GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgWeekly NotesThe club enjoyed a very successful day on the pitch on Saturday, with wins for all teams in action both at home and away. First off were two u10 teams at a blitz in Burt, followed by the u14s emerging victorious at home against Urris, and rounded off by wins for the seniors and reserves at Carndonagh.Naomh Colmcille seniors recorded a vital away win at Carndonagh on Saturday evening, on a final score of 0-9 to 4-9. Naomh Colmcille were a goal up at half time and extended that lead in the second half to record their second win of the season. Full match report and pictures on the club website. Next up is a home fixture against Naomh Padraig Lifford on Saturday evening. The reserves recorded their fourth win in a row, including three away victories, when they defeated Carndonagh on Saturday evening. The final score was 0-8 to 4-9. Naomh Padraig Lifford are the team’s next opponents.The u14s had an excellent home victory against Urris on Saturday lunchtime. The game saw some excellent scoretaking mixed with resolute defending to produce the winning result. An away fixture against Burt is scheduled for Wednesday evening – check website and Facebook for latest updates during the week.Two u10 teams were very successful in a blitz at Burt on Saturday morning. Well done to every one of the players, and thanks to the Burt club for the invitation.The preliminary round of the Intermediate Championship will see Naomh Colmcille take on Fanad Gaels at home in the first leg on May 12th. Reserves match throws in at 1:30 pm; seniors at 3:00 pm. Naomh Colmcille has been asked to host a visiting team for the Feile Peile na nOg (for u14s) taking place in Derry from 28-30 June. This would involve local families hosting a minimum of two visiting players. If we have sufficient host families to look after the visiting club, Naomh Colmcille would participate in the Feile competition itself, and this would involve us playing the visiting club at Pairc Colmcille, and then other matches at Derry venues. If you are willing to act as a host family please contact Paul Callaghan (0876843608) as soon as possible.The Naomh Colmcille Cul Camp is due to take place on 8-12 July.You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Well done to Barry Gallagher and his Donegal minor hurling team-mates on winning the Ulster shield final at the weekend. Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training continues Saturday 4th May at 11:00 am sharp for one hour. U10 girls can also come to this session.U10. Training continues Friday 3rd May at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour.U12. Training continues Friday 3rd May at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour.U14. Training continues on Sunday (5th May) at 1 pm sharp for one hourU16. Training continues on Wednesday (1st) at 6:30 pm sharp for one hourMinors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training at the pitch on Tuesday (30th) and Thursday (2nd) at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. Next match is home to Naomh Padraig Lifford on Saturday (4th). Time TBC. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoThis week’s numbers were 10, 11, 18, 21, 22. The Barr family matched 4 numbers and win €75. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 29th, 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:GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL AND RESULTS FROM DONEGAL SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY EVENTS

