first_imgThis video above, shows why the stunning scenery and spectacular rock climbing in one of the most remote places in Ireland, has been shortlisted as one of the best places to go wild in Ireland. The Irish Times has chosen five finalists in the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland contest. The locations selected are, Clare Island, Co Mayo; the Erris region, Co Mayo; the Beara peninsula, Cos Cork and Kerry; the Donegal coast from Killybegs to Ardara; and the Fermanagh Lake-lands.The competition is a hunt for the best spots in the 32 counties to experience nature, from quiet paradises that offer escapes from the bustle of daily life, to dramatic locations that offer intense sports such as surfing and coasteering.The judges’ criteria include natural beauty, variety (places that offer a range of ways to experience nature) and novelty (places that were not well known).They are now visiting these locations, before naming one destination as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland, on Saturday, June 7th. Below are a review of the locations that have been shortlisted by the Irish Times.The Fermanagh LakelandsWhat the pitch said: submitted by Matt Maguire: “A fabulous river system spanning the length of the county.From water sports to great hotels and bars to enjoy on the riverside, along with amazing walks that take in the breathtaking scenery.”What The Irish Times says: “Nature has been allowed to flourish, and conservation work is focused on restoring the geo-park back to its natural state. This area is not only protected but provides a diverse landscape for people to climb mountains, explore bogs or take to the water.”The Donegal coast, Killybegs to Ardara What the pitch said: Several readers nominated this stretch of Donegal coast, or parts of it. Climber Iain Miller wrote about the view from the 100m-high sea stack, Cnoc na Mara: “It sits in one of the most remote and inaccessible locations in Ireland. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible.”What The Irish Times says: “Its remote nature is what makes it special. Slieve League [mountain and cliffs] itself is spectacular. It’s amazing that it hasn’t received more attention. If you like the outdoors and get the weather – bliss.”Clare Island, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: submitted by Tracie O’Leary: “You won’t find a better location to be in tune with mother nature and her elements. The island has the perfect natural features for almost every outdoor activity.”What The Irish Times says: “Barring the presence of electricity and motors, Clare Island has changed little in 100 years.Activity- oriented (from guided walks, to horse whispering, to snorkelling) and nature-friendly, it has all the qualities of a ‘wild’ destination but with amenities to suit all travellers.”Erris, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: the Erris region in northwest Mayo was the most nominated place in the competition.Deborah Reilly described Belmullet as “the west’s hidden gem, with a multitude of activities and adventures.With plummeting sea cliffs and imposing headlands sitting elegantly beside our white sandy beaches, it certainly is a little piece of heaven”.What The Irish Times says: “Erris is a glorious, wild, unspoilt and stunning little-known area.It’s almost totally undeveloped. We lost count of the gorgeous, isolated, dramatic beaches: beaches for families, for surfers; beaches where you can snorkel; and some where you could walk for miles.”Beara Peninsula, Cork and KerryWhat the pitch said: Marie Goggin wrote: “With magnificent mountains on one side and Bantry Bay on the other, the scenery is stunning.Whether you enjoy a peaceful kayak, a gentle hillwalk, a testing mountain climb, a fishing trip or a swim, the best things in life – and in Beara – are free.”What The Irish Times says: “The easy but significant transition from coastal amenities to complete wilderness is a great combination.The views from the mountains are some of the best in Ireland.”DDTV: CNOC NA MARA SHORTLISTED IN BEST PLACE TO GO WILD IN IRELAND was last modified: May 29th, 2014 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:Best PlacesCnoc Na MaraDDTVdonegalFeaturesIrish TimesnewsShortlistedlast_img read more

Garda appeal after family’s future home destroyed by fire

first_imgGardaí investigations are continuing into a fire which caused serious damage to a council property just days before a family was due to move in.A malicious fire was started at a home in Treantaghmucklagh, St Johnston sometime between 5pm on Monday 2nd September and 7.50am on Tuesday 3rd September.The house had been allocated to a family and was undergoing renovation in preparation for them moving in. Gardaí have stressed the seriousness of the case, as deliberate fires in unoccupied properties can spread and have serious consequences. Anyone with any information or may have seen anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 Garda appeal after family’s future home destroyed by fire was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Missing ID plate delays confirmation of MH370

