New flavours join gourmet popcorn line

first_imgGourmet popcorn maker Joe and Seph’s has added savoury flavours to its snack portfolio for the first time. Available in 90g bags, the range now includes: goat’s cheese and black pepper; mature Irish cheddar; and cheddar, sweet topping and savoury seasoning.The popcorn is air-popped and made with mushroom kernels. A range of sweet flavours are already available, including smooth caramel, coconut and cinnamon, and smooth caramel, pepper and chilli.last_img

Presenting Your 2017 Electric Forest Festy Awards

first_imgElectric Forest boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups around, perfecting the Venn diagram model of bringing together the best in jam, electronic, funk, crossover acts, and everything in between. Beyond the music, Sherwood Forest is filled with all sorts of magical, bizarre, and unique musical experiences that one would never find anywhere else. With a little bit of something for just about everyone, we decided to break down our favorite sets from this past weekend by category. Presenting: your 2017 Electric Forest Weekend One Festy Awards!Best Dance Party — The Motet Mixtape Hall of FameKnown for their high-energy performances and tight, fresh licks, funk powerhouse The Motet is a blast for any late-night extravaganza. On Saturday evening, the septet, led by vibrant frontman Lyle Divinsky, took it to the next level with a mish-mosh of fan favorites from some of their past “mixtape” throwback sets. Hits from Earth Wind & Fire, Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament, Prince, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and more had us grooving into the wee hours of the night in the Jubilee tent.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Rock And Roll Performance — My Morning JacketMy Morning Jacket’s experimental brand of psychedelic rock places them on their own plane of existence musically, complete with mind-blowing jams that take their shows to another dimension. Though we missed our regularly scheduled programming of Saturday evening String Cheese Incident and their spectacle set, Jacket on the main stage was an excellent filler and considered by many to be the best set of the weekend. Highlights included emotional renditions of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”, Allen Toussaint’s “Yes We Can”, and Prince’s “Purple Rain”.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Funkiest Heavy Hitter — LettuceYou probably already know that Lettuce is one of the best modern-day funk acts. Over the past year or two, however, the band has been on an unstoppable trajectory, toying with exploratory, psychedelic jams and taking it all the way out there while still remaining a tight unit. Friday’s late-night get down in the Jubilee tent saw sit-ins from Break Science’s Borahm Lee and an off-the-cuff appearance by Matisyahu, which led to a raging “Exodus”/”Welcome to Jam Rock” mashup. Set closer “Phyllis” featured teases of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. 2” in honor of the recently deceased Prodigy.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Jams — SpaffordSpafford’s debut at the Forest featured a set full of heavy hitters as well as a special sit-in on keys by Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins on “All In”. The Observatory Stage was packed out, and their groove-oriented jams fit the vibe of the glowing forest to perfection. A particularly funky bounce back into “Electric Taco Stand” had the crowd dancing wildly, while a spaced-out, effects driven jam in “People” showed off the band’s variety of improvisational skills. The energy could be felt radiating through the crowd as they dug deeper and deeper into a psychedelic space throughout the set.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Jamtronica — LotusJamtronica heavyweights Lotus posted up at Sherwood Court for the final performance of Thursday night. While the rain could have put a damper on spirits, Lotus kept the vibes on high from the start, with the ever-popular “Spiritualize” making a surprise appearance to open their set. As their cover of Todd Terje’s “Inspector Norse” made a triumphant transition into the jubilant “Sunrain,” the crowd basked in the downpour, making for a truly magical way to start the weekend.Photo by Adam Straughn***Best Group Collaboration — Everyone Orchestra (Night 2)Friday’s edition of Matt Butler and his fully improvisational Band of Merry Pranksters brought together Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Rempel (Lotus), Brian Moss (Spafford), Red Johnson (Spafford), Jeff Mann (Consider the Source), Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band), and Nick Baum (Eminence Ensemble). This jam band mafia joined forces for a dynamic set that exhibited each individual’s unique talents and saw the never-done-before collaboration seamlessly weave between Butler-directed jams including an impromptu “Fire on the Mountain”. Corso’s commanding vocal range stole the show.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Electronic — Bob MosesWhile many sought shelter on a rainy Thursday night, those itching to get down headed over to Bob Moses on the Sherwood Court stage for some pulsating, sexy house beats. Fortunately, the rain only added to the haunting, psychedelic vibe of the set. The deep house duo brought live drums into the mix and had the crowd, largely new to the band, blown away by the talent of the vocals and instrumentals.