first_imgInvitation Primary Schools Cross Country at Finn Valley 2014 ResultsGirls Under 13 School Name1. Gemma McFadden Kilmacrenan2. Molly Page Kilmacrenan3. Andrea Browne Castlefinn 4. Connie Doherty Iosagain5. Ciara McElaine Kilmacrenan6. Katelyn Doherty Iosagain7. Abby O’Connor Convoy8. Maria McColgan Naomh Brid Muff9. Louise Ni Riain Gaelscoil Aohmhain 10.Aaliyah McMenamin Smgs LetterkennyTeam ResultsLarge1. Kilmacrenan 32pts 2. Sc Iosagain 49pts3. Gaelscoil Adhmhain 71ptsMediumDromore 122ptsSmallTiernasligo 337ptsUnder 13 BoysName School1.Oisin Farren Gaelscoil Adhmhain2. James Loughrey Iosagain3. Adian Whoriskey Iosagain4. Carlos O’Reilly Creeslough5. Ciaran Moore Woodlands6. Dean Harkin Tiernasligo7. Oisin Toye Convoy8. Darragh Browne Naomh bhrid Muff9. Dean Quinn St.Mary’s Castlefinn10. Cartha Hughes IllistrinTeam ResultsLargeIsoagain Buncrana 38ptsSt.Mary’s Stranorlar 116ptsLurgybrack 113ptsMediumGaelscoil Buncrana 167ptsSmallTiernasligo 383ptsUnder 11 GirlsName School1. Demi Crossan Lurgybrack2. Tiegan Smith Woodlands3. Elli Crossan Lurgybrack4. Hannah Murray St.Mary’s Castlefine5. Tamara Gill St Muras6. Darcie Crossan Lurgybrack7. Sarah Bradly Gaelscoil Adhmhain8. Chloe Shiels Naomh bhrid Muff9. Brenda Collins Iosagain10.Kevena Barron Brid MuffResultsLargeLurgybrack 18ptsIosagain 45ptsWoodlands 92ptsMediumCarrigart 149ptsSmallTiernasligo Urris 384ptsUnder 11 BoysName Schools1.Oisin Kelly Kilmacrenan N.SRory McGrenra Kilmacrenan N.SMax Roarty Scoil Mhuire CreesloughOran Kelly WoodlandsCole Sheridan IosagainOisin Porter IosagainJimmy O’Donnell St.Bridget ConvoyCian McMenamin TermonCian Page KilmacrenanEoin Kenny St.MurasResultsLargeKilmacrenan 46ptsIosagain 50ptsWoodlands 156ptsMediumMhuire Creeslough 86ptsSmallTaobhog 185ptsUnder 9 GirlsName School1.Bria McGilloway Iosagain2. Jodie Longmey Iosagain3. Serena Barron Brid Muff4. Eimer Breen Creeslough5. Tara Rose Mahon Iosagain6. Siobhan Cameran Kilmacrennan7. Kelsie McGroary SMGS Letterkenny8. Ella McGlinchy St.Mary’s Castlefinn9. Katie Stafford Illistrin10. Riona Doherty St.Mary’s StranorlarResultsLargeIsoagain 24ptsKilmacrenan 127ptsSMGS Letterkenny 132ptsMediumNaomh Muff 74ptsSmallTaobhog Cloghan 196ptsUnder 9 BoysName School1. Dylan McFadden Kilmacrenan2. Liam Carlin SMGS Lifford3. Eoin Scott Glenswilly4. Oisin Scanlon Woodlands5. Caolan Curren Kilmacrennan6. Martin Mbuli Dooish7. Dylan Mulholland Iosagain8. John Kealy Woodlands9. Calum Morris Rasheeny10.Mike Toner GlenswillyResultsLargeWoodlands 69ptsIosagain 87ptsGaelscoil Adhmhain 99ptsMediumSt.Muras Tooban 182ptsSmallScoil Taobhog 324ptsPICTURE SPECIAL AND RESULTS FROM DONEGAL SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY EVENTS was last modified: September 30th, 2014 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:newsSportlast_img read more

McHUGH GIVEN TOP ROLE ON BRITISH-IRISH PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

first_imgFine Gael Deputy for Donegal North-East, Joe McHugh TD, has been appointed as the new Irish Co-Chairperson of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.Deputy McHugh’s appointment comes ahead of the 42nd plenary of the Assembly, which takes place Monday and Tuesday 13-14 June in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.Speaking today after his appointment by An Taoiseach as Co-Chairperson, Deputy Joe McHugh said: “The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly must build on the symbolism of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent visit to Ireland to develop real and practical commercial measures that will drive economic growth in Britain and Ireland. “I will use my new position as Co-Chairperson of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly to meaningfully harness the goodwill that the Royal visit has generated. Britain and Ireland must work very closely together at commercial and trade levels to overcome the severe economic difficulties facing our countries.“Cross-community and cross-channel links offer Britain and Ireland a route out of recession, and I will be focused as Co-Chairperson on ensuring that the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly is a worthwhile vehicle for driving this agenda.“The presence of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly plenary meeting next week is a real endorsement of the value of the Assembly and its potential for the coming years. I look forward to working with my counterpart Lord Cope of Berkeley though the challenging times ahead.”The plenary will be addressed on Monday morning by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD who will discuss the plenary’s theme of “Employment and Economic Recovery.” Other speakers will include Frank Daly, Chairman of the National Asset Management Agency, Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Peter Byrne, CEO of the newly formed British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. The Assembly will also discuss a motion on the murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.McHUGH GIVEN TOP ROLE ON BRITISH-IRISH PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BRITISH IRISH PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLYjoe mchugh tdlast_img read more

RNLI IN DONEGAL LAUNCH 87 TIMES FROM THREE STATIONS IN 2011

first_imgThe RNLI had yet another busy year in Co Donegal with 87 launches from the county’s three different stations.A total of 84 people were assisted with Lough Swilly being the busiest Donegal station with 41 launches and 18 people being assisted.Arranmore had 31 launches and assisted 37 people while Bundoran had 15 launches and 15 people were assisted. Across the country, the RNLI had more than 1000 calls and rescued 905 people.The busiest months for the RNLI nationally were July and August with 155 launches. RNLI IN DONEGAL LAUNCH 87 TIMES FROM THREE STATIONS IN 2011 was last modified: February 7th, 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:RNLIlast_img read more

