“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue

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“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue

first_imgPOLITICS: Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says he is dismayed by reports that insurance companies are hiking motor insurance premiums for volunteers who provide life-saving first aid in their communities.Deputy McConalogue made the comments after Aviva introduced a 20% loading fee on motor insurance policies for volunteers operating under the Community First Responder Scheme.“The news that Aviva has decided to hike the insurance policies for volunteer first responders is deplorable. In Ireland, up to 5,000 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Consistent efforts have been made to reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest, and the presence of volunteers operating under this scheme is crucial to achieving this goal,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The scheme is particularly important in counties like Donegal, with a large geographical area, and where first responders can get to the scene of an incident much quicker than an ambulance can.  In many situations community first responders are the first people to come to the aid of a person who is suffering chest pain, breathing difficulty, choking, stroke and cardiac arrest. They save lives right across the country on a daily basis.“The move by Aviva to hike motor insurance premiums for first responders will undo all of the good work that has been achieved to date in reducing the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest. I’ve been contacted by a number of volunteers who have said they are reconsidering their voluntary work following the sharp increase in motor insurance costs. They want to continue providing a valuable voluntary service, but Aviva is making it impossible for them to do so.“This hike in insurance costs will only lead to a reduction in the number of volunteers in towns and villages across Donegal, and could ultimately cost lives. Aviva should reconsider this move, and I’ll be pushing for Fianna Fáil to bring forward proposals to prevent unfair loading on motor premiums for first responder volunteers.”“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

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Ji the hero in Chelsea Ladies win

