Gardai are investigating a break-in to a house in St Johnston yesterday morning.The culprits broke into the house at Railway Road while elderly owner of the house, understood to be in her 80s, was at church.The burglary happened between 11am and midday. One theory being investigated by Gardai is that the raiders are watching the routines of older people.They are understood to be specifically targeting people who are attending local churches and leaving their homes unattended.The latest raid has caused outrage on social media.House broken into while elderly woman at church was last modified: September 10th, 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:churchdonegalGardairobberySt Johnston
Journal editors are freaking out over the rise of Open Science initiatives, worried their reign over the perception of science is doomed.Who owns science? In the old days, scientists were self-funded or supported by patrons. Nowadays, much of science is funded by governments. And yet the results of the research remain largely behind paywalls: journals that require subscription fees often beyond the reach of the common man. Universities and labs can afford site licenses that allow all or most employees of the institutions instant access to the latest published research. But again, citizens outside of those institutions stay outside the paywall. They only get open access to internet-based science news services (EurekAlert, Science Daily, Phys.org) which dish out predigested summaries of findings – and then, only after embargo dates expire. Often, however, those summaries are tainted with bias to make the researcher’s institution look good.The thinking behind Open Science is that people who fund the research ought to be able to see the results. Some journals compromise by making all their publications publicly-accessible after a time period. Sometimes that is a year or more. Journals worry not just about their bottom line, and big hits to their operating expenses of peer review, illustration and publication, but to the process of science itself. Doesn’t peer review require adequate time to complete, and offer protection to both reviewers and authors? In the meantime, open-science journals (where the researcher pays to get printed), and online services like arXiv and bioXiv have made pre-publication research available for comment before peer review.It’s a scientific revolution, and Big Media is running scared.Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions (Nature News). A graph in this piece by Holly Else shows the steady rise of open-access publishing. Her use of the word “radical open-access” underscores the fear: “Eleven research funders in Europe announce ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read as soon as they are published.” There goes the hefty subscription price to Nature, Science, and other big-name journals that have comfortably ruled peer-reviewed publications for decades.Major research-funding agencies from across Europe have unveiled a radical open-access initiative that could change the face of science publishing in two years. The ‘Plan S’ pledge requires that scientists make papers free to read immediately upon publication, under an open licence. Publishers were immediately up in arms about the plan: Springer Nature said it “potentially undermines the whole research publishing system”. The initiative is spearheaded by Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s special envoy on open access, who says the ‘S’ in Plan S can stand for “science, speed, solution, shock”.Proponents of open science argue that “Paywalls are not only hindering the scientific enterprise itself but also they are an obstacle [to] the uptake of research results by the wider public.”Every solution creates new problems. While the public might welcome the new transparency and access, free-world governments might worry about theft of intellectual property, or release of findings with dual-use potential (civilian and military). The situation might be compared to debates about free-speech rights to publish steps to making a gun with a 3-D printer. And what about free markets? But does the free market apply to dissemination of information paid for by OPM? (other people’s money). Subscription-paid access has dropped from 49.2% to 37.7% between 2012 and 2016, a graph in the article shows. Whatever happens, the Europeans are pushing a “bold access plan” that “could overturn science publishing as we know it” (Nature Briefing).Pirate paper website Sci-Hub dealt another blow by US courts (Nature News, Nov 2017). Last fall, Nature gloated that the courts prevented Sci-Hub from reprinting unauthorized papers from the American Chemical Society. ACS won a lawsuit, but the defendant Sci-Hub operates outside the United States. It may have been a pyrrhic victory. Nature acknowledges that thieves have workarounds to get past the paywalls on the internet.The smart trendmakers are trying to look more open and less selfish. Hoary old journals like Nature have initiated their own open-access journals (Nature Communications, Scientific Reports), and Science, published by the AAAS, has its open-access contender, Science Advances. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers some of its papers in open-access form. They’re all trying to join the bandwagon; they just don’t want to let go of their cash cows.Science without publication paywalls: Coalition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access (PLoS Biology). Here are the arguments by the crafters of Plan S for the “radical” open-access plan. And for anyone wishing to read it, the plan itself is published in one of the most successful open-access journals, Public Library of Science.Nobody knows what will happen, and we are not taking sides. People have a right to protect their intellectual property, and businesses have a right to compete in the free market, but there are gray areas here. Does the researcher own it, if it was taxpayer funded? Does the journal own it, because they provide a service to readers, including dressing up text for print and adding commentaries? Does the public own it, when they may have paid for the research, but not the work of formatting and dissemination? While we agree that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” sunlight can also kill some beneficial things. The only clear lesson from this wild-west rampage is that scientific practices are not set in stone. Peer review, publication, and scientific methods must be adapted to changing circumstances. The internet is a huge recent circumstance. Raise your hand if you remember sitting in the library walking through stacks of journals after consulting the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. Are we better off now? Well, in