If you felt a little tremor overnight then you won’t be surprised to hear that Donegal was struck by a 2.4 magnitude earthquake last night.The quake happened off Donegal Bay – between Slieve League and Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, just before 11pm.The Irish National Seismic Network say the event was felt by people in Kilcar and more in Ardara and Ballyshannon say they also felt tremors. The INSN said: “Events of this nature are not uncommon in the region.”They have appealed for anyone who experienced the earthquake to get in touch.A minor earthquake also rocked Donegal back in August 2017.The quake, which measured 1.5 on the Richter scale, was felt by hundreds of people in and around the Milford and Kilmacrennan areas on August 2, 2017. It is understood the centre of the quake occurred off the Fanad Peninsula but could be felt for several miles inland.Donegal hit by a 2.4 magnitude earthquake last night was last modified: April 11th, 2019 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:donegalearthquakerichter scale
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentFarm Credit Mid-America will again provide grant funding to support Young Agricultural Professionals programming. County YAP groups and Collegiate Farm Bureau groups may apply for the grants. Eight $500 grants will go to local YAP groups and two $500 grants will go to Collegiate Farm Bureau groups. These grants provide funding for YAP- focused educational programming or events held in the county, multi-county areas or on a college campus. All grant applications must be received by Dec. 10, 2018. All applicants will be notified of grant selections by Jan. 18, 2019.The YAP State Committee will recognize the grant recipients at the YAP Winter Leadership Experience Feb. 2.The local grants are a part of Farm Credit Mid-America’s financial contribution to Farm Bureau young leader programs in their four-state region of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. A portion of the funds donated to Ohio is being used for the local grants program.“Our purpose is to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture,” said Jonathan Carter, assistant vice president of Farm Credit’s young and beginning farmer program. “Since Farm Bureau’s YAP and Collegiate programs are similar in mission and values to ours, we felt we could really support their efforts and work together in helping develop leadership skills with those who desire a future in agriculture.”Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program and its Collegiate Farm Bureau program,visit experienceyap.com.Online Extra: 2018 Grant winners Leave a Comment
The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has carried out an experiment of sending mass disaster alert SMSes to mobile users as part of its project of Early Warning Dissemination System.Leading telecom service providers, including BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, were roped in for sending the messages.A Common Alert Protocol solution has been developed by the Department of Telecommunication and Centre for Development of Telematics through which disaster management messages can be disseminated to the public by sending mass SMSes to all mobile subscribers in a selected geographical area and those on roaming. Pilot testing of CAP had previously been done in different States. According to OSDMA, the EWDS is being implemented in 6 districts.
Kolkata Knight Riders would be looking to put their shock defeat against Kochi Tuskers behind and get their act together quickly when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.Going into the match, the hosts will be little short on confidence after their spineless batting display on Wednesday night against Kochi outfit where they failed to chase a modest 133- run target.Thus, it will be a great test of character for Gautam Gambhir and company against Bangalore and the Knight Riders will look to come back to winning ways to consolidate themselves at the pole position.Kolkata, having won three out of five games they have played so far, would have an upper hand against the Bangalore outfit, who lost three back- to- back matches before the previous game got abandoned due to rain.But the Royal Challengers would be keen to draw confidence from the fact that in Twenty20, things change significantly in a matter of a few overs.To their advantage, the team would be fresh as their last match – against Rajasthan Royals – was a washout and the two teams split points.Moreover, inclusion of West Indies explosive opener Chris Gayle, ex- Knight Riders player, ahead of their clash against Kolkata team, may prove to be good for the team.The 31- year- old Gayle, unsigned at the IPL auction last January, was snapped up by the Bangalore outfit to replace the injured Australian fast bowler Dirk Nannes.advertisement” Gayle has arrived in India and will be with the team in Kolkata,” Royal Challengers manager Avinaash Vaidhya said.The West Indies big- hitter will certainly look to prove a point or two against his former team. And with the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, the new Sri Lankan captain, South African AB de Villiers and Indian star Virat Kohli in their ranks, the batting line- up looks solid on paper. They also boost of promising batsmen in Cheteshwar Pujara and Saurabh Tiwary but the Bangalore side is yet to click as a unit.They failed in their chase against Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers, while their batsmen came a cropper against Mumbai Indians to gift Tendulkar’s side an easy win.On the slow track of Eden Gardens, RCB skipper Daniel Vettori will look to take charge along with Indian speedster Zaheer Khan.Kolkata, meanwhile, would be desperate to re- group. And as Gambhir rightly pointed out that their loss to Kochi would serve as a wake- up call for the middle order batsmen who are yet to be tested.In Eoin Morgan and Yusuf Pathan, Knight Riders have a strong and explosive mix but the duo are yet fire. Pathan got injured while taking a catch against Tuskers and batted at no 7 with a runner. It remains to be seen if the big hitter is fit in time for Friday’s crucial game. Having played the same XI in the last three matches, time may be ripe for the Knight Riders think- tank to ring in some changes.Shreevats Goswami is still warming the bench with Manvinder Bisla opening the batting and doing the needful behind the stumps, while experienced Bengal campaigner Laxmi Ratan Shukla is yet to be tested fully.-With PTI inputs
