Toni Forrester is CEO of Letterkenny Chamber. She may be a native of Belfast but her heart belongs to Donegal and its people. This is her Donegal.Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterWhat is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Well obviously I spend a lot of time in Letterkenny and it has some fantastic features, but I am also a bit of a fan of Kinnego Bay. I love it’s history but more importantly I love the golden sand and the beauty of this special place.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The access to Donegal in terms of roads and how fantastic it would be to have a rail system through the county. Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I have a great admiration for all the business people and managers of companies that I have met through the Chamber. They are all determined, positive and committed to both their businesses and to Letterkenny.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?It has to be Packie Bonner – I remember way back to the glory daysWhat has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Letterkenny hosting the All Ireland Fleadh was a special time. This is a huge event and it was so successful for all involved.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? I can only mention the tragic road deaths that are thankfully reducing, but over the years there have been some very sad times.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I am a bit of a fan of Donegal Rapeseed oil. I first heard of it at an event here locally with food by Rathmullan House and now I use it all the time.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? There are people like Hugh Green who have done so much for Letterkenny and Donegal but we also have to appreciate what Daniel does as an ambassador for the CountyWho is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry Robinson, and by coincidence Letterkenny Chamber has an event coming up with him in SeptemberWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie BonnerWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The Yellow Pepper, right in the heart of LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden EaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Clare McNickle , owner of Clare ClothingWhat is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Imagine if we had the weather”Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Of course they will.What is your favourite Donegal food?The wonderful fish found round our shores and I am a bit of a dulse fan.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Sometimes there is a lack of confidence in ourselves and we can be a little parochial. We are all ambassadors for the North West and we need to be able to sell what we have here with confidence. We need to see teamwork and co-operation to really make things happen.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?I would like to look at Market Square in Letterkenny and really make it a centre of attraction for bands, gatherings, markets, etc.MY DONEGAL …….LETTERKENNY CHAMBER CEO TONI FORRESTER was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:CEOLetterkenny ChamberMY DONEGALToni Forrester
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re enjoying the sunshine today. I got some fertilizer spread on Friday and it was just dry enough to where we could get in the field and it rained again. Some places got .4-inch and some places got .9-inch, so we’re still wet. I am hoping I can be back in the field tomorrow afternoon. Then there is a chance of showers Wednesday, Thursday and Friday into the weekend, but at least it looks like we’ll have some heat.The corn I planted last Monday is starting to poke through. It has only been in the ground seven days and I’m pretty happy with that. We planted a field of beans right across from that corn last Tuesday or Wednesday and they have sprouted and will be pushing through the ground in the next two days.I have only gotten a day of planting in. We still are in the front quarter of planting and just really getting started. I talked to a friend in Botkins and they haven’t planted anything yet on the east side of town. They should be planting today.I am starting to worry a little, but we still have a good two weeks to get the corn in. As long as we get the heat units, I won’t get too bent out of shape. There is plenty of moisture there and if we get the heat everything should go.There was a bunch of corn planted a month ago around Wilmington and there is some replanting going on already. You never know with Mother Nature. You have to take what you’re given and do the best you can.The hay is prime to be cut and I am worried it will get overripe. If we can still get it cut in two weeks though I think we’ll still be OK. I don’t think we’ll have a big enough window to mow it now.Hopefully the moisture cuts back a little for the wheat. If it looks like it will dry out, I don’t think we’ll need fungicide on the wheat. It looks pretty good but some of it is still pretty short.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The number of jobs with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is expected to grow significantly over the next ten years, according to the National Science and Math Initiative. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will once again provide farmers with the opportunity to nominate their Ohio public schools for opportunities to receive $10,000 and $25,000 grants.Former grant-winning schools, such as Early County Elementary School in Blakely, Georgia, indicate the program stimulates school budgets for STEM education, as well as students’ level of interest in science and math.In 2016, Early County Elementary School used the $10,000 grant they received from the Grow Rural Education program to expand the school’s science curriculum by building a hoop house, allowing students to apply classroom lessons about the ecosystem and plant lifecycles to the fruits and vegetables they harvest.“The Grow Rural Education grant has had an impact throughout our entire school district. After our elementary school students harvest their crops, we provide the food to our high school culinary arts program,” said Early County Elementary School teacher Tim Spooner. “This allows high school students to learn their craft and then give a portion of that food to our area’s most needy residents.”In 2017, the Grow Rural Education program will award approximately $2.3 million to deserving schools. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $11 million to schools in rural communities across the United States.To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers in eligible counties must nominate an eligible rural public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Farmers can nominate their school district from January 1 to April 1, 2017.After the school district receives a nomination, the Monsanto Fund will notify the district and encourage administrators and teachers to design a grant that enhances STEM education in their district.Nominated school districts have until April 15, 2017, to submit a grant application describing their project. An advisory council composed of farmer leaders then reviews finalist applications and selects the winning school districts.“The Grow Rural Education program provides farmers with a way to give back and sets students up for success in their local communities,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We have heard from many school districts that the projects they implement excite their students and, in many instances, have resulted in improved test scores.”To nominate a local school district for one of the Grow Rural Education grants, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, farmers can go to GrowRuralEducation.com. Additionally, more information about the program can be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.
