RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ Google+ Previous articleTwo men charged over Donegal mans death in USNext articleTorrential rain causes localised flooding in North West News Highland Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 6, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Bishop of Raphoe responds to death of Eugene Greene Twitter The Bishop of Raphoe has expressed his profound sorrow and shame at the abuse Eugene Greene perpetrated on innocent children.It comes after it emerged yesterday that the convicted paedophile and former priest had passed away.Greene was jailed for sexually abusing 26 boys in Co Donegal between 1965 and 1992.He had served with the Kiltegan Brothers in Nigeria for 10 years before returning to the diocese of Raphoe where he served in a number of parishes, predominantly in West Donegal.In a statement Bishop Alan McGuckian said the death of Eugene Greene has reopened the hurt of those whom he violated, their loving families and communities across the Diocese of Raphoe.Bishop McGuckian confirmed that on 26th February An Garda Síochána informed the diocese that Greene had died last November in Cork and until then, they were unaware of his death.Greene was jailed in 1999, serving 9 years of a 12 year sentence. Since his release from prison in 2008 the diocese has not known his whereabouts.Greene was dismissed from the clerical state in November 2004.Bishop McGuckian says once the diocese was made aware of Greene’s death, Tusla was immediately informed.He concluded by saying that while honouring the wish of survivors who may not want to be contacted by the Church he wishes to offer his support and invitation to meet with anyone who has suffered abuse. WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
ABC News(TEANECK, N.J.) — In Teaneck, New Jersey, volunteer EMTs are constantly answering potential and confirmed COVID-19 calls, sometimes wearing mechanics overalls to protect themselves from being exposed.“We have never seen anything like this before ever in our history,” said Jacob Finkelstein, captain of Teaneck Volunteer Ambulatory Corps. “We’ve been around for a long time since 1939. I’ve heard from members who’ve been here through other, similar, situations through AIDS, through SARS. Nothing compares to what we are seeing now in Teaneck.” ABC News spent a few hours with the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulatory Corps as its members responded to calls in the community.On Monday, EMTs responded to an elderly woman with a suspected case of COVID-19 who died before they arrived; a man in his 70s with a high fever and cough whose family said he’d tested positive for the virus but had been sent home; and two more older men who were taken to the hospital with fevers.In March, Mohammed Hameeduddin, the mayor of Teaneck, called the town “ground zero” for the infections in the state.At that time, he told ABC News that he had asked the town’s more than 41,000 residents to self-quarantine and only leave their homes for food and medicine. Schools, municipal buildings, parks and other places people could congregate were also closed.From suiting up in full personal protective equipment, commonly known as PPE, to decontaminating their ambulances after a call, members of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulatory Corps said they treated every emergency 911 call as a potential COVID-19 case.The team said the city had seen at least 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 20 deaths.They also said they were receiving double the amount of calls these days — an average of 25 a day — with less than half of their staff on duty.Eric Orgen, a member of the corps since 1994, said normally the volunteer group had about 120 active members. The team is currently down to about 40 to 50.Orgen said some members, who ranged in age from 15 to 75, were considered high risk or had family members who were high risk. These members helped in other ways, including holding a drive last week to collect food and equipment.Orgen said that some of the volunteer EMTs had even tested positive for coronavirus after being exposed while responding to calls.The EMTs wear full PPE when they respond to calls. Finkelstein, however, said some PPE items like gowns were not available. Members even turned to wearing mechanics overalls to protect themselves.“We’ve had to come up with some creative solutions to fill in for those missing items,” said Finkelstein, who noted that other volunteer EMT squads had been forced to stop answering calls due to the pandemic.Orgen had worked with the group since 1994 and recently came out of retirement to help. He said his wife was a pharmacist and both worried about bringing the virus home to their children.“I’m here for the residents,” he said. “I’m here for the team at TeaVac. We’re a family. Everyone here’s 100% dedicated to just helping out the town, helping out the residents and doing some good for the world.”In the last two weeks, the corps said it has responded to at least 150 COVID-19 calls.On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would extend the state’s public health emergency by 30 days as New Jersey reported its deadliest day so far from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to more than 1,232. