Homepage BannerNews Twitter 27 additional positive Covid-19 cases in Donegal Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Previous articleNorth’s circuit-breaker to be extendedNext articleDonegal and Tyrone battle for Nicky Rackard Final place – Mickey McCann News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – November 12, 2020 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 395 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Republic, one more patient is known to have died.27 of those cases are in Donegal.20 more patients have been hospitalised in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 279, with 39 now being treated in ICU.Ireland’s fortnightly infection rate is now down to 135 per 100,000.The 14 day incidence rate in Donegal has dropped slightly to 281.4 per 100,000. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
The recent resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev was a momentous event in the history of Kazakhstan, and Central Asia. At this important moment of transition, I would like to express the UK’s best wishes to the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev, his successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and to the country. Kazakhstan is an important partner for the UK. During my visit we discussed how the UK and Kazakhstan could further our shared objectives for stability and security in Central Asia and the wider region. Both countries are committed to strengthening our bilateral relationship and to develop our already strong commercial ties including in legal services and higher education. Last year, we celebrated the opening of the Astana International Financial Centre – the first international financial centre established in Central Asia with a special legal regime based on the principles of English law. Since independence in 1991, UK investment in Kazakhstan has totalled over £20bn. As one of Kazakhstan’s top investors, we are confident that the close links between our two countries will continue to flourish and expand in the years to come. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP and Facebook Further information For journalists Media enquiries FCO Minister Sir Alan Duncan has visited Nur-Sultan, the newly-renamed capital of Kazakhstan, following the resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev after almost 30 years of leadership.Sir Alan Duncan was welcomed by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Beibut Atamkulov, Chair of the Senate Dariga Nazarbayeva and Chair of the Majilis Nurlan Nigmatulin, ensuring that our strong government-to-government contacts flourish throughout this time of leadership change in Kazakhstan. He also visited the Astana International Financial Centre. The Minister for Europe and the Americas reaffirmed the UK’s close ties with Kazakhstan and our shared vision for a peaceful and prosperous Central Asia.Speaking after the visit, Sir Alan Duncan said: Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
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[email protected] @eurekaTS on TwitterThe Huskies and Loggers will have to wait at least two more days.The rain continued to plague local sports on Wednesday, with the postponement of two key Big 5 games, including the much anticipated baseball opener between Eureka and Fortuna.The game, scheduled for Newburg Park, will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. instead. The Loggers (9-0) are the favorites in the Big 5 this spring, while the Huskies (10-2) are considered their most …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Out of the otherwise flat ground of west central Ohio arise the hills of the Bellefontaine Ridge where Ohio’s highest point stands and fertile valleys lay between the peaks. Named for the three Marmon brothers that settled the area in 1805 to get away from the slavery trade in the Carolinas, the Marmon Valley Farm has served as a place fertile in faith and rich in agriculture for many years.Though the settled valley is old, evidenced by a neighboring church founded in 1807, the Logan County farm stays extremely active. Matt Wiley is the executive director of the 510-acre horse operation that specializes in “agri-tainment.” About 250 of its 510 acres are used for trails through woods in the hilly region.Wiley defines the agri-tainment on his farm as, “doing those activities but yet still in a way that entertains through agricultural connections.”“Wrangler Matt” as he’s known on the farm, has been with the operation started by his father since it’s beginning in 1964, recently celebrating its 50th year.“I was pretty active in the FFA as a high schooler and my dad taught me a lot of basic things growing up. Of course the trail riding, calling some square dances, and driving hayrides and all of that,” Wiley said. “So then through the FFA and vo-ag connection, I was able to use those skills to go all the way to nationals for the Recreational Proficiency Award. When I was 21 and my sister was 23, my dad moved to another location where another camp was already founded. Just through phone calls and direction from him, we kept the place going and kept expanding.”The operation offers a variety of programs throughout the year with a horse focus from summer camps to riding sessions for people of all ages and backgrounds. One of their more unique offerings is an eight-week group lesson package.