Animal Cruelty reported at Limerick coursing meeting

first_imgEmail Woman taped dogs mouth shut as she didn’t have a muzzle by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A NEW Coursing Cruelty Catalogue report by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) reveals the suffering of hares used in the bloodsport in County Limerick.According to ICABS, the report, which analyses documents relating to the 2014-15 coursing season, confirms the continued cruelty of hare coursing for animals used as live bait.Information obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), exposes evidence of hare coursing cruelty at the Doon and District meeting in County Limerick on November 29 and 30, 2014.The FOI data indicates that during the coursing meet in Doon, two hares required assistance “meaning dogs hit or mauled the hare”.ICABS claims that two animals were examined by a vet, who noted that he treated 12 hares with antibiotics, but offered no explanation as to why the hares needed this treatment.It was also noted that two hares escaped during the Doon and District meet. One during coursing and another after being boxed. Meanwhile, NPWS data showed that Doon coursing club appeared to be in breach of Section 34 of the netting licence as they could not produce details on their members who were certified to catch hares on their behalf.In addition, according to the NPWS official in attendance, three hares were released at Doon without consulting the ranger, another breach of Section 34.An NPWS official also commented: “Some of the hares were not in good condition or fit to course, according to vet. Many had sores on their feet.”Aideen Yourell of ICABS insists that if coursers are prepared to under-report hare injuries and kills and to breach licence conditions under the noses of monitoring NPWS officials, it is “more than likely that this is also occurring at meetings which are not being monitored”.“The coursers know this. Every year, a sham exercise is played out by the National Parks HQ, who write to the Irish Coursing Club, raising licence breaches by their affiliated clubs. We suspect the coursers are thumbing their noses and literally laughing at the National Parks and Wildlife Service, because they know that no action will be taken, leaving them free to do as they please,” Ms Yourell claimed.Limerick founder of ARAN, John Carmody at a hare coursing protestLimerick founder of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), John Carmody believes a time will come when society will look back in horror that such a cruel pastime was allowed to continue on “well beyond its sell by date”.“Time and time again we’ve documented, and proven, that hares are dying and suffering before, during and after the coursing meets which take place in Limerick and beyond,” he said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook County Limerick takes a stroll Irish Air Corp to make its Foynes Air Show Debut during one of the most Historic Years in Irish Defence Force History Dreams Festival to celebrate Dolores O’Riordan this September Printcenter_img TAGSAnimal CrueltyAnimal Rights Action Network (ARAN)bloodsportcounty LimerickDoon and Districthare coursingIrish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS)limerickNational Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Previous articleGolf – 19th Hole Golf Notes – 13/6/15Next articleMary I graduate to research deaf education Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsAnimal Cruelty reported at Limerick coursing meetingBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2015 1216 Twitter Excessive levels of pesticides detected in Limerick water schemes Limerick regulations to ban sulky racing on roads Advertisement WhatsApplast_img read more

