• How a Donegal teacher inspired a unique battlefield journey

    first_imgOne hundred years ago they would have been thrown together as enemies across a battlefield, but, in June 2017, two groups of teenagers came together in Flanders under very different circumstances. And the idea for the unique project was that of a Donegal schoolteacher.The journey they made there from their homes in Ireland and in Germany was made in memory of another generation of young people – the ones who never came home. Fifteen Irish and fifteen German students made the unique trip to Flanders to honour soldiers, not much older than themselves, who died in Belgium in World War 1.Brought together by the “My Adopted Soldier” project to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, the students each brought with them the story of a young man who died in Flanders Fields.Together, they walked in the footsteps of those soldiers through trenches and craters and ultimately to their graves or memorials.The students from Frankfurt shared stories of young German men conscripted to fight in the war while Irish students like Joshua Perreton from Glenties in Donegal highlighted the fate of soldiers like Bernard McGeehan who was “shot at dawn” for desertion. For some of the students the journey had a very personal connection. Ciara Hamilton from Sligo was there to honour her great-granduncle Robert Boyd.Shane Macken, a student at St. Kevin’s College, Ballygall in Dublin researched the story of young John Sherman from inner city Dublin who left his job at Jacob’s Biscuit factory to fight in World War 1.All of the research carried out by the students will be available on to anyone interested in learning the human stories behind the statistics of war.The My Adopted Soldier project is the brainchild of Gerry Moore, history teacher at St. Columba’s Comprehensive School in Glenties.This was the second trip organised by Gerry, in 2016 he brought 32 students, one from every county in Ireland to the Somme. Involving students from Germany gave this trip a different dynamic as they explored together the journey Europe has made from war to peace. The story of this journey into a shared history will be told in a special Nationwide programme this Friday, November 10th at 7pm on Nationwide by RTE’s North West Correspondent Eileen Magnier and cameraman Brian McVeigh. How a Donegal teacher inspired a unique battlefield journey was last modified: November 9th, 2017 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:donegalGlentiesMy Adopted SoldierNationwideRTElast_img read more

  • NCS Playoffs: Eureka shakes off tough start to pull away from Analy for 66-51 win

    first_imgEureka >> Sometimes the adjustments are simple.For the Loggers, it was simply about settling down Tuesday night.The Eureka High girls basketball team was able to shake off a six-point first quarter in impressive fashion, as the Loggers found their footing in the first half and subsequently rolled to a 66-51 win over Analy in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs at Jay Willard Gymnasium.“I feel like we had a lot of silly mistakes at the beginning of the game,” …last_img read more

  • Exclusive Steve Kerr Q&A: On what he’s reading, our messy politics, social media culture

    first_imgOAKLAND — No need for Warriors coach Steve Kerr just to stick to sports. He talks almost every day about the state of the Warriors, their quest to win their fourth NBA title in five years and everything pertaining to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.So no need to travel down that familiar road. Instead, Kerr sat down with us to talk about his reading habits, the good and the bad with social media, what he thinks of today’s political discourse and …last_img read more

  • What to do about residual herbicides on soybeans in 2016

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What makes a farmer ask this question? Many customers were happy with the weed control they saw in 2015 and are planning to use the same program in 2016. But others had soybeans that were stunted, which raised some concern.Click to enlargeThese pictures are from Page 87 of the 2014 Practical Farm Research (PFR) book. As shown in these images, various residual herbicides caused differences in emerged stand and soybean height later in the season because of additional stress from cool wet conditions at emergence.As you can see from the summary below, the control yielded less because it received no burndown and the weeds ran rampant.Click to enlargeThis year my friend and respected PFR Agronomist, Jonathan Perkins, ran the same study twice at the new southern Illinois PFR Site in Effingham. One of the plots was executed the same as in 2014 and the other was conducted with a new spin.These studies do a good job of demonstrating how compounding chemistries can affect soybeans. Residual herbicides alone have resulted in yield increases. But when compounded with cool wet conditions, they have demonstrated adverse effects on the appearance and yield in some cases.Click to enlargeSo why use residual herbicide?Residuals give you a safety net.They reduce weed competition when post herbicide treatments are delayed later into the season.They offer multiple modes of action.Relying on a single herbicide mode of action may reduce your chances of clean fields and promote the development of resistant weeds.They control smaller weeds. The smaller a weed is, the easier it is to kill. Residual herbicides are a tool to control weeds while they are germinating.“Controlling weeds before they germinate is key due to a single growing point that they are working to control at the soil level. Once weeds like waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, and marestail emerge, we begin the battle of managing multiple growing points that increase the chance of weed survival and run a higher risk of resistance developing. Although residuals may occasionally cause adverse effects on yield if soybeans are faced with less than ideal growing conditions early, the reward is typically well worth the risk involved. The key point for me is three out of the last five years, residuals have not shown injury and have provided clean fields and high yields as an end result. The main takeaway? If you can’t get a sickle bar through the field to cut the beans, they won’t have much chance to yield any higher!” – Jonathan Perkins | Southern Illinois PFR Agronomist and CCAContact your seed advisor or dealer if you have any questions regarding residual herbicides.last_img read more