some ways. Loss of control over intellectual property, particular information with dual-use potential, may have globally nefarious consequences. Navigating these rapids will require the best in human intelligent design. (Visited 459 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The market feels like it is in free-fall and the lack of strong exports is discouraging. One silver-lining, as futures continue to drop, export demand may eventually increase. World grain supplies are still high, which could keep a cap on prices for a long time. It will likely take a supply disruption to change the course dramatically.Rumors indicate the Chinese government may drop domestic corn subsidies and pay farmers direct instead. This may lower corn prices and make China imports more difficult. However, China will still need the same amount of grain, regardless if it is domestic or imported. So, the impact of this on the market is uncertain. When will the corn low be in place?In the last 40 years, the year’s low was in Sep/Oct 12% of the time (Sep three years/Oct two years) and in Nov/Dec 30% of the time. Many farmers still have old crop and are hoping for a small run up before harvest. The market drifted lower all of September only to rally in October, it may happen again this year.Early yield reports are lower than some expected, but the worst performing corn appears to be maturing quicker and is located in the states that didn’t have the best growing conditions for the year. As harvest progresses north it should improve greatly. Hope = RiskHow often do you hear a farmer say “I hope the market goes back up and then I will sell”? We all have had this thought. The thing is, hope is not a marketing strategy. Hoping the market will go back up to $4.50 on corn and waiting for it to happen, despite unlikely reasons for it to do so, is not a strong marketing strategy. In fact, it is risky. Ask a farmer who did not sell the remainder of their 2014 corn crop on the July rally. Those farmers had the opportunity for $4.50 but “hoped” for $4.75. They might be taking $3.75 today.A strong marketing plan is based upon knowing your breakeven points and determining price goals. You can base it upon market conditions, but I advise my clients to set a base-line price goal to sell a set percentage of their crop. Then if prices increase, continue to sell a percentage of their crop incrementally. I also encourage everyone to write their price goal down in advance. This can help discourage farmers from waiting, “hoping” prices will continue to increase after reaching their goals.Having a plan in place enables farmers to take advantage of key opportunities throughout the year. It also minimizes the use of hope as a strategy.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The word innovative is quick to be used in modern agriculture, but the expression is on full display through a unique program taking place in northwest Ohio’s Blanchard River Watershed, and rightfully so. Active farms and industry-leading producers are taking on the task of demonstrating new conservation techniques there in hopes of finding practices that water quality practices for future use throughout the watershed and statewide.The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have teamed up with area farmers to undertake the aptly named Demonstration Farms. Several other federal, state, and local partners are helping out with funding the five-year, $1 million effort.Aaron Heilers was recently named project manager for the demonstration farms.“I was contracted with NRCS and Farm Bureau when they formed that partnership about a year ago. They needed somebody to manage that project and be the liaison between the farmers and the agencies,” Heilers said. “Now we’re moving into the implementation of the practices working with outside companies to put in some of the more untried things out there that look like they can have promising results with nutrient loss. My role is to oversee everything involved with the demonstration farms.”The Blanchard River watershed is located in the northwest portion of the state in parts of Putnam, Hancock, Seneca, Wyandot, Hardin, and Allen counties. The demonstration farms are in Hancock and Hardin counties, where practices on Kellogg Farms in Forest, Kurt Farm in Dunkirk and Stateler Farm in McComb are being put to the test.Each farm offers its own challenges and requires different solutions tailored to the land’s specific needs.“Subsurface placement and nutrients is going to be a big one at the Kellogg Farm. They’re a larger scale operation. They’ve got larger equipment and are more technology driven, so they’ve got a big subsurface placement strip-till unit,” Heilers said.Kellogg Farm will also see work on potential fertilizer savings using different methods, timing, and placements of cover crops. Other potential practices will include controlled traffic, conservation tillage, and proper storage facilities for on-site fertilizer and fuel tanks. An abandoned water well that is located within the crop field also will be removed, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau.The influence of livestock on the land is also being examined in the project. The Stateler Farm includes 208 acres in a corn, soybean, and wheat rotation plus a swine wean-to-finish operation.“They’re looking at soil test levels of phosphorous and then making sure that nutrients are at the agronomic rates they need to be applied at and keeping soil test levels in check where they need to be,” Heilers said.Farm Bureau said the site will focus on managing nutrients associated with modern animal agriculture. Other practices to be considered there are intensive soil testing, drainage water management, tile water treatment systems, paired edge of field testing, alternative cropping rotations, and variable rate nutrient placement. An animal mortality composting facility is also being proposed.The Kurt Farm was recently host to the Hardin County “Agricultural conservation, protecting water: Keeping soil and nutrients” field day. Agriculturalists were able to see first hand the kind of unique practices being put to the test at the demonstration farms.“We’re focusing a lot on edge of field practices there,” Heilers said. “The two-stage ditch, the phosphorous removal bed, looking at a woodchip bioreactor — all trying to capture what’s leaving in the subsurface drainage. And then we’re also going to be doing the drainage water management structures at that farm as well.”Kevin King of the USDA Agricultural Research Service is one of the leading researchers working with the demonstration farms. He detailed exactly what research is being done north of Kenton at the Kurt Farm.