McIlroy eyeing Valhalla victory

first_imgHe has won his last two events, is back on top of the world rankings and is rated a 5/1 favourite to make it three wins in succession with a second US PGA Championship title at Valhalla this week. And with doubts increasing over Woods’ longevity after he pulled out of the Bridgestone midway through the final round with more back trouble, McGinley is not the only one talking about the start of ‘Rory’s era’. “I don’t really know how to answer that,” McIlroy told his pre-tournament press conference at Valhalla. “Of course I’ve heard it and I’ve read it. “Sometimes I feel that people are too quick to jump to conclusions and jump on the bandwagon and jump on certain things. “I’ve had a great run of golf and I’ve played well over the past few months. I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and become one of the dominant players in the game. “I felt like I had the ability to do that and it’s just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is near the top of the world rankings and competing in majors and winning golf tournaments. “I’m not necessarily sure you can call that an era or the start of an era, but I’m just really happy with where my golf game is at the minute and I just want to try and continue that for as long as possible. “People can say what they want to say, that’s fine. But I can’t read too much into it. “I just need to continue to practice hard and play well and try not to read too much of the stuff that’s being written, because if you read everything that was being written, I’d turn up at the first tee on Thursday thinking I’d already won the tournament.” But Rory McIlroy will not be paying any attention to the hype surrounding his brilliant run of form, which saw him claim the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and follow that with a first World Golf Championship victory in the Bridgestone Invitational. The 25-year-old’s stellar play at Firestone Country Club had Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley eulogising about the “best exhibition of driving I have ever seen” and predicting McIlroy could be on his way to dominating the game as Tiger Woods did in his prime. That last comment was said with a smile and McIlroy added: “I don’t think it’s productive at all to read anything about yourself. I try not to. Obviously it’s hard to stay away from everything, but I try to limit it as much as I can for sure.” McIlroy also plans to limit his recent weight gains caused by working out in the gym, the Northern Irishman acknowledging he certainly does not need to hit the ball any further. He led the field in driving distance (334.8 yards) in Akron – also finishing joint first in greens in regulation at 79.17 per cent – and is perhaps wary of the role too much gym work may have contributed to the injury problems suffered by Nike stablemate Woods. “I’m definitely hitting it longer over the past couple of years. I’ve started to work harder in the gym and I’ve got stronger in certain areas of my body which I needed to,” McIlroy added. “I’ve always had the speed and I’ve always had the power, but I haven’t really had maybe the strength or the stability to hold on to it my whole way through the swing. “I’ve put on three kilograms of muscle in the last eight weeks, so that definitely helps. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been (12st 4lb). But does that mean I want to get heavier and try to put on more distance? I don’t feel like I need to. “If I can hit it over 300 yards and in the fairway most of the time, I’m happy enough with that. That gives me plenty of opportunities to hit it close to flags and try and make birdies.” Plenty of birdies are likely to be necessary at Valhalla this week, with Woods and Bob May finishing tied on 18 under par the last time the US PGA was held here in 2000. McIlroy was just 11 years old at the time but remembers watching it on TV, along with the 2008 Ryder Cup at the same venue, but will have just two days to get to know the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout for himself. “I gave myself the day off yesterday, which I felt like I needed, just to recharge a little bit,” he added. “Emotionally and mentally it’s more fatiguing after you win tournaments than it is physically. So just to give your brain and your head a day to rest is a good thing. “Having all these tournaments sort of go back-to-back gives you less time to think about it. You just get straight back into it and you try to prepare the best you can. “I’ll just try and play golf similar to what I’ve played the last few weeks.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Guyana Makes Another Oil Discovery

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The Guyana government announced, on January 27, that the US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil, has made its 16th oil discovery, offshore Guyana.Director in the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, said the new discovery was made, northeast of the producing Liza field at the Uaru well, on the Stabroek Block.He said this new discovery, coupled with all other discoveries, brings the estimated resource for the Stabroek Block to more than eight billion oil-equivalent barrels.“The Co-operative Republic of Guyana welcomes this new discovery, which follows, closely, on the heels of the start of oil production on December 20, 2019. All Guyanese should welcome this new discovery and should begin to appreciate that the nation is on the cusp of major economic transformation and sustained development.“The Department of Energy remains committed to working with its partners and ecosystem of agencies, to ensure that the benefits from the sector, both direct and indirect, redound to every Guyanese,” Bynoe said.A government statement said that the Uaru well encountered approximately 94 feet (29 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well, drilled in 6,342 feet (1,933 metres) of water, is located, approximately 10 miles (16 kilometres), northeast of the Liza field, which started oil production in December 2019.“The petroleum sector is already stimulating increased employment and expanded services, and we are expecting a ramping up of these benefits during the Decade of Development (2020-2029), which is aimed at ensuring that the country’s petroleum resources are utilised to improve citizens’ quality of life and retaining greater value from the sector for Guyana and Guyanese,” Bynoe added.The government statement said that additionally, by the second quarter of 2020, production from the Liza Phase 1 development will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil, daily, utilizing the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Liza Destiny.“Under the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) governing the Stabroek Block, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be receiving, at a minimum, two percent royalty on all oil produced in the Block, plus 12.5 percent profit oil. As the capital and operating costs are liquidated, Guyana’s share of profit oil will increase,” the statement said.The Liza Unity FPSO, which will be employed for the second phase of Liza development and will have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day, is under construction and expected to start production by mid-2022, the statement added.Earlier this month, the UK-based company, Tullow Oil, announced that it had discovered a higher quality of crude oil, offshore Guyana, in the Carapa-1 well, within the Kanuku licence.According to the company, while the well hit only four metres net oil pay, which was below pre-drill expectations, the discovery is in the Cretaceous play and is higher quality crude – rather than the heavy, sulphurous oil found last year in the Orinduik licence block.A vessel carrying Guyana’s first-ever shipment of crude set sail, last Monday, bound for the U.S. Gulf Coast, making Guyana the latest country to debut as an oil exporter.last_img read more

