Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers across the Buckeye State are making a lot of progress when it comes to harvesting soybeans. The hot, dry early fall weather is causing the moisture levels of soybeans to be lower than they should be for optimum yield. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Field Agronomist Ryan Terry about the implications of harvesting low moisture soybeans.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Animal rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday to stop Iowa’s new ag trespass law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in March, just months after a federal court ruled the state’s previous ag fraud law was unconstitutional.In January 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines ruled the 2012 law was a violation of free speech. The groups led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the new lawsuit in the same court.On March 14, 2019, Reynolds signed a new ag trespass law designed to protect agricultural operations.“We are working with the attorney general’s office to ensure this legislation that supports farmers is upheld,” she said in a statement on Monday.“The ag trespass bill is designed to protect Iowa farmers from safety threats or biosecurity risks that untrained people on their property may cause. I am committed to protecting Iowa farmers and ensuring the safety and security of their livestock.”The 2012 law came about after at least a couple of widely publicized investigations into hog operations. The law made it illegal to enter a livestock facility under false pretenses, or lie on a job application to work for a livestock operation. It was meant to effectively criminalize undercover investigations on livestock farms.In the new lawsuit, the animal rights groups compare the new law with the previous law, calling them “substantially similar” and outlining how the new law is overbroad. Further, the groups provide details of planned investigations into agriculture operations that would be thwarted by the new law.Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bailing Out Benji, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Center for Food Safety also are plaintiffs to the new lawsuit.“Factory farms want to hide their abuses, and in some states, lawmakers have been happy to help by passing ag-gag laws,” Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. “But federal courts have consistently ruled that these laws violate our constitutional rights. Ag-gag laws are a threat to food safety, animal protection, the environment, and workers’ rights.”The new law prohibits what it calls “agricultural production facility trespass.” It makes it illegal for a person to gain access to an ag facility through deception if the intent is to cause an “injury” to the “business interest” of the facility.“The statute’s legislative history demonstrates that it was introduced with the explicit intent of silencing or impeding speech by animal protection organizations,” the lawsuit said.The 2012 law used similar language as the new law, in prohibiting what it called “agricultural production facility fraud.” That was defined as obtaining access to an ag facility through false pretenses, and making false statements or representations on applications for employment with ag facilities.The new law also prohibits access to an ag facility by using deception “on a matter that would reasonably result in a denial of access to an agricultural production facility that is not open to the public.” The new law was designed essentially to prevent “economic harm” or “other injury” to the facilities, equipment, employees and even customers.The groups allege the new law also impedes on the free speech of other groups, including members of labor unions.The lawsuit said the new law already has put a chill on potential future undercover investigations. The groups said there are no other laws in Iowa that “target a specific category of whistleblowing, investigations or investigative journalism” in a particular industry.“Under Iowa’s new ag-gag law, gaining employment or access through misrepresentation or omission to an agricultural production facility in Iowa, with the intent to expose truthful but critical information — the natural result of which is economic harm in the form of boycotts and related reputational harm — would be a serious misdemeanor,” the lawsuit said.“Thus, ALDF and PETA are impeded from gaining access to the facilities.”The groups said they have identified Iowa ag facilities where they would like to conduct “undercover, employment-based investigations, but it has not pursued such investigations due to its reasonable fear of prosecution” under the new law.“After Iowa’s first ag-gag law was struck down, ALDF took steps towards retaining a licensed investigator to conduct an undercover investigation at an agricultural production facility in Iowa, but immediately put those plans on hold when Iowa passed its new ag-gag statute, due to its reasonable fear of prosecution under that law,” the lawsuit said.Because ag employers in Iowa ask potential employees about their connections to animal rights groups, the lawsuit said it makes it “even more likely that an undercover investigator will have to misrepresent his intentions to conduct an investigation.”The groups asked the court to declare the new law unconstitutional.