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RAMELTON TOWN BAND TO BRING ALL-IRELAND FLEADH TITLE HOME TONIGHT

first_imgThe Ramelton Town Band celebrate after their All-Ireland win.Congratulations to the Ramelton Town Band , who won their fourth All-Ireland title yesterday at the Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann in Sligo.The band members range in age from 5 years to 30 years , and have worked hard all year to prepare for this competition.They put in a fantastic performance in the arena , and was cheered on by there many supporters from Ramelton who traveled to show there support . They will return home to Ramelton this evening at 7pm for a victory parade and  will perform their winning piece.All are welcomed and encouraged to come out and welcome the champions back .RAMELTON TOWN BAND TO BRING ALL-IRELAND FLEADH TITLE HOME TONIGHT was last modified: August 17th, 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) Tags:Donegal FleadhRAMELTON TOWN BANDlast_img read more

Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be a useful tool for water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project is a $1 million venture between the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The goal of the effort is to demonstrate on-farm conservation practices to help improve water and nutrient conservation. The Demonstration Farms aim to help producers find the right combination of practices that reduce nutrient and sediment loss while minimally impacting their financial bottom line.“This is a showcase of multiple conservation practices on three farms within the Blanchard Valley Watershed,” said Aaron Heilers, Project Manager for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. “Our vision is that any farmer in the state can come and view these farms, see what is happening from a conservation standpoint and determine if a practice that is happening within this project might work on their farm as well.”Aaron Heilers, the Project Manager for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, discusses edge of field testing being done at Kurt Farms“Every operation around Ohio is different and so growers can pick and choose which practice might be best for their home farm and know, with scientific data backing up those practices, that they are actually improving water quality that leaves their farm.”One of the biggest variables when it comes to conservation efforts is economics. More major practice changes are not feasible for smaller operations as those farms aren’t able to spread the cost of making those changes over a large number of acres. That was taken into consideration when choosing demonstration farms.Although all three farms are taking a different approach to see what improvements need to be made to their conservation plans, the main focus is on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service “Edge of Field” testing.“Our results will fall into four broad categories including the placement of nutrients and getting them in contact with the soil because we do see that does reduce nutrient loss,” Heilers said. “We have also placed phosphorus removal beds, nitrogen bioreactors and filter strips at the edges of fields and we are monitoring activity in some streams as well. The goal is for a farmer to be able to combine a practice from each one of those categories and when the nutrient savings of what is being kept in the field is added up it can really make a difference.”Aside from farmers gleaning valuable information from taking a look at conservation testing results on the demonstration farms, there is also a hope that these efforts will renew conversations between farmers, non-farm residents of the watershed, policy makers and others so that everyone can realize the impacts of decisions that are being made off of the farm are having on the farmers in their community. The Ohio County Commissioners Association and a group of Ohio agriculture lawyers are slated for a visit to the Demonstration Farms and a field day is also being planned for this summer.Kellogg Farms, located in Forest, is one of the operations taking part in the project. Bill Kellogg and his son, Shane, own and operate the farm, consisting of 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans. The Kelloggs have committed 305 acres to the Demonstration Farms program.Shane Kellogg describes new equipment being used to better his farms nutrient management practices“Sharing some of the things that we do on our farm was out of my comfort zone at first,” Bill Kellogg admits. “We have been proactive with our conservation efforts for the past 12 to 15 years, but after the Toledo water crisis we knew that if we didn’t start accelerating those efforts we would have other people coming in and telling us what we can and can’t do on our farm. That’s why we wanted to get involved, to be proactive and do the right things.”Some of the practices that the Kelloggs are trying out on their farm include cover crops, grassed waterways, pollinator habitats, reduced tillage, and subsurface nutrient placement.“Strip tillage is a big part of what we are doing with our nutrient placement,” Kellogg said. “We soil test and utilize variable rate technology as well, which makes the amount of fertilizer we put on about 33% more efficient that what we were doing before strip tillage.”Chris Kurt owns and operates Kurt Farms, a 470-acre corn and soybean operation in Dunkirk. Chris has offered up 168 acres to the Demonstration Farms effort. Previously, Kurt worked with The Nature Conservancy and Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District to construct a two-stage ditch in the Demonstration Farms project area.Chris Kurt (right) talks about the phosphorous removal beds in place at his farm“We have several projects happening on my farm right now that will, in my mind, help me save money and keep the nutrients out of the watershed,” Kurt said. “Obviously if the nutrients that I spread on the field stay in the field they will give me the most benefit and a cleaner watershed benefits my neighbors too.”In addition to the two-stage ditch on Kurt’s farm, he also has a phosphorus removal bed, along with drainage water management and edge of field monitoring systems in place.McComb is the home of Stateler Family Farms. Anthony Stateler and his dad, Duane, farm corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres in Hancock County. They also have a 7,200 head wean-to-finish swine operation. The Statelers have shared 243 acres with the Demonstration Farms project.Anthony Stateler shows visitors what tests are being done of their farm to protect water quality“The reason we signed up to be a demonstration farm is to try and put some data out there to find out what we are doing right and see what we need to do better,” Anthony Stateler said. “Over the next two years we will be able to get some baseline numbers for where we are at and to be able to find out what nutrients we are losing, if any, and what practices can we improve on to better our nutrient management attempts.”The Statelers will be practicing variable rate manure application as part of the program with the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Developing a wetland with a pollinator habitat and building an animal mortality composting facility is also part of the plan.Although outreach and efforts around water quality have been ramped up by the Ohio Farm Bureau and other state farm organizations since 2014’s Toledo water crisis, it is not a knee jerk reaction.“The challenges and opportunities in the water quality arena is nothing new to Ohio agriculture,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Seeing how effective current conservation practices are and testing new ones to improve water quality and nutrient management is critical and the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms is so important to those efforts.”Many other factors can impact water quality. Numerous projects at the Demonstration Farms, like home septic system replacement, abandoned oil well removal and abandoned water well removal seek to show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to water quality in the Blanchard River Watershed and beyond.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Project Manager Aaron Heilers about the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms NetworkBlanchard River Tour Aaron Heilerslast_img read more

