Council steps up Compulsory Purchase Orders on derelict sites

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Email WhatsApp TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County CouncilNewspolitics O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsHousingPoliticsCouncil steps up Compulsory Purchase Orders on derelict sitesBy Alan Jacques – December 6, 2018 1624 Previous articleWatch: Optel Group community involvement recognised by Limerick Chamber AwardsNext articleClassical music superstars for Limerick Alan Jacques Printcenter_img Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Limerick City and County Council Director of Services Gordon Daly.LIMERICK City and County Council has signalled an escalation of its efforts to tackle the problem of derelict sites with the launch of a major programme of Compulsory Purchase Orders.The local authority has given notice to compulsorily acquire eight derelict properties under the derelict sites and housing acts this week. The Council has also published confirmation notices of the completed compulsory acquisition on a further two derelict properties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2018 the Council completed over 500 inspections of derelict properties.Commenting on the step up of efforts on reducing dereliction, Council Director of Services Gordon Daly told the Limerick Post that owners of derelict properties are first offered advice on how to deal with their derelict properties and a range of options including the Lease and Repair Scheme, Buy and Renew Scheme and the Business Retail Incentive Scheme.“Our message to communities is that we are listening to your concerns on dereliction and we are stepping up our efforts to deal with this issue across the city and county. Our message to owners of derelict properties is simple.  Please engage with the Council or if not it will use the full range of statutory powers available to it including the imposition of levies and compulsory acquisition,” he said.In early 2019, the Council also plans to use its powers to impose a derelict sites levy on further additional derelict sites. This annual levy is due to rise next year from three per cent to seven per cent of market value.   Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Linkedin Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three monthslast_img read more

Baker: Try your luck abroad

first_img Press Association Baker is determined to make the move to Holland a success and the spring board to success at Chelsea, where he has a contract at until 2019 and has been since the Under-9s age group. “I have got to give my best here every day in training and in every game, give 100 per cent with a view to going back to Chelsea an improved player,” he said. “Even if not next season, hopefully I will carry on going on until I can knock on that door and try and get into that first-team.” That is Baker’s long-term goal but for now he is only concerned about bringing success to Vitesse – something which appears unlikely in the Europa League given Southampton arrive for the return leg of their third qualifying round tie boasting a three-goal cushion. “Southampton finished the chances they had and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow,” said Baker, who has played with Saints’ James Ward-Prowse, Harrison Reed and Matt Targett in the England youth set-up. “Nobody has any doubt we can get something from the game and hopefully the fans can give the same support and we can get something from the game.” A number of younger players are making the move, though, with Vitesse capitalising on their Chelsea ties to coax English talent to Arnhem. Amongst those currently on loan with the Dutch side are Izzy Brown, Dominic Solanke and Baker, who believes experiencing life abroad can benefit club, player and country. “I am living by myself in a town that’s close,” said the England Under-20s midfielder, who last term spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons. “But I think a lot of the English boys maybe don’t want to try coming out abroad for some reason. “The first loan I did, I didn’t maybe want to go abroad, but seeing different cultures and different ways of playing I would advise (it) to young English players. “I think if you go and try different places, you pick up different things and different styles of playing. It’s just about experiences, I think. “Maybe not staying in England can benefit you, maybe it can benefit you staying. It depends what you are comfortable with. For me, I definitely think this is a good move.” The opportunity to play with Vitesse certainly appears to benefit all parties, with Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt amongst those to temporarily swap west London for the GelreDome. Lewis Baker believes more English players should take the plunge and try their luck abroad, with the midfielder confident his loan move to Holland with Vitesse Arnhem will boost his first-team chances at Chelsea. David Beckham, Owen Hargreaves and Ashley Cole are amongst just a handful of high-profile Three Lions internationals to have bucked the trend and plied their trade overseas in recent decades. The latter, upon signing for Roma last summer, said “English players are probably afraid to come abroad” and are in a comfort zone playing in the Premier League. last_img read more

