In this July 24, 2018, photo, journalists tour the Olympic Aquatics Center under the construction, in Tokyo. Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics insist that construction delays at two key venues will have no impact on preparations for the games including test events. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced last month that construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics insist construction delays at two key venues will have no impact on preparations for the games, including test events.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced last month construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Up next for USA Basketball: Waiting, and hoping Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The Olympic Aquatics Center, which hosts swimming and diving, is due for completion in February 2020. Tokyo 2020, the TMG and the sports federation are working toward organizing the test events for aquatics in April or later, ensuring no impact to the preparations for the Games-time operations.“Overall, Tokyo 2020 is right on track to deliver the Games in two years’ time,” Takaya said. “Our recent report to the IOC Executive Board was well received, and the IOC recognized that Tokyo’s venue preparations are being carried out with an emphasis on project management and quality.”The 2020 Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 to Aug. 9.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team This led to media reports organizers would have to reshuffle test event schedules.“A recent media report is causing confusion about Tokyo 2020’s test event schedule,” said Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Despite the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s announcement last month that construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months, both the TMG and Tokyo 2020 can confirm that the construction schedule will have no impact on Games preparations or running test events.”Takaya said the Sea Forest Waterway, which will host rowing, will be completed in May 2019, allowing for the test event to be carried out in August as currently scheduled.
Ireland won! While fans in Poland are a little disappointed, the Ireland family back home were well pleased when Jackie Ireland took the honours winning the June medal with 67 nett. Lady Vice Captain Sandra McMonagle, with her ‘new’ second hand driver that sends the ball a hundred miles, was runner up 67 nett B.O.T. Marian Keating, who has been back on form recently appearing in many photo shoots, came 3rd with 68 nett.Over 150 players took part in the Hugh McFadden Memorial 18 hole competition in very fine weather, a testament to the high esteem in which he was held. Many thanks to Vera and the McFadden family for the beautiful prizes presented in honour of Hugh. James remarked that Hugh did not like rain nor stroke, neither of which we got, so he would have been extremely happy among us in the clubhouse afterwards. They say life begins at forty and it seems a favourite number these days for Monica McDonagh who scored 40 points to win the first Hugh McFadden prize for the ladies. 2nd Tracy Spence 36 points, Gross Marian Keating 24 gross points, 3rd Eileen Keating 34 points. The longest drive was won by Angela Bradley and nearest the pin was 16th hole specialist, Anne Cannon.Open week is upon us and Con Boyce from the Golf Shop has kindly sponsored the 19th June for the ladies and once again Paul Sweeney Financial Services has generously sponsored the 21st June for the ladies. We are all looking forward to a great week of golf. Some major improvements have been carried out on the course, which is in terrific condition. LAdy Captain Angela wishes everyone a very enjoyable Open Week. There will be a very special deal of the day in the PRO shop on each of the ladies days going to, first come first served. Browns on the Green will be open for pre and post golf homemade scones and tea as usual and of course will have a special on offer also. The superb food being served along with the melt in your mouth homemade tarts, all helps to ease the pain of some wayward golf – so I‘m told!Commiserations to the Mixed Foursomes team who narrowly missed qualifying in Rosapenna.Golf Knowledge and rules:Ground Under Repair: Any part of the course marked by the as G.U.R.. Even if not marked, it includes a hole made by a groundskeeper and material piled for removal. It also includes a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal. Lines and stakes used to mark the ground under repair is considered in the ground under repair. A ball is in ground under repair if any part of the ball touches it. Interference also exists if the condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing.Relief From Ground Under Repair–the player does not have to take relief. If he chooses, it is relief without penalty. However, if it indicates a ‘seeded area’, you must take relief. LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LADIES NEWS was last modified: June 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies notes
