Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton

first_imgAn analysis has been carried out on a dead whale which was stranded outside Ramelton this week. Locals discovered the huge beached creature at Aughnish on Thursday.Many questions were raised over the species of the whale and the cause of death. The whale washed up on the shore near Ramelton. (North West Newspix)A representative of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has visited the site to carry out studies and take samples from the carcass.They determined that the whale was a male juvenile fin whale. The body measured 16ft 8inches in length, which shows that it is a very young animal.Some fin whales can life up to 140 years. “Fin Whales are second largest animal on the planet can reach lengths of 27m, and one of the fastest. Reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour,” said an update from the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Facebook page.However, the cause of death is still unknown.The external analysis showed no sign of a cause of death. Scientific investigations are due to be carried out on samples from the whale to look at its genetic make-up and if any contaminants were present in the body.The Donegal IWDG spokesperson said: “Remember to report standings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website. As well as sightings so we can better protect these beautiful creatures.”Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton was last modified: August 5th, 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:whalelast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Gabe Kapler lost his press conference, but I like the hire

first_imgNew Giants manager Gabe Kapler talked and talked and talked some more.For more than an hour — including a near-20-minute introductory statement — he filled the air with platitudes, empty rhetoric, excuses, and self-help mumbo-jumbo, living up to his reputation as a wannabe baseball Tony Robbins.Ultimately, despite all that talking, we learned almost nothing from Kapler’s introductory press conference — save for the fact that he did himself few, if any, favors with an fan base.While the …last_img read more

A “dryer” soybean harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe challenging wet weather this spring may lead to wet soybeans for harvest this fall around Ohio.“We’ve dried soybeans before, and we can do it again,” said Mic Robertson, Branch Manager for The Jewell Grain Company.The Jewell Grain Company has locations in both Defiance and Henry counties. For those crops that did get planted, the expectation is that harvest will be delayed, and a good deal of mechanical drying will be necessary. According to the USDA, more than 42% of the acres in Defiance County, more than 32% of the acres in Henry County, and more than 46% of the acres in Williams County did not get planted this year. Neil Nofzinger, manager of Stryker Farmers Exchange, a farmer owned cooperative in Williams County, is concerned especially about the soybean situation.“Many of these soybeans were planted later than usual. In 2018 most of the soybeans were planted the first week of June. This year, most beans were planted the last week of June. There is a three-week difference, and those are three critical weeks of growth and development that translates to a later maturity and dry down period,” Nofzinger said. “Once those soybeans are harvested, getting them dried down to the moisture that they can safely be stored at will be a challenge. Soybeans are not like corn. Grain handlers know how to dry corn and can run a lot of it very efficiently. Soybeans are a different story.”If a combine is not set correctly, a larger number of pods can get into the grain tank, and eventually end up in the dryer. Adjusting the combine for soybeans that did not fully mature before they died can also be a challenge. Pods in the dryer can pose a fire hazard.“When drying soybeans, you need to pay attention and manage the pods,” Nofzinger said. “The pods have a lower flashpoint, so closely monitoring the grain and regulating the temperature is important. Dry pods that area highly flammable combined with the high oil content of some soybean varieties can be tough.”Both the soybean pods and also the seed coat of the soybeans can cause issues, so equipment maintenance and clean-out are important in grain dryer fire prevention.“Typically, if you clean the dryer regularly to remove any of the debris that builds up, you can prevent most dryer fires. You can’t just start it and walk away,” Robertson said. “Often pods and hulls can build up where the grain flow inverts near the middle of the dryer. Regular inspection and cleaning are important. You need to watch the temperature and take your time. The good thing about drying soybeans is that you typically do not have near the volume as you do with corn.”Maintaining soybean seed quality during the harvesting process is the first step in reducing the number of pods and soybean hulls that end up in the combine grain tank, and eventually in the local grain elevator’s drying system. Iowa State University Extension published a handy pocket guide with number of considerations when setting a combine to optimize soybean seed quality. Seed damage is caused by impact, pinching, and shearing. Damage takes place not only in the thresher, but in grain handling equipment as well. Where augers are used, they need to be kept full to reduce damage. The same applies to the whole combine thresher and processor. Seed damage can even start in the header cross auger. The dominant combine setting affecting soybean seed damage is cylinder or rotor speed. The optimal thresher speed is the slowest cylinder speed or rotor speed that will shell the pods with acceptable loss levels. Damage also increases at excessive moistures (higher than 14%). USDA recommends harvesting soybeans at 12% moisture.The following set-up procedures are recommended.Start with the settings in the operator’s manual first. Make only one adjustment at a time. An under-loaded machine will increase grain damage. Maintain engine speed for best threshing and processor performance. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Proper set-up and maintenance of both the combine, and the grain dryer can go a long way in making this a smooth soybean harvest and drying season for everyone involved.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit read more

