first_imgA top cop has appealed to the public to help them catch a gang who have robbed telephone cable from across Co Donegal.The gang have struck more than 20 times in the past four years – the latest last Saturday morning when 1,000 metres of wire was stolen between Milford and Carrigart.The robbery left dozens of homes without telephone connection as well as pensioners without the use of their personal emergency alarms. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison has appealed to the public to be vigilant.“We would ask people who notice workmen near telephone wires out of hours and late at night to contact us.“Even if they are legitimate Eircom employees, we can send a car around and investigate the situation.“There have been a number of raids now in this general area and we are asking the public for their help,” he said. He also appealed to scrap metal dealers to report anybody trying to sell on the copper wire illegally.Although a number of arrests have been made into the series of thefts in recent months, nobody has been charged with the robberies. TOP GARDA APPEALS TO PUBLIC TO HELP CATCH COPPER THIEVES was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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

Modernizing some FSA farm storage loans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While spending some time in Ohio this week, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini visited with local growers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), farm organizations, farmers market coordinators and local businesses about advancing local and regional food initiatives. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins talked with Dolcini about some of the updated changes in FSA programs.last_img

Blog Review: Up Hill House

first_imgDecember 2009“I’ve been doing lot of reading lately about superinsulated net-zero houses and passive solar houses… As the articles say, why spend tens of thousands of dollars on a heating system when you only need to spend a few hundred a year? If you superinsulate, it makes sense to incorporate a right-sized heating system. So out with the masonry stove (sadly, I really like them) and the radiant floor (again, sadly). In with the small wood stove and some other small backup space heating system, yet to be determined.” September 2010“We have chosen our windows. If you remember earlier posts about our criteria for windows (April Update and Window Shopping), you’ll know that we were looking for low U-values (more insulation), high SHGC values (more heat from the sun), and low dollar values (more money in our wallets). We found 2 out of 3. Accurate Dorwin (based in Winnipeg, Canada) is going to make us windows with two different types of glazing. Our south-facing casement windows will have a 0.24 U-value and 0.47 SHGC. All other windows will have a 0.20 U-value and a 0.44 SHGC. The fixed window units are the most efficient with a 0.18 U-value. All values are whole window values. Serious came in second.” December 2008“The program is for a very small house (and barn, more on that in a future post), one bedroom, one bath, kitchen, living, dining and unfinished basement. We’re trying to keep it around 1,000 sq. feet, and as green as makes sense. No surprise, budget is the main driver. We want to do this without taking out a mortgage and by doing as much of the work as we can ourselves. Not just to save money, but because its just plain fun for us.” May 2010“It was a very hard decision (over 2 years in the making) but we’ve come to the realization that a wood stove is not in the cards for this house. We will however, have a patio fire pit, and reserve the right to maybe add an interior fireplace at a later date.” June 2010“We are the proud owners of a brand spank’n new hole in the ground. Foundation dig is complete. In other news, I was able to position the house precisely on the site this weekend, thanks to the new pin the surveyors placed on our boundary line last week. Which means I can now finish the site plan.“We also heard back from the engineer this weekend. Ugh, lots of work to interpret his calculations into the plans. But it’s good that we hired someone. It really was more complicated than I could do myself.” Larry and Jill Burks are self-described city folks building a house in upstate New York. It’s not any old house, but a 1,200-sq.-ft., superinsulated home that they hope will generate more power than it consumes in a year — a “net-positive” house.Their blog, Up Hill House, is the step-by-step story of how the house gets built, beginning in June 2008 when they bought 50 acres of land and a cabin near the town of Cambridge, N.Y.The couple had been looking for a place in New York City, but the best they could do was a 400-sq.-ft. apartment in Brooklyn that was on the market for $400,000. “Maybe it was my years of studying architecture, but I could not see spending the next 30 years paying a mortgage on a small soulless apartment with no redeemable architectural character,” Larry writes. “Not to mention no outdoor space. That’s when it hit me. This is crazy! There has to be another choice.”This change of direction helped launch their project, described in dozens of entries over the last 33 months. Larry offers an extremely detailed look at how the house was planned and how it’s being built, writing about everything from window selection to sitework and heating options. The tone is expert. It turns out that while Larry has an architecture degree, he designs “easy to use Web applications,” not houses. The couple has already moved out of New York to be closer to the project, and will live in the house fulltime once it’s completed.The two-bedroom, one-bath house should be finished in May, if all goes according to plan, and come in at about $142 a square foot. The house comes with R-44 walls and a R-75 roof, along with a 6.9-kW photovoltaic array.The blog can be read in two ways, either chronologically or by topic. So, if you want to follow the project as it unfolds, just start with Larry’s June 2008 post and work your way forward as the couple develops plans for the house, clears the site, and sees the house take shape. If you’re more interested in specific topics, such as windows and doors (11 posts), energy calculations (eight posts), or the foundation (eight posts), Larry has made that possible, too.It’s an engaging mix of technical and non-technical information, both personable and informative. And it gets to the inherent complexities of building a high-performance house. January 2011“As the snow piles up outside, I have turned my thoughts to Spring. Not only because it’s warmer and nature is waking from its long slumber, but also because I hope we will be conducting our first blower door test by then. Specifically I’ve been considering what type of results I should be expecting from the blower door tests, and how to interpret them.“We made the decision early on to build an air-tight house. This guided our choice of building materials, Zip system and tape for the exterior sheathing, gaskets and acoustical sealant to seal all other connections, and foam to seal gaps at the rims, windows and doors. The blower door test will help us seal any gaps we missed. But what target should we aim for? How do we know when the house it tight enough?”last_img read more