  • Military TBI and Family Caregiving 2-Part Webinar Series

    first_imgJoin the eXtension Family Caregiving and Military Families Learning Network Communities of Practice as they host a two-part webinar series beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST on Thursdays, May 9 and May 16, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.Each of the conference times for the two-part webinar series is 75-minutes in length and will cover specific TBI information for military families:Part I (May 9, 2013) – TBI: What Families Need to KnowPart II (May 16, 2013) – Be An Expert Problems Solver: Caregiving & Coping with TBIMilitary TBITBI is known as the signature wound of war during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The number of those wounded with TBI and accompanying complications has necessitated major changes in the ways in which the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs treats these injuries. Although family caregivers are to receive education about TBI as early as possible, many families find they need additional and ongoing support.In this two-part presentation the presenter will review basic information about TBI, its complications and issues family members face living with TBI. The presentation will also provide information about coping and specific problem solving strategies that have been useful to other caregivers living with TBI and additional resources to further enhance caregiver knowledge.PresenterTimothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.  He holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987. After his internship at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle, WA, he served on faculty with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has also been a faculty member with the School of Medicine and with the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.His research has examined adjustment processes among persons living with chronic and disabling health conditions, with particular emphasis on the role of social problem-solving abilities and other factors that predict adjustment following disability.  This work has resulted in over 200 professional publications and federal grant funding for over 15 years (including support for five randomized clinical trials). His research team pioneered the use of long-distance technologies in providing problem solving training to family caregivers of persons with acquired disabilities, including the first randomized clinical trials of a psychological intervention for family caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries, and for family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injuries.  In 2006, he was featured in the instructional DVD entitled, Caregiving, as part of the Psychotherapy Video/DVD Series on Relationships published by American Psychological Association.He has recently been appointed to the Defense Health Board’s Neurological/Behavioral Health subcommittee to provide advice on psychological/mental health issues and neurological symptoms or conditions among service members and their families. He served as Editor for Rehabilitation Psychology (2006-2011), published by the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He was co-editor of the first edition of the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (2000).  He is a Fellow of three APA divisions and holds board certification (ABPP) in rehabilitation psychology.No registration is required to join the web conferences, simply go to each of the following webinars to attend.Part I – TBI: What Families Need to KnowPart II – Be an Expert Problems Solver: Caregiving & Coping with TBIThe sites will provide handouts associated with each presentation and a direct link to join the event.This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img read more

