A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when we are looking for two things – a bit of sunshine or a chance to improve our homes.B&S Credit Union in the Twin Towns has the answer to both.Whether you’re looking to borrow to help with your household expenses or for a larger purchase like that dream kitchen or new conservatory, B&S Credit Union have the right personal loan to suit you. And if you’re happy with your home but think a nice trip to Lanzarote or a cruise will do you and your family the world of good, then B&S can help with that too.They have made it easy to borrow as little as €100 or up to €55,000 at a fair, affordable rate with no application fees and no early repayment charges.And with their easy-to-use calculator on their website https://www.bandscu.ie, you can see exactly how much you will be paying back.It couldn’t be simpler. That much-needed break or that dream makeover is only a click away.Visit www.bandscu.ie or call in and chat to a member of staff today! A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen was last modified: April 4th, 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) Tags:B&S credit unionBallybofeyFinanceloansmoneyStranorlarlast_img read more

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Mike Fiers sharp, Khris Davis crushes in A’s Opening Day win over Angels

first_imgOAKLAND — A return to the Coliseum may have been all Mike Fiers needed to get back on track.Starting his second Opening Day in nearly the span of a week, Fiers made up for the poor first one in Japan by looking more like the pitcher who piloted the A’s 2018 playoff run in Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.Command was an issue for Fiers in his first start and still somewhat of a problem against the Angels — he walked three batters and hit another. But leaving the Tokyo Dome, where …last_img read more

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This might end up being a low foliar disease year in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early development of gray leaf spot (GLS) and northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) had us all concerned about the potential for major epidemics of these diseases in 2015. However, conditions have since been warm and dry across most of the state, drastically reducing the spread of these and other foliar diseases. In fact, lesions of GLS and eye spot from early outbreaks can still be found on leaves below the ear in some fields, but in most cases they are of restricted development and the disease has not spread to the upper leaves. Even NCLB, a disease known to affect the upper leaves during the last two months of the season, appears to be low in 2015.Typical lesions of GLS are rectangular in shape and are clearly delimited by the leaf veins. Under warm, humid or wet conditions, they expand fairly rapidly and produce large amounts of spores that are either wind- or rain-disseminated to new leaves, causing the disease to increase in space and time. This usually leads to epidemics. However, when conditions are as dry as they have been over the past several weeks, lesions either take longer to expand or fail to expand in the typical manner, causing the disease to take on a slightly different appearance. Instead of the typical rectangular shape, GLS may appear as somewhat irregularly-shaped lesions of restricted growth, with yellow halo. These restricted lesions usually produce fewer spores, which reduces the overall spread and development of the disease.last_img read more

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Thoughts on transporting the upcoming harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At this time of the year, I start to get questions regarding our transportation system’s ability to handle the impending harvest.  Below are some thoughts that may be of interest.From having my ear to the ground and visiting with various grain handlers, I am pretty confident our nation’s railroads will be able to accommodate the upcoming harvest.  Over the past couple years, railroads have devoted significant resources to improving the condition of their networks.  Without question, there are additional locomotives, track, and personnel available today to meet the needs of rail customers compared to previous years.  Railroads should be commended for this level of investment.While railroads have invested more in their networks, it is anticipated that volumes transported will be restrained due to farmers electing to store their grain and soybeans.  We witnessed this last year – particularly with corn.  The further retreat in prices will result in a growing number of farmers deciding to hold onto their harvest – hoping for a more opportune time to sell.  Of course, there is a limit to how long a farmer can store his or her grain and soybeans, but on farm storage will be increasingly utilized this year.Compared to previous years, a projected anemic export program will result in less volume being absorbed by the railroads and further contribute to on farm storage.  As many are aware, the strengthening of the dollar, the further depreciation of the Chinese yuan, the weakening of the Brazilian real compared to the dollar (29 percent thus far this year), and the overall concerns with the Chinese economy are producing significant headwinds for U.S. agricultural exports – especially soybeans.  The good news is that there will likely be sufficient transportation supply to accommodate demand.  The bad news is that the increasingly unfavorable economics facing the industry is a key contributing factor.Of course, the main wildcard regarding rail service is weather.  Both volume of snow and severity of temperatures can significantly curtail railroad network performance.  This was vividly on display in early 2014 when railroads struggled to absorb the 2013 harvest, in part due to a historic winter in many areas of the country.Given the challenges and concerns confronting the industry, increased focus should be on those opportunities to reduce the costs associated with our transportation system.  As I like to suggest, the profitability of the American farmer is not just a function of increased supply and increased demand.  It is also a function of increased connectivity between supply and demand.  Transportation is that connectivity.  Much of the work of the Soy Transportation Coalition, and other agricultural organizations, is to remove costs from the entire transaction so that the per bushel cost to our customers is less than before.last_img read more