“The new ag-gag law is a content-based restraint on constitutionally protected speech on a matter of significant public concern,” the lawsuit said.“It is not narrowly tailored to a compelling government interest. By singling out the agricultural industry for protection against political speech that may be harmful to its profits, the new ag-gag law must be treated as a content- and viewpoint-based regulation. Shielding an industry from criticism cannot be considered a legitimate, much less a ‘compelling’ government interest.”Iowa joined several states in adopting what opponents call “ag-gag” laws because of videos generated by such investigations showing what is perceived as abusive behavior toward animals.Similar cases have overturned laws in Idaho and Utah in recent years, but a Wyoming law has been upheld in court. Similar cases are still working through courts in North Carolina.Todd Neeley can be reached at email@example.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Location#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Imagine being able to look blocks or miles away from where you are and see how many people are hanging out at an intersection – in real time. Add a layer of precisely located Twitter messages, Foursquare check-ins, Flickr photos and other social data and what have you got? That sounds like a super power right out of a comic books to me: remote vision of where people are gathering and what they are saying.That’s what Skyhook Wireless has built as a demonstration for the forthcoming San Francisco Marathon. Skyhook is the company that provides the technology that iPhones, Motorola, and many other phones, use to discover a user’s location based on what wifi signals their phone is within reach of. Skyhook has driven all around the country and mapped out wifi, so it can augment the GPS signal your phone uses to determine your location. Now it’s publishing a real-time heatmap of where phone users are: see where people are gathering far away and what they are saying right now.Click below to see a full size image of the Skyhook San Francisco Marathon page.Of course this is just a proof of concept right now, and it doesn’t display terribly well yet on a mobile device, but it’s not hard to imagine seeing this scale up and out to other places and events. Want to draw a geo-fenced area of interest on a map and get an alert when an unusual number of people starts gathering somewhere inside that area? Want to get a live satellite video feed of said gathering pushed to your iPad? Well, Sergeant Snoopy, I’m not sure whether that’s a good idea or a bad one – but it doesn’t seem outside the realm of near-term possibilities anymore. The APIs are on their way.This is the kind of analysis and service that can be built on top of real-time anonymous aggregate information. Does this feel like a privacy violation? Is it worth the trade-off?
An undocumented dance performanceThe highlight of this evening session was J West and Amanda Evans’ excellent rendition of the New Zealand All Black Rugby Team Haka War Dance. I had hoped to include video of their performance, but unfortunately it wasn’t available. We’ll have to do a better job documenting it next year.As in past years attending ACI, I learned some good things, was frustrated by the number of competing sessions I wanted to attend, and attended some talks that did not meet my expectations. In general it was a worthwhile event that I will attend again. Since I have done this before myself, it was a good refresher course, and much easier to follow than it would have been if I hadn’t already had the experience. Probably the best tip I picked up was the suggestion to use a duct fan instead of a blower-door fan to test individual apartment leakage – it will usually provide enough pressure to get a good airflow reading and it’s much lighter to lug around from door to door. HVAC quality controlAn EPA session on HVAC quality control ended up being a series of complaints about the poor state of the industry.Following an overview of a 5-year old ENERGY STAR HVAC Quality Installation (QI) program, we learned that to date only 2,500 installations have been completed under its auspices. Comparing this to another statistic provided – 11,000 HVAC equipment swap-outs occur every day – it is clear that implementation of the HVAC Quality Installation program has a long way to go. Pecha KuchaFinally, a group called the Trainers Consortium — a collection of almost too many smart building geeks — offered up a group of Pecha Kucha presentations, each consisting of 20 slides with a 20 second timer on each, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds per presentation.MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were mentioned by several