Breaking: Gardai hunt armed gang after men tied up during raid on family home

first_imgGardai have launched a manhunt for a gang after an armed raid on a house in Inishowen.The raid happened at the home of the business-owners in Malin Town yesterday evening.The couple who own the house at Beaugh, Malin were away at a local wedding when the gang raided their house. The couple’s two sons were in the house and the armed and masked gang tied them up.They escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.The young men were not injured but were left terrified after their ordeal.The family whose home was raided are very well-known in the area and operate a fish processing business nearby. Gardai have sealed off the house and are awaiting forensic officers to carry out a full investigation in a bid to trace the gang.Gardai have not yet released any details on the raid.However, local are shocked by the raid in the normally quiet village on the Inishowen Peninsula.One woman whose knows the family said “They are such a lovely couple and a lot of locals were at the wedding.“One of the sons lives away but he must have been home for holidays or the weekend. “It’s an awful thing to happen and they must have been terrified.“Thankfully nobody was hurt but to think that this happened just up the road is awful.”Breaking: Gardai hunt armed gang after men tied up during raid on family home was last modified: October 28th, 2019 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:donegalGardaiinvestigationMalin TownMasked Menrobberylast_img read more

Best Young Farmers/Ranchers-2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorEvery whiskey has a good story. Hayes Kelman tells one about Red Eye Whiskey.His award-winning Boot Hill Distillery’s Red Eye is fermented from the corn and wheat grown on Hayes’s Kelman Farms, in Sublette, Kansas. Red Eye — 51% corn, 49% wheat — is “a beautiful, hand-crafted, trail-aged, frontier-style Kansas whiskey,” he says.Fitting, as Boot Hill Distillery sits atop Boot Hill Cemetery, in Dodge City, Kansas. Its stainless fermentation vats, copper stills and tasting room are housed in a 90-year-old brick building once home to the city’s municipal functions — including the jail. The dirt below it was once the final home for the town’s criminal element. Some felons died so suddenly by well-placed bullets that they died with their boots on, it is said. Thus, Boot Hill.It is also said bodies were removed from Boot Hill during the cold winter of 1879, as the town discovered more valuable uses for its prominent vista.MARKETING MIND-SETThis is the story 27-year-old Kelman tells distributors — those critical linchpins who bring alcoholic products to thirsty consumers. Distributors enjoy the story behind the product. “It’s a good story,” they tell Kelman. “We don’t believe it, but it’s a good story.”There is a short phrase that describes Red Eye’s journey from farm to bottle: “soil to sip.”“We take products from our farm to make whiskey. We turn our corn and wheat primarily into bourbon and vodka,” Kelman says. Dodge City patrons will sip Boot Hill’s first bourbons this year, with drinks served over the distillery’s 116-year-old neoclassical Brunswick bar. Kelman has been marketing his Boot Hill line since 2016.PRODUCTION CHALLENGEKelman Farms raises wheat, sorghum and irrigated corn and soybeans across the prominently flat terrain of Haskell County, Kansas. Most of the family farm was leveled for flood irrigation. Today, irrigation is by center pivot. Corn yields are generally in the low 200s.Water is increasingly a management challenge. The Ogallala Aquifer has been declining for decades. Wells on Kelman Farms are pumping at about half their historic levels. The family has even capped some wells for lack of productivity.Kelman came to believe while still in college that the family farm needed vertical integration on production not so heavily dependent on water. “There has to be something more than just growing the grain, taking it the elevator and then repeating the same process all over again the next season,” he thought. “It’s no secret that we all face the same issues: maximizing production, minimizing inputs. We can bury our heads in the sand and pretend that pressing issues aren’t on the horizon.”Dryland production is not a happy alternative in Kansas’ hot and dry summers. Fed cattle offer some opportunity, but Sublette is nearly submerged in large feedlots.“But, we really enjoy drinking whiskey, so the best idea we could come up with would be to start a distillery,” Kelman says. The distillery multiplies the value of the grain fermented many times over.FOLLOW THE ROOTSThe distillery idea has some root in Kelman family history — that a farm can be more than a farm.In 1921, an earlier generation of Kelmans moved 400 miles from Kansas City to Western Kansas, “with hope to farm new land,” Kelman says. “My grandfather was a businessman. He wasn’t afraid to get into another industry if it made sense for the farm,” he adds.Does Boot Hill fit with Kelman Farms — spirits with beans? “We’re at an odd point. Both the farm and the distillery straddle tradition and technology. We know about seed placement and fertilizer rates. Now, we have the ability to dial those down to certain values,” Kelman explains. “We spend hours in the tractor. But, we also spend hours poring over spreadsheets to understand the efficacy of our methods.”The same is true in the distilling world. “People have been distilling alcohol for thousands of years. The principals have not changed, but our processes have evolved with technology. We use a large amount of ‘distiller’s art’ to produce our spirits — smell and taste. We also use technology to precisely measure sugar and alcohol content,” Kelman says.“In both, we focus on an end goal. We are thoughtful and purposeful about our decisions,” he says. Continuing the family-farm business doesn’t mean Kelman must farm more. The same traditional work ethics and business processes that bring order and financial gain to farming translate well to other business ventures. “Ultimately, I want to see this farm continue. It’s that exact reason I’ve expanded it with a distillery.”**Editor’s Note: This is the second of five profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Is Google Launching Its Own Version Of Amazon Prime?

