64 patients waiting for beds in UHL

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live University Hospital Limerick Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads 263 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.227 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 36 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital. Facebook Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick LimerickNews64 patients waiting for beds in UHLBy Staff Reporter – March 22, 2021 216 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleWATCH: Treaty United pick up 2-1 win over Athlone Town in final pre-season gameNext articleMinister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener last_img read more

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Temik times out

first_imgU.S. farmers and farm experts knew they’d soon lose a popular chemical used to control major crop pests. But the end has come sooner than they expected.Bayer CropScience announced last week that it would end production of methyl isocyanate, or MIC, at its factory in West Virginia. It will close this factory and one in Georgia. MIC is used to make Temik, which Georgia farmers have used for four decades to control insects and nematodes on major row-crops like peanuts, cotton and soybeans.Last summer, the company agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to phase-out Temik production by 2014 and its use by 2018. The agreement followed a new dietary risk assessment conducted by the agency.But an on-going lawsuit surrounding the Bayer CropScience plant in West Virginia has delayed production at that plant, enough to prevent the company from producing MIC for this year’s growing season, according to a prepared statement by the company.Farmers now will only be able to use the Temik that is stockpiled. And there is likely only 40 percent available of what would be needed in a typical year, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, located in Tifton, Ga.“Though I understand what has happened, it’s a very difficult situation for our growers, who are now scrambling and pressed to find alternatives (to Temik) as we quickly approach planting time and decisions,” he said.Nematodes, which are tiny worms that feed on and clog plant roots, cost Georgia farmers $100 million annually in damage and control measures, Kemerait said. Planting for cotton, peanuts and soybeans will begin in a month. Farmers knew they’d have to switch from using Temik, Kemerait said. And they, the agriculture industry and land-grant institutions like UGA were working to find economical alternatives. “We certainly would have liked to have the time we thought we would,” Kemerait said. “My fear is many growers will make decisions out of desperation instead of careful research-based studies.”There are alternative treatments that can be applied directly to seeds prior to planting. But the availability of such treatments in time for planting is not certain. A fumigant called Telone II can be effective, too, but it is already in short supply, he said.Kemerait is telling farmers to target what Temik they have on nematode control, especially if they can find an alternative means to fight insects like thrips, which feed on plants. “But it is unfortunate to lose a product like Temik. It is a unique, broad-spectrum product with a high level of nematode control and longer window of protection for thrips control.”last_img read more

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Let data drive strategy

first_img continue reading » Either by design or default, all financial services companies have a strategy. Some organizations spend considerable time, money and resources analyzing opportunities, assessing competitive position and developing comprehensive strategic plans. Others have no formal process, relying on an institutional understanding of what the company is and focusing exclusively on managing day-to-day results against established budgets.Although process does not determine strategic excellence, the degree to which there is alignment between strategy and execution does impact performance. At the end of the day, a company’s strategy is determined by the sum total of the decisions made and actions taken by management on a daily basis. Providing guidance and a framework for the entire organization to use to make decisions is one of the great accomplishments of a successful strategic planning effort. Strong performers make decisions consistently within a solid framework. Weak performers lack this discipline, making decisions randomly and, certainly, independently of any overriding strategic principles. The result is often a hodgepodge of marginal offerings, disparate market positions, inefficient operating environments, internal conflict, higher risk profiles and a lack of any real competitive differentiation.The definition of a good strategy is one that is appropriate for a particular institution’s market position, financial structure, risk parameters and, most importantly, ability to execute against key strategic principles and imperatives. In our view, successful strategic planning has four critical components: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Susan O’Leary – Alderney – Esports challenge accepted

first_img Susan O’Leary, AlderneySusan O’Leary, CEO at Alderney Gambling, says Esports betting throws up major regulatory challenges, but the industry needs to take them on to safeguard its future.Esports has come a long way in a short space of time. From a small number of hardcore enthusiasts duking it out from their parent’s basements to professional teams going head-to-head in front of capacity crowds at the world’s largest entertainment arenas, Esports is now a global institution.Last year, the Esports sector generated revenues in excess of $890 million according to SuperData Research, with viewership figures smashing the 210 million mark. Those figures are expected to rise to $1.5 billion and 600 million respectively by the end of the decade, according to Newzoo.Esports’ rapid rise from niche interest to blockbuster franchise has, naturally, seen it intersect with the gambling industry. Like other sporting activities, fans want to bet on their favourite players, teams and the outcomes of contests, allowing them to engage on a higher level while adding additional value to their experience.The speed at which Esports has arrived on the scene has left the gambling industry gasping for breath, however. Operators have moved quickly to offer their customers markets on all the major contests, but the sector has also created a new type of wager known as skin bets, which account for most Esports gambling revenue.Skin bets see players stake virtual goods such as swords, shields, costumes, etc from the games. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimate the market to have been worth $5.1bn in 2016 while cash betting was a fraction of that at $750m. It’s a big business, and one that looks set to continue growing over the coming months and years.There is a dark side to Esports wagering – particularly skin betting and to a lesser extent cash bets. The sector has been, and remains, unregulated. This means the whole industry, especially those operating betting businesses, are exposed to major scandals that could have catastrophic long-term consequences.The most serious of which is underage gambling. It must be remembered that Esports is hugely popular among millennials – those aged between 18 and 32 – and it would be naïve to think those aged 17 and younger are not also playing games and wagering on the outcomes of contest through skin bets.The sector is crying out for regulation. Not only to protect punters, but also the integrity of professional players, contests, leagues, tournaments and the operators, suppliers and service providers plying their trade in the market.The sector needs to move fast if it is to safeguard itself from a potential crisis; all stakeholders – from streaming services to bookmakers, governments to internationally recognised regulators – need to come together and thrash out a battle plan that facilitates ongoing industry growth, but that is also secure and sustainable.Esports presents a number of unique challenges; skin betting is a new phenomenon those providing oversight need to learn more about, the industry is absolutely global and not bound by borders, new and exciting betting platforms are being introduced all the time and currencies are sometimes virtual, sometimes real, and often both.It requires collaboration; regulators and governments need to listen to tech providers to learn what products they offer, how they work, and where they are exposed to manipulation. Operators and suppliers must understand the need to protect players and be compliant with internationally-recognised gold standards.While the regulators such as the Alderney Gambling Control Commission will license bookmakers offering odds on Esports, they won’t regulate the industry itself. To do this, the sector needs to establish its own governing body to provide guidelines and oversight.For bookmakers, it will give them the confidence to offer greater odds and more adventurous markets. It will provide a fairness gauge against which to offset their risk, and ensure match-fixing issues are recognised and handled appropriately.It is time to bring the dark side of Esports into the light. Lessons should be learned from daily fantasy sports and the DraftKings data leak scandal that kick-started a regulatory revolution. If the Esports industry acts now it can circumvent scandal and lay the foundation for a long and prosperous future.It is a hugely innovative, massively exciting, technologically ground-breaking industry that should be cheered and celebrated. It also needs to take responsibility to ensure those betting on contests are properly protected, and that the foundations it has built over recent years stand strong in the future. StumbleUpon GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Related Articles Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

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