first_imgThe Donegal Fire service could scoop a major award after their heroics in tackling many gorse fires last summer.The service has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Customer Service section of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.Donegal County Council has been shortlisted in two other categories. They could also win awards after being nominated in the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month in the Festival of the Year category and the Donegal Gathering in the Supporting Tourism section.The Awards will take place in November at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.DONEGAL FIRE SERVICE IN LINE FOR AWARD AFTER GORSE FIRE HEROICS was last modified: August 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FIRE SERVICElast_img read more

Ex-teammate thinks Tom Brady might consider joining 49ers

first_imgBefore Tom Brady grew into the greatest quarterback in NFL history he was a kid from San Mateo who dreamed of playing for the 49ers. Could Brady’s dream, put on hold for decades, finally come true at age 43?One of his former teammates went as far as saying if Brady ever plays for anyone else but the Patriots, it would be for his hometown 49ers.Ex-NFL defensive end Chris Long wrote a guest column for Sports Illustrated in which he speculated perhaps there’s an outside chance Brady would …last_img read more

Stress during ear development affects corn yield

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Understanding how corn ears respond to stress can help determine what stress was present, when the stress occurred, and how to mitigate the stress in the future.Environmental stresses during any of four ear development stages significantly affect the number and weight of harvestable kernels. The four critical stages are: (1) when the corn ear is setting the maximum number of kernel rows around the ear (approximately V7), (2) when the ear is establishing the maximum number of ovules along the length of the ear (just before pollination), (3) when the maximum number of ovules are pollinated to form kernels (at pollination), and (4) when the ear sets maximum kernel size during the latter portion of grain fill (approximately R3 to R5).The first yield component determined by a corn plant is the development of ovule rows on the ear, which begins at about the V7 growth stage. Each ovule row will eventually divide to produce a pair of rows. This division explains why a corn ear always has an even number of kernel rows around. If a particular parent line normally has 16 kernel rows around the ear, and the ear in question has less than the normal number, then some sort of stress was present at or just before this critical stage.The number of kernels per row is established between ear initiation (V5 to V6) and pollination. Ovules near the base of the ear develop first and newer ovules will continue to form as development progresses toward the tip of the ear. If resources become limited, ovules will be sacrificed to allow the corn plant to support the remaining viable ovules. The amount, type, and duration of the stress can affect which ovules are aborted. If the stress is a long-term general stress, ovules near the tip of the ear are sacrificed, resulting in viable ovules only at the base of the developing ear. Ovules near the base of the ear are more likely to remain viable because they are further developed and closer to the source of nutrient supply. If the environmental stress is very short but intense, the ovules that are lost may be anywhere along the corn ear.The first three weeks of corn reproduction (silking through the milk stage) are devoted to kernel set. Kernel formation begins with successful fertilization of mature ovules. Synchronization of pollen shed and silk emergence is essential. The most critical time for corn yield determination is the two week period before and after silking. Yield reduction during silking and pollination after four consecutive days of severe drought stress can be as high as 40 to 50%. Drought stress delays silk emergence and accelerates pollen shed, thereby narrowing the window of opportunity for successful pollination.Because silks are made up of more than 90% water, the amount of moisture available for silk growth substantially influences when silks emerge. More drought tolerant hybrids are often able to “push silks” under conditions of lower available water.Even after successful pollination, kernel set is not certain. Post-pollination stress can cause the ear to sacrifice the tip kernels in favor of kernels at the butt of the ear. Depending upon the severity of the stress, tip kernel die-back will continue until the point at which the corn plant has the ability to supply adequate water and nutrients to support growth of the remaining kernels.Corn plants use the latter five weeks of reproduction to deposit starch layers into the kernels. Final seed weight is reached at kernel black layer. If the tip portion of the cob shows either very small kernels or kernel die-back, stress occurred sometime early in the grain-filling process. If tip kernels did not abort but overall kernel depth or test weight is decreased, the stress occurred only during the very latter part of grain fill.Kernel formation or the lack thereof is an indicator of the time of stress occurrence — whether it occurred before or during pollination or during grain fill. Additionally, the size, placement, and amount of corn kernel set documents when the ear was subjected to environmental stresses and the severity of these stresses. Understanding stresses that limited yield potential can provide a starting point for developing management practices to mitigate these stresses in the future. This could lead to more complete pollination/grain fill and subsequently higher grain yields.last_img read more

Famous For What

first_imgWe live in interesting times. Centuries after Gutenberg, we now have a toolkit that allows anyone with Internet connectivity to produce content for the masses. There are no barriers, and on balance, this is a very good thing. With a bit of effort and some hustle, you can get attention, and attention is important if you have something of value to offer.The same tools that enable the communication of value also allow for the communication of things that lack value, things that instead only titillate. These tools are as powerful for the attention-seeker as they are for someone with a valuable contribution to make. And therein lies the difference: the value creator contributes something of value while the attention-seeker contributes something only designed to draw attention to themselves.There is a difference between what Seth Godin does and what Kim Kardashian does. Only one of them is going to be remembered for what they have contributed. Seth is only famous because of his great contribution. Kardashian is famous only for her ability to do anything necessary to draw attention to herself.For the creator, the question here is about your legacy. What do you want to be known for? What do you want your contribution to be? When people look back on the body of work you have created, how do you want them to be moved? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal in Indonesia Open finals

first_imgDefending champion Saina Nehwal inched closer to a third successive Indonesian Open Super Series badminton title after advancing to the finals with a three-game triumph over Chinese Taipei’s Shao Chieh Cheng in Jakarta on Saturday.The fourth-seeded Indian won 21-14 14-21 21-17 in a 45-minute battle against giant-killer Cheng, who had created quite a flutter by upstaging top seed Shixian Wang and seventh seed Xin Liu earlier in the tournament.The opening game was fought on even keel before Saina reeled off seven successive points to nose ahead.The 21-year-old Indian lost the momentum in the second game as Cheng drew level with more net winners than Saina’s.The third game was a closer affair but Cheng didn’t have a reply to Saina’s 11 smash winners, which sealed the game and the match for her.- With PTI inputslast_img read more