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Gardai to recommence Operation Fanacht

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai to recommence Operation Fanacht Twitter An Garda Síochána wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the basic ways to protect yourself: Deputy Commissioner Twomey went on to say, “An Garda Síochána is fully aware of the impact increased restrictions may have on those who are subject to domestic abuse and do not feel safe in their homes.  An Garda Síochána takes domestic abuse very seriously.  If you are in danger call 999 at any time. If you feel you are not in immediate danger and you require advice and assistance, you can visit or call your local Garda Station and ask to speak with a Garda in private.  If you know of someone who cannot speak for themselves please contact your local Garda station.” • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty• practice good respiratory hygiene, that is, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue• discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water• maintain physical distancing, that is, leave at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever• avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself• Reduce your social interactions Pinterest WhatsApp Operation Fanacht will see a high level of visibility of members of An Garda Síochána in Donegal to support the public health guidelines, particularly in relation to social distancing and gathering in large groups at amenities and open spaces.  Targeted Garda checkpoints will be established throughout the county.  An Garda Síochána wants to remind everyone that people are being encouraged not to travel out of or into the county of Donegal unless absolutely necessary. An Garda Síochána Recommences Operation Fanacht for Donegal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Garda activity in Donegal will be supplemented by Garda personnel from nearby counties, particularly Leitrim and Sligo, who will focus on patrols of destination public amenities and open spaces in those counties. This activity will consist of targeted patrols and checkpoints to check compliance with Public Health Regulations. An Garda Síochána will also continue to work in co-operation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland to support public health efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland through rolling cross-border checkpoints in relevant locations.  The Government on the advice of NPHET are requesting the people of county Donegal to adhere to increased public health measures that are being applied to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Operation Fanacht is focused on supporting public compliance with these public health measures following the announcement by An Taoiseach yesterday that Donegal will be at level 3 of the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19 from midnight, Friday, September 25th.  In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has, and will continue to, adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Garda members engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce. Facebook Homepage BannerNews Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “We all have a role individually and collectively in protecting ourselves, our families, our communities and the most vulnerable. It is vital that we all play our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the public health regulations and guidelines.  An Garda Síochána will do its part in keeping people safe.  Operation Fanacht is intended to work with communities to support public health measures.”center_img Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest Deputy Commissioner Twomey added, “Local Gardaí continue to be available to support individuals and local communities, in particular the most vulnerable in our society during this time. If you are feeling isolated or need help with shopping, collecting your prescription or anything else similar, please contact your local Garda station”. By News Highland – September 25, 2020 Google+ Facebook Previous articleJoint statement issued by Derry/Strabane and Donegal council leadersNext articleNews, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries on Friday September 27th News Highland Operation Navigation, which focuses on compliance with public health regulations by licensed premises, will continue nationwide, and An Garda Síochána will enforce Penal Regulations.  Where Gardaí find potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case. WhatsApp An Garda Síochána will at midnight, Friday 25th September, recommence Operation Fanacht in Donegal. Gardai will recommence Operation Fanacht in Donegal from midnight tonight.The operation will see a high level of visibility of members of An Garda Síochána in Donegal to support the public health guidelines, particularly in relation to social distancing and gathering in large groups at amenities and open spaces.Gardai say there will be targeted checkpoints established throughout the county, with people being reminded that they shouldn’t travel out of or into the county of Donegal unless absolutely necessary.Garda activity in Donegal will be supplemented by Garda personnel from nearby counties, particularly Leitrim and Sligo, and there will be high levels of contact with colleagues in the PSNI.*******************Statement in full – Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In respect of regulations, including travel restrictions, which are not declared to be Penal Regulations under the Health Act 1947 as amended, under Operation Fanacht An Garda Síochána will use the approach of the three Es which will see Gardaí engage, educate and encourage, only, compliance with travel regulations.last_img read more

