first_imgA RUSSIAN sailor has been questioned today for allegedly having illegal cigarettes in Killybegs.The 41-year-old was detained for a time after Customs officials found 6,200 cigarettes on board a vessel which arrived in port from St Petersburg.The ship was ‘placed under arrest’ for a time, later being released after a fine of €5,500 was paid.  RUSSIAN QUIZZED OVER CONTRABAND CIGARETTES IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Donegal braces itself as fears over Hurricane Lorenzo increase

first_imgMet Eireann is tracking Hurricane Lorenzo amidst fears that it could hit the West coast of Ireland including Donegal on Thursday.The national forecaster admitted that it is “seriously concerned” about the weather patterns but things will become clearer over the next 36 hours.The hurricane is still in the central Atlantic, currently southwest of the Azores. Hurricane Lorenzo could track towards Ireland but forecasters say it’s still ‘impossible to predict’Lorenzo has increased in strength to a Category 5 Hurricane according to the US National Hurricane Centre.Irish warnings for the hurricane are not expected to be issued until Wednesday.Donegal County Council has yet to issue any warnings or information bulletins relating to the hurricane. Meteorologist Pat Clarke told RTE News: “It’s going to hit close to us during Thursday.“Some of the model output, particularly from the National Hurricane Centre, has the centre at that stage, ex-Hurricane Lorenzo, moving up to the west of Ireland.“But our European centre and the British Met Office, we have solutions that has it turning right to come right in over Ireland and even then it’s not certain what track it would take if it did come in over Ireland.“We’re seriously concerned about it. We are having regular updates with our colleagues in Britain and America.“We’re looking at every runs of the models, we have our research division involved. So it’s all hands on deck here until the danger passes.” Donegal braces itself as fears over Hurricane Lorenzo increase was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalforecastHurricane LOrenzoMet Eireannlast_img read more

Sharks make lineup change for Game 2 vs. Avalanche

first_imgSAN JOSE — Micheal Haley will replace Dylan Gambrell on the Sharks’ fourth line Sunday as San Jose looks to take a 2-0 series lead against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center.Haley missed the final four games of the Sharks’ series against Vegas and Game 1 against Colorado after he blocked a shot from Shea Theodore in Game 3 against the Golden Knights on April 14. Haley blocked the shot with the inside of his left foot, but has been skating regularly in recent days.Gambrell played just 6 …last_img

R6bn budget boost for higher education

first_img11 December 2009 “These and various other recommendations of the task team have been adapted to a new draft policy, which the minister wishes to implement in 2011/12,” said the Department of Education in a statement this week. “The minister will seek the advice of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) before taking a final decision on the implementation of this new policy.” “Minister Nzimande is [also] committed to advancing transformation in higher education and therefore believes that a new funding framework is necessary to ensure higher access and success rates particularly for black African and disadvantaged students, and improved quality of teaching and research,” the department added. He said the department has also earmarked allocations of R39-million for 2010/11 and R41-million for 2011/12 for the National Institutes for Higher Education in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, where exploratory work is being conducted on establishing new universities. Nzimande also recommitted his department to reducing the percentage of students who are not subsidised as a consequence of over-enrolment by universities. To gain access to the funds, institutions would have to do the following: The budged for higher education is set to grow progressively over the next three years, with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announcing that the amount is expected to grow from R15.3-billion in the 2008/9 financial year to R21.3-billion in 2011/12. One of the features of the proposed new teaching development policy is that 80% of the MTEF budget for teaching outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual teaching outputs or graduates produced by universities, while the balance of 20% would be used for teaching development grants. Another feature is that the distribution of the funds available would be based on the share each institution has of the degree credit total of the higher education system. This is to ensure that all institutions are eligible for teaching development funds. It is envisaged that teaching development grants would continue to be earmarked funds which must be used for purposes designated by the minister. Meanwhile, a ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of teaching development grants be discontinued. Improving graduation rates With regard to research development grants, the ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of grants be discontinued from the 2011/12 financial year.center_img The balance of 20% would be used for research development grants. It is also proposed that all universities would be eligible for research development grants. The main recommendations of the task team are that the minister should be able to set the annual amount available for teaching development as a fixed proportion of the total allocation for teaching outputs, and that all institutions should be eligible for teaching development funding, and not only those whose performance fell below national output norms. They would have to submit plans indicating what interventions they could make to improve success rates in these courses. These plans would have to be accompanied by expenditure budgets. Teaching development grants “The minister’s new requirement would be that these funds must be used in targeted ways to improve the success and graduation rates of disadvantaged students,” the department said. Research development grants Speaking in Pretoria this week, Nzimande said the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) figures were tentative and subject to confirmation in the budget presentation. Annual progress reports would have to have to be submitted. These would have to describe the outcomes of the implementation of the plans, including indications of changes that have occurred in success rates. They would have to identify those programmes in which the graduation rates of disadvantaged students are significantly lower than those of advantaged students. They would have also to identify the courses within those programmes which are failed by large proportions of disadvantaged students. The main features of the proposed new research policy, on which the minister will also seek advice from the CHE, include that 80% of the MTEF budget for research outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual research outputs produced by universities. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa invests in black industrialists

