first_imgA young woman who drove a man on the bonnet of her car and broke a red light has escaped with a €100 fine.Letterkenny court.Student Lisa McGinley drove her car for more than 500 yards up the Main Street of Letterkenny with the stranger on board. Ms McGinley, 20, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday after successfully completing the Pro Social Drivers Course.She was sent on the course by Judge Paul Kelly after he witnessed shocking CCTV footage of the incident which took place on October 20th, 2013.The footage showed hundreds of revellers emerging from a local nightclub and a man jumping onto the bonnet of Ms McGinley’s white Honda Civic car.The video then shows the man giving the thumbs-up to passers by as Ms McGinley carries the man on the bonnet, before breaking a red light and then pulling in at a local chip-shop.The man is then seen shaking Ms McGinley’s hand after the incident.Solicitor for McGinley, of Broomfield, Castlefin, Lifford, Mr Frank Dorrian, told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that his client had completed the course.Judge Kelly said he hoped that Ms McGinley had learned from the course.He fined her €100 for driving past a red light and agreed to dismiss all the other charges against Ms McGinley.WOMAN WHO DROVE MAN ON BONNET OF CAR ESCAPES WITH €100 FINE was last modified: May 26th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Local teams get set for top seeds

first_imgA busy week of North Coast Section playoff action continues today, with five local teams in action, including three facing the top seeds in their respective brackets.In softball, South Fork and St. Bernard’s will both travel to play No. 1 seeds, while Hoopa Valley opens its playoff campaign at home to Laytonville, and Del Norte opens at home to St. Patrick/St. Vincent.In baseball, the Ferndale boys will look to try and carry some momentum from Tuesday’s big come-from-behind win at University …last_img

Milkweed for monarchs: You want me to plant what?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Commodity Classic eve, Harold Coble, a professor emeritus from North Carolina State University, had dinner with a corn and soybean grower where he talked about his research work with milkweed. As the New Orleans dinner wound down, Coble asked the farmer if he would be willing to plant milkweed on some of the odd, unused corners of his farm.The famer sat back in his seat with raised eyebrows and crossed arms and said, “I spent two decades trying to get rid of all that milkweed and now you want me to plant it back?”In short, yes. Here’s why.Coble is working with BASF on the recently announced Living Acres initiative, a research effort focused on improving monarch butterfly habitats in high-production agricultural areas. The initiative started at the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina, with the goal of helping farmers and other land owners increase biodiversity and develop best practices for establishing and maintaining milkweed plants — a critical part of the Monarch lifecycle — in non-cropland areasNorth America has seen declining Monarch populations in recent years in part because of the loss of overwintering site habitat, changing weather patterns and the reduction in milkweed habitat. Monarchs need milkweed for summer forage and larval feeding sites, and reestablishing the plant can positively impact the population.So now, in an interesting twist of fate, Coble is researching the best way to establish milkweed to finish out his career that started out trying to eliminate it.“I started my career in late 60s looking at how to control milkweed problems in southern soybean fields. That is where it all started. I looked at more milkweed plants than I ever cared to,” he said. “Most farms have a few acres here and there and if you get a few plants started, they will take over an area.”Once established, milkweeds are fairly self sufficient, but getting them started can be a challenge. BASF research found milkweed plants are most successful when established through a planting process using root sections. Though it is common to plant milkweed by seeding, only a small number of common seeds germinate. Planting root stock or buds results in the most successful establishment.“It is kind of like planting a tomato plant. If you just spread some seeds out in the field and leave them, your BLT sandwich will be mostly lettuce and bacon,” Coble said. “Plants from root sections are much more vigorous than seedlings and will grow rapidly. They can easily reach up to six feet in height under good growing conditions.”Under a grant from BASF, Coble identified seven steps for successfully establishing milkweed in non-production areas: seed/root, pot, plant, spread, water, grow and mow. While some areas of a farm may better support milkweed stands than others, this work focuses on non-cropland areas such as ditches, roadsides, alleyways and other border areas.BASF as a company is interested in the work to benefit the appealing Monarchs and also to add biodiversity to U.S. farms.“Stewardship has always been a priority for farmers, and it is becoming even more important as a vehicle for improving biodiversity,” said Maximilian Safarpour, Ph.D., Department Head, Global Regulatory and Government Affairs for BASF. “The goal of the Living Acres research initiative is to show how modern agriculture can coexist with refuges for monarchs.”At Commodity Classic, BASF announced first-year findings from Living Acres conducted on the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The research, conducted in 2015, found that creating milkweed refuges will take an upfront investment of time, but once established it should sustain themselves year after year with minimal effort.“The solution will not happen overnight,” said Luke Bozeman, Group Leader, Field Biology for BASF. “But the effort taken to improve monarch butterfly habitats will quickly make an impact.”This, of course, all made for a very unusual dinner conversation at a certain table in a New Orleans restaurant before Commodity Classic. Watching the reaction of her husband at that dinner with Coble, the corn and soybean farmer’s wife quickly informed her fellow diners of her affinity for the beautiful monarch butterflies on the farm.“And you know what?” Coble said. “I think this year he will probably be planting some milkweed plants.”last_img read more