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will sit down with both NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz and Vice Chairman Rick Metsger today, as the agency prepares to unveil its new risk-based capital proposed rule this week.Berger will meet with both Matz and Metsger separately to discuss the issue.After leading major pushback against the agency’s first proposed rule on capital reform last year, NAFCU still has concerns about the agency’s plans for a second proposal. NAFCU will closely examine the new proposal for its impact on credit union safety and soundness and whether it will hinder credit unions’ ability to serve members effectively. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz has said the second proposal will have a 90-day comment period, after NAFCU strongly urged the agency to give credit unions time to thoroughly review and submit comments on the second proposal.In December, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger wrote Matz to say capital reform must include access to supplemental capital for all credit unions. He also noted several ongoing concerns about the proposal.Berger said NAFCU supports a risk-based capital system that reflects lower capital requirements for lower-risk credit unions and higher capital requirements for higher-risk credit unions. However, he said the association is still pushing Congress to make changes to the Federal Credit Union Act “to achieve a fair system.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A mere 100,000 votes currently separate the two candidates in Georgia, with President. Trump currently leading with 50.5 percent of the vote, or 2.38 million votes.Most of the remaining ballots are believed to be from metropolitan Atlanta and other Democratic-leaning areas of the state that are believed to favor his challenger, Joseph R. Biden Jr. With attention focused on Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, was slated to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the number of uncounted votes remaining, and how long they will take to process.A total of 1.8 million absentee ballots were requested in Georgia and an estimated 1.25 million returned. It was not immediately clear on Wednesday morning how many of them remained uncounted, but the figure was believed to be in the tens of thousands.- Advertisement – The counting process can be labor-intensive. Ballots must be manually removed from envelopes by election workers, then placed in scanners for tabulation. In some cases, they require human review for verification.There were also problems in several counties that caused delays in the processing on Tuesday. In Fulton County, the state’s most populous and home to Atlanta, officials had initially said they hoped to have ballots fully processed on Election Day.But a water pipe break in a room being used by Fulton County to process those ballots disrupted operations Tuesday morning, delaying the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.- Advertisement – Northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County, roughly 15,000 absentee ballots had yet to be processed on Wednesday morning, according to the county’s elections and registration director, Janine Eveler. Those should be processed on Wednesday or Thursday, she said. Georgia’s voters were able to submit absentee ballots through drop boxes around the state as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday. After collection, they had to be delivered to elections offices before they could be counted.- Advertisement – Additionally, 882 provisional ballots are expected to be processed on Friday, as are ballots cast by uniformed and overseas citizens, and those with missing or mismatched signatures that must be fixed and verified, or “cured by affidavit,” Ms. Eveler said. – Advertisement –
ELLSWORTH — Mount Desert Island’s Ryan Bender and Bucksport’s Johann Bradley were both named to the Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League All-Conference boys’ first team.Bender qualified for both the 55 and 400-meter dash while Bradley was recognized in the pole vault.For the girls, MDI’s Ashley Anderson qualified for the second team in four events: the 55-, 200- and 400-meter dashes as well as the 4×200-meter relay with teammates Lily Turner, Sydney Kachmar and Adriana Novella.The following Hancock County athletes also qualified for PVC-EMITL second teams.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ second teamOne-mile run: Ellsworth’s Kiona Osterlin.Shot put: Bucksport’s Mavis Taungatu’a; MDI’s Mackenzie Hanna.High jump: Ellsworth’s Rachel Bunker.Boys’ second team200-yard dash: MDI’s Ryan Bender.Shot put: MDI’s Croix Albee.Long jump: MDI’s Ryan Bender.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Four straight visits here have resulted in baffling losses for the 49ers. Here are five ways the 49ers (1-6) can make Sunday’s trip different against the host Arizona Cardinals (1-6):1. Pocket presence: Coach Kyle Shanahan, after a 28-18 home loss to the Cardinals three weeks ago, noted that C.J. Beathard needed to know his surroundings better as he shuffles in the pocket.Specifically, Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones was a pest last game, producing a strip sack as …
Building activity subdued The slowdown in house price growth runs parallel with the weakening SA economy. GDP growth slowed to 1.3% in the second quarter of 2011, down from 4.5% in the first quarter. The report said that building activity remained subdued, with house price growth likely to follow suit. The value of residential buildings completed (in real terms) for the period January to July 2011 fell by 7.4%, from the corresponding period in 2010. Residential contractors, as surveyed by the Bureau of Economic Research, suffered a fall in business confidence, to 20 index points in quarter three, from 24 index points in the second quarter. Household disposable income Standard Bank’s median house price posted a growth rate of 0.6% in September as compared to the same period last year, down from 1.6% in August. Growth in real terms remains negative. House price growth slowed to a crawl in September according to a report by Standard Bank. This slowdown was mirrored by real household consumption expenditure growth decelerating to 3.8% in the second quarter, down from a robust 5.2% in the first quarter. Growth in total credit extension to households eased to 5.2% in August, from 6.6% in July. Growth in mortgage advances mirrored this decline, registering 1.6% in August, from 3% in July. The bank said that household credit growth remained muted despite a historically low interest rate environment. Sapa Standard Bank said that household consumption was undermined by receding real income growth and the sluggish SA labour market. Growth in household disposable income slowed to 4.1% in the second quarter of this year, down from 5.4% in the first quarter. The combination of household disposable income growth and historically low nominal interest rates has contributed to the slight improvement in the ratio of household debt to disposable income, to 75.9% in the second quarter of the year, from 76.8% in the first. 13 October 2011 However, households continue to carry a sizeable debt burden, with the household debt to income ratio in the second quarter not significantly different from its 2008 peak of 82%.
8 May 2015The seventh issue of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap), launched on 7 May, highlights the development of a specific support framework for black industrialists.In terms of Ipap 2015, the Black Industrialists Development Programme will be established over the coming year. It will be aimed at promoting industrialisation, sustainable economic growth and transformation through the support of black- owned entities in the mainstream of the South African manufacturing industry and related manufacturing sectors.Briefing reporters at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Johannesburg at the launch, Minister Rob Davies said the government would focus on the programme. “If we are focusing on the manufacturing sector we need to ensure that the manufacturing sector becomes much more representative of the demographics of our people, but more importantly that the manufacturing sector benefits from the available pool of talent from the country and the population as a whole.”In March, the department said it would avail R1-billion in support of the programme with the initial aim being to support 100 black industrialists. “Becoming an industrialist is not an easy task. It requires passion and a skills set and capabilities. What we are going to be doing is we are focusing on a particular programme which will identify and support black industrialists,” Davies said on Thursday.Access to finance and marketsAccording to the document, the programme envisages implementing key measures such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, standards, quality and productivity improvements by black manufacturing companies.Recommendations from commissions reporting back at the Black Industrialists Indaba held in March included that a committee comprising the government, the private sector and co-opted experts be established to explore more ways to accelerate the implementation of the programme. It was also agreed that the Preferential Public Procurement Act be reviewed and that the setting of the black majority threshold be at 75% for companies qualifying for the programme.Skills development will be placed at the core of the programme.The IPAP said that in the 2015/16 year, the programme would be designed, developed and structured. According to the document, the development of the programme would be overseen by the Department of Trade and Industry as the lead, with supporting agencies such as the IDC and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.Industrialisation in historyDavies also said the manufacturing sector played an important role in South Africa’s economy. “The manufacturing sector and value addition remain critical objectives of achieving the kinds of structural changes that are necessary to place our economy on a higher level of more inclusive growth.”History had shown that industrialisation was a necessity. “The lessons that we’ve drawn and which is also the common understanding of the African continent, is that industrialisation is necessary because if we don’t industrialise we are trapped in the most disadvantageous place in the global division of labour as producers and exporters of primary products and as importers of finished goods.“That is the most disadvantageous position to be in because the real value in value chains lies in the parts that take place after the delivery of the primary materials.”An important sub-theme that formed part of radical economic transformation, he said, was that the government was expected to increase the impact of industrial policy measures.