The Philippines will test its sharpness against a lowly Hong Kong side on Wednesday in the hope of scoring an important victory in the Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championships in Biñan City, Laguna.A victory by the all-star national team, led by fan favorites Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes, would already ensure the country a spot in the quarterfinals of the 14-nation meet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It will also automatically qualify the Philippines for the first time in the Asian Volleyball Cup for women in Thailand next year.“This is a very important tournament for us and the Hong Kong game is the most important match,” said national head coach Francis Vicente, who led the national team in a 17-day training camp in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe country, carried by Foton Pilipinas of the Philippine Superliga, demolished Hong Kong (25-20, 25-14, 25-14) during the Asian Club Championships last year—a game where the Philippines sparingly used imports. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ceres XI ready to wage battle vs Singaporean side for crown Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments
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Umar Akmal hit an 18-ball unbeaten 38 as Lahore Lions beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by six wickets in their opening qualifying round match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Raipur on Saturday.Put into bat, Mumbai produced a mediocre batting display as they could score just 135 for seven with Aditya Tare top-scoring with a 37 and the Pakistani side comfortably chased down the target with eighth balls to spare.Ahmed Shehzad (34) and Nasir Jamshed (26) laid a good platform by stitching 51 runs for the opening wicket, but they looked like losing way in the middle overs as Mumbai came back strongly on the back of some fine bowling and fielding.Lahore needed 26 runs from the last three overs and the match headed towards a tight finish. But, Akmal turned the game on its head with a superb show of batting as he struck four fours and two sixes from 18 balls as Lahore ran away with a win.Meanwhile, New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson showed his prowess in the shortest format as he powered Northern Knights to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka’s Southern Express in a rain-curtailed opening game of the Champions League T20 in Raipur on Saturday.With heavy downpour and soggy outfield reducing the match to 10-overs per side, Southern Express managed 92 for five in 10 overs which was easily surpassed by the Northern side with three balls to spare. Williamson led the charge with a 29-ball-52. Earlier, openers Kusal Perera and Gunathilaka rode on their luck due to shoddy fielding from Northerns as Southern Express scored 92 for five in 10 overs.advertisementKusal smashed his way to 37 off 20 balls with seven boundaries as Gunathilaka contributed 39 off 26 balls with two fours and three sixes. The opening stand of 55 laid the foundation of a challenging score.Diminutive Kusal was quick to dispatch anything on his legs behind the square. His partner Gunathilaka was slow to begin as he was not timing the ball properly but later got into the groove. The openers were helped by some shoddy fielding as Northern dropped as many as six catches of the duo.