Liberal national security bill to boost federal border agency accountability

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency.In addition to new eyes looking over the shoulder of the Canada Border Services Agency, the package will propose changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews, The Canadian Press has learned.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently said his government has a responsibility to give security agencies the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while preserving the rights and freedoms people cherish.In that vein, the extensive set of measures will also follow through on Liberal promises during the last election to deal with “problematic elements” of omnibus security legislation ushered in by the previous Conservative government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.The Conservatives created a new offence of promoting the commission of terrorist offences and broadened the government’s no-fly list powers.They also gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to derail terrorist threats, not just gather information about them. However, many Canadians have expressed concerns that such disruption activities could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The Trudeau government has committed to ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the charter, to preserving legitimate protest and advocacy, and to defining terrorist propaganda more clearly.It has also pledged that appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review.Tens of thousands of people took part in the government’s national security consultation and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale recently said there was “a tremendous amount of consensus” on the platform promises.The Liberals have already taken legislative steps to fulfil one of those commitments — creation of a special committee of parliamentarians to scrutinize security and intelligence activities, including those of the border services agency.However, civil libertarians, refugee lawyers and committees of both the House of Commons and Senate have called in recent years to do more by instituting some form of independent monitoring of the border agency.The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association issued a report this week outlining its proposals for civilian oversight and review of the agency.Border officers can stop travellers for questioning, take blood and breath samples, and search, detain and arrest citizens and non-citizens without a warrant. The border agency’s role in immigration detention has come under scrutiny following in-custody deaths.But unlike the RCMP and CSIS, the border agency is not overseen by a dedicated review or complaints body.Another nagging issue has long been the inability of existing watchdogs to share information about security-related complaints and cases due to legal restrictions.It means watchdogs are often prevented from following the thread of investigations that involve several intelligence and police services, leaving complainants frustrated.Legislative measures to permit sharing and co-operation would address decade-old recommendations from the commission of inquiry that examined the overseas torture of Maher Arar, a Canadian telecommunications engineer who was imprisoned in Syria.The Liberal national security consultations revealed a strong desire to reduce the number of false positive matches with Canada’s no-fly list and to improve the appeal process for anyone placed on the list, says a government summary.A majority who took part in the consultations said the public safety minister should be required to decide within 90 days on any application from someone to have his or her name removed from the list.It is clear from the results the federal consultations that Canadians have significant concerns regarding privacy and government accountability with sensitive data, said David Christopher, a spokesman for OpenMedia, which works to keep the Internet surveillance-free.“We’ll be watching next week’s announcement very closely, and judging the government’s proposals against what Canadians said loud and clear during the consultation.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Petronas buys into LNG Canada project