Evolution Did Not Cause Back Pain

first_imgDarwin Proved Wrong Again!Back Pain is Not Due to Evolutionary Historyby Jerry Bergman, PhDCredit: CRSQ 2019The headline of the latest New Scientist says it all, “The back pain epidemic: Why popular treatments are making it worse,” adding, “Chronic back pain is on the rise – in part because the way we treat it often does more harm than good. It’s time to think differently about our aches.”[1] The problem is not small. Up to 90% of all Americans suffer at least one debilitating episode of back pain during their lives.[2]  Furthermore, back pain is one of the leading causes of disability around the world. In the U.S. alone, it costs 635 billion dollars a year in medical bills and loss of productivity.[3]How We Thought About Back Pain in the PastDarwinists have taught for decades that the reason for the back pain problem was because bipedalism was superimposed by evolution on a skeleton previously well-adapted for quadrupedal motion.[4]  In the words of Krogman: “Although man stands on two legs, his skeleton was originally designed for four. The result is some ingenious adaptations, not all of them successful.”[5] Harvard evolutionist Ernst Mayr concluded that evolution will eventually solve the back problem when evolution completes “the transition from quadrupedal to bipedal life in all its [human] structures.”[6]  What changes he expects to occur when the evolutionary transition is completed, he does not say. Professor Krogman speculates that when humans started walking upright “a terrific mechanical imbalance” resulted, and backaches became common.[7]Unfortunately, this old harmful theory is still being repeated, even in the year 2019:To understand the solutions [to back pain], we must first travel back 7 million years, to when our ancestors caused the problem. In exchange for walking upright, we got back pain. … the hypothesis posited by Kimberly Plomp at the University of Liverpool, UK, and her colleagues.[8]To determine why humans experience more spinal disease than non-human primates,Plomp’s team studied the shape of human, chimpanzee and orangutan vertebrae … looking for small bulges called Schmorl’s nodes that can occur in the soft tissues between vertebrae and are linked to back pain. People who had these nodes had vertebrae that were more similar in shape to those of chimpanzees.Plomp explains “We started to walk on two feet relatively quickly in evolutionary terms.” Consequently, she hypothesized that  “individuals with vertebrae that are more on the ancestral end of normal human variation are less well adapted to withstanding the pressures placed on the bipedal spine. .. This ancestral vertebral shape then plagued us throughout our history.”[9]Is the Problem Physical as Professor Plomp Implies?Evidence against Plomp’s theory includes a well-known study byJeffrey Jarvik at the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues [who] randomly assigned 380 people with lower back pain to have an X-ray, which can identify things like fractures, or an MRI scan, which is used to look at soft tissues. A year later, there was no difference in their health outcomes [between the two groups], but those who had an MRI were more likely to have had surgery, exposing them to the risk of infection and other complications. “The potential for harm has been shown in many studies,” says Buchbinder.[10]The fact is,by the time we’re 50, many of us will have abnormalities in our spine: degeneration of the discs, bulging, a little arthritis in the joints” Some of these may cause pain in some people but not others. … Getting a scan may not only be a waste of time and money…  but it can actually worsen your back pain. Once you start to look for abnormalities, you will find them. Once that happens, doctors are more likely to prescribe painkillers, steroid injections or surgery, which may be unnecessary, ineffective and sometimes harmful.[11]Furthermore, there is little evidence that back belts, shoe insoles and other ergonomic products are effective. What, then, is effective?Reason Enters the DoorIf, indeed, the back problem is due to some problem in the design of our back inherited from our quadrupedal primate ancestors, we may just have to live with it, or imbibe pain pills, such as aspirin or oxycodone, to deal with it. Or undergo surgery. We cannot alter the anatomy of the back we inherited from our ape ancestors unless we attempt the eugenic solution: Encourage families with few or no back problems to have large families and sterilize those with common back problems or in other ways discourage them from having families.If, however, the problem is not due to the inheritance from ape ancestors, as evolutionists claim, this approach will be counterproductive.  Furthermore, the evolutionary explanation impeded progress toward finding the real reason for back problems. Among those looking for the real reason several decades ago were creationists.[12]  Consider that despite our long history on the Earth, it is only in the past few decades that we have begun to experience the epidemic of chronic back pain. Consequently, evolution theory cannot explain the cause of the modern epidemic. The data reveal that, among people who seek help with back problems, fewer than one percent are caused by a fracture, an infection, inflammatory arthritis, accidents, sports injuries, congenital disorders, cancer or other disease.[13]What about Drug Treatment?In countries where doctors advise against surgery for back pain, people are oftenoffered anti-inflammatory steroid injections, but these have been shown to be no more effective than [a] placebo. They can also cause increased appetite, mood changes and difficulty sleeping. ….  