Winnebago County sees first confirmed COVID-19 case, two more in Cerro Gordo

first_imgFOREST CITY — Winnebago County says they’ve confirmed their first case of coronavirus.The Winnebago County Department of Public Health says a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a person aged 41-60. The Department says the individual is self-isolating at home.Today’s report (see below) includes the Franklin County case of an 41-60 year old that was reported by Franklin County public health officials over the weekend. The Iowa Department of Public Health says there are two more cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County, both older adults aged 61-80.So far in our immediate listening area, a total of 22 cases have been reported. Cerro Gordo has had 12 reported cases, Hancock has had three, two in MItchell County, and single cases in Butler, Franklin, Kossuth and Wright.The only counties in our listening area as of this morning to not have reported cases of COVID-19 are Worth and Floyd counties. Lt. Governor Adam Gregg Winnebago County Iowa Winnebago County Governor Kim Reynolds COVID-19 DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 78 additional positive cases for a total of 946 positive cases. There have been an additional 680 negative tests for a total of 10,653 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.According to IDPH, an additional 3 deaths were also reported:Linn County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Tama County, 2 elderly adults (81+)According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 78 individuals include:Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Cerro Gordo County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)Chickasaw County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Clinton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Crawford County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Franklin County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Jackson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Johnson County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Linn County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)Louisa County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Marion County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Muscatine County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Page County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)Pottawattamie County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Scott County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+)Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 3 elderly adults (81+)Wapello County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80)Winnebago County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19. =====OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday Apr. 6, 2020Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional deaths confirmed TAGS Coronavirus IDPHlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps Football Club and Letterkenny Institute of Technology announce the launch of Donegal’s first pre-entry soccer scholarship programme.The programme is aimed at developing footballers for the Harps first team squad, whilst also offering Scholarship recipients the opportunity to pursue a third-level education. There will be three soccer scholarships available on an annual basis and the successful candidates will train with and play for Finn Harps and also represent the LYIT teams.Both organisations are also looking forward to exploring further areas of mutual benefit.Finn Harps Chairman Joey O Leary said, “We are delighted to be working with LYIT to provide those who have displayed exceptional soccer potential with a facility to also pursue their further education.“The club feels it is important that we can accommodate our young players who would prefer to receive their third level education within the County. This scholarship programme will mean the successful candidates can receive the ongoing coaching which is vital to their development” Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, said, “This is an important initiative for LYIT and our continued engagement with the community. We are delighted to be working with Finn Harps and creating opportunities for young footballers to pursue their careers while achieving their academic potential.”James Rodgers, Finn Harps Youth Development Officer, feels the programme will be hugely beneficial to its participants.“We know from experience that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication for young players to establish themselves in senior football. We feel it’s very important that all young athletes become aware of the value of furthering their education.”“Finn Harps scholarship partnership with LYIT is part of the Club’s long-term commitment to the development of local talent. The aim is that those participating in the Scholarship programme will emerge with both a valued academic qualification and the possibility of a career in the Airtricity League and beyond,” he added.Minimum academic and sporting criteria expected of applicants and further guidelines will be released on on Monday, 30 July.Applications are available on request from the Clubhouse at Finn Park, Navenny Street, Ballybofey. These should be returned for the attention of the Scholarship Administrator, Denise O’Neill. LYIT AND FINN HARPS ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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:finn harpsLYITscholarshipslast_img read more