I know that it is an oft repeated lament. The tragedy of Indian hockey cannot be encapsulated in a thousand words. A UP student Aishwarya through an RTI helped all of India discover that hockey is not the national shame, sorry, game.She needs to be commended for finally revealing what we always thought was an urban legend. Yes, we won eight Olympic hockey titles and one World Cup, but that was a sport which is alien to the manner in which it is played today. I myself played decent hockey, but the hockey that one watches on telly now is a far cry from what we played. The sport has undergone a metamorphosis, is faster, more physical, more demanding on the body, in sync with the tune of the artificial surface. Last time we failed to even qualify for the Olympics and there was a huge hullabaloo.DebacleWhen we qualified at the Dhyan Chand stadium earlier this year vanquishing France, hope floated and even soared. A new Aussie coach Michael Nobbs, some enterprising play against fellow minnows and one thought that we are ready for the Big One. The first game against the Dutch showed that we had it in us to run the best teams close. Unlike in the past when we have started poorly in big tourneys, we actually held the Dutch 2-2, leveling scores, before tiring and being defeated. But since then, we have gone to pieces and so has the dream. The Kiwis with their physicality, the Germans with a combination of strength and skill, the Koreans with their smart play patterns have out thought, out run and out maneuvered us completely. We have been shown as maladroit, inept and pale shadows of the great teams that have represented us in the past.advertisementTo be fair, hockey has evolved as a sport. The demands of Astroturf have seen a catalogue of rule changes. One can argue that this was done to help the Europeans’ style of play, but look at the Aussies who use a potent amalgam of free flowing Asian style and the tough and lethal mix of obdurate defence and penalty corner conversion. Spain and Argentina are two sides who have made rapid strides in world hockey. Pertinently, skill has not gone out of the game, body dodges, feints and swerves, dribbling, stick checks are all very much there. Then why is it that India has failed to bridge this ever increasing chasm? What makes our hockey players so weak and ineffectual in big games? Why can’t they play predators? Is it all in the mind or do we lack the basic physical regimen and skill sets required for a top hockey team? It could be a mix of all this, the ability to dribble and dodge remains, but we still hold onto the ball too long, the short passing game – position play or possession play – is crucial in modern hockey as we have witnessed again in London. The objective is to control the proceedings till you are confident of a strike at goal. The means may be different, but the goal is the same. A play maker may set up a striker to take a shot or it should result in a penalty corner. The end result is that position play should be monetised.What has been seen at these Olympics is nothing but re runs of the old maladies. One thought that Nobbs with his young and hungry wolves would be an interpreter of these maladies.PakistanUnfortunately, all of us have been cheated again. All the drills, all the set pieces, all those hours of practice have come to nought. All the ills that afflict our game, all the glitches that are endemic to Indian hockey have been on show again. The potter may have been good, but the clay was of poor quality.What is perhaps more important is that our fellow subcontinental rival – Pakistan – has also seen time pass it by. The decline and decay has perhaps not been as stark as India’s, but nevertheless the erosion in equity is equivalent. I am reminded of the same venue London, at the Willesden World Cup in 1986, it was one of the darkest days for Asian hockey. Pakistan met India for the wooden spoon, to joust over positions 11 and 12. Pakistan beat India 3-2 in extra time in this classification match. The rout was complete for both. For India there have been several ignominious defeats since. I saw Pakistan play South Africa the other day, saw them fight and overpower their opponents 5-4 after being 3-4 down, but their psyche and mental toughness like ours requires a makeover. On Tuesday, they were thrashed 0-7 by Australia.advertisementScenarioEqually, the Sydney Olympics was the closest India has come to doing something noteworthy in recent time. Must win against Poland in their last pool game, they manage a draw, missing out on a semi final place and then collapse in a heap. Tied at 8 points with South Korea at the end of the group stage, they had to beat Poland and choked. This business of being strong not just physically to take on their stronger adversaries, but being strong in the mind is crucial.Winless at London, India lost to Belgium to stare into the barrel of the gun and play the classification game for the 11th and 12th places. London Willesden redux. At the Atlanta Olympics, India finished eighth. London 2012 they will be doing better or worse, depending which prism you look at it from. Coach Nobbs disgusted with his team’s performance levels said, “I owe an apology to the nation and the Indian fans for letting them down. You just get one chance in a lifetime and you just cannot walk out without performing. The players have failed to perform. Call it pressure of whatever, they have let themselves, the team and the country down.” Enough said.