doctors, particularly in the US, prescribe stronger painkillers than are necessary, … fueling the opioid crisis …  in the US. Backache is the number one reason for prescribing opioids … despite several studies showing that safer treatments, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, may offer similar relief.[14]What about bed rest? Thomson noted that althoughdoctors all over the world [are] still prescribing bed rest, it is one of the worst things you can do. When young healthy male volunteers spent eight weeks in bed, their lumbar multifidus muscles, which keep our lower vertebrae in place, had wasted and become inactive. Some of the volunteers’ muscles had still not recovered six months later.[15]What about exercise? Thomson concluded thatexercise can make all the difference. A study published in June found that exercises designed to strengthen the lower back help ease pain, and just walking regularly helps too. “We need to remove this fear and persuade ourselves to exercise,” … People who switch to standing desks say they feel less back pain. Small changes in how we work can also help. People with chronic back pain who used a standing work station for three months saw a significant decrease in the worst pain they felt, and their general pain at the end of the study.[16]The Real Cause of the Back Problem EpidemicThe article in New Scientist shows that the real cause was not evolution. The research clearly shows that spending more time sitting on the job and slumping in front of computer screens puts pressure on the muscles, ligaments and discs that support the spine and can deactivate muscles that promote good back health and good posture. Other lifestyle factors, such as the epidemic of obesity, which in the United State now tops 70 percent, amplifies the mechanical strain on the back and decreases mobility, predisposing disc deterioration in the spine. Obesity also increases the production of inflammatory chemicals associated with pain.Smoking is also a major part of the problem. Smoking puts people at “higher risk of lower back pain because it is associated with a clogging of the arteries, which can damage the blood vessels that supply the spine, leading to muscle and bone degeneration.” [17]ConclusionsThis New Scientist article eloquently supports my conclusions that I published in an article I authored almost 20 years ago.  It also supports my own back pain experience[18] and fully agrees with my chapter on this topic published in my book on poor design.[19] I can do no better than repeat the introduction to my 2001 paper which, although my conclusions were roundly criticized by evolutionists, have now been scientifically supported. The New Scientist documents the fact that:Darwinism has mislead researchers into developing a set of therapies that have proved detrimental to treat certain back problems.  These therapies were based on the Darwinian conclusion that humans evolved from primates which walked on all fours, and that back problems were produced primarily by complications resulting from humans’ newly evolved upright posture.  In short, Darwinism teaches that our vertebral structure evolved to walk on all fours, and back problems exist today because humans now walk upright on vertebrae that originally had evolved to walk quadrupedally.  This theory has led to a treatment protocol that is now recognized as impeding healing, and has caused enormous pain and suffering.  The orthodox treatment used today is, in many ways, the opposite of the older, now disproven, Darwinism-influenced theory.[20]As the New Scientist article documents, back pain is due to other problems, including lack of exercise, too much sitting, obesity and other reasons not due to evolution.Chart from New Scientist September, 2019, page 36ReferencesNew book by Dr Bergman addresses back pain and many other alleged cases of poor design in the human body.[1] Thomson, Helen. 2019. New Scientist. 243(3245): 34-37. September 6.  Online version behind a paywall here.[2] Thomson, 2019. p. 35.[3] Clark, Stephanie and Richard Horton. 2018. Low back pain: a major global challenge. The Lancet, 391(10137): 2302. March 21.[4]Gracovetsky, Serge A. 1996. “Function of the Spine from an Evolutionary Perspective” in Volume 1. The Lumbar Spine. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company, pp. 259-269.; Krames Communications.  1986. Back Owner’s Manual: A Guide to the Care of the Low Back. Daly City, CA: Krames Communications, Sixth Printing, 16 pp.[5] Krogman, Wilton M. 1951. “The Scars of Human Evolution.” Scientific American, 185(6):54-57, p. 54.[6] Mayr, Ernst. 2001. What Evolution Is. New York, NY: Basic Books, p. 282.[7] Krogman, Wilton M. 1951. “The Scars of Human Evolution.”  Scientific American, 185(6):54-57, p. 54.[8] Thomson, 2019. p. 35.[9] Thomson, 2019. p. 35.[10] Thomson, 2019. pp. 35-36.[11] Thomson, 2019.  p. 35.[12] Bergman, Jerry. 2001. “Back Problems: How Darwinism Mislead Researchers.” T.J. Technical Journal. 15(2):89-95.[13] Thomson, 2019. pp. 35[14] Thomson, 2019. p. 36.[15] Thomson, 2019. p. 36.[16] Thomson, 2019. P. 37.[17] Thomson, 2019. p. 35.[18] Bergman, Jerry. 2001. “Back Problems: How Darwinism Mislead Researchers.” T.J. Technical Journal 15(2):89-95.[19] Bergman, Jerry. 2019. The “Poor Design” Argument Against Intelligent Design Falsified. Tulsa, OK: Bartlett Publishing, 2019.[20] Bergman, Jerry. 2001.  “Back Problems: How Darwinism Mislead Researchers.” T.J. Technical Journal 15(2):89-95.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 349 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New renewable energy player aims high