Outrage over Australian police shooting of Aboriginal teens in stolen car

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Australia, the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers over the weekend has police in full damage control mode.Six youth were in a stolen car when it was driven onto a sidewalk. The car hit a woman and dragged her for several metres. That prompted police officers to open fire on the car.The 14 year-old driver and an 18 year-old in the front seat were shot.The video of the incident shows one of the teens who was shot being dragged out of the car and repeatedly punched by one of the officers.The incident has sparked outrage and Australian police are calling for peace.The death of another teenager by police sparked riots in 2004.last_img

Six Chinese Apprehended In Lucaya

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasImmigrationDepartmentApprehendsSixChineseNationals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 11th 2017: Six Chinese have been apprehended by Bahamas Immigration. On Monday, at around 10am, officers were notified of Chinese staying at a resort in the Lucaya area, who were about to be smuggled into the USA. A team was shortly dispatched to investigate, where on arrival two rooms were checked resulting in the discovery of six Chinese, two males and four females .Inspection of their passports revealed that they had arrived in The Bahamas, during the months of April, May and June, but had since overstayed their visitors’ status.The group was then taken into custody, transported to Immigration Headquarters for further processing and were flown into the capital sometime Tuesday. It is reported that they will be held at the Detention Centre until repatriation to China.According to the Immigration Department, the incident marks the first apprehension for the month of July.Its last apprehension is said to have involved the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Isaac Mayo who called in to the Lucayan Harbour, to hand over to Bahamas Immigration officers a total of 11 Cuban migrants who were all intercepted in Cay the Cay Sal Bank area in a rustic vessel.The Cuban group of migrants was also transported to the capital where they too will be held until repatriation.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Lingard – I believe in this team

first_imgManchester United forward Jesse Lingard has urged his team-mates to replicate their last season victory at the Etihad by claiming all three points in Sunday’s Manchester derby.Jesse Lingard is fired up and ready for the Manchester derby, challenging his United teammates to produce another classic performance at the Etihad.In recent years, United have a strong record at City. They have won 7 of their last 15 away games and they have not lost there since November 2014.Jose Mourinho’s side pulled off an incredible comeback victory at the Etihad last season after trailing 2-0 at half-time, to win 3-2 at fulltime.“The win last season there was a mad feeling and, hopefully, we can do it again,” Lingard told MUTV.“We’ve done well there and it’s just about fine margins sometimes. We kept our mental state last season and got the win in the end.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game and that spurred us on.”“I think these big games are what you play for.“The more pressure there is, you fire off that pressure. They’re the games you want to be involved in, like everyone else.“The most important thing is to believe, in ourselves, that we can do it. I believe in this team.”last_img read more