How will IoT change the lives of our aging population?

first_imgFollow the Puck Cate Lawrence How do we conceptualize aging and disability in an era where there’s a heady excitement about a future reality that surpasses our current lived experiences of health and old age? Consider future tech such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a growing movement of people into posthumanism and of course fiction like the TV series Black Mirror with the incredibly poignant San Junipero episode giving a fictional account of life beyond our physical beings.See also: Will data analytics change our healthcare system?With these thoughts in mind, it’s not every day that you talk to a hugely successful tech entrepreneur who comes out of retirement to create a company serving the aged and people with disabilities. CEO and co-founder of K4Connect, Scott Moody has done just that.You may recall Moody as the co-founder of AuthenTec, a company that provided mobile security software licenses to mobile manufacturing companies and biometrics sensor technology, such as fingerprint sensors and NFC technology to mobile and computer manufacturers. The company was acquired by Apple, in 2o12 for $356 million.From tech security to health and well-beingToday Moody heads a team of technologists intent on improving the health and well-being of the aged and people with disabilities. I met with Moody to learn about his new venture. Their first product, K4Community, leverages the power of our platform to deliver technology to the tens of millions of older adults living in senior living communities.Their mission is to serve the underserved with the belief that technology shouldn’t be just about the next generation but every generation. K4Community is specifically designed and tailored for the residents of senior living facilities, through three central pillars: Helping to make life simpler  (integrated smart home); healthier (connected wellness); and happier (social engagement). As Moody explained:“We’re  a mission centered technology companies really serving older adults and those living with disabilities and we achieve this through a software platform (which we call a connected life platform)  to integrate all aspects of your life into a single application. This means a more independent life a that is oriented around IoT.  This includes home automation, such as thermostats, sensors, door locks and video doorbells. Then we wrap in healthier elements so that connected wellness and home products connect such as a garment activity tracker to a scale, a blood pressure monitor and tele-monitors.The happier element is that as your mobility is becoming reduced, the whole idea of being able to provide or keep a connection with family and friends. So those are things like video chat or Audio Chat, messaging, picture sharing.”The K4 platform is a patented software platform that is open, modular and scalable. As Moody explains,“One of the things that we’ve done is while everybody ran to the cloud we actually use a combination of the cloud and edge process. So you know if your internet is down, if your wifi is down, your house continues to live, the latency is exceedingly quick, So if grandma is getting out of bed at 2 a.m. in the morning, you want the light to come on almost immediately. You don’t want to delay it 20 or 30 seconds.”The adoption rate of K4Connect’s technology amongst senior residents is impressive. Moody says:“In the 11 communities that have K4Community installed,  100% actually use the home automation features. They may not use the app but they use the home automation. Lights are coming on automatically when they get out of bed. Thermostats are changing automatically depending on the time of day to make rooms comfortable or to aid sleep. And then 75% of the clients are using the app, on average for about 15 minutes a day. I know that if you had a Silicon Valley company come out and say that 75% of their target demographic use their app, it would be pretty big. 15 minutes a day is as much as you see on pinterest or almost anyone besides Facebook.” Related Posts Tags:#connected health#featured#health data#Home Automation#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT platform#sensor tech#top#wearables The value of IoT data to health diagnostics and researchIntrinsic to the work of K4Connect is the value of the data technology that is delivered through the home automation, wearables and social enhancement. Telemedicine is gradually become a reality, enabling people to access remote medical services from the comfort of their homes. As Moody explains, a smart home is able to enhance this experience:“The doctor can see if you’ve been getting out of bed at night or restless at night. They can see a record of your heart rate and other body metrics from wearable tech. They know whether you’ve bee leaving the home or talking to family, meaning that they have a greater body of information than they could glean in a simple 10-minute visit in the doctor’s surgery.One of the things that I find about older adults is that they are very willing to participate in studies to not only help themselves but help others so I think that in time we will be a ready resource for research through those volunteers.  Just think, if you want to try out a new Multiple Sclerosis medication. You’re not only trying out the medication, all of a sudden we have all this other information we can provide separate to what is ascertained on their visit to the research clinic. We’re this platform where you can integrate a lot of different features, e.g. how much they’re sleeping, how much they’re communicating how much they’re moving around.  All of this information that we can provide to that study that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.”K4Connect is at work on two related products, Casework home care which is for professional home care providers providing a service to clients in their homes and K4Life, a product for clients living in their own homes.  With our rapidly aging population, we can expect this to be just the beginning. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day MOST READ Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Nagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Dhoni wins toss, India to bat

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against England in the lone Twenty20 match in Manchester on Wednesday.For India Ajinkya Rahane and veteran Rahul Dravid will make their Twenty20 debut while Alex Hales and Jos Buttler are the debutants for England.Teams:India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel.England: Stuart Broad (capt), Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Jade Dernbach.Umpires: Rob Bailey and Richard Ellingworth.Match referee: Jeff Crowe.last_img read more

