first_imgLotto 31/5/16 AM DL DN MN, 1 person matched 3, Frankie Lynch Convoy. Jackpot next €4300.Underage training as Norm on fri 6-7 can coaches please make themselves available when possibleWell done to all our U 8/u10 teams who played Away to Glenfin on SatA great turn out and great support from parentsU 16 boys training on Thursday at 6 pass on wordSenior men  lost away to Na Rossa  2-11 to 1-09Next game away to LiffordTraining continues as normal need to see All players out at trainingTraining as norm check ladies page for nx game detailsSupervalu GAA Kits For Clubs.As proud sponsors of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, this year SuperValu has donated over 400 juvenile GAA clubs with kits worth over €430k collectively.We at Supervalu Ballybofey have chosen the following clubs to support in our Kits For Clubs:St. Marys Convoy C.L.G.To support your local club, everytime you spend over €40 on a shopping you will get a special receipt at the till. Just put that receipt in the box of the club you want to support. Its that simple!Please Support Our Club Thanks in AdvanceKelloggs Cul CampConvoy /Conmhaigh 27 Jun – 1 JulFootball, Hurling, CamogieBook Now Online or morning of campCoaches you need to go online ASAP and fill out application form they have to be in by 20 th mayYou can find it on Donegalgaa website or www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ieSupervalu GAA Kits For Clubs.As proud sponsors of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, this year SuperValu has donated over 400 juvenile GAA clubs with kits worth over €430k collectively.We at Supervalu Ballybofey have chosen the following clubs to support in our Kits For Clubs:St. Marys Convoy C.L.G.To support your local club, everytime you spend over €40 on a shopping you will get a special receipt at the till. Just put that receipt in the box of the club you want to support. Its that simple!Please Support Our Club Thanks in AdvanceLidl are also running a promotion  for Ladies club gear so check it out and vote St Mary’s by asking for cars at the till and place number that is allocated for St Marys Any manager that have notes please tx Mairead 0872140060 or email [email protected] I don’t get info I can’t put it in notesGAA NEWS: CONVOY UNDERAGE TEAMS PERFORM WELL AGAINST GLENFIN was last modified: June 7th, 2016 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:convoyGAASportlast_img read more

Fed chief warns of growing deficits

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – With just three months left before he leaves office, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan raised a warning to Congress: The country could face “serious economic disruptions” if bloated budget deficits are not curbed. The Fed chief’s strong comments, made during an appearance Thursday before Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, come after the government produced a $319 billion budget deficit this year – an improvement from the record amount of red ink registered in 2004 but still the third-highest deficit on record. In the short term, costs related to rebuilding after the trio of devastating hurricanes will make it harder to improve the nation’s balance sheets, he acknowledged. In the long term, a huge wave of retiring baby boomers will put massive strains on government resources, he said. “There are no easy choices. Easy choices are long gone,” said Greenspan, whose 18-plus year run at the Fed comes to an end on Jan. 31. Congress is working on separate packages of tax cuts and spending cuts. Even as he sounded an alarm about the dangers that budget deficits pose to the country’s long-term health, Greenspan struck a more positive note about the economy’s current prospects after being jolted by the recent hurricanes. Katrina, Rita and Wilma are likely to “exert a drag” on employment and production in the short term and may aggravate inflation pressures, Greenspan said. “But the economic fundamentals remain firm, and the U.S. economy appears to retain important forward momentum,” Greenspan said in his most extensive remarks thus far on the impact of the storms. The Fed is keeping a close eye on high energy prices to make sure they don’t spark broader inflation. “We are very firm in the notion that this country should not visit the 1970s again in the way of inflation,” Greenspan said, referring to a period where the economy was rocked by skyrocketing prices. On the budget front, Greenspan called on Congress to get the nation’s fiscal house in order and bring the swollen deficits under control. “Unless the situation is reversed, at some point, these budget trends will cause serious economic disruptions,” he said. Persistently large deficits will eventually push up interest rates, Greenspan said. Higher borrowing costs would weigh on the willingness of consumers and businesses to spend and invest and that could be a drag on economic growth, analysts say. “I find it utterly inconceivable, frankly” that persistent budget deficits over the long run “will not have a significant impact on long-term interest rates,” he said. Greenspan repeated his call for lawmakers to restore caps on spending. And, he urged lawmakers to pay for any future tax cuts with either increases in other taxes or reductions in spending. Greenspan said he’d like to see the dividend tax cut extended – but only it it is paid for. “Crafting a budget strategy that meets the nation’s longer-run needs will become ever more difficult and costly the more we delay,” he said. The Fed chief also underscored his belief that benefits currently promised to the baby boom generation through Social Security and Medicare likely cannot be met and probably will have to be trimmed. “We owe it to those who will retire over the next couple of decades to promise only what the government can deliver,” Greenspan said. Greenspan was questioned about the support he gave in 2001 to President Bush’s successful drive to get Congress to pass sweeping tax cuts that totaled $1.35 trillion over 10 years. Those tax cuts are blamed by Democrats for bringing back record deficits. “Do you have any regret about the way you expressed yourself in 2001?” asked Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. Given the facts known at the time, Greenspan said he would still support the tax cuts because of projections, which later proved wrong, that the federal government was facing huge surpluses. The Fed chief’s appearance on Capitol Hill comes two days after the central bank boosted a key interest rate up to its highest level in more than four years to thwart inflation. Oil prices briefly shot up past $70 a barrel in late August, and gasoline prices topped $3 a gallon before moderating. But home heating costs are expected to be much higher this winter than a year ago. “I think people are going to be quite surprised at their heating bills this winter,” Greenspan said. Many economists are predicting the Fed will bump up rates at its next session, on Dec. 13, as well as on Jan. 31, which will be Greenspan’s last meeting. Some analysts also are calling for a rate increase on March 28, which would be the first presided over by Ben Bernanke, President Bush’s choice to replace Greenspan. Lawmakers hailed Greenspan’s economic stewardship. “You’ve done one heck of a job. And I think we’re going to miss you a great deal,” said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. “The nation is in your debt,” said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 12: get involved

