Donegal families fleeing domestic violence struggling with rising rents

first_imgThe cost and standard of rental accommodation for those seeking housing assistance through the Donegal Domestic Violence Service have been called into question. The Tirconnaill Tribune reports that rising rents, which are up 10% from this time last year, as well as properties that are totally unsuitable for young families fleeing domestic violence, is impacting greatly on Donegal Domestic Violence Service (DDVS) ability to help rehouse their clients and free up their own emergency accommodation for others in urgent need of it.Manager of DDVS, Dr Marie Hainsworth, says that both issues are impacting on their ability to help those who need it most. Her primary concern is the rising cost of rents which are well in excess of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme many of the service clients are in receipt of.She says that these people are being “pushed into poverty” as the money they have for food and heating is often being used to top up their rental payments.The Donegal Domestic Violence Service works to empower and support women to regain, reclaim and retain control of their lives and to live free from the fear of violence and of abuse.Dr Hainsworth stated: “Those HAP payments were set two or three years ago I’d imagine, if not further back, and when you’re looking at 10% increase in rent in a quarter, or even if that was in a year, in two to three years you are quickly way behind. The reality is that the increases are a lot more than that.” Dr Hainsworth said some families are now staying up to nine months in the service’s emergency accommodation, where the intended length of stay is two-three months.As the demand for accommodation remains high, she said there are no incentives for rents to come down.She said the standard of some of the rental properties available is very poor, yet landlords are seeking upwards of €650/month for some properties that are dirty, damp, with flaking paint and safety concerns over gas or electric fittings.She added that in an ideal scenario the Donegal Domestic Violence Service would always have one property available for a family that requires it urgently as new cases come into them.If you are affected by domestic violence can phone the 24 hour helpline 1800 262677 and talk with a trained worker who understands that you need to make choices at your own pace, and who will support and encourage you to do this. No one will force you to do anything, if you wish, you can remain anonymous. Visit: www.donegaldomesticviolenceservice.ie Donegal families fleeing domestic violence struggling with rising rents was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal Domestic Violence Servicelast_img read more

Matt Saal, Sept 14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I saw one field of corn was shelled already today. Others are thinking about it.We caught a significant rain last week — three-quarters of an inch. We are getting ready to make fourth cutting hay this week. The rain did help that quite a bit for us, but it will still be a slim fourth cutting.We should be finishing up corn silage today. The earlier planted corn was better than I expected but the later planted corn was worse than I expected. The earlier corn was taller and survived that wet weather better. The later corn had great emergence but it just got too wet early in the season.The early corn averaged 20 tons per acre, which was about three quarters of our corn. Late corn averaged 12 tons per acre. Our normal average is about 26 tons per acre. It was definitely below normal. Fortunately we have quite a bit of carryover from the year before and we picked up some more acres this year. We will end up shelling some but not as much as we thought.Everything is extremely early this year. Most people would normally just be thinking about starting to chop right now and we are almost done. Most everyone right around here is almost done too.Most beans around here still have the leaves on them yet. It looks like the beans are still a ways off. It was cold on Saturday. I wasn’t used to it but the cows loved it. The sun is out today and it is supposed to get back in the 80s by the end of the week.last_img read more

Dairy and pork producers watching trade war closely

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If the world tariff conflict continues to escalate, Ohio’s pork and dairy producers could suffer from the fallout.Exports of soybeans, which have already been targeted with tariffs, are critical to Ohio, but pork and dairy products play a role in the state’s economy as well.Earlier this month, Mexican authorities set tariffs on U.S. imports including a 20% tariff on pork and 25% on some cheese products. China too has targeted pork imports with a tariff of 25%. In Ohio, pork is the sixth highest agricultural export; dairy is the eighth.Any cut in demand for pork will likely decrease demand for corn and soybeans because both crops are used to feed pigs, said Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economist, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES.)“That’s why the Mexican government did it,” Sheldon said. “A pork tariff gets at both the hog-producing and animal-feed-producing sectors in the United States.”It’s unclear how much of an impact pork tariffs could have on Ohio’s pork producers because most Ohio farmers that raise hogs for slaughter contract with multinational companies that own the pigs, but pay farmers to house and care for them, said Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program in CFAES.With lower prices for corn and soybean feed, an Ohio pork producer may actually benefit from paying less to feed the hogs but at the same time could be hindered by a drop in the demand for pork, said Brown, who along with Sheldon are in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.“So it could easily be a wash,” he said.In the dairy sector, in addition to the 25% tariff on American cheese products in Mexico, Canada is poised to put a 10% tariff on imported yogurt as well as a host of other products, all set to begin July 1.“This has got to be a gut punch to the dairy industry that’s already struggling,” Brown said.The most recent development in the flurry of global tariffs being imposed or threatened was President Donald Trump’s June 18 announcement of a 10% tariff on an additional $200 billion in products imported from China every year. This would add to the already $50 billion in Chinese products slated for tariffs in the United States.The wave of tariff announcements has triggered concern among those in the agriculture industry, which depends on export markets.The United States’ main trading partners have announced tariffs on a widening range of U.S. imports — all in retaliation for Trump’s announcement in May that the United States would set tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imported from outside the country. Initially, Trump had said imported aluminum and steel from Mexico and Canada would be exempt from those tariffs, but then he included them.Canada is the largest importer of agricultural goods from Ohio. And Ohio’s agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico combined account for half of the state’s exported goods.The president is using the steel and aluminum tariffs partly as leverage in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which involves the United States, Canada and Mexico, Sheldon said.The initial repercussions of his announcement of steel and aluminum tariffs included Chinese authorities fighting back, announcing tariffs on American soybeans and corn as well as other products.In 2016, Ohio pork exports totaled $183 million and dairy products $126 million.last_img read more