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Trance — Above And BeyondOne of the top dance acts in the world, Above and Beyond is constantly pushing the limits of electronic music. Headlining after String Cheese on Thursday night, tens of thousands flocked to the main stage for the ultimate dance party. Their style veered more towards trance than dub, creating exploratory and uplifting electronic soundscapes on a rainy night.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Downtempo — [Br]eaking [Bi]scuitsSince their exciting debut at last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits has perfected itself as an experimental side project. The group is the lovechild of the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein and Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, and the group played around with songs from both of the established bands while creating their own downtempo, trip-hop tunes. Covers of Daft Punk, RJD2, DJ Shadow, and Justice featuring Brasstracks’ Ivan Jackson stole the show.Photo by Adam Straughn***Most Genre-Bending Set — String Cheese IncidentWith seven incredible sets throughout the weekend, set two of String Cheese Incident on Friday night stood out as the extravaganza of the weekend, with guests across all genres joining in on the fun. First, Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno came out and performed a soulful rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree.” Next, jazz-sax master Kamasi Washington and Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight added some funky flare. Matisyahu, Matt Hill of the Floozies, and Liquid Stranger were up next for an electronic, dance-heavy spin and later joined by Brazilian Girls to close out the guest-heavy segment with a rendition of their song “Pussy”.Photo by Adam Straughn***Best Act You Might Have Missed — Southern AvenueMemphis-based juggernaut Southern Avenue may have their foundation based in the blues, but they exceed the confines of the genre, with elements of funk, rock, Americana, and so, so much soul. Don’t let lead singer Tierinii Jackson’s petite stature throw you off — the spark plug has a constant current of energy coursing through her veins, a contagious stage presence, and powerful, electrifying pipes. Though their first set of the weekend was concealed in the Grand Artique stage at the “Trading Post” inside the forest, they drew hundreds of attendees with their thunderous sound. ***Funkiest Electro/Disco — BreakbotThose still going strong on Sunday afternoon were treated to a rare live set by French DJ Breakbot. The addition of a full band and female singer gave the electro-funk act a modern-day disco feel reminiscent of Escort. Feel-good vibes and familiar pop tunes helped to dance away the Sunday Scaries. ***Weirdest Thing We Saw — Secret Speakeasy Inside The Hangar StageKnown for constantly reinventing the wheel, a relatively new addition to the festival is the Hangar Stage — a trippy, 1940s-style saloon complete with a beauty parlor, buffing/massage station, fake tattoo parlor, bowling alley, barber shop, and more oddities. Hidden within this magical world is a secret speakeasy, only accessible to those gifted a special dog tag by someone “in the know.” Once inside, guests are greeted by early 20th century stewardesses who remain firmly in character and guided back to a special bar and lounge where a burlesque dancer and singer exhibits her “bare” talents for an unknowing audience. Someone even proposed on stage inside this spectacular secret hideaway!Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Bluegrass — Infamous StringdustersThe final day of Electric Forest saw the Infamous Stringdusters get things started on the main stage. The bluegrass staple’s warm, inviting melodies and tight harmonies made for the perfect Sunday daytime set. The band invited String Cheese Incident’s Bill Nershi on stage to perform SCI tune “Black Clouds” and even turned it up a notch with a fun cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Trippiest Place To See Music — Church In The ForestWhile the festival’s lineup is not to be discredited, the music alone is not what keeps guests returning to Electric Forest year after year. Attendees seek weird and wonderful experiences inside the magical, mysterious world of Sherwood Forest. One welcome newcomer to the neighborhood this year was a psychedelic church, complete with pews, an alter, and a trippy backdrop centered around a third eye. At any given time of the day or night, you could find yourself at church in the midst of a wild dance party, game show, or some bizarre form of performance art.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Cover — The Revivalists ft. Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter: “When Doves Cry”NOLA rockers The Revivalists have been on a nonstop upward trajectory, drawing larger and larger crowds to festival sets across the country. Kicking things off on the main stage on Thursday afternoon, their entire performance was high-energy and explosive, but the most memorable moment was undoubtedly Ziek McCarter, the mesmerizing frontman of Con Brio, channeling his inner Prince for a dynamic rendition of “When Doves Cry.”Photo via Electric Forest***Funkiest Electronic Collab — The Floozies With HornsLive electronic future-funk producers The Floozies are constantly reinventing the wheel and exploring new territory, fusing live instrumentation with top-notch production in new and creative ways. Saturday afternoon saw the brotherly duo bring the Terminus Horns from Atlanta into the mix for an upbeat, funky twist.Photo by Adam Straughn***Dirtiest House Music — Claude Von StrokeDeep house maven and Dirtybird sovereign Claude VonStroke brought his signature brand of electronic music to the forest for two appearances: one traditional set on the Tripolee stage on Thursday and one “secret” set under the pseudonym Barclay Crenshaw (his real name). The latter was a unique mix of hip-hop and psychedelic bass music, which created a massive dance extravaganza inside the forest on the Observatory stage on Friday night.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Silent Disco — DJ Jody LitvackDeep within the forest, headphone-clad ravers danced seemingly in silence to the disco beats of DJ Jody Litvack, bumping fresh remixes of old-school and mainstream tracks. A conga line bust out during Mr. Belt & Wezol & Freejak’s rerub of “Somebody to Love,” and the Canadian DJ went crowd surfing during the Chris James “Sweet Child O Mine” edit of “Feel So Close.” A New Order remix of “Blue Monday” had everyone going wild, including Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who could be seen riding the rail.***Best Disco Remixes— Motion PotionGoing to a Motion Potion DJ set is like stepping into a time machine. The nostalgic producer dropped incredible disco rerubs of classics like The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),” and Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes,” making for some of the best surprise dance parties of the weekend.Tickets for Electric Forest weekend two are still available and can be purchased here.last_img read more

Toornament launches platform for Battle Royale competitions

first_imgToornament, a company that provides a platform for creating and managing esports competitions, has added Battle Royale to its offering. Introducing a new tournament structure for Fortnite, Darwin Project, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, players will be able to compete in free-for-all matches against other budding competitors.PUBG is steadily hitting its stride in the world of esports, Fortnite just had its biggest competition yet, and H1Z1 recently launched its own Pro League, so Toornament is evidently looking to get a piece of the ever-popular Battle Royale pie.Toornament’s newly-introduced structure allows up to 4,096 participants per tournament, up to 100 competitors per match, a scoring system that calculates standings from in-game ranks and skills across several matches. This update also allows tournament organisers to set up double-elimination bracket grand finals – effectively it allows a lot of freedom for Battle Royale competitions.Michael Daudignon, Marketing Director at Toornament discussed this new feature in a statement: “The Battle Royale phenomenon has broken sales and streaming records. We now believe it can help generalize competitive gaming, and make millions of players want to participate in tournaments, as it has never been this easy to take part in a competition. And with the release of our new Free-for-All features, we want to make it just as easy for organizers.”Toornament also offers a platform for competitors in titles such as FIFA 18, Clash Royale, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and plenty of other highly-regarded esports titles.Esports Insider says: Battle Royale is obviously the biggest genre in mainstream, casual gaming, but it’s still very early in its venture in esports. Developments such as Toornament’s platform, as well as big announcement such as PUBG Corp.’s own competition, are all positive steps for the genre.last_img read more

Court orders Senator to show more detailed statement of means in debt case

first_imgA Judge has asked for a detailed statement of means from a Co Donegal senator who has appeared in court on foot of an instalment order application.Independent Senator Brian O Domhnaill appeared at Falcarragh District Court where an application was made to determine how much the politician can pay on a debt. The application was made by solicitor Rory O’Brien instructed by A&L Goodbody Solicitors on behalf of the Standards in Public Office (SIPO).It follows two separate applications by SIPO after High Court orders for costs were given in a previous case.The case arose after SIPO found Senator O’Domhnaill had wrongly claimed expenses of around €2,000 when he was a Fianna Fáil Donegal County Councillor during 2006/7 on foot of an anonymous complaint to Donegal County Council.The State ethics watchdog found Mr Ó Domhnaill intentionally broke ethics legislation after he claimed expenses from two separate bodies for the same trip.The Senator was found to have breached ethics rules by the Standards in Public Office Commission after claiming expenses from both Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta on three occasions in 2006.He claimed hundreds of euro in travel and subsistence for attending the events which took place simultaneously but which were hundreds of kilometres apart.It cost SIPO in excess of €360,000 to investigate the matter in which Senator O’Domhnaill denied any wrongdoing.Most of the costs relate to High Court and Court of Appeal hearings connected to the case and for translation services. SIPO won its claim for costs.In 2016 the Gortahork based senator resigned from Fianna Fáil and is now and Independent senator.Defence solicitor Kieran Haran claimed the application was vexatious by bringing it before the local court in his area.He said his client was looking for a period of time to deal with the matter through an insolvency practitioner.