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Donegal gets busy bee-coming a pollinator!

first_imgA proposal for Donegal to back an All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has been adopted by Donegal County Council.Inishowen Councillor Albert Doherty proposed the motion calling on the council to adopt, implement and actively promote the plan.The plan was unanimously supported and adopted by members this week. Cllr Doherty has welcomed members support which now directs Donegal County Council to sign a framework agreement, become an official partner with the Pollinator Plan and affirm the local authority’s commitment to support pollinators in County Donegal.Cllr Doherty stated “To help pollinators, we need to ensure that they have food, shelter and safety from chemicals such as pesticides.“Council owned grounds, parks and open spaces can play a critical supportive role for pollinators.“Friendly pollinator actions include managing the land in a slightly different way than has been the norm, now working it in a way that it is sustainable for pollinators so that they can survive and continue to provide us with their vital service. “Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate our crops, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, many of our pollinators are now threatened with extinction. There is much better awareness now about the importance and the plight of the bees and the fact that all of us including County Councils can do something to help them.“Community groups, Tidy Town committees, farmers, schools, sports groups and the local authorities et al can and are the essential ingredients required in implementing the plan and making the landscape more pollinator friendly.“Donegal County Council has now committed to what will be a lengthy venture. The Pollinator Plan is a cross-sector initiative requiring interest, cooperation, understanding, awareness sharing and Actions.”“Doing nothing is not an option,” Cllr Doherty concluded.Donegal gets busy bee-coming a pollinator! was last modified: March 27th, 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:Cllr Albert Dohertydonegalpollinatorlast_img read more

Khabonina Qubeka spreads peace through yoga with the #Mandela100Yogathon

first_imgBy Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa, through its Play Your Part initiative, has partnered with South African award winning artist, Khabonina Qubeka, on the #Mandela100Yogathon tour. The yogathon is an international tour in honour of the centenary of the birth of the late former President, Nelson Mandela.Mandela believed that exercise is a key to physical health and peace of mind. He often talked about how exercise and meditation helped him during his term of imprisonment.Through this tour, Khabonina hopes to spread the message of the importance of health and fitness – especially for children. Khabonina will showcase how the practice of yoga has changed her life and she uses the practice of yoga to enrich the lives of others. In her engagement with the youth, she will reflect on some of Mandela’s core values that can help build a better world. Khabonina believes that Mandela would have loved the concept of bringing the world together through an important and meaningful initiative such as this.The tour started at the Park Lane, a Pullman Hotel in Hong Kong on 27 March 2018. This leg of the tour featured renowned Yoga Guru, YogaRaj who is a three time Guinness World Record holder for the longest yoga marathon.While in Hong Kong, Khabonina also conducted a workshop at the City University where she shared her personal journey of the practice yoga with students. The City University of Hong Kong presented Khabonina with a Professional Creative of the World Award for her contribution to the yoga fraternity worldwide.Following this successful launch, Khabonina will take the #Mandela100Yogathon tour to Botswana on 27 to 29 April 2018; Tanzania from 21 to 28 June 2018; and South Africa from 18 to 26 July 2018, where she will work with various schools and community organisations to further impart her knowledge of the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.For more information on the tour and how you can play your part in supporting Khabonina’s efforts, follow @Khabonina_Q and #Mandela100Yogathon on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Markets watching as planting season gets rolling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather will once again dominate grain markets for the next three months. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is not currently seeing an active El Niño or La Niña. It is extremely important to monitor for that activity. The Center does see increasing odds for an El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere by late summer or fall. It’s arrival will be crucial for summer weather conditions. Other meteorologists suggest that if El Niño begins after early August, summer weather patterns could be hot and dry. Typically the El Niño pattern is not bad for crop production if present during the summer in the U.S.Corn and soybean planting is the main focus for producers across Ohio and the Midwest for the next three weeks. As of the second week of April, U.S. corn planting progress was 3%, the same as the five year average. Days before the Easter holiday, producers across parts but not all of Ohio were just beginning field preparations to plant corn and soybeans. Field activity was not yet at a fast and furious pace at that time. Mid-April Ohio weather forecasts have above normal precipitation into the end of April.Weather has not been a huge factor in Brazil or Argentina as compared to previous years. Lacking this year were the long periods of hot weather in Brazil along with prolonged rainy periods in Argentina. Missing are the concerns of reduced soybean production in Brazil and Argentina due to weather. Also missing are the huge soybean loading delays, which reached nearly 60 days at the ports in Brazil. Those delays were long enough to shift loadings from the U.S., pushing our soybean exports higher than expected.The supply and demand report increased ending stocks for soybeans and wheat. Soybean ending stocks were increased 15 million bushels while wheat ending stocks increased 30 million bushels. The March 31 quarterly stocks report estimated soybean stocks higher than traders had expected. With soybean demand consisting largely of exports and crush, usage can be readily observed with weekly export reports or monthly soybean crush reports. The reality of higher than expected soybean stocks reveals a trend that will gather steam in coming months —2016 U.S. soybean production was under-reported with previous reports. Any corrections will take place with the October Supply and Demand Report which will follow the Sept. 29 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. Meanwhile, the residual column will change to reflect the expected higher production.The mid-April period brought two things to watch. First, South America soybean producers reduced their selling to a near crawl. It was the same selling pace seen in February when reports of the Brazilian Real moving unfavorably brought news of producers in Brazil storing, not selling soybeans. It did not affect or reduce the loading of soybean boats in Brazil during February and March. Second, the Commitment of Traders Report brought an uncommon occurrence heading into the spring planting season: managed money grain positions short in the grains. Funds have been reducing their long soybean positions for over six weeks as they grew tired of the price decline of nearly $1.40 from February into April. The price decline was not healthy to their bottom line. Mid-April managed money held short positions in soybeans of 24,000 contracts. Weeks earlier they had been long over 150,000 contracts of soybeans. The report had the same traders short 143,000 contracts of corn and short 138,000 contracts of wheat. While those traders had been short corn for weeks and short wheat for many months, the report revealed they were adding to their short positions in both corn and wheat. Corn prices were higher for several days mid-April. It had been thought with that price rally that it had been a rally of funds reducing or buying back their short positions. That was not the case. Those funds continue to believe and position themselves for lower prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat which they feel are destined to come to reality as the planting and growing seasons progress in the months ahead.last_img read more

