first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Manchester United are being backed for the title after their new signings starred on Sunday against QPR to earn Louis van Gaal his first competitive victory since taking the reins.He also looks at the likelihood of Alan Pardew losing his job at Newcastle, discusses Aston Villa’s prospects this season after their impressive start and reveals in-form Chelsea striker Diego Costa is red-hot favourite to be top goalscorer in the Premier League this season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_imgManager Davy McLaughlin is cheered off the coach at the Clanree HotelDONEGAL’S Ulster Championship winning Senior Ladies football team were given a rapturous reception when they returned to the county tonight.The Clanree Hotel laid on red carpet and champagne as the history-making Donegal girls arrived home.A garda escort and a cavalcade of supporters did a tour around Letterkenny before making their way to The Clanree, the team’s official sponsors. Winning captain Katy Herron carried the Ulster Championship trophy aloft to roars of excitement from fans who had waited their arrival home.And there was an extra special cheer for team manager Davy McLaughlin as he joined the party inside.It’s Donegal’s first Ulster title at this level in what has been a magnificent year for ladies football in the county, with the U21s winning an All-Ireland title under McLaughlin’s stewardship and the U14s winning an Ulster title and finishing runners-up in their All-Ireland series.Two Ulster champions together. Susanne White (Killybegs), U14 County player and Ulster Champion pictured with Ulster Senior Ladies Champion Geraldine McLaughlinThat’s why we’re Champions…That’s why we’re Champions…celebrations at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny this eveningHello Katy…captain fantastic with the silverwareClanree Hotel manager and ladies football stalwart Micheal Naughton celebrates with some of the players  HISTORY GIRLS PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES GET RED CARPET TREATMENT AT CLANREE HOMECOMING was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:clanree hoteldonegal ladiesHOMECOMINGpicture speciallast_img read more

first_imgMotorists in Gaoth Dobhair are being urged to take care today as two donkeys are on the loose.The animals were spotted in the Lunniagh area of Derrybeg this Monday morning.Drivers are advised to be extra cautious. Donkeys reported running loose in West Donegal was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

first_imgA Donegal man has been named TG4’s Singer of the Year.Gort a’ Choirce’s, Lillis Ó Laoire, two-time winner of the premier sean-nós singing competition Corn Uí Riada in 1991 and again in 1994 is to be awarded the title.Lillis now lives in Galway, where he lectures in Irish, folklore and Celtic civilisation at NUI Galway. O’Laoire was raised in a bilingual family and spoke both Irish and English at home.He learned traditional songs in school, but his interest in singing truly began during his time at NUI Galway, where he studied Irish and took classes with celticist Breandán Ó Madagáin.Ó Madagáin taught Irish poetry and texts in relation to music, and O’Laoire became interested in this connection through him.He started publicly singing in competitions at NUI Galway, organised by the Irish language society at the time and in 1986, began competing at the fleadh ceoil. In 1991 and again in 1994, he won the prestigious Corn Uí Riada singing competition at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge. Harper Laoise Kelly from Westport, Co. Mayo is announced as TG4’s ‘Musician of the Year’, and is one of the youngest recipients of the main award to date. Laoise will be awarded the title at TG4’s Gradam Ceoil gala concert which will take place in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall next February.The other award recipients are Lifetime Achievement Award to Séamus Connolly, Outstanding Contribution Award to Nenagh’s Ned Kelly and Composer of the Year to Josephine Marsh.Gradam Ceoil TG4 is 23 years in existence, an awards ceremony that recognises and celebrates the cream of Irish traditional music.The full list of TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2020 recipients reads as follows:Ceoltóir na Bliana/Musician of the Year: Laoise Kelly Ceoltóir Óg/Young Musician of the Year: Sharon HowleyGradam Saoil/Lifetime Achievement: Séamus ConnollyAmhránaí na Bliana/Singer of the Year: Lillis Ó LaoireGradam Comaoine/Outstanding Contribution: Ned Kelly Cumadóir na Bliana / Composer of the Year: Josephine MarshGradam Ceoil TG4 is the premier annual traditional music awards scheme and academy. An independent panel of adjudicators select recipients each year.It is not a competition. The Gradam Ceoil recipients are presented with a specially-commissioned piece by leading sculptor John Coll as well as a small stipend.This year’s awards will be presented at the Gradam Ceoil TG4 concert in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Sunday 23rd February and televised live on TG4 at 9:30pm, hosted by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin & Dónal O’Connor, the 2020 Gradam recipients will be joined in performance on stage by their own special musical guests in a unique, star-studded line-up of musicians and award-presenters.TG4 Director General, Alan Esslemont, sais ‘Gradam Ceoil TG4 is 23 years in existence, and recognises the best of traditional Irish music, an initiative that TG4 is immensely proud of. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners. They are the embodiment of traditional Irish music and song, and we are delighted to award them the highest honour in Irish music. Gradam Ceoil TG4 will take place in The Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the third year running, a successful collaboration with Belfast City Council, ILBF, Red Shoe Productions and TG4’.Donegal man named TG4’s Singer of the Year was last modified: November 15th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders trimmed their roster to 77 players with the following transactions Friday. They’ll need to get to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.Check back here for updates:RELEASEDTight end Luke Willson: One of the stars of the “Hard Knocks” series was in a tough spot. Darren Waller is locked in as the Raiders’ receiving tight end, with rookie fourth-round pick Foster Moreau the likely backup. Derek Carrier is the favorite to be No. 3.Linebacker Brandon Marshall: Spent all off-season …last_img read more

first_imgCommuters head home at the Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg. South Africans in the lower middle class are most positive about the country and its future, as are the people of Soweto and Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Neil Higgs TNS Research Surveys +27 11 778 7500 +27 82-376-6312 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman• South Africa’s competitiveness up • More SA expats plan to return • HIV is South Africa stabilising • ‘Come home’ – Zuma to SA Jews Mary AlexanderA new survey reveals that the vast majority of South Africans are positive about their country and its future – far more than were optimistic a year ago – with few of them even considering emigration.The latest results of TNS Research Surveys’ monthly review of South Africans’ attitudes, for June 2009, reveals that 73% are positive about their country – a figure matched only in May 2006. It is “an encouraging return to optimism”, TNS says, after the all-time low of 49% in mid-2008 – shortly after the widespread and brutal pogroms against people from other African countries broke out in May of that year.Download the survey press release (PDF, 118 KB)Since 2004 TNS has surveyed the level of optimism in South Africa every month and, since February 2009, how many South Africans are thinking of emigrating. A sample of 2 000 adults from the countries’ seven major metropolitan areas are interviewed in their homes. The June survey involved 1 260 blacks, 385 whites, 240 coloureds and 115 Indians/Asians, and has a margin of error of 2.5%.In June 73% of respondents agreed with the statement, “I am positive about South Africa and its future”, while 19% disagreed and 8% didn’t know know. The number who agreed were a huge improvement on February’s 60% and May’s 68%. In fact, according to TNS, “there has been an uninterrupted rise since the 56% achieved in November 2008”.In response to the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” an overwhelming 88% said no, with only 12% agreeing and 4% saying that they didn’t know. Thoughts on emigration appear to be relatively unchanged: those thinking of leaving make up a similar proportion to the 11% in February, but those who are not thinking of leaving have risen from 82% to 84%.The only significant drop is in those who are undecided about emigration, which fell from 7% to 4%, which TNS attributes to the results of South Africa’s April 2009 national elections. “It seems that the elections may have crystallised a little more the feelings of some people,” TNS says in a statement.Positive and negativeOptimism levels vary between race groups, but there is an overall improvement across all groups.A total of 84% of black people are positive about South Africa and its future, up from 72% in February. At 46% white people are the least optimistic, but also show a rise from 37% in February, while 61% of coloured people are optimistic, up from 47%, and 63% of Indians and Asians, up from 35%.Negativity has seen a corresponding fall. The breakdown of those who do not feel positive about South Africa and its future is, in each