The Old Church at Malin Well has been revealed as one of the newest sites to join the ‘Adopt a Monument Scheme’ by the Heritage Council.The medieval church ruin is located by the sea at Malin Head, the northernmost tip of Donegal. The sacred site has been linked with early Christianity in Inishowen and has long been a place of pilgrimage.This year, the Old Church will benefit from specialist expertise and mentoring under the Adopt a Monument Scheme. The scheme will assist the Malin Well Conservation Group, who are hoping to further research the story of the site and work with professionals to carry out conservation work to ensure the protection of the site.The Adopt a Monument Scheme offers expertise, mentoring and support to communities to help them care for their local heritage. Seven sites in Ireland were chosen from an open public competition this year.The seven sites chosen include:Esker Church, Lucan, Co. DublinMoygara Castle, Co SligoKilkerrin Battery Fort, Co. ClareThe Graves of the Leinstermen, Co. TipperaryMalin Well Old Church, Co. DonegalMoated Site, Ballyogan, Co. KilkennyKilmurry Lime Kiln, Co. ClareSpeaking about the sites chosen, Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council said, “While it was originally planned to have just four new sites join the Scheme, we received over 50 applications from energized community groups across Ireland. The enthusiasm of the seven groups shortlisted made it impossible to choose between them. Each of the sites are unique and represent important aspects of Ireland’s heritage. We are really looking forward to working with the communities to uncover the stories of their sites”, added Ms Teehan Featured image credit: Abarta HeritageStory of medieval Malin site to be uncovered under heritage scheme was last modified: June 19th, 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:adopt a monument schemeHeritage CouncilMalin Headold church malin well
SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series hasn’t ended and the Giants haven’t hired a new manager yet, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has already made his first acquisition of the offseason.The Giants claimed left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, 29, on waivers from the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, adding a starter who is expected to miss at least part of spring training after undergoing major knee surgery in June.To clear space on the 40-man roster for Anderson, the Giants …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ernst and McFarland 2017 FSR Hall of Farm inducteesThe FSR will induct Stan Ernst and Louis McFarland into the 28th class of honorees for the Hall of Fame. Ernst and McFarland will join the 75 other individuals who have been recognized for their contribution to the FSR since its inception 55 years ago.Ernst has been a champion of the FSR and The Ohio State University for 27 years, specifically of the educational efforts conducted by the college and Ohio State University Extension. He served as news and media relations coordinator, Extension outreach program manager, and specialty crop/food business program manager and marketing specialist during his tenure at Ohio State. The various positions and areas of responsibilities that fell under Ernst’s leadership provided him the opportunity to continually direct quality educational programming.“This has helped shape and improve the standard of educational programming conducted by OSU Extension and others during the Review that continue to improve each year,” Zachrich said.For many years, Ernst led the program known as “Question the Authorities” which still exists today as “Ask The Expert,” where a variety of speakers discuss current topics in agriculture.“Stan will be remembered by many as the ‘Question Guy’ for his years in planning ‘Question the Authorities,’ but his efforts go far beyond just this program,” Zachrich said.On many occasions, Ernst, who now lives in State College, Pennsylvania, has stepped up to provide operational and physical support to FSR programs and projects.“His passion for the agricultural industry and for providing important information to farmers and the rural community on agricultural economics and other current agricultural topics has benefited and enhanced the experience of Review visitors for many years,” Zachrich said.The leadership and guidance provided by land improvement contractor McFarland over the past four decades has been instrumental in the construction of many educational and land improvement infrastructures at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.“Many of us take for granted the construction and installation of the projects under the leadership of Louis at the Review’s site,” Zachrich said.Many field drainage improvements, pond construction, wetland construction and waterway construction have been led or assisted by McFarland and implemented under his thoughtful and watchful eye. These projects are located in various areas of the 2,100-square-foot facility including the FSR exhibit area, farm fields including field demonstration areas, and the Gwynne Conservation Area.“During a wet September, the quality of experience at the show is particularly enhanced for visitors and exhibitors alike because of the extensive drainage improvements Louis made to the Review’s site. Also, the ponds and wetland at the Gwynne are enjoyed by many and will be for years to come,” Zachrich said.McFarland of Circleville has also been instrumental in the development of an annual Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association (OLICA) field day held as a portion of the FSR field demonstrations. The cropland and field demonstrations at the FSR benefit from the drainage improvements that OLICA continues to make annually. Tips for handling tough labor issues in agFaced with a decades-long struggle to find laborers, farmers can still do a lot to attract and keep their staff and lighten their load with technology.When the economy is healthy or at least improving, the search for farm employees becomes even more challenging even though farm wages, at $12 on average across Ohio, are well above the state’s minimum wage, said Gustavo Schuenemann, an Ohio State University Extension veterinarian.With farm work being so physically rigorous and requiring long work days, often people opt instead for an 8-hour work day in an office or store, said Schuenemann, who’s also an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Technology may be part of the solution to make up for the scarcity of workers, he said. Smart tractors drive themselves. An automatic feeder can push feed into the animal stalls periodically throughout the day so the animals can reach the food. A robot could even clean and prep a cow for mechanized milking.However, as useful as it is, technology likely won’t eliminate all staff necessary on a farm, so farmers still need to know how best to manage their staff, said Schuenemann, who will offer advice on managing farm labor during the FSR on Sept. 19. Schuenemann will speak from noon to 12:20 p.m. as part of the “Ask the Expert” program offered daily at the FSR.While fair pay and offering health insurance can be a drawing card for employees, the most common complaint Schuenemann hears from farm workers is that they’re poorly managed. Frequently, farmers and farm managers create work schedules that don’t offer some flexibility and take into consideration the workers’ needs, Schuenemann pointed out. An employee may not want a night shift or a Sunday shift, or he or she may not want or be able to work 12 hours at a time for six or seven days a week, or work on ever-changing shifts. Any resulting discontentment among employees increases the odds that the workers quit, Schuenemann said.Aggressive-style management rarely works, he said. Farmers need to put themselves in the shoes of their workers because empathy can go a long way toward creating an environment in which employees want to stay.