first_imgDonegal Rose Tamara PayneDonegal Rose Tamara Payne has made it though the Regional Festival of the Rose of Tralee competition.She was named as the Ulster Rose on Friday, following the third Regional Festival Selection night in Portlaoise.Around sixty Roses attended the Regional Final Festival that took place over the last week. Twenty three Roses were chosen to go forward to take part in the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee. The festival will run from August 15-19. Tamara was interviewed by host Dáithí Ó Sé. Donegal was well-represented on Friday night – singer Mickey Harte entertained the crowd as the judges made their final decisions.Tamara (19) is studying Law at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She also works in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in her hometown of Ardara. She is the daughter of Anna and William Payne of Garrowart.Tamara Payne onstage with Daithi O SeTamara attended Woods National School in Ardara and also studied at second level in St. Columba’s Glenties.Supporters and well-wishers welcomed her home to Ardara last night. Tamara has enjoyed attending community events around the country since being crowned as this year’s Donegal Rose. Tamara was sponsored by Naomi’s Hair Salon Ardara. Her selection night dress was gifted to her by Andrew, manager at The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, and his wife Ashling.DONEGAL ROSE TAMARA THROUGH TO TRALEE FESTIVAL was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal RoseRose of TraleeTamara PayneUlsterlast_img read more


first_imgJohn Campbell has pleaded to soccer fans in Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they face a challenging chapter financially in their season.Finn Harps secretary John Campbell has issued a plea to soccer fans all over Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they embark on the final chapter of their season.Harps have been handed an exciting opportunity to progress to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after they defeated Wexford Youths on Friday evening.Harps were drawn to face non-league opposition in the last eight of the most prestigious cup competition in Irish soccer. Ollie Horgan’s side will face either Avondale or St.Michael’s away from home in the next round, while the draw offers a great chance to progress, the trip logistically and financially is a nightmare for Harps.Harps face Cobh Ramblers in Cork the week before they travel again to either Cork or to Tipperary the following week.After the FAI cup match, Harps then face another away trip this time to Terryland Park, in Galway.With no home matches in three weeks to provide income, Harps will pay out in excess of €10,000 on the away matches. Secretary John Campbell issued a statement pleading for financial support.“The FAI cup draw offers Harps a exciting opportunity in the competition, but there a few things that people should be aware of to keep it in perspective.We’ll face either the current Junior or Intermediate cup champions, and an away tie will be an extremely difficult fixture, however it does represent an exciting opportunity for the club.“But I’d ask all soccer supporters in Donegal, and the sporting public in general to ask themselves how they can help the club.“Inside a fortnight, we face away trips to Cobh in the league, possibly Cork again or Tipperary in the FAI cup and then Galway in the league. “As people  can see that it is going to be a extremely expensive period for the team with outgoings of well over €10,000 and NO home matches to generate income.“We need YOUR support, we NEED your financial help, just as the Donegal Senior County Team do to maintain their fantastic challenge for the All-Ireland title.“So I’m asking people to reflect on the above and I’m asking both individuals and local businesses to support Ollie and the team financially.“You can start supporting the club by coming along to the league fixture between Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers B this Friday at Finn Park, 8pm Kick-off. FINN HARPS OFFICIAL PLEADS WITH SOCCER FANS IN DONEGAL TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE CLUB was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:ChallengingFinanciallyFinn Harps FCHome-page SportJohn Campbellnewslast_img read more

49ers begin Florida practices: Injury updates on Sherman, Breida, Staley

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla.– As the 49ers began three consecutive days of practice here at IMG Academy’s sprawling campus, they didn’t look like a team down on their luck in the win column or injury department.Instead, they looked lively, refreshed and happy to work Wednesday in the Florida sunshine and 67-degree weather.The 49ers (10-2) hope this week’s stay gives them just the reboot needed for Sunday’s visit to the New Orleans Saints (10-2), and just the response needed after last Sunday’s 20-17 loss …last_img

