Man seriously injured after being assaulted and struck by hit-and-run van in Derry

first_imgDetectives in Derry are appealing for witnesses to an incident in Drumleck Gardens of Derry during the early hours of this morning, Sunday, May 26.A 32-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was assaulted and struck by a van at around 1.40am.The assailant then made off in the van. Detective Inspector Conor McStravick (PSNI) said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area or who may know the current whereabouts of the van, which is believed to be a blue Vauxhall.“Detectives can be contacted at Strand Road police station by calling 101, quoting reference 225 26/05/19.”DerryMan seriously injured after being assaulted and struck by hit-and-run van in Derry was last modified: May 26th, 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)last_img read more

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How reliable will this year’s test plot data be?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s corn and soybean crops experienced exceptional growing conditions in 2015, including record rainfall in June and July followed by a drier than normal August conditions in many areas. The persistent rains saturated soils and caused localized ponding and flooding. These conditions resulted in root damage and N loss that led to uneven crop growth and development between and within fields. Agronomists often question the value of test plot data when adverse growing conditions severely limit yield potential.The validity of test plot results depends primarily on whether effects of the varied stress conditions are uniform across test plots. If not, test plot data may be questionable. To be certain that effects of stress were fairly uniform, it would be necessary to monitor test plots on a regular basis to determine crop response to the various stresses as they occurred; however, such monitoring was probably unlikely in many test plot fields.Another problem with test plot results is that the various yield limiting factors may accentuate the natural “variability” already existing in the field, and may thereby further “mask” the true treatment effects that are being compared. Stress conditions like the ponding and saturated soils this year coupled with slight differences in soil organic matter, drainage, weed control, etc. across a field may magnify differences in crop performance.If one assumes that the varied stress conditions affected test plots uniformly within a field, then interpretation of test plot data becomes an issue. This issue can be especially relevant when evaluating results of hybrid and cultivar performance trials affected by excessive soil moisture. Did a hybrid or cultivar yield well under saturated soils because it genuinely possessed some flooding tolerance or because it was planted in better drained areas of the field? This year we have more than a 100 bushels per acre difference in plot yield between hybrid entries planted at different locations within a field that are related to soil drainage and N loss. Usually there are striking visual differences between such plots associated with plant height and overall plant health but differences are not always pronounced.Test plot information this year can still be very useful but take precautions. Results from single on-farm strip tests should not be used to make a decision on adoption of a treatment or variety. Even replicated data from a single test site should be avoided, especially if the site was characterized by abnormal growing conditions. Use test plot data from multiple sites (and preferably from at least two years of testing) and inquire about the weather patterns and conditions associated with the results. Look for consistency in a product or cultivar’s performance across a range of environmental conditions.last_img read more

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How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoT

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Dr. Shipeng Li Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts We are experiencing unprecedented levels of innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT), with research firm Gartner estimates that 5.5 million new things will get connected every day this year.Despite its promise, a big obstacle still stands – interoperability – the key to the viability and long-term growth of the entire ecosystem, especially consumer IoT. It is the biggest hurdle facing the industry and hindering its acceleration. McKinsey & Co. estimates that “interoperability is required for 40 percent of the potential value that IoT can provide.”See also: Wi-Fi standards needed to fuel IoT growthIoT, as it stands today, is still in its simplest stage. Basically, we have a myriad of devices that are connected to the Internet that we can control remotely and we receive notifications from. As it moves to the next level, now is the time to act. Interoperability has many layers. We’ve already solved key issues on the physical connectivity level such as wireless standards, in making sure that devices can communicate with each other within a system.However, the areas we now need to focus on are in data, human machine interfaces (HMIs), knowledge and service interoperability.Brands don’t always work well togetherCurrently, devices from different brands or even from one single brand, models and generations are incompatible at the data layer. Today you can’t transfer your data from an older version of an IoT device or different device from another manufacturer, for example, if you are using an Apple Watch and transferring to a Microsoft Band.As a result, you lose data continuity. And at the HMI level, what controls capabilities are necessary on all devices for services to flourish? For instance, specific recognition capabilities such as voice or gesture for consistency in IoT applications.On the service level, can devices talk to each other and share information to offer higher level offerings? Think of the smart home where you might have connected things – lighting, home security, refrigerator, washing machine, entertainment system, and more – from different manufacturers and systems, working together to bring greater energy efficiency, comfort, or convenience.In addition, at the knowledge level what information like user preferences can be shared between ecosystems so that consumers aren’t always having to rebuild their profiles? And finally, at the end of the day, who owns the data?These are the questions that need to be answered, and the responsibility lies with all stakeholders – companies, associations, governments and the public.Some countries are taking charge. For instance, a new industry alliance is forming to set up standards and protocols in areas of data, HMI, knowledge and service interoperability in China. But there needs to be a global response because these issues on interoperability are the same in every market. Standards, industry and consumer organizations can all play a role in defining these protocols.Consumers need to be more awareThere needs to be a higher level of awareness for consumers about their stake in IoT and much needed participation in these conversations, especially regarding their data and privacy. Governments must set directives and guidance regarding these issues. Companies from startups to global corporations also must align efforts with each other regarding policies around sharing information and technologies.My hope for IoT is for an open platform compatible with different systems and devices, easily supporting the interchanges of services, knowledge, data and communications, and where there is end-to-end protection for user data and IoT devices. Most importantly, in my opinion, allow end-users to decide who can store and use their data.Allow me to use electricity as an analogy: no one has to worry about standards for voltage and frequency. Plug in your device or appliance and you get power. Imagine if that was the case with IoT and how many devices and services will flourish. But first, we have to set the standards.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#China#Internet of Things#IoT#standards last_img read more