“It’s about an hour and a half program. They get a little bit of groom and saddle time, the arena time, plus a trail ride with the instructor’s help — just working on progressing their skill levels,” Wiley said. “We’ve had more than one family do that because they’re considering buying a horse, but they want to see if their child is set on that before that family takes the step to make a purchase. It’s a huge step so a lot of families kind of test the waters here before they make a plunge to get their own horse.”“Each day is different. The seasons, of course, change. In the wintertime, we serve guests that go skiing right across the way at Mad River Mountain. They’ll stay at our lodging and we cook some good meals for them and so on.”The farm is home to around 150 horses.“We have a mix of breeds. Quarter horses work out well,” Wiley said. “We also have some Arabians, even a few thoroughbreds. We’ve got, of course, some Shetland Ponies in the mix, and some Halflingers — so quite a variety of breeds.”The numerous old barns that make up the property have been converted into more suitable structures for today’s needs. For instance, what used to be the dairy barn now houses a petting zoo on the ground floor and a hay maze, climbing wall, and dance floor in the haymow. The bull barn has been transformed into a bunny barn, and many other old structures now serve as bunkhouses.The farm also produces about 120 acres of hay for the horses.“We do mostly all of it ourselves. We do sometimes buy a little bit of hay here and there,” he said.It works out to an average of 2,500 small square bales and usually 1,000 to 1,200 round bales.“With 150 horses, you still have to have some farming practices in agri-tainment,” he said.Marmon Valley Farm deals with weather struggles like most agricultural operations. The cold of Ohio’s winters over the past years have been a challenge for keeping guests comfortable. Wiley noted thatThrough horse-related activities like trail riding, Marmon Valley Farm entertains and educates visitors.though the indoor arena is not heated, the protection from the wind is usually enough to make things bearable even on the coldest of days.“We’ve had on a Saturday morning at zero degrees more than one parent call and ask, ‘are lessons still on?’” he said. “It really hasn’t slowed us down a whole lot. There’s been a couple of days we’ve had to cancel if it’s too extreme.”The rainy weather of 2015 also created a number of challenges.“Even last summer with the rains, we had to completely flip flop as we usually do our riding in the morning,” he said. “When you have a program that involves horses, weather, and people, you have to be flexible. ‘Liquid sunshine’ is term my dad used to use to encourage guests to still have fun on a rainy day.”Year-round, eight to 10 people are on staff. Weekend part-time help is also used, usually high schoolers or other interested individuals. About 30 to 35 are hired for the summer through Marmon Valley Ministries, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that leases the land from the family corporation, opening up scholarship and other opportunities for summer campers.Marmon Valley Farm is a faith-based operation, seeking to spread the Christian message to all who come to visit.“Primarily, the summer camp is our way of reaching a lot of city kids to not just do the fun camp activities, but also introducing the Christian atmosphere using the horse as a neat way to share Christ, “ Wiley said. “There are a lot of teachable moments we try to tie in. We encourage our staff, whether you’re doing archery, riding the horses, or playing a game, to try and take a moment for that teachable time to really focus on Christ.”Being such a short jaunt from the Columbus metro area, Wiley says being a positive representative of the agricultural world is another constant focus.“We’re also finding more and more that agricultural education to those folks is very important these days,” Wiley said. “On a school field trip, we’ll do the animal tour, hay ride, and pony rides so we can teach them about hay and straw, and teach them that yes, we do still get our eggs from chickens.“If you can hire and educate a city boy on your farm, I try to take advantage of that opportunity too, because again just having those connections to whatever we can do as agriculturalists to educate is vital in today’s day and age. Even in our lesson program, the child gets a chance to groom and saddle the horse. They realize the importance of the work involved. We don’t always have them scoop the manure and all that, but every now and then a child will ask if they can. There’s this neat opportunity for us to share with the general public. I just see more and more the need to connect.”For more about Marmon Valley Farm, visit www.marmonvalley.com.