“We really talked about the edge of field practices — what are farmers actually doing, what’s the role of agriculture in this whole nutrient movement issue that we have in the state,” King said.He was one of the many speakers at the August field day held at the farm.“Farmers are volunteering their lands for us to come out and put instrumentation in to quantify both the phosphorous and the nitrogen that’s moving across both the surface and the tile drainage,” King said. “There are practices that are directionally correct right now, we know they’re things that we can do — such as the 4R’s, drainage water management, cover crops, reduced or no-till — but what we need to do is quantify the impacts of those and that’s what the Ag Research Service is doing.”King said the research is looking to improve on some already good management practices that we’ve seen implemented statewide.“The preliminary data that we’re collecting so far is exciting from an agricultural standpoint. If we look at the recommendations of a 40% reduction in phosphorus, and so we say 60% is allowed. That 60%, if we divide that across all the acres, is roughly a quarter of a pound an acre,” he said. “We are finding that 60% of the producers we work with are already meeting that level. That’s exciting.“Agriculture by in large is doing a good job. We’ve got another 35% that are on the fringes. There are practices that we can do that we have at our disposal right now that will get us to that 35%. And yes we have some issues out there. They’ve started to scale back on that but it’s going to take time to recover those. I think the message is agriculture wants to be a part of the solution. Agriculture will doThis is a two-stage ditch on display with edge of field monitoring equipment on the Kurt Farm in Dunkirk.what they’re told to do — it just needs to be based on sound science. The edge of field research that we’re conducting will point us in that direction.”Two-stage ditching systems also show promise. King noted that once the water leaves the edge of the field, there are still nutrients associated with it. The ditches themselves can help with cycling those nutrients.“One of the methods that we think we have at our disposal is this idea of a two-stage ditch,” King said. “When this landscape was settled, we channelized ditches to move that water off of site as fast as possible. What we’re understanding now is there are things we can do to slow that water down and maybe put certain vegetation on the benches of those ditches that actually will pull nutrients out,” King said. “There’s a study out of Notre Dame with Jennifer Tank where they’ve actually shown the impact of cover crops and the two-stage ditch concept in pulling nutrients out of the system. Not only are we looking at the edge of field, but we also know that once it leaves the edge of field, we have to be able to do things downstream. The practices such as the two-stage ditches are one of the examples of how we can implement something that can pull nutrients that do escape the edge of the field.”The techniques are in-depth, the man-hours are significant, and the price tag is big, but Heilers said the end game is worth it.“Every farm is different all across Ohio,” Heilers said. “Trying to find that right combination of in-field, edge-of-field, and in-stream practices that every farmer can implement on their operation that’s going to have the biggest impact on water quality is our ultimate goal.”
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Madayag was the first to commit a crucial miscue when her service error gave NU an 8-6 advantage, then Kat Tolentino followed it up when her hit struck the net giving the Lady Bulldogs an 11-7 lead.The Lady Bulldogs eventually capitalized on the errors with Audrey Paran scoring a block, 12-7, and Jasmine Nabor scoring three straight aces to finish the match.Madayag said their lack of maturity can be attributed to her team’s inexperience as Ateneo have seven new players in its lineup for Season 80.“The new players just need to have that confidence in them,” said Madayag who had six points. “I was the one giving them the confidence earlier but when I went to the bench they became quiet, no one was talking anymore.”Madayag added their losses should serve as lessons as they look for sustained improvement throughout the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess this will give us more lessons on not giving in so easily,” said Madayag. “I think we’re wasting chances here because we’re already in the fifth set and in the end we would end up slipping.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Making the Wright plays View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor two straight games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball, Ateneo has been coming up short in matches that have ended in five sets.The first was the Lady Eagles’ collapse in their season-opener against Far Eastern University, and the second was their failed comeback attempt against National University.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Those losses have put Ateneo on a 0-2 card, the school’s worst start in recent memory eclipsing the 1-1 mark in Season 73, and captain Maddie Madayag knows that the Lady Eagles still need to mature if they ever hope of getting back to elite status.“We still need the maturity because we’ve been talking about starting strong and ending games strong,” said Madayag in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Because sometimes we’ll start strong either that or we’ll have a slow start then a strong finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo did have a slow start against the Lady Bulldogs, falling two sets to none before forcing a fifth set through a spirited fourth run that ended in the most lopsided score line of the match.The Lady Eagles, however, ultimately faltered in the deciding set when a couple of errors spelled their untimely demise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) The recent four-match Test series between India and Australia has drawn a record number of eyeballs. As India consolidated their position as the No. 1 Test team having defeating Australia 2-1 during the series that concluded last month, Star Sports delivered record viewership numbers. “The #TestofTheBest campaign for the India-Australia Test series delivered on its promise becoming the highest rated Test series in the history of BARC,” a statement from Star Sports said. The Test series delivered a total of 1.1 billion gross impressions with the third Test match itself recording 383 million viewership. Year 2017 for cricket started with a bang as the ODI series between India and England became the highest rated bilateral ODI series in the last five years. PTI CM CM
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