speakers as the method of choice for distributing training in the weatherization community. I have yet to MOOC myself, but expect that I will do so fairly soon. Using a blower door to test a multifamily buildingThe session on multifamily blower-door testing addressed whole-building testing using multiple fans connected (either by cables or wirelessly) to a computer running software that controls the entire setup and records pressure and flows automatically. RELATED ARTICLES Self-Professed Air Flow Expert Gets HosedA Recap of ACI’s 2012 National ConferenceACI 2011 National Home Performance Conference Wrap-UpAnother Greenprints Conference Wraps Up WellNAHB Annual Conference Wraps Up 2011 Event in OrlandoWater, Water Everywhere at Green Building Conference DehumidificationThe presentation on supplemental dehumidification was of particular interest to me. I am always looking for good ideas for my mixed humid climate, where bridge seasons require little heating or cooling but can create problems with excessive humidity in high performance homes.Armin Rudd of the Building Science Corp. and Srikanth Puttagunta of Steven Winter Associates shared this session that proved to be quite informative as well as densely packed with data from an extensive study of the subject. Armin’s section was based on a study he has been working on for several years, ASHRAE 1449, that analyzed ventilation, heating, cooling, and dehumidification in both homes and models in several climates.I have to admit that I got a little lost in the details, but I did leave with two key points that resonated with me. First was the point that in humid climates, ERVs can actually increase the moisture level in a home when the relative humidity outside is higher than inside. This only reinforces concerns I have expressed previously on the real value of ERVs in moderate climates.The second was that dehumidifiers that also provide outside air can also increase the indoor relative humidity due to the fact that the condenser turns off when the humidity reaches the desired level, but outside air can continue to flow through the unit where water in the coil and pan can recharge it with moisture, rehumidifying the house. Although dehumidifiers are highly recommended in humid climates, the point was made in this session that whole-house ventilation should be provide by a separate system for best performance. The 2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference, called Affordable Comfort until a few years back when the conference was renamed ACI, recently took place in Denver, Colorado. This year, the conference came complete with about six inches of snow in May — quite a shock for a transplanted Southerner.With over 180 individual sessions and workshops to choose from, ACI is a daunting event, taxing the capacity of the geekiest energy nerds to maintain focus throughout the four long days of the conference. As with most events, the quality of presenters and presentations vary greatly, with some of the best sessions being poorly attended, and other, lesser quality talks resembling a game of sardines.Of arguably equal or greater value than the educational sessions is the networking with like-minded energy professionals, ranging from dinner and drinks to late-night carousing at various events (if you were lucky enough to find them).A few sessions that I found particularly interesting, in addition to the one on air flow testing I discussed in my last post, covered blower-door testing of multifamily buildings, HVAC quality control programs in development by the EPA, supplemental dehumidification systems, and an evening of Pecha Kucha talks.
Long icicles hanging from the eaves make for great ski country advertising, but ice dams that form along the lower edges of a roof may lead to damage as melting water backs up and has no place to go but inside the house. Writing from the Boston, Massachusetts, area, Kevin says in a Q&A post that he is aware of the danger and is looking for ways to eliminate that threat when he puts a new roof on his house. Although the roof has been shaded until recently, the removal of some nearby trees means the two-story house will be in full sunlight during the day. The front of the house faces west.RELATED ARTICLESIce Dam BasicsHeading Off Ice DamsAttic Insulation UpgradesAir Sealing an Attic “I’m looking to re-roof,” Kevin says, “and curious how this might impact my ice damming risk and what precautions or answers I should be looking to get from contractors, i.e. amount of ice+water shield, if needed.” Before the trees were removed, Kevin would occasionally see ice in the front gutter, although the ice did not creep very far up the roof. He also noticed a little ice accumulation in the shadows around the roof dormers. “Again, never water in the home,” he adds, “but occurred under more shady conditions with a lot of snow as well. I probably should have roof raked that area in hindsight.” Does the choice of roof cladding have anything to do with ice dams? That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. Solar gain is