…Human Resource Development primary issueThe Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) 34th meeting opened on Wednesday at Theatre Guild, Georgetown, with focus being on the implementation of the Human Resources Development 2030 Strategy.The two-day meeting is being held under the theme “Positioning human resource development as central to Caribbean resilience and development,” and according to Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque the meeting has beenCaricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueconvened against the backdrop of the adoption of the Human Resources Development 2030 Strategy by Heads of Government at the last meeting. In order to attain the objectives of the session’s theme, LaRocque noted that it will be done through improving access, relevance, equity and quality within the education systems.“These will be supported by key intitative such as the creation of Centres of Excellence in HRD innovation, reform and quality improvement. The successful implementation of the strategy will be determines in part by the strength of our partnerships and the depth of the multi-sectorial collaborative approach,” he explained.Ambassador LaRocque said the task before the Minister at the meeting is for them to agree on regional actions with regard to the strategic priorities as identified by the 32nd meeting of the COHSOD.“Implementation is key so that we can address the deficiencies at all levels in the education system: in early childhood development, at both the primary and secondary levels; in tertiary education and lifelong learning. This is to ensure that the people of the Region are adequately equipped with 21st century skills andEducation Minister Nicolette Henry and UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffithcompetencies,” he said.He noted that since independence, the Caribbean has inherited an education system which was not tailored to our peculiar needs but explained that since then, tremendous progress has been made resulting in literacy rates rising to above 90 per cent.“The Strategy can be seen therefore as another step in the evolution of the development of our human capital. It seeks to develop the ideal Caribbean person in all of us, but especially in our youth. With such a grounding, our people will be enabled to demonstrate the attributes of good citizenship, integrity, professionalism and innovativeness. They will strive for excellence and will demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity within our unique Caribbean culture and identity among several relevant qualities,” LaRocque said.He said the Council presents an opportunity for coordination as the details of the implementation programme continue to be addressed in the working sessions. HeChair of COHSOD and Education Minister, Youth and Culture, Suriname, Lillian Ferrieradded that by mainstreaming the HRD, it becomes possible to realise goals related to not only areas of human and social development but also economic development.Additionally, he expressed gratitude to their partners for the realisation of their goals.Meanwhile, Chairwoman for the 34th session, Surinamese Education, Youth and Culture Minister, Lillian Ferrier said in the present circumstances there are several developments, which provide new and exciting opportunities for children and youths, and others, which threaten their aspirations as pointed out in the HRD Strategy.“The HRD Strategy recognises the significant gains which we have made in the education as a Region since gaining independence and the outstanding contributions made to our countries, nations and the Region made by persons who were shaped by that system. However, it also addresses the stark reality of the significant attrition of students resulting in part of inadequate protection to the specific and protection needs of students. The strategy also points to the use of outdated for the generation of millennials for whom technology is second nature,” she noted.Additionally, Education Minister Nicolette Henry delivered welcoming remarks and thanked Caricom for organising the meeting. She noted that all the countries’ hopes and dreams are tied up in the decisions to be made at the meeting. The Strategy is the work of a Caricom Human Resource Development Commission, mandated by Caricom Heads, and comprising leading experts in education and training, along with representatives of the Region’s Private Sector; labour; health; Information Technology and Communication and youth bodies.
GRA’s access to bank accounts… says counterproductive to plastic societyFear and insecurity in depositing monies in bank accounts will flourish with the empowerment of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to garnish funds held by taxpayers who have outstanding tax arrears, says President of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer.Private Sector Commission Chairman Eddie BoyerFinance Minister Winston Jordan announced on Monday that provisions of section 102 of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01 will be revised to provide authority to the GRA to access any taxpayers’ bank account in order to ‘garnish’ monies it claims to be owed.Boyer, in an invited comment to by Guyana Times, said this power bestowed upon the country’s tax authority is a major cause for concern when the repercussions of such a move are examined.He opined that the Private Sector does not support persons bypassing on paying their taxes; however, he indicated the procedures enforcing tax collection must include mechanisms that do not drive apprehension among the population.“I don’t think the power to GRA to garnish your bank account without a court order should be done by… If they have a court order, fine, that would give check and balance,” he noted.The PSC Chairman explained that the consequences of such a move will be dire as persons, out of fear, will move to withdraw their monies from the banking system.“The ramifications of it or what I think would happen as it relates to persons in the banking system, persons in the Diaspora; these people will find ways to take their monies out of the banking system for fear that their monies will be garnished without proper regulations…It gives the feeling of insecurity, if there is no court order,” Boyer explained.According to the PSC Head, such an outcome would be counterproductive to the Government’s efforts and vision to promote a society that is not heavily dependent on cash-based transactions.Last month, Government had announced that it will take a major step along technological and digital lines, encouraging through legislation the use of cards to transact financial businesses.Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had said she hopes to take to Parliament next year a draft legislation to support such a paradigm shift, noting that discussions are already ongoing with the Bank of Guyana Governor Gobind Ganga in this regard.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also expressed utter shock over Government’s inclusion of such a measure in the budget, noting that it was “unbelievable”.On the other hand, the Finance Minister, in his budget presentation, explained that such a measure “would assist to improve compliance with demands issued by the GRA for outstanding payments.”The National Budget 2017 also empowers the GRA further by preventing persons from leaving the country until outstanding arrears are settled. GRA will no longer be required to secure a court order in order to enforce this provision, according to Minister Jordan.Jordan announced too that the GRA will be looking to put in place an “Excise Stamp Programme”, based on an Agreement with Canadian Bank Note (CBN).An excise stamp is a type of revenue stamp affixed to excisable goods to indicate that the required excise (and other) taxes have been paid on the product.“This will see the stamping of alcohol and tobacco products with high-security stamps, which can be read by barcode scanners,” according to Jordan.He used the opportunity to announce too that the Commissioner General of GRA will no longer be allowed to provide extensions for the payment of VAT.Explaining his rationale, Jordan told the House, “VAT is funds held in trust, no such right should be given to taxpayers regarding payment… therefore this provision will be repealed.”
