Trib Bash 2020 is a real hot ticket this Christmas!

first_imgTickets for TRIB BASH 2020 in Letterkenny are being snapped up as the ideal Christmas present for music fans.The event will see four of the biggest and very best live tribute shows in Ireland and the UK take the stage under one roof in just one weekend!‘TRIB BASH’ comes to the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on the 14th & 15th February 2020. Tickets are out now from the Clanree Hotel reception desk and online at Eventbrite. Trib Bash will showcase four of the most elite tribute shows touring the country and beyond at the moment which will include:• Queen (Qween), • Johnny Cash & June Carter (Cash Returns), • Abba (The Bjorn Identity) • Garth Brooks (Trevor Smith – Friends in Low Places) The weekend’s award winning lineup consists of four acts which are currently touring the nation and further afield and are blowing audiences away with their spectacular authentic shows. Each of the acts are without doubt the closest thing you will get to their original counterparts, each with live performances and vocals that will blow the most ardent of music fans away.Never under one roof in one weekend has a live music event like this taken place – being the first of it’s kind Trib Bash promises to be one of the most exciting music spectacles in 2020 which will cater for music fans of all genres.TRIB BASH 2020 LINE UPFRIDAY 14th FEBGarth Brooks: ‘Friends in Low Places’ Johnny Cash & June Carter: ‘Cash Returns’SATURDAY 15th FEBQueen: ‘Qween’ABBA: ‘The Bjorn Identity’ Both Trib Bash Single-day tickets (€30) and Weekend tickets (€50) are available now from the Clanree hotel reception desk and online at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/trib-bash-2020-letterkennytickets-74792011921* All B&B weekend packages have now been sold out *Trib Bash 2020 is a real hot ticket this Christmas! was last modified: December 11th, 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:clanree hotelconcerteventstrib bashlast_img read more

