first_imgA man who smashed a wine bottle over the head of another man until it broke and then stabbed his victim with it has been jailed for two years.Enda McLaughlin attacked his defenceless victim during a house party at a chalet in Moneymore, Ballintra.After carrying out the brutal attack, McLaughlin then refused to allow other party-goers out of the house as his victim bled heavily after passing out. The Gardai were only called when one young woman made a phonecall from the toilet.Garda Tony Cornyn to Letterkenny Circuit Court that when he called to the chalet at Moneymore it was covered in blood.“It looked somebody had sprayed blood from an aerosol can because it came out that quick.“It was all over the walls and the furniture,” he said.When he spoke to people in the chalet, he was told McLaughlin was in the bedroom.When McLaughlin emerged he claimed he knew nothing about the assault.However there was blood on his shoes and his trousers which forensic tests later found belonged to the victim.The victim said he was simply reaching across for a drink when he felt himself being stabbed in the back of the hand and he then passed out to find himself in Sligo General Hospital when he awokeMcLaughlin of Carrowmore, Carndonagh, had up to 30 previous convictions, many for assault.He told the court that almost all his previous convictions were as a result of his addiction to alcohol.However, McLaughlin said he was now off alcohol and attending AA.He pleaded with Judge John O’Hagan to give him one more chance and guaranteed he would not come back before the courts.Judge John O’Hagan said people have to take responsibilities for their actions.“People who produce or create weapons must take responsibility for natural and probable consequences of their actions – drink or no drink.“I have no option but to jail you,” he said.MAN SMASHED BOTTLE OVER VICTIM’S HEAD AND THEN STABBED VICTIM WITH IT was last modified: July 12th, 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:BallintraCarndonaghEnda McLaughlinlast_img read more

49ers’ Dwight Clark the focus of new NFL Network profile

first_imgLate 49ers legend Dwight Clark will be the subject of “A Football Life” profile premiering on the NFL Network at 5 p.m. PT Friday on the NFL Network.The hour-long program, produced by NFL Films, features Clark’s final on-camera interview, as well as interviews with former teammates, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig, Brent Jones and Keena Turner. Also interviewed: former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and team president Carmen Policy, wife Kelly Clark and others.Among …last_img read more

Anti-Racism Week: recommitting to non-racialism

first_imgAhead of Anti-Racism Week, starting on 14 March, struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada reflects on the reasons South Africa should come out in support of the initiative. He said the movement was not only needed, but also long overdue. Ahmed Kathrada with students of Crawford College. (Image: Supplied)• Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid• Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist• How our African neighbours helped end apartheid• South Africans championing human rights• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Ahmed KathradaA few days ago, I was invited to speak at a Gauteng school ahead of Anti-Racism Week.As I walked on stage, I could not help but marvel at what I saw: a gathering of young people of all races, attending the same school, sitting next to each other on the same floor, attentively listening to talks about racism, discrimination and human rights. For me, this was a snapshot of what South African society is capable of practically achieving through the bridging of racial divides.I remarked, that these young people could teach their parents a thing or two about non-racialism!The visit to the school formed part of activities for national Anti-Racism Week, which officially runs from 14 to 21 March. The campaign is being launched by the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), which comprises some 80 organisations and is driven by the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Foundations.Anti-Racism Week is something new for South Africa, and comes at a time of heightened racial tension in the country. The initiative is not only needed, but is long overdue.I am inspired by the key message of this campaign, which challenges people to #TakeOnRacism. Ahmed Kathrada comes out in support of Anti-Racism week, taking place from 14 to 21 March 2016. (Image: Supplied)It calls on all sectors of society – sport, arts and culture, business, schools and universities, government, civil society, professionals, faith based institutes and media – to unite to challenge this scourge. Very much like the United Democratic Front of the 1980s, ARNSA aims to mobilise the broadest section of society to address a common cause. Back then, it was about crippling the apartheid state. Now, it is about tackling the racism that never really left after 1994.My wish is that every South African supports Anti-Racism Week and gets involved in, or hosts, activities aimed at addressing the issue of race. I would want to see this campaign empowering individuals, organisations and communities to learn and talk about, and speak out and act against all forms of racism – be it personal, institutional, structural or cyber-racism.Combatting racism is not the job of one organisation, a few people or government alone. It is incumbent upon all individuals and institutions. It is not only about securing one’s own rights, but about entrenching the collective dignity of our people.Racism squanders human potential. For us to prosper, we all have to deal with this problem, now.Two years ago, I addressed a special sitting of the United Nations. In my speech, I called for an alternative vision to the global resurgence of racism. At the time, I wondered about the possibilities of the equivalent of the “Greenpeace of anti-racism” – a global civil society movement against discrimination. I added that “the ideal would be to strive towards creating a global anti-racism network to focus on anti-racism education training in all schools across the world. It is the youth that we must educate to prevent them from repeating the foolishness of their parents.”I believe that the formation of ARNSA and the Anti-Racism Week initiative is a step in the right direction. It may not be international as yet. However, it has the hallmarks of a campaign that can be rooted locally, but can also take on global significance.For me, this initiative is a vehicle that drives us ever closer to the horizon of a truly non-racial future – a future where all children, of all races have the same access to opportunities, and where the colour of their skin is not a defining or dividing factor in their lives. When we support Anti-Racism Week, this is the vision that we commit to.For more information on how to participate in Anti-Racism Week, visit read more