Today, the Rotary Club drew a ticket for their first Early Bird Prize of $10,000 – and that winner is Cathryn Dick of Cecil Lake.They also drew a winner of $100, as they have been doing weekly. Stacey Sanders of Fort St. John was the lucky winner of that prize.Another ‘bigger’ Early Bird Prize will be drawn on November 26th – at the Totem Mall at 2 PM – for $15,000.- Advertisement -This year, 187,800 tickets were purchased – which is less than last year’s number of 191,400. However, the Rotary Club introduced the 50/50 draw this year and saw an additional 23,790 tickets bought: bringing the number to 211,590.The grand prize draw is on December 27th, at 3:30 PM at the Totem Mall.
THERE was a wonderful turn-out today for the inaugural Callum’s Run/Walk for Autism 5k in Buncrana today.The race began and ended at the iCARE centre in Ballymacarry with more than 300 participants, helping to raise money for the charity.The walk and run was in memory of local boy Callum Dale who passed away in tragic circumstances in the town in 2013. Place Bib Name Sex AG Club Time1 28 Pius Mc Intyre m SM 16:592 477 Martin Gallagher m SM Foyle Valley A.C. 17:033 467 Matthew Mc Laughlin m SM Foyle Valley A.C. 17:054 498 Cathal Nilson m SM North Pole CC 19:425 384 Adrian Lynch m SM 20:066 484 Peter Sweeney m M50 20:597 481 Adrian Callaghan m SM Letterkenny A.C. 21:358 372 Declan Tucker m SM 21:509 307 Adam Whoriskey m JM Inishowen A.C. 22:1610 466 Emma O ‘ Donnell w SW 22:1811 29 Simon Collins m SM 22:2512 463 Darragh Mc Laughlin m JM Inishowen A.C. 22:3213 420 Andrew Curran m SM 22:3314 436 Helen Mc Daid w SW 22:5415 479 Danielle Grant w SW Inishowen A.C. 23:0316 386 Ryan Downey m JM 23:1117 188 Ryan Doherty m JM 23:1818 142 N.N. 142 23:2019 409 Jonathan Adair m SM 23:2620 115 Joseph Mc Grenra m JM 23:3021 357 Ruth Doherty w SW 23:4522 495 Catherine Doherty w SW Inish Fitness 23:4823 464 Paul Woods m M50 Rothwell Leeds 23:5024 411 Donal Hanley m SM 24:4625 489 Kevin Cooley m SM 24:4926 480 Seana Jackson w SW Inishowen A.C. 25:0927 382 Sonya Mc Grory w SW 25:2528 368 Christine Porter w SW 25:4529 490 Seamus Baldrick m SM Inish Fitness 26:0230 471 Shaun Henderson m SM 26:3531 385 Veronica Long w SW 26:4432 437 Nicole Mc Nicole w SW 26:5133 418 Gerard Duffy m SM 26:5134 438 Niamh Mc Daid w SW 26:5835 439 Laura Mc Laughlin w SW 26:5836 405 Adam Mc Callion m JM 27:0137 485 Michael Healy m SM 27:0638 416 Seán Kelly m SM 27:1239 473 Aisling Henderson w SW 27:1840 472 Karen Henderson w SW 27:1841 487 Joanne Doherty w SW 27:2142 440 Shaun Mc Daid m SM 27:2843 283 Aoife Corry w JW 27:3044 284 Finnuala Mc Laughlin w JW 27:3345 267 Denis Kelly m SM 27:3646 387 Cian Downey m JM 27:5447 1 Luke Clifford m JM 27:5648 144 N.N. 144 28:1349 40 Ryan Fitzpatrick m JM Cockhill 28:1550 4 Theresa Mc Crudden w SW 28:1551 35 Molly Dunlpo w JW Inishowen A.C. 28:1852 276 Siean Mc Colgan w SW 28:1853 143 Sean Whire m SM 28:4354 47 Marie White w SW 28:4455 483 Breege Mc Daid w W50 29:0956 232 John. Mulhern m SM 29:1657 3 Joe Nelis m SM 29:1758 465 Brendan Logue m SM 29:3759 314 Irina Mhic Dhonaill w SW Inishowen A.C. 29:4260 311 Elizabeth Mc Daid w SW 29:4261 313 Ronan Doherty m SM Inishowen A.C. 29:4262 312 Evelyn Mc Ginley w SW Inishowen A.C. 29:4263 34 Fiona Fitzpatrick w SW 29:4364 363 N.N. Carlos m JM 30:1165 388 Teresa Downey w SW 30:2966 364 Trina Muckian w SW 30:3367 319 Kathleen Doherty w W50 30:3768 355 Patricia Mclaughlin w SW 30:3769 48 Josie Gallagher m SM 30:4170 306 Christine Sweeney w JW 30:4571 304 Jayne Grant w SW 30:5072 305 Lisa Grant w SW 30:5073 425 Karl Mc Glen m SM 30:5374 428 Roisin Henderson w SW 30:5475 373 Rachael Gillespie w JW 31:2976 33 Siobhan Fitzpatrick w JW 31:3877 270 N.N. 270 31:5378 51 Sean Mc Colgan m SM 31:5379 43 Conor Parke m JM 31:5680 46 Gregory Parke m SM 31:5781 25 Melissa Callaghan w SW 32:2482 26 Lucy Jackson w JW 32:2483 468 Aine Doherty w SW 32:2684 456 N.N. 456 32:5885 18 N.N. 18 33:0486 17 James Wallace m SM 33:0487 462 Ava Mc Laughlin w SW 33:4688 84 Maria Mc Daid w SW 33:5389 461 David Porter m SM 34:0090 16 Rachel Mc Callion w JW 34:3891 15 Kelly Fullerton w JW 34:3992 334 Janette Mc Laughlin w SW 34:4393 271 Mart Concannon w SW 34:4694 263 Ruairi Concannon m JM 34:4695 309 Erin Whoriskey w JW Inishowen A.C. 35:1196 308 Joanne Whoriskey w SW Inishowen A.C. 35:1197 149 Lucy Herron w JW 35:3898 148 Una Doherty Roe w SW 37:4999 406 Ciara Mc Gann w SW 38:01100 457 N.N. 457 38:08101 30 Orla Mc Laughlin w SW Fighting Fit 38:18102 395 Daithí Mc Brearty m JM 39:08103 346 Rachael Keany w SW 39:11104 394 Colin Mc Brearty m SM 39:14105 434 Emma Sheehy w JW 39:29106 433 Leo Sheehy m SM 39:33107 350 N.N. 350 41:09108 352 N.N. 352 41:10109 112 Sharon Campbell w SW 41:26110 114 Bridie Mc Dermott w SW 41:26111 356 Maureeen Mclaughlin w W50 41:26112 2 Eamonn Doherty m M50 41:27113 476 Josephine Doherty w SW 41:31114 399 Cormac Kerrigan m SM 41:48115 397 Ronan Kerrigan m SM 41:52116 432 Aisling Sheehy w SW 43:23117 392 Leanne Mc Brearty w SW 43:24118 83 Chloe Donaghey w SW 43:25119 82 Mikey Donaghey m SM 43:26120 496 Winifred Mc Laughlin w W50 43:27121 448 Anne Doherty w SW 43:28122 348 Kathleen Mclaughlin w SW 43:28123 451 Danielle Dawson w JW 43:32124 391 Leanne Mc Daid w JW 44:10125 453 Kyle Dawson m JM 44:12126 389 Angela Mc Daid w SW 44:18127 277 Jude Doyle m JM 45:07128 323 Lachlan Gill m SM 45:13129 359 Caron Gallivan w SW 45:17130 360 Kelly Ann Gallivan w SW 45:18131 371 Majella Mc Glinchey w SW 45:18132 358 Cathy Kelly w W50 45:19133 351 Helen Cox w SW 45:20134 486 Bridgeen Callaghan w SW 45:35135 