LIVE: Follow the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally on our live blog

first_imgThe Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub live blog from the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally is up and running – and you won’t miss a move!There will be 20 special stages over the three days of frenetic rallying across some of the world’s toughest motorsport terrain.There promises to be some enthralling battles over the weekend. We’ll be operating a live blog containing live, regular updates from stages, with reaction from crews at stage ends and in service, via the coverage from Onthepacenote.com  LIVE: Follow the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally on our live blog was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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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Peas and Prosperity

first_imgA healthy plant community relies on natural mechanisms that agricultural scientists can tap into.When agricultural chemist George Washington Carver urged poor southern farmers to plant peanuts, they resisted. But Carver knew why it was in their best interest to rotate crops with legumes (members of the pea family): they fix nitrogen. Although nitrogen is abundant on earth, comprising 78% of the atmosphere, it cannot be used by plants unless its tough triple bonds are broken. Once dinitrogen atoms are separated, they can be combined into useful molecules like ammonia, and included in life’s proteins. The fixing of nitrogen is actually done by microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with the roots of legumes. The plants construct nodules to nurture the bacteria. Inside the bacteria, specialized enzymes called nitrogenases break the triple bonds at room temperature—a feat scientists have not yet been able to imitate. Fixing nitrogen commercially requires high temperatures and pressures. Lightning is another source that can fix atmospheric nitrogen.Like Carver, agronomist Perry Miller of the University of Montana is encouraging farmers to plant legumes. Science Daily explains why crop rotation with legumes will bring “peas on earth” to farmers facing economic swings and high expenses for commercial fertilizers. “A cropping system that is more reliant on soil organic nitrogen fixed by legumes and less reliant on expensive bag fertilizer seems to economically stabilize [farm income] in a very important way,” Miller advises.Blue lupines are legumes that fix nitrogen in the soil. Photo by David Coppedge.Miller is not alone. Over in Europe, an international team of scientists feels it’s “win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems,” PhysOrg reports. Only 2% of the arable land in Europe is used for legumes, which include clovers, lupins, lucerne and faba beans. Though not as attractive as crops for farmers wanting a quick return on investment, the benefits smooth out the highs and lows, showing good profit margins over the long term.  “Contrary to popular belief, these findings show that the benefits of diversifying cropping systems through the inclusion of legumes can be both environmental and economic,” the team reported in Frontiers in Plant Science. “Based on real case-study regions, the results demonstrate great potential for implementation.”Natural fertilization is not limited to the roots. Scientists at the University of Washington have shown that bacteria in the branches of poplar trees can also fix nitrogen. Science Daily says that the microbiome is highly diverse, able to deliver fixed nitrogen to the tree, with no root nodules required. “This could have significant implications for common agricultural crop plants,” the article says. “The microbes the team has isolated from wild poplar and willow plants help corn, tomatoes and peppers, as well as turf grasses and forest trees to grow with less fertilizer.” Plant microbiologist Sharon Doty was intrigued by wild plants thriving in rocky, sandy soils with few nutrients. She looked at the potential of microbes for improving agriculture:Fertilizers are synthesized using fossil fuels, so costs can fluctuate wildly. Because fertilizers are used for growing everything from agricultural and bioenergy crops and trees for lumber to the grass in golf courses, this volatile pricing and uncertain availability affects everyone.“Having access to the key microbial strains that help wild plants thrive on just rocks and sand will be crucial for moving agriculture, bioenergy and forestry away from a dependence on chemical fertilizers and towards a more natural way of boosting plant productivity,” Doty said.Agricultural scientists in Australia are looking at a different approach to reducing dependence on commercial fertilizers. Two scientists are studying columella cells that grow at the tips of roots, seeking to determine the epigenetic factors that regulate their uptake of nutrients from the soil. PhysOrg points out that numerous cell types exist in roots, with complex interactions. “On top of the genetic code within these cells sits another code, known as the epigenome, which can direct which genes are switched on and off,” Tim Stuart of the University of Western Australia says. “While epigenetic patterns across different plant organs and tissues have previously been studied, this is the first finding of differences between individual cell types of the root.”Given their country’s history of famines, Chinese scientists are also very interested in agricultural productivity. In PNAS, a paper looks at more detail into the symbiosis between plant and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Plants send chemical signals to the bacteria, encouraging the growth of root nodules and stimulating nitrogen fixation. “Our results,” they say, “provide a mechanism for facilitative root–root interactions explaining how species diversity may enhance ecosystem productivity with important implications for developing sustainable agriculture.”Our natural human inclinations are often wasteful and impulsive. Wanting a quick return, we use fossil fuels to create fertilizers that pollute the atmosphere and land. We spread aluminum sprinkler systems over many acres to give our crops artificial rainfall. If a desert plant can grow out of dry sand, and a tree out of bare rock, they can teach us a thing or two about sustainable agriculture.Notice that two of our heroes of creation science, George Washington Carver and Gregor Mendel, performed their most important work with peas and peanuts—two members of the legume family. When Carver prayed for wisdom, asking “Mr. Creator, why did you make the peanut?” he was rewarded for his inquisitive mind into the wise purposes of God with a series of discoveries that still astonishes scientists today.Those who deny the Creator’s purposes court disaster. Trofim Lysenko rejected Mendelian genetics on ideological grounds. Though he also disputed some of Darwin’s ideas, he was a materialist and evolutionist. The famines that resulted from his flawed ideas killed millions.Moses said it is the Lord who gives us the power to make wealth. A portion of that power comes in the rationality with which He endowed mankind to use as good stewards of the earth, seeking to understand the designs around us for insight, application and the pursuit of happiness.  Carver didn’t get an audible response from Mr. Creator to his question. He got inspiration to apply his rationality in the lab to find the answer, and came up with 300 uses for peanuts.We believe the path to productivity is asking, like Carver, the “why” question, assuming God had a wise purpose in the way he set up the natural economy. The goodness of God is hereby evident to all people, even foolish Greeks who worshiped idols. Paul told the men of Lystra that the Creator did not leave himself without witness: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:17). That common grace has a purpose: “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.”(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/First