  • A Higher Power

    first_imgOnce upon a time, a Baba was perceived as a sadhu, a spiritual guru, offering divine solutions to troubled, lesser mortals, seeking light at the end of the tunnel. Today, in an age when everything is branded and advertised, bought and sold and life itself appears market-friendly, the temptation of spiritual leaders to invade the market shouldn’t really come as such a shock. To gasps of “My god, what next” from purists, the response has to be: Finally the answer to the million dollar question, Holy ke peechhe kya hai? (what’s behind holy?) is here …. A sharp marketing brain with a selling pitch that is unique, and different, light miles away from what-they-taught-you-in-Harvard, targeting the desi and swadeshi sentiment to hard-sell a whole new approach to brand extension!Actually, Baba Ramdev has all the ingredients that go into the making of a super brand. An amazing back-story, a charismatic personality with the right dose of controversy, a very sharp and media-savvy brain, loads of charm, excellent oratorial skills, spiced up with sharp wit — remember his first controversy when he compared carbonated drinks to toilet cleaners at one of his Yoga sessions, firing, inadvertently, his first salvo against multinationals? — and clearly a formidable, ground-breaking desire to change the rules of the game.One market analyst explained: “Audaciously altering the revered paradigms of traditional marketing wherein product awareness comes first with solutions to problems following, Baba Ramdev put this model on its head. He instead first created awareness about various health problems through his mega-popular and hugely attended Yoga sessions and then went on to introduce his products as solutions.”Today, his Patanjali Ayurveda Limited products reach everybody, everywhere, less by virtue of advertising, more by his mass following. A whopping $300 million empire (with revenues projected to top $1.5 billion in 2015-2017) covering an impressive range of consumer products, the brand that Baba built is today giving all fancy suited-booted domestic and international consumer businesses in the country a run for the money!Baba Ramdev’s strategy — through design or accident — pursues a very powerful advertising concept called “Disruption.” Its basic aim is to reframe the brand so that the market sees it differently. Consumers are made to suddenly see and notice brand characteristics they had ignored before. The result is an invaluable gush of renewed interest, because of the new introduction of surprise and delight. This method, when executed smartly, is at once both strategy and action.From ghee, oil, biscuits, honey, juices, noodles, even cosmetics and personal care products, Pantanjali sells them all, promising good health at prices that are giving the competition a coronary! Analysts believe that Pantanjali successfully found a gap in the sea of multinationals and filled it with an Indian brand of high quality, good pricing, re-enforced by the Baba’s assurance of Ayurvedic-friendly good-health.Controversy has helped too, as has the swadesh positioning and price-point advantage. Pantanjali, say its dedicated watchers, first caught mass attention during the time of Nestle’s much publicized Maggi controversy by quietly slipping in its Atta noodles to fill the gap with the bestselling slogan “Jhatpat banao befikar khao” (make quick, eat fearlessly).Just as the market was responding, Patankajli itself was entangled in controversy, first accused of violating norms and later after worms were discovered in some of their product packets. The Baba flamboyantly dismissed these claims as a conspiracy from insecure competitors and blazed ahead, expanding product brands in the baby care and beauty categories. No baby steps for this Baba — only solid exciting leaps to explore new markets!All this face-off stuff with a David versus Goliath narrative was fantastic masala for both mass media amd business publications and fetched Patanjali millions of free publicity, something no ad guru or brand specialist could dream of strategizing. For an underdog brand this is a huge push in public awareness and Patanjali struck in the right place, at the right time, with the right product and most important, right attitude. It was infotainment for free and the junta lapped it up.Patanjali is an amazing and unmatched brand story and case study for several reasons. Never has a spiritual guru and Yoga icon moved into launching and marketing consumer brands with such passion, purpose and success. Seldom has charisma and mystique of the spiritual kind translated so seamlessly into converting devotees into customers. Seldom has a totally unknown, new debutante entered this fiercely competitive consumer market and taken on big multinational players, intimidating them, rather than be awed by their established global back story, aura, scale, professional status, success strike rate, etc. Seldom has a disruptive brand blasted the swadeshi mantra with cool price points and personality cult to zoom sales at an unprecedented 70-80 percent monthly growth. Seldom has a desi company forced its well-heeled global competitors to bow before Ayurveda and herbal products. Emami’s acquiring King Kesh and Hindustan Unilever scooping up Indulekha and reviving its Ayush portfolio are only two interesting examples. And of course, seldom has a Baba-turned-Brand inspired other spiritual leaders to diversify into non-spiritualm, filthy lucre.If elevated souls like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Arogya, Shri Shri Ravi Shanker’s Sri Sri Ayurveda and Baba Ram Rahim Singh’s MSG brand are any indication, Baba Ramdev has indeed created a chamatkar that no communication, marketing, advertising or branding guru can hope to match. Related Itemslast_img read more

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  • Shiv Sena seeks more aid for rain-hit farmers in Maharashtra

    first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Monday said the intricacies of government formation in Maharashtra should not push rain-hit farmers towards existential crisis and demanded that they be provided relief package of about ₹30,000 crore.Farmers in the State need to be saved at any cost, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, while terming as inadequate the ₹10,000 crore aid announced by the State government for crop damage due to unseasonal rains.The country is already facing economic slowdown resulting into lakhs of people losing jobs, and at such a time those dependent on agriculture are also suffering due to the untimely rains, it pointed out.The Sena’s comments have come at a time when it is locked in a bitter tussle with senior ally BJP over government formation in the state.“Farmers should not be pushed to face the existential crisis due to the untimely showers in Maharashtra, which is also going through political intricacy,” it said.The Government’s priority should be to extend assistance to cultivators, the editorial said, adding that “farmers should be saved, whatever may be the cost for it.”“The already announced amount of ₹10,000 crore is inadequate. Farmers should have been provided an assistance of of ₹25,000 crore to ₹30,000 crore,” it opined.As per an initial evaluation, crops on 54.22 lakh hectares across 325 talukas in the State have been damaged.“The woes of cultivators should be addressed. Whatever may be the form of the current government in the state, it should offer ₹25,000 per hectare to the affected farmers,” the Marathi publication said.Farmers have nowhere to go, as their major crops like soybean, grapes, cotton and sugarcane have been severely affected, it noted, adding that horticulture and floriculture have suffered a setback due to untimely showers last month.The Sena cited the case of 50-year-old farmer Dharma Jadhav who recently committed suicide after being depressed as unseasonal rains flooded his paddy field in Palghar district.“He was not debt-ridden, but his crop was damaged due to heavy rains following which he ended his life,” it said.“The government’s priority should be to extend the assistance to farmers. It should not waste time in technicalities of damage assessment, but ensure that farmers are the direct beneficiaries of its assistance, it said.The Sena said around 50 lakh farmers have taken crop insurance, and asked the insurers to not create any hurdles in clearance of the claims of cultivators.“If the crop insurance companies create trouble for farmers, they should understand that they will have to face the Sena,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party warned.last_img read more