Wie makes 16 sweeter, turns pro

first_img “I’m finally happy to say I’m a pro starting today,’ said Wie, who turns 16 in six days. “The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew I’d do it for the rest of my life. Some 12 years later, I’m finally turning pro, and I’m so excited.’ Wie has signed endorsement deals with Nike and Sony said to be worth $10 million a year. Her first act as a professional was to give some of it back. HONOLULU — There was no Tigeresque “Hello, world’ moment. No, Michelle Wie strode into a crowded conference room with high heels and high hopes and said what everyone already knew. Wie made her announcement at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, next to the 10th fairway at Waialae Country Club where, at age 14, she shot 68 in the Sony Open, the lowest score ever by a female competing on the men’s tour. Lest anyone think she was skipping class, Wie planned to join her junior class at the private Punahou School in time for “Japanese or drawing,’ depending when she got there. She was an hour late to a quick demonstration at Waialae, where she hit a half-dozen tee shots, borrowed a digital camera from her father and took her own photo of some 25 reporters and executives watching her every move. “It’s a strange feeling,’ her father, B.J. Wie said. “When I was bringing her downstairs, it felt like a wedding. Becoming a professional means she will have more responsibility. She has to be able to handle much higher expectations. She’ll have extra pressure.’ But he believes his daughter is up to the challenge, as always. Still six days away from being able to get her driver license, Wie will make her professional debut next week on the LPGA Tour at the Samsung World Championship, an 18-player field at Bighorn Golf Club in the California desert. She also will play in the Casio World Open in Japan the week of Thanksgiving, her sixth time competing against men. She has yet to make the cut against men, but has more than held her own on the LPGA Tour. Wie was runner-up at the LPGA Championship to Annika Sorenstam, and tied for third at the Women’s British Open. She has made the cut in her last 16 LPGA events dating to 2003, and would have earned about $640,870 on the LPGA had she not been an amateur. That would put her 13th on the money list in only seven starts. She is not expected to join the LPGA Tour until she turns 18, but can play as many as eight LPGA Tour events each of the next two years. Wie likely will play a couple of other times on the PGA Tour, and on men’s tours overseas. Her path is different from Tiger Woods, who dominated every level of amateur play when he turned pro at age 20 with his famous “Hello, World’ statement. Wie chose to play the best competition she could find, taking her to the LPGA Tour at age 12 when she qualified for the Takefuji Classic in Hawaii and missed the cut. “Michelle obviously has some talent,’ Woods said Tuesday. “When I was 16, I wasn’t even thinking about turning pro. I was just hoping to get into college somewhere. She has a talent, and has been good enough to make a giant step like that.’ Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman is among those who believe winning is a matter of time. Lehman first saw Wie when she was 12 and playing a junior pro-am at the Sony Open. He was the one who first called her the “Big Wiesy,’ saying her fluid swing reminded him of Ernie Els, the “Big Easy.’ “I’ve always felt like she’s Secretariat,’ Lehman said. “You can give her minor adjustments adjust the bit in her mouth but it’s like, ‘Let her go.’ She’s that good.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 She pledged $500,000 to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Relief Fund, set up by the major golf organizations. Wie has been competing against the best players since she was in the seventh grade. The only difference now is that she’ll be competing with them on their level as a pro. Already she’s dealing with the expectations that come with celebrity. “I know I have to win. That’s my priority right now,’ she said, sitting in her hotel suite overlooking the blue surf. “Everyone expects me to do better and work harder, and I’m going to try my best.’ This wasn’t quite like Tiger Woods’ “Hello, world’ greeting in 1996, when he turned pro at age 20, having won six consecutive USGA amateur titles. But like Woods on the men’s tour, the 6-foot Wie gives women’s professional golf a prodigy of its own. last_img read more

