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Government provides funding to support professional development of BC farmers

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture provided funding to support the professional development of farmers by offering farmers and ranchers the opportunity to attend a variety of agriculture-related learning events.Members of the agricultural industry were invited to participate in a series of field days, workshops and other learning opportunities that promoted growth and viability within the farming sector.According to the Government, the program provided funding to support knowledge and technical transfer for B.C. farmers and food processors.- Advertisement -A total of 17 “knowledge-transfer” events were offered in regions throughout the province during the past three months, covering a wide range of farming and ranching activities that was aimed to improve B.C.’s agricultural sector.B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, says the Province is committed to providing support for farmers and ranchers in the changing world of agriculture.“The agricultural industry is continually growing and changing to adapt to emerging opportunities and changing environmental, production and market conditions. We are committed to providing the support our ranchers and farmers need to ensure they are able to grow with the industry through hands-on learning and peer-taught workshops coming from within the farming community.”Advertisement The program was supported by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.More information on the Knowledge Transfer Events can be found on the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS FOR MAGIC MIKE XXL

first_imgTerminator GenisysWhen John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: Released 2nd July:  Certificate 12A:  Run Time 125minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSucMagic Mike XXLThree years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. Released 3rd July:  Certificate Strictly 16:  Run Time 115minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbJErcBKLCMTed 2Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.Released/Previews 8th July: Certificate Strictly 16:  Run Time 115minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjCuAE205To  Autism Friendly FilmMinions: Saturday 3rd July @ 3pmNew Releases – Tickets on sale now!!Tractor Ted: Diggers and Dumpers– 11th/12th July (only) Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure – 17th JulyEclipse Classics – Coming Soon27th July: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)24th Aug: Dirty Dancing (1987)TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS FOR MAGIC MIKE XXL was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesMAGIC MIKENoticeslast_img read more

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Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal

first_imgTwo new archaeological sites have been uncovered during roadworks in West Donegal.The major historical find was made at Letterilly, outside Glenties. According to Donegal County Museum, the sites may date as far back as the Bronze Age, which took place between 2,500BC and 700BC.One find was a burned mound, called a fulacht fiadh, while ancient pottery, tools and bone were unearthed at the second site. The two sites were discovered during works on the N56 Letterilly to Glenties (Kilraine) road scheme.Photo: Donegal County MuseumSpecialist studies are being carried out to determine the era from which the artefacts originated.Donegal County Museum reports that there is already a known archaeological monument in Letterilly – a low enclosure which overlooks these two previously unknown archaeological sites.They said: “The first site Letterilly is a ‘fulacht fiadh’. It is believed that the majority of fulacht fiadh were used for cooking, but the hot water may have been used for a variety of other purposes, including bathing in association with saunas, leather-processing, textile-dying or even brewing. “These sites are one of the most common sites found throughout Ireland and the majority of them date to the Bronze Age.Photo: Donegal County MuseumPhoto: Donegal County Museum“The second site at Letterilly was strewn with granite boulders and contained burnt bone, charcoal and sherds of decorated pottery and flint tools.“In the Bronze Age pots were used for cooking, storing and consuming food, while others were used as funerary urns for cremations. Cremation was the most common burial rite during the Bronze Age.“Preliminary indications are that this might be one of the most North Westerly discoveries of this kind of pottery.”Excavation and archaeological works were carried out by TVAS Irish Archaeology Services, contracted by Donegal County Council and under Archaeological Licence/Direction from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal was last modified: March 19th, 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:archaeologyDonegal County Museumhistoryletterlillylast_img read more