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, Silindile Makhathini, Thato Mokhothu and Catharien Saayman.With the tagline “Your self-care is our number one priority” Silindile Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, makes hygiene products at affordable prices. She is one of the guests on episode 12 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSilindile Makhathini and Aseema Kazi are founders of the 100% black female-owned manufacturing company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, which makes and distributes hygiene products.Makhathini is one of the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, to be broadcast on SABC 2 on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Makhathini and other guests on this episode:Silindile MakhathiniThe empowerment of women and education are key to Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene. Company representatives give menstrual hygiene educational tips and entrepreneurial talks at schools when the sanitary pads the company makes, are delivered.Contact detailsTwitter: @sliemak and @AuthenticareSAWebsite: MokhothuThato MokhothuMokhothu’s non-profit organisation, Phenomenal Women, is a network that allows women to share information and business opportunities. It also undertakes various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Contact detailsTwitter: @mokhothu_thato and LinkedInInstagram: thatomokhothuEmail: [email protected]: 051 444 0702Facebook: Thato MokhothuCatharien SaaymanCatharien SaaymanSaayman is the principal of Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom. The children are sent to the centre by the children’s court because they were exposed to various traumas. The centre also does community outreach programmes leading to emotional upliftment, poverty alleviation and development.Contact detailsWebsite: and FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Trade and technology important in ag discussions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In December, National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met in St. Louis to review the organization’s policy in their area of expertise, discuss progress on several ongoing programs and hear from industry representatives about upcoming challenges and opportunities.Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best support agricultural exports, stress the importance of respecting refuge requirements and facilitate successful communication across the value-chain on their issues, the team will use their in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to develop the nuanced, strategic suggestions needed to help the Corn Board guide NCGA policy effectively.“It can begin to feel like farmer leaders spend a large amount of time participating in meetings for a variety of agricultural groups during the winter months,” said John Linder, Team Chair, a farmer from Ohio. “Yet, as I have become increasingly involved, I have come to deeply appreciate the breadth and scope of the myriad issues facing farmers today. By developing teams with specialization in major areas of opportunity and taking the time to analyze the issues in a critical, thorough manner, we are able to most effectively provide input on how, in our area, the Corn Board can shape NCGA policy and, subsequently, maximize the effectiveness of farmer-funded market development and production activities.”The meeting, held in conjunction with meetings for the other five action teams and committees, allowed the growers to dig into the specific policies listed in the portion of the strategic plan corresponding with their team’s focus area. Carefully debating the implications of any proposed changes, team members worked diligently to carefully craft a precise, well-constructed document for presentation to the Corn Board and, eventually, Corn Congress.“Through these discussions, we develop a solid appreciation for the importance of the exact connotation of each word used, and of those not used, in our strategic plan,” Linder said. “Examining the future of the industry, the scope of NCGA’s role in it and the potential pitfalls of seemingly benign statements leads us to policy recommendations that play a vital role in determining how the organization will proceed on our behalf.”The team also delved into a variety of areas certain to impact the future of corn farming through presentations from and discussions with leadership from agriculture. Through these discussions, the farmers gained up-to-the-minute information that they will scrutinize and, as events unfold, incorporate into future recommendations.In addition to Linder, from Morrow County, Jon Miller from Fairfield County also represents Ohio on the team.last_img read more