race group, is:Blacks: 9% (15% in February)Whites: 40% (48%)Coloureds: 29% (39%)Indian/Asians: 30% (42%)Of the 19% of South Africans who are negative, 32% are black, 41% white, 19% coloured and 9% Indian or Asian. Among black people, Sotho-speakers had the lowest positive score, at 78%.Men are more optimistic than women, and younger people more optimistic than the old. Optimism levels are at 75% among men and 71% among women; only 56% of those aged 60 and over are positive, compared to 77% of those aged 34 and younger.The wealthy are less optimistic than poorer South Africans, although, as TNS points out, there is a correlation between income and race. The income group with the highest positive score was the lower middle class (living standards measure 4 to 6), of which 82% were positive.There were geographic variations, with people in Soweto and Johannesburg being the happiest, and Cape Town and Pretoria (in the Tshwane Metro) the most negative. But, again, almost all areas showed improvement, except for Bloemfontein, where optimism fell from 70% to 65%, and Gauteng’s West Rand, where it remained unchanged at 65%.Thinking of leavingThere was less change from February to June in those thinking of leaving South Africa, with the proportion rising from 11% in February to 12% in June.The percentage of those in each racial group who agreed with the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” is:Blacks: 12% (9% in February)Whites: 14% (15%)Coloureds: 8% (12%)Indians/Asians: 12% (12%)Unsurprisingly, given that black people make up 79% of South Africa’s population (PDF, 320 KB) and whites only 9%, most of the potential emigrants are black – even though a larger proportion of them among whites. The 12% who are thinking of leaving is made up as follows:Black: 63%White: 23%Coloured: 8%Indian/Asian: 6%In each racial group, those who disagree with the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” are:Blacks: 85%Whites: 79%Coloureds: 91%Indians/Asians: 82%While TNS found no difference between men and women, younger people think of leaving far more than others: 14% of those aged under 24 years say they are thinking of leaving, but only 5% of those aged 50 and over. Nearly a quarter of university students – 23% – are thinking of leaving.Only 10% of those who are positive about South Africa are thinking of leaving, but, surprisingly, only 18% of those who are negative are potential emigrants.“This is somewhat counterintuitive; however, perhaps these South Africans are willing to stay and fight out whatever it is that is making them feel negative about South Africa,” TNS says.Geographic differences are less stark, but follow the pattern of optimism levels. Bloemfontein and Pretoria have the largest proportion of potential emigrants, while the people of Port Elizabeth and Soweto are more likely to stay put.“Although 19% of respondents did not feel positive about South Africa and its future, many more South Africans do feel positive and, even among those feeling negative, relatively few are thinking of leaving the country,” TNS says.“The feelings of optimism have grown steadily and without interruption since December 2008 and have regained their all-time high levels.”last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Leave that 4-inch soda can in the truck — some of the weeds and cover crop cover in the Midwest right now will require a yardstick to measure.The persistent cold, wet weather dogging much of the corn and soybean belt this spring has kept many farmers from applying their usual early spring burndown applications. Winter annuals like marestail and butterweed grew as woolly and wild as they pleased, and now early summer annual weeds are starting to sneak in as well, said Purdue University Extension weed scientist Bill Johnson.“Ragweed, foxtail and lambsquarters are typically summer annuals that come up early and take off pretty quickly,” he said. Some growers are also facing overgrown cover crops still standing weeks past their ideal termination date.Many of these fields can still be controlled by burndown applications, but keep the following recommendations from Purdue’s Johnson and Ohio State Extension weed scientist Mark Loux in mind.INCREASE YOUR RATESControlling tall weeds and dense covers requires a heavy dose of glyphosate, Johnson said.