“A farmer might start out taking care of 200 cattle, but in 15 years, could grow to have 2,000 or more. At that point, he’s managing people, not just cows,” but he might not have the skills needed to manage the staff, Schuenemann said. “You can find people who know how to work with cows, but it’s difficult to find people who like or know how to manage other people, and that’s an important problem to fix.”If it isn’t, turnover is inevitable. Some farmers Schuenemann has worked with see over half their employees leave every year.“They never stop training people,” he said. “It’s a futile cycle. People are leaving and coming, leaving and coming.”Many times farm employees and their managers don’t communicate with each other often enough, so problems arise and discontentment can grow quickly, Schuenemann said. The farm owner or a manager should meet with employees at least once a week to discuss and resolve any problems, he said.“If the farmer focuses on managing the work environment, it has a profound impact on everyone’s attitude,” Schuenemann said. “And when attitude goes up, everything gets better without much investment.”
This post is just an observation that I hope will stimulate some conversation about the subject of closed crawlspaces. This evolved out of conversations with two builders—one a high-end custom outfit and the other an affordable builder. Both of them had been certifying their homes to EarthCraft House standards and were building with closed crawlspaces. On the same day last week I heard from both builders that they were having moisture problems in their closed crawlspaces, were reluctant to continue building them, and were considering returning to vented designs. Now, I haven’t yet visited any of their job sites, so I am working on some conjecture here, but these problems raise some interesting questions.The affordable builder told me that all their sealed crawlspaces had HVAC systems, which were expected to maintain appropriate humidity levels. However, the builder discovered that the homeowners were often turning off the air-conditioning for much of the year as a cost-saving measure. They were willing to be uncomfortable to save money—not necessarily a bad policy—but it led to mold and mildew problems in humid months. The custom builder had problems in closed crawlspaces that did not have HVAC systems in them, and ended up having to install stand-alone dehumidification systems for moisture management.Behavior vs. processIt appears to me that we are dealing with two separate issues: behavior and process. Assuming that the closed crawlspaces were constructed properly to keep bulk water and vapor out, the ones with HVAC systems should have functioned just fine, provided the systems were running in humid weather. The fact that the homeowners chose to turn their systems off is a behavior issue. They were not behaving as expected (does anyone?), which caused problems in the structure.The builder could have put in a backup dehumidification system, but that would have presented a higher first cost as well as ongoing electrical costs to operate when needed. This reminds me of the quote “You can’t idiotproof things because the idiots are too smart.” This is not to demean any homeowners; in fact, I applaud them for not using their AC indiscriminately in order to save money and for being willing to live with a little less comfort. In this case, the “idiots” may, in fact, be the people who thought up closed crawlspaces in the first place, assuming that everyone would operate their homes appropriately day in and day out. No offense intended toward the smart building science folks who developed these things, but we have apparently come up against the law of unintended consequences. A well-thought-out design was taken down by someone who chose to operate the house differently than expected.I reviewed “A Quick Reference on Closed Crawl Spaces” by Advanced Energy and noticed that among their recommendations they include “a mechanical drying system to reduce humidity” in the crawlspace. In the case of the affordable builder, they apparently met those requirements, but were foiled by the owner’s behavior; while in the case of the custom builder, it was a process issue: They did not include a method to mechanically dry the crawlspace in their projects.So what’s the answer?I don’t pretend to suggest that we stop sealing crawlspaces (I already had my head handed to me recently by implying that we stop insulating!), but I do think we need to take into account owner behavior and builder process when we make decisions on how to build homes.As energy prices increase and the economy continues to stagnate, we may likely see many formerly middle-class homeowners looking for ways to save money, who are willing to live with less comfort and may use their air-conditioning less to do so. If any of them live in homes with closed crawlspaces, we will likely see more humidity-related problems in these homes. As to the other problem, it seems to me that this was a case where a very well-intentioned builder missed a key part of the puzzle in creating a closed crawlspace and paid for it by bearing the cost of installing a dehumidifier.Can we outsmart the idiots?In both cases, these builders are leaning away from closed crawls in future projects — a decision that I don’t believe is necessarily in their best interest, but helps them to avoid liability by reverting back to older, less-efficient building techniques. Builders should carefully consider their construction techniques and get the right advice all the way through the process to make sure they don’t miss any critical pieces of the puzzle. They must also consider homeowner behavior, how it affects building performance, and how it might change over the course of home ownership.This last one might be too challenging for anyone to adequately manage, so do we look for alternative techniques that are, in fact, truly “idiotproof”?
