship is a true celebration of martial arts, which is Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and we want to honor the Asian values of humility, kindness, integrity, strength and discipline. So it’s a very different approach.”Sityodtong believes that cultivated, clean-cut image has the side benefit of attracting corporate sponsors and deep-pocketed partners — including Sequoia India, a branch of the famed U.S. venture capital firm that invested in Apple, Google, PayPal, YouTube, Instagram, Yahoo!, WhatsApp and countless other foundational technology companies.“ONE Championship has been a pioneer and major driving force of the martial arts industry in Asia, with surging popularity across major countries,” said Shailendra J Singh, the managing director of Sequoia Capital (India). “It has played an incredible role in nurturing local talent and developing local stars, led by a wonderful, mission-oriented team. We are delighted to join the team in their pursuit of developing the leading martial arts franchise for Asia’s 4.4 billion people.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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