Annual volleyball tournament looks to foster community and help veterans’ causes

first_imgLyons and Carroll Hall will host the annual Volley for the Vets volleyball tournament Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Notre Dame Veterans Fund, providing support to veterans who wish to pursue an education at Notre Dame.All students are welcome to form teams of six for the event, and can enter the tournament for a donation of $10, which will go towards the Notre Dame Veterans Fund.Junior Aidan Cook, Carroll Hall president, said the competition will be different from previous years, taking place at the Stepan Center beach volleyball courts instead of the ones near each residence hall.“This year we are trying to centralize things and our hope in doing that is to get some lawn games set up and play music so that people are not only there to play, but also to watch,” Cook said.In addition to the games, students will be able to buy T-shirts for $10 with the proceeds also benefiting veterans. Sophomore Dora Leonardo, president of Lyons Hall, said the tournament will use the same T-shirt design as last year “to create unity.”Representatives will be outside both South and North Dining Halls helping students sign up to participate. Pre-registration is not required, and teams may also just show up to the event on Saturday. Last year, the event brought out 25 teams, and this year, the organizers would like to see even more.While students will compete against one another, the tournament’s deeper goal is to give back to veterans. The Notre Dame Veterans Fund helps to alleviate the cost of tuition and housing for the service men and women who are students at Notre Dame. The Volley for the Vets tournament raises a substantial amount of money for these causes.The annual event was started by a Lyons Hall student who felt passionately about giving back to those in the military and in honor of her relative who served.“It was really strong in her heart that there needed to be some sort of event whether it was for veterans or those actively in the military,” Leonardo said. “And she took the initiative and started it.”While the event not only strengthens the relationship between students and the Notre Dame’s initiatives for veterans, it also bolsters the community between Lyons and Carroll Hall, who are brother and sister dorms. Maggie Griffin, a sophomore in Lyons, said events like Volley for the Vets can bring people together under a common cause.“I love Volley for the Vets because it brings together students on campus to recognize the importance of veterans causes,” Griffin said. “Lyons and Carroll Hall have a great relationship and this fosters an even better sense of community.”Tags: Carroll Hall, Lyons Hall, Veterans, Volley for the Vets, Volleyball, volleyball tournamentlast_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

SA’s top global firms 2003

first_img22 October 2003Oil exploration group Energy Africa and furniture manufacturer Steinhoff International have been named joint winners of the 2003 SA Top Companies Global Awards.The awards – sponsored by Business Report, Barloworld and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and presented by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel – reflect the “transnationality” of listed South African companies. There were 41 entrants for this year’s awards, 19 more than in 2002.The criteria used to select the winners were percentage of foreign turnover, foreign assets and foreign employees. The data was collated and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.Energy Africa and Steinhoff were judged joint winners after receiving a ranking of 73 percent each, marginally ahead of third-placed Sappi with 69 percent.Energy Africa managing director Rhidwaan Gasant told Business Report: “We are pleased to be minnows among the titans. We are honoured to be in their company … It is a bonus to celebrate the success of South African companies, and it shows that we can compete on the international front.”Steinhoff International group managing director Danie van der Merwe told the newspaper that it was a “great honour” for a company that has only been listed for five years to “be among these giants”.Previously, the award called for entries from any company, regardless of size. This year the award changed to a ranking system of the top 100 companies by market capitalisation on the JSE Securities Exchange. Companies that are a subsidiary of another listed company, or have their primary listing overseas, were excluded.Because of the importance of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the South African government’s attempts to promote opportunities in Africa, a category was created this year to find the listed company that has most successfully expanded into Africa.The inaugural award went to Illovo Sugar, with a ranking of 53 percent. Shoprite Checkers took second spot with 50 percent.Most Global Index Top 25Energy AfricaSteinhoff InternationalSappiMetro Cash & CarryIllovo SugarAlexander ForbesBarloworldInvestecNampakAvis Southern AfricaImpala PlatinumNortham PlatinumMTN GroupAssoreAnglovaal MiningNaspersSasolMurray & RobertsVenFinStandard Bank GroupAnglovaal IndustriesShoprite HoldingsUnitransAECIHarmony GoldSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Cape Town: most beautiful city

