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Cyclocross Nationals

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USA Cycling, picture shows Scott Paisley on the podium at 3rd place.This past weekend was Cyclocross Nationals in Wisconsin, and the best of the best from across the nation made the trip North to battle it out for the podium. If you are not familiar with this high intensity cycling sport, basically riders race a set course on road bikes with wider knobbier tires and a bit different geometry. Races usually last 45 minutes to an hour, and traverse obstacles such as barriers, sand pits, stairs, and steep hills.Three top notch riders from the Blue Ridge had performed well enough this season to earn a spot at Nationals. Fred Wittwer, Ron Huebner, and Scott Paisley battled it out and brought home the bacon. Fred was 2nd in the 60+ race, Ron was 3rd in the 50+, and Scott was 3rd in the 55+. Full USA Cycling results can be found here.These results are incredible, and show that the Virginia Cyclocross series put on by Sean Yeager packs a punch. We want to wish these riders the best of luck as they head to Louisville, Kentucky to battle it out at Cyclocross Worlds. This is a huge achievement for these riders and goes to show that the Blue Ridge is home to quite a lot of talented athletes!last_img read more

REFERENDUM: WE NEED REAL REFORM NOW, SAYS McCONALOGUE

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDDonegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the outcome of the two referendums held at the weekend on the Seanad and the Court of Appeal, describing the Seanad referendum result as “a clear message for real political reform.”Deputy McConalogue commented: “The message from voters in Donegal was loud and clear at the weekend – they want real change in the political system and an end to cynical politics. The No vote on the abolition of the Seanad is a complete rejection of the Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Féin platform. What we saw was a Government trying to increase their power, supported by a populist Sinn Féin.“I welcome the public’s support for the establishment of a Court of Appeal and believe the strong Yes vote there dispels any notion from Fine Gael and Sinn Féin that voters were confused. “During the campaign Fine Gael arrogantly stated there would be no reform of the Seanad if the referendum was defeated. People in Donegal did not vote for more of the same, they want real change. The Taoiseach has a duty now to engage with other parties and civil society in a serious discussion about real reform of our parliament and government.“We have tabled a list of proposed reforms including a significant move of power from Ministers to the Oireachtas. These proposals, and those of others including Senators Quinn and Zappone, should now be discussed. We need an end to the arrogant and dictatorial approach from this Government.” REFERENDUM: WE NEED REAL REFORM NOW, SAYS McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Charlie McConalogue TDreferendumreformSeanadlast_img read more

Greenhouse Engineering Technology Program at OSU/ATI

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (OSU/ATI) recently approved a new Greenhouse Engineering Technology specialization in their Greenhouse and Nursery Management major. As more advanced technologies have been incorporated into controlled environment plant production (commonly referred as greenhouse production), a critical need for qualified industry personnel has arisen. This new specialization, which merges traditional horticulture technology, engineering technology, and new greenhouse engineering technology courses, prepares students to manage modern greenhouses equipped with high technologies.This program is unique for its engineering approach to traditional horticulture technology education. This is the only two-year program in the United States for greenhouse engineering technology. Graduating student skills will go beyond growing plants. During their time in the program, students learn to use sensors, control strategies, and actuators to make possible the computerized control of the greenhouse environment. Students will learn about electro-mechanical equipment such as fans, pumps and motors. In addition, students will experience automated irrigation systems, pesticide application equipment, and material handling systems such as seeding and transplanting equipment.Growers who hire graduates of this specialization will be employing modern greenhouse technicians. Greenhouse mechanization and automation can enhance the profitability of a greenhouse operation. However, these new technologies can be underutilized and a maintenance problem for untrained individuals. Graduates of ATI’s Greenhouse Engineering Technology specialization will have the knowledge and skills needed to operate, maintain, and diagnose problems of electro-mechanical equipment to take full advantages of modern greenhouse technologies. Using modern horticultural technology to its full potential will help to solve a labor shortage and offer technically skilled individuals better opportunities in the greenhouse industry.This program earns an associate of applied science degree upon completion of 60 to 65 credit hours. Students earn up to 35 credit hours in horticulture technology courses including two newly designed classes focused specifically on engineering technologies. These courses offer hands-on identification, operation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of greenhouse equipment. Coursework will be augmented with video learning modules and invited guest lectures from the industry, the result of a collaborative effort to bring together controlled environment plant production expertise and knowledge previously scattered across the United States. The modules were developed by The Ohio State University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and The University of Arizona with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that is part of the United States Department of Agriculture.Students will have internship opportunities available to them through commercial production greenhouses, institution research/teaching greenhouses, and equipment supplier. After completing the program, students are expected to have higher than average earning in the greenhouse industry due to their specialization in horticultural engineering and technology.last_img read more

