AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has announced its application deadlines for 2007. The next closing date is 12th January 2007. The Foundation has two main target areas to which it seeks to allocate funds — social and community needs and education and training. Under both categories a wide selection of causes can be supported including community services, advice services, disabled people, health promotion, civic responsibility, cultural enrichment, employment training, promotion of life skills, and education for disadvantaged groups.The other closing dates for 2006 are 12th April, 6th July and the 12th October. Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland distributes around £1.5 million annually. Advertisement Lloyds TSB announces 2007 application dates Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 11 December 2006 | News 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Adam Ramsay, Co-Editor of OurKingdom on Open Democracy and past full time campaigner with People & Planet, wrote “a ‘rotten borough’ election in Oxford has won Labour a councillor on the lowest turnout in British electoral history – robbing the Greens of a winnable seat. The by-election in a mainly student ward was timed for the summer vacation – disenfranchising 60% of voters.”He also added “8.6% is apparently the lowest turnout in British electoral history. It provides no mandate at all.”Student campaigner Nathan Akehurst has created a petition to ‘acknowledge that the Carfax by-election was against the spirit of democracy and step down.’ The petition calls for Alex Hollingsworth to stand down and run in a by-election during term term, and currently has almost a hundred supporters as well as the Oxford University Liberal Democrats. Nathan Akehurst told Cherwell “turnout and presence issues aside, big parties often use snap by-elections to concentrate resources and crowd out popular smaller parties and independents- this summer Oxford Labour alone have used the tactic three times.”Green Group Leader and councillor Sam Hollick commented on the party’s website, “this was a ‘sham election’ engineered by Labour to maximise their chances of retaining their remaining seat in Carfax ward following their defeat by the full electorate in May. I feel most sorry for the disenfranchised majority of electors.”However, OULC has defended the decision. It stated “the turnout was disappointing, but in order for all the new freshers and students returning to live in college after living out to be able to vote, the election would have had to have been held in December when the new electoral register is published. This would have deprived Carfax of representation for too long, and it is unfair to suggest that Anne-Marie Canning, Alex’s predecessor, should have continued for several months in a job she felt unable to fulfil to the best of her ability after moving to London. It is also good to have a councillor in place, rather than a vacancy, at the start of a new academic year so students have the most effective representation at this busy time.” The Labour party has won a by-election in Oxford’s Carfax ward, which is largely populated by students. Labour’s Alex Hollingsworth, a past City Councillor who ran unsuccessfully for the seat this May, won with 168 votes. The Liberal Democrats were second on 101 and the Green party third on 63 votes.The by-election was triggered following the resignation of Labour city councillor Anne-Marie Canning in July, who cited personal reasons for her decision. Approximately 70% of Carfax Ward residents are students.Each ward has two representatives on Oxford City Council and they are elected on an alternate basis, meaning that every two years there is an election for one seat. Anne-Marie Canning had won her seat in 2012, while the other seat was won by the Green party in May 2014.Although students were allowed to register for postal votes overall turnout at the election was low, at around 8.6%. This is compared to a 37% turnout in the same ward last May. The May election saw a Green party candidate elected.When previously asked about the timing of the by-election, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council Ed Turner told Cherwell, “It would be completely unacceptable to leave students without a second ward councillor, especially at the crucial start of term period, and delaying the by-election would serve no useful purpose as the electoral register would be massively out of date until March. It would include last year’s finalists who no longer live in Oxford, but exclude first years. I would encourage any students keen to participate to apply for a postal vote.”Nevertheless, the holding of the election outside of term-time has seen hostile reaction.Tony Brett, a past Liberal Democrat councillor, commented, “I thank Anne-Marie Canning for her work for the people of Carfax and point out that her resignation did not automatically trigger a by-election – that requires a request from two voters anywhere in the City. That request came just days later from two known Labour supporters and Labour will have known exactly on which date that would cause the-by-election to happen… I believe Labour’s actions were a cynical way to disenfranchise the huge numbers of students (who I imagine they think all vote Green) who are registered to vote in Carfax ward but are away on long vacation.