first_imgGardaí are warning owners of Ford Transit Vans to beware of a scam which is being led by an organised crime gang.The criminal group is involved in the international sale and distribution of stolen machinery and vehicle engines and parts. Their latest move is to target owners of Ford Transit vans.The scam works as follows: Adverts are placed on popular online sales sites offering to repair or replace the engines of Ford Transit Vans. The advert offers to collect the van from any part of the country, carry out repairs or if necessary, replace the engine with a reconditioned one and once repaired to return it to the owner.In reality what happens is that once the scammer has the van, an engine stolen in Ireland or the UK is fitted to the van and the owner is told it’s a re-conditioned one.As a result, some owners after paying out for repairs to their van have subsequently had their vans seized by Gardaí for investigations which causes them further loss.Gardaí from the Roscommon / Longford Division are advising owners of all vehicles and particularly the owners of Ford Transit vans to be very wary responding to such adverts whether online or offline offering engine replacement on a collect and return basis. A spokesperson said: “You are taking a big risk giving your van to a stranger who collects it from your door and takes it away for repairs to an unknown location, if you are a victim, this scam will have cost you money and your van will be seized by Gardai”.The advice from gardaí is that you should only allow a qualified mechanic in a garage that you know to repair your car or van.Warning over scam targetting Ford Transit Van owners was last modified: August 20th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgRoy Hodgson hailed Frank Lampard and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick following England’s victory against Italy.Both players missed this summer’s European Championship because of injury and underlined how much they were missed by producing impressive displays in the 2-1 win.“We deserved victory over 90 minutes and there were some very good performances,” said England boss Hodgson.“When you miss players like Lampard and Carrick because they are not available you are maybe going to regret it because of the quality they bring.”There was also an England debut for Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand, who came on as a second-half substitute.“There were a lot of players looking to make an impression ahead of the qualifiers and I’m happy with the way they played,” Hodgson added.“It is the qualifiers that really count but it is nice to know that we have a deeper squad than the one we took to the Euros.”See also:Lampard keen to discuss new Blues deal Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Charles Johnson Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorConserve soil, conserve water. Both go hand-in-hand on Steve Stevens’ farm, near Tillar, Arkansas. A third-generation farmer on land that’s 10 miles from the Mississippi River and 2 miles from the Arkansas River, Stevens has seen plenty of changes during his time here, and not all for the better. He’s determined to improve the land to make it more productive.To meet his goals, Stevens is focused on water, specifically rainfall as well as irrigation.“To be sustainable, we have to capture more rainfall so we’re not as dependent on underground water. That will also be sustainable for our aquifer,” Stevens said.Fifty years ago, groundwater was only about 20 feet from the surface. Today, it’s 55 feet. That’s a huge concern for Stevens.“When a well is 100 to 115 feet here, you’re getting close to the bottom. I asked our well driller what to do next. He said, ‘There ain’t no next.’ At that point, we can’t afford the well or the motor or the fuel,” Stevens said.A serious drought in 1980 was the turning point for water in the area. “If you had water, you made a crop, and prices were good, so you made some money, too. After that, wells went in big-time to irrigate as close to 100% of the fields as possible,” he said.FIRST STEPSIrrigating is great, he said. Not wasting a drop of that water is even better. A decade ago, he began using polypipe furrow irrigation with the PHAUCET program that advised on computerized hole sizes and scheduling. Setting it up was time-consuming. He spent many late nights at the computer working out flow rates from each well and turnrow elevation.It was time well spent. The program that first year alone saved him as much as $100,000 in pumping costs.His concerns grew with the amount of water pumped from the aquifer by area farmers, however. At the same time, he was bothered by criticism of cotton farms along the Mississippi River for adding to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico with nutrient runoff from fields.Stevens was determined to keep every drop of water possible in place on his farm. That way, he’d lose little soil to erosion and get the best possible use of the water, too.PROVE A POINTHe also wanted to prove his actions were making a difference. “Our water drains to Lake Village to Chicot on to the Gulf. I wanted to see, ‘What does a Delta cotton farm do to hypoxia? Can we make a difference?’” he said.He signed up for the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program, through the University of Arkansas. The program monitors water quality in runoff from 12 farms ranging from poultry production to row crops. It finds ways to reduce nutrient loss as well as soil loss and provides best-management practices for each farm.The best part for Stevens is that the program provides a measurement of what’s happening in the fields. His agronomic program was already making a difference. Planting no-till into the thick mat left by a cereal rye cover crop not only saved soil but also increased water infiltration, boosting the crop through dry spells.The Discovery Farm Program placed soil moisture probes at 6, 12, and 18 inches deep to monitor water movement. “They found that our water efficiency was 90% compared to an average of 50% in this area. Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) runoff was less than 3%, even less than their model. So, we can apply N, P, K, sulfur and boron when the crop is using it, and put it in the root zone,” he said.“We can put 2 inches of water into the soil profile in an irrigation where we’d get less than half that before. How much water does it take to produce a bale of cotton? Not nearly as much as it used to on this farm.”GREAT COMBINATIONBill Robertson, Arkansas Extension cotton agronomist, said the cereal rye cover crop is key to the system.“For years, we’ve been telling farmers that they’re farming the top 6 inches of soil. Farming behind cereal rye, that became 15 inches or more, pulling water and nutrients from deep in the soil to support the crop,” Robertson said.It’s Stevens’ second effort with no-till. “We tried no-till in the 1990s. We went to a stale seedbed, and the planting window was about three days from too wet to too dry. With cereal rye, you stop the moisture drain. If you get rain, you hold it,” Stevens said.Combining the high-tech furrow irrigation with planting no-till into standing cover crops puts Stevens closer to that goal of capturing every drop of water for use by the crops. “We can manage the irrigation better and make a good crop in a dry year. We can cut back on the number of times we irrigate, which saves pumping costs.”Robertson said Stevens’ system provides yields equal to any other system but reduces cotton production costs 6 cents per pound. “It’s as good for soybeans as for cotton,” Stevens said.What he’s doing is still a neighborhood curiosity. Drivers stop alongside the road to peer at cotton and soybeans popping through a thick mat of cereal rye thinking the crop is doomed to fail.“We may go a month or longer and only see dead cereal rye out there. Then we get a rain and the cotton and soybeans take off. After a little while, only the cotton and soybeans can be seen. It’s just amazing how it does help with weed control, too,” he said.Seeing the water and soil savings turned Stevens into a bit of an evangelist for the program. He believes all farmers have to do their part to conserve water and soil.“The whole idea behind what I’m doing is to try to get information out so more growers can see this and say, ‘I could do that.’ We must conserve these resources now in my career so this farm can be passed on to my children and grandchildren,” he said.“We have to keep our minds open. I keep learning little things about it every year. We tried planting the crop into wheat at first but had problems with water standing in the field or running off. That isn’t going to work. Cereal rye roots open up the soil structure and make the whole thing work.”ROOM TO GROWIt’s good to verify that there’s little nutrient and sediment runoff, but Stevens is still working on tweaking the system to improve.“We have found that 80% of our nutrient runoff is caused by rainfall, not irrigation. We’ve also learned that most of that extra soak cycle of irrigation runs out of the field, so we don’t do that now,” he said.“We had a lot of questions and got a lot of answers, but still have questions about how to get better. These are typical fields for this area, nothing special, nothing different about them. This land we’re farming was mostly put together by my dad, then I added to it. We get great information from University of Arkansas research. By being a Discovery Farm, we can deal directly with researchers, and we’ve been part of their research projects for many years.”Curiosity is key to scientific work, and Stevens remains curious about improving his farm.“It isn’t just what makes it better, but also why. The ‘why’ is important. I’m a pilot and like to get up in my Seneca II airplane, a light twin-engine plane, and see things I can’t see from the ground. I look at my fields and other farmers’ fields, and I’m amazed what I can see from the air. This land is feeding and clothing the world, and we have to take good care of it,” he said.(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.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 starsCalvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT 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 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Daryn Marsh is one of the three candidates competing for the one 1-year Selectman seat in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below is Marsh’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentWatch Mr. Marsh’s closing argument HERE.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/Endorsementsn/aWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileMarsh running for Board of SelectmenCampaign Announcement/Othern/aCandidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Selectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Marsh & O’Mahony Discuss Their Involvement In Wilmington’s Community & PoliticsIn “Government”last_img read more