The Minister for Defence has promised that the Government will act “swiftly” on the issue of pay and conditions with the Irish Defence Forces once a report is received in the coming weeks on the issues.Minister Paul Kehoe was speaking as he carried out a review of the 114th Infantry Battalion who are due to leave on a six-month deployment to South Lebanon shortly.Hundreds of people turned out in Letterkenny, to see the review which took place on the playing fields of St Eunans College. Afterwards, more than 400 soldiers marched to the town to the delight of hundreds of schoolchildren waving flags.Minister Kehoe used the occasion to address the issue of pay and conditions within the force.He said he wanted to be frank and honest about the situation and admitted that it was not an easy situation to resolve.“My Department, in conjunction with Military Management, has been working round-the-clock for months now to address these issues.“This work has also involved the two representative bodies, PDFORRA and Raco, who are the two official and recognised associations tasked with advocating on behalf of members of Defence Forces members. “It was on my request that the Government tasked the Public Service pay Commission with examining challenges being experienced in recruitment and retention.“Written submissions have been made by all the above parties and both the Chief of Staff and the Secretary-General in my Department have made a joint verbal submission.“I can inform you today that I am expecting that report in the next few weeks and the Government will act swiftly once it is received.”“Together, and I know the Chief of Staff and the Secretary-General will agree with me, we are working proactively and diligently to ensure that the role of the Defence Forces personnel is fully appreciated and that the challenges in recruitment and retention are understood.”He said this required a range of actions but that the well-being of the Defence Force members are his priority. He added “Let us be honest, however. There are no easy solutions. If this was easy we would have already solved this issue and the solution requires a range of actions.“However, I will continue to address the issue in support of our defence forces personnel.“Moreover, as Government makes decisions on issues of public investment and expenditure, let me assure you, ensuring the safety, security, welfare and the well-being of our Defence Forces is, and will remain, my top priority. And I will ensure that we secure the necessary resources to this end.”The deployment of the 114th Infantry Battalion will see 450 troops rotate to South Lebanon in what is Ireland’s largest overseas deployment to a single mission area. Once deployed, the 114th Infantry Battalion will assume command of the IRISHBATT Area of Operations, taking over from 113th Infantry Battalion who deployed to the mission area last November.The Irish Battalion will be comprised of 450 Irish army, naval and air corps personnel.The unit will also include ten soldiers from the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).This will be the second rotation of AFM personnel with Irish troops to Lebanon.There was a carnival feel to today’s events with schoolchildren and families all attending the event.It was a very special occasion for Lt Col Paul Kelly from Letterkenny who will be the Officer Commanding the 114th Infantry Battalion in South Lebanon.He paid special tribute to the families and loved ones left behind while they travelled on their tour of duty.“No mission overseas can thrive without the continued support of our loved ones, families and friends at home. Military service and particularly overseas service is a sacrifice that is borne hardest by those we leave behind.“I know that I speak on behalf of the men and women of this unit when I express my sincere appreciation for your support, thoughts and prayers when we are deployed abroad.“Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to all the soldiers of the 114th Infantry Battalion for their continuing service and loyalty to the state and to the cause of peace and wish every one of them a safe and successful tour of duty,” he said.Among those who also attended the ceremony was Minister for Education Joe McHugh as well as local county councillors.Donegal salutes soldiers as Minister promises “swift action” on pay and conditions was last modified: May 7th, 2019 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)
Patients in Donegal are being forced to wait for more than two years to be seen by a speech and language therapist, it has been revealed. Figures obtained show that of the more than 520 people currently on the waiting list for an appointment here, 67 of them have been awaiting an initial assessment for over 24 months now.This means that Donegal has the highest number of patients waiting longer than two years to receive treatment across the state, with only Dublin South-West performing worse. Reacting angrily to the revelations on Wednesday afternoon, Doherty said: “To say that I am absolutely livid by these figures would be an understatement.“Prior to the Dáil recess, I had been contacted by a number of families who relayed their utter frustration at the significant delays their loved ones had been facing when trying to access Speech and Language therapy services after having already been referred by their doctor.“This prompted me to raise the issue with the Minister and I requested the waiting list figures for every HSE region across the state including details of the numbers waiting to receive an initial appointment with a Speech and Language therapist.“I’ve now received that data and the figures show that across each county and Local Area Health office there are more patients in Donegal waiting for more than two years to receive treatment than in any other county, with only the Dublin South West region recording higher patient numbers within this waiting band. “There are currently 522 people in Donegal waiting to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy service, 67 of whom have been on the waiting list for over two years now – that is horrendous by any measure.“In fact, across all thirty-two Local HSE offices (LHOs) scattered throughout the state, only four other counties recorded patients on waiting lists for periods greater than 24 months.