Commodity Classic focuses on farmer profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than 350 Ohioans joined nearly 10,000 farmers from around the country for the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio early this month to set policy, network and learn to improve their farms from some of the nation’s top experts.“The theme of the conference has really been farmer profitability. The last three years we have seen decreasing net incomes because of prices and that is a big concern,” said Keith Truckor, chair of the Ohio Corn Checkoff Board and Fulton County farmer. “Fortunately we had a good run of profitability so we are coming in with pretty strong balance sheets, which is a positive. As we look forward in the next year or two there are concerns about where profitability will be. With that in mind we are looking at trade and biofuels and farm bill policy to make sure we are on the forefront of turning this cycle back to stronger profitability for farmers in the United States. President Trump was carried by rural America and we want to make sure that he is aware of the fact that he made some promises during his campaign and we want to hold him to those promises.”Trade is at the top of the list of political concerns.“The ag world is very concerned about what is happening with trade. It is a major portion of the agricultural industry and Mr. Trump has not been very friendly to it at this time. I think things are going to work, though. His major concern is with the industrial portion of trade rather than the ag portion of it,” said Jerry Bambauer, American Soybean Association Board of Directors member, from Auglaize County. “He’s cancelled the Trans Pacific Partnership. We really didn’t have it implemented yet but we did have a lot of work done on it. He would like to go to bi-lateral rather than multi-lateral trade agreements. Bi-laterals can take a long time and our biggest challenge may be how long it takes to implement them.”Even if the Trump Administration does successfully navigate successful bi-lateral trade deals, the time spent prior to their implementation could mean big losses for agriculture.“If we have a trade agreement with a country we typically supply around 20% to almost 60% of the agricultural trade going into that country. In the countries where we have no trade agreements, we are down around 9%,” Bambauer said. “Trade agreements definitely have a major effect on our ability to export our products into other countries. And, we have a lot of non-GM food grade soybeans grown in Ohio. If we mess this up those arrangements could still happen, but not as much as it does now and it is a pretty good income source for a number of our farmers.”This concern is shared with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, according to president Jed Bower from Fayette County.“We thought we had some pretty decent trade deals, but looking forward we have to be positive,” Bower said. “This president did write ‘The Art of the Deal’ and we have to give him a chance to see what he can do and keep in positive conversation with him to be at the table the whole time.”On the positive side, the Trump Administration has aggressively addressed the regulatory environment at the federal level, said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the OCWGA.“Trump has been focused on addressing the regulations throughout his campaign and the early days of his administration. We are nervous about some of the things he has done on trade but we are very optimistic about some of these other things,” Nicholson said. “We take the good with the bad. The action on the Waters of the U.S. was a key move that we needed to have happen and that got done early on. We are only six weeks into his administration and that is a great signal to us that we have someone we will be able to work with in the EPA.”Of course, ethanol was a hot topic at the Commodity Classic.“Any time a bunch of corn farmers get together, you are talking about ethanol because it has been such a mainstay. We have seen domestic ramp up of ethanol production and usage and now we are seeing more exporting of ethanol. If you can use corn to make it, we are interested in exporting it,” Nicholson said. “There have been some complicated things about ethanol in the news lately like points of obligation and the intricate details of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We are about promoting the RFS, we defend it, we like it how it is. We would oppose anything that would hurt the RFS. There is nothing out there in writing that we can look at and we really don’t know what deals have been made. We do want to pay a whole lot of attention to this because there are opportunities, maybe, within the new administration. We want to get to know the Trump team the best we can to take advantage of every opportunity for Ohio’s corn farmers.“There was obviously a little angst in the ag community when he was making some of his initial appointments and their backgrounds. I have a lot of optimism at this point, though. The President just reaffirmed through a letter his support for the RFS and ethanol and renewable fuels in general. His team may have their history in the oil industry but this president has been pro ethanol.”There was also plenty of talk about the farm bill, Bower said.“As we are moving forward with the farm bill we have been talking about the importance of crop insurance, the title programs, how the PLC and ARC are working, and we did our listening sessions back home and brought that to the national level,” Bower said. “There are some discrepancies from state to state but a tremendous amount of common ground.”Those attending the general session at the Commodity Classic got a farm bill update first hand from U.S. House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).“I’m driven to get the farm bill done on time for the good of farmers, consumers and the country,” he said. “If you want the drama of delays, short-term extensions or going back to the old law, then I’d suggest you go to another theatre or meeting hall. We’re going to get this thing done and on time. We have to so we can bring certainty to the industry for farmers and bankers and lenders so they can plan and get about the business of farming and growingThose attending the general session at the Commodity Classic got a farm bill update first hand from U.S. House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).food.”Conaway also said that the White House is very supportive of a timely farm bill and that he will be working to tweak some of the concerns with the previous farm bill, including the dairy programs and reworking the Agricultural Risk Coverage plan to be a stronger safety net. He said nutrition program will be a part of the next farm bill and direct payments would not. The farm bill debate is expected to really pick up this summer.Water quality was also a topic, as other states are watching what is happening in Ohio.“Water quality is still right at the top of our priority list in Ohio and people are really watching to see how we have worked with our legislature and how some of the laws were formed,” said Todd Hesterman, Ohio Soybean Association president. “Others are trying to be proactive in their states as well and we areAs usual, the large trade show was a big attraction at the 2017 Commodity Classic.setting a pretty good example for them to follow.”Along with setting policy and discussing the issues, the annual meeting of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association and National Association of Wheat Growers also featured a full array of PAC auctions, networking opportunities and a massive trade show that gave attendees plenty to stay busy. The beautiful San Antonio weather sure didn’t hurt either.last_img read more

How Tech Companies Can Effectively Help People Around the World, in Egypt and Beyond