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2 CRPF jawans injured in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were on Friday injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals at a forest in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.The incident took place this morning when a team of CRPF’s second battalion was out on an anti-Maoist operation in a forest area under Kerlapal police station limits, Deputy Inspector General (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P. said.While they were cordoning-off a forested patch near Pariya village, the Naxals triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in which two CRPF jawans suffered injuries, he said.Reinforcements were rushed to the spot soon after, he said.The injured jawans were admitted in a local hospital in Sukma. They were stated to be out of danger, the DIG said.Meanwhile, a combing operation was underway in the region, he said.On April 24, as many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven others injured when Naxals attacked a patrol party of the paramilitary troops while they were ensuring security to road construction work near Burkapal village in Sukma district.last_img read more

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BJP fights a tough battle in Panaji by-poll to retain the seat after 25 years

first_imgAfter 25 years of continous dominance over the Panaji assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party sans Manohar Parrikar is fighting a tough battle on Sunday to retain its winning streak. One of the highlights of the Panaji by-poll is that Goa election authorities have tried to make the polling infrastructure 100% accessible, by getting the stakeholders into confidence over accessibility audit and a tie-up with EazyMov taxi operators to help persons with disability(PswD) voters to cast their votes smoothly. One of the 19 booths of the constituency would be entirely managed by PswD. Panaji has 115 such voters.The stakes are high for the BJP as far as the by-election to four assembly seats, including Panaji, holds the key to the survival of the BJP-led coalition government headed by Pramod Sawant ho succeeded Parrikar after his death on March 17. At present, the government has a thin majority of 20 in the truncated House of 36.In addition to this, BJP has been facing internal bickerings after it denied ticket to Parrikar’s elder son Utpal after allowing him to be projected as a front-runner for the Panaji ticket. The chances of a win for BJP candidate Siddarth Kuncaliekar, a former aide of Parrikar and two-time MLA (while Parrikar was away in Delhi in 2014-17 as Defence Minister) in Panaji hinge on the vote-splitting ability of former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is in the fray on Goa Suraksha Manch ticket. The regional outfit was floated and mentored by Mr. Velingkar after he was sacked as RSS chief in Goa following his fallout with Parrikar over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school level. As the election campaign came to an end on Friday evening, both Congress and BJP said that they are confident of winning. CM Sawant dismissed claims made by the Congress about ousting his government soon.“Congress should not dream of forming a government. The dream will never be fulfilled. Our alliance and independent MLAs are all together. There is no question of the government falling,” Mr. Sawant said on Friday. Three assembly by-polls for the constituencies of Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem had been held on April 23.Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied with 14 MLAs each in the State legislative assembly.Meanwhile, Congress said that BJP would lose the by-polls 4-0, leading to the ouster of Mr. Sawant’s government. “The BJP will have to bid goodbye to its government after results are declared. The people are tired of their lies and misgovernance,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. The others in the fray include Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik, who can play spoilsport for the Congress. Knowing the importance of the Panaji by-poll for his government, Mr. Sawant has virtually camped there for last several days and tried to undo the damage done to the party over the Utpal Parrikar-ticket issue. Mr. Utpal and his younger brother Mr. Abhijat too had joined the campaign. The month-long campaign was also marked with controversies which included a rape victim (who had accused Atanasio Monserrate, now the Congress candidate for the Panaji by-poll in 2016 when she was a minor) going missing and a mysterious assault on the BJP candidate Kuncalienkar. The campaign also saw the Congress attack Mr. Kuncalienkar, accusing of him of alleged scams in creating infrastructure for the Smart City project in Panaji, a charge which the BJP candidate has denied. Panaji has total voters of 22,485 — 10,698 male and 11,787 female. The constituency has seen a voting average of 60-70%, except during 2012 Assembly election. In 2012, Parrikar, who won the seat for six terms, won with a record victory margin of 6,000. The voting was a record of 78.85%.In the 2017 by-poll, Parrikar had defeated his Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Parrikar had won 63.47% of the total votes polled, while his opponent polled 32.56%.last_img read more

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