US army general with Donegal roots made honorary British knight

first_imgA RETIRED US Army general with Donegal roots has been made an honorary British knight.Martin Dempsey was made an honorary knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his “commitment to UK-US defence cooperation”.Dempsey’s grandfather, John Óg Devenney, originally came from Ranafast. In 1926, Óg Devenney left his home in Donegal and boarded a ship in Derry bound for New York City.Taking after his grandfather, General Dempsey learned to speak Irish while spending summers back in Donegal as a youngster.Dempsey, who was in the US army for 41 years, is a household name in the United States and has never shied away from celebrating his Irish heritage.Until his retirement in September 2015, he was the highest-ranking military officer in the entire United States. Speaking at Dempsey’s retirement ceremony last year, President Obama lauded his outgoing general, saying: “Sound advice, with a little Irish charm, runs in the Dempsey family.”At his retirement ceremony last year – at which President Obama spoke in his honour – Dempsey took the microphone and sang a haunting rendition of the traditional Irish song, The Parting Glass.As he is not a British citizen, Dempsey will not be able to use Sir as a prefix to his name, but will be able to use the letters KBE after his name.US army general with Donegal roots made honorary British knight was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

How to build a green economy

first_imgSawef’s youth ambassador, Johara Naidoo, has called on government and business to plan for a new economy based on environmental preservation.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Generation Earth’s Ella Bella Constantinides says youth should put on their green glasses and look at everything with the environment in mind. (Image: Generation Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ella Bella Constantinides  Founder  Generation Earth  +27 82 505 0664 RELATED ARTICLES • To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’ • SANParks teaches conservation • Green buildings sprouting in South Africa • Green buildings now the law in SAShamin ChibbaThe environmental issues we face today are not just about the past; they are about the present and about the future, and they are a consequence of the past. “We leave the responsibility to you.” These sentiments, expressed by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel at the Generation Earth Youth Summit on Climate Change in 2011, placed the onus directly on the youth to build a better future. They were words that resonated with Johara Naidoo.And two years later – on 30 July this year – Johara was officially inducted as the South African Water, Energy and Food Forum (Sawef) youth ambassador at its third annual gathering, held at Montecasino in Johannesburg. The forum “raises issues of national strategic significance for debate by credible individuals, each with the deep desire to find permanent and sincere solutions”, according to its website. This year, the big debate was about water management and infrastructure. Organisers said water pricing would soon be restructured to fund a R500-billion nationwide upgrade and maintenance project.With these water concerns in mind, Johara, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Parktown Girls’ High School in Johannesburg, was a fitting choice for youth ambassador, as she serves on Generation Earth’s water steering committee and is passionate about water preservation. At the forum, she spoke to government, business and environmental stakeholders about the need to plan for a new economy with a focus on conserving our environmental resources. She emphasised collaboration as the key to realising this economy. “By working together, sustainability and the shared vision of the future can take place.” Green glassesThe use of coal was outdated, she pointed out, as it was meant for the development of past generations in an old economy. “By using old technologies we are not benefitting today and we are certainly not benefitting tomorrow.”Ella Bella Constantinides, co-founder of Generation Earth, said Johara could use her ambassadorship to make youth aware of South Africa’s environmental issues. “They need to put on their green glasses and start looking at everything they can with environmental lenses.”Indeed, South Africa is already making an effort to create a green economy. At COP17, the international climate change conference held in Durban in November 2011, the government announced its Green Economy Accord, which focuses on the move to a low carbon economy and the creation of as many as 300 000 jobs by 2020. It also suggests that by 2025, carbon emissions will be reduced by 40%.The National Development Plan has also made provision for a green economy, detailing the steps the government will take to ensure a smooth transition from the old economy. It speaks of investing in South Africa’s natural resources, green product design, recycling infrastructure, skills and low carbon technology to make the transformation to a green economy by 2030. The plan states that the transition will be guided by 14 principles, including accountability, transparency, sound policy-making, and protection of ecosystems.At a local level, the city of Tshwane is driving towards a green economy that will include creating green jobs for unemployed youth, constructing infrastructure for alternative energy resources, supporting high-density living in the inner city, and developing efficient waste and water management systems. Passionate about waterJohara’s first foray into the environmental arena was joining Generation Earth in Grade 9. She soon became a part of the organisation’s water steering committee as she felt more drawn towards water issues. “Water is an energy constraint. We will not run out of coal but we will run out of fresh water,” she says, adding that solving water issues will inadvertently solve other environmental problems. “All sectors are inter-dependent and by benefitting water you actually benefit food and energy. Nature balances things out and we should keep it that way.”She intends to use her Sawef ambassadorship to help her community and her school. “My project will be part of my school so I will pass it down.” The young environmentalist will be studying chemical engineering next year and plans to look at ways of incorporating her chosen career with environmental sustainability. One way of doing this is to use chemical engineering to counteract environmental disasters such as oil spills, she explains. Youth taking responsibilityThe youth are aware of the role they play in steering the country towards an environmentally sustainable future, Johara says, and they take this responsibility seriously. They are looking at ways to reduce the divide between the “world we would like to have and the world we are living in today”.Youth see the 21st century as one in which choice is valued. “We believe this century is in our hands to choose and create. The shaping of the future as we know it depends on what we do as a collective and what decisions we make today.” Generation EarthAccording to Constantinides, Generation Earth was established as a platform for young and vibrant individual volunteers who wanted to work on environmental issues. “Young people want to be involved but no one is taking the time to develop the skills and the passion they clearly have. For me this is a platform to get young people thinking about environmental careers such as hydro-engineering and wetland rehabilitation,” she says.Constantinides, who was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2012, is a United Nations Programme Youth Ambassador. Part of her job is to create awareness about environmental issues at public events. But she felt she could do more: “I had to develop young leaders who would take over from me.”This ambition led to Generation Earth, which she co-founded with her sister, Catherine Constantinides. “Environmental issues are always seen as dark and gloomy. But for us it is important to look at it as something cool, funky, and passionate.”Generation Earth is a green networking platform with the youth, for the youth, by the youth. It “strives to recognise and develop green thinkers who are tomorrow’s global leaders”, explains the website. It is “a structured action plan for schools and youth to make a difference and change the world for the betterment of the environment”.Johara says Generation Earth has found a way to make environmental awareness appealing. “It has created this idea that thinking about our environment is cool and not just for hippies.”It works with schools, setting up school councils to help students turn their schools green. They also educate their peers on climate change, environmental impacts, conservation efforts and sustainable living both locally and internationally. Generation Earth runs projects in six African countries and has 78 school councils.Parktown Girls High School has a Generation Earth School Council that runs a project called Green Fingers. It is a vegetable garden that feeds pupils at impoverished schools in Soweto. It has three programmes in the township – with Inkwenkwezi Primary School and Soweto primary and high schools. “During the holidays [Parktown Girls] teachers teach them about sustainability issues such as energy saving and recycling,” Johara explains.last_img read more

More Green From Beans – 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorThrow a crop-production question at Brad and Jacob Wade, and it can quickly escalate into a debate.When asked to rank the top things that determine soybean yield success, Jacob immediately countered: “Volume yield or economic yield?”“Are they the same thing?” his father, Brad, challenged. That comment lights the fuse. Suddenly, the two are bantering back and forth about every aspect of the soybean-production system and what equates to yield — and to Jacob’s point — profitability?The Wades, who farm near McLean, Illinois, nearly always come to a hearty consensus.“We do this a lot,” Brad said. “We’re always asking questions.”“We’re always looking for the next thing to push us to the next level,” Jacob added.Some would say yields come naturally in this part of the soybean belt. McLean County, Illinois (where the town of McLean is also located), led the state and nation in total production of corn (71.9 million bushels) and soybeans (21.5 mb) in 2018. In fairness, it is the largest county in the state, but yields tend to consistently rock here, too.During the last few years, the Wades have seen soybean yields grow consistently, with field averages hitting the 70-bushel-per-acre mark in 2016, 80-bushel beans in 2017 and several fields hitting 90 to 100 bpa in 2018.The father and son agree nature did a lot to push those yields higher, particularly in 2018. “Last year convinced some farmers that they could grow a lot of soybeans without really trying,” Brad said. “This 2019 season may set the record straight.”Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the sixth and last in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looked at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.NO ONE RECIPEWhen the first soybean yield kings started adding to the soybean yield ledgers, other farmers clamored for their recipes. They still do, said Jerry Cox, Delta, Missouri, a perennial yield contest winner in soybeans and corn.“Foliar feeding, fungicide and timely insecticides are important ingredients, but it’s not as much the recipe as it is timeliness of application and reading the crop,” Cox said.His irrigated entry won the Missouri Soybean Association’s yield top honors in 2017 with 101.17 bpa using a planted population of 110,000 plants per acre. He has continued to reduce populations on high-fertility fields to promote branching, going as low as 75,000 plants per acre on his 2019 plot. However, it’s important to check germination rate on the seed planted before dropping that low, he pointed out.“My best yields seem to come in years when the plant had some sort of stress very early that it fought back from,” Cox added. “If I’ve learned anything over the past 35 years of trying to push the yield envelope, it is that the soybean has something of a mind of its own.”In other words, no matter what road map you chart with inputs and practices, weather can be an overriding factor. Plenty of sunshine before the summer solstice coupled with moderate nighttime temperatures and well-timed rains (or irrigation) tend to bring big bushels, these farmers agree.TRIAL AND SUCCESSStill, everyone knows of neighboring fields that failed to pump out the same number of pods and beans within, despite near-equal soil and weather. To that point, Wade Farms planted nearly 400 acres of replicated soybean trials this year to direct their own farm decisions and to share with local farmers through the seed sales side of their business.Beyond inputs, row widths and populations, they are testing to see if mechanical practices such as singulation and planter pressures matter to soybeans. “The tools we now have to measure and track incremental changes in the crop are going to really change soybean production in coming years,” Jacob said.How to interpret the wacky 2019 season is still a question though. The Wades planted some soybeans as early as March 27 into 33 degree Fahrenheit soil temperature and didn’t see a lot of plant growth until late May. A head-scratcher came when they found a few June-planted fields were averaging 21 to 22 nodes per plant, several more than the early-planted soybeans, which still had more pods.“We know in a typical year that early planting results in more nodes. More nodes equate to more pods and more production,” Jacob said. “I’d say we have 10% less nodes this year overall because we just didn’t get the heat units.”Listening and studying the practices of yield contest winners inspired the Wades to become serious about in-field testing for both efficacy and profitability. “We’ve learned that simply comparing one field to another doesn’t tell us much, especially when that field changes every hundred feet,” Brad said. “Without replicated trials, you can easily misinterpret that something is working or not working.”Digital health imagery helps them track changes in the field, and not everything turns out as expected, Jacob noted. Fuller maturity soybeans, 3.9 relative maturity (RM), have been abandoned on the farm, for example. “They just weren’t performing for us,” he said, explaining that their plots now run from 2.8 RM to 3.7 RM.“We now know that each soybean variety has a personality, and in a way, it needs to be planted and cared for. We tend to understand and make those adjustments in corn, but beans are making breakthroughs,” he said.SIX STEPS TO SOYBEAN SUCCESS:There’s no one way to pump up soybean yields. Brad and Jacob Wade like to look at the soybean decisions as a system. Beyond weather or environment, here are six steps they take to drive yields in central Illinois:1. Genetics: Disease and other defensive resistance needs are weighed along with overall yield potential.2. Early planting: Focus on planting in April to increase node number and number of pods.3. Seed treatment: Early planting increases the need to protect against early-season fungal infections, insects and sudden death syndrome (SDS).4. Crop safety: Preemergence herbicide programs are a must for good weed control, but they select herbicide active ingredients and additives to avoid injury that can come if early planting is followed by cold, wet weather.5. Late-season fungicide/insecticide: The top third of a plant absorbs most of the sunlight. R3 and/or R5 application of fungicide and insecticides are used to protect leaves through seed-fill.6. On-farm research: Prove concepts/products work on your own farm before switching to a new strategy. Replicate and record findings.Pamela Smith can be reached at pamela.smith@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HER Wins Best RB Album For HER 2019 GRAMMYs

first_imgNews H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album her-wins-best-rb-album-her-2019-grammys 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Find out more about H.E.R.’s acceptance speech at the 2019 GRAMMYsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 7:48 pm R&B rising star H.E.R. won Best R&B Album for her self-titled album H.E.R., her second award of the night, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.”So first thing I wanna say is this is unbelievable and second it’s not even an album, it’s an EP” she said after accepting her golden gramophone.  “I’m speechless right now, I’m holding back tears.”Toni Braxton’s Sex & Cigarettes, Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, Lalah Hathaway’s Honestly and PJ Morton’s Gumbo Unplugged (Live) were other category nominees. We recently caught up with the talented multi-instrumentalist and first-time nominee (and winner). “It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” she told the Recording Academy.It’s so easy to question your art, even to question what you’re doing, to question the path that you’re on. But this is such confirmation for me; “you’re exactly where you need to be, you’re doing all the right things.” It just feels amazing, it feels like I found my objective and I’m fulfilling it. I’m so blessed.”2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Prev Next Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album For ‘H.E.R.’| 2019 GRAMMYs Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Read more Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimagecenter_img H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Facebook Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Email Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Madelast_img read more

Quader calls polls date deferral demand funny

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said BNP’s demand for deferring the general election to facilitate the foreign observers to monitor the polls is funny, irrelevant, baseless and illogical, reports UNB.”A state can’t defer its election if foreign observers fail to monitor it for their personal reasons,” he said while talking to reporters at the Awami League president’s political office at Dhanmondi.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks against the backdrop of BNP’s allegation that the general election date was fixed on 30 December at the behest of the government to rig vote amid the absence of foreign election observers and diplomats due to Christmas and New Year.He said there are many countries which are friends of Bangladesh. “And our country is not inferior to anyone in respect to dignity,” he said.Replying to a query, the ruling party leader said if BNP tries to wage any movement demanding deferment of the election, the country’s people will resist them.He, however, said the election commission (EC) will decide everything about the polls.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The election date has been set on December 30 so that foreign observers can’t stay here and monitor the polls. The foreign observers, ambassadors, high commissioners and officials of different countries will be on leave on the occasion of Christmas, 31st and New Year.”Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he renewed their demand for deferring the election schedule by a month. “A fresh schedule must be announced further and a level-playing field will have to be created for all the political parties.”last_img read more

Lego Unveils Women of NASA Set With Astronauts Scientists

first_imgTwitter user @lego_groupLego unveils a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA, including Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA.The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set. A miniature version of Hamilton’s workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured.From ‘Hidden Figures’ to figurines: LEGO announces ‘Women of NASA’ set https://t.co/o90E2JTORg— TIME (@TIME) October 18, 2017The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas program.The set retails for $24.99 and goes on sale Nov. 1. Sharelast_img read more