There was a great turn-out of more than 150 people for the Termon 5K which tok place last night.There were entries in all catergories including the over 60s.The race was won by Chris Johnson in a very good time of 15.33. The following are the overall results of the race. Place Number Name Time Category1 145 Chris Johnson 00:15:33 SM2 100 Colin Watson 00:15:51 SM3 85 Benny McDaid 00:16:50 SM 4 89 Hugh Gallagher 00:17:17 SM5 37 Liam Doherty 00:17:25 SM6 62 Raymond Birch 00:17:31 SM7 139 Barry Coyle 00:17:47 SM8 83 PJ Boyce 00:17:51 M40 9 15 Christopher Murray 00:17:57 JM10 95 John Conlin 00:18:04 SM11 101 Ethna Wallace 00:18:16 W4012 29 Darren Price 00:18:17 SM 13 86 David Porter 00:18:18 SM14 109 Adrian McGettigan 00:18:20 SM15 87 Liam Baldrick 00:18:43 SM16 41 Damien McBride 00:18:47 SM17 122 Shaun Crossan 00:18:56 SM18 141 Curly Coyle 00:19:01 SM19 105 Shemie Nallen 00:19:08 SM20 23 Adrian Herrity 00:19:11 SM21 46 Paul Cosgrove 00:19:16 M4022 52 Tony Gallagher 00:19:17 M4023 61 Ciaran MacIntyre 00:19:28 SM24 150 Irene McFadden 00:19:31 SW25 144 Cathal Morrison 00:19:36 M4026 43 Brian Hegarty 00:19:41 SM27 123 John McCallion 00:19:46 SM28 135 Ciaran Gallagher 00:19:47 SM29 45 Michael McNulty 00:19:49 M4030 25 Adrian Gill 00:19:53 SM31 82 Ryan McFadden 00:19:56 JM32 106 Anthony Doherty 00:19:57 SM33 156 Naoise Enright 00:19:58 SM34 40 Ray McGrory 00:19:59 M4035 118 Keith Sweeney 00:20:05 SM36 88 Paul Catterson 00:20:06 SM37 53 Kathleen McNulty 00:20:14 SW38 26 Davin Doherty 00:20:16 SM39 13 Eddie Harkin 00:20:20 Walk40 142 Michael McElroy 00:20:24 SM41 75 Ciaran Burke 00:20:26 SM42 1 Declan Bradley 00:20:32 JM43 90 Karl Crossan 00:20:37 SM44 58 Cathal Gorman 00:20:47 SM45 140 Noel Kilpatrick 00:20:54 SM46 33 Owen J Coyle 00:20:58 M5047 60 Sammy Bogan 00:20:59 SM48 63 Hugh Ferry 00:21:11 SM49 14 Donal McCaul 00:21:12 M4050 54 Charmian Obrien 00:21:21 SW51 39 Noel McBride 00:21:32 M5052 107 Sharon Black 00:21:33 SW53 103 John McKelvey 00:21:34 SM54 102 Nicola Doherty 00:21:40 SW55 79 Niamh McDaid 00:21:41 SW56 91 John Ferry 00:21:46 M4057 2 Ryan Bradley 00:21:57 JM58 66 James Doherty 00:22:00 M6059 155 James Whoriskey 00:22:02 SM60 24 Ciaran Doherty 00:22:03 SM61 138 Charlie Gallagehr 00:22:07 SM62 64 John Bradley 00:22:08 M4063 22 Lucy O’Flynn 00:22:10 JW64 92 Martin Devlin 00:22:13 SM65 17 Gloria Donaghey 00:22:14 W5066 44 Caroline McNulty 00:22:16 SW67 98 Sheamus McLaughlin 00:22:17 SM68 153 Margaret Shields 00:22:25 W4069 48 Shaun Odonnell 00:22:26 M5070 71 Alister Hetherington 00:22:36 SM71 94 Pauline Sweeney 00:22:42 W4072 32 Sadie McDevitt 00:23:03 SW73 143 Danny Cannon 00:23:05 SM74 117 John Pollock 00:23:06 M5075 12 Joe McDaid 00:23:07 M5076 31 Kathleen Griffen 00:23:10 SW77 47 Margaret Hannon 00:23:11 W4078 76 Declan Friel 00:23:13 M4079 73 Vanessa Friel 00:23:14 SW80 28 Alison Stoddart 00:23:16 SW81 74 Barry Tinney 00:23:18 M4082 108 David Higgins 00:23:20 M5083 9 Raghnall Quinn 00:23:21 SM84 97 Bredan Sherdian 00:23:22 M4085 96 Paul Gallagher 00:23:23 M4086 147 Clare Harkin 00:23:33 SW87 104 Orla Nallen 00:23:47 SW88 11 Brian McDaid 00:23:59 M4089 154 Barry Browne 00:24:11 M4090 129 Aobhain ODonnell 00:24:13 SW91 151 Bernie Crossan 00:24:14 W4092 57 Dermot Friel 00:24:15 JM93 55 Mark Gildae 00:24:16 SM94 121 Ethna Cox 00:24:18 W4095 115 Gretta Toye 00:24:19 SW96 127 Stephen Roarty 00:24:30 SM97 80 Eamon Kerr 00:24:35 M4098 152 Shauna McGeehan 00:24:36 SW99 148 Paul McCahal 00:24:42 M40100 149 Brenda McCahal 00:24:42 W40101 137 Madeline Crampsie 00:25:11 SW102 78 Aobhain McFadden 00:25:12 SW103 119 Aodhan Dorrian 00:25:51 JM104 125 Grainne Cullen 00:25:53 SW105 136 Anne Doherty 00:26:04 W40106 10 Lee Ponsonby 00:26:07 SM107 56 Jimmy Gildae 00:26:08 M60108 27 Eamon O Regan 00:26:10 M50109 128 Joanne Gilmartin 00:26:11 SW110 132 Lianne Duffy 00:26:12 SW111 110 Eilen