DD Motoring: Taking home the turf

first_img“What is this photo for anyway?” One of the crew enquired as I tried to get everyone on one side of the camera. “Get in the John Deere, sir,” I said. He replied: “Jesus sir if I kneel down, I might never get up again.”Saturday wasn’t a great day for the bog, but it’s the day that this gang from the Kilmacrennan area had planned to get their turf home.Normally the first few weeks in August are ideal with the hill nice and dry for tractors and trailers to drive in as close as possible to load the bagged turf. Advertisement But this last few days heavy downpours have made conditions very sticky.So a few quads with small trailers got the turf to the firmer ground where it was loaded up on to every type of trailer available from an Ivor Williams to low loaders to the traditional turf trailer with the high cribsWe got a call on Saturday afternoon to say a lot was working at their turf in Glenveigh area.These boys all turned out to be from the Kilmacrennan area when we caught up with them. Advertisement Five tractors Four quads and a four-wheel-drive jeep all landed at the Glenveigh Inn on the mountain road loaded down with bags of turf.Taking home the Turf.A view on the mountain road with Muckish Mountain in the background as a tractor and trailer gets ready for the road home with a load of turf for the home. Photo Brian McDaid.One of the tractors “75 DL” a beautiful Massey Ferguson was easily older than half of the crew that was out on the Hill that day.“Seamus the nurse”As the crew finally lined out last Saturday last for the photo they reminded me of my days out in the bog giving a man a long since passed away a hand with his turf.He was locally known up the Glen as “Seamus the nurse” after his mother who was a nurse in Letterkenny. Seamus Mc Devitt was a storeman in Hegarty’s Auto Services where I once worked. Its was the late 1970s and Seamus was back in Donegal after spending a few years in Boston.The late Seamus Ò ‘The Nurse’ Ó McDevitt who were spent many’s the day in the bog with saving the turf and enjoying the craic.In the summer evenings and the odd Saturday, there was always a few from the garage who would go out to the bog above Breenagh and gives Seamus a hand with the turf.For a townie like me, it was an all-new experience to spend evenings in the bog footing turf, midges taking lumps out us but the craic was good.Listening to Glen men telling you to rub the bog water on your face to keep the midgies away and not realising until you’re sitting in Babs Mc Ginley’s pub for a mineral afterwards seeing your reflection, looking more like a coal miner covered in the wet peat that dried into your face. The cutting crew pictured with tractor-trailers leaded to the brim with turf for the winter. Photo Brian McDaid.Looking at the crew through the lens of the camera over 40 years on, last Saturday evening they look like time has stood still especially with the old Massey’s tractors and the original turf trailer with the high cribs in the background, and a crew having the craic saving turf.They too will go on their different way, some may be emigrating like our Seamus did or heading to college or starting work.Proud pensionersOver the last 30 years, I always was aware of different people young and not so young working in the bog taking great pride in the seasonal job that they enjoyed.I recall catching up with the late Mary Mc Menamin from Kirkstown in Letterkenny at the top of Meenaroy with her husband Jim who proudly told me they were both pensioners still footing their own turf.Jim and the late Mary Mc Menamin from Kirkstown, Letterkenny, pictured on a hillside on Meenaroy Mountain as they “foot” their turf to dry them out before they are transported home Photo Brian McDaidOr the young lad a few years before that, Anthony Browne out working at the foot of Muckish mountain busy bagging turf with his family continuing the tradition from generation to generation.Four-year-old Anthony Browne takes advantage of the good weather as he helps his family take home the turf at Devlin which is as the foot of Muckish Mountain. Photo By Brian McDaidAnd with that, the engines are all powered up on the line of tractors quads and jeeps as they drop in behind the oldest tractor a beautiful Massey 135 and head off on the last leg of the journey home to keep the home fire burning.Happy memories folks.DD Motoring: Taking home the turf was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

Bochy’s last game at Coors Field like so many others: Disappointing and forgettable

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.DENVER — Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s farewell tour around the country has taken him to stadiums and cities he’ll miss dearly when he retires after the season.It also brought him to Coors Field, a ballpark he’d rather avoid.Bochy spent Sunday morning reminiscing about all of the dark chapters his teams have authored in Denver over his 25-year career. In the Giants’ final game in Colorado this season, they wrote their …last_img read more

