East Donegal roads reopened following overnight flash floods

first_imgParts of East Donegal were hit by heavy floods last night as downpours caused major travel disruption in the area.Two main routes were impassable after 9pm due to floodwater and many other local routes were affected.Donegal County Council workers were on the scene to divert traffic and deal with the destruction. The R236 St. Johnston to the N14 at Ballinalecky and the R265 Rossgier to Porthall have been reopened this Monday morning.Motorists are being advised to drive with care.   East Donegal roads reopened following overnight flash floods was last modified: September 23rd, 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)last_img read more

How Long Can Comets Bust Up and Re-form?

first_imgIf comets repeatedly break up and re-coagulate, how long could that recur?A new paper in Nature from the Rosetta team suggests a strange new theory about comets. Their Comet 67P has two prominent lobes, like a dumbbell, but it’s not unique. Four other comet nuclei also have a bilobed appearance. This suggests a new theory of how they got that way:Here, we study the structure and dynamics of 67P’s nucleus. We find that sublimation torques have caused the nucleus to spin up in the past to form the large cracks observed on its neck. However, the chaotic evolution of its spin state has so far forestalled its splitting, although it should eventually reach a rapid enough spin rate to do so. Once this occurs, the separated components will be unable to escape each other; they will orbit each other for a time, ultimately undergoing a low-speed merger that will result in a new bilobate configuration. The components of four other imaged bilobate nuclei have volume ratios that are consistent with a similar reconfiguration cycle, pointing to such cycles as a fundamental process in the evolution of short-period comet nuclei. It has been shown that comets were not strong contributors to the so-called late heavy bombardment about 4 billion years ago. The reconfiguration process suggested here would preferentially decimate comet nuclei during migration to the inner solar system, perhaps explaining this lack of a substantial cometary flux.It’s a destructive process, in other words. How long could that go on?This is grist for someone’s research mill – someone open to the idea that billions of years are neither necessary nor empirically tenable. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fighting agricultural Afropessimism

first_img“I often hear it said that Africa is runningout of food per head,” says analyst SteveWiggins. “Now unless these statistics arecomplete and utter junk, that just simplyisn’t true. The index shows 16%, 17%,18% more food being produced per capitacompared to the early 1980s.”(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com imagelibrary)MEDIA CONTACTS• Overseas Development InstituteGareth ThomasActing Media and Public Affairs Officer+44 20 7922 [email protected] HartDirector of Communications+44 (0)20 7922 [email protected]• International Food Policy ResearchInstituteMichael Rubinstein+1 202 862 [email protected] Pietrowski+1 202 862 [email protected] Aslam+1 [email protected]• Future Agricultures [email protected], after 20 years of relative neglect, African agriculture is a hot topic, with a substantial growth in production and a new interest among major donors in funding the sector.That is the message emerging from the African Seminars Series now taking place in London, a gathering that examines the constraints and opportunities facing Africa’s farmers.The figures being presented are impressive and, according to Steve Wiggins, who leads the agriculture programme at Britain’s Overseas Development Institute, confound the pessimists who assume the situation to be much worse than it is.“I often hear it said that Africa is running out of food per head,” he told the seminar. “Now unless these statistics are complete and utter junk, that just simply isn’t true. The index shows 16%, 17%, 18% more food being produced per capita compared to the early 1980s.”In particular, he said, two regions – West Africa and North Africa – were surging ahead, although there were signs that production in East Africa too might now be beginning to accelerate.“For those of us working on Africa, people use Asia as a stick to beat us with,” Wiggins said. “Well, as far as I can see, there are two bits of Africa there which have done every bit as well as Asia has done over the last quarter of a century.”Wiggins’s fellow speaker at the opening session was Ousman Badiane, the Africa director of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. He put his finger on the mid nineties as the point when Africa really turned a corner.With no other overall change which could account for this recovery, Badiane attributed it to the structural adjustment programmes which so many countries had been persuaded to follow.“I believe it was the result of those strong and messy reform programmes of the 1980s. I remember the pain of it, but it completely changed the environment for agriculture.”Challenges, opportunitiesBoth speakers were agreed that the food price spike in 2008 and the world economic crisis pose both challenges and opportunities for African farmers. They worried about a growing protectionism in Asia – a major potential market for African agricultural produce – and about the fact that the speed of Asian development may have closed a window of opportunity for African’s own industrialisation.As Steve Wiggens said, “The single biggest stimulus to most farmers is a thriving local city.”Above all they worried that the gains of the last 20 years might be reversed. Ousman Badiane referred to a new law passed in Kenya to restore price controls on agricultural produce.“That’s where Kenya was 25 years ago,” he said. “The danger is that the generation of leaders that went through the pains of those reforms are no longer active. So those leaders today can make the same mistakes as the leaders of 25 years ago.”He added: “It is just for me unimaginable that a farmer stands up every day, produces the food and someone claims that is a common good: – ‘It’s our rice, it’s our maize.’ It’s amazing. Nobody goes to the farm with them, but once they produce the product, everybody claims it as their own. That has to change. It’s a private product; it belongs to the farmers. And they have to be able to sell it for the price that the market offers.”Comprehensive developmentOusmane Badiane sees the African Union‘s Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (Caadep), in so far as it gives a voice to farmers, as an influence against this kind of reversal of policies.The first two seminars both sparked discussion of Caadep, which obliges member governments to devote 10% of their national budgets to agriculture and encourages them to produce a coherent plan to which donors can subscribe.But there was a considerable level of scepticism about Caadep. One participant, currently working in Malawi, described the frantic rush to produce a programme to put before donors, and said he had seen no evidence of new money becoming available.This was echoed by Christie Peacock, chief executive officer of the NGO Farm Africa. “There’s so little vision,” she said. “I’m very sceptical about the Caadep process. It’s supposed to be African led, but it’s often a very top-down process.”She echoed the reservations expressed by several participants, that even if new money was now being offered for agricultural development, both through Caadep and from the US government’s Feed the Future programme, there was no well-thought-out plan about how it should be used. “I think we are visionless at the moment,” Peacock said, “and after 20 years of lack of interest, we are in danger of reinventing the wheel all over again.”But the keynote speaker at the second seminar, Professor Sir Gordon Conway, author of The Doubly Green Revolution, was more optimistic about funding: “I do think there will be money – about a billion dollars of USAid [US Agency for International Development] money this year, and a billion plus next. Not perhaps the $3.5-billion that has been talked about, but around $2.7-billion will be there.”“Twenty years ago there was a view that African didn’t need agricultural development, that the private sector would do it all, and among some donor agencies that view is still there. But as a result of the food price crisis we have things like the Feed the Future programme, which looks for countries’ own plans. It recognises that countries are different, asks what they intend to do, and acts accordingly, and I think that’s quite a good approach.”The African Seminar Series is organised by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Overseas Development Institute. Further sessions on markets, land issues and agriculture-led development in an urbanizing world will take place between now and the beginning of September.Source: Irin Newslast_img read more