McGlynn 00:26:13 SW112 19 Ann Kelly 00:26:21 W40113 16 Darren Gallagher 00:26:32 SM114 126 Siobhan McCausland 00:26:33 SW115 114 Valerie Coyle 00:26:34 SW116 113 Vickey Gallagher 00:26:35 SW117 116 Shiobhan Carr 00:26:42 SW118 146 Donna Thompson 00:26:58 SW119 20 Maureen Gallagher 00:27:07 W40120 93 Finton Devlin 00:27:11 JM121 124 Martina McGrenra 00:27:19 SW122 134 Eileen Toye 00:27:22 SW123 7 Noreen Fagan 00:27:37 W40124 72 Eileen Morning 00:27:46 W40125 65 Ann Doherty 00:27:55 W60126 68 Marie Nidhonaill 00:28:16 SW127 69 Fidelma Corry 00:28:24 Walk128 18 Brid McDaid 00:28:33 SW129 38 Marjorie Russell 00:28:37 SW130 6 Julie Murphy 00:28:38 W40131 35 Lynda Grant 00:28:41 SW132 49 Mary ODonnell 00:28:43 W40133 120 Sinead McTaggart 00:29:37 W40134 50 Jason Callaghan 00:29:55 Walk135 34 Gerard Grant 00:30:04 SM136 131 Mary Duddy 00:30:46 SW137 42 Sarah Doherty 00:30:59 SW138 8 Anne Quinn 00:31:11 W40139 61 Ciaran MacIntyre 00:31:52 SM140 59 Fiona McConnell 00:33:40 SW141 51 Joe Oconnell 00:34:22 M50142 101 Ethna Wallace 00:34:31 W40143 77 Tracey Gallagher 00:35:06 SW144 36 Mathew Grant 00:35:24 JM145 21 Maeve McLaughlin 00:35:54 Walk146 130 Conor McFadden 00:38:35 JM147 69 Fidelma Corry 00:39:20 Walk148 133 Noreen Oneill 00:42:44 Walk149 69 Fidelma Corry 00:42:55 Walk150 84 Francis Sweeney 00:42:56 Walk151 3 Margaret Black 00:43:07 Walk152 4 Patrick McDaid 00:46:05 Walk153 5 Mary McDaid 00:46:12 WalkJOHNSON WINS TERMON 5K – ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: June 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Termon 5K
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed the vote of the Cyprus parliament to overwhelmingly reject Troika’s bailout deal which included a levy on bank deposits.Speaking this evening Deputy Doherty said the Troika has pushed the people of Cyprus too far and urged them to return to the negotiating table to hammer out a deal that is fair.He said: “The proposal to impose a levy on the deposits in Cypriot banks was preposterous and should never have been on the table. The Troika pushed the people of Cyprus too far and their parliament has rightly rejected this deal tonight. I welcome that decision. “That Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan were behind this deal shows a level of incompetence that is hard to comprehend.“The proposal to levy bank deposits made a mockery of last year’s deal to separate sovereign debt and banking debt. Our government’s support for this deal has undermined their own argument for retrospective recapitalisation of banks.“It is important now that the Troika accepts the democratic decision of the Cypriot Parliament, returns to the negotiating table and hammers out a deal that is fair for the people of Cyprus.” TD DOHERTY WELCOMES CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT REJECTION OF SAVINGS GRAB was last modified: March 19th, 2013 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:TD DOHERTY WELCOMES CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT REJECTION OF SAVINGS GRAB
Donegal County Council has announced it will grit all major routes across the county tonight.It follows a warning that temperatures are set to plunge overnight.Motorists have been asked to exercise caution when driving. A new yellow weather alert warning for ice and snow has been issued by Met Eireann for tonight.However, Donegal is not one of the counties included in the alert.Council sends out gritters as temperatures to plunge was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Recent science reports on physiology and health contain suggestions of intelligent design as well as challenges to evolutionary theory.“Amazingly elegant, amazingly precise and very complicated” kidneys: Scientists studying the effects of hypertension on kidneys have found that ATP acts not only as an energy source but an extracellular messenger. It’s involved in helping arterioles constrict to the right size in the glomeruli where the filtering of blood plasma takes place. According to Science Daily, one team member who is “trying to figure out how this all fits together” was struck by the “amazingly elegant, amazingly precise and very complicated” processes involved.Bee nice: The thought of a bee sting makes us shiver, but honeybee venom contains a molecule scientists can use to study hypertension. Science Daily reported that a molecule called terpianin can restrict the flow of potassium ions out of a particular membrane channel. This may