Raiders — especially QB Derek Carr, back suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict

first_imgQuarterback Derek Carr set aside his usual diplomacy Wednesday to give an impassioned defense of suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict.Carr, coach Jon Gruden and linebacker Tahir Whitehead were all asked at a London press conference about the NFL’s decision to essentially kick Burfict out of the league for the rest of the season after a helmet-to-helmet hit against Indianapolis tight end Jack Doyle.Gruden was short and to the point.“I’m not really going to say anything. I’ve talked to (Jon) …last_img read more

Nat Nakasa Award: entries open

first_imgThe Print Media South Africa Awards Committee, South African National Editors’ Forum and Nieman Society of Southern Africa are now accepting nominations for the 2010 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.Named for Nat Nakasa, a prominent and respected South African journalist and writer who died in exile, this annual award recognises any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has: shown integrity and reported fearlessly displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa strived tenaciously to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles resisted any censorship shown courage in making information available to the South African public and/or any combination of the above.The award is open to all journalists from all media platforms: community, regional and national newspapers, magazines and online. Nominations close on 28 May 2010.Previous winners of the award are, however, not eligible for entry. The winner will receive R20 000 in prize money and a certificate.Past winners of the Nat Nakasa Award 1998 – Jon Qwelane 1999 – Mzilikazi wa Africa 2000 – Joint winners: Mathatha Tsedu and Wolfram Zwecker; special mention: Baldwin Ndaba 2001 – Mzilikazi wa Africa (Sunday Times investigations team), Andre Jurgens and Jessica Bezuidenhout 2002 – Justin Arenstein (African Eye News Service); special mention: Elise Tempelhoff (Beeld) and Martin Welz (Noseweek) 2003 – Debbie Yazbek (The Star); special mention: David Macfarlane (Mail & Guardian) 2004 – Buks Viljoen (The Lowvelder) 2005 – Alf Kumalo 2006 – Guy Berger 2007 – Jacques Pauw 2008 – Max du Preez 2009 – Greg MarinovichThe winner will be announced at the Nat Nakasa Award ceremony in Johannesburg on 24 July 2010.Prize Money: R20 000 Deadline: 28 May 2010If you know anybody who fits the definition above, please submit your nomination before 28 May 2010, accompanied by a motivation of 300 words, to:malesedid@printmedia.org.zaor to:Second Floor, 7 St Davids St Davids Office Park Parktown Tel: +27 11 484 3624 Fax: +27 11 551 9650For attention: Malesedi Dlaminilast_img read more

Bill Swank passes away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bill Swank, age 88, passed September 21, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio, his home for 62 years.He was born in western Ohio, Darke County to Ira and Pauline Swank. He is preceded in death by two brothers Wayne and Don, and his son Michael.He is a U.S. Airforce veteran. Bill Received his bachelor of Science, Masters and Doctorate from The Ohio State University and remained a strong supporter of the university. He was recognized by the university in many areas, including the establishment of an endowed chair in Rural\Urban Policy. He was active nationally in the agricultural field and 28 of his 40 years with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation were as Executive Vice President. He also served on numerous boards nationally and internationally. He received many awards and commendations for his work, too many to list specifically. In addition, he did extensive travel with the AID program to foreign and third world countries promoting new approaches to agriculture.He is survived by his wife Helen of 68 years, two daughters, Theresa (Doug Webster) and Anita (Michael Dohn). In addition, he had 9 grandchildren (Nicole, Amanda, Mattew, Rebecca, Tracy, Natalia, Elizabeth, William and Elizabeth) and 10 great grandchildren whom he dearly loved.Bill was an avid reader and participant in the economics, current events, and political happenings of the present and he enjoyed the company of many many friends. (He had a reputation as a storyteller.) He brought a positive attitude and good humor to all he engaged in, and enjoyed being with people immensely.Family will receive people 10 to 11 AM, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at The Church of the Messiah, U.M., 51 N. State St., Westerville where services will be held at 11 AM Saturday.Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Helen Swank 5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Apt. 109 Columbus, OH 43231-6916last_img read more