England beat India by 6 wickets in lone T20 match

first_imgA win eluded India once again as they lost the lone Twenty20 International against England by six wickets at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.Sterling displays from Eoin Morgan (49) and Jade Dernbach (4/22) helped England scamper home to a six-wicket win in a tense Twenty20.Opting to bat first on a sluggish track, India made a competitive 165 all out in 19.4 over after valuable contributions by debutants Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Rahul Dravid (31).Rahane’s eye-catching 49-ball innings was studded with eight fours and Dravid playing in his first and last Twenty20 International smacked three consecutive sixes off Samit Patel to score a 31 from 21. Suresh Raina, who had a miserable Test series, also scored a useful 33 from 19.India, however, were largely done in by Dernbach’s array of slower balls and yorkers as he returned with his career-best figures of four for 22 from 3.4 overs.England made a slow start, losing debutant Alex Hales to a second-ball duck off Praveen Kumar and were 17 for one after three of their Powerplay overs.Kevin Pietersen scored 23-ball 33 but it was Morgan’s 27-ball 49 that kept England in the match.England needed 10 runs off the last over, and Samit Patel (25) and Ravi Bopara (31) held their nerves to take the team safely with three balls to spare.In the last over, umpire Rob Bailey erroneously called wide when Vinay Kumar pitched his first delivery just inside the tramlines and then Patel came up with two streaky fours and a slap over extra cover to pull England over the line.Both players were booed by Indian fans for their decision to play against their country of birth, but their turned the jeers into cheers with their unbroken partnership of 35 that secured the win for England.advertisementlast_img read more

London Eye: Chilly weather greets Olympic athletes after dry spell

first_imgThis is supposed to be the Summer Olympics, where the heat and excitement go together.After a week’s sunshine and warm weather, it again became cold and wet on Sunday. Brollies, as umbrellas are called here, were out and formal suits were again out.Having forgotten to take an international medical travel insurance before leaving New Delhi, I have been careful. Even when it has been close to 31 degrees C, when people said it was a heat wave here, I did not shed the jacket.Today, it was all about a strong breeze and the chill which made me wonder if you call actually call it a Summer Olympics.In Beijing, I dealt with the weather very differently as you couldn’t wear anything more than a tee shirt and shorts. Before that, in Sydney 2000, the weather was again hot with a high level of ultra violet radiation. So sun tan lotion was a must.It’s almost an obsession for people to talk about the weather in Britain. And today, one thing was clear, if you want to sample all the seasons in a fortnight, this is the place to be in.As long as the sun shines, it is a pleasure to be in Wimbledon or any other outdoor arena. But once it rains, it gets miserable. And the wait for players to step out is irritating.Agreed, there are no traffic snarls like New Delhi and drains don’t get choked. However, if you are not used to the strong breeze, it can get dicey.So how do the temperature changes affect people? If it is athletes, some like it and some don’t.  For example, when the Indian hockey team came to Europe for training and getting used to the weather, they didn’t like the chill.In fact, coach Nobbs said last week: “The hotter it gets, the better for our boys, but we will play in any weather.”In the Olympic swimming pool, the water temperature is regulated and it’s indoor, so there is no worry for the swimmers.In other arenas where matches are played indoor the effect of rain and temperature is not much.One of the common jokes in London among the Asian community is why this city should not host a Summer Olympics as there is hardly a proper summer.The reasoning was a bit bizarre as unlike the Winter Olympics where there has to be snow and cold temperatures, the Summer Olympics can be held in heat and humidity or even cool weather.Even as some NRIs were walking around in raincoats and asking me if I could help with tickets, I laughed. I told them I was a mediaperson and needed no ticket.”There are so many empty seats and what LOCOG is doing beats us,” said Sanjay Patel, a Gujarati settled in east London. His plight was indeed pitiable as he was willing to buy tickets in black.At the other end of London, in Wimbledon, Mahesh Bhupathi was frustrated as he wanted to buy tickets for his family.The point is, when we had empty stadia at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, everyone went for Suresh Kalmadi’s jugular. Over here, the local media doesn’t seem to be attacking LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe in the same manner.Whether venue seats have been sold to corporates or the online sales have not been a success, it is a fact that stadia in London are not full.Venues are far flung and though the transportation is good, travelling from one place to another is time consuming.I was trying to get some tickets for the India vs Holland hockey match on Monday and was told it has been sold out. Given the huge Indian population in Britain, hockey is still a big draw.There is no perfect ticketing system in place for major multi discipline sporting events anywhere in the world . And having spent almost a well already in London, I have not see a current ticket counter.So if anyone tells me London is the best host, I would tend to disagree.advertisementlast_img read more