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Donegal farmer’s invention impresses at the ploughing

first_imgA new invention by Donegal farmer and engineer James Coyle is impressing attendees at this year’s Ploughing Championships in Carlow.The ‘Quad Ramp’ by Cloghan-based JC Engineering was launched this week and is the first design of its kind for farms in Europe.Company MD and part-time farmer James Coyle developed the ‘Quad Ramp’ with support from InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. Quad Ramp by JC EngineeringLike many good ideas, this innovation in farming was borne out of frustration and the need to save time.James says: “The Quad Ramp is a unique product to the Irish market. It is the fastest and safest way to get around the farm. It allows farmers to enter and exit their fields without having to dismount their quad to physically open and close gates. I could see the amount of time that I was wasting every day and I wanted to speed things up. The time saving on using the Quad Ramp has been calculated at 36 hours per year.”Quad Ramp by JC EngineeringThe patented Quad Ramp is designed in a manner which means livestock cannot escape. The farmer can travel to the feeding area quickly, without having to open a gate while trying to keep livestock at bay.“Safety was an issue for us. It can be dangerous with cattle at gates, and that was on my mind too, when I thought about developing the ramp,” says James. Having an idea and bringing it to life, are two very different things, as James knows only too well. “I contacted InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. Through that, we had funding to work with a graduate to develop the product.“The graduate, Rodger Harkin did all the designs of the product for us. Rodger was also linked in with the Northern Regional College in Ballymena who provided academic and technical support.  Without the support of InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme, we wouldn’t have been able to develop the Quad Ramp as quickly as we did.”As for the future of the Quad Ramp, James has already secured a retailer “We have made contact and arranged for Gibson Farm Services in Donegal to stock the Quad Ramp and sell it. The plan is to further expand into the rest of Ireland and the UK after the Ploughing Championship launch.”Donegal farmer’s invention impresses at the ploughing was last modified: September 18th, 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) Tags:JC EngineeringPloughing Championshipsquad ramplast_img read more

Big weekend for Blues and QPR

first_imgChelsea’s run of four league games without a win ended last weekend with a comprehensive yet uninspiring 3-0 victory at home to Bolton.This Saturday they travel to The Hawthorns to face a West Brom side who have two consecutive wins amassing nine goals and just conceding one.Andre Villas-Boas knows now that a bad result against any of the lower sides could rather abruptly end his spell in English football.It is almost inconceivable that Chelsea will lose this game but a price of 10/11 suggests it won’t be an easy task against the in-form Baggies. The home win is 33/10 while the draw can be backed at 13/5.It seems likely that there will be over 2.5 goals in this game if we’re going on current form, but Chelsea don’t tend to score many away from home recently and it’s difficult to say either way; Over 2.5 can be backed at 4/5 while the under is 19/20.Once again Fernando Torres will be looking to break a horrific scoring duck for the Blues and the Spaniard may be reinstated to the starting line-up if the injury Daniel Sturridge picked up on England duty rules him out.Torres is 7/4 to score for the first time since mid-October, while Didier Drogba seems to be back to some form and he is 6/4 anytime, 11/2 first.Will Torres be smiling again this summer?We have opened a market at BetVictor on whether or not Torres will make the 23-man Spanish squad for the Euros and bet:Yes: 8/11No: EvensLast weekend’s west London derby saw Fulham narrowly beat QPR at Loftus Road and the R’s this week take on Everton with just one league win in their last 14 outings.The Toffees seem to be improving in the second half of the season and are unbeaten in five albeit with three 1-1 draws in that period.QPR’s form has seen them drop to just one point off the bottom in what is shaping up to be a great relegation battle unless, of course, you are a supporter of one of the clubs involved.Everton are 7/5 with Rangers 85/40 and the draw 23/10.Bobby Zamora is 8/5 to score anytime and Jamie Mackie’s price of 100/30 seems big and perhaps worth a bet. They are 6s and 11s respectively to net first.If I’m honest I can’t see goals in this game and a price of 3/4 for under 2.5 goals suggests there won’t be many.Fulham play Wolves on Sunday afternoon at the absurd time of 2.05pm; television dictating the kick-off times as is so often the way.Last weekend was only their second away win of the season as they try to shrug off the label of ‘bad travellers’ in the Premier League.Their opponents, had it not been for a second half comeback against Newcastle, would be in the relegation zone sitting on the same points as the bottom two clubs.The Cottagers are 4/7 to win this game while Wolves are a massive 6/1 with 31/10 for the draw.On current form Fulham are up there with the likes of City, United and Arsenal with 10 points from their last six games and are unbeaten at home in 2012.Pavel Pogrebnyak is 6/4 to make it three in three since his move from Stuttgart in January and that looks a decent price against a fragile Wolves defence.We are only 10 days away from the Cheltenham Festival and we are already offering Non Runner No Bet on all 27 races.For all your sporting needs this weekend check out betvictor.com or follow me on Twitter @VictorChandlerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Bees joy, young Blues crush Arsenal, Cech latest, Jose warning