Bird flu can be stopped

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Birds catch numerous strains of influenza, but only a few types are particularly deadly to both fowl and people. Today, the H5N1 strain is the worst. At least 68 people so far have died from H5N1 in Asia since 2003, almost all linked to contact with sick birds – and millions of birds have died or been slaughtered in an effort to contain the virus. Health experts fear that the bird flu one day could mutate into a virus that is easily passed from person to person, sparking a global epidemic. Hence the interest in chicken vaccines. Previous research found that vaccination could protect individual chickens from falling ill with various flu strains. But there have been reports of asymptomatic chickens shedding virus after vaccination, raising concern. So van der Groot and colleagues tested two vaccines against the H7N7 bird-flu strain, by housing infected chickens together with healthy vaccinated ones. Two weeks after inoculation, both vaccines completely blocked H7N7 spread between chickens, they reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some transmission occurred one week after vaccination, but the virus’s reproduction rate already had dropped enough that the researchers predict only a small number of new infections that soon after the shots. There were marginal differences in effectiveness between the two vaccines, however, leading the researchers to conclude that poultry vaccines’ ability to stop viral spread should be tested before health authorities choose which one to use. The research backs guidelines from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, which recommends targeted vaccination of poultry as one measure to control outbreaks of bird flu – along with other steps such as culling infected flocks – and already warns that it can take two weeks for full protection. So far, the H5N1 virus has not been found in U.S. birds. If a bird outbreak did occur here, the Agriculture Department stockpiles poultry vaccine that would be used to help contain it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Vaccines can keep chickens from dying of bird flu, but can immunized birds still silently spread infection? It’s an important question, as China and Vietnam vaccinate millions of chickens in an effort to stamp out a worrisome strain of bird flu called H5N1. Scientists in the Netherlands put the question to a test – using vaccines against a different strain – and concluded that vaccinating poultry indeed can block viral spread between birds. “Vaccination can be an attractive tool to prevent outbreaks of highly pathogenic AI (avian influenza) viruses in poultry, thereby achieving the aim of eliminating the source of human infections,” concludes lead researcher J.A. van der Groot of the Netherlands’ Central Institute for Animal Disease Control. last_img read more

HOSPITAL IS VICTIM OF THE SCANDAL OF CUTS, SAYS TD

first_imgDeputy Thomas PringleReduced standards in hygiene as recently reported by HIQA is a direct result of cumulative cuts in the health budget imposed by the current Government, according to Deputy Thomas Pringle.In response to revelations regarding HIQA’s recent report on hygiene standards in Letterkenny General Hospital, the Independent TD for Donegal says ‘cuts in the health budget, understaffing and the moratorium on recruitment has meant hospital staff are stretched to their limit. The reduction in hygiene compliance is a direct symptom of that.’‘We are witnessing a decline in hygiene compliance in most hospitals across the country. What is a pressing concern are the immediate health risks for patients in Letterkenny Hospital as outlined by HIQA. This issue needs immediate attention especially as we approach winter and hospital admissions increase,’ says Pringle. ‘The Government needs to get its priorities right in the area of patient care and staffing in light of the upcoming Budget’, concluded Pringle. HOSPITAL IS VICTIM OF THE SCANDAL OF CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

Marble heats up Johannesburg food scene

first_imgSouth Africans have long had a love affair with cooking over flames. A new restaurant in Johannesburg, Marble, captures that essence by cooking most things – from meat to veggies and bread – on an open fire, in a kitchen open to diners’ view. Acclaimed chef David Higgs and his business partner, Gary Kyriacou, opened their doors in August.Gary Kyriacou (left) and chef David Higgs (right) open the restaurant Marble in August 2016. (Image: Supplied)Priya PitamberWhen the sun sets in Johannesburg, the teal ceramic tiles on the far rear wall of the kitchen glisten and gleam. It makes for a surreal setting at Marble, David Higgs’ new restaurant in Rosebank.Despite the cool aloofness of marble itself, which forms many a table-top in the restaurant, the décor and earthy hues are instantly relaxing as you walk through the doors.A bonus is the panoramic view of Johannesburg. It is easy to see that the lush city is one of the largest man-made forests in the world.Higgs is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs, with a solid reputation. From 1997 to 2004 he was a member of the South African National Culinary Team. He also represented the country at the Culinary World Cup in Switzerland and the Culinary Olympics in Germany.He and business partner Gary Kyriacou teamed up to open Marble. The concept began over two years ago when Kyriacou came up with the idea for the restaurant because he and his wife were looking for places to get dressed up, to go and have a great night out; to enjoy good food and spend time together.“So Gary put together the concept for Marble, for a restaurant which would offer its customers more than just a plate of food,” said Higgs. “He had a name, a logo, a whole concept. What he didn’t have was someone who could not only cook, but who had the passion to bring this idea to life.”Kyriacou had a chance meeting with Higgs; following a meeting to talk about Kyriacou’s idea, the chef instantly took to it. Higgs, in turn, showed Kyriacou a proposed site for the restaurant: Trumpet on Keyes in Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile. A week later the lease was signed. The rest, as it is said, is history.Marble’s doors opened on 15 August 2016.A good South African fitThe restaurant specialises in live fire cooking with a custom made grill imported from the US. This has been a growing trend internationally – not that South Africans are strangers to cooking over a fire.“Marble embodies South Africans’ love of cooking with fire, a quality that makes our food culture different from the rest of the world.” The restaurant not only prepares meat over a fire, but all other food items as well, such as fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.In fact, the fire is lit in the morning and is maintained throughout the day.The speciality at Marble is food cooked over a fire that is constantly burning. (Image: Supplied)Spoilt for choiceThe team at Marble worked together to develop a menu. Higgs grew up in Namibia so he included an array of seafood dishes.“There’s also great steak and other cuts of red meat – South Africa has some of the best meat in the world, so that needs to be showcased,” he said. “For the salad and vegetables, the items on the menu demonstrate the flavour that vegetables can derive from being cooked on wood and coals.”So far, the blackened octopus has proved the most popular. It is served with crushed paprika potato, candied lemon and squid ink dressing.For those with a sweet tooth, there is the signature ice-cream sandwiches.Though Marble is not certified halaal or kosher, it will cater for religious or cultural dietary requirements. “For more complicated dietary requirements, we just ask that our customers let us know in advance and we will do our best to assist.”Looking aheadAlthough Cape Town has a higher number of fine dining restaurants compared with Johannesburg, Higgs said the City of Gold’s residents were cosmopolitan and had a lust for an experience that went beyond a plate of food.“South Africa’s restaurant culture is well-recognised as vibrant, with its patrons growing savvier and demanding better food, great service and a dining experience with personality.”Higgs believes that Marble has international appeal and while they are concentrating on Johannesburg for now, future plans could include ventures in cities such as Dubai, London and New York.And the name? “Marble refers to the marbling in a good cut of meat, but also marble stone – elegant, classy and timeless.” And the restaurant encapsulates that, and more.See more images of Marble: (Images: Supplied)last_img read more