The Two Productivity Traps Holding You Back

first_imgI read almost every book on productivity. Most of them are very, very good. Many contain terrific ideas about what you can do to be more productive, and some even provide you ideas about what to stop doing. There are big common themes throughout all of them, like identifying your priorities, blocking time, setting up systems, and delegating or outsourcing some work.The first productivity trap is illustrated by reading books with information you already know but haven’t yet applied. All of the methodologies and processes work for the people who consistently use them. Sometimes you need more knowledge or a new methodology. But most of the time you are better off investing your time and energy in doing what needs done now.I’ve spent countless hours moving from Omnifocus, to Things, to Todoist, and back to Omnifocus. All of these task management software programs are excellent, and each of them has some limitation that makes me long for something different. I’ve also used a half-dozen different calendars, and as many email programs, searching for a way to squeeze a little more out of a day. It’s inspiring to set up a new system. But a new system has yet to live up to my expectation.The second productivity trap is believing that tools you use are going to make you more productive. They don’t. They can help you to be more organized. They can allow you to work in different places when they are synced with your smartphone or tablet. But they don’t do one thing to make you more productive.The only thing that will make you more productive is doing the most meaningful and most important work you need to do to live your mission. Most everything else related to productivity is distraction. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ailing CPI(M) leader Tarigami shifted to AIIMS

first_imgAiling CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami, who has been under house arrest for over a month in Srinagar, was shifted to AIIMS here on Monday morning, officials said. Accompanied by a doctor, a relative and a police officer, Tarigami arrived here and was immediately taken to AIIMS, the officials said. The Supreme Court had on Thursday said that Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest” to “the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he is under house arrest.” He had been put under house arrested in the early hours of August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution.last_img read more

Huawei starts rolling out Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 update for Honor 6X

first_imgLaunched last year, Huawei Honor 6X starts receiving Android Nougat update starting today. The smartphone was initially launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the new update, Huawei brings a range of new features to the Honor 6X.Huawei starts rolling out the Android Nougat update starting today, but the users will start receiving the update latest by mid or late-May. The Android Nougat update will bring several new upgrades to the smartphone — Honor 6X.Nougat update will bring features like split-screen, multi-window, and also an enhanced notification panel which will allow the Honor 6X users to directly view and reply to messages without opening the app. Apart from these upgrades, the Honor 6X users will also receive a few improvements in the main menu and yes also ‘Doze’ mode.Also Read: Microsoft launches Windows 10 S to take on Google’s Chrome OS, Surface Laptop to take on ChromebooksAlong with the Nougat update, Honor 6X also gets Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 which the company was testing for the past few months. To recall, Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 was in beta testing stage around two months ago, and now it being rolled out officially. Honor 6X was initially launched with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 on top on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the new update, the smartphone is expected to receive several enhancements and improvements.Honor 6X was launched in India last year and received an overwhelming response. In terms of specifications, Huawei Honor 6X sports a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection. The smartphone is further powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core processor with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. Honor 6X was launched in two variants, one with 3GB and 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, the device is available in two variants — 32GB and 64GB internal storage. The storage space can be further expanded via a microSD card.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F3 set to launch on May 4 in India, press renders reveal design and specsOn the camera front, Honor 6X features dual cameras on the back and includes 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel camera sensors, while on the front the device features an 8-megapxel front facing camera set up. The smartphone is further backed by a 3340 mAh battery which delivers a pretty decent battery life.Pricing wise, Honor 6X 32GB storage variant costs Rs 12,999, while the 64GB storage device is available at Rs 12,999 on Amazon India site.last_img read more