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first_img1. Say thanks to your favorite geocaching buddy.It’s no secret that geocaching is better with friends, so why not use this opportunity to say thanks to your favorite partner-in-find. This could work by having your Lab Cache lead them to the outside of their favorite movie theater. In the description, you can leave a clue like, “Check under the bench outside.”  You could hide a typical geocache that contains two tickets to that movie they’ve been wanting to see. And don’t forget to include the find code inside, too. When they enter that in the web app, they’ll see a picture and your thank you. Who knows, maybe they’ll even have an a Lab Cache created to say thanks to you, too! SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Adventure Lab app FAQDecember 10, 2018Similar postFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”10 mistakes to avoid while geocachingFebruary 26, 2019In “News” Get ready for a test of a new way to explore through geocaching on February 3. It’s an experiment and we’d love to hear what you think once you’ve played or created a new I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache. Whether you create a trek through nature, a romantic quest or even a trip guided by robots, the I <3 Geocaching beta-test is a new way for Geocaching Premium members to experiment with what might be part of the future of geocaching.Beginning February 3, Geocaching Premium members can take part in the beta-test by using the Lab Cache creator  to craft a one-of-a-kind adventure for someone special. (Hint: It can even be indoors.) Each I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache will be a personalized, temporary Lab Cache meant for just one person.This new test is different than normal geocaching and is open to all sorts of creative interpretations. To help get you started in creating a cool adventure, here are a few ideas we put together: Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img 2. Make it really special.Just like any other day, your loved one wakes up and heads to the coffee maker for their morning pick-me-up. Except this morning, there’s the URL to your Lab Cache with the words, “I can’t wait to see you!” When they open the Lab Cache on their phone, it leads them to the park where you two first met. Upon arriving, they see you sitting there with a delightful picnic waiting for them. And if you want to make it really special, maybe the find code is “MARRYME?” (No pressure.) 3. Create an all-day adventure.We all know someone who thrives on adventure. For them, you could create something like a multi-stage puzzle cache. It begins by leading them to their favorite rock climbing crag and has the clue “Head to the top.” Once there, they find another clue: “It’s time to go for a hike, visit the top of the hiking trail we enjoy.” After safely rappelling from the rock climbing route, they’ll head to your favorite hiking spot and make their way to the top of you favorite trail, only to find another clue: “Now it’s time to get wet. Grab your kayak and paddle out to that spot we swim in the summer.” Your friend will paddle out to the floating platform to find a fluffy bunny, some balloons and of course, the find code to your Lab Cache. Epic!Ready to begin? Click on this Premium Member link to start your limited time, single use Lab Cache: http://www.geocaching.com/iheartgeocaching/An I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache is easy to create. You’re only bound by your imagination, a Find Code and, of course, local laws, regulations and just common sense. Need more info? Check out the I <3 Geocaching FAQ.Tell us your creative ideas in comments below.  You might help inspire a once-in-a-lifetime experience for another geocacher.last_img read more

Solar Owners Are Givers, Not Takers

first_imgThe report, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society, examines recent analyses of net-metering programs conducted by utilities, public utility commissions, and independent groups to assess the value of solar power.As the chart at the top of this page details, of the 11 net-metering studies reviewed, eight found that the value of solar energy was higher than the average local residential retail electricity rate; the three that didn’t were conducted by utilities.The median value of solar power across all of the studies was nearly 17 cents per kWh, compared to the nation’s average retail electricity rate of about 12 cents.In other words, despite utility claims that solar costs too much, and that solar users are benefiting at the expense of other customers, the opposite is more likely true. Solar panel owners are givers, not takers. With the solstice behind us, summer has officially begun. Across the country, that means the sun is shining and the mercury is climbing, and our air conditioners and the electricity grids they rely upon are stretched to their limits.In response, we’ve seen utilities urge customers to turn up their thermostats a notch or two to ease their burden. They’ve recommended the use of fans, energy-efficient bulbs, and double-paned windows — all good measures to reduce energy use.What we haven’t seen is much action by the utilities to encourage people to go solar. In fact, in state after state, by proposing to increase fees for owners of photovoltaic (PV) systems or to lower their reimbursement rates, utilities are doing the opposite.That’s a shame, because a new Environment America Research & Policy Center report shows that when people put PV panels on their rooftops and in their neighborhoods through programs like net-metering, they reduce the strain on our electric grid, lower prices for all electric customers, and cut pollution to boot.Net-metering programs credit solar panel owners at a fixed rate — often the retail price of electricity — for providing excess power to the grid, similar to rollover minutes on a cell phone plan. These programs are the law of the land in 44 states, and have helped solar energy skyrocket across the country; last year, every two and half minutes, another U.S. home or business went solar. Rob Sargent is the energy program director for Environment America and oversees policy and strategy development for energy and global warming campaigns. This blog was originally published at Huffington Post. Even utility studies see benefitsEvery single one of the studies — even those conducted by the utilities — found that solar customers offer net benefits to the electric system, as the second chart shows (see Image #2, below).Solar panels connected to the grid help bring down ongoing energy costs. They reduce the amount of electricity utilities must generate or purchase from fossil fuel-fired power plants. And they reduce the amount of energy lost in generation, long-distance transmission and distribution, losses that tend to cost ratepayers.Solar also brings down new capital investment costs. By reducing overall demand, solar energy production helps ratepayers and utilities avoid investing in new power plants, transmission lines and other forms of electricity infrastructure.What’s more, solar power boosts the local economy, producing local jobs that can’t be outsourced. And as everyone knows, solar helps cut our dependence on dirty sources of energy and the global warming and air pollution that comes with it.This study has real implications right now for debates raging across the country over net metering and other rooftop solar programs. Nevada, for example, is considering a new fee for solar panel owners who sell excess power. Arizona Public Service is proposing to lower the reimbursement rates for solar power. The Wisconsin Public Utility Board has approved a similar plan to lower payments to solar customers, which advocates are appealing.As these battles unfold across the country, decision makers should take into account the report’s findings, which reinforce what advocates have long argued: solar power has far more rewards than costs. Instead of penalizing its use, we should be encouraging it, right alongside programmable thermostats and double-paned windows. RELATED ARTICLES Solar Power Can Cut Consumers’ Bills and Still be Good for UtilitiesMaine Completes Value of Solar StudyColorado Electric Co-op Weighs New Solar ChargesIn Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy PolicyWisconsin Alters Net-Metering RulesNet-Metering Is Preserved in KansasMajor Utility Wants Lower Net-Metering Rateslast_img read more