not the problem Air leaks and a lack of insulation are the principal causes of ice dams, not the type of roof cladding, writes GBA editor Brian Pontolilo. Nor is the amount of sunlight falling on the roof a major contributor to the problem. “Solar gain could definitely cause some ice dams as it happens when snow melts to water and then the water freezes,” Pontolilo says. “But I have never heard of solar gain as a significant cause of ice dams. The most common causes are heat loss through a leaky and/or under-insulated attic or roof. Some roof designs exacerbate the situation, but are not the cause.” There is an exception to that rule of thumb on houses in the Boston area, says Dana Dorsett, although it’s rare and usually insignificant. Here’s the scenario: On houses with deep roof overhangs and a south-facing wall with no soffits, a column of rising hot air on the exterior side of the wall may create a pocket of warm air a few inches out from the wall when the sun strikes it. That possibility, however, looks unlikely given the photo shown at the top of this page that Kevin has provided to GBA. Waterproof the lower reaches of the roof If Kevin has experienced ice dams here in the past, it’s worth adding an extra layer of protection when the new roof goes on, Zephyr7 recommends. A common choice is Grace Ice & Water Shield, a peel-and-stick membrane that many builders in New England use. “When the Ice and Water Shield goes up, you want at least two roll widths worth at the edge of the roof,” Zephyr7 writes. “One roll width isn’t really enough. Make sure the the Ice and Water Shield is installed on top of the drip edge, too. I’ve seen that done wrong lots of times.” And even if the roof doesn’t experience ice dams, Dorsett adds, it’s a good idea to make sure roof valleys get an extra level of waterproofing—30-pound felt is inadequate. Valleys can become major snow-traps in big storms, with snow depth reaching two or three times what it is on the ground. Open-cell foam in the roof Open-cell spray polyurethane foam has apparently been sprayed into the rafter bays of Kevin’s house. Should that, Kevin asks, affect any decisions on applying a waterproof membrane to the entire roof? If there is no ventilation channel between the roof deck and cavity insulation in the roof, the membrane can safely extend up and over the ridge, Dorsett says. But open-cell foam allows the passage of too much water vapor to be completely safe when the roof is unvented. “A smart vapor retarder or vapor barrier latex applied to gypsum board on the conditioned space side of the [open-cell spray polyurethane foam] can substantially mitigate against rot risk on the roof deck,” Dorsett says. “The riskiest section of roof is anything north-facing or otherwise substantially shaded.” Dorsett refers Kevin to a Building American report on moisture-safe unvented wood roof systems. Other problem areas in the roof Kevin adds some details on a few other areas of concern. They include the area above the porch with the dormer, where photos he provides show open-cell foam in the knee wall. Another problem spot is the area between that dormer and the roof bump-out. That’s where a small laundry room is located, with the dryer exhaust running to the porch ceiling. “Not sure on insulation in the knee wall but the room is so small it’s hard to move the appliances around to get back there,” he says. “The washer drain has thickened up once in sub-zero temps as it is unheated. We throw a space heater in there on occasion.” If the area above the porch is a completely trapped, dead-air space, Dorsett suggests that filling it with cellulose would be fairly low risk because it’s on the sunny side of the house. Kevin could do that job himself with a rented blower, but if working from the interior is too complicated or messy, he could drill holes in the porch ceiling to blow in the cellulose. As to the laundry room, Dorsett says a dryer vent passing through an uninsulated space will definitely contribute to ice dams. “It’s important to keep both the dryer vent and drain on the conditioned space side of any new insulation, which may preclude just packing the whole shebang full of cellulose,” Dorsett says. Our expert’s opinion Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this: There are some interesting issues packed into this one! Let’s take them one at a time. The cause of ice dams: Bill Rose has a great section on ice dams in Chapter 4 of his book, Water in Buildings: An Architect’s Guide to Moisture and Mold. Ice dams occur at overhangs in northern climates due to both conductive and convective heat loss, where ducts or chimneys run through attic spaces particularly near eaves and also particularly in roof valleys. It’s the melting above as the conditioned space loses heat and the refreezing at the cold overhang that forms a lens that can back water up the roof. Water can extend sometimes several feet up the roof. Continuous insulation and air sealing at eaves and roof-attic penetrations manages ice dams. If this were my project, I would do a blower door to