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Power rationing phase begins

first_img14 March 2008South Africa has entered the second phase of its national emergency response plan – the power rationing phase – which will last from the end of March to July, with Eskom looking to commercial and residential users to cut their electricity consumption by 10%.Eskom said in a statement this week that the second phase was to allow for the recovery of coal stocks and to address long-term plant health issues by carrying out more maintenance.Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin explained that while large industrial customers had delivered on the state’s call for demand reduction since February, there were no significant savings from the country’s commercial and residential sectors.“This means that we are unfortunately forced to move to scheduled load shedding as from 31 March 2008 to ensure that there is greater equity in dealing with the capacity constraints,” Erwin said. “Had we been able to achieve the 10% demand reduction of 3 000-megawatts, we would not have been in this position where we have to implement scheduled [power cuts].”During this period, Eskom will be taking the necessary steps to increase the size of coal stockpiles and improve the reliability of its supplies through additional scheduled plant maintenance.Should customers manage to achieve the 10% demand reduction, they will then be exempted from power cuts. Although selectively switchable critical loads or services will be exempted from power cuts where possible, they will still have to achieve the 10% demand reduction target.“A voluntary demand curtailment by all consumers is preferable to [power cuts], but we have unfortunately not received the 10% demand reduction from all customers,” said Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga. “We appeal to all South Africans to work with us to ensure that we do indeed achieve the 3 000-megawatts demand reduction without scheduled [power cuts].”According to Eskom, the period that will be used to set the base consumption level, from which savings have to be achieved, is October 2006 to September 2007.Given the key principle of equity, key industrial customers, municipalities and high voltage industrial or commercial customers that are selectively switchable, can apply for exclusion from scheduled power cuts, once savings have been achieved.Power cut schedulesEskom said that the proposed power cut schedules will be published on 17 March, following which municipalities and key industrial customers will be given until 21 March to apply for exemption from power cuts on the back of prior recorded savings or due to having a concrete demand reduction programme.On the 24 March, the revised power cut schedules that excludes the exempted customers will be published, and power cuts will then begin on the 31 March according to the revised schedule.Eskom will benchmark individual contracted reduction every two weeks to ensure that each customer is achieving the 10% reduction called for, which then allows customers to be exempted from power cuts.The utility explained that if a reduction were not achieved over the two benchmark periods, the customer would be reprogrammed into the power cuts schedule.“Eskom and the government will meet with the key industrial customers and metros and large municipalities every two months and at the end of each session will further use that opportunity to update the public on progress,” Maroga said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Follow up on our yield guess based on planting by the moon in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you’ll recall from last spring, we formulated a yield estimate based on the state’s planting progress according to the best phase of the moon to plant. According to two different almanacs, for planting corn in Ohio, the best days in 2015 were April 19, 20 and 23 through 25 and May 21, 22, and 28 through 31.Here is how the USDA crop progress numbers went for corn planting this spring:Week ending April 12: 1%Week ending April 19: 1%Week ending April 26: 2%Week ending May 3: 15%Week ending May 10: 55%Week ending May 17: 77%Week ending May 24: 87%Week ending May 31: 93%In April 1% of the corn crop was planted in the ideal time frame. In May 16% of the corn crop was planted at the best time. That is a total of 17% in the best conditions according to the moon. The most progress in a single week was 40% in the week ending May 10, which was the farthest removed single week from the optimal time — not good lunarally speaking.To get a yield estimate, we assigned a five-bushel bonus for corn planted at the ideal time and a five-bushel decrease for corn planted during the week ending May 10. We considered everything else to be trend line. Yield projections based on the Ohio trend line corn yield using USDA National Ag Statistic Service numbers estimate a yield of 163.1 bushels per acre in 2015.With this in mind, 17% of Ohio’s corn should have a five-bushel yield bump, 40% of the state’s corn should have a five-bushel yield penalty and 43% (the balance) should be trend line.So, here is the math:163.1 – 5 = 158.1 X 40 = 6,324163.1 + 5 = 168.1 X 17 = 2,857.7163.1 X 43 =                  +7,013.316,195 16,195/100 = 161.9 bushel corn average yield for Ohio according to the moon and some very unscientific assumptions.It should be noted that our moon-based calculation is considerably closer to the 153-bushel average state corn yield released by the USDA earlier this month than our August in field crop scouting estimate.last_img read more