Assessing wheat progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On March 16 and 17, we visited our wheat trials in Clark County and Pickaway County. Both locations were at Feekes growth stage 5 (leaf sheath erect). In northwest Ohio, wheat is at green-up to Feekes growth stage 4.Generally, Feekes growth stage 6 occurs in southern Ohio during early April; however, with abnormally warm temperatures, Feekes growth stage 6 (jointing) may occur sooner. To evaluate wheat for growth stage 6 follow these steps:1- Pull, or better yet, dig up, several clusters of tillers with roots and soil from multiple locations in the field;2- Identify and select three to four primary tillers from each cluster – usually the largest tillers with the thickest stem, but size can be deceiving;3- Strip away and remove all the lower leaves (usually small and yellowish or dead leaves), exposing the base of the stem;4- Now look for the first node generally between 1 and 2 inches above the base of the stem. This node is usually seen as a slightly swollen area of a slightly different (darker) shade of green than the rest of the stem.For a video on identifying Feekes growth stage 6, see this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iukwznx4DPkGrowth stage 6 signals the beginning of stem elongation. Nitrogen should be applied by this time to maximize yield. This is also the growth stage when some herbicides can no longer be applied. For instance, herbicides such as 2,4-D, Banvel, or MCPA should not be applied after Feekes growth stage 6, as these materials can be translocated into the developing spike, causing sterility or distortion. Huskie and products containing tribenuron and thifensulfuron can be applied through Feekes stage 8, and bromoxynil can be applied until stage 9. Keep in mind that the tribenuron/thifensulfuron-containing products such as Harmony Xtra should generally be mixed with dicamba, 2,4-D or MCPA to broaden the spectrum of control, which affects how late they can be applied. The chart on page 151 of the 2016 Weed Control Guide provides a snapshot of growth stage information.You should also begin scouting for early season diseases such as Septoria and powdery mildew. However, we do not recommend foliar fungicide application this early in the season. Although some producers may be interested in tank-mixing foliar fungicides with nitrogen or herbicides, our data shows that under conditions in Ohio fungicide applications at or before jointing do not provide adequate protection of the flag leaf and the heads.last_img read more