first_imgJota was Brentford’s heroBrentford are celebrating a dramatic victory against Fulham in the west London derby at Griffin Park.Jota scored a late winner as Brentford came from behind to beat their neighbours.Bees boss Mark Warburton hailed his players after the game, while Fulham manager Kit Symons admitted he was “gutted”.Chelsea and QPR are both in action on Saturday. The Blues are 1/4 to continue their winning run by beating West Brom, while Rangers are 4/1 to win at Newcastle.Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set to undergo fitness test to see if he can start for Jose Mourinho’s side, while Ramires has been passed fit to play despite an ongoing injury concern.Blues youngster Nathan Ake has been sidelined by a hamstring problem but on a brighter note for Chelsea, their Under-18s beat Arsenal 3-0.Cech has been tipped to moveAmid speculation that Arsenal and AC Milan want to sign Chelsea’s Petr Cech, Mourinho has insisted that no approach has been made for the goalkeeper.Mourinho has also warned that his team still have some work to do if they are to seal their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League and avoid ending up in the Europa League.Meanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has said he has no regrets about turning down the chance to take over as Newcastle manager in 2008, while he was at Portsmouth.In boxing, local rivals George Groves and James DeGale have weighed in ahead of their respective fights in Liverpool.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles are set to begin their European campaign. They face Belgian side HC Vise in the EHF Challenge Cup on Saturday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

VanTilburg named 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matthew VanTilburg of Celina has been named the 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board, and will receive a cash award of $1,500, provided by the Ohio Association of Independent Crop Consultants. He is owner and sales manager at VanTilburg Farms, Inc.The award recognizes individuals who are highly motivated, deliver exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production, and have contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.VanTilburg uses his 22 years of crop advising experience to provide services in nutrient management planning, weed management recommendations, soil sampling, scouting, seed recommendations, variable rate planning, harvest data management, cover crops and more.He is active in his community, serving on his local 4-H advisory committee, Pheasants Forever, Wright State Lake Campus Ag Advisory Committee and the Ohio No-Till Council, among others.“As a public speaker, community leader, mentor and agricultural advocate, Matt is an asset to the community who possesses many skills and qualities that set him apart from those in his field,” said Holly Wuebker, a peer and co-worker who nominated VanTilburg for the award. “He is always looking for new ways to enhance the agricultural field and utilize applications that will benefit customers and those in surrounding communities and beyond, as he has traveled to different states educating many on proper tillage, cover crop and farming practices,” she said. “For these and many more reasons, he should be recognized for his many years of experience and expertise, and especially his positive contributions to the agriculture community and assisting fellow Certified Crop Advisers.”For more information about the Certified Crop Adviser Program, visit oaba.net/cca.last_img read more

Go 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea With Today’s Google Doodle

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… To celebrate Jules Verne’s birthday, Google’s logo today has been transformed into an underwater vessel – a Nautilus – an appropriate homage to the author of the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Google Doodler Jennifer Horn explains the decision to honor Verne as someone who sparked her imagination as a child. “Looking back,” she writes, “I realize that what fascinated me most was the unknown: a creative spark and the imaginative exploration that followed. Since then, I’ve become more familiar with his work and still believe that exploration is the essence of Verne’s novels. His stories pull the readers into a world filled with infinite potential–be it in the clouds, on land or under the sea.”She says that today’s doodle, marking Verne’s 183rd birthday, “tries to capture that sense of adventure and exploration.” And it does so with a little help from CSS3 and your device’s built-in accelerometer.You can navigate the design – or rather, steer the Nautilus – with a control stick or by simply tilting your device in the direction you wish to explore. The doodle showcases that imagination exploration, but also demonstrates some very cool technology. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten Products