first_img10 April 2012 Private energy company Cennergi aims to produce a massive 16 GW of renewable energy generation capacity projects in southern Africa by 2025, its founders said at the company’s official launch in Johannesburg last week. A joint venture between South Africa’s mining group Exxaro and India’s largest private power utility Tata Power, Cennergi already runs five renewable energy projects in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Eastern and Western Cape provinces. The new 50:50 partnership will particularly be targeting the expanding energy markets in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, with a focus on the investigation, development, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and management of power generation projects.SA’s renewable energy procurement programme Cennergi CEO Thomas Garner told guests at Wednesday’s launch that the company had submitted solar and wind bids for the second bidding round under South Africa’s renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) procurement programme, which closed on 5 March. Exxaro head Sipho Nkosi said Cennergi would be looking at partnering with South African state power company Eskom. He said the idea by Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal producers and Eskom’s number one supplier, to venture into energy had been in the pipeline for the past two years. “We felt that as coal producers in South Africa, we should start immersing ourselves in renewable energies, because we need to continue to be responsible corporate citizens in South Africa,” Nkosi said. “The whole continent of Africa is well endowed with renewable energy and … these are the organisations that can harness these opportunities.”Energy needs ‘call for more than one player’ Tata Power MD Anil Sardana said the demand for energy in southern Africa necessitated that there should be more than one player in the sector. Given that, arduous challenges in meeting the continent’s energy needs remained. “Therefore, it’s important for people to bring all the inputs together, not just to contribute to the space, but do it effectively,” Sardana said, adding that Tata Power currently served more than 1.7-million customers in Delhi and Mumbai. South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for the energy sector envisages 3 725 MW of renewable energy being added to the country’s power mix over the coming few years. The Department of Energy’s Kevin Nassiep, who delivered a speech on behalf of Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, said projects such as Cennergi were “poised to accelerate the development of our electricity sector, and will propel our green energy revolution to a new level.” He said it was no coincidence that South Africa was moving with speed to “green” its economy, considering that the country had just introduced a New Growth Path that sought to deliver five-million new jobs by 2020. The Industrial Policy Action Plan and the signing of a new local procurement accord last year bore testimony to the government’s seriousness about boosting industry investments in South Africa, Nassiep said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA commercial property on top globally

