COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY AFTER WORKER FALLS TO HIS DEATH

first_imgA scaffolding company has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations at a site where a worker fell to his death.Jay Dolan, a director of Scafftex Systems, Tieveboy, Ballindrait pleaded guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Court to two breaches of health and safety law at Colgan Hall in Carndonagh on May 23rd, 2006.Kevin McNammee from St. Johnston died after falling from scaffolding at the site. Dolan pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safety harness to Mr McNamee and failing to provide employee safety training for working on scaffolding.The case was adjourned to the next term of Letterkenny Circuit Court for sentencing and Judge John O’Hagan invited the family of Mr McNamee to attend and give evidence.COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY AFTER WORKER FALLS TO HIS DEATH was last modified: July 23rd, 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:CarndonaghColgan HallHealth and SafetyScaffex Systemslast_img read more

Veteran DC-8’s new lease on life!

first_imgIn her prime in the late 1960s and 1970s she plied the North Atlantic for Alitalia hauling the rich and famous along with holiday makers.Today – 45 years later – she is still working as an atmosphere testing vehicle for her new owner and carer the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Where once there were luxurious seats with passengers being served champagne and caviar today she is crammed with scientific equipment.NASA’s Douglas DC-8, the most rugged commercial aircraft ever built, can be found wherever there are extremes of weather in the Arctic, Antarctic, Iceland and Australia during the cyclone season or just around the US flying through thunderstorms and hurricanes.Read: I am having an affair.During the month of August, NASA’s DC-8 completed flights in Florida aimed at collecting data on high-altitude crystals for the High Ice Water Content (HIWC) mission.High ice water content can be found within large convective storms and can result in aircraft engines losing power or not functioning properly. Researchers will use the data to develop technology that can be used on-board commercial aircraft to avoid high ice water content conditions and provide a safer flight for passengers.The video gives an inside look at the HIWC mission, including research done in and around Hurricane Danny, as well as a look at the instruments being used on-board the research aircraft.Researchers and pilots on-board worked with satellite information from the ground to find regions of high ice water content within the convective systems.The month before in July the DC-8 was based in Kansas City to chase thunderstorms and Alan Bavley and photographer Allison Long from the Kansas City Star went along for a ride.Alan Bavley reported thus; “The radar screens in the jetliner show massive storm systems around Wichita and Dodge City growing and beginning to merge.Any commercial aircraft in the area have already diverted. But this DC-8 heads right between the storms. Then it flies circles around them.“Everybody is trying to get away. We’re going towards it,” flight navigator Walter Klein says. “They’re thinking, ‘What’s wrong with these guys?’”No thrill-seekers here. These storm chasers are on a scientific mission. They’re trying to figure out how to better predict a little-examined peculiarity of summer weather on the Great Plains: its enormous, and often ferocious, night-time thunderstorms.The voluminous data they’re gathering — information that may take years to analyse — will be used to improve computer models to better foretell where night-time storms will occur and how much rain will fall. More precise predictions would better warn the public about flooding and could help farmers decide when to plant or harvest.“There’s a lot of uncertainty about when these storms are going to form, if these storms will form and where they will form,” said Richard Ferrare, NASA’s chief scientist on the mission.Right now, the bull’s-eye for a storm prediction may be the entire state of Kansas.“We want to shrink that,” he said. Read Alan’s full story here.last_img read more