Easter Egg Hunt: Hidden Treats in Adobe After Effects

first_imgWe show you the hidden suprises in this easter egg hunt for Adobe After Effects.It’s that time of the year again, kids get to search around for eggs full of candy while you watch with inner-jealousy. Well…we can’t give you free candy but we can give you the chance to go on an easter egg hunt using Adobe After Effects!For those unfamiliar, an ‘easter egg‘ is a hidden message or joke inside a movie or software. Some developers choose to include easter eggs in their apps and software as a way to entertain and reward users.First we’ll provide instructions for the ‘hunt’ and then we’ll share the spoilers for what each of them does…Easter Egg Hunt InstructionsSimply open up a new project in Adobe After Effects and follow the instructions below.Hold down Option+Command (Control+Alt on a pc) and click About After Effects in the File Menu.Navigate to File>Preferences>General, with the Shift key held down click General. There should be a new menu item at the bottom of the menu tabs.Create a new mask. Hold down Shift+Option+Command and click on the words Mask Expansion. When you close and open the mask menu you should see an easter egg.Add an effect to any layer. In the effects control panel shift+click on the text just above the top effect (make sure you unmute your speakers).Add the Tone effect to any clip. Under the Animation presets click CallAdobe. This produces the DTMF tone that allegedly will call Adobe if you are using a phone that recognizes DTMF tones.What’s Inside Each Egg? Spoiler Alert!1. A secret project with the names of all the developers.2. A secret menu tab that allows users to disable the layer cache and ignore sequence rendering errors. This one makes us a little nervous.3. The term “Mask Embiggen” will replace expansion. Embiggen is a term from The Simpsons which means to make bigger. Although we’re thinking there may be some other connotations.4. When you click right above the top effect in the effect control panel you will hear a sheep sound. I accidentally came across this sound recently with my volume turned up and it scared the heck out of me! The sheep sound also plays when there are certain types of rendering errors.Photo Courtesy of George Gastin on WikimediaThe following video shows how find the easter eggs in Adobe After Effects.Well that concludes our easter egg hunt this year!Did we miss any Easter Eggs? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Hurricane Irma packing 175mph winds

