€35M investment for major cross-border water project

first_imgThe European Union has invested €35m in a major cross-border project to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.The Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) project was officially launched in Derry on Tuesday. It will see enhanced wastewater treatment being built for Lough Foyle, between Derry and Donegal, and for Carlingford Lough, between Down and Louth.The €35M fund will come from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It provides for the construction of new wastewater treatment works as well as upgrades to sewerage networks on both sides of the border to address wastewater pollution in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.The four-year project – which is being led by Northern Ireland Water working in partnership with Irish Water, the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Loughs Agency and East Border Region – will culminate in the development of a unique environmental legacy model that can be used to achieve further improvements in water quality in these shared waters.The work being carried out under the SWELL project will involve a total of eight wastewater infrastructure upgrades, as well as catchment studies and ecosystem modelling, within the Carlingford Lough drainage basin (within Newry, Mourne & Down and Louth council areas) and the Lough Foyle drainage basin (comprising Derry City & Strabane and Donegal council areas).The improvements to the wastewater assets will help contribute to raising the current EU Water Framework Directive status of ‘moderate’ to ‘good’. Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.Pictured below, L-R, are Pamela Arthurs, East Border Region, Michael O’Leary, Irish Water, Sharon McMahon, Loughs Agency, Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Gina McIntyre, SEUPB, Denis McMahon Permanent Secretary, DAERA, Paul Harper, NI Water and Matt Service, AFBI. Picture: Michael Cooper €35M investment for major cross-border water project was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:waterlast_img read more

3. You’re teaching my daughter what in health class??

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A misguided health teacher tangled with the wrong farm broadcaster when showing the film “Food, Inc.” to a sixth grade health class that included the daughter of Ty Higgins. Ty politely, but very firmly, informed the teacher and school administration exactly what he thought and he found a fairly receptive new audience.

Ben Klick, Sept. 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we speak, we are chopping corn silage. We are about done with the first silo and we’ll get five or six loads this morning. We are seeing pretty good yields tonnage wise. This is our second planted corn this spring, April 25. It was a pretty good stand with good ears on it. We are getting 23 or 24 tons to the acre, which compared to last year is pretty good. This is 110-day corn we are chopping. I think it will be pretty good quality stuff.We are a good three weeks later chopping this year than last. We have another 10 days or two weeks until we can chop the next corn. If it gets warm like they are talking about it might be a little sooner.This might be the first year that I can remember where we don’t cut beans in September. They have quite a ways to go. The first beans I planted were May 10 and they are 2.7s and they are not even half turned. It has been so cool. It has been like October weather the last two weeks.It was 40 degrees the other morning. We need some heat. These beans have a long way to go. I think if we get some rain here this week it will still help some of these later beans. The corn is pretty well done. We got a little rain last week, but it wasn’t even tacky out in the fields.I have a group of calves I turned out on pasture 10 days ago and they still have plenty of green grass. This is one of this first years I can remember where we didn’t have to feed any hay. We’ve had pretty good luck. We mowed everything once and it came back pretty nicely.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers are back in Ohio today, and will end up with decent coverage. We are looking at picking up .25″-.75″ of rain across 75% of Ohio. Rain lingers through Saturday as well. During the day its not that big of deal..only a few hundredths to .25″ through evening with coverage at 60%. However, overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday we have a significant wave of moisture coming. Rains and thunderstorms bring .25″-1.5″ rain potential to 80% of Ohio. The heaviest rains will be from I-70 southward, but we still get decent rain chances north of there.There will be some clearing finally moving into the state Sunday afternoon and Monday looks to turn out mostly sunny! Our next big batch of moisture starts to push in on Tuesday, and we are wet through the middle 3 days of the week next week. Tuesday will feature increasing clouds through the morning hours, and then scattered showers develop mainly in areas from US 20 northward by sunset. Totals will be minor, a few hundredths to at most two or three tenths. Wednesday is just a damp feeling day without a lot of new precipitation. We won’t deny there is a chance for scattered showers, but amounts will be a few hundredths to a quarter inch total, and coverage will be 40% or less. The big rain day next week comes Thursday (or actually overnight Wednesday night through Thursday midday) with rain and thunderstorms producing .25”-1” of rain and 100% coverage. This will bring combined rains to .5”-2” for the event, which is unchanged from our previous forecast. With only a day an a half to at most 2 full dry days ahead of that moisture…we truly see no net drying through the end of next week. We should see partly sunny skies emerge next Friday. A new wrinkle in the forecast this morning is a cluster of thunderstorms that is trying to surge northeast next Saturday. Clouds increase Saturday morning and midday. Then rain and thunderstorms arrive at Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning. That rain moves in from the west and southwest, spreading across the state. There is a chance of some strong to severe weather embedded in this system. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″  over 80% of the state. This is a new inclusion in the forecast, so we will be looking for data to back up this solution over the weekend and solidify the rain chances. Feel free to hope we are wrong! The map at right shows cumulative 10 day rainfall potential. Better news is emerging as we finish the 10 day window and move into the extended period. We see sunshine returning for the afternoon of Sunday the 12th, and then our system for early in the 11-16 day widow has diminished greatly. The way we see things now, there is potential for the week after next two be dry with a mix of clouds and sun from Monday the 13th through Thursday the 16th. That would mean 5 days back to back of dry weather, for our first period of net drying in a long time. There is still plenty that can go wrong here, namely that early week system re-strengthening…but tentatively we are going to try and put a little bit of good news out there. Rain is back for the end of the extended period, with .25”-1” totals likely for the combine period of Friday the 17th through Saturday the 18th.last_img read more

Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can Buy [Review]

first_imgLumia 1020 outside, sunny, no zoom dan rowinski Then there’s Windows Phone 8. Some people like it, some people hate it. Nokia is trying its best to emulate the approach Samsung takes to Android and build its own features into Microsoft’s mobile operating system. With the Lumia 1020, Nokia released a software developer kit (SDK) of its camera capabilities so that apps could take advantage of the superior photography features in the smartphone.As yet, only a handful of partner apps are using the SDK, like Path and Hippstamatic. What it comes down to is that Nokia needs to be on the forefront of developer adoption for Windows Phone apps or the platform will forever lag behind the behemoths Android and iOS. The camera SDK is a good start, but it won’t solve the problem of developers declining—or, in the case of Instagram, outright refusing—to build apps for Windows Phone.The Value? Depends On Your PrioritiesNokia’s distribution strategy is a little perplexing with the Lumia 1020. It’s releasing the phone exclusively to AT&T at $299 for a two-year contract. Elop can keep insisting that AT&T has been a “great partner” to Nokia, but U.S. sales don’t really bear that out. For what it is, the Lumia 1020 is both a little pricey and locked to one carrier. It’s not a great combination.Whether or not you feel like embracing the Lumia 1020 may depend on how much you value the camera. Is it enough to trap yourself into using Windows Phone 8 on AT&T for the next two years? The camera is good and will stand the test of time over that period, but if smartphone photography is only of tangential interest to you, then it’s probably not worth it.The lack of some apps on Windows Phone 8 will also be a hindrance in the short term, at least. Nokia, of course, will keep trying to improve its developer relations while Microsoft continues to work on persuading top developers to port their apps to Windows Phone.The bottom line is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a superlative camera and a middling smartphone, punctuated by a big question mark hovering over the future of Windows Phone and its app ecosystem. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Lumia 1020 camera is second to none.2013 is the year of the smartphone camera. BlackBerry got the ball rolling in late January with new features in its BlackBerry 10 smartphones that allowed users to edit faces and movement within still pictures. HTC followed up a few weeks later with its “ultrapixel” smartphone, the HTC One (which also boasted motion features and unique sharing features). Samsung, as is its wont, went way overboard in March with the camera in its Galaxy S4, which sported different modes for capturing motion, panorama and other features with a 13-megapixel camera.Nokia takes all of that and steps it up a notch with the Lumia 1020.What Nokia has done was to essentially take the camera from its PureView 808 smartphone (which ran its dying Symbian OS), soup it up and shoehorn it into a Lumia-quality smartphone running Windows Phone 8. For all its faults, Windows Phone 8 is more robust than Symbian and allows Nokia to do more with the camera capabilities in the Lumia 1020.The Lumia 1020 sports two camera modes: Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam.Let’s break down the features.Nokia Pro Cam:The Pro Cam gives you the features of a good dedicated digital camera (i.e., one that isn’t also a smartphone). You can set features such as aperture, exposure time and white balance, and either focus manually or let the app do so automatically.It sports a Xenon flash, optical image stabilization, Carl Zeiss optics (which is really just a fancy brand name at this point) and six-lens optics (Nokia has actually built six lenses into the camera that float with the optical image stabilizer).The PhotoBeamer function allows you to share photos to any screen—theoretically, anything from another smartphone or tablet to laptops, PCs and televisions—from the Lumia. It will scan a code and briefly store your photos on Nokia’s servers so you can share an album with a friend.Cinemagraph is a feature that allows for movie and still photography mixtures similar to the features that Samsung instituted with the camera capabilities in the Galaxy S4.The camera’s “oversampling” feature allows great shots in low light conditions and creates color-rich, high-definition photos. It is very similar to what HTC does with the “ultrapixel” camera in the HTC One. Basically, the oversampling will create a 5 megapixel image that is rich on detail but still able to be printed or shared easily without losing the high definition from camera that produces 38 megapixel or 34 megapixel pictures depending on the setting of the camera. If you really want to learn exactly what is going on with the Lumia 1020 camera and “oversampling,” check out Nokia’s whitepaper on the subject here [PDF]. The same feature also works with the camera’s video mode, allowing for some good HD video recording on the Lumia 1020. Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, 3x zoomThere’s A Phone In Here SomewhereYes, this camera has a smartphone in it. Excepting the camera, its hardware specs are good, but not great. The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch display with a 1280×768 resolution (334 pixels per inch, similar to the iPhone 5 but well behind the HTC One and Galaxy S4). Its battery is 2000 mAh, which also lags the HTC One and S4. The Lumia 1020 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and comes with 7 GB of free cloud storage through Microsoft SkyDrive.The screen sports all the good features that the Lumia 920 offered, including a highly sensitive touch screen (that supposedly works even if you’re wearing mittens), a display you can read even in direct sunlight and sculpted glass.The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor also lags the quad-core processors of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 and other top smartphones of 2013, at least from a pure hardware perspective.Nokia may have been able to significantly upgrade the camera, but it appears that a lot of the hardware in the device lags that offered by top Android manufacturers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thankfully, Nokia has done away with the wireless charging inside the Lumia 1020 (a wireless charging case is available as an optional accessory). That makes the device thinner and lighter while sporting nearly the same dimensions (4.5-inch screen, 130 mm height and about 71 mm wide). The Lumia 1020 weighs in nearly an ounce lighter, at 158 grams (about 5.5 ounces); it would weigh considerably less if it didn’t also feature a significant bump on its back that is its 41-megapixel PureView camera.(See also: Nokia Is Doing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool)About that bump. The camera on the Lumia 1020 protrudes significantly from back of the device. When laying flat, the bump props up the phone, like a kickstand or an off-center see-saw. The bump does not quite make the phone awkward, but it’s distinctly noticeable. It’s palatable because you know what that bump is: the best camera ever to be put into a flagship smartphone.The Camera Outside (cloudy) Nokia Lumia 1020, low-light conditions, no special settingsInsidecenter_img Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, no zoom Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is a smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.No, wait. It’s a 41-megapixel camera jam-packed with everything you might ever need from the best DSLR point-and-shoot devices.Wait, wait, wait. It’s a smartphone because it can use apps, make phones calls and send text messages. Hold on, it’s a digital camera that you can use with a “loss less” zoom, motion enhanced pictures, the ability to change apertures and exposure times and an array advanced photo techniques.It’s a smartphone. It’s a camera. A smartphone. A camera.Let’s just call it a smameraphone.Nokia Improves The DimensionsWhen Nokia released its flagship Lumia 920 last year, the result was less than compelling. It was big and bulky and didn’t have a defining feature that made you say, “Wow, I must have this phone!”Size and weight were the real dealbreakers for the Lumia 920. One person said to me at one point, “I feel like I could beat somebody up with this thing.” At 185 grams (6.5 ounces), it was heavier than just about every other top-end smartphone on the market, and thick (10.7 millimeters) to boot. The main culprit was the wireless charging feature enclosed in the 920’s (otherwise high quality) polycarbonate unibody shell. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lumia 1020, outside, sunny, 3x zoomLow light: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Lumia 1020 Related Posts Tags:#digital cameras#Nokia#Windows Phone 8 Nokia Smart Cam:The Smart Cam is Nokia’s equivalent to the features that Samsung, BlackBerry and HTC have brought to market earlier this year. It allows for “Best Shot” in-photo editing, combining multiple shots into one picture, “strobe” effect that emphasize movement and the ability to remove movement from still photos or choose a “best face” from a series of photos.Nokia also has some augmented reality capabilities within the camera app through Microsoft’s Bing “Vision” feature and its HERE Maps product. These features are interesting to play with, but not a primary selling point for the device. Is The Camera Really That Good?Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was positively giddy on stage in New York City during the announcement of the Lumia 1020 earlier this month. Like a kid playing with a new toy. It’s always hard to credit hype from a CEO trying to get the most buzz from a product that is about to launch. Will the features really work like they’re supposed to? Like the commercials say they will?In the case of some of the gesture and movement related features that Samsung touts with the Galaxy S4, the answer is no. But the camera on the Lumia 1020 is the real deal.I take a lot of smartphone pictures, usually for events or on vacation or of other smartphones for various articles. Often, the camera is lacking and I have to find that perfect balance of angle and lighting and the ability to hold really, really still to get the right picture. If I’m any real distance from an object or it’s too dark, I’ll usually get something of middling quality (which is actually a great improvement over smartphone cameras from even a year ago).The Lumia 1020’s camera eliminates most of those problems. The digital zoom works much better than most other smartphone’s digital varieties. Low light conditions are impressive and photos are rarely blurry.Updated to clarify the difference between optical and digital zoom in the Lumia 1020. Zoom Samsung Galaxy S4 in low-light conditions, no special settingslast_img read more