first_imgTags:#international#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The current unrest in the Middle East is a complex, unfolding story – but to technologists it’s clear that tech and the Web are a key point of contention and enablement of contentious expression.Technology companies are making efforts to help the Egyptian protesters express themselves and self-organize. How can technologists seeking to help do so most effectively? This is likely to be a type of story we hear about many other places in the future. Sometimes using technology to help people across borders and cultures can be challenging. We spoke with a number of technologists that serve international constituencies every day and asked them for their best advice.This series is supported by Dell The Power To Do More, where you’ll find perspectives, trends and stories that inspire Dell to create technology solutions that work harder for its customers so they can do and achieve more.Companies large and small are getting on board to help information flow in and out of Egypt, contrary to the wishes of the government there. YouTube is pointing to videos about Egypt on every page on its site. Google and Twitter collaborated last weekend to build a speech-to-text service for Egyptians to post messages by phone. The independent media organization Alive in Egypt is working to translate those messages into English. Facebook, widely believed to be central in the protests, has not felt comfortable taking public action in support of them.As Cecilia Kang and Ian Shapira wrote in The Washington Post wrote yesterday:Facebook, which celebrates its seventh birthday Friday and has more than a half-billion users worldwide, is not eagerly embracing its role as the insurrectionists’ instrument of choice. Its strategy contrasts with rivals Google and Twitter, which actively helped opposition leaders communicate after the Egyptian government shut down Internet access.Though these questions are being asked by the press and the public because of the high-profile nature of events in Egypt, doing business across borders is a part of everyday life for many technologists and each day sets the stage for the future. Aaron Fulkerson, of enterprise collaboration and publishing service MindTouch, says he’s been “ecstatic” to see his open source technology used from Iran to Syria, China and Nepal.“I think that’s why most of us that came from an engineering background got into software. We wanted to change the world,” he says. Fulkerson argues that its everyday support for open technology that provides a foundation that can be relied upon in times of crisis. “Open standards and open source have been doing just that,” he says. “Things like TOR, HTTP, TCP/IP, REST, etc… this is why we all owe it humanity to use open and contribute to open source.”More Than Tech HerosIt’s not just about the technology, though. Providing meaningful support across cultures is also an exercise of will, self-awareness and communication skills. Tunisia, Jan. 19.“What Google and Twitter did over the weekend is spectacular,” says Lidija Davis, one of the human editors at the largely machine-driven international technology news portal Techmeme and a former Australasian television producer. “It just goes to show what a couple of days, some smart coders and brilliant technology can do to bridge this gap.”It’s not just about the tech heroes, though. There are everyday pitfalls that need to be watched out for, Davis says. “Don’t make any assumptions about the technological landscape in countries other than your own,” she says. “And be mindful of any misunderstandings when English is not the primary language.”Ultimately, the best strategies will no doubt be informed by both technical and human considerations. Thomas Vander Wal, a leading social technology consultant who focuses on effective collaboration, cites both hard and soft concerns.“First [step] is using a platform that does internationalization well,” he says. “Using technology that fits the region and capabilities is important. Currently the Google solutions are really good given what technology is available (due to other tech being shut down).“You should plan for cross-platform options: text, audio, video. Text-to-speech is good as well for those who are not literate. Sharing MP3 files of info is really helpful.“Another big thing though is to sort out what is a cultural no-no, that will save a lot of grief. Find somebody from the region to check and test what has been set up.”That all sounds like good advice, but it’s important to consider your efforts in the context of long-term efforts for self-determination that people around the world have been engaged in for a long time.“Enable Sustained Communication”John Smith, a consultant in co-ordinating international communities of practice, emphasizes that there are no simple solutions:“Remember that real change takes a while. We’re all moved by the big protests in the streets, but enabling sustained interaction and communication is more important than being there to capture the headlines. The time to pitch in and help is probably after the headlines have died down.“To enable sustained communication (locally and globally) we have to ask people what they want: how and what they want to make visible needs to be under their control. They may need secrecy or maximum visibility. People who are seriously working on social change have their own creative and effective sense of accountability to each other and to history. It’s our job to support it — as they see it.“Any help we can provide is just an ingredient: giving too much credit to one tool or one intervention is not only simple-minded, it’s probably plain-old deluded. People working in difficult situations have a lot of choices about what tools to use: anything we offer has to fit into a context that’s incredibly complex and locally coherent.“Often we need to make sense of what’s happening using multiple channels: both satellite TV and Twitter are useful, but they see different facets [of the situation].”Everyone always said that the Internet would shrink the world we live in. That has proven true; we’re likely just at the beginning of a period of intense internationalization and it makes sense to begin discussing now how to best deal with both historic and everyday changes.Lead photo by monasosh; Tunisia flag photo by Nasser Nouri.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Live from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Event: Release Candidate 1