first_imgAccording to a report today from TechCrunch, Google is at work on its own version of Amazon’s premium fast-shipping subscription service, Amazon Prime. The service would be called “Google Shopping Express” and could undercut Amazon Prime’s $79 annual membership rates by as much as $15. TechCrunch’s report names Google e-commerce product manager Tom Fallows as the head of the project.Assuming the report reflects what’s on the way (Google had not responded to inquiries at press time), Google’s Prime competitor would partner with brick and mortar retailers – Walmart, Target and the like. The service would tie into the Google’s Amazon lookalike shopping portal, Google Shopping.We’d be interested to see what a Google Shopping Express-like service might offer in the way of digital perks – after all, Amazon Prime not only nets its users free two-day shipping, but also access to instant streaming videos and Kindle e-book lending perks. Fortunately, Google has plenty of virtual goodies of its own to offer in the Play store.  Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#Google#shopping taylor hatmaker A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts It may dominate in areas like search and mobile, but Google remains an underdog in e-commerce, where giants like Amazon and Ebay run the show. And after the Google Wallet buzz fizzled out – you know, since no one could actually use Google Wallet – its efforts in online shopping and payments have been pretty quiet. It might not be enough to make the new service a success, but same-day shipping would at least speed up the process for anyone out there still waiting to for their Nexus 4 to show up in the mail.Images via Shutterstock and Google. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Gujarat BJP leaders fight over location of AIIMS

first_imgThe Union government is yet to announce the setting up of a world-class All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State Gujarat, but some State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are already fighting over its location.Gujarat BJP leaders and legislators from Rajkot and Vadodara have been fighting over the venue of the facility, which is likely to be set up in the State. Recently, Gujarat State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said in Rajkot that the AIIMS would be set up in Rajkot to cater to the healthcare needs of the people of the Saurashtra region.Mr. Vaghani said this while campaigning for the recently held by-election for the Jasdan Assembly constituency in Rajkot district. Mr. Vaghani’s impromptu announcement caught even State Ministers off guard. Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel feigned ignorance over an AIIMS in Rajkot.“I am not aware of any development regarding the AIIMS in Rajkot,” Mr. Patel reportedly said. Legislators meet CMSubsequently, a group of eight legislators from the Vadodara district called on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in an attempt to persuade him to select Vadodara as the venue for AIIMS.“We want AIIMS in Vadodara as was promised earlier. Now, they cannot change the location and pick up Rajkot,” said the party’s veteran legislator Yogesh Patel, who led the delegation of legislators from central Gujarat to the Chief Minister.According to Mr. Patel, there are tribal pockets like Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Godhara and Dahod near Vadodara, so a world class medical institute can cater to them, too, besides Vadodara city. Another legislator who was part of the delegation said that the CM himself was not sure whether Rajkot was being picked as the location for the AIIMS, as was suggested by the State party chief.last_img read more