Helpful Tips for Staying Productive Through Long Exports

first_imgQueue Exports for DowntimeAs mentioned above, one of the best ways to stay productive as an editor is to not let exports take away your valuable work time. If time affords you the luxury, queue up your exports throughout your work day. Then, leave them to export over your downtime, whether that means queuing up multiple videos in Media Encoder to export overnight, your lunch break, or whatever. When I was in-house at a video production agency, it was a cardinal sin for any editor to be exporting during normal work hours (unless told to directly).Upload While ExportingAnother trick to maximize productivity during exports is to put in place a workflow of uploading your files while you’re exporting. Uploading footage to file sharing services or to video hosting websites like YouTube or Vimeo can sometimes take just as long as the exports themselves.Similarly, if you combine these two downtimes together you save yourself from having to handle each part separately. If your computer can handle it, you could cut your downtime in half.Quick Export Drafts in Low-ResAn editor should have a pretty good idea of which exports are going to be rough drafts for review (or client feedback, etc.) and which exports are going to be for final upload. If you’re working with drafts, make it your standard practice to export videos at a much lower resolution.Not only does this save on export times, it also creates smaller file sizes for quick and easy sharing. Yes, some clients might want to see everything in 4K or HD. But, you can always share high resolution screen grabs or images to confirm footage quality or color design.Low-Processing Power TasksImage by ImageBySutipond.Not all of us are lucky enough to be working on ten-thousand dollar editing stations (or even the latest iMacs or top of the line PCs). So, for the majority of us editors, starting an export often means stepping away from your computer and praying it makes it through without crashing.Still, even if the export seems to be taxing your computer to the extreme, there are steps you can take to free up processing power, be aware of what’s available, and a few low-processing power tasks that you can still tackle.First off, close all open programs and web browsers before an export. For some, it might even be beneficial to do a full restart of your computer before starting an export batch. You can also keep tabs on your computer’s processing performance by using Task Manager for PC and Activity Monitor for Mac.Personally, I’ve found that unless you have a second computer (like a laptop, or even a very inexpensive Chromebook), there are tasks you can perform with very limited processing power. You can use export time to respond to emails, update your professional pages, or browse through helpful filmmaker communities like Reddit, as you’re monitoring to make sure it’s not taxing your computer too much.Cover image by ImageBySutipond.For more productivity and video editing advice and tips, check out some of these articles below.Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere ProHow to Maximize Your Time and Productivity as a FilmmakerVideo Editing 101: How to Export Your Project in After EffectsExporting Video With An Alpha Channel for Transparency in After EffectsHow to Export a 90-Minute Feature Film in Premiere Pro How to maximize your productivity. Here’s a constructive guide to staying busy — and sane — during long, arduous exports.For all the great quick tips, YouTube tutorials, and film school courses you sit through that teach the basics of video editing, there’s one part of the process you simply cannot teach — how to stay productive during those long, grueling exports. If you ask any editor, they’ll tell you that export times are the bane of their existence.Not only do they take forever, they can be mentally and emotionally draining as well. You’re rushing to get an export done so you do a final upload with a client breathing down your neck. You’re sitting twiddling your thumbs for hours when you have another — just as important — project to dive into next.And what’s worse — things can still go wrong! Exports crash. Hard drives fail. Or, you discover one last mistake you forgot to fix and have to start the whole export over again.Well, while there’re no foolproof methods for guaranteeing perfect exports where your productivity never has to wane, there are some simple, creative tips, workflow adjustments, and programs that can help to keep you productive — and sane — through your export process.Use Adobe Media EncoderIf you’re using Adobe Premiere Pro (or After Effects) and aren’t familiar with Media Encoder, you need to check it out right now. Not only is it part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s also free to use. When you go to export in Premiere Pro, you’ll notice that the default button highlight isn’t “export” but “queue.” This button will take you directly to Media Encoder for your export.There are many reasons to use Media Encoder over exporting directly with Premiere Pro. However, the biggest reason is the flexibility it offers to stack and batch multiple exports at once. You can read a good deal more about how to unlock the power of Media Encoder here:Three Hidden Gems in Adobe Media EncoderVideo Tutorial: Exporting Multichannel Audio in Premiere ProBatch Encoding with Adobe Media Encoderlast_img read more