assess the continuity of the air control layer, particularly at the eaves and at knee walls. Deciduous trees shade even in winter: It still surprises me how much shade a leafless tree can still provide—leafless branches block as much as 40% of available sunlight. See, for example, this research: “Effects of Individual Trees on the Solar Radiation Climate of Small Buildings.” Unvented roof assemblies and continuous peel-and-stick membranes: Many roofers like to cover entire roofs with peel-and-stick membranes to eliminate the chance of backed-up water from ice dams resulting in a leak to the interior. But the building science price of this is essentially no drying potential to the exterior with unvented roof assemblies. I would stick with what the code requires; here is what the IRC 2015 states in section 1.2: “In areas where there has been a history of ice forming along the eaves causing a backup of water as designated in Table R301.2(1), an ice barrier shall be installed for asphalt shingles, metal roof shingles, mineral-surfaced roll roofing, slate and slate-type shingles, wood shingles and wood shakes. The ice barrier shall consist of not fewer than two layers of underlayment cemented together, or a self-adhering polymer-modified bitumen sheet shall be used in place of normal underlayment and extend from the lowest edges of all roof surfaces to a point not less than 24 inches (610 mm) inside the exterior wall line of the building. On roofs with slope equal to or greater than 8 eight units vertical in 12 units horizontal, the ice barrier shall also be applied not less than 36 inches (914 mm) measured along the roof slope from the eave edge of the building.” Sequencing drip edge and ice and water shield: It’s not hard to find strongly held different opinions on how to lap the drip edge and underlayment. Here is what the 2015 IRC states, and this “over/under” method makes sense to me from a water management perspective: R905.2.8.5 Drip edge. “A drip edge shall be provided at eaves and rake edges of shingle roofs. Underlayment shall be installed over the drip edge along eaves and under the drip edge along rake edges [emphasis added].” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#featured#Healthcare#home#industrial#Internet of Things#retail#top#wearables#wireless Until wireless power goes mainstream, the Internet of Things (IoT) will fail to reach its potential. And by “wireless power,” I don’t mean the power pads that masquerade as wireless chargers. True wireless power eliminates the need for all power cables and contact. It resembles Wi-Fi in its ubiquity, safety, and range.Essentially, there’s a conflict between the proliferation of IoT and our ability to power it. In five areas of innovation, wireless power could enable dozens of technologies that are otherwise unfeasible:1. HomeQuestion: how many devices in your home require power? Count up everything that has batteries or power cables.At my home, I count 130 devices, 90 of which are sensors in the security system. For comparison, as a kid in the 1970s, my home had two such devices: a transistor radio and flashlight. As innovators put computing in every “dumb” device, from , my 130 count is going to skyrocket.That sounds like good news for companies that make surge protector power strips and batteries. In reality, it’s bad news for IoT innovators because consumers won’t bother with powering 500 devices – unless they can do it wirelessly, with zero effort. 2. IndustrialIn a modern factory, loss of power to a single sensor can shut down the plant. Currently, factories power thousands of sensors with wires, but this has two shortcomings.First, industrial-grade sensors cost roughly $50 while the wiring job can easily cost $1,000. Thus, installing and reconfiguring sensors is a heavy expense. Second, wired sensors don’t have backup power. If the wire fails, the sensor fails. These sensors are considered “wireless” since they communicate wirelessly, but nevertheless, they still need wired power today.Wireless power would slash the installation cost and introduce redundancy. You can put two wireless power transmitters in range of each sensor, and if one transmitter fails, the sensor could switch to the backup. The cost of the transmitters would be a fraction of the cost of the wiring that’s installed today.3. RetailToday, the aisles in most stores are low-tech. Employees manually change paper price tags and post specials. In the few stores that use digital price tags, you can only modify them once or twice a day for one year before the battery dies (and again, wires would be impractical for a constantly shifting product positioning in the store).Wireless power solves the problem. IoT price tags could automatically change as often as is optimal, and the staff wouldn’t need to constantly replace batteries as price tags black out. On wirelessly powered price tag screens, retailers could offer personalized ads and deals to create a new revenue stream.4. HealthcareHospitals are starting to swap old-school stethoscopes and thermometers for mobile, IoT