“If you’re using a generic formulation with 3 pounds of acid per gallon, use at least 48 ounces or more per acre,” Johnson urged. “If you’re using more concentrated formulations that contain 4 pounds of acid or more per gallon, then you need to be at 32 ounces or more.”DON’T SKIMP ON THE TANK MIXYes, margins are tight and additional inputs are a tough decision, but you will need another tank mix ingredient or two to target weeds that don’t respond to glyphosate as well or at all, Johnson said.Depending on the weeds you’re targeting, 2,4-D, dicamba, metribuzin (Sencor) or saflufenacil (Sharpen) are common additions. Remember that on weeds much beyond four inches tall, paraquat (Gramoxone) will not be an effective option, he added.For more details on individual herbicide efficacy, see this guide: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/…Tank mix additions can be trickier for grassy cover crops, Ohio State’s Loux cautioned in a university newsletter. “Mixing glyphosate with other herbicides or ATS can reduce its activity on grass covers, especially when large,” he wrote in an OSU newsletter. “Herbicides that can antagonize glyphosate include 2,4-D, metribuzin, atrazine, and flumioxazin and sulfentrazone products. Sharpen has not caused a reduction in glyphosate activity on grass covers in university research.”RESIDUAL CAVEATSResidual herbicides are often recommended in burndown tank mixes because they can provide additional weeks of protection. But because of their longevity on the soil, they also come with larger plant-back restrictions that can push back a planting window or lock a grower into a certain crop, Johnson noted. Read the labels carefully.In thick, waist-high cover crop stands, residual herbicides may not make it to the soil to do their job, added Loux. “Our experience with relatively small (less than 2 feet) covers is that they do not interfere with the activity of residual herbicides,” he wrote. “We are somewhat unsure about the effect of taller covers on residual herbicide activity, but assume it could be reduced. This may be a situation where the residual could be omitted from the burndown and then included in an early POST treatment.”Keep in mind that depending on your trait platform, there are post-emergence herbicides for corn and soybeans that can help clean up a field after planting if residuals don’t work, Loux added.PLANTING GREEN IS AN OPTION FOR COVERSGiven tight planting windows and wet soils, this spring might become an unexpected experiment for some farmers in “planting green” — planting row crops amid live cover crops and terminating the cover later, Johnson noted.“Sometimes equipment works better if you plant into a living cover crop,” he said. “One of the big issues guys are wrestling with now is do I terminate and wait until the cover crop has hit the ground to plant, or plant green and hope I can terminate later.”Planting green is probably a better option for fields planted to corn or soybean varieties with multiple herbicide-resistant traits, which will give growers a wider variety of post-emergence herbicides to terminate with, Loux said.For more details on the rates and chemicals to use when tackling fields of overgrown winter and spring annual weeds, see this article from Purdue University: https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/…For more details on controlling overgrown cover crops, see Loux’s article here: https://agcrops.osu.edu/…Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#NYT#web bernard lunn We started tracking VC funding in October 2008, as the financial markets were melting. What caught our eye in those dark and gloomy days was True Ventures‘ announcement of its Series A investment in Syncplicity. The more we looked, the more we found that the headlines were wrong. It was not all doom and gloom, not in our corner of the universe: early-stage Web tech ventures. So we figured that getting (and passing on to you) good reliable data on a timely basis would be a good idea. Searching for that turned out to be harder than we thought, and herein lies a tale.A Billion Here, a Billion ThereFor the quarter ending this past June, we compared the findings of three research firms that reported on the money invested in Q2:July 21, MoneyTree (PricewaterhouseCoopers, with data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters): $3.7 billion, with 612 deals,July 18, VentureSource (DowJones): $5.27 billion, with 595 deals,July 14, ChubbyBrain (a New York City-based startup partnering with ReadWriteWeb): $5.329 billion, with 613 deals.VentureSource and ChubbyBrain seem to agree on the top line number. But MoneyTree’s number is what most people report, and that is about $1.5 billion different.As the old saying goes, “A billion here, a billion there. Sooner or later it adds up.”Disclosure: Our VC Funding ReportReadWriteWeb has an interest in this. We sell a report for $299 that has details on the 240 deals done this quarter in the Internet, mobile, and SaaS space (not clean tech or bio tech), and this is powered by data from ChubbyBrain. So we are biased. But it also means that we are engaged and have been looking at this fairly deeply.Who Cares?We also think that accuracy matters, and we are trying to figure whom accuracy matters to. We see three main types of participants in the industry:VCs. They need accurate data for their own fund-raising. They