first_imgJi So Yun came off the bench to grab an 89th minute winner as Chelsea Ladies opened their WSL Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Reading.The South Korean, introduced at 2-1 down, set up the equaliser and then took advantage of slack defending from the WSL 2 side to ensure the Blues began the midweek competition with three points.Chelsea had the better of the first half and looked to be going into half-time in front when Gilly Flaherty headed home Gemma Davison’s corner in the 44th minute.But before the referee could blow the whistle for the break, Reading levelled as former Blues player Becky Jane converted Emma Follis’ cross.Reading took the lead on 58 minutes thanks to Lauren Bruton and Chelsea responded to going behind by bringing on Ji.She played an influential role in the turnaround, floating in a free-kick from which Millie Bright headed home the equaliser, before her dramatic winner.Arsenal, London Bees, Millwall and Watford are the other sides in Chelsea’s group.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Seed treatments can be important in a productive soybean crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last year was more proof for Andy Rodefer of the value in placing a high priority on getting soybeans off to a good start.“We think you should be getting beans out there just as early as corn, if not earlier. On most occasions beans can take a lot of stress. Sometimes they don’t always look good but they can still come back after a lot of cold, tough weather and yield really well,” said Rodefer, who farms in Preble County. “In a lot of years planting early helps, but you have to protect the seed and roots as the plant comes out of the ground. In our area we hope we don’t have the rainfall like we did last year and that we get a good start for 2016.”And Rodefer hopes that is the case not only for his farm, but also the numerous area farms he works with as a Syngenta seed dealer and a soybean seed treatment facility owner.“We have been involved in the seed business for a number of years and now seed companies have a lot more to offer in seed treatments than what they used to. We had an opportunity to put our own treater set up in here at the farm to give farmers more choice in treatments and offer options that some of the seed companies don’t offer. By adding these treatments it can take good genetics and really get them to perform by protecting that yield,” Rodefer said. “We do some custom treating, but mostly we do true bulk and we usually run three to four main varieties. We normally start treating around the first of March all the way through planting season. We offer a lot of different treatments, including treatments Syngenta may not offer. There are also a lot of inoculants that can only be on the seed 60 to 120 days before you plant and that shelf life can limit what seed companies can offer. This puts things at the farmer level rather than the company level to open up the door for some different things.”The process starts with the arrival of untreated seed beans in a semi on the farm.“We put them in our storage tanks. Then, starting at the tank the seed goes to a conveyor belt that runs it into a scale hopper and weighs it. Everything is certified on the scales. Once we have a stamped weight, we run the seed down another conveyor that runs it into a treater and out the other end of it into another conveyor where it will go into a box, wagon or tender,” he said. “The system is pretty much automated. We have a computer screen in the building. We type in the variety and how many units and it is automated from there.”There are a number of different options with seed treatments, starting with untreated seed.“We have several farmers who get untreated beans because they don’t know if the treatments make a difference or not. The difference happens underground and sometimes you can visually see a difference and sometimes you don’t. When you get damp, cold conditions in the spring, though, seed treatmentsRodefer’s seed treatment facility is designed to be gentle on the seeds to provide a high quality end product.can really shine and in good conditions they can help maximize yield,” Rodefer said. “We add inoculant to some of those. There are all kinds of inoculants and I don’t know that there is much difference in performance between them, but we feel like inoculants are worth one to two bushels pretty easily. In terms of seed treatments, the biggest difference I look at is the active ingredients on the label. When you look at that you can separate the good from the bad and what you are really getting. Sometimes you get what you pay for.“We start out with CruiserMaxx and Vibrance, which is our low-end treatment from Syngenta. We start there and go up. CruiserMaxx has been on the market for a long time and Vibrance is a fungicide. We then move up to our biggest sellers, which are Clariva Complete beans that help with soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). The SCN are in the fields and they are definitely affecting yields. With a corn-bean rotation I think it is worth three or four bushels per acre pretty consistently. If you are soybeans after soybeans you can see eight or 10 bushels in some circumstances. We’ve seen in our own situation, if there is any early stress at all, seed treatments can be really valuable. We don’t recommend anything until we have seen the results on our farm.”Ohio State University Extension specialists agree, particularly in fields prone to wet, cold conditions early in the season. Seed treatments should be considered in fields where replanting has been needed more than once in the last 10 years and if there is a history of head scab in wheat (Fusarium) or Gibberella stalk rot in corn. Fields with a history of Phytophthora, Pythium, and Rhizoctonia can also typically benefit from fungicide seed treatments, according to Ohio State University Extension.“Host resistance is the primary means by which we manage many grain crop diseases, but there is little effort put into screening for resistance towards Pythium spp., Fusarium spp. (other than F. virguliforme which causes sudden death syndrome of soybean) and Rhizoctonia solani in comparison to other diseases. This is where seed treatments aimed at watermolds and true fungi can play a big role for fields which are high risk for these seed and seedling pathogens,” wrote Anne Dorrance and Pierce Paul in a CORN Newsletter article this winter. “This protects the seed and seedling when they are the most susceptible.”From Rodefer’s operation, the range of seed treatment options leads to a differing range of costs.“Our lowest treatment is around $14 a unit and our most expensive treatment package is in the low $20 range,” he said. “I know cost is a big factor now and it can be hard to make those decisions, but somewhere between 70% and 75% of our sales are from the most expensive seed treatment we offer. That tells me that, in our area, guys feel like they are worth it.”Along with using seed treatments, Rodefer believes there are several other important steps to take for getting soybeans off to a strong start.“We plant beans with a John Deere Air seeder. We started with a 750 no-till drill years ago and have been running the air seeder for a while now. We have done some studies against split row planters to see if the spacing helps with yield. We found that usually at the end of the day the yield is about the same, but you definitely have a more consistent drop and you use less seed with the planter. The disadvantage is that they are a lot heavier. They both have their pluses and minuses,” he said. “Most of my guys in 15-inch rows will be in the 170,000 to 180,000 range for a planting rate and the guys drilling will be closer to 200,000 to 220,000. We need to have a final stand around 140,000 or more I think so we can maximize soybean yields.“I think some vertical tillage in the corn stalks in the fall can help add a little yield. We also recommend fungicide and insecticide late in the season. We think in most cases it is worth a payback. All those little things can help protect the yield.”Of course, with soybean production, good weed control is essential for high yields.“We have been working on our weed program for the last couple of years and we use a pre- program and come back with Roundup and it has worked pretty well,” Rodefer said. “The vertical tillage in our cornstalks in the fall has really helped with the marestail. You don’t have to move much dirt to get some control there too.”Rodefer also thinks it is increasingly important to monitor SCN more closely on many farms.“We are in a corn-bean rotation and we have taken samples for SCN and we are right at the threshold of populations that can hurt yield,” he said. “We don’t see SCN and don’t consider it every year but maybe it is doing more damage than we think.”By working on the details, and getting the crop off to a solid start, soybeans can overcome quite a few obstacles.“Last year everything came up really well, but things deteriorated as the season went along. They snapped out of it and the bean height was not very tall, but they still ended up yielding pretty well for some people in this area,” Rodefer said. “There is nothing better than a seed customer telling you they had their best beans ever at the end of the year. That makes you proud to be able do something to help them.”last_img read more

