first_imgHUNDREDS of surfers from around Ireland and Europe have descended on Co Donegal today – to ride massive waves from the tidal surge.They are taking to the waters off Bundoran and Rossnowlagh with waves up to 70-ft high.Neil Britton from Finn MacCool Surf School in Rossnowlagh said: “There are people here from all over Europe. “These are unprecedented waves and they are coming here to surf them.”Hotels and B&Bs in the south west of the county are reporting a large rise in bookings as a result of the storm. EUROPEAN SURFERS FLOCK TO DONEGAL TO CATCH TIDAL SURGE WAVES was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:EUROPEAN SURFERS FLOCK TO DONEGAL TO CATCH TIDAL SURGE WAVESlast_img read more

Rescue training helps prepare for when the unexpected happens

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is always potential for the unexpected to happen. It is important to be prepared for when it does.That is one reason many of Ohio’s grain operations employees and first responders have participated in Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training, a program held in partnership with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. The four-day program is designed to provide hands-on training for emergency situations at commercial operations and farms. It is held at the Grain Elevator and Processing Society Grain Safety Training Center at Sidney Sunrise location.The program is conducted by the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA), and led by professional firefighters. Participants learn about issues surrounding grain bins, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards, air monitoring, and more. They also practice practical skills including rope and harness work and rescue procedures using 130-foot grain bins. Participants work in teams of eight to plan and lead rescues in the bins, with SATRA teachers on-site to monitor and check participants’ work. At the conclusion of the training, participants work through an entire rescue scenario, from the first call through the grain bin rescue.The training takes time and effort on the part of participants and their employers, but it all pays off in an emergency situation, said Ron Digby from Legacy Farmers Cooperative.“In the past we have sponsored many firefighters to come through the training in Sidney and we have seen returns on encouraging attendance. Two years ago one of the local fire departments where we had sponsored firefighters to go through the training had a successful grain bin rescue on a local farm that actually was one of our customers,” Digby said. “The firefighters told us they wouldn’t have been able to successfully complete the rescue if we hadn’t paid for them to go through this training. That alone makes it worth all the dollars we invest. We send a lot of our employees and a lot of firefighters from local fire departments that cover any facilities in our area. We like to sponsor them to go do the training because not only does it help to protect our employees, but it also helps to protect our customers.”In addition to the preparation it offers, the training also sets the stage for the development of a culture of safety preparation, said Jed Bookman, Sunrise Cooperative safety and risk coordinator.“Some of the benefits we’ve seen from sending employees through the four-day class in Sidney is that employees are actually finding creative, easier, and safer ways to address things like repairs at heights, fumigation, working with bins, sealing bins up, and getting safer, easier access to those hard to reach places. Our employees are able to complete tasks easier, cheaper, faster and safer by applying learned skills and knowledge from the class,” Bookman said. “Additionally, we see a shift in the employee’s outlook on how they perceive risk, and how they perceive certain behaviors as risky. Before, they would do a task and say, ‘Well it’s not a big deal I can do it.’ Now, they know that’s dangerous and they also have the skills and the tools to mitigate that danger and complete that job task safely, quickly, and easier.”The training meets requirements set by OSHA.“Every employee that is involved in confined space work needs to be trained and that training is refreshed during certain intervals according to OSHA rules. This training goes well above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA,” Bookman said. “If our intent is to satisfy an OSHA rule or requirement that is put upon us, we are wasting our time. This training is going beyond that. We are not only trying to check a box, but we are actually giving that employee those skills and that knowledge do their work safely, but also potentially help a fellow employee, member of the community, or customer in case of an unplanned event.”Bill Harp, with SATRA, helps with the training that takes place at Sidney. He said the training covers the importance of preparing for the unexpected and encourages participants to play a more direct role in safety.“This allows them to have a real-life hands-on experience of what it’s like to do work and or rescue at their grain facilities. They are going to learn key components of rescue from heights, confined space rescues, grain engulfment that can happen in the types of activities that they engage in every day. And then if someone becomes injured or ill, it gives them the skill sets that they need to be successful in helping their co-worker,” Harp said. “We’ve had lots of our students that really never even thought about joining a local fire service, but after taking these rescue classes have gone on to support their community and in fact be a part of the local fire department.”Time management is so important in the early stages of an emergency and the training emphasizes the wise use of the crucial first minutes.“That first four or five minutes of an event is going to let you know what will happen in the next four to five hours,” Harp said.The training also highlights the importance of good working relationships between customers, the company, surrounding companies, and the fire departments when preparing for an emergency related to grain safety.“We want those entities to be happy to see each other. We want it to be like old friends,” Harp said. “The comfort level with the local fireman and the workers that are at that facility, and their ability to interact together, is vital for these successful rescues. They need each other. We are hoping that by bringing all of those outside entities in on the front side, that everyone knows what their capabilities, rules, duties, and responsibilities are going to be during one of these events as they unfold.”Having the proper equipment for handling emergency situations is also important for proper preparation.“We work very closely with the safety directors of many grain companies. And lots of times when they are going to buy one of anything they actually buy three. They buy one for a spare that they can train with, one that they put in their equipment cache for rescues, and they donate one to the local fire department,” Harp said. “And that way everyone is used to that equipment and they’ve all been trained on it together. If the rescue isn’t at that facility but it’s at one of their farmer’s facilities, then as they show up and attempt to render aid they’re able to use all that equipment and be familiar with it.”Training, relationship building and securing the proper equipment before an emergency situation happens are all vital components in preventing tragedies and getting to an outcome everyone can live with.“You know many of these facilities have an incredibly good track record for safety, and they can say we’ve never had a significant event here in 25 years, and we certainly celebrate that,” Harp said. “What all facilities need to remember is the potential is still the same. They need to be able to perform a rescue and also develop the ability to work safer in their duties on an ongoing daily basis. That is really what we are trying to accomplish with this four-day training.”This is the fourth story in a series of safety related articles in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and its members.last_img read more

Infrastructure improvements could offer common political ground

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Ty HigginsThere is not much that politicians on opposing sides of the aisle agree upon these days, but improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure could be one of them.“If there was a to-do list for the American people, I would say political acrimony and obstruction are not on it, but infrastructure is. It is encouraging to see both Republicans and Democrats have both come to the conclusion that they need to justify they deserve to be there. One of the most effective ways to do that is to actually get something done and I think infrastructure is the best opportunity to do that in a bipartisan manner,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “But you’re not just making an allocation of funding for a short period of time. It is something you invest in your long-term competitiveness. For agriculture, we really need that right now. As the federal government looks at what tools it has in its toolbox to help farmers, the message we are conveying is that infrastructure investment is one of those tools.”In the extensive series of roads, rails and rivers throughout the country connecting farms to the rest of the world, there are plenty of areas in need of improvements.“We need to make sure we are focused on the inefficiencies and challenges of moving agricultural freight. That includes rural roads and bridges, inland waterways, and our ports. They all have to work in concert with one another,” he said. “One mode hands off to another mode. It doesn’t do a lot of good if one link in your chain is in exquisite condition if another link in your chain is in dilapidated condition.”With major issues facing agriculture and international trade, infrastructure is one course of action that Congress has the power to move forward.“Farmers, particularly soybean farmers, are really taking it on the chin due to this dispute with China. This is an industry that was actually improving our trade balance and our relationship with China but yet is the industry most adversely affected by this larger issue,” Steenhoek said. “We talk about this aid package and these bilateral trade agreements with other countries and those are fine and good, but I think a nice compliment to that is infrastructure investment.”While there are almost endless options for spending money on infrastructure, there are a few priorities that could have a broad and significant impact.“We need to make sure locks and dams are fortified and well maintained so you don’t have that catastrophic failure. I think that one project that would provide pretty quick bang for the buck would be dredging the lower Mississippi River at New Orleans from its current depth of 45 feet to 50 feet,” he said. “All of these big soybean producing states channel their soybeans on the river out to the international marketplace. The price the farmers receive is largely a function of the efficient transportation system after they make the delivery. If you have a problem in the river, farmers see a widening basis because the supply chain isn’t working. If you improve the efficiency, the inverse is true, and farmers actually see a positive impact on their basis. This is a way to put an infusion of money into farmers’ wallets by making the supply chain more efficient. There could be $461 million annually for American soybean farmers by just that one infrastructure project.”last_img read more