Cold weather dairy calf care

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County, Ohio State University ExtensionCold winter weather presents some additional challenges to keeping dairy calves healthy, comfortable and growing. The biggest challenge is the increased nutritional requirement for body maintenance, especially for dairy calves in unheated facilities. Nutritional maintenance is what is required to keep all body systems functioning normally while maintaining a healthy body temperature and neither gaining nor losing weight. Cold weather nutrition requires understanding the concept of lower critical temperature. Lower critical temperature is the lower boundary below which the animal needs additional nutrients, primarily energy, to meet maintenance requirements. If the nutrient level is not increased, then the animal must burn fat reserves to meet the need. The lower critical temperature for calves from birth to 7 days of age is 55 degrees F. Between 7 and 30 days of age, the lower critical temperature is in the 48- to 50-degree F range. For older calves, the lower critical temperature increases to 32 degrees F.Cold weather nutrition for young calves is critical for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that calves are born with only two to four percent of their body weight as fat. This means that if diets are not meeting maintenance needs, the calf can quickly burn up fat reserves. Calves stop growing and worse, the immune system of the calf becomes compromised leading to sickness. Livestock depend upon an insulating hair coat to provide protection from the cold and to moderate that lower critical temperature. That is one reason that the lower critical temperature for older calves is higher as compared to younger calves, but it takes time and energy to grow and develop that hair coat. Breed of calf will also influence cold weather nutritional requirements because small breed calves, for example, Jerseys, have approximately 20% larger surface area per unit of body weight than a large breed calf, such as a Holstein.A rule of thumb for feeding calves housed in unheated conditions in cold weather is that for every 10 degrees F below 32 degrees F, the calf needs 10% more milk to meet its nutritional needs. At 0 degrees F, this requires 32% more milk. The best strategy to meet this need is to add an additional feeding. For example, if normally the calf is fed 3 quarts twice a day, add an additional 2-quart feeding. If milk replacer is used, it should contain at least 20% protein or in the 26% to 28% range for accelerated growth programs. The fat content should be at least 15%, and higher fat content milk replacers of up to 20% fat are preferred as temperatures decline. The solids content of liquid milk replacer can be increased in cold weather from a typical 12.5% to 16%, but be careful in going above this content as diarrhea can result, and recognize that the calf may not be receiving enough water. Always offer calves clean, fresh water in addition to milk or milk replacer. Another key to feeding calves in cold weather is to provide all liquids at 105 degrees F target temperature for consumption. With regard to free-choice water, this means offering water several times per day in cold weather. Beginning a few days after birth, offer calves free access to a calf starter grain mix with a minimum protein content of 18%.There are a couple of other management practices that help to increase calf comfort and aid in keeping calves growing and healthy in cold weather and these involve bedding, providing extra layers of cold protection and ventilation. Straw is the best bedding choice for calves. To provide the most effective thermal insulation, it has to be deep and dry. Calves can nestle down into the straw during cold weather. The goal is to provide enough bedding so that when the calf is nestled down, you don’t see its legs.  Dryness is important to keeping the calf warm. Test the dryness of the bedding by kneeling down into it. If your knees get wet, more bedding is needed. Calf jackets offer a good option to add another layer of insulation and cold protection for calves, especially calves under a month of age. Calf jackets should have a water repellent outer shell, an insulation that wicks moisture away from the calf, fit the calf well, be easy to wash and dry, and constructed to withstand outdoor environments. Do not forget about ventilation during winter months in closed structures. The goal is to provide adequate air turnover to prevent ammonia accumulation while avoiding any direct drafts on the calf. A general recommendation for winter weather is four air exchanges per hour.Cold weather calf care requires more time and labor, but it is necessary to keep calves comfortable, healthy, and growing.last_img read more