first_img IPD extended its work to South Africa in 1997, when its first local property index was published. At the end of 2011, the total value of the IPD SA Databank included over 2 000 investments with a total value of R205-billion. SAinfo reporter 6 July 2012 Cape Town and Johannesburg’s commercial property has outshone that of cities such as New York and London over the past 10 years, according to Investment Property Databank’s (IPD’s) Global Cities Report released in London this week. “Commercial property is a key measure of economic vitality, since strong retail, leisure and industrial performance encourages investors such as pension funds to buy up buildings to earn income through rental income and capital value increases,” the London-based research and information company said in a statement. “Over a 10-year period, Johannesburg and Cape Town saw the strongest growth in property values around the world,” IPD said. Capital value appreciation in Cape Town has hit 9.7% over 10 years to 2011 and Johannesburg’s has hit 7.5%, compared to 3.6% percent for New York, 2.2% percent for London and -0.1% for Munich, the Global Cities Report showed. The report compares real estate performance in 60 cities in 24 countries. It also examines the impact of tourism, gross domestic product, exchange rates and national debt on property performance. Johannesburg and Cape Town outperformed major global cities due to growing investor appetite and the fact that its property was sheltered from the global financial crisis, the report found. “The picture for global real estate is a tale of havens and have-nots,” said IPD senior director for group business development Peter Hobbs. “Institutions want safety, and at the minute, that means low-yielding prime office or retail in safe haven pockets around the world.” The two South African cities serve as havens as both Johannesburg and Cape Town boast a strong fundamental demand for real estate. “Properties with good leases held by strong tenants tend to be attractive to institutions sheltering from the volatility of global markets,” Hobbs said. “Only a select few cities around the world have values above their pre-recession peaks – among them Johannesburg, Cape Town, Zurich, Munich, Toronto and Seoul, while Dublin has remained bottom of the list for three consecutive years.”last_img read more

Time to register for the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The seventh annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium (OGFS) will be held on Thursday, December 17th at The Ohio State University Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The symposium will bring together farmers, researchers and industry experts who will offer insight into key agricultural issues such as land values and rents, input margins, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a crop market outlook, and how the federal clean power plan could impact Ohio.  Attendees will also hear an update from their national grain associations as well as from the leaders of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA).The event is free, but registration is strongly recommended. Deadline for registration is December 11. Visit to RSVP, or call OCWGA at 740-201-8088.On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. followed by the start of the program at 9:00 a.m.  A full OGFS agenda is available online at symposium is hosted by OCWGA and OSA in conjunction with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.To download a PDF version of this news release, please click here.last_img read more