354 Elizebeth White w SW 45:35136 353 Paddy Cox m SM 45:35137 361 Rosemary Callaghan w SW 45:52138 362 N.N. 362 45:52139 36 Kieran Broshun m JM 46:04140 39 N.N. 39 46:04141 37 Catrina Brosnan w SW 46:33142 38 Jamie Brosnun m JM 46:33143 280 Callum Griffin m JM 46:35144 279 Sarah Wbster w SW 46:35145 336 Niamh Clerkin w JW 46:36146 335 Odhrán Mullan m JM 46:36147 57 Adam Mc Laughlin m SM 46:44148 53 Kyle Mc Laughlin m JM 46:44149 54 Stacey Mc Laughlin w W50 46:44150 321 Marie Lavelle w SW 46:51151 23 Geraldine Jackson w SW 46:51152 377 Matthew Downey Fitzpatrick m JM 46:55153 379 Stephan Fitzpatrick m SM 46:55154 56 Gary Duffy m SM 46:56155 381 Emma Murphy w SW 47:07156 285 Darragh Corry m JM 47:12157 380 Kevin O’ Loughlin m SM 47:18158 378 Shaun Fitzpatrick m SM 47:18159 282 Donal Corry m SM 47:29160 281 Niamh Corry w JW 47:30161 452 Pauline Mcdaid w SW 47:33162 390 Amy Mc Daid w JW 47:34163 459 Maeve Loughrey w SW 47:49164 488 Lauren Cooley w JW 48:23165 375 Janey Mc Laughlin w SW 48:28166 278 Marie Clare Doyle w SW 48:41167 494 Anna O’ Donnell w SW 48:44168 493 Elaine Fallon w SW 48:44169 273 Tina Mc Laughlin w W50 48:50170 87 Gillian Grant w SW 48:50171 184 Darragh Fullerton m JM 49:14172 396 Cahir Kerrigan m SM 49:18173 435 Sarah Sheehy w JW 49:20174 345 Stella Keany w SW 49:21175 393 Darragh Mc Brearty m JM 49:23176 325 Dianne Rahim w SW 49:29177 329 Liam Mcdaid m SM 50:09178 328 Millie Locke w SW 50:09179 370 Clodagh Mc Colgan w SW 50:21180 497 Conor Mc Guire m SM 50:21181 369 Daithí Mc Colgan m SM 50:21182 22 Marie Mc Callion w SW 50:23183 318 Caitriona Mc Laughlin w SW 50:25184 330 Jennifer Bradley w SW 50:26185 320 Shaun Friel m SM 50:27186 500 Ciara Kearney w SW 50:29187 374 Margaret Mc Kinney w SW 50:29188 24 Mary Mc Laughlin w SW 50:29189 365 Pam Boyce w SW 50:31190 367 Lisa Boyce w SW 50:32191 366 Andrew Boyce m SM 50:33192 499 Dessie Kearneyb m SM 50:34193 120 Alisha Mc Elhinney w JW 50:48194 290 Denise Burke w SW Sonas 51:01195 478 Jude Morrow m JM 51:03196 337 Anne Nelson w SW 51:46197 339 Jade Robinson w JW 51:47198 413 Amanda Nelson w SW 51:47199 338 Kieran Robinson m JM 51:48200 256 N.N. 256 51:51201 257 Yvonne Duncan w SW 51:52202 255 Ross Duncan m JM 51:52203 189 Jennifer Hegarty w SW 52:13204 187 P.j. Doherty m JM 52:13205 412 Gabrielle Mc Laughlin w W50 52:33206 460 Claire Nelson w W50 52:33207 423 Eve Quigley w SW 52:42208 186 John Fullerton m JM 52:44209 185 N.N. 185 52:44210 183 Sofia Fullerton w JW 52:44211 182 Almudena Gestera w SW 52:52212 324 Yasmin Rahim w SW 52:58213 326 Gavin Doherty m SM 52:58214 492 Aileen Henderson w SW 53:01215 262 Cathy Doherty w SW 53:02216 90 Mary Gill w JW 53:02217 89 Peter Mc Ginty m JM 53:03218 261 Laurence Doherty m SM 53:03219 332 Niamh Gallagher w SW 53:07220 333 Noel Doherty m SM 53:07221 190 Louise Doherty w SW 53:07222 31 Cathy Doherty w SW 53:12223 116 Bridie Grant w SW Sonas 53:12224 32 Stephan Doherty m JM 53:12225 322 Pauline Mc Closkey w SW 53:12226 446 Arlene Gill w SW 53:14227 445 Caomhe Gill w SW 53:14228 455 Lauren Gill w JW 53:15229 340 Tergan Mc Laughlin w JW 53:18230 343 Martin Mclaughlin m SM 53:19231 342 Pilar Goice w SW 53:32232 341 Laura Gonzalez Sainz w SW 53:32233 147 Anne Marie Donaghey w W50 Zumba Buncrana 53:37234 119 Megan Coyle w JW 53:38235 27 Noreen Turner w W50 53:38236 146 Rachel Donaghey w SW Zumba Buncrana 53:40237 454 Niamh Bradley w JW 53:42238 349 N.N. 349 53:54239 6 Dylan Mc Larke m JM 54:04240 111 Sorcha Mc Laughlin w SW 54:05241 303 Margaret Mc Carron w SW 54:13242 422 Gemma Marston w SW 54:13243 113 Caoimhe Grant w JW 54:24244 469 Sinead Baraer w SW Sonas 54:24245 414 Siobhan King w W50 54:42246 415 Winifred Kelly w SW 54:43247 344 Aaron Keany m SM 54:53248 310 Carol Irwin w SW 54:54249 347 Susan Keany w SW 54:55250 181 Margaret Gallagher w W50 54:58251 470 Mairead Mc Dermott w SW 55:00252 417 John Doherty m SM 55:34253 19 Sheila Mc Colgan w SW 55:35254 315 Zeo Mc Daid w SW 55:53255 20 Sharon Henderson w SW 56:00256 21 Seamus Henderson m SM 56:01257 444 Orla Treacy w SW Sonas 56:40258 449 Agnes Doherty w JW 56:42259 450 Lauren O’ Leary w SW 56:44260 10 Lorcan Moody m JM 56:54261 408 Fionnuala Marston w SW 56:54262 402 Monica Mc Gee w SW 57:08263 12 Reisu Moody w JW 57:08264 7 Rosemary Crossan w W50 57:09265 11 Fionn Moody m JM 57:09266 9 Margaret Gallagher w SW 57:09267 260 Jenny Fortune w SW 57:09268 8 Nicholas Crossan m M50 57:39269 14 Tegan Mc Gee w JW 57:45270 491 Lisa Henderson w SW 57:45271 13 Genevieve Mc Gee w SW 57:45272 274 Bridie Deehan w W50 58:00273 44 Matthew Parke m JM 58:27274 42 Ronan Parke m JM 58:36275 45 Linda Parke w SW 58:36276 317 Emer Mc Laughlin w SW 58:45277 316 Orla Mc Daid w SW 58:46278 301 Neil Mc Laughlin m JM 58:49279 302 Noel Mc Laughlin m M50 58:50280 85 Sharon Donaghey w SW 58:50281 5 Anne Conroy w W50 58:53282 86 Marie Mc Daid w SW 58:53283 88 Brigid Mc Ginley w SW 58:53284 272 Doreen Carter w SW 58:53285 41 Margaret White w W50 59:15286 288 Grace Mc Fadden w JW 60:23287 289 Georgina Mc Fadden w SW 60:28288 49 Monica Mc Closkey w W50 60:31289 404 Siobhan Byrne w SW 60:32290 403 Mhiai Killeny w SW 60:32291 50 Liam Mc Closkey m M50 60:32292 259 Colin Mc Geady m SM 60:32293 118 Rosaleen Mc Laughlin w SW 60:36294 424 Philomena Mc Carron w SW 60:37295 117 Caoimhe Mc Laughlin w JW 60:37296 410 Eamonn Porter m SM 60:42297 401 Julie Mc Daid w SW 60:45298 458 N.N. 458 60:46299 150 Pat Gillen m SM 61:02300 287 Patricia Fallanagh w W50 62:33301 286 Anne Gallanagh w SW 62:36302 475 Jennifer Doherty w SW 64:31303 141 Gerry Mc Gonagle m M50 66:28304 327 Cliodhna Gallagher w SW 66:30305 52 Don Mc Guinness m SM 66:33306 442 Deirdre Dale w SW 66:44307 443 Peter Dab m SM 66:46308 211 Liam Mc Laughlin m SM 67:02309 212 Seamus Diver m SM 67:03310 258 John Duncan m SM 68:37311 482 Patrick Mc Daid m M50 68:39312 265 Darragh Kelly m JM 69:41313 268 Cliona Kelly w JW iCare 69:41314 269 Anna Marie Kelly w JW 69:42315 266 Anna Kelly w SW 69:43316 431 Conor Deeney m SM Sonas 70:51317 275 Claire Whire w SW 71:49318 145 Bronagh Whire w SW 71:49319 231 Marianne Fullerton w SW 73:45RESULTS FROM THE INAUGURAL CALLUM’S RUN FOR AUTISM was last modified: April 9th, 2016 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:buncranaCallum DaleCallum’s Run