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LEED-Platinum Skyscraper is an ‘Energy Hog’

first_imgOpened in 2010, the Bank of America Tower in New York City was praised as a model of sustainability. But the LEED-Platinum building has proved to be anything but, according to an article by Sam Roudman in the New Republic.Roudman writes that while the building boasted green features such as waterless urinals and rainwater harvesting, it actually uses twice the energy per square foot as the Empire State Building, which is 80 years old. In fact, the building produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any office building of comparable size in Manhattan, Roudman says.“LEED has helped create a market for sustainability where one didn’t exist before,” the article says. “The problem is that real-estate developers have been able to game the system, racking up points for relatively minor measures.”Much of the energy use, however, can be traced to huge trading floors packed with computer monitors and servers.The U.S. Green Building Council, which created and administers the LEED system, said it had no control over how the occupants use the building. “We are not the government,” Roudman quotes Scot Horst, sernior vice president for LEED as saying. “We can’t regulate anything.”And Roudman’s assertions brought an interesting rebuttal from Treehugger writer Lloyd Alter, who thought the article amounted to “LEED-bashing.”last_img read more

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Resilient Design is a Money-Maker

first_imgRebuilding America and the ‘New Normal’ of ResilienceResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsCalifornia Needs to Rethink Urban Fire RiskIs It Time to Move Our Cities? A similar study in 2005 showed a 4-for-1 return on mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The new findings show a benefit-to-cost ratio that’s 50% higher than that, but the new study also included spending by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in addition to FEMA grants.The 6-to-1 is an aggregate, with spending to prevent some types of damage coming with a better payoff than others. Federally funded measures to lessen damages from river flooding would save $7 for every $1 spent, for example, while earthquake and wildfire grants showed a 3-to-1 benefit-to-cost ratio. Likewise, some states would benefit more than others.Looking at costs and benefits over a 23-year period, researchers said that total grant costs were $27.4 billion while savings amounted to $157.9 billion.Steps to help new houses exceed code minimums included building homes higher above base flood elevations than required, making sure that houses comply with hurricane standards published by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, and requiring that new buildings comply with the 2015 version of the International Wildland Urban Interface Code. A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences says that federal hazard mitigation grants that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and wildfires will save the country $6 for every $1 that’s invested.Further, designing new buildings so that they exceed requirements of 2015 codes developed by the International Code Council can save $4 for every $1 that’s spent, the report said.Over time, these twin strategies would prevent 600 deaths, 1 million injuries, and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Designing better-than-code buildings also would result in 87,000 new jobs.The report was released earlier this month as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that weather and climate disasters in 2017 were the most expensive on record. There were 16 separate events during the year that racked up at least $1 billion in losses, while the total overall was $306 billion — three times the record losses in 2005.Researchers came to their conclusions after looking at the results of 23 years of federal mitigation grants administered through three federal agencies. Steps included buying or demolishing buildings in flood-prone areas, adding hurricane shutters and tornado safe rooms to houses in risky areas, strengthening buildings for earthquake resistance, and replacing roofs and clearing vegetation around houses in wildfire areas.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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Cultural Competence and its Role in the “Warrior Culture”