allow medicines to adjust the level of salt reabsorption by kidney cells, and thus treat high blood pressure.Got stem cells? Scientists have found a source of multipotent stem cells right on the cell walls of blood vessels. Science Daily reported that these adult stem cells apparently have the “unlimited potential to differentiate into human tissues such as bone, cartilage and muscle.” Advances in regenerative medicine are within sight with this discovery. One researcher described what may be soon be possible: “These cells can be extracted easily and painlessly from convenient sources such as fat tissue, dental pulp, umbilical cord and placental tissue, then grown in culture to large numbers and, possibly, re-injected into the patient to heal a broken bone, a failing joint or an injured muscle.” The ingredients have been right inside you all along.Clear eyes: “Every tissue has evolved unique adaptations that allow it to perform specialized functions.” began a paper in PNAS.1 “Such adaptations are especially evident in the lens of the mammalian eye, where many of the usual cellular metabolic pathways have been sacrificed to achieve one overriding goal: transparency.” The paper explained that one of the aquaporins (membrane water channels, 12/20/2001, 04/18/2002) in lens cells acts slower than others in its family. That slow flow in aquaporin AQP0, though, has a function: “We hypothesize that the structural features leading to low permeability may have evolved in part to allow AQP0 to form junctions that both conduct water and contribute to the organizational structure of the fiber cell tissue and microcirculation within it, as required to maintain transparency of the lens.”Of the four reports, only the last mentioned evolution. The authors did not explain, however, how evolution produced the adaptation: they only assumed that since the “unique adaptations” that are “especially evident” in the lens cells they studied, they must have evolved that way: e.g., “Specifically, we suggest that this low permeability may be an evolutionary adaptation that allows AQP0 to promote intimate cell adhesion by forming mechanically stable junctions.” Again, “Thus, low permeability may represent an evolutionary adaptation that allows AQP0 to play a dual role in water transport and cellular adhesion.” Moreover, the authors pointed out that two particular amino acid substitutions are “conserved [i.e., unevolved] throughout most of vertebrate evolution”. Birds have just one of the amino acid substitutions, but they are higher up the presumed evolutionary tree than frogs. This means the other substitution would have had to revert backward if evolution had occurred. Furthermore, the authors did not consider the possibility that the slight sequence difference in birds might provide a functional adaptation for their aquaporins to support vision while flying.1. Jensen, Dror, Xu, Borhani, Arkin, Eastwood, and Shaw, “Dynamic control of slow water transport by aquaporin 0: Implications for hydration and junction stability in the eye lens,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 11, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0802401105.The references to evolution in the PNAS paper are useless. As is so typical, the Darwinspeak provides only an aftermarket narrative gloss on the scientific content so as to preserve the philosophy of naturalism. Evolution doesn’t perform any function in the body of scientific knowledge. It’s like a tumor. Human brains and science will be much healthier after undergoing a radical Darwinectomy.*(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Brand South Africa today brought together MBA students from Georgia State University in the United States and the Bokamoso Youth Entrepreneurship and Mentorship programme in KZN to experience South Africa’s journey towards becoming a constitutional democracy. At the same time, Brand South Africa introduced the South African nation brand and its competitive strengths to the students.Johannesburg, Friday 12 August 2016 – Brand South Africa today hosted students from Georgia State University in the United States as well as the Bokamoso Youth Entrepreneurship and Mentorship programme in KwaZulu-Natal.Brand South Africa’s engagement with students comes within the context of its mandate to manage the country’s reputation and position the South African nation brand as globally competitive.In telling the South African story, Brand South Africa leveraged