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he is in the dark over when captain Ron Vlaar will be fit again.The Dutchman missed Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Fulham on Sunday with a calf injury, joining striker Libor Kozak and defender Antonio Luna on the sidelines.Lambert insisted the injury was not as bad as last season, when Vlaar was ruled out for two months, but he admitted the centre-back may not be fit for next Sunday’s match with Manchester United.The Villa boss said: “I don’t know how long he’s going to be out. It’s not as bad as his one last year. I think he’s a lot more positive about this.“I don’t expect it to be months or anything like that.”Lambert also insisted full-back Matt Lowton remained in his thoughts, despite being left out again in favour of Leandro Bacuna, who gave away a penalty at Craven Cottage.The Scot said: “Bacuna had been playing well and when Matty came on [against Fulham] he did fine.“He’s not too far from coming back in, really.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton and Jenna LeeSpring planting is right around the corner and one wants to ensure the planter is at peak performance. Considering current seed costs and tight margins, getting seed placed right during planting is critical. Not getting it right at planting can impact yield, with university research on corn indicating:10 bushel per acre gain can be achieved from good seed-to-soil contact.Uneven emergence can have a 5% to 9% yield impact.Seeding depth and downforce management are critical for optimization of planter performance.The goal of the planter should be to:Maintain the target seeding rate within a field,Obtain uniform seed spacing, andAchieve adequate and uniform planting depth without compaction, supporting immediate germination and uniform emergence.The following provides a checklist for the planter and technology to consider before spring planting, along with suggestions for evaluating stands once crops are emerged.Planter checklistCheck all chains and sprockets, replace as needed. All chains should be adjusted to the proper tension. Grease and oil before heading to the field, plus regularly during the planting season.Check opening disks for wear and proper spacing. Measure diameter and replace if too worn as outlined in the operator’s manual.Check bushings in parallel linkages that connect units to the maintain toolbar. Loose units will influence seed depth and fertilizer placement.Depth wheels need to run tight against seed opening disks. Remember depth or gauge wheels control planting depth, so look them over and make sure they are properly set up.Check seals on meter to ensure door seals correctly and meter outlet properly aligns with seed tube.Check the wear and cracks on bottom of seed tube. Cracks and wear at the bottom impact the uniformity of seed spacing.Look over row cleaners, checking for wear. Properly adjust height and remember row cleaners are intended to remove stover and residue out of the way for the opening disks and not to till the soil bed.Check closing wheels to ensure they have the proper spring setting. They should not be loose or excessively tight. Also, check clearance based on the operator’s manual recommendations.Technology checklistMake sure the firmware on the GPS receiver and display are up-to-date.Make sure GPS receiver offsets and planter offsets are correctly input into the display for accurate ON/OFF actuation of auto-row control and that seeding rates change in the correct location for variable-rate seeding.Back-up and archive past years planting data in a secure location on a farm computer, external hard drive, cloud site, or similar.If purchasing a differential correction, make sure your subscription is up-to-date before the planting season.Look over wiring harnesses and connectors for damage and loose connections.Note final planter and display setups by crop for future reference. This ensures that setup of a new display can happen quickly without having to go through every setup process again causing more down time. Post-emergence scoutingWhile still waiting on spring planting, it can also be good to plan out your scouting and evaluation of the planting operation and final stands. Here are scouting data to consider collecting once the crop is emerged. Make sure you are taking the time to scout across the entire field that includes visiting locations where unique growing conditions differ.Stand counts — always good to collect stand counts to understand variability across fields and compare back to the target seeding rate.Quality of seedling emergence — scout for stand uniformity and the existence of skips within rows. Note if rusting or freeze-frost damage may have occurred.Leaf and stem discoloration — evaluate if any nutrient deficiencies exist such as yellowing of corn plants that may indicate nitrogen or even sulfur deficiency.Wilting plants — usually a sign of frost, insect or herbicide damage. Quick investigation can help identify the cause.Here is a list of a few APPs that can support the planting operation and post-emergence scout:Mobile Pioneer by PioneerPlantability by PioneerAgPhD Planting Population CalculatorAgPhD Field Guide by AgPhDClimateFieldview CabTrimble Ag MobileGoPlant by John DeerePlanter Plus by John DeereOhio State PLOTS Find additional resources and information on planters at the Ohio State University Digital Ag website: https://digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/precision-seeding Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at email@example.com. Jenna Lee is student research associate. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Standing in line for the big conference could become a much less painful experience if a new class of mobile apps that use QR codes prove effective. Once you’ve gotten through the line, your experience attending an event could be made richer with the same technology. EventBee, a startup that sells tickets to events for a flat rate of $1 each, launched Android app today that event organizers can download to their phones. The app then scans 2D bar-codes, or QR codes, that attendees received with their receipts when they buy a ticket. The company says an iPhone app will be launched with-in the next 30 days.Eventbee isn’t alone in thinking QR codes could go well with events. Another startup called Mogotix aims to offer a very similar function, though its organizer-side app is listed as “coming soon.” The advantage of the Eventbee software is that attendees don’t have to do anything but bring their receipts, printed or on their phones. Leading competitor Eventbrite launched an iPhone app this Spring but does not support code scanning for check in. Using Eventbee’s new app, anyone on an event’s staff can be turned into a quick check-in administrator with a simple download to their phones. The check-ins will be much faster and richer than scanning names on paper. QR code-driven check-ins can also provide much richer analytics, in theory, than would be practical to collect manually. Every code can carry a payload of data about the person checking in.Beyond Check-insCodes for events are believed to have a lot of potential beyond checking in, too. Designer Andreas Carlsson articulated a number of different possibilities for consumer-side QR use in a recent blog post; imagine scanning a conference guide with your phone to get a speaker’s slide deck live on your phone while they are speaking, for example.So far event attendees have not adopted QR codes with the enthusiasm that advocates have hoped, however. That may change in the future, but Eventbee’s strategy of focusing on getting codes and readers into the hands of event organizers first seems smart.Regarding consumer features, Eventbee founder Bala Musrif says those are on the road-map. “We’ve got more in the pipe-line in that direction,” he says. “This is our first step – but we’ve got big games planned in real time check-in scenarios.”Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb has purchased the services of Eventbee for ticketing at past events. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick
Netuk houseIdeal for those who want to experience the posh of the past, this aristocratic homestay will give travellers a taste of local life with the added comfort of luxury. Decorated in local style with bright cheery interiors and local Sikkimese textiles, the house is a charming old-fashioned retreat. The family-run ‘hotel’ offers local hospitality along with lovely local spreads for discerning foodies. Festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and a warm and friendly vibe, Netuk House comes with an added charm: expect enriching evenings listening to local lore over many cups of chai. There are also gorgeous uninterrupted views of the snowclad mountains. Tibet Road, Gangtok; Tel: (03592) 222 374Pastanga villageTo get the real local feel, you must experience living with a Sikkimese family in a typical village. Stop by Pastanga village, in Assam Lingzay just outside Gangtok, a truly beautiful spot right in the lap of nature. This little village is flush in rhododendron and magnolia flowers and a wide variety of bamboo species. It is truly a fascinating destination for nature lovers as it provides spectacular walks and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Pastanga is also the starting point for the exciting Khedi trek, rich in biodiversity, popular with adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy local traditions, dances and music during your stay here. There are nearly ten government approved homestays which are all very reasonable and accessible. 28 km from Gangtok; www.keeppastangasikkim.orgThe teen jhurey trek Starting from a place called Golitar, this is a wonderful nature trek for all those who seek adventure. The richly forested area is known to be the home for various species of wild animals and birds. For those who like the peaceful sport of angling, the hike to River Bhusak is perfect. This is a one day hike but the scenery and the fish at the end of the line are worth the journey. The hike starts from Syari, four km from Gangtok. One can get equipment on hire from local travel agents and you take a local guide along. 