JOB VACANCY: BLUEBIRD CARE are looking to recruit a number of Healthcare Assistants to become part of their dynamic, innovative and hardworking staff.The position is for the Inishowen area of Donegal and applicants MUST have at least a FETAC LEVEL 5 in Healthcare.Experience is ALSO necessary for the vacant positions within Bluebird Care.If you’re interested in applying for this job then contact Bluebird Care immediately on 074-91-29562. Alternatively you can apply for an application form via e-mail [email protected] APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED WITH STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. JOB VACANCIES: DONEGAL HOME CARE COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT HEALTHCARE ASSISTANTS was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnews
Boost for Creeslough with new €246,000 angling facilityBoost for Creeslough with new €246,000 angling facility
Creeslough & District Angling Association has welcomed the opening of a valuable new angling facility for improved safety and tourism at Lough na Tooey.The facilities, costing €246,000, includes a new slipway and mooring pontoon, a boatshed, and a car park. At Glen Lough, a new improved roadway over 1.2 kilometres leading to the angling site was constructed while at Owencarrow, 15 stiles and ladders and 33 fishing stands were erected over 300 metres of the river bank. The facility, which was co-funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland through its National Strategy for Angling Development, was officially launched by Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries. Inland Fisheries Ireland provided funding of over €216,000 with Creeslough & District Angling Association providing match funding of €30,000 to enable the completion of these valuable amenities for the area.Paddy Boyle, Creeslough & District Angling Association said: “Fishing as a sport and recreation is dependent on the quality of the natural environment around us. Angling clubs have a role as custodians of this wonderful resource, and we owe it to future generations to look after the fish and their habitat. This development at Creeslough is proof of what angling clubs can achieve in partnership with local development agencies and Inland Fisheries Ireland. We asked for their help and got it because we presented them with a well thought out plan for the conservation and development of our fisheries.”Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries, welcomed the angling amenities: “The new facilities will enable safe and easier access to the fishery for the local community, while also supporting tourism in North Donegal. This is a first class angling site located in a county renowned for its beautiful scenery and superb angling resource. As a result of this project, more local and visiting anglers will be fishing in the area, which in turn will provide both recreational and economic benefits for the community.” Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the opening of the new facility.“Tá an áthas orm áiseanna iascaireachta nua a fheiceal ag An Craoslach,” dúirt an tAire.Minister McHugh added: “Angling offers a real boost to rural communities with the spend of fishermen coming from all over the country and also Europe and further afield to see the pristine waters and what they can offer.“The investment of €246,000 will help to enable safe and easier access to the fishery for local people and be a big win for tourism in North Donegal.“The Creeslough & District Angling Association have done great work on this and I’d like to thank Paddy Boyle and all his colleagues. We have a first class angling site in a stunning location. I’ve no doubt it will bring in more and more fishermen and others who want to test their skills in the sport.” Boost for Creeslough with new €246,000 angling facility was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Loggers defend home court, Crusaders still in search of winLoggers defend home court, Crusaders still in search of win
Paige Lyons had eight aces and 18 assists, Sadie Hampton had six kills and five aces and the Eureka High volleyball team rolled over cross-town rival St. Bernard’s in straight sets Tuesday night by scores of 25-18, 25-3 and 25-23.Eureka head coach Rachel Evans said her team rebounded from a slow start to play a quality night of volleyball in the win.“I think the girls underestimated how scrappy of a team St. Bernard’s is,” Evans said. “But, we got it going in the second set and woke up, and …
Prince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa and LesothoPrince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa and Lesotho
Britain’s Prince Harry is on a tour of South Africa, following a visit to Lesotho. He has presented Archbishop Desmond Tutu with an honour in Cape Town, visited a youth centre, and played in a polo match. He will also go to the Kruger National Park, and spend a day each in Durban and Joburg. Prince Harry visits the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation on 30 November 2015. (Image: The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Twitter) • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Global role for Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim • From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show • Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel Priya PitamberPlaying soccer with youngsters, visiting a children’s centre, playing in a polo match and honouring the conscience of a nation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu – it’s all in a day’s work for Britain’s Prince Harry during his visit to Lesotho and South Africa.The British royal presented Tutu with the insignia of an honorary member of the Order of the Companions of Honour on 30 November on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother. “The queen has made this appointment in recognition of his services to UK communities, and international peace and reconciliation,” said Kensington Palace.The prince presented the honour when he met the Arch at the offices of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town.Tutu was moved and humbled by the gesture. “I have been very deeply touched,” he told Channel 24. “When you stand out in a crowd it’s only because you are carried on the shoulders of others. Without them I would be nothing. This is their award as much as it is mine.”Prince Harry presented the #CompanionofHonour when he met @TheDesmondTutu today at the offices of @TutuLegacy pic.twitter.com/YigdlmHWmC — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015While at the foundation, the prince also learnt more about