Pinterest Facebook HSE says some non-emergency surgery can resume Previous article“On Call for Ireland” workers have inferior contracts – SiptuNext articleMart Managers seeking financial support from Creed News Highland Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twelve more Covid-19 patients have died, while 236 more people have tested positive. The total number of confirmed cases in Donegal remains at 469, with no new cases confirmed over the weekend.There are 10 Covid-19 patient at Letterkenny University Hospital, none of them in ICU. That’s down from a high of 38.The HSE says as pressure eases at hospitals across the country, surgeons will now be able to carry out some non-emergency operations that were suspended because of the pandemic.Cancer and heart surgeries will be the priority for now.Consultant oncologist Professor John Crown says the pandemic has made the issue of Ireland’s lengthy waiting lists far more pressing………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/07crown-virus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 11, 2020 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+ ABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — By the 10-minute mark of the first half, Jim Boeheim had made use of all nine players expected to see the floor with regularity this season. But five minutes later, the rotation was already trimmed to six.Redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney and freshmen DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant got their first taste of Division-I college basketball in the Battle on the Midway on Sunday, but their experiences were brief. The three players saw the court for a combined 19 minutes in ninth-ranked Syracuse’s 62-49 win over No. 20 San Diego State, as Boeheim rode his more experienced players to a gritty victory in the season opener.“We went with our veterans today in the last part of the game,” Boeheim said. “They did what they needed to do.”As with the two exhibition games, Coleman was part of the starting lineup on Sunday. But instead of playing on the wing with sophomore Rakeem Christmas in the middle of the 2-3 zone, Coleman occupied the paint against the Aztecs.He drew the ire of Boeheim twice on offense, though, after turning the ball over. Coleman was stripped on the game’s first possession and later threw a poor pass toward Michael Carter-Williams that was easily stolen in the opening moments of the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis one positive play of the game came on a tip-in following a missed tip by Christmas, and Coleman bellowed on his way back down court.“Let’s f***ing go!” Coleman yelled. “I’ve got this.”Cooney didn’t have much of a role on Sunday due mostly to the weather. Breezy conditions that intensified as the game went along made long-range shooting — Cooney’s specialty — both difficult and doubtful. Syracuse attacked the paint relentlessly on Sunday, scoring 44 of its 62 points in the paint.“We took four 3-point shots,” Boeheim said. “And that was probably a couple too many.”Grant played a total of six minutes, all of which came in the first half. He grabbed a rebound, committed a foul and missed a mid-range jumper that was his only shot attempt of the game. Comments Published on November 12, 2012 at 1:02 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13
A spokesperson for the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that two of it’s deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus.The development was relayed to the media Tuesday afternoon though it is unclear when the deputies became ill or how they contracted the virus.Anyone who had contact with the two deputies including medical staff and fellow employees, have been tested and have been asked to self-quarantine.A third deputy has also been hospitalized and is now awaiting the results.Those who have come into contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine but have not been tested.This is a developing story.
28 Aug 2013 Devon men set record by reaching all three county finals If anyone thought that Devon was a golfing backwater they should think again after the county reached the finals of all three mens’ county championships, the boys, men’s and seniors. That is the first time this has happened and is therefore an England Golf record and no small achievement for a county with just 46 clubs. “To get to three men county finals in the same year is quite an achievement,” says Devon county secretary John Hirst. “This represents sterling work by all the team managers to get their sides to such a pitch. “This is the peak because the county team can’t go any further. It is their pinnacle and is really a great team effort. It is also about having the right players at the right time. “Getting to three finals also represents a huge effort that goes on behind the scenes with volunteers. We’ve also had a tremendous input of youngsters, several of whom are at college in America and therefore missed their final. But other counties are affected in this way. “To make three finals in the same year can hit a county financially. But, fortunately, we have money put aside for such events while we have also had help from England Golf.” Their boys came through the boys regional qualifying at Weston-super-Mare, the men at Dudsbury and the seniors at East Devon. Devon has been to the last three boys’ county finals, at Luffenham Heath, Cotswold Hills and Kedleston Park. The men won their county championship at Formby in 2003 and were finalists again at Worksop in the following year and at St Enodoc in 2005, while the seniors also made three successive appearances, at Torksey in 2006, Rotherham in 2007 and in 2008 at Trentham.
