Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

National Corn Yield Contest winners overcome 2015 challenges to produce bountiful yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 growing season will be memorable for Ohio’s corn growers, with many of those memories being not so positive. That, however, is not the case for the state winners in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest.The Ohio winner in the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category was James Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43.“It is not an easy contest and Mother Nature plays a big role. We just had the right weather this year and things turned out very well for us,” Jacobs said. “I know a lot of folks suffered from too much rain in Ohio but we were really blessed this year.”Like most of the state, there was plenty of moisture in the spring on the Fayette County farm.“It was wet early, then we got a dry spell and we were able to start planting corn on May 2. The contest field was no-till and we waited a little longer to plant it — I believe it was May 5. We had a good dry stretch of weather right there,” Jacobs said. “We had one field where we were putting tile in and cleaning a fence row and we planted that corn later. I know it suffered more when we got some rain after planting and that corn wasn’t big enough to handle all the moisture. All of the early-planted corn did really well, though. We had a lot of rain throughout the growing season and we had a good, cool summer and I think that helped with the yields.”The bountiful moisture did boost yields but it also led to nitrogen loss concerns.“The rain was a big issue and nitrogen loss seemed to be a big factor in the growing season this year. We used different management practices to help control that,” he said. “Typically we put down about 20 gallons of 28% with the chemicals in the spring and then we come back and sidedress with around 140 pounds of anhydrous, but in the contest field we put down 160 pounds last year. Then we did put a little more nitrogen on that field at tassel to finish it out. We flew it on. I did not do that in every field but that is something we might take a look at in the future if we get another year where get a lot of rain and nitrogen loss. That is something we may look at to help finish that corn out.”The moisture also created some issues with diseases and fungicides were applied as needed on the farm, including on the winning contest field.The SCS 10HR43 is a corn borer and Roundup resistant hybrid with the ability to tolerate stress, a trait that paid off in 2015.“I picked that hybrid because in the last two years it was up near the top in the Seed Consultants trials. I liked how it handled the stress. It has been really consistent. It did really well for us. I think the winning field averaged 221 bushels over the whole field and we picked the right sweet spot in the field to get that 276,” he said. “Seed Consultants gives you $1,000 if you win first place in your state contest to go toward your seed purchase. You get a trip to Commodity Classic too and this year it is in New Orleans and my wife is excited about that. Down there you get to pick the brains of good corn growers and hear about their production practices to gain some insights. I am a firm believer that you can’t expect to do the same thing year after year and get different results, so it is always nice to go down there and learn about different things to incorporate into your program to get higher yields in the future.”Here are the other top finishers in Ohio by category.In the Non-Irrigated Category, the top Ohio yield was from Adam Smith of North Fairfield with 289.5824 bushels with DEKALB DKC64-89RIB. Ohio’s second highest yield in the category was from Nathan Smith from Marion with 289.1934 bushels with Channel 213-59STXRIB and the third place yield was from Fred Penick from Hebron with 277.9642 with Channel 209-51VT2PRIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category, the Ohio winners were Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43; Chris Waymire of Yellow Springs with 268.0480 bushels with DEKALB DKC63-33RIB; and Dale Stewart of Springfield with 256.2333 bushels with DEKALB DKC62-77RIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Mike Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.4969 bushels with Pioneer P1197AMTM; Jim Motycka of Napoleon with 257.8354 bushels with Pioneer P0825AMXTTM; and Matt Milless of Amanda with 254.8025 bushels with Seed Consultants 1135.In the Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Matthew Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.2018 bushels with Pioneer P119AMXTTM; Byron Gearhart from Chillicothe had 253.3042 bushels with AgriGold A6559 VTPRIB; and Dan Watchman of Napoleon had 249.4837 bushels with Seed Consultants 1125AMX.last_img read more

Facebook Shows Its Cards With Bing on Ad Strategy: Full House

first_imgRelated Posts As we’ve seen from some of the previews of the new layout, search is becoming more of a focal point for Facebook, and today’s announcement seems to back that up. Microsoft and Facebook announced this morning an expanded partnership, making Bing the default search engine for Facebook’s more than 400 million users worldwide. The two companies also came to a “mutual decision” to allow Facebook to take over sole responsibility for advertisements on the social network, a move that we see as part of Facebook’s continual progression toward becoming an ad provider.Facebook’s Slide Into Advertising?Facebook and Microsoft had entered into a deal last August to start serving up Microsoft ads, but Facebook has made several moves lately that look to protect its valuable stake in advertising. On Wednesday, the site rolled out a new set of terms for ad and offer providers, increasing accountability and further clarifying how user information gathered through apps could not be shared for advertising. Facebook has also told us that the company’s recent moves to usher more user content into the light of day and outside of privacy settings are motivated in part by a desire to improve and grow advertising. Furthermore, the company is uniquely positioned, with its Facebook Connect preferred by users by a margin of 2-to-1, to offer tailored advertising to third-party sites using the mass of information it gathers daily on its users. And with Facebook moving into the full-featured webmail game, it may soon be able to compete with Google with an all-encompassing grasp on your information.Back To That Search Engine Part…As for the deal with Bing, the search engine had already been providing search capabilities for users in the U.S., but now will expand its services worldwide. The announcement also said that the search engine would provide results “beyond a set of links, including richer answers combined with tools that help customers make faster, smarter decisions.” By increasing the capabilities of the on-site search, Facebook is hoping to become your one and only portal to the web. If Facebook can get its users to perform on-site searches, it can not only keep you on the site longer, but like Google, it can gather even more information about its users through their searches. This stuff is advertising gold.While some argue that the difficulty here is that it’s hard to monetize Facebook’s data compared to Google’s – Facebook know’s you care about Haiti, while Google knows you’re in the market for a Lexus – this move goes directly at the heart of that problem. By making search a focal point of the site, Facebook is looking to gather the type of data it knows it can leverage in the advertising world. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Facebook#news#web mike melanson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Growth of Indian sports goods industry dwindles, on verge of complete collapse