Tutu’s efforts in peace building, conflict resolution, development and human rights, as well as about the work of the foundation. In particular, he heard about its efforts to support disadvantaged young people to access the work place.According to Kensington Palace, the Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 by King George V. “It is conferred on people for recognised services of national importance, for a pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government.”Previous recipients include painter Lucian Freud, Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, painter David Hockney, historian Dr Eric Hobsbawm, and politicians Sir John Major and Lord Patten of Barnes.Later that day, Harry visited the Ottery Youth Centre, where troubled youngsters are rehabilitated. “The centre provides rehabilitative care and education to young boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years who more often than not come from broken homes,” Kensington Palace said.Children at the centre gave him a wood carving of his mother, the late Princess Diana.Prince Harry was given a wood carving created for him by the children at Ottery in their wood craft workshops pic.twitter.com/ZA2BSixETm — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015His last stop for the day was the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha. It uses soccer to engage with young people on social issues such as gender equality and HIV/Aids awareness.“The prince joined the coaches in practical football and life skills sessions on the pitch, including, on the eve of World Aids Day, a SKILLZ for HIV awareness activity,” the palace said. “It was a meaningful and memorable experience for Prince Harry, giving him the chance to meet young people in the heart of the township where they live.”Video: Prince Harry larks around with some of the Football For Hope youngsters #RoyalVisitSA pic.twitter.com/qkRjOtXdnP — Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 30, 2015Prince Harry’s other engagements in South Africa have included playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup at Val de Vie in Paarl. In Lesotho he attended the official opening of the new Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu; he also visited Prime Minster Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosili and King Letsie III.He was in Durban on 1 December and will go to the Kruger National Park on 2 December and Johannesburg on 3 December.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Potassium (K) is absorbed by plants in larger amounts than any other mineral nutrient except nitrogen, and is required for nutrient movement in the plant. It is essential for the makeup of over 40 different enzymes and is involved in more than 60 different enzyme systems in plants. Potassium is also important in the formation of sugars and starches in plants. Crops that produce a large amount of carbohydrates (sugars) such as cotton, almonds, alfalfa, grapes, cherries and peaches require large amounts of potassium.Potassium is used by plants to regulate the process of opening and closing the stomatal openings of their leaves. That process influences water use efficiency and carbon dioxide use in the plant. Potassium’s influence on cell turgor pressure and water relations in the plant helps the plants resist the effects of drought and temperature extremes, and aids resistance to many plant diseases.The problemDepending on soil type, 90 to 98% of total soil potassium is unavailable. Feldspars and micas are clays that contain large amounts of potassium, but plants cannot use the nutrient if it is trapped between the layers of those clays. In persistently dry soils, potassium remains unavailable, as there is no water film surrounding the soil particles. Over time, these minerals break down, and the potassium is released. However, this process is too slow to provide crops the amount of potassium needed for optimal yield.Typically only 1% to 2% conventional potassium fertilizers applied to the soil is available at one time. Spotting deficienciesPlants lacking in potassium often display various signs of deficiencies, the most common being discoloration of the older leaves on the plant as compared to the younger leaves on the plant. The stem on affected tissue usually appears weak and is slender in size compared to healthy tissue. Other deficiency signs include inward curling of leaves, discolored leaf tips and marginal scorching. Another common sign of potassium stress is abnormally short internode length. A crop deficient in potassium may also display signs of various crop diseases. The solutionProviding available potassium when the plant needs it is critical in establishing a healthy, vigorous crop that is resistant to disease and pests. According to the USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, “More plant diseases have been retarded by the use of potassium fertilizer than any other substance.” Sufficient readily-available potassium is especially critical.when soil conditions are dry, and water-soluble potassium in the soil is unavailable for plant uptake.While specific management practices for potassium vary by crop, region and specific soil conditions, multiple applications of potassium during a growing season are often beneficial.Soil and tissue sampling is critical to effective management of potassium. Growers should base management decisions on the potassium needed by the plant throughout the growing season and how much potassium is available in the soil. Dependent upon the situation, potassium application may be appropriate at planting time, sidedress, foliar applications, through fertigation, or a combination of those methods.As an essential major nutrient for crop production, potassium needs to be available to the plant at all stages of growth. Most potassium found in soils is unavailable to the plant, therefore the nutrient may need to be supplied to the crop via fertilizer.The need for potassium can and should be determined from soil and plant tissue analysis.Management recommendations for potassium vary by crop, region and specific soil conditions. It is often beneficial to split applications of potassium to match the optimal times of plant uptake in order to increase yield potential and quality. Proper potassium management can increase disease and pest resistance. In addition, this management practice can improve soil quality for sustainability, resulting in an overall increase in productivity.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau is directed by its members, at all levels of the organization. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action by the organization on important issues. The 2017 process culminated at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in January 2018.Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, said county Farm Bureau boards select their county policy development teams, and then begin to develop a plan of work, timeline and strategies to write the county’s policy proposals.“Policy development is an opportunity for our members to study in-depth and identify areas of concern in their county and of agriculture.” Antosch said. “Policy development is one of the best means to assure that grassroots input from our members is addressed.”How the process worksCounty policy development teams are made of Farm Bureau members from a variety of involvement areas within the county organization. They can come from county action teams, advisory councils, boards and young ag professionals. According to Antosch, some important members of the county policy development teams are also appointed to be county delegates and alternates to the state annual meeting.OFBF state annual meeting delegates are selected during each county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, to represent the interests and views of their county’s members in the development of county, state and national policy. Each county has a number of delegates determined by how many farmer members it has. Antosch said that it is important for delegates to serve on the policy development team so they can properly represent their county members’ ideas and thoughts at the state annual meeting.Once the team is put together, they hold policy resource meetings to identify issues or concerns members would like to move forward through the policy development process. Groups within Farm Bureau such as advisory councils, action teams and young ag professionals may be invited to speak at these meetings. Groups outside of Farm Bureau such as OSU Extension educators, county commissioners, legislators and agricultural organizations also are invited to speak at the meetings.“We encourage our county policy development committees to be as diverse as they can with who they invite to resource meetings,” he said. After the resource meetings have been held, the county policy development teams consider the recommendations. The team will then write their policy proposals that are voted on at the county Farm Bureau annual meetings, held in August and September.From county to stateAs soon as the county policy development process ends, the state process begins. Deadlines for county policy submissions to Ohio Farm Bureau and the first meeting of the state policy development team are in September and October. Members of the state policy development team are appointed by the state president, and they are typically state board members and county Farm Bureau presidents, Antosch said.The state team also holds resource meetings, hearing from individuals and organizations that have state and national level policy concerns and issues.Recommendations from the state advisory teams are also considered during these meetings. Advisory teams are groups of Farm Bureau members who discuss current issues within the team’s area of expertise (i.e. feed grains), and then submit policy recommendations to the state policy development team for consideration.After considering proposed and recommended policies, the state policy development team writes policy proposals on state and national issues.“We ask that all committee members, state or county, be able to speak to why a policy was written a certain way,” said Antosch.These policy proposals are discussed and voted on by the delegates, representing every county, at the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting, held each December.Then to nationalFollowing the OFBF annual meeting, any policy proposals that are about national level issues are submitted by Ohio Farm Bureau to the American Farm Bureau for consideration and voting at its annual convention.Ohio sends delegates to the AFBF annual convention to vote on the national policy proposals. OFBF’s delegates are appointed by the board president, and are typically OFBF board members.With AFBF’s annual meeting being held in January, the process starts over as soon as it ends. Counties begin recruiting and appointing county policy development team members in January, starting the process over again.ONLINE EXTRAS View the 2018 state policy book.Watch a video about the importance of working together through Farm Bureau.Policy Development Flow Chart Leave a Comment
SOA: Governance needs drive renewed interest in UDDISOA: Governance needs drive renewed interest in UDDI
Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) has been a long-ignored component of the SOA framework. It is an open industry initiative that has been approved as an OASIS standard to allow the registration and discovery of web services. The current specification is at version 3.UDDI spans the SOA stack as shown in this diagram:As a Web Services registry, UDDI provides metadata about and describtions of interfaces for interacting with Web Services. The metadata could include, for example, a description of the business logic encapsulated in the service, the name of the publisher, version information, and a technical description about the use of the API.The first generation of SOA implementations have tended to be fairly self contained. SOA implementors have generally been well aware of which services exist in their organization and knew how to get documentation for how to access those services. There weren’t enough services to warrant the need for a directory.But as the number of services developed internally and introduced from vendor applications increase, governance become more important. Governance provides better understanding and controls to helping organizations bring order to their SOA environments.Anne Thomas Manes of Burton Group in an interview (and here) comments that UDDI is seeing more traction. She notes that there are competing technologies to UDDI, like IBM’s WebSphere Registry and Repository and ebXML. But IBM’s registry product isn’t compatible with UDDI, isolating them from interoperability with most of the market which is using UDDI. As an alternative to UDDI, ebXML has had a much lower profile, but it has been garnering some success.Among UDDI vendors, HP is dominant from its acquisition of Mercury/Systinet. Oracle and Tibco are both using Systinet. The next runner up is webMethods which is competing with technology that they acquired from Infravio. At this time, neither Microsoft nor SAP have SOA governance products, but that is likely to change.