first_imgA critical identification plate on the Boeing 777 flaperon washed up on the Reunion Island that would tie it to MH370 is missing because of the effect of sea water on the adhesive that bonds it to the structure.According to a former crash investigator the metal ID plate has almost certainly come away because of the “exposure to sea water.”So what should have been a simple ID exercise now becomes a time consuming forensic investigation.World’s Safest AirlinesWorld’s Top Ten AirlinesWorld’s Scariest LandingA Boeing part number (657BB) painted on to the flaperon confirms the object is from a Boeing 777, the Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister said yesterday.“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said Friday.The flaperon, has been sent to Toulouse in France to government laboratories, where the police, crash investigators and Boeing representatives expect to verify if it came from MH370.Under French law air crashes are treated as criminal investigations and thus led by the police.Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard on a flight from KL to Beijing.Investigators will likely have to disassemble the flaperon to find other ID numbers that will link it to MH370.Panels will have batch numbers that will almost certainly tie the flaperon to a production run at particular time that were installed on various 777s including MH370.The 777 that operated MH370 carried the registration 9M-MRO and had a Boeing construction Number 28420 and Line Number 404. Its first flight was on the 14th of May 2002. It had flown 53, 465 hours when it disappeared and had flown 7,525 flights.last_img read more

Clinical trials for SA anti-malaria drug

first_img29 August 2012The development of a single-dose anti-malarial drug by the University of Cape Town (UCT) could help Africa and the rest of the world tackle a disease which claims almost a million lives a year, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.The new molecule, developed by UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D), was selected last month by Switzerland’s Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for further development.It will now undergo a lengthy period of clinical trials and has the potential to become a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria and might also be able to block person-to-person transmission of the parasite.Pandor said the compound has already been found to be a complete cure for animals infected by malaria. The department had provided R25-million in funding for the development of the drug.African researchers finding solutionsThe development of the drug has also helped train 10 local scientists and helped cement relations with international partner the MMV, which is based in Switzerland.Pandor lauded the research partnership between the MMV and the H3-D centre and said it was essential to see African researchers involved in finding solutions to African problems.She said South Africa had recently made significant progress in developing the basic sciences that underpin infectious disease research in the fields of immunology, virology, bio-chemistry, microbiology and genetics.With the majority of the more than a billion people infected by communicable diseases located in developing countries, new research into neglected diseases was crucial, Pandor said.The director of H3-D, Kelly Chibale, said the new drug was important, especially as others had proved ineffective in tackling parasites that had become drug-resistant.“When we tested this molecule in animals that are infected with parasites, with a single low dose of this molecule, we could cure the infection completely,” Chibale said.‘A unique research initiative’The H3-D team – with help from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Australia’s Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation and India’s Syngene – spent 18 months developing a candidate molecule suitable for pre-clinical development.Chibale commended the Science and Technology Department for its research chairs initiative, saying his research chair had afforded him the time to put together a team to carry out the research into an anti-malaria drug and was geared to training the next generation of researchers.“This is not something that would have happened if I had been carrying a heavy load of teaching commitments and I think this is something unique and special about this country [the research chairs initiative],” he said.The MMV’s chief scientific officer, Tim Wells, said that if all went well, the drug could expect to hit the market by 2020. He added that the clinical development phase would take around seven years – costing about R20-million a year.He said the aim was to make it available to ordinary Africans, at affordable rates of less than a dollar a dose.Wells added that although a vaccine for African malaria was being developed for 2015, there would still be a need for medication in a drug form.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Factors that matter in your marketing plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Markets continued to trade sideways.  Farmers are selling at $3.70 futures and buyers are able to widen basis and still buy it. The flat price value of corn isn’t moving much.Market actionOptions ExpirationOn 1/22/16 a $3.80 Feb corn option that I had sold on 12/10/15 for 8 cents expired worthless.  This is because March futures were under $3.80 on the day of expiration, I’m not required to do anything but collect the full premium of 8 cents. This trade represented 5% of my production.Options TradeKnowing the trade above was going to expire worthless, I sold an April $3.80 call for 8 cents on 1/22/16 to try and collect some additional premium in the future. Again representing 5% of my production.  