first_imgWithout further ado, here are five easy steps to hosting a great New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!Step 1: Choose a themeLike creating a GIFF film, all great Event Caches start out with a theme. We’ve brainstormed a few ideas to get you inspired:Throw a “geocaching resolutions” party. Have everyone choose a geocaching resolution to complete in 2018 (“Complete my Difficulty/Terrain grid,” “Hide my first cache,” or “Invite someone new to geocaching”). Bonus points if everyone meets again at the end of the year to see who followed through with their resolutions!Keep things “Hygge.” Pronounced hue-guh, the Danish word Hygge is the state of being warm, cozy, or charming. Plan a daytime event on January 1 at a coffee shop or cafe so geocachers can warm up (or cool down) after finding their first geocache(s) of the year.Step 2: Select the date and time of your eventThis is an easy one: plan your event for December 31 or January 1 so it qualifies for a souvenir. When selecting a time, remember some guests may bring young kids, so you may want to plan your event earlier on New Year’s Eve or even schedule a daytime event on January 1.Reminder: The geocaching guidelines prohibit event stacking. To avoid this, Event Caches must be:Held at different timesOrganized by different geocachersHave a minimum duration of 30 minutes, andTake place at different locations than other events.Check out the geocaching guidelines for more information.Step 3: Find a venueYou can host Event Caches anywhere available to the public—a restaurant, park, or even your house. Be sure to find a place that has enough space for activities! Don’t forget to provide a description of your event in the Cache Details. This is a great place to explain any limitations with the venue such as whether it’s dog friendly. You can also add a reminder here to dress warm for an outdoor event.Step 4: Plan fun and engaging activitiesA great way to make your event fun for all is to schedule activities to help your guests meet each other. Here are four ideas to get you started:Do a polar plunge. There’s no cooler way to bond with fellow geocachers than by jumping into freezing water together at the height of winter! For lucky geocachers in the Southern Hemisphere, host a picnic on the beach and enjoy the warmth of summer.Create a geocaching bucket list. As a group, make a bucket list of geocaches you want to find in 2018. Make plans throughout the year to find them together!Play geocaching bingo. Create a bingo card based on geocaching achievements (“Earned a new country souvenir” or “Found more than 100 geocaches”). Guests must find other geocachers at the event who have completed the achievements to fill in their board.Bake a lucky trackable into a cake. In Greece, coins are baked into bread or cake, and whoever finds the coin has good luck for the entire year! Give your guests the gift of geocaching luck by hiding a trackable in the dessert. Make sure to mention this to them before they take a bite!Step 5: Invite friends, new and old!Now that you’re feeling inspired, create a new event on Geocaching.com. Remember, events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date. Once it has been published, share the GC code with your local geocaching organization.Whether you’re already a well-established social butterfly or a first-time attendee, geocaching events are a great way to meet new people who share your love for geocaching. We hope these tips help you host a rockin’ New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!Make sure to check out Shop Geocaching for the Last/First geocoin and tag set!What tips do you have for throwing a great geocaching New Year’s event? Tell us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. While end-of-year traditions come in many shapes and sizes, this year you can start a new tradition by hosting an event with your geocaching buddies. To get us off to a good start, we’re announcing two new souvenirs: one to celebrate your last cache of 2017 and one to celebrate your first cache of 2018! Earning the souvenirs is easy:Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31, 2017 to earn the Last Cache of 2017 souvenir.Find a geocache or attend an event on January 1, 2018 to earn the First Cache of 2018 souvenir.center_img SharePrint RelatedGuide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”How to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 8, 2018In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”last_img read more

