Donegal farmer shortlisted for Farming for Nature Award

first_imgInch Island farmer, Boyd Bryce, has been announced as one of ten ‘Farming for Nature’ Ambassadors in the running for the overall Farming for Nature Awards for 2019. Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for their top pick, won last year by The Calvey’s of Achill Mountain Lamb.A short video has been made about each shortlisted farmer and now the public are being asked to view the films and vote for their favourite one, with voting ending Thursday, October 24th. Now in its second year, the awards are part of a wider independent Farming for Nature initiative which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.Paddy McCrossan, of Inishowen Wildlife Club, who nominated Boyd for the award, said: “Boyd has consistently pioneered and proactively demonstrated that nature and farming work hand in glove and are not mutually exclusive.“In 2018 he was proud to thin his maturing oak woodlands, to see wild grey partridge chicks born on his farm, and to open up new habitat for breeding waders, wildfowl and amphibians.” You can vote here!Donegal farmer shortlisted for Farming for Nature Award was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Giants option Dereck Rodriguez to Triple-A again, call Austin Slater back up

first_imgSecond-year pitcher Dereck Rodriguez is headed back to Sacramento as the Giants call up  Austin Slater from Triple-A.Rodriguez has been shuffled around the Giants rotation in a down 2019, sometimes appearing as a long reliever in addition to eight starts. He was also sent down to Sacramento in mid-May before returning to the Giants after a couple weeks.Sunday was Rodriguez’s most recent appearance, giving up three runs in less than an inning of work in the Giants’ 10-4 win over the …last_img read more

Energy-Efficiency Retrofits: Insulation or Solar Power?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img For our country to achieve the carbon emission reductions necessary to avoid a planetary catastrophe, many experts contend that almost every house in the country will need to have retrofit work that achieves deep cuts in energy use.There’s a major stumbling block, however: deep energy retrofits are frighteningly expensive —in the range of $80,000 to $250,000 per house. With costs so high, many homeowners are asking: how long is the payback period for a deep-energy retrofit?A new high-R skinA deep-energy retrofit is a remodeling project that aims to reduce a home’s energy use by 50% to 75%. In cold climates, these retrofits specify R-40 walls, R-60 roofs, and triple-glazed windows. This usually requires the removal and demolition of the home’s existing siding and roofing.Once the walls and roof have been covered with a thick layer of rigid foam, new siding and roofing are installed, along with new triple-glazed windows.Only the wealthiest Americans — or those with easy access to credit — can afford a deep-energy retrofit:Is that much insulation cost effective?When skeptics question the cost-effectiveness of these expensive retrofits, superinsulation advocates point to the flawed logic behind cost-effectiveness calculations based on current energy prices.As building scientist John Straube often explains, “The rate of inflation for energy, depending on whether you’re talking electric, natural gas, or oil, is on the order of 8% per year.” In the future, energy prices may escalate even more rapidly, so these retrofit jobs will eventually pay for themselves. Yet even Straube admits that “deep energy retrofits do not pencil out (from a strict cost-accounting perspective) on energy savings alone.”An upper limit to energy pricesWhile it’s true that energy prices are likely to rise in the future, there is an upper limit to future energy prices: namely, the current… last_img read more

West Virginia’s Bob Huggins Takes A Shot At The NCAA For Tournament Game Starting At 11 P.M.

first_imgBob Huggins at an NCAA Tournament press conference.Friday night’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game in Columbus between No. 6 Providence and No. 11 Dayton started at roughly 11 p.m. E.T. The game was scheduled to tip off at about 10 p.m. E.T., but due to the previous two games – West Virginia-Buffalo and Maryland-Valparaiso -at the site running long, the tip time between the Friars and the Flyers was delayed. Cleveland.com has a lengthier explanation on the situation. Saturday afternoon, Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins was asked about the late tip time. He gave a pretty sarcastic response. Bob Huggins, on playing tourney games til 1 am: “It’s all about the betterment of the student athlete….It just tickles me to death.”— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) March 21, 2015The game was played on a Friday night, so it’s not like the student-athletes had classes to wake up for the following morning – and, really, what college student goes to be before midnight, anyway? – but the NCAA clearly could have done a better job scheduling.last_img read more

AuroraCanniMed takeover battle goes before provincial regulators

first_imgTORONTO – An acrimonious takeover battle between two Canadian marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight Wednesday at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.Lawyers for both provincial regulators argued that Aurora Cannabis’ request to lessen the consideration period for its all-stock offer be rejected but that CanniMed Therapeutics shareholders’ rights plan to push back against its suitor be removed.Kate McGrann, a lawyer representing staff at both the Ontario Securities Commission and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, also told commissioners at the joint hearing that Aurora (TSX:ACB) should be able to buy up to five per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares on the open market.Wednesday’s hearing in Toronto kicking off the joint proceedings comes roughly one month after Aurora launched an all-stock, unsolicited bid to acquire Saskatoon-based CanniMed, one of the first licensed marijuana producers in Canada, after both companies called on regulators to intervene.CanniMed has said that Aurora’s offer is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of the Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources (TSXV:HIP), and launched a shareholders’ rights plan to push back.CanniMed has alleged that Edmonton-based Aurora worked jointly with some of its shareholders and Aurora has disputed this, while launching a dissident circular in a bid to thwart the Newstrike acquisition.last_img read more