equivalents. Frankly, smart stethoscopes can tell doctors more about your heart than ears and intuition, and such devices can automatically transfer readings to patient records. Handheld ultrasound scanners, too, can capture information that used to require more time and expense.But, if IoT medical devices can conk out, their use is limited. Healthcare organizations can’t risk leaving their staff underequipped to treat patients. Wireless power would eliminate that risk.5. WearablesSome entrepreneurs would like to create IoT wardrobes. Watches, shirts, hats, and socks are just the beginning. Today though, all wearables need to be charged with a power cord. Charging a single IoT smartwatch is one thing. Charging 50 wearables without wireless power is unviable.This is especially true if people use wearables for health purposes. Most diabetics manually draw blood to test their glucose levels and then use a needle and syringe to inject insulin. While it would nice to switch to an IoT glucose monitor and automated insulin pump, who would risk their life on AAs or a rechargeable battery?Cut the cablesIf there is a tipping point for mass IoT adoption, we won’t reach it without true wireless power that works as easily as Wi-Fi. These popular areas of IoT innovation will remain pipedreams until we cut the last cable. Once we can take wireless power for granted the way we take Wi-Fi for granted, the Internet of Things can reach its potential.The author is the CTO and Founder of Ossia. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puck Hatem Zeine Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
What is it like to work as a visual effects editor on an animated or feature film? Discover a real-world perspective from industry pros!Judith Allen was VFX Editor on the recent Aardman animation Pirates! (you may recognize Aardman as creators of the popular Wallace and Grommit series). I watched Pirates! on the plane from SFO to JFK and I thoroughly intend on buying as soon as I can as it was delightfully hilarious in a very British fashion. But I digress…let’s get down to talking about working in visual effects!If you’ve ever wondered what a minute by minute view into a VFX Editors world might look like Judith has kindly written up an extremely detailed account of a typical day on an animated feature film. This will give anyone interested in a career in animation, film editing or visual effects a realistic view of the day-to -day nitty gritty:0930 – The working day begins. My assistant begins negotiations with the floor to make sure that VFX get our 10am time in the viewing theatre for our shot approvals. I update some spreadsheets on the network to reflect the shots which I loaded into the Baselight earlier, with any notes which came through from the floor at the time they were published about take choices (sometimes they film options to decide on at a later date, sometimes two versions are needed for international purposes, action can be split across several plates on greenscreen – there are many possibilities).For a fascinating peek into what it’s like to have a career in visual effects read all of Judith’s Day In The Life of a Visual Effects Editor.How to get started in Visual EffectsAtomic Fiction, the visual effects team behind work on films such as Looper, Flight and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, have kindly written up blog post with a ton of great advice for those seeking to break into the visual effects industry.The advice from Atomic Fiction to those looking to get a job in the VFX industry is in part intensely practical:In this industry, attention to detail makes a world of difference. Get all your applications in order. Print up some snazzy business cards and hand them out to every industry contact you meet. If you have a website or demo reel make sure that everything is polished.And also very grounded in the reality of the current state of the visual effects industry:you may have to settle at some point. Whether it’s a crappy job at an awesome company or a decent job at a company that is less than ideal, you’ll find that some less desirable jobs are a lot easier to land and they will look good on your resume.All in all, it’s a great post with a lot of sound advice from a visual effects team who really do know what they’re talking about. If you really want to make it, persevere until you do!Assistant on a Hollywood FeatureAnthony Snitzer worked for five weeks as a VFX PA on The Avengers and he shares his experiences in an entertaining and detailed online journal. For yet another peek into the real world of working on a blockbuster then check out Anthony’s blog. His account gives great insight into what a visual effects editor does (much of it as not near as glamorous as you might think!).August 1st, first day.paperwork. tour of offices.Got in empty office. Made sure things were set up according to diagram.Vacuumed, cleaned.August 17thslow day in the office, so Peter Sjolander invited me out to the splinter unit that was shooting a crowd of people running out of a building which explodes.watched Peter type in all the data that’s needed by VFX into his iPad. all the camera data, such as lens, f-stop, height, angle, and distance from cam to subject.I got to hold the spheres in front of the 3 cameras after the explosion for reference.Do you work in the Visual Effects industry?Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments!