“This is vexatious in the first instance. A judgement is in place. Any other judgement against any other person would be allowed to go through process.“Why would Mr O’Domhnaill be any different. The aim is to bring it before the court in his local area. He is in quite a lot of debt because of this but it is not his only debt,” Mr Harron added.However, Mr O’Brien pointed out that the application was brought in the court area where Mr O Domhnaill resides and was being made on foot of the High Court orders.He added that SIPO was not consenting to an adjournment as this avenue had been explored before and rejected.Mr O Domhnaill was in the vicinity of the court but did not come into the courtroom for the hearing.Judge Paul Kelly asked to see Mr O Domhnaill’s statement of means.Having viewed the file he noted that the contents of the statement of means were “sparse.”He asked Mr Haran: “What can your client afford? On the face of it does not look like there is a lot there,” Judge Kelly asked referring to the statement of means.”Mr Harron told him some of the larger debts could be dealt with as there were two investment properties.Judge Kelly added “The difficulty is that his statement of means is very sparse. In the absence of a more detailed statement, it will be difficult for the court to deal with it.“He would need to be a lot more forthcoming with the various statements in the statement of means.”He adjourned the case until March 25 for a full statement of means.Court orders Senator to show more detailed statement of means in debt case was last modified: February 20th, 2019 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) Tags:courtFalcarraghHIGH COURTSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLSIPOstatement of meanslast_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgGervinho’s classy turn and finish denied Chelsea a half-time lead in a thrilling London derby at the Emirates Stadium.A clever hooked finish from Fernando Torres looked like giving the Premier League leaders a half-time advantage against the unbeaten Gunners until Gervinho struck three minutes before the break.The Blues had an encouraging start, dominating the early possession and threatening through a tame David Luiz free-kick and a decent Torres run and cross.The hosts responded with a Santi Cazorla shot that flew well over the bar and also had a couple of ambitious penalty claims turned down.But the visitors were on top and went ahead through Torres.The Spaniard ignored the close attentions of Laurent Koscielny, kept his focus on the ball from a Juan Mata free-kick and managed to cleverly steer a first-time right-foot volley in at the near post.Moments later he should have made it 2-0 after robbing Koscielny and bearing down on goal, but he delayed his finish and the big centre-back was able to get back and put Torres off.Chelsea continued to have the upper hand but failed to make the most of their dominance against an Arsenal side who seemed to struggled to cope with an injury to Abou Diaby.But Gervinho’s quality finish from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross drew them level to set up an intriguing second half.Chelsea (4-3-2-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry; Ramires, Mikel, Hazard; Mata, Oscar; Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

first_imgObservations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.Celestial archaeology:  A triumphant sounding article on PhysOrg announces, “Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology.”  Further down in the text, the reader finds out that the “building blocks” around certain white dwarf stars are crumbling, not growing: “the researchers have discovered that many of the stars show signs of contamination by rocky material, the left overs from a planetary system.”  If there ever were planets, in other words, only their leftovers remain.Destruction in Beta Pictoris:  A couple of decades ago, astronomers were all excited about Beta Pictoris, a star with one of the first dust disks ever seen.  They were sure the dust was clumping into planets, especially when a tilt in the disk hinted at the presence of a perturbing planet.  Now, a paper in Science Magazine is all about destruction, not construction: “Molecular Gas Clumps from the Destruction of Icy Bodies in the β Pictoris Debris Disk.”   Researchers had this to say about an asymmetric clump of carbon monoxide found in the disk: “This gas clump delineates a region of enhanced collisions, either from a mean motion resonance with an unseen giant planet or from the remnants of a collision of Mars-mass planets.”  The paper says nothing about accretion, but rather a “collisional cascade” of debris, perhaps something like that in the blockbuster movie Gravity.  “The CO and compact clump in the β Pic disk indicate that this system is undergoing a period of intense activity driven by planets or planet collisions.”The debris in low earth orbit in Gravity was not growing into a space station.  Why should we expect circling debris around a star to grow a habitable planet?