Kartik Aaryan Is The New Hot Host In Btown

first_imgIt’s that time of the year, when showbiz is flooded with award functions and one actor who’s current favourite to host these starry nights is Kartik Aaryan. The Luka Chuppi actor who’s currently box-office’s new blue-eyed boy and nation’s sweetheart, is on every award organizers priority list to host the night. And why not, the actor is doing a brilliant job at it. People from the industry has seen a spark in him for live-acts and to host a show sans cheap-humour and cheap thrills. Infact actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and of course Karan Johar manage to keep the functions a classy affair and keep their acts clean. Now news in the industry circuit is that Kartik Aaryan too has joined the league of the hit-host who make the stars comfortable and bring out the laugh-out-loud moments on screen. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Kartik Aaryan began his hosting stint last year with IIFA in Thailand, where he was seen hosting the event along with Ayushmann Khurrana. The dashing actor fresh off the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety had done a brilliant job at the award function. His bromance with Ayushmann was much-appreciated and his funny one-liners and his witty replies kept the stars rolling on their seats with laughter. Soon Kartik impressed his young fans at Nickeldeon Kids Choice Awards. To make the youngest audience laugh and keep them entertained, is a tough job. But Kartik who’s super-popular amidst the kids amazed everyone and even made some of the biggest stars like Deepika Padukone recite nursery rhymes on stage and behave like a child. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaBut the actor surprised everyone at the recently concluded Zee Cine Awards. The awards night saw almost everyone from the industry and Kartik Aaryan was super-confident with his act and his gigs. Joining him was Uri: The Surgical Strike fame Vicky Kaushal and yet again his bromance with his co-host was loved by all. Right from shaking a leg with Katrina Kaif on his song Dil Chori to making fun of DeepVeer shaadi, the actor made the night a memorable one. Now with so much wit, humour and sass, it’s but obvious that Kartik is the hot favourite to host the award nights. Kartik Aaryan is on a roll, while his gigs off screen are keeping everyone entertained, his film choices on the on screen are making big promises. The actor is currently shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s next untitled film and the first look took the internet by storm. The film is all set to release on Valentine’s Day 2020 and it’s surely going to be a mush-fest. All eyes on you Mr. Aaryan.last_img read more

Commentary Offensive improvement stunted by Braxton Millers injury

Despite popular belief in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio, the Ohio State offense isn’t dead. But it may not be alive either. After a Michigan State game in which the Buckeyes mustered a lowly 178 yards and seven points, the OSU offense came to Nebraska with a game plan and actually moved the ball. Coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman abandoned the onslaught of predictable running plays and slow-developing passing plays and did something that, quite frankly, they should have done a long time ago. They played to the personnel’s strengths. It all started with the way Braxton Miller was utilized. Miller’s biggest weakness is his inability to read defenses. Too many times in previous weeks, Miller took the snap under center and was forced to try and navigate a collapsing pocket, read the defense, and find a receiver down the field. This week, OSU had Miller in shotgun and pistol formations where Miller could better see the field before the snap and get a better feel for what the defense was going to do. Miller was able to make quicker, simpler reads and actually complete passes. They also utilized Miller’s speed by rolling the quarterback outside the pocket and giving him the option to run and pass. There were three times in the first half alone when Miller pulled the ball down, and converted a critical third down. Mike Adams’ return from a five-game suspension gave the Buckeyes a huge lift on the offensive line. Adams joined Andrew Norwell on the left side and the line and was able to push the Nebraska defense off the ball. The coaches utilized the newfound strength and ran it off the left side for much of night. But in the third quarter, Miller went down with an apparent right ankle injury. Nebraska scored twice, cut OSU’s lead to seven, and Joe Bauserman entered the game.  The stagnant offense was back. Bauserman was holding onto the ball, throwing it away, and the running game disappeared. The OSU coaches had a plan for an offense with Miller at the helm and Bauserman wasn’t a part of it. Nebraska defense took advantage of the inept offensive play and went on to win a game that has to be a heartbreaker for the Buckeyes. Bauserman has proven the offense can’t be effective if he’s playing quarterback. All Buckeye fans can do at this point is hope Miller heals fast because the future of this offense is entirely dependent on the health of his right ankle. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosses Logan Schuss named ECAC Offensive Player of the

Ohio State senior attacker Logan Schuss was named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. “It’s a nice honor, it goes to show all the hard work that’s being put into the offense,” Schuss said. “Guys are working hard to get me the ball and I’ve just got to do my job putting it in the net.” The senior captain scored a career-high 10 points in the season opener against Detroit, tallying seven goals and three assists, and followed it up with three points in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic against Jacksonville on Sunday. “It wasn’t my best performance,” Schuss said Tuesday about the Jacksonville game. “I think I rushed a couple of shots, they were doing some different things on defense against me matching up. I think I’m going to work on a new game plan going into next week and see if we can get the offense clicking.” Schuss, who was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year last season, was drafted No. 11 overall in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Ohio Machine in the offseason. Fellow captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander and senior midfielder Kevin Mack were also drafted by the Ohio Machine. Schuss looks to continue his hot streak against Marquette on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Jorginho and his mothers role

first_imgThe Chelsea midfielder had the chance to go to Manchester City in the summer, but his mother helped him decideBrazilian midfielder Jorginho played with Napoli from 2014 to the summer of last year.And before leaving the Italian Lega Serie A club, the player had the chance to sign for either Chelsea or Manchester City in the English Premier League.But at the end, he decided for Chelsea, thanks to his mother.“A lot of things happen and then, of course, it comes down to preferences,” he was quoted by The Independent.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m really happy with my choice to be here at Chelsea…what’s happened has happened and I’m happy to be there now.”“My mum was a big influence in me coming here. Every decision, I speak to my mum and this one was the same. My mum has always been by my side for every decision I take,” he added.“I think it is easier for me because I know how he works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”“I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”last_img read more