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North Union FFA Members receive recognition from Ohio House of Representatives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Caleb Isler, North Union FFA ReporterThe North Union FFA National Agronomy team champion team of Avery Zwayer, Dean Wolfe, Joel Krebehenne and Kaylee Smith along with National FFA Science Fair second place winner Bailee Amstutz, were honored by Ohio House Representative Tracy Richardson, representing the 86th district, on the floor of the Ohio House.  Bailee and the agronomy team received accommodations for their hard work and success in agriculture. As the North Union FFA Chapter continues to empower and educate the agricultural leaders of the future, the chapter looks forward to even more of FFA members receiving similar recognition.last_img read more

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Getting Started with DaVinci Resolve

first_imgWant to try your hand at color grading? Curious about Resolve? This informative video tutorial will get you started.This tutorial is one of the best we’ve seen at providing a comprehensive overview of color grading in DaVinci Resolve (notwithstanding the lackluster audio quality). The tutorial uses the free version of Resolve, DaVinci Resolve Lite, however the techniques and features explained are also applicable for the full version.Highlights of the video tutorial include:Importing media (XML & EDL)Color grading workflowBasic color correctionUsing nodesThis DaVinci Resolve tutorial clocks in at about 45 minutes, but it’s worthwhile viewing for anyone interested in improving their video edits with the industry’s leading color grading application.Thanks to South Korea based Sliced Pictures for sharing this useful Resolve tutorial!last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Exporting Video

first_imgBreak through the confusion and save yourself some time with these quick tips for great exporting video files.When it comes to exporting video, there’s a lot to learn. From bit-depths to codecs, it can all be quite intimidating for someone new to the exporting game. Instead of wasting time exporting (only to find your video pixelated or too large in size), check out this quick tutorial created by David Kong.Kong’s video covers everything you need to know about exporting in Adobe Media Encoder, which can be used to export timelines and compositions from After Effects and Premiere Pro. However, the topics covered by David apply to any other editing software, including FCPX and Avid Media Composer.The tutorial takes a very scientific look at how what various exporting terms mean, including:FormatsCodecs and WrappersAssigning PresetsUnderstanding Bit-RatesSquare vs. Anamorphic PixelsThe Benefits of Multi-Pass RenderingIf you’re  interested in learning more about codecs, check out the first part of this series in our ‘Everything You Need to Know About Codecs‘ post.This video was first shared by David Kong on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing, David!Want to learn more about exporting? Check out a few of the following resources:Exporting with Alpha Channels in After EffectsExporting Finished Video from Premiere ProExporting Video with an Alpha Channel in FCPXHave any additional exporting tips?  Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs zoom to 3rd straight win

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 10-11, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead, with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting National University recovered from a dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles tied the Tigresses at 1-2.UST suffered a double whammy when it lost libero Rica Rivera to a right knee injury in the first set. Assistant coach Mark Alfafara said the initial assessment was a torn meniscus. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET “My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago.When NU committed four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six in the fourth set, 23-17, it was Santiago who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs on match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.In the other match, Ateneo notched its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.ADVERTISEMENT View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Last-ditch stand by PBA underdogs Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