  • Bihars secular alliance “incompetent”: Owaisi

    first_imgRamnath Shenoy Hyderabad, Sep 20 (PTI) AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, whose decision to foray into the Seemanchal region of Bihar in the state assembly polls is giving anxious moments to the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance over fears of split in minority votes, has trashed accusations of being propped up by the BJP. Calling the anti-BJP secular alliance “incompetent and discredited”, he said it failed to usher in “development and justice” in the four backward northeastern districts of Seemanchal during its constituents long stint in power. “…Now they are incompetent and they are discredited. And that?s why all these allegations are being made against me,” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said reacting to insinuations by some leaders of the secular alliance that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to enter the fray at BJPs bidding to split the minority votes. “Similar allegations were made against Kanshi Ram when he floated the BSP. I don?t mind it. They are honouring me by making all these allegations,” he said. “They (the three-party alliance) have not done justice or development and their track record clearly shows that the real prosperity or justice has not been done. We have decided to limit ourselves only to Seemanchal area and that too we are yet to take a decision on how many seats of 24 (in the region) we are going to contest,” Owaisi said. In constituencies where the AIMIM is not contesting, the party has requested the people of Bihar to defeat BJP and to vote for any secular candidate or secular combination, he said. “Despite that, they are fully drunk in arrogance and they don?t want AIMIM to participate,” Owaisi told PTI in an interview, attacking the “Mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) of JD(U), RJD and Congress. AIMIM?s stand, he said, is very clear that it wants to contest on the plank of development and justice for Seemanchal region and “wherever we are not there (not contesting) in Seemanchal or anywhere in Bihar, we request the people of Bihar to vote for secular candidate or secular combination”. The Seemanchal region comprising Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia and Araria districts on the states border with West Bengal has sizeable population of Muslims, who have been voting for Lalu Prasads RJD after they shifted their allegiance from Congress in the aftermath of the Bhagalpur riots. After Chief Minister Nitish Kumars open criticism of Gujarat riots and Narendra Modi, a section of Muslims has also been voting for JD(U). Contesting together, the secular alliance should have been comfortably placed in the region, but AIMIMs presence in the fray might queer the pitch for them. More PTI RS ZMN SK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Euro 2016: Italy through to knockouts after dramatic win over Sweden

    first_imgItaly moved into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and continued to defy their doubters as Eder scored two minutes from fulltime to secure a 1-0 win over a shot-shy and unadventurous Sweden on Friday.Eder ended a great run by firing home to move Italy clear at the top of Group E on six points after two matches following their 2-0 victory over Belgium in their opening encounter.The result left Sweden in an uncomfortable position with one point after two games ahead of their final group clash against Belgium next week.Sweden were well organised at the back but toothless in attack, with their danger man Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking a shadow of his brilliant best and hardly creating a chance.Italy, who came into the tournament with questions surrounding the strength of their squad, but surprised many with their superb performance against a highly-fancied Belgium side, relied on their trademark, tight defence against the Swedes.They rarely threatened up front, however, until Marco Parolo hit the crossbar with a header shortly before Eder netted the winner.”It was a difficult game,” Italy coach Antonio Conte told Rai Sport. “We struggled in the first half.”The boys did well to ride the storm and hurt Sweden when we needed to.”Italy had been praised for their unity and work rate in their opening win over Belgium, but appeared to have no answer to Sweden’s organised rearguard until Eder’s late intervention.Sweden coach Erik Hamren had criticised their lack of attacking vitality following their opening 1-1 draw with Ireland, and while there was an improvement in their overall performance, Ibrahimovic once again failed to provide a cutting edge and live up to his billing.advertisement”We were much better than the Italians for periods, but we didnt create really dangerous chances,” Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal told Swedish broadcaster SVT.Sweden are still without a shot on target at the tournament, although Martin Olsson proved a menacing threat down the left, sending an effort just over the bar on 18 minutes having set the tone with an early cross that prompted a nervous clearance from Giorgio Chiellini.Olsson’s frequent forays left space for Antonio Candreva, but Andreas Isaksson and Erik Johansson combined to clear his testing deliveries, while Ibrahimovic flashed a close-range header wide towards the end of the first half.Having masterminded victory over the Belgians, Conte’s tactics were completely neutralised during the opening 45 minutes in Toulouse and his side appeared unsettled as a result.”At halftime Conte told us we were too slow and he was right,” Parolo told Rai Sport.”We changed the tempo after the break and we deserved our victory.”Conte introduced Simone Zaza in the 60th minute and he had a decisive role in the winner, heading a Chiellini throw in into the path of Eder.The forward then cut in from the left – evading Andreas Granqvist’s attempted tackle – and sent a curling right-footed shot round Isaksson to take Italy through.last_img read more