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‘Respect Right to Protest’

first_imgAccording to the international partners, the May 14 dialogue meeting was a signal of all parties’ willingness to work together amicably on issues arising from political disagreement to agree and foster development.— UN, AU, ECOWAS urge Gov’tThe United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) Liaison Office in Liberia and the Office of the Special Representative of the Economy Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Liberia are urging the government to respect and uphold Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution by allowing those planning to protest on June 7 to go ahead with their planned “peaceful protest.”Article 17 guarantees the right of all Liberians to lawful, peaceful and orderly assembly and association. The Council of Patriots (organizers of the June 7 protest), are relying this legal instrument on to organize Liberians to demonstrate their discontentment with the current governance system through a peaceful protest and present their petition to the government.In a statement circulated on the evening of Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the multilateral stakeholders commended the government and other stakeholders, including the Council of Patriots, for the inclusive dialogue held on May 14, 2019, which coincided with this year’s National Unification Day activities.According to the international partners, the meeting was a signal of all parties’ willingness to work together amicably on issues arising from political disagreement to agree and foster development.“Any prolonged political disagreement in Liberia will undermine peace, as well as worsen the prospects for improved socioeconomic development,” they added.“We, therefore, reiterate the need for inclusive, transparent and continued dialogue on the planned 7 June protest, without denying Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution, which guarantees the right of all Liberians to lawful, peaceful and orderly assembly and association,” the partners said in their statement.The multilateral groups also expressed renewal of their continued support to the process with a firm commitment to support the people and Government of Liberia (GoL) in their endeavors for a peaceful, stable and prosperous country.Liberia has, of late, been facing political and economic crises. Acknowledging the situation, United States Ambassador Christine Elder called on President George Weah to take steps to curtail those challenges.Also, on May 10, 2019, heads of UN Peace Missions in West Africa held their 34th High-Level Meeting in Bissau, Guinea Bissau, where they highlighted several regional challenges, including the current situation in Liberia.According to count four of the communiqué from that meeting, the Heads of Missions took note of the briefing on the current situation in Liberia, particularly the planned protest on June 7, as well as the dialogue with the government, pressure groups and opposition political parties, to ensure that the protests are peaceful.The meeting, according to a release from Bissau, enjoined the people and the GoL to sustain efforts to address various political, economic and governance challenges facing the country, and reiterated the importance of the maintenance of peace and security.They commended the UN Country Team’s coordinated support to Liberia, as well as the strong partnership between the UN, the AU and ECOWAS, particularly on conflict prevention and good offices.The Heads of Mission then called on the international community to continue its support to Liberia to further enhance peace consolidation and sustainable development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Messi’s Argentina revival – false dawn or renewed promise?

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina lived to fight another day © AFP / OLGA MALTSEVABRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Lionel Messi hit his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina narrowly avoided an embarrassing group-stage exit but vast improvements are needed if they are to go much further.Messi’s effort against Nigeria, as he brilliantly cushioned the ball on his thigh before drilling into the far corner, was a tantalising reminder of his talent, largely conspicuous by its absence so far in Russia. It was just a sixth World Cup goal in his fourth tournament but, combined with a late winner from Marcos Rojo, it was enough to send Argentina through to a blockbuster clash with France.Messi was subdued during a tumultuous first two games in Russia, missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw with tiny Iceland and then vanishing almost entirely from sight in a 3-0 defeat by Croatia.In that game Argentina’s porous three-man defence was badly exposed, leaving the two-time world champions staring into the abyss and sparking rumours of revolt within the squad.The Argentine FA spoke out in support of embattled coach Jorge Sampaoli amid suggestions he would be sacked, with the 58-year-old absolving Messi of the blame for the Croatia disaster.“The way the match was structured against Croatia didn’t suit Messi,” Sampaoli said.Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s first goal against Nigeria © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVWhile Messi’s World Cup hopes were hanging by a thread, eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s stock was soaring after his hat-trick against Spain and the winner over Morocco.Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s most-capped player, shot down reports of strained relations between the players and Sampaoli as the team prepared for their do-or-die Nigeria showdown.“The relationship with the coach is completely normal,” Mascherano said.“Obviously, when we feel uncomfortable about something we speak with him because if we didn’t we would be hypocrites.”– Aguero advice –Argentina’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, secured by Rojo’s thumping volley four minutes from the end, may have prolonged the international career of one of football’s all-time greats.“We were confident that we were going to win the match,” Messi said afterwards. “It is amazing to have won it in this manner. It is a joy and one that we deserved.”While the early exchanges passed him by, it took just one moment of magic to awaken a slumbering superstar, although Argentina’s momentum was fleeting.Messi faded after Nigeria levelled early in the second half, the five-time world player of the year finding himself surrounded by a sea of green shirts.But Rojo’s late heroics ensured Argentina live to fight another day, and it was Messi, not the Manchester United defender, who was mobbed by his team-mates at the final whistle.The rollercoaster of emotions took its toll on an animated Diego Maradona, the Argentina legend tended to by medical staff at the stadium.Questions will continue over Sampaoli’s authority after the coach apparently sought Messi’s advice over the introduction of Sergio Aguero as a late substitute, with Argentina in desperate need of a goal.Messi was also spotted issuing a half-time team talk in the tunnel before the players headed back out for the second period.Regardless of who calls the shots, Argentina now have just three days to prepare for their meeting with a talented France side in Kazan, where they will need everyone pulling in the same direction to keep the dream alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Dougie Freedman sacked by Nottingham Forest