(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Research yielding some clear answers to murky water quality questions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers want answers on water quality. The general public wants answers. The residents on and around Ohio’s lakes and streams want answers.But first, what exactly is the problem?Laura Johnson works with the long-term water quality monitoring efforts at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The research has painted a fairly clear picture of the agricultural impact on water quality in Lake Erie.“We have a one of a kind long-term water monitoring program. The longest-term river monitoring efforts are the ones that run into Lake Erie like the Maumee, Sandusky, and Cuyahoga. We also monitor rivers running to the Ohio River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. At those stations we monitor all year round, every day and we try and get all of the storm events because that is when everything comes off the fields and out into Lake Erie,” Johnson said. “When we look at our agricultural watersheds, we see this big increase in dissolved phosphorus and it is bioavailable for algae. When we look at rivers like the Cuyahoga that are mostly urban, we don’t see those same increases. We actually see decreases because of the continued regulations on point sources. When we look at mixed land uses in watersheds like the Scioto, we see a combination of both. We see there have been some increases and we also see some really high phosphorus during low flows, which indicates problems with point sources. So we really see it all.”In terms of the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, there is a clear trend.“We have found that between March and July the amount of phosphorus that comes out of the Maumee River is very closely correlated with the size of algal bloom in the lake. If we have a year where it rains a lot and we get a lot of rain running across the ground picking up phosphorus and getting it to the lake, we have a big bloom like in 2015. If we don’t have that like this year in 2016 where we were in a drought, we really don’t have much of a bloom. We had a little bigger bloom this year than in 2012, which was also a drought year and the other lowest bloom we have had,” Johnson said. “When we look at these export rates of phosphorus from farms, it ends up being only maybe 1% or 2% of what is being applied in the watershed. This means we are not losing a whole lot but it is still clearly enough to cause a problem in the lake. We have a lot of farms leaking a little bit of phosphorus. Because of this, nuance changes to nutrient management can have a huge effect. Most of the farmers I talk to are trying and want to do something about this issue. There is a lot of momentum moving forward and enthusiasm to try and implement some practices and fix this issue.”Being proactive on this issue, Ohio agriculture saw this problem before it made national headlines with the Toledo water fiasco in August of 2014. Starting in 2012, big dollars were invested by Ohio’s farmers for researching the realities of agricultural nutrients and water quality. After extensive data collection and synthesis, there are finally some answers. The realities of this complex water quality/agriculture issue continue to be a bit murky, but there are some clear takeaways from the $3.5 million invested by Ohio’s grain farmers to determine how to best address the challenge.In a recent news conference held by the Maumee River in Toledo, Elizabeth Dayton from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provided progress observations and presented on-field data spanning 29 farm fields, 2,000 water samples and 42,000 data analyses since 2012.Her key findings are:Agricultural soil phosphorus levels are holding steady or trending downward in at least 80% of Ohio counties from 1993 through 2015.Soil nutrient testing is vital to determining the right amount and type of fertilizer needed for crops.Incorporating fertilizer into the soil through banding or injecting has the potential to reduce the concentration risk of phosphorus in runoff up to 90% under certain conditions.Tile drainage is an effective filtration system that can reduce soil erosion and prevent the loss of nutrients. In general, phosphorus concentration from tile runoff is less than in surface runoff.Current guidelines for phosphorus levels in soil established by Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations appear to be on the right track.Nearly three-quarters of phosphorus in surface runoff is attached to and travels with eroded soil sediment, making erosion control a key to phosphorus runoff control.Dayton said that phosphorus and other nutrients concentrated on the surface along with steadily increasing soil nutrient levels in the late 1980s and early1990s were significant factors in the increased problems of algal blooms in lake Erie. Addressing those two problems is a great start for individual farms.“Maintaining your soil phosphorus levels within the agronomic range continues to be vitally important. Another thing that is really important is fertilizer placement method to get those nutrients in contact with soil as opposed to just surface application — that reduces your runoff risk astronomically,” Dayton said. “Our participating farmers in the research have a multitude of crop rotations. Most of them are corn-beans, some are corn-beans-wheat and some are continuous corn. What we find is across all of those rotations we come back to the same things: manage your soil test levels; make sure your fertilizer placement gets in contact with the soil; try not to have bare ground through the winter. Keep cover on your field to keep erosion to a minimum. That continues to be important as well.