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LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgNaomh Colmcille Jigs and Reels Tickets are now on SALE.Tickets will be on Sale at the Club House in Páirc Colmcille on Tuesday & Thursday nights from 8pm up until the main event on the 4th August 2012 or you can pick up tickets in Orchid Beauty main St. Newtowncunningham (Tue – Wed: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Thu – Fri: 10:00 am-8:00 pm and Sat:10:00 am-3:00 pm; Tel:+35374 91 08845 to reserve tickets.   Naomh Colmcille presents a unique opportunity to get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal and clothing and help your local GAA Club. All you have to do is bring the listed items below to Gerard (Diesel) Mc Daid’s farm yard on the following dates: Saturday 7th July 2012 between 9 am and 5pm Saturday 14th July2012 between 9 am and 5pmIf you need assistance with collection/transportation of any materials please contact any of our committee below and arrangements will be made to assist you:Kieran Friel – 086 6056655All clean clothing including Household Textiles, Clothes, Shoes, Handbags, Belts, Curtains, Bed Linen as well as soft and hard back booksAnything that may contain Copper, Brass, Iron, Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Lead  etc in it.e.g. Electric Cables,  Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Microwaves, Tumble Dryers, Swings, Lawnmowers, Strimmers, Rakes Etc, Gardening Equipment, Car Parts, Alloy wheels (No Tyres), Car batteries, Go Carts, Trampolines, Swing Frames, Goal Posts, Steel Oil Tanks, Coal Buckets,  Boilers, Steel Garden Furniture,  Gas Cookers, Sheep Wire, Fencing Wire, Barrels, Wheel Barrows, old Cars, Car Doors/Bonnets etc, Corrugated Iron, Old Farm Machinery, Trailers, Hay and Silage Bailers, Ploughs, Transport Boxes, Toppers, Agitators, Slurry Tank Gates, Cement Mixers, Horse Machinery, Water Pumps, Electric Motors, Engine Parts, Milk Cans/Buckets, Milking machines, Milk Coolers and Car/Tractor/Lorrys. LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

Vodafone centre wins top green award

first_img25 October 2012Mobile communications company Vodacom was named Highest Scoring Green Star Project 2008-12 by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) on Wednesday for its Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.The building was awarded six stars for its water, energy and emissions efficiency by the GBCSA in October 2011, making it the greenest building in the country.The six star rating is also referred to as “world class” by the GBCSA.“We are very proud of this award because it is a testimony of our commitment to growing our business in a sustainable way,” Vodacom’s chief officer of corporate affairs, Maya Makanjee, said in a statement.“We all have a responsibility towards ensuring the sustainability of our communities, country and planet. The innovation centre, and what it aims to achieve, is a critical component of that philosophy.”The innovation centre also won an award for innovations in renewables at the Mail and Guardian’s Greening the Future Awards earlier this year.Material excavated from the original site was used in the construction of the centre, and it generates double the energy required to run the building’s operations through solar energy, with excess power being diverted to the Vodacom campus.“A solar absorption chiller provides radiant cooling or warming through water pumped through a thermally activated slab,” the company said.“The chiller also provides cooled air to the office space, so no water-based heat rejection systems are used.”According to Vodacom, it is enclosed in glass to allow the use of natural daylight and rainwater captured from the roof is used for the irrigation of the gardens and the toilets.A full-time team of engineers also works at the centre to investigate methods to reduce the company’s carbon emissions and implement more cost efficiencies.“The project addresses sustainability in all respects which seeks to truly minimise the impact of the building on the environment,” said GBCSA’s chief executive officer, Brian Wilkinson.The company has also implemented a more efficient hybrid generator known as a “power cube” and a slim-line solar “film” as an alternative to solar panels in base stations in urban areas with limited space.It has further plans to reduce carbon emissions by 5% a year until 2014.“The innovation centre is one example of our commitment to sustainability. The scale of challenges on our environment demands ambitious action and we are responding with a continued focus on innovation to cut our carbon emissions across our business,” Makanjee said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Researchers look at lower-cost alternative protein source for pig diets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Threonine is an indispensable amino acid, which is often provided in supplement form in swine diets. With U.S. production of crystalline amino acids increasing, more co-products from amino acid production are becoming available, and these co-products can also be fed to pigs. Researchers at the University of Illinois are investigating a co-product of synthetic threonine as a lower-cost alternative protein source to fish meal.“To create synthetic threonine, you ferment a carbohydrate substrate using selected strains of bacteria, then extract the crystalline L-threonine from the fermentation product,” said Hans H. Stein, a professor of animal sciences at U of I. “The biomass that’s left over, even though most of the threonine has been extracted, is still rich in amino acids. If those amino acids are well digested by pigs, this could be a good source of protein.”Stein and his fellow researchers conducted two experiments comparing threonine biomass with fish meal. In the first experiment, they determined the concentration and digestibility of protein and amino acids in both ingredients. Threonine biomass contained 81.8% crude protein on an as-fed basis, compared with 65.6% crude protein in fish meal. The standardized ileal digestibility was greater in threonine biomass than in fish meal for crude protein, as well as for all indispensable amino acids except tryptophan. Overall, the average digestibility of amino acids in threonine biomass was 83.5%, compared with 72.3% for fish meal.In the second experiment, Stein’s team determined that threonine biomass contained about 25% more digestible and metabolizable energy than fish meal. On a dry matter basis, threonine biomass contained 4,935 kcal per kilogram of digestible energy and 4,335 kcal per kilogram of metabolizable energy, versus 3,957 and 3,508 kcal per kilogram respectively in fish meal.“The results from these studies indicate that threonine biomass can be used as an alternative to fish meal, and possibly other animal proteins, in diets for weanling pigs,” Stein said.The study, “Amino acid digestibility and concentration of digestible and metabolizable energy in a threonine biomass product fed to weanling pigs,” was co-authored by Ferdinando Almeida and Rommel Sulabo. The study was funded by Archer Daniel Midland Company, Decatur, Ill., and was published in a recent volume of the Journal of Animal Science. It is available online at https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/jas/articles/92/10/4540.last_img read more