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Xbox One Eighty: Microsoft Finds It Still Needs Gamers To Sell Gaming Consoles

first_imgtaylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Apparently, Microsoft has just remembered that it needs gamers to sell a gaming console. In a complete and humbling reversal, Microsoft’s next-gen console just dropped some of the contentious bits that had formerly loyal gamers shouldering pitchforks and heading to Redmond. And thank goodness — now we’ve got a fairer fight on our hands.See also: 5 Games That Make The Sony-Microsoft Console War MeaninglessSo what’s out? Microsoft brought the axe down on its requirement that the Xbox One would need to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours, and also rolled back its most user unfriendly copy-protection (i.e., DRM) limitations. In an official Microsoft blog post, Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattrick invites gamers to “[t]rade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today.” The company also dropped regional restrictions for games in the Xbox One’s stable.And unlike last week, the Xbox One leads the PlayStation 4 in launch day pre-orders today.Features On The Chopping BlockUnfortunately, hushing the public backlash against the Xbox One comes at the cost of a few previously-announced features, at least at launch. The Xbox One will not allow users to share games with up to 10 “family” members — one of the system’s cooler new perks.And some old annoyances are back, too. For instance, users can download games from disk to the Xbox One’s hard drive in order to improve performance — but they’ll still need to put the physical disk in the console to play them.Was The Xbox 360 The Gamer’s Console All Along?Why did Microsoft change its tune? As much as the company paraded the next-generation Xbox One as an all-in-one living room entertainment system, it’s still a gaming console at heart.According to a surprising 2013 Nielsen report, the Xbox is where the gamers were all along. In 2012 PlayStation 3 users lead the charge on non-gaming entertainment, spending almost a quarter of their time streaming movies or TV shows — not playing games — on the console. Xbox 360 users spent around 13% of their usage time for video-on-demand and other forms of streaming media.See also: Ouya Is A Tiny Box Full Of Game PossibilitiesPlayStation 3 owners only spent 46% of their time playing online or offline games, allocating the rest to the broader entertainment features that are supposedly the domain of Microsoft, while Xbox 360 users spent 66% of their time playing games on the console. Sure, Sony’s inclusion of Blu-Ray on its last-gen console counts for something, but video on demand and streaming media accounted for the lion’s share of the difference — and that’s something both consoles have equal access to.Can Microsoft’s Backtrack Bring Gamers Back?Last week, Sony jumped at the opportunity to spin the PlayStation 4 as a console built for gamers, not just for whatever family members happen to be ambling around the living room. And for once, the gaming community at large seemed agree on something — namely that it wouldn’t stand for the Xbox One’s restrictive policies and it was happy to pre-order the PlayStation 4 instead. Pre-orders for Sony’s PS4 poured in.Now that Microsoft has been humbled by the core gamer demographic it threw to the wolves just last week, the big question is whether it’s done enough to repair the damage. We’ll have to track console pre-orders and social media to see how it all plays out, at least until the consoles hit the market this fall. By that time, the rules of the game may have shifted yet again.Xbox 180 image via imgur, provenance unknown 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#Microsoft Xbox#Xbox#xbox one center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Apple in talks with suppliers to build augmented reality glasses