“With all of the outreach and discussion we have been having, now soil test values are trending down significantly in 80% of Ohio counties at all levels. That is a great thing. Now fertilizer placement method is what I keep harping on. By paying attention to fertilizer placement method we can prevent a lot of nutrient runoff.”Bill Myers farms in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties right along Lake Erie. He is excited to get some more answers that help him manage his farm in a way to minimize expensive nutrient loss and maximize the water quality in his community.“We are doing grid sampling, we are making fertilizer applications and injecting or incorporating into the soil as quickly as we can to minimize the movement of the nutrient into the soil profile so we don’t open ourselves up to leaching and runoff,” Myers said.  “In the distant past there were a lot of surface applications that were made and we relied on Mother Nature to wash it down into the soil. We have been enlightened from this OSU research that this is not necessarily the wisest way to spend our money. We need to get it in contact with the ground two or three inches below the surface. That is the best way to keep it from moving. The biggest need we have moving forward is getting the information from the research that has been done that shows us which practices we need to enhance and which ones we need to pull back from. The sooner we get that information, the sooner we can prevent dissolved phosphorus from getting in the waterways.”Terry McClure, the chairman of the Ohio Soybean Council, farms a bit further from the lake in Paulding County, but still well within the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed where the algal blooms have been a problem. He said they have also made numerous changes on the farm.“This is a complex subject with many moving parts. We can do our part by doing the best we can do on our land. If we implement the 4Rs on the four million acres in this watershed I think it will go a long way to fixing agriculture’s share of this issue,” McClure said. “We used to apply all of our phosphate for the whole rotation at once because it was easy. For our wheat starter we’d put a lot more on than we needed for our wheat. Now we break it up and we soil test in between. We make sure we get it on in a timely manner. We also make sure to find a time to do some light incorporation. If we do some vertical till right before planting wheat, we make sure the fertilizer is on ahead of that tillage and not the last thing that happens on the field. It is not always the easiest way to do it, but we believe those small things can make a big difference.“Balance is the key word. We are learning so much. We need to keep phosphorus and other nutrients in the right agronomic range to avoid those spikes. We can’t use that one-size fits all strategy. We are learning we need to make adjustments from what we have done in the past.”Keith Truckor farms in Fulton County and serves as the Ohio Corn Checkoff Chair. He is glad to see Ohio agriculture moving in a positive direction on this important issue.“The methods farmers are using to decrease the phosphorus going into the waterways are working. On our farm we are soil testing every three years and we have variable rate application of nutrients to our fields. We do not want to over apply because if we do they will leave our farms and lead to algal blooms,” Truckor said. “I think the main thing here is that it appears the runoff on the surface is the issue we have with the phosphorus. We also looked at research with tile drainage and we are not seeing the phosphorus particulate out of the drainage, which is a good thing. That means the phosphorous is attaching to the soil particles and providing nutrients for the crops. We’ve found when we apply nutrients to the top of the soil and get a heavy rain event or if it is on frozen ground, those nutrients tend to wash into the waterway system. That is just not appropriate anymore as far as our farming practices are concerned. We have to do a better job as farmers to negate that. We have to use the 4Rs.”The research also clearly shows that agriculture is not the only contributor of nutrients to the waterways and that many mysteries remain. But for now, those who are seeking answers on how to address water quality and nutrient loss from farms have some.last_img read more

Roll your own Mini for the self-driving, ride-sharing future