3Dprinted transparent skull lets scientists see a mouse brain work

first_img Share your voice What it feels like to kill 563 mice for science Scientists connect a human brain and ‘rat cyborg’ brain together Rodent experiments The See-Shell could aid scientists studying human brain conditions like concussions, Alzheimer’s and degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease. “These are studies we couldn’t do in humans, but they are extremely important in our understanding of how the brain works so we can improve treatments for people who experience brain injuries or diseases,” says neuroscientist Timothy Ebner. Post a comment Researchers at the University of Minnesota have figured out how to open a window into the brains of mice by using a transparent skull implant. It’s called the See-Shell.  “What we are trying to do is to see if we can visualize and interact with large parts of the mouse brain surface, called the cortex, over long periods of time,” says mechanical engineering professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, co-author of a study on the See-Shell that appeared in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.  A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in ambercenter_img A video released by the university shows a sped-up mouse brain scan as seen through the See-Shell. “Changes in brightness correspond to waxing and waning of neural activity. Subtle flashes are periods when the whole brain suddenly becomes active,” the school notes.The researchers digitally scan a mouse’s skull and use the data to create a matching transparent piece using a 3D printer. The skull is then surgically replaced with the See-Shell. The mouse studied by the team did not reject the implant, which allowed them to monitor its brain over several months. The researchers intend to make the See-Shell commercially available to other researchers. 20 Photos Sci-Tech Tags 0last_img read more