Shoes keep schooling on track

first_imgA shoe handover at Ntokwe Primary in Taung in the North West Province. (Image: Walk A Child To School Facebook)Walk a Child to School is helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the simple act of donating school shoes. You are urged to help the cause.All South Africans are on called to play their part by donating school shoes so disadvantaged children can go to school with pride.The Walk a Child to School campaign, spearheaded by two Stellenbosch social change drivers, Abulele Adams and Wisaal Osman, calls on people to donate school shoes. The initiative was inspired by Adams’ mother, a teacher, who spoke about a girl in her class who walked to school with broken shoes throughout winter.Her story propelled Adams and Osman to create the Walk a Child to School campaign. Adams told SA Goodnews that they planned to hand over shoes monthly to deserving schools throughout South Africa.“The overall plan for Walk a Child to School is to provide children from various schools with school shoes monthly and perhaps expand that to other learning materials, for example stationery, school bag, school uniform, etc.“Learners need to be encouraged to continue with school. Shoes should not be another barrier a learner must overcome in order to have a positive schooling experience,” he said.HOW IT WORKSThe initiative receives donations from people who wish to make a difference in their communities. Teachers identify the children at their schools who need shoes. The criterion for selecting children is purely social need. There are no academic requirements for any learner to get the shoes.Walk a Child to School then collects the money, buys the shoes and hands them over to the children.“Ideally, we collect as many shoes as are needed, but this is dependent on funding,” Osman explained. “We have completed a handover for 84 pairs of shoes at one school. At a different school we gave 30 pairs of shoes. It depends on the needs of the children at the school.”This month, the two will be handing over shoes at Goedgedacht School in Western Cape and at a school in Brandvlei, in Northern Cape.They have collaborated with organisations such as The Taung Child Foundation, Tshegetso Community Projects and Goedgedacht Foundation.Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project by buying shoes or by donating money. There are no specific sizes or gender restrictions. You can donate cash to the following bank account:Bank: CapitecAccount name: Abulele AdamsAccount number: 1348645057Bank code: 470010Reference: Your name and surnameBENEFICIARIESSince the start of the project, in October 2015, nearly R10 000 has been donated and it has served many needy schoolchildren.The first school to receive shoes was Masakhane Primary School in Port Elizabeth, which got 64 pairs of shoes on 23 October 2015. Other schools that have benefited include: Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain; and, Rietenbosch Primary School in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.PRAISEDurban-born, American-based early childhood development expert Bonginkosi Hopewell Mkhize praised the duo.“I have worked with children over the past seven years,” he said. “I have seen a lot of kids going to school without shoes. I have noticed a huge negative impact on those kids’ academic records. It also affects their self-confidence. They have social withdrawal syndromes because of the stereotypical stigmatising treatment from their peers. Most of them lack motivation and they drop out of school.”It was very important that we all played a meaningful role and addressed this issue by supporting initiatives that sought to address challenges faced by our children, he added.“I rally behind the initiative and I wish that everyone can support this initiative.”Cape Town early childhood facilitator and peer educator Jonathan Ho’Bosch shared Mkhize’s sentiments.“We need more people to possess true integrity and leadership as community leaders,” he said. “Young people need to also be the change that they want to see in the world so the people doing these programmes must go to churches and society or stokvel groups for assistance.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