Two orphaned tiger cubs die of viral infection

first_imgTwo orphaned tiger cubs died of a viral infection at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, a forest official said today.One of the cubs died at around midnight yesterday and the other succumbed this morning, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve’s field director Mridul Pathak said.Both the cubs were four months’ old.They were among the three cubs found on January 22 this year at Sarwahi village on the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi Tiger Reserve in the state.The poachers had killed the mother of the cubs.Later, the three cubs were shifted to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to be put in foster care, he said.“We tried our best to save the cubs who were infected with parvovirus. This virus generally infects dogs, but it infected the cubs here. The doctors from Panna and Jabalpur were called and proper medicines were also administered to the felines but they could not be saved,” Pathak said.The third cub also has the infection and a team of doctors is trying to save the feline, he added.last_img read more

Satara’s warring royals come together in show of strength

first_imgWarring royals, Udayanraje Bhosale and his cousin Shivendrasinh Bhosale, who both left the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), staged a massive show of strength together and filed their respective nominations in Satara on Tuesday.Udayanaraje filed his nomination for the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll, while Shivendrasinh filed his for the Satara Assembly segment for elections to the State legislature. Both are descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji.The Lok Sabha bypoll has been necessitated by Udayanraje, one of only four elected NCP MPs in the recently concluded general election, resigning and joining the BJP. Speaking after filing his nomination, he said, “I was in a terrible dilemma before taking the step to join the BJP… but now, those doubts have been resolved and I can think about addressing people’s issues with a free mind. I did not align myself with the BJP with any expectations of a position or office, and my objective is to complete works, especially water projects, which have been pending since 1996,” he said. The former MP said he has always practised “issue-based politics” and praised the State government for showing great political will in passing the Bill on the quota for the Maratha community.An erstwhile NCP bastion with four party MLAs, Satara has seen a rapid change in equations with the defections of the two royals to the BJP, especially that of Udayanaraje. In the past, the cousins have gone through several quarrels, with vital issues like civic infrastructure, education and medical services being sacrificed at the altar of the seemingly eternal family feud. NCP chief Sharad Pawar had tried to reconcile the conflict several times, but the truce patched up was usually a fragile one.When asked whether the cousins would campaign for each other, Shivendrasinh said there was no question of any rift between the two any more, as they both had a common objective of seeing the BJP victorious in Satara.Earlier, Udayanraje had said he still had great respect for Mr. Pawar and would not file his nomination form if the NCP fielded the patriarch against him.With senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan reluctant to contest the bypoll as the NCP-Congress candidate, the onus of taking on Udayanraje is likely to fall on senior NCP leader and former Sikkim governor Shriniwas Patil.Mr. Patil, a former IAS officer, had contested and won the Lok Sabha elections twice, in 1999 and 2004, from the Karad Lok Sabha constituency in Satara district, before its delimitation for the 2009 polls.last_img read more