Research Examines Who’s Talking, Who’s Listening on Twitter

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… audrey watters As a new communication tool – one that operates across the spectrum from mass media to personal sharing – Twitter provides researchers with lots of fascinating material to assess what’s known in media scholarship as Laswell’s maxim: “who says what to whom in what channel with what effect.” New research from Yahoo has taken a closer look at precisely that, finding that a very small fraction of Twitter users – just 20,000 “elite users” – generate about half of all tweets consumed.The researchers – Cornell University’s Shaomei Wu and Yahoo Research’s Winter Mason, Jake Hofman, and Duncan Watts – have classified these “elite users” by culling information from Twitter lists, identifying those users who show up most frequently there. In addition, the research has placed these elite users into four categories: celebrities, bloggers, media outlets, and organizations. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web The research finds that even though media outlets are by far the most active users on Twitter, only about 15% of tweets consumed by “ordinary users” are received directly from the media. In other words, users are paying attention to other sources of information or are receiving those tweets not directly from the media but as retweets. Who Listens to Whom? Some of the research’s most interesting findings don’t come from its discovery that those “elite users” are generating such a significant portion of tweets, but that those four categories – media outlets, blogs, organizations, and celebrities – tend to be siloed, often just consuming and retweeting the tweets of those in the same category. The research finds “striking homophily with respect to attention: celebrities overwhelmingly pay attention to other celebrities, media actors pay attention to other media actors, and so on. The one slight exception to this rule is that organizations pay more attention to bloggers than to themselves.” Bloggers, unlike those in other categories, are more likely to retweet information outside their own categories, reflecting the “characterization of bloggers as recyclers and filters of information.”Who Listens to What? The researchers also looked at the content that was being tweeted, finding world news, U.S. news and sports news to be the most popular. It also examined the different lifespans of content, finding that media-originated URLs tended to be short-lived, while content originated by bloggers tended to be “overrepresented among long-lived URLs.” The longest-lived URLs, no surprise, were dominated by content such as videos and music, items that are shared and reshared on Twitter and appear to “persist indefinitely.” That means there’s no end in sight to this.You can download the full research paper here. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd round

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—National University may be a young team, but Jennifer Nierva doesn’t like at her team as just a bunch of rookies.ADVERTISEMENT NU ended the first round with a 2-4 record with its wins coming against University of the East and University of the Philippines which Nierva said the Lady Bulldogs should bank on going deeper into the tournament.Nierva, who was part of NU’s four-peat champions in high school, said they found their winning attitude in their five-set win over the Lady Maroons, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.Against Ateneo, however, that was lost to the wayside.READ: Young Lady Bulldogs show bite against seasoned Lady Spikers“We need that winning attitude, we found it when we won against UP and we just have to maintain this and apply the things we learn every game,” said Nierva who had 29 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Kobe Bryant steals show at 2019 Fiba World Cup draw View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director “I think this second round we’ll play better and work harder on our weaknesses.”Although NU lost its last game in the first round, Nierva said the team remained optimistic for the second round.“I saw in my team that we really want to win and if you see your teammates like that it lifts you up,” said Nierva. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU second-youngest team in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with six rookies in its lineup, next to University of Santo Tomas which has seven, but those first-year players make up four players of the starting six.“Once you’re in the game, there are no more rookies or seniors, everyone’s on the same footing,” said Nierva in Filipino after NU lost to Ateneo in four sets, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: No pushovers: NU Lady Bulldogs prove they’re more than just bunch of rookies“It all boils down on how you play against your opponents.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