It feels good, any time you can get some extra support and some extra help from other people, it makes a big difference. It’s nice to know that people are reaching out to try and help you through tough times. Cunningham, on the wide-range of support from the hockey community: Thanks to a top cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Zain Khalpey, and Dr. George Haloftis, a physician at St. Mary’s Hospital as well as other doctors, the Trail Minor Hockey product was able to speak today following an almost unbelievable turn of events as documented in the Arizona Daily Star. I don’t remember anything from that whole day, actually. The last thing I remember is playing the weekend before. I want to thank everyone, from the fire department to our trainers to the doctors at St. Mary’s, the doctors at Banner, to every single nurse that has helped me so far. If I could actually use some names; from St. Mary’s, Dr. George and Dr. Reza, and from Banner Hospital, Dr. Khalpey, Dr. Hughes, and Dr. Yankis, without those five people, our trainer Deven, and the fire department, I don’t think I’d be here today, so thank you. Cunningham, on the support and response from the Tucson community: It means a lot obviously, she was down here watching me when it happened, so she’s been here since day one. My whole life, she’s been the backbone of our whole family, and nothing’s changed now, she’s still there for me every day, and I couldn’t be any more thankful. Cunningham, on if he remembers anything from the night of the incident: General Manager Doug Soetaert: On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners organization, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in this incident that occurred. We’re in the hockey industry, which is about teamwork, commitment, and working hard to achieve a goal – and I can tell you, from being a little bit on the inside here, from day one, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life in regards to the teamwork that the doctors at the hospitals utilized to save a young man’s life. It’s been an incredible venture, we’re happy to see Craig sitting here today, and he’s got a full life ahead of him. All we can do is wish him the best and thank everybody for their commitment in saving his life. Thank you so much. With mother Heather Cunningham watching from the stands, team trainers, medics as well as a group of local firefighter raced to save the Roadrunners’ player. I don’t think I will ever find the words to express how grateful I really am; Craig would not be here with us today if these people had not gone that extra mile in every aspect of this situation. The only reason he survived the original incident was the continued refusal to give up in a seemingly hopeless situation. On behalf of the trainers, the emergency responders, the doctors and nurses, the rest of the recovery has followed the same story. The doctors and nurses have monitored him meticulously and caught all incoming problems in their early stages. They have made difficult decisions without hesitating, and have acted effectively under extreme pressure when they were caught between a rock and a hard place. They have run out of options, and had to create new options by pushing the boundaries of things that they have tried and implemented before. Most of all, they have refused to give up in spite of hopelessness, they have given Craig a chance to recover, and that continues to exceed anything that could have ever been expected. These people are nothing short of a gift to mankind, and I will remember the gift that they have given me every time I look at my son. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Cunningham, on what it means for his mother to be by his side: Craig’s Mother, Heather Cunningham: Craig Cunningham opening statement: Cunningham, on how he’s feeling day-to-day: On November 19, 2016, during an American Hockey League game between Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, Trail native Craig Cunningham suffered a cardiac arrest before the opening faceoff. As of right now, I probably think that I’m done, but we’ll see when I get back from rehab how it goes. At the level that I was playing at, I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to playing pro, but I don’t know, anything can happen. Some days are good, some days are bad; It’s more for me right now, kind of mental. I’ve been here for so long, I look up at the roof everyday, the same roof, but the nurses have been pretty good about taking me outside, giving me an hour outside each day, and that’s made a huge difference, but it’s been a pretty big grind, just being in the same spot the whole time, looking at the same thing every day. Cunningham, on how he feels about his future hockey career: Here is the transcript from Wednesday’s media conference posted on the Tucson Roadrunners website. It’s been unbelievable, I can’t say enough about the nurses and doctors around here. The people of Tucson, I’ve been getting cards and stuff from people that I don’t even know, so it’s meant a lot to me, I think Tucson’s a great city, and I wish that I could have enjoyed it a little more than I did.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe market continues to watch the actions of the President and China. It’s hard to know if there will be a trade fix at the G20 meeting in just over a week. I expect a sideways market through the holiday and leading up to the big meeting between world leaders. After the meeting, it’s still uncertain, but recent history indicates the market hits its low at the end of November and starts increasing in December.The last two weeks I explained why I prefer to sell calls and why I avoid buying calls for my farm operation. But, what about put options? What is a “put” option?Buying a put is the right to sell grain at a desired price. Basically it allows a farmer to guarantee a floor price for their grain while leaving unlimited upside potential if the market rallies. When buying a put there is an upfront cost premium, but no risk of margin call.This sounds like a safe, low risk option. With so much uncertainty in farming, like the weather and politics, buying puts on the surface looks like it can help minimize farmer fears of an unpredictable market. However, like all option trades, it’s not a perfect solution. Issue 1: The cost of the putWhen buying a put I have to subtract that cost from the price