Cover Crop Planning

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lynn Betts Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorCover croppers face a chicken-egg conundrum of decisions. What seed to plant in the fall often means selecting it in the spring, long before destroying the previous year’s planting, for example.To figure out what comes first and avoid missing steps, Steve Berger, Wellman, Iowa, suggests a calendar approach to planning. With more than 15 years of cover crops and 40-plus years of no-till under his belt, Berger encourages newcomers to embrace cover crops as a yearlong proposition.Start by asking what you want to accomplish: Reduce compaction? Build soil organic matter? Get better water infiltration? Get better control of herbicide-resistant weeds? Build soil health quickly? Get more cattle grazing opportunities? The answers to those questions influence the species of cover crop or mix of crops to be planted and how they will be managed.EARLY SPRING DECISIONSSeeding may take place in late summer or fall, but the demand for quality seed requires placing orders with reputable cover seed companies in late winter to early spring. The same goes for lining up aerial applicators, custom applicators or procuring seeding equipment.Berger suggests trying cover crops on a few acres first, and expanding to more acres with experience. “Planting rye into cornstalks ahead of a soybean crop is easier to manage for a beginner. However the best use of cereal rye as a cover crop is planting into soybean stubble ahead of corn to control soil erosion,” Berger said.This is also a good time to check with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) about cost-sharing programs. Signups are often held as money becomes available. Take time to consider how you want to evaluate what cover crops do for your soil and water too. If you are going to measure changes in soil health or weed pressure, for instance, you need baselines to measure against. The same is true of the quality of water leaving your farm, through tile or in runoff.There’s a lot of information on the benefits of cover crops, but it is not from your farm. You can always make comparisons from other fields in the future, but early feedback can help you decide on changes you may want to make in the future, as well as confirm benefits you’re looking for from the system.DRILL DOWN ON FALLOver the years, Berger has tried aerial seeding and used a number of cover crops species. He’s still experimenting with multiple species mixes. He doesn’t have a specific date on his calendar for fall seeding, but he’s settled into drilling cereal rye into corn and soybean stubble. He doesn’t wait for harvest to be over either — he seeds immediately behind the combine for most of his cover crops.“Every day you have a cover crop growing is one more day it can produce benefits,” Berger said. “What we’re striving for is to have something covering the soil and growing in it all year long. Cover crops can contribute cover on 7 of the 12 months in a corn-soybean rotation.”More cover crops growth means more benefits — that’s why some experienced cover croppers use a high boy to drop seed into standing crops in September, or as early as late August. Aerial seeding is another option, depending on availability of applicators.HUSTLE AT HARVEST“Our busiest time of the year is September through December,” Berger said. “We’re harvesting corn and soybeans and planting cover crops simultaneously, to get the cover crops emerged and actively growing before winter arrives. We’ve planted cereal rye as late as mid-November, but you don’t get much beneficial growth after that.”In recent years, Berger has also started using a 2,4-D-based fall herbicide program on all corn and soybean land to control winter annuals. He also applies additional commercial potash in the fall, and spreads swine and turkey manure in November. Cover-cropped land also opens up opportunities for fall tiling — at least until the ground freezes.SPRING COMES EARLY“We try to terminate the rye in the spring one day to a week ahead of corn planting in mid-April,” Berger said. “Allelopathy is not a concern, but managing nitrogen is. We surface apply 60 to 80 pounds of liquid nitrogen with the planter using a Y-splitter that places 32% UAN behind the closing wheel, 2-inches to each side of the seed. We also apply 3 gallon of 6-24-6 pop-up fertilizer and insecticide in the furrow. Both nitrogen management and insect management are a little different with cover crops, and they’re very important to our success.”Berger is in no rush to terminate cover crops ahead of soybeans. He plants into green rye that can be waist high, and terminates that rye either just before or right after planting.Other growers use rolling and crimping in termination strategies. Many cover crop advocates also no-till or strip till or use the cover crops to help transition to no-till.**Things-to-do Cover Crop Check ListWinter:— Attend cover crops and soil health meetings.— Read up and watch videos on soil biology and carbon/nitrogen cycles.— Set long-term goals by individual fields for improvements, conservation, drainage, etc.— Decide on field(s) to seed and consider the worst erosion areas.— Line up cover crop seed, equipment, custom applicators as needed.— Make an evaluation plan.— Check into NRCS cost sharing.Spring:— Consider high-yielding early maturing corn and soybean varieties to facilitate earlier fall cover crop seeding.— Take soil tests as benchmarks for later comparisons (pH, organic matter, biology, etc.).— Decide how and when to terminate the cover crop.Summer:— Consider testing water from tile for nitrate levels for later comparisons.— Test for compaction and water infiltration rates for later comparisons.Fall:— Seed covers, into either standing corn or stubble right after harvest.— Note crop yields during harvest.Next spring:— Terminate the cover crop, plant soybeans.(PS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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World Cup match preview: Suarez the target for both Uruguay and England

first_imgUruguay’s Luis Suarez at Arena do Jacare Stadium in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, on June 17. (AP PhotoThe must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realise a loss on Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast – both winners in their opening group matches – and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.advertisement”In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.last_img read more