25 km from GangtokLocal pickles Sikkim has three major communities–the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalese–and each of them contribute to the state’s varied cuisine and culture. Apart from the regular momos and thukpas, available at nearly every corner store and restaurant, the foodie should not return from Sikkim without trying some of the local pickles. A must try is sidra ko achar, a pickle made out of a small dried fish called sidra and eaten with rice and dal. For vegetarians, there is the exotic chhurpi ko achar. Chhurpi is a local fermented cottage cheese and is widely used in Sikkimese cuisine; the pickle in mustard oil and spices is quite a tasty accompaniment with plain rice. There is also mesu or fermented bamboo shoot pickle, shimi ko achar or the string bean pickle and the extremely delicious hot dalle and bamboo shoot pickle. Pick up a bottle at Gupta Tea House or Rainbow, on M.G. Marg. Also check Sikkim Supreme Factory near SingtamLess known brewsA butter salt tea churned inside a bamboo container is a popular drink that helps keeping you warm, and thus is consumed in large quantities in the winter. While chaang or the local beer is the most popular drink, other variants of it are also worth a try. These include simal tarul ko jaanr, which is a fermented cassava root alcoholic drink and raksi, a clear rice wine with a strong aroma. Homemade rhododendron and ginger wine can be found in local villages. Kanchan berry juice, a recent favourite, is also rather delicious and comes with medicinal values. A local homestay would be the best place to find these unusual brewsGonjang monasteryEstablished in the year 1981, this monastery, one of the less known in the state, belongs to Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Located on the outskirts of the city, the peaceful environment and the prayer chants make it a destination worth a visit, especially it is fairly free of crowds. One can also admire the beauty of the town from here. A host of annual events and festivities add colour to the calm. www.gonjangmonastery.orgGreen foodWhile in this lush green state you will be surrounded by a mindboggling variety of plants and vegetation that will immediately serve to soothe city-jangled nerves. And while all of them are beautiful, some of them even taste good. Locals have learnt how to use many of the local leaves and ferns in their cooking and have turned them into great delicacies. Try the popular nettle soup or sisnu, prepared out of the local edible varieties of nettle which is served with steamed rice. Wild edible fern or ningro is another leafy treat that is usually mixed with cottage cheese and turned into a delicious curry. Another leafy delicacy is gundruk, the fermented and preserved leaves of radish, mustard and cauliflower. These are soaked in water and cooked before consumption and form an excellent side dish with meat, fish and vegetable dishes. These dishes will be available at homes and homestays rather than restaurants–act like a local and ask for them and enjoy the surprised smiles. And the food. If you stay at a homestay, you will have the best option to try local food. Otherwise ask a your hotel for the best option. Still waters performanceWhat’s a hill holiday without the strums of a guitar? This folk-rock band from Gangtok with a repertoire of punchy originals in English and Nepali is unmissable. To catch a gig, check out the schedule at the lovely bohemian pub called Little Italy in Deorali, or Cafe Live and Loud on Tibet Road, another popular hangout for music lovers. You can check the local paper for listings of their shows.Stitch a bakuThe lovely brocade dresses that the local women wear come in a variety of colours, patterns and fabrics. Pick up your desired fabric and take it to Lhasa Tailors or Classic Tailor to get an outfit tailored to your or your partner’s size and specifications. For a great range of designer bakus and honjus, a traditional Tibetan outfit, make your way to Gaari Designs. Lhasa is near Old Children’s Park; Classic is on M.G. Marg; log on to www.gaaridesigns.comHouse of bambooThis small restaurant tucked away on a quite lane is known for its food and warm ambience. Tibetan delicacies, spicy Chinese fare and a variety of momos, all at a very reasonable price, make this a great option. Definitely try their lip-smacking beef chilli and gyathuk, special noodles cooked with vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup. Their rice preparation with pork is also quite delicious and everything is between the astounding price range of Rs. 40 and Rs. 180. On Nam Nang Road.advertisementadvertisementGangtok: Lily Tshering BhutiaAn avid trekker, Lily is director of a specialised travel company that organises high altitude treks. She lives in Gangtok but feels most at home in the great outdoors, especially the rhododendron forests in her home state. Lily is also a foodie and her two loves can be seen here!Outside Gangtok: Trek to RachelaThis trekking route is an absolute paradise for nature lovers, with a wonderful array of flora and fauna all along the way. Starting from a place called ‘Hathicheray’, which translates to ‘elephant pass’, you walk for about three and a half hours, after which you reach a place called Mulkharga Lake. This is a great place to set up an overnight base camp with lush greenery all around and a truly breathtaking view as the day breaks. Next morning, continue the trek towards Ramitey Dara. The trek takes approximately two and half hours and passes through stretches of evergreen forest and rocky terrain dotted with caves. The landscape keeps changing and the route meanders through dense bamboo forest and startling pink rhododendron trees. This trek is also fantastic for the