first_imgReferencesAlizadeh, S., & Chavan, M. (2016). Cultural competence dimensions and outcomes: A systematic review of the literature. Health & Social Care in the Community, 24(6), e117-e130. doi:10.1111/hsc.12293Atuel, H. R., & Castro, C. A. (2018). Military cultural competence. Clinical Social Work Journal, doi:10.1007/s10615-018-0651-zDice, T & Dice, R. (2017, September 23). Culturally sensitive communication: Strategies to Enhance Helping Relationships [Webinar]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWdihaAWnxkReger, M., Etherage, J., Reger, G., & Gahm, G. (2008). Civilian psychologists in an army culture: The ethical challenge of cultural competence. Military Psychology (Taylor & Francis Ltd), 20(1), 21-35.Kirmayer, L. J. (2012). Rethinking cultural competence. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(2), 149. doi:10.1177/1363461512444673 By: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Photo by: Lance Cpl. Josue Marquez, CC0What is Cultural Competence?Cultural competence can be described as one’s best tool in working with culturally diverse groups (Alizadeh and Chavan, 2015). However, the exact definition of this construct and the components which make it up is not singularly defined. What is more well-known is the problematic nature of the increasing demand for healthcare to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse culture (Alizadeh and Chavan, 2015). Kirmayer (2012) indicates that cultural diversity is especially challenging to mental health service, as one’s culture influences individuals’ experiences and, ultimately, outcomes associated with treatment. In other words, treatment experiences are often affected by cultural domains, such as religion, language, and various other aspects of one’s identity. Thus, cultural competence, despite various operationalization within the literature, seeks to improve accessibility and effectiveness of mental health services to culturally diverse populations.Recognizing the GapsOne of the most important aspects of cultural competence is awareness of cultural aspects that can create gaps between provider and client. Often times, individuals may not acknowledge factors, such as race, gender, or age, that immediately create a divide within the counseling relationship. It is obviously important to recognize these potential gaps in order to achieve any kind of competence in working with diverse cultures. Dr. Tammi Dice, Assistant Chair in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Old Dominion University and Program Director for Human Services insightfully indicates the importance of striving “to be culturally humble, not culturally competent” (Dice and Dice, 2017). Dr. Dice and her husband, Tony Dice, first year Ph.D. student at Old Dominion University, focus on developing cultural alertness in promoting access to effective mental health treatment for marginalized populations.Gaps Related to Military CultureOne such gap can be caused by differences between military service members and civilians. According to Atuel and Castro (2018) the military, described as a “warrior culture”, can be represented as a three-factor structure: a formal organization, a cultural group, and a social group. This means that individuals must be aware of several factors that influence service member culture, such as importance of chain of command, military cultural norms, and military identity. Thus, it can be difficult for civilian providers to work with service members if they lack knowledge of military culture (Atuel and Castro, 2018).How Can Providers Foster Military Cultural Competence?Dice and Dice (2017) stress the importance of becoming aware of the challenges one may face when working with culturally diverse others, such as service members. Furthermore, they point out the difficulties of working with clients who may have multiple marginalized identities. Thus, they offer insights into gaining awareness of culturally diverse populations and awareness of oneself in order to guide interactions. Reger, Etherage, Reger, and Gahm (2008) also offer several strategies for developing military cultural competence. These include exposing oneself to military culture, training in military regulations, and partnering with providers who are more experienced with military culture.Further ResourcesJoin the MFLN Family Development team on May 24th at 11:00 am Eastern for a free, 90-minute webinar examining the relationship between self-awareness, knowledge of others, and culturally alert interventions. The facilitators, Tammi Dice, Ph.D., HSBCP and Tony Dice, M.S.Ed., CSAC, will challenge the participants to recognize the influence of intersecting identities on themselves and their clients and introduce strategies for gaining self and other awareness, including the RESPECT Model and Broaching. The facilitators will also provide participants with strategies to address powerlessness among clients who are marginalized and ways to engage in advocacy.If it’s too late for you to join us in person, don’t despair! Our webinars are recorded for viewing at any time on our website, as well as YouTube, and CEUs are available for one year after the live event!The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Resuscitating the dying Mula-Mutha river in Pune