first_img Dougie Freedman has been axed by Forest 1 Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Dougie Freedman.The former Scotland international had been in charge at the City Ground for 13 months and leaves the club 14th in the Championship table.Forest have won just two of their last 10 games in all competitions with Freedman in charge and crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday in their final game under his management.last_img

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Letterkenny Golf Club: Shane ‘scans’ Lady Captain’s Prize

first_imgConor Mc Gettigan, [centre] sponsor of the Mc Gettigan Gala Open competition played recently at Letterkenny Golf Club, pictured with prizewinners [l-r] Kieran Sweeney, Con Boyce, JP Clarke and Bryan Margey. Also pictured is Captain Ivan Fuery.Monday 25th again saw a good turn-out of the club’s juniors and what impressive scores we have seen being returned of late. Scoring highest last week was Patrick Page with 43pts followed by Dylan Mc Croary on 42pts.Wednesday 27th hosted the Bonnar Engineering sponsored Open and indeed, engineering his way to the winning score was Kevin Hensey [11] who, with a three over par gross 21pts on front nine, pinned birdies at 10th [Cornagill] and 18th [Stockade] for a formidable 24pts on inward nine and an overall 45pts, a three point margin over runner-up Aiden Friel [9] who finished with 42pts. Despite bogeys at par three’s 13th and 16th and Aughaninshin [par four 17th], Aiden recorded back-to-back birdies at 10th, 11th and 12th holes, finishing off with another birdie at 18th for a one under gross back nine. In third place was J.P.Clarke [12] whose inauspicious start of double bogey at Glebe [2nd], birdie at Swilly [3rd] ‘blank’ at Sliabh Sneacht [4th] and birdie at Inishowen [5th] left him wondering what was to come next and indeed, birdie at 11th [Settlement], double bogey at 12th [Sheep Hill] and birdie at 18th gave him 40pts to relegate Michael Boyce [13] to fourth place on B.O.T. Gross prize went to John Doran [7] with 31pts gross and visitor’s prize was collected by Enda Mc Cormick [13] with 35pts. Wednesday evening 9 holes competition winners were: 1st. Tommy Greally 22pts; 2nd. Alistair Boreland 21pts ; 3rd. Donal Murphy 19pts; (bot) Saturday 30th had one of the favourite competitions of the year, the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Open and proving as such was the fact that, despite the ‘big match’ in Dublin, over one hundred entries were received with Daniel Patton [14] winning through with the help of a birdie at Stockade [18th] giving him 21pts on back nine to add to his impressive 22pts on front nine for a total return of 43pts, pipping runner-up Conor Coady [20] by one point. Conor’s nines of 20pts and 22pts respectively were left short no doubt by his double bogey at Stackyard [14th], but enough on the countback to relegate Cat 4 convener Gerry O’ Sullivan [18] to third place on B.O.T., Gerry again showing his Cat 4 ensemble that he can play, returning 42pts also. In fourth place was Paddy Doherty [25] also on 42pts whilst gross prize was again won by Jack Patton [4] with 35pts gross.The last day of July, Sunday 31st, saw another large entry, this time playing for the much anticipated Lady Captain’s prize to Gents and taking the honour was Shane Scanlan [7] whose birdie at 4th helped him return a one over gross 37 shots on outward nine and a better back nine on countback from 40pts placed him above Tony Duffy [22] on B.O.T., Tony also posting 40pts having recorded a birdie at par three 8th but that unfortunate ‘blank’ at 10th no doubt had him lose out on top spot. Third placed was Ulster Cup and Donegal League team stalwart Shay Henry [13], whose back-to-back double bogeys definitely lost top spot for him. Gross prize on Sunday was won by Shane Blake [6] with 31pts gross, having a grandstand finish at par five 18th with an eagle three whilst the most improved golfer of the season so far, Eddie Margey [13] collected front nine prize with 21pts and last year’s golfer of the year, Kevin Rafferty [6] collected back nine with 22pts.The first competition to greet August was the annual ‘Friends of St. Luke ‘s Hospital Charity Open on Monday 1st and returning the winning score was Glenn Mc Nulty [20] who recorded no less than seven [7] pars in the first eight holes to take the turn with 23pts and cruising home on the back nine with 19pts, finished with 42pts to pip Joe Blake [11], on 41pts. Despite a ‘blank’ at The Isle [7th], Joe’s birdie at Glebe [par five 2nd] helped him to 20pts on front nine and further birdies at par fives 11th [Settlement] and 18th recorded 21pts on inward nine, enough to relegate Enda Mannion [12] to third place on 40pts. Best gross score on the day was by Seamus Patton [5] whose birdies at 5th and 12th holes helped him to 33pts gross.Competitions continue with the pre-Lady Captain’s Day Mixed and all club members wish Lady Captain Jaqueline Ireland every success on her Lady Captain’s Day on Saturday 6th. Sunday 7th will host the Arena 7 Open and on Wednesday 10th we will have the Mc Ginley Motors Open while Friday 12th will have the Letterkenny Chamber Classic. Members are reminded that the club classic has been rearranged for Sunday 14th August. Wishing every success to the club’s Ulster Cup team who welcome Rosapenna to Barnhill on Sunday 7th for their second leg encounter, trailing 3 matches to 4 from the away leg.Letterkenny Golf Club: Shane ‘scans’ Lady Captain’s Prize was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ivan fueryLetterkenny Golf clublast_img read more