Cover crop, double-crop, and feeding cattle with triticale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A number of producers tout how the benefits of cover crops can be found in the soil directly underfoot, and, some months down the road, in their wallets. Though that knowledge doesn’t always help to justify a non-harvested crop that takes time, energy and cash to plant. One livestock operation in southern Ohio is using a versatile cover crop that benefits them multiple, more immediate, ways.Bolender Farms in Brown County, an Angus operation, has started to see some more visible evidence of cover crop effectiveness after using a plant that’s been gaining popularity in recent years for its double-duty value. Triticale is a wheat and rye hybrid known to combine the productivity of wheat with the hardiness and short-season abilities of rye.“Between me and my wife and my dad and my uncle, we run about 95 angus brood cows,” said Adam Bolender. “The triticale works out nicely because we can, one, have a cover crop that’s grown all winter, two, take the forage off to feed the cattle in the winter, and then three, still be able to get a bean crop or a corn crop, whatever your choosing would be, planted in a timely manner — usually by the last week of May.”The Bolender family implemented the forage for the first time this year after noting the success with triticale family friend Ben Parker had on his operation.“We’ve been doing it now for four years, more or less using it as a way to maximize our profits on the farm where we’re coming in raising soybeans,” Parker said. “But we also are mainly a beef operation so we use that to not only supply us with a crop to sell on the market, but we can still feed our cattle and also get the benefits of the cover crop.”After mowing and baling, the rounds are tube wrapped to retain the moisture, Parker and the Bolenders said “is like candy” to the cattle. The whole process is quick.“We cut Sunday and were baling by Monday at 11,” Adam said.As with any forage, moisture does play a big role. They like to hit it at 50%, trying to avoid being too dry. Some say “too wet” is a good thing for feed value, though bacterial activity remains a concern throughout. To help minimize spoilage, two dry bales are placed at the ends of each tube to keep it airtight until it’s fed.Economically, Adam said they’ve found it pricier than cereal rye, but they have been pretty happy with this year’s return on investment. The mild winter allowed an average of 16 4- by 5-foot round bales per acre on the 10 acres they planted to triticale. They were expecting about 12 bales per acre, though they admitted it could’ve gone a couple weeks earlier if it wasn’t for the off and on rains this spring.One of the great values of triticale is its relatively short growing season. They were able to go in after harvest to plant the crop and bale it right before planting. Their aim is to seed it the first week of October with it coming out in early- to mid-May.Bolender said its benefits have fit well into their rotation.This recently harvested field of triticale was ready for soybean planting in mid-May.“The rotation, we’ll usually have a corn crop, a bean crop, then some form of cover crop — this year it was triticale — and then we’ll go back to beans again then probably corn the next year,” he said. “The main thing is to always keep something growing, building activity in your soil, and we really like it because of the forage aspect of it.”It also offers weed control benefits in the following crop.“I’ll probably leave the 2-4D out this year,” Adam said. “We usually give it a week before we go back and spray it. I really don’t take any chances on it. I use the same bean burndown just because I don’t want to have marestail. It’s not out there now, but it’s been such a problem it can still come.”Soil conservation and care is high on the farm’s priorities. Aubrey Bolender is on the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation Board. She said triticale, since it is baled instead of decomposing back to the soil, is not as effective in nutrient retention as a single-duty cover crop might be.“When a typical cover crop is left for burndown, it’ll slow release any of the nutrients being held up in the plant,” she said. “Whereas when you’re baling it, you’re taking all of those stored nutrients out of the field, so then we’ve got to put it back in the form of granular fertilizer or sometimes manure.”Though nutrients are removed from the field, triticale’s offerings in feed form are important to the beef operation. Parker said feed value is mostly the same when compared to similar options, though there’s more quantity with triticale.“We do put out rye, we put out wheat, and we put out triticale. More or less, it is the tonnage factor of the triticale. The feed value for what we’ve tested and what we’ve seen, and then what I’ve seen in studies, is relatively the same,” Parker said.According to a study from the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, an analysis of forage and diet composition of dry matter shows triticale’s crude protein at 17.5%, compared to alfalfa’s 22.6% and oat’s 14.2%. Triticale had notably higher phosphorous numbers at .56 versus alfalfa’s .43 and oats’ .39.Triticale can also be planted as a supplemental forage option when pasture or hay conditions have been challenging. Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension forage specialist, said triticale planted in early August is a strong option for fast production of high quality late season forage. Triticale can produce good dry matter yields within 60 to 80 days after planting. When planted the first two weeks of August and with adequate rainfall, spring triticale can produce from 2,500 to 5,000 pounds per acre of dry matter by mid-October.“The lower yields occur when leaf rust becomes a problem, which is a possibility in a damp year like we’ve had so far,” Sulc said. “They will reach the boot stage of growth in October, which provides the best compromise of yield and forage quality.”A November harvest of early August triticale plantings will be in the heading stage and will yield 6,000 pounds of dry matter per acre or more crude protein content of 12% to 15% and neutral detergent fiber of 38% to 50% depending on planting date and stage at harvest, Sulc said.So far, triticale has been used on the Parker and Bolender farms primarily for the benefits as a cattle feed, but they aren’t against expansion into other cover crops down the road.“From what we’ve done as far as the cover crop, we’ve done it to where we can bale it. As far as doing cereal rye or anything like that on crop ground, we haven’t done much of that. Mainly we’re doing it to take care of the land and get the most bang for our buck,” Adam said. “We’re not 50% or 100% cover crop on all of our ground. We would like to be, but I think time would probably be the biggest thing holding us back. I really don’t think of it as an extra cost because I do feel like you would get that back from the benefits, like Aubrey said, building your organic matter.”For now, though, at least the initial work with triticale on the Bolender farm shows promise as a practice for profitability and environmental stewardship in the future.last_img read more