KCCA away to Police FC with both ears in Kitende

first_img Tags: Azam UPLKCCA FCpolice fc KCCA FC have to win and hope Vipers doesn’t defeat UPDFAzam Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs KCCA FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 25-05-2017KCCA FC will be seeking for maximum points away to Police in their penultimate game of the season if they stand any chance of retaining the league title.The two time defending champions seat two points behind leaders Viper SC who host UPDF on the same day, and can only win the league if they win and Vipers fail to beat UPDF.Any thing short of a win KCCA FC will see the Venoms walk away with a first league title in three years.“Due to the fact that it’s the last game of the season, we have prepared very well, said KCCA assistant coach Robert Kabuye.“We have been in such a situation before so we prepare out players in the same manner and we don’t do anything out of the ordinary.“To us it’s a normal game like any other and we will go out to try and get all three points like we have been doing in the past.“Police will not be an easy but to crack but it all goes down to the preparations which i think have gone smoothly.“It is not in our hands (winning the league) but we will try and execute our task well and see what happens after that.“Yes it is KCCA’s propriety to win trophies but even if we don’t attain that on Friday, it is not the end of the world.The Kasasiro Boys have a few concerns of their own, head coach Mike Mutebi lost his father on Wednesday and he will be burried on Friday. It remains to be seen if Mutebi will be on the touchline for the game at Namboole.They are also sweating over the fitness of star players Shaban Muhammad and Muzamir Mutyaba who both missed the 2-1 win at home to Bul on Tuesday.Shaban may come back but Muzamir Mutyaba has been ruled out for close to two months with an ankle injury.For Police, it’s is ok to say that they have not so much left to play for.They start the day comfertbaly seated in mid table with 38 points from 29 games and with no threat what so ever for relegation.However, a win for the Cops may see them finish as high as fifth while a loss may result into a 9th place finish.Match Stats:Head to Head.KCCA have not lost a league game to Police FC since 2010.The Kasasiro Boys have won 11 of the 15 games in that period, drawing the other four.At Lugogo, KCCA has won five of their last six games against the Cops with the only exeption being a 1-1 draw in September 2014.KCCA FC.KCCA go into the game having won all four of their last 4 games in all competions.KCCA have lost only one of their last 17 league games, drawing 5 and winning the other 11.Their down fall has been the away form which has seen them win only 5 of thier 14 fixtures (D6 L4).Police FC.Police go into the game having won two of their last three fixtures after a run of as many defeats.Police has had a fairly good form at home, winning Seven, drawn four and lost three of their 14 games so far.Against the top three at home so far, the Cops have won one and drawn the other of their two games at Namboole.Comments last_img read more