Pick n Pay ups Zimbabwe investment

first_img2 November 2010 The investment in TM Supermarkets will inject new capital into the business and allow for much-needed refurbishment, including new fittings, generators and point of sale equipment. The stake has been acquired from Zimbabwean group Meikles Limited. The TM chain is the largest chain of retail stores in Zimbabwe by number of stores, with 51 retail outlets. South Africa’s Pick n Pay has increased its investment in Zimbabwe’s TM Supermarkets with the purchase of an additional 24% stake, worth about US$13-million (about R90.1-million), taking its shareholding in the retailer to 49%. “We welcome the opportunity to participate more meaningfully in the stabilisation of the Zimbabwe economy, and are excited to participate in the turnaround that is expected.” “Pick n Pay first made the investment in TM in 1996,” said Badminton. “TM has done an extremely good job in this business during very difficult times, facing and enduring severe economic deprivation, hyperinflation, currency collapse and an erratic merchandise availability.” Pick n Pay’s strategy into Africa has mainly been through partnering with locals and through the franchise route, where local experts own the franchise in their own communities. Direct investments are considered on a case-by-case basis, such as with a corporate store that was opened in Zambia. Improving economic stability Africa expansion strategy Badminton added that the conversion to the US dollar as the currency in Zimbabwe had provided a significant amount of stability and was a key factor in Pick n Pay’s decision to purchase the additional shareholding. The transaction is still subject to approval from the relevant Zimbabwean authorities and the South African Reserve Bank, and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2011. “Meikles and Pick n Pay have entered into a shareholder’s agreement to drive this initiative,” Pick n Pay CEO Nick Badminton said in a statement this week. “Certain stores will be re-branded as Pick n Pay stores, so that we can provide a retail experience similar to that provided in South Africa. “With the additional capital available, we believe there is significant upside potential in the TM operation, which is extremely well-run and well-regarded in Zimbabwe,” said Badminton. Currently, Pick n Pay’s foreign operations include 17 stores in Namibia, 12 in Botswana, seven in Swaziland, and one each in Lesotho and Zambia. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Apple Farm Service, Inc. honored by New Holland

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Apple Farm Service, Inc., with locations in Covington, Mechanicsburg  and Botkins has been named to New Holland’s exclusive President’s Club, the highest honor New Holland bestows on a dealership. The award recognizes superior service to customers, as well as excellence and continuous improvement in business performance.New Holland President’s Club Award winners achieved the highest levels in excellence in six categories in the company’s onPoint! Dealer Standards program: service, business management, sales, marketing and customer focus, parts and facilities.“By earning this award, Apple Farm Service has met New Holland’s highest standards for dealerships, an assurance to customers of excellence in business practices,” said Bret Lieberman, New Holland Vice President, North America. “President’s Club award winners have worked very hard to deliver exceptional service and support to their customers. We’re very proud to present this type of recognition to the best of the best.”last_img read more