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still pretty cold. We have been getting light showers the past week but we are not that wet. Guys have been out in the fields getting stuff done. There has not been any planting here around me, but I definitely think there will be some corn going in the ground this week. We have a 40% chance for rain today and it is actually sprinkling right now as well. And then there is a 40% chance of rain on Thursday and Friday too I think. I think we might start trying to plant at the end of the week and for sure next week if the weather cooperates. I have seen forecasts with temperatures in the 60s this week.The hay is coming on. It is just going to be a little delayed. I still think it is still two weeks behind. The pastures are better — a little less muddy.The weeds are starting to come on now. The purple deadnettle is starting to really green up the fields. It is not bad yet and sprayers are rolling now. Guys are starting to get after it. There have been some field cultivators and chisel plows rolling too.Things are pretty normal as far as the progression of spring goes, just a little later than normal. We are still well ahead of last year. We planted our first field of corn on May 23 last year and that was only 20 acres. I think we finished up on July 3, but everything actually did really well. So we are still on the very front end of opportunity around here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Darcy MaulsbyProgressive Farmer Contributing EditorAs he looks across his fields spanning the flat terrain of northern Iowa, Mike Riggert isn’t just seeing rows of soybeans. He’s thinking about ways to adjust his seeding rates.“For years, we planted a flat rate of 150,000 seeds per acre, but we’ve definitely cut back on seeding rates in the last two or three years,” said Riggert, who farms with his brother, Brian, near Whittemore.It’s a targeted process for Riggert, who plants soybeans in 30-inch rows and has been experimenting with variable-rate seeding. In some cases, he has dropped rates as low as 80,000 or 90,000 seeds per acre. In other places, like high-pH areas that tend to stunt the plants, Riggert has planted 175,000 seeds per acre. In fields with neutral soil pH and adequate fertility, he typically plants 120,000 seeds per acre.“You can get good yields with lower planting populations if you pay attention to detail,” said Dan Bjorklund, seed team leader for MaxYield Cooperative, which serves the Riggert farm. “Mike planted slow enough to singulate, and he’s counting 80 to 100 pods per plant where the seeding rate is 120,000.”Riggert saw no yield loss with his lower planting rates in 2018. “Those areas didn’t yield more than expected, but they yielded the same as when we used higher seeding rates in years past. We came out ahead, because we didn’t plant more seeds than necessary.”Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the third in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.SURVEY STUDIED OPTIMAL DENSITYDeciding the right seeding rate is one of the most influential factors for increasing soybean profitability since seed cost is one of the most expensive inputs.“I’ve been in this business 20 years, and farmers have talked about soybean seeding rates every year,” stated Seth Naeve, a University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist. “The thing to remember is that different fields respond differently to various planting populations.”Soil type, soil fertility and weather conditions affect final stand establishment. “We don’t look at variable-rate seeding as a way to get more soybean bushels,” Naeve added. “It’s really a way to save on seed costs.”Ignacio Ciampitti, an associate professor of crop production and cropping systems at Kansas State University, teamed up with Corteva Agriscience to study optimal plant density by yield environment.Researchers created a soybean database of seeding rates ranging from 69,000 to 271,000 seeds per acre, including final number of plants and seed yield. The results were classified by low-yield environments (less than 59.6 bushels per acre (bpa), medium-yield environments (59.6 to 64.1 bpa) and high-yield environments (more than 64.1 bpa). They found that:— Optimal plant density decreased by 24% from low (127,000 plants per acre) to high (97,000 plants per acre) yield environments.