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How Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?

first_imgDuring the winter months, wall sheathing is usually cold. Cold sheathing is risky, since it tends to accumulate moisture during the winter. Unless the sheathing can dry out during the summer months, damp sheathing can rot.Cold sheathing can get wet from two directions. It can get wet from the exterior, due to leaks through defective flashing or a poorly detailed water-resistive barrier (WRB). It can also get wet on the interior, due to a phenomenon traditionally called “condensation,” but more accurately called sorption. (As building scientist William Rose likes to say, “Capillary materials do not exhibit condensation at the dew point.”)Most wood-framed walls are somewhat leaky. Interior air can leak into wall cavities through cracks around electrical boxes and cracks between the drywall and the wall’s bottom plate. When the warm air reaches the cold wall sheathing, one of two things usually happens: frost can form on the sheathing, or, at temperatures above freezing, the sheathing (which is hygroscopic or “sorptive”) can gain moisture from the air. (The source of the moisture taken on by sorption can be either interior or exterior moisture; for further details on moisture sources, see Bill Rose’s posted comment below.)Most cold-climate homes have wall sheathing that gains moisture every winter. Usually, however, the wall sheathing doesn’t rot, because:Building components can survive occasional wetting, as long as the rate of drying exceeds the rate of wetting. If, on an annual basis, the wall dries more than it gets wet, it will probably be okay.Probably — but not necessarily. In many areas of the U.S., OSB-sheathed walls have failed at an alarming rate. A combination of factors — poorly installed WRBs, air leaks through drywall, and the use of claddings (like stucco) that dry very slowly — have caused… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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PH bid in Aimag goes in full swing

