The scene of last night’s crash on the N13 at Burt. Pic North West News PixTHE Letterkenny to Derry road at Burt is to stay closed for a second night following last night’s fatal road crash.Lenny Nelson, who was 58 and worked in the arts sector in Derry, was killed when his motorbike struck two cars.Garda collision investigators plan to continue their investigation at the scene on Saturday morning. Diversions remain in place. LETTERKENNY TO DERRY ROAD TO STAY CLOSED FOR ANOTHER NIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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)
Celebrations are in order for Cosmic Wind Services – the Australian energy company which was co-founded by a West Donegal man.Matt Crossan, 27, from Gaoth Dobhair and his business partner Ivor Hatton, 32, of Co. Wexford won Best Start-Up in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards last weekend.The Cosmic Group was established three years ago with an idea and less than $5000 dollars in the bank. Fast forward two years of trading as of August this year, they now have 60 full-time employees and a seven million dollar turnover for this financial year and a projected turnover of €12m from 19/20.The fast-growing company led a successful campaign in recent weeks to gain votes to help them win the People’s Choice award from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce.Cosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of CommerceCosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce It was written in the stars! Cosmic Wind wins Australian Business award was last modified: October 15th, 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) Tags:Cosmic Wind ServicesIrish Australian Chamber of Commerce
Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe elections have come and gone, and we now call Jacob Zuma Mr President.I am now, officially, living under the leadership of a man who came under intense pressure from a public trial and a test of character at the hand of South African media and civil society, most recently through a new communication medium – blogs.I find myself obsessively following the blogs of online news publications, so as to tap into the mindset of South Africans.The blog’s discussions are fascinating, not least because of the way users, with their identities hidden, unleash torrents of abuse against each other. With racial slurs and put-downs, users try to out-do each other with their profound insights into politics and the functions of government.Some comments are witty and quite clever, but for the most part I have found the general sentiment coming out of blogs is a desperate need for healing.The blogs have an uncanny way of revealing unresolved resentment that many still harbour after 15 years of democracy. And this resentment isn’t going away by itself.As toxic as they may be, these blogs may be just what we need. They allow many South Africans to get their negativity out of their systems and into the open, hopefully making space for something geared towards a positive outlook on this country.South Africans are forgetting that we actually have a stable country right now, in the midst of a global recession. And now we have a new president, whether we like him or not, let’s just get on with it – let’s resolve the serious issues we have as a people.Recently, the Gauteng provincial government narrowly managed to avert what would have been South Africa’s biggest industrial action to date, with about 54 000 municipal workers having planned a solidarity strike in support of bus drivers, who had been striking for six weeks.The doctors and nurse’s strike, which still needs to be resolved, involves similarly routine issues: increased wages and better working conditions.These are things we all expect from our jobs. And they are entrenched in Section 10 of the constitutional Bill of Rights: “Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.”This new strike season can’t come as a shock to the new government. South Africans voted to improve their lives and, when this doesn’t happen, they take to the streets to protest. The sooner we get on with the business of running the country, the better chance we have of showing the world what we are capable of – performing miracles where none are expected.At this time, when sceptics are predicting that the country will fall apart, South Africans must work to prove them wrong.The time to tear each other up is certainly not now, nor do I ever foresee a time that will be right for destructive engagement, which doesn’t further the collective cause of each and every South African.As South Africans we want to be safe in our homes, on the streets and in our cars. We want job security, an efficient health system, and a quality education for our children. We want a place we can call home, that’s not leaking when it rains, and that’s not a furnace when it’s hot and a mortuary when it’s cold.The government is under pressure to deliver on its promises. But we can play a part by not only maintaining that pressure, but also by simply getting on with the work that needs to be done.