— The optimal density ranged between 109,000 to 144,000 plants per acre for the low-yield environments; from 77,000 to 114,000 plants per acre for the medium-yield environments; and 76,000 to 117,000 plants per acre for the high-yield environments.“It’s a myth that one of the best ways to increase soybean yield is just to plant more seeds,” Ciampitti said. “It depends. In a high-yield environment, you might be planting too high of a seeding rate. In a low-yielding environment, you might need to increase your soybean seeding rate.”NO YIELD DRAGJoe and Suzanne Shirbroun have found this to be true on their northeast Iowa farm. They began experimenting with various soybean seeding rates in 2015 through the Iowa Soybean Association’s On-Farm Network, which offers research opportunities focused on agronomics, cropping systems and more.“Standability issues pushed us,” said Joe Shirbroun, whose fields near Farmersburg are defined by rolling hills. “We were growing high-yield beans, but they were falling down.”The Shirbrouns, who plant in 15-inch rows, had been seeding a flat rate across all their soybean acres to get about 150,000 plants per acre. “We didn’t realize that having planting prescriptions would pay for soybeans like they do for corn,” said Amos Troester, the Shirbrouns’ Pioneer seed associate.The Shirbrouns began experimenting with lower plant populations in higher-yielding environments. “We can get down to 90,000 plants per acre in the low-lying areas, while our highest seeding rate is about 160,000 in other areas,” Suzanne Shirbroun said. “We didn’t see any yield drag with the lower seeding rates. Our yields were maintained, or they went up.”KEEP IT SIMPLEHow does geography affect soybean seeding rates? A series of studies financed by the United Soybean Board was conducted in 2012 and 2013 across the Midwest and Mid-South to examine high-input soybean production practices. Results showed that maximum yields were obtained between 100,000 and 165,000 seeds per acre across all nine states.In the southern states (Arkansas, Kansas and Kentucky), seeding rates between 130,000 to 170,000 seeds per acre were needed to obtain maximum yields. This response was consistent across production systems, regardless of whether they included a large number of yield-enhancing treatments like seed treatments, fungicides, growth promoters, etc.“You might assume you’d need much lower seeding rates in the South and higher seeding rates in the North, but that wasn’t always true,” Naeve said.Don’t get too concerned about specific prescriptions, however, he adds. Keep things simple, agrees Shawn Conley, a soybean and small grains specialist at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s not worth your time and money to hire someone to write a planting prescription. Buy a bag of seed per acre. Each bag contains about 140,000 seeds. Plant 120,000 seeds in higher-producing areas and 150,000 seeds in lower-producing areas.”Also, stay focused on Agronomy 101 basics. “Soybeans require management, just like corn,” Bjorklund said.Maintain a good soil-fertility program focused on potassium — a vital nutrient for soybeans, Conley said. Plant seeds 1 to 1.25 inches deep, ensuring good seed-to-soil contact. Also, plant as early as possible, as long as soil conditions are fit. “You get one chance to do it right,” said Bjorklund, who noted that mudding in beans can cause compaction, which can hinder seedlings from emerging evenly.Riggert began planting his 2019 beans on April 25. “This was much earlier than ever before,” he added. “The earlier-planted beans at lower populations have been superior, though, when you start counting nodes and pods.”Seed treatment is another key to success, especially with early-planted soybeans, Riggert said. It helps protect seedlings from diseases lurking in cold, wet soil, including sudden death syndrome. “When you start dropping your seeding rate, you need a strong seed treatment program,” Bjorklund said.Control weeds by using pre-emerge programs, multiple modes of action and a residual program to manage yield robbers such as waterhemp, Conley said. “While farmers get bored with the basics and want to talk about applying nitrogen or using molasses to boost soybean yields, the basics still matter the most,” Conley said.As for seeding rates, start small if you want to try cutting back. “Take baby steps,” Joe Shirbroun advised. “Take 20 acres of your farm, and learn from that.”(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Jose Rizal U shoots for a Final Four berth when it battles resurgent Mapua, while Arellano fights for survival against San Sebastian in NCAA Season 93 basketball on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A victory by the Heavy Bombers in the 2 p.m. clash with the Cardinals will book a return trip to the Final Four for coach Vergel Meneses’ charges, who last made the postseason two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments The Chiefs, at 6-9, are teetering on the brink of elimination but a win could muddle up the race for the remaining Final Four berth. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Although they are already out of the running for a Final Four spot, the Cardinals remain dangerous after last week’s back-to-back wins—their first this season.“What’s important is that we have our fate in our hands,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses in Filipino. “We want to continue improving this late in the season and this game (against Mapua) gives us another chance to do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bombers are also looking to continue their three-game win run and avoid a playoff for the last postseason spot. JRU is coming off a 60-58 victory over San Sebastian on Friday.Arellano, on the other hand, hopes to fan its Final Four hopes against San Sebastian in the 4 p.m. clash. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought LATEST STORIES Read Next
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has mourned the death of wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, and said Indian wrestling has lost a guide and mentor.IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, in a condolence message, said Dara Singh raised wrestling’s profile with his impeccable demeanour, both on and off the arena, and added glamour quotient to it.”Indian wrestling in ’50s and ’60s was synonymous with Dara Singh and he gave a new dimension and direction to the sport which then it was confined only to rural India,” said Malhotra.He said Dara Singh’s rise to the fame also attracted rural youths to the sport and gave them a sense of self-belief.Dara Singh, 83, died at his residence in Mumbai early Thursday morning after a brief illness.
Agartala, Oct 18 (PTI) The Border Security Force (BSF) has sounded an alert along the 856-km-long Indo-Bangla international border in Tripura to check the influx of Rohingyas into the country.”The threat of Rohingya intrusion cannot be ruled out as in the past similar cross-border movement of the same group was observed. Many Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh. So, we have alerted our people guarding the border in Tripura to prevent any such intrusion,” BSF IG (Tripura Frontier), S R Ojha told reporters last evening.After the recent conflict in Rakhine province of Myanmar, not a single Rohingya has entered Tripura, the IG said.He informed the media that Tripura Frontier of BSF would organise a run on October 22 in memory of the BSF jawans who laid down their lives while guarding the border.”Anybody can participate in the run named BSF half Marathon. Eminent persons and sports personalities of Tripura will participate in the event,” Ojha said. PTI JOY RG SRY
West Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Dianganaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are keen on retaining the services of Chris Willock.The former Arsenal youngster, who Albion picked up on a season-long loan from Benfica’s B-team, is yet to feature in Slaven Bilic’s first-team but he has been scoring goals in the U23s side with regularity, says Birmingham Live.Another loanee in Grady Diangana has been performing at a particularly high level in recent weeks. They’re performances that have led to suggestions that parent club West Ham United may consider their options in the January transfer window.As is customary between sides in England, the Premier League Irons have the right to recall Diangana in January, understood to be at any time over a two-week period in January.Albion lost Harvey Barnes back to Leicester City in similar circumstances last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MEMBERS can bring a friend to Langtree Park for just a fiver!Loyal Members are being offered the chance to bring a friend to the Saints vs. Hull KR First Utility Super League fixture on Friday June 17 for a great discounted rate.Saints will continue in their quest for league points and positions on the ladder in the run-up to the Super 8s phase of the competition when they take on the Rovers at Langtree Park.And, as a thank you to Members for their continued support throughout the 2016 campaign, we want to give you the chance to bring a friend, loved one or someone who may not have experienced a game at Langtree Park before for the heaviliy disounted price of just £5.Seated Members are free to move to alternative seats (to allow the £5 ticket holder to sit with them) for no charge.Please note terms and conditions apply. Tickets subject to availability. The £5 ticket is limited to one per member.£5 Member tickets cannot be purchased online, but can be booked via the ticket office at Langtree Park or over the phone on verification of the member’s ticket. Call 01744 455052 to enquire or book. Full contact details must be provided for the recipent of the £5 ticket.