first_imgThe majestic tree is a favourite with visitorsto the area, and may now be viewed againafter a hiatus of 36 months.((Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gert BamCity of Cape Town sports and recreation+27 21 400 5090 or +27 82 222 1242Janine ErasmusCape Town has made it onto Forbes magazine’s list, released earlier in 2010, of the 12 most beautiful cities in the world.According to Forbes, the Mother City is on a par with Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Cambridge, Tokyo and London as the most scenic travel picks.While the list has generated much heated online discussion, and many people have agreed or disagreed with the selections, most would concur that Cape Town is one of the most visually pleasing destinations to be found anywhere.The Forbes list is drawn up in consultation with experts from a range of relevant fields, including architecture, urban planning and sustainable development.Learned consultants included Amanda Reynolds of the UK-based Urban Design Group; architect Michael Kaufman of Goettsch Partners in Chicago; and Raymond Levitt, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.UK urban designer and architect Tony McGuirk; J Hugh O’Donnell, CEO of engineering firm MMM International, and Ken Drucker of the New York office of architectural firm HOK also provided input.Towards the end of 2009 Cape Town was also named one of the world’s top 10 party cities by the travel guide Lonely Planet, in its 1 000 Ultimate Experiences publication. The city joined Buenos Aires, Dubai, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, La Paz, Baku, Auckland and Tel Aviv as a desirable destination for those who love a laid-back atmosphere during the day and a festive vibe at night.Open spaces impressCape Town is the only city from a developing nation to have made the cut, and the only one on the African continent.Forbes was particularly impressed by Cape Town’s open spaces. According to environmental engineer Levitt, the city was also singled out for its small ecological footprint compared to sprawling metropolises like Tokyo and New York. This, he said, was a result of its “manageable size”.A 2010 Fifa World Cup host city, Cape Town is gearing up for the tourist influx with a host of infrastructure upgrades, such as the Integrated Rapid Transit system and the impressive new Cape Town stadium and its associated Green Point Common, which is being developed now that the stadium is fully functional. The common is expected to become an important social gathering site once complete.Cape Town also hosts a number of other popular sporting events, such as the annual Cape Argus and Cape Epic cycle tours and the Two Oceans ultramarathon. Participants from all over the world descend on the city to pit their skills and endurance against the best athletes in these taxing sporting disciplines.The city has an abundance of unspoilt beaches for those who love to soak up the sun, and it is also known for its bustling nightlife and fine restaurants. Some of the top establishments in the country are to be found here, a number of which have also won international acclaim.A little further inland, the Cape winelands offer award-winning wines from many world-renowned estates, some of them possessing an ancestry that dates right back to the early days of the Cape’s colonisation by the Dutch.The city also boasts many highly rated hotels, ranging from the brand-new One and Only – part of a growing international chain developed by South African hospitality tycoon Sol Kerzner – to the venerable Mount Nelson, which opened on 6 March 1899 and is a favourite of well-heeled travellers.No description of Cape Town would be complete without a mention of its most spectacular landmark, the flat-topped Table Mountain, part of the 30 000ha Table Mountain National Park, administered by South African National Parks. Not only is the site home to a wide range of animals and birds, it’s also popular with thrill-seekers who are able to hike, climb, cave, and base-jump from its many cliffs.last_img read more