Increased photosynthesis could mean big yield bumps

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Political and agricultural leaders gather at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by scientists in the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) research project, which has already demonstrated yield increases of 20%. A $45 million, five-year reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) will enable the researchers to continue their work to address the global food challenge.“[The recent] report on world hunger and nutrition from five UN agencies reinforces our mission to work doggedly to provide new means to eradicate world hunger and malnutrition by 2030 and beyond,” said RIPE Director Stephen Long, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic at Illinois. “This investment is timely. Annual yield gains are stagnating and means to achieve substantial improvement must be developed now if we are to provide sufficient food for a growing and increasingly urban world population when food production must also adapt sustainably to a changing climate.”Building on half a century of photosynthesis research at Illinois, including several landmark discoveries enabled by state and federal partnerships, RIPE researchers simulated the 170-step process of photosynthesis. They used their computer models to identify seven potential pipelines to improve photosynthesis — and with the support of an initial $25 million, five-year grant from the Gates Foundation — began work in 2012 to try to turn their ideas into sustainable yield increases.“While no single strategy is going to get us there, our successes in redesigning photosynthesis are exciting,” said RIPE Deputy Director Don Ort, USDA/ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit and the Robert Emerson Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at Illinois. “RIPE has validated that photosynthesis can be engineered to be more efficient to help close the gap between the trajectory of yield increase and the trajectory of demand increase.”Last year, in a study published in the journal Science, the team demonstrated that one of these approaches could increase crop productivity by as much as 20% — a dramatic increase over typical annual yield gains of 1% or less. Two other RIPE pipelines have now led to even greater yield improvements in greenhouse and preliminary field trials.“Our modeling predicts that several of these improvements can be combined to achieve additive yield increases, providing real hope that a 50% yield increase in just three decades is possible,” Long said. “With the reinvestment, a central priority will be to move these improved photosynthesis traits into commodity crops of the developed world, like soybeans, as well as crops that matter in the developing world, including cassava and cowpeas.”RIPE and its funders will ensure that their high-yielding food crops are globally available and affordable for smallholder farmers to help feed the world’s hungriest and reduce poverty, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.But we still have a long road ahead of us, Long said.“It takes about 15 years from discovery until crops with these transformative biotechnologies are available for farmers,” he said. “It will therefore be well into the 2030s before such superior crops are seen at scale in farmers’ fields.”last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors Farmers Crossing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau is teaming up with the Mid-America Restaurant Expo, presented by the Ohio Restaurant Association to promote Farmers Crossing, an all-new area dedicated to local farmers and highlighting the farm-to-table concept.The expo is an annual restaurant and food service industry trade show that takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Jan. 13-14, 2019.According to the ORA, the goal of Farmers Crossing is to “embrace local sourcing of products while supporting sustainability of our agricultural community and promoting collaboration between farmers and chefs.”Ohio Farm Bureau is the presenting sponsor of Farmers Crossing.“We’re very excited to work with Ohio Farm Bureau,” said Homa Moheimani, manager of media and communications for ORA. “A big trend that is going on now and has been for a while is the farm-to-table concept and we thought that would be an exciting and dynamic aspect to bring to the expo.”Moheimani noted that Farmers Crossing will give “farmers who want to break in to the restaurant market or farmers who want to grow their market an excellent opportunity to connect with restaurateurs and other attendees at the show.”To encourage those connections, Ohio Farm Bureau will be represented at Farmers Crossing with its own display, as well as giving away two other display spaces to members via a sweepstakes.“Farm Bureau is constantly looking for ways to help growers who want to market their locally grown products,” said Brandon Kern, OFBF senior director of strategic partnerships and policy outreach. “The Farmers Crossing exhibit space at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo is an exciting way for us to connect growers with new market opportunities.”Enter to winAre you a specialty crop grower looking for new marketing opportunities? Click here to enter for a chance to win a free exhibitor space at the Mid-American Restaurant Expo’s Farmers Crossing in January. Two vendor booths will be awarded by random drawing to two separate winners. Entry forms will also be available at county Farm Bureau offices. Deadline to enter is noon, Nov. 29. For official rules, click here.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Yammer Adds Microblogging to Microsoft Outlook & Windows Mobile

first_imgYammer is a “Twitter for the enterprise” platform that (to our dismay) won TechCrunch50 last year. A year later the enterprise microblogging space is growing rapidly and Yammer is still moving forward, along with competitors like Socialcast and Socialtext Signals. Today Yammer has announced a pair of Microsoft-centric additions that should be big for business users: an Outlook plug-in and a Windows Mobile app. Outlook is still huge in the enterprise, and a decent working integration with it should be an easier sell than any other kind of desktop access. Any enterprise microblogging and messaging apps worth their salt have some kind of desktop app by this point. Most of them, including Yammer, have started out with Adobe AIR. The big advantage with AIR is that it’s cross-platform. But getting users to start using yet another app on their already cluttered desktop isn’t always successful. With the Outlook plug-in, an extra pane is added alongside the other aspects to Outlook. Users can then message and reply to colleagues, upload attachments, and do basically everything that the AIR app does.The fundamental difference is that the plug-in takes microblogging to where many enterprise users are already spending a lot of their time. A prime example is how users will be able to CC an email to either their whole Yammer network or to a specific group. As for the other app, Windows Mobile may not be quite as vital as Outlook but it still has a robust presence in the enterprise mobile market. One of the persistent dilemmmas with standalone apps like Yammer is that (even with desktop and mobile apps) it is never easy to include it in preexisting workflows. It’s always harder to sell an enterprise app that doesn’t play nice with systems already in place. Integrating Yammer with two Microsoft products that continue to hold mind share in the enterprise world is a step towards solving this problem. Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven wallingcenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more