level I purchase. For example, Dec ’19 futures are about $4 right now with a $4 put costing about 25 cents. That means the true floor price for my grain is $3.75 ($4 – $.25 = $3.75).Most University studies say the average farmer needs $4.20 futures to cover all production costs. So, I’m not interested in protecting a floor price that is 40 to 50 cents below the average farmers’ breakeven. Issue 2: The value of a put decreases during market ralliesIf the market rallies over the summer, I’ll lose some or all of the premium I paid to buy the put. This isn’t exactly bad because it means the price of grain is going higher and the puts did their job. But just like my floor price is actually below the price level I buy when I purchase a put so too then is the higher price I sell after I subtract out my costs for buying and later selling the put.For example, let’s say I bought the $4 put for 25 cents today and then the market rallies to $4.40 in late summer and I sell my grain at that point. Since I no longer need the floor protection the put provides, I should sell it back out to recover as much of the premium I can. However, by then it’s value would have likely decreased by 15 cents to about the 10 cent level. Since I still need to take into account the cost of the put, the price of my sold grain is actually $4.25 not $4.40 ($4.40 – $.15 put ownership cost = $4.25). While that’s above the average breakeven, it’s not by much.With what we know today, a rally to $4.40 next summer could be unattainable. For the last w years the market stalled out between $4.15 to $4.30 over the summer. So, for me it would be a better plan to just sell those values, if they become available, than to buy a put today that provides a floor for well below my breakeven.To illustrate my point, let’s say I buy the $4 put today for the 25 cents and futures rally to $4.20 next summer. If that happened, I could sell corn for $4.20, and then sell back the put, which is now worth likely only 15 cents (10 cents less than the amount purchased). Since I still need to take into account the 10 cent difference, my corn sale at $4.20 is now only worth $4.10. $4.10 is only 10 cents higher than current prices today, so buying the put actually limited my upside potential from the small rally I’m hoping for.Now if prices fall to $3 next fall, I would want puts in place. But, I’m not sure $3 is likely, just like I don’t think $4.50 is likely with the information I have today. I find it’s usually best for me to not get overly greedy hoping for a huge rally with my options strategy and just sell my grain in early and middle summer. This is where its so important to have a sound marketing plan in place and to have a strategy that takes into account a market that could move in any direction. Is there a good time to buy a put?Back in 2011, 2012 and 2013, it was possible to buy put options where the guaranteed price, after the cost of the premium, was above my breakeven point. But since 2013, similar opportunities have been limited.This year I had some success buying puts about a week or so before a few USDA reports, but the money made and protection levels received were limited. In hindsight, I should have just sold futures instead of trying to cling to hope that prices would go higher.In looking back at 2018, the best opportunity to buy a put successfully was if a farmer bought a $4 put for 20 cents in mid-May when the market hit it’s high for the year at $4.25. However, with that trade the best a farmer would have done was to have a $3.80 floor, because the market only went down right after that. Instead, the better strategy would have been to just sell futures from $4.20 to $4.25, which was at least 40 cents better than clinging to hope with the put strategy.In my experience, I’m generally better off selling futures when prices rally above the average farmers’ breakeven point instead of trying to buy protection below my cost of production. Ultimately, if the market rallies significantly I have next year’s grain to sell that will now be at much higher levels. What about selling puts?Put option sellers receive a premium upfront in exchange for having to buy grain at a certain level. There could be margin call on this trade if the market fell and this trade would then make the put seller long grain. Typically this type of trade would be done by end users and not grain producers. A producer selling puts would be speculative and would add risk to their operation. Buying and selling put options are not a perfect solutionMany in the trade make it seem like buying put options is a perfect solution for farmers, but as detailed above, they are far from perfect and have many limitations. I’m always cautious with the promise of downside protection and unlimited upside potential. In grain marketing there is often a catch when something sounds too good to be true.The reality when buying puts is that I will usually miss out on opportunities if prices go up, down or sideways. And on the flip side, if I sold a put, I make a little money when the market goes up or stays sideways, but my downside isn’t protected and I’ve added risk to my operation because I could actually have more grain than what I started with that I would have to worry about.While buying put options can provide another layer of opportunity in a grain marketing strategy, they aren’t the perfect solution many in the trade make them out to be. It’s why I seldom by puts for my operation. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. 