“The fact that Donegal is an outlier in this regard, while not surprising, is totally and completely unacceptable.“Speech and language therapists treat individuals with communication disorders as well as those who have difficulties with swallowing by assessing their clients’ difficulties and by developing appropriate treatment programmes in order to meet their needs.“They often work closely with different clinicians as well as others such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and, in the case of children, their teachers to ensure maximum patient outcomes. “It’s well known that early intervention and access to appropriate care is crucial for those with communication and associated conditions in order to ensure that they can reach their full potential,” Doherty added.“This is particularly the case with respect to very young children with communication disorders and whose formative years can be enhanced greatly with the help of proper supports and services.“This is why I am so outraged by these figures because clearly, they show that people living in Donegal are again being forced to put up with substandard services and are having to wait longer to access treatments compared with other parts of the country,” he said.“It’s also yet again another example of the complete lack of concern and regard this government has for the people of this county who most need support.” Outrage as Donegal patients wait more than two years for speech and language therapy was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dave Scheiderer, founder, Integrated Ag Services (IAS) of Milford Center, has been named 2015 Precision Ag Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur award winner by the PrecisionAg Institute through its annual PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence.The international recognition is presented to one individual or team who have established a demonstrable expertise in precision technologies and practices by devising a new tool/concept/procedure, or who have used their expertise to the benefit of their grower-customers. The award recognizes excellence in four areas: innovation, leadership/professionalism, stewardship, and overall impact on precision farming.“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire IAS team,” Scheiderer said. “This recognition is a direct result of their hard work and commitment to our customers — the farmers we work with every day. The IAS team is the most knowledgeable, service oriented, committed group of people I have ever had the privilege of working with — and I am simply representing them in accepting this award.”Scheiderer was nominated by Dain Bruns of Marysville. IAS was established in 1990, offering agronomic advice and services to farmers throughout the Midwest, with a concentrated base in western Ohio. Over the last 25 years, IAS has established expertise in a variety of areas, including automated precision soil sampling, NDVI high resolution imagery, RTK network services, Precision Ag hardware and software sales and service, and independent corn and soybean yield trials for farmers in Ohio and surrounding states.Starting with one employee — Scheiderer — 25 years ago, IAS now has a team of nine full-time employees, including six Certified Crop Advisers. Among the firm’s innovative offerings is the IAS Precision Soil Sampling — which provides higher quality and more dense soil sampling at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods — and the IAS Profit Calculator —which consolidates weather, soil sampling and marketing technologies; crop consulting and real-time reporting to track crop development, yield potential and estimated profit.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation have launched an updated version of “Bringing Biotechnology to Life.” This free educational resource for educators follows the principles of project-based learning to teach about plant biotechnology and its role in food production through eight sequential lessons and a culminating research and public presentation module. The updated resource addresses national learning standards for seventh through 10th grade students and asks the following questions:What is DNA?How can we examine DNA?What is selective breeding?What is biotechnology?How is biotechnology used?How do researchers compare DNA?Where would we be without GMOs?Where is biotechnology headed?“Using advancements in technology, agriculturalists are striving to feed more people with fewer resources,” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “Biotechnology is one of these advancements. It’s important that our resources continue to reflect these advancements in technology, which is why we are excited to launch the third version of Bringing Biotechnology to Life. We want to help consumers understand the role that biotechnology plays in agriculture and our lives. Through this resource, we’re empowering students to make informed decisions about the practical uses of biotechnology in their world today.”Bringing Biotechnology to Life was launched at the World Food Prize 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium. Version 2.0 was released in 2016 and included the addition of student pre/post assessments, accommodations for students struggling to meet performance expectations and enrichments for students who have already met performance expectations, strategies for English language learners, connections to students’ home and community, and enhanced self-reflection tools and rubrics for assessment.“Data from our consumer research shows that despite a low level of knowledge, a large number (47%) of consumers say they avoid foods produced with GMO technology,” said Joseph Clayton, CEO of the International Food Information Council Foundation. “This reflects an immediate need for science education from an early age. We are happy to collaborate with the Foundation on this important resource.”The Bringing Biotechnology to Life Version 3.0 learning kit is available for download at no cost at https://www.agfoundation.org/bringing-biotech-to-life/ and https://foodinsight.org/bringing-biotechnology-to-life-an-educational-resource-for-grades-7-10/.The mission of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (http://agfoundation.org) is to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education. The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit http://www.foodinsight.org to learn more.
Normal anatomyA hernia occurs when part of an organ protrudes through a weak point or tear in the thin muscular wall that holds the abdominal organs in place.IndicationsHernia repair may be recommended for:large bulges through a small hole (increased risk of incarceration and strangulation)painful hernia Inguinal hernia repair is indicated when the bulge through the inguinal canal is large or painful.ProcedureWhile the patient is sleepy (sedated) and pain-free (local anesthesia or spinal anesthesia) or deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia), an incision is made over the hernia. The bulging tissue or organ is replaced inside the muscle wall, the muscle tissue is repaired, and the skin is closed.AftercareMoving and walking are recommended the day of surgery. Small children require no restrictions following routine hernia repair. Older children should avoid body contact sports for at least 3 weeks. The hernia repair is not at risk, but a blow to the incision could burst the skin closure. Expect complete recovery from surgery in about 2 to 4 weeks. Avoid heavy lifting or straining for several weeks after surgery. Avoid tub baths for at least 5 days after the operation, because soaking will separate the skin tapes and the wound could break open. Sponge bathing for infants and showering for older children are permitted the day after surgery. The wound tapes should be carefully patted dry after showering.Review Date:12/10/2012Reviewed By:Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon.advertisement
Were the Warriors just unlucky? Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were not a particularly good defensive team during the regular season, either overall or against perimeter shooters, although they may be better with Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson getting more minutes because of injuries. The Cavs forced the Warriors into some bad possessions, but the Dubs also missed on some good looks, shooting just 2-for-11 on corner threes.But there’s also the old adage: Live by the three, die by the three. If your shooters are going to get crazy hot on some nights, isn’t it inevitable that they’ll shoot a bunch of bricks on another, rendering a team’s offense more inconsistent and making it more upset-prone?Let’s look at some data from the 2014-15 regular season. In the chart below, I’ve sorted teams by the percentage of their field goals that were taken from 3-point range. Then I’ve looked at their game-by-game scoring, calculating their scoring range (as I’ll describe it throughout this article) as the span including the middle 80 percent of their games (that is, throwing out their top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent of performances).The Warriors, for instance, averaged 110 points per game in the regular season, while their scoring range ran from 98 points (at the 10th percentile) to 126 points (at the 90th percentile), a 28-point difference. That seems like a wide range … but it’s perfectly normal. The average NBA team this season had a 27-point scoring range. The average range since 1979-80 (when the 3-point shot was introduced) is 28 points.The Warriors weren’t the league’s most three-happy team, however. They were just seventh — behind the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. So maybe the Dubs were pretty steady, but were those other teams inconsistent?The Cavaliers were inconsistent: Their scoring range spanned 33 points, tied for the second-highest total in the league after Oklahoma City.2Like the Thunder, who dealt with injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Cavs went through numerous lineup changes and new “looks” over the course of the regular season. So that may reflect personnel changes more than inconsistency per se. But Houston, which took 39 percent of its attempts from long range (easily an NBA record), had a scoring range of just 25 points, below the NBA average. The three-happy Atlanta Hawks had a scoring range of just 24 points.What’s going on here? Are teams that shoot a lot of threes actually more consistent than others? (Maybe they’re more resilient when facing different types of defenses or benefit from having better floor spacing?)Actually, it’s mostly just because this data is pretty noisy. I ran a regression on all NBA teams since 1979-80 to predict their scoring range based on (i) the percentage of their field goal attempts that came from behind the arc and (ii) their per-game scoring average. Both variables have a positive and highly statistically significant relationship with a team’s scoring range. Teams that score more points have a wider scoring range, and, once you control for that, teams that shoot more threes do also.But statistical significance is not the same thing as practical significance. In the context of an actual basketball team, this result will make very little difference.Suppose, for instance, that a team scores 100 points per game and that 40 percent of its field-goal attempts are 3-pointers — higher, even, than this year’s record-setting Rockets. Its scoring range, according to the regression analysis, projects to be 29.7 points.What about a team that scores 100 points but does so with only 10 percent of its shots being threes? No team has shot such a low percentage of 3-pointers since the 1999-2000 Philadelphia 76ers, but we’ll run the numbers just for fun. That team, according to the regression, would have a scoring range of 28.0 points. So it’s more consistent, but only barely so; its scoring range is only 6 percent narrower. This just really doesn’t matter much.What matters a lot more, of course, is how effective a team is at scoring overall. The Oklahoma City Thunder, as I mentioned, had the most inconsistent offense in the regular season. But their 10th percentile score, 88 points, was still better than two-thirds of the league because they had a high per game scoring average.And Golden State’s 10th percentile score, 98 points, was better than what almost a third of NBA teams scored on average per game. The Warriors will have better shooting nights than they did Sunday, but their bad nights aren’t indicative of a fundamental problem — they’re just bad nights.CORRECTION (June 9, 11:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that if the Golden State Warriors had made 3-pointers at their regular-season accuracy rate, they would have won Sunday’s NBA Finals game 117-95. They would have won 111-95. “You’ll shoot your eye out,” I kept thinking while watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Warriors hoisted 35 3-point attempts and made only eight of them en route to scoring just 93 points. It was a maddening, sloppy game full of what-ifs. So … what if the Warriors had sunk threes at their normal accuracy rate?1The Warriors shot .398 on 3-pointers during the regular season, which would equate to making 14 of 35 shots. They would have won 111-95.