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 9:24 AM: Now we’re moving on to “Interoperability.”Announcing geo-location support.“In today’s Web, sites need to ask you for your location. Now, you can ask the browser and the browser can, with your consent, give your location.”Geo-location – uses the same services as WP7 to provide location.9:30 AM:We’re now getting into the usual demos of how fast IE9 hardware acceleration is. The difference, they say, is between full and partial hardware acceleration.IE9 is “four times as fast” as Chrome 10.9:40 AM: Moving to the last area: User Experience.Three things – navigation, tabs, and pin sites.Consumers like the “site-centric experience” – tightened up UI, squared off tabs, made more room for content.Showed two sites, side by side, on Chrome and IE9, and showed that IE9 offered a “full toolbar’s width” more screen space for content. (It’s clear here today that Microsoft considers Chrome its big browser competitor and not Firefox. As a matter of fact, the word Firefox hasn’t been mentioned once.) One other thing? My Chrome looks cleaner than the one they just showed – I have to wonder what version that was.“Another area where we had a lot of feedback was around tabs.”For 97% of sessions, users had 5 tabs or fewer. “At the same time, we care a lot about that last 3%.”Can move tab bar under one box to give full width of window for tabs. 9:46 AM: Pinnable sites:Now allows for various elements on a website to be grabbed and pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar.Users 40% more likely to return to site with “pin site” feature. (“Pinnable” sites are websites that can be a permanent icon on the bottom taskbar of Windows 7. They can also feature “jump lists”, which add quick actions to the right-click menu of these pinned items.)9:53 AM:Unlike the HP WebOS, this one is running just an hour long. That’s it folks. As always, we’re interested in hearing what you think of the latest with IE9. Tags:#Browsers#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img We’re told that the event will begin any minute, so stay tuned.9:07 AM: We’re getting going.We’re going to hear from partners dealing with HTML5 and those with privacy/do no track issues.We’re going to start off with a video from developers and designers talking about IE9.9:09 AM:What do they have to say? (All good things, of course)-The browser gets out of the way-The RC will have geolocation–These developers really like pinning websites and treating them like apps.-The “desktop is moving onto the web and the web onto the desktop” – this has been Microsofts party line with IE9 all along.9:11 AM: Ryan Gavin takes the stage.“We’ve had 7 updates to IE9 before today”. The word today, it seems, will be “developer.” Gavin is talking about release scheduling and how it has been well-received in the developer community.“This is probably the highest quality beta in IE history.” Says they’ve received more than 17,000 pieces of feedback on IE9, more than the entire life cycle of IE8.9:14 AM:Now we’re talking about hardware acceleration. “You can’t have a discussion about browsers today without discussing hardware acceleration.”(The motto, of course, has been “Beauty of the Web.”)And here’s the other topic of the day: Trust.“IE9 aspires to be the world’s most trusted browser.”IE9 can block 99% of malware, says Gavin. And yes, the release of IE9 RC1 is today.9:16 AM:Privacy & Tracking Protection:Tracking lists have been published: privacy choise, easy list, Truste and Abine.9:21 AM: Now we’re seeing dev tools for tracking features. As you browse, you can watch IE9 create a browsing profile and exmaine how your browser is being tracked. 9:23 AM: “What you see there is that with one click, you’re protected. It’s as simple as finding a list and clicking a button.”IE9 also allows creation of “personalized tracking protection lists.”Some offer do not track lists, others like Truste offer whitelists, which list what to allow, not what to block.“This is the first in the industry to enable this level of control.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In September, Microsoft held a gala event to announce the beta release of Internet Explorer 9. There were bands, auditorium-size stage shows and hours on end of Internet Explorer goodness. Today, the company is holding a much more subdued event to announce the release of Internet Explorer 9’s first release candidate and unveil many of the expected features. In addition to the general announcement, we’re expecting to see more in the way of IE9’s hardware accelerated HTML5 graphics support, updates for developers and the much-discussed “Do Not Track” feature. We’re live at the event so stay tuned and we’ll bring you the news as it comes.last_img read more