Dear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQ

first_imgDay 5: Geocaching takes the dynamic duo Community Support Specialist Cathy Hornback (Username: Prying Pandora) and Community Relations Engineering Liaison Jon Stanley (Username: Moun10Bike) to an instrument out of place. Moun10Bike is clearly a geocacher of many talents.Day 6: Tuesday was double sweet for Community Manager Jayme Hewitt (Username: banandjayme). She says: “The taste of GOLD, baby! 100 WA State Park caches on the GeoTour have been signed by benandjayme. We invited Ranger Tina to celebrate with us. Bam!” Stay tuned for more adventures from Geocaching HQ. What are your favorite tales from the 30 Days of Geocaching trail? Tell us about them in the comments below.Click the image for a printable version of the 31 Days of Geocaching CalendarShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Twice the Finds, Twice the FunAugust 16, 2013In “Community”Geocaching HQ – The Land of Extreme CoincidenceOctober 7, 2013In “Community”center_img Dear Geocaching Diary,This has been one exciting week at Geocaching HQ! Last week we accepted the 31 Days of Geocaching challenge. We vowed to find at least one geocache every day in August. And guess what…Our streak is still alive! Here is a photo recap of the first week of our 31 Days of Geocaching.Day 1: Geocaching HQ staff came up with a creative solution for this tricky high hide. Business Development Coordinator Katie Barker (Username: Katie-B) says, “It’s going to be hard to top the first find! Nothing like building a human pyramid with your co-workers to start the 31-day streak off!”Day 2: Rain could not stop us from seeking out this totally ingenious geocache. Office Manager Maria McDonald (Username: AKprincesswarrior) jumps high to celebrate our second find.Day 3: We may have had to go our separate ways over the weekend, but that didn’t stop us from getting down and dirty. Like Wesley and Princess Buttercup, Volunteer Support Specialist Cindy Potter (Username: Frau Potter) and her family survived the Fire Swamp to log 03 of 31. Cindy says, “We escaped before being eaten by the Rodents of Unusual Size.”Day 4: The danger didn’t stop there. Founder Jeremy Irish (Username: Jeremy) and Marketing Director Michelle Broderick (Username: Michelleb108) tackled graveyard caches and white water rafting to grab 04 of 31. Inconceivable!last_img read more