Sunday, February 13, 10.35 p.m., Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreI was standing near the team bus, waiting for the Indian team to emerge from the dressing room. They had just thumped Australia in the warm-up game and I expected a bunch of beaming faces to board the bus. In a few minutes, the players started strolling out, excited at the prospect of a night-out. But the captain and the coach looked grim. Behind them was my man, Agent Viru. Our eyes met and a half-nod prompted me to stealthily walk closer to him. “Kya hua Viru,” I asked. He said something in English which, putting mildly, was somewhat incoherent. “There’s something black in the pulses,” he repeated under his breath. Just before boarding the bus, he turned around, and with his fingers, signalled me the number 7.Monday, February 14, 7.00 a.m., ITC Gardenia Hotel, BangaloreI saw Viru cringing at the sight of a bowl of cornflakes when I joined him at his table in the morning. He updated me on the situation. Apparently, Kirsten Kaku and Dhoni Babu were locked up till late night worrying about what had happened in the warm-up game. “What could be wrong?” I asked. After all, India’s batting had performed true to form, Munaf Patel had bowled fast and got dispatched faster, and Ashish Nehra had misfielded in ways more comical than his facial expressions. But Piyush Chawla and Sreesanth had bowled India to victory. “That is the problem,” Viru said, “how come the Australians made Sree look like Gillespie and Piyush Warne?” The Indian think tank is exploring the possibility of this being an Australian conspiracy to get these two in India’s playing XI. “That’s what I don’t understand yaar,” Viru said, “if you pick a lucky mascot, why play him?” “Lucky mascot?” I probed. And then, Agent Viru showed me a hitherto unknown facet of India’s selection process. Chairman Cheeka clashed with the captain over the 14th member of the squad, someone who wouldn’t play a game but would bring a lucky charm. Parthiv Patel, waterboy in the 2003 World Cup, and Piyush Chawla, benchwarmer in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, were the two top contenders. “If you play Piyush, it defeats the purpose,” Viru said, “in that case, they might as well have picked Joginder Sharma. At least, we could laugh at him.”advertisementMonday, February 14, 4.15 p.m., Bangalore AirportJust before boarding the flight to Chennai, Dhoni called Praveen Kumar to wish him on Valentine’s Day. An emotional Praveen broke down. “How could you do this to me?” he asked. “I compared you with Obama and you call me just street smart? Kamse kam Mulayam Singh toh bolna tha na.”Tuesday, February 15, 8.00 p,m., Chola Sheraton Hotel, ChennaiSelect players joined the coaching staff in the coach’s suite to discuss the first game against Bangladesh. Within 15 minutes, walked out a nonchalant Viru. “They don’t even know which team we are playing against,” he told me at the elevator. “They are talking about Abdur Razzak. Don’t they know he plays for Pakistan?” I reminded him of the Bangladeshi left-handed bowler by the same name. “Right handed, left handed, whatever handed he may be, the ball is going out,” he said before entering his room where a plate of aloo parathas waited for him.- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.
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One other point of interest from the report was that there are 100,000 (that’s not a typo) new blogs created every day. I suspect the vast majority of these are being started by individuals, not businesses, but that will likely change in the coming year or so making the pile you will need to climb over even higher if you start then. This is another reason the age of the blog matters because there is more and more competition in the blogosphere and more competition to get into people’s RSS readers. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack One section of the post hopped out at me. They did some work on trying to correlate certain events with overall “success” of a blog. Their definition of “success” is a function of the number of other blogs linking to your blog within the last six months. The blogs are broken down into low, middle, high, and very high authority based on the overall number of links into them within the six month window. The thing that jumped out at me was how closely correlated the success/authority of the blog is with the age of the blog itself. Despite throwing out data that is greater than six months old, the older the blog the more likely it is to gain very high authority. Have you started a blog for your business yet? If not, why not? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Originally published Nov 9, 2006 2:50:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 OnStartups I can imagine a myriad of reasons for this. Over time you get more people linking to you from their sites/blogs that produce traffic that builds (particularly if on blogrolls) slowly over time. The blog starts getting noticed by Google around consistent themes over time as well, so that when someone comes onto Google to search on a certain term, your blog starts moving up the list and gets clicked on more frequently. Dharmesh’s
Download the free webinar In New York Times Best Seller Chris Brogan Trust Agents They should give others a sense of where you’re from and the type of things you like doing. Give people an opportunity to discover what you might have in common and how they can connect with you. 3. Connect with your networks frequently. explains how marketers can use the Internet’s social tools to expand their networks beyond Dunbar’s Number. 1. Make sure your social network profiles are inclusive and descriptive. By taking these four steps, you can expand your network beyond 150 and build fruitful relationships for your business. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack What can you do for these people? Even better, is there something that you can do that caters to that specific network of people? 2. Always keep simple databases. Tools like Twitter and Facebook are helpful. Use them to make sure people are getting to know you, and you are getting to know them. This practice will enhance relationships. Dunbar’s number , Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss 4. Be helpful. You could use an address book, an excel spreadsheet or a software application like . Once you have your database, slice up your contacts by networks and similar interests. to learn how to get your company started with social media. Originally published Sep 2, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 , theorized by Robin Dunbar, is the number of stable social relationships a person can maintain at one time. He believes this number is 150. BatchBlue How can you connect with more than 150 people? Perhaps you can be an active member of 150 communities? In the below video, Chris Brogan explains: Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing.