first_imgEnjoying the Earagail Arts Festival Global Gathering in Letterkenny. ALL PICS BY NORTHWEST NEWS PIXA REAL GLOBAL VILLAGE GATHERING FOR EARAGAIL ARTS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 21st, 2014 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:Earagail Arts FestivalGlobal Gatheringlast_img

Honey More Effective than Antibiotics

first_imgA good old nature remedy is making a comeback: honey for wounds.  An article on EurekAlert about research at the University of Bonn states that honey is more effective than antibiotics at healing cuts and wounds.  Apparently the ancient Egyptians knew about its healing power.  Honey rejects dead tissue faster, repels bacteria, promotes more rapid healing, hurts less when changing dressings, and even smells nicer.  In a day when bacteria are quickly developing resistance to antibiotics, natural alternatives like honey are again coming into their own.  You may be finding a new name in the bandage department of the drug store: medihoney.    If you’re getting along in years, another story on EurekAlert from Johns Hopkins research said that exercise is still good for you.The honey article states that the antiseptic property is due to glucose oxidase.  This enzyme continually generates small amounts of hydrogen peroxide from the sugars in the honey over time, enough to kill the bacteria without harming the tissues.    It’s good to know what natural remedies are available when a long way from a hospital.  What with maggots (10/24/2003) and worms (07/13/2004), you’ll be all set.  The problem is how to get the honey away from the bees.  If you succeed, at least you can put it on the stings.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Austin Heil, Hardin County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farming involves a large number of variables, from equipment to inputs to the weather. For Austin Heil in Hardin County, the most important variable is the planter. He is seeing benefits from new-age upgrades he has added to his older planter. See what he has done to make his planter more efficient and how it has added to the farms bottom line in this Cab Cam with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, courtesy of Fennig Equipment.last_img

Beyond the Box: The “Televisual Experience”

first_imgTags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.From mobile computing to multi-touch, user interfaces continue to evolve, becoming part of our daily lives. As a Web host, it’s with great interest that we’re also following the “10-foot user experience,” an idea that emerged a few years ago and has been much talked about since. But technology now seems to be catching up to this exciting concept, thanks to innovators like Frog Design and the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group.The term “10-foot” refers to the approximate distance of the viewer from a television set, flat-panel screen or other large display. More specifically, this concept is about the GUI (general user interface) — large menus, buttons, electronic program guides — that allows users to navigate channels and perform other functions using a handheld remote or similar device. By contrast, users interact with most desktop computers using a mouse and keyboard (a two-foot design), and with an iPhone or PDA with their fingers or stylus (a two-inch, or more, design).Some amazing developments are underway in digital media convergence, what some call the ongoing migration from “old TV” to “new TV.” TiVo, AppleTV, and “over-the-top” Web video on PS3, Xbox, and other peripherals all offer at least a glimpse of what’s emerging. So does the gesture control of Nintendo’s Wii, the expanding capabilities of IPTV, and the introduction of IMS-enabled TV (IP multimedia sub-system). All of this points to more choice, more relevance, and more personalized content for consumers: the individual TV experience.Yet what’s most fascinating to us as a Web hosting provider is the convergence of design for TV and the Web into UIs that have never been seen — or even needed — before: the creation of rich, dynamic, animated entertainment experiences, whether for your living room, your home theater, or public spaces. It is a new way to interact with media, something David Merkoski of Frog Design called “the televisual experience” in his presentation titled “The Future of Television: Super-Modality” (MP3 file) at SXSW 2006.To give this more perspective, what does this mean for TV, video, the Web, and the new user interfaces for all three? Like the 10-foot experience itself, design for it is still emerging. UIs in development, for applications such as OpenTV and Windows Media Center, offer useful examples. The key is to design for distance (think of billboards, posters, even theater marquees): keep it large and simple. Most conventional Web design doesn’t view well from a distance.Here are some additional design guidelines to consider:Display: Design elements should be clean, with UI elements that are able to be seen easily from 10 feet.Navigation: Keep it very simple (up, down, right, left), and limit tabs and scrolling.Fonts and text: To increase readability, use anti-aliased serif fonts. Make them larger than 16 points, and limit the number of sizes.Graphics and icons: Avoid fine detail, single-pixel horizontal lines, and static UI elements that would flicker on NTSC.User input: Ensure that designs can support a standard remote control, so that users can easily navigate menus, zoom, etc.Interested in learning more about designing for the 10-foot experience? Try these: “The Digital Home: Designing for the Ten-Foot User Interface” and “Introduction to the 10-Foot Experience for Windows Game Developers.”Please comment! We’d love to hear your thoughts on what promises to be a new frontier in entertainment.last_img read more

In New Jersey, Weatherization’s Bureaucratic Meltdown

first_imgThe vast and rapid expansion of the Weatherization Assistance Program has brought out the best and worst in the state agencies trying to implement the program. The Department of Community Affairs, which is managing New Jersey’s current, $64 million allocation of WAP funds, seems to be struggling mightily with the latter.Some critics of the DCA complain that New Jersey’s management of the program has been plagued by problems almost since WAP was launched 33 years ago. And with the program’s massive, stimulus-funded expansion, those problems have been magnified commensurately.“It got a large influx of money and it never fixed its problems from the past,” Jeff Tittel, the state director of the Sierra Club, told the Star-Ledger, a Newark-based newspaper that has been following WAP tribulations in New Jersey. “It became a big problem with big money rather than a little problem with little money.”Complications part of the turfAs the DCA grappled with administrative snafus and confusion in several areas – from contractor hiring to budget supervision to client evaluation and project auditing – the 22 community agencies delegated to help move things along fell farther and farther behind schedule, according to DCA audits released in March and November of this year.To be sure, when the WAP was expanded, via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to include a $5 billion three-year budget, it also included new provisions that threw more than a few state agencies for a loop: Lawmakers added a requirement that workers be paid prevailing wage rates. But because this was the first time many weatherization agencies had to deal with the requirement, which is grounded in the Davis-Bacon Act, a federal law adopted in 1931, it took longer than expected, on a county-by-county basis, to research and set the rates.Retooling under pressureStill, New Jersey’s WAP situation ranks among the most challenging. Through July, the 22 community agencies under DCA charge had completed fewer than 13% of their 8,288-home workload, according to the DCA audit released this month, which tracked WAP progress in New Jersey from April 2009 through July 2010. On November 18, DCA cut funding for seven of the agencies, citing their failure to complete at least 15% of their target workload. Those agencies, in turn, cited bureaucratic red tape and inconsistent direction from DCA for their relatively slow WAP progress. The state’s longtime weatherization program manager also has been replaced.The DCA audit also exposed weak financial oversight and improper purchases, Star-Ledger reports have noted. New Jersey was allocated a total of $118.8 million for WAP work to be completed over three years. Its goal is to weatherize 13,381 homes during that period. Nationally, the WAP completion rate is 44%.Robert Wright, manager of policy, programs, and planning at DCA, agreed that the state’s WAP implementation has been disappointing, but told the paper changes are underway. Which is another way of suggesting that there’s nowhere to go but up.“Right now we have new management in place,” he said. “We’re looking at this as largely a new start.”last_img read more

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