the 20th anniversary of the Constitution to host the students at the historic Constitution Hill which outlines the country’s journey towards being a constitutional democracy.In addition, students were hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation where they were introduced to the former President’s efforts to ensure that South Africa would overcome its history and move towards non-racialism, non-sexism and equality.Young people are important change agents and must be invested in to ensure they are able to play their part to strengthen the nation brand. Equally important is for young people the world over to know the South African story which has been able to inspire the global community with its ability to embrace forgiveness and transcend a brutal past.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:email@example.com Visit www.brandsouthafrica.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When comparing apples to apples, sometimes it is best to consult an expert. For many folks near New Madison in Darke County the expert is Scott Downing, a seventh generation orchardist, at Downing Fruit Farm where the apples and cider produced from their own signature varieties are arguably second to none.Downing Fruit Farm dates back to 1838 when John Downing and his family left South Carolina. They discovered spring water at the farm’s current location where John, who was already an orchardist, began to plant apple trees. As the current owner, Scott knows he is carrying on the 177-year-old legacy and takes great pride in maintaining the high standards and strong work ethic required to produce the highest quality crop possible each year.“I want people to come to the farm because they want to get the best quality product that they can buy; because they know if they drive out here, they’re going home with the best,” Scott said.Fresh apples and apple products comprise 80% of the business with a full crop of around 10,000 bushels of apples each year in more than 70 different varieties. The farm also features a full lineup of seasonal fresh produce including five acres of melons and 20 acres of sweet corn as well as peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, blackberries and more.Many apple varieties grown on the farm are unique to the orchard as they have been developed over the years by the Downing family themselves.“It’s just like kids and parents, you have the same parents and every kid is going to be different, it’s the same with apples,” Scott said. “It’s a lot of cross pollination, Downingland — our most popular variety — is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Rome Beauty. My great uncle developed that. He went through over 1,000 of the exact same cross pollination until he came up with one he liked.”Some varieties have been developed for specific purposes, such as the Pink Sugar variety to help sweeten the award-winning cider, which sells more than 1,000 gallons a week during peak months of the season.“We won’t make cider unless we have at least seven varieties. At times there are 30 varieties in our cider, or we’ll add some pear into it sometimes. No two batches are exactly the same,” Scott said. “Our cider is good because our apples are perfect. They’re just the smaller or don’t have a lot of color. Once we grade them, the Grade A apples go on the sales floor and anything else goes into cider.”A majority of all product sales are retail, either straight off the farm or from one of the four farmers markets Downing Fruit Farm visits. A small portion of apples is sold wholesale to local grocery stores, the local school cafeteria and Miami University.“When I was growing up, 70% of our business was at the farm. People would come out on their Sunday drives, buy five bushels of apples, take them home and make pies and applesauce and preserve them,” Scott said. “Now, it’s hard to get them to come out to the farm without doing some kind of entertainment. Now it’s probably the opposite and only 25% of our business is done on the farm and 75% is sold at farmers markets, grocery, and wholesale.”Most of the customers come from within 100 miles of the farm — near the Ohio and Indiana state line — with others traveling from Columbus or Indianapolis. With limited marketing, most business is based on reputation and driven by word of mouth recommendation. One year, with most of the Midwest apple crop freezing out, the farm had customers from as far away as Wisconsin.The cold is just one peril that can threaten a delicate apple crop and apple producers must monitor weather conditions and other environmental factors closely to prevent disease, fungus and pests.