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CLEAN ESTUARY GROUP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON HIGH COURT CASE

first_imgTHE Moville and Greencastle based Campaign for Clean Estuary group is set to hold a public meeting to discuss their High Court case against Donegal County Council.The council has plans to pump treated sewage into Lough Foyle.Campaign group spokesman Enda Craig told Donegal Daily: “The case was heard over four days and on Friday the judge retired to consider his ruling. This could take some time as there is a considerable body of information that must be considered. “The legal team for the campaign highlighted “the unanimous resolution of the DCC, the local residents, the shellfishing community, the Loughs Agency, An Taisce, Coastwatch Europe and most important of all, the Inspector of An Bord Pleanala himself (three times over)”, all recommending against approval for this entire project and insisting on discharge outside of the tidal estuary.“We were reminded again that the Environmental Impact Statement presented by Donegal County Council is an affront to the aims and objectives of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.“We believe that the justice of our case and the strength of our evidence remains beyond question and despite the David and Goliath dimensions of this dispute, remain committed to opposing the determination of Donegal County Council to force this plant and outfall into Lough Foyle, against all reasoned argument in our opinion.“We owe it to future generations to protect the Foyle Estuary and ensure that the wellbeing of the Foyle is the foundation for future economic opportunities for our community.” Mr Craig added: “We hope to shortly call a meeting of all interested parties in the campaign to provide full information and answer any questions.“We are currently in process of constructing a website covering the entire matter and look forward to announcing details of this initiative in the near future.” CLEAN ESTUARY GROUP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON HIGH COURT CASE was last modified: March 27th, 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:CLEAN ESTUARY GROUP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON HIGH COURT CASEGreencastlemovillelast_img read more