Selling corn before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC The USDA increased the export demand pace for corn. Should the U.S. produce a trend line corn yield of 174 bushels per acre this year, then carryout would drop from the current level of 2.1 billion to just below 1.6 billion by next summer. If that were to happen, then corn is undervalued.However, the nearly perfect growing conditions across 90% of the Corn Belt is keeping prices down at the moment. The corn crop is setting itself up for a 180-bushel per acre national average estimate, which would mean 500 million more bushels and a carryout over 2 billion. If that would occur then Dec corn is overvalued today.On June 29 we will learn if the U.S. farmers planted more corn acres than estimated in the spring by the USDA. Expectations are that an increase of a half million to 1 million additional acres might have been planted. That would translate into an additional 100 to 200 million bushels to the carryout. This is not something that will help those looking for something to help rally this marketIn four of the last nine years (2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016) Dec corn futures drifted lower from mid-June through harvest. Weather analog years show 2009 and 2014 having similar weather conditions to this year so far.In five of the last nine years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017) Dec corn had a pop in prices at some point later in the summer. Weather forecasts should be biggest driver of the corn market going forward. There is a lot of summer to go and it’s still hot in many parts of the Corn Belt, but rain makes grain.The trade war certainly isn’t helping the situation but the amount of corn exported is small in relationship to beans on a percentage basis. The U.S. produces over 30% of the world’s corn and soybeans, it’s not as simple as not buying our product. Why I want to sell corn before harvestOver the last two weeks I’ve explained why I use average yields as estimates when selling corn prior to harvest. I’ve explained that there are a lot of advantages for selling before harvest.Historically, the best futures levels tend to occur during the middle of summer. Over the last 30 years, the price for new crop corn has been higher in May than October 75% of the time. Conversely, storing corn, hoping for a rally where prices the following spring are higher than at harvest, only happened 50% of the time. When a farmer stores corn they need to also factor in either the cost of commercial storage or home storage and the interest paid on the value of the stored grain. Either way this extra cost reduces the chances for better prices from harvest to spring to less than 50%. Even in the last 10 years only 2010 and 2011 saw significantly higher prices after harvest that exceeded those of the summer before harvest. Taking advantage of market carry premium and basis flexibilityFarmers can also take advantage of market carry premium in the market. That is when future months are worth more than current months. This opportunity is only available if a farmer has sold their corn by harvest.There is also the benefit of basis increasing after harvest, which happens in most years, even if futures prices don’t rally.When considering the profit opportunity potential of market carry and basis there is a better chance to maximize profitability by selling before harvest than waiting until after, hoping for a rally while paying storage costs and interest.Despite these benefits, a lot of farmers are fearful of committing to selling their grain before harvest. Why I don’t worry about selling my grain before harvestCrop InsuranceMy crop insurance protects all sales up to 80% of my normal APH yield, so as long as I don’t sell over 80% of my APH yields, then my sales are covered against a rally. This doesn’t mean I will get to take advantage of those higher prices, only that I don’t have to worry about coming up with bushels to cover the sales I made if I don’t raise the crop. Missing out on future ralliesOften farmers fear missing out on futures rallies, so they wait. But from my perspective, every time I sell I could be potentially missing out on a future rally regardless of the time of year. Nobody knows when the highs and lows of the market will occur. Therefore, since I’m willing to presell 80% of my grain before harvest, I can still take advantage of future rallies, but they’ll just be on next year’s crop instead of this year. Pre-selling doesn’t keep me from profiting on rallies when they come, it just may change which year I use it. Breakeven uncertaintyI use averages from the last three years and assume a minor inflation increase. I make sure to include all expenses, including fair market rental value for owned land, cost of living expenses, equipment custom rates, etc. In the end, I’m usually really close every year. My biggest expense variable can be fertilizer prices. Still, even a $100 per ton price shift, which is pretty big, only adjusts my breakeven price by 11 cents or about $20 per acre. I can eliminate this risk buy purchasing in advance. Final yield uncertaintyYields actually have the biggest effect on my breakeven prices, more than any other variable. For every bushel produced above or below my average production, my breakeven price changes 2 cents or $3.50 per acre. Instead of letting this significant variable keep me from selling before harvest I use average yields for planning. I reserve the extra profits when yields are high, and pull from those reserves during dry years. This takes some discipline to do, but the extra profit potential makes it worth it for me.I think the benefits of selling before harvest outweigh the negatives. The market usually trades above my breakeven point at least once during the marketing year, so I try to take advantage when it does. 2017 might have been the first year in a very long time where that didn’t happen. So far in 2018 the market has already traded above the average farmers’ breakeven point and there is no guarantee it will happen again.Since weather is the main driver for corn prices and completely unpredictable, I need to have a grain marketing strategy in place that provides the best chances of profit potential every year. For me historically there is a lot of rationale to support selling most of my corn before harvest. Granted it takes discipline and planning, but it’s worth it for the increased chances to maximize profitability for my farm operation and minimize my risk exposure. 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. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more