For the second straight year, Serena Williams’s bid to make history at the U.S. Open was derailed in a semifinal upset. Last year, Williams was seeking to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and to tie Graf’s Open-era record of 22 career major titles when she was defeated by No. 43 Roberta Vinci. On Thursday night, Williams was two match wins from passing Graf in career major titles, but, hampered by an injury to her left knee, she lost to No. 11 Karolina Pliskova.Williams was ranked No. 1 heading into both matches. And according to win probabilities based on our tennis Elo ratings, both results were big surprises: She had a 97 percent chance of beating Vinci and an 87 percent chance against Pliskova.1In this article, our estimates of win probability heading into matches at this year’s U.S. Open use a blend of players’ overall Elo ratings and Elo ratings based only on hard-court matches, according to the methods described in our article about our tournament forecast. For earlier matches, we’re using probabilities based on overall Elo ratings for both players. That’s not unusual for Williams, who has left majors in two ways over the past five years, each one happening about as often as the other: Either as the champion (9 of 20) or as the loser of a big upset (11 of 20). She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning all 11 of the matches she has lost at majors since 2012 (her first year playing the majors in her 30s). Those 11 losses are among the 14 most surprising of her career at majors: In other words, her 14 Slam losses for which she entered the matches with the highest Elo-based win probabilities.The series of surprise losses is the result of two factors:1) Williams is losing more matches she should win, perhaps a reflection of increased susceptibility in her 30s to injury or wear during a tournament. She has won 89 percent of Slam matches since 2012 in which she had an 85 percent chance or better, compared with a 96 percent win percentage in the same type of matches before 2012.2In both time periods, the average of her win probability in these matches was 95 percent.2) Against a field with fewer all time-greats than she faced earlier in her career, Williams is playing a lot more matches as a big favorite, giving her more opportunities to be upset: She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning in 88 percent of her major matches since the start of 2012, compared with 64 percent earlier.
Senior forward Danica Deckard is athletically explosive on the field. “Her first three steps will eliminate most defenders,” said women’s field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson. Deckard has led the Ohio State field hockey team’s offensive attack in previous years, and her senior campaign is shaping up to be her best campaign yet. Last season, Deckard earned second team All-Big Ten honors and led the Buckeyes in goals, netting 11 scores in 20 games. In the nine games she has played this season, Deckard has already amassed 10 goals. “She’s really very strong, a tough player to play against and she’s a goal scorer. She loves to find the back of the net and if there is a will there is a way for her,” Wilkinson said. Deckard does not take any credit when she talks about her wealth of goals, though. “Yeah, the goals are going in, but it’s easy when you have the people around you that are getting you the ball in the right place and the right time,” Deckard said. Wilkinson recruited Deckard out of Selinsgrove Area High School in Selinsgrove, Pa., and has seen her advance in her OSU career. She said Deckard’s strength and dynamic play stands out. “Her physicality, she is just really very strong,” Wilkinson said. “She gets a good clean reception on it, she’ll take off on you.” During their first four games, OSU totaled four goals and Deckard was the lone source of offense, scoring all four unassisted. After the 2-2 start, Deckard was reunited with fellow senior forward Berta Queralt who returned from time with the Spanish U-21 national team. “It’s been four years, we know a lot about each other, where we are going to move. It’s great to have one of your classmates that is also on your line,” Queralt said. Queralt has assisted Deckard on two of her 10 goals and Deckard has assisted Queralt on two of her six goals. Deckard’s collegiate success extends beyond the field. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Deckard’s ultimate goals for this year are the same as they’ve been most years, but the senior is not looking too far into the future. “Our goal is always to win the Big Ten outright and then go to NCAAs,” she said, “but we’re really just taking one game at a time and trying to win each game.”