Deciding What You Want

first_imgNote: This was originally my Sunday newsletter. Occasionally, I post them here when people email me in large numbers. This was one of those newsletters that generated a big response.I want to offer you an exercise. It’s one that I have done a number of times, always right before a breakthrough. It’s one I am keen to repeat with a greater frequency than I have in the past.Most of us don’t spend enough time deciding what we really want. We are too busy living to spend time deciding what living means, or how to do so in way that is in line with our definition of success, happiness, a good life, and a life well lived.You cannot decide what you want by looking at your task list. The things that you have told yourself you must do have very little to do with what you want. In fact, just looking at all things that sit undone can cause you to believe that these are the things that you should be doing. If you can die happily with a task left undone and unaddressed, you can live happily with it undone and unaddressed.You also can’t decide what you want by looking at your projects, your short term goals, or the many roles you play. Unless the project is “my life,” it’s just a collection of tasks. Short term goals are important, but they’re likely just milestones on the way to something bigger. But what is that “something bigger?”To answer the question, “What do I want,” you have to move up to the highest vantage point available to you, a place where you can see further, a view with the greatest perspective. From that higher place, you can answer the question, “What do I want?”To live a life of purpose and meaning, you have to supply that purpose and meaning. You have to decide why you are here and what you are going to do with your time. Your life belongs to you alone. This fact is easy to forget when you don’t spend the necessary time to decide what you want, and when you end up living a life that is at odds with the life you see in your mind—and what you feel in your heart.If the idea of “what you want” seems nebulous to you, that is my intention. I have no idea what you really want. No one else does either. This is something you have to decide for yourself, even if it is one of the most difficult questions you have to answer.If you want to know what you really want, go some place quiet, where you can be alone. Make that quiet place outdoors, if you can. Write down the answer to the question, “What do I want?” Just write without having to be right. Explore what you surface and decide what it means for you. What you come up with probably fall into the categories of being more, doing more, having more, and contributing more.Once you know what you want, you can start to build the plans to achieve it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Polling peaceful in six LS, 42 Assembly seats in Odisha

first_imgPolling passed off peacefully in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies of Odisha in the third phase of simultaneous elections on Tuesday.An average of 61% voting was recorded till 5 p.m., and it was likely to increase since voting was in progress, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha. The Lok Sabha seats where polling was conducted during the day are Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur and Keonjhar. The 42 Assembly segments came under these six Parliamentary constituencies.EVMs malfunctioningReports of malfunctioning of EVMs were received from some booths in the morning hours, but polling was resumed after replacing those machines. Polling was postponed in a booth under Sambalpur following error and wrong pairing of VVPAT.In another incident, a polling official passed away while on duty in Dhenkanal district. The official, Nabakishore Nayak, who collapsed inside the booth, was declared dead by doctors at Kamakhyanagar hospital.Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik was among the prominent leaders to cast their votes in the morning hours. After casting his vote, Mr. Patnaik exuded confidence that the BJD would perform well in the elections in the State.The prominent candidates who were in the fray for Tuesday’s elections include former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, former Director General of Police Prakash Mishra and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra.4th phase on April 29 Polling is already over in nine Lok Sabha and 63 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in the previous two phases – April 11 and 18. The fourth and last phase polling in the remaining six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies, for which campaigning is still going on, is scheduled to be held on April 29.On the other hand, Mr. Patnaik campaigned for party nominees in areas under the Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituencies later in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed two public meetings at Balasore and Kendrapara during the day.last_img read more

Malaika wants to maintain her CWG form

first_imgMalaika Goel (left) won the silver medal in the 10m air pistol at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.As a child, Malaika Goel was not scared of arms and ammunition. The daughter of a police officer, weapons were nothing new for her. But it was only after she saw Heena Sidhu shoot to glory in various events on television that the young girl from Ludhiana decided to take the plunge into the world of shooting.”My father never brought guns to the house, but I had often seen them. So, I was not at all scared when I held my first gun,” the Commonwealth Games silver medallist in women’s 10m air pistol told Mail Today.Malaika, who beat her idol Heena in Glasgow, couldn’t do much in the junior event at the ISSF World Championships in Granada, Spain, last week. But 16-year-old Malaika feels she can put up a good show in the Incheon Asian Games.”I don’t believe in setting prefixed goals. Winning silver in the Commonwealth Games has given me immense confidence. Since I have performed well in Glasgow, I am confident of performing well in Incheon too,” she said. “My target is to get better. So, I usually don’t think about the colour of the medal. It is about giving my best and the results will follow.”The shooter, who took up the sport in 2008 when she was just 10, says winning the Glasgow silver was special, but not beating former World No.1 Heena, who finished seventh.”I have known Heena didi for some time now. So, if I was to pick a special moment between winning silver or beating my idol, I would say winning the silver medal was more special for me,” she said with a laugh. Unlike other teenagers, Malaika is not a fan of social networking sites and prefers to stick to sports even in her leisure time.advertisement”I have always been a sportsperson. Besides shooting, I like swimming, badminton and football. Ever since I took up shooting, it has become my life,” she added. Her mother Amarpreet makes sure she travels everywhere with Malaika, the youngest member of India’s shooting squad.”Having mom besides me is always an advantage. In 2012, when I travelled for my first international event, I was just 14 years old and had never travelled independently. I needed my mother and ever since she has been accompanying me to all the events,” Malaika said. “Being the youngest in the squad, my seniors also take good care. They keep giving advice on the do’s and don’ts.”tazeen.qureshy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more