Attributes of Dream Clients and Nightmare Clients

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Some of the biggest clients in your territory, the ones who spend the most money and who could make your whole number, are nightmare clients. This is why:Commands lowest price: Nightmare clients demand that you give them the lowest price. Not the lowest price you are able to give them, even though they demand that, too, but the lowest price they receive from everyone in your industry. They are not willing to allow you to capture any of the value you create.Will change to save a few pennies: The nightmare client has all the loyalty of Judas. When a competitor offers them a few pennies less, they require that you meet that lower price or they move the business. When you live by this sword, you also die by that same sword.Full of difficult personalities: There are companies and people who will challenge you to bring your best. And then there are people who are just difficult personalities. This variety of client is the later, offering no constructive criticism, just plenty of criticism, and almost always personal.Believes all the people who sell to them are vendors: For this group of prospective clients, you are not a trusted advisor, even if you have the advice, and even if you aspire to be that for them. You are also not consultative. You are a vendor. You are a supplier. You will never be anything more.Is not really interested in changing: You know how sometimes your client realizes that they must make changes on their side to produce the result they need? This type of prospective client isn’t that kind of client. They want the result without having to change.Will blame you for their lack of investment in results: The nightmare client will tell you that you must deliver better, faster, and cheaper. They do not intend to invest more to produce results; they intend for you to invest more, all the while withholding the investment from you in the way of a price that allows for investmentPays bills late: Not late every once in a while. Not late because your invoices are incorrect. They pay late because they intend to pay late, regardless of the terms of your agreement. Your money is their money, and they are not willing to give it to you, even when you have earned it.Adversarial instead of collaborative: You are the enemy. Everything is your fault. Any gain you make must have come at their cost, and they cannot allow it. There is no collaboration around problems and challenges, conflict being their preferred method, and making the problem yours alone is their modus operandi.High body count: Count the number of vendors or suppliers they’ve gone through since you’ve known of them. There are either many, or there is one with no sense of pride big enough to fire their dragon.Dream clients are also very large and care deeply about the results you produce.Will invest in better results: No one wants to pay more than they must. But dream clients are willing to make a greater investment to produce a greater result. If you can justify the delta, they’ll help you with the investment you need to produce those results.Loyal to their partners: Your dream client isn’t going to change for a few pennies. Or dollars. They are loyal to their partners because the value of the relationship and the knowledge and intimacy allow for better results than another company could easily match.Collaborative contacts: When you have a challenge or problem, your dream client will work through it with you, finding ways to make an improvement together. They’re collaborative, and they focus on the issue, not you as their vendor.Believe their best suppliers are partners: For these clients, you are not a vendor, supplier, or even preferred supplier. You are a strategic partner. They want you to be consultative, and they expect you to be their trusted advisor.Is willing to make changes: Where a nightmare is unwilling to change, a dream is willing to do things different to produce better results. Even if they don’t always do so as fast as you would like them to.Takes responsibility for the challenges they create: Your dream client owns their side of the relationship. When they cause problems in producing results, they own those problems. They pick up their side of the stick.Pays timely: Professional firms pay their bills. On time. Every time. They aren’t interested in holding your money. They’re interested in being a good partner.Excellent communication: Dream clients communicate. You never have to worry where things are because they will always communicate with you what’s going on in their world, what needs to change on your side, or what’s going to need to change in the future.Your time is limited. You are better off pursuing your dream clients, even if they take more time to win.last_img read more

Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Star import under close scrutiny WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.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“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoModric: Real Madrid improving under Solari

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.” last_img read more

Photo: Drake Continues To Support Kentucky As Round Of 32 Game Tips Off, Posts Picture Of Wildcats Jacket

first_imgDrake's Kentucky basketball jacket.IG/champagnepapiIt is very easy to make fun of rapper Drake’s many, many sports allegiances, but to his credit, he is pretty consistent when it comes to college basketball. Drake is a big supporter and occasional Midnight Madness teammate of the Kentucky Wildcats, and he is not afraid to rep the team when they’re playing. Kentucky’s Round of 32 game against Cincinnati tipped off minutes ago, and Drake lent his support to the team with an Instagram post of what appears to be a UK varsity jacket.  A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Mar 21, 2015 at 11:55am PDTWe’re not sure if Drake is in Louisville for the game, but it is a good bet that he’ll make it to Indianapolis for the Final Four if Kentucky continues on its historic run.last_img read more