have to be able to benchmark their own funds relative to the broader market.Entrepreneurs. Data on what funding deals are being made, and why, helps them figure out how much to raise, when, and from which VC.The startup “community.” This is a catch-all for everyone else, who tend to align to either VCs or entrepreneurs. Journalists, the non-aligned fourth estate, want reliable data to key off interesting stories.Why does this matter? The startup community matters to the health of the overall economy. As the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA, the trade association of VCs) likes to point out:“Originally, venture-backed companies have created companies that accounted for 10.4 million jobs and over $2.3 trillion in revenue (based on 2006 data).”So a headline like “VC Investments Falling Off Cliff in the US” really impacts a lot of people. That is the kind of headline that most journalists/bloggers wrote in April 2009, based on data reported by those trusted sources.We wrote a really boring headline:“VC Investment in Internet Deals Did Not Fall Off a Cliff.”That’s a lousy headline for generating page views. It’s a story about “the dog that did not bark.”The point is that headlines drive business behavior to wild excesses on both the down-cycle bust and the up-cycle boom.Just good reliable data would help.Innovation Is Global, But It Keys Off US DataAt ReadWriteWeb, we love to track innovation from far-flung corners of the world, and we see the globalization of innovation as a critical trend.So we want to be able to report on financing trends for early-stage Web technology startups across Europe and Asia, in addition to the US. And we expect any research process to be able to scale to that challenge.But the reality today is that, globally, entrepreneurs and VCs key off US data. If they were to key off bad data, that would matter to everyone.Why This MattersDriving with one’s eyes in the rear-view mirror is dangerous. We take action based on what authoritative sources tell us is happening today, and we base our assumptions on what that means will happen next and plan accordingly.In reality, these sources tell us what has happened in the past, and they may not even tell us that accurately.When we at ReadWriteWeb look at the macro picture, we favor a contrarian view simply because the reality we see today is often not what the headlines trumpet. When the markets were in the late stage of a boom, we were sounding the warning signals.When the markets were melting, we began to see surprising signs of life in the early-stage Web technology world we live in.Whether you are an entrepreneur or an investor, knowing what the crowd is thinking — and what the headlines are trumpeting — is valuable. Even more valuable are the underlying facts and trends that may be missing from those headlines. In the disconnect between the two often lies a lot of opportunity.We hope to ignite a debate that leads to greater accuracy and transparency of these numbers.last_img read more

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Wright lit up for the Fuel Masters with 32 points with five rebounds and six assists, while Chan added 18 points, five boards, and five dimes.Romeo had 20 points in his season debut while backcourt partner Stanley Pringle finished with a 16-point, 10-assist double-double.Despite the loss and a twin 5-6 record, the Batang Pier are already secured of either the sixth or seventh spot in the standings due to quotient scores.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phoenix Fuel Masters vs Globalport Batang Pier. PBA IMAGESPhoenix fanned its quarterfinal hopes, and spoiled the return of Terrence Romeo after turning back Globalport, 104-100 in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters ended their campaign in the elimination round with a 5-6 record and assured themselves of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals spot on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding San Beda sweeps NCAA beach volleyball elims LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Phoenix had to grind it out in the payoff moments after the Fuel Masters lost a 31-point lead, 66-35, at the start of the third quarter thanks to GlobalPort’s blistering 20-6 run.Romeo capped the Batang Pier’s comeback with a layup to trim the lead lead to four, 102-98 with 26 seconds left, but Jeff Chan and RJ Jazul iced the game for the Fuel Masters  from the free throw line with one charity apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix head coach Louie Alas admitted they still lack the composure to hold on to their leads and finish strong.“It’s a good thing that we had a huge lead because we don’t know how to finish until now,” said Alas. “If we didn’t have a big lead, we might be on the other side.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more