first_imgImproved inverter for photovoltaic systemsBuildingGreen calls the Sunny Boy inverters from SMA America “revolutionary” because they can provide power from grid-tied photovoltaic systems during a power outage. That’s not the case with conventional inverters; most grid-tied PV arrays can’t power so much as a single light bulb when utility power isn’t available.Alex Wilson wrote a GBA blog about the new Sunny Boy inverter in August 2013.The Sunny Boy inverters can switch from interactive operation to providing power to a dedicated outlet, delivering 1500 watts of electricity. That’s not enough to run a big appliance, BuildingGreen said, but it would be enough to charge a cell phone or laptop computer, and that might be just enough to make a difference in an emergency. Mineral wool board insulationRoxul’s ComfortBoard, a semi-rigid mineral wool board insulation, made the list on the strength of its high pre-consumer recycled content and low toxicity. It’s intended for residential and commercial use over exterior sheathing. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products BuildingGreen has posted its choices for the most innovative green products of the last 12 months, a list that includes products for both commercial and residential construction.“The products we’re recognizing this year are remarkable in their diversity and innovation,” said Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, in a press release announcing the choices. “We are thrilled to call attention to these products, which are helping to create more sustainable, greener buildings throughout North America.”The winners will be presented at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild convention Nov. 21 in Philadelphia. The award winners are picked by BuildingGreen editors from the hundreds of products reviewed in the past year.This year’s list includes a mix of product types, from dimensional stone manufactured from waste to a retrofit façade system for commercial buildings that incorporates high-performance windows, insulation and cladding.Here’s a sampling of this year’s Top Ten products.center_img Alex Wilson wrote a GBA blog about ComfortBoard in May 2013.ComfortBoard comes in two densities — 8 lb. per cubic foot (pcf) in the residential version and 11 pcf in the commercial product. BuildingGreen said its density makes it rigid enough to be used on the outside of a building as an affordable alternative to foam plastic insulation. BuildingGreen editors also liked ComfortBoard for its sound-absorption qualities and fire resistance without the use of flame retardants. Even when damp, it’s still a good insulator (R-4 to 4.2 per inch), so it can be used behind a rainscreen assembly on exterior walls.The primary material used in ComfortBoard is iron ore slag. It’s produced with a urea-extended phenol formaldehyde binder, but BuildingGreen said heat processing drives off most of the formaldehyde during production, “resulting in extremely low emissions.” A better light bulbSoraa’s Vivid MR-16 is a light-emitting diode (LED) assembly that produces a “full spectrum” light rivaling that of halogens. According to the manufacturer, the bulbs reach a 65-watt halogen equivalent output with 75% less energy. They also operate at much lower temperatures, and LEDs last much longer than other types of light bulbs.The color rendering index, a measure of how accurately light shows colors, is as high as 95 on a 100-point scale, and the lamps are available in three beam angles: 14, 25, and 36 degrees.Vivid LEDs are manufactured somewhat differently from other LEDs on the market to produce a full spectrum of light. Lamps cost $32.last_img read more

2016 NTL – Day Three Wrap

first_imgIt was another massive day of exciting Touch Football action at the 2016 National Touch League on day three, with finals places determined across all divisions. Finals day on Saturday is shaping up to be an incredible day, with close to 12 hours of finals to entertain the crowd as well as our friends watching live from home. In the Mixed Open division semi finals at 10.50am, the Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets will meet in semi final one, with the Sydney Rebels, vying for their sixth straight title, to meet the South Queensland Sharks. The Men’s T League will see the Cobras meet the Sharks, with the Central Queensland Bulls to play the Mets, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. Last year’s Women’s T League winners, the Hunter Western Hornets, will meet the Sharks in the semi finals in a replay of last year’s grand final, with the South Australia Heat and Victoria to battle it out in the other semi final, with both games to commence at 9.00am. The Women’s 27’s grand final will be played at 9.55am, featuring the Sydney Rebels and South Queensland Sharks, while the Men’s 30’s grand final at 12.40pm will see the Sydney Scorpions also face the Sharks. The Women’s 35’s is another division which has already determined its grand finalists, with the Hornets to meet the Sunshine Coast Pineapples at 9.55am. The Men’s 40’s division semi finals will see the Cobras meet the Mets, with the Hornets to play the Sydney Scorpions at 9.55am. The South West Queensland Swans and ACT Raiders will meet in the first Women’s 40’s semi final, with the Hornets to play the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones in the second semi at 9.55am. In the Men’s 45’s division, the Sharks will play the Cobras, with the Scorpions to meet the Raiders at 9.00am. The Sharks and the Hornets will meet in the first Men’s 50’s semi final, with the Scorpions to play the Pineapples, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. The Men’s 55’s semi finals will see the Cyclones and Raiders battle it out, with the Mets and Southern Suns to meet in the other semi final at 9.00am. The Senior Mixed semi finals will be contested by the Sharks and Cobras, and the Suns and Scorpions.Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels on finals day for the latest results and information: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNTL Day Threelast_img read more

10 months ago​Tottenham star Alli avoids FA punishment for Arsenal gesture

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham star Alli avoids FA punishment for Arsenal gestureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli will not be punished for a sign he made to Arsenal supporters during his side’s Carabao Cup win last night.Alli netted the second goal of the game and made a gesture to remind the fans of the score.While his gesture could be seen as inflammatory, it was not abusive, which means he will be cut some slack.Sky Sports suggests that no further action will be taken.And the Gunners will not face any action after a supporter was caught on video throwing something at Alli. But that supporter does face criminal action and a stadium ban. last_img

10 months agoHowe admits Defoe talks planned over Bournemouth future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Defoe talks planned over Bournemouth futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he plans talks with Jermain Defoe about his future.Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have been reported as potential loan suitors for the England international, while Defoe’s former club Sunderland have also shown an interest. Asked whether Defoe would be part of his squad after the January transfer window, Howe replied: “It’s a difficult one to answer.“I couldn’t give an absolute clear black and white answer to a lot of the players in the squad. The ones who aren’t playing regularly are very keen for football.“I will have to sit down with Jermain and have that conversation.“He is someone we hold in such high regard and has done such a great job here in many different ways.“Even before the game against Chelsea, he was talking to Lys (Mousset) and giving Lys his experience and guidance. That for me is like gold dust.“He has trained very well, his attitude and conduct has been first-class. Let’s wait and see.” last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton win

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more