first_imgApple has reportedly been in talks with suppliers to test prototype augmented reality glasses, according to Bloomberg.Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report states that the executive team are “weighing an expansion” into digital glasses.See Also: Apple picks Blackberry talent for driverless car OSThe prototype device connects to an iPhone wirelessly and shows snippets of information from the smartphone in the wearer’s field of vision. We assume it would be similar to Google Glass, but with less clutter on the screen.The firm has not made a decision on the glasses, but CEO Tim Cook has been hinting at an entry into the market in interviews over the past six months.The augmented reality glasses could be an extension of the iPhone experience, similar to how the Apple Watch provides quick access to notifications and more access to fitness details.Google Glass muddied the waters of augmented reality (AR) for a few years, but startups like Magic Leap are making AR sound cool again.The earliest Apple will enter the market is 2018, according to Bloomberg, but there doesn’t seem to be any manufacturer contracts at the present time.Apple not always in a hurryApple often takes a step back and lets the market stew before entering, as they did with the iPhone and Watch. It may be different this time, as most augmented reality projects are still in alpha or beta.That’s assuming they launch in 2018, which has not been confirmed. It may take a few more years before entering they enter the AR space, especially if it gets bogged down in its self-driving car project.Augmented reality has many applicable fields, Magic Leap appears to be aiming for the gaming market, while Microsoft has sent its HoloLens AR headset to NASA for testing on the International Space Station.We expect Apple’s augmented reality headset to target the consumer space, picking on the same customers that are likely to purchase iPhones and iPads. Tags:#Apple#AR#Augmented Reality#Google Glass#Internet of Things#IoT#Magic Leap David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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‘Kill him, kill him,’ screamed ‘Premis’

first_imgHaryana braces for Monday, the day of sentence Ram Rahim Singh enjoyed BJP’s patronage On Friday afternoon, it was a near-death experience for two journalists from a private news channel.Rakesh Kumar, 44, a principal correspondent with PTC News, and his cameraman, Shapinder Singh, 23, were surrounded by a mob of around 40 Dera followers armed with sticks, iron rods, and other sharp-edged weapons. While Mr. Kumar escaped with a fractured arm, Mr. Singh lost his camera. They consider themselves lucky to have survived to tell the tale.It all happened around an hour after the CBI court in Panchkula delivered its verdict, holding Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. Fearing a backlash, nearly all journalists, who had camped in the media wing of the Dera headquarters, sneaked away minutes before the judgement was announced.Also Read  People to the rescueHelped by a kind-hearted man in the mob, the cameraman also managed to escape. “We both ran in different directions. A few villagers came to my rescue. One of them took me to a bus stand on his cycle, where I spotted a senior police officer. He then took me to a hospital,” Mr. Kumar said.Mr. Singh, while seeking directions to the bus stand, ran into a proverbial Good Samaritan who offered him refuge in his house. “I tried to contact Rakesh after I recharged my phone but he was continuously out of reach.It was only later that I realised that he had forgotten his phone in the car, and it was burnt, along with our clothes, cash, and the camera. Around midnight, I got a call from Rakesh, and we could finally reconnect,” Mr. Singh said. Despite the harrowing experience on his very first assignment, he was determined to pursue a career in journalism, he added.A three-member team of another Hindi news channel was also stranded inside the Dera following the verdict and rescued on Saturday morning. The trio hid for several hours in a room at one of the hotels inside the Dera. They eventually managed to come out after establishing contact with the local administration.  For exclusive footageMr. Kumar and Mr. Singh, however, stayed behind in the hope of getting some exclusive footage. Little did they realise that the decision would nearly cost them their lives. When they finally started for the city around 4 p.m. (the Dera is around 14 km from Sirsa city), a mob surrounded their car outside ‘Purana Dera,’ the smaller and older Dera about 3 km from the main one. Some men in the mob wanted to search the car to establish their identity.“Even before I could react, one of them yelled that he had seen me reporting from outside the Dera. Once they realised we were journalists, they began to attack us. They pulled me and my cameraman out of the car. They smashed the windows and the windscreen, badly damaged the vehicle, and set it on fire,” Mr. Kumar said.The mob then turned on Mr. Kumar, blaming the media for the situation, and started raining blows on him. While some in the mob shouted, “Kill him, kill him,” an elderly man thrashed him with a lathi, fracturing his right arm. In the commotion, Mr. Kumar somehow managed to extricate himself and fled towards the houses in the nearby Shahpur Begu village.Also Readlast_img read more

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