Small Steps to Improve Health and Wealth

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduPeople don’t have problems any more. They have “issues” and some of these issues (e.g., obesity, diabetes, lack of savings, and high debt) affect their health and personal finances. Service members and their families, of course, are not immune. The Cooperative Extension Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (SSHW) program encourages people to make positive changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. Below are specific steps:Convert Consumption Into Labor- Research how many hours of exercise, gardening, house cleaning, or other physical activity are needed to burn off a certain number of calories. A comparable financial example is “converting spending into labor” by calculating how many hours of work are needed in order to buy something.Meet Yourself Halfway- To lose weight, decrease portion sizes by one-half. For example, eat one cookie instead of two. A comparable financial example is to reduce spending on “discretionary” expenses such as meals eaten away from home, lottery tickets, clothing, and food. Don’t cut out spending on these items completely but spend less than you do now. Plans to change are more likely to succeed when people don’t feel “deprived.”Downsize Eating and Spending- Buying less food saves calories and cuts costs. For example, eat lunch portions or appetizers at restaurants and/or take food home for another meal. Household spending can also be downsized. Simply figure out ways to purchase items for less (e.g., thrift shops) or buy fewer of them.Say No to Super-Sizing- No matter how much of a “deal” upgrading a meal’s size may be, don’t be tempted. Rather, eat fewer calories by ordering smaller portions. Ditto for non-food spending such as “buy three and save” offers when you only need one item. Avoid “deals” that require you to spend more to “save” more.Track Eating and Spending- Most people don’t know how many calories they consume daily or how many dollars they spend monthly on “incidentals” such as snacks, beverages, children’s expenses, and gifts. One of the best ways to increase awareness of current practices is to record foods eaten and dollars spent for a typical month or two. Then analyze relationships between eating, spending, and emotions and make needed adjustments.Photo by Alan Cleaver. CC BY 2.0Compare Yourself with Recommended Guidelines- A nutrition example is body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy, 25 to 29.9 overweight, 30 to 39.9 obese, and 40+ morbidly obese. A comparable financial example is a person’s consumer debt-to-income ratio, which is calculated by dividing monthly consumer debt payments by monthly take-home (net) pay. The recommended ratio is 15%-20% or less.Start Small- Simple behavior changes, such as drinking an small can of soda instead of a large bottle (or, better still, water!) or using less butter, salad dressing or other spreads, can help people lose weight. The same is true for small financial changes. Two examples are saving a dollar a day, plus pocket change, in a can or jar and adding $1 a day (about $30 monthly) to the minimum monthly payment required on a credit card.Follow Nutrition and Personal Finance Standards-People often understand portion sizes better when they are compared to common objects. Three ounces of meat is the size of a deck of cards and one cup of rice or pasta looks like a tennis ball. A common standard for personal finances is saving three to six months expenses for emergencies. This means an emergency fund of $6,000 to $12,000 for a household that spends $2,000 a month.Control Intake and Outgo- For weight loss and improved health, this means reducing the calories you consume, increasing exercise to burn off more calories, or doing both. For improved finances and positive cash flow, increased income, reduced expenses, or doing both, are the keys to success.For additional ideas about strategies to improve health and personal finances, visit the SSHW website. For a personalized assessment of personal health and financial management practices, take the Personal Health and Finance Quiz and save the date of October 11 for a webinar on this topic. Health & Wealth Relationships will be presented by the MFLN Personal Finance and MFLN Nutrition & Wellness teams. This 90-minute presentation will focus on the correlations between positive financial behaviors and positive health behaviors.last_img read more

Suspension of Maharashtra MLC revoked

first_imgMumbai: The Council on Wednesday revoked the suspension of Prashant Paricharak, MLC. He had been suspended for a year-and-a-half for his remarks on soldiers and their wives during campaigning for local elections last year. The government formed a 10-member all-party committee comprising members of the Council headed by chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar. On Wednesday, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “Paricharak told the committee that he made the remark casually and there was no intention to hurt the sentiments of soldiers or their families. He also apologised for the comment. Hence the committee recommended to revoke his suspension.”last_img read more