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Hurricane Irma has not even struck any land mass as yet, but she is striking up a whole lot of fear as the storm continues to grow in intensity and makes it way toward so many islands of the Caribbean.  At present, Irma’s wind speeds are up to 175 mph and her trajectory, according to National Hurricane Center model, will send her across Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Inagua and Ragged Island in The Bahamas, along Cuba and the Florida Keys. However the path of Irma has had variations and so forecasters say we have to wait to see what Irma will do once the hurricane interacts with land.  All officials, from every country we have checked in with, are advising residents to take this storm seriously and to be prepared.   By Deandrea Hamilton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Recommended for youlast_img read more

Rival Newspapers Begin to Share Content—Will Magazines Follow

first_imgFor FOLIO:’s 2009 predictions feature (“117 Magazine and Media Predictions for 2009”), Raymond Roker, co-founder and publisher of Urb magazine, predicted that “former foes will share information on clients and prospects.”In the newspaper industry, on the editorial side, this is already happening.There was a story posted on Sunday by the Associated Press (itself a literal product of the idea of newspaper rivals sharing news resources) about how Texas’ Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram—former fierce rivals—have been sharing concert reviews.Their announcement was followed by another one in December, when the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun said they would share resources to cover Maryland. That once-bitter rivals would agree to forge an unholy alliance is a product of the economic downturn, the rise of the Internet, shrinking staffs and slashed travel budgets.Gary Wortel, publisher of the Fort Worth paper, told the AP: “I don’t look at us as competitors anymore.”It’s also a way for newspaper publisher to avoid additional, demoralizing job cuts (although having to make nice with your arch rival can’t be great for morale, either).If newspapers have been pushed to do this, could magazines not be far behind?We’ve seen plenty of magazines restructure to share internal resources (see Time Inc., Source Media, Nielsen et al) but have yet to forge the sort of unholy alliance we’re seeing in newspapers. (In fact, the only one I could come up with in magazine publishing is Fader’s recent pact with the Web site Pitchfork, and that one doesn’t really pool editorial, although it’s not out of the question.) But imagine, for a second, Time and Newsweek—two of the fiercest competitors I can think of in the magazine business, outside of the celebrity category—sharing a reporter covering Sarah Palin in Alaska, for instance (or, more realistically, a local election with national implications). They already link to other on the Web. Why not in print? Alas, I have a feeling both Time and Newsweek would fold before they agreed to share reporting resources. But for other magazines, it might be another concession on the path to survival.last_img read more