first_imgThe government is positive about a R100-million programme to grow the number of black industrialists. The programme was launched because BEE transformation had been slow. Mzwandile Masina said that they do not want to wipe out white industrialists, but the government wants more black industrialists. (Images: Manufacturing Indaba) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Mentors dared to be different • Businesses urged to team up for innovation • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR • Safer stoves for all township homes Melissa JavanA target of R100-billion had been set to support black industrialists, Mzwandile Masina, the deputy minister of trade and industry said yesterday. He was speaking on the second day of the Manufacturing Indaba, an annual event that was held at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni on 29 and 30 June this year.The goal of the indaba is to create a platform for business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers, experts and professionals to discuss challenges and to brainstorm solutions. The theme this year was “Localisation and the growth of an advanced manufacturing economy”.Masina said that although there were programmes for black economic empowerment (BEE), some BEE partners had not benefited the economy as a whole. “Currently there is a slow progress in the transformation process. There is no benefit to the economy,” Masina said. “They have not really assisted to change fundamentally.“We had to think about how in a different programme we were going to commit to black industrialists.”Given this, the state had decided to get involved to help industrialists, Masina said.Economic transformationThe Black Industrialists Programme was launched in August 2014 in Johannesburg, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. “The programme aims to create a hundred black industrialists in the next three years, who will participate in the productive sectors of the economy as part of [the] government’s radical economic transformation programme,” the department said.Masina said the government was determined to deliver the Black Industrialists Programme “with all those who understand the importance of addressing inequality within the South African economy”.“Through this programme, we want to address the issue of inequality within the economy and inclusion of black entrepreneurs in the economy, particularly the productive sector of the economy. We are already establishing relationships with suppliers and banks are starting to approach us.”South African Airways, in support of the objectives of the Blacks Industrialists Programme, has committed R10-billion of its procurement budget for goods and services from black industrialists.Masina said fronting and misrepresentation would not be tolerated. To address this, the government would look into activating compliance courts. He also emphasized that the programme was a national one, not for Gauteng alone.In terms of ethics, he added, the government would ensure broader stakeholder consultation that would be a public process.The Black Industrialists Programme was one of the interventions by the government to transform the economy and “needs to be supported”. He stressed, however, that the intention was not to “wipe out the white industrialists. We just want to add up the black industrialists… We have a Constitution that addresses all of us.”Companies should have conversations that started with the question of how they were going to transform their own entities. “It calls for all of us to bring change in our enterprises.” Charles Wessner said that South Africans should invest in innovation to grow. Innovation and collaborationThere were about 500 delegates and 65 speakers at the Manufacturing Indaba. Dr Charles Wessner, one of the speakers, stressed the importance of innovation. Wessner teaches global innovation policy at Georgetown University in the US and is a strong advocate of effective innovation policies.There was a need to talk about national independence, he said. “For South Africa to be independent, it needs to be competent… It has to grow. In order for that to happen, innovation is needed.”Wessner described innovation as not only something that took place in laboratories. “It’s not only something that will happen, because the government says it will.”Innovation was not necessarily new. “But it can be new to your country, your environment or even you company itself.” It was also possible to copy someone else’s way of doing things, because “there are a lot of ways to [build a] bridge”. “It’s investing in basic research.”None of the delegates were the enemy, he said, stressing the need for collaboration between companies. “You are all collaborators.”His message was that success took hard work, although he also spoke of the need for investing in training. “If you want to play in the big leagues, but you don’t want to pay for things like training, you are going to lose.”In addition, companies needed consistency and effort – “You need change.”His advice in collaborating in innovation included that companies should be clear and realistic in partnership practice. “The importance of learning from others is overstated, because we are trying to partner with others.”last_img read more