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Petronas, which did not divulge the investment amount in a news release early Thursday, says it expects the agreement to be completed in the next few months once regulatory approvals are obtained.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in British Columbia. A consortium led Petronas announced in July 2017 that it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to what it called an “extremely challenging environment” brought on by prolonged low prices.In the new agreement announced Thursday, the Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 percent stake in the LNG Canada project.Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 percent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 percent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 percent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd. would have the remaining five percent.Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units with an option to expand the project in the future.“Petronas is pleased to be part of the LNG Canada project,” said the president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. “We are committed to deliver LNG and natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, to the growing global energy market.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Senators urge Trump admin to delay decision on India’s GSP review

first_imgWashington: Two top American Senators have urged the Trump administration to delay until the end of the general elections its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preference due to a lack of compliance.The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. The US Congress in March last year voted to renew the GSP through 2020. In a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, Senators John Cornyn from the Republican party and Mark warner from the Democratic party argued that India-US relationship was too important to rush such an important decision in the middle of an election cycle. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”As you know, India’s elections will conclude on May 23, 2019. We believe that the election season may serve as a hindrance for our Indian counterparts in negotiating and concluding a deal on difficult political issues,” the two Senators wrote in the letter to Lighthizer on Friday. It was in April last year that the USTR announced that it planned to review the GSP eligibility of a number of countries, including India. The USTR’s announcement specifically cited “concerns related to its compliance with GSP market access criterion,” based on petitions filed from the US medical device and dairy industries. “If another round of negotiations during the election season does not resolve the outstanding issues, we would ask you to consider delaying the issuance of a Presidential proclamation to withdraw India’s GSP benefits by at least 30 days, beyond the 60-day calendar, in order to move the negotiations beyond India’s elections,” the Senators said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAllowing for continued negotiations beyond the elections would underscore the importance of this bilateral relationship and provide a real opportunity to resolve these market access issues, potentially improving the overall US-India relationship for years to come, said Cornyn and Warner, who are co-chairs of the powerful Senate India Caucus. “We understand that the Trump administration may issue a proclamation withdrawing India’s GSP benefits 60 days or later from the congressional notification date,” the two Senators wrote. The letter comes in the middle of an intense Indian election cycle, during which the ruling government cannot take a major policy decision, which holds officials from making substantial progress on the crucial negotiations between India and the United States. “As Co-Chairs of the United States Senate’s India Caucus, we fully appreciate and support your efforts to address a host of market access issues facing American businesses in India. “Congressional support for the GSP programme was made clear last year when the US Senate and US House of Representatives reauthorised the programme, in nearly unanimous fashion, for three years,” they said. On March 4, 2019, Congress was notified of USTR’s intention to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under GSP due to a lack of compliance. “While we agree that there are a number of market access issues that can and should be addressed, we do remain concerned that the withdrawal of duty concessions will make Indian exports of eligible products to the United States costlier, as the importer of those products will have to pay a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) duty which is higher than the rate under GSP,” the Senators said.last_img read more

Jokanovic backs Troy Deeney for England callup

first_imgThe Fulham manager believes the 30-year-old to earn his first English national team call-up after having a great start of the season with WatfordStriker Troy Matthew Deeney has been playing professionally since 2006 in the English football leagues.His professional debut was on 2006 when he played for Walsall.The had a small one-year loan with Halesowen Town the same year, but after some great performances, he was then transferred to Watford.With the club, he’s showing great improvement and for Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic he deserves to be called up to the England national team for the first time ever.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“He’s strong and a big character, and sometimes it’s not easy to deal with him,” said Jokanovic on a Sky Sports interview.“He has had a positive evolution in the last few years. Really he can be an option for the England national team.”“He had a great season when I worked him with, and his dedication is very high,” he added.“He’s definitely an unusual player and you can use him in different ways. My point for you is he’s a player who can have at some point a chance to play for England.”last_img read more

Solskjaer says United needs to adapt to their rivals

first_imgThe Manchester United manager is happy his team has won six matches in a row, but his club will play against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.After six consecutive wins, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing very well with Manchester United in the English Premier League.But this weekend, his team will play against Tottenham Hotspur.“You always adapt to any opposition we play,” he told the club’s official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“You all know the best teams in the league and of course we have to be aware of their strengths.”“But I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. I think that’s our strength as well, going forward and attacking, as a team when you look at us now the way we’ve played,” he added.“We’re not going to get as many chances to attack against these [Spurs] as we’ve had before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball and play well with it to make sure we use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent-sized pitch as well.”“Newcastle away is also a test. The first game and how everyone reacted away to Cardiff is also a test. The first home game – how would the crowd affect it? That’s also a test.”last_img read more

Guidelines For Gathering Dead Trees On Borough Land

center_img The policy guidelines for gathering dead trees on borough land can be found here: www.kpb.us/…/Docum…/Forest_Resources/Firewood-Dead_Trees.pdf The borough also currently has a special management area for firewood in the Kenai Keys burn area. This is a burned-over stand with dry standing poles near Sterling.last_img

Wholesalers Increase Distribution Prices

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Reddit Expands Membership Benefits

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