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Love marriages are not acceptable, says khap leader

first_imgNaresh Tikait, chief of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and head of the Baliyan Khap of Jats, has said love marriages are not acceptable and the khap would never allow it. In a video that is gaining traction on social media, Mr. Tikait can be heard saying that parents spend ₹30 to ₹40 lakh on the education of their girls and then they go and marry someone of their choice. “This is not right. When they spend on their nurturing, parents should have a say in the selection of the life partner of their daughters.” He said his appeal was not just for the girls but for the boys as well. “But it is more directed towards girls, as they are the izzat (pride) of the family. Such actions lower the pride of the family in society.”The video was recorded at a community convention of Jats in Baghpat last Friday.Rakesh Tikait, senior leader and BKU spokesperson, told The Hindu that the guidelines were more about love marriages within the gotra. “The khap is open to inter-caste marriages, most of which are love marriages, among equivalent caste groups. We attend such marriages but marriages within the gotra are still looked down upon, despite the Supreme Court directions. Villagers still boycott such weddings as it is against their customs,” said Mr. Rakesh.He said the khap has accepted that love marriage is a reality these days. “Their number is increasing with the movement of our children to cities for jobs. But children should understand that love and marriage are two different things. In our society, it is a kind of pact between two families. Parents should also understand that the forced separation of lovers is not a solution. Youngsters understand their rights under the law and social pressure doesn’t work on them. It is better to turn love marriages into arranged marriages.”last_img read more

Loyola Quinlan Professor Offers Holiday Gift Buying Advice to Shoppers

first_img Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Loyola Quinlan Professor Offers Holiday Gift Buying Advice to Shoppers News Flash: We’re less than one week away from Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Of course you haven’t! For those procrastinators who have not, Professor Mary Ann McGrath of the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business has some tips for you.McGrath recently published a guide on the Quinlan website that outlines four shortcuts for gift giving. The list offers consumers a few different ideas on how to best spend money on others this holiday season. A survey by the National Retail Federation shows that shoppers are expected to spend about $967 this year, up 3.4 percent from 2016; and that number only increases for those in the 18-24 year-old demographic.McGrath’s first piece of advice is to focus on one or two special people. Don’t get hung up on finding special gifts to everyone in your life, you’ll only be wearing yourself, your time, and your money thin. Instead, she advises that consumers “choose one or two special people in your life—perhaps your significant other, a very special friend, or a parent—and find that special gift for him or her.” Next, McGrath encourages giving non-traditional gifts, such as services or nonprofit contributions. Think of who you are buying for an purchase a service that best suits them. Know someone with kids? Buy them credit toward a babysitting service. Got a foodie in your life? You can’t go wrong with a restaurant gift card.For those who have everything, consider making a contribution to a charity in their name. “If you are not sure which groups your recipient favors, a charity that benefits children is always a good choice,” she says.Ultimately, McGrath says that the most successful gifts are small do not necessarily come from a store. In fact, she has found that “the perfect gift” is oftentime the handmade gift of a child. “In just that spirit, give generously and freely, try not to burden yourself or your recipients, and enjoy the company of family and friends,” she says.McGrath, a professor of marketing, is an expert on consumer rituals, gift exchanges, and shopping behavior. She recently expanded her research into the international marketplace, and publishing several papers related to shopping and consumer behavior in China, where she lived and taught for two years. You can learn more about McGrath by reading her bio page. regions: Washington, DCcenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedAlumni Spotlight: Michael Quinlan, MBA ‘70Whenever we do an alumni spotlight here at MetroMBA, we make sure to pick a prominent alumni to profile. In this instance the alumni is so prominent, that the graduate school he attended ultimately ended up re-naming their school after him. Sure, Michael Quinlan donated $40 million to Loyola University which undoubtedly…May 5, 2016In “Alumni Spotlight”Quinlan Professor Heads to India as new Fulbright ScholarArup Varma is taking part in the research project of a lifetime. The professor of management at the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business and recently-named Fulbright Scholar will spend five months in India participating in the prestigious Fulbright exchange. According to the Quinlan School, Varma will study the performance management…February 6, 2018In “Chicago”Direct from the Dean: Quinlan’s Kevin StevensWe spoke with Dean Kevin T. Stevens at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. He is the first in our Direct from the Dean interview series, which will feature deans from top MetroMBA schools. Kevin Stevens became dean on July 1, 2015. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (Accountancy)…October 27, 2015In “Direct from the Dean”last_img read more