Economy doesnt need fiscal stimulus to tackle slowdown CEA

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) K Subramanian on Thursday said the Indian economy does not need a fiscal stimulus to tackle the ongoing economic slowdown. Speaking at the Hero Mindmine Summit that brings together industry and government to discuss economic policy, Subramanian said policymakers need to be careful while deciding on any fiscal stimulus as a way to boost economic growth. “We can’t expect the government to intervene every time some sectors go through sunset. Not all sectors are doing bad, some are doing well,” the CEA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn his address at the event, former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg echoed the CEA’s views that there is no necessity of a fiscal stimulus for the economny at this juncture. Garg also said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth during the first quarter of the current fiscal could be in the range of 5.5-5.6 per cent. The GDP growth in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal came in at 5.8 per cent caused by slowdown in key sectors like agriculture, manufacturing and industry. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGarg’s assessment is important as he was the Finance Secretary till July this year and was the top bureaucrat in the ministry during most of the current slowdown that began last fiscal. The former Finance Secretary also suggested bringing down interest rates rather than giving any stimulus to the economy, adding that the recent surge in bond rates would hurt industry even more. Garg also said there is no global recession at present. The CEA said the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has helped cut state-run banks’ non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans) by Rs 3 lakh crore, while capital budgeting has to be undertaken carefully.last_img read more

India Russia want to diversify strengthen bilateral relations

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he looks forward to discussing regional and international issues of mutual interest with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Vladivostok to attend the Eastern Economic Forum.He also said his visit underlines the desire of the two countries to diversify and further strengthen bilateral relations. Modi’s visit to the Russian Far East Region is the first by an Indian prime minister. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I look forward to discussing with my friend President Putin the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the prime minister said in his departure statement ahead of his two-day visit beginning Wednesday. In Vladivostok, Modi will participate as the chief guest at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum at the invitation of President Putin.He will also hold the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit with Putin. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”I also look forward to meeting other global leaders attending the Eastern Economic Forum, and interacting with Indian Industry and business representatives participating in it,” Modi said. The forum focuses on the development of business and investment opportunities in the Russian Far East Region, and presents enormous potential for developing close and mutually beneficial cooperation between India and Russia in the region, he pointed out.last_img read more

Head of Québec chiefs says province must hold its own independent inquiry

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsOn Wednesday, the province of Québec said it would not hold independent hearings into the relationship between police and First Nation communities leaving that issues to be covered by the national #mmiw inquiry.Today, the head of the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador [email protected]last_img

Waves of Fantasy

first_imgGhazali an art teacher rarely travels to hill stations. As the artist puts it,  ‘It has been ages since I have been to a hill station. All the 45 paintings have come through my imagination. Even when I am confined to a room surrounded by books and magazines, my mind transports me to a serene hill station where the beauty of Himalayas leaves me in a trans.’His work does not only serve solely as a means of expressing the painter’s admiration of nature but he also feels strongly that painting has a task of its own to accomplish in the service of imaginative life. The artist has developed a style which is in keeping with the thirst of mankind’s inner needs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Here there is a greater and starker simplicity, which is expressive, natural seeming, and free from ornamental impediments of any kind. Instead of relying on the fortuitous, painting is given content by artistic values belonging to all time, and of a significance at the best of times.The traditional realistic manner, based on observation of the changing appearances of nature, is felt to be inadequate. Means are thus sought to enhance the interpretation of the inspirational idea. Distracting and superfluous accretions are mostly eliminated. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe main themes, having thus been isolated and set free from all the accidental circumstances, are given a new environment in which ideal spatial dimensions replace those of the nature. It is how a fresh pictorial convention develops whose chief characteristics are a twin-dimensional scheme of composition, a firm yet spontaneous seeming stylisation of the forms of nature in depth, and a symbolic content.Already in Ghazali’s early experiments, there have been meaningful uses of line and colour. Here the drawing turned objects into visual images which took over the artist’s argument and sustained it. The close-knit compositions and the rhythmical groupings of forms are the pictorial elements of importance in his present works. In some of his showings the painter applies new possibilities directly, without any justification or a literary content. In these paintings he breaks with the descriptive, the anecdotal, and the atmospheric. Pure forms in their elementary capacity, completely visible in their stiff, vertical or horizontal seams and layers are the materials with which the compositions are their rhythmically constructed.When: 18 January, 11 amWhere: M.F Hussain Art Gallerylast_img read more

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