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Kingston Wharves Limited Undertaking $100M Drainage Upgrade

first_imgKingston Wharves Limited (KWL) will be fast-tracking the $100-million upgrade of its drainage system, which is slated to begin in mid-January 2019.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grantley Stephenson, advised that a collapsed drain and heavy rainfall in October, which flooded several roads in the vicinity of KWL, prompted the entity’s decision.“We have taken the decision to go ahead with it immediately. We want it completed before we get to the next rainy season, because we cannot endure another (spate of flooding) like we did several weeks ago,” he said.Mr. Stephenson was speaking to JIS News after accompanying Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, on a tour of several areas in the vicinity of KWL and the Kingston Port, where activities are being streamlined to facilitate more seamless business operations, on Monday (December 3).Mr. Vaz indicated that the National Works Agency (NWA) will be assisting KWL in its efforts, in order to prevent further flooding of the entity’s property.“More than that, the NWA is conducting a complete drainage plan for the total area, which includes the Tinson Pen (Aerodrome) and surrounding areas. It will take some time (to complete), but KWL should be finished in the first half of next year,” he said.The work is consistent with an undertaking from Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, in October to take steps to improve the overall drainage system along Marcus Garvey Drive by constructing a structure with features similar to the Sandy Gully.Kingston Mayor, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams, has also welcomed and expressed satisfaction with KWL’s plans.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Standards are a WinWin for All Sectors of Society

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica was in the country on Friday, October 27 for a one-day seminar sponsored by the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ).Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette delivered welcome remarks and said that the government welcomes the concept of standardization and is cognizant of its importance in meeting international compliance.“We must find ways to diversify our economy and we can only compete effectively if we have standards that are accepted worldwide,” said Minister Symonette.   “Currently, the Ministry of Financial Services is moving forward with World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to advance trade.”Also in attendance was Acting Minister of Labour, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, who delivered brief remarks.  Keynote speaker, Mr. Sergio Mujica, expressed his appreciation of being in the Bahamas and embarked on discussing the important role that standards play in a country.  He told attendees that standards affect every facet of society.“Standards are everywhere and affect every aspect of our daily lives, “ said Mr. Mujica. “They are an essential component of the economic and social development of our communities.”Giving an overview of standards and their benefits to several tiers of a society, Mr. Mujica said that standards are beneficial to businesses, consumers, policy makers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and industries including tourism and agriculture.   He said that benefits include an increase in customer satisfaction; access to new markets; high degree of acceptance of products and services; environmental sustainability; reduction in costs; and improvement in the quality of tourism and agriculture products.DCIM101GOPROThe International Organization for Standardization is an international standard setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.The organization was founded on 23 February 1947 and promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.   It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and as of March 2017 works in 162 countries, covering approximately 97 percent of the world’s population.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo caption:  Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Sergio Mujica addressing one-day seminar sponsored by the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), October 27, 2017.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham)last_img read more

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Road crashes kill 5

first_imgAt least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Noakhali and Thakurgaon districts on Sunday, reports UNB.In Noakhali, two people died while another injured in a head-on a collision between a bus and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Laksam-Sonaimuri road at Rampur in Sonaimuri upazila in the morning.The deceased are CNG driver Rakib, 25, son of Ruhul Amin, Mizan, 31, and his brother Belal, 39, son of Bachchu Mia of Kathalia village in the upazila.Quoting locals, Abdullah-Al Masum, additional superintendent of police in Sonaimuri-Chatkhali Circle, said the accident took place when a Noakhali-bound bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 10:00am, leaving the trio dead on the spot and one injured.On information, police recovered the bodies and took injured Abul, 29, to Noakhali General Hospital, the official added.In Thakurgaon, two motorcyclists –Faruk and Kausar of Parpugi village in sadar upzila — died on the spot in a head-on collision between a minibus and a motorcycle at Mathurapur in upazila sarad.The accident took place when the minibus hit the motorcycle around 3:00pm leaving two motorcyclists dead on the spot and injuring one, witnesses said.Locals rushed inured Robiul of the same village to Thakurgaon Sadar Modern Hospital, said Abdul Latif Mia, officer-in-charge of Thakurgaon Sadar police station.last_img read more

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