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Last week, after an overview of lighting history, we examined incandescent lighting—the lamp technology invented by Thomas Edison. Until the mid-1900s incandescent lighting dominated both commercial and residential lighting applications, indoors and outdoors. That only changed when electric discharge lamps were introduced, offering longer life and producing more light per unit of electricity consumption.While the first practical fluorescent lamp wasn’t introduced until 1938, the origins of fluorescent lighting date back to the turn of the century. In 1901, American Peter Cooper Hewitt patented mercury-vapor lamp. He discovered that by passing electric current through a small amount of mercury gas, an electric arc was produced and light given off. He went on to form a company with George Westinghouse to form the Cooper Hewitt Electric Company to produce the first mercury vapor lamps. I’ll address mercury vapor lamps and other types of “high-intensity discharge” lamps next week.Various researchers, including the German Edmund Germer, worked on improving the light quality from mercury vapor lamps so that it could be used effectively indoors–mercury light has an unpleasant bluish color at the ultraviolet (UV) end of the spectrum–but it was American George Inman and his group or researchers at General Electric that made it work. They found that by coating the inside of the glass tube with phosphor, the UV light would be absorbed and the phosphor would re-radiate a much whiter light. That’s the principle of fluorescent lighting.Fluorescent lamps have electrodes at both ends of a phosphor-coated, sealed glass tube that is filled with a small amount of mercury vapor in an inert gas, usually argon. When current is applied to those electrodes, an electric arc is produced in the mercury gas, generating the light. A ballast modifies the electric current, giving it a boost of charge to start the arc, then reducing the electric current to keep the lamp operating without blowing it out.Early fluorescent lamps used magnetic ballasts that produced an annoying hum and caused flickering. Most of these early fluorescent lamps were straight glass tubes, though GE fairly quickly introduced circular (Circline) and U-shaped lamps. Other manufacturers, including Philips and Sylvania entered the market.More recent advances include the switch to electronic ballasts, improvement in the phosphors, and miniaturization of fluorescent lamps. The switch to electronic ballasts eliminated most of the hum and flicker. Instead of cycling on-and-off 60 times a second (the frequency of AC current), the electronic ballasts cycle at about 10,000 times a second, which is imperceptible to the human eye.While most early fluorescent lamps produced an eerie bluish light that made human skin look cadaverous, newer phosphors introduced in the 1970s dramatically improved the light. Light quality is measured in two ways: the color temperature (in kelvins) and the color rendering index (CRI), both of which are determined by the phosphors. “Cool-white” fluorescent lamps have color temperatures of about 4,000 kelvins or higher, and that light looks distinctly bluish (which has a cool feel to it). Full-spectrum lamps have very high color temperature, often around 7,000 k, and the light is very blue—which most homeowners dislike. Warm-white lamps have color temperatures of about 3,000 or lower; these are more yellow and look and feel more like incandescent light.The color rendering index of a lamp measures how accurately colors are shown off under that light. A CRI of 100 represents color perfectly, like incandescent lamps. In the 1970s most fluorescent lamps had CRIs of 60 or lower, which is why skin color appeared so odd. Most fluorescent lamps today have CRIs of 80 or 85, so show off colors much better.The final advance that I’ll cover here is miniaturization to create compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. First introduced in the 1980s by Philips, CFLs are now widely available and becoming more and more common as replacements for incandescent light bulbs. The fluorescent tube is thinner in diameter and either folded or spiraled to concentrate the light. Most of the CFLs homeowners buy have integral ballasts and screw-in mounts just like incandescent light bulbs, so they offer easy replacement. CFLs are also available with separate lamps and ballasts, so that just the lamp can be replaced when it fails.Modern fluorescent lamps produce as many as 100 lumens of light per watt of electricity consumed, compared with about 15 to 20 lumens per watt for incandescent light bulbs. This measure of performance is referred to as “efficacy.” The highest-efficacy linear fluorescent lamps are the thinnest-diameter. (Lamp diameters are measured in eighths of an inch, so a T-12 lamps is an inch-and-a-half in diameter.) T-8 lamps have higher efficacy than T-12 lamps, and T-5 lamps have higher efficacy than T-8s. Most CFLs have efficacies of about 50 or 60 lumens per watt.While CFLs use just a third as much electricity for comparable light output as incandescent light bulbs and last up to ten times as long, they have one big drawback: the mercury. CFLs and straight-tube fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury that creates a disposal problem—the lamps become hazardous waste and, if incinerated, can contribute significantly to air pollution. Breakage can also release potentially hazardous mercury in your house. We will see in a couple weeks how LED lighting offers an alternative to this mercury problem.
Real Madrid’s Spain defender Sergio Ramos has agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga club until 2020, ending speculation he could join English Premier League side Manchester United.Ramos, 29, will sign his new deal together with Real president Florentino Perez at the Bernabeu stadium later on Monday, the club said on their website.Local media reported the team captain, a dressing-room heavyweight and a huge fan favourite, would earn 10 million euros ($11.1 million) a season after tax, making him one of the best-paid members of Real’s expensively assembled squad.Also read: Chelsea coach Mourinho defends Terry substitution Ramos was strongly linked with a move to United following the end of last season, with reports in Spain and England suggesting he might be included in a swap deal for the English side’s unsettled Spain goalkeeper David De Gea.As well as tying Ramos into a new contract, Real are also reportedly poised to sign Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan for a fee of around 30 million euros ($33.31 million).Inter coach Roberto Mancini appeared to confirm Kovacic was leaving after Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw at home to AEK Athens, in which the 21-year-old did not feature.”None of us are pleased, from the president, to me to the directors and his team mates,” Mancini told reporters when asked about the player.Kovacic is seen as ideal backup in the centre of Real’s midfield for his Croatia team mate Luka Modric and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos and would compete for a place in the side with the likes of Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro.advertisement
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.”