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyAs of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.The wheat is turning around here. May 8 was our topdress date for the wheat, which is the latest we have ever done that. It is getting a dark green color and starting to shoot some heads. Within the next 7 to 14 days we will be looking to do a Prosaro application on top of trying to get everything else done. We are big fans of Prosaro for head scab and we’ll be keeping an eye on that.As seed dealers we are getting concerned about the planting season. We have already done some exchanges for 112-day corn for 101-day corn. We are getting questions about returning corn and switching to beans.There is the dreaded phrase of prevented planting being thrown around and we are wondering how that will all play out. Everyone has their own opinion on what to do. We have some faith in the corn market, so I think we are going to try our best to get corn in the ground. I think there will be an opportunity there. Then, of course, there is talk about the FSA money and that all depends on the decisions we are making now.We have had 2 to 3 inches of rain in the last two weeks. The last couple of rains have been storms where we don’t get a lot of rain but we get a little every other day. We’ll get a half inch one time and then a quarter inch the next. And the days it has not rained have been cloudy and 55.The ground is getting firm. The water adds up in weight when it is in the ground and our soil really gets affected by compaction like that and it is starting to show.We are stunned at how large the affected area is. We’ll do what we can and get what we get. Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyFriday started drying out and Saturday it got hot and sunny and the wind was blowing. We started working ground and kept on going. We started planting on Monday. We planted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then got rained out. Hopefully we’ll be planting again today. I got half my corn in but I haven’t started any beans and I haven’t mowed any hay.I hope maybe the next window I get I can mow some hay to chop. I thought I’d come through the winter pretty well, but after getting out in it I definitely lost more alfalfa than I’d thought. The alfalfa didn’t get through winter very well in some places. I am lucky I have more acres than I need so I can mow some more acres for haylage.Everybody I’ve talked to in this area has been able to run this past week. To the north, some people got started earlier the week before and south of me they got seven tenths yesterday so they will be down longer. But, I’d say generally everybody got going. I think we are luckier here than some areas. It is supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon and I’m hoping to get some more planted before that.Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the same time. You just hurry up and do some of one thing and then go to the other. It is a pain and a challenge. It used to be you’d get done planting and go to hay. It doesn’t seem to work that way any more.Luckily I’m good on my forage for our dairy herd but I have heard about several people running out of feed or corn silage earlier than normal. I have been lucky to stay ahead on manure too. Different people in the area have gotten behind but some of that is getting caught up now too. Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe have made progress. We got to work a day and kind of half a day after that to do some planting and that was about it. We had the bean planter in the ground and the corn planter going and went as much as we could until the rain came in. We let it dry for a couple of days and hit it again as more rain was coming in. We were anticipating hitting some farms today but we got a shower last night about 8:30. That dampened our hopes of getting back in the field again today.Last Thursday we were able to run pretty well in some of the best conditions we have had since April. We got a couple hundred acres of corn and beans in that day. It hasn’t been perfect conditions, but at this point we are just looking for adequate conditions where we can get the planter across the field without making too much of a mess.The April corn is up and it looks good. We got the sidedresser ready to do just that corn. We got 300 acres of corn planted in May, and that was just done this past week, and we maybe got 300 acres of beans in this week. That is all of the progress we have.There are a lot of guys getting frustrated. I have heard a lot of guys talking about prevented planting and what the options are. We have called our insurance agent to see what needs to be done to qualify. Our sentiment right now is to do what we can when we can and just go from there.Regionally we are all about the same. The Thursday we were able to run, the dust was flying around here. I was coming home with the planter about 10:30 at night and I met more planters, tractors and spreaders on the road than cars. This last Monday we were able to run a little. It was questionable, but there were other people out and about. We are not looking at whole areas getting ready to plant. We are going field by field, even if it is 20 minutes out of the way, and if it is ready we are going to hit it. Nathan Brown – Highland CountyWe have approximately 120 acres of corn planted and 150 acres of soybeans in the ground. We started planting beans last Sunday and things were pretty heavy so we pulled out of there. We got more rain then started back in on Tuesday. All of the corn has basically been planted since Sunday and most of the beans have been planted in the last 3 days. We missed one or two showers at the beginning of the week but then we caught some the last 2 days. Yesterday morning we got 2 tenths and then about 6 last night we had a pretty good shower come through. We got 3 tenths but I have heard guys around the neighborhood got up to 7 tenths and there was some half to three-quarter inch hail. So we are wet again.We have beans coming up in our cereal rye and we need to get that terminated with the crimper. We will try to get that rolled soon. I have a trial where I burnt down some cereal rye and left some grow. It was 6 feet tall the other day when I planted it. I crimped and we’ll see which is better, terminating it early or letting it grow.It has been heavy and we are pushing the envelope. Our ground never really has dried out but the calendar is winding down and we are pushing the envelope harder than we normally would. Looking at the Midwest, we are pretty fortunate in this part of the country if we can get some corn planted.