What does this mean?Based on May corn futures – The Option expires 3/25/16Corn below $3.80 – I keep the 8 cents premiumCorn above $3.80 – I have to sell grain for $3.80 but keep the 8 cents premium◦                     In other words, if this happens I sell corn for $3.80, plus an additional 16 cent premium (the 8 cent Feb call + the 8 cent April call) for a total of $3.96.◦                     Then…since I have all of my 2015 grain sold, I can move the short futures position to Dec futures for an additional 17 cents (market carry) to make a total of $4.13 sold for 2016 crop.With what I know today, I’m pleased with either outcome of this trade.Basis tradeIt’s time for me to core the bins out.  This should allow me to keep my remaining corn in condition until the middle of summer. Last week I found an end user willing to pay me -.20 picked up on the farm, which has been the best opportunity on basis so far on 2015 corn.  So, I sold about 10% of my2015 corn production. Since making the trade, basis pulled back 10 cents with the recent 20 cent board rally.  I hope the basis market rebounds, because I will need another opportunity in the spring or summer to finish selling my 2015 production.Getting caught up in the headlinesWith the market not moving in January, headlines about relatively insignificant issues are creeping up.  Farmers can get so focused on these issues, that sometimes they miss the big picture and what really affects farm operation profits.  Following are three big ones I’ve noticed.Fuel costsMany are rushing to cover 2016 diesel inputs.  While it’s important to be diligent about all input costs, fuel only represents 1% of a farmer’s overall budget. Let’s look at the numbers.   Average farmers use 1 gallon/acre/field pass, or about 3-6 gallons/acre/year.  Even if fuel prices adjusted a full $1/gallon this coming year, the added expense is only around $5/acre.  This translates to 3 cents per bushel on corn or 11 cents on beans.  The corn and bean market move that amount any given day.   Realistically fluctuations would be closer to maybe 50 cents per gallon and that would mean a change of only 1.5 cents for corn and 6 cents for beans.FertilizerFertilizer is probably the largest input cost for farmers that has significant cost adjustments.  Similar to fuel costs though, even if prices decrease by $100/ton this year (a big swing), the cost would be about $15/acre less.  This equates to about 10 cents/bushel.  Between the two, fertilizer is the bigger worry, but relatively small in the grand scheme of things.  Market prices can swing 10 cents in an active day for the corn futures. The Realty of Corn Production GloballyWeather-related events in other countries can also make big headlines.  Recently, I read that South Africa will have to import some corn due to drought conditions.  On the surface this seems like a bullish story; however, South Africa only produces 1% of the world’s corn.  To put it into perspective, the state of Michigan produces the same amount of corn as South Africa.  Would the market get overly concerned if MI was importing corn from OH? Unless it’s college football recruits that are leaving OH for MI, I doubt many would care.  This got me to think about the production of other countries in the world…Brazil is the 3rd largest corn producer in the world – equal to corn production in IL and IN combinedThe European Union (28 member countries) produces about 10% more corn than the entire state of IAUkraine and the other 12 countries of the Former Soviet Union produce about the same amount of corn as NE and MNArgentina usually only produces a little more than KS and ND combinedMexico’s production is equal to SDCanada and OH produce almost the same amount each yearRussia, the largest land mass country on the planet, raises no more corn than the state of MO each yearIndia, with the world’s second largest population, only accounts for the same amount of corn grown in KY, WI and PA combinedSo, what does matter when looking at the corn market?The United States (35%) and China (23%) account for 58% of the world’s corn productionIf IA was its own country it would be the 4th largest producer of corn in the worldIA, IL, NE, MN, IN, and SD produce 25% of the world’s corn8 Billion bushels of corn are in storage around the world, or nearly what China produces each yearAbout 20% of that stored world corn is sitting on farms unpriced in bins across the United States.What does have a big impact on farm profits?YieldWhen looking at the big picture, the number of bushels raised per acre has the biggest profit impact.  Growing just one more bushel of corn per acre reduces costs by 3 cents/bushel (1 bushel of soybeans reduces costs by 20 cents/bushel).  One bushel more in yield can cover a large fluctuation in fuel and has a big impact in fertilizer cost adjustments.WeatherLarge-scale weather issues in the U.S. or China will have a big impact on the market.  And while isolated incidents around the world can cause price volatility, it is usually on a short-term basis.  Savvy farmers will be ready to take advantage of those small rallies in their marketing plan as they come available.Developing a market strategy that includes market carry and basis planningAs I continue to explain, having a developed marketing plan that considers the farm operation’s goals and objectives and incorporates market carry and basis strategy should not only bring bigger profits to farm operations, but reduce risk.Bottom-line, rather than spending so much time obsessing over all those headlines, sit down and spend your time developing a more sophisticated marketing strategy.  If this makes you nervous or you aren’t sure how to start, consider working with a seasoned grain marketer who can explain the more technical aspects in a way that you can both understand the process, and make you feel comfortable about what you are doing.  Often there are options available to farmers that they didn’t even realize.  The potential profits available for farmers will likely out-weigh fuel or fertilizer input fluctuations.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more