5 iPhone Accessories You Can Buy Now—And Won’t Regret Later

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … chris mcconnell Related Posts BookBook iPhone 5 Wallet Case, $59.99This is one of those items that has permanently changed the way I do things. I could never go back to the way things were before. I’ve been using the BookBook wallet case since the iPhone 4s and it’s awesome. It’s the best implementation of a wallet/case combination I have seen, especially now that it has a camera hole for the iPhone 5 model. While there are many case/wallet combos on the market, and I have tried quite a few, the BookBook remains my favorite because it’s rugged, stylish and has a place to carry cash. The good news is that the iPhone 5S isn’t expected to change much in physical dimensions from the iPhone 5, so this seems like a safe purchase. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker, $299.95This speaker system has been around for awhile and there are plenty of competitors in the portable-Bluetooth-speaker category … so why am I bothering to recommend this Bose unit? It’s simple: The sound quality blows away any other similar speaker I have ever tested (and I’ve tested a lot). It also has an incredible design, with a foldout stand that doubles as a cover. iPhones are built to deliver content, much of it the audio variety, and this speaker makes it all sound great. I travel quite a bit and take this with me as a backup during presentations, sometimes preferring it to the sound systems provided for a small room. Many people in my office borrow this speaker from me for their own needs. It’s that good.Do you have a favorite iPhone accessory? Tags:#iPhone#iPhone 5S#iPhone accessories The iPhone, once seen as a revolutionary product that changed the face of computing, now suffers from seeming commonplace. Talk of a gold iPhone has people scoffing that gigabling matters more than gigabytes. Even so, the iPhone, for me, remains a life-enhancing product. It helps me work better, it helps me remember where I’ve been, and it helps me play. One of the biggest benefits of opting for an iPhone is the broader iPhone economy: Because of the relatively standardized size of an iPhone, there are literally thousands of iPhone accessories out there designed to mod your phone experience. Some are just plain stupid, some are over-the-top, some are fun, some are useful.See also: What To Expect From The iPhone 5SOne thing that worries iPhone owners and accessory makers alike is how a new model—like the widely expected 5S—will affect the accessories we already own. Here, I’ve decided to share with you five of the most useful iPhone accessories I have stumbled across as a tech writer. They’re all relatively affordable—and the good news is they’re futureproof, with utility that will outlast the introduction of new models. Cocoon Grid-It Organizer, $24.95This is sort of a reverse accessory. Rather than attaching to the iPhone, the iPhone attaches to the Grid-It—as do all your other add-ons. This organizational tool keeps smaller accessories (headphones, storage, etc.) easily accessible and under control. Perfect for the coffee-shop worker or business traveler. Tiltpod Keychain Tripod, $14.99I don’t know about you, but there are plenty of times I want to not just take a picture, but be in the picture. This is no longer as much of a problem thanks to the Tiltpod. This small device that cradles your phone is less dorky than holding a monopod like the iHandle. The tradeoff is that it’s a tad less versatile. You must find a tall enough surface to rest it on to get a good angle. Still, this little gadget barely adds any bulk to your keychain and will always be there when you need it. Pivot Power Mini Outlet Adapter, $24.99Only the newest homes these days come with built-in USB adapters in the wall. Our outlets simply weren’t designed for the type of power-hungry lives we all lead today. (Our descendants will wonder how we lived.) Enter this handy little adapter that doubles the plugs of any outlet it encounters and adds two USB ports. Great for an office, bedroom, kitchen or for throwing in your travel bag. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva to release Holgate for loan

first_imgEverton boss Silva to release Holgate for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is ready to release Mason Holgate for loan.The Mirror says Everton are considering letting Holgate leave on loan in January.The 22-year-old is down the Goodison Park pecking order under new manager Marco Silva.Everton favour a six month move over a full-time switch unless a big offer comes their way.Fulham, Derby County and Sheffield United are all considering their positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right time

first_imgWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right timeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Holland striker Wim Kieft believes Ajax will be facing Real Madrid just at the right time.The two teams will meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.After Madrid’s defeat at home to Real Sociedad, Kieft said: “The way Real Madrid plays … There is no tempo, there is no joy in playing, there is no willingness, it always starts with willingness.”If you see with what ball pace is played by Real Madrid, then it is for Ajax to hope that they can match this level, because then you have a very good chance.”Real Madrid are painful to watch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season target

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn insists a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We ­definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger squad is ­something the ­club and the manager have progressively changed. We’re a fresh, athletic team and that’s the way the manager wants us to play – fast, pressing high and with energy. The manager is very enthusiastic.“It’s really good to see and I think it rubs off on the lads. It’s ­infectious.“It’s big for the fans as well, they want to see a team with ­enthusiasm, desire and he definitely forces that on us, makes us show it and provide it on the pitch for the fans.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoBrighton youngster Steven Alzate called into Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton youngster Steven Alzate called into Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton youngster Steven Alzate has been called into the Colombia under-23 squad for two friendlies.Head coach Arturo Reyes included Alzate in his list for fixtures against Peru on October 10 and 13 in Lima.Alzate was born in London of Colombian parents, reports The Argus.He has made no secret of the fact that he would love to play international football for Colombia. last_img