Tags:#Apple#mobile#web Related Posts sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The iPhone 4 is now here and it’s all that we had hoped for and… well, that’s about it. Apple’s now predictable keynote began with stats, ended with “one more thing” and detailed a few highlights throughout regarding the company’s latest creation, the iPhone 4.But one thing didn’t happen today: We weren’t blown away. We weren’t surprised. We didn’t jump up and down, screaming. We don’t even know if we’ll rush right out and get one. In fact, we might just skip the iPhone altogether and get an Android phone instead. Blame Gizmodo if you will, for spoiling all our fun with its spy shots of the iPhone prototype “found” in a bar. But we don’t think that was the problem. No, the problem is that iPhone has lost its edge. Meanwhile, Android is killing it. iPhone 4 or Android?Case in point, here’s the conversation this blogger had with the spouse: Me: It’s only $199 to upgrade my iPhone!Him: Is it 4G?Me: No.Him: What’s cool about it?Me: Um, it’s got a better camera. And it’s faster. And it has a 3-axis gyro thingy. Him: What’s that? Me: This thing for games, it helps when you rotate the phone, the game rotates.Him: That’s cool, but you don’t really play games, do you?Me: Not really. But it has HD video recording! Him: So does your camera. Me: And threaded email… And video chat! Him: Over 3G? Me: Well, no. Over Wi-Fi. And only with other iPhones. But EVO has Qik, and that works over 4G, actually. Hmm, maybe I should just get an EVO.In fact, maybe I just will. While I’m at it, here are a few more things that Apple didn’t announce today:1. 4GNo, it was not the “iPhone 4G,” it was the iPhone 4. Why? Because AT&T isn’t set to roll out its 4G network until next year. And Apple didn’t surprise us by finally confirming the mythical Verizon iPhone – not that we expected it at this point. But still. Where’s my iPhone 4G already? 2. Cloud iTunes/OTA SyncSure, Apple just bought Lala.com, but couldn’t they have at least teased us about the forthcoming “cloud iTunes?” After all, that’s what Google did. At its recent I/O conference, Google announced that an upcoming version of the Android Market would allow music and app downloads and automatic over-the-air sync. Is Apple even thinking about doing this? We have no idea. 3. 3G Video Chat FaceTime, Apple’s new mobile iChat-like application, will probably be fun, but it’s not game-changing. It only works over Wi-Fi for one thing (thanks, AT&T), not 3G. Meanwhile, Qik and Fring already have video chat apps for Android, and Skype is hinting at an Android app arriving this year. Oh, and Qik on EVO offers 4G video chat, too. 4. Mobile HotspotIn the current version of the Android operating system (the operating system!), there’s a feature that lets an Android phone function as a mobile hotspot. Carriers can choose to implement this feature or not. The iPhone, meanwhile, can be tethered for $20 extra per month via USB or Bluetooth on AT&T. 5. Free MobileMeApple wants to compete with Google, but still charges $99/year for MobileMe (for the smallest package) while Google gives away its low-end services for free. That’s not working for us either. 6. Voice InputTrying to stop your dangerous texting while driving habit? Better get an Android phone. Although universal voice input is probably coming to the iPhone thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Siri – a cutting edge, voice-based digital assistant – it’s not here yet. When it is arriving, though? Apple’s reluctance to disclose future plans has us again, looking to Android, which does this right now. 7. Free navigationNavigation on the iPhone? There’s an app for that! Yep, but it’s not free. Google, meanwhile, offers Google Maps Navigation for free on all Android phones. Apple, either provide your own app or make nice with Google and use theirs, for goodness’ sake. 8. Dashboard We were halfway hoping that the recent news about Apple killing off all the dashboard apps on the iPhone and iPad meant the company was going to launch its own dashboard-like app similar to Android’s widgets. Guess we were wrong here, too. Conclusion?All this being said, the iPhone 4 is still a great smartphone thanks to other hardware-based innovations like its “retina display” (326 pixels per inch!), its integrated antennas, and its glass and stainless steel casing housing the thinnest iPhone to date: 9.3 mm thick. But now that the hardware has been modernized, maybe Apple can focus on the software? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