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#predictions#social media In 2012, IT growth and innovation centered around mobile devices, cloud services, social networking and Big Data. 2013 is likely to see accelerated adoption in all those areas, as many companies move from experimenting and testing to deployment.What follows are 2013 predictions for some of the fastest growing next-generation technologies in enterprise IT. If 2012 seemed like a tumultuous year, then hold on to your hats. Next year is going to be another bumpy ride.1. Big DataFirst up is Big Data. 2013 will see companies continue to spend much more on databases and business intelligence tools to drive innovation and boost operational efficiency. Big Data technologies will have the most impact in the financial industry as well as medical and scientific research. Corporations wanting to deploy business analytics will look to those industries for guidance.International Data Corp. defines Big Data as new generation “technologies and architectures, designed to economically extract value from very large volumes of a wide variety of data by enabling high-velocity capture, discovery and/or analysis.” In 2010, companies spent $3.2 billion worldwide in Big Data technology.In 2015, Big Data spending will reach $16.9 billion, representing a compound annual growth rate of 40% or about 7 times the growth rate of the overall information and communications technology market, IDC says. Because growth will outpace the supply of talent, companies are expected to look to vendors for cloud-based services that can offload much of the work from inside IT staff.While software and services are expected to make up the majority of Big Data spending, companies will be spending on infrastructure at a faster rate. Spending on storage will grow the fastest through 2015 with a CAGR of more than 61%, IDC says.2. Software-Defined NetworkingOn the networking side, software-defined networking (SND) will enter the refinement process needed before products are ready for production use, according to Forrester. The maturation process will take roughly five years, as SDN components are tied together and technology added for integration with management systems, orchestration software, hypervisor management products and networking protocols. Forrester recommends that companies prepare for industry adoption of SDN by starting training for IT staff in 2013.3. In-Memory ComputingWhile watching carefully developments in SDN, many companies are expected to take in-memory computing to the mainstream, with the help of vendors such as SAP and Oracle, Gartner says. “Numerous vendors will deliver in-memory-based solutions over the next two years driving this approach into mainstream use.” As the name implies, in-memory computing brings data sets closer to computational engines, replacing the much slower architecture that involves pulling information from a database in a separate server. This opens up the possibility of real-time or near real-time results from transactional and analytical applications running against the same in-memory dataset. A mouthful to be sure, but the process could mean big advancements in how fast companies can analyze and act up on the data they gather.4. Social Technologies Drives Enteprise CollaborationIn the front office, employees’ use of social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, is driving companies to build their own enterprise social networks to give workers secure areas for collaboration and sharing data. In 2013, IDC predicts these networks will move beyond the pilot stage and into production.Gartner sees a similar trend with enterprise app stores for smartphones and tablets. Faced with vendors limiting stores to specific devices, companies will deliver private application stores to workers by 2014. This will avoid the multiple payment processes and licensing terms that would come from using public stores from vendors.5. Windows 8 Doesn’t Get TractionOn the desktop, Microsoft is not expected to win big in the enterprise with Windows 8 until well after 2013 – if ever. Gartner says 90% of corporations will skip large-scale deployment of the latest version of the operating system through 2015. Most enterprises and their PC management vendors are not ready to deal with the touch interface Microsoft has added to its flagship product. As a result, companies will wait until support for the dramatic OS change becomes widespread in the business technology market.6. Gamification WinsFinally, techniques used in building addiction to playing online games will get adopted to boost worker productivity. Measurement of performance, feedback and incentives will be used to engage employees and tie their actions more closely to business outcomes, Gartner says. The worldwide market for gamification technology and services will rise from $242 million this year to $2.8 billion in 2016. Within three years, 40% of the Global 1000 companies will use gaming techniques, a process called gamification, to improve performance and efficiency of their business operations. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
Prandelli angry Genoa denied late penalty for Roma defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli was furious over the manner of defeat to AS Roma last night.Prandelli felt Genoa had a “really clear” penalty in stoppages as they lost 3-2.He stated, “It’s strange, because from the bench the push was really clear. It was obvious. We feel somewhat defrauded. I don’t understand why it wasn’t viewed again on VAR.“We knew that Roma were in a difficult situation psychologically and wanted to start strong to take advantage of that.“Football is a fast-paced sport and it is essential to always be concentrated, as the smallest errors can make a big difference, especially inside the penalty area and on set plays.“We had a lot of scoring opportunities and attacking moves, but our final ball wasn’t always correct. I think we lost the game five seconds from half-time, as we were caught in possession, they went on the counter and equalised.“We knew Roma were playing a new system and they hadn’t practiced it much, so inevitably their preventative marking and defensive movements weren’t well-oiled and we tried to take advantage.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great.
Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella expects his side to deliver a strong performance against Bayern Munich and has challenged his players to take the visitors out of their comfort zoneAfter knocking out Manchester United in the previous knockout stage, Sevilla will play host to Bayern Munich for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.The match will mark the first time in 60 years that Sevilla have progressed to this stage of the competition with Montella expecting his side to rise to the challenge against a team with the caliber of Bayern.“We always work looking to improve. I always expect the team to do so, regardless of the level of the opponent. Whoever it is, my conviction is always the same.” said Montella, according to the club website.The former AC Milan manager acknowledges that Bayern are accustomed to scoring a high number of goals with the Bundesliga leaders having defeated Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in their previous knockout round. But Montella challenged his players to make Bayern do things they are not used to.“Bayern are accustomed to scoring a lot of goals, to having the ball. We have to do the same so we make them do things they’re not used to”.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Montella was unconcerned about Saturday’s fixtures having a bearing on the match: “I’m not worried about it. Your head is what moves your legs and the team is motivated. Maybe Mercado’s and Navas’ fitness worry me a bit but it’s something we’ll evaluate tomorrow”.A notable absence for Sevilla will be midfielder Ever Banega, who is suspended for the first leg.“He won’t play and he’s a player with very clear qualities. It’s something we can’t change and I’m convinced that the player who replaces him will do well.”Montella also reserved special praise for forward Luis Muriel, who has recently begun to reproduce the sort of performances that led Sevilla to paying €20 to sign him from Sampdoria last summer.“He’s grown a lot in these years and it’s true he needs to improve in the opposition’s box but he has huge potential.” said the Italian.On Saturday, Sevilla lost a two goal advantage to settle for a 2-2 draw against La Liga leaders Barcelona after the brilliance of substitute Lionel Messi denied Montella’s side all three poiints.
Arsenal Football Club are reportedly interested in signing AS Roma winger Cengiz Under.The Mirror reports that the Gunners have leaped ahead of neighbors and rivaled Tottenham Hotspur as well as German Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich, both of which are also reportedly interested in the signature of Under.The 21-year-old joined Roma from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in 2017 and has impressed in Serie A.He is currently valued at around £50m by the Giallorossi but the Gunners are one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on his situation.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Reports in Italy suggest Unai Emery’s team are leading the chase ahead of other top European clubs should Roma decide to cash in on the Turkey international.The eternal club have become famous for improving young players and selling them at the premium, especially after the sales of Mohamed Salah and Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker to Liverpool.Under has started the season in impressive fashion, and already has two goals and four assists already this season and is likely to be open to a move to the Premier League.
Gonzalo Higuain dedicated his goal to Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso and pledged his future to the club after netting the winner in their recent encounterHiguain has been on a barren run since October 28 but masterminded the winner n a 2-1 result against SPAL that many believe would ensure the stay of Gattuso at the club.“It was an important goal and three fundamental points after all we’ve wasted before, but now we can have a rest with our families,” the striker told Football Italia.Just before the goal, Pipita had been booed by the San Siro fans for his sluggish performance and evident lack of confidence, increasing the speculation of an imminent Chelsea move.Higuain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“It’s natural the fans expect more from me. I came to Milan because I was convinced by the project here and I want to continue like this.“Gattuso has always supported me and above all been honest. This goal is for him.”Milan had Suso sent off and he’ll, therefore, be suspended for the Italian Super Cup clash with Juventus.“Now we’ve got the Supercoppa, it’s the first trophy of the season and we want to win.”