Noxious weeds in cover crop seed and seed germination

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alexander Lindsey, Laura Lindsey, Mark Loux, Anne Dorrance, Stan Smith, John Armstrong, Ohio State University ExtensionSeed quality is key to establishing a good crop (or cover crop). Some of the critical components of seed quality are percent germination, mechanical analysis for purity (% other crops, % inert, and % weeds), and a listing of noxious weeds identified by scientific/common name and quantity found. As producers are looking for seed sources to provide living cover on acreage this year that was previously earmarked for corn or soybeans, it is important to pay attention to the quality. These tests may also be required on seed lots for use in some relief programs as well. Commercial or certified seed used for cover crops should have a seed tag that shows variety and the seed quality measurements above. However, if the seed is sourced from out of state, the noxious weeds listed (or NOT listed) on the tag by name may differ from those had the seed been sourced from Ohio.Only the noxious weeds for the state where the seed was originally going to be sold are required to be listed on the tag by name and quantity (Federal Seed Act, part 201.16). Each state determines which species are included on this list, and can differ from state to state. If seed is outside of Ohio for use on-farm, producers may want to have the seed tested for an “all state noxious-weed exam” prior to planting if this was not done previously on the seed lot. Only 1.1 to 1.2 pounds of seed is needed for the test, but it is critical the sample is representative of the lot to ensure quality test results. This test would screen the seed sample supplied for the weed contained in this list:, and may serve as a more comprehensive exam than was conducted at the time of initial seed lot labeling. One service provider that can conduct this exam is Central Ohio Seed Testing (a subsidiary of the Ohio Seed Improvement Association; Samples can also be sent to ODA for an Ohio noxious weed exam ( Depending on the source of seed and the planned use, a seed lot may be eligible to be tested for free through ODA between June and December (up to three per farmer). Conducting a noxious weed exam could help slow the movement of problematic weeds throughout the state and minimize future weed problems.Another issue to consider is the quality of seed in storage that was not planted this year due to weather. Storing seed in an environment where the temperature (in F) plus the % relative humidity are less than 100 (Harrington’s rule) helps to minimize the rate of seed deterioration (or loss in germination and vigor). Seed germination is an important consideration for determining seeding rate to ensure the critical final stand for yield is achieved for crops like corn and soybeans. Most seed germination percentages on a seed tag for agricultural seeds (like corn and soybeans) are valid for 12 months from the last date of the month in which they were completed, with the exception being cool season grasses which are valid for 15 months beyond the month of testing (Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 907.07). Be sure to check the seed tag for both the date of the test as well as the germination when planning seeding rates.last_img read more

My Teenage Son Does Not Know How To Mail A Letter, And I Blame Technology

first_imgbrian s hall The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Communications#email#Government#messaging Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Perhaps it’s too late for letter writing, though. If my son could get this far without knowing how to mail a letter, I fear the writing is already on the wall. If not on the envelope.   Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… I’m not sure who to blame. His mother, perhaps, or the public school system. But it turns out that my son—days away from graduating from high school—does not know how to send mail through the U.S. Postal Service. I am not making this up.The boy has a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop, does some basic coding, is pretty good at computer-assisted design and gets excellent grades. He can bang out what appears to be 60 words per minute using only his thumbs. But a letter? Forget about it—he doesn’t even know how to properly address an envelope. The Mysteries Of Snail MailThe only reason I discovered this is because his mother and I told him it was appropriate—and highly profitable—to send graduation announcements to his grandparents, aunts and uncles.I witnessed the entire confounding process.First, he wrote the mailing address on the top right of the envelope—and only the address, no name. I corrected him, fatherly, handing him a fresh envelope: “The mailing address goes in the center. It has to be personalized.”Success! I then handed him a stamp. This clearly baffled him. The notion of a physical stamp seemed like witchcraft. “A stamp is required,” I continued. He placed it, carefully, in the top left corner of the envelope.“That’s not where it goes! Don’t you know how to mail a letter?” I was beginning to lose patience.We started again—though I told him he owed me $.50 for the ruined stamp. This time, he printed—his penmanship is atrocious—the name and address, correctly, in the center of the envelope. Next, he carefully placed the stamp, level straight, on the top right, as I instructed.So far so good: “Now put the return address on the top left.” I said. “Print clearly, please.”He stared back at me. “What’s a return address?”He’s almost ready to register with the Selective Service and he doesn’t know what a return address is!I breathed in, deeply. “A return address is your address. Our address.”“They’re not sending this envelope back to me, are they?” he asked.“It’s required by the Post Office!” I barked.He rolled his eyes with an obscene level of teenage skepticism, though was wise enough to comply.I took the completed letter from him, deciding it best that I personally take it to the post office. What’s Happening Here?How is it possible that the world’s most connected, most tech-savvy generation ever does not know how to mail a letter? What else don’t they know?I stopped at the doorway, inspired. “Get your computer. Go to (turns out it’s really”If he saw for himself—on the screen—how to properly mail a letter, maybe he’d get it, I thought. Unfortunately, the Postal Service doesn’t know it has a problem here. We couldn’t find any instructions at all on how to mail a letter. Not from the USPS home page, nor from its “Quick Tools” section, nor the SEND MAIL tab, nor even from the FAQs—including the “common questions” section. “Google it. Google ‘how to address a letter‘.”The results came back instantly. The very first entry was from the Walter L. Parsley Elementary School. There, with text and pictures, were simple instructions for addressing a letter.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more