For a Regional Magazine Print is Still the Main Source of Income

first_imgWhen you read the literature of journalism these days you might think that you must hurry to carve out your place in the digital world. That may be so for newspapers, but it is not so for magazines, particularly not for regional magazines.Berkshire HomeStyle is a controlled circulation regional magazine distributed in our core region of the Berkshires and Columbia County, as well as in Northern Connecticut and Dutchess county, the Capital District (Albany, Troy, Schenectady) and in Saratoga, an area approximately 50 miles from its central location in Austerlitz, New York. The magazine started in 1989, grew steadily until 2008, had a significant decline in 2009, and seems to be climbing back to steady growth in 2011. Where Are We Now? 2008 – 2011 Comparison with Competing MagazineBerkshire HomeStyle’s experience during these difficult years is quite likely similar to that of most magazines. In the Berkshires, HomeStyle had one direct competitor, also a monthly lifestyle magazine with nine issues a year. The graph below compares ads sold by both from 2008 to June 2011. The upper line is Berkshire HomeStyle and the lower line the competitor. The upswing each year illustrates the seasonal nature of the region—a major influx of second homers and tourists in the summer season. The bottom line x’s are the months when the competing magazine was not published (it folded at the end of 2010).During the three full years we can see that the drop in advertising sales was quite similar for both magazines. For the month of July, for example, the peak month in this region, HomeStyle had 188 ads in 2008, 161 in 2009, and 146 in 2010. The competitor had 157 ads in 2008, 108 in 2009, and 111 in 2010.Can Online or Digital Publishing Make Up for the Declines?In this case, the simple answer is no. Towards the end of 2009 the competing magazine took out full page ads saying “Now, more than just a magazine.” They were alluding to their various online publications. Since the magazine folded a year later, we might conclude that online did not rescue them. Our own experience with online is not very encouraging either. Visits to our online edition were 454 in January, 325 in February, 709 in March, 483 in April and 262 in May. Berkshire HomeStyle has opted to stick with the printed magazine. The brave new world of the Internet is still in the throes of development. Whether it’s PageTurn Pro developing its software to be more user-friendly or one of hundreds of their competitors coming up with a better system, there will be a better system. Whether Kindle or iPad will offer the best way to see Berkshire HomeStyle online, one of them or any one of hundreds of others will vie for Berkshire HomeStyle’s content.Potential for GrowthBerkshire HomeStyle today is the same monthly regional magazine it was in 2007. Total sales then had peaked, after 17 years of steady growth, at $553,491. The economic tsunami in 2008 took us down to a low of $367,534 in 2010. Today, having weathered the storm, we plan to continue our growth. The world today is quite different from 2007. The economy is sluggish. Housing, a major measure of confidence, will be bad for years to come. Unemployment will remain high for a while. Yet, well-managed companies, whether large corporations or small magazines, will prosper.  Berkshire HomeStyle’s growth will probably continue at the pre-2008 annual rate of around 10 percent, keeping the advertisers we have and gaining new ones in the course of our region’s normal business. In addition there are some major new growth areas. One growth area is regional expansion. Three months ago we hired a new sales rep to service northern Connecticut. The results are promising, and could bring as much as 5 percent in additional sales. Just last month we started a new division headed by our new Fashion and Style Editor. That may add as much as 20 percent to annual sales within two or three years. Our ad sales, as they have developed over the past 20 years, are heavily concentrated in home-related goods and services and in the arts. The first accounts for 27 percent of all ad sales, the second, for 24 percent. Our new Fashion division may well develop to be a major division much like Home and the Arts.Strange as it may seem, the brave new world of the Internet may well be one of our major sources for growth.  One of the terms that have been coined to describe the struggle for a place in the sun among the plethora of providers is “competition for eyeballs.” The magazine holds up very well in that competitive arena. There is the pleasure of holding a well-designed magazine and of reading intelligent and carefully edited text. And then there is the kind of world we want to live in. For the foreseeable future, the good magazine is likely to prevail.Henry Meininger is editor and publisher of Berkshire HomeStyle.center_img Two events affected publishing in recent years, the economic meltdown in 2008 and the appearance of the social network. They are not directly related, but the confluence of these two events does throw some confusion into thinking and planning.  If the economic meltdown was the result of many years of “irrational exuberance” then the correction is a natural one. Whether housing or retailing or advertising revenue, a correction of 25 percent to 30 percent is reasonable. And as to the future, we need to understand that growth will not be at the heady rate prior to 2008. Berkshire HomeStyle will probably continue to grow at 10 percent in 2011. That is a good growth rate for just about any business.The Social NetworkAll the buzz these days is about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, all under the umbrella of the social network. This is certainly a humongous change in communication technology. It is so vast and so varied that the chances of a small, regional magazine to be on top of those developments and to harness them are very slim. Besides, if our print advertising can grow at 10 percent, say from $35,000 a month to $38,500, that’s a lot better than a 20 percent growth in Internet advertising, from, say $3,000 to $3,600.Berkshire HomeStyle has had a website since 2001. In 2010 we went online through Page Turn Pro. We do not sell ads on our online edition. Creating the administrative machinery to sell and service them is, at this time, just not profitable. We do use the Internet for marketing, but we avoid spending more than we can hope to recover from plunging into the brave new world of online.last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Keep Rolling Defeat Billerica 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Billerica High, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 1 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Sarah Bojsen, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Katelyn Sullivan, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Makayla Threhane, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Madhu Velmurugan and Lany Waytt, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Jen Machatelo and Anya Lavalle, 6-0, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”last_img read more