2019 Dairy Margin Coverage Program signup coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University Extension Field SpecialistThe Farm Service Agency plans to open the sign-up period on June 17 for the newly renovated Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, re-named and re-configured in the 2018 Farm Bill. The changes you will see in the DMC Program attempt to fix some of the problems that rendered the Dairy Margin Protection Program largely ineffective until initial adjustments were implemented early in 2018.Two of the biggest changes that will positively impact farms of all sizes include 1) adding 3 new margins ($8.50, $9.00 and $9.50) at reasonable premiums, and 2) allowing farms with base production of more than 5 million pounds to make a second margin election for pounds over the first 5 million.There are also opportunities to recover program participation net losses from 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. Repayment can be received either as cash (50% of the net loss), or by applying it to premiums for participation in the new program (75% of the net loss). What does this mean? If a farm purchased $6.50 margin coverage in 2016, paid a premium of $3,500 and received a total indemnity payment of $500, they had a $3,000 net loss. The farm can now choose to receive half the difference, or $1,500 as a cash payment. The other option is to receive $2,250, or 75% of the amount, as a credit toward premiums for Dairy Margin Coverage Program participation. If you participated in any or all of those years, you will receive notification from your Farm Services Agency office with your amounts and options.So why should you step up to the plate? Just like 2018, when sign-ups were re-opened for the updated program, sign-ups for 2019 will open well after January, but participation will be retroactive to Jan. 1. When the sign-up period opens on June 17, we will know exactly what the margins will be for January ($7.99), February ($8.22), March ($8.85), and April. Signups will end September 20, so you could wait and know what the actual margins are through at least July. As USDA announces new monthly margins, you can find them posted at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/Dairy-MPP/indexFor farms with up to 5 million pounds of base production, indemnity payments for January through March more than cover the premiums at the highest ($9.50) margin.Example:Base milk: 5,000,000 pounds (about 200 cows)Farm elects to cover 95% of their base, 4,750,000 pounds, or 47,500 cwt.Coverage level selected: $9.50 margin costing 15¢ per cwtThe program assumes that production is equal across months, or 47,500/12 = 3,958 cwt per month.Because we know the January, February, and March margins, we can calculate the current indemnity payments. These payments are made on the difference between the purchased margin coverage level ($9.50 in this example) and the announced margin, times the monthly cwts covered:Jan $1.51 x 3,958 cwt = $5,977Feb $1.28 x 3,958 cwt = $5,066March $0.65 x 3,958 cwt = $2,573Total payments = $13,616Less6.2% Sequestration = $ 844Administration fee = $ 100Premium = $ 7,125Difference = $ 5,547 paid to the farmSince the signup is retroactive to January 1, we know that not only will the known indemnity payments cover all program costs; we also know there will be net positive dollars to help pay a few bills.How many total net dollars for 2019 is unclear and changing. Recently, projections indicated that there would be announced margins less than $9.50 well into the summer. If recent milk market rallies hold and show up in milk checks, then there could few or no further indemnity payments. We all hope that that will be the case. Second election for base pounds over 5 millionA major change that impacts farms with more than 200 cows, is the opportunity to make a margin selection for the first 5 million pounds of base milk, and a different margin selection for any base pounds over 5 million pounds. The Tier 2 premiums for the > 5 million pounds are substantially higher than premiums for the first 5 million pounds. To be allowed to make a second selection, the farm must purchase coverage at $8.50, $9.00, or $9.50 for the first 5 million base pounds (Tier 1 milk and premiums).Tier 2 premiums are the same as Tier 1 premiums for $4.00, $4.50, and $5.00 margins. The premium for the $5.50 Tier 2 margin costs more than three times as much as the corresponding Tier 1 premium, with premiums increasing exponentially until they reach $1.813 for the $8.00 margin. The higher coverage levels quickly become cost prohibitive and are unlikely to make sense for most farms.However, with the new 2-election option, farms with base production of more than five million pounds should seriously consider maximizing coverage in Tier 1 and electing the $4.00, $4.50, or $5.00 margin coverage on their Tier 2 base pounds for 2019. Long-term commitment = 25% off premiumsAnother option for farmers to consider as they sign up this year is the 25% premium discount option. There is a large string attached to the 25% discount, as you have to commit to your election for 5 years. Decision toolHow to make a decision? Particularly if you are considering the five-year commitment, use the decision tool developed by Mark Stephenson and crew at the University of Wisconsin. The new DMC Decision Tool, which incorporates the changes legislated in the 2018 Farm Bill is now up and running at https://dairymarkets.org. This is a very handy tool that allows farmers to enter their historic production (still starts with the highest of 2011, 2012, or 2013 production — verify your current production history with your FSA office) and explore the cost and potential returns of different coverage percentages and levels. It will lay out your costs for 2019 participation, expected payment, and also lay out the premium with the 25% discount and total 5-year cost if you want to consider that option.There is also a button to plug in your MPP Premium Repayment amount supplied to you by your FSA office. It will tell you how much you could receive as a cash payment and how much of your current selection’s premium would be covered if you chose that option. The decision tool’s milk and feed price data is updated nearly daily, so you may receive different “expected payment” results depending on what the markets are doing.OSU Extension and FSA offices will be working together and offering educational programs before and early in the sign-up period to review the changes and options for farmers. Look at the options for your farm.last_img read more