first_imgDhananjay Shedbale of Vanrai Foundation said that lack of centralised treatment of sewage at source made reviving Mula-Mutha an onerous task. He said, “The civic body’s flawed policy and the failure of authorities to foresee the rapid development in Pune has aggravated the problem of treating the water bodies in the city.”The Environmental Status Report released by the PMC’s environment department in July pointed out a consistent rise in levels of chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and dissolved oxygen (DO) in the river since 2012. The BOD and COD levels indicate the degree of pollution in the river. While BOD gives the amount of oxygen biologically required to decompose organic matter under aerobic conditions, COD is the measurement of total oxygen required to oxidise all biologically available and inert organic matter into carbon dioxide and water. Mangesh Dighe, PMC’s environment officer, said, “The incredible population growth in the city in the last decade, coupled with a culture of consumption as manifested in increasing usage of chemicals for domestic purposes, is the prime contributor to high pollution levels of Mula-Mutha.” Mr. Dighe said only 75% of the city’s raw sewage generation was being treated.Uma Khare of Jeevit Nadi Foundation said, “To effect any major change, people must be sensitised to the plight of the river. Sociologically, the organic connect with the river has been ruptured as urban dwellers only use tap water.” She said sensitisation drives in the past three years like river walks and pleas to adopt a toxic-free lifestyle have helped citizens understand the gravity of the situation. The Mula-Mutha river that snakes through Pune is an integral part of the city’s history and culture just like the Shaniwar Wada Fort and Parvati Hill.Yet, urbanisation over the past decade has transformed the river into one of the country’s most-polluted water bodies. Earlier this year, the Central Pollution Control Board listed sections of the river among the ‘351 most critically polluted stretches’, earning Mula-Mutha the ignominy of being not only the most polluted river in Pune and Maharashtra but also in the country.Discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents have led to a rise in the levels of nitrates and other toxins in the river, which courses along a 45-km stretch through Pune city before joining the Bhima river in Solapur. Thousands of people living along the 150-km stretch of the river, from the village of Uruli Devachi to parts of Solapur district, have for long been suffering from ailments such as renal colitis, dengue and anaemia. On November 25, around 20 environmental NGOs in the State joined hands with Pune civic authorities and thousands of citizens to resuscitate the river. Clean-up drives, ‘river walks’ and awareness campaigns were organised and nearly 30 mega tonnes of solid waste were cleared from the river at various points in the city.Niranjan Upsane, a founding member of Jeevit Nadi Foundation, said, “Our drive will end on November 28 to mark India River Day. We are striving to make Mula-Mutha, Pavana and other rivers in the city water hyacinth-free and pollution-free so that they begin to flow naturally by 2020. We hope to make Pune the first ‘garbage-free river city’ of India.” ₹990-cr. clean-up project Shailaja Deshpande, director of Jeevit Nadi Foundation, said people don’t seem to want to take the responsibility for maintaining water bodies. She said, “We have to stop pointing fingers at bureaucratic ineptness and start thinking about the legacy we are bequeathing our future generations.” Ms. Deshpande said officials and citizens were now waking up to extent of pollution in the river. She said, “Mutha is almost dead because it is not flowing consistently. Its flow is dependent on the will of the irrigation department.”In July, after a long delay, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) started the process of appointing a private agency for the construction of sewage treatment plants (STPs) as part of a ₹990-crore project to clean up Mula-Mutha river. The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is funding the project, which will be implemented by the PMC under the aegis of the National River Conservation Plan. The Central government and JICA inked a loan agreement for the project in January 2016.Under the project, the PMC plans to construct 11 new STPs of 396 MLD (million litres per day) treatment capacity to cater to sewage generated up to 2027. The PMC will also lay 113.6-km of sewers and construct 24 community toilets. The sewage treatment capacity of the existing STPs is 477 MLD, while the volume of sewage generated is 728 MLD. The untreated sewage is discharged into Mula-Mutha river. According to PMC figures, around 873 MLD of sewage will be generated in 2027. Ms. Khare said, “The drive that began on November 25 is just one big thrust towards restoring the Mula-Mutha. Our weekly drives with school students and volunteers have led to the preservation of wetland along some stretches of the river.” Ms. Deshpande said it is imperative to preserve the source of the river and to put in place a plan for holistic preservation involving maintenance of the entire ecosystem.‘Focus on groundwater’ Mr. Shedbale said the PMC’s concretisation programme for riverfront management is inimical to the rich ecosystem around the river. Ms. Deshpande said, “We should be preserving water sources rather than concretising riverfronts. This will severely impact the ecosystem, destroying flora and fauna. The focus should be on rejuvenating groundwater levels. Only then, can the river be toxin-free by 2025.” Joint effort: Citizens and environmentalists remove plastic items strewn on the banks of the Mula-Mutha river in Pune on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Google Invests in Two Indian American-owned Startups

first_imgIn their first round of investments, Google has chosen four start-up companies including two Indian American owned companies: Go Moment and Pulse Labs, announced vice president of corporate development Sanjay Kapoor and vice president of product Nick Fox, in a blog post.Google has chosen these two companies because they are currently working on projects that are synonymous with the company’s vision to make the life of users much easier by building next-generation products to explore the possibilities of digital assistant ecosystem.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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