first_imgPutting finishing touches to footballs: Poor infrastructureFor an industry whose future rests on its lucrative export potential, the growth rate of the Indian sports goods industry has levelled off to an unimpressive canter.With the home market consuming a bare 15 per cent, bad infrastructural planning, lack of adequate export incentives from the Government and the adverse impact of inter-state politics on raw material procurement have cumulatively contributed to a situation where Indian exports, which stood at Rs 25 crore a decade ago, are currently targeted only at Rs 35 crore. While Jullundur, where 500 of the industry’s 700 units are located, has clearly come a long way since the partition split the flourishing Punjab industry asunder, the export statistics of leading competitor Pakistan stand in stark contrast. From 1978-79 to 1982-83, Pakistan’s exports have doubled from Rs 21.2 crore to Rs 45 crore.Said Anil Mehta, secretary, Sports Goods Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association: “Indian sports goods industry is on the verge of a complete collapse. The price of raw material has gone up 15 to 17 per cent over the last one year, besides its non-availability.The Pakistan Government’s recent fillip to the industry – cash incentive at 22 per cent of the value of the exports and duty drawback at 15 per cent – has made Indian products non-competitive in world markets.” Despite pleas from the industry, the Indian Government has continued to offer cash incentives of only 10 to 15 per cent, and duty drawbacks of a mere 3 to 5 per cent.The industry’s problems have been further compounded by the obstructionist attitudes of raw material supplying state governments. For example, the Jammu and Kashmir Government anxious to develop its own sports goods industry banned the export of willow, a monopoly produce vital for the manufacture of cricket bats and wickets, in 1976. While humidity in the valley makes the production of quality bats impossible, the modern automatic plant which Pioneer Sports set up near Srinagar continues to suffer idle capacity, while some units in Jammu have been sending only semi-finished handles to Jullundur.Though entrepreneurs continue to offer double the price that the local units are paying to an unrelenting state government, a flourishing smuggling pipeline has jacked up manufacturing costs. Said Prem Jain, a major exporter of cricketing equipment: “A free movement would cut down the price of bats by 10 per cent.”Indifferent Planning: Similarly in the case of hockey, while the increased popularity of the sport has brought with it a boom in the demand for hockey sticks, the mulberry they are made of has continued to be of a poorer quality compared to Pakistan’s due to lack of organised cultivation.Though the plains of Punjab are ideal for mulberry production and Pakistan grows fine mulberry on reserves in Changamanga near Lahore and in Faisalabad appeals to the Punjab Government to establish plantations on its sprawling canal banks have been of no avail.Consequently, a Pakistani stick fetches Rs 125 in the world market as compared to Rs 85 for an Indian one. Echoed Mehta: “Last year, Jullundur made four lakh sticks and earned Rs 1 crore and Pakistan earned Rs 2 crore with a little more than half that number.”The indifferent tale of infrastructural deficiency continues into leather, a major raw material for the manufacture of balls and boxing equipment. With the only government tannery nearly out of operation, it is first transported to Madras for tanning and finishing, and then used in Jullundur. Bemoaned exporter Prem Gupta: “Quality leather is our major headache. While the Government dilly-dallies, we are too small to set up our own tannery.” With a single order of Rs 60 lakh from K-mart, a US departmental store chain, Gupta is exporting footballs worth Rs 2.24 crore this year.Apportioning Blame: Nevertheless, the industry cannot escape all responsibility for its own plight. Commented industry veteran Dina Nath Mehta acidly: “There has been no effort at research and development. Why blame the Government alone when we have done nearly nothing. But for the skills of artisans, we would have not scored the present heights.”Mehta, a sport enthusiast, lamented that there had been no effort by the industry to popularise sport in the country. Said he: “Consider a country of India’s size consuming sports goods worth Rs 10 crore when it should be spending Rs 100 crore. No doubt the exports are good but what about the home market?”In addition, the profits of this business which is still organised as a cottage industry, are dependent on workers it has provided little incentives to. Except for a few units that have regular organised workers, 80 per cent of the manufacturing is handled by piece wage earners in dingy Jullundur bastis. Labour welfare efforts lack woefully and all benefits of fixed wage earners are denied to them. Lamented craftsman Parshotam Lal, 40: “In return for our skill and sweat, we get paltry wages which have dwindled in the last three years. While I was getting Rs 7 per football last year, I now get only Rs 5 – and I can only stitch a maximum of three daily.”For an industry which has, according to experts, an annual export potential of Rs 70 crore, besides creating a good home market, the portents are grim. The Jullundur branch of the Export Promotional Council has remained headless, despite the efforts of council chairman C. Venkatraman. Neither the Central nor the state Government has persuaded any officer to take up regional directorship of this body. Of this unconcern, the Asiad, for which most of the sporting equipment had to be imported from abroad, was only an acerbic reminder.last_img read more