variety of birds that one can see along the way. This part of the trek takes most part of the day and will culminate at the gorgeous Rachela Pass. The area is dominated by the Lepchas and one can see their traditional houses along the way. The campsite has a small pond and an old forest reserve bungalow. After a night’s rest, you can trek up two kilometres to the actual pass and enjoy the magnificent view. Rachela is on the border of Sikkim and Bhutan and thus a fairly sensitive and restricted area. While there are tour operators who might bring you up here illegally, please take care to take prior permissions from the forest and tourism departments; Tel: (03592) 221 634; www.sikkimtourism.travelMust do: SikkimStay: Homestay in kewzingImmerse yourself in local culture at Kewzing, a timeless Bhutia village that rests against a backdrop of magnificent mountains. This is the place to stay if you want a first-hand experience of Sikkimese rural life. The rooms are simple but clean and cosy, and the meals, served in the family kitchen, are tasty and wholesome. Activities include birdwatching, excursions to the monasteries dotting the rambling countryside and even working in the fields with the villagers!Kewzing Homestays; Tel: (044) 3988 1000; www.mahindrahomestays.comEat: MomosIf you are the sort who ventures into Sikkim House in Delhi or momo joints all over north India’s hillstations, then Sikkim is your heaven. Every nook and corner will serve big juicy dumplings filled with the meat of your choice (a number of them). Happy feasting on perfect, thin, meaty momos. In Gangtok, a good place to try is M.G. Market.Shop: Thangka scrollsDepicting Buddhist themes and symbols as well as other religious iconography, thangkas are canvas scrolls that are often framed with silk. Genuine thangkas are made with only vegetable or mineral dyes, and each colour has its own significance; white stands for peace, while gold represents enlightenment. While only Buddhist monks once created thangkas, they are now available in most handicrafts stores. Try the small shop near Rumtek Monastery, about 24 km from GangtokSee: PellingYour usual lazy hillstation filled with friendly people, this is where you can get great views of the mighty Khangchendzonga. Brave the walk to Pemayangtse, about three km from Upper Pelling, for the famous Pemayangtse Monastery, one of Sikkim’s holiest. 120 km from Gangtok.advertisement
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke, already banned from football for ethics violations, are facing a fresh investigation over the salaries and bonuses they received in office.In a separate decision, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was given a life ban from any soccer-related activity and fined one million Swiss francs ($1.02 million).FIFA’s ethics committee said its investigators had opened formal proceedings against both Blatter and Valcke, along with former finance director Markus Kattner, for possible ethics violations which included bribery and corruption.The suspected violations were “in the context of salaries and bonuses paid to Mr Blatter, Mr Valcke and Mr Kattner as well as other provisions included in the contracts of these three individuals,” it said. (Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA)They are also suspected of having breached rules on general conduct, loyalty, conflicts of interest and “offering and accepting gifts and other benefits.”Valcke’s lawyer declined comment while Blatter and Kattner could not immediately be reached although they have previously denied wrongdoing.EARNINGS IN LINE WITH OTHER PRO LEAGUESBlatter has said his earnings were in line with top officials from professional sports leagues around the world.Soccer’s global governing body is attempting to recover from the worst graft scandal in its history which has seen 42 people, including former FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May last year.Criminal investigations are also under way in Switzerland, where FIFA has its headquarters.Those 42 include Webb, ex-president of the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean, who has pleaded guilty in the United States to offences linked to racketeering, fraud and money laundering.advertisementFIFA’s ethics committee has conducted its own investigation into the Cayman Islander and announced on Friday that was guilty of breaking ethics violations, including bribery and corruption.FIFA said in June that an internal investigation revealed that the three officials had received 79 million Swiss francs ($81 million) in compensation over five years, calling them “massive payouts”.FIFA’s lawyers Quinn Emanuel, which conducted the investigation, said the evidence revealed a coordinated effort by the three to “enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives.”BLATTER SERVING BANBlatter, 80, who led FIFA from 1998 until 2015, has already been banned for eight years, later to reduced to six following an appeal.The ban was imposed for ethics violations related to a payment of 2 million Swiss francs that FIFA made to then European soccer boss Michel Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.He has appealed to sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and is awaiting a verdict.Valcke was fired in January and has since been banned for 12 years, reduced to 10 on appeal, for ethics violations which included using FIFA expenses for sightseeing trips and destruction of evidence.Kattner, who took over as acting secretary general after Valcke’s dismissal, was fired by FIFA in May.