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COMPUTER SCAMS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgComputer scams targeting the bank details of people have reached epidemic proportions across Co Donegal.Scammers are targeting computersDozens of householders are now being telephoned by scammers on a daily basis claiming there are problems with their computers.The gangsters have access to people’s computers and can see where people are logging on. They then ask people for their bank details so their can “upgrade” their computer software.Local Inishowen councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said he is meeting people on a daily basis who are receiving phonecalls from the fraudsters.“Some Buncrana residents have contacted me over the last few days, voicing their concerns and annoyance at the volume of e-mails and phone calls from these rouge criminals.The Sinn Fein Cllr added “As we approach Christmas, these scammers will step up their intense campaign to trick and fool you into believing that you do have a problem with your windows 7 or your bank account is not correct. “Be very wary of phone calls and e mails from strangers and never give your bank details out, stay smart and keep vigilant, ignore these scams,” he said.Another email scam is freezing people’s computers unless they make a payment to unlock it.   COMPUTER SCAMS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlincomputerslast_img read more

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KCCA held by Police as URA, Paidha win at home

first_img Tags: KCCA FCkirinya jssNyamityobora FCpaidha black anglespolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueURA FC KCCA’s Allan Okello (right) in action against Police on Thursday afternoon (Photo by KCCA FC Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Thursday, 21-02-2019-Police FC 1-1 KCCA FC-URA FC 2-0 Kirinya JSS-Paidha Black Angels 2-0 Nyamityobora KCCA FC missed out on a chance to go 9 points clear at the top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Police FC.Mike Mutebi’s side who knew a win would see them put daylight between themselves and second placed Vipers, started strongly, taking the lead inside two minutes through Mustapha Kizza.The Police faithful who witnessed their side lose 6-3 to KCCA in the first round feared the worst for their side but Abdallah Mubiru’s side were equal to everything the Kasasiro’s threw at them in the proceeding minutes of the first half.In the second, like it was in the first game, Police took the initiative and asserted their authority, dictating the tempo and creating several opportunities.However, their reward would come later rather than sooner with in-form striker Juma Balinya finishing coolly to level matters with just 6 minutes left on the clock.Despite relentless attacks by either side to try and find the winner, the respective defences stood firm to ensure a draw at the end of 90 minutes.The draw sees KCCA move onto 45 points, 7 clear of Vipers who host Bright Stars on Friday afternoon.For Police, they remained 8th on the log with 28 points from their first 20 games of the season.At Namboole, URA returned to winning ways thanks to a 2-0 win over Kirinya JSS.Sam Simbwa’s side had not won in any of their previous two games prior to Thursday but got off to a scintillating start as Captain Shafik Kagimu put them 1-0 up inside three minutes.With Kirinya attacking relentlessly, URA who have the best defence in the division held on to go into the break holding a slender one goal lead.Four minutes into the second half, Kagimu double his and his side’s tally with a second goal on 49 minutes.Kirinya who looked dejected and lifeless after the second goal could only look on as URA took all three points on the day.The win ensures that the Tax Collectors climb into 4th on the standings with 32 points.For the Students, they remain 11th having gathered 24 points from 20 games.In the game played in Zombo, Paidha Black Angels who were making their long awaited return to the Borokoro Stadium did not disappoint their fans, defeating Nyamityobora 2-0.Going into the game with only one League victory all season, the Blacks who looked inspired from the word go, took the lead on 14 minutes through on-loan Venom Dickson Okwir.Okwir would later double his tally on 64 minutes to ensure his side win a second game of the season and hopefully kick-start their charge to fend off relegation.The win earned on Thursday sees Paidha climb off the foot of the table for the first time since the opening month of the campaign. They now have 12 points, level with bottom side Nyamityobora but with a slightly better goal difference.The other game played on Thursday:-Express FC 1-1 Maroons FCFriday’s Fixtures:-Vipers SC vs Bright Stars FC @4pmComments last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Dealing with the silent killer of tiredness on our roads