congatec announced that the brand new embedded versions of the 8th Generation Intel Core Mobile processors are now available on COM Express Type 6 Compact modules, 3.5 inch SBCs, and Thin Mini-ITX motherboards. OEM customers benefit from an instant performance boost of up to 58% compared to previous embedded U-Series processors – enabled by 4 instead of 2 cores plus an overall improved microarchitecture. Thanks to features such as optional Intel Optane memory 2 or USB 3.1 Gen2, everyday tasks are even more responsive. The processor cores allow efficient task scheduling and furthermore support the use of the RTS hypervisor software to allow additional optimization of I/O throughput from the input channels to the processor cores.Designed for harsh and space-constrained environments, the new high-end Intel Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Celeron embedded processor boards and modules are the first in the industry to offer long-term availability of 10+ years. This brand new embedded x86 design principle premiers at congatec and within the entire embedded board vendor space² with the launch of the new 8th Generation Intel Core Mobile processor boards. Addressing in particular the increased life cycle needs of the transportation and mobility sector, these new boards and modules are also a perfect fit for all other embedded applications – such as medical equipment and industrial controls, embedded edge clients and HMIs – as they enable extended life cycles without additional costs for customers.In the past, many high-end embedded applications tended towards life cycles shorter than 7 years, as they often required a new performance boost from next generation processors before then. But with increased certification demands in several new embedded application areas such as mobile vehicles, OEMs are similarly keen on longer life cycles today. Extending the life cycles of standard embedded x86 platforms to 10 or even 15 years off the shelf is consequently a major bonus for customers across the entire embedded computing market.The new conga-TC370 COM Express Type 6 modules, the conga-JC370 embedded 3.5 inch SBCs, and the conga-IC370 Thin Mini-ITX motherboards all feature the latest Intel Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Celeron embedded processors with a long-term availability of 15 years. The memory is designed to match the demands of consolidating multi OS applications on a single platform: Two DDR4 SODIMM sockets with up to 2400 MT/s are available for a total of up to 64GB. For the first time, USB 3.1 Gen2 with transfer rates of 10 Gbps is now supported natively, which makes it possible to transfer even uncompressed UHD video from a USB camera or any other vision sensor. The new 3.5 inch SBCs provide this performance via a USB-C connector that also supports 1x DisplayPort++ and power supply for peripheral devices, thereby enabling monitor connection with a single cable for video, touch and power. The COM Express modules support the same feature set on carrier boards. Further interfaces depend on the form factor, but all support a total of 3 independent 60Hz UHD displays with up to 4096×2304 pixels as well as 1x Gigabit Ethernet (1x with TSN support). The new boards and modules offer all this and many more interfaces with an economical 15W TDP that is scalable from 10W (800 MHz) to 25W (up to 4.6 GHz in Turbo Boost mode).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron COM Express Compact Type 6 with 8th Gen Intel Core or Celeron processorsNext IBASE: COM Express modules with wide-range operating temperature
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019Placebo effects do not only occur in medical treatment – placebos can also work when psychological effects are attributed to them. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Psychology reported these findings in the journal Scientific Reports, based on three studies with over 400 participants.Psychotherapy and placebos are both psychological interventions that not only have comparable effects, but that are also based on very similar mechanisms. Both forms of treatment are heavily influenced by the relationship between patients and those treating them, as well as by the expectations of recovery. Whereas placebo research mostly focuses on a biomedical model – an inert pill is provided with a medical rationale, which produces a corresponding effect – little is known about the effect of placebos provided with a psychological rationale.”Green is calming”Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchPlacebos can also have effects when specific psychological effects are attributed to them. This is the conclusion that researchers from the Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Basel reached in three independent experiments with 421 healthy participants. The accompanying explanation – the narrative – played a key role when dispensing the placebos, as did the relationship between the researchers and the participants.The researchers used the color green as the placebo in the video experiments, examining it both with and without a psychological narrative (“green is calming because it activates early conditioned emotional schemata”), as well as in the context of a neutral or a friendly relationship.After viewing the videos, the participants assessed their subjective condition with questionnaires over several days. The results showed that the placebo had a positive effect on the participants’ well-being when it was prescribed together with a psychological narrative and in the context of a friendly relationship. The observed effect was strongest after administering the placebo but remained evident for up to one week.Ethical implications”The observed effects were comparable with those of psychotherapeutic interventions in the same populations,” says principal investigator Professor Jens Gaab. The fact that psychological placebos can have significant effects is not only important for understanding psychological interventions: “It challenges both research and clinical practice to address these mechanisms and effects, as well as their ethical implications.” Source:https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Even-psychological-placebos-have-an-effect.html