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Jan. 15———POLICE SAY HIJAB-CUTTING DIDN’T HAPPEN: A Toronto police investigation has concluded that an incident reported by an 11-year-old girl who claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school did not happen. The alleged incident, which was reported on Friday, made international headlines and drew public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario’s premier and Toronto’s mayor. On Monday, police said their investigation concluded with no charges laid and no consequences for the girl.———HAWAII NUKE-ALERT FIASCO UNLIKELY HERE: The possibility of an incoming nuclear warhead from a country such as North Korea is hardly uppermost in the minds of Canadian emergency management authorities. The weekend fiasco in Hawaii, where residents and tourists spent 40 agonizing minutes expecting an incoming strike based on an erroneous alert, has highlighted a preparedness gap in Canada, where references to a nuclear attack are conspicuous by their absence. Nor does Canada yet have the kind of system that helped quickly spread the faulty alert — attributed to someone pushing the wrong button during a test.———RUSSIA JOINS CHINA IN SLAMMING VANCOUVER NORTH KOREA MEETING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the decision not to invite China and Russia to a meeting on North Korea that will be held in Vancouver on Tuesday. But he does concede that the two countries will be integral to resolving the stand-off over North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. Trudeau made the remarks in an interview Monday with The Canadian Press after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov piled onto criticism of the meeting, which China slammed last week as potentially harmful to the prospects for peace.———TRUDEAU ABORTION COMMENTS RAISE IRE OF U.S. RIGHT: Justin Trudeau’s comments on abortion are raising the ire of the U.S. right wing. The prime minister’s suggestion that anti-abortion groups were out of line with Canadian society triggered criticism in the country next door — where abortion remains a subject of mainstream political debate and is a central issue in the struggle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court. One former Trump White House staffer tweeted: “This man is reprehensible.”———CRANBERRIES SINGER DOLORES O’RIORDAN DEAD AT 46: Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries who split her time between Ireland and a remote town in Ontario, has died at 46. Publicist Lindsey Holmes says O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available. O’Riordan frequently talked about how she enjoyed visiting Ontario. Whether it was riding a Sea-Doo or a snowmobile she was known for exploring the great outdoors.———QUEBEC POLICE BEEF UP COLD CASE SQUAD: Quebec provincial police are significantly increasing the number of officers assigned to its cold case squad. The force intends to add up to 25 more employees to the five-person unit in the coming months, with a focus on unsolved cases involving women and children. Lt. Martine Asselin explained that regular investigators often have to respond to breaking crimes or urgent cases, meaning unresolved killings head to the back burner.———LAC-MEGANTIC JURORS ON DAY 5 OF DELIBERATIONS: Jurors in the Lac-Megantic criminal negligence trial have asked the judge their first questions since being sequestered last Thursday. During their fifth day of deliberations Monday, the jurors requested a dictionary and clarifications on various judicial matters. Jurors are deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre. The three are charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after an oil-laden runaway train on July 6, 2013 derailed and exploded in the small town.———KEVIN GLENN FIRST PLAYER TO DO FULL CIRCUIT OF CFL: Kevin Glenn’s trek through the CFL is now complete. The veteran quarterback signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, making him the first player in CFL history to be picked up by every team in the league during his career. Glenn envisioned achieving the milestone by signing a one-day contract with Edmonton, then retiring. But the 38-year-old Detroit native will provide depth behind incumbent Mike Reilly, the CFL’s outstanding player last season.———RATE HIKE MAY FURTHER SLOW HOME SALES: Economists say Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 if a rumoured interest rate hike forces buyers to delay their home purchases. They’re bracing themselves for fewer home sales and a drop in demand ahead of the Bank of Canada’s Wednesday announcement, which many predict will involve the interest rate being boosted after the economy’s strong performance last year. Some say the country has done so well that the rate may be bumped up a few more times over 2018.———MAN CHARGED WITH PERSONAL DATA TRAFFICKING: An Ontario man who allegedly peddled information from an online database containing 1.5 billion usernames and passwords faces several criminal charges. The RCMP accuse Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill, Ont., of selling stolen personal identities through the website Leakedsource.com, which had a total of some three billion pieces of data. Bloom is alleged to have earned about $247,000 by selling data.———last_img read more