first_imgExperience the spectacular scenery along the “Inishowen 100” scenic drive. Over Mamore Gap, Urris, Clonmany, through Ballyliffin and onto the Isle of Doagh. That’s the script from this brilliant new promotional video for Inishowen.Click to Play and enjoy. INISHOWEN IN A CAMPER VAN – NEW TOURISM VIDEO SHOWS OFF PENINSULA TO THE WORLD was last modified: April 12th, 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:INISHOWEN IN A CAMPER VAN – NEW TOURISM VIDEO SHOWS OFF PENINSULA TO THE WORLDlast_img read more

Measuring corn growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What are the critical stages in the life of a corn plant? Actually, corn needs a lot of tender loving care throughout the growing season. The growth of corn is pretty consistent and is driven by heat units or Growing Degree Days (GDDs).• How do you calculate GDDs? Calculate average daily temperatures by adding the highest and lowest temperatures of each day and divide by 2. Subtract 50 from the average daily temperature to get the GDDs for each day with the limitation that if the low falls below 50 degrees F, we use 50 as low and if the temperature goes above 86 degrees F, we use 86 as the high for that day. This allows us to make some adjustments in the formula.• If we add the GDDs of each day from emergence to physiologic maturity (Black layer), we will have the total GDDs needed for the hybrid to mature. We need 2400 to 2800 GDDs from emergence to physiologic maturity of 105 to 115 day relative maturity hybrids.• According to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Corn Specialist, after seedling emergence, with moisture, nutrients and normal sunlight availability, corn growth is pretty consistent. From emergence to V10 leaf stage, about waist-high corn; it takes an average of 82 GDDs for each leaf added. After V10 stage, corn picks up speed and adds a new leaf every 50 GDDs. Now you can almost see the corn plants grow!• At V6-V8 stage, be sure to side-dress with nitrogen before the plants are too tall, if you are going to apply additional nitrogen. Check for deficiency of nutrients like sulfur, zinc, magnesium and other micronutrients.• Pollination is the next most critical stage. Make sure that insects like Japanese beetles, western corn rootworm beetles are not clipping the silks. Use insecticides if needed to control these pests.last_img read more

Device Simplifies Building Rehabs

first_imgA device worn like a backpack automatically records room dimensions, the location of HVAC equipment, and electrical sources as it’s carried through a building by a technician, greatly simplifying planning for energy upgrades, the website VPA reports.The Rapid Building Energy Modeler, or RAPMOD, was created by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its partners and is being developed by Baumann Consulting.The device needs a single pass through the building to create a three-dimensional model, giving engineers and architects information that ordinarily would take much longer to collect. The Berkeley Lab said that in field tests conducted at two West Coast hotels, a technician with a RAPMOD completed indoor mapping in two days, rather than the three months it had previously taken with manual scanning.In a video posted with the VPA report, Baumann engineer Annie Marston explains that the device records not only the geometry of the building, but the location of lights and electrical outlets and other features that architects would need to pay attention to before planning renovations and upgrades. A 3-D image produced from the recorded data includes an infrared image of each of the rooms and other information that can be transferred into an energy modeling program used to calculate where energy savings can be made.Developers say it also will be helpful for architectural design.Among the instruments in the RAPMOD are cameras, laser scanners, a barometer which measures height, and magnetometers that sense the location of metallic structures, the report says. The virtual map of the structure is accurate to within 10 centimeters (about 4 inches).The device now weighs about 33 lb., but developers are trying to reduce that to 22 lb. It costs $20,000.last_img read more

Facebook Wants To Know What Your Posts Really Mean

first_imgRelated Posts Technology Review reports that a team of eight artificial-intelligence specialists at Facebook is working on a technique dubbed “deep learning,” which runs on a system of simulated brain cells used to make more precise judgements about a user’s text, photos, and future behavior.Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, says the goal is to cut down the number of posts served by Facebook’s personalized News Feed from 1,500 or so to just 30 to 60 of the most relevant posts. One reason for making the News Feed smarter and more personalized: On mobile devices, which account for more and more of Facebook’s usage, people visit more frequently but more briefly. Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Deep Learning#Facebook#Mike Schroepfer#now The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification readwritelast_img read more

Little Hinges Don’t Swing Big Doors

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.Little hinges don’t swing big doors. Strong hinges firmly attached to a strong foundation are what swing big doors.Weak hinges won’t handle the size and the weight of big door. Hinges that aren’t securely attached to a strong foundation won’t swing a big door either; they’ll get pulled right out of theirThe more you ask of a hinge, the more you need it to be strong and firmly attached to an even stronger foundation.You: HingeIt takes a lot to make a salesperson a strong hinge.It requires dozens of attributes and skills (my list includes self-discipline, optimism, competitiveness, determination, initiative, resourcefulness, caring, empathy, and communication).It also takes a grounding in a firm foundation. That foundation is the fundamentals effective selling, not some new-fangled esoteric fad (my list includes closing, prospecting, storytelling, diagnosing, differentiating, negotiating, business acumen, change and consensus building, leadership, and accountability).If you are a salesperson, you know that much is required of you. Selling has never been easy, but it’s more challenging now than ever. Your company expects more of you. Your clients expect much more of you. The door you are asked to swing is a big, heavy door indeed. You need to work hard to grow and improve. You need chops. You need to become a serious value creator.If you are a sales leader, you know you are asking much of your salespeople, maybe more than they are prepared to handle. If you really want strong hinges, you have to help make them strong. You have to help them become who they must become. You have to help connect them to the firmest of foundations.Little hinges swing little doors. You don’t want to be a little hinge. You want to be a strong hinge.QuestionsWho do you have to be to handle what is asked of you? Can you afford to be little?How do you increase your strength, your ability handle a heavier load, produce better results?What foundation is helping to give you the leverage you need? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Rep Griffins plan to save taxpayer money on prison health care signed

first_img23May Rep. Griffin’s plan to save taxpayer money on prison health care signed into law Categories: Griffin News State Rep. Beth Griffin, right, attends a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety has been signed into law by the governor.Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average inmate. It’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise. Health care already takes up 15 percent of the prison system’s budget, costing taxpayers roughly $300 million.“I’m always looking for ways to help our state government operate more efficiently and effectively,” Griffin said. “This is a responsible reform that saves taxpayer dollars without jeopardizing public safety in any way.”Griffin said the new law permits some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison, if approved by a parole board. It does not allow early release of inmates.The goal is to qualify inmates transferred to health care facilities for Medicaid, which would translate to a net savings for taxpayers.Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate. Prosecutors and victims could appeal decisions, and inmates convicted of first-degree murder, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree or any other crime resulting in a life sentence would automatically be ineligible for the program – meaning they stay behind bars.An initial projection from the Department of Corrections estimates roughly 20 to 40 prisoners could potentially be eligible for the program. The number could grow over time as the prison population ages.House Bills 4129-32, now Public Acts 13-16 of 2019, received overwhelming support in the House and Senate.###last_img read more