Google is yet to reveal the launch date of its third generation Pixel phones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. But at least one of these phones — that is the Pixel 3 XL — is already on sale, albeit at an outrageous price of $2000 (around Rs 1.4 lakh) and through the personal Telegram account of someone in Russia. The Pixel 3 XL has also been revealed thoroughly, has been reviewed on couple of Russian websites, its specs and hardware details have been shown to all, and its design has been displayed from all angles in photos and videos. As far as the leaks go, the Pixel 3 XL leak is as extensive as it gets.Officially, the phones are expected to launch in October. But it seems that ahead of the October launch, a batch of Pixel 3 XL were on their way to the Google office in Mountain View from China, where they were manufactured. The plane carrying the Pixel 3 XL units stopped in Ukraine, and the Google phones were stolen. Bad for Google we suppose, but not so much for the smartphone users who were looking forward to these phones. Now, all the details of the Pixel 3 XL are known. And here is a quick summary of everything that we have learnt about the Pixel 3 XL.Pixel 3 XL is already on saleA Ukrainian dealer has reportedly managed to get hold of some pre-production units of the Pixel 3 XL and has leaked images, unboxing video and the retail box of the phone. The Pixel phones this year will come bundled with Pixel buds.advertisement The dealer – who goes by the name Luchkov — is selling the Pixel 3 XL units for $2,000 each – which is roughly around Rs 1.4 lakh – in the black market. Google legal and security teams, and Foxconn’s team are both investigating the matter and are involved in internal discussions about the leaks.Pixel 3 XL review is outMeanwhile, another Russian website has somehow got the Pixel 3 XL and has posted an early review of it. The reviewer has also compared the Pixel 3 XL camera samples to that of the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The review comes with a disclaimer in the beginning – in which the author says that this is a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 XL and hence some aspects of the phone rough and some features are not fully developed. But overall, the reviewer says, the final product will look exactly like the pre-production unit.Pixel 3 XL is mostly glass and that notchAs far as the design of the phone is concerned, the Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like the Pixel 2 XL. The front design of the phone, however, will see a drastic change compared to the predecessor. The Pixel 3 XL follows the latest trend and comes with a notched display. Compared to the iPhone X notch, the Pixel 3 XL notch is much wider (length-wise) – which doesn’t look very appealing. The notch – as seen in the leaked pictures -includes the selfie cameras. The Pixel 3 XL is expected to come with two front sensors, and sensors along with the earpiece. The back panel of the phone will be made of glass and the leaked hands-on video shows that the phone will come with wireless charging support. Just as the Pixel 2 XL, the rear side of the 3 XL will include a single camera paired with LED flash, followed by a circular shaped fingerprint sensor.Wireless chargingA hands-on video leaked by the earlier this week revealed that the Pixel 3 XL will come with wireless charging support. In another video, leaked by a Twitter user, who goes by the name Khoroshev, the Pixel 3 XL is seen with built-in Qi wireless charging support. Rumours also suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will not come with the wireless charger, which means consumers will have to buy the charger separately. Previously, we did come across rumours of a Google Pixel Stand wireless charging dock, which the search giant is expected to launch along with the third-gen Pixel phones in October. Some rumours suggest that only the Pixel 3 XL with glass back design will come with wireless charging support and not the cheaper model — the Pixel 3.Dual selfie camerasContrary to earlier rumours, the new images of the Pixel 3 XL posted by the black market dealer as well as the review reveal that Pixel 3 XL will not come with dual cameras on the back. The phone – just like the Pixel 2 XL — will come with a single camera of the back paired with a dual LED flash. As far as the camera specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to sport 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted auto focus.advertisement Meanwhile, on the front, going in line with the previous leaks, the new images also show that the Pixel 3 XL will come with dual selfie cameras. This camera will have an 8-megapixel primary image sensor. One of the two selfie cameras will come with a wide angle lens. A new report coming from 9toMac reveals that the Pixel 3 XL will be able to shoot ‘Super Selfies’, meaning the phone will feature faux bokeh for Portrait Mode.As far as the camera performance is concerned, the Russian website that put up the review of the Pixel 3 XL compared the pictures clicked with the Pixel phone with that of the Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro. Camera has always been the best thing about Pixel phones, and the same is expected of the Pixel 3 XL as well. But, according to the reviewer, the camera samples of the Pixel 3 XL don’t look as promising as that of the other two phones. This could probably be because pictures are taken with a pre-production unit.Google Pixel 3 XL specificationsThe reviewer clicked a picture, keeping the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro next to each other, and there’s no doubt that the Google phone is the biggest of the three. The Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. The Pixel 3 XL will come with OLED panel, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on it. In the review, the screen of the Note 9 looks brighter than the Pixel phone’s under direct sunlight. The Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB RAM with 64GB/128 GB. The phone will run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie. The Pixel 3 XL will use a 3430 mAh battery and come with fast charging support.Google Pixel 3 XL priceThe final price of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL is yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which when converted to INR comes around Rs 45,000. Meanwhile, the leaked retail box reveals that this year’s Pixel phones will come bundled with Pixel buds which will cost around $150 (roughly Rs 10500) if bought separately.