Cover crops and flooding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The challenging growing conditions in Ohio this year have exaggerated problems that may not be that significant under normal conditions. Problem fields with disease, drainage issues and soil compaction have been particularly disastrous with the persistent 2015 rains.Among the soggier areas of the state early this summer was Mercer County, where some areas got more than 17 inches of rain in the month of June.“Most farmers got everything in and got sidedressing done,” said Gary Fennig, of Fennig Equipment, of the area around Coldwater. “Locally here there is not much prevented planting, but there is a lot of unevenness in corn and a lot of drowned out areas.”Fennig spent much of June dodging rain showers while working to custom apply nutrients, particularly nitrogen in struggling corn fields. While problems show up under tough conditions, it is also easier to see some of the positive things going on in fields as well. Fennig saw a difference in fields with cover crops and no-till and how they handled the excessive water this year.“Cover crop ground that I have been across seems to be handling the wet weather better than the conventional tillage ground. It keeps the soil where it needs to be if you had a cover crop established over the winter,” Fennig said. “The washouts are not as bad. When you get 17 inches of rain regardless of what you have done in the field there will be some problems, but with cover crops, the soil is less apt to run off. The water is getting away quicker where the cover crop was established because those roots have provided a place for the water to get away rather than running off the field. All of this rain is demonstrating that cover crops are at the forefront of better fertility and better crops and helping with the runoff issues.”Jim Hoorman, with Ohio State University Extension, has also been watching fields with long-term no-till and cover crops under the challenging conditions this spring in northwest Ohio.“I have been watching several fields and there is less standing water and overall better crops with long-term no-till and covers. If you do rotational tillage — no-till beans into corn but rip soybeans going to corn — then there is no difference,” Hoorman said. “You have to be in true long-term no-till plus covers to see the benefits. There are not many people really doing this system.”last_img read more

PDP backs Farooq’s call for talks

first_imgThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday welcomed the statement made by rival National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah in Parliament that talks should be held with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.“The PDP welcomes Dr. Farooq’s change of heart and the party hopes that it wouldn’t be a mere poll gimmick. It is also high time the Centre utilised this consensus among the political groups for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Creating political vacuum will not help in any way,” said PDP leader Naeem Akhtar.Holistic approachDr. Abdullah on Friday asked the Centre to start a dialogue with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. “The Centre must take a holistic approach to address the decades-old conflict amicably and peacefully. Talks with Pakistan, Hurriyat and other stakeholders is needed and through this way only, the situation will get stabilised. It is a moral responsibility of the Centre to address the issue,” said Mr. Akhtar.Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in an interview to a news channel, claimed that “her party legislators were lured by the Centre with money and ministerial berths, and after they rejected it, they were being threatened with NIA investigations”.last_img read more