MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS TO KIDS TOLD TRADE IS ‘CANCER ON SOCIETY’

first_imgA Judge has described the drugs trade as a ‘cancer on society’ as a Milford man appeared in court charged with supplying drugs to children.Kennedy was supplying hash from his car to children.Lee Kennedy, 25, was caught by Gardai in a sting operation selling drugs out of his car to sixteen year olds. After receiving a tip-off Garda John Joe Doherty and Eugene Organ targeted Kennedy of 5 Lough Road, Milford on November 28th last.They witnessed him selling small quantities of drugs from his car to a juvenile they later discovered was 16 years old.The stopped his car and found a quantity of drugs in it.After they arrested him, they then searched his home which he shares with his partner Simone Duggan.There they found a quantity of drugs kit including more drugs, hash pipes and grinders.In total €360 worth of drugs were found on this occasion.When interviewed Kennedy admitted he bought the drugs in Derry from a foreign national and then brought them to Donegal for distribution.He said he would buy an average of ten grammes, sell six and keep four for his own personal use.Kennedy’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was terrified at the thought that he might go to prison.“And so he should be – selling drugs to children,” replied Judge Paul Kelly.Judge Kelly then said that the drug trade was a cancer on our society.“He was obviously at a low level in the drugs supply chain but each link is another one in this sordid chain. The damage that this sort of crime wreaks on the community is appalling and doubly so when children are involved.“This was a sophisticated enough operation and it happened over a period of time. While it  was a low level operation, drugs and drug dealing is still a cancer on society,” he said.He ordered a community service and probation report on Kennedy but added that he is still of a strong mind to impose a custodial sentence and added that he was making no promises.He also ordered Kennedy to take drugs tests and to prove to him that he was clean when he appears before the court again. on July 15th.MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS TO KIDS TOLD TRADE IS ‘CANCER ON SOCIETY’ was last modified: May 21st, 2015 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:childrencourtdonegaldrugsGardaiLee KennedyMilfordlast_img read more

Food contest gives chance to put product on shelves

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ever think of starting your own food business but didn’t know where to start? Have family and friends raved about your unique dish at gatherings? Or do you have access to local ingredients and always considered a value-added product? If so, consider applying to the Ohio Signature Food Contest as a method to transform a dream into reality.Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), the contest will showcase potential new, innovative products from across the state.“We hear it often from food manufacturers of their desire to move toward more local-based products,” said Rebecca A. Singer, vice president and director of agricultural programs, CIFT. “This contest reflects that growing trend of the consumer’s desire for ‘local.’ Giving someone in Ohio the opportunity to take their unique, delicious, and innovative product, and eventually place it on grocery store shelves is very exciting.”The economic benefit from a food manufacturing company can be significant based on the number of people employed, the increased income potential realized by a restaurant advancing a “signature item” consumers recognize, and the trained base of resources already available within the region.Entering is simple and quick. Contestants complete an online form outlining the basic details of their food product, and food industry experts will judge each based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, marketability and overall appeal to the marketplace. Emphasis is placed on products integrating Ohio ingredients when possible. Finalists will then be invited to present their business concept and food product to a panel of judges.The Ohio Signature Food Contest winner will be announced during a special ceremony in late July at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Following the announcement, the winner will receive technical and business development assistance to help advance a product to the marketplace, as well as production of product to be used for consumer feedback.Production will be available at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen in Bowling Green, a nonprofit commercial facility that educates and advises new and growing businesses, provides access to a commercially-licensed kitchen, networking opportunities with other similar entities, and technical assistance.Products do not need to be fully designed or ready for market, rather an ability to communicate a specific vision. The technical assistance aspect of the award will provide guidance toward a finished product.Due to the collaboration with OFBF, increased awareness of this opportunity will be shared with their network. Consideration of membership is encouraged based on the mutual interest in the advancement of local food products.Deadline to submit the completed application is Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (one product per applicant). Click here to view the entry form along with rules/regulations, or call419-535-6000, ext. 117 for more information.last_img read more

How long do we have for late planted soybeans to mature?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderIn a typical year, by the time Farm Science Review rolls around, many of the soybeans in the state of Ohio have started to turn a bright fall yellow color and are quickly drying down. Some fields in the southern regions have even been harvested. But it has not been a typical year. In the southern part of the state much of the crop is on schedule, and the yield has already been determined. In the northern regions, many beans are still very green and filling pods. Soybeans found in the R4 to R5 growth stage are not uncommon in much of northern Ohio. The question among many growers is, “How long do we have to complete the grain fill period?”According to the University of Missouri and Missouri Soybean Center, soybean yield is a product of the number of days of seed fill and rate at which the seeds fill. The vegetative growth that occurs before and after flowering builds the photosynthetic factory and creates a greater rate of seed fill. Later maturing varieties will produce more leaves before flowering starts and will also have a greater number of days for seed filling. These soybeans may have a faster rate of fill for more days, so they may yield more. Soybeans planted very late will be induced to flower almost immediately after emergence.David Holshouser, an agronomist with Virginia Cooperative Extension, said soybean plants sense changes in night length and initiate flowering only after the night is longer (and days grow shorter) than a critical length.“This is the concept of photo determinism. The length of the day, and thus the length of the photo period available ties directly to the summer solstice. The 2019 summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere was Friday, June 21. Every day after this date has fewer hours and minutes of sunlight. Although technically incorrect, such plants are termed short-day plants. The length of required dark period depends on the species and variety of species,” Holshouser said. “Soybeans are a short-day crop and their development is determined largely by variety-specific daylength requirements that initiate floral development. In other words, as the days grow shorter, soybeans will flower and enter into reproductive development stages. Due to this photoperiod requirement, days from planting until maturity cannot be accurately estimated for soybeans due to variation in planting date and other environmental variations.”This, however, changes once the soybeans flower.“After flowering, temperature drives development and the days until maturity can be estimated. The number of days from floral initiation at R1 until physiological maturity at R7 is usually independent of variety, but will vary slightly from year to year due to temperature differences between years,” he said. “Late planted soybeans initiate flowering during a warmer time of the year; therefore, post-flower development speeds up.”With this in mind, the concerns about frost limiting soybean potential in northern Ohio this year are warranted, said Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension field crops specialist.“Soybeans need both a certain number of days and temperature in order to mature,” LaBarge said. “Typically, in northern Ohio it takes soybeans that are at the R4 growth stage approximately 45 days to reach physiological maturity at R7. Soybeans that are at R5 will take about 35 days. Given that we are past the middle of September, this will push development into early November. That could be a challenge for many of the fields.”The Ohio Agronomy Guide, using data from 1980-2010, lists a median climatological date (50% chance of the first freeze at 32 degrees F), occurring between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has determined Oct. 13, 2019 as the date that has a 30% probability of frost, based on 1981-2010 climate norms.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

New Members of Parliament Sworn in

first_imgThe three newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in today (November 7) during the sitting of the House of Representatives.They are Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern, Dr. Norman Dunn; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding; and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Dr. Angela Brown Burke.After taking the Oath of Office, the MPs were welcomed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.The members were sworn in after victories in the recently held by-elections on October 30. This followed the retirement of the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Dr. Omar Davies from representational politics.The seat for St. Mary South Eastern was left vacant following the death of Dr. Winston Green in August.As a result of the by-elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party now has a 33-30 majority in the Lower House.last_img read more