first_imgDD Motoring correspondent Brian McDaid talks about the silent killer on our roads – tiredness.The phone in our house rang, it was the guards, they were looking to talk to Brian McDaid. A lot when through my mind in those fractions of seconds between the end of one sentence and the start of another one. It was a cold dark winters evening just before Christmas. I was trying to figure out what the next sentence was going bring before it travelled down the Garda Station phone to our home. Advertisement All I could hear was my heart thumping in my head waiting a for what had to bad news to sink in. Maybe they might have the wrong Brian McDaid, that has happened before not that I would wish this news on anyone else. The thought flashed through my head that news like this was supposed to be delivered in person on someone’s front door by the guards with the hat under the arm.The dreaded call from the Garda station that no one wants to get, especially over Christmas. Photo Brian McDaid.“We have your uncle Fr. Mark Coyle here.” “OK, I reply very slowly, ‘whats wrong’ I asked?” After what seems like a lifetime the Garda replied, your uncle has had an incident and we have brought him into the Garda Station and we need someone to collect him. He also wants to chat to you. Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph what has happened to him. I thought into my self or might have even said it out loud I’m not quite sure.“I’m all right Brian don’t be panicking,” was the first words, I heard him say which were great words to hear. What’s wrong Mark, which Garda station are you in, I’ll go for you right away.“Well,l’ll tell you what happened, I was up from Ards to get a few last-minute things in Letterkenny, and the traffic was very bad on the way into the town and I have a bad old cold at the moment so I was all wrapped up in that fleece yous gave me last Christmas and was sitting on the High Rd in the traffic jam waiting on the lights a Crossview House.” Advertisement The thought goes through my mind that he has run into the back of someone. “Is the car bad?” I asked interrupting his version of events. “The car?” he says sounding surprised. “The car’s grand.” Well what happened then, as I was telling you I was up from Ards to get some final shopping- MARK you told me all that, why are you in the Garda station?”Mark said “Well when the lights finally went green at Crossview House I must have dozed off and the first thing I knew was this friendly Garda who is sitting beside me here now who must have spotted me and came over and tapped on my window and wakened me. The car was sitting stationary so the only damage was done was of that to the tempers of the drivers that were sitting in the traffic behind me. So as this happened on the High Rd just opposite the Garda station. The guard asked me to park the car and come up to the Garda Station for a cup of tea. And because he told them what a told you about coming up from Ards this evening. They didn’t want him to get back in the car until he had a rest.”I collected a slightly embarrassed uncle at the Garda station and the more both of us were thankful for the vigilance of the Garda who was on foot patrol that winters evening to spot a driver sleeping behind the wheel. We could see the funny side of this especially when no damage was done.A portrait of the late Fr. Mark Coyle who ended up in the barracks after falling asleep at the wheel.This happened a good few years ago on this week on the run into Christmas sometime before 2004 because back then after the incident, he didn’t want his big sister, the Late Bida Deeney to know about it and to be worrying about him on the road.Looking back now I’m sure if he thought he could help highlight a very common and dangerous problem he wouldn’t mind us sharing his story. Something facing drivers especially on cold weather days when we have the heaters and air condition up full blast inside it can be very easy to confuse your body that your in a comfortable place and before you know it you have dozed off.People who have never suffered from this dangerous problem of falling asleep behind the wheel might think it never really happens but as a suffer of this problem myself I know too well how dangerous it could be. The shock of this happening if your lucky enough not to crash will be enough to bring you to your senses. It is recommended at the first signs of tiredness that you pull over, drink a coffee and have a rest. But how many people really listen to that advice especially if their journey is local.Focus on the road this Christmas and beware of the effects of tierdness can play behind the wheel of a car. Photo Brian McDaid.It’s ok to stop if your tired on a journey to Dublin from Donegal, but unfortunately, even if people know their tired and are anyway near home they will keep driving which in my opinion is the dangerous part of any journey, Being familiar with the road and suffering from tiredness is a lethal mix, cars are too quiet now and it’s so easy to forget that you are in charge when you are behind the wheel,Changing the environment.If Stopping is not an option try and change the comfort of the car. Three things that help me if I find myself falling asleep behind the wheel, The first is to change the car down a gear from top, and driving it in that unstable gear, This is not only about slowing the car down but it also makes you more aware of the car and the throttle will respond differently in lower gears The second down a window a small bit which is a very effective way of reducing the temperature a bit but also lets you hear the sound of the car on the road and the third is to turn up the radio or turn it over to a station that is not comfortable listening to.Changing down to a lower gear can make you more aware of the car if your driving when tired. Photo Brian McDaid.I find that these three things change the environment inside the car from comfort zone back to you being aware that you are driving a car. if you can find a place to pull over to get a cup of coffee, that will always be the better option but on the run into Christmas everything is done at the last minute and little time is given to getting from A to B or the condition of the driver behind the wheel is never considered.On the run-in to Christmas, everyone is doing their part to reduce the accidents on the roads from speeding and alcohol. As of yet, there is no measurement for tiredness of a driver. That’s down to your own instinct when you get behind the wheel, break the comfort zone if you feel tired, take that little bit of time to recharge your batteries as only you will know about your tiredness until something happens on the road and by then for some, it is too late.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Dealing with the silent killer of tiredness on our roads was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