Forget Sexy, Startups Today Look To Disrupt The Mundane

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… dan rowinski Related Posts center_img To be a successful startup company, you don’t always need to enter the biggest, sexiest industry you can find. Some of the most interesting startups these days are finding ways to disrupt what is old, stodgy and stagnant. Take a look at the most recent TechStars Boston class. Of fourteen companies, about a third of them are targeted towards disrupting old industries rife with inefficiency, old business models and decades-old practices. These industries – manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government, real estate and farming – have not fundamentally changed in years. These are not your typical startup accelerator-driven companies. TechStars Boston has tried in recent years to focus at least parts of its classes on companies that may not fit the typical notion of a tech startup, looking for companies, ideas and founders that have intimate knowledge of how disrupt an industry that others may ignore. “We love stuff like that. We love it when it is not sexy, something that has been very stagnant for a long time,” said Katie Rae, managing director of TechStars Boston, in an interview with ReadWrite. “Because, and you can bring algorithms to it, a whole bunch of different software products to it and people are blown away.”Three companies from the most recent Boston class highlight how a startup can have a huge ceiling disrupting industries that haven’t changed in decades.Freight FarmDo you have any idea what it takes for most of your food to reach your dinner table? Probably not. And you don’t really want to know either. The human food chain is stuck in a logistical mess of shipping and receiving, where food can travel thousands of miles before it lands at grocery stores and restaurants. Millions of pounds of food are loaded into cargo containers every day and shipped across the world.Instead of shipping those cargo containers, why not just leave them where they are and grow food in them? That is what Freight Farm does: use shipping containers (like the ones you see 18-wheeler trucks carrying) and rig them to be self-sustaining farms. Using solar energy, water filtration, sensor monitoring and the cloud, these containers turn into automated high-growth farms that take up less than an acre of space. What is a company like this doing in a TechStars class? It is not exactly “tech” per se…“I would consider Freight Farm tech-enabled but it is in an interesting realm of hardware, software, old industry, disruptive. We like things like that,” Rae said.Tech-enabled is the key phrase. Not every startup needs to be led by geeks writing algorithms on dorm room walls. Real-world industries can take the type of tech that coders and developers have been working on for years and turn it towards real world solutions, like feeding your community.  Tags:#startups Team Focused, Industry ExpertsWhat traits do companies like LinkCycle, Freight Farm and Pill Pack share? Each has a team behind it that intimately knows the industry it is trying to disrupt. These are not entrepreneurs sitting in a SoMa coffee shop looking for where the money is. These are company founders that care about changing how businesses work, making the world more efficient and have the expertise to do so. Rae says that the keys for successful startup companies trying to disrupt stagnant industries starts with the human passion and expertise. It then comes down to how big the industry is and the type of market the company is trying to sell to. Manufacturing and big-pharma? Ripe for disruption. Online CRM solutions or social photo apps? Not so much. “Selection is about the human beings,” Rae said of the process of choosing what companies make it to TechStars Boston. “Every single one of these, we fell in love with the founders, we fell in love with what they cared about and thought the industry was big enough and then we fundamentally think they are so different.” When Freight Farm came to TechStars, it was led by a group of entrepreneurs that had been working on rooftop garden models. They realized that type of business wasn’t scalable. Rae and the rest of the TechStars selection process (which includes Angel investors and venture capitalists) recognized the idea, the drive of the team behind it and began thinking of business models. As of last week, Freight Farm had already raised $450,000 in revenue.  Pill PackThe pharmaceutical industry is huge. And basically broken.Gone are the days when you had your neighborhood pharmacist that knew exactly what medicines you were supposed to take, at what time and how often they needed to be refilled. The corner pharmacist and apothecary have been replaced by big chain groceries and the likes of CVS and Walgreens. How do you fix a massive industry that is more interested in getting people to take drugs than providing care for them?Take it to the Internet!We often think the Internet makes us more impersonal. We are separated by physical distance, interacting through a computer from our homes or offices. Yet, the Internet now can be the place where we receive the most specialized and personal of information. What can be more specialized and personal than your prescription medicines? Pill Pack gets to know you, the drugs you need and when you need them through its website, then ships you a package with everything you need. The “pill pack” is kind of like a large dispenser where your prescription drugs are dolled into individuals days of the week and you can just rip it off the reel when needed. Pill Pack is going for the top of the spectrum of pharmaceutical brands. It wants to be synonymous with pharma-care, just like Coca Cola is synonymous with soda. Its founder, TJ Parker, grew up in a pharmacy – his father was a pharmacist – and knows what it is like to provide personal care on a human level. Again, it is not a tech company, but technology makes it possible. That is one of the reasons Rae and the TechStars team loved the idea of Pill Pack.“For those of us under 55 or 60 (years old), we don’t realize that the primary care physician that used to coordinate all of your medications is basically gone. So, something like Pill Pack could actually be really beneficial for that industry,” Rae said.LinkCycleManufacturing has grown in such a way that new business developments have been folded into old practices. Machines run at certain times and at certain specifications, with little consideration for waste or inefficiency. LinkCycle attempts to streamline that process with data science, giving manufacturers tools to better streamline their workers and machines with an app that can be carried around by a factory manager on an iPad. The app can manage scheduling, machine utilization, process control and equipment upgrades. For instance, if a machine would be cheaper to run at night, LinkCycle will tell you that, saving thousands in utility costs. “The willingness to pay is super high because either the cost savings or increased sales for them are enormous. All those dollars drop to the bottom line. So, the customers are happy,” Rae said. “LinkCycle is a perfect example of that.”last_img read more