Industry 4.0 – Building the IIoT ecosystem the right way

first_img4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Is Industry 4.0 just another buzz term that’s being hyped up by technology vendors with the aim of selling more products, or a legitimate trend that will transform sectors such as manufacturing in the months and years to come? The evidence points to the latter. Industry 4.0, also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, includes the heavy use of automation technologies and a greater exchange of data in manufacturing environments such as factories. Industry 4.0 got its name because it follows the earlier manufacturing phases of water/steam power, electric power and computing power.The concept embraces technologies and delivery models such as cloud computing, big data/analytics, cyber-physical systems (CPS), robotics, augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the age of Industry 4.0, manufacturing companies will be able to build and operate factories that are smarter than ever, so they can do things like easily customize products on demand from individual customers – something that is called Industrial IoT or IIoT.Collaborative technologiesThe technologies driving Industry 4.0 will often work in collaboration. For example, CPS is powered by cloud services,which enable intelligent objects and cloud-based programmatic modules to interact with each other. New, smart factories will feature connected robots with access to big data/analytics capabilities, and technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3-D printing and other solutions will provide these facilities with agility, precision and efficiencies never seen before in a manufacturing environment.As noted by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, the concept of Industry 4.0 is more than just a flashy catchphrase. “A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made,” the firm says.Among these developments are a significant rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity; the advancements in data analytics and business intelligence (BI) capabilities; the availability of new forms of human-machine interaction; and enhancements in the ability to transfer digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3D printing. McKinsey has advised companies to closely watch Industry 4.0 developments so that they can leverage new opportunities made possible by Industry 4.0 technologies. It says the traditional manufacturing business model is being replaced by new models, and in order to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies businesses must prepare themselves for the coming digital transformation.The platforms that support Industry 4.0 applications need to be open systems that can evolve with changing demands and market trends, and be able to quickly leverage whatever new technologies emerge in the coming years. Factories of the future will be dynamic organisms that can be shaped and reshaped as need be, and they will be connected more so than ever with other entities such as customer service centers, companies that supply raw materials, distribution channels, etc. Whereas today’s manufacturing environment typically consists of production plants with an incompatible mix of automation technologies that are not designed to share data with other manufacturing systems, smart factories will leverage IoT cloud platforms to gain a layer of cybernetic intelligence that sits on top of a company’s manufacturing operations. Machine learning algorithms will be able to identify patterns and extract insights that can be used to optimize production operations. Predictive analytics will identify signs of system failures in one factory so that production can quickly be launched in other facilities.In this modern environment, data from factories is delivered to the cloud, where it can be visualized and exposed to powerful analytics that provide higher layers of orchestration than ever for companies. For example, there’s a large manufacturer based in the U.K.  that has factories all over the world. It’s looking to take all the data coming off of its factory automation platforms and all kinds of devices, some in real time, and place it into a common cloud layer to create customized views of all this data. That will allow the company to see across all its operations and create efficiencies not possible before. One of the key drivers of the smart factory that will be enabled by IIoT and Industry 4.0 technologies is the push toward personalization in manufacturing. Instead of a factory churning out cookie-cutter versions of the same products at mass scale, it will be able to deliver highly customized products on a just-in-time basis the way a customer wants it.Dean Hamilton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit, AcceleriteBuilding the ecosystemThe potential of this future factory is not derived from what’s inside the enterprise, but outside. As beneficial as Industry 4.0 might prove to be for individual companies, executives in IT, operations and business need to look at this trend from a more holistic standpoint. They need to realize that the greatest returns will ultimately come from building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem that includes multiple market players involved in the process of designing, building, shipping and using products. By linking together this ecosystem of partners in an Industry 4.0 environment, all of the individual components of the ecosystem are able to deliver greater value to the market. To put it in biological terms, instead of thinking in terms of individual cells it’s more about all the cells working together in a body, in a symbiotic relationship. The Internet and specifically the cloud provide the framework necessary for organizations to work together more efficiently than ever, creating business and operational intelligence that can benefit partners within these interconnected business ecosystems.One of the key technology components that will also enable the creation of Industry 4.0 partner ecosystems is application programming interfaces (APIs). Factories that expose APIs to partners will make it possible to create applications that work across a variety of systems.To achieve this in an effective way, companies need to deploy an IoT platform such as Accelerite’s Concert that enables them to share service-oriented application APIs throughout their partner ecosystem in a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model. Applications will be quickly reconfigured by business analysts instead of programmers to account for different sources and types of data. Applications will be deployed in the cloud service that is most appropriate and efficient for the business, and easily adjust to accommodate for differences in cloud vendor-specific data ingestion, storage, distributed computing and machine learning APIs. By leveraging the power of APIs and the cloud, companies will build and share a new generation of manufacturing-oriented IoT applications that will be at the heart of Industry 4.0 and IIoT, and that will provide not just greater intelligence and efficiencies but transformative new business models that industries have never seen before.Building the smart factories that are capable of manufacturing the unique, highly personalized products consumers and businesses will be looking for is highly dependent on exploiting the full potential of Industry 4.0. A new class of API platform, designed for the latest revolution in manufacturing, is now emerging and will help companies to rapidly develop, manage and even monetize the products of the future.While much of this sounds futuristic, IT and business executives need to be looking at these technologies now if they want to help prepare their organizations for what’s to come. If they don’t, they risk getting a late start in the dramatic shift to Industry 4.0.This article was produced in partnership with Accelerite. The author is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit at Accelerite. Tags:#Accelerite#featured#IIoT#industrial#industry 4.0#Internet of Things#IoT#McKinsey & Co.#top Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img ReadWrite Sponsors Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Tripura pilgrim dies in Mecca

first_imgA 58-year-old Hajj pilgrim from Tripura’s Sipahijala district passed away at Mecca on Friday due to a cardiac arrest, a family member said. Abdul Saiyad, a resident of Srimantapur village in Sipahijala, had left for the pilgrimage on July 26 along with 150 others from the State. His son, Kamal Hussain, said Saiyad was taken to the hospital on Thursday night in Mecca after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. He passed away on Friday at 5.45 a.m.He added that Saiyad was buried at a cemetery in Mecca. When contacted, Tripura Haj Committee chairman Md. Jasim Uddin said he will be visiting the house of Saiyad on Saturday. “We are deeply saddened by the death of Abdul Saiyad. I hope his family gets strength to cope with the loss.”last_img read more