UTTT Poll Most Texas Voters Oppose Family Separation At The Border With

first_imgEmily Albracht, Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneMost Texas voters oppose separating children and parents apprehended while trying to enter the country illegally, but there are gaping partisan and gender differences in the electorate, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Generally speaking, men are more likely than women to say they support “separating children and parents who are apprehended while trying to enter the U.S. illegally,” and Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support the practice.Overall, 28 percent of Texas voters support the practice — 16 percent strongly so — while 57 percent oppose it — 44 percent strongly so.The partisan gap was striking. While 83 percent of Democratic voters oppose separation of parents and children at the border, only 46 percent of independents and 35 percent of Republicans were opposed. A plurality of Republicans — 46 percent — said they support the practice; among independents and Democrats, opponents outnumbered supporters.Tea Party Republicans favor the practice 55 percent to 30 percent; non-Tea Party Republicans favor it by a smaller margin of 45 percent to 38 percent.Overall, 64 percent of women voters oppose the separation practice, and 50 percent of the men agree with them. Among Democrats, there’s some accord, with 86 percent of women and 78 percent of men opposing family separations.On the Republican side, however, the differences are stark — and help explain why so many Republican politicians have shifted their positions since the separations became widely known. While 56 percent of Republican men favor splitting parents and children at illegal entry points on the border and 30 percent oppose it, a plurality of Republican women are against the practice: 37 percent favor it and 42 percent oppose it.On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the separations, sticking with his position on strong borders while saying families will be kept together.“The numbers are pretty lopsided,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “President Trump must’ve been looking at similar numbers. Someone pointed out that ‘You don’t have to be Ronald Reagan to see the power of those pictures.’ I think Trump understands that this is a political loser.”The poll closed on Sunday night, before the president decided to revoke the policy and before many Texas Republican officeholders came out against the practice. Democratic politicians were getting a very clear signal, but for Republicans, it took some time to figure out what voters wanted, said Jim Henson, who co-directs the poll and runs the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. “It’s hard to take elite cues if you’re a Republican because there are so many viewpoints.”Some Republican voters might have misgivings about family separations, but their concern about the Texas-Mexico border hasn’t wavered.Border security and immigration continue to top Texas voters’ list of the most important problems facing the state. That’s driven by Republican voters, more than half of whom listed either immigration or border security as their top concern. Tea Party Republicans were most likely to choose those two items; 59 percent of them did so. Moral decline was a distant third on GOP voters’ list, with 6 percent listing that as the top problem facing the state. Less than 10 percent of Democrats listed those two items. Their top concerns were political corruption/leadership (16 percent), gun control/gun violence (11 percent), health care (11 percent) and education (10 percent).Political corruption/leadership, immigration and moral decline topped voters’ concerns about the country. Democrats put political corruption/leadership at the top of their list (23 percent), while the Republican list was capped by immigration and moral decline, each listed by 18 percent of GOP voters. Border security was third, at 10 percent; combined with immigration, it was chosen as the country’s most important problem by more than a quarter of the Republican respondents. The Democrats’ list was rounded out by gun control/gun violence (14 percent) and health care (11 percent).NAFTA and foreign involvementThe North American Free Trade Agreement is more popular with Democrats than with Republicans — a reversal from the early years of that 1990s-era pact.Overall, Texans have decidedly mixed views on NAFTA, which is currently being renegotiated by the United States, Canada and Mexico: 34 percent said they think it has been good for the state economy, 28 percent said it’s been bad, and 38 percent said either that they don’t know or have no opinion about it.A majority of Democrats — 54 percent — said NAFTA has been beneficial to Texas, while only 17 percent of Republicans said that. Only 10 percent of Democrats said it was bad for the state, while 43 percent of Republicans said so.College-educated voters were more likely to favor the trade agreement, with 46 percent calling it a good deal and 26 calling it a bad one. By comparison, 30 percent of voters who didn’t go to college called it a good deal and 64 percent called it a bad one.Asked whether they agree or disagree with a statement about foreign affairs — “This country would be better off if we just stayed home and did not concern ourselves with problems in other parts of the world” —39 percent agreed and 51 percent said they disagree. Democrats were more inclined to disagree (63 percent), while Republicans were split down the middle, 46 percent to 46 percent.The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from June 8 to June 17 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Sharelast_img read more

A book that traces the rise of Nationalist Ideology

first_imgThe Book that discusses everything about governments and their policies after independence was released on April 3 at India International Center. On the occasion of the book launch ceremony of ‘The Great Deceit at Dawn’, Chief Guest Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stressed that we need to move forward, the whole world has left its old political ideologies behind, this book by Anushri will give new directions to the Indian political ideology and will help us to move ahead with the new era. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresiding over the program organised at the Multi purpose hall of India International Center, Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairman, Indira Gandhi National Center stated that this is best way to help our generations to understand the Indian polity post-independence. He said, this book is based on research and consists political history with modern ideology of Indian polity.BJP’s National Vice President Shyam Jaju was present at the program as a special guest. There were many other celebrities as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDuring the program Shyam Jaju praised Anushri Mukherjee’s efforts of bringing out the reality of Indian polity after independence. He said, “I think nobody thought like this after independence, actually this book may be termed as the printed version of her ground experience.”‘The Great Deceit at Dawn’ is written by BJP leader and social worker Anushri Mukherjee. It discusses the scenario of current political parties, central governments and their policies after independence. While the book has highlighted the ill-effects of foreign policy due to the wrong policies of old governments, it also reflects the changing policies of the political parties for vote bank. Anushree points out that often the politics of India has been presented in different ways, but many times they are not able to come true. And this was the purpose of writing this book from the beginning. The facts are compiled in this book, and it has suggestions on how modern India can be strengthened by learning from those political aspects. The book is published by Kautilya Publication.last_img read more