Updated “Bringing Biotechnology to Life” resource available for educators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation have launched an updated version of “Bringing Biotechnology to Life.” This free educational resource for educators follows the principles of project-based learning to teach about plant biotechnology and its role in food production through eight sequential lessons and a culminating research and public presentation module. The updated resource addresses national learning standards for seventh through 10th grade students and asks the following questions:What is DNA?How can we examine DNA?What is selective breeding?What is biotechnology?How is biotechnology used?How do researchers compare DNA?Where would we be without GMOs?Where is biotechnology headed?“Using advancements in technology, agriculturalists are striving to feed more people with fewer resources,” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “Biotechnology is one of these advancements. It’s important that our resources continue to reflect these advancements in technology, which is why we are excited to launch the third version of Bringing Biotechnology to Life. We want to help consumers understand the role that biotechnology plays in agriculture and our lives. Through this resource, we’re empowering students to make informed decisions about the practical uses of biotechnology in their world today.”Bringing Biotechnology to Life was launched at the World Food Prize 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium. Version 2.0 was released in 2016 and included the addition of student pre/post assessments, accommodations for students struggling to meet performance expectations and enrichments for students who have already met performance expectations, strategies for English language learners, connections to students’ home and community, and enhanced self-reflection tools and rubrics for assessment.“Data from our consumer research shows that despite a low level of knowledge, a large number (47%) of consumers say they avoid foods produced with GMO technology,” said Joseph Clayton, CEO of the International Food Information Council Foundation. “This reflects an immediate need for science education from an early age. We are happy to collaborate with the Foundation on this important resource.”The Bringing Biotechnology to Life Version 3.0 learning kit is available for download at no cost at https://www.agfoundation.org/bringing-biotech-to-life/ and https://foodinsight.org/bringing-biotechnology-to-life-an-educational-resource-for-grades-7-10/.The mission of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (http://agfoundation.org) is to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education. The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit http://www.foodinsight.org to learn more.last_img read more

Curfew extended in Assam town

first_imgSlit bike seats trigger communal tension in Assam’s Hailakandi, curfew clamped The administration in southern Assam’s Hailakandi town extended curfew by 24 hours besides suspending mobile Internet services on Saturday.A person died on Friday night after two groups clashed over the parking of two-wheelers at a mosque. Officials said the condition of two among the 10 injured, including policemen, was critical.Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said the situation was under control. “We have extended prohibitory orders by a day and suspended mobile Internet services to prevent spread of rumours.”Kuladhar Saikia, DGP, said the cybercell had been scanning social media activities. “Anyone found fuelling communal passion would be dealt with sternly,” he said. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered a probe by an Additional Chief Secretary. Apart from sending Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya to Hailakandi, he had been coordinating with Addl. DGP Mukesh Agarwal and Barak Valley Division Commissioner Anwaruddin Choudhury, who are camping in the town.Also Read  “I met the local leaders of Hindu and Muslim communities in the presence of senior officials for lasting peace,” Mr. Suklabaidya said, adding that he visited the injured at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.He also announced ₹5 lakh as compensation for the family of Jasim Hussain, who succumbed to his injuries, and ₹50,000 each for the injured.The All Assam Minority Students’ Union blamed the government for failing to pre-empt the violence that had been brewing for a long time.“The administration appears to have let things happen,” its president Azizur Rahman said.The violence was triggered after two-wheelers a group had been parking haphazardly, allegedly to block the entrance to the mosque, were damaged. Things went out of control when another group decided to offer namaz on the road.The two groups began pelting stones. This led to mobs vandalising shops and setting vehicles on fire.last_img read more

Remembering Captain Vikram Batra: The Sher Shah of Indian Army

first_imgToday is the 18th death anniversary of Captain Vikram Batra, a Param Vir Chakra winner who led a troop and lost his life in the Kargil War.Here are a few things to know about the valiant soldier.WHO IS VIKRAM BATRA?Vikram Batra was an officer of Indian Army born on September 9, 1974, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.He got his primary education from his mother, and then went to DAV public school. He was known for his sport skills in school and also played table tennis at national level.At college, he joined the National cadet corps (NCC), and then began his journey to serve the nation.After Batra joined the India Military Academy, he was commissioned as a lieutenant.At the young age of 24, Batra lost his life in a battle of the Kargil War against Pakistan. He was posthumously awarded the prestigious Param Vir Chakra. KARGIL WAR, 1999Batra’s first posting was in the town of Sapore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. He was in line to be shifted to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.But then, came the 1999 war, and Batra was deployed in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir.On June 19, Captain Batra’s troop snatched point 5140 from right under Pakistan’s nose during heavy shelling. This point was very important for Indian Army’s victory in the war.In the early hours of July 7, he was commanding a mission to rescue an injured officer during which he pushed aside his Subedar, asking him to step aside because he has children.Moments after taking the Suberdar’s place, Batra was killed.advertisementIn his honour, the Indian Army uses his name in constructions and cantonments.THE FEARLESS HERO After capturing point 5140, Captain Vikram volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875, which was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degree steep.He used the slogan “Ye dil maange more” to communicate mission successes. Batra was known in his regiment for his courage and valour. He was often referred to as “Sher Shah” in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army.In the 2003 movie, LOC Kargil, which was made as a tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil War, Abhishek Bachchan’s character is said to have been based on Captain Batra He once said to a friend, “I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure.”last_img read more