first_imgFor the 116 Filipino athletes lined up in 17 of the 21 sports, it will be all business until the closing rites on Sept. 27 of the biggest continental indoor games in history due to the inclusion of the Oceania region headed by Olympic powerhouse Australia and New Zealand.Prior to the opener, the Philippines already snatched a bronze medal courtesy of wrestler Alvin Lobreguito in the men’s freestyle -57kg category in traditional wrestling.“It was a good start for us and we’re looking forward to winning more medals as the tournament progresses,” said Philippine chef de mission and Makati City representative Monsour Del Rosario, who has Philippine Karatedo Federation secretary general Raymund Lee Reyes as deputy CDM.Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco is also monitoring the performances of the athletes together with POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and POC board member Robert Mananquil in this Central Asian nation known for its massive natural gas reserves.“We all know that competition here in the Aimag is tough. But I never doubt the ability of our athletes to come up with their best effort to get a medal,” said Cojuangco.ADVERTISEMENT Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZASHGABAT—The Philippine campaign in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games goes into full swing on Monday as Filipino fighters from ju-jitsu, taekwondo and wrestling together with the national tracksters figure in a tight and demanding contest for success.Southeast Asian Games 400m hurdles champion Eric Cray will test his forte in the men’s 60m hurdles against the fastest hurdlers in the continent while former Asian long-jump queen Marestella Torres is scheduled to compete in her pet event at the Indoor Athletics Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games A total of 41 gold medals are at stake on Monday with Filipino athletes entered in 19 events. The 12-day sportsfest is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia.Joining Cray and Torres in the gold-medal hunt in athletics are middle-distance runners Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog in the men’s 800m and another long-jumper in Janry Ubas.Torres and Cray are going for a podium finish on the same day while Guarte, Vilog and Ubas should sparkle in their qualifying heats to reach the finals scheduled the following day.In the previous edition of the Aimag in 2013 Incheon, dancesport bets Cherry Clarice Parcon and Gerald Jamili won a gold and a bronze. Cue artist Rubilen Amit also brought home a bronze.“I don’t make predictions but I’m pretty optimistic that our athletes can make us proud,” said Del Rosario, also the secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. “They are relaxed and seemed to be confident.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grapplers Michael Vijay Cater (men’s classic -57kg), Jonathan Maquilan (-62kg), Jhonny Morte (-68kg), Jefferson Manatad (-75kg), Cristof Hoffman Jr. (-90kg), Grace Loberanes (women’s classic -52kg) and Noemi Tener (-58kg) will also hunt for medals in today’s traditional wrestling.Taekwondo jin Ronna Levita Ilao faces Fatemeh Madahi of Iran in the round of 16 of the women’s -46kg category while Southeast Asian Games champion Samuel Morrison (men’s -75kg) and Jener Torillos (-54kg) are likewise expected to contend for a podium finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAn air of optimism surrounds the opening salvo of the country’s ju-jitsu specialists starring Alexander Lim (men’s ne-waza -69kg), Terrence Hansel Co (-77kg), Gilbert Ombao (-94kg), Asian champion Apryl Eppinger (women’s ne-waza -62kg) and Lou-Ann Jindani (-70kg).Host Turkmenistan welcomed more than 6,000 athletes from 62 countries in a grandiose opening ceremony amid a splashy display of sounds, lights, fireworks, amusing visualsand cultural presentations on Sunday night. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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Porteria tows Ceres to group lead

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The win gave Ceres the early lead in Group G after Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam and Persija Jakarta of Indonesia battled to a goalless draw at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.“Credit to everyone in the team for putting in a shift tonight,” Porteria said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPorteria produced a composed finish to a flowing move in the 17th minute for the opening goal. View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Well-rested Dyip end three-game skid, shut down Bolts BACOLOD CITY—Midfielder OJ Porteria rediscovered his scoring touch on Tuesday night, but Ceres Negros’ defensive frailties once again came to the fore even in a 3-2 victory over Myanmar side Shan United at the start of the AFC Cup at Panaad Stadium.Porteria bagged a brace with his second goal three minutes from time ensuring the Busmen survived a second-half fightback from the visitors in front of close to 6,000 fans in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 trending for wrong reasons

first_imgMumbai: #BhoolBhulaiyaa2 is trending on Twitter but for the wrong reasons. Netizens feel Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, who have been cast in the sequel, will not be able to do justice to the magic created by Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in the original film, released 12 years ago. In fact, most said they don’t want a sequel to the 2007 horror-comedy to happen. “Don’t ruin this mastermind movie please… Let it be left untouch… Only @akshaykumar can play these role….#BhoolBhulaiyaa2 #protest #Petition #tocast #AkshayKumar”, tweeted an Akshay Kumar fan. Another Akki fan posted: “No @akshaykumar No Movie!!! Koi Bhi ho lead mai..@BazmeeAnees #BhoolBhulaiyaa2.” Another tweet read: “Some things are best untouched. Please please please dont ruin Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Off late, barring Ayushmann Khurana, no Bollywood actor has given movies worth wasting time and money. #BhoolBhulaiyaa2.”last_img read more

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