“The hardest part is trying to stay on top of the spray program. You don’t just stick a tree inSome apples used during the holidays have special stickers placed on them while ripening on the tree to block the light and provide a personalized message when harvested.the ground and end up with a beautiful apple, it requires a lot of knowledge about what pest or fungus you have and what conditions will breed that pest or fungus,” he said.He also noted that the excessive rains made things more difficult this year as they fell during full bloom and right after bloom causing the trees to remain wet and more susceptible to fungus.“I was out there spraying in the rain, between rains, midnight, three o’clock in the morning, whenever I had the opportunity to get a cover on,” Scott said. “I’m a preventative spray guy, instead of waiting until I have a problem and going in with the strongest chemicals, I go in there and keep cover on it. A lot of those covers are organic. I use a lot of sulfur, as long as I can keep that on it keeps things from adhering to the fruit or to the leaves. It’s when you get those heavy rains that keep washing it off that you have a problem.”At Downing Fruit Farm they will not spray when the bees are flying as a preventative measure for the 25 hives they have, and need, to pollinate the apples. While it may make for some late nights and early mornings, the hives have remained a healthy and essential part of the farm.Even with the best preventative measures, the weather is still a wild card for apple growers. About nine years ago a hailstorm left cosmetic blemishes on a vast majority of the apples causing them to be graded out for cider. And while Downing Fruit Farm Cider is a best seller, it is only half as profitable as selling the apples.To make up for lost apple sales, Scott ordered a slushy machine and requested a spot at the Darke County Fair. That was the first year in what has become a tradition of apple cider slushies and caramel apples being sold at local fairs and festivals throughout the season as well as on the farm at their annual harvest days in early October.During Harvest days, and most anytime throughout the year, customers are invited to explore the orchard and enjoy a walk through the more than 2,500 fruit trees. Ranging in size from dwarfs to standard root stocks — with the oldest producing tree around 80-years-old — the trees are planted strategically throughout the property to capitalize on the natural air flow patterns that will allow the trees to withstand a few degrees lower temperatures and dry out faster after rains to prevent fungus.“Every year a lot of diseases will sit on the leaf of a tree and when the tree loses its leaves, the inoculate remains. The next year, when the degree days are right and the rain hits those leaves it sends the spores up into the tree,” Scott said. “So we rake everything out into windrows and leave it. If it gets cold in the spring we’ll burn that and keep the fruit alive and if it doesn’t we’ll push it all into a big pile and burn it. That alone has done wonders inThe orchard is a family affair with Scott (left) and his wife Rachelle (right) working together and getting their three daughters — Maddie (pictured in middle), Allie and Meghan — involved as the eighth generation of Downings.helping prevent disease.”Beyond disease and weather, the apple industry — like much of production agriculture — faces additional challenges from legislation.“When I was growing up, after school it was my job to follow the crew and pick up the apples that had fallen off the tree when they picked. We used the good ones for cider, which was common practice until an orchard in another state failed to follow guidelines and now we’re required to leave dropped apples on the ground,” he said. “Dropped apples can sometimes make up 20% of our crop, or very easily $30,000 worth of cider, which some years could make or break a business like this.”A smaller orchard compared to industry leading states, Downing Fruit Farm offers a unique product from a historic family farm where they still do things a little more old-fashioned and customer-focused.“Our business is unique for its history and there are very few orchards that have their own varieties like we do. We’re also known for our cider, which is by far the best,” Scott said. “A lot of our success is because we are focused on getting better at what we do and just producing the best product we can.”