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No go, Djoko. It’s Roger versus Rafa in the French Open final once again. Novak Djokovic’s perfect season and 43-match winning streak were ended by Roger Federer in the semi-finals at Roland Garros on Friday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion beat the second-seeded Serb 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) and will face Rafael Nadal in the final for the fourth time in six years.Five-time champion Nadal, who turned 25 on Friday, is one victory away from equaling Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles. He defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 earlier on Court Philippe Chatrier to improve his record at Roland Garros to 44-1. On Sunday, Nadal will try to beat Federer for the sixth time in eight Grand Slam finals.Djokovic entered the French Open as the hottest man on tour. He won every tournament he had played in 2011, including earning his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open after beating Federer in their second straight Grand Slam semi-final. But for Federer, three times in a row was too many.The third-seeded Swiss had an answer to just about everything Djokovic could muster, sending back shot after shot and waiting for his opponent to make the mistakes – even though Federer finished with 46 unforced errors, five more than Djokovic. The two traded a pair of breaks in the first set, and Djokovic then led 5-4 in the tiebreaker when three unforced errors – a backhand and two forehands – gave Federer the set.In the second, Federer took Djokovic’s serve to jump ahead 4-1 and held on to win it despite wasting nine more break chances.advertisementDjokovic got the early break in the third and ran out to a 3-0 lead, eventually taking the first set off Federer at this year’s tournament. He also led in the fourth, and served for the set at 5-4. But Federer got his fourth break to soon send it back to a tiebreaker. Once there, Federer was the Federer of old again. He took a 6-3 lead by winning three straight points, the latter two with an ace and service winner. He then won the match with his 18th ace of the match.The top-ranked Spaniard, meanwhile, wasn’t perfect against Murray, struggling at times with his serve and getting broken three times, but his play was consistent enough to take care of his opponent’s defensive tactics.”The conditions today were not easy,” said Nadal, who saved all six break points he faced in the third set. “Very, very difficult with the wind changing a lot.”Against Murray on Court Philippe Chatrier, he certainly looked like the best player in the world.Nadal broke Murray early in each of the three sets. And although he lost his serve once in the first and twice in the second, Nadal always looked in charge – even helping the court crew by frequently cleaning the clay off his baseline by dragging his foot along the white paint. He saved 15 of 18 break points and converted six of the 13 he earned. After saving the second of two break points in the second game of the second set, Nadal let out a primal “Vamos!” or “Come on!”The wind was swirling on court yet again, at one point forcing Murray to turn around to avoid the floating red dust from getting into his eyes. A few games later, while Murray was serving in the second set, a spectator’s Panama hat blew onto the clay court. A ball boy quickly retrieved the offending chapeau and Nadal then claimed his second break point of the game when Murray sent a backhand wide. Three points later, Nadal broke for a 6-5 lead with a forehand winner, earning his second of five straight games.After the match, some of his faithful fans serenaded Nadal with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”- With inputs from AP
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is hoping to draw inspiration from Virat Kohli and use the Indian Premier League experience to earn his maiden Test ton during the five-Test series against India starting on Wednesday.”Someone like Virat Kohli is an immensely talented guy but also watching him go about it you see that mentality of getting to the top. They seem to make the right decision a lot of the time. That is a skill,” he told reporters at The Oval.”The hunger to do it day in day out…that hunger really shines through in those top players.”Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochButtler played for the Rajasthan Royals during this year’s IPL scoring 548 runs at an average of 54.80 with the help of five half centuries including two unbeaten 90s.”The biggest thing I have learnt from the IPL is that it’s obvious what the best players do and why they are the best players and standouts,” said Buttler.Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrath”They just have a different mentality, a winning mentality in every game and the consistency to do that. I feel like I have learnt a hell of lot from watching guys train and go about their practice, ways they react to certain pressure moments in a game as well,” he added.Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India TodayRiding on his imperious form at the IPL, Buttler made a successful return to Test cricket, scoring back-to-back fifties, during the recent 1-1 drawn home campaign with Pakistan.advertisementEngland bowlers’ class will make the difference vs India: Dale SteynButtler’s highest Test score is 85 that he made on debut against India four years ago and he would look to reach his maiden three-digit figure in this series which begins with the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.India vs England: Broad ready for challenging and exciting Test series”It is the ultimate aim, I would love to achieve that feat,” the 27-year-old said.”I have good memories against India but it is about reinforcing the enjoyment factor and the incredible opportunity to play Test cricket.England 2014 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricket”For those two games against Pakistan, I was not sure how it would go but I approached them in a great manner and it is important for me to do that going into this series.”Zaheer Khan backs India to dominate England in Test seriesAhead of the tour, Kohli, who had captained Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes at Royal Challengers Bangalore, said that the relations between the teams improved due to IPL.But Buttler believes all friendships will be “forgotten” on the field during the series.”There are a few guys I have played with. Naturally you have friendships with them but on the field they seem to be forgotten and everyone is competitive,””There is a lot more familiarity between the sides than there ever has been before. Not on the pitch but maybe on the training days and around the lunch room. Moeen played with Virat at RCB and [Yuzvendra] Chahal. I have played with Hardik Pandya at Mumbai so you are open to having a chat.”I am sure there will be moments in the Test series, especially on the field, when those things look like they have been forgotten. It will be highly competitive.”Buttler feels a Test series against India is almost as important as the Ashes.”Absolutely, it is a huge series. India are a fantastic team, in all conditions as well now. Australia is a huge series for England, but in this day and age India are not far behind,” he said.(With PTI inputs)
roy williams tees off on espn green roomNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams is upset with ESPN – and he had no problem letting everyone know on Friday. Williams, ahead of his team’s contest against Boston College this Saturday, expressed that he isn’t a fan of how the network seems to focus on the “green room” players during broadcasts – meaning the players who are locks to be first round NBA Draft picks. He thinks that the game of college basketball is great – and ESPN shouldn’t just be giving the next-level players attention.Here’s video, via North Carolina:Williams makes some good points, but it’s not as-if he hasn’t seen his own share of “green room” players come through his program. Regardless, we don’t expect the network to change its ways.
18Apr Rep. Kelly: Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance Enhanced safety at K-12 schools and college campuses, including provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities and dramatically increased expansion of the state’s OK2SAY school safety program. State Rep. Tim Kelly today announced the Michigan House Appropriations Committee approved increasing K-12 school funding by $120 to $240 per student for next academic year.The per-student increase – the largest for a single year in 15 years – is part of an overall House plan boosting state record-high funding for K-12 education. Early literacy, workforce preparation and school safety are also focuses of the House’s overall budget plan.“Schools are the key to a better future for our children and our state,” said Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “With this record investment in education, it’s clear we’re making children and their families a top priority.”Highlights of the House plan:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to schools. School funding would increase to $14.8 billion, a new record for K-12 investment. Funding for community colleges and universities also would increase through the House plan. Kelly, of Saginaw Township, is the sponsor of the House Bill 5579 – the chamber’s education funding plan. The measure advances to the House floor along with House Bill 5578, the House’s other main budget bill.### Categories: Kelly News,News Approximately $100 million for career and talent development, including the Marshall Plan for Talent, in the state’s K-12 budget alone. Programs for financially and academically at-risk students would receive nearly $500 million, focused on programs to help improve reading and math. Early literacy education would receive $26.9 million, providing added instructional time and coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading.