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first_imgA number of homes have been left without power this morning after a power outage in Gortlee, Letterkenny.Up to 170 properties have been affected by the outage which was caused by an electrical fault.ESB workers are working to restore electrical supplies which are expected to be repaired by 2:30pm this evening (Monday) ESB said: “We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair a fault affecting the premises and will restore power as quickly as possible.”Over 100 homes without power in Gortlee was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Cindy Shy, Bicentennial & Century Farms Program Manager for the Ohio Department of AgricultureOCJ: Could you provide a little background about how the Ohio Century Farm Program got started?Cindy: The program started in 1993, a joint effort between the Ohio History Connection, Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Families competed to be named as one of eight “Outstanding Ohio Century Farms” each year.OCJ: How has the program evolved through the years?Cindy: The competition lasted 10 years. Having to choose one farm over another back then must have been one tough job! I inherited the program in 2003. Since that year, any farm that qualifies is recognized as either an Ohio Century or Bicentennial Farm. A certificate signed by Governor Kasich and Director Daniels is provided to the family.OCJ: What is the current status of the program and how can eligible farm owners get their farms registered?Cindy: There are now 1,200 farms registered, with at least one farm in each county. We take registrations on an on-going basis — there is no deadline, and no fee to apply. The registration process takes some research — possibly for the family history, but definitely for the deed copies to document the transfers within the family. The registration form is available online (www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/) or by contacting me at [email protected] or 614-752-9817.OCJ: What is your favorite part of being involved with the program?Cindy: The best part is working with the farm families. I get to meet some wonderful people, and hear their great stories. These families are like family to me.OCJ: Why is it important to preserve Ohio’s agricultural heritage through this program?                 Cindy: Ohio wouldn’t be a leading agriculture state now without the hard work of our ancestors. We need to make sure that future generations will know what their family went through and the sacrifices they made. Our ancestors might not have left written histories, but the current generation can ensure that their family’s stories are not forgotten.OCJ: What sort of response do you get from the applicants that have successfully gone through the process?Cindy: The families are typically excited about the recognition, and it can be emotional as well. I will never forget about the man whose Century Farm certificate arrived following the recent death of his father. He said he shed a few tears, and told his family that all he wanted for Christmas was to have the certificate framed.OCJ: What are some of the common themes that you see showing up among Ohio’s Century Farms?Cindy: I can feel the pride in their accomplishments and endurance and a strong love for their family and land. And I see both concern and hopefulness that their farm will continue in the family for generations to come.OCJ: There are also some recognized bi-centennial farms. Do they get separate recognition for that? If so, what?Cindy: It’s amazing to think that more than 80 registered Ohio farms have been in the same family for at least 200 years! We wanted to give these families some special attention, so the program was expanded in 2013 to include the Ohio Bicentennial Farm designation. Each year we arrange a visit to local fairs to present new Bicentennial Farm families with a certificate.OCJ: What is the most important thing you want Ohio agriculture to know about the Century farm Program?Cindy: This program is about you — your farm and your family. Registration is a journey of discovery, well-worth your time and effort. If you haven’t registered, do it!last_img read more


first_imgBaker Mayfield runs the ball against Georgia.(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield likes to dance. In late May, a video was posted of the Oklahoma quarterback showing off his “Whip.” It wasn’t bad. The OU quarterback was back at it recently. This time, he was dancing inside the Sooners’ Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Again, he was impressive. Also here’s a fun video I took of Baker Mayfield and friends. So, BOOMER. @BM_ShakeIT11 pic.twitter.com/b23VQ50G2e— Caroline Kemp (@caroline_kemp) July 18, 2015If Mayfield’s QB skills are anything close to his dancing skills, he’ll probably be Bob Stoops’ starter this fall.last_img


first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump raised eyebrows during the election campaign by calling for the jailing of his opponent. Now he’s wading into all sorts of justice matters, opining on roughly five different cases this week about who should be prosecuted, who should be executed, who should be jailed, and how he deserves exoneration.The president’s allies have launched a multi-pronged attack on the Russia investigation, which he has repeatedly called a hoax. Pro-Trump media are pounding away at Robert Mueller’s reputation, as he lays his first charges.An initial formal call for Mueller’s head came Friday from three congressmen in staunchly conservative districts — they presented a non-binding motion in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the investigator to step aside.Mueller was hailed as a universally respected figure when appointed this year, but is now under heavy political fire over his friendship with former FBI director James Comey, a likely probe witness, and over his failure to crack down on years-old allegations about corruption in uranium sales.Trump has opined on this case and others.In fact, his Twitter feed is filled with demands aimed at his own Justice Department. Over the course of a few days this week, the president has waded into no less than four justice matters and in a fifth case his public trashing of a defendant was raised as an issue, then he slammed the sentencing decision.”Let’s go FBI & Justice Dept,” he wetted, urging law enforcement to look into favourable treatment Hillary Clinton received from the Democratic party during last year’s primary against Bernie Sanders.”People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”He also called for the death penalty in the case of the New York truck attacker, referring to him as a ”degenerate animal.” A few hours later, Trump slammed the lack of a prison sentence for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, whose lawyers are already trying to get the case dismissed over the president’s frequent insults of the defendant. He’s made similar remarks about the uranium sale. His mutterings about the Russia probe are myriad.Trump even complained this week that he can’t meddle in justice matters.He told a radio interview: ”The saddest thing is because I’m the president of the United States, I’m not supposed to be involved in the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved in the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it. … Why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and dossier? … It’s very discouraging to me. To be honest I’m very unhappy about it.”A rare anti-Trump Republican sounded the alarm over this. Neoconservative writer Bill Kristol tweeted: ”What Trump thinks is the saddest thing about his presidency is basically that he’s not able to be a Third World-type authoritarian ruler.”It also struck some as a throwback to his campaign — where he threatened during a debate to prosecute Clinton and his rally crowds chanted, ”Lock her up!”At that time, The New York Times interviewed political scientists who study failing democracies and they called his debate threat troubling. Adrienne LeBas of American University called it a risk to the rule of law and basic democratic norms, and said: ”For those of us who work on authoritarian regimes and hybrid regimes (such as Turkey)… this sort of thing is just eerily familiar.”A colleague told the newspaper she was less worried about an authoritarian power-grab in the U.S. Unlike Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, she said, American institutions are strong enough to prevent a president from serious abuses.Someone who worked closely with Mueller said she can’t imagine he’d be fired.”I find it very hard to believe that will happen. I hope not to be proven wrong,” Anne Milgram, a former federal prosecutor and attorney general of New Jersey, told a podcast hosted by her ex-colleague Preet Bharara.”(If that happens) I think that’s an unbelievable crisis for the rule of law.”The first strike against Mueller has come from politicians who risk no backlash.The three lawmakers who co-sponsored the condemnatory motion won their districts last year by 38, 29 and 50 percentage points — they are Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.A growing number of districts look like these in an increasingly polarized. rural-versus-urban America, where many politicians have little fear of general elections and greater fear of angering their partisans and risking a primary on their own side.last_img read more


first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s efforts to control a deadly deer disease may end up depriving the province of a couple of popular Rudolph stand-ins this holiday season.The province has been grappling with chronic wasting disease detected this year in three farm-raised deer. And Serge Michaud and the red deer he named Rudolph 1 and Rudolph 2 are feeling the impact.Michaud said he was told last week the animals, a fixture at Christmas parades and events in the province, need to stay penned as investigations continue to determine the extent of the disease. He was forced to cancel a parade appearance in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. last Saturday.“They embody Rudolph — the companion of Santa Claus — and we dress up as elves and take part in Christmas parades, at product launches, for photos with the public,” Michaud explained.The province’s Wildlife Department confirmed in September that chronic wasting disease had been detected in a farm-raised animal that was sent to slaughter in late August.Since then, two more cases were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The disease, similar to mad cow disease, is an infection of the central nervous system that afflicts deer, elk, reindeer and moose. While it can go undetected for years, the condition eventually causes poor health, behavioural changes, disorientation and death.Biologists have raised fears the highly contagious disease has the potential to decimate the wild deer population if it spreads.Michaud said his animals are both healthy and are seen regularly by a veterinarian. They were born on a livestock farm and have been with Michaud since they were a day old. “They’ve never lived in a herd,” he said.The deer both have a bit of star power — Rudolph 1’s first public appearance was with the Cirque de Soleil while Rudolph 2 appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse.”The province’s Agriculture Department informed Michaud of the travel ban last Friday.In September, officials banned hunting, trapping and off-road activities within a 400-kilometre radius of the farm where the infection was detected. That includes Oka, where Michaud’s animals live.The disease first emerged in the 1960s in the United States. It is nearly impossible to eradicate once it becomes established in the general population. It has spread to 25 U.S. states as well as Alberta and Saskatchewan.Quebec has modelled its intervention plan on that of New York State, which is believed to be the only jurisdiction to have successfully eliminated the disease.“We haven’t finished our investigations, so we’re simply not taking any risks,” Yohan Dallaire-Boily, an Agriculture Department spokesman, said of the need for controls.Michaud said he stands to lose up to $40,000 this year if his deer are not allowed to travel. “The schedule was booked solid, sometimes three events a day,” he said.He acknowledged it might take a Christmas miracle of sorts to get the Rudolphs back on the road.“We’ll leave the door open in the event we get an exemption,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgShe said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called. The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Press “They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group.center_img OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter. “Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work. “If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the #PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth in India to participate in civic engagement and understand the significance of their right to vote. What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s youth? “It is not only abut us. It is about our generations to come. So question, ask for your rights, if you see a horrible infrastructure around you take a picture and put it out, ask your politicians why? Only you have the power to bring in that change and that change will come through vote.”last_img read more