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#cloud#saas Salesforce.com has launched its Facebook tool kit. And Facebook has a job listing for an application developer who will develop, integrate and maintain Force.com applications for business and external use.The two pieces of news shine light on the relationship the two companies have formed. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is an unabashed fan of Facebook. Salesforce.com emulates the social network in its development. The tool kit is an expected development. It’s a picture of how Salesforce.com is opening its API infrastructure to REST-based architectures. You can tell though that this is new territory for Salesforce.com. The tool kit is still in Beta. The Facebook Graph APIs return JSON. The JSON parser Salesforce.com is using is not as as efficient as Salesforce.com would like it to be. Further, the tool kit only supports read-only access. It will eventually support “write,” capabilities. Salesforce.com’s Quinton Wall writes in the blog post that the new tool kit is in GitHub for anyone who wants work on it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Salesforce.com is keeping the beta label until the experience is improved. Here’s what the tool kit includes:Auth 2.0 for authentication,REST API for interrogating the Facebook Social GraphExtended permissionsPaginationJSON for data interchangeThe news from Salesforce.com dovetails with Facebook’s job posting. Facebook has adopted Salesforce.com and is seeking a developer to oversee the development of Force.com applications for both external and internal purposes.According to the job posting, Salesforce.com is looking for an application developer who can:Provide Technical design, configuration, development and testing of Force.com custom applications, interfaces and reportsModel, analyze and develop or extend persistent database structures which are non-intrusive to the base application code and which effectively and efficiently implement business requirementsIntegrate force.com applications to other facebook external or internal Business Applications and toolsDevelop UI and ACL tailored to facebook employees and suppliersThe news from both companies are based upon the demand for the Force.com platform with employees, customers and third parties. Each represent investments that the companies are making to draw interest from a developer community making apps for the enterprise.It shows the value Salesforce.com places on the experience that it wants to provide customers. And for Facebook it opens a new window for the reach of its service and integration with the modern enterprise. alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Pune: Former Deputy Chief Minister and senior National Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Friday hit out at the State government’s debt-relief scheme, saying the government was out to “hoodwink financially distressed farmers”. Speaking in Ahmednagar, Mr. Pawar alleged that the farm loan waiver would exclude deserving small and marginal farmers owing to the increasing number of hidden conditions the State kept adding to the scheme. “Deserving and needy farmers are getting ensnared by the hidden clauses in the so-called debt relief schemes announced by the Chief Minister. The very purpose of these waivers was to benefit the section of farmers with a debt repayment capacity of less than 50% of their total debts. And these are the ones who cannot avail of the waiver,” Mr. Pawar said. He said more than 40,000 small and marginal debt-ridden farmers in Ahmednagar are ineligible for the scheme.The NCP leader also lambasted the Shiv Sena for its “phoney” show of solidarity with the farmers, saying that its ostensible disaffection with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was equally false. “The BJP and Sena have come to power in the State after 15 years and have no intention of relinquishing it. The Sena’s pot shots at the BJP is mere theatrics,” said Mr. Pawar. Mr. Pawar’s attack on the Fadnavis government’s debt-relief efforts is in stark contrast to his uncle NCP president Sharad Pawar’s comments last month. The NCP chief had said the party would play a constructive role in providing relief to debt-ridden farmers despite an unsatisfactory loan waiver plan.