first_imgTags:#Autonomous car#BMW#Internet of Things#IoT#Mini#Next 100#ride-sharing#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Mini, one of the most influential British car brands (now owned by BMW), has unveiled its own autonomous car and ride-sharing vision for the future.In a YouTube video titled “Mini Vision Next 100 – The Shape of Things to Come,” the company shows an autonomous car concept that can recognize riders, change their steering wheel and speed preference, and provide a portal to the internet to view photos and videos.See Also: Mark your calendars: 2021 will be huge for autonomous carsThe button is called The Cooperizer, it is the “heart and mind of the Mini Vision Next 100”, according to the press release. Users can watch friends, family, and “visionaries” experience the Next 100, whatever that means.In the video, when the rider arrives at his destination the car doors lock automatically behind him. Once the next customer arrives, it recognizes and projects a customized greeting. Mini said that the autonomous vehicle will head back to a service hub to recharge most times, unless a customer is nearby.This is cool, but…There are quite a few unanswered questions that Mini and BMW don’t seem willing to answer. The steering wheel is a questionable addition to an autonomous car, especially a ride-sharing vehicle, since regulators wouldn’t want drivers with a license controlling a car.Mini also hasn’t said whether the Next 100 is an idea or concept, when Mini plans to unveil the car, and the business model. The owner of the Mini brand, BMW, might be looking to launch another autonomous car alongside the iNext in 2021, but that is just speculation for the time being. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Marc Buoniconti: It’s time to ban youth football

first_imgView comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Buoniconti is thinking about calling for a ban on “Little League football” and perhaps extending it through high school. He fears that the hitting inherent in the game is too dangerous for kids, even if no concussions have been sustained.Buoniconti is not speaking for the Miami Project, for which he has raised nearly a half-billion dollars for research into the treatment of spinal cord and brain injuries. That organization, founded in 1985, has not taken a stand on including such a discussion in its efforts.“This is my personal opinion, I don’t even have any evidence to suggest that is what happens with children who play football,” Buoniconti says. “It’s just my opinion that children playing football, continually hitting their head, whether it is concussion or repetitive hitting, is detrimental to their health.”While acknowledging that helmet manufacturers are trying to develop safer equipment, Buoniconti finds that a losing battle.“No matter what you do, you are always going to hit the head,” he says. “The head leads the body and no matter how you try to protect the head, it’s just the type of game where the velocity is just too fast and people are too strong, and there is nothing they can do to really protect the brain. The equipment just doesn’t exist.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Buoniconti has written a book titled “Undefeated: From Tragedy to Triumph.” He notes that it was both a painful and uplifting exercise to tell his life story. The book discusses his family’s fund and the advances the Miami Project has made through the decades in the search to find a cure for paralysis.And now, perhaps, Buoniconti has another cause toward which he could devote his unflagging energy.“Just think about it,” he says, “the brain of a child is in the earliest developmental stages at this time in their life. (It is) the most critical and important time of their brain development and they are repetitively hitting their head constantly day in and day out. I believe over a longer run, they are going to find out that it is not just concussion that causes brain damage, just that repetitive hitting of the head over and over again is also causing damage.“So I would like to start the conversation of thinking about that type of research to try to understand early childhood development of brain function, whether or not this impact is really going to cause damage. Because I think someone is going to have to stand between the player and the field, especially with these children, and I would like to start that conversation about doing that type of research to protect our kids.”Buoniconti will host the 32nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to honor the Miami Project, part of the Miami Miller School of Medicine, in New York on Monday night. 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The things you learn at football — the teamwork, the camaraderie, learning how to win, how to lose, the practice, the discipline — everything is so important that you learn in football that you can apply to your life.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 shutout“It was amazing for me what I learned on the football field was so instrumental when I went to the Citadel because of all I had to go through there with all that training and discipline that it really prepared me.“But the more I learned about concussion through the research, through the experience of my father, I honestly can no longer tell parents that their loved ones should play football. I just can’t do it in my heart.” LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Marc Buoniconti talks during an interview in New York. On the right is a photograph of the former Citadel player with his father, Nick Buoniconti. Buoniconti wants to see youth football banned. A former college player who was paralyzed during a game and now a spokesman for the Miami Project, Buoniconti believes children’s brains are put in jeopardy with every hit. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned.He hasn’t always felt that way. Now, as his Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis also researches head trauma, the former college linebacker paralyzed from the shoulders down in a game nearly 32 years ago has a different view.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more