first_imgLooking for love can’t be too hard when you can see for miles around.Sultan Kosen, a Turkish farmer, is 2.51 meters high – the tallest man in the world.But the 30-year-old had reportedly given up trying to find a life partner until he met Merve Dibo, who stands at a comparatively small 1.73 meters. “Now I will have my own family and private life,” said Kosen, who is engaged to Dibo.“How unfortunate I could not find a suitable girl of my own size,” said Kosen, according to UK newspaper The Daily Mail. “I believe I’ve found the person for me.”Kosen enjoys near-celebrity status in Turkey, and has invited numerous politicians to his wedding in the country’s southern city of Mardin, where he will marry Debo wearing an enormous custom-made suit and shoes.His only other desire is a car big enough for him to drive around in with his bride.Kosen suffers from pituitary gigantism, which causes the over-production of growth hormone. His condition is thought to have be caused by a tumour in his pituitary gland.Although he continued to grow for some after doctors removed the tumor, his height has leveled out.His family is reportedly of a regular height.While he has been teased of his height, Kosen claims that he is now “proud” to be as tall as he is.Kosen also holds the Guinness World Record for the size of his 27.5cm hands and feet, which have been measured at 36.5cm.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more


OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterIn the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s journey to rewrite the record books, all roads lead through No. 12 Ball State.When the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in five sets on Feb. 6, 2016, no one thought much of it. It was a close-fought match between two top 15 opponents.That was it.At that point, not many thought OSU would win the national championship. Even fewer thought that the Buckeyes would threaten a school record that has stood for almost half a century.On Thursday in Muncie, Indiana, No. 1 OSU goes for win No. 33 to set the longest win streak in program history when it takes on No. 12 Ball State — the same team that gave the Buckeyes their last defeat.Ball State and OSU’s rivalry goes back to the creation of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The two teams are the only two that still exist from the beginning of the conference. Ironically enough, after going 24-0 in the 1969 season and 8-0 to start the 1970 season, the Buckeyes were defeated by the Cardinals to end their 32-win streak.“When you’ve got that much history, there’s a rivalry there for sure, naturally,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “Ball State — I’m sure they circle the Ohio State matches on their calendar every year and I think our guys do too.”OSU comes into the matchup against Ball State with 15 wins over opponents ranked in the top 12 nationally, with six of those wins over teams in the top 5. In this season alone, the Buckeyes have topped teams currently ranked No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 in the country.Hanson credits the team’s success and win streak to the team’s growing maturity over the past two seasons.“What I saw — after that loss to Ball State — I saw somewhat of a renewed commitment by a lot of those older guys — by Gabriel, Miles, Christy — to say we didn’t like this feeling and we’re going to work very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Hanson said. “Just through their efforts every day in practice and in the weight room, how they approach matches, the attention to detail on the game plan — those are things veterans do that kind of go unnoticed by, as a coaching staff you notice them.”Offensively, OSU will need continued attacking success from team leaders, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, to overcome the highly ranked blocking efforts from Ball State’s junior middle hitter Matt Walsh. Walsh ranks second nationally in blocks per set with 1.29. In last season’s losing affair, the Buckeyes won the first two sets by a combined 20 points, only to lose the match in the fifth set, 16-14.“We all looked at that loss and obviously, no one liked it,” Johnson said. “I think that prior to that loss we were on a good winning streak and then that happened. So, then we had to figure out ways where that wouldn’t happen again.”The team found ways to prevent losses over the 23-game win streak, which contained an avenged win against Ball State as well as MIVA and NCAA titles, to close out the 2016 season.In addition to tying the school record for consecutive wins, two other Buckeyes etched their names in school history as both Johnson and Szerszen sit atop the career serving aces list. They are tied at 124.The Buckeyes will be looking to keep make school history against Ball State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena. read more


first_imgWilfried Zaha has rejected Crystal Palace’s latest contract offer, opening the door for another club to swoop in and snag the highly-rated winger.According to Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace offered to increase Wilfried Zaha’s current weekly wage from €115.000 to €140.000 in an effort to keep their star man. It seems like a decent offer, but it was one that Zaha rejected in an attempt to force a move to a Champions League club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old and will look to pounce on the occasion. Palace rates Zaha at €85 million, similar to the price Leicester City tagged on Riyad Mahrez. However, the Algerian is set to join Manchester City for around €68 million and The Spurs are hoping to sign Zaha on a cut-price deal worth around €56 million.Crystal Palace will not let go off its prized asset easily. Zaha signed a new contract last May which would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2022. The Eagles will do anything to keep him. Chelsea are also interested in the in-demand forward, as they are also in the market for a winger.last_img read more

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