Wine and food tourism experts talk growth

first_imgTrends in tourism – visitors seeking experiences – and ways to market South Africa’s excellent wine and food tourism industries were unpacked at the first annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference.Strategies on growing South Africa’s wine and food industries were debated at a conference in Stellenbosch, the epicentre of the country’s winelands, in November 2016. Wine tourism contributes R6-billion annually to South Africa’s GDP. (Images: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Melissa JavanMore tourists were interested in sharing their experiences of South Africa’s wine and food tourism industry, delegates heard at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference. It is planned for the gathering to become an annual event.The two-day conference, which took place on 1 and 2 November 2016 at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, was attended by industry insiders and experts.Research undertaken by the Western Cape’s destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, found that 86% of tourists wanted to sample local wines and food. SABC also reported that more people wanted customised experiences.A million bottles of South African wines were sold daily worldwide. “This is a million opportunities to tell South Africa’s story through wine tourism,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold from destination and tourism marketing agency Destinate.Destinate has been commissioned to develop an industry-led wine tourism plan as part of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise. This initiative was introduced to promote a robust, adaptable and competitive industry.“South Africa’s competitive edge is not only our wine, but also our hospitality and passionate people. That matched with unique experiences, exceptional food and breath-taking scenery, all accessible to the visitor,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.Plenty of the ideas were given about ways of enhancing wine and food experiences:“Restaurants are important, as they are the platform for the development & marketing of a nation”, #jprossouw @winefoodconf #wfconf2016— Ian & Lise Manley (@manleycom) November 2, 2016Are our restaurants reflecting our cultural dishes? What’s our national signature dish?Which dish do we defend internationally? #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016You may not have big budgets for marketing campaigns – do one thing well; train your staff, give them knowledge. #winetourism #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016A strategy being developedWine tourism currently contributes R6-billion annually towards South Africa’s GDP. The aim is to increase that amount to R15-billion by 2025, with the help of the wine tourism strategy.Du Toit-Helmbold said the strategy was being developed as a dynamic industry framework and practical plan. “Our immediate priorities are to get buy-in from role players and to finalise the implementation plan with input from and alignment with the government.”Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said he supported the development of a wine tourism strategy that would unite the industry behind a common vision, brand and aligned plan to take wine tourism forward. “We look forward to working with the industry to help realise the enormous potential wine tourism has in contributing to our country’s overall tourism growth.”Watch Tim Harris, chief executive officer of Wesgro, talk about the different food and wine experiences in the Western Cape:Rico Basson, chief executive officer of VinPro, said the conference would have long-term benefits for wine tourism and related industries: “We need to adapt to international trends, while offering the best authentic, local offerings – best of what is local.”Wine tourism is a major revenue generator for South Africa. It also presents an important opportunity in terms of job creation,” he said.Already 289,000 jobs had been added in the wine value chain to date, said Basson. “The new strategy will pave the way for significant growth in the wine tourism sector over the next 10 years.”VinePro represents South African wine cellars and wine grape producers. It had provided funding to conclude the strategy and implementation plan and enable a number of interventions within the next 12 months, said conference organisers.On the strategy agenda is the development of a national wine tourism brand and message with a wine tourism marketing kit to train the trade and hospitality industry, providing them with the tools, messaging and visual inspiration to promote wine tourism more effectively.Furthermore, the establishment of a neutral wine tourism digital marketing platform with interactive website, activated social media platforms, aligned wine tourism event calendar, and fresh content providing links to all the wine regions and routes for cross- marketing purposes is a priority.Collaboration is keyOne million bottles of South African wine are sold daily worldwide. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Siobhan Thompson, chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa said: “South Africa exports wine to markets across the world. The bulk of the country’s exports are aligned with South Africa’s key source tourism markets such as the European Union, with exports to markets in the rest of Africa, the US and China growing.“It makes sense for wine and tourism to collaborate and promote our wine tourism offering as a differentiating factor within our broader wine and tourism marketing initiatives.”Hein Koegelenberg, chief executive officer of estates La Motte and Leopard’s Leap, said: “We need each other – not only to create a successful and profitable wine tourism industry, but also to sustainably have a quality offering that will result in job creation and that will make a difference to the lives of our people and communities.”The conference was a wonderful opportunity for the industry to get together and discuss the various facets of wine tourism, which included international best practice and benchmarks; getting to grips with digital aspects; and the importance of service excellence, he added.“What I hope everyone took away from these two days is that wine tourism is a national asset that requires commitment and strategy and very importantly, co- operation between industries, between disciplines and also between Cape Town and the winelands.”Other topics“Relax with Dax” blogger Dax Villanueva is a speaker at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference on 1 and 2 November 2016. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)The importance of marketing, whether face to face with customers or virtually, was another topic discussed at the conference. Other topics included Marketing what’s hot? What’s not?; Maximising direct customer sales; and Eating South Africa: How do we plate ourselves to the world?Asked about the next big thing in marketing, Paula Hulley of digital agency Gloo singled out short form video. She stressed the importance of visual storytelling in a content-cluttered world.Tips were given on Twitter:We need to keep the customer’s journey in mind, and that now includes a digital journey – Roslyn Lavery @PayFast #wfconf2016— | SA Wine (@winecoza) November 2, 2016It is important to have a digital marketing plan, as part of your PR and traditional marketing plan @RelaxWithDax #wfconf2016 #destineering— Annareth Bolton (@yourbubblyness) November 2, 2016The conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating South Africa’s 2017 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award winners, with the country’s global and regional winners honoured.The next Business of Wine and Food Tourism conference will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on 19 and 20 September 2017.Sources: Destinate and BrandSouthAfrica reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more