In the agriculturally-rich Hanumangarh district of northern Rajasthan, the seepage of water from the Indira Gandhi Canal into about 30 villages of Pilibanga and Rawatsar blocks is set to decide the depth of support to different political parties in the Assembly election. Two generations of farmers, facing the problem for 40 years, have felt betrayed by politicians here.Turned into wastelandOver 4,370 hectares of fertile land in the region has become wasteland with the canal waters flooding the agricultural land as well as houses. The water seeps into the fields, but is unable to go deep because of the underground gypsum layer. As a result, the salted water floods and destroys the land.Neither any compensation nor the assistance for rejuvenation of land has been given to the farmers, leading to resentment in the agricultural community. Farmers have now taken a pledge to support only that party which helps them raise their living standards. Many farmers, who were once rich, have been driven to penury with their land becoming infertile.Dhanna Ram Godara, bio-farming head of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in the district, who has led an agitation on the issue for more than a year, told The Hindu that the drainage of water through pipelines had turned out to be impractical. “Some farmers were relocated and allotted land elsewhere in 1992. The problem persists because of insensitivity of the successive governments. It has affected 26,000 families,” he said.After signing an agreement with the agitating farmers in October 2017, the BJP government pursued the matter with the Centre. A comprehensive plan with the Central allocation for a project to remove water from the fields was still awaited, Jakhdawali-based activist Bhajan Lal pointed out. However, lining of the Indira Gandhi Canal’s distributaries by adding an impermeable layer at the edges has been taken up at some places.State Water Resources Minister Ram Pratap, who was instrumental in making Hanumangarh a district in 1994, is contesting the election as a BJP candidate again from the constituency. As the farmers in the seepage-affected areas expect him to do something to help them out, he is facing anti-incumbency in his constituency.Elsewhere in the district, elections to the irrigation water utilisers’ associations — under the Bhakra irrigation system’s second division — have been delayed because of the model code of conduct being enforced for the Assembly polls. At present, the Irrigation Department’s officials are running the 49 canal distributaries in the system, supplying water to 277 villages in Ghaggar, Khara and Pilibanga blocks.Right to manage Farmers have been given the right to manage the affairs of canals under the Rajasthan Farmers’ Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000. The election of chairpersons of water utilisation associations enables them to control the works such as delineation of areas, fixing the turn of fields to get irrigation waters, sanctioning the construction of new heads and maintenance and cleanliness of the distributaries.With the ruling BJP having represented all the five Assembly constituencies in the district in 2013, the voters in the city, situated near Ghaggar river, as well as in the rural areas are still waiting for resolution of the issues of lack of agro-based industries, poor infrastructure for civic amenities and closure of the local spinning mill.CPI(M) candidate from Bhadra Balwan Singh Poonia, who had lost to the BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar in the 2013 election, expects to turn the tide this time and get farmers’ support while campaigning for more water for irrigation and better minimum support prices for agricultural produce.Interestingly, the district administration here has launched an intensive campaign to ensure a good turnout of voters during the December 7 polling. The initiatives for releasing posters of a “Votu” mascot and playing of jingles in the local dialect have attracted the people. A mobile app to enable the people to take a pledge to cast their votes, after which they get a signed certificate, had especially generated a “sense of participation” among the electorate, said Collector Dinesh Chandra Jain.
DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Courtois was substituted by recently signed French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who has quickly become a fan favorite after some good performances in goal, including against Brugge, when he made a great save while facing a one-on-one situation in his first action of the game.Courtois had failed to do the same in a similar play in the first half, leading to Brugge’s second goal. He also could have done better in the first, when he was caught out of position following a counterattack.“Courtois and Areola are Real Madrid goalkeepers,” Zidane said. “Everyone has their own opinion, I’m not going to get into that. I’m not worried. Courtois is trying to do his best and that’s what matters.”Zidane recognized things improved after the change in goal but went out of his way not to single out Courtois.“The second half was better and that’s what I take away with me,” Zidane said. “In the first half, we could point the finger at Courtois, but we are all in it together, and I am the first who has to take criticism. That’s how it is. I am the one responsible.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keylor Navas used to be Madrid’s starter before Courtois arrived, helping the team win three straight Champions League titles. Still, he was among the first to be criticized at the first sign of trouble, considered the weak link in the team led by Ronaldo. The Costa Rica goalkeeper was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain this offseason in the deal that involved Areola joining Real Madrid on a loan.Zidane has yet to announce whether it would be Areola or Courtois playing in goal on Saturday in the Spanish league match against Granada at the Bernabéu.MESSI’S APPEARANCELionel Messi made a rare appearance in front of the media after Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, blaming Barcelona’s poor start on the team’s busy preseason schedule.“It’s not a criticism, but it’s a reality,” Messi said. “When you travel, you can’t practice well. You don’t get a sequence of practice sessions. But we will keep improving, we will be getting better. It’s understandable that the club plays these games, all of the big teams do, they are needed.”Barcelona started the season with only two wins from its first six games in all competitions as Messi was sidelined with a calf injury. He later also hurt an abductor muscle, and the match against Inter at the Camp Nou was the first in which he played the full 90 minutes this season.“I’m happy that it went well,” Messi said. “I lacked rhythm and I’m tired, but match after match I’ll keep improving. The more I play, the better I’ll feel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ With Courtois in goal, the lingering doubts about Madrid’s goalkeeping position would finally be put to rest.A year later, though, Madrid is again facing a goalkeeping crisis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manCourtois was booed by the Santiago Bernabéu crowd in the team’s 2-2 draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday, then was strangely replaced by coach Zinedine Zidane at halftime after conceding two goals from three shots against the Belgian club.Zidane gave few hints after the game about what was wrong with Courtois, saying he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t continue. The club later said stomach problems kept the Belgium goalkeeper from returning to the game. 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(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Thibaut Courtois was Real Madrid’s top signing after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last year.Real Madrid felt its only real need at the time was to improve the goalkeeping position, and it tried to do that by bringing in the man voted as the best at that position at the World Cup that year.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Naomi Osaka reaches quarterfinals at China Open Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments
Royal Challengers Bangalore fans were left shocked and dazed when stand-in skipper Shane Watson had dropped Chris Gayle against Kings XI Punjab in the third match of their IPL 2017 campaign. (RCB vs MI Blog | Scorecard)Many questioned the wisdom of that move further when RCB imploded despite a breathtaking, unbeaten 89 from AB de Villiers. The South African ace found no support from anyone else in the line-up as KXIP restricted them to a modest total and then chased it down without fuss. (Points Table)However, parity seems to have been restored in the Bangalore order with the return of Virat Kohli, who had missed the first three matches due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Ranchi Test against Australia last month.Gayle has 3464 runs in 94 matches and all five of his hundreds have come for RCB. He had a coupe of bad games this year, prompting Watson to drop him for the clash against KXIP.However, Watson himself did not set IPL 2017 on fire with only 43 runs in three matches. Kohli is known to be in awe of Gayle and the two are great friends.So it was no surprise when the first thing Kohli did was to get Gayle back in to the line-up at the expense of Watson.Kohli also included West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree for another Australian Billy Stanlake.So, that’s what Kohli has done immediately after taking charge – two West Indians in, two Australians out. On a lighter note, didn’t Kohli say he was no longer friends with the Aussies?advertisement