“This Ipap also represents our intent to progressively upscale our industrial policy. What is clear to all of us is that this economy has not had sufficiently fast inclusive economic growth, [gross domestic product] growth has not been high enough and the growth that we’ve had has not been inclusive enough to place us in a position where we can see a significant dent in the levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment in our country,” Davies explained.The target in the Medium Term Strategic Framework was for 5% of inclusive growth to have been delivered by the end of this term in government. The latest Ipap, as well as previous iterations, indicated the actions that different government entities needed to carry out to support industrialisation.“What we are doing is that we are creating an environment,” said Davies. “We are creating a support package of measures; we are creating a defensive framework that will allow manufacturing activities to flourish in South Africa. That’s what it’s about.”A total of 3 384 private sector enterprises across all provinces were provided with incentive and other support in 2014 to the value of R13.6-billion.The chairman of the Manufacturing Circle, Bruce Strong, welcomed the Ipap, saying that South Africa’s growth was tied to the health of manufacturing.Source: SAnews.gov
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The experts weren’t expecting the USDA to raise yield estimates. Many don’t believe the numbers, but everyone is now trading off of these new projections. Farmers probably won’t be selling at these prices. In the past when farmers waited futures eventually creep back up to $4 corn and $10 soybeans. We’ll see if that strategy works again.Some are saying this will be the highest yield posted by the USDA for the year for corn and soybeans. It has been noted that the USDA has trouble estimating crop yield in wet years. Once harvest starts in 45 days there will be a better understanding of yield potential.The Ohio’s Country Journal did a crop tour last week in Ohio and believe the yield on corn could be 166 to 175 while the USDA pegged it at 168. Some experts were thinking Ohio was closer to 150. Read more here http://ocj.com/2015/08/2015-1-75i-71-ohio-crop-tour-summary/.Farmers in the east have a mix of good and bad corn fields. In the west farmers say fields are better than expected after such a wet spring, while northern farmers are expecting record crop yields.This week Pro-Farmer starts their crop tour. If their estimates are drastically different from the USDA, there could be an upswing in prices. However, it should be noted that crop tours can miss yields by wide margins. It’s hard to estimate what kernel weights will be as late season moisture can have big effects yet on the final yield.Grain marketing recap for the 2014 corn cropWith new crop corn being harvested in the South, the 2014/15 marketing year is essentially over. I continue to tell farmers that looking at cash prices isn’t enough. Savvy farmers examine every aspect of the marketing process to optimize their grain marketing strategy.Futures have the biggest movement potential for farmers. In the last two years corn has had a $2 per bushel range ($3.25-$5.25). My farm average was $4.78, which puts me in the top 25% of the market move. Hindsight tells me I should be happy with this. This price was established using a combination of futures, options and spreads, all of which helped reduce my risk and give me a good price.Basis (the CBOT price minus the local price available) has been running independent of the CBOT values this year. The range for basis was nearly 40 cents from top to bottom (-.50 to -.10) for the season. I set the basis for my farm in mid-January at nearly 20 cents above the local market for summer delivery. I just missed the top by 5 cents. I was nearly in the top 10% of the basis market this year.This is the first year in the last seven that I didn’t hit the very top of the basis market. While I’m mildly disappointed, taking a 20 cent premium early in the year while reducing risk is something I would do again.Carry — many farmers over-look or may not understand the potential in market carry. Carry represents how farmers get paid to store grain until early summer guaranteed. This year the high was hit in mid-Oct, paying farmers 32 cents to hold their grain until the following summer. (Usually it hits the top of the market before Dec 1.) I set my carry price at 29 cents (or 3 cents off the top). That’s another top 10% finish.Evaluating PerformanceI can only truly evaluate the performance of my marketing plan after I’ve broken down each component individually. When farmers tell me their cash sales, it usually isn’t the whole story. Maybe they picked their futures price well, but missed substantial opportunity in the carry market and who knows where the basis was when they made their trade.How to make an additional 10% on your grainIf a farmer works basis and carry into their marketing strategy they can increase their profits by 10% or more. It doesn’t matter if the market is at $3 or $8. Savvy farmers are learning how this kind of marketing is beneficial to their bottom line. This is not a reinvention of the wheel, but merely adopting a plan that already exists and is used by all the major grain companies.My Current Positions in Corn POSITION – CORN201420152016Corn Sold100%100%28%CBOT Price$4.78$4.71$4.50 estMarket Carry$0.28$.30 est$.30 estBasis on Farm($0.15)($.20) est($.20) estOptions & spread profits$0.08––Cash Price$4.99$4.81 est$4.60 est 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. 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