Flawed Survey Tries To Diss Open Source, Fails

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… So open source goes from quality nightmare for 75% of enterprisesr in Univa’s survey to quality king in Black Duck’s survey. What gives?Reading Between The LinesWell, vendor motivations may help to sway the kinds of questions asked, and the recipients of the survey itself. I’m not suggesting that either company set out to skew results, but neither data sample is likely purely random.Still, I’m more inclined to give credence to Black Duck’s results, despite it being an open-source management and consulting firm. After all, open source is driving the top-three trends in enterprise computing: Big Data, cloud, and mobile. If enterprises were struggling to make open source work, they wouldn’t be using so much of it, and in such business-critical areas.Which is not to suggest that open source has “won” and all proprietary software is doomed. Indeed, according to a recent Barclays survey of IT executives, a mix of proprietary and open-source software will likely persist for some time: IT + Project Management: A Love Affair But let’s not kid ourselves: the days of open source failing because of a lack of enterprise support or insufficient quality are well behind us. There is no shortage of quality companies providing support for leading edge open-source software. And there is no shortage of exceptional enterprise-grade open-source software.The proof? Open source is being adopted in droves. That’s really the only number that matters in figuring out whether open source provides high-quality software.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Matt Asaycenter_img Tags:#developers#enterprise IT#Open Source Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Two surveys surfaced last week that paint widely divergent pictures of enterprise adoption of open source. But based on the continued rise of open source in the enterprise, only one is likely correct.The first comes from Univa, a data center automation company that also offers an open-source version of its Grid Engine product. Univa found that while 76% of enterprises surveyed are using open source, a full 75% experience problems running it in mission-critical workloads.Given that so many enterprises apparently struggle to use open source successfully, one might wonder why so many persist in doing so. Back in 2008, Gartner found that 85% of enterprises were using open source, but even that high number is surely underreporting actual adoption of open source because, according to Forrester, “developers adopt open source products tactically without the explicit approval of their managers.”Conflicted Much?Fortunately, Univa doesn’t leave us to guess how to resolve this seeming conflict between mass adoption and poor quality. While open source is rarely mentioned on its website, the one page that gets a lot of open source mentions presents a highly conflicted view on open source, like the following customer testimonials:“…we were finally able to switch our focus away from a malfunctioning [open source] Grid Engine.”“If I went to another company that was using purely an open-source Grid Engine, I would take Univa with me to assure this kind of flexibility and security. I know Univa has my back.“And this product pitch:“Univa Grid Engine is the next generation product that open source Grid Engine users have been waiting for.” These sorts of statements would be a great way to bash one’s competition, but in this case Univa’s marketing is designed to bash itself. Or rather, the open-source project upon which it is based. This message carries through in its survey, which found that 64% of enterprises will pay for better quality, which translates to stability (25%) and enterprise-grade support (22%).“That open-source product we give away? It’s not very good! You should pay us instead of using our open-source software” seems to be the message.Different Survey, Very Different ResultsIt’s a very different message conveyed by the results of Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners 2013 Future of Open Source survey.  While vendor support was a top-three consideration in 2012 for adopting open source, in 2013 it falls to number 11, well behind competitive functionality, solid security, and better TCO as reasons to use open source.In fact, this survey finds that “Better Quality Software,” which was the fifth-placed reason for using open source in 2011, is now the top reason: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Competitive UP good for UAAP

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Photo: Arkansas Football Graduates Will Wear This Patch On Their Uniform

first_imgArkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.ArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.last_img read more

Permanent memorial for victims of the Toronto van attack to be installed

first_imgTORONTO – Thousands of cards, photos and flowers have been dismantled by city staff at an event in Toronto, to be replaced with a permanent memorial for the victims of the deadly van attack.Mayor John Tory was in attendance as the impromptu memorials left in the days after the April 23 attack were taken down.He said the items will be placed in storage until the city comes up with an appropriate way to display them.“They should form part of the historical record of Toronto because this was such a tragic event, and the reaction to it was an important part of the history of Toronto,” said Tory.The event is taking place at Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square, the approximate sites where the attack in the city’s North York neighbourhood began and ended.WATCH LIVE: The temporary memorials set up following the horrific van attack in the Yonge and Finch area in April are being removed today. Some of the items will be curated and preserved as the city makes plans for a permanent memorial in the near future. https://t.co/00Kp3UeVj1— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 3, 2018City staff are installing temporary plaques, and Tory said the city will then decide how to proceed with a permanent memorial.He said it’s important to establish a permanent memorial at the site of the attack, as the many mementoes left by mourners wouldn’t last forever.“I think a lot of Torontonians would want to honour the memories of those who died, because it was a horrific and very unusual thing to have happen in a city as peaceful as Toronto,” said Tory.He added it is important to consult with the families of the victims and with people who live in the neighbourhood to create a memorial they believe is appropriate.“Its part of the healing this city has to go through,” said Tory.Ten people were killed and another 16 were injured when a van jumped the curb and ran over multiple people on the sidewalk.A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the incident. His case has been put over until September.last_img read more