Semenya is back on track

first_imgBy Kgopi Mabotja29 August 2013News that Caster Semenya is ready to hit the ground running, literally, is music to my ears and, I’m sure, a big deal for fellow sports enthusiasts. The 800m Olympic silver medalist is set to compete at the high-ranking Diamond League in Zurich on Thursday (30 August).It was disappointing that she could not compete in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, missing the qualifying standard by 0.36 seconds. I reckoned she was South Africa’s only real hope for a medal in that competition, but it was Johan Cronje’s lone bronze that surprised many and made us proud.Semenya was born to be a champion. She was a medalist at the previous two World Championships, and is not used to playing second fiddle. But athletes cannot rely on their reputations alone: you’re as good as your last show, which means she has to work hard now.Caster Semenya is set to smash her season’s best when she competes in Europe this week.No doubt, she is hungry for glory. She knows her capabilities and that the sky is only the beginning for her.  Her coach Maria Mutola is quoted in The Citizen, saying Semenya now looks armed to conquer: “She is now finally feeling stronger and she’s looking good. Her knee is not bothering her anymore and she is ready to compete against the world’s best.”Semenya has been undergoing rehabilitation since the London Olympics to correct an imbalance in her leg strength. Her best time so far this season is 2:01.86 achieved at Flanders Cup meeting in Belgium, but Mutola insists the track star can still surpass her season’s best. The track star has a busy time ahead. She is set to compete at the Amsterdam Open on Saturday and at the World Challenge meeting in Zagreb next week. All we can do is cheer and rally behind this champ.See Caster Semenya’s profile on the Diamond LeagueRead more on Cronje claims World Championship bronzelast_img read more

Manure composting makes better use of valuable nutrients for cattle operation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After years of hauling liquid manure from their Fairfield County beef operation, Robert and Andy Wolfinger decided they needed to do something different to spread their nutrients over more ground.“We talked to our agronomist and he had a friend who had started composting. We went to see him and see what we had to do to get in the business. We had the manure and we had trouble getting enough places to haul it every year close enough to home,” Robert Wolfinger said. “We started composting and we can scatter it out over more acres. We went from putting it on 100 acres to 500 or 600 acres and it takes some relief off of finding a place for our manure.”The pen pack manure with corn stalks and wheat straw for bedding is hauled out in the spring and piled in windrows on a heavy use pad designed by and funded through the local Natural Resource Conservation Service Soil and Water Conservation District. The pad has a catch basin to collect any runoff from the composted manure.The windrows are turned twice a week for 15 to 16 weeks to break down the manure into a rich, concentrated compost.“We turn it a couple of times a week and when it gets really dry we’ll add water to it,” Wolfinger said. “We took soil samples this last year and part of our ground has enough nutrients that we didn’t have to put any more on this year. We buy commercial fertilizer for 800 acres of row crops but we almost have enough compost to cover all of it now. We put on 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of compost per acre. It is about the same analysis as a 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 fertilizer. We have a lime fertilizer cart and we broadcastRobert Wolfinger has seen a number of benefits from composting the cattle manure on his farm.with it. With that cart loaded we can get over 10 to 12 acres.”The soil quality is improving, yields have held strong and now they can more easily and efficiently transport the nutrients from the manure to the more spread out locations of the farm to benefit more ground and the environment.“I think the soil is improving and our agronomist says the soil will get looser as we go along. We put dry fertilizer on the field with about the same analysis as the compost and the yield was the same. We can’t really tell any difference,” Wolfinger said. “We run about 400 cattle through this facility and we compost the pen pack from the winter. We bale 500 to 600 big round bales of straw and corn stalks. I’d say we save $50,000 to $70,000 a year in dry fertilizer. It was a big investment up front for the equipment but it has paid off.”last_img read more

Behind the Scenes of the 96 Minute Shot, The Russian Ark

first_imgHave any other examples of incredibly long takes? Share in the comments below. Take a behind the scenes look at the 96 minute single take movie, The Russian Ark.If you’ve never seen the 2002 historical drama, The Russian Ark you’re missing out. The Russian Ark takes place in the Russian Heritage Museum but is more famous for consisting of a continuous 96-minute shot. Yes you read that correctly, the entire film was shot in a single continuous shot that lasted over an hour and a half.The film took over 4 years to develop and we are not surprised. Not only does the film feature only one-shot but the set design and choreography is amazing. The film had over 2,000 actors, 3 orchestras and spanned over the 33 rooms inside the museum.Here is the entire 96 minute film:The Russian Ark was incredibly well received. With an 89% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 stars by Roger Ebert, the Russian Ark is impressive in both execution and form.Behind the ScenesThe good people who made the Russian Ark, including the director Aleksandr Sokurov, created an awesome series of behind-the-scenes videos to show how they were able to accomplish such a monumental task. We are especially impressed by the Director of Photography/Steadicam Operator Tilman Buttner who is better known for his work in Run, Lola, Run.last_img read more