Shot teacher not entitled to more compensation under govt rules ombudsman

first_imgREGINA – A teacher who was shot in the face at a school in La Loche in 2016 says she’s disappointed the Saskatchewan ombudsman has determined she can’t be compensated for pain and suffering under government rules.Charlene Klyne, a substitute teacher, lost all vision in her left eye and can only see dark shadows in her right eye. She has numerous pellets lodged in different spots from her jaw to her chest that can’t be removed by surgery.Last year, she complained that workers’ compensation payments weren’t enough to cover her bills.The provincial government asked ombudsman Mary McFadyen to review the case and she said Wednesday that Klyne has received all the support provided by government programs and workers’ compensation.“Through no fault of her own, Ms. Klyne was badly injured at work in a horrific event. We looked at the government agencies within our jurisdiction and found they provided her the supports that were within their authority to provide,” McFadyen said in a release Wednesday.“Those benefits did not include compensation for pain and suffering.”Klyne, who hasn’t been able to work since the shooting, said she’s disappointed with the ombudsman’s review. She said the province hasn’t upheld its commitment to take care of the victims of the deadly school shooting.“It is part of the government, and they are sweeping everything under the carpet — like I’ve said since this happened,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “They just want us to go away and ignore the whole situation.”A gunman opened fire at the La Loche high school in January 2016, killing a teacher and teacher’s aide, and wounding seven others. He also killed two brothers at a nearby home.Following the shooting, the provincial government had committed to supporting the victims and the community.“The offer to help was so pronounced,” said Buckley Belanger, an NDP MLA for Athabasca, which includes La Loche. “Fast forward two and a half years later and it is so discouraging to see what limited support they are affording a lot of the shooting victims.“While this one is specific to Ms. Klyne, I’ve talked to a lot of the victims and a lot of them are very frustrated and angry and very disappointed.”Belanger said the ombudsman had to work within a set of parameters, but the Saskatchewan government should have updated its legislation to address some of the concerns that came out of the shooting.“You would think after a horrific event like a school shooting that the government would respond accordingly,” he said. “They never did.”The province said in a statement that the ombudsman’s review showed Klyne received “all the entitled services and benefits under the Victims of Crime Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act.”The government said they have increased addiction services, student counsellors and victim services to follow through on its commitment to help the community.Klyne said she expected more from the government as a victim, but added that she’s not finished fighting.“I’m working on getting a lawyer, getting more papers together that the lawyer requested and going from there,” she said.In the meantime, Klyne’s son has set up a GoFundMe campaign to try to get some help for his mom.last_img read more

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseballs Best Young PositionPlayer Duo Ever

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, by consensus the most talented young position players in baseball, are facing off this week for the first time in their burgeoning careers. (Trout’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got the best of Harper’s Washington Nationals on Monday night, 4-2.)Few youngsters arrived in the majors with as much buildup as Harper, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16. Luckily for the Nationals, he’s mostly been as good as advertised (and he’s still just 21 years old, a fact that’s often forgotten because he’s been so good). Meanwhile, all Trout did in his first full pair of major-league seasons was turn in two of the 150 or so best position-player seasons in the past 113 years of baseball, making two strong MVP bids in the process.So, yeah, these guys have been really good, really early in their careers.With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. (We can’t compare Trout/Harper through age 22 because we don’t know what they’ll do in 2014.)By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. Here were the seasons featuring the best pairs of budding superstars ever (taking only the best score for duplicate pairs):The majority of those 28.2 combined WAR belong to Trout, author of the aforementioned pair of historically dominant campaigns. Let’s be honest, though: Given Trout’s otherworldly production at such a young age, we could pair him with just about anybody and he’d still be near the top of this list (Trout by himself would rank fifth). But Harper’s numbers to date hardly make him a coattail-rider. As far as No. 2s go, Harper’s 8.6 WAR ranks below only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the third-best second fiddle in the history of promising under-22 duos.If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals. If we do that, the following list emerges:By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history. So, savor their matchup this week — you may never again see a pair of position players so good face off at such a young age. read more