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What’s next for Warriors’ Damian Jones after surprise return?

first_imgOAKLAND — Draymond Green didn’t expect to see Damian Jones in layup lines before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.Green wasn’t the only one, since on Monday the Warriors ruled Jones out for Tuesday’s game as he continued rehabbing his left pectoral. Jones tore the muscle on Dec. 1 against the Detroit Pistons and subsequent surgery had sidelined the springy young center since.Green looked at Jones pregame, confused, and Jones just nodded back.“Kind of caught me by surprise,” Green said …last_img read more

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Pork production environment control products introduced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AP (Automated Production Systems) is launching advanced new heating, feeding and ventilation equipment used in pork production.VariFlame variable rate heaterVariFlame is the industry’s first modulating heater that can work with any control system in the world. It seamlessly synchronizes and adjusts with the temperature curves set in the controller to maintain desired room temperature.Brian Rieck, AP product manager, said VariFlame connected to AP’s EDGE™ controller also provides remote access, giving producers control of their heaters and many other inputs from a single system. “Producers can access diagnostics and adjust barn settings remotely from any web-enabled device,” he said.Other unique features of VariFlame connected to EDGE include:LED temperature probes, which provide flexibility to not only operate the heater, but also control curtains, fans and other equipment.Stir-fan mode, which allows producers to continue circulating air through the heater without turning on the burner as the animals grow and the heater is no longer needed. “This additional circulation of air is ideal for maintaining optimal and uniform environmental conditions,” Rieck said. “It also provides an alternative use for the heater so it’s not sitting idle during the warm months.”Exercise mode, which allows EDGE to automatically turn on the heater at scheduled times to ensure it fires up correctly and remains in good working order.Other features available on all VariFlame models support improved performance, durability and ease of use. For example, Rieck noted that most variable rate heaters range from 65,000 to 250,000 BTUs. “VariFlame has an extended range, from 55,000 to 250,000 BTUs, which not only allows the heater to run longer, but also provides improved heat distribution and humidity control,” he said. “Even while operating at lower BTUs, the burner maintains consistent ignition reliability and flame stability.”He added that VariFlame is the industry’s first all-stainless steel heater, making it the most durable and corrosion-resistant heater on the market. Easier maintenance is another benefit, since VariFlame is the first heater featuring a single, easy-to-remove door that allows producers to easily access all serviceable parts from a single location. In addition, every aspect of the heater can be serviced using a single tool – a ¼ inch nut driver.HI2LO™ Wet/Dry FeederAP’s new HI2LO Wet/Dry Feeder is the only feeder on the market that has individualized trough space and nipples, allowing each hog to mix its optimal feed-to-water ratio. It is also the first feeder with double adjustment capabilities, enabling producers to adjust the shelf height and feed gate as pigs grow bigger. “HI2LO is the only wet/dry feeder tailored to serve the individual feeding preferences of your hogs,” said Rieck.Other features include:Built-in weep holes for each individual trough space to eliminate flooding potential.“A” shaped shelf design and built-in agitator to help prevent feed clogging.Built-in hopper extension, allowing up to 450 pounds of feed capacity on the three hole feeder without paying for additional add-ons.Auto-flow control nipples to regulate water flow, regardless of barn water pressure.Positive pressure ventilation     AP is also introducing a positive pressure ventilation system to help keep viruses out of a barn. Air is pushed into a building, instead of pulling it out, which is the case with negative pressure ventilation systems. The benefit of positive pressure is that barns don’t have to be completely sealed for the highest level of protection against viruses. This ventilation style slightly pressurizes the building, forcing inside air out through any crack or joint.These new technologies debuted at the 2016 World Pork Expo June 8-10 in Des Moines. For more information, producers can contact their local AP dealer or visit www.automatedproduction.com.last_img read more

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