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Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early

first_imgTrick-or-treaters hoping for an enjoyable Halloween night are being advised to go out early this afternoon to avoid the rain.Little witches, ghosts, superheroes, and many other characters are expected to be out and about in towns and villages across Donegal today.But with heavy rain expected in the evening, the trick to avoid getting the costumes wet is to go out before the showers hit from around 6pm. Met Eireann is forecasting a chilly night with low temperatures of 5 to 6C.‘Persistent and heavy rain’ is forecast for the north west in the evening time, which will ease later and clear slowly by early Friday morning.Friday will see further outbreaks of rain and heavy downpours could lead to local flooding in areas during the night.Met Eireann is warning of a washout weekend, with more rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Cold and clearer weather is expected for the early days of next week.     Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

New soybean grain system promotes greater efficiency

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest R & C Rivers Farms has 850,000 bushels of corn storage capacity at their main operation in Mount Sterling. But for soybeans, they’ve relied on 30 smaller bins at their other farm sites in Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.“It wasn’t a very efficient system and made hauling the grain too complex,” said Brent Rivers, the owner. “So, we decided to build a new soybean grain system to be more productive.”Designed and built by local GSI dealer, Sims Construction, the new system is located about a quarter mile away from the main operation. It includes:Two 160,000-bushel capacity dry storage bins with fans to aerate the grain.A grain handling system that includes a conveyor, grain leg and bucket elevator to transfer harvested grain from a dump site to the storage bins at the rate of 12,000 to 14,000 bushels per hour.And a 5,000-bushel capacity overhead hopper tank that can fill a 1,000-bushel semi-truck for grain delivery in just 4 to 5 minutes.“The new GSI system will make this year’s harvest a lot more convenient, especially for our truck drivers,” Rivers said. “It’s actually like adding an extra truck or two because they will be able to dump their grain more quickly and get back to the field faster.”As for the existing soybean bins, he plans to continue using some of them and rent out the others.The soybean system was also designed to allow for future expansion, which Rivers estimates may be necessary in about two years. The layout includes a footprint for two more storage bins, each with 160,000 bushels of capacity, a wet storage bin and a grain dryer.Brent RiversLike many farmers, Rivers has traditionally let his soybeans dry down in the field and relied on aeration fans rather than using a grain dryer. But that trend is changing, as more producers see the benefit of drying their beans.“With the wet weather pattern we’ve had the last year or two, there’s a big advantage in having a dryer,” Rivers said. “It will provide the flexibility to get my soybeans out of the field faster and improve overall harvest efficiency.”Rivers said he’s pleased with how the first phase of the project turned out and how it will make his 2019 harvest season run a lot more smoothly.last_img read more

Apple jacks the jack and walks the Watch at big event

first_imgAnother year, another September event, another iPhone.Apple’s key event met all the criteria, although the lack of MacBook, iPad, and “one more thing” segment might have upset some fans that were hoping for surprises.iPhone 7The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were unveiled at the event, with a slight design tweak, upgrade to the camera, and internal boost.Starting with the design, Apple announced two new color options, jet black and ‘black’, which replace space grey. Jet black is the only glossy finish out of the options, which also include rose gold, gold, and silver.Apart from that, the design changes are very minimal. The camera lens is bigger (dual-lens on 7 Plus) and the antenna lines have been moved to the top and bottom of the device. Speakers are now located on the top of the device, as well as the bottom, for a “stereo” experience.The Home button click has been removed from the iPhone 7, replaced with taptic feedback. Apple has also added IP67 water and dust resistance to the smartphone—finally.The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. Jet black and black will only be available in 128GB and 256GB configurations.apple-iphone-cameraCameras are the major upgrade on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both receive a new 7MP FaceTime camera and a higher aperture lens on the rear. On the 7 Plus, Apple has added a dual-lens, which provides two times optical hardware zoom and 10 times software zoom.Internally, the A10 fusion powers the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The chip is 40 percent faster and 50 percent faster in the graphics department. Apple also promised one hour of extra battery life, compared to the previous iPhones.Lighting connectorApple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as rumors had suggested for months. There’s been ferocious debate over the headphone jack online, but Phil Schiller ultimately put it down to bravery and progress.Apple will bundle a pair of lightning connector earpods for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus customers, alongside a lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter.Wireless earpodsApple also showed what it hopes to be the future of audio: wireless. The new wireless earpods use a homebrew wireless solution, hopefully better than Bluetooth, to keep a stable connection. The wireless earpods cost $170.Users will be able to talk to Siri and answer calls through the earpods, but fitness tracking, which Bragi Dash or Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earphones provide, will not be available. Beats Electronics have launched three new wireless headphones to go alongside Apple’s first venture.While it seems revolutionary to abandon the jack, it may not be innovation, says one next-generation earphone maker. “Apple eliminating the headphone jack is great news for hearables makers racing to ship product, but it does very little in terms of pushing true innovation,” says David Cannington, co-founder of Nuheara. “Truly wireless earbuds are about so much more than just music, phone calls, hearing live concerts, or biometrics.” Apple Watch series 2Its been two years since the original Apple Watch launched, to mixed reviews from critics and consumers. Some of the complaints were fixed with the announcement of Watch OS 3.0, which goes live later this year, but others have been mended with Series 2.Internally, the new Apple Watch comes with a dual-core processor that offers 50 percent higher performance than the original. The display is also 50 percent brighter and higher resolution.Apple has added built-in GPS, which gives hikers and runners the ability to monitor location without a connected smartphone. The new Watch is also waterproof for up to 50 meters, great news for swimmers.An LTE version was not announced at the event. Rumors suggest Apple is worried about battery life, if it added an LTE chip.Nike unveiled its own Apple Watch at the event, using the familiar Nike+ design aesthetic. It is supposedly perfect for runners and workout junkies.The original Apple Watch will receive the dual-core processor upgrade and start at $270. Series 2 will start at $370, as will the Nike+ edition. It announced a new ceramic version, which will cost more, and the Watch Edition has also been updated. David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#Internet of Things#IoT#iPhone 7#iPhone 7 Plus#mobile#Nuheara#smartwatch Follow the Puckcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more