Football Ohio State looks to rebound against Army

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorComing off a disappointing 31-16 loss to now-No. 2 Oklahoma, Ohio State will look to rebound against the undefeated Army Black Knights (2-0) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.Ohio State offense vs. Army defenseThis has the potential to be the definition of a tune-up game for Ohio State’s offense. Last time out, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett put up just 183 passing yards and the rest of the team only added 167 yards on the ground, accelerating panic among Buckeye fans over Barrett at quarterback and the offense as a whole.The defense Ohio State will go up against has been solid to this point, ranking 31st in rushing yards allowed (92.5 on average) and 68th in passing yards allowed (216.5 on average). However, Army has played two weaker out-of-conference opponents in Fordham and Buffalo and has yet to face a team from a Power Five conference. Squaring off against a secondary that is somewhat young heading into the year — two starting sophomores, a junior and a senior — Ohio State could have a chance to fix some of the issues in its passing game this season. The team is 57th in the nation with 243.5 passing yards per game and has completed only 55.7 percent of pass attempts this season.Observers have attributed the passing-game struggles thus far to Barrett’s play, but coach Urban Meyer said as the focal point of the offense, Barrett will be the chief recipient of all feedback, positive or negative.“Well, [he’s] the starting quarterback and you lost. We didn’t play very well,” Meyer said. “A lot of it is going to be on him.”One aspect of the team’s game that has not struggled has been the ability to run the football. The Buckeyes are 32nd in rushing offense, averaging 229.5 rush yards per game with four of the team’s seven touchdowns coming on the ground.Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has been the leading force in the backfield while filling in for injured redshirt sophomore Mike Weber. Dobbins’ 253 rushing yards rank 17th among FBS running backs. He has received high-marks since fall camp from coaches, and so far has lived up to the hype.Army’s defense has been effective this season plugging up the run, as opponents have only averaged 92.5 rushing yards per game (31st in the nation). The Black Knights have allowed only two opposing touchdowns to come on the ground. However, the team has not faced opponents with a running game as potent as Ohio State’s, with Buffalo ranking 112th in rushing yards per game (85) and Towson sitting at 105th among FCS schools (58 yards per game). The Black Knight defense will be tested Saturday going up against one of the best rushing offenses in the nation. Ohio State defense vs. Army offenseArmy’s offense is designed to do one thing and one thing only: run. Like all service academies, the Black Knights are known for the triple-option, an offensive gameplan where the offense deploys a wishbone offensive backfield look rather than the more traditional look of two players behind the line. So far this season, no team has totalled more yards on the ground than the Black Knights, with 835 rushing yards. Their 417.5 rush yards per game is second in the nation, as is their 11 rushing touchdowns. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Army’s unique triple-option — run by only a select few teams — poses a threat to Ohio State’s defense, and that instead of looking back at the loss to Oklahoma, the defense has focused almost solely on watching tape of Army.“It’s such a different animal moving forward that we’ll deal more with regular football corrections a week from now on Sunday when we get done with the Army game,” Schiano said. “I think people say, ‘Oh, it’s an option.’ Totally different. It’s not like anything else we see all year.”The rushing attack is led by a somewhat unlikely suspect in senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Ranking sixth in the nation in rushing yards with 324, Bradshaw is tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns, and despite having only three more carries than junior running back Darnell Woolfolk, he has 138 more rushing yards this season. Woolfolk’s 186 rushing yards rank 39th in the country. He also has three touchdowns on the season.The one thing Bradshaw does not do is throw the football. So far this season, he has completed just 2-of-10 passes for 17 yards, with all of the completions and passing yards coming in the team’s 21-17 victory over Buffalo last Saturday. Over Bradshaw’s three-year career as the starting quarterback, he has 348 total rushing attempts compared to only 149 passing attempts. The Army offense plays right into the strength of Ohio State’s defense. While Ohio State ranks last in the nation with an average of 403 passing yards allowed per game, its defense has suffocated the run game of the opposition, allowing just 60.5 rushing yards per game and only one touchdown on the ground thus far. Though the Buckeyes have only faced more traditional rushing attacks, the ability to load the box anticipating the triple-option rather than play to defend either a pass or a run could give the Buckeyes an edge.The last time Ohio State faced a team that ran a triple-option was in Barrett’s first career start in a game against Navy on Aug. 30, 2014, when the Buckeyes won 34-17 on the road. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 49-7Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 42-9 read more