An App that will Change how People Purchase EyewearAn App that will Change how People Purchase Eyewear
Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite One of the issues facing people who need a new pair of glasses is that the buyer often doesn’t have their prescription. Maybe the glasses buyer is purchasing eyewear online because they want several pair to trade-off and match their clothing — maybe the purchaser just broke the glasses they love or possibly they need a quick replacement for work.In a recent survey conducted among glasses wearers, 45 percent of respondents said they didn’t know what their script was nor where they had placed their prescription. Around 60 percent of respondents said they find it a hassle to travel and get their prescription from the optometrist — or to even find an optometrist in the first place.A Prescription App to Save Time and MoneySome online retailers are improving their technological abilities and offerings to their customers to break down barriers for online prescription eyewear shopping, such as the Prescription Scanner App by GlassesUSA.com.This is a free app that enables consumers to retrieve their prescription from the comfort of their home, saving app-users time and money.The Prescription Scanner App uses image processing and recognition, big data and advanced AI to extract the optimal parameters off your current glasses. It’s a process that takes less than 10 minutes, and all you need is your current pair of glasses, a computer, a smartphone, and a magnetic card.Online Disrupting & Changing IndustriesThis app, and others like it, are the next generation of industry disruptors. Every field has its own innovations, shifting the course to a new direction; eyewear is no different, especially as online shopping increasingly becomes the go-to option for many consumers.Some of the fast-rising names in online retail — Casper and GlassesUSA.com, for example, have already changed the game by deploying and perfecting the direct-to-consumer (DTC) business model.Consumers today are more tech-savvy than ever, always on the lookout for a more efficient and streamlined process to get what they want. That’s where apps such as the Prescription Scanner app come in handy; instead of traveling to the optometrist just to pick up your prescription, you can easily access and manage your prescription whenever you want, simplifying the entire process of purchasing glasses. Tags:#apps#direct to consumer#fashion eyewear#glasses online#online retail#prescription glasses online AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Breaking Down DTC BarriersEven though there are barriers to overcome in a DTC business model, it eliminates the hassle of the traditional model’s high-cost and time-consuming process. The advantages of DTC companies vary from industry to industry, but the foundation remains the same: it offers an easier, quicker and – more importantly – a more affordable solution by cutting out the middle-man.For example, online mattresses retailer Casper overcame the general notion that you have to try out a mattress at the store before buying one. The company made the process of purchasing a new mattress seem like a piece of cake because it actually can be.Casper’s focal points are the free delivery, quality of their products and perhaps the cherry on top is their mattress try-out period. The company didn’t eliminate the need to try out a mattress before buying one – it just allows you to do it at home.Similar guidelines apply to eyewear. You go through a cumbersome process that includes going to the optometrist, then driving to the store, trying on a pair of glasses and probably going to other stores to compare prices to decide on one finally and go back to pick them up. Imagine just doing all those steps online, from the comfort of your couch?In the case of the Prescription Scanner app, you just download it to your phone, get your prescription, go on the site to purchase your glasses and have them arrive at your doorstep a few days later. No need to leave the house.Prescription Scanner appConclusionShifting away from the traditional model towards a direct-to-consumer model is the solution to the problem. Companies are becoming more aware of the advantages and keep improving the process so shopping online is as enjoyable as the retail experience, minus the hassle of the latter.By cutting out the middle-man and through the emergence of tech solutions such as the Virtual Try-On Mirror and the Prescription Scanner App, purchasing prescription eyewear online becomes as easy and trivial as purchasing shoes online. Related Posts