Margot Robbie goes braless at premiere of Once Upon A Time In

first_imgMargot Robbie attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Getty ImagesMargot Robbie turned up the glam at the UK premiere of her latest movie, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”Reportedly, she plays Sharon Tate – the Hollywood actress brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969 – in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film. She was joined by the rest of the cast which includes Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Margot Robbie went braless and stunned in a plunging burnt orange Grecian-inspired gown, which draped around her lithe frame as she stepped out in the summer evening breeze of England’s capital.Quentin Tarantino reportedly received a really long-standing ovation when he presented the movie at Cannes. Tarantino has said that he wants to retire after making ten films, which may very well include a Star Trek film as well.  Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiereTwitterQuentin Tarantino’s last feature, “The Hateful Eight” was almost ruined when the script of the movie was apparently leaked. So Quentin Tarantino went ahead and pleaded with fans to avoid revealing any spoilers ahead of the film’s official release, through a written message posted to the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Twitter account.The message read: ‘The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.’ This could very well be the penultimate film Quentin Tarantino directs.”Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is Margot Robbie’s first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. He has worked with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” respectively. You can check out the pics here: Margot Robbie was looking breathtaking in Oscar de la Renta FW19 gown while attending the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” UK Premiere in London ? #MargotRobbie #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/zReAMqi0Pz— Mr. Quijada (@UnaiQuijada) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages

first_img“The implementation of this agreement has been very slow, and has been particularly slow in the last three-four months” because of the Arakan army insurgency, Grandi told reporters. ‘Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages’AFP . Cox’s Bazar The AA has killed at least 22 police officers since fighting ramped up in January. UN leaders have called on the international community to step up financial support for the huge refugee concentration. Grandi said contributions this year had been lower than expected. New violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has delayed a United Nations study on 1,000 villages abandoned by Muslim Rohingya, a top UN envoy said Friday. UN experts were only been able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017, UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said. Even in those villages access has been “very restricted”, Grandi told reporters at the end of a tour of refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than one million Rohingya now live. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) Filippo Grandi (C) look on next to other members of the delegation of United Nations organisations during their visit to a Rohingya camp in Ukhia, near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on 26 April, 2019. Photo: AFP The envoys did not comment on Bangladesh’s plans to move many refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal.center_img Many Rohingya refugees who fled Rakhine said there had been mass rapes and slaughters in the villages. UN officials have said the crackdown needs a genocide investigation. New violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has delayed a United Nations study on 1,000 villages abandoned by Muslim Rohingya, a top UN envoy said Friday.UN experts were only been able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017, UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said.Even in those villages access has been “very restricted”, Grandi told reporters at the end of a tour of refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than one million Rohingya now live.Riven by complex ethnic and religious divides, Rakhine is now witnessing deadly battles between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), a group that claims to represent the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and is vying for more autonomy.The AA has killed at least 22 police officers since fighting ramped up in January.The UN was to get access under an accord made with the Myanmar government last year to prepare for repatriations.”The implementation of this agreement has been very slow, and has been particularly slow in the last three-four months” because of the Arakan army insurgency, Grandi told reporters.Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled a military crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh where 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority were already in camps.Many Rohingya refugees who fled Rakhine said there had been mass rapes and slaughters in the villages. UN officials have said the crackdown needs a genocide investigation.UN officials and diplomats say repatriations are now unlikely to happen.UN leaders have called on the international community to step up financial support for the huge refugee concentration. Grandi said contributions this year had been lower than expected. Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled a military crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh where 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority were already in camps. UN officials and diplomats say repatriations are now unlikely to happen. The UN was to get access under an accord made with the Myanmar government last year to prepare for repatriations. Riven by complex ethnic and religious divides, Rakhine is now witnessing deadly battles between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), a group that claims to represent the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and is vying for more autonomy. The envoys did not comment on Bangladesh’s plans to move many refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more