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony join nation in congratulating Vijay Kumar

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday joined Vijay Kumar ‘s family members in congratulating the Indian shooter for winning a silver medal at the London Olympic Games.”I join the nation in congratulating shooter Vijay Kumar for winning Olympic silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event,” Singh said in his message.Antony also congratulated Vijay for winning the silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.In his congratulatory message the minister stated, “I congratulate Subedar Vijay Kumar for bringing laurels to the country. The defence forces are proud of him.” Army chief Bikram Singh and the deputy chief Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali also praised the shooter belonging to the 16th Dogra Regiment.”It is result of his untiring effort, dedication and will to win which are hallmarks of Indian army,” Singh said.”We are proud of him and this medal is a result of hard work by him and the military training,” Halgali added.BJP also congratulated Kumar for his success and achievement.”We congratulate Vijay Kumar for winning a silver medal for the country. It’s a moment of pride for the nation. We wish him best on behalf of the nation and our party,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.An ecstatic father of Kumar attributed his son’s Olympic success to the years of hard work and discipline inculcated in him by the Indian Army.”I don’t have words to express my feelings. Full credit to Indian army which supported his training and the discipline that he inculcated is because of the defence background. He has made the country proud and also put Himachal Pradesh’s name in the sporting history,” Subedar Banku Ram told mediapersons.advertisementlast_img read more

Super Bowl Ads Aim Not to Offend

first_imgNEW YORK — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria’s Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL.Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people’s attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.5 million they’re spending for a 30-second Super Bowl ad worth it. This year, that seems to mean erring on the side of caution.“Companies are being more prudent,” said MediaPost columnist Barbara LIppert. “It’s also a very weird atmosphere with all the coverage about deflated balls and domestic abuse. Maybe advertisers want to be a little more careful in that climate.”It’s a far cry from the dot.com commercial attempts in 2000, when an E(asterisk)Trade ad showed a monkey in a garage and touted the fact that the company had just wasted $2 million dollars, but MediaPost’s Lippert says it makes sense to be restrained.Even GoDaddy, which made its name with racy Super Bowl spots since it began advertising 11 years ago, has been moving away from being edgy; last year one of its Super Bowl ads focused on a woman running a small business.This year, they promised a warm and fuzzy ad featuring a puppy, spoofing a Budweiser ad from last year that also featured a puppy. But the twist at the end of GoDaddy’s spot showed the puppy was being sold online via a web site created with Godaddy.com. After it debuted early, a social media storm erupted, with pet lovers finding the ad offensive. GoDaddy said late Tuesday it wouldn’t air the ad.“At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence,” said CEO Blake Irving. “We underestimated the emotional response.” GoDaddy says it has another ad it plans to run.Wix.com, which helps people build web sites, has taken a lesson from GoDaddy. Instead of debuting as a Super Bowl advertiser with a racy spot like GoDaddy did when it was a new advertiser, Wix.com went for non-edgy laughs with an ad that shows retired football players coming up with funny fictional businesses. Brett Favre, for instance, invents a charcuteries business called “Favre and Carve”).Other companies appear to be playing it safer too by not focusing so much on bare skin and sophomoric humor. A Victoria’s Secret 90-second teaser ad showed supermodels fully dressed as football players. The actual Super Bowl ad shows the models dressed in Victoria’s Secret lingerie, though.And the NFL is airing a public service